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Green Mission News – November, 2021

Agrovoltaics

Agrovoltaics = Agriculture + Solar Photovoltaics = Win For Everyone

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/11/2057534/-Agrovoltaics-Agriculture-Solar-Photovoltaics-Win-For-Everyone

Stella Vita: The newest solar-powered vehicle.
Our Self-sustaining House On Wheels.
https://solarteameindhoven.nl/

Cooking with the sun: Entrepreneurs help launch Mexico’s solar revolution

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/10/cooking-with-the-sun-entrepreneurs-help-launch-mexicos-solar-revolution/

Greta Thunberg and Vanessa Nakate’s Open Letter to the Media

Dear editors. You have the power — and the responsibility — to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. Take it seriously

https://time.com/6111851/greta-thunberg-vanessa-nakate-open-letter-media/

What needs to happen for COP26 to be successful?  (video 5 ½ mins.)

Ahead of COP26, the Foundation’s Miranda Schnitger, UK High-Level Climate Action Champion Nigel Topping, and Andrew Griffin from the US State Department share their hopes and expectations for the conference to be a success, as well as the role of the circular economy in fighting climate change. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIoUjmNGTs8

Agriculture: Time to rethink farming

https://www.ipe.com/esg/agriculture-time-to-rethink-farming/10055213.article

Organic farming, the only way out

“Organic farming is based on ecological principles of diversity and the circular economy of soil fertility with no external inputs. What is called “conventional farming” is convention of less than a century based on using war chemicals as external inputs to grow monocultures of commodities,” 

Dr. Vandana Shiva. 

https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2021/10/31/spectrum/organic-farming-only-way-out

Homage to soil.

Everyone now knows that the soil is one of the world’s great carbon banks, actually second only to the oceans in its capacity, and arguably the only element of the Earth’s bank of natural capital where changes in farming practice could sequester significant amounts of CO2 out of the atmosphere during the next 10 years.

https://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/homage-to-soil/

This profile report is about food and security

– about the impact that food scarcity has on peace, conflict and stability; on infrastructure and society.  The report profiles the critical importance of soil health through the writings of 22 experts – military minds, NGO leaders, scientists and practical farmers.

https://www.foodandsecurity.net/

Growing The Role Of Urban Farming In Dallas County

https://today.tamu.edu/2021/10/27/growing-the-role-of-urban-farming-in-dallas-county/

We’re Finally Catching a Break in the Climate Fight
As a new Oxford paper shows, the incredibly rapid fall in the cost of renewables offers hope–but only if movements can push banks and politicians hard enough.
https://billmckibben.substack.com/p/were-finally-catching-a-break-in

AND
Empirically grounded technology forecasts and the
energy transition.
https://www.inet.ox.ac.uk/files/energy_transition_paper-INET-working-paper.pdf

Greater than 99% consensus on human caused climate change in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Create the Renewable Bonanza.
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ac2966

Systems Transformations Required
to Limit Global Warming to 1.5°C
World Resources Institute: STATE OF CLIMATE ACTION 2021

https://files.wri.org/d8/s3fs-public/2021-10/state_climate_action_2021.pdf?VersionId=7_yAkMO7ZmP156drPZ8LSQ8JM21F_Z1c

Could planting a trillion trees stop global heating? 

This man thinks so.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/28/could-planting-a-trillion-trees-stop-global-heating-terraformation-yishan-wong

The Green party is calling for an £80 billion carbon tax ahead of its annual conference, which opens on Friday.
https://theecologist.org/2021/oct/19/tax-carbon-fund-renewable-bonanza

Google, YouTube to prohibit ads and monetization on climate denial content.
https://www.axios.com/google-youtube-climate-change-734f2b05-40e2-4e05-9100-39de589b3b0a.html

‘Climate change has become real’: extreme weather sinks prime US tourism site.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/29/lake-powell-arizona-utah-climate-crisis

Global Climate Wall

How the world’s wealthiest nations prioritise borders over climate action

This report finds that the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases are spending, on average, 2.3 times as much on arming their borders as they are on climate finance. This figure is as high as 15 times as much for the worst offenders. This “Global Climate Wall” aims to seal off powerful countries from migrants, rather than addressing the causes of displacement.

https://www.tni.org/en/publication/global-climate-wall

If you want sustainable clothes, focus on the farms

Regenerative farming is trending in fashion, but does it get to the root of the clothing industry’s problem? 

https://www.popsci.com/environment/regenerative-farming-fashion/

EMERGING CONTAMINANT ARTICLE
TOPICAL COLLECTION ON PFAS ANALYTICS AND TREATMENT
Identification of point source dischargers of per- and
polyfluoroalkyl substances in the United States.
https://awwa.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/aws2.1252

