Ten specially trained dogs or K-9s just got commissioned as Texas Park and Wildlife assistants, helping wardens be more effective.
Celebrate local food and sustainable dining and meet a famous chef this week with Edible Austin. Eat Drink Local Week kicks off Saturday with a public picnic downtown and ticketed events thereafter.
Food is Free, an Austin enterprise that’s gone worldwide, today launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new headquarters. Founder John Edwards gives us the story of how FiF grew, and is now taking the next big step.
Paul Fleischman’s new primer on climate change and global pollution, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, manages to be both a complete survey of the key issues and highly readable. It would make a great companion for any environmental class, but also social studies, journalism or current events studies.
Austin will host a climate march on Sunday for people who want to join the global push for climate action in concert with the People’s Climate March in New York City.
Years of Living Dangerously, the epic series by Showtime that just won an Emmy, takes a panoramic look at the current state of climate change, following celebrities and newscasters around the planet as they take stock of the state of rainforests, oceans and drought-stricken farmland (West Texas is featured).
Don’t count out the older generation this Earth Day. They recycled and planted gardens long before these activities were considered anything special. Check out this sweet video about how some area residents are participating in the green movement.
A coalition of environmental groups that asked followers to send Valentines to Lowes and Home Depot on behalf of honey bees, felt the love this week as thousands participated. The campaign asks the stores to stop selling pesticides that are killing the pollinators. Find out how you can participate.
Polls have long showed that the US citizenry wants more action against climate change than the government is willing to enact. Now a new poll shows that a coveted, growing group of voters is highly supportive of climate action.
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.
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.
We did our best to ignore Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but now it’s Giving Tuesday, time to chip in to help others. Let’s look at how green technology and thinking is helping boost communities in need, efficiently and effectively.
What if obtaining meat didn’t require raising, confining, mistreating and slaughtering billions of animals? Biomimicry is on the case. This year we learned about the $330,000 hamburger funded by Google founder Sergey Brin. Now a New York company has produced real leather from animals cells, a precursor to making manufactured meat. Learn how it’s done in this short video.
Not all the votes are counted yet in the battle to label genetically modified (GM) foods in Washington state. But the initiative is trailing, 45 percent in favor to 55 percent opposed, and appears headed for defeat.
Actor/environmentalist Matt Damon and author/environmentalist Bill McKibben received top awards at the 2013 Environmental Media Awards on Saturday. Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Anna Getty also were honored as were several TV programs.
It was with some trepidation that I settled in to watch Chasing Ice, a movie about the rapidly vanishing glaciers that contain the majority of earth’s freshwater. But it didn’t leave me or my fellow viewers feeling helpless, and it didn’t harangue us with a fire hose of facts. Rather it did what great movies are supposed to do, and what the film’s protagonist has been working for years to do: It showed us that the earth’s warming temperatures and seas are melting arctic ice at a scary pace.
People are always talking about how we need to “connect with our food”. Banksy agrees. Watch his baahaa moment.
More than 2,000 developers will be joining a hackathon this weekend with lofty aspirations: Solve world problems. The geek fest has already produced several helpful apps from previous gatherings.
Permaculturalist Rob Hopkins, the author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, doesn’t have the swish symbol but he’s spreading the message to “just do it” with gardens, trees, local food, CSAs and shopping closer to home.
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.
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.
Harmful levels of arsenic and selenium found in water near gas fracking operations in North Texas, study reports
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.
Nearly 100 bicyclists, most of them arborists, will ride around Lake Ontario this summer to spread a message about the value of trees.
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.
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…