You may well ask why PlanetSave, a blog usually dedicated to positive developments and actions to save the earth, is reporting news about ExxonMobil and a Russian arctic oil well. The oil discovery appears to have nothing to do with solar or wind or most of our usual topics—we’re talking fossil fuels here, which have caused much
Remember the difference between weather and climate? We know what happens when the weather changes—it’s obvious. Climate is another story. Read on. When it rains, you put on a raincoat or take your umbrella when you go out. It snows: time for high boots, a heavier coat, scarf, and warm gloves. And sunny days, well,
Superfoods are all the rage these days, and it’s no wonder, considering the denatured condition that most processed foods are in, and the fact that more of us are turning to food for our health and healing. And while we’re probably well acquainted with some of the more common superfoods such as kale, there’s a
(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian
Or at least pay very close attention to the label before you decide to eat! Thanks to the good folks at eatlocalgrown.com, via Food Inc on Facebook, for this great advice.
Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat exposes a worldwide crisis in mega-farming. (Graphic from Sunday Times review by coauthor.) The authors, Philip Lymbery and Isabel Oakeshott, believe that the increasingly globalized food production industry threatens the quality of what we eat, our health, and the very land we live on. They say people now
On his blog “I see a change,” Nigerian Youth Development Expert Olumide Idowu presents the elements of sustainable development (source: olumideidowu.blog.com). Not all online courses provide all they promise you, but here’s one that should answer all your questions about environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive economic development. It will also challenge you to find out more.
If you must postpone a holiday feast, keep it fresh and safe! (Gavin St. Ours, Flickr creative commons). Whatever your menu, you always need to watch out when guests are late or don’t arrive how you preserve the freshness and safety of your special feast. Let’s assume you’re serving a standard holiday meal: turkey, gravy,
Usually vegetarians or vegans familiar to me don’t push any agenda. They are content to live and let live, but when someone asks them about their food choices, they will provide information. Sometimes they over share – but generally because they are trying to be helpful, not argumentative. Naturally, discussions about food tend to lead
This is a new version of a Hank D and the Bee cartoon I did after Halloween. It was a popular cartoon so I wanted to share it with a larger audience. Enjoy…and share. More on GMO’s and Monsanto From PlanetSave: 5 Appalling Facts About The Monsanto Protection Act Obama Signed Into Law (GMO Heaven)
I did this cartoon for the current issue of Yes! Magazine (see page 11). If you’re not yet a subscriber to Yes!, give it a look. It is a thoughtful, progressive, important publication… and it has great cartoons. 😉 In case you’re wondering, crows won’t eat GM corn, and neither should we! Joe’s cartoon archive,
Above: A Humorous Look at Monsanto’s Future. Below: A Scary Look at Monsanto’s Past. (Sources and much more info linked below this text) It’s apparent that all of the Monsanto endeavors I chose to highlight here rode the same wave of public opinion. In regards to nuclear weapons, DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and aspartame,
The News: China rejects commercialization of genetically-modified (aka genetically-engineered) rice! Wow, not the news I was expecting to run into this week. But, apparently, it’s been a long time coming. “It took seven years, teams of young campaigners and hordes of devoted supporters, but September 2011 the Chinese government finally said it was suspending the
Yeah, the really good news is that U.S. residents are eating less meat! (Note: that’s the #1 priority for tackling climate change.) But the bad news, which trumps this good news, is that meat consumption worldwide is increasing. Here’s more from sister site Eat Drink Better: In the past 3 years, there has been
Writers, Bloggers, Photographers, Cartoonists, please feel free to place the FUGMO seal of disapproval on any of your anti-GMO work. Readers, you are invited to add the seal to your avatar. FUGMO says: “F U, GMOs!” More on why you too should say F U to GMOs: From Grist: The next generation of GMOs could
Some more green news of the week: 1. The Weekly Standard Does Horrible Job Covering “Climategate 2”. The full post The Weekly Standard apart over on Media Matters is worth a read, but here are the key points from the piece (note: Hayward is the author): Hayward Cites Email About Page Limits To Claim That
Public discourse surrounding the direction of national agricultural production seems to highlight one specific point of divergence. In one direction, mass supply, transportation, industrialization, and accessibility are the driving forces. In the other, sustainability, localization, organics, and environmentally conscious production are deemed most essential. With “advancements” in technology and a growing green movement, heated
More on unsustainable fishing practices and Tuna From Greenpeace: The Tuna Industry’s Got a Dirty Little Secret From PlanetSave: Annual Quota of Bluefin Tuna Caught in 1 Week GreenPeace again: The harsh reality of longline fishing From SeafoodWatch: Seafood Watch Pocket Guide Joe’s cartoon archive, twitter ramblings and StumbleUpon page…
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hass Avocado Board featuring Hass Avocados. All opinions are 100% mine. My absolute favorite food is an avocado. In particular, I love Hass Avocados (much better than my home-state-named Florida avocados, which are a little too light and watery for my taste). I can
In today’s economy, it can be very expensive just to stock up on essential supplies such as sanitary items and food. Food is a necessity, required to live, but in this day and age, the prices are becoming downright outrageous, especially if you choose to buy organic. A good way to avoid breaking your wallet
Today is Blog Action Day, and the topic this year is Food. I could write yet another article packed full of statistics on:
– our current and growing food crisis.
