Systematic over-crediting of Forest Carbon Offsets in CA

Systematic over-crediting of Forest Carbon Offsets in CA By Grayson Badgley, Jeremy Freeman, Joseph Hamman, Barbara Haya, Anna Trugman, William R L Anderegg, & Danny Cullenward https://carbonplan.org/research/forest-offsets-explainer [Excerpts] Carbon offsets are widely used by individuals, corporations, and governments to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. Because offsets effectively allow pollution to continue, however, they must reflect real climate benefits. To better understand whether these climate claims hold up in practice, we performed a comprehensive evaluation of California's forest carbon offsets program — the largest such program in existence, [...]

How Microorganisms Evolve Cooperative Behaviors

Researchers Discover How Microorganisms Evolve Cooperative Behaviors Press Release from ISB Director, Senior Vice President and Professor Dr. Nitin Baliga and ISB Senior Research Scientist Dr. Serdar Turkarslan https://isbscience.org/news/2021/03/03/how-microorganisms-evolve-cooperative-behaviors/ Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit scientific research organization located in Seattle © 2021 · All Rights Reserved · Institute for Systems Biology Interspecies interactions are the foundation of ecosystems, from soil to ocean to human gut. Among the many different types of interactions, syntrophy is a particularly important and mutually beneficial interspecies interaction where one partner [...]

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Vegans Should Eat Eggs

by Anaïs Schlienger https://medium.com/illumination/why-vegans-should-eat-eggs-49a140d0f8e0 Excerpts: How did I come to this realization? My father has hens, he lives in a small city and has a big garden. He loves his hens with all his heart. He cooks rice especially for them, takes the time to chop the vegetables’ peelings for them and adds oats in their food. They are the happiest as they can be. Every day, or every two days, a hen lays an egg. And they won’t stop doing it just because a human did [...]

Cultured Meat – Letter to the Editor

To the editor,   Democrats should include federal funding for cultured-meat research in their coronavirus-relief bill. For readers who aren't aware, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. Since animals are removed from the process, the risk of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 making the jump to humans is eliminated. Our current food system — which relies on huge numbers of creatures packed together in dirty cages — is like kindling to the fire of a future pandemic. There is no reason to accept this danger. Though [...]

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet   Book review: Entangled Life: How Fungi Change Our Make Our World, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake, Random House   https://getpocket.com/explore/item/fungi-s-lessons-for-adapting-to-life-on-a-damaged-planet   EXCERPT:   Merlin Sheldrake’s new book Entangled Life looks at the complex world of fungi, its adaptive ability, and its interconnectedness with all other forms of life. He spoke with Robert Macfarlane,author of Underland, (see below reference) about his relationship to fungi and its strategic lessons on growth in the [...]

Kiss the Ground: Eco-Optimism on Netflix

Movie Review Optimistic film proposes solutions to climate change by Christine Browning Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 42, No. 1, February-March 2021 www.socialism.com The Kiss the Ground documentary, now screening on Netflix, is a breath of fresh air amongst the constant bad news about climate change. Not only is it highly informative and educational, it also reveals a plausible solution to the global warming crisis. While the film does not recognize capitalism as the culprit that has brought our planet to its perilous state, it does offer a [...]

Shared Solar: Solar Electricity for All!

LADWP's Shared Solar -- Solar for All! Renters, this is the program for you. The Shared Solar enables residential customers living in multifamily dwellings (apartments, condominiums, duplexes) to fix a portion of their electric bill against rising utility costs for 10 years, as well as support renewable energy, help create local jobs, help reduce the carbon footprint of LADWP’s generation portfolio and lessen the impact of global warming. There are no enrollment fees, ongoing costs, maintenance costs, nor the hassles of installing a solar array on your [...]

Native Nations Reaffirm Paris Accord

Native Nations Condemn US Withdrawal from Paris Accord, Reaffirm Commitment      The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) condemns the United States’ decision today to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement – a global accord designed to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change – features roughly 200 countries as signatories; the United States today becomes the first country to formally withdraw from it. In response, NCAI, the largest and oldest national organization comprised of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and [...]

Will the Biden Team Be Warmongers or Peacemakers?

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the next president of the US! People all over this pandemic-infested, war-torn and poverty-stricken world were shocked by the brutality and racism of the Trump administration, and are anxiously wondering whether Biden’s presidency will open the door to the kind of international cooperation that we need to confront the serious problems facing humanity in this century. [Pictured above, Biden as V.P. with Pres. Obama meet Gorbachev. Will Biden learn lessons?] For [...]

Indigenous Land stewardship through fire

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/9/15/california_wildfires_indigenous_land_stewardship AMY GOODMAN: Governor Newsom said 57% of California’s forests are on federal land, compared to just 3% that is owned by California, the rest privately owned. Today we look at California’s history of forest management and how a century of fire suppression has made the current climate fires even more destructive. Fire is a natural part of life in California. For thousands of years, Native American tribes would regularly burn the landscape to steward the land. But colonization led to the suppression of these tactics and [...]

Organic Strategies to Protect your Vegetable Garden

Organic strategies to protect your Vegetable Garden     Hi there, Bella De Soto here.  I shared content I compiled regarding easy ways to grow your veggie garden from your indoor sunny window… plant in pots first till they are strong enough to go on the ground.  When transplanting to soil, don’t forget to always water, and water some more anywhere until they reach sensible adulthood… Now I need to also let you know ways to protect that delicious veggie garden you have been growing so patiently.  But [...]

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