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Composted reads for the 2nd week of June

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The White House memo that should have changed the world

Years before the climate crisis was part of national discourse, this 1977 memo to President Jimmy Carter predicted catastrophe

The memo’s author was Frank Press, Carter’s chief science adviser and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Press was a tall, serious, geophysicist who had grown up poor in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, and was described as “brilliant” by his colleagues. Before working with the Carter administration, he had been director of the Seismological Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, and had consulted for federal agencies including the Navy and NASA.

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Fish leather is here, it’s sustainable – and it’s made from invasive species to boot

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‘Fantastic giant tortoise’ species thought extinct for 100 years found alive

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The bad news

New data reveals extraordinary global heating in the Arctic

New data has revealed extraordinary rates of global heating in the Arctic, up to seven times faster than the global average.

The heating is occurring in the North Barents Sea, a region where fast rising temperatures are suspected to trigger increases in extreme weather in North America, Europe and Asia. The researchers said the heating in this region was an “early warning” of what could happen across the rest of the Arctic.

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Record flooding and mudslides force closure of Yellowstone national park

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Essential reads

‘Worse than half-baked’: Johnson’s food strategy fails to tackle cost or climate

Boris Johnson’s new food strategy for England contains virtually no new measures to tackle the soaring cost of food, childhood hunger, obesity or the climate emergency, a leaked version of the white paper shows.

The strategy, seen by the Guardian and due to be published on Monday, was supposed to be a groundbreaking response to recommendations from the restaurateur Henry Dimbleby, who wrote two government-commissioned reports on obesity and the environment.

Dimbleby insisted bold regulatory measures, rather than relying on educating consumers and voluntary agreements with the food industry, were needed to tackle the huge and growing market for unhealthy foods.

Dimbleby stated: “Careful livestock farming can be a boon to the environment, but our current appetite for meat is unsustainable: 85% of farmland is used to feed livestock. We need some of that land back.”

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Factory farming is turning this beautiful British river into an open sewer
George Monbiot

the Wye, which flows through Wales and England.

giant steel barns + 90 new chicken factories

Crowfoot, like mangroves in tropical seas, anchors the entire ecosystem. Any remaining life is threatened by repeated blooms (population explosions) of single-celled algae, fed by the extra nutrients in the water.


Of the 6,500 tonnes of phosphate brought into the catchment every year, over 5,000 tonnes arrives in livestock feed, almost 80% of which is for chickens. Most of it is excreted. As a result, 3,000 tonnes more phosphate than plants can absorb is dumped in the Wye catchment every year.

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Climate crisis / Sea level rise in England will force 200,000 to abandon homes – data

Sea levels around the English coast are forecast to be about 35cm higher by 2050. Added to this, foreshores are being eroded, which leads to higher waves, especially when there are storms.

The estimate of nearly 200,000 homes and businesses at risk of abandonment comes from researchers at the Tyndall Centre, in the University of East Anglia, published in the peer-review journal Oceans and Coastal Management.

Paul Sayers, the lead author of the paper, said: “Significant sea level rise is now inevitable. For many of our larger cities at the coast, protection will continue to be provided, but for some coastal communities this may not be possible. We need a serious national debate about the scale of the threat to these communities and what represents a fair and sustainable response, including how to help people to relocate.”



  1. How better animal welfare could stop millions of people dying
  2. We won’t cut meat-eating until we put the planet before profit



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  2. Thought for fuel
  3. Zero help on net zero—Washington and CEOs still miles apart on climate goals
  4. Sustainable development-goals all talk-no-action
  5. Could this be the solution to the world food crisis?
  6. Climate change mitigation
  7. Think Global, Act Local.
  8. CEOs discuss how recession fears line up with what they’re seeing on the ground
  9. Here’s why Maersk is investing so heavily in hydrogen-based clean fuels
  10. Companies can’t survive or thrive if the planet is on fire and society is in crisis
  11. Look Up! Converging Crises Confront Us All
  12. Marmolada
  13. The Vanuatu Climate Case
  14. Saving the planet: my generation must do more to support young climate activists
  15. This bus ain’t growing wings

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