With Conservation Burials, Death Gives New Life

Photo by Pixabay “We can create a spectacular legacy for our loved ones.” By Marlene Cimons / 11.08.2017 Natural burials — where bodies are buried in the soil to allow for a hasty decomposition — have already caught on. But an Australian scientist has proposed that the concept of “dust-unto-dust” go even further. He suggests that natural burials become “conservation”[…]

Rising Seas Threaten Archaeological and Historic Sites

“We will lose much of the record of the last several thousand years of human occupation in coastal areas.” By Marlene Cimons / 11.29.2017 Extreme weather events powered by climate change already have shown how rising seas threaten coastal communities: flooding and destruction of homes followed by widespread migration and resettlement. That’s horrible enough. But sobering new[…]

Understanding Tornadoes: 5 Questions Answered

Tornado seven miles south of Anadarko, Oklahoma, May 3, 1999. OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory/Flickr    By Dr. Paul Markowski and Dr. Yvette Richardson / 05.18.2017 Professors of Meteorology Pennsylvania State University 1. Where are tornadoes most likely to occur? Most headline-making tornadoes are spawned by what are known as supercell thunderstorms. These are large, intense[…]

Voters Win More Solar Energy Options Despite Opposition From Big Energy

Madison, Wisconsin, USA – October 8, 2013: Construction workers install a solar panel system on a residential home for power generation. / From Filo at iStock Corporate-backed utilities have quashed solar initiatives for years, but residents fought back. By Adam Lynch / 12.02.2016 Commonly topping any list of obstacles to a home solar energy boom[…]

Boomtown, Flood Town: Unchecked Development and the Risks for Houston

An aerial shot of downtown Houston during the “Tax Day Flood” in April. (Jordan Anderson/DoubleHorn Photography) Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone. By Neena Satija[…]

The Ocean is Losing Its Breath – and Climate Change is Making it Worse

A massive fish die-off occurred in Redondo Beach, California in 2011 caused by oxygen-starved fish. seadigs/flickr By Dr. Karin Limburg / 10.31.2016 Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Global climate change produces many effects – warming air energizes the atmosphere and intensifies storms; warmer[…]

A Military View on Climate Change: It’s Eroding Our National Security and We Should Prepare for It

The guided missile destroyer USS Barry deploys to sea from Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. U.S. Navy/Flickr By Dr. David W. Titley / 10.13.2016 Professor of Practice in Meteorology & Director Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Adjunct Senior Fellow Center for New American Security, Pennsylvania State University In[…]

Melting Glaciers, Shifting Biodomes, and Dying Trees in Our National Parks – Yet We Can Take Action on Climate Change

Human climate change has shifted vegetation and wildlife upslope in Yosemite National Park. Patrick Gonzalez, Author provided By Dr. Patrick Gonzalez / 09.01.2016 Principal Climate Change Scientist National Park Service Trees are dying across Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks. Glaciers are melting in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Corals are bleaching in[…]

The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into a New Epoch

“We have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet,” says Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity set global systems on a different trajectory By Deirdre Fulton / 08.29.2016 The Anthropocene Epoch has begun,[…]

House GOP Again Trying to Gut Climate Science Funding

The ICESCAPE mission, or “Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment,” is a NASA shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean’s chemistry and ecosystems. (Photo: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr/cc) By Deirdre Fulton / 06.03.2016 Funds for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric[…]

How Will the Barrier Reef Recover from the Death of One-Third of Its Northern Corals?

Corals north of Cairns have been hit hardest by the recent bleaching. AAP Image/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Kerry By Dr. Mia Hoogenboom Senior Lecturer,  Marine Biology and Aquaculture James Cook University The problems caused by mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef have continued to deepen, with the latest estimates based[…]

Indian Forests: Proposed Indian Legislation Targets 33 Percent Tree Cover

Kudremukh National Park, India Valuing nature’s bounty and accounting for it on the balance sheets of companies and nations. CK Staff / 05/25/2016 New legislation approved in May by lawmakers in India’s lower house, the House of the People, would allocate $6.2 billion (U.S.) to building new forests across India. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill[…]

Without this, Technological Progress in the 19th Century Would Have Been Much Slower, but More Responsible

An 1858 woodcut celebrating the laying of the transatlantic telegraph cable. (Library of Congress) By Ben Wilson / 05.22.2016 There is something wonderfully seductive about our gadgets. Sleek and futuristic, they seem not of this world – and certainly not of the toxic, noisy world of extractive rock mining. Few think of the ecological impact[…]

The Number One Thing We Can Do to Protect Earth’s Oceans

Photo © iStockphoto.com/Andrey Danilovich Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here’s what we can do about it. By Liza Gross / 05.23.2016 When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have[…]

It’s Time for a New Story of Humanity’s Place in the World

Illustration by Kelsey King By Dr. Philip Loring Ecological Anthropologist University of Saskatchewan It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change, overfishing and widespread environmental contamination from chemical toxicants are all creations of our own making. But are we destined to create such problems? Many people believe so, and argue[…]

Abandoning Doubt & Denial, School District Officially Embraces Climate Literacy

The Portland, Oregon school district’s commitment to rid itself of text materials that encourage students to doubt the severity of the climate crisis or its roots in human activity was prompted by the school district’s long use of materials that do just that. (Image: Patheos.com) Portland, Oregon schools call for climate justice and student activism[…]

Massachusetts Court Sides with Teenagers in Historic Climate Victory

Two of the Massachusetts youth plaintiffs, Shamus Miller and Olivia Gieger, accompanied by their lawyers, Phelps Turner, Jennifer Rushlow, and Dylan Sanders, after a hearing in January. (Photo: Our Children’s Trust) ‘This is an historic victory for young generations advocating for changes to be made by government,’ said 17-year-old plaintiff Shamus Miller. By Deirdre Fulton[…]

Bottled Up

Montreal gears up for battle over proposed bottled water ban CK Staff / 05.13.2016 Fresh off his successful push to ban plastic bags by 2018, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has expressed interest in a potential ban on bottled water. “We spoke about plastic bags and now we’re onto plastic bottles,” Coderre told reporters in March.[…]

Famine Haunted His Childhood in Ethiopia. Now He Sees Food Running Out Again. (AUDIO)

Abebe Haregewoin (right) and his father in Ethiopia. Credit: Courtesy: Abebe Haregewoin An Ethiopian expat worries for his homeland as drought and climate change threaten to trigger another famine. By Joyce Hackel at Public Radio International The place where you grew up has a way of staying with you for the rest of your life.[…]

How to Weather the Next Few Years of Climate Change

Hurricane Isabel viewed from the International Space Station in 2003. Credit: NASA. By Marc Brodine / 05.03.2016 The title of this piece should instead be: how to weather the next few years of stupid politics over climate change while watching the oceans rise, acidify, and lose oxygen, and while watching extreme drought, forest fires, and[…]

Clinton in Appalachia Declares: ‘Long Live Coal’

Meeting with community members in Ashland, Kentucky on Monday, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton said her previous anti-coal comments were “misused” against her. (Photo: Hillary Clinton campaign) By Laura McCauley / 05.03.2016 Campaigning in Appalachia on Monday, Hillary Clinton claimed she “misspoke” when previously declaring her opposition to coal, telling voters that as president she would[…]