10 in 2 - Week of October 23rd - a tad more than the bowling industry

 

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of October 23rd

  • 10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating, provided in about 2 minutes 

 

...so here we go:

 

  1. Good news. In many cities the air is getting cleaner. Scientists are using 135 years worth of dead birds to study pollution. Birds from coal heavy periods of history are visibly greyer from the industrial soot and provide new new level of specificity when measuring air pollution over time. The pictures of these birds are beautiful in a sad way, so make sure you go have a look at the city lab post, which is linked from our website. (City Lab)

  2. On the fugitive carbon side of the pollution, New Paris Accord talks are set to take place in Germany next month, which may be awkward for the U.S.. It will be interesting to see if we even show up, and if we do, how our current administration acts at the negotiating table. (NYT)

  3. Bloomberg tells us that you can now charge your electric vehicles at a number of Shell gas stations in the UK. A sure sign that oil companies are waking up to the disruption plug-in electric vehicles will have on their industry. (Bloomberg)

  4. A new report published in the journal PLOS ONE shows, the flying insect population plunged by 76 percent in protected areas throughout Germany, and predicts "our grandchildren will inherit a profoundly impoverished world" The new data comes after studying population levels in 63 nature reserves from 1989 to 2016. How this relates to other countries is still unknown. (Common Dreams)

  5. The entire US coal industry employs fewer people than fast food chain Arby’s, and just a tad more than the bowling industry. That’s basically all you need to know about that. (Washington Post)

  6. You may have heard about the $300 million dollar contract to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid awarded to a two person company from Montana called Whitefish. Notable is that Sect of Interior’s son worked at a summer job for the company. Even more interesting is that today we learned that the contract includes phrasing that prohibits any government body from having the right to “audit or review the cost and profit elements” of its labor rates. (CNBC)

  7. Yesterday, the New York Times released an interactive story on their website that beautifully tells heartbreaking stories about the relationship between a warming climate and the rising suicide rates of rural farmers. The multimedia mashup of video, text and images is a stunning example of the very real impacts of climate change. Keep your eye out for “The Uninhabitable Village

  8. California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Cleaning Products Right to Know Act, which requires cleaning product manufacturers selling products in California to disclose all ingredients used in their products on packaging labels and online, including known hazardous chemicals. The Act will require online ingredient listing by January 1, 2020, and on-package disclosure by January 1, 2021. (California Legislature)

  9. International financial services provider Rabobank launched a $1 billion program to provide clients involved in sustainable agriculture production and forest protection with the financing they need to scale up their efforts, in partnership with UN Environment and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. (UNEP.org)

  10.  Finally, EPA chief Scott Pruitt had the quote of the week which needs no further context: “True environmentalism is using natural resources that God has blessed us with” (ThinkProgress)

 



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