A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster

February 20, 2014 by  
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A new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reveals a troubling trend in the Arctic: as the planet warms and the ice caps melt , the Earth is losing its ability to reflect heat back into space. This natural amount of light reflected from planet’s surface, called albedo, is incredibly important. In the 70s, scientists discovered that a full 52% of the sun’s rays simply bounced off the surface of the Arctic, with only 48% absorbed. But by 2011, the situation had flipped, with only 48% of the light reflected back into space. Read the rest of A Darker Arctic is Making the Earth Warm Faster Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic albedo , arctic ice , Climate Change , global warming , melting ice , melting ice caps , polar ice caps , reflecting sunlight , reflective sea ice , sea ice        

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Mind the Void: Interface After Ray

January 23, 2012 by  
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The first in a new series of articles from Interface's sustainability leaders looks at how to overcome the loss of a "leader as real-world superhero," as Ray Anderson was.

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Crowdsourcing, Open Innovation, and the Future of Sustainable Cities

January 23, 2012 by  
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How do you fix dying cities like Detroit? By harnessing the power of the crowd to let (nearly) 1,000 flowers bloom.

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Rainforest Deforestation Amounts to $5 Trillion in Annual Losses

October 5, 2010 by  
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A former British banker has determined the value of assets lost by depletion of rainforests, which includes $4.5 trillion in loss of biodiversity as well as the loss of wetlands and sources of pharmaceutical drugs, according to The Independent. The…

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Rising Sea Levels Threaten Drinking Water Supplies for 15 Million East Coast Residents

August 10, 2010 by  
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Image via Blue Living Ideas The problem of sea level rise is usually discussed in terms of the dislocation of people away from coastlines, or even whole islands . But sea level rise has another dire impact: the loss of freshwater drinking supplies.

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Nuggets of Green Goodness in the Healthcare Bill

December 24, 2009 by  
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The Guardian Conservative commentator David Frum describes the American health care system: “The U.S. health care system costs too much, delivers too little and excludes too many. Americans pay 60 percent more per person for health care than any other nation

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Glaciers Feed the Ocean’s Food Webs

December 24, 2009 by  
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Image credit: untipografico /Flickr Glaciers are an important source for many of the world’s largest and most significant rivers, but new research is showing that they are also an essential support for the coastal and oceanic food webs. Dissolved organic matter, some more than 4,000 years old, is discharged by the glaciers and, in spite of its age, has proven to be a highly potent food source for mic… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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