Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 by

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do. Forests with a greater number of species grow at a faster rate, store more carbon, and are more resistant to pests and diseases, […]

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The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: ‘There is reason for hope’

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 by

  ‘Everybody gets paralysed by bad news because they feel helpless,” says Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who delivered the landmark Paris climate change agreement. “It is so in our personal lives, in our national lives and in our planetary life.” But it is becoming increasingly clear that it does not need […]

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The Fascinating Ways Museums Prepare for Catastrophic Weather

Posted on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 by

When Superstorm Sandy ripped through New York City in October 2012, it did not discriminate. At the construction site of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, chief operating officer John Stanley recalls “mechanical equipment bobbing like corks” in the floodwaters. And at the Rubin Museum of Art, a few blocks uptown, and […]

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This Man Has Been Quietly Collecting Invaluable Climate Data for More Than 40 Years

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by

Billy Barr of Gothic, Colorado wears a lot of hats—literally and figuratively. Sure, the reclusive mountain man (who prefers his name spelled in lowercase) has an impressive hat collection, but he’s also a legendary citizen scientist who has been collecting a trove of invaluable data from his remote home in the Colorado Rockies for […]

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Paul Hawken on One Hundred Solutions to the Climate Crisis

Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2017 by

Paul Hawken acknowledges that the subtitle of his latest book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, is brash. But the author and entrepreneur says he can get away with it because the plan he and his collaborators put forward is the first and only of its kind. “We’ve never mapped, measured, and […]

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Paul Hawken—Do the Math to Reverse Climate Change

Posted on Friday, July 14th, 2017 by

Paul Hawken invoked Matt Damon—astronaut Matt Damon from “The Martian”–as he began the conversation on climate change. “It’s space. It doesn’t cooperate,” he quoted The Martian. “I guarantee you that at some point, everything’s going to go south on you, and you’re going to say, ‘This is it. This is how I end.’” Or, Hawken […]

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Some massive hands are propping up Venice because climate change.

Posted on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 by

Italy’s famed city of Venice has grappled with flooding and encroaching waters since the Middle Ages. But as global warming speeds up sea level rise, the charming destination is steadily slipping underwater.Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn calls attention to this threat with his arresting, larger-than-life sculpture in the sinking city. Support features two 5,000-pound hands bursting […]

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Women are changing the household energy sector

Posted on Monday, April 17th, 2017 by

During a recent workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves had the chance to talk with women who are dedicating their lives to increasing access to cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels in Africa. Globally, 3 billion people rely on solid fuels to cook, causing serious environmental and health impacts that disproportionately […]

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‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

Posted on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 by

  A new “carbon law”, modelled on Moore’s law in computing, has been proposed as a roadmap for beating climate change. It sees carbon emissions halving every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years. The carbon law’s proponents are senior climate-change scientists and they argue it provides a simple, broad but quantitative […]

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Resources For Regenerative Land Use

Posted on Friday, March 10th, 2017 by

Regenerative Land Use is a sub-sector practice of organic farming designed to build soil health or to regenerate unhealthy soils, while democratizing access to local, healthy food and revitalizing communities. Some other definitions and descriptions of regenerative land use: “The nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.”— Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 “By farming organically, we are […]

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