Earth News Journal 44: Canadian Pipeline Approved

The Keystone XL Pipeline, infamously predicted to slice through the United States Midwest, delivering Canada’s prosperous tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico, has acquired a particularly foul reputation among many individuals in the environmental community. Meanwhile, a little-known Canadian oil project has recently emerged in the media as a triumph for Canada’s federal …

Earth News Journal 43: New Jersey Pines, Beetle Threat

Environmental advocates in the land of New Jersey have reached an impasse - support somewhat unconventional stewardship operations or maintain their renowned pine-coned forests with unaltered, source-only solutions - amid the crisis of the invading southern pine beetle. A warming planet not only threatens global sea levels but also impacts the average temperatures of an …

Earth News Journal 42: West Antarctica Ice Sheet Collapse

As warmer weather patterns have begun to thaw areas of the winter-crystallized Northern Hemisphere, much of the Western Antarctic ice region is also experiencing a period of melting, according to a recent report issued from the University of California, Irvine in contribution with NASA. The glacial system in question, a stretch of some two miles …

Earth News Journal 41: Pakistan, China Nuclear Pact

A recent ‘boom’ in nuclear power interests has arisen in the lands of Pakistan and China, according to a November article from The New York Times. These two countries, neighboring nations intent on industrializing, have agreed to operate a new $9.59 billion nuclear power complex in the city of Karachi, Pakistan. Both the scale and …

Earth News Journal 40: Sustainable Solutions for Plastics

Since the dawn of the industrial era in America, plastics have been both a convenient resource as well as a critical hazard to the environment. A vital solution has been so far unattained by the nation’s conservationists, but work has begun to right this horrendous wrong – the answer “lies not in a world without …

Earth News Journal 39: The Might of Haiyan

As severe weather occurrences increase around the globe, due in part to global climate changes, the accuracy upon which forecasters rely for broadcasting major storms may need to increase, as well. Supertyphoon Haiyan, which rocked the coasts of the Philippines in mid November 2013, is arguably one of the strongest tropical cyclones to ever strike …