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  • 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 […]

  • These Volcanic Eruptions Might Slow Climate Change, But Won’t Stop It

    These Volcanic Eruptions Might Slow Climate Change, But Won’t Stop It

    via New York Post : Two volcanoes are set to blow and their eruptions could help cool the Earth. Mt. Agung in Bali, Indonesia, and the volcano on Ambae Island in Vanuatu, an island country west of Fiji, are both set to explode at any time. CNN reports that 144,000 people have already left Bali, and all of Ambae Island’s 11,000 residents have been evacuated. Even though volcanic eruptions can cause death and an immeasurable amount […]

  • Green for Wellbeing – Science Tells Us How to Design Urban Spaces That Heal Us

    Green for Wellbeing – Science Tells Us How to Design Urban Spaces That Heal Us

    via The Conversation : One in five Australians will suffer from a mental health issue this year and living in a city makes it far more likely. Research shows that city dwellers have a 20% higher chance of suffering anxiety and an almost 40% greater likelihood of developing depression. Promisingly, however, research has also found that people in urban areas who live closest to the greatest “green space” are significantly less likely to suffer poor mental […]

  • The Solar Eclipse Had a Spooky Effect on Nature

    The Solar Eclipse Had a Spooky Effect on Nature

    via Live Science : From flowers spontaneously shutting their petals to hundreds of thousands of salmon washing ashore, the eclipse yesterday (Aug. 21) had a downright spooky impact on nature, according scientists observing the effects. Several experimental projects were aimed at recording the responses of animals to the eclipse, including the iNaturalist app, which encouraged people to record observations during and after totality, said Rebecca Johnson, citizen science research director at the California Academy of Sciences […]

  • Here’s Why Every Capitalist Should Connect With Nature

    Here’s Why Every Capitalist Should Connect With Nature

    via The Guardian : Third of people can’t identify a barn owl and three quarters don’t recognise a hawthorn tree. One in six have never had the pleasure of seeing a toad. And 13% say they haven’t visited the countryside for more than two years. The findings of a new survey are unsurprising but they remind us that, instead of wringing hands about children’s disengagement from nature, we must encourage adults. Nearly four in 10 […]

  • Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature

    Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature

    Via The Guardian : A third of people can’t identify a barn owl and three quarters don’t recognise a hawthorn tree. One in six have never had the pleasure of seeing a toad. And 13% say they haven’t visited the countryside for more than two years. The findings of a new survey are unsurprising but they remind us that, instead of wringing hands about children’s disengagement from nature, we must encourage adults. Nearly four in 10 […]