3 ways climate change affects tropical rainforests

On International Day for the Conservation of Tropical Forests, Human Nature explores three issues and potential solutions.

Solar Loans to Become No. 1 Consumer Finance Solution for Residential Solar in 2018

2018 is the year of the solar loan. Despite rising interest rates affecting all consumer lending, GTM Research forecasts in its latest report, Bringing Scale, Profitability and Value to the Residential Solar Market, that solar lending will become the No. 1 consumer finance solution for residential solar systems in 2018. Source: Bringing Scale, Profitability and Value to the Residential Solar Market This increase in solar lending comes at the expense of both the third-party-owned (TPO) and cash markets, which includes personal and home equity lending. The TPO market hit its peak in 2016 as companies like SolarCity and Vivint

Hawaiʻi votes to protect coral reefs — from our sunscreen

Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige will sign a bill to prohibit the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals that contribute to the destruction of coral reefs.

What can a bird-catching tradition tell us about conservation?

Bird-catching paints a picture of the migratory habits of birds — information that could help scientists identify critical trends in climate change.

Future projections of Antarctic ice shelf melting

This is a re-post from ClimateSight Climate change will increase ice shelf melt rates around Antarctica. That’s the not-very-surprising conclusion of my latest modelling study, done in collaboration with both Australian and German researchers, which was just published in Journal of Climate. Here’s the less intuitive result: much of the projected increase in melt rates is actually linked to a decrease in sea ice formation. That’s a lot of different kinds of ice, so let’s back up a bit. Sea ice is just frozen seawater. But ice shelves (as well as ice sheets

Declare energy independence with carbon dividends

Taking action on climate is about a lot more than our energy economy. Climate disruption is the leading threat to our built environment, an accelerant of armed conflict, and a leading cause of mass migration. Its effects intensify and prolong storms, droughts, wildfires, and floods — resulting in the US spending as much on disaster management in 2017 as in the three decades from 1980 to 2010. Out

Inwood: Green Space and Budget-Friendly Apartments – New York Times

New York TimesInwood: Green Space and Budget-Friendly ApartmentsNew York TimesJoe and Shannon Guglielmo are looking forward to joining that community when they close this month on a two-bedroom Art Deco co-op with a sunken living room and a separate dining room, for $635,000. Also, “we really love the parks,” said Ms. Guglielmo, …

Green living: Why I make my own toothpaste, shampoo and body wash at home – Down To Earth Magazine (press release) (blog)

Down To Earth Magazine (press release) (blog)Green living: Why I make my own toothpaste, shampoo and body wash at homeDown To Earth Magazine (press release) (blog)Pune's eco friendly family: Taking care of energy needs in a renewable way. Say hello to the Dighe family. Residents of Karve Nagar in Pune, this family has become a role model for many others who want to change

43 Awesome Upcyled DIY Project Ideas

Upcycled teacup lights for your lady. Use a ceramic drill bit for the holes DIY solar charger from an old Altoids can. Find the DIY guide here: http://www.greenmoxie.com/make-a-solar-charger-from-an-upcycled-altoids-can/ Recycle your old dominoes to make this cool clock Upcycled TV set turned aquarium – what’s not to like? Recycled tire horse swings are cooler and more comfy. Use an old rake to make this upcycled wine glass holder for your bar. Old spoons make up this great upcycled lamp shade. Upcycled PVC pipe periscope – find the DIY here: http://www.greenmoxie.com/cool-diy-toys-you-can-make-with-your-kids

40 Green Travel Tips (The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel)

If you took a poll asking people whether they’d prefer to be responsible or irresponsible travelers, most would likely choose the former over the latter. But what does “Green Travel” even mean? How do you do it? Do you have to sleep in a tent and cook on a solar-powered camp stove in order to be considered eco-friendly? And how do you recognize it when a company that offers “Green Travel” experiences is, in fact, just greenwashing?  The

Model Independence Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all models are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creators with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are a DOI, Runability and Inclusion in the CMIP ensemble mean. Well, not quite. But it is Independence Day in the US, and coincidentally there is a new discussion paper (Abramowitz et al) (direct link) posted on model independence just posted at Earth System Dynamics

DIY Natural Fly Repellents and Sprays

There isn’t much I don’t love about summer, but the flies do drive me crazy! We live across from a farm, so there’s tons of them to contend with. I don’t want to use chemicals in the house, and fly paper is just gross, so here are some

3 Reasons the Deadly Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Disaster Could Happen Again

By Justin MikulkaIn the five years since the oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, claimed 47 lives, the world has learned much about the risks that hauling oil by rail poses. One of the clearest lessons is how little has been done to address those risks, which means that deadly event could easily happen again. To mark the anniversary, Kathleen Fox, chair of the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada, released a statement on oil-by-rail. “Much has been accomplished in the intervening years, but more remains to be done,” she said.Fox is correct about one thing: More remains to be done. Much more.Here are three main reasons history may yet repeat itself.

Exploring the Ancient Xunantunich Mayan Ruins of Belize

There is a private ritual I have– sacred and, until now, unspoken– that helps me connect with ancient archaeological sites such as the Xunantunich Mayan ruins in Belize on a more personal (rather than academic) level. First, I consider the nature of time and human evolution. In 2015 a story was published in Science about the discovery of a fossilized mandible

The Environmental Stakes of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination

When President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday, he picked the potential justice with the most environmental law experience of his final four frontrunners, E&E reported. The announcement sent environmentalists and legal experts scouring through his more than 300 rulings on the D.C. Circuit Court to reveal a contradictory picture: Kavanaugh accepts the science behind climate change, but has ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempts to do anything about it. “Judge Kavanaugh isn’t anti-environmental, but he tends to be anti-agency,” Michael Gerrard told Inside Climate News. Gerrard is the director

A brief history of lettuce, America’s first fresh vegetable

Before inventors figured out how to ship iceberg lettuce across the continent, people subsisted on root vegetables for most of the year.

Is public transportation a human right?

Greyhound Bus is pulling out of half of Canada, and it is raising a lot of questions.

Make your garden a haven for wildlife

With summer in full swing, we’re all spending more and more time in our gardens and outdoor spaces. So, if you’re looking for a summer project to enjoy with your children over the summer break then why not give nature a helping hand? Turning your garden into a haven for wildlife is pretty simple and pretty budget friendly too

Aclima’s particulate vision maps air pollution

Revealing otherwise unseen toxicity is CEO Davida Herzl’s mission.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in the Garden

This is my first year fighting the dreaded Japanese Beetle. They are not quite as bad as the squash vine borer but very, very close. I suppose they have been in my garden all along munching on some kale here or there but I never really noticed. Then this year, I added a young cherry tree and BOOM they migrated to my yard and set up a permanent

5 Ways to Stay Healthy On-The-Go This Summer {Giveaway!}

Learn how to stay healthy on-the-go while still enjoying summer activities, vacations and fun foods…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

How forest carbon can provide ROI for your sustainable business strategy

And return on your investment for the environment, too.

3 Ketogenic Diet Health Benefits for the Entire Family

The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet that research suggests may benefit both children and adults. When followed consistently, the keto diet leads to the state of ketosis, a condition which allows your body to use fat for energy. Ketosis can trigger weight loss, increase energy levels, and lower blood sugar. Furthermore, research has found that the diet may reduce or eliminate epileptic seizures in some people. Weight Loss Following the keto diet is an excellent way to lose weight. Studies have shown that people on low-carb diets lose weight more quickly