Climate reality requires starting at home: Weaning from fossil fuels

October 19, 2018

By Timmons Roberts Fossil fuels have to go. It didn’t take the latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to tell us that: we’ve known it for three decades. But the report makes it clearer than ever: Burning billions of tons of coal, oil, and natural gas is creating a thickening blanket over the Earth, holding in its heat and disrupting all kinds of systems, from oceans…

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The Strange Story Behind Animals We Know We Haven’t Yet Discovered

October 10, 2018

This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A man wearing a giant sponge costume drifted through a sea of tuxedos in London’s Natural History Museum. He might have been out of place on a normal day at the museum. But on the evening of Oct. 4, 2010, the scene was an odd blend of formality and whimsy. A statue of Charles Darwin loomed over…

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A 3D-Printed Garment Envisions an Underwater Future

August 9, 2018

Designer and material scientist Jun Kamei is looking ahead toward solutions to help people adapt to the sea level rise caused by climate change, predicted its effects upon between 0.5 – 3 billion globally along some of our most populous cities. His vision Amphibio is a 3D printed amphibious garment designed to work with, not against, the possibility many of us will increasingly live in close proximity to water. Designed…

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Starbucks Banning Straws Won’t Clean Up the Ocean, but It’s Still a Big Deal

July 16, 2018

This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. To have an honest conversation about the ocean plastics crisis, one must accept two hard truths. The first is that the situation is dire: Every year, more than 8 million metric tons of plastic waste gets lost at sea, where it breaks down into microplastics that kill marine life. The second is that solving the problem will be…

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Polar Bears Are Suffering Because Of Climate Change, And They Need Your Help

June 6, 2018

Courtesy Explore.org This week, November 1–7, is Polar Bear Week. It’s when Explore.org teams up with Frontiers North Adventures and Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the dire straits the majestic, white bears are facing. Climate change is affecting the polar bear population at Earth’s southernmost point in a hugely negative way. While polar bears might not be the first thing on everyone’s mind on a daily basis, it’s…

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