Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Nestlé, Kellogg's, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are linked to child labor and forced labor in Indonesia. Story here.
A vast palm oil plantation in Indonesia.
Photo by Achmad Rabin Taim.
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Kinder Morgan, business groups cheer announcement as 'defining moment' for Canada's energy industry. Story here.
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Sunday, November 27, 2016
An international report says the Arctic is perched on the edge of fundamental social and environmental change as it faces 19 tipping points ranging from loss of summer sea ice to the slow creep of shrubs and trees across the tundra. Story here.
New analysis using provincial data reveals that mercury in an average meal of walleye from Clay Lake is 15 times the daily intake limit for adults. Story here.
The country’s worst drought in 25 years, spurred by poor management, El Niño and climate change, has reservoirs drying up and hospitals struggling. Story here.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
In his interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump expressed more flexibility on climate change, which he has previously called a hoax created by China. That is the good news. The bad news is that Trump’s lack of commitment to the cause of climate-science denial is rooted in a comprehensive failure to grasp the issue. Story here.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
President-elect plans to entirely slash climate science in favor of deep space exploration. Story here.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
It’s an internet sensation. An alarming graph showing the global area of sea ice falling to unprecedented lows for this time of year has gone viral. Story here.
Monday, November 21, 2016
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The Washington Post
Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. Story here.
Monday, November 14, 2016
The Washington Post
Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, where it often goes straight into the bellies of hungry birds, sea turtles and other marine animals. This is a big concern for scientists, who are still investigating the possible consequences for the marine ecosystem — but until now, researchers weren’t completely sure why so many animals were mistaking the plastic for food in the first place. Story here.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Thousands of orangutans in Borneo are killed every year -- shot, starved, and burned to death as their rainforest home is destroyed. Unless action is taken to protect them, they will likely be extinct in ten years.
It's all because of a ruthless effort by the palm oil industry to deforest as much of the island as possible to make room for their destructive palm oil plantations.
As their habitat burns, orangutans go hungry. Many starve, while others leave the forest in a desperate search for food and are then often shot by palm oil plantation workers.
The only way that orangutans will be saved is if big food corporations like PepsiCo stop buying palm oil from producers that are destroying the orangutans' habitat. Will you chip in CA$2 to help turn up the pressure on PepsiCo before it's too late?
Already, almost half of Borneo's forests have been destroyed, as industrial palm oil has taken over the island. And this summer, the Bornean orangutan was designated as critically endangered--that means it's just short of complete extinction.
Friday, November 11, 2016
In a matter of weeks, the Canadian government will approve or deny the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. This decision could put the B.C. coast and our fragile climate at risk.
We’ve heard that the decision is coming soon and that the government is leaning toward approving the pipeline. There’s not a moment to lose.
We can’t let this happen. It’s time to scale up our resistance. Sign the petition to send Trudeau a message: climate leaders don’t build pipelines!
Just last week, the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement came into force. The Trudeau government wants us to believe that we can meet our new climate targets and build new tar sands pipelines. But you and I know that’s not true.
More than eighty-five tribes and First Nations are standing up to tar sands expansion, and we are standing with them.
Time is running out. The decision on Kinder Morgan is due in a few weeks. But together we can turn the tide and stop this devastating project.
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
After Tuesday’s U.S. election upset, climate change watchers and wonks are scrambling to assess what it would really mean if Donald Trump, true to his word, ditches or simply fails to participate in the Paris climate change agreement (which he could do through a variety of mechanisms). And it does indeed appear that the consequences for international diplomacy, and for the planet, would be considerable. Story here.
Is there anything positive to say on the climate front after the US election result? Well, the rest of the world may finally get serious about preparing for a world more than 3 oC warmer, because make no mistake that is where we are heading. Story here.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Many fear Donald Trump will reverse the ambitious course set by Barack Obama, withdraw the US from the accord and increase fossil-fuel spending. Story here.
Today, around the world, SumOfUs members are in shock. Many of you, like me, probably had a sleepless night.
I’m shocked and afraid for what the future holds for the United States, and the world. Donald Trump and the Republicans will control the White House, Congress and the Senate.
SumOfUs members are part of a global community. There are millions of people in the United States and around the world who will be directly impacted by this result. Many of them are feeling anxious and afraid right now. We’re sending our thoughts to them all.
In this moment we need to reaffirm the values and mission of our community. Our mission is to fight for people over profit. But what does that mean in a world where Donald Trump is President?
I want to know how you are feeling right now, and what your reaction to the election result is. What do you think our community should focus on in the coming months?
It’s at times like this I remember why I joined SumOfUs. I, like you, am part of a global community, of millions of people who take action every day to make our planet safer and fairer.
I, together with you, stand toe to toe against the most powerful corporations in the world to protect our rights and our democracy. We are not alone.
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