Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – February 2016

Key Issue Ignored by Presidential Candidates: Foodcornfarm-a

‘Presidential candidates should seize the opportunity to improve the nation’s food and farm system for the benefit of us all’

“Why don’t candidates talk about food?”

That’s a question asked by the Des Moines Register‘s editorial board this weekend, who also pointed out that the “first-in-the nation caucuses are held in one of the world’s great agricultural centers.”

It should be a major issue for presidential candidates, the Register says, because

(includes 3 minute video)

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/31/key-issue-ignored-presidential-candidates-food


Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year

Solar panel costs set to fall 10% a year


‘It’s Gonna Be Messy, It’s Gonna Be Slow’:

The Way to a Circular Economy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pro-journo/its-gonna-be-messy-its-go_b_8945242.html?utm_hp_ref=tw


LA uses plastic balls, Japan uses solar panels. Japan is building the World’s largest floating solar power plant

http://www.solarcrunch.org/2016/01/japan-is-building-worlds-largest.html?m=1


There’s Rage-Inducing New Data On The Amount Of Plastic In The Ocean

Scientists: Up to 37 times more floating microplastics than previously estimated.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/amount-plastic-ocean_568ee104e4b0a2b6fb6f696e?utm_hp_ref=tw


The solution for the melting polar ice caps may be hiding in the rainforest  Dr Paul Salaman

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/11/climate-change-solutions-rainforest-melting-polar-ice-caps?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail


Venezuela’s Food Revolution Has Fought Off Big Agribusiness and Promoted Agroecology

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/11/venezuelas-food-revolution-has-fought-big-agribusiness-and-promoted-agroecology


Paris climate goals mean emissions need to drop below zero

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/54e0d2bd61d24a6eb9d1d57840bc8a22/paris-climate-goals-mean-emissions-need-drop-below-zero


The great climate robbery: How the food system drives climate change and what we can do about it

https://www.grain.org/article/entries/5354-the-great-climate-robbery


BizNGO – Chemical Footprint 2015

http://bizngo.org/resources/entry/bizngo-chemical-footprint-2015?/resources/entry/bizngo-chemical-footrpint-2015


The Global Risks Report 2016

http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2016/

and

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/Media/GRR16_ExecutiveSummary_ENG.pdf


IMF Paper Calls for Carbon Tax on Aviation, Shipping

Paris climate deal’s omission of these sectors’ carbon emissions ‘scandalous, but sadly predictable’

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/sdn/2016/sdn1601.pdf


The Soil Pioneers: Local farmers dig for climate change solutions

http://sonomasun.com/2016/01/08/the-soil-pioneers-local-farmers-dig-for-climate-change-solutions/


IKEA PLANS TO BECOME CIRCULAR ECONOMY RETAILER

http://www.rebnews.com/news/retail/ikea_plans_become_circular_economy_retailer.html


Walmart Canada Will Start Charging for Plastic Bags

Walmart Canada Will Start Charging for Plastic Bags


Josh Fox on His New Doc “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change” (includes 13 minute video)

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/26/josh_fox_on_his_new_doc


Bronco nears ‘zero waste’ facility goal

http://www.turlockjournal.com/section/12/article/31068/


These are the Pioneers of the Circular Economy

These are the Pioneers of the Circular Economy


The Circular Economy on the Blue Planet

http://waste360.com/generators/circular-economy-blue-planet


NYC Freegans Fight Food Waste

One Dumpster-Dive at a Time

http://citylimits.org/2016/01/12/nycs-freegans-attack-food-waste-one-dumpster-dive-at-a-time/


Are smart cities green?

http://www.thehindu.com/features/homes-and-gardens/are-smart-cities-green/article8167912.ece


6 Easy Ways to Live a More Zero-Waste Life

http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/6-easy-ways-to-live-a-more-zero-waste-life-zbcz1601.aspx


Arroyo Grande, Morro Bay vote for Styrofoam bans

https://calcoastnews.com/2016/01/arroyo-grande-morro-bay-vote-for-styrofoam-bans/


CIRCULAR ECONOMY OFFERS CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION OPPORTUNITIES

http://resource.co/article/circular-economy-offers-climate-change-mitigation-opportunities-10769


