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Almonds Debated Over in California Water Use Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015 10:01

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California almonds are becoming one of the world's favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California's 39 million people. As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state's giant economy.

More: http://www.aol.com/article/2015/04/19/almonds-get-r...

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2015 14:22
 
Berkeley’s Gas Pump Warning Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

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The city council of Berkeley, California approved a measure that would require every gas pump in the city to bear a warning label informing motorists that burning gasoline contributes to global warming, believed to be the first such measure of its kind in the United States.
Read more: http://bluenationreview.com/city-approves...

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 May 2015 14:22
 
Vermont has Become the First State to have Mandatory GMO Labeling Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:19

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After months of consumer and activist comments, picketing at the Attorney General’s Office, and winning a lawsuit against Monsanto who tried to overturn the original law, Vermont has just become the first state to have mandatory GMO labeling. Vermont became the first state to become GMO-labeled (a step toward becoming GMO-Free) in 2014, but Monsanto, Dow, Bayer and other biotech interests decided that consumers had no rights at the state level to determine what they wanted to eat. Vermont was brave enough to uphold the voted-upon law anyhow, and even put money aside for the legal fight they knew would ensue when the new legislation passed.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/breaking-vermont-wins-gmo-labeling-law/#ixzz3Y8r75jeU

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:23
 
TESLA’S $3,000 POWERWALL WILL LET HOUSEHOLDS RUN ENTIRELY ON SOLAR ENERGY... Print E-mail
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Sunday, 03 May 2015 17:16

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Last Updated on Sunday, 03 May 2015 17:19
 
Congressman Tim Ryan Wants to Start a Food Revolution Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:33

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When it comes to changing the food system, Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) might be the most outspoken member of Congress yet. Now in his sixth term, Ryan is the author of Real Food Revolution, Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm Former President Bill Clinton describes the book as “a straightforward and much-needed prescription to help transform our country’s food systems and improve our well-being.” We spoke with Congressman Ryan about added sugar, the farm bill, and his guilty food pleasures. See more at: http://civileats.com/20...

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Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:38
 
Texas Bill Bans Sustainability Program, Based On A Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theory Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:54

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Two Texas lawmakers have proposed a pair of bills that would prevent the state from funding programs which attempt to implement the ideas of Agenda 21, a non-binding and voluntary United Nations plan for sustainable development signed by the United States and 178 other governments in 1992. According to the Texas Tribune, the bills proposed by Republican state lawmakers Rep. Molly White and Sen. Bob Hall would prohibit funds from states, counties, and public universities from going to organizations “accredited by the United Nations to implement a policy that originated in the Agenda 21 plan.” The Agenda 21 plan — signed by President George H. W. Bush — includes recommendations to conserve public lands, rein in air pollution, build more sustainable cities, combat poverty, and strengthen the voices of women, indigenous groups, and farmers. Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/0...

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 15:06
 
Designing for Happiness: The Ultimate Sustainability Solution? Print E-mail
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Friday, 17 April 2015 10:30

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We've all been there before—took a wrong turn and ended up in a “scary” neighborhood. Quickly now, roll up the windows, lock the doors—one-fourth inch of glass will save our lives. What causes us to react this way? Humans are incredibly in tune with their surroundings, subconsciously analyzing environmental factors that drive mental and physical responses—it is the basis for our survival. Our favorite restaurant might evoke a sense of relaxation and familiarity, while a busy elevator makes us feel cramped, anxious, and insecure. Neighborhoods incite similar responses, causing our bodies to prepare for battle or for peace. Some of us are able to live in neighborhoods that make us feel safe, secure, and at home. Others aren't as fortunate, often a result of dis-investment and poor planning policies. Consider, for a moment, how your neighborhood makes you feel. Now, take it a step further: How happy does your neighborhood make you feel? Happiness is a common value we all strive for and deserve the opportunity to pursue—each and every one of us. Read more: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_ten...

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2015 10:39
 
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