Masthash

#Environmental

Scientific Frontline
13 hours ago

New research suggests that #ultrasound may have potential in treating a group of harmful #chemicals known as #PFAS to eliminate them from contaminated #groundwater.
#Chemistry #Environmental #Engineering #Technology #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/chm09282301.html

Montana Magpie
14 hours ago

“Railing against the shift to electric vehicles, [Trump] added: “You can be loyal to American labour or you can be loyal to the #environmental lunatics. But you can’t really be loyal to both. It’s one or the other.”

( https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/28/trump-michigan-fake-signs-auto-workers-union )

Time to put myself on the line.

I grew up in Macomb County, where Trump spoke. I joined the UAW & worked at Chrysler. I support the #strike, and I also support EVs. I hope *every* EV will be made with well-paid #union labor.

Scientific Frontline
21 hours ago

The unique #quantum properties of bismuth selenide make it a promising #catalyst for the synthesis of organic ureas, as demonstrated by scientists at Tokyo Tech.
#QuantumScience #Chemistry #Environmental #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/qs09282301.html

Scientific Frontline
22 hours ago

Despite the fact that #nitrogen accumulates in the #soil of ash dumps as a result of overgrowth, its availability to #plants is very low. This situation is unique, because usually the nitrogen content in the soil is directly related to nitrogen content in plants.
#Biology #Environmental #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/bio09282301.html

Scientific Frontline
1 day ago

#Insects react sensitively when temperature and precipitation deviate from the long-term average. In an unusually dry and warm winter, their survival probabilities are reduced; in a wet and cold spring, hatching success is impaired.
#Environmental #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/en09272301.html

Tintincognito
1 day ago

Sep 27 EWE: Canada — Highway 6 South widening through #Greenbelt sparks #environmental questions. “I hope they consider all the implications. The area is full of wetlands and wildlife,” said Nancy Hurst, a Hamilton Naturalists’ Club conservation director who wrote to the provincial project team ahead of a virtual public information meeting last week. https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/highway-6-south-widening-through-greenbelt-sparks-environmental-questions/article_7c92031a-eb88-57e6-9888-44c1d290fcf5.html

pennine
2 days ago

The Tory Govt's go ahead for #Rosebank oilfield is #environmental vandalism. Moreover, the fact that oil and gas giant #Equinor will pocket £3.75 billion in tax breaks shows #Sunak's contempt 4 the UK & his massive support 4 the rich. This liar isn't fit to be PM, his disdain for the less fortunate will be his enduring legacy. https://tinyurl.com/yj7abwzp #ToryCorruption

Scientific Frontline
2 days ago

Past cycles of #climate change, along with human exploitation, have led to only small and isolated stocks of #Atlantic #walrus remaining. The current population is at high risk.
#MarineBiology #Environmental #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/mb09272301.html

GrrlScientist Ⓥ :verified:
2 days ago

#environmental impacts of a #car

besides murdering innocent #birds & #wildlife, there are myriad toxic consequences to driving cars

#pollution

Peter Nimmo
2 days ago

#UK government announcement delaying new #environmental #building rules is criticised by... the #construction industry. Staggering incompetence!
#housing #UKpol #politics
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-66927242

Ingmar Lippert
2 days ago

Can #AI be turned #green? Bring critical and empirically informed voices about the #environmentalcosts of #IT to the conversation on the 5th Oct, 3-4pm cest, advertised by https://mastodon.social/@dawnnafus/111132042424833670

#Environmental #STS @sts @stefanlaser @Aepasek #CriticalDataStudies

“a complete (minus the three blanks) set of tryout keys for any and all Sargent & Greenleaf Environmental padlocks, including the 107a. Use these to find what key your personally owned padlock needs to open” #locks #lockpicking #keys #3Dprinting #discdetainer #padlocks #sg #environmental https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2918460

ZhiZhu
2 days ago
Scientific Frontline
2 days ago

Gigatons of #greenhouse gas are trapped under the #seafloor, and that’s a good thing. Around the coasts of the continents, where slopes sink down into the sea, tiny cages of ice trap #methane gas, preventing it from escaping and bubbling up into the #atmosphere.
#Environmental #EarthScience #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/en09262302.html

Scientific Frontline
2 days ago

Research from West Virginia University mechanical and aerospace engineer Xi Yu could help #scientists reach ocean waters hidden away beneath ice shelves.
#Environmental #EarthScience #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/en09262301.html

Scientific Frontline
3 days ago

Climate change is increasing carbon dioxide levels in the sea, causing #bladderwrack #seaweed to grow more quickly and to increase in size along the coast.
#EarthScience #Environmental #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/es09262302.html

