10 in 2 - Week of March 5th - limited to botanical elements — LEGO leaves, bushes, and trees

  1. A new study out today in Science Advances shows that in addition to sea level rise, much of the coastal bay area is sinking.  Treasure Island is sinking at a rate of a third of an inch a year and the San Francisco Airport could see half of it’s runways and taxiways underwater by 2100. (Wired)

  2. Eric Lundgren, ‘e-waste’ recycling innovator, faces prison for trying to extend life span of PCs. He was convicted of manufacturing 28,000 counterfeit discs with Windows operating system on them BUT, a federal appeals court has granted an emergency stay of the sentence because by his account, he just wanted to make it easier to extend the usefulness of secondhand computers — keeping more of them out of the trash. (Washington Post)

  3. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says moving from fossil fuels to renewables is ‘immoral’.  Perry seems completely unaware that solar and wind are now cheaper sources of electricity than fossil fuels. (ThinkProgress)

  4. An update on a story we’ve talked about before: The federal lawsuit filed by a group of young people accusing the federal government of violating their constitutional right to life with fossil fuel policies that promote climate change has won a key ruling. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that the case can proceed toward trial. (Huffington Post)

  5. Exxon thinks it can create biofuel from algae at a massive scale. The oil and gas giant says it could be making 10,000 barrels a day within a few years–a small drop in the amount of oil it produces, but a huge boost in the amount of algae-based biofuel. (Fast Company)

  6. Mountain snow is on the decline across the western US, and climate change is largely to blame, according to a new study published in the journal Climate and Atmospheric Science. Both the observations and modeling showed widespread declines in snowpack, and is “pretty robustly caused by rising temperatures.” (BuzzFeed)

  7. I bet you’ve heard this one already, but I think it bears repeating. The Trump administration has quietly decided once again to allow Americans to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport, despite presidential tweets decrying the practice as a "horror show." (Chicago Tribune)

  8. I got excited when I read that LEGO has decided to move away from plastic in its supply chain. My excitement diminished when I read that the brand’s first sugarcane-based plastic items will be hitting the market later this year. However the change will be limited to botanical elements — LEGO leaves, bushes, and trees —  which only account for 1% to 2% of all LEGO products.

  9. A concerted push is underway in South America that could see one of the world’s largest reserves of fresh water soon fall into the hands of Coca-Cola and Nestle. According to reports, talks to privatize the Guarani Aquifer have already reached an advanced stage. The deal would grant a consortium of U.S. and Europe-based conglomerates exclusive rights to the aquifer that would last over 100 years. (Mint Press News)

  10. Honduran authorities have arrested a former military intelligence officer in connection with the murder of activist Berta Cáceres 3 years ago this week. The officer is an executive of Desa, the company building a dam Cáceres campaigned against when she was murdered. I think that bears repeating. An executive of the company being protested, is now directly implicated in the murder of an activist. (Democracy Now)

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