“Governments are wasting precious time squabbling
over emission cuts that are nowhere near where science demands.
Could (the drop in oil cost) be the shock that we harness for our big shift?
We can introduce a fair and meaningful carbon tax now,
which is much harder to do when petrol is expensive.
If public money is going to be spent for energy jobs,
it has to be for the jobs that will save us, not cook us.
In truth we have to wind down the parts of our economy that are fueling climate change, and
the price shock helps with that, too.
Now is the perfect time to unite behind bold demands to “Keep it in the ground”!
Let’s not blow what may be our last best chance to avoid catastrophic climate change.”
Naomi Klein, author New York Times bestseller This Changes Everything
Let’s kick oil while the price is down
Climate change should be a catalyst for a major change, but we’re not treating it as a real emergency. Naomi Klein believes that capitalism is at war with the climate, but she says sometimes it gives us a gift – the sudden drop in oil prices. So let’s not blow what could be our best chance to prevent catastrophic global warming.
Powerful 4 minute video- please share
For more on her book
For the organization that uses the theme “Shocks, slides, and shifts”
Scientists are warning us that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we need to leave ¾ of proven oil, gas and coal reserves in the ground. It’s not too late to take action. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is auctioning off drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico today, and comments on the proposed Atlantic drilling plan are due on March 30. Sign here for No Atlantic drilling
“We’ve known for decades that coal posed serious health and environmental risks.
Investors have been pushing for coal and other fossil fuel companies to face the facts and
adapt their business models to thrive in a carbon-constrained world.”
Andrew Logan, director of the oil and gas program at Ceres
US coal decline a warning for fossil fuel investors
The study explains that the slump in coal prices over the last three years have driven at least two dozen coal companies into bankruptcy. Furthermore, many companies have lost 80% of their share value in the same period.
Blue and Green article
For the Carbon Tracker report- The US Coal Crash- Evidence for Structural Change
- Existing coal plants must be closed down, but how to switch to renewables? Years ago Climate Today wrote effusively about High-Voltage DC (HVDC) cables transforming our power system because HVDC could, without controversial towering above ground high transmission lines, and without loss of significant amounts of power along the way, carry remote renewable energy long distances to where the power was needed. Now the barriers are finally breaking down. Yes! – Editor
If all goes as planned, a virtual 1,000-megawatt power plant will “open” for business near Erie, Pa., in 2019. It would be just in time to help fill the void left by some of the coal-fired plants that are shuttered or scaled back in response to U.S. EPA’s climate and environmental rules. The power will originate not in Pennsylvania, but in Ontario, Canada, transmitted beneath Lake Erie on a billion-dollar, high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power line. The project illustrates the potential of DC transmission lines to address some of the challenges of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, experts say.
EE News article
– While solutions vary by location, we can shift to sanity! We need to act and create the political will! – Editor
Canada can be a world leader in emissions reductions and renewable energy use, but only if its federal government decides to take climate change seriously, according to a new report. The report recommended that the federal government implement a nationwide price on carbon and eliminate subsidies to Canada’s fossil fuel industry — particularly, its tar sands industry.
Think Progress article
For the report Acting on Climate Change- Solutions from Canadian Scholars
- Double your bang for the buck! Agriculture and food systems must change to both drastically reduce emissions while creating adaptable eco food systems. The importance of this pocketful of seed and soil articles may slip by many, yet safe, non-GMO, non-corporate, non-toxic seed research using heirloom seeds for climate adaptation is of utmost urgency. These are not GMO seeds! Our food plants evolved during past climatic conditions, yet we are swiftly moving to what plants must view as a different planet. For many years, Climate Today has shared articles about the importance of heirloom seeds and when farming, we’ve used many seeds from Native Seed/SEARCH, including these invaluable tepary beans. Try them! – Editor
A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe. Typically, beans are not grown in environments where the night temperature is above 18C (64F). Night temperatures are especially critical because the bean flower pollinates itself during night hours and the pollination process is very sensitive to temperature.
- This video is fabulous! A must see and share! Diversity is the only way to protect future food supplies! We as individuals CAN help prevent this crisis! The way to ensure a balanced food supply in a world with changing climates is to protect heirloom varieties of food sources now, which vicious corporations do not want us to do. Once diversity is lost, you can’t get it back! Getting involved can reverse this frightening trajectory. – Editor
Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests or thrive in temperature extremes. This is essential in a changing climate.
