Lassen National Park – 100 Years of Changing Landscape

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Lassen Peak prior to its devastating eruption in 1915. Photo by B.F. Loomis, courtesy of National Park Service

The Cascade Mountains stretch from southern British Columbia, Canada, all the way into northern California. Part of the famed Ring of Fire – a string of volcanoes and mountains running throughout the Pacific Ocean – the southern Cascades contain hundreds of small to medium-sized volcanoes. This includes more than 30 volcanoes that make up California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of one of Lassen’s most powerful volcanic eruptions.

To learn more about the explosive history of this remarkable national park and view rarely seen pictures that were taken during a major volcanic eruption, click here.

Home Depot – pulling a fast one with neonicotinoids ?

Home Depot logoAs an environmental journalist and an organic home gardener, I’m very aware of how pesticides and neonicotinoids such as Roundup and glyphosate are having a devastating effect on bees and butterflies. I work diligently to not only provide this information to others but also to avoid bringing any of said ingredients into or around my home.

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Bolivia’s new solar powered car could benefit from solar innovation

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Bolivian university students have created and are road testing a solar-powered car. Outfitted with eight large solar panels, this boxy-looking vehicle runs silently through the streets. Check out the video here.

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Texas bans cities from banning fracking. Will this trend become a movement?

Ban Fracking Now 2Yesterday, both houses of the Texas legislature voted to ban cities from banning fracking. This bill, if signed by the Texas governor, would prevent communities from exercising their right to determine the health and welfare of their citizens who want nothing to do with fracking in their areas nor the earthquakes that appear to be related to it. This ban on bans pits communities against the powerful oil and gas lobby, as well as against the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.

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A Bright Future? Yes, With These Solar Power Technologies

Solar-panels-in-sun-with-blue-skyOver the past decade, the amount of solar power produced in the United States has grown 139,000 percent. The International Energy Agency projects that solar will be the world’s biggest single source of electricity by 2050. Solar power is currently a fraction of one percent of our total energy production.

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Superfoods are a must in our daily diets. See what nutritionists choose

SuperfoodsSuperfoods – those grains, nuts and fruits that are chock full of antioxidants and other critical nutrients we need – have gained a lot of press – and shelf space at the local supermarket. But contrary to common perception, they’re not all super expensive or imported.

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Sustainability and Organic Valley – a successful business model

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Known publicly as Organic Valley, the farmers cooperative organization CROPP has been steering with sustainable business practices for years. Founded in 1988, CROPP is the largest and most successful organic farmers cooperative in the U.S. Since its founding, the coop has grown to be a leader in organic production, marketing and farm policy.

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