Climate Change Articles

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Climate Change articles provide an easy way to stay current on changes in our environment. Education is a priority for our Warm Heart Environmental Program.

Every day we search for new, current information regarding global warming and climate change. Information that impacts all of us.

We share links to relevant articles on our Environmental Progress News on a daily basis. Article links are archived here.

February 28, 2018

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

Sean McCabe for Rolling Stone

From Rolling Stone

“Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By one calculation, roughly a million gallons fell for every person in Texas.” Jeff Goodall covers the story of the impact climate change is having on forced migration of millions of people. Read the full story.

February 27, 2018

Scientists hatch bold plan to save polar bears

David Goldman / AP

From NBC News

Starving, dying polar bears are often used as a symbol of the impacts of global warming. David Cox covers what is actually being don to help the polar bears survive. Read his full story.

February 26, 2018

Forget about recycling, we need to start re-using

From The Age

“With China banning all types of recyclable containers, it’s time for us to take a new path in the use of containers. In fact the word recycle could be replaced with the word reuse and to take our possible change of thinking further, let’s add the word zero to waste so we always refer to zero waste when discussing unwanted product.” Peter Cox explains the difference between recycling and reusing, read the full story.

February 25, 2018

Sustainable energy: the energy of the future!

From The Jordan Times

“Have you ever wondered how it would feel to live without electricity? In a world where we cannot fathom even a day without our mobiles, connected to the World Wide Web, there are still people in many parts of the world who must forsake even more basic needs.” Rasha Salman gives a report on how the SDG’s are aiming to fix this. Read her full story.

February 24 , 2018

To stop climate change, we need to open borders

[Kieran Doherty/Reuters]

From Al Jazeera

Dr Jason Hickel, an academic at the University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, suggests that “By tearing down the walls that separate the causes and consequences of climate change we can force constructive action.” Read his full analysis and see whether you agree.

February 23, 2018

Taiwan to ban plastic straws, cups by 2030

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

From Channel News Asia

Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday (Feb 22), with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. It is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a recycling programme and charges for plastic bags. Read the full story.

February 22, 2018

The Amazing Ways We Can Use AI To Tackle Climate Change

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From Forbes

“The more we utilize AI and machine learning technology to help us understand our current reality, predict future weather events and create new products and services to minimize our human impact our chances of improving and saving lives, creating a healthier world and making businesses more efficient, the better chance we have to stall or even reverse the climate change trajectory we’re on.”

Read Bernard Marr’s full story on how AI can help.

February 21, 2018

12 of your favorite foods that might be going extinct soon

From Business Insider

Oh no! Climate change is having an impact on agriculture that may leave us missing some of our favorite foods! Lia Ryerson covers which crops are threatened and why. Read the full story.

February 20, 2018

Some places flourished in the Little Ice Age. There are lessons for us now.

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From The Washington Post

We are changing Earth’s climate with terrifying speed. In the past, natural forces provoked slower climate changes. We now know that they were still big and fast enough to shape the fates of past societies. Climate change then brought disaster to most societies, but a few prospered. Dagomar Degroot takes a look at what lessons we might learn from the past. Read the full story.

February 19, 2018

In rural India, wild honey farmers are using bees to fight terrorism

Credit: Mike Leibowitz

From Wired

In some of India’s most dangerous conflict areas, one company is using sustainable farming as a model for economic growth – and peace. “Stop killing the bees and biodiversity,” says Heavenly Organics co-founder Amit Hooda. “And we live in harmony with each other – so stop killing one another. There are other ways to make money.” Esha Chhabra covers the idealism behind Amit Hooda’s plan. Read the full story.

February 18, 2018

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Exceeds Expectations

From Eco Watch

“The world’s first floating wind farm only switched on three months ago but it’s already performing better than expected—and that’s despite a hurricane, a powerful winter storm and waves as high as 8.2 meters (27 feet).” Read the full story and watch the video.

February 17, 2018

Transforming German cities into organic food gardens

From DW

With ever more people living in urban centers, food security — and quality — is becoming a pressing issue. In Germany, cities are increasingly taking the task of producing organic products to a hyperlocal level. Can this be done in your town? Read the full story.

February 16, 2018

Three border collies tear through a charred Chilean forest with backpacks full of seeds

From Inhabitat

Over 1.4 million acres burned in Chile last year. Meet Das, Olivia, and Summer, they will melt your heart. As they careen through the forest sporting seed-filled backpacks, seeds trickle out; the humans behind the mission hope the spilled seeds will sprout and grow, reviving the forest. What an innovative way to spread the seeds! Read the story and see the pictures.

February 15, 2018

12 Emerging Global Trends That Bring Hope for 2018

From The Nature Conservancy

The threat of Global warming can be overwhelming at times, and leave you feeling hopeless to do anything about it. Take heart! Read today’s article for a little inspiration about what we can hope for in 2018. Full story.

