Environment

Environment

Delhi’s Multi-Pronged Citizen Eco-Awareness Campaign

Delhiites joined billions of people around the world in Earth Day celebrations with fervor and fan-fare. Significant credit goes to Delhi Government’s valiant efforts to create eco-awareness amongst its citizens. Delhi Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach as generating awareness and creating change through awareness campaigns is a slow process.

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Delhi Finally Bids Adieu to Plastic Bags: Take Two of Ban

Delhi’s government efforts to ban plastic bags have gone through interesting iterations. Less than stellar results from the initial ban in 2009 prompted Delhi, in November 2011, to impose a total ban on not just the use of plastic bags in the capital city, but also on all manufacturing, selling, transporting and storage of plastic bags.

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100% Local, Clean, Cheap Power is Possible Using Renewable Energy

I’ve written in the past about the fact that 100% of the world could be powered from clean, renewable energy. But to get to that 100% target, you need a lot of small 100% targets (i.e. 100% renewable energy for Scotland, for Tokelau, etc.). A report just out yesterday from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research finds that Minnesota could easily go 100% renewable. Not only that, though — it could use 100% local clean power from solar and wind energy. That’s exciting.

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Saving Heirloom Seeds with Crowd Sourcing

This great post by Patricia Larenas is a reprint from one of the many blogs in our network: eatdrinkbetter.com.

Multi-National corporations continue to develop agricultural strategies which indirectly destroys food crop biodiversity. I’m getting ready to sow my Three Heart Lettuce seeds and be part of a volunteer team that is evaluating a special heirloom variety of lettuce that is in danger of extinction. Just like rare wild plants and animals, food crops can disappear forever.

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Ten Tasty & Easy to Grow Perennial Vegetables

My favorite vegetables in the garden are the ones that require very little work. This handpicked selection of tasty perennial vegetables showcases plants that will consistently come back year after year, whether you give them much care and attention or not.

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Gulf Coast Deadzones: Environmentalists Sue the Toothless EPA

Oceanic dead zones are in the news again this week, and the lifeless sea regions seem to be spreading. Several environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the EPA because of their stance on waterway contamination and their enforcement (or lack thereof) on pollution limits. Pollution is the major cause of oceanic dead zones, which are characterized by hypoxic (oxygen deficient) waterways that are uninhabitable to most living organisms.

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Renewable Energy Innovations: Revolutionary Photovoltaic Solar Panels Printed on Common Household Materials

We are inundated daily with so much bleak information about petroleum, as well as the many environmental problems and wars associated with oil, that it is a relief to read some positive energy news. Some creative thinkers are already devising much more sustainable technologies for our future.

This week the prestigious Lemelson-MIT award was given to Miles C. Barr, a scientist and “pay it forward” advocate, for his work developing an inexpensive process that can print photovoltaic solar cells on common items, like paper, fabric and ordinary construction materials.

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Ten Reasons Why the USDA Needs New Leadership

Considering the growing list of problems erupting from destructive modern agriculture practices, it is clear that new leadership is desperately needed at our Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many of these problems have been issues for decades, and only superficial responses have been made by the USDA.

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Gardeners Put Earthworms to Work Recycling

Want a recycling crew to start working up the soil? Get a batch of worms.

For all those getting their gardens ready for planting, a healthy population of earthworms is absolutely essential. I enjoyed this Australian website’s reference to Charles Darwin, who sang the praises for worms in 1881:

“Of all animals, few have contributed so much to the development of the world, as we know it, as these lowly creatures.”

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EnviroWagg Makes Doggone Good Compost

There are those who see rich and fertile beauty in a bag of compost. Rose Seemann is one of those people, only the compost her Aurora, Colorado company, EnviroWagg, produces and sells hails from dog waste. As the website tells visitors, the huge treasury of turds collected by EnviroWagg makes for “Doggone Good Compost”.

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Recycling Plastics: What is the Resin Identification Coding System?

Have you always wondered what the numbers found on your plastic containers mean? In 1988 the Society of the Plastics Industry created the resin identification coding system or “RIC”. The RIC is the funny number and bundle of letters you often see inside of a triangle somewhere on your plastic item. Read on to learn about this system.

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Pouring Water from the Air

For those facing water shortages, there is much to be thankful for when it comes to the inventive spirit. Thanks to young Australian inventor Edward Linacre, there may one day be no such thing as a water shortage for Australian farmers.

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