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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.

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Green Mission News – June 2020

Only One Earth 

Nature is sending mankind a message, specifically that mankind is on the verge of a breakdown. It is time to wake up. It is time to take notice. It is time to reformulate man’s relationship with Nature. It is time to restore equilibrium between man and Nature.

https://www.thestatesman.com/opinion/only-one-earth-1502894622.html

 


WE’RE BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR A JUST RECOVERY

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Humanity must take this chance to find a new ‘normal’ – and safeguard our planet 

Climate risks and opportunities need to be incorporated into the financial system as well as public policymaking and infrastructure

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2020/may/22/humanity-must-take-this-chance-to-find-a-new-normal-and-safeguard-our-planet-aoe

 


4 ways to protect food workers and the food supply during the pandemic

https://www.fastcompany.com/90509928/4-ways-to-protect-food-workers-and-the-food-supply-during-the-pandemic

 


Pervasive shifts in forest dynamics in a changing world

Forest dynamics are changing because of anthropogenic-driven exacerbation of chronic drivers, such as rising temperature and CO2, and increasing transient disturbances, including wildfire, drought, windthrow, biotic attack, and land-use change. There are widespread observations of increasing tree mortality due to changing climate and land use, as well as observations of growth stimulation of younger forests due to CO2 fertilization. 

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/368/6494/eaaz9463

 


Towards a climate neutral Europe: the land sector is key

https://www.cmcc.it/article/towards-a-climate-neutral-europe-the-land-sector-is-key

 


Faced with a health crisis, a plea for trees and agroforestry (commentary)

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/faced-with-a-health-crisis-a-plea-for-trees-and-agroforestry-commentary/

 


Smart Windows that Self-Illuminate on Rainy Days

http://postech.ac.kr/eng/smart-windows-that-self-illuminate-on-rainy-days/

 


Global Survey Identifies Learning Opportunities Related to the Health Impacts of Climate Change

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/global-survey-identifies-learning-opportunities-related-health-impacts-climate-change

 


Nitrogen Dioxide Levels Rebound in China

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/146741/nitrogen-dioxide-levels-rebound-in-china

 


False Solutions to Climate Change: Agriculture

Editorial Note: This is Part 3 of Mary Wildfire’s series on false solutions to climate change. You can read Part 1 on Electricity here and Part 2 on Transportation here.

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-05-07/false-solutions-to-climate-change-agriculture/

 


No more business as usual: Halt dangerous development projects that put our health at risk (commentary)

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/no-more-business-as-usual-halt-dangerous-development-projects-that-put-our-health-at-risk-commentary/

 


Uprooting the farm crisis in times of COVID-19

https://www.iatp.org/blog/202004/uprooting-farm-crisis-times-covid-19

 


Revisiting Crisis by Design: Three decades of failed farm policy

https://www.iatp.org/revisiting-crisis-by-design

 


Revisiting Crisis by Design: 

The Solutions of Organic, agroecological and regenerative agriculture

https://www.iatp.org/documents/revisiting-crisis-design-organic-agroecological-and-regenerative-agriculture

 


That this system would fail was entirely predictable 

Our food system is not set up to handle a global crisis

https://wisconsinexaminer.com/2020/05/04/that-this-system-would-fail-was-entirely-predictable/

 


Return of ‘The Jungle’: Risking Death to Maximize Profits

America’s food processing and meatpacking workers are in extreme danger of contracting COVID-19.

https://progressive.org/dispatches/risking-death-to-maximize-profits-bybee-200504/

 


To Prevent the Next Pandemic, We Need Meaningful Oversight of Animal Agribusiness

We must act now to protect animals, workers, and public health from the meat industry. 

