Category: Green Economy

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, January 29

Written by | January 29th, 2014

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Super Bowl sustainability, veggie vending machines, and the largest solar bridge ever in today’s green news.

  1. A Super Bowl first: Food scraps will be collected and composted at this year’s game!  (Mother Nature Network)
  2. Farmer’s Fridge, a vegetable vending machine company, is launching in Chicago, hoping to encourage more healthy eating by making it more convenient.  (Modern Farmer)
  3. London’s Blackfriars Bridge, which extends across the River Thames, has been covered in solar panels and will now provide up to half of the energy for London Blackfriars station, cutting its carbon emissions by 511 tons per year.  (Business Green)

The Green Buzz: Monday, January 27

Written by | January 27th, 2014

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States as trustees of the atmosphere, an exploding cow sitcom, and climate change heats up at Davos in today’s green news.

  1. First case of its kind: Courts will determine whether or not, by repealing greenhouse gas regulations, the state of New Mexico has violated its public trust duty to protect the state’s atmosphere.  (Los Angeles Times)
  2. A new four-episode Hulu sitcom produced by Chipotle, “Farmed and Dangerous,” will seek to educate consumers about factory farming using satire.  The series will premier February 17th.  (Mother Nature Network)
  3. Leaders in Davos last week stressed the need for a global re-commitment to curbing climate change, focusing on the economic and humanitarian risks of inaction.  (The Globe and Mail)

The Green Buzz: Tuesday, January 7

Written by | January 7th, 2014

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Science gets to the bottom of mysteries like widely reported “earthquake lights” and the true age of the cockroach in today’s green news.

1. While people for millenia have reported seeing mysterious lights immediately before earthquakes, scientists think they’ve found the answer in a unique reaction by stressed rocks. (National Geographic)

2. Researchers in northwest Colorado recently discovered 49-million-year-old fossilized cockroaches, pushing back the bug’s known Earth record by a full 5 million years. (Live Science)

3. California’s lack of snowfall this winter hurts more than avid skiers; it means people and nature in the state will have a lot less freshwater at their disposal. (Grist)

4. Windpower in the UK generated a record 10% of the country’s electricity in December, enough for 5.7 million homes during one of the most energy-intensive times of the year. (TreeHugger)

The Green Buzz: Monday, December 16

Written by | December 16th, 2013

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We all know that energy demands are only increasing globally.  In today’s Green Buzz, learn about innovators that are helping to meet those demands in a sustainable way.

  1. In Hong Kong, they’re figuring out how to recycle your used shower water to create electricity.  (The New York Times)
  2. Meet New York City’s current leading environmental heroes.  (CBS New York)
  3. Nominees for the 2014 Green Car Technology Award were announced today at the Washington Auto Show.  (Reuters)
  4. Students compete for Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award with proposed solutions for the U.S.’s rising energy needs.  (USA Today)
  5. Falling demand for coal in China could make coal mining uneconomical.  (The Guardian)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, September 12

Written by | September 12th, 2013

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Newly discovered fresh water, trip-planning orangutans and a deadly molasses spill, all in today’s green news.

  1. Trying to get your kids outside more? Maybe you need to turn back the tech clock like these parents did… (MNN)
  2. Huge supplies of fresh water were just discovered in a drought-plagued region of Kenya. (New York Times)
  3. Worried about your travel carbon footprint? Try choosing smaller airlines. (Grist)
  4. Smart monkeys: Orangutans plan their travel routes ahead of time. (LA Times)
  5. Huge molasses spill in Hawai’i kills fish, could attract sharks. (Fox News)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, August 1

Written by | August 1st, 2013

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It’s a new day and a new month, so let’s start it off right with some green news.

  1. Want to get closer to nature? Try following a toddler, for whom “…the dried worm as tragic as a starving polar bear; the walnut shell as mysterious as the queen conch.” (Grist)
  2. Iraq has declared its first national park in the southern marshlands that many call the cradle of civilization. (National Geographic)
  3. Amazon Prime sure is convenient… but is it eco-friendly? (MNN)
  4. The Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act has many asking if it’s really time for space environmentalism. (Wired)
  5. The Caribbean has lost 80 percent — that’s right, 80 — of its coral reef cover in recent years. (The Guardian)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 31

Written by | July 31st, 2013

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We’ve got unexpected water pollution, animal “fashion victims” and more in today’s green news.

  1. New EPA head says fighting climate change will create jobs, is good for the economy. (Christian Science Monitor)
  2. Plastic debris collected off the coast of Hawaii could fill a big rig. (NBC News)
  3. Lawyer who beat Chevron in oil pollution case now has Chevron to fear? (The New York Times)
  4. That cashmere you’re wearing is making fashion victims of the already rare snow leopard. (The Guardian)
  5. Got microbeads in your cleansers? So do the Great Lakes. (MNN)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 25

Written by | July 25th, 2013

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Napoleon Dynamite may be interested in today’s green news.

  1. A rare “zonkey” has been born in Italy. (Science World Report)
  2. 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the secret to one bird’s recovery may be bad news for mink. (Grist)
  3. Ocean pollution spreading faster than we thought? Microbes are feasting on ocean plastic waste. (ecogeek)
  4. A sand dune could doom the set of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. (National Geographic)
  5. An offshore drilling rig exploded on Tuesday in the Gulf, and continues to burn. (NPR)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 11

Written by | July 11th, 2013

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From ugly animals to a national park on the moon, we’ve got your green news!

  1. Lorax wanted. Because Amazon deforestation has dramatically increased in countries outside of Brazil. (Mongabay)
  2. Pictures: Newly formed Ugly Animal Protection Society says these guys need saving, too. (Discovery News)
  3. Do we have to save one species over another to protect America’s wilderness? (NPR)
  4. Far out: U.S. lawmakers propose a national lunar park to protect artifacts left on the moon by NASA astronauts. (MNN)
  5. China and the U.S. have agreed to work together to capture carbon dioxide spewing from their respective power plants. (Bloomberg)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, July 10

Written by | July 10th, 2013

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What’s the relationship between climate change and forensic investigations? It’s in today’s green news.

  1. Blowflies are moving north with a changing climate, and that can throw off the time-of-death clock used in forensic investigations. (National Geographic)
  2. USDA says meat labels need more information, and not surprisingly, meat trade groups sue. (Huffington Post)
  3. A view under the sea: 10 of the world’s most impressive aquariums. (MNN)
  4. Yikes. These animated GIFs show what the west coast could look like from future sea level rise. (Popular Science)
  5. An ancient, underwater cypress forest has been discovered off the coast of Alabama! (Live Science)
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