Archive | April, 2014

RipeNearMe Helps You Find Homegrown Produce

30 Apr


An innovative new website is helping to connect local micro-farmers and foodies connect with each other. RipeNearMe ( was launched in Australia as a way to help make cities more “edible,” allowing people to get fresh food from their local neighborhood—instead of from the supermarket. The website was founded by Alistair Martin and Helena Martin, […]

Jerry Brown Issues 2nd Executive Order for California’s Drought

28 Apr


On April 25th, Governor Jerry Brown announced the issuance of a second executive order aimed at reducing the impact of California’s drought. Brown was speaking at an environmental summit at the Getty Center. The order includes the suspension of parts of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the rest of this year. “This order […]

San Jose Sharks Recognized for Environmental Achievement

25 Apr


Earlier this week, the San Jose Sharks hockey team received a certificate of achievement for its success in implementing the Food Recovery Challenge, an Environmental Protection Agency initiative that aims to reduce food waste and feed the needy. The Sharks began participating in the program in 2010 and since then have donated more than 20,000 […]

Missing Thai Environmental Activist Causes Outcry

23 Apr


Relatives and human rights groups are urging Thai authorities on Monday to investigate the disappearance of an environmental activist who has worked to help ethnic Karen villagers report illegal activity at Thailand’s largest national park. The man, Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen, known as “Billy,” was briefly detained in Kaengkrachan National Park last Thursday for possessing […]

Apple Is Taking This Earth Day to Be “Better”

21 Apr

Apple Better Campaign

Tomorrow—April 22, 2014—is Earth Day. What will you do to celebrate the earth and help to make it a happier, healthier place to live? Perhaps you’ll teach your children how to recycle and compost, or learn yourself. Or maybe you’ll plant a garden and fill it with native flora. Even better yet, maybe you’ll make […]

Taiwan’s President Meets with EPA Chief Gina McCarthy

18 Apr


Earlier this week, President Ma Ying-jeou met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the first American Cabinet-Level official to visit Taiwan in nearly 14 years. President Ma stated that McCarthy’s arrival is highly significant and is proof that his team’s efforts over the past half-decade to rebuild mutual trust with Washington have […]

Green Energy Now Costs the Same as Conventional

17 Apr


For years, one of the major problems with green energy, or clean energy, has been cost. Many people would prefer to power their homes and businesses with environmentally sound methods, but unfortunately that can sometimes break the bank. However, as developments in solar and wind power have advanced, the cost has taken a steep downhill […]

5 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2014

16 Apr


Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day events are held worldwide to show support for environmental protection and maintaining our planet. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. There are thousands of events in hundreds of cities around the world. If you aren’t able […]

Leafcutter Bee Fossils Reveal Ice Age Environment at La Brea Tar Pits

14 Apr

Leafcutter bee

The La Brea Tar Pits, known as the world’s richest and most important Ice Age fossil and located in Los Angeles, recently saw growth to its vast insect collection. The location is most celebrated for its collection of saber-toothed cats and mammoths but with recent examination of fossil leafcutter bee nest cells, the attention has […]

UN Urged to Improve Awful Living Conditions for South Sudan

11 Apr

Juba South Sudan

Senior officials of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have refused to improve living conditions for over 21,000 displaced people living in a flood-prone UN compound that is exposing them to waterborne diseases and potential epidemics. International medical charity, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) called on the UNMISS to immediately take action. In a […]