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We may have to suck up CO2 to prevent planet from frying, U.N. says

Grist.org - Sat, 01/18/2014 - 00:33

The climate situation is so dire that we may have to resort to geoengineering to keep the planet livable, according to a leaked draft of a forthcoming report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The New York Times reports:

Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, experts found.

A delay would most likely force future generations to develop the ability to suck greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and store them underground to preserve the livability of the planet, the report found. But it is not clear whether such technologies will ever exist at the necessary scale, and even if they do, the approach would probably be wildly expensive compared with taking steps now to slow emissions.

More from Reuters, which first obtained a leaked draft summary of the report:

To get on track, governments may have to turn ever more to technologies for “carbon dioxide removal” (CDR) from the air, ranging from capturing and burying emissions from coal-fired power plants to planting more forests that use carbon to grow.

Most projects for capturing carbon dioxide from power plants are experimental. Among big projects, Saskatchewan Power in Canada is overhauling its Boundary Dam power plant to capture a million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Al Gore was alarmed by the news and said resorting to mass-scale geoengineering would be “insane,” “utterly mad,” and “delusional in the extreme.” Speaking to reporters, he said, “The fact that some scientists who should know better are actually engaged in serious discussion of those alternatives is a mark of how desperate some of them are feeling due to the paralysis in the global political system.”

The draft IPCC report also calls for a big shift from dirty energy investments to clean ones, echoing comments made this week by U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

An IPCC spokesperson emphasized that the leaked document is just a draft and the report will change before the final version is released in April.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

Congress moves to restore ban on horse slaughter

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:41

Hear that whinnying? It’s not the sound of horses being led to slaughter. It’s the sound of would-be horse killers reacting to budget cuts.

In 2006, Congress cut funding for inspectors of horse slaughterhouses, which shut down the industry one year later. Funding was restored in 2011, and New Mexico company Valley Meat Co. planned to start slaughtering horses again, intending to export the meat to countries where people might actually want to eat it. But legal challenges and sabotage have stymied Valley Meat. It didn’t help when one of the company’s workers videotaped himself shooting a colt in the head and saying “fuck you” to animal activists — and then asininely posted the footage online. Last month, New Mexico sued in an effort to block the slaughterhouse, which Attorney General Gary King (D) described as “completely at odds with our traditions and our values as New Mexicans.”

And now Congress is once again getting in the way of Valley Meat’s plans, AP reports:

Congress’ latest budget bill tries to block the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. by cutting funding for inspections of the process.

The prohibition on spending by the Department of Agriculture is included in the $1.1 trillion budget bill that Congress sent to President Obama on Thursday.

Animal protection groups applauded the vote.

Would-be horse slaughterers hope an international trade agreement will help them:

Despite the growing government action to keep horse slaughter from resuming, an attorney for Valley and Rains Natural Meats of Gallatin, Mo., said Thursday his group will continue to fight to produce horse meat.

Blair Dunn said the companies would be looking at filing a claim that the funding ban violates provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Because why wouldn’t an international free trade agreement protect somebody’s right to slaughter a horse?


Filed under: Food, Politics
Categories: Environment

Video Borescope Manufacturer, RF System Lab Releases New Super Slim...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:21

The new 2.8mm VJ-Advance has all the same features as the original, flagship 6.9mm VJ-Advance, including four-way joystick-controlled camera articulation, medical grade camera technology, and trigger...

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Categories: Environment

Former Head of West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:21

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of West Virginia individuals and businesses affected by the recent Elk River chemical spill, which dumped what is believed to be 7,500 gallons of...

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Categories: Environment

Landpoint Adding Northern Colorado to Its Oil and Gas Locations

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:21

Award-winning land surveying and environmental consulting firm Landpoint is excited to announce the company's expansion to Northern Colorado.

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Categories: Environment

Producers for the In View Series Announce Plans to Showcase...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:21

Taking Steps to Protect the Environment Sometimes Costs More, but Many Companies Have Decided to do so anyway.

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Categories: Environment

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration Recommends Having Air Ducts...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 22:21

GreenPro Cleaing & Restoration encourages customers to have their air ducts cleaned.

