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Today is Earth Day. National Geographic tells the story of the first time the event was held, in 1970. It was the result of outrage at a devastating oil spill in Santa Barbara in Jan. 1969, which killed thousands of birds and stained beaches along California's coast.

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Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) and the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ).

“The Intersections of Press Freedom and the Environment,” a virtual discussion and Q&A on Thursday, May 2, 12 p.m. ET

https://www.sej.org/calendar/sej-webinar-intersections-press-freedom-and-environment

Moderated by FPF’s Adam Glenn with Caitlin Vogus, who will be joined by freelance journalist Carlos Berríos Polanco and Halle Parker, journalist and SEJ board member.

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PFAS do not break down but rather persist indefinitely. It is possible that Dad drank carcinogenic for most of his life.

New today, an excerpt from Loose of Earth: A Memoir, by published April 2024. https://www.texasobserver.org/pfas-texas-memoir-forever-chemicals/

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"Under a middle-of-the road scenario of future income development (SSP2, in which SSP stands for Shared Socio-economic Pathway), this corresponds to global annual damages in 2049 of 38 trillion in 2005 international dollars (likely range of 19–59 trillion 2005 international dollars)."

Kotz, M., Levermann, A. & Wenz, L. The economic commitment of climate change. Nature 628, 551–557 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-024-07219-0 @economics @climatechange

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"Our overarching finding is that except for very high northern latitudes, ESMs project ongoing and future extreme temperature acceleration beyond background warming levels during the hottest months."

Huntingford, C., Cox, P.M., Ritchie, P.D.L. et al. Acceleration of daily land temperature extremes and correlations with surface energy fluxes. npj Clim Atmos Sci 7, 84 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41612-024-00626-0 @climatechange @science

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"Modern imperialism is embodied by industrial capitalism, which prioritizes resource extraction and maximizing profit. This paradigm is deeply embedded in the fabric of global affairs, influencing international trade, political dynamics, and the economic frameworks of nations".

Charles Fletcher, William J Ripple, Thomas Newsome, Phoebe Barnard, Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Aishwarya Behl, Jay Bowen, Michael Cooney, Eileen Crist, Christopher Field, Krista Hiser, David M Karl, David A King, Michael E Mann, Davianna P McGregor, Camilo Mora, Naomi Oreskes, Michael Wilson, Earth at risk: An urgent call to end the age of destruction and forge a just and sustainable future, PNAS Nexus, Volume 3, Issue 4, April 2024, pgae106, https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgae106 @economics @climatechange @politicalscience

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    "Modern imperialism is embodied by industrial capitalism, which prioritizes resource extraction and maximizing profit. This paradigm is deeply embedded in the fabric of global affairs, influencing international trade, political dynamics, and the economic frameworks of nations".

    Charles Fletcher, William J Ripple, Thomas Newsome, Phoebe Barnard, Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Aishwarya Behl, Jay Bowen, Michael Cooney, Eileen Crist, Christopher Field, Krista Hiser, David M Karl, David A King, Michael E Mann, Davianna P McGregor, Camilo Mora, Naomi Oreskes, Michael Wilson, Earth at risk: An urgent call to end the age of destruction and forge a just and sustainable future, PNAS Nexus, Volume 3, Issue 4, April 2024, pgae106, https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgae106 @economics @climatechange @politicalscience

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    An advisor to President Eisenhower once wrote, “The highway plan should not be the central pattern around which a community develops ...”

    And yet highways have dominated and destroyed the state's environment, disrupting communities. Investigative Reporting Fellow @josephinelee reviews Megan Kimble's book "City Limits," which offers a new vision for : https://www.texasobserver.org/roadmap-to-rebuilding-communities/

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    Humans were a mistake.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/29/us/iowa-spill-fish-kill.html?unlocked_article_code=1.gU0.IrM1.ty4o91vdFUol

    All fish. 60 MILES OF RIVER. ALL THE FISH.

