“Brink of collapse”: Global fisheries inching closer to decimated state, warns Minderoo Foundation report

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Fish populations are in a far worse state than previously estimated, according to Minderoo Foundation’s Global Fishing Index (GFI), the most extensive independent assessment of global fish stocks to date.

The report finds that a tenth of fish stocks globally are now on the brink of collapse, reduced to just 10% of their original size. 

Fresh fruit and vegetable supply threatened by rising disruptions

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Inconsistent deliveries and shortages of fertilizers and pesticides are affecting the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables and threatening the next growing cycle, according to a joint statement this month from produce associations across North America.

Given the perishable nature of produce, shipping delays and a lack of refrigerated containers have led to “major losses of products and sales,” the statement said. Additionally, rising prices and a lack of availability of fertilizers and pesticides — which can only be applied during certain times of the crop cycle — could impact future yields.

The effects could be long-lasting, according to the statement signed by the United Fresh Produce Association, among other groups. “These include: bankruptcies, legal disputes, industry consolidation, inflation, inaccessible food supplies, and many more. Time is against us, and the necessity of addressing these challenges now cannot be understated.”

E2 releases analysis of clean energy jobs by congressional district

The analysis expands on Clean Jobs America 2021 and is based on preliminary employment data collected and analyzed by BW Research Partnership for the 2021 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) released by the Department of Energy (DOE).

E2’s other analyses include Help Wanted: Diversity in Clean Energy and Clean Jobs Midwest.

Murphy Administration releases mapping tool to help New Jersey residents identify lead exposure risks in housing

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In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from Sunday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 30, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Department of Health have released the first phase of a statewide online mapping tool that uses publicly available data to indicate potential sources of lead exposure.

The new tool will help local health officers, community groups and the public better identify older homes in New Jersey that may contain lead paint, which puts children at risk for elevated blood lead levels and possible health problems. Lead, a naturally occurring element and heavy metal in the environment, was widely used in industrial processes and commercial products including paint, gasoline, cosmetics, pottery, children’s toys, spices and cultural remedies.

Chicago rodents exhibiting ‘unusual’ and ‘aggressive’ behavior during pandemic, report says

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While Chicago was named the “rattiest” city in the U.S. for the seventh year in a row, Orkin said rodents have been exhibiting “unusual” or “aggressive” behavior in cities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Because the pandemic forced a number of restaurants and businesses to close, leading to less waste, Orkin said the rodents have had to find new food sources.

Young people more optimistic about the world than older generations – Unicef

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Young people are often seen as having a bleak worldview, plugged uncritically into social media and anxious about the climate crisis, among other pressing issues.

But a global study commissioned by the UN’s children’s agency, Unicef, appears to turn that received wisdom on its head. It paints a picture of children believing that the world is improving with each generation, even while they report anxiety and impatience for change on global heating.

New water treatment facility to save Anchor Brewing millions of gallons each year

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Anchor Brewing, San Francisco’s oldest brewery, just added an on-site water treatment plant to their operations that has the capacity to recycle up to 20 million gallons annually — equivalent to water usage for more than 1,300 residents.

Small cuts in air traffic would level off global heating caused by flying – study

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A modest diet in our flying habits would be enough to level off the global heating caused by the aviation industry. That’s the surprising conclusion from a study, which also warns that if the aviation industry continues to grow at current rates then it will be responsible for around nearly 0.1C of heating by 2050.

Businesses seek governmental ESG standards, policies

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More than 200 businesses worth trillions across the United States and Europe recently urged their governments to take climate and environment, social and governance action. They say that by not coming up with international standards, businesses would be unable to properly channel investments toward sustainable businesses, which could hinder restructuring of financial systems toward long-term value creation and resilience.

In the US, 163 companies sent a letter to Congress urging passage of infrastructure and clean energy legislation, especially the Biden Administration’s recently announced Build Back Better Act framework. In Europe, 57 organizations sent an open letter to the European Union to act on ESG disclosure standards.

Stonyfield Organic to use renewable electricity in NH plant by end of 2022

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Yogurt producer Stonyfield Organic has announced it will be using 100% renewable electricity at its Londonderry, New Hampshire, manufacturing facility by the end of 2022.