Satellite Data Correction Shows Alarming Global Temperature Increase

12 Jul

Corrected satellite data has knocked the wind out of climate change deniers' sails.

Climate change deniers and skeptics have long used satellite data to back up their arguments. This is because the data showed lower temperatures than those recorded on the ground. However, new research may be knocking the wind out of climate skeptics’ sails. Dr. Carl Mears and Frank Wentz of Remote Sensing Systems found that orbital […]

Massive Snowmelt Took Place In West Antarctica

5 Jul

In January of 2016, a massive ice melt caused by an extra-strong El Niño, took place in West Antarctica. Could this be a sign of things to come?

In January of 2016, an area of roughly 300,000 square miles—twice the size of California—in Antarctica had an extreme melting event. The cause of the melt was warm winds blowing over the continent forced by an especially strong El Niño. The warm spell lasted more than two weeks, and during that time, satellite data revealed […]

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins An Initial Pipeline Victory

28 Jun

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has won an initial victory in its fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On June 14, federal judge James Boasberg ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to adequately study the potential environmental consequences of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was the first legal victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their year-long battle against the pipeline. However, he did not order the pipeline’s shutdown. […]

Online Shopping Creates A Sea of Cardboard For the Sake of Convenience

21 Jun

While online shopping is a great convenience, it creates a massive amount of cardboard packaging that goes into our waste stream.

Online shopping can be a huge boon. You can order whatever you want, and within hours (or even minutes) it can be delivered right to your doorstep. Businesses have rushed to respond to consumers’ demands for speed and convenience from e-commerce. Amazon leads the charge with its subscription membership service to Amazon Prime. According to […]

Small Temperature Increase Leads to Big Chance of Heat Deaths

14 Jun

A mean temperature increase of just 0.5 degrees Celsius dramatically increases the risk of heat deaths in India and other low- and mid-latitude nations.

An increase in mean temperature of 0.5 degrees Celsius over 50 years may seem trivial, but it more than doubles the probability of a heat wave in India that could kill more than 100 people. This is according to recent research from the University of California – Irvine (UCI). Using data gathered by the India […]

Despite Trump Decision, States and Cities Step Up to Paris Agreement Plate

7 Jun

While Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, mayors and governors across the country have stepped up to take the lead in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction.

As news of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change spread, many states and cities immediately had a message for the president: even if you don’t believe in climate change, we see the reality, and if you won’t do something about it, we will. Shortly after […]

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement

2 Jun

On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The announcement was greeted with cheers by some and sorrow by many.

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. He also said the U.S. would begin negotiations to enter the accord, or a new treaty, on terms that he believes would be better for American businesses and taxpayers. “So we’re getting out, but we will start […]

Tesla’s New Solar Roof is Here

31 May

Tesla is rolling out solar roofing panels. Is this a great innovation or is it an over-hyped toy for rich people?

As Tesla’s new solar roof tiles roll out, the question of economic viability comes into question. At $65,000 for the average 3,000 square foot roof, some have called this product “another toy for rich, green people” who have always wanted solar panels but who felt that the panels currently available are not aesthetically pleasing. At […]

Plastic Pollutes Even the Remotest of Islands

24 May

Remote Henderson Island is the most polluted place in the world, according to a team of researchers.

Henderson Island is one of the most remote islands in the world. It sits in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands, more than 3,000 miles from the nearest major population centers. It’s also the world’s most polluted island. More than 17 tons of plastic litter the beaches of […]

Pebble Mine Can Now Pursue Permits in Bristol Bay

17 May

The EPA has granted permission for the Pebble Mine to pursue permits for a site in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted Pebble Limited Partnership permission to pursue permits for the development of a huge copper and gold deposit. This is a reversal from the EPA’s earlier stance. But the agency reached a legal settlement on May 11, allowing the company to apply for permits and develop site plans. The proposed […]