Sunday, 22 October 2017

'Makes it more extreme:' Prof says climate change added to historic fire season

CBC news
For every degree the temperature rises, there's a 12 per cent increase in lightning. Story here.

Ashcroft Reserve wildfire as seen across Loon Lake, BC. Shawn Cahill

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Company Behind Gas Rig Explosion in Louisiana Was Sued for Degrading Coast


Clovelly Oil is not quite a household name, as far as oil and natural gas companies go, though it recently gained attention when its oil and natural gas storage rig exploded on October 15 in Louisiana. Story here.

Wind, warm water revved up melting Antarctic glaciers - NASA study.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labortory
An influx of warm water into the bay where they're located are likely behind a speedup in the movement of Antarctic glaciers. Details here.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Air Pollution Kills 9 Million, Costs $5 Trillion Per Year


Wildfires like this can send harmful air particles continent-wide. Wikimedia Commons.
"For decades, pollution and its harmful effects on people's health, the environment, and the planet have been neglected both by Governments and the international development agenda. Yet, pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today, responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths." Story here.

RELATED: Please watch my TV newscast, below, which aired some months ago. A segment contained within it references the severe cost of pollution on the world's population.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

How Big Water Projects Helped Trigger Africa’s Migrant Crisis


Major dam and irrigation projects are drying up the wetlands that sustain life in the arid Sahel region of Africa. The result has been a wave of environmental refugees, as thousands of people flee, many on boats to Europe.  Story here.
Egypt's Aswan High Dam. 
Photo by Hajor.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say. Story here.

A purple martin with a dragonfly. 
PinP photo.