Tag Archive | Global warming

“The world’s biggest farms pollute more than any oil company”

Healthy Holstein dairy cows feed at a farm in central Washington.

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The world’s biggest meat and dairy operations combined pump more greenhouse gas into Earth’s warming atmosphere than any one of the largest fossil-fuel giants.

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“Pet food is an environmental disaster – are vegan dogs the answer?”

Can eco-conscious cats and dogs survive on a vegan diet?

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jun/26/pet-food-is-an-environmental-disaster-are-vegan-dogs-the-answer

A quarter of the impact of meat production comes from the pet-food industry. Has the time come to change what we feed our dogs and cats?

“The axolotl—nature’s miracle healer—is on the brink of extinction”

epa01204239 The Axolotl ('Ambystoma mexicanum') is the best-known of the Mexican neotenic mole salamanders belonging to the Tiger Salamander complex, at the Friedrich-Schiller-Univerity of Jena, Germany, 18 December 2007. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled, which is the reason the scientists breed them. So they can examin the development of cells from the early embryo phase. The Axolotl also have the ability to let lost extremities grow again.

https://qz.com/1304554/the-axolotl-natures-miracle-healer-is-on-the-brink-of-extinction/

The axolotl, or Ambystoma mexicanum, is the ultimate survivalist: When an axolotl loses a leg, tail, or a bit of its heart, the body part regrows and nary a scar remains. But the hardy creature is on the brink of extinction.

“Carbon Capture, the Vacuum Cleaner the Climate Needs”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-18/carbon-capture-the-vacuum-cleaner-the-climate-needs-quicktake

We humans are all too good at putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Can we come up with a way to vacuum it out?

“The way scientists define climate goals has given the world a false sense of hope”

The Rhea fire rages behind a wind farm near Seiling, Oklahoma, U.S. April 17, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford - RC19E0F22FE0

https://qz.com/1278776/what-is-a-carbon-budget-can-it-help-us-hit-climate-goals/

A zero-emissions target may seem inflexible, but it’s actually much more actionable than a variable and uncertain emissions budget. It is relatively simple for each country to set a target date to reach zero emissions, based on, say, how wealthy it is. Then, each greenhouse-gas emitting entity in the country can set its own goal to reach zero emissions and governments can lay out effective policies to help emitters get there by the target date.

“As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. And They’re Getting Into Trouble.”

a close up of an animal

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There are certain axioms about the natural world we learn as children. The sea is salty. Plants grow toward light. Bears hibernate in winter.

But as climate change leads to warmer winters, later falls and earlier springs — which can disrupt both food supplies and biological rhythms — American black bears are changing their hibernation routines, scientists say. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. In others, bears are waking from their slumber too early.

“Global Warming Is a Central Bank Issue”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-04-13/global-warming-is-a-central-bank-issue

Central bankers have been dubbed “masters of the universe” for the tools and powers they have acquired since the financial crisis. Some of them now want to play a more active role in the fight against climate change.

“Environmentalists to Join the Space Race With Methane-Sensing Satellite”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-11/greens-to-join-the-space-race-with-methane-sensing-satellite

The Environmental Defense Fund on Wednesday announced a plan to build and launch a satellite that will measure major global sources of methane, including 50 oil-and-gas regions that make up about 80 percent of production, as well as feedlots and landfills.

“World’s great forests could lose half of all wildlife as planet warms – report”

Wildlife is likely to disappear on a catastrophic scale in the Amazon if temperatures rise by more than 1.5C, the report warns.

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The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end of the century unless nations ramp up efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new report on the impacts of global warming on biodiversity hotspots.

“Swiss residents are wrapping glaciers in blankets to keep them from melting”

The Rhone Glacier wrapped in blankets.

Swiss residents are wrapping glaciers in blankets to keep them from melting

Every summer for the last eight years, people who live in the Swiss Alps have been wrapping a beloved glacier in blankets.