The world's coastlines with a 6 meter (19+ foot) rise in sea level. NASA

Sea Level Rise is Far Worse Than Previously Thought

Rising levels of greenhouse gasses are increasing global temperatures and this is causing sea levels to rise. Global warming causes sea levels to rise by melting ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice; it also causes water to warm and expand. Sea-level rise and resultant flooding may be the greatest challenge facing humanity. Scientists agree that sea levels will rise and…

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Emissions reductions based on science. Failure is not an option

The Importance of Science-Based Emission Reduction Targets

The importance of science-based emissions reduction targets cannot be overstated. Failure to adhere to these targets will augur a climate catastrophe. The first round of emission reduction targets agreed to at COP21 are laudable, but climate scientists tell us that we must be even more ambitious.  Even if all nations achieve the emissions reduction targets contained in the Paris Climate…

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Big Sugar lied and manipulated the public about the health impacts of its product. Another example of corporate interests eroding trust in science

Eroding Trust in Science: The Implications of Big Sugar’s Lies

A lie remains a lie long after it is told. The subterfuge of industry to serve it’s bottom line at the public’s expense is a crime that warrants public outrage.  We have recently seen evidence of this type of reprehensible behavior from big tobacco, big oil and automakers. In 1994, we discovered that big tobacco was lying about the health…

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Proposed space-based "suntower," one of many examples of solar innovation

The Golden Age of Solar Innovation

From efforts that mimic nature like leaves and trees, to arrays that float on water or in space, there has been a wide range of solar energy innovations in 2016.  From tiny solar applications of nanotechnologies to massive space-based arrays, the growth of solar power is being fueled by market forces, including increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. The number of…

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Green gamification can engage people around environmental issues

How Green Gamification can Change the World

Electronic gaming and gamification is an enormous and rapidly growing industry that has the potential to help solve the environmental problems we face. Gaming involves specialized applications, whereas ecologically focused gamification transposes game mechanics and game design techniques to engage a wide audience and motivate people to act. Games and gamification can also disseminate critical information focused on climate, the…

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Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - home of the 2016 summer olympics

Glory Eclipsed by Shame at the Rio Summer Games: A Social and Environmental Review of Brazil in 2016

Rio Olympic Games Special Feature : Brazil, the good, the bad, and ugly  Brazil is a complex amalgam of sustainability successes alongside epic social and environmental fails. The interplay of heroes and villains in Brazilian society sometimes makes it hard to differentiate one from the other. Brazil is a study in contrasts as illustrated by the incongruous site of lavish…

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University students at Anyang Normal University, Christmas Day, 2013, Henan Province, China. Cognitive impacts air pollution.

Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Impairment: A Review of the Research Evidence

A growing body of research demonstrates that air pollution affects the brain and causes cognitive deficits. When inhaled, fine particulate matter has been shown to be bad for your heart, lungs, and brain. While we have known that air pollution compromises cardiovascular and respiratory health since the 70s, the connection with impaired cognition is a more recent discovery. Inhaled fine…

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