Even scientists are shocked by the latest UN report on climate change

October 10, 2018 by  
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According to a Monday report on climate change from the United Nations, maintaining the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius is crucial if more extreme weather events and species’ extinctions are to be avoided. The current ceiling on temperature increase is set at 2 degrees Celcius since the 2015 Paris Agreement , to which nearly 200 nations are committed. However, new UN research shows that this pledge is not enough to avoid possibly irreparable damage to our planet’s ecosystems. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) both weighed in on the report, saying that as of now, the world is not even on course to achieving the 2C benchmark, let alone a lower target. The UN is calling for rapid changes on the part of nations, businesses and individuals. The unprecedented changes to travel and lifestyle may be jarring but are the only way to avoid catastrophic damage to our planet in the near future. Related: Flood frequency of the Amazon River has increased fivefold “There is clearly need for a much higher ambition level to reach even a 2 degrees target, we are moving more toward 3 to 5 (degrees) at the moment,” explained Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the WMO. The 1.5C target would slow coastal flooding and ocean rise by the end of the century, giving people in these areas time to adapt to changes. Many species would also be given a greater chance of survival. Under the 2C target, coral reefs are still projected to disappear. The lower target would allow anywhere between 10 to 30 percent of coral reefs to possibly survive. “Even the scientists were surprised to see … how much they could really differentiate and how great are the benefits of limiting global warming at 1.5 compared to 2,” IPCC Vice-Chair Thelma Krug told Reuters . According the the IPCC, the human carbon footprint must fall by at least 45 percent by 2030 in order for the planet to maintain the 1.5C temperature rise and reach “net-zero” by mid-century. The report also stated that 70-85 percent of energy needs to be supplied by renewable sources by 2050 to stay at the 1.5C target — right now, renewable energy accounts for about 25 percent. Amjad Abdulla — board member for the IPCC and chief negotiator for small island states at risk of flooding — said, “The report shows we only have the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage to the climate system that supports life as we know it.” While the U.S. is on target to meet the previous goal, the UN is still stressing that more action is needed. Urging individuals to make changes to their lifestyles, even at the smallest of levels, the report believes that every small incentive will make the difference. For us, this means reducing meat consumption and dairy intake, choosing public transportation or switching to electric and hybrid vehicles and demanding companies to supply low-carbon products for purchase. + United Nations Via Reuters Image via  Natasha Kasim

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Old Sydney warehouse is transformed into an industrial-chic home

October 10, 2018 by  
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Rather than strip Balmain, Sydney of its post-industrial architectural heritage and history, award-winning practice Carter Williamson Architects has taken care to sustainably breathe new life into the area’s old buildings. Case in point is the local studio’s transformation of a former timber factory into a stunning, modern home with industrial-chic styling woven throughout its four levels. Dubbed 102 The Mill, the unique home boasts 403 square meters of space with soaring ceilings and plenty of natural light. The adaptive reuse design is part of a greater redevelopment project in which a sawmill, cottage and factory were repurposed into multiple residences. All of the renovated buildings retain parts of the original construction. In 102 The Mill, these deliberately exposed frameworks are complemented by industrial-inspired lighting fixtures and minimalist, streamlined furnishings. Timber floors and warm fabrics help imbue the former factory with a sense of cozy warmth. Entering from the street-facing north facade, 102 The Mill allocates the main living and bedroom areas to the west side that faces the garden, while the staircase and elevator shaft are set on the eastern side of home. The ground floor includes a spacious entrance foyer that leads to an entertainment room and a guest suite; both rooms have access to the garden . An open-plan living room, kitchen and dining area are on the first floor, and an outdoor terrace has been added to the rear side. The second floor houses the master suite in addition to two bedrooms. The roof terrace offers extra entertaining space. Related: A historic farmhouse is transformed into a modern home with a green roof “By embracing its former factory life, The Mill manages to capture the gritty feel of industrial Balmain, sympathetically redefining the traditional Sydney terrace house,” reads the project description. “The result sits with an inevitability, blending in with its inner Sydney surroundings, yet striking forward as a jewel of modern Australian architecture.” + Carter Williamson Architects Photography by Brett Boardman