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/07/prevent-next-pandemic-we-need-meaningful-oversight-animal-agribusiness

 


Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/history.html

 


We created the Anthropocene, and the Anthropocene is biting back 

It’s clear from a recent litany of disasters – from the coronavirus pandemic to America’s deadliest wildfire in a century – there are forces that cannot be domesticated

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/05/we-created-the-anthropocene-and-the-anthropocene-is-biting-back

 


Covid-19 Is a Reason To Start the Green New Deal Now

We can get out of this depression and save the planet all at once.

https://inthesetimes.com/article/22500/climate-change-covid-green-new-deal-universal-income-jobs-guarantee

 


Collaborative Feminist Degrowth: Pandemic as an Opening for a Care-Full Radical Transformation

https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-05-08/collaborative-feminist-degrowth-pandemic-as-an-opening-for-a-care-full-radical-transformation/

 


Greenpeace launches $1bn proposal calling for regenerative agriculture

The environmental organisation has drawn up a unique and detailed plan, outlining five key projects that they say the Government should immediately invest in to “begin a transformation of the New Zealand agriculture sector”.

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/business/1039793-greenpeace-launches-1bn-proposal-calling-for-regenerative-agriculture

 


Missouri Ag and Climate Change: Farms May Eventually Have To Switch From Soybeans, Corn To Cotton 

https://www.ksmu.org/post/missouri-ag-and-climate-change-farms-may-eventually-have-switch-soybeans-corn-cotton#stream/0

 


Food from a regenerative journey 

https://www.farmweekly.com.au/story/6741616/food-from-a-regenerative-journey/?cs=5170

 


Future forward trends: What’s beyond organic? 

Organic and Beyond 2020

$15,000.00 $12,500.00 

https://www.smartbrief.com/original/2020/05/future-forward-trends-whats-beyond-organic

 


Regenerative Cannabis Farming – The Solution Right Under Our Feet

https://greencamp.com/regenerative-cannabis-farming/

 


Free-range pigs: Working the soil and bringing home the bacon

Western Cape farmer Angus McIntosh is showing that pigs can earn their keep through the eco-services they contribute, as well as the bacon they provide. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his outdoor pigs, whose movement is carefully controlled to make the most of their foraging habits.

https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/animals/pigs/free-range-pigs-working-the-soil-and-bringing-home-the-bacon/

 


Sugar cane farmer’s five steps to bring his soil back to life

The negative effects of more than 170 years of monocropping with sugar cane in South Africa are starting to appear. KwaZulu-Natal sugar cane farmer Deon Schröder explains what these are, why they should be changed, and how he is going about this on his farm.

https://www.farmersweekly.co.za/crops/field-crops/sugar-cane-farmers-five-steps-to-bring-his-soil-back-to-life/

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Rod Oram: Nature is showing us the way 

We must learn Covid-19’s lessons for our relationship with the planet and help nature restore the living systems on which human life utterly depends, writes Rod Oram

(This is the first of three articles at Newsroom in conjunction with Pure Advantage and the Edmund Hillary Fellowship on the importance of regenerative agriculture. Tomorrow: The Good, the Bad and the Opportunity, by Alina Siegfried.)

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/05/03/1151190/nature-is-showing-us-the-way

 


What is Regen Ag and why is it big for NZ? 

In the second of three articles on Newsroom about the timely promise of regenerative agriculture, Alina Siegfried introduces the term and what it could mean for New Zealand, and details a major project on the subject produced by think tank Pure Advantage.

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/05/04/1155648/alina-siegfried-good-bad-opportunity

 

Until recently, regenerative agriculture was deemed “niche” and the phrase, “you cannot feed the world this way” was repeated over and over.

Nelson, vehemently disagrees.

