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Daily Digest 2/1 - Good News Friday: Ireland To Divest From Fossil Fuels, Israeli Scientists May Have Found Cancer Cure

Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:46 AM

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to [email protected] with subject header "Good News Friday." We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


A Vermont Supreme Court Ruling on Marijuana and Traffic Stops Is a Landmark Victory for Racial Justice (SV)

Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, Zullo filed suit against the state. He alleged a violation of his rights under Article 11 of the Vermont Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, and provides stronger safeguards than the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The state argued that Article 11 does not permit plaintiffs to recover monetary damages, and that, regardless, the search and seizure of Zullo’s car was reasonable. In a unanimous opinion, Justice Harold Eaton rejected both claims.

Chef José Andrés' team will keep serving free meals to federal employees as they head back to work (John J.)

The #ChefsForFeds campaign opened a kitchen and café this month near the White House, then soon expanded to 12 states and Puerto Rico. The effort also offers to-go meals for families, plus essentials like diapers, pet food and cat litter.

"We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children," the chef said in a video announcing the endeavor.

A Cure For Cancer? Israeli Scientists May Have Found One (Adam)

It sounds fantastical, especially considering that an estimated 18.1 million new cancer cases are diagnosed worldwide each year, according to reports by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Further, every sixth death in the world is due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death (second only to cardiovascular disease).

Veganuary ends on record high with 250,000 participants (tmn)

“With a quarter of a million participants this year, Veganuary is finishing on an all-time high,” said Rich Hardy, head of campaigns at Veganuary. “I think Veganuary has reached critical mass now – vegan living is growing; it’s here to stay, it’s part of the national conversation and it has credibility. That’s great news for people, animals and the planet.”

Scientists discover ideal wing shape for flight by simulating evolution (DennisC)

After their evolutionary models identified an array of wing shapes, scientists used a 3D printer to produce prototypes. Researchers raced the wings in NYU's Applied Math Lab. After identifying the fastest wing shapes, scientists used their genetic algorithm to "breed" the best shapes, producing offspring with a combination of beneficial aerodynamic attributes.

New partnership gets ag aviation buzzing (DennisC)

“Today’s drones are capable of autonomous flight over vast distances and have been proven to deliver greater efficiency and higher returns for farmers,” said Kate Lyall, chief technology officer and co-founder of Bee Innovative. “Being able to extend those advantages to farmers working in more complex environments, such as under netting in orchards, is an exciting prospect for growers and technology vendors alike.”

Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels (John J.)

“The [divestment] movement is highlighting the need to stop investing in the expansion of a global industry which must be brought into managed decline if catastrophic climate change is to be averted,” said Thomas Pringle, the independent member of parliament who introduced the bill. “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests.”

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy (John J.)

“It’s a big moment for climate policy in Germany that could make the country a leader once again in fighting climate change,” said Claudia Kemfert, professor for energy economics at the DIW Berlin, the German Institute for Economic Research. “It’s also an important signal for the world that Germany is again getting serious about climate change: a very big industrial nation that depends so much on coal is switching it off.”

UAE Sets Record For Largest ‘Virtual’ Battery (Michael S.)

But it’s not just about the record. A recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency revealed that record investments in solar power in the UAE—and in Saudi Arabia—has made solar power cost competitive with fossil-fueled power plants. The Emirates are already home to almost 79 percent of the installed solar power capacity of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Plans are in place in the UAE to draw 27 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2021. By 2050, the Emirates see 40 percent of their installed power generation capacity in the form of renewable sources.

A Grand Plan to Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (jdargis)

Since then, numerous studies have shown that microplastic is everywhere—in the melting ice of the Arctic, in table salt, in beer, in shrimp scampi. A study last year found traces of it in eighty-three per cent of tap-water samples around the world. (The incidence was highest in the United States, at ninety-four per cent.) A major concern of scientists is that chemical toxins in the microplastics may leach off during digestion, gradually building up in animal and human tissues. Judith Enck, a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, told me, “Where we are on plastics is where we were fifteen years ago on climate change. We’re just beginning to get the picture.”

