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Calls to action against climate change, air pollution and more 

Role of technology to fight off COVID-19 pandemic to inevitability of climate crisis, DTE tracks new, contemporary books on environment and development from leading authors  

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/pollution/book-digest-calls-to-action-against-climate-change-air-pollution-and-more-73106


New Book Explores The Role Of Design In Tackling The Global Waste Crisis

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roddyclarke/2020/08/30/new-book-explores-the-role-of-design-in-tackling-the-global-waste-crisis/#1dcffc813e52


The Average Person Buys 40 Pounds of Electronics Per Year

https://nerdist.com/article/people-buy-40-pounds-of-electronics-per-year-report/


The REMADE Institute Announces Up to $35 Million in Funding for Technology Solutions to Accelerate the Transition to the Circular Economy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/remade-institute-announces-35-million-160000858.html


Lindsay Gramana: Plastics are ugly and unhealthy

https://www.sierrasun.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/lindsay-gramana-plastics-are-ugly-and-unhealthy/


‘Interest surge in local food grown using regenerative methods’

https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/interest-surge-in-local-food-grown-using-regenerative-methods/


WEF Brief Explores Opportunities for Circular Plastics Economy

http://sdg.iisd.org/news/wef-brief-explores-opportunities-for-circular-plastics-economy/


‘Infinitely recyclable’ plastic is developed which can be broken down and remolded for another use after being heated at 212F

  • Most plastic weakens significantly when its broken down and remolded
  • The new polymer, PBTL, retains its strength and durability after being recycled
  • Researchers suggest it could be recycled again and again, possibly indefinitely
  • PBTL can’t be recycled with other kinds of plastics and would have to be separated out in recycling bins

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8651795/Scientists-invent-new-kind-plastic-say-infinitely-recyclable.html


This New Kind of Plastic May Just Be What We Need to Save the Planet

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/this-new-kind-of-plastic-may-just-be-what-we-need-to-save-the-planet-2811329.html\


Jamie Henn: 

Stop adding (fossil) fuels to the fire 

https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2020/08/22/jamie-henn-stop-adding


Archives

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 – Sept 2020

Amazon ‘women warriors’ show gender equality, forest conservation go hand in hand

Keeping forests standing is one of the most effective and important ways to keep the world below dangerous levels of warming. 

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/amazon-women-warriors-show-gender-equality-forest-conservation-go-hand-in-hand/

 


Regenerative ranching is a low-cost, natural climate solution

https://www.earth.com/news/regenerative-ranching-is-a-low-cost-natural-climate-solution/


How green energy can help power greenhouses

The Dutch require greenhouses to be climate neutral from 2020. Here’s how they’re doing that. 

California apartment buildings are getting virtual power plants. 

This free calculator estimates the electricity cost and carbon footprint for nearly every home in the US

https://electrek.co/2020/08/28/egeb-green-energy-greenhouses-california-virtual-power-plants-wattbuy/

 


We need a robust circular economy for water, our most useful resource

https://medium.com/circulatenews/the-power-of-water-a23d57853686

 


Amazon ‘women warriors’ show gender equality, forest conservation go hand in hand

Keeping forests standing is one of the most effective and important ways to keep the world below dangerous levels of warming. 

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/amazon-women-warriors-show-gender-equality-forest-conservation-go-hand-in-hand/

 


Regenerative ranching is a low-cost, natural climate solution

https://www.earth.com/news/regenerative-ranching-is-a-low-cost-natural-climate-solution/

 


How green energy can help power greenhouses

The Dutch require greenhouses to be climate neutral from 2020. Here’s how they’re doing that. 

California apartment buildings are getting virtual power plants. 

