Current Population is Three Times the Sustainable Level

Global Footprint Network data shows that humanity uses the equivalent of 1.7 planet Earths to provide the renewable resources we use and absorb our waste.1 If all 7+ billion of us were to enjoy a European standard of living – which is about half the consumption...

When Life on Earth Was Nearly Extinguished

By PETER BRANNEN • JULY 29, 2017 It has been called the “Great Dying.” The planet’s most profound catastrophe struck 252 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, killing 90 percent of life in the ocean and 75 percent on land. The fossil record nearly goes...

Earth’s sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn

Researchers talk of ‘biological annihilation’ as study reveals billions of populations of animals have been lost in recent decades Damian Carrington Environment editor  @dpcarrington 170711massE2_desk  Earth already in midst of sixth mass extinction, scientists say...

The Uninhabitable Earth

Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think. By David Wallace-Wells   In the jungles of Costa Rica, where humidity routinely tops 90 percent, simply moving around outside when it’s over 105 degrees...

Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing

The technology exists to combat climate change – what will it take to get our leaders to act? By Bill McKibben If we don’t win very quickly on climate change, then we will never win. That’s the core truth about global warming. It’s what makes it...

When Life on Earth Was Nearly Extinguished

By PETER BRANNEN,  JULY 29, 2017 It has been called the “Great Dying.” The planet’s most profound catastrophe struck 252 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, killing 90 percent of life in the ocean and 75 percent on land. The fossil record nearly goes...

The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here

The suburbanization of America marches on. That movement includes millennials, who, as it turns out, are not a monolithic generation of suburb-hating city dwellers. Most of that generation represents a powerful global trend. They may like the city, but they love the...

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone As recently as 2013, renewables provided only about 23% of Portugal’s electricity. By 2015 that figure had risen to 48%. Photograph: Pete Titmuss/Alamy Stock Photo Portugal kept its lights on with...