“General Motors will soon use wind power to build pickups and SUVs”

"GM wants to power all its global facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. GM will reach 20 percent of that goal by year-end, the automaker said Monday. 'We do want to be known as a green company; that’s one of the key reasons we’re doing this as well as for price stability,' Rob Threlkeld, GM’s global manager of renewable energy told the Free Press. 'You don’t get the price spikes this way, like you do with fuel, and it reduces the environment footprint of the vehicle you’re driving.'"


“Could carbon-capture technology be a silver bullet to stop climate change?”

"If every new building for the next 30 years was made with the resulting product, humans could erase the globe-warming pollution they’ve sent into the atmosphere, said Fiekowsky, founder of the Healthy Climate Alliance network. Blue Planet’s technology is nascent in a scene dominated by a few companies that specialize in carbon removal, and it won’t be the last newcomer."


“As global temperatures rise, so will mental health issues, study says”

"A rise in average monthly temperatures is tied to a small increase in mental health issues, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS. And over five years, a 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature results in an even greater prevalence of mental difficulties. 'We don't exactly know why we see high temperatures or increasing temperatures produce mental health problems,' said Nick Obradovich, lead author of the study and a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. 'For example, is poor sleep due to hot temperatures the thing that produces mental health problems? We have a lot of work to do to figure out precisely what is causing what.'"


“How Amsterdam’s canal boats are going electric – at a cost”

"The Prinses Irene, which once took Winston Churchill up the canals, is silent because it's electric. All you hear is the swoosh of the water being churned up by the propeller. And there are no acrid diesel fumes to spoil the experience. When Mr Kooij had to take the helm of the family business following the sudden death of his father in 2013, he wasn't daunted because he'd been working the canals since he was a boy."


“Climate change impacts worse than expected, global report warns”

"The impacts and costs of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) of global warming will be far greater than expected, according to a comprehensive assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released Sunday in Incheon, South Korea. The past decade has seen an astonishing run of record-breaking storms, forest fires, droughts, coral bleaching, heat waves, and floods around the world with just 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1.0 degrees Celsius) of global warming. [See: Hidden Costs of Climate Change Running Hundreds of Billions a Year] But much of this will get substantially worse with 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit of warming, and far worse at 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), according to the IPCC’s “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C”, released Sunday and examining more than 6,000 studies."


“What the new report on climate change expects from you”

"Here's what consumers can do

Transportation: In order to meet the 1.5C goal, the IPCC envisages a future where people travel less, and that generally consumer preferences shift to more sustainable choices like car sharing and hybrid and electric cars. The report also looks at using more efficient modes of travel, e.g. swapping cars, trucks and planes to buses and trains.

Buildings: While this section is less prescriptive, the IPCC suggests that people shift to more sustainable behavior when it comes to their homes, for example using smart thermostats or more efficient air conditioners.

Diets: Again, the models aren't comprehensive, but in general, the IPCC's narrative suggests that people consume about 30% less animal products. Eating less meat is one of a number of mitigation strategies suggested by the IPCC to overhaul agricultural and land-use practices, including the protection of forests. The livestock sector is estimated to account for 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, more than direct emissions from the transport sector."


“Plastics Watch: Could seaweed replace plastic packaging?”

"One Indonesian inventor has found a unique solution to the problem of plastic food packaging. The 25-year-old says using seaweed instead of plastic could cut down plastic waste significantly."


“Food you’ve never heard of could end hunger”

"The term "conservation" may bring wildlife or land preservation to mind. But what about the food we eat? According to Crop Trust, an international organization working to safeguard agriculture, we only use about 1 percent of available crops to fuel our diets. That could put the future of our food system at risk. That's why Erik Oberholtzer helped to gather leaders in the restaurant industry last week at Google's New York City office in an effort to encourage a more diverse and delicious future. On the menu was Breadfruit Tikki, Teff Tacos and Fonio Salad."


“How the Field Museum accelerated sustainability”

"If you’ve traveled to Chicago, you likely are familiar with the Field Museum, a grand building from 1893 filled with world-class artifacts and active research on one of the world’s top natural history collections. While this building houses relics from millions of years of life on Earth, including antiquities, it also uses new approaches to sustainability."


“Tourism Could Make or Break This Biodiverse Haven”

"A trio of pantropical spotted dolphins slices through the surface of Golfo Dulce—Costa Rica’s southernmost bay, tucked between the mainland and the Osa Peninsula. Their sleek black figures barely cause a ripple before gliding back beneath the glassy water. There’s not another boat or human in sight, save the six of us aboard a small research vessel. “Spotted dolphins—traveling or foraging?” I scrawl in my notes, the scratch of my pencil the only sound to break the silence."