Archive | June 2017

“Carney’s CEO Club Gives $3.3 Trillion Muscle to Climate Fight”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-29/carney-s-ceo-club-gives-3-3-trillion-muscle-to-climate-fight

Companies with a combined market value of more than $3.3 trillion — equivalent to all the goods and services produced annually by Germany — threw their weight behind Carney’s final report on climate change.

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“How Baking Soda Could Help Fight Deadly Superbugs”

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-27/how-baking-soda-could-help-fight-deadly-superbugs

A big hurdle to developing new treatments is that there can be a big gap between a drug’s effectiveness in the laboratory, compared with the complexity of the human body. Several research labs have recently uncovered ways bacteria can elude the standard test, making invulnerable microbes appear susceptible to treatment. But in a new study in mice, scientists at the University of California-Santa Barbara may have hit on a way to make the test more accurate, and it involves using the most pedestrian of household items.

They took the standard antibiotic susceptibility test and added sodium bicarbonate, a chemical better known as baking soda. In addition to that small box containing it in the back of your refrigerator, it’s also found in human tissue—so researchers hypothesized that using it to test superbugs would better simulate how they behave in humans. “Now the bacteria is going, ‘I’m in the body, I need to fight,’” said Michael Mahan, a professor at UC Santa Barbara and senior author of the new study.

“The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.”

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/15/world/europe/climate-change-rotterdam.html?ref=oembed

In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.

“Move by UK supermarkets threatens to bring Fairtrade crashing down”

Fairtrade tea producers in  Malawi.

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When four Sainsbury’s executives met farmers from some of Africa’s biggest tea-growing co-operatives in a hotel in Nairobi last month it should have been a mutual celebration of Fairtrade, the gold standard of ethical trading and the world’s most trusted and best-known food certification scheme.

But instead of backslapping at the Pride hotel, the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products precipitated the greatest crisis in the scheme’s 25-year history by telling the 13 major tea groups and their 228,000 co-operative members that it intended to drop the globally known Fairtrade mark for their produce, and replace it with the phrase “fairly traded”.

“U.N.: Global population to reach 9.8B by 2050”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/06/22/UN-Global-population-to-reach-98B-by-2050/6821498134319/?nll=1

A United Nations report says the world population will increase to 9.8 billion people by 2050 despite a nearly global decrease in fertility rates.

“Marine expert warns of climate emergency as fish abandon tropical waters”

Dr Daniel Pauly, principal investigator at the Sea Around Us research organisation

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As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned.

“Plastic polluted Arctic islands are dumping ground for Gulf Stream”

Walruses with marine litter on Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago

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Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the Gulf Stream.

“ExxonMobil and Stephen Hawking Just Agreed to the Same Climate Fix”

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-20/exxonmobil-and-stephen-hawking-just-agreed-to-the-same-climate-fix

Less than three weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the 195-nation Paris Agreement on climate change, there’s a new ragtag group of underdogs supporting carbon-cutting.

 

“Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think”

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Solar power, once so costly it only made economic sense in spaceships, is becoming cheap enough that it will push coal and even natural-gas plants out of business faster than previously forecast.

“Is deep sea mining vital for a greener future – even if it destroys ecosystems?”

The machines intended for use in deep sea mining off the Papua New Guinea coast.

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Those leading the global rush to place giant mining machines thousands of metres below the sea surface say the extraordinary richness of the underwater ores mean the environmental impacts will be far lower than on land. But critics say exotic and little-known ecosystems in the deep oceans could be destroyed and must be protected.