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Organic September: Could farming be a solution to the climate crisis?

Lizzie Rivera explores the connection between soil health and human health in celebration of all the farmers – organic and otherwise – who are reversing environmental damage, cultivating biodiversity and harvesting hope 

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/organic-september-farming-biodiversity-soil-health-environment-damage-a9697721.html


For Small Farms Surviving the Pandemic, Co-ops Are a Lifeline

When their buyers closed up shop, some farmers created new opportunities by collaborating with their neighbors.

https://civileats.com/2020/09/14/for-small-farms-surviving-the-pandemic-co-ops-are-a-lifeline/


The Evidence is Clear: 

The US Public Wants Science-Based Policies for COVID-19

https://blog.ucsusa.org/derrick-jackson/public-wants-science-based-policies-for-covid-19


A concept city designed to withstand epidemics

https://www.politicallore.com/a-concept-city-designed-to-withstand-epidemics/23447


Agricultural Science Professors Working to Bring the Farm Home 

https://news.uoguelph.ca/2020/09/agricultural-science-professors-working-to-bring-the-farm-home/


The findings are clear: Our relationship with nature is broken.

Biodiversity – the rich diversity of life on Earth – is being lost at an alarming rate. This loss effects our own health and well-being. Today, catastrophic impacts for people and the planet loom closer than ever.

https://livingplanet.panda.org/en-us/


‘A savagely broken food system’: Cory Booker wants radical reform … now

Exclusive: US senator says everybody loses – except the massive corporations that have taken over America’s food industry

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/15/a-savagely-broken-food-system-cory-booker-wants-radical-reform-now


We need a robust circular economy for water, our most useful resource
https://medium.com/circulatenews/the-power-of-water-a23d57853686


Our energy hunger is tethered to our economic past
https://attheu.utah.edu/uncategorized/thermoeconomics/


This Is How We Pry The Corporate Stranglehold Off Of Our Farm System 

The corporations behind Big Ag are deeply invested in keeping our farm system as it is. It’s our responsibility to get farms and our food production back in the hands of the people.

http://foodandwaterwatch.org/news/how-we-pry-corporate-stranglehold-our-farm-system

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Green Mission News – July 2020

A greener economy: how we make sustainability central to business  https://theconversation.com/a-greener-economy-how-we-make-sustainability-central-to-business-139086   The Path Beyond Extinction and Escape:  Return to Earth, Regenerate and Share Message for

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Green Mission News – May 2020

From Emergency to Emergence.   The pandemic has also exposed extreme vulnerabilities in the global market economy, including its long and highly specialized linear supply chains,

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Green Mission News – Earth Month 2020

Ecological Reflections on the Corona virus From the forests, to our farms, to our gut microbiome https://navdanyainternational.org/one-planet-one-health-connected-through-biodiversity/ Coronavirus pandemic leading to huge drop in air

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Green Mission News – March 2020

Al Gore promotes carbon markets, regenerative agriculture at D.C. conference https://thefern.org/ag_insider/al-gore-promotes-carbon-markets-regenerative-agriculture-at-d-c-conference/ How to support your children in turning climate angst into climate action https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/transformation/how-support-your-children-turning-climate-angst-climate-action/  

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Green Mission News – February, 2020

Banking on Climate? https://www.ran.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Banking_on_Climate_Change_2019_vFINAL1.pdf Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company’s climate failures Employees ‘needed to stand up for what’s right’ despite policy

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Green Mission News – January 2020

Statistic of the decade: The massive deforestation of the Amazon https://theconversation.com/statistic-of-the-decade-the-massive-deforestation-of-the-amazon-128307 Greta Thunberg named Time magazine’s person of the year Teen activist lauded by magazine

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Green Mission News – October 2019

‘Genius’ Grant Goes To Marine Scientist Who Embraces Flash Mobs And Comic Books https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/09/25/763456317/genius-grant-goes-to-marine-scientist-who-embraces-flash-mobs-and-comic-books Is Compost the Secret to Making Ag Climate Friendly? A new

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Green Mission News – September 2019

Greta Thunberg’s Transatlantic Sailing Trip Is Seriously Carbon-Neutral https://cleantechnica.com/2019/08/22/greta-thunbergs-transatlantic-sailing-trip-is-seriously-carbon-neutral/   Walter Jehne – The Soil Carbon Sponge, Climate Solutions and Healthy Water Cycles (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=123y7jDdbfY

