Organic Farming Could Feed the World, But…

The United Nations estimates the global population will reach more than 9 billion by 2050, and, by some estimates, agricultural output will have to increase by 50 percent to feed all of those mouths. So is it possible to do it organically? Modern farming methods focus on maximizing crop yields …

Ice Will Return but Extinctions Can’t Be Reversed. We Must Act now

We have to develop digital forecasts of species’ responses to climate change, design robust strategies to protect as many as possible, and help nature to adapt. Each day increasingly dangerous hurricanes, wildfires, and floods betray the influence of climate change. We are appalled at the accruing losses of life and …

Worst Wildfire in California History Threatens State’s Climate Goals

As predicted, the Thomas Fire in Southern California was officially declared the largest wildfire in state history, surpassing the 2003 Cedar Fire which burned 273,246 acres and killed 15 people. The vast blaze, now 89 percent contained, has burned through 281,620 acres, according to CalFire. More than 1,000 structures have …

CCC Calls for Deep Waste and Energy CO2 Cuts in Wales’ Carbon Budgets

The UK’s Committee on Climate Change has today given its recommendations for CO2 cuts in Wales over the next decade, setting out how the region can play a leading role in tackling climate change while also growing its economy. Wales should set carbon budgets aiming for a 23 per cent …

London CO2 Cuts Must be ‘More Ambitious in Scale and Pace’, Mayoral Body Warns

London’s economy has grown as greenhouse gas emissions have fallen over the past five years, but future decarbonisation in the capital will “need to be significantly more ambitious both in scale and pace”, a Mayoral advisory body report has warned. The London Sustainable Development Commission published its fifth Quality of …

World’s First ‘Negative Emissions’ Power Plant Opens in Iceland

In October, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned …

Mixed Forests Are Healthier, But Can They Survive Climate Change?

German researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species. The more diverse the forest, the better it becomes at doing what forests do. Forests with a greater number of species grow at a faster rate, store more …