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Improving the Environment

A new study links air pollution with an increase in hospital visits. (Matthew Taylor, Guardian)

Study: Air pollution leads to spikes in health problems and drives up hospital admissions and visits, via @guardianeco https://t.co/u7WGsdGSpQ #ActOnClimate #EarthDayEveryDay

— Earth Day Network (@EarthDayNetwork) July 11, 2018

Acting on Climate

Clean Money: Ireland announced it is divesting from fossil fuels. (Damian Carrington, Guardian)

“The [divestment] movement is highlighting the need to stop investing in the expansion of a global industry which must be brought into managed decline if catastrophic climate change is to be averted,” said Thomas Pringle, the independent member of parliament who introduced the bill. “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests….” More…

Heat Is On: More global heat waves broke records. (Jonathan Watts, Guardian)

The past month has seen power shortages in California as record heat forced a surge of demand for air conditioners. Algeria has experienced the hottest temperature ever reliably registered in Africa. Britain, meanwhile, has experienced its third longest heatwave, melting the roof of a science building in Glasgow and exposing ancient hill forts in Wales…. More…

Speak Up: We need to talk more about climate change impacts.

Out of 127 ABC, CBS and NBC news segments about blistering heat across the U.S., just one mentioned climate change — despite climate change’s important role in amplifying heat waves. https://t.co/dfCdh9soE4

— John Upton (@johnupton) July 12, 2018

Ending Plastic Pollution

Good Business: Starbuck announced it was going to stop offering disposable plastic straws. (Christina Caron, New York Times) Also: EDN’s President, Kathleen Rogers, in USA Today on the news.

“By nature, the straw isn’t recyclable and the lid is, so we feel this decision is more sustainable and more socially responsible,” Chris Milne, director of packaging sourcing for Starbucks, said in a statement…. More…

People keep saying the Starbucks plastic straw phase-out is insignificant to solving the ocean plastics crisis. I think that’s wrong. My latest:https://t.co/S96g2NLZll

— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) July 10, 2018

National Action: Odisha in India announced plans to ban plastic. (Meera Mohanty, The Economic Times)

Protecting Life on Earth

New world heritage sites were named. (Gulnaz Khan, National Geographic)

Nominees must meet one of 10 criteria—six cultural and four natural—ranging from Earth’s most biodiverse landscapes to artistic works of universal significance. This year, the committee recognized 19 new sites for their “outstanding universal value,” extended the boundaries of Central Sikhote-Alin, a Russian biosphere reserve, and removed the Belize Barrier Reef from the List of World Heritage in Danger…. More…

The killing of a blue whale reveals how disconnected we are from nature | Philip Hoare https://t.co/gh0CVGajEq

— Philip Hoare (@philipwhale) July 13, 2018

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Improving the Environment

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned following reports of countless ethics violations. (Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post) His successor, Andrew Wheeler, is not expected to protect our environment either (NPR).

EPA Resignation cartoon: https://t.co/8oNOjWq1Ex #Pruitt #EPA #Trump #GlobalWarming #pollution #environment #ScottPruitt #ScottPruittResigns pic.twitter.com/jAHolw781f

— Rob Rogers (@Rob_Rogers) July 6, 2018

Environmental rules being rolled back under Donald Trump:
Air pollution & emissions: 18
Drilling & extraction: 17
Infrastructure & planning: 12
Animals: 9
Toxic substances & safety: 7
Water pollution: 6
Other: 7
Total: 76https://t.co/TqFOm2gm8N

— NYT Climate (@nytclimate) July 6, 2018

Pope Francis warned against turning Earth into a wasteland (Associated Press) as he marked the third anniversary of his Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si

“There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse,” he warned.

Acting on Climate

The Netherlands is considering national climate legislation that includes the goal to be 100 percent carbon-neutral 2050. (David Roberts, Vox)

The proposal represents a degree of social and political consensus that is almost unthinkable in the US — not only that climate change is “real” (an absurd debate only the US is having), but that it’s urgent and that national policy should support the goals agreed to in Paris. Those goals obligate developed countries like the Netherlands to virtually eliminate carbon emissions by mid-century.

