Almost 3,000 supermarkets in Brazil are pledging to avoid selling meat from cattle raised in the Amazon rainforest to curb illegal deforestation.
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Canadians are facing a ';new breed' of storms, and governments should change the way they plan for the kind of wild weather that caused a flash flood in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. And not only in Canada. All around the world, infrastructure is aging and breaking down. We need to take into consideration the new climate and look for innovations like green roofs, porous pavements and storm management solutions like the various and complementary water solutions at BetterWorldSolutions.
This is increasingly a problem for our coastal zone worldwide. And beyond the coastal zone as well. Just this week we saw flooding outside the Arizona Cardinal's stadium in September and the greatest single day rain event in Nevada history. While we are always cognizant of not wanting to confound "weather" with "climate," it should be clear to just about everyone that our infrastructure and hardened infrastructure is increasingly not up to the task of 21st century natural hazards.
An unusual early snowstorm blanketed the Sierra Nevada over the weekend, but the welcome sight isn't expected to last long as a warming trend spreads across California.
The first accumulation in nearly seven months.
Consumers in many countries are adopting eco-friendly behavior, but others aren't ready to be green.
This is a good benchmark. But, lumping all Russians or Americans or Chinese together is perhaps not the best way to go about doing this. There is marked difference in consumption in Moscow vs. Siberia, Los Angeles vs. Alaska, etc. While the country level aggregation is great, it would be nice if we could see the break down (and especially the variance) of attitudes in the larger countries.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews were still busy Saturday morning trying to repair a broken water main that closed a portion of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on Friday.
This is the latest high profile failure of our water infrastructure here in California. This pipe was laid a century ago and concrete-lined to extend its useful life...in the 1950s. One might think that servicing more than once a century would be on the to-do lists of public works agencies. I understand all the arguments about why this is so hard, but the fact remains: physical materials wear out and need physical replacing. That is the long and the short of it.
AbsoCommerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.
Absolutely stellar assortment of maps displaying our interconnected world and the systems that currently feed our society.
You can get lost in this page for hours, so be careful!
The UCLA Luskin Center and Environmental Defense Fund have just released a new report looking at Los Angeles's opportunities for using more solar power (which are still 98% untapped, they say) and it includes these fascinating maps of which areas of LA County are most vulnerable to global warming.
According to the report, it's the "first study to provide specific climate-change projections for the greater Los Angeles area [in the years 2041 to 2060], with unique projections down to the neighborhood level." By mid-century, SoCal can look forward to "slightly warmer winters and springs but much warmer summers and falls, with more frequent heat waves," but the burden won't be spread around evenly: "The study predicts a likely tripling in the number of extremely hot days in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations." But of course higher temps aren't the only threat.
More than 120 leaders are expected to attend the one-day summit sponsored by the United Nations. They have been instructed to arrive Tuesday with "bold ideas" to slow the rise in global temperatures.
Lots of attention in New York this week in the lead up to the current UN Summit on Climate Change.
It would be great if our national leaders could do what our business, state and local leaders are being forced to do on their own. For example:
But just in case you were forgetting about the folks on the other side of the fact/reality fence, there is always the good ol' propaganda machine humming along nicely. For example:
Green technologies, or green manufacturing, are technologies or processes that provide a more environmentally acceptable alternative to current practices. In order to be successful, these alternatives must be at least as effective or robust as the current practices. For example, thecurrent electroplating process for gun barrels requires a caustic rinse, followed by acid polish and hard chrome plating and finally thermal treatment to alleviate hydrogen embrittlement. Chrome plating provides both wear and corrosion resistance, thus increasing the ballistic accuracy and diminishing the opportunities for mechanical fatigue failure. The hazards and wastes associated with the current practices are well documented.
Hmmmm...there is something amiss with a "green" gun. But I jut can't put my finger on it. I think I had the same problem with an organic nuclear warhead.
While the MTA regulates the taxi industry, the state Public Utilities Commission has claimed jurisdiction over the new ride services, which typically contract with people to use their personal cars to carry passengers who hail them with a smartphone app. The new companies, unlike taxi operators, have lesser insurance requirements, no restrictions on the number of vehicles they put on the streets, no clean-air standards and less-stringent background checks. Among biggest impacts of the ride services has been the drop in taxi rides taken by people in ramp taxis, which carry people in wheelchairs. Director Malcolm Heinicke wants to make it mandatory for taxis to have e-hailing apps, and taxi drivers said they want the city to keep ride services and limousines out of transit-only lanes and taxi stands.
Change is hard. This is perhaps a classic example of how poor planning can kill an industry that provides a social good. Is your grandma going to be able to jump on Uber and get in someone's car when she lands at the airport for Thanksgiving?
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM). The ESRM Program…
CSU Channel Islands invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM). Our ESRM Program seeks an energetic, creative colleague interested in making substantial contributions to our rapidly expanding program. Prospective candidates should have a strong record of teaching, research, and service (or be able to provide strong evidence of their promise in each of those areas). We are particularly interested in candidates with two or more of the following disciplinary interests: hydrology/watershed science, land use planning, coastal restoration, environmental policy, sustainability science, biostatistics/data visualization, remotely piloted systems, protected area management, and Geographic Information Science. More important than specific disciplinary interests are the candidate’s broader qualifications. The prospective candidate should have strong methodological skills with experience or substantial interest in developing community-based research. CSU Channel Islands promotes interdisciplinary inquiry, community engagement, service learning, and an international focus; candidates are expected to share those commitments. A Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology, or a closely related field is required by time of appointment.
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The city of Wuhan is considering building skyscrapers coated with a high-tech substance that can "eat" air pollutants. An artist is offering to suck particulates out of Beijing's dirty skies using a giant vacuum-cleaner-type device and sell jewelry made with the collected contaminants. One researcher is suggesting an "urban wind passage" in the Chinese capital, regulating the height and density of buildings so that smog has a dispersal channel.
Very interesting to see the arc of history repeating. I recall many of the crazy ideas here in California. A similar story was had when we needed water during a drought. And for our famously traffic-clogged highways.
When you go down the same road creating a problem we know is going to happen and just think you will "deal with it" later, the next phase is the outlandish responses to dealing with those problems. Eventually we get to the mature adult phase wherein we actually tackle the problems of our own creation. It would be nice if we could just jump to the last phase in the first place.
A heat wave that’s forecast to bear down on the Los Angeles region this weekend is likely to bring not only a heightened threat of wildfires but also a spike in medical emergencies.
Thank you climate change deniers and failed leaders who think that tacking climate change is a "waste" of energy and time. Although, I suspect the people that will die in this heat wave and the ensuing waves of heat stress over the coming decades won't be so appreciative.