“Expect seas to rise for the next 300 years, new climate models warn”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/02/22/Expect-seas-to-rise-for-the-next-300-years-new-climate-models-warn/5071519306116/?nll=1

 Even if carbon emissions are curbed and rising temperatures are constrained, many scientists expect sea level rise to continue for some time. New research suggests sea level rise could last 300 years.

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“We Can’t Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-22/climate-change-not-an-engineering-problem

Could the problem of global warming become so desperate that humans would be willing to take the vast risk of re-engineering our environment? It’s far from a desirable or lasting solution. Yet some scientists have thought deeply about it and concluded that’s what we’ll probably do.

 

“Our treatment of animals is stalling human progress”

One-day old chicks are held in a hand at an aviary in a poultry farm.

Our treatment of animals is stalling human progress

The human population is around seven billion today, and will perhaps be ten billion by 2050. Yet here are over 100 billion domestic animals (the vast majority of whom are in the food system) and a quadrillion wild vertebrates (with many more invertebrates).

Unfortunately, their current situation is unimaginable suffering.

“Dramatic decline in Borneo’s orangutan population as 150,000 lost in 16 years”

Female orangutans are occasionally killed for their young, which are sold on as pets, while others are killed for food or for venturing onto plantations or into gardens.

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Hunting and killing have driven a dramatic decline in the orangutan population on Borneo where nearly 150,000 animals have been lost from the island’s forests in 16 years, conservationists warn.

“Energy taxes are too low to combat climate change, OECD says”

Reports Indicate 2016 Was Hottest Year On Record

http://www.cityam.com/280600/energy-taxes-too-low-combat-climate-change-oecd-says

Energy taxes in developed economies are “well below” where they should be to reflect climate costs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a report today.

” Dutch cow poo overload causes an environmental stink”

Farmland with cows in the Netherlands

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/16/dutch-cow-poo-overload-causes-an-environmental-stink?mc_cid=7b1e7606e1&mc_eid=eaaa9fef29

Dairy farms in the Netherlands are producing so much dung they can’t get rid of it safely. Now the WWF is calling for a 40% cut in herd numbers to protect the environment.

“China forced to tell Antarctica tourists: ‘Don’t’ touch the penguins'”

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The Chinese government earlier this week established a new list of rules for people visiting Antarctica: No hunting. No leaving behind solid waste. And no touching or feeding the penguins.

 

“German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution”

Train in Germany

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“Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines.

“Desperate scientists created a Match.com profile for a frog who may be the last of his species”

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Desperate scientists created a Match.com profile for a frog who may be the last of his species

There’s a chance a frog who lives in a tank in a Bolivian museum is the last of his species. But he reportedly hasn’t given up hope, if one can ascribe hope to a frog. The male Sehuencas water frog continues to make mating calls from within his confinement at Bolivia’s Cochabamba Natural History Museum.

“The way the world catches fish defies all economic logic”

The way the world catches fish defies all economic logic

It’s often said that there are plenty more fish in the sea. For most of human history, that was true. From ancient Minoans to postwar industrial trawl fleets, mankind found wealth from harvesting more and more of the sea’s seemingly endless abundance of creatures. The more fishermen tried, the more their catches grew, such that, between 1950 and the mid-1990s, global fish landings more than quintupled.

And then, suddenly, that stopped.

It’s not hard to guess the culprit: overfishing. Similarly well-known is that overfishing is a problem of biology: we’re hauling up too many fish, leaving too few adult ones behind to repopulate.