10 in 2 - Week of February 26th - ...and justice for all

This is your 10 in 2 for the week of February 26th



...so here we go:


  1. Metallica frontman James Hetfield has officially turned over 1,000 acres of land as open space that will end up with the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. This is a huge benefit to the local community and has a certain irony coming from the man that wrote KILL ‘EM ALL. In all fairness, he did also write ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, so I guess it’s a wash. (East Bay Times)

  2. The number of US cities reporting they are predominantly powered by clean energy has more than doubled since 2015 according to Data published on Tuesday by the not-for-profit environmental impact researcher CDP. Much of the drive for climate action at city level in the past year has been spurred on by the global covenant of more than 7,400 mayors that formed in the wake of Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. (Tired Earth)

  3. On Wednesday, a coalition of 34 student groups from around the country—including 23 chapters of the College Republicans—announced the formation of Students for Carbon Dividends, a bipartisan group calling for national legislation to fight climate change. It marks the first time that a coalition of College Republican groups has publicly backed a climate-change policy. (The Atlantic)

  4. The North Pole hasn’t seen the sun for months, but temperatures there briefly skyrocketed to as high as 35° F (2° C) over the weekend, according to the U.S. Global Forecast System. It’s too soon to tell if this is a “new normal” for the Arctic or if it’s one of a series of skewed temperature patterns. (PBS)

  5. This week saw the opening of a unique store in the Netherlands where items on its aisles are completely free from plastic packaging. The new pilot store will stock over 700 plastic-free products; a symbolic step towards reducing dependence on the damaging material. (cliamteactionprogramme.org)

  6. In the name of organizational “efficiency,”  Scott Pruitt is making some big changes at the EPA — including the possible shuttering of the National Center for Environmental Research, best known for work to reduce children’s health risks from chemical exposure. This guy apparently really wants to be a Bond villain, or he just really likes being featured in the 10 in 2 every week. (Grist)

  7. It turns out that the teacher strike in West Virginia is closely tied to environmental justice. Kristina Gore, who teaches fifth grade social studies in Logan County said “This has moved from a strike to a movement to a reckoning, and that reckoning is on public officials who are in the pockets of big energy.” I highly recommend reading up on this powerful collective action. (The New Republic)

  8. World's last surviving male northern white rhino 'starting to show signs of ailing'. The rhino, named Sudan, became a global icon after park rangers were forced to put him under 24-hour armed guard to protect him from poachers in 2015. (CNN)

  9. Climate change could decrease the yield of some crops in California by up to 40 percent by 2050. That's a big deal for farmers in the state, which provides about two-thirds of the nation's produce. Walnuts would be the hardest-hit crop because they "require the highest number of chill hours” (NPR)

  10. Scientists have stumbled across a huge group of previously unknown Adélie penguins on the most northerly point of the Antarctic Peninsula. Numbering more than 1.5 million birds, they were first noticed when great patches of their guano, showed up in pictures taken from space. My 4 year old is gonna be stoked about this discovery, specifically the poo part. (BBC)


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