For the movie
For a short clip
- Our planet is getting warmer and drier and their precious, specialized seed banks are truly invaluable to a warmer and drier climate!Donations are very welcome and needed! – Editor
Preserved in our seed bank are nearly 2,000 varieties of arid lands-adapted seeds, many of them rare or endangered. The tepary bean, nicknamed heat-beaters, could help maintain a valuable source of protein and iron for almost half a billion people as the world warms, if researchers are able to get seeds to farmers.
– For a great read, even more relevant today- Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine by Gary Nabhan
Congress is considering the Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK – Act, which would not only block all states from labeling genetically engineered foods, but make it much harder for the FDA to ever mandate national labeling – despite the fact that over 90 percent of Americans support it! Let’s make it crystal clear to Congress that we MUST protect the right to label GMO foods.
- The major trait put into genetically modified crops is resistance to poison, which means farmers are using far more poisons on GMO crops today than just 5 or 10 years ago! Even casual observers can see the health of Americans is deteriorating- obesity, diabetes, kids having problems in school, and more, and research implicates both GMO’s and their companion poisons. Superweeds are now going to be handled by adding yet another Agent Orange herbicide, even scarier! Eating strictly organically helps climate change, while also protecting both biodiversity and your family’s health! – Editor
New Report Shows That The Most Popular Weed-Killer In The U.S. Probably Causes Cancer
The most popular weed-killer in the United States — and possibly the world — “probably” causes cancer, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). The Lancet Oncology’s report focuses on a chemical called glyphosate, invented by Monsanto back in 1974 as a broad-spectrum herbicide. It’s the active ingredient in Roundup. Aside from debate over its cancer-causing effects, the active ingredient in Roundup has been shown to be harmful to humans in other ways. When exposed to heightened levels long-term, the EPA says glyphosate can cause kidney damage, and could have harmful reproductive effects. Acute exposure can cause congestion of the lungs and an increased breathing rate, according to EPA.
Think Progress article
For the medical journal Lancet report
– Get a good laugh from Snow White, but really, such an astonishing increase in nasty poisons used on our food has serious impacts on human, soil, and ecological health. The hard thing to understand is the invisibility- food of today typically looks like the food of prior decades but, in reality, it is far more toxic! Protect your family and the earth- buy heirloom seeds and grow organic food! – Editor
The annual increase in the herbicides required to deal with tougher-to-control weeds on cropland planted to GE cultivars has grown from 1.5 million pounds in 1999 to about 90 million pounds in 2011.
“Upon this handful of soil our survival depends.
Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel, and our shelter and surround us with beauty.
Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it”
From Vedas Sanskrit Scripture – 1500 BC
- On the radio, author Courtney White was asked what would be the one thing he’d recommend to impact climate change. The answer: “Stop tilling.” Soils should have massive amounts of carbon, but tilling kills the fungi and bacteria, which then releases vast amounts of carbon. Even no-till using poisons is not long-term beneficial, because poisons do kill microorganisms. Many, many non-toxic techniques are now possible to restore carbon in our soils. Let’s use them and buy our food from people who build soil, not destroy it! – Editor
We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it
This is the International Year of Soils, but you wouldn’t know it. Landowners around the world are now engaged in an orgy of soil destruction so intense that, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, the world on average has just 60 more years of growing crops. This is what topples civilisations. War and pestilence might kill large numbers of people, but in most cases the population recovers. But lose the soil and everything goes with it. Almost all other issues are superficial by comparison. What appear to be great crises are slight and evanescent when held up against the steady trickling away of our subsistence.
While it now seems that ploughing of any kind is incompatible with the protection of the soil, there are plenty of means of farming without tilling.
- Back in 1939, Lowdermilk traveled the world and studied why civilizations failed- fascinating reading! Tilling, erosion, poor animal management, and deforestation have plagued humanity for a long time! – Editor
Conquest of Land Through Seven Thousand Years
W. C. Lowdermilk, former Assistant Chief, Soil Conservation Service discovered that soil erosion, deforestation, overgrazing, neglect, and conflicts between cultivators and herdsman have helped topple empires and wipe out entire civilizations. At the same time, he learned that careful stewardship of the earth’s resources, through terracing, crop rotation, and other soil conservation measures, has enabled other societies to flourish for centuries.