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    Daily Digest 10/11 – Good News Friday: Turning Waste Into Energy, Unilever To Reduce Plastic Packaging Use By 2025

    by Daily Digest

    Friday, October 11, 2019, 6:31 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


McConnell, Decried As ‘Moscow Mitch,’ Approves Election Security Money (Jen H.)

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to add $250 million for election security after having held up earlier legislation.

The money will be used by the federal government and the states, he said, and in a way that McConnell argues is appropriate for the federal system and without unreasonable new mandates from Congress.

Scientists hope to digitally unravel scrolls charred by Vesuvius with light 10 billion times brighter than the sun (tmn)

The scrolls remained buried in a villa in Herculaneum, believed to be associated with Julius Caesar’s family, until they were re-discovered in 1752. After being charred in the eruption, unpacking the scrolls’ secrets has proven fleeting.

Attempting to physically unroll the scrolls might ruin them.

Nine Latin American Countries Have Set Goal for 70% Renewable Energy—More Than Twice the European Union (Thomas R.)

With the EU only maintaining a goal for 32% energy, Suarez says that Latin American legislators made the announcement for their ambitious new initiative with the intention of putting themselves at the forefront of the international fight against the climate crisis with the UN climate change summit taking place in Chile in December.

New Power Plant Turns Waste into Energy—and Doubles as a Ski Slope and Climbing Wall (Thomas R.)

A hybrid between a building and a landscape, the huge glass and mirrored structure contains planters covering the façade in a checkerboard pattern that might one day give the illusion of a green mountain from every direction.

Unilever Vows To Reduce Plastic Packaging Use By 2025 (Thomas R.)

“One [way] is making sure they’re doing public disclosure of all the data and progress so they’re not just telling Greenpeace and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, but they’re going to be telling the public what their progress looks like, and being transparent about their plastics use in a much more open way than they have been historically,” Graham Forbes, Global Plastics Project Leader at Greenpeace, said.

The 24 Highest Calorie Vegetables for Your Survival Garden (Thomas R.)

There has been a trend for years in the nutrition industry to push us more and more towards vegetarianism. The idea of living off of nothing but vegetables probably appeals to people like this, but that doesn’t necessarily make it right. While vegetables may be great for providing us with a variety of necessary micronutrients, they aren’t known for providing a lot of calories. That’s why people on diets tend to eat a lot of salads and other green leafy vegetables.

Paris Has Opened Its First Green Cemetery (Sparky1)

In order to meet the green-burial standards, elements used in burials will have to be biodegradable. Coffins and urns must be made of cardboard or unvarnished, locally-sourced wood. The deceased must forego chemical conservation (embalming) techniques and should be buried wearing clothes made of natural fibers. Traditional gravestones will be replaced with “discreet” wooden markers, according to the city.

U.S. Contributes to $100 Million Public-Private Partnership to Preserve Wetlands and Waterfowl (Thomas R.)

Wetland areas constitute one of the most important and also fragile ecosystems in the nation and the world. They’re home to a panoply of specialized plants that act as a buffer between storm surges and property, they help to prevent soil erosion, and provide nesting and feeding habitat for hundreds of waterbird species.

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  • Fri, Oct 11, 2019 - 11:11am



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    Extinction Rebellion



    These demands only represent XR US. They are still in the process of development.


    That the Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, it must reverse all policies not in alignment with that position and must work alongside the media to communicate the urgency for change including what individuals, communities and businesses need to do.


    The Government must enact legally-binding policies to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and take further action to remove the excess of atmospheric greenhouse gases. It must cooperate internationally so that the global economy runs on no more than half a planet’s worth of resources per year.


    We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve these changes and we do not intend to hand further power to our politicians. Instead we demand a Citizens’ Assembly to oversee the changes, as we rise from the wreckage, creating a democracy fit for purpose.


    We demand a just transition that prioritizes the most vulnerable people and indigenous sovereignty; establishes reparations and remediation led by and for Black people, Indigenous people, people of color and poor communities for years of environmental injustice, establishes legal rights for ecosystems to thrive and regenerate in perpetuity, and repairs the effects of ongoing ecocide to prevent extinction of human and all species, in order to maintain a livable, just planet for all.


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  • Fri, Oct 11, 2019 - 3:19pm



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    Greta is popular because of white supremacy


    Organizers say millions of youth around the world have joined the Fridays for Future student walkouts to protest climate change. They have hailed its founder, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden, who is currently on a North American tour to join protests and speak out on the alleged emergency facing the world, including at the United Nations last month.

    And while Thunberg has been careful to cater to indigenous groups and their activist supporters – she has claimed some protests are taking place on indigenous land – many are now turning on her, claiming that she is getting attention because she is white and that support for her is proof that white supremacy and white privilege are alive and well.

    “Y’all need to ask yourselves why you find it so much easier to hear from white people, regardless of age, when it comes to the violence they have caused across the world,” No White Saviours tweeted.

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  • Sat, Oct 12, 2019 - 2:56am


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    extinction rebellion

    I wonder what the Extinction Rebellion plans to do about China?

    I encourage them to go to Beijing and start their protests there.  That is, after all, where most of the carbon is coming from.

    For some reason, I suspect they won't do this.  Mainly because they might just be turned into a collective organ bank as a reward for their efforts.


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  • Sat, Oct 12, 2019 - 7:46am



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    Extinction Rebellion

    Reader comment on Naked Capitalism yesterday regarding XR:

    Yeah, well it’s exactly what the “radical action” part will be that is of concern. It’s all fun and games marching in the street now. When the ‘woke’ realize the population is too large to support without fossil fuels, what then?

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