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...

Intern Profile: Lauren Staley

We just selected our Fall 2012 cohort of interns! We are so excited to have them on board. As with past cohorts we will be introducing a new member each week. This week we have one of our Fisheries Interns, Lauren Staley. Her exuberance and excitement is truly contagious! Here is a bit about her in her own words: My name is Lauren Olivia Staley and I recently moved to Colorado from Maryland, my home state, where I went to the University of Maryland for Environmental Science and Technology. I grew up in a small town right at the base of the Appalachia Mountains so most of my background consists of running wild through field and forest; it wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I really settled and started focusing on any kind of academic career. Eventually I would like to go back to school to pursue a teaching degree, preferably early childhood development. I don’t really have a single hobby I pursue as the last one-whittling – ended in bandages. I do, however, enjoy the occasional camping trip, rock climbing and biking/hiking. When did you first become interested in sustainability? I first became interested in sustainability when I was very young, maybe about 11. Back then it wasn’t necessarily called “sustainability” but rather a discussion on how we should be treating our resources. I grew up in a very rural area and preserving our land was always readily talked about around town and in school- especially during outdoor school.   What are the most interesting/important things that you’ve learned since being an intern at Nourish the...

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...

Register Now for our Webinar with Dr. Carolyn Baker!

Join us for a FREE webinar with Dr. Carolyn Baker, hosted by Nourish the Planet. Space is limited.   Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/871451129 Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm MTN, when we will be joined by author and speaker Dr. Carolyn Baker!  We are very excited and honored to be bringing Dr. Baker to you – she is the author of several books, including “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition,” and “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.” Carolyn will be speaking to emotional and spiritual preparation for navigating a world in the midst of crisis and change.  Dr. Baker is also the editor for Transition Colorado’s Eat Local Guide.  For more information, and to learn more about her work, please visit www.carolynbaker.net. Title: Ecolonomics in Action: Dr. Carolyn Baker Date: Tuesday,  September 11, 2012 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT After registering at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/871451129 you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the...

Blog Highlights 7.30.12 to 8.3.12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Behind India’s Grid Breakdown, Deeper Energy Issues – and Opportunities – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth looks at the underlying problems behind India’s grid breakdown and its consequences. New Bladeless Wind Turbine Claimed to be Twice as Efficient as Conventional Designs – Could bladeless wind turbines be the future of wind energy? Acts of Sustainable Charity from a 24 Year Old Farmer in Ukraine – Our own Anastassiya Zherdeva writes about a young man in Ukraine with a passion for gardening and his attempts to spread this love to others. West Nile Fears Prompt Cities, Private Companies To Step Up Pesticide Attacks On Mosquitoes – Read up on the pros, cons, and general risks associated with spraying to kill mosquitoes. Video: Edible Landscaping and Vegetable Gardens ideas from the 2012 Chicago Flower and Garden Show – John Collier gives us a tour of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. He highlights edible landscaping options! London Olympics aims for a gold medal in waste recovery – See how London Olympic coordinators plan on succeeding in their goal of zero waste for the summer games. A Glimpse of the Alternative Fuel Future – Take a look at the possible projections of our future fuels! Spoiler: Internal Combustion engines are likely to stick around. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...