Day: December 4, 2019

Climate change models have been kicking ass since the 1970s

Half a century ago, before the first Apple computer was even sold, climate scientists started making computer-generated forecasts of how Earth would warm as carbon emissions saturated the atmosphere (the atmosphere is now brimming with carbon). It turns out these decades-old climate models — which used math equations to predict how much greenhouse gases would…

Climate Models Have Been Right For Decades

Scientists have for decades created accurate models to predict the future impacts of global warming, a new study has found.Published in Geophysical Research Letters on Wednesday, the research examines 15 climate models used between 1970 and 2007 to predict how warm the Earth was going to become. Now that the world has lived through the…

Ontario’s climate change plan will not hit emissions-reducing targets, says Auditor General

In her annual report released on Wednesday, Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk, seen on Nov. 30, 2016, says the Progressive Conservative government’s environment plan will not reduce greenhouse gases enough to hit the global targets to which Canada agreed in the 2015 Paris accord. Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press Ontario’s climate change plan is “not yet supported by…

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

Both polar regions are losing marine ice. Ice shelves are breaking up into giant icebergs, more glaciers are retreating and at faster rates, less sea surface is freezing and for shorter periods. Simply put, the north and south poles are becoming less white and more blue. Yet the coldest parts of the planet are also…

Amazon plans three solar power projects in the US and Spain

The trio will help power Amazon Web Services data centers and, in Spain, Amazon’s European fulfillment network (read: warehouses). Amazon didn’t have a time frame for when the facilities would be ready.These efforts nudge Amazon closer to its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2030. The company also sent a not-so-subtle reminder that…

Logitech announces plan to be carbon neutral by 2030

Computer and gaming peripheral company Logitech today announced plans to limit its carbon footprint and to be powered fully by renewable electricity within a decade. The company, which is best known for its brands of mice and keyboards, pledged its support for the United Nations 1.5 degrees Centigrade business initiative, through which organizations declare plans…

Why ZSL needs your help

At ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, an hour north-west of London, the half-term visitors have gathered beside a large paddock for giraffe feeding time. It is a cold, bright afternoon, and two keepers hoist branches above their heads, offering them over the fence that surrounds the enclosure. Five reticulated giraffes amble towards them. The crowd laughs and coos,…