Rising atmospheric carbon could heighten ‘megadrought’ risk, study finds

If you remember (or even if you don’t) in “Climatological shift, cliff and other choice thoughts,” I insisted: “Whether one identifies oneself as a climate-change denier or climate-change believer there is no denying the climatological ‘cliff’ and ‘shift’ ideas.” Elaborating farther, I explained, “There is no question … there exists in this existence the notion … Read more

N2O, HFC, PFC, SF6: Ce’s nos. 3, 4, 5, 6, respectively

No, I’m not writing in code. Nor is this a bunch of meaningless mumbo jumbo or nonsensical gibberish. What I’m talking about here are the greenhouse gases (GHG) of nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Aside from (N2O) which is the third most prevalent GHG behind carbon dioxide (CO2) and … Read more

Carbon dioxide: Climate enemy no. 2, uh, that’s according to whom now?

If you thought yesterday’s (Jan. 20, 2015) “Methane: Climate enemy no. 1. On EPA’s emissions-reductions watch list” post was something, there is more where that came from – that’d be today’s thread and today’s focus: carbon dioxide. Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Moreover, my theme this year being waste, what better is there to converse … Read more

Methane: Climate enemy no. 1. On EPA’s emissions-reductions watch list

The climate-change argument – whether it’s a hoax or whether it’s real – is far from settled. For some, they’re just not buying the whole warming-world premise. Others, meanwhile, will swear up-and-down climate change is real and human activity is what’s driving it. Irrespective of how people feel about a changing climate, as for greenhouse … Read more

Cleaner trucks south of the border just what the doctor ordered

Mexico, not unlike many other countries, is committed to reducing transport sector emissions. I wrote not long ago of the country’s plan to add high-speed rail service between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Mexico City. This is both a huge undertaking and a big positive. But, this is not all the country situated to the south of … Read more

Food for thought: A (hopefully) motivational new-year message

Well, it’s almost that time again – almost time to ring in a new year. Just days away, what kind of year will 2015 be? So let’s look at a few of the issues now before us. ‘Air’ and ‘quality’ need not be a contradiction in terms, really Not wanting to rain on anyone’s parade … Read more

Blizzards, droughts, polar vortexes, other weather-related phenomena: So what gives?!

While upstate New York’s Buffalo deals with chest-deep and deeper, lake-effect snow (think “Polar Vortex”), the aura of an almost indescribable sunset, its presence, its afterglow displayed in all its glory, there for the taking in right outside my window. A postcard-like scene such as this, making as rare an appearance as would be true … Read more

Groundbreaking fertilizer-based anti- air-pollution program launched

Already well underway is an ambitious agriculture-centric fertilizer-pollution-reducing initiative which aims to improve both air and water quality. No, you’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you; you read it right – a fertilizer-pollution-reducing initiative. And, on this, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) offers considerable background and insight. In “EDF launches initiative to reduce fertilizer pollution … Read more