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336,106 viewsJan 15, 2018, 12:03am We Have Five Years To Save Ourselves From Climate Change, Harvard Scientist Says
The level of carbon now in the atmosphere hasn't been seen in 12 million years, a Harvard scientist said in Chicago Thursday, and this pollution is rapidly pushing the climate back to its state in the Eocene Epoch, more than 33 million years ago, when there was no ice on either pole.
A vegan diet uses five times less water than a meat based diet
A meat-based diet is known to be damaging to the environment, and its excessive water footprint is now also a major concern. By contrast, a vegan diet uses five times less water than a meat-based diet
Australias capital cities face water restrictions as dams near 50%
Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne are all facing the prospect of dams below 50% capacity after low rainfall and high temperatures across the country.
B.C. has a whopping 1,807 species at risk of extinction
With the highest national number of plants and animals at risk of disappearing, B.C. can’t afford to backtrack on promises to introduce endangered species legislation
Climate Change Could Destroy His Home in Peru. So He Sued an Energy Company in Germany.
Local communities are taking the world’s largest polluters to court. And they’re using the legal strategy that got tobacco companies to pay up
European Nations are living far beyond the Earths means
The 28 members of the European union are consuming resources much faster than they can be renewed
European Union Natures living far beyond their means
The European Unions 28 Nations consume the earth#s respurces far quicker than they can be renewed.
Explainer: Why the sun is not responsible for recent climate change
With a total solar eclipse sweeping across North America, everyone is suddenly paying attention to the sun. One of the most common sceptical arguments against human-caused climate change is that changes in solar activity, rather than just CO2, is playing the biggest role.
Extraordinary thinning of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica
Ice losses are rapidly spreading deep into the interior of the Antarctic, new analysis of satellite data shows.
Heatwave Cooks mussels
Temperatures lead to what appears to be largest local die-off in 15 years, raising fears for broader ecosystem
Heres Why Grass-Fed Beef is Just as Bad for the Environment as Grain-Fed
The environmental consequences of beef are finally starting to become common knowledge, but instead of reducing or eliminating it from their diets many people (commonly known as hipsters) are seeking out small-scale, “sustainably raised” grass-fed beef.
How Climate Change Is Threatening the Biodiversity of the Brazilian Savanna  Pacific Standard
Climate change threatens to push endemic species in the Cerrado, Brazil's vast tropical savanna, into extinction while allowing the spread of species already commonplace elsewhere, a new study says.
Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earths natural life
Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s leading scientists have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken
Is It Time For A Plant-Based Agriculture?
The compost piles and growing beds on Wilt Bonsall’s farm might lead one to believe that he is an organic farmer.
Labour pledges to put climate emergency on school curriculum
Labour has pledged to make the global climate emergency a core element of the school curriculum from primary school onwards, in response to demands by young people taking part in a series of school climate strikes.
Let nature heal climate and biodiversity crises, say campaigners
The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said.
Lichens (Life) (Life S.) Paperback
From rocky coasts and urban churchyards to rainforests and mountain summits, lichens are a familiar part of the landscape, yet their biological nature has long been an enigma
Many UK bee species on brink of extinction or lost already
Many species of bees are on the brink of extinction in parts of the UK with some types lost entirely, a report has found.
Meat Industry to blame for Dead zones
A shocking new report linking ocean dead zones to the meat industry
Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact study
The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70tn (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic
Natures emergency: Where we are in five graphics
The felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing the natural world to the brink
Pollutionwatch: the fight for clean air at the school gates
Parents across Europe take action as air pollution found to restrict children’s lung growth
Projected shortfalls: Government confirms UK on track to miss carbon targets by widening margin
The government has today confirmed it not only remains on course to miss its carbon targets for the mid-2020s onwards, but the shortfall against the UK's legally-binding Carbon Budgets has worsened.
Scientists amazed as Canadian permafrost thaws 70 years early
Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster than scientists had feared.
Start-Ups Hoping to Fight Climate Change Struggle as Other Tech Firms Cash In
SAN FRANCISCO — With the money he made selling his last start-up to Google, Matt Rogers has been investing in companies that are trying to fight climate change.
Switch to a green energy supplier: Your options for renewable electricity and gas
Switching to a green energy supplier is a great step you can take to tackle climate change, and it could benefit your budget too.
The Biggest Little Farm Review: The Pleasures of D.I.Y. Agriculture
Directed and narrated by John Chester, a longtime documentary cinematographer, “The Biggest Little Farm” opens with the then-seemingly unstoppable California wildfires of 2018 threatening to wipe out the small farm Chester founded with his wife, Molly, nearly 10 years before.
UK government declares climate emergency
the House of Commons became the first parliament in the world to declare a climate emergency
UK has first coal-free week for a century
Britain has had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO).
We are full of bright ideas to solve ecological problems. So lets act on them
A new UN report is set to reveal that up to 1m species face extinction because of human actions. The loss of pollinating insects and other ecological disasters
We must ditch red meat to save planet, top scientist warns
Professor Sir David King, who is setting up a centre for climate repair at the University of Cambridge, said cattle and sheep produce so much greenhouse gas that diets must radically change to stop global warming.
