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The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’tRecently, National Geographic published an article called “This Tiny Country Feeds the World,” where the author extolled the innovations of a small European country that has managed to become a global powerhouse in agriculture and technology—the Netherlands.

Why Is Climate Change's 2 Degrees Celsius Of Warming Limit So Important?

Why Is Climate Change's 2 Degrees Celsius Of Warming Limit So Important?

If you read or listen to almost any article about climate change, it’s likely the story refers in some way to the 2 degrees Celsius limit.” The story often mentions greatly increased risks if the climate exceeds 2°C and even “catastrophic” impacts to our world if we warm more than the target.

Extreme Weather Cost A Record Breaking $1.5 Trillion And Counting in 2017

Extreme Weather Cost A Record Breaking $1.5 Trillion And Counting in 2017
The Trump administration, and its allies in Congress, are fighting a losing war. They continue to press forward for the development of oil, gas, and coal when the rest of the world understands the implication of that folly. Global warming is the most pressing issue for our time.

How This Grocery Store Program Pushed Farmers To Go Green

How This Grocery Store Program Pushed Farmers To Go Green
A program of one of the five largest supermarket chains in South Africa, drove increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level, a new study of the store’s supply chain indicates.

Home Biogas Is Turning Food Waste Into Renewable Energy

home biogas digester 1 14Last night I cooked my family a delicious pasta dinner using biogas energy. This morning we all had eggs cooked on biogas. I’m not sure what’s for dinner tonight, but I know what will provide the energy for cooking

Is Warming In The Arctic Behind This Year's Crazy Winter Weather?

Is Warming In The Arctic Behind This Year's Crazy Winter Weather?
Damage from extreme weather events during 2017 racked up the biggest-ever bills for the U.S. Most of these events involved conditions that align intuitively with global warming: heat records, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding, hurricane damage and heavy rainfall.

What Earlier Springs Mean For Forests

What Earlier Springs Mean For Forests

New research that combines satellite data with on-the-ground measurements, suggests that as global temperatures rise, spring in the Northeastern United States is starting earlier.

Where Natural Climate Patterns Are Creating Hot Spots Of Rapid Sea Level Rise

Where Natural Climate Patterns Are Creating Hot Spots Of Rapid Sea Level RiseMany scientists have found evidence that climate change is amplifying the impacts of hurricanes. For example, several studies just published in December 2017 conclude that human-induced climate change made rainfall during Hurricane Harvey more intense. But climate change is not the only factor making hurricanes more damaging.

To Slow Climate Change, India Joined The Renewable Energy Revolution

To Slow Climate Change, India Joins The Renewable Energy RevolutionOn June 3 2017, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris.

Why Remote Antarctica Is So Important In A Warming World

Why Remote Antarctica Is So Important In A Warming WorldEver since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north,  has been popularly described as remote and extreme. 

Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?

Will Puerto Ricans Return Home After Hurricane María?Even before this year’s devastating hurricane season, the team of demographers I work with at Penn State and the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics had predicted that the population of Puerto Rico would decline over the next few decades.

Can Cities Get Smarter About Extreme Weather?

Can Cities Get Smarter About Extreme Weather?Remember the movie “Moneyball”? The Oakland A’s are struggling, financially and on the baseball field.Then they introduce an innovative system for figuring out which players will improve team performance.

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C.

How Climate Change Affects The Building Blocks For Health

How Climate Change Affects The Building Blocks For HealthIn August 2016, a third of the residents of the North Island township Havelock North fell acutely ill with gastroenteritis after their water was contaminated with campylobacter.

The Burger Apocalypse: Low Carbon Eating And Avoiding Food Waste

The Burger Apocalypse: Low Carbon Eating And Avoiding Food WasteMore than 95% of people still eat meat and don’t like being told that it is wrong and bad for the planet to do so. But it is now well established that meat production is responsible for a substantial proportion of human greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention issues around animal welfare. 

World Hunger Is Increasing Due To Wars And Climate Change

World Hunger Is Increasing Due To Wars And Climate ChangeAround the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was the first increase in more than 15 years.

Does Eating Grass-fed Beef Help Fight Climate Change?

Does Eating Grass-fed Beef Help Fight Climate Change?Beef gets a bad press, environmentally speaking. We’re bombarded with reports highlighting its high carbon footprint accompanied by images of belching cows and devastated rainforests.

Could Climate Change Benefit Some Northeastern Farms?

Could Climate Change Benefit Some Northeastern Farms?Some aspects of climate change could benefit certain forms of agriculture in the Northeastern United States, new research suggests—though the researchers caution that there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.

