Danger of Polluted Playgrounds for Thousends of Children

Thousands of children are using playgrounds near to roads with illegal levels of pollution, according to new analysis.

More than 950 schools are near roads which have from harmful levels of illegal pollution, research found.

The findings that thousands of children are playing in playgrounds within 150 metres of roads with illegal air pollution across the UK comes from an assessment for environmental law charity ClientEarth of the latest government data.

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Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability

Many tropical or subtropical regions could see sharp increases in natural temperature variability as Earth's climate warms over coming decades, a new Duke University-led study suggests.

These local changes could occur even though Earth's global mean surface air temperature (GMST) is likely to become less variable, the study shows.

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Houston, Bangladesh, And Global Warming

The pictures that came out of Houston and other areas that were hard hit by Hurricane Harvey were pretty awful. There were numerous photographs of people with young children and pets wading through high water in the hope of being rescued by boat or helicopter. There was also the picture of elderly people in a nursing home sitting in waist high water waiting to be rescued. It was a pretty horrible story.

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Reasons Why Clean Energy Is Poised to Take Off in Developing Cities

You often hear about renewable energy success stories in cities in the developed world — such as Vancouver, which has committed to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources before 2050, or San Diego, which has promised to obtain 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035.

Many initiatives exist to promote 100 percent renewable energy in cities, such as Renewable Cities at Simon Frasier University in Canada. But while much attention goes to the global north, cities in the global south are also poised to scale up their use of renewables, such as wind and solar.

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Clean Energy Is Literally Saving Thousands Of American Lives

Our obsession with fossil fuels means that, without strong actions to mitigate it, we’re facing a future full of climate change-exacerbated natural disasters, conflict zones, economic recessions, and, well, death. Speaking of which, climate change can kill you in a multitude of ways, but the most direct offender in this regard is air pollution.

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Oil, Gas Wells: Big Source of Greenhouse Gases

The pictures went around the world. In April 2010, huge amounts of methane gas escaped from a well below the Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This "blow-out" caused an explosion, in which eleven people died. For several weeks, oil spilled from the damaged well into the ocean. Fortunately, such catastrophic "blow-outs" are rather rare. Continuous discharges of smaller amounts of gas from active or old and abandoned wells occur more frequently.

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Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey?

 

Every so often, the worst-case scenario comes to pass.

As of Sunday afternoon, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey seem likely to exceed the worst forecasts that preceded the storm. The entire Houston metropolitan region is flooding: Interstates are under feet of water, local authorities have asked boat owners to join rescue efforts, and most of the streams and rivers near the city are in flood stage.

Some models suggest that the storm will linger over the area until Wednesday night, dumping 50 inches of water in total on Houston and the surrounding area.

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A Credible Path to 100 Percent Reneable Energy

Limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius first and foremost requires a rapid worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and a team of scientists led by Stanford University's Mark Z. Jacobsen has developed a clear map for that path.

The team's study, published this week in the the journal Joule, describes how 139 countries, accounting for 99 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, can power themselves entirely with wind, water, and solar by the year 2050—at a quarter of the overall cost of the current fossil fuel system.

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Trees and Their Annual Value

In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world's 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year in services that make urban environments cleaner, more affordable and more pleasant places to live.

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15 Surprising Myths About Green Living

Green living is a chosen lifestyle that is aimed at conservation of earth’s biodiversity and habitats and reservation of the earth’s and personal resources. It was until the effects of global warming became evident that humanity begun to reconsider the impact of their actions on planet earth. This is what inspired the green living concept. Otherwise stated, green living tries to lessen the impact of pollution and wastage by opting for a less wasteful and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

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