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

January 26, 2015 by  
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In the first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two leaders agreed to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. But the talks did not result in a clear-cut commitment by India to curb carbon emissions, such as the pact made between the U.S. and China late last year. Read the rest of US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barack obama , Climate Change , coal power , developing nation , green energy , India , India nuclear energy , India PM , India US agreements , India US climate change agreements , India US renewable energy , India US talks , IPCC , modi , Narendra Modi , renewable energy , Solar Power , US , US India nuclear energy

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World’s largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China

January 26, 2015 by  
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X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

January 26, 2015 by  
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An ancient scroll buried beneath Mount Vesuvius has been read without ever having been opened. The scroll, which found with other items in Herculaneum—a town near Pompeii that was destroyed by the famous  eruption  of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE—was preserved by the hot gas and ash of the volcano . Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eruption , Mount Vesuvius , Mt. Vesuvius , Mt. Vesuvius volcano , pompeii , Pompeii eruption , reading scrolls by x-ray , scroll , scroll xray , scrolls , searles , x-ray , x-ray scrolls

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How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives

January 26, 2015 by  
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In 1986, Cameroon’s Lake Nyos was the scene of an extraordinary and devastating natural disaster. The lake quite literally exploded, releasing 80 million cubic meters of carbon dioxide in just 20 seconds, which caused the suffocation deaths of 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock. The lake experienced what is known as a limnic eruption. Lake Nyos is not the only body of water in the region to carry properties that lead some to term them “killer lakes,” but scientists are working to ensure that this never happens again. Read the rest of How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cameroon , carbon dioxide , crater lake , degassing , exploding lake , killer lake , lake monoun , lake nyos , limic , nyos , volcano

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Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

January 26, 2015 by  
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It looks like  Ford is making a big leap into the autonomous vehicle game, as the automaker recently announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The center will employ a total of 125 researchers, engineers, and scientists, all of whom will be working to help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. Ford’s goal? To make autonomous cars accessible to everyone – not just luxury vehicle owners. Read the rest of Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , ford , Ford autonomous vehicle , ford fusion , Ford self-driving car , green car , green transportation , palo alto , Research and Innovation Center , San Francisco , self driving vehicle , self-driving car , silicon valley , stanford

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

January 26, 2015 by  
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In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “ the criminal culprit ” responsible for increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component in of Sichuan cuisine, but local residents have been banned from home-smoking pork this year as smog worsens in the region. Those who decide to stick with the traditional cooking method will face a fine equivalent to $800. Read the rest of Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , Air quality , bacon , barbecue , barbeque , china , chinese , chinese new year , dazhou , food , illness , lunar new year , New Year , Pollution , pork , Sichuan , smoked pork , unhealthy

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Concluding IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change

November 4, 2014 by  
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“Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts , but options exist to limit its effects,” so states the briefest summary of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report. The IPCC released the  Synthesis Report of its Fifth Assessment Report over the weekend, which brings together all of its findings since the Fourth Assessment Report in 2007. While the report was as bleak and as stark as expected based on the interim reports issued over the last 13 months, it maintained the possibility that the situation could be mitigated – providing we can muster the political and collective will to do so. Read the rest of Concluding IPCC Report Warns of Irreversible and Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon dioxide , Climate Change , global warming , greenhouse gas emissions , ice sheet loss , IPCC , IPCC Fifth Assessment Report , reports , rising sea levels , United Nations

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice

November 3, 2014 by  
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  For those who may be unaware, there is a common and saddening epidemic that exists in today’s textile industry, where impoverished textile workers labor in cotton fields and factories around the world. From demanding long work hours to paying unfair wages, the goals of some manufacturing plants focused on offering their customers low prices have lead to slashed wages and harsh working environments. Certified organic cotton holds a seal of approval by a reputable organization such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which ensures that the cotton been grown without pesticides or herbicides, and that the workers involved with its production are treated fairly and paid a fair, ethical wage. They also ensure that no child labor is involved, and that the factories adhere to safety standards. Additionally, not only is organic cotton one of the most comfortable, and high-quality materials, it’s also an environmentally beneficial crop that requires minimal water to grow. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why Organic Cotton is the Most Ethical Choice Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cotton , cotton infographic , eco-friendly cotton , Ethical , ethical cotton , fair wage , fair wages , GMO , importance of organic cotton , infographic , non gmo , non-GMO cotton , organic cotton , organic cotton infographic , Organic Textiles , pesticide free , pesticides

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