So much for zero-emission cars (for now, anyway). Unfortunately, Scientific American is running an article in its July issue exposing the myth behind electric cars. Basically, the electricity you are plugging your car into comes from sources that are still pretty dirty (think: coal). The dirtiness of your car’s footprint depends upon where you plug […]Read More..
If California bans plastic grocery bags, it will be a great step toward decreasing our impact upon the ocean ecosystem, eliminate a lot of unnecessary cleanup of beaches and natural areas, and cut down on resource use, including a small amount of fossil fuels in the plastic. Hopefully, the California State Senate will follow the […]Read More..
Energy used by the US food system was responsible for 80% of the increase in American energy use for the most recent period surveyed, according to a report from the United States Department of Agriculture. Apparently, this means we are becoming more dependent on food processing and farm mechanization. Americans are eating higher and higher […]Read More..
I grow as many of my own berries as I can, and buy the rest from local organic growers at farmer’s markets. There is a good reason I do not buy “conventional” strawberries and it’s called methyl bromide. MB is a dangerous and carcinogenic greenhouse gas that’s been banned in most of the world but […]Read More..
I was just watching a CNN video clip of flooding in Tennessee. It shows an interstate highway turned into a river. A big house floats past a group of cars that are submerged (link below). Well, if it’s not flooding in one area, it’s a drought someplace else, or an earthquake, or volcano ash, or […]Read More..
Recently, I blogged about the U.S. military’s admission that oil demand will soon exceed production, starting as early as 2012. That one was reported in the British media, but not in the U.S. (except for a few blogs and websites). Similarly, the U.S. Dept. of Energy has said that oil may begin to decline from […]Read More..
From the Guardian (UK): “The US military has warned that surplus oil production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact. The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command comes as the price of […]Read More..
A lot of folks are going through tough times. One great way to save a little money on food is to grow some of your own fresh food. Even a few plants, grown in the ground or in containers, can produce armloads of vegetables that you will not have to buy. As a recession-buster, a […]Read More..
Recent news reports of the disappearing island in the Bay of Bengal (link below) remind us that sea levels are continuing to rise. Somewhat separately, there has been a conservative uproar over some glaring errors in the 2007 climate change report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The conservative denialist belief is that […]Read More..
Farmers on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, are reporting losses of up to 90% in their honey bee colonies. Colony collapse is not a new story by now, but it continues to take twists and turns, devastating agriculture. So much of our food production system is highly dependent on pollinators and our chemical agriculture […]Read More..