Soot from diesel engines and coal smoke was a main culprit in the recent Beijing smog crisis. Now a new report says soot is also a much bigger contributor to global warming than had been thought. Host Marco Werman gets the latest on soot from The World’s environment Editor Peter Thomson...Read more.
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Parts of Interbay, Georgetown, South Park, West Seattle, Harbor Island and Golden Gardens will be under water as the local shoreline creeps higher due to global climate change, Seattle Public Utilities predicts.
A recent map is just one of many such reckonings in the works as city agencies calculate the local effects of global climate change and how to respond and adapt to protect people and infrastructure.
From preparing for more intense heat to protecting the new downtown sea wall under construction to calculating the number of maintenance holes, pump stations and outfalls that will be under water in the new normal, city agencies are readying for sea-level rise caused by the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide, pumped into the atmosphere by human activities... Read more.
Who inspires you to tackle environmental issues? Last week I wrapped up a series of stories about people who are thinking outside the box, taking risks and trying to make the world around them greener in new and unusual ways.
I’ve nicknamed them “Outside The Box Stars,” and in each story you’ll find a person or a group of people who are crafting an innovative approach to unresolved environmental issues... Read more, or read about each innovator below.
And, the news that everyone knows already, of course - that the New York Times has dismantled its environment desk. When word like this comes along, it makes us here at IJNR remember just how important it is that independent support for environment journalists continues - and grows - as newspapers no longer fill that role.