Crusading mycologist Paul Stamets says fungi can clean up everything from oil spills to nuclear meltdowns.
“The time to act is now. Waiting for science and society to wake up to the importance of these ancient Old Growth fungi is perilously slow and narrow in vision. The meager attempts thus far may be too little, too late. Unless we collectively pool our resources, the mushroom genome will become increasingly threatened, and therefore, our very existence may be at stake. The loss of these keystone organisms should be an ecological call-to-arms for all concerned about our children’s future and the future of this planet.” -Paul Stamets Continue reading →
The Paris Summit on climate change has ended with rich nations and developing countries clashing over who will pay for what. While all that is going on, one small company in Vietnam has been working quietly on combating climate change. ‘Fargreen’ is a social enterprise founded in 2013 by Trang Tran and is one of the recipients of the prestigious‘Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2015’who has received US$250,000 in funding for her innovative approach to combating climate change. This is a company that works with Vietnamese farmers, educates them to change age-old beliefs where millions of tons of rice straw are burnt during the harvesting season; a practice which according to scientists helps create thick smog and contributes to global warming.Continue reading →