Here’s a crazy idea: What if your love of steak wasn’t a massive environmental problem but part of a solution instead? What if we could suck carbon out of the air and save the world simply by eating beef?
A new study suggests that all this is possible, but … Read the rest
Each year, the Earth’s trees suck more than a hundred billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s an impossibly huge number to consider, about 60 times the weight of all the humans currently on the planet.
A trope of sci-fi movies these days, from Snowpiercer to Geostorm, is that our failure to tackle climate change will eventually force us to deploy an arsenal of unproven technologies to save the planet. Think sun-deflecting space mirrors or chemically altered clouds. And because these are sci-fi movies, … Read the rest
It started with a conversation around the dinner table at my parents house. A conversation about an article that my mum had read about an Island made of plastic… “A what now?” ” An Island made entirely of plastic rubbish that has ended up in the sea, it’s all caught
The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of them.
Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto … Read the rest
Now that one of the strongest nor’easters on record has swirled off to Canada, it’s time to talk about what everyone was thinking during the storm: Is this just what happens now?
Short answer: yes. Get used to it. Wild storms like this week’s massive coastal cyclone will be … Read the rest
No one knows exactly how many rare Sumatran rhinos are left in the wild, but new estimates suggest the population is as low as 30. The best-case scenario? Just under 100. And there are just nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity.
These are bleak estimates, especially since if the Sumatran rhino … Read the rest
New research in the journal Geophysical Research Letters confirms that 139 glaciers are exposed to the melting influence of ocean water, many of those reaching deep below sea level where the water is warmer.
Climate change is ruining our spookiest holiday. Here are some scary ways the 31st of October might look different going forward:
A new report from the International Energy Agency surveys the growth of hydropower, wind, and other forms of renewable energy and finds they’re catching up to coal (still the world’s largest source of electricity). At this rate, renewables are expected to provide 30 percent of power generation by 2022.… Read the rest
Back when Hurricane Irma was a Category-5 storm pounding Caribbean islands like Barbuda, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hopped on the phone with CNN. The country was anticipating Irma’s landfall in Florida — which would follow less than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston — and … Read the rest
Mike Staley was walking to his office in Hong Kong when something stopped him in his tracks. Out on the street, a man poured hundreds of shark fins out of a large white sack so the fins could dry out in the sun.
“This is one particular trader who I … Read the rest
Weather historian Christopher Burt had been closely tracking the blazing temperatures in Death Valley, California, this summer. The days were hot, but what was especially notable to him was … Read the rest
At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.
The continued near-record warmth is a marker of just how much global temperatures have risen thanks to … Read the rest
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf earlier this week, according to satellite pictures and scientists who monitor such things, permanently altering the coastline of our planet’s frozen continent.
Twice the size of Long Island and packing a trillion tons of ice … Read the rest
Hatha jodi. The people selling this strange, cactus-shaped product say it’s the rare root of a plant that can be used as a lucky charm. But in reality, it’s made from the body parts of monitor lizards. And the lizards used to make hatha jodi go through absolute hell.
First, … Read the rest
Aaron Mair’s story starts out all too familiar to people of color who have encountered any of the big green groups: He asked one for help dealing with an issue of critical importance to the health of his family and community — and was turned away.
This was back … Read the rest
In a new report, Grist 50-er Liz Specht identifies the obstacles that prevent earth-friendly meat from taking over the world. If meat stopped coming from cows and was instead grown in the lab, she argues, it would slash meat production’s environmental footprint.
So, Specht and her colleagues at the Good … Read the rest
Global sea-level rise before 1990 was smaller than previously thought — which means all the sea-level rise we’ve observed since 1990 has been happening much faster than we knew, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
The backstory: Before satellites, sea-level measurements were … Read the rest
Plastic bags are everywhere, stuck in the hedgerows, blowing about the streets, floating about in streams and rivers. And the ones that end up in landfill sites take 400 odd years to degrade.
As a deterrent, retailers do now charge for carrier bags, but is only a deterrent when more … Read the rest
Glacier National Park is losing its namesake glaciers and new research shows just how quickly: Over the past 50 years, 39 of the park’s glaciers have shrunk dramatically, some by as much as 85 percent.
Of the 150 glaciers that existed it the park in the late 19th century, … Read the rest
The U.K. zoo where nearly 500 animals have died will remain open, much to the disappointment and frustration of animal welfare advocates who campaigned to shut the facility down.
Cumbria Zoo, formerly known as South Lakes Safari Zoo, made the news earlier this year when a myriad of animal … Read the rest
Second in a series on lessons from California’s water crisis.
“It’s going to be kind of noisy — and very smelly,” Laura Anhalt warns, laughing, as we enter our first building at the primary wastewater treatment plant in Modesto, California. She’s right: The funk of processed sewage hits quickly.… Read the rest
Every dumb thing you own required some ghastly combination of fossil fuels, water, and marketing misanthropy to find its way into your home. Sure, you’re not about to fashion an iPhone out of foraged twigs, but you can put an end to impulse shopping.
Impulse purchases rarely have to … Read the rest
Evidence continues to mount that climate change has pushed the Arctic into a new state. Skyrocketing temperatures are altering the essence of the region, melting ice on land and sea, driving more intense wildfires, altering ocean circulation, and dissolving permafrost.
A new report chronicles all these changes and warns … Read the rest
This is not normal: We’re on track to witness a climate unseen in 50 million years by mid-century.
In pre-industrial times, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stood at 280 parts per million. And that number has been rising ever since, warming the planet by 1.8 degrees F … Read the rest
A lone baby harp seal cried on a ice floe off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The seal was only about 14 days old, and she had already witnessed a lifetime of horror.
Hunters had come there. They hadn’t killed her, but they’d shot and beaten all of her friends, … Read the rest
Under the influence of climate change, huge patches of ocean will grow hot, acidic, and barren in coming decades according to new projections published in Nature Communications. If life goes on as usual, climate change will disrupt more than half of the world’s ocean habitat in the next … Read the rest
When inspectors from the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) visited South Lakes Safari Zoo (also known as Cumbria Zoo) they were shocked at what they saw.
“Things like a kangaroo who was emaciated,” Madeline Taylor, campaigns officer for CAPS, told The Dodo. “A lemur that had a sore on its … Read the rest
We might think of climate change as purely physical: wildfires blazing through forests, rising seas lapping at the doors of coastal homes.
But those brutal conditions also affect our mental health, changing how we think and act. Mental health professionals are paying attention to the link between climate change and … Read the rest
Scientists have warned that sea-level rise will make coastal areas around the world vulnerable to flooding. But the creeping ocean isn’t the only force threatening waterfronts like in Grays Harbor. A study published this week by the United States Geological Survey shows that erosion will make the West Coast … Read the rest
Most scientists studying global warming compare today’s temperatures to those of the late 19th century because that is as far back as quality temperature observations go. But a new study makes the case for a better comparison period, one that includes the warming that had already resulted by the … Read the rest
Right now, more than 200 dolphins are packed into a tiny sea pen off the coast of Taiji, Japan, waiting for the worst.
The dolphins on Friday afternoon.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society