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MUST SEE: 2 Million Keystone XL Comments *on* the State Department

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Environment with 1 Comment
MUST SEE: 2 Million Keystone XL Comments *on* the State Department

2 million public comments were submitted to the State Department against the Keystone XL pipeline. The Other 98% decided to make sure those comments simply could not be ignored. Watch this video to see what they did. Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline: the communities in its path, the dangers of tar sands spills. And, please share this video.

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Mass Scallop Die Off a ‘Red Flag’ for the World’s Oceans

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Mass Scallop Die Off a ‘Red Flag’ for the World’s Oceans

An increase of acidity in the Pacific Ocean is quickly killing off one of the world’s most beloved shellfish, the scallop, according to a report by the British Columbia Shellfish Grower’s Association.

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Creative Cabins Made of Repurposed Junk

Posted by on March 17, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Creative Cabins Made of Repurposed Junk

Cabin dwellings almost entirely constructed out of repurposed materials can be high-tech or old-fashioned, spacious or small. All have sustainability in mind.

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Compost Island Hubs – a Vision for NYC Waste Disposal

Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Compost Island Hubs – a Vision for NYC Waste Disposal

Big city waste disposal involves a variety of environmentally damaging processes, including landfill and transportation. Waterfront composting islands is one innovative proposal. Present Architecture’s Green Loop concept of 10 hubs would add 125 acres of green space to NYC.

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Ohio Halts Fracking After Series Of Earthquakes

Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Ohio Halts Fracking After Series Of Earthquakes

A string of small earthquakes in Mahoning County, Ohio this week triggered the Ohio State Department of Natural Resources to order a halt on fracking operations near the tremor site. Hilcorp Energy, which is producing oil and natural gas out of the Utica Shale, is the only company with fracking operations near the epicenter. Although, the boom in oil and gas drilling central and southern U.S. has been tied to an increase in the number of earthquakes in the region, RT’s Perianne Boring reporters there is little evidence to show that hydraulic fracturing is actually the cause.

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Grazing Animals Could Save Biodiversity in Over-Fertilized Grasslands Worldwide

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Grazing Animals Could Save Biodiversity in Over-Fertilized Grasslands Worldwide

A study of grasslands on six continents suggests a way to counteract the human-made overdose of fertilizer that threatens to permanently alter the biodiversity of the world’s native prairies. The solution is one that nature devised: let grazing animals crop fast growing grasses that can out-compete native plants in an over-fertilized world. Grazing works in a way that is also natural and simple. The herbivores—or grazing and browsing animals—feed on tall grasses that block sunlight from reaching the ground, making the light available to other plants.

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Fracking in Public Forests Leaves Long Trail of Damages, Struggling State Regulators

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
Fracking in Public Forests Leaves Long Trail of Damages, Struggling State Regulators

Last Wednesday, the Washington D.C. city council passed a resolution opposing fracking in the George Washington National Forest, making the nation’s capitol the third major U.S. city, after Los Angeles and Dallas, to decry the hazards of shale drilling in recent days. The D.C. council’s resolution called on the U.S. Forest Service to prohibit horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the forest’s headwaters of the Potomac River, the sole source of water for the nation’s capital, citing the risks of pollution and the costs of monitoring for contamination.

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New UN Report: Small Scale Organic is the Only Way to Feed the World

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Farming, Health with 1 Comment
New UN Report: Small Scale Organic is the Only Way to Feed the World

According to a new publication from the U.N. Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), small scale, organic farming can create strong local food systems – the only viable, sustainable way to feed the word. Sixty experts from around the world weighed in on the problem in Trade and Environment Review 2013: Wake Up Before it is Too Late, which includes a commentary from IATP. The report calls for ‘ecological intensification,’ or a shift from conventional mono-culture planting to independent, small-scale production and permaculture, which can create a mosaic of sustainable regenerative systems which can feed all of us.

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Study: Pesticide Ingredients Far More Dangerous than Reported

Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 1 Comment
Study: Pesticide Ingredients Far More Dangerous than Reported

As a new study to be found in BioMed Research International points out, pesticides are far more toxic than their makers and regulators would have us believe. The research indicates some of the ingredients within these poisons actually amplify the toxicity of the individual ingredients.

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New Study: Organic Farms Support 34 – 43% More Species than GMO Farms

Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
New Study: Organic Farms Support 34 – 43% More Species than GMO Farms

A new study will make it hard for Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont to argue that they aren’t simply desirous of eliminating all of nature, and then – us. A detailed analysis of species diversity – more plants, animals, and insects – is included in the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Oxford University’s report published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, looking at data from 94 previous studies covering 184 farm sites dating back to 1989. It shows how organic farms support life on planet Earth, and how GMO farms do not.

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SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles

Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments
SF becomes first major city to ban sale of plastic water bottles

San Francisco on Tuesday became the first major city in the U.S. to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on public property, building on a nationwide effort to curb waste from the billion-dollar industry.

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Millions of Scallops Dead Due to Ocean Acidification

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Millions of Scallops Dead Due to Ocean Acidification

Lovers of seafood, beware. Ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on populations of seafood just about everywhere. The latest victim? Millions of scallops at a shellfish producer in British Columbia. The Parksville Qualicum Beach News reports that rising acidity in the waters off the west coast of Canada has claimed three years worth of scallops, worth more than $10 million, at Island Scallops, a local shellfish producer.

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Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change

Posted by on February 27, 2014 in Farming, Health with 0 Comments
Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change

From the Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign, Food & Climate: Connecting the Dots, Choosing the Way Forward contrasts the dominant, fossil-fuel dependent industrial agriculture system with organic and agroecological systems, and shows how the environmentally-friendly approach is also the best hope for future global food security as it not only reins in runaway carbon emissions but offers climate resilience as well. The concept of resilience is key, report author and Cool Foods Campaign director Diana Donlon explained in an interview with Common Dreams.

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Feds Unveil Plan To Save Honey Bees — And $15 Billion In Crops They Pollinate

Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Environment, Wildlife with 0 Comments
Feds Unveil Plan To Save Honey Bees — And $15 Billion In Crops They Pollinate

Claiming that the future of American food production depends on a revived honey bee population, the Agriculture Department on Tuesday announced it will spend $3 million to help ranchers and farmers improve the health of the bugs, key to pollinating $15 billion worth of food.

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Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic

Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Environment with 0 Comments
Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic

Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water. Humanity is polluting, mismanaging, and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone “in our lifetime,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture says. By 2030, global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent,

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