Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – November 2017

The Woman Aiming to Get 50 Million Americans Into the Worker-Owner Economy

And she has a plan to do it.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/the-woman-aiming-to-get-50-million-americans-into-the-worker-owner-economy-20171026


Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit record high

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/30/global-atmospheric-co2-levels-hit-record-high


World can meet growing food demands and limit warming

https://www.carbonbrief.org/world-can-meet-growing-food-demands-and-limit-warming-to-1-5c-study-says


Unfair trade: US beef has a climate problem

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/unfair-trade-us-beef-has-a-climate-problem/


St. Louis, Capital of Coal, Votes for All-Clean Power

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/st-louis-long-coal-capital-votes-get-all-its-power-n814861


Talking About Our Future – The Haze That Envelopes Us All

It’s time to dispel the haze.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/28/talking-about-our-future-haze-envelopes-us-all


The Economic Case for Climate Actions in the USA

https://feu-us.org/case-for-climate-action-us/


How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/climate/syria-seed-bank.html?action=click&contentCollection=article


Chris Hedges and Dr. James Hansen on Solving the Urgent Climate Crisis (video 27 minutes)
(includes comments about Our Children’s Trust)
https://www.truthdig.com/videos/chris-hedges-and-dr-james-hansen-on-the-urgent-climate-crisis/


Geophysical potential for wind energy over the open oceans

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/43/11338.abstract


Corn Walls And Rice Bricks: Tomorrow’s Cities Will Be Built From Crops

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90147628/corn-walls-and-rice-bricks-tomorrows-cities-will-be-built-from-crops


Millennials are saying “so long” to the country club and “hello” to the farm.

Ditching the golf communities of their parents for a new kind of neighborhood – Agrihoods are built around working farms and are replacing the once-popular golf communities favored by Baby Boomers.

http://www.businessinsider.com/agrihoods-golf-communities-millennial-homebuyers-2017-10?r=US&IR=T


Bike Breakthrough: Connecting neighborhoods with Low-Stress Routes

Cities expand stand-alone bike lanes into full networks everyday people actually like to use

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/31/bike-breakthrough-connecting-neighborhoods-low-stress-routes


Roulac: Oxford Study Attacks Regenerative Agriculture — Monsanto Ally?

https://medium.com/@johnroulac/oxford-study-attacks-regenerative-ag-monsanto-ally-2986ee9918c4


Study ties pesticides in food to fertility issues

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/30/health/pesticides-in-food-fertility-study/index.html


GM Is Going 100 Percent Electric, Will Ditch Combustion Engine

http://nbcnews.to/2fDJp3o


The Gasoline Car will be History before you Know it

https://www.juancole.com/2017/10/gasoline-history-before.html


‘World’s First’ Solar-Powered Indoor Farm Coming to Philadelphia

https://www.ecowatch.com/solar-indoor-farm-2492869631.html


The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/05/factory-farms-fbi-missing-piglets-animal-rights-glenn-greenwald/


Los Angeles’ legendary palm trees are dying – and few will be replaced

A beetle and a fungus are killing off the trees that have become synonymous with the city, making way for trees that give more shade and use less water

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/29/los-angeles-palm-trees-dying


New research is helping to explain the link between a changing global climate and a dramatic decline in bumble bee populations worldwide.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170929093356.htm


Meet the Chef Teaching Kids How to Cook Healthy Meals on a Budget

Seattle chef will soon open a crowd-funded restaurant and arts co-op to honor the city’s arts history and unite its residents.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/meet-the-chef-teaching-kids-how-to-cook-healthy-meals-on-a-budget-20171003


Significant scale of human impact on planet has changed course of Earth’s history, scientists suggest

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2017/october/significant-scale-of-human-impact-on-planet-has-changed-course-of-earth2019s-history-scientists-suggest


The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

https://cacm.acm.org/news/221534-the-ridiculous-amount-of-energy-it-takes-to-run-bitcoin/fulltext


Thresholds of catastrophe in the Earth system

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/9/e1700906.full


Plastic Ocean Pollution a Driver of Climate Change?

https://sarahmosko.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/plastic-ocean-pollution-a-driver-of-climate-change/


