Trump Pulls US Out of Paris Accord

From Juan Cole’s blog…

“On Thursday, Trump delivered himself of one of the most brain-dead speeches ever given by an American president, more imbecilic even than Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” or Nixon’s “I am not a crook.” He withdrew from the Paris climate accords, saying that he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris. Trump alleged that he was somehow protecting the United States from dastardly furriners in cancelling the Paris commitment.

Climate change is on a spectrum. We can put up the temperature 3.6 degree Fahrenheit or we can put up the temperature 12 degrees F.

In fact, the US is particularly liable to damage from climate change. Here are the parts of the country he just deeply damaged.

Since Trump made that crack about Pittsburgh, let us begin by considering

1. What Climate Change will do to Pennsylvania:

“Increasing Temperature and Changing Precipitation Rising temperatures and shif ting rainfall patterns are likely to increase the intensity of both floods and droughts. Average annual precipitation in Pennsylvania has increased 5 to 10 per cent in the last century, and precipitation from extremely heavy storms has increased 70 percent in th e Northeast since 1958.”

Trump hasn’t given Pennsylvania more rust belt jobs. He has given it more Johnstown floods.

(The web site cited above is from the old EPA before Big Brother changed History and erased it; it is now hosted at a different server, as though we were a Middle Eastern dictatorship.)

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New EPA Head Appoints Many Climate Change Skeptics

From the New York Times…

WASHINGTON — Days after the Senate confirmed him as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt appeared at the Conservative Political Action Conference and was asked about addressing a group that probably wanted to eliminate his agency.

“I think it’s justified,” he responded, to cheers. “I think people across the country look at the E.P.A. the way they look at the I.R.S.”

In the days since, Mr. Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general who built a career out of suing the agency he now leads, has moved to stock the top offices of the agency with like-minded conservatives — many of them skeptics of climate change and all of them intent on rolling back environmental regulations that they see as overly intrusive and harmful to business.

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Trump White House Removes Climate Change Page From Website

It did not take long before the new Trump administration to start making its mark. One of the first changes was to remove the Climate Change page from the White House website. From the LA Times;

“Scientists, environmentalists and other concerned citizens were quick to notice that there is no longer any mention of climate change on the new White House website. ”

“It is not surprising that the Trump administration removed the former president’s policy pages from the White House website. The materials on the website are meant to be statements of the current administration’s policies — not those of their predecessors.

Indeed, President Obama’s team did the same thing when he was first sworn into office. ”

We will have to see what the results of Trump’s American Energy Plan ends up looking like before we can make any further analysis. But the things he ash said before are alarming. See the video below.

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Managing for on-farm #biodiversity can increase resilience to #ClimateChange impacts…

Managing for on-farm #biodiversity can increase resilience to #ClimateChange impacts while reducing #emissions and sequestering #carbon.

Check out Wild Farm Alliance’s valuable but FREE Biodiversity Conservation Guide for #organic farms and certifiers to learn how to make it happen: www.wildfarmalliance.org/biodiversity_guide

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Nicolette Hahn Niman and Michael R. Dimock had a great…

Nicolette Hahn Niman and Michael R. Dimock had a great time on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight” show today with host Beth Ruyak. They talked about the growing power of the food movement as a warm up for tomorrow’s Inaugural Farm Tank Summit. They mentioned Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), California Climate and Agriculture Network and Slow Food USA during the segment. Listen to this brief but lively segment. You can follow the summit via live stream tomorrow through Farm Tank’s or Barnraiser’s websites. Nicolette and Michael hope you’ll join them!

California Food Policy Council Public Health Institute Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2016/09/21/insight-092116a/

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We did it!, No you did it!!! ROC surpassed our…

We did it!, No you did it!!! ROC surpassed our $10,000 goal for today! If we keep up the pace we’ll meet our $40K minimum and head for our $65K stretch goal! More on that later. We want to thank the folks who got us here so far. See below the full list of Barnraiser backers. It is becoming the list of superstars from the #goodfoodmovement across the nation! They see the need for more policy action and they are saying YES to a new food and farming system! Please Join them

