Long-term damage from logging hits ability of Canada’s forests to regenerate

Logging scars blight up to 25% of formerly logged areas presenting problem for Canada which partly relies on forests to capture carbon Canadas logging industry has a larger and more damaging impact on forest health than previously thought, a new report has found, casting doubt on the sustainability of forestry management in the country. The findings also raise questions about Canadas ability to make good on its international climate commitments, which partly rely on forests for carbon sequestration. In a promised to plant Original Article : HERE ;

Saving the Whanganui: can personhood rescue a river?

The Guardian travelled the length of the Whanganui in New Zealand to investigate whether new legal protections will make a difference Adam Daniel wades waist deep through the glassy water. Pumice stones spiral in the shallow eddy, while the shrill whistles of a male whio (blue duck) echo upstream through the green canyon walls. The mountain streams deep current slows around a lone tree standing on a small rocky island before rushing toward the sea. Like a doctor, Daniel spends the morning checking the pulse of the rivers upper arteries, taking temperature readings and drawing water samples to diagnose its vitality. Thirty kilometres to his south-east, the Whanganui Rivers pristine headwaters begin in the internationally renowned Tongariro National Park, on …

Police raid office of Brazil NGO linked to brigade that helped battle Amazon fires

Raid and arrests were a politically-motivated attack on dedicated firefighters and a respected NGO, indigenous associations and campaigners say The headquarters of an award-winning Brazilian NGO which works with remote communities in the Amazon has been raided by police, who also arrested four volunteer firefighters and accused them of starting wildfires to raise international funding. At dawn on Tuesday, heavily armed police raided the offices of the volunteer fire brigade, which in September helped battle huge widfires raging through protected areas in this popular tourist region. The four arrested firefighters were members of the volunteer brigade, and one of them works for PSA. The arrests came three months after Brazils far-right president Jair Bolsonaro sought to Youtube. Apparently shot from …

Re-greening: can Louisville plant its way out of a heat emergency?

The Kentucky city is the fastest-warming urban heat island in the US and as its temperature has risen, its tree cover has plummeted There are parts of Louisville, Kentucky, that are enveloped in green, where towering trees arc over broad avenues and walkers, joggers and bikers enjoy beautiful parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the man who drew up plans for Manhattans Central Park. Even on the hottest days of summer, these neighbourhoods feel comparatively refreshing next to the more sun-baked quarters of the city, where shade is often an unavailable commodity on the street. Cities are their own climates, often hotter than their surroundings due to the way surfaces like asphalt trap heat even as cars and buildings exude …

Air pollution nanoparticles linked to brain cancer for first time

Exclusive: Produced by traffic, nanoparticles are already known to invade the brain and can carry carcinogens New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time. The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase peoples chances of getting the deadly cancer. Previous work has shown that nanoparticles can get into the brain and that they can carry carcinogenic chemicals. Brain cancers are rare, and the scientists have calculated that an increase in pollution exposure roughly equivalent to moving from a quiet city street to a busy one leads to one extra case of brain cancer for every 100,000 people exposed. Environmental risks like air pollution are …

Republicans seek to overturn Key West ban on coral-damaging sunscreens

Backlash to prohibition on reef-harming chemicals frames issue as one of public health focused on skin cancer risk When city leaders in the Florida resort town of Key West voted earlier this year to ban the sale of sunscreens that scientists say are harmful to coral reefs, it was, in the words of mayor Teri Johnston, a black and white issue. Fearful of accelerating the decline of the fragile pursue legislation at the state level seeking to overturn the ban, using the same arguments that failed to stop Hawaii second in the nation for the highest rate of new melanoma cases, state senator Rob Bradley, sponsor of the bill, told the senates industry committee. He said the Key West ban, …

Wisconsin launches taskforce to face ‘grave threat’ of climate crisis

Democratic governor establishes taskforce despite inevitable pushback from states Republican-controlled legislature The Democratic governor of Wisconsin is launching a taskforce to brainstorm ways to cut climate pollution, despite inevitable pushback from the states Republican-controlled legislature. Tony Evers has vowed Wisconsin will meet the goals of the international Paris climate agreement, even as Donald Trump aims to leave the pact and has discounted climate science, rescinded pollution efforts and promoted fossil fuels. Evers executive order establishing the taskforce calls the climate crisis a grave threat to the health, safety and economic wellbeing of people and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin. Evers is one of two dozen governors in the Climate Alliance, whose members have pledged to reduce their states heat-trapping …

The climate crisis in 2050: what happens if cities act but nations don’t?

