Should we become vegetarians? Is it OK to fly? The author of There Is No Planet B, A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, answers the big questions Our food makes up something like a quarter of our greenhouse gas footprint, and at the same time as cutting this we need to feed a growing population better than we are doing now, while rescuing our haemorrhaging biodiversity and avoiding an antibiotics crisis . There is no escaping the clear evidence that humans need to reduce their meat – especially beef and lamb – as well as dairy consumption . When we feed a soya bean to a cow, we get back only about 10% of the nutrition in beef, and it comes with a hefty dose of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) and very likely some deforestation. Continue reading...
Access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted, but it's a serious problem across much of the world. Now researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra have tested a new method for sterilizing water using hot bubbles of carbon dioxide, which they've found to be both effective and efficient...
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Air pollution causes millions of deaths worldwide every year – and a huge portion of those are from heart conditions.
Could our collective preference for balmy weather be lulling us into a false sense of complacency toward climate change?
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased 2.87 parts per million at NOAA's Mauna Loa Observatory in 2018, the fourth largest on record.
Another key litigant is exiting the fight over the Obama EPA's limits on emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants from power plants.
Melting ice in high altitude mountainous habitats contribute to global warming, rather than help slow it down, scientists from Colorado have said.
March 21, 2019 2:31 PM SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China's average concentrations of lung-damaging particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 per cent in the first two months of the year, the environment ministry said on Thursday (March 21), casting doubt over the country's ability to meet winter targets.
Minnesota is among the fastest-warming states in the U.S., and the changing climate is having an impact on some beloved elements of outdoor life (March 21)
The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., which likely will bring more flooding and other extreme weather such as heat waves and drought, according to a scientific report.
Scientists report evidence that Colorado's Front Range tundra emits more CO2 than it absorbs each year.
The Florida Senate is topping Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request for environmental funding, despite early concerns about a tight budget and the need to react to Hurricane Michael. The Senate Agriculture, Environment and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday released an initial $5.9 billion budget proposal that includes $656 million for Everglades restoration and water-quality efforts such as trying to reduce future outbreaks of toxic algae and red tide. DeSantis has requested $625 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1 as part of a four-year, $2.5 billion environmental plan. The House on Tuesday introduced a proposal that included $607.4 million toward DeSantis’ goal. “We are excited about our budget,” said Sen. Debbie Mayfield, a Rockledge Republican who chairs the Senate...
Environmental groups are raising concern about a proposal to expand the use of antibiotics against a disease that has crippled Florida’s iconic citrus industry. The fear is an increase in antibiotic-resistant diseases for humans. The groups are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to deny the proposal to expand the use of the antibiotic streptomycin against citrus greening disease. The Center for Biological Diversity delivered a petition with more than 45,000 signatures to the federal agency. Here is the organization’s Emily Knobbe. “The more we keep doing this the more we end up with these antibiotic-resistant bacteria out in the environment that are way more dangerous than they used to be because they used to be treatable by our modern medicine, by our antibiotics.” Florida’s citrus...
Texas environmental regulators have given a House committee a lengthy defense of their decision to reject NASA's offer of high-tech air quality monitoring help after Hurricane Harvey.
March 20, 2019 9:37 AM SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China has phased out 280,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substance (ODS) production as part of its obligations to the 1988 Montreal Protocol aimed at protecting the ozone layer, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday (March 19).
[New Times] Rwanda Association of Professional Environmental Practitioners has been launched, with an aim to improve professionalism on assessing the impact of different projects on the environment.
Flooding characterized by the National Weather Service as "major to historic and catastrophic" is continuing across parts of the central plains and Upper Midwest.
The flooding has come in the wake of last week's "bomb cyclone," which dumped heavy rain atop snowpack with high water content. The resulting runoff has triggered record-setting flooding throughout the Missouri and Mississippi river basins.
As I'm writing this on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 19, more than 8 million people
China has phased out 280,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substance (ODS) production as part of its obligations to the 1988 Montreal Protocol aimed at protecting the ozone layer, the official Xinhua news agency reported late on Tuesday.
