Sustainability

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

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. …

Global Warming

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 …

Climate

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> …

Handmaid's Tale

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 …

Oceans

Tiny uninhabited Pacific isle has 38 million pieces of trash

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When researchers traveled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches.<p>Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic. …

Oceans

The Case for the Politicization of Science

If you’re going to do something political, like a march, it should be political.<p>The sorrow of the March for Science did not hit me until I saw a photo from it—an older woman standing next to a homemade sign adorned with Ms. Frizzle.<p>You know Ms. Frizzle, if only from a PBS ad. She is the …

March for Science

'You terrify me': TED speakers duke it out over a plan to release massive amounts of chalk into the atmosphere

At TED, a conference about big ideas that's largely attended by tech luminaries, it was inevitable that geoengineering — the idea of changing the earth's atmosphere to halt or reverse climate change — would come up. During the 2017 TED talks in Vancouver, Canada, multiple speakers brought up …

Climate Change

The interaction of human population, food production, and biodiversity protection

Research suggests that the scale of human population and the current pace of its growth contribute substantially to the loss of biological diversity. …

Want to know what sea level rise will do to the environment? There’s an app for that

The oceans are rising and already creating problems from Boston to Miami<p>The oceans are rising and already creating problems from Boston to Miami. But the true scope of what the world is in for is hard to imagine.<p>Standing on dry land today and knowing that it will be underwater by 2100 is …

Climate Change

Whenever you are tempted to buy wool, remember the cruelty that has gone into its production

Many animal lovers think that wool is one animal product they can use, "knowing" that no creature has suffered to provide it. Many like Australian …

Sheep

The effects of climate change will force millions to migrate. Here’s what this means for human security.

Climate change is more than melting ice caps and swamped islands. The environmental effects of climate change — droughts, floods and severe weather, for instance — have increasingly put more people on the move.<p>In 2015, the U.N. Refugee Agency counted 65.3 million people around the world as …

Climate Change

Scientists Take To Washington To Stress A Nonpartisan Agenda

Attendees from across the country descended on the nation's capital to speak up for science.<p>The March for Science unfolded on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and in multiple cities around the world. Coinciding with Earth Day, the event drew researchers, educators and …

Science

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 …

Climate Change

Oman's mountains may hold clues for reversing climate change

WADI ABDAH, Oman (AP) — Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are searching for an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans — and perhaps begin to reverse climate change.<p>They are coring samples from one of the world's only exposed sections of the …

Climate

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

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 …

Oceans

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 …

Trump Is Giving Geoengineering Another Moment

New concerns over whether Trump will use geoengineering for evil are almost entirely unfounded.<p>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 …

Climate

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 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, …

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 …

Ecology

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 …

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, …

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 …