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Green Mission News – January 2017

Solar power at 1¢/kWh by 2025

Thierry Lepercq, head of research, technology and innovation at the French energy company Engie SA, said in an interview at Bloomberg that he sees a potential for the cost of solar electricity to fall below $10-megawatt hour (1¢/kWh) in the sunniest climates by 2025. Lepercq believes “solar, battery storage, electrical and hydrogen vehicles, and connected devices are in a ‘J’ curve (of upward growth potential).” One consequence of this new energy economy is that, “the price (of oil) could drop to $10 if markets anticipate a significant fall in demand.”

https://electrek.co/2016/12/28/solar-power-at-1%c2%a2kwh-by-2025-the-promise-of-quasi-infinite-and-free-energy-is-here/


China Wants to Build a $50 Trillion Global Wind & Solar Power Grid by 2050

https://futurism.com/building-big-forget-great-wall-china-wants-build-50-trillion-global-power-grid-2050/


Solar was the cheapest source of electricity in 2016 , and it will further undercut fossil fuels in 2017

http://qz.com/871907/2016-was-the-year-solar-panels-finally-became-cheaper-than-fossil-fuels-just-wait-for-2017/


Iowa State U. Study Shows Wind Turbines May Benefit Crops

http://koel.com/isu-study-shows-wind-turbines-may-benefit-crops/?trackback=tsmclip

and

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2011/12/111219-wind-turbines-help-crops-on-farms/


Solar now cheapest new form of energy in nearly 60 countries

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/01/01/1615247/-Solar-now-cheapest-new-form-of-energy-in-nearly-60-countries


Inventory and transport of plastic debris in the Laurentian Great Lakes

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X1630981X


Great Lakes Plastic Dumping

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/great-lakes-plastic_us_586502c0e4b0de3a08f73d20


Las Vegas Lights Are Being Powered By Footsteps

http://futurism.com/las-vegas-lights-are-being-powered-by-footsteps/


Dead Marine Life on Nova Scotia Shores

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dead-fish-nova-scotia_us_58673890e4b0de3a08f88f20


Live chart of global sea ice shows 2016 falling way below any other year

https://sites.google.com/site/arctischepinguin/home/sea-ice-extent-area/grf/nsidc_global_area_byyear_b.png


500-year-old clams recorded changes in ocean climate

https://www.researchgate.net/blog/post/500-year-old-clams-recorded-changes-in-ocean-climate


Tread lightly to lift the weight of the world

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2016/12/tread-lightly-to-lift-the-weight-of-the-world/


( The Anthropocene Review )

Scale and diversity of the physical technosphere: A geological perspective

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2053019616677743


Climate change, meet your apocalyptic twin: oceans poisoned by plastic

http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-12-13/climate-change-meet-your-apocalyptic-twin-oceans-poisoned-plastic


TOP 10 HAPPY ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES OF 2016

https://news.mongabay.com/2016/12/top-10-happy-environmental-stories-of-2016/

WildTech.mongabay.com, a joint initiative of Mongabay, RESOLVE’s Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), intends to help accelerate the flow of information among scientists, forest and wildlife managers, technology innovators, and interested groups and catalyze the development and application of technologies for forest and wildlife conservation.


Sixteen noteworthy food moments in 2016

This year food programs have addressed nutrition and food security, food waste has been measured, and a growing group of young leaders have worked to improve the global food system.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/The-Bite/2016/1230/Sixteen-noteworthy-food-moments-in-2016


FOR OUR FOOD SYSTEM’S SAKE, LET’S SAY “NO” TO CORPORATE CONSOLIDATION

Mergers puts food workers and small-scale farmers at risk and increase vertical integration, hurting farm­ers’ ability to compete.

https://ensia.com/voices/corporate-food/


V Shiva: People’s Economies vs Corporate Control: First Commodification, Then Financialization, Now Demonetization

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/12/05/peoples-economies-vs-corporate-control-first-commodification-then-financialization


California, at Forefront of Climate Fight

http://nyti.ms/2ho24Sp


Canadian Scientists Warn U.S. Colleagues: Act Now to Protect Science

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/canadian-scientists-warn-u-s-colleagues-act-now-to-protect-science-under-trump/#


Energy Nostalgia and the Path to Hell

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176222/donald_trump_path_to_hell


Let’s Work Towards A Zero-Waste Future By Creating A Culture Of Reuse

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/fatima-zaidi/zero-waste-future_b_13818808.html


The Furniture Waste Problem And How Companies Can Solve It

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/trevor-langdon-/office-furniture-waste_b_13729288.html


Hempcrete

http://www.minoeco.com/en/constructions/hempcrete


Waste not, want not ideal drowns in Israel’s garbage heap

Average Israeli family chucks away thousands of shekels a year in food that is still edible, non-profit says

http://www.timesofisrael.com/waste-not-want-not-ideal-drowns-in-israels-garbage-heap/


Patagonia Challenges Businesses to Eschew Lax Textile Standards, Support Regenerative Agriculture

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/patagonia_challenges lax textile_standards


Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin Releases IN THE SHADOW OF GREEN MAN:

how he built his vision to develop a regenerative farming model that uplifts individuals and communities.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article/Reginaldo-Haslett-Marroquin-Releases-IN-THE-SHADOW-OF-GREEN-MAN-20161212

and

http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/news/article_26356212-375b-55c9-8373-498d1a6ef45a.html


Vital changes to farming practices remain a tough sell

http://www.humanosphere.org/environment/2016/12/vital-changes-to-farming-practices-remain-a-tough-sell/


Apprenticeships in Regenerative Agriculture

http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/XPCnzXc6GFsP/


THIS KANSAS FARMER FOUGHT A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM TO KEEP HIS FARM SUSTAINABLE

When federal crop insurance rules stymied Gail Fuller’s attempts to innovate, he knew something had to change.

https://ensia.com/features/sustainable-farm-crop-insurance/


Earthworms do double-duty at Fetzer Vineyards

Hard-working worms are part of California winery’s next chapter.

http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainable-business-practices/blogs/earthworms-double-duty-fetzer-vineyards


World wildlife ‘falls by 58% in 40 years’

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37775622


NASA ‘space laser’ detects eco-disaster in ocean

https://www.rt.com/viral/371176-nasa-space-laser-ocea-phytoplankton/


Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report) |

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

https://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=332990


Mother-of-Three Sues Monsanto Claiming Roundup Caused Her Cancer

http://www.ecowatch.com/mother-of-three-sues-monsanto-claiming-roundup-caused-her-cancer-1897071218.html

“Some people are landscapers, some people are migrant farm workers, some people are farmers,” said Greenwald, who is head of environmental protection. “What everyone has in common is that they all used Roundup and they all have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.”


Costa Rica powered by renewable energy for over 250 days in 2016

http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/environment/costa-rica-powered-by-renewable-energy-for-over-250-days-in-2016/article/482755

 

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