Effects of COVID-19 lead to increased deaths of Florida manatees

July 1, 2020 by  
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While many species are enjoying a break from humans during the pandemic, Florida’s manatee death rate is up this year. Increased boating activity, rollbacks on emission caps and delays in environmental improvements all put these defenseless giants in the crosshairs. “There are several troubling factors coming together during the pandemic,” Patrick Rose, an aquatic biologist and executive director of the nonprofit Save the Manatee Club , told The Guardian . “Manatees were already facing accelerated habitat loss, rising fatalities from boat collisions and less regulatory protection. With COVID, we’re seeing manatees at an increased risk, both from policies that undermine environmental standards and from irresponsible outdoor activity, such as boaters ignoring slow-speed zones.” Related: Conservationists in Florida are making the ultimate effort to protect manatees from tourism Now with pandemic-related problems, manatee deaths were up almost 20% for April through May compared with 2019 figures. June exceeded the five-year death average. However, officials haven’t been able to establish causes for all manatee deaths because the Fish & Wildlife Commission isn’t doing necropsy — the word for “autopsy” when performed on animals — during the pandemic . Some manatees have undoubtedly been killed or injured by boat collisions. According to Rose, boat ramps remained open in March when other recreational options closed, leading to an uptick in dangerous boating activity. Slow-moving manatees often fail to get out of the way of boats. Injuries are so frequent that researchers tell the animals apart by their scar patterns. Regulatory changes also threaten manatee habitats. The marine mammals, which are most closely related to elephants, will reap the consequences of the EPA’s decision to suspend water and air pollution monitoring requirements during the pandemic. COVID-19 is also delaying environmental initiatives. In-person meetings have been postponed, including talks about providing more warm-water manatee habitat by breaching the Ocklawaha River dam. “We’ve lost tens of thousands of acres of seagrass over the past decade,” Rose said. “The power plants, which currently supply artificial warm water , will also be closing in the coming years, making our fight to protect natural warm springs habitat all the more critical.” Via The Guardian Image via Pixabay

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Ecolab’s Emilio Tenuta and Dow’s Mary Draves on their strategic partnership

March 2, 2020 by  
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Emilio Tenuta, Ecolab’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, and Mary Draves, Dow’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, joined GreenBiz Editorial Director at GreenBiz Studio to discuss their partnership. Tenuta says that Ecolab has been working on what it called “strategic supplier initiative” that allows them to identify suppliers that enable them to bring sustainable solutions to the market. Dow is among those suppliers.

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Kyle Rudzinski, director of sustainability strategy at Levi Strauss & Co. on cutting fashion’s emissions

November 5, 2018 by  
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Levi Strauss & Co. recently announced its big push to cut emissions and improve material reuse. Redesigning clothing and a large global company for a more positive environmental impact at the same time aren’t easy tasks. But Kyle Rudzinski, director of sustainability strategy at Levi Strauss & Co., is optimistic. He sat down with John Davies, senior vice president at GreenBiz, to discuss his approach.

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How business can bolster the Paris Agreement

November 9, 2017 by  
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An interview with David McCauley, senior vice president of Policy and Government Affairs at WWF.

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How science-based targets guide Walmart’s sustainability course

May 23, 2017 by  
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Walmart is the first retailer to sign up for approved science-based targets around emissions reductions, says Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Stores. “We are committing to reducing emissions by 18 percent by 2025 in our operations,” she says, a level of rigor that “has pushed us to be more creative.”

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“Pink Slime” Company Hits ABC News with $1.2 Billion Defamation Suit

September 15, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Beef Products Inc., a South Dakota beef producer that produces what the industry calls “lean, finely textured beef” — a substance the rest of the world has take to calling “pink slime” — filed a $1.2 billion (yes, that’s with a “B”) lawsuit against ABC News for ”roughly 200 “false and misleading and defamatory” statements. Pink slime is a product that’s made from beef trimmings that are treated with ammonium hydroxide and that is commonly found in pre-made burgers. “The lawsuit is without merit,” said ABC News Senior Vice President Jeffrey Schneider in a statement. ”We will contest it vigorously.” Read the rest of “Pink Slime” Company Hits ABC News with $1.2 Billion Defamation Suit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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