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Ecoliteracy

 

 


Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”.

Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_develop_ecoliteracy


Easy Green Resolutions for Every Month of the Year.
Ease into a more sustainable lifestyle with one simple change each month of this year.
https://www.treehugger.com/easy-green-resolutions-every-month-year-4853556
AND
Green New Year’s Resolutions Anyone Can Keep
Improve the quality of our planet with a few simple changes.
https://www.treehugger.com/easy-green-new-years-resolutions-for-the-eco-slacker-4861726

Cupertino teen writes the book on circular economy.

Designed financial tech initiative with an eye toward sustainability

https://www.mercurynews.com/2023/12/10/cupertino-teen-writes-the-book-on-circular-economy/

 

US climate scientist’s defamation case over online attacks finally comes to trial

Michael Mann alleges, in lawsuit first brought in 2012, that attacks on his work by climate denialists amount to defamation

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/17/michael-mann-climate-scientist-defamation-lawsuit


What no one’s talking about: forest degradation and how to fix it
By David Suzuki
https://davidsuzuki.org/story/what-no-ones-talking-about-forest-degradation-and-how-to-fix-it/

Responding to Climate Change.
NASA is a world leader in climate studies and Earth science. While its role is not to set climate policy or prescribe particular responses or solutions to climate change, its purview does include providing the robust scientific data needed to understand climate change. NASA then makes this information available to the global community – the public, policy- and decision-makers and scientific and planning agencies around the world.
https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/adaptation-mitigation/

‘How to greenwash’: propane industry tries to rebrand fuel as renewable

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/25/propane-industry-rebrand-fuel-as-renewable


Zero Waste 101: Everything You Need to Know.
https://www.ecowatch.com/zero-waste-guide.html

Do carbon credits really help communities that keep forests standing?
Communities play a critical role in REDD+, a forest conservation
strategy that aims to reduce emissions that can be sold as credits to raise money for forest protection.
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/do-carbon-credits-really-help-communities-that-keep-forests-standing/

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:
Protecting threatened and endangered species in a changing climate.
https://www.fws.gov/story/2024-01/protecting-threatened-and-endangered-species-changing-climate


Biden Freezes Approval of Liquid Natural Gas Exports to Consider Climate Impacts.
https://www.ecowatch.com/biden-lng-exports-climate-impacts.html

5 ways WWF is advocating for strong US policies to protect nature in 2024.
https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/5-ways-wwf-is-advocating-for-strong-us-policies-to-protect-nature-in-2024


Inside the Crime Rings Trafficking Sand.
Organized crime is mining sand from rivers and coasts to feed demand worldwide, ruining ecosystems and communities. Can it be stopped?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sand-mafias-are-plundering-the-earth/

Restoration for Fish, Wildlife, and Communities Coming to Seven Polluted Waterways.
NOAA and partners helped to recover over $92.8 million from polluters to restore seven waterways in six states following oil spill and industrial pollution incidents. These restoration efforts will benefit fish, wildlife, and disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/jan24/restoration-seven-polluted-waterways.html

Can Mushrooms Really Break Down Plastic?
https://www.ecowatch.com/mushrooms-plastic-breakdown-ecowatch.html

Can We Save the Planet by Shrinking the Economy?
The “degrowth” movement to fight the climate crisis offers a romantic, utopian vision. But it’s not a policy agenda.
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/can-we-save-the-planet-by-shrinking-the-economy

US oil company ExxonMobil sues to block investors’ climate proposals.

Motion by Follow This called on energy firm to accelerate attempts to cut greenhouse gas emissions

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/jan/22/us-oil-company-exxonmobil-investors-climate-follow-this

 

Oil and gas companies in the ‘Decarbonisation Pact’ plan to torch 60% of remaining carbon budget

https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/oil-and-gas-companies-in-the-decarbonisation-pact-plan-to-torch-60-of-remaining-carbon-budget/



Why it’s important to let sediment reach the shore.
Sediment built up behind dams has negative affects downstream, so experts argue we need to reconnect rivers to floodplains.
https://ensia.com/features/sediment-river-dams-shore-floodplain-marsh-bay-ecosystems/


We need a better understanding of how crops fare under solar panels, study shows.
In agrivoltaics, farmers grow crops beneath or between solar panels.
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/we-need-a-better-understanding-of-how-crops-fare-under-solar-panels-study-shows/

 

Climate change and the cost of living: everything is going up. 

