Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – June 2017

Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030

The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/585c3439be65942f022bbf9.pdf


India’s ‘Fruit of the Gods’ Could Make Solar Cells Cheaper and More Efficient

http://www.ecowatch.com/india-berry-solar-cell-2389135918.html


Regenerative Agriculture Can Save the Planet

http://www.ecowatch.com/regenerative-agriculture-climate-change-2379810388.html


Why a Just and Sustainable Economy Looks Like a Doughnut

http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/why-a-just-and-sustainable-economy-looks-like-a-doughnut-20170503


Prince Charles urges the reduction of plastics

http://royalcentral.co.uk/uk/charlesandcamilla/prince-charles-urges-the-reduction-of-plastics-82490


Expect the unexpected:

The disruptive power of low-carbon technology‌

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/grantham/publications/expect-the-unexpected-the-disruptive-power-of-low-carbon-technology.php


Food industry is cooking the planet

One of the biggest contributors to climate change is the agricultural food industry,

but the political will to tackle the issue is lacking.

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/food-industry-cooking-planet/


Forward Labs’ new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla’s – and it can be installed in half the time

http://inhabitat.com/forward-labs-new-solar-roof-is-33-cheaper-than-teslas-and-it-can-be-installed-in-half-the-time/


Arizona: Tailoring permaculture food forest theory to the Sonoran Desert.

http://ediblebajaarizona.com/permaculture-food-forest-theory


Can We Discard ‘Exploitative Capitalism’ for a ‘Regenerative Economy’?

http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/05/can-discard-exploitative-capitalism-regenerative-economy/


Cincinnati growing together: A garden project in Walnut Hills aims for food — and community — sustainability

http://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/a-new-urban-agriculture-garden-project-in-walnut-hills


Meat Eater’s Guide. Eat Smart.

Your Food Choices Affect the Climate

http://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/eat-smart/


Is eating no meat actually doing more harm than good?

https://www.farmdrop.com/blog/redefine-eat-healthy-sustainable-diet/


We cannot address climate change without reducing the production and consumption of industrial meat and dairy.

https://www.grain.org/article/entries/5692-two-ways-to-tackle-livestock-s-contribution-to-the-climate-crisis


Health Leaders Must Focus on the Threats From Factory Farms

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/21/opinion/who-factory-farming-meat-industry-.html?_r=1


CARBON DRAWDOWN: PAUL HAWKEN

(Audio)

http://www.conversationearth.org/carbon-drawdown-paul-hawken-215/


Atlanta Becomes 27th City to Commit to 100% Renewables

http://www.ecowatch.com/atlanta-commits-renewables-2388991449.html


Clearwater Organic Farms, LLC’s 15-acre facility will be producing certified-organic, baby leaf greens by the end of the year, making it the nation’s largest, organic, hydroponic commercial greenhouse.

https://www.clearwaterorganicfarms.com


Volvo credits Tesla for creating EV demand, says they will stop developing diesel engines to focus on EVs

https://electrek.co/2017/05/17/volvo-tesla-says-stop-diesel-electric-vehicle/


Many Of California’s Unique Salmon Populations Unlikely To Survive The Century

https://knpr.org/npr/2017-05/many-californias-salmon-populations-unlikely-survive-century


NASA: HUMANS HAVE INADVERTENTLY CREATED ARTIFICIAL BARRIER AROUND EARTH

http://www.newsweek.com/nasa-barrier-earth-artificial-protect-space-weather-611356?utm_source=internal&utm_campaign=most_read&utm_medium=most_read2


India canceling huge coal power station because it wants to focus on renewable energy

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-cancels-huge-coal-power-station-renewable-energy-solar-power-gujarat-a7741801.html


Kids and Teens Are Suing Trump’s Administration Over Climate Change

They say he’s “perpetuating climate chaos.”

