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    Getty Images This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Wet cat and dog food is far more environmentally damaging than dry pet food, according to a new study. It found that wet food results in eight times more climate-heating emissions than dry food. The analysis found that a wet food diet for a typical dog resulted in an “ecological pawprint” for the animal that was the same as for its human owner. There are estimated to be 840 million cats and dogs in the world and, with numbers rising, the impact on the environment of feeding them is under increasing scrutiny. Pet food is usually based on meat, which has by far the heaviest environmental footprint of all foods. The researchers, based in Brazil, analyzed 618 different diets for dogs and 320 for cats, ranging from wet food in cans and pouches to dry biscuits and kibble. The diets were those provided by three major Brazilian pet food retailers, although a few homemade diets were assessed, too. One US study suggested that dog...
    Share this: A host of Brooklyn-based community organizations are among the 32 statewide that have been awarded Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Tuesday. “Community Impact Grants support nonprofit, community-based organizations implementing a wide range of projects addressing multiple environmental concerns that adversely impact the quality of life in minority and low-income communities across the state,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.  Brooklyn recipients of the grants include:
    Share this: A host of Brooklyn-based community organizations are among the 32 statewide that have been awarded Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced on Tuesday. “Community Impact Grants support nonprofit, community-based organizations implementing a wide range of projects addressing multiple environmental concerns that adversely impact the quality of life in minority and low-income communities across the state,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.  Brooklyn recipients of the grants include:
    Ever wondered how bad your favourite foods are for the environment? Well now Oxford-led scientists have provided a little glimpse after creating 'impact scores' for 57,000 food and drink products in the UK and Ireland.   It's bad news for meat eaters as beef and lamb top the list of worst foods for the environment, while energy drinks are among the best.   Nuts and dried fruit, coffee, cheese, fish and seafood, tea, pies, quiches and party food, jams, chocolate and ready meals also have among the worst environmental impacts. Squash and cordial, roast potatoes, onion rings, rice, juices and olives have among the least impact, according to the international research team.   They compared the environmental impacts of meat and meat alternative products, such as plant-based sausages or burgers, and found that many meat alternatives had a fifth to less than a tenth of the environmental impact of meat-based equivalents.  The experts said their research provides a first step towards allowing consumers, retailers, and policymakers to make informed decisions on the environmental impacts of food and drink products. 'By estimating the environmental...
    Baleen whales, such as this humpback and her calf, use low-frequency sound to communicate.Getty Images This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Noise pollution from proposed deep-sea mining could radiate through the ocean for hundreds of kilometers, scientists predict, creating a “cylinder of sound” from the surface to the sea bed. An analysis by scientists from Oceans Initiative in the US, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan, Curtin University in Australia, and the University of Hawaii, published in the journal Science, has found that noise from one mine alone could travel 500km (about 310 miles) in gentle weather conditions. Seventeen contractors with exploration licenses are looking at the possibility of mining the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), an area spanning 4.5 million square kilometers between Mexico and Hawaii, which has abundant mineral-rich lumps known as polymetallic nodules. Scientists estimated the noise impact if each of these mining companies launched one mine in the CCZ. They found that noise levels in a radius of 4-6km from each mine could exceed thresholds...
    (CNN)The Biden administration has taken a key step forward on a controversial proposed oil drilling project in Alaska's North Slope, angering climate advocates who say the project would release tons of emissions and doom the President's climate goals.The US Department of Interior released a draft environmental impact statement for the ConocoPhillips oil drilling project, known as Willow, on Friday night. The statement does not represent a final decision and includes several potential scenarios for the project, including no drilling. But it was a critical step the Biden administration needed to complete for the process to move forward -- setting off alarm bells among environmental groups. If approved and built, the project would produce 629 million barrels of oil over the course of a 30-year life span and would release between 278 million and 284 million metric tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide, according to the draft environmental impact statement. The federal office focused on health impacts of climate crisis has no permanent staff or fundingConocoPhillips is proposing five drilling sites on federal land in Alaska's North Slope, and the project...
    (CNN)As President Joe Biden's administration prepares to hold its first onshore oil and gas drilling lease sales, environmental groups have filed a new lawsuit to attempt to stop the largest of these sales, in Wyoming. It's the second lawsuit in a week to challenge the administration on its drilling plans.The suit comes as the Biden administration struggles with the political fallout of high gas prices and political attacks from Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin, a key Democratic vote on Capitol Hill who has been critical of Biden's energy and climate agenda. Fossil fuel industry cut jobs in 2021 despite growth in production, Energy Department reports Environmental law group Earthjustice filed the complaint on behalf of the Wilderness Society and Friends of the Earth in DC District Court on Wednesday against Department of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and the Bureau of Land Management. The complaint was shared first with CNN. The groups argue the federal government, in its decision to put the Wyoming parcels up for bid, failed to address the environmental impacts to groundwater and wildlife -- including the threatened...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Monday it will conduct an environmental review of US Wind’s proposed wind farm project off the shore of Maryland. If approved, the state’s very first wind farm would be about 11 miles off the shore of Ocean City, with construction expected to begin by the end of 2023. READ MORE: Baltimore Pride Announces Event Lineup, Theme Of 'Together Again'US Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski told WJZ last year there are only a couple of offshore turbines in existence off the coast of the United States currently, something his company hopes to change. “We have enough room offshore for well over 100 turbines,” Grybowski said. “All of those turbines would produce the amount of power you would see in a big traditional power plant.” The development and construction phases of the project could support up to an estimated 2,679 jobs annually over seven years, federal officials said. The department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will publish a Notice of Intent this week to review the company’s construction plan. The publication of the...