[IPS] Wisconsin, USA -The U.N.'s World Water day is fast approaching as the state of the world's consumable water supply remains dismal. Billions of people face at least the very real risk of scarcity, if they're not facing scarcity already; and about a third of the world's groundwater systems are in danger of becoming depleted.
Forecasters are predicting precipitation and cooler conditions starting Wednesday before a second round of unsettled weather arrives late Friday.
The Ministry of Public Health will open more air pollution clinics in affected areas, according to Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary at the ministry.
A few days’ exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with increased risk of death from asthma according to a team of researchers Sun Yat-sen University, Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Meteorological Information Center, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and the Institute of Chronic Noncommunicable Disease Control and Prevention in China. Previous studies have linked
A US patent has been granted for a gas sensor that could go into Apple watch straps and phones. It could detect carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, alcohol vapour among others, say a tech blog.
A bipartisan group of six senators is pressing EPA to drop a proposed rollback of the legal justification for its regulations on power plant emissions of mercury.
"The United States joined Saudi Arabia to derail a U.N. resolution that sought to improve the world’s understanding of potential efforts to lace the sky with sunlight-reflecting aerosols or use carbon-catching fans." LINK
EPA officials confronted a chorus of calls this morning to drop plans for revisiting their landmark regulation of power plant mercury pollution as speakers at a public hearing accused the agency of industry bias, flawed analysis and sheer wrongheadedness.
[Deutsche Welle] Rescue efforts began as the weather cleared in Zimbabwe's hard-hit Chimanimani district, were infrastructure was washed away by floods. Mozambique's environment minister said the disaster could be the nation's worst.
Kaya, Y.; Yamaguchi, M.; Geden, O. (2019): Towards net zero CO2 emissions without relying on massive carbon dioxide removal. In: Sustain Sci 354 (5), S. 182. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-019-00680-1. "Current emission scenarios that allow keeping the global temperature increase below 2 °C or even 1.5 °C—as foreseen by the Paris Agreement—are based on very optimistic assumptions, including enormous volumes of carbon dioxide removal (CDR). A closer look at the globally most important emission sectors—power, transport and industry—shows manifold barriers for very ambitious mitigation." LINK
Rescue efforts began as the weather cleared in Zimbabwe's hard-hit Chimanimani district, were infrastructure was washed away by floods. Mozambique's environment minister said the disaster could be the nation's worst.
Minster of Environment Yasmine Fouad announced Sunday that the Egyptian government has launched an online forum for collecting the financial support and obligations needed for the international biodiversity agreement. During the UN Environment Assembly in Kenya from March 11-15, Fouad said that Egypt successfully hosted the biodiversity conference in Sharm el-Sheikh in November with the … Continued
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A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 10 through Sat, Mar 16, 2019
Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future
Students attend a protest rally of the 'Friday For Future Movement' in Berlin, Germany, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Thousands of New York City students protested at locations including Columbus Circle, City Hall, the American Museum of Natural History and a football field at the Bronx High School of Science. Police said 16 protesters were arrested on disorderly conduct charges for blocking traffic at the museum.
The coordinated “school strikes” were inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg...
National Weather Service cites sharp turnaround in precipitation throughout state.
Scientists at NASA JPL are creating alien atmospheres to better understand distant exoplanets. The space agency detailed part of this project, which involves using a special type of ‘oven’ to heat a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, simulating the very high temperatures on giant gas exoplanets. Using the simulated atmosphere, researchers are able to study environments and learn … Continue reading
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty From the horrifying mosque shooting in New Zealand to students worldwide demanding action on global warming, The Daily Beast brings you the most powerful photos of the week. Read more at The Daily Beast.
The worldwide protests were inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who camped out in front of parliament in Stockholm last year.
[UNEP] Nairobi -Today, the head of Chinese delegation, Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, and Joyce Msuya, Acting Head of UN Environment, jointly announced that China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with a theme of air pollution.
A three-year UN-backed study from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform On Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has grim implications for the future of humanity.
