Kids paying cash for lunch eat healthier, Cornell study shows

The more current the currency, the better kids eat, according to a study that looked at how payment methods in public school lunch systems affect food choices. The study, by Cornell researchers funded with a government grant, looked at two types of payment methods in public school cafeterias, those that accept only pre-loaded debit cards and those that accept cash or debit card.

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

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…

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrested in Texas while protesting Keystone XL pipeline

Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president, has been arrested in Texas while helping protesters of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Stein, who was being detained at the Wood County Jail, was helping resupply members of the Tar Sands Blockade who’re encamped in the trees trying to stop the path of the pipeline through East Texas.

Before being detained by local authorities — joining dozens of protesters who’ve been arrested for civil disobedience against the pipeline project — Dr. Stein issued a statement linking Keystone XL to the climate change that’s causing havoc with the U.S. economy and environment.

‘Queen of the Sun’ filmmakers tell how honeybees are dying, and could take us with them

Rachel Carson once warned the world that the pesticides we were using to kill weeds were devastating birds, threatening to bring on a ‘Silent Spring’. People woke up and banned the potent herbicide DDT, saving the American Bald Eagle and countless song birds (and fish, farm animals, trees and more). They began to control pollution and clean up rivers and lakes, answering Carson’s clarion call.

EPA exec Al Armendariz resigns after controversial remarks about EPA enforcement philosophy

Speaking to a group of citizens two years ago in the tiny town of Dish, Texas, where extensive gas fracking operations had flared into a major issue, then-newly appointed EPA Region 6 chief Dr. Al Armendariz made remarks about the EPA’s enforcement “philosophy” that have now cost him his job.
Dr. Armendariz’ comments came to light last week when Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) highlighted them in a speech on the Senate floor and called for an investigation.

San Francisco Green Film Festival spotlights rising oceans, climate ‘outlaws’ and green awakenings in Detroit and China

San Francisco’s Green Film Festival kicks off this week, with 40 films from around the world and dozens of directors and speakers slated to appear at showings from March 1-7. The second annual festival also will feature US premieres of foreign films, such as Waking the Green Tiger, a chronicle of China’s rising eco-awareness, and Just Do It: A Tale of Modern Day Outlaws, which follows activists in Great Britain on a whirlwind of zany actions to stop polluters. See snapshots of these two films, and two other fascinating works, Urban Roots and Blood in the Mobile, below.

Celebs parade green on the red carpet

Meryl lit up the night in her gold couture gown by Lanvin as she accepted her third Oscar for The Iron Lady at the 84th Oscars last night.The queen of Hollywood appeared far from iron-like is a glowing gold gown that also happened to be green. The dress, which flowed and draped in several impossible directions, was created with sustainable fabric.
Streep’s custom creation came together with the help of Colin Firth’s wife, Livia…

Climate change in New England: Scientists appeal to politicos to take it seriously

Last month, a group of 51 scientists in New Hampshire, concerned about the lack of concern for climate change among candidates for public office, issued an open letter describing why they think it should be a priority issue.
The letter describes how climate change threatens New England’s crisp autumns and white winters, a source of great pride and tourism, as well as its coastlines and quality of life.
With the Republican presidential contenders massed in the state for the New Hampshire primary, set for this coming Tuesday, it time to republish this appeal.

Science and Public Policy in New Hampshire

Despite widespread scientific consensus on manmade climate change, Rick Santorum considers it ‘patently absurd’

That Republican presidential aspirant Rick Santorum is a climate change denier will come as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching the GOP candidates these past months. Virtually the entire field has expressed doubt that climate change is occurring or that humans have anything to do with it — or both.
But the depth of Santorum’s disdain for climate change science — and for those who’re concerned about environmental risks posed by oil drilling and gas fracking — may ring alarm bells for moderates who think America should address carbon pollution.
Santorum secured a leading spot in the Republican presidential primary contest by finishing a close second to Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses Tuesday.
Known heretofore mainly as the “family values candidate,” he is an “out-and-out denier” of climate change, according to an article in Grist, “Santorum v. Romney: The climate is screwed either way”.

Environmentalists praise Obama’s decision to review Keystone pipeline route

Environmentalists cheered the surprise announcement today that the U.S. State Department will re-evaluate the route of the proposed controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, and praised President Obama for ordering the reconsideration.

“The president didn’t outright reject the pipeline permit…But a few minutes ago the president sent the pipeline back to the State Department for a thorough re-review, which most analysts are saying will effectively kill the project. The president explicitly noted climate change, along with the pipeline route, as one of the factors that a new review would need to assess,” wrote environmental activist Bill McKibben on the TarSandsAction.org blog.

Ted Turner and Jeff Skoll to be honored for environmentalism

Environmentalist and media mogul Ted Turner and social media and entertainment entrepreneur Jeff Skoll will be honored at the 20th Annual Environmental Media Awards this Saturday in Los Angeles.

Natalie Portman will present Skoll with the EMA Corporate Responsibility Award. Jane Fonda will present Turner with the EMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Skoll, the founder and chairman of Participant Media, the Skoll Foundation, and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, has supported social entrepreneurship and investment in sustainability in many ways. The Skoll Foundation has funded the Amazon Conversation Team, the American Council on Renewable Energy, Ceres, Forest Trends and the Global Footprint Network. Skoll’s Participant Media has created and financially supported entertainment that inspires social change, such as the films An Inconvenient

Saks T-shirt will benefit breast cancer research

If you’ve been anywhere at all in the last few years, you’ve seen dozens of variations on t shirts promoting breast cancer awareness, research and solutions.
The latest iteration, designed by Donna Karan and sold by Saks Fifth Avenue stores, is worth a fresh look. It’s not your midriff-creeping Saturday morning t crammed with local sponsor names. This little item from Donna Karan t shirt could go to lunch with jewelry, even dinner, and more importantly, 100 percent of the proceeds of its sale will go to benefit local charity partners of Saks’ Key to the Cure campaign.

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