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Green Mission News – July 2019

  A new generation of leaders understands that individual actions won’t fix our environmental problems By defining environmental citizenship as responsible consumption, sustainability advocates downplay

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Green Mission News – June 2019

Climate change and biodiversity should be top headline news (David Suzuki) http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/05/climate-change-and-biodiversity-should-be-top-headline-news We’re Not the Class of 2019. We’re the Class of 0000. Deliver a

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Green Mission News – May 2019

A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/4/eaaw2869 AND New paper proposes a science-based ‘Global Deal for Nature’ https://news.mongabay.com/2019/04/new-paper-proposes-a-science-based-global-deal-for-nature/ Why Is Going

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Green Mission News – March 2019

US Youth Climate Strikes https://www.youthclimatestrikeus.org/ Becoming Greta: ‘Invisible Girl’ to Global Climate Activist, With Bumps Along the Way https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/climate/greta-thunburg.html THIS IS A CRISIS FACING UP

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Green Mission News – October 2018

California Climate Strategy An Integrated Plan for Addressing Climate Change http://www.climatechange.ca.gov   New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US

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Green Mission News – May 2018

Closing the Loop, the world’s first feature-length documentary film on the circular economy.   “Unless we go to Circular it’s game over for the planet; it’s game over

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Green Mission News – November 2017

The Woman Aiming to Get 50 Million Americans Into the Worker-Owner Economy And she has a plan to do it. http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/the-woman-aiming-to-get-50-million-americans-into-the-worker-owner-economy-20171026 Global atmospheric CO2 levels

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Green Mission News – October, 2020

Regenerative Agriculture and the Soil Carbon Solution 

The climate crisis is here, but regenerative agriculture can help fight it.

Our newest white paper explores regenerative agriculture’s capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a practical and cost-effective way—all while addressing our planetary water crisis, extreme poverty and food insecurity, protecting and enhancing the environment, and revitalizing food. Regenerative agriculture is a win-win-win climate solution that’s ready for widescale implementation now. What are we waiting for?

https://rodaleinstitute.org/education/resources/regenerative-agriculture-and-the-soil-carbon-solution/


Jane Fonda: ‘If Greta Thunberg can do it, so can I’

In an exclusive extract from her new book, the actor recalls the beginnings of her climate crisis protests outside the White House

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/sep/05/jane-fonda-if-greta-thunberg-can-do-it-so-can-i


Lighting the way for new solar fuels science 

https://news.yale.edu/2020/09/04/lighting-way-new-solar-fuels-science


With Planet and the Future on the Line, Sunrise Movement 

Doubles Down on 2020 After RBG’s Death

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/09/21/planet-and-future-line-sunrise-movement-doubles-down-2020-after-rbgs-death


The Sitting President Has No Climate Plan. 

Why Isn’t That Headline News?

https://www.coveringclimatenow.org/climate-beat/cm6g4gwy6x0icmtp0072wyglve005i


Trump seeks to fast-track dozens of fossil fuel projects during pandemic

List comes after Trump order in June directed agencies to use emergency authority to speed projects amid economic downturn

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/03/trump-fast-track-fossil-fuel-projects-during-pandemic


How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/11/897692090/how-big-oil-misled-the-public-into-believing-plastic-would-be-recycled


Trump lied about science: Trump’s COVID Lies “Cost Countless Lives”

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/09/11/science.abe7391?rss=1


Climate Action 100+ is an investor initiative launched in 2017 to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action on climate change. More than 500 investors with over $47 trillion in assets collectively under management are engaging companies to:

  • Curb emissions
  • Improve governance and
  • Strengthen climate-related financial disclosures.

https://climateaction100.wpcomstaging.com/about-us/


Bill McKibben: Vote as if the Climate and the Future of Humanity Depend on It—Because They Do

https://www.coveringclimatenow.org/cw2020/bill-mckibben-vote-as-if-life-on-earth-depends-on-it

Fast Fact Friday: Rights of Nature

(video; 2:15 mins.)

https://celdf.org/advancing-community-rights/rights-of-nature/

INVISIBLE HAND: A FILM BY MELISSA A. TROUTMAN & JOSHUA B. PRIBANIC

(85 minutes) https://www.invisiblehandfilm.com/


How do we avert global warming, extinctions and pandemics? New app has answers

  • A new online platform shows where best to protect land in order to safeguard biodiversity and stem carbon emissions.
  • The Global Safety Net combines six primary data layers: existing protected areas, habitats where rare species live, areas of high biodiversity, landscapes inhabited by large mammals, large areas of intact wilderness and natural landscapes that can absorb and store the most carbon.

