Trump Reverses Obama's Climate Protections and More Food News
Nearly All of Obama’s Climate Protections Have Been Reversed
Trump hasn’t removed the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement (yet), but on March 28, he signed this executive order that reversed or left open to repeal many of Obama’s progressive climate protections. Trump ordered the EPA to “suspend, revise, or rescind” their own Clean Power Plan, and to remove restrictions on leasing federal land for coal mining and fracking. It also rolls back federal regulations for the oil & gas industry’s methane emissions.
About Your Energy-Efficient Kitchen Appliances…
…and Trump’s Department of Energy budget cuts. “It’s hard to overstate the impact of DOE-supported R&D. Every major appliance in your house, the vehicle in your garage, and the widgets in factories across the country are more energy efficient because of DOE-funded work at the National Labs, universities, and in the private sector.” – Fortune.com
Seed Pesticides Are Hurting Birds Too
“The same pesticides linked to bee declines might also threaten birds. Neonicotinoids are washing off of their host seeds and into water bodies—threatening not just aquatic insects but the birds that rely on them.” – Audubon.org
Some Good News: Heart Tissue Grown from Spinach Leaves
Let’s take a break from the bad news to marvel at what these folks at the Worchester Polytechnic Institute have done with spinach. “In a series of experiments, the team cultured beating human heart cells on spinach leaves that were stripped of plant cells. They flowed fluids and microbeads similar in size to human blood cells through the spinach vasculature, and they seeded the spinach veins with human cells that line blood vessels. These proof-of-concept studies open the door to using multiple spinach leaves to grow layers of healthy heart muscle to treat heart attack patients.” Plant power!
Short Documentary We Loved: The Sound of a Wok
Handmade woks are a disappearing craft in Shanghai, China. See how family traditions and urban development have clashed, and meet the wok makers. Watch it on Vimeo.