    These machines, known as mining rigs, work round the clock to find new units of cryptocurrency.Benjamin Hall | CNBC Some of the biggest names in bitcoin — including Jack Dorsey, Tom Lee, and Michael Saylor — have banded together to refute claims made by House Democrats calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the environmental effects of crypto mining. Bitcoin operates on a proof-of-work (PoW) mining model, meaning that miners around the world run high-powered computers to simultaneously create new bitcoin and to validate transactions. Proof-of-work mining, which requires sophisticated gear and a whole lot of electricity, has virtually become synonymous with bitcoin, though ethereum — at least for another few months — still uses this method to secure its network. Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), along with nearly two dozen House legislators, wrote to the EPA last week asking that the regulatory body ensure mining companies are in compliance with the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, citing "serious concerns regarding reports that cryptocurrency facilities across the country are polluting communities and are having an outsized contribution to...
    A garbage dump site in Jiangsu province.Reuters The Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of setting new requirements for corporate environmental disclosure, and that could have a major impact on a large number of U.S. companies that today disclose nothing at all about their environmental or climate impact. A new study by Just Capital found that one-third of Russell 1000 companies make no environmental disclosures. The report looked at 13 environmental metrics, which include performance outputs like greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and recycled waste, as well as policies like climate commitments. On average, a Russell 1000 company discloses about three data points, with the largest companies disclosing about three times as many as the smallest companies, according to the report. For the 13 individual data points themselves, disclosure rates range from a low of 7% (Science Based Targets initiative's 1.5°C commitments) to a high of 57% (Scopes 1 and 2 carbon dioxide emissions). Disclosures appear to be more prevalent in certain industries. Utilities and personal products lead the pace with, on average, eight and seven disclosures respectively....
    HOUSTON, Texas -- A Houston startup is turning kombucha tea into artificial and sustainable leather.Bucha Bio uses plant-based ingredients including kombucha to create materials for luxury fashion, automotive and interior industries.The companys CEO, Zimri Hinshaw, first began experimenting with kombucha a few years ago as an aspiring fashion design student at Temple University."I was looking to find something that didn't use animal leather and didn't use plastic, which also didn't really align with my values," said Hinshaw. "I ran across this material and realized that would be a great fit. I grew the first sheets of kombucha SCOBY underneath my roommate's bed."Three years later, Bucha Bio now has offices at Houston's green technology incubator, Greentown Labs, and is creating a new lab at the East End Makerspace. "Bucha Bio is not just a leather alternative company. We are creating a plethora of materials that range from packaging to hard composites to fibers," said Hinshaw. "It's important for us from an environmental impact standpoint to create the leather alternatives, the things that sort of have a close analog in the world....
    GILROY (KPIX) — Big tech may be making a huge mark on southern Santa Clara County. The City of Gilroy is soliciting bids in order to determine the environmental impact of Amazon’s Gilroy Data Center, or GDC, one of two major projects the tech giant is pushing forward in the South Bay. READ MORE: Grocery Store Shoppers Feeling Brunt of High Inflation Rate“Gilroy has put out a request to get consultants outside of the city to come in and assist us with fully understanding what the benefits of such a project might be, as well as some as what the drawbacks might be, and what opportunities we have as a city to try to mitigate some of those negative impacts,” said Gilroy Vice Mayor Peter Leroe-Munoz. Leroe-Munoz, who is also General Counsel and Senior Vice President at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, said the city has been working behind the scenes for years to attract tech companies into the city, but added city leaders would not be “rubber stamping” projects. “We certainly want to be very thoughtful, as we are...
    Two more lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to sink the Oakland A’s plan to build a waterfront ballpark and mixed-use development at Howard Terminal. And like the one filed Friday by a coalition of shipping and related companies at the Port of Oakland, these suits also take aim at the project’s environmental impact report, calling it flawed. Union Pacific Railroad and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority each sued the city of Oakland for determining in February that the report complies with California Environmental Quality Act requirements. Instead, the lawsuit alleges, the environmental assessment failed to adequately analyze or mitigate the “public safety risks” associated with the cars, bicycles and pedestrians that will have to cross the railroad tracks to get to the planned 35,000-seat ballpark and surrounding village of 3,000 homes, offices, restaurants, hotel rooms an entertainment center and public parks. Capitol Corridor runs 30 weekday and 22 weekend passenger trains each week on Union Pacific Railroad’s tracks, which cross Market Street and Martin Luther King Junior Way, as well as Clay, Washington, Broadway, Franklin, Webster and...
