Humility, caring and wisdom make a better future possible
For many, the pandemic has renewed our innate appreciation for and connection to nature. People have taken to growing food on windowsills and in backyard and community gardens. We’re cultivating yeasts to bake bread and getting outside more to walk, run, swim and cycle.
Climate Patterns Linked in Amazon, North and South America, Study Shows
Forest degradation outpaces deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
The murky process of licensing Amazonian meat plants
Systems Based Ag Solutions Required for Systemic Ag Problems
Organics, regenerative agriculture and the political will to grow the movement
Several parties are promoting policies that aim to develop New Zealand’s regenerative agriculture and organics sectors. Michael Andrew asks the experts what it could mean for the environment,
the economy and New Zealand’s participation in a burgeoning global market.
New Study Reveals United States a Top Source of Plastic Pollution in Coastal Environments
Agroforestry – pathway to secure the right to food in time of crisis.
The method increases ecosystem services such as biodiversity, erosion control,
drought resilience, carbon sequestration and increased soil moisture.
On a Philippine island, Indigenous women get their say on marine conservation.
Soil fungi act like a support network for trees, study shows.
U of A research is first to show that growth rate of adult trees is linked to fungal networks colonizing their roots.
New Cornell dean sees climate resilience in agriculture.
A renewable solution to keep cool in a warming world
Month-on-month, year-on-year, the world continues to experience record high temperatures.
In response to this and exacerbated by a growing global population, it is expected
that air-conditioning demand will continue to rise.
A new IIASA-led study explored the pros and cons of seawater air-conditioning
as an alternative cooling solution.
Let’s not bet the farm on industrial food policy
Federal support should shift to plant-based agriculture, including trend-setting oat and pea farmers, whose crops are made into meat and dairy alternatives.’
Waste not, want not: recycled water proves fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes
Just what California needs.
Powerhouse: the startup making solar the most accessible energy in the world (2017)
It’s one of the only incubators focused on solar companies – but Powerhouse is part of a larger movement to nurture new companies in the low-carbon future
‘Green hydrogen’ from renewables could become cheapest ‘transformative fuel’ within a decade
Government has nominated ‘clean hydrogen’ using gas and CCS but for many countries ‘clean’ already means without fossil fuels
No Place Like Home: Fighting Climate Change (and Saving Money) by Electrifying America’s Households.
This new report shows that the average American household can both fight climate change and save money at the same time.
What to Do When the World is on Fire
WATER CYCLE CONCERNS
World leading scientists put a spotlight on the risks of homogenization of the terrestrial water cycle.
As the world responds to the simultaneous challenges of climate change and increased demands for certain commodities such as food and energy, land use and land cover are changing.
Increasing plantation forestry and agricultural monocultures are turning once diverse landscapes into areas with a single plant species, which affects the terrestrial water cycle.
World-leading water scientists warn of ecological risks in global shift to monoculture crops and tree plantations
Conversion of large swaths of land to uniform tree plantations and single-crop species may lead to unintended consequences for the water cycle, putting ecosystems at greater risk for fires, floods, droughts and even hurricanes, warns a think-tank group of almost 30 water scientists from 11 countries.
Increasing stability decreases ocean productivity, reduces carbon burial.
Stable conditions in the atmosphere favor fair weather. However, when the ocean is stable, the layers of the ocean do not mix. Cooler, oxygenated water from beneath does not rise up and deliver oxygen and nutrients to waters near the surface, and warm surface water does not absorb carbon dioxide and bury it at depth.
“The same process, global warming, is both making the atmosphere less stable and the oceans more stable,” said Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. “Water near the ocean’s surface is warming faster than the water below. That makes the oceans become more stable.”
MORE POWER FROM THE SUN
New solar-cell design shows potential for increased efficiency
A collaborative research team, consisting of University of Delaware mathematicians and engineers at Pennsylvania State University, has come up with a new design for thin-film solar cells with the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of these flexible panels that convert sunlight into electricity.
For example, standard solar cells, the kind seen on rooftops and in “farms” spread over acres of land, are reasonably efficient and increasingly affordable, but they are heavy and rigid. Thin-film cells —built from lightweight and flexible materials, making them useful for such applications as portable devices and vehicle roofs — are inexpensive and easy to manufacture, but they are much less efficient at converting light into power. Specialized types of thin-film technology are more efficient,
but those cells are manufactured from expensive materials or are not long-lasting, severely limiting their use.
Agribusiness Is Trying to Greenwash Its Dirty Waste as “Renewable Energy”.
Companies Are Making Major Climate Pledges. Here’s What They Really Mean.
How to decode corporate climate change targets ― from net-zero emissions to going carbon negative.
What Impacts Do the West Coast Wildfires, Smoke Have on Crops?
In the midst of weeks of poor air quality, wine grape and cannabis growers try to assess the damage of the ash and smoke on their crops, as well as to human health.
Amy Coney Barrett’s Climate Dodge Isn’t Just Unscientific. It’s At Odds With Most Americans.
The Supreme Court nominee suggested the very fact that the climate is changing is debatable. She could soon rule on a suit involving the oil industry.
“To be fair, I don’t have any “views on climate change” either. Just like I don’t have any “views” on gravity, the fact that the earth is round, photosynthesis nor evolution… But understanding and knowing their existence really makes life in the 21st century so much easier.”
Why Green Sports Are Good Sports
Climate change is threatening unique permafrost landforms
Project to reveal fate of tire particles in the ocean.
A new study involving experts from Newcastle University aims to assess an until now hidden form of marine litter and show the effects it could have on our seas.
Risks to marine life
A substantial quantity of tire wear is potentially a major contributor to microplastic pollution in the marine environment.
Tire particles are believed to transfer in large quantities from vehicles into our rivers and oceans.
Less than a fifth of farmers plan to fully retire
FARMERS AND MEATPACKERS ARE TEAMING UP
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have
more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs.
25-Year Study of Nuclear vs Renewables Says One Is Clearly Better at Cutting Emissions
A fifth of countries worldwide at risk from ecosystem collapse as biodiversity declines, reveals pioneering Swiss Re index
Eberhard to build AI-driven recycling plant
Arctic communities planning for abrupt permafrost thaw
Pandemic and rise in plastic pollution
Circular economy and the Covid-19 recovery – outlining the opportunities for a circular, low-carbon economic recovery
Call for proposals re plastic-free circular economy