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How California’s drought hurts us all

March 17th, 2014

Since we became a nation of urban dwellers, we’ve inevitably lost touch with the weather and how it sustains us. We in the cities and burbs have come to see bad weather as a threat to our roof shingles and perhaps to our decorative shrubs. But there’s a whole sphere of existence out there that depends mightily upon the proper sunshine, rainfall and temperatures for its livelihood, and ours.


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A look inside the world’s largest solar plant

February 19th, 2014

The world’s largest solar thermal power plant is now online in California and can provide enough power for 140,000 homes. The $2.3 billion Ivanpah plant is a joint venture of BrightSource Energy, NRG and Google.


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Texas lags behind California — and other states — in solar jobs

February 18th, 2014

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.


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An injured eagle reminds us we need to be better shepherds of the environment

February 15th, 2014

An eagle with a broken wing rescued in Minnesota turned out to have another human-caused problem, which reminds us that we’re killing wildlife by a thousand nicks. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A solution is imminent, if we just embrace it.


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California’s record drought is forcing a cattle sell-off

January 27th, 2014

The epic drought in California is forcing ranchers to sell their cattle because their pastures are too dry for grazing and it’s getting too expensive to feed them.


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The five roadblocks to labeling GE foods in the US

September 18th, 2013

When polled, the vast majority of Americans favor requiring food companies to label genetically modified foods. Yet the public has been thwarted on this front, leaving the world’s largest democracy to stand alone among advanced (and emerging) nations in keeping consumers in the dark about GMOs. What happened to transparency and consumer choice in America? Let’s take a look.


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Chickens rescued from battery cages get to walk in the grass

September 10th, 2013

Watch these chickens, rescued from a battery cage operation, smell the country air and walk in the grass — for the first time in their lives. (We promise this is even better than the week’s best cat video.)


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And now for the good news…tigers, wind turbines and green-powered cities

August 1st, 2013

Tired of dead zones, calving ice sheets, warming permafrost and coal pollution? Here’s some good news, rescued from the pileup of disasters and calamities we know as the news stream.


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Bullet changes could benefit wildlife

March 18th, 2013

Gun control’s a sticky matter, but environmentalists are hoping bullet control can speed through the legislative system. A poll of Americans shows that 57 percent support nontoxic, lead-free bullets for hunting, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.


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Food labeling proponents blame loss on well-funded opposition, and vow to continue the fight

November 7th, 2012

California’s ballot measure Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified foods, a precursor to probable labeling across the U.S., failed narrowly in Tuesday’s election.

The first major ballot-box test in the U.S. for labeling GMO foods was killed by a tidal wave of opposition spending by giant biotech firms and pesticide makers and multi-national food corporations, advocates of labeling said.


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First CODA drives off the line, giving consumers another EV option

March 13th, 2012

CODA, the innocuous looking sedan that boldly promises the best range of any electric car on the market, officially entered its production phase this week.

The first fully outfitted silver, all-electric five-passenger Coda rolled off the assembly line at the plant in Benicia, Calif., on Monday, as factory workers cheered and company executives pledged to kick butt in a field that includes the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt and the pricey Tesla Roadster.


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New web tool shows how climate change will worsen extreme heat, drought

August 4th, 2011

Climate change is expected to lead to worsening drought conditions and greater heat extremes, along with myriad health problems. And a new web tool created by the Natural Resources Defense Council lets you see read just how badly your state could be impacted by climate change.


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Stella Veterans Memorial

The village of Stella, Missouri, has constructed a veterans’ memorial of attractive design in the center of the village. Read more

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