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Green Mission News – Earth Month 2021

What a 40-year experiment can tell us about organic food.

Takeaways from Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial.

https://peeled.substack.com/p/what-a-40-year-experiment-can-tell


Transform school meals to nourish kids and create opportunities for farmers 

https://calmatters.org/commentary/my-turn/2021/03/transform-school-meals-to-nourish-kids-and-create-opportunities-for-farmers/


This chef had to close her restaurant because of COVID, but kept the brand alive via online retail

https://fortune.com/2021/03/06/brainstorm-reinvent-restaurants-ecommerce-takeout-delivery-food-service/


Wisdom the albatross, the world’s oldest known wild bird, has another chick at age 70

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/05/wisdom-the-albatross-the-worlds-oldest-known-wild-bird-has-another-chick-at-age-70


Regenerative Agriculture part 3 | Working With Nature, Not Suppressing It

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2021-03-05/regenerative-agriculture-part-3-working-with-nature-not-suppressing-it


Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities

http://www.ipsnews.net/2021/02/mexico-ban-glyphosate-gm-corn-presidential-decree-comes-despite-intense-pressure-industry-u-s-authorities/


Fossil Fuel Companies Benefit from Inefficient Pricing on Climate and Health Consequences

https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/fossil-fuel-companies-benefit-from-inefficient-pricing-on-climate-and-health-consequences/


Human penises are shrinking because of pollution, warns scientist 

https://news.sky.com/story/human-penises-are-shrinking-because-of-pollution-warns-scientist-12255106


Cleaner Air, Less Soil Pollution: Unintended but Beneficial Side Effect of Clean Air Act-

http://english.iap.cas.cn/home/News/202103/t20210302_263980.html


The hidden $25 trillion cost of the planet’s energy and transport systems

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/54819


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/


Scaling up tree nurseries is key to unlocking U.S. reforestation potential

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/03/scaling-up-tree-nurseries-is-key-to-unlocking-u-s-reforestation-potential-study/


Climate Change Damaging North America’s Largest Temperate Rainforest, Harming Salmon – CU Denver News

https://news.ucdenver.edu/climate-change-damaging-north-americas-largest-temperate-rainforest-harming-salmon/


Study explores link between forestry management practices and pesticides in aquatic species

https://www.pdx.edu/news/study-explores-link-between-forestry-management-practices-and-pesticides-aquatic-species


We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/31/americas-tap-water-samples-forever-chemicals


Economic Benefits of Protecting Nature Exceed Value of Exploiting it, Global Study Finds

https://www.uvm.edu/gund/news/economic-benefits-protecting-nature-exceed-value-exploiting-it-global-study-finds


The Possible Meat: A Brazilian farmer shows ranching can regenerate the Cerrado

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/03/the-possible-meat-a-brazilian-farmer-shows-ranching-can-regenerate-the-cerrado/


Global obsession with economic growth will increase risk of deadly pandemics in future

https://theconversation.com/global-obsession-with-economic-growth-will-increase-risk-of-deadly-pandemics-in-future-156509


How to Fix the Recycling System: An Open Letter

https://www.rcdpackaging.com/post/how-to-fix-the-recycling-system-an-open-letter




Torrential Rains Drench Hawaii

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148045/torrential-rains-drench-hawaii


Study shows stronger brain activity after writing on paper than on tablet or smartphone 

https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/focus/en/press/z0508_00168.html


Researchers harvest energy from radio waves to power wearable devices

https://news.psu.edu/story/652533/2021/03/25/research/researchers-harvest-energy-radio-waves-power-wearable-devices


Butterfly numbers plummeting in US west as climate crisis takes toll

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/04/butterfly-numbers-plummeting-us-west-climate-crisis


Sounds of Silence: Extinction Is Erasing the Earth’s Music

Writer Kathleen Dean Moore turns her ear to nature’s sounds and what we’re losing as species disappear.

https://therevelator.org/earths-music-moore/


Carnegie Mellon Research Shows How Wildfires May Have Larger Effects on Cloud Formation and Climate Change than Previously Thought

https://www.cmu.edu/mcs/news-events/2021/0224_sullivan-atmospheric-aging-bba.html


The hidden $25 trillion cost of the planet’s energy and transport systems

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/54819


Coffee for the birds: connecting bird-watchers with shade-grown coffee 

https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2021/03/cnre-birds-and-coffee.email.html


Small-scale fisheries offer strategies for resilience in the face of climate change

https://earth.stanford.edu/news/small-scale-fisheries-offer-strategies-resilience-face-climate-change#gs.umnel7


