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Efforts to prevent catastrophic global warming have focused on eliminating carbon dioxide emissions or at least making significant reductions in them. But a new study says that won’t be enough and that we also need to cut methane and other overlooked pollutants. If we do, research from the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development shows we can reduce the rate of global warming in half by 2050, giving Earth a fighting chance to avoid the risk of irreversible impacts like increasing heatwaves, droughts, superstorms, and wildfires.
Recently, a library in a small New Hampshire town was planning to have a fundraising plant sale but had to cancel the event because of an invasive species—the Asian jumping worm.
Asian jumping worm (Amynthas agrestis) | Credit: Njh5880 / Creative Commons
Earlier this month, the UN held a two-week summit in Côte d’Ivoire, Africa, on combating desertification, the process in which fertile land becomes desert because of drought, overgrazing, and climate change. The problem is severe in Africa where up to 45 percent of the land is impacted—worse than any other continent.
Golf courses are criticized as being water hogs and using lots of chemicals to keep grass green. While they do offer open space, it’s often used by a few people at a time. The industry is trying to make the sport more sustainable—some clubs are irrigating with recycled water or using electric mowers instead of gas ones. But for owners of a club opening in the UK, a truly green course should be edible.