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/kids-teens-suing-trump-administration-climate-change


Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection

against all disasters is now threatened by climate change

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/19/arctic-stronghold-of-worlds-seeds-flooded-after-permafrost-melts


Leaked Draft Shows How U.S. Weakened Climate Change Wording in the Arctic Declaration

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18052017/arctic-council-climate-change-rex-tillerson-donald-trump


Fifty Shades of Green(pdf)

published by the Roosevelt Institute, analyzes “the role political finance has played in securing the privileged positions of both high finance and big telecom” by examining how lawmakers evolved in supporting efforts to weaken the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and net neutrality.
http://rooseveltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/FiftyShadesofGreen_0517.pdf


Massive conflicts of interest: Please Oppose David Bernhardt For Deputy Secretary of the Interior

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/pdfs/NGOLtrBernhardt_5_17_17signatories.pdf


Study: to beat science denial, inoculate against misinformers’ tricks

A new study finds that explaining the techniques of science denial makes people resistant to their effects

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-tricks


Artist calls for a greener Earth through rap

http://thehofstrachronicle.com/artist-calls-greener-earth-rap/


North Carolina legislature votes to increase pig manure statewide

(Most of the pigs are owned by Chinese corp.!)

http://civileats.com/2017/05/09/north-carolina-factory-farms-lose-effort-to-limit-pollution-lawsuits/


The Coming Crisis for the World’s Farmers

Any farmer can tell you it’s hard work. Now imagine climate change — and no safety net.

http://otherwords.org/the-coming-crisis-for-the-worlds-farmers/


Climate change legislation sees huge increase

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-change-legislation-huge-increase/


Natural Yards Help Make Your Water Healthy

http://www.keypennews.com/index.php/component/k2/item/790-natural-yards-help-make-your-water-healthy


PERMACULTURE DAY FOOD

Heirloom Harvest

http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/food/aranya-agricultural-alternatives-permaculture-day-2017/article18371489.ece


Permaculture & Regenerative Design Certificate Program

Ecological Culture Initiative


Permaculture is a design philosophy and a system of applied technique focusing on organic agro-ecology, the regeneration of natural resources, and …

https://eciny.org/permaculture-regenerative-design-certificate-program/


4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System

Our food system is built on stolen land and exploited labor. Here’s what we can do it fix it.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/4-not-so-easy-ways-to-dismantle-racism-in-the-food-system-20170427


Tesla battery researcher says they doubled lifetime of batteries in Tesla’s products 4 years ahead of time

https://electrek.co/2017/05/09/tesla-battery-lifetime-double/


Why is my soil so compacted? (VIDEO)

https://yubanet.com/life/why-is-my-soil-so-compacted-video/


Want Healthier Soil? Link it to Crop Insurance

Scientists now say incentivizing soil health would improve food security and sustainability, especially as the climate changes

http://civileats.com/2017/05/02/want-healthier-soil-link-it-to-crop-insurance/


Programs designed to avoid wasting food are now using algorithms and networks to match food to hungry people.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/opinion/going-digital-to-rescue-food.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share


Humans better at rapid change than we think

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/humans-better-rapid-change-think/


Earth Could Break Through a Major Climate Threshold in the Next 15 Years, Scientists Warn

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/09/earth-could-break-through-a-major-climate-threshold


Glaciers Rapidly Shrinking and Disappearing: 50 Years of Glacier Change in Montana

https://www.usgs.gov/news/glaciers-rapidly-shrinking-and-disappearing-50-years-glacier-change-montana

and

US Glacier National park losing its glaciers with just 26 of 150 left

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/11/us-glacier-national-park-is-losing-its-glaciers-with-just-26-of-150-left


Climate Change Is Getting Worse,  and So is the Media’s Coverage of It

Research finds broadcast news devoted 66 percent less time to the subject in 2016 than it did the year before.

