Environmental News

November, 2016

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyones arguing over where they’re going to sit”

~ David Suzuki


Recent Headlines

The changing climate is affecting everyone, all around the world. It is time to stop the debate, it is time to take action.

“Powerful storm sweeps through Poland”
“Severe flash floods, landslides wreak havoc across Central Java, Indonesia”
“Record-breaking rainfall triggers deadly landslides across quake-shaken Kumamoto, Japan”
“Severe storms, lightning kill over 100 people in India”
“Severe thunderstorms, flash floods hit western Europe”
“Surge of lightning deaths in Bangladesh, 261 so far this year”
“Intense thunderstorm wreaks havoc across Croatia: 50.2 mm (2 inches) of rain in just 30 minutes”
“Heavy rain triggers deadly floods and landslides, more than 30 missing in Uttarakhand, India”
“Intense hailstorm damaged more than 2 500 homes in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil”
“Extreme heat triggers heavy thunderstorms, UK”
“Huge waves and strong winds wash away 10 m (33 feet) high seawall, New Zealand”
“Perfect storm creates weather events never seen before in South Australia”
“Powerful storm rips through Shuswap, Canada”
“Flooding leaves 135 dead, 395 missing and more than 100 000 displaced in North Korea”
“Heavy rain causes severe flash flooding in Greece, claims 4 lives”
“State of emergency declared after worst flooding since 1962 hits Skopje, Macedonia”
“Record-breaking rainfall, destructive tornadoes and a spell of cold weather hits South Africa”
“Powerful tornado rips through Yancheng city, eastern China, leaving 51 dead”
(source: The Watchers)

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November 30, 2016

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Small farms are just as important as big agriculture in the fight against climate change

By Duda Cardosa

Just four days before the US elections, the Paris Agreement officially became international law after receiving formal sign-off from 55 countries that contribute 55% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. This landmark deal marked a pivotal moment in the fight against climate change, particularly given its ratification by a majority of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, including India, China, the United States, and the European Union.

However, the election of Donald Trump has ushered in a new administration that has vocalized opposition to the agreement, leaving a wake of uncertainty. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we make every dollar and every action count in the fight against climate change.

(Full Story)


Be a Part of the Solution

There are many environmental organizations around the world that offer a way for you to get involved.

350.org is building a global climate movement. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.


Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.


Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.

Earthworks stands for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.


Our focus on replacing our dependence on fossil fuels and coal, by developing and using renewable energy systems, is important.

But we also need to focus on regenerating the earth, reverse some of the damage that global warming has caused so far, and bring our climate back to a healthy and sustainable level globally. Dr. Michael Shafer offers a concrete plan of action you can take within your own community. Discover how you can help make a difference.

Can your town save the earth?

Biochar News

Check out what has been developing at Warm Heart Environmental Project

The Warm Heart FC Trough

The Warm Heart team has been developing a new type of flame cap / flame curtain (FC) biochar production unit. These are FC Trough units, which are defined as above ground FC units with a non-square, rectangular top aspect.

The general design was developed as a result of considering the easiest low tech way to pyrolyze a great variety of the feedstock types available to the small holders in developing countries, that is, with a minimum amount of processing &/or transportation of the feedstock beyond the initial harvesting. Read More

Biochar Production Oven Specs

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200L. (55 gallon) Natural Draft TLUD Biochar
200L. Trough Oven
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