Climate change will singe today’s young generation. How much chaos it causes is still up to us, but not for long. This report by the World Bank paints a grim picture of how rising greenhouse gas emissions will lay waste to some crops, seaside cities and villages dependent on glacial waters. The time to act, 20 years ago, or now, according to this analysis.
Do you hate to cut down trees? We do too. Here’s a way to save and honor that tree in your yard that must go because it’s crowding other trees or your roof or it’s not going to make it through another year.
Sea World’s squirming like a wet sea mammal as Wall Street takes a dim view of its anticipated revenue losses. Animals rights advocates are celebrating the fallout from the documentary Blackfish, which uncovered mistreatment of the park’s orcas as well as the dangers that Sea World’s trainers face in working with these wild animals.
Ohio has joined Indiana, the only other state in the US to rollback or freeze its renewable energy targets. The legislature spiked Ohio’s green power goals at the urging of utilities that wanted to review them to make sure that onboarding green energy doesn’t raise electricity prices.
Environmentalist Bill McKibben, by way of inviting everyone to a mass climate action demonstration in New York on Sept. 20-21, had withering words for the world’s leaders, who he says are failing to get serious about the climate crisis.
We keep bumping up against a new trend in gardening that should be of interest to active gardeners, especially frugal ones (which is almost all of them!), and that is the old art of saving seeds.
No sooner did I discover some new friends, a Texas barn owl family on Cornell’s Ornithology Cam, than I also found that mom, pop and the four incubating babies were in mortal danger.
It’s Earth Day. How silly. We’re on this planet 24/7. But I guess after the Cuyahoga River went up in flames, it was time for a reminder.
Today, as we roast under a greenhouse gas blanket of around 400 ppm carbon dioxide, higher than it’s ever been for humans, the reminder’s still valuable.
A bill passed this week by the Oklahoma legislature would penalize the owners of rooftop solar panels and small farmers with wind turbines. Renewable power advocates are angry over what they see as a swipe at people trying to do the right thing.
Two US cities took significant steps to thwart plastic waste this month. Dallas managed to pass fees for disposable bags, while San Francisco ventured into the fraught bottled water debate.
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.
This past weekend, some 500 or more students protested in Washington D.C. against the Keystone XL pipeline, which is poised to carry a thick crude oil from the tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas if it wins approval from the Obama Administration.
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.
Do you know why Paul — and Ringo — are in such good shape? Yes, they exercise, but it might just be their healthy eating that has kept them spry and looking great. The recipe ahead…
As if eggs aren’t confusing enough, with their many labels, many of which (natural) mean nothing. Organic chickens apparently aren’t everything you’d hoped they’d be either. You may have already heard how large Organic-certified broiler operations fudge on the sunlight and movement requirements for their poultry, providing teeny doors that one chicken among hundreds may never find, and outdoor ledges that seem equally inadequate to the task.
Crunchy, full of protein and now, it’s non-GMO. Post’s revamp of Grape-Nuts could shake up the mainline cereal aisle. Or is Post just testing the waters?
This past week, about 300,000 people in West Virginia got to sample what life is like when you can’t just turn on a tap and draw out a stream of clean water for drinking, cooking or bathing.
Our current blast of extreme cold weather doesn’t seem to fit into the “global warming” story, except that it’s quite likely that the polar vortex visitation is a function of the warming Arctic circle.
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.
Get your bird feeders filled! Our feathered pals need a boost in cold weather. Here are a few tips from Audubon about feeders and seeds, and a peanut butter pudding recipe that’s an easy DIY for making bird glop.
Today, US officials will crush a stockpile of six tons of confiscated ivory items in an attempt to make a statement about “blood ivory.” But what if smugglers don’t take the hint?
Not all the votes are counted yet in the battle to label genetically modified (GM) foods in Washington state. But the initiative is trailing, 45 percent in favor to 55 percent opposed, and appears headed for defeat.
Mars meet your worst nightmare. This mom and her son have started a petition aimed right at your iconic M&Ms. Just in time for Halloween, they’re asking whether people in North America shouldn’t get the same respect that Europeans get, and that means cutting out the artificial colorants that some studies link to ADHD.
The EcoVillage at Ithaca is a showcase of sustainable living that demonstrates how humans can live more lightly on the land, clustering buildings together at the heart of a mass of native plantings, vegetable gardens and wildlife-friendly woods and pastures. Our photo tour captures the flavor of this grand experiment in low-carbon living, though we only scratched the surface of this green community marvel in upstate New York.
As Congress has been gripped by the dramedy of the Ted Cruz and Koch Brothers-inspired government shutdown/debt ceiling frenzy, people in California and a few other states have been quietly falling ill, the victims of a food-borne illness that has solutions, if federal lawmakers can ever clear the agenda to act on them.