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De Blasio has a new plan to protect pedestrians on NYC streets

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:50

Pedestrian and bicycling advocates in New York City have long called for strengthening and enforcing traffic laws, and they’ve been asking the new mayor to take up the cause. But it’s been unclear whether Bill de Blasio would do so. He has given alternative transportation supporters reason to be wary. He has waffled on bike lanes, opposed outer-borough taxis, and equivocated on pedestrian plazas. De Blasio, by all accounts, likes to drive.

But on Wednesday, de Blasio announced a “Vision Zero” initiative to eliminate traffic deaths in New York. Sarah Goodyear reports in The Atlantic Cities:

The mayor’s approach calls for an unprecedented coordination among the NYPD, the city’s Department of Transportation, its Department of Health, and the Taxi Commission. De Blasio said he wants to see detailed plans from the leaders of those agencies by February 15.

At the news conference, new police commissioner Bill Bratton talked about how he’ll make streets safer. He said he’ll grow the number of officers in the highway division to 270 — a 50 percent increase from the level under predecessor Ray Kelly.

The big challenge will not be drafting plans but changing the culture among New York drivers and cops. For decades, the city’s drivers have routinely endangered pedestrians and broken laws. The NYPD never made traffic enforcement a priority. Partly that’s because it used to be dealing with a much higher crime rate, and partly it’s because of the political power of drivers. But it was also the product of an indifferent attitude toward traffic safety. Kelly suggested last October that traffic deaths are essentially unavoidable in a big city: “We do have 8.4 million people. We do have a daytime population that’s over 10 million people. You’re going to have a lot of traffic and you’re going to have accidents.”

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been widely heralded, and justifiably so, for his administration’s expansion of bike lanes, pedestrian plazas, and other complete-streets measures. But that record, part of his trademark commitment to public health and a clean environment, was totally at odds with the NYPD’s traffic enforcement practices throughout his tenure.

Politically, this contradiction in Bloomberg’s policies actually made a certain sense. Middle-class residents of the deep outer boroughs — drivers, in other words — were an important part of Bloomberg’s constituency. Cracking down on them might incite a backlash. That’s why Bloomberg vetoed the City Council’s proposed ban on the most annoying audible car alarms — a public nuisance that has been proven not to prevent auto theft — despite his commitment to reducing harmful noise.

So, under Bloomberg, the NYPD continued to either ignore traffic violations altogether, or focus on the least important ones. Speeding and failure to yield are the most dangerous violations, and yet they are ticketed less frequently than comparatively innocuous problems. And when speeding is enforced, it is typically on highways rather than on neighborhood streets where it might save more lives.

If a pedestrian is hit by a car traveling 30 miles per hour — the maximum speed limit on New York City streets — he or she has an 80 percent chance of surviving, according to an October report by Transportation Alternatives (TA). If hit by a car traveling 40 mph, that chance drops to 30 percent. “Speeding drivers were the number one cause of fatal crashes,” says the report, killing “more residents than drunk drivers and drivers on cell phones combined.”

TA has found evidence of rampant speed-limit and traffic violations in the city. “In a comprehensive 2009 study along 13 roads in all five boroughs, Transportation Alternatives measured the speeds of 15,000 motorists and found that 39% violated the speed limit,” the report notes. The group found similar problems with failure to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, the biggest cause of injurious collisions. Although the practice is rampant, the NYPD issued an average of fewer than 12 failure-to-yield summonses per month in 2012. By contrast, the NYPD wrote 95,866 summonses in 2012 for excessive window tint, a problem responsible for zero fatal or injurious crashes that year.

In just the two weeks since de Blasio’s inauguration, 11 New Yorkers have been killed in traffic accidents, seven of them pedestrians. De Blasio noted in his “Vision Zero” speech that the 286 traffic deaths last year nearly equaled the 333 homicides.

Twenty years ago, the city’s murder rate was seven times as high as it is now, and the police were understandably preoccupied. Today, New York has the opportunity to not only deploy more resources on traffic safety but to permanently alter the expectations and behavior of its drivers, police officers, and pedestrians.


Filed under: Article, Cities, Politics
Categories: Environment

Global warming denial hits a six-year high

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:48

The latest data is out on the prevalence of global warming denial among the U.S. public. And it isn’t pretty.