Again, there were more record-setting heat days reported across the globe.

Remarkable forecast from @NWSLosAngeles due to heat dome: “Today will be one for the record books. Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall. It is likely that several monthly records will fall & possible 1 or 2 all time records.” Details: https://t.co/cercisExYv pic.twitter.com/tXDRUms0WD

— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) July 6, 2018

You can use the Three-month Temperature Outlooks found in our Data Snapshots to see what the chances are for a warmer or cooler than usual July-September. https://t.co/sRvmS4Hfx3 pic.twitter.com/ShLZ5jITDp

— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) July 6, 2018

There’s more concern about the connection between climate change and wildfire season with California’s latest heat waves and wildfires (Tim Arango, New York Times)

A steel bridge in Chicago was so hot it stopped working (Anna Brooks, Popular Science)

The 98-year-old double-decker bridge shuttles two levels of traffic back and forth over the Chicago River, and opens its decks to the heavens to let sailboats pass through. Baking under the sun for days on end, the joints of the steel bridge swelled, and were stuck in place. Luis Benitez, chief bridge engineer for the Chicago Department of Transportation, says the surface temperature of the bridge had climbed above 100°F that week.

Ending Plastic Pollution

Sailor Emily Penn is leading an expedition to collect data to help tackle the plastic pollution problem. (Josh Gabbatiss, The Independent)

“The most alarming thing is just the number of pieces that are moving past the boat every time you look out,” says Ms Penn, a sailor with a history of environmental activism.

Protecting Life on Earth

New UN Biodiversity Lab launched, to feature an interactive mapping platform for use in solving biodiversity conservation and development challenges.

By 2030, demand for food may increase by 35%, for water by 40%, and for energy by 50%. @UNEP @UNDP @UNBiodiversity launch an innovative way to use spatial data to meet increased demand while conserving natural ecosystems. Read more: https://t.co/55VaX5JFQt pic.twitter.com/p67Cl9HaTV

— Achim Steiner (@ASteiner) July 5, 2018

Scientist warn the Great Barrior Reef could be devastated by the 2030s. (Jacqueline Williams, New York Times)

“This would effectively sign the death certificate of one of the world’s largest living marine structures,” said Martin Rice, acting chief executive of the Climate Council, a publicly funded Australian research institute.

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Improving the Environment

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned following reports of countless ethics violations. (Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post) His successor, Andrew Wheeler, is not expected to protect our environment either (NPR).

EPA Resignation cartoon: https://t.co/8oNOjWq1Ex #Pruitt #EPA #Trump #GlobalWarming #pollution #environment #ScottPruitt #ScottPruittResigns pic.twitter.com/jAHolw781f

— Rob Rogers (@Rob_Rogers) July 6, 2018

Environmental rules being rolled back under Donald Trump:
Air pollution & emissions: 18
Drilling & extraction: 17
Infrastructure & planning: 12
Animals: 9
Toxic substances & safety: 7
Water pollution: 6
Other: 7
Total: 76https://t.co/TqFOm2gm8N

— NYT Climate (@nytclimate) July 6, 2018

Pope Francis warned against turning Earth into a wasteland (Associated Press) as he marked the third anniversary of his Encyclical on the Environment, Laudato Si

“There is a real danger that we will leave future generations only rubble, deserts and refuse,” he warned.

Acting on Climate

The Netherlands is considering national climate legislation that includes the goal to be 100 percent carbon-neutral 2050. (David Roberts, Vox)

The proposal represents a degree of social and political consensus that is almost unthinkable in the US — not only that climate change is “real” (an absurd debate only the US is having), but that it’s urgent and that national policy should support the goals agreed to in Paris. Those goals obligate developed countries like the Netherlands to virtually eliminate carbon emissions by mid-century.

Again, there were more record-setting heat days reported across the globe.

