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Take these 3 steps, add $500 million and create a circular economy for packaging, report urges

 


Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

 


Farming could be absorber of carbon by 2050, says report
Veganism and trees could help stop agriculture contributing to global heating, study says

 


The following excerpt is from Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery

 

 


Study finds massive reorganization of life across Earth’s ecosystems

 


Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points

 

 


Bank of England boss says global finance is funding 4C temperature rise
Mark Carney says capital markets are financing projects likely to fuel a catastrophic rise in global heating

 


Our Tax System Rewards Polluters
Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes
— and actually received billions in rebates.

 


 

How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies.
As wildfires become more frequent and destructive in a warming world,
they are increasingly leaving in their wake debris and toxic runoff that are polluting rivers and fouling water supplies. Some municipalities are having to upgrade their water treatment methods to counter the new danger.

 



Regenerative Agriculture Could Help Stop Climate Change — Can Tech Help Us Get There?

 


 

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Green Mission News – August 2019

 

The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller has just launched a new website:


https://www.buckminsterfuller.net.

 


The Green New Deal Must Include Regenerative Agriculture and an End to Factory Farming


A millennial perspective on why the way we farm and how we consume food
must be part of the conversation when it comes to the climate crisis
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/18/green-new-deal-must-include-regenerative-agriculture-and-end-factory-farming

 


Environmentalism’s Next Frontier: Giving Nature Legal Rights


Ships and corporations have legal standing. Should ecosystems?
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/07/a-new-wave-of-environmentalists-want-to-give-nature-legal-rights/

 


Montaigne – READY (Music video 4:30 min.)


https://smarturl.it/Montaigne.READY

 


Rebelling from a nonviolent heart


https://theecologist.org/2019/jul/12/rebelling-nonviolent-heart

 


Your next flight could be electric—in a good way

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/4/1867720/-Your-next-flight-could-be-electric-in-a-good-way

 


With An Eye Toward Lower Emissions, Clean Air Travel Gets Off The Ground


https://www.npr.org/2019/07/29/746275123/with-an-eye-toward-lower-emissions-clean-air-travel-gets-off-the-ground

 


The World Needs a Water Treaty


The world has enough water for 7 billion people, but not if countries waste, hoard, or weaponize it.
https://fpif.org/the-world-needs-a-water-treaty/

 


29 July 2019: Earth Overshoot Day


We only have one planet, but we’re still using it up too fast
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/we-only-have-one-planet-but-we-re-still-using-it-up-too-fast-20190726-p52b4z.html


Earth Overshoot Day Shows We’re Tearing Through Resources Faster Than Ever


July 29 marks the point at which we start to consume more than the Earth can replenish.
And this date is getting earlier each year.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/earth-overshoot-day-natural-resources-july_n_5d39a020e4b004b6adbbd643

 


Biochar Market Estimated to Register Nearly 14% CAGR during 2019-2027


https://pioneerreporter.com/biochar-market-estimated-register-nearly-14-cagr-2019-2027-finds-fact-mr/

 


White House ‘undercutting evidence’ of climate crisis, says analyst who resigned


https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/30/rod-schoonover-trump-administration-undercutting-climate-crisis-national-security

 


The Research Is In: Stop Fracking ASAP


Over 1,500 reports show there’s simply no safe way to do it — and it’s harming us all every day it goes on.
https://otherwords.org/the-research-is-in-stop-fracking-asap/

 


Enough of the climate nightmare. It’s time to paint the dream.


A new approach must connect the climate crisis with inequality
to offer a compelling and attractive way forward for society.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/04/enough-climate-nightmare-paint-dream-inequality


Why there’s more to ecological restoration than ecology.


Treaties to restore millions of hectares of degraded lands worldwide
upped the demand for experts in ecological restoration.
Do they have the right skill sets?
https://forestsnews.cifor.org/61480/why-theres-more-to-ecological-restoration-than-ecology

 


Searching for carbon-neutral heaven in a world hellbent on waste


We feel guilty about the environment while governments shamelessly ignore the signs
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/searching-for-carbon-neutral-heaven-in-a-world-hellbent-on-waste-1.3954080

 


The Air Really Was Cleaner Under Obama


Pollution is up nearly 14 percent under the Trump administration.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/trumps-us-doesnt-have-cleanest-air-record/593500/?utm_source=feed


Sand Castle (ecological breakdown through the eyes of a 13 year old);

video 5 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzyOSAUHvE4

 


The False Promise of Nuclear Power


We must free ourselves from the false hope that a technology designed for ultimate destruction could be transmogrified into ultimate life-enhancement.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2019/07/29/the-false-promise-nuclear-power/kS8rzs8f7MAONgXL1fWOGK/story.html

 


A tech revolution will help farmers harvest sunshine with their crops


Agrivoltaics will combine plants with power to make full use of scarce land – and give growers an extra income
https://www.wired.co.uk/article/energy-agrivoltaic-farms


After 10 Years of Rapid Growth, What Does Organic Mean Today?


