Check out what’s going on in forest and environmental news this week!
A report released on Friday states that Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization. The report follows consecutive years of record-breaking catastrophic weather and gives a special focus to the U.S.
Norwegian researchers are studying how the use of biofuels can decrease or eliminate carbon emissions caused by air travel. Aviation emissions have long-term and short-term effects on the planet and biofuels must be created with that in mind.
People say “we” are to blame for climate change. But in a world where 735 million people live on less than $2 a day and 5.5 billion people live on $2-$10 day, we can’t all be blamed equally. Ten percent of the global population produces 50 percent of global emissions every year. We can all do something about climate change, but feeling collectively guilty isn’t helping.
Volcanoes and glaciers combine as powerful methane producers — Science Daily
In Iceland, 41 metric tons of methane are released into the atmosphere each day through the meltwater of Sólheimajökull glacier. The glacier sits on top of an active, ice-covered volcano, and scientists are studying it in hopes it will shed light on whether such greenhouse gases are actually coming from glaciers.
Will We Survive Climate Change? — The New York Times
The analysis released by the IPCC in early October stirred up a flurry of conversation about climate change and the effects greenhouse gases are having (and will have) on our planet. And though things don’t look good at the moment, researchers think the human race can survive. “It’s worth pointing out there is no scientific support for inevitable doom,” one expert says.