Soot, Seattle's Redrawn Shoreline, Eco-Innovators, and the Death of the NYT Enviro Desk

A handful of Nooze for a Thursday morning: Peter ThomsonFirst, Peter Thomson with PRI's The World talks about soot's effect on the planet:

Report: Soot 2nd Biggest Contributor to Global Warming

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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Lynda MapesNext, from Lynda Mapes with The Seattle Times, a look at what that city can expect from a changing climate:

Seattle calculates how climate change will redraw its shores

Mapes_Seattle MapParts 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.


Cassandra profitaWe already brought you a few of these stories by Cassandra Profita at OPB's Ecotrope Blog, but now we deliver a full half-dozen outside-the-box eco-solutions:

6 Eco-Innovators to Inspire You This Year

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.


Aaron Longton is one of three fishermen in Port Orford who teamed up to form a community supported fishery based on sustainable fishing practices and direct marketing to conscientious seafood consumers. Here's he's holding one of his many seafood offerings: A vermillion rockfish. (Photo Courtesy Port Orford Sustainable Seafoods)


1. Government Agency Detox

2. Loading the A"Tree"M Card

3. Cutting Your Own Clean Air Deal

4. Knowing Your Farmer - And Your Fisherman

5. Turning Christmas Trees into Salmon Habitat

6. Sprouting a Living Building from a Gas Station


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.