The diet that helps fight climate change

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Do we all have to go vegan to save the world?  [Well, yes.]

Ben Houlton spends a lot of time thinking about what’s on your dinner plate.

“If you take a steak and ask the question, ‘What’s been put into making that appear on my plate?’, you can trace it back all the way to the fertilizer that’s used to grow the food and then the grains which are used to feed the animals,” said Houlton.

As director of the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Davis, Houlton studies how food production affects the environment and creates greenhouse gases. Nearly every step that goes into food production has some impact on global warming, and it adds up: Agriculture and land use is responsible for nearly a quarter of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

A lot of people…

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Investors are Fleeing Fossil Fuels in Droves


When Bill McKibben and spear-headed a campaign to divest from fossil fuels and go 100 percent renewables as part of a multi-pronged strategy to confront ramping harms from global climate change in 2012, the big push-back was “divestment doesn’t work, it’s just feel-good, someone else will just buy the stocks when prices drop.”

The Green Mouse That Roared

As if where individuals, banks, investment firms and governments put their money doesn’t matter. As if monetary policy at all levels isn’t an enabler of energy and climate policy. As if the world were awash in an infinite flood of money. As if capital just magically grows on trees.

The detractors clearly didn’t get it. They’d already lost the argument. But the ultimate realization would take years to materialize.

The divestment movement wasn’t so much about the short-term, day to day, flux of money on the financial markets. It was…

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Like citizens of the Reich, we look away as species fall  

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Compassion fatigue is kiling off our fellow creatures.

  • Anson Cameron

I notice I have begun to avoid elephants. And rhinos. And polar bears – though I love those pale nomads best. Any time a wildlife show comes on with a pachyderm and a wobbly calf at foot I switch channels. I know what’s in store for that little fellow. And a white bear staring in bewilderment out to sea waiting for pack ice to form has me scrambling for the remote. What else is on TV? NCIS Anywhere will do. Something light. Maybe a movie about a class reunion where one guy has become a CIA assassin since leaving school.

Even Attenborough has become a sort of hospital for the incurables, too sad to visit. (I knew a man who spent five years in The Hospital For Incurables in Heidelberg, before getting out, marrying, having a…

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A Single Bird Caused a $220,000 Boost to the US Economy

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A black-backed oriole (Image: Susan Schmoyer)

Birding is the best. It’s Pokémon Go but more unpredictable and real. There are few educational thrills quite like waking up early in the morning and grabbing your binoculars to travel far away, chasing rumors that a rare bird might be pecking at a tree in a graveyard.

I’m biased here, but there’s now scientific evidence to back me up. On January 26, 2017, someone spotted a single Black-backed oriole in a bird feeder in their backyard. It was only the second time the Mexican bird had been spotted in the United States. At least 1,800 birders visited the home, some coming from as far as Canada, to see it until April 10, 2017, when it departed. A team of Australian researchers amounted the economic value of the single bird’s appearance at $223,000.

 “Some birdwatchers value rare birds, contributing significant…

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British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

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by HSUS president Wayne Pacelle,

August 15, 2017

This week, British Columbia’s newly formed government, responding to the will of an overwhelming majority of the province’s citizens and following through on its own campaign promise, announced a ban on all trophy hunting of grizzly bears there, starting in November.

Under the prior Liberal government, B.C. had become the world’s grizzly-bear-hunting hub, with trophy hunters killing 250 of the great bears a year, even within renowned provincial parks and protected areas and, most brazenly, in the Great Bear Rainforest, where Coastal First Nations have vehemently opposed trophy hunting of bears.

This is a signature win for animal protection groups (including Humane Society International/Canada, which worked for this outcome), and for the more than 90 percent of B.C. residents who opposed trophy hunting. Polling revealed that opponents of the practice include an overwhelming majority of residents of rural…

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Don’t turn Grand Canyon into a bison hunting ‘horror show’

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To his credit, President Donald Trump recently drew attention to the “horror show” that is elephant trophy hunting, adding in a tweet that he would be “very hard pressed” to see it otherwise. Never has that tawdry business been called out so bluntly, at such a high level, and we could use some similar candor in a matter closer to home – a trophy-hunting horror show soon to be staged in, of all places, Grand Canyon National Park.

It is the project of Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, who has long sought to rid the park of bison. Their iconic appeal is lost on the congressman. And so, he is pleased to report, sport hunters will be “empowered” to go in and systematically slaughter the creatures.

The bison live near the North Rim, where, complains Gosar, they are “wreaking havoc.” They threaten, no less, “the wonder that is…

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Success: Men Charged With Dragging Shark Behind Speedboat Demand they be punished to the fullest extent of the law


A shark suffered when the poor animal was allegedly tethered to a speedboat and dragged at high speed. Now, three suspects have finally been arrested. Demand that they be punished to the full extent of the law.

Source: Success: Men Charged With Dragging Shark Behind Speedboat

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Wolf decision could undermine plan to remove grizzly bears from endangered list

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Wolves often harass grizzly bears in the wild, and now they’re challenging bear recovery in the courtroom.

An appeals court ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed Great Lakes gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act list could unravel plans to delist grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

The possibility raised enough alarm within the agency that it sent out a request for public comment on the topic last week.

“We had put our final delisting rule out in July and within a week we got the court opinion,” FWS grizzly recovery coordinator Hillary Cooley said during a meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee in Missoula on Tuesday. “The Great Lakes wolves were listed for the entire Lower 48 states, and then they carved out a DPS (Distinct Population Segment) and tried to delist them. That’s…

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Worsening Weather to Feed Monstrous Thomas Fire Through Sunday


It shouldn’t be happening in typically wetter, cooler December. But, due to human-forced climate change, it is.

The Thomas Fire, at 242,000 acres, is now the fourth largest fire in California history. Alone, it has destroyed 900 structures — a decent town’s worth gone up in smoke. And today it threatens pretty much all of Santa Barbara’s 62,000 buildings. For future days promise conditions that could expand the monstrous blaze into the largest fire ever seen for the state.

(Persistent western ridge formation is an expected upshot of sea ice retreat in the…

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New Science Confirms that Harvey’s Record Rains Were Made Much Worse by Climate Change


Hurricane Harvey barreled into Texas on August 25th of 2017. Over the next six days, it dumped 52 inches of rain across parts of the state, resulted in 800,000 emergency calls for help, caused 80 souls to be lost, and inflicted over 190 billion dollars in damages.

Harvey was the most damaging storm ever to strike the U.S. It was more costly than Katrina and Sandy combined. And recent studies now show that this damage, in large part, was due to climate change’s influence over the storm.

(Harvey just prior to making landfall on the Southeast coast of Texas. Image source: NASA.)

According to base climatology, we can expect this kind of event to occur once every 9,000 years. But living in base climatology we are not. Due to fossil fuel burning, atmospheric CO2 levels are above 405 parts per million — levels not seen in at…

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