“Plants and animals are in double trouble from global warming”

“The more genetically diverse the population is, the greater the chance that a species will be able to survive and adapt to changing conditions.” But the effects of climate change leads to a less genetically diverse population, making it so that the population is even less capable of adapting.

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/03/species-face-double-threat-from-warming/

“How smarter microgrids can boost clean energy”

"Enter microgrids. Microgrids are smaller grids that can operate independently. They can collect power from multiple sources, such as from all the rooftop solar panels in a single neighborhood. Then, that electricity can be fed into the main power grid."

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/03/how-smarter-microgrids-can-boost-clean-energy/

“Alaska’s Big Problem With Warmer Winters”

Climate change is already being experienced by people in the United States. "As warmer winters arrive in Alaska, [Cook Inlet] offers a glimpse of the challenges to come. Precipitation that used to fall as snow lands as rain, eroding the coastal bluffs and threatening the only road out of town. Less snow means less drinking water in Homer’s reservoir; it also means shallower, warmer streams, threatening the salmon that support Cook Inlet’s billion-dollar fishing industry."

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-09/alaska-s-big-problem-with-warmer-winters

“Doctors Warn Climate Change Threatens Public Health”

Due to a shifting climate, diseases that people may have never been exposed to before, or had only been exposed to for brief amounts of time, are becoming more abundant. This is yet another reason why we must make HASTE!

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/doctors-warn-climate-change-threatens-public-health/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_HLTH_NEWS

“Groundwater over-pumping is reducing San Joaquin Valley’s ability to store water”

Reliable water supply is necessary to provide food security. Groundwater overdraft to the point of causing significant subsidence permanently reduces capacity to store water in underground reservoirs and damages other infrastructure (like bridges and canals). From a water reliability and food security perspectives, sustainable water management must avoid subsidence. Effort necessary to restore infrastructure damaged by subsidence is effort that could be better expended developing more sustainable water supplies.

http://news.stanford.edu/2017/04/12/groundwater-overuse-cuts-san-joaquin-valleys-water-storage-ability/

“Chicago Commits to Renewable Energy for 900-Plus Government Buildings”

Commitment to clean energy is an important step towards sustainability. They more people, cities, and states that make this part of their plan help us edge closer to a sustainable society.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/04/10/chicago-commits-renewable-energy-900-plus-government-buildings

“Study: ‘Urgent’ Action Against Global Warming Needed To Save Coral Reefs

"Now, a new study in Nature has concluded that securing a future for coral reefs 'ultimately requires urgent and rapid action to reduce global warming.'" This action includes all of us and our individual actions and choices.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520450521/study-urgent-action-against-global-warming-needed-to-save-coral-reefs?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170317

“Scientists are planning to march on Washington. Here’s why”

A look at why people are marching for science today on Earth Day:
 
The mission of We Make HASTE is to make people aware of their impacts on the environment and to encourage constructive discussions about how to reduce these impacts quickly enough to achieve sustainability. The scientific process includes having constructive discussions. Policy makers who disregard science and fail to consider and address the implications of what science shows is happening to the planet are not conservative; they are dangerous. A truly conservative approach would be to apply scientific principles to determine and then take the steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of future generation, taking into account both the risks and uncertainties involved, from the impacts of current human activities. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where some key policy makers are unwilling to have reasonable constructive discussions that involve science that conflicts with their priorities. This is shortsighted. Scientists and historians understand that the challenges that we face will only get more difficult to solve when we procrastinate. As a result, scientists have concluded that they need to march.
 
 
Science and technology are the keys to improving standards of living while simultaneously working towards achieving sustainability. Let's use the keys that we have while we encourage the development of even more effective technology.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/jan/27/scientists-are-planning-to-march-on-washington-heres-why

“Local governments team up to reduce global warming pollution”

“We have a wide variety of governments – from rainforest states through to large economic regions in Germany – all setting out how they, in their different regional contexts, will achieve 80-95 percent emissions reduction by 2050.” This is the type of action and commitment that we need around the world in order to get closer to a sustainable society and planet.

http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2017/03/local-governments-team-up-to-reduce-global-warming-pollution/