The Hopeful Return of Polar Whales

The Hopeful Return Of Polar Whales

The bleak history of whaling pushed many species to the brink of extinction, even in the remote waters of the north and south poles. Over 1.3 million whales were killed in just 70 years around Antarctica alone.

Greenwashing: Can You Trust That Label?

Greenwashing: Can You Trust That Label?

Producers and retailers of everything from toilet paper to homes want you to believe that their product is “green”. More are “greenwashing” their products. Greenwashing is the misleading claims of environmental benefits...

The Climate Crisis: 6 Steps To Making Fossil Fuels History

The Climate Crisis: 6 Steps To Making Fossil Fuels History
In shouting “system change not climate change”, young people understand that the 3-4℃ warmer world we’re headed for would be far more painful, costly and disruptive than any short-term costs or inconvenience we face from taking rapid, bold action.

3 Ways Cities Can Prepare For Climate Emergencies

3 Ways Cities Can Prepare For Climate Emergencies
Cities are on the front line of climate change. While their footprints cover a mere two per cent of the Earth’s surface, they consume 78 per cent of global energy and account for over 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Why No Country Is Sufficiently Prepared The Climate Crisis

Why No Country Is Sufficiently Prepared The Climate Crisis
There’s little that the left and the right agree on these days. But surely one thing is beyond question: that national governments must protect citizens from the gravest threats and risks they face.

How Your Garden Could Help Stop Your City Flooding

How Your Garden Could Help Stop Your City Flooding
Urban flooding represents the most common yet severe environmental threat to cities and towns worldwide. Future changes in rainfall extremes are likely to increase this threat, even in areas that could become drier.

The Future of Water

The world’s supply of cheap and clean fresh water will likely plummet as the climate warms and populations boom. Can we find ways to conserve, cut waste, and find new sources before it’s too late?

How Fires Weaken Amazon Rainforests' Ability To Bounce Back

 How Fires Weaken Amazon Rainforests' Ability To Bounce Back
The flames consuming the Amazon rainforest this year have alarmed the world, renewing concerns about one of the planet’s most biodiverse regions and the release of large amounts of carbon into the atmosphere

Hope And Mourning In The Anthropocene: Understanding Ecological Grief

Hope And Mourning In The Anthropocene: Understanding Ecological Grief
We are living in a time of extraordinary ecological loss. Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear that we are pushing the Earth into an entirely new geological era, often described as the Anthropocene.

Good Communication Is A Key Part Of Disaster Response

Good Communication Is A Key Part Of Disaster Response
Behind the scenes during hurricanes and other disasters, scores of public information officers in state and local government agencies are fixed to their screens – often in 24-hour shifts

How Agriculture Can Both Feed People And Fight Climate Change

How Agriculture Can Both Feed People And Fight Climate Change
Imagine “carbon emissions”, and what springs to mind? Most people tend to think of power stations belching out clouds of carbon dioxide or queues of vehicles burning up fossil fuels as they crawl, bumper-to-bumper, along congested urban roads.

Climate Change: Having The Right Combination Of Tree Personalities Could Make Forests More Resilient

Climate Change: Having The Right Combination Of Tree Personalities Could Make Forests More Resilient
Every tree in a forest has a neighbour. In many forest neighbourhoods, the same species are often found living together, especially when the growing conditions are similar. Sometimes these neighbours are close and sometimes far apart, but collectively they form part of a community, with some species naturally being more dominant than others, especially in terms of biomass production. 

Biomining The Elements Of The Future

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Biomining is the kind of technique promised by science fiction: a vast tank filled with microorganisms that leach metal from ore, old mobile phones and hard drives.

How Can Trees Really Cool Our Cities Down?

How Can Trees Really Cool Our Cities Down?

In cities around the world, trees are often planted to help control temperatures and mitigate the effects of the “urban heat island”. But while trees have been called “nature’s air conditioners”, in practice, scientists often have difficulty demonstrating their cooling properties.

5 Ways Communities Are Coping With Climate Anxiety

5 Ways Communities Are Coping With Climate Anxiety
This summer, wildfires erupted in California, torrential rains flooded parts of Japan, and record-breaking temperatures led to a number of heat-related deaths around the globe. Disasters like these are augmented by climate change, and scientists say extreme weather like this will increase and worsen as climate change accelerates. And it’s impacting our mental health.

This Solar-Powered Still Can Make Fresh Water From Salty Water

This Solar-Powered Still Can Make Fresh Water From Salty WaterLocal people collect water from a muddy waterhole in 2006 in San Marcos Tlacoyalco. The Tehuacan Valley South-East of Mexico City has long experienced severe water shortages. Drought and climate change have contributed to this but recent industrial growth has also strained the very limited ground water resource. Water resources in the area are largely based on a weekly delivery by truck as well as collecting water from small pools known as Jagueys.

Better Ways To Foster Solar Innovation And Save Jobs Than Tariffs

Better Ways To Foster Solar Innovation And Save Jobs Than Tariffs
Far from protecting U.S. interests, the tariffs are bound to stifle the current solar boom, destroying American jobs and dragging down clean energy innovation. As economists who research climate and energy policies that can foster a greener North American economy, we argue the government should instead create targeted subsidies that support innovation and lower costs across the supply chain.

What These 6 Clouds Can Reveal About The Weather

Cumulonimbus: heavy rain and thunder on the horizon.
You don’t need a supercomputer to predict how the weather above your head is likely to change over the next few hours – this has been known across cultures for millennia. By keeping an eye on the skies above you, and knowing a little about how clouds form, you can predict whether rain is on the way.

Sustainable Shopping: How To Stay Green When Buying White Goods

Sustainable Shopping: How To Stay Green When Buying White Goods
Most of us have a range of white goods (refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) in our homes. These white goods provide a host of benefits, but they also have significant environmental impacts, and it’s important to consider these when using and choosing white goods.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 To Talk To Climate Change Doubters About Global Warming

How To Talk To Climate Change Doubters About Global WarmingConversations about climate change often derail into arguments about whether global warming exists, whether climate change is already happening, the extent to which human activity is a cause and which beliefs are based in evidence versus propaganda. The Conversation

Why Rural Communities Need to Talk About Climate Change

Why Rural Communities Need to Talk About Climate ChangeEducating rural communities can help them prevent permanent damage to the environment. There is a common misconception that you can’t talk about climate change in rural communities because the issue is considered too polarizing...

These Global Bright Spots Offer Climate Hope

These Global Bright Spots Offer Climate Hope

Scientists show how humans can improve poor people’s lives by reversing practices that destroy the environment and fuel climate change.

How South Florida Is Adapting To Climate Change

How South Florida Is Adapting To Climate ChangeWith every passing year, Southeast Florida faces more pressure to adapt to climate change. The region already experiences the effects of climate change, such as flooding on sunny days during the highest tides of the year

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