Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – December 2017

Costa Rica Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy for 300 Days

Costa Rica has charted another clean energy accolade. So far this year, the Central American country has run on 300 days of 100 perce

nt power generation from renewable energy sources, according to the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), which cited figures from the National Center for Energy Control.

https://www.ecowatch.com/costa-rica-renewables-2511342138.html


Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency – enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity 

https://electrek.co/2017/11/29/solar-smart-windows-11-percent-efficiency/


How Increased Carbon Dioxide Levels Influence the Human Diet

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42516-how-increased-carbon-dioxide-levels-influence-the-human-diet


The answer to our most pressing environmental problems lies beneath our feet

Out of the approximately 29 elements considered essential for human life, 18 are are obtained from soil, and most of the others can be taken up from the soil by plants. Nutrition therefore has its roots in the soil; healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food then sustains healthy people.

http://politheor.net/the-answer-to-our-most-pressing-environmental-problems-lies-beneath-our-feet/


This “Climate Beneficial” Wool Hat Comes From Carbon-Positive Sheep

The North Face’s new beanie is woven from wool from sheep raised on a farm that takes in more carbon than it puts out.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40493770/this-climate-beneficial-wool-hat-comes-from-carbon-positive-sheep


How carbon farming can help solve climate change

http://theconversation.com/how-carbon-farming-can-help-solve-climate-change-86087


Food and Fiber Sectors Cultivate Impact with Applied Sustainable Agriculture

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/


Becoming (and Remaining) a Farmer is Hard

Education and training can help new farmers succeed, but new research points to systemic challenges that also need to be addressed.

https://civileats.com/2017/11/20/becoming-and-remaining-a-farmer-is-hard/


Amazon tribe saves plant lore with ‘healing forests’ and encyclopedia

In a bid to safeguard knowledge the Matsés in Peru have been planting “medicinal agroforestry” plots and written a 1,044-page two-volume book.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2017/nov/24/amazon-tribe-saves-plant-lore-with-healing-forests-and-encyclopedia


Growing urban warmth helps city trees thrive

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/growing-urban-warmth-helps-trees-thrive/


A 100% renewable electricity system is an effective and urgently needed climate protection measure.

A global zero emission power system is feasible and more cost-effective than the existing system based on nuclear and fossil fuel energy.

http://energywatchgroup.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Full-Study-100-Renewable-Energy-Worldwide-Power-Sector.pdf


A vision for the Navajo Nation in one farm’s sustainability

Local businesses keep jobs and money circulating within their communities.

http://www.hcn.org/articles/state-of-change-a-navajo-farms-growing-sustainability


New planetary epoch (Anthropocene) makes its mark

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/23497-2/


Climate Consensus – the 97%

American leaders should read their official climate science report

The United States Global Change Research Program report paints a bleak picture of the consequences of climate denial

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/nov/27/american-leaders-should-read-their-official-climate-science-report


When Buying Nothing Gives You More of Everything

A way to get and give free stuff with your neighbors that is time-consuming, inconvenient—and wonderful.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/when-buying-nothing-gives-you-more-of-everything-20171122


Many college students going hungry, need donated food groceries and food stamps

http://www.sfchronicle.com/education/article/Many-college-students-going-hungry-need-donated-12380152.php


The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval

http://www.postcarbon.org/publications/community-resilience-reader/


The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity’s Malaise

Recognizing the design flaws in our default programming is the first step to envisioning the world we know is possible.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/18/design-flaw-core-humanitys-malaise


Fritjof Capra talks about his journey towards balancing science and spirituality

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/interview/fritjof-capra-talks-about-his-journey-towards-balancing-science-and-spirituality/article20550307.ece


REGENERATIVE ECONOMICS

Shifting From Parts to Patterns

https://capitalinstitute.org/blog/category/regenerative-economics/


Beyond Organic to Regenerative Organic

http://www.goodfoodworld.com/2017/10/beyond-organic-regenerative-organic/


3 circular principles for healthy agriculture

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/3-circular-principles-healthy-agriculture


In Defense Of Green Tape

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/in-defense-of-green-tape_us_5a0898dee4b0f1dc729a6c06


Inside the Pity-Our-Farmers Tax ‘Reform’ Scam

No farm families, repeat no farm families, are losing their family farms to the federal estate tax.

https://inequality.org/great-divide/inside-pity-farmers-tax-reform-scam/


Solar-Powered Jets Could Someday Take Off

Sun-fueled flight is now at least theoretically possible, new experiments show—but scientists have a long way to go before carbon-neutral aircraft actually fly.

