November 23, 2014

Would You Eat Bugs to Save the Planet?

This year, 45 countries held the first “Insects to Feed the World” conference, an international colloquium for discussing “the state of the art in research, business and policy” in making insects a more palatable food choice for humankind. The conference was organized by Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Read More

November 23, 2014

AT&T Will Pay $52 Million for Illegally Dumping Electronic Waste

Telecommunications giant AT&T Inc. has settled with the state of California to pay almost $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance after the company was cited for illegally dumping hazardous electronic waste. The civil enforcement action and proposed settlement against AT&T were filed on Thursday, alleging that the company “unlawfully handled and disposed of Read More

November 22, 2014

Yes, America, It’s Cold Outside and Yes, Global Warming Is Still a Thing

Unless you’re cursed with the memory of a goldfish, you may remember last winter when the polar vortex swept down and gave a good portion of America a heavy blanket of snow. Remember when Louisiana Congressman John Fleming tweeted that “‘global warming’ isn’t so warm these days?” Pepperidge Farm remembers, and so does Planet Experts: Read More

November 22, 2014

Amazon Announces Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy

Compared to Google, Apple and Facebook, Amazon remains in the backwaters of renewable progress, according to Greenpeace’s Clicking Clean infographic. Greenpeace determines its clean energy rankings based on four criteria: Transparency, Policy, Efficiency and Advocacy. Google, for instance, gets an “A” for Advocacy and “Bs” in the remaining categories. Apple gets a “B” in its Read More

November 21, 2014

Too Many of Whom? Population and Climate Change

Since the 1798 publication of Robert Malthus’s Essay on the Principle of Population, arguments that the world is getting too crowded have habitually reared their head during times of societal crisis. The dawn of the Anthropocene Epoch is no different. The equation upon which Malthus based his research, that birthrates increase in multiples while crops Read More

November 21, 2014

Hydrogen vs. Electric: Which Is the Car of the Future?

Significant investments have been made in both hydrogen and electric cars over the years, but which one will ultimately reign supreme? Is this your classic VHS/Betamax battle to the death, or could the two automobiles settle into an eventual Pepsi/Coke truce, where neither gains total market dominance? Both auto-types run on clean energy and both Read More

November 21, 2014

Small Volcanic Eruptions Cause Global Cooling Effect

Small-magnitude volcanic eruptions slow global warming, according to a study recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The study’s authors suggest that this phenomenon may account for the slowdown in global warming effects. First, a bit of background on the “global warming pause,” one of the terms used to describe the fact that the Read More

November 21, 2014

Giraffe Poaching on the Rise in Africa

Africa has lost 40 percent of its giraffes in just 15 years. That’s what conservation groups are reporting across the continent, with giraffes falling victim to poachers in Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – not for ivory, as in the case of elephants, but for their flesh. The killing of both Read More

November 21, 2014

The U.S. House Just Passed Two Major Anti-Science Bills. Here’s What You Need to Know

The Republicans’ war on the EPA has begun in earnest, but the first shots passed just below the public radar. Tuesday’s news was swamped with the Senate’s failed Keystone XL vote. But on the same day, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed HR 1422 by a vote of 229-191. On Wednesday, the House also passed Read More

November 20, 2014

Reused Coal Ash Contaminating Wisconsin Drinking Water, Study Finds

On Tuesday, Clean Wisconsin released Don’t Drink the Water, a report on groundwater contamination in southeastern Wisconsin. After a year of analysis, the group found that molybdenum, a hazardous chemical associated with coal ash, was present at levels above the health advisory limit in 45 percent of the wells tested. Coal-fueled power plants are common Read More

November 20, 2014

Endangered Wildlife Slaughtered Amidst War in South Sudan

Atrocities committed on both sides of the civil war in South Sudan have amounted to war crimes, according to a report by Human Rights Watch, and potentially even crimes against humanity. The true death toll is unknown, goes the report, “but thousands of civilians have been killed, homes and markets burned, and bodies left to Read More

November 20, 2014

Walmart’s Seemingly Contradictory Position on Solar Power

Walmart has taken a seemingly contradictory position on solar energy. On the one hand, by the end of 2013, it led the US for commercial solar capacity with 89 megawatts installed, nearly doubling the #2 on the list, Costco. On the other hand, a report that came out in October by the Institute for Local Read More

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