We Earthlings: Rethink Air Travel

January 25, 2022 by  
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The climate crisis could sink the UK’s economy by 2045

January 18, 2022 by  
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The U.K. is at risk of losing 1% of its economy every year by 2045 due to the climate crisis . This is according to the U.K. government’s recent assessment of the risks posed by climate change. In a five-year analysis of the climate risk, officials determined that the U.K. stands to lose even more if actions are not taken to reverse the climate crisis.   The assessment found that if global temperatures are allowed to rise above 2 degrees Celsius, more action will be needed for flood defenses, restoration of natural resources such as peatlands, and building a more resilient environment . Other areas that would cost the government include decreased food production and infrastructure destruction from extreme weather events. Flooding alone could cause a loss of at least £1 billion ($1.36 billion) each year by 2050. Related: Climate change is already affecting 85% of world population According to Jo Churchill, the minister for climate adaptation, “The scale and severity of the challenge posed by climate change means we cannot tackle it overnight, and although we’ve made good progress in recent years there is clearly much more that we need to do.” Churchill added that the government will be committing to more significant efforts in dealing with the climate crisis risks to help the country become more resilient. “By recognising the further progress that needs to be made, we’re committing to significantly increasing our efforts and setting a path towards the third national adaptation programme, which will set ambitious and robust policies to make sure we are resilient to climate change into the future,” Churchill said. Climate campaigners, on the other hand, see the U.K.’s plans as short-sighted, since they only seek to mitigate climate impacts instead of solving the problem itself. Signe Norberg of the Aldersgate Group of businesses supporting sustainability said, “Investing in a healthier natural environment is key to making the UK more resilient to the impacts of climate change and it will be critical that the government puts forward ambitious and credible targets under the Environment Act.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Pixabay

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Coal production in China reached record high in 2021

January 18, 2022 by  
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Despite global cries for an end to  fossil fuel  use, China’s coal production reached record levels last year. The government encouraged miners to ramp up production, working at maximum capacity to increase China’s economic growth. China  is the world’s biggest coal producer. Last month, the country set a new record by mining more than 384 million metric tons of coal. In 2021, China hit an all-time high for coal output, topping 4.07 billion metric tons, an increase of 4.7% from 2020.  Related: US and China make big climate pledges at UN General Assembly These figures come just a couple of months after the huge  COP26  climate talks in Glasgow. At COP26, countries fiercely disagreed over coal use. COP26 president Alok Sharma was deeply frustrated and claimed that China and India would “have to explain themselves to poor nations” for clinging to coal. During the talks, India diluted the language around coal, changing the pact from “phasing out” to “phasing down.” So far, China’s phase-down has yet to start. In fact, last month a new major power project in Inner Mongolia opened the first of four 1,000-megawatt generating units. The project is located in Shanghaimiao town in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The area has  coal  resources covering more than 4,000 square kilometers, with reserves of somewhere between 14.3 and 50 billion tons. Meanwhile, China is feeling the effects of  climate change . According to the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), the country endured historic temperature highs last year. China’s average temperature in 2021 was 10.7 degrees Celsius, or about 51 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest since the CMA began tracking the weather in 1961. This is about one degree Celsius higher than usual. While the CMA did not explicitly cite climate change as the reason for increased temperatures, Jia Xiaolong, deputy director of the CMA subsidiary National Climate Centre, has implied a connection. “The multiple and frequent occurrences of extreme weather events have become normal against a backdrop of global warming, posing great challenges to meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation,” he said, as reported by Carbon Brief. Via The Guardian , Carbon Brief , China Daily

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Create your own trees out of greenscreen’s 3D trellis

January 18, 2022 by  
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The greenscreen gsTree modular trellis system has won the 2021 Architizer A+ Product Award for conceptual design, the largest awards program in architecture and design. This unique 3D trellising system forms a tree-like shape that elevates and then spreads, growing plants to 10-feet heights. Similar to other greenscreen modular trellis systems, the gsTree creates three-dimensional shapes that allow for plant installations similar to trees planted down a city sidewalk. Basically, you can create your own trees out of your favorite plants or an entire park full of them. Related: This giant green wall is a show-stopper at Warsaw skyscraper What’s really cool about the gsTree trellis is that it brings new ways to use low-lying plants to create overhead shade. The trellis could also create privacy fencing to fill vertical or overhead spaces. City parks could use the gsTree for year-round sculpture-like installations that bloom in spring . GsTree exceeds 10-feet height on request. Finishes include black, bronze, terra, silver, green and white, with custom colors also available on request. Biophilic design is nothing new, but the greenscreen gsTree creates new design options for hardscapes, public pavilions or home gardenscapes . “I believe that our organization and product offerings provide a framework for architects , designers and contractors to realize their vision and see it come to life, all while taking into consideration the environment and budgetary demands,” said President of greenscreen Kory Levoy. “We are an organization whose focus is on sustainable growth, and on doing things the right way.” Do you have a lawn that needs an arbor? Want to create a living shelter for a garden bench? The gsTree will fulfill all your biophilic wishes. + Greenscreen Images via Greenscreen

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New forest certification standards offer nature-based solutions to the climate crisis

January 17, 2022 by  
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Sponsored: The new Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2022 standards will ensure healthy forests that lead to benefits such as avoiding deforestation and fighting climate change.

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Why water stewardship in the food sector is failing — and how to change it

December 31, 2021 by  
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The agriculture sector is unprepared for the realities of water in a climate change future even as more of them start to report and disclose water initiatives.