The new study, from the Yale and George Mason University research teams on climate change communication, shows a 7-percentage-point increase in the proportion of Americans who say they do not believe that global warming is happening. And that’s just since the spring of 2013. The number is now 23 percent; back at the start of last year, it was 16 percent:

Yale and George Mason University teams on Climate Change CommunicationThe increase in climate science disbelief. Click to embiggen.

The percentage of Americans who believe global warming is human-caused has also declined, and now stands at 47 percent, a decrease of 7 percent since 2012.

At the same time, the survey also shows an apparent hardening of attitudes. Back in September 2012, only 43 percent of those who believed that global warming isn’t happening said they were either “very sure” or “extremely sure” about their views. By November of last year, that number had increased to 56 percent.

Overall, more Americans now say they have all the information they need to make up their minds about the climate issue, and fewer say they could easily change their minds:

Yale and George Mason University teams on Climate Change CommunicationIncreasing righteousness about global warming, on both sides of the issue. Click to embiggen.

The obvious question is, what happened over the last year to produce more climate denial?

According to both Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale and Ed Maibach of George Mason, the leaders of the two research teams, the answer may well lie in the so-called global warming “pause” — the misleading idea that global warming has slowed down or stopped over the the past 15 years or so. This claim was used by climate skeptics, to great effect, in their quest to undermine the release of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report in September 2013 — precisely during the time period that is in question in the latest study.

As we have reported before, the notion of a global warming “pause” is, at best, the result of statistical cherry-picking. It relies on starting with a very hot year (1998) and then examining a relatively short time period (say, 15 years), to suggest that global warming has slowed down or stopped during this particular stretch of time. But put these numbers back into a broader context and the overall warming trend remains clear. Moreover, following the IPCC report, new research emerged suggesting that the semblance of a “pause” may be the result of incomplete temperature data due to the lack of adequate weather stations in the Arctic, where the most dramatic global warming is occurring.

Nonetheless, widely publicized “pause” claims may well have shaped public opinion. “Beginning in September, and lasting several months, coincident with the release of the IPCC report, there was considerable media attention to the concept of the ‘global warming pause,’” observes Maibach. “It is possible that this simple — albeit erroneous — idea helped to convince many people who were previously undecided to conclude that the climate really isn’t changing.”

“Even more likely, however,” Maibach adds, “is that media coverage of the ‘pause’ reinforced the beliefs of people who had previously concluded that global warming is not happening, making them more certain of their beliefs.”

As Maibach’s colleague Anthony Leiserowitz of Yale adds, it isn’t as though those who were already convinced about global warming became less sure of themselves over the last year. Rather, the change of views “really seems to be happening among the ‘don’t knows,’” says Leiserowitz. “Those are the people who aren’t paying attention, and don’t know much about the issue. So they’re the most open-minded, and the most swayable based on recent events.”

Journalists take heed: Your coverage has consequences. All those media outlets who trumpeted the global warming “pause” may now be partly responsible for a documented decrease in Americans’ scientific understanding.

This story was produced as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


Filed under: Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

California is now really, truly, officially screwed by drought

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 21:22

We tend to complain about precipitation in the winter: It’s cold, it’s depressing, it can make getting around dangerous and not fun. But as California can tell you right about now, there is definitely such thing as not enough “wintry mix.”

Friday morning, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) officially declared a drought emergency. He directed state agencies to use less water, and asked residents and businesses to voluntarily cut their usage 20 percent. Mandatory water limitations could follow, and Brown might ask for federal aid. Meanwhile, public landscaping will go dry and emergency firefighters will be added to the payroll.

We’ve been nervously watching the Golden State’s clear skies this winter, but recently things have gone from bad to worse fast. In the past two weeks, the percentage of the state experiencing extreme drought conditions shot from 28 percent up to a vertigo-inducing 63 percent, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is at a perilously low 17 percent of its usual level this time of year. Since as much as 65 percent of Cali’s water comes from this virtual water cooler, and much of that goes toward the state’s multibillion-dollar agricultural industry, the effects of a catastrophic water shortage may be widely felt in the year to come.