February 14, 2018

When it comes to waste, some schools aim for zero

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From The Hindu

In today’s story Chitra V Ramani covers how one school has adopted zero-waste practices which include segregation at source and recycling; many initiatives taken up to create awareness among students. Read the inspirational full story.

February 13, 2018

Standalone system to produce drinking water via solar energy

Credit: Asociación RUVID

From Phys Org

Researchers from the University of Alicante’s research group in applied electrochemistry and electrocatalysis have developed a standalone system for desalinating and treating water through electrodialysis. The system is directly powered by solar energy and can be applied in off-grid areas. Read the full story.

February 12, 2018

Recycling initiative turns medical waste into school shoes

Picture: Nokuthula Mbatha

From IOL

“The recycling project between Adcock Ingram Critical Care, Netcare, the mayor of Joburg Herman Mashaba and the City of Joburg are “helping hospitals deal with their safe healthcare waste in a way that creates functional new products, including school shoes” says the City of Joburg.” What a great way to upcycle plastic waste material from hospitals! Read Lesego Makgatho’s full story.

February 11, 2018

Researchers discover efficient and sustainable way to filter salt and metal ions from water

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From Phys Org

“With two billion people worldwide lacking access to clean and safe drinking water, joint research by Monash University, CSIRO and the University of Texas at Austin published today in Sciences Advances may offer a breakthrough new solution.” Details can be found in a recently released report from Monash University. This could have a big, positive impact on solving water issues around the world. Read the full story.

February 10, 2018

Seven charts that explain the plastic pollution problem

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From BBC

Marine life is facing “irreparable damage” from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. “This is a planetary crisis… we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean,” says UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson. In this presentation Alison Trowsdale, Tom Housden, Becca Meier, Sue Bridge and Joy Roxas answer the questions how does this happen, where is most at risk and what damage does this plastic actually do? Read the full story.

February 9, 2018

China Says We Don’t Want Your Plastic

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From How Stuff Works

“For years, China has been the top importer of recyclable material, taking in about half of the world’s plastics and paper and turning the rubbish into useful materials. So, it was quite a shock when in 2017 the Chinese government announced it was changing its rules on the importation of waste.” John Perritano covers the story in-depth, why the change, what has been the impact, and what are possible solutions to this new problem? Read his full story for the answers.

February 8, 2018

Meet the startup creating edible straws to help save our oceans

From Metro

Plastic drinking straws are extremely popular, but they are a real bane to our environment, unfortunately ending up polluting our oceans, and are deadly to marine life. Miranda Larbi reports on a new start-up company that has big plans to fix this problem. Rather than banning straws, why not make them more ecologically friendly? Read her story to see how they plan on accomplishing their goal.

February 7, 2018

We Need 2018 to be the Year of Investor Leadership on Climate

Owned by Ceres, shot by Andrew Kelly

From Forbes

Mindy Lubber is President of Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world’s largest investors and companies to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges. She reflects on last week’s 2018 Investor Summit on Climate Risk, and how investors can lead the fight against climate change. Read her full story.

February 6, 2018

Potential Not Wasted: 5 Clean Tech Innovations Of The Future

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From Forbes

Suparna Dutt D’Cunha covers some of the exciting innovations that were presented at the World Future Energy Summit last month in Abu Dhabi. Take a peek and see what the future may hold for us! Read her full story.

February 5, 2018

Have Companies Really Done Enough to Bring An End To Deforestation?

From Futurism

“Every year, humans cut down an area roughly the size of Maine in forest. With increasing awareness of the importance of forests for global biodiversity, indigenous livelihoods, and mitigating climate change, large corporations have begun to pledge that their products will not come from supply chains that support deforestation.” Claudia Geib takes a look at what is actually being done in today’s story.

February 4, 2018

3 Big Ideas to Achieve Sustainable Cities and Communities

From World Bank

Read more about what World Bank is doing in the full story.

February 3, 2018

Biochar ven­ture a mod­ern take on an an­cient idea

Photo courtesy of Donna Pion

From The Chronicle

In Elizabeth Trail’s recent article published by The Chronicle she covers the story of a new Biochar business burgeoning in the US. It is so encouraging to see how Biochar is catching on around the world. It is such a great tool to help reverse climate change. Read her full story.

February 2, 2018

Vietnamese farmers are migrating en masse to escape climate change

Shrinking space. (Reuters/Kham)

From Quartz

“The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18 million inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years, around 1.7 million people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers, and canals, while only 700,000 have arrived.”

Read the full story.

February 1, 2018

These drones plant trees by firing seed pods at the ground

From Popular Science

“Climate change is a sprawling, complex problem. But there is an astonishingly simple way to make a difference: plant more trees. Trees scrub pollution from the air, reduce erosion, improve water quality, provide homes for animals and insects, and enhance our lives in countless other ways.” Josh Landis and Owen Agnew explain how drones are being used to plant trees. Read their full story.