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To Help Save Bumble Bees, Plant These Flowers in Y...

In an effort to aid North American bumblebee conservation, a group of California researchers has identified which flowers certain bee species prefer. There are nearly 20,000 known bee species in the world, 4,000 of which are native to the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Society. Bees pollinate roughly three-quarters of all fruits, nuts and vegetables grown across the country and one of every four bites of food can be...

British Medical Journal Praised for New Fossil Fue...

Respected medical journal The BMJ drew praise online from climate activists and medical professionals for its newly-announced fossil fuel divestment campaign. “Thank you for your leadership,” pediatrician and child psychiatrist Elizabeth Pinsky wrote Friday on Twitter. In an editorial published Jan. 23 titled “Investing in Humanity: The BMJ’s divestment campaign,” the journal’s executive...

To Fly or Not to Fly? The Environmental Cost of Ai...

When was the last time you traveled by plane? Various researchers say as little as between 5 and 10 percent of the global population fly in a given year. But things are changing. According to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) estimates, there were 3.7 billion global air passengers in 2016 — and every year since 2009 has been a new record-breaker. By 2035, the International Air Transport Association (IATA)...

2020 Starts With the Plain Prospect of Rising Heat

The year is less than four weeks old, but scientists already know that carbon dioxide emissions will continue to head upwards — as they have every year since measurements began — leading to a continuation of the Earth’s rising heat. And they warn that the rise will be steeper than usual, partly because of the devastating bush fires in Australia. The warning is a reminder that global heating and climate change create...

Microsoft is Now Aiming to Capture All the CO2 The...

Microsoft may have just taken on the most ambitious environmental goals of any corporation to date. This week, the tech company announced they are now working to be carbon-negative by 2030. Furthermore, they plan to remove all the carbon they have ever emitted into the environment—either directly or by electrical consumption since their founding in 1975—before 2050. The technology required to achieve such a feat is either...

Can State-of-the-Art Batteries Fuel a Clean, Renew...

In late 2019 images of Australia in flames spread around the world. Record weather extremes related to global heating had created conditions in which vast areas of forest and brush easily caught fire. The poignancy of the plight of so many Australians was heightened by having a Prime Minister who was initially absent from the country when the fires were taking hold, and was a strong supporter of the coal industry, who also...

How climate change influenced Australia’s un...

The climate factors contributing to Australia’s bushfires are strikingly similar to those at play in California.   Australia’s frightening bushfires, which kicked off an early fire season in September 2019, have already had cataclysmic effects, and the continent is still just in the early months of the southern hemisphere’s summer. The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has described the bushfires as unprecedented...

Trump Admin Ordered ‘Climate Censorship’ in Plans ...

An environmental group has uncovered another case of “climate censorship” ordered by the Trump administration. Administration officials had references to the climate crisis removed from a Forest Service notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement on opening national forests and grasslands in Texas to oil and gas leasing. “The Deputy who is reviewing the NOI requested every reference...

BlackRock plans to set stricter standards on clima...

The Wall Street Journal ($): BlackRock said it would take a tougher stance against corporations that aren’t providing a full accounting of environmental risks, part of a slew of moves by the investment giant to show it is doing more to address investment challenges posed by climate change. Among the moves, BlackRock said it would be increasingly disposed to vote against management and boards if companies don’t disclose...

Go Green: Eco-Friendly Products We Should All Be U...

After the shocking wake-up call of the documentary Blue Planet, more and more people are waking up to the unsustainable way humans are living. In fact, 97% of climate scientists agree we are facing a global warming emergency. But there’s hope for our planet. If we all do our part to make ourselves a little bit greener, then we can drastically reduce the issues our planet is facing. In this post, you’ll discover some easy...

Climate Change Forces 20 Million People to Flee Ea...

Over the past decade, climate-fueled disasters drove over 20 million people a year from their homes, concluded a report released by Oxfam on Monday. The Oxfam study, titled “Forced from Home,” was released as two weeks of UN climate negotiations kick-start in Madrid. It examined the numbers of people displaced inside their home countries by climate-fueled disasters between 2008 and 2018, based on government and...

More and more homeowners are renovating existing h...

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. In Canada, housing and other buildings account for up to 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, “operational emissions” — emissions from the energy used to heat, cool, light and operate buildings — accounts for 28% of global carbon...

Amazon Threatens to Fire Employees Who Speak out o...

Amazon employees who speak out about the climate crisis say they have been threatened with firing. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) said Thursday that the company’s legal and HR teams had questioned some of their members about public statements they had made urging Amazon to take climate action. Some also received emails saying they would be fired if they continued to speak up. [Read about Amazon employees...

Dispatch from Antarctica: A reporter’s trip reveal...

Energy News Network reporter Kari Lydersen traveled to Antarctica with Homeward Bound, an initiative with the goal of building women’s leadership in the fight against climate change. After her return, she reflected on the significance of visiting a place most people never will, nor should, she says. Journalist Kari Lydersen describes how a trip to the rarely seen continent left her grappling with grave responsibility....

College Republicans push climate change

Indiana college Republican leaders have joined a first-of-its-kind effort from the youth wing of the GOP to push the party to change its stance on climate. The recently formed lobbying campaign, called Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, promotes a specific plan that would put in place a gradually rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon emissions. The revenue from that fee would then be returned to Americans as a...