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Will The Middle East & North Africa Become Uninhabitable Because Of Climate Change?

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Up until fairly recently, our planet was able to maintain a harmonious ecological balance and support diverse forms of life. But human intervention, driven by profit and greed rather than the well-being of the planet, has deeply impacted the earth’s ecosystems, and we may soon be paying the cost of this shortsightedness.

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Climate changes caused by human activity will continue to increase, and it is the hottest regions of the world which are going to suffer the most for it. Syria has already been affected by such changes, as evinced by their 2011 crisis.

In fact the Syrian crisis that started in 2011 was just the beginning, warn researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, who have been busy studying the climate change occurring in North Africa and the Middle East. They argue that the Paris climate change agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2°C, may be too little, too late for these regions, which are set to become unendurably hot.

The study suggests that the temperature during summer in these already hot regions will increase more than two times faster compared to the average global warming. What’s worse, these extremely hot days will occur five times more often than was the case just 16 years ago.

The official statement by the director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany reads as follows: “In future, the climate in large parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could change in such a manner that the very existence of its inhabitants is in jeopardy.”

Prof. Lelieveld and his colleagues have recently released a report in a climatic change journal where they used a computer model to understand the climate changes taking place in the MENA region.

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Global warming clearly affects different regions in different ways, with many areas seeing warmer than usual winters, and the trend for Middle Eastern regions like Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, remains steady, with temperatures increasing at exponential rates.

Between 1986 and 2005, these regions experienced approximately 16 extremely hot days per year, but now the number could be as high as 80. It is believed that by the year 2040, that number could increase to 118 days, even if greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Panos Hadjinicolaou, an associate professor at the Cyprus Institute who co-authored the report, notes: “If mankind continues to release carbon dioxide as it does now, people living in the Middle East and North Africa will have to expect about 200 unusually hot days, according to the model projections.”

Prof. Lelieveld and his co-authors from the Cyprus Institute also published a study in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal which showed that soil in Middle Eastern countries, including Syria and Iraq, have become much drier, resulting in a 70%  increase in dust emissions since the onset of 21st century. The researchers warn of harsh summers and unstable conditions to come.

Dr. Lelieveld warns that if there is total temperature rise of just 2°c on Earth, inhabitants of these regions will be in great jeopardy:

By mid-century, during the warmest periods, temperatures will not fall below 30 degrees at night, and during daytime they could rise to 46 degrees Celsius (approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit). By the end of the century, midday temperatures on hot days could even climb to 50 degrees Celsius (approximately 122 degrees Fahrenheit). Another finding: Heat waves could occur ten times more often than they do now.

Unfortunately, it is the poor who, unable to escape to comfortable air conditioned homes, will suffer the most from these changes, as their livelihood depends on their access to water and on the health of their crops and livestock.


 

Sources:

Thanks To Climate Change, The Middle East And North Africa Are Basically Screwed (IFL Science)

High temperatures will make much of Middle East, North Africa unlivable (Middle East Eye)

Searing heat may spark North Africa, Middle East exodus (Climate Change News)

Climate change could make parts of the Middle East and North Africa ‘uninhabitable’ (Independent)

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Is This End of Milk? Why 52 Dairy Farms In New York Just Lost Their Wholesale Contracts

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    As awareness continues to grow, more and more dairy farms are going out of business while plant-based alternatives are on the rise.

  • Reflect On:

    With so many alternatives available, do we really need to keep supporting this industry that has always put profit before people? Milk does not do a body, the environment or the animals any good at all.

As more and more people awaken to the benefits of a plant-based diet, due to ethical, health and environmental concerns, we are seeing a massive decline in the sales of dairy. 52 New York dairy farms have lost their wholesale contracts as no one is lined up to buy their product as of the beginning of July.

According to CBS New York, the average American drinks 37 percent less cow milk than they did in 1970. So, why the decline? Awareness has been growing for a number of years about the conditions in which dairy cows are raised, the hormones and antibiotics they are given, and the food they are being fed. People are realizing that maybe milk, in turn, does not do a body good. Not to mention the profound impact on the environment to raise these animals in the first place. Many believe that it is actually unnatural for humans to consume milk past the weaning stage from their mother’s breast milk — like all other members of the animal kingdom.

