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GMOs undermine agricultural biology

Dr. Friedman’s analysis begins with a lengthy lecture on the biology of genetic change. It’s useful and, for the amount of material he covers, brief. For those already familiar with the mechanisms, skip ahead to the section on Capitalism, Biotechnology, and Environment.  The References are a helpful resource.
Michael Friedman wrote this analysis of the economic [...]

American ag’s economic irrationalities

Fred Magdoff wrote the following economic analysis of American agricultural systems for the Monthly Review. He is professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and a long-time commentator on political-economic topics. He is coauthor, with John Bellamy Foster, of The Great Financial Crisis (2009) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to [...]

Duke Energy Says $25 Million Fine For Years Of Groundwater Pollution Is ‘Regulatory Overreach’


Duke Energy shot back at North Carolina on Tuesday, vowing to contest the record $25 million fine handed down to Duke earlier this month for groundwater contamination at the utility’s coal plant in Wilmington.
Duke accused the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of going beyond its authority and not following state procedures. The [...]

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought


The Antarctic is far away, freezing and buried under a patchwork of ice sheets and glaciers. But a warming climate is altering that mosaic in unpredictable ways — research published Thursday shows that the pace of change in parts of the Antarctic is accelerating.
Many of the ice sheets that blanket Antarctica run right down to [...]

Need a dose of happy? Watch this video

This video of playful pigs, goats, rabbits and sheep is quite possibly the happiest video ever made.
It was filmed at a Edgar’s Mission, a 60-acre Australian animal sanctuary that provides lifelong care to more than 150 animals that have been neglected or abused by the farming industry. But these animals are living the good life [...]

John Butler Trio, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger, and more stand against fracking on ‘Buy This Fracking Album’

John Butler Trio, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger, and more stand against fracking on ‘Buy This Fracking Album,’ 6.16

John Butler Trio, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, Indigo Girls, and many more are lending their voices in an effort to shed light on the dangers of hydro-fracking – a method of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale [...]

Cities and Towns Choose Renewables to Save Money


Georgetown, Texas, is home to the oldest university in the Lone Star State and is affectionately called the “red poppy capital” of Texas. It will soon add another accolade to the mix: the state’s first city-owned utility to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
Last Wednesday, the city announced a 25-year contract with SunEdison to buy [...]

U.s. chicken is processed in China

This story is from 2013, but it escaped my attention. I didn’t think it would be approved. It’s as if we abolished slavery, but then found ways to export the work to slaves in other places. It’s also an unconscionable waste of fuel, transporting all that chicken to China and back.
How China Got Approval to [...]

Earth Day Photography Event at Lubee Bat Conservancy


Earth Day Photography Event at Lubee Bat Conservancy April 25th, 2015 

Please join us for our third Fruit Bat Photography Day on Saturday April 25, 2015 at Lubee Bat Conservancy!  This fun event is in celebration of Earth Day.  Guests will have the opportunity to step into our bat enclosures and create art or take photos [...]

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism 2015 Annual Membership Meeting


Save the date and Join FL SEE in Gainesville!

Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism

will host the

2015 Annual Membership Meeting

Friday, June 26th – Sunday June 28th, 2015


Join us for networking, speakers, certification workshop, excursions in the Gainesville area.
Details are being confirmed and registration will begin by May 1

Looking forward to meeting you there!

North Dakota curbs wasteful flares of oil drilling gas


Seen from space at night, the thinly populated state of North Dakota could be mistaken for a major metropolis. But the bright lights aren’t the glow of streets and homes. They are flames from billions of litres of natural gas being burned, a by-product of the booming oil industry. Now, under pressure from regulators, technologies [...]

Senate Votes To Help States Sell Off Public Lands


The new chair of the powerful Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee secured a vote Thursday afternoon in the U.S. Senate on a controversial proposal to sell off America’s national forests and other public lands.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s R-AK amendment to Congress’s budget resolution passed by a vote of 51-49. The legislation would support and [...]

Scientists Call On Smithsonian And Other Museums To Reject Fossil Fuel Funding

David Koch

A group of prominent scientists is lobbying science museums in the United States to stop accepting funding from fossil fuel interests.
“As members of the scientific community we devote our lives to understanding the world, and sharing this understanding with the public,” wrote the group of 39 scientists in an open letter to all museums of [...]

Fred Grimm: From Florida Forever to Florida hardly at all

Want to know the difference between the governor and Amendment One? Rick Scott received 1,365,515 fewer votes.
The Water and Land Conservation Initiative was the biggest vote getter on the November ballot, approved by 74.9 percent of the voters.
Most of the 4,230,858 who voted “yes” assumed — wrongly as it turned out — that they were [...]

France Says New Roofs Must Be Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels


The sky’s the limit under France’s new green rooftop law.
According to a new French law approved on Thursday, rooftops on new buildings in commercial zones across France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels.
Green roofs, which cover rooftop space with a layer of grasses, shrubs, flowers, and other forms of flora, offer [...]