With Meghna Chakrabarti China wouldn’t take the bulk of U.S. recycling anymore, so some cities and towns are taking a drastic step: They’re burning it. Want more from the show? You can get messages right from our hosts (and more opportunities to engage with the show) sent directly to your inbox with the On Point newsletter. Subscribe here . Guests Jenna Jambeck , professor in the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering. Co-creator of the Marine Debris Tracker app. ( @JambeckResearch ) David Biderman , executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America ( @SWANA ), a nonprofit association made up of solid waste companies and municipalities. ( @biderman ) Tony Giunta , mayor of the town of Franklin, New Hampshire, and director of project development for the environmental...
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), joined by three other lawmakers, today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act through fiscal 2024.
March 14, 2019 4:11 PM SINGAPORE - Air pollution is the largest environmental health risk, causing between six million and seven million premature deaths and an estimated US$5 trillion (S$6.78 trillion) in welfare losses each year, the United Nations said on Wednesday (March 13) in a landmark 700-page report on the state of the planet.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) officers were made aware of the spill, after foam was spotted in Blackburn Lake, east of the CBD, in January.
A new report out today published by the UN Environment Assembly says a damaging rise in Arctic temperatures is now likely inevitable, regardless of whether or not comments made in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change are met.
The report - sixth edition of ‘Global Environment Outlook’ - informs that if environment protections are not scaled up drastically, cities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by 2050. The report is the most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years
The Swedish high school student has sparked a worldwide movement against global warming.
Western Australia's environmental watchdog said on Thursday that it would withdraw guidelines issued last week that would have required big projects to offset their carbon emissions to help curb global warming.
Plastic garbage from Trader Joe's and an AARP card are peeking out of hillocks of plastic trash piling up in Indonesia. It's a sign of a new global quandary: What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it? For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products. And it wasn't just the U.S. Some 70 percent of the world's plastic waste went to China – about 7 million tons a year. Numerous Chinese millionaires were minted as recycling businesses started and blossomed – sure, they paid for the world's plastic and paper trash but they made far more money from processing it and selling the resulting raw materials. But last year the Chinese...
A new study about the environment and public health reveals a stark inequity: White populations in the United States contribute more to air pollution than minority Hispanic and black populations. However, Hispanic and black populations are more likely to be breathing in the air pollution that's created.
[UNEP] Nairobi -The most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years was published today, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people's health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken.
Environment groups, councils and London mayor challenge airport expansion in high court The decision to expand Heathrow airport with a third runway was unlawful because it failed to consider the full impacts of climate change and the need for more stringent targets to avoid catastrophic global warming, the high court has been told. Friends of the Earth on Wednesday accused the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, of acting unlawfully when he agreed to the expansion, which is contained in the government’s airports national policy statement. Continue reading...
The top Trump-appointed lawyer in the Justice Department's environmental practice appeared in federal court today to defend the administration's refusal to impose new standards on the hardrock mining industry.
For more than 30 years, Inuits welcomed anthropologist Jean Briggs into their lives so she could study how they raise their children. Above: Briggs during a 1974 visit to Baffin Island. Jean Briggs Collection / American Philosophical Society The Northern Lights, Iqaluit, Canada. Johan Hallberg-Campbell for NPR Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about anger. At age 34, Jean Briggs traveled above the Arctic Circle and lived out on the tundra for 17 months. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. So Briggs convinced an Inuit family to "adopt" her and "try to keep her alive," as the anthropologist wrote in 1970. At the time, many Inuit families lived a lifestyle similar...
A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet’s parlous state. Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a … Continued
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IPS is reissuing this piece that appeared in Mar 5, 2018 in memory of one of the authors, Victor Tsang, who tragically passed away on Sunday in the Ethiopian Airlines crash along with 156 others. There were 21 United Nations officials on board the flight. The fatalities included people from 35 countries, including 32 Kenyan citizens, 18 from Canada, nine from Ethiopia, eight from Italy, China and the US, and seven from the UK and France.
This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8.
Victor Tsang is UN Environment gender expert and Shari Nijman, UN Environment communication officer
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[UNEP] The two Kenyan teenagers stood awkwardly outside the UN Environment headquarters in Nairobi. To a casual observer they might have looked out of place among the suit-wearing, lanyard-bearing delegates at the world's most influential environmental summit but in fact, they had come to deliver their own keynote addresses.
