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39 year old Mumbaikar quits HR job to make Mumbai greener by planting saplings

Pollution is a global problem that effects people’s livelihood, and some people unfortunately deal with physical pain as a result. For 39 year old Shubhajit Mukherjee of Mumbai, it was the bad quality of the country’s air that caused him to have frequent headaches and sore eyes, at least according to his doctor.

Determined to tackle the issue head on, Mukherjee decided to leave his position as a human resource personnel to plant over 29,000 trees across Mumbai, aiming to reduce harmful environmental conditions.

“We have successfully planted thousands of trees in societies, with a 95 per cent survival ratio. More than 5,000 societies have come forward to give us space for planting trees. This is the true spirit of a Mumbaikar,” Mukherjee told the Bombay Times.

Making the most populous city in India a greener place is no easy task, but Mukherjee found the right incentive when realizing his illnesses would never go away unless he took action.

Hopefully this spirit of climate action can reach others who have the means to help above and beyond against pollution.

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Litterati app makes strides in ending global litter problem with NSF grant

 

It’s endearing to see mobile apps make strides to make the world better. Jeff Kirschner, founder of Litterati, made it his goal to create an app that helped end the global litter problem, and so far he’s seen success.

After a successful round of funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the National Science Foundation happily announced it would be making a substantial contribution of its own, promising this will be the next big step in making the earth a cleaner place to live.

“[Litter] is a massive problem,” Kirschner told Business Insider. “It impacts the economy, the environment, it degrades community pride, it decreases property value, it kills wildlife, and now with the plastic pollution in the ocean situation, it is literally poisoning our food system.”

The $225,000 grant will go towards developing an improved app allowing for more communities to come together in the fight against litter. Rather than tracking progress on a solo level, Litterati will allow users to keep track of how their own communities, schools, and other larger organizations are impacting global sustainability.

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Donald Trump has a questionable understanding of global warming

President Donald Trump has made his opinion regarding global warming clear over the years, but his latest tweet on the issue exemplifies how he may be confusing climate change with weather.

Trump is alluding to the Paris Climate Agreement the U.S. pulled out of earlier this year, saying the negative effects of global warming are actually positive because it can apparently warm up parts of the East this holiday season.

We at DOodle the NEWS went out of our way to find a brief video that quickly explains the difference between climate and weather, even with complimentary doodles in the clip!

Hopefully, climate action awareness will spread in a nation who’s leader has made it clear how much he understands the topic.

To keep it simple, the current weather you feel outside is not an inclination of the effects of climate change or global warming. Climate is the measure of a places weather conditions over a very long period of time.

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Climate change a key reason for drastic increase of volcanic eruptions

Scientists tasked to study how the climate effects volcanic eruptions throughout history have come to a jarring conclusion recently. In an experiment focusing on volcanic upsurges in Iceland about 5000 years ago, scientists found that climate change can increase the chances of drastic eruptions.

Decreased pressure on magma in the earth’s crust is caused by melting glacial ice. The less pressure on magma, the more chances for eruptions, at least according to Graeme T. Swindles, an Earth System Dynamics professor at the University of Leeds.

“After glaciers are removed the surface pressure decreases, and the magmas more easily propagate to the surface and thus erupt,” Swindles said in an email to the Scientific American.

“I think we can predict we’re probably going to see a lot more volcanic activity in areas of the world where glaciers and volcanoes interact,” Swindles also noted. “Volcanic ash and emissions can be deadly, if not at least very damaging.”

Volcanic events can lead to hazardous events in the environment, including volcanic gas and tsunamis. Once instances like these begin to harm everyday life for human-beings, it may be too late to reverse the abrupt changes to our global ecosystem.
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The Arctic reaches an ‘ice-free’ state, changes the region’s environmental landscape

The 2017 annual report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently revealed news regarding the Arctic region, and it does not look to be normal. The Arctic is apparently never going to be the same, as rising global temperatures has caused the region to reach an ice-free state.

Other reports have surfaced, all finding similar patterns in today’s global air temperature.

“The rate of change is unprecedented in at least the last 1,500 years and probably going back even further than that,” marine scientist Jeremy Mathis of the NOAA said. “Not only are we seeing big changes, we’re seeing the pace of that change begin to increase.”

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California governor says drought and climate change have caused recent fires

The citizens of California have dealt with wildfires the past few weeks on a drastic scale, as, according to DailyMail, “six major wildfires have forced more than 200,000 people to flee and choked the air across much of the region.”

California Governor Jerry Brown stated at a news conference that climate change is the key reason the state is currently dealing with unmanageable fires.

Learn more by clicking here if you want to actually see if global warming and climate change are causing the infernos in California.

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Fek News: Trollah gives a complacent take on the U.S leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

Today Trollah undercuts the notion that backing out of the Paris Agreement is bad news. The thing wasn’t even signed until 2015 and before that, the USA had already been making significant strides in containing and reducing air pollution. A piece of paper didn’t make us do that so why do we need it now?

 

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New scientific research shows indications of more efficient ways to recycle plastics

Today, human’s mainly rely on mechanical recycling to rid the world of plastic solid waste. Although this method has served us well, it has its limitations, but scientific research will continually advance to mitigate these limitations.

Megan L. Robertson, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston and Jeannette M. Garcia, a polymer chemist at the IBM Almaden Research Center, have been front-runners involving this research, and now we need to take action and follow through with their proposed recycling practices.

If anything, do it for Goal 13 of the 17 SDGs! Action creates opportunity.

 

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Al Gore’s keen insight on the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020

Who knows if re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement will be too late in 2020? We will only have a decade or so left to ensure our social progress index reaches 75% by 2030, and joining the agreement now would help in actualizing this goal.

At least Al Gore firmly believes we are taking action on a state-to-state basis.

“The United States of America is still in the Paris Agreement, and we are going to meet and exceed our commitments,” he said at a climate finance panel at the U.S. Climate Action Center.

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