Though droughts are not uncommon in the region’s Mediterranean climate, the pattern of the past few years points to a slow-mo climate crisis crashing into the West Coast. 2013 was California’s driest year on record, with about two thirds of the state experiencing severe water shortage and fire danger. (Yesterday, a wildfire just outside of L.A. started gobbling up homes and trees in the Angeles National Forest, despite the fact that January and February are typically the wettest months in California.) From Salon:

Experts say that California must look beyond the current crisis … warning that the state can expect more of the same in future years. “The current historically dry weather is a bellwether of what is to come in California, with increasing periods of drought expected with climate change,” Juliet Christian-Smith, climate scientist in the California office of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a statement. “Because increasing demand and drought are straining our water resources, we need to adopt policies that address both the causes and consequences of climate change.”

“Hopefully it’ll rain eventually,” Brown said during his announcement, with meteorologically sanctioned pessimism, as in: Probably not soon. The imminent return of the polar vortex is likely to impose moisture-free conditions on California while dumping extra snow over much of the rest of the country for the next few weeks.

Other states are suffering from dry spells too, including Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, and Hawaii. Maybe it’s time to put that spoon under your pillow and wish for a slush storm like the good old days.


Filed under: Article, Climate & Energy
Categories: Environment

This LED billboard is the only way to see the sunrise in smoggy Beijing

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:44

New York Times correspondent Edward Wong RTed this picture of a billboard in Beijing:

北京人是這麼看日出的,真尼瑪高科技 http://t.co/lOuTEkGvQM
小苦逼 (@joneshen1992) January 16, 2014

Yes, that’s a giant LED billboard displaying the sunrise — or maybe the sunset? Who can tell, since the smog is so bad it’s impossible to tell what time it is in real life.

We’ve previously reported about Hong Kong’s fake blue-sky backdrop for tourist photos, but Beijing has done them one better — the ersatz sunset glows just like the real thing, and if it’s video, as reported, you can even take fake tourist Vines and nobody will be the wiser! Just make sure to use a tight, tight zoom. Step back too far and it becomes clear that you’re in a dystopian air pollution nightmare.


Filed under: Article, Cities
Categories: Environment

The first lawsuit against Obama’s new coal limits just got filed

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 20:04

In December 2012, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., dismissed a suit by the company behind a proposed new coal plant in Texas that sought to block new carbon dioxide pollution limits on power plants proposed by the EPA. The court’s reasoning was that any appeal would have to wait until after the rules were finalized, not simply proposed. So last week, after the EPA published an updated version of the proposal, Clean Air Task Force legal director Ann Weeks said she doubted a new round of lawsuits would be in the offing.

But it took just a week to see the first fusillade against this major pillar of President Obama’s climate strategy: Wednesday, the state of Nebraska, where coal is the largest power source, filed suit against the proposed rule.

“Just goes to show I should never try to predict whether or not suits will be filed,” Weeks said in an email.

The suit revolves around carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which scrubs pollutants from power plant emissions. Because of the tight limits on carbon pollution called for in the proposed rule, using CCS would become the only way to build any new coal-fired power plants, a restriction coal advocates have said will effectively kill the industry. The EPA, meanwhile, contends that CCS is viable and affordable.

The Nebraska suit cites a 2005 law that made funding available to study CCS at three new high-tech power plants — currently under construction in Mississippi, Texas, and California — that together have received $2.5 billion in federal grants and tax credits. The suit asks the district court to declare that the proposed rule is “in excess of statutory … authority” and require the EPA to withdraw it; under the law, the suit contends, the EPA is prohibited from using technology developed with this funding as the sole basis for a Clean Air Act regulation like the one proposed last week.

statement from Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, a Republican, makes it clear that protecting the interests of the state’s coal industry is as much a priority as adherence to the 2005 statute. “The impossible standards imposed by the EPA will ensure no new power plants are built in Nebraska,” the statement says.

A major problem with the suit’s reasoning, according to Weeks, is that the EPA has drawn on many years’ worth of independent research and industry experience to decide that CCS is workable, not exclusively the lessons of these three power plants.

“Their argument is that EPA improperly used these subsidized projects,” Weeks said. “The answer is no, they didn’t.”

