• Bears across the globe are waking up from hibernation early due to warm temperatures.
  • Greta Thunberg listens to the coronavirus science — and moves climate-crisis strikes online.
  • Phones, tablets, and laptops will be included in Europe’s “Right to Repair” law to cut waste.
  • And more…

Electrek, By Michelle Lewis

© Electrek | Bears are waking up because it’s too warm, too soon

Europe just had its warmest winter ever, the US has just had its hottest December and January on record and as a result, the bears are waking up from hibernation early because they think it’s spring.

According to the Guardian, there have been bearing sightings in February and early March in Russia, Finland, Canada, and the US. In Banff in Canada, a grizzly bear was spotted on March 3, and in Yellowstone Park in the US, another grizzly was seen on March 7.

According to Yellowstone’s website, male grizzlies normally come out of hibernation in mid- to late March, and females with cubs emerge later, in April to early May.

So why is this early emergence of the bears a problem? Because if they wake up too early, there isn’t enough of their omnivorous diet for them to eat. And if they don’t have enough to eat, they go in search of food, where a run-in with humans is a possibility as they rifle through garbage and gardens.

Chris Servheen, a former grizzly bear recovery coordinator at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, said:
If we see this as a continuing thing with climate change we will probably see more conflicts because there’s not much food for the bears. If bears come out early they will potentially seek food around people, such as in garbage, bird feeders and crops. The potential for conflict is certainly higher as they come out earlier.
Young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is known, among many other things, for her #fridaysforfuture climate-crisis marches that attract thousands of people, week in, week out, all over the world. On Wednesday, Thunberg posted on Twitter that climate activists should stage digital strikes instead of in-person demonstrations to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Thunberg suggested that activists post photos of themselves striking on Fridays with a sign featuring the hashtags #DigitalStrike and #ClimateStrikeOnline.

Thunberg posted:
We young people are the least affected by this virus but it’s essential that we act in solidarity with the most vulnerable and that we act in the best interest of our common society.
 So the kids got to work yesterday protesting on Twitter. Here’s a tweet from Kenya:

The European Commission will extend the “Right to Repair” law to cover phones, tablets, and laptops so that these tech goods consist of changeable and repairable parts. The current law sets energy-efficiency standards for computers, TVs, dishwashers, and washing machines.

“The commission is also considering an EU-wide scheme that would enable consumers to sell or return old phones, tablets, and chargers. It also wants to introduce a common charger,” reports the Guardian.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, a European commissioner for the environment, said:
The linear growth model of ‘take, make, use, discard’ has reached its limits. With the growth of the world population and consumption, this linear model pushes us closer and closer to a resource crisis. The only way ahead is decoupling economic growth from extraction of primary resources and their environmental impacts.
Electrek’s Take: I don’t want to change out my smartphone every two years. I want to replace the battery and keep using it. Not only is it expensive, but it also creates landfill waste. (And yes, I know smartphone companies want to sell new stuff.) This should be standard practice globally. And I’m all for the common charger who doesn’t have various chargers all over the house? 

This article was originally published by Electrek. 
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