Four experts weigh in on how booming interest in organic food has changed
the industry, and what it means for farmers, policymakers, and eaters.
https://civileats.com/2019/07/08/after-10-years-of-rapid-growth-what-does-organic-mean-today/

 


Bonterra Study Shows Potential of Organic Farming for Climate Health


http://calclimateag.org/bonterra-study-shows-potential-of-organic-farming-for-climate-health/



Dear Trump: CO2 is Polluting our Atmosphere and Acidifying our Water: They aren’t “the Cleanest”


https://www.juancole.com/2019/06/polluting-atmosphere-acidifying.html

 


How Republicans killed Oregon’s climate crisis bill – by fleeing the state

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/28/how-republican-senators-killed-oregons-climate-crisis-bill

 


Agriculture Department buries studies showing dangers of climate change


https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/23/agriculture-department-climate-change-1376413

 


Biogas From Factory Farm Waste Has No Place in a Clean Energy Future


As the threats of global climate change and fossil fuel dependence are increasingly being felt worldwide, countries are turning to biogas as a part of a transition to
renewable energy. Biogas is being boasted as a “renewable” energy
solution, designed to help mitigate climate change. It couldn’t be
further from the truth, and here’s why.
https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/insight/biogas-factory-farm-waste-has-no-place-clean-energy-future

 


The Devastation of Farm Country Is Biting Us All on the Butt

https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/07/19/the-devastation-of-farm-country-is-biting-us-all-on-the-butt


Chinese air pollution dimmed sunlight enough to impact solar panels


Pollution from coal and biomass burning blocks 13% of solar electricity.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/air-pollution-costs-china-1-9-billion-in-solar-electricity-each-year/

 


June was hottest ever recorded on Earth, European satellite agency announces


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/june-hottest-month-ever-earth-2019-weather-heatwave-hot-a8984691.html

 


June Hottest Month on Record, As Antarctica Melts:

Top 3 Signs We are Cooking the Planet . . . and Ourselves
https://www.juancole.com/2019/07/hottest-antarctica-ourselves.html

 


Working on a WARMER planet.


The impact of heat stress on labour productivity and decent work.
https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/—publ/documents/publication/wcms_711919.pdf


Poisoned for Profit: We Are Not the Agrochemical Industry’s Guinea Pigs.


The call for sanity by Dr Rosemary Mason.
https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/07/poisoned-for-profit-we-are-not-the-agrochemical-industrys-guinea-pigs/

 


Mason has sent a 24-page fully referenced document with her letter in support of her claims.


It can be accessed in full here.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Open-Letter-to-HSE-Defra-and-CRD-about-Roundup-poisoning-people-and-the-environment.pdf


Radically rural.


Farmers use regenerative practices to reverse climate change.
https://www.telluridenews.com/news/article_af80b4aa-b0de-11e9-aff0-ff76e51c8145.html

 


Activists Join to Ban Single-Use Plastics in California


New Proposed Laws Will ‘Attack the Trash Crisis at Both Ends’
https://www.independent.com/2019/07/27/activists-join-to-ban-single-use-plastics-in-california/

 


David Suzuki: Our waste is our own problem


https://www.timescolonist.com/islander/david-suzuki-our-waste-is-our-own-problem-1.23898653

 


‘Biggest compliment yet’: Greta Thunberg welcomes oil chief’s ‘greatest threat’ label


Activists say comments by Opec head prove world opinion is turning against fossil fuels
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/05/biggest-compliment-yet-greta-thunberg-welcomes-oil-chiefs-greatest-threat-label

 


Moody’s Analytics says climate change could cost $69 trillion by 2100


https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/moodys-analytics-says-climate-change-could-cost-69-trillion-by-2100/2019/07/02/f9fb94ac-99cb-11e9-916d-9c61607d8190_story.html

 


