Written by McKenzie Jones | January 29th, 2014
Super Bowl sustainability, veggie vending machines, and the largest solar bridge ever in today’s green news.
- A Super Bowl first: Food scraps will be collected and composted at this year’s game! (Mother Nature Network)
- 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)
- 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)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 27th, 2014
States as trustees of the atmosphere, an exploding cow sitcom, and climate change heats up at Davos in today’s green news.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 15th, 2014
Climate change illustrated haiku, exponential tree growth, and disappearing sea cows–all in today’s green news.
- A scientist uses very creative means to communicate the main points of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (Sightline Daily)
- A study in California finds that trees’ growth rates actually increase over their lifetime. What are the implications in terms of the techniques we use to capture carbon using forests? (The Guardian)
- The manatee–an animal with no natural predators–has virtually disappeared from Florida coasts. Scientists seek to solve this mystery. (Earth Island Journal)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 13th, 2014
Saving the radioactive cows, West Virginians soon to have clean water restored, and an attitude adjustment re: urban biodiversity in today’s green news.
- “Let the Cows of Hope Live!” is the call of a rancher seeking to save cows turned radioactive after the Fukushima power plant disaster. (NY Times)
- A West Virginia chemical spill, which left many residents without access to clean running water for five days, is thankfully nearing its end. (Huffington Post)
- Have US cities woken up to the value of urban wildlife? Some say the changes taking place look like the start of an urban biodiversity movement. (Yale Environment 360)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 9th, 2014
A lake dries up overnight, British factory workers might start to work the night shift, and environmental standards are catching on in Asia in today’s green news.
- Patagonian glaciers are losing mass faster and for longer periods than glaciers in any other part of the world. So much so that Lake Cachet II literally dried up over night. (Huffington Post)
- The wind blows all night, so British factory workers will work all night. Want to understand that logic? (The Telegraph)
- Factories in Asia are starting to see the sense and savings in environmental standards. (The New York Times)
Written by McKenzie Jones | January 6th, 2014
Supervolcanos could explode without warning, a giant panda will debut, and changes in NYC streets captured on film in today’s green news.
- “Sleeping giant” supervolcanos, like the one in Yellowstone National Park, may not be as heavy of sleepers as we once thought. (BBC)
- If you plan to be in the Washington, DC are on January 18th, be sure to stop by The Smithsonian’s National Zoo; their new giant panda cub, Bao Bao, will make her public debut that day. (Huffington Post)
- See how New York City has worked to improve the walk- and bike-ability of its streets over the last decade. (Grist)
Written by McKenzie Jones | December 26th, 2013
Written by Trevor Martin | December 12th, 2013
The centuries old debate, “nature vs. nuture” finally has a winner…when it comes to fruit flies. Plus, aliens invade New York City!!
Researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech studying fruit flies
that live on opposite slopes of a unique natural environment known as “Evolution Canyon” show that even with migration, cross-breeding, and sometimes the obliteration of the populations, the driving force in the gene pool is largely the environment. (PHYS.org
- Just like Men In Black, A newly seen species of cockroach invades New York City, Periplaneta japonica. (National Geographic)
- Did you know that chameleons change colors to communicate? (LabEquipment)
Written by Trevor Martin | December 6th, 2013
Porpoises in the Thames?! The British would say, “Were they here for bickies and tea?”
- Thinking about gifts for mom this holiday season? Impress her by going green. (Examiner)
- They found it! More fresh water sources under the sea…giving hopes to the Atlantis theorists (ENS)
- A pop of Porpoises were spotted in the river Thames in London! A sign the river’s health is improving. (Guardian)
- Take cover! Air pollution sends school children running for cover in Shanghai. (Guardian)
- Older countries care more about the environment? (Slate)