What we're reading this week

Dec 14, 2015 12:21:00 AM

Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris

The New York Times


Representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drasticeffects of climate change. Read more >>



Carbon Farming Gets A Nod At Paris Climate Conference



During the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, for the first time, the capture of carbon in soil has been made a formal part of the global response to the climate crisis.. Read more >>



Grocery chains leave food deserts barren, AP analysis finds

AP The Big Story


The Partnership for a Healthier America, which also promotes good nutrition and exercise in its anti-obesity mission, considers improving access to fresh food a key part of the solution. But the AP's research demonstrates that major grocers overwhelmingly avoid America's food deserts instead of trying to turn a profit in high-poverty areas. Read more >>



Supporting a Healthy Ocean

The Pew Charitable Trusts


Large, fully protected marine reserves are a key tool for addressing many challenges to ocean health. These reserves protect ocean areas from human activities, such as large-scale fishing, extraction of natural resources, and other destructive uses. And that helps conserve species, habitats, and ecosystem processes. To date, however, about 2 percent of the world’s ocean has been designated as fully protected marine reserves. Leading scientists strongly recommend that at least 30 percent be fully protected. Read more >>



20 of the Best Food and Farm Books of 2015

Civil Eats


The editors and contributors of Civil Eats name the food-focused books that they enjoyed the most this year. Read more >>



This Country Gets Nearly All Its Electricity From Clean Energy



While the world debates on how to make the shift towards renewables, Uruguay has announced that clean energy sources provide 94.5% of the nation’s electricity.  Over the past five years, energy investment in Uruguay has risen to $7 billion, and makes up 15% of the country’s annual GDP.  Read more >>