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California kids to teachers’ pension fund: Divest from oil (because it’s a lousy investment)

The kids are mad as hell—and so are teachers who want their California teacher pension fund, CalSTRS, to join 1,000 other institutions collectively divesting $14.5 trillion from the fossil fuel industry that threatens climate catastrophe. Youth call on CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels, 2021. (Photo: Brooke Anderson Photography) By Marcy Winograd Common Dreams The retirement […]

August 28th

Exposure to wildfire smoke linked to preterm births

As many as 7,000 babies were born prematurely because of exposure to wildfire smoke between 2007 and 2012, new research from Stanford discovered. The study, published in <a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001393512101166X?via%3Dihub” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener”>Environmental Research</a>, found the more days a pregnant person was exposed to smoke the more likely they were to have a preterm birth. […]

August 28th

Women in STEM: Scientists understood the physics of climate change in the 1800s thanks to a scientist named Eunice Foote

Long before the current political divide over climate change, and even before the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), an American scientist named Eunice Foote documented the underlying cause of today’s climate change crisis. By Sylvia G. Dee, Rice University The Conversation The year was 1856. Foote’s brief scientific paper was the first to describe the extraordinary […]

August 27th

Is Microsoft’s sustainability approach enough?

It’s hard to imagine a professional or educational scenario where Word, Powerpoint, or Excel would not be applicable. Beyond these indispensable software programs, it is difficult to envision the gaming industry without the Xbox. Whether in the office, at school, or in the home, Microsoft has an omnipresent hold on all our daily lives.  As […]

August 27th

A century after the Appalachian Trail was proposed, millions hike it every year seeking ‘the breath of a real life’

The Appalachian Trail, North America’s most famous hiking route, stretches over 2,189 mountainous miles (3,520 kilometers) from Georgia to Maine. In any given year, some 3 million people hike on it, including more than 3,000 “thru-hikers” who go the entire distance, either in one stretch or in segments over multiple years. By Charles C. Chester, […]

August 26th

NOAA: Earth’s hottest month was record hot in 2021

The July 2021 Global Climate Summary from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information was released on Last week, and among the highlights was that the planet’s hottest month of the year was also the hottest July in the 142-year record. By Rebecca Lindsey NOAA From the report: The July 2021 global surface temperature was 1.67°F (0.93°C) above […]

August 24th

Infrastructure: Will NIMBYs sink new clean energy projects? The evidence says no – if developers listen to local concerns

As Congress debates billions of dollars in new infrastructure investments, advocates are touting the social and economic benefits of building new high-voltage transmission lines, clean energy plants and electric vehicle charging stations, along with fixing aging roads and bridges. But when it’s time to break ground, will people accept these new projects in their communities? […]

August 23rd

Could we replace a flawed GDP with a sustainable “Genuine Progress Indicator”

On July 30, Representative Ilhan Omar introduced the Genuine Progress Indicator Act, which would require federal agencies to evaluate economic policies using the metric known as GPI, alongside the traditional Gross Domestic Product (GDP). If other representatives get on board, this could be an important step in building a socially and environmentally sustainable society. By Cynthia Kaufman […]

August 23rd

What the IPCC Climate Report means for companies and investors

The recent extreme weather events around the world — from floods to wildfires — have resulted in tragic loss of human life, and caused damage to factories and farmlands, halting transportation networks and causing power outages. These impacts have shown that companies and investors may not be well prepared for the unprecedented risks driven by climate change. By […]

August 23rd

Organic food has become mainstream but still has room to grow

Organic food once was viewed as a niche category for health nuts and hippies, but today it’s a routine choice for millions of Americans. For years following passage of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, which established national organic standards, consumers had to seek out organic products at food co-ops and farmers markets. Today […]

August 21st