Each week find a round-up of selected resources, news stories, and commentary related to global ethical issues and positive solutions.
Here’s some news to know for this week:
- Via The Guardian: Switzerland to require stunning lobsters before killing them
The Swiss government has ordered that, amidst concerns that lobsters may feel pain, they must now be stunned or killed before being boiled in water. The government is also requiring that lobsters “should always be held in their natural environment,” and not transported on ice or in icy water.
- Via NY Times: Oil spill in East China Sea is spreading
An Iranian tanker that crashed into a freighter on January 6 and eventually sank has continued to release the fuel oil it was carrying. Two large and growing oil slicks have now covered 52 square miles and continue to head toward Japan’s coast. There is significant concern about the impact on marine life. It is presumed that all 33 crew members have died.
- Via Washington Post: New York City files suit against big oil companies over climate change
The government of New York City has filed suit against BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobile, and Royal Dutch Shell, claiming that the “companies together produced 11 percent of all of global-warming gases through the oil and gas products they have sold over the years” and that the companies “have known for some time about the consequences but sought to obscure them.” The city is hoping to shift the costs for addressing climate change back to the companies that helped cause it.
- Via The Guardian: Extreme heat in Australia kills hundreds of flying foxes
Recently, more than 400 flying foxes have died, due to the extreme temperatures in Australia. A colony in Campbelltown has been decimated, with many of the victims being juveniles. Volunteers have been trying to save as many of the bats as they can, rehydrating them and taking them to cooler places to try to recover.
- Via Reveal: Increase in opioid crisis may correlate with more kids in foster care, but states are struggling to track the connection
With the increase in opioid addictions and deaths has come an increase of children taken from their homes and put in foster care. Research sees a correlation, but because most states are unable (or unwilling) to accurately track the connection, there is no credible data on the severity of the problem.
- Via Reuters: Norway announces plans to phase out fur farms by 2025
In order to help consolidate power with the anti-fur Liberal Party, Norway’s Conservative government has agreed to shut down fox and mink farms by 2025. Currently there are about 200 fur farms that kill about a million foxes and minks each year for their fur.
- Via Grist: New report shows media does a poor job of making climate change connections, discussing solutions
The group Public Citizen has released a new report in which they detail their analysis of how the US mainstream media repeatedly underreported climate change in 2017. The report found that “stories that mentioned climate change in climate-relevant contexts” were low, from mentioning climate change only 33% of the time in stories about extreme heat, to stories on record wildfires or floods mentioning it only 9% of the time, to just 4% of pieces related to hurricanes mentioning climate change. Additionally, only 9% of pieces that discussed climate change included “solutions or mitigation.”
- Via The Guardian: Chickens killed for food in Britain show “record levels” of antibiotic-resistant harmful pathogens
A new study by Britain’s government shows that “whole chickens” sold in supermarkets tested positive at “significantly higher proportions” for the harmful pathogen campylobacter, and that that pathogen was resistant to “key antibiotics.” It was noted that the proportion of antibiotic resistance “has increased significantly” from 10 years ago.
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