“A “New Ocean” Is Emerging at the Top of the World”

“As the planet warms, the Arctic is warming more than twice as fast. As ice cover is disappearing, average summer sea ice has declined by more than a third since 1979. That’s roughly equal to the entire area of the Western U.S. This means more than rising sea levels and troubled polar bears. It is also shifting global trade routes and altering the balance of power between countries surrounding the Arctic. KQED’s Brian Watt spoke about this with Fran Ulmer, chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission and a visiting professor at Stanford University.”


“Author: Changing What You Eat Saves More Water Than Shorter Showers”

“How do you conserve water? Do you limit outside watering? Install water-saving appliances? Take shorter showers? All good strategies, but one thing you may not have thought about is changing your eating habits to conserve water.”


“This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelter”

“Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its approach to combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.”


“States Push Rapid Growth of Microgrids”

“California and Massachusetts are preparing to spend millions to support microgrid projects as the micro­grids—energy systems that can run separately from the wider grid system to protect critical facilities from power outages—are gaining steam nationally and worldwide. In response to a request for proposals for microgrid demonstration projects that support California’s goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Feb. 20 selected 10 out of 60 proposals to receive $52 million in funding, up from an initial plan to spend $44.7 million.”


“Crops Engineered to Conserve Water Without Drop in Yield”

“A new technique enables crops to use water 25 percent more efficiently without compromising yield, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. While agriculture already requires 90 percent of global freshwater, more will be needed as production increases to feed the growing population. Additional water will also be needed to offset the impact of climate change on crops.”


“To feed the nation, California farmers must adapt to a warming climate, study says”

“‘Understanding climate change and how it is impacting agriculture can help us develop relevant adaptation strategies and enhance agricultural resilience to climate risks,’ said Tapan Pathak, the lead author on the paper, which was published on Agronomy.”


“‘Plogging’ is the Swedish fitness craze for people who want to save the planet. It’s making its way to the U.S.”

“Have you recently spotted people toting trash bags while jogging? Or their hands filled with old plastic bottles? You might soon. Sweden’s latest fitness craze — plogging — is making its way to U.S. shores. The term is a mash-up of jogging and the Swedish “plocka upp,” meaning pick up. In this case, litter.”


“Sustainable Seafood Week 2018: Restaurants and Hotels Join Together In Saving The Seas!”

“The Sustainable Seafood Week is a celebration of food and a venue for sharing the best practices in sustainable fisheries by various stakeholders. Where establishments come together on an open and dynamic platform, to discuss the status and challenges for more sustainable seafood, bringing inspiring solutions for change in the fisheries and aquaculture sector and to raise awareness in public.”


“Microsoft inks its first clean energy deal in Asia with solar project”

“Microsoft has agreed to buy all the renewable energy output from a 60 megawatt (MW) solar project in its first clean energy deal in Asia. The tech giant’s agreement with Sunseap Group — Singapore’s largest clean energy solutions provider — will last for 20 years. “With the agreement, Microsoft will improve the sustainability of our local operations and make important progress toward our corporate sustainability goals for datacentres,” Kevin Wo, Microsoft Singapore’s managing director, said in a statement Thursday.”


“Seafood companies to be benchmarked against Sustainable Development Goals”

“The SSI focuses on the role of leading seafood companies in promoting stewardship of natural resources and production chains. To rank companies on their performance on sustainable seafood, a methodology is developed, after which data will be collected that is used to benchmark companies’ performance against the SDGs. By comparing companies to one another, the Index provides a transparent and impartial means by which companies and their stakeholders can monitor performance and hold seafood companies accountable for their sustainability commitments and progress.”