Why Americans Are Embracing Climate Change Realities

robert lipton 10 1Robert Jay Lifton was born 91 years ago. Living through the catastrophes of the 20th century — world war, tyrannical regimes, genocide, the nuclear bomb, terrorism — he grappled with their terrible impact on human beings. His work as a psychiatrist, historian and public intellectual forged his reputation as one of the world’s foremost thinkers. 

Study Shows Wetlands Can Significantly Reduce Property Damage

Study Shows Wetlands Can Significantly Reduce Property DamageA 12-year “hurricane drought” during which no major hurricanes formed in the Atlantic ended dramatically in 2017. The devastating impacts of Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria across the United States and the Caribbean provide tragic reminders of the catastrophic risks we face on our coasts.

How I Came To Know That I Am A Closet Climate Denier

How I Came To Know That I Am A Closet Climate DenierWhat we believe and how we act don’t always stack up. Recently, in considering what it means to live in a post-truth world, I had cause to examine my understanding of how the world works and my actions on sustainability.

Why Time Is The Essence To Curb Climate Change

Why Time Is The Essence To Curb Climate ChangeBy virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to sea level as it melts.

Could You Be An Optimistic Radical Solarpunk?

07 25 solarpunkSolarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it. Solarpunk’s optimism towards the future is the first concept that needs complicating here.

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100In the year 2100, 2 billion people—about one-fifth of the world’s population—could become refugees due to rising ocean levels.

How Climate Change Is Making Cities Sick

How Climate Change Is Making Cities SickUrban Canadians are feeling the impact of climate change. Flooding in Quebec this spring damaged nearly 1,900 homes in 126 municipalities, causing widespread psychological distress.

How Electric Cars Can Power Buildings From The Parking Lot

How Electric Cars Can Power Buildings From The Parking LotUsing energy stored in the batteries of electric vehicles to power large buildings not only provides electricity for the building, but also increases the lifespan of the vehicle batteries, new research shows.

6 Ways To Save California’s Trout And Salmon

6 Ways To Save California’s Trout And SalmonA new report indicates that almost half of native California salmon, steelhead, and trout species are on track to be extinct in the next 50 years.

How Australian Farmers Are Adapting To Climate Change

How Australian Farmers Are Adapting To Climate Change2016-17 has been a great year for Australian farmers, with record production, exports and profits. These records have been driven largely by good weather, in particular a wet winter in 2016, which led to exceptional yields for major crops

Why We Should Be Turning Waste Into Fuel

Why We Should Be Turning Waste Into FuelThe federal government recently announced that it is giving recycling company ResourceCo a loan of A$30 million to build two waste-to-fuel plants producing “solid waste fuel”. The Conversation

Fixing Methane Leaks Wouldn’t Cost That Much

Fixing Methane Leaks Wouldn’t Cost That MuchThe US Environmental Protection Agency recently enacted regulations to reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas production.

The Dead Sea Warns Of An Unprecedented Drought

dead sea 3 30A 30-metre layer of salt discovered beneath the Dead Sea reveals drought worse than any in human history – and it could happen again. The Dead Sea Warns Of Unprecedented Drought

Why States Are Pushing Ahead With Clean Energy

Why States Are Pushing Ahead With Clean Energy Despite Trump's Embrace Of CoalOn Tuesday, March 28, President Trump traveled to the Environmental Protection Agency to sign an executive order rolling back a number of climate-related regulations that have taken effect over the past eight years.

Polar Sea Ice Reaches A Record Low

Polar Sea Ice Reaches A Record LowNASA scientists say that in the last six months the world has lost an area of polar sea ice that is bigger than Mexico.

What's Inside The Coal Industry's Rhetorical Playbook

Inside The Coal Industry's Rhetorical PlaybookIf citizens have heard anything about the upheaval in the U.S. coal industry, it is probably the insistence that President Obama and the EPA have waged a “war on coal.”

Managing Water Is Key To Adapting African Agriculture To Climate Change

Managing Water Is Key To Adapting African Agriculture To Climate ChangeAfrican nations have overwhelmingly included climate resilient agriculture in their indicative pledges to the United Nations. And agriculture is seen as a major focus through a common position of the African Union on climate adaptation.

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

How Electric Cars Can Help Save The Grid

A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast.

How Extreme Heat Could Cause Animals To Shrink

How Extreme Heat Could Cause Animals To ShrinkMore than 50 million years ago, when Earth experienced a series of extreme global warming events, early mammals responded by shrinking in size.

The Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100

The Colorado River Flow Could Drop 50% By 2100Warming in the 21st century has reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet—about the amount of water used by 2 million people for one year, a new study warns.

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