Plant-based alternatives have been taking over and we are seeing a wide variety popping up all over supermarket shelves. Everything from cashew, coconut, peas, rice, oats, almonds, flax seeds, hazelnuts, hemp macadamia, and soy, it appears as though ditching the dairy has never been easier. The demand for milk alternatives is so high that the global dairy-free milk market is expected to reach 14.4 billion by 2020.

Elmhurst Dairy

Just last year we saw just how much plant-based milk alternatives have been taking over when Elmhurst Dairy, one of the largest dairy manufacturers on the East Coast of the United States switched their entire operation over to nut-based milk alternatives.

CEO of the company, Henry Swartz, said that the company had been operating at high costs and noted that “Pasteurized fluid milk has sort of gone out of style. We are unable to continue to go on without ongoing losses. There isn’t much room for our kind of business. I tried to keep this open because it was my father’s plant and he asked me to do so.”

Elmhurst’s new nut milk products are part of a new brand called Milked and according to Swartz, their milk has “up to 4 times more nuts per serving than the other leading brands” and will be available in four varieties, almond, hazelnut, cashew, and walnut. Each contains only raw cold-milled nuts and simple ingredients. And “No emulsifiers, thickeners, whiteners or frankenfood proteins” are used.

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The End Of Dairy As We Know It?

As more awareness is raised, the conscious consumer recognizes the importance of ditching the milk. Interestingly enough, many people never liked milk in the first place but were encouraged to drink it because of the media constantly pushing it as a health food, making us believe that it is one of the main components of healthy bone development.

A large study coming from researchers at the Uppsala University in Sweden found that drinking milk led to an increased mortality rate and actually made bones more prone to fracturing, not less.

The study was recently published in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal and was specifically conducted to examine whether high milk consumption is associated with mortality and fractures in both men and women.

The above studies are just a few out of many examples that tell us that milk isn’t all it has been cracked up to be. With dairy being one of the main food groups in the Canadian and American food guides, it is easy to see how the dairy associations of these countries have duped us. Unfortunately, as with most Big Businesses it is and always has been, profit before people, and they will and have done whatever it takes to make us believe that we need milk to keep us healthy. I’m sure we all remember the “got milk” ads, featuring celebrities and athletes with milk moustaches? Propaganda at it’s finest.

Could It Be The End Of Big Meat As Well?

Big dairy isn’t the only one facing the heat. Along with the rising awareness of the truth about milk, many people are looking at meat with a skeptical eye as well. Perhaps this is why, in the U.S. alone, veganism has risen by 600% since 2014.

Being vegan, or if you prefer to not have the label but following a plant-based diet – is no longer taboo or a laughing matter.

The results are in and more and more people across the globe are choosing an animal-free diet. Why this has happened can be attributed to a number of different reasons. –

An increased awareness towards the atrocities that are taking place on factory farms.

  • Compassion towards animals.
  • A drive for increased personal health and wellness.
  • A growing concern towards the environmental destruction caused by meat eating.
  • A shift in consciousness within ourselves that leads to a greater connection to the body, earth, and animals.

One thing is for sure, as we shift and our awareness continues to grow, people are taking responsibility and making big changes in their lives.

According to the video below,

“Veganism in the U.S. has increased by 600% in the past three years alone. Six percent of Americans identified as vegans in 2017, compared to only one percent in 2014. Non-dairy milk sales have also increased by 61% since 2012, which is causing traditional cow milk sales to decrease. According to data released by GrubHub, people chose vegan food 195% more in the first half of 2017 than the year before.

The trend is spreading globally too, people identifying as ‘vegans’ increased 350% in the UK, compared to a decade ago. Vegetarianism rose by 400% in the last 10 years in Portugal. In HongKong, 22% of people are practicing a plant-based diet. In China, even the government is getting on the plant-based train, by encouraging people to cut their meat consumption in half. Researchers think China’s plant-based market will grow more than 17% by 2020. Based on these numbers, it’s clear that more and more people are shifting toward plant-based diets.”

Power To The People

This is simply one example of how much power we — as the consumers, really have. If it weren’t for us learning the truth about the dairy industry, and how harmful the production of milk is for our planet, how the animals on these factory farms are treated and the potential health implications from milk consumption we would not be seeing such a drastic decline in the sales of milk. This goes for everything in our lives, if you don’t want to see something happening, simply stop supporting it. Putting your money where your mouth is, and voting with your dollar is a powerful way to create real change on this planet. It’s time to walk our talk, speak and spread our truth, and be the change we wish to see in the world.

