Happy 2021!

Hannah and I are back this week after some restful time with our families. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any stranger, the world watched Wednesday’s events unfold at the Capitol. We shared some of our thoughts on the site and are now hoping for calmer waters ahead. The planet still needs our help and there is much work to do. Let’s see what we can discuss today

While individual people work to stop using items like plastic straws or cutlery, it would be great to see a governmental ban like the one coming into effect in Canada. “The move is part of a larger effort by the nation to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030.” Besides creating more trash, “Plastic pollution threatens our natural environment. It fills our rivers or lakes, and most particularly our oceans, choking the wildlife that live there.”

On the home front, the Trump Administration, in Parting Gift to (Oil and Gas) Industry, Reverses Bird Protections. “The rule change means companies will not be punished for killing migratory birds. It came a day after a new regulation restricting the use of scientific studies in policy making.”

But on a positive note, we are seeing more states work towards the normalization and prevalence of electric cars. Massachusetts is joining this group. ““The people of Massachusetts are experiencing record droughts, increased risk of wildfire, severe weather, and flooding in our coastal communities,” [Governor] Baker said in a news release. “The costly impacts of climate change are on display in the Commonwealth, making it critical that we take action.””

Lastly, this is a fun and interesting story – Inside the C.I.A., She Became a Spy for Planet Earth. Dr. Zall’s work “included up to six decades of prime data on planetary shifts in snowfall and blizzards, sea ice and glaciers.”

And here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!

Like what you see? Make sure to subscribe (look on the bottom of the home page) and tell us what you thought about the articles. Which did you find most interesting or important? We are all on this journey together. Thank you and enjoy your weekend!– Rachel

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