Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – September 2017

How carbon farming could halt climate change

Soil holds more carbon than the atmosphere and all vegetation combined. But who’s going to convince more farmers to farm with carbon levels in mind?

http://newfoodeconomy.com/how-carbon-farming-could-halt-climate-change/


Soil carbon debt of 12,000 years of human land use

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/08/15/1706103114.full


Orange is the New Green:

How Orange Peels Revived a Costa Rican Forest

https://environment.princeton.edu/news/orange-new-green-how-orange-peels-revived-costa-rican-forest


WINE WISDOM: Is it finally time for organic wine?

http://bourne.wickedlocal.com/entertainment/20170822/wine-wisdom-is-it-finally-time-for-organic-wine


Zinc-air batteries: Three-stage method could revolutionise rechargeability

https://techxplore.com/news/2017-08-zinc-air-batteries-three-stage-method-revolutionise.html


How electric vehicles could take a bite out of the oil market

https://theconversation.com/how-electric-vehicles-could-take-a-bite-out-of-the-oil-market-81081


A Hole in the Wind: book review

“A Climate Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the United States”

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/a-hole-in-the-wind/


A Texan plan for the Texas coast

The problems of the Texas coast are those that come from placing a linear economic system based on use and consumption upon a natural system that works in a different way, a natural system with rhythms, cycles, and limits. When resources and assets were not limited, these issues were not as pronounced, but they are emerging as we face resource and pollution absorption limits. As a society, we are forcing the square peg of our economic model into the round hole of the natural system of the Texas coast, and they do not match well heading into the future.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/A-Texan-plan-for-the-Texas-coast-11987854.php


There are more of us who support equity and justice than who oppose it. Join a community of learners, builders, and activists to create solutions to advance equity and justice in America.

https://www.staywoke.org


Locally Produced Food in School Lunches—-

A Challenge by Nyuzen, Japan

https://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035892.html


100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World

http://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(17)30012-0


City trees boost health and wealth

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/22954-2/


BPA breakthrough: New treatment takes controversial chemical out of water.

http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2017/august/bpa-breakthrough-new-treatment-takes-controversial-chemical-out-of-water


Thinking outside the manufacturing box

The six core themes of the conference: New India by 2022, Doubling Farmers’ Incomes, creating Cities of Tomorrow, Make in India, Reforming the Financial Sector, and building World-Class Infrastructure.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/thinking-outside-the-manufacturing-box/article19566975.ece


Female Equality Is Key to a Sustainable Future

Climate Change Impacts on Women and Girls

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/no-climate-justice-without-justice-women/


The True Cost of American Food

http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TCAF-report.pdf


Agroecology to the Rescue: 7 Ways Ecologists are Working Toward Healthier Food Systems

http://blog.ucsusa.org/marcia-delonge/agroecology-to-the-rescue-7-ways-ecologists-are-working-toward-healthier-food-systems


WHY COMMIT TO INTEGRATING CARBON FARMING IN YOUR AGRICULTURAL SUPPLY CHAIN?

http://www.climatecollaborative.com/agriculture


Oregon works to fight ocean acidification

Oregon works to fight ocean acidification


Farm-to-School Movement Fights for a Foothold in Corn Belt Cafeterias

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/20394/farm-to-school-movement-national-school-lunch-program-corporate-agriculture


Croatia could become leader in Organic Farming in EU

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/made-in-croatia/20815-croatia-could-become-leader-in-organic-farming-in-europe


Seikatsu Club: Japanese Cooperative Managed by Members’ Will to Confront Social Problems

http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035882.html


Coca-Cola targets circular future

https://www.innovatorsmag.com/coca-cola-target-circular-future/


The world’s largest food companies are funding bee habitats

http://newfoodeconomy.com/bee-health-hedgerows-hagen-dazs/


 This California Dairy Farmer Says He’s Got a Carbon-Positive Solution to Fight Emissions

http://www.triplepundit.com/2017/07/california-dairy-farmer-carbon-positive-solution-fight-emissions/


