New Zealand Passes Zero Carbon Bill

Leaders provide a model that others can copy and improve upon. Finally, one nation has formally passed a zero-carbon bill that will, by law, move its population into a sustainable lifestyle.  Here’s an article reporting about that law and some of its spin-offs. If you’ve visited New Zealand, you know that it’s beautiful, and that their people value the beauty and richness of their environment.  They live with Earth, yet sacrifice nothing in terms of their lifestyle.

Then … I’ll add suggestions about what we can do if our country has no such “official legislation.”

•      •      •      •     •      •      •      •

Ardern says New Zealand on ‘right side of history’ as MPs pass zero-carbon bill

 

Centre-right opposition National party throws support behind the legislation that has been applauded around the globe

 

Eleanor Ainge Roy in Auckland

 @EleanorAingeRoy

The Guardian

7 Nov 2019

 

Jacinda Ardern’s landmark climate legislation has passed in New Zealand parliament, with historic cross-party support, committing the nation to reduce its carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris climate accords.… Keep reading

Climate Change & Food Production

Getting down to basics, with regard to “food, clothing & shelter” food is clearly most essential. Most of us in the U.S. cannot even imagine empty shelves at supermarkets – unless a major storm is approaching.  Even then, we assume the shelves will be immediately restocked.

But what if they’re not restocked?

Crop failures are increasing globally, along with malnutrition and starvation. To think, “It’ll never happen here!” leaves us vulnerable; new crops can’t be produced in a few days.  Food shortages may never happen here, but to ignore the potential and not make sensible adjustments is foolish.… Keep reading

Cancer & Diet

“Sustainable Living” does need to include “good health.” Here’s a research report that provides specific guidelines that can help improve your health.

•      •      •      •     •      •      •      •

Thousands of cancer diagnoses tied to a poor diet, study finds

 

Jacqueline Howard

CNN

May 22nd, 2019

 

NEW YORK (CNN) — Your diet may have more impact on your cancer risk than you might think, a new study has found.

An estimated 80,110 new cancer cases among adults 20 and older in the United States in 2015 were attributable simply to eating a poor diet, according to the study, published in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum on Wednesday.… Keep reading

Consumer-Driven Change

Here are two articles that report changes in how we power our homes and cars … changes that are already happening.  As you’ll learn, none of these changes are initiated by political leaders of any party.  Just as availability of healthier organic foods has been driven by consumer demand, change to a sustainable world is going to have to come from consumers, like us.

Beginning with our overall global energy supply …

•      •      •      •     •      •      •      •

Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – report

 

Energy agency says solar power will drive

faster than forecast growth in renewables

 

Jillian Ambrose

The Guardian

21 Oct 2019

 

Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.… Keep reading

Ocean Waters Boiling with Methane

Here’s a discovery by an international team of scientists that’s given me serious pause. Being an alarmist doesn’t solve problems.  And ignoring “potential problems” certainly doesn’t solve them … if they prove to be real.  But preventive medicine has consistently proven to be worthwhile.

•      •      •      •     •      •      •      •

‘This is truly terrifying’:

Scientists discover ocean waters ‘boiling with methane’ in Arctic

 

October 10, 2019

Common Dreams

 

Scientists studying the consequences of methane emissions from underwater permafrost in the Arctic Ocean announced this week that they found a 50-square-foot area of the East Siberian Sea “boiling with methane bubbles.”

 

“This is the most powerful seep I

have ever been able to observe,”

 

lead scientist Igor Semiletov said Monday, using a term for methane gas bubbling up from the seafloor to the surface.… Keep reading