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Ohio red lights green energy

June 13th, 2014

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.


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McKibben takes Obama to task on climate action

May 21st, 2014

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.


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Seed saving — a path to self-renewing gardens

May 15th, 2014

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.


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Barns Owls – Guess whooooo’s killing them?

April 23rd, 2014

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.


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For Earth Day, plant a tree

April 22nd, 2014

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.


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Small solar and wind producers about to get burned in Oklahoma

April 18th, 2014

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.


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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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