Climate Change

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What is sustainable farming – and can it save the world?

Sustainable farming seeks to preserve and improve the environment, ensure human health and grow food for the growing global population. There are many philosophies and methods contained within this practice, and it can be tricky to choose one definition. In general, sustainable agriculture looks to improve growing practices so that land does not degrade at […]

July 25th

EcoRight climate change news for the week of July 24

It’s hot. There’s not much else to say. I’m self quarantining to keep away from melting temperatures. I had hoped to get a weather reprieve (and lobster) by driving up to Maine in August, but their strict covid restrictions on visitors would mean I couldn’t see family or do anything for two weeks, so here […]

July 24th

Election 2020: Four more years of Donald Trump could delay global emissions cuts by 10 years

Donald Trump’s decision to step back from international climate action pushes any prospect of hitting global emissions targets to “near zero”. Modelling suggests there are only very limited circumstances where the Paris Agreement’s warming limit of 2C is met – and a US departure from the landmark 2015 deal restricts those options further for every term […]

July 24th

Amid disappointment over party’s draft platform, 25,000+ people urge DNC to adopt climate panel’s ambitious policies

As climate experts and advocates on Thursday continued to criticize Democratic Party officials’ draft 2020 platform, the Democratic National Committee’s Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis delivered petitions with over 25,000 signatures urging the DNC to incorporate the panel’s bold policy recommendations. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The council, which launched in February after months of […]

July 24th

Heat waves, wildfire & permafrost thaw: The Arctic’s climate change trifecta

The Arctic Circle became unbelievably hot on June 20. In the Russian community of Verkhoyansk, temperatures topped 38C, marking what may be the highest air temperature ever recorded within the Arctic. A wildfire burns outside Fairbanks, Alaska, after a lightning strike. (Catherine Dieleman), Author provided Catherine Dieleman, University of Guelph The Conversation The temperatures at […]

July 23rd

Clean Energy: Germany’s coronavirus stimulus prioritizes low-carbon investments

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis and its enormous economic and social impacts, Germany has pointed the way towards building back better in a way that emphasizes environmental as well as economic concerns. Its €130 billion ($146 billion) domestic stimulus is not just aimed at economic recovery, but at paving the way towards a more sustainable, […]

July 23rd

Big Data: ‘Green’ coronavirus recovery would keep global emissions below 2019 peak

The world has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its “sustainable recovery plan” for the coronavirus pandemic lays out a series of measures that the agency says would ensure 2019 was the “definitive peak” for global emissions. By Josh Gabbatiss Carbon Brief Launched […]

July 22nd

Carbon Capture: An effective climate change solution may lie in rocks beneath our feet

Why has Earth’s climate remained so stable over geological time? The answer just might rock you. Rocks, particularly the types created by volcanic activity, play a critical role in keeping Earth’s long-term climate stable and cycling carbon dioxide between land, oceans and the atmosphere. Weathering of rocks like these basalt formations in Idaho triggers chemical processes […]

July 18th

If you liked it then you should have put a carbon tax on it…

Why is carbon pricing the biggest piece of the climate solutions pie? Externalities, man. By Sarah Lazarovic Yes! magazine In economics, an externality refers to a side effect of a commercial activity that isn’t reflected in the cost of the thing you’re buying. Externalities can be both negative (air pollution) and positive (education). Once you […]

July 18th