Category: Land Use

Is Cashmere Sustainable?

Written by | April 30th, 2013

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Where does cashmere come from, and how can we make its production more sustainable? Jack Hurd explores in a new installment of All ‘Bout Commodities.

LWCF Funding: A Hidden Gem in the President’s Budget

Written by | April 23rd, 2013

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Almost unnoticed in Obama’s budget for 2014 is a strong commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and, with that investment, the hope that this successful federal program will be renewed beyond its current expiration date in 2015.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 10

Written by | April 10th, 2013

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Here’s what is buzzing in the green news world this morning.

  1. C’est intelligent! This French zoo is using panda poo to cut its energy bill. (Treehugger)
  2. Rebuilding shorelines will only increase risks from storms. Is it time to expand this bill you’ve never heard of? (The New York Times)
  3. Feds say that forest fires will double by 2050, thanks to climate change. (Denver Post)
  4. Concerned about farm animal welfare? You better put that camera away… (MNN)
  5. The world’s largest fast food company takes a big step towards greener packaging. (Mongabay)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, April 3

Written by | April 3rd, 2013

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What goes great with that morning caffeine buzz? The Green Buzz.

  1. “Unprecedented” dolphin deaths in the Gulf linked to BP oil spill? (Huffington Post)
  2. Giant ocean garbage patches, meet your match. (And a teen invented it, to boot!) (Treehugger)
  3. The Exxon crude oil spill in Arkansas is a big mess — and is reinvigorating the Keystone Pipeline debate. (National Geographic)
  4. Leopards and humans are peaceful neighbors in this area of western India. (MNN)
  5. Bison aren’t home on the range yet: efforts to restore their populations meet resistance in Montana. (New York Times)

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, March 27

Written by | March 27th, 2013

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We’ve got quite the spread of green news for you this morning. Let’s get started.

  1. Check out these 8 interesting uses for drones, including many that help protect the environment. (MNN)
  2. This chilly spring we’ve been experiencing? Melting Arctic sea ice may be to blame. (Mongabay)
  3. Michigan’s governor just approved a bear cub petting zoo bill. (Huffington Post)
  4. Want to save African lions? New research says, “time to fence them in.” (The New York Times)
  5. Dirty Water: EPA says that half of U.S. rivers have “poor” water quality. (Bloomberg)

Lost in Time… And Found Just in Time

Written by | March 26th, 2013

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A native Virginian finds common ground with a Virginian community who fought for their survival with the help of The Nature Conservancy.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, March 21

Written by | March 21st, 2013

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Bushmeat, lightbulbs and great whites are buzzing in the green news this morning.

  1. CITES’ progress this year included these five breakthroughs for wildlife. (MNN)
  2. Still thinking about “greening” your light bulbs? Think no more: there are new reasons to change your light bulbs. (New York Times)
  3. Bushmeat hunting is changing the ecology of rainforests. (Huffington Post)
  4. Coal no more: Los Angeles is ditching this fossil fuel by 2025. (Grist)
  5. Hungry predator: Great whites eat three to four times more food than previously thought. (Discovery News)

The Green Buzz: Thursday, March 14

Written by | March 14th, 2013

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Great, now I want a donut.

  1. Dunkin pledges to use only sustainable palm oil in the making of its delectable confections. (NPR)
  2. Don’t worry about those dead pigs, Shanghai, the water’s fine. Really? (Discovery)
  3. Monarch migration hits its lowest point in decades. (New York Times)
  4. Iowa and South Dakota produced almost 25% of their electricity from wind in 2012. (Treehugger)
  5. Food deserts? No, this map doesn’t show you where food doesn’t grow — it shows where people can’t access fresh food. (Grist)

Conservation Heroes Demand Action

Written by | February 21st, 2013

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While most Americans don’t know the Land and Water Conservation Fund by name, their support for the conservation of this country’s resources is overwhelming. But what will happen if this fund expires?

A Q&A with the New Director of our Global Freshwater Program

Written by | February 14th, 2013

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More than 1 billion people face daily water shortages, and within the next 20 years, more than half the world’s population could face water shortages. Our CEO sits down with the new Global Freshwater Program Director to find out where to go from here.

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