This free calculator estimates the electricity cost and carbon footprint for nearly every home in the US

https://electrek.co/2020/08/28/egeb-green-energy-greenhouses-california-virtual-power-plants-wattbuy/

 


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/

 


How organic farming practices lead to a circular economy

https://www.miragenews.com/how-organic-farming-practices-lead-to-a-circular-economy/

 


Unless we change course, the US agricultural system could collapse

By Tom Philpott

Our food supply comes from an environmentally unsustainable system that is going to unravel

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/26/us-farming-agriculture-food-supply-danger

 


Perennial Vegetables Are a Solution in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

A new study shows the nutrition and environmental benefits of more than 600 perennial species—from artichokes to chaya—which address climate mitigation, biodiversity, and nutrition.

https://civileats.com/2020/08/19/perennial-vegetables-are-a-solution-in-the-fight-against-hunger-and-climate-change/

In this peer-reviewed study, we compared pesticide levels in the bodies of four American families for six days on a non-organic diet and six days on a completely organic diet. 


We found that an organic diet rapidly and dramatically reduced exposure to pesticides in just one week.

https://foe.org/organic-for-all/

 


You have pesticides in your body. 

But an organic diet can reduce them by 70%

A new study shows that US families consume cancer-linked glyphosate in their food. The good news: going organic rapidly reduces levels On average, levels across all pesticides dropped by 60.5 percent.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/aug/11/pesticide-danger-organic-food-roundup-study

 


Data omission in key EPA insecticide study shows need for review of industry analysis

https://www.washington.edu/news/2020/08/18/data-omission-in-key-epa-insecticide-study-shows-need-for-review-of-industry-analysis/

 


New study finds agricultural pesticides can affect prawns and oysters

https://www.scu.edu.au/engage/news/latest-news/2020/new-study-finds-agricultural-pesticides-can-affect-prawns-and-oysters.php

 


Argonne scientists use artificial intelligence in new way to strengthen power grid resiliency 

A new artificial neural network model, created by Argonne scientists, handles both static and dynamic features of a power system with a relatively high degree of accuracy.

https://www.anl.gov/article/argonne-scientists-use-artificial-intelligence-in-new-way-to-strengthen-power-grid-resiliency

 


Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO2 and water 

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/wireless-device-makes-clean-fuel-from-sunlight-co2-and-water

 


Study offers new insights for sun-gathering technologies 

https://biodesign.asu.edu/news/study-offers-new-insights-sun-gathering-technologies

 


The US is in a water crisis far worse than most people imagine

By Erin Brockovich

Industrial runoff and lax standards have tainted water across the US. Senators and doctors are calling me, asking what to do

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/24/the-us-is-in-a-water-crisis-far-worse-than-most-people-imagine

 


The Case for Climate Action

Building A Clean Economy For The American People

https://www.schatz.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SCCC_Climate_Crisis_Report.pdf

 


Proven: Historical climate changes occurred simultaneously in several parts of the world

A new study published by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and partner institutions has proven that repeated and abrupt climate changes during the last ice age occurred simultaneously in South America, Southeast Asia, Europe and Greenland. Abrupt climate change can be as problematic as gradual change and we should deal with the risks associated with abrupt scenarios, suggests a UCPH researcher. 

https://www.science.ku.dk/english/press/news/2020/proven-historical-climate-changes-occurred-simultaneously-in-several-parts-of-the-world/

 


Extinction Rebellion Activists Launch Ocean-Focused Offshoot Actions With Direct Targeting Luxury Cruise Liner

The group aims to “address cascading collapses in biodiversity due to overfishing, human-caused climate change, deep sea mining, and other marine emergencies.”

 


https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/21/extinction-rebellion-activists-launch-ocean-focused-offshoot-direct-actions

New Guinea is the world’s largest tropical island and its biodiversity has fascinated naturalists for centuries1

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2549-5.epdf

 


Farming is an Act of Social Justice at Woven Roots Farm

In the Berkshire Mountains, Jen and Pete Salinetti’s regenerative farm practices and commitment to community have them well-positioned for this moment.

https://civileats.com/2020/08/12/farming-is-an-act-of-social-justice-at-woven-roots-farm/

 


Reusable packaging provides untapped payoffs for business

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/reusable-packaging-provides-untapped-payoffs-business

 


