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Jun 27, 2016

Environment & Sustainability

Toxic Chemicals Reporting Relaxed

Jun 27, 2016: In a time for reducing toxic waste which is released into the environment, the EPA is relaxing regulations, according to a Dec 18 2006 article on ScienceNOW. Reporting the types of toxic chemicals being used is about to have fewer regulations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has relaxed the chemical reporting rules for commercially used […]…

Greenpeace reaction to UK decision to leave EU

Jun 27, 2016: Reacting to the vote to leave the EU, Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said:"Many of the laws that make our drinking and bathing water safe, our air cleaner, our fishing industry more sustainable and our climate safer now hang by a thread. But Greenpeace is determined that this country does not go back to year zero on environmental protection."Over the coming months we all need to demand that the government replaces European regulations protecting nature with new UK laws that are just as strong."There is a very real fear that Cameron's successor will come from the school that supports a bonfire of anti-pollution protections. The climate change-denying wing of the Conservative Party will be strengthened by this vote for Brexit. T…

Join the Nature Challenge!

Jun 27, 2016: It seems sometimes that as individuals, we are powerless to stop the forces of environmental damage and destruction; that our small contributions simply can’t add up. But what if our small actions were compiled with that of others, thus creating a substantial shift in environmental consciousness? And what if these changes were quite simple, and […]…

990 Pound Colossal Squid caught in New Zealand

Jun 27, 2016: A crew of fishermen has cough a colossal 990 pound, 39 feet long squid in New Zealand. Such squid can grow up to 46 feet long and have been one of the most mysterious creatures of the ocean. If the estimates are correct the squid will be over 330 pounds heavier then any other squid […]…

Post-Katrina Restoration Plans Raise Eyebrows

Jun 27, 2016: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is known for completing what seem like impossible projects on a grand scale.  But their latest plan for coastal restoration along the mouth of the Mississippi River–where Hurricane Katrina made landfall last year–has jaws dropping among even seasoned scientists.  The plan, which is designed to allow most of the […]…

Adopt a Dolphin This Year

Jun 27, 2016: Oceania (www.oceana.org) will let you adopt various endangered or threatened wildlife. You can sponsor a dolphin, sea turtle, whale, a shark, or all four. With each $25 donation you will receive a cookie cutter in the shape of your adopted animal, and with $50 or more you will receive all 4 cookie cutters. Oceana is […]…

Prince Charles Supporting Green Causes

Jun 27, 2016: The future King of England, Prince Charles, is setting a good example by actively reducing his carbon footprint. He is planning to use less private aircrafts and more car trips, scheduled flights, and trains. Even his cars are being converted to 100 percent biodiesel. In his home, Clarence house, he is planning to use energy […]…

Bamboo Bikes

Jun 27, 2016: The bicycle, arguably one of the world’s most brilliant inventions, has many advantages: it’s a great form of exercise, it’s economical, it’s environmentally friendly, and it feels phenomenal to fly downhill on one. Possibly one of the only disadvantages is the material used to make it. Light bicycles are made of aluminum, one of the […]…

Global Warming endangering ski resorts

Jun 27, 2016: Many places depend on their alpine resorts for a major source of revenue. However, global warming is threatening these economies. The Alps Mountain range has warmed up three times more than the global average, and Austria and Italy are also sensitive areas. With Global Warming accelerating, this is only going to get worse. Several snow […]…

Airlines Not Recycling Enough

Jun 27, 2016: Each year, the airline industry discards 4,250 tons of aluminum cans, 9,000 tones of plastic, and enough paper waste to fill a football field (over 230 feet high). This report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) looked at 30 US airports for a period of 2 years. One scientist estimates that if they US […]…

Last Minute Green Gift Ideas

Jun 27, 2016: Christmas is coming up! Here are some ideas of gifts to get for the green-friendly folk in your midst. Low Flow Shower Head Conventional shower heads use up 100 L of water per shower. A low flow shower head can reduce water consumption by up to half. Not only will water consumption decrease, but energy […]…

