Category: Living Green

‘Don’t forget: Climate change is waiting for Coronavirus to pass’

AMERICA’S LONGEST RIVER WAS RECENTLY DRIER THAN DURING THE DUST BOWL. AND IT’S BOUND TO HAPPEN AGAIN.: For the first decade of the century, the Upper Missouri River Basin was the driest it’s been in 1,200 years, even more parched than during the disastrous Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a new study says. The drop in water level at the mouth of the Missouri – the country’s longest river – was due to rising temperatures linked to climate change that reduced the amount of snowfall in the Rocky Mountains in Montana and North Dakota, scientists found. Read More: washingtonpost.com

Global warming is making hurricanes worse, study finds

A new study provides observational evidence that the odds of major hurricanes around the world – Category 3, 4 and 5 storms – are increasing because of human-caused global warming. The study finds a global increase of about 8 percent per decade of the likelihood that a given tropical cyclone will become a Category 3 or greater storm. Read More: washingtonpost.com

Carbon emissions dropped 17 percent globally amid coronavirus

At the height of coronavirus confinements in early April, daily carbon dioxide emissions around the world decreased by roughly 18.7 million tons compared to average daily emissions last year, falling to levels that were last observed in 2006, according to the new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Emissions from air travel, which experienced a staggering 75 percent drop in daily activity in early April, fell by 60 percent. Read More: nbcnews.com

Climate change: More than 3bn could live in extreme heat by 2070

According to the study, human populations are concentrated into narrow climate bands with most people residing in places where the average temperature is about 11-15C. A smaller number of people live in areas with an average temperature of 20-25C. People have mostly lived in these climate conditions for thousands of years. EPA. Mr Lenton, climate specialist and director of the global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, conducted the study with scientists from China, the US and Europe. Read More: bbc.com

Rice engineers: Make wastewater drinkable again

Using Houston as a model, researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering have developed a plan that could reduce the need for surface water by 28% by recycling wastewater to make it drinkable once again. A schematic representation of the hybrid water supply system developed by engineers at Rice University. Read More: news.rice.edu

‘BLM favors industry over environment to speed permits which don’t even get used.’

AS BLM EXPEDITES OIL AND GAS DRILLING PERMITS, MANY GO UNUSED, WATCHDOG FINDS: The Government Accountability Office, an independent federal government watchdog, found that between May 2016 and June 2019, the BLM cut the average time it spent reviewing oil and gas drilling applications from 196 days to 94 days. Nearly half of the approved permits are not in use – a finding that suggests the BLM’s prioritization of oil and gas permits is unnecessary. Read More: kunc.org

Pollution Recedes Amid Lockdown, And A View Of The Himalayas Emerges For The First Time In 30 Years

Topline: Residents in north India’s Punjab-where a nationwide coronavirus lockdown has curtailed daily activity-shared a rare look at the snow peaks of the Himalayas, a view that has for decades been obscured by the state’s heavy air pollution. India, with 1.3 billion residents, is consistently rated as one of the worst polluted countries in the world, according to IQAir, but the coronavirus lockdown has eased the problem’s severity. Read More: forbes.com