By Reconnecting With Long Relationship with and Care of Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves

By Reconnecting With Soil, We Heal the Planet and Ourselves: Enslavement and sharecropping cannot erase thousands of years of Black people’s sacred relationship with the land. Leah Penniman, YES! Magazine,  Feb 14, 2019 Dijour Carter refused to get out of the van parked in the gravel driveway at Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. The other teens in his program emerged skeptical, but …

Climate Mobilization Emergency Resolutions passed by local governments and 10 year decarbonization plans

Hoboken, NJ and Montgomery County, MD have led the way by passing resolutions brought by TCM organizers unanimously.  You can download the full resolution texts. Download their resolutions below, and use them as a jumping off point for drafting your own. HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD RESOLUTION BERKELEY, CA RESOLUTION   RICHMOND, CA RESOLUTION HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION OAKLAND, CA …

More good news about healthy soil: a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotic

Bacteria in Ancient Irish Soil Halts Growth of Superbugs. Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA. The new strain of bacteria was discovered by a team based in Swansea University Medical School, made up …

Marx and Engels’ radical environmentalism

June 4, 2013 International Socialist Review columnist Phil Gasper challenges the myth that Marxism has nothing useful to say about the environment–with help from the old man himself. At the socialistworker.org AT THE demonstration in Washington, D.C., in February to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, which is being built to transport tar sands oil from Western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast, members of …

Methane uptake from forest soils has ‘fallen by 77% in three decades’

By Daisy Dunne, 06.08.2018 | PLANTS AND FORESTS, Carbon Brief The amount of methane absorbed by forest soils has fallen by an average of 77% in the northern hemisphere over the past 27 years, a new study finds. The research, which analysed soil data taken from more than 300 studies, suggests that the world is currently “overestimating the role that forest soils …

Glyphosate clouds contaminating even more distant fields now, and all popular beer and wine brands tested

By Zen Honeycutt, March 2018 The past few years have revealed some disturbing news for the alcohol industry. In 2015, CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 31 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. Moms Across America released test …

Water stress, soil, and oceans at risk

About 40 percent of the world’s food depends on irrigation, which draws largely from stores of underground water, called aquifers, which make up 30 percent of the world’s freshwater. Unfortunately, groundwater is being rapidly depleted worldwide. In the United States, the Ogallala Aquifer—one of the world’s largest underground bodies of water—spans eight states in the High Plains and supplies almost …

Soil Carbon: 3 recent papers on soil carbon pathways

December 17, 2017  Plant diversity enhances soil microbial biomass, particularly soil fungi, by increasing root-derived organic inputs. Build on emerging evidence that points to significant consumption of labile (easily altered) carbon (C) by fungi, and to the ability of ectomycorrhizal fungi to decompose organic matter, researchers show that labile C constitutes a major and presently underrated source of C for …

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016

A map depicting the total millions of pounds of toxic chemicals released into the environment by state in 2016. Darker colors indicate a higher volume of toxins.   (Source: Ode to Clean) Editor’s Note: Solugen, founded in 2016, is a biotech company concerned with developing environmentally conscious alternatives to chemical manufacturing. Their first patent is called Bioperoxide—a hydrogen peroxide alternative created …