    Democrats in California were forced to undo a law that required U.C. Berkeley to freeze student enrollment at 2020 levels to reduce the effects a larger student body would have on the environment. Lawmakers sought to nullify part of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, with Senate Bill 118, which exempts all state colleges and universities from enrollment caps, including what the San Francisco Chronicle called the state’s “premier public campus.”  The Chronicle reported that the state Assembly and Senate “moved at lightning speed” to approve the bill and Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill “hours later.” The Chronicle reported that lawmakers had to act quickly before Berkeley had to turn down thousands of new students: Instead, CEQA will cover each campus’ long-range development plan — and within that a school’s total population, students and employees alike. Key to the bill is that a school will have 18 months to rework its plan if a judge finds that its growing overall population created “significant environmental impacts.” Only if the problem persisted could a judge order the school to shrink...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/BCN) — With a future move to Las Vegas still in play, the Oakland City Council overwhelmingly approved the final environmental impact report for the proposed new Howard Terminal Ball Park late Thursday night, maintaining hope the A’s will decide to remain in the Bay Area. After hours of debate, councilmembers voted 6-2 — with Noel Gallo and Carroll Fife casing the negative votes — to approve the plan which was a major milestone in the city’s battle to remain the home of the American League franchise. READ MORE: Police Shoot, Kill Pleasanton Domestic Violence Suspect Following StandoffBut there is still much work needed. A binding financial agreement between the city and the A’s must be hammered out. A’s Team President Dave Kaval celebrated the vote in a social media post that described it as a “big step closer to a new waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal”. During the debate, Fife asked the A’s to have a conversation with the people who live and have lived in areas such as West Oakland, which will be impacted by...
    It has other hurdles to clear, but the Oakland A’s proposal to build a waterfront ballpark and mixed-use development hit a major milestone Thursday after the City Council approved a 3,500-page report that signals the project passes environmental muster. The council voted after an hours-long discussion Thursday evening in a 6-2 vote to certify the environmental impact report, a requirement under state law to establish that the city is sufficiently mitigating any impacts to things like air quality, pollution, traffic and noise. Since its release as a draft last year, the report had drawn hundreds of comments or questions from various government agencies, community organizations and individuals about the project’s potential impact on traffic, air quality, infrastructure and other environmental elements. Many of those who participated in five hours of public comment during Thursday’s council meeting continued to raise questions about the report, questioning whether it adequately addressed the many areas expected to be impacted by the major development. Some urged postponement of a decision pending further analysis of the project’s impact, while supporters of the project...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Two weeks after the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse, environmental groups are working to make sure all the debris left behind doesn’t destroy the environment of Frick Park, including the creek at the bottom of the ravine. Groups like UpstreamPGH have already noticed some changes in the water and crews are working to minimize any damage. READ MORE: Bhavini Patel Enters Race To Succeed Congressman Mike Doyle“It’s just an area where people live, going down into Frick Park walking their dogs. Just being able to escape the daily grind,” Executive Director Mike Hiller said. Two weeks later and tons of concrete and steel sit in the area. Hiller said they’ve already noticed more sediment in the water downstream from the collapse site. The Fern Hollow Creek dumps into Nine Mile Run which flows to the Monongahela River. “It’s no longer functioning like it should. That affects everything downstream,” Holler said over Zoom. According to PennDOT, who is leading the cleanup efforts, the state DEP approved an emergency waterway permit at the beginning of the month. The contractor...
    Eating more plant-based meals is one of the best ways to reduce animal suffering in the animal agriculture industry. Beyond that, it’s also a great way to help the environment and combat climate change. With the current state of the world being threatened by a host of issues–from politics to nuclear warfare to global warming–it’s never been more important to get people to eat more plant-based meals and slow the effects of climate change. To help restaurants guide consumers to purchase more plant-based dishes over meat dishes, the World Resources Institute conducted a study to see if exposing consumers to environmental messaging prior to ordering would impact their meal choices. What they discovered is that “displaying thoughtfully framed environmental messages on restaurant menus can significantly increase customers’ uptake of lower carbon, plant-rich dishes.” According to a press release, the organization tested various messaging to see how it would impact consumers and the two most effective messages doubled the chance that a person would order a vegetarian item from the menu. The leading messages were “small changes can make a...
