The Daily PlanetWatch for Thursday, July 18

Thomas Schueneman

Thinking about the latest environmental news headlines every afternoon from the Daily PlanetWatch
  • From the treetops to the depths of the ocean. The latest "Red List," prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals more than 28,000 species are threatened with extinction. That accounts for 27 percent of all assessed species. As reported in The Guardian, threatened species range from the treetops down into the depths of the ocean.
  • Food vs. energy. Of course, food is energy. But how do we balance the energy that we digest with the energy consumed by modern civilization? A leaked UN report suggests that "large areas of land are needed to draw carbon dioxide out of the air to limit global warming to 1.5C". The report warns of the risks posed by large-scale tree-planting and conversion of land to bioenergy crops could have "potentially irreversible consequences for food security and land degradation.

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