Environmental Risks Take Top Three Spots

Environmental Risks Take Top Three Spots

Environmental risks — extreme weather, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and natural disasters — are the top three most likely risks according to the 2019 survey of 1,000 experts from government, business, academia, and non-governmental organizations.  The survey’s release at the outset of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, contained a jarring assessment of these risks, saying that “the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe.” 

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Commission Calls for Global Agricultural Revolution

Commission Calls for Global Agricultural Revolution

As if we needed another reason to eat right, a new study published Wednesday found that climate and human health are deeply intertwined. According to a global commission convened by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, In order to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stabilize the climate, the world needs a “comprehensive shift” in its diet. The Commission recommended that we decrease our consumption of unhealthy foods (such as red meat, sugar, and refined grains), which would both provide major health benefits, and at the same time increase the likelihood of attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Heroes of the Week:  Belgian Kids Skipping School To Make a Point

Heroes of the Week: Belgian Kids Skipping School To Make a Point

For the second week in a row, thousands of Belgian kids walked out of school and marched on EU parliament to make a point about the urgent need for climate action.  The Associated Press picked up the story, giving it worldwide attention.  Rain and cold did not deter the more than 12,000 kids — indeed, […]

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Our Daily Planet talks climate change with Lindsey Vonn

Our Daily Planet talks climate change with Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn will go down in history as one of the most decorated female alpine skiers to ever grace the slopes. She has won 4 overall World Cup championships (one of only two women to ever do so) and 3 Olympic medals and while this will be her last racing season she will leave generations […]

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On the 25th anniversary of the Northridge quake, Bay Area experiences rumbles

On the 25th anniversary of the Northridge quake, Bay Area experiences rumbles

The Northridge Earthquake in 1994 was a massive 6.7 magnitude quake that struck Southern California’s densely populated San Fernando Valley, destroying freeways and leaving much of the area without power for extended periods of time. The quake struck at 4:30 AM on January 17th, 1994 making yesterday the 25th anniversary of the disaster and incidentally on the anniversary, the San Francisco Bay Area experienced its second tremor in 2 days. 

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Out of this world candidate being recruited for Senate race

Out of this world candidate being recruited for Senate race

314 Action, a nonprofit political action committee that recruits and supports scientists and candidates with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) backgrounds to run for office has launched a campaign to recruit retired astronaut Mark Kelly to run for the Democratic nomination for Arizona’s 2020 Senate race. As the Arizona Republic reported, Kelly, the husband of former U.S. […]

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Reaching Paris Accord Emissions Cuts – There Is a Realistic Path Forward

Reaching Paris Accord Emissions Cuts – There Is a Realistic Path Forward

A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications provides a glimmer of hope on meeting the Paris Agreement’s greenhouse gas emissions targets globally.  According to the study, if we begin right now, and “carbon-intensive infrastructure is phased out at the end of its design lifetime from the end of 2018, there is a 64% chance that peak global mean temperature rise remains below 1.5 °C.” 

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Trump Quietly Orders More Logging On Federal Lands

Trump Quietly Orders More Logging On Federal Lands

President Trump issued an Executive Order late last year directing the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior to increase logging on lands under their agencies’ control by 31% above levels of timber harvest in 2017.  The Washington Post reported that the President had been itching to sign this Order — he wanted to do it during his trip to California in mid-November, an inside source told The Post, but it wasn’t ready for his signature.  The order only became public earlier this week. 

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Wheeler Denies Climate Crisis in his Confirmation Hearing

Andrew Wheeler, the Acting EPA  Administrator, appeared before the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee yesterday for his confirmation hearing and was greeted by protesters and angry questioning by the Committee’s Democratic members.  The protesters began shouting “Shutdown Wheeler” just as he began to read his opening statement, and were quickly removed, as he raised his eyebrows in disdain (see video above.)  Drawing fire from the Democrats on the Committee, Wheeler said that climate change is a “global issue” but “not the greatest crisis,” and did not even mention climate change in his opening statement. 

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Changing climate mentality

Changing climate mentality

Our good friends at the Yale Program for Climate Communication along with the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication analyzed in their most recent survey the percentage of people who have changed their opinions about climate change and it turns out about 8% of surveyed Americans indeed had changed their attitude. Overall 84% of respondents said that they were MORE concerned than in the previous two years about global warming.

So what happens once you do accept climate change and begin worrying about the state of our planet? It turns out that, as UnDark reported, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that climate change and its effects are linked to elevated rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, post-traumatic stress, and a host of negative emotions including anger, hopelessness, despair, and a feeling of loss. Researchers have dubbed these feelings “ecological grief.”

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Deep Blue shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

Deep Blue shark doo doo doo doo doo doo

While in the U.S. 12 states have so far banned the sale of shark fins (while 5 federal bills have died in the House and Senate in the past 2 years), according to the Animal Welfare Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that updates its list of restaurants that serve shark fin soup and notifies the relevant state enforcement agencies– the bans haven’t stopped restaurants in at least 10 of the 12 states. Then in a bit of happy shark news, USA Today reported that a strikingly massive great white shark, one of the largest ever documented, was spotted by divers in Hawaii on Sunday as the apex predator feasted on a sperm whale carcass. The sighting of “Deep Blue” off Oahu was remarkable because the handful of previous sightings were documented 2,600 miles away at Guadalupe Island off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

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One Funny Thing: a carousel for ducks


Honestly the best part of this ice disk are the ducks taking a ride on it 😂❤️🦆 pic.twitter.com/0Lz9qlUHaW — Taylor Gleason (@TaylorGWGME) January 15, 2019 Freezing temperatures have brought ice as well as a surprising new feature to the town of Westbrook, Maine, according to the New Scientist. An enormous circle of ice has formed […]

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