Environments Page

Encouraging Environmentally-Friendly Behavior

Category: Environment

I  have been thinking about the problem of how to incentivize people to behave in an environmentally-friendly way.  Some say that telling them about how much money they can save from switching to solar or turning off lights, for example, is the most effective way to get them to conserve...

Climate Change, Fish Migration, and Political Conflict

Category: Environment

As our planet heats up, fish are migrating north, spurring conflict between nations, especially among those that depend on fishing for a substantial proportion of their GDP. 

Iceland, a nation whose fortunes rise and fall with their fishing industry, has been noticing that fish tha...

Local Climate Actions Are Critical

Category: Environment

Actions to combat climate change need to focus much more on local actions.  Protecting open spaces, wetlands, wildlife, ecosystems, and getting local municipalities to prioritize transit-oriented housing and green building codes are all key actions that all of us can participate in.  

Cutting Down Trees is NOT A Solution to Wildfires

Category: Environment

By Tina Zeng, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Youth Columnist

Wildfires,  Human Triggers, and Climate Change

Fires are a natural part of the cycle of California forests; they help clean the forest floor and  renew the soil with nutrients. In fact, ...

Car Companies: The Bad and the Good

Category: Environment

While Toyota is famous for its “green” hybrid Prius, a recent action they took will lead to increased carbon emissions from cars, perhaps significantly.  Toyota, GM, Subaru, Chrysler , Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, and Kia have sided with the Trump administration in its attack on Calif...

Endangered Species Act Significantly Undermined

Category: Environment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a first step towards weakening the 1973 Endangered Species Act.

The new regulations will make it much easier to remove species from the Endangered Species list, and current wildlife on the threatened species list (one step down from En...

Birds Are Facing Extinction

Category: Environment

An earth without birds. No chirping sounds, no fluttering wings. Silence. Whether or not we can imagine a bird-less world, it’s coming. According to a new study conducted by a team of university, government, and non-profit researchers, a world devoid of birds is our future, perhaps our near...