The jaws of an excavator rake up and churn piles of waste, unleashing a stench of decomposing food. (Credit: Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

By  - 02. October 2019

Harvest and storage

Focus on the big, structural issues that result in food waste, rather than exclusively blaming individual actions, say researchers.

No one eats nearly one-third of all the food that is produced. By some estimates, we waste 30 million tons of food in the US and 1.3 billion metric tons worldwide every year. All this waste has huge economic, environmental, and social costs.

“When people hear those numbers, they think there’s an easy solution, that we should just stop wasting food,” says study leader Ned Spang, an assistant professor in the department of food science and technology at the University of California, Davis. “It’s not that easy. We’re just starting to scratch the surface in really understanding the dynamics of this complicated problem.”

Humanity's emissions '100-times greater' than volcanoes

The CO2 released annually by volcanoes hovers around 0.3 and 0.4 gigatonnes—roughly 100 times less than manmade emissions

By Patrick Galey - 01. October 2019

Human activity churns out up to 100 times more planet-warming carbon each year as all the volcanoes on Earth, says a decade-long study released Tuesday.

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), a 500-strong international team of scientists, released a series of papers outlining how carbon is stored, emitted and reabsorbed by natural and manmade processes.

They found that manmade drastically outstrip the contribution of volcanoes—which belch out gas and are often fingered as a major climate change contributor—to current warming rates.

The findings, published in the journal Elements, showed just two-tenths of 1 percent of Earth's total carbon—around 43,500 gigatonnes—is above the surface in oceans, the land, and in our atmosphere.

Time To Talk Is Over

Let's stop pretending and ACT NOW!


Extinction Rebellion - update 30. September 2019

Extinction Rebellion trials and hearings this week (30 September to 4 October) - see updat below.

#TellTheTruth #ActNow #BeyondPolitics

George Monbiot 'We need to create the biggest movement that has ever been...' 

If you believe we need to do something about the climate crisis join us in October for the international Rebellion. In October 2018, we declared The Rebellion. In April 2019, we declared The Emergency.

In October 2019, we will declare The Truth.

Starting on Monday 7 October, we are joining together as global family in an International Rebellion as we grieve the suffering and destruction of our beautiful homeworld.

We will gather with our communities across cities, countries, and continents, to rise up and rebel for our deep love of life and the need to protect it.



Soybean fields are inspected as part of University of Wisconsin research trial into whether the weed killer dicamba drifted away from where it was sprayed in Arlington, Wisconsin, U.S., August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Polansek

Much of the genetically engineered soy is also fed to cattle and other livestock - so not only healthy Tofu is contaminated but also meat.

Brazil grain growers wary of Dicamba as Bayer launches new GM soy seed

By Ana Mano - REUTERS - 30 September 2019

SAO PAULO - A genetically modified soy seed technology from Germany’s Bayer set to launch soon in Brazil has sparked concern from some farmers who worry that other crops could be impacted by dicamba, a herbicide the biotech product is designed to tolerate.

Widely used in the United States, dicamba has been described by farmers who have applied it as a volatile product that drifts off easily. As such, it may compromise non-tolerant soybeans, growers told Reuters.

Can herbicides cause breast cancer?

Scientists at Purdue University and France’s Institut de Cancérologie de L’Ouest (ICO) have discovered that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in some widely used herbicides and pesticides, can lead to breast cancer under certain conditions. The discovery is another step forward when it comes to determining how cancer starts, and how it can be prevented.

Purdue and INSERM scientists discover a piece to the puzzle.

By Abbey Nickel - 30. September 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Scientists know that the solution to preventing breast cancer won’t come easily, but a collaborative team of scientists at Purdue University and the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)/Institut de Cancérologie de L’Ouest (ICO) in Nantes, France, say they’ve recently discovered one of the missing pieces of the puzzle when it comes to cancer prevention. 

The Purdue Center for Cancer Research, working with ICO, the Cancer Center for Western France, as part of a memorandum of agreement with the Purdue-led International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) initiative, discovered that glyphosate, the primary ingredient in widespread herbicides, can lead to mammary cancer when combined with another risk factor. The work was published in Frontiers in Genetics.

