10 in 2 - Week of October 30th - the righteousness, if you will

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of October 30th

  • 10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating

...so here we go:

 

  1. Starting the list off today with our favorite environmental news of the week. It’s Rick Perry showing off his brain genius with this quote which explains why he thinks fossil fuels help prevent sexual assault: “When the lights are on, when you have light that shines — the righteousness, if you will — on those types of acts,” (Politico)

  2. A company in India called EnviGreen has created a plastic bag made from no plastic and instead made of materials like natural starch and vegetable oil. If placed in a glass of water at normal temperature, an EnviGreen bag dissolves in a day. And when placed in a glass of boiling water, it dissolved in just 15 seconds. (TheBetterIndia.com)

  3. EPA head Scott Pruitt announced a new directive barring scientists who receive E.P.A. grants from serving on the agency’s advisory boards. This is just the latest move in an agency that has scrubbed its website of all references to climate change, shunned scientists in favor of industry reps, and is soon travelling to the global climate talks in Germany to promote fossil fuels. (Vanity Fair)

  4. Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'. Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable. This is not news to most that are paying attention, but notable because it comes from senior US military and security experts, and was published this week by the Environmental Justice Foundation. (The Guardian)

  5. Back to the good news: China is cracking down on factories that aren't meeting emissions standards. Forty percent of the factories within the country have been temporarily closed in order to cut down on pollution and officials from more than 80,000 factories charged with criminal offences for breaching emissions limits over the past year. (Futurism)

  6. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday proposed lifting a mining ban on land near Grand Canyon National Park as part of the Trump administration’s broader effort to sweep away regulations impeding development. Raise your hand if you think mining Uranium in the Grand Canyon is good idea. (Reuters)

  7. 314 Action, a political advocacy group that is helping scientists run for office, has set up its whistleblower hotline and specifically reached out to 30,000 EPA, NASA, and NSF scientists to let them know who to call. They also set up a website (http://speakoutforscience.org/) and multiple channels for communication, including Signal, WhatsApp, as well as good a old snail mail.

  8. The prolific Jonathan Foley wrote a great plea on Medium this week, asking the fundamental activist question: What’s Limiting Us? Thankfully he some ideas. And I quote: “So when it comes to building a better future, I think we need to change how our culture sees and discusses our environmental issues. We need to replace fear with hope, problems with solutions, and conflict with cooperation and collaboration. That may be the biggest set of environmental solutions of all.” (The Macroscope)

  9. This week the Congressional Budget Office projected that ten million Americans will be "substantially affected" by climate change by 2075, causing government disaster spending to jump to $39 billion annually in current dollars, from $28 billion now. But in the wake of unprecedented firestorms, this news is more than a projection to us here in Sonoma County. (Bloomberg)

  10. Bitcoin's price run to break over $7,000 this year has sent its overall electricity consumption soaring, as people worldwide bring more energy-hungry computers online to mine the digital currency. Bitcoin miners worldwide could be using enough electricity to at any given time to power about 2.26 million American homes. (Motherboard)

 



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