Pachama launches to support global reforestation through carbon markets
Climate Change

Pachama launches to support global reforestation through carbon markets

The world’s forests are ablaze, under threat from illegal logging and disappearing due to the less dramatic environmental degradation wrought by drought and other signs of climate change. It’s part of the negative feedback loop that seems to be accelerating climate change as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere, but one startup company is trying…

Austrian opposition, environmental groups fault coalition deal
Environmental News

Austrian opposition, environmental groups fault coalition deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian opposition parties and environmental groups on Friday criticized a new coalition deal between conservatives and the Greens as heavy on the center-right party’s law-and-order agenda while delaying urgently needed action on climate change. FILE PHOTO: Head of Austria’s Green Party Werner Kogler and head of People’s Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz talk…

Uninhabited Caribbean island is thriving once more after being ravaged for decades by goats and rats
Nature & Science

Uninhabited Caribbean island is thriving once more after being ravaged for decades by goats and rats

The uninhabited Caribbean island of Redonda has a thriving ‘miraculous’ ecology but it wasn’t always this way – for decades it was ravaged by goats and rats.The island was a hive of human activity in the 19th and early 20th centuries, as miners worked to extract guano and phosphates for use in fertilizer.It was deserted…

There Is No Safe Global Warming
Global Warming

There Is No Safe Global Warming

Photo: GettySafety is something we all crave. It’s human nature. And so perhaps it’s not surprising that we’ve spent the past decade or so outlining what a “safe” level of global warming is. Language reflecting the conception of “safe” global heating abounds in scientific literature, climate negotiations, and the press. The Paris Agreement enshrined the…

Are California’s Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations?
Green Energy

Are California’s Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations?

Are California’s Utilities Undermining Rooftop Solar Installations? (sandiegouniontribune.com) Posted by EditorDavid on Sunday December 15, 2019 @07:34PM from the bright-futures dept. California now has one million solar roofs, representing about 14% of all renewable power generated in the state. But solar advocates “said the milestone has come despite escalating efforts by utilities to undermine rooftop…

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades
Green Energy

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades

A pump jack in Stanton, Tex. The United States generates 14 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.Credit…Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York TimesDec. 3, 2019WASHINGTON — Emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide from fossil fuels hit a record high in 2019, researchers said Tuesday, putting countries farther off course from their goal of halting global warming.The new data…

Rotting-fruit art points up plants in peril
Nature News

Rotting-fruit art points up plants in peril

A number of the world’s most nutritionally and economically important crops are currently under siege by fungi, bacteria, and pests. Various species of Puccinia are attacking wheat; Fusarium oxysporum has it out for bananas; coffee is succumbing to Hemileia vastatrix and potatoes to Phytophthora infestans, and there are many others. Plant diseases limit food supplies,…

International project aims to sequence the ‘DNA’ of the Arctic Ocean
Marine Ecology

International project aims to sequence the ‘DNA’ of the Arctic Ocean

Credit: University of East Anglia The University of East Anglia (UEA) is leading a pioneering international project to sequence the DNA of marine microbes in the Arctic Ocean. The resulting data will be used to develop models to predict how global warming impacts the diversity and activity of microbes—such as viruses, bacteria, microalgae and fungi—thereby…