    Spandex is a stretchy synthetic fabric also known as elastane or lycra. It’s used in leggings, shapewear, and anything else that’s tight, elastic, and usually very comfortable. However, there are a few environmental issues attached to spandex that make it unsustainable and environmentally harmful.  Here are four reasons to avoid buying spandex in the future.  Made from Petroleum  Like polyester, spandex is primarily made from fossil fuels, specifically petroleum, which cause oil spills, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and methane emissions. This completely nonrenewable resource is responsible for half of the United States’ carbon emissions and about a third of the world’s carbon emissions. The problem is not just with the clothing being produced. When these synthetic garments burn, they release carbon into the air and contribute to rising air pollution levels.  Harsh Chemicals  The spandex production process relies on several incredibly toxic chemicals that are responsible for serious health problems. Spandex is made from polyurethane, which is carcinogenic and may also be a mutagen. Repeated exposure to this chemical can cause damage to the kidneys, liver, brain, and bone marrow. Despite the...
    OAKLAND (BCN) – Following a recommendation by the Oakland Planning Commission on Wednesday evening, the City Council will consider whether to certify an environmental report for a new Oakland A’s ballpark in the city. The City Council likely will consider whether to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report at a February meeting, city officials said. READ MORE: Livemore Man Arrested in Series of Sexual Battery Attacks on Female JoggersThe Planning Commission recommendation is just another step toward a final approval or denial by the city of the waterfront project. “(The) Planning Commission recommendation to send the Final Environmental Impact Report onto the City Council for certification is a huge win for our entire region and puts Oakland one step closer to building a landmark waterfront ballpark district with the highest environmental standards,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a statement Wednesday night. “For this EIR, our City provided an extended public comment and review period and responded to more than 400 comments in writing,” Schaaf added. “A new waterfront neighborhood will provide a long-term home for our beloved Oakland A’s, 18...
    OAKLAND — A month after the city released its final 3,500-page report assessing the environmental impact of the A’s proposed waterfront ballpark and housing development, the planning commission voted Wednesday to recommend the city council certify the report, a key document whose approval is crucial to making the development a reality. The planning commission vote was unanimous, but it was a controversial decision for a contingent of the dozens of people who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, urging the commission to delay the decision. Some said they believed the document was not adequate and wanted the commissioners to ask for further analysis of the project’s impact. While there are many decisions left to be made, including the actual certification of the legally required environmental impact report by the City Council, proponents of the A’s proposed project saw the commission’s vote as a milestone to be celebrated. “Tonight’s Planning Commission recommendation to send the Final Environmental Impact Report onto the City Council for certification is a huge win for our entire region and puts...
    Fast fashion is a growing issue, with little regulation in place to combat its prevalence. However, that may be changing. New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi is co-sponsoring new legislation that would hold fashion companies to higher standards and demand transparency regarding the environmental and social impacts of their businesses. According to ELLE, the proposed legislation, the Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act, would require fashion companies with over $100 million in revenue (that do business in New York) to “map their supply chains, disclose environmental and social impacts, and set binding targets to reduce those impacts.” Additionally, they would be required to publically disclose both the materials they use and the wages they pay workers. “There is not one company on this planet that can ignore the issue of their environmental impact.” And that is why I’m proud to carry The Fashion Act with ⁦@annakelles⁩. ⁦@ELLEmagazine⁩ ⁦⁦@NSIFashion2030⁩ https://t.co/VkiOxY1L4I — Alessandra Biaggi (@Biaggi4NY) January 14, 2022   While the act has seen some pushback according to Women’s Wear Daily, it’s also garnered a lot of...
    OAKLAND — The city on Friday released its final 3,500-page environmental impact report, a key document whose approval is crucial in turning the Oakland’s A’s proposal to build a waterfront ballpark into more than just a field of dreams. The report indicates there’s no significant environmental hurdle to the team’s plan to build a 35,000-seat ballpark at the Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal and surround it with 3,000 housing units, 1.5 million square feet of office space and 270,000 square feet of retail space, as well as hotel rooms and parks. Since its release as a draft in February, the report has drawn roughly 400 comments or questions from various government agencies, community organizations and individuals about the project’s potential impact on traffic, air quality, infrastructure and other environmental elements. The next step is for the city’s planning commission to review the report on Jan. 19. If the commission likes it, the report will move onto the council for possible approval the following month. At that time, the council also may consider the financial terms of the...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland officials have released the final environmental impact report for the Howard Terminal on the proposed new stadium for the Oakland A's at Howard Terminal.City officials will recommend to the Oakland Planning Commission that it certify the report and send it to the City Council for approval.The Planning Commission will take up that recommendation on Jan. 19 and the City Council may approve the report in February.RELATED: 30,000 jobs coming to Oakland with Coliseum development after A's lease expires"Releasing the final Environmental Impact Report is a major milestone on our path to build a new waterfront ballpark district that will create up to 18 acres of beautiful public parks, more affordable housing, and good jobs for Oaklanders," Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said."The 3,500-page document is thorough and exhaustive, and it ensures that the project is environmentally safe and sustainable," Schaaf said. "The completion of the EIR also keeps us on track to bring the project for a final vote to the City Council in 2022 -- and brings us one step closer to keeping our beloved A's...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF/BCN) — The time has finally come: Oakland officials say they expect to release the final environmental impact report on the proposed new stadium for the Oakland A’s at Howard Terminal Friday morning. The report is expected to be released at 8 a.m. on the city’s website. City officials will recommend to the Oakland Planning Commission that it certify the report and send it to the City Council for approval. READ MORE: UPDATE: Officers Kill Man Wielding BB Gun In North Richmond; Suspect Had Said 'Goodbye' to Family MembersThe Planning Commission will take up that recommendation on Jan. 19 and the City Council may approve the report in February. “Releasing the final Environmental Impact Report is a major milestone on our path to build a new waterfront ballpark district that will create up to 18 acres of beautiful public parks, more affordable housing, and good jobs for Oaklanders,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. The Oakland A’s released renderings of their proposed new ballpark at Howard Terminal near Jack London Square in Oakland (Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels...