Scientific Frontline
3 days ago

A new study shows unprecedented heat is likely to lead to the next mass #extinction since the #dinosaurs died out, eliminating nearly all mammals in some 250 million years time.
#EarthScience #Environmental #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/es09262301.html

Mark Gardner ‍:sdf:
3 days ago

Then again, the ultimate point of #environmentalism is sacrifice of human life to “unspoiled” nature. Any “#environmental footprint” is too much, and your #green guilt will only be absolved upon death. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/09/environmental-angst/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=bookmark

#BookReview: The Liberation of #Water

https://progressive.org/magazine/the-liberation-of-water-brant-20230925/
“Unbottled: The Fight Against #Plastic Water and for Water #Justice” delves into #environmental degradation and #cleanwater access.

Scientific Frontline
3 days ago

The #climate event La Niña that can cause devastating #weather, impacting communities and industries from #agriculture to #tourism, is happening more frequently and lasting longer
#EarthScience #Environmental #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/es09252301.html

Scientific Frontline
4 days ago

For a long time, little attention was paid to #soil temperatures. In contrast to air temperatures near the surface, hardly any reliable data was available because of the considerably more complex measurement.
#Environmental #EarthScience #ClimateChange #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/en09252302.html

Scientific Frontline
4 days ago

It is impossible to imagine modern #agriculture without #plastics. 12 million tons are used every year. But what about the consequences for the #environment?
#Environmental #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/09/en09252301.html

Nonilex
6 days ago

For the event that year, the #Koch network rented out the (entire) Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. On the main stage, #donors heard from Hall of Fame NFL cornerback Deion Sanders, who was working w/the Kochs on anti-poverty programs in Dallas. Another speaker delivered a report card on the group’s #political wins large & small: “repealed voter-approved #donor #disclosure initiative”; “retraction of #mining & #environmental overreach”; “stopped Albuquerque #PaidSickLeave mandate.”

Cindy
1 week ago

Coastal GasLink fined again -- $346,000 for "erosion and sediment control issues in the construction of the 'natural gas' pipeline and for providing false information in inspection records"

CGL, owned by Calgary-based TC Energy Corp, pipeline will transport "natural gas" (#fracking gas/ #FossilFuels) via B.C. for export

Previously:
🚨 3 other penalties = $450,000, same violation
🚨 59 warnings + 30 orders of #environmental violations

#bcpoli need ⬆️​💲​ #ClimateChange

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/coastal-gaslink-fines-1.6974895

Al Sutton
1 week ago

Welcome to #UK #Environmental policy, which is currently driven by a mix of "We'd rather burn than push some folk towards bankruptcy" combined with "If no-one else is rushing to stop shi*ting around the house, then we shouldn't either".

I'm now waiting for the dolphins to start practicing "So long, and thanks for all the fish".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-66871073

Janne M. Korhonen
1 week ago

The steeper the hierarchies, the greater the rewards for the winners of the competition... and the greater the penalties for the losers.

Over time, this tends to make existing hierarchies even steeper. And competition more cutthroat.

In a world where infectious horsepox can already be assembled from mail-order RNA for $100 000 or less, cutthroat competition WILL lead to a disaster.

And #technology marches on. While #environmental margins of safety erode.

https://www.science.org/content/article/how-canadian-researchers-reconstituted-extinct-poxvirus-100000-using-mail-order-dna

Janne M. Korhonen
1 week ago

For a long time, I thought that we have to separate #socialjustice issues from #environmental and #sustainability issues in order to solve either.

I thought all of these were too complex in themselves, and entangling them would complicate the solutions even more.

I now think I was wrong. Environmental and sustainability issues ARE social justice issues. What's more, I don't believe an unjust society can ever be sustainable.

So it's a choice between justice or judgment day.

Joseph Lim :mastodon:
1 week ago

@empiricism
#RishiSunak should explain to his kids & all other youths (w/o lying), why his own political future is more important than their earthly future.
"The move was met with despair by #climate scientists & #environmental experts who said it would cost consumers more in the long run & threaten the UK’s global leadership on the issue. The former US vice-pres Al Gore said #Sunak was “doing the wrong thing” .. Sunak insisted his scaling down of #climatepolicies was “not about the #politics”"

DoomsdaysCW
1 week ago

#Mexico: Land, territory and #environmental #defenders are being criminalized for exercising their right to #protest

September 13, 2023

"The disproportionate use of criminal law is one of the main threats facing the right to protest peacefully in defense of land, territory and environment in Mexico, Amnesty International said today upon publishing a new report. Mexico: Land and Freedom? Criminalizing defenders of land, territory and environment documents the disproportionate use of the justice system to deter, punish and prevent defenders from protesting in demand of their rights.

