Environment and Climate Change

Solutions for tumultuous times

Global Issues - Al Jazeera

To tackle global threats such as climate change, conflict and disaster, we must join forces and take collective action. Cihan Sultanoglu Al Jazeera News These are infinitely complex times. From the refugee… Solutions for tumultuous… Read More »

Green cities will change the world

Chart - Asia Times

As our world becomes increasingly urban, our opportunity to create more sustainable ways of living also increases. Christiana Figueres Asia Times I am hopeful that we are now entering an era of renewed social and economic growth, driven by civic leaders and savvy citizens who are reshaping their communities on a green-building model. Around 66% of… Green cities will… Read More »

Bioenergy policy being driven by ‘alternative facts’

Energy - Euractiv

Today is the International Day of Forests: 1.6 billion people rely on them for their livelihoods; they are home to more than 80% of the terrestrial life; and they’re a crucial bulwark against climate change, writes Linde Zuidema. Linde Zuidema Euractiv Setting a day aside to celebrate forests is laudable. Yet this year… Bioenergy policy being… Read More »

‘Carbon neutral’ forest resource grab: A corporate detour in climate change race

Forests - IA

The Coalition Government can’t resist the logging industry, subsidising the destruction of forests as “carbon neutral” at the expense of pesky wind, solar or other annoying competitors. Frances Pike Independent Australia SUBSTITUTING wood biomass, burning it with coal and calling it “renewable energy” just because trees regrow, doesn’t make it carbon neutral. Instantly the combustion… ‘Carbon neutral’ forest… Read More »

Better resource efficiency could be worth trillions, UN says

UN - Euractiv

Almost €2 trillion would be poured into the global economy every year if resource efficiency was boosted, according to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme released yesterday (16 March). Janie Matthews Euractiv The report, backed by research from the International Resource Panel, showed that efficient use of the world’s natural resources will mean big money for the next generation, who could see the €2 trillion by 2050. A programme in… Better resource efficiency… Read More »

G-20 Finance Chiefs Said to Drop Climate Reference in Document

Bloomberg

Finance ministers from the world’s biggest economies dropped a reference to climate change in a draft of their statement at a Group of 20 meeting, frustrating plans by Germany to devote a section to the topic, according to people familiar with the talks. Alessandro Speciale and Rainer Buergin Bloomberg Deputies concluded crafting the communique on Thursday evening, and ministers and central-bank governors will debate the document in the German town of Baden-Baden on Friday. The language may… G-20 Finance Chiefs… Read More »

Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to barren desert

Sahara - The Con-ion

Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. David K Wright The Conversation There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe… Humans may have transformed… Read More »

Planet’s dwindling water resources poses an existential threat

Planet - Irish examiner

The depletion of the Earth’s water resources continues apace, but we can take decisions and actions as governments, societies and individuals to address that, writes Yasmin Siddiqi. Irish Examiner WE live on a parched planet. Farmers till arid… Planet’s dwindling water… Read More »

Together, Globalists and Localists Can Save the Environment

Environment - The NI

The Trump administration should embrace strategies for jointly tackling local air quality and global climate change. Deborah Gordon and Robert Murphy The National Interest With nearly two hundred national and territorial signatories, the historic agreement in Paris underscores the powerful push to promote global action on climate change. From the largest… Together, Globalists and… Read More »

Europe hopes to sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

Trump - Politico

Angela Merkel’s visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. Sara Stefanini and Andrew Restuccia Politico WASHINGTON — European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. Germany, France, Italy… Europe hopes to… Read More »

Cleaning up the oceans is no solution to our plastic problem

Plastic - Euractiv

Plastics have brought huge benefits to our society. Dustin Benton Euractiv But with those benefits come environmental problems. Too often, plastic… Cleaning up the… Read More »

Democracy needs more trees and less Trump

Democracy - The Conversation

For almost all of its more than 2,500-year history, democracy has been thought of as an attribute of purely human societies. John Dryzek The Conversation For most of that history democracy was generally reviled and excoriated; only in the late 20th century did it come to be widely celebrated, and indeed widely practised. But now democracy… Democracy needs more… Read More »

Gender equality: A game changer for nature

Women - Al Jazeer

As increasing numbers of women are empowered through conservation projects that mainstream gender equality. Aban Marker Kabraji Al Jazeera News In Fiyoaree, the Maldives, Leena wakes up every day just a little before sunrise for her morning prayer. She prepares breakfast… Gender equality: A… Read More »

Volcanoes could erupt much more, thanks to climate change

Volcano - BBC

On the face of it, climate change and volcanic eruptions are completely unrelated. Vivien Cumming, Dan John and Adam Proctor BBC News But in fact our warming world could trigger extra volcanic eruptions   In the frozen… Volcanoes could erupt… Read More »

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

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The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the… David Shukman BBC A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the… Four major citie… Is there a… Read More »

To improve our political climate, change the questions we ask

Eurek Alert

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our fractured political climate in the United States might be made worse by how we approach difficult problems, researchers say in the journal Science. Ohio State University Eurek Alert A team of political scientists suggests rather than asking citizens “What do you want,” questions should be asked in a deliberative frame: “What should we do?” “Even this small… To improve our… Read More »