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May 28, 2015

Environment & Sustainability

Post-Katrina Restoration Plans Raise Eyebrows

May 28, 2015: 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 […]…

India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

May 28, 2015: India is a country known for its sweltering heat, but this spring has brought unprecedented (and early) high temperatures to the region, with a deadly outcome. Early Thursday morning reports estimate that over 1,400 people have perished as a direct of a…

The Modular Phone: Could Mobile Device Redesign Reduce Electronic Waste?

May 28, 2015: Cell phones still don't get recycled very often. The modular phone concept has some hurdles to overcome, but would immediately reduce cell phone e-waste The post The Modular Phone: Could Mobile Device Redesign Reduce Electronic Waste? appeared first on Sustainablog.

25 Million Year Old Tree Frog Found in Amber

May 28, 2015: The tree frog has been found preserved in amber for approximately 25 million years in Chipas by a miner. This is one of only a few of such finds preserved in tree sap. The scientist say that it’s theoretically possible to extract DNA from the tree frog for further study.

Adopt a Dolphin This Year

May 28, 2015: 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

May 28, 2015: 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 […]…

Global Warming endangering ski resorts

May 28, 2015: 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

May 28, 2015: 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

May 28, 2015: 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 […]…

The White Dolphin: Extinct

May 28, 2015: Earlier this week one of the world’s oldest species was officially named extinct: The White Dolphin. Scientists returned from a six-week, 1,000 mile expedition of the Yangtze River in China without spotting one of these rare dolphins. In the 1980s there were about 400 white dolphins in the Yangtze, and by 1997 there only 13 […]…

Wasted energy could power entire U.S. fleet

May 28, 2015: The United States power grid produces huge amounts of energy at night that is currently wasted.  According to a study by the U.S. Department of energy, that excess electricity is enough to fuel 84 percent of all passenger cars and trucks in the United States, if they were all magically converted to electric power at […]…

The Nissan Green Program 2010

May 28, 2015: By 2010, Nissan plans to launch the next generation fuel cell vehicle in Japan and North America. Fuel Cells are powered by oxygen and hydrogen in a fuel tank. The Nissan Green Program 2010 will introduce various technologies to enhance fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions. This includes a three-litre car which boasts being able […]…

Your Toothpaste May Be Loaded With Tiny Plastic Beads That Never Go Away

May 28, 2015: California is the latest state to consider banning products with microbeads, the tiny pieces of plastic, often less than a millimeter wide, that have become a popular addition to cosmetics and personal care products. Usually made of polyethylene, microbeads primarily serve as exfoliants in face washes and body scrubs, but also can be found in toothpastes, lip balms, moisturizing creams, and makeup. A single tube of face scrub contains about 350,000 microbeads, according to environmental non-profit 5 Gyres Institute. Plastic microbeads are often cheaper than other common natural exfoliants like apricot seeds, coconut husks, or diatomaceous earth. But recently, consumers and politicians have become concerned about their impact on the environm…

Interior Dept. Announces Plan to Save the Greater Sage-Grouse

May 28, 2015: WASHINGTON (May 28, 2015) -- The Interior Department today unveiled a plan to protect and preserve the habitat of the greater sage-grouse, an iconic species of the West that is threatened by commercial development and energy projects.

My Neighbor Ratted Me Out for Watering My Garden. Bring It On.

May 27, 2015: Last summer, one of my neighbors in Oakland, California, anonymously reported me to the East Bay Municipal Utility District for wasting water. I'd been dousing my front yard once or twice a week with arcing sprays from three huge Rain Bird sprinklers. Upon receiving written notice of the complaint, I called the utility and learned that I wasn't actually violating water use rules, but the incident got me thinking. My ample vegetable garden was certainly green. Other yards the neighborhood were going brown. Did my neighbors think I was a water hog? Confronted with a fourth year of drought and mandatory conservation measures, California has become a minefield of water politics. Snared in the web of blame are almond eaters, rice farmers, out-o…

Recycling Juice Pouches Into Big Value

May 27, 2015: Companies like Terracycle and As You Sow are creating solutions for recycling juice pouches, which have become a major waste stream The post Recycling Juice Pouches Into Big Value appeared first on Sustainablog.

