Maryland wants to expedite placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms, while protecting farmland. Where will they go?

Note that California has found that bulk purchases of solar on canopies over parking lots can be cheaper than rooftop solar. Maryland announced $4 million in grants to encourage solar and wind arrays on roofs, parking lots, contaminated brownfield sites and other existing infrastructure, with an eye toward erecting panels on state- and university-owned property. By Erin CoxAugust 14 Maryland’s ambitious …

IPCC’s land report shows the problem with farming based around oil, not soil

August 8, 2019, Anna KrzywoszynskaResearch Fellow and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet. Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in …

Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change

1 Short Synopsis of the Advisory Opinion of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change In a ground-breaking advisory opinion, a highly-respected international human rights court, the Romebased Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, weighed testimony about the human- and nature’s-rights impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and climate change. They found that: • The infrastructure and practice of …

Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, causing endangerment of people, land, and Earth

The Guardian, 26 July 2019 Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, according to the latest government data, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. The sharp rise – following year-on-year increases in May and June – confirms fears that president Jair Bolsonaro has given a green light to …

America’s Colonial Climate Crisis: What should the United States’ island territories expect from rising sea levels and global warming?

Also Arundati Roy, second article, from the Boston Review, July 2019: Making people feel helpless, powerless, and hopeless is part of the propaganda. Let’s face it: the free market is not free, and it doesn’t give a shit about justice or equality. By Chris Gelardi, July 11, 2019, The Atlantic The second of the two US atomic bomb tests conducted at …

US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019, more than EU emissions

Emily Holden in Washington, Wed 17 Jul 2019 in The Guardian Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report. The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between …

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

By Laura Flanders, Truthout, July 2, 2019, https://truthout.org/articles/community-land-trusts-are-a-model-for-reparations/ This year has already seen more Democrats talking about reparations than ever, including several running for the presidency. Now, rather than writing checks to individuals, more and more people are talking about collective strategies for repair and reparation. Community land trusts, cooperatives and mutual housing associations, for example, might offer a way to transfer …

Land for the Many: A report to the Labour Party, June 2019

Home The report Table of contents Download PDF Feedback CLP motion Contact Dig deep enough into many of the problems this country faces, and you will soon hit land. Soaring inequality and exclusion; the massive cost of renting or buying a decent home; repeated financial crises, sparked by housing asset bubbles; the collapse of wildlife and ecosystems; the lack of …