In the U.S., the low cost of natural gas has drawn interest away from building any new coal plants, CCS or no, but the technology has been proven to work at a pilot scale, according to MIT research engineer Howard Herzog. (Herzog’s group has some good information about the spread of CCS here). The big open question, Herzog said, is not whether CCS can be done, but whether it can be done affordably. Current technology for coal plants costs about $65 per ton of CO2 avoided, Herzog said, which could be too high to justify using it. And rather than spurring innovation to reduce the cost, the EPA’s regulation is likely to put a “wet blanket” on CCS R&D, he said, since it doesn’t create a market that would motivate private-sector investment.

Herzog and Weeks agreed that the question of how viable CCS truly is will have to be eventually settled in court, as more suits like this pile up in advance of the rules’ finalization sometime next year. With the time it will take for suits to shake out, it’s likely to be several years before any new regulation actually takes effect.

This story was produced as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


Filed under: Climate & Energy, Politics
Categories: Environment

Michael Pollan explains what’s wrong with the paleo diet

Grist.org - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:18

This episode of Inquiring Mindsa podcast hosted by bestselling author Chris Mooney and neuroscientist and musician Indre Viskontas, is guest-hosted by Cynthia Graber. It also features a discussion of the new popular physics book Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, by Amanda Gefter, and new research suggesting that the purpose of sleep is to clean cellular waste substances out of your brain.

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The paleo diet is hot. Those who follow it are attempting, they say, to mimic our ancient ancestors — minus the animal-skin fashions and the total lack of technology, of course. The adherents eschew what they believe comes from modern agriculture (wheat, dairy, legumes, for instance) and rely instead on meals full of meat, nuts, and vegetables — foods they claim are closer to what hunter-gatherers ate.

The trouble with that view, however, is that what they’re eating is probably nothing like the diet of hunter-gatherers, says Michael Pollan, author of a number of best-selling books on food and agriculture, including Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. “I don’t think we really understand … well the proportions in the ancient diet,” argues Pollan on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast (stream below). “Most people who tell you with great confidence that this is what our ancestors ate — I think they’re kind of blowing smoke.”

The wide-ranging interview with Pollan covered the science and history of cooking, the importance of microbes — tiny organisms such as bacteria — in our diet, and surprising new research on the intelligence of plants. Here are five suggestions he offered about cooking and eating well.

1. Meat: It’s not always for dinner. Cooking meat transforms it: Roasting it or braising it for hours in liquid unlocks complex smells and flavors that are hard to resist. In addition to converting it into something we crave, intense heat also breaks down the meat into nutrients that we can more easily access. Our ancient ancestors likely loved the smell of meat on an open fire as much as we do.

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But human populations in different regions of the world ate a variety of diets. Some ate more; some ate less. They likely ate meat only when they could get it, and then they gorged. Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, says diets from around the world ranged greatly in the percentage of calories from meat. It’s not cooked meat that made us human, he says, but rather cooked food.

In any case, says Pollan, today’s meat is nothing like that of the hunter-gatherer.

One problem with the paleo diet is that “they’re assuming that the options available to our caveman ancestors are still there,” he argues. But “unless you’re willing to hunt your food, they’re not.”

As Pollan explains, the animals bred by modern agriculture — which are fed artificial diets of corn and grains, and beefed up with hormones and antibiotics — have nutritional profiles far from wild game.

Pastured animals, raised on diets of grass and grubs, are closer to their wild relatives; even these, however, are nothing like the lean animals our ancestors ate.

So, basically, enjoy meat in moderation, and choose pastured meat if possible.

2. Humans can live on bread alone. Paleo obsessives might shun bread, but bread, as it has been traditionally made, is a healthy way to access a wide array of nutrients from grains.

In Cooked, Pollan describes how bread might have been first created: Thousands of years ago, someone probably in ancient Egypt discovered a bubbling mash of grains and water, the microbes busily fermenting what would become dough. And unbeknownst to those ancient Egyptians, the fluffy, delicious new substance had been transformed by those microbes. Suddenly the grains provided even more bang for the bite.

