Asian Nations Make Plastic Promise

Nations responsible for much of the world's ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act. China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said they would work to keep plastics out of the seas.

Environmental Updates and News

June 8, 2017

Freshwater Using Only Solar Energy

A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water.

Plastic Pollution in Antarctica

The levels of microplastics in Antarctica are five times higher than previous estimates. Many animals, such as baby seals, are becoming entangled from plastic waste, and the problem is greater than anyone expects.

Ethiopia's Coffee Beans Are in Danger

Climate projections show that Ethiopia will generally become warmer and drier, and that means that 40 to 60 percent of areas where coffee is currently grown won’t be suitable to grow the beans. 

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas

For the Dutch, climate change is not a hypothetical or a drag on the economy, but an opportunity. The Dutch devise lakes, garages, and parks that are a boon to daily life for when the seas and rivers spill over.

Southern California's Shade Trees Are Dying

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

India Plants 66 Million Trees in 12 Hours

Volunteers in India planted more than 66 million trees in just 12 hours to increase its forests by five million hectares before 2030 to combat climate change under the Paris Agreement.

Looking at Buildings Can Lead to Headaches

Because the repetitive patterns of urban architecture break the rule of nature, it is more difficult for the human brain to process them efficiently. Urban landscapes can trigger headaches and even seizures.

ADB Invests in $57.7 Million for Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

The Asian Development Bank has invested $57.7 million into Thailand’s B. Grimm Power Public Company with the intent to develop renewable energy projects across Southeast Asia.

Alien Species Invasions Due to Global Warming

Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo” with the march of Argentine ants in the UK. The public are being asked to be on alert for invaders such as the raccoon dog and Asian hornet.

2017 Is the Second Hottest Year on Record

At the halfway point of the year, 2017 remains the second-hottest year to date — a surprise given the demise of the El Niño that helped boost temperatures to record levels last year.

Enterprises Tackle Drought in East Africa

To offset some of the drought's effects, communities have set up safe water kiosks in Kenya and Ugandato remove turbidity, bacteria, and viruses from the water using a SkyHydrant filtration unit.