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UK Environmental Agency Post-Covid Recovery Plan

This Action Plan sets out how we will build on our past achievements to accelerate to a fair, green and just recovery.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/899042/EA2025-creating-a-better-place.pdf

 


Free produce and less waste: Hundreds fill their bags in a ‘Fruit-Share’ 

https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-07-14/over-1-000-join-in-las-first-citywide-fruit-exchange

 


Chocolate is good for the heart

https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Chocolate-is-good-for-the-heart

 


What Happens in Vegas, May Come From the Arctic? 

New study from UNLV climate scientist Matthew
Lachniet links Arctic and tropical Pacific warming to
ancient climate records, providing parallels to today. 

https://www.unlv.edu/news/release/what-happens-vegas-may-come-arctic


Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows. 

http://news.mit.edu/2020/covid-19-solar-output-smog-0722

2030 vision

 


New technology makes homes more energy independent, 

helps divert power during blackouts 

https://engineering.tamu.edu/news/2020/07/new-technology-makes-homes-more-energy-independent-helps-divert-power-during-blackouts.html

 


Unpacking Apple’s mammoth carbon neutral commitment and its new environmental vision

All 99 pages of it…

https://www.imore.com/unpacking-apples-mammoth-carbon-neutral-commitment-and-its-environmental-vision


Sierra Club apologizes for racist views of ‘father of national parks’ John Muir

Muir, who helped spawn the environmental movement, made derogatory comments about Black and Indigenous people

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/23/john-muir-sierra-club-apologizes-for-racist-views

 


Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy and Just America

https://climatecrisis.house.gov/report

 


Face the Climate Emergency

https://climateemergencyeu.org/

 


Audi and EnBW to set up electric car batteries operation

https://speedlux.com/audi-and-enbw-to-set-up-electric-car-batteries-operation/

 


McDonald’s Unveils a Net Zero Energy Restaurant (But Stumbles on Other Initiatives to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint)

https://restauranttechnologynews.com/2020/07/mcdonalds-unveils-a-net-zero-energy-restaurant-but-stumbles-on-other-initiatives-to-reduce-its-carbon-footprint/

 


Humanity is an Endangered Species. 

Can We Do What it Takes to Save Ourselves?

https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/176329

 


Coal power should be relegated to the ash heap of history

https://davidsuzuki.org/story/coal-power-should-be-relegated-to-the-ash-heap-of-history/

 


How well do you know your bumblebees?

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/14201/

 


Food Companies Step Up Funding for Organic Farming Research

Clif Bar, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, and others are providing university endowments to counter a system stacked in favor of conventional agriculture.

https://civileats.com/2020/07/13/food-companies-step-up-funding-for-organic-farming-research/

 


Investors say agroforestry isn’t just climate friendly — it’s also profitable

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/investors-find-agroforestry-isnt-just-climate-friendly-it-can-also-be-profitable/


COVID-19 HAS CLAIMED A NEW VICTIM IN YOUR CITY: RECYCLING PROGRAMS

Why insectary habitats are key in organic agriculture

https://www.freshfruitportal.com/news/2020/07/06/why-insectary-habitats-are-key-in-organic-agriculture/

 


German recyclers predict tough situation for recycled plastics 

BVSE, a Germany-based trade group, estimates that demand for recycled plastics will be tough in the coming months.

https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/bvse-predicts-tough-economic-situation-recycled-plastics/

Breaking the Plastic Wave:

Top Findings for Preventing Plastic Pollution

First-of-its-kind modeling analysis describes actions needed to stop plastic from entering the ocean
https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/07/23/breaking-the-plastic-wave-top-findings

AND
Study confirms need for urgent transition to a circular economy for plastic
https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/news/new-study-confirms-need-for-urgent-transition-to-a-circular-economy-for-plastic

 


COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs

https://theconversation.com/covid-19-is-laying-waste-to-many-us-recycling-programs-139733

 


Plastic Free July – there are alternatives to single use packaging

https://balkangreenenergynews.com/plastic-free-july-there-are-alternatives-to-single-use-packaging/

 


The Life of Plastic Packaging

https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/state/the-life-of-plastic-packaging/article_513674e3-8d0f-56f7-8fdf-0da01b7336a8.html

 


Atmospheric transport is a major pathway of microplastics to remote regions

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17201-9

 


Research: Crop plants are taking up microplastics

https://phys.org/news/2020-07-crop-microplastics.html

 


CO2

https://pubs.spe.org/en/jpt/jpt-article-detail/?art=7224

 


The end of the Arab world’s oil age is nigh: 

Pain will be felt across the region 

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2020/07/18/the-end-of-the-arab-worlds-oil-age-is-nigh

 


Decarbonize and diversify | MIT News

http://news.mit.edu/2020/decarbonize-and-diversify-0715

 


Life-Cycle Assessments of Plastic Products Have Blind Spots

https://www.plasticstoday.com/sustainability/life-cycle-assessments-plastic-products-have-blind-spots/183949963963281

 


Are our oceans more polluted because of coronavirus?

