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How Russia may force the US to produce healthier meat

November 23rd, 2013

The USDA allows livestock to be fed controversial growth enhancers that are banned in the European Union. This year Russia joined the countries that won’t accept meat that was raised with beta agonists, forcing US authorities to come up with some quick answers if they want to recover this large export market. A collateral effect could be that Americans get meat that’s free of growth hormones, or not.

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Solar Rush in Aisle 9: Look who’s lapping up renewable power

October 17th, 2013

Maybe there’s something to this solar power thing, with it’s renewable-ness and positive ROIs. Major U.S. retailers, who understand narrow profit margins and keeping expenses down better than anyone, have installed hundreds of megawatts of PV panels. See who’s converting to sun power.

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Find farmers’ markets anywhere in the US with this list

October 15th, 2013

Did you know there are now more than 8,000 active farmers’ markets operating in the U.S.? Connect with one near you using this state-by-state list, which also links to programs for growers and cottage food makers.

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China offers best solar prices because of scale, not cheap labor, says study

September 5th, 2013

It’s widely held that China has been beating U.S. solar panel prices by handing out lavish subsidies to producers and keeping labor costs very cheap. But it may not be so. And that could be good news for the U.S. solar market.

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Rising temperatures, shrinking snowpack fuels Western wildfires

July 12th, 2013

Wildfire trends in the West are clear: there are more large fires burning now than at any time in the past 40 years and the total area burned each year has also increased.

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Gasland II: America’s fracking nightmare and somnambulent energy policy

July 9th, 2013

One of the talking points that has convinced Americans to look politely away from the muck and dirty water while the oil and gas industry fracks tens of thousands of gas wells in Texas, Pennsylania, New York, Ohio, North Dakota , Wyoming, Colorado and beyond is that the U.S. is “The Saudia Arabia of Natural Gas.”

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Germany goes full speed ahead with alternative energy

June 14th, 2013

Germany is taking a big leap toward clean energy and away from the pollution created by fossil fuels. More than the U.S., or any nation, the country has committed to wind and solar power.

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A new report asks: Should the U.S. State Department be promoting GMO foods around the world?

May 28th, 2013

The U.S. State Department has been aggressively pushing GMO crops on countries around the world, using embassy connections to try to sway governments to adopt policies friendly to giant biotech firms like Missouri-based Monsanto, according to a new report by Food and Water Watch.

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Is the shale gas boom a bubble?

February 20th, 2013

The U.S. shale boom being touted as able to deliver 100 years of domestic energy supply is nothing more than the latest investment bubble, asserts a report released this week by a veteran geoscientist.

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As the wind blows, so goes la economía

January 31st, 2013

This type of clean, no-emissions power is growing with gusto in many Spanish-speaking locations. It’s taking hold in Mexico and in Brazil, where General Electric is helping advance special turbines that capture the lighter, steady breezes characteristic of that country.

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States where wind power grew fastest in 2012

January 30th, 2013

Wind energy enjoyed a record year of installations in the US in 2012, adding 13,124 megawatts of capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association.

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Wind energy gets a reprieve; tax credits renewed for another year

January 3rd, 2013

Congress ended a year of wind industry angst this week by renewing for another year the production tax credit program that has helped sustain the growth of wind energy in the U.S..

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