    The paradox of combating climate change is that the extent of the emergency extends far beyond the actions taken by individuals to mitigate the climate crisis, yet collective action is what is most required to address this issue. There are so many examples of this dilemma—from recycling to how power is being generated, to what people should consume. In each case, broad-based action is required to shift the dial, and while it might seem insurmountable, every little bit counts. A great example of this sentiment in action can be found in the growing field of eco-friendly web design. In a 2013 study, the internet’s annual carbon footprint was measured at 830 million tons of carbon dioxide. This would put the web’s electricity output at roughly the same level as the aviation industry. “If the internet were a country, it would now rank sixth in the world for its electricity demand,” states a 2014 article in the Guardian by Gary Cook, a senior IT analyst with Greenpeace. Meanwhile, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic leading to people working remotely from their homes...
    Many omnivores may consider salmon a healthy part of their diet, but the reality is there is nothing healthy about how salmon is raised for food. About sixty percent of salmon consumed in the world come from farms. There are obvious ethical issues surrounding eating these fish, but the environmental impact of salmon farmings is particularly atrocious. Here’s what you need to know about salmon farming and why you should stop eating the fish altogether.  Filled with Parasites Since the 1960s, parasitic sea lice have devastated salmon farms, infecting the fish and hurting the surrounding environment. The lice grapple onto the skin, gills, and fins of the fish and feed off of them, creating wounds and gashes in their flesh that increase their risk of death and disease. To make matters worse, these parasitic sea lice don’t just affect the salmon inside the farms. Instead, they spread to other fish outside the farm. While these lice don’t affect human health, their impact on fish species in and out of the farms is disastrous. Climate change and rising...
    Holidays can put quite some stress on us, our planet, and it’s resources. Do you know the environmental impact of the gifts you give? A study by Shop Like You Give a Damn has investigated the true impact of Holiday gifts to help you give more sustainably. Here you will find the social, ethical, and environmental impact of holiday gifts: The 10 Most Given Christmas Gifts are: Clothes and shoes Food and drink Health and beauty products Toys and games Books Jewelry Vouchers Music Movies Computers Socks Almost everyone has at least once found socks under their Christmas tree. But what is the environmental impact of socks? That highly depends on what material they are made of. The first step to minimize your carbon footprint is to not purchase things you or your loved ones don’t need. As socks are quite a useful gift (and they tend to often mysteriously disappear in our washing machines), buying socks might be a good plan. Cotton socks create 0.091kg of CO2-eq woolen socks create 5.74kg of CO2-eq ...
    Black Friday spending in the U.S. reached a record high of $9 billion last year and led to an uptick in emissions. Holiday shopping is on the horizon as Black Friday and Cyber Monday loom ever closer. Black Friday purchases hit a record high last year, with consumer spending reaching $9 billion. Cyber Monday was even more successful: U.S. consumers spent $10.8 billion. Oddly, data breaking down the environmental impact of both days is relatively scarce in the U.S. The U.K. instead offers some insights into just how much emissions spike during major shopping events like this. According to Money’s 2021 Dirty Delivery Report, Black Friday deliveries from online shopping alone in the U.K are estimated to produce 386,243 tonnes of carbon this year. Data pinpointing emissions from brick-and-mortar store sales is harder to find, though transportation accounts for the largest emitting sector in the U.K., according to government figures. It’s also the highest greenhouse gas emitter in the United States according to the Environmental Protection Agency, accounting for 29% of all emissions in 2019. Protests are starting to become the norm...
