Sustainability

It’s hot outside. And, every year, it’s likely to get hotter unless we do start making some significant changes to the way we live. Breaking our addiction to fossil fuels by investing in alternative energies is a good first. A better first step, though, is to just stop consuming so...
07/05/2012
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(Flickr/Wallyg) For the first time in nearly 100 years, cities are growing faster than the suburbs. That is the finding of new Census data, released today. Is this good news or bad news? One explanation for the shift is that young homeowners can't get enough money together amid hard economic times...
06/28/2012
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(Flickr/Rennette Stowe) These days, good news is hard to come by for climate change advocates. Today, though, happens to be one of those rare days.  A federal appeals court upheld the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases and upheld the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases...
06/26/2012
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Despite continual claims that renewable energy will never be able to replace fossil fuels, its development and expansion continues at an impressive pace. A new report shows that not only is global renewable energy production increasing, investment in renewables is also increasing. In 2010,...
06/20/2012
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We’ve talked often about how true sustainable development cannot be achieved without adopting new metrics for progress beyond GDP. Without valuing things like natural capital and work done within the home, GDP is unable to accurately reflect the true growth of our economy and, more...
06/18/2012
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Listening to the political discourse, it would be easy to assume that there was little to no interest in sustainability. Congress is unable, or unwilling, to pass meaningful climate legislation and climate advocates are being compared to mass murderers. The EPA is continually under attack, as is...
06/15/2012
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A trade war is brewing over renewable energy imports between the U.S. and China. Last October, several U.S. solar firms filed a federal trade complaint against Chinese companies for “dumping” solar products on global markets to artificially lower prices with a glut of supply. The...
05/25/2012
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Natural gas extraction (fracking) isn't only risky for the environment, it's dangerous for workers. As the AFL-CIO, Mine Workers of America and Steelworkers of America said in a new letter to federal regulators, working in oil and fracking is risky business. On-the-ground employees in this...
05/24/2012
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Data released last month by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center shows that the 12-month period between May 2011- April 2012 was the warmest year to date since recordkeeping began in 1895. The first quarter of 2012 alone saw temperatures that were more than 5 degrees F above average. In...
05/17/2012
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Credit: Helen Slottje for ShaleshockNPR is currently running a series on the fracking boom that highlights the vast landscape of unanswered questions. Today’s story looks at the medical issues that are plaguing people living near fracking wells, including headaches, rashes and other symptoms...
05/15/2012
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