Originally posted on The Huffington Post
All around the globe, record numbers of people from all walks of life are being thrown into jails because they are standing up to protect the most basic of human needs — uncontaminated water, unpolluted lands, and a livable climate free from the ramifications of extreme fossil fuel extraction. If the greed-driven fossil fuel extraction corporations — and the governments that do their bidding to assure sustained record profits — don’t stop endangering our critical and already-compromised life support systems, there is little doubt that the numbers of individuals standing up will grow exponentially.
Originally posted on The Huffington Post, by Rory Carroll
SAN FRANCISCO – Nov 13 (Reuters) – California businesses covered by the state’s cap-and-trade program will soon be able to use forest conservation projects to offset the carbon emissions from their plants and factories after the state issued the first batch of credits on Wednesday.
The state issued 1.2 million offset credits to the 19,000-acre Willits Woods project, which was developed by Coastal Ridges LLC. The project is located in Mendocino County, about 150 miles north of San Francisco.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) just released its annual ranking of energy-efficient states in the the US. The 2013 rankings are based on a comprehensive look at states’ utility policies, transportation, building codes, combined heat and power, appliance standards, and various state government initiatives.
Besides acknowledging the most energy efficient states, ACEEE also ranked the five states most needing improvement as well as the five most improved states.
The top ten states for energy efficiency are:
Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Maryland and Illinois.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced this week that 2013 is the seventh warmest year since 1850, the year scientists began to keep temperature records.
A build-up of manmade greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future was now inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.
Warmer weather means rising sea levels and the occurrence of more extreme weather phenomenons, like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Per the Huffington Post: The WMO, giving a provisional overview, said the first nine months of the year tied with the same period of 2003 as seventh warmest, with average global land and ocean surface temperatures 0.48°C (0.86°F) above the 1961-1990 average.
“This year once again continues the underlying, long-term trend,” towards higher temperatures caused by global warming, Jarraud said. The WMO said it was likely to end among the top 10 warmest years since records began in 1850. Continue reading
According to a new report by United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that was recently leaked, climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but also society, posing risks to the world’s economy and the food and water supply and contributing to violent conflict.
Per the LA Times: The report describes a planet in peril as a result of the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution, where glaciers are shrinking and plants and animals have shifted their ranges in response to rising temperatures. As global warming continues through the 21st century, many species will face greater risk of extinction, marine life will shift toward the poles and seawater will grow more acidic, the report says.
Other key points from the report include:
- Millions of people living in coastal areas will be flooded or displaced by the end of this century.
- The global food supply is expected to take a hit with a decrease of 2% each decade for the rest of the century, even as demand rises.
- Urban areas will continue to be struck with extreme heat waves. Urban areas will also face severe storms, flooding and drought.
- Rural areas will struggle with less drinking and irrigation water and less productive farming.
- Economic growth will slow along with the rise of poverty, hunger, disease and civil violence.
Originally posted on WB Special Events blog
This was the fourth year that the star-studded event, the Environmental Media Association Annual Awards, was held on New York Street at Warner Bros. Studios. The Awards honor those productions, film and television personalities, corporations, musicians and musical tours that have conveyed environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways.
This year, our design called to mind the saying: everything old is new again. Our objective was to repurpose and reuse “with style.” Reinvention is always a challenge when it comes to an annual event but this year the design fell into place after a walk through our Property Department.
Upon seeing the splendor of the nine-by-nine-foot, 900-pound chandelier that has been lovingly dubbed by everyone at Warner Bros. as Big Bertha, I was reminded of how turn-of-the-century style is making its way back into interior and graphic design. The European chandelier from the late 1920s-early1930s is believed to have been appropriated from one of Warner Bros. Grand Theaters. Since that time she’s appeared in numerous films and television shows from Dick Tracy to True Blood. Because of her weight and girth, we needed additional truss support in our build out of the main stage. The effort was well worth it as the chandelier was the perfect element on which to pair a European SoHo lounge vibe against a period Edison look.
The stage backdrop was a deconstructed Austrian drape called “Buule” from Atomic Design. I loved how the ground-supported LED lights (which shifted color throughout the event) grabbed the texture of the fabric. The 34-foot-tall side panel drapes were custom sourced and sewn.
The fabric, with its vintage yet bold pattern, is actually reversible with silvery grey embellishments against a chocolate background on one side and the opposite on the other.
With its new plant in Mesa, Arizona Apple is aiming to be the first US manufacturing plant that runs 100% on on-site renewable energy.
Apple has recently made a efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. “We are proud to expand our domestic manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona, creating more than 2,000 jobs in engineering, manufacturing and construction,” said Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman for Apple.
From an environmental standpoint, Apple will be advancing green technology practices in Arizona.
“Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state,” said Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer. Continue reading
Originally posted on mommygreenest.com by Rachel Sarnoff
When talking about limiting kids’ contact with pesticides, I’ve been accused of sounding like a broken record. But the reason behind my rant is so important: Pesticide exposure has been linked to asthma, allergies, neurological disorders, autism and even cancer—which is now the leading cause of death by disease for American kids.
Many people don’t know that most of our children’s pesticide exposure comes from the foods that they eat—but just one day of eating differently can completely remove many pesticides from their bodies.
And many more don’t realize that household exposure to pesticides—from pest eradication products and food—is now shown to have the same negative effects on pregnancy as cigarette smoking: lower birth weight and premature birth.
Unfortunately, just as doctors 50 years ago didn’t fault pregnant moms for smoking, today they don’t spend a lot of time talking with patients about pesticide exposure. I hope that as we all become more aware of the stakes, that too will change.
Here’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics had to say on the subject: “Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Recognizing and reducing problematic exposures will require attention to current inadequacies in medical training, public health tracking, and regulatory action on pesticides.”
With that in mind, here are some quick and easy ways to avoid pesticides in the home: Continue reading