Earth Overshoot Day comes 3 weeks later this year

https://inhabitat.com/earth-overshoot-day-comes-3-weeks-later-this-year/

 


Population panic lets rich people off the hook for the climate crisis they are fuelling

By George Monbiot

Rising consumption by the affluent has a far greater environmental impact than the birth rate in poorer nations

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/26/panic-overpopulation-climate-crisis-consumption-environment

 


Getting to the root of the problem 

Roots play a vital role in crop plants. They take up water and nutrients for the plant and keep it help firmly in the ground. But not all roots are the same.

https://www.agronomy.org/news/science-news/getting-root-problem

 


Poverty and Petrochemicals Converge as Hurricane Laura’s Devastation Exposes Entire Gulf Coast as ‘Sacrificial Zone’

“The devastation wrought by Hurricane Laura is staggering. Climate denial is not a victimless crime, and it’s time for the fossil fuel industry to be held accountable.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/28/poverty-and-petrochemicals-converge-hurricane-lauras-devastation-exposes-entire-gulf

 


Will Climate Break Through in Big Media’s Elections Coverage?

https://www.coveringclimatenow.org/climate-beat/will-climate-break-through

 


The New West: This part-time Greater Yellowstonean 

is advocating for its wildest inhabitants

https://www.explorebigsky.com/the-new-west-this-part-time-greater-yellowstonean-is-advocate-for-its-wildest-inhabitants/35277

 


Earth Is Warning Us We Must Change. Will We Listen?

https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/07/30/covid-earth-economy-climate-change/

NormalNOW.com

Electric cars are normal now.

 


28 Organizations Promoting Indigenous Food Sovereignty

https://foodtank-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/foodtank.com/news/2020/08/28-organizations-promoting-indigenous-food-sovereignty/amp/

What Indigenous Wisdom Can Teach Us About Economics

https://www.kosmosjournal.org/kj_article/what-indigenous-wisdom-can-teach-us-about-economics/

 


Indigenous Peoples Hold the Past and Future of Food in Their Hands 

https://www.ecowatch.com/indigenous-peoples-food-2646931604.html

 


Though forests burn, agroforestry advances as trees retake farmland globally

Agroforestry is the intentional combination of woody perennials like trees and shrubs with crops and also livestock to create a resilient “food ecosystem” that benefits farmers, biodiversity and the climate.

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/though-forests-burn-agroforestry-advances-as-trees-retake-farmland-globally/

 


Restoring degraded tropical forests generates big carbon gains

https://asunow.asu.edu/colleges-and-units/center-global-discovery-and-conservation-science

Biochar: A better start to rain forest restoration 

https://prod.wp.cdn.aws.wfu.edu/assets/biochar.html

 


China issues new sustainability rules for its notorious fishing fleet

As dominant nation in the global fishing industry, yet ranked worst for fishing offenses, China could have a huge positive impact through the new rules — if it enforces them, experts say.

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/china-issues-new-sustainability-rules-for-its-notorious-fishing-fleet/\

 


Flavonoids’ presence in sorghum roots may lead to frost-resistant crop

https://news.psu.edu/story/627935/2020/08/10/research/flavonoids-presence-sorghum-roots-may-lead-frost-resistant-crop

 


Boston Lawmaker, Eying A Mayoral Run, Maps Out A Nordic-Style Climate Haven

Progressive city councilwoman Michelle Wu’s Green New Deal envisions fare-free transit, cooperative housing and a local conservation corps.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/boston-climate-michelle-wu_n_5f3715f9c5b6959911e48e07

 


Regenerative Organic Certification Launches to Prioritize Soil Health and Farmworker Justice in Food Products

https://foodtank.com/news/2020/08/regenerative-organic-certification-launches-to-prioritize-soil-health-and-farmworker-justice-in-food-products/

 


Embrace carbon-neutral grass-fed beef as a first step in our climate journey

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/opinion/contributors/guest-editorials/2020/08/19/eric-johnson-embrace-carbon-neutral-grass-fed-beef-climate-change/3352033001/

 


Storing carbon in the prairie grass

Plans would pay landowners to keep the ecosystem in a natural state to fight climate change.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2020/08/19/climate-change-prairie

 


Mono-material flexible packaging to be worth $71bn

https://plasticsinpackaging.com/online/mono-material-flexible-packaging-to-be-worth-71bn-in-2025/

 

 


Science Rules! with Bill Nye interviews Bill McDonough

For decades, Bill McDonough has been leading the movement toward sustainable architecture. His goal is to create a garbage-free society through what he calls “cradle to cradle” design.