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set December 31 for when it plans to conclude its environmental assessment into SpaceX's launch program. The update means the Elon Musk-led firm could soon prepare to send its first Starship rocket into orbit as early as the first-quarter 2022 – a mission that has been on pause since the review began this summer. The assessment looks at environmental impacts of SpaceX's initial mission profile and reviews debris recovery, local road closures in Boca Chica, Texas, where the firm's launch site is located, and other issues. Musk, who has been critical of FAA regulations in the past, seemed delighted by the news and took to Twitter to share his reaction: 'The hard work by FAA, US Fish & Wildlife and Texas Parks & Wildlife is much appreciated, as well as the strong local support from Cameron County and Brownsville/South Padre.' Scroll down for video  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set December 31 for when it plans to conclude its environmental assessment into SpaceX's launch program The Starship program aims to develop vehicles for...
    Two directors of the environmental group Greenpeace, along with a climate activist, have filed a lawsuit against German automaker Volkswagen in Brunswick, claiming that the carmaker did not promote climate protection. Applicants claim that the carbon dioxide emitted by Volkswagen makes a significant contribution to the climate crisis and its consequences. They argue that the car manufacturer’s business model does not fit in with the goal of controlling global warming to 1.5 degrees. Applicants say Volkswagen should stop selling cars with internal combustion engines worldwide by 2030. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Volkswagen has not yet commented on the matter, but the company has previously stated that it wants to become a carbon-neutral car maker by 2050. The use, copying or reproduction of material published on iAuto.lv on other web sites, mass media or the handling of material published on iAuto.lv without the written permission of EON SIA is strictly prohibited. See also  Google provides creepy crawlies to its AR look for effects
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more Fashion bloggers and influencers own a lot of clothes. It’s to be expected. Clothing is an integral part of their job, so to have a lot of it is almost mandatory. However, their industry normalizes owning and buying way too much of it, even when you don’t ‘need’ to for your career. It’s not sustainable, affordable, or realistic for most people, and it should be presented in that way.  Sponsored and Gifted Clothing  It’s these influencers’ job to have a ton of clothing because they make money off of owning and promoting so much of it. The reason they make so much money off of sponsored content is that it works. In fact, 17% of companies spend half of their marketing budget on influencers. That gives you an idea of the return they get each time they send an article of clothing to an influencer and pay them to style it. In a survey, 89% of companies agreed that influencer marketing ROI (return on investment) works better than other channels,...
    (CNN)Tar balls that may be linked to the oil spill off the coast of Orange County, California, are washing up on San Diego beaches, county officials said Thursday, highlighting concerns about the widening environmental impact days after tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean."While it is not impossible for this to occur naturally, the quantity is highly unlikely, highly unusual, and it is very likely that these tar balls are in fact the result of the oil spill," San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said in a news conference Thursday. "We do not know that for certain yet," he added. Officials have collected samples, which are being tested. A timeline of the California oil spill, from the first report to the clean-upSan Diego County will declare a state of emergency if the tar balls are tied to the Orange County oil spill, Fletcher said. Booms -- floating barriers used to contain an oil spill -- have been deployed out of an abundance of caution, he said. The news comes days after the...
    A dead cactus is seen on the ground near the United States-Mexico border wall in Organ Pipe National Park south of Ajo, Arizona, on Feb. 13, 2020. A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the previous administration violated law by failing to properly examine environmental impacts of construction of his stupid and racist border fencing, as well as other increased border militarization measures. The ruling stems from a 2017 lawsuit filed by Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva and the Center for Biological Diversity, which celebrated the ruling in a statement.  “This is a win for wildlife and communities along the border, where the government has behaved as if the laws don’t apply,” endangered species legal director Brian Segee said. “This victory follows years of federal officials neglecting the environment and the health and wellbeing of borderland communities.” “Today’s ruling says federal officials broke the law by failing to prepare an updated in-depth environmental impact statement for the U.S.-Mexico border enforcement program,” which included  wall construction and increased enforcement, the Center for Biological Diversity said. But the previous administration “argued that there had...
    It is mango season! But before we all go crazy buying every mango in sight, it’s important to talk about its sustainability. Similar to other tropical fruits like bananas and coconuts, mangoes’ climate-specific farming needs impose a few sustainable and ethical issues. This isn’t to see that you should feel guilty about enjoying a mango or two, it’s just important to keep in mind!  Sustainability  Mangoes aren’t inherently bad for the environment. Out of all the greenhouse gases the mango industry produces, 60 percent of them come from fertilizers and transportation. This is what’s included when talking about transportation emissions; fossil fuels and gas for transportation vehicles, electricity in packinghouse cooling rooms (fruit needs to be refrigerated after all), and fuel for heated hot water tanks needed to treat fruit fly larvae.  The lengths mangoes have to travel is by far the most unsustainable part about them. Mangoes, along with avocados, are some of the most air-freighted fruit.  Agrochemicals (fertilizers) are also responsible for a significant chunk of their carbon emissions. Obviously, anything that spikes the industry’s greenhouse gas...
