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Dallas follows Austin with action against plastic bags; San Francisco enacts partial bag ban

March 27th, 2014

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.


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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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Keystone XL protest reveals discontent with a carbon-heavy future

March 4th, 2014

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.


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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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Paul and Ringo, could diet be the secret to their good health?

February 11th, 2014

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…


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Reason #43 to buy pastured, Organic, hormone-free chicken…from a real farm

February 5th, 2014

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.


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Grape-Nuts goes Non-GMO

January 20th, 2014

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?


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Water: What’s really terrifying

January 14th, 2014

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.


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How record cold can be caused by ‘global warming’

January 8th, 2014

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.


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Farm Kings will make you feel guiltier than The Biggest Loser, but you also may get inspired

December 16th, 2013

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.


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How to help the birds endure the winter

December 6th, 2013

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.


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Pulverizing ivory to make a point misses an opportunity to help elephants

November 14th, 2013

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?


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