Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/08/01/magazine/climate-change-losing-earth.html

 


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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/08/31/writing-new-chapter-not-obituary-planet

 


America’s first big offshore wind farm sets

record low price of 6.5c/kWh

https://reneweconomy.com.au/americas-first-big-offshore-wind-farm-sets-record-low-price-of-6-5c-kwh-45126/

 


Farmers see promise and profit for agroforestry in southern Kenya

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/farmers-see-promise-and-profit-for-agroforestry-in-southern-kenya/

 


California Moves Toward Setting Official Goal:

100% Clean Energy by 2045

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/california-sets-goal-of-100-percent-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.

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/can-we-stop-burning-garbage-and-calling-it-renewable


CAN CHINA REALLY LEAD THE WAY TO  

AN “ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION”?

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

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-us-land-use/

 


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.’

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/08/how-climate-change-could-remake-every-biome-on-earth/569038/?utm_source=feed


Corporate Food Brands Drive the Massive Dead Zone

in the Gulf of Mexico

https://truthout.org/articles/corporate-food-brands-driving-the-massive-dead-zone-in-gulf-of-mexico/


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

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/brazils-pesticide-poisoning-problem-poses-global-dilemma-say-critics/


Shell Took 16 Years To Warn Shareholders of Climate Risks,

Despite Knowing in Private All Along

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/08/20/exclusive-company-docs-show-shell-secretly-studied-climate-risks-10-years-warning-investors


Injecting wastewater underground can cause earthquakes up to 10 kilometers away

https://theconversation.com/injecting-wastewater-underground-can-cause-earthquakes-up-to-10-kilometers-away-102008


Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Shield It From Climate Change

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/big-oil-wants-taxpayers-to-shield-it-from-climate-change/


Pigs Aren’t the Only Ones Suffering From

North Carolina’s Industrial Hog Farms

https://www.care2.com/causes/pigs-arent-the-only-ones-suffering-from-north-carolinas-industrial-hog-farms.html


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.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/08/bribery-trial-reveals-jeff-sessions-role-in-blocking-epa-action-targeting-one-of-his-biggest-donors/


Analysis Reveals That World’s Largest Battery Saved

South Australia $8.9 Million In 6 Months

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/06/analysis-reveals-that-worlds-largest-battery-saves-south-australia-8-9-million-in-6-months/


As Climate Turns Deadly, Media Are Stuck in Denial

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/our-climate-has-entered-a-deadly-phase-but-the-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.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/mental-health/what-wildfires-do-to-our-minds-20180807


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

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/climate/epa-coal-pollution-deaths.html


Russia Bans ‘Undesirable’ U.S. Environmental Group

as Security Threat

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-08-29/russia-bans-undesirable-us-environmental-group-as-security-threat


Caribbean island of Dominica bans plastic and Styrofoam

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/dominica-plastic-ban/index.html


Why We Need More Women Involved in

Creating Environmental Policy

https://truthout.org/articles/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.

https://www.ecowatch.com/al-gore-trump-climate-change-2600742158.html


Why is ExxonMobil Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups?

https://blog.ucsusa.org/elliott-negin/exxonmobil-still-funding-climate-science-denier-groups


Tons of plastic trash enter the Great Lakes every year

 

  • where does it go?

 

https://theconversation.com/tons-of-plastic-trash-enter-the-great-lakes-every-year-where-does-it-go-100423


CAN THE GREAT LAKES CONTINUE TO FEND OFF

AN INCREASINGLY THIRSTY WORLD?

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?

https://ensia.com/features/great-lakes/


Chemicals in Food May Harm Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/23/well/chemicals-food-children-health.html?nytapp=true&smid=nytcore-ios-share


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’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/02/epa-trump-vehicle-emissions-clean-car-rules


HUMAN-CAUSED FIRES ARE DESTROYING THE AMAZON

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.

https://psmag.com/environment/manmade-fires-are-killing-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

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/30/crop-losses-to-pests-will-soar-as-climate-warms-study-warns


Coffee and the Shock Doctrine in Puerto Rico

https://foodfirst.org/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.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/08/04/why-treaty-protection-needed-migratory-pollinators


Biodiversity and the society of superlatives (commentary)

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/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.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/08/news-invasive-species-ride-plastic-across-ocean/


Audio: Beavers matter more than you think

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/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.

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/trump’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.

https://undark.org/article/china-meat-consumption-climate-change/


Orangutans, Drones, Seaweed and Water Wars:

The 13 Best New Eco-books for August

https://www.ecowatch.com/best-new-eco-books-for-august-2592092647.html


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

http://priceofoil.org/2018/08/17/bp-and-big-oil-drive-society-over-the-climate-cliff/


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

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/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

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/08/15/duke-1440-fracking-wastewater-permian-shale-water-demand


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.

http://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05849-9


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

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-politics-autos/mexico-citys-first-woman-mayor-wants-car-firms-help-to-end-smog-idUSKBN1KM6A5?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2Fenvironment+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Environment%29


Industrial fisheries’ expansion impacts 90 per cent

of the global ocean, causes massive catch decline

University of British Columbia

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-fishing-fleets-fish.html#jCp


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

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/atmospheric-carbon-last-year-reached-levels-not-seen-800000-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

https://www.iatp.org/blog/stop-companies-rigging-grass-fed-market


TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OPENS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES TO POLLINATOR POISONS AND HARMFUL GMOS

https://newsroom.defenders.org/trump-administration-opens-national-wildlife-refuges-to-pollinator-poisons-and-harmful-gmos/


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.

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a22690104/climate-change-alaska-oil-drilling/


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

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/07/the-story-of-a-recovery-how-hurricane-maria-boosted-small-farms


Industrial fishing fleets traveling farther to reel in fewer fish

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/08/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.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/heres-why-capitalism-cant-fix-climate-change-20180831


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.

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/soil