Remarkable forecast from @NWSLosAngeles due to heat dome: “Today will be one for the record books. Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall. It is likely that several monthly records will fall & possible 1 or 2 all time records.” Details: https://t.co/cercisExYv pic.twitter.com/tXDRUms0WD

— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) July 6, 2018

You can use the Three-month Temperature Outlooks found in our Data Snapshots to see what the chances are for a warmer or cooler than usual July-September. https://t.co/sRvmS4Hfx3 pic.twitter.com/ShLZ5jITDp

— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) July 6, 2018

There’s more concern about the connection between climate change and wildfire season with California’s latest heat waves and wildfires (Tim Arango, New York Times)

A steel bridge in Chicago was so hot it stopped working (Anna Brooks, Popular Science)

The 98-year-old double-decker bridge shuttles two levels of traffic back and forth over the Chicago River, and opens its decks to the heavens to let sailboats pass through. Baking under the sun for days on end, the joints of the steel bridge swelled, and were stuck in place. Luis Benitez, chief bridge engineer for the Chicago Department of Transportation, says the surface temperature of the bridge had climbed above 100°F that week.

Ending Plastic Pollution

Sailor Emily Penn is leading an expedition to collect data to help tackle the plastic pollution problem. (Josh Gabbatiss, The Independent)

“The most alarming thing is just the number of pieces that are moving past the boat every time you look out,” says Ms Penn, a sailor with a history of environmental activism.

Protecting Life on Earth

New UN Biodiversity Lab launched, to feature an interactive mapping platform for use in solving biodiversity conservation and development challenges.

By 2030, demand for food may increase by 35%, for water by 40%, and for energy by 50%. @UNEP @UNDP @UNBiodiversity launch an innovative way to use spatial data to meet increased demand while conserving natural ecosystems. Read more: https://t.co/55VaX5JFQt pic.twitter.com/p67Cl9HaTV

— Achim Steiner (@ASteiner) July 5, 2018

Scientist warn the Great Barrior Reef could be devastated by the 2030s. (Jacqueline Williams, New York Times)

“This would effectively sign the death certificate of one of the world’s largest living marine structures,” said Martin Rice, acting chief executive of the Climate Council, a publicly funded Australian research institute.

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As we dive deeper into summer, we are aiming our focus on a small piece of plastic we can do without: the straw.

Our Earth Day 2018 campaign to End Plastic Pollution was wildly successful and we are continuing our global efforts to reduce plastic waste and overall use. To keep up the momentum, we’re asking you to join us this 4th of July in taking a simple step: refuse the straw. While you’re enjoying the outdoors celebrating, ordering or making your favorite ice cold beverages, you can make a difference by skipping the straw. Simply saying, “No straw, please” can make all the difference in the world.

It doesn’t have to end there. Refuse to use plastic cups, water bottles, forks, and other wasteful single-use plastic products. Instead, choose to use reusable utensils to improve your eco-friendly footprint. We know small individual actions and choices can make a big collective difference. (Use our plastic calculator to track, then reduce, your use.)

This Independence Day, we’re grateful for our freedoms and our beautiful country. So keep it clean and go green to protect the red, white, and blue.

— Madeleine Sagebiel

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We are always excited to hear about the actions of teachers and students to address environmental issues. After all, we are counting on the next generation of environmental leaders to help us with our work for years to come! While it wouldn’t be possible to feature every good example, we are taking time to shine a spotlight on select projects and to share environmental education stories with the hope of inspiring others to replicate these efforts in their own communities.

The Challenge

End Plastic Pollution

The Place

Stanton Bridge Primary School in Coventry, England

The Project

Students from the ages of 3 to 11 at Stanton Bridge Primary School participated in activities on World Environment Day that focussed on the impact of plastic pollution on our planet.

  • Students and staff recycled a school’s worth of plastics together.
  • Younger students read books about plastic pollution and played games to practice sorting plastics and non-plastics.
  • Older students wrote a series of letters and persuasive essays to incite action within their community and their country; letters went to individuals ranging from the head of the local recycling facility to the Prime Minister of England.
  • Students of all ages made posters to show how much they care about ending plastic pollution.

