“Changing climate forces desperate Guatemalans to migrate”

"JOCOTÁN, CHIQUIMULA, GUATEMALAEduardo Méndez López lifts his gaze to the sky, hoping to see clouds laden with rain. After months of subsisting almost exclusively on plain corn tortillas and salt, his eyes and cheeks appear sunken in, his skin stretched thin over bone. The majority of his neighbors look the same. It’s the height of rainy season in Guatemala, but in the village of Conacaste, Chiquimula, the rains came months too late, then stopped altogether. Méndez López’s crops shriveled and died before producing a single ear of corn. Now, with a dwindling supply of food, and no source of income, he’s wondering how he’ll be able to feed his six young children."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/drought-climate-change-force-guatemalans-migrate-to-us/

“Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters”

"Two weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire report that made crystal clear that we have about a decade to stop catastrophic levels of climate change. The report caught fire for another extremely near deadline: It suggests that if we don’t manage to dramatically shift carbon emissions, we’ll start feeling the brunt of the effects as soon as 2040. These dates have prompted a more urgent asking of the oft-discussed question: How do we start this herculean task?"

https://slate.com/technology/2018/10/carbon-footprint-climate-change-personal-action-collective-action.html

“Climate change: Five cheap ways to remove CO2 from the atmosphere”

"As well as rapidly reducing the carbon dioxide that we humans are pumping into the atmosphere in huge amounts, recent scientific assessments of climate change have all suggested that cutting emissions alone will not be enough to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 or 2 degrees C."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45967215

“Canada passed a carbon tax that will give most Canadians more money”

"The federal carbon pollution price will start low at $20 per ton in 2019, rising at $10 per ton per year until reaching $50 per ton in 2022. The carbon tax will stay at that level unless the legislation is revisited and revised. This is a somewhat modest carbon tax – after all, the social cost of carbon is many times higher – but it’s a higher carbon price than has been implemented in most countries. Moreover, a carbon tax doesn’t necessarily have to reflect the social cost of carbon. The question is whether it will be sufficiently high to meet the country’s climate targets."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/oct/26/canada-passed-a-carbon-tax-that-will-give-most-canadians-more-money

“Canada passed a carbon tax that will give most Canadians more money”

"The federal carbon pollution price will start low at $20 per ton in 2019, rising at $10 per ton per year until reaching $50 per ton in 2022. The carbon tax will stay at that level unless the legislation is revisited and revised. This is a somewhat modest carbon tax – after all, the social cost of carbon is many times higher – but it’s a higher carbon price than has been implemented in most countries. Moreover, a carbon tax doesn’t necessarily have to reflect the social cost of carbon. The question is whether it will be sufficiently high to meet the country’s climate targets."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/oct/26/canada-passed-a-carbon-tax-that-will-give-most-canadians-more-money

“Solano district turns third-graders into climate-change scientists”

"The city of Charlotte is pioneering a bold new effort designed to produce zero waste and hundreds of jobs. City leaders presented Circular Charlotte at Johnson C. Smith University. Circular Charlotte is a unique waste diversion strategy that has the potential to be an economic driver for the Queen City."

https://www.dailyrepublic.com/all-dr-news/solano-news/fairfield/solano-district-turns-third-graders-into-climate-change-scientists/

“Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt”

"Microplastics were found in sea salt several years ago. But how extensively plastic bits are spread throughout the most commonly used seasoning remained unclear. Now, new research shows microplastics in 90 percent of the table salt brands sampled worldwide. Of 39 salt brands tested, 36 had microplastics in them, according to a new analysis by researchers in South Korea and Greenpeace East Asia. Using prior salt studies, this new effort is the first of its scale to look at the geographical spread of microplastics in table salt and their correlation to where plastic pollution is found in the environment."

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/microplastics-found-90-percent-table-salt-sea-salt/

“Everlane Is Eliminating Virgin Plastic From Its Business—Starting With a New Outerwear Collection”

"There are more than eight billion tons of plastic on Earth. That’s more than one ton of plastic for every human being on the planet. The scary truth is that if we don’t address the overwhelming blight of plastic, a material that doesn’t biodegrade, we won’t have much of an environment by 2040. The situation calls for grand gestures, and Everlane is leading the pack with a pledge to remove all virgin plastic from its business by 2021 and by introducing a new material, called ReNew, made from recycled plastic bottles. ReNew is being launched this month in a 13-piece outerwear collection for men and women, priced from $55 to $198, which includes parkas, anoraks, fleeces, and puffers."

https://www.vogue.com/article/everlane-renew-recycled-plastic-outerwear-launch

“AUDIO A new relief shelter in Puerto Rico will be made from tires and mud”

"In Aguada, Puerto Rico, volunteers pack recycled tires with earth. Then builders carefully stack the tires into dome-shaped huts. The result is the island’s first “earthship”. When complete next year, it will consist of five structures, built around a central garden and connected by a rain catchment system."

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/10/a-new-puerto-rico-shelter-is-made-from-tires/

“Bill Gates and Ban Ki-moon are recruiting mayors, heads of state, and finance pros around the world on a last-ditch quest to save us from catastrophic heat, drought, and flooding”

"The bad news about our planet released last week from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that time is running very short to get serious about the threat of disastrous floods, storms, fires, droughts, and extreme poverty that could soon hit as a result of climate change. The news is so dire, it's prompted a new last-ditch effort to help the world better deal with these coming disasters."

https://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-ban-ki-moon-global-commission-on-climate-adaptation-world-powers-china-india-germany-2018-10