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Climate change, COVID-19 stoke wildfire’s economic risk, Fed says

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FILE PHOTO: An inmate hand crew, wearing orange, uses chain saws and hand tools to cut a line through vegetation that is reddened by fire retardant on one side and charred by fire on the other at a wildfire dubbed the Cave Fire, burning in the hills of Santa Barbara, California, U.S., November 26, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew(Reuters) – Wildfires threaten the economy of the western United States to a greater extent than the rest of the country, and the coronavirus pandemic and climate change will only make that worse, according to research from the San Francisco Fed on Monday. Some 52% of economic output in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington originates in counties with elevated wildfire hazard, putting the economies of the region in jeopardy as wildfires become more frequent and more destructive, the researchers found. By 2040 that proportion will have risen to 56%, they estimate. By comparison, about 25% to 30% of the Southeast’s economy faces elevated wildfire risk. The states together account for a bit more than one-fifth of U.S. economic output. “The portion of real output produced in (the counties of these states) with elevated exposure increases from $2.1 trillion in 2018 to $4.0 trillion in 2040 in the …

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How much weight can you lose in a month? Safety and tips

how much weight can you lose in a month? safety and tips

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A person may be able to lose roughly 4–8 pounds (lb) in a month. Reaching and maintaining a moderate weight can play an important role in preventing various diseases, including coronary heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who lose weight slowly and steadily have a better chance of maintaining a moderate weight.With exercise and nutrition changes, a person can expect to lose weight. Exactly how much weight a person can lose, though, depends on many factors. This article gives tips on how to lose weight safely, including dietary factors to avoid and exercise guidelines.The CDC state that a person can safely and effectively lose about 1–2 lb a week. Based on those numbers, in a month, a person could safely lose 4–8 lb.However, these are just estimates. The American Heart Association (AHA) advise people to take a measured approach to their goals. They recommend that people start by:assessing their general fitness leveltalking to a doctor about how any underlying conditions may affect their exercise or dietfiguring out what activities they enjoy doingsetting measurable goalsThe AHA also state that if weight loss is a goal, a person should talk to a …

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Insights into climate change during origin of dinosaurs

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A dinosaur-like reptile leaves muddy footprints along the shoreline of a lake during a rainstorm some 234 million years ago in northwestern Argentina. Credit: Jorge Gonzalez/NHMU

The Triassic Period, about 252 to 201 million years ago, was a time of volatile change, particularly during an interval known as the Carnian (about 237 to 227 million years ago). Three dramatic events occurred on Earth: the first dinosaurs appeared, gigantic volcanic eruptions called the Wrangellia large igneous province spewed out greenhouse gasses and the climate suddenly shifted to warmer, more humid conditions that scientists call the Carnian Pluvial Episode (CPE).

Recent work suggests that the Wrangellia eruptions caused the CPE, and that the resulting climate change may have spurred the early diversification of dinosaurs. But the lack of precise absolute dates for many Carnian sediments makes comparisons difficult. Additionally, few detailed paleoclimatic data exist for many regions outside of Europe, making it unclear whether the CPE was truly a global climate event or conclusively linking it to dinosaur diversification.
In a new study in the journal Gondwana Research, an international group led by Adriana Mancuso, a National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) researcher at the Instituto Argentino de Nivología, Glaciología y Ciencias Ambientales in Mendoza, …

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Your View by Rodale Institute CEO: Organic foods can help prevent lifestyle diseases

your view by rodale institute ceo: organic foods can help prevent lifestyle diseases

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The path towards change can be found in Regenerative Healthcare. At Rodale Institute, our research has shown not only that organic can feed the world, but that it can feed the world’s families more nutrient-dense food, full of natural antioxidants and phytonutrients that can prevent, suspend, and even reverse the most wide-spread of lifestyle diseases.

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Consumer concerns about climate change rising, despite C-19

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Clean energy efforts and climate action by residential consumers and businesses are poised to accelerate despite economic downturn, according to the results of a survey conducted by consulting firm Deloitte.

The study is based on survey data collected from 1,531 residential consumers and 602 business decision-makers.

Nearly 6 in 10 businesses surveyed feel increased pressure to disclose climate risks. Nine in 10 of these businesses have reviewed or changed their disclosure procedures and developed plans to address those risks.

Consumer concern about climate change is rising, but looking to others to solve.

At the same, 53% of surveyed residential consumers feel it’s extremely or very important that part of their electricity supply comes from renewable energy.

Sixty-five percent of residential consumers surveyed saw greater renewable energy development boosting the national economy, the highest level since 2014.

