Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – September 2016

Pope Francis says destroying the environment is a sinpope

Pontiff says humans are turning planet into ‘wasteland full of debris, desolation and filth’ in call for urgent action on climate change

Pope Francis has called for urgent action to stop climate change and proposed that caring for the environment be added to traditional Christian works of mercy such as feeding the hungry and visiting the sick.

In a message to mark the Catholic church’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation that he launched last year, Francis said the worst impact of global warming was being felt by those who were least responsible for it – refugees and the poor.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/01/pope-francis-calls-on-christians-to-embrace-green-agenda?CMP=twt_gu


Organic Food and Farming as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

https://www.organic-center.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/TOC_Report_AntibioticResistance_FINAL.pdf


Catholics are obligated to care for the planet, just like care for the sick, Pope Francis says

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/09/01/pope-francis-makes-care-for-the-planet-a-new-act-of-mercy-like-care-for-the-poor/


The Next Agriculture Revolution Is Under Our Feet

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-adams/the-next-agriculture-revo_b_11660970.html


New Documentary Features Regenerative Farming Practices at Polyface Farm (Virginia)

http://foodtank.com/news/2016/08/new-documentary-features-regenerative-farming-practices-at-polyface-farm


Patagonia short film highlights role that food plays in solving environmental issues (video 25 minutes)

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/patagonia-short-film-highlights-role-food-plays-solving-environmental-issues.html


‘Like it’s been nuked’: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/01/like-its-been-nuked-millions-of-bees-dead-after-south-carolina-sprays-for-zika-mosquitoes/


Kicking off an automated low-carbon future with the merger of Tesla and SolarCity

http://factor-tech.com/green-energy/23737-elon-musk-is-kicking-off-an-automated-low-carbon-future-with-the-merger-of-tesla-and-solarcity/


‘The blob’: how marine heatwaves are causing unprecedented climate chaos
Wide-scale disruption from warming oceans is increasing, but they could change our understanding of the climate

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/aug/15/the-blob-how-marine-heatwaves-are-causing-unprecedented-climate-chaos

 


The Blob That Cooked the Pacific
When a deadly patch of warm water shocked the West Coast, some feared it was a preview of our future oceans.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/09/warm-water-pacific-coast-algae-nino/


Microplastics in the aquatic and terrestrial environment: sources

(with a specific focus on personal care products), fate and effects.

http://paperity.org/p/75235033/microplastics-in-the-aquatic-and-terrestrial-environment-sources-with-a-specific-focus-on


Resource Consumption Triples over Last 40 Years

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/natural-resource-use-tripled_us_57a05c3ae4b0693164c273a8?section


Scientists discover tree fungus that could provide green fuel for transport

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/nov/04/biofuels-energy


US LANDFILL MAP – MOUNTAINS OF TRASH

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/landfill-trash-by-state_us_57a49b84e4b021fd98784511?section=


Australian Rodent Is First Mammal Made Extinct by Human-Driven Climate Change, Scientists Say

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/15/world/australia/climate-change-bramble-cay-rodent.html


16-year-old South African invents wonder material to fight drought

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/09/africa/orange-drought-kiara-nirghin/index.html


New “Bionic” Leaf Is Roughly 10 Times More Efficient Than Natural Photosynthesis

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-bionic-leaf-is-roughly-10-times-more-efficient-than-natural-photosynthesis/


Scotland 100% Wind Power for a Day

http://www.upworthy.com/scotland-has-the-largest-oil-reserve-in-the-eu-they-just-proved-they-dont-need-it?c=huf1


The U.K. Soon Could Have More Charging Stations Than Gas Stations

http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/08/06/uk-more-charging-stations-gas-stations?cmpid=tp-ptnr-huffpost


China launches world’s first quantum science satellite from Jiuquan

http://gbtimes.com/china/china-launches-worlds-first-quantum-science-satellite-jiuquan


July 2016 was unquestionably the hottest month in 136 years of continuous record.

Here’s how every month since 1880 compares

http://eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/88000/88607/monthlyanoms_gis_201607.gif


LEGO-Like Architecture: $5,000 Homes from Recycled Plastic Blocks

http://weburbanist.com/2016/08/18/lego-like-architecture-5000-homes-from-recycled-plastic-blocks/


MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants

https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/24/mits-new-way-to-make-metal-could-significantly-lower-air-pollutants/


Costa Rica celebrates 113 days of 100-percent renewable energy (and counting)

http://inhabitat.com/costa-rica-celebrates-113-days-of-100-percent-renewable-energy-and-counting/


Insurers worth $1.2tn tell G20 to stop funding fossil fuels by 2020 

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2016/08/30/insurance-funds-worth-1-2tn-tell-g20-to-stop-funding-fossil-fuels-by-2020/


The American ‘Fur Ball’ Being Threatened by a Warming Climate

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/29082016/American-pika-disappearing-climate-change-west-mountains


NASA: Earth is warming at a pace ‘unprecedented in 1,000 years’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/aug/30/nasa-climate-change-warning-earth-temperature-warming


Water Is Life, Oil Is Death: The People vs. the Bakken Pipeline in Iowa and the Dakotas

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/people_vs_bakken_pipeline_in_iowa_dakotas_2016-08-22


Warner: Capitalism 2.0 … or else

http://www.dailypress.com/news/politics/dp-nws-warner-richmond-20160817-story.html


REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE  Video (1 hour) 

http://circulatenews.org/2016/08/regenerative-agriculture-with-balbo-jr-lovins-potocnik-and-macarthur/


Holding Monsanto Accountable for Growing Public Outcry Over the Dangers of Glyphosate

http://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-dangers-glyphosate-1977806632.html


Green Banks and ‘Big Switch’ to a Low Carbon Future

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/sarah-dougherty/green-banks-big-switch-low-carbon-future


Lost Value Costing of Trash Builds a Bridge to the Circular Economy

https://www.environmentalleader.com/2016/08/29/lost-value-costing-of-trash-builds-a-bridge-to-the-circular-economy/


Climate Change and Investment: How Everything Will Change

https://www.wunderground.com/news/climate-change-and-investment


California’s carbon market is a big success. Here are the facts.

https://www.edf.org/blog/2016/08/26/californias-carbon-market-big-success-here-are-facts


The Circular Economy Isn’t the Waste Business As Usual

I went looking recently to see if there are any important developments or differences between circular economy and zero waste.

http://www.waste360.com/waste-reduction/circular-economy-isn-t-waste-business-usual


PETE MYERS ON THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

(14 minute video)  http://circulatenews.org/2016/08/pete-myers-health-benefits-circular-economy/


How Phoenix is moving towards a circular economy

http://cities-today.com/linear-economy-results-inefficient-use-scarce-resources-increases-harmful-emissions-5


Pope Francis: Capitalism is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’

Pope Francis argues that modern economy’s worship of ‘god of money’ leads to disenfranchisement and extremism, and endless wars

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/02/pope-francis-capitalism-terrorism-against-all-humanity


Pope Francis Says Ills of Global Economy, Not Islam, Inspire Terrorism

“It is not right and it is not just to say that Islam is terroristic,” the pope says, adding that no religion has a monopoly of violent members

http://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-urges-poles-to-embrace-migrants-on-final-day-of-visit-1469963264

 

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