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 …

Reforms needed in land, ag, and deforestation to halve emissions decade by decade

World Resources Institute, May 2017 A decarbonization roadmap recently published in Science outlines decadal targets that put into perspective the monumental progress we need to make to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and keep warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). The authors detail specific measures and incentives for the energy and transport sectors, but the agriculture and forestry sector, …

10 Ways to Boost Tribal Language Programs

Steve Newcomb says support for tribal language programs is one of the best things we can do to try to help reverse some of the cultural destruction we have caused.   If you want to watch a fabulous five minutes — perhaps the best opening of a talk I’ve ever heard, check out the beginning of Wade Davis lecture at …

Agriculture begins to tackle its role in climate change

After years of being off the table in climate talks, agriculture is now being considered widely by countries trying to reach their Paris emissions cuts pledges. By Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News 4 Jan 2017 Farming in places like drought-plagued California is clearly impacted by climate change, but it can also play a role in slowing global warming, many countries …

How a climate-friendly flour company built a flourishing market

Shutterstock By Patrick Mazza on Feb 20, 2017 Shepherd’s Grain sells not only high-quality flour made from wheat grown with no-till practices, it also sells the story of no-till, a farming method that eliminates the significant climate-warming carbon releases caused by plowing. Based in Portland, Oregon, the company sources wheat directly from family farmers around the interior Pacific Northwest and …

Poverty leads to stress and increased cortisol which increases obesity

From Science Daily, 23 Feb 2017 People who suffer long-term stress (such as those in poverty, according to epidemiologists Pickett and Wilkison) may also be more prone to obesity, according to research by scientists at UCL which involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress. The paper, published in the journal …

Less than 10 percent of food currently wasted in US reaches the 1 in 7 Americans without enough to eat

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress.org During this season of charitable spirit, holiday meal preparation, and reckless consumer behavior, the amount of food we throw in the trashcan deserves a moment of our attention. Fifty-two million tons of food are wasted by consumers and consumer-facing businesses annually — over 80 percent of all U.S. food waste. Currently, less than 10 percent of that food is …