Green Mission News – July 2020

A greener economy: how we make sustainability central to business


The Path Beyond Extinction and Escape: 

Return to Earth, Regenerate and Share

Message for World Environment Day, 5th June 2020.


Nature needs cities, and cities need nature

New radar lets cars spot hazards around corners

Organic farm, market and cafe opens in the Poconos

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood … or is it?

How do you feel about your neighborhood now that you’ve been confined during a pandemic?

Effective conservation science must shift away from doomsday views and toward solutions


Time to hold agribusiness accountable for its climate footprint


Milking the Planet :How Big Dairy is heating up the planet and hollowing rural communities

To Save the Climate, Look to the Oceans

They can be a source of clean, renewable energy, sustainable food, and more


Plastic rain in protected areas of the United States


Giant towers made of bricks can store energy 

Each brick weighs more than a fully loaded school bus.


This European country may have the most ambitious green agenda yet. 

Here’s how it plans to go carbon neutral


US ranks 24th in the world on environmental performance | Environment


COVID-19 is laying waste to many US recycling programs


Vegetarians are slimmer and less extroverted than meat eaters

The less animal products someone consumes, the lower his body mass index on average and the less he tends to be extroverted. This is the result of a large-scale study by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. A connection with depressive moods as other studies had found could not be confirmed.


Chefs could be the missing ingredient to circular food systems


Cost of agriculture university courses to halve, National Farmers Federation praises policy as ‘commonsense’

PFAS Present Throughout the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Food Chain


Research Story Tip: Something in the Water: Environmental Pollutant May Be More Hazardous Than Previously Thought


If My House Were the World: 

The Renewable Energy Transition Via Chickens and Solar Cookers

United States: An Obituary

It is reasonable to ask whether the United States 

will continue to exist as a unified nation for much longer.

New Material, Modeling Methods Promise Advances in Energy Storage

Work Offers Promise for Lightweight Materials for Energy Technologies


Eat less and live a long healthy life? Study shows “not in all cases”

An underlying assumption of research on aging holds that dietary restriction (and drugs that mimic its effects) will slow aging to extend both lifespan and healthspan jointly. While eating a Spartan diet has been shown to robustly extend lifespan and delay age-related diseases in many species, a genome-wide analysis of 160 genetically distinct strains of the fruit fly  D. melanogaster shows that lifespan and healthspan are not linked under dietary restriction. Results are published in  Current Biology.


Egg-based coating preserves fresh produce

Rice University lab’s protein coating extends shelf life of perishable fruits and vegetables


Temperatures Predict Bird Biodiversity

Birds are pretty sensitive when it comes to temperature. Some species struggle to keep warm during cold winters. Other birds have expanded their range northward as global climate has warmed. It turns out scientists can use this close relationship between temperatures and bird behavior to predict bird  biodiversity




Study finds that Plastic Recycling from Europe 

being dumped in Asian Waters


Rise of carbon dioxide unabated

Seasonal peak reaches 417 parts per million at Mauna Loa observatory

Atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at Mauna Loa Observatory reached a seasonal peak of 417.1 parts per million for 2020 in May, the highest monthly reading ever recorded, scientists from NOAA and  Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego announced today.

Human Activity Threatens 50 Billion Years of Vertebrate Evolutionary History 

Research led by the Zoological Society of London, Imperial College London and TAU highlights which endangered species should be prioritized for conservation—evolution

Tree Planting Unites Portland Community

How Small Family Forests Can Help Meet the Climate Challenge

As efforts grow to store more CO2 emissions in forests, one sector has been overlooked — small, family-owned woodlands, which comprise 38 percent of U.S. forests. Now, a major conservation initiative is aiming to help these owners manage their lands for maximum carbon storage.


The Roots of a Staple Crop

UCSB researcher’s work reveals maize became a key food source in Central America 4,700 years ago


Surface air temperature for May 2020

Globally, May was 0.63°C warmer than the average May from 1981-2010, the warmest May in this data record. The last twelve-month period was close to 0.7°C warmer than average, matching the warmest twelve-month period. Although May was colder than average for Europe, spring was 0.7°C above average.

‘Selling off the future’: Trump allows fishing in marine monument

President Trump signed a proclamation Friday that opened the Atlantic Ocean’s only fully protected marine sanctuary to commercial fishing, dismissing arguments that crab traps, fishing nets and lines dangling hooks can harm fish and whales.


Dual-use solar farms welcome nature back to the land


Quality Control of CBD Processing and Testing


Fivefold growth of forest fires in Siberia reported


Ecosystem degradation could raise risk of pandemics

Environmental destruction may make pandemics more likely and less manageable


The Guardian view on a green new deal: save jobs and the planet 

The pandemic is an opportunity to tackle the climate emergency by creating productive green jobs for those made redundant by the crisis


Global Warming Will Cause Ecosystems 

to Produce More Methane Than First Predicted 

New research suggests that as the Earth warms natural ecosystems will release more of the greenhouse gas methane than expected from predictions based on temperature increases alone.


Farming for the Future at Frey Vineyards


Better wines among the pines: Agroforestry can climate-proof grapes, French researchers show


Vatican urges Catholics to drop investments in fossil fuels, arms – Reuters


Earth’s Rapidly Degrading Soil Is Bad News For Human Health


Trapping the Sun: New Thin-Film Technology Uses Sustainable Components for Solar Panels


Maryland offshore wind farm could become stop-over region for migrating striped bass and Atlantic sturgeon

Turning Wastewater into a Resource

A new European initiative aims to create a “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis”


Multiple Crises Signal the Need to Change Course

People are calling for change. It’s time.