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/science-rules-with-bill-nye/e/76550199?autoplay=true

 


LivingPackets is a Berlin-based startup that aims to replace the familiar cardboard box with an alternative that’s smarter, more secure and possibly the building block of a new circular economy.

The primary product created by LivingPackets is called The Box, and it’s just that: a box. But not just any box. This one is reusable, durable, digitally locked and monitored, with a smartphone’s worth of sensors and gadgets that make it trackable and versatile, and an E-Ink screen so its destination or contents can be updated at will.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/08/07/livingpackets-hopes-to-nurture-a-circular-economy-with-its-smart-parcels/

 


New framework for ‘natural capital approach’ to transform policy decisions

How governments and the private sector consider the natural environment when constructing policy is being transformed thanks to a new “natural capital” decision-making framework.

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_811683_en.html

 


Procter & Gamble Plans To Go 100% Recyclable By 2030

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/08/16/procter-gamble-plans-to-go-100-recyclable-by-2030/

 


Italy Garbage Dips With Virus Lockdowns, but Plastics Rise

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/08/16/business/bc-eu-virus-outbreak-italy-garbage.html

 


Amsterdam turns public urination into public service

The city is setting up special urinals that turn the harmful habit into an environmental boon

https://www.themayor.eu/en/amsterdam-turns-public-urination-into-public-service

 


Paper or Plastic? For CPGs, the Answer Increasingly Is Paperboard

Diageo isn’t the only consumer packaged goods (CPG) company to announce paperboard-based “plastic-free” bottles and packaging. Unilever, PepsiCo, and Coca-Cola are all on board.

https://www.plasticstoday.com/packaging/paper-or-plastic-cpgs-answer-increasingly-paperboard

 


Sugar cane can yield numerous bio-degradable by-products

https://www.stabroeknews.com/2020/08/15/opinion/letters/sugar-cane-can-yield-numerous-bio-degradable-by-products/

 


LinkedIn is on a Mission to Reach Zero Waste

https://www.waste360.com/recycling/linkedin%C2%A0%C2%A0-mission%C2%A0%C2%A0reach%C2%A0zero-waste%C2%A0

 


Covid-19: IKEA and Unilever show the green way forward

Covid-19: IKEA and Unilever show the green way forward

 


A company in Belgium is turning tons of used coffee grounds into mushrooms

https://www.businessinsider.com/permafungi-mushrooms-used-coffee-grounds-recycling-2020-8

 


Turning Beer Into Energy

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Turning-Beer-Into-Energy.html

 


150 Attacks on Science and Counting: Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Actions Hurt People and Communities Nationwide

https://blog.ucsusa.org/anita-desikan/150-attacks-on-science-and-counting

 


Trump’s Toxic Wake: 10 Ways the EPA Has Made Life More Hazardous

https://www.ewg.org/news-and-analysis/2020/08/trump-s-toxic-wake-10-ways-epa-has-made-life-more-hazardous

 


Trump administration rolls back Obama-era rule aimed at limiting toxic wastewater from coal plants | Power plant discharge ranks as the largest source of toxic water pollution in the United States

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/08/31/coal-ash-epa-trump/

 


Tahoe’s State of the Lake Report Released Lake Tahoe’s Annual Health Report Offers Insight Into a Changing Lake

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/tahoes-state-lake-report-2019

 


Engineering researchers harness wind data to help meet energy needs in Florida

https://news.fsu.edu/news/science-technology/2020/07/30/fsu-engineering-researchers-harness-wind-data-to-help-meet-energy-needs-in-florida/