Make Your Own Nutmilk

Homemade nut milks are not only super easy but much more affordable and less wasteful than most store-bought brands. They have more nuts per serving, which means more essential vitamins and minerals. Homemade nut milks are also better because they aren’t loaded with thickening agents and preservatives. Check out the video below to learn how to make a very simple Vanilla Almond Nutmilk

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Could This Be The Solution To Our Earth & Ocean Pollution Epidemic?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    One of the biggest environmental challenges we face is pollution. This affects our land masses and our oceans. CarbonCycle is an initiative that converts waste into useable materials.

  • Reflect On:

    Through Earth Cycle, you can help get involved in this great initiative. See the Earth Cycle link below for more details.

It is no secret that we are generating waste at an alarming rate across the entire planet. What’s worse is that much of this waste ends up in landfills where it won’t break down properly for centuries or even longer. Let’s not forget about the astronomical amount of waste that is being dumped into our oceans and waterways — polluting the oceans themselves along with the entirety of the marine life and coral reefs.

Often, because it this isn’t something that we see, in our faces every day it is easy to take an “out of sight, out of mind,” type of attitude in regards to this issue. Thankfully many environmentally responsible companies are emerging to try and figure out a solution to this problem of epidemic proportions.

CarbonCycle, for example, has the initiative to convert unwanted waste into value-added products with their proprietary technology. They are able to create a multitude of usable carbon and oil-based products from plastic, tires, paper, and other materials.

America alone generates more than 500 billion pounds of municipal waste annually. This garbage is generally sent to a landfill, burned, or dumped into our waterways and oceans. Of course, this causes obvious environmental issues and is a financial and ethical one for many industries. The waste that is being thrown out is made from valuable natural resources that are being drastically underutilized and have been for decades. This all comes at a cost to the consumers, companies, our planet Earth and the future of our children.

What Can We Do?

CarbonCycle’s solution is to reinvent the age-old technology of pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is a relatively new technology that essentially can create the equivalent of energy “gold” from straight up garbage. This involves taking the waste and then heating it in a batch manner; depriving of oxygen, they are then able to separate the various materials into their most basic elemental components. For example, plastic is essentially made from oil, whereas wood and paper products are comprised of mostly carbon. These byproducts — oil and carbon have numerous applications from bio-diesel to water and air filters.

Their unique business model reverses the concept of paying for the materials and COGs and is able to create a revenue from it instead. They are able to do this by offering an environmentally and financially responsible option for unwanted material and disposal at a discounted cost to their customers. They accept the “waste” material and are able to turn it into high-demand and revenue generating commodities. Our current method of waste disposal doesn’t even compare to the technology and processes that use little to no additional energy and produce next to no harmful pollutants that CarbonCycle offers.

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America is currently spending a minimum of 13.5 Billion dollars on waste disposal at landfills — this number is only expected to grow. At the same time, there has been more pressure put on companies to move towards a zero-waste policy or purchase carbon credits. CarbonCycle allows companies alternative options at a discount and the opportunity to recycle their waste at a much lower cost.

Believe it or not, the crude oil market tops $1.7 Trillion dollar market and there is a large demand for sustainable, carbon neutral and domestic sourcing.

The market for crude oil is an astonishing 1.7 trillion dollar market with a high demand for a carbon neutral, sustainable and domestic sourcing. The entire diverse carbon market is over $15 billion, it includes charcoal, activated carbon, biochar and a variety of other industrial uses.

Could This Be The Solution We Have Been Looking For?

Some more quick facts about CarbonCycle,

  • Their patented technologies enable 98% of all industrial, agricultural and urban waste to be converted into energy, biofuel, and biochar, all awhile creating 0.00% toxic emissions.
  • CarbonCycle’s model produces 30-70% annual return on investment because they sell the produced energy and products at a fraction of the cost of market value.
  • In Collaboration with EarthCycle an international decentralized resource pool for sustainable and green positive change businesses, CarbonCycle has created a franchise like model that will allow these facilities to be built and managed anywhere in the world.
  • If every landfill in the world utilized a CarbonCycle model and facility they could create much more annual profit, while drastically reducing the amount of environmental toxicity and lowering the amount of stored waste to 2%.
  • The EarthCycle fund intends to build CarbonCycle facilities on aircraft carriers in an effort to start gathering and processing plastic and other trash that is currently polluting our oceans, first stop, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

We have the ability to get the trash out of the landfills and the oceans and turn it back into something useful, rather than having it sit there and pollute our planet. Why wouldn’t we start to utilize this method?