People march during the 10th Indigenous March to defend Mother Earth near San Jose, Bolivia, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/David Mercado

'Evo - Everything is burned':

Bolivian caravan marches across fire-ravaged region to pressure Morales

By Santiago LimachiDavid Mercado - 29. September 2019

CHIQUITANO FOREST, Bolivia - In Bolivia’s fire-ravaged lowlands, a caravan of indigenous protesters is marching hundreds of miles to demand President Evo Morales declare a surge in wildfires a national disaster, a move they hope will unleash international aid.

Morales has been reluctant to make the designation as he campaigns for a fourth presidential term ahead of Oct. 20 elections, despite growing calls that he acknowledge the fires - which have already burned an area bigger than Costa Rica - were beyond his government’s control.

As the Amazon burns, Colombia’s forests decimated for cattle and coca

Deforestation in Colombia is massive.

A new deforestation analysis shows a disturbing trend of forest loss inside national parks such as Sierra de la Macarena, Tinigua, Chiribiquete and Nukak. by on 26 September 2019 | Translated by Romina Castagnino

Mongabay Series:   [Espanol]

  • The environmental corridor that connects the Amazon, the Orinoquía and the Andes mountain range is in danger as a result of the ongoing deforestation.
  • Tinigua National Natural Park lost 16,000 hectares (39,500 acres) between 2017 and July 2019, almost all of it primary forest, while the other parks also lost significant amounts of forest.
  • The analysis identifies the main cause of the deforestation as the conversion of forests to pastures for land grabbing and livestock ranching, by invaders taking advantage of the scant government presence in the region.


The value of biodiversity is not the same as its price

ECOTERRA says: Imagine you would have the task to establish a cost estimate to recreate all this from zero - the whole ecosystem from the smallest organism to the tallest tree - do you realize now the term "invaluable"?

An assessment of nature’s contribution to economic growth must listen to diverse to recreate

By NATURE - 25. September 2019

How much do species and ecosystems contribute to the size and growth of economies? How will the unprecedented rate of biodiversity loss affect economies in the future?

Ecologists and economists have been struggling with these questions for decades, including in the pages of this journal. Governments, too, have tried to weigh in, with variable success. Earlier this month, it was the turn of the UK Treasury to announce the members of an expert panel it has chosen to continue the search for a way forward.

The panel will be chaired by economist Partha Dasgupta at the University of Cambridge, UK. The broadcaster David Attenborough will be its public face, and the team will report back in time for the conference of the parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which takes place in China in October 2020. The panel has issued a call for evidence.

A Call to Impact Investors : Nourish the World, Protect the Planet

Bigeye Trevally, Indonesia ©

By Greg S. Garrett 

Nothing less than food system transformation is required to address the scale and urgency of the health and sustainability challenges facing humanity. Thanks to recent landmark reports such as Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems; IPCC’s 2019 Climate Change and Land; and FAO’s 2019 State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture, we are increasingly aware of the acute challenges preventing us from nourishing the world’s growing population while protecting the planet’s resources and biodiversity (Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 15, respectively). 

This growing body of evidence may create a pessimistic outlook. However, the latest solutions being proposed and new flows of impact investments can transform the food systems that nourish the world and protect the planet for future generations.

The near-impossible task of moving 520 elephants across a country (Malawi)

Re-dispersal of entire elephant herds is an important managment tool to avert culling and increase the species range again.

By Sophie Ibbotson TT - 

Who knew that elephants are at it like rabbits? Unlike the giant panda – the other pin-up of the conservation world – elephants successfully procreate unaided in the wild. The ease with which they breed is advantageous for the species’ survival, but it poses new challenges.

Some 15 years ago, Malawi’s Majete National Park was an empty forest. Poachers had wiped out the wildlife. NGO African Parks took over Majete in 2003, restocked the park, engaged the local community, and introduced effective law enforcement. Since then, not a single elephant has been poached. It’s a model African Parks has replicated in nearby Liwonde National Park.

Banksters, Youngsters and the WorldBankGroup enhance their spin in the "green" economy.