The rating agency Moody’s just purchased a climate data firm, raising the possibility that companies and countries that don’t take climate-related threats seriously could see their credit ratings downgraded


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/climate/moodys-ratings-climate-change-data.html

 


Climate Crisis: Running Dry


‘People are dying’: how the climate crisis has sparked an exodus to the US
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jul/29/guatemala-climate-crisis-migration-drought-famine

 


For climate-smart farmers, carbon solution is in the soil


https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060681577

 


Little Attention for Ag in Democratic Debates


https://www.newsdakota.com/2019/07/01/little-attention-for-ag-in-democratic-debates/

 


Feds must stop “kicking farmers” – Greenpeace


https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/07/30/feds-must-stop-kicking-farmers-greenpeace/

 


Junk Debt Investors Welcome Rare Green Bond With Strong Demand


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-01/junk-debt-investors-welcome-rare-green-bond-with-strong-demand

 


UK government tells banks to go green in anti-carbon push


https://sports.yahoo.com/climate-change-green-finance-strategy-uk-john-glen-banks-230100586.html

 


US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries


US represents 4% of the world’s population but produces 12% of municipal solid waste, a stark contrast with China and India
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/02/us-plastic-waste-recycling

 


Biochar could boost US crops


https://physicsworld.com/a/biochar-could-boost-us-crops/

 


Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis


Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees-best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions

 


8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform Our Economy


An economic system that serves everyone and the planet is
necessary for our survival. Here are some guiding principles to get us
there.
https://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/how-to-radical-economy-20190702

 


Yes, We Can Resolve the Climate Crisis by David Suzuki We’re at a pivotal point.


https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/05/yes-we-can-resolve-climate-crisis

 


US agriculture needs a 21st-century New Deal


https://theconversation.com/amp/us-agriculture-needs-a-21st-century-new-deal-112757

 


High-value opportunities exist to restore tropical rainforests around the world – here’s how we mapped them


https://theconversation.com/high-value-opportunities-exist-to-restore-tropical-rainforests-around-the-world-heres-how-we-mapped-them-119508

 


Amazon REDD+ scheme side-steps land rights to reward small forest producers

Sociological study finds pros and cons in a REDD+ carbon credit scheme in the Brazilian Amazon that rewards small-scale ecosystem service providers in local communities.
https://news.mongabay.com/2019/07/amazon-redd-scheme-side-steps-land-rights-to-reward-small-forest-producers/

 


Paraguay is investing in silvopastoral systems to raise livestock, which proponents argue will help meet the global demand for food while protecting forest


http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/07/paraguay-moves-towards-sustainable-commodities/

 


We Have the Money to Fix Our Food System


Imagine supporting farmers markets, child nutrition, and local agriculture with money we spend on factory farms.
https://otherwords.org/we-have-the-money-to-fix-our-food-system/


Why We Can’t Ignore U.S. Military Emissions

The U.S. military’s carbon footprint is bigger than 140
countries combined. To seriously address climate catastrophe, we must
dismantle its vast infrastructure.
https://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/climate-change-military-pollution-20190705

 


Dairy Farming at Sea


In the Netherlands, an experimental floating farm promises to reduce emissions and increase food security.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/dairy-farming-at-sea/

 


Raised in Rice Fields: Threatened salmon in California may benefit from access to flooded fields.


California’s Chinook salmon have been losing habitat to agriculture for decades.
Now, they’re getting a much-needed boost from strategically flooded
fields.
https://www.biographic.com/posts/sto/raised-in-rice-fields

 


Grow Your Own Iced Tea This Summer


https://modernfarmer.com/2019/07/grow-your-own-iced-tea-this-summer/

 


Analysis finds US ecosystems shifting hundreds of miles north


https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190701144652.htm

 


Jem Bendell – Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy

(video; 14 mins.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAZJtFZZYmM

 


‘We Must Act Quickly’: British Music Biz Declares Climate Emergency


https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8519718/music-declares-emergency-british-music-biz-climate-change-declaration-read

 


Listen to nature, not labs with their fake meat


https://durangoherald.com/articles/285320

 


Organic cocoa farmers receive production premium


https://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/business/Organic-cocoa-farmers-receive-production-premium-762877#

 


Fundamentals: The economic opportunity in a lower-carbon world


https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/17768384.fundamentals-economic-opportunity-lower-carbon-world/

 


Shaking Off Capitalism for Ecological Civilization


https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/12/shaking-off-capitalism-for-ecological-civilization/

