Farmers can help us eat better and use our land better with less environmental costs

Altho this article discusses the UK food system, not the incredibly complicated US system, it notes an important issue that's not raised often. If we have a decreasing amount of arable land, and a need to make every drop of water count, we need to choose carefully what to grow, what to eat, and how … Continue reading Farmers can help us eat better and use our land better with less environmental costs

The one thing more valuable than oil — fresh, drinkable water

This article talks about the competing interests to fresh water in West Texas, but this is only one example where private ownership of water is resulting in long-term disaster. Much of the water in drought-stricken areas is contained in aquifers that, once drained, will not refill. Moreover, the water in those aquifers is sweet and … Continue reading The one thing more valuable than oil — fresh, drinkable water

Lionfish hunters find leaving their kills behind is dangerous

Lionfish are an ongoing disaster in the Caribbean and US coastal waters because of their voracious appetites. They'll clear a reef in no time. Local divers attempt to contain the hazard by hunting them. Originally, they were put into containers before disposal on-shore. Because of the volume of lionfish kills, some kills were left for … Continue reading Lionfish hunters find leaving their kills behind is dangerous

Lovers of honeybees — sulfoxaflor to be allowed back on US market

If you love honeybees (and those of us who like to eat pollinated crops do), you will find this EPA action appalling. This step by the EPA is contrary to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion in 2015. Yet another instance of the current administration ignoring the rule of law in this country. Go … Continue reading Lovers of honeybees — sulfoxaflor to be allowed back on US market

World trash problem getting worse and more visible

Developed countries have gotten into the habit of shipping their trash overseas where less "developed" countries have either dumped it or made an effort to separate and recycle. That kept the accumulating trash out of sight of the the people producing it. Moreover, the recipient countries lacked the power to either refuse the incoming garbage … Continue reading World trash problem getting worse and more visible

Plastic isn’t just a garbage problem — it’s also a production issue

With all the articles about plastic trash and not using straws, balloons, or plastic in general, very little is appearing in public media about the problems associated with producing plastic in the first place. After all, plastic are made from fossil fuel which adds to the demand for continuing fossil fuel production all of its … Continue reading Plastic isn’t just a garbage problem — it’s also a production issue

How to keep cool without harming the planet

Excellent ideas and reminders here on keeping cool without producing heat to do so. https://earther.gizmodo.com/how-to-keep-your-home-cool-without-wrecking-the-planet-1836054038 How to Keep Your Home Cool Without Wrecking the Planet Yessenia Funes July 7,, 2019 8:00am Filed to: Feels Like Summer 32.6K 1033 Summertime is officially here, baby. You know what that means: long days, beach tans, and wild ass … Continue reading How to keep cool without harming the planet