The toxic rhetoric of climate change — Climate Etc.

Message to children and young adults:  Don’t believe the hype that you are hearing from Extinction Rebellion and the like.  Rather than going on strike or just worrying, take the time to learn something about the science of climate change.  The IPCC reports are a good place to start; for a critical perspective on the IPCC, Climate Etc. is a good resource.

Climate change — man made and/or natural — along with extreme weather events, provide reasons for concern.   However, the rhetoric and politics of climate change have become absolutely toxic and nonsensical.

In the mean time, live your best life.  Trying where you can to lessen your impact on the planet is a worthwhile thing to do.   Societal prosperity is the best insurance policy that we have for reducing our vulnerability to the vagaries of weather and climate.

via The toxic rhetoric of climate change — Climate Etc.

Plants emit ultrasonic distress screams when stressed — Science Chronicle

Researchers at Tel-Aviv University have found plants making airborne emission of ultrasound screams when subjected to stress. They suspect that the sounds are generated by a process called cavitation. The sound may be alerting other plants nearby. Researchers have for the first time found evidence of plants making airborne emission of ultrasound screams when subjected […]

via Plants emit ultrasonic distress screams when stressed — Science Chronicle


Is Artisanal Fake Meat the Next Trend?

The company’s chopped “chicken” is made with pea and wheat protein, herbs such as sage and thyme, and salt and pepper, without preservatives, additives, or artificial flavors or colors. “I think that in the plant-based category, there’s so much innovation and so much excitement going around with what we can develop in a lab and what science can really add to the category,” Song says. “But at the end of the day, this is ‘We’re in the food space,’ and I think people are forgetting that this needs to be food.”

Still. Not. Meat.

Read the entire article and decide for yourself.

Why do you need food that pretends to be something other than what it is?

Spike in Death Rates in Young Adults Minnesota

Screenshot_2019-12-05 What’s behind the spike in death rates among young adults in Minnesota MinnPost

That hasn’t escaped the notice of Dan Dahl, of Dahl Funeral Home in East Grand Forks and the former president of the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association.

“The older I get, the younger everyone else gets. I’m 59, and it used to be when I was 35, 35-year-olds didn’t die, it seemed like. It kind of sticks out now the older you get,” he said. “We’re not supposed to be burying our kids, our kids are supposed to be burying us.”

Read the source article at this link.

Long-term weight loss is achievable and reduces the risk of death — Nutritional Revolution

Reading Time: 3 minutes A common refrain of Health At Any Size people is that, “But only 5% of people achieve sustained weight loss!” Then follows the suggestion that, therefore, nobody should try to achieve sustained weight loss. This 5% figure is a fiction, as one can see from scientific reviews of the research literature.…

via Long-term weight loss is achievable and reduces the risk of death — Nutritional Revolution


Burger King’s Impossible Whoppers are Meat Adjacent! – Updated 12.15.19

A vegan is suing Burger King because its Impossible Whoppers are meat adjacent

Somehow none of this makes any sense to me.

Update 12.15.19

And it doesn’t make any sense to VegNews either.

Personal Purity and the Vegan Politics of a Shared Burger Grill

Every vegan who is connected to the internet knows about the shared grill situation, and if you’re not comfortable with it, then don’t eat at those restaurants. It’s that simple.

Nicole Axworthy is the News Editor of VegNews and author of DIY Vegan who is an imperfect human but still 100-percent vegan.