Responsible Agriculture a Must to Meet Climate Change Goals

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. More resources need to be dedicated to sustainable agriculture if the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement are to be met, according to sector leaders and experts speaking at the UN Climate Change Conference. During a session on Friday, a key takeaway was that investing in agricultural …

Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity

Read the full story in the Washington Post. In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point and were well on the way to ruining the planet. The letter listed environmental impacts like they were biblical plagues — stratospheric …

New routes to renewables: Sandia speeds transformation of biofuel waste into wealth

Read the full story from Sandia National Laboratory. A Sandia National Laboratories-led team has demonstrated faster, more efficient ways to turn discarded plant matter into chemicals worth billions. The team’s findings could help transform the economics of making fuels and other products from domestically grown renewable sources. Lignin, the tough material left over from biofuel …

Saving Coney Island from the roller coaster of climate change

Read the full story from Cornell University. Through the lens of natural history, Coney Island features marshes, wetlands, creeks and a sandy shore. Today, it’s famous for hot dogs, crowded beaches, Mermaid Avenue and Luna Park. As sea levels rise, the Coney Island peninsula is in danger of becoming uninhabitable. Cornell landscape architecture graduate students …

How cities can fight climate change most effectively

Read the full story from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will …

CO2 emissions from coal fell by record amount in 2015, led by Texas and Midwest

Read the full story from the Energy Information Administration. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with coal consumption in the United States fell by a record 231 million metric tons in 2015. More than 60% of the annual decrease occurred in 10 states, led by Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, according to EIA’s state-level carbon dioxide …