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/09/how-do-we-avert-global-warming-extinctions-and-pandemics-new-app-has-answers/


The People’s Agroecology Process Brings a Global Lens 

to U.S. Food Justice Work

Farmers from across the Americas are working together to envision a new food system based on food sovereignty and political justice.

https://civileats.com/2020/09/10/the-peoples-agroecology-process-brings-a-global-lens-to-u-s-food-justice-work/


Liability Roadmap 

  Polluters are fueling the climate crisis while raking in vast profits.  

  Polluters should be held liable—and pay for the damage they cause.  

  This roadmap shows decision-makers and movements how to use a variety of tools—at the local, national, and global levels—to hold them liable.  

https://liabilityroadmap.org/

The Problem With Microplastics

https://theaseanpost.com/article/problem-microplastics


A Dying Industry is Leaving A Deadly Legacy.

In the meantime, nonsensically, we carry on drilling. As pointed out

earlier in the week, despite this, and the climate emergency, California alone has approved 1,679 new drilling permits this year.

http://priceofoil.org/2020/09/18/a-dying-industry-is-leaving-a-deadly-legacy/


Only one in 10 utility firms prioritise renewable electricity – global study

Vast majority of world’s electricity companies remain heavily invested in fossil fuels.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/31/only-one-in-10-utility-firms-prioritise-renewable-electricity-global-study


Criticism without Critique: A Climate Camp Reader from January 2010
https://dysophia.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/cca_reader.pdf

 


Space for Movement: Bolivian Climate Justice
https://spaceformovement.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/space_for_movement2.pdf

 


Contours of Climate Justice Ideas for shaping new climate and energy politics
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237630594_Contours_of_Climate_Justice_Ideas_for_shaping_new_climate_and_energy_politics


Are Carbon Markets for Farmers Worth the Hype?

Private markets promise farmers monetization of a secondary crop: carbon stored in the soil. But questions loom about data ownership, consolidation, and increased pollution in communities of color.

https://civileats.com/2020/09/24/are-carbon-markets-for-farmers-worth-the-hype/


Melting Glacier Floods Arctic Coal Mine, Highlighting Climate Change Paradox

https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/09/18/coal-mining-svalbard-glacier-flood/


Don’t look away now: are viewers finally ready for the truth about nature?

For decades David Attenborough delighted millions with tales of life on Earth.

But now the broadcaster wants us to face up to the state of the planet.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/18/dont-look-away-now-are-viewers-finally-ready-for-the-truth-about-nature-aoe

Engineer’s Undergraduate Research Could Make Solar Energy More Efficient.
Pitt students have created a type of self-cleaning glass that allows more solar energy
to reach the power-generating portion of solar panels.
https://www.giveto.pitt.edu/s/1729/18/interior-giving.aspx?sid=1729&gid=2&pgid=4072&cid=9135&ecid=9135&crid=0&calpgid=2135&calcid=3585

Why science takes so long: University of Toronto’s Ross Upshur on our evolving understanding of COVID-19
https://www.utoronto.ca/news/why-science-takes-so-long-u-t-s-ross-upshur-our-evolving-understanding-covid-19


Understanding “Ghost Forests” and Abandoned Farms

https://today.umd.edu/articles/understanding-ghost-forests-and-abandoned-farms-98b06e85-21de-42c6-9bd2-efb59f304434


‘An unacceptable plastic future’: Univ of Toronto ecologists sound alarm in new study of global waterways

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/unacceptable-plastic-future-u-t-ecologists-sound-alarm-new-study-global-waterways


Ocean acidification risks deep-sea reef collapse.

Deep-sea coral reefs face challenges as changes to ocean chemistry triggered

by climate change may cause their foundations to become brittle, a study suggests.

