TreeFolks will be giving away 1,300 tree saplings to Austin Energy residential customers on March 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Highland Mall, Airport Blvd., Austin.
Lighting innovations have taken the world by storm over the past few years, moving us from the incandescent bulb of Edison’s day, to LED lights that use 10 percent of the energy. This efficiency gain is helping colleges brighten up for less, and also creating safer, more pleasant dorm rooms, hallways and byways. Read about how North Carolina State University is lighting the way forward.
Obama’s climate action plan has strong support among Americans, according to a new poll, which shows majorities favor reducing carbon emissions from power plants, driving more fuel efficient cars and developing wind, solar and hydroelectric power.
Sharing the land in India, supporting farmers in Mexico and Australia and other cool ways people are stopping desertification
Desertification threatens lands across the planet as weather extremes worsen and development strips areas of protective trees and vegetation.The process displaces farms, wildlife, green areas and impoverishes local people by stealing their means of support. But groups around the world are finding unique, organic and sustainable solutions that push back desertification.
Invasive zebra mussels muscle into Texas, but boat owners can save the day if they follow this advice
Zebra mussels are ready to invade Texas, but boat owners can help defend the state’s lake reservoirs by taking steps to run a clean operation.
Portland voters soundly rejected fluoridation of the city’s water, reversing a 2012 mandate by the city council. Anti-fluoride forces are calling the vote a victory for modern science, which has identified excessive fluoride exposures as contributing to thyroid disease, bone damage and lower IQs among children.
“For the sake of our children we must do more to combat climate change,” Obama declared in his State of the Union Address. It turns out a majority of Americans agree with him, according to post SOTUS poll.
To no one’s surprise the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists released their report this week about how 2012 was the hottest year on record in the U.S. We knew that was coming.
The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is planning a rally in Albany to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep fracking out of the state. Opponents of fracking in the Empire State are worried that draft rules for gas wells has paved the way for gas well permits in advance of needed scientific scrutiny.
350.org Massachusetts ends vigil over political ‘climate silence’ to escape the actual effects of climate change
We can probably safely award today’s “Most Ironic Story” award to 350.org Massachusetts.
The group had been holding a 24/7 vigil (that may be redundant) to draw attention to the “climate silence” that has characterized the presidential campaign and some races for Congress, such as the contest between Sen. Scot Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren.
When the Prop 23 proponents launched their grenade to blow up California’s greenhouse gas emissions targets, they likely hoped that the measure would sail to victory during the traditional shakeup of midterm elections.
But according to a poll released Monday, it ain’t happening.
A new Los Angeles Times/ USC poll of likely voters shows that most do not agree with Prop 23, which would roll back California’s progressive carbon emissions standards. The poll found 48 percent opposed Prop 23, compared to 32 percent who were in favor. The remainder were undecided.
Remember that old real estate adage, location, location, location? There’s a parallel theme among green advocates: Local, local, local. They want more local food, local attention to water and wildlife, businesses that keep jobs in communities, mass transit that reaches neighborhoods, farms connected to cities, and so on.
This is nothing new. We like our cities and somehow, they’ve gotten away from us, whether they’ve become a sprawling, sterile suburb or a congested, irritable metropolis. We yearn for something friendlier and more cohesive. We seek out “local flavor” when we vacation, surely a sign we want more when we’re at home.
Climate change has been a matter of debate in government circles and a talking point on news channels for many years now. But increasingly, the climate change discussion — the need to slow global warming pollution, deforestation and the loss of wildlife — is becoming a citizens’ round table.
This past weekend’s 10-10-10 work parties, rallied people of all ages, economic strata and religious beliefs who turned out in groups of 5, 10, or 100 to build gardens, promote carbon neutral transportation, plant trees and protest fossil fuels.
America’s public health leaders have raised their voices against Congressional waffling over climate action, releasing a letter today signed by 120 top public health groups that urges Congress not to interfere with the EPA’s plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The EPA’s mandate to regulate carbon emissions has been a lightning rod in Washington, with some in Congress saying the agency does not have the authority to set carbon guidelines and penalize violators. States, such as Texas, have sued over the issue, also trying to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.
Human rights and poverty activists in California scored a win on Tuesday when the legislature passed a bill that would earmark money from pollution fees to assist people communities that have been most directly affected by pollution. The bill also would help fund job creation.
The Climate Change Community Benefits Fund, or AB 1405, would mandate that a minimum of 10 percent of revenues from polluters fined under California’s clean energy and air pollution standards be set aside for job training, public health initiatives and pollution clean-up in low-income communities.
Denise Rieger spreads hummus on a whole wheat tortilla, chops up carrots, peppers and cucumber, layers on the vegetables and rolls the tortilla into a wrap. She prepares a fresh fruit salad of strawberries and grapes and puts everything in separate compartments of a lunch box for her daughter, Elle to bring to school. Rieger goes through this time-consuming preparation five days a week because she does not want her daughter eating what is being served for lunch in the school cafeteria.
“I won’t let my kids eat anything in the cafeteria, not one bit of food!” says Rieger.
The Senate passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 on Thursday afternoon, reaching unanimous bipartisan consent on the measure to re-fund the existing child nutrition program before it expires September 30.
The bill would raise the federal money allotted for school lunches by 6 cents per lunch, make it easier for schools to use local farm-fresh food and push junk food out of the schools. It is supported by sustainability and nutrition advocates, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama who wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post to promote the bill.
This Mother’s Day you can honor your mom by helping mothers in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, the Congo, Afghanistan and about three dozen other countries who face daily challenges to feed and protect themselves and their children.
The International Rescue Committee has set up an online plan where people can “buy” specific items desperately needed by mothers coping with wars, disasters, homelessness, food shortages, unsanitary living conditions and other dangers. Many of these women are vulnerable to exploitation and sexual crimes because they live in war zones or in crowded refugee camps, such as those serving as shelter in Haiti since the 7.0 earthquake devastated that country in January.