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Take these 3 steps, add $500 million and create a circular economy for packaging, report urges

 


Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

 


Farming could be absorber of carbon by 2050, says report
Veganism and trees could help stop agriculture contributing to global heating, study says

 


The following excerpt is from Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery

 

 


Study finds massive reorganization of life across Earth’s ecosystems

 


Natural Gas vs. Renewable Energy: Beware the Latest Gas Industry Talking Points

 

 


Bank of England boss says global finance is funding 4C temperature rise
Mark Carney says capital markets are financing projects likely to fuel a catastrophic rise in global heating

 


Our Tax System Rewards Polluters
Last year, the biggest fossil fuel companies paid zero dollars in taxes
— and actually received billions in rebates.

 


 

How Wildfires Are Polluting Rivers and Threatening Water Supplies.
As wildfires become more frequent and destructive in a warming world,
they are increasingly leaving in their wake debris and toxic runoff that are polluting rivers and fouling water supplies. Some municipalities are having to upgrade their water treatment methods to counter the new danger.

 



Regenerative Agriculture Could Help Stop Climate Change — Can Tech Help Us Get There?

 


 

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Green Mission News – July 2017

Harvesting the Sun – Jairo Restrepo at Ragmans Farm (video 7 min.)


The first video in English of Jairo Restrepo, a world expert in Biofertilisers and soil regeneration, filmed at Ragmans Lane Farm.
Jairo talks about the wonders of cow manure, soil microbes, trace elements, and their link with increased soil, plant and human health.
He describes industrial agriculture as a ‘dishonest agriculture’ robbing us of our health and proposes an alternative productive approach harnessing the power of biological mineral ferments which will allow all of us to grow cheap organic food through enhanced photosynthesis – by Harvesting the Sun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ahbd7AtSMw&feature90447421


FOOD SYSTEMS, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION

what if this were required literacy for companies, and their boards, that make “green” claims to benefit their bottom line?

https://www.ecoliteracy.org/article/food-systems-climate-change-and-ecological-education


The Circular Economy and a Low-Carbon Future

http://3blmedia.com/News/Circular-Economy-and-Low-Carbon-Future


Want to Get “Back to the Land”? You’re Not Alone

Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/the-rock-stars-of-back-to-the-land-farming6


States Challenge Scott Pruitt’s Decision to Keep Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Food Supply

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/40875-states-challenge-scott-pruitt-s-decision-to-keep-pesticide


EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

https://apnews.com/2350d7be5e24469ab445089bf663cdcb/EPA-chief-met-with-Dow-CEO-before-deciding-on-pesticide-ban


Science and information for climate-smart conservation

http://climate.calcommons.org


Ocean Acidification, and Plastic Pollution with Greg Stone (12 min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A724Oo0huB0


Why chemists — not just economists — are key to a circular future

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/why-chemists-not-just-economists-are-key-circular-future


A spate of new research studies has confirmed a disturbing pattern:
climate disruption is confusing migratory birds, causing trees to relocate and allowing tropical diseases to spread northward.

“Human society has yet to appreciate the implications of unprecedented species redistribution for life on Earth, including for human lives,” states a study,

Divergence of Species Responses to Climate Change,”

published May 17, 2017, in Science Advances.

Climate Destabilization Causing Thousands of New Species Migrations: Plant, Animal, Insect, Bird

https://www.environews.tv/061117-climate-destabilization-causing-thousands-insect-bird/


Zero Waste for the Rest of Us

http://www.waste360.com/waste-reduction/zero-waste-rest-us


How Chicken Farmers are Getting Clucked in a Supermarket Near You

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/20158/chicken-industry-corporate-agriculture-usda-farmer-fair-practices-rules


Our Chemical-Dependent, Profit-Driven, Industrial Ag Complex is Not Going Quietly

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/20177/farm-policy-corporate-power-industrial-agriculture-sustainablity-nixon


Will Robot Cars Pose Unprecedented Safety, Security, and Privacy Risks?

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/resources/self_driving_consumer_threat_report.pdf


Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/climate/carbon-in-atmosphere-is-rising-even-as-emissions-stabilize.html


6 Reasons Local Food Systems Will Replace Our Industrial Model

http://inthesetimes.com/rural-america/entry/20146/john-ikerd-sustainability-industrial-agriculture-local-food-systems


School District Switches to Local and Organic Meals, Cuts Carbon Footprint—and Saves Money

A new report revealed surprising results when Oakland overhauled its lunch menu at 100-plus schools by serving less meat and more fruits and vegetables

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/school-district-switches-to-local-and-organic-meals-and-saves-money-20170522


Farming: Political Cartoons

http://www.truthdig.com/tag/corporate_farming

“Major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share alone last year, as shoppers swerved to fresh and organic alternatives.”