"The disproportionate use of the criminal justice system against protesters forms part of a broader strategy of disincentivizing and dismantling advocacy for land, territorial and environmental rights. It is alarming to see that Mexico ranks among the countries with the highest number of murders of environmental defenders and yet, far from the State addressing and preventing this violence, other serious human rights violations are also being committed such as stigmatization, harassment, attacks, assaults, forced displacement and disappearances, said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

"This report focuses on four cases: (i) Colonia Maya in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, where a diverse group of people came together to protest against the construction of residential housing in a protected area where it would cause #environmental damage; (ii) #Zacatepec, where Miguel and Alejandro, #Nahua communicators and defenders, opposed the construction of a drain in Ciudad Industrial Huejotzingo, Puebla, that would flow into the Metlapanapa River, polluting it; iii) Chilón, #Chiapas, where César and José Luis, Tseltal defenders, were criminalized for opposing the construction of a National Guard barracks in their territory; iv) Sitilpech, Yucatán, where residents such as Jesús Ariel, Arturo and Juan Diego are opposing the activities of a mega pig farm in their territory because of the #pollution, water contamination and health problems it is causing.

"The disproportionate use of the criminal justice system against protesters forms part of a broader strategy of disincentivizing and dismantling advocacy for land, territorial and environmental rights.

"Criminal prosecution and stigmatization

"Our report highlights the use of vague or ambiguous offences that ignore the principle of legality, such as rioting, obstruction of public works and variations on the offence of attacks on roadways. It was also noted that events occurring during protests have been conveniently adapted to fit other crimes through broad interpretations of criminal offences and statements that misrepresent the facts. The accusations are largely fabricated on the basis of statements made by public servants and company workers directly related to the events being denounced by the communities. There is no hard evidence in any of the criminal files that would enable any crime to be established.
#AmnestyInternational observed some alarming similarities in these cases. The complaints filed are overwhelmingly directed at people who are considered leaders, or those who are most visible in the protest movements, and they are being prosecuted for vague offences, without hard evidence and solely on the basis of their peaceful actions. The proceedings often drag on for various reasons, and there is a constant worry that cases could be revived or new crimes fabricated.

"Criminal proceedings against defenders are intended as a deterrent to others advocating for the same causes as it leads them to fear that their legitimate demands may end in stigmatization, repression or threats to their lives and safety. While we’ve observed the hope and dignity of some who are being unjustly criminalized when they enjoy the support of their communities, we’ve also seen others who have decided to abandon the struggle to demand their rights, said Edith Olivares Ferreto, executive director of Amnesty International Mexico.

"Differential impacts of state pressure

"These processes are often accompanied by a stigmatization of defenders and serious problems for their security and physical and mental health. This situation also affects their legal representatives and people who support them on an ongoing basis. The use of the criminal justice system against those who dissent or speak out in relation to local government projects and #corporate interests takes place without consequence and with complete impunity. Other violations that occur in the context of protests have also not been investigated, such as violations of the right to liberty and security of defenders, as well as the excessive use of force.

"The unjust #criminalization of defenders who protest peacefully has both individual and collective impacts. Some of the most common effects on an individual level are physical, psychological and economic, such as illness, physical pain as a result of blows received, fear, anxiety, sleeping difficulties, stress, impotence, feelings of injustice at what has happened to them, and effects on their work defending their rights.

"Collective impacts include the intimidation or repression of demands for rights to land, territory and the environment among people advocating for the same causes.

"The unjust criminalization of #HumanRights defenders draws attention away from the root causes and challenges facing land, territory and environmental defenders. The right to protest must be handled in such a way that recognizes that punishing those involved in social conflicts generally only exacerbates the problem rather than resolving the substance of the issue. Defenders’ demands must be properly heard and analysed and their right to protest guaranteed.

"Amnesty International’s report offers a number of general recommendations for addressing the disproportionate use of the criminal justice system against protesters, in addition to other recommendations specific to the cases documented in the report. Among the former, the authorities must recognize the valuable work done by land, territory and environmental defenders; refrain from stigmatizing them; guarantee their participation in issues affecting their communities; strengthen the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists; and refrain from using militarized security forces, such as the National Guard, to monitor protests.

"Among its specific recommendations, Amnesty International calls on the state to immediately cease the criminalization of protest and to properly investigate the human rights violations in the cases documented in the report in order to ensure that the defenders receive full reparations.

"The report accompanies the launch of the campaign #ProtestarNoEsUnCrimen, which seeks to raise awareness of the problem of the unjust criminalization of human rights defenders and its impact on the defence of land, territory and the environment."