AND
EWG Study: Almost 42,000 Sources of Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’.
Could Be Polluting Surface or Drinking Water Across the U.S.
Investigation offers framework for testing to urgently identify highest risk areas.
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2021/10/12/ewg-study-almost-42000-sources-toxic-forever-chemicals-could-be-polluting

Chemicals used in packaging may play role in 100,000 US deaths a year – study
Phthalates, also found in consumer goods, may contribute to loss of life among older Americans costing US $40-47bn a year.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/14/phthalates-deaths-older-americans-study-chemicals

The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change.
The U.S. plastics industry’s contribution to climate change is on track to exceed that of coal-fired power in this country by 2030.
https://www.beyondplastics.org/plastics-and-climate

Recycling plastics does not work, says Boris Johnson
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59039155

Puerto Rico has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a clean energy grid – but FEMA plans to spend $9.4 billion on fossil fuel infrastructure instead.
https://theconversation.com/puerto-rico-has-a-once-in-a-lifetime-chance-to-build-a-clean-energy-grid-but-fema-plans-to-spend-9-4-billion-on-fossil-fuel-infrastructure-instead-169124

A US small-town mayor sued the oil industry. Then Exxon went after him.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/16/imperial-beach-california-exxon-mobil-climate-crisis

Greta Thunberg Is “Open” to Meeting Biden at UN Climate Summit (4 min video)
In the lead-up to COP26, the Swedish activist talks about Biden’s climate plan, the media’s responsibility, and what gives her hope.
https://coveringclimatenow.org/climate-beat-story/greta-thunberg-is-open-to-meeting-biden-at-un-climate-summit/

COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health.
The Health Argument for Climate Action.
“The burning of fossil fuels is killing us,” warns the World Health Organization (WHO) report, noting that the practice is “causing millions of premature deaths every year through air pollutants, costing the global economy billions of dollars annually, and fueling the climate crisis.”
https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/cop26-special-report

At Climate Talks, Can the World Move from Aspiration to Action?
Negotiators at the Glasgow climate conference will face a critical choice:
Set firm emissions targets for 2030, or settle for goals of achieving “net zero” by 2050?
The course they set could determine if we have a shot at avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
https://e360.yale.edu/features/at-glasgow-can-the-world-move-from-aspiration-to-action

Are nature-based solutions the silver bullet for social & environmental crises?
https://news.mongabay.com/2021/10/are-nature-based-solutions-the-silver-bullet-for-social-environmental-crises/

A Multi-Dimensional Fire Challenge.
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148913/a-multi-dimensional-fire-challenge

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires?
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148908/whats-behind-californias-surge-of-large-fires

Crayfish and carp among invasive species pushing lakes towards ecosystem collapse.
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/crayfish-and-carp-among-invasive-species-pushing-lakes-towards-ecosystem-collapse

How the climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business.
Businesses tend to value profit over people and planet. Climate change is forcing them to evolve.
https://theconversation.com/how-the-climate-crisis-is-transforming-the-meaning-of-sustainability-in-business-166539

View of Huntington and Newport Beach Oil Spill
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/148929/satellites-view-california-oil-spill

‘Ecological civilisation’: an empty slogan or will China act on the environment?
Xi Jinping’s vision for a greener future was showcased at the UN
biodiversity summit in Kunming this week, but what does it mean for China and the world?
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/16/ecological-civilisation-empty-slogan-cop15-or-will-china-act-on-environment-aoe

Ozone Pollution: An Insidious and Growing Threat to Biodiversity
Ground-level ozone has long been known to pose a threat to human health.
Now, scientists are increasingly understanding how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of impacts that harms everything from soil microbes, to insects, to wildlife.
https://e360.yale.edu/features/ozone-pollution-an-insidious-and-growing-threat-to-biodiversity

US Farm, Food and Trade Justice Advocates Call on Biden Administration to Reorient Approach to Global Food and Agriculture Issues.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScne7_bQPWr39nuh9KTWEfpEZY0vugCxhEBq51tDYZ0_19-wA/viewform

The new short film, “Don’t Let the Gene Out of the Bottle”

(16 minutes)
https://protectnaturenow.com/shortfilm/

Regenerative organic farming, Yeo Valley-style.
https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/article/157728/regenerative-organic-farming-yeo-valley-style/

To combat climate change, a California winemaker switches to carbon farming.
https://www.bendbulletin.com/business/to-combat-climate-change-a-california-winemaker-switches-to-carbon-farming/article_03c5064e-3239-5851-ad3b-c6ef32403a3b.html

Effect of straw biochar amendment on tobacco growth, soil properties, and rhizosphere bacterial communities.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-00168-y

