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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Only the Heat You Lose

A Habitat for Humanity Passive House in Vermont. Image: Chris Miksic, CPHC, Montpelier Construction.

Greg Whitchurch

You know how after your furnace has gotten the house all warm and cozy, a little while later it comes on again – and then again? What happens to our heat? Does it wear out, or just fade […]

The Time to Act is Now!

The Johnson Bayou Branch Library is built for high storm water. Image: FEMA.

George Harvey

Scientists commissioned by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have produced their report, “Global Warming of 1.5°C” (bit.ly/IPCC-report-2018). Put as simply as possible, the report says we can keep global warming to 1.5°C, but […]

Greening the Harvest Feast

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Jessie Haas “Historically, we’ve tackled the biggest challenge—that of meaning, and the question of how to live a life—through the concept of ‘practice’ in the form of a religion, cultural tradition or disciplines like yoga or martial arts. Given the stark facts, this approach might be the most useful. Practice has value independent […]

Court Rules in Favor of Youth Plaintiffs

Youth plaintiffs (Robin Loznak | Our Childrens Trust)

By George Harvey

In 2015, a group of youthful plaintiffs aged eight to nineteen filed a lawsuit against the United States claiming that the federal government was “deliberately allow[ing] atmospheric CO2 concentrations to escalate to levels unprecedented in human history.” They further claimed that […]

Rising Seas: “Florida is About to be Wiped Off the Map”

Many of our cities are at the water’s edge, as Miami is. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

By Casey Coates Danson

Sea level rises are not some distant threat; for many Americans they are very real. In an extract from her chilling new book, Rising, Elizabeth Rush details how the U.S. coastline will be […]

Cover Crops Help Farmers Stand Up for Clean Water

Farm along the Connecticut River. Runoff from chemicals like Round-Up®, with known carcinogens, run off into the river wreaking havoc on the environment and are threats to human and wildlife health as well as to the health of our waterways. Image: Flickr.

By Jessie Haas

This spring I watched a beautiful cover crop of […]

Royal Sustainability…They G.E.T. It!

By Randy Bryan with contributions from George Harvey

I watched the news highlights of Prince Harry and Megan (now Duke and Duchess of Sussex), their wedding, and their drive off from the wedding to the first reception in the Jaguar E-type convertible. Beautiful car. Wow! Never even noticed Megan.

The Duke and […]

The Disruption has Begun

Batteries are starting to wreck the hopes of fossil fuels

By George Harvey

The Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) is a big battery in South Australia. At any given instant, it can provide 100 megawatts (MW) of power. It can keep up a discharge of 70 MW for about ten minutes, and 30 MW […]

Will climate change, pollution, and invasive species kill off fishing?

Fly fishing for trout. Photo by Bryan Ledgard, Wikimedia Commons.

By George Harvey

Pity the poor brook trout. During the nineteenth century, it was one of the most popular fish with American anglers. In fact, it is the state fish of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and six other states. But it […]

There’s CARBON in that Soil!

The Solution Beneath Our Feet

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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 […]