The New York Times - metered paywall - 26 Apr 2018
A fascinating article with stunning pictures about how some rocks naturally react with carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into stone – a process called carbon mineralization. Some scientists claim that if this natural process could be harnessed, accelerated and applied inexpensively on a huge scale (many very big “ifs”), it could help fight climate change by removing some of the billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide that humans have pumped into the air since the beginning of the Industrial Age (reads in 8-10 min.)
Published in Weekly selection 28 April 2018
Rolling Stones - 27 Mar 2018
This article focuses on the US but portends a much larger global trend: climate migration. Last year in the US, extreme weather events displaced more than a million people from their homes. As the journalist explains, thus is about to reshape the country and its people in many different respects: economically, financially, socially, and also psychologically for those concerned (reads in more than 15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 March 2018
The Conversation - 8 Feb 2018
The answer is no! The ecological economist explains that if everyone on Earth were to lead a good life within our planet’s sustainability limits, the level of resources used to meet basic needs would have to be reduced by a factor of two to six times. Worryingly, the more social thresholds that a country achieves, the more biophysical boundaries it tends to transgress. The logical conclusion: wealthy nations must move beyond the pursuit of GDP growth: it no longer improving people’s lives in these countries, but is pushing humanity ever closer towards environmental disaster (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 February 2018