Drought is most significant category of natural disaster. 5 billion could have poor access to water by 2050. 200,000 Indians die each year due to lack of water access & demand will be twice as much as supply in next 12 years

5 Billion People Could Have Poor Access to Water by 2050, UN Warns: Today, an estimated 3.6 billion people—nearly half the global population—already live in areas that are potentially water-scarce at least one month per year, and could increase to some 4.8 to 5.7 billion by 2050.  “The population currently affected by land degradation/desertification and drought is estimated at 1.8 billion people, making this …

Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

A trillion in US real estate threatened by sea level rise this century, and over 300,000 homes in the next 25 years

By Oliver Milman in New York, The Guardian 18 June 2018: Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study: Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years The UCS used federal data from a high sea level rise scenario projected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and …

Digital nomadism

Marx and Engels said that the bourgeoisie could not exist “without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society;” Tony Blair told us that the world of globalisation has “no custom or practice”, and gives rewards only to those “swift to adapt, slow to complain, open, willing and able to …

Roots of Liberation

Reflection from Richard Rohr, Roots of Liberation, Sunday, June 24, 2018  One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification with them, is the pattern of …

Systems thinking applied to organizational culture

The Importance of Organizational Culture The last section of Systems Thinking Made Simple highlighted the importance of motivating individuals to be system thinkers in order to shape a successful system thinking organization. To support this claim, Cabrera unveils the organizational design and leadership method called VMCL. This concept represents: Vision (V)- An organization’s future goal Mission (M)- An organization’s rules that help …

Coastal housing values beginning to be influenced by sea level rise

June 22nd, 2018 by Jake Richardson, Clean Technica Single-family homes near sea level in Miami-Dade County are increasing in value at a slower rate than ones at elevation, according to a new research study published in Environmental Research Letters. Titled Climate gentrification: from theory to empiricism in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the study was conducted by Jesse M Keenan, Thomas Hill, and Anurag Gumber. “This …

35 House Sponsors to OFF Act now – electricity and transportation systems Off Fossil Fuels by 2035

Since our last update, 2 new co-sponsors have joined Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act – bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 35! Please join us in thanking the latest members on the bill. Rep Salud Carbajal (CA-24): https://twitter.com/foodandwater/status/997103841991626752 Rep Darren Soto (FL-9): https://twitter.com/foodandwater/status/1009511179620716544 The OFF Act was also mentioned in a new Rolling Stone article …

Public Banking coalitions growing on both coasts

June 21, 2018 Winsome Pendergrass, New York Communities for Change, at the June 5 rally in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Members of the California Public Banking Alliance. The launch of the #PublicBankNYC campaign earlier this month and the ongoing campaigns in California have generated several excellent articles. Aaron Fernando writes in The Progressive, “The rally on June 5 …

Solar PV shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity

Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable2050 Latest learning curve for solar PV modules, by @BloombergNEF, shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity, 1976-2018e! Includes the spectacular 35% drop, forecast for this year. 2:38 PM – 20 Jun 2018Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable205024h24 hours ago The sustained dramatic improvement in solar PV costs, already …