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Eyes on the prize: Google announces ‘Earth Engine’ Offering scientists and conservationists a better look-see at Mama Earth, Google Labs unveiled its Google Earth Engine yesterday at the International Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. The product puts an “unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data – current and historical – […]

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System: Part 2 of 2

Last week we began a discussion on the biggest issues in the food system. We noted that the issues are all connected and go back to one big problem: The stranglehold that agribusiness has on our public discourse and our political system. Somehow our legislators and much of society have […]

Measuring the Eco Pawprint of Your Pets

Cats and dogs are the latest animals to fall under the microscope of green living with a new book called “Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living.” Written by two New Zealand architects specializing in sustainable living, this provocative book is bound to stir people up. […]

25 Photos of Glaciers in Danger of Disappearing

Appreciate them now before it’s too late. It seems that every other day, a new study is released predicting the catastrophes that will result from a continuation of worldwide climate change. For most of us, these forecasted disasters seem lifetimes away. But one immediate effect of global warming that we can’t […]

Are Meat Eaters Mass Murderers?

Surely meat eaters have their reasons for choosing to eat animals—most humans do it—but what about looking at the bigger picture? You know, as in the thousands of animals one meat eater will consume in his or her lifetime? 7,000. That’s the number of animals the average meat eater will […]

Top 10 Global Warming Denier Arguments Debunked: Part 1

Snow in the South, ice gain in Antarctica and scientists seemingly fudging climate data: is the global warming debate over? Definitely. …But skeptics aren’t on the winning side. Global warming deniers have gleefully seized on recent scandals and misinterpreted data to bolster their collection of arguments, but there are these […]

Combating Global Warming With Cork

Native to Southwest Europe and Northern Africa, the cork oak’s bark is not only harvested for wine stoppers and home flooring, it’s also entered the fashion world thanks to companies like Portuguese fashion label Pelcor. Recently receiving honors for “Most Innovative” at the Pure International Fashion show in London, owner […]

Global Warming, No Burps About It

Could breeding burpless sheep help a country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? According to an article in the Herald Sun, Australian scientists at the Sheep Co-operative Research Center are planning on finding out. They are in the process of testing 700 sheep with 20 different genetic lines in the hope […]

The Rise of Geoengineering: Smart? Safe? Too Easy?

Though the it’s-too-late set seems to be growing, most scientists agree that when it comes to human-induced climate change, there are solutions. Most of these solutions are ambitious. Some, in fact, might be too ambitious – and perhaps too dangerous on a number of fronts. Geoengineering is exactly what it […]

The 10 Biggest Issues with the Global Food System: Part 2 of 2

Last week we began a discussion on the biggest issues in the food system. We noted that the issues are all connected and go back to one big problem: The stranglehold that agribusiness has on our public discourse and our political system. Somehow our legislators and much of society have […]

Global Warming, No Burps About It

Could breeding burpless sheep help a country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions? According to an article in the Herald Sun, Australian scientists at the Sheep Co-operative Research Center are planning on finding out. They are in the process of testing 700 sheep with 20 different genetic lines in the hope […]

Berkeley Approves Global Warming Warning Labels at Gas Pumps

The biggest complaint among those concerned about global warming is that they want to be part of something larger–a collective action that makes a difference. And while individual actions certainly have an impact, it’s more difficult to get people to alter their ways independently. That’s the thinking behind the newly approved […]

New Lab Testing and Awareness to Attack Lyme in California

A new Borrelia Culture and awareness may increase Lyme Disease literacy in California just in time. “I’m testing three patients for it right now,” says Dr. Todd Maderis, a leading naturopath running the Marin Natural Medicine Clinic in a county with the highest number of Lyme disease outbreaks in California. […]

The 10 Biggest Issues With the Global Food System

If you ask food experts like Michael Pollan, Marian Nestle, Gary Nabhan, Vandana Shiva, and numerous other writers and scholars what the biggest problems in our global, industrialized food system are, you’ll end up with a lot to chew on. It’s difficult to separate the problems into discrete categories because […]

If You Can't Beat Them, Eat Them?

Camel: it’s what’s for dinner? Fraid so, mate. Aussies are being told that tossing camel steaks on the barbie can reduce global warming and save the fragile ecosystems and water resources of the desert where the wild herd is out of control. The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Center released a […]

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Is There Actually Good News on Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

One of the biggest hindrances to staving off global climate change is getting the world’s biggest emitters to agree to take action. China is the world’s second biggest emitter due to its dependance on dirty coal and the astonishing double digit industrial growth that the nation has experienced in the […]

Global Warming’s Latest Victim: Medicinal Plants

Traditional medicinal plants have been used for centuries to treat local communities. From herbal and tribal medicine to the Science of Ayuveda, nearly 80 percent of the world depends on medicinal plants. And even if you think it’s some sort of pseudo science, understand that pharmaceutical drugs use these plants as direct […]

Elephants are Basically Dinosaurs: Habitat Loss, Poaching and Global Warming are Killing Our Favorite Animals

Habitat loss, poaching and global warming are spelling doom for creatures all across the globe. Imagine telling your children tales of great beasts that once roamed the earth. Big, fantastic looking creatures with incredible features beyond belief. No, you wouldn’t necessarily be talking about dinosaurs. You could be describing elephants, […]

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Global Warming in Siberia Causing Mysterious Mega Craters

Is global warming to blame for giant sinkholes in Siberia? Russian scientists are in a rush to find out what’s going on in Siberia, considered one of the youngest eco-systems on Earth, awash with gas reserves. Researcher Vasily Bogoyavlensky of the Russian Academy of Sciences is calling for an urgent investigation […]

Are Meat Eaters Mass Murderers?

Surely meat eaters have their reasons for choosing to eat animals—most humans do it—but what about looking at the bigger picture? You know, as in the thousands of animals one meat eater will consume in his or her lifetime? 7,000. That’s the number of animals the average meat eater will […]

Elephants are Basically Dinosaurs: Habitat Loss, Poaching and Global Warming are Killing Our Favorite Animals

Habitat loss, poaching and global warming are spelling doom for creatures all across the globe. Imagine telling your children tales of great beasts that once roamed the earth. Big, fantastic looking creatures with incredible features beyond belief. No, you wouldn’t necessarily be talking about dinosaurs. You could be describing elephants, […]