Source:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2023/09/mexico-land-defenders-criminalized-right-to-protest/

#Fascism #ClimateAction #ClimateActivism #ACAB #WaterIsLife #Oligarchy

DoomsdaysCW
1 week ago

‘Not What You’d Expect in a Democracy.’ How #Britain Is Waging War Against #ClimateProtesters

By Yasmeen Serhan/London
December 16, 2022

"As the #ClimateCrisis worsens, and as the international efforts to mitigate its effects continue to fall short, activists like #CameronFord have become more daring. Over the past year and a half, the 32-year-old British carpenter has blocked highways by gluing himself to roads and chained himself to an oil tanker.

"Like most #environmental campaigners, Ford never wanted to do anything that could land him in jail. 'I was hoping to emigrate to Canada one day,' he says from his home in Cambridge. But Ford changed his mind about the need for bolder activism after attending a talk hosted by the climate group #InsulateBritain last summer. 'It made sense to make that stand earlier, whilst there was still a chance that we could actually mitigate the worst of it, rather than once it’s too late,' he says.

"Ford is hardly alone in that view. Other British protesters like him have gone so far as to tunnel under major infrastructure projects, throw soup at famous works of art, and scale a 190-food bridge—all in a desperate bid to draw the public’s attention to the looming climate catastrophe.

"But their democratic right to protest is now at risk as the British government declares war on tactics that it regards as disruptive and, ideally, illegal. Draft legislation that the House of Commons approved in October [2022] would pose unprecedented restrictions on the right to #protest in #England and #Wales.

"'When [#ClimateCollapse] is what we face, I believe the only thing that would curtail us is the death penalty,' says Ford, 'because the alternative to us not standing up is death.'"

https://time.com/6241372/uk-public-order-bill-climate-protests/

#GreatBritain #Fascism #ClimateAction #ClimateActivism #ACAB #WaterIsLife #Oligarchy

Ben Higbie
2 weeks ago

images of Stokes State Forest in New Jersey. I grew up here. It's a beautiful place to go camping if youre ever in northern New Jersey ~ #nature #naturelovers #newjersey #nj #art #photography #photographs #environment #environmental #stateparks #conservation #arts #inspiration #motivation

beSpacific
2 weeks ago

@TheresaReason there R many options for those of us in urban/suburban areas 2 make a small but worthy difference - #TinyForests With Big Benefits. #Nativeplants crowded onto postage-stamp-size plots have been delivering #environmental benefits around the world & increasingly in US. Please continue to #planttrees that are aligned with the #environment and #ecology of your areas. I have a 1/3 acre tiny forest on my property. A range of #trees, #shrubs that are #sustainable. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/24/climate/tiny-forests-climate-miyawaki.html

LM Little
2 weeks ago
Tracy Rosenberg
2 weeks ago

"The study from Global Witness, a nonprofit human rights #environmental watchdog, shows that the killings of #Indigenous peoples defending their territories and resources represented nearly 34 percent of all lethal attacks despite making up about 5 percent of the world’s population". https://grist.org/indigenous/in-2022-a-land-defender-was-killed-every-two-days/?

PIK_climate
2 weeks ago

When international trade hurts people economically, they care less about #environmental issues and #climatechange and act on this by withdrawing support for #sustainable and green policies – result of a new study by PIK researcher Charlotte Bez et. al. https://www.pik-potsdam.de/en/news/latest-news/more-economic-struggle-less-care-about-the-environment?set_language=en

Athena
2 weeks ago

Action: Queue for #Climate & #Nature will see hundreds of UK businesses down tools today so staff can head to St Paul’s Cathedral in #London to demand the British Government rapidly scales up #environmental efforts.

📍Join us from 12 noon at the St. Paul’s Cathedral end of Millennium Bridge (Peter’s Hill) to join the Queue over the bridge. (London)

👔 Dress up smart to show our support as business and professionals.

📣 Spread the word and register at http://bit.ly/Q4ClimateNature

Wenzel
2 weeks ago

I’m a bit confused by #Apple’s #environmental claims.

The new #FineWoven material that replaces #leather for example:

Leather is biodegradable and cows grow back. FineWoven is plastic and does not biodegrade. Yet, FineWoven is recycled material and growing cows is not carbon neutral.

Is Apple trading carbon emissions for #plastic #pollution?

--

#environment

preservation of wildlife and biodiversity as well as reforestation and rewilding to preserve natural biosphere areas => critical to all future human life on this planet - kudos to the people of Ecuador for their courage, long-term thinking, and contributions to us all:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/aug/31/ecuador-oil-drilling-ban-climate-solution

#Ecuador #environmental #biodiversity #ClimateChange

So #RishiSunak & #MichaelGove's plan to 'support' house building by removing a key regulation on #housing developments' impact on water courses has been defeated in the House of Lords (responding in part to lobbyitng/advice from #environmental groups).

