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Another wake-up call is sounding. Will the world continue sleepwalking? That’s the warning of UN Secretary-General António Guterres who said, “Today, it is Pakistan. Tomorrow, it could be your country.”
The current emergency in Jackson, Mississippi, the state’s capital, where tens of thousands have been without clean water, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Residents of the city and local officials have been warning of issues for years. People in Jackson, which is over 80 percent Black, lack water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and flushing toilets, after flooding from heavy rains exacerbated problems at already struggling water plants.
The world is transitioning to a greener future, as more renewable energy sources like wind and solar come online and demand for electric vehicles increases. Unfortunately, much clean tech relies on batteries that are not sustainably sourced and can’t be recycled, which is the case for lithium mining that can have a significant environmental and social cost. Also, chemicals in conventional batteries take thousands of years to degrade and are subject to exploding or catching fire.
Staples like corn, wheat, and rice have sustained people for centuries, but global warming is putting those crops at risk, as rising temperatures, extreme weather events, and droughts affect yields. There is, however, a climate-proof food that might be arriving on your dinner plate and it’s perhaps one you’ve never heard of—breadfruit.
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