    The current controversial topic in the crypto ecosystem centers on the environment. Well, in the last year a campaign has grown that seeks to raise awareness among users of the crypto world. This is about the impact that cryptographic technology can have on the environment. Therefore, Binance released a statement explaining its vision on NFTs and the environment. Binance’s official positions regarding controversial regards to the crypto world tend to become practically the central opinion of all crypto users. Even for those renowned analysts, a good base to cite tends to be these official positions that Binance issues. That is why its official position on NFTs and the environment provide new opportunities for users. How do NFTs affect the environment? As mentioned before, major concerns about the impact of NFTs on the environment include allegations that this technology generates high carbon emissions. Since they are produced using energy-intensive proof-of-work (PoW) blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum. However, part of the core of the discussion is that not all NFTs work with PoW models. And many have great potential to shape...
    Construction on an Indonesian tourism project dubbed "Jurassic Park" on social media will continue, the Southeast Asian country's environment ministry said on Thursday, despite UNESCO warnings the plans could have a negative environmental impact. Work on a series of tourism projects in Indonesia's Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, began last year, sparking concerns about threats to the local economy and the fragile habitat of the park's namesake, the Komodo dragon. 103-MILLION-YEAR-OLD DINOSAUR FOSSIL FOUND IN OREGON Last month, officials from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) told a World Heritage Committee conference that the project required a new environmental impact assessment over illegal fishing concerns and the potential risk to the Komodo dragon's natural habitat. "This project will proceed...it's been proven to have no impact," Wiratno, a senior official at Indonesia's environment ministry, told Reuters. Indonesia's Komodo National Park is seen in this April 6, 2018 photo. Construction in the park on a tourism project dubbed "Jurassic Park" will continue, the Southeast Asian country's environment ministry said, despite UNESCO warnings the plans...
    08/03/2021 at 09:05 CEST Space tourism seemed like science fiction only a few years ago and, although it is still in its infancy, it has already begun to take its first steps. In recent weeks, private companies working in the rocket industry have already launched their wealthy travelers into space. No one doubts that what Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin or SpaceX have done will in a few years become something more than a sporadic feat and will become routine and habitual. And yet, what environmental impact does space tourism have? Experts warn that rocket launches generate emissions and other consequences that are not exactly positive for the environment. It is true that the current volume of launches is still too small to pose a clear threat to the environment, but it can be when tourist space flights become an everyday occurrence. As the scientific popularizer Álex Rivero has recalled, Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin boasts that its engines are clean, when using liquid hydrogen and oxygen. They are more respectful engines than those of Space X...
    Fish farming has been commended as a more sustainable alternative to both wild-caught fishing and livestock agriculture. While overfishing and ensnarement of other marine life are not as prevalent in fish farming practices, this industry is still incredibly cruel and environmentally detrimental. Source: Animal Outlook / Youtube Environmental Impact 1. Wild-Caught fish are used to feed farmed fish Although many fish farms boast that their aquaculture practices do not risk overfishing natural populations of fish, this is only true for the type of fish they are farming. For example, many of the bigger fish humans eat such as salmon are carnivorous. Thus, to keep them alive long enough for slaughter, fish farmers feed them fish meal made from frequently overfished populations. Not only does this practice contradict the idea that fish farms are “good” because they don’t contribute to overfishing, but it also demonstrates how calorically inefficient fish farming is. Other studies have corroborated this caloric inefficiency by comparing aquaculture and land animal agriculture. Farmed fish convert protein and calories from feed into edible seafood at similar rates...
                        Winona LaDuke, the leader of the Honor the Earth environmental group, was arrested along with six other women while protesting the Line 3 pipeline. As was reported on WCCO, three of the arrested water protectors “locked down one of Enbridge’s drills on Tuesday morning, halting drilling under the Shell River.” The women are facing trespassing charges. These arrests bring the total number of protesters arrested to over 600. The Line 3 pipeline has been controversial since the start, with many environmentalists concerned about the potential impact of the line on the lakes and rivers it will flow through. The activists also say the line would worsen climate change and having the line would increase the risk of spills in areas where Native Americans hunt and fish, impacting the tribal lands and their way of life. As reported by The Minnesota Sun, one weekend in June, around 250 water protectors were arrested at a protest that drew activists from around the country. “Activists have been coming to protest the...
    07/21/2021 at 4:30 PM CEST A good part of the sites where renewable plants have been installed or processed in the Canary Islands produce unacceptable effects on biodiversity. 23 NGOs have denounced this through a manifesto, demanding that priority be given to deployment in areas of less sensitivity to natural heritage and that energy planning be concluded urgently, as well as the environmental evaluation of such planning in accordance with state and community regulations. The main environmental NGOs in the Canary Islands – some of which are state-run – aspire to ensuring that the energy transition is also a model ecological transition. Along with the manifesto, they launch a campaign through WE Move so that citizens and other organizations can join In the document they demand that the renewable deployment in the islands prioritize the protection and conservation of biodiversity, contributing to maintain and increase the natural, geological and cultural wealth of the territory. They also highlight the need to put a stop to the depopulation process of the rural environment and promote sustainable socio-economic development...