Women Small-Holder Farmers, Key Drivers for Sustainable Production

http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/06/women-small-holder-farmers-key-drivers-for-sustainable-production/


We Will Soon Be Using More Than The Earth Can Provide

Forget the GDP, it’s time for our leaders to pay attention to metrics that matter.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/we-will-soon-be-using-more-than-the-earth-can-provide-20170614


Evaluating soil health can be challenging, but some measure is needed to determine if shifts in management practices are beneficial. 


http://www.agweek.com/news/north-dakota/4288077-evaluating-soil-health


‘Soil health’ needs scholarly attention, proper definition

http://www.orovillemr.com/opinion/20170621/north-state-voices-soil-health-needs-scholarly-attention-proper-definition


Why this conservation group thinks soiled undies are a good thing (2 min video)

http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/why-this-conservation-group-thinks-soiled-undies-are-a-good-thing-1.3475849#


Researchers put soil balancing to test

https://www.farmanddairy.com/news/researchers-put-soil-balancing-to-test/427556.html


Simple landscaping sustainability practices your clients can follow

http://www.totallandscapecare.com/business-best-practices/simple-sustainability-practices/


All Dutch trains now run on 100% wind power
“As of the first of January this year, all public transport trains are being powered by renewable energy, namely from wind power.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/wind-power-trains-in-netherlands-2017-6?IR=T


Oil giants need to invest heavily in renewables by 2035, says analysis

Slowing demand for oil and forecasts of rapid growth in green power pose risk to core business, says analyst

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/12/oil-giants-need-to-invest-analysis-finds


New Jersey Becomes the 12th State to Consider Right to Repair Legislation

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/new-jersey-becomes-the-12th-state-to-consider-right-to-repair-legislation


Colombia Grants Legal Rights to the Polluted Atrato River

http://www.care2.com/causes/colombia-grants-legal-rights-to-the-polluted-atrato-river.html


HOW GRIZZLIES, MONARCHS AND EVEN FISH CAN BENEFIT FROM U.S. HIGHWAYS

Roads often present peril for wildlife – but with good planning, they can benefit animals instead.

https://ensia.com/features/highways/


France to ban all new oil and gas exploration in renewable energy drive

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-ban-new-oil-gas-hulot-renewable-energy-drive-a7806161.html


China is now getting its power from the largest floating solar farm on Earth

https://www.indy100.com/article/china-powered-largest-solar-power-farm-earth-renewable-7759346


IN THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEANS, HUMAN ACTIVITIES ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE THEIR TOLL

Once seen as too remote to harm, the deep sea is facing new pressures from mining, pollution, overfishing and more.

https://ensia.com/features/deep-ocean-impacts/


As average summer temperatures rise in the tropics, so do the risks of mass death from killer heatwaves, climate scientists find.

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-change-causes-killer-heatwaves/


Ambitious Australian plan to remotely plant nearly 100,000 trees a day

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-25/the-plan-to-plant-nearly-100,000-trees-a-day-with-drones/8642766?pfmredir=sm


Solar generation systems can now produce electricity and store it for hours, using solar tower power without any need for batteries.

http://climatenewsnetwork.net/solar-tower-power-is-on-the-rise/


As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

In Norway, a high-tech seed vault flooded from melting permafrost. In Montana, locals keep their seeds in the library.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/as-climate-change-threatens-food-supplies-seed-saving-resilience-20170607


Non-GMO Project Verified Seal Receives Highest Ranking for Meaningfulness from Consumer Reports

https://www.nongmoproject.org/blog/the-non-gmo-project-verified-seal-receives-highest-ranking-for-meaningfulness-from-consumer-reports/


High temperatures, not ocean acidification, is threatening the growth of coral

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-high-temperatures-ocean-acidification-threatening.html


Feeling the Heat: How Fish Are Migrating from Warming Waters

Steadily rising ocean temperatures are forcing fish to abandon their historic territories and move to cooler waters. 