David Suzuki: When times get dark, we must shine brighter

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2017/08/when-times-get-dark-we-must-shine-brighter/


The Economy of an Ecological Society Will Be at the Service of Humanity

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41655-the-economy-of-an-ecological-society-will-be-at-the-service-of-humanity


Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

http://www.equalvoiceforfamilies.org/troubled-waters-tennessee-families-stand-up-for-a-clean-environment/


Bees Are Bouncing Back From Colony Collapse Disorder

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-01/good-news-for-bees-as-numbers-recover-while-mystery-malady-wanes


Banff chef building connections at farm-to-table food event

http://www.rmoutlook.com/article/Banff-chef-building-connections-at-farmtotable-food-event-20170803


Small Is Beautiful*

The Road to Resilience

http://www.vashonloop.com/article/small-beautiful


CARBON FARMING: CALIFORNIA FOCUS ON SOIL TO MEET CLIMATE, WATER GOALS

http://www.watereducation.org/aquafornia-news/carbon-farming-california-focus-soil-meet-climate-water-goals


Chemical Footprint Project 2017 Annual Report

https://www.chemicalfootprint.org/results/2017-report


Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/business/monsantos-sway-over-research-is-seen-in-disclosed-emails.html?_r=0


Building Healthy Soil Solves Everything (video)

https://www.facebook.com/kissthegroundCA/videos/1415723688494319/


Earth Overshoot Day 2017 was Aug. 2, the earliest date since ecological overshoot began in the early 1970s

http://www.footprintnetwork.org/2017/06/27/earth-overshoot-day-2017-2/


Women take control of solar revolution

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/women-take-control-solar-revolution/


Shared Renewables Hold Big Potential for Communities Left Out of Clean Energy Programs

https://www.shareable.net/blog/shared-renewables-hold-big-potential-for-communities-left-out-of-clean-energy-programs


Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone Could be Largest Ever, Thanks to the Meat Industry

https://www.ecowatch.com/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone-2467931985.html


As Trump leaves Paris Accord, Wind jobs are fastest growing in US next Decade

https://www.juancole.com/2017/08/leaves-fastest-growing.html


Swiss trees swelter as climate warms

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/swiss-trees-swelter-climate-warms/


Four Proposed Tar Sands Oil Pipelines Pose A Threat To Water Resources

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/TarSandsPipelineSpillReport.pdf


South Asia: Heat Waves Could Make 1.5 Billion People’s Homes Uninhabitable by 2100

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/7/as_downtown_detroit_gentrifies_longtime_black


Deforestation and Climate Disruption Are Degrading the Amazon, Endangering Our Survival

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41520-deforestation-and-climate-disruption-are-degrading-the-amazon-endangering-our-survival


US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/07/usda-climate-change-language-censorship-emails


Planet has just 5% chance of reaching Paris climate goal, study says

Researchers find that economic, emissions and population trends point to very small chance Earth will avoid warming more than 2C by century’s end

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/31/paris-climate-deal-2c-warming-study


GREAT LAKES RESTORATION IS UNDER THREAT. HERE’S WHY THAT MATTERS.

Degraded by decades of pollution, the North American Great Lakes are finding new life through cleanup efforts now threatened by proposed federal budget cuts.

Great Lakes restoration is under threat. Here’s why that matters.


Trump proposes scrapping Obama-era fracking rule on water pollution

Bureau of Land Management says it is moving to discard 2015 regulation as it duplicates state rules and ‘imposes unjustified costs’ on oil and gas industry

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/25/trump-proposes-scrapping-obama-era-fracking-rule-on-water-pollution


Trump plan could open Giant Sequoia monument to logging As the Trump administration continues to roll back protections on public lands, timber industry advocates are pushing to reduce federal defenses for California’s giant trees

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/26/public-land-sequoia-national-monument-wildfires-logging


