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Keystone: A Pipeline in the Wrong Direction

Monday, August 29, 2011
Keystone: A Pipeline in the Wrong Direction

Several hundred people have elected to get themselves arrested by demonstrating in front of the White House against the proposed Keystone pipeline, designed to carry oil from Canada’s tar sands in Alberta to Gulf Coast refineries. Much of the state of Nebraska – hardly a liberal environmental bastion – is against its passage through... Read More...

Genetically Modified Crops and Unintended Consequences

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Genetically Modified Crops and Unintended Consequences

Over 75 per cent of all processed foods in the U.S. contain at least one genetically engineered ingredient, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Over 90 per cent of all the soybeans, corn, cotton and sugar beets planted in the U.S. are grown from genetically modified seeds. Although genetic modification of our food looks... Read More...

Shutting Down of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Looks Unlikely Despite Dangers

Sunday, August 14, 2011
Shutting Down of U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Looks Unlikely Despite Dangers

Last week, a group of 25 environmental organizations, including the Green Party of Ohio, Riverkeeper and the Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club, filed challenges to all the permits the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) currently has under review. The challenges demand that the NRC’s task force report on Fukushima be taken into account before... Read More...

Water and Chemicals Cast Long Shadows on U.S. Fairways

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Water and Chemicals Cast Long Shadows on U.S. Fairways

A couple of years ago, on a visit to Scottsdale, Arizona, we went for a day hike to a state park east of the town. The main trail through the park climbed to an elevation of about a thousand feet above the land around it, which was entirely desert, except for a few sprawls... Read More...

The Future of Agriculture is Urban

Sunday, July 31, 2011
The Future of Agriculture is Urban

The future of farming is urban. Huge cities like New York and Beijing will have vast acres of rooftop greenhouses. Modern metropolises will contain large buildings with architecturally integrated agricultural systems where the inhabitants’ fresh vegetables are grown and poultry and other small food animals are reared. Only staples like corn, wheat and rice,... Read More...

To Frack or Not To Frack? Real Questions Persist

Thursday, July 21, 2011
To Frack or Not To Frack? Real Questions Persist

The environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as it’s usually called, have two story lines. The industry’s is that there has never been a problem caused because of fracking. Opponents cite numerous instances of contaminated wells and other environmental violations, many of the resulting in steep fines. The Great Gas Hope Part of... Read More...

How Cars Took Over American Life

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
How Cars Took Over American Life

Part of us knows that cars drive us. We think we drive our cars, but as a nation, we are driven by our need to have and fuel our automobiles. Getting a driver’s license and owning a car is rite of American passage that is going global.  More than any other single factor, this... Read More...

Beware of Governors Bearing Property Tax Cuts

Friday, June 24, 2011
Beware of Governors Bearing Property Tax Cuts

At a time when Florida is facing severe drought conditions and serious unemployment as well as the long-term potential of sea flooding due to climate change, its governor, Rick Scott, has managed to potentially make all three worse with one political clout to its water management system. Although the full extent of any damage... Read More...

If All of America Behaved Like Californians……….

Saturday, June 18, 2011
If All of America Behaved Like Californians……….

Let’s all be Californians! For several years now, California residents used 40 per cent less electricity per person than the people in the rest of the U.S. Considering that generating electricity for Americans produces one-third of all the carbon we release, simply getting the rest of the country to behave like Californians would cut... Read More...

Gag or Starve? Poison the Water or Run Out of Food? Other Choices

Sunday, June 12, 2011
Gag or Starve? Poison the Water or Run Out of Food? Other Choices

That’s the argument: if we don’t use the kind of farming methods that produce a lot of extra bushels per acre, the next three billion people who will crowd the world by the end of this century won’t have enough to eat. But continue to use those farming methods and there won’t be enough... Read More...

GREEN BOOKS

Water: Our Most Precious Resource: by Marc Devilliers. This highly readable report on the looming global water crisis is amazingly informative on water issues around the world from China to Texas.

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