The talk about climate solutions is normally centered around the national or individual. We expect a country to provide the answers by creating things like a carbon tax. Or we put the responsibility on the individual; we should recycle more or maybe switch from a Toyota Highlander to a Prius (although this is mostly folly considering who emits the most).
But if you look at the numbers and consider the potential for change, cities may be our best chance to protect our climate. By some estimates, cities are responsible for more than 70% of greenhouse gasses. According to Robert Muggah…
After decades of negotiations and underwhelming international treaties, the IPCC has confirmed we will heat the earth by 1.5 degrees Celsius. That is now a given. But scientists say that after 2050, things could get better — only if we get our house in order.
There are a couple of reasons why we’re failing to solve this problem, and it’s not because too few people recycle or drive electric cars to work.
The Sahara, one of the largest deserts in the world, stretching from one end of Africa to the other, covers a swathe of 3.5 million square miles. It could fit the entire United States within its borders, including Alaska.
And it’s growing.
A study by the journal Climate reported that between 1920 and 2013, the desert has expanded by 10% in size. The Sahara supposedly is moving southward, into a semi-fertile region below the desert known as the Sahel. …
As Yemen faces the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, a recent United Nations emergency funding drive came up short $1 billion.
Despite the participation of 130 governments and aid organizations, a fundraiser last month failed to meet its $2.45 billion target. As a result, 30 of the UN’s 41 programs in Yemen will shut their doors until the money is found. Funding from International donors has fallen 78% compared to June 2019. The crisis in the Arab country is widely considered to be the direst emergency on the planet, and yet, things might get worse.
Why Yemen Needs the…
Germany is trailblazing a new route for global economies, putting itself on track to be the first major power to phase out coal and nuclear energy. This announcement came after the German parliament voted on a gargantuan new energy plan that eliminates state-sanctioned coal use by 2038 and nuclear power by 2022.
Germany, already a leader in clean energy production, produces approximately 40–45% of its electricity from renewables. An impressive 21% is from wind power. And by 2030, 65% of the country’s electricity will come from renewable energy sources. Compared to the world’s other global political and economic powers, they’re…
Like in many areas of development, the American South is lagging behind in the energy revolution. In fact, the region has the lowest percentage of clean energy in the nation.
According to numbers from 2017, not one Southern state made it into the top 25 renewable energy-producing states, a ranking measured by the percentage of a state’s electricity sourced by renewable generation. Tennessee was ranked 26th, with 10.7%. No other state in the region reached that 10% mark.
Even though consumers might start paying a premium for their favorite snack, it’s not all bad news.
Top players in the cocoa production world have banded together to create a chocolate cartel, informally dubbed as COPEC. Two countries in West Africa, Ivory Coast and Ghana, produce 60% of the world’s cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate. Despite their disproportionate fraction of the market, of the $100 billion annual chocolate market, the African Development Bank estimates the continent keeps just $5 billion.
These two countries are now hoping to change that. The cocoa cartel would use their control of the market…
When the US first invaded Afghanistan, a National Geographic article from 2002 proclaimed that only 17% of young Americans could find the country on a map. Needless to say, that’s a problem. With America’s more recent involvement in international affairs, foreign conflicts, and trade wars, one would think we’ve redeemed ourselves since then. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
In 2018, nearly half of Americans did not even know America was still at war in Afghanistan. Things clearly haven’t gotten much better with our attention to global news.
It’s very easy to tune out the stories that so often seem negative…