 


Thunberg Donates 100,000 Pounds to Criminalize ‘Ecocide’

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/thunberg-donates-100000-pounds-to-criminalize-ecocide

AND

https://theecologist.org/2020/jul/24/greta-gives-prize-money-stop-ecocide

Valuing the Global Mortality Consequences of Climate Change Accounting for Adaptation Costs and Benefits

https://www.nber.org/papers/w27599

 


The Green Schools Programme brings Environmental Education home to children in lockdown.

http://ibgnews.com/2020/08/04/cses-unique-initiative-brings-environmental-education-home-to-children-in-lockdown/


Green’ school buildings can serve as 3D textbooks

Cole added that environmental factors such as increasing indoor air quality or 

natural sunlight can have positive impacts on academic learning for young students.

https://www.eschoolnews.com/2020/03/05/green-school-buildings-can-serve-as-3d-textbooks/


In 2019, 64 countries were paying more in debt payments (multilateral, bilateral and private) than they were spending on health.

https://www.newsweek.com/new-world-health-mechanisms-covid-bold-thinking-1521096


Responses to COVID-19 require inputs from every angle of people’s lives 

https://theconversation.com/responses-to-covid-19-require-inputs-from-every-angle-of-peoples-lives-143866


U.S. Commercial Rooftops Hold 145 Gigawatts of Untapped Solar Potential

https://e360.yale.edu/digest/u-s-commercial-rooftops-hold-145-gigawatts-of-untapped-solar-potential


Black wind turbine blades can reduce bird deaths by 70%

https://bluedoormedia.co/2020/08/28/black-wind-turbine-blades-can-reduce-bird-deaths-by-70/


Another Intense Summer of Fires in Siberia

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/147083/another-intense-summer-of-fires-in-siberia


In Bogotá, communities weave an unlikely wetland success story

  • Around 27 years ago, a community on the northwest border of Bogotá launched a concerted campaign to defend the Conejera wetland against a city and business sector that saw it as disposable.
  • The success of their efforts launched a long-standing community movement of wetland defenders in an otherwise urbanized city, where 98% of its original wetlands have been wiped out.
  • Today the Colombian capital’s 15 official wetlands are home to dozens of endemic species, including 202 species of birds, and take up about 727 hectares (1,800 acres).

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/in-bogota-communities-weave-an-unlikely-wetland-success-story/


Coral Gardening

Ocean Warming Threatens Coral Reefs and Soon Could Make It Harder to Restore Them 

https://theconversation.com/ocean-warming-threatens-coral-reefs-and-soon-could-make-it-harder-to-restore-them-142876


Maldives records highest microplastic pollution 

http://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2020/08/13/maldives-records-highest-micro-plastic-pollution/


‘Critical’ questions over disease risks from ocean plastics

Key knowledge gaps exist in our understanding of

how ocean microplastics transport bacteria and viruses – and whether

this affects the health of humans and animals, researchers say.

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_809561_en.html

AND

Seafood Study Finds Plastic in 100% of Samples 

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.0c02337


Could a Solution to Marine Plastic Waste Threaten One of the Ocean’s Most Mysterious Ecosystems? 

https://www.ecowatch.com/marine-plastic-waste-2646992655.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1


Amsterdam and their Love for Bicycles Instead of Flashy Cars

Amsterdam has been known to be an epicentre of cycling in the world. The total number of bicycles surpasses the total number of people in the country.

https://www.censored.com.ng/amsterdam/


The Growing Global Movement to End Outdoor Advertising

https://www.globalissues.org/news/2020/08/11/26716


To reduce world hunger, governments need to think beyond making food cheap

HTTPS://THECONVERSATION.COM/TO-REDUCE-WORLD-HUNGER-GOVERNMENTS-NEED-TO-THINK-BEYOND-MAKING-FOOD-CHEAP-142361


Is modern wheat off the hook? 

Gluten in wheat: What has changed during 120 years of breeding? 

