URBAN TREE LOSS

Here’s a research report – from a British paper, no less – about the loss of trees in U.S. cities, and the negative impacts that loss is having. Suggestions follow.

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US cities losing 36 million trees a year, researchers find

Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend

that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’

 

Naomi Larsson

@naomilars

The Guardian

10 May 2018

 

Cities in the United States are increasingly seeing concrete in place of greenery as urban areas lose an estimated 36m trees annually, according to a study from the Forest Service.… Keep reading

LONELINESS!

Here’s a unique look at a major “quality-of-life” factor … certainly one key aspect of “sustainable living” that separates “survival” from “sustainability.” I’ll add comments afterwards.

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Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

Rhitu Chatterjee
NPR
May 1, 2018

Loneliness is on the rise in the U.S., particularly among younger people, such as members of Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s, and millennials, just a little bit older.… Keep reading

Climate Migration

Here’s a lengthier blog than usual. And it’s not something you can do at your current home, like paint a wall, plant some shrubs, add photovoltaic panels or buy an electric car.  But it’s well-documented about a movement that’s not “forecast” but has already begun.  Comments afterward.

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Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more

than a million people from their homes last year.

It could soon reshape the nation

 

Jeff Goodell

Rolling Stone

February 25, 2018

 

Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S.… Keep reading

Safe, happy and free.

One of the best ways to begin solving problems is to first see if anyone else has already solved them. Certainly, times change and contexts vary, so solutions cannot often just be identically cloned.  But they do provide opportunities for learning.  Here’s a picture of a nation that believes it’s achieved considerable progress in the quality of life for all its citizenry.

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Safe, happy and free: does

Finland have all the answers?

 

Jon Henley in Helsinki

@jonhenley

12 Feb 2018

 

Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter.… Keep reading

1-Step to Great Water

 

Here’s an example of where science has produced a product that will help solve one of the biggest problems in sustainability: Finding a source for high-quality potable drinking water.  Given the problems many communities are having with contamination of their urban water quality – such as problems with lead or arsenic or mercury – this filtering system may be a huge benefit to millions … even those who live by the sea.

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Graphene filter makes even

Sydney Harbour water

drinkable

 

Michael Irving

Nature Communications

February 15th, 2018

 

Among graphene’s long list of superpowers, filtering water may be one of the most directly beneficial.… Keep reading