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    Daily Digest 11/24 — More Bad News for Meat; Texas Imagines Renewable Energy Bitcoin Mines

    by Jeanne

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 10:50 AM

Energy

This Houston tech company wants to build renewable energy-run bitcoin mines across Texas

Houston-based tech company Lancium announced Tuesday it raised $150 million to build bitcoin mines across Texas that will run on renewable energy.

Energy Secretary Slams Big Oil’s ‘Enormous Profits’ as Travelers Face Sticker Shock

As gasoline prices have soared to $1.30 more per gallon on average compared to last year, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm criticized the American oil industry Tuesday for continuing to rake in millions in profits.

Environment

WSP and Partners Complete Largest Environmental Restoration Project in U.S. History

On Friday, Nov. 19, the South Florida Water Management District marked the completion of the C-44 Reservoir/Stormwater Treatment Area (STA), a 6,300-acre man-made wetland area designed to restore, protect and preserve water resources in the region.

The Deception Continues As Companies Hide Behind Fake Environmental Promises

Global Witness, Greenpeace, and Earthworks filed a false advertising complaint against Chevron earlier this year with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which enforces rules against deceptive ads. The environmental groups said that, despite Chevron’s ads boasting of its investment in renewable energy, the company spent just 0.2% of its annual capital expenditure budget — roughly $26 million a year — on ecologically-sound energy sources.

Health

The health impact of the global meat trade

Over the past 2 decades, the global trade in red and processed meat has more than doubled, from 10 million tonnes in 1993–1995 to 24.8 million tonnes in 2016–2018. The authors of a new study, which appears in BMJ Global Health, point out that producing red meat for export has environmental costs in terms of lost habitats and biodiversity and harms consumers’ health.

Wildfire smoke linked to 17% increase in Covid cases

Exposure to wildfire smoke is linked to an increased risk of contracting Covid-19, according to a study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 

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