Environmental Concerns 2016

Mission Statement: The GMM Environmental Concerns Working Group hopes to raise awareness of environmental issues that affect the lives of everyone and about which we can make a difference, and the importance of a sustainable lifestyle.

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Nov 1, 2016

Tesla introduces gorgeous new solar shingles and some serious storage.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative this week is hosting a conference to help measure the conservation impact of sustainable forests.

Mar 31, 2016

A recent study predicts that the West Antarctic ice sheet could melt rapidly.

Mar 21, 2016

The increase in temperature during February, 2016 was the biggest on record. Atmospheric carbon dioxide also showed a record increase.

Recent alternative energy projects are going subsidy-free.

A study predicts that millions of people along coasts will be affected by sea-level rise

An evaluation of the effect of sea-level rise on coasts predicts fewer problems with inundation than currently predicted.

Read what climate activists involved in local protests are saying about about the need for global results.

Check out some stunning images of California’s alternative energy projects.

As Coal’s future looks murkier, banks have terminated financing.

Read news about the recent infestation of southern pine beetles in New England due to warmer winters.

A report explains how trees deal with carbon dioxide in response to global warming better than previously thought.

Read a recent article by Edward O Wilson on the global solution to extinction.

A recent article explains the contribution of climate change to extreme weather.

A study predicts climat change will continue to generate more extreme weather in the world’s wet and dry regions.

Feb 9, 2016

Check out the evidence on climate change from NASA.

Learn how solar thermal electricity can lower our dependency on carbon-based electricity generation.

Read about what you can do and the EPA is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions..

Read the Center For Sustainable Economy’s report on how economic, political, and social implications of climate change are starting to drive change.

Learn about how climate change can cause extreme snow storms.

Climate change activists have identified the fossil fuels We Must Keep In The Ground To Avert Catastrophic Climate Change. They plan actions starting in May 2016.

Read about the urgency to reduce carbon dioxide levels below 350 ppm.

Check out the mission to become a Climate Reality Leader. It’s not all bad news when it comes to climate change. This video shows that there are real solutions and real results.

The consequences of twenty-first-century policy for multi-millennial climate and sea-level change will last many centuries.

Read a discussion of the consequences of shutting down nuclear power plants.

Secondary forests can gobble more carbon dioxide than old-growth forests. Read the Nature report.

Read suggestions about how to talk about climate change.

Learn about why rainforest loss in Indonesia is still ongoing.

The UK has the first wind farm with more than 1 giga Watt capacity.

See a discussion of how one recycling company works towards zero waste.

Learn how schools can save money going solar.

See a description of the importance of sustainable construction methods.

Copenhagen will divest from fossil fuels.

Feb 1, 2016

Check out Japan’s new ideas on solar energy alternatives to nuclear.

GE is phasing out production of compact fluorescent bulbs.

Tesla, Inc. plans to release its Powerwall version 2 this summer.

Learn about how a DC super-grid could promote use of renewable energy sources. Read the original Nature report.

Read about why hydrogen powered vehicles are a less realistic option compared to battery powered electric vehicles.

Energy Storage cost is predicted to drop by 70% over the next 15 years.

There are now 50,000 operating wind turbines with a capacity of 70 GW in the USA.

Jan 25, 2016

Solar installations and jobs in the USA have continued to grow rapidly.

Ocean heat uptake has doubled in recent decades.

It’s a fact: 2015 was the hottest year on record. Read another report on 2015 the hottest year in the historical record. Read the original NASA report.

Mining of coal appears to be on its last legs worldwide.

And 2015 was the second hottest year in the USA. See the original NOAA report.

In his State of the Union address Obama slams climate deniers.

See a list of the greenest countries on our planet.

Solar City is building a new solar panel factory that will make 1 GW per year.

Tesla, Inc plans to build a new “giga factory” that will produce as much renewable energy as it uses.

Amazon.com has committed to use renewable energy sources to power its computer operations.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt promises a range of 200 miles for $30,000.

Denmark has set a world record for the fraction of its power generated from renewable sources.

Exponential growth is predicted for UK energy storage devices.

Most economists agree that cutting carbon use makes sense.

Arizona has set new expensive rates for grid-tie home solar systems.

Read some short answers to hard questions about climate change.


–> See our Environmental Concerns 2015 Page.


Some slide shows about environmental issues:

Sustainable Solar
What is Our Carbon Footprint?
Home Energy Use
GMM Old Tennis Court Farm


Links to lists of top environmental blogs:

Top environmental blogs
Top 10 env blogs
Another top 10 env blogs
New York times Green Blogs
Nature News Blog
World Energy Outlook
Nature Climate Change
Mother Nature Network

Climate Reality Project
Inside Climate News
Global Climate News
State Impact at NPR
DeSmog Blog for all aspects of climate
National Climatic Data Center
EPA Climate Change
GreenPeace Climate Change
NASA Climate Change
Good Planet
WHO Climate Change
Center for Sustainable Economy
Post Carbon Institute

Some environment blogs for Philadelphia:

Protecting Our Waters
Philadelphia Green
Green Philly
Earth to Philly
Green Living
Green Philly Blog
Urban Environment