Is Climate Change Putting Your Favorite Hot Sauce in Jeopardy?

By Newsroom America Feeds at 27 Mar 2018

The Sierra Club Insider Avery Island is one of the highest points of land in flat Louisiana, and home to two of the three ingredients for Tabasco hot sauce: salt and chili peppers. But climate change may be putting that in jeopardy.
Million-Plus Turn Out to March for Our Lives

On March 24, more than a million people participated in the March for Our Lives rallies held in all 50 states and around the world. The Sierra Club pulled out the stops to mobilize its members and supporters. "Gun violence has taken a stunning toll in classrooms and neighborhoods in every community in our nation," says Sierra Student Coalition director Karissa Gerhke. "Students are tired of the status quo and they're ready to take our country back from the corporations profiting from violence and destruction."

Read more, in English and Spanish, and check out photos of marches from around the nation.

Photo by Javier Sierra

School of Awe

The secretary of the interior is taking a hacksaw to our national monuments. The EPA administrator is neutering the very agency he is sworn to oversee. A top advisor to the secretary of agriculture dismisses climate science as "junk." President Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and his administration has removed mention of climate change from government websites. Where are the climate heroes to combat the administration's climate doubters and deniers?

"Don't look to the corridors of power," says Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. "Look to the hallways of schools."

Photo courtesy of Our Children's Trust/Robin Loznak

Protect Pollution Safeguards on Tribal and Public Lands

The Trump administration recently released a plan to eviscerate safeguards that limit methane and other air pollution from oil and gas drilling on public and tribal lands. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and, along with other toxic emissions from oil and gas drilling, is linked to increased asthma rates, birth defects, and cancer. The Obama administration put commonsense safeguards in place that set limits on pollution and provided critical health protections for indigenous communities and those who live near public lands. Now the Trump administration wants to remove them.

The Bureau of Land Management is collecting public comments on its plan to gut methane pollution protections. Submit your comment now!

Stop Trump's Repeal of Clean Water Protections

Every year, coal plants in the U.S. produce 140 million tons of coal ash, a toxic byproduct left over from burning coal. It's then dumped into the backyards of power plants across the nation and stored in open-air pits and waste ponds where it can contaminate waterways and groundwater supplies with hazardous chemicals and heavy metals. Now, instead of dealing with the problem, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has proposed weakening our already modest protections against coal ash pollution.

Stop Trump and Pruitt's repeal of protections against coal ash pollution.

Photo of the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill in 2008 | Photo by Lane Boldman

Are Diesel Engines More Climate-Friendly Than Gasoline Engines?

"Hey Mr. Green,"asks Brian from Spring Branch, Texas, "I recently heard someone on the radio say that diesel engines, though they are well known to pollute via fumes, soot, etc., produce less carbon dioxide than gasoline engines. Is there any truth to it? And why does the trucking industry and heavy equipment for construction, etc., rely on diesel?"

Find out what Mr. Green has to say.


Outings for Every Occasion

What does 2018 have in store? Ponder the possibilities when you peruse the 300-plus adventures and experiences offered by Sierra Club Outings. Ready to challenge yourself on a rugged wilderness journey? Treat yourself to a tropical getaway? Give back to public lands on a volunteer vacation? All this—plus family, lodge, international, and much more—is live and ready for reservations!

See all trips and sign up.

The Pacific Crest Trail in the Era of Climate Change

The PCT is uniquely susceptible to the effects of climate change. Beyond considering impacts on the hiking experience, land managers are still working through what global warming will do to the ecosystems the PCT traverses.

Follow Alex Brown as he hikes the iconic trail and considers its future in an age of climate change.

Photo courtesy of Alex Brown

Public Lands for Whom?

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has proposed dramatically increasing entrance fees at national parks while his department is simultaneously slashing grazing fees for ranchers and the royalties that fossil fuel companies pay for offshore oil and gas. Apparently Zinke feels that oil and gas companies deserve discounts while kids and senior citizens should have their discounts taken away.

Find out more about Zinke's sweetheart deals for oil companies while kids and seniors are getting the shaft.


Fiction to Inspire a Better Future

For International Women's Day, Sierra magazine spotlighted 13 women authors whose fictional world-building and apocalyptic scenarios show what's at stake for our environmental future—while also offering a good read.

Our favorite female "cli-fi" writers, from classics to bestsellers to up-and-comers.

Tabasco in Hot Water?

Avery Island is one of the highest points of land in flat Louisiana, and home to two of the three ingredients for Tabasco hot sauce: salt and chili peppers. But climate change may be putting that in jeopardy.

Find out how the family that has made Tabasco for 150 years is fighting to save its coveted hot sauce from the threat of rising sea levels.

Surprising Ways to Talk About Climate Change

Sierra sat down with scientist and mother Katharine Hayhoe to discuss what climate skepticism really boils down to, the best ways to counter it, and why we should probably all stop framing the climate crisis as an environmental issue.

Read the interview.

Photo courtesy of Climate Collaborative

Spaceship Earth Is Out of This World

National Geographic's new series One Strange Rock reveals a world most of us have never seen—at least, not like this. Eight of NASA's elite astronauts serve as a kind of living telescope through which to zoom in and out of Earth's interconnected, living biome. We see and experience the pure wonder of the planet through their eyes, thanks to dazzling cinematography covering 45 countries on six continents as well as outer space.

Read Sierra's review of the series, including an interview with executive producer Darren Aronofsky.


Don't Let the Border Become a Wasteland

The Trump administration is waiving environmental laws in its rush to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico, threatening jaguars, ocelots, pygmy owls, and Mexican gray wolves—just four of the nearly 100 threatened and endangered species that call the borderlands home. "Some Americans think of the U.S.-Mexico border as a wasteland," says Sergio Avila, a Sierra Club Outings coordinator who studies the impacts of border infrastructure. "In fact, our borderlands are teeming with wildlife. The wall will destroy their habitat, and human communities are at risk, too."

Find out why, and take action to stop the wall and protect the borderlands.


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