Fancy a mango?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2024/jan/18/climate-change-and-the-cost-of-living-everything-is-going-up



Draft EU Plan Would See Fossil Fuel Consumption Fall 85% by 2040.
https://www.ecowatch.com/eu-climate-plan-fossil-fuel-reduction-2040.html

WTO tries again for big fishing subsidy deal that got away.
But many of the protectionist tendencies that have long prevented a more comprehensive agreement are still at play.
https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2024/01/wto-tries-again-for-big-fishing-subsidy-deal-that-got-away-00133660

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring Chinese fishing fleets off South America as part of a multinational law enforcing effort aimed at curbing overfishing. 

NBC News’ Keir Simmons takes a flight with the Peruvian Navy, 200 miles off the coast, to follow a group of Chinese vessels pursuing giant squid. (video, 3 min.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/inside-the-u-s-coast-guard-patrols-off-peru-in-mission-to-stop-overfishing-201205317582


Why bees are climate heroes.
Bees are busy fighting climate change.
https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/why-bees-are-climate-heroes


A new report from World Weather Attribution (WWA) estimates that
climate change increased the likelihood of the 2023 Amazon drought by a factor of 30.
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/climate-change-made-2023-amazon-drought-30-times-more-likely-scientists-say/


4 Must-Read Graphic Nonfiction Books About the Environment.
https://www.ecowatch.com/graphic-nonfiction-environmental-books-ecowatch.html

 

Sorry, Your Paper Coffee Cup Is a Toxic Nightmare.

Supposedly eco-friendly cups are still coated with a thin layer of plastic, which scientists have discovered can leach chemicals that harm living creatures.

https://www.wired.com/story/paper-cups-toxic/

 

Impossible to Recycle: The Limitations of Extended Producer Responsibility Policies

https://earth.org/impossible-to-recycle-the-limitations-of-extended-producer-responsibility-policies/



How to Shift to, Grow, and Build Circular Economy.

To accelerate progress towards a circular economy, the new Circularity Gap Report calls for addressing the root causes of linear impacts

https://impakter.com/how-to-shift-to-grow-and-build-circular-economy/

Businesses can save over 70% on costs by switching to a circular model, which translates to around £24,000 in savings for the average business, according to a new study.

https://www.circularonline.co.uk/news/businesses-can-save-70-on-costs-by-switching-to-circular-model/

 

Germany wants to become pioneer of circular economy

Germany’s Chancellor Scholz: Extensively reuse raw materials, thereby preserving natural resources.

https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/germany-wants-to-become-pioneer-of-circular-economy

 

Fast-Food Reusable Packaging Market is Estimated to Evaluate to US$33.96 Billion in 2030, By Persistence Market Research

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fast-food-reusable-packaging-market-181500276.html

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Measurement standards laboratory in the United States

A Polymer Scientist Wrestles — Literally and Figuratively — With the Frustrations of Plastic Packaging

https://www.nist.gov/blogs/taking-measure/polymer-scientist-wrestles-literally-and-figuratively-frustrations-plastic



Ottawa grocers, other partners plan reusable packaging pilot

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2024/01/22/ottawa-grocers-other-partners-plan-reusable-packaging-pilot/

To curb plastic pollution, industry and academia must unite.

Collaboration is key to making plastic use greener as soon as possible. Our experience yields tips on how to set up industry–academic partnerships.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00155-z

 

GLOBAL POLICY REPORT:

The Economics of the Food System Transformation

https://foodsystemeconomics.org/wp-content/uploads/FSEC-Global_Policy_Report.pdf

Buffalo city’s free composting pilot program gains steam, still spots open

FEB’24 GM NEWS

Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”.
Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_develop_ecoliteracy


Easy Green Resolutions for Every Month of the Year.
Ease into a more sustainable lifestyle with one simple change each month of this year.
https://www.treehugger.com/easy-green-resolutions-every-month-year-4853556
AND
Green New Year’s Resolutions Anyone Can Keep
Improve the quality of our planet with a few simple changes.
https://www.treehugger.com/easy-green-new-years-resolutions-for-the-eco-slacker-4861726

Cupertino teen writes the book on circular economy.

