Social media turns tide of ocean protection in Brazil

Brazil recently announced the creation of two marine protected areas totaling 900,000 square kilometers.

Worldwide launch: Experience ‘My Africa’ in virtual reality

Conservation International released its “My Africa” virtual reality project to the world in seven languages.

A series of other thoughts about NAIAS 2018

Let’s start out with my in-the-moment string of notes during the Press Preview at this year’s NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show). This covers the main ideas about this year’s program at the time. I’ll add a few more comments and expanded thoughts at the end. Not sure if it’s an actual color trend, but there’s a lot of orange at this year’s #NAIAS #NAIAS2018 Attendance seems down and space more open at #NAIAS2018. Things just seem off this year. First thought it was decline of auto industry. There’s been gap-filling of various kinds over the last few years

More Than 40 Companies Sign Onto Historic UK Plastics Pact

In a historic move, more than 40 UK companies have signed up to fight plastic pollution as part of the UK Plastics Pact , The Independent reported Wednesday. The pact, which officially launches today, is a groundbreaking alliance of companies, non-governmental organizations and governments working to transform packaging in the UK by 2025. “We need to move away from a linear plastics economy, where we take, make and dispose of plastic, and towards a circular system where we keep plastic in the economy and out of the natural environment,” the pact website reads. Specifically, the pact sets out four targets to meet by that date: Ensure that 100 percent of packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. Eliminate “unnecessary or problematic”

One of World’s Most Endangered Wolf Species Could Go Extinct in 8 Years

A Species Status Assessment (SSA) released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Tuesday revealed that there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the wild, and that they could go extinct within eight years. The SSA was released along with a Five-Year Status Review , which the FWS undertakes for every species offered protections under

10 of the tallest trees in the world

These skyscraping superstars are the stalwart examples of their species.

The Lush Spring Prize celebrates social and environmental regeneration

The £200,00 prize fund, jointly held by Lush Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer, redefines what environmental and social responsibility should look like.

Tax Sleuths Add Green ‘Lungs’ To The City – Living Architecture Monitor magazine (press release) (blog)

Living Architecture Monitor magazine (press release) (blog)Tax Sleuths Add Green 'Lungs' To The CityLiving Architecture Monitor magazine (press release) (blog)Due to the rising pollution levels in the city, it is becoming difficult to breathe. But the Income Tax Department here is adding green 'lungs' to the city by installing vertical gardens on its premises by making use of waste plastic bottles. The staff …

9 Amazing Health Benefits of Ashwagandha – Care2.com

Care2.com9 Amazing Health Benefits of AshwagandhaCare2.comYou can find Ashwagandha in its original form as a low-lying shrub with flat, wide green leaves and small, green bell-shaped flowers that produce orange-yellow fruit similar in appearance to cherry tomatoes. But Ashwagandha is no stranger to the tomato …

Don’t Be Fooled by These 5 Misleading Dairy Ads

By Rachel Krantz For most of my life, I genuinely believed the false advertising used to sell dairy . When I learned the truth—that nearly all cows used for dairy are kept inside, locked up, forcibly inseminated, and hooked up to painful milking machines—I was heartbroken. How had I never put two and two together: that for humans to consume cow’s milk, mother cows must have their calves taken? I had been duped by dairy brands , whose misleading ads have never been regulated, despite truth-in-advertising laws. This discrepancy prompted a 2003 lawsuit involving the ” Happy Cows” campaign , but the case was thrown out over a technicality. “The state’s false advertising law

Campaign to Create World’s Largest Sanctuary in Antarctic Ocean Gains Momentum

Greenpeace’s ship Arctic Sunrise is on its way to Antarctica, where the crew on board will be the first humans ever to visit the seafloor in the Weddell Sea. The three-month expedition will aim to further the case for a massive ocean sanctuary. In an effort to combat the threats of overfishing , plastic pollution and

For this woman, van dwelling is her solution to high rents (Video)

High rents in the city prompting this young woman to look for an alternative — in a van conversion.