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/solar-powered-jets-could-some-day-take-off/


Profit is not an accurate measure of business success

http://www.nation.co.ke/oped/opinion/Profit-measure-business-success/440808-4173472-bg3u6dz/index.html


Protecting Our Planet through Climate Action on Multiple Fronts

http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleno=36487#.WhMtHxTDPzI


How Coral Researchers Are Coping With the Death of Reefs

The drumbeat of devastating news can take its toll on the mental health of people who have devoted their lives to coral.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/coral-scientists-coping-reefs-mental-health/546440/


Danone focuses climate efforts on regenerative agriculture

https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2017/11/17/Danone-focuses-climate-efforts-on-regenerative-agriculture?utm_source=copyright&utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright


Ben and Jerry’s vs. Glyphosate: Moving on from the Toxic Relationship

http://www.unsafefoods.com/2017/11/26/ben-jerrys-vs-glyphosate-moving-toxic-relationship/


The future of crops in Ireland: It’s time for farmers to wise up in glyphosate debate!

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/the-future-of-crops-in-ireland-its-time-for-farmers-to-wise-up-in-glyphosate-debate/


Texas: Environmental justice in America

‘America’s dirty little secret’: the Texas town that has been without running water for decades

Sandbranch is a small, poor, largely African American community just outside Dallas but its residents have to rely on charitable donations of bottled water

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/23/texas-town-without-running-water-sandbranch


More harm than good with climate geo-engineering

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/23484-2/


Warming pause isn’t over: it never began

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/23516-2/


E-bikes: time to saddle up with low-cost energy and no sweat?

E-bikes are well-established in some EU countries, but how about the UK? Old-school cyclist Peter Kimpton tries a new model to see if he’d be tempted to swap

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2017/nov/20/e-bikes-time-to-saddle-up-with-low-cost-energy-and-no-sweat


‘Modern air is a little too clean’: the rise of air pollution denial

https://unearthed.greenpeace.org/2017/11/15/air-pollution-denial/


Renewables will drive ‘steep decline’ in wholesale electricity price in Australia – report

Exclusive: Frontier Economics’ modelling commissioned by government says 6,000MW of renewable capacity entering market will reduce prices in 2018-20

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/22/renewables-will-drive-steep-decline-in-wholesale-electricity-price-in-australia-report


NPR: What The Industry Knew About Sugar’s Health Effects, But Didn’t Tell Us.

http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwvfa3-TY


Your Taxpayer Dollars Are Funding Corporate Propaganda

Congress wants to spend millions peddling corporate BS on GMOs.

http://otherwords.org/taxpayer-dollars-funding-corporate-propaganda/


People Act Where US Fails On Climate

https://popularresistance.org/newsletter-people-act-where-us-fails-on-climate/

and

U.S. subnationals shoulder climate role in Bonn, Trump sidelined

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/11/u-s-subnationals-shoulder-climate-role-in-bonn-trump-sidelined/


Canada & UK launch coal phaseout plan

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/canada-uk-launch-coal-phaseout-plan/


Climate Chaos & Local Resilience

WATER SOLUTIONS IN THE AMERICAN WEST

https://spark.adobe.com/page/QRbeiNaIzaj21/


Crops in 25 States Damaged by Unintended Drift of Weed Killer

https://nyti.ms/2z4oTBH


Climate Science Special Report

https://science2017.globalchange.gov


Climate Crisis and Managed Deindustrialization: Debating Alternatives to Ecological Collapse

If we don’t change the conversation, if we don’t deal with the systemic problems of capitalism and come up with a viable alternative, our goose is cooked.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/21/climate-crisis-and-managed-deindustrialization-debating-alternatives-ecological


From Miami to Shanghai: 3C of warming will leave world cities below sea level

An elevated level of climate change would lock in irreversible sea-level rises affecting hundreds of millions of people, Guardian data analysis shows

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/nov/03/miami-shanghai-3c-warming-cities-underwater?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=250778&subid=11404366&CMP=GT_US_collection


Climate refugees move up the agenda

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/23308-2/


Funding Tar Sands: Private Banks vs. the Paris Agreement

Documents how global private banks are driving climate change, environmental destruction and Indigenous rights abuses by financing tar sands pipelines, mines, and the companies behind them.

https://www.ran.org/funding_tar_sands


As Elon Musk Proposes Taking Over Power Authority, Puerto Ricans Demand Community-Owned Solar Power

By Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now! | Video Interview

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42449-as-elon-musk-proposes-taking-over-power-authority-puerto-ricans-demand-community-owned-solar-power


New Zealand’s New Leader Wants to Kill Off Carbon

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-06/green-dream-risks-energy-security-as-kiwis-aim-for-zero-carbon


Is Taiwan on the cusp of a ‘green’ revolution?