Stop Romanticizing Your Grandparents' Food

May 27, 2015: Ever been advised to "eat like your grandmother"—that is, to seek food that's prepared in ways that would be recognized a generation or two ago, untainted by the evils of industrialization? That's nonsense, writes Rachel Laudan in a rollicking essay recently published in Jacobin. Her polemic is actually a reprint. It originally appeared in Gastronomica way back in 2001—five years before the publication of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, at the dawn of a boom in farmers markets and other ways to "know your farmer" and "eat local." And yet it's just as bracing to read today as it was then. The backlash against stuff like chicken nuggets and boxed mac 'n' cheese is "based not on history but on a fairy tale," Laudan wri…

NRDC Applauds EPA’s Proposed Uranium Mining Standards, Seeks Improvements

May 27, 2015: WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015)--The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to protect groundwater from the hazards of in-situ leach (ISL) uranium mining is a good first step, but needs significant improvements before it  becomes final, the Natural Resources Defense Council said today in extensive public comments filed with the agency.

Obama Administration Restores Clean Water Protections for 117 Million Americans

May 27, 2015: WASHINGTON (May 27, 2015) – The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today unveiled a Clean Water rule that will restore pollution protections for tens of millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of streams all across the United States.

Could California Drought Make “Sewage To Drinking Water” More Palatable?

May 26, 2015: The current California drought may be changing attitudes towards water reuse... even the recycling of sewage wastewater into drinking water The post Could California Drought Make “Sewage To Drinking Water” More Palatable? appeared first on Sustainablog.

Congo logging chaos leaves people and bonobos at the sharp end

May 26, 2015: "Chaos" and "chaotic" are frequently – perhaps even overly – used words. One dictionary definition is a "total lack of organisation or order". That can be said certainly of the industrial logging sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Companies pay little heed to regulations, promises to forest communities go unfulfilled and government institutions show little or no will to hold them to account and protect the DRC’s vast natural heritage and resources.But at the same time this chaos is organised and is ordered.  It is to a large extent engineered by officials and companies for their own benefit. The institutions that should govern the forestry sector and enforce the law are not functioning effectively. There…

The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

May 25, 2015: The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists access data from spy satellites and subs to study global warming. The program, called MEDEA -- Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis -- was a way that scientists could study global in…

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

May 25, 2015:   It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires…

Obama's Plan to Save the Monarch Butterflies' Epic Migration

May 23, 2015: Earlier this week, amid negotiating major trade deals and joining Twitter, Obama put forth a major infrastructure project: a highway for monarch butterflies. That's right, monarch butterflies. The pollinators are crucial to the health of our ecosystems but, like bees, their populations have seen startling drops. Some groups are even calling for their protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama administration wants to do something about it as part of its strategy to protect pollinating insects, but that turns out to be a tricky task given the monarch's complex life cycle. Each year, millions of monarch butterflies complete a 2,000-mile migration circuit from Mexico to the border of the United States and Canada that is…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

The BIG Questions: What Are Your Thoughts?

May 22, 2015: What are we thinking? When it comes to climate action and sustainable energy there are some tricky questions to which there are not yet any clear answers. So we thought we'd poll your thoughts to see how we are thinking collectively as a community.  The questions are below: to answer them please go to the survey. Next week, we will report back on your responses.   TRANSPORTATION   1.     What do you think will be the future renewable energy solution for long-distance trucking? Rank in order of likeliness: (a)   Biofuel, with feedstock harvested in a certified sustainable manner (b)  Hydrogen derived from renewable energy, not natural gas (c)   Electric, assuming a major advance in…

California Farmers Have Agreed to Water Cuts. What Exactly Does That Mean?

