Issues & Trends
|World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
BioScience, Volume 67, Issue 12, December 2017, Pages 1026–1028,https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix125
13 November 2017
|150 Organizations Call for Ban on ‘Biodegradable’ Plastic Packaging
For several years, oxo-degradable plastic packaging was hailed as one solution to cope with mounting pollution and overwhelmed municipal waste streams. These materials could be made out of conventional plastic resins, such as polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene, with ingredients such as metal salts added to hasten disintegration.
|Climate change harms health worldwide as millions swelter-study
125 million extra people exposed to heat waves since 2000
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle
|Ocean acidification is deadly threat to marine life, finds eight-year study
Plastic pollution, overfishing, global warming and increased acidification from burning fossil fuels means oceans are increasingly hostile to marine life
|The Lancet Commission on pollution and health
Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today.
|How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis
Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees, as thousands of people flee, many on boats to Europe.
|Plan B: Seven ways to engineer solutions to climate change
Summary: Here is a "Plan B" menu of geoengineering solutions that can be broken down into two categories: dimming the sun, which remains highly controversial, and capturing carbon dioxide (CO2).
|Monitoring Household Connectivity to the National Grids through Geospatial Technology: World Bank’s Electricity Access Tracking Tool
The World Bank has entered into a tripartite arrangement together with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Sweden-based KTH Royal Institute of Technology, to launch an electricity access tool dubbed Electrification Pathways application and which countries can use to track and monitor households which have not yet been
|What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?
The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard
by Sophie Knight
|How satellite imagery is transforming conservation science
As recently as the 1980s, gray seals effectively were extinct on Cape Cod. So when researchers announced last week that the population there has recovered not to 15,000 gray seals, the previous official estimate, but to as many as 50,000, it was dramatic evidence of how quickly conservation sometimes can work.