Designed financial tech initiative with an eye toward sustainability

https://www.mercurynews.com/2023/12/10/cupertino-teen-writes-the-book-on-circular-economy/

 

US climate scientist’s defamation case over online attacks finally comes to trial

Michael Mann alleges, in lawsuit first brought in 2012, that attacks on his work by climate denialists amount to defamation

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/17/michael-mann-climate-scientist-defamation-lawsuit


What no one’s talking about: forest degradation and how to fix it
By David Suzuki
https://davidsuzuki.org/story/what-no-ones-talking-about-forest-degradation-and-how-to-fix-it/

Responding to Climate Change.
NASA is a world leader in climate studies and Earth science. While its role is not to set climate policy or prescribe particular responses or solutions to climate change, its purview does include providing the robust scientific data needed to understand climate change. NASA then makes this information available to the global community – the public, policy- and decision-makers and scientific and planning agencies around the world.
https://climate.nasa.gov/solutions/adaptation-mitigation/

‘How to greenwash’: propane industry tries to rebrand fuel as renewable

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/jan/25/propane-industry-rebrand-fuel-as-renewable


Zero Waste 101: Everything You Need to Know.
https://www.ecowatch.com/zero-waste-guide.html

Do carbon credits really help communities that keep forests standing?
Communities play a critical role in REDD+, a forest conservation
strategy that aims to reduce emissions that can be sold as credits to raise money for forest protection.
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/do-carbon-credits-really-help-communities-that-keep-forests-standing/

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:
Protecting threatened and endangered species in a changing climate.
https://www.fws.gov/story/2024-01/protecting-threatened-and-endangered-species-changing-climate


Biden Freezes Approval of Liquid Natural Gas Exports to Consider Climate Impacts.
https://www.ecowatch.com/biden-lng-exports-climate-impacts.html

5 ways WWF is advocating for strong US policies to protect nature in 2024.
https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/5-ways-wwf-is-advocating-for-strong-us-policies-to-protect-nature-in-2024


Inside the Crime Rings Trafficking Sand.
Organized crime is mining sand from rivers and coasts to feed demand worldwide, ruining ecosystems and communities. Can it be stopped?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sand-mafias-are-plundering-the-earth/

Restoration for Fish, Wildlife, and Communities Coming to Seven Polluted Waterways.
NOAA and partners helped to recover over $92.8 million from polluters to restore seven waterways in six states following oil spill and industrial pollution incidents. These restoration efforts will benefit fish, wildlife, and disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by pollution.
https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/jan24/restoration-seven-polluted-waterways.html

Can Mushrooms Really Break Down Plastic?
https://www.ecowatch.com/mushrooms-plastic-breakdown-ecowatch.html

Can We Save the Planet by Shrinking the Economy?
The “degrowth” movement to fight the climate crisis offers a romantic, utopian vision. But it’s not a policy agenda.
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/can-we-save-the-planet-by-shrinking-the-economy

US oil company ExxonMobil sues to block investors’ climate proposals.

Motion by Follow This called on energy firm to accelerate attempts to cut greenhouse gas emissions

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2024/jan/22/us-oil-company-exxonmobil-investors-climate-follow-this

 

Oil and gas companies in the ‘Decarbonisation Pact’ plan to torch 60% of remaining carbon budget

https://www.globalwitness.org/en/press-releases/oil-and-gas-companies-in-the-decarbonisation-pact-plan-to-torch-60-of-remaining-carbon-budget/



Why it’s important to let sediment reach the shore.
Sediment built up behind dams has negative affects downstream, so experts argue we need to reconnect rivers to floodplains.
https://ensia.com/features/sediment-river-dams-shore-floodplain-marsh-bay-ecosystems/


We need a better understanding of how crops fare under solar panels, study shows.
In agrivoltaics, farmers grow crops beneath or between solar panels.
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/we-need-a-better-understanding-of-how-crops-fare-under-solar-panels-study-shows/

 

Climate change and the cost of living: everything is going up. 

Fancy a mango?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2024/jan/18/climate-change-and-the-cost-of-living-everything-is-going-up



Draft EU Plan Would See Fossil Fuel Consumption Fall 85% by 2040.
https://www.ecowatch.com/eu-climate-plan-fossil-fuel-reduction-2040.html

WTO tries again for big fishing subsidy deal that got away.
But many of the protectionist tendencies that have long prevented a more comprehensive agreement are still at play.
https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/2024/01/wto-tries-again-for-big-fishing-subsidy-deal-that-got-away-00133660

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring Chinese fishing fleets off South America as part of a multinational law enforcing effort aimed at curbing overfishing. 

