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San Francisco residents adopt a small tax to help adapt and mitigate the impact of sea level rise

San Francisco Responds to the Threat of Sea Level Rise

Voters in San Francisco have taken action to combat the effects of sea level rise caused by global temperature increases. Coastlines around the world differ in how vulnerable they are to rising sea levels, and San Francisco is especially at risk for having large coastline rises in the coming decades.  San Francisco voters recently passed a small property tax, which…

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The latest eco-apps to help guide a more sustainable lifestyle

40 More Eco-Apps that put Technology to Work for the Environment

There are more than two million apps and a growing number of them have an ecological purpose. The huge and growing eco-apps market is making a significant contribution to the welfare of the planet and its inhabitants. This post is a follow-up to a 2012 eco-apps article. When that article was published four years ago there were less than 800,000…

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The beauty of the ocean hides within it troubling secrets, such as a decrease in oxygen levels that could lead to increasing "dead zones"

Ocean Oxygen : Suffocating the Seas

Ocean breathing – From the shallows down to its yawning depths, the ocean gets its oxygen from the surface, supplied either by the atmosphere or from the release of oxygen in phytoplankton through photosynthesis. Scientists have long known that one expected consequence from a warming climate is a gradual drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved into ocean waters as they absorb…

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Mainstream media's epic fail puts our future on earth at risk

Citizen Journalism and Popular Media’s Climate Fail

The popular media has failed to communicate the science behind climate change. The public does not understand the science of anthropogenic global warming and the urgent need for climate action. We cannot expect people to support mitigation and adaptation efforts if they do not have access to accurate information. Shoddy climate reporting has been an issue for a number of years. As reported…

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A carbon tax could provide economic, social and environmental benefits

Putting a Price on Carbon: Carbon Tax Explained

Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of posts on carbon pricing and emissions mitigation strategy. Look for more articles in the coming weeks about carbon emissions, pricing and various possible policy approaches to reducing emissions –  With the international commitment in Paris calling for the decarbonization of the global economy by the second half of this century, the task we…

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Putting a price on carbon: Carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade

EarthTalk: Carbon Tax vs. Cap-and-Trade

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? – Marina Brown, New York, NY Most of us can agree that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a must given the rapid warming of the…

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August 2015 follows a string of heat records as climate moves into uncharted territory

Broken Records: 2015 Hottest Summer, Hottest August, Hottest First Eight Months

Saying that it sounds like a broken record has itself become a broken record. The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows August was the hottest on record, with the summer 2015 the hottest summer on record. The first eight months of 2015 surpassed all global heat records. Summer 2015 comes in…

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