This means to revive the removal of 'nutrient neutrality' requirement a new act would be required & as #Labour has now stepped back from an initial hint it might also deregulate, the latest threat to the UK's #rivers looks to have abated.

Natasha Tusikov
2 weeks ago

New from me: Canada's proposal of voluntary #regulation of generative #AI puts big tech in the driver's seat to shape legislation in its interests & ignore key risks, including #bias & #environmental harm. #cdnpoli https://www.cigionline.org/articles/voluntary-ai-guardrails-risk-placing-corporate-interests-over-public-good/

Autonomie und Solidarität
2 weeks ago

Im Jahr 2022 wurde jeden zweiten Tag ein Umweltaktivist getötet - Bericht #Kolumbien
- #Environmental activists killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022 – report

"#Colombia was the deadliest country and a fifth of the 177 recorded killings took place in the Amazon rainforest, says Global Witness.
At least 177 people were killed last year for defending the environment, according to new figures, with a fifth of killings taking place in the Amazon #rainforest.

Murdered by organised crime groups and land invaders, environmental defenders were killed at a rate of one every other day in 2022, figures from the NGO Global Witness show. Colombia was the most deadly country, recording 60 murders.
#Indigenous communities were disproportionately represented in the figures, making up 34% of all murders, despite representing about 5% of the world’s population. The new figures mean that at least 1,910 environmental defenders have been killed between 2012 and 2022, according to Global Witness, with most of the murders going unpunished.

#Brazil, #Mexico, #Honduras and the #Philippines were the most deadly countries in 2022 after Colombia."
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/13/environmental-activists-killed-at-a-rate-of-one-every-other-day-in-2022-global-witness-report-aoe

J.K. Ullrich
2 weeks ago

Well, it happened. New colleagues discovered I've published #books.

"Oh? What kind?"

"Um...hard-ish #SciFi with #ClimateChange themes and sometimes mystery plots, starring cliché-slaying female protagonists."

Clearly skill at #writing doesn't always extend to #marketing.

I always struggle to characterize my work! #SciFi conjures spaceships in most people's minds, and mine is firmly grounded. Although all my stories feature strong #environmental elements, #CliFi seems reductive. I play shamelessly with mystery, suspense, and thriller tropes.

I don't want to be that snobbish #author who claims to defy genre, but none of the usual labels fit well. How have others in the #WritingCommunity handled this? Any brilliant ideas for how to describe my type of fiction in a few catchy words?

DoomsdaysCW
2 weeks ago

Just Released: "Mining the Sacred: #IndigenousNations Fight #Lithium Gold Rush at #ThackerPass

Watch now:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLO7ClVtlBA

"#Cree Journalist Brandi Morin said, 'We are taking back the narrative and this story about North America’s largest lithium mine being constructed while violating sacred Indigenous territories is told from the Native perspective. The 'green' energy revolution isn’t what you think it is!'

IndigiNews Media and The Real News, September 12, 2023

Go watch! @IndigiNewsMedia @TheRealNews @ricochet_en

"Follow Native journalist Brandi Morin, who came from Canada, and covered this powerful story.

"In Nevada’s remote Thacker Pass, a fight for our future is playing out between local #Indigenous tribes and powerful state and #corporate entities hellbent on mining the lithium beneath their land. Vancouver-based Lithium Americas is developing a massive lithium mine at Thacker Pass, but for more than two years several local tribes and #environmental organizations have tried to block or delay the mine in the courts and through direct action.

"The Thacker Pass Project is backed by the Biden administration, and companies like General Motors have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the project, looking to capitalize on the transition to a 'green energy economy,' for which lithium is essential. While it is a vital component in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and batteries, though, there’s nothing “green” about mining lithium. Ending our addiction to fossil fuels is urgently necessary, but the struggle of the local tribes around Thacker Pass reveals the dark side of a 'green revolution' that prioritizes profit and consumption over everything (and everyone) else."

-- Mining the Sacred

https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2023/09/just-released-mining-sacred-indigenous.html

#IndigenousNews #LithiumMining #IndigenousRights #Greenwashing #Pauite #ProtectThackerPass #EnvironmentalRacism

Documentally
2 weeks ago

“The research aimed to look at the environmental impact of AI processing in data centers and analyzed Microsoft’s Iowa data center to make their calculations. Microsoft’s water consumption rose 34% from 2021 to 2022 to nearly 1.7 billion gallons. Google reported a 20% increase in water consumption over the same period.

