SoC Good Reads
Oxford found surprising results from a food and climate study published in the journal Science. The study showed the implications and complexities of global agriculture to determine the environmental impacts of food production.
Europe is currently experiencing one of the hottest summers in history. The heat wave is primarily attributed to an atmospheric roadblock near Greenland that is responsible for changing the aforementioned global wave pattern.
The Dutch have been combating floods for thousands of years, but today's challenge of rising sea levels requires drastic measures. Dikes are reinforced and raised throughout the country, some with as much as two meters, but even that might not be enough. That's why work is being done in such a way, that if necessary, dikes can be raised higher if sea levels keep on rising.
A team of global researchers studied gut microbes in various breeds of sheep, who release vast amounts of methane into the atmosphere. The largest source of methane comes from the burping and farting of farm animals. Using the findings from this research, scientists could alter the types of food given to farm animals reduce the amounts of methane released into the air.
Since we're on the topic of methane, another surprising large emitter is trees in the Amazon rainforest. Methane emissions from single trees in the Amazon were 200 times higher than previously measured anywhere.
Over the past two years, GE has lost hundreds of billion dollars of investor money along with experiencing declines in stocks because of turning a blind eye to the rise of clean energy.