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White House, Google, Amazon, Launch Big Data Tool to Help Companies’ Climate Resilience Planning

White House, Google, Amazon, Launch Big Data Tool to Help Companies’ Climate Resilience Planning

A big data partnership — a collaboration between the White House, the World Resources Institute, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and other public and private entities — will provide a tool to help corporations make long-term infrastructure decisions by improving their climate resilience planning.

Carbon Pollution Threatens Fishing Industry

Carbon Pollution Threatens Fishing Industry

Commercial fisheries in Alaska are increasingly threatened by ocean acidification, according to research led by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Alaskan fishing industry supports more than 100,000 jobs and generates more than $5 billion in annual revenue. Fishery-related tourism also brings in $300 million annually. The … Read more »

Climate Change Hurts Shipping Industry

Climate-change induced lower water levels on the Great Lakes will hurt the region’s shipping industry and potentially halt production as shipping is the region’s main transportation for raw materials, the Great Lakes Echo reports. As Glen Nekvasil, vice president of the Lake Carriers’ Association, explains, draft refers to how deep … Read more »

Shellfish Ranch Approved, Jellyfish Operation Set to Harvest

Fisheries are making waves in the news as a California agency approves the first shellfish ranch in federal waters and South Carolina’s first jellyfish operation raises environmental concern. The California Coastal Commission approved the 100-acre underwater plot for the development of Mediterranean mussels in federal waters 9.5 miles offshore from Long … Read more »

Report: Combined-Cycle Plants Release Far Less CO2 Than Coal

Report: Combined-Cycle Plants Release Far Less CO2 Than Coal

Power plants that use natural gas and a new technology to squeeze more energy from the fuel release far less CO2 than coal-fired power plants do, according to research by NOAA and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The so-called “combined cycle” natural gas power plants also release significantly less nitrogen … Read more »

Fishing’s Impact on Mammals: A Sustainability Issue to Watch

Fishing’s Impact on Mammals: A Sustainability Issue to Watch

US food companies and retailers have been trying to improve the sustainability of their fish – but imports could represent a weak link in that strategy. According to the NRDC’s “Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries,” overseas fisheries kill or seriously injure more than 650,000 marine … Read more »

Sushi Joint Serves Edible QR Codes, Sustainable Fish

A California sushi restaurant has launched a program that uses edible technology — served on the sushi — to provide diners with sustainability information about the fish. Harney Sushi’s will print edible, water-based ink quick response (QR) codes on rice paper wafers and serve these codes on its sushi. The … Read more »

Climate Change Threatens 10 Degree Rise, Submerged Cities

Climate Change Threatens 10 Degree Rise, Submerged Cities

A major federal report warns US average temperatures could rise as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050 if emissions continue to rise, while a separate assessment by a public utilities company projects climate change will put parts of Seattle underwater. The third National Climate Assessment – which comes out … Read more »