People are very concerned about local pollution .. something like the 80%+ level and probably higher if they were shown it is in their backyards. So why not build good pollution meters - PM 2.5 would be a good place to start as would indoor CO2 - that are cheap enough to build into smartphones or be $20 purchases that connect with them wirelessly. This could build out maps at the local level .. some of this has been done with expensive instrumentation and the results can shock people. When deployed at scale it could have a major impact on home desirability and prices .. That might engage voters.
Forests are potent carbon sinks, but also the oceans' seagrasses can store enormous amounts of carbon. A little bay in Denmark stores a record amount of carbon. Here is the secret.
Seagrass plays a bigger role in the Earth's carbon cycle than most of us think. The underwater meadows of seagrass are capable of storing large amounts of carbon - a talent that draws attention in a time, where decision makers and scientists are searching for ways to bring down the release of CO2 to the atmosphere.
In the past year the climate in the Arctic has at times bordered on the absurd. Temperatures were 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit above average in some places during the recent Christmas week. Through November the area of ice-covered ocean in the region reached a record low in seven of 11 months—an unprecedented stretch. More important, perhaps, the difference between Arctic temperatures and those across the midlatitudes of North America, Europe and Asia during 2016 was the smallest ever seen.
That narrowing gap is important to note because it seems to be driving extreme weather in the midlatitudes, from heat waves and droughts to heavy snowfalls. Why is the Arctic so crazy lately, and how strong is the connection to bad weather to its south, where so many people live? Scientific American asked Jennifer Francis, who is a research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University and has investigated Arctic climate change and its links to weather worldwide since 1994.
Public opinion in China was choked with depression, fear and anger, as large swaths of the country remained shrouded in dangerously high levels of smog and the Beijing government prolonged its yellow alert till Saturday.
Wednesday was the fifth day since the environmental department issued an orange alert for smog in Beijing. Highways have been shut down, flights canceled, and construction work and some vehicles are restricted in order to ease pollution.
However, economic losses are meager compared with torrential waves of complaints by disgruntled city dwellers.
The blurred skyline and "disappeared buildings" used to be butt of jokes for people previously, and mocking pictures and bitter banter was popular online. The sentiment changed noticeably during this round of smog. Having experienced repeated hits of the smog, a lot of people know it's not a laughing matter and wonder if there is a cure to this problem or if they will have to live with it for the rest of their lives.