Sustainable and plantable cutlery by the BloomSpoon company which is one of the main topics introduced in this week's Eco-Friendly News Series.
May 13, 2024
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The Introduction of Quirky Plantable Eating Utensils and Vermont Stands Against Fossil Fuel Companies Climate Inaction - 25th Issue

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Damages and Death Tolls Mount as Floods Submerge Southern Brazilian City

After a week of non-stop rain, Southern Brazil is dealing with catastrophic flooding. The enormous Guaíba Lake, which has five tributaries, broke its banks and submerged the Rio Grande do Sul state capital, Porto Alegre. Local media called it an unprecedented environmental calamity.

The human cost is tragic. As of today, the death toll has climbed to 126, with authorities struggling to manage the crisis. Over 400,000 people have been forced from their houses as a result of the heavy rains; 70,000 of them are taking temporary shelter in gyms, schools, and other spaces. 

Experts attribute the heavy, unexpected flooding to exaggerated El Nino weather patterns, caused by global warming. El Nino is a natural weather pattern caused by increased ocean temperatures. Therefore, increasing global temperature exaggerates its effects

Devils Hole Pupfish Defy Extinction Odds

Devils Hole cave in Nevada. Where the resilient pupfish makes a comeback.

In a surprising turn of events, the Devil's Hole pupfish, one of the world's most endangered fish species, is making a substantial comeback following decades of conservation efforts. Scientists have detected a population growth of 263 individuals, the highest count in 19 years.

The Devil's Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis), has long been associated with perseverance and survival. The pupfish is a small iridescent fish no more than an inch that thrives in the geothermal waters of Devil’s Hole, a separate area of the Death Valley National Park. 

In 2013, their numbers had dropped to 35, raising concerns about extinction. However, the most recent spring count has given scientists and conservationists reason to be optimistic.

Japan’s Controversial Proposal to Hunt Fin Whales Stirs Global Debate

Japan's Fisheries Agency has sparked a firestorm of controversy with a proposal to authorize fin whale hunting in its coastal waters. This move comes five years after Japan left the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resumed commercial whaling

Fin whales, the second-largest mammals on the planet, are essential to marine ecology. Their potential inclusion on the huntable species list has generated uproar among conservationists worldwide.

Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary, defends the plan. He contends that whales are a traditional food source and that sustainable hunting is supported by research.

However, environmental groups counter that targeting fin whales jeopardizes marine biodiversity and ignores the declining demand for whale meat in Japan itself.

From Fork to Farm: A Seed of Change in Sustainable Dining

plantable cutlery by The BloomSpoon

Dubai-based BloomSpoon is transforming the dining industry's sustainability with the world's first plantable cutlery. This brilliant creation isn't just a utensil; it's a seed of change. 

Crafted from biodegradable wheat straw, these utensils come embedded with seeds, ready to sprout new life after they've served their mealtime purpose. The seeds are of different varieties from herbs, vegetables, or even flowers. 

Mostafa Khattab, BloomSpoon's founder and managing director, adds that the silverware is designed to survive up to five years. When it comes time to dispose of them, customers can plant the complete utensil or simply the grains at the tip. This not only combats the issue of plastic waste but also promotes an environmentally responsible practice of planting.

Vermont Bill Holds Fossil Fuel Companies Accountable for Climate Costs

In a historic legislative move, Vermont has passed a bill that could transform the financial landscape of climate change accountability. The Climate Superfund Act is the first law of its kind in the United States, requiring fossil fuel companies to reimburse for environmental damage caused by climate change.

The bill aims to hold large fossil fuel companies financially accountable for the devastation brought about by climate-related extreme weather events. The bill's passage follows Vermont's catastrophic summer flooding and destruction from other climate-related disasters.

The Climate Superfund Act will evaluate the sums owed by fossil fuel companies based on calculations of how much climate change led to extreme weather in Vermont and the financial impact of these weather disasters on the state. The companies' portion of the total will be determined by their carbon dioxide emissions between 1995 and 2024.

The bill received overwhelming approval in Vermont's state Senate and House, and it is currently awaiting a final vote before being handed to Republican Governor Phil Scott.