Meat-lovers beware, you may just be causing the demise of the planet.
According to British economist and top global warming guru Lord Stern of Brentford, going veggie is the new way to go green.
Sure, riding your bike to work and cutting carbon emissions works, too, but it turns out meat production is more to blame for climate change than the transportation industry.
The best way to save the plant is to give up meat, former World Bank chief economist Lord Stern told UK’s The Times
When Salahuddin Siregar started filming two farming families in a village on the edge of the Mount Merbabu forest in Central Java, he just wanted to document their daily lives.What he ended up with was “Negeri di Bawah Kabut” “The Land Beneath the Fog”, a documentary that examines the impact of climate change on the lives of real people trying to make a living and survive.“It started because I just wanted to make a documentary about their daily lives, as I had been living in [nearby] Yogyakarta for two years,” said the 33-year-old filmmaker.
Taking the Earth’s pulse: UBC scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index « UBC Public Affairs
“Singapore ranks worst out of 150 countries in terms of its environmental impact…
This is not very encouraging… But why is it so? Is it our cars, bags, shoe collecting obsession or our oil refineries that tip the scale?”
A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall ‘health’ of 150 countries around the world.
Encompassing both economic and ecological security, high-income countries were ranked among the least healthy overall. Many countries in South America performed well, offering future generations better financial, food, water, and energy security.
The top five performing countries are Bolivia, Angola, Namibia, Paraguay, and Argentina, while the bottom five performers are Jordan, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Kuwait, and Singapore.
Abuse of the environment has created an ‘absolutely unprecedented’ emergency, say Blue Planet prizewinners.
Celebrated scientists and development thinkers today warn that civilisation is faced with a perfect storm of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption and environmentally malign technologies.
The World Meteorological Organization reported that globally, 2010 was the hottest year on record. Nine of the ten hottest years ever recorded were in the first decade of this century.
The Earth is warming very fast – the Arctic ice sheet has never been as thin as it is this winter. And the impact is very real: Russia experienced an extreme heat wave in the summer of 2010, massive flooding devastated Pakistan, and extreme floods also hit China and Colombia.
There are many climate sceptics, but I think some of what is being published is frankly irresponsible. The very large majority of scientists are telling us that climate change is very real – and that the cause is greenhouse gas emissions from people’s actions. There are very few doubters amongst scientists.
via Thanh Nien Daily
If you are in the region and believe that businesses can drive action for the environment, this may be an great event to attend. See you there! Nadya
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia
27 – 29 April 2011
B4E, Business for the Environment, is the world’s leading international conference for dialogue and business-driven action for the environment. Held in partnership with WWF and Global Initiatives, the Summit offers collaborative solutions to address the most urgent environmental and climate issues facing the world today.
Leaders from business, NGOs, international agencies and governments gather to discuss green investments, clean technologies and sustainable growth strategies. At the B4E Summit, delegates share and explore transformative solutions to tackle climate change and to protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems. Partnerships are formed and commitments are made to accelerate the shift towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future.
via B4E Summit.
Most of China’s wheat-growing areas in the north are suffering from drought with some seeing no rain for more than three months while the second most important wheat province of Shandong is facing its worst drought in a century