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The fatty repercussions of free trade

A thought-provoking study suggests that NAFTA’s reducing the cost of high-fructose corn syrup has contributed to Canada’s rising obesity problem. […]

Next-gen bike tires won’t go flat, because they’ll be airless

Bridgestone’s “Air Free Concept” tires may represent the future of bicycle tires. Or not. […]

People power: how communities and cities can help save the environment

The uncovering of Seoul’s Cheonggye stream, which was once covered by a highway, shows the kind of initiatives cities can take. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters Magali Dreyfus, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) A year after COP21 and the adoption of the Paris Agreement, international policymakers are still struggling to convert targets into action […]

It’s Time For World Leaders To Support Fossil Free Finance

Starting this weekend, the G20 — a group representing the governments of 20 of the world’s biggest economies, including the United States and China — will have its annual summit, this year in Hangzhou, China. Our focus is fossil free finance — that is, shifting the trillions of dollars funneled toward dirty and outdated fossil fuels each year to the modern clean energy solutions that can and will meet the growing global energy demand; it’s time for G20 country governments to get serious about stopping subsidies to fossil fuels. The G20 summit takes place annually, with a consistent focus on international economic cooperation amidst a changing global context. Since last year’s G20 summit in Turkey, one of the biggest changes in the global context has been the adoption of the Paris Agreement — an accord agreed upon by 195 countries and signed by over 175 nations to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. As my colleague Maura Cowley previously noted, the Paris Agreement calls for “making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.” Finance is the engine that moves us away from a world powered by fossil fuels that wreak havoc on the climate to a world powered by clean energy that enables a stable climate […]

Climate Action on Campus and Beyond

Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the question of climate ambition turned into one of climate implementation. The Paris Agreement was a signal to the global community, setting off more actions and commitments in all sectors on climate. […]

Cooling the Climate with Giant Seaweed Farming

Australian climate scientist Tim Flannery suggests we could cool the climate with massive seaweed farms to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Geo-engineering is generally considered the last ditch attempt at preventing climate destabilization, one that could create as serious a problem as it solves. But one climate scientist has detailed some environmentally safe geo-engineering technologies that could be adopted together with the more traditional way of reducing climate change (such as going solar). Unlike potentially dangerous geo-engineering schemes, like seeding the high atmosphere with a blanket of sulphur, he proposes “third way” solutions. His eco-geoengineering idea builds on what nature does to draw CO2 out of the atmosphere already, the way trees do for example, making something that is useful, wood, that is then “sequestered” in houses for 50 – 100 years. “Seaweed grows at 30 to 60 times the rate of land-based plants, so it can draw out lots of CO2,” Flannery told E360 in a recent interview. “If you cover 9% of the world’s oceans in seaweed farms, you could draw down the equivalent of all our current emissions — more than 40 gigatons a year.” Flannery said that such a gigantic geo-engineering project could grow enough protein to feed a population of 10 billion people- a huge opportunity. Seaweed farms can also reverse ocean acidification. Off the coast of China, there are about 500 square kilometers of seaweed farms producing edible seaweed for the food market. PH levels have been shown to rise as high as 10 around these seaweed farms. At the moment with an acidified ocean it is 8.1. “You could buffer oceans,” he said. “They are fantastic places for growing fish, shellfish, or prawns, just because of that buffering impact.” Flannery lays out this and other ideas in detail in his latest book, Atmosphere of Hope – which has a more optimistic take on climate change than his earlier book The Weather Makers. These include carbon fiber technology that turns CO2 from air into industrial products from cars to skyscrapers and even space elevators. Before Australia’s government became a global pariah on climate change, Flannery headed Australia’s Climate Commission It is pretty unusual for a climate scientist to propose geo-engineering, but Flannery explains why he thinks seaweed farming on a grand scale could work: “When you think about it, the ocean floor is where most of that excess C02 is destined to reside, or most of it anyway over geological time. The C02 is absorbed into the oceans, it is turned into a carbonate on the bottom of the sea as limestone or whatever. So the idea that we should pump C02 into deep ocean sediments at 2 or 3 kilometers is really mimicking what happens over the longer term anyway and it provides a stable environment for carbon to be stored.” A pretty wild idea! He even suggests that any methane coming from the seaweed, as it goes through its natural lifecycle cycle and rots, could be harvested for energy. That’s where it begins to seem a bit farfetched… Image Credit: Ian Bruce via Flickr under Creative Commons Licence Clayton writes for several publications and working to accelerate the adoption rate of solar power. Read more on UnderstandSolar.com, where this post originally appeared. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

Americans For Safe Access Reacts To Passage Of California Medical Marijuana Industry Regulations

On September 11th, 2015 the California State Legislature passed a series of bills that would establish comprehensive regulation and licensing of medical cannabis. ;Assembly Bills 243 and 266 as well as Senate Bill 643 were all approved and will delegate regulation of commercial medical cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, transportation, and distribution to various state agencies as […]