The researchers and some local authorities expressed concern with regard to the #environmental impact of the increased water usage required to train #AI models. Big tech companies have also acknowledged the need to be more efficient with their water consumption.”

Has anyone asked AI how to fix this?

Keith D Johnson
3 weeks ago

2. "The sheer quantity of chemicals being dumped into the environment is quickly growing. UNEP counted the annual release of toxic chemicals in 2006 at 6 million tons, but Worldometer estimates the current release at 10 million tons—a 67% increase in a little over a decade.
Perhaps the most frightening biological impact of many endocrine-disrupting chemicals is their tendency to alter #DNA expression in ways that can be inherited by subsequent generations. It’s long been known that #environmental factors (#food, #air, #water) can cause genes to be switched off or on, or dial their expression up or down. Sometimes the effects are transgenerational, and continued presence of chemicals in the environment can amplify biological impacts from one generation to the next."

Mark@RCR 🌀
3 weeks ago

Should political inaction on #environmental issues, including #climatechange be treated as a criminal offence of environmental law?

Nonilex
3 weeks ago

…John Leshy, a #PublicLands expert who served in the #Interior Dept during the Carter & Clinton admins noted that the state was the only leaseholder left in the #refuge. The #Biden admin could have standing to cancel those leases if it found that #environmental reviews & other compliance measures on the leases had been inadequate.

(Under Trump? Ya think? His EPA at the time was run by Scott Pruitt, a #ClimateChange denier!)

#WildlifeProtection #LandConservation #ProtectTheArctic #ClimateCrisis

David M. Kelly
3 weeks ago

How a mere 12% of Americans eat half the nation's beef, creating significant health and environmental impacts #science #food #health #environmental https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/08/230830131808.htm

Photo of two marbled steaks cooking on a grill
Tucker Teague
3 weeks ago

On my #hike today:

1. I passed an #environmental #restoration project.

2. I listened to The Magnificast #podcast on Christian #nonviolent direct action (of the leftist, peacenik sort). Excellent stuff.

3. I saw an older woman stop at a tree by the trail, pause, pat it with her hands, and then give it a kiss. She then smiled at me, giggled, and walked on. [honestly this made me happy]

A white rectangular tarp lying on the ground as part of an environmental restoration project.
The little sign at the restoration research project by my local trail.
Rozzychan
4 weeks ago

I just found out that some swimming events in the 2024 Paris Olympics will be in the Seine.

To make that possible, they are cleaning the river!
#environmental #river #paris #olympic
https://youtu.be/T_FT6o8GZEY?si=s2AoSqsl3HIvOe7U

John Refior
4 weeks ago

Saw a reply suggesting #environmental policy wasn’t needed, because all 8 billion of us can magically know which particles of #AirPollution are responsible for our chronic illnesses, the premature deaths of our loved ones, and the #climate disasters that hit us; which polluters they came from, and prove all that in court. We can each easily pursue hundreds of lawsuits, which the courts will have no trouble administering.

Yeah I blocked that person
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2687917/
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#ClimateChange

Sangeet Kaur
4 weeks ago

Fairtrade International has teamed up with B Lab to create a guide enabling small companies to enhance their #humanrights and #environmental due diligence strategies and policies within their value chains.

The full guide can be downloaded here: https://lnkd.in/d49U9BbH

#HREDD

https://www.confectioneryproduction.com/news/45197/fairtrade-and-b-lab-combine-for-human-rights-and-due-diligence-guide-for-small-businesses/

Joe Wynne
1 month ago
Three photos of a street scene, empty of cars.

Pic 1, a segment of two-way street with Box turtle in middle of one lane. Captions in comic font say:
Oh No! Box Turtle in middle of road!!   Who will save it from being crushed?  Can someone from Mastodon help?

Pic 2, shows same turtle, slightly closer, but with view at an angle that shows woods on the side of the road.
Captions read: Yes! Our hero exits car, sees woods nearby…

Pic 3, closer view of woods with the turtle on the ground.
Captions read: Safe at home!
Alex Afouxenidis
1 month ago

#farright #ecology ⬇️

While #environmental concerns can be used to advance an egalitarian and left-leaning agenda, by linking the climate crisis to class struggles and the need for social justice, these issues are increasingly being taken up by the far right

[by Balsa Lubarda]

https://balkaninsight.com/2023/08/28/far-right-ecologism-central-europe-proves-fertile-ground/

Sampath Pāṇini ®
1 month ago

#Externalities are the costs or benefits of an economic activity experienced by an unrelated third party.

Externalities can be both positive or negative, and are #economic, #social, or #environmental byproducts stemming from either the production or consumption of a good or service.

