Global movement will call out consumer brands most responsible for plastic pollution

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The Story of Stuff Project is launching its global call to action in combatting plastic pollution worldwide. The ambitious initiative plans to identify the most pervasive polluter companies found in waste while simultaneously cleaning up costal and inland communities across the country. The plastic waste brand audit is the first of its kind and intends to underline responsibility and accountability at the very source of our world’s growing trash crisis.

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UN creates a new global climate change coalition

Earth has a “30-year window of opportunity” to tackle climate change, according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary-general Petteri Taalas. He called for greater urgency in carrying out the Paris Agreement as the WMO, World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched a brand new climate change coalition. Every year 12.6 million people perish due to environmental risks — air pollution in particular — and the group aims to lower that numbe… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Global tourism’s carbon footprint is four times bigger than we thought

For the first time, the carbon footprint related to tourism around the world was been quantified in research led by the Integrated Sustainability Analysis supply-chain research group at the University of Sydney. The analysis accounted for all components of the tourism industry, from travel to souvenirs, and reveals the greenhouse gas emissions of global tourism to be a rising contributor to climate change. Researchers found that the global impact of tourism is four times greater than previous assessments,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How farming with rocks could improve global food security

Scientists at the University of Shefield have learned that farming with crushed silicate rocks mixed into the soil could improve global food security, increase crop yields, promote soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Human societies have long known that volcanic plains are fertile, ideal places for growing crops without adverse human health effects,” study lead author David Beerling told Phys.org, “but until now there has been little consideration for how adding further rocks to soils… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The sun is getting dimmer – but it won’t let us off the hook for global warming

If you were thinking of buying stock in sunscreen, don’t. Scientists say that Earth’s life-giving orb of light is dimming, and by 2050, it will be significantly dimmer than its peak, leaving us a colder, cooler world than the one we know. If this has you thinking that this is at least positive news for global warming, brace yourself: while we might get a short reprieve, in the long run, we are still as screwed as ever.

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Scott Pruitt thinks global warming could be favorable for humans

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt continues to spew all sorts of ideas about climate change – many departing from mainstream climate science, according to The Guardian. In a recent interview with Nevada TV station News 3, Pruitt suggested global warming could be beneficial for people. He said, “Do we know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 or year 2018? It’s fairly arrogant for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”

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This map shows how uninformed Trump’s global warming tweet is

If it’s cold outside, that proves global warming false, right? That’s President Donald Trump’s logic, according to his tweet from last night. Vox found a map from Climate Reanalyzer, an effort of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, showing just how incorrect the president is. Right now, North America and Canada are the most unusually cold places on Earth. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat’s own Greg Beach on telling global stories through the lens of a small town

How much do you know about your hometown? Author and Inhabitat writer Greg Beach, who moved to Watertown, Massachusetts at age nine, was inspired to dig more into his town’s history after the Boston Marathon Bombing. You may only be familiar with the name Watertown because of the attack, but Beach shows there’s a lot more to this place in his new book The World and Watertown: Tales of an American Hometown. Not only was Watertown once the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s largest town – and the seat of the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

7 global megatrends that could beat climate change

Is it too late for us to avert disastrous impacts of global warming? Maybe not, thanks to seven large-scale megatrends changing the way we live. The Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington laid out trends that could turn the tide: renewable energy, electric cars, plant-based meat, energy efficiency, batteries, coal dying, and forests. It’s clear we haven’t yet won the battle – but there could be reason to hope.

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Scientists warn new “super malaria” in SE Asia poses alarming global threat

If you’re planning a trip to South East Asia, you may want to reconsider your itinerary. An evolved form of malaria which is resistant to anti-malaria medication is spreading at an “alarming global rate,” according to scientists. The parasite was first documented in Cambodia but quickly migrated to other regions. Researchers predict mass casualties should the “super malaria” spread to Africa, where over 90 percent of cases occur.

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