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New Zealands New Prime Minister is Promising A Zero Carbon

In Brief Going Zero-Carbon New Zealand’s new Prime Minister elect, Jacina Ardern, is not wasting time to commit to fighting climate change. With the help of her coalition government, Ardern has set a target for New Zealand to become a zero-carbon nation by the year 2050. This includes promises to reduce overall carbon emissions and to offset what remains with international carbon credits and tree planting. “I believe that this will be a government of change,” Ardern said Friday

EPA Just Removed Climate Change From Their Climate Change Website

In Brief New Priorities An analysis by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) has revealed that a “substantial” number of resources and references to climate change have been removed from a website maintained by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The site has also been renamed, changing from “Climate and Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments” to “Energy Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Governments.” These pages were among a wide swathe of content relating

Scientists Say Ecological Armageddon is Imminent Due To Massive

In Brief Dropping Like Flies The amount of flying insects living in Germany has dropped precipitously over the past 25 years, according to a new study. Dozens of amateur entomologists across the country cooperated to take more than 1,500 samples of all flying insects across 63 different nature reserves, which were then weighed. Their findings suggest we’re seeing massive insect deaths in the country and likely beyond. The annual average was found to have dropped 76 percent by weight

Worlds First Negative Emissions Power Plant is A Reality Thanks

In Brief Negative Emissions As climate change marches on, world leaders and scientists alike have considered the potential of geoengineering solutions to capture and store emissions. In fact, scientists recently concluded that we need to have “carbon-sucking” geoengineering tech in place by as early as 2030. As reported by Quartz, it seems Iceland is ahead of that deadline, with the help of a 300-megawatt geothermal power plant that’s been built in Hellisheiði. The plant captures more carbon dioxide (CO2)

Scientists Just Completed The First Ever Atlas of Life

In Brief Climate Change, Deforestation, and Wildlife The numbers spell grim news for wildlife: according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessment in 2009, 17,291 species—36 percent of all species evaluated—are at risk of extinction. Our current biodiversity crisis is so bad it’s been dubbed the planet’s “sixth mass extinction.” However, not all is doom and gloom; one group of scientists hopes to turn this tide through an ambitious effort that has mapped all known

Scientists Warn That Humanity Must Create Carbon Sucking Tech

In Brief Carbon Sucking There are many who are making tremendous and powerful efforts to combat climate change as its repercussions grow increasingly drastic and life-threatening. But according to scientists at Chatham House, a British think-tank, and the general scientific consensus, the impending potential of surpassing 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times is progressing far enough that we need to begin “carbon sucking” by 2030. Carbon sucking technology, according to these and other scientists, will need to be created

Effectively Talk Science with A Denier

In Brief Fact and Fiction We live in a time when more scientific studies are carried out than ever before, and when the average person has better than ever access to those findings. However, it’s still worryingly easy for people to bury their head in the sand and ignore basic facts if they choose to do so. Climate change skeptics remain steadfast, despite the masses of evidence that humans are having a palpable negative effect on the environment. Studies