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Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals

Stop obsessing with how personally green you live – and start collectively taking on corporate power<p>Would you advise someone to flap towels in a burning house? To bring a flyswatter to a gunfight? Yet the counsel we hear on climate change could scarcely be more out of sync with the nature of the …

Climate

Electric Cars 101: The Answers to All Your EV Questions

Once a high-tech novelty, electric cars are becoming increasingly common. In fact, several models from mainstream brands have now been sold for …

Electric Vehicles

Indian fishermen try new nets for healthier oceans

SINDHUDURG, India (AP) — The fishermen were dubious when ocean experts suggested they could save their dwindling marine stocks just by switching to new nets.<p>It took years for the U.N. Development Program to convince the fishing communities along India's tropical western coast that the diamond-mesh …

Nissan Leaf EV enters 10,000-mile Mongol Rally

90-mile range, plus EV charging points are few and far between in Siberia.<p>With the public charging infrastructure for electric cars expanding apace …

China's oversupply of shared bikes clogging up city streets

A spiralling oversupply of shared bikes in China is leading to huge piles of broken and unused bicycles in cities across the country.

Cycling

Google creates VR voyage to Italy

Google has recreated a mythical journey from 300 years ago, that takes armchair travelers through the jewels of Italia in a virtual reality version …

Grand Tours

Chinese Chicken Is Headed To America, But It's Really All About The Beef

Cooked chicken from birds grown and raised in China soon will be headed to America — in a trade deal that's really about beef.<p>Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Thursday night that the U.S. was greenlighting Chinese chicken imports and getting U.S. beef producers access to China's nearly 1.4 …

China

Chew On This For Earth Day: How Our Diets Impact The Planet

The foods we choose to put on our plates — or toss away – could have more of an ecological impact than many of us realize.<p>On Earth Day, here are some ways to consider how our diet impacts the planet.<p><b>Waste not, want not</b><p>You've heard the numbers on food waste. More than 30 percent of available food is …

Sustainability

A closer look at how rich countries “outsource” their CO2 emissions to poorer ones

For years now, carbon dioxide emissions in the United States and Europe have been steadily falling — an encouraging sign of progress in the fight against global warming. But on the flip side, emissions in developing countries like China and India have been growing at a very rapid clip.<p>So one …

How you can help your city fight climate change

Daily actions, political engagement, and community activity you can do right now<p>After President Donald Trump proposed sweeping changes to the way the country regulates energy production and emissions by signing an executive order last week, it may have seemed like efforts to battle climate change …

Americans Ate 19% Less Beef From ’05 to ’14, Report Says

The last decade or so has brought ample evidence that Americans are gradually changing their diets, driven by health concerns and other factors.<p>But a new study points to one change that is starker than many have thought: Americans cut their beef consumption by 19 percent — nearly one-fifth — in the …

Report: Future of North American Power Grid Hinges on Renewables

A report released on March 16 by the District of Columbia-based ISO/RTO Council (IRC) – an affiliation of independent electric grid operators – …

Renewable Energy

A big pawprint: The environmental impact of pet food

Pet food is an industry worth nearly US$25 billion in the United States. Owners make decisions about what to feed their pets based on marketing, …

Pets

What's The Environmental Footprint Of A Loaf Of Bread? Now We Know

When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning?<p>A new study published Monday in <i>Nature</i> …

Sustainability

Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?

Perhaps you’ve noticed, amid the hot invective and dry mockery of daily events in your social-media feeds, reports of the glaciers melting at each pole. Arctic ice cover reached record lows this summer and fall, while in Antarctica, we saw the continuing enlargement of an already massive crack in …

Ringling Bros. Circus shutdown is a distraction from the real issue: Eating animals

The “Greatest Show On Earth,” the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, announced in January that it will finally close in May. The …

Animal Welfare

Charge the car, run the house

<b>Integrating the power storage potential of electric vehicles with the needs of a house is attracting interest around the world. Andrew Wade …

Electric Vehicles

How to reduce your carbon footprint #GlobalWarning

From cutting down on meat to contacting your local representatives and investing in clean energy, here are 15 ways to help reduce global carbon emissions<p><b>1</b> Air travel is usually the largest component of the carbon footprint of frequent flyers. A single return flight from London to New York – …

How well does advocacy work? The Humane League wants to know

The Humane League, protesting at Aramark<p>The Humane League is on quite a roll. Last fall, THL, an advocacy group that aims to reduce animal suffering, …

Animal Welfare

German Environment Agency: ‘Tax animal products to tackle climate change’

Meat and dairy farming is more damaging to the environment than producing cereals, fruits or vegetables. Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) …

Climate

Environmentalists get a dose of good news

Even if Trump throws out Obama's clean power plan, we're already ahead of its targets—and the coal industry will be hard to bring back.<p>Even though President Obama’s historic Clean Power Plan was stayed by the Supreme Court and appears doomed in the Trump Administration, the electric sector is …

This should be California’s next step on climate change

California has long been recognized as a global leader in addressing climate change, and rightly so. Our aggressive policies supporting clean energy, …

Climate

Deforestation Opponents Enlist Powerful Ally: Big Food. But There's A Catch

There's a seductive idea, currently being road-tested, for how to stop the world's forests from disappearing. It relies on big food companies.<p>That's because most forests are being cleared in order to grow crops or graze cattle. And the resulting palm oil, soybeans or beef find their way into foods …

Palm Oil

Pork or Pig: Words Can Hurt You, Especially if You’re an Animal

<i>Research confirms we use language to emotionally distance ourselves from violence and the act of killing.</i><p><b>By James McWilliams</b><p>(Photo: Carsten …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

How digital technology spawned retro's revival

Remember those big black disks with holes in the middle that used to be played on “turntables?”<p>They’re not actually ancient history. This past year, …

Board Games