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Take these 3 steps, add $500 million and create a circular economy for packaging, report urges

 


Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

 


Farming could be absorber of carbon by 2050, says report
Veganism and trees could help stop agriculture contributing to global heating, study says

 


The following excerpt is from Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery

 

 


Study finds massive reorganization of life across Earth’s ecosystems

 


Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points

 

 


Bank of England boss says global finance is funding 4C temperature rise
Mark Carney says capital markets are financing projects likely to fuel a catastrophic rise in global heating

 


Our Tax System Rewards Polluters
Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes
— and actually received billions in rebates.

 


 

How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies.
As wildfires become more frequent and destructive in a warming world,
they are increasingly leaving in their wake debris and toxic runoff that are polluting rivers and fouling water supplies. Some municipalities are having to upgrade their water treatment methods to counter the new danger.

 



Regenerative Agriculture Could Help Stop Climate Change — Can Tech Help Us Get There?

 


 

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How the U.S. power grid is evolving to handle solar and wind

As renewable energy sources move mainstream, electricity generation and distribution systems are getting an extreme makeover

https://ensia.com/features/us-power-grid-renewables-wind-solar/

 


Build a better battery for wind and solar storage, and the energy sector will beat a path to your door

As demand for renewable electricity surges, so too does demand for efficient, safe and sustainable storage

https://ensia.com/features/battery-innovations-renewable-energy/

 


Al Gore Is Opening a New Front In the War On Climate Change

Oceans are acidifying and the atmosphere is warming. But a critical part of the solution, the former vice president says, is underneath our feet.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-30/al-gore-says-regenerative-farming-can-help-slow-climate-change

 


I’m a Farmer and a Mother. Both Roles Should be Valued More

A sixth-generation dairy farmer reflects on the policies and practices that make caregiving and farming financially precarious.

https://civileats.com/2019/10/30/im-a-farmer-and-a-mother-both-roles-should-be-valued-more/

 


Big Food Is Ripe for a Revolution

The correlation between eco-friendly production, quality and prices extends to the rest of the food industry, possibly even more strongly since foods labelled “non-GMO”, for instance, don’t suffer from an image problem.
https://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/big-food-is-ripe-for-a-revolution-12656#3lr3we2R1HV2rgyZ.99


Keystone Pipeline Shut Down After Leaking Oil in North Dakota and Nobody’s Talking About It

An unknown amount of crude oil has been leaked across the state of North Dakota.

https://themindunleashed.com/2019/10/keystone-pipeline-shut-down.html

 


Keystone pipeline leaks oil in northeastern North Dakota

http://www.startribune.com/keystone-pipeline-leaks-oil-in-eastern-north-dakota/564114082/

 


THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY’S LONG FIGHT TO BLAME POLLUTION ON YOU

(video, 8 minutes)

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/03/plastics-industry-plastic-pollution/

 


Leaked Audio Reveals How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts

https://theintercept.com/2019/10/18/coca-cola-recycling-plastics-pollution/


Dying Wildlife on a Warming Planet

If fish decline, so does a food source for humans and the water birds that feed on fish, and as insect pollinators decline, so do our crops and the plants around us.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/06/dying-wildlife-warming-planet

 


We’re Just Starting to Learn How Fracking Harms Wildlife

https://www.ecowatch.com/how-fracking-harms-wildlife-2640821015.html

 


Food Production is a Major Cause of Climate Change, but Farmers Can be Part of the Solution

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/22088/agriculture-climate-change-farmers-green-new-deal-amazon-fires-food

 


‘Once they’re gone, they’re gone’: the fight to save the giant sequoia

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/06/california-giant-sequoia-grove-alder-grove


Coffee to become a rare resource because of climate change

Experts ask businesses to help Peru coffee farmers

https://www.mylondon.news/news/uk-world-news/coffee-become-rare-resource-because-17007890

 


