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Kiss the Ground, an nonprofit leader in the regenerative soil movement, has launched the Regenerative Sourcing and Supply Training Course. This is an online program with an aim to combat climate change through a regenerative sourcing and supply training platform. Their partnership with an international regenerative design consultancy provides access to knowledge, self-sustaining methods and direct communication between like-minded people to push the movement of healthy soil practices. The course starts April 18th and runs through July 11th with recorded download access for everything in the course through January 2020.

Ocean Visions is a unique annual summit led by trusted institutions and top scientists working together to deliver comprehensive, science-led solutions - scalable at a global level - to the ocean’s many pressing challenges. Health of our oceans has been declining as a result of climate change, overfishing and pollution. Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., past head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), environmental scientist and distinguished professor at Oregon State University is recipient of this year’s OceanVision2019 Tethys Award. The award was named for the Greek goddess of water and created to honor role models who contributed to, promoted, enabled or raised awareness about ocean solutions and who inspire new generations of ocean experts and leaders

A German inventor has created a breakthrough technology to solve the global water shortage, the impact of which, he says, is parallel in value to the discovery of several Earth-like planets. Solving the global water shortage requires access to an inexhaustible source of drinking water. The current dilemma within the desalination industry involves solving the problem of highly concentrated seawater, or brine, that is rejected from desalination plants. This concentrated brine harms the animals and plant life in the environment. The new technology enables the desalination industry to completely recycle the rejected brine with a zero discharge in an environmentally friendly process. It also provides a cost effective solution to calcium separation that makes the sea mining industry become profitable, thus making the desalination industry become profitable as well. This technology has been proven successful in Germany.

Eating Out: A Date with Glyphosate is a new report showing that the presence of the genotoxic chemical, glyphosate, is ubiquitous in foods across the U.S., and not just in the processed, packaged foods previously reported on. The director of the nonprofit publishing the report says that as our nation faces rising rates of chronic disease, it’s high time the food industry looks into solutions to remove this dangerous chemical from its products and from our food.

A growing body of peer-reviewed science links glyphosate to numerous harms to health from levels found in some restaurant foods tested. A 2017 study found that Roundup can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which affects 30 to 40% of Americans. Another study published in 2018 found that glyphosate may be genotoxic to human lymphocyte cells at low doses under the Acceptable Daily Intake set by the EPA. Glyphosate was classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s cancer arm in 2015.


Waste Not, Want Not - Toward Zero Hunger: Food Banks - A Green Solution to Hunger, a newly released study by the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), highlights the large-scale environmental and social impact of food banks, a community-based model that is positioned to address the paradox of global hunger parallel to considerable food waste at a time when world hunger rates are on the rise. The study focuses on the contributions of local food banks to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The UN Sustainable Development Goals were announced in 2012 as a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty much go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while teaching climate change and environmental protection.


Other articles of interest in this Sprng 2019 TMIS eNewsletter:

* The Annual Clean Water Report features results from the largest volunteer-run beach water testing program in the country, as well as case studies and outcomes from the nationwide Friendly Gardens program.

* A fungal disease found in all seven continents threatens mass die-offs of hundreds of species of the world’s frogs.

* An international design competition proposes young designers and architects to offer sustainable solutions with a goal of reducing the human footprint with a focus on climate change and protecting the environment.

* A new hope for the treatment of Alzheimer disease using the body’s own antioxidant defense mechanisms is recounted by the research physician in the Spring issue fo the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons,

* A well-being survey highlights the need to resolve the “always on” work culture before it escalates into a negative impact upon the global workforce.

* The Head2Toe Recycling company takes clothing and mobile devices collected in the United States to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations, reducing the need to take them to landfills.


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