Week in Review
EDN Week in Review: Environmental News Stories for Jan. 27-Feb. 2
February 1, 2019
Climate Change: The globe is still heating up, as we experience more extreme weather, while a gigantic cavity was discovered in a shrinking glacier in Antarctica.
2018 was the fourth warmest year on record — and more evidence of a ‘new normal,’ scientist group reports https://t.co/mu0Tv1wjlD
— Post Green (@postgreen) January 24, 2019
The President once again revealed his ignorance about climate change with a tweet about the polar vortex. We’ve rounded up the best responses about why we are experiencing global warming and cold, extreme weather.
While record-breaking heat scorched Australia, clean power proved to be reliable once again.
When temps soared above 115 deg F last week in Australia, fossil fuel-based power infrastructure failed in parts of the country. Utilities instead relied on renewable energy to bring power back to hundreds of thousands of households. https://t.co/agEFw8Dsms pic.twitter.com/9R176Ku2As
— Yale Environment 360 (@YaleE360) January 31, 2019
A giant, growing cavern two-thirds the area of Manhattan is contributing to the rapid melting of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier. Findings highlight the need for detailed observations of Antarctic glaciers’ undersides in calculating future sea level rise. https://t.co/fNfgACQNav
— NASA Climate (@NASAClimate) January 30, 2019
Species Protection: Signs of hope for Monarch butterflies, but more threats for North Atlantic right whales and starfish.
Monarch butterfly population wintering in Mexico increases 144% https://t.co/DA8FY721zy
— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) January 30, 2019
Action Alert: We must stop the U.S. gov’t from permitting oil and gas companies to threaten the lives of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Our petition: https://t.co/ZiRigDcZcn #ProtectOurSpecies #EndangeredSpecies 🐋
— Earth Day Network (@EarthDayNetwork) February 1, 2019
An “unprecedented” epidemic is wiping out the West Coast’s sea stars https://t.co/Amdwt0FpNe pic.twitter.com/LmPyb4dwdV
— Earther (@EARTH3R) January 30, 2019
Plastic Pollution: More studies are showing microplastics in our water, while more companies are taking bold steps to reduce plastic waste.
The Tennessee River has among the highest microplastics levels on record, thought to result from <10% recycling & high littering rates. https://t.co/n2ZoPPaKu5 @Sarah_Gibbens
— Matt Wilkins (@mattwilkinsbio) January 28, 2019
Good news in the fight to #endplasticpollution: The world’s largest packaged food company will ditch single-use plastic, via @FastCompany https://t.co/kiBPJ3u5Db
— Earth Day Network (@EarthDayNetwork) January 31, 2019
Bold new approach to packaging by major brands could be huge step toward a #CircularEconomy #EarthSpring2020 #EarthDay2020 #DoughnutEconomics https://t.co/eEar3Y8ESQ
— Denis Hayes (@DenisHayes) February 2, 2019
Once again: We need an environmental protection agency that does actually protects us, and leaders who take climate change and environmental challenges seriously.
John Christy wants to use his new perch on EPA’s Science Advisory Board to challenge climate science consensus.
“There’s a benefit, not a cost, to producing energy from carbon,” Christy said in an interview with @scottpwaldman.https://t.co/DAOibEMq33
— E&E News (@EENewsUpdates) February 1, 2019
Image source: NASA