Externalities are problematic when individuals, households, and firms do not internalize the indirect costs of or the benefits from their actions.

https://grist.org/business-technology/none-of-the-worlds-top-industries-would-be-profitable-if-they-paid-for-the-natural-capital-they-use/

FediFollows
1 month ago

#EnvironmentalNews / #GreenNews picks of the day:

➡️ @mongabay - Environmental news site covering international #ecological news

➡️ @TheConversationClimate - News articles about #ClimateChange, written by qualified experts

➡️ @thenarwhal - Investigative journalism about #environmental issues, based in Canada

➡️ @industrydecarbonization - Newsletter about hard-to-decarbonise industries

➡️ @rewildingmag - Magazine about #rewilding, restorations of #ecosystems

DoomsdaysCW
1 month ago

"As early as the 1970s, #Exxon’s scientists predicted that the firm’s #fossilfuel products could lead to #globalwarming with “dramatic #environmental effects before the year #2050.” Yet, as has been well documented, Exxon officials responded by investing company funds in casting doubt on climate change research, even financing think tanks focused on #ClimateDenialism. Had they instead broadcast their scientists’ findings and worked to speed the transition to alternative fuels, the world would be in a far less precarious position today."

#ExxonKnew #ExxonLied

@breadandcircuses

COP has always been bullshit. Australia last appearance was funded by #Santos one of the world's biggest #environmental #rapists.

David M. Kelly
2 months ago

Research confirms fracking causes slow, small earthquakes, whose origin was previously a mystery. The tremors are produced by the same processes that could create large, damaging earthquakes. #science #fracking #environmental #earthquakes https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/08/230810110345.htm

Diagram showing how fracking works and can produce earthquakes
Stuart D Neilson
2 months ago

"#ArtificialLawns are seen as an #environmental #disaster, usurping habitats for insects and wild plants... No bugs, no weeds. That’s why the Springwatch presenter Chris Packham described #ArtificialGrass as the “horticultural #antichrist"."
#AstroTurf #PlasticGrass

Demand down 66%.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2023/jul/31/plastic-lawn-backlash-fake-grass

Nonilex
2 months ago

The… #WildernessSociety & other #environmental grps…had urged the court to uphold the temporary halt in #pipeline completion… & cited an 1871 #SCOTUS #precedent that held that #Congress can specify rules about how #FederalCourt cases should be heard & resolved, but it cannot #dictate how federal courts should rule, as that would be an #unconstitutional intrusion the #SeparatePowers of the #judiciary & would allow Congress "to pick winners & losers" in #litigation that before the federal courts.

Andrew Thompson
2 months ago

“THE #Scottish #Government is holding “urgent” talks to prevent a plot by unelected #Lords to give #Westminster new #HenryVIIIPowers” to unilaterally scrap #Scotland’s #environmental rules.

An amendment to the #UK Government’s Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill would give #London the power to overturn rules made by the #ScottishParliament – with minimal scrutiny or accountability.”

https://www.thenational.scot/news/23674483.scottish-government-urgent-talks-change-levelling-bill/?ref=suit

HistoPol
2 months ago

@TexasObserver

(2/n)

...into the air during at least 17 reported events over a seven-day period, according to records filed with the #Texas Commission on #Environmental Quality.

In one instance, the $17 billion company vented 238,000 pounds of gas when facilities in its pipeline network dialed back operations “👉to prevent them from shutting down due to high ambient temperature.👈” In another, it released 168,000 pounds “👉to prevent compressor...

Thailand Watch
3 months ago

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) & Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) advise that
a court in #Thailand has dismissed a criminal defamation suit brought against #environmental justice #journalist Pratch Rujivanarom by Thai-owned Myanmar Pongpipat Company Limited in response to a news article published in January 2020. See the joint amicus brief filed in the case by ICJ & LRWC at https://www.icj.org/thailand-the-criminal-law-must-not-be-used-in-defamation-cases-and-to-inhibit-freedom-of-expression/ #SLAPP #CriminalDefamation #BizHumanRights

Jeff Hollister
3 months ago

Another great #rstats #environmental #datascience #remote job opp with CUAHSI just added to: https://github.com/jhollist/fed_ds_gigs. Please boost and pass on to those looking. Direct link to the job: https://www.cuahsi.org/job-board/environmental-data-scientist.

