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Federal ruling on Weld County emissions could make life harder for oil and gas industry 11.7.2020 Denver Post: Local
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that an emissions-heavy section of northern Weld County -- currently excluded from limits on air pollution imposed on the Denver metro area -- should be counted, potentially ratcheting up pressure on the oil and gas industry to operate more cleanly or cut output.
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20 must-read books about food systems 10.7.2020 GreenBiz.com
20 must-read books about food systems Danielle Nierenberg Fri, 07/10/2020 - 00:50 With record high unemployment , a reeling global economy and concerns of food shortages , the world as we know it is changing. But even as these shifts expose inequities in the health and food systems, many experts hope that the current moment offers an opportunity to build a new, more sustainable food system. To understand what it will take to move forward, Food Tank has compiled its summer reading list to delve into the issues that affect our food system today. These 20 books provide insight into food access and justice in Black communities, food relief and school nutrition programs, the effects of technology on global food supply chains, the relationship between climate change and food production, and much more. 1. " Be My Guest: Reflections on Food, Community, and the Meaning of Generosity " by Priya Basil (forthcoming November) Priya Basil explores the meaning of hospitality within a variety of cultural, linguistic and ...
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NGOs Call for Moratorium on Controversial ‘Gene Drive Organisms’ 7.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The letter, which was sent on Tuesday (30 June), urges the European Commission to outlaw the release of so-called ‘gene drive organisms’ (GDOs), calling the technology “incompatible” with the Commission’s proposed EU strategy on biodiversity protection. But scientists say the technology holds enormous potential for eradicating some of the world’s deadliest diseases.

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Worries mount in Yucca Valley that Joshua trees will be designated an endangered species 3.7.2020 LA Times: Environment

The proposed listing of western Joshua trees as an endangered species has some residents of Yucca Valley worried.

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Mapping the deep: A new age of exploration 1.7.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Mapping the deep: A new age of exploration Dawn Wright Wed, 07/01/2020 - 02:00 Did you know that we have far more accurate maps of the moon, Mars and Venus than we do of our own ocean? It wasn’t until 2017 that we were able to help advance the exploration of the world’s ocean with the launch of the world’s first 3D digital map. For the first time, the new developments in mapping and analysis — paired with emerging consciousness about our impact on the environment — provide the knowledge we need to sustain life on both land and sea.  A profoundly new geospatial consciousness is being propelled by new technologies, principally location intelligence, infused with artificial intelligence and turned into a new generation of digital maps. Together, they transform our sense of place.  In every previous ocean map before 3D cartography, we had seen primarily the ocean’s surface. We had measured sea surface temperature. We had tracked movements of wind over that surface. Very few human beings had ever seen more ...
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Trump accelerates border wall construction ahead of election, despite pandemic 30.6.2020 LA Times: Health

In Arizona and Texas, border wall construction has sped up over the objections of residents and environmentalists

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Trump broke the law by using military money for border wall, appeals court rules 26.6.2020 L.A. Times - World News

In a major border wall ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says the Trump administration broke the law using defense funds for wall construction.

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Chefs could be the missing ingredient to circular food systems 22.6.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Chefs could be the missing ingredient to circular food systems Lauren Phipps Mon, 06/22/2020 - 01:00 It’s often said that the way to a person’s heart is through the stomach. The same principle could apply to fixing the broken food system.  Food loss and waste, the carbon-intensive production and distribution of food, hunger and food deserts: These are just a few inefficient and unequal outcomes of today’s global food system. The principles of a circular economy offer a helpful framework to envision a more resilient and regenerative alternative — and chefs might be the missing ingredient to successfully realizing a new model.  "When you talk about biodiversity and conservation, there is no value," said prominent Brazilian chef Alex Atala, who runs the world-renowned restaurant D.O.M. in São Paulo. "When you taste biodiversity, there’s a new meaning and new value."  Atala was one of four chefs tuning in from around the world who spoke about cultivating a circular economy for food during the Ellen MacArthur ...
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Battle between off-roaders and rare bird heats up at Oceano Dunes state park 18.6.2020 LA Times: Environment

With the park closed due to the coronavirus, rare snowy plovers began to nest there. Park rangers are accused of destroying the nests.