CarbonCycle is one of several world-changing solutions being funded by EarthCycle; a decentralized resource pool for green positive change businesses. Learn more and get involved at http://earthcycle.io/?ref_code=0nB8WUmu

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U.S. Senate Votes To Legalize Hemp After Decades of Prohibition

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  • The Facts:

    Industrial hemp has been illegal in the United States for almost 50 years despite many potential benefits for its use.

  • Reflect On:

    If we have a more sustainable, environmentally friendly option that can replace many toxic products we are currently using, why wouldn't we make the switch?

Last Thursday, June 29th, the U.S. Senate approved a bill to legalize hemp, an industrial crop that has been banned for decades.

Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley submitted a separate bill to legalize industrial hemp and those provisions were then incorporated into the broader farm bill. The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry approved that version before the upper levels of Congress voted to approve it this past week with a margin of 86-11. This bill will legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp.

FYI, Industrial Hemp Will Not Get You High

It is important to note that industrial hemp has been prohibited for cultivation in the United States for nearly 50 years, and really, for no good reason. Industrial hemp does not contain enough THC to cause a psychoactive effect, and will not get you high. On the other hand, the beneficial uses of industrial hemp are plentiful. Some of these uses include hempcrete, biodegradable hemp plastics, food source, fuel, textiles, personal care products, insulation, shoes and many more, as listed on the image below.

Hemp is a much more sustainable option compared to the traditional materials that are used for the above products which often use petroleum products or trees. Hemp, unlike petroleum, is biodegradable and is processed using much lower levels of emissions and chemical processing. As opposed to trees that take around 30 years to be ready to be harvested and used for products, hemp is typically ready to harvest in four months, and per acre, it produces four times as much paper as trees. The benefits of hemp are literally endless, and it’s about time this bill was passed to finally legalize this super plant!


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Some Cool Tidbits About Hemp

You may or may not be surprised to know that the original declaration of independence was written on hemp paper, as it was used for many years for paper products and textiles before it was banned.

According to Popular Mechanics, Henry Ford’s first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the CAR ITSELF WAS CONSTRUCTED FROM HEMP! On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, ‘grown from the soil,’ had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel.

Free The Hemp

It really is a wonder as to why this plant was outlawed in the first place, perhaps it’s because it bears too much a resemblance to its cousin, THC containing marijuana, but maybe it’s because it was too durable, and too sustainable and would be difficult to turn a profit using materials for building goods that are built to last.

Consumers across America buy hundreds of millions in retail products every year that contain hemp,” McConnell said Thursday. “But due to outdated federal regulations that do not sufficiently distinguish this industrial crop from its illicit cousin, American farmers have been mostly unable to meet that demand themselves. It’s left consumers with little choice but to buy imported hemp products from foreign-produced hemp.”

According to Wyden:

Legalizing hemp nationwide ends decades of bad policymaking and opens up (an) untold economic opportunity for farmers in Oregon and across the country.”

It’s Time

Farmers across the country have expressed relief and excitement that hemp has come this close to legalization. “It’s super big,” Dani Billings, who owns LoCo farms in Longmont Colorado, said, as reported by an NBC affiliate station in Colorado. “We have people who understand agriculture, that understand this is for farming and it’s not to get people high.”

Bruce Perlowin, CEO of NC-based Hemp Inc., which worked with veterans, said in a press release:

“With Veteran Village Kins Community B-Corporations set up in 8 states so far, the legalization of industrial hemp will now allow these future veteran villages to be built and to flourish – creating more support for our veterans than anyone can possibly imagine.”

Despite the obvious growing momentum to finally legalize industrial hemp, it still must be approved by the house, which has already expressed opposition. McConnel is, however, expected to campaign heavily in favor of the bill in the lower house of Congress. A list of concerns in regards to the bill that were handed down from the White House reportedly did not include any outright objections to the legalization of hemp, so if the bill does make it through the house, it will just need a signature from President Trump. Although hemp legalization has passed in some states, the latest legislation would make it a national policy. It’s about time.

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