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  • 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 […]

  • Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

    Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

    via nature : In the past three years, global emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels have levelled after rising for decades. This is a sign that policies and investments in climate mitigation are starting to pay off. The United States, China and other nations are replacing coal with natural gas and boosting renewable energy sources. There is almost unanimous international agreement that the risks of abandoning the planet to climate change are […]

  • Air Pollution is Killing Wildlife and People

    Air Pollution is Killing Wildlife and People

    via The Guardian : On National Clean Air Day, Thursday 15 June, we’re calling for action to cut air pollution which threatens our native wildlife (Nature needs fresh air too, 2 June). The UK government’s air quality consultation, closing on 15 June, focuses on “tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”. That issue deserves urgent action – but it’s not enough. Air pollution is a problem in both rural and urban areas, for people and […]

  • To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

    To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

    Via The Conversation : On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris. Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their nations’ commitments under the Paris Agreement, and Macron announced he will visit India later this year for a summit on solar power. For […]

  • Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

    Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

    Via Scientific American : A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years Plant life on both poles is growing rapidly as the planet warms. A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years as temperatures increased as a result of climate change. The study, published yesterday in the journal Current Biology, shows that Antarctica will be much greener in […]