The result is that fishermen’s livelihoods are being disrupted, as fisheries regulators scramble to incorporate climate change into their planning.

http://e360.yale.edu/features/feeling-the-heat-warming-oceans-drive-fish-into-cooler-waters


Solar Power Will Kill Coal Faster Than You Think – Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-15/solar-power-will-kill-coal-sooner-than-you-think


We could soon be painting our houses with ‘solar paint’ for clean energy
“researchers in Australia have come up with a “solar paint” capable of absorbing moisture from the air and turning it into hydrogen fuel for clean energy.”

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/solar-paint-clean-energy/


10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/ten_percent_of_us_electricity_came_from_wind_and_solar_20170617


France is offering US scientists 4-year grants to move to the country and do research

http://www.businessinsider.in/France-is-offering-US-scientists-4-year-grants-to-do-research/articleshow/59056984.cms


For First Time in History, Solar Jobs Outnumber Coal Jobs in Virginia

http://wvtf.org/post/first-time-history-solar-jobs-outnumber-coal-jobs-virginia#stream/0


‘Crunch time for biodiversity’: Farming, hunting push thousands of species toward extinction

Agriculture and hunting could wipe out many threatened animals, but a team of ecologists argues that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save them.

https://news.mongabay.com/2017/06/crunch-time-for-biodiversity-farming-hunting-push-toward-extinction/


Journal of Industrial Ecology Special Issue: Exploring the Circular Economy

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jiec.2017.21.issue-3/issuetoc


THE GREAT AMERICAN STAND US FORESTS AND THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Why the United States needs an aggressive forest protection agenda focused in its own backyard

https://www.dogwoodalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/The-Great-American-Stand-Report.pdf


Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
Compound catalyses splitting of water molecules

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614091833.htm


Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-20/texas-is-too-windy-and-energy-companies-to-make-money


End of coal: Failure to see it coming will hurt miners most

http://www.climatechangenews.com/2017/06/25/just-transition-coal-possible-starts-now/


Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs

http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/urgent_shortage_native-born_americans_dont_want_job_20170321


A new international municipalist movement is on the rise – from small victories to global alternatives

https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/kate-shea-municipalist-movement-is-on-rise-from-small-vic


Supporting a Cities-Driven Plan to Reverse Climate Change

http://legacy.usmayors.org/resolutions/85th_Conference/proposedcommittee.asp?committee=Environment


California EPA Becomes First U.S. Agency to Declare That Roundup™ (glyphosate) Causes Cancer

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/27/california-epa-declares-roundup-causes-cancer

and

http://www.newsweek.com/monsanto-week-killer-roundup-causes-cancer-california-629227


Three years to safeguard our climate

Christiana Figueres and colleagues set out a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020.

http://www.nature.com/news/three-years-to-safeguard-our-climate-1.22201#auth-2


Irish anti-fracking bill passes

http://www.shannonside.ie/news/local/leitrim/mcloughlins-anti-fracking-bill-passes-seanad/


The power sector must heed shareholder calls for 2-degree scenario analysis

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/the-power-sector-must-heed-shareholder-calls-for-2-degree-scenario-analysis/445950/


Focus will shift to security and greening the economy in last three years of Horizon 2020

http://sciencebusiness.net/news/80358/Focus-will-shift-to-security-and-greening-the-economy-years-of-Horizon-2020


Catalysing green finance: a priority for the new government

https://www.edie.net/blog/Catalysing-green-finance-a-priority-for-the-new-government/609828


Mohawk, Hamilton, Burlington coming together to tackle climate change

https://www.thespec.com/news-story/7393276-mohawk-hamilton-burlington-coming-together-to-tackle-climate-change/


Park Won-soon, Mayor of Seoul Local Actions Lead The Global Efforts To Address Climate Change

While cities have made great strides, there’s more that we can do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/local-actions-lead-the-global-efforts-change_us_5952b2a1e4b0da2c731f36be


Huge majority of pension funds ignoring impact of climate change

Just 5% of European pension schemes have considered the investment risks and opportunities posed by climate change, according to a new report by Mercer.

http://www.theactuary.com/news/2017/06/huge-majority-of-pension-funds-ignoring-impact-of-climate-change/

‘‘Crunch time for biodiversity’: Farming, hunting push thousands of species toward extinction 7 June 2017 / John C. Cannon Agriculture and hunting could wipe out many threatened animals, but a team of ecologists argues that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save them.

Agriculture and hunting could wipe out many threatened animals, but a team of ecologists argues that a smarter approach to how we feed people could help save them.