Up to 68% of residential consumers surveyed said they were “extremely or very concerned” about climate change and their personal carbon footprint

Key findings in Deloitte’s 2020 Resources Study: Energy Management: Paused by Pandemic, but Poised to Prevail, include:

While the benefits of clean energy are clear, most consumers (80%) surveyed expect others, such as the government and corporations, to address climate change issues. And about a third of …

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For Effective Climate Change Activism, Focus on Supply

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Wetter and warmer weather is a wake-up call to fight climate change in NJ | Opinion

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Michele S. Byers Does New Jersey seem rainier than usual? Are the winters milder? How about high tide flooding at the shore?It’s not your imagination. According to a new report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, increased rainfall, warmer temperatures and more coastal flooding are all happening right now due to a changing climate.The Scientific Report on Climate Change is the state’s comprehensive effort to gather the latest and most reliable information on the current and anticipated impacts of climate change.“Many of the impacts of climate change are already familiar to New Jerseyans, including increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense storms,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe. “As our climate continues to change, it is urgent that New Jerseyans understand what future impacts are likely to occur, and when.” Here are some key findings:New Jersey’s average temperature is already 3.5 degrees higher than the first records from 1895. Continued warming at historically unprecedented levels is projected, with the state’s average annual temperature expected to rise another 4.1 to 5.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.Annual rainfall in New Jersey is expected to increase 7 to 11 percent by 2050, and it could …

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Turning the Tide: ‘Is there a reason to avoid carbs and adopt a ketogenic diet?’ – South Coast Herald

turning the tide: ‘is there a reason to avoid carbs and adopt a ketogenic diet?’ – south coast herald

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Over the last 9 articles we have talked about the role of fibre in feeding a healthy microbiome which is so vital in supporting many important functions of our body. This stretches from our immunity (particularly relevant in the current pandemic), through to preventing or moderating obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, auto-immune disease, and even neuro-psychiatric conditions, such as depression, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and autism-spectrum disorder.
This week we are going to tackle the controversy about wheat and gluten intolerance, and if this is a reason to avoid carbohydrates and adopt a ketogenic diet.
ALSO READ: Turning the Tide – how much fibre have YOU eaten today?
Some years ago (2011) Dr William Davis, a cardiologist and self-styled health crusader started a movement against wheat, and wheat products through his many books around the theme “Wheat Belly”.  He has a strong following and certainly done very well for himself from the promotion of his programme and many books.  But is this based on good sound science?
Another doctor, David Perlmutter, (neurologist – come functional medicine specialist), wrote the book “Grain Brain”, and has a similar following of anti-wheat, and anti-grain supporters.  I must admit I have quoted some of his theories …

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How fighting climate change could tackle Australia’s job crisis

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With Australia’s coal-fired power stations set to close in the next two to three decades, Australia has the potential and opportunity to become a renewable energy superpower. But this depends in no small degree on the financial support and backing of business

Increased collaboration between business and local communities would help create employment opportunities, modernise infrastructure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a panel of experts recently speaking as part of the Future-Proofing Business Series hosted by UNSW Business School’s Responsible Business Program. 

The speakers included Ursula Hogben, Co-Founder and Company Secretary at Zero Emissions Sydney North, Dr Jennifer Kent from City of Sydney Council, Dr Paul Twomey, Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets UNSW Sydney, and Peter Sheldon, Professor in the School of Management and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Centre at UNSW Business School. 

The panel discussed three ways businesses can take the lead in managing climate risk in the short and long term, supporting local communities to create a better future for all.  

1. Support community-led initiatives 

Dr Kent said businesses need to look at flattening the ‘unsustainability curve’ – the acceleration of unsustainable practices around the world, and the existential challenges faced as a result. 

Communities …

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Climate change is toppling tree frogs from rainforest canopies

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When Ed Basham was a kid in Saffron Walden, England, he spent hours fishing frogs out of the pond behind his house, collecting them in a cardboard box.
“I didn’t even know what science was,” said Basham. “But that’s what I wanted to do – count the frogs in this pond. I always wondered if I could get a job where I could climb trees and count frogs.”
It turns out, some childhood dreams really do come true.
After honing his tree-climbing skills in England with Mercer Tree Services, a company that bundles branches to re-enforce riverbanks against erosion, Basham is now a self-proclaimed “pseudo-Tarzan” and a PhD student at the University of Florida. He travels to far-flung destinations like Panama, Costa Rica and Madagascar, where he collects data on tropical tree frog biodiversity while hanging from a rope 90 feet up in the canopy.
Ed Basham climbs a tropical tree to look for frogs  Edmund Basham 
Basham and his adviser, Brett Scheffers, are worried that tree frog biodiversity might be declining in certain areas of tropical forests in line with a phenomenon called “lowland biotic attrition,” a global pattern of animals moving to higher elevations to escape warming temperatures related to …

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