Knowledge for Responsible Earthians

Green Mission News – Earth Month 2018

This Georgia rancher might be our best hope for a sustainable future

Ride shotgun on this game-changing farm in “One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts,” streaming now on Salon Premium

https://www.salon.com/2018/03/23/this-georgia-rancher-might-be-our-best-hope-for-a-sustainable-future/


Regenerative Farming Trailblazers: How Reintegrating Livestock and Restoring Soils Can Lead to More Resilient Farms

https://blog.ucsusa.org/marcia-delonge/regenerative-farming-can-lead-to-more-resilient-farms


Wrapped in a Sea of Plastic

Half a century of this “uncontrolled experiment” is fast becoming as serious a problem as climate change

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/03/31/wrapped-sea-plastic


U.S. Asks China to ‘Immediately Halt’ Ban on Foreign Waste

Last year, China—the world’s largest importer of wasteannounced it no longer wanted to take in other countries’ trash so it could focus on its own pollution problems.

https://www.ecowatch.com/us-china-foreign-waste-2553215414.html


US Electricity: Natural Gas & Coal Fall, While Renewables Continue to Rise

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/us-electricity-natural-gas-coal-fall-while-renewables-continue-to-rise/


Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) does not reduce carbon emissions – no carbon trading system will – and it actually protects and entrenches fossil fuel development, instead of fighting it.

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/carbon-markets-foolish-climate-policy-big-banks-can-love


Scotland’s floating wind farm is showing how powerful offshore wind can be

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/first-floating-wind-farm-has-performed-better-than-expected/


Brazilian School Districts Make Historic Switch to 100% Plant-Based Meals

https://www.ecowatch.com/brazil-schools-plant-based-meals-2553155526.html


NHL Goes Green ‘to Ensure Hockey Thrives for Future Generations’

https://www.ecowatch.com/nhl-climate-change-ice-sustainability-2554505394.html


Buried, altered, silenced: 4 ways government climate information has changed since Trump took office

https://theconversation.com/buried-altered-silenced-4-ways-government-climate-information-has-changed-since-trump-took-office-92323


EPA accused of urging staff to downplay climate change after memo leaks

Scientists say an internal Environmental Protection Agency document encourages the use of misleading statements about scientific certainty

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/29/epa-climate-change-memo-downplay-scientists


Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup spray linked to shorter pregnancies

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/ingredient-in-monsantos-roundup-spray-linked-to-shorter-pregnancies-032318.html


Norway Aims for Electric Planes to Help Slow Climate Change

https://www.ecowatch.com/norway-electric-planes-2551833011.html


Good news about renewables: but the heat is still on to cut fossil fuel use

New data shows global emissions are at a historic high. Political leaders must now consider imposing serious penalties

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/25/renewables-good-news-heat-on-cut-fossil-fuel-use


Bad news for the climate: Coal burning, and carbon emissions, are on the rise again

http://wapo.st/2DKMesQ


The unstoppable rise of veganism: how a fringe movement went mainstream

Health, climate change, animal welfare… what’s driving more people and brands to embrace a plant-based lifestyle? We investigate, and, below, four vegans explain their choice

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/01/vegans-are-coming-millennials-health-climate-change-animal-welfare


9 Different Kinds of Salt: Which Is the Healthiest?

https://www.ecowatch.com/9-different-kinds-of-salt-which-is-the-healthiest-1891079937.html


Popular Beer and Wine Brands Contaminated With Monsanto’s Weedkiller, Tests Reveal

In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers.

https://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-wine-beer-testing-2553632957.html


From ‘Sea to Shining Sea,’ Industrial Ag Fouls America’s Waterways

Given agriculture’s role in destroying our most precious natural resource,

you’d think the U.S. Congress would do everything in its power to protect your water.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/03/22/sea-shining-sea-industrial-ag-fouls-americas-waterways


‘Dead zone’ in Gulf of Mexico will take decades to recover from farm pollution

A new study says that even in the ‘unrealistic’ event of a total halt to the flow of agricultural chemicals the damage will persist for 30 years

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/22/dead-zone-gulf-of-mexico-decades-recover-study


