Sandy Dechert, Author at PlanetSave

Author: Sandy Dechert

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Eating Bugs Helps Curb Both Hunger And Climate Change

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently suggested that eating bugs (yes, insects) could help feed the world’s fast-growing population. Along these lines, Anna Jansson, professor of animal science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has shown how nutrient-rich insects can make a big contribution to diet in poor countries. Surprisingly, they can also help […]

October 15th

1.5 Degree Climate Chances “Not Dead Yet,” But Gone Within A Decade

Disturbing news came out of a meeting in Oxford, England, last week. Over 200 researchers, policy makers, businesspeople, and members of civil society met to reexamine Earth’s deadline for human sustainability. They found it likely to be sooner than we previously thought. To review recent history a bit: at the 21st Conference of the Parties […]

September 24th

World Summit Advances Humanitarian Goals

National governments gathered in Istanbul this week to work on the first World Humanitarian Summit, an outgrowth of last year’s international climate change conference and the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals. Over 60 leaders came together, including 50 heads of state and government to rework and codify international humanitarian operations. Said David Miliband, chairman and […]

May 26th

Alaska GLACIER Conferees Explore Arctic Climate Issues

Reprinted from our sister publication, CleanTechnica. Not upstaging, but as an important adjunct to the UN’s ADP negotiations that started today in Bonn, Germany, the one-day Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience took place in Anchorage, Alaska. Otherwise known as the GLACIER summit, the talks proceeded on two parallel […]

September 1st

NASA Releases New Climate Forecasts Through 2100

The good news is that NASA has just released research on how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change because of the concentrations of greenhouse gas growing in Earth’s atmosphere. The space scientists have based their conclusions on historical measurements and robust scenarios of increasing carbon dioxide produced from 21 climate models: specifically, General Circulation […]

June 11th

World Environment Day–Save The Planet!

Seven billion dreams. One Planet. Consume with care. Those are the messages of today, which is World Environment Day everywhere. It’s the biggest day for positive environmental action! The United Nations declares this day every year to energize worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Stakeholders in over 100 countries celebrate through public outreach every June 5. This […]

June 5th

Global Warming Or Climate Change? What’s The Difference?

Earth’s atmosphere has really started groaning under the burden of too much carbon dioxide. But should we call the phenomenon “global warming,” or “climate change”? People often use the terms interchangeably. The answer is that it depends. One thing for sure, neither term should be mistaken for “weather.” Weather (sunshine, precipitation, wind, temperature, humidity) happens […]

June 2nd

Monthly Atmospheric CO2 Now Exceeds 400 ppm

Reprinted from our sister publication, CleanTechnica. For the first time since people started tracking carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere, the global average concentration of CO2 has surpassed 400 parts per million for an entire month. Says Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, about the record carbon dioxide level: “It […]

May 7th

World Forest Problems Include Deadly Fragmentation

  When environmentalists, farmers, and loggers speak about forests, the discussion usually revolves around the issue of deforestation, which is one of the largest contributors to climate change. As James Ayre pointed out in a recent PlanetSave article, forest cover estimates are currently a subject of hot debate because a new satellite imaging study contradicts the […]

March 26th

“It is time to get serious about wildlife crime.”

World Wildlife Day not only offers a good opportunity to celebrate beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora. The day helps raise awareness of conservation and its many benefits to people as well. It also reminds us to step up the urgent fight against wildlife crime, with its wide-ranging environmental, economic, and social impacts. On December […]

March 3rd

Packagers Certified for Forest Diligence, But How About Waste?

Some good news for the world’s forests: assurance that along the entire supply chain, products from Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging company, support forest management with environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable practices. The company produces tetrahedron-shaped paper cartons coated with plastic. Last October, the Swedish corporation launched what’s believed to be the […]

February 19th

The Trouble With Mangroves (VIDEO)

One answer to human cravings for living at the shore has always been “filling the swamps.” In many areas of the world, shoreline wetlands of mangroves thrive. These plants live in a world of high salinity, tidal inundation and storms, and oxygen depletion—conditions fatal to most other vegetable species. Because people perceive swampy ecosystems as […]

February 5th

First Yosemite Rare Fox In 100 Years (INTERVIEW)

You remember the spectacular rock climb at Half Dome a few weeks ago? In a more remote part of California’s Yosemite National Park, a motion-sensitive camera placed by Forest Service wildlife biologists has twice recorded another unusual phenomenon. A rare Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes nectar) was sighted in the back country near Sonora Pass on […]

January 31st

World Record-Breaking 2014 Weather And Climate

It isn’t official yet, but 2014 appears to have been the hottest year on the world temperature record. In December, during the U.N. climate talks in Lima, Peru (COP20), the World Meteorological Organization announced in a provisional statement that this conclusion about 2014 weather and climate was virtually certain. WMO bases its report on datasets […]

January 1st

2014 And Countless New Years In Space (ISS, Mars, Venus VIDEOS)

Coming up on New Year’s Eve, earthlings tend to celebrate milestones of the year passed, as well as look expectantly toward the future. Here, Planetsave brings you some of the best space coverage of 2014 in various media. The overall winner has to be the six-minute ultra-high definition timelapse video, with custom soundtrack, compiled by […]

December 27th

Climate Humor At The UN COP20 Meet (VIDEOS)

Never let it be said that the doomsaying, treehugging, pointy-headed nerds of the climate change adaptation movement lack a fundamental sense of humor. The dark amusements of the UN’s COP20 conference in Lima—as at prior venues—surface daily in the presentation of an award for [Climate] Fossil of the Day. During United Nations climate change talks […]

December 8th

Quick History Of International Climate Change Talks

International meetings on climate change have progressed in anything but a straightforward fashion since the inception of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988; and they have been anything but quick. This year’s climate change talks in Lima have been no exception to the rule. The infographic above by the Climate Group puts forth […]

December 6th

UN Honors “Champions of the Earth” in D.C.

This morning (November 19, 2014) something good got done again about climate change. At the National Press Club in Washington, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced top honors for seven environment visionaries–Champions of the Earth–who have served the planet well. Those honored as United Nations Champions of the Earth 2014 Laureates: H.E Tommy Remengesau,  President of Palau Achim […]

November 19th

Is Your Town Prepping For Climate Change?

Jeff Turrentine has some insights for us in today’s onEarth blog about the fate of cities during climate change. He takes a quick look at five cities around the world that are prepping for climate change… and five that are slacking, perhaps terminally. Turrentine’s basic premise, and it resonates with me, is that climate change will touch every […]

November 13th