China Officials Recommend Cutting Meat Consumption in Half

Historic health recommendations could also reduce greenhouse gases from meat consumption by the equivalent of 1.5% of global emissions. Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, director, explorer and activist James Cameron and China’s most famous actress, Li Bingbing, join forces with 5 To Do Today to support reduction effort. BEIJING (June 20, 2016) — Chinese health officials are urging the nation’s 1.3 billion citizens to cut their meat consumption in half to prevent heart disease, diabetes and other diet-related illnesses. A recent 5 To Do Today ...

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Hairy Nose PSA fights pollution with humor and low-carbon transportation

BEIJING (February 25, 2016 via WildAid) — Air pollution in China is unavoidable. Last year, 366 out of 366 cities surveyed failed to meet World Health Organization air quality standards, including Beijing. So perhaps it’s unsurprising that a recent WildAid report found that over 90% of Chinese are concerned about air pollution. The question is: How can they help? "Hairy Nose," a new public service announcement (PSA) from WildAid’s GOblue program, clears up how to clear the sky. In China, the new PSA is now being featured on a number of popular social ...

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China is encouraging its citizens to eat less meat – and that could be a big win for the climate

Via the Washington Post: An updated set of dietary guidelines just released by the Chinese government could be a boon not only for public health, say some environmentalists, but also for the environment. They’re arguing that the new recommendations have the potential to reduce China’s meat consumption, or at least slow its growth, which can help save land and water resources and put a substantial dent in global greenhouse gas emissions. The actual differences between the new guidelines and the previous ones, which were released in 2007, are slim. Both recommend ...

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Climate-related disasters cost American taxpayers $96 billion last year

By John Upton @ Grist.org Schools and roads are nice to have. But what American taxpayers are really dropping serious money on, through no direct choice of their own, is cleaning up and helping out after all those climate-related disasters. A new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that the federal government dished out $96 billion last year on what the NRDC calls “federal climate disruption costs.” That works out to $1,100 per taxpayer, or one-sixth of the government’s non-defense related spending. It’s more than the feds spent last ...

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Tips for Saving Money on Utility Bills

From the Costco Connection – Consumer Connection June 2012 (summarized) Tips for Saving Money on Utility Bills Summary: Saving money on your utility bills is easier than you may think. The simple solution lies in thinking wisely about how you use energy everyday. By identifying the items you use most, you can also consider how to use them most effectively. First off, reevaluate your monthly bills. Understand how much electricity you use and when you mostly use it. Call the electric company and find out if there is an approximate “off peak” time of day when a ...

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Indian Man Single-Handedly Plants 1,360 Acre Forest

Deforestation and desertification are critical problems in India that have led to barren land, increased soil erosion, decreased agricultural production, and devastated local wildlife. However one Indian man has made a stand – by single-handedly planting and cultivating a 1,360 acre forest that is home to a complex, thriving ecosystem. Jadav “Molai” Payeng started his project 30 years ago when he was still a teenager. Then, in 1979, flood waters washed a large number of snakes ashore on the local sandbar in Jorhat, some 350 km from Guwahati. When ...

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Al Gore Asks How Many Climate Disasters Will It Take For Us To Act

By Brad Johnson @ Climate Progress Jun 22, 2011 at 11:54 am Vice President Al Gore has rejoined the public fight on global warming, issuing a clarion call to take action to address the climate crisis. Twenty years ago, he participated in the international mobilization against the future threat of fossil fuel pollution heating up our atmosphere. For decades, he and other leaders have battled the fossil fuel industry and their corporate and political allies to mobilize for a sustainable civilization. Now, the crisis of dangerous climate change is upon us. ...

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One day, we’ll water plants with our pee in public restrooms

By Sarah Laskow @ Grist 22 Jun 2011 11:56 AM Everyone remembers that deathless scene from Waterworld where Kevin Costner pees in a jug, filters it, drinks some, then spits the rest into a plant. (EVERYONE REMEMBERS IT, I SAID. But if you’ve been living under a rock, you can watch here -- start around 1:30.) Well, that may soon become a reality. For now, at least, we’re still not drinking processed urine -- on a societal level, anyway; what you do on your time is your own business. But one ingenious conservation junkie has come up with a urinal design that ...

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A Father’s Day essay on the world we’re leaving our children

By Joe Romm @ Climate Progress Jun 19, 2011 at 9:49 am On the one hand, should I be blogging on Father’s Day?  On the other hand, what more important day is there to blog on climate change than Father’s Day?  So as a compromise, I’m doing some cross-posts and reposts. Last year, Salon published my Father’s Day essay. It was a sequel of sorts to “Is the global economy a Ponzi scheme?“  Sadly, it needs to be updated since, of course, we didn’t pass a climate bill and thus took a quantum leap closer to leaving our children a ruined climate...

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