Consider the plastic drinking straw: Why do we suck so much?

http://wapo.st/2yI6uuu


L’Oréal eyes circular packaging

https://www.innovatorsmag.com/loreal-eyes-circular-packaging/


Marks & Spencer, Nestle, and Mondelez embrace circular economy

Major European CPGs are striving to improve, but infrastructure gaps and poor recycling rates hamper efforts.

https://www.packworld.com/article/marks-spencer-nestle-and-mondelez-embrace-circular-economy


Scotland’s New Offshore Wind Turbines Power 20,000 Homes

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/scottish-wind-revolution-offshore-floating-turbines-power-20000-homes/


Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/oct/03/scottish-government-bans-fracking-scotland-paul-wheelhouse


Solar competitors band together to help bring electricity to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/09/solar-competitors-band-together-to-help-bring-electricity-to-storm-ravaged-puerto-rico.html


(Getting out of the fossil energy business) BNP Paribas takes further measures to accelerate its support of the energy transition

https://group.bnpparibas/en/press-release/bnp-paribas-takes-measures-accelerate-support-energy-transition


More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0185809#sec010

and

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It’s a catastrophe

Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/insects-giant-ecosystem-collapsing-human-activity-catastrophe


Exposure to Glyphosate, Chemical Found in Weed Killers, Increased Over 23 Years

https://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2017-10-24-exposure-to-glyphosate-chemical-found-in-weed-killer-increased-over-23-years.aspx


Monsanto Attacks Scientists After Studies Show
Trouble For Weedkiller Dicamba

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/10/26/559733837/monsanto-and-the-weed-scientists-not-a-love-story


US Compost Council  January 22 -25, 2018, Atlanta, GA

https://compostconference.com


38th EcoFarm Conference  January 24 – 27, 2018

Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA

https://eco-farm.org/ecofarm-conference


Sustainable Foods Summit will take place in San Francisco, January 30 – 31,  2018.

http://www.sustainablefoodssummit.com/namerica/programme.htm


BIOFACH 2018  14 – 17 February 2018 // Nuremberg, Germany

https://www.biofach.de/en


The Soil Association has released a report looking into the possibility of an uncertain future for the organic market in the face of Brexit.

https://www.farminguk.com/News/Organic-farming-looks-to-possibility-of-uncertain-future-in-new-report_47625.html


US Gov’Mint does have a Climate Change Response

The federal government’s potential responses to climate change include adaptation (adjustments to natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climate change) and climate engineering (large-scale, deliberate interventions in the Earth’s climate system to diminish climate change or its impacts).

https://www.gao.gov/key_issues/climate_change_response/issue_summary


Deforestation has double the effect on global warming than previously thought

Tackling deforestation should be higher on the climate change agenda.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/deforestation-has-double-effect-global-warming-previously-thought-1638323


Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US

Other potential benefits include reliability and water savings

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170926125154.htm

and

Evaporation could offer renewable energy

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/23159-2/


DIRTY ENERGY DOMINANCE: DEPENDENT ON DENIAL

HOW THE U.S. FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY DEPENDS ON SUBSIDIES AND CLIMATE DENIAL

http://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2017/10/OCI_US-Fossil-Fuel-Subs-2015-16_Final_Oct2017.pdf


DENY, BARGAIN, ADAPT

California rewrites the GOP’s climate playbook

https://grist.org/article/california-rewrites-the-gops-climate-playbook/


Why 2017 will go down as the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/10/11/why-2017-will-go-down-as-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-internal-combustion-engine/


Eight-Year Study Confirms “All Sea Life” Will Be Affected by Acidic Oceans

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42361-eight-year-study-confirms-all-sea-life-will-be-affected-by-acidic-oceans


Scripps says climate change may represent “existential” threat to humanity

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/science/sd-me-scripps-climatechange-20170914-story.html


This Isn’t Just Another Urban Farm—It’s a Food Bank The Tucson, Arizona, food bank isn’t just giving away packaged foods.

