10 Things to Know by 10 a.m. – July 14

SSBlogPic1. With the World Cup over, it’s time to see if FIFA carries out its promises to alleviate the tournament’s environmental implications. Sao Paulo was awarded host city on promises to offset the Cup’s greenhouse gas emissions; FIFA is now responsible for buying credits for upwards of 27.5 million tons of greenhouse gases.

2.  BBC announced that it will be banning climate skeptics from the air for fear of misinforming the public. With 97 percent of scientists in agreement about the source of climate change (hint, it’s us), BBC fears creating a false sense of balance on the issue’s anthropogenic nature.

3. Last week, a study on organics came out, proving that organic produce has far more antioxidants and far less toxic metals and pesticides than its conventionally grown counterparts. However, the study, the largest of its kind, has been called “inconclusive,” as the products’ overall effects are still unknown.

4. In response to the Kendall Jones’ hunting controversy last week, an old photo of Steven Spielberg was reposted on Facebook with the Jurassic Park producer posing next to a triceratops movie prop, with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered.” Unfortunately, the snide political commentary generated real fury from dim-witted conservationists who thought the director actually killed an animal…that had already been dead for millions of years.

5.  A new Greenpeace “Carting Away the Ocean,” CATO, report came out last week, marking significant improvement in the sustainable seafood industry. In 2008, no major retailers hit all requirements for sustainable seafood production and sale; this time around, 22 of 26 major retailers passed, with four even scoring as “good” – Whole Foods, Safeway, Wemens and Trader Joe’s.

6. CSR Asia teamed up with Oxfam for a “Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil” last week. The conference targeted palm oil produced in Asia, one of the largest producing areas in the world, in hopes of producing a product that is more socially, ecologically and environmental beneficial, despite a lack of current legislation and jurisdiction.

7. Tesla’s new supercharger delivered outstanding results in first month on the market, and hopes to continue to improve over the following months. In June alone, the supercharger saved 168,000 gallons of gas, 4.2 million pounds of CO2 offset and fueled 3.7 million miles of travel – the equivalent of going to the moon and back 7.5 times.

8. A new National Grid study suggests that the price of electricity could double over the next 20 years. The increase would come as a result of the U.S. reaching 90 percent dependency on foreign oil and a slump in North Sea gas and oil production.

9. Nearly 92 years since the last grizzly bear was killed in California, a new petition is in the works to bring the animal back to the golden state. The initiative proposes to bring part of the diminishing Alaskan population down south for fear of the potential effects of climate change on the northern most bears.

10. With festival season well on its way, more and more event organizers are considering festival’s two most significant environmental issues: transportation and waste. Green coach companies, banning of plastic water bottles and post-event tent donations are just some of the ways festivals like Glastonbury and upcoming Outside Lands are coping with festivals’ long standing environmental implications.



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