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LED lights found to kill coronavirus: Global first in fight against COVID-19

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/led-lights-found-to-kill-coronavirus-global-first-in-fight-against-covid-19/

 


Scientists Develop Blood Test to Predict Environmental Harms to Children

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/scientists-develop-blood-test-predict-environmental-harms-children

 


Global initiative launched to boost circular economy

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-02/23/c_139761725.htm

 


New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

https://packagingeurope.com/new-initiative-launched-to-promote-place-of-mono-pet-flexibles/


Unesda says beverage packaging can be circular by 2030

Brussels-based soft drink association foresees boost in PET recyclability.

https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/unesda-pet-plastic-beverage-bottle-recycling-europe/

 


Soft drinks industry aims for 100% recycled or renewable plastic by 2030

https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/soft-drinks-industry-aims-for-100-recycled-or-renewable-plastic-by-2030/

 


Nestlé and Microsoft on financing circular innovations

If you’re going to use more recycled content, you’re going to use alternative materials for packaging, you have to be ready to make the capital investment needed in your infrastructure in your factories.

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/nestle-and-microsoft-financing-circular-innovations

 


New funding to create innovative products and expand markets for recycled materials

https://www.miragenews.com/new-funding-to-create-innovative-products-and-517254/

 


We’re killing those tropical trees we’re counting on to absorb carbon dioxide

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/were-killing-those-tropical-trees-were-counting-on-to-absorb-carbon-dioxide/

 


Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by ‘entire countries’ 

Bitcoin mining – the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithm – is a deeply energy intensive process

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/feb/27/bitcoin-mining-electricity-use-environmental-impact

 

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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

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Green Mission News – August 2017

A Soil Scientist with a Plan for a More Resilient Food System http://www.gracelinks.org/blog/8074/building-a-more-resilient-food-system-requires-a-paradigm-s Earth is becoming ‘Planet Plastic’ http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40654915 and Production, use, and fate of

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Green Mission News – June 2017

Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030 The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal-Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries https://static1.squarespace.com/static/585c3439be65942f022bbf9.pdf India’s ‘Fruit of the Gods’ Could Make Solar

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Green Mission News – May 2017

Humans Produce So Much Junk, We Are Creating a New Geological Layer The technofossils we leave behind will create a mark on the planet. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/03/humans_are_creating_a_new_geological_layer_of_technofossils.html

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Green Mission News – December 2016

What makes plastic trash seem so tasty to seabirds? http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1109/What-makes-plastic-trash-seem-so-tasty-to-seabirds Plastic island: How our trash is destroying paradise http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/12/world/midway-plastic-island/ Life in Syntropy (Agroforestry; 15 minute

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Green Mission News – October 2016

How restorative agriculture could lead to commercial advantage http://www.producebusinessuk.com/opinion/fresh-opinions/2016/09/22/how-restorative-agriculture-could-lead-to-commercial-advantage Fair World Project Releases Statement on US, China Formal Sign-On to Paris Climate Agreement Leading Consumer

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Green Mission News – May 2016

Largest US food producers ask Congress to shield lobbying activities United Egg Producers, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Pork Producers Council are proposing a

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Green Mission News – April 2016

Carbon Farming: Fighting Climate Change with Regenerative Agriculture Lowering atmospheric carbon dioxide to a level that will avoid catastrophic climate change requires massive shifts across

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Green Mission News – March 2016

The mercury doesn’t lie: We’ve hit a troubling climate change milestone (McKibben) DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/GETTY IMAGES/FILE 2015 A view of the Kronebreen Glacier in northern Norway.

