Good news so rare — but pristine patch of coral found off Tahiti

This shows the importance of the deep ocean which is often viewed as a desert where dumping radioactive water (Japan) or letting oil pipeline spills go unrepaired (countless oil operations), or letting plastic accumulate to the point where it outweighs biological mass simply doesn't matter. Deep ocean matters folks. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/20/like-a-work-of-art-rare-stretch-of-pristine-coral-reef-discovered-off-tahiti-age-of-extinction ‘Like a work of art’: … Continue reading Good news so rare — but pristine patch of coral found off Tahiti

America’s favorite pickup truck goes electric — filled with info

America’s Favorite Pickup Truck Goes Electric Ford’s F-series trucks make up the best-selling vehicle line in the U.S. Can its new F-150 Lightning compete with Tesla in the E.V. market? By John Seabrook January 24, 2022 When I was twelve, in 1971, the walls of my bedroom in southern New Jersey were covered with full-page photographs of … Continue reading America’s favorite pickup truck goes electric — filled with info

Yet another way plastics may affect pregnancies

Phthalates in consumer products may affect important pregnancy hormone, study finds Zoë Read, January 23, 2022 In this Friday, June 15, 2012 photo, people walk by the Rutgers University School of Medicine. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Exposure to phthalates, a class of chemicals commonly found in consumer products, may disrupt a hormone that plays a key … Continue reading Yet another way plastics may affect pregnancies

Time to stop using plastic to store food

https://www.wsj.com/articles/goodbye-to-plastic-food-packaging-11642828626? Goodbye to Plastic Food Packaging? Environmental concerns are leading home cooks to embrace other methods of keeping food fresh, from brown paper bags to reusable beeswax wraps ILLUSTRATION: DANIEL DIOSDADO By Bee WilsonJan. 22, 2022 12:17 am ETSAVEPRINTTEXT107Listen to articleLength7 minutesQueue In the kitchen, as elsewhere, our cultural values evolve in fits and starts. A particular … Continue reading Time to stop using plastic to store food

Fish oil pills take a toll on nature

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/18/mind-boggling-hidden-cost-ecosystems-obsession-with-fish-oil-pills ‘It’s mind-boggling’: the hidden cost of our obsession with fish oil pills The market in this prized commodity is worth billions – but are the supposed benefits worth the cost to global ecosystems?  Revealed: many common omega-3 fish oil supplements are ‘rancid’ Fish oils have to undergo a long, convoluted journey before they reach … Continue reading Fish oil pills take a toll on nature

U.S. climate worsening even during pandemic

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/22876360/climate-emissions-2021-coal-transportation The latest data on US climate pollution is very bad Freight and coal drove emissions up in 2021.By Rebecca Leber@rebleberrebecca.leber@vox.com  Jan 12, 2022, 7:30am EST Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window)Share this on Twitter (opens in new window)SHAREAll sharing options Cars and trucks move along the Cross Bronx Expressway, a notorious stretch of … Continue reading U.S. climate worsening even during pandemic

Enjoying a more sustainable cup of coffee (goodbye single-cup Keurig)

http://www.popsci.com/environment/sustainable-coffee-tips/ How to enjoy a more sustainable cup of coffee Bid single-use Keurig cups adieu. BY SARA KILEY WATSON | PUBLISHED JAN 13, 2022 11:00 AM A delicious cup of coffee doesn't have to leave plastic in its wake. Elle Hughes/PexelsSHARE  Making coffee is an essential part of many people’s morning routine—Americans gulp down around 400 million cups of … Continue reading Enjoying a more sustainable cup of coffee (goodbye single-cup Keurig)

No mountain is high enough not to have plastics in its air

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/21/no-mountain-high-enough-study-finds-plastic-in-clean-air No mountain high enough: study finds plastic in ‘clean’ air Microplastics from Africa and North America found airborne in French Pyrenees, 2,877 metres above sea level Researchers at the Pic du Midi Observatory found airborne microplastics in samples every week between June and October 2017 Photograph: Photononstop/Alamy AFP in ParisTue 21 Dec 2021 14.52 EST … Continue reading No mountain is high enough not to have plastics in its air

Another climate campaigner response to the reality of “Don’t Look Up”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/04/dont-look-up-life-of-campaigning Watching Don’t Look Up made me see my whole life of campaigning flash before me George Monbiot I’ve broken down on TV too, trying to explain the horror of the climate crisis to those who wield power and do nothing Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in Don't Look Up. Photograph: Niko … Continue reading Another climate campaigner response to the reality of “Don’t Look Up”

Companies race to slow flow of micro-fibers into oceans

These steps aren't nearly enough and not being implemented quickly enough to boot. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/30/companies-race-to-stem-flood-of-microplastic-fibres-into-the-oceans Companies race to stem flood of microplastic fibres into the oceans New products range from washing machine filters and balls to fabrics made from kelp and orange peel About 700,000 microplastic fibres are shed from synthetic fabrics during every wash cycle … Continue reading Companies race to slow flow of micro-fibers into oceans

Waste colonialism: world grappling with West’s unwanted plastic

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/dec/31/waste-colonialism-countries-grapple-with-wests-unwanted-plastic ‘Waste colonialism’: world grapples with west’s unwanted plastic Germany and UK are big exporters of plastic, much of which lies rotting in ports in Turkey, Vietnam and other countries In May, Greenpeace investigators found plastic packaging from UK, German and global food and drinks brands and supermarkets dumped in Adana, Turkey. Photograph: Caner Ozkan/Greenpeace/PA Ruth … Continue reading Waste colonialism: world grappling with West’s unwanted plastic

Reusable items to add to your life

https://www.wired.com/gallery/our-favorite-reusable-products/ [click thru for illustrations and the chance to subscribe for only $5] Our Favorite Products to Use Over and Over Again Ditch your single-use products and cut down on waste. Here’s some of our favorite reusables, from water bottles to menstrual products. PLASTIC IS PILING up in landfills and oceans; it’s even floating around in the air. It's … Continue reading Reusable items to add to your life