Vanishing wilderness: 10 percent of Nature gone in 25 years

I admit it is hard to keep your head cool when you read such news, and this despite having discovered the power of positive psychology. To a new study the world has lost ten percent of its wilderness in as little as 25 tiny years… 

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Earth has three trillion trees but we are cutting them fast

This is according to some study the amounts of trees that are on Planet Earth nowadays. The good news : this is much more than what we previously thought. The bad news : we are cutting them down fast, to a rate of 15 billion per year.

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Antarctica is melting faster and faster

According to recent data Antarctica appears to warm much faster than previously thought. This could have dire consequences for rising sea levels and the hundreds of million of people living in coastal regions worldwide.

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Some bad news on climate and the Antarctic

Three news on climate change got my attention the past week, each one could have been worthy of a full post. First and foremost, it seems scientists have underestimated the rate of global warming.

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Turning greenhouse gases into plastic

Cradle to Cradle packaging is becoming a reality as according to Cleantechies : “ It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction novel. Capturing carbon from the air and turning it back into plastic. But thankfully it’s already a reality. ” Coined AirCarbon, the biodegradable PHA-based plastic material is made from air and greenhouse gases … Read more

Could we reforest the Sahara desert ?

Is this the key to afforestation projects in arid or desert areas ? As hundreds of billion of trees have to be planted over the next decades to avert climate change, the question is of tremendous importance. As Cleantechnica reports, the Gulf state of Qatar is experimenting an interesting project – the Sahara Forest Project … Read more

Methane hydrates : a pandora’s box ?

Burning iceAs Japan is working on exploiting one day methane hydrates, I thought it would be appropriate for me to present you an article on this dirty and unconventional fossil fuel which is also referred to as burning ice.

As I noted in a draft a while back : « Science without conscience is but ruin of the soul » the French philosopher Rabelais stated in the XVIth century. This is what crossed my mind as I was reading last week an article on methane hydrates.

To Science et Vie, there is twice the amount of these fossil fuels than there is of oil, natural gas and coal combined.

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Teen boost efficiency of algae-based biofuels

What were you doing when you were 17-year old ? Sara Volz, A Colorado, USA, teen created a biofuel lab in her bedroom. Even better, she developed more efficient algae that produce higher oil content just by selecting them artificially. This is seen as an important boost to algae based biofuels. It was done with … Read more

Agreement on mercury signed by 140 countries

MercuryThis month no less than 140 countries signed a legally binding agreement to curb their mercury emissions. While mercury is no greenhouse gas, it is a serious problem for both the environment and human health.

To the World Health Organization (WHO) : ” “The inhalation of mercury vapour can produce harmful effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and may be fatal. “

It is used in various industrial processes such as small-scale gold mining and is emitted by coal-fired plants. (Guess that makes another reason to stop using it…)

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World Bank urges to ” turn down the heat “

World Bank : Turn Down the HeatEarlier this week, the World Bank published a new report called “Turn Down the Heat” with catastrophic figures, as to their projections, global temperatures could rise by 4°C by 2100.

As this venerable institution notes, this would have catastrophic consequences for the world’s poorest as extreme weather, decreasing crops quantities, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and rising sea levels will hit them the most.

This leads the World Bank’s President to state that ” We will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change. It is one of the single biggest challenges to social justice today “.

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