    What an absolute disgusting act and most people won't even hear about it care whatsoever. This planet is completely screwed.

    bibliolater , to science group
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    "Examining current temperature increases, it seemed to this observer that scientists have been underestimating for some time how quickly the situation is deteriorating." https://www.theguardian.com/news/2024/mar/29/copernicus-online-portal-offers-terrifying-view-climate-emergency @science @climatechange @climatecrisis

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    Always interesting to see what comes up in the bin. Can you ID the plant?

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    The Anthropocene: 101 Questions and Answers for Understanding the Human Impact on the Global Environment by Billie Lee Turner II, 2022

    The Anthropocene is an authoritative reference work for students of geography, the environment and sustainability. Through a series of 101 interconnected questions and answers spanning ten thematic sections, the book provides a comprehensive survey of humankind's impact on the global environment.

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    "We compare per capita ratios with an approach based on regression, a widely used statistical procedure that eliminates many of the problems with ratios and allows for straightforward data interpretation."

    Kratochvíl Lukáš and Havlíček Jan. 2024 The fallacy of global comparisons based on per capita measures. R. Soc. Open Sci.11: 230832. 230832. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.230832 @science

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    "We compare per capita ratios with an approach based on regression, a widely used statistical procedure that eliminates many of the problems with ratios and allows for straightforward data interpretation."

    Kratochvíl Lukáš and Havlíček Jan. 2024 The fallacy of global comparisons based on per capita measures. R. Soc. Open Sci.11: 230832. 230832. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.230832 @science

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  • ajsadauskas , (edited ) to Politics
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    So who are the corporations and billionaires funding the American far right?

    A lot of the discourse around the US far right, on both the left and the right, has presented it as being essentially a working class movement.

    White working class Southerners (perhaps with some manipulation from Russia) advocating for their prejudiced world view, the narrative goes.

    But what if that's not the situation? What if the rise of the far right has been funded with millions of dollars from extremely wealthy individuals?

    Where are the resources coming from?

    You probably already know about Rupert Murdoch with Fox News and Elon at Twitter, but there's a few others...

    "Two billionaire Texas brothers whose fortunes derive from oil and gas fracking have pumped millions of dollars into rightwing media outfits that have promoted climate-crisis denialism.

    ...

    "Farris and Dan Wilks have each doled out millions of dollars through separate foundations over the last decade to a number of high-profile conservative and religious groups including the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council and Focus on the Family.

    "The Wilks brothers, for instance, have poured millions of dollars into PragerU and the Daily Wire

    ...

    "In 2015, Farris Wilks gave $4.7m to help launch the Daily Wire and remains an owner of the media company, whose founding editor and co-owner Ben Shapiro has forged ties with Dennis Prager, the PragerU founder and talkshow host. Shapiro and Prager are slated to attend a PragerU “founders’ retreat” in September for donors who give at least $100,000 a year."

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/05/texas-fracking-billionaire-brothers-prageru-daily-wire

    "[One America News] founder and chief executive Robert Herring Sr has testified that the inspiration to launch OAN in 2013 came from AT&T executives.

    "AT&T has been a crucial source of funds flowing into OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, court records show. Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms ... according to 2020 sworn testimony by an OAN accountant."

    https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-oneamerica-att/

    "[Robert] Mercer is a Christian conservative, gun enthusiast, a climate change denier, religious, small-government proponent and a man who despises the political establishment as incompetent and corrupt. He has donated over $100 million (€84 million) to various right-wing candidates and think-tanks. Most of that money has gone through the Mercer Family Foundation, run by Robert Mercer's daughter Rebekah.

    "The Mercers hold a major stake in a company called Cambridge Analytica, which uses digital data to tailor election propaganda to voters.

    "The Mercers first met Andrew Breitbart, the founder of what is now Breitbart News Network in 2011 ... The Mercers also invested $10 million in Breitbart and gained a large stake in the nascent company."

    https://www.dw.com/en/who-are-the-mercers-the-wealthy-backers-of-breitbart/a-42100407

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    appassionato , to bookstodon group
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    Environmental Pollution Governance and Ecological Remediation Technology ed. by Junwen Zhang et al., 2023

    This book provides the advance research results of environmental pollution and governance and covers the main research field of environmental remediation, environmental monitoring, sanitation and so on.

