Archive | October 2018

“A Zero-Carbon Economy Is Within Reach”

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https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/zero-carbon-economy-within-reach-by-adair-turner-2018-10

Getting to net zero carbon emissions in just four decades is both necessary and a huge challenge. But the good news is that it is undoubtedly technically feasible – and at an acceptably low cost to the global economy.

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“How the narrative on polar bears has become a problem for Arctic environmental groups”

https://www.arctictoday.com/narrative-polar-bears-become-problem-arctic-environmental-groups/

“When the symbol gets bigger than the region itself and people don’t realize that the polar bear is just one piece of a whole diverse web of life in the Arctic, then it can become almost a barrier.”

“Too much biodiversity can be bad for some ecosystems”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/10/18/Too-much-biodiversity-can-be-bad-for-some-ecosystems/3801539866906/

New research suggests it’s possible to have too much biodiversity. In lab tests, scientists in Switzerland showed elevated levels of biodiversity can destabilize ecosystems under certain conditions.

“Governments are deciding whether to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.”

Weddell Sea sanctuary map © Greenpeace UK

https://www.greenpeace.org/international/story/18852/antarctic-sanctuary-what-you-need-to-know/

Over two weeks in late October, governments will meet in Hobart, Australia, to decide whether to create a vast Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary, covering almost two million square kilometres. If it goes ahead, it’ll be the largest protected area on the planet.

“Adults ingest 2,000 pieces of plastic in table salt on average each year”

https://qz.com/1429207/plastic-found-in-most-table-salts-especially-ones-from-asia/

A study published Tuesday (Oct. 16) in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found microplastics in more than 90% of the packaged food-grade salt—also known as table salt—for sale in stores. The team, from South Korea’s Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia, sampled 39 brands of salt harvested in 21 countries. Only three of the samples had no detectable microplastics.

“Sea snail shells are dissolving as the ocean gets more acidic”

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2018/10/15/Sea-snail-shells-are-dissolving-as-the-ocean-gets-more-acidic/3471539608218/

Rising acidity levels in the world’s oceans are disrupting the shell-making abilities of the marine gastropods. According to a new study, the shells of triton shell sea snails are smaller, thinner and less dense in regions where acidity levels are accelerating.

“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.

“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.