Greenland is melting four times faster than it was 15 years ago

January 24, 2019 by  
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A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that Greenland is melting four times faster than it has in the past 15 years. Using data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), which were two satellites launched by Germany and NASA back in 2002, researchers discovered that between 2002 and 2016, Greenland lost 280 gigatons of ice every year, and that resulted in the addition of .03 inches of water annually to the world’s oceans. “We’re going to see faster and faster sea level rise for the foreseeable future,” study lead author and Ohio State University geodynamics professor Michael Bevis said in a press release . “Once you hit that tipping point, the only question is: How severe does it get?” Bevis explained that they knew there was a significant problem with the increasing rates of ice discharge from the large outlet glaciers. But what they didn’t expect was ice melt from Greenland’s southwest region. That area does not normally have breaking glaciers like the southeast and northwest, yet the southwest is where the most consistent ice loss happened between 2003 and 2012. Now, according to EcoWatch , researchers are recognizing that large amounts of ice mass are going to become a major contributor to the rise of sea levels over the next couple of decades. There was also a noticeable pause in melting back in 2013, at the same time that warm air was brought to Greenland by a reversal in North Atlantic Oscillation. Bevis said that is concerning, because in the past, the cycle of warm and cool temperatures didn’t have such a dramatic impact on the region. If the base-level temperature is so warm that the natural temperature cycles are accelerating the ice melting, then this could be a “tipping point.” However, the authors of another study from December 2018 cautioned using such language. They found that Greenland was melting at the fastest rate in more than three centuries, but that doesn’t mean we have passed “the point of no return,” according to the study authors. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientist Sarah B. Das said that there are still meaningful actions humans can take. If we limit greenhouse gas emissions, we can limit global warming . This will make a big difference in how quickly the ice melting in Greenland will affect the rise of sea levels. Via EcoWatch and OSU Image via Christine Zenino

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This tiny home eschews minimalist design for vibrant colors and bold patterns

January 24, 2019 by  
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Most tiny homes tend to go for the standard “less is more” strategy when it comes to interior design. But one Texas designer, Galeana Younger from the Galeana Group , is breaking that mold with her stunning “maximalist” tiny home. Forgoing the typical neutral color palette, Younger decked out the 190-square-foot tiny home with a host of vibrant colors, funky patterns and plenty of personal touches that give the home a jubilant character. Recently, the designer told Lonny that she wanted the tiny home design to be full of fun. “I wanted to create an environment that would allow/encourage people to feel comfortable and happy but still slightly elevated and outside of themselves,” Younger said. “Like they were in a hip, urban locale that made them feel a little more chispa than usual.” Related: The off-grid Eucalyptus tiny home radiates cool, Californian vibes Accordingly, the bold interior design found throughout the home has quite a bit of “spark” from the moment you enter. The living space features a small wicker sofa covered with various pillows in an array of colors and textures. To the right, the bedroom is wallpapered in a lively black and white cactus print. Contrasting the busy pattern on the walls is the ceiling, which is painted a light ethereal blue. A triangle-patterned rug is on the floor, nicely connecting the black door and trim, which is found throughout the interior. Moving into the kitchen , the blast of fun, vibrant colors cannot be missed. The geometric backsplash is comprised of multiple hues and shades that add a sense of whimsy to the cooking area. Open shelving stores the home’s dishware along with decorative bottles in different shapes and colors. Further into the back of the space is the bathroom. Surprisingly spacious for a tiny home, this black and white motif still manages to be filled with personality. The shower stall was hand laid with the words, “Howdy, ya’ll.” Above the bathroom, a ladder leads to a compact sleeping loft . + The Galeana Group Via Curbed Photography by Mark Menjivar via The Galeana Group

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Circular water and the digital transformation

November 7, 2018 by  
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Today, water scarcity is so prevalent that many of our desired economic, social, and environmental goals are out of reach. If we continue to treat water as a disposable, consumable resource, a global crisis is imminent. But if we seize the circular economy opportunity – and leverage technology that already exists to drive better water management and stewardship – we can not only protect our single most important shared resource, we can ensure that businesses can grow to meet the increasing demands of the world for years to come.

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Facebook’s Bill Weihl on what COP21 means for clean energy

December 21, 2015 by  
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What the increasing urgency of climate change could mean for how companies buy energy in the future.

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Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

August 14, 2015 by  
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The king of the jungle is in more trouble than ever. Researchers are now warning that endangered lions could be targeted for their bones , in addition to all the other reasons hunters are killing the majestic cats. In parts of Asia, tiger bones are used in traditional medicine and lion bones are replacing them to a growing degree. This increasing market could lead directly to a further decline in already unstable lion populations in Africa. Read the rest of Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

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Children and Teens Exhibit Signs of Technology Addiction

July 20, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock “Addiction” is a word that’s casually thrown around to describe the increasing attachment to digital technology among children, but new research shows that it may actually be a very apt describer. The majority of teens and younger children spend as much as 75 percent of their waking lives staring into some sort of screen, and they exhibit symptoms of withdrawal and depression when deprived of their gadgets. Head over to Inhabitots to learn why technology addiction is real, and how it may be affecting your kids. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addicted to computers , Children , digital technology , Inhabitots , parenting , Screen addiction , technology addiction        

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6 Hot Ways to Stay Cool Today

July 20, 2013 by  
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Temperatures are soaring across the northeastern US at present , with several areas experiencing their longest heatwaves in over a decade . If you’re looking to keep cool through this sweltering summer, but you don’t want to blast your air conditioning 24/7, check out our six tips to beat the heat today. From mastering the art of popsicle-making to testing out your swimming skills, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and healthy. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , air conditioning , east coast heat , heatwave , high temperatures , picnics , popsicle making , stay cool , staying cool , swimming        

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Polar Bear Observed to Swim Continuously for 9 Days Over 426 Miles

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia , CC Give that Bear a Gold Medal in Endurance Swimming We’ve known for a while that the increasing melting of the Arctic sea ice cover during the summer was posing big problems to polar bears, forcing some to swim for extended distances, using up their precious reserves of energy and reducing their chances of surviving harsh winters and reproducing. A group of scientists has tracked on bear who swam continuously for 9 days over 426 miles of almost freezing water! ..

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Climate & Energy Czar Carol Browner Leaving White House

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Arch1Design Carol Browner, the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change — i.e., the administration’s top climate post — is stepping down . Speculation had long swirled that she was going to give up the job, but beltway rumor had it it that she was moving to another in the administration.

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Polar Bears Will Be Extinct in Western Hudson Bay by 2040

June 8, 2010 by  
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photo: James Seith Photography via flickr Back in 2004 there were only about 936 polar bears in the Western Hudson Bay part of Manitoba. Now researchers say that the increasing length of the ice-free season in the region means that a tipping point will soon be reached, which means the polar bears will decline over the next 30 years to a point where too few remain to sustain a viable breeding population. …

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