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Unilever unveils climate and nature fund worth more than $1 billion 16.6.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Unilever unveils climate and nature fund worth more than $1 billion Cecilia Keating Tue, 06/16/2020 - 00:30 Unilever has announced it will invest €1 billion (about $1.12 billion based on exchange rates this week) over the next decade in efforts to tackle climate change and deliver on a new goal to ensure net zero emissions across its value chain by 2039. The consumer goods giant unveiled its new Climate and Nature Fund on Monday as it set out a raft of fresh sustainability goals, which include plans to end deforestation in its supply chain and communicate the carbon footprint of every product it sells. The new 2039 target builds on existing sustainability goals to reach carbon neutrality across its operations and halve its value chain emissions by the end of the decade. Unilever CEO Alan Jope emphasized the company intended to eschew a sustainability strategy that focused on emissions alone and instead take a holistic approach. "Climate change, nature degradation, biodiversity decline, water scarcity ...
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Policy News: June 15, 2020 15.6.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: President Trump Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Use Emergency Provisions of Environmental Laws to Speed COVID-19 Economic Recovery Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and James Lankford (R-OK) introduce bills to reform NEPA permitting. COVID-19 Delays Competition for NEON Management Battelle Memorial Institute will continue to manage NEON in the ...
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The ESA-SEEDS Campus Chapter Program: Engaging the Next Generation of Diverse Environmental Leaders 12.6.2020 EcoTone
In honor of Kendra Chan by Jasjeet Dhanota, SEEDS Co-President with Kendra Chan, UC Davis (2014–2015)   The Ecological Society of America’s SEEDS program (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) is proud to announce a major gift from Ms. Vicki Moore in honor of her daughter, Kendra Chan, to support SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapters, ...
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Episode 224: Biodiversity, climate tech and voices of clean energy equity 12.6.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Features A new angel fund dedicated to decarbonization (18:50) Ramez Naam, futurist and board member for Seattle-based angel investor network E8 , chats about the new Decarbon-8 fund and why seeking racially diverse founders will be a priority. "Because if we are going to help some people build companies in this, and they’re going to profit, as the entrepreneurs should, we’d like some of that to go back into those people, in those communities," he says.  Funding biodiversity (31:14) William Ginn, author of the new book " Valuing Nature ," talks with Associate Editor Deonna Anderson about ways the private sector can address biodiversity. Voices of the clean energy equity movement (48:25) GreenBiz Senior Analyst Sarah Golden shares highlights of conversations with Bartees Cox, director of marketing and communications at Groundswell , an organization that brings community solar to low-income customers; Alexis Cureton, former electric vehicle fellow at GRID Alternatives , which works to bring clean energy ...
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Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture 11.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A new report released Tuesday draws attention to the worldwide decline in insects and calls for global policies to boost the conservation of both agriculture and the six-footed creatures. The publication, entitled Insect Atlas, comes from two progressive networks: Brussels-based Friends of the Earth and Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Is Destruction the Inevitable Fate of Our Forests? 8.6.2020 WRI Stories
Is Destruction the Inevitable Fate of Our Forests? Comments|Add Comment|PrintForest fires in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo by CIFOR/flickr The world lost 3.8 million hectares (9.3 million acres) of tropical primary forests last year – an area nearly the size of Switzerland constituting some of the most valuable ecosystems on the planet for climate stability and biodiversity conservation. According to the latest data on Global Forest Watch, the area of forest loss in 2019, both overall and in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Europe Charts a Course for Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 3.6.2020 THE CITY FIX
On May 27, the European Union unveiled a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery proposal as a centerpiece of its economic response to the coronavirus crisis, while also increasing its existing budget. EU officials have said that 25% of the stimulus package will be set ...
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Europe Charts a Course for Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 2.6.2020 WRI Stories
Europe Charts a Course for Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 Comments|Add Comment|PrintEU Parliament, Strasbourg, France. Photo by Salim Shadid/Flickr On May 27, the European Union unveiled a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery proposal as a centerpiece of its economic response to the coronavirus crisis, while also increasing its existing budget. EU officials have said that 25% of the stimulus package will be set aside for climate-friendly measures like building renovation, clean energy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019 2.6.2020 WRI Stories
We Lost a Football Pitch of Primary Rainforest Every 6 Seconds in 2019 Comments|Add Comment|PrintLarge logs sit on a truck bed in a forest concession in Ghana. Photo by Maite Knorr-Evans/WRI What is tree cover loss? Tree cover loss is not the same as deforestation. “Tree cover” can refer to trees in plantations as well as natural forests, and “tree cover loss” is the removal of tree canopy due to human or natural causes, including fire. The data presented here do not take tree restoration or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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European Patent Office Gives Green Light to Prohibit Patents on Plants and Animals 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Patents on plants and animals derived from conventional breeding can be fully prohibited in Europe. This is the result of a verdict published today by the Enlarged Board of Appeal, the highest legal body of the European Patent Office (EPO). The Board concluded that plants and animals obtained by ‘essentially biological processes’ are not patentable, with the exception of patent applications filed before July 2017.

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15 Indigenous Crops to Boost Your Immune System and Celebrate Biodiversity 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

This Friday, May 22, marks the International Day for Biological Diversity. Every year, the United Nations uses this day as an opportunity both to celebrate the Earth’s stunning biodiversity and to recognize our task to protect it. 

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