Mau G Mackenzie

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'We can't wait': Why more Canadians are finally getting serious about making less garbage

Fed up with a lack of action on the rising tide of plastic pollution, a growing number of Canadian consumers and businesses are launching their own …

Biodegradation

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

<i>This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Germany was supposed to be a model for solving …

Harley-Davidson unveils new range of electric motorbikes and an electric bicycle

Harley-Davidson unveiled on Monday its first ever electric motorcycles and an electric bicycle, in what is being seen as the most radical shakeup of the struggling company in its 115-year-history.<p>Matt Levatich, CEO of the Milwaukee-based company, said the new products were designed in response to …

Humans Have Changed Earth's Seasons For The First Time, Study Shows

"This is the kind of stuff you don't want to be right about."<p>Poring over four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the …

Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.<p>As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which …

Masses Of Seaweed Threaten Fisheries And Foul Beaches

If you've been to a beach this summer, anywhere from Texas to the Carolinas, you've likely seen it. Masses of brown seaweed, sometimes a few clumps, often big mounds, line the shore. It's sargassum, a floating weed that's clogging bays and piling up on beaches in the Gulf and Caribbean.<p>On Miami …

Miami Beach

How environmentally friendly are electric cars?

We teamed up with the folks behind BBC World Service’s <i>CrowdScience</i> to answer your questions on one topic. You can tune in to <i>CrowdScience</i> every Friday …

Citizen Science

You've heard of a carbon footprint – now it's time to take steps to cut your nitrogen footprint

Nitrogen pollution has significant environmental and human health costs. Yet it is often conflated with other environmental problems, such as climate …

Estas son las marcas de coches que afirman que sólo harán coches eléctricos en el futuro

Pasan las semanas y prácticamente todas las marcas de automóviles aseguran que van a <b>electrificar sus gamas y modelos para 2020</b>. Es decir, ¿fabricaran …

4 Surprising Side Effects of Electric Autonomous Vehicles

Electric autonomous vehicles are expected to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion, parking demand, insurance costs and traffic fatalities. They’ll eliminate the 90 percent of traffic accidents attributed to human error.<p>Those effects are well celebrated. But they will …

Autonomous Vehicle

The 6 most cost-effective vegetables to grow in your garden

Use this handy Vegetable Cheat Sheet as your guide<p>Growing your own vegetables can be a great way to help the environment and also save some …

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it<p>“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most …

Social Research

A Parable of Self-Destruction

EASTER ISLAND — This remote speck in the South Pacific is famous for its colossal stone statues, nearly 1,000 of them towering over the landscape like guardians.<p>Who built them? How did they get there? And who fitted some of them with giant red stone hats weighing up to 12 tons each?<p>When I was a …

Canada’s Outdoor Rinks Are Melting. So Is a Way of Life.

WATERLOO, Ontario — Jack Williams and his sister, Cara, sat in their kitchen watching their backyard rink melt.<p>“Dad calls it a big birdbath,” said Jack, who is 12.<p>Their father, Ian, lovingly rebuilds the rink every year. He shovels it clear after each snowfall, and occasionally finishes the …

Greenland is literally cracking apart and flooding the world

Visit Greenland on the right summer day, and you could see a 12-billion-gallon lake disappear before your very eyes.<p>Glaciologists saw this happen for the first time in 2006, when a 2.2-square-mile (5.6 square kilometers) lake of melted ice drained away into nothing in less than 2 hours. Researchers …

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Civil Rights

A fluke breakthrough could be the missing link for an electric car age

In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way to make contact lenses more comfortable. With colleagues at the University of Surrey, he developed a …

The travel trend to avoid before you die – how the ‘bucket list’ is ruining the world

If you were to time travel back to 2007 and say the phrases “selfie” or “Instagrammer” you would be greeted with a blank face. Likewise “bucket list”. If you Asked Jeeves about his bucket list he would have doffed his algorithmic top hat and slowly directed you to Halfords.<p>For the phrase is only 11 …

When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think

As the world’s automakers place larger bets on electric vehicle technology, many industry analysts are debating a key question: How quickly can plug-in cars become mainstream?<p>The conventional view holds that electric cars will remain a niche product for many years, plagued by high sticker prices …

Electric Vehicles

El coche autónomo matará la venta de coches nuevos en 2030

La combinación de la <b>conducción autónoma</b> con el auge de los servicios de car-sharing sería la tormenta perfecta para <b>acabar con el coche privado</b>. De …

‘Silver bullet’ to suck CO2 from air and halt climate change ruled out

Scientists say climate targets cannot be met using the technologies, which either risk huge damage to the environment or are very costly<p>Ways of sucking carbon dioxide from the air will not work on the vast scales needed to beat climate change, Europe’s science academies warned on Thursday.<p>From …

India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds

Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could have repercussions throughout the world.<p>Hundreds of tonnes of an “antibiotic of last resort” – only used in the most extreme cases of sickness - are shipped to India …

Chickens

Single-use plastic bags ban under scrutiny as shoppers switch and ditch reusables

Australian states with bans in place see rise in consumers and retailers resorting to thicker bags to escape the rule<p>Shoppers in states that have banned single-use shopping bags are reportedly buying reusable plastic bags then throwing them away.<p>The Australian Capital Territory requested an …

Whatever the Weather: A Guide to Resilient Design

We’ve been feeling the effects of climate change a lot lately—drought in California, record highs of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in Arizona, …

This is How Wind and Solar Energy Will Crush Fossil Fuels

Wind and solar energy can't make fossil fuels obsolete by themselves, but they can with the help of cheap energy storage.<p>Wind and solar energy have …

The Guardian view on recycling: throwaway economy is not cost-free | Editorial

Use less, re-use, recycle. Three steps to saving the planet<p>Take-out coffee and bottled water symbolise both the luxury and the waste of the early 21st century. They represent the throwaway world, the always-on culture, the low-pay, low-skill jobs. They reflect our catastrophic disregard of the …

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn't it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.<p>There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my breath in winter, why does being …

Montreal’s citywide ban on plastic shopping bags comes into effect

Montreal implemented its long-planned ban on plastic bags on Monday, making it the first major Canadian city to do so.<p>The ban covers the distribution …

Norway leads way on electric cars: 'it’s part of a green taxation shift'

Nearly a third of all new cars sold in the country this year will be plug-in models and experts expect that share to skyrocket<p>While tourists explore Oslo’s history in the grounds of the centuries-old Akershus fortress, below their feet is a harbinger of the city’s future.<p>Here in the catacombs sit …

The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

Off the coast of Louisiana, in an 8,000-square-mile swath of ocean, the marine life is suffocating to death. Nutrient pollution, flowing from the …