“Google Plans to Be 100 Percent Renewable Next Year”

Having business lead the way is great, but it will only go so far. We need more companies and more people to make actions such as these. Make HASTE!

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/google-100-percent-renewable-energy-20944

“Climate Change Is Raising Flood Risk in the Northern U.S.”

Flood risk and water supply analyses have historically been performed based on the assumption that the climate remains statistically stationary.  Our basis for water supply infrastructure and flood insurance is, therefore, fundamentally flawed.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/climate-change-is-raising-flood-risk-in-the-northern-u-s/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_ENGYSUS_NEWS

“This twisted carbon-eating tower is rising in the East”

This is a beautiful concept, and it is great to raise awareness, but one must wonder if it is a cost effective way of reducing carbon dioxide.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/04/architecture/vincent-callebaut-tao-zhu-yin-yuan/

“U.S. Navy Dolphins Join The Fight To Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoises”

This is an interesting way that the military might be able to help save a species from extinction.  But, will the oceans be able to support this species and others in 100 or 200 years due to ocean acidification?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dolphins-vaquita-porpoise_us_586c9901e4b0d9a5945d2801

“The thousands of U.S. locales where lead poisoning is worse than in Flint”

Clean water is key to sustainability.  How much money has been wasted by ill-informed attempts to save a few dollars?

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lead-testing/

“America’s First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Goes Live”

“The Block Island Wind Project is the first commercial offshore wind farm ever built in the U.S., and the start of its operation marks the the beginning of a brand new clean energy industry in the United States.” Many more projects like this are needed quickly in order to achieve sustainability.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/america-rsquo-s-first-commercial-offshore-wind-farm-goes-live/

“How Your Cashmere Sweater is Decimating Mongolia’s Grasslands”

“Mongolia produces a third of the global supply, and cashmere makes up 40 percent of the country’s nonmineral exports. Mongolia produced more than 7,000 tons of cashmere in 2015, the last year on record.” And this production is destroying its grasslands. Just another reason that we need to make haste!

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/12/09/504118819/how-your-cashmere-sweater-is-decimating-mongolias-grasslands

“Everglade’s water at risk from sea level rise”

“Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water — and potentially more taxpayer money — to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings released Thursday.”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-everglades-report-card-2016-20161215-story.html

“World’s hottest borehole nearly complete”

If we plan on creating a sustainable future, we’re going to need many options for renewable energies that fit different situtations. One example is geothermal. There is currently a geothermal project being worked on in Iceland. “‘We hope that this will open new doors for the geothermal industry globally to step into an era of more production,’ said Asgeir Margeirsson, CEO of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), a collaboration between scientists, industry and the Icelandic government.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-38296251

“Atmospheric rivers and the mass mortality of wild oysters: insight into an extreme future?”

“Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and severity of extreme events. However, the biological consequences of extremes remain poorly resolved owing to their unpredictable nature and difficulty in quantifying their mechanisms and impacts. One key feature delivering precipitation extremes is an atmospheric river (AR), a long and narrow filament of enhanced water vapour transport. Despite recent attention, the biological impacts of ARs remain undocumented. Here, we use biological data coupled with remotely sensed and in situ environmental data to describe the role of ARs in the near 100% mass mortality of wild oysters in northern San Francisco Bay. In March 2011, a series of ARs made landfall within California, contributing an estimated 69.3% of the precipitation within the watershed and driving an extreme freshwater discharge into San Francisco Bay.”

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/283/1844/20161462