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  • 2013 Marked the Thirty-Seventh Consecutive Year of Above-Average Global Temperatures

    By Janet Larsen Last year was the thirty-seventh consecutive year of above-normal global temperature. According to data from NASA, the global temperature in 2013 averaged 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6 degrees Celsius), roughly a degree warmer than the twentieth-century average. Since the dawn of agriculture 11,000 years ago, civilization has enjoyed a relatively stable climate. That […] More

  • Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory

    Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels have grown exponentially. Despite wide agreement by governments on the need to limit emissions, the rate of increase ratcheted up from less than 1 percent each year in the 1990s to almost 3 percent annually in the first decade of this century. More

  • Meat Consumption in China Now Double That in the United States

    More than a quarter of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China, and the country’s 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. In 1978, China’s meat consumption of 8 million tons was one third the U.S. consumption of 24 million tons. But by 1992, China had overtaken the United States as the world’s leading meat consumer—-and it has not looked back since. More

  • Bicycling: The Present, and the Future (infographic)

    We’re big fans of bicycling here at sustainablog: from the large scale economic and community impact, to smaller efforts that promote cycling and even incorporate it into unlikely activities. So when our friends at WellHome published this infographic yesterday on the present and future of bicycling, we had to share. How big is cycling now […] More

  • A Fifty Million Dollar Tipping Point?

    By Lester R. Brown At a press conference on July 21, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was contributing $50 million to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Michael Brune, head of the Sierra Club, called it a “game changer”. It is that, but it also could push the United States, and […] More

  • Transport of the Future: Heretical Thinking about How We Get Around

    Do we spend too much time considering the climate impact of our transportation choices, and acting accordingly? That’s a heretical question in many of the circles that I move in… but, according to Andrew Winston in the video above, those are exactly the kinds of questions we need to ask in order to deal with […] More

  • New Technology Turns Bike Rides Into Cash

    Getting your cash-strapped local government to spring for the infrastructure and maintenance of a bike-sharing program can be difficult. Unless you’ve got a compelling way to make money with it. More

  • The Good News About Coal

    By Lester R. Brown During the years when governments and the media were focused on preparations for the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations, a powerful climate movement was emerging in the United States: the movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Environmental groups, both national and local, are opposing coal plants because they are […] More

  • Reducing Carbon Emissions on the Road: from Cars to Infrastructure

    Slowly, it seems that everyone is waking up to the dangerous potential of our dinosaur-sized carbon footprints. And speaking of dinosaurs, perhaps the worst contributor to world-wide CO2 emissions is fossil fuel consumption. One of the driving forces behind all of these emissions is, well, driving. Between personal travel, commercial transport and construction and maintenance, […] More

  • The Benefits of Telecommuting as a Counselor

    There is a billboard near where I live in Oakland, CA that says, “Driving to work is so Q3 2010.” Today, more than 20 million Americans work from home at least some of the time and it is starting to make a real impact on our carbon footprints. For example, the World Wildlife Fund published […] More

  • World on the Edge: Quick Facts

    We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Can we think systemically and fashion policies accordingly? Can we change direction before we go over the edge? Here are a few of the many facts from the book to consider: There will be 219,000 people at the dinner table tonight who were not there […] More

  • 2010 Hits Top of Temperature Chart

    Topping off the warmest decade in history, 2010 experienced a global average temperature of 14.63 degrees Celsius (58.3 degrees Fahrenheit), tying 2005 as the hottest year in 131 years of recordkeeping. This news will come as no surprise to residents of the 19 countries that experienced record heat in 2010. Belarus set a record of […] More

  • Future at Risk on a Hotter Planet

    By Lester Brown We are entering a new era, one of rapid and often unpredictable climate change. In fact, the new climate norm is change. The 25 warmest years on record have come since 1980. And the 10 warmest years since global recordkeeping began in 1880 have come since 1998. The effects of rising temperature […] More

  • 4 Reasons to Travel By Train Other Than Lower Carbon Emissions

    It’s widely understood that travel by train is perhaps the most eco-friendly way to get around, other than walking or biking. It’s certainly more efficient and less polluting than flying or driving a car. There are many travel calculators out there that will tell you exactly how much carbon you’ll be responsible for spewing into […] More

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