Allston’s Green District: Sustainable City Living

Living in a city can be great way to incorporate environmentally friendly activities into your daily life and reduce your carbon footprint. Most cities have great public transportation options and walkable neighborhoods, a plethora of farmer’s markets year-round, and streamlined recycling pick up programs. But while renting an apartment in an antique Boston brownstone may […]

Amazon Rainforest Census

In an effort to create and support more effective conservation policies, Brazil recently announced its plan to conduct a large scale census of the Amazon Rainforest, called the National Forest Inventory. Scientists and policy makers need accurate data about the rainforest ecosystem in order to assess its health and address its specific needs. As the […]

Tapping into the power of the Sun

Global energy systems, like petroleum, coal, and other traditional energy sources are pushing global temperatures ever higher with projections of rising temperatures reaching 3 degrees Celsius by 2050 and 6 degrees Celsius by 2100 (an increase of 2 degrees Celsius is widely considered the dangerous global tipping point). These projected temperature changes, if accurate, will […]

True Eco-Tourism: A Book Review

Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell is a travel memoir like we’ve never seen before. Instead of traveling to and writing about pristine environments and utopian vacation spots, Blackwell seeks out the most polluted, ravaged, and damaged parts of our planet in an effort to understand the true relationship between humans and nature, and perhaps […]

Warmest Year on Record

The results are in, and while 2012 was a monumental year for climate change science, it was also officially the warmest year on record.  The National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its annual State of the Climate report, and numbers are shocking.  The report is quite extensive, […]

2012: A Year in Review

2012 was a remarkable year for climate change science. Extreme weather events worldwide inspired researchers and politicians to take action and bring climate change conversations to the forefront with renewed fervor. Here is a recap of some of the year’s most important incidents and developments in climate change science and global warming: Drought: The United […]

Christmas Trees and Climate Change

Douglass Fir, Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine – no matter what type of tree we choose to adorn with lights and ornaments this year, the Christmas tree is truly a special yuletide tradition. But before these beautiful coniferous tree species are harvested for the holidays, they comprise the world’s vast northern boreal forests. Coniferous […]