“We absolutely can change the cycle if we commit to doing so. Food doesn’t have to be shipped all over the country, we just need more farmers, and local meat processors, and dairies,” Nelson said. “That’s our goal. Farm House Naturals carries local meats, food products, local soaps, and other things from your neighbors. Local farmers and artisans that you can look in the eye, know their name, and shake their hand. You know who your doctor is, which you need a few times a year, how come we don’t know who our farmers are?”

https://www.jacksonnewspapers.com/news/20200501/feeding-jackson-county-during-covid-19

 


Arkansas farmers switch to cover crops and keep the family farming for another generation 

https://www.hpj.com/crops/arkansas-farmers-switch-to-cover-crops-and-keep-the-family-farming-for-another-generation/article_3d6f4920-8bc7-11ea-8b45-03d860986934.html


The Green New Deal Is the Key to Ending Forever Wars

https://truthout.org/articles/the-green-new-deal-is-the-key-to-ending-forever-wars/

 


Paradigm Shift: Conceptualizing the circular economy

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/paradigm-shift-conceptualizing-circular-economy


Markets will change: some of this is good:

First recyclable monomaterial pouches developed by Gualapack launched in Germany

https://www.eppm.com/materials/first-recyclable-monomaterial-pouches-developed-by-gualapack/

 


Pandemic sees growth in compost sales (VT)

https://www.reformer.com/stories/pandemic-sees-growth-in-compost-sales,603873

 


Rubbish is piling up and recycling has stalled – waste systems must adapt (UK)

https://environmentjournal.online/articles/rubbish-is-piling-up-and-recycling-has-stalled-waste-systems-must-adapt/

 


There is authentic professional and public confusion, especially

about “value” of recycling materials, vs linear single use.

New research shows public “still confused” about recycling (UK)

Brand new research conducted by YouGov found that only 8% of Brits strongly believe that recycling labelling on products is clear and that only 12% of them trust this recycling labelling on products.

https://www.circularonline.co.uk/news/new-research-shows-public-still-confused-about-recycling/

 


Pandemic will have a serious impact on recycling (UK)

https://www.explica.co/pandemic-will-have-a-serious-impact-on-recycling/


Plastics Had Been Falling Out of Favor. Then Came the Virus

https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/plastics-had-been-falling-out-of-favor-then-came-the-virus

 


POLICY EXAMPLES:

 

Bill Aims to Boost Compost Industry, Prolong Landfill (VT)

https://www.ecori.org/government/2020/3/14/bill-aims-to-boost-compost-industry-help-landfill

 


It’s simple: Recycling means jobs (NM)

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/community/2020/03/14/its-simple-recycling-means-jobs/5050975002/

 

 


New plastics tax ‘real boost’ for circular economy and recycling infrastructure, says sustainability experts (UK)

https://internetretailing.net/themes/new-plastics-tax-real-boost-for-circular-economy-and-recycling-infrastructure-says-sustainability-experts–21124

 


5 Sustainable Alternatives to Plastics (USA)

https://www.ecowatch.com/5-sustainable-alternatives-to-plastics-2645932261.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

 


Paradigmatic shift example: “Donut Economics”

Doughnuts to the Rescue of the World Economy

(Int’l Policy Magazine)

https://intpolicydigest.org/2020/05/03/doughnuts-to-the-rescue-of-the-world-economy/


Amsterdam is now using the ‘doughnut’ model of economics: What does that mean?

It’s a simple way to illustrate an economic system where the city doesn’t let anyone fall into poverty, while also living within a sustainable environmental footprint.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90497442/amsterdam-is-now-using-the-doughnut-model-of-economics-what-does-that-mean

 


In ocean biodiversity hotspots, microplastics come with the currents

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/in-ocean-biodiversity-hotspots-microplastics-come-with-the-currents/

In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/climate/coronavirus-coal-electricity-renewables.html


Farm pioneers mixture of ‘rewilding’ and sustainable agriculture

Beavers have been introduced into an enclosure on a Norfolk farm as part of a ‘three-pronged’ approach to managing land.

