Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe. Feature A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions. The remains of an Indonesian rain forest that was cleared to make way for oil palms. Credit Credit Ashley Gilbertson/VII, for The New York Times Supported by ByAbrahm Lustgarten Nov. 20, 2018 This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Abrahm Lustgarten is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine. The fields outside Kotawaringin village in Central Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo, looked as if they had just been cleared by armies. None of the old growth remained — only charred stumps poking up from murky, dark pools of water. In places, smoke still curled from land that days ago … [Read more...] about Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe.
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | What if Holidays Could Save the Planet? Supported by ByLaura M. Holson Nov. 17, 2018 It didn’t take long after Hurricane Sandy swept through New York in late 2012 for holiday shoppers to return to downtown boutiques and Fifth Avenue stores. I, on the other hand, stayed home. Maybe it was the waiter I met who lost his apartment when a wave roared through his living room. Or perhaps it was seeing trees in Central Park ripped from the ground and toppled by fierce winds. Indulging in the excesses of the season didn’t seem right. So, aside from sending cash and clothes to those in immediate need, I took a more earth-friendly approach to holiday gift-giving that year. I made a donation in the name of my family to the Central Park Conservancy, which used the money to plant hundreds of tulips and … [Read more...] about What if Holidays Could Save the Planet?
'There's a lot of interest in bigger companies acquiring these smaller innovators like Tofurky. I see that as a really good sign,' says Jaime Athos. Stephen J. Bronner Published 11:31 am CDT, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Jaime Athos Jaime Athos Photo: Courtesy Tofurky Photo: Courtesy Tofurky Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Jaime Athos Jaime Athos Photo: Courtesy Tofurky How Food Entrepreneurs Are Saving the Planet, According to the CEO of Tofurky 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Food choices matter way more than you think. Researchers have concluded that one of the greatest choices an individual can make to benefit the environment is cutting down on their consumption of meat. Wait, don't go! Individuals don't have to go … [Read more...] about How Food Entrepreneurs Are Saving the Planet, According to the CEO of Tofurky
Abandoning meat is now the latest advice for saving the planet: A “major new study” suggests that a “huge reduction in meat-eating” is “ ‘essential’ to avoid climate breakdown,” as The Guardian puts it. This follows claims from the Humane Society that “your diet could save the planet” and the German Green Party’s proposal for a national weekly vegetarian day. Even the UN’s former top climate official believes “the best solution would be for us all to become vegetarians.” The science clearly shows that meat production — especially beef — emits methane and requires CO2-heavy inputs. But when we dig deeper, it turns out such claims are massively overhyped. I’ve been a vegetarian for four decades because I don’t want to kill animals. If much of climate change could be prevented by more people following suit, it’s an idea that should be discussed. Doing so means setting aside … [Read more...] about No, giving up burgers won’t actually save the planet
OPINION 10/10/2018 02:49 pm ET By Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvist, Guest Writers Good news and bad news arrived this week from the world’s top climate change experts. Good news: they can tell us in agonizing detail why the world should really, really keep the rise in global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. Bad news: the 132 authors of the 700-page report offer many ideas but no feasible plan for how to do that. As the International Panel on Climate Change’s co-chair put it, “One thing the report did not aspire to do is answer the question of feasibility.” So we can call it the Beach Boys Report ― “Wouldn’t it be nice...” The 2015 Paris Agreement set an overall goal of staying below 2 degrees Celsius of global warming. However, the combination of the deal’s country-by-country goals would not accomplish that, and no major country is on track to meet its goals anyway. The 1.5 degree target is rightly even … [Read more...] about If We’re Going To Save The Planet, We’ve Got To Use The Nuclear Option