"Green" has been hi-jacked.

By F. William Engdahl - NEO - 25. September 2019

Climate. Now who wudda thought. The very mega-corporations and mega-billionaires behind the globalization of the world economy over recent decades, whose pursuit of shareholder value and cost reduction who have wreaked so much damage to our environment both in the industrial world and in the under-developed economies of Africa, Asia, Latin America, are the leading backers of the “grass roots” decarbonization movement from Sweden to Germany to the USA and beyond. Is it pangs of guilty conscience, or could it be a deeper agenda of the financialization of the very air we breathe and more?

Goldman Sachs released a 34-page analysis on the impact of climate change.

Quo Vadis Climate Change?  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

And the results are terrifying.

By Yusuf Khan - BI - 25. September 2019

  • A Goldman Sachs report on the impact of climate change on cities across the world makes for grim reading. 
  • Rising temperatures would lead to changing disease patterns, more intense and longer-lasting heatwaves, more destructive weather events, and pressure on the availability and quality of water for drinking and agriculture.
  • Major cities were also highlighted at risk of flooding with parts of New York, Tokyo, and Lagos all at risk of being partially submerged. 

Those who know about us have power over us. Obfuscation may be our best digital weapon.

There are still ways to carve out spaces of resistance, counterargument, and autonomy. Image: Lianhao Qu, via Unsplash

By Finn Brunton & Helen Nissenbaum -  25. September 2019

Consider a day in the life of a fairly ordinary person in a large city in a stable, democratically governed country. She is not in prison or institutionalized, nor is she a dissident or an enemy of the state, yet she lives in a condition of permanent and total surveillance unprecedented in its precision and intimacy.As soon as she leaves her apartment, she is on camera: while in the hallway and the elevator of her building, when using the ATM outside her bank, while passing shops and waiting at crosswalks, while in the subway station and on the train — and all that before lunch. A montage of nearly every move of her life in the city outside her apartment could be assembled, and each step accounted for. But that montage would hardly be necessary: Her mobile phone, in the course of its ordinary operation of seeking base stations and antennas to keep her connected as she walks, provides a constant log of her position and movements. Her apps are keeping tabs, too.

Drought is just one reason why it matters to keep global heating below 1.5C. Nic Bothma/EPA

Sticking to 1.5°C Matters

Not convinced on the need for urgent climate action?

Here's what happens to our planet between 1.5°C and 2°C of global warming

By Rachel Warren - 24. 

Many numbers are bandied around in climate emergency discussions. Of them, 1.5°C is perhaps the most important. At the Paris Agreement in 2015, governments agreed to limit global warming to well below 2°C and to aim for 1.5°C. By 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – the UN body tasked with relaying the science of climate breakdown to the world – had made worryingly clear in a special report how much graver the consequences of the higher number would be.

Find the full report as download below.

By NBS - 24. September 2019

The Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Manifesto

Developed for the UN Climate Action Summit 2019

Climate is changing rapidly, undermining the security of current and future generations. Climate change and biodiversity collapse mean that our world is facing a double crisis.

The threat to all countries is increasing and there is an urgent need to scale-up response efforts. Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) are a fundamental part of action for climate and biodiversity.

Authoritative research indicates that NBS can provide over one-third of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030 to stabilize warming to below 2 °C, achieving nature’s mitigation potential of 10-12 gigatons of CO2 per year.

Some Indigenous Communities Have a New Way to Fight Climate Change

Four Yurok girls garbed in traditional ceremonial clothing stand before the mouth of the Klamath River. Will Houston/AP

A resolution passed by the Yurok people allows cases to be brought on behalf of the Klamath River as a person in 'tribal' court.

By Anna V. Smith - (*) - 24. September 2019

This summer, the Yurok people declared rights of personhood for the Klamath River—likely the first to do so for a river in North America. A concept previously restricted to humans (and corporations), “rights of personhood” means, most simply, that an individual or entity has rights, and they’re now being extended to nonhumans. The Yurok’s resolution, passed by their council in May, comes during another difficult season for the Klamath; over the past few years, low water flows have caused high rates of disease in salmon, and cancelled fishing seasons.

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