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Microplastics in Our Fish

Bait fish

George Harvey

We have seen a number of articles about microplastics, or microbeads, in Green Energy Times before. Two examples are Larry Plesent’s article, “Microbeads are in the News!” which appeared in December 15, 2015 (bit.ly/GET-microbeads), and “Garbage Patches in our Oceans,” which appeared in August 15, 2015. (bit.ly/GET-ocean-trash)

Vermont Needs a Clean Water Commitment

Lake Champlain hosts blue-green-algae blooms that close beaches every summe. Image:www.vermontbiz.com

By Mark Curran

Vermont faces numerous environmental challenges, but there are two that need our immediate attention. Greenhouse emissions and resulting climate changes are things all Vermont businesses need to address. Unfortunately, Vermont cannot go it alone, and it requires an […]

The Outside Story: Emerald Ash Borers

By Declan McCabe

Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood.

Ranger Jim: “We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.”

Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “you mean like that one there?”

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Sequestering Carbon in Our Forests

Carbon Sequestration: A Community-Based Project to Reduce Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming

View of forest in the Green Mountains. Photo: Lynn Peterson.

By Lynn Peterson

Vermont’s hillsides are bursting forth in brilliant green! And the green color comes from chlorophyll, an enormous tool for removing carbon dioxide from the air, combining it with water […]

Climate Truth: A Plan for Sustainability

Metric Ton Depiction: Flickr, animation by A-Productions.

By Roy Morrison

There is a practical path for tackling climate change, for organizing from your house to your neighborhood, city, state and beyond. It’s clear. It’s simple. It’s three tons of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year as a goal and a measure […]

A Defense Against Extreme Weather Is Underfoot

A soil scientist and a farmer inspect a Daikon radish cover crop grown as part of a federally funded sustainable agriculture research project. This plant’s roots penetrate soil deeply, reducing compaction and increasing water infiltration. (SARE.org)

By Andrea Basche

If you have read The Grapes of Wrath, you’ll remember the catastrophic dust storms that […]

The Farm at Eastman’s Corner

A Shining Example of Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: How One New Hampshire Farm Is Using Good Food and Good Practices to Do Good for the Community

An aerial view of The Farm at Eastman’s Corner and all of its solar arrays. Image © Farm at Eastman’s Corner

By Chris Gillespie

If […]

Mettowee Valley Farm, Vermont

Mettowee Valley Farm, Vermont, by Peter Huntoon

Painting by Vermont Artist Peter Huntoon. “I don’t know how many times I’ve driven by this beautiful farm on Rt 30 just north of Dorset and said I’ve GOT to paint that someday. Well, someday finally came.” – Peter Huntoon. See more of his work at: www.peterhuntoon.com.

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There’s CARBON in that Soil!

The Solution Beneath Our Feet

Image: en.wikipedia.org

By Jessie Haas

Suppose someone told you there was a natural way to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it underground—a process that could simultaneously protect waterways from pollution, control flooding, mitigate drought, and produce more, and more healthful food. A process that works […]

Sustainable Woodstock Vermont

Image courtesy of Billings Farm and Museum

By George Harvey

Late last spring, we got word that Phil Swanson, the Municipal Manager of Woodstock, Vermont, had signed a pledge making the town part of the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy movement. Our investigations into what was behind this turned out to be […]