Keep up the good work, Stanton Bridge!

More on the Subject and What You Can Do

Use our Plastic Pollution Calculator to see how much plastic you use (then plan to reduce it!).

Explore our Plastic Pollution Toolkit to find out more on the subject.

Use our K-12 Toolkit with students.

— Suzanne Singer

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Acting On Climate

“Global Warming in South Asia: 800 Million at Risk” (Somini Sengupta and Nadja Popovich, New York Times)

Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions for up to 800 million people in South Asia, a region that is already home to some of the world’s poorest and hungriest people, if nothing is done to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank warned Thursday in an ominous new study… More….

“A City in Oman Just Posted the World’s Hottest Low Temperature Ever Recorded: 109 Degrees” (Jason Samenow, Washington Post)

Incredibly, the temperature in Quriyat, Masters said, remained above 107.4 degrees (41.9 Celsius) for 51 straight hours. Its blistering afternoon high temperature of 121.6 degrees (49.8 Celsius) Tuesday was just about two degrees shy of Oman’s all-time heat record and its highest June temperature… More….

“In a High-Stakes Environmental Whodunit, Many Clues Point to China” (Chris Buckley and Henry Fountain, New York Times)

Interviews, documents and advertisements collected by The New York Times and independent investigators indicate that a major source — possibly the overwhelming one — is factories in China that have ignored a global ban and kept making or using the chemical, CFC-11, mostly to produce foam insulation for refrigerators and buildings…. More…

Protecting and Improving the Environment

“Tropical Forests Suffered 2nd-Worst Loss Of Trees On Record Last Year” (Sasha Ingber, NPR)

The report presents a bleak picture: Some areas are experiencing prolonged loss of lush forest, while new areas are becoming hot spots. “Places that haven’t been on our radar so much are all of a sudden going through this major transformation…” More…

“Pope to Huddle with Environmental Leaders, Activists” (Eric J. Lyman, Axios)

The formal name of the conference “Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth” hints at the importance Pope Francis and the Vatican are giving this topic of discussion. But participants in the talks are more likely to shape climate debate more than change climate policies for companies or governments. Vatican leaders say that does not diminish their role: In an interview, Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the key organizers, asked: “What will it take for the world to decide once and for all to make a change?”… More…

“Losing Justice Kennedy Puts Fundamental Environmental Protections in Peril” – Environmental law experts weigh in on the subject (Eric Holthaus, Grist)

Trump has already hinted at a list of potential replacements — all of whom are likely to side with the court’s now clear conservative majority. Kennedy has been the swing vote for decades. And without his moderating influence, advocates of the environment will face a steep challenge in winning over a majority of the justices…. More….

Ending Plastic Pollution

“Mumbai Bans Plastic Bags and Bottles” (Michael Safi, Guardian)

Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penalties of up to 25,000 rupees (£276) and three months in jail from Monday…. More…

“Plastic Garbage Patch: Medical Tests ‘Inspired Me To Investigate'” (Matt McGrath, BBC)

As well as potentially releasing toxins, plastics are incredibly absorbent and act as sponges for other harmful chemicals floating in the ocean. Sea-going animals mistake microplastics for food and eat them, absorbing these contaminants…. More…

Protecting Species

“Biodiversity is the ‘Infrastructure That Supports All Life’ ” – Interview with Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN assistant secretary general and executive secretary of the convention on biological diversity (Jeremy Hance, Guardian)

“In my view, we need to ensure that the entire planet is used sustainably. That is, 100% of the Earth, the “Whole Earth”, has to be managed in a way that will allow continuous healthy functioning of the ecological systems that support life on Earth, including human life….” More…

“Deepwater Horizon Disaster Altered Building Blocks of Ocean Life” (Oliver Milman, Guardian)

Lingering oil residues have altered the basic building blocks of life in the ocean by reducing biodiversity in sites closest to the spill, which occurred when a BP drilling rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 workers and spewing about 4m barrels of oil into the Gulf…. More…

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“According to the Earth Day Network, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since it was first introduced in the 1950s, less than 10 percent of which has been recycled.”

