Two simple ways to change your diet to help the planet

Surely everyone can waste a little less, eat a little less meat. Just doing those two things would Matter. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/04/rules-eating-fight-climate-change/618515/ Your Diet Is Cooking the Planet But two simple changes can help.ANNIE LOWREYAPRIL 6, 2021 GETTY What’s for dinner? On a planet wracked by rising seas, expanding deserts, withering biodiversity, and hotter temperatures, that’s a … Continue reading Two simple ways to change your diet to help the planet

More lightning in the Arctic = bad news for the planet

The Arctic holds an enormous amount of methane, a greenhouse gas far more dangerous than CO2. The disappearance of the Arctic ice cap, the melting in Greenland, the increased number of tundra fires, are all contributing to the soaring levels of both. (And shall we mention the methane burned off by the fossil fuel industry?) … Continue reading More lightning in the Arctic = bad news for the planet

A keeper for books about environment, climate change, energy, the future, and more

This has too many lists and too much clickthru to include here in its entirety but it's produced by the people who interview top people in a field to get their top five recommendations. This contains a cornucopia of info. Enjoy. https://fivebooks.com/category/environment/climate-change/

Huge kelp forests being killed by urchins — so much for reducing cow methane

One of the most creative methods (which will stick in your mind forever, once heard) for reducing methane in the atmosphere is to feed kelp to cows. Turns out that methane is both a more dangerous greenhouse gas than CO2 and that the cows raised for dairy and for beef produce an enormous amount of … Continue reading Huge kelp forests being killed by urchins — so much for reducing cow methane

Vegetation can’t keep up with greenhouse gases

Amazing how many people have figured that trees, the Amazon Rain Forests, the greenery of Indonesia and the like would simply soak up the excess CO2 that humans have been producing. Unfortunately, the vegetation just can't keep up. One thing that's not mentioned here is the burning going on in both Brazil and Indonesia to … Continue reading Vegetation can’t keep up with greenhouse gases

First public hearings held on proposal to expand the Danskammer plant

I testified during the afternoon session in opposition to this proposed plant that would be powered but fracked gas from Pennsylvania. Many of the hundreds who spoke were relatively local while I live down the Hudson on Manhattan. I made three points in less than three minutes. (1) They would Never have thought of putting … Continue reading First public hearings held on proposal to expand the Danskammer plant

Yes, eating seaweed could cut cows’ methane-filled burps 82%

This is my all-time favorite method for addressing climate change. It could make continued consumption of beef much more feasible but it's also just fun. Feeding cows seaweed could cut their methane emissions by 82%, scientists say Researchers found cows belched out 82% less methane after putting small amount of seaweed in their feed for … Continue reading Yes, eating seaweed could cut cows’ methane-filled burps 82%

Greenland ice sheet vanished once, before humans — but we’re not ready for the consequences

There are many who would look at the evidence that the ice sheet disappeared before and conclude that human activity is not to blame for this melt. What's more important than the cause is that the ice sheet has melted in the past so can melt in our future. The consequences to human life could … Continue reading Greenland ice sheet vanished once, before humans — but we’re not ready for the consequences

Generously illustrated explanation of how Greenland ice melt is changing Atlantic Ocean currents (including the Gulf Stream)

This article is plentifully illustrated to show exactly how cold fresh water from melting Greenland ice could cause massive changes to global climate (particularly Europe) and increased coastal flooding (particularly along the East Coast of the U.S. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/03/02/climate/atlantic-ocean-climate-change.html?searchResultPosition=1 IT’S ONE OF THE MIGHTIEST RIVERS you will never see, carrying some 30 times more water than all … Continue reading Generously illustrated explanation of how Greenland ice melt is changing Atlantic Ocean currents (including the Gulf Stream)

Caribbean island Bonaire proves (again) that healthy mangroves protect the shore

Bonaire is a wonderful island for scuba diving if you can make it thru all the COVID hoops to get there (very difficult at the moment). Last I checked flamingoes still outnumbered the number of residents -- 20,000 or so. It's not a party island but you can see amazing things by simply walking off … Continue reading Caribbean island Bonaire proves (again) that healthy mangroves protect the shore

Atlantic Ocean currents most unstable in a thousand years — why it matters

The Gulf Stream that flows north along the eastern coast of the United States then turns toward Europe. The current that comes from warmer parts of the globe then provides a huge benefit to Europe -- far more moderate weather than would be normal for its latitude. The thawing of the year-round Arctic ice and … Continue reading Atlantic Ocean currents most unstable in a thousand years — why it matters

Bill McKibben: blaming the wind for the Texas disaster is ridiculous

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/blaming-the-wind-for-the-mess-in-texas-is-ridiculous? Blaming the Wind for the Mess in Texas Is Painfully Absurd By Bill McKibbenFebruary 18, 2021 Failures in renewable-energy generation accounted for only a small percentage of the state’s recent power outages.Photograph by Ron Jenkins / Getty Sometimes, all you need is a map. In the wake of this week’s power failures in Texas, which … Continue reading Bill McKibben: blaming the wind for the Texas disaster is ridiculous