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Environmental Sustainability

The Year of the Tree

Rotarians have picked up the shovel again. Don't miss tree planting highlights and inspiring articles in the April issue of The Rotarian . Do you know when the Rotary tradition of planting trees started? The Rotarian gives us glimpses of the origin of Rotary through the eyes of Paul Harris,...

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Saving Florida's Coral Reef through Underwater Gardening

June 30, 2017. CBS News reports from Key Biscayne, Florida The beauty of south Florida's coastline isn't just skin-deep. Below the water lies a crucial habitat of coral, home to hundreds of species of marine plants and animals. But the beauty of the only tropical reef system in the continental...

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Scientists Stunned by Antarctic Rainfall and a Melt Area Bigger Than Texas

Antarctic Melt in Ross Sea, Washington Post
June 15, 2017. Chris Mooney of The Washington Post reports: Scientists have documented a recent, massive melt event on the surface of highly vulnerable West Antarctica that, they fear, could be a harbinger of future events as the planet continues to warm. In the Antarctic summer of 2016, the surface...

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Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Airlines

Did you know that every 10 kilograms of weight can amount to 4 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year? The annual weight of one tea bag is one kilogram. At the 39th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in 2016, ICAO’s Member States adopted a global...

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The Arctic is Clogging with Billions of Plastic Bits

April 20, 2017. The Atlantic journalist Robinson Meyer reports: The Arctic Ocean is small, shallow, and—most importantly—shrouded. Unlike the other large oceans of the world, it is closely hemmed in by Asia, Europe, and North America, with very few watery entrances in and out. Some oceanographers call it the “Arctic...

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New Battery Technology from the Inventor of Lithium Batteries

AUSTIN, Texas — A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld...

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Sustainability: It's More Than Just Climate Change

A new scientific paper by a University of Maryland-led international team of distinguished scientists, including five memb ers of the National Academies, argues that there are critical two-way feedbacks missing from current climate models that are used to inform environmental, climate, and economic policies. The most important inadequately-modeled variables are...

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Confronting Climate Change in Africa

The Brookings Africa Growth Initiative has launched its 7th annual Foresight Africa report to identify the major issues that will shape the continent in 2017, including climate change, job creation, urban planning, and more. Check out the report on Confronting Climate Change here . Read this associated article to learn...

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Resettling China's 'Ecological Migrants'

MIAOMIAO LAKE VILLAGE, China — Ankle-deep sand blocked the door of their new home. Pushing bicycles through the yard was like wading in a bog. The “lake” part of Miaomiao Lake Village turned out to be nothing but a tiny oasis more than a mile from the cookie-cutter rows of...

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Living in China's Expanding Deserts

In the Tengger Desert, China — This desert, called the Tengger, lies on the southern edge of the massive Gobi Desert, not far from major cities like Beijing. The Tengger is growing. For years, China’s deserts spread at an annual rate of more than 1,300 square miles. Many villages have...

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