“NATO Lawmakers Warn Global Warming Will Trigger Food Shortages”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/nato-lawmakers-warn-global-warming-will-trigger-food-shortages

Lawmakers from nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization are warning that global warming will lead to mass migration and conflict in the Middle East and Africa, another reason President Donald Trump should stay in the Paris climate deal.

“Komodo Dragon Blood May Hold the Secret to Killing Superbugs”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-18/komodo-dragon-blood-may-hold-the-secret-to-killing-superbugs

The blood of the endangered Komodo dragon is known for its toxicity, but the world’s largest lizard also appears impervious to disease and infection. A team of researchers who spent the past four years analyzing Komodo blood discovered it’s loaded with compounds that could be used as antibiotics. They say they’re hoping to turn those compounds into drugs that may be worth billions of dollars and save millions of lives. “I’ve got a 6-year-old daughter who sleeps on a stuffed Komodo,” says lead researcher Barney Bishop. “I’d like her to grow up in a world with effective antibiotics.”

“Slaughter of Africa’s Donkeys for China Hurts Poorest Farmers”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-15/slaughter-of-africa-s-donkeys-for-china-hurts-poorest-farmers

Donkeys are being slaughtered at an alarming pace to feed a global trade in donkey hides that’s fueled by soaring demand in China, where the skins are used to manufacture a gelatin believed to have anti-ageing and libido-enhancing properties. The gelatin, known in China as e’jiao, is so popular with middle-class consumers that a Chinese producer has created a donkey exchange to help companies find enough hides to keep their factories busy.

Like the poaching of Africa’s rhinos and elephants, and deforestation caused by the largely illicit trade in rosewood timber, the slaughter of donkeys is an unforeseen consequence of rising Chinese incomes and an expanding middle class. While the global donkey population is estimated at 44 million, demand is currently thought to be at least 4 million per year, The Donkey Sanctuary said in a report this year.

“Nine dead in Amazon’s worst land-related killings in decades”

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon

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The worst land-related slaughter Brazil has seen in 21 years reflects a chronic ambiguity around land rights. On this lawless frontier, far from the gaze of the authorities, forest clearance and conflict go hand in hand.

Tillerson gives nod at Arctic meet to climate change action

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the employees at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arctic-summit-idUSKBN1870FT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognizing the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Thursday, but said President Donald Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken U.S. commitments to the pact.

 

“Paul Allen’s High-Tech Quest to Save the World’s Most Endangered Animals”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-09/paul-allen-is-using-technology-to-save-the-african-elephant

If he has his way, Paul Allen will cover 90,000 square miles of African territory with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to Africa’s most remote, wildlife-packed corners. It’s the biggest, tech-focused conservation project to date, a command-and-control system for rangers to record and respond to poaching threats from Kenya to Tanzania.

“Denmark gets its first wild wolf pack in 200 years”

Three wolves in snow

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A wolf pack is roaming wild in Denmark for the first time in more than 200 years after a young female wolf journeyed 500km from Germany.

Male wolves have been seen in Denmark since 2012 and the new female could produce cubs this spring in farmland in west Jutland after two wolves were filmed together last autumn.

“Eat insects and fake meat to cut impact of livestock on the planet – study”

A grasshopper burger topped with dried grasshoppers and mealworms at a Pestaurant event in Washington, DC, US

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Insects and imitation meat are the best alternatives to real meat in tackling the huge and growing environmental impact of livestock on the planet, new research has shown.

“Adidas Releases First Mass-Produced Ocean Plastic Shoe”

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http://maritime-executive.com/article/adidas-releases-first-mass-produced-ocean-plastic-shoe

Adidas has released the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley running shoe – the first mass-produced footwear created using plastic waste retrieved by clean-up operations in the Maldives (95 percent) and recycled polyester (five percent). Each pair reuses eleven plastic bottles.

“Consumers being misled by labelling on ‘organic’ beauty products, report shows”

Organic beauty brands in supermarket in Frankfurt

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The makers of many “organic” beauty products have been accused of confusing and meaningless labelling, according to a new survey in which 76% of consumers admitted they felt misled.

According to the Soil Association’s recent market report, sales of organic health and beauty products swelled by more than 20% in 2016, with the market now worth about £61.2m in the UK.