Valuable wetlands are disappearing 3 times faster than forests, new study warns

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Wetlands around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate. New research shows these valuable ecosystems are vanishing at a rate three times that of forests. Unless significant changes are made, the disappearance of wetlands could cause severe damage around the globe.

The study, which was complete by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, found that over a third of the wetlands on Earth disappeared over a 45-year period. The pace that wetlands are vanishing jumped significantly after the year… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The largest fire in Greenland’s history warns of an extreme future

The largest wildfire in Greenland’s history is burning bright as a warning sign for a future rattled by catastrophic climate change. On the world’s largest island, known for its snow-covered glacial landscape, satellite images have captured the similarly colored smoke clouds now billowing from the fire. Scientists are concerned that the black carbon smog produced by the fire could be absorbed by Greenland’s massive ice sheet, of which one-third has now been affected by the soot settling from the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk warns AI could become an immortal’ digital dictator

As if the world didn’t have enough analog dictators to worry about, Elon Musk now warns that perhaps a future authoritarian leader will go digital. Musk has previously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence, particularly if control of it is concentrated the hands of a power-hungry global elite. ”The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny Yves Behar-designed wearable warns you when youve had too much sun

A tiny piece of innovative tech wants to help you stay away from sun-induced skin cancer. Global beauty leader L’Oréal teamed up with prolific designer Yves Behar of fuseproject to create UV Sense, the first battery-free wearable electronic UV sensor. Soon to be unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show kicking off tomorrow, this innovative technology collects and shares real-time data on individual UV exposure within a wearable so small and thin it fits on a fingernail.

The… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica’s glaciers are both among the continent’s biggest and fastest-melting, and both are holding our civilization hostage, according to meteorologist Eric Holthaus. He wrote a piece on Pine Island and Thwaites, that together hold back ice that could result in 11 feet of sea level rise. If these two glaciers collapse, every coastal city on our planet could flood.

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Doctor warns falling sperm counts could lead to human extinction

Will our lifestyle lead to our extinction? New findings from an international team of researchers indicated sperm counts in men from North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe have halved in under 40 years. Lead author epidemiologist Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told the BBC, “If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future.”

Sperm count studies… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s leading sea ice expert warns the “Arctic death spiral” will make global warming even worse

The terrifyingly ominous phrase “Arctic death spiral” refers to the chart that measures the continual melt laying waste to the ice in the Arctic Circle over the last 30 years. Climate scientists have issued repeated warnings that the Arctic death spiral is the Earth’s “canary in a coalmine,” and that greenhouse gas emissions must be curbed in order to fend off certain destruction. As time passes and global temperatures continue to rise, many conservationists are arguing that the point of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building