10 in 2 - Week of January 15th - as bad for the environment as millions of cars

this is your 10 in 2 for the week of January 15th

...so here we go:


  1. In 2015, an estimated 200,000 saiga antelope (representing 2/3 of the global population) dropped dead for no apparent reason. But, this week, a study on rats has led scientists to identify the likely culprit of what suddenly killed them: a normally harmless bacteria made deadly by climate change. (The Atlantic)

  2. The official photographer for the Department of Energy leaked photographs of Rick Perry hugging major Trump donor and coal magnate Robert E. Murray. After the leak he got fired without explanation, and is now seeking whistleblower protections. (NYT)

  3. Norway already has more electric cars than any other country in the world, and now have their sights set on electric shipping, and airlines. They aim to have 100% of short-haul flights 100% electric by 2040. One ironic fact about this announcement is that Norway also happens to be the largest oil and gas producer in western Europe. (The Guardian)

  4. New research from the University of Manchester suggests that microwave ovens could be as bad for the environment as millions of cars.  The biggest impact comes from electricity use, but the manufacturing process, and the frequency with which they are discarded make significant impacts on the environment. (manchester.ac.uk)

  5. 2017 was among the warmest years on record, according to new data released by NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. NASA and NOAA disagree on exactly where 2017 ranks but, "both analyses show that the five warmest years on record have all taken place since 2010".  (NPR)

  6. Inspired by the recent move by New York, the city council of Los Angeles has announced its intentions to file a lawsuit against oil and gas companies over allegations that they have consciously contributed to climate change. (Climate Action)

  7. Moscow is not known for being especially nice in December getting only 18 hours of sunlight during the month of December on average. But December 2017 was extra gloomy, getting sunlight for what must have been a very glorious, albeit short 6 minutes. You heard me right, 6 minutes of sunlight, total, in Moscow during December. (NYT)

  8. More than three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service have quit out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year. Zinke keeps coming up on this podcast, and it’s not because of our great admiration for him. (The Washington Post)

  9. The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. This comes on the heels of China’s decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material (The Guardian)

  10. Trump is afraid of sharks, and allegedly, refuses to support any orgs that work to protect them. So, that’s cool and totally normal. (NY Daily News)


That’s it for this week.




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