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Private Sector & Natural Capital: The Business Case for Natural Capital Assessment

“In its new publication “The Business Case for Natural Capital Assessment”, the Global Nature Fund (GNF) highlights the different triggers for …

Sustainability

Disappearing Ice

This visualization begins by showing the dynamic beauty of the Arctic sea ice as it responds to winds and ocean currents. Research into the behavior …

Global Warming

Government Dialogue on Natural Capital

Background<p>The Coalition has helped to establish the Government Dialogue on Natural Capital, which has brought governments together to discuss their …

Natural Capital: How Can We Overcome the Perception That It's Too Technical & Complicated?

<i>This article has been submitted by Will Evison, Assistant Director - Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC.</i><p>Let’s face it, at one level, natural capital is complicated. Fiendishly so. It encapsulates the natural world in all its glorious complexity and diversity, as well as the innumerable ways …

This dire ocean scenario is a stark reminder of why the world is trying to stop climate change

Scientists on Thursday published an alarming scenario for what could happen to the planet’s oceans and fisheries by the year 2300 if very high levels of global warming are allowed to continue.<p>The good news is that it’s eminently avoidable and a very long way off from happening. The bad news is …

Climate Change
Fossil Fuels

Trump signs bill that recognizes climate change as a threat to the US

This past Tuesday, President Trump signed a bill into law that formally recognizes climate change as a national security threat to the United States. …

How to create a pivot table in Excel to slice and dice your data

Microsoft Excel 2016, found in the Office suite, is the latest and greatest spreadsheet application from Redmond, and there’s a good reason so many …

Analytics
Antarctica

First Evidence That Offshore Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans - MIT Technology Review

Offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly common in our oceans. In Europe, the goal is for them to supply over 4 percent of the continent’s …

Wind Power

New Zealand election ends in stalemate

Coalition government to be formed after ruling National Party wins most seats, but falls short of a clear-cut majority.<p>The general election in New Zealand has ended in a stalemate with the ruling National Party falling short of a clear-cut majority to govern for the fourth time, according to …

New Zealand First
Climate Change

Earth Is Now a Hybrid Planet, According to This Strange New Classification

Thanks, Anthropocene.<p>Humanity's indelible impact on our home planet has marked the dawn of a whole new geological epoch, a sweeping change that could …

Earth Science

This is how your world could end

In an extract from his book Ends of the World, Peter Brannen examines mass extinction events and the catastrophic outcome of rising temperatures for all the world’s population<p>Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the centre cannot hold. Raging …

Climate Change

Can Computer Models Turn the Tide Against Flood Damage?

With cities built on coasts and rivers endangered by rising sea levels, it’s increasingly important to understand more about flood patterns.<p>The rise in average sea level is predicted to double by 2100, putting hundreds of cities and millions of people at ever greater risk from the devastating …

New Zealand

Trees Can Save A City $500 Million Every Year

It’s a thankless job, but green spaces save us millions by soaking up pollution and cooling us down.<p>Trees have a proven positive impact on cities: They lower wind speed and thus energy consumption. They reduce pollution and heat. They generally improve how neighborhoods are perceived. They make …

Ecology

Methane "climate bomb" not likely according to new Scripps study

As climate change heats the planet, scientists fear that melting glaciers could release large stores of greenhouse gases — one of a number of …

Climate Change

Embracing baseload power retirements

A wave of coal and potential nuclear retirements has prompted extensive political controversy over the future of “baseload” power plants and the …

Climate

Dams Significantly Impact Global Carbon Cycle, New Study Finds

There are an estimated 84,000 dams in the U.S., blocking more than 17 percent of rivers in the nation. Dams are interrupting wildlife habitats, …

Climate Change

3D-Printed Reefs Offer Hope in Coral Bleaching Crisis

Fabien Cousteau and Dutch engineers hope new technology can slow damage in the ocean.<p>The news on coral reefs alternates between doom and hope. Reefs are among the most fragile ecosystems on the planet and essential to marine life. They are also highly sensitive to climate change and are dying at a …

Global Warming

Silicon Valley super-rich head south to escape from a global apocalypse

At the Republican party convention in Cleveland last July, Trump donor Peter Thiel declared himself ‘“most of all, proud to be an American”. So it came as something of a surprise for New Zealanders to discover that the PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member had become an honorary Kiwi – …

Silicon Valley

Scientists have a new way to calculate what global warming costs. Trump’s team isn’t going to like it.

How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions …

Climate

Obama puts pressure on Trump to adhere to US climate change strategy

The US president has been writing for academic journals to pre-empt arguments Trump or Republicans are likely to use to roll back his key accomplishments<p>Barack Obama called the adoption of clean energy in the US “irreversible” on Monday, putting pressure on his successor, Donald Trump, not to back …

Climate