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Why artificial submarine curtains won’t save West Antarctica’s retreating glaciers

Why artificial submarine curtains won’t save West Antarctica’s retreating glaciers

Some researchers have recently proposed the construction of artificial structures – submarine curtains or walls – to stop the warming ocean from getting to the most rapidly melting glaciers in West Antarctica. If effective, these interventions could save trillions of dollars in avoided coastal impacts. But such a large-scale operation in one of the most inaccessible places on Earth […] … learn more→

New islands are being built at sea – but they won’t help millions made homeless by sea-level rise

New islands are being built at sea – but they won’t help millions made homeless by sea-level rise

Dubai’s famous Palm Jumeirah is not the only man-made island to have emerged from the sea this century. Over the past 20 years, many islands have been built to accommodate both tourists and well-heeled residents – especially in the Arabian Gulf states and China. In an era of sea-level rise and increased storm activity, new islands may […] … learn more→

Ultra-fast fashion is a disturbing trend undermining efforts to make the whole industry more sustainable

Ultra-fast fashion is a disturbing trend undermining efforts to make the whole industry more sustainable

Since the 1990s, fast fashion has enabled everyday people to buy the latest catwalk trends. But the sheer volume of garments being whipped up, sold and soon discarded is contributing to a global sustainability crisis. Now, just when the fashion industry should be waking up and breaking free of this vicious cycle, it’s heading in the opposite direction. […] … learn more→

Campus garden initiatives can help grow the next generation of environmental change-makers

Campus garden initiatives can help grow the next generation of environmental change-makers

No longer a problem of the future, the climate crisis is now driving devastating real-world impacts here in Canada and worldwide. For many Canadians, one of the most visible climate impacts is on the availability and cost of the food we eat as climate change, global crises and profit-driven food companies have combined to drive food insecurity. […] … learn more→

What can educational institutions do to welcome the era of 'green jobs'?

What can educational institutions do to welcome the era of ‘green jobs’?

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) together with Greenpeace International predict that green jobs will become a global trend starting in 2025 . However, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) estimates that by 2030, 60% of the world’s young generation will not have the green skills needed to enter the era of green jobs . Green jobs are types of work that contribute to preserving and […] … learn more→

Climate comedy works − here’s why, and how it can help lighten up a politically heavy year in 2024

Climate comedy works − here’s why, and how it can help lighten up a politically heavy year in 2024

In a catchy YouTube video, British comedian Jo Brand translates a scientist’s long-winded description of the fossil fuel industry’s role in the climate crisis this way: “We are paying a bunch of rich dudes 1 trillion dollars a year to f— up our future,” she says. “Even the dinosaurs didn’t subsidize their own extinction. Who’s the stupid species now?” […] … learn more→

With ecopedagogy, rethinking education for sustainable development

With ecopedagogy, rethinking education for sustainable development

Education for sustainable development is attracting more and more attention and has found a place in school programs. It often focuses on individual responsibilities, encouraging young people to change attitudes and behavior, in particular through eco-friendly actions – sorting waste, for example in the canteen. With such an approach, as observed by Angela Barthes and Yves Alpe, […] … learn more→

As school students strike for climate once more, here’s how the movement and its tactics have changed

As school students strike for climate once more, here’s how the movement and its tactics have changed

On Friday, students will once again down textbooks and laptops and go on strike for climate action. Many will give their schools a Climate Doctor’s Certificate signed by three leading climate academics. These strikes – part of a National Climate Strike – mark five years since school students started walking out of schools to demand greater action on climate change. In […] … learn more→