A new lobby group has appeared in Europe claiming to represent "consumers." But a closer look reveals it is actually backed by some familiar groups known for their efforts to weaken climate and environmental regulations. DeSmogBlog.
If human civilization were to be destroyed and its cities wiped off the map, there would be an easy way for future intelligent life-forms to know when the mid-20th century began: plastic. New York Times.
At McMurdo Station, black volcanic dust boils off unpaved roads, sticking to trucks and buildings. People eat canned vegetables, sleep in windowless rooms and routinely wear 20 pounds of clothes to survive temperatures far below freezing. New York Times.
The great crash of 2023 made the 2007 financial crisis look like a blip. It was triggered by US president Bernie Sanders signing emergency measures to slash carbon emissions. New Scientist.
Australia plans to allow fishing across 80 percent of its protected maritime sanctuaries, the government said on Friday in a proposal that would vastly extend commercial activity in the world's largest marine-reserves network. New York Times.
Editor comments: This emphasizes the perceived conflicts between marine conservation and sport or commercial fishing; it also threatens to undermine that concept of marine sanctuaries as saltwater national parks. Imagine a commercial bison hunt in Yellowstone....-PD
Billions of tons of plastic have been made over the past decades, and much of it is becoming trash and litter, finds the first analysis of the issue. National Geographic News.
Rick Perry has danced his way back into the climate denial camp. At his Senate confirmation hearing earlier this year, the secretary of energy admitted that the climate is changing and that “some of it is caused by man-made activity.” Texas Observer, Texas.
Opening Scene: A law firm office, April flowers blooming outside the window. Close up on a document showing what Western States Petroleum Association wants in any deal to extend cap and trade. Daily Kos.
India, adding 8.8GW in new solar capacity this year, will overtake Japan as the third largest solar market worldwide after China and the US. Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh.
Editor comments: Thanks to Zulker Naeen for pointing us to this article. -DF
Do we have a fundamental right to breathe clean air, drink clean water and eat safe food? The idea of environmental human rights is receiving growing attention worldwide, driven by our global ecological crisis. But the United States has lagged behind in codifying these rights into laws and in successfully furthering them. Huntington Herald-Dispatch, West Virginia.
The circular economy vision vision ignores the fact that on a finite planet endless economic growth is not an option. The Guardian.
Editor comments: At this moment in the evolution of our civilization, we are mislead by rose-tinted green growth optimism. We need clear-eyed realism. -JPM
For a lot of Americans these days, Justin Trudeau is the anti-Donald Trump, especially on things like climate change. Public Radio International.
North Korea is facing severe food shortages due to the worst drought since 2001 with food imports needed to ensure children and the elderly do not go hungry, the United Nations' food agency said on Thursday. Reuters.
Scaramucci once said it’s ‘disheartening’ that many dismiss climate change. Then he took a job with Trump.
Before he was an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s new White House communications director, lamented that some people did not accept the consensus among climate scientists that human activity was warming Earth. It was “disheartening” that so many people dismissed climate change as a “hoax,” Scaramucci tweeted. Washington Post.
Editor comments: Daily Climate pointed out Mr. Scaramucci's strategic 180° seven months ago.
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report. The Guardian.
On Friday, the 24-million-plus inhabitants of Shanghai witnessed the temperature skyrocket to 105.6 degrees (40.9 Celsius), its hottest day ever recorded. Washington Post.
Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters. DeSmogBlog.
With one devastating flourish of the presidential pen, worldwide progress on family planning, population growth and reproductive rights was swept away. Now some of the world’s poorest women must count the cost. The Guardian.
Any kind of 'rinse-off' personal care and cosmetic products are affected, but not 'leave-on' make-up or sunscreen after industry complaints about the cost. The Independent, United Kingdom.
The word virus conjures up hard-to-shake colds and swine flu, but these tiny microbes are far more than just the culprits behind annoying human ailments. They play an integral role in life on the planet, and a new study has shown that for marine viruses, that role is more complex than we thought. Hakai Magazine.
More than 50 coal ash spill cleanup workers and workers' survivors are suiing Jacobs Engineering for unsafe working conditions that they allege lead to sickness and death at the cleanup site. Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee.
The lawsuit brought by dying workers at the Kingston ash spill nearly died itself. Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee.
The U.S. military burns millions of pounds of munitions in a tiny, African-American corner of Louisiana. The town’s residents say they’re forgotten in the plume. ProPublica.
President Trump is expected to nominate a coal lobbyist and an energy industry attorney for a pair of key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Hill, District of Columbia.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster child for climate change’s effects on Montana’s northern Rockies. Washington Post.
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol plans to use a 2005 anti-terror law to sidestep an environmental impact study for a section of President Donald Trump's border wall that will pass through a Texas national refuge for endangered ocelots, according to two government sources familiar with the matter. Reuters.
The huge, floating concrete barge gate that closes half of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as part of the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier poses the greatest flooding danger to residents living behind the east bank's hurricane levee system among the system's nine major gates, according to a new study released Thursday (July 20). New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana.
Editor comments: Consultants, and reporters, have tried to alert Louisiana to potential disasters for years. Will this one take?-PD
An international research team says monsoon storms in the Southwest have become less frequent but more intense, bringing more extreme wind and rain to central and southwestern Arizona than just a few decades ago. Summit County Citizens Voice, Colorado.
Southern California’s biggest transit agency retired its last diesel bus six years ago, capping a 15-year process to replace tailpipes that belched black smoke with quieter, cleaner engines powered by natural gas. Now, Los Angeles County transportation leaders are working toward a bolder goal: buses that don’t pollute at all. Los Angeles Times.