Fossil fuel subsidies are dwarfed by health cost

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/22809-2/


GERMANY’S TRANSITION FROM COAL TO RENEWABLE ENERGY OFFERS LESSONS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD

The country’s decades-long shift from industrial mining to clean energy has brought both challenge and opportunity

https://ensia.com/features/german-transition-coal-renewable-energy/


(Mining) Despite high upfront costs, technology investments reap long-term savings – BMI

http://www.miningweekly.com/article/despite-high-upfront-costs-technology-investments-reap-long-term-savings-bmi-2017-08-24/rep_id:3650


Summer Reading: 20 Signs of Progress in the Good Food Movement

A collection of some of our favorite hopeful stories we’ve published so far this year.

http://civileats.com/2017/08/07/summer-reading-20-signs-of-progress-in-the-good-food-movement/


Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/aug/07/fossil-fuel-subsidies-are-a-staggering-5-tn-per-year


Joining Forces for Honest Environmental Journalism

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/progressive-media-environmental-journalism/


WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE.  SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD.

Researchers are tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance head on — by hunting for the genes that enable bacteria to become resistant to life-saving medications.

https://ensia.com/features/antibiotic-resistome/


We Can’t Stop Our Exposure to Toxic Chemicals Until We Rein In the Corporations Releasing Them

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/20420/industrial-chemical-exposure-money-cancer-labor-environment-lifestyle


10 Natural Wonders Created by Water Now Threatened by Climate Change

https://weather.com/science/environment/news/natural-wonders-water-threatened-climate-change


How Understanding What Killed The Dinosaurs Can Help Us Prepare For Climate Change

http://www.wbur.org/npr/543683132/ends-of-the-world-peter-brannen


Giant larvaceans transfer ocean pollution by ingesting plastic waste

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/aaft-glt081417.php


New England’s Only Hard Coral Could Help Determine Extent of Microplastic Pollution

https://www.ecori.org/narragansett-bay/2017/8/14/nes-only-hard-coral-could-hold-answers-about-plastic-pollution


Another Reason to Ditch Plastic—

It Smells Like Food to Fish

https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-pollution-fish-2473631208.html

AND

Odours from marine plastic debris induce food search behaviours in a forage fish

http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/284/1860/20171000


Sea Ice Loss Dooms Walrus If not Protected, Groups Claim

https://www.courthousenews.com/sea-ice-loss-dooms-walrus-not-protected-groups-claim/


China to further active engagement in Arctic affairs

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-08/25/content_41472661.htm


Eutrophication will increase during the 21st century as a result of precipitation changes

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/357/6349/405

and

Increased Nutrient Runoff Risk as a Result of Climate Change

http://ncel.net/2017/08/01/increased-nutrient-runoff-risk-result-climate-change/


Climate Justice Is Racial Justice Is Gender Justice

What is a “just transition,” anyway? Bill McKibben asks Jacqueline Patterson, the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/just-transition/climate-justice-is-racial-justice-is-gender-justice-20170818/?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20170818


Electric car emissions slashed by two thirds as electricity generation goes green 

https://electrek.co/2017/08/28/electric-car-emissions-electricity-generation-goes-green/


Houston, Tell Your President We Have a Problem: It’s Called Climate Change

http://priceofoil.org/2017/08/29/houston-tell-your-president-we-have-a-problem-its-called-climate-change/


HARVEY DIDN’T COME OUT OF THE BLUE. NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE.

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/28/harvey-didnt-come-out-of-the-blue-now-is-the-time-to-talk-about-climate-change/


Extreme Weather Is a Human-Caused Disaster, but It Is Avoidable

http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/harvey-is-a-human-caused-disaster-and-it-is-avoidable


Technological change and social disruption

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/08/30/technological-change-and-social-disruption


Where does ocean plastic come from?

https://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/where-does-ocean-plastic-come.html


Swimming in Plastic

Many Floridians know about plastic pollution in the ocean. What they may not know is that it’s also a problem in most of Florida’s streams, rivers and coastal waters.

http://www.floridatrend.com/article/22816/swimming-in-plastic


Growing Wild – Plastic Pollution (audio, 44 minutes)

Claire Potter of Plastic Free Pledge, Bex Band and Erin Bastian of Paddle Pick Up and Natalie Fee of City to Sea.