A 1966 VW Beetle retrofitted and electrified by Zelectric Motors. Photograph: Zelectric Motors
An estimated 30,000 old petrol cars have been given a new lease of life by small businesses and amateurs around the world...Read more
Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide all hit annual record highs in the atmosphere in 2015. It's the first year carbon dioxide reached an annual peak of 400 ppm.
On Monday, the World Meteorological Organization released another reminder of the planetary predicament we’re in: The earth’s atmosphere permanently passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) threshold last year.It’s the first year in human history where carbon dioxide levels have reached the symbolic milestone for an entire year. But it certainly won’t be the last as humans continue to treat the atmosphere as a waste dump for carbon pollution...
After setting very public goals, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving water and cutting energy usage, many large corporations are falling behind or missing self-set benchmarks. Photograph: malavoda/flickr
Disney, Target, Walmart and 3M are among the companies that have fallen behind on their environmental commitments. But their stumbles haven't received much attention...Read more
Negotiators cheered the outcome of Montreal Protocol negotiations dealing with climate-changing HFC pollution as a success.
Credit: Rwanda Ministry of Natural Resources/flickr
The jubilation and relief that flowed from United Nations climate talks in Rwanda over the weekend may be short-lived in the U.S., where legal experts say the agreement risks being blocked by Republican senators...Read more
Earth is Dying
Miraculous nature is being murdered. Everywhere we look inequitable over-consumption is devastating the natural ecosystems that sustain a living Earth. Together we yield to ecological truth – personally embracing a global ecology ethic, and demanding others do so as well – or we all needlessly die at each others’ throats as the global ecological system collapses and being ends...Read more
The vast India One Solar Thermal Power Plant in Rajasthan may be a sign of the future. (Brahma Kumaris via Flickr)
BERLIN—India wants to provide its entire population with electricity and lift millions out of poverty, but in order to prevent the world overheating it also needs to switch away from fossil fuels...Read more
The photos show the Lizard Island section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, before and after the recent coral bleaching event. The image on the left shows a healthy, colorful, vibrant reef as of October 2014, while the right shows the same reef full of bleached corals overgrown by seaweeds, as of May 2016. All images are courtesy of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey.
Tropical coral reefs are magical places, yet if all the world’s reefs were placed together they would occupy a relatively small area—less than half the size of France...Read more
Credit Brendan Bannon for The New York Times
LONDON — Rajiv Singh started thinking about how to do his part to fight global warming 15 years ago...Read more
To many, political lobbying is seen as a way to advance special interests at the expense of the greater good. So when it comes to lobbying on climate change, the prevailing public view is that most firms lobby against climate regulations — such as those aiming to curb carbon emissions — because greater regulation threatens industry. It’s not hard to see why this might be...Read more