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LED lights found to kill coronavirus: Global first in fight against COVID-19

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/led-lights-found-to-kill-coronavirus-global-first-in-fight-against-covid-19/

 


Scientists Develop Blood Test to Predict Environmental Harms to Children

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/scientists-develop-blood-test-predict-environmental-harms-children

 


Global initiative launched to boost circular economy

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-02/23/c_139761725.htm

 


New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

https://packagingeurope.com/new-initiative-launched-to-promote-place-of-mono-pet-flexibles/


Unesda says beverage packaging can be circular by 2030

Brussels-based soft drink association foresees boost in PET recyclability.

https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/unesda-pet-plastic-beverage-bottle-recycling-europe/

 


Soft drinks industry aims for 100% recycled or renewable plastic by 2030

https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/soft-drinks-industry-aims-for-100-recycled-or-renewable-plastic-by-2030/

 


Nestlé and Microsoft on financing circular innovations

If you’re going to use more recycled content, you’re going to use alternative materials for packaging, you have to be ready to make the capital investment needed in your infrastructure in your factories.

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/nestle-and-microsoft-financing-circular-innovations

 


New funding to create innovative products and expand markets for recycled materials

https://www.miragenews.com/new-funding-to-create-innovative-products-and-517254/

 


We’re killing those tropical trees we’re counting on to absorb carbon dioxide

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/were-killing-those-tropical-trees-were-counting-on-to-absorb-carbon-dioxide/

 


Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by ‘entire countries’ 

Bitcoin mining – the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithm – is a deeply energy intensive process

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/feb/27/bitcoin-mining-electricity-use-environmental-impact

 

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Green Mission News – December, 2020

For sustainable business, ‘planetary boundaries’ define the new rules https://news.mongabay.com/2020/11/for-sustainable-business-planetary-boundaries-define-the-new-rules/ What could a good green recovery plan actually look like? What do governments across the

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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 – March, 2021

What Does An Ecological Civilization Look Like?
A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia— yet communities everywhere are already creating it.
Includes: 6 Rules for Humans Rejoining the Natural World.
https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/ecological-civilization/2021/02/16/what-does-ecological-civilization-look-like/


Giant Cos., Rodale Institute Team on Regenerative Organic Agriculture 

https://progressivegrocer.com/giant-cos-rodale-institute-team-regenerative-organic-agriculture


The First U.S. Funeral Home That Turns Bodies Into Compost Is Now Open

Recompose, located outside of Seattle, has turned its first customers into soil after years of development.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/93wmd5/the-first-us-funeral-home-that-turns-bodies-into-compost-is-now-open


Getting ahead of climate change

https://www.spie.org/news/getting-ahead-of-climate-change


Comparing Organic, Agroecological and Regenerative Farming part 3 – Regenerative

https://www.arc2020.eu/comparing-organic-agroecological-and-regenerative-farming-part-3-regenerative/


Pesticide Threatens Future for Key Pollinator: U of G Study

https://news.uoguelph.ca/2021/02/pesticide-threatens-future-for-key-pollinator-u-of-g-study/


The template for climate mitigation is soil conservation, says farm-enviro alliance

Composed of farm, environmental, and food retail groups, FACA was an early advocate of using voluntary and incentive-based programs to mitigate climate change. 

https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/the-template-for-climate-mitigation-is-soil-conservation-says-farm-enviro-alliance


Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance: 
USDA far more open now to sustainability practices

https://vtdigger.org/2021/02/23/michael-shank-usda-far-more-open-now-to-sustainability-practices/


How Bay Area farms could give Biden a blueprint for fighting climate change

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/How-Bay-Area-farms-could-give-Biden-a-blueprint-15946539.php


Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans
https://theconversation.com/corporate-concentration-in-the-us-food-system-makes-food-more-expensive-and-less-accessible-for-many-americans-151193

 


Swede dreams: can Malmö’s green points system help rewild London?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/05/malmo-sweden-success-rewild-london-aoe\

 


Essential Farmworkers Deserve Protections From Pesticide Exposure.
https://truthout.org/articles/essential-farmworkers-deserve-protections-from-pesticide-exposure/


Research news – “Stark warning”: Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic 

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_845118_en.html


“Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists”
The 12 new studies are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Nature is under siege [and] most biologists agree that the world has entered its sixth mass extinction event,” concludes the lead analysis in the package.
“Insects are suffering from ‘death by a thousand cuts’[and] severe insect declines can potentially have global ecological and economic consequences.”
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/18/2008436/–Insect-populations-suffering-death-by-1-000-cuts-say-scientists

