Today’s Solutions: August 19, 2022

Environment

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Sunlight and bacteria remove drugs and chemical pollutants from drinking water

Drinking water supplies around the world often contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and synthetic compounds that may be harmful to human health. Man-made wastewater treatment plants are not able to remove these residues. But nature can, as experiments with artificially constructed wetlands Read More...

First sign of success in clima

First sign of success in climate change battle

This news is from Friday, but we want to make sure you got it because it’s very important and good. CO2 levels have been rising together with economic growth for decades causing the climate change that threatens society. However, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in 2014—for Read More...

Algae species protects corals

Algae species protects corals in our ocean’s warmest waters

Coral is a magnificent, fragile creature that can be killed of by water warming just a few degrees. While many corals react to warming water differently, researchers have just discovered a type of algae from the Persian Gulf that protects corals from warming water. Scientists wondered why Persian Read More...

Non-binding climate agreements

Non-binding climate agreements work best

Policymakers around the world are working out the logistics for the next climate change agreement. Given the international political disparity a binding agreement may be out of reach. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Non-binding climate agreements, like the Kyoto Protocol, have turned out Read More...

Baking soda balls capture carb

Baking soda balls capture carbon

Current carbon capturing technologies use harsh chemicals to keep carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere, it’s a lesser of two evils scenario. A new carbon capturing technique might change the way we capture carbon and make it a sustainable option for offsetting emissions. Researchers Read More...

Planting trees is the best way

Planting trees is the best way to fight climate change

Ask someone what the best way to fight climate change in the future will be and they might mention smog-eating buildings, or burying large amounts of captured greenhouse gases. A new study from Oxford University says that planting trees, and improving soil conditions are actually the best ways to Read More...

Branson calls on businesses to

Branson calls on businesses to eliminate emissions

Richard Branson, the overtly vocal leader of his Virgin enterprise, has called on the world’s businesses to remove the strain of carbon emissions from the global economy. Branson’s goals are ambitious and exceed those targeted by the G8, the group of 8 richest nations in the world, to reduce Read More...

Obama will reward states that

Obama will reward states that exceed climate change goals

President Obama announced a $4 billion fund that will encourage states to go beyond the climate change goals set in place by the Environmental Protection Agency. Obama’s measure is expected to face harsh opposition from the GOP controlled senate. Along with the $4 billion fund is a tax credit Read More...

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We can still stop climate change, and it won’t cost much

Many bloggers—including some from The New York Times—have been writing posts describing it is too late and too expensive to stop catastrophic climate change. That is false. Our globe will warm a bit; keeping it below the 2˚C mark is key. But it is not too late to keep our earth from Read More...

Pennsylvania bans new oil/gas

Pennsylvania bans new oil/gas leases on state land

While, hopefully, Obama makes good on his promise to veto the Keystone XL bill, Pennsylvania has taken conservation into their own hand and have banned all new oil and gas leases on state property. Pennsylvania is rich in natural gas—made notorious by the detrimental fracking process used to Read More...