Archive | March, 2015

FDA Says GMO Potatoes ‘Safe for Consumption’

30 Mar

potato

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its blessing to two new varieties of genetically engineered apples and six varieties of potatoes on earlier this month. The FDA called the new strains “as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts,” a surprising assessment in an age where genetically modified foods are perceived by many to […]

West Coasters Go to Extremes to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

27 Mar

Recycle

West Coast dwellers have long held a reputation for being almost fanatical when it comes to things like composting, recycling, and other forms of environmental activism. As Wall Street Journal contributor Katy Muldoon puts it in a recent feature, “When it comes to the mellow mantra ‘reduce, reuse, recycle,’ the laid-back West Coast is hard […]

Federal Government to Cut Emissions by 40%

25 Mar

Emissions

On March 19, 2015, President Obama issued an executive order mandating that the federal government will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% over the next decade. The same order also requires the federal government to increase the share of renewable energy in its electricity supply to 30%. Some of the ways this will be […]

Mangrove Forests Need Our Help

19 Mar

Mangrove

Mangrove forests are complex coastal ecologies that serve important functions in tropical zones. Mangrove trees can survive in much saltier water than most other trees, which allows them to create saltwater zones that are sheltered from storms. Mangrove forests are home to numerous ocean creatures, such as manatees, and provide a safe haven for young […]

Explore the Pine Barrens of New Jersey with John McPhee

17 Mar

Pine Trees

In 1968, John McPhee published The Pine Barrens, which is considered by many to be one of the foundational texts of environmental journalism. The book, which was originally published in The New Yorker, explores the inhabitants, places, and history in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a huge stretch of forest little understood by outsiders. Although […]

Port of Seattle in Trouble Over Oil Ship Deal

13 Mar

Port of Seattle

It recently came to light that the Port of Seattle has been working on a deal with Shell Oil to dock ships from their Arctic drilling fleet. The people of Seattle are not happy about it. The ships in question are operated by companies with pretty poor records when it comes to taking care of […]

Blizzard Hitting Parts of Upper Midwest

5 Mar

Blizzard

There is a fast moving storm this week that has dumped several inches of snow across the Upper Midwest, making travel very hard for commuters and adding a few fatalities. The storm dropped 6.5 inches in western Minnesota, while eastern South Dakota got 3 inches. The storm is now stretching from northern Texas to southern […]