It’s growing healthy food—and teaching people how.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/the-food-bank-that-doesnt-jus-give-away-food-it-teaches-you-to-grow-it-20170926


Climate change, population growth may lead to open ocean aquaculture

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-climate-population-growth-ocean-aquaculture.html


Rice University adds a bit of asphalt to speed lithium metal battery charging by 20 times

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/10/rice-university-adds-a-bit-of-asphalt-to-speed-lithium-metal-battery-charging-by-20-times.html


48 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/05/climate/trump-environment-rules-reversed.html


Take the farming high ground: Go organic

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/opinion/98389032/take-the-farming-high-ground-go-organic


Agrifood Atlas

The contrast could hardly be greater. The list of the world’s largest 500 companies by turnover ($) contains a huge number of firms engaged in agriculture and food: firms that have carved up big chunks of the sector among themselves.

At the same time, the sector is the basis of the livelihoods for many millions of farmers and farm workers who are among the poorest people in the world.

The trend continues towards a further concentration of power. In the developing world, the growth of the middle class is changing tastes and diets. Demand for processed foods is sure to rise.

The declared aim of agriculture, chemicals and food corporations is to grab as big a slice of the cake as possible, but they have now been joined by banks, insurance companies and the information technology industry.

Takeovers and mergers like Monsanto by Bayer, Kraft with Heinz and Dow with DuPont are just the tip of the iceberg.

http://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/agriculture/2017/agrifood_atlas.pdf


CLIMATE CHANGE: SOIL COULD SPEED UP GLOBAL WARMING WAY MORE THAN WE THOUGHT

http://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-soil-could-speed-global-warming-way-more-we-thought-678869


Not so sweet: 75 percent of honey samples had key pesticide

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/10/05/honey-samples-pesticide/


Time for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to Go All Green

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/time-puerto-rico-virgin-islands-go-green/


Vermont Has Developed America’s Most Comprehensive Food System Plan: How Did They Do It?

The Green Mountain State has long been a national leader in sustainable agriculture and local food.

https://www.alternet.org/books/state-has-americas-most-comprehensive-food-system-plan-how-did-they-do-it


GMO Ingredient Gives Product Meat-Like Taste and Red Blood-Like Color

https://www.ecowatch.com/fda-impossible-burger-2473247551.html


Pest resistance to biotech crops surging

A new global assessment helps scientists explain why cases of pest resistance to genetically engineered crops increased by more than fivefold in the past decade, yet some pests remain suppressed

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/uoa-prt100517.php


Have Monsanto and the Biotech Industry Turned Natural Bt Pesticides into GMO “Super toxins”?

https://www.independentsciencenews.org/environment/have-monsanto-and-the-biotech-industry-turned-natural-bt-pesticides-into-gmo-super-toxins/


The IEA’s newly renamed Renewables 2017

(formerly titled Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report)

https://www.iea.org/bookshop/761-Market_Report_Series:_Renewables_2017


Ghana Schools To Benefit From Solar Projects

https://www.modernghana.com/news/807890/ghana-schools-to-benefit-from-solar-projects.html


Feds give Hawaii companies $1.5M to develop seaweed as energy source

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/06/business/business-breaking/feds-give-hawaii-companies-1-5m-to-develop-seaweed-as-energy-source/


Americans’ Appetite for Cheap Meat Linked to Widespread Drinking Water Contamination

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42326-americans-appetite-for-cheap-meat-linked-to-widespread-drinking-water-contamination

and

Trouble in Farm Country: Ag Runoff

Fouls Tap Water Across Rural America

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/trouble-in-farm-country.php#cost-of-removing-nitrate


Even when it’s sitting in storage, coal threatens human health

https://theconversation.com/even-when-its-sitting-in-storage-coal-threatens-human-health-80865


Half-Earth Day to be celebrated October 23rd

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/half-earth-day-to-be-celebrated-next-week/


Urban farming in a developer’s paradise: enjoying the best of both worlds

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/urban-farming-in-a-developers-paradise-enjoying-the-best-of-both-worlds/?utm_source=Agriland&utm_medium=also_read_section&utm_campaign=also_read_section


