Greenland Lost 2 Billion Tons of Ice This Week, Which Is Very Unusual

Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting Thursday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (equal to 2 billion tons) on just that day alone. While Greenland is a big island filled with lots of ice, it is highly unusual for that much ice to be lost …

Washington Could Become First US State to Allow ‘Human Composting’

Washington could become the first US state to allow ‘human composting’. The state has passed a bill that would legalise the eco-friendly process, which could turn dead bodies into two wheelbarrows full of nutrient-rich soil in less than two months. The alternative method to burial or cremation is officially called …

Microsoft Inks Deal for Hydropower in Washington

Microsoft has signed a new five-year agreement to buy hydropower for its campuses in Washington. The deal has been inked with the Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) for its Puget Sound campuses to be powered entirely by local hydro. Microsoft is also in the final stages of negotiating an …

By 2050, Winter Will No Longer Exist in Australia, Say Researchers

Winter Blues A team of scientists and designers recently teamed up to create a tool that would show Australians what the climate is expected to be like in their cities in the year 2050 — and it led to a startling discovery. “In 30 years’ time, winter as we know …

With Only 74 Left, New Protections Announced for Iconic Killer Whales

With only 74 remaining in the wild, time is running out to save southern resident killer whales, especially after two died this summer. This week, the Canadian government announced a slew of measures to save the critically endangered species. The $61.5 million (US$50 million) initiative will address three key threats …

19 Global Cities Commit to Make New Buildings Net-Zero by 2030

The world’s most iconic skylines are going green. Nineteen city leaders from the C40 coalition signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday to ensure all new buildings operate with a neutral carbon footprint by 2030. The mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, …

Trees Are Migrating West to Escape Climate Change

An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surprisingly, they don’t all go to the Poles, where it is cooler. As it turns out, more of them head …