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Ice Apocalypse

Ice Apocalypse grist.org | 8 mins read Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage. Stretching across a frozen plain more than 150 miles long, these glaciers, named Pine Island and Thwaites, have marched steadily for millennia toward...

WE WON’T LET OUR BIG BUTS GET IN THE WAY OF ...

Environmentalists are sometimes accused of being too argumentative, or more specifically, too negative. Part of the reason for this perception is that, in general, people who point out problems are necessarily going to sound more negative than people who claim that everything is just fine—even if everything ISN’T just fine. Nonetheless, just so you don’t think we at Grinning Planet spend all of our time being...

Corporations, Regardless of Current Government Pol...

More of the world’s biggest corporations are taking the fight against climate change into their own hands, aiming to cut their energy costs, pre-empt regulation or burnish their reputations with investors and customers. Apple Inc. has draped its new California campus with solar panels. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut the energy consumption of its refrigerators. Steelmaker Thyssenkrupp AG streamlined trucking routes, Dell Inc. made...

$1 Trillion Norwegian Fund Weighs Dropping Oil and...

Norway’s sovereign-wealth fund said on Thursday it may stop buying oil and gas stocks, a move that would deprive the energy sector of investment from a $1 trillion asset manager. The Norwegian central bank, which uses the fund to invest the proceeds of the country’s oil industry, said that investing money back into the energy sector amplifies the government’s exposure to the price of crude, particularly given the country’s...

Pollutants from fracking could pose health risk to...

Analysis of US fracking sites suggests pollutants including airborne particulates and heavy metals could affect neurodevelopment of babies and children Pollutants released during fracking processes could pose a health risk to infants and children, according to researchers studying chemicals involved in shale gas operations. The extraction of shale gas using pressurised fluid – a process known as fracking – has been used...

As CO2 Emissions Flatten, More Powerful Greenhouse...

Recent studies paint a grim picture. Global carbon dioxide emissions remained flat for a third year in a row, yet far more powerful greenhouse gases “keep creeping up,” according to the annual report from the European Union and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The U.S., Russia, China and Japan decreased their CO2 output from 2015 to 2016, while the EU stayed flat and India’s emissions continued to increase....

How to Start a Regenerative Agriculture Movement i...

The most important, although as of yet little known, new paradigm shift and set of practices in the world today is regenerative agriculture, or rather regenerative food, farming and land use. Regeneration practices, scaled up globally on billions of acres of farmland, pasture, and forest, have the potential to not only mitigate, but actually reverse global warming and, at the same time, provide solutions to other burning...

Why Glitter Must Be Banned

All that glitters ain’t gold, or so the old adage goes. And when it comes to the glitter used in everyday cosmetics, specialty make-up, hair products and party paraphernalia, the negative effects on human health and the environment are indeed far from golden. “They really do get into everything, and despite their tiny size, they can have a devastating impact on humans and non-human animals,” wrote Trisia...

U.S. Now the Only Country Not in Paris Climate Agr...

When President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in June, the U.S. joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only other countries to not agree to the global action plan. The reasons for the other two holdout countries were fair. Nicaragua’s leaders felt the accord was not strong enough to fight climate change. Syria has been embroiled in a full-scale civil war for six years. But Tuesday, during...

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Will Power ...

“Hywind will provide clean energy to over twenty thousand homes and will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. The 30 megawatt wind farm, operated by Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., consists of five turbines and is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. “This marks an exciting development for...

Climate Change Journalist Warns: ‘Mother Nat...

Climate Change Journalist Warns: ‘Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now’ Listen· 37:14 37:14 LINK to audio:  Click the “Play” icon in the upper left at this link — http://www.npr.org/2017/10/24/559736126/climate-change-journalist-warns-mother-nature-is-playing-by-different-rules-now   October 24, 20172:00 PM ET Transcript Heard on Fresh Air Author Jeff Goodell says that American...

Pollution kills 9 million people each year, new st...

Dirty air in India and China. Tainted water in sub-Saharan Africa. Toxic mining and smelter operations in South America. Pollution around the globe now contributes to an estimated 9 million deaths  annually — or roughly one in six — according to an in-depth new study published Thursday in the Lancet. If accurate, that means pollution kills three times more people each year than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined,...

Shell Buys Slice of the Electric Vehicle Market Wi...

As the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates, oil and gas majors have continued to grapple with how much to invest in a technology that could put them out of business. On Friday, Royal Dutch Shell made arguably the most striking vote of confidence in electric cars from a major yet: buying electric charging company NewMotion. Gaining ownership of a company that manages 30,000 residential and business charging stations, and...

WORLD’S LARGEST OIL COMPANIES: Deep Trouble As Pro...

The world’s largest oil companies are in serious trouble as their balance sheets deteriorate from higher costs, falling profits and skyrocketing debt.  The glory days of the highly profitable global oil companies have come to an end.  All that remains now is a mere shadow of the once mighty oil industry that will be forced to continue cannibalizing itself to produce the last bit of valuable oil. I realize my extremely...

‘This is a really big deal’: Canada na...

Pioneering peer reviewed study measured methane emissions from oil and gas infrastructure in two regions in Alberta: ‘If we thought it was bad, it’s worse’ Alberta’s oil and gas industry – Canada’s largest producer of fossil fuel resources – could be emitting 25 to 50% more methane than previously believed, new research has suggested. The pioneering peer reviewed study, published in Environmental Science & Technology on...