April 25, 2015

Almost 1,000 Killed, More Injured After Nepal Hit by Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake

On Saturday, at 6:11 AM Coordinated Universal Time, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred near Lamjung, Nepal. As of this writing, a national police spokesman has said 970 have died and over 1,700 have been injured. Terrible #earthquake in #Nepal. Just saved ourselves. Don’t know how many killed. Roads are blocked already. pic.twitter.com/qsxITz0n1P — Guna Raj Read More

April 24, 2015

The Global Warming Hiatus and Climate Sensitivity: A Look at New Data

This is going to be a fairly long post, but it’s on a topic that’s both very important and receives a lot of popular attention: climate sensitivity and the warming “hiatus” of the early 21st century.  I’m frequently confronted by climate change skeptics touting the “unexplained” slowdown in global warming in the last decade or Read More

April 24, 2015

Is Coca-Cola Supporting Human Rights Abuses in Swaziland?

Coca-Cola has been accused of supporting Africa’s last monarchy, and by extension its many political and human rights abuses. Swaziland’s King Mswati III is a rich man, with a personal fortune of about $100 million, two private jets and, at last count, 15 wives. According to The Guardian, Mswati is entitled to choose a new Read More

April 24, 2015

Sea Level Rise: What Would Happen if All the Ocean’s Ice Melted?

There are over five million cubic miles of ice on our planet. That volume includes the Arctic, the Antarctic and a swath of ice sheets and glaciers crusted around the Earth’s northern and southern boundaries. If all of it were to melt, global sea levels would rise at least 216 feet. Alex Kuzoian has produced Read More

April 24, 2015

Arbor Day Grew From a Love of All Things Green

Today is Arbor Day, a formal United States holiday that celebrates planting trees, tending trees and generally recognizing that trees are pretty damn swell. Why are trees so great? Well, we can’t top TreePeople’s list, which gives 22 reasons why they’re invaluable to both urban and global citizens. Cliff’s Notes version: They absorb odors and Read More

April 24, 2015

Arbor Day: Trees in the City Make Us Safer, Happier and Healthier

Trees are often touted for providing shade, cleaning our air and capturing the rain, but did you know trees also are living anti-depressants? Recent studies show that trees make city-dwellers happier, healthier and more connected to their communities. Just a few of the reasons you should hug a tree today. The Mind-Body-Tree Connection Now that more than Read More

April 24, 2015

New Insights Into Africa’s Disappearing Megafauna: Giraffe & Okapi

Research published today in a special giraffe and okapi issue of the African Journal of Ecology reveals new information on these surprisingly enigmatic African cousins. Researchers warn that immediate action must be taken to secure the future of both giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) and okapi (Okapia johnstoni) before it is too late. Giraffe numbers have plummeted Read More

April 24, 2015

Your Urban Forest Needs You

Today, April 24, is National Arbor Day in the United States (though states often have different dates for Arbor Day). This is a good time to reflect on the condition and prospects of the urban forests in which we live. It is also an opportunity to think about what each of us can do to Read More

April 23, 2015

Fox News Gets Earth Day Wrong Six Times in One Article

Yesterday, Fox News published some troll bait in the form of an Earth Day article. The piece, entitled “The Earth is doing just fine, thank you,” is the kind of exercise in arrogant turpitude that is Fox’s bread and butter. Of course, this being Fox, there’s also a big steaming turd wedged between the bread Read More

April 23, 2015

New Study: Common Pesticides Pose Significant Risk to Wild Bees

WASHINGTON— A study published today in the journal Nature finds that the use of neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticides in the United States, has serious consequences for wild bees. The study, conducted in Sweden, finds that in field conditions, neonicotinoid use as a seed coating reduces wild bee density, solitary bee nesting and bumblebee Read More

April 23, 2015

New York Judge May Have Just Given Chimpanzees Human Rights

On Monday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a legal ruling that has been poked and prodded by legal wonks and animal rights groups ever since. It concerns the fates of two chimpanzees and whether or not they are legally considered “persons.” The case was brought to court by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), Read More

April 23, 2015

Do Gas Prices Correlate With Plug-in Vehicle Sales?

This article was written by Plug In America’s VP, Richard Kelly “..it is fair to suggest that falling gas prices will reduce demand for fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles” -Alec Gutierrez, Kelley Blue Book The idea has been repeated often enough; rising gasoline prices cause drivers to turn to alternative fuel vehicles for relief; falling Read More