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  • How Blockchain, AI and Other Emerging Technologies Could End Water Insecurity

    How Blockchain, AI and Other Emerging Technologies Could End Water Insecurity

    via GreenBiz: The global water and sanitation crisis is not a new story. Each World Water Day, we review the sobering statistics with which we are becoming all too familiar: the expected 40 percent gap in global water supply and demand by 2050. The billions of additional dollars still needed to finance water infrastructure. The 4.5 billion people who lack access to safely managed sanitation services. The fact that water crises have ranked among the top […]

  • Plants, Fungi and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Polluted Land

    Plants, Fungi and Bacteria Work Together to Clean Polluted Land

    via ScienceDaily: Highly complex interactions among roots, fungi and bacteria underlie the ability of some trees to clean polluted land, according to a novel study by bioinformatics and plant-biology experts from McGill University and Université de Montréal. Fast-growing trees, such as willows, are known to tolerate and even rejuvenate soil contaminated with petroleum by-products or heavy metals. The clean-up of soil in this way is known as phytoremediation, and the process is commonly attributed to “secondary […]

  • World Water Day: Turning to Nature for Solutions

    World Water Day: Turning to Nature for Solutions

    via European Environment Agency: Nature-based solutions are playing an increasingly important role to better protect Europeans against floods, droughts and water pollution. On World Water Day 2018, the European Environment Agency is highlighting the importance of clean water and how nature can help protect this valuable resource for generations to come. For centuries, we have polluted and altered European inland waterways to enable agriculture and urbanisation, produce energy, and protect against flooding. Rivers have been dammed […]

  • Move or die: Global Warming Threatens Antarctica’s King Penguins

    Move or die: Global Warming Threatens Antarctica’s King Penguins

    via USA Today: Will our favorite flightless bird waddle off to the sunset? Some 70% percent of all the king penguins on Earth — around 1.1 million breeding pairs — will be forced to relocate or die trying by the end of the century if global warming continues at its present rate, according to a new study published online Monday “The species may disappear,” study co-author Celine Le Bohec, a scientist at the University of Strasbourg, […]

  • One More Benefit of Nature: It Makes You Like Your Body Better

    One More Benefit of Nature: It Makes You Like Your Body Better

    via EcoWatch: Not happy with what you see when you look in a mirror? Well, you can take a hike. Seriously. New research from the United Kingdom finds strolling in nature—or even looking at photographs of the natural world—leaves people feeling better about their bodies. In recent years, a series of studies have found that time spent in nature offers a range of benefits, from easing depression to increasing altruism. This latest work suggests it can […]

  • Climate Sensitivity Study Suggests Narrower Range of Potential Outcomes

    Climate Sensitivity Study Suggests Narrower Range of Potential Outcomes

    via The Guardian : Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions. A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature. “Our study all but rules out very low and very high […]

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    10 Good Nature Conservation News Stories From 2017

    via HUFFPOST : Nature conservation can seem like a long and arduous journey. Current issues, from climate change to protecting North Atlantic right whales, can seem overwhelming. But our history should give us hope. Many young people today are unaware about ozone depletion or pollution that once caused the egg shells of wild birds to thin and crack. These were once big, complex political conservation issues, but thanks to past efforts, we have moved from problem […]

  • If Oceans Stopped Absorbing Heat From Climate Change, Life On Land Would Average 122°F

    If Oceans Stopped Absorbing Heat From Climate Change, Life On Land Would Average 122°F

    via QUARTZ : Since the 1970s, more than 93% of excess heat captured by greenhouse gases has been absorbed by the oceans. To understand how much heat that is, think of it this way: If the oceans weren’t absorbing it, average global temperatures on land would be far higher—around 122°F, according to researchers on the documentary Chasing Coral. The global average surface temperature right now is 59°F. A 122°F world, needless to say, would be unlivable. […]

  • The Solution To Climate Change? More Nature

    The Solution To Climate Change? More Nature

    via mindbodygreen : To slow climate change, experts often advocate for action and legislate for policies that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our atmosphere. These solutions seek to limit fossil fuel transmissions from cars or methane emissions from livestock. But according to a new study, regenerating our land could be a lot more important than we originally thought. A peer-reviewed paper by the Nature Conservancy and 15 other environmental groups found that natural, land-based […]

  • Human Water Use is Draining the World’s Saline Lakes

    Human Water Use is Draining the World’s Saline Lakes

    Via Ars Technica : Rising temperatures might not be helping, but overuse is the real problem. Saline lakes, like the Caspian Sea, the Dead Sea, the Salton Sea, and of course the Great Salt Lake, have served as recreational playgrounds and tourist attractions, supported thriving fishing and shipping industries, and yielded minerals to be extracted for commercial and industrial applications. A slightly less quantifiable benefit they used to grant was providing habitats for waterbirds. But these […]