Now Tesla Wants to Buy a Solar Company

Jun 26, 2016: This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Elon Musk—future Mars settler, founder of Tesla—stepped into the solar business earlier this week with Tesla Motor's $2.5 billion bid to buy SolarCity, the top home solar company in America. Shareholders from both companies still have to approve the deal. And if they do, Tesla promises the results will be awesome. Musk says that he never wanted Tesla to be just a carmaker. Buying SolarCity will turn Tesla into a company that will sell you an electric car and the power to charge it. "This would start with the car that you drive and the energy that you use to charge it, and would extend to how everything else in your home or…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

Planning made pleasant with pizza!

Jun 24, 2016: Cheryl KabloonaFriday, June 24, 2016 The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN.  An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives.  All of this relates to energy, of course.  If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home.  It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.  So it's all interconnected. The City of Kamloops i…

My first time in the Arctic

Jun 24, 2016: This week held huge hope for the Arctic. We could have seen the start of a sanctuary protecting one of the most pristine and beautiful parts of our planet. But OSPAR nations meeting in Tenerife, Spain have failed the Arctic. Three countries, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, refused to engage in negotiations. As a result, the icy waters remain exposed to threats such as destructive fishing and risky oil drilling. As a deckhand on the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, these last few urgent weeks of campaigning brought me to the Arctic. I witnessed first hand, for the first time, what millions of us worldwide are campaigning so hard to project.  One week ago, the Arctic Sunrise was sailing from Longyearbyen, on the west coast of Svalbard,…

Why Brexit Is Bad News for the Environment

Jun 24, 2016: This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Despite being an issue that knows no borders, affects all, and is of vital interest to future generations, the environment was low on the agenda ahead of the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union. The short answer to what happens next with pollution, wildlife, farming, green energy, climate change and more is we don't know—we are in uncharted territory. But all the indications—from the "red-tape" slashing desires of the Brexiters to the judgment of environmental professionals—are that the protections for our environment will get weaker. There is one immediate impact though, right h…

A Federal Judge Just Struck Down Obama's Fracking Regulations

Jun 23, 2016: A major push by the Obama administration to curb the environmental impacts of fracking suffered a severe blow Wednesday evening, when a federal judge in Wyoming ruled that the proposed regulations overstepped the government's authority. The decision could mean that President Barack Obama will leave office without delivering on one of environmentalists' biggest demands: Clamping down on air and water pollution from the chemicals used in fracking, a controversial oil and gas drilling technique that has driven the country's oil and gas boom during Obama's tenure. The Interior Department had sought to require inspections of fracked oil and gas wells on public land, and also to require that companies publicly disclose the chemicals used in thos…

Seagulls Are Now Carrying One of the World's Deadliest Superbugs

Jun 23, 2016: Last year, UK and Chinese researchers identified an E. coli strain in Chinese pigs that resists colistin, a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency antibiotic used to combat pathogens that are resistant to most other antibiotics. The discovery sent a shudder through global public health circles, not just because coliston is so crucial to human medicine, but also because the gene that conferred colsistin resistance, known as mcr-1, is highly mobile—it jumps easily between bacteria species. Predictions it would quickly go global have come true. Just weeks ago here in the United States, colistin-resistant bacteria turned up in a pig intestine and in a Pennsylvania woman with a urinary-tract infection. And now researchers have discovered one…

At Least 185 Environmental Activists Were Murdered Last Year

Jun 23, 2016: Environmentalism has never been more dangerous. According to findings published Monday by the NGO Global Witness, 2015 marked the bloodiest year on record for environmental activists and land defenders. At least 185 environmentalists in 16 different countries are known to have been murdered, according to the group—a rate of more than three a week. The figure represents a 60 percent increase over 2014's death toll. And those are just the murders we know about. Global Witness says that number may actually be a significant underestimate. The true number could be "far higher," since many such killings happen deep within rainforests or in remote villages and are difficult to document. Latin America and Southeast Asia suffered the brunt o…