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    The Buddha's Footprint: An Environmental History of Asia by Johan Elverskog

    Buddhism is often understood to be a religion intrinsically concerned with the environment The Dharma, the name given to Buddhist teachings by Buddhists, states that all things are interconnected Therefore, Buddhists are perceived as extending compassion beyond people and animals to include plants and the earth itself out of a concern for the total living environment

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    ajsadauskas , to Fuck Cars
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    Are microplastics from car tyres contributing to heart disease?

    "Add one more likely culprit to the long list of known cardiovascular risk factors including red meat, butter, smoking and stress: microplastics.

    "In a study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, an international team of physicians and researchers showed that surgical patients who had a build-up of micro and nanoplastics in their arterial plaque had a 2.1 times greater risk of nonfatal heart attack, nonfatal stroke or death from any cause in the three years post surgery than those who did not."

    https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-03-07/microplastics-may-be-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease

    The research is particularly noteworthy, given that one of the biggest sources of microplastic pollution is the synthetic rubber in car tyres: https://aus.social/@ajsadauskas/112015017609398126

    So it's not just the sedentary lifestyles that car-dependent planning encourages that's causing health issues.

    And it's not just exhaust fumes either.

    There's also the health impacts of microplastics, including from car tyres.

    Worth noting as well that internal documents from the big oil companies show that they knew since the 1970s that recycling wasn't going to solve the problem of plastic pollution. They promoted it anyway: https://aus.social/@ajsadauskas/112064312364853769

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    PopResearchCtrs , to sociology group
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    New data shows that associations between environmental attitudes and childbearing preferences that may have strengthened over time.

    Environmental attitudes may be a factor in the recent decline in youth's fertility desires and could have consequences for future fertility.

    Read more: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37789865/

    @demography @sociology @ClimateNewsNow

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    "In 2023, the development of El Niño is poised to drive a global upsurge in surface air temperatures (SAT), potentially resulting in unprecedented warming worldwide."

    Jiang, N., Zhu, C., Hu, ZZ. et al. Enhanced risk of record-breaking regional temperatures during the 2023–24 El Niño. Sci Rep 14, 2521 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-024-52846-2 @science @climatechange

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    Concerned about microplastics? Research shows one of the biggest sources is car tyres

    A lot of the emphasis on reducing microplastics has focussed on things like plastic bags, clothing, and food packaging.

    But there's a growing body of research that shows one of the biggest culprits by far is car tyres.

    It's increasingly clear that we simply cannot solve the issue of microplastics in the environment while still using tyres — even with electric-powered cars.

    "Tyre wear stands out as a major source of microplastic pollution. Globally, each person is responsible for around 1kg of microplastic pollution from tyre wear released into the environment on average each year – with even higher rates observed in developed nations.

    "It is estimated that between 8% and 40% of these particles find their way into surface waters such as the sea, rivers and lakes through runoff from road surfaces, wastewater discharge or even through airborne transport.

    "However, tyre wear microplastics have been largely overlooked as a microplastic pollutant. Their dark colour makes them difficult to detect, so these particles can’t be identified using the traditional spectroscopy methods used to identify other more colourful plastic polymers."

    https://theconversation.com/check-your-tyres-you-might-be-adding-unnecessary-microplastics-to-the-environment-205612#:~:text=Tyre%20wear%20stands%20out%20as,rates%20observed%20in%20developed%20nations.

    "Microplastic pollution has polluted the entire planet, from Arctic snow and Alpine soils to the deepest oceans. The particles can harbour toxic chemicals and harmful microbes and are known to harm some marine creatures. People are also known to consume them via food and water, and to breathe them, But the impact on human health is not yet known.

    "“Roads are a very significant source of microplastics to remote areas, including the oceans,” said Andreas Stohl, from the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, who led the research. He said an average tyre loses 4kg during its lifetime. “It’s such a huge amount of plastic compared to, say, clothes,” whose fibres are commonly found in rivers, Stohl said. “You will not lose kilograms of plastic from your clothing.”"

