End-of-summer reading list: 4 staff picks

As summer draws to a close, here are the five environmental books Conservation International staff can’t put down.

In global climate change fight, half a degree could make all the difference

Scientists say if Earth’s temperature were to warm any more than 1.5°C, we would experience devastating losses.

Can Green Living Really Make You Happier? – E/The Environmental Magazine

E/The Environmental MagazineCan Green Living Really Make You Happier?E/The Environmental MagazineGreen living means anything from using natural light, improving air quality inside and shopping with reusable bags instead of plastic ones. For example, eating more organic products as opposed to meat and processed food counts as green living.

Iowa State celebrates ten years of sustainability initiative ‘Live Green!’ – Iowa State Daily

Iowa State DailyIowa State celebrates ten years of sustainability initiative 'Live Green!'Iowa State DailyThis academic year marks 10 years of the "Live Green!" Initiative at Iowa State. To celebrate, the Office of Sustainability will be hosting events every month highlighting different aspects of the campus-wide initiative. The "Live Green!" movement …

52 Percent of World’s Birds of Prey Populations in Decline

Grim news for the world’s raptors—an iconic group of birds consisting of hawks, falcons, kites, eagles, vultures and owls. After analyzing the status of all 557 raptor species, biologists discovered that 18 percent of these birds are threatened with extinction and 52 percent have declining global populations, making them more threatened than all birds as a whole. Comparatively, 40 percent of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in decline, according to an April report from BirdLife International. The new

Energy Transfer Pipeline Explodes in Pennsylvania

A pipeline exploded in Beaver County, Pennsylvania at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning, causing a large fire and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes in the area. The 24-inch natural gas line, owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary Sunoco, was buried three feet deep and activated only a week ago on Sept. 3. The valves to the pipeline were shut off and the fire extinguished itself by 7 a.m., the company

New study concludes that jet air dryers should not be used in hospitals

They do a terrific job of taking bacteria from your hands and spreading it all over the walls and floors.

Centuries-old distillery converted into multipurpose co-working space

It comes with a tiny bar, housed in the distillery’s old elevator.

‘Absolutely raw’: In remote islands, documenting nature brings high risk, high reward

Editor’s note: Louisa Barnes is Conservation International’s photography manager. Getting to the remote Aleutian Islands, a small chain in the

In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world, World Elephant Day edition

Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about in honor of World Elephant Day.

‘La vie en vert’: Green living in the French countryside – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor'La vie en vert': Green living in the French countrysideChristian Science MonitorOver the past 20 years, Langouët has been developing a host of green projects including a canteen that serves 100 percent organic and local produce, passive social housing which uses little to no active heating, a hamlet of “kitchen-garden houses,” a …

Eco Gentrification: Is The Green Living Movement Being Whitewashed? – Eco Warrior Princess (blog)

Eco Warrior Princess (blog)Eco Gentrification: Is The Green Living Movement Being Whitewashed?Eco Warrior Princess (blog)From reading and later writing for EWP, I discovered more green living sites and eco-blogs. At any time, I would have multiple tabs open, digesting various wonderful content, gradually growing on an eco-journey that I never even knew I would embark on.

65 California Cities, Counties Oppose Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

At least 65 California cities and counties have taken action opposing new fossil fuel leasing in the Pacific Ocean since President Trump proposed a massive expansion of drilling in federal waters last year. That ongoing campaign now represents communities with 21.3 million Californians—more than half the state’s population.These actions, combined with recent public opinion polling showing that 69 percent of Californians oppose new offshore drilling, come as the California Legislature considers Assembly Bill 1775 and Senate Bill 834, which would prohibit new infrastructure to serve expanded federal offshore oil leasing. Members of the Coalition to Protect the Pacific have supported a campaign, which will continue

Illinois Sues Chicago Trump Tower for Breaking Clean Water Laws

It would appear that the Trump Organization’s business practices aren’t any more environmentally friendly than the policies of the current president, who ran it from 1971 to 2017.Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Tuesday that she had filed suit against the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago for taking and re-releasing millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River without the proper permits and without assessing the impact of its activities on the fish that live there.”Trump

Here’s the dirt on a rammed-earth renovation in Australia

Add heritage preservation, passive house design and a butterfly roof and it pushes a lot of buttons around here.

Could this plan force politicians to work together?

This simple idea could change how governments deal with the environment.

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.

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

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.

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.