Daily Archives: October 16, 2017

Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits Ireland – BBC News


BBC News

Published on Oct 16, 2017

Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles. The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life”, with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock. In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning and the government has deployed the army. An amber warning for Northern Ireland, Wales, south west Scotland and the Isle of Man is in force until 23:00 BST.

“Everything was on Fire”: CA Resident Describes Fleeing 30-Foot-High Flames Surrounding Her Ranch


Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 16, 2017

https://democracynow.org – In California, at least 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate, with about 75,000 people still displaced. Some residents had to flee for their lives, as drought conditions and powerful, erratic winds have contributed to the explosive spread of the fires. Among those who had to flee was Jan Hoyman, a pottery artist who narrowly escaped the fire in Mendocino County last week. We speak to her from her studio in Ukiah, California.

Scientist Daniel Swain on “Unprecedented Climate Conditions” Contributing to Deadly CA Wildfires


Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 16, 2017

https://democracynow.org – In California, at least 40 people have died, hundreds are missing, and thousands of homes have been destroyed by uncontrollable wildfires. More than 11,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires, with the support of hundreds of fire engines and dozens of helicopters and airplanes. Many of the firefighters are prisoners, who are working for as little as $1 a day. Among the victims of the wildfires were elderly residents of Sonoma County, where authorities say their bodies were so charred, the only way to identify some of them was by the serial numbers on artificial joints or other medical devices. We speak with Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and author of Weather West, the California Weather Blog.

CA Rep. Khanna: “We Can’t Control Environmental Catastrophes Caused by Extreme Cli mate Conditions”


Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 16, 2017

https://democracynow.org – In California, raging wildfires fueled by climate change have killed at least 40 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and scorched more than 200,000 acres—roughly the size of New York City. The fires are now the deadliest in California since record keeping began. At least 100,000 people have been forced to evacuate, with about 75,000 people still displaced. Some residents had to flee for their lives, as drought conditions and powerful, erratic winds have contributed to the explosive spread of the fires. The fires have also contributed to a housing crisis, leaving thousands homeless in neighborhoods of California where rental prices were already sky-high before the blazes. We speak with Ro Khanna, Democratic congressmember from California.

GROW BIOINTENSIVE workshops with John Jeavons

John Jeavons is the Executive Director of the globally active non-profit Ecology Action, located in Willits, CA, and is a leader in the field of Biointensive agriculture. He developed the small-scale, high-yielding, resource-conserving GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming method—an approach that allows small farmers to increase yields, build fertile soil up to 60x faster than nature, and use 66% less water per pound of food, compared with conventional practices. This comprehensive cropping system enables people everywhere to grow a complete, balanced diet, significant income, and sustainable soil fertility using very little land. As a result of Ecology Action’s demonstration, teaching and research activities in biologically intensive farming over the last 43 years, John’s methods are now being used in 143 countries in virtually all climates and soils where food is grown.

John believes that each person has the capacity to make a profound difference in the sustainability of our agriculture and through it, our world; and that if we each learn to take care of our part of the Earth – our garden – then we can change our situation from one of scarcity to abundance: of enough for everyone

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland said of his work: “There are probably a billion people in the world who are malnourished. The Jeavons approach could enable that segment of the population to feed itself adequately for the first time ever. That would be a remarkable development in this world, and would do more to solve the problems of poverty, misery and hunger than anything else we’ve done.”

A political science graduate of Yale University, Jeavons worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Stanford University before launching his career in small-scale agriculture education. He is the author of the best-selling sustainable farming handbook How to Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine,now

in its 8th edition in eight languages, plus Braille, with over 550,000 copies in print worldwide. He has authored, co-authored or edited over 40 publications on Biointensive agriculture, including a five-part, peer-reviewed article that appeared in The Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.1

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Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson


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A New Paradigm for Agriculture


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Published on Feb 20, 2010

Wes Jackson, Ph.D., President of The Land Institute. Salina, Kansas, talks about confronting the planetary challenges we face and making the necessary transition from an “extractive” economy to a “stable state economy” imitating natural systems: no topsoil disruption; no fossil-fuel inputs; no chemical pollution. Dr. Jackson resigned a professorship with tenure to found The Land Institute in 1976. Pew Scholar, MacArthur Fellow, and Right Livelihood Award. Books include Man and the Environment, New Roots for Agriculture, Meeting the Expectations of the Land (edited with Wendell Berry and Bruce Colman), Altars of Unhewn Stone, and Becoming Native to This Place. Life magazine named Jackson one of 18 individuals it predicts will be among the 100 “important Americans of the 20th century.” He was named one of Smithsonian magazines “35 who made a difference” in November 2005. Thanks to Pt. Reyes Books for the use of the interview space: www.ptreyesbooks.com Interviewed by EON’s Mary Beth Brangan and James Heddle http://www.eon3.net/ Please check the EON store for DVD’s on this topic: http://www.eon3.net/store/store_main…. For more information: www.LandInstitute.org

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