Air pollution clearly linked to fossil fuels and to brain cancer

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/13/air-pollution-particles-linked-to-brain-cancer-in-new-research Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer for first time Exclusive: tiny particles produced by motor traffic can invade the brain and carry carcinogens Damian Carrington Environment editor @dpcarrington Wed 13 Nov 2019 05.57 EST New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time. The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced … Continue reading Air pollution clearly linked to fossil fuels and to brain cancer

Remember wildfires are a global problem

California wildfires pale in comparison to those in Australia in terms of surface area and duration. (I think California has more damage to residences and buildings.) But this article describes a truly frightening problem Down Under. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/nov/12/australia-fires-rage-out-of-control-catastrophic-day? (click thru for additional videos and maps) Australia fires could be out of control for months, says fire … Continue reading Remember wildfires are a global problem

Drones can create a forest in a day

From my friend Kevin Land at Aqua Design Innovations (the maker of the rather neat Ecoqube C, a small but well set-up aquarium): If you've paid attention to news recently, you'll know that our forests are being decimated...Increasing demand for tree-based products and climate change has led to a massive increase of carbon emissions, making … Continue reading Drones can create a forest in a day

Creative use of Fukushima

With all of the damage, some of it global by air and water, caused by Fukushima's nuclear disaster, some creative soul has come up with the perfect use of the uninhabitable area -- use it to provide renewable energy. What a great idea! https://e360.yale.edu/digest/fukushima-to-be-transformed-into-renewable-energy-hub E360 Digest November 11, 2019 Fukushima to be Transformed into Renewable … Continue reading Creative use of Fukushima

Global producers are behind the huge fires in Indonesia — speak up!

As so often turns out to be the case, the unsustainable and unethical sourcing of palm oil continues to be a problem even for global brands that are trying to be environmentally sound. Consumers need to speak up with their mouths and their feet by refusing to buy products listing palm oil as an ingredient … Continue reading Global producers are behind the huge fires in Indonesia — speak up!

NYC’s new street plans illustrate the complex changes needed to address congestion and pollution

This plan appears to be a comprehensive and considered approach to decreasing congestion and pollution in NYC by improving traffic flow, promoting bicycle use, and more. But reading the investment and time needed to improving just this one element of public transportation shows what daunting problems lie ahead to improve our environment. https://ny.curbed.com/2019/10/28/20936587/city-council-streets-master-plan-corey-johnson City Council … Continue reading NYC’s new street plans illustrate the complex changes needed to address congestion and pollution

Scotland preserves a carbon sink

Always nice to see a country take affirmative action on the climate crisis. Peatlands (bogs) are carbon sinks that work twice as well as forests. Unfortunately, nature creates them -- not humans. But it is possible to take action to protect the peatlands that now cover 3% of the world's land in 175 countries. https://www.ecowatch.com/scotland-peatlands-climate-change-2641173982.htmlContinue reading Scotland preserves a carbon sink