Sustainability

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

Animated map of what Earth would look like if all the ice melted

Many of the effects of climate change are irreversible. Sea levels have been rising at a greater rate year after year, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates they could rise by another meter or more by the end of this century.<p>As National Geographic showed us in 2013, sea levels …

Global Warming
Climate Change

Scientists Say Only 10 Years Left to Save the Planet

The planet, as we know it, has been given a deadline: 10 years. According to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis , if humans …

Climate Change

Mesmerizing Video Of Hawaii Beach Sand Reveals Unsettling Reality

The ocean's plastic pollution problem is hiding in plain sight.<p>It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of a beach in Hawaii, with its electric blue waters lapping over a coast of golden sand. But hidden in plain sight is a devastating reality that nonprofit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii captured in a …

Recycling

The Single Shining Hope to Stop Climate Change

Science is under attack at the very moment when we need it most. President Donald Trump’s March 28 executive order went much further than simply …

Climate Change

Trump Is Giving Geoengineering Another Moment - Motherboard

Geoengineering could be a powerful force one day—things like reflecting sunlight before it reaches Earth, capturing carbon, or, in the most sci-fi of scenarios, controlling the weather. And because of that, some are wondering whether President Trump will back these endeavors.<p>"Will geoengineering …

Climate Change

Climate Change Mitigation: Photosynthesis By Plants Increased 30% In 200 Years

While human activity in the past 200 years, since the advent of the industrial revolution, has poured in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases …

Climate Change

EPA Cuts Deregulation Imperil the Adirondack Park

The current crisis of anti-environmental leadership at the federal level has potentially far reaching implications for the Adirondack Park.

Climate-driven species on the move are changing (almost) everything

Last year in Paris, for the very first time, English sparkling wine beat champagne in a blind tasting event. Well established French Champagne houses …

Climate Change

Climate change impacting ‘most’ species on Earth, even down to their genomes

Three recent studies point to just how broad, bizarre, and potentially devastating climate change is to life on Earth. And we’ve only seen one degree Celsius of warming so far.<p>Climate change is rapidly becoming a crisis that defies hyperbole.<p>For all the sound and fury of climate change denialists, …

Climate Change

Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat Hardcover – March 15, 2017

U.N. Expert: Biodiversity Is Essential To Human Rights

The extinction crisis has “grave and far-reaching implications for human well-being,” writes law professor John Knox.<p>WASHINGTON — For the first time, a United Nations report has recognized biodiversity and healthy ecosystems as essential to human rights.<p>The report, authored by U.N. Special …

The Reducetarian Solution: How the Surprisingly Simple Act of Reducing the Amount of Meat in Your Diet Can Transform Your Health and the Planet Paperback – April 18, 2017

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Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health

More people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress must be tackled<p>I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the device, which measures air pollution, around with me like a …

Cities

Human rights are animal rights!

Peter Tatchell<p>28th March 2017<p>Abusing animals is no more justifiable than abusing people, writes Peter Tatchell. The moral touchstone is sentience, …

Human Rights

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists<p>Global warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound …

Climate Change

Can Humans Truly Connect with Nature By Eating a Big Mac?

<b>Do we really need to kill other animals to connect with nature and with ourselves?</b><p>A recent essay by <i>Sierra</i> magazine editor Jason Mark titled "Toward a …

Wildlife

The Dark Legacy of China’s Drive for Global Resources

As China pursues a startling array of energy, mining, logging, agricultural, and infrastructure projects on virtually every continent, it is having …

China

Vertical wind turbines could produce 10x the power per acre as their horizontal counterparts | Anthropocene

Wind power surged last year, with enough turbines installed globally to generate over 54 gigawatts of power. Nearly all of those turbines were the …

Renewable Energy

100-year-old frost maps show how climate change has shifted the growing season in America

Published in a 1936 Atlas of American Agriculture, put together by the United States Department of Agriculture, these 1916 maps of the average dates of first killing frosts in fall and last killing frosts in spring were initially intended to help farmers plan their planting schedules. Now, the maps …

Climate Change

Does Being Vegan Make a Person Less Aggressive?

Or more?<p>Right now if you take the bus down 16th Street in northwest Washington, D.C., you’ll pass a banner that might not make sense at first, or after that. It shows North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un riding a missile. It says, “Don’t go ballistic. Go vegan.”<p>The blue banner hangs outside the office …

Veganism

Jing-Jin-Ji: China Planning Megalopolis the Size of New England

TIANJIN, China — China's rulers are planning a megacity that would be home to 130 million people and cover an area the size of New England.<p>Sitting on the northeast coast of China, Jing-Jin-Ji — which stands for "Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei" — is a central plank of the country's economic development plan …

China

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 …

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 …