Study explores link between forestry management practices and pesticides in aquatic species

https://www.pdx.edu/news/study-explores-link-between-forestry-management-practices-and-pesticides-aquatic-species


‘Canary in the mine’ warning following new discovery of the effects of pollutants on fertility

https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/canary-in-the-mine

Welcome to the New Earth911


Every product should come with recycling instructions

https://earth911.com/earth-watch/welcome-to-the-new-earth911/


The dangers of eco-fascism and why it’s a ‘veneer for racist beliefs’ 

https://www.euronews.com/living/2021/03/21/the-dangers-of-eco-fascism-and-why-it-s-a-veneer-for-racist-beliefs


Alaska Costco Shoppers Say Ravens Steal Their Groceries

“They know what they’re doing; it’s not their first time,” a shopper said. “They’re very fat so I think they’ve got a whole system there.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alaska-costco-shoppers-say-ravens-steal-their-groceries_n_605f54d8c5b67ad387202cba


Plummeting sperm counts, shrinking penises: toxic chemicals threaten humanity (Erin Brockovich)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/18/toxic-chemicals-health-humanity-erin-brokovich

 


‘Climate facts are back’: EPA brings science back to website after tRump purge.
Move reverses former president’s order to drop all references to the climate emergency on government websites.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/20/epa-climate-facts-joe-biden-trump-purge

 


Phasing Out Fossil Fuels Is Possible. These State-Level Plans Show How.
https://truthout.org/articles/phasing-out-fossil-fuels-is-possible-these-state-level-plans-show-how/

 


I Accidentally Joined A Playgroup Full Of QAnon Moms. Here’s What Happened.
“It wasn’t until the onset of COVID-19 that it became apparent most of my new friends were either Trump supporters and/or entangled in QAnon conspiracy theories.”
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/qanon-trump-supporters-homeschool-texas_n_60512898c5b605256ebefb0f

 


WATER IS LIFE. CAN WE PROTECT IT?
Americans will have to fight hard to protect their water from corporate greed.
They can learn a lot from El Salvador.
https://otherwords.org/water-is-life-can-we-protect-it/

 


Give Nature a Right to Self-Defense
(By Jim Hightower)
https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/03/21/give-nature-a-right-to-self-defense

 


Brazil’s ‘Upside-Down’ Forest Is Facing Devastating Destruction
The Cerrado is the most biologically rich savanna in the world
and a huge carbon sink, but it’s being razed to produce soy and beef.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/brazil-cerrado-upside-down-forest-destruction_n_603502f6c5b6cc8bbf3e8c55

 


POV: The great seed robbery (video)
Most seed laws that are trying to be imposed in the world are based on a convention called UPOV (International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants). Most people or organisations don’t know about UPOV, and its contents and implications for our seeds are very hard to understand.

To help you understand UPOV, we have a short animated video for you. It explains in a simple way how UPOV tries to appropriate and privatise seeds that have been developed over thousands of years by communities around the world, and why we should resist it and demand that it be dismantled.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O7cmwIKuEQ

 


Leaders for Climate Accountability
is a national network of public officials who support holding corporate polluters accountable for their outsized role in creating and perpetuating the climate crisis.
https://l4ca.org/

 


TEXAS: A STUDY IN PRIVATE GAIN AT PUBLIC EXPENSE
My family spent the Texas freeze cold and dirty and parched
while utilities bilked us and politicians fled to resorts.

 


It’s unavoidable: we must ban fossil fuels to save our planet. Here’s how we do it
Twice before, humanity has mitigated severe global environmental threats.
In both cases we did this not with ‘cap and trade’ systems, taxes, or offsets, but with bans.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/09/its-unavoidable-we-must-ban-fossil-fuels-to-save-our-planet-heres-how-we-do-it

 


“So please don’t patronize me by telling me that the oil and gas industry doesn’t have any special tax provisions.”
https://truthout.org/articles/rep-katie-porter-refutes-claim-that-oil-industry-doesnt-get-special-tax-breaks/

 


“A Big Deal”: Bill McKibben on Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment
& the Future of Climate Justice.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/3/10/rutgers_university_fossil_fuel_divestment

 


Wildfires Will Keep Getting Worse — Even in “Best Case” Climate Scenarios
https://truthout.org/articles/wildfires-will-keep-getting-worse-even-in-best-case-climate-scenarios/

 


Changes in fire weather climatology under 1.5 °C and 2.0 °C warming
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/abe675

 


Understanding the Arctic Polar Vortex
https://www.climate.gov/news-features/understanding-climate/understanding-arctic-polar-vortex

 


