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13 Powerhouse American Companies Have Taken Obama's New Climate Pledge. What Does It Mean for Forests?

Forest Trends | July 27, 2015 | Green
Thirteen major US companies today took the White House's "American Business Act on Climate" pledge to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to slow climate change. The pledges commit to at least $140 billion in new low-carbon investment.
Frances Beinecke

Clinton's Bold Clean Energy Plan Is Within Reach

Frances Beinecke | July 27, 2015 | Green
Clinton's leadership on clean energy and climate action stands in stark contrast to the entire field of GOP presidential candidates. Only two Republican hopefuls acknowledge the science of climate change.
Peter Getty

Farms of the Future: Forget Sun and Soil, It's All About LED

Peter Getty | July 27, 2015 | Green
For centuries, farmers have been dependent on weather, short growing seasons, fluctuating supply and demand cycles, and a host of environmental factors that make the farming business one of luck as much as agricultural acumen.
Ingrid Newkirk

Oh, the Places You'll (Never) Go!

Ingrid Newkirk | July 27, 2015 | Green
Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said.
Terry Tamminen

Carbon Confederacy

Terry Tamminen | July 27, 2015 | Green
Just as common decency and subsequent events proved the Confederacy to be on the wrong side of history after the American Civil War, we have ample evidence that states today should not be flying their Carbon Confederacy battle flag either.
Robert Walker

Only One Earth

Robert Walker | July 27, 2015 | Green
Our collective impact on the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and forests is now so impactful and so pervasive, that leading scientists assert that we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, in which humans have become the major driver of environmental change.

Over 30 Recipes to Reduce Kitchen Waste

Food52 | July 27, 2015 | Taste
If you cook, you're going to end up with kitchen scraps. But sometimes what you may consider waste is actually perfectly good to eat -- not merely edible, but downright tasty.
Bob Keefe

American Businesses -- Small to Huge -- Act on Climate

Bob Keefe | July 27, 2015 | Business
Big businesses know climate change is threatening their companies -- and all of us. On Monday, 13 major companies, from General Motors to Microsoft to Coca-Cola, announced they were doing something about it.
Ellen Kanner

Meatless Monday: EatWith -- Feeding Strangers, Making Friends

Ellen Kanner | July 27, 2015 | Green
Committed carnivores at the table didn't change their ways on the spot but happily ate their way through a plant-based menu including carrot lox, wild mushroom cake, Romesco-roasted vegetables and French lentils with lemon and mint
Andrew Sharpless

A Fish By Any Other Name

Andrew Sharpless | July 27, 2015 | Green
If you are in the Gulf of Mexico region and order "shrimp," most people expect to be paying for local, gulf-caught shrimp. In fact, you may end up eating farmed shrimp from halfway around the world.
Steven Cohen

Post-Sandy Rebuilding for Resiliency: Lessons From Long Beach, NY

Steven Cohen | July 27, 2015 | Green
I continue to believe that we need to recognize this fact of American life and create a form of federal reconstruction insurance to provide guaranteed funding to rebuild communities after disaster has struck. We cannot leave reconstruction finance in the unsteady hands of the U.S. Congress.
Hugh Locke

Smallholder Farmers Are The New Global Food Frontier

Hugh Locke | July 28, 2015 | Impact
One-third of the world's 7.3 billion people are smallholder farmers and their families who produce nearly 70 percent of all food consumed worldwide on 60 percent of the planet's arable land. For what sounds like a major part of the global economy, you would expect these farmers to be relatively well off and financially secure. But they aren't. In fact, they represent the majority of the poorest and hungriest people on earth.
Dr. James Hansen

Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today's Public -- Not Next Millennium's

Dr. James Hansen | July 27, 2015 | Green
At some point, a scientist must say it is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong. In my opinion, we have reached that point on the sea level issue. We have a global crisis, an emergency that calls for global cooperation to reduce emissions as rapidly as practical.
David Doniger

Achingly Slow Talks on HFCs -- NRDC Offers IMPACT Tool to Jumpstart Progress

David Doniger | July 27, 2015 | Green
Countries made achingly slow progress towards curbs on the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at Montreal Protocol talks in Paris this week. In an effort to jumpstart progress, NRDC launched a new analytical tool to compare competing HFC phase-down proposals.

The Inside Story Behind A Remarkable Orca Rescue

WWF-Canada | July 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
As we motored in closer, the first thing I heard was the heart-wrenching sound of an orca that was clearly in distress. Her vocalizations echoed across the small bay, an alarming deep and rounded cry that flattened into a squealing moan.
Andrew Kimbrell

State Rights, or Big Government and Monsanto Run Amok? House Republicans Will Choose.

Andrew Kimbrell | July 24, 2015 | Politics
For House Republicans, this week may be a major test as to whether their devotion to state's rights is a foundational principle for which they stand, or mere hypocritical rhetoric to be tossed aside when a few major corporations want to improve their bottom line.
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

Latinos Are Making the Call for Climate Action. Now Leaders Should Listen.

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | July 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
Latinos don't need to be told that climate change is a problem that needs addressing. For many of us, environmental issues aren't abstract or far-off problems; they are realities that have severe impacts on our families and communities each and every day.
Mark Brownstein

Sizing Up EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Program

Mark Brownstein | July 24, 2015 | Green
Did EPA hit the mark - will this program achieve real, measurable, verifiable benefits for the environment? Does it fairly recognize and reward those companies that step up to innovate and lead?
Javier Sierra

Great News for Latinos: 200 Closed Coal-Burning Plants in the U.S.

Javier Sierra | July 24, 2015 | Latino Voices
Climate change constitutes a planetary emergency that we all must confront. And the retirement of these coal plants feels like 200 breaths of fresh air.
Rob Sargent

Senate Finance Committee Puts Wind and Solar On Short Leash

Rob Sargent | July 24, 2015 | Green
A finance package extending tax credits for wind power to the end of next year, recently approved by a key U.S. Senate panel, has been hailed as progress for clean energy, and it is. But here at Environment America we're containing our enthusiasm.
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