“Mayans Have Farmed The Same Way For Millennia. Climate Change Means They Can’t”

"In recent years, however, Yam Moo and other Yucatán milperos have struggled to keep their farms alive. Climate change has brought erratic rainfall, making the growing season less predictable." As the climate warms more and more, there will be more dramatic effects that will be seen around the world. This is yet another reason why we must make HASTE!

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/02/03/510272265/mayans-have-farmed-the-same-way-for-millennia-climate-change-means-they-cant?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170203

“Five Endangered Species Recoveries You’ve Never Heard Of”

"More than 40 species have been officially recovered by the Endangered Species Act. Some, like bald eagles and peregrine falcons, have received a lot of publicity. Here are five lesser known – but no less interesting – stories of recovery."

http://blog.nature.org/science/2017/02/01/five-endangered-species-recoveries-never-heard-esa-recovery-restoration/?src=social.nature.facebook.main

“Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020′”

"Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide growth in demand for oil and coal by 2020, a new report has suggested. A scenario that takes into account the latest cost reduction projections for the green technologies, and countries’ pledges to cut emissions, finds that solar power and electric vehicles are “gamechangers” that could leave fossil fuels stranded."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/02/electric-cars-cheap-solar-power-halt-fossil-fuel-growth-2020

“U.S. utilities seek solar power as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels”

"Solar power represents just about 1% of the electricity U.S. utilities generate today, but that could grow substantially as major electric utilities move into smaller-scale solar farming, a niche developed by local cooperatives and nonprofits." Solar energy is a key component in a sustainable future.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-solar-power-20170204-story.html

“New Power Plant Shows India is Serious About Solar”

Massive renewable energy projects, such as this one, will be required to move towards a sustainable future.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/new-plant-shows-india-serious-about-solar-21119

“Flooding is the New Normal in Miami”

"In Miami, sea-level rise is not a problem for future generations. It’s a present-day reality." Other areas close to the coast are also experiencing the effects of climate change through sea level rise and the effects will become more frequent and the water will rise even higher. We must take action on climate change in order to decrease the effects.

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/02/flooding-is-the-new-normal-in-miami/

“Mangroves and marshes key in the climate change battle”

"With the advent of green technologies, it is easy to view the battle against climate change as one for the tech world. A lesser-known but increasingly recognized solution lies in nature. According to a new scientific paper, the wetland ecosystems lying along the coasts of our oceans are particularly good at sequestering and storing carbon - and the world’s governments should take full advantage of this potential through carbon finance and policy." It will take all sorts of different ways to become sustainable and combat climate change.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/iucn-planet-at-the-crossroads/mangroves-and-marshes-key_b_14566424.html

“Beijing vows 30% cut in coal use in 2017 to fight crippling smog”

"China's smog-hit capital Beijing plans to slash coal consumption by a further 30 percent in 2017 as part of its efforts to combat air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said late on Sunday, citing the city's mayor."

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-beijing-vows-30-percent-cut-in-coal-use-in-2017-to-fight-smog-2017-2

“Greenery-clad towers take root in China”

This is interesting concept in green building.  It would be good to know more about its net carbon footprint and what it will be required for maintenance.  There's obviously a big social benefit for this approach that must be considered in understanding its true net benefit.

http://newatlas.com/stefano-boeri-nanjing-vertical-forest/47755/

“Visualizing the True Cost of Oil Pipelines”

"Foremost among the hazards of any pipeline, of course, are spills." These spills can lead to environmental problems and environmental injustice. We must move quickly towards renewable energies rather than rely on fossil fuels.

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/sa-visual/visualizing-the-true-cost-of-oil-pipelines/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_ENGYSUS_BLOG