– the important link between global warming and food insecurity, or climate change and food safety.
– the important link between peak oil and rising food prices (and starvation and political unrest and so on).
– the horrors of factory farming (and its relationship to climate change).
Or, I could write on simple ways you can green your food.
But, for some reason, I don’t feel enthusiastic about delving into those topics today. Maybe it is due to the global consciousness focusing more on this issue today. Maybe it is due to the overwhelming sadness that comes with thinking about all those starving children and adults around the world.
The fact of the matter is: people die every day because they don’t have enough food…
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Below is a full repost of an article on this story over on Civil Eats. First, though, this important bit:
Monsanto has a history of suing farmers for patent infringement over the years, often wrongfully. Well, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) has decided to sue Monsanto for wrongful patent infringement lawsuits.
Top green living stories of the past couple days:
I just posted this over on one of our sister sites, Eat Drink Better, yesterday. Thought our readers here on Planetsave might be interested in it as well.
Some top green living stories of the last few days:
Some top green living stories from the past few days:
Here’s a great video of DC’s highly successful bike-sharing program by the talented filmmakers at Streetfilms (love those guys and girls). Afterwards, you can check out my ‘daily’ roundup of top green living stories from around the internet.
Other than the terrific piece new Planetsave writer and activist Kate Follot just wrote, here are some top activism stories of the past few days. They cover topics related to transportation, the tar sands, climate change, animals, nature, food, and more. Check them out:
Just ran across this great infographic on bicycling facts and the future of bicycling on our sister site sustainablog and, of course, wanted to share it on here. It’s the feature green living “story” of the day. The infographic is from our friends over at Well Home Energy Audit. Check it out and enjoy!
We’ve several cute and awe-inspiring animal videos for you this week, as always, but we’ve also got a handful of interesting and disturbing videos about animal cruelty and endangered species that I think everyone should watch. Check these videos out and the stories underneath them all.
Cities around the world have blossoming bike sharing programs. But unlike blossoming flowers, these programs will both make people smile AND reduce their allergies. How, exactly? Well, increasing allergies is one predicted (and I think already occurring) result of global climate change. And bicycling for transportation purposes is one of the best options for combating climate change.
Solar power is growing at a super fast pace these days, and despite (or maybe partly because of) the tremendous economic problems the country is facing, that is continuing. Solar PV is projected to double in the US this year, and is expected to grow 47% a year up to 2015.
Urban agriculture produces food right where it is needed most, inside our densely populated cities. There are a number of social, economic, and environmental benefits to growing more locally.
Here’s some top green living stories from the past week or so (other than our own). Enjoy!
Top green living stories of the past week or so:
Some good green living stories from around from the past week….
Cartoon & links to related stories 😀
This is Greenpeace — they research potential environmental issues, they pick the few most important (i.e. global climate change, long-term nuclear risk, GMOs), they educate and politic for a better future, and — if needed — they chain themselves to things.
With all the climate change denier propaganda and bad messaging/confusion in the media, I have to wonder how much a ‘normal’ person recognizes the relationship between tremendous flooding of the Mississippi River and drought in Texas and a few other states (at the same time).
” Climate change poses an immediate and grave threat, driving ill health and increasing the risk of conflict, such that each feeds on the other.” asserts a new report in the British Medical Journal by a group of UK defense, medical and public health officials.
UC Berkeley Researchers Jones and Kammen, working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have conducted a landmark GHG emission analysis of U.S. households, and which also provides a tool for more effective consumer and governmental policy decision-making. The “tool” here is the “carbon calculator” made available for free on the Cool Climate Network website.
Several months ago, back in June of 2010, I wrote up a story on the environmental impact of eating meat based on a new-at-the-time United Nations (UN) report on the matter. I recently ran across another good story on this topic on a friend’s site, Global Warming is Real, titled “Eating Less Meat to Cut CO2 Emissions” that resulted in a follow-up.
A survey released two weeks ago in conjunction with National Butchers’ Week suggests that many British consumers think that pigs can fly.
Several organic farming programs take in returning soldiers and teach them the basics of organic farming so that they can learn how to earn a living whilst integrating back into civilian life.
Worldwide, high crude oil prices, increasing extreme weather events, population growth and economic development of poorer countries, crop-based biofuels, political conflict and unrest in the Middle East, and slowing crop yield growth are all factors contributing to rising food prices.
Becky Striepe, editor of one of our sister sites, Eat Drink Better, is giving home gardening a “whirl” and inviting others to join her in the process. Interested?
Smithfield puts a positive spin on pork production in a new multimedia campaign that it claims “takes the mystery” out of how they use pigs to make pork products… but it doesn’t work.