The underlying structures of the reefs – which are home to a multitude of aquatic life –

could fracture as a result of increasing ocean acidity caused by rising levels of carbon dioxide.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2020/ocean-acidification-risks-deep-sea-reef-collapse


Wildfire on the Rise Since 1984 in Northern California’s Coastal Ranges

From Berryessa to Klamath Mountains, High-Severity Burns Quadrupled During Warm Drought.

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/wildfire-rise-1984-northern-californias-coastal-ranges


Emissions Could Add 15 Inches to 2100 Sea Level Rise, NASA-Led Study Finds

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/emissions-could-add-15-inches-to-2100-sea-level-rise-nasa-led-study-finds


Engineer’s Undergraduate Research Could Make Solar Energy More Efficient.

Pitt students have created a type of self-cleaning glass that allows more solar energy to reach the power-generating portion of solar panels.

https://www.giveto.pitt.edu/s/1729/18/interior-giving.aspx?sid=1729&gid=2&pgid=4072&cid=9135&ecid=9135&crid=0&calpgid=2135&calcid=3585


Why science takes so long: University of Toronto’s Ross Upshur on our evolving understanding of COVID-19

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/why-science-takes-so-long-u-t-s-ross-upshur-our-evolving-understanding-covid-19


Central Minnesota farm ‘renegade’ tackles new industry: Fashion

Minnesota ranch works to bring regenerative ag to leather products 

https://www.startribune.com/farm-renegade-tackles-new-industry-fashion/572395492/


From Carbon Sinks to Carbon Banks: Might Mycelium 

Assist Resolve Our Local Weather Disaster?

https://fintechzoom.com/fintech-news-banking/from-carbon-sinks-to-carbon-banks-could-mycelium-help-resolve-our-climate-crisis/


How 2 Teens Are Saving Their City’s Bees

This duo is rebuilding bee habitats with a 13-mile stretch of pollinator gardens through Newport News, Virginia.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/teens-saving-city-bees_n_5f3e8068c5b609f4f675af89


Connecting Fishermen with Hungry Communities Can also Benefit Local Food Systems

While fresh seafood hasn’t traditionally been included in hunger relief programs, advocates say the lean protein is a smart choice that supports local economies.

https://civileats.com/2020/09/15/connecting-fishermen-with-hungry-communities-can-also-benefit-local-food-systems/


How Does The Tesla Solar Roof Stack Up To A Traditional Solar System 

After 6 Months?

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/09/03/how-does-the-tesla-solar-roof-stack-up-to-a-traditional-solar-system-after-6-months/


Western News – Research touts lower-cost, longer-life battery

https://news.westernu.ca/2020/08/study-touts-lower-cost-longer-life-battery/


Utility companies undermining global transition to net-zero emissions

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-09-04-utility-companies-undermining-global-transition-net-zero-emissions#


Extinction Rebellion climate protesters 

blockade Rupert Murdoch’s printing presses.

Extinction Rebellion accused the newspapers of 

failing to accurately report on climate change.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/extinction-rebellion-climate-protesters-blockade-rupert-murdoch-s-printing-presses-1.1073200


Hurricane Laura and the California Fires Are Part of the Same Crisis

Human-caused climate change has made the world warmer than it used to be, and the consequences have started to show.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-27/hurricane-laura-california-fires-both-tied-to-climate-change


With global heating, expect more inferno seasons: 

Pacific Coast Climate Apocalypse

Talking about weather records feels pointless when every year is certain to be hotter than the last.

https://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/latimes/default.aspx?edid=e8987281-10d0-4baf-9f9f-02b7000ecf50


Those Orange Western Skies and the Science of Light

This is what happens when atmospheric chemistry combines with the physics of teeny-tiny things.

https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/09/those-orange-western-skies-and-the-science-of-light/


How climate change is fueling record-breaking California wildfires, heat and smog 

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-13/climate-change-wildfires-california-west-coast


Is BP Finally Committing to Ambitious Climate Action – or About to Fool Us Twice? Five Things to Look For in Its Climate Strategy

https://blog.ucsusa.org/peter-frumhoff/is-bp-finally-committing-to-ambitious-climate-action-or-about-to-fool-us-twice-five-things-to-look-for-in-its-climate-strategy


