Top 5 Environmental Headlines of the Week

July 7, 2013

What’s been going on in the world this week? To help you stay up to date on the eco-friendly front, we’ll be providing just a few of the most important happenings in the environmental news world. Keep reading and check out our top five picks.

July 1, 2013 – Scientists Plan to Clone Some of UK’s Hardiest Trees
Scientists turn to cloning in an effort to reproduce some of Britain’s beloved oaks, yews and furs that make up some of the country’s most ancient forests. The scheme is devised by US tree conservationist David Milarch, whose conservation organization Archangel has successfully cloned 75 species of trees so far. Read full story at The Guardian. 


July 2, 2013 – Postal Service Reports on Eco-friendly Mail
The U.S. Postal Service is roughly halfway to its goal of a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gasses by 2020. According to its fifth annual Sustainability Report, the mail has never been more eco-friendly with a decrease of 1.3 million metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions since 2008. Read the full story at Post Bulletin.


July 2, 2013 – Increases in Production and Technology Alone Will not Keep Humanity Fed
Although we live in an age of plenty, dramatic increases in crop yield regardless of consequences may not be enough to feed humanity in the long run. Instead, groups of plant breeders in several countries working to develop soil-conserving perennial cereal and grain-legume crops may be the answer. Read the full story at Mother Earth News.


July 3, 2013 – First Decade of 21st Century Hottest on Record
The unprecedented climate and weather extremities of the past 10 years have taken the lives of over 370,000 people, the U.N. said. The period from 2001 to 2010 was the hottest since records began in 1850, much of the blame attributed to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions. Read the full story at Big Pond News.


July 4, 2013 – Arizona Wildfire Burning Itself Out
The Arizona Wildfire that took the lives of 19 firefighters appeared to be burning itself out over the July 4 holiday. Hundreds of evacuated residents remained out of their homes and hot spots persisted throughout the day. Read full story at Reuters.


These are just a few, out of many, environmental headlines that have occurred this week. Be sure to educate yourself about what’s going on in the world, and check back here every Friday to catch up on eco-friendly news.

-Anastasia Yefremova

Photo Credit: The Guardian, Post Bulletin, Mother Earth News, Big Pond News, Reuters