‘Ozone hole vigilance still required’

2019-10-09T10:39:37-07:00October 9th, 2019|News|

The recovery of the ozone layer over Antarctica cannot be taken for granted and requires constant vigilance.

That’s the message from Dr Jonathan Shanklin, one of the scientists who first documented the annual thinning of the protective gas in the 1980s.

This year’s “hole” in the stratosphere high above the White Continent is the smallest in three decades.

From the BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49965556

September 2019 Tied as 2nd Hottest on Record for U.S.

2019-10-09T10:32:24-07:00October 9th, 2019|News|

U.S. also saw 4 more billion-dollar disasters since May.
Despite being the start of meteorological autumn, September felt more like a summer swelter across much of the contiguous United States. The month was also drier than normal, but 2019 continued its soggy stretch with the wettest January through September period (YTD) ever recorded.

From Environmental News Network

https://www.enn.com/articles/60145-september-2019-tied-as-2nd-hottest-on-record-for-u-s

Why California Is Standing Firm Against Trump on Auto Emissions

2019-09-17T14:17:23-07:00September 17th, 2019|News|

In an e360 interview, Mary Nichols, the long-time chair of the California Air Resources Board, talks about California’s continued efforts to stop the Trump administration’s rollback of stricter fuel efficiency standards, and why the auto industry is largely on its side.

By Paul Rogers

From Yale Environment360

https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-california-is-standing-firm-against-trump-on-auto-emissions

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Amazon Fires: Seven Countries Sign Forest Protection Pact

2019-09-09T12:11:09-07:00September 9th, 2019|News|

Seven South American countries have agreed measures to protect the Amazon river basin, amid global concern over massive fires in the world’s largest tropical forest.

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname signed a pact, setting up a disaster response network and satellite monitoring.

From the BBC: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49609702

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People Believe Achieving Environmental Sustainability Could Hinder Quality of Life

2019-09-03T10:07:16-07:00September 3rd, 2019|News|

Attempts such as the U.S. ‘Green New Deal’ to create a more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable world face a major challenge – people are sceptical you can achieve all three.

From: Environmental News Network

https://www.enn.com/articles/59511-people-believe-achieving-environmental-sustainability-could-hinder-quality-of-life

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Amazon Fires: Record Number Burning in Brazil Rainforest – Space Agency

2019-08-22T09:53:17-07:00August 22nd, 2019|News|

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest has seen a record number of fires this year, new space agency data suggests.

The National Institute for Space Research (Inpe) said its satellite data showed an 84% increase on the same period in 2018.

From the BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49415973

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‘Invisible’ Crisis of Water Quality Threatens Human and Environmental Well-being: World Bank Report

2019-08-22T09:46:59-07:00August 22nd, 2019|News|

Deteriorating water quality worldwide is slashing the economic potential of heavily polluted areas, according to a new World Bank report, released on Tuesday. It also warns that the “invisible crisis of water quality” is threatening human and environmental well-being.

From UN News

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/08/1044551

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