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“A recent report published by Earth Day Network (2018) ranked Bangladesh 10th out of the top 20 plastic polluting countries in the world. Plastic contributes eight percent of the country’s waste which is equivalent to 800,000 tonnes, of which around 200,000 tonnes go into the ocean and rivers.”

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Earth Day Network’s President, Kathleen Rogers, and Earth Day Network India’s Director, Karuna Singh, provided reports from the 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Da Nang, Vietnam, where they joined representatives from more than 180 member countries, heads of UN agencies, other regional representatives, nonprofit organizations, and business leaders to share ideas, solutions, and action needed to protect the global environment. Rogers was recently appointed to represent the North American Region of the GEF.

Investing in a Sustainable Future

From the former President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet (below, on stage, and with Singh): Governments think of finances required to bring about transformational change. They should think really of costs of not bringing about that change.

Talking About Solutions to the Problems

In a discussion with the President of WRI, the Executive Director of United Nations Environment, Erik Solheim, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, and others: We need to get to positive tipping points after hearing about the negative tipping points scientists speak about.

Taking Action to End Plastic Pollution

In addition to a well-attended session on the plastic pollution crisis, EDN’s Kathleen Rogers (below) spoke and we heard news that the Marshall Islands is banning plastic bags and styrofoam.

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Ending Plastic Pollution

A Giant Wave of Pastic Garbage Could Flood the U.S., A Study Says” (Darryl Fears and Kate Furby, Washington Post)

“Studies say that between 8.3 billion and 9 billion metric tons have been produced since 1950. That’s more than four Mount Everest’s worth of trash.” More…

“New York Follows London’s Lead with Plan to Ban Plastic Straws” (Miranda Bryant, Evening Standard)

A bill that would ban venues, bars and restaurants from providing plastic straws in the city, which gets through an estimated 15 million of them per day, had its first hearing at New York City Hall… More…

Fighting Climate Change

“Warned 30 Years Ago, Global Warming ‘Is In Our Living Room'” (Seth Borenstein and Nicky Forster, AP)

On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn’t approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was “the opening salvo of the age of climate change.” More…

“The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem” (John Schwartz and Brad Plumer, New York Times)

The new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, puts the rate of methane emissions from domestic oil and gas operations at 2.3 percent of total production per year, which is 60 percent higher than the current estimate from the Environmental Protection Agency. More…

“Allergies, Glaciers, Pikas: Climate Change in Action” (Seth Borenstein, AP)

Warmer water is repeatedly causing mass global bleaching events to Earth’s fragile coral reefs. Before 1998 there had been no global mass bleaching events – which turn the living coral white and often lead to death. But there have been three in the last two decades. U.S. government coral reef specialist Mark Eakin said for multiple reasons, including global warming, “most of the reefs that were in great shape in the 1980s in Florida are just barely hanging on now.” More…

“Weather Reporters Donned This Striped Pattern On Thursday For A Good Reason” (Sara Boboltz, Huffington Post)

Joining together with broadcast meteorologists across the country today as part of #metsunite

The stripes indicate the temperature anomaly for Earth since 1850. The trend is clear. The earth is warming. No politics. No agenda. Just science. @WeatherProf @ed_hawkins pic.twitter.com/olM9S2qwZO

— Chris Michaels (@WSLS_Michaels) June 21, 2018

“The Refugees The World Barely Pays Attention To” (Tim McDonnell, NPR)

Since 2008, an average of 24 million people have been displaced by catastrophic weather disasters each year. As climate change worsens storms and droughts, climate scientists and migration experts expect that number to rise. More…

Protecting the Environment and Species

“The EPA Just Killed Three Expert Advisory Committees” (Brian Kahn, Earther)

The decision to shut down the Ecological Processes and Effects Committee, the Environmental Engineering Committee, and the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee was made at a late May meeting of the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, but researchers on the committees were only notified on Thursday. More…

It was National Pollinators Week! Find out about bees and what you can do to protect them.

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