Every ten days another billion tons of carbon dioxide are released.  And to equilibrate to current CO2 levels the planet still needs to warm by half a degree.

Meeting in Paris in 2015, world leaders decided that the two-degree threshold was too high; the stated aim of the climate accord is to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C” and to try to limit it to 1.5°C Every ten days another billion tons of carbon dioxide are released.  And to equilibrate to current …

Good news from 2017

China invested more than $100 billion into treating and preventing water pollution, and launched nearly 8,000 water clean-up projects in the first half of 2017. Reuters The United States, Russia, China and the European Union reached a deal to make the Arctic off-limits to commercial fishers for the next 16 years. Science Mag In July, 1.5 million people in the Indian state of …

Plastics from methane

Reducing the footprint of a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide: Scientists have found a new catalyst that more efficiently converts methane to olefins Rendering of methane molecules. Credit: © polesnoy / Fotolia In Science Daily USC scientists have unlocked a new, more efficient pathway for converting methane — a potent gas contributing to climate change — directly into …

Large-group living boosts magpie intelligence

These are Australian magpies. Credit: University of Western Australia – Benjamin Ashton Science Daily, 7 Feb 2018 Growing up in a large social group makes Australian magpies more intelligent, new research shows. Using four tasks to test intelligence, scientists from the University of Exeter and the University of Western Australia found wild Australian magpies from larger groups showed “elevated cognitive …

Commuter benefits report. Currently 76% of commuters drive alone. Pre-tax commuter benefits, available with the Lyft Line carpooling service, expands from four cities to 18 cities.

 Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin on Smart Cities Dive, Feb. 6, 2018   Last week, Lyft was one of 15 leading mobility companies to sign the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, a pledge designed to “prioritize people over vehicles” and “support the shared and efficient use of vehicles.” The Brookings Institution reports that 76.3% of commuters drive alone to work every day, a statistic that dramatically impacts GHG emissions, …

Climate myths are contradictory or contain reasoning errors. A guide to countering industry lies

  Researchers propose deploying strategy in classrooms and on social media to teach people how to “neutralize” misinformation.  By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 6 Feb 2018 Also in The Guardian Climate myths are often contradictory – it’s not warming, though it’s warming because of the sun, and really it’s all just an ocean cycle – but they all seem to share one …

Floods Are Getting Worse, and 2,500 Chemical Sites Lie in the Water’s Path

New York Times, By Hiroko Tabuchi et al., 6 Feb 2018 Anchored in flood-prone areas in every American state are more than 2,500 sites that handle toxic chemicals, a New York Times analysis of federal floodplain and industrial data shows. About 1,400 are located in areas at highest risk of flooding. As flood danger grows — the consequence of a …

Study says if all people are to lead a good life within the planet’s limit then we need to shift rapidly from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and significantly reduce inequality

Co-author Dr Julia Steinberger, from the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds, said “Radical changes are needed if all people are to live well within the limits of the planet. These include moving beyond the pursuit of economic growth in wealthy nations, shifting rapidly from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and significantly reducing inequality. “Our physical infrastructure and the …

Can the Great Lakes Become Fishable, Drinkable and Swimmable Again?

By Susan Cosier On EcoWatch Natural Resources Defense Council Jan. 30, 2018 Upper Peninsula Michigan, Lake Superior. As Mark Mattson waited to speak to Canada’s minister for the environment, Catherine McKenna, about the Great Lakes last December, he could feel the weight of the 184-page report he carried in his shoulder bag. At the Toronto meeting, McKenna asked Mattson, founder and president of the …