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/505701-are-our-oceans-more-polluted-because-of-coronavirus

 


Perspective: Pandemic plastic problem needs a significant solution

https://www.plasticsnews.com/perspective/perspective-pandemic-plastic-problem-needs-significant-solution

 


Closed Loop Partners receives $54M investment over 5 years

The additional investments will support new recycling infrastructure in North America.

https://www.wastetodaymagazine.com/article/closed-loop-partners-54-million-investment-recycling-infrastructure/

AND

https://resource-recycling.com/plastics/2020/07/01/brands-renew-closed-loop-funding-for-five-years/

 


Netherlands launches packaging waste campaign with manufacturers

Under these agreements, the Netherlands is targeting

 to make 74% of all packaging materials recycled and/or re-used.

https://www.packaging-gateway.com/news/netherland-waste-packaging-campaign/

 


Coronavirus will change global economy profoundly, says ECB

It is now estimated that the crisis will lead to a contraction of about 35% in supply chains, and an increase of about 70% to 75% in robotisation, Lagarde said.

https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/119988/crisis-will-change-global-economy-profoundly-bces-lagarde-says/

 


Plastic recycling from Europe is being dumped in Asian waters

Up to 31 percent of plastic exported for recycling not recycled at all

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/06/200630103603.htm

 


Amazon Launches US$2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund Amid Reputation Crisis

https://www.greenqueen.com.hk/amazon-launches-us2-billion-climate-pledge-fund-amid-reputation-crisis/

AND

https://www.waste360.com/sustainability/amazon-committed-sustainability

 


Why America’s Schools Are Turning Into Solar Power Stations

Schools across the country are saving money and shining a light on solar electricity.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/america-schools-turning-into-solar-power-stations_n_5f1f423fc5b69fd473105a63

 


Is the world’s shift towards sustainability sustainable?

With threats like climate change, pollution, and deforestation menacing the world, long-term solutions like sustainable development are to be applied.

https://stepfeed.com/is-the-world-s-shift-towards-sustainability-sustainable-5078

 


How does Ridesourcing Substitute for Public Transit Network?

https://smart.mit.edu/news-events/news/how-does-ridesourcing-substitute-for-public-transit-network

 


The Pandemic And The Perilous Return Of Plastic

https://worldcrunch.com/coronavirus/the-pandemic-and-the-perilous-return-of-plastic

 


Preventing the next pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission

https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/108707

 


A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers found that Pittsburgh’s air

pollution levels decreased during the stay-at-home order—but the overall

impact remains small.

https://engineering.cmu.edu/news-events/news/2020/07/09-covid-pollution.html

 


CO2 levels in Earth’s atmosphere will be higher than at any time in the last 3.3 million years by 2025

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2020/07/co2-levels-rise-2025.page

 


Epidemiologists highlighted the dangers of Covid-19 in its early stages,

but their warnings went largely ignored until rising infection rates

forced policymakers to take action.

https://spia.princeton.edu/news/global-threats-how-lessons-covid-19-can-prevent-environmental-meltdown

 


Basel study: Why lopinavir and hydroxychloroquine do not work on Covid-19

https://www.unibas.ch/en/News-Events/News/Uni-Research/Basel-study–Why-lopinavir-and-lopinavir-and-hydroxychloroquine-do-not-work-on-Covid-19.html

 


Breaking down ocean polystyrene – Pollution on a global scale

https://www.fauna-flora.org/news/breaking-ocean-polystyrene-pollution-global-scale

 


Agro-imperialism in the time of Covid-19

https://grain.org/en/article/6502-agro-imperialism-in-the-time-of-covid-19

 


Richard Heinberg and Helena Norberg-Hodge in Conversation

https://centerforneweconomics.org/publications/richard-heinberg-and-helena-norberg-hodge-in-conversation/

 


General Mills pilots regenerative agriculture project for dairy farms

Regenerative practices require a holistic approach to managing land, cows and manure, but they benefit the ecosystem and help mitigate climate change. 

https://www.newhope.com/news/general-mills-pilots-regenerative-agriculture-project-dairy-farms

 


Should No-Till Farming Be Adopted by All to Help the Earth?

