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Sep 1, 2015

ON THE EDGE — The State and Fate of the World’s Tropical Rainforests | The Club of Rome

Posted by in categories: environmental, ethics

“This Report to the Club of Rome attempts to assess the condition of the tropical rainforests over the past 40 years and to project their likely future over the next 40 years, in terms of forest cover change, drivers of deforestation, impacts on biodiversity, and the consequences of climate change.”

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Jul 27, 2015

How to save the planet: environmental conflicts in a new light — By Justin Farrell | Financial Times

Posted by in categories: environmental, science

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One of the most symbolic and substantively important examples of environmental conflict is over Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone is the first national park in the world, and perhaps the most important natural treasure in the US. More recently it has become a site for bitter and long-lasting environmental conflict. And it has made me wonder how the scientific arguments around the issues sit with the emotional reactions inspired by the landscape and history.

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Jul 24, 2015

What is water worth? — By Giorgis Kallis | Forbes India

Posted by in categories: economics, environmental, policy

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The traditional framing of the issue is a choice between accepting the power of markets and ‘playing their game’ to win environmental concessions vs. the purist perspective of saying No to any hint of money or markets in environmental policy.
In this article we will describe the positions of two relatively new fields of study—Ecological Economics and Political Ecology—in an effort to redefine the terms of the choice and chart a path for a pragmatic approach.

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Jul 23, 2015

4 Key Problems With Measuring EV Pollution vs. Gas Cars — Eric Jaffe | CityLab

Posted by in category: environmental

“People basically have to buy a new gas car to get a cleaner gas car. If you own an EV for a decade, on the other hand, it has the potential to get cleaner every year as the electricity grid gets cleaner—in a sense, updating itself in real-time. ‘Only electric cars get cleaner as you drive them.’” Read more

Jul 16, 2015

Electric Vehicles Go the Distance with Fast Charging — By Reed McManus | Sierra Magazine

Posted by in categories: energy, environmental, transportation

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I’M driving 550 miles in three days, all by myself, mainly for the fun of it—and I’m not an environmental villain. Behind the wheel of a borrowed bright-red electric Tesla Model S, I click off the miles as I head south from the San Francisco Bay Area on Interstate 5 through California’s San Joaquin Valley, feeling virtuous because my tailpipe spews no pollution.

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Jul 9, 2015

Urban growth: Solitair tree nursery | Monocle

Posted by in categories: architecture, environmental, habitats

Cities are often seen as the flipside of nature: synthetic, sleek and sometimes impersonal. For places that pine after being greener, the Solitair tree nursery provides a blueprint.

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Jun 25, 2015

DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, environmental, futurism, military, space

The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.

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Jun 25, 2015

We Are 100%, For Sure, in the Middle of a Major Extinction Event — Kaleigh Rogers | Motherboard

Posted by in categories: environmental, existential risks, human trajectories

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“Even using conservative estimates, the researchers found that the rate of extinction in the last 115 years is as high as 50 times what it would be under normal circumstances.” Read more

Jun 23, 2015

Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction | Science Advances

Posted by in categories: education, environmental, ethics, governance, law enforcement, science, security

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“The evidence is incontrovertible that recent extinction rates are unprecedented in human history and highly unusual in Earth’s history. Our analysis emphasizes that our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate, initiating a mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65 million years. If the currently elevated extinction pace is allowed to continue, humans will soon (in as little as three human lifetimes) be deprived of many biodiversity benefits.”

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Jun 19, 2015

Should We Terraform a New Planet Or Fix Our Own?

Posted by in categories: engineering, environmental

Why buy one when you can have two at double the price? wink

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