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/14/car-tyres-are-major-source-of-ocean-microplastics-study

    "Microplastics are of increasing concern in the environment [1, 2]. Tire wear is estimated to be one of the largest sources of microplastics entering the aquatic environment [3,4,5,6,7]. The mechanical abrasion of car tires by the road surface forms tire wear particles (TWP) [8] and/or tire and road wear particles (TRWP), consisting of a complex mixture of rubber, with both embedded asphalt and minerals from the pavement [9]."

    https://microplastics.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s43591-021-00008-w

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    bibliolater , to science group
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    "With stronger freshwater anomalies, our results indicate an increase in the risk of warm, dry European summers and of heat waves and droughts accordingly."

    Oltmanns, M., Holliday, N. P., Screen, J., Moat, B. I., Josey, S. A., Evans, D. G., and Bacon, S.: European summer weather linked to North Atlantic freshwater anomalies in preceding years, Weather Clim. Dynam., 5, 109–132, https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-5-109-2024, 2024. @science @climatechange

    ajsadauskas , to Fuck Cars
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    If you care about the planet, please make sure you sit down before you start reading this post about ExxonMobil.

    So.

    The CEO of ExxonMobil just said this in an interview: "We’ve waited too long to open the aperture on the solution sets in terms of what we need, as a society, to start reducing emissions."

    https://fortune.com/2024/02/27/exxon-ceo-darren-woods-interview-pay-the-price-for-net-zero/

    Who's the most influential voice on climate change? Who's to blame for inaction on climate change?

    According to the CEO of ExxonMobil, it's environmental activists.

    No, really:

    "Frankly, society, and the activist—the dominant voice in this discussion—has tried to exclude the industry that has the most capacity and the highest potential for helping with some of the technologies."

    Oh, and the CEO of ExxonMobil also apparently thinks consumers are to blame for climate inaction:

    "Today we have opportunities to make fuels with lower carbon, but people aren’t willing to spend the money to do that."

    Gets better.

    He thinks unnamed 'people who generate emissions' should pay for it. (Rather than, say, major transnational oil companies.)

    "People who are generating the emissions need to be aware of [it] and pay the price. That’s ultimately how you solve the problem."

    https://fortune.com/2024/02/27/exxon-ceo-darren-woods-interview-pay-the-price-for-net-zero/

    Worth including a quick reminder here that Exxon-Mobil made a US$36 billion profit in 2023: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/exxon-beats-estimates-ends-2023-with-36-billion-profit-2024-02-02/#:~:text=HOUSTON%2C%20Feb%202%20(Reuters),higher%20oil%20and%20gas%20production.

    Not gross revenue.

    Profit.

    So, remind me again. Who knew about climate change before most of the public?

    "Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue... This knowledge did not prevent the company (now ExxonMobil and the world’s largest oil and gas company) from spending decades refusing to publicly acknowledge climate change and even promoting climate misinformation."

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exxon-knew-about-climate-change-almost-40-years-ago/

    And just who, exactly, stood in the way reducing emissions all these years?

    "ExxonMobil executives privately sought to undermine climate science even after the oil and gas giant publicly acknowledged the link between fossil fuel emissions and climate change, according to previously unreported documents...

    "The new revelations are based on previously unreported documents subpoenaed by New York’s attorney general as part of an investigation into the company announced in 2015. They add to a slew of documents that record a decades-long misinformation campaign waged by Exxon, which are cited in a growing number of state and municipal lawsuits against big oil."

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/sep/14/exxonmobil-documents-wall-street-journal-climate-science

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    Dust: The Modern World in a Trillion Particles by Jay Owens

    This is a book on humanity and Earth and what we’ve done to it. Dust moves from the suburbs of a thirsty Los Angeles to Oklahoma and its Dust Bowl migrants, and the desert Southwest where nuclear testing created radioactive fallout that spread across America.

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