Social justice and climate change are tied together: the areas of deepest poverty and under the darkest shadow of death are the ones where dispossession was the most far-reaching

…That’s in part because of what type of land marginalized people can live on. According to Savi Horne, executive director of the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP), the land that farmers of color were, and still are, able to afford is often land within the floodplains of river systems and marshes. As hurricanes reach further inland with greater intensity, the …

“Air quality is the largest environmental contributor to human health damage” And an estimated 16% comes from air pollution from raising livestock

Air Pollution From Raising Livestock Accounts for Most of the 16,000 US Deaths Each Year Tied to Food Production, Study Finds Food production, primarily the raising of livestock, causes poor air quality that is responsible for about 16,000 deaths a year in the United States, new research found. That’s roughly the same number from other sources of air pollution, including …

Cities of the future: denser, green, with more ag and white roofs

By Kim Stanley Robinson Getting through the 21st century without a mass-extinction event means making ourselves far more scarce. At least over large parts of the planet. The idea is to leave a hefty portion of the planet’s land surface empty of our presence, in a relative sense. Both the European Union and the U.S. under the Biden administration are …

Cutting Out Beef Could Cut Agricultural Land Use In Half: Going vegan would reduce it by three-quarters.

By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, March 05, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Treehugger has been writing about the problems of meat forever, we have been pitching vegetarian and vegan diets for years as a way of reducing one’s carbon footprint, and we keep writing posts about reducing our intake of meat. But it is a hard sell; as Bill Gates writes in his new book, “I can see …

Why is meat so cheap? Plant-based is getting cheaper but still catching up

Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat just got closer to the price of regular meat. The 20 percent price cut is part of a strategy to take plant-based meat mainstream. Vox, by Kelsey Piper  Feb 2, 2021 In the past few years, meatless meat products have taken off among consumers. But the meatless meat market is still only about 1 percent of the meat market. …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Listen to this story, Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer on As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange? The cool breath of evening slips off the wooded …

Patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms can reveal whether an ecosystem is thriving or on the verge of collapse.

A Mathematician Who Decodes the Patterns Stamped Out by Life: Corina Tarnita deciphers bizarre patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms. She’s found that they can reveal whether an ecosystem is thriving or on the verge of collapse. Quanta Magazine by Joshua Sokol Read when you’ve got time to spare. Corina Tarnita decoded mysterious “fairy circle” patterns in the …

Recipe: Cauliflower & Green Olives

Roasted Cauliflower With Pancetta, Olives and Crisp Parmesan, NYT By Melissa Clark, 2 main-dish servings or 4 side-dish servings Studded with salty olives, pancetta and Parmesan that gets golden and crisp at the edges, this is roasted cauliflower at its brightest and most full-flavored. You can serve the caramelized florets either as a vegetable-based main dish or a hearty side to …