Climate justice and one of the most important climate change articles: climate change that takes place due to increases in carbon dioxide concentration is largely irreversible for 1,000 years after emissions stop

The severity of damaging human-induced climate change depends not only on the magnitude of the change but also on the potential for irreversibility. This paper shows that the climate change that takes place due to increases in carbon dioxide concentration is largely irreversible for 1,000 years after emissions stop. Following cessation of emissions, removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide decreases radiative …

Africa’s coronavirus successes

Afua Hirsch in The Guardian, 21 May 2020 Examples of innovation aren’t getting the fanfare they would do if they emerged from Europe or the US Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African continent? I do. There was deep anxiety about what it would mean for …

Denver EEE (Ethics, Economics, Environment) Forum

MAY 2019:Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part Two: Bridging the Divides through Storytelling — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC APRIL 2019: Improving Climate Change Dialogue, Part One: Understanding How Worldviews Divide Us/Using Our Collective Knowledge to Map the Divides — Maria Talero, Founder, Climate Courage, LLC MARCH 2019: Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming in Colorado — *Daniel Palic, Natural Resources Conservation Service—USDA and Marcus McCauley, McCauley …

Study: We’re truly focused on our work a mere six hours per week

What can you stop doing to make more time for for joy and use your time more meaningfully? The next time you set a goal or decide you want to improve upon an area of your life — or simply alleviate some of the pain that area is causing you — remember to go for subtraction instead of addition. Want …

Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much

May 19, 2020 by LAUREN SOMMER Don’t see the graphic above? Click here. With traffic dramatically down in recent months, the United States is in the middle of an accidental experiment showing what happens to air pollution when millions of people stop driving. The air is clearer. But the pollution declines aren’t nearly as large as early indications suggested, according …

100 million Americans, including 27 million children lack access to decent nearby green spaces

Low-income households and people of color in cities are least likely to live near decent green spaces . low-income households and people of color least likely to live close to parks with basic amenities like bathrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts. Multiple studies have shown that spending time in green spaces reduces stress and improves physical and psychological wellbeing for adults …

Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change

Much of the recent limelight for agricultural emissions reductions shines on one option that our report found had limited potential: increasing carbon sequestration in soils through practices broadly referred to as “regenerative agriculture.” …if the world fails to reduce emissions in other sectors like energy and transport, we’ll need to rely ever more heavily on land solutions, exacerbating food and …

The amount of time people spend visiting easily accessible recreational & safe spaces, a downtown or city center were found to have significant impacts on residents’ actions & feelings of attachment to a metro area. Also 90% of white residents have access to recreational areas vs 78% of black residents

AUTHOR Cailin Crowe in Smart Cities Dive, May 20, 2020 The amenities that attach people to their cities: report  POST,  SHARE,  TWEET A new Urban Institute report released Wednesday, commissioned by the Knight Foundation, surveyed 11,000 U.S. residents across 26 metro areas to understand what determines a person’s sense of attachment and connection to their city or community. Access to arts and …

Slow streets are the path to a better city: “overnight, transformed our family life and the lives of our neighbors”

Overnight, slow streets transformed our neighborhood. Everyone should have access to the same opportunity. By Courtney E. Martin in Curbed, May 19, 2020 The first time you watch your kid pedal away from you on two wheels, your hand free from her seat, her wobble small and her confidence grand, is one of those high moments that make all the low moments of parenting …

Tropical Storms Are Getting More Intense: nearly four decades of satellite data from storms around the world, the likelihood of a storm reaching Category 3 or above, with sustained winds above 110 miles per hour, increased 8 percent per decade

 Jordan Davidson May. 19, 2020 Climate Home News The devastation caused by hurricanes in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, North Carolina and Houston over the last few years is a direct effect of the climate crisis, which is making tropical storms stronger and wetter, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as CNN reported. The study looked …