“The Whole Building Becomes This Big Brick Oven”
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by Frida Garza
1w ago
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last month, Oscar Hernández couldn’t sleep. The cook, who worked at a restaurant located inside of a Las Vegas casino, had found that after coming home from his shifts, his body would not properly cool down.  The air conditioning at work had been broken for about four months. Hernández worked eight-hour shifts during the restaurant’s brunch service, whipping up eggs, waffles, and fried chicken. He spent hours in front of a scaldingly hot grill—an older mo ..read more
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Our Fixation on Forests as a Climate Solution Is Causing Problems
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by Kate Yoder
1M ago
This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. What is the value of a tree? It can provide a cool place to rest in the shade, a snack in the form of fruit, lumber to build a home, and cleaner air. But trees are increasingly being prized for one thing: their ability to capture carbon and counteract climate change.  Billions of dollars are flowing into projects to plant and protect trees so that governments and businesses can claim they’ve canceled out their emissions. Saving forests and planting trees ..read more
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Environmentalists Are Having a Cow Over Tyson Foods’ “Climate Friendly” Beef
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by Georgina Gustin
1M ago
This story was originally published by Inside Climate News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. About five miles south of Broken Bow, in the heart of central Nebraska, thousands of cattle stand in feedlots at Adams Land & Cattle Co., a supplier of beef to the meat giant Tyson Foods. From the air, the feedlots look dusty brown and packed with cows—not a vision of happy animals grazing on open pastureland, enriching the soil with carbon. But when the animals are slaughtered, processed, and sent onward to consumers, labels on the final pro ..read more
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TikTok’s Raw Milk Influencers Are Going to Give Us All Bird Flu
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by Julia Métraux
1M ago
If you go on TikTok or Instagram, you’ll see legions of wellness influencers promoting the benefits of unpasteurized “raw” milk, which hasn’t been heated to kill off illness-causing microorganisms. Raw milk is risky business at the best of times, and despite what some influencers claim, there are no nutritional benefits to drinking it, according to the CDC. But it’s now also a vector for H5N1, the new bird flu spreading through cows. On April 1, it was confirmed that H5N1 had spread to at least one person who worked with cattle—as of April 30, 36 dairy herds have been confirmed to have had cas ..read more
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Good Recipes for Tough Times
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by Alissa Quart and Mark Bittman
2M ago
This article was produced by The Bittman Project and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, which supports independent journalists as they forward fresh narratives about inequality. It is co-published here with permission. EHRP’s high-quality journalism is co-published with mainstream media outlets, to help readers understand and address systemic hardship. Cooking and food shopping are very different in America than they used to be. For one thing, there’s an often overwhelming “time tax” on many workers, leaving us with mere minutes for cooking–the average American has only ab ..read more
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A Firm Bought Up Land in a Tiny Arizona Town—Then Sold Its Water to a Faraway Suburb
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by Maanvi Singh
2M ago
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. One of the biggest battles over Colorado River water is being staged in one of the west’s smallest rural enclaves. Tucked into the bends of the lower Colorado River, Cibola, Arizona, is a community of about 200 people. Maybe 300, if you count the weekenders who come to boat and hunt. Dusty shrublands run into sleepy residential streets, which run into neat fields of cotton and alfalfa. Nearly a decade ago, Greenstone Resource Partners LLC, a private company ..read more
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Samantha Power Confirms Famine Is Likely Underway in Parts of Gaza
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by Noah Lanard and Julianne McShane
2M ago
Famine is likely already underway in parts of Gaza, Samantha Power, the top US humanitarian official, said publicly for the first time on Wednesday.  While testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Power, administrator of USAID and former US Ambassador to the UN, said that officials have “credible” information that famine is occurring in northern Gaza. Up until now, the UN has said famine in Gaza is “imminent.” (USAID did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Power’s comments.) Power’s statement came after Rep. Julián Castro (D-Texas) asked her about news rep ..read more
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Can Maine Lead the Way to a Future without Forever Chemicals?
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by Bridget Huber; Photography by Tristan Spinski
2M ago
Dostie Farm, an organic dairy in Fairfield, Maine, was thriving until one day in October 2020 when owner Egide Dostie Jr. got a call from Stonyfield, his exclusive buyer. Something was off with the farm’s milk: Tests had found that it contained three times the state’s allowable level of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, one of the class of “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. “We called bullshit,” Dostie remembers. PFAS contamination had recently been found at two other Maine dairy farms. But those farms had used sewage sludge to fertilize their pastures—something Dostie had never done. This week th ..read more
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A New California Bill Aims to Ban Paraquat. Yep, That Toxic Stuff Is Still Around.
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by Michael Mechanic
2M ago
When Americans of a certain age hear the word “paraquat,” the first thing that might leap to mind is Mexican weed. That’s because, in the late 1970s, the United States government thought it would be a good idea to pay the Mexican government to spray this potent herbicide on marijuana fields south of the border. Pot was illegal in every US state then, but plenty of Americans smoked imported weed, and the fear that people were inhaling a nasty chemical along with their THC caused quite the stir.    Bill Allayaud, who is of a certain age, knew immediately what I was talking about. He’s ..read more
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Amid “Rewilding” Trend, a 2,800-Acre English Farm Will Turn to Grassland
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by Patrick Barkham
2M ago
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The rolling hills south of Salisbury Plain are a bleak scene of vast arable fields and tightly grazed pasture dotted with scores of sheep. In recent decades, Lower Pertwood farm has embraced organic growing, producing oats, barley and other crops, while boosting numbers of rare corn buntings and other wildlife with wildflower banks and newly planted trees. But as wildlife continues to decline in Wiltshire and the farm’s profits ..read more
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