May 22, 2015: As California endures its fourth year of grueling drought, officials are getting more serious about mandatory water cuts. Gov. Jerry Brown imposed the state's first-ever water restrictions last month, ordering cities and towns to cut water by 25 percent. But the vast majority of water in California goes not to homes and businesses but to farms, which so far have suffered minimal cuts. On Friday, the state's Water Board approved a deal with farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in which some farmers will voluntarily reduce water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they won't suffer reductions later in the growing season. "We're in a drought unprecedented in our times," said Board Chair Felicia Marcus on F…

These Photos of Sea Creatures Soaked by Oil in California Will Break Your Heart

May 22, 2015: Volunteers fill buckets with oil near Refugio State Beach. Michael A. Mariant/AP On Tuesday, an oil pipeline burst near Refugio State Beach west of Santa Barbara, California, sending an estimated 105,000 gallons of oil onto the beach. Up to a fifth of that oil is believed to have reached the ocean, Reuters reports. Now, volunteers and private contractors are racing to clean up the oil. About 6,000 gallons have been collected so far, according to the AP. But damage has already been done. At least two pelicans have been found dead, and five more pelicans and one sea lion were sent for rehabilitation. Biologists have also found many dead fish and lobsters. Local officials have closed the beach at least through Memorial Day, and possibly for…

The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food

May 22, 2015: France just passed a law banning destruction of edible food by larger supermarkets, and the Minnesota Twins are going all compostable with cups and plates The post The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food appeared first on Sustainablog.

House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

May 22, 2015: Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program. This week, House Republicans voted 217 to 205 a…

Life of a 5-star activist

May 22, 2015: I wonder how '5-star activists' are defined, but I guess I am one of them. And here is a glimpse of my activist life, and some riches I gathered along the way.In the forests of Sathyamangalam three decades ago, fellow activists and I organised villagers and trained them to save, lend, keep accounts, and protect their land and crops. My colleagues were my friends, romance was motorbike rides on moonlit roads, socialising was late evening village meetings (the only time villagers were free). I lived in quarters with doors and windows that refused to shut tight. We worried about sandalwood smugglers, elephants and wild boar attacks, but the fear that kept me awake at night was that my baby daughter would get stung by a scorpion or bitten by a…

Exclusive: The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program

May 21, 2015: On Wednesday, when President Barack Obama spoke at the US Coast Guard Academy's commencement ceremony, he called climate change "an immediate risk to our national security." In recent months, the Obama administration has repeatedly highlighted the international threats posed by global warming and has emphasized the need for the country's national security agencies to study and confront the issue. So some national security experts were surprised to learn that an important component of that effort has been ended. A CIA spokesperson confirmed to Climate Desk that the agency is shuttering its main climate research program. Under the program, known as Medea, the CIA had allowed civilian scientists to access classified data—such as ocean t…

How To Recycle Jeans into a Fashionable Handbag [Tutorial]

May 21, 2015: Not sure how to recycle jeans that are too worn to wear? Try out this upcycling project for turning old jeans into a new handbag The post How To Recycle Jeans into a Fashionable Handbag [Tutorial] appeared first on Sustainablog.

Peak number of coal plants are shutting down in 2015, ushering in a greener era

May 21, 2015: In 2014, 39% of American electricity is generated from the burning of coal, down from 52.8% in 1997. Though the fuel source has been steadily declining from its late 20th century peak due to competition from other energy sources and effective safety the…

New York to Review Risks of Shipping Tar Sands Oil on the Hudson River, Area Train Tracks

May 21, 2015: ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2015) — The New York Department of Environmental Conservation today rescinded a previous attempt to avoid an environmental review of the impacts of a proposed expansion of a rail-to-barge transfer terminal in Albany. The decision is an indication that the state now plans to undertake a formal review of the project, which would facilitate shipping of tar sands crude oil along the Hudson River and state railroad tracks.

California Public Utilities Commission Makes a Bad Call for San Diego, Approves Natural Gas Power Plant in Carlsbad

May 21, 2015: LOS ANGELES (May 21, 2015) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) erred today by overruling its own staff’s recommendation and approving a giant pollution-emitting power plant in San Diego. By a vote of 4-1, the commission adopted a proposal by CPUC President Michael Picker, opening the way for construction of a large, polluting natural gas power plant in the city of Carlsbad despite the potential availability of cleaner and less costly alternatives. The administrative law judge who heard the case had recommended that the Commission wait for the results of a competitive auction that would have allowed energy efficiency and renewable energy the opportunity to displace the plant at lower cost.