With a unique industrial development plan centered on alternative energy sources, the nation is set for the new energy era

http://www.taipeitimes.com/news/feat/archives/2017/11/13/2003682158


US switches focus of its Bonn event from clean energy to fossil fuels

One of US’s only public events, originally billed as promoting clean energy, has since been changed to favour coal and nuclear power

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/10/us-switches-focus-of-its-bonn-event-from-clean-energy-to-fossil-fuels


Organic Farm Co-op To Be World’s Largest Food Producer Using 100% Renewable Energy

https://popularresistance.org/organic-farm-co-op-to-be-worlds-largest-food-producer-using-100-renewable-energy/


PICKING LOSERS: WHY COAL AND NUCLEAR INTERESTS ARE DESPERATE FOR A RATEPAYER BAILOUT

https://www.ewg.org/research/picking-losers-why-coal-and-nuclear-interests-are-desperate-ratepayer-bailout#.WgxYeRTDPzI


It’s time for recycled-content mandates

https://resource-recycling.com/recycling/2017/11/28/opinion-time-recycled-content-mandates/


Humans have dumped tons of plastic into oceans.  Now it’s reached the deepest depths, study finds

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article185119838.html


The problem with bioplastics

https://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/problem-bioplastics.html


Sustainable growth: Time to stop trashing environment

Regenerative capitalist Hunter Lovins offers economic insights at Kelowna conference

https://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/news/sustainable-growth-time-to-stop-trashing-environment/


Pruitt leads Trump’s economic war on the environment

https://www.theday.com/article/20171121/OP03/171129875


In the Water-Scarce Southwest, an Ancient Irrigation System Disrupts Big Agriculture

In New Mexico and Colorado, the “acequia” is more than just democratic water distribution —it is at the center of Southwest culture.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/in-the-water-scarce-southwest-an-ancient-irrigation-system-disrupts-big-agriculture-20171103


How Monsanto Captured the EPA (And Twisted Science) To Keep Glyphosate on the Market

Since 1973, Monsanto has cited dubious science, like tests on the uteri of male mice, and the EPA has let much of it slide.

http://inthesetimes.com/features/monsanto_epa_glyphosate_roundup_investigation.html?link_id=2&can_id=03eb90b855f986acd0a8ac077b9ba97c&source=email-how-monsanto-captured-the-epa-and-twisted-science-to-keep-glyphosate-on-the-market-trump-must-go&email_


GMO Apples Arriving on U.S. Shelves for First Time

https://www.ecowatch.com/gmo-apples-arctic-2507751729.html

and

Genetically modified apple reaches US stores, but will consumers bite?

https://www.nature.com/news/genetically-modified-apple-reaches-us-stores-but-will-consumers-bite-1.22969?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews&sf150944363=1


Pruitt’s EPA Abandoning Duty to Protect Kids From Dangerous Pesticides

https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2017/11/pruitt-s-epa-abandoning-duty-protect-kids-dangerous-pesticides#.WgxX2RTDPzI


New Research Shows Herbicide Ingredients Cause Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria

https://sustainablepulse.com/2017/11/17/new-research-shows-common-herbicide-active-and-inert-ingredients-cause-antibiotic-resistance-in-bacteria/#.WhLj2RTDPzI


Why Colgate and Nestle are setting an internal price on water

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/why-colgate-and-nestle-are-setting-internal-price-water


Big meat and big dairy’s climate emissions put Exxon Mobil to shame

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/07/big-meat-big-dairy-carbon-emmissions-exxon-mobil


Arkansas Panel Backs Ban of Controversial Herbicide Dicamba

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/arkansas-panel-backs-ban-controversial-herbicide-dicamba-n819311


The Fight Against The Tiny Plastic Pellets Choking Our Oceans

Our addiction to plastic has serious consequences.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oceans-plastics-nurdles-pollution-wildlife_us_5a02def4e4b04e96f0c683c3


Pierre Yves Cousteau: Ancient Greece can teach us about environment

http://www.tornosnews.gr/en/tornos/green-travel/28082-pierre-yves-cousteau-ancient-greece-can-teach-us-about-environment.html


Europe must design economic incentives fit for a circular economy

According to Zero Waste Europe the current European economic incentives to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic packaging in Europe need to be re-thought.

