Underscoring the urgent need for increased and intensely focused conservation efforts, new research shows that human activity worldwide is wiping out plant and animal life—including our own—so rapidly that evolution can’t keep up.
Paleontologist and lead researcher Matt Davis of Denmark’s Aarhus University warned, “We are starting to cut down the whole tree [of life], including the branch we are sitting on right now.”
“We are doing something that will last millions of years beyond us,” Davis told the Guardian. “It shows the severity of what we are in right now. We’re entering what could be an extinction on the scale of what killed the dinosaurs.”
Not a week goes by without news of digital disruption in traditional industries and sectors. We’ve already seen long-standing business models from taxis to hotels upended, and we’ve got to wonder where this will take the world’s oldest industry—agriculture.
We urgently need to rethink public policy interventions to help countries navigate opportunities and challenges linked to digital advances in the food economy.
As the Trump administration’s dangerous deregulatory agenda leads us closer to climate catastrophe, cities, counties and businesses are stepping up to address the crisis.
Last month, Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg released their “Fulfilling America’s Pledge” plan, laying out the top climate strategies for subnational governments and businesses, at the Global Climate Action Summit.
Unfortunately, their high-profile report omitted a major solution and a big component of the climate crisis: food consumption.
.. when it comes to escaping, surviving and recovering from a natural disaster, it’s the poor who suffer the most, experts say. And with the extreme weather patterns and storms associated with climate change, the economic divide will only accelerate, they predict.
“The rich can survive well, and the poor don’t,” says Columbia University professor John Mutter, author of “The Disaster Profiteers: How Natural Disasters Make the Rich Richer and the Poor Even Poorer.”
The backlash against traditional beauty companies — and the rise of “clean” ones — might have been inevitable. As scary-sounding reports about ingredients made the rounds over the years, consumers demanded answers.
But cosmetics regulation laws in this country haven’t been meaningfully updated since 1938.
The Food and Drug Administration, contrary to what some people assume, only has minimal oversight of the beauty industry. For the most part, beauty companies regulate themselves.
But now cosmetics industry regulatory legislation that languished for years is closer than ever to becoming law.
Rising seas threaten low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide.
But projections for how high and how soon the rise will come vary wildly in part because scientists lack clarity on how fast warming oceans are melting polar ice sheets. The uncertainty confounds the preparations of governments and businesses and fuels the arguments of climate-change skeptics.
The Canadian government limits the amount of dairy that farmers produce, sets the prices, and blocks most imports. There’s a big upside to Canada’s cow-based command economy, however: The stable dairy prices keep the industry consistently profitable and allow small farmers to thrive.
America does things differently. Whereas Canada limits supply, the US encourages a bounty of dairy. It’s a land of milky excess: fried butter balls, $0.99 milkshakes, four-cheese pizzas, and iced mocha Frappuccinos.
A place where the people of certain Midwestern states competitively sculpt butter. Though US consumers clearly relish dairy, for farmers and processors, the dairy surplus has its drawbacks.