Does Yosemite need a Starbucks?

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition asking that a new Starbucks be stopped from opening in the national park.

Should We Be Taxing Single-Use Cups? – Care2.com

Care2.comShould We Be Taxing Single-Use Cups?Care2.comAs I've said before, single-use cups are an environmental disaster. The sooner we get off of our addiction to them, the better. But we are throwing out massive amounts of cups each year—over 50 billion in the US alone! It's an overwhelming problem …

Green Living: Artist’s salvaged exhibition forces Vancouverites to face “mindless” waste – Straight.com

Straight.comGreen Living: Artist's salvaged exhibition forces Vancouverites to face “mindless” wasteStraight.comConstructed from recovered trash, Asim Waqif's immersive Salvaged installation runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite until April 15. Lucy Lau. If you've walked, driven, or cycled past the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite, an outdoor exhibition …

Victory: Constitution Pipeline Request Denied by FERC

Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a decision , which spells bad news for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, a 124-mile natural gas pipeline slated to run through New York State and Pennsylvania. Constitution Pipeline went to FERC and asked them to invalidate the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) denial for a necessary Clean Water Act permit for the project. Thursday, FERC rejected that request. FERC had already approved the pipeline, but NYSDEC concluded that Constitution did not provide enough information to insure that the pipeline would comply with the Clean Water

How to Grow Shiitake Mushrooms

By Laura Sorkin Shiitake mushrooms require faith in the unseen. The fungi flourish under the cover of bark for nine to twelve months preceding the first harvest, during which eternity you can do little more than cross your fingers. Once established, though, the crop will produce fruit for approximately seven years. Plus, these umami bombs fetch as much as $20 per pound at farmers markets. Up for the challenge? You’ll want to get started now, harvesting the logs that will serve as your growing medium before trees bud out and

How to shovel snow

The TreeHugger guide to snow shovelling will help you survive the winter.

Smartphones have made parenting harder than ever

Giving a kid a phone “feels a little like trying to teach your kid how to use cocaine, but in a balanced way.”

Slowing Our Metabolism With Nitrate-Rich Vegetables | Care2 … – Care2.com

Care2.comSlowing Our Metabolism With Nitrate-Rich Vegetables | Care2 …Care2.comThe reason greens are associated with a significantly longer lifespan may be because, like caloric restriction, they improve our energy efficiency.and more »

Green Living: Artist’s salvaged exhibition forces Vancouverites to face waste – Straight.com

Straight.comGreen Living: Artist's salvaged exhibition forces Vancouverites to face wasteStraight.comConstructed from recovered trash, Asim Waqif's immersive Salvaged installation runs at the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite until April 15. Lucy Lau. If you've walked, driven, or cycled past the Vancouver Art Gallery's Offsite, an outdoor exhibition …

‘Clean Energy Is a Fundamental Civil Right’: Major Campaign to Expand Access to Solar

The NAACP is launching a major environmental justice campaign on Jan. 13 to mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The ” Solar Equity Initiative ” aims to provide solar job skills training to 100 individuals, install solar panels on more than 30 homes and community centers in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, and strengthen equity in solar access policies in at least five states. The first panels will be installed on transitional housing for domestic violence survivors being served by the Los Angeles-based Jenesse Center , a nationally recognized non-profit domestic violence prevention and intervention organization

What Jeff Sessions Doesn’t Understand About Medical Marijuana

By C. Michael White On Jan. 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo , a 2013 document that limits federal enforcement of marijuana laws. This opens the door for a crackdown in the nine states with legal recreational marijuana. The Cole memo is one of two documents that prevent the U.S. Justice Department from treating marijuana as a Schedule I drug , defined as a substance with no accepted medical treatment and high potential for abuse. The other is the 2014 Rohrabacher–Farr amendment . This legislation bars