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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 – July 2018

Spending time alone in nature is good for your mental and emotional health

Today Americans live in a world that thrives on being busy, productive and overscheduled. Further, they have developed the technological means to be constantly connected to others and to vast options for information and entertainment through social media. For many, smartphones demand their attention day and night with constant notifications.

As a result, naturally occurring periods of solitude and silence that were once commonplace have been squeezed out of their lives.

https://theconversation.com/spending-time-alone-in-nature-is-good-for-your-mental-and-emotional-health-92652


Expressing a Buddhist response to climate change and other threats to our one home.

https://oneearthsangha.org/articles/resources-on-dharma-and-climate/


Berkeley 3rd-graders sustain no-waste classroom; 180 days’ trash fits in mason jar

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Berkeley-3rd-graders-sustain-no-waste-classroom-12995655.php


Our plastic pollution crisis is too big for recycling to fix

By Annie Leonard

Recycling alone will never stem the flow of plastics into our ocean.

We must address the problem at the source

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/09/recycling-plastic-crisis-oceans-pollution-corporate-responsibility


HOW A NOVEL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY IS HELPING CONSERVE WILDLIFE, FIGHT POLLUTION, SAVE FARMERS MONEY AND MORE

Low-power wide-area networks — LPWANs — are finding application in everything from tracking rhinos in Tanzania to monitoring water quality in Ireland

https://ensia.com/features/lpwan/


Food Carbon Footprint Index 2018

https://www.nu3.com/c/news-release/food-carbon-footprint-index-2018/


IF WE WANT TO SOLVE COMPLEX SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, WE NEED TO THINK IN TERMS OF SYSTEMS

Understanding how various parts of our world connect will help us shape solutions that don’t just create more challenges

https://ensia.com/voices/systems-thinking/


Green Climate Fund: A Centrifugal Force for Climate Crisis amidst the “Denial Doctrine” in the U.S.

Nearly $4 Billion Delivered for 76 Projects in Developing Nations

https://emagazine.com/green-climate-fund/


What Fossil Fuels and Factory Farms Have in Common

Hint: They’re both issues of environmental injustice.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/what-fossil-fuels-and-factory-farms-have-in-common-20180529


‘We’ve Made History’: Ireland Joins France, Germany and Bulgaria in Banning Fracking

https://www.ecowatch.com/ireland-ban-fracking-2450255362.html


Assessing the U.S. Climate in May 2018

The contiguous United States had its warmest May on record

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/national-climate-201805


Beyond honey bees: Wild bees are also key pollinators, and some species are disappearing

https://theconversation.com/beyond-honey-bees-wild-bees-are-also-key-pollinators-and-some-species-are-disappearing-89214


Will Congress Use the Farm Bill to Undermine Organics?

https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/will-congress-use-farm-bill-undermine-organics


HOW LAND UNDER SOLAR PANELS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO FOOD SECURITY

Beneath some solar arrays, pollinator-friendly plants, fruits, vegetables and forage are cropping up in place of turfgrass or gravel

https://ensia.com/features/solar-farms/


PROTECTING CROPS WITH PREDATORS INSTEAD OF POISONS

By luring predatory birds to farms, farmers can reduce the need to use poisons to keep insects, rodents and other pests in check

https://ensia.com/features/predatory-birds/


Bayer to Drop Monsanto Name After $63 Billion Takeover

https://www.ecowatch.com/bayer-monsanto-merger-2575082668.html


Could Trudeau’s “willful self-delusion” on climate rip Canada apart?

http://priceofoil.org/2018/06/04/could-trudeaus-wilful-self-delusion-on-climate-rip-canada-apart/


Taxpayers Still Shelling Out Billions Annually in Fossil Fuel Subsidies

https://www.ecowatch.com/g7-fossil-fuel-subsidies-2575139413.html


In Blow to Monsanto, India’s Top Court Upholds Decision That Seeds Cannot Be Patented

https://www.ecowatch.com/monsanto-india-cotton-patent-2566752905.html


Underreporting of toxic waste at hog farms prompts inquiry

Testing of 55 North Carolina lagoons showed large discrepancies in levels of key pollutants compared to what was self-reported

