Posts Tagged Environment

Why You Shouldn’t Kill Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spiders…

When that itsy-bitsy spider climbs up the spout, resist the urge to stomp it out—even if it makes your skin crawl… Read the rest of this article at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/58781-why-you-shouldn-t-kill-your-friendly-neighbourhood-spiders Advertisements

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Local environmental news: Govt moves to protect 136 land, marine spaces…

In keeping with my local/Caribbean news updates, here’s an article from one of our local (Trinidad & Tobago) newspapers last week regarding a new protected areas initiative. Read all about it here: https://newsday.co.tt/2019/06/24/govt-moves-to-protect-136-land-marine-spaces/?fbclid=IwAR0GSBDLxVzJE7Oi9ITvmVy7vWm5KAejQjjlG84RsRWj04UXaFd2vXe0U0c

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In Greenland’s Melting Ice, A Warning on Hard Climate Choices…

Greenland is melting at an unprecedented rate, causing vast quantities of ice to disappear and global sea levels to rise. The fate of the ice sheet is not sealed, but unless CO2 emissions are sharply cut, the long-term existence of Greenland’s ice is in doubt… Read the article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/in-greenlands-melting-ice-a-warning-on-hard-climate-choices

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Climate Change Could Affect Symbiotic Relationships Between Microorganisms and Trees…

(From article at enn.com) …microorganisms help trees access water and nutrients from the atmosphere or soil, sequester carbon, and withstand the effects of climate change. In exchange, they receive carbohydrates, which are essential to their development and are produced by the trees during photosynthesis… Read more on this article here: https://www.enn.com/articles/58476-climate-change-could-affect-symbiotic-relationships-between-microorganisms-and-trees

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As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise…

After decades of slow progress, desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. Costs for processing salt water for drinking water have dropped, but it remains an expensive option and one that creates environmental problems that must be addressed… Read about this rise in desalination processes here at Yale Environment 360: […]

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World Oceans Day, June 8…

Read about it here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Oceans_Day

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World Environment Day 2019…

It’s World Environment Day, June 5th… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Environment_Day

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How an Illicit Chemical Is Jeopardizing Recovery of the Ozone Layer…

An international treaty signed in 1987 officially halted production and use of chemicals that deplete the atmosphere’s critical ozone layer. But new research finds a troubling rise in emissions of a banned chemical that is being routinely used in factories in northeast China… Read this article here, at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-an-illicit-chemical-is-jeopardizing-recovery-of-the-ozone-layer-china

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Using nature to adapt to climate change…

Summary: Climate change poses major threats to people around the world. One important method for adapting to these changes may lie in the deployment of nature-based solutions in urban areas… Read this article at Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529131140.htm

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Why Does Freshly Cut Grass Smell So Nice?…

If you grew up in the suburbs, you recognize it immediately: the sweet, sharp smell of someone mowing a lawn or ballfield. As it wafts into your nostrils, it somehow manages to smell exactly like the color green. But what are we really smelling when we inhale that fresh-cut grass scent? And why do we […]

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As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material?…

Mass timber construction is on the rise, with advocates saying it could revolutionize the building industry and be part of a climate change solution. But some are questioning whether the logging and manufacturing required to produce the new material outweigh any benefits… Read the full article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-mass-timber-takes-off-how-green-is-this-new-building-material

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Great Icacos Lagoon dries up…

On Trinidad’s southern coast there’s a beautiful wetland called Great Icacos, however, with this year’s exceptionally harsh dry season, all of it has dried up. The initiative has been taken by the area’s councillor to clean the wetlands with volunteers… Hopefully we’ll have a much better wet season later this year, with more wildlife visiting […]

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Rapid melting of the world’s largest ice shelf linked to solar heat in the ocean…

Summary: An international team of scientists has found part of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average, due to solar heating of the surrounding ocean surface… Read this article here at Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111835.htm

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Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need…

Nations around the globe have pledged to increase their forest cover by planting millions of trees. But new research shows much of this growth would be in monoculture plantations that would be quickly cut down and do little to tackle climate change or preserve biodiversity… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-green-pledges-will-not-create-the-natural-forests-we-need  

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The World’s Tallest Tropical Tree Is Longer Than a Football Field…

The world’s tallest tropical tree on record is a giant, measuring an astonishing 330 feet (100.8 meters) from ground to sky — a height that’s more than five bowling lanes stacked end to end… Read all about it here at Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/65171-the-world-s-tallest-tropical-tree-is-longer-than-a-football-field.html

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The Aripo Savannas, Trinidad & Tobago…

Despite the varied challenges we face as a developing small island, the following video recorded in 2012 concerns one of our environmental treasures here in Trinidad & Tobago. I’m also quite proud to say that I was involved with the mentioned stakeholders committee during its 4 year existence… Do enjoy the brief video…

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As High-Tide Flooding Worsens, More Pollution Is Washing to the Sea…

As sea levels rise, high-tide flooding is becoming a growing problem in many parts of the globe, including cities on the U.S. East Coast. Now, new research shows that as these waters recede, they carry toxic pollutants and excess nutrients into rivers, bays, and oceans… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-high-tide-flooding-worsens-more-pollution-is-washing-to-the-sea

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As sea level rises, wetlands crank up their carbon storage…

Summary: 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… Visit science daily for this article: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190306131401.htm

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