Archive | May, 2015

Southern Antarctic Peninsula Ice Melting Rapidly Since 2009

26 May

A formerly stable region of Antarctica has been melting at a rapid rate since 2009. The Southern Antarctic Peninsula has been shedding ice over the last five years, based on data collected from CyroStat-2, a European Space Agency satellite launched to measure ice at the South Pole. According to the numbers, the 750km coastal region […]

Semi-Arid Regions Help Slow Climate Change

22 May

Semi-arid Region

A recent study by researchers at Lund University and Stanford University has found that semi-arid zones such as savannahs are extremely valuable in reducing carbon in the air, possibly even more than rainforests. The need to keep rainforests alive and well is widely known, and until recently, they’ve been given most of the credit for […]

Are Low Carbon Indexes the Future of Investing?

19 May

Green Investing

Climate change isn’t just a matter for environmentalists—investors are getting involved as well. Many groups such as MSCI, BlackRock, and State Street Global Advisors are putting together “low carbon indexes”—recommended investments based on companies that have reduced their carbon emissions to make their work more viable and to encourage investors to move away from “dirty” […]

Starbucks Stops Bottling Water in California

18 May

Bottled water

California is in the midst of a four-year drought, which is bad enough that the state has instituted its first mandatory cuts in water use. And sourcing bottled water there is just making that state’s water problems even worse. Recently, Starbucks ceased bottling their Ethos Water brand in the state, and is moving that production […]

Environmental Groups Seek Stricter Rules for Crude Oil Trains

17 May

Crude Oil

In recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of crude oil that is transported across the United States by rail. Normally, cargo trains are a safe, cost effective way to move goods, but they aren’t immune to accidents. Unfortunately, when those accidents involve trains carrying crude oil, they often have disastrous results […]

The World’s Soil Quality is Degrading

16 May

Soil quality

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Delaware summarized the state of the world’s soil, and it’s not positive. They found that soil quality has reached a low point never before seen. Poor global soil quality is the byproduct of a number of factors, including climate change, soil erosion, nutrient exhaustion, and urbanization. […]

Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Create Urban Human Compost Center

8 May

Cemetary

What do you want to have happen with your body when you die? Most people default to a standard burial, or cremation, with their final destination being a cemetery. At The Urban Death Project, the goal is to create an alternative that would allow the deceased to be transformed into tillable soil and thereby help […]

New Information on the Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Spill

7 May

Oil Spill

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig spill released 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, covering 100,000 kilometers, including 1,000 linear miles of coastline. Luckily, the coastlines of Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama were spared by the use of chemical dispersants to hold back the spill. Dispersants do not get rid of […]

Insight into the Popularity of Anti-GMO Arguments

5 May

GMO

A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists in Belgium has struck on some interesting new information about the debate over genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The term GMO is generally used to describe plants that have been genetically modified in order to grow larger or be more resistant to pests or pesticides. They are essential […]