Sustainability

By William Lynn | The ethics and politics of living on earth.

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows<p>The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according …

Climate Change

Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

<b>Updated at 4:02 p.m. ET</b><p>If there was any doubt over President Trump's views on climate change, those doubts evaporated with the unveiling of his proposed federal budget on Thursday.<p>The budget would end programs to lower domestic greenhouse gas emissions, slash diplomatic efforts to slow climate …

Climate Change

Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It’ll Be Gone

On a plate, a single banana seems whimsical—yellow and sweet, contained in its own easy-to-open peel. It is a charming breakfast luxury as silly as …

Agriculture

How we know that climate change is happening—and that humans are causing it

It's a matter of how, not if<p>“People come to Asheville to retire,” says Deke Arndt, “and data comes to Asheville to retire, too.”<p>He should know. Arndt and his colleagues sit atop a vast trove of current and historical climate data—data so valuable, it’s protected by multiple failsafes and even …

Climate Change

Pollution is now a greater threat than Ebola and HIV, the World Health Organisation warns

Pollution is now a greater threat than Ebola and HIV and is responsible for one in four deaths among children aged under five, the World Health Organisation has warned.<p>Worldwide, more than 1.7 million children’s deaths were attributable to environmental hazards such as air pollution and …

Environment

What will Earth look like if all its land ice melts? Here's your answer.

Discord in Angela Merkel's government after environment ministry bans meat at official functions

A row has broken out in Angela Merkel’s government after the environment minister banned meat at official functions.<p>Barbara Hendricks claims eating meat is damaging to the environment and has ordered only vegetarian food to be served.<p>A rival minister has accused her of “nanny-statism” and trying to …

Immigration

Climate Change Has Already Harmed Almost Half of All Mammals

The effect of climate change on endangered species has been wildly underestimated, a new study has found.<p>A survey of studies has determined that …

Climate Change

Bill Gates Warns That A Devastating Pandemic Is Right Around The Corner

A fast-moving airborne pathogen could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year, he says.<p>A pandemic is one of the world’s top three threats, and if not prepared for, could wipe out 30 million people in less than a year, philanthropist Bill Gates says.<p>Microsoft’s co-founder said at the Munich …

Bill Gates

Here's Another Staggering Cost Of Trump's Border Wall

Environmental havoc will include global warming, blocked water flows and loss of migration routes for endangered animals.<p>Much has been made of the monetary cost of President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. Trump himself has cited wildly differing estimates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch …

Climate Change
Climate Change

Norway's seal hunters hang up their clubs

<b>Captain Bjorne Kvernmo, who first began hunting seals more than four decades ago, guides MS Havsel into the harbour of Tromso, the Norwegian city that owes its existence to his trade.</b><p>But his vessel is not arriving laden with dead seals. Rather, he and his crew are in Tromso for the premiere of a …

Norway

Rachel Carson’s Brave and Prescient 1953 Letter Against the Government’s Assault on Science and Nature

“The real wealth of the Nation lies in the resources of the earth — soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife… Their administration is not properly, and cannot be, a matter of politics.”<p>In 1953, nearly a decade before she catalyzed the environmental movement with the publication of <i>Silent Spring</i>, …

Culture

Climate Threat to Wildlife May Have Been Massively Underreported

More than 700 of the world's threatened and endangered animal species may be directly affected by climate change, according to a new study — vastly …

Climate Change

Scientists Have Announced a Plan to 'Refreeze' the Arctic - and It's Wild

So crazy, it just might work.<p>Desperate times call for desperate measures, and with temperatures near the North Pole hitting an unheard-of 20°C (36°F) …

Climate Change Impact: Global Warming's Effect On Animals 'Greatly Underestimated,' 700 Species Risk Extinction

The impact of climate change on mammals and birds has been "greatly underestimated," and international organizations aren’t keeping up with the pace …

Climate Change

When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Less than a month into the Trump presidency, and the forecast for science seems ominous.<p>Scientists at federal agencies have been hit with gag orders preventing them from communicating their findings, or in some cases, attending scientific conferences. Social media …

Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists

Climate change is threatening about 700 endangered species and policymakers must act urgently to lessen impact<p>The impact of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife has been dramatically underreported, with scientists calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before …

Climate Change

Humans are changing climate 170 times faster than nature, say researchers

Research co-led by the Australian National University (ANU) claims that the actions of humans are causing the earth's climate to change 170 times …

Republicans’ winning idea: Less carbon in the atmosphere, more equal distribution of income

Some Republicans are proposing a carbon tax that would start at $40 per ton and gradually increase<p>A group of former Republican officials (including James A. Baker, Henry Paulson, George P. Shultz, Marty Feldstein and Greg Mankiw) is proposing a carbon tax that would start at $40 per ton and …

Climate Change

Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police

A growing group of military veterans are willing to put their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them<p>US veterans are returning to Standing Rock and pledging to shield indigenous activists from attacks by a militarized police force, another sign that the fight …

Veterans

We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not

In the 1870s, spectacular rains began to fall on the Western Plains, turning a dry region then named “the Great American Desert” to gorgeous green. Thousands of young homesteaders rushed west to raise crops and families, convinced by a humdinger alternative fact: “Rain Follows the Plow.” The more …

Climate

Nordic countries offer important lessons for clean-energy transition | Anthropocene

Given the Trump administration’s skeptical stance on climate change and environmental regulations, climate progress might have to happen at the local …

Would you wear a leather jacket grown in a lab?

It’s hard to place a finger on what makes leather so alluring. Perhaps it’s the unique supple strength, the timeless chic, or the primal intimacy of donning animal skin. The highly-coveted material is used across the fashion, automotive, and interior design industries, and it tops the charts as one …

Leather

Just one-quarter of Trump voters think climate change is caused by humans.

That’s compared to 90 percent of Clinton voters and 65 percent of the general public, a new survey shows.<p>These findings, from a post-election survey …

Denmark’s behemoth wind turbine is breaking power-production records

It recently generated a mind-blowing 216,000 kWh of power in a single 24-hour span<p>Denmark recently unveiled the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine, a massive structure rising 721 feet tall and capable of producing 9 megawatts (MW). The facility, located off the coast of Østerild, Denmark, …

Wind Power

The climate fight isn’t just about facts

Five years ago, I hiked to the toe of the East Fork Glacier in Alaska’s Denali National Park. I was on my way to climb a small peak in the Alaska …

Honduras 'most dangerous country' for environmentalists

Global Witness says more than 120 activists killed since 2010 while trying to protect their rivers, forests or land.<p>Political and business elites in Honduras are involved in a violent crackdown against scores of environmental activists, according to anti-corruption group Global Witness.<p>In a new …

Latin America

Humane Animal Treatment a Priority and 'Opportunity' for Global Food Brands, Report Finds

A new report points to animal welfare as a top priority for both consumers and food companies, not just an ethical debate amongst meat-eaters and …