Protesting at Siemens in defense of the Amazon’s Tapajós River

Jun 22, 2016: Greenpeace activists are asking the company not to get involved in the construction of an enormous hydroelectric dam in the heart of the Amazon.Last week, Greenpeace activists gathered at Siemens headquarters in Germany and the Netherlands to protest the company’s likely involvement in the São Luiz do Tapajós hydroelectric dam. If constructed, this massive dam would flood almost 400km² of Amazon rainforest and destroy the livelihoods of the Munduruku Indigenous people who’ve lived there for centuries.Greenpeace Germany protesters hold a sign in front of Siemens headquarters that reads “Siemens, we want innovation instead of Amazon destruction” in German.In Germany, the activists used the trunk of a…

Trump Asks Big Coal for Cash

Jun 22, 2016: This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. What's a candidate to do when he's strapped for cash and still 139 days out from election day? If you're Donald Trump, and you don't want to entirely self-finance, the answer to that question might lie in a business whose product has been called "black gold." Trump pulled in just $3 million in individual contributions and reported having only $1.3 million in the bank at the end of last month, meaning he's got less cash on hand than either of his former rivals Ted Cruz or Ben Carson. Clinton's fundraising, meanwhile, dwarfs Trump's by nearly 40 times. But Trump's got a plan. His first move after t…

We Have Terrible News For Anyone Who Eats Chicken

Jun 22, 2016: Update: An FSIS spokesman contacted us after publication of this article to say that the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service announced in February 2016 that it had begun to routinely test chicken parts as part of a push to reduce salmonella poisoning. The agency set a "maximum acceptable" rate for positive salmonella tests at 15.4 percent. The FSIS will begin posting results of the tests online in August. It's important to note that the purpose of the tests is not to prevent salmonella-tainted chicken from going out to the public. Unlike E. coli 0157, salmonella is not categorized as an "adulterant"—meaning that finding it on chicken will not trigger a recall. One of the US Department of Agriculture's main tasks is to ensure that t…

Trader Joe's Fined $500,000 for Damaging the Ozone Layer

Jun 21, 2016: This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Trader Joe's agreed on Tuesday to reduce its stores' greenhouse gas emissions and pay a $500,000 penalty to settle claims from the federal government that the grocery chain had violated the Clean Air Act. US officials alleged that the company did not promptly repair leaks of a hydrochlorofluorocarbon that the chain used as a coolant in its stores' refrigerators. Hydrochlorofluorocarbons are an ozone-depleting substance and a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming. The federal complaint also said the company had not kept adequate records of refrigerator repairs. "Some of the refrigerants now in use by…

At 8 million strong, the Arctic story is just beginning

Jun 21, 2016: The movement to save the Arctic has become a great story. It crystallises some of the big challenges of our time into something simple and compelling, a way for millions of people to make sense of the world and work together to improve it. For three years people across the world have joined together to seek a protected sanctuary around the north pole, and an end to destructive industry across the Arctic.Volunteers and activists take part in an “I love Arctic” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.We’ve come a long way towards that vision. Today, over eight million people have joined our movement. We have helped force one of the richest oil companies on earth - Shell - into almost total retreat. Thirty brave people ris…

The Insane Southwest Heat Wave Is Just the Beginning

Jun 21, 2016: This story originally appeared on the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Deadly, record-breaking heat and wildfires sweeping across the Southwestern US are a clear sign of manmade climate change at work, scientists say. Triple-digit temperatures began scorching Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico early this week. Some of the most intense heat was recorded throughout Arizona, where four hikers died in separate heat-related incidents. On Sunday, the National Weather Service announced temperature records for that calendar day in Yuma at 120 degrees, Phoenix at 118, Tucson at 115 and Flagstaff at 93, NOAA spokeswoman Maureen O'Leary told The Huffington Post.

