The Daily PlanetWatch for Friday, August 9

Thomas Schueneman

Thinking about the latest environmental news headlines every weekday afternoon from the Daily PlanetWatch
  • I'll have the tuna with a side of methylmercury. Research published this week in the journal Nature warn that the combination of climate change and overfishing will lead to higher concentrations of the neurotoxin in our favorite seafood. 
  •  Rewilding Patagonia: money well spent. In what is considered the largest land donation in history, Kris McDivitt Tompkins, the founder and CEO of the clothing brand Patagonia has handed over 400,000 hectares to the Chilean government to manage as national parks. Along with a 4 million hectare land contribution from the state, the project comprises a Chilean "Great Conservation Leap Forward".  Tompkins and her late husband Doug Tompkins, founder of Esprit and North Face, spent their fortunes to acquire vast tracts of land for restoration and rewilding. Money well spent.
  • Of note: IPCC releases land and agricultural report. Geneva, August 8: "Land is already under growing human pressure and climate change is adding to these pressures. At the same time, keeping global warming to well below 2ºC can be achieved only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors including land and food, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its latest report on Thursday." Read the report, factsheet, and summaries here. 

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