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Climate Change This Week: Driving Fast n' FREE on Solar, Record Rising Seas, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The EV Revolution Is Here! Takeaways: If we covered the 800 million US parking spaces with solar panels, the output would be three times the US ...

When Our Responses to Drought Make Things Worse

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Water problems are a complex mix of natural resource, technology, social, economic and political conditions. When water is limited during extreme events such as droughts, society puts in place a variety of responses. But many of the actions taken in recent years have actually increased the vulnerability of other systems.

The Wealth of the Land and the Power of the People

Willie Nelson | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Willie Nelson

We need to redefine wealth as the ability to make a decent living from the land and sustain it for the next generation. To grow crops for food and fuel while simultaneously enriching the soil upon which future crops depend. To support a family and a community.

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

Fracking Poisons California's Water

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Nearly 3 billion gallons (or the equivalent of 454 Olympic swimming pools) of oil industry wastewater were illegally dumped into central California's aquifer supplying drinking water and irrigation to farmers.

Fear and Fair Cannot Coexist...

Greg Asbed | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Greg Asbed

Last month's horrific massacre of student human rights activists in Guerrero serves as an awful reminder of why there will be no "Fair Food Program" in the foreseeable future of Mexico's tomato industry...

On World Day of Food Sovereignty, Struggling for Land in Brazil

Beverly Bell | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Beverly Bell

October 16 is World Food Day. To ensure that there is food for the world, and that it is not controlled by corporations, small farmers and allies across the globe have also named October 16 the Day of Action for Food Sovereignty and against Transnational Organizations.

Climate Change This Week: The Walrus Sings, Renewables Rising, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Altaeros Energies is developing turbine-equipped tubular helium balloons that float up to 2,000 feet in the air to capture wind energy. (From Altaero...

The Blind Spot for Climate Research in Agriculture: Not All Climate Change is Bad

Timothy S. Thomas | Posted 10.10.2014 | Green
Timothy S. Thomas

We should focus on these "climate opportunities" in addition to the "climate hotspots" -- the areas that the models show will be adversely impacted.

5 Things I've Learned As A 4-H'er

Justina Sharp | Posted 10.10.2014 | Teen
Justina Sharp

I'll spare you the gory details of six years of long speeches, ridiculously early mornings, boot blisters, and just tell you that it has been the greatest time of my life.

The World Bank Must Commit to Food Security

Dan Imhoff | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Dan Imhoff

Much will be said about bringing roads, electricity and infrastructure to underdeveloped regions. But how committed is the World Bank to the planet as a whole when it is doling out its loans?

How One Tiny County Is Taking On Big Biotech This Election Day

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

Hawaii has long been considered "ground zero" for the debate over genetically modified organisms, but now one county is taking on big biotech in an un...

Uncommon Good

Tammara Fort | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Tammara Fort

In early September the WorkerAnts team visited Uncommon Good in Claremont, California. Since its inception in 2000, Founder and Executive Director Nancy Mintie has worked with the community to create an inspired and synergistic organization endeavoring to end the cycle of poverty and restore the health of the planet.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Sunflower, Banks Bank on Clean Energy, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.02.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Oct 2, 2014 How unusua...

On National Day of Maize in Mexico, Protecting the Sacred Plant

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Beverly Bell

Adelita San Vicente Tello speaking at local celebration of Mexico's first National Holiday of Native and Creole Seeds. Photo courtesy of Adelita San ...

5 Things to Do After Climate Week

Diana Donlon | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Diana Donlon

Thanks to the epic success of the People's Climate March, alarm bells demanding climate action have never rung louder. So, now that you've succeeded in elevating the mother of all issues to the top of the global agenda, where should you and your fellow 399,999 marchers direct your tide-turning energies?

Climate Change This Week: 400,000 Call For Climate Action, Hottest August on Record and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.29.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills to promote more CA electric cars, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled plans for $1 billion in energy retrofits for municipal buildings and pressuring landlords into reducing energy use.

Tom Cotton Says Only Farmers Can Understand The Farm Bill

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defending his farm bill TV ad against fact-checkers who've observed its falsity, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Thursday said journalists c...

Calling on Half a Billion Farmers to Join the "Climate-Smart" Revolution

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 09.25.2014 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Scientists are concerned that climate stresses are likely to cause massive losses in tropical fisheries and threaten livestock that sustain the world's poorest people.

Menu for a Hot Planet

John Feffer | Posted 09.25.2014 | Green
John Feffer

The focus of protest has been on energy, and strategically this makes sense. But at some point, we're going to have to rethink the much more fundamental structures that have been with us long before we discovered fossil fuels or even harnessed the power of the wind and the water. We desperately need to rethink agriculture.

A Story of Survival on a First Grade Field Trip

AK Turner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
AK Turner

I didn't ask for too many details, even when I heard the word "farm" being thrown about. Because a farm is just a less exotic zoo with no concession stand, right? And maybe I'd get to pet a bunny or a baby pig.

Investing In The Future We Want

Dr. Jonathan Wadsworth | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Dr. Jonathan Wadsworth

We stand today at the threshold of one of the most significant development challenges of the 21st century: How to feed and nourish 9 billion people by 2050 without destroying the environment, while climate change threatens to significantly diminish crop yields and roll back years of progress.

Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.

A Ticking Time Bomb: Eliminating Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 09.19.2014 | Green
Gary H. Cohen

While antibiotics are an essential part of the health care we receive, the vast majority of antimicrobials are used for industrial animal agriculture -- around four times the amount used in human medicine.

The Triumph of the Cyclops Polyphemus

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The ancient Greeks were primarily very small family farmers, intimately connected to the land and the growing of food. Agriculture for the Greeks was ...