Queen of recycling who uses cocoa powder for blusher and moss for toilet paper reveals the tricks of living a ‘zero waste lifestyle’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3401119/Queen-recycling-uses-cocoa-powder-blusher-moss-toilet-paper-reveals-tricks-living-zero-waste-lifestyle.html#ixzz3yrWUt5rh


Novelis, Unilever, Forum Co-Develop Tools to Help Ease Shift to Circular Products, Business Models

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/products_design/sustainable_brands


Birds stop migrating as rubbish dumps provide winter feeding grounds

For some birds, feeding at waste sites seems preferable to long migrations to warmer climates, but researchers warn of risks to ecosystems and health

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/22/birds-stop-migrating-as-rubbish-dumps-provide-winter-feeding-grounds?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail


Greenland’s Melting Ice Problem May Be Far Worse Than We Realized

A new study shows climate change can undercut nature’s way of protecting the ice.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/greenland-ice-melting-study_us_568c0e60e4b0b958f65d20ea?utm_hp_ref=tw


Ocean Acidification Is Bad, and It’s Getting Worse

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pierce-nahigyan/ocean-acidification-is-ba_b_8952240.html?utm_hp_ref=tw


Grenada Is Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture

Grenada Is Developing Climate-Smart Agriculture


10 Farmer Training Programs Helping Veterans Heal

http://foodtank.com/news/2016/01/ten-farmer-training-programs-helping-veterans-heal


Techniques for storing water in the soil for the dry days ahead

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/science/20160131/techniques-for-storing-water-in-the-soil-for-the-dry-days-ahead


STERLING COLLEGE LAUNCHES ‘SCHOOL OF THE NEW AMERICAN FARMSTEAD’

https://vtdigger.org/2016/01/20/sterling-college-launches-school-of-the-new-american-farmstead/


GM 2.0? ‘Gene-editing’ produces GMOs that must be regulated as GMOs

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis.html


Investment at German site allows production of packaging made of 100% recyclate

Meeting rising regional demand for PET and rPET

https://www.plasteurope.com/news/LINPAC_t233084/


Virgin PET, recycled pellet market narrows

http://www.icis.com/resources/news/2016/01/14/9960749/virgin-pet-recycled-pellet-market-narrows/


Seventh Generation introduces recyclable, flexible SUP

The new pouch is a multilayer PE structure that provides functional and aesthetic advantages comparable to a mixed-material structure, but solves the recycling challenge.

http://www.packworld.com/sustainability/recycling/seventh-generation-introduces-recyclable-flexible-sup


Four things to know before you get your new Minneapolis organics bin

http://www.startribune.com/four-things-to-know-before-you-get-your-new-minneapolis-organics-bin/366901451/


Local author to speak on organics vs. GMOs Sunday

http://dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=74&SubSectionID=114&ArticleID=154151


How to grow plants and raise fish simultaneously

How to grow plants and raise fish simultaneously


New London restaurant uses only wonky veg, first zero-waste restaurant Tiny Leaf is using only misshapen out-of-date fruit and veg donated by organic retailers

http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/167682/new-london-restaurant-uses-only-wonky-veg

and

http://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Venues/London-s-first-zero-waste-restaurant-opening-in-Notting-Hill


Combatting Food Waste

http://www.permaculture.co.uk/news/1401166884/combatting-food-waste


Organic and non-GMO: Competition or counterparts in the healthy foods movement?

http://www.fooddive.com/news/organic-and-non-gmo-competition-or-counterparts-in-the-healthy-foods-movem/411818/


USDA whistleblower launches new bee research effort

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/usda-scientist-in-whistleblower-case-starts-research-initiative


Do this cleaning product’s eco-claims actually mean anything?

Do this cleaning product’s eco-claims actually mean anything?


Packaged Facts: As Non-GMO Market Grows, an “Organic” Tug of War Ensues

Organic foods are non-GMO, but not all non-GMO foods are organic, say natural food trade groups

http://news.sys-con.com/node/3652814


The Hottest Trend in 3D Printing Could Change the Way You Buy Running Shoes

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13432524/1/the-hottest-trend-in-3d-printing-could-change-the-way-you-buy-running-shoes.html


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