‘Like an Umbrella Had Covered the Sky’: Locust Swarms Despoil Kenya
by Abdi Latif Dahir on 2020-02-21 in desert locust, Insects, Kenya, Horn of Africa, East Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Agriculture and Farming, Global Warming, Pesticides
At first, villagers thought the dark, dense blot in the sky was a harmless cloud. Then came the terrifying realization that the locusts had arrived.
Warmest January Ever Puts 2020 on Track to Be One of Top 10 Hottest Years
by Henry Fountain on 2020-02-20 in Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Temperature, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Global average temperatures for the month were 2.05 degrees Fahrenheit above average and slightly higher than in January 2016, the previous record-holder.
The Republican Climate Agenda
by Lisa Friedman and Miranda Green on 2020-02-20 in Global Warming, Alcoholic Beverages, Republican Party
Also this week, booze and global warming
Reading the Past in Old, Urine-Caked Rat’s Nests
by Marion Renault on 2020-02-20 in DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Rats, Rodents, Genetics and Heredity, Paleontology, Fossils, Biology and Biochemistry, Idaho, Harbert, Robert, Tessler, Michael, Ecology and Evolution (Journal), Research, your-feed-science
Scientists worked out what lived in part of the Western United States tens of thousands of years ago by studying DNA found in pack rat middens.
A Disaster Video That Finally Tells the Truth About Climate Change
by Charles Homans on 2020-02-20 in Wildfires, Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming, Disasters and Emergencies, Global Warming, Australia
The world is indifferent to our fate.
Oil and Gas May Be a Far Bigger Climate Threat Than We Knew
by Hiroko Tabuchi on 2020-02-19 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Methane, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Natural Gas, Nature (Journal), University of Rochester, Hmiel, Benjamin
The findings add urgency of efforts to cut emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas routinely leaked or intentionally released into the atmosphere.
Nothing Says ‘I Love You’ Like Secondhand Roses
by Alyson Krueger on 2020-02-19 in Flowers and Plants, Valentine’s Day, Waste Materials and Disposal, Recycling of Waste Materials, Compost, Sustainable Living, New York City
The sharing economy has come for the flower industry.
- Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion to Address Climate Change
Plant-Based Meat Has Roots in the 1970s
by Clyde Haberman on 2020-02-16 in Meat, Vegetarianism, Diet and Nutrition, Lappe, Frances Moore, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Livestock, Agriculture and Farming, Diet for a Small Planet (Book)
Americans looking to cut back on meat are following a movement forged by a groundbreaking book, ‘Diet for a Small Planet.’
Taming the ‘Wild West’ of New York’s Dangerous Private Trash Trucks
by Anne Barnard on 2020-02-16 in Waste Materials and Disposal, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Traffic Accidents and Safety, Deaths (Fatalities), Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Labor and Jobs, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Sanitation Department (NYC), New York City, de Blasio, Bill
A sweeping overhaul aims to make commercial garbage pickup safer for pedestrians, workers and the environment.
The End of Australia as We Know It
by Damien Cave and Matthew Abbott on 2020-02-15 in Australia, Wildfires, Fires and Firefighters, Global Warming, Politics and Government
What many of us have witnessed this fire season feels alive and monstrous. With climate change forcing a relaxed country to stumble toward new ways of work, leisure and life, will politics follow?
As Sea Levels Rise, Scientists Offer a Bold Idea: Dam the North Sea
by Claire Moses on 2020-02-15 in Levees and Dams, Global Warming, Engineering and Engineers, Europe, London (England), Netherlands, North Sea
A proposal to build two huge barriers — one that would connect Norway to Scotland, the other France to England — was described as a warning about the urgency of the climate crisis.
Damming the Lower Mekong, Devastating the Ways and Means of Life
by Hannah Beech and Adam Dean on 2020-02-15 in Thailand, Mekong River, Levees and Dams, Global Warming, Rivers, Fish and Other Marine Life, Hydroelectric Power, Agriculture and Farming, Drought, Laos
Thailand funded the first dam on the river in Laos, and it is Thai towns, farms and fisheries that are suffering.
