The Trump Presidency’s Potential Impact On Climate Change

Read the full transcript from Fresh Air.

ProPublica senior reporter Andrew Revkin discusses President Trump’s possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

How Have Federal Agencies Implemented the CEQ Guidance on Climate Change and Environmental Reviews?

Read the full post at the Climate Law Blog.

The Sabin Center has just published a new survey examining how federal agencies have been implementing the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s guidance on climate change and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. The survey, which was conducted by a team of Columbia undergraduate students as their capstone project for the Sustainable Development program, reviews 31 environmental impact statements (EISs) published in the fall of 2016 and explains how these EISs implemented specific aspects of the CEQ guidance. You can download the written report and accompanying excel database here.

Diehard Coders Just Rescued NASA’s Earth Science Data

Read the full story in Wired.

On Saturday morning, the white stone buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus radiated with unfiltered sunshine. The sky was blue, the campanile was chiming. But instead of enjoying the beautiful day, 200 adults had willingly sardined themselves into a fluorescent-lit room in the bowels of Doe Library to rescue federal climate data.

Like similar groups across the country—in more than 20 cities—they believe that the Trump administration might want to disappear this data down a memory hole. So these hackers, scientists, and students are collecting it to save outside government servers.

But now they’re going even further. Groups like DataRefuge and the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, which organized the Berkeley hackathon to collect data from NASA’s earth sciences programs and the Department of Energy, are doing more than archiving. Diehard coders are building robust systems to monitor ongoing changes to government websites. And they’re keeping track of what’s already been removed—because yes, the pruning has already begun.

To Save The Planet, Give Cows Better Pasture

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The other day, in Puerto Rico, I stumbled across one small piece of an agricultural revolution. It didn’t look all that revolutionary — just an abandoned sugar plantation where workers are clearing away a mass of grass, bushes and trees in order to create better pasture for cattle.

Mike McCloskey, the dairy magnate who’s behind this particular venture, says that the tropical grasses that he’s removing are terrible food for cattle; they’re full of cellulose and lignin, and not very nutritious. “The problem with tropical pastures, in the past, is that they’re very low in their digestibility,” he says.

McCloskey should know. He grew up in Puerto Rico, worked as a veterinarian with dairy farmers in Mexico and California, then got into dairy farming himself and became one of the biggest milk producers in the United States.

He’s planning to grow varieties of grass called Mulato and Cayman on this pasture. The grasses grow quickly, they’re far more nutritious and cattle love them.

Climate Change and New Efforts to Help People Understand What They Can’t See

Read the full story in Governing.

Visual illustrations can give meaning to overwhelming emissions numbers.

Electricity costs: A new way they’ll surge in a warming world

Read the full story from the University of Michigan.

Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher.

Increasing the water table in agricultural peatland could hold key to reducing UK’s greenhouse gas emissions

Read the full story from the University of Sheffield.

Increasing the water table could help to slow down global warming, boost crop yields, and preserve peat soils according to a new study.

The research, led by scientists from the University of Sheffield, found increasing the level below which the ground is saturated with water – known as the water table – in radish fields by 20cm not only reduced soil CO2 emissions, but also improved the growth of crops.