Are you a great water conservationist? There’s a contest for that. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation gives away dozens of prizes to the residents of winning cities. Find out more…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This whole debate about plastic bags once seemed a mite frivolous to me, next to some of the really mammoth issues confronting society — food scarcity, global warming, coal and oil pollution. I got that it mattered. But it seemed like a side trip on the road to sustainability, like a smaller matter that would eventually resolve on its own. I was more concerned about the carbon pollution from big industrial sources, and our cars and our homes, that comprise the Damocles sword threatening our children’s future.
We had big fish to fry.
California’s state Senate rejected a proposed law to ban plastic bags in grocery stores late Tuesday, voting 21-14 against the measure that had passed the Assembly earlier this summer.
Despite the support of progressives, environmental groups and the California Grocers Association, the plastic bag ban proved controversial, with the American Chemistry Council, which represents plastics makers and the oil industry, ridiculing the law in ads that claimed it was the wrong focus for the legislature and would cost the state jobs.