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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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US Youth Climate Strikes

https://www.youthclimatestrikeus.org/


Becoming Greta: ‘Invisible Girl’ to Global Climate Activist,

With Bumps Along the Way
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/climate/greta-thunburg.html


THIS IS A CRISIS FACING UP TO THE AGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKDOWN

https://www.ippr.org/files/2019-02/risk-and-environment-february19.pdf

Mainstream political and policy debates have failed to recognise that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible. Human-induced environmental change is occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace and the window of opportunity to avoid catastrophic outcomes in societies around the world is rapidly closing. These outcomes include economic instability, large-scale involuntary migration, conflict, famine and the potential collapse of social and economic systems. The historical disregard of environmental considerations in most areas of policy has been a catastrophic mistake.  In response, this paper argues that three shifts in understanding across political and policy communities are required: of the scale and pace of environmental breakdown, the implications for societies, and the subsequent need for transformative change.


How Amazon plans to make half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030

Though the company denies it, its new goal comes after pressure from workers and shareholders to do something about its huge carbon footprint.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90309906/how-amazon-plans-to-make-half-of-its-shipments-carbon-neutral-by-2030


Organic for all

http://foe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/OrganicForAll_report_Final.pdf


Study Shows Toxic Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/study-shows-toxic-pesticide-levels-families-dropped-60-after-one-week-organic-diet


When Politicians Say “Free Trade,” They Mean Upward Redistribution

https://truthout.org/articles/when-politicians-say-free-trade-they-mean-upward-redistribution/


The world must change the way it produces food, Sánchez-Bayo said, noting that organic farms had more insects  and that occasional pesticide use in the past did not cause the level of decline seen in recent decades. “Industrial-scale, intensive agriculture is the one that is killing the ecosystems,” he said.  

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature


How to Start a Suburban Berry Farm

https://modernfarmer.com/2019/02/how-to-start-a-suburban-berry-farm/


The Four Most Thought-Provoking Environmental Books Coming in February

https://www.ecowatch.com/12-childrens-books-to-grow-future-food-leaders-2628374393.html


Climate Emergency: Australian Judge Strikes down Coal Mine in Part because of its Carbon Emissions

https://www.juancole.com/2019/02/emergency-australian-emissions.html


Harrison Ford: leaders who deny climate change are ‘on the wrong side of history’

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/12/harrison-ford-world-government-summit-climate-change-trump


Meet eight female conservation scientists who inform and inspire

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/meet-eight-female-conservation-scientists-who-inform-and-inspire/


HOW A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE PESTICIDE EXPOSURE IN CHILDREN

A decades-long study in California is shining a light on the impact of pesticides on childhood brain development, while getting young people directly involved in the research.

https://ensia.com/features/pesticide-exposure-california-children-farmworkers-agriculture-chamacos/


The rewilding movement is going from strength to strength One site in Argentina now has tapirs, jaguars, peccaries and macaws

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/02/09/the-rewilding-movement-is-going-from-strength-to-strength


Rising Temperatures Could Melt Most Himalayan Glaciers by 2100

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/world/asia/himalayas-glaciers-warming.html


The truth about big oil and climate change Even as concerns about global warming grow, energy firms are planning to increase fossil-fuel production.

None more than ExxonMobil

https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/02/09/the-truth-about-big-oil-and-climate-change


A key Senate committee approved U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, putting the former coal lobbyist a step closer to becoming the permanent head of America’s top environmental regulator.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-wheeler-idUSKCN1PU1SP


US coastal businesses hit by everyday impact of climate change, study shows Annapolis seeing sea rise at about twice the global rate.

Flooding there foreshadows problems other coastal towns can expect
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/15/us-coastal-businesses-hit-by-everyday-impact-of-climate-change-study-shows


EU action plan on tropical deforestation must be beefed up, or it will fail (commentary)

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/eu-action-plan-on-tropical-deforestation-must-be-beefed-up-or-it-will-fail-commentary/


The Modern Farmer Ode to Seed Catalogs

The Modern Farmer Ode to Seed Catalogs


Benefits of pulses: Good for you and the planet

https://theconversation.com/benefits-of-pulses-good-for-you-and-the-planet-111161


Mangrove forests can rebound thanks to climate change – it’s an opportunity we must take

https://theconversation.com/mangrove-forests-can-rebound-thanks-to-climate-change-its-an-opportunity-we-must-take-102823


More Salt in Our Water Is Creating Scary New ‘Chemical Cocktails’ Scientists have found that
many inland waterways are getting saltier, and that’s helping to mobilize heavy metals and
other chemicals from the soil, creating potentially dangerous combinations.

