Global Warming:

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Climate Change: A Crisis of Human Belonging and Connection

By Katie Conlon, Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainability Studies, Optimist Emissary  “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Einstein What is it about profound moments in nature that inspire a new perspective on the world? I feel close encounters with nature bring a new sense of belonging. One such life-shifting awareness of nature occurred when I found myself looking out across the endless, windswept desert expanses of the Sahara as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. This desert void was brimming with mystery, parts visible and others hidden just below the surface – an apt metaphor for life.…

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  • Date:11/16/2018

Fight climate change in your own garden

During World War I, Americans were encouraged to do their part in the war effort by planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and storing their own fruits and vegetables. The food would go to allies in Europe, where there was a food crisis.

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  • Date:11/14/2018

Scientists champion forests as 'unsung hero' of climate action

Scientists from around the world called for stepped-up efforts to use forests to keep global warming to the lowest limit agreed by governments in 2015, as a key report on how to meet that goal is finalized in South Korea this week. "Forests really are the unsung hero of our struggle to address climate change," said Deborah Lawrence, a University of Virginia professor and one of 40 scientists who backed a statement emphasizing how the Earth's climate depends on forests.

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  • Date:11/09/2018

Why forests are the best 'technology' to stop climate change

The warning from the world's top climate scientists that carbon dioxide (CO2) will need to be removed from the atmosphere to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is both a due and dire recognition of the great task in front of us.

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  • Date:11/08/2018

Jordan's capital is creating green mosques and schools to tackle emissions

Poking above the bright pink bougainvillea that spills into the street, the lone minaret of the Ta'la Al-Ali mosque towers over the Khalda neighborhood of Amman. Aside from its colorful stain-glassed windows and ornate calligraphy, this mosque stands out for another reason: its roof is covered with shining solar panels that make the building's carbon emissions close to zero.

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  • Date:11/06/2018

Is it possible for an oil company to help fight climate change?

A year ago, Royal Dutch Shell, now the largest oil company in the world, acquired NewMotion, a company with thousands of electric car charging points throughout Europe. A month later, Shell started installing fast chargers at some of its largest gas stations.

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  • Date:11/06/2018

This unexpected factor is causing America’s big dip in CO2 emissions

A recent report has found that the carbon footprint from generating electricity has dropped to an all-time low since 1987. While the adoption of renewables or the shift from coal to natural gas would seem like the likely cause for the decrease, it’s actually the reduced industrial demand for energy that has played the biggest role. Less industrial energy demand represented more than half of the 28 percent drop in carbon emissions.

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  • Date:10/31/2018

Green roofs effective for adapting to climate change

A study headed by researchers of the Water and Environment Engineering Institute of Valencia's Polytechnic University (IIAMA-UPV) shows that green roofs are an effective measure to adapt to climate change in the Mediterranean, as they offer positive hydrological performance and reduce the creation of surface water runoff. This is the main conclusion of the article "Hydrological Performance of Green Roofs at Building and City Scales under Mediterranean Conditions," published in Sustainability.

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  • Date:10/30/2018

Some of the countries leading on climate change might surprise you

Countries that may not be thought of as climate leaders are emerging at the front-lines on responding to climate change. One great example is Iran.

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  • Date:10/26/2018

Reduction is no longer enough: Welcome to the new age of carbon removal

Reducing carbon dioxide emissions isn’t enough. The stark report in early October by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, exhorting companies and countries to move quickly to throttle global warming, is fueling heightened interest in high-tech and low-tech solutions for sucking the infamous greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere.

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  • Date:10/26/2018

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