December 3, 2015.
Monarch butterflies are truly amazing! They weigh a fraction of an ounce and fly an astonishing 1,500 miles each spring through storms, clouds and predators to grace the summer fields of the United States and Canada. They’re also worth saving. They’re numbers are declining and we need to do something about it fast. In fact, they’re another example of why we need to be reducing our carbon footprint – every day. The Monarch butterfly, with its bright orange/yellow colors and elegant black trimmed, white-spotted wings, has been until recently a familiar sight in fields and yards...
October 22, 2015.
Will a $6 billion barrier protect Venice from climate driven sea level rise? We certainly hope so. As a UNESCO ‘World Heritage Site’, there is no doubt that Venice is a gem of architecture, history, culture and so much more. A small city with a long, rich history, it holds an astonishing number of art and architectural treasures within its fragile borders. It all started roughly 1600 years ago, when settlers began building a community on the marshy islands in the lagoon off the coast of what is present day northern Italy. The founders' idea...
September 17, 2015.
Now that we know that climate change is the real deal – we need to focus on the steps we can take to prevent it. Here’s a big one – SAVE THE PLANET’s FORESTS! It turns out that in addition to being home for thousands of amazing critters, which by itself would be sufficient reason to act on climate change, ongoing deforestation and forest degradation account for a whopping 15% of global gas emissions! That’s a big deal. During normal growth and regeneration, they remove massive amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and build-up biomass...
August 13, 2015.
Looking for a few short climate change videos? We were too. So rather than searching endlessly around the internet, we asked the staff here at ClimateStore to round up some of their favorites. Here's what bubbled to the top. Most of these will knock your socks off. 1) Bill Nye’s - Simply Stated - Climate Change Basics - That We Can All Understand Bill Nye is passionate about preventing climate change – and of course -science. This video uses fun experiments, diagrams, and images to talk about the underlying scientific principles that are...
July 29, 2015.
Tigers are magnificent creatures. And we need to do everything we can to save them. Over the past century, 1/3 of existing tiger species went extinct and wild tiger populations decreased by almost 97%. Despite conservation efforts, humans continue to further this population decline by harming tigers and their habitats, and now climate change is only going to add to the problem. But there's good news too. Lot's of fantastic organizations are stepping in to protect habitats and lead conservation efforts. To help raise awareness for these issues, International Tigers Day was founded during the...
July 22, 2015.
How are we going to tackle climate change? To get started, we need a whole new generation of well-educated people who understand the ins and outs of sustainable living. And here’s some good news. Over the past few decades, more and more American colleges and universities are starting to walk the talk, integrating environmental stewardship into their dining halls, dorm buildings, student clubs, and most importantly - classrooms. This trend is significant because institutions of higher education are at the forefront of innovation and social change. Sustainable colleges who both teach and implement sustainability are powerful influencers...
July 16, 2015.
According to the U.S. Travel Association, beaches are one of the top five destinations for leisure travel in the United States. For many of us, there is nothing as relaxing as spending a day with sand between our toes, surfing, fishing, birdwatching or just enjoying the sun and sounds of the ocean. But under the surface our oceans are under significant pressure: from algae blooms, to over fishing, to invasive species explosions, and now climate change, our oceans are being stressed. But there is hope! Thanks to an organization called, Mission Blue, we are now thinking on a...
June 16, 2015.
Who are the pollinators, what is pollination, and why does it matter? Eight years ago the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the designation of a week in June as National Pollinator Week. The idea for Pollinator Week was originated, and is currently managed, by the Pollinator Partnership -- a non-profit that promotes research, outreach and education about pollinators and their importance. The Partnership has strong ties with institutions, organizations, corporations and individuals nationwide that share a concern for conservation. Pollinating animals include bees, birds, bats, butterflies, beetles and many other tiny flying creatures, and they are vital for agriculture...
June 9, 2015.
What are carbon offsets? A carbon offset compensates for greenhouse gas emissions by providing critical funding for projects which absorb, reduce, or avoid the release of carbon dioxide elsewhere. Examples of projects which are supported by carbon offsets include: wind farms, reforestation initiatives, and methane capture at animal farms. Although recycling, forgoing bottled water, and using energy-efficient bulbs are common and simple ways to maintain a greener lifestyle, for individuals or businesses looking to take further action, or compensate for emissions they can’t practically reduce, carbon offsets are an impactful mechanism to consider. Carbon offsets provide real...
April 20, 2015.
Believe it or not, Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world. It’s a time when over a billion people from 192 countries around the globe take part in public actions that support the environment. These actions can range from planting trees in a local park to participating in nationally organized seminars, demonstrations and rallies. As we observe Earth Day 2015, we’re seeing large segments of the world’s population migrating to cities. The reality of human-caused climate change means the need to create sustainable communities is urgent and complex. This requires an enlightened and active public, forward-looking...
March 19, 2015.
Reinventing our transportation infrastructure is critical to reducing our collective transportation carbon footprint. This includes increasing the number of electric vehicles, moving to alternative fuels like biodiesel and importantly, reimagining our use of public transportation. On a recent visit through California, I discovered a community that was doing just this. When the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center - ARTIC - opened in December, residents, commuters and visitors could for the first time step into a hub where 10 modes of transportation converged. These included both Metrolink and Amtrak trains, metropolitan and charter buses, shuttles, tour buses and taxis. In...
February 2, 2015.
February 2nd is World Wetlands Day; it commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar. Though the first World Wetlands Day was celebrated in 1997, over the past 18 years, February 2nd has become the day to honor these unique habitats. Wetlands include swamps, marshes and bogs. Wetlands vary widely in soils, topography, climate, hydrology, water chemistry, and vegetation creating homes for many species. Wetlands are extremely important for adapting to and mitigating climate change. They purify and replenish our water supply, and provide the fish stocks and...
January 28, 2015.
The cyber world is alive with chatter about the advantages of bamboo, and at this time of growing environmental consciousness, it’s easy to see why. At first glance, bamboo products and uses seem limitless. As a building material, it makes attractive and durable hardwood floors and furniture. It can fill many decorative needs inside the home--from picture frames to floor mats to room dividers. For the kitchen it can be made into sturdy cooking utensils and cutting boards. In the closet, fabrics made from bamboo are naturally antibacterial and softer than cotton. Agriculturally, it can provide channel linings for irrigation systems...
January 7, 2015.
Last September, when the National Audubon Society released its Audubon Climate Report, the seven-year investigation warned that more than half of the 588 North American bird species could be “climate-threatened” or “climate- endangered” in less than 100 years. “When…you see that we’re looking at 314 North American bird species at risk by the end of this century—it just takes your breath away,” said Gary Langham, Audubon’s chief scientist. The study, which covers Alaska, Canada and the lower 48 states, drew on three decades of citizen science observations. Some data came from the Christmas Bird Count. This annual survey...
December 12, 2014.
As you may have seen on various social media, delegates from nearly 200 countries have been gathered in Lima, Peru over the past two weeks for the 20th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP20). Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, opened the proceedings on December 1st by warning, “2014 is likely to be the hottest year on record and emissions continue to rise. We must act with urgency.” The urgency for the delegates is clear. The next big climate summit will be at the end of 2015 in Paris. That...
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