California cities could run out of water

Shasta Lake in drought

The clay sides of Shasta Lake loom tall and bare with the drought

Last week, the governor of California made it official. California is going through a serious drought. We residents have known this for some time. Nice to know he finally agrees with the obvious.

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Recology hosts exhibition for artists-in-residence who promote recycling and reuse

Recology logoRecology’s stunning art exhibit at San Francisco Airport is, alas, long gone. Those of us fortunate enough to have seen it can attest to the remarkable creativity of the artists, turning what had been trash into fascinating and often beautiful works of recycled art.

Tonight and tomorrow (Saturday, January 25th), if you’re going to be in or near San Francisco, you’ll get a chance to meet some Recology’s Artists-in-Residence at an exhibition and reception/ This exhibition is the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.

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A view of what impacts sustainabi!ity from the Sustainable Foods Summit

Sustainable Food Summit logoIt’ was an exciting day at the 4th annual North American Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco. It’s particularly cool to be among so many thought leaders – movers and shakers within many organizations, companies and NGO’s from the U.S. and Canada – people committed to engaging in the critical and complex issues surrounding sustainability.

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The campaign for mandatory GMO labeling heats up

GE food graphicToday more than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

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The Sustainable Food Summit is almost here

Sustainable Food Summit logoI rarely plug an event and, if I do, and rarely before it starts. But this one’s an exception.

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USDA allows agency to indiscriminately kill thousands of animals in the U.S.

Mountain lion cubs

Mountain lion cubs are threatened by our federal agencies

Wildlife in America is under siege – not only by climate change but also, in a more sinister capacity, by an agency sanctioned by the USDA.

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Sheer Wind’s innovative wind turbine won’t harm birds

SheerWind Invelox wind turbine 1

Sheer Wind’s new wind turbine is said to produce 600 percent more power than traditional turbines

The news has shouted plenty about the dangers to eagles and other birds from wind turbines.  The problem is that turbines depend on those huge blades to help harvest wind and turn it into renewable energy we can depend on. But there’s a new guy on the block that hopes to change that.

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The hidden cost of seafood includes the deaths of thousands of marine mammals

Foreign overfishingThe popularity of wild-caught seafood continues to grow. But so too does the devastating cost to marine life.

According to The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries, a report issued today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, more than 650,000 marine mammals are killed or seriously injured every year in foreign fisheries after being hooked, entangled or trapped in fishing gear.  Enforcement of a U.S. law to protect marine mammals could help prevent tens of thousands of these deaths.

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General Mills says Cheerios is now GMO-free

CheeriosCereal giant General Mills has bowed to pressure from consumers and their demands for healthier food. The company announced yesterday on its corporate Web site that its “original” Cheerios are now produced without genetically modified ingredients. It said that the company was “able to change how we source and handle ingredients to ensure that the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and our sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar.” Continue reading

Ford to launch solar powered car at CES

Ford's newest concept car is solar powered - a big step forward in the industry

Ford’s newest concept car is solar powered – a big step forward in the industry

The idea of using solar power for energy is gaining traction in a wide variety of industries. The auto industry may have been a bit slow to the party but it seems that at least one brand has its eye on the future.

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