Day: August 11, 2021

98% Of Emperor Penguins Could Be Extinct In 80 Years, Climate Crisis To Blame.

Emperor Penguins Could Be Extinct In 80 Years, Climate Crisis To Blame
Emperor penguin populations are at risk due to the climate emergency Credit: Adobe.

98% Of Emperor Penguins Could Be Extinct In 80 Years, Climate Crisis To Blame

Whilst the species isn’t listed as endangered under environmental law, scientists say this is the case because governments don’t want to accept responsibility for climate change…

Almost the entire population of the Emperor Penguin species will face extinction within the century, scientists warn.

Furthermore, most colonies will hurtle toward death by just 2050.

And, accelerated sea ice loss due to climate change is the cause, according to a major new study.

Emperor Penguins in danger

By 2100, a staggering 98 percent of the iconic penguin species will face being wiped out entirely, the Global Change Biology report reads. ‘Almost all’ colonies will be quasi-extinct, meaning the species is doomed for extinction even if some remain alive.

Currently, the birds – the largest of all penguins – form colonies on sea ice in Antarctica. But due to hiking greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, their lives are under threat.

“The need for legal recognition and enhanced precautionary management for emperor penguins is now urgent,” they state. This is because the threats are ‘within the foreseeable future’.

Scientists behind the study include Judy Che-Castaldo Judy, Shaye Wolf, Marika Holland, and Sara Labrousse.

Endangered Species Act

However, Emperor Penguins are not listed as an endangered species under environmental law, the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).

If they were added to the list, ‘enforceable tools’ are used to help save species, such as protecting habitats.

But the authors claim it could be unlikely that the species will be protected by the ESA because it would force governments to change the way they approach environmental issues.

In the report, they state: “ESA listing would require all US Federal agencies to evaluate and ensure that their activities do not jeopardize the species or their habitat, which could include limiting GHG emissions for species endangered by climate change.”

Animal agriculture and climate change

Creatures at risk of extinction due to climate change is the fault of many human behaviors. Experts and scientists globally state that the biggest driver of this is the meat industry.

A report published last year indicated forests burned for animal agriculture for thousands of years is one of the causes of staggering greenhouse gas emissions.

Furthermore, annual methane emissions are found to cause more global warming issues than all fossil fuel sources combined.

98% Of Emperor Penguins Could Be Extinct In 80 Years, Climate Crisis To Blame (plantbasednews.org)

Regards Mark

GROUNDBREAKING: Plant Based Food Market To Skyrocket To $162 Billion, Says Bloomberg.

GROUNDBREAKING: Plant Based Food Market To Skyrocket To $162 Billion, Says Bloomberg

A new report by Bloomberg Intelligence has found that the plant-based meat and dairy sectors are growing at an unprecedented rate

A groundbreaking new report has predicted that the plant-based food market will exceed $162 billion within the next decade. A growing preference for sustainable, healthier foods is pushing the movement.

‘Explosive growth’

Bloomberg Intelligence (BI) produced the report, called Plant-Based Foods Poised for Explosive Growth. BI provides research on more than 2,000 companies, 135 industries, and all global markets. 

The plant-based food market was valued at $29.4 billion in 2020. This means if BI’s predictions are correct, the market will soar by 451 percent. 

Major plant-based meat and dairy brands like Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Oatly are driving some of this growth. Their partnerships with restaurants, fast-food chains, and global food manufacturers are making vegan options more accessible to the masses. Additionally, the collaborations are challenging stereotypes around plant-based food.

Source: Bloomberg Intelligence, OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030, GFI 2020 State of the Industry Report
Source: Bloomberg Intelligence, OECD FAO Agricultural Outlook 2021-2030, GFI 2020 State of the Industry Report

‘Here to stay – and grow’

According to BI’s Senior Consumer Staples Analyst, Jennifer Bartashus, the meat-free movement isn’t slowing down.

“Food-related consumer habits often come and go as fads, but plant-based alternatives are here to stay – and grow,” she said.

“The expanding set of product options in the plant-based industry is contributing to plant alternatives becoming a long-term option for consumers around the world.” 

Vegan dairy, in particular, could take up 10 percent of its global market shares in the next decade. Meanwhile, BI predicts that the alternative meat market will surge from $4.2 billion to $74 billion in the next decade.

But plant-based meat sales could actually surpass $74 billion, hitting $118 billion by 2030. This would be ‘a more aggressive but still realistic scenario’, BI said.

Population growth

The planet’s ever-growing population could also tip the scales in favor of plant-based eating as resources become more scarce. 

The production of meat and dairy products requires significantly more resources than plant-based foods, including water, land use, and crops. Experts have warned that our current food system won’t be able to support the world’s snowballing population.

A 2018 study published in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene found that we already grow enough food to feed the 9.7 billion people that are anticipated to be on Earth by 2050. But large amounts of it are funneled into animal agriculture.