Costco Stops Selling Roundup (Suzie G.)

Costco has been doing the right thing in many ways for years. They are one of the biggest retailers of organic food in America, and they actively support farmers transitioning to organic. Being able to buy organic food, and now organic weed killers at their stores is a great motivating factor to get a membership and we hope that our supporters do.

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What About Snakes?

The three piece kind

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Costco banning Glyphosate; just in time?

Does this mean I can eat Cheerios again?


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@ UncleTommy

No idea if this article is linked to what is happening right now in Quebec.

Pesticides: a whistleblower fired by the Quebec government  (In French)

Quebec's agriculture minister defends decision to fire whistleblower (English)

In short, being a whistleblower is not good for them. They will serve as examples to deter anyone who is planning to denounce anomalies.





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Israeli cure for cancer? Same old; same old.

Although the technology sounds novel, it seems that traditional medical research continues to look to "kill the bad guy" approach whether it be antigen specific toxins, gene expression disrupters or just outright broadspectrum biocides. With the advent of CRISPR technology, I would think that the up and coming bioscientists will be looking further a field for solutions to human disease focusing on gene therapy. I don't wish to diminish the Israeli approach, but I sense we may run into the same kind of predictament we find ourselves in with pesticide and herbicide resistance seen in agriculture. I can't help but be somewhat cautious with the "hype" that seems to come with all new miracle cures. Call me a Luddite or just an old curmudgin.

A genome specific approach, while infinitly more complicated, may be in the cards if combined with digital gene mapping technology.

But in the meantime, I offer my contribution to the discussion

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The Israeli cancer cure press release


I appreciate your skepticism and it is well placed when anyone is offering a cure for cancer. I think, though, that CRISPR and the targeted therapy discussed in this week's press release are 2 different things.

The Israeli press release was related to targeted therapies that block mutations in a particular tumor that has been sequenced after a patient's biopsy. It is supposed to interfere with the mutations ability to bypass the patient's immune system. This company also claims to be able to interfere with the production of cancer progenitor cells called cancer stem cells

I think CRISPR is more invasive (a big statement in the cancer therapy world) and involves messing with people's DNA directly.  That is a different process. 

I don't mean to be snarky, I saw this release and love the theory (have been dealing with people who have cancer of late and have done a lot of reading on targeted therapies which also involve dietary changes in addition to the new immunotherapies/immune checkpoint inhibitors like Keytrude etc...).  Right now the newer therapies are enormously expensive (someitmes hundreds of thousands of dollars).  This Israeli company's press release caught my eye because they are threatening to price their product much lower which is extremely important in the area of "targeted therapies" which address a specific mutation in a specific person's tumor. 

Still, since the company is not major big pharma who knows how far along they are.  The current therapies are single agent, patented, extremely expensive and there is less incentive for companies to start combining them in a single product due to patent protecttions but the theory makes sense. It's like waging a war on multiple fronts at the same time. Just FWIW.

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Crispr is a tool for messing with ANY DNA

Crispr is how you genetically modify a dna strand, where and how you want.

It works on plants, animals, bacteria, humans.

So it is how the chinese doctor GM'd the human babies. It is how the israelis intend to GM bacteria to target and kill human cancers.

And yes, humans are actually biomes; so although it won't GM the human, it will modify the biome-that-is-human. And yes, it could concievably be quite disasterous, but not in the ways we necessarily are thinking.

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resources on the topic of lifestyle changes that can help

I feel obligated to share this:


The psychiatrist who wrote Anticancer (who extended his lifespan after a brain tumor a very long time but eventually died) also interviewed cancer experts who point out that the combination therapies are resisted due to patent protections etc...

And Dr Ralph Moss's work (his consults are expensive, his theories are quite sound, and a lot of his info can be found on youtube and the web)

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That's the single best gene-editing music video I've seen in my entire life.  :)

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