California Might Close Its Last Nuclear Plant

Jun 21, 2016: California's biggest electric utility announced a plan on Tuesday to shut down the state's last remaining nuclear power plant within the next decade. The plant, Diablo Canyon, has been controversial for decades and resurfaced in the news over the last few months as Pacific Gas & Electric approached a deadline to renew, or not, the plant's operating license. "California's new energy policies will significantly reduce the need for Diablo Canyon's electricity output," PG&E said in a statement, pointing to the state's massive gains in energy efficiency and renewable energy from solar and wind. The most significant part of the plan is that it promises to replace Diablo Canyon with a "cost-effective, greenhouse gas free portfolio of ene…

The future of food: a necessary road map from uniformity to diversity

Jun 21, 2016: Are you concerned about pesticides in your food? Are you wondering how we could switch to more ecological farming? Then you’ll be excited about this report. It’s by an independent group of experts on food security, agro-ecosystems and nutrition (the interntional Panel of Experts on Sustainable food systems, or iPES-food), and describes how to move from industrial agriculture to a sustainable, ecological food model. It’s a roadmap towards our sustainable food future. Here’s what they have to say:Industrial agriculture threatens itselfMonocultures are good for one thing: producing a lot of the same on a large scale. Be it cows in feedlots, pigs in mega-stables, fields with soy or corn or orchards of apples and almonds,…

Win a Tentsile Tree Tent and BioLite Energy Kit (worth $1072) in the Inhabitat off-grid camping giveaway

Jun 20, 2016: Summer is just a few weeks away, so it's prime time for an adventure in the great outdoors. But going off-grid doesn't have to mean giving up modern comforts - which is why we've partnered up with BioLite and Tentsile to give away an awesome camping prize package worth over $1000! Our grand prize winner will receive a Tentsile Stingray tree tent and a BioLite Energy Kit (complete with a CookStove, a Solar Panel 5+, and a PowerLight Mini), and one lucky runner-up will receive a brand new BioLite Baselantern....

Dwell on Design 2016: Americas largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

Jun 20, 2016: It’s that time of year again and designers, architects, and design enthusiasts will soon be converging at Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, held this June 24-26 at the Los Angeles Convention center. Curated by the visionary editors at Dwell magazine, the three-day event will celebrate its eleventh year of showcasing the newest and most exciting advances in design. Visitors are invited to explore exhibitions featuring the latest and greatest in design, tour exciting Dwell-approved...

NASA confirms a second mini moon is circling Earth

Jun 20, 2016: For most relationships, 100 years is well past the point in time when you can ‘make it official’ but for planets, it’s just right. After nearly a century in Earth’s orbit, a tiny asteroid has earned NASA’s recognition as Earth’s new “mini moon.” Measuring between 120 feet to 300 feet in diameter, the minuscule rock slowly circles the sun on a similar orbit as Earth and NASA scientist now reveal that it also circles the Earth as well, not entirely unlike the moon we already know and...

Solar-powered eco homes in Los Angeles assembled in just five hours

Jun 20, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBaY9cIjn_4 Located on the corner of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village, the sustainably designed three-story homes comprise three bedrooms, three baths, a 376-square-foot private backyard, and offer views of the city skyline and distant mountains. Each of the single-family homes were prefabricated in Oregon and then assembled on site unit-by-unit with a 275-pound crane. The prefabricated units measure 16 feet in width, 53 feet in length, and 11 feet in height...

PLP Architecture unveils the design for London's first timber tower

Jun 20, 2016: Over the last few decades, the trend of building with timber has expanded to include high-rises. Architects are recognizing the versatility of wood by building innovative timber-framed structures that offer an alternative to traditional steel and concrete construction. PLP Architecture and researchers from the University of Cambridge teamed up to design London's first timber tower and, if realized, the city's second tallest building, after The Shard. The 80-story Oakwood Tower will house...