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Greta Thunberg calls out Biden for climate action failures

December 30, 2021 by  
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Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg has criticized U.S. president Joe Biden for failing to lead in the fight against the climate crisis. In a detailed  interview  with the Washington Post, the 18-year-old activist criticized Biden and other world leaders for their lack of action. Thunberg turned down a suggestion that Joe Biden is a leader in the fight against climate change. Instead, she argues that the U.S. is facilitating the climate crisis and making it even worse than it is. “It’s strange that people think of Joe Biden as a leader for the climate when you see what his administration is doing,” Thunberg said. “The US is actually expanding fossil fuel infrastructure.” Related: Greta Thunberg slams global leaders for their “blah, blah, blah” The activist says that elected leaders and those in positions of authority have relegated their duties to activists and teenagers. She says that if they were to take responsibility, they would not need to be reminded by activists about the crisis every day. “Why is the US doing that? It should not fall on us activists and teenagers who just want to go to school to raise this awareness and to inform people that we are actually facing an emergency,” Thunberg said. Although Biden has portrayed himself as a pro-climate president, many of his policies are questionable. Thunberg concluded that the president and other political leaders do not even understand what the climate crisis is all about. When asked what the president should do, Thunberg said we should all start with clear goals and understanding. “We are trying to find a solution to a crisis that we don’t understand … it’s all about the narrative. It’s all about, what are we actually trying to solve? Is it this emergency, or is it this emergency ?” Thunberg said. Thunberg was also critical of the recently concluded COP26 climate Summit in Glasgow. According to the activist, COP26 turned out to be a “PR event” in which leaders tried to create loopholes to profit from the system. Still, Thunberg says there was one lesson to learn from the Glasgow meeting. She claims the lesson learned is that the only way to solve the climate crisis is by putting massive pressure on leaders from the outside.  Despite the U.S. president pledging to lead the fight against climate change at COP26, his administration was not among the 40 countries that announced a promise to end coal mining. In November, the U.S. held the largest auction for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, further proof that the government is not committed to cutting emissions. Via  The Guardian Lead image via  European Parliament

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This year’s warmer winter could create irreversible damage

December 21, 2021 by  
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February 2021 brought the planet’s 16th-warmest February, and this December is much warmer than it should be. Although warmer climates are being experienced across the world , experts say that the temperatures have a much bigger impact in regions that are usually cold. Further, experts say that the warm winter is likely to lead to more adverse weather patterns in the coming year. In addition to climate change, uneven warmer winter can trigger tornados and heavy storms, according to Kai Kornhuber, a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Related: Denver’s snowless season has experts worried “One of the truisms in climate science is that cold places and cold times of year warm faster than the warmer places and warmer times of the year,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “Not only is the actual rate of warming faster in colder seasons and places – like the Arctic , which is warming three times faster than other places – but also a lot of impacts that are associated with warming are amplified.” Although global warming is a factor across the world, scientists have proven over time that colder regions warm much faster. This often means irregular precipitation, whether it is in terms of rain or snow . Further, the effects caused by even a slight increase in temperature can be far-reaching. For instance, if the temperature causes rain instead of snowfall, the effect will be that the rainwater washes away much faster than snow. “Winter warming affects the frozenness – or not – of things, which is ecologically important for the accumulation of snowpack and the water supply,” Swain explained. Extreme warm spells in winter can result in heat waves in summer. The warmth in this season can lead to premature snowmelt and even vegetation growth, which lowers moisture content in soils and increases the likelihood of extreme and persistent heatwaves in summer . Hot winters will also affect agriculture. Agriculture needs chill months to yield high outcomes. Fruits that require a long period of cold weather, such as apples, cherries and pears, will be hit the hardest. Via The Guardian Lead image via Pexels

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Earth911 Podcast: Making Buffalo, New York, a Livable, Equitable Climate Haven

December 15, 2021 by  
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Los Angeles builds justice through building decarbonization

December 10, 2021 by  
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Los Angeles officials announced a new community engagement process to involve the people most affected by climate change in the city’s building decarbonization  process. The city’s Climate Emergency Mobilization Office will solicit and incorporate the input of vulnerable communities into policy decisions, with a goal of decarbonizing all buildings by 2050. By 2030, all new buildings in L.A. must be zero carbon. Urban buildings contribute 43% of L.A.’s carbon emissions,  Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference. The city contains more than 1 million buildings, which have a combined total of about 2.5 billion square feet. To decarbonize a building, builders must replace fossil fuel-powered systems with green energy sources. Related: Nation’s first triple net-zero housing development to rise in New York But in addition to incorporating the best energy sources, the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office has a list of key energy and housing justice principles. These include that building decarbonization should not lead to evictions, rent burden or harassment of tenants. Building owners can’t replace carbon-based  infrastructure  with alternate technologies that also pollute. Decarbonization technologies must be accessible and affordable for everybody, and people who currently live in the most polluted areas must reap the full benefits of these cleanup efforts. Workers in industries impacted by decarbonization will be able to retrain and get well-paid, unionized jobs in the green economy. The Climate Emergency Mobilization Office will host a series of community assemblies early next year to explain technical points about decarbonization and to brainstorm ideas and solutions. It will incorporate its findings into plans to attain the city’s aggressive decarbonization goals. “With this legislation, we are signaling that we are committed to ensuring that decarbonizing  buildings  will not lead to rising rents and utility costs for rent-burdened Angelenos or the slowing of housing production – particularly during this City’s historic housing and homelessness crisis,” said city council member Nithya Raman, co-author of the motion. Via L.A. City Council Climate Change Motion Lead image via Pixabay

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