It is cities, not national governments, that are most aggressively fighting the climate crisis and in 30 years they could look radically different She has barely ever been in a car, and never eaten meat or flown. Now 31, she lives on the 15th floor of a city centre tower from where she can just see the ocean 500 yards away on one side and the suburbs and informal settlements sprawling as far as the eye can see on the other. Life is OK in this megacity. She earns the exact median income and is as green as she feels she can be: she has no children yet, her carbon footprint is negligible, and her apartment, built in the early …

Uproar after research claims red meat poses no health risk

One expert says findings by international experts represent egregious abuse of evidence New research that claims red and processed meat is probably not harmful to our health has caused controversy among experts who maintain people should cut down. The World Health Organization has classified red and processed meats as cancer-causing. Public health bodies worldwide urge people to limit their intake of red and processed meat to reduce their cancer risk. The NHS advises that people who eat 90g of meat a day equivalent to three thin slices of roast meat should cut down to 70g. Aside from public health, calls are multiplying for people to cut back on meat consumption because of the climate emergency and the greenhouse gas emissions …

Greta Thunberg showed the world what it means to lead | Michael H Fuchs

The climate activist from Sweden was the star of the UN climate summit. Her remarks reminded us what leadership, courage and sacrifice look like At the 2019 annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, a 16-year-old climate activist took the mantle of global leadership usually reserved for the US president. Donald Trumps decision to not participate in the UN climate summit illustrated just how devastatingly Trumps climate-denying policies have undermined Americas role in the world as a force for good, and how his actions could contribute to the destruction of the futures of countless billions. Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg called him and other world leaders out for their malign neglect in failing to address the single most existential threat …

I now look back on my 20 years of climate activism as a colossal failure | Tim Flannery

The climate crisis is so severe the actions of the denialists are now an immediate threat to our children In this age of terrifying megafires and ever more puissant acidifying and new fossil fuel projects, or the unveiling of the latest sing the praises of coal, while members of the government call for subsidies for coal-fired power plants. A few days ago, the energy and emissions reduction minister, Angus Taylor, urged that the nations old and polluting coal-fired power plants be allowed to original Greek meaning of the word as one interested only in their own business. But the climate crisis has now rose by 1.7%, while the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere 20 years of climate activism …

Why industry is going green on the quiet

Secret sustainability is on the rise, with companies loath to talk about their ecological credentials. Why? Theres a factory in Asia that uses only a single litre of water to make a pair of jeans. Thats 346 litres less than its jeans in 2015. Wouldnt you love to buy your jeans from this amazingly innovative factory? Me too, but I dont even know what its called. The manufacturer in question does not want to tell anyone about its groundbreaking water-conserving techniques not even the companies it supplies. It is one of many practising secret sustainability, whereby innovations are silently enacted and kept from the rest of the industry. This phenomenon is not limited to the clothing industry. The UK organic …

‘It’s scary’: wildlife selfies harming animals, experts warn

Concern in New Zealand that trend of taking photographs with penguins and other creatures is having impact on feeding, breeding and birth rates At the International Penguin Conference in New Zealand, the experts were worried. Among sobering discussions about the perils of the climate crisis and habitat loss, the unlikely issue of wildlife selfies photobombed the agenda, with increasing concern that the celebrity-fuelled search for that perfect shot is affecting animal behaviour. Professor Philip Seddon, the director of Otago Universitys wildlife management programme, said: Were losing respect for wildlife, we dont understand the wild at all. Seddon told the global convention held in Dunedin last week that the normalisation of wildlife selfies was scary and was harming animals, including causing …

After the wildfire: treating the mental health crisis triggered by climate change

In 2017, thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, California, were wiped off the map. Now the community is helping residents cope with the trauma The nightmares kept coming and David Leal knew he was in trouble. A navy veteran with a can-do attitude and a solidly middle-class IT job at a hospital in Santa Rosa, California, he didnt think of himself as mentally vulnerable. But when the Tubbs fire snatched his house off the face of the earth in the early morning hours of 9 October 2017, it hit him hard. Long story short, I went through a lot of PTSD, Leal says, as we tour his nearly rebuilt home in Santa Rosas Coffey Park neighborhood. Wildfires are not uncommon …

People Make Fools Of Themselves For Bullying A 16-Year-Old Activist Who Chose To Travel For 13 Days Instead Of Flying 10 Hours

The reason the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl is traveling by sea is that she loves the environment so much, she refuses to fly on airplanes. This is just plain awesome. Unfortunately, some people don’t think so and lambasted her because they don’t agree with the message she’s sending. Some made fun of her because they think she just wants attention, while others think there’s nothing wrong with flying and rubbed their opinions in her face. Be sure to scroll down to the very end of this post to read Bored Panda’s interview with Marc Moran, who defended Thunberg on Twitter. Facebook | Instagram Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg is ‘making a splash’ by sailing to New York from Plymouth, England …

After a breakdown, birdwatching brought me friendship, escape and a new love of nature

A childhood hobby gave me time to reflect, refocus and find myself again, following years of drug and alcohol abuse A decade ago, aged 22 and off my face on class A drugs and alcohol almost every day, I would never have seen myself where I am today and definitely wouldnt have dreamed that Bird Therapy that birds are consistent in a way that people rarely are and I stand by this. Too often, we are let down by those we believe care about us, but I know that if I look out of my kitchen window, my garden bird community will still be there. I also know that during spring, our returning breeding birds will travel across desert and …