Lynton North
3 months ago

Lighthouse Reports #podcast

https://anchor.fm/s/d90d7698/podcast/play/72969656/https%3A%2F%2Fd3ctxlq1ktw2nl.cloudfront.net%2Fstaging%2F2023-6-4%2F052dfa75-30f4-13b6-8be4-82d5030ae001.mp3

Europe’s biggest, most powerful, #farming #lobby group, Copa-Cogeca, has dominated E.U. #agricultural #policy for decades. On the strength of its history and claim to represent all farmers, it has used its power in the past year to block crucial #environmental reforms. ..we speak to food systems reporter, Thin Lei Win & editor Lionel Faull about the investigation, Europe’s Potemkin Lobby.

#EU #CopaCogeca

pennine
3 months ago

Those criticising #JustStopOil need to get a sense of perspective. JSO protesters interrupt SPORTING events, the consequences of #environmental collapse threaten millions of lives by sea level rise, wild fires, pollution etc etc. Please support JSO. #cleanwater4all #pollution

aaron
3 months ago

Quick thread on the couple of hours I spent this morning doing some #urbanGardening at the local SINC (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, or "green space").

I wanted to post this up as I saw a general question last week about what someone can do if they're feeling really stressed about #environmental issues and don't know where to start to do their part. Urban gardening - either in your own space if you have some or in a shared/neglected area is an easy way to start even if you're the only person doing it.

There's a huge network effect and public appreciation that comes with putting in the work to make places nicer to look at and nicer for nature to exist in. So much so that after a few of us volunteers (once we found each other!) kept being stopped by curious people we had some cards printed on seedstock paper to hand out - especially to kids - so that they could follow our work and plant flowers of their own.

1/7

A business card printed on seeded paper referring people to a Linktree listing local community groups.
Chris Slane
3 months ago

'Overton Windows' - the choices open to voters...

#environmental #green #politics #cartoon #NZpol @NZListenerMag

'Overton Windows'. Cartoon depicts a red and blue coloured political landscape signposted as left, centre and right. One giant green rainbow coloured window frame containing a green ecological low carbon 'survivable future' landscape with a Maori woman ( Marama Davidson - Green Party ) calling  "Come with us if you want to live." Dressed in a red shirt the leader of Labour Party Chris Hipkins, a sword in hand, is standing on top of the hill labelled 'Majority of Voters'. He is sparring with leader of National Party Chris Luxon dressed in a blue shirt, who is retreating to the right of the centre. A sign on the downward slope to the right is  labelled 'Business As Usual'. On the far right a small gold coloured window frame is labelled 'UBER-RICH SURVIVAL' . It contains a luxury boat travelling through a flooded suburban landscape. This window frame is being lifted into the air by a helicopter blade with a wealthy man in a top hat ascending a ladder. It is David Seymour leader of the Act party is holding a champagne glass calling "Not all of you can come with us, SOZ!".  An Overton window is the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream population at a given time aka 'window of discourse'
DoomsdaysCW
3 months ago

#Germany’s #Nuclear Energy Phase-Out, Explained
#NIRS, May 8, 2023

"On April 15, 2023 utilities in Germany shut down the country’s three last remaining nuclear power plants. These closures mark the successful planned phase-out of German nuclear energy from the nation’s grid.

"What does this mean for Germany? What lessons should the U.S. take away from the German energy transition?

"Germany’s #Energiewende (“energy transition”) is an overarching policy commitment to achieve a low-carbon, nuclear-free economy and transition to renewable energy. While the recently completed phase-out of nuclear power is a major milestone for Germany’s energy transition, it was by no means a perfect process nor is the current energy system in Germany a perfect example to follow.

"But, Germany’s transition shows that an energy policy grounded in #environmental values works – and the earlier climate policy is implemented, the sooner the #climate policy goals can be realized. Above all, the German energy transition shows the tremendous power of active citizenry, organized #SocialMovements, and activism to transform policy and successfully demand change."

#PowerToThePeople #NoNukes #RenewablesNow #NuclearEnergy

https://www.nirs.org/germanys-nuclear-energy-phase-out-explained/

Scientific Frontline
4 months ago

A central difficulty in controlling #greenhouse gas #emissions to slow down #climate change is finding them in the first place. Such is the case with #methane, a colorless, odorless gas that is the second most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere today, after carbon dioxide.
#Environmental #CO2 #ClimateChange #MethaneMapper #sflorg
https://www.sflorg.com/2023/06/en06082302.html

Here's an interesting piece by Rowan Atkinson on the Q. of whether you should buy a new #electriccar or continue to use your old petrol car a while longer:

its clear that an old car's #environmental costs are largely already accounted for so its only the marginal environmental costs of usage that we should factor into our considerations;

so rather than buy #electricvehicles, we might be better refusing the three year cycle of replacement, & then trying to drive less

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jun/03/electric-vehicles-early-adopter-petrol-car-ev-environment-rowan-atkinson