 


The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change


https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/28/9-lie-industrial-food-and-climate-change

 


The global tree restoration potential


https://science.sciencemag.org/content/365/6448/76


Solar future shines ever more brightly


Progress in China, the US and elsewhere shows an increasingly positive solar future as fuel from the sun grows cheaper and more abundant.
https://climatenewsnetwork.net/solar-future-shines-ever-more-brightly/

 


Revealed: How the global beef trade is destroying the Amazon


https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2019-07-02/global-beef-trade-amazon-deforestation

 


Climate Adaptation Needs to Put Human Rights Above Property Values


https://truthout.org/articles/climate-adaptation-needs-to-put-human-rights-above-property-values/

 


The ‘biggest change in oil market history’ is less than six months away

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/15/oil-imo-2020-marks-the-biggest-change-in-oil-market-history.html

 


Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days (2019) | Union of Concerned Scientists


https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/global-warming-impacts/killer-heat-in-united-states

 


‘Climate Grief’: Fears About The Planet’s Future Weigh On Americans’ Mental Health


https://khn.org/news/climate-grief-fears-about-the-planets-future-weigh-on-americans-mental-health/

 


Recycling is broken, so we have to fix our disposable culture


https://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/recycling-broken-so-we-have-fix-our-disposable-culture.html

 


Are bioplastics better for the environment than conventional plastics?


Confusion among terms like bioplastics, bio-based and biodegradable plastics makes it hard to discern — and make — the environmentally responsible choice.
https://ensia.com/features/bioplastics-bio-based-biodegradable-environment/

 


In Indonesia, a court victory for Bali’s ban on single-use plastics


https://news.mongabay.com/2019/07/in-indonesia-a-court-victory-for-balis-ban-on-single-use-plastics/

 


A clear-cut case for business action on deforestation


https://www.greenbiz.com/article/clear-cut-case-business-action-deforestation

 


California Signs Mileage Deal With Automakers


https://www.truthdig.com/articles/in-snub-to-trump-california-signs-mileage-deal-with-automakers/

 


Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months


https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48964736


Greenhouse-gas emissions are increasing the frequency of heatwaves


And it will get worse in future
https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/07/25/greenhouse-gas-emissions-are-increasing-the-frequency-of-heatwaves

 


To meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, energy systems across the world must transform rapidly.


This profound challenge requires significant, sustained investment in the energy sector over the coming decades. The European Investment Bank is the EU bank and one of the world’s largest multilateral financiers of climate action. It can help to foster this investment.


EIB energy lending policy. Supporting the energy transformation.


https://www.eib.org/attachments/draft-energy-lending-policy-26-07-19-en.pdf

 


With the world heating up, who needs an event such as Burning Man?

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/world-heating-who-needs-event-such-burning-man

 


We Must Wake the World From Slumber to Tackle the Existential Crises of Our Days. The classroom of life has no graduation..


(Graduation address by Nnimmo Bassey)
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/26/we-must-wake-world-slumber-tackle-existential-crises-our-days

 


Greta Thunberg: It Is Time to Rebel. (5 minutes)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq4eCQCgQw8


“We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis.

And we need to call it what it is. An emergency.

We must acknowledge that we do not
have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the
solutions yet. Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing
certain things.

We admit that we are losing this battle.

We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed. All political movements in their present form have failed.

But homo sapiens have not yet failed.

Yes, we are failing, but there is
still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this. We still
have everything in our own hands.

But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance.

We are facing a disaster of unspoken
sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for
speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say. Now is the
time to speak clearly.

Solving the climate crisis is the
greatest and most complex challenge that homo sapiens have ever faced.
The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can
understand it. We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases.

And either we do that, or we don’t.

You say that nothing in life is black or white.

But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie.

Either we prevent a 1.5 degree of warming, or we don’t.

Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, or we don’t.

Either we choose to go on as a civilization or we don’t.

That is as black or white as it gets.

Because there are no grey areas when it comes to survival.

Now we all have a choice.

We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations.

Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail.

That is up to you and me.

And yes, we need a system change rather than individual change. But you cannot have one without the other.

If you look through history, all the
big changes in society have been started by people at the grassroots
level. People like you and me.

So, I ask you to please wake up and
make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good
enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible.

Today, we use about 100 million
barrels of oil every single day. There are no politics to change that.
There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground.

So, we can no longer save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed.

Everything needs to change. And it has to start today.

So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.”