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/climate-change-getting-worse-and-so-medias-coverage


Eyes show that stress reduces climate concern

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/eyes-show-stress-reduces-climate-concern/


Alaska’s tundra is filling the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, worsening climate change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/08/alaskas-tundra


Experts fear ‘quiet springs’ as songbirds can’t keep up with climate change

http://wapo.st/2pQnU1N


Scientists discover oil sands pollution significantly under-reported

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/plastic-eating-worms-dolphin-sex-and-nuclear-fusion-1.4086846


Oil industry power is slithering away

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/oil-industry-power-slithering/


Food Waste By Design

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/waste-by-design_us_5901f422e4b06feec8ac93d5?section=us_green


BASF throws support behind Ellen MacArthur Foundation quest for plastic circularity

http://www.eppm.com/industry-news/basf-throws-support-behind-ellen-macarthur-foundation-quest-/


Why tiny, uninhabited island has world’s worst plastic pollution

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/island-most-plastic-pollution-henderson-island-south-pacific-gyre/


Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters

New chair of Arctic council calls for Paris treaty on global warming to be respected amid fears of commitment downgrade

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/11/finland-voices-concern-over-us-and-russian-climate-change-doubters


Climate change skepticism yet there is a  Climate Consensus – the 97%

More errors identified in contrarian climate scientists’ temperature estimates

A new study suggests there are remaining biases in the oft-corrected University of Alabama at Huntsville atmospheric temperature estimates

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/may/11/more-errors-identified


REPORT | Financing a low-carbon economy

With Arctic sea ice under threat, super storms on the rise, and air pollution killing half a million people each year in the European Union, the need to move to a low-carbon economy is clear. Banks and non-financial corporations will also be affected by climate change as loan defaults and insurance claims mount.

The EU wants to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050, but switching from fossil fuels to new sources of energy costs money – at least €379bn a year, according to the European Commission, and up to €1 trillion if transport is included.

To fund the energy transition, the financial system needs to undergo a complete change of culture, a Friends of Europe Café Crossfire event heard on 25 April. Participants at the debate, from industry and finance, agreed that a mix of demand- and supply-side measures will be needed – including more transparent financial disclosures, better infrastructure projects and higher carbon pricing. And with the EU falling behind China in per capita renewables funding, there is even more reason for the EU to press ahead.

http://www.friendsofeurope.org/media/uploads/2017/05/FoE_Financing-carb-economy.pdf


Microfibres: Scientists warn of growing cost of inaction on tiny particles polluting oceans

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-21/scientists-warn-of-growing-cost-of-inaction-on-microfibres/8540606


Princeton: U.S. Nuclear Regulators Greatly Underestimate Potential for Nuclear Disaster

http://wws.princeton.edu/news-and-events/news/item/us-nuclear-regulators-greatly-underestimate-potential-nuclear-disaster


A third of the nation’s honeybee colonies died last year.

Why you should care.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/05/26/third-nations-honeybee-colonies-died


21st-century childhood needs to reconnect with nature

Perhaps the problem isn’t too much technology – perhaps it’s too little nature

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/21st-century-childhood-needs-to-reconnect-with-nature-1.3091031


PARIS ROLLS OUT SEPARATE FOOD WASTE COLLECTION

http://resource.co/article/paris-rolls-out-separate-food-waste-collection-11873


Six months into California’s ‘bag ban’ habits are starting to shift

http://www.abc10.com/news/local/six-months-in-to-californias-bag-ban-habits-are-starting-to-shift/443452654


Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day.

It’s contaminating our food chain.

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-93424425/


World could put carbon tax on US imports if Donald Trump ditches Paris Agreement, says expert

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/carbon-tax-us-imports-world-donald-trump-paris-agreement


Eminent economists propose CO2 emissions price corridors

A panel of the world’s most eminent economists have estimated how high carbon prices need to be for 

the world to avoid climate catastrophe – and put forward ideas on how to spend the money raised.

http://www.dw.com/en/eminent-economists-propose-co2-emissions-price-corridors/a-39028878