/Tag: environment

Turn off a light, save a life

We all know that turning off lights and buying energy-efficient appliances affects our financial bottom line. Now, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, we know that saving energy also saves lives and even more money for consumers by alleviating the costs of adverse health effects attributed to air pollution. Writing this

2019-03-21T07:32:15-05:00Tags: |

Cities rethink parking as ride-hailing grows and parking revenue declines

As Lyft and Uber race toward IPOs this spring, Americans are relying on the ride-hailing services more than ever, and as a result, city parking garages and airport parking lots are a bit emptier. A new study published in The Journal of Transportation and Land Use aims to understand how parking demand is changing as

2019-03-21T07:17:20-05:00Tags: |

India pushes for greater uptake of electric mobility

In the gold rush for global domination of the electric mobility market, India has thrown its hat into the ring. The Modi-led government announced last month that it would offer US$1.4 billion in subsidies for both buyers and manufacturers of electric vehicles and impose higher import tariffs to spur domestic companies to build vehicles. The

2019-03-19T07:44:47-05:00Tags: |

Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth’s ice ages

Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages -- periods during which global temperatures plummeted, producing extensive ice sheets and glaciers that have stretched beyond the polar caps. Now scientists at MIT, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of California at Berkeley have identified the

2019-03-16T08:10:19-05:00Tags: |

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a

2019-03-13T09:31:09-05:00Tags: |

UN: Environment is deadly, worsening mess, but not hopeless

Published in time for the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly, UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (2019) calls on decision makers to take immediate action to address pressing environmental issues to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as other Internationally Agreed Environment Goals, such as the Paris Agreement. UN Environment launched the first Global

2019-03-13T09:20:07-05:00Tags: |

A tale of two cities: Is air pollution improving in Paris and London?

In a paper, published today in the journal Environmental Pollution, researchers from King’s and Airparif found that despite efforts, both cities do not meet legal limits for nitrogen dioxide and airborne particle pollution set by the World Health Organisation. Many polices are in place to combat air pollution at European-wide, city-wide and local scales. This

2019-03-12T11:49:37-05:00Tags: |

Research connects dots among ocean dynamics, drought and forests

In a time of drastic change, humans look for predictability. A recent study led by a University of Wyoming researcher found that even in dramatically changing climates, mechanisms can be found that predict how those changes will play out. The last ice age was 11,000 years ago and, since then, climates have continuously changed, triggering

2019-03-13T09:51:26-05:00Tags: |

As sea level rises, wetlands crank up their carbon storage

Some wetlands perform better under pressure. A new study revealed that when faced with sea-level rise, coastal wetlands respond by burying even more carbon in their soils. Coastal wetlands, which include marshes, mangroves and seagrasses, already store carbon more efficiently than any other natural ecosystem, including forests. The latest study, published March 7 in the

2019-03-09T14:35:48-05:00Tags: |

Ecological vineyards help protecting bird population in the environment

Ecological farmlands help protecting bird populations and reducing the effects of global change on the environment, according to a study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment by the experts Joan Real, Àlex Rollan and Antonio Hernández-Matías, from the Conservation Biology Group of the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute of the

2019-03-07T07:56:49-05:00Tags: |

Georgia Tech to Launch State’s First Sustainability Master’s Program

The Georgia Institute of Technology is launching a new Master of Science in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) — the only graduate degree in Georgia fully dedicated to sustainability issues. The highly technical, science-based, and interdisciplinary program — approved by the Board of Regents on Feb. 12, 2019 — will prepare students to deliver

2019-03-05T08:05:20-05:00Tags: |

Lifting people out of poverty by investing in sustainable business

Desertification and land degradation are not new to the fragile Sahel ecosystem, a semi-arid strip of land south of the Sahara Desert. Climate change, which is expected to deeply modify the region’s climate, including by abruptly increasing rainfall, adds another layer of complexity to the daily lives of the people living in the Sahel. Environmentally-friendly

2019-02-26T08:33:18-05:00Tags: |

Identifying common ground for sustainable agriculture in Europe

Agriculture is critical to achieving many Sustainable Development Goals. New research from Lund University shows that researchers, policymakers, and farmers in Europe currently have different, often conflicting, priorities for sustainable agriculture. The researchers propose a way forward built on shared priorities. "We identified precisely where the major gaps between research, policy, and practice are in

2019-02-26T06:07:22-05:00Tags: |

Photo competition to profile sustainable food, energy and mobility

How we produce and consume food and energy and how we move people and goods around have an impact on our environment, climate and health. The European Environment Agency’s new photo competition, ‘Sustainably Yours’, invites Europeans to send photos of the challenges and opportunities in making food, energy and mobility choices more sustainable. The EEA’s

2019-02-26T06:00:40-05:00Tags: |

Sustainable economics for a sustainable environment

CHENNAI: The economic and technological developments around the world are having direct repercussions on the environment. What was once considered as localised environmental impacts, which could easily be rectified, have now become widespread effects which may soon be irreversible. Addressing this issue, a national symposium on ‘Contemporary issues in environmental economics’ was organised by the Loyola

2019-02-27T07:09:26-05:00Tags: |

Towards a “Great Food Transformation”

Unsustainable food systems are threatening human health and environmental sustainability. We need to change the way we farm—and our diets. There are more of us, we’re getting wealthier, and we’re demanding more protein-rich foods, such as meat. In the long run, this is simply not sustainable. Unhealthy and unsustainably produced food poses a global risk

2019-02-19T06:23:15-05:00Tags: |

What do we mean by the term sustainable agriculture?

Speaking at the Oxford Farming conference last year, Defra Secretary of State Michael Gove announced the Government’s intention to abolish a farm policy based on production. The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy has long made direct payments to farmers without incentivising environmental or social outputs. In contrast, the focus of Gove’s Agricultural Bill, the biggest overhaul

2019-02-18T12:32:46-05:00Tags: |

UK using mining heritage to secure sustainable development in Africa

On the 6 February 2019, visitors to the biggest mining conference in Africa, Mining Indaba, were invited to an industry dialogue between important figures in mining, agriculture, finance and government. This panel discussion, hosted by the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) aimed to: •  forge a holistic, responsible approach to mining •  delivering mutual

2019-02-16T16:06:28-05:00Tags: |