    “Consumers tend to focus on the impact of the packaging, rather than the impact of the product itself,” explains the researcher. “But nevertheless, reducing the need for products and eliminating waste is much more effective than recycling itself. For consumers recycling the packaging is easier than voluntarily reducing their demand for that product, which is probably one of the reasons why recycling efforts are so popular, ”he adds. This is one of the biggest confusions that recycling generates: it is very good to separate the garbage in the different containers so that part of it can be recycled, but this should be the last step, Recycling is also a polluting process and, in addition, there are many materials that cannot be directly recycled. Before throwing something into its corresponding container, the best thing is, firstly, to reduce the consumption of superfluous packaging, secondly, to find a second or third life after that first use and, finally, to take it to the recycling container . “When it comes to single-use plastics in particular, packaging production and disposal often accounts for only...
    TOKYO - Olympics organizers have pledged to prioritize sustainability at the Tokyo Games in an attempt to demonstrate how countries such as Japan -- a top carbon emitter -- can work toward a greener future. Their initiatives include furnishing the Olympic Village with recyclable cardboard beds, using electricity from renewable sources and minimizing waste at competitions. But like all big global events, the Games will leave an inevitable imprint on the planet. Here are some key points to know about its environmental impact: 2.73 million tonnes of CO2 The most recent official estimate of the Tokyo Games' carbon footprint -- more than some countries such as Montenegro emit in a year. It includes 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 generated through the construction or renovation of venues and other infrastructure. But it does not account for a ban on overseas spectators to limit coronavirus infection risks. When their air travel and accommodation emissions are excluded, the total footprint should come down by around 340,000 tonnes of CO2, organizers say. They will publish a final evaluation after the Games are over....
                        Memphis City Council reversed course on an ordinance to promote environmental justice, in addition to protecting public health and the environment. The ordinance had been on hold from previous council meetings dating back to April, though it was on its third and final reading when it was withdrawn during Tuesday’s meeting. No discussion or explanation accompanied the announcement of the ordinance’s withdrawal. Ordinance No. 5782 concerned the groundwater in the Memphis Sand Aquifer that supplies drinking water for Memphis. Council members Edmund Ford and Jeff Warren sponsored the ordinance. The preamble blamed racial, ethnic, and economic inequalities for the disparate concentrations of environmental hazards. As such, the ordinance declared that any new developments shouldn’t have any kind of adverse impact on minority, low-income, or marginalized communities. “[P]atterns of racial, ethnic, and economic inequality in the United States have resulted in the inequitable geographic concentration of potential environmental hazards, [therefore] the Memphis City Council has determined that this increased level of oversight must also ensure that new development in the...
    Rosanna Arquette seized the opportunity presented by the Fourth of July holiday to call for an end to fireworks being used as the nation’s default method of celebration. The actress is often outspoken on her Twitter account about issues like gun violence, immigration and, in this case, environmentalism. On Independence Day, Arquette took to Twitter to highlight to her more than 193,000 followers the fact that fireworks can have a negative impact on the environment. The 61-year-old went as far as to call for an end to fireworks in favor of an alternative celebratory display.   "I love fireworks but boy do they pollute the atmosphere and cause anxiety with the noise in some," she wrote. "At some point we are going to have to give up some things  for the the well-being of Mother Earth and humans to survive." COLIN KAEPERNICK'S CAMP APPLAUDS GWEN BERRY'S 'BRAVERY' IN NATIONAL ANTHEM DEMONSTRATION Indeed, the loud booming noises created by fireworks have been a known trigger for many, particularly veterans who served in combat and may be suffering from PTSD. It is suggested...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — LaGuardia Airport‘s $2 billion AirTrain project is on hold. The Port Authority had hoped to start construction this month, but community groups and some members of Congress have raised concerns about the environmental impact. A spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration says officials need more time to review the project’s plans. The FAA should issue a decision soon.
    There is nothing more American than hamburgers and hot dogs, right? It is no secret that meat plays an enormous role in the American diet and culture. But, what most Americans do not know is where this meat actually comes from and what impact the production of meat is having on the planet. In 2014, the average American consumed 54 pounds of beef, 45 pounds of pork, and 84 pounds of chicken. More than 27 billion animals are slaughtered a year in the U.S. to meet this demand.  In order to produce this high volume of meat and process these 27 billion animals in the most effective and economically feasible manner, factory farms have become ubiquitous in the U.S. In fact, around 99 percent of all farm animals in the country are raised in factory farms. But what exactly is a factory farm? How are these places different from the idyllic farm you might like to think all your animal products come from? First, factory farms are concentrated feeding operations that house thousands of animals at a time....
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