Edition for 19 April 2020

Top Stories

The Guardian joins forces with hundreds of newsrooms to promote climate solutions (Guardian)

  • As the 50th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, we’re partnering with newsrooms around the world to report on solutions to the climate crisis – and drive hope.
  • Even as the coronavirus pandemic terrorizes the world, there’s another global emergency the media can’t afford to stop covering.
  • Fifty years ago this week, the environmental movement staged the first Earth Day demonstration to call attention to environmental degradation and demand reform.
  • In the half century since, climate change has emerged as an existential global threat.

The Conversation: The first Earth Day 50 years ago was a shot heard around the world (Market Watch)

  • In my view, without the first Earth Day, global action against problems like trade in endangered species, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change would have taken much longer — or might never have happened at all.
  • President Nixon issued a statement when the conference concluded, observing that “for the first time in history, the nations of the world sat down together to seek better understanding of each other’s environmental problems and to explore opportunities for positive action, individually and collectively.” Other nations were far more skeptical.
  • Largely because of U.S. leadership, industrialized nations agreed to establish and provide initial funding for what is arguably the world’s premier global environmental institution: the United Nations Environment Programme.

Renewable energy, retrofits touted as job-creating alternative to oil sector devastation (CBC)

  • With a barrel of Canadian oil now going for the same price as a cup of coffee, some renewable energy experts say it's time for a different approach to building Canada's energy sector.
  • They say the massive job losses and economic turmoil hammering the oil industry could be at least partly offset by a more aggressive shift toward renewables, energy-efficiency retrofits and other sustainable infrastructure.
  • That's why those urging Canada to keep tackling climate change say the post-coronavirus economy must include a more rapid transition to renewables and energy efficient upgrades.

Warmest oceans on record could set off a year of extreme weather (Japan Times)

  • The world’s seas are simmering, with record high temperatures spurring worry among forecasters that the global warming effect may generate a chaotic year of extreme weather ahead.
  • The high temperatures could offer clues on the ferocity of the Atlantic hurricane season, the eruption of wildfires from the Amazon region to Australia, and whether the record heat and severe thunderstorms raking the southern U.S. will continue.
  • Sea water “remembers and holds onto heat” better than the atmosphere, Arndt said.

COVID-19 pandemic highlights importance of strengthening Singapore's food security, say experts (Channel News Asia)

  • While there are other factors such as climate change which pose a threat to food security, these are relatively far off, he noted.
  • While noting Edible Garden City uses agritech to overcome limitations such as space or climate - allowing it to grow kale and specialty Japanese vegetables like komatsuna in indoor climate controlled environments - there must be a balance with “natural farming methods”, Mr Low said.
  • “Additionally, there's also a wide variety of veggies that grow well in our climate, many of which are not only tasty but that are incredibly nutritious.”

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