Issues & Trends
|The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem
Carmakers, recyclers and tech startups are working to solve the question of how to deal with lithium-ion batteries when they wear out
|Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review
Looking for good news? Last summer we were so pleased to see so many Monarchs in Pennsylvania and New York, more than we have seen in a decade. Eagerly awaited number of over-wintering population in Mexico confirms this impression. See updated graph below, and link to an article in the Guardiian.
|Sea Level Rise Will Flood Hundreds of Cities in the Near Future
Many shore communities in the U.S. face inundation in the coming decades.
|'Eat Less Meat Or Pay The Environmental And Human Price', Says UN
It says meat production is 'one of the most destructive ways in which we leave our footprint on the planet'.
|Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef ‘forever,’ scientists say
Two years after a long-lasting undersea heat wave scalded large sections of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have found that because so many corals died, much of the reef has probably been altered “forever.”
|The world’s bleak climate situation, in 3 charts
We’re currently heading for around 3 degrees of warming
Global average temperatures have risen about 1.1 degrees Celsius since preindustrial times. At current rates, they could exceed 1.5 degrees by 2030. And global greenhouse gas emissions, after a brief lull from 2014 to 2016, are rising again.
|New maps show the utterly massive imprint of fishing on the world’s oceans
Humans are now fishing at least 55 percent of the world’s oceans — an area four times larger than the area occupied by humanity’s onshore agriculture.
|Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People
All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.
|Research Highlight: Acid Ocean Poses Increased Reef Loss Risk
Scripps researcher Tyler Cyronak and test chambers in a study of ocean acidification effects on coral reef sediments in Bermuda
Much of the sediment that serves as the foundation of most coral reef ecosystems could begin to erode within 30 years as a result of increasing ocean acidity, according to new research.