World’s first smog filtering tower goes on tour

Author: Elisabeth Braw
Date: 05/01/2016
The Dutch city of Rotterdam has opened the world’s first smog-free tower.  Co-designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, the seven-metre high tower sucks in dirty air like a giant vacuum cleaner. Ion technology then filters it, before returning bubbles of smog-free air through the tower’s ve...

Drop everything and watch this video of our gorgeous planet

Author: Suzzane Jacobs
Source: Grist.org
Date: 06 March, 2015
Complicated science, political buffoonery, social injustice, terrible jokes — keeping up with the fate of our planet is an overwhelming endeavor. That’s why today (in fact, right now) you should take a break from all that noise to remind yourself what exactly it is that we’re trying to save....

Quantifying the impact of climate change on extreme heat in australia

Author: Will Steffen
Date: 16 February, 2015
New ground-breaking scientific research in 2014 can now tell us just how much of an influence climate change has on a single heatwave or heat records. 1. Climate change is making Australia hotter. Hot days are happening more often while heatwaves are becoming hotter, longer and more frequent. Th...

Juicy explainer about the environment’s growing economics problem

Author: Sam Bliss
Source: Grist.org
Consume less, share more, drink hand-squeezed OJ. Those are some basic principles behind degrowth, an idea and movement that rejects economic growth as a goal for society. This video explains degrowth with oranges, juice, and peels. But wait, you ask, isn’t growth a good thing? In an age wh...

Eight million tonnes of plastic are going into the ocean each year

Author: Britta Denise Hardesty & Chris Wilcox
Date: 15 November, 2015
  You might have heard the oceans are full of plastic, but how full exactly? Around 8 million metric tonnes go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of ...

Ocean depths heating steadily despite global warming ‘pause’

Author: James Whitmore
Date: 3 February, 2015
The oceans are continuing to warm steadily despite an apparent slowdown in global warming at the earth’s surface, according to data collected by thousands of floating robots published today in Nature Climate Change. Between 2006 and 2013, ocean waters shallower than 500 metres warmed by 0.005...

Goal to end fossil fuels by 2050 surfaces in Lima UN climate documents

Author: Graham Readfearn
Date: 9 December, 2014
It’s a rare thing when you can point to paragraphs in a United Nations climate negotiating text and feel they more or less match what most of the science says should become a reality. Yet in Lima on Monday, it happened. Our little revolutionary moment comes in a document with the memorable title...

Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change

Author: Graham Readfearn
Date: 9 December, 2014
Australia has been named the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change in a report released at international negotiations in Peru. The climate change performance index ranked Denmark as the best-performing country in the world, followed by Sweden and Britain. Among the w...