Category: Global Warming

The Green Buzz: Monday, January 27

Written by | January 27th, 2014

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States as trustees of the atmosphere, an exploding cow sitcom, and climate change heats up at Davos in today’s green news.

  1. First case of its kind: Courts will determine whether or not, by repealing greenhouse gas regulations, the state of New Mexico has violated its public trust duty to protect the state’s atmosphere.  (Los Angeles Times)
  2. A new four-episode Hulu sitcom produced by Chipotle, “Farmed and Dangerous,” will seek to educate consumers about factory farming using satire.  The series will premier February 17th.  (Mother Nature Network)
  3. Leaders in Davos last week stressed the need for a global re-commitment to curbing climate change, focusing on the economic and humanitarian risks of inaction.  (The Globe and Mail)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 15

Written by | January 15th, 2014

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Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.

  1. A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.  (Sightline Daily)
  2. A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime.  What are the implications in terms of the techniques we use to capture carbon using forests?  (The Guardian)
  3. The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts.  Scientists seek to solve this mystery.  (Earth Island Journal)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 14

Written by | January 14th, 2014

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Emperor penguins are climbing cliffs to avoid climate change and forest elephants are making it rain in today’s #greennews.

  1. Four colonies of iconic emperor penguins were spotted climbing cliffs to avoid increasingly rampant ice melt. (Mother Nature Network
  2. Tropical forests play a large role in precipitation around the world and in Congo, they’re bolstered by the eating & excreting of the forest elephant. (BBC)
  3. A recent MIT study projects that 52% of the world’s population in 2050 will live in water-stressed areas. (Treehugger)

The Green Buzz: Monday, January 13

Written by | January 13th, 2014

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Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news.

  1. “Let the Cows of Hope Live!” is the call of a rancher seeking to save cows turned radioactive after the Fukushima power plant disaster.  (NY Times)
  2. A West Virginia chemical spill, which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end.  (Huffington Post)
  3. Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife?  Some say the changes taking place look like the start of an urban biodiversity movement.  (Yale Environment 360)

Polar Vortex ≠ Climate Change

Written by | January 9th, 2014

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Did you experience the “polar vortex”? It’s generated a lot of questions about climate change, and CEO Mark Tercek has got some answers.

The Green Buzz: January 8, 2014

Written by | January 9th, 2014

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A lake dries up overnight, British factory workers might start to work the night shift, and environmental standards are catching on in Asia in today’s green news.

  1. Patagonian glaciers are losing mass faster and for longer periods than glaciers in any other part of the world.  So much so that Lake Cachet II literally dried up over night.  (Huffington Post)
  2. The wind blows all night, so British factory workers will work all night.  Want to understand that logic?  (The Telegraph)
  3. Factories in Asia are starting to see the sense and savings in environmental standards.  (The New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Monday, December 23

Written by | December 23rd, 2013

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Today’s green news comes straight from the Arctic:

  1. Scientists discovered an extensive aquifer that sits below the Greenland ice sheet all year round.  Whether this water will find its way to the ocean must be determined in order to make accurate sea level rise predictions.  (Mother Nature Network)
  2. Due to Russia’s post-Soviet economic downturn, Arctic fish in the region are much healthier than those off of North America and Europe, with far less mercury detected in their systems.  (Nature World News)
  3. Message in an Arctic bottle!  Note found from scientists left in 1959, who predicted glacial melt long before this phenomenon was believed to be happening.  (International Business Times)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 18

Written by | December 18th, 2013

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“Green chemistry” energy solutions and an Arctic ice increase?? in today’s green news.

  1. Those of you in the snowy U.S. and Middle East might be surprised to hear this, but global temperatures actually set a new high last month.  (CNN)
  2. The amount of Arctic ice is up this year compared to last, but, unfortunately, scientists don’t see this as a trend.  (The New Zealand Herald)
  3. Hydrogen extraction from stones could be a green energy solution!  This new chemical process is carbon-free.  (BBC News)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, December 11

Written by | December 11th, 2013

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Baby, it’s cold outside.  But not as cold as the coldest place on Earth.

  1. Newly discovered and unregulated chemical is a greenhouse gas 7,000 times more powerful than CO2. (Guardian)
  2. Antarctica just recorded the coldest temperature ever on Earth. (USA Today)
  3. Looks like organic milk does a body good, at least in terms of Omega-3s. (NPR)
  4. Half of the soaps, lotions and drugs we use escape sewage treatment plants and end up in our water. (The Daily Green)
  5. Yet another climate change effect: bats’ ability to communicate with ultrasonic signals. (National Geographic)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, December 10

Written by | December 10th, 2013

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Cockroaches and takeout containers together again in today’s green news.

  1. Snowy owls (Hedwig!) were shot at JFK’s airport to protect planes from engine failure. (MNN)
  2. There’s a new Asian cockroach in town, and researchers say it loves the cold. Eww. (Live Science)
  3. Can used takeout containers be recycled? That’s the question at the heart of a proposal to ban them in NYC. (New York Times)
  4. Are you in Florida? Help scientists find the missing pilot whales. (CNN)
  5. Local cities to Washington: If you’re not going to take lead on climate change, move out of the way. (Huffington Post)
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