BlackRock’s $400m Stake in Amazon Meatpackers Defies Sustainability Cred

by Fernanda Wenzel, Pedro Papini, and Naira Hofmeister / Mongabay Wall Street fund manager BlackRock administers 2.2 billion reais ($408 million) in shares in the three largest Brazilian meatpackers operating in the Amazon today. The cattle purchase and slaughter operations of JBS, Marfrig and Minerva involve 6.9 million hectares (17 million acres) of land at […]

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Triple Crisis in the Anthropocene Ocean Part One: Corrosive Seas

by Ian Angus / Climate & Capitalism Introduction. It is impossible to overstate the importance of the ocean to life on Earth. Covering 71% of the planet’s surface, it contains 97% of the world’s surface water and is central to the great biogeochemical cycles that define the biosphere and make life possible. Marine plants generate half […]

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Fires Surge in the Amazon as Deforestation Slows

by Rhett Butler / Mongabay Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon was more than 20 percent lower for the second straight month relative to the prior year according to data released today by Brazil’s national space research institute INPE. But forest loss in the world’s largest rainforest remains well above the average of the past decade. […]

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Unprecedented Fire Ravages California, Oregon, and Washington

from NY Times Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State have killed seven people, with fears more have died in towns destroyed throughout the West. Oregon is approaching 900,000 acres burned across the state, Gov. Kate Brown said. In the past 10 years, the state has seen an average of 500,000 acres burned every year. […]

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Around the World, a Fire Crisis Flares Up, Fueled By Human Actions

by Liz Kimbrough / Mongabay There have been more fires alerts around the world this year than last year, spelling dire consequences for health, biodiversity, and the economy — and human actions are mostly to blame. “The world witnessed the devastating consequences of the fires last year, from billions of wildlife lost and people losing […]

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Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash

Photovoltaic panels are a boon for clean energy but are tricky to recycle. As the oldest ones expire, get ready for a solar e-waste glut. by Maddie Stone/Grist Solar panels are complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives—and right now, most of the world […]

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