Rajendra Pachauri, 79, Dies; Led Nobel-Winning Climate Agency
by John Schwartz on 2020-02-15 in Pachauri, Rajendra K, Deaths (Obituaries), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Science and Technology, Global Warming, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Energy and Resources Institute, United Nations
Sharing the prize with Al Gore, his U.N. organization was recognized for its work on global warming, but his career was undone by harassment accusations.
Hurricane Dorian Ravaged Bahamas’ Reefs, Researchers Find
by Shola Lawal on 2020-02-14 in Hurricane Dorian (2019), Bahama Islands, Reefs, Coral, Environment, Oceans and Seas
The storm’s effects were uneven: About 30 percent of the country’s coral was destroyed, but some reefs appeared to be undamaged.
Digging Into Oil Sands Divestment
by Ian Austen on 2020-02-14 in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil Sands, Global Warming, Canada, Auchter, Christopher (Filmmaker), Kenney, Jason (1968- ), Poly, Christophe, HSBC Holdings PLC., Indigenous People, Demonstrations, Protests and Riots, Foreign Investments, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline
The Canada Letter speaks with a Times reporter who has looked into large investors who have turned away from the oil sands.
Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End
by Coral Davenport on 2020-02-13 in Automobiles, Fuel Efficiency, Fuel Emissions (Transportation), Global Warming, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Environmental Protection Agency, Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government, Presidential Election of 2020
President Trump’s long-promised rollback of Obama-era fuel economy standards may not be completed until this summer, and may not be tenable even then.
A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
by Knvul Sheikh on 2020-02-13 in Agriculture and Farming, Robots and Robotics, Computers and the Internet, Driverless and Semiautonomous Vehicles, Corn, Sensors, Artificial Intelligence, Illinois, your-feed-science, Vegetables
A new generation of autonomous robots is helping plant breeders shape the crops of tomorrow.
James Murdoch Plans Big Bets on Sustainable Businesses
by Michael J. de la Merced on 2020-02-13 in Murdoch, James R, Venture Capital, News Corporation, Environment, BlackRock Inc, Global Warming, Start-ups, Containers and Packaging
Mr. Murdoch, now divorced from the day-to-day operations of News Corp, plans to announce investments in sustainable packaging and a venture organized by BlackRock.
Global Financial Giants Swear Off Funding an Especially Dirty Fuel
by Christopher Flavelle on 2020-02-13 in Oil Sands, Alberta (Canada), Global Warming, Banking and Financial Institutions, Stocks and Bonds, BlackRock Inc, Hartford Financial Services Group Inc, HSBC Holdings PLC., Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Canada, Boycotts
Lenders and investors, under pressure to act on climate change, have stopped funding Alberta’s vast oil-sands developments, and the province is fighting back.
A Trillion Trees: How One Idea Triumphed Over Trump’s Climate Denialism
by Lisa Friedman on 2020-02-13 in Trees and Shrubs, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Benioff, Marc, Salesforce.com Inc, Kushner, Jared, Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government, Presidential Election of 2020
A tech billionaire’s PowerPoint brought the Trillion Trees climate plan to the president, a textbook case of ad hoc policymaking in the Trump era.
BP Pledges to Cut Emissions to Zero but Offers Few Details
by Brad Plumer on 2020-02-12 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline, Carbon Dioxide, Air Pollution, BP Plc
It is the first oil giant to make a zero-emissions climate pledge that covers the burning of fuel it extracts.
Figuring Out Fashion Week’s Carbon Problem
by Elizabeth Paton on 2020-02-12 in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fashion and Apparel, Carbon Caps and Emissions Trading Programs, Shopping and Retail, New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Council of Fashion Designers of America, London (England), Milan (Italy), New York City, St Kitts and Nevis, your-feed-fashion
According to a new report, the New York shows are the biggest carbon culprit when it comes to travel, buyers, and brands.
Calculating Air Pollution’s Death Toll, Across State Lines
by Henry Fountain on 2020-02-12 in Global Warming, Environment, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Air Pollution, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Nature (Journal), Medicine and Health
About half of the premature deaths caused by poor air quality are linked to pollutants that blow in from other states, a new study found.
Treacherous Antarctic Waters Open Up, Just Briefly
by Henry Fountain and Tatiana Schlossberg on 2020-02-12 in Global Warming, Oceans and Seas, Environment, Antarctic Regions, Alternative and Renewable Energy
Also this week, the path to 100% renewable energy