Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMMainstream environmental groups are not mirroring the increasing racial diversity in the United States, according to a new report. While minorities make up 36 percent of the population, they account for no more than 16 percent of the staff of environmental organizations. [News Source]
Environmental groups lag nation in diversity.
Competing visions of cataclysm at an EPA hearing.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMOn one side were the reps for coal companies and coal states, who see the plan to force power plants to cut pollution 30 percent by 2030 as condemning our miners to lives of poverty and despair. Others say the rule is absurdly gentle. So which is more realistic? [News Source]
Are Siberia’s methane blow-holes the first warning sign of unstoppable climate change?
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMWhat do three enormous craters in the Siberian wastelands have to do with a terrified American climate scientist? Methane. And that’s something to scare us all. [News Source]
Climate change, air pollution may increase risk of malnutrition.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMThe world will need 50 percent more food by 2050 due to both an increasing population and a shift toward a more Westernized diet in developing countries. [News Source]
Gov. Inslee’s wastewater plant tour highlights sea rise woes.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMWhen Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wanted to show the connection between climate change and an unpleasant and costly consequence for his constituents, he decided to tour a sewage treatment plant. [News Source]
Refrigerators are running in China.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMIn the early '90s, only one Chinese family in ten owned a refrigerator. Today, 90 percent of urban Chinese households have one. This mass move toward refrigeration had a huge effect on the country's economy, culture and environment. [News Source]
Disaster tourism? Luxury cruise ship offers ‘last chance’ to see ice caps.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMA luxury cruise operator in the US has announced it will offer a "once-in-a-lifetime" trip to experience the environmental devastation of the Arctic - using a mode of transport that emits three times more CO2 per passenger per mile than a jumbo jet. [News Source]
Alaska communities at high risk from ocean acidification, study says.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMOcean acidification, the chemical transformation that occurs when large amounts of carbon dioxide are absorbed into marine waters, imperils Alaska's fishing-dependent economy, says a new study funded by NOAA. [News Source]
Warming may both hurt and help critical tourism business in Southeast Alaska.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMGlobal warming could threaten Alaska's status as one of the nation's most desirable tourist destinations, warn scientists studying climate change. [News Source]
Canada’s boreal forests are burning – and releasing loads of carbon.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMWhile fires in sparsely populated northern Canada have less of an impact on human safety and infrastructure than those in the Pacific Northwest, their effect on the environment may be greater. The ancient, stunted boreal forests that ring the Arctic Circle contain 30 percent of the world's land-based carbon. [News Source]
German water supply threatened as climate change boosts droughts.
Wednesday July 30th 2014, 10:00 AMGerman water supplies will become increasingly threatened this century as climate change raises the risk of droughts and water shortages in the country. [News Source]