Ryan W. Miller USA TODAY Published 8:38 AM EDT Sep 20, 2019 Recycle. Plant a tree. Turn the lights out. When the book "50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth" published in 1990, children were taught small ways to have a positive environmental impact and offset others' negative impacts. Selling more than one million copies with over half a million in its first year, it became a staple in classrooms and kicked off conversations around how to practice sustainability every day. Today, many kids are thinking a bit bigger. Some tens of thousands of children are leaving their classrooms on Friday to demand systematic actions to address a growing climate crisis as youth-driven, grassroots organizations coordinated demonstrations and young activists testified on Capitol Hill this week. While simple individual level actions are beneficial and can in part help address global climate change, advocates and scientists agree massive changes are needed to adequately … [Read more...] about Climate change: School children strike, can they save Earth?
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Source: Focus Information Agency By Luca Bergamaschi The upcoming informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers couldn’t come at a better time to discuss the most pressing issue of our time: climate security. The burning Amazon, the fast melting of both Greenland and West Antarctica and the Arctic fires in Siberia are ticking climatic bombs, posing an unprecedented threat to European security that could fundamentally change life on earth as we know it. The latest science is unequivocal, we are approaching the limits of the planet faster than previously thought. Without deep and rapid change, an unprecedented level of material disruption is expected in Europe throughout this century. Annual damages from coastal floods could be as high as ?1 trillion per year affecting over 3.5 million people, drought-hit cropland could increase seven-fold, agricultural yields could decline by up to 20%, land burnt by forest fires could double and almost one in two Europeans could be affected … [Read more...] about An EU agenda for climate security
August 23, 2019 04:11 PM To understand how radical climate activists tick, a layperson need only listen to an anecdote about button pins. It's early August, and roughly 150 supporters of the growing global protest movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) have gathered in Hamburg for a weekend of workshops. A small bowl holds handfuls of button pins, each with a small red heart. Go ahead, one of the organizers tells the crowd, grab one and put it on. It's an invitation to her fellow campaigners, who needed to get their impending sense of doom over the climate off their chests. As soon as your emotional capacity is exhausted, the organizer says, feel free to take off the pin. "Of course," she adds, "maybe wait until the discussion is over." The crowd laughs. The impact the XR movement will have may still remain to be seen, but if this weekend in August has made anything clear, it's this: The activists may be courting the maximum public attention with their acts of civil … [Read more...] about Extinction Rebellion: A New Kind of Climate Protest Movement
Jonnie Hall, director of policy for NFU Scotland, wrote in a recent blog on the union’s website that this is nothing short of a “defining moment” in Scotland’s agriculture sector. This is not just because of the chaos of the Brexit process, but because, over the next decade, Scotland’s agriculture is facing the twin challenges of delivering its part in achieving the Scottish Government’s climate change ambitions and delivering the growth targets of ‘Ambition 2030’. This cross-industry and Scottish Government-backed policy would, if achieved, double the turnover of Scotland’s farm, fishing, food and drink sectors by 2030 to £15bn. Ensuring compatibility between these aims may yet be the real test ahead. For NFU Scotland’s president, Andrew McCornick, whilst there is no silver lining to Brexit, the issues and associated uncertainties have provided a moment in which the industry can reflect on its future. “Most farmers … [Read more...] about Brexit means the rural economy must change
He explained: “I did say, ‘Well, the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are based on all statistics.’ And it’s even getting better because I agree that we want the best water, the cleanest water. It’s crystal clean, has to be crystal clean clear.” He added: “China, India, Russia, many other nations, they have not very good air, not very good water, and the sense of pollution. If you go to certain cities … you can’t even breathe, and now that air is going up … They don’t do the responsibility.” Finally, pressed on whether he accepted the scientific consensus behind climate change, he said: “I believe there’s a change in weather, and I think it changes both ways. Don’t forget, it used to be called global warming, that wasn’t working, then it was called climate change. Now it’s actually called extreme weather, because with extreme weather, you can’t … [Read more...] about Scotland has world-leading climate targets, but are they enough?