10 April 2016

(1a) Farmland to Store Carbon
Better agricultural soil management (no-till, cover crops, better nitrogen fertilizer use) could store ~10% of current carbon emissions per year. Subsidies for farmer's and consumers favoring low-GHG footprint foods could drive changes in ag soil managment.
(1b) Farmers Capitalizing on Carbon Sequestration
Converting to no-till and to using cover crops can achieve ~1 ton carbon sequestration per acre.
(2) Ocean Acidification & Pollution Threating West Coast Waters
Co-occurring stressors (ocean acidification & pollution) are compromising shellfish harvests in Puget Sound.
(3) Climate Change Could Be a $24 Trillion Hit to Global Economy
Unless we limit global warming to 2C, losses due to climate change could total $24 trillion by 2100. "It makes financial sense to a risk-neutral investor to cut emissions, and even more so to the risk-averse."
(4) Starving Farmers Asking For Food Shot By Filipino Forces
Record-breaking heat caused drought and crop failure. Protesting farmer's asked for food and were shot by Filipino police.
(5) Talking Climate Change
Meet people where they are. Clean energy makes communities more resilient. It improves kids' health. Give people solutions. Ask people what they want to be remembered for regarding the environment. Create healthy & safe communities & protect our families & children's health. Clean energy, made right at home ... Addressing climate change will make things better for our families, our children and future generations ... We need fines and rules for polluters ... We need to be good stewards of our Earth ... We need to eliminate outdated fuels ... "Clean energy to power our lives at home and work, create high wage work in America and free us from outdated fossil fuels that pollute our air and water and change our climate." "Our clean energy future is within our grasp. We can have locally made energy from the wind and the sun that ensures our air is clean and our water is healthy. We can have locally grown, tastier food; a traffic-free commute and a happy surprise when we open our energy bills - the choice is ours to make."
(6) Vertical Underwater Farming
Vertical underwater farming to: transform fishermen into restorative ocean farmers & to bring a new seafood plate to the table (seaweed, mussels, scallops, clams & oysters) .... 25 tons of greens & 250,000 shellfish per acre can grow in 5 months ... no fertilizer, no feed & no dry land is needed. Seaweeds are a biofuel ... 2,000 gallons of ethanol per acre. GreenWave promotes ocean agriculture. Ocean farmers can create a new climate cuisine, provide good middle-class jobs, restore ecosystems & feed the planet.
(7) Cutting Food Waste Mitigates Climate Change
14% of agriculture GHGs could be cut by 2050 by reducing food waste. "Food loss ... hurts people, costs money and harms the planet."
(8) BP Duplicitous on Climate Change, McKibben
Publicly BP acknowledges the risk of climate change ... but they lobbied against renewables and opposed carbon pricing (while supporting it publicly). BP is invested only 0.5% in renewables. "... this company had the singular capacity to change the course of world history for the better and instead it changed that course for the infinitely worse ... Deliberate and desperate attempts to find, exploit and sell more of oil and gas while pretending to care about the future is not just wrong, it's sick. It's also likely to end very, very badly for everyone, including BP."
(9) Ten Ways to Capture Carbon
NETs, Negative Emissions Technologies: Reforestation, Biochar, BECCS, 'Blue Carbon' Habitat Restoration, Building with Biomass, Cloud or Ocean Alkali, Direct Air Capture, Enhanced Ocean Productivity, Enhanced Weathering, Soil Carbon Sequestration.
(10) How to Spur More Clean Energy Investment
The key to getting more clean energy investment is to make it less risky. In contrast to fossil fuel investments, for clean energy 90% of the investment is upfront. Governments & the World Bank need to invest aggressively in clean energy to draw in private investment. Carbon pricing & withdrawing fossil fuel subsidies could also stimulate clean energy investments. We need about $1 trillion invested annually in clean energy.
(11) Fracking's Environmental Impact
In 2014, Fracking released 2.4 million metric tons of methane = GHGs of 22 coal-fired power plants. It created 15 billion gallons of toxic wastewater. Fracking is a dangerous threat.
(12) UN's Ban Ki-moon Urges Insurance Industry to Lead in Addressing Climate Change
The world's insurance companies have a $25 trillion investment portfolio. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon challenged insurance companies to invest in clean energy and divest from fossil fuels.
(13) Fears of Water Shortages
Water crises in the Middle East sparked civil wars in Syria and Yemen. 1/3rd of global population may be affected by water scarcity by 2025 ... severest in Middle East, Northern India, Northern China, Northern California and Western U.S. Saudi Arabia bought a hay farm in Arizona ... it ships hay to feed its dairy cattle. Arizonans say their wells are drying up due to all the water that the Saudis are pumping for their hay operation.