Green Mission News – September 2018

Losing Earth: The Decade We

Almost Stopped Climate Change

The first suggestion to Rafe Pomerance that humankind was destroying the conditions necessary for its own survival came on Page 66 of the government publication EPA-600/7-78-019. It was a technical report about coal, bound in a coal-black cover with beige lettering — one of many such reports that lay in uneven piles around Pomerance’s windowless office on the first floor of the Capitol Hill townhouse that, in the late 1970s, served as the Washington headquarters of Friends of the Earth. In the final paragraph of a chapter on environmental regulation, the coal report’s authors noted that the continued use of fossil fuels might, within two or three decades, bring about “significant and damaging” changes to the global atmosphere.


Writing a New Chapter, Not an Obituary, for the Planet

A recent New York Times Magazine article suggests action to address climate change is futile


America’s first big offshore wind farm sets

record low price of 6.5c/kWh


Farmers see promise and profit for agroforestry in southern Kenya


California Moves Toward Setting Official Goal:

100% Clean Energy by 2045


Can We Stop Burning Garbage and Calling It Renewable?

Staving off the worst effects of climate change requires getting serious about each state’s renewable energy development. That starts with taking stock of how well they’re performing, so we did — and the grades are out.



If president Xi Jinping’s ecological vision turns out to be more than mere rhetoric,  

 it could have a profound effect on humanity’s future.

OPINION: Can China really lead the way to an “Ecological Civilization”?


Here’s How America Uses Its Land


No Ecosystem on Earth Is Safe From Climate Change

If carbon emissions continue to grow, anyone who works with the land

could face ‘unprecedented challenges.’

Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone

in the Gulf of Mexico

Brazil’s pesticide poisoning problem poses global dilemma, say critics

Shell Took 16 Years To Warn Shareholders of Climate Risks,

Despite Knowing in Private All Along

Injecting wastewater underground can cause earthquakes up to 10 kilometers away

Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Shield It From Climate Change

Pigs Aren’t the Only Ones Suffering From

North Carolina’s Industrial Hog Farms

Bribery Trial Reveals Jeff Sessions’ Role in Blocking EPA Action Targeting One of His Biggest Donors

His Senate office coordinated closely with Drummond Coal and its lawyers to derail an environmental cleanup.

Analysis Reveals That World’s Largest Battery Saved

South Australia $8.9 Million In 6 Months

As Climate Turns Deadly, Media Are Stuck in Denial

What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires.

Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules: Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year

Russia Bans ‘Undesirable’ U.S. Environmental Group

as Security Threat

Caribbean island of Dominica bans plastic and Styrofoam

Why We Need More Women Involved in

Creating Environmental Policy

Al Gore Calls on Trump to Resign as Samoan PM

Calls Out Climate Change Deniers

Government inaction on climate change and climate deniers were called out

by former vice president Al Gore and Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele

separately this week.

Why is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?

Tons of plastic trash enter the Great Lakes every year


  • where does it go?



A 2008 interstate compact prevents distant dry places from siphoning off Great Lakes water. 

But will the agreement hold up in the face of growing demand?

Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

California vows to ‘fight this stupidity’ as

EPA moves to scrap clean car rules

Governor Jerry Brown calls administration’s proposal to

weaken Obama-era emissions rules ‘reckless’ and a ‘betrayal’


A new study using a combination of data sources finds that fire is causing 

more degradation of forests than logging, the other most significant driver of loss in the Amazon.

Crop losses to pests will soar as climate warms, study warns

Rising temperatures make insects eat and breed more, leading to food losses growing world population cannot afford, say scientists

Coffee and the Shock Doctrine in Puerto Rico

Why Treaty Protection Is Needed for Migratory Pollinators

Butterflies are not protected under any treaty,

and consequently their populations are in danger.

Biodiversity and the society of superlatives (commentary)

Invasive Species Are Riding on Plastic Across the Oceans

Crustaceans and mollusks foreign to the United States have survived up

to six years riding on ocean trash.

Audio: Beavers matter more than you think

Trump’s Farmer “Bailout,” Explained

And what we really need to do to get agriculture back on track.’s-farmer-bailout-explained

Ravenous for Meat, China Faces a Climate Quandary

On the whole, the country consumes 28 percent of the world’s meat —

twice as much as the United States. And that figure is only set to increase.

Orangutans, Drones, Seaweed and Water Wars:

The 13 Best New Eco-books for August

BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the “Climate Cliff”

Conserving Oil Is No Longer an Economic Imperative, U.S. Says

Fracking Wastewater Spikes 1,440% in Half Decade,

Adding to Dry Regions’ Water Woes

Droughts, heatwaves and floods:

How to tell when climate change is to blame

Weather forecasters will soon provide instant assessments of global warming’s

influence on extreme events.

Mexico City’s first woman mayor wants car firms’ help to end smog

Industrial fisheries’ expansion impacts 90 per cent

of the global ocean, causes massive catch decline

University of British Columbia

Atmospheric carbon last year reached levels not seen in 800,000 years

‘Global Greening’ Sounds Good. In the Long Run, It’s Terrible.

Rising carbon dioxide levels are making the world greener. But that’s nothing to celebrate.

Stop Meat Companies from Rigging the Grass-fed Market


Climate Change Destroys the Lives of the Poorest Human Beings First

History will not look kindly on us for this, or for any other aspect

of our environmental record.

The story of a recovery: how hurricane Maria boosted small farms

Puerto Rico’s small farms – aided by outside groups such as World Central Kitchen – have seized a post-disaster opportunity to challenge the island’s import-reliant food economy

Industrial fishing fleets traveling farther to reel in fewer fish

Here’s Why Capitalism Can’t Fix Climate Change

With all due respect to The Guardian’s economics editor,

our planet will not be saved by capitalism.

Soil microbes speed up global warming

They’re microscopic, but soil microbes play a massive role in the climate machinery. 

New research suggests they may be warming the world more than ever.