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4 Opportunities to Shore Up the World's Coastal Ecosystems and Communities 28.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print More than 3 billion people live near the ocean, affecting coastal resilience and climate change adaptation. Photo by Jorge Zapata/Unsplash For the more than 3 billion people who live near the ocean, coastal ecosystems support jobs, industries and trade, as well as provide food and buffering against storms and other severe natural events. Yet, these vital areas are at risk as rising populations and growing urbanization prompt the significant loss and damage of coastal habitats — including saltmarshes, mangroves, coral reefs and shellfish reefs. These losses reduce coastal resilience, as well as our ability to recover and adapt to climate change and other human-caused threats. To change this trajectory, a new paper commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy proposes a new way forward with four opportunities for action to ensure sustainable and resilient coastal zones. 1. Build Ecosystem Resilience In addition to underpinning the global ocean economy and offering important ...
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One Empire Over Seed: Control Over the World's Seed Banks 28.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Since the onset of the Neolithic Revolution some 10.000 years ago, farmers and communities have worked to improve yield, taste, nutritional and other qualities of seeds. They have expanded and passed on knowledge about health impacts and healing properties of plants as well as about the peculiar growing habits of plants and interaction with other plants and animals, soil and water. The free exchange of seed among farmers has been the basis to maintaining biodiversity and food security.   A great seed and biodiversity piracy is underway, not just by corporations — which through mergers are becoming fewer and larger— but also by super rich billionaires whose wealth and power open doors to their every whim. Leading the way is Microsoft mogul, Bill Gates.   When the Green Revolution was brought into India and Mexico, farmers’ seeds were “rounded-up” from their fields and locked in international institutions, to be used to breed green revolution varieties engineered to respond to chemical ...
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Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity 27.10.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity Elsa Wenzel Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:00 Apple's Lisa Jackson is moving social justice to the top of the list for protecting the environment. Coming from one of Fortune's "most powerful women in business " at one of the world's largest companies, she has views that could have a long-term global impact. Apple's big-ticket sustainability goals released this year for 2030 include becoming carbon-neutral and achieving a net-zero impact in all operations. The company also recently embraced an outward-facing leadership role on its social impacts, with a $100 million investment to create a Racial and Equity Justice Initiative (REJI), which CEO Tim Cook asked Jackson to lead in June. How can we grow some Black and brown-owned businesses that are working on the issue of climate change? It's not new for Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives to see racism and climate change as intertwined. She capped off her two-decade career ...
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Polluted Air and Water Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way. 26.10.2020 THE CITY FIX
Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial ...
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Column: A pile of stacked boxes at the University of Chicago - exhibitionism or architecture? 26.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The new David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago looks nothing like the picturesque Collegiate Gothic buildings at the University of Chicago. Are its stacked boxes exhibitionism or true architecture?
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These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health 26.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
These changes to our food systems could improve human and planetary health Oliver Camp Mon, 10/26/2020 - 01:30 On the recent World Food Day, the clarion call was clearer than ever: We must fix our food systems to improve human health, drive economic growth and save the planet from environmental collapse. The challenges facing us are wide-ranging. The way the world produces and consumes food causes huge environmental impacts, and yet 3 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a healthy diet, and up to a third of the food we produce is wasted. What’s more, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies are concentrated among the poorest and most vulnerable — often including those who produce the food we eat. Meanwhile, the so-called double burden of malnutrition is on the rise: hunger and malnourishment coexisting with overweight and obesity, often in the same countries, communities or even individuals. Tackling these multiple challenges and threats requires coordinated action from the public sector, private ...
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Commentary: Why my private, eerie 'Tenet' experience in Montana gives me hope for movie theaters 23.10.2020 LA Times: Health

For the first time since COVID shutdowns, and the first time since retirement, former Times critic Kenneth Turan sees a movie, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," in a theater. Here's what brought him back.

$18.3M payout in Crestwood well water lawsuits jeopardized following court ruling 23.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
An Illinois Appellate Court ruling throws into doubt an $18.3 million payout to Crestwood residents who sued over the use of tainted well water by the village to supplement its supply of Lake Michigan water.
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The cast of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' reunites for charity 20.10.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Ray Romano and series co-creator Phil Rosenthal among those to pay homage to late costar Peter Boyle

Young Activists Aren't Waiting for Anyone 20.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Climate change has joined racism, sexism, and related aggressions in creating a new dynamic demanding redress of America’s inequalities and defining its divisions. On the Republican right, President Donald Trump’s constituencies pursue restoration of an idealized American “greatness” lionizing the superiority of nativist White, aged, wealthy, Christian, publicly avowed heterosexual men to exploit the environment at will.  

