“Pollution’s Annual Price Tag? $4.6 Trillion and 9 Million Dead”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-19/pollution-s-annual-pricetag-4-6-trillion-and-9-million-dead

Pollution in all its forms killed 9 million people in 2015 and, by one measure, led to economic damage of $4.6 trillion, according to a new estimate by researchers who hope to put the health costs of toxic air, water and soil higher on the global agenda.

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“Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers”

Insects caught in a malaise trap

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The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

“Supermarkets must stop using plastic packaging, says former Asda boss”

Woman buying bread in an Asda supermarket, England, UK

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The former boss of Asda is calling for supermarkets to stop using plastic packaging saying billions of pounds of investment in recycling has failed to resolve the world’s plastic proliferation crisis.

“Penguin disaster as only two chicks survive from colony of 40,000”

A dead penguin chick

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A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a “catastrophic breeding event” – all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation – not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation – has been wrought on the population.

“A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone”

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, a large hot spring known for its vibrant coloration. Beneath the park is a powerful supervolcano which drives the spring and other geological activity.

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Yellowstone’s last supereruption occurred 631,000 years ago. And it’s not the planet’s only buried supervolcano. Scientists suspect that a supereruption scars the planet every 100,000 years, causing many to ask when we can next expect such an explosive planet-changing event.

“U.N.: Cheaper to invest in climate change fight than to rebuild after a disaster”

https://www.upi.com/UN-Cheaper-to-invest-in-climate-change-fight-than-to-rebuild-after-a-disaster/7401507629325/?nll=1

Investments necessary to reduce climate change risks may be less than what’s needed to rebuild after related disasters, U.N. leaders said from Tehran.

“Poor Nations Need Farm Investment or Face Importing More Food”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-09/poor-nations-need-farm-investment-or-face-importing-more-food-j8jssozu

The poorest countries risk a greater dependence on food imports unless more is invested in their rural agriculture industries as people move toward cities, according to the United Nations.

“There’s a Climate Bomb Under Your Feet”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/there-s-a-climate-change-bomb-under-your-feet

The atmosphere gets all the attention in climate change, mostly because that’s where the warming happens. Even the oceans draw more concern than soil, especially when their warming temperatures help fuel massive storms and floods that kill humans and destroy communities. The seas hold 60 times more carbon than the atmosphere and absorb more than 90 percent of the heat that industrial pollution generates.

The soil, meanwhile, has been mostly ignored until lately. It’s both hugely influential on global warming and something humanity has a good deal of control over. The top 3 meters or so of earth store more carbon than the entire atmosphere and all plants combined. Taking care of the planet’s soil is “critical for stabilizing atmospheric CO2 concentrations,” according to a synthesis by Stanford University’s Robert Jackson and five colleagues, published Thursday in Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution & Systematics.

“Burning Wood Criticized as ‘Absurd’ as EU Mulls Clean-Energy Law”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/burning-wood-criticized-as-absurd-as-eu-mulls-clean-energy-law

Europe must prevent using trees and crops as a way to meet renewable-energy requirements or it will risk further increases in food prices, deforestation and land grabs, environmental groups said.