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/05/17/farm-pioneers-mixture-of-rewilding-and-sustainable-agriculture/

 


“Carbon Cowboys”: new documentary series shows farmers’ lives turned around by working with nature

https://www.investorideas.com/news/2020/renewable-energy/05151CarbonCowboys.asp

 


Can Winters Be the Town That Nature Saved?

https://www.wintersexpress.com/opinion/letters/can-winters-be-the-town-that-nature-saved/

 


Newsom sides with anti-pesticide activists in a CalEPA directive. But what does it mean?

https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/13672-newsom-sides-with-anti-pesticide-activists-in-a-calepa-directive-but-what-does-it-mean

 


Island sustainability conference to focus on circular economy 

https://www.postguam.com/news/local/island-sustainability-conference-to-focus-on-circular-economy/article_e78abc3e-9502-11ea-9a60-4f8582106769.html

 


‘Carbon neutral computing’: Intel plots path to zero waste, zero carbon computers

https://www.businessgreen.com/news/4015176/carbon-neutral-computing-intel-plots-path-zero-waste-zero-carbon-computers

 


How Jack Landsmanas creates sustainable food security for Mexico

http://www.tasteterminal.com/2020/05/15/how-jack-landsmanas-creates-sustainable-food-security-for-mexico/

 


Rebuilding recycling to go circular

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/rebuilding-recycling-go-circular

 


Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/05/23/make-resilient-localized-food-system-part-next-stimulus

 


Do fuels made from plastic make eco sense?

Several companies have come up with pilot plants to convert plastic waste into crude oil, diesel or other fuels. It is sold as a way to get rid of trash and help the environment. But is it?

https://www.dw.com/en/do-fuels-made-from-plastic-make-eco-sense/a-51495966?maca=en-VAM_volltext_ecowatch-28485-html-copypaste

 


The New Cash Crop: Carbon (podcast)

But it’s important that they are pulling carbon out of the atmosphere above what would normally happen– a concept called “additionality.” Nori has developed a Dynamic Baseline that isolates the specific practices that increase carbon in the soil, to eliminate climate or weather patterns that naturally increase carbon in some soil types. 

https://www.agprofessional.com/article/new-cash-crop-carbon

 


Farms to Feed Us

https://orfc.org.uk/farms-to-feed-us/

 


We are in the midst of a global biodiversity crisis1,2 with severely limited resources for conservation action3. At current extinction rates, we are set to experience unprecedented losses of species and their phylogenetic diversity (PD).

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-16410-6

 


Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts-
“They should not be able to stick taxpayers with the bill for the damage they knew they were causing.”

https://apnews.com/90beb424c3b6b9988d1fb91000d0518b

 


STILL DIGGING: 

G20 GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO FINANCE THE CLIMATE CRISIS

http://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2020/05/G20-Still-Digging.pdf

 


Pandemic offers glimpse into a carbon neutral future

The data has been collected on behalf of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/pandemic-offers-glimpse-carbon-neutral-4163436

 


In Wake of Global Shutdowns, Researchers Expect Water Quality to Improve

Since air and water quality are linked, researchers expect to see signs of cleaner water in the short term. 

https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/05/water-quality-to-improve-after-covid-19-shutdowns/


Coronavirus is the voice of the Earth

Satish Kumar

https://wickedleeks.riverford.co.uk/opinion/environment-ethics-biodiversity-farming/coronavirus-voice-earth

 


Countries Restarting Economies Have Rare Chance to Solve Ocean Plastic Pollution 

Duke University analysis discusses strategies to stop the flow 

https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/articles/2020/05/28/countries-restarting-economies-have-rare-chance-to-solve-ocean-plastic-pollution

 


Australian Federal Government’s Warning on use of fracking chemicals in Queensland’s water channel country 

Unconventional gas projects use chemicals that are of ‘potentially high concern’ for sensitive region, report finds  

It said of 116 chemicals known to be used in drilling and fracking, 33 were assessed as being of “potentially high concern” and 41 were of “potential concern”.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/31/warning-on-use-of-fracking-chemicals-in-queenslands-channel-country

 


Marijuana cultivation whittling away Madagascar’s largest connected forest

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/05/marijuana-cultivation-whittling-away-madagascars-largest-connected-forest/