After 11,700 years, the Holocene epoch may be coming to an end, with a group of geologists, climate scientists and ecologists meeting in Berlin this week to decide whether humanity’s impact on the planet has been big enough to deserve a new time period: the Anthropocene.
A fantastic example of some serious green technology. Good job, IBM!
You go, Obama! A real life superhero for the Earth.
Using Executive Authority, President Obama created the world’s largest protected marine reserve in Pacific Ocean.
President Obama used his legal authority to create the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve in the central Pacific Ocean, demonstrating his increased willingness to advance a conservation agenda without the need for congressional approval.
By broadening the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument from almost 87,000 square miles to more than 490,000 square miles, Obama has protected more acres of federal land and sea by executive power than any other president in at least 50 years and makes the area off-limits to commercial fishing.
The proclamation — which Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced during an oceans meeting he convened in New York on Thursday — will mean added protections for deep-sea coral reefs and other marine ecosystems that administration officials say are among “the most vulnerable” to the negative effects of climate change. The document signed by Obama noted that the expanded area contains “significant objects of scientific interest that are part of this highly pristine deep sea and open ocean ecosystem with unique biodiversity.” WaPo
Very cool urban art.
Artist transforms huge urban trash heaps into fantastic painted animals. See more here.
I did a radio interview! See description below and have a listen :)
Joined by Julia Kole, a Canadian who has spent the past year in Bristol, where she has been studying for an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management. We discuss where Julia’s passion for the environment came from, her course at Bristol, and how south Bristol is making progress towards being a more friendly place for the natural world.
Yes Toronto! A proud Canadian moment.
Toronto yanks brilliant, litterbug-shaming ad campaign
A genius series of ads that chide litterbugs through photos of cleverly positioned rubbish is discontinued due to copyright concerns.
Give me 3 good reasons why these machines shouldn’t be in every urban city around the world.
Beijing straphangers can pay for subway fare by recycling plastic bottles
The Chinese megapolis expands its incentive-based recycling initiative in which reverse vending machines dole out subway credits in exchange for recyclable plastic containers.
Well then, here you have it!
Birds killed per year by energy source. Via U.S. News (trigger warning, written by Alan Neuhauser).
Wind and solar kills about 300k per year. Coal, nearly 8 million. Power lines kill about 12 and 64 million birds per year.
The biggest killer of birds? House cats kill 3 billion birds per year. That’s about 375 of those black bars for coal placed end to end.
This reminds me of Copenhagen. They can do it there, why not do it here?
Floating pool concept invites Londoners to take a dip in the Thames
Wildlife has slowly but surely returned to the formerly foul tideway. Is swimming in the Thames next?
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