Day: October 11, 2019

One thing you can do: Talk to children about climate change

Read the full story in the New York Times’ Climate Fwd newsletter.

Climate change and related natural disasters can take a toll on mental health, according to a 2017 report by the American Psychological Association. That can include depression and anxiety.

Children may be one of the hardest-hit groups. According to a poll by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than seven in 10 teenagers and young adults in the United States say climate change will cause harm to their generation. That includes young people who identify as Democratics and Republicans.

In order to lighten that anxiety, experts say, parents should talk to their children.

Want to know where Utah’s waterfowl migrate to? There’s now a website for that

Read the full story from KSL.

Each year for more than a century, state wildlife biologists place metal bands on various ducks, geese and swans with the purpose of tracking migration patterns. Now, a new comprehensive website allows anyone to see where those birds went after they were tagged — and there are some interesting places.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources launched Utah’s Waterfowl Band Returns Tuesday. The website features data collected from thousands of waterfowl — including the American wigeon, Canada goose, cinnamon teal, Gadwall, green-winged teal, mallard, northern pintail, and redhead duck — that have been tagged by state biologists over time.

Plastic waste is everywhere in grocery stores. Can they cut down?

Read the full story in Vox.

Stores like Aldi and Trader Joe’s are trying to decrease excess plastic, but experts say it’s not enough.

Kids’ climate lawsuit to go before Alaska court

Read the full story in Nature.

State supreme court will determine whether case that accuses government of endangering public welfare can proceed.

IDOA collects more than 16,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides

Read the full story from FarmWeek.

This year’s collection held in Pinckneyville also served 12 counties in southwestern Illinois.

Climate Readiness Plan: Just (Let the Rivers) Go With the Flow

Read the full story at Stateline.

Buyouts have long been a tool for federal, state and local officials to encourage homeowners to retreat from flood-prone areas. But in the past, buyouts often occurred after major disasters, such as the Missouri River floods of 1993 or Hurricane Floyd in 1999, using investments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Washington is one of the rare states to have its own state-funded buyout and restoration program, one that is set up to remove development from flood-prone areas on an ongoing basis, not just as federal relief money becomes available in the wake of a massive disaster.

Working from lists selected by local partners, the state grant program, established in 2013, pours money into projects that have been identified as subject to persistent flooding. The projects it funds don’t just remove vulnerable residents, they enlist nature as an ally. By restoring floodplains to their natural state, they help to lessen the risk of flooding elsewhere.

Build a better battery for wind and solar storage and the energy sector will beat a path to your door

Read the full story at Ensia.

As demand for renewable electricity surges, so too does demand for efficient, safe and sustainable storage

Forever 21 bankruptcy echoes Gen Z’s prioritization of sustainability in fashion

Read the full story at The Rising.

For Generation Z, those born from 1998 onwards, the “trend” is to be unique. There is a lot more emphasis on finding your own style and even more leverage on not only shopping according to their aesthetic, but considering their beliefs. Forever 21’s main selling points of being cheap, large, and convenient is no longer impressive to a substantial portion of its target audience. 

Lego wants your old Legos back—so it can give them away

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Through a new pilot program, consumers can send their used bricks to Give Back Box, which will clean and repackage the toys for reuse.

‘A place of refuge’: Bird-watching takes flight on Chicago’s South Side

Read the full story in the Christian Science Monitor.

Access to nature is an intangible and often underappreciated privilege. One community activist is rejuvenating Chicago with urban oases for both birds and humans, bringing nature – and birding – to the inner city.

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