Green Mission News – July 2017

Harvesting the Sun – Jairo Restrepo at Ragmans Farm (video 7 min.)

The first video in English of Jairo Restrepo, a world expert in Biofertilisers and soil regeneration, filmed at Ragmans Lane Farm.
Jairo talks about the wonders of cow manure, soil microbes, trace elements, and their link with increased soil, plant and human health.
He describes industrial agriculture as a ‘dishonest agriculture’ robbing us of our health and proposes an alternative productive approach harnessing the power of biological mineral ferments which will allow all of us to grow cheap organic food through enhanced photosynthesis – by Harvesting the Sun.


what if this were required literacy for companies, and their boards, that make “green” claims to benefit their bottom line?

The Circular Economy and a Low-Carbon Future

Want to Get “Back to the Land”? You’re Not Alone

Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature.

States Challenge Scott Pruitt’s Decision to Keep Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Food Supply

EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

Science and information for climate-smart conservation

Ocean Acidification, and Plastic Pollution with Greg Stone (12 min)

Why chemists — not just economists — are key to a circular future

A spate of new research studies has confirmed a disturbing pattern:
climate disruption is confusing migratory birds, causing trees to relocate and allowing tropical diseases to spread northward.

“Human society has yet to appreciate the implications of unprecedented species redistribution for life on Earth, including for human lives,” states a study,

Divergence of Species Responses to Climate Change,”

published May 17, 2017, in Science Advances.

Climate Destabilization Causing Thousands of New Species Migrations: Plant, Animal, Insect, Bird

Zero Waste for the Rest of Us

How Chicken Farmers are Getting Clucked in a Supermarket Near You

Our Chemical-Dependent, Profit-Driven, Industrial Ag Complex is Not Going Quietly

Will Robot Cars Pose Unprecedented Safety, Security, and Privacy Risks?

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

6 Reasons Local Food Systems Will Replace Our Industrial Model

School District Switches to Local and Organic Meals, Cuts Carbon Footprint—and Saves Money

A new report revealed surprising results when Oakland overhauled its lunch menu at 100-plus schools by serving less meat and more fruits and vegetables

Farming: Political Cartoons

“Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives.”

Women Small-Holder Farmers, Key Drivers for Sustainable Production

We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide

Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.

Evaluating soil health can be challenging, but some measure is needed to determine if shifts in management practices are beneficial.

‘Soil health’ needs scholarly attention, proper definition

Why this conservation group thinks soiled undies are a good thing (2 min video)

Researchers put soil balancing to test

Simple landscaping sustainability practices your clients can follow

All Dutch trains now run on 100% wind power
“As of the first of January this year, all public transport trains are being powered by renewable energy, namely from wind power.”

Oil giants need to invest heavily in renewables by 2035, says analysis

Slowing demand for oil and forecasts of rapid growth in green power pose risk to core business, says analyst

New Jersey Becomes the 12th State to Consider Right to Repair Legislation

Colombia Grants Legal Rights to the Polluted Atrato River


Roads often present peril for wildlife – but with good planning, they can benefit animals instead.

France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive

China is now getting its power from the largest floating solar farm on Earth


Once seen as too remote to harm, the deep sea is facing new pressures from mining, pollution, overfishing and more.

As average summer temperatures rise in the tropics, so do the risks of mass death from killer heatwaves, climate scientists find.

Ambitious Australian plan to remotely plant nearly 100,000 trees a day,000-trees-a-day-with-drones/8642766?pfmredir=sm

Solar generation systems can now produce electricity and store it for hours, using solar tower power without any need for batteries.

As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

In Norway, a high-tech seed vault flooded from melting permafrost. In Montana, locals keep their seeds in the library.

Non-GMO Project Verified Seal Receives Highest Ranking for Meaningfulness from Consumer Reports

High temperatures, not ocean acidification, is threatening the growth of coral

Feeling the Heat: How Fish Are Migrating from Warming Waters

Steadily rising ocean temperatures are forcing fish to abandon their historic territories and move to cooler waters. 

The result is that fishermen’s livelihoods are being disrupted, as fisheries regulators scramble to incorporate climate change into their planning.

Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think – Bloomberg

We could soon be painting our houses with ‘solar paint’ for clean energy
“researchers in Australia have come up with a “solar paint” capable of absorbing moisture from the air and turning it into hydrogen fuel for clean energy.”

10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First

France is offering US scientists 4-year grants to move to the country and do research

For First Time in History, Solar Jobs Outnumber Coal Jobs in Virginia

‘Crunch time for biodiversity’: Farming, hunting push thousands of species toward extinction

Agriculture and hunting could wipe out many threatened animals, but a team of ecologists argues that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save them.

Journal of Industrial Ecology Special Issue: Exploring the Circular Economy


Why the United States needs an aggressive forest protection agenda focused in its own backyard

Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
Compound catalyses splitting of water molecules

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

End of coal: Failure to see it coming will hurt miners most

Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs

A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

Supporting a Cities-Driven Plan to Reverse Climate Change

California EPA Becomes First U.S. Agency to Declare That Roundup™ (glyphosate) Causes Cancer


Three years to safeguard our climate

Christiana Figueres and colleagues set out a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020.

Irish anti-fracking bill passes

The power sector must heed shareholder calls for 2-degree scenario analysis

Focus will shift to security and greening the economy in last three years of Horizon 2020

Catalysing green finance: a priority for the new government

Mohawk, Hamilton, Burlington coming together to tackle climate change

Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul Local Actions Lead The Global Efforts To Address Climate Change

While cities have made great strides, there’s more that we can do.

Huge majority of pension funds ignoring impact of climate change

Just 5% of European pension schemes have considered the investment risks and opportunities posed by climate change, according to a new report by Mercer.

‘‘Crunch time for biodiversity’: Farming, hunting push thousands of species toward extinction 7 June 2017 / John C. Cannon Agriculture and hunting could wipe out many threatened animals, but a team of ecologists argues that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save them.

Agriculture and hunting could wipe out many threatened animals, but a team of ecologists argues that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save them.