Could planting 1 trillion trees counteract climate change?

September 20, 2019 by  
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The U.N. suggests that adding 2.5 billion acres of forest to the world could limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. But some researchers aren’t so sure.

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Can the gene editing technology CRISPR help reduce biodiversity loss worldwide?

September 20, 2019 by  
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Though scientists are optimistic that CRISPR could help, they also emphasize caution and community engagement in order to get it right.

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The ‘tipping point’ has arrived as temperatures rise in 70 US counties

August 16, 2019 by  
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The heat is on this summer as sweltering temperatures are felt throughout the U.S., all thanks to the “tipping point”— a warning once echoed in the 2015 Paris accord. The “tipping point,” a 2 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels that was forewarned in 2015, has arrived and hit the U.S. with extreme climate change , leaving 34 million people living in areas that are rapidly heating. Related: Climate change will push 120 million into poverty The fastest state to experience such extreme warming is Alaska , a state where summer temperatures generally range from 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, has seen a recent increase of heat waves and wildfires . Other areas of the Northeast, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, who was the first state to pass the 2 degree Celsius, have also seen climes beyond normal. According to the Washington Post, most regional increases were due to warmer winters rather than summer heat waves. Less snowfall and ice mean those areas aren’t as likely to reflect solar dispersion during the winter months, ultimately feeding into a warming period. Although scientists can’t figure out why the Northeast is warming so rapidly, some experts believe the 2-degree Celsius hotspots are a glimpse into our future. Aside from the higher than average regional temperatures, there are also other factors that pose a threat to U.S. communities such as cold, heat, flooding, drought and even rising sea-levels. Four of the top five cities with the “lowest degree of readiness” are in Southern California alone (Anaheim, San Bernardino, Santa Ana and Riverside) and have all reached between 1.8 degrees Celsius and 2.1 degrees Celsius of warming compared to pre-industrial levels. While it may be summer in the U.S., some communities have experienced a real climate crisis , signaling climate change needs to be addressed now. Via Grist, Washington Post Image via Isengardt

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Is coastal tourism in danger of going underwater?

March 20, 2019 by  
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In late 2018, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientists released a startling report about the impending impacts of rising temperatures. On our present track, the world is predicted to warm by 2 degrees Celsius compared to preindustrial levels by 2040.For the coastal tourism industry, a 2-degree Celsius rise in temperatures would be catastrophic.

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Rising temperatures are putting the Global Seed Vault at risk

February 12, 2019 by  
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Global warming is putting Earth’s doomsday vault at risk. New research from Norway suggests that rising temperatures could melt the ice on the island where the Global Seed Vault is located, potentially endangering seed samples from around the world. The seed vault, which is capable of preserving 2.5 billion samples, is located near the Arctic on an island called Svalbard . The Norwegian government manages the island with help from the Nordic Genetic Resource Center and Crop Trust. Frigid temperatures in the Arctic help preserve the seed samples, which is why rising temperatures are a major concern for the long-term viability of the project. Related: The world is close to annihilation according to the iconic Doomsday Clock According to Gizmodo , Svalbard has experienced a rise in temperature by 5 degrees Celsius since statistics were first gathered in 1971. Scientists estimate that temperatures will continue to increase over the next 80 years and could be as much as 10 degrees Celsius higher than current readings. Such a significant change would also disrupt nearby glaciers, sea ice and permafrost. The surrounding landscape, including the permafrost, plays a critical part in keeping the doomsday vault at a chilling -18 degrees Celsius, or 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the permafrost starts thawing , it makes it more difficult to maintain the vault’s desired temperature, which is a serious concern for investors. Rising temperatures have already cost the organizations who run the vault millions of dollars. Several years ago, permafrost on the island started thawing out, which led to widespread flooding . This forced investors to drop millions in updates and renovations, just to keep up with climate change. Although the vault was recently upgraded, experts do not believe it can handle another 10-degree rise in temperatures on the island. If carbon emissions are lowered over the next half-century, however, scientists believe the islands will only witness about a 7 degree change, which is still a concern but slightly more manageable. Via Gizmodo Image via Bjoertvedt

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This investor dashboard visualizes progress (or lack thereof) on climate risks

July 20, 2017 by  
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U.K. investment giant Schroders warns planet is on track for more than 4 degrees Celsius of warming.

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Carbon removal is our best hope to deliver on the Paris Agreement

September 19, 2016 by  
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To limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, we’ll need to do more than reduce emissions. We’ll have to remove some carbon from the atmosphere — as a number of pioneering companies realize.

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India shatters records with temperature of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit

May 23, 2016 by  
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As we continue to break records for hot temperatures, one city in India is suffering under oppressive record-breaking heat. Phalodi, in northern Rajasthan, registered an extreme temperature of 51 degrees Celsius, which is 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The prior record was set in another city in Rajasthan, Alwar, back in 1956 with a temperature of 50.6 degrees Celsius, or 123 degrees Fahrenheit. This new temperature smashes not only the country high, but the continent high. It’s shy of…

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Harvard Could Bring Us Methane Laptops

November 29, 2010 by  
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Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are making advances in fuel cell technology that could eventually allow portable electronics to run on fuels like methane.  Laptops could greatly extend their running life while utilizing a cleaner source of energy and the researchers don’t think we’ll have to wait long.

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