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[…]

What’s a Carbon Farmer? How California Ranchers Use Dirt to Tackle Climate Change

Carbon farming techniques, including compost amending, are helping California ranchers turn their pastures into carbon sinks. Photo courtesy Michael Woolsey/Marin Agricultural Land Trust. By Sally Neas / 04.29.2016 For many climate change activists, the latest rallying cry has been, “Keep it in the ground,” a call to slow and stop drilling for fossil fuels. But[…]

Wild Things

Nature Conservancy of Tennessee’s William B. Clark, Sr., Nature Preserve on the Wolf River at Rossville, Tennessee. What’s the best way to conserve wild places? By Marc Gunther / 04.22.2016 Several years ago, at Brainstorm Green, a conference on business and the environment that I co-chaired for Fortune magazine, Rick Ridgeway of Patagonia (the company)[…]

Sustainability Requires that We Learn to Embrace Change – Not Fight It

Illustration © iStockphoto.com/traffic_analyzer Instead of engineering nature into standardized systems of production, we should look for ways to integrate our lifestyles within the cycles of the world around us. By Dr. Philip Loring Assistant Professor School of Environment and Sustainability University of Saskatchewan Limits to growth are a fundamental and widely accepted principle of sustainability.[…]

Healthier Buildings

HVAC ventilation exhaust for a 12-story building Building healthier structures for their occupants is a cornerstone of green building design, but isn’t talked about much. By Kerry Freek / 04.14.2016 Green buildings are attractive to owners for a few reasons. They’re great for reducing one’s carbon footprint and improving public relations, but they also offer[…]

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: Climate Change and Coffee Production

Creative Commons By Andreas Vihelmsson Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Medicine and Global Health Lund University Formerly known as the “devil’s drink,” coffee is increasingly being viewed as an “elixir of life”. Nowadays, we are getting accustomed to read about news of coffee intake in different media outlets reporting on research showing positive effect on health[…]

$25 Billion from the World Bank Goes to Global Climate Change Adaptation

The World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. Creative Commons: Deborah W. Campos By Isiah Holmes / 04.09.2016 For decades, climate change choked in claustrophobic isolation as politicians ignored the warning signs. With ideological gridlock stalemating progress in Washington, the burden to take action rests on the international community. Increasingly volatile weather patterns highlight the urgent[…]

Can We Bury the Carbon Dioxide Problem?

Photo by Kjetil Alsvik / Statoil ASA Elizabeth Finkel Belinda Smith Editor’s note: This feature was adapted and reprinted with permission from Cosmos magazine. View the original here. Mention “carbon capture and storage” — the process of trapping carbon dioxide produced in fossil-fuel burning or other industrial processes and burying it underground — in polite[…]

This New Data is Poised to Revolutionize Climate Adaptation

Photo by Abiy Getahun/Oxfam By combining satellite and on-ground weather information, scientists are improving our ability to bring resilience to extreme weather for the world’s poorest people. By Eric Holthaus / 04.06.2016 People in developed countries rarely think of weather in life-or-death terms. But millions in the developing world have no choice but to do[…]

Taking the Temperature

Illustration by Dave Murray Toronto-based Ecobee has morphed into a heavy hitter in the burgeoning home thermostat market. By Tyler Hamilton / 03.28.2016 Stuart Lombard had no obvious reason to leave his job as a venture capitalist in 2007. Times were good. As managing partner with J.L. Albright Venture Partners in Toronto, he worked out[…]

Can Low-Income Housing Be Energy Efficient and Affordable?

Photo of The Rose energy efficient apartments by Bill Klotz, reprinted with permission from Finance & Commerce Inc. By Sophia Schweitzer / 03.16.2016 In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the local housing commission is completing floor-by-floor renovations in the five-story Baker Commons public housing facility with the goal of reducing energy use at least 20 percent. In[…]

Who Can Afford the Status Quo?

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to her supporters during her Primary Night Event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on March 15, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) are battling for the Democratic presidential nomination. March 15, 2016| Credit: Joe Raedle /[…]

Hillary Clinton Loses Patience with Greenpeace Activist Over Fossil Fuel Donations (VIDEO)

From Greenpeace on YouTube / 04.01.2016: At a Hillary Clinton rally at SUNY Purchase campus today, the presidential candidate lost her patience with a Greenpeace activist who thanked her for her commitment to climate change then asked her whether she’ll reject fossil fuel money moving forward. Pointing her finger at activist Eva Resnick-Day, Clinton claimed[…]