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New Giant Wind Turbines Will Unlock Wind Resources Across The U.S.


Since 1980, wind energy costs have fallen by more than a factor of 20 in some regions of the country — going from more than 55 cents per kilowatt-hour to less than 2.5 cents/kWh.
A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how advances in wind power technology and deployment will continue to make [...]

Oil spill fouls Santa Barbara coastline

This will be a continuing saga. No word yet as to why the pipeline broke. But the company that owns it wasn’t aware of it until people at the campgrounds complained about the smell and local firefighters responded and found the oil.
This report from the AP:
GOLETA — A broken pipeline spilled 21,000 gallons of crude [...]

Bee protection, but not from insecticides

The Guardian points out gaps in the President’s program:
The White House has announced an ambitious plan to “promote the health of honeybees and other pollinators” in the United States in a bid to help reverse a worrying trend that has seen the honeybee population fall by half over the last seven decades.
It includes making millions [...]

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Cost $5 Trillion Annually and Worsen Pollution


Global energy subsidies, including the social and environmental costs associated with heavily subsidized fossil fuels, are costing the world’s governments upward of $5 trillion annually, according to new estimates released yesterday by the International Monetary Fund.
That lost revenue is punching gaping holes in the budgets of both wealthy and poor nations, according to IMF, while [...]

Time for a Reform Party in Florida: a state-wide ticket of first-time citizen legislators: Take Back Florida

Absolute power rarely knows how to self-correct when it overplays its hand with the public. That is the situation today in Florida, where an immoveable GOP state legislature handed over the keys to government to dominant insiders and special interests and now is thrashing around in turmoil.
The stalement between radical conservatives and even more radical [...]

Washington State Declares Drought Emergency


Drought isn’t just a California problem, folks. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency on Friday, with snowpack and stream flows dramatically below normal.
“We’re really starting to feel the pain from this snowpack drought,” Inslee said at a press conference. “Impacts are already severe in several areas of the state. Difficult decisions are [...]

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s Best Climate Change Burns


For climate activists — or really anyone who thinks climate change is a problem — there’s a lot to love about Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. The two-term Democratic Senator from Rhode Island is a climate change champion in Congress, introducing legislation aimed at slowing the planet’s warming, calling out colleagues who deny the problem exists, and, [...]

Brazilian Ranchers Aren’t Cutting Down As Much Forest Anymore. Here’s Why.


Pressure from environmental groups and federal prosecutors is helping break the link between cattle ranching and deforestation in the Amazon, according to a new study.
Agreements with Brazil’s largest slaughterhouses have “dramatically” reduced deforestation by ranchers, research published Tuesday in Conservation Letters found.
Supply chain solutions — such as the market-driven agreements Brazilian beef companies entered into [...]

Frontline’s ‘The Trouble With Chicken’ Reveals Why So Much Chicken Makes You Sick

Frontline’s new episode “The Trouble With Chicken,” which premiered Tuesday night on PBS and is now streaming online, is pretty much as close as the food safety world has ever gotten to its own “The Jinx.”
Like HBO’s mini-series on alleged murderer Robert Durst, “The Trouble With Chicken” investigates, with careful research and damning interviews, a [...]

Scores of Scientists Raise Alarm About the Long-Term Health Effects of Cellphones


Are government officials doing enough to protect us from the potential long-term health effects of wearable devices and cellphones? Maybe not. A letter released today, signed by 195 scientists from 39 countries, calls on the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and national governments to develop stricter controls on these and other products that [...]

Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial


The Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why we may never win the fight against climate change. Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry. No one ever says no.
By “extreme” I don’t [...]

Sea Level Rise Is Happening Faster Than Anyone Thought


Global sea level rise isn’t just happening — it’s happening much faster than previously thought, according to new research from climate scientists at the University of Tasmania, in Australia.
The study, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, found that sea level rise has been speeding up over the past two decades compared to the rest of [...]

Doctors and Environmentalists Are Fighting for a Ban Against Monsanto


Multinational ag giant Monsanto may seem like an unstoppable force—but don’t tell that to the growing coalition of environmentalists and public health advocates in Argentina. They are fighting toward one audacious goal: to kick the company out of their country.
This week, the movement to oust Monsanto was joined by Fesprosa, one of Argentina’s leading medical [...]

Are Industrial Farms Also to Blame for America’s Drought?

California Drought

If there is a silver lining to be found in the devastating California drought, it’s that many more Americans are finally thinking about where and how their food is grown. Historically low water levels have put a squeeze on the state’s farmers who produce nearly all of the nation’s broccoli, grapes, canned tomatoes and, notoriously, [...]

See what researchers found when they tested a bottle of Fiji Water against a glass of tap water


A Business Insider column noted that two-thirds of the bottled water sold in the United States is in individual 16.9-ounce bottles, which comes out to roughly $7.50 per gallon. That’s about 2,000 times higher than the cost of a gallon of tap water.
And in an article in 20 Something Finance, G.E. Miller investigated the cost [...]