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Gulf Stream gold: Mining green energy from Atlantic currents

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The Gulf Stream meanders clockwise from the Gulf of Mexico, past the mid-Atlantic coast toward Europe. It is one of the most powerful currents in the world, and it is full of life.
Many species of pelagic fish, endangered marine turtles and other marine organisms roam the relentless conveyor belt of warm blue water unhindered, flowing [...]

Farmers in Nevada look with longing at water that goes to lawns, not crops

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A sprinkler head had cracked, so water spurted not only into Amanda Beyer’s thriving flowerbeds and lush lawn but also onto the driveway and then into burbling pools in the gutter. Rather than be concerned, Beyer was defiant, offended by anyone pointing out the waste of the region’s most precious resource at a time when [...]

States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity

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States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.
Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send [...]

How Climate Change Changed Me

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When I learned that the New York Times was planning to report on my time as an investor at Farallon Capital Management, I wanted to sit down with the reporter while I was in New York City to discuss the issue in person—and on the record. After all, it was important to me that they [...]

Pesticides kill bees, birds

Nation of Change reports on pesticides and birds and bees:

Neonicotinoids affect non-target organisms and the impact of insecticides on birds is devastating. Learn more about how honey bees and other pollinators are going through rapid population declines and how you can help.

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In addition to previous research on the direct impacts of pesticides on pollinators and other beneficials, a [...]

Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants

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Adding fuel to the debates over the merits of organic food, a comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce.
“It shows very clearly how you grow your food has an impact,” said Carlo Leifert, a professor [...]

Cargill comes out with non-GM soybean oil

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Cargill has launched a new vegetable oil that’s made from conventionally-bred soybeans. That’s right, oil that isn’t derived from genetically modified (GM) soybeans.
Most of the soybeans grown in the United States come from genetically modified seeds, a favorite of famers in the battle to control weeds and pests.
GM seeds have been given the imprimatur of [...]

House Republicans Protect America From Efficient Light Bulbs, Low-Flow Toilets

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WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House of Representatives passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act on Thursday night by a vote of 253 to 170. What may appear to be a mundane spending bill includes a number of measures meant to undo environmental programs.
The House version of the spending bill:
1. Slashes funding [...]

Frog Song Organics Barn Raising Celebration

Hello Farm Friends,

You’re invited!

What: Barn Raising Celebration

When: Sunday, July 20th from 4:30-8:00 pm

Where: Frog Song Organics 4317 NE US Hwy 301 Hawthorne, FL 32640

You’re warmly invited to come and celebrate the construction of our new “barn” at the farm. Some of you attended our Barn Raising Dinner last year, and now you can come out [...]

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

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A drive through the sticky Florida heat into Alton Road in Miami Beach can be an unexpectedly awkward business. Most of the boulevard, which runs north through the heart of the resort’s most opulent palm-fringed real estate, has been reduced to a single lane that is hemmed in by bollards, road-closed signs, diggers, trucks, workmen, [...]

Bruce Ritchie: Will there be any opposition to conservation amendment?

With a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll last week showing strong support for the proposed conservation lands amendment, the question lingers: Whether there will be organized opposition?
Amendment 1 would earmark one-third of documentary stamp tax revenue for 20 years to the state Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Supporters say the amendment is needed because state land-acquisition [...]

Federal Government Still Spending Billions To Subsidize Fossil Fuels

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WASHINGTON – Over the past five years, the Obama administration has repeatedly called for cutting fossil fuel subsidies in the form of tax breaks and other incentives. But the amount of money the federal government forfeits through subsidies has increased steadily over that time period, reaching $18.5 billion last year, according to a new report [...]

Tar Sands contaminate wildlife

From the Globe and Mail:
New scientific research has found that wild-caught foods in northern Alberta have higher-than-normal levels of pollutants the study associates with oil sands production, but First Nations are already shifting away from their traditional diets out of fears over contamination.
The research, to be officially released on Monday, found contaminants in traditional foods [...]

Food icons

Tom Philpott in Mother Jones:

Can you guess what these images mean? See below. The Noun Project and the Grace Communications Foundation
On a frigid Sunday morning in Manhattan this past March, several dozen people, many of them design students, gathered at the School of Visual Art’s building in Chelsea. Their task: to perform a bit of [...]

Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly

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Nearly 30 years have passed since the Chernobyl plant exploded and caused an unprecedented nuclear disaster. The effects of that catastrophe, however, are still felt today. Although no people live in the extensive exclusion zones around the epicenter, animals and plants still show signs of radiation poisoning.
Birds around Chernobyl have significantly smaller brains that those [...]