Our diets must change to halt nature loss, says UN biodiversity chief

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2217539-our-diets-must-change-to-halt-nature-loss-says-un-biodiversity-chief/#ixzz61bOEPlL4


Congo Should Get Funding For Its Rainforests, President Says

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-27/congo-should-get-funding-for-its-rainforests-president-says

 


White House Eliminates Marine Life Advisory Boards

https://www.ecowatch.com/advisory-board-for-marine-life-white-house-2640818782.html

 


Bipartisan Report Says Trump’s Abuse Has Pushed Federal Science to a ‘Crisis’

All presidents over the past two decades have nudged science to support their policies, but a report out of N.Y.U. said the Trump administration has driven federal science to a “crisis point.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/03/climate/trump-science-crisis.html

 


Turkish scientist gets 15-month sentence for publishing environmental study

A Turkish food engineer and human rights activist was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in jail after publishing the results of a study he and other scientists had done that linked toxic pollution to a high incidence of cancer in western Turkey.

https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/09/turkish-scientist-gets-15-month-sentence-publishing-environmental-study


As tick-borne illness spreads across the U.S., so does grassroots education to prevent it

After their own lives were disrupted by Lyme disease, two women devote themselves to protecting others from their fate

https://ensia.com/articles/as-tick-borne-illness-spreads-across-the-u-s-so-does-grassroots-education-to-prevent-it/

 


South American bishops call on governments to stop deforestation

https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2019/10/02/south-american-bishops-call-governments-to-stop-deforestation/

Fewer Fires Burned the Amazon in September, But Deforestation Continues
https://earther.gizmodo.com/fewer-fires-burned-the-amazon-in-september-but-defores-1838701813

 


Nestle, P&G say they will miss 2020 deforestation goals

The world’s two largest consumer goods companies, Nestle SA (NESN.S) and Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N), have acknowledged they will fall short of goals to use only those ingredients that do not contribute to deforestation in their products by 2020.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-consumer-goods-deforestation/nestle-pg-say-they-will-miss-2020-deforestation-goals-idUSKBN1WC1WC

 


The Path to a Profitable and Protected Amazon

Thousands of products can be sustainably harvested from the forest, and indigenous peoples are crucial in helping us find them

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-path-to-a-profitable-and-protected-amazon/


In Oregon Wine Country, One Farmer’s Battle to Save the Soil

Agriculture can play a leading role in combating climate change and reversing ecological damage. Mimi Casteel is showing one way to get it done.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/dining/drinks/climate-change-regenerative-agriculture-wine.html


‘Alarming’ loss of insects and spiders recorded

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50226367


The US city preparing itself for the collapse of capitalism

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/31/us-city-preparing-itself-for-the-collapse-of-capitalism


Observed Impacts of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Wildfire in California

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2019EF001210


Gullah Geechee: distinct US culture risks losing island home to climate crisis

Queen Quet at the Hunting Island Nature Center in St Helena Island, South Carolina. ‘Our very existence is threatened by the rapid erosion of our Sea Islands.’


Fierce storms and rising seas are causing existential angst for communities in Alaska, Arizona and other states on the front line of the climate crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/23/gullah-geechee-distinct-us-culture-risks-losing-island-home-to-climate-crisis


Fighting climate change is vital to our national security, but we need to convene the world to do it

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/fighting-climate-change-is-vital-to-our-national-security-but-we-need-to-convene-the-world-to-do-it


Extinction Rebellion: We Need To Talk About The Future

https://medium.com/@sam.j.knights/extinction-rebellion-we-need-to-talk-about-the-future-95459aa4d4e0


Here’s how a circular economy could change the world by 2030

https://europeansting.com/2019/10/30/heres-how-a-circular-economy-could-change-the-world-by-2030/


‘We really need to wake up quickly’: Al Gore warns of a looming food crisis caused by climate change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/this-is-really-dangerous-al-gore-warns-of-a-looming-food-crisis-caused-by-climate-change/2019/10/21/bd3eec7e-f1cf-11e9-89eb-ec56cd414732_story.html


BRANDED Vol. II: Identifying the World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters

https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/branded-2019-web-FINAL-v2-1.pdf


Climate Change Will Cost Us Even More Than We Think
Economists greatly underestimate the price tag on harsher weather and higher seas. Why is that?

