With climate anxiety on the rise, therapists are learning how to cope

Many psychologists say they feel unequipped to handle a growing number of patients despairing over the state of the planet. A new contingent of mental health professionals aims to fix thatAndrew Bryant, a therapist based in Tacoma, Washington, felt helpless the first time climate change came up in his office. It was 2016, and a client was agonizing over whether to have a baby. His partner wanted one, but the young man couldn’t stop envisioning this hypothetical child growing up in an apocalyptic, climate-changed world. Related: ‘This is it. If we don’t amp up, we’re goners’: the last chance to……

ESA and FAO unite to tackle food security and more

With ESA positioned as a world-class provider of Earth observation data and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) leading international efforts to defeat hunger, the two organisations have teamed up to exploit their particular fields of expertise to better address major global issues such as food security, and to take further advantage of the digital transformation in agriculture. Read Full article: https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/ESA_and_FAO_unite_to_tackle_food_security_and_more

‘Within minutes I was weeping’: the US pastor using scripture to mobilize climate action

Religious leaders, who know how to relate to communities on an emotional level, may be best positioned to convince people to support climate activism, experts sayThe Rev Scott Hardin-Nieri regularly revisits the story of Noah’s ark. “People look at that story fondly, because they focus on all the animals that were saved,” the pastor says. But for Hardin-Nieri, Noah’s ark isn’t a simple story of hope; it is principally a story about human suffering amongst widespread ecological devastation. “We forget how many people were killed in this apocalyptic world where the environment was ruined,” he says. Continue reading… Source –…

Australia has coped fairly well with the pandemic. With climate change? It’s a different story | Greg Jericho

Our economy remains one of the most highly dependent upon greenhouse gasesThe release last week of the OECD’s Going for Growth 2021 report on Australia provided a needed reality check for those thinking Australia’s economy is the envy of the rest of the world. But more importantly, it reminded us of just how poorly Australia is dealing with climate change.There is no doubt in a general sense that Australia has coped well with the pandemic. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/apr/20/australia-has-coped-fairly-well-with-the-pandemic-with-climate-change-its-a-different-story

Winners presented with ESA-EGU Excellence award

The winners of the first ESA-EGU Excellence Award were awarded their prizes earlier today at the virtual EGU General Assembly ceremony, attended by ESA’s Director General, Josef Aschbacher and ESA’s Acting Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Toni Tolker-Nielsen. Read Full article: https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Winners_presented_with_ESA-EGU_Excellence_award

‘Relentless’ climate crisis intensified in 2020, says UN report

Pandemic had no effect on emissions but made impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people, report saysThere was a “relentless” intensification of the climate crisis in 2020, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.The coronavirus pandemic made the accelerating impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people. But the temporary dip in carbon emissions due to lockdowns had no discernible impact on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, the WMO report said. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/19/relentless-climate-crisis-intensified-in-2020-says-un-report

Climate change threatens coffee – but we’ve found a delicious wild species that could help save your morning brew

Climate change threatens coffee – but we’ve found a delicious wild species that could help save your morning brew The black cherries of _Coffea stenophylla_. E. Couturon/IRD, Author provided The world loves coffee. More precisely, it loves arabica coffee. From the smell of its freshly ground beans through to the very last sip, arabica is a sensory delight. Robusta, the other mainstream coffee crop species, is almost as widely traded as arabica, but it falls short on flavour. Robusta is mainly used for instant coffee and blends, while arabica is the preserve of discerning baristas and expensive espressos. Consumers may…

Revealed: true cost of Britain’s addiction to factory-farmed chicken

Revealed: true cost of Britain’s addiction to factory-farmed chicken The first time I encountered an intensive “chicken shed” up close I was taken aback by just how massive it was – the huge industrial-looking metal clad building was well over 100 metres long by 25 metres wide. And there wasn’t just one, there were seven of these colossal sheds, the sun glinting off their roofs and adjacent clusters of tall silos. A constant hum emanated from them and periodically a strange clattering sound, possibly of grain being sprayed automatically from a silo into a shed. There was a large, immaculately…

Curious Kids: Can plastic waste be made into bricks for new houses?

Curious Kids: Can plastic waste be made into bricks for new houses? Across the world there are about 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste. It’s in our water, our air, the fish we eat and the soil our vegetables grow in. In fact only 21% of all the plastic ever produced has been recycled or incinerated. So finding new ways to reuse it is crucial. With constant global demand for new buildings, using it to make construction materials is one of the big ideas. In a building, the main purpose of a wall is to support the roof and…

Vanessa ‘Nessie’ Stevenson, 58, gardener from Wirksworth

Nessie was arrested on 17th April 2019 on Great George St at Parliament Square during the 2019 April Rebellion and charged with Obstruction of the Highway. She pleaded guilty on 27th September 2019 at City of London Magistrates’ Court and was given a six month conditional discharge and £105 court costs. She was arrested again on 15th October 2019 at Milbank for Obstruction of the Highway at a protest about food security during the 2019 October Rebellion. She pleaded guilty in her absense due to the Covid restrictions and was given a £200 fine and £620 court costs. She was…

Celebrate Earth Day with ESA

At ESA, every day is Earth Day. As we humans continue to subject our home planet to increasing pressures, we are better placed than ever to understand and monitor the consequences of what we inflict. Astronauts onboard the International Space Station give us the human perspective of how beautiful Earth is, while satellites orbiting above return systematic measures to take the pulse of our planet 24 hours a day. These measurements allow us to understand how Earth works as a system and how human activity is changing natural processes, leading to climate change. This information is fundamental to global climate…

Sewage island: how Britain spews its waste into the sea

Untreated waste regularly flows into waters across England and Wales. Is it time to radically rethink sewerage – or do away with sewers altogether?The pandemic has not been the only crisis we’ve been wading through over the past 12 months: 2020 was a banner year in much of Britain for sewage spills. Last July a Guardian investigation revealed that raw sewage had been pumped into English rivers via storm overflows more than 200,000 times in 2019. In November, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) published data showing that untreated wastewater was discharged on to English and Welsh beaches on 2,900 occasions in……

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