New WWF report says plant-based diets could help conserve and restore nature

October 12, 2020 by  
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On Friday, October 9, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report detailing how the world can meet the nutritional needs of everybody without destroying our planet. The report, which mainly focuses on plant-based diets , explores the possibility of feeding the entire world while conserving nature and restoring the lost beauty of Earth. Titled The Restorative Power of Planet-Based Diets , the report explores the power of reducing meat and dairy intake in favor of plants. It also takes a specific focus on certain geographical reasons and offers custom solutions based on each country. Although the report has been prepared with a global focus, special attention is given to the U.S. , as it is one of the most-polluting countries due to lifestyle and food choices. The report tries to explore some ways that the U.S. can change its food intake to do its part in preserving the planet. Related: The best sources for plant-based protein “The U.S. food system is one of the most important levers we have for solving climate and biodiversity crises, and what we eat and how much we consume matters. Even simple changes to our diets, like eating in line with National Dietary Guidelines, would take us a long way toward positive outcomes for both human health and the environment,” said Melissa D. Ho, senior vice president of freshwater and food for WWF. “If you can combine these efforts with others — a shift to regenerative and resilient agricultural systems, a less wasteful supply chain, and policies that incentivize producing food with human nutrition and planetary-health at the forefront — we will see positive impacts for people and the planet at a global scale.” WWF has also released an online tool to help users estimate the impact their dietary changes could have globally. According to Brent Loken, global food lead scientist at WWF, the current world population is becoming a burden on our limited resources. But Loken believes it is possible to feed the entire world without jeopardizing our ecosystems. “Taking a look at our food system today and seeing hunger, inequity, and environmental devastation, you might think it’s simply impossible to feed 8-10 billion people without destroying the planet,” Loken explained. “But that’s not the case; in fact, the opposite is true. Not only can we feed the entire population of Earth, we can do it in a way that improves human health globally and allows nature to recover from the damage we’ve caused.” + WWF Image via Rita E.

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UK plans to be powered entirely by offshore wind turbines by 2030

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U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson has affirmed government plans to ensure that the entire country is powered by offshore wind energy by 2030. Speaking at a virtual conservative party meeting, he reiterated his promise, saying that renewable energy will be used to power all homes in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales by the end of the decade. “Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle , the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands,” Johnson said. Related: One-quarter of UK mammals face threat of extinction To fulfill this ambitious plan, the U.K. government will be required to generate at least 40GW of energy with its offshore wind turbines. In 2019, the government had committed to generating 30GW via wind energy. Johnson promised to increase that to 40GW following a party victory in December 2019 elections. While the plan to generate 100% green energy for the U.K. is positive news, the project faces various challenges. The pandemic has caused financial difficulties, but Johnson assured conference viewers that the government will invest £160 million ($207 million) to develop improved turbines to meet the goal. Johnson said the government will also deploy floating turbines to generate at least 1GW of offshore wind energy . “The government has raised the ambition for offshore wind and renewables , and our industry is ready to meet the challenge,” Hugh McNeal, CEO of trade association RenewableUK, said. According to an analysis done by Aurora Energy Research , almost £50 billion ($64.8 billion) will be required to generate 40GW of wind energy. The U.K. currently has about 10GW of offshore wind power. The analysis also shows that the government will have to install an average of 260 turbines per year over five years to meet the target. Via Engadget Image via Thomas G.

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The global economy depends on clean air

April 28, 2020 by  
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To repair our economy and ensure its resilience, we can — and we must — solve for public and planetary health at the same time.

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As COVID-19 and nature are linked, so should be the recovery

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It’s no coincidence that new diseases have risen as more ecosystems have vanished.

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Rethinking the Trillion Trees Act could help the US economy

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Coronavirus has caused unemployment to skyrocket. Tree restoration could be a cost-effective way to put Americans back to work.

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Crops could face double trouble from insects and a warming climate

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Watch the very hungry caterpillar.

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Tiny nano motors could scrub our oceans clean of CO2 pollution

October 1, 2015 by  
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Tiny nanomotors could help scrub oceans clean of carbon dioxide pollution. Scientists at the University of California in San Diego have developed a system of nano machines that remove CO2 as they pass through water. If successful, the nano machines could slow down climate change while promoting greater ocean health at the same time. Read the rest of Tiny nano motors could scrub our oceans clean of CO2 pollution

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