Ben & Jerry’s appears intent on destroying its bottom line not only in Israel, but here in the U.S., with its announced boycott of the so-called West Bank. On Monday, the ice cream maker proclaimed it would no longer be selling in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory.” “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). We also hear and recognize the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners,” the statement read in part. “Although Ben & Jerry’s will no longer be sold in the OPT, we will stay in Israel through a different arrangement. We will share an update on this as soon as we’re ready,” the company added. Well isn’t that big of them? At least some Israelis can continue to partake in Ben & Jerry’s. As a brief historical refresher, there never was a country of Palestine. What is currently known as the West Bank was part of Jordan prior to the Six-Day War in 1967. Before that, it was controlled by the British following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I. So to the extent that the West Bank is occupied, it’s because Jordan and its Arab allies lost to Israel in 1967.
Provincial inspectors aren’t checking if mechanics, electricians, other skilled tradespeople are certified. For three years running, Ontario has not enforced its rules requiring tradespeople — such as electricians, auto mechanics and plumbers — to be certified, CBC News has learned. Enforcement of Ontario’s compulsory certification of licensed trades ground to a halt right after Premier Doug Ford’s government took office. It means that since the middle of 2018, there has been no provincial oversight of whether the people working in Ontario’s licensed trades actually have the credentials to do the work. “It’s like having an environmental act with no enforcement,” said Patrick Dillon, business manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council, a grouping of labour unions.
Johnson & Johnson is exploring a plan to offload liabilities from widespread Baby Powder litigation into a newly created business that would then seek bankruptcy protection, according to seven people familiar with the matter. During settlement discussions, one of the healthcare conglomerate’s attorneys has told plaintiffs’ lawyers that J&J could pursue the bankruptcy plan, which could result in lower payouts for cases that do not settle beforehand, some of the people said. Plaintiffs’ lawyers would initially be unable to stop J&J from taking such a step, though could pursue legal avenues to challenge it later.
Project aims to be the largest net-zero LNG export facility in world. A British Columbia First Nation is proposing a new liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility to be built on the community’s treaty land and is making an environmental pledge to reach net-zero emissions within three years of commencing operations. The Nisga’a Nation, whose territory is north of Prince Rupert near the Alaska border, is partnering with a group of Western Canadian natural gas producers called Rockies LNG Partners and a Texas-based energy company called Western LNG. The project is called Ksi Lisims LNG and would include a pipeline to transport natural gas from the northeast corner of the province to the coast. The facility itself is estimated to cost $10-billion. The chilled natural gas would be loaded on to ships and exported to Asia.
Seeking solutions as pandemic race for space exacerbates a climate-unfriendly trend. You might think that cramped and crowded cities, dense with roads and highrise towers, are bad for the environment and bad for addressing climate change. But it is a long-established principle of environmental economics that while the land beneath urban cores has been largely stolen from nature, cities provide ecological benefits. Packing people all into one place, called “densification,” makes carbon-friendly public transit work. It also allows us to concentrate services such as sewage treatment and energy systems. Perhaps most important, environmentalists have hoped that concentrating people into dynamic cities such as London, New York, Montreal and Vancouver would take the pressure off surrounding green spaces that are so essential for keeping the environment healthy. But there are increasing signs that those hopes have faded and that COVID-19 has just made things worse. Climate scientists say it is time to take that into account.
The new Jeep Wrangler Xtreme Recon can drive through 33.6 inches of water, but future Jeeps may be able to go much deeper than that. During a recent electric vehicle presentation by Jeep’s parent company Stellantis, a Wrangler was depicted driving while fully submerged, and that vision could become a reality. “There is a little wink we have at the end, which is probably post-2030, but I know a lot of enthusiasts and a lot of our communities are requesting it,” Jeep CEO Christian Meunier told The Detroit News. “There are some crazy, very amazing people in the Jeep community who do that type of thing already with an ICE, so you can imagine with a battery car what it would be.” Electric vehicles don’t have air intakes or exhausts, so as long as their equipment is sealed they can operate underwater without any issues. In fact, the currently available Wrangler Rubicon 4Xe plug-in hybrid, which has an all-electric range of 21 miles, is equipped with a waterproof battery pack and rated at a fording depth of 30 inches. The capability may be useful even without scuba equipment.