More Salt in Our Water Is Creating Scary New ‘Chemical Cocktails’


A Green New Deal can give us the freedoms to allow humanity to flourish Franklin Delano Roosevelt
sought to redefine freedom in the face of war. The Green New Deal imagines goals for a colorful democracy.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/07/green-new-deal-climate-change-us-politics
{Auntie May, Auntie May!!}


Key West bans some sunscreens to protect coral reefs City commission voted 6-1 to bar certain chemicals blamed for harming the only living coral reef found in the continental US

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/07/key-west-florida-sunscreen-ban-coral-reefs


It’s time to talk about cancer prevention — and the role of the environment An inadequate focus on researching and understanding the role of the environment in cancer prevention is a failure for public health.

https://www.ehn.org/laura-n-vandenberg-its-time-to-talk-about-cancer-prevention-2628192178.html


Plastic bags are out. Plastic straws are on their way out. Now Hawaii lawmakers want to take things a big step further. They’re considering an outright ban on all sorts of single-use plastics common in the food and beverage industry, from plastic bottles to plastic utensils to plastic containers.

 
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/02/09/hawaii-lawmakers-chewing-ban-plastic-utensils-bottles-food-containers/


Climate Change Still Seen as the Top Global Threat, but Cyberattacks a Rising Concern Worries about ISIS and North Korea persist, as fears about American power grow 

http://www.pewglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/02/Pew-Research-Center_Global-Threats-2018-Report_2019-02-10.pdf


National Geographic announces the Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge aimed at reducing plastic waste, up to $1,000,000 in prize/grant money available

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/innovation-challenges/plastic/


Study Shows Toxic Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet   

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/study-shows-toxic-pesticide-levels-families-dropped-60-after-one-week-organic-diet


Trump administration condemned over delaying action on toxic drinking water. EPA to spend at least another year considering whether to restrict toxic chemicals found in drinking water

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/14/epa-toxic-chemicals-pfos-pfoa-delay


NASA Happily Reports the Earth is Greener, With More Trees Than 20 Years Ago–and It’s Thanks to China, India

NASA Happily Reports the Earth is Greener, With More Trees Than 20 Years Ago–and It’s Thanks to China, India

 


Countdown to Calving at Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/countdown-to-calving-at-antarcticas-brunt-ice-shelf

 


A World Without Clouds
A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback
loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth’s climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/cloud-loss-could-add-8-degrees-to-global-warming-20190225/


By one calculation, we may have already passed the point where concrete outweighs the combined carbon mass of every tree, bush and shrub on the planet.
After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet.
But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself.

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/feb/25/concrete-the-most-destructive-material-on-earth


Ohio city votes to give Lake Erie same legal rights as a person

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/431859-lake-erie-becomes-first-lake-to-be-granted-the-same-legal-rights-as


A Green New Deal is fiscally responsible. Climate inaction is notReal economic responsibility means sustaining the communities and physical resources on which society is built

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/25/green-new-aoc-deal-fiscally-responsible-climate-inaction


The Hard Lessons of Dianne Feinstein’s Encounter with the Young Green New Deal Activists

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-hard-lessons-of-dianne-feinsteins-encounter-with-the-young-green-new-deal-activists-video

 


THE KIDS MIGHT SAVE US ALL

For years, I’ve been fighting to save the planet for my son’s generation. Now they’re fighting for themselves.
https://otherwords.org/the-kids-might-save-us-all/


Green New Deal is feasible and affordable

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/22/opinions/green-new-deal-sachs/index.html

 


18 Strategies for a Green New Deal: How to Make the Climate Mobilization Work

https://www.labor4sustainability.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/18Strategies.pdf

 


State soil health initiatives respond to climate change

https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/state-soil-health-initiatives-respond-climate-change

 


Grassing up: finishing beef on grass, the secret to success may be the pasture beneath your feet

Grassing up: finishing beef on grass

 


Soil becomes fertile ground for climate action

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/soil-becomes-fertile-ground-climate-action

 


Three outcomes could follow if climate change stokes mayhem, conflict and violence. It might be helpful to think about the strains to come.

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-change-stokes-mayhem-in-several-ways/

 


Organic research expands in Iowa

Rodale Institute opens the Midwest Organic Center at Eztel Sugar Grove Farm
https://www.hpj.com/ag_news/organic-research-expands-in-iowa/article_5d9d183c-35fe-11e9-b44a-23fbde7803c0.html

 


Peninsula eco-solar farm a ‘world-first’

Peninsula eco-solar farm a ‘world-first’

 


Is the Tide Turning on President Trump’s War on Science?


https://truthout.org/articles/is-the-tide-turning-on-president-trumps-war-on-science/

 


White House Climate Panel to Include a Climate Denialist

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/climate/climate-national-security-threat.html

 


Agribusiness’s secretive plans to unravel food safety and worker protections

https://www.iatp.org/blog/201902/agribusinesss-secretive-plans-unravel-food-safety-and-worker-protections


