Damian Carrington: SEAL Award Winner 2018

A selection of this year’s best environmental journalism

Avoiding Meat And Dairy Is ‘Single Biggest Way’ To Reduce Your Impact On Earth

Without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% — an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined — and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 8 minutes)

Can Climate Litigation Save The World?

Courts are a new front line of climate action with cases against governments and oil firms spiraling. While victories have so far been rare, the pressure for change is growing. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 9 minutes)

Oceans Suffocating As Huge Dead Zones Quadruple Since 1950

Areas starved of oxygen in the open ocean and by the coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity. Algal blooms caused by agricultural runoff and the factory farming of animals is a major contributor to the crisis. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 6 minutes)

Microplastic Pollution In Oceans Is Far Worse Than Feared

The smallest particles that could be analyzed in the new research were 63 microns, roughly the width of a human hair. But much smaller plastic particles exist, say scientists — small enough to cross membranes in the human gut and enter the bloodstream, potentially causing an impending public health crisis. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 5 minutes)

Avoid Gulf Stream Disruption At All Costs

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, but scientists warn current levels of weakening have not been seen in the past 1600 years, which is as far back as the currents have been studied. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 6 minutes)

‘Debt For Dolphins’ In The Seychelles

An innovative exchange of sovereign debt for marine conservation, backed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, could pave the way to saving large swaths of the world’s oceans. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 10 minutes)

‘Collapse Of Civilisation Is A Near Certainty Within Decades’

An alarming interview with Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich on the 50th anniversary of the publication of his controversial book, The Population Bomb. Speaking on the topic of human activities and their impact on the environment, Ehrlich continues to remind the world that ‘perpetual growth is the creed of the cancer cell’. Source: The Guardian (Approx. 7 minutes)

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