Sustainability

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

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the landmark 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities.<p>At simultaneous hearings Wednesday, House and Senate committees considered bills …

Conservation

Climate Change Will Make the United States Poorer, Hotter and More Unequal

Climate change is real, and it's dangerous. Scientists the world over almost universally agree on that, even if a few stray politicians and assorted …

Climate Change

One Man's Plan to Make Sure Gene Editing Doesn't Go Haywire

Kevin Esvelt argues that the tremendous power of CRISPR can only be contained if scientists are open about their research.<p>It’s summer, which means that it’s also tick season. Through their bites, these bloodsuckers pick up the bacteria that cause Lyme disease from white-footed mice and then spread …

Genetics

Earth undergoing sixth 'mass extinction' as humans spur 'biological annihilation' of wildlife

The Earth is undergoing a sixth mass extinction, with scientists warning that the “biological annihilation” of wildlife is "more severe than perceived".<p>Blaming the overpopulation and over-consumption of humans, the researchers said the world had a window of about 20-30 years at most to tackle the …

Ecology

The honey bee is facing an existential threat — and it could be very bad for humans

Three hundred feet up in the air, dangling on a hand-made rope ladder, with a 25 foot bamboo pole held in one arm, Kulung tribesman Mauli Dhan fights off savage, pulsing swarms of giant Himalayan honey bees for one of the only things that links him to the world economy – "mad honey."<p>Millions …

Bees

Climate Change Will Shift U.S. Wealth From South to North

The poorest counties pay the highest price.<p>Most people can agree that climate change sucks, but it’s definitely going to suck more for certain …

Climate Change

Trump's alarming environmental rollback: what's been scrapped so far

Since January, the White House, Congress and EPA have engineered a dizzying reversal of regulations designed to protect the environment and public health<p>Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate deal may have followed months of anguished division amongst his closest …

Climate

An ‘Atlas for the End of the World’

Dozens of colorful new maps and graphics show where urbanization is most likely to conflict with biodiversity.<p>In 1570, the Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius published the first modern atlas, <i>Theatrum Orbis Terrarum</i> (<i>Theater of the World</i>). The Age of Discovery was just kicking into high gear, and …

Ecology

This Paint May Pick Up Where Solar Panels Leave Off

It produces hydrogen fuel, the cleanest known source of energy.<p>In a few short years, house paint might be able to do more than simply brighten your walls. A team of researchers in Australia have created an experimental paint that attracts water molecules from the air and chops them up to produce …

Clean Energy

Paris agreement's 1.5C target 'only way' to save coral reefs, Unesco says

First global assessment of climate change impact on world heritage-listed reefs says local efforts are ‘no longer sufficient’<p>Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline, with local …

Oceans

Living in a Bubble: Arctic House Inside a Geodesic Dome

Enjoying a comfortable, bountiful life isn’t so easy when you live in the Artic Circle. On the island of Sandhornøya in northern Norway, temperatures …

Macron Trolls Trump With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Recruiting Site

Allons-y! French president is serious about opening borders to environmentalists.<p>French President Emmanuel Macron is zinging U.S. President Donald Trump again for pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Now he has launched a Make Our Planet Great Again website aimed at openly recruiting scientists …

Emmanuel Macron

Climate change as culture war: Trump’s Paris pullout is a giant middle finger to the left

As Paris makes clear, right-wing attitudes on climate change are largely driven by hatred of tree-hugging liberals<p>When President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, with great fanfare, that he is pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, it was a stunning illustration not just …

France Trolls Trump With 'Corrected' Video On Paris Climate Accord

It adds further shade after the French president's message to “make our planet great again.”<p>The French again jabbed the Trump administration ― this time with a clever “corrected” version of a White House video explaining why President Donald Trump is pulling America out of the Paris climate …

Donald Trump

Trump announces U.S. will exit Paris climate deal, sparking criticism at home and abroad

President Trump announced Thursday afternoon that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, an extraordinary move that dismayed America’s allies and set back the global effort to address the warming planet.<p>Trump’s decision set off alarms worldwide, drawing swift …

Climate

Want to save animal lives without going veg? Eat beef, not chicken.

“Go vegan!” and “It’s not food, it’s violence!” are two rallying cries that animal welfare activists have been chanting for years. But for activist and vegan Matt Ball, the purist ideologies espoused in those mantras might actually work against the goal of reducing and ultimately ending animal …

Animal Welfare

French president: 'Make our planet great again'

Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech in English Thursday to denounce the U.S. decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement.

Michigan Republican: God “can take care” of climate change problems

Why worry about climate change? One Republican thinks God can cure it<p>A Republican congressman told his constituents on Friday that he isn’t worried about man-made climate change because God will “take care of it.”<p>In the video, Rep. Tim Walberg can be seen telling a town hall gathering at Coldwater, …

Humans are bringing about the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, scientists warn

Humans are bringing about the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, according to scientists writing in a special edition of the leading journal</i> …

Extinction

Trump bailing on the Paris Agreement would be a middle finger to the future

<b>(CNN) —</b> If the United States bails on the Paris Agreement on climate change, as CNN is reporting, the results could be catastrophic both for this country and the planet.<p>It would be a middle finger to the future.<p>The worst part: There is absolutely no reason for it. Aside, perhaps, from bravado and …

Climate

What does Trump's Paris climate decision mean?

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will formally withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement.<p>While the process will take several years to complete, once the United States is out of the deal, it will be one of the few countries on Earth to altogether dismiss the …

Climate

Meet the Man Who Said: Clean Energy Policies Are a Greater Threat Than Terrorism

Travis Fisher, a Trump political appointee in the Department of Energy, wrote a 2015 report for the Institute for Energy Research that called clean …

Climate

Experts: The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved

Two-thirds of the reef is at risk of dying. It’s time to focus on maintaining rather than improving it, scientists say.<p>It’s official. The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved.<p>The prognosis comes from the Australian government’s Reef 2050 advisory committee, made up of experts and scientists …

Oceans

Jeremy Lent: A House on Shaky Ground: Eight Structural Flaws of the Western Worldview

Imagine living in a home with structural flaws in the foundations. At first, you might not notice too much. Every now and then, some cracks might …

Architecture

Animations Show the Melting Arctic Sea Ice, and What the Earth Would Look Like When All of the Ice Melts

It’s no secret that climate change has been taking a toll on the Arctic. But it’s one thing to read about it, another thing to see it in action. …

Environmental Groups as Climate Deniers

Most environmental/conservation groups are climate change deniers. Specifically, I am talking about the numerous organizations that give lip service …

Could The Handmaid's Tale Actually Happen?

We’re a long way from Gilead, praise be, but pollution can hurt fertility.<p>The handmaids—if they had been allowed to write in Margaret Atwood’s dystopia—would not have much to write home about. As the book and popular Hulu show portray, the lives of fertile, low-status women in <i>T</i><i>he</i> <i>Handmaid’s Tale</i> …

Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide

Small but unstoppable increases will double frequency of extreme water levels with dire consequences, say scientists<p>Small but inevitable rises in sea level will double the frequency of severe coastal flooding in most of the world with dire consequences for major cities that sit on coastlines, …

Climate Change

Code of conduct needed for ocean conservation, study says

A diverse group of the world's leading experts in marine conservation is calling for a Hippocratic Oath for ocean conservation -- not unlike the …