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For some urban areas, a warming climate is only half the threat

A new study projects that the growth of urban areas in the coming decades will trigger ”extra” warming due to a phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect (UHI). According to their findings, urban expansion will cause the average summer temperature in these areas to increase about 0.5 to 0.6 degrees C — but up to 3 degrees C in some locations. 

Could it be this simple to solve global warming? – Putman Media

I find myself newly optimistic about the future, and it’s not just because my oncologist thinks I might survive cancer, or that I’m retiring soon to, among other things, ride around North America on epic motorcycle camping trips. It’s because…

5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future – The New York Times

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid…

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Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice

One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is holding us back from putting conservation research into practice?

How should billionaires spend their money to fight climate change? – Vox.com

Whether you like it or not, billionaire philanthropy exists. And if it’s going to keep existing, then we’d probably do well to figure out how donors’ resources can most effectively tackle our world’s biggest problems. That includes our most urgent…

Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice

(University of Vienna) One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is holding us back from putting conservation research into practice? The journal Biological Conservation has published a collection of 14 articles on this topic. In their editorial, Bea Maas from the University of Vienna and her co-authors show why interdisciplinary cooperation is crucial for the conservation of global biodiversity.

The City Of The Future Will Depend On Reimagining Our Lifestyles

The ability to build more sustainably requires us to understand the current built environment. While urban designers and architects have a role to play in planning the cities of the future, all of us are invited to re-think and re-imagine the ways in which we live in and interact with the city landscape

COP25 will review a scary year for climate change – Quartz

One year ago, the international scientific community could hardly have expected that Greta Thunberg, a teenager from Sweden, would become one of its greatest allies. Since beginning her weekly “School Strike for the Climate,” the petite 16-year-old has skillfully used…

The Paris Climate Problem:  A Dangerous Lack of Urgency

Most countries aren’t cutting emissions fast enough, and their pledges for the next 10 years fall far short of what’s needed, a new analysis warns. While nearly all of the world’s countries have pledged to cut their greenhouse gas emissions,…