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/opinion/climate-change-costs.html


The missing economic risks in assessments of climate change impacts

The missing economic risks in assessments of climate change impacts


ExxonMobil Is Still Bankrolling Climate Science Deniers
The world’s largest oil company says climate change is real, yet continues to finance climate denier groups.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/10/23/exxonmobil-still-bankrolling-climate-science-deniers


Stanford study casts doubt on carbon capture
Current approaches to carbon capture can increase air pollution and are not efficient at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, according to research from Mark Z. Jacobson.

https://news.stanford.edu/2019/10/25/study-casts-doubt-carbon-capture/


Trump administration opens up drilling on federal land in California

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-california-oil/trump-administration-opens-up-drilling-on-federal-land-in-california


‘There are no excuses left’: why climate science deniers are running out of rope.
Guardian environment correspondent Fiona Harvey recalls being heckled
at the House of Commons and explains how attitudes to climate have
shifted in 10 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/17/climate-science-deniers-environment-warning


Meat industry sues California for animal protection ‘overreach’

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-animal-protection-lawsuit/meat-industry-sues-california-for-animal-protection-overreach


Radical warming in Siberia leaves millions on unstable ground

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/climate-change-siberia/


Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions
New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/revealed-20-firms-third-carbon-emissions

{BTW this also correlates to plastics and pesticides/herbicides production . . .most likely in an even higher market percentage.}

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Conservation finance: It’s time to revisit carbon markets
https://www.euromoney.com/article/b1hh34rtrryj9l/conservation-finance-it39s-time-to-revisit-carbon-markets


COMPLETING THE PICTURE
H O W  T H E C I R C U L A R  E C O N O M Y
TACKLES CLIMATE CHANGE

https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/assets/downloads/Completing_The_Picture_How_The_Circular_Economy_Tackles_Climate_Change_V3_26_September.pdf


Proposing a Rights of Nature Amendment to the Constitution of Sweden

http://www.naturensrattigheter.se/2019/05/15/amendment-for-the-rights-of-nature-in-the-constitution-of-sweden/


Industrial food system is at the heart of biodiversity degradation and climate change

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/464868-industrial-food-system-is-at-the-heart-of-biodiversity-degradation


Finance for a farming revolution.

To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean up water supplies, prevent the loss of biodiversity, mitigate fire and flood risk and meet the nutritional requirements of a growing population the world must improve its regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices – new tools and support from the financial services industry are needed to fund that transition.
https://www.euromoney.com/article/b1hh4gj49rglv9/finance-for-a-farming-revolution


This Is Not a Drill: 700+ Arrested as Extinction Rebellion Fights Climate Crisis with Direct Action

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/10/8/extinction_rebellion_global_actions_climate_crisis#transcript


Already Burning for a Month, Fracked Gas Blowout in Louisiana Could Last Two More Months

https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/10/04/burning-fracked-gas-blowout-louisiana-health-impacts


South America’s second-largest forest is also burning –
and ‘environmentally friendly’ charcoal is subsidizing its destruction

https://theconversation.com/south-americas-second-largest-forest-is-also-burning-and-environmentally-friendly-charcoal-is-subsidizing-its-destruction-123678


A Decolonial Education Takes Shape at Mauna Kea’s Ecological University

https://truthout.org/articles/a-decolonial-education-takes-shape-at-mauna-keas-ecological-university/


As Climate Activists March, Water Protectors Are Locked Up

https://www.leftvoice.org/as-climate-activists-march-water-protectors-are-locked-up


