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How I Came To Know That I Am A Closet Climate Denier

How I Came To Know That I Am A Closet Climate DenierWhat we believe and how we act don’t always stack up. Recently, in considering what it means to live in a post-truth world, I had cause to examine my understanding of how the world works and my actions on sustainability.

What Made The Rain In Hurricane Harvey So Extreme?

What Made The Rain In Hurricane Harvey So Extreme?The rainfall from Harvey has now exceeded the amount from the previous record-bearer, Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978. 

Why Time Is The Essence To Curb Climate Change

Why Time Is The Essence To Curb Climate ChangeBy virtue of its size, elevation and currently frozen state, Greenland has the potential to cause large and rapid increases to sea level as it melts.

Why Trying To Keep Nature The Same Is A Fool's Errand

Why Trying To Keep Nature The Same Is A Fool's ErrandWhen it comes to deciding which plants and animals to protect and which to remove, our approach might make even the most forthright nationalist blush if it were ever applied to people. 

It’s Time To Restore The Flow Of Our Planet’s Life-giving Waters

It’s Time To Restore The Flow Of Our Planet’s Life-giving WatersEnsia invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world (see more). In this installment, Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, answers the question, "what advance related to water would you most like to see?"

How To Fight Throwaway Culture By Having More But Owning Less

 

How To Fight Throwaway Culture By Having More But Owning LessUntil the advent of cheap credit and cheaper item costs, for many consumers in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s rental was the most accessible way of obtaining products such as televisions, video recorders and washing machines that were high cost and frequently required repair.

Could You Be An Optimistic Radical Solarpunk?

07 25 solarpunkSolarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it. Solarpunk’s optimism towards the future is the first concept that needs complicating here.

What We Can Learn From The Five Previous Mass Extinctions

What We Can Learn From The Five Previous Mass Extinctions

Of all the species that have ever lived, more than 99% are now extinct. Most of them quietly disappeared during periods of “background extinction”, whereby a handful of species become extinct every 100,000 years or so.

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100

Why 1 In 5 People Could Be A Refugee By 2100In the year 2100, 2 billion people—about one-fifth of the world’s population—could become refugees due to rising ocean levels.

How Climate Change Is Making Cities Sick

How Climate Change Is Making Cities SickUrban Canadians are feeling the impact of climate change. Flooding in Quebec this spring damaged nearly 1,900 homes in 126 municipalities, causing widespread psychological distress.

How Electric Cars Can Power Buildings From The Parking Lot

How Electric Cars Can Power Buildings From The Parking LotUsing energy stored in the batteries of electric vehicles to power large buildings not only provides electricity for the building, but also increases the lifespan of the vehicle batteries, new research shows.