HTTPS://WWW.LEIBNIZ-LSB.DE/EN/PRESS-PUBLIC-RELATIONS/TRANSLATE-TO-ENGLISCH-PRESSEMITTEILUNGEN/TRANSLATE-TO-ENGLISCH-PM-20200811-PRESSEMITTEILUNG-WHEATSCAN/


ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW CIRCULAR DESIGN TOOLKIT

https://resource.co/article/ellen-macarthur-foundation-launches-new-circular-design-toolkit



Microsoft uses AI to boost its reuse, recycling of server parts 

Get ready to hear the term ‘circular’ a lot more in reference to data center gear.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3570451/microsoft-uses-ai-to-boost-its-reuse-recycling-of-server-parts.html


Alphabet issues $5.75bn bond to support environmental initiatives

Google’s parent company will target eight areas, including energy efficiency, clean energy, green buildings, clean transportation and circular economy and design

https://www.energylivenews.com/2020/08/06/alphabet-issues-5-75bn-bond-to-support-environmental-initiatives/


Study suggests religious belief does not conflict with interest in science, except among Americans

https://www.psypost.org/2020/08/study-suggests-religious-belief-does-not-conflict-with-interest-in-science-except-among-americans-57855


Sustainable products can also be easy on the eye.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90537055/googles-new-phone-case-is-beautiful-and-its-made-out-of-water-bottles


Seal-eating killer whales accumulate large amounts of harmful pollutants 

Killer whales along the Norwegian coast have long classified as fish-eaters. New research shows that some of them also eat seals – and accumulate large amounts of harmful pollutants. 

https://titan.uio.no/energi-og-miljo-english/2020/seal-eating-killer-whales-accumulate-large-amounts-harmful-pollutants


Satellites provide crucial data on crops during COVID-19

https://www.esa.int/Applications/Observing_the_Earth/Satellites_provide_crucial_data_on_crops_during_COVID-19


Backyard Battle: Helping Native Bees Thrive in a Honeybee World

Native bees are at risk across the U.S. “Buzz Kill” — winner of the 2020 Yale Environment 360 Video Contest — depicts the beauty and key ecological role played by these bees and shows how industrialized agriculture and its use of honeybee colonies threatens endemic bee species.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/backyard-battle-helping-outnumbered-native-bees-thrive-in-a-honeybee-world


Insect diversity boosted by combination of crop diversity and semi-natural habitats

https://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/insect-diversity-boosted-by-combination-of-crop-diversity-and-semi-natural-habitats/


Kind commits to sourcing almonds from bee-friendly farms

https://www.foodbev.com/news/kind-commits-to-sourcing-almonds-from-bee-friendly-farms/


Impact of climate change on tropical fisheries would create ripples across the world

https://oceans.ubc.ca/2020/08/06/tropicalfisheries/


Why I stand for my tribe’s forest: It gives us food, culture, and life (commentary)

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/08/i-am-fighting-for-my-tribes-forest-it-gives-us-food-culture-and-life-commentary/


Local Food: Santa Barbara, CA
Researchers examine food supply chain resiliency in the Pacific during the COVID-19 pandemic
https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2020/019989/local-food


Stronger Rains in Warmer Climate Could Lessen Heat Damage to Crops, 

Says Study

But Overall Yields Could Still Decline Sharply 

Stronger Rains in Warmer Climate Could Lessen Heat Damage to Crops, Says Study


Anode Material for Safe Batteries with a Long Cycle Life

Lithium lanthanum titanate particles enable high power densities even in micrometer sizes – publication in Nature Communications

https://www.kit.edu/kit/english/pi_2020_064_anode-material-for-safe-batteries-with-a-long-cycle-life.php


Warming Temperatures & Decades of Oil Spills Cause Irreversible Damage to the Persian Gulf

https://www.globalissues.org/news/2020/08/10/26710


Trump EPA Reportedly Moving Forward to Eliminate Key Federal Methane Protections

Move Would Allow 5 Million Metric Tons More Dangerous Methane Pollution Each Year

https://www.edf.org/media/trump-epa-reportedly-moving-forward-eliminate-key-federal-methane-protections


