Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – August 2018

A California City That’s Taking Beauty Seriously

Vallejo is working on conserving open space and beautifying the city as part of a national campaign to unite Americans

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/a_california_city_thats_taking_beauty_seriously/


Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year.

We are using 1.7 Earths. We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing,

overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.

https://www.overshootday.org

 


Fake Grassroots Campaigns Deserve Uprooting

Read time: 4 mins  By David Suzuki

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/07/14/fake-grassroots-campaigns-astroturf-deserve-uprooting


Magic mushrooms: how fungus could help rebuild derelict Cleveland

Could a process that uses mycelium to help recycle old buildings into new ones solve the problem of the city’s many abandoned homes?

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jul/05/magic-mushrooms-how-fungus-could-help-rebuild-derelict-cleveland

 


Rising seas’ cost may be $27tn a year by 2100

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/rising-seas-cost-may-be-27tn-a-year-by-2100/

 


THE SYSTEMS VIEW OF LIFE: A UNIFYING VISION

https://www.ecoliteracy.org/article/systems-view-life-unifying-vision

 


IF WE WANT TO SOLVE COMPLEX SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS, WE NEED TO THINK IN TERMS OF SYSTEMS

Understanding how various parts of our world connect will help us shape solutions that don’t just create more challenges

https://ensia.com/voices/systems-thinking/

 


Facebook video spreads climate denial misinformation

to 5 million users

Facebook is still struggling to contain its fake news problem

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/jul/25/facebook-video-spreads-climate-denial-misinformation-to-5-million-users

 


In Louisiana’s Vanishing Wetlands,

a Promise of Ecotourism That Locals Say

Reeks of Greenwashing

https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/07/05/development-ecotourism-greenwashing-port-manchac-louisiana-wetlands

 


This Boot Camp Trains Young People

to Fight Plastic Pollution

Youth activists ages 11 to 18 return home to educate their communities about how to curb the crisis.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/this-boot-camp-trains-young-people-to-fight-plastic-pollution-20180706

 


Russian mining firm puts Trump’s face

on its asbestos products

As US officials decide against banning product, producer Uralasbest puts Trump ‘seal of approval’ on pallets

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/11/asbestos-trump-face-seal-uralasbest-russia

 


Monsanto ‘bullied scientists’ and

hid weedkiller cancer risk, lawyer tells court

As ill California man’s landmark case begins, attorney attacks Roundup maker’s response to researchers’ findings

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/09/monsanto-trial-roundup-weedkiller-cancer-dewayne-johnson

 


OPINION: SCIENCE DENIALISM IS DANGEROUS.

BUT SO IS SCIENCE IMPERIALISM.

Calls for strict science-based decision making on complex issues like GMOs and geoengineering can shortchange consideration of ethics and social impacts.

https://ensia.com/voices/science/

 


‘Lots of Things That Impact Our Food System

Come From the Farm Bill’

CounterSpin interview with Patty Lovera on the undercovered farm bill

https://fair.org/home/lots-of-things-that-impact-our-food-system-come-from-the-farm-bill/

 


The West Coast Electric Highway Enables

Zero Emission Road Trips

Thousands of charging stations flank the roadway, which stretches from British Columbia to Mexico.

Now, the alternative fuel corridor needs to grow.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/the-west-coast-electric-highway-enables-zero-emission-road-trips-20180720

 


Supreme Court Rules Trump Administration Can’t Stop Youth Climate Case

https://www.ecowatch.com/supreme-court-youth-climate-case-2591440617.html

 


Gotham Greens Expands to Baltimore

The first commercial rooftop greenhouse in the United States, Gotham Greens, is coming to Baltimore.

The agtech startup is building a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse at the Bethlehem Steel Plant,

a former steel mill, and will open early next year.

https://foodtank.com/news/2018/07/gotham-greens-expands-baltimore-viraj-puri/

 


We Are the Lorax. We Speak for the Trees.

https://truthout.org/articles/we-are-the-lorax-we-speak-for-the-trees/

 


Forest carbon emissions are set to grow

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/forest-carbon-emissions-are-set-to-grow/

 


To Stop Greenhouse Gases, Quit Converting Forest to Farmland

https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/to-stop-greenhouse-gases-quit-converting-forest-to-farmland/

 


Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

In the first of our new series, The Upside, we look at how the country went from famine to topping nearly every global social ranking

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/12/safe-happy-and-free-does-finland-have-all-the-answers

 


These Windows Can Generate Electricity And Provide Insulation

https://www.ecowatch.com/windows-solar-cells-2591248515.html

 


The Growing Challenge of Living and Working

on a Sweltering Planet

https://truthout.org/articles/the-growing-challenge-of-living-and-working-on-a-sweltering-planet/

 


As Heat Wave Sweeps the Globe, New Study Warns of Deadly Link Between Rising Temps and Suicide (VIDEO)

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/25/as_heat_wave_sweeps_the_globe

 


China’s Breadbasket Could Suffer the Worst of Climate Change’s Deadly Heat Waves

https://www.ecowatch.com/china-deadly-heat-waves-2591748600.html

 


From Food Insecurity to Climate-Smart Agriculture:

An Interview with Okon Archibong Ukeme

https://foodtank.com/news/2018/07/okon-archibong-ukeme-bcfn-food-security/

 


Top Interior officials ordered parks to end science policy, emails show

https://www.revealnews.org/blog/top-interior-officials-ordered-parks-to-end-science-policy-emails-show/

 


Because He “Won’t Let Go of His Corporate Polluter Past,” EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler Already Facing Lawsuit and Call for Ethics Probe

“With each passing day, it has become more apparent that Wheeler is as ethically compromised

as Scott Pruitt, disregarding ethics and conflict of interest concerns while meeting with big polluters and pushing their dirty policies.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/27/because-he-wont-let-go-his-corporate-polluter-past-epa-chief-andrew-wheeler-already

 


Is Zinke trolling San Francisco with plan

to dismantle city’s reservoir?

