Climate, Environment, Videos

Chasing ice: the largest glacier calve captured on film


A while back, Adam LeWinter and Jeff Orlowski took a camera in a remote area around the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland. Things then got a little crazy, as you can see below: The clip is now part of Chasing Ice, a documentary about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change. The documentary

Climate, Green Living, News

India wants to reduce carbon emission intensity 35% by 2030, ahead of Paris talks

Wind turbines in the Indian countryside. Image:

The third largest emitter of carbon emissions, India, pledged it would reduce its emissions relative to its GDP between 33 and 35% by 2030 relative to 2005. India, a rapidly developing country, will continue its industrial expansion which includes, of course, building more coal plants and releasing more carbon emissions than it does today, however what the government, in fact, pledges is decoupling emissions from economic growth. It’s a sound victory for the planet, but to achieve its goals India will require help from developed nations. Hopefully, this might be possible under a common climate-protection framework on a global level which will be discussed in Paris during the UN talks scheduled in November.

Climate, News, Renewable Energy

Sweden wants to become the world’s first fossil-free country

Wind turbines in Sweden. Image:

The Scandinavian nation has set its mind on ridding itself of fossils fuels. To this end, the government announced it will increase spending on climate-protection measures for the next year bringing it to $546 million. That might not sound like much but Sweden is a small country which already uses energy very efficiently. It also gets three quarters of its energy from non-fossil fuel sources, mainly nuclear and hydro.

Animals, Climate, News

King crabs warm up to invade Antarctica

Scientists estimate there may be 1.5 million king crabs in the Palmer Deep basin. Image: mercopress

Enticed by warming waters, king crabs might soon make a run for Antarctica’s continental shelf where they haven’t been seen for at least 10 million years. As such, the fragile wildlife comprised of creatures like sea stars, sea worms, sponges, sea anemones, sea lilies and feather stars – all lacking protection against the crushing claws of the king crab – could face rapid annihilation.

Climate, News, World Problems

$100 billion to fight climate change – where is it ?

Image via Pixabay.

Six years ago, at the 2009 climate talks in Copenhagen, things seemed to have taken a dire turn, with no solution in sight. Basically, no one really wanted to pledge anything significant. But then, Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, brought forth a proposal.

Climate, News, Science

Almost $2.6 trillion divested from fossil fuel since the movement began

fossil divesting

A while ago I wrote about how the fossil fuel divestment movement is gathering a huge momentum, as more and more funds, universities and companies are choosing to migrate their financial assets away from fossil. The movement is spearheaded by Bill McKibben, one of the founders of the group, who first organized rallies and lobbied key partners. “Almost from the start, academics have called it the fastest growing such anti-corporate campaign in history, and it’s clearly accelerating by the day,” said McKibben. But I don’t even think McKibben himself predicted how far divestment would go. It was launched more like an awareness campaign on the dangers of global warming. It’s grown fast, for sure, but this fast? Let me run some numbers: according to a report released by Arabella Advisors, $2.6 trillion in assets have moved away from fossil portfolios or 50 times more than last year. That’s not just a dent anymore – that’s serious cash!

Climate, News, World Problems

Today’s GOP candidates don’t deny climate change anymore, but think it’s useless to act instead

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP photo)

This Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker were engaged in a two hour long debate on CNN. In 120 minutes, climate change was only treated for three minutes, which to me is saddening since it shows the moderators care as little about the effects of climate change on this country and the world at large as the Republican Presidential candidates.

Animals, Climate, News

Global warming lets mosquitoes thrive in the Arctic, threatening wildlife


The Arctic is overrun with giant mosquitoes: larger, furrier versions of the mosquitoes we all know and hate. As temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise, these mosquitoes can not only brood for a longer period of time, but they can survive more, in higher numbers. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences this is a major problem, and one that will continue to grow as the planet gets hotter.

Climate, Environment, News

California’s snowpack hasn’t been this low since the 1500s

A comparison of an average snowpack year (left) and this year. (Credit: NASA/MODIS)

According to a new study published in Nature Climate Change, the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains has reached the lowest levels in the past 500 years, underscoring the severe drought that is already affecting the state.

Climate, News, World Problems

A simple way to quantify climate change: the ratio of hot to cold records


The world is heating up, that’s no longer up for debate, but there are many ways through which we can discuss how much the planet has warmed. You can calculate global averages, chart rising levels, discuss freak weather events, but that’s all difficult to understand and sometimes debatable.