 


Pollen season grows 20 days in 30 years as climate crisis hits hay fever sufferers
Pollen released by plants is also more intense than in 1990 in bad news for those with allergies, research in US and Canada finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/08/pollen-season-grows-20-days-climate-crisis-hay-fever

 


Nine Years After Filing a Lawsuit, Climate Scientist Michael Mann Wants a Court to Affirm the Truth of His Science.
The case raises difficult issues about free speech in an era
of online misinformation and disinformation.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07022021/michael-mann-defamation-lawsuit-competitive-enterprise-institute-national-review/


A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp.

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. But how much can it really help the fight against climate change?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/climate/regenerative-grazing-cattle-climate.html


Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

https://theconversation.com/nature-how-do-you-put-a-price-on-something-that-has-infinite-worth-154704


Biden, Climate Change, and China.

A New Cold War = A Scalding Planet.

https://tomdispatch.com/biden-climate-change-and-china/


Windmills: The New Scapegoat

The real scapegoat here is the Green New Deal, proposed legislation—not actual law — that begins re-envisioning who we are as a nation and what our relationship is to the future.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/26/windmills-new-scapegoat


Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut.

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2AL0AA


Arctic Conditions Deliver Frigid Blow To Texas Agriculture.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts say the full extent of the damage won’t be realized for weeks.

https://today.tamu.edu/2021/02/19/arctic-conditions-deliver-frigid-blow-to-texas-agriculture/


A Green New Deal Would Solve Texas Energy Deregulation, 

Says Naomi Klein.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/2/22/naomi_klein_texas_green_new_deal#transcript


Raising The Sustainability Bar With Generation R: The Re: Generation.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/melissarowley/2021/02/09/raising-the-sustainability-bar-with-generation-r-regeneration/


Mexico is sticking to a plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and a ban on a widely used herbicide.

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N2KO0FZ


Madagascar: Young farmers adopt new methods to help lemurs, forests and themselves.

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/madagascar-young-farmers-adopt-new-methods-to-help-lemurs-forests-and-themselves/


THE 2021 EGGSPOSÉ

Exposing the companies that profit from packed cages and empty promises.

Hold corporations to their cage-free commitments.

https://thehumaneleague.org/cage-free-eggspose


NEW DEAL FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE

WE MUST SAFEGUARD OUR FUTURE: WE NEED A NEW DEAL FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE

https://explore.panda.org/newdeal


Published ahead of a crucial United Nations biodiversity summit scheduled for May 2021, The World’s Forgotten Fishes details the “dazzling diversity” of freshwater fishes; their importance to food security, jobs, and ecosystems;

threats posed by current human behavior; and how scientists suggest tackling the extinction crisis.

https://wwfint.awsassets.panda.org/downloads/world_s_forgotten_fishes__report_final__1.pdf


Capitalism, the Doomsday Machine (or, How to Repurpose Growth Capital)

A healthy society recognizes that unrestrained growth is suicidal.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/25/capitalism-doomsday-machine-or-how-repurpose-growth-capital


LARGE FOOD COMPANIES ARE LOOKING TO LOCK CARBON IN SOIL

AS A WAY TO MEET AMBITIOUS EMISSIONS GOALS

Regenerative agriculture practices can sequester carbon in soil,

but for companies with complex supply chains, the logistics

of moving to such practices can be complicated.

https://ensia.com/features/regenerative-agriculture-carbon-sequester-soil-emissions-farm-food-dairy/


Federal Recycling bills to return. So will the fight over plastics.

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063724069

 


“As humans we have the power to affect the lives of entire species of animals.”
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/11/2009759/–As-humans-we-have-the-power-to-affect-the-lives-of-entire-species-of-animals


Why Drilling the Arctic Refuge Will Release a Double Dose of Carbon

https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-drilling-the-arctic-refuge-will-release-a-double-dose-of-carbon


Smithfield Claims To Be ‘Sustainable’ While Making Its Heavy Pollution Extra Profitable 

Smithfield is pushing a massive greenwashing campaign to dupe consumers into thinking its products are environmentally friendly. It is actually one of the U.S.’ biggest polluters, and is now partnering with the gas industry instead of cleaning up its act.

http://foodandwaterwatch.org/news/smithfield-claims-be-sustainable-while-making-its-heavy-pollution-extra-profitable

