Ten specially trained dogs or K-9s just got commissioned as Texas Park and Wildlife assistants, helping wardens be more effective.
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.
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.
SXSW will explore environmental issues through art, in film and in interactive installations. Attendees can visit the Light Garden and see other art installations, including one created with packing tape and a knife.
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.
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.
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.
In his first major policy address since taking over at the Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz sought to explain the administration’s “all of the above” energy plan and answered critics who accuse Obama supporting natural gas development despite concerns that fracking contaminates air and water.
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.
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…
‘Nature Sacred’ awards will help restore Joplin and Queens and study the power of nature in disaster-torn areas
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.
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…
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.
Coal. King Coal. The single dominant energy source powering our electricity grids, from the US to Great Britain to China and Australia. Because it’s plentiful. Cheaper. Politically connected. Easy. And yet, in a drizzly (good bet, that) hamlet in Wales, a historic switcheroo has taken place. The Wales’ National Coal Mining Museum in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales, has adopted solar power.
The curators decided that installing solar panels on the….