NBC News’ Keir Simmons takes a flight with the Peruvian Navy, 200 miles off the coast, to follow a group of Chinese vessels pursuing giant squid. (video, 3 min.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/inside-the-u-s-coast-guard-patrols-off-peru-in-mission-to-stop-overfishing-201205317582


Why bees are climate heroes.
Bees are busy fighting climate change.
https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/why-bees-are-climate-heroes


A new report from World Weather Attribution (WWA) estimates that
climate change increased the likelihood of the 2023 Amazon drought by a factor of 30.
https://news.mongabay.com/2024/01/climate-change-made-2023-amazon-drought-30-times-more-likely-scientists-say/


4 Must-Read Graphic Nonfiction Books About the Environment.
https://www.ecowatch.com/graphic-nonfiction-environmental-books-ecowatch.html

 

Sorry, Your Paper Coffee Cup Is a Toxic Nightmare.

Supposedly eco-friendly cups are still coated with a thin layer of plastic, which scientists have discovered can leach chemicals that harm living creatures.

https://www.wired.com/story/paper-cups-toxic/

 

Impossible to Recycle: The Limitations of Extended Producer Responsibility Policies

https://earth.org/impossible-to-recycle-the-limitations-of-extended-producer-responsibility-policies/



How to Shift to, Grow, and Build Circular Economy.

To accelerate progress towards a circular economy, the new Circularity Gap Report calls for addressing the root causes of linear impacts

https://impakter.com/how-to-shift-to-grow-and-build-circular-economy/

Businesses can save over 70% on costs by switching to a circular model, which translates to around £24,000 in savings for the average business, according to a new study.

https://www.circularonline.co.uk/news/businesses-can-save-70-on-costs-by-switching-to-circular-model/

 

Germany wants to become pioneer of circular economy

Germany’s Chancellor Scholz: Extensively reuse raw materials, thereby preserving natural resources.

https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/germany-wants-to-become-pioneer-of-circular-economy

 

Fast-Food Reusable Packaging Market is Estimated to Evaluate to US$33.96 Billion in 2030, By Persistence Market Research

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fast-food-reusable-packaging-market-181500276.html

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Measurement standards laboratory in the United States

A Polymer Scientist Wrestles — Literally and Figuratively — With the Frustrations of Plastic Packaging

https://www.nist.gov/blogs/taking-measure/polymer-scientist-wrestles-literally-and-figuratively-frustrations-plastic



Ottawa grocers, other partners plan reusable packaging pilot

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2024/01/22/ottawa-grocers-other-partners-plan-reusable-packaging-pilot/

To curb plastic pollution, industry and academia must unite.

Collaboration is key to making plastic use greener as soon as possible. Our experience yields tips on how to set up industry–academic partnerships.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00155-z

 

GLOBAL POLICY REPORT:

The Economics of the Food System Transformation

https://foodsystemeconomics.org/wp-content/uploads/FSEC-Global_Policy_Report.pdf

Buffalo city’s free composting pilot program gains steam, still spots open

 

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How to Shift to, Grow, and Build Circular Economy.

To accelerate progress towards a circular economy, the new Circularity Gap Report calls for addressing the root causes of linear impacts

https://impakter.com/how-to-shift-to-grow-and-build-circular-economy/

Businesses can save over 70% on costs by switching to a circular model, which translates to around £24,000 in savings for the average business, according to a new study.

https://www.circularonline.co.uk/news/businesses-can-save-70-on-costs-by-switching-to-circular-model/

 

Germany wants to become pioneer of circular economy

Germany’s Chancellor Scholz: Extensively reuse raw materials, thereby preserving natural resources.

https://www.deutschland.de/en/news/germany-wants-to-become-pioneer-of-circular-economy

 

Fast-Food Reusable Packaging Market is Estimated to Evaluate to US$33.96 Billion in 2030, By Persistence Market Research

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fast-food-reusable-packaging-market-181500276.html

 

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Measurement standards laboratory in the United States

A Polymer Scientist Wrestles — Literally and Figuratively — With the Frustrations of Plastic Packaging

https://www.nist.gov/blogs/taking-measure/polymer-scientist-wrestles-literally-and-figuratively-frustrations-plastic



Ottawa grocers, other partners plan reusable packaging pilot

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2024/01/22/ottawa-grocers-other-partners-plan-reusable-packaging-pilot/

To curb plastic pollution, industry and academia must unite.

Collaboration is key to making plastic use greener as soon as possible. Our experience yields tips on how to set up industry–academic partnerships.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-00155-z

 

GLOBAL POLICY REPORT:

The Economics of the Food System Transformation

https://foodsystemeconomics.org/wp-content/uploads/FSEC-Global_Policy_Report.pdf

Buffalo city’s free composting pilot program gains steam, still spots open

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