As UC-Davis food chemist Bruce German told Pollan in an interview, “You could not survive on wheat flour. But you can survive on bread.” Microbes start to digest the grains, breaking them down in ways that free up more of the healthful parts. If bread is compared to another method of cooking flour — basically making it into porridge — “bread is dramatically more nutritious,” says Pollan.

Still, common bread made from white flour and commercial yeast doesn’t have the same nutritional content as the slowly fermented and healthier sourdough bread you might find at a local baker. Overall, though, bread can certainly be part of a nutritious diet. (At least, for those who don’t suffer from celiac disease.)

3. Eat more microbes. Microbes play a key role not just in bread, but in all sorts of fermented foods: beer, cheese, yogurt, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, pickles. Thousands — even hundreds — of years ago, before electricity made refrigeration widely available, fermentation was one of the best means of preserving foods.

And now we know that microbes, such as those in our gut, play a key role in our health, as well. The microbes we eat in foods like pickles may not take up a permanent home in our innards; rather, they seem to be more akin to transient visitors, says Pollan. Still, “fermented foods provide a lot of compounds that gut microbes like,” and he says he makes sure to eat some fermented vegetables every day.

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4. Raw food is for the birds (too much of it, anyway). There’s paleo, and then there’s the raw diet. Folks who eat raw tout the health benefits of the approach, saying that they’re accessing the full, complete nutrients available because they’re not heating, and thus destroying, their dinner. But that’s simply wrong. We cook to get our hands on more nutrients, not fewer. According to Wrangham, the one thing absolutely all cultures have in common is that they cook their food. He points out that women who move towards 100 percent raw diets often stop ovulating, because even if in theory they’re tossing sufficient food into the blender to fulfill their caloric needs, they simply can’t absorb enough from the uncooked food.

Our hefty cousins, the apes, spend half their waking hours gnawing on raw sustenance, about six hours per day. In contrast, we spend only one hour. “So in a sense, cooking opens up this space for other activities,” says Pollan. “It’s very hard to have culture, it’s very hard to have science, it’s very hard to have all the things we count as important parts of civilization if you’re spending half of all your waking hours chewing.” Cooked food: It gave us civilization.

5. Want to be healthy? Cook. Pollan says the food industry has done a great job of convincing eaters that corporations can cook better than we can. The problem is, it’s not true. And the food that others cook is nearly always less healthful than that which we cook ourselves.

“Part of the problem is that we’ve been isolated as cooks for too long,” says Pollan. “I found that to the extent you can make cooking itself a social experience, it can be a lot more fun.”

But how can we convince folks to give it a try? “I think we have to lead with pleasure,” he says. Aside from the many health benefits, cooking is also “one of the most interesting things humans know how to do and have done for a very long time. And we get that, or we wouldn’t be watching so much cooking on TV. There is something fascinating about it. But it’s even more fascinating when you do it yourself.”

This story was produced as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.


Filed under: Food, Living
Categories: Environment

EasyTurf Set to Unveil Latest Fiber Innovation “Marquee” at NAHB Expo

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

EasyTurf is scheduled to showcase the latest in artificial grass fiber innovation at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Expo on Feb. 4-6 in Las Vegas.

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Global Intravenous Access Devices Market is Expected to Reach USD 46.5...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

Transparency Market Research published a new market research report called "Intravenous Access Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 -...

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National Wildlife Federation Teams Up with The Nut Job to Celebrate...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

NWF is the education partner for the movie and is providing resources to help kids, parents, teachers and animal enthusiasts of all ages.

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VMP Nutrition Foundation Expands Nonprofit Benefiting Children’s...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

VMP Nutrition Foundation sets out on ambitious mission to provide nutritional supplements to areas around the world to make an impact against malnutrition.

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Enterprises TV Introduces Series on Improving Oil & Gas Success

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

While there are many exciting developments in renewable energy, it’s clear that oil and gas are here to stay for quite a while.

(PRWeb January 17, 2014)

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Renewable Choice Energy Recertifies as a Benefit Corporation

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

Leading climate change solutions provider to continue partnership with global movement

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The Green & Bio Polyol Market Worth $3,077.0 Million for a...

PR Web - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 19:17

This market research study provides a detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis of the global market also provides a comprehensive review of major market drivers, restraints, opportunities,...

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