Revealed: BP and Shell back anti-climate lobby groups despite pledges

https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2020/09/28/bp-shell-climate-lobby-groups/


State of the World’s Plants and Fungi

Never before has the biosphere, the thin layer of life we call home, been under such intensive and urgent threat. Deforestation rates have soared as we have cleared land to feed ever-more people, global emissions are disrupting the climate system, new pathogens threaten our crops and our health, illegal trade has eradicated entire plant populations, and non-native species are outcompeting local floras. Biodiversity is being lost – locally, regionally and globally.

https://www.kew.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/Kew%20State%20of%20the%20Worlds%20Plants%20and%20Fungi.pdf


Water borrowing: 

An invisible, global coping strategy for household water issues

In much of the world, safe drinking water is unavailable in people’s homes. When water is not available from managed sources like this store in San Borja, Bolivia, people need to acquire water in other ways. 

https://news.psu.edu/story/631238/2020/09/09/research/water-borrowing-invisible-global-coping-strategy-household-water


What the Flint Water Crisis Meant for My Family

Take it from me: You don’t want to go through what we did. Every community deserves water, life, and dignity.

https://otherwords.org/what-the-flint-water-crisis-meant-for-my-family/


Op-ed: How Patents Threaten Small Seed Companies

The use of wide-ranging utility patents by a few powerful multinational corporations could make it harder for small companies to breed future crops.

https://civileats.com/2020/09/11/op-ed-how-seed-patents-threaten-small-seed-companies/


World Honey Bee Day–Another Reminder that 40% of Insect Species Now Threatened With Extinction

Researchers need our help to advocate for policies that will protect insect populations.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/09/04/world-honey-bee-day-another-reminder-40-insect-species-now-threatened-extinction

 


Is There Life Beyond Plastic?

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/09/04/is-there-life-beyond-plastic/


Coca-Cola leading plastic polluter worldwide for second year in a row

Coca-Cola accounts for 3.3 million tons of plastic packaging annually, which roughly accounts for 200,000 bottles every minute.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/09/05/coca-cola-leading-plastic-polluter-worldwide-for-second-year-in-a-row/


Organic September: Could farming be a solution to the climate crisis?

Lizzie Rivera explores the connection between soil health and human health in celebration of all the farmers – organic and otherwise – who are reversing environmental damage, cultivating biodiversity and harvesting hope 

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/organic-september-farming-biodiversity-soil-health-environment-damage-a9697721.html


For Small Farms Surviving the Pandemic, Co-ops Are a Lifeline

When their buyers closed up shop, some farmers created new opportunities by collaborating with their neighbors.

https://civileats.com/2020/09/14/for-small-farms-surviving-the-pandemic-co-ops-are-a-lifeline/


The Evidence is Clear: 

The US Public Wants Science-Based Policies for COVID-19

https://blog.ucsusa.org/derrick-jackson/public-wants-science-based-policies-for-covid-19


A concept city designed to withstand epidemics

https://www.politicallore.com/a-concept-city-designed-to-withstand-epidemics/23447


Agricultural Science Professors Working to Bring the Farm Home 

https://news.uoguelph.ca/2020/09/agricultural-science-professors-working-to-bring-the-farm-home/


The findings are clear: Our relationship with nature is broken.

Biodiversity – the rich diversity of life on Earth – is being lost at an alarming rate. This loss effects our own health and well-being. Today, catastrophic impacts for people and the planet loom closer than ever.

https://livingplanet.panda.org/en-us/


‘A savagely broken food system’: Cory Booker wants radical reform … now

Exclusive: US senator says everybody loses – except the massive corporations that have taken over America’s food industry

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/15/a-savagely-broken-food-system-cory-booker-wants-radical-reform-now


We need a robust circular economy for water, our most useful resource
https://medium.com/circulatenews/the-power-of-water-a23d57853686

 


Our energy hunger is tethered to our economic past
https://attheu.utah.edu/uncategorized/thermoeconomics/


This Is How We Pry The Corporate Stranglehold Off Of Our Farm System 

The corporations behind Big Ag are deeply invested in keeping our farm system as it is. It’s our responsibility to get farms and our food production back in the hands of the people.

http://foodandwaterwatch.org/news/how-we-pry-corporate-stranglehold-our-farm-system

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