Drought and Border Wall Endanger Arizona’s Wildlife
The public has long supported a state program to provide water for wildlife, but now human threats, including border-wall construction and climate change, are making a bad situation worse.

https://therevelator.org/water-wildlife-arizona/


Trump Doubles Down on His Assault on Alaska’s Old-Growth Forests
US Forest Service’s multiple plans to log vast swathes of
Tongass National Forest faces stiff opposition

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/articles/entry/trump-doubles-down-on-his-assault-on-alaskas-old-growth-forests


Why cows are part of the climate solution

https://www.courant.com/opinion/insight/hc-op-insight-freund-agriculture-1006-20191006-nolve7ljrrcrrgtzba3ocpczla-story.html


Inside Copenhagen’s race to be the first carbon-neutral city

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/11/inside-copenhagens-race-to-be-the-first-carbon-neutral-city


Ex-chef wants to sell US on “carbon-friendly” chickens

https://www.sightmagazine.com.au/news/13602-ex-chef-wants-to-sell-us-on-carbon-friendly-chickens


Crop leftovers can store huge amounts of carbon: insights from Uganda

https://theconversation.com/crop-leftovers-can-store-huge-amounts-of-carbon-insights-from-uganda-124322


‘The smell will knock you off your feet’: mass mussel die-offs baffle scientists

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/14/the-smell-will-knock-you-off-your-feet-mass-mussel-die-offs-baffle-scientists


Dominion buys pipeline support at Supreme Court through GOP Attorneys General
With a key Atlantic Coast Pipeline appeal before the Supreme Court, US Attorney General Barrand Republican state Attorneys General have intervened in Dominion’s favor – while sharing close financial ties to the utility.

Dominion buys pipeline support at Supreme Court through GOP Attorneys General


Extinction Rebellion activists arrested at Bank of England protest
Dozens detained on ‘day of disruption’ targeting City firms profiting from climate crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/14/extinction-rebellion-activists-stage-protest-at-bank-of-england


Trump Administration ‘Relentless’ in Push to Keep Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children Available, Says Scientist

https://www.newsweek.com/pesticide-linked-brain-damage-unborn-children-available-47-states-chlorpyrifos-146442


The Executive Branch Must Stop Suppressing Science – Just about everything we do in society depends in part on research by the federal government.
Congress can and must protect scientific integrity with legislation

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/the-executive-branch-must-stop-suppressing-science/


A new study has shown that microplastics in soil can be harmful to worms, causing them to lose weight. Earthworms are an important part of
farming as they help boost the nutrients found in the soil – so this
latest form of plastic pollution is particularly bad news for farmers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/49935723


Germany Is Closing 84 Coal Plants to Save the Planet

Germany Is Closing 84 Coal Plants to Save the Planet


More than 500 million bees were found dead in Brazil over a three-month
period earlier in 2019. Now, scientists are linking these mass die-offs
to an increase pesticides use, fueled by the weakening of chemical
regulations by the Bolsonaro administration
https://e360.yale.edu/digest/pesticides-linked-to-deaths-of-millions-of-bees-in-brazil


British armed forces supplied by Brazilian meat firm linked to Amazon deforestation, corruption: Report

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/10/british-armed-forces-supplied-by-brazilian-meat-firm-linked-to-amazon-deforestation-corruption-report/


Five Radical Climate Policies That Most Americans Actually Like
Most registered voters are in favor of spending trillions on weatherized buildings and renewable-energy infrastructure.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/10/5-most-popular-radical-climate-policies/599272/


Why Blue Carbon needs to be on the climate agenda
Blue carbon: how coastal ecosystems can play a role in climate

https://forestsnews.cifor.org/62318/why-blue-carbon-needs-to-be-on-the-climate-agenda


In the age of farm-to-table, only a small fraction of US farmers are profitable

https://qz.com/1714519/in-the-age-of-farm-to-table-farmers-are-barely-profitable/


