Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Chickens freezing to death and boiled alive: failings in US slaughterhouses exposed

The Guardian.
Chickens slowly freezing to death, being boiled alive, drowned or suffocating under piles of other birds are among hundreds of shocking welfare incidents recorded at US slaughterhouses, according to previously unpublished reports. Story here.

An American broiler (meat) chicken house.
USDA photo by Joe Valbuena.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Private research funders court controversy with billions in secretive investments


Science Magazine

Cruise ships often burn bunker fuel, the very kind warned about in this story.
A Wikimedia image.
A few years ago, scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust, one of the world's wealthiest private philanthropies, published sobering findings about the deadly effects of air pollution. In a long-term study of elderly residents of Hong Kong, China, those exposed to higher levels of smog—especially tiny particles of soot produced by burning fossil fuels—were more likely to die of cancer than people who breathed cleaner air. Details here.

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by Larry Powell

US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge


The
Guardian
Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks. More here

Saturday, 8 December 2018

DDT in Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat lots of fish


Science Today -  University of Maine
Mt. Jarvis, Alaska. Photo by R. McGimsey, U.S. Geological Survey
Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk for cancer because of insecticides -- including DDT -- in the meltwater. Story here.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts' compared with past four centuries


PHY ORG
An aerial shot of mountains in Greenland. 2006.
Photo by Túrelio.
Surface melting across Greenland's mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to…
More here.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Modern slavery promotes overfishing