Ecology and Environment

17.08.2019

July 2019 Was Hottest Month Since Records Began in 1880

July 2019 Was Hottest Month Since Records Began in 1880

By Julia Conley, As climate scientists raise alarm over hotter and hotter global temperatures, a top U.S. weather agency reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month the planet has ever experienced since the government began recording global temperatures nearly 140 years ago. NOAA’s monthly Global Climate Report revealed… »

15.08.2019

Fracking Boom in US and Canada Largely to Blame for ‘Massive’ Rise of Global Methane Levels: Study

Fracking Boom in US and Canada Largely to Blame for ‘Massive’ Rise of Global Methane Levels: Study

While the rise of methane in the Earth’s atmosphere over the past decade has been “globally significant,” quick action to end fracking would have a rapid, positive impact on the environment by Julia Conley, staff writer for Common Dreams New research by a scientist at Cornell University… »

15.08.2019

Sea Level Rise!

Sea Level Rise!

Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That’s about to change. Still, it’s very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock-solid stability. Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of the biggest questions of… »

15.08.2019

Our Vanishing World: Rainforests

Our Vanishing World: Rainforests

Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth’s biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth’s climate and vital carbon sinks, the major player in Earth’s hydrological (water) cycle, a massive producer of oxygen and home to most of the world’s species, rainforests are the home of a large indigenous human population. »

14.08.2019

The First-Ever Comprehensive Scientific Assessment of the Links between Land and Climate Change

The First-Ever Comprehensive Scientific Assessment of the Links between Land and Climate Change

The first-ever comprehensive scientific assessment of the links between land and climate change is a critical contribution to efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, tackle the impacts of global warming and protect food security, the World Meteorological Organization said on 8 August 2019*. The release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate… »

11.08.2019

Nature Can Still Heal Itself, If We Give It the Urgent Attention It Needs

Nature Can Still Heal Itself, If We Give It the Urgent Attention It Needs

As scorching temperatures continue to break records across Europe, unprecedented wildfires break out in the Arctic, and polar sea ice cover drops—again—to an all-time low, never before has the climate crisis been so palpable, for so many people. The increasing intensity and frequency of climate extremes impacts life on earth… »

08.08.2019

Pounding Heat Clobbers Greenland

Pounding Heat Clobbers Greenland

By Robert Hunziker Greenland is one of the biggest targets for global warming, in part, because it’s so big it’s hard to miss.And sure enough, only recently crazy halting weather with inordinate hot temperature hit Greenland bull’s-eye, dead-on with one helluva meltdown. That’s bad news for pretty much everybody on… »

07.08.2019

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

George Monbiot for The Guardian The fossil-fuel lobby is threatened by public concern over the climate crisis. So it’s buying influence to get the results it wants. The tragedy of our times is that the gathering collapse of our life support systems has coincided with the age of… »

06.08.2019

Defending the environment now more lethal than soldiering in some war zones – and indigenous peoples are suffering most

Defending the environment now more lethal than soldiering in some war zones – and indigenous peoples are suffering most

Jayalaxshmi Mistry, Royal Holloway for The Conversation Despite centuries of persecution, indigenous groups still manage or have tenure rights over at least a quarter of the world’s land surface. Often inhabiting these lands as far back as memory extends, they share a deep and unique connection… »

04.08.2019

Can Recycling Really Solve The Plastic Problem?

Can Recycling Really Solve The Plastic Problem?

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust and Arshad M. Khan The practice of recycling has everything to commend it:  On a finite planet, it conserves resources; it is meretricious allowing us, as it does, to pin a mental merit badge on our chests as we ready the assigned recycling bin once… »

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