Microbiome renaissance

Broccoli Is Dying. Corn Is Toxic. Long Live Microbiomes! Let’s move past the green and gene revolutions to a microbiome renaissance. By Louise Elizabeth Maher-Johnson, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on August 20, 2019 in Scientific American. As food writer Mark Bittman recently remarked, since food is defined as “a substance that provides nutrition and promotes growth” and poison is “a substance that promotes illness,” then “much of …

5280 Trail Would Create a 5-Mile Park and Trail Around Downtown Denver

By Andy Bosselman, StreetsBlog Aug 21, 2019  4 Yesterday city officials presented a vision for The 5280 Trail, a “linear park” that could one day form a five-mile loop around downtown Denver. It would transform streets into tree-lined places for plazas, playgrounds and public art — while creating a low-stress place for people to stroll and ride bikes to, from and …

Climate change could cost the U.S. 10.5% of its GDP by 2100, study finds

Seattle passed a 12 page GND resolution. It affirms a federal GND and calls for the government to enact policies. The hard part will be financing it at the city and state level. It’s been exciting to watch frontline communities and others working out the details. They are now creating an oversight committee that will work out even more details. …

Six Reasons Why Berkeley’s Ban on New Natural Gas Is a Great Idea

by Gideon Weissman, Monday, August 19, 2019 Natural GasElectrificationGlobal WarmingFrackingClean Energy Last month the city of Berkeley, California, banned natural gas infrastructure from new buildings.[1] The most obvious reason for the ordinance is enough to justify it on its own: Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and burning it contributes to global warming. But by getting off gas, Berkeley is doing a whole …

Moody’s sees substantive weakness ahead for North American coal

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3493842-moody-s-sees-substantive-weakness-ahead-north-american-coal Carl Surran Aug. 21, 2019 6:57 PM ET Moody’s cuts its 12-18 month outlook for the North American coal industry (NYSEARCA:KOL) to Negative from Stable, citing declining profitability, weakening export prices and declining demand from utilities over the next decade. “The combination of a now-weakened export market and significant retirement of coal-fired power plants in 2018 is creating an …

‘Once it starts getting very hot at night, people without air conditioning are going to be at serious risk if they can’t cool down properly.’

How US cities are scrambling to protect people from extreme heat Sweltering citiesCities With cities facing both rapid growth and radical, permanent climate change, urban authorities are faced with an increasingly vulnerable populationCities is supported byAbout this content Oliver Milman in New York, Emily Holden in Washington DC, Tom Dart in Houston Tue 20 Aug 2019 On a sweltering summer day in Washington, DC, Judy …

 the package of policies, called the “Climate Mission Agenda,” is close to 170 pages. Here are the five parts, all together: “100 percent Clean Energy for America” — a plan to get to 100 percent clean energy in electricity, new cars, and new buildings. (I covered it here.) “Evergreen Economy” — a 10-year, $9 trillion investment plan. (I covered it here.) “Global …

More Than 50 Ideas, Policies, Proposals, Suggestions And Radical Notions To Fight The Affordable Housing Crisis

National Affordable Housing August 11, 2019 by Dees Stribling, Bisnow The affordable housing crisis is at a fevered pitch. Nearly half of all U.S. renters are cost-burdened, paying more than 30% of after-tax income on housing and thus may have difficulty affording food, clothing, transportation and medical care. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 12 million households (renting and owning) …

Internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach

December 2018, Katowice COP 24 meeting It is time for us to collectively confront these stark realities and formulate a radical, independent, and internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach. One way or another, rising emissions hurt everyone, and reducing emissions would benefit everyone. Considerations of private profit must be taken out of the equation. Emissions reductions …