Environment Society

Insufferable Heat

This is bleak: The human cost of the climate crisis will hit harder, wider and sooner than previously believed, according to a study that shows a billion people will either be displaced or forced to endure insufferable heat for every additional 1C rise in the global temperature. In a worst-case scenario of accelerating emissions, areas currently home to a […]


What happened to The Ocean Cleanup — the system that would rid the oceans of plastic? (ABC News)

This came to my attention recently: https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2023-03-17/ocean-cleanup-plastic-pollution-great-pacific-garbage-patch/102075810 “[But] if the plastic density was a tenth of what it is in those [Ocean Cleanup] videos, they’ll just be sailing around at sea wasting fuel and everything else.” For their part, The Ocean Cleanup say they’re using computer modelling and sophisticated ship navigation technology to concentrate their efforts on […]


Too hot? Open the window

The Guardian reports that the US National Academy of Science has proposed a study of large-scale geo-engineering to reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that is reaching the planets’ surface. Proponents of geoengineering argue that impacts of global heating could be so great that every option to limit these must be explored. Opponents argue […]

Environment India

Dead Air

Air quality in New Delhi is now so bad that the basic advice is just to stay indoors and don’t ever go out. It’s catastrophic, a smoking, smog covered totem of what awaits the world as we continue merrily along our current path: Year after year, the economic effects of the world’s current environmental path […]