Ecology and Environment

07.12.2020

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

Why Las Vegas Is at the Heart of Western States’ Water Conundrums

A city in the middle of the desert with less rainfall than any other in the nation was bound to have a water problem. By Frederick Clayton Las Vegas is a city few would associate with conservation. Sprawling urbanization orbits towering casinos that welcome more than 42 million tourists a… »

05.12.2020

Referendum in Switzerland: economic interests prevailed over ethical values

Referendum in Switzerland: economic interests prevailed over ethical values

Switzerland missed two opportunities to move towards a more just world. Last weekend, Swiss voters voted on two referendums, both of which were rejected. The first referendum question, a popular initiative “For responsible companies – to protect human beings and the environment”, actually collected a majority of “Yes” (50.73%), but… »

05.12.2020

Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

The European Court of Human Rights finally has the opportunity to take on climate change. And it is taking it seriously, thanks to a group of 8 to 21-year-olds. In September 2020, four children and two young adults from Portugal – all witness to the extreme heat and wildfires… »

03.12.2020

Rwanda Embracing Solar Energy

Rwanda Embracing Solar Energy

ARC Power, a British Startup, is currently helping Rwanda, a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with Solar Business Parks alongside its roll-out of solar mini-grids – a collection of solar-powered commercial units – the latest energy initiative to light up Rwanda. Rwanda is increasingly adopting solar energy… »

02.12.2020

Tiny island survived tsunami that helped separate Britain and Europe

Tiny island survived tsunami that helped separate Britain and Europe

By Michael Marshall The Atlantis of northern Europe sank under the seas slowly, rather than being obliterated by a tsunami. A little over 8000 years ago, a devastating tsunami swept across the North Sea, striking a small island that existed there at the time. But new… »

02.12.2020

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on 30 November with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the… »

01.12.2020

Beyond the old world: lessons from the pandemic

Beyond the old world: lessons from the pandemic

I created the Integral Sustainability School with other partners, in 2015, in Salvador, Northeast of Brazil. In 2018, an inspiration that came during a long stay in India allowed me to write a short story called “Auroville, 2046. After the end of one world”, which talks… »

30.11.2020

Powering down — and out

Powering down — and out

Closing Indian Point will speed action on climate change, not hamper it By Marilyn Elie and Linda Pentz Gunter Next spring, the last working nuclear reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center on the Hudson River, 30 miles from Manhattan, will power down. At least 20 million people in the… »

28.11.2020

Black Friday and the climate emergency

Black Friday and the climate emergency

Black Friday could easily refer to today’s carbon footprint driven by the spree of overconsumption, fuelled by advertising. Black Friday is hyped as the most frenzied day in the year for rampant consumerism. The term began in Philadelphia in the United States as slang for the madly busy shopping day… »

26.11.2020

Victory for Tribes, Waterways, and Planet as Pebble Mine Denied Permit

Victory for Tribes, Waterways, and Planet as Pebble Mine Denied Permit

“Sometimes a project is so bad, so indefensible, that the politics fall to the wayside and we get the right decision.” By Andrea Germanos Environmental campaigners stressed the need for the incoming Biden White House to put in place permanent protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay after the Trump administration on Wednesday… »

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