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-07-17/should-no-till-farming-be-adopted-by-all-to-help-the-earth/

 


New method estimates risks of hormone-disrupting substances in drinking water

https://news.ki.se/new-method-estimates-risks-of-hormone-disrupting-substances-in-drinking-water

 


Unregulated, “Shocking” and Destructive Levels of Pesticide Mixtures Found in Waterways

https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2020/07/unregulated-shocking-and-destructive-levels-of-pesticide-mixtures-found-in-waterways/

 


On being a small family farmer during a pandemic

Kim Denney bought a farm as a single mom with two young kids. Now Hardwick’s Chestnut Farms is a pioneer meat CSA in Massachusetts.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/14/lifestyle/being-small-family-farmer-during-pandemic/

 


California Condors Spotted in Sequoia National Park, First Time in Nearly Half a Century

National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working together to support birds’ recovery

https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/news/condors-land-in-sequoia-national-park.htm

 


Nature provides a myriad of ways to keep check on its health. One of the

more successful indicators is the status of its soil organic carbon, or

the concentration of carbon in the organic fraction of soil that

consists of decaying vegetation or animal products. A small change in

carbon levels can dramatically alter atmospheric carbon concentrations

and affect climate.

https://www.anl.gov/article/argonne-soil-carbon-research-reduces-uncertainty-in-predicting-climate-change-impacts


Native bees also facing novel pandemic

https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/07/09/native-bees-also-facing-novel-pandemic


Texas A&M Study: Texas Will Face Driest Conditions Of The Last 1,000 Years

The report says the state will be facing hotter and drier conditions for decades to come, especially in West Texas.

https://today.tamu.edu/2020/07/08/texas-am-study-texas-will-face-driest-conditions-of-the-last-1000-years/


How to Tackle Climate Change, Food Security and Land Degradation

https://www.rutgers.edu/news/how-tackle-climate-change-food-security-and-land-degradation


Tree Rings Show Unprecedented Rise in Extreme Weather in South America

Newly Comprehensive Continental Drought Atlas Covers Last 600 Years

https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/07/07/tree-rings-show-unprecedented-rise-extreme-weather-south-america/


Climate change forces farmers to pick low yields or instability

https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/07/climate-change-forces-farmers-pick-low-yields-or-instability


Alarming long-term effects of insecticides weaken ant colonies

https://www.unibe.ch/news/media_news/media_relations_e/media_releases/2020/media_releases_2020/alarming_long_term_effects_of_insecticides_weaken_ant_colonies/index_eng.html


Leave-No-Trace-Friendly Trail Grub

Five brands making sustainably packaged hiking food

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/leave-no-trace-friendly-trail-grub


Your View by Rodale Institute CEO: Organic foods can help prevent lifestyle diseases

https://www.mcall.com/opinion/mc-opi-rodale-institute-organic-health-farmers-doctors-20200713-zjqxu3lotzb3vj6uunbrqq2lmm-story.html


Potential for large-scale CO2 removal via enhanced rock weathering with croplands

The new research, carried out by scientists at the University of Sheffield’s Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation and the school’s Energy Institute, looked into a particular technique known as enhanced rock weathering, which involves spreading out finely crushed basalt, a natural volcanic rock, on farmlands to boost the soil’s ability to pull CO2 from the air.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2448-9


Solar assisted heating networks reduce environmental impact and energy consumption

These installations centralize large scale heating and the

production of hot water. One study led by researchers from the URV has

created a diagnostic tool that uses artificial intelligence to

demonstrate the feasibility of these systems

https://diaridigital.urv.cat/en/solar-assisted-heating-networks-reduce-environmental-impact-and-energy-consumption/


On the road to non-toxic and stable perovskite solar cells

https://www.helmholtz-berlin.de/pubbin/news_seite?nid=21321;sprache=en


New solar forecasting model performs best

https://www.uu.se/en/news-media/news/article/?id=15066&typ=artikel&lang=en


As the Arctic burns, Trump bailouts fossil fuel industry with billions

http://priceofoil.org/2020/07/09/as-the-arctic-burns-trump-bailouts-fossil-fuel-industry-with-billions/


Beavers gnawing away at the permafrost

The large rodents are massively changing landscapes in the Arctic,

which could have serious consequences for the frozen soils and our future climate.

