From toxic fire retardants in popular nail polishes to the brutal treatment of alligators that are skinned to make Hermès Birkin bags, here are seven stories that eroded our faith in humanity. Above, three years after a horrific factory fire in Bangladesh claimed the lives of 112 garment workers and injured hundreds more, Walmart has to date “refused” to pledge any money to aid those affected, according to labor-rights groups. (Read More)
Morocco has postponed without explanation the inauguration of Noor-1, a solar power plant due to open Sunday in Ouarzazate, part of what will eventually be the world’s largest solar power production facility. When asked by AFP, the communications agency that organised the inauguration on behalf of Moroccan solar energy agency Masen gave no reasons for the last-minute delay. (Read More)
California’s ongiong drought is teaching us all what climate disruption might look like in the very near future, perhaps in our own counties and towns. A recent US Government Accountability Office study reported that water managers in 40 of 50 states were expecting water shortages in the next decade. As more of us wake up to the reality that we cannot continue to squander this precious resource, we’ve started looking for additional ways to trim our water “footprints.” (Read More)
The crowd is his element, as the air is that of birds and water of fishes. His passion and his profession are to become one flesh with the crowd. For the perfect flaneur, for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite. (Read More)
A research paper published today in Nature Climate Change predicts widespread death of needle leaf evergreen trees (NET) within the Southwest United States by the year 2100 under projected global warming scenarios. The research team that conducted the study, which includes University of Delaware’s Sara Rauscher, considered both field results and a range of validated regional predictions and global simulation models of varying complexity, in reaching this grim conclusion. (Read More)
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