The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

You might say that producing the disaster of global climate change has taken a lot of economic policy.  Reversing direction will take the same. Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider …

Oregon and New Mexico action on climate change and energy

Oregon Any day now, Oregon state legislators are expected to introduce the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which would connect Oregon to California’s cap-and-trade system, committing it to statewide greenhouse gas reductions of 80 percent by 2050. It is widely considered likely to pass. The cap represents only the first of eight ambitious goals in Governor Kate Brown’s comprehensive climate agenda. But she was …

German Climate Act plans 55% GHG decrease across energy, transport, ag, industry, housing by 2030. Germany achieves coal phase-out with commitment to the equivalent of €40 billion ($46 billion) over 20 years into coal-dependent regions

Climate-related parts of the proposal are due to go into a climate act that the government has promised for later this year. The wide-ranging act is due to cover not only energy but also transport, agriculture, industry and housing.  It will set out how these sectors need to be restructured to meet a 2030 target of 55 percent lower carbon emissions …

David Roberts’ review of what’s in the Green New Deal

The resolution consists of a preamble, five goals, 14 projects, and 15 requirements. The preamble establishes that there are two crises, a climate crisis and an economic crisis of wage stagnation and growing inequality, and that the GND can address both. The goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, providing for a just transition, securing clean air and …

The power of community: How Cuba survived peak oil

By Megan Quinn, originally published by Permaculture Activist, February 25, 2006 Havana, Cuba — At the Organipónico de Alamar, a neighborhood agriculture project, a workers’ collective runs a large urban farm, a produce market and a restaurant. Hand tools and human labor replace oil-driven machinery. Worm cultivation and composting create productive soil. Drip irrigation conserves water, and the diverse, multi-hued produce provides the …

Industrial Agriculture, An Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, A Growing Driver Of Climate Change

Industrial Agriculture, An Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, A Growing Driver Of Climate Change, By Georgina Gustin, Insideclimatenews.org On his farm in southwestern Iowa, Seth Watkins plants several different crops and raises cattle. He controls erosion and water pollution by leaving some land permanently covered in native grass. He grazes his cattle on pasture, and he sows cover crops to hold …

Spatial patterns of crop yield change by emitted pollutant

Spatial patterns of crop yield change by emitted pollutant Greenhouse gases other than CO2 could have a large impact on yields of wheat, maize and rice as the world warms, research shows. Using modelling, the researchers examine the impact that individual pollutants, such as CO2, methane and aerosols, could have on global crop yields. “We find that although CO2 dominates …

New Study Finds Food Shocks Becoming More Frequent Due to Extreme Weather, Conflict

JANUARY 28, 2019 “Food shocks” — sudden disruptions of food production — have become more frequent over the last half-century, driven by an increase in extreme weather events and geopolitical instability, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Sustainability. Led by researchers at the University of Tasmania, the study examined 226 food production shocks across 134 countries between 1961 …

Curb CAFOs and the effects of meat and dairy

Incentivize carbon farming By Didi Barrett.  Didi Barrett is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. The agricultural industry is a leading source of greenhouse-gas emissions globally. Practices that improve soil health will play a critical role in our efforts to combat climate change by reducing the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and states can help by passing legislation that …