(National Geographic) - Planet or Plastic? Scientists recorded hundreds of particles per square meter raining down in a remote location. While these particles have been found in the oceans, waterways and heavily populated areas, this discovery shows a greater degree of pollution reaching far above and beyond our cities.Read More
(Green Heart SC) - The Green Heart Project in Charleston, SC teams up with local schools to build garden based learning projects while teaching students about growing, eating, composting and community. Green Heart Project also gives students access to fresh, locally grown foods and helps expand on the educational curriculum taught inside the classroom.
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(UN Environment) - New UN study shows that even if Paris Agreement goals were met Arctic temperatures will continue to rise due to ocean heat storage and greenhouse gases already emitted. This will lead to devastating rises in sea levels as glaciers and the ice cap continue to melt.
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(Modest Fish) - Coral bleaching can be caused by a variety of elements, most of those attributable to the effects of climate change. The result is serious economic and ecological losses. Read more to better understand coral bleaching and preventative measures to stop the loss of coral reefs and the disruption of aquatic ecosystems.
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(Sourcing Journal) - 40 fashion giants have committed to net-zero emissions by 2030. The 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention (COP24) gathered to develop 16 principles and targets by which they will rework production, materials, transport, consumer awareness and more to reach their 2030 goal.Read More
(New York Times) - Automakers are less opposed to new auto-efficiency regulations than the oil industry. Marathon and other oil giants have hired government relations firms and requested private meetings with EPA director Scott Pruitt and their lobbyists. Oil execs argue that oil scarcity no longer being an issue justifies tapering off on fuel-efficient auto production.Read More
(Market Place) The leading threat to human life is air pollution, most of it caused by burning fossil fuels. Studies show that the average person will have their life shortened by two years. The Clean Air Act saw an uptick in air quality and an increase of 1.5 year life expectancy, but certain urban areas still trail behind due to environmental racism.Read More
(New York Times) Mr. Wyss has seen local communities push for safeguarding their land and water conservation resulting in sustainability and economic growth. Some scientists agree that to save the whole planet, we need to protect about half of it. The best part about all of this is that it is totally possible. Mr. Wyss hopes to see 1/3 of our planet protected by 2030 through funding of scientific studies, raising public awareness and climate action.Read More
(The Hill) Following the midterm elections, some democrats look to take a less aggressive approach towards pushing for legislation for climate change action. But not all supporters are ready to put this on the back burner: Rep. Don Beyer (D. Va) recognizes that while incremental policy is good he also points out ”…this situation is so serious we can’t do it in little steps.”Read More
(Pacific Standard) - 44 deaths have been reported thus far and over 200 individuals are missing. California has two fire seasons; summer, when vegetation dries and provides fuel for fires to spread quickly, and fall when the hot Santa Ana Winds intensify. These are both being exacerbated by climate change, and experts are warning 2018’s deadly fires won’t be the last.Read More
(Washington Post) Studies show people will typically adapt to changing climate such as droughts over a period of time. However if the changes are rapid, people are left with no choice but to move on. The type of environmental event people experience can give researchers insight into migrants’ perceptions and likelihood of experiencing conflict.Read More
(The New York Times) The National Hurricane Center forecast the storm’s path with great accuracy, but its sudden intensification as it approached land was harder to predict. Barometric pressure and unusually warmer waters are the science behind the strength of a storm. Even without these measurements, the link between a stronger storm and global warming is intuitive.Read More
(National Geographic) Among other things, the new order shifts focus from the environment to business interests and takes indigenous voices off the table. Experts are concerned that the latest EO largely ignores the important balance between the many groups clamoring for their chance in the waves—oil interests, renewable energy, indigenous rights, coastal community needs, recreational fishing, and more.Read More