fullcircle.green Mail - [Test] The Breakdown - March 19th
A selection of notable publications related to sustainability, climate change, organics recycling, and soil nutrition
The Breakdown: April 2nd
Harnessing the Power of "Collective Intelligence" to Change Beliefs about Global Warming
Nearly all climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. Yet, a recent survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that only 59% of American registered voters accept this conclusion. Lack of awareness could be part of the problem—many people may not realize that there is an overwhelming scientific consensus on global warming.
But perhaps an even greater problem is a process that psychologists call belief polarization. When our deeply held beliefs are challenged, we often double down, accepting evidence that confirms the beliefs and dismissing evidence that refutes them. For highly politicized issues such as climate change, the upshot of this biased assimilation of evidence is the emergence of groups with opposing views that are equally convinced they are right.
Why BioCycle views food waste recycling as a 'no regrets' climate solution
As one of the recycling world's oldest publications celebrates its 60th year, Editor Nora Goldstein spoke about the evolution of organics recycling and its role in the climate crisis.
Organics recycling may still be perceived as the next frontier for many state and local governments, but it's far from a new concept. Amid growing concern over the climate crisis, however, it's beginning to receive renewed attention.
The last straw: European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics
The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans.
The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban on single-use plastics to come into force by 2021 in all EU member states. The UK would have to follow the rules if it took part in and extended the Brexit transition period because of delays in finding a new arrangement with the EU.
Plant seed research provides basis for sustainable alternatives to chemical fertilizers
Recent advances in next-generation sequencing technologies have allowed scientists to access and assess previously undetectable plant microorganisms. Scientists have long known that various plant-associated microorganisms contribute to plant health and productivity but were unable to analyze them in plant seeds due to technical restrictions. Thanks to the enhanced development of high-throughput sequencing methods, plant seed microbiomes have been increasingly studied.
While the rich world braces for future climate change, the poor world is already being devastated by it
"Upside down" are the only words Manush Albert Alben has to describe life after the powerful Cyclone Idai.
Nearly two weeks since the powerful cyclone destroyed most of the city of Beira, Mozambique, it is a long way from normal. "There's no money, no groceries," Alben, a fisherman, said while sitting in his wooden pirogue on a local beach. "We are suffering but trying to hold on."
Known for its busy port and views of the Indian Ocean, the 19th-century city used to be the fourth largest in the country. Now Beira will go down in history as being "90% wiped out" by global warming, said Graça Machel, a former Mozambican freedom fighter, politician and deputy chair of The Elders, who spoke to CNN on the phone after visiting the city.
60 Minutes Segment - Siberia's Pleistocene Park: Bringing back pieces of the Ice Age to combat climate change
Temperatures in the Arctic continue to warm twice as fast as the rest of the world; that's according to the U.S. government's latest climate report. The past five years in the Arctic have been the warmest there since records began in 1900.
Decades ago, an eccentric Russian geophysicist warned that frozen soil, called permafrost, contained enough greenhouse gas itself to pose a threat to the climate if it ever melted.
Science scoffed at Sergey Zimov's warning but now that the permafrost is collapsing the world is listening.
Recently we traveled to the Siberian Arctic to meet Zimov who has devised a scheme to save the world in a place that he named for the last Ice Age: Pleistocene Park.
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