THE UNLIKELY BENEFICIARY OF CORONOVIRUShttps://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/asia/china-pollution-coronavirus-hnk-intl/index.html “This is the first time I have seen such a dramatic drop-off over such a wide area for a specific event,” says Fei Liu, an air quality researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “I am not surprised because many cities nationwide have taken measures to minimize the spread of the virus.”
ENSURING BATTERY POWER IS SUSTAINABLE IS A CRITICAL ISSUE THAT NEW LEGISLATION ADDRESSES https://www.king.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/with-energy-package-on-senate-floor-king-introduces-groundbreaking-battery-recycling-legislation “Critical minerals like lithium and cobalt are vital to developing clean energy technology – and the good news here is that we have these materials on hand already, from old phone and computer batteries in the desk drawers of American homes and offices,” said Senator King. “Why pay the economic and environmental cost of importing these minerals from countries like China, when we could meet a large portion of our need by simply encouraging the American people to turn-in their old batteries to be recycled back into the industry. This act is a key step towards reducing waste, developing clean energy technology, and revolutionizing the way we produce and utilize critical minerals.”
ROLLING STONE: PLANET PLASTIC https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/plastic-problem-recycling-myth-big-oil-950957/Every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of plastic a week. These tiny pieces enter our unwitting bodies from tap water, food, and even the air, according to an alarming academic study sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, dosing us with five grams of plastics, many cut with chemicals linked to cancers, hormone disruption, and developmental delays. Since the paper’s publication last year, Sen. Tom Udall, a plain-spoken New Mexico Democrat with a fondness for white cowboy hats and turquoise bolo ties, has been trumpeting the risk: “We are consuming a credit card’s worth of plastic each week,” Udall says. At events with constituents, he will brandish a Visa from his wallet and declare, “You’re eating this, folks!”
IS CLIMATE CHANGE PLAYING A ROLE IN THE DECISION TO HAVE CHILDREN? OF COURSEhttps://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/climate-change-calling-question-whether-have-kids-129777I’m a marine scientist, and research the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Aside from bushfires, coral bleaching is one of the most severe manifestations of climate change in Australia. Watching corals turn white and die is just another daily reminder of the disasters our children will be up against. Until now, my partner and I have both wanted to be parents one day. Now I’m not so sure. Here are the things I’m weighing
Reinventing Industry And Technology To Regenerate Naturehttps://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/climate-change-calling-question-whether-have-kids-129777There are precious few people who can inspire a mindset shift amidst the climate crisis, articulating a practical new paradigm for society and industry. Tom Chi is among them. A former tech executive who co-founded Google X, backing efforts like Glass, self-driving cars and Project Loon, may seem an unlikely champion for nature. Yet he is a source of deep wisdom and nuanced inspiration, offering practical pathways to reprioritize our focus, redesign incentives and reengineer unit economics toward regeneration. As Chi says, we’re the last generation that will have the opportunity
TEXAS SIZED HEAT MASS OFF THE COAST OF NEW ZEALAND, 5 DEGREES ABOVE AVERAGEhttps://www.cnn.com/2019/12/27/world/new-zealand-hot-ocean-water-trnd/index.htmlIn the South Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand, satellite imagery shows a massive area of ocean water at well-above-average temperatures. The hot blob on the Pacific surface is detectable from space and is the largest area of above-average water temperature on Earth right now. The patch of sea is about a million square kilometers (400,000 square miles), covering an area of ocean larger than the size of Texas. “The ocean surface doesn’t vary that wildly,” Renwick said. “One degree (Celsius) is big. So, five degrees is huge.”
OUR OBSESSION WITH ONLINE ORDERING CAUSES ROOT ISSUEShttps://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/delivery-dilemma-americans-are-ordering-more-u-s-can-only-n1106426There’s only so many boxes that can be delivered in a day. Warehouse space is nearly full, with vacancy near an all-time low. Streets are crammed with delivery vans blocking traffic. City curbs are increasingly a turf war between delivery drivers and everyone else. Even grocery store aisles can feel crowded — at least, when staff for delivery services are scouring the shelves.
PLANETARY HEALTH DIET: GREAT IDEA BUT FALLS SHORT OF GOALS https://www.greenbiz.com/article/inconvenient-truths-behind-planetary-health-dietThe importance, complexity and scale of this task cannot be overstated. More than 800 million people on the planet do not have enough to eat. Meanwhile, the diets of many of the other 7 billion citizens are driving a pandemic of “western” diseases. Diet-driven chronic diseases have been rising at alarming rates for several decades.
30 PEOPLE IN THEIR 20’S WHO ARE MAKING A HUGE IMPACThttps://www.greenbiz.com/article/2019-greenbiz-30-under-30They work in the worlds of technology and tires, finance and forestry, retail and recovery operations. They hail from Tokyo and Toronto, London and Lima, Mexico and Manhattan. They toil in data centers and diversity, conservation and conservative politics — and generally making the world greener and more just. Together, they represent all that makes us hopeful about sustainability during these uncertain times.
IS A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS WITHIN THE REALM?https://www.newsweek.com/can-we-get-sustainable-christmas-2020-opinion-1479370The new spirit of being green has even cracked that hardest of nuts – Christmas. Despite its religious roots, the festive period has become the time of year when we consume most unapologetically and perhaps even unthinkingly. Unsurprisingly, Christmas is the worst time of the year for the environment, with a third more waste than usual being produced, much of which is non-recyclable and sometimes even harmful.
FRANCE VOWS TO TRANSITION FROM DISPOSABLE TO REUSABLEhttps://www.plasticstoday.com/packaging/france-charts-course-zero-waste-society/190772706162110You may have read about France’s decision to end the use of straws, glasses, cutlery, plates, drink stirrers, take-out cups and lids as well as food boxes made of EPS that will take effect in January. France wants to take that a step further, by going from a “disposable” society to a “reusable” one in the country’s drive for Zero Waste 2040 by banning all plastic packaging.