Urban Turkeys Are Wreaking Havoc in Boston - Atlas Obscura. 40+ March for Science Sign Ideas That Are Clever AF. Listen, a good planet is hard to find.
Especially one with an ocean as spectacular as ours. On April 22, we celebrate planet Earth with its own special day — Earth Day — and we march! Need some motivation to start brainstorming your March for Science sign ideas? According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, scientists are 95 percent certain that 2016 was the third year in a row to set a new record for global average surface temperatures. 21 Jokes About Bees That Are Weirdly Really Funny. Big changes ahead for Canada’s environmental laws - Environmental Defence. Canadians deserve better.
And it’s entirely possible for the federal government to deliver better. That was a key conclusion of the Expert Panel that spent the last eight months reviewing Canada’s environmental laws, and particularly how projects such as mines, dams and pipelines get assessed. Last week, the Expert Panel delivered its report to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, calling for a major shift in decision-making that will help protect Canadians and the environment. It also included a number of important recommendations in line with the ones Environmental Defence put forward. You can read the full Expert Panel report here. The US Army Wants To Design Biodegradable Plant-Growing Bullets.
First Bumblebee Declared Endangered in U.S. For the first time in the United States, a species of bumblebee is endangered.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday on its website that the rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), once a common sight, is “now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction.” Over the past two decades, the bumblebee’s population has declined 87 percent, according to the announcement. The threats facing those seven species are similar to the ones that have depleted rusty patched bumblebee populations: loss of habitat, diseases and parasites, pesticides, and climate change.
15 Surprising Environmental Trends to Watch in 2017. From Ensia (find the original story here); reprinted with permission.
December 19, 2016 — What should we be thinking about when we think about the future of biodiversity, conservation and the environment? An international team of experts in horizon scanning, science communication and conservation recently asked that question as participants in the eighth annual Horizon Scan of Emerging Issues for Global Conservation and Biological Diversity.
The answers they came up, just published in the scientific journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution and summarized below, portend both risks and opportunities for species and ecosystems around the world. Another Quebec town turns to beet juice to battle icy roads - Montreal. The town of Cowansville, Que., is taking a slightly different approach when it comes to salting icy roads this season.
In an effort to reduce its ecological footprint, the municipality in the Eastern Townships has added a little beet juice into the mix, which is meant to save money and protect the environment. "The beet juice is sprayed directly on the salt," said Sylvain Perreault, infrastructure superintendent for the town. 4 reasons to be excited about sustainability in 2017. 2016 brought significant progress on global sustainability issues.
The beginning included the launch of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at addressing global poverty and environmental protection. Then, about halfway through the year, the Paris Agreement received a significant boost with support from the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters: the U.S. and China. Despite the headway made, the end of the year brought serious uncertainty and fear about some gains being reversed. While we can expect progress on many fronts in 2017, in others, environmental advocates will have to cross their fingers. To that end, here are four highlights to watch in 2017 — the good, bad and the ugly. Canadian environmental policy is a 'tyranny of small decisions' - Home.
Friday November 25, 2016 It's nice to think of Canada's laws as the legislative force behind some high minded principles.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms would definitely fall into that category. But would Canada's Environmental Assessment Act? Not according to University of Calgary law professor, Martin Olszynski. ‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes. On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers.
Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. These heartland conservation heroes defy stereotypes. They’re probably not who you think of as environmental conservationists: Western ranchers, Midwestern crop growers, fishermen who make their livelihoods along the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast.
And yet many are leading a quiet revolution in the way our food is raised, harvested and produced. In her new book Rancher Farmer Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the Heartland, my colleague Miriam Horn journeys down the Mighty Mississippi River System to meet five representatives of this unsung stewardship movement: What Can Your Weeds Tell You? Weeds can be great indicator plants and tell you about your garden.
Before you pull out the pesky weeds that are probably overtaking your cultivated plants, take a minute to notice what is growing. Read your weeds!
Water. Climate. This is what Earth will look like in 100 years. Haboob or sandstorm? Arabic weather term stirs controversy in Texas. By Jason SamenowThe Washington Post Tues., May 31, 2016 A wall of dust raced toward Lubbock, Texas, on Sunday, and the National Weather Service threw out a word of caution on its Facebook page. “A haboob is rapidly approaching the Lubbock airport and may affect the city as well,” the meteorologists wrote. The use of the meteorological term “haboob,” a word with Arabic roots, didn’t sit well with some residents. Reader John Fullbright wrote: Rachel Carson, the long green line and our environmental heroes – past and present.
Rachel Carson knew she would be criticized for connecting pesticides to the death of songbirds when Silent Spring was published in 1962. As a scientist, though, she didn’t expect to be vilified by an entire industry, or to be called an alarmist and Communist. Despite the attacks, she had the courage to keep going, all the way to the White House where she met with President John F. A meta-analysis of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry in mediating climate change. Africa is undergoing an unprecedented urban transition both in pace and scale. By Shuaib Lwasa, Frank Mugagga1, Bolanle Wahab, David Simon, John P Connors and Corrie Griffith Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 2015, 13:68–73 Abstract: This paper systematically reviews literature on urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry (UPAF) in mediating climate change.
The study includes both peer-reviewed and grey literature (274 literature sources), and synthesizes evidence and agreement on both UPAF’s potential and limitations for mitigating and adapting to climate change. It feels great, fits great and its environmentally friendly. by The Nomadix Team. Carleton Takes First Step toward a Fully Compostable Campus - Carleton Newsroom. The problem with (self-regulated) environmental assessments. St. Anthony Catholic School replaces asphalt with a cool, green garden.
15 awe-inspiring forests around the world. Pre-Polluted: A report on toxic substances in the umbilical cord blood of Canadian newborns. The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops. Bronx Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of Stormwater from Entering Sewers. One Building, One City: World's tallest prefab, Sky City, is breaking ground in June. Broad Sustainable Construction informs us that a long and arduous approval process has been completed, and that they are starting excavation and construction on Sky CIty in June, 2013. Why build the world's tallest building in the middle of a field in Changsha, China? DDT so safe you can eat it 1947. Finally, a Real Reason to Cry Over Spilled Milk.