By Jeff Turrentine From a political standpoint, defending coal consumption is harder than ever. Coal is far and away the dirtiest fossil fuel there is in terms of carbon emissions and regular old air pollution (and its messy mining practices certainly aren’t helping its reputation). And when you factor in health care costs, environmental costs, … Read moreThe So-Called Political Divide on Coal vs. Renewables Is Fake News
This post was originally published on this site By Jeff Turrentine The costliest hurricane season in our nation’s history took place two years ago, when 17 named storms—including three that went by the names of Harvey, Irma and Maria—all came ashore within a six-month period, killing more than 3,300 Americans and causing more than $300 … Read moreWhy Is HUD Ghosting America’s Hurricane-Ravaged Communities?
By Jeff Turrentine Given the oversize role that migration plays in our current political discourse, you’d think there would be more emphasis on the one factor military and security experts believe will affect future migration patterns more than any other: . The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan agency that analyzes and audits federal … Read moreClimate Change Is Already Driving Mass Migration Around the Globe
By Jason Bittel Formidable predators stalk the forests between Panama and northern Argentina. They are sometimes heard but never seen. They are small but feisty and have even been documented trying to take down a tapir, which can top out at nearly 400 pounds. Chupacabras? No. Bush dogs. This wild canid is about the size … Read moreA Rescue Dog Is Now Helping to Save Other (Much Wilder) Dogs
This post was originally published on this site By Jeff Turrentine Was 2018 a tough year for the environment? Absolutely. But were there bright spots and victories among the attacks on biodiversity, climate and public health? Of course there were. Here are just a few, in case you’re feeling blue about the state of our … Read more2018 Wasn’t a Completely Horrible Year for the Environment
By Patrick Rogers Miami artist Xavier Cortada lives in a house that stands at six feet above sea level. The Episcopal church down the road is 11 feet above the waterline, and the home of his neighbor, a dentist, has an elevation of 13 feet. If what climate scientists predict about rising sea levels comes … Read moreAs Miami Battles Sea-Level Rise, This Artist Makes Waves With His ‘Underwater Homeowners Association’
This post was originally published on this site By Clara Chaisson Anthropocene is a clunky word for an even more unwieldy concept. But props to the Merriam-Webster team who have given us a dictionary definition that’s easy enough to follow. Anthropocene: (n.) The period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact … Read moreThe Anthropocene—Coming Soon to a Theater (and Museum, and Bookshelf) Near You
This post was originally published on this site By Clara Chaisson The people of Rotterdam know a thing or two about living with water. In fact, it’s right there in the name—the Dutch city dates back to the 13th century, when the Rotte River was dammed, making it possible to safely settle nearby. “When I … Read moreThe Climate Change Light Show That’s Making Waves in Cities Around the World