10 in 2 - Week of May 15th

1. What do the big dogs know that politicians don’t? According to NPR, energy companies including Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP have pledged their public support for the Paris climate pact and are urging Trump to keep the USA on the path. (NPR)

2. What’s more... 24 big corporations signed a statement urging the president to ‘Keep the US in the Paris Agreement for the good of the US economy’ and then 30 CEO’s from other big companies sent a letter to President Trump highlighting the business case.

3. Well, there are some politicians listening and leading. According to Bloomberg, Canada’s president Trudeau is going to force a carbon tax and cap on holdout provinces not yet already involved. ‘Polluters should pay,’ he says. (Bloomberg)

4. And, in the end, it may not be so easy. A new study says inspiring action on climate change is more complex than you might think - People have to grasp how climate change impacts them personally, and we need to financially value environmentally sound behavior. (The Guardian)

5. A good trend. Apparently the California grid set a new record, with 67% of power coming from renewables. Better yet, the numbers do not yet account for electricity from rooftop solar arrays. Maybe we can stop the fracking? (SF Gate)

6. Nature is indeed resilient. Researchers are reporting that a coral from the Red Sea thrives under global warming simulations, giving them hope reefs will survive climate change. (The Scientist)

7. But nature can only take so much. Republican president Richard Nixon signed the U.S. Endangered Species Act into law in 1973. Since then it has contributed to saving more than 200 species from extinction—but with the current republican administration the act may itself be endangered.  Luckily for all of us and all those critters, the chairman of the Crow Nation, a leader with the perfect name, A. J. Not Afraid, is standing valiantly in their way. (National Geographic)

A. J. Not Afraid, chairman of the Crow Nation in Montana, is fighting to keep grizzlies—which are sacred to Native Americans—protected under the Endangered Species Act.  PHOTOGRAPH BY KATIE ORLINSKY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

A. J. Not Afraid, chairman of the Crow Nation in Montana, is fighting to keep grizzlies—which are sacred to Native Americans—protected under the Endangered Species Act. 


PHOTOGRAPH BY KATIE ORLINSKY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

 

8. If it weren’t true, it would be a good hollywood story. The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel. (The Guardian)

9. Beachfront property in Ohio. The New York Times is doing a 3 part interactive story that details how the threat of major flooding to the world’s great coastal cities — Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more — is tied to Antarctica’s fate. Telling you about it won’t be enough. Go have a look, global catastrophes have never been so pretty. (NYT)

10. Everyone benefits. Research by professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett shows how societies that are more unequal actually do much worse within a whole range of indicators of societal progress. And it's not just the poor — all members of unequal societies do worse than their counterparts in less unequal societies. (Shareable)



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