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[SNA] The Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly started Monday at the United Nations Environment Program Headquarters in Nairobi, under the theme "Innovative solutions to environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production".
The UN's sixth Global Environment Outlook paints a dire picture of a planet where environmental problems interact with each other to make things even more dangerous for people. But it says changes in the way the world eats, buys things, gets its energy and handles its waste could fix the problems.
[Daily Maverick] The Namibian government is coming under heavy pressure from influential politicians in north-eastern Namibia to allow the increased harvesting of rare hardwood trees - at the risk of accelerating already rampant deforestation in the country.
Air quality has become a key political issue after record pollution levels hit the country last week South Korea has passed emergency measures to tackle the “social disaster” being unleashed by air pollution , after record levels of fine dust blanketed most of the country in recent weeks. The national assembly passed a series of bills on Wednesday giving authorities access to emergency funds for measures that include the mandatory installation of high-capacity air purifiers in classrooms and encouraging sales of liquified petroleum gas vehicles, which produce lower emissions than those that run on petrol and diesel. Continue reading...
Scientists map out threats faced by thousands of species of birds, mammals and amphibians More than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and “will almost certainly face extinction” without conservation intervention, according to new research. Scientists working with Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals and amphibians to determine which parts of a species’ habitat range are most affected by known drivers of biodiversity loss. Continue reading...
A Japanese weather satellite has provided visual evidence of the historic asteroid that exploded in the atmosphere over the Bering Sea in December that packed a punch of 10 atomic bombs used by the U.S. in Hiroshima, a report said
[The Herald] Global pressure patterns are a function of spatial temperature variations. We use weather maps to show spatial pressure variations and through analysing atmospheric variables such as wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure and temperatures, meteorologists are able to predict weather patterns.
March 24, 2019 5:00 AM Generations of children may rediscover the pleasures of making mudpies and climbing trees if a new iteration of playground design comes to fruition. The National Parks Board's (NParks) new Nature Playgarden at the Hort Park, opened last week, is the first of a series of playgrounds that relies more on biophilic design. Studies show that children need outdoor play to develop crucial skills - from exploration and risk-taking to motor skills and socialisation. Doing so in a natural environment has added advantages of aiding bone development and boosting immune systems.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will allow state fire officials to bypass some environmental regulations to clear dead trees and other vegetation ahead of the next wildfire season.
Thawing permafrost can release large amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide and methane. It's a growing concern in the rapidly warming Arctic, where scientists are trying to determine just how quickly the region's frozen soil is thawing out and what that might mean for the global climate.
A storm brought down power poles in Muang district of Nakhon Phanom overnight, causing widespread blackouts, as the weather office issued a new, four-region storm warning.
Several Democratic lawmakers are pointing to EPA's adoption of an obscure regulatory interpretation as fresh evidence of allegedly improper involvement by air chief Bill Wehrum and another political appointee in a policy shift of keen interest to a client of their former law firm.
Canada-based Carbon Engineering has exceeded its financing target which will enable it to deploy its first commercial operation to remove carbon dioxide directly from the air, it said on Thursday.
The Trump administration's reliance on industry-funded environmental specialists is again coming under fire, this time by researchers who say that Anthony "Tony" Cox Jr., who leads a key EPA advisory board on air pollution, is a "fringe" scientist and ideologue pushing policies detrimental to public...
China's average concentrations of lung-damaging particles known as PM2.5 rose by 5.2 percent in the first two months of the year, the environment ministry said on Thursday, casting doubt over the country's ability to meet winter targets.
Deforestation in the Amazon could have a similar local warming effect to decades of climate change-driven temperature rises
Australia has highest rate of mammal extinction in the world but government admits it ‘does not have data’ on plans The federal environment department has admitted it does not know whether recovery plans meant to prevent extinctions of threatened species are actually being implemented. Related: Wombats, sharks, possums, frogs: Australia's animals at risk of extinction – interactive Continue reading...