Legume trees support tropical forest growth by releasing nutrients from ancient soils.
Researchers have found that nitrogen-fixing legume trees can support themselves and surrounding trees not only with increased access to nitrogen but with other key nutrients through enhanced mineral weathering.
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sustainable-food/news/legume-trees-support-tropical-forest-growth-releasing-nutrients-ancient-soils

 


Is this the end of forests as we’ve known them?
Trees lost to drought and wildfires are not returning.
Climate change is taking a toll on the world’s forests –
and radically changing the environment before our eyes.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/10/is-this-the-end-of-forests-as-weve-known-them

 


Agroecology vs. climate chaos: Farmers leading the battle in Asia
https://grain.org/en/article/6632-agroecology-vs-climate-chaos-farmers-leading-the-battle-in-asia

 


Ecosocialism and the Climate Crisis.
https://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/article/ecosocialism-and-climate-crisis

 


Welcome to the New Earth911

https://earth911.com/earth-watch/welcome-to-the-new-earth911/


Floating solar farms could help reduce impacts of climate change on lakes and reservoirs 

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/floating-solar-farms-could-help-reduce-impacts-of-climate-change-on-lakes-and-reservoirs


Study Finds Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses

https://news.ncsu.edu/2021/03/plants-solar-cell-greenhouses/


Not just CO2: Rising temperatures also alter photosynthesis in a changing climate

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/1834613107#image-5


EU chemicals need stable, strong regulatory framework to grow – execs

https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2021/03/12/10617016/eu-chemicals-need-stable-strong-regulatory-framework-to-grow-execs


UMass Lowell researchers work toward a greener economy

$1.8m DOE grant will help develop sustainable plastics

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-03/uoml-ulr031221.php


Global ‘wind atlas’ propels sustainable energy

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2021/02/global-wind-atlas-propels-sustainable-energy

 


Wanted: unresolved packaging problems

https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9300500/wanted-unresolved-packaging-problems/


Researchers discover intact plant fossils beneath Greenland’s ice sheet for the first time

https://www.science.ku.dk/english/press/news/2021/researchers-discover-intact-plant-fossils-beneath-greenlands-ice-sheet-for-the-first-time/


Landfills full of dangerous pollutants: Missouri researchers can tell you which ones are worst 

https://showme.missouri.edu/2021/landfills-full-of-dangerous-pollutants-mu-researchers-can-tell-you-which-ones-are-worst/


EV Turning Point: Momentum Builds for U.S. Electric Vehicle Transition

https://e360.yale.edu/features/ev-turning-point-momentum-builds-for-u.s.-electric-vehicle-transition


Can California’s Organic Vegetable Farmers Unlock the Secrets of No-Till Farming?

Reducing tillage—which often relies on herbicides—has long been out of reach on organic farms. Now, a group of veteran growers are undertaking a soil

health experiment with implications for California and beyond.

https://civileats.com/2021/03/30/can-californias-organic-vegetable-farmers-unlock-the-secrets-of-no-till-farming/


Regenerative Agriculture Plays a Significant Role in the Future of Sustainable Food—Here’s Why

It’s being billed as the “new organic.” But it could be much, much bigger.

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/regenerative-agriculture


Coastal Roots Farm Educates Community through New Mini-Film.

https://foodtank.com/news/2021/03/coastal-roots-farm-educates-community-through-new-mini-film/


Four Abbotsford companies receive $1.6 million in agritech grants

Projects include regenerative organic farm and nutrient recovery.

https://www.abbynews.com/news/four-abbotsford-companies-receive-1-6-million-in-agritech-grants/


New Book Details The Purpose-Driven Supply Chains Of Popular Soap Brand.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/eshachhabra/2021/03/30/new-book-details-the-purpose-driven-supply-chains-of-popular-soap-brand/


Regenerative ag is a growing, dynamic movement has potential for

tremendous climate reversal and healthy food production. When even

Neil Young says, “Put the carbon back in the soil,” you know it’s time

to get on board.  

https://sustainablebrands.com/read/supply-chain/regenerative-agriculture-soil-health-herd-health-human-health


Regenerative Agriculture Holds Opportunity for Investors

The earth’s soil holds more than 3 times the amount of carbon in our

atmosphere and 4 times the amount stored in all living plants and

animals.

https://www.fool.com/millionacres/real-estate-market/regenerative-agriculture-holds-opportunity-for-investors/


Solar Swells as Coal Collapses: Analysis Shows Rapid Shift to Renewables Underway

 “Cleaner and lower-cost wind and solar, coupled with battery storage, will drive fossil fuels out of the market.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/03/31/solar-swells-coal-collapses-analysis-shows-rapid-shift-renewables-underway