10 in 2 - Week of June 26th - mail me to the GOP

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of June 26th

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

...so here we go:

1. As some Americans began to worry about what would happen to their coverage with the health-care bill that is currently on the table, others got to work on new ways to protest their government. Thus was born the website “mail me to the GOP” whose single purpose is getting your ashes to the congress member of your choice after your death. (http://mailmetothegop.com/)

2. The first baby Tapir born in the Iberá Provincial Reserve in 100 years. The surprise baby was born to a mother Tapir named Nena, who was relocated to a wildlife station late last year as part of an extended effort to rewild the native fauna in the growing network of national parks in Chile and Argentina. (Proyecto Iberá)


3. DENNIS LEE FORSGREN, a former lobbyist recently tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency office in charge of water safety, has deep ties to a fossil fuel advocacy group engaged in the promotion of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as controversial offshore drilling efforts. (The Intercept

4. The largest study so far on the fraught question of whether neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees is providing new ammunition for those who argue against the use of the controversial chemicals. The large-scale field study found that overall, exposure to neonicotinoids harms bee populations. (Nature)

5. Sustainability rock star Bill McKibben wrote in this week's Rolling Stone about the need for real, measurable commitments. In particular, he called on politicians to: stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, commit to 100% renewables, and recognize that natural gas is as bad an enemy as coal or oil. (Rolling Stone

6. According to a survey from Euromonitor, the latest figures show that we’ll consume more than 580 billion plastic bottles by 2021–up from about 300 billion a decade ago. (Fast Company

7. The 'hidden costs' of carbon dioxide emissions are no longer hidden. Southern and Midwestern US states will suffer the biggest economic losses from climate change, according to a new study. The poorest third of counties are estimated to experience the largest losses by the end of this century, and will only increase overall inequality in those areas. (The Verge)

8. If I could be anything and do anything I want right now to win the fight against climate change, what would it be? In this week’s GreenBiz, our friend David Crane answers that question. His answer? He would have the world's 100 largest corporations put him in charge of their collective energy procurement worldwide, with the mandate to make them all 100 percent carbon-free by 2025. And we agree, if anyone one could do it, it is he. (GreenBiz)

9. That delaware sized iceberg in Antarctica looks like it’s about to finally break loose. It’s one of the largest iceberg calving events scientists have ever witnessed. The outer edge is now moving at “the highest speed ever recorded,” and glaciologists are watching the slow moving drama with great interest, because this event is anything but normal. (Gizmodo)

10. Hawaii has become the first state in the country to officially start exploring guaranteed basic income. The bill, passed recently by both houses of the state legislature in a unanimous vote, directs state agencies to analyze “universal basic income” and similar policy options.  (LA Times)




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