Cattlemen continue to fight for beef without regard to the cost for the environment

Refreshing column from a beef-eater who enjoys a good burger but also looks forward to a day when plant-based alternatives will make an impact on the substantial adverse effects of producing that beef. https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-02-12/column-beef-climate-change Column: Burgers are great. But make no mistake, they’re killing the planet A report from the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research … Continue reading Cattlemen continue to fight for beef without regard to the cost for the environment

Cooking with natural gas is a disaster

The in-depth discussion referred to in this article is at: https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/02/how-the-fossil-fuel-industry-convinced-americans-to-love-gas-stoves/ It is a masterful work of investigation, explanation, and details that is worth your time. But here's a brief taste. https://www.theverge.com/22280080/natural-gas-stoves-air-pollution-climate-change-history Go read this article about how we got duped into cooking with gas Natural gas contributes to indoor air pollution and climate changeBy Justine … Continue reading Cooking with natural gas is a disaster

Saving the butterfly forest

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/15/saving-the-butterfly-forest? SAVING THE BUTTERFLY FOREST Environmental destruction and violence threaten one of the world’s most extraordinary insect migrations. Photography by Brendan George Ko Text by Carolyn Kormann, February 8, 2021 This article is absolutely full of stunning photography. Just click thru, learn, and enjoy.

Loss of tourism = loss of income = loss of paradise in Costa Rica

PRESERVING PARADISE COSTA RICA’S OSA PENINSULA IS A MODEL FOR CONSERVATION. NOW COVID-19 IS TESTING PROTECTIONS FOR THIS NATURAL WONDER. BY JAMIE SHREEVE PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES Of course, you poor thing you, you don't have the photographs below. You'll have to go online. Celedonia Tellez doesn’t recall the year she moved to the … Continue reading Loss of tourism = loss of income = loss of paradise in Costa Rica

Penguins on South Georgia Island spared from possible extinction

https://www.wsj.com/articles/penguins-spared-after-mammoth-iceberg-splits-into-smaller-pieces-11612616401?mod=searchresults_pos1&page=1 Penguins Spared After Mammoth Iceberg Splits Into Smaller Pieces  Scientists had feared for wildlife as the iceberg headed for remote South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic  South Georgia Island is home to huge colonies of king penguins.PHOTO: ALEK KOMARNITSKY/REUTERS By James HookwayFeb. 6, 2021 8:00 am ET An iceberg that had been the world’s largest … Continue reading Penguins on South Georgia Island spared from possible extinction

World’s aging dams are disasters in the making

Fred Pearce is a true expert in this field. People tend to take dams for granted but they can be hideously dangerous. If in any doubt, read "The Johnston Flood" by David McCullough. That flood was more than 130 years ago when population density didn't begin to approach now. Certainly bridges coming down are also … Continue reading World’s aging dams are disasters in the making

Time to get (and use) a refillable water bottle for the health of you and your planet

Yes, I keep posting about this, but the waste is horrendous and doesn't do any good for the user of plastic bottles. The water you buy is likely not to be as healthy as pouring water thru a filter at home. Moreover, Nestle is pulling a lot of its water from areas that need the … Continue reading Time to get (and use) a refillable water bottle for the health of you and your planet

Why have U.S. rivers changed color in the past several decades?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/22/one-third-us-rivers-changed-color-recent-decades One-third of US rivers have changed color in recent decades, research finds Significance of changes are unclear and could reflect various ways in which humans are impacting the environment Angely Mercado Fri 22 Jan 2021 05.15 ESTLast modified on Fri 22 Jan 2021 14.07 EST  The Allegheny River, which flows through Pennsylvania and New York, in 2019, left, … Continue reading Why have U.S. rivers changed color in the past several decades?

The rate of Earth’s spin seems to be accelerating

For once, a fun story about our environment. https://gizmodo.com/the-rate-of-earth-s-spin-appears-to-be-accelerating-1846017758 The Rate of Earth’s Spin Appears to Be Accelerating George DvorskyFriday 12:41PM Earth as seen from space. The year 2020 will be remembered for many things, most of them unpleasant, but it will also be remembered for being one of the fastest on record, due to our … Continue reading The rate of Earth’s spin seems to be accelerating

Please avoid water hogging, bee hogging almonds — nuts and milk

With the ravages visited on bees by pesticides, environmentally conscious consumers will want to allow those workers of agriculture to be most efficient. That means using them to pollinate as many crops as possible. Unfortunately, almonds require a lot of attention from bees to the detriment of other sources of food. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/amp30461258/is-almond-milk-bad-for-the-environment/ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/07/honeybees-deaths-almonds-hives-aoe https://www.almonds.com/why-almonds/almond-living-magazine/life-beekeeper-almond-bloom-and-beyond https://abbeydufoe.com/2020/05/20/are-your-almonds-worth-it/amp/Continue reading Please avoid water hogging, bee hogging almonds — nuts and milk

PFAS chemical water pollution in every state

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/22/forever-chemicals-pollute-water-dozens-of-sites-in-every-us-state ‘Forever chemicals’ pollute water from Alaska to Florida Manufacturers had been discharging chemicals into the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina – a regional drinking water source – for decades. Photograph: Lance King/Getty Images Whichever state you are in, there could be harmful PFAS chemicals in water near you This story is co-published with Ensia … Continue reading PFAS chemical water pollution in every state