How to Reverse Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

How to Reverse Climate Change Before It’s Too Late

by Robert Goodland Climate change is fearsome. If climate change it not controlled, then it’s projected that it may imperil humanity in major cities across the world, including Paris, New York, London, and Dubai.  The last chance for major action before climate change become catastrophically irreversible is said to be 2020 or at the latest 2026.  This means it ..

How Researchers Cooked Data to Hate on Plants

How Researchers Cooked Data to Hate on Plants

Walking by fruits, vegetables, or other plant material growing in sunshine, the fragrance is often exhilarating.  That’s in part because plant material in sunshine creates oxygen, at the same time as it absorbs greenhouse gas from our atmosphere.  But walking by livestock, the opposite happens in both daylight and nighttime, as untreated manure emits unpleasant odors along with huge volumes of greenhouse gases.   ..

Has climate change caused “Peak Livestock”?

Has climate change caused “Peak Livestock”?

The world needs to prepare for the raising of 70% more livestock by 2050, according to FAO livestock specialists.  That projection presumes that it’s possible for the livestock sector to continue expanding.  But the authors of that projection were livestock specialists, not environmental specialists, and the FAO is just one of nineteen UN specialized agencies. In contrast, Bill ..

New Clean Power Plan begs the question:  What about a Clean Food Plan?

New Clean Power Plan begs the question: What about a Clean Food Plan?

A new “Clean Power Plan” has been announced by President Obama, asking U.S. state governments to create tailored plans to meet the goal of reducing U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030.  But the plan does not provide what projections indicate is needed. The International Energy Agency projects that climate outcomes may no longer be ..

Why it’s a big fat lie that the world needs 70 percent more food by 2050

Why it’s a big fat lie that the world needs 70 percent more food by 2050

In the past five years, it’s become commonplace to write that the world will need 70% more food by 2050. But that’s a big fat lie, and here’s why. Human population in 2014 has risen to 7.4 billion. The UN Population Division’s medium-variant projection for human population in 2050 is 9.6 billion, while its low-variant project for human population ..

The Future of Australia and “Happier Meals”

The Future of Australia and “Happier Meals”

by Robert Goodland* Melting polar ice will lead to rising seas that may doom Melbourne, Sydney and other major cities of the world to catastrophic flooding – if we don’t reduce greenhouse gas significantly in our atmosphere by 2017 or at latest 2020, according to environmental authorities. Yet politicians have totally failed for more than 20 years to implement international policies that ..

Scientists warn of submerged coastal cities, but also offer hope

According to a new projection in the New York Times, large-scale melting of ice in the Antartica is now almost inevitable, and this phenomenon could cause “enough sea-level rise that many of the world’s coastal cities would eventually have to be abandoned.” However, preventive measures are proposed in a separate new article in the journal Global Change Biology. These measures would involve reforesting as much as possible of the 45% ..

Happier Meals

Happier Meals

(This article by Robert Goodland [1] is adapted from the Climate Institute’s January 2014 Climate Alert) According to two UN entities, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency, the concentration of greenhouse gas (GHG) in our atmosphere may rise to irreversibly catastrophic levels by 2020 – or at latest 2026 – if nothing is done ..

Greenwashing by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Greenwashing by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a report today claiming that the world should expect a 70 percent increase in livestock production by 2050. The report says that if all the efficiencies it claims can be made would actually succeed, then greenhouse gas emissions from livestock might drop by as much as 30 percent –- but since ..

Happier Meals, Eating Greenfully, and Chomping Climate Change

Happier Meals, Eating Greenfully, and Chomping Climate Change

(Excerpted/adapted from a speech by Robert Goodland on September 7, 2013 at The McDougall Conference in Santa Rosa, California; see full speech at http://www.chompingclimatechange.org/uploads/8/0/6/9/8069267/happiermeals.pdf) There’s an accidental environmental aspect to the location of this conference;  that is, it’s being held near Silicon Valley, which is largely responsible for revolutionizing the world by replacing brick and mortar with digital and virtual processes. That can ..