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Insects and Other Animals Have Consciousness, Experts Declare

A group of prominent biologists and philosophers announced a new consensus: There’s “a realistic possibility” that insects, octopuses, crustaceans, fish and other overlooked animals experience consciousness.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/insects-and-other-animals-have-consciousness-experts-declare-20240419/

Despite Recent Headlines, Urban Farming Is Not a Climate Villain

In this week’s Field Report, we explore media coverage of a climate study on growing food in cities. Plus: food system impacts of the Key Bridge collapse, a new approach to rice farming, and more.

https://civileats.com/2024/04/03/despite-recent-headlines-urban-farming-is-not-a-climate-villain/

In highly urbanized Japan, city farmers are key to achieving organic goal

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/in-highly-urbanized-japan-city-farmers-are-key-to-achieving-organic-goal/

Sounds Right Recognizes Nature as Musician, With Royalties Going to Environmental Causes

https://www.ecowatch.com/sounds-right-nature-musician-royalties-conservation.html

Top 10 U.S. cities for eco-conscious living—they’re almost all on the West Coast

https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/21/10-most-sustainable-us-citiestheyre-almost-all-on-the-west-coast.html

‘Regenerative economics to revolutionise urban development’

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1180647-regenerative-economics-to-revolutionise-urban-development

Religious Beliefs That Science Has Debunked (But People Still Cling To)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/religious-beliefs-that-science-has-debunked-but-people-still-cling-to/ss-BB1lpxIW

Greater Good:  The Economic Case for More Local, Resilient,
and Equitable Food Systems
https://goodfoodpurchasing.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Greater-Good-Jobs-Study-Report_FINAL.pdf

Minnesota’s Alt-Meat Revolution: For some, regenerative agriculture and land-use diversity is the future 

Some are betting on plant-based proteins as a sustainable way to help feed a growing world population. Others believe regenerative agriculture and diversity on the land represent the future.

https://www.wctrib.com/news/local/minnesotas-alt-meat-revolution-for-some-regenerative-agriculture-and-land-use-diversity-is-the-future

The meat industry’s war on wildlife

Your taxes fund an obscure government program that kills millions of wild animals to benefit Big Ag.

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/24138394/usda-wildlife-services-livestock-meat-animals

Billions of cicadas are about to emerge from underground in a rare double-brood convergence

https://theconversation.com/billions-of-cicadas-are-about-to-emerge-from-underground-in-a-rare-double-brood-convergence-221948

Megadrought forces end to sugarcane farming in parched Texas borderland

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/apr/30/texas-sugarcane-farming

New PBS Documentary Focuses on a More Hopeful Future

Wallach is a futurist who has been investigating our planet for years, trying to determine “what does a flourishing society look like on a thriving ecologically-sound planet Earth.” 

https://www.ecowatch.com/brief-history-of-the-future-pbs-wallach-interview-ecowatch.html

New EU nature law will fail without farmers, scientists warn

Open letter calls for green policies that empower farmers, after months of protests jeopardise future of flagship biodiversity deal

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/26/eu-must-work-with-farmers-if-new-nature-restoration-law-is-to-succeed-say-experts-aoe

20 Books Redefining Our Relationship with Food and the Planet this Spring

https://foodtank.com/news/2024/04/books-redefining-our-relationship-with-food-and-the-planet-this-spring/

More climate-warming methane leaks into the atmosphere than ever gets reported – here’s how satellites can find the leaks and avoid wasting a valuable resource

https://theconversation.com/more-climate-warming-methane-leaks-into-the-atmosphere-than-ever-gets-reported-heres-how-satellites-can-find-the-leaks-and-avoid-wasting-a-valuable-resource-226920

A Philosopher’s Guide to an Ethical Diet: A Conversation With Peter Singer

https://www.ecowatch.com/peter-singer-interview-ecowatch.html

Report: U.S. Banks ‘Sabotaging’ Climate Targets by Financing Meat & Dairy Corporations

Bull in the Climate Shop: Industrial livestock financing sabotages major U.S. banks’ climate commitments

https://www.ecowatch.com/banks-climate-targets-meat-dairy-financing-impacts.html

Despite Official Vote, the Evidence of the Anthropocene Is Clear

When a governing body of the International Union of Geological Sciences voted down a proposal to name a new epoch in Earth’s history, it ignored conclusive evidence that for the first time, a single species — humans — has fundamentally altered the planet. 

https://e360.yale.edu/features/anthropocene-denied

Solomon Islands Tribes Sell Carbon Credits, Not Their Trees

In a South Pacific nation ravaged by logging, several tribes joined together to sell “high integrity” carbon credits on international markets. The project not only preserves their highly biodiverse rainforest, but it funnels life-changing income to Indigenous landowners. 