https://www.awi.de/en/about-us/service/press/press-release/beavers-gnawing-away-at-the-permafrost.html


A mosquito species new to Finland discovered which potentially could transmit malaria

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/health-news/a-mosquito-species-new-to-finland-discovered-which-potentially-could-transmit-malaria


In the Arctic, Spring Snowmelt Triggers Fresh CO2 Production

The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the world and snowmelt is speeding it up with rapid soil warming and increased CO2 in the air.

https://newscenter.sdsu.edu/sdsu_newscenter/news_story.aspx


Arctic Ocean changes driven by sub-Arctic seas

https://news.uaf.edu/arctic-ocean-changes-driven-by-sub-arctic-seas/


A ‘regime shift’ is happening in the Arctic Ocean, Stanford scientists say.

Stanford scientists find the growth of phytoplankton in the Arctic Ocean has

increased 57 percent over just two decades, enhancing its ability to

soak up carbon dioxide. While once linked to melting sea ice, the

increase is now propelled by rising concentrations of tiny algae.

https://news.stanford.edu/2020/07/09/regime-shift-happening-arctic-ocean/


Ocean Acidification and Human Health

While ocean acidification was initially

perceived as a threat only to the marine realm, the authors of a new

publication argue that it is also an emerging human health issue.

https://www.niva.no/en/publications/ocean-acidification-and-human-health


Recent Developments in Ecuador: Rights of Nature

The Constitutional Court selects cases to develop 

the “content” of the legal rights of nature.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/07/17/covid-19-climate-crisis-and-our-urgent-duty-rebuild-country


The Myth of America’s Green Growth

A celebrated new book shows U.S. capitalism doesn’t need to damage the planet. 

One problem: Its data is flawed.

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/06/18/more-from-less-green-growth-environment-gdp/


Pandemic Response Requires Post-Growth Economic Thinking

https://richardheinberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/museletter-326.pdf


Why We Need Leadership From E-Commerce And Retail To Solve The Plastic Pollution Crisis

https://www.forbes.com/sites/robkaplan/2020/07/14/why-we-need-leadership-from-e-commerce-and-retail-to-solve-the-plastic-pollution-crisis/#7424e67a33fc


Sustainability Is Good For Business, New Survey Finds

https://sgbonline.com/sustainability-is-good-for-business-new-survey-finds/


Waste and Opportunity 2020:
Searching for Corporate Leadership

https://www.asyousow.org/report-page/waste-and-opportunity-2020-searching-corporate-leadership


Tesco unveils ‘groundbreaking’ shopping platform that lets customers send back all packaging to be reused

Household-name brands including Heinz, Coca-Cola, Brewdog, Nivea and Persil have all signed up to the scheme, which sees products delivered to customers’ doors in durable containers that are then collected, cleaned and sent out again

https://inews.co.uk/news/consumer/tesco-loop-shopping-platform-send-back-packaging-reusable-zero-waste-heinz-coca-cola-persil-537853


ThredUp and Frame Partner on Upcycle Program Promoting Circularity

https://sourcingjournal.com/denim/denim-brands/thredup-frame-resale-secondhand-upcycle-circular-economy-partnership-221740/


‘There’s no future in finding value only in the new’

https://www.independent.ie/life/theres-no-future-in-finding-value-only-in-the-new-39366281.html


More flowers and pollinator diversity could help protect bees from parasites

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/199873/more-flowers-pollinator-diversity-could-help/


Tulane scientists build high-performing hybrid solar energy converter

https://news.tulane.edu/pr/tulane-scientists-build-high-performing-hybrid-solar-energy-converter


Pesticides speed the spread of deadly waterborne pathogens

https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/07/17/pesticides-speed-the-spread-of-deadly-waterborne-pathogens/


‘Biggest Little Farm’ director on farming with nature, not against it

https://mashable.com/article/what-is-regenerative-agriculture/


Regenerative Ag: Healing the Planet with Hemp 

https://www.yesweekly.com/cannabis/regenerative-ag-healing-the-planet-with-hemp/article_7361a4ca-d284-11ea-b486-9739b984408b.html


Alaska is getting wetter. That’s bad news for permafrost and the climate.

https://instaar.colorado.edu/news-events/instaar-news/alaska-is-getting-wetter-bad-news-for-permafrost-and-climate/


Expand conserved areas to boost global economy ravaged by COVID-19: Report

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/07/expand-conserved-areas-to-boost-global-economy-ravaged-by-covid-19-report/


