Green Technology is Key to Sustainable Development

Lots of climate problems that seemed far off only a decade ago are right on our doorstep. The last few years have seen a rise in desertification, global warming, and extreme weather phenomena. This author’s op-ed covers multiple solutions we can implement to enact the green energy revolution our Earth needs. These include greater subsidies for green energy, stronger international treaties, and the future use of hydrogen fuel cells. Read the whole thing here.

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Mark Masselli

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Study Finds Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Spewing Silica Grains

A new study has shown that Saturn’s moon Enceladus is spewing tiny silica grains, which is evidence of hydrothermal activity taking place on the moon. This gives us fabulous insight into what it must be like on the floors of Enceladus’ ocean. In order for these grains to form, temperatures would need to reach 194 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Prime Minister of Malasyia Feels Heat from Global Warming

The Prime Minister of Malaysia has publicly stated that climate change has caused massive damage and loss of lives in his country. Rainfall patterns have changed and caused a water crisis in several states last year, while in other parts of the country massive flooding caused immense damage and killed people. He warned that ignoring global warming would only lead to further natural disasters.

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Mark Masselli

Winnipeg’s Polar Bears Climate Controlled with Green Technology

The Assiniboine Park Conservancy is using a geothermal energy system to control the climate of their Journey to Churchill exhibit. This not only diminishes pollution caused by the energy needed for the exhibit, but also draws attention to the importance of using green technologies to stop global warming. Global warming is threatening polar bears, so fighting against it is of paramount importance.

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Mark Masselli

Rosetta Comet Releasing More Water As It Approaches Sun

This news is from a month ago, but it was so interesting I couldn’t pass it up. The same comet that the Philae lander touched down on in 2014 is now getting closer and closer to the sun, and we can measure the increase in water loss as this happens. Maybe we can get some clues as to how Earth gained its water by watching the process.

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Mark Masselli

Alpine Ski Resort Boosted By Going Green

The ski resort of Villars is one of three in the Alsp to win the Flocon Vert (Green Snowflake) award in recognition of their work towards a sustainable winter sports industry. They acknowledge that climate change is a great threat to their industry, and sustainability is the way to keep their slopes pristine for future generations. Read more about them here.

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Mark Masselli

World’s Oceans Clogged by Millions of Tons of Plastic Trash

We know that there are millions of tons of plastic trash in the oceans, but how did it all get there? Scientists studied where the yearly sources of plastic trash were, and came to a few conclusions. China is the number one contributor to ocean plastics. The U.S. is the only first-world nation to be on the top 20. If you combined all of the coast E.U. nations, they would rank at 18th as a source.

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Mark Masselli

Fishermen in Goa Dread Return of Mining

In Goa, the mines used to silt up the Mandovi river. They damaged farms and almost irreparably harmed the local fishing industry, with so much pollution in the water from the local iron mines that the river would run red at times. In 2012, the Indian government banned mining in the area, but that ban is on the edge of being overturned. Let’s hope that, if the mining is brought back, it is properly supervised and controlled by the Indian government to prevent another environmental catastrophe.

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Mark Masselli

Oil Spill in the Sundurbans

The Sundurbans, in India and Bangladesh, are the largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest on Earth. They support the vast Ganges delta and a wealth of wildlife. Last month, an oil spill threatened all three sanctuaries for the river dolphins of that region, as well as many other unique and already-threatened plant and animal species.

Peace and health
Mark Masselli