 


Meet Elizabeth Ann, the first endangered species in the United States to be successfully cloned.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/19/2016542/-Meet-Elizabeth-Ann-the-first-endangered-species-in-the-United-States-to-be-cloned



US Farmers and Food Justice Groups Declare ‘Solidarity’ With Indian Farmer Protests
“We stand with India’s farmers! Now let’s connect the dots between the forces of neoliberalism that stifle farmers, from India to the U.S.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/19/us-farmers-and-food-justice-groups-declare-solidarity-indian-farmer-protests


Agroforestry and land reform give Brazil cacao farmers sweet taste of success

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/agroforestry-and-land-reform-give-brazil-cacao-farmers-sweet-taste-of-success/


The Water Cycle

https://www.mysteinbach.ca/blogs/10511/the-water-cycle/

 


The Fire Next Time.
Climate Change, the Bomb, or the Flame of Hope?
https://tomdispatch.com/the-fire-next-time/


Texas Freeze Illustrates a Failed Economic System

We need to begin changing our fundamental ethic, from “I’m getting mine. Screw you,” to “We’re all in this together.” Because we are.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/20/texas-freeze-illustrates-failed-economic-system


Journalists and the Looming Superstorm of Climate Disinformation

As the saying goes, though, a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets its shoes on.

https://www.coveringclimatenow.org/climate-beat/journalists-and-the-looming-superstorm-of-climate-disinformation

 


All The Ways The Power Grid Failed In Texas
How a Texas-first energy policy turned into a Texas-only energy failure.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-power-grid-failure-why_n_602e9682c5b6cc8bbf3a0268\

 


Texas is a disaster capitalism paradise, with a system that guarantees disasters.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/19/2016968/-Texas-is-a-disaster-capitalism-paradise-with-a-system-that-guarantees-disasters


Interview: Supporting the Soil Carbon Sponge

Microbiologist, climate scientist and founder of Healthy Soils Australia Walter Jehne discusses climate and soil health.

https://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/supporting-the-soil-carbon-sponge/


Agroforestry-grown coffee gives Amazon farmers a sustainable alternative

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/agroforestry-grown-coffee-gives-amazon-farmers-a-sustainable-alternative/



California’s rainfall is at historic lows. That spells trouble for wildfires and farms.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/11/california-dry-weather-drought-wildfire-agriculture


How SF Bay Area farms could give Biden a blueprint for fighting climate change

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/How-Bay-Area-farms-could-give-Biden-a-blueprint-15946539.php


Plastic recycling results in rare metals being found in children’s toys and food packaging

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/plastic-recycling-results-in-rare-metals-being-found-in-childrens-toys-and-food-packaging


Wasting away: Sea urchins suffer deformities from plastic chemicals

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/wasting-away-sea-urchins-suffer-deformities-from-plastic-chemicals/


LED lights found to kill coronavirus: Global first in fight against COVID-19

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/led-lights-found-to-kill-coronavirus-global-first-in-fight-against-covid-19/


Scientists Develop Blood Test to Predict Environmental Harms to Children

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/scientists-develop-blood-test-predict-environmental-harms-children


Global initiative launched to boost circular economy

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-02/23/c_139761725.htm


New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

https://packagingeurope.com/new-initiative-launched-to-promote-place-of-mono-pet-flexibles/


Unesda says beverage packaging can be circular by 2030

Brussels-based soft drink association foresees boost in PET recyclability.

https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/unesda-pet-plastic-beverage-bottle-recycling-europe/


Soft drinks industry aims for 100% recycled or renewable plastic by 2030

https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/soft-drinks-industry-aims-for-100-recycled-or-renewable-plastic-by-2030/


Nestlé and Microsoft on financing circular innovations

If you’re going to use more recycled content, you’re going to use alternative materials for packaging, you have to be ready to make the capital investment needed in your infrastructure in your factories.

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/nestle-and-microsoft-financing-circular-innovations


New funding to create innovative products and expand markets for recycled materials

https://www.miragenews.com/new-funding-to-create-innovative-products-and-517254/


We’re killing those tropical trees we’re counting on to absorb carbon dioxide

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/were-killing-those-tropical-trees-were-counting-on-to-absorb-carbon-dioxide/


Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by ‘entire countries’ 

Bitcoin mining – the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithm – is a deeply energy intensive process

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/feb/27/bitcoin-mining-electricity-use-environmental-impact

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