Soil: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Climate Change

This post was originally published on this site By Claire O’Connor Agriculture is on the front lines of climate change. Whether it’s the a seven-year drought drying up fields in California, the devastating Midwest flooding in 2019, or hurricane after hurricane hitting the Eastern Shore, agriculture and rural communities are already feeling the effects of […]

Attack on Dishwasher Standards Hurts Consumers, Environment

This post was originally published on this site By Joe Vukovich Under the guise of responding to consumer complaints that today’s energy- and water-efficient dishwashers take too long, the Department of Energy has proposed creating a new class of dishwashers that wouldn’t be subject to any water or energy efficiency standards at all. The move […]

10 Tips for a Sustainable Friendsgiving

This post was originally published on this site By Andrea Spacht Collins It’s been a big year for me: new name, new address, renewed sense of purpose about the need to tackle climate change now. As the holiday season approaches, I’m reminded that I couldn’t have done any of these things on my own. I […]

Coal Plants Get a Pass to Pollute Our Waterways

This post was originally published on this site The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday proposed to roll back safeguards that keep one of the nation’s biggest industrial polluters — coal-burning power plants — from discharging harmful substances into the nation’s waterways. In addition, the agency moved to extend deadlines for companies to stop using […]

Lowe’s Joins Home Depot to Tackle Toxic PFAS in Carpets

This post was originally published on this site In a win for public health, the home improvement giant Lowe’s announced that it will stop selling carpets and rugs containing toxic PFAS chemicals in the United States and Canada by January 2020. Home Depot recently made a similar commitment, signaling that stores are starting to take […]

Rocket Fuel Chemical Doesn’t Belong in Food Packaging

This post was originally published on this site Perchlorate has been shown to impair the development of fetuses and young children — and yet the FDA refuses to act. So the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is taking the agency to court. None NRDC and partners took legal action to overturn the U.S. Food and […]

America’s Dairyland May Have a PFAS Problem

This post was originally published on this site By Susan Cosier First there was Fred Stone, the third-generation dairy farmer in Maine who discovered that the milk from his cows contained harmful chemicals. Then came Art Schaap, a second-generation dairy farmer in New Mexico, who had to dump 15,000 gallons of contaminated milk a day. […]

Are My Denim Jeans Bad for the Environment?

This post was originally published on this site By Courtney Lindwall Question: I’ve heard that producing denim is particularly bad for the environment. Do I need to give up my blue jeans? Answer: Throwaway plastics and gas-guzzling cars are the typical consumer no-nos, but clothing also has oversize impacts on the planet and our health. […]

Giraffes Win International Protections to Limit Their Trade

This post was originally published on this site The Parties to CITES agreed to list giraffes on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) today at the World Wildlife Conference or CoP18 in Geneva. Such protections will ensure that all giraffe parts trade were legally acquired and not sourced from […]

Could the Climate Crisis Spell the End for Maine Lobster?

This post was originally published on this site By Nicole Greenfield Kristan Porter grew up in a fishing family in the fishing community of Cutler, Maine, where he says all roads lead to one career path: fishing. (Porter’s father was the family’s lone exception. He suffered from terrible seasickness, and so became a carpenter.) The […]

Colorado Revs Up, Adopts Zero-Emission Vehicle Program

This post was originally published on this site By Simon Mui States across the country are stepping up to make clean cars cheaper and easier to find. Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) voted Friday to adopt a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program that will increase the availability of electric vehicles in the state, improve […]

Green Your College Dorm Room

This post was originally published on this site By Emily Deanne Shower shoes? Check. Extra-long sheets? Yep. Energy efficiency checklist? No worries — we’ve got you covered there. If you’re one of the nation’s 12.1 million full-time undergraduate college students, you no doubt have a lot to keep in mind as you head off to […]

How to Combat Weeds … Gently

This post was originally published on this site By Jillian Mackenzie Spraying chemicals in the yard is a tempting shortcut for many a home gardener looking to protect a tasty crop or a bed of flowers. But weed killers aren’t necessary, and they may be linked to health risks. To embark on a natural plan […]

On June 8, We Celebrate Our Oceans, Our Future

This post was originally published on this site By Sarah Chasis June 8 is World Oceans Day, dedicated to celebrating our beautiful, mysterious, and life-giving oceans. As our oceans make up more than 70 percent of the earth’s surface, their health drives the future of our planet. Oceans give us every other breath we take, […]

Could “Liking” an Anti-Pipeline Facebook Post Soon Be Illegal?

This post was originally published on this site By Joshua Axelrod A new South Dakota law — written in consultation with the company that owns Keystone XL — could punish people for exercising their right to peaceful protest. Is it a harbinger of things to come? America was born out of protest. Revolution and rebellion, […]

A New Call to National Climate Action

This post was originally published on this site By Rhea Suh Minutes after opening the 116th Congress last week, incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a stirring call to national action on what she called “the existential threat of our time: the climate crisis.“ In Pelosi we have a leader who is listening […]