Environment

Victory! Fish and Wildlife Service to Phase Out Neonicotinoids

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards, Wildlife with 1 Comment
Victory! Fish and Wildlife Service to Phase Out Neonicotinoids

Following a Center For Food Safety Petition, the US Fish and Wildlife Service quietly agreed to eliminate bee-toxic pesticide in NW wildlife refuges.

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Win! EPA Denies Farmers’ Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide

Win! EPA Denies Farmers’ Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide

Victory! The EPA was urged by public health advocates, environmental groups, and organic farmers alike to deny an ’emergency’ request to use propazine on superweeds invading 3 million crops of GM cotton in Texas.

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Indigenous Community Evicts Fracking Crew from its Territories

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Indigenous Community Evicts Fracking Crew from its Territories

Get out of the urban centres, get out of the Indian reservations. Learn how to live… to be free… to be self-sufficient rather than dependent on a system that’s there to make you sick and make you die. Come out and learn how to live and be indigenous.

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Win! U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Ban Use of Bee, Bird and Butterfly-Killing Neonicotinoids

Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Win! U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Ban Use of Bee, Bird and Butterfly-Killing Neonicotinoids

Due in part to a petition submitted by the Center for Food Safety (CFS), one government agency has come to its senses, agreeing to eliminate bee and butterfly-toxic neonicotinoids in the Pacific Region of the NW Wildlife Refuges. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) very quietly announced that it will phase out neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) in wildlife refuges in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

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Study: ‘Shocking’ Water Loss in Western U.S.

Posted by on July 27, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments
Study: ‘Shocking’ Water Loss in Western U.S.

The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has experienced rapid and significant groundwater depletion since late 2004, posing a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought, according to a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine.

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Foster Gamble: No Fracking Way!

Foster Gamble: No Fracking Way!

Foster Gamble offers a thoughtful a review of conflicting opinions, pros and cons on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) – drilling and then blasting fissures in rocks thousands of meters under the earth – and what actions we can take to stop it.

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A World Without Waste?

Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Environment with 1 Comment
A World Without Waste?

If current trends continue, we’ll be dealing with three times as much waste by the end of this century as we are now, warns the World Bank. One solution is to treat waste as a resource—a solution that could also cut global pollution, stave off looming resource crises, and lower manufacturing costs, among other benefits.

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Supermarket to be Powered Entirely by Its Own Food WASTE

Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Supermarket to be Powered Entirely by Its Own Food WASTE

Every day supermarkets throw out tons of food that has spoiled before it could be purchased. British grocery chain Sainsbury’s is about to start using that unsellable food to power one of its stores.

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Looking Upward: Vertical Farms Offer a Bright Future for Hungry Cities

Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Farming, Health with 3 Comments
Looking Upward: Vertical Farms Offer a Bright Future for Hungry Cities

The 21st century has seen rapid urbanisation and the global population is now expected to grow to more than 8.3 billion by 2050. Currently, 800m hectares – 38% of the earth’s land surface – is farmed and we’ll soon need to give over another 100m hectares if we continue to use current agricultural methods. That’s not additional fertile land that actually exists though, so some are investigating the potential of vertical farming.

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Threatening Whales and Planet, US Opens Up Offshore Oil Exploration

Posted by on July 20, 2014 in Environment, Nature, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Threatening Whales and Planet, US Opens Up Offshore Oil Exploration

The Obama administration gave the greenlight for fossil fuel companies to begin exploring for oil in the waters off the east coast of the U.S., a move said to have a dire consequences for marine life in the short term and on our global climate for years to come. Environmentalists are decrying the decision by the Department of the Interior to allow oil companies to use sonic canons to map the ocean floor, saying the explosive blasts threaten to kill or injure tens of thousands of marine mammals—including endangered right whales—and devastate coastal communities who depend on tourism, fishing, and coastal recreation. The seismic blasting, which can reach over 250 decibels, causes hearing loss in marine mammals, disturbs essential behaviors such as feeding and breeding over vast distances, and can mask communications between individual whales and dolphins.

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Shasta, CA Board Votes Unanimously to Investigate Covert Geoengineering

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 1 Comment
Shasta, CA Board Votes Unanimously to Investigate Covert Geoengineering

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to investigate geoengineering after nearly four hours of public comment on the issue. Supervisor Pam Giacomini put the item on the agenda, and a number of chemtrail experts addressed the panel, followed by dozens of citizens who blamed a host of health and environmental risks caused by chemtrails.

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An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
An Organic Farmer in Congress: Chellie’s Story

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Maine-D) has a lot to say about local alternative farming, small farms, farmers markets and restaurants serving local produce. She has a lot to say and a lot to do with its resurgence. She believes the answer to current top-heavy industrialized problems lies in reviving local agriculture.

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Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

Solar Decathlon: Sustainable Urban Housing Design

A solar decathlon competition took place in Paris last weekend. Take a look at the inspiring prototype winners for sustainable housing!

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Team of Ecologists Estimate That We Could See Salt-Water Fish Extinction In Just Over 30 Years

Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments
Team of Ecologists Estimate That We Could See Salt-Water Fish Extinction In Just Over 30 Years

After analyzing several different kinds of data relating to biodiversity, researchers have determined that overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss could be responsible for a loss of most ocean species by 2048. That’s when the world’s oceans will be empty of most fish predicted an international team of ecologists and economists.

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Historic Approach to Raw Milk Regulation Returns

Historic Approach to Raw Milk Regulation Returns

With no national standards, raw milk producers have taken to an independent certification standard, similar to the Non-GMO project for verification. This is a way for raw dairy farms to have openness, testing and transparency – consumers know exactly what they are getting.

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