“Scientists are planning to march on Washington. Here’s why”

The mission of We Make HASTE is to make people aware of their impacts on the environment and to encourage constructive discussions about how to reduce these impacts quickly enough to achieve sustainability.  The scientific process includes having constructive discussions.  Policy makers who disregard science and fail to consider and address the implications of what science shows is happening to the planet are not conservative; they are dangerous.  A truly conservative approach would be to apply scientific principles to determine and then take the steps necessary to ensure the safety and security of future generation, taking into account both the risks and uncertainties involved, from the impacts of current human activities.  Unfortunately, we have reached a point where some key policy makers are unwilling to have reasonable constructive discussions that involve science that conflicts with their priorities.  This is shortsighted.  Scientists and historians understand that the challenges that we face will only get more difficult to solve when we procrastinate.  As a result, scientists have concluded that they need to march.  Science and technology are the keys to improving standards of living while simultaneously working towards achieving sustainability.  Let’s use the keys that we have while we encourage the development of even more effective technology.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/jan/27/scientists-are-planning-to-march-on-washington-heres-why

“Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S.”

“If f the average temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear. And, a new study suggests, the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year.”

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-global-warming-diabetes-20170320-story.html

“First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered”

“Once thriving in 28 states and the District of Columbia, but over the past two decades, the bee’s population has plummeted nearly 90 percent. There are more than 3,000 bee species in the United States, and about 40 belong to the genus Bombus—the bumblebees.” Bees are incredibly important to growing crops and to the environment.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/bumblebees-endangered-extinction-united-states/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20170321news-rustypatchbumblebee&utm_campaign=Content&sf64968004=1

“Wisconsin’s capital city sets a high bar with ambitious renewable energy goal”

“Madison, Wisconsin committed to getting 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources in a resolution passed unanimously by the City Council on Tuesday. It became the 24th city to make such a promise.” More cities are making this kind of decision, an excellent step towards sustainability.

https://midwestenergynews.com/2017/03/24/wisconsins-capital-city-sets-a-high-bar-with-ambitious-renewable-energy-goal/

“What Rural Alaska Can Teach the World about Renewable Energy”

“In more accessible parts of the planet, renewable energy is often embraced as a tool for reducing the threat of climate change and installed in spite of, rather than due to financial considerations. In Alaska, however, says Piper Foster Wilder, deputy director of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project, or REAP, ‘Economics, not the environment, are driving the shift to renewables.'”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-rural-alaska-can-teach-the-world-about-renewable-energy/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_ENGYSUS_NEWS

“Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’”

“Our children and grandchildren will look back on the climate deniers and ask how they could have sacrificed the planet for the sake of cheap fossil fuel energy, when the cost of inaction exceeds the cost of a transition to a low-carbon economy,” ~ Prof Sir Robert Watson

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/21/record-breaking-climate-change-world-uncharted-territory

“Graphene membrane separates the salt from the seawater”

Achieving low cost, low energy usage desalination would be a game-changer for sustainability. It could provide water and food security which would improve the standard of living of people around the world.

http://newatlas.com/graphene-membrane-seawater-drinking-water/48756/

“Burning less coal isn’t just making air cleaner. It’s making your tuna safer.”

While eliminating dependence on coal will have some negative economic impacts, the long term benefits would be greater than the costs.  Let’s make haste to realize these benefits while providing for the economic sustainability of those whose livelihoods are impacted.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/11/29/burning-less-coal-isnt-just-making-air-cleaner-its-making-your-tuna-safer/?utm_term=.6076c9df61f2

“Despite Federal Action, Long Beach revs up Fight Against Climate Change”

“Some environmentalists are shifting their focus closer to home amid changing priorities at the federal level.” Local level action can be vital in our efforts against climate change and towards a sustainable future.

http://www.presstelegram.com/environment-and-nature/20170330/despite-federal-action-long-beach-revs-up-fight-against-global-warming

“Is This the Beginning of the End of Meat?”

One of the problems that we face as we transition to a sustainable future is the unsustainability of our industrial food system, particularly the meat industry – here is an alternative to some products that would be a more sustainable option in the long term.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/17/is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-meat/?utm_term=.83a6fc9c9d93