PESTICIDE REGULATION: WE CAN DO BETTER.
https://www.gmoscience.org/2021/10/12/pesticide-regulation-we-can-do-better/

What are the 7 most dangerous things most people do not understand about climate change and the global warming emergency?
https://www.joboneforhumanity.org/what_most_people_do_not_understand

Climate change is bad for your health. And plans to boost economies may make it worse.
https://www.npr.org/2021/10/20/1047700783/climate-change-is-bad-for-your-health-and-plans-to-boost-economies-may-make-it-w

Putting honeybee hives on solar parks could boost the value of UK agriculture 

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/putting-honeybee-hives-on-solar-parks-could-boost-the-value-of-uk-agriculture

After Long Island farmworkers unionize, organizers hope to see others follow

https://prismreports.org/2021/10/21/after-long-island-farmworkers-unionize-organizers-hope-to-see-others-follow/

Forest Farmers

https://news.d.umn.edu/articles/cree-jason-bradley-2021

Visual Feature | Pollution to Solution: Accessing marine litter and plastic pollution

https://www.unep.org/interactive/pollution-to-solution/

‘The cusp of a reuse revolution’: startups take the waste out of takeout
More than 70% of Americans report ordering takeout or delivery one to three times a week – resulting in hundreds of billions of single-use products

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/22/takeout-delivery-food-waste-free-reusable-containers-startups

Emissions Gap Report 2021 | UNEP – UN Environment Programme

https://www.unep.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2021

Regressives & Billionaires Want You To Confuse “Rights of Citizenship” for “Welfare”

While the “safety net” prevents personal, family or community disasters, “rights of citizenship” provide the foundation for society itself

https://hartmannreport.com/p/conservatives-and-billionaires-want

In Conversation with Jane Goodall on Climate Change and Remaining Hopeful

by Richard Schiffman – WashPost 

https://wapo.st/3B7c8or (free)

Imagine a World of Climate Solutions

The Ministry for the Future is a vision of everything we could do to save the planet and ourselves from catastrophic global warming.

YES Magazine –

https://bit.ly/3jPJ3bx

OK Boomers, Push the U.S. in a Better Direction

by Akaya Windwood & Bill McKibben – LATimes – 

http://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=db6bfde0-1770-4ced-8773-48be8b30b147 

URI scientists part of team that points to strong connection between climate change, plastics pollution

https://www.uri.edu/news/2021/10/uri-scientists-part-of-team-that-points-to-strong-connection-between-climate-change-plastics-pollution/

Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate | WIRED

https://www.wired.com/story/microplastics-may-be-cooling-and-heating-earths-climate/

Direct radiative effects of airborne microplastics | Nature

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03864-x

Brazil farming co-op carves a sustainable path through agribusiness stronghold

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/10/brazil-farming-co-op-carves-a-sustainable-path-through-agribusiness-stronghold/

Is organic certification enough?

Organic food and beverage sales in the United States soared in 2020,  jumping 12.8% to a new high of $56.4 billion.

https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/19868-is-organic-certification-enough

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Regressives & Billionaires Want You To Confuse “Rights of Citizenship” for “Welfare”

While the “safety net” prevents personal, family or community disasters, “rights of citizenship” provide the foundation for society itself

https://hartmannreport.com/p/conservatives-and-billionaires-want


In Conversation with Jane Goodall on Climate Change and Remaining Hopeful

by Richard Schiffman – WashPost 

https://wapo.st/3B7c8or (free)


Imagine a World of Climate Solutions

The Ministry for the Future is a vision of everything we could do to save the planet and ourselves from catastrophic global warming.

YES Magazine –

https://bit.ly/3jPJ3bx


OK Boomers, Push the U.S. in a Better Direction

by Akaya Windwood & Bill McKibben – LATimes – 

http://enewspaper.latimes.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=db6bfde0-1770-4ced-8773-48be8b30b147 


URI scientists part of team that points to strong connection between climate change, plastics pollution

https://www.uri.edu/news/2021/10/uri-scientists-part-of-team-that-points-to-strong-connection-between-climate-change-plastics-pollution/


Microplastics May Be Cooling—and Heating—Earth’s Climate | WIRED

https://www.wired.com/story/microplastics-may-be-cooling-and-heating-earths-climate/


Direct radiative effects of airborne microplastics | Nature

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03864-x


Brazil farming co-op carves a sustainable path through agribusiness stronghold

https://news.mongabay.com/2021/10/brazil-farming-co-op-carves-a-sustainable-path-through-agribusiness-stronghold/


Is organic certification enough?

Organic food and beverage sales in the United States soared in 2020,  jumping 12.8% to a new high of $56.4 billion.

https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/19868-is-organic-certification-enough

 

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