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'Green News Report' - July 22, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Record wildfires burn a million acres in the Pacific Northwest; It's official: June 2014 was the hottest June globally on record; EPA moves to block massive Pebble Mine; California moves to block oil industry polluting groundwater.

Climate Change This Week: Undersea Deforestation, Churches Divest, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 20 2014 How unusu...

Congress Hosts GMO Psychodrama

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

OK, quick, grab your gene gun and shoot tiny DNA-coated metal pellets of "Scandal" into the pitch-dark cell walls of the "House of Cards" and you have...

Mozambique's Coconut Graveyards

Crystal Wells | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Mozambique was once one of the largest coconut producers in the world. Today, reports estimate that as much as half of the country's coconut trees have been destroyed, making it impossible to sustain the same level of production.

How To Feed More People Without Wrecking The Environment

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green

By some assessments, the human population will require twice as much food in 2050 as we do now. Some have estimated that an area the size of South Af...

Combating Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming some of the most pressing development issues. It is estimated that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years due to soil erosion.

Six Surprises About the State of the American Farm

OnEarth | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
OnEarth

A few early-summer visits to the local farmers market are usually all it takes to turn us into cheerleaders for the American farm. But if you really want to know about the current state of farming in the U.S.A., you'll need some real, hard facts.

Department of Agriculture Sends Misguided Fiasco of a Poultry Processing Rule to the White House

Rena Steinzor | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The millions of consumers who eat undercooked chicken at their peril and the beleaguered workers in these dank, overcrowded, and dangerous plants can only hope the president's people come to their senses over there and kill this misguided fiasco.

Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Solar Keeps Spreading, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Climate Change This Week: Patriots Win the Fracking War, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, July 5, 2014 H...

In Heartland and Beyond, Businesses Get It: Not Cutting Carbon Pollution Is Risky Business

Bob Keefe | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Bob Keefe

For businesses, not taking action to cut carbon pollution and address climate change is a business risk that can have serious results. According to "Risky Business," the groundbreaking new report by E2 co-chairs Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson, and Tom Steyer, sea-level rise and coastal storms could sap $35 billion out of our economy every year.

Climate Change This Week: Packing Record Heat, Fracking Leaks and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Cows -- Not Coal -- Are the Real Climate Change Culprits

Neal Barnard, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Neal Barnard, M.D.

President Obama recently likened denying climate change to believing the moon is made of cheese. As it turns out, ignoring this particular food's role in climate change is just as irresponsible.

Why The Makers of Animal Growth Hormones Shouldn't Control the Hunger Debate

Andy Bellatti | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green
Andy Bellatti

As long as the conversation about world hunger continues to center around -- and be dominated by -- the myth that we are not growing enough food, we can expect the problem to get worse.

Climate Change This Week: the US Green Job Plan, India Boils, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.

Senate Kingpins to Vote on Climate Changing Pipeline: Tell Them No -- Now!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

What Earth-changing events are happening this week? The US Senate Committee is going to vote on the climate changing Keystone XL pipeline, and NASA j...

Land Degradation: A Pathway to Nourishing the Future Is Found in Africa

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

Most of these technologies and practices are not new, but their application by hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers has been a major factor in creating impact at scale.

Local Foods: From Fad To Force And What It Means For The Food Industry

Michael Zacka | Posted 06.18.2014 | Food
Michael Zacka

Given the fact that the local foods movement offers consumers so many benefits, sustainably processed and packaged food has an important role to play in supporting the admirable goals of local food advocates and supplementing their needs.

The White Stuff That Comes From Cows

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Exploding demand for milk and dairy products around the world and especially in China has created a dynamic market.

Climate Change This Week: Really Hot Summers, New Global Warming Gases and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

You Need to Know: How Climate Change Affects The Food System

Eve Turow | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Eve Turow

Some smallholder farms are already practicing innovative farming techniques like growing indigenous plants that protect natural resources like water, and improve the density of nutrients in crops.

The Climate Post: States, Studies React to EPA Rule Release

Tim Profeta | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

On the coattails of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the W...

Kenya's GM Ban and the Future of GM Policy in Africa

April Zhu | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
April Zhu

A quickly executed blanket ban destroys nuance in the GM issue -- something that the international GM debate desperately needs.

The Untapped Savings in California's Water Supply

Steve Fleischli | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Steve Fleischli

California is facing a historic drought. But a new report from NRDC and the Pacific Institute highlights a lot of ways we can help protect ourselves from water shortages while using water more wisely.

Climate Change This Week: Obama's Opus, Alarming Antarctic History, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.06.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, June 5 2014 How unusual...