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Local residents protect the environment from their elected officials

Catherine Ryan Hyde summarizes the struggle Cambria has had with its own governing body, the Community Services District, to protect the local environment. The area is legally protected by state and federal law, but the CSD board of directors has pursued invading it to build a desalination plant. The full text of her summary includes […]

An issue of tissue | Evolution Magazine

Here’s another interesting story I wrote this year..what a cool biz: Recycling humans and animals!-tr
RTI Biologics employs 700 people worldwide, 500 of these at the Alachua headquarters. The spotlessly clean facility operates 24/7, with receiving facilities always ready for gifts of human donated tissue, which are quarantined in freezers on first arrival, while testing and […]

Glaciers: Going, Going, Gone – by Trish Riley

Did I mention that I visited Glacier National Park last summer? Here’s my story… (fyi – my editor added the word “may” on page 5 regarding the relationship between mining for fossil fuels and global warming.) Thanks for reading! –Trish Riley
Montana’s Big Sky was a broad, clear blue as I said my goodbyes and boarded […]

Barnett aims for a ‘water ethic’

Bruce Ritchie
Author Cynthia Barnett of Gainesville says she traces the start of her focus on water issues to a St. Petersburg Timespage 1A story written in 2003 that she says made her “insane.”
Barnett is author of “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis.” It’s an important new book that challenges Americans to transform their views of […]

Michael Pollan’s food classes

Joe Fassler  writes in The Atlantic about Edible Education 101.  Joe Fassler, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, teaches creative writing at the University of Iowa. In 2011, his work for was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Journalism. He hosts The Lit Show on KRUI radio and
This fall […]

Stallion castration plan in Nevada postponed until court ruling – News –

Did you see the award winning film Wild Horses in Winds of Change at Cinema Verde 2011?
“As thousands of wild horses and burros are rounded up from their free roaming life on the range, tensions run high for their future…”
Federal land managers have agreed to postpone a precedent-setting plan to castrate hundreds of wild […]

Japan Fukushima Disaster: Probe Finds Response Failed

Japan’s response to the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 tsunami was confused and riddled with problems, including an erroneous assumption an emergency cooling system was working and a delay in disclosing dangerous radiation leaks, a report revealed Monday.
The disturbing picture of harried and bumbling workers and government officials scrambling to respond to the […]

Georgia River Reindeer Population Dramatically Dropping (PHOTOS)

The world’s largest reindeer population has plummeted up to 92 percent in the last few decades. Once standing at 900,000, the George River herd now stands at 74,000, according to Survival International.
Important to the Innu and Cree people of Quebec and Labrador in eastern Canada, iron-ore mining, hydro-power flooding and road building are reportedly to […]

Organ damage linked to GMOs

HuffPo reports:
In a study released by the International Journal of Biological Sciences, analyzing the effects of genetically modified foods on mammalian health, researchers found that agricultural giant Monsanto’s GM corn is linked to organ damage in rats.
According to the study, which was summarized by Rady Ananda at Food Freedom, “Three varieties of Monsanto’s GM corn […]

China grapples with mass migration

It’s been called the largest migration in human history: An estimated 320 million Chinese will leave small villages and rural counties to start new lives in cities over the next decade and a half.
It’s the equivalent of everyone in the United States packing their belongings and changing addresses.
Pollution is choking Chinese cities. Breakneck growth has […]

Industry welcomes EPA regulations

Health advocacy groups have worked for decades to get the Environmental Protection Agency to require coal and oil-burning power plants to restrict emissions of mercury, dioxin, lead, arsenic and other toxic pollutants that can cause cancer, heart and developmental diseases, asthma and premature deaths. Though more than a dozen states have adopted such rules on […]

Editorial: In celebration of cleaner air – Times Union

THE ISSUE:New EPA regulations for mercury emissions have been imposed at last.THE STAKES:Cleaner air, cleaner water and economic opportunity.The last days of 2011 offer those concerned about the air we breathe and the waterways we enjoy all the more reason to celebrate. They might party like it’s, oh, 1990.That’s when the landmark legislation known as […]

Town aims for food self-sufficiency

Vincent Graff -of the Daily Mail reports,, on the town that is growing its own:
Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too.
Outside the police station in the small Victorian mill town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, there are three large raised flower beds.
If you’d visited a few […]

Climate change affects turf

Carol Brzozowski reports in Turf Magazine:
Plants are blooming and experiencing leaf budding earlier in public gardens throughout the United States and some plant species, including weeds, are growing in areas they never grew before. Ominously, plant pests are also being seen in new areas.
You won’t find details of these phenomena in the National Oceanic and […]

Ag Gag bill introduced in Florida

Earlier this year a bill was introduced in Florida by Senator Jim Norman that would have made it a felony to take photos or video of a farm or agriculture operation.
The “Ag Gag” bill was openly supported by Big Ag and directed at both whistle-blowers who go undercover to document the cruelty that animals on […]

Rodale looks to 2012

Rodale Institute’s Holiday message:
Game Plan
A note from our Executive Director
Over the last three years more than one in three cultivated honey bee colonies has died nationwide, posing a serious risk to our national food supply. We believe the answer to saving the bees is the backyard beekeeper. More specifically, non-toxic and sustainable backyard beekeeping.

We are creating a […]

Animal People 20th anniversary in 2012

Kim Bartlett, publisher of Animal People, writes:
We all long for a day in which human beings see themselves not as lords and masters of the earth but as good stewards of creation. To get there, the way of thinking about animals as things to be used and abused must be replaced with a model reflecting […]

Permaculture embraces sustainable practices

Additional information about permaculture posted online:

Permaculture is a design system based on ethics and design principles which can be used to establish, design, manage and improve all efforts made by individuals, households and communities towards a sustainable future. The permaculture flower uses the evolutionary spiral path to link together the key domains required for this […]

Editorial: EPA finally will enforce long-delayed clean air standards

Without any last-minute meddling by the White House, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week published a long-awaited final rule strictly limiting how much mercury, arsenic, hydrochloric acid and other deadly toxins coal-fired and oil-fired power plants can spew into the air.The rule will save America billions more dollars in health care costs than industry […]

Local food makes news in SLO

Chew on this
Locals are finding ways to move away from food created by corporations
A quiet revolution is stirring in local kitchens. All over San Luis Obispo County, people are claiming their right to decide what goes in their mouths and their power to choose where it comes from.


Dan Melton picks out […]

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