Sustainability

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

You can deny environmental calamity – until you check the facts | George Monbiot

Rosy worldviews that rely on avoiding inconvenient truths should always set alarm bells ringing<p>One of the curiosities of our age is the way in which celebrity culture comes to dominate every aspect of public life. Even the review pages of the newspapers sometimes look like a highfalutin version of …

Celebrity Culture

Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes

Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days.<p>As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which …

Climate Change

Earth Overshoot Day: Humans are using Earth's resources faster than ever, group warns

A hummingbird flew into New York’s Times Square Friday, and has been hovering and flitting high over the heads of tourists and workers ever since.<p>Never mind that the bird arrived via jumbo screen — the arresting image was intended to turn attention to humanity's tenuous place in nature. The …

Times Square

Retirements and Funerals: The Emission, Mortality, and Coal-Mine Employment Effects of a Two-Year Delay in Coal and Nuclear Power Plant Retirements

Fossil Fuels

Data | The World Bank

15 Life on land<p>Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt …

World Bank

Scientists May Have Figured Out a Historic Climate Puzzle - With Chilling Future Implications

Don't mess with the currents.<p>Thirteen thousand years ago, an ice age was ending, the Earth was warming, the oceans were rising. Then something …

Global Warming

There's One Simple Thing You Should Do if You Really Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

But you might not like it.<p>If you're the type who fusses over recycling and using cold water to save the planet, boy do we have some news for …

Sustainability

Humans and Big Ag Livestock Now Account for 96 Percent of Mammal Biomass

A first-of-its-kind study published Monday shows that, when it comes to impacting life on Earth, humans are punching well above our weight.<p>The study, …

Biodiversity

Mysterious source of illegal ozone-killing emissions revealed, say investigators

A mysterious surge in emissions of an illegal ozone-destroying chemical has been tracked down to plastic foam manufacturers in China, according to an on-the-ground investigation published on Monday.<p>The chemical, trichlorofluoromethane or CFC-11, has been banned around the world since 2010 and is a …

Pollution

No Air Conditioner Needed: These Buildings Cool Themselves

Bioclimatic design could go a long way toward reducing energy costs—and our carbon footprint.<p>The average temperature for June and July in Pomona, …

Green Living

Warming World

The disruption to the earth’s climate will ultimately command more attention and resources and have a greater influence on the global economy and …

Climate Change

Cannabis growth is killing one of the cutest (and fiercest) creatures in the US

Fierce yet adorable, Humboldt martens have been described as the west coast’s own Tasmanian devils. The biologist Tierra Curry compares the red-chested mammal to another small, tenacious creature: “It’s a kitten that thinks it’s a honey badger,” she said. “It will crawl right into a bee nest and …

Nature

Rising seas: 'Florida is about to be wiped off the map'

In 1890, just over six thousand people lived in the damp lowlands of south Florida. Since then the wetlands that covered half the state have been largely drained, strip malls have replaced Seminole camps, and the population has increased a thousandfold. Over roughly the same amount of time the …

Sea Level

30 years later, deniers are still lying about Hansen’s amazing global warming prediction | Dana Nuccitelli

Thirty years ago, James Hansen testified to Congress about the dangers of human-caused climate change. In his testimony, Hansen showed the results of his 1988 study using a climate model to project future global warming under three possible scenarios, ranging from ‘business as usual’ heavy …

Climate Change

Special report: A 30-year alarm on the reality of climate change

Three decades have passed since then-NASA scientist James Hansen testified before the Senate Energy committee and alerted the country to the arrival …

Climate Change

World’s vegetable supply to be reduced by a third by 2050

Warmer countries will be worse off<p>Having a healthy diet is likely to become more difficult in the future after researchers warned that climate change …

‘The doomsayers were right’: James Hansen’s 30-year-old climate warning rings true today

30 years after a brave scientist warned us about global warming, deniers run America.<p>On June 23, 1988 NASA’s James Hansen told the U.S. Congress that …

Climate Change

Here’s what global warming looks like month by month for 137 years

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we're continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, …

Mining to begin in national monument eliminated by Trump

Meanwhile, groups are suing over decision to open up the lands to resource extraction.<p>Canadian mining company, Glacier Lake Resources Inc., has …

Climate Change

Report: 2.4M US Homes At Risk Of Chronic Flooding By End Of 2100

A new report estimates that more than half a million people in the U.S. may have to deal with their homes chronically flooding by the year 2045.<p>A new …

Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

Unfortunately, many coastal communities will face declining property values as risk perceptions catch up with reality<p>Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being …

Climate Change

For Cash and Pride, Replanting Canada's Forests by the Millions

Picture Stories<p>Each year, twentysomethings from all over the world take on one of the most grueling yet satisfying summer jobs imaginable.<p>Luc Forsyth can’t decide which memories best illustrate the glorious hardship of his six seasons as a tree planter in Canada.<p>Maybe it was his first day, when his …

British Columbia

320-Million-Year-Old Rock Formation Destroyed by Vandals in England

News<p>320-Million-Year-Old Rock Formation Destroyed by Vandals in England<p>By Sean Breslin<p>June 15 2018 01:15 PM EDT<p>weather.com<p>At a Glance<p>A popular rock …

Antarctic Ice Melt Has Tripled in Five Years​

Ice melt in Antarctica has tripled in the last five years, according to the most comprehensive assessment of the state of South Pole ice to date, …

Fear of Humans Is Making Animals Around the World Go Nocturnal

Even non-threatening activities like hiking are changing creatures’ sleep cycles.<p>In 2011, the wildlife biologist Justin Brashares and his students set up a series of camera traps in and around Ruaha National Park in southern Tanzania. They were studying the effects of human activities on antelope …

Wildlife

Human activity making mammals more nocturnal, study finds

We are driving all the other mammals back into the night-time<p>Human disturbance is turning mammals into night owls, with species becoming more nocturnal when people are around, research has revealed.<p>The study, encompassing 62 species from around the globe, found that when humans were nearby, mammals …

Wildlife

Fifth of Britain’s wild mammals ‘at high risk of extinction’

The wildcat and mouse-eared bat are on the brink, but deer are spreading and otters bouncing back, according to a comprehensive analysis.<p>At least one in five wild mammals in Britain faces a high risk of extinction within a decade and overall populations are falling, according to the most …

Putting animals in their best light: Some shades of LED lamps threaten wildlife: New tool to help protect animals from harmful hues of light

New tool to help protect animals from harmful hues of light<p>A research team identifies harmful effects to wildlife as LED lights proliferate. Some …