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The Transformative Potential of Sustainability Education

As the school year begins, I am thinking a great deal about the revisions I've made over the past several months to my courses and curricula for graduate-level sustainability students. The field keeps changing, and so constant study is required to keep current. Show More Summary

Meatless Monday: The Vegetable Lady and The Easy-Going Overachiever -- Kathy Hester and "The Easy Vegan"

Recipe developer, slow cooker guru, pr pro, cooking instructor and five-time cookbook author Kathy Hester owes her success to being an overachiever who's not afraid to fail. "You can't be successful at something unless you're willing to fail brilliantly," she says. Show More Summary

5 Post-Katrina Innovations New Orleans Can Brag About

The Green Project's paint-recycling program. | Photo courtesy of Christal White/The Green Project It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, taking the lives of 1,500 people and destroying countless homes, churches, businesses, and schools. Show More Summary

One Heart at a Time

Feeling blessed to find a neighborhood hairdresser; I strolled just around the corner for my first appointment. As I walked in, Kim says "this is Sporty" as she hoisted the elder statesman up into the salon chair. We talked about my cut, maybe a color and, of course, about Sporty. Show More Summary

What You Need to Know about Solar Power

"The world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale." -Achim Steiner The U.S. energy is booming and now is the time for businesses, homeowners and investors to profit. Solar energy isn't just limited to the US; it has now become a global standard. Show More Summary

In Kenya, Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant Threatens World Heritage Site

In 2015, only about 23 percent of Kenya's 45,500,000 people have access to electricity, and this problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas of the East African country, where electrification drops to a staggering 4 percent. It's...Show More Summary

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis

Hundreds more died off the coast of Libya today, on the heels of 71 deaths of migrants trapped in the back of a truck near Vienna, Austria. At the same time, NASA officials just warned that rising global sea levels from climate change...Show More Summary

What Eating Organic Food Does for the World

by guest blogger Lisa Bunin, PhD, organic policy director, Center for Food Safety Sure, I eat organic food because I think it's healthier for me than food grown with synthetic, toxic agrochemicals or food that's been genetically engineered or injected with growth hormones. Show More Summary


July was hot. It was the hottest July on record, but more than this: it was the warmest month ever recorded on Earth. Let that sink in a moment. The first seven months of 2015 were all record breakers, and 2015 is on track to take the record for warmest recorded year. Show More Summary

Ten Years After Katrina, Low-Income Communities Are Still Vulnerable to Disaster: Here's Why

Gloria Walton, photo courtesy of SCOPE It's been 10 years since my mother lost the only house she's ever owned. A warehouse worker in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the poorest American cities, my mother lost her house to the flood waters...Show More Summary

Humans or Non-Human Animals -- Who's More Rational?

It's been an interesting summer for animal welfare issues. Cecil the lion's murder by an American hunter who paid local trackers to lure the popular animal out of the protection of a Zimbabwe national park so he could be killed and beheaded as a trophy fueled international outrage. Show More Summary

Earth's Resources for 2015 Have Already Been Used Up

Global Biocapacity / Global Footprint Network Humanity is placing inordinate demands on nature, and it just keeps getting worse. In 2000, humanity had exceeded its "ecological budget" by October. This year, "Earth Overshoot Day" was August 13, according to the Global Footprint Network, a California-based environmental think tank. Show More Summary

Florence Nightingale Still Gets It Right: A Healthy Home Equals Healthy Kids

Florence Nightingale once wrote: "The connection between health and the dwelling of the population is one of the most important that exists." In other words, where we live affects our health. That was well over 100 years ago. Still,Show More Summary

Lesson Learned From Rebuilding New Orleans: Consider Our Changing Climate

Ten years ago this week, my hometown was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. My mother's, sister's, and other family members' homes were destroyed by the floodwaters. We all wondered: Could our unique and beloved city survive--and thrive again? A decade later, the answer is yes. Show More Summary

Make Waves for Change

You drink it, you play in it, you're made of it, but do you protect it? While it may seem to be everywhere, our planet's water resources are in danger. By 2030 global demand for water will outstrip our natural supply by 40 percent. That means that in only fifteen years our beautiful planet may not be so blue anymore. Show More Summary

The Lessons in Katrina's Legacy

Ten years ago, the nation and the world were horrified by the catastrophic loss of life and property in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The human toll was devastating. But so was the toll on thousands of companion animals throughout the Gulf coast. Show More Summary

'Green News Report' - August 27, 2015

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina; NASA warns at least 3 ft. of sea level rise now locked in; Obama heads to the Arctic to highlight global warming impacts;...Show More Summary

EPA Clean Power Plan Attacks Based on Flawed Reports

Critics of President Barack Obama's landmark regulation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions almost always highlight a series of flawed studies (which are often paid for by utility or fossil fuel interests) to attack the Clean Power Plan. Show More Summary

'Pit Bulls' Are in Fact Unicorns

Whether or not you believe in unicorns, you can't deny the existence of one very common mythical creature living amongst humans today. This creature can often be found snoozing on couches, fetching balls in the backyard, or haphazardly bruising shins with a wildly wagging tail. Show More Summary

Obama Undermines His Climate Strategy With More Offshore Drilling

So, say you're the leader of the free world and you're trying to figure out how to get your arms around this climate crisis. There are plenty of good options -- but opening up the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to more offshore oil drilling isn't one of them. Show More Summary

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