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Green Mission News November 2015

A Soil Pilgrimage http://www.asianage.com/columnists/soil-pilgrimage-994 GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N12C0Z520151029?rpc=401& World’s “appetite” for renewables is growing, but faster transition is needed,

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Green Mission News October 2015

Pope Francis would love the obscure theories of this dead Romanian economist http://qz.com/510096/pope-francis-would-love-the-theories-of-this-dead-romanian-economist/ THE NEED FOR A NEW ECONOMIC SYSTEM: PART 9 http://www.countercurrents.org/avery220815.htm   Brazil

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Old-Green Mission News November 2015

A Soil Pilgrimage http://www.asianage.com/columnists/soil-pilgrimage-994 GMO backlash threatens beet farmers as foodmakers swap sugars http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N12C0Z520151029?rpc=401& World’s “appetite” for renewables is growing, but faster transition is needed,

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Green Mission News August 2015

Making the transition to a circular economy will not be a walk in the park http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150731/opinion/shift-to-circular-economy.578683 After what might be perceived as a rather wobbly

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Green Mission News – March, 2021

What Does An Ecological Civilization Look Like?
A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia— yet communities everywhere are already creating it.
Includes: 6 Rules for Humans Rejoining the Natural World.
https://www.yesmagazine.org/issue/ecological-civilization/2021/02/16/what-does-ecological-civilization-look-like/


Giant Cos., Rodale Institute Team on Regenerative Organic Agriculture 

https://progressivegrocer.com/giant-cos-rodale-institute-team-regenerative-organic-agriculture


The First U.S. Funeral Home That Turns Bodies Into Compost Is Now Open

Recompose, located outside of Seattle, has turned its first customers into soil after years of development.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/93wmd5/the-first-us-funeral-home-that-turns-bodies-into-compost-is-now-open


Getting ahead of climate change

https://www.spie.org/news/getting-ahead-of-climate-change


Comparing Organic, Agroecological and Regenerative Farming part 3 – Regenerative

https://www.arc2020.eu/comparing-organic-agroecological-and-regenerative-farming-part-3-regenerative/


Pesticide Threatens Future for Key Pollinator: U of G Study

https://news.uoguelph.ca/2021/02/pesticide-threatens-future-for-key-pollinator-u-of-g-study/


The template for climate mitigation is soil conservation, says farm-enviro alliance

Composed of farm, environmental, and food retail groups, FACA was an early advocate of using voluntary and incentive-based programs to mitigate climate change. 

https://www.agriculture.com/news/business/the-template-for-climate-mitigation-is-soil-conservation-says-farm-enviro-alliance


Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance: 
USDA far more open now to sustainability practices

https://vtdigger.org/2021/02/23/michael-shank-usda-far-more-open-now-to-sustainability-practices/


How Bay Area farms could give Biden a blueprint for fighting climate change

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/How-Bay-Area-farms-could-give-Biden-a-blueprint-15946539.php


Corporate concentration in the US food system makes food more expensive and less accessible for many Americans
https://theconversation.com/corporate-concentration-in-the-us-food-system-makes-food-more-expensive-and-less-accessible-for-many-americans-151193

 


Swede dreams: can Malmö’s green points system help rewild London?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/05/malmo-sweden-success-rewild-london-aoe\

 


Essential Farmworkers Deserve Protections From Pesticide Exposure.
https://truthout.org/articles/essential-farmworkers-deserve-protections-from-pesticide-exposure/


Research news – “Stark warning”: Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic 

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_845118_en.html


“Insect populations suffering death by 1,000 cuts, say scientists”
The 12 new studies are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“Nature is under siege [and] most biologists agree that the world has entered its sixth mass extinction event,” concludes the lead analysis in the package.
“Insects are suffering from ‘death by a thousand cuts’[and] severe insect declines can potentially have global ecological and economic consequences.”
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/18/2008436/–Insect-populations-suffering-death-by-1-000-cuts-say-scientists

 


Pollen season grows 20 days in 30 years as climate crisis hits hay fever sufferers
Pollen released by plants is also more intense than in 1990 in bad news for those with allergies, research in US and Canada finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/08/pollen-season-grows-20-days-climate-crisis-hay-fever

 


Nine Years After Filing a Lawsuit, Climate Scientist Michael Mann Wants a Court to Affirm the Truth of His Science.
The case raises difficult issues about free speech in an era
of online misinformation and disinformation.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07022021/michael-mann-defamation-lawsuit-competitive-enterprise-institute-national-review/


A Different Kind of Land Management: Let the Cows Stomp.

Regenerative grazing can store more carbon in soils in the form of roots and other plant tissues. But how much can it really help the fight against climate change?

