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Changing climate and impacts on farms and rural communities

Ohio Food Policy Network / 02 October 2019

58 minute discussion by Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Center and Climate Specialist, Ohio State University Extension Service.

Climate change’s next target: your natural gas range

CBC News / Kim Brunhuber / 16 October 2019

“There was a time natural gas considered cleaner alternative to dirtier sources such as coal,” says Drew Johnstone, a sustainability analyst with the City of Santa Monica.

But these days in his city, Johnstone says, natural gas from buildings — composed of more than 90 per cent methane — has become the second largest source of emissions after vehicles. And nationally, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, residential and commercial buildings account for about 12 per cent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

“Methane, when released in the atmosphere, is 84 times more potent [a] greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,” Johnstone says.

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The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor, Jonathan Watts / 09 October 2019

The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet.

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Biodiversity-based agriculture to solve the climate crisis

IPS / Vandana Shiva / 23 September 2019

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.

Through biodiversity and the living functions of the biosphere, the Earth regulates temperature and climate, and has created the conditions for our species to evolve. This is what NASA scientist James Lovelock found in working with Lynn Margulis, who was studying the processes by which living organisms produce and remove gases from the atmosphere. The Earth is a self-regulating living organism, and life on Earth creates conditions for life to be maintained and evolve.

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The Fast Lane: Tracking the energy revolution 2019

Clean Energy Canada / 03 October 2019

The report finds that Canada’s clean energy sector will employ 559,400 Canadians by 2030—in jobs like insulating homes, manufacturing electric buses, or maintaining wind farms. And while 50,000 jobs are likely to be lost in fossil fuels over the next decade, just over 160,000 will be created in clean energy—a net increase of 110,000 new energy jobs in Canada.

When it comes to getting to Canada’s energy future, there’s a slow lane, fossil fuels, and a fast lane called the clean energy sector.

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Staving off the coming global collapse

Post Carbon Institute / William Rees / 24 July 2017

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, even when self-preservation is at stake.

The scariest example is the simplistic, growth-oriented, market-based economic thinking that is all but running the world today. Prevailing neoliberal economic models make no useful reference to the dynamics of the ecosystems or social systems with which the economy interacts in the real world.

What truly intelligent species would attempt to fly spaceship Earth, with all its mind-boggling complexity, using the conceptual equivalent of a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle driver’s manual?

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