Electric bus was killed off 100 years ago

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/fraud-halts-electric-bus/


An Environmental and Public Health Disaster Awaits if USDA Gives Organic Label to Hydroponics

https://www.alternet.org/food/environmental-and-public-health-disaster-awaits-if-usda-gives-organic-label-hydroponics

and

Will the Appetite for Hydroponics Profits Uproot the Future of Organics?

https://thinkprogress.org/clovis-usda-russia-connection-3e9bd33bacfd/


Coffee producers feel the heat

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/coffee-producers-feel-heat/


Nestlé, Hershey and Mars ‘breaking promises over palm oil use’

This year’s Halloween confectionery will contain palm oil grown on land that should lawfully be habitat to orangutans, rhinos and clouded leopards, despite commitment to clean up supply chains

http://www.execreview.com/2017/10/nestle-mars-and-hershey-breaking-promises-over-palm-oil-use/


Food Well Alliance Releases Atlanta’s First Local Food Baseline Report

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/food-well-alliance-releases-atlantas-124200775.html

and

http://www.foodwellalliance.org


Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools

http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/economic-impacts-of-farm-to-school


Organic Fruit Sales Surge 12%

http://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/organic-fruit-sales-surge-12/


Country Crest closes the loop on ‘farm to fork’

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/country-crest-closes-the-loop-on-farm-to-fork/


Should ‘Regenerative’ Agriculture Get Its Own Label?

Some groups want to compete with the organic label and raise the standards for eco-conscious consumers. But others worry that another label could end up sowing market confusion.

https://civileats.com/2017/07/10/should-regenerative-agriculture-get-its-own-label/

and

Dr. Bronner’s Makes Soap, But It’s Changing How We Eat

https://foodtank.com/news/2017/10/dr-bronners-sustainable-food-system/


Nuclear Power Plants Should Be Closed and Autopsied, Not Resuscitated

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42228-nuclear-power-plants-should-be-closed-and-autopsied-not-resuscitated


Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell trucks are now moving goods around the Port of LA

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/12/16461412/toyota-hydrogen-fuel-cell-truck-port-la


Changing the Story on Climate Change: From Climate Pessimism to Climate Optimism

http://www.triplepundit.com/podium/changing-story-climate-change-climate-pessimism-climate-optimism/


Just 10 River Systems Contribute Up to 95 Percent of Plastic in Oceans

https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/oceanography/10-rivers-contribute-95-percent-plastic-oceans.htm


TAKING ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

https://www.neste.com/sites/default/files/attachments/neste_business_environment_outlook.pdf


Agroecology: Radically Changing How We Face Food Insecurity and Climate Change

Food insecurity is largely driven by a food system that is highly controlled by agribusiness. But there’s a better way.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/16/agroecology-radically-changing-how-we-face-food-insecurity-and-climate-change


Scientist Daniel Swain on “Unprecedented Climate Conditions” Contributing to Deadly California Wildfires Video Interview

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42277-scientist-daniel-swain-on-unprecedented-climate-conditions-contributing-to-deadly-ca-wildfires


World Food Prize: Feeding the World a Slick Campaign of Lies

The Industrial Food Chain uses at least 75 percent of the world’s agricultural resources and is a major source of GHG emissions, but provides food to less than 30 percent of the world’s people.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/19/world-food-prize-feeding-world-slick-campaign-lies


Children to sue European countries over climate change

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/19/europe/portugal-children-climate-change/index.html


Corporate TV Drops the Ball on Climate Change

https://www.uthdig.com/articles/president-lies-global-warmings-victims-die/


The EPA Science Advisory Board Is Being Compromised.

Here’s Why That Matters.

http://blog.ucsusa.org/michael-halpern/the-epa-science-advisory-board-is-being-compromised-heres-why-that-matters


Trump’s global resorts put profit first, environment last, critics say

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/trumps-global-resorts-put-profit-first-environment-last-critics-say/


Shipping executive: ‘We have deliberately misled public on climate’

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/10/26/shipping-executive-deliberately-mislead-public-climate


What Whales Have to Teach Humans About Capitalism

Any accounting of the commons without acknowledging the presence and interests of others will lead to their continued destruction, to our human detriment as well

.https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/22/what-whales-have-teach-humans-about-capitalism