OH Digest: Animal-protection measures, record heat in Alaska, and more

OH Digest: Animal-protection measures, record heat in Alaska, and more

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.

OH Digest: One state’s pollution plan, dog diseases linked to climate change, and more

OH Digest: One state’s pollution plan, dog diseases linked to climate change, and more

New York aims to create a “net-zero” carbon economy by 2050, one in which carbon emissions are completely offset with carbon removal. (Photo credit: Pixabay/JuergenPM)

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: New York to approve one of the world’s most ambitious climate plans
The New York Times, June 18, 2019
By 2050, New York’s pollution levels will be 85% below what they were in 1990, according to the newly minted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The other 15% will be offset, potentially by atmospheric CO2 removal, bringing New York’s carbon footprint down to zero.

Changing your meat-eating habits could mean a longer life, study suggests
CNN, June 13, 2019
Eating more red meat can be linked to a higher risk of early death, according to research published in medical journal BMJ. The study’s senior author says that swapping out red meat for fish, nuts, and poultry can mediate that risk.

How Argentina is saving one of Earth’s most remote places
National Geographic, June 13, 2019
Eric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and advocate for ocean protection, documents his journey to the edge of Tierra del Fuego. Findings from his trip spurred the Argentine government to create a marine park in that region of the ocean.

Climate change could threaten dogs with diseases pushing into new parts of the USA
USA Today, June 15, 2019
Dog ailments such as heartworm disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme disease are spreading across the U.S., and experts postulate that climate change may be contributing to this distribution.

Ammonia pollution damaging more than 60% of UK land–report
The Guardian, June 18, 2019
Ammonia and nitrogen pollution, originating mainly from farmland, is significantly affecting local wildlife in the United Kingdom, according to a government report. Studies suggest that the most sensitive areas are being overloaded the most with pollutants.