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‘Predator friendly’ farms respect wildlife

August 29th, 2013

So you’re on to the fact that you need to buy “humanely raised” or grass-fed meat to assure that the farm animals on the menu had a better life. But what about the wildlife pushed around to make way for farms? No, there’s not an app for that. But there is a certification that helps conserve wildlife.

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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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Historic hurricanes, drought, floods and tornadoes: Do we see a pattern here?

August 29th, 2011

The cost of Hurricane Irene will be hefty. It will take $5 billion to $7 billion, by early estimates, to repair roads, haul out downed trees and pump out flooded basements in North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and the hurricane’s surprise last-minute victim, Vermont.

That’s similar to the $5.2 billion price tag placed on the Texas drought this year, which has caused extensive livestock and crop failures in the state, a major producer of beef, corn, cotton and other commodities.

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Google invests in clean energy while government remains on the fence

October 29th, 2010

Andrew Winston

On the heels of my recent column on China’s investment in clean technology, two news items really caught my attention in the last couple of weeks. They tell an interesting story of who in the U.S. is really prepared to build a modern energy system.

First, the Governor of New Jersey decided to stop the construction of a new commuter train tunnel between New Jersey to Manhattan (and again today, after further review, he still killed it). This much-needed expansion of our infrastructure would double the number of trains entering New York City from the west. Up to $3 billion in federal funding had already been lined up to offset some of the cost.

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EPA threatens tougher measures on Chesapeake pollution

October 1st, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to hit five mid-Atlantic states with new rules that could raise sewer bills and limit construction in a large-scale crackdown on pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

The move represents the most aggressive action in the 27-year history of the Chesapeake cleanup. When states previously failed to meet deadlines in 2000 and 2010, the agency did nothing. The new deadline is 2025, but the EPA served notice that it will not tolerates states lagging behind in improvements.

Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware and New York are in the EPA crosshairs. Those states combine to account for more than 70 percent of the pollution that causes “dead zones” in the bay. The agency informed those states that their cleanup plans “serious deficiencies” and threatened to force them to make up the difference with costly new measures.

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Gleaning crews put sustainability into action, feeding those in need

November 4th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

Fact: America has an abundance of food.
Question: So why does anyone go hungry in this country?


A potato gleaning in Virginia (Photo: Society of St. Andrew)

Armed with this simple thought, the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA) took up the cause of feeding the hungry in 1979 with the idea of gleaning fields for salvageable produce.

“We do this in two says,” says Carol Breitinger, communications director. “We use volunteers in the field for hands-on gleaning, or we send out trucks to pick up surplus crops that farmers can’t use and would just end up in the landfill.”

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We say we’re green, but…

July 20th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

This was a week of news that really illustrated the push and pull between green ideals and the realities of life here on Planet X.

The Obama Administration put logging jobs ahead of forest preservation with its decision to allow a road into an undisturbed forest in the Tongass National Forest outside of Ketchikan, Alaska. The forest, a watershed and recreation area, had been left alone under a Clinton-era rule that protects “roadless” forests.

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Click to plant a tree

May 27th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Odwalla is continuing its successful plant-a-tree program by donating $100,000 worth of trees to be planted in state parks in California, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, Ohio, Texas, Maryland, Michigan and Virginia.

Visitors to www.parkvisitor.com/odwalla can choose their preferred state to receive a tree — no contribution or registration is required. The trees will be used to support important reforestation and planting initiatives across the country.

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Dominion and BP looking at potential wind farms in Virginia

January 23rd, 2009

From Green Right Now reports

Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America Inc. say they are evaluating wind energy projects in southwestern Virginia. The potential wind facilities would be the first projects announced since Dominion and BP said in April 2008 that they had entered into an agreement to jointly own, operate and develop wind energy projects in Virginia.

These potential wind farms in Tazewell and Wise counties would be developed by Dominion’s Virginia electric utility subsidiary and BP Wind Energy North America Inc. Both projects would be subject to all applicable local, state and federal permits and approvals.

The exact size of each project and scope of economic benefits have not been determined.

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Virginia survey reveals public attitudes on global warming

October 22nd, 2008

By Barbara Kessler

Three in four Virginians believe that global warming has been occurred over the past four decades, according to an extensive survey of state opinions, released today by University of Virginia researchers.

A smaller percentage of the populace (39 percent) said that human activity “such as burning fossil fuels” is causing the phenomenon; 33 percent felt global warming was caused by a combination of human factors and natural trends; 20 percent attributed it to “natural patterns” and 8 percent reported they were “not sure” of the causes.

The survey of 660 Virginians, conducted by UV’s Miller Center of Public Affairs and released this week, was devised to better probe residents’ viewpoints on global warming, in light of the fact that states have “taken an unexpectedly central role” in forming climate change policy.

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Turn waste into food

October 3rd, 2008

By Tim Sanders

Here’s an excerpt from my new book, Saving The World At Work:

Every day at work, you are surrounded by waste that could be easily converted into social nutrition for your community. Have you ever counted all the broken or outdated computers, monitors, printers, phones, desks, and chairs gathering dust?

Many innovators are turning their trash into food by partnering with nonprofit groups with expertise in preparing used items for community distribution. Electro-Motive, a LaGrange, Illinois–based manufacturer of electric-diesel locomotives, took a novel approach to a recent company-wide upgrade of its computers. Instead of throwing out 700 old computer workstations, the company donated them to Chicago’s Computers for Schools, a nonprofit that refurbishes computers for local school systems. And when executives discovered that the recycling program was popular with employees, they organized a three-day recycling drive. Employee enthusiasm was so high that organizers created a follow-up event for the general public at Chicago’s United Center. Between the two events, more than 80,000 pounds of computer and office equipment were collected.

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