https://www.recycling-magazine.com/2017/11/10/europe-must-design-economic-incentives-fit-circular-economy/


Kids Sue Trump Over Climate Rollbacks and Reliance on ‘Junk Science’

https://www.ecowatch.com/kids-sue-trump-2507430290.html?utm_source=EcoWatch+List&utm_campaign=7eddbf1ea2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_49c7d43dc9-7eddbf1ea2-85363977

and

Children Sue Trump Admin for ‘Reckless and Deliberate Indifference’ to Climate Threat

“We must hold the federal government accountable for the long-term environmental harm that is propagating under its direction,” said Clean Air Council’s Joseph Minott. “It’s time to fight back.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/06/children-sue-trump-admin-reckless-and-deliberate-indifference-climate-threat


Environmental justice in America

A civil rights ’emergency’: justice, clean air and water in the age of Trump

The Trump administration is peeling away rules designed to protect clean air and water, fueling a growing urgency around the struggle for environmental justice, say political leaders, academics and activists

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/20/environmental-justice-in-the-age-of-trump


Wind powered all of Scotland in October & other Renewable Success Stories

https://www.juancole.com/2017/11/powered-scotland-renewable.html


‘Biggest Pile of Money on the Planet’ To Dump Fossil Fuels Holdings

In ‘astonishing’ move, Norwegian government advised to divest its sovereign wealth fund

of all its shares in oil and gas industry
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/16/biggest-pile-money-planet-dump-fossil-fuels-holdings


The ultra-efficient, hidden heat source for Amazon’s new HQ

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/ultra-efficient-hidden-heat-source-amazons-new-hq


Past climate lessons prompt present rethink

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/23447-2/


If we act on climate change now, the economic prize will be immense

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/17/economic-prize-climate-change-action


Averting the apocalypse: lessons from Costa Rica

https://www.localfutures.org/averting-apocalypse-lessons-costa-rica/


The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/water-will-come/


SOLAR CITIES OF THE FUTURE WILL BE POWERED BY WINDOWS THAT CAN GENERATE ELECTRICITY

http://www.newsweek.com/solar-cities-future-will-be-powered-windows-can-generate-electricity-722048


Honda Claims Its Electric Cars Will Charge in 15 Minutes by 2022

http://www.thedrive.com/sheetmetal/16365/honda-claims-its-electric-cars-will-charge-in-15-minutes-by-2022


New paradigm needed for waste

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/36184757-78/new-paradigm-needed-for-waste.html.csp


Producing ‘zero waste plastics’

https://www.innovatorsmag.com/producing-zero-waste-plastics/


Initiative to extract value from production waste

https://www.just-style.com/news/initiative-to-extract-value-from-production-waste_id132272.aspx


BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION RELEASE RESPONSE TO BLUE PLANET II EPISODE

http://www.rebnews.com/news/recycling/british_plastics_federation


Making carbon count: how pricing in externalities could drive the circular economy

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/3021811/making-carbon-count-how-pricing-in-externalities-could-drive-the-circular-economy


Find alternatives to plastic, take action now

https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/stores/consumer-trends/find-alternatives-to-plastic-now/560480.article#


Wasted opportunity: EU stalemate on food waste reduction

http://www.euractiv.com/section/circular-economy/news/wasted-opportunity-eu-stalemate-on-food-waste-reduction/


THIS REVERSIBLE GLUE COULD CHANGE THE WAY WE MAKE EVERYDAY PRODUCTS

http://circulatenews.org/2017/11/reversible-glue-change-way-make-everyday-products/


UK to explore tax on single-use plastics

https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2017/11/23/UK-to-explore-tax-on-single-use-plastics?utm_source=copyright&;utm_medium=OnSite&utm_campaign=copyright


Two Greeks bridge the gap between Greece and Australia

http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Two-Greeks-bridge-the-gap-between-Greece-and-Australia


eBay (VIDEO) | Circular Economy:  An Engine of the Future (2 min)

http://3blmedia.com/News/eBay-VIDEO-Circular-Economy-Engine-Future


Climate Deniers, Koch Brothers, Help Buy Time Magazine

http://priceofoil.org/2017/11/27/climate-deniers-koch-brothers-help-buy-time-magazine/


A Perilous Time, a Promising Movement

No matter what our specific issue passion, we now see that we can’t move it forward without fixing the rules of our democracy itself.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/11/27/perilous-time-promising-movement


Chemical company’s response to water worries: Silence

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/chemical-companys-response-water-worries-silence-51377365