Heroes of the Week: Youth Organizers of “Mock COP26”

Heroes of the Week: Youth Organizers of “Mock COP26”

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference was set to take place this November in the UK but the coronavirus has postponed the meeting for another year. But, as the Guardian reported, not wanting to waste any time, young activists in Fridays for Future are pushing ahead with their own online event this November, called Mock […]

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Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity click button

Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

This week the United Nations released its 5th Outlook on Global Biodiversity. We sat down with Tanzanian diplomat Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, to ask her about the report’s assessment that the world had failed to achieve the 2020 biodiversity goals and the prospect for achieving the ambitious target […]

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Vegetables Are Good For You And The Planet

Vegetables Are Good For You And The Planet

A recent study demonstrated that perennial vegetables are very important in preventing and mitigating soil erosion and climate change, Virginia Gewin reported last month for Civil Eats. This category of vegetables, which grow year-round, goes beyond simply artichokes and asparagus — they studied over 600 species. And they were able to demonstrate a “full accounting of their potential to pull carbon from the atmosphere.”

Why This Matters: As the authors of the study contend, “Perennial vegetables are a neglected and underutilized class of crops with potential to address 21st-century challenges.”

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Climate Becoming a Major Issue for Suburban Women Due To Floods, Fires, Smoke

Climate Becoming a Major Issue for Suburban Women Due To Floods, Fires, Smoke

The smoke from the California wildfires is now marring the skies from coast to coast, with satellite pictures showing the reach of the plume of ash and contaminated air spreading across the country, according to The Washington Post.

Why This Matters:  We have been writing for months about the growing political importance of climate change and environment — both of which are noticeably worse, much to the dismay of the key voting block — suburban women.

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2019 May Have Been Peak Year For Oil  Demand, BP Trying to Pivot

2019 May Have Been Peak Year For Oil Demand, BP Trying to Pivot

Yesterday, the world’s leading oil producers, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), projected a larger decrease in oil demand than was predicted earlier in the pandemic.  The Hill reported that OPEC predicts oil demand will drop by 9.46 million barrels per day (bpd) rather than 9.06 million bpd. 

Why This Matters:  Big oil and gas companies like BP may be trying to put a good face on the bleak prognosis for oil, while they try to remain sunny about gas.

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Deforestation in Afghanistan Multiplies Climate and Security Threats

Deforestation in Afghanistan Multiplies Climate and Security Threats

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer As Stefanie Glinski reported for the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week, large-scale deforestation in Afghanistan, due primarily to the past 40 years of war, has advanced flooding in the country (as trees prevent soil erosion and serve as a buffer against flooding). According to Glinski, “Trees have long been […]

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