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Austin’s annual Give 5 % to Mother Earth Day is next week

April 15th, 2014

In Austin, people can give back to Mother Earth on Earth Day in a direct way, by shopping and dining at businesses participating in a special giveback program. This Earth Day, be ready with the list.

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Energy efficiency from digital technology bringing radical change to commercial buildings, report says

March 13th, 2014

The building automation and controls industry will be fundamentally transformed by digital technologies in the coming years, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

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Trouble for Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska

February 19th, 2014

A judge has overturned a law approving passage for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska, saying that Gov. John Heineman overstepped his authority in the case when he granted permission in Jan. 2013 for a new pipeline route through the state.

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Texas lags behind California — and other states — in solar jobs

February 18th, 2014

A new report by the Solar Foundation shows California continuing to surge ahead with jobs in the sector, while other states, including Texas, lag behind.

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Fracking threatens water supplies in several states; Texas is ‘ground zero,’ report concludes

February 6th, 2014

Business investment group CERES sounded the alarm Wednesday, issuing a major report about the billions of gallons of fresh water being lost to natural gas fracking operations across the United States and in Canada. CERES researchers evaluated oil and gas water use in eight regions, concluding that gas companies need to improve their water conservation and investors should take heed of the risks involved with fracking in arid and water-stressed regions.

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Joel Salatin, farmer on a mission

February 4th, 2014

Joel Salatin, local food advocate, author and owner of Polyface Farms in Virginia, has spent the last several years telling people what they must do to build local, healthful food networks that support farmers and bring fresh, quality foods to customers. Here he offers a sampling of his philosophy at a Texas appearance.

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Undercover investigation exposes cruel treatment of veal calves

January 27th, 2014

Another undercover investigation exposing cruelty toward animals bound for slaughter has surfaced, resulting in calls to close a loophole in the law to better protect veal calves.

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How gas drilling can frack up your foundation (hint: it causes an earthquake)

January 15th, 2014

A fresh bevy of small earthquakes — 32 so far — north of Fort Worth has rattled area residents over the past two months. They’ve been jamming town meetings to complain about cracks in buildings and sink holes in yards that appeared following the quakes. See a video about how gas injection wells destablize the ground.

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GM foods you’re probably already eating (surprise!)

January 15th, 2014

Here’s a poster we commissioned a few months ago that remains among the most current infographics showing that the vast majority of the sugar beets, soybeans, canola, cotton, field corn and papaya grown in the United States have been genetically modified.

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Are mushrooms the future of packaging?

January 3rd, 2014

CNN Money reports on Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, that turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.

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Wind energy subsidies blew away with 2013; will anyone bring them back in 2014?

January 2nd, 2014

Congress’ on-and-off romance with wind energy is back off. Tax credits for wind expired – again – with the close of 2013. This isn’t the first time the industry has broken up with its Congress. Every year or every other year for the past decade lawmakers have acted like a reluctant fiancee, extending a hand but always holding back on a full-fledged support for the wind industry.

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Organic farms help mitigate climate change

December 18th, 2013

Organic agriculture, long considered healthier for soil, water and wildlife, also helps mitigate climate change, according to a study done by European agriculture experts.

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