Forest soils take longer to recover from fires and logging than previously thought

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/forest-soils-take-longer-to-recover-from-fires-and-logging-than-previously-thought-study/


Brazil wants to legalize agribusiness leasing of indigenous lands

Brazil wants to legalize agribusiness leasing of indigenous lands


Carbon measurements are a first step toward protecting a forest in western Tanzania

https://www.ippmedia.com/en/business/carbon-measuring-tanzanias-gombe-stream-and-mahale-mountains


Business and the effects of global warming Some companies are tackling the results of global warming, but most are not

https://www.economist.com/business/2019/02/23/business-and-the-effects-of-global-warming


Climate disasters cost the world $650 billion over 3 years — Americans are bearing the brunt: Morgan Stanley

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/14/climate-disasters-cost-650-billion-over-3-years-morgan-stanley.html


Landmark Australian ruling rejects coal mine over global warming
The case is the first time a mine has been refused in the country because of climate change.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00545-8


Trump’s Pick of Wealthy Climate Denier for UN Ambassador Decried as ‘Slap in the Face’ to Planet and Humanity

Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said she is “disgusted but not surprised” by the president’s nomination of Kelly Knight Craft, who is married to a billionaire coal magnate
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/27/trumps-pick-wealthy-climate-denier-un-ambassador-decried-slap-face-planet-and


Is the Insect Apocalypse Really Upon Us?
Claims that insects will disappear within a century are absurd, but the reality isn’t reassuring either.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/insect-apocalypse-really-upon-us/583018/


Bramble Cay melomys: Climate change-ravaged rodent listed as extinct

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47300992


The secret to a town’s perfect potatoes? Its well-preserved forest.

The secret to a town’s perfect potatoes? Its well-preserved forest.


Our five biggest delusions about climate change

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-wallace-wells-climate-change-delusions-20190227-story.html


How a Mayan town restored its sacred cloud forest and water supply

How a Mayan town restored its sacred cloud forest and water supply


New study finds young forests have a huge climate impact


https://news.mongabay.com/2019/02/new-study-finds-young-forests-have-a-huge-climate-impact/


HOW A TEAM OF RESEARCHERS AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE PESTICIDE EXPOSURE IN CHILDREN

A decades-long study in California is shining a light on the impact of pesticides on childhood brain development, while getting young people directly involved in the research.
https://ensia.com/features/pesticide-exposure-california-children-farmworkers-agriculture-chamacos/


Green New Deal is Wisconsin’s call to action

https://www.gazettextra.com/opinion/other_views/other-views-green-new-deal-is-wisconsin-s-call-to/article_d83635b7-c092-5ac9-8876-fce6f5a83652.html


Food chains and cultural handcuffs Young people have not had time to make mistakes yet

Food chains and cultural handcuffs


OPINION: GREEN TECH METALS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND OTHER SMART TECHNOLOGIES NEED TO BE SOURCED SUSTAINABLY AND RESPONSIBLY.

HERE’S HOW.
Climate change solutions — like solar energy, wind energy and electric vehicles — depend on rare earth elements. How we secure those elements matters.
https://ensia.com/voices/green-tech-metals-renewable-energy-sourced-sustainably/


Regenerative agriculture: Taking organic to the next level
Regenerative agriculture takes proactive measures to replenish the
earth, rather than gamble with the potential long-term consequences of
standard farming practices.

https://www.naturalproductsinsider.com/supply-chain/regenerative-agriculture-taking-organic-next-level


HOW CITIES CAN LEAD THE WAY TOWARD A LOW-CARBON FUTURE
– – Infographic by The World Bank

https://ensia.com/infographics/how-cities-can-lead-the-way-toward-a-low-carbon-future/


CAN BATTERY TECHNOLOGY KEEP UP WITH SOLAR ENERGY’S BRIGHT FUTURE?
– – Infographic by New Jersey Institute of Technology

https://ensia.com/infographics/battery-technology/


WATCH: This Plastic Challenge Will Inspire You to Make a Difference

https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-pollution-solutions-2628949015.html


EPA Adopts Fringe Science Claim That Small Doses of Pollution Are Healthy

https://www.ecowatch.com/epa-pollution-heath-2629720153.html


The Issue With Tissue and Toilet Paper: How the U.S. Is Flushing Forests Away

https://www.ecowatch.com/forests-tissue-toilet-paper-sustainability-2629612402.html


One Pennsylvania Town Shows How to Properly ‘Zone’ Fracking

https://www.ecowatch.com/pennsylvania-frazking-zone-2629723868.html


Thirsty? Here Are 9 Types of Water You Can Drink Plus, learn if there’s one that’s best for your health.

https://www.ecowatch.com/types-of-water-2629621183.html