US interior secretary’s meeting with group in favor of Yosemite valley restoration met with puzzlement from experts

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/27/ryan-zinke-trolling-san-francisco-dismantle-hetch-hetchy-dam

 


15 Organizations Creating Edible Landscapes

https://foodtank.com/news/2018/07/organizations-creating-edible-landscapes/

 


ExxonMobil’s Support for a Carbon Tax Is a Sham

Union of Concerned Scientists

https://www.ecowatch.com/exxon-carbon-tax-2591473213.html

 


Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?

The money misspent on the Iraq War—a war for oil, let’s not forget— could have purchased the planetary conversion to renewable energy.

Just sit with that a moment.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/07/31/climate-worst-casualty-war

 


Thousands More Flee California Wildfires as Deadliest Blaze Slows

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/thousands-more-flee-california-wildfires-as-deadliest-blaze-slows-down/

 


Surrounded by fire, California politicians question links to climate change

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/31/california-wildfire-climate-change-carr-fire

 


Wildfires rage in Arctic Circle

as Sweden calls for help

Sweden worst hit as hot, dry summer sparks unusual number of fires, with at least 11 in the far north

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/18/sweden-calls-for-help-as-arctic-circle-hit-by-wildfires

 


Fish can’t smell well in more acidic seas

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/fish-cant-smell-well-in-more-acidic-seas/

 


HAS THE NETHERLANDS FIGURED OUT HOW

TO MAINSTREAM SEAWEED?

Despite its environmental benefits, using local seaweed for food can be a tough sell.

Some think the Dutch have finally cracked the code.

https://ensia.com/articles/seaweed/

 


How Does Aeroponics Work?

Vegetables out of thin air? Learn more about this environmentally-friendly approach to food production.

https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/how-does-aeroponics-work/

 


Monsanto’s ‘cancer-causing’ weedkiller destroyed my life, dying man tells court

Testifying in landmark trial, former school groundskeeper describes suffering allegedly caused by company’s chemicals

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jul/23/monsanto-trial-dewayne-johnson-cancer-roundup-weedkiller

 


Despite Ban and New Labels, Study Reveals ‘Large-Scale Illegal Presence’ of GMOs in India’s Food Supply

“We were shocked to know the scale in which GM foods have penetrated the Indian market.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/30/despite-ban-and-new-labels-study-reveals-large-scale-illegal-presence-gmos-indias

 


New Study Reveals the Full Scope of Mountaintop Removal Devastation

https://www.care2.com/causes/new-study-reveals-the-full-scope-of-mountaintop-removal-devastation.html

 


Arctic permafrost set for faster carbon leak

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/arctic-permafrost-set-for-faster-carbon-leak/

 


Our ‘Rentier Capitalism’ Is One More Nail

in Earth’s Coffin

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/in-the-age-of-hyper-disparity-the-ultimate-loss-is-a-livable-earth/

 


Warming climate is driving species loss

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/warming-climate-is-driving-species-loss/

 


These six species are about to be sacrificed for the oil and gas industry

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/26/endangered-species-act-gray-wolf-oil-gas-industry

 


Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/feb/15/why-silicon-valley-billionaires-are-prepping-for-the-apocalypse-in-new-zealand

 


OPINION: LET’S FOLLOW NEW ZEALAND’S LEAD AND MAKE PEOPLE AND NATURE AS IMPORTANT AS GDP

By requiring planners to consider impacts on society and the environment as well as economics,

New Zealand is setting a much-needed example for other nations.

https://ensia.com/voices/gdp/

 


Woolworths sticks with plastic bag ban,

despite Coles reversal

Greenpeace say Coles decision to continue providing free reusable plastic bags is irresponsible

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/01/coles-backflips-on-banning-free-plastic-bags

 


HUMANS, FISH AND OTHER ANIMALS ARE CONSUMING MICROFIBERS IN OUR FOOD AND WATER

As tiny fibers shed from synthetic textiles invade our bodies, researchers scramble to identify potential threats.

https://ensia.com/features/microfiber-impacts/

 


Respecting the Value of Food: Eating What We Grow

https://foodtank.com/news/2018/07/whole-crops-hannah-semler-farmdrop/

 


Why Are Farmers Protesting the Tour de France?

https://modernfarmer.com/2018/07/why-are-farmers-protesting-the-tour-de-france/

 


The Push to Turn Church Land Into Farmland

Faith leaders, conservation experts, and food advocates are joining forces to connect young farmers to the vast quantity of land owned by churches.

https://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/the-push-to-turn-church-land-into-farmland-20180702

 


Climate change is behind the global heat wave. Why won’t the media say it?

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-stokes-heat-wave-media-climate-change-20180715-story.html#

 


Urban trees match rainforests as carbon stores

Not just decorative, urban trees do much more: they enrich civic life, moderate climate change and save the taxpayer millions.

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/urban-trees-match-rainforests-as-carbon-stores/

 


A history-making millennial politician explains what air pollution and police violence have in common

We sat down with Summer Lee to talk about why millennial politicians who understand that truth keep winning elections.

https://www.ehn.org/summer-lee-will-become-the-first-black-woman-to-represent-the-pittsburgh-region-at-the-state-capital-2584064059.html

 


As Tech Empire Ravages Environment, Wealth Cannot Protect Silicon Valley From Climate Change

https://truthout.org/articles/wealth-cant-protect-environmentally-ravaged-silicon-valley-from-climate-change/