WHAT’S WRONG & WHY THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE

The climate emergency and the related biodiversity decline we’re facing are unintended outcomes of unbounded profit-driven growth with insufficient attention to the environmental and social impacts of industry. To slow and reverse the damage we are doing, we must carefully examine how our economy and our government are connected. As we envision and create a sustainable future, we need new models designed to protect and nourish humankind and the natural world on which we depend.

Farmer Rick Oswald’s Rock Port, Missouri, family home was destroyed by heavy flooding in spring 2019. His fields remained underwater for several weeks. | M. Scott Mahaskey

How USDA is failing farmers

Politico—OCTOBER 15, 2019 The $144 billion Agriculture Department spends less than 1 percent of its budget helping farmers adapt to increasingly extreme weather. The barrage of wet weather across the country this spring left 20 million acres unable to be planted. Other weather-related disasters have converged to make the past year one of the worst for agriculture in decades. READ MORE

 

The car industry has continually pushed against new emissions standards. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Carmakers among key opponents of climate action

The Guardian—OCTOBER 10, 2019 The research for the Guardian reveals that while the automotive industry releases public statements that support climate initiatives, such as increased electrification, it has been pouring millions of dollars through industry bodies into lobbying efforts to challenge attempts to tackle global heating in the past four years. READ MORE

 

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The media in rich nations tend to portray climate change as an issue that has not been settled

Grist—AUGUST 15, 2019 Richer nations tend to politicize the issue, while poorer nations more often present it as a problem of international concern, according to a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change. The study also found that Only 4 percent of stories covered positive change. A shift in media coverage could help people everywhere better perceive the problem and solutions we must work to implement soon. READ MORE

IPCC: Shift in land use crucial to avert climate emergency

Edie Newsroom—AUGUST 8, 2019 The systemic ways in which global businesses are using land is a “major contributor” to climate change and must be radically transformed if the aims of the Paris Agreement to be met. The IPCC’s report on land use and climate change released on August 8 concludes that land use currently accounts for almost one-quarter (23%) of human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. READ MORE

EPA Stops Collecting Data on Pollutants Released from Farms

Union of Concerned Scientists—AUGUST 5, 2019 EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler exempted farms from reporting hazardous air emissions from animal waste. Prior to this action, farms that emitted 100 pounds or more of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide per day into the air were required to report to local agencies. READ MORE

Trump's public land drilling leases could release more carbon than all 28 EU Countries emit in a year

Common Dreams—JULY 17, 2019 The Wilderness Society says, “Americans have been kept in the dark” about the effects of Trump’s drilling leases on public lands. They estimate that U.S. companies will release at least 854 million and as much as 4.7 billion metric tons of carbon if it develops leases in public waters and lands. READ MORE

Following the Money That Undermines Climate Science

The New York Times: Climate Fwd—JULY 10, 2019 It’s difficult to figure out who’s funding climate denial, because many of the think tanks that continue to question established climate science are nonprofit groups that aren’t required to disclose their donors. READ MORE

Trump’s EPA just replaced Obama’s signature climate policy with a much weaker rule

Vox—JUNE 19, 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency killed President Obama’s signature climate change policy, the Clean Power Plan (CPP). It’s one of the definitive wins in the Trump administration’s full-court press to undo and weaken environmental regulations. READ MORE

Today's 'emergency' actions may lead to tomorrow's food shortages

EcoWatch—JUNE 25, 2019 In June, the Trump EPA OK’d ‘emergency’ use of bee-killing pesticide on 13.9 million acres. Already threatened by climate-induced habitat changes, bee populations could die off at faster rates because of this reckless act by our EPA. Approximately a third of the food humans eat is dependent upon pollinators. ‘Emergency’ pesticide use threatens future generations. READ MORE

We should examine the consequences of 5G now rather than risk another global crisis

JUNE 7, 2019 100,091 signatories from at least 187 countries have signed an International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space saying, “The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.” To protect life on Earth we must move carefully. READ MORE

 

Single-use plastics are a serious climate change hazard

The Guardian—MAY 15, 2019 A new report by the Center for International Environmental Law warns that the proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted. Meanwhile, the petrochemical and plastic industries are planning a massive expansion in production so the problem is on track to get much worse. READ MORE

The fossil fuel industry wants more recycling so they can keep profitting by pumping out plastic

Fast Company—January 25, 2019 ExxonMobil, Shell, Dow, and others in the oil and gas and plastics industries are funding the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a nonprofit that plans to spend at least $1 billion to help keep plastic waste out of the environment by helping cities build badly-needed new recycling infrastructure. READ MORE

New York Times Magazine, Aug 2018

This two-part article based on 18 months of reporting and well over a hundred interviews, covers 1979 to 1989: the decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. It tracks a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians who tried to raise alarms and stave off catastrophe. Unfortunately, the government and fossil fuel industry ignored them. —Jake Silverstein READ MORE

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