Day: May 9, 2019

Cargill, Target ask lawmakers to address climate change in final Capitol negotiations

Read the full story from Minnesota Public Radio.

Nine major companies with headquarters or operations in Minnesota are urging state lawmakers to address climate change as part of final policy and spending negotiations at the Capitol.

PFAS Senate hearing, Birnbaum’s expert scientific testimony

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

Linda Birnbaum told senators that chemicals known as PFAS persist in the environment and affect nearly every system in the human body.

Report: Millennials and Gen Z love baked goods, but hate food waste

Read the full story in Grocery Dive.

recent report funded by the American Bakers Association and conducted by the Center for Generational Kinetics revealed that 78% of millennial and Generation Z consumers include carbohydrates in their regular diet, with 73% buying bread and 63% purchasing a sweet baked good in the previous week.

However, 53% of Gen Z consumers and 48% of millennials buy or eat fewer baked goods than they did a year ago, the report found. It’s not from a desire to avoid carbs, since 75% of these younger consumers aren’t deterred from consuming baked goods for that reason. Younger consumers are concerned with food waste; 75% don’t like wasting bread, and more than 20% won’t buy a new loaf after throwing an unused one away.

The survey also found that these younger generations are influenced by a company’s values. About 48% said they would try a product if the ingredients were responsibly sourced.

The media are complacent while the world burns

Read the full story in the Columbia Journalism Review.

This article is being jointly published with The Nation, CJR’s partner in a April 30 conference aimed at reframing the way journalists cover climate change.

Instead of sleepwalking us toward disaster, the US news media need to remember their Paul Revere responsibilities—to awaken, inform, and rouse the people to action. To that end, The Nation and CJR are launching “Covering Climate Change: A New Playbook for a 1.5-Degree World,” a project aimed at dramatically improving US media coverage of the climate crisis. When the IPCC scientists issued their 12-year warning, they said that limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require radically transforming energy, agriculture, transportation, construction, and other core sectors of the global economy. Our project is grounded in the conviction that the news sector must be transformed just as radically.

Expertise of climate change communications researchers needed in #coveringclimatenow

Read the full post from the IECA.

On Tuesday the Columbia Journalism Review and The Nation jointly announced a new project, “Covering Climate Change: A New Playbook for a 1.5-Degree World,” with the goal of improving climate change reporting among U.S. media with a one-day town hall in New York City at the Columbia Journalism School.

In the interest of not contributing carbon-emissions by traveling from Chicago to New York, I followed along via the event’s live-stream, an archive of which is available on YouTube. In an important element of user-generated content, London-based freelance environmental journalist Juan Mayorga provided Spanish translation via Twitter.

One theme of the day was that climate change is the context for all sorts of stories, not just ones about climate science. “Climate is not a story,” said panelist and author Naomi Klein. “It is the backdrop for all of our other stories. It is life.”

Lead contamination risk near Notre-Dame cathedral

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Lead that coated Notre-Dame Cathedral’s spire and roof framing was released to the environment when the cathedral burned last month.

Coal, nuclear interests spar at Senate committee hearing

Read the full story in the Southern Illinoisan.

Advocates from various energy sectors agree that the Illinois Legislature will likely define a radical new energy future with the legislation it does or does not pass this month, but what that future looks like is up for debate.

On Thursday, that debate focused on two bills before the Senate’s energy committee: one would benefit the state’s coal industry, the other its nuclear industry. Both industries believe their plan of choice will drive the state toward carbon-free energy production at lower costs to ratepayers.

Maine is the first state to ban styrofoam

Read the full story in Pacific Standard.

Maryland, Oregon, Vermont, and Connecticut are also considering polystyrene bans as resistance to single-use plastic increases.

Public Energy Enemy No. 1: Why Duke, America’s Biggest Electric Utility, Is Also the Worst for the Environment

Read the full story from the Environmental Working Group.

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Duke operates in so many state and regional markets – each with a different set of rates and rules – that regulators, journalists and consumers don’t often get a complete picture of what the behemoth is planning and doing. But EWG’s months-long investigation reveals a master plan sharply at odds with America’s urgent need to turn away from outdated energy sources that fuel climate change and threaten public health.

Across the nation, forward-looking utilities are accelerating the development of cheaper, cleaner and safer renewables, energy storage and efficiency, and phaseout of expensive, dirty and dangerous coal, nuclear and natural gas plants. But Duke is seeking to slow the pace of transition to renewables. It wants to retain control of power generation and to protect its own power plant investments against competition and cheaper alternatives.

Westerman, Kind Introduce Bipartisan Bill Creating Federal Lands Database

Read the press release from Congressman Bruce Westerman.

Today, U.S. Reps. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to create a single database for lands owned by the federal government.

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