Indian state attempts to plant record 50 million trees in 24 hours

July 12, 2016 by  
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The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh recently attempted to break the world record for the highest number of trees planted in a 24-hour period. As part of a concerted effort to combat climate change , officials in the country’s most populous state are hoping to smash Pakistan’s 2013 record of 847,275 trees planted in one day by planting 50 million trees. The Associated Press quoted the state’s Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, as saying that “the world has realized that serious efforts are needed to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of global climate change. Uttar Pradesh has made a beginning in this regard.” Yadav made the comments to volunteers gathered in the city of Kannauj, 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of the state capital, Lucknow. More than 800,000 people across the state were given millions of saplings to plant at designated spots along roads, rail tracks and forested areas. Related: India plans to spend $6.2 billion to create new forests At the Paris climate talks last December, the Indian government pledged to increase forest cover to 95 million hectares (235 million acres) by 2030. The government has earmarked $6.2 billion for the effort and is encouraging all 29 states to start tree-planting drives similar to Uttar Pradesh. Senior forest official Sanjeev Saran told the Associated Press that the tree-planting sites would be monitored through aerial photograpy to see how many saplings were growing. Usually only around 60 percent of saplings survive, officials said, with the rest succumbing to disease or lack of water. According to the most recent Forest Survey of India  statistics published in 2013, 5.96 percent of Uttar Pradesh is forested area and the forest cover across the country is at 21.23 percent. The government’s goal is to increase forest cover to 33 percent, sequestering 2.5 billion tons of carbon. Via Treehugger Images via Wikipedia

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Fiji is the first country in the world to ratify the Paris agreement

February 16, 2016 by  
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Last Friday, the island nation of Fiji became the first to ratify the UN climate deal reached in Paris last December . Climate change is an issue of major concern in Fiji and other pacific island nations, which are already seeing the effects of rising sea levels flooding what little land they have. Fiji’s prime minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, told the nation’s parliament it was important to act now to protect the archipelago from floods, increasingly destructive tropical storms, and the loss of fish stocks as the surrounding seas warm. Read the rest of Fiji is the first country in the world to ratify the Paris agreement

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Why the fate of our climate could rest on Justice Scalia’s replacement

February 16, 2016 by  
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Since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death last weekend, there’s been a glut of articles analyzing what his absence means for the balance of power in the US Supreme Court. One writer taking a bold stance is Maddie Stone, who asserts in a piece for Gizmodo that “Scalia’s death may have saved the planet” from the looming catastrophe of climate change . Of course matters aren’t entirely that simple; we don’t yet know who will be nominated to replace Scalia, or if Congressional Republicans will even allow a new nominee to be appointed. Read the rest of Why the fate of our climate could rest on Justice Scalia’s replacement

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Seattle design covers ugly highway with an elevated park and affordable housing

February 16, 2016 by  
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This sneaker was 3D-printed from recycled ocean trash

December 13, 2015 by  
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World governments weren’t the only ones making a statement at the COP21 talks in Paris this week. Adidas and Parley for the Oceans were there too — and they used the opportunity to unveil a new, eco-friendly sneaker design! The new sneaker was 3D printed using recycled polyester and plastic taken from the ocean. READ MORE >

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Paris climate summit may take longer than planned as world leaders attempt to get it right

December 10, 2015 by  
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For the past 10 days, world leaders have been meeting outside Paris to discuss the fate of the environment as we know it. The participating nations came to the table with preconceived strategies for regulating carbon emissions within their own borders, and negotiations are ongoing to draft an international agreement. A rough draft ( PDF ), issued on Wednesday, met with harsh criticism from climate scientists and conservationists who feel the parameters aren’t aggressive enough to save the Earth from its untimely demise. Leaders are aiming to have a final draft by Friday – that’s tomorrow – but it may take a little longer. Read the rest of Paris climate summit may take longer than planned as world leaders attempt to get it right

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The new Global Solar Council launches out of COP21

December 10, 2015 by  
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The UN COP21 climate talks are the most comprehensive thus far and are showing that countries are actually preparing to take action on climate change. The solar industry is posed to be part of the answer and is increasingly working together to do so. On December 7th, the industry announced the launch of the Global Solar Council (GSC) in an attempt to share best practices and bring the solar power industry together at an international level. “The GSC believes that solar power is already one of the cheapest forms of electricity globally, a cost-effective means of fighting climate change, and the most versatile form of electricity generation,” said Trina Solar. That company’s CEO Jifan Gao was named one of the co-chairs of the GSC. The Chairman of the GSC is Bruce Douglas, chief operating officer of SolarPower Europe. “Today the solar power sector has united to fight climate change,” Douglas said. “There is consensus that solar power will become the principal source of electricity generation. It has a hugely important role to play in the international efforts to ultimately eliminate carbon emissions from the power sector.” The GSC will work with developed nations as well as emerging nations. Emerging nations are quickly becoming one of the biggest markets for solar in the world, recently their investments in solar outweighed those of developed nations. Solar power will be imperative to avoiding a greater than 2 degrees Celsius increase in global temperature, according to the GSC. + COP21

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The beautiful Bolt electric motorcyle can be ridden like a bicycle

December 10, 2015 by  
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Scientists unveil a road map for moving the planet to renewable energy by 2050

December 8, 2015 by  
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As world leaders gather in Paris to talk about how to slow climate change, there is reason to believe that the global community may finally be ready to take united action against global warming. Even  the G7  admits that the world will eventually need to adopt a completely carbon-free economy. In a recently published study, researchers at University of California and Stanford University reveal a road map that, if implemented, could allow humanity to make the switch to a carbon-free economy by 2050. Read the rest of Scientists unveil a road map for moving the planet to renewable energy by 2050

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Iridescent hand-folded metal panels clad Snøhetta’s Learning Center at Toronto’s Ryerson University

December 8, 2015 by  
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