What Could Be More Important?
World Leaders, Media Ignore Biodiversity Report Detailing Mass Extinction Event Now Underway
Why your chicken wings mean weve entered a new epoch
Have you ever thought much about the bones that remain littered in front of you after finishing a plate of chicken wings?
Climate Change and Land
An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) said in its latest report on Thursday.
There's 'no place on the planet' – not even Hawaii – to escape climate change, experts say
When it gets cold every winter, Hawaii becomes an increasingly popular retreat. But climate experts in the Aloha State told USA TODAY on Monday that tourists cannot escape climate change – not even on the islands, where 60-foot waves and wind gusts up to 191 mph were part of a fierce weekend storm that downed power lines and felled trees.
The climate change ‘tipping point’ has already arrived for these 70 U.S. counties
For years now now, we’ve been hearing warnings about 2 degrees Celsius of warming — the global average cautioned against as part of the 2015 Paris accord. But according to a Washington Post interactive published on Tuesday, that so-called “tipping point” has already arrived in many towns across the country.
Goldsmiths bans beef from university cafes to tackle climate crisis
A university has banned the sale of beef in campus food outlets in order to help tackle the climate emergency. Goldsmiths, University of London, is also attempting to phase out single-use plastics and installing more panels to power its buildings in New Cross, as part of a move to become carbon neutral by 2025.
Iconic Joshua trees are facing extinction
They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won’t survive much past this century.
There’s No Free Lunch With Climate Change
Viewed from space, the African island nation of Madagascar appears to bleed. What you’re seeing isn’t blood, though, but the result of massive deforestation — more than 90% of the country’s forests have been destroyed over the past century. Without trees to anchor the land, the red-tinged soil flows into the rivers and oceans during the rainy season. It’s a rare opportunity to see — in a single image — what humanity is doing to the planet on a global scale.
To Slow Global Warming, U.N. Warns Agriculture Must Change
All Things Considered, · Humans must drastically alter food production to prevent the most catastrophic effects of global warming, according to a new report from the United Nations panel on climate change. The panel of scientists looked at the climate change effects of agriculture, deforestation and other land use, such as harvesting peat and managing grasslands and wetlands. Together, those activities generate about a third of human greenhouse gas emissions, including more than 40% of methane.
Eat less meat: UN climate-change report calls for change to human diet
Efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and the impacts of global warming will fall significantly short without drastic changes in global land use, agriculture and human diets, leading researchers warn in a high-level report commissioned by the United Nations.
Yes, we can reforest on a massive scale – but it’s no substitute for slashing emissions
Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the continental US – with trees could store up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon, about two thirds of the carbon that humans have already put into the atmosphere.
The Arctic Fires Are Making Climate Change Worse
Massive fires burning in the Arctic are releasing so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere right now that they’ll make future conditions even warmer and drier. That will lead to even worse Arctic fires, which will release even more carbon into the atmosphere, which will lead to… well, you get the idea
A Quarter of Humanity Faces Looming Water Crises
BANGALORE, India — Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water. From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, according to new World Resources Institute data published Tuesday.
Climate change: Tree planting rise 'needs to happen quickly'
Significant rises in tree planting in the UK "need to happen quickly" if other targets to cut carbon are not met, government advisers have warned. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recommends 30,000 hectares of woodland should be planted annually, more than double the new trees planted last year.
World Hunger Rises with Climate Shocks, Conflict and Economic Slumps
The combined forces of climate change, conflict and economic stagnation are driving more people around the world into hunger, reversing earlier progress, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported on Monday.
Climate change: Rain melting Greenland ice sheet 'even in winter
Rain is becoming more frequent in Greenland and accelerating the melting of its ice, a new study has found. Scientists say they're "surprised" to discover rain falling even during the long Arctic winter.
The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers
A set of troubling charts shows how little progress nations have made toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.
Inside Climate News
When discussing deserts, it's important to keep in the mind the distinction between deserts as a specific ecosystem and desertification as a specific process.
The Guardian
The world’s readiness for the inevitable effects of the climate crisis is “gravely insufficient”, according to a report from global leaders.
The Guardian
The burning of the Amazon has caused alarm around the world, from the Vatican to the G7, and there are fears that unless the fires are stopped swiftly the forests could reach a point of no return in the loss of wildlife and biodiversity.
Science Alert
The climate crisis is here, and the animals are suffering. Earth's shifting climate reality is changing how animals around the globe breed and feed - and the effects are nothing short of devastating.
Science Direct
Climate warming during the course of the twenty-first century is projected to be between 1.0 and 3.7 °C depending on future greenhouse gas emissions, based on the ensemble-mean results of state-of-the-art Earth System Models (ESMs).
NY Times
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia, turning the sky blood red over central Sumatra and creating dense clouds of smoke that have caused respiratory problems for nearly a million people.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Fast mitigation may still avoid complete loss of sea ice
BBC News
There are 1.85 billion, billion tonnes of carbon on Earth, with more than 99% of it resident beneath our feet.