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This week in the news March 4-11th, 2019

This week in summary: dairy co-operative making big changes but is it enough, earthquake felt in AB near RMH why, why, why?, pathogens could be transported across the earth via plastic trash, track your town/cities light pollution on a new interactive map. BBC Climate change: Pledge to cut emissions from dairy farms“This will require “radical changes” over the coming decades, including developing new technologies, the dairy co-operative, Arla Foods, said. It admitted the target was “ambitious”, but said it was achievable. However, the Vegan Society said there was no way to make dairy a climate-friendly product.” Global News Calgary 4.3 magnitude earthquake shakes central Alberta near Rocky Mountain House “Information posted by Natural Resources Canada states the earthquake happened around 4 a.m. 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House, at a depth of 10 kilometres. “It was a shallow event. It was felt by local residents,” said Dr. Honn Kao, a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada. “According to our recordings, we do not expect any particular damage. The Guardian Pathogens hitchhiking on …

This Week in the News: Feb 4 – 11, 2019

Weekly Summary: World leaders are trying again, a how to guide to buying sustainable clothing, Chinook salmon are in trouble, Hawaii is leading the world in zero waste policy creation, Alberta is making some big renewable energy moves. The Economic Times: Challenges due to climate change to be discussed at World Government Summit in Dubai. Aiming to identify solutions the summit participants will be international organizations, senior government officials and media personalities from around the world. INDEPENDENT Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Ethical and Sustainable Fashion. In a cultural climate where no one would be seen dead without a reusable water bottle and veganism is the mot du jour, it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for many of us to buy into brands that fall so short of our values – and fast fashion is one of the worst offenders. The Guardian We’re sounding the alarm’: half of Canada’s Chinook salmon endangered. Half of Canada’s chinook salmon are endangered, with nearly all other populations in precarious decline, according to a new report, confirming fears that prospects for …

This week in the News Jan 29-Feb 2, 2019

Weekly Summary: tacking food waste, technology to pull water out of the air, is the extreme temps due to climate change, US government shutdown reminds us of the importance of park staff. The Guardian The Real Junk Food Project turns supermarket waste into tasty meals. London cafes bring people together while tackling the UK’s food waste problem. CNN Business Drinkable water is scarce. These companies are pulling it out of the air. In the mountains outside Scottsdale, Arizona, the four people and two dogs living at Cody Friesen’s house get all the water they need for drinking and cooking from two big panels mounted on the roof. The Times of India US shivers as extreme cold invades, but is this climate change? Experts say it could be, but whether global warming plays a role in this particular extreme weather phenomenon is apparently still up for debate. Phys.Org Parks rush to clean up toppled trees, trash after shutdown. The US government shutdown was a good reminder at how critical staff are in the role of maintaining, preserving, …

This week in the news Jan 22 – 28, 2019

Weekly summary: 1.5 degrees warmer and chaos on the Earth, Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are changing the way heat moves, CO2 may rise more than expected, carbon tax is explained by a rebuttal to a ludicrous statement New Scientist Earth in 2050: This is what a world warmed by 1.5°C looks like. From wild weather to huge ecosystem shifts, dramatic effects from global warming are already baked in – but by acting now we can prevent the worst Science Daily Climate change reshaping how heat moves around globe. The Earth’s atmosphere and oceans play important roles in moving heat from one part of the world to another, and new research is illuminating how those patterns are changing in the face of climate change . The Times of India Faster CO2 rise expected this year: study. The forecast by researchers is based on a combination of factors including rising anthropocentric emissions and a relative reduction in the uptake of CO2 by ecosystems. Global News Calgary Brooks-Medicine Hat UCP candidate who claimed church facing $50K in carbon …

This week in the news Jan 14 – 21, 2019

Weekly Summary: 2018 recap, call out to go vegan, agricultural recycling program gets first go ahead in AB, companies join to tackle plastic issues The Guardian “Founders of plastic waste alliance ‘investing billions in new plants” – companies are coming together and investing some serious cash (1 billion) to try to solve the HUGE waste issues our world is currently facing, but will it be enough. CBC “The top 10 science and environment stories of 2018” – the doomsday clock moves closer, a new ancient city was discovered, China closes their door to paper and plastic international recycling and a new planet was discovered. The Guardian “Could flexitarianism save the planet?” – meat intake needs to reduce by 90% to save the planet, are you in? Morinville News “Provincial recycling pilot project tackles agricultural waste” – a government report found 50 per cent of agricultural producers were burning their agricultural plastics on the farm and many others were sending plastics to a landfill. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is funding a three-year pilot program that will recycle …

Pine needles could be turned into paint and food sweeteners

How many Christmas trees do you think are used in the world at Christmas? According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are close to 350 million Christmas trees currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the United States alone and about 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees sold every year. There are about 8 million sold in the UK each year. That is a lot of trees just in these 2 countries. There are no statistics available for the number of trees purchased Canada but there are statistics for how many trees Canada exports each year. In 2013 this number is over 1.5 million. So what if these trees after the festive holidays are over could be used to make something useful for us? As reported on Science Daily: “Cynthia Kartey, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has found that useful products can be made from the chemicals extracted from pine needles when processed. The major component (up to 85 per cent) of pine needles is a …

The Plastic Disaster

We know plastic is a huge issue in our world, it’s piling up so fast that there is not one country who really knows what the HECK to do with it. Well there might just be a solution, well not really. Read more in the Guardian this week read “The answer to plastic pollution…” Here is an direct quote from the article to get your excitement to read more started: “As holiday shopping ramps up, so do the dizzying varieties of plastic packaging tossed in recycling bins. And while we wish a Christmas miracle would transform this old garbage into something new, the reality is the waste left over from the holiday shopping frenzy is more likely than ever to end up in a landfill or incinerator. Until January of this year, the United States and other Western countries were foisting their low-value plastic waste on to China, with little concern for the environmental degradation this caused. To protect its citizens from the burden of foreign pollution, in the beginning of this year, China refused to …

Carbon Food Print

BBC News just released a stellar article. You can calculate your carbon foot print from food and be either happily surprised or dismally disappointed! This is a quote directly from the article to get you excited to read more: “Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by two-thirds, according to the Oxford study, published in the journal Science. “What we eat is one of the most powerful drivers behind most of the world’s major environmental issues, whether it’s climate change or biodiversity loss,” study researcher Joseph Poore told BBC News. “Changing your diet can make a big difference to your personal environmental footprint, from saving water to reducing pollution and the loss of forests, he said. It reduces the amount of land required to produce your food by about 75% – that’s a huge reduction, particularly if you scale that up globally,” Poore explained.” This chart is posted in the article: Will this change your eating habits? References: BBC Climate change food calculator: What’s your diet’s …