2 Oct 2016

(1) Americans Should Eat Less Meat, But Are Eating More
... consumption of meat in the United States rose by 5 percent in 2015 — the biggest increase in 40 years ... [the] industrial model of raising livestock has had all kinds of negative impacts: climate change, antibiotic resistance, water pollution, and air pollution. ... high meat consumption is linked to risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and premature death. ... "The average meat demand has stayed relatively steady. But ... there does seem to be uptick in consumers choosing to be vegetarian and vegan."
(2) A Good Anthropocene
Agroecology ... Green Urbanism ... Future Knowledge ... Urban Transformation ... Fair Futures ... Sustainable Futures ...
(3) Oregon Fosters Clean Economy Innovation with Seed Grants
Oregon BEST (which stands for Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies) is one of three research institutions the council has established.
(4) How Lakes Can Work Like Batteries - Pumped Hydro
When there’s a lot of power on the grid, like during the day when renewables like solar and wind are in high production, a pumped hydro project will pump the water uphill. Then when production is low and demand is high for electricity, the project will generate power like a hydroelectric dam – using the water to turn massive turbines.
(5) Republicans Are Rejecting Reality on Climate Change
Republican voters take their cues from party leaders and often get their information from conservative media outlets. On climate change, those leaders and media sources reject reality and substitute their own denial and misinformation, because it benefits them. Their voters become misinformed as a result, and thus don’t demand change from party leaders.
(6) World Needs $90tn Infrastructure Overhaul to Avoid Climate Disaster
“Though China has overtaken the US as the biggest producer of greenhouse gases, it is currently achieving a better balance between military and climate security spending ...
(7) Why Standing Rock Is a Test for Obama—and All Climate Choices Ahead
The United States cannot meet its obligations to the world if it continues business as usual. It’s just not possible; the math of carbon emissions cannot be wished away. The people who are camped at Standing Rock are giving President Obama the opportunity to show how a managed decline is possible. And, if done right, inspiring. As the president said, “This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we’ve got.”
(8) Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up
“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. The questions relevant to this moment in history are “How do we navigate the step to a mature economy that meets the needs of all within the limits of a finite living Earth?” How do we rebuild the strength and power of living communities? How do we create a culture of mutual caring and responsibility? How do we assure that the legal rights of people and communities take priority over those of government-created artificial persons called corporations?
(9) As Hurricane Matthew Threatens, Florida Governor Slammed for Climate Denialism
"Gov. Scott has utterly failed the people of his state ... "Instead of working to reduce carbon emissions, help homeowners and municipalities develop strategies to cope with climate impacts like sea level rise, erosion, flooding, salt water intrusion, insect-borne disease outbreaks and extreme heat, he has stuck his head in Florida's sand.
(10) How the Attack on Science Is Becoming a Global Contagion
Territorialists find climate change suspect, in part because it could mean that Europeans or Americans have to forego material wealth in order to help other people living in faraway lands, such as the inhabitants of Pacific Islands. The climate doesn’t have walls, and the science studying it is globalist by nature.
(11) New Study Ranks Eight Major Fossil Fuel Companies on Their Climate Change Actions
Fossil Fuel Companies should: Stop Spreading Disinformation on Climate Change ... Fully Disclose Climate Risks ... Plan For A Carbon Pollution Free Future ... Support Fair Climate Policies ... Pay Their Share of Climate Costs
(12) Why the Rich Should Reverse Inequality
My message to the planet’s most wealthy and privileged citizens ... is to “come home,” to make a commitment to place, to put down a stake, and work for an economy that works for everyone. ... sharing our wealth and paying our fair share of taxes. ... moving investment capital out of the old fossil-fuel economy, offshore accounts, and speculative financial investments—and redirecting it to the new relocalized economy, including regional food and energy systems and enterprises that broaden wealth ownership, such as cooperatives ...
(13) A Climate-Smart Infrastructure Upgrade for America
Investing in climate-smart infrastructure will improve and protect public health by ensuring cleaner air and water in our communities, and provide the next generation with a healthier, more sustainable country.
(14) Mobilising for Sustainability
“Sustainable systems require that we move from fragmentation to connection, which may involve reconnecting, making new connections or, in some cases, breaking connections,”