Irreversible Damage Seen From Climate Change in UN Leak

Humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless there’s faster action to limit the fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change, according to a leaked draft United Nations report. Global warming already is affecting “all continents and across the oceans,” and further pollution from heat-trapping gases will raise the likelihood of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”[Bloomberg News]

Dig Deep Into Superfund New York 

Beauty and toxins, industry and wildlife mix in Newtown Creek, along the Gowanus Canal and near to old Wolff-Alport Chemical Company on the Brooklyn-Queens border…All three sites are highly contaminated…they also happen to sit in neighborhoods that are either deep into or on the verge of a wave of development, gentrification and all the complex impacts those forces will deliver. [City Limits]

East Side garbage foes hide behind loophole

Upper East Side residents have long opposed a station on the East River at 91st Street and York Avenue, where trucks would transfer garbage to barges. The main group fighting the station had been the Gracie Point Community Council, which spent some $300,000 between 2003 and 2011 on lobbyists, according to city records…Pledge 2 Protect has had a similar role. It presents itself as a group of concerned Upper East Side citizens worried about quality-of-life issues. But the veiling of its donors through Marquart & Small makes it impossible to know whether other motives are at play. [Crain’s New York Business]

Here’s how Brazil’s new presidential candidate could help save the planet

Now a poll predicts 56-year-old Silva will squeeze into the second round of voting and narrowly beat President Dilma Rousseff…This could make Silva the first environmentalist to lead a major world economy. And what happens to the environment in Brazil, home to the planet’s great green lungs, matters on a global scale. [Global Post]

Mother Nature’s Daughter

New York’s urban farmers — the people who actually work in the field — offer a sharply different head count of what you might call bulls and cows. Of the 19 farms and farm programs that contributed information for this article, 15 reported having a majority of women among their leadership, staff, youth workers, students, apprentices and volunteers. [New York Times]