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New Study Finds Biodiversity Boosts Crop Yields, P...

Farms with just one or a handful of different crops encourage fewer species of pollinating and pest-controlling insects to linger, ultimately winnowing away crop yields, according to a new study. Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects, a team of scientists reported Oct. 16 in the...

This Thursday: Learning How to Talk

The more I do this work, the less certain I am about anything. But there are a few things of which I’m convinced: Dear Kenneth,The more I do this work, the less certain I am about anything. But there are a few things of which I’m convinced: The climate crisis, and the broader E4 crises of which it’s a (deadly) symptom, is the most pressing challenge we face. There is no “solving” this crisis. We are going to have to navigate...

Inside Energy Questions: Is Fracking Dangerous?

There are many hazards associated with oil and gas development: air and water pollution, accidents, and threats to mental health. Clearly, oil and gas development can be dangerous, but HOW dangerous? And for whom? That’s what we will try to lay out in this story, with some important caveats to keep in mind: Some hazards are very likely to happen; Some hazards have a low probability of happening Some hazards are very...

Bulldozers to Tear Through Heart of Sonoran Desert...

Last week we received positive news on the border wall’s imminent construction in an Arizona wildlife refuge. The Trump administration delayed construction of the wall through about 60 miles of federal wildlife preserves. The win came shortly after the Center for Biological Diversity asked a federal judge to stop construction in 68 miles of the Arizona border via a filed injunction saying the government unlawfully...

5 Questions About Agricultural Emissions Answered

Agriculture provides a livelihood for billions of people every day and feeds all of us. Yet food production has significant impacts on the environment through deforestation and water pollution. It’s also a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. As countries work to cut their emissions overall, agricultural emissions need to fall, too. To better understand agriculture’s relationship with global emissions,...

Groundwater Depletion May Cause Domestic Wells to ...

Well depths are increasing across much of the United States, but advocates worry drilling deeper isn’t the solution. In the United States, some 120 million Americans—and nearly all Americans in rural areas—rely on underground aquifers for drinking water, farmers tap into groundwater stores to irrigate their crops, and the industrial sector uses underground water during the manufacturing process. But the U.S. has been...

Top 10 Heat-Related Terms You Need to Pay Attentio...

Because extreme heat is one of the deadliest weather hazards we currently face, Union of Concerned Scientist’s Killer Heat Report for the U.S. is the most important document I have read. It is a veritable wake up call for all of us. It is timely, eye-opening, transparent and factual and it deals with the stark reality of our future if we do not make changes quickly (think yesterday). It is important to ensure that we...

No room for climate in Trump’s patriotism

President Trump’s address to the UN General Assembly celebrated his own accomplishments, ranging from Singapore to Tehran to the Texas border. He used the speech to double-down on his America First agenda and proudly reject the “coercion and domination” of institutions like the very one he was speaking to. “Together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity, and pride,” Trump said. “Forever strong, forever sovereign,...

Utilities gave $320K to Ohio House members who vot...

Members of the Ohio House who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities that will benefit financially from the bill’s passage. American Electric Power (AEP), Dayton Power & Light (and it’s parent company AES Corporation), Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy Corp.’s PACs have targeted Ohio with nearly $1.65 million in campaign...

Forest Service Wants to Fast-Track Logging Without...

The U.S Forest Service unveiled a new plan to skirt a major environmental law that requires extensive review for new logging, road building, and mining projects on its nearly 200 million acres of public land. The proposal set off alarm bells for environmental groups, according to Reuters. The proposed changes, released by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), affect how new projects comply with the National Environmental...

‘Largest Undercover Dairy Investigation in History...

Police are investigating after an animal rights group released disturbing video footage showing workers mistreating calves at an Indiana farm that Food & Wine once dubbed the “Disneyland of agricultural tourism,” The Associated Press reported. The Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) released the footage Tuesday after what they said was the “largest undercover dairy investigation in history” at Fair Oaks...

What price tag would you put on a walk in the wood...

Photo © iStockphoto.com/bombuscreative May 21, 2019 — Many of us have natural places in the world that we like to visit for fun, for their beauty or to relax. Maybe it’s the park or forest you loved as a child, or the beach you walked with your friends last year. I love my annual visits to the clear waters and white sands of Moonta Bay in South Australia. Wherever it may be, there’s much to enjoy about the intangible...

My Green Kitchen: Th Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendl...

Why Go Green in the Kitchen? The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home. It’s often the beating heart of a household, where people eat, socialize, relax, and congregate. With such a vital role, it should come as no surprise that your choices, knowingly or not, can have an environmental impact. LINK to full article: https://www.customearthpromos.com/eco-blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-an-eco-friendly-kitchen...

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018: I...

LONDON (Reuters) – Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a record high last year as energy demand and coal use increased, mainly in Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday. Energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 33.1 billion tonnes from the previous year, the highest rate of growth since 2013, with the power sector accounting for almost two-thirds of this growth, according to...

Senate Showdown Over Green New Deal

Senate Democrats sparred with Republicans on the floor Wednesday over the Green New Deal, interrogating GOP lawmakers bashing the proposal over their plans to combat climate change. “Maybe a lot of members think they can get away without having to answer the question [about what to do about climate change],” Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told collected lawmakers. “They won’t.” Majority Leader...