Sierra Club warned today that a proposed law that would pave the wave for a Texas ‘water grid’ — a system of pipelines, reservoirs to pump water around the state — is a ‘California-style approach to water management’ that’s risky and costly.
The Obama Administration has approved drilling in Arctic waters, breaking a longtime stalemate between environmentalists who say its unsafe and petroleum companies that want access to new reserves.
After experiencing phenomenal growth, Austin’s green living home improvement store, TreeHouse, is looking at other markets with an eye toward expansion.
Interested in asking universities and corporations to divest from fossil fuels? You can catch up with the movement this weekend by following rallies around the world online. Or you can head to Waco.
Coal-fired power plants are the biggest single category of carbon pollution emitters. The EPA wants to tighten coal power emissions standards, and these two groups, one composed of business enterprises and the other a large evangelical group support the EPA’s move. Find out why.
Carbon emissions keep rising, and governments seem incapable of stopping them. This group is proposing a way that could sequester 100 percent of the carbon emissions being emitted today, stopping climate change. Could it be that simple? Not quite, perhaps, but almost.
The American Farmland Trust has started a contest to recognize farmers markets. It starts with shoppers, who can help their market win recognition by pledging to spend a certain amount.
Texas ranchers are about to get hit with a tax that’s being portrayed as a benefit for the beef industry. But the money fails to help local producers when it’s put into a fund advertising meat that could come from anywhere, according to the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. The group is urging ranchers to act quickly to vote this proposal down.
Smartphone use represents a waste hazard. Make sure your phone is as green and energy efficient as it can be by using our checklist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Organic agriculture, long considered healthier for soil, water and wildlife, also helps mitigate climate change, according to a study done by European agriculture experts.
The latest travesty being reported by PETA reminds us of the pate matter, which intrinsically requires suffering on the part of the enlisted animals. It’s easy to understand and needs no special PR campaign. In fact, it’s so cruel and needless, that we couldn’t bear to watch the video.
A story posted by Reuters today quotes an oil company chief saying his firm no longer considers Keystone XL a viable way to transport crude oil from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to refineries in Texas.
Cops. Lawyers. Doctors. Even ice road truck drivers have all received their due on TV, either in fictional or “true life” series. It was about time farmers got some exposure. Meet the inordinately attractive and active King family of Freedom Farms in western Pennsylvania. They’ll get you learning about CSAs, family farms, and as a bonus, show what biceps look like when they’re used every day. Indeed, you may get healthier just watching this show on Great American Country TV.
Antibiotic-resistant diseases are depriving Americans of good health every year, with 23,000 people dying from diseases that were untreatable because antibiotics failed to work.
This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sprang into action – 30 or so years into this growing problem — to take aim at a major culprit, perhaps the major culprit, the livestock producers who routinely administer antibiotics to make animals…
The USDA allows livestock to be fed controversial growth enhancers that are banned in the European Union. This year Russia joined the countries that won’t accept meat that was raised with beta agonists, forcing US authorities to come up with some quick answers if they want to recover this large export market. A collateral effect could be that Americans get meat that’s free of growth hormones, or not.
Animal rights advocate Peter Singer explains how inhumane factory farming exacerbates poverty and climate change
Animal rights advocate Peter Singer says shifting our diet away from meat could relieve human, as well as animal suffering. Speaking at UT-Dallas last week, he showed how factory farming and our inability to effectively fight world hunger are entwined.
Maybe there’s something to this solar power thing, with it’s renewable-ness and positive ROIs. Major U.S. retailers, who understand narrow profit margins and keeping expenses down better than anyone, have installed hundreds of megawatts of PV panels. See who’s converting to sun power.