“With Europe’s Hamsters At Risk, Better Call The ‘Hamster Commish'”

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/14/650605114/with-austrias-hamsters-at-risk-better-call-the-hamster-commish

When an Austrian real estate development company was commissioned by the government to renovate the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna, it faced a problem. The school’s campus is home to about 50 wild common hamsters. While the common hamster is plentiful in some parts of the world, it is a protected species in Austria.

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“This Thiel-Backed Startup Says It Can Clean Up the Seas. Scientists Have Doubts”

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BOTTOM LINE – Ocean Cleanup is about to try to show the world that its ambitious plastic-sweeping plan can work, but serious questions remain, and the endeavor alone can’t solve the problem.

“Scientists Call for $2.4 Trillion Shift From Coal to Renewables”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-08/scientists-call-for-2-4-trillion-shift-from-coal-to-renewables?srnd=premium-europe

 

The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to slow the quickest pace of climate change since the end of the last ice age, according to scientists convened by the United Nations.

“The World’s Most Beautiful Battery”

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2018-kaprun-hydroelectric-station-battery/?srnd=premium-europe

High in the Austrian Alps, a utility has adapted a 70-year-old facility to store solar and wind energy for when it’s needed most.

“The Carbon Footprint Of The Internet”

http://econintersect.com/pages/infographics/infographic.php?post=201809280524

The number of Internet users reaches record highs every year, but did you know that for every tweet, comment, email and google search, a small amount of CO2 is emitted? For one person, the numbers aren’t too impressive, but when you factor in every person on planet earth who’s using the internet, those small numbers suddenly look ginormous, and worrying.

“Urban bees are living healthier lives than rural bees”

https://qz.com/1365290/cities-could-save-the-bees-theyre-healthier-than-farm-bees/

Research published in the Royal Society B found that bumblebees living in urban areas experience healthier lives than their counterparts in rural habitats. Their colonies are larger, better fed, and less prone to disease. Urban colonies also survive longer than their country cousins.

“What the world needs now to fight climate change is more swamps”

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  • The world needs more swamps — and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands.

  • Wetlands are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, irreplaceable tools for slowing the pace of climate change.

  • They are extremely efficient at pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converting it into living plants and carbon-rich soil.

  • But throughout history, wetlands have been viewed as wastelands to be “reclaimed” for higher uses — many modern cities around the world are built on filled wetlands.