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'Dripping with money': A look behind the gated affluence of Trump's Palm Beach 18.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

This is how the 2020 election looks from Palm Beach, Fla., the adopted home of President Trump and his Mar-a-Lago resort, and a town whose largely white, wealthy population stands in contrast to its surroundings.

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The Great Barrington deception about COVID-19 14.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The Trump administration is touting an eccentric group of scientists claiming that herd immunity can save us from COVID-19. Don't fall for it.

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Dozens of lives have been lost at dams on Illinois waterways. Now efforts are underway to remove them for safety and the good of the environment. 13.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
During the next three years, plans call for the removal of several dams in Illinois. Dozens of boaters, anglers, children and would-be rescuers have drowned at many sites.
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Tomatoes, turnips rule in big year for veggie gardening 10.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
In the year of the new coronavirus, when new gardeners came out in droves to try growing their own vegetables, tomatoes were still king. And in a twist, the respect-seeking turnip actually turned some heads.
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Column: Are Californians serious about fighting systemic racism? Prop. 16 will tell 9.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

All those promises after George Floyd's death will seem hollow if we continue the ban on affirmative action at public universities and other state institutions.

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Mining Threatens 20% of Indigenous Lands in the Amazon 7.10.2020 WRI Stories
Print Farmer in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo by Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR For decades, the Yaigojé Apaporis Indigenous People in Colombia’s lower Apaporis River Basin worked to get their traditional lands formally recognized by the government and secured from outside threats. Initially protected as the Yaigojé Apaporis Reserve, it was also declared an Indigenous territory in 1988. But in 2007, Cosigo Resources, a Canadian mining company, requested from the government a gold mining concession within the Yaigojé Apaporis Reserve. The Yaigojé Apaporis were alarmed, but unlike other Indigenous groups around the world, they had some legal options. Laws in Colombia recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right of consultation, although not consent. They also provide Indigenous communities with the right of first refusal, meaning they are first offered the mineral rights before the government can grant a mining concession to a third party. And while national laws allow mining on Indigenous lands, it is not permitted ...
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Can California ban fracking? Newsom's bold plan to fight climate change faces skepticism 7.10.2020 LA Times: Environment

California lawmakers say Gov. Gavin Newsom must do more than endorse a fracking ban for the Legislature to take action.

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New leaders at Patagonia, McDonald's, Netflix 7.10.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
New leaders at Patagonia, McDonald's, Netflix Elsa Wenzel Wed, 10/07/2020 - 02:01 Heading into fall, this batch of career updates from the worlds of sustainability and business is somewhat top-heavy. It's not necessarily that the game of musical chairs has intensified in the C-suite, but you'll note major executive moves at big apparel, food, energy, finance and technology corporations, some of which have enlisted a chief sustainability officer (CSO) or equivalent for the first time. Amid myriad social, health and political crises, business sustainability is alive and well and living the Paris Agreement. Who's news McDonald’s has formed a Global Impact Team to be overseen by EVP and Global Impact Officer Katie Beirne Fallon, who is departing Hilton Worldwide as EVP and head of corporate affairs. Fallon served President Barack Obama as director of legislative affairs and senior advisor. Emma Stewart, recently with Engie Impact and WRI, was named Netflix’s first sustainability officer. The streaming media ...
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Microplastics in Farm Soils: A Growing Concern 7.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Mary Beth Kirkham hadn't studied microplastics when she was invited to co-edit a new book about microplastics in the environment—but something stood out to her about the existing research. 

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Our COVID-19 response can make our cities more resilient to heat waves 6.10.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Our COVID-19 response can make our cities more resilient to heat waves Roland Hunziker Tue, 10/06/2020 - 01:00 The COVID crisis has exposed our interdependencies and the insufficient preparation of our urban systems for coping with shocks. It also has highlighted the stress we put on the environment and in many places greatly increased inequality — including the response to heat. Now, with climate change, come scorching hot temperatures during the summer months which bring additional challenges to healthcare systems that already operate under great pressure due to the pandemic. On Aug. 16, California recorded what could be the hottest temperature ever on earth: 54.4 degrees Celsius, in the shade. COVID-19 wasn’t a bolt from the blue. Experts have long warned about the potential outbreak of a major pandemic, yet governments around the world were woefully unprepared for its catastrophic consequences. Let’s not make the same mistake with global warming. The dangers of anthropogenic climate change have been ...
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