The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment.

With Floating Farm, New York Looks to the Future of Public Parks

Come April, a farm full of fruit trees and other crops will float to locations in three New York City boroughs, and visitors will be invited to enjoy nature by literally picking, snipping, and sowing to their hearts’ content. Located on a 5,000-square-foot barge, “Swale” will include 4,000 square feet of solar-powered growing space, including a perennial garden, an aquaponics area, and an apple orchard sponsored by Heineken USA’s Strongbow Apple Ciders atop a large man-made hill. (The hill allows deeper root space for fruiting trees.)

37% of Norway’s new cars are electric. They expect it to be 100% in just 8 years.

The global electric vehicle (EV) revolution reached another milestone last month as EVs made up 37 percent share of Norway’s car market.

Norway understands the future of ground transport is electric and has been pushing EVs harder than almost any other country in the world with incentives such as an exemption from the 25 percent VAT tax for new cars.

This is how much of the world is currently on fire

You may have missed the memo (we get it, there’s been a lot going on) but the world is currently on fire as massive blazes burn in the United States, Canada, and across Europe. To give you a sense of the scale of the inferno, we’ve included maps of the wildfires, as well as images from some of the fiery scenes. Here, is the lowdown.

Growing appetite for lionfish at restaurants helps clean Gulf reefs

PENSACOLA, Fla. — A growing demand for tasty lionfish meat at upscale restaurants is helping remove the invasive species from reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“We definitely are seeing more and more people interested in the concept of eating lionfish,” said Amanda Nalley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Nalley has traveled the state for the last six years trying to get out the word about the voracious predator fish that thrives in the northern Gulf of Mexico and destroys native fish species. 
The awareness campaigns appear to be working, she said. 
Commercial harvesting numbers for lionfish are up, and divers are reporting fewer of the colorful fish with lion-like manes of feathery fins and venomous spines on Pensacola-area public reefs, she said. 

7,000 massive methane gas bubbles under the Russian permafrost could explode anytime

Russian scientists have recently discovered some 7,000 underground methane bubbles in Siberia that could explode anytime.
‘Their appearance at such high latitudes is most likely linked to thawing permafrost,” explained a Russian Academy of Science spokesperson, “which is in turn linked to overall rise of temperature on the north of Eurasia during last several decades.”

How Congress Is Cementing Trump’s Anti-Climate Orders into Law

President Donald Trump marvels at his own velocity when he boasts about dismantling the Obama climate legacy. “I have been moving at record pace to cancel these regulations and to eliminate the barriers to domestic energy production, like never before,” he said at a recent White House event.

But while Trump focuses on speed, his allies in Congress appear increasingly concerned about the durability of the president’s fossil fuel directives.

In recent weeks, they have advanced a handful of legislative measures that echo and extend various presidential orders meant to boost coal, oil and gas production and set aside consideration of climate change.

These moves may seem redundant, but they could provide bulletproof armor during future challenges to Trump’s agenda.

Corals may already have the right genes to survive some global warming, scientists say

Warming ocean waters due to climate change have been ravaging coral reefs over the past few decades, but researchers have discovered that, with the help of some breeding, the threat may be kept at bay.

Some corals already have the genes needed to adapt to higher ocean temperatures, and researchers expect those genes will naturally migrate and mix with corals under stress over time, according to a study published this week in Science

And that process could potentially be sped up artificially.

There’s literally a ton of plastic garbage for every person on Earth

More than 9 billion tons of plastic has been produced since 1950, and the vast majority of it is still around.
A new study that tracked the global manufacture and distribution of plastics since they became widespread after World War II found that only 2 billion tons of that plastic is still in use. Seven billion tons is stuck on Earth as garbage in landfills, recycled trash or pollution in the environment, including deep oceans, where it’s been discovered in the mouths of whales and the bellies of dead seabirds that mistook it for food. A small amount is eliminated in incinerators.

As plastic becomes near-indestructible mountains of garbage on land and swirling vortexes of trash on the high seas, humans keep making more. Half of the plastic that people mostly use once and toss away was created in the past 30 years, the study says.

At BPI Campus our Progressive Agenda is:
1. People matter more than profits.
2. The earth is our home, not our trash can.
3. We need good government for both #1 and #2.

 

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