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Can Industrial Agriculture Be Sustainable Agriculture?

Can Industrial Agriculture Be Sustainable Agriculture?

It might seem like an oxymoron at first glance, but perhaps it’s not so far fetched. As dicussed in the upcoming issue of OnEarth magazine, Frederick Kaufmann suggests that “industrial agriculture, is not only essential to, but could also be the future leader of, sustainable food production”.

Gulf Oil Plume Gone, Eaten By Newly Discovered Microbes

Gulf Oil Plume Gone, Eaten By Newly Discovered Microbes

In what seems a deus ex machina or perhaps deus ex gaia moment, scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report that the miles-long deep sea oil plume which resulted from the BP oil spill has essentially vanished, apparently eaten by microbes previously unknown to science.

Cleveland "Smart Bins" Will Fine Non-Recyclers $100

Cleveland "Smart Bins" Will Fine Non-Recyclers $100

Armed with RFID chips and a disdain for those residents who simply refuse to put out their recyclables in a timely manner, an army of "smart" recycling bins will soon descend on Cleveland to enact their green environmental goodness.

The bins will be an expansion of a 15,000 resident experimental program that tracked whether or not people were putting their recycling bins out on the curb. If a resident does not take their bin out for a few weeks, the system is notified and a fine could levied against the offender if a visiting "trash supervisor" determines their normal trash bins are filled with more than 10% recyclable material.

See for Yourself How Solutions for Dirty Stormwater Work

See for Yourself How Solutions for Dirty Stormwater Work

NRDC’s Water Program is increasingly focused on solutions to our leading water pollution problems, one of which is urban stormwater.

The dirty runoff that hits our waterways after storms may not be as obvious as the pollution that comes out of factories or oil refineries, but it has an enormous impact on our nation’s beaches, nonetheless.

Around the World in 80 Days, Emission Free

Around the World in 80 Days, Emission Free

Two days ago, four teams hailing from Australia, Switzerland, South Korea and Germany set out from Geneva to race around the globe in a mere eighty days. Unlike previous world races The Zero Race teams must undertake the thirty-thousand kilometer trip using electric, emission-free vehicles.

Solar-Powered Salamander?

Solar-Powered Salamander?

A colleague sent over this article detailing a mind-blowing nexus of my energy and wildlife work - the discovery of a fairly common salamander species that is literally powered by the sun, at least early on. New research finds that spotted salamander embryos and hatchlings somehow have little bits of algae inside their cells to create energy using photosynthesis. It is the first time this has been observed in any animal with vertebrae.

More importantly, its yet another example of why keeping critters on this planet is so important - we clearly still have a lot to learn from the animal kingdom. Who knows if the humble salamander harbors secrets that will help fix our energy mess...

The Case For Living Small

The Case For Living Small

Provocative, Miami-based architect (and, I would argue, philosopher) Steve Mouzon is on my short list of Other Writers Who Make Me Think. His latest Original Green post does not disappoint, juxtaposing an intriguing comparison between what Steve calls 'the poverty of large' and 'the luxury of small': when we reduce our range, Steve posits, we are better able to improve and enjoy the things on which we focus.

FDA Looking More Closely For Poisons In Gulf Seafood

FDA Looking More Closely For Poisons In Gulf Seafood

It is the official position of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the chemicals BP used in the Gulf of Mexico to disperse spilled oil pose no public health risks.

However, amid concerns that the dispersants might persist in seafood, the FDA and NOAA have decided to start doing some laboratory testing.

Putting The Escaped Ice Island In Perspective

Putting The Escaped Ice Island In Perspective

On August 5, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan broke off of a Greenland glacier and started floating toward the Nares Strait, the body of water that separates western Greenland from far northeastern Canada's Ellsemere Island.

Should the U.S. Enter into a Collateral Agreement with BP?

Should the U.S. Enter into a Collateral Agreement with BP?

The Wall Street Journal reported on August 10, 2010 that the Obama administration was close to sealing a deal with BP that would make the U.S. business partners with BP’s operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The idea is that the U.S. would take as collateral a security interest (like a mortgage) in BP’s future oil and gas revenues from Gulf operations for the $20 billion that BP promised to put into escrow. Should that happen, the U.S. Treasury would have a direct financial interest in the success of BP’s oil exploration and production activities in the Gulf until the entire $20 billion is deposited in the escrow fund.

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