Blog Highlights from 10/1/12 to 10/5/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Debating the Facts on ‘Green Energy’ – Andrew C. Revkin gives you the facts and fact check surrounding the presidential candidate’s brief mention of green energy. Intern Profile: Lauren Staley – Meet our newest Fisheries Intern, Lauren Staley! Video: Dramatic Fall in Great Barrier Reef Coral Cover – Scientists are scrambling to decide the best course of action to help the Great Barrier Reef weather multiple sources of environmental stress. UK Scientists Developing Autonomous Flying Honey Bee Robots! – Could this be the solution to the Zombie Bee epidemic? A Tug of War Over Solar Tariffs – The U.S. case against cheap Chinese subsidized solar panels had its final hearing at the International Trade Commission this week. Urban Farming for Cynics – If urban farming isn’t the solution, then what is it? Pesticide Use Proliferating With GMO Crops, Study Warns – The combination of pesticides and GMO seeds have created “superweeds” resistant to both. What does this mean for our health? Why is it So Hard For Pandas to Get Pregnant? – With wild Panda populations decreasing, captive breeding programs may be their best bet. However it certainly isn’t as easy as it looks… Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Blog Highlights from 9/17/12 to 9/21/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Get Used to ‘Extreme’ Weather, it’s the New Normal – After this year’s summer full of extreme weather events, expect more of the same for years to come. Why Is Climate Change So Easy to Ignore? – With climate change becoming ever more apparent in our lives (extreme weather events, melting ice caps), why is no one paying attention? Pondering the Path To an Open Polar Sea – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth examines the trends of the rapidly disappearing polar sea ice. How to Survive Mass Extinction – Don’t bother stocking up on guns or turning your house into a fortress. Here are the real ways to survive. National Park Service Defends Refusal To Use Wolves To Control Elk Population At Rocky Mountain National Park – While many have advocated reintroducing wolves to cut down on the elk population, the National Parks Service cites concerns. Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election – Could it be that despite one of the hottest summers on record, droughts, wildfires and rising food prices, no-one really wants to talk about climate change? Timon Singh of Inhabitat explains. Countdown to Celebrate Sustainability! – Local? Check out Nourish The Planet’s very own event celebrating all things sustainable! America’s Greenest Presidents – What do Theodore Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter have in common? They are viewed as environmentally progressive presidents. Who else made the list? Pro Sports Go Green. Do Fans Care? – With major sports in America becoming more...

Blog Highlights from 9/3/12 to 9/7/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Mexico: Urban Farming Takes Hold – In Mexico City, in one of the worlds most polluted cities, urban farming is becoming popular. Obama and Romney Weigh in on Science Questions – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth brings you Obama and Romney’s answers to the Science Debate Initiate’s questions. Lebanon’s cedar trees threatened by climate change – Due to warming temperatures and low snow fall, Lebanon’s cedar trees may not be able to naturally regenerate. Gulf Oil Spill Remnants From Hurricane Isaac Wash Up Years After Disaster – Post Hurricane Issac, the ugly long term effects of the Gulf oil spill show themselves. McDonalds to Open All-Vegetarian Location in India – No more Big Mac’s? McDonalds is adapting to tap into India’s predominate vegetarian market. As Arenas Go Green, Will Fans Follow? – Sporting events consume vast amounts of resources, but lately many have been working to cut back and raise public visibility of sustainability and environmental protection. 35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading for the Stars – After 35 years exploring the our solar system, Voyager is heading out into the Milky Way! Elon Musk’s electric dreams of sun-powered cars – Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk makes his case for why he thinks solar is the future. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Blog Highlights 8/27/12 to 8/31/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Farming Among the Waste in Cameroon – In Cameroon, where rains have been scarce, farming in urban environments using waste water has become popular despite health risks. From Katrina to Isaac – How Much Has Hurricane Forecasting Improved? – A look at the technological advances that have happened since Hurricane Katrina along with input from several hurricane experts! Arctic Sea Ice – a Clear Warning – Jon Taylor from the Huffington Post gives us his view on why this summer’s massive Arctic Sea ice loss should be a major warning to us about global warming. China Surpasses US to Become Number One in Wind Power – China has truly embraced wind power and has now out paced the U.S. as the world’s number 1 producer! Video: America Revealed: Cow Power – In our continuing video series, this segment shows us how excess cow manure is being turned into electricity. All while reining in greenhouse gas outputs! What Will It Take? – John M. Broder of The New York Times asks “What will it take for climate change to get on the political radar?” New Ocean Scorecard Gives World a 60% – A breakdown of how we as a population are doing for our ocean’s ability to benefit both nature and people. Texans Using Guns to Resist Smart Meter Installations – Finally, Texans method to ward off Smart Meter technology. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Headlines 8/29/2012

Hi all!  Here are the headlines for this week.  There’s a theme that will show up towards the end – see if you can guess it. Great Interactive Drought Tool on the New York Times.  Fun to play with. Spain’s Crisis Reignites Old Social Conflict:  “The resentment here over land that has been left uncultivated at a time of deepening recession and record joblessness reaches beyond local politicians and landowners to European Union bureaucrats. Agricultural subsidies are criticized by many here as favoring landed interests, paying them not to grow crops when nearly a third of the work force in Andalusia is unemployed.” Breakfast in America, The Real Cost of Corn:  A smart and accurate breakdown of just how much money the rising price of corn is adding to your grocery bill.  Excellent numbers!  A must read. What is the Fate for Drought Impacted Farmers?  Video from Bloomberg.  This drought is putting farmers out of business at a time when we need more of them.  I’m also wondering what impact this drought will have on younger people considering farming as a career. Food Shortages Could Force World into Vegetarianism:   “There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.  There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable...

Blog Highlights 8.20.12 to 8.24.12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Chart: A Valuable View of Trends in New U.S. Electric Power Sources – A telling look into America’s energy use trends and power sources. 26 Things We Can All Agree On – David DeFranza of TreeHugger creates a terrific graphic list of things everyone can agree on! Tomato Plant Types – This blog from Katie Schemering, our very own Aquaponics Intern talks about her internship and what she’s learned about Tomatoes while growing them. What Critics of Wind Power’s Incentive Miss – Denise Bode of the Huffington Post defends wind power and government subsidy of all alternative energy. New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals – ““conflict minerals” are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry” Is your favorite electronic provider on this is list? On the Radar: Arctic Sea Ice Melt – With this year’s scorcher of a summer, how has the temperature impacted arctic ice? Why West Nile Virus Is a Self-Inflicted Wound – Due to climate change and geographical economics the West Nile Virus outbreak we have had this summer may not be an isolated event. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...