After Maria, Puerto Ricans Cultivate Food Sovereignty While FEMA Delivered Skittles & Cheez-Its

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/21/after_maria_puerto_ricans_cultivate_food


Digging Deep: Harnessing the Power of Soil Microbes for More Sustainable Farming

Berkeley Lab’s ‘farm of the future’ project marries microbiology and machine learning

http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2018/03/14/_more_sustainable_farming/


UK farmers to be given first ever targets on soil health

New bill will be first step by ministers to protect and restore soil as fears grow over a future soil fertility crisis

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3028420/uk-farmers-to-be-given-first-ever-targets-on-soil-health


Can Livestock Help the Adoption of Cover Crops?

https://www.drovers.com/article/can-livestock-help-adoption-cover-crops


General Mills is transitioning 53 square miles of South Dakota farmland to certified organic.

http://www.stormlake.com/articles/2018/03/21/crops-are-changing


DEFENDANTS ACQUITTED BASED ON CLIMATE NECESSITY DEFENSE

https://popularresistance.org/defendants-acquitted-based-on-climate-necessity-defense/


Our Criminal Justice System Serves to Protect the Villains

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/our-criminal-justice-system-serves-to-protect-the-villains/


Texas sinkholes: oil and gas drilling increases threat, scientists warn

Ground rising and falling in region that has been ‘punctured like a pin cushion’ since the 1940s, new study finds

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/27/texas-sinkholes-oil-gas-scientists-report


Egged on by industry lobbyists, Interior Dept. weakens bird protections

https://www.revealnews.org/article/egged-on-by-industry-lobbyists-interior-dept-weakens-bird-protections/


Boycott Factory Farm Foods: But Don’t Forget the Fish

In the U.S., 90-95 percent of all dairy, meat and poultry come from industrial-scale factory farms, while more than half of all fish consumed comes from factory-scale fish farms.

https://www.ecowatch.com/industrial-agriculture-problems-boycott-2554509022.html


EPA to Lower Car Emissions Standards

Driving the wrong way: cheap gasoline means demand for gas guzzlers increases

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autoshow-new-york-emissions/epa-poised-to-announce-rejection-of-obama-vehicle-fuel-efficiency-rules-idUSKBN1H5346


Methane from permafrost melt more than thought

“Our study shows for the first time that the methane-forming micro-organisms in the thawing permafrost have significant influence on the greenhouse gas budget”

https://climatenewsnetwork.net/methane-from-permafrost-melt-more-than-thought/


Hotting up: how climate change could swallow Louisiana’s Tabasco island

With thousands of square miles of land already lost along the coast,

Avery Island, home of the famed hot sauce, faces being marooned

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/mar/27/climate-change-louisiana-tabasco-avery-island


Skep­ti­cism greets bill promoting environmentally friendly farms

https://bartonchronicle.com/skepticism-greets-bill-promoting-environmentally-friendly-farms/


U.N. Reports See Lonelier Planet With Fewer Plants, Animals

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/u-n-reports-see-lonelier-planet-with-fewer-plants-animals/


Promoting healthy soil

“It was really a must to change the farming landscape in this area,” recalled Roland. “We were in a really desperate situation, financially and also bankrupting the soil. It was almost imperative that we get rid of summer fallow and keep some cover on the land and build back the organic matter.”

http://www.minotdailynews.com/news/local-news/2018/03/promoting-healthy-soil/


Conservation Funding Expected to Lag Behind When Farmers Need it Most

Government programs that support healthy soils, crop diversity, and wildlife habitat are popular among farmers

—so why aren’t they slated to get more farm bill funding?

https://civileats.com/2018/03/27/conservation-funding-expected-to-lag-behind-when-farmers-need-it-most/


Top UN panel paints bleak picture of world’s ecosystems

Scientists call on intergovernmental biodiversity body to boost influence and shift focus to policy development.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03891-1


Soil is at the heart of sustainable agriculture

https://www.ft.com/content/b4ac996c-3281-11e8-b5bf-23cb17fd1498


Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/684003/future-farming-environment-consult-document.pdf