Livestock consume roughly 34 percent of global crop production, the study found. Less than half of the world’s cereals are consumed by humans. 

Flexitarians

The number of vegans in the world climbs higher all the time. Currently, around 5 percent of the population identifies as vegan, BI’s report noted.

But it’s not just vegans and vegetarians driving the plant-based market. Flexitarians are boosting it in a big way, too. Flexitarianism refers to lifestyles whereby people mostly eat plant-based foods but occasionally include animal products in their diet. BI named flexitarians a ‘key demographic’ for alternative meat products, now making up a third of the US population.

https://plantbasednews.org/news/economics/plant-based-market-skyrocket/

Regards Mark

Pumpkin and Jack- a rare friendship

(to see the video click on the picture)

 

Video Text:

“Pumpkin the fox was found in dire condition
and went through a long period of rehabilitation
his progress has been astonishing
but they noticed something strange in the way he was acting
and then they found out that he was blind
but he’s such a sociable fox
that he made a great friendship with Jack
a small dog in a wheelchair
who became his faithful companion
the sound his wheels make when he walks
shows Pumpkin the way forward
and helps him to orient himself
Jack is a very dedicated guide
a true blind leader
who has taken responsibility to protect Pumpkin and overcome adversity

Thanks to this beautiful friendship
there’s nothing that can separate them “

Actually, the support between the two disabled animals works better than it would have worked between humans.
You don’t even notice their difficult fates.
They both enjoy life.

We can learn a lot from animals and also from the people who gave them this chance

My best regards to all, Venus

Norway is the first country in the world to prohibit deforestation

Norway is so woke to deforestation, it’s the first nation to outlaw it.
On May 24, Norway committed to zero deforestation, reports UN partner Climate Action. The groundbreaking move means that the nation pledges to ban any product in its supply chain that contributes to the deforestation of rainforests through the government’s public procurement policy

Tributary of the Amazon River.

“This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest,” Nils Hermann Ranum of Rainforest Foundation Norway said in a statement on the organization’s site.

“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements.”

The foundation has campaigned for years to make this a reality.

At the UN Climate Summit in New York in 2014, Norway, Germany and the U.K. pledged to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains,” through public procurement policies and to sustainably source products like palm oil, soy, beef and timber.

Virgin Amazon rain forest surrounds patches of deforested land prepared for the planting of soybeans.

According to Climate Action, production of palm oil, soy, beef and wood products in seven countries with high deforestation rates (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea) contributed to 40 percent of total tropical deforestation and 44 percent of associated carbon emissions between 2000 and 2011.

This is not Norway’s first anti-deforestation rodeo, either.

In 2008, Norway gave Brazil — which is home to 60 percent of the Amazon $1 billion to help fight deforestation.
And Brazil delivered.

Mato Grosso State in the Amazon jungle, one of the Brazilian states of greatest deforestation. 

By 2015, the South American nation reduced deforestation by a whopping 75 percent, saving more than 33,000 square miles of forest and keeping 3.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide kept out of the atmosphere — an amount that’s three times bigger than the effect of taking all the cars in the U.S. off the road for a year, according to National Geographic.

Aerial view of Amazon rainforest in Amazonas State, Venezuela,

“Other countries should follow Norway’s leadership and adopt similar zero deforestation commitments,” Ranum said.

“In particular, Germany and the UK must act, following their joint statement at the UN Climate Summit.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/norway-first-nation-zero-deforestation_n_57559b5be4b0eb20fa0e7b79

And I mean...Europeans and Latin Americans have been working on a trade agreement, the Mercosur, for 20 years.

In June 2019 Angela Merkel sent a letter to Brussels. Together with six European counterparts, the otherwise indecisive Chancellor called for the EU Commission to finally conclude the free trade agreement with the South American Mercosur states after endless negotiations.

“A historic strategic opportunity,” she called the desired treaty with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and Merkel (including loyal partners), and urged Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the Commission at the time, to act quickly.

The word climate protection did not appear in the letter.
There have long been warnings that this agreement threatens to become a climate killer.

Because it would enable the Mercosur countries to export more beef and other agricultural goods to Europe.
And more agriculture in South America means destroying more rainforest to build pastures for the animals and soya plantations.

Although under Jair Bolsonaro the deforestation of the rainforest has increased dramatically and the planned agreement Mercosur would be a bit in the wrong direction, “the EU and the South American confederation Mercosur agreed on an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement on June 28, 2019” ( Quotation from the website of the EU Commission)

The EU Commission remains optimistic, it said.
That is the other word for irresponsibility, greed for profit and ignorance of the climate.
It is therefore very likely that Germany will disregard the joint declarations of the UN climate summit. For business reasons.

Because the opposite would be a conflict with his contractual partner from Mercosur.

My best regards to all, Venus