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Cornell students fuse design and urban agriculture, creating the Hydroponic Bottle Wall

August 13th, 2013

Urban agriculture doesn’t look anything like traditional agriculture. But that can be a good thing, as urban architecture and design weaves food into unlikely spaces, making them more utilitarian and also more beautiful, like this unique project by Cornell University students.

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Nancy’s Gone Green shows us how organic, local and Fair Trade clothing has gone awesome

August 6th, 2013

Nancy’s Gone Green is one of a growing number of small retailers that are selling “sweat shop free” clothing. Some of it is organic. Some is fair trade. Some is vintage. And a growing segment is USA made. Nancy’s Gone Green has offerings from all these arenas. We talked with co-owner Mary Savoca about how ethical clothing can be affordable and amazing.

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Harmful levels of arsenic and selenium found in water near gas fracking operations in North Texas, study reports

July 31st, 2013

Arsenic and selenium, two metals that are toxic in small doses, were found in higher concentrations near gas drilling sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale in a study that begs for more investigation of how fracking may be contaminating drinking water.

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Six women climb London’s ‘Shard’ skyscraper to protest Shell’s planned arctic drilling

July 12th, 2013

In an inventive and grueling protest of arctic oil drilling, six women scaled the tallest tower in London, the Shard building, to send a message to Shell Oil.

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Obama unveils climate policy: Don’t fear the future, seize it

June 25th, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered a pointed speech on climate change today, which suggested that the Keystone XL pipeline will not be automatically approved and drilled down on the biggest source of carbon emissions, power plants. The highlight of The President’s Climate Action Plan, unveiled before an audience at Georgetown University, will be a move by the EPA to set limits on carbon…

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Keystone XL pump station construction halted by Great Plains protesters

June 24th, 2013

Nine protesters from the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance were arrested this morning, after at least eight members of the group locked themselves to construction equipment and a construction trailer at the site of a pump station being built in Seminole, OK, to service the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

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‘Nature Sacred’ awards will help restore Joplin and Queens and study the power of nature in disaster-torn areas

June 21st, 2013

Can green spaces confer real healing effects? Can they help people feel more resilient and less stressed? These are the questions posed by a program that will be looking for the answers in weather-battered Joplin and Queens, among other places.

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Meet six determined, courageous environmentalists honored for making a difference

April 16th, 2013

Can one person make a difference? Each Goldman Environmental Prize recipient has. But it wasn’t easy. These grassroots environmentalists faced down pollution, mining and drilling interests, entrenched officials and even assassination their efforts to save and restore natural lands, stop air pollution and encourage recycling. Read on for inspiration…

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The Safe Chemicals Act of 2013 aims to clamp down

April 10th, 2013

U.S. Senators today introduced the Safe Chemicals Act, designed to require stricter screening of chemicals to assess their safety before they’re approved for public use. The SCA also would give the EPA more authority to go after chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health conditions.

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The “Monsanto rider” passes, disappointing at least 208,000 Americans

March 22nd, 2013

Despite opposition from farm and food groups, and a petition on SIgnOn.org, Congress passed the controversial Monsanto Protection Act on Thursday, freeing the giant biotech firm, and others like it, from annoying oversight by the USDA. Read about this window into how Washington works, for companies that are big enough.

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Woody Harrelson asks, ‘Do we need to wear fur?’

February 11th, 2013

Sometimes less is more. This video with Woody Harrelson spares the usual bloody images and hyperbole, and ends up making a powerful statement against wearing fur. Just keep your eyes on the fox.

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The anti-fracking movie you haven’t heard about yet

January 8th, 2013

Promised Land, the fictional movie starring Matt Damon, is sure to raise more discussion about the merits and risks of hydraulic fracturing. But did you know there’s also a new documentary about the potential dangers of fracking?

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