"With the ongoing failure of emissions reduction to adequately address growing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), increasing attention has focused on the possibility of conducting CO2 removal (CDR) from the atmosphere (‘negative emissions’). Indeed, modelling suggests that hundreds to thousands of gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2 will need to be removed over this century depending on global mean temperature goals and the success of emissions reduction." LINK
European Union leaders charted a course toward net-zero global warming emissions but without setting a target date for the goal in a draft summit statement on Wednesday.
In the 1950s, Jane Goodall began to travel to Kenya for a research project on chimpanzees. Her research was fundamental to understanding how chimps make and use tools, and she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. Now in her 80s, Goodall continues to dedicate her life to animals and the environment. She is a UN Messenger of Peace , a UNESCO Award Winner and has been the subject of numerous documentaries and feature films. While in South Florida for an event at Florida Atlantic University , she spoke with Sundial’s Luis Hernandez about her legacy as a conservationist and some of the major environmental challenges facing our planet. WLRN: You're speaking to an audience in South Florida that is very aware of the key environmental issues on the horizon, like...
Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency held its first and only hearing on a proposed rollback of Mercury and Air Toxic Standards. Environmental advocates, many of whom came forward as concerned parents, testified that the proposed regulatory change would hit close …
According to NASA, a meteor exploded in Earth's atmosphere in December.
Recycling of 500,000 bags is small fraction of 11m made daily, campaigners say Claims by the crisp producer Walkers that it has recycled half a million empty crisp packets in three months should be taken with “a pinch of salt” because they represent 0.01% of plastic waste from the number made and sold annually, analysis has found. The campaign organisation 38 Degrees said Walkers’ production of 11 million crisp packets a day meant its new recycling scheme had only led to a tiny fraction being recycled since its launch. Continue reading...
[This Day] Abuja -The Royal Dutch oil firm, Shell, has said its operations in Nigeria's oil industry could face adverse impacts if the business environment in Nigeria deteriorates.
A recent warming of the Pacific Ocean has led to a 70 percent chance of an El Niño weather event developing this year, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday.
Yash Bhandari is research editor at Rockay, a clothing manufacturer that focuses on the exclusive use of eco-friendly and recyclable materials
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EPA has published its decision to leave the primary sulfur dioxide standard unchanged, thereby opening a 60-day window for opponents to challenge that determination in court.
"To prevent the impending doom that awaits Earth through global warming, three young geo-engineering enthusiasts have offered a simple and cost-effective solution -- freeze sea water to rebuild polar ice caps." LINK
"It sounds like a drastic course of action: inject stuff high into Earth’s atmosphere to reflect a little sunlight and help counteract global warming. Then again, injecting a bunch of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and warming the planet was pretty drastic, too." LINK
The U.S. Central Plains states could face more flooding this week as rising temperatures accelerate snow melt across the region, weather forecasters said Monday.
In an Australian and World First, Soil Carbon Credits under the ERF Soil Carbon Method to reward Farmers for increase in Soil Carbon have been issued. In the same day, another world took place.
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"These foreboding trends have led to an increasing focus on ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Among the methods being explored is the use of the ocean to absorb and/or store carbon by adding crushed rocks or other sources of alkalinity to react with CO2 in seawater, ultimately consuming atmospheric CO2." LINK
"Engineering the climate to reflect away sunlight could halve global warming and offset the risk of increases in tropical storms, new research suggests." LINK
Greens promise new laws on air pollution, greenhouse gases, invasive species, water resources and vulnerable habitats The Greens will push for two new environmental agencies, including a regulator with wide-ranging powers to tackle climate change and land-clearing, adding pressure to Labor to provide detail to its own policy pledge . In the new policy the Greens promise laws to expand federal oversight of environmental issues, including the creation of an environment commission to develop protection plans and an environmental protection agency with “real powers” of enforcement. Continue reading...
A new UN Environment report on the Arctic was released last week, which covered a...
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From better boilers to less plastic, these climate-striking kids are demanding their school shrink its carbon footprint
Commitments agreed at UN conference in Kenya do not go far enough, say green groups Environmental groups involved in talks at a United Nations conference in Kenya have accused the US of blocking an ambitious global response to plastic pollution. Representatives of countries at the UN environment conference in Nairobi this week agreed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over the next decade but the voluntary pledges fell far short of what was required, according to green groups. Continue reading...
