Despair, the biggest threat to our environment
By Ron C Droughts, severe tropical storms, melting glaciers – the endless impact of climate change flashes before us every day on the news as the earth struggles to deal with the stresses of rising temperatures. The UN says we have just 12 years to avoid catastrophic climate change – and however we try to […]more
Why the poor suffer most from climate change
By Christopher Thompson If you’ve read anything about climate change over the past year, you’ve probably heard about the IPCC report that gives a 12-year deadline for limiting climate change catastrophe. But for many parts of the world, climate change already is a catastrophe. Recently in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, more […]more
Reasons why the earth has more gold than the moon.
By Christopher Thompson The moon couldn’t hold onto the precious stuff nearly as well. We may now know why the moon has so much less bling than Earth. Gold, platinum and other metals known as highly siderophile (“iron-loving”) elements are far more abundant in Earth’s crust than in that of its natural satellite. That may […]more
Students declare climate emergency to help save mother earth
By Allen Senchesak United States: Thousands of universities around the world on Wednesday (Jul 10) declared a “climate emergency” and committed themselves with the United Nations to fighting climate change, in an effort to mobilise their students. In a letter, the representatives of more than 7,000 educational institutions on six continents promised to achieve carbon neutrality by […]more
The risk of earthquake is very high, but no one sees
By Christopher Thompson A quake, even one so far away that nobody in San Diego feels it, could cause an emergency and force mandatory water-use restrictions. That’s because most of San Diego’s water comes from hundreds of miles away through threads of metal and concrete that connect us to distant rivers and reservoirs. Our biggest […]more
Effects of releasing balloons into the world can hurt both the environment and local wildlife
By Allen Senchesak Balloons are fun. Kids love them. But when you plan your next big celebration, you may want to ditch them. A new report from the Detroit Free Press says the effects of releasing balloons into the world can hurt both the environment and local wildlife. According to the report, volunteers for the […]more
Finding solutions to prevent harmful plastic waste is far from simple
By Ron C Finding solutions to prevent harmful plastic waste is far from simple New kinds of plant-based plastic are beginning to permeate our lives. Supermarkets stock biodegradable bags to carry our groceries home, cafes serve coffee in compostable cups, and this year London Marathon runners could refuel with seaweed-based edible bubbles filled with sports […]more
Clownfish offspring getting extinct as artificial light in coral reefs leaves the famous fish unable to reproduce.
By Allen Senchesak The popular story about a clownfish that got lost at sea in the movie Finding Nemo could have a much darker sequel—as artificial light in coral reefs leaves the famous fish unable to reproduce offspring, according to a new study. Results from a new study published in Biology Letters show an increasing […]more
Single use plastic bags are banned. Will the law change make a real difference?
By Allen Senchesak OPINION: New Zealand this month banned the use of certain types of single-use plastic bags. The law change came as the world marked Plastic Free July, a global movement to reduce plastic pollution. So what is the next plastic product New Zealand governments should be targeting to help save our environment? An MP from […]more
A new study calls for the planting of many millions of trees to combat the rise in global temperatures.
By Ron C “You have failed us all so terribly,” a 15-year-old Australian climate activist said in a speech earlier this year, addressing her comments to the world’s political leaders. “We deserve better. Young people can’t even vote but will have to live with the consequences of your inaction for decades.” True enough, but what […]more