BP plans to keep it in the ground, sort of

British fossil fuel giant and sixth biggest polluter of all time, BP, is making a move away from continued fossil fuel extraction. BP has announced plans to cut extraction of fossil fuels to 40 per cent below 2019 rates by the year 2030. This, as Oil Change International notes, is the first commitment “from a Big Oil and Gas company to recognize that significant reductions in oil and gas production must occur within this decade.” 

https://canadians.org/analysis/bp-plans-keep-it-ground-sort


Drawdown Review 2020: How To Address Global Warming In A Responsible Manner

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/08/08/drawdown-review-2020-how-to-address-global-warming-in-a-responsible-manner/


2020 Drawdown Review: THE Climate Solutions for a New Decade

https://drawdown.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/TheDrawdownReview%E2%80%932020%E2%80%93Download.pdf


Why industrial anaerobic digestion 

is not the answer to food waste

Why industrial anaerobic digestion is not the answer to food waste


Seventh Generation’s new line gets rid of all its plastic packaging

Get ready to clean differently: For its new zero-plastic line, the natural cleaning supply company has also reinvented its products as powders instead of liquids.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90540660/seventh-generations-new-line-gets-rid-of-all-its-plastic-packaging


How Corporate America Is Becoming A Powerful Ally For Clean Energy

Why companies are fighting for stricter energy laws.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/corporate-america-ally-clean-energy_n_5f3c3896c5b61551404e5738


Jamie Henn: 

Stop adding (fossil) fuels to the fire 

https://www.sltrib.com/opinion/commentary/2020/08/22/jamie-henn-stop-adding/


This New Kind of Plastic May Just Be What We Need to Save the Planet

https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/this-new-kind-of-plastic-may-just-be-what-we-need-to-save-the-planet-2811329.html\


‘Infinitely recyclable’ plastic is developed which can be broken down and remolded for another use after being heated at 212F

  • Most plastic weakens significantly when its broken down and remolded
  • The new polymer, PBTL, retains its strength and durability after being recycled
  • Researchers suggest it could be recycled again and again, possibly indefinitely
  • PBTL can’t be recycled with other kinds of plastics and would have to be separated out in recycling bins

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8651795/Scientists-invent-new-kind-plastic-say-infinitely-recyclable.html


WEF Brief Explores Opportunities for Circular Plastics Economy

http://sdg.iisd.org/news/wef-brief-explores-opportunities-for-circular-plastics-economy/


‘Interest surge in local food grown using regenerative methods’

https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/interest-surge-in-local-food-grown-using-regenerative-methods/


Lindsay Gramana: Plastics are ugly and unhealthy

https://www.sierrasun.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/lindsay-gramana-plastics-are-ugly-and-unhealthy/


The REMADE Institute Announces Up to $35 Million in Funding for Technology Solutions to Accelerate the Transition to the Circular Economy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/remade-institute-announces-35-million-160000858.html


The Average Person Buys 40 Pounds of Electronics Per Year

https://nerdist.com/article/people-buy-40-pounds-of-electronics-per-year-report/


New Book Explores The Role Of Design In Tackling The Global Waste Crisis

https://www.forbes.com/sites/roddyclarke/2020/08/30/new-book-explores-the-role-of-design-in-tackling-the-global-waste-crisis/#1dcffc813e52


Book Digest: 

Calls to action against climate change, air pollution and more 

Role of technology to fight off COVID-19 pandemic to inevitability of climate crisis, DTE tracks new, contemporary books on environment and development from leading authors  

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/pollution/book-digest-calls-to-action-against-climate-change-air-pollution-and-more-73106


Carbon accounting should be a basic requirement for banks

Financial institutions and asset managers are impeding progress on climate action for lack of a simple rule

https://www.ft.com/content/fcaa31d2-84a2-4c9e-8532-cbd7e23d22d0


 

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