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Our Food Lifeline: A SXSW Eco 2014 Preview

Posted September 30, 2014 by Claire O'Connor in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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How can we help family farmers feed the world while caring for the earth? That’s the focus of World Food Day 2014, organized by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.  It’s also a topic that is near and dear...continued

New report shows how to reduce vehicle pollution, create financial savings on a global scale

Posted September 30, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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  More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report released by the Institute for...continued

After Toledo, What's Next?

Posted September 30, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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It’s been almost 2 months since half a million residents of Toledo, Ohio and surrounding communities were told not to drink their water after unsafe levels of toxins, caused by Lake Erie algal blooms, were found at a city water...continued

Think twice before damming Alaska

Posted September 25, 2014 by Jake Sahl in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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“ROCK!!!!” I watched as the microwave-sized boulder I had dislodged careened down the narrow gulley towards seven of my closest friends, plus Jasper the dog. People jumped left. People jumped right. Jasper just wagged his tail. Miraculously, nobody was hit. ...continued

A landmark plan for conservation and renewable energy

Posted September 23, 2014 by Helen O'Shea in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, when the Department of Interior and the California Department of Natural Resources released a draft of the long-awaited Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), the agencies set the stage for a first-of-its-kind project … in more ways than one....continued

Do the Right Thing: Institutions Can Responsibly Divest from Fossil Fuels

Posted September 22, 2014 by Peter Lehner in Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The world is on track to dump 2.5 trillion tons of global warming pollution into the atmosphere by mid-century. Does that sound like an innocuous number? It’s not. It’s terrifying. It’s nearly 3 times what our planet can absorb without...continued

Do greener, healthier cities need an 'elevator speech'?

Posted September 22, 2014 by Kaid Benfield in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment

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   For better or worse, we live in the age of the sound bite, when even the most intellectually complicated subjects must, to be understood, be simplified to a couple of easily communicated sentences.  It’s all about hyper-short attention spans,...continued

Connecting Dots

Posted September 20, 2014 by Shelley Poticha in Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably

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This morning, a conversation with my daughter, Hanna, helped me connect a bunch of dots in my life.  We were talking about how Kerry Washington is such a brilliant role model – she’s the first African American woman in over...continued

Latin America Green News: A climate change tower in the Amazon, greener railroad transportation in Mexico, the first 100% solar-powered city in Chile

Posted September 19, 2014 by Carolina Herrera in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, The Media and the Environment

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. September 13th – September 19th, 2014 Climate Change A structure taller than the Eiffel Tower is set to be built in the...continued

Zombie Highway Projects

Posted September 19, 2014 by Deron Lovaas in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Jeff Inglis and Phineas Baxandall have co-authored a new PIRG report about “highway boondoggles” in which they profile 11 large road projects costing about $13 billion. These are projects long contemplated on paper, as part of long-range transportation plans assembled...continued

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