The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders
Our annual report into the killings of land and environmental defenders in 2019 shows the highest number yet have been murdered in a single year. 212 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2019 – an average of more than four people a week.
https://www.globalwitness.org/en/campaigns/environmental-activists/defending-tomorrow/


Mobilizing for a zero carbon America:
Jobs, jobs, jobs, and more jobs
A Jobs and Employment Study Report
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e540e7fb9d1816038da0314/t/5f209173294b6f5ee41ea278/1595969952405/Jobs_White_Paper_Compressed_Release.pdf


Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops, study finds
– Apple and cherry production hampered by lack of wild bees
– Bees affected by loss of habitat, pesticides and climate crisis
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/29/bees-food-crops-shortage-study


Climate explained: are we doomed if we don’t manage to curb emissions by 2030?
https://theconversation.com/climate-explained-are-we-doomed-if-we-dont-manage-to-curb-emissions-by-2030-143526


Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP)
“Blue New Deal”
A Policy Framework for Developing the
US Blue Economy in the 21st Century
https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/sites/www.middlebury.edu.institute/files/2020-07/OCAP%20Final%20Report%20July%202020.pdf


Climate economics support for the UN climate targets
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0833-x


United Nations: Climate-Friendly Cooling Could Massively Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Save $ Trillions
https://scitechdaily.com/united-nations-climate-griendly-cooling-could-massively-cut-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-save-trillions/


Preserving Ethiopia’s coffee and forests for a sustainable future
Ethiopia is the only place in the world where coffee grows wild,
protected by the canopy of the mountain forests
https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2020/july/preserving-ethiopia-coffee-and-forests/


New soil models may ease atmospheric CO2, climate change
To remove carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere in an effort to slow climate change, scientists must get their hands dirty and peek underground.
https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2020/07/new-soil-models-may-ease-atmospheric-co2-climate-change


REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Four billion acres of farmland, ready to capture carbon.

Today regenerative agriculture depends on Roundup and other chemicals to scale. ​​

Consumers want food that is sustainably grown and free of chemicals.

Greenfield Robotics enables carbon farming to scale without chemicals. 

We plan to realign the interests of farmers and consumers with a food system that is economical and sustainable.

https://www.greenfieldrobotics.com/


Will No-Till Farming Transform Agriculture’s Impact on Climate Change?

https://earthmaven.io/planetwatch/land-agriculture/will-no-till-farming-transform-agriculture-s-impact-on-climate-change-S-Q7zYPnv02iYTpX-WxFNQ

 


Building a Regenerative Farm for Willie Nelson  

The country singer has approached two farmers to transform his ranch.

https://modernfarmer.com/2020/07/building-a-regenerative-farm-for-willie-nelson/


Biodegradable vs. Recyclable Plastics: Which Is Better for the Environment?

https://www.grampianonline.co.uk/news/which-plastics-are-better-for-the-environmental-207057/

 


Plastic – between benefit and harm

https://balkangreenenergynews.com/plastic-between-benefit-and-harm/

 


Reusable Packaging Solutions for Subscription Services

https://www.waste360.com/sustainability/reusable-packaging-solutions-subscription-services

 


Race to zero

https://plasticsinpackaging.com/online/race-to-zero/

 


Companies seek to increase sustainability

Microsoft, ADM, Corteva Agriscience, Bayer among companies announcing sustainability plans; lawmakers introduce Growing Climate Solutions Act. 

https://www.farmprogress.com/sustainability/companies-seek-increase-sustainability

 


16 tips for living with less plastic in kitchen, bathroom, garden and beauty bag

If you care about the environment and the planet, you’ll know plastic is one of the biggest dangers to our world – here’s how to make sure you’re doing your bit

https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/16-tips-living-less-plastic-22392270

 


How Trump is emboldening other countries’ ‘bad behavior’ on the climate crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/30/how-trump-emboldening-other-countries-bad-behavior-climate-crisis


Climatologist Michael Mann on 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season: “Hate to Say, ‘We Told You So'”

 

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/28/climatologist-michael-mann-2020-atlantic-hurricane-season-hate-say-we-told-you-so


Industry encouraged to unite and champion organic

Recent figures show that transparency and the environment are more important than ever to consumers 

https://www.specialityfoodmagazine.com/news/industry-encouraged-to-unite-and-champion-organic


Why Regenerative Organic? 

https://www.patagonia.com/regenerative-organic

 

Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC): 

Farm Like The World Depends On It

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/07/24/regenerative-organic-certification/