https://e360.yale.edu/features/solomon-islands-sirebe-carbon-credits

Caribbean startups are turning excess seaweed into an agroecology solution

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/caribbean-startups-are-turning-excess-seaweed-into-an-agroecology-solution/

Florida growers eye agroecology solution to devastating citrus disease

https://news.mongabay.com/2024/04/florida-citrus-growers-hope-push-pull-agroecology-method-will-save-their-industry/

Mexico Is Right to Reject GMO Tortillas

https://foodtank.com/news/2024/04/mexico-is-right-to-reject-gmo-tortillas/

Seven countries now generate 100% of their electricity from renewable energy

Scientists say we have reached an ‘irreversible tipping point’ that will see fossil fuels phased out 

https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/renewable-energy-solar-climate-targets-b2529461.html

‘They just make you happy’: the Queensland farmers who took a chance on a million sunflowers

Battling drought, Jenny and Russell Jenner tore out their failing crops. Could fields of sunflowers for selfies save their Queensland farm?

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/apr/21/growing-happiness-documentary-interview-jenny-russell-jenner-queensland-farm

How the SmartFlower mimics sunflowers to produce clean solar energy

https://www.businessinsider.com/smartflower-mimics-sunflowers-solar-energy-2018-10

What Does Milk Do for Babies?

Human nutrition begins with milk, but the wondrous biofluid does much more than feed babies. In this episode, co-host Steven Strogatz speaks with molecular nutritionist Elizabeth Johnson about her research into the impact of human milk on a healthy microbiome.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/what-does-milk-do-for-babies-20240425/

Green Roofs Are Great. Blue-Green Roofs Are Even Better

Amsterdam is experimenting with roofs that not only grow plants but capture water for a building’s residents. Welcome to the squeezable sponge city of tomorrow.

https://www.wired.com/story/blue-green-roofs-amsterdam-resilio-climate-adaptation-sponge-cities/

Moving climate interest to action

https://ensia.com/notable/climate-change-action-politics-petition-donation-volunteer-global-warming/

We might be closer to changing course on climate change than we realized 

Greenhouse gas emissions might have already peaked. Now they need to fall — fast.

https://www.vox.com/climate/24139383/climate-change-peak-greenhouse-gas-emissions-action

Ecologists Struggle to Get a Grip on ‘Keystone Species’

More than 50 years after Bob Paine’s experiment with starfish, hundreds of species have been pronounced “keystones” in their ecosystems. Has the powerful metaphor lost its mathematical meaning?

https://www.quantamagazine.org/ecologists-struggle-to-get-a-grip-on-keystone-species-20240424/

Guardian Essential poll: voters back Labor’s Future Made in Australia plan while overestimating cost of renewables

Results highlight the difficulties government faces in selling energy transition to sceptical public

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/23/guardian-essential-poll-voters-back-labors-future-made-in-australia-plan-while-overestimating-cost-of-renewables

Eco-Collapse Hasn’t Happened Yet, But You Can See It Coming

Degrowth Is the Only Sane Survival Plan

https://tomdispatch.com/eco-collapse-hasnt-happened-yet-but-you-can-see-it-coming/

Waste Deep 

How Tyson Foods Pollutes US Waterways and Which States Bear the Brunt 

https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/waste-deep

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How the SmartFlower mimics sunflowers to produce clean solar energy

https://www.businessinsider.com/smartflower-mimics-sunflowers-solar-energy-2018-10

 

What Does Milk Do for Babies?

Human nutrition begins with milk, but the wondrous biofluid does much more than feed babies. In this episode, co-host Steven Strogatz speaks with molecular nutritionist Elizabeth Johnson about her research into the impact of human milk on a healthy microbiome.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/what-does-milk-do-for-babies-20240425/

 

Green Roofs Are Great. Blue-Green Roofs Are Even Better

Amsterdam is experimenting with roofs that not only grow plants but capture water for a building’s residents. Welcome to the squeezable sponge city of tomorrow.

https://www.wired.com/story/blue-green-roofs-amsterdam-resilio-climate-adaptation-sponge-cities/

 

Moving climate interest to action

https://ensia.com/notable/climate-change-action-politics-petition-donation-volunteer-global-warming/

 

We might be closer to changing course on climate change than we realized 

Greenhouse gas emissions might have already peaked. Now they need to fall — fast.

https://www.vox.com/climate/24139383/climate-change-peak-greenhouse-gas-emissions-action

 

Ecologists Struggle to Get a Grip on ‘Keystone Species’

