This is your 10 in 2 for the week of December 4th
...so here we go:
According to The Guardian, JBS, Cargill and Tyson—three of the world’s largest meat producers—emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies. This is a needed reminder that raising animals for food emits more greenhouse gas than all the cars, planes, and other forms of transportation combined and that eating less meat is one of the greatest environmentalist actions you can take.
Academic Jennifer Good analyzed two weeks of hurricane coverage during the height of hurricane season on eight major TV networks, and found that about 60% of the stories included the word Trump, and only about 5% mentioned climate change. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better.
Britain and other European governments have been accused of underestimating the health risks from shipping pollution following research which shows that one giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars. (The Guardian)
More than 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Wednesday to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move that many hope will pave the way to a legally binding treaty. (Reuters)
Native American tribes and environmental organizations have already filed lawsuits challenging Trump’s action scaling back Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. An analysis by environmental and natural resources law scholars comes to the conclusion that the president’s action is illegal and will likely be overturned in court. (Alternet)
Bitcoin has been all over the news this fall, and especially this week for breaking records almost every day. Recently I shared with you about the staggering environmental costs of powering all the computers that keep bitcoin humming. This week I have been reading about a different take which essentially argues that blockchain technology could create the perfect tool for a decentralized, free market for emissions. I’m not sure who is right on this one, and I am not sure anyone can really know, yet. (Medium)
Quartz published a good reminder this week about how much of the emissions reductions in rich countries have happened simply because they’ve exported them to poor countries. When China produces phones, toys, or clothes, the resulting emissions get added to China’s account even if the product is consumed in the US or UK. A 2008 study found that about a third of China’s emissions were due to exports. (QZ.com)
A study by scientist Evan Mills, with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, revealed that legalized indoor marijuana-growing operations account for 1% of total electricity use in the US, at a cost of $6bn per year. Annually, such consumption produces 15m tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to that of three million cars. Look for that to only increase, as more states legalize recreational pot in 2018. (The Guardian)
In the 1980's, it took 133 wind turbines to build a 10 MW wind farm. Soon, one turbine will be enough. The first of these “megaturbines” with rotors as long as two football fields will be finished next year, and up and running as early as 2020. (Reuters)
When photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from conservation group Sea Legacy arrived in the Baffin Islands this summer, they came across a starving polar bear on its deathbed. They made a chilling video that is posted to National Geographic, and if you have the stomach for it, and enjoy crying for your planet, I recommend searching it out. (National Geographic)