Mitigating methane emissions and off-setting some natural gas demand with bio-methane produced from food waste and dairy manure

Bio-methane produced from all available food waste and dairy manure in the US annually would offset about .74 percent of annual natural gas demand. The bigger savings come in mitigated methane emissions; around 100 Heartland-scale anaerobic digestion facilities can eliminate about 0.41 percent annually of the approximately seven billion tons of overall US greenhouse gas emissions.  Most manure just sits …

Conservation, restoration, & land management actions across global forests, wetlands, grasslands, and ag lands can provide 37% of cost-effective CO2 mitigation needed through 2030 for a >66% chance of holding warming to below 2 °C

PNAS: Natural Climate Solutions  Most nations recently agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C. We examine how much climate mitigation nature can contribute to this goal with a comprehensive analysis of “natural climate solutions” (NCS): 20 conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage and/or avoid greenhouse gas emissions across global forests, …

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths each year and cost billions in healthcare spending, lost wages and lost national productivity, est. $100tn and 10m deaths per year by 2050

Excerpt from The Guardian, Oct 2017 Resistant bacteria are a grave threat and getting worse. They are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths around the world each year: 23,000 in the United States, 25,000 in Europe, more than 63,000 babies in India. Beyond those deaths, bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics cause millions of illnesses – 2m annually just in …

Monsanto’s tobacco moment: Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

By Rene Ebersole, The Nation, October 2017 This story was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative-news organization. E. Franz, a 40-year-old chemist from Springfield, Illinois, hit upon a discovery that would profoundly change agriculture: a chemical that works its way into the leaves of weeds and down to their roots, eventually killing them. Franz …

Grain that tastes like wheat, grows like prairie grass, and saves soil and carbon

By Madeline Ostrander, The Nation, October 2017 On an August morning in Minneapolis, I sat at a wooden table inside the Birchwood Cafe, a bright, cheerful restaurant a few blocks from the Mississippi River waterfront, tasting an éclair as attentively as I could. The flavor I wanted to detect was partly obscured by more conspicuous ingredients: a high-pitched, jammy blueberry …

World’s First Solar Powered Indoor Vertical Farm Comes To Philadelphia

October 3rd, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, according to the title of a popular television show. If so, it’s the perfect place for the world’s first solar powered indoor vertical farm. Metropolis Farms has constructed a 500 kilowatt solar array made up of 2003 solar panels on the roof of a building in The City of …

World Can Meet Growing Food Demands and Limit Warming to 1.5°C, Study Says

From EcoWatch, By Daisy Dunne , 2 Oct 2017 Agriculture and food production is responsible for around 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Slashing the sector’s emissions is considered to be key to limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, which is the aspirational target of the Paris agreement. However, adopting negative emissions strategies, such as soil carbon management, will be essential to help …

Scenes from a Regenerative Revolution

LEAP stories Home/Agriculture, Just Transition/Scenes from a Regenerative Revolution Scenes from a Regenerative Revolution By: Rajiv Sicora Jim Knopik has been farming longer than anyone in the room. When it’s his turn to address our impromptu gathering, he glances around the dinner table, briefly making eye contact with a few of the twenty so or folks here—many of whom he’s inspired or …

You knew composting was a good idea, but this was still a huge surprise…

By Marlene Cimons. Originally published on Nexus Media. 16 Sept 2017 How Food Waste Turned A Barren Landscape In Costa Rica Into A Lush Forest Orange isn’t just the new black. It’s also the new green. Twenty years ago, an orange juice producer dumped thousands of tons of orange peels and pulp onto a barren section of a Costa Rican national park, …