Fibershed Offers an Alternative Vision for the Future of the Fashion Industry
For those more interested in preserving life on Earth than in setting up camp in a new corner of the galaxy.

https://fashionista.com/2019/10/fibershed-carbon-farming
Planting Native Prairie Could Be a Secret Weapon for Farmers
In Iowa, researchers and farmers are discovering that planting strips of native prairie amidst farmland benefits soil, water, biodiversity, and more.
https://civileats.com/2019/10/15/planting-native-prairie-could-be-a-secret-weapon-for-farmers/


Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard talks about the sustainability myth,
the problem with Amazon—and why it’s not too late to save the planet
Patagonia’s Yvon Chouinard set the standard for how a business can mitigate the ravages of capitalism on earth’s environment. At 81 years old, he’s just getting started.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90411397/exclusive-patagonia-founder-yvon-chouinard-talks-about-the-sustainability-myth-the-problem-with-amazon-and-why-its-not-too-late-to-save-the-planet


Can’t Let the Taps Run Dry: Managing Water in an Unpredictable Climate
From southern Nevada to New York City, the climate crisis is causing ongoing water problems.
The Water Utility Climate Alliance is working hard to ensure cities are prepared.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/water-climate-change-city-local-20191009


Germany’s New Climate Action Includes Taxes on Flights
Meanwhile, riding the railways will get cheaper

https://www.insidehook.com/daily_brief/news-opinion/germanys-new-climate-action-includes-taxes-on-flights


Rocky Mountain Fens: Little-known ecosystems vital to biodiversity, water and climate

http://crestedbuttenews.com/2019/10/rocky-mountain-fens-little-known-ecosystems-vital-to-biodiversity-water-and-climate/


Regenerative Agriculture Could Help Stop Climate Change — Can Tech Help Us Get There?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2019/10/17/regenerative-agriculture-could-help-stop-climate-change-can-tech-help-us-get-there/#1a77dfa9594b


Comment on “The global tree restoration potential”
Bastin et al.’s estimate (Reports, 5 July 2019, p. 76) that
tree planting for climate change mitigation could sequester 205
gigatonnes of carbon is approximately five times too large. Their
analysis inflated soil organic carbon gains, failed to safeguard against warming from trees at high latitudes and elevations, and considered afforestation of savannas, grasslands, and shrublands to be restoration.

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6463/eaay7976.full


How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies.
As wildfires become more frequent and destructive in a warming world,
they are increasingly leaving in their wake debris and toxic runoff that are polluting rivers and fouling water supplies. Some municipalities are having to upgrade their water treatment methods to counter the new danger.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-wildfires-are-polluting-rivers-and-threatening-water-supplies


Our Tax System Rewards Polluters
Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes
— and actually received billions in rebates.

https://otherwords.org/our-tax-system-rewards-polluters/


Bank of England boss says global finance is funding 4C temperature rise
Mark Carney says capital markets are financing projects likely to fuel a catastrophic rise in global heating

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/oct/15/bank-of-england-boss-warns-global-finance-it-is-funding-climate-crisis


Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points

https://blog.ucsusa.org/derrick-jackson/natural-gas-vs-renewable-energy-latest-industry-talking-points


Study finds massive reorganization of life across Earth’s ecosystems

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/10/study-finds-massive-reorganization-of-life-across-earths-ecosystems/
AND
The geography of biodiversity change in marine and terrestrial assemblages

 

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6463/339


The following excerpt is from Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-10-21/pathways-to-resilience/


Farming could be absorber of carbon by 2050, says report
Veganism and trees could help stop agriculture contributing to global heating, study says

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/21/farming-could-be-absorber-of-carbon-by-2050-says-report


Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/agrochemical-apocalypse-interview-with-environmental-campaigner-dr-rosemary-mason/


Take these 3 steps, add $500 million and create a circular economy for packaging, report urges

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/take-these-3-steps-add-500-million-and-create-circular-economy-packaging-report-urges

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