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Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Danielle Nierenberg and Daniel Bornstein say conservation is the way to get through the drought, and the state needs to be open to lessons.
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"Farmers in Mali, for example, convened a "citizens' jury" with the help of the International Institute for the Environment and Development, and proposed that crop researchers hone in on traditional seed varieties. These crops are typically better at withstanding drought--and can offer more resilience for farmers' livelihoods than so-called high-yielding varieties that often get touted as the solution for African food insecurity."

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World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments

World Council of Churches pulls fossil fuel investments | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Campaigners hail 'major victory' as council representing half a billion Christians says it will stop investing in fossil fuels
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No info on the value of the investments, but this is still very good news.

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How to solve the biggest water-energy-food problems

How to solve the biggest water-energy-food problems | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Links between water, energy and food security create the need to address sustainability across sectors.
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Interesting and comprehensive article looking at the complexities behind the water-energy-food nexus, and how to find solutions to the challenges we face.

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Urban forest and green space and public health | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban forest and green space and public health | Sustainable Cities Collective | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
In Curitiba and Edmonton, along with other cities that are pursuing “Million Trees” initiatives, local governments have caught on to the fact that investing in the urban forest and its role as collector and purifier of storm water is undoubtedly one of their best flood insurance options.
The Organic Stream's insight:

A great initiative that makes complete sense. Trees can help prevent drought and flooding, can purify air and protect against extreme weather conditions. They can also capture and purify storm water. 


Not to mention they add biodiversity to cities and bring nature closer to urban dwellers!

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Pitfalls and Potential: Climate Change Vulnerability in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Pitfalls and Potential: Climate Change Vulnerability in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"While Bangladesh may not be contributing as much as the developed world to this rise in global temperatures, the country is a microcosm of the adaptation challenges that will continue to escalate around the world, and holds many lessons for building a more resilient urban future."

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Dhaka has a great opportunity to become a leading example of a sustainable city for all of us to follow, and focusing on finding long-term solutions instead of short-term fixes will be key.

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Is Green Investing Dead?

Is Green Investing Dead? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Human wellbeing depends upon earth's natural systems for our food, fuel, clean freshwater, protection from storms, shelter, and yet our current economic system does not effectively value nature -- either at all, or certainly at the level it is due....
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting article by Aimee Christensen about green investing in North America.


"Perhaps the business case for green can be made best by those who are in business: corporations large and small are saving money through energy-efficiency investments that pay back in as little as a few months, are innovating new planet-restoring business lines with strong profits, and are buying renewable energy to save money."

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SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report

SDSN Launches Deep Decarbonization Pathways Report | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) presented its interim report on the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report, ‘Pathways to Deep Decarbonization,' illustrates options for how major emitting countries can decrease their carbon emissions to achieve a low-carbon economy by 2050.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The DDPP, just recently released, demonstrates various different strategies that can be implemented to form a long-term solution for decreasing carbon emissions.


There is no one-size-fits-all approach: the various strategies - or pathways - outlined are individually tailored to the world's 15 main economies. All pathways, however, are based around 3 common pillars:

"energy efficiency and energy conservation in all energy end-use sectors; decarbonization of electricity, including through renewable energy sources and carbon capture and sequestration; and replacing fossil fuels in heating, industrial and transport processes with a mix of low-carbon electricity, hydrogen and sustainable biofuels."


While these pillars focus mainly on energy, we at Compostory believe that soil health should be part of the focus on lowering carbon emissions. As we state in Lesson 1 of our free online course: the top meter of soil alone stores around 2,200 billion tons of carbon, which is three times the level currently held in the atmosphere.  When that soil degrades the carbon it contains is released. The carbon released into the atmosphere increases greenhouse gases concentrations , warming our climate system.

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Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water

Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"A poll released earlier this month by the Los Angeles Times showed that while nearly 90% of the over 1,500 registered voters who were surveyed agreed that water shortage was a “Crisis/major problem”, 82% felt it had a minor or no impact on their daily lives."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This article provides some insight into human behaviour and shows clearly that changing habits and mindsets requires much more work than simply raising awareness of an issue. It remains clear that public outreach and education is crucial in order to make a real impact:


“We think that everything that we and other water utilities in California should be focusing on at this point is public education to change human behavior; to educate the public on how serious of a crisis this could be.”


We at Compostory agree. For more insights, check out our interview with Robert Reed of Recology talking about building compost & water saving awareness campaigns in Californian cities.

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EU, UNEP Strengthen Collaboration on Environment, Climate Change - Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

EU, UNEP Strengthen Collaboration on Environment, Climate Change - Sustainable Development Policy & Practice | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The European Commission and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which lays the foundation for continued collaboration on environment and climate change issues. Under the terms of the MOU, the European Commission and UNEP and will engage in more targeted cooperation on such areas as climate change, green economy, biodiversity and the new mercury convention.
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