In California, a bill is in the works that would make mink shawls and authentic fur-trimmed coats a think of the past.

By Gina Vitale
Our weekly round-up of news stories about human, animal, and environmental health, from within our community and around the world.
FEATURED: States across U.S. are taking bold steps toward protecting animals
National Geographic, July 10, 2019
As California moves forward on a bill to ban fur sales, New York is close to outlaw the procedure of declawing cats. California and Nevada have both outlawed the sale of animal-tested cosmetics, and the same ban in Illinois is just waiting for the governor’s signature.

The 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change will experience population booms in the coming decades
TIME, July 11, 2019
Madagascar, Burundi, and Liberia are among the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change, places also forecasted to see population growth through 2100. Some are projected to see their populations double.

Antarctica’s ice is degrading faster than we thought, and there may be no way to stop the consequences
CNN, July 10, 2019
The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is at a greater risk of being unstable than scientists were aware of before a new study by the Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA JPL and the University of Washington.

Global heating: London to have climate similar to Barcelona by 2050
The Guardian, July 10, 2019
In just three decades, the climate in cities like Madrid, Stockholm, and London will match that of those closer to the equator. In a study of 520 major cities, nearly eight in 10 were projected to see dramatic changes. The heat increase may lead to water shortages. In the worst case, the glacier’s melting could result in a two or three feet rise in sea level, but it may not come into effect for 200 to 600 years.

Record heat in Alaska fuels wildfires
High Country News, July 9, 2019
This Independence Day, Anchorage hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in history. Summer wildfires aren’t unusual in Alaska, but there almost 120 fired that still hadn’t been contained as of this article’s publication.