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Cities trap more carbon than rain forests

There may be something more to the phrase “urban jungle”

5 last-ditch schemes to avert warming disaster

Radical, globe-spanning schemes—including giant space mirrors and high-tech “trees”—may someday be needed to prevent a global warming disaster

Laughing gas biggest threat to ozone layer

The ozone-destroying gas comes primarily from rotting fertilizers on our farmland

Glacier “bleeds” proof of million-year-old life-forms

Rusty-red-colored liquid seeping from an Antarctic glacier reveals hint of microbes trapped underneath for thousands of years

Hot new high-tech energy source is … wood?

New wood-burning power plants could turn an old, dirty fuel into clean, renewable energy

Neanderthal Genome “First Draft” Unveiled

The DNA findings suggest that Neanderthals were more like us than we had thought

Methane Bubbling Up From Undersea Permafrost?

The powerful greenhouse gas methane is bubbling from the Arctic ocean, possibly from permafrost that’s thawing as the planet warms

Arctic Ice in “Death Spiral,” Is Near Record Low

The Arctic Ocean’s sea ice has shrunk to its second smallest area on record, close to 2007’s record-shattering low

Sea Level Rise Won’t Be a “Hollywood Cataclysm”

Scientists are starting to get a handle on the worst-case scenario for sea-level rise this century

Earth Hotter Now Than in Past 2,000 Years, Study Says

The planet is hotter now than it has been for nearly the past 2,000 years, researchers report.

bookshelf

books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
Zeitoun
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World


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