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/17/climate/regenerative-grazing-cattle-climate.html


Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

https://theconversation.com/nature-how-do-you-put-a-price-on-something-that-has-infinite-worth-154704


Biden, Climate Change, and China.

A New Cold War = A Scalding Planet.

https://tomdispatch.com/biden-climate-change-and-china/


Windmills: The New Scapegoat

The real scapegoat here is the Green New Deal, proposed legislation—not actual law — that begins re-envisioning who we are as a nation and what our relationship is to the future.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/26/windmills-new-scapegoat


Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut.

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2AL0AA


Arctic Conditions Deliver Frigid Blow To Texas Agriculture.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts say the full extent of the damage won’t be realized for weeks.

https://today.tamu.edu/2021/02/19/arctic-conditions-deliver-frigid-blow-to-texas-agriculture/


A Green New Deal Would Solve Texas Energy Deregulation, 

Says Naomi Klein.

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/2/22/naomi_klein_texas_green_new_deal#transcript


Raising The Sustainability Bar With Generation R: The Re: Generation.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/melissarowley/2021/02/09/raising-the-sustainability-bar-with-generation-r-regeneration/


Mexico is sticking to a plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and a ban on a widely used herbicide.

https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N2KO0FZ


Madagascar: Young farmers adopt new methods to help lemurs, forests and themselves.

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/madagascar-young-farmers-adopt-new-methods-to-help-lemurs-forests-and-themselves/


THE 2021 EGGSPOSÉ

Exposing the companies that profit from packed cages and empty promises.

Hold corporations to their cage-free commitments.

https://thehumaneleague.org/cage-free-eggspose


NEW DEAL FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE

WE MUST SAFEGUARD OUR FUTURE: WE NEED A NEW DEAL FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE

https://explore.panda.org/newdeal


Published ahead of a crucial United Nations biodiversity summit scheduled for May 2021, The World’s Forgotten Fishes details the “dazzling diversity” of freshwater fishes; their importance to food security, jobs, and ecosystems;

threats posed by current human behavior; and how scientists suggest tackling the extinction crisis.

https://wwfint.awsassets.panda.org/downloads/world_s_forgotten_fishes__report_final__1.pdf


Capitalism, the Doomsday Machine (or, How to Repurpose Growth Capital)

A healthy society recognizes that unrestrained growth is suicidal.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/25/capitalism-doomsday-machine-or-how-repurpose-growth-capital


LARGE FOOD COMPANIES ARE LOOKING TO LOCK CARBON IN SOIL

AS A WAY TO MEET AMBITIOUS EMISSIONS GOALS

Regenerative agriculture practices can sequester carbon in soil,

but for companies with complex supply chains, the logistics

of moving to such practices can be complicated.

https://ensia.com/features/regenerative-agriculture-carbon-sequester-soil-emissions-farm-food-dairy/


Federal Recycling bills to return. So will the fight over plastics.

https://www.eenews.net/stories/1063724069

 


“As humans we have the power to affect the lives of entire species of animals.”
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/11/2009759/–As-humans-we-have-the-power-to-affect-the-lives-of-entire-species-of-animals


Why Drilling the Arctic Refuge Will Release a Double Dose of Carbon

https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-drilling-the-arctic-refuge-will-release-a-double-dose-of-carbon


Smithfield Claims To Be ‘Sustainable’ While Making Its Heavy Pollution Extra Profitable 

Smithfield is pushing a massive greenwashing campaign to dupe consumers into thinking its products are environmentally friendly. It is actually one of the U.S.’ biggest polluters, and is now partnering with the gas industry instead of cleaning up its act.

http://foodandwaterwatch.org/news/smithfield-claims-be-sustainable-while-making-its-heavy-pollution-extra-profitable

 


Meet Elizabeth Ann, the first endangered species in the United States to be successfully cloned.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/19/2016542/-Meet-Elizabeth-Ann-the-first-endangered-species-in-the-United-States-to-be-cloned



US Farmers and Food Justice Groups Declare ‘Solidarity’ With Indian Farmer Protests
“We stand with India’s farmers! Now let’s connect the dots between the forces of neoliberalism that stifle farmers, from India to the U.S.”
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/02/19/us-farmers-and-food-justice-groups-declare-solidarity-indian-farmer-protests


