An artistic installation by the sculptor Lorenzo Quinn, titled ‘Support’, was presented on Friday 12 May in the Italian city, as part of the 57th International Art Exhibition ‘La Biennale di Venezia’. A pair of gigantic hands come out of the water to support the sides of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, in an effort to raise awareness about the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on the historic city. They indeed do a good job of grabbing attention, as they are between 8 and 9 meters high!
The world’s population is rising and with it are food demands. Policymakers are targeting Africa’s wet savannas as expendable areas easily converted into cropland. A study out from Princeton University finds that such a conversion to farmland would come at a high environmental cost.
Non-military drones are growing in popularity with the use by local police departments traffic reporters, and now the oil and gas industry is looking to get into the action. Researchers and industry alike are hard at work developing new technologies to improve methane detection in hydraulic fracturing operations that are compatible with drones. Many corporations currently use varied forms of aircraft, such helicopters and satellites, equipped with laser sensors or infrared cameras to detect methane. Lighter, less expensive, faster, and more sensitive sensors currently in development are making the use of drones more appealing.
The Hawaiian Legislature passed a bill this week setting a goal for the state of reaching 100% renewable power by 2045. If approved by Governor David Ige, Hawaii will be the first state to officially aim for generating all of its electricity from renewable resources. New York and California have had longer standing initiatives to reduce emissions by 2050 below 80% of the levels from 1990, but no bill to date is as ambitious as Hawaii’s.
Canada has announced new goals to greenhouse gas emissions to thirty percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The announcement has received criticism for not addressing the oil sands in Alberta. The pledge comes just prior to a meeting between the Canadian provinces in June and a major climate change conference in Paris in December. The pledge was formally submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Friday.