Since the ambitious and controversial Green New Deal debuted last month, Republicans and Democrats have sparred over the cost of the measure — a nonbinding resolution that broadly outlines how the U.S. should address climate change over the next decade. But sometimes the politicians have erred in their descriptions of the proposal and the costs of climate action and inaction. Democrats Seek Green New Deal to Address Climate Change Numerous Republicans have touted a $93 trillion price tag for the resolution. President Donald Trump has rounded that up to $100 trillion. But the estimate, which comes from a right-leaning think tank, has important caveats, and experts told us the Green New Deal is too vague to try to estimate its cost. Sen. Ed Markey, the Democratic sponsor of the resolution, claimed that without any action climate change “will result in 10% GDP loss by 2090,” citing the National Climate Assessment. That number is an upper-end estimate, and two of … [Read more...] about Fact Check: How Much Will the ‘Green New Deal’ Cost?
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Gallery: Not-so-happy campers +10 more photos Bryan Johnson is out $220,000, and he's waiting to see whether Walker County officials give him relief. Johnson bought 16 acres off Chattanooga Valley Road in Flintstone, Georgia, in October to open a high-end camping business. He planned to spread 12 yurts across the property and rent them through Airbnb, aiming for a price tag of $130 a night during the busy season. The land is zoned Residential-2, allowing for recreational activity. But in January, a planning department employee told him he needed a conditional-use variance. Campgrounds normally require agricultural zoning. During a Feb. 21 planning commission meeting, neighbors protested his request, telling the board they feared he would bring parties, loud music and hard drugs. The commission recommended Johnson's application be denied. But on Feb. 28, before Commissioner Shannon Whitfield had the final say, his staff recommended he table the issue. Multiple county leaders said … [Read more...] about Lack of long-term plan for short-term rentals has Georgia man’s glamping business on hold [photos]
Twenty years ago, there were two small dairy farms in my hamlet in Normandy. There were ten farms, big and small, in my commune in the hills 20 miles south of Caen. There are now no farms in my hamlet and only four farms in the commune. One of the remaining farmers will retire this year. His land, mostly rented, will be split up between larger holdings. Much the same pattern can be observed all over France. There are 460,000 French farms in 2019, compared to 750,000 two decades ago. Fine, you may say. Such developments are healthy and inevitable. French farming is adjusting to the economic realities of the modern world. French President Emmanuel Macron at this year's Salon de l'Agriculture. Photo: AFP Is it? Despite the holocaust in farm numbers and a doubling of farm sizes in the last two decades, two out of five French farmers earn less than €4,320 a year. Without their subsidies from Brussels, tens of thousands of … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: ‘Farming doesn’t feed us’: The story of France’s ailing agriculture
Zeynep Bilginsoy and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press Updated 3:18 am PST, Friday, February 22, 2019 In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 photo, shoppers wait in line to buy groceries at a government-run market selling spinach, tomatoes and peppers at discounted prices in an Istanbul neighbourhood. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has set up dozens of these temporary stalls in Turkey's largest cities in a bid to mitigate the effects of soaring food prices that have stung households. The move comes just over a month before Erdogan faces local elections on March 31, when runaway prices and an economic downturn could cost his ruling party some key municipal seats. less In this Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 photo, shoppers wait in line to buy groceries at a government-run market selling spinach, tomatoes and peppers at discounted prices in an Istanbul neighbourhood. Turkey's President ... more Photo: Emrah Gurel, … [Read more...] about As prices soar, Turkey’s Erdogan woos voters with cheap veg
Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries -- driving climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution due to over-application of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, and unsustainable changes in water and land use. The daily dietary pattern of a planetary health diet consists of approximately 35% of calories as whole grains and tubers, protein sources mainly from plants -- but including approximately 14g of red meat per day -- and 500g per day of vegetables and fruits. Moving to this new dietary pattern will require global consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar to decrease by about 50%, while consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes must double. Unhealthy diets are the leading cause of ill-health worldwide and following the diet could avoid approximately 11 million premature deaths per … [Read more...] about Diet and food production must radically change to save planet