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/06/north-carolina-hog-farms-toxins-waste-reporting-inquiry


Farmers and cropdusting pilots on the Great Plains worried about pesticide risks before ‘Silent Spring’

https://theconversation.com/farmers-and-cropdusting-pilots-on-the-great-plains-worried-about-pesticide-risks-before-silent-spring-91976


Chemical Lands

Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America’s Grasslands since 1945

by David D. Vail

http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Chemical-Lands,6706.aspx


Dead zones are a global water pollution challenge – but with sustained effort they can come back to life

https://theconversation.com/dead-zones-are-a-global-water-pollution-challenge-but-with-sustained-effort-they-can-come-back-to-life-96077


The hemp revival: why marijuana’s cousin could soon be big business

The useful crop has seen renewed interest alongside legalized weed – and there are signs that US officials are warming to it

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/11/the-hemp-revival-why-marijuanas-cousin-could-soon-be-big-business


Canadians confused about GM foods, support mandatory labeling: study

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1572883-canadians-confused-about-gm-foods-support-mandatory-labelling-study


Samsung joins global pledge to increase renewable energy use

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/apxsamsung-commits-to-using-only-renewable-energy-by-2020/


HUMANS, FISH AND OTHER ANIMALS ARE CONSUMING MICROFIBERS IN OUR FOOD AND WATER

As tiny fibers shed from synthetic textiles invade our bodies, researchers scramble to identify potential threats.

https://ensia.com/features/microfiber-impacts/


Farm Bill With Huge Giveaways to Pesticide Industry Passes House

https://www.ecowatch.com/farm-bill-passes-house-2580286425.html


8 Reasons Senate Farm Bill Is Better Than House Bill

https://www.ewg.org/agmag/2018/06/8-reasons-senate-farm-bill-better-house-bill


WHAT IF U.S. FUEL ECONOMY STANDARDS WENT AWAY?

As the federal government eases targets, a look at what gas mileage requirements really mean for vehicle mix, greenhouse gas emissions, jobs and more.

https://ensia.com/features/fuel-standards/


Ex-Nasa scientist: 30 years on, world is failing ‘miserably’ to address climate change

James Hansen, who gave a climate warning in 1988 Senate testimony, says real hoax is by leaders claiming to take action

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/19/james-hansen-nasa-scientist-climate-change-warning


‘Watershed Moment for Climate Liability’ as Rhode Island Files Historic Lawsuit Against 21 Big Oil Companies

https://www.ecowatch.com/rhode-island-files-historic-lawsuit-against-21-big-oil-companies-2583480560.html


Yellowstone boss: Trump officials forced me out over wildlife advocacy

Dan Wenk is being used as an example to undermine culture of conservation, say former park service workers

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/07/yellowstone-trump-administration-dan-wenk


Increased deaths and illnesses from inhaling airborne dust: An understudied impact of climate change

https://theconversation.com/increased-deaths-and-illnesses-from-inhaling-airborne-dust-an-understudied-impact-of-climate-change-96625


Disputes loom as cooler waters tempt fish

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/disputes-loom-as-cooler-waters-tempt-fish/


Warmer world needs more protected habitat

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/warmer-world-needs-more-protected-habitat/


Deepwater Horizon disaster altered building blocks of ocean life

Oil spill disaster reduced biodiversity in sites closest to spill, report finds, as White House rolls back conservation measures

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/28/bp-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-report


Go Long:

Why Long-term Thinking Is Your Best Short-term Strategy

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIFESPANS OF COMPANIES ARE GROWING SHORTER EACH DAY. WHY DO SOME COMPANIES THRIVE AND GROW, WHILE OTHERS FAIL?

https://www.investing.com/analysis/book-review-carey-et-al-go-long-200314562