Poring through four decades of satellite data, climate scientists have concluded for the first time that humans are pushing seasonal temperatures out of balance – shifting what one researcher called the very ‘march of the seasons themselves’.
In 1885, two years after a massive eruption of the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa, scientists added a new type of cloud to the cloud atlas. All of the ash and water vapor spewed into the atmosphere created mesmerizing sunsets and other effects around the world, including the new noctilucent clouds — extremely high, wispy clouds that are only visible in far northern latitudes.
From southern California to Scotland, to the misty British Isles and the Arctic coastline of Siberia, temperatures were way higher than ever recorded the last week of June and the first week of July. When temperatures in Siberia hit 90°F, 50°F higher than normal, and the land breeze drove the ice pack out of sight — whether or not there’s an official declaration of a Siberian heat wave is not really relevant — it’s hot.
Climate change is one of the main drivers of migration and will be increasingly so. It will even have a more significant role in the displacement of people than armed conflicts, which today cause major refugee crises.
The saying goes, ‘You are what you eat,’ so where does that leave those who eat trash, or even just plants? The truth is that all species are connected to each other and the inanimate earth through the simple act of eating; by eating (broadly defined) we are all part of each other. Consumption of food is one of the most direct impacts we can have on the world around us and it’s easily, even instinctively understood. To live, we must consume the lives of others.
History tells us how technological innovations have improved the quality of life for millions of people across many generations. In the last few decades, the speed at which innovations occur has significantly increased. Technologies have advanced transportation, communication, health care, energy production and space travel.
Nearly 75 percent of Europeans live in cities, and they emit about the same proportion of the continent’s greenhouse gases. And, yet, more than a third of the cities don’t have a plan to cut emissions and mitigate climate change, according to a new study.