You can now sell snow to the Eskimos





In fact, for the first time in recorded history, the temperature never dropped below zero in Anchorage for a whole calendar year.  2014 was one of the warmest years on record for America’s wintriest state. It was also the warmest for the Bering Sea and Anchorage’s warmest since 1926.

So with skis stuck in closets and White Christmas dreams dashed (see video), Alaskans have more reason than ever to pay attention to climate change.




“To me, the fact that Anchorage won’t dip below zero degrees in calendar year 2014 is just one more signal — as if we needed another one — of a rapidly changing climate,” said Andrew Hartsig, director of the Ocean Conservancy’s Arctic program.


Hartsig said Anchorage’s comparatively balmy weather is consistent with other long-term trends, including diminishing summer sea ice and increasing sea surface temperatures.
Will the sleds need wheels soon?

“These are definitely red flags that are very consistent with climate change,” said Chris Krenz, senior scientist at Oceana, an international conservation group. “These are anomalies … that show our climate system is off-kilter.”
But Alaska’s hyper-variable weather conditions mean the climate connection isn’t a straight one: James E. Overland, a research oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, […] argues that Alaska’s very cool heat wave is not evidence of climate change but rather the next stage in a long-term weather pattern that began with six years of warming in the Bering Sea and southern Alaska, followed by six cold years.

“This year, then, was the breakdown of the string of cold years,” Overland said. … We don’t know, and it makes a big difference.”

When the roads turn into rivers


Over at Andy Revkin’s DotEarth, scientist Mike McCracken argues that current weather extremes may offer a preview of new norms under advanced climate change:

Such large variations of the climate likely won’t occur every year over the next few decades given the limited global warming to date, but it would seem likely such conditions will occur more and more frequently as global warming continues, disrupting both social systems and ecosystems.

At Sustainable Green Initiative, we plant trees to help the fight against climate change and also hunger, poverty and rural migration.  By planting a tree through us you can help in doing your bit to mitigate your carbon footprint. Did you know a tree sequesters about 1 ton of carbon and processes enough oxygen for two peoples requirements in its life-time?

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A tree that produces 3.1KW of power.


This tree inspired wind turbine produces 3.1 kilo watts of energy per day

Is that a tree? Or is that a wind turbine?

Have you noticed how many gaudy hotels and restaurants boast of palm fronds and picket fences made of cement? Well here’s something to please the aesthetic and environmentalist in you. New Wind, a research and development company from France has developed new wind turbines that are shaped like trees. 

Based on the look and feel of a tree, these wind turbines have additional advantages – they actually need less wind than a traditional turbine to produce an equivalent amount of power, and are silent. Standing nearly 36 feet tall, these turbines have 72 artificial leaves, which in reality are micro turbines that spin silently, producing more than 3100 watts of power.



Entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière invented the turbines and got inspiration from noticing how leaves on a tree trembled as the wind passed through them. These turbines are a great way to supply power to the urban world by installing them in parks as well. They blend into the scenery and pass the aesthetic test with flying colours! 

Michaud-Larivière, meanwhile is set to show off his invention this May at the Paris Place de Concorde.

At Sustainable Green Initiative, we plant trees to help the fight against climate change and also hunger, poverty and rural migration.  By planting a tree through us you can help in doing your bit to mitigate your carbon footprint.

Did you know a tree sequesters about 1 ton of carbon and processes enough oxygen for two peoples requirements in its life-time?

So what are you waiting for? 

Plant a tree today.