Daily Archives: October 27, 2017

Jessie Banhazl

The Journey Institute
Published on Jun 24, 2009

50 In 52 Journey interview of Jessie Banhazl, co-founder of Green City Growers in Boston Massachusetts. Watch this interview to see how one company is changing the way people in the greater Boston area are eating by teaching them to grow their own food. With creativity and passion you’ll see how Jessie and her business partner have built a business that helps people and restaurants become more self sufficient and for less than organic food costs at the grocery store. Be inspired by what a passion for good food and some hard work can do to move a community, a city, a state and ultimately the country forward.


The climate-change experiment | The Economist – Geoengineering – David Keith – Harvard

The Economist

Published on Oct 26, 2017
Climate-change experts are researching ways to cool down the planet using geoengineering. How could spraying chemicals into the stratosphere help counteract global warming?

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What if you discovered a way to cool down the planet? Extreme weather events are becoming more common and more ferocious. As the surface temperature of earth continues to rise, so too will the ferocity of natural disasters.

In 2018 scientists will take bold steps to explore a technology that could reverse the effects of climate-change. They’re looking at ways to reflect sunlight back into space and cool down the planet.

Insurers say the number of weather-related disasters has quadrupled since 1970. While world leaders are debating and disputing climate-change and the ways in which humans alter their behaviour on earth, some scientists discuss changes to the earth itself.

In 2018, they’ll take to the stratosphere to learn what it might take – or cost – to cool the planet directly. Geoengineering is the pioneering science that could well be on everyone’s lips in 2018.

The team from Harvard University is the first in the world to test the effects solar geoengineering might have in the stratosphere.

The experiments in 2018 won’t impact the climate, but if one day implemented, this controversial intervention could help curb extreme weather events.

Solar geoengineering has the potential to save lives, but it also poses unknown risks. And there are fears that merely researching geoengineering might be detrimental to the long-term fight against climate-change.

Some environmentalists say that the drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions could be lost if there’s seen to be a quick fix.

And deciding who controls a technology that affects everyone on the planet won’t be easy. Ultimately solar geoengineering could prove a risk not worth taking. But ignoring it now could be even more dangerous.

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Solar Radiation Management (SRM) – David Keith

The Somerville Community Growing Center Educational Video

Somerville Media Center
Published on Aug 16, 2017

The Somerville Community Growing Center, a quarter-acre site near Union Square, Somerville, was created 20 years ago as an “urban oasis” for environmental education, community gatherings, and cultural performances. Over the past two decades of active use, the Growing Center’s landscape has changed: trees have grown to shade the site, limiting where the Growing Center can grow food for urban agriculture; the lawn has been compacted by heavy equipment and use; and wooden structures are reaching the end of their natural life span. The Friends of the Community Growing Center, engaged Eva Leung and Adam Davenport of Terra Cura Inc. to support a redesign process. Using a Regenerative Development process and Permaculture principles, community forums and hands on workshops have helped explore how to reshape the space to serve Somerville residents for another 20 years and beyond — a model for an urban food forest and community park. The challenges include how to allow for a number of positive developments in the space – such as securing terraced areas of the garden sustainably, increasing soil and plant health, growing the yield of food highlighting principles of sustainable urban agriculture at the Growing Center, improving water conservation naturally, along with making community gathering areas more accessible for the diverse community easing maintenance and management throughout the site. Learn more about this re-design process and how the Community Preservation Act has helped to support many of these above initiatives! This video was created by Stuart Roelke and with the help of Somerville Media Center – SMC.

Fred Teng discusses China’s social welfare

New Study Says Extreme Climate Change Preventable


Climatematters.tv – Is it Game Over for the Climate?

Running Out of Time on Climate Change – Stuart Scott at Columbia University

‘Our investigative bodies have been weaponized’

US military presence in Africa is to secure national interests