More than 50 years after Bob Paine’s experiment with starfish, hundreds of species have been pronounced “keystones” in their ecosystems. Has the powerful metaphor lost its mathematical meaning?

https://www.quantamagazine.org/ecologists-struggle-to-get-a-grip-on-keystone-species-20240424/



Guardian Essential poll: voters back Labor’s Future Made in Australia plan while overestimating cost of renewables

Results highlight the difficulties government faces in selling energy transition to sceptical public

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/apr/23/guardian-essential-poll-voters-back-labors-future-made-in-australia-plan-while-overestimating-cost-of-renewables

 

Eco-Collapse Hasn’t Happened Yet, But You Can See It Coming

Degrowth Is the Only Sane Survival Plan

https://tomdispatch.com/eco-collapse-hasnt-happened-yet-but-you-can-see-it-coming/

 

Waste Deep 

How Tyson Foods Pollutes US Waterways and Which States Bear the Brunt 

https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/waste-deep

 

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Green Mission News – May 2024

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Compost Happens – Earth Month 2024

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Green Mission News – Earth Month 2024

‘Nature Has Rights’: Aruba Could Become 2nd Country to Recognize Rights of Nature in Constitution https://www.ecowatch.com/aruba-nature-rights-constitution.html   In Libya, one person’s garbage is another person’s

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Compost Happens – March 2024

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Compost Happens – February, 2024

Unlocking the Power of Composting: Enhancing Soil Health and Boosting Crop Yields https://medriva.com/health/eco-health/unlocking-the-power-of-composting-enhancing-soil-health-and-boosting-crop-yields/   Chance Farm pursues ‘closed loop’ agriculture with composting group https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/agriculture/chance-farms-pursues-closed-loop-agriculture-with-composting-group/article_0011a7a0-c6c7-11ee-9c20-abf130d4d6b4.html  

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Green Mission News – February, 2024

    Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”.Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/five_ways_to_develop_ecoliteracy

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Green Mission News – November, 2023

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION LAUDATE DEUM OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS TO ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL ON THE CLIMATE CRISIS https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/20231004-laudate-deum.html   The in-depth assessment presented

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Green Mission News – October, 2023

A Love Letter to My Compost Heap https://atmos.earth/a-love-letter-to-my-compost-heap/   The Organic Urban Farm Growing Healthy Food for One of Chicago’s Most Underserved Neighborhoods For two

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Green Mission News – September, 2023

4 factors driving 2023’s extreme heat and climate disasters https://theconversation.com/4-factors-driving-2023s-extreme-heat-and-climate-disasters-209975   True regenerative economies help everyone prosper https://www.nationalobserver.com/2023/08/09/opinion/true-regenerative-economies-help-everyone-prosper   The Tragedy of Misunderstanding the Commons Twelfth-century

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Green Mission News – August, 2023

One seed at a time: Lebanese project promotes agroecology for farmer autonomy https://news.mongabay.com/2023/06/one-seed-at-a-time-lebanese-project-promotes-agroecology-for-farmer-autonomy/   On the Cusp of Cleaning Up “Cancer Alley,” the EPA Caved

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Green Mission News – June, 2023

Time to pay the piper: Fossil fuel companies’ reparations for climate damages https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(23)00198-7   Body lotions, mothballs, cleaning fluids and other widely used products contain

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Green Mission News – May, 2023

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Green Mission News – January, 2023

  New Report Reveals Pesticide Industry’s Disinformation and Science Denial Playbook Monsanto’s Tactics to Defend Toxic Weedkiller Glyphosate Exposed https://foe.org/news/merchants-of-poison/   2022 Sustainability ReportTetra Pak

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Green Mission News – November, 2022

John D Liu  Ecological Restoration (10 min, video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=hEEFXABFwrY How could positive “tipping points” accelerate climate action? As catastrophic climate change tipping points loom, could

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Green Mission News – October, 2022

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Green Mission News – June, 2022

Following Record Growth in 2021, Renewables on Track for New High in 2022 https://e360.yale.edu/digest/following-record-growth-in-2021-renewables-on-track-for-new-high-in-2022   The Insanity of Expanding Nuclear Energy https://boogiegreen.com/2022/05/12/the-insanity-of-expanding-nuclear-energy/   Greenpeace’s Russel Norman

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Green Mission News – March, 2022

  Is Earth Smart?We came up with a way to measure the intelligence of entire planets. Things aren’t looking great for ours.https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/02/biosphere-planetary-intelligence-evolution/622867/ Can a planet

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Green Mission News – February, 2022

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Green Mission News – November, 2021

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Green Mission News – October, 2021

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