Here's the latest for Friday March 15th: Outrage across the globe after a mosque shooting leaves dozens dead; President Trump signs his first veto; Students around the world protest global warming; A Berlin zoo unveils its polar bear cub.
[Ensia] Air travel has a gigantic carbon footprint. And, contrary to popular belief, carbon offsets do make a difference.
THE Negril area Environmental Protection Trust (NEPT) has been playing an integral role in shaping sustainable solutions for the conservation and protection of marine ecosystems in western Jamaica.The 25-year-old organisation recently embarked on a major restoration project of Negril's coral reefs by establishing a coral nursery in the Orange Bay Special Fishery Conservation Area in Hanover.
March 15, 2019 5:00 AM Air pollution is the largest environmental health risk, causing between six million and seven million premature deaths and an estimated US$5 trillion (S$6.8 trillion) in welfare losses each year, the United Nations said in a landmark 700-page report on the state of the planet.
Next time you're at the beach, give the ocean a big thanks. For decades, the Earth's oceans have absorbed vast quantities of carbon dioxide.
Dirty air is not only the stuff of megacities. Research shows it claims most lives in rapidly-urbanizing countries and places where people burn polluting fuel for heat.
Accurate warnings of extreme weather conditions are sometimes ignored, or worse, mocked.
A Carlyle Group $1 billion deepwater crude export project faces a delay of up to 18 months after regulators called for a full environmental review, officials said, a setback in the private equity firm's race to be first to open a new deepwater, U.S. Gulf Coast export hub.
The ARkStorm project reminds residents that preparedness is key.
ARkStorm is a realistic scenario of a California-wide meteorological disaster that would cause floods, mudslides, and an estimated $725 billion in damage…
March 14, 2019 11:55 AM TOKYO (AFP) - Air pollution can have devastating health effects for people of all ages, but children are more vulnerable and face specific risks that can last a lifetime, experts say.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Gulu -The convulsive rhythms of local "lakubukubu" music blast from the back of a pickup truck in the dusty town of Pajule, where two towering trees give welcome shade.
The Clean Energy Regulator has today issued the first Australian carbon credit units (ACCUs) to a soil carbon project under the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to man-made pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet’s parlous state.Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy, it warned.The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) – a report six years in…
March 13, 2019 6:29 PM NAIROBI (AFP) - A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday (March 13) in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state.
Ten models found to be emitting more greenhouse gases than certified initially Jaguar Land Rover has been forced to recall more than 44,000 cars for repairs after UK regulators found some models were emitting more carbon dioxide than previously thought. The Vehicle Certification Agency found 10 models for the Land Rover and Jaguar brands were emitting more greenhouse gases than had been certified initially. JLR then informed the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, which handles recalls, of the findings. Continue reading...
As the Trump administration moves toward a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River, the Bureau of Reclamation is pushing legislation that would exempt its work from environmental reviews.
Environmental damage and pollution cause a quarter of all deaths, a UN report said. The Global Environment Outlook also warned of serious economic consequences for developing countries if no action is taken by 2050.
The Dutch government intends to introduce a tax on carbon dioxide for companies, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Wednesday.
March 13, 2019 10:37 AM SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's parliament on Wednesday (March 13) passed a set of Bills to fight air pollution that has blanketed parts of the country in recent years, with one Bill designating the problem a 'social disaster'.
"A bizarre plan to mitigate climate change by spraying chemicals into the atmosphere to "turn down the sun" could actually work." LINK
"Artificially cooling Earth by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere could be a viable and safe option in combating global warming, despite fears it could cause huge monsoons around the world." LINK
BP urged the U.S. government to tighten rules limiting methane leaks from oil and gas operations as it teamed up with a prominent environmental group to develop technologies to limit emissions of the potent greenhouse gas.
German automaker Volkswagen AG said yesterday it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next 10 years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent.
In Rush to Gut Vehicle Rules, Wheeler Intends to Fight States’ Legal Ability to Set Standards OAKLAND, Calif. (March 12, 2019)—In an interview published today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the Trump administration would issue new, weaker vehicle...