Day: January 15, 2020

This Map Shows You Where Violence Could Break Out Because There’s Not Enough Water

Read the full story from Vice News.

It’s the first predictive model that includes environmental factors, and the Middle East is very vulnerable.

‘Like sending bees to war’: the deadly truth behind your almond milk obsession

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Bees are essential to the functioning of America’s titanic almond industry – and billions are dying in the process

Drink more recycled wastewater

Read the full story in Nature.

There is no room for squeamishness in the face of the world’s growing water shortage — three steps could vastly improve the image of reused water for drinking.

Inside A Boston OR, Surgery Shows Hospital’s Steps To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

Read the full story at WBUR.

At 8:30 on a Wednesday morning, nurses roll 83-year-old Rev. Ralph Kee into a place with one of the largest carbon footprints in Boston: a hospital operating room. He comes to a stop in the middle of a room filled with monitors, movable lights and tables covered in blue cloth.

The health care sector produces 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Hospitals are 36% of that. And operating rooms are their hot spots for emissions, waste and energy use.

But this OR, inside a renovated area at Boston Medical Center (BMC), is about as climate friendly as they come. BMC says the renovation has helped it draw 70% less energy from the grid, starting in 2012.

Get Climate Opinion Factsheets for States, Counties, or Congressional Districts

Via the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Americans’ opinions about climate change vary widely depending on where people live. So why would we rely on just one national number to understand public responses to climate change at the state and local levels?

This “Factsheets” tool provides information about Americans’ beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences about climate change for all 50 states, 435 congressional districts, and 3,142 counties across the U.S. The tool allows you to customize which survey questions are shown on your Factsheet.

The opinion estimates are based on a statistical model (see Howe et al. 2015 for details) that uses a large individual-level survey dataset (n > 20,000), plus geographic, demographic, economic, and other data to provide results accurate to within about 8 percentage points at any geographic level.

Micro prairies: No yard is too small to go with earth-friendly native plants

Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

If glimpses of strikingly beautiful butterflies are scarcer than a rare bird alert in your yard, maybe it’s time to go native.

Native plants are key to aiding and attracting native insects and pollinators, including swamp metalmark and monarch butterflies, hummingbirds and endangered rusty-patched bumblebees that were once plentiful in Wisconsin.

After a Rough Year, Farmers and Congress Are Talking About Climate Solutions

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

The Midwest floods revealed another benefit of sustainable agriculture: fields that had been farmed with conservation practices recovered faster.

Trashing The Islands: Tossing, Forgetting No Longer Viable

Read the full story from Hawai’i Public Radio.

Nearly five years ago, Hawaii Public Radio reported a series of stories about the state of garbage around the islands. This week and next, we’re going back for another look in a series we’re calling “Trashing the Islands.”

From November to December, our reporters visited each of the main islands. What we found was concerning. While some conditions have changed for the better, each county continues to struggle with this reality: that we’re producing more trash than we can reasonably handle. Our trash is quite simply eating up scarce tax dollars and harming the environment. 

Black farmers embrace and implement solutions for climate resiliency

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

From the African continent to the Americas and across the Caribbean, communities of color are on the front lines of and disproportionately harmed by climate change. Record heat waves have caused injury and death among Latinx farmworkers and devastating hurricanes have become regular annual visitors in the Caribbean islands and coastal areas of the United States.

Meanwhile, several Alaskan Native communities struggle to hunt and fish sub-Saharan Africa, where Ghana is, is among the regions projected to experience the harshest impacts of climate change. “If you’re not affected by climate change today, that itself is a privilege,” climate activist Andrea Manning says. 

But the same communities on the frontlines of climate impact are also on the frontlines of climate solutions. A new generation of black farmers is using heritage farming practices to undo some damage brought on by decades of intense tillage by early European settlers. Their practices drove around 50 percent of the original organic matter from the soil into the sky as carbon dioxide. Agriculture continues to have a profound impact on the climate, contributing 23 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Continuous Movement

Read the full story at HAPPI.

Consumers have taken a greater interest in sustainability, health and wellness, and are acting on those concerns when they buy household care products.

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