Agroforestry and land reform give Brazil cacao farmers sweet taste of success

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/agroforestry-and-land-reform-give-brazil-cacao-farmers-sweet-taste-of-success/


The Water Cycle

https://www.mysteinbach.ca/blogs/10511/the-water-cycle/

 


The Fire Next Time.
Climate Change, the Bomb, or the Flame of Hope?
https://tomdispatch.com/the-fire-next-time/


Texas Freeze Illustrates a Failed Economic System

We need to begin changing our fundamental ethic, from “I’m getting mine. Screw you,” to “We’re all in this together.” Because we are.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/02/20/texas-freeze-illustrates-failed-economic-system


Journalists and the Looming Superstorm of Climate Disinformation

As the saying goes, though, a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets its shoes on.

https://www.coveringclimatenow.org/climate-beat/journalists-and-the-looming-superstorm-of-climate-disinformation

 


All The Ways The Power Grid Failed In Texas
How a Texas-first energy policy turned into a Texas-only energy failure.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-power-grid-failure-why_n_602e9682c5b6cc8bbf3a0268\

 


Texas is a disaster capitalism paradise, with a system that guarantees disasters.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/2/19/2016968/-Texas-is-a-disaster-capitalism-paradise-with-a-system-that-guarantees-disasters


Interview: Supporting the Soil Carbon Sponge

Microbiologist, climate scientist and founder of Healthy Soils Australia Walter Jehne discusses climate and soil health.

https://www.ecofarmingdaily.com/supporting-the-soil-carbon-sponge/


Agroforestry-grown coffee gives Amazon farmers a sustainable alternative

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/agroforestry-grown-coffee-gives-amazon-farmers-a-sustainable-alternative/



California’s rainfall is at historic lows. That spells trouble for wildfires and farms.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/feb/11/california-dry-weather-drought-wildfire-agriculture


How SF Bay Area farms could give Biden a blueprint for fighting climate change

https://www.sfchronicle.com/environment/article/How-Bay-Area-farms-could-give-Biden-a-blueprint-15946539.php


Plastic recycling results in rare metals being found in children’s toys and food packaging

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/plastic-recycling-results-in-rare-metals-being-found-in-childrens-toys-and-food-packaging


Wasting away: Sea urchins suffer deformities from plastic chemicals

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/wasting-away-sea-urchins-suffer-deformities-from-plastic-chemicals/


LED lights found to kill coronavirus: Global first in fight against COVID-19

https://www.aftau.org/news_item/led-lights-found-to-kill-coronavirus-global-first-in-fight-against-covid-19/


Scientists Develop Blood Test to Predict Environmental Harms to Children

https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/public-health-now/news/scientists-develop-blood-test-predict-environmental-harms-children


Global initiative launched to boost circular economy

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2021-02/23/c_139761725.htm


New initiative launched to promote place of mono PET flexible packaging in circular economy

https://packagingeurope.com/new-initiative-launched-to-promote-place-of-mono-pet-flexibles/


Unesda says beverage packaging can be circular by 2030

Brussels-based soft drink association foresees boost in PET recyclability.

https://www.recyclingtoday.com/article/unesda-pet-plastic-beverage-bottle-recycling-europe/


Soft drinks industry aims for 100% recycled or renewable plastic by 2030

https://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/soft-drinks-industry-aims-for-100-recycled-or-renewable-plastic-by-2030/


Nestlé and Microsoft on financing circular innovations

If you’re going to use more recycled content, you’re going to use alternative materials for packaging, you have to be ready to make the capital investment needed in your infrastructure in your factories.

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/nestle-and-microsoft-financing-circular-innovations


New funding to create innovative products and expand markets for recycled materials

https://www.miragenews.com/new-funding-to-create-innovative-products-and-517254/


We’re killing those tropical trees we’re counting on to absorb carbon dioxide

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/02/were-killing-those-tropical-trees-were-counting-on-to-absorb-carbon-dioxide/


Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by ‘entire countries’ 

Bitcoin mining – the process in which a bitcoin is awarded to a computer that solves a complex series of algorithm – is a deeply energy intensive process

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/feb/27/bitcoin-mining-electricity-use-environmental-impact

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