Alessandra Ghini, Go Strategy Partners, Amelia Moore Union of Concerned Scientists, Andrew S Kanter, MD, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health & Earth Institute, Ann Anderson of Humboldt Food Policy Council, Ben Feldman Ecology Center, Berkeley Food Policy Council & CA Alliance of Farmers Markets, Beth Wyatt Sonoma Wealth Management Group, Slow Food Russian River & LandPaths, Caitlyn Galloway Little City Gardens, Charity Kenyon Slow Food Sacramento & Slow Food USA Policy Committee Chris Robb, Parade Farming Co, Christopher Gardner, Menus of Change, Craig McNamara Sierra Orchards, Founder of Center for Land-Based Learning & President, CA State Board of Food & Agriculture, Daralyn Durie and Ragesh Tangri Durie Tangri LLP, Dawn Perri Changemaker, Debbie Mytels Acterra, Diana Donlon Karlenzig, Center for Food Safety, Dulanie Ellis, Film Maker, Ground Operations, Edie Jessup at Food For People, Eli Zigas, SPUR, Evan Wiig The Farmers Guild, Jacqueline Clemens Winters Farm to School, Jeanne Merrill of California Climate and Agriculture Network, Jileen Russell Puu O Kumau Ranch & Slow Food Hawaii, Judy Schriebman, Changemaker, Julie Cummins, CUESA, Laura Mack at Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance, Laura and Larry Martin of Food & Wine Trails, Lawrence Jaffe of Sebastopol Grange, Lilia Smelkova, Food Day, Liz Downey and Sarah Downey of Two Tumbleweeds, Malaika Bishop of Sierra Harvest & Nevada County Food Policy Council, Marie Sayles of Barnraiser, Martin Bourque of Ecology Center & CA Market Match Consortium, Melita Love of Farm to Pantry, Michael O’Gorman of Farmer Veteran Coalition, Navina Moon, Heal Food Alliance, Nick Papadopoulos of Crop Mobster, Owen Dimock & Patsy Dimock, Paul Dolan of Dark Horse Vineyard and Farming Company, Paula Shatkin of Slow Food Russian River & the Gravenstein Apple Presidium, Peter Rogers a Changemaker, Peg Champion of Champion Organic Communications, Renata Brillinger of California Climate & Agriculture Network, Richard Rominger, Rominger Brothers Farms & Former Secretary of CA Dept of Food & Agriculture & Former Deputy Secretary USDA, Ron Pardini, Urban Village Farmers Market Assoc, Ross Stromberg, Farm to Pantry, Sandra J Mardigian Changemaker, Sue Sigler of CA Association of Food Banks, Suzanne Grady of Petaluma Bounty, William Rosenzweig Physic Ventures & the Food Business School

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Exactly how Agriculture is Affected by Global Warming

When you think about worldwide warming, you could imagine remarkable scenes like cyclones and melting glaciers. The truth is that something as commonplace as agriculture is currently revealing indicators of the results of worldwide warming.

Some research studies show that the news of global warming is not all negative for farming, a minimum of not in the short run. While people have altered several ecological factors by their activities, the short-term effects of these changes frequently lead to far better plants.

Temperature levels obviously increase since of worldwide warming. This has some short-lived advantages. For some time, it will just mean even more time for crops to mature due to a much longer growing period. This is particularly real of regions where the springtime and fall were when rather amazing.

On the other hand, these greater temperatures can bring problems in various other locations. In regions that are currently cozy, global warming will cause the plants to waste away in the warmth. Soil evaporation prices will certainly be really high, leaving extremely dry earth. Add to that, droughts that will certainly make both the air as well as the soil completely dry as well as may also bring about burning of some plants.

International warming makes certain to cause changes in precipitation. This will cause modifications in the soil dampness. Specifically with the extreme weather condition forecasted with worldwide warming, rain will certainly boil down hard when it does come. This will certainly bring about more than normal soil erosion. These aspects greatly influence farming.

Oddly enough, all the added co2 in the air that causes international warming likewise has a fertilizing affect on crops. This type of fertilization is most useful for crops such as wheat, soybeans, and rice. CARBON DIOXIDE fertilizing is a helpful by-product to international warming.

Nevertheless, this advantage could all be in vain. When international warming pushes ground level ozone to greater stages, the co2 fertilizing is invalidated out by tropospheric ozone. These ozone levels are affected by both exhausts as well as temperature level. The result is that when the environment modifications, the ground ozone levels will rise.

There have always been several barriers to farming. Worldwide warming just makes them a lot more intense. Now, it is much more likely that a farmer will encounter droughts, floods, heat waves, and cyclones, to name a few. They will be harder to overcome than before and they will absolutely be much less rare.

The total forecasts for the US are neither all bad nor all excellent. Plants are anticipated to benefit from the results of global warming in lots of regions for some time. In some locations, though, plants will experience as a result of local variants.

The Great Plains are now extra at risk to drought, thanks to global warming. However, Canada will possibly benefit from the added warmth as farming will certainly take a Northward change.

Currently, and in the close to future, worldwide warming does not seem to be an extremely harmful situation for North American farmers. There may even be some favorable results. Nevertheless, over time, nothing will have the ability to minimize the damages that will be triggered by global warming if it is not quit.

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