‘The aliens are already here’: A new campaign urges people to fear the dangers of climate change instead

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For decades, we’ve seen dystopian sci-fi thrillers unleash sinister extraterrestrials on the world. But a new poster campaign aims to show that Earth has a bigger problem than the alien invasions in War of the Worlds or Men in Black—the climate catastrophe. (And, unlike in Men in Black, there’s no neuralyzer to erase the horrors from our memories.)

L.A.-based creative agency Fred & Farid partnered with Fridays for Future, the Greta Thunberg-founded climate movement, to release four posters that highlight the crisis we’re in. Each focuses on a different element impacting climate change: cars, oil drilling, deforestation, and overfishing. The timing is key, with the posters released a week ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, when Americans have a choice between candidates who prioritize climate legislation and those who deny it.

Countries want to plant trees to offset their carbon emissions, but there isn’t enough land on Earth to grow them

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Researchers behind the Land Gap Report say we can’t plant our way out of global warming—and it’s disingenuous to pretend that we can.

‘If I were a hospital, I’d be reading the tea leaves’: Pressures grow on the health care industry to reduce its climate pollution

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Flooding, heat waves, wildfires, and other climate-driven weather extremes in recent years have catapulted hospitals into emergency mode and devastated the communities they serve, with Hurricane Ian’s deadly rampage through central Florida only the most recent example. 

But while hospitals might seem to be the unwitting victims of climate disasters, the U.S. health care system — and hospitals in particular — shoulder a good deal of the blame. The health care sector accounts for about 8.5% of all the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and about 4.5% of worldwide emissions. These emissions are generated mostly from running energy-draining facilities 24/7, and from the vast array of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, and other goods and services produced, purchased, and sometimes wasted, in the course of providing care. 

Some hospitals have begun to tout their efforts to combat climate change, claiming to have achieved 100% renewable energy or “carbon neutral” status. They offer scattershot examples of progress in reducing their emissions, citing “meatless Mondays” in hospital kitchens or improved recycling programs. Yet hospitals have long been laggards in even tracking and reporting their emissions and waste — much less reducing them. Today there is no way to hold the country’s 6,000 hospitals accountable and benchmark their performance.

Climate change plays role in annual polar bear migration

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Treehugger spoke to John Whiteman, chief research scientist for Polar Bears International and assistant professor of biology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He addressed the annual migration, the interesting things researchers observe, and how people can get involved to help the animals.

Microsoft president wants more training for workers to fight climate change

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Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith is calling for companies, schools and governments to dramatically increase training workers for new and redesigned roles tackling the climate crisis. The software giant, which has pledged to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030, says the lack of skills in areas like carbon accounting, green procurement and supply chain management is a threat to the kind of progress needed to arrest global warming.

Here’s where the U.S. is testing a new response to rising seas

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Native American tribes are competing for the first federal grants designed to help move communities away from high water and other dangers posed by climate change.

Global e-waste emissions jump 53 percent between 2014 and 2020

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The proliferation of electronic devices has contributed to the accelerated surge of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in e-waste, according to a new study in Circular Economy. E-waste GHG emissions rose 53 percent between 2014 and 2020. Researchers anticipate e-waste will annually generate 852 million metric tons of CO2 compounds by 2030.

Social media engagement increases government action, reduces pollution: study

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Citizen engagement through social media leads to a significant improvement in government response and a decrease in water and air pollution, a new study has found

Burying short sections of power lines would drastically reduce hurricanes’ future impact on coastal residents

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As Earth warms due to climate change, people living near the coasts not only face a higher risk of major hurricanes, but are also more likely to experience a subsequent heat wave while grappling with widespread power outages.

Princeton researchers investigated the risk of this compound hazard occurring in the future under a “business-as-usual” climate scenario, using Harris County, Texas, as an example. They estimated that the risk of undergoing at least one hurricane-blackout-heat wave lasting more than five days in a 20-year span would increase 23 times by the end of the century. But there is some good news: Strategically burying just 5% of power lines — specifically those near main distribution points — would almost halve the number of affected residents.

Universities’ research aims to make railroads climate resilient

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California wildfires that closed down portions of the Union Pacific and BNSF train networks for days. Severe flooding in the Midwest that damaged tracks. The extreme cold temperatures of Texas in February 2021 that caused considerable service disruptions on the freight rail system.

While the rail industry is accustomed to seasonal disruptions such as winter blizzards, the possibility of even more extreme weather events as a result of climate change takes disruption threats to a new level. Furthermore, these extreme weather interruptions come at a time when the height of the COVID-19 pandemic showed how vulnerable the supply chain can be. 

“Extreme weather and heat and their aftereffects can have catastrophic impacts,”  Karen Philbrick, executive director of San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), told FreightWaves. “It threatens lives, destroys equipment, disrupts service and literally costs billions of dollars for response and recovery to the transport sector in the communities served. And so when I think about freight, for example, we’re already in such a crisis when it comes to the supply chain. If that were to further be disrupted because of different climate-related events then that just exasperates the problem further.”

With this in mind, Philbrick’s organization is seeking to address how the U.S. passenger and freight rail network can become climate resilient.