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February 2019

Why a healthy planet and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand

If we do not soon halt and reverse our current trajectory of runaway climate change, environmental degradation and widespread biodiversity loss, the global economy will suffer negative consequences on its own.

World Economic Forum

How we can combat climate change. The world has until 2030 to drastically cut our emissions. Where do we begin?

The Post asked activists, politicians and researchers for climate policy ideas that offer hope. Radical change from one state, or even the whole United States, won’t address climate change on its own, but taking these actions could help start the planet down a path toward a better future.


The Washington Post

Building the next generation of carbon markets for climate change mitigation

Countries, international organizations, donors, and the private sector have an opportunity to revitalize and strengthen carbon markets to support the greater emission reduction targets set by the Paris Agreement.


World Bank Group

Study: Much of the surface ocean will shift in color by end of 21st century

Climate change is causing significant changes to phytoplankton in the world’s oceans, and a new MIT study finds that over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean’s color, intensifying its blue regions and its green ones.

MIT News

Rapidly increasing ethanol concentrations in rainwater and air pollution

Rainwater and gas phase ethanol concentrations increased approximately fourfold between 2010 and 2017 in Wilmington, NC, USA. This 8-year study demonstrates that the gas phase and rainwater concentrations of ethanol have risen due to increased production and use of ethanol as a biofuel.



Four steps to food security for swelling cities

Combine pockets of rural land, reduce food waste, improve farming and encourage urbanites to eat less meat, urge Baojing Gu and colleagues.



A warming world increases air pollution

The new study shows that the contrast in warming between the continents and sea, called the land-sea warming contrast, drives an increased concentration of aerosols in the atmosphere that cause air pollution.


Science Daily

Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers by 2100

Rising temperatures in the Himalayas, home to most of the world’s tallest mountains, will melt at least one-third of the region’s glaciers by the end of the century even if the world’s most ambitious climate change targets are met, according to a report released Monday.


The New York Times

Seas are rising faster than believed at many river deltas

Techniques for measuring ocean height at the local level could be missing an important element of sea level rise in the world’s deltas: shallow sinking land. Scientists have traditionally inferred the sinking from tide gauge readings or measured it directly at GPS stations. But a team of scientists now says these methods, because of the depth of their anchoring, significantly underestimate subsidence at many deltas and low-lying coastlines worldwide.



Unexpected link between air pollutants from plants and humanmade emissions

Scientists are a step closer to understanding what controls fine particulate matter in the Earth’s atmosphere after identifying new linkages between natural contaminants and with human-made pollutants.


Science Daily

Atmospheric reaction networks affecting climate are more complex than was thought

Experiments show that the amount of atmospheric particles produced from plant emissions could be lower than was thought — challenging our understanding of the processes that affect air quality and climate.



How much can forests fight climate change?

Trees are supposed to slow global warming, but growing evidence suggests they might not always be climate saviours.


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