Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil

While regulators and many scientists say biotech crops are no different from their conventional cousins, others worry that they are damaging the environment and human health. The battle is being waged at the polls, with ballot initiatives to require labeling of genetically modified foods; in courtrooms, where lawyers want to undo patents on biotech seeds; and on supermarket shelves containing products promoting conventionally grown ingredients.

Dirt in two fields where biotech corn was being grown was hard and compact. Prying corn stalks from the soil with a shovel was difficult, and when the plants finally came up, their roots were trapped in a chunk of dirt. Once freed, the roots spread out flat like a fan and were studded with only a few nodules, which are critical to the exchange of nutrients.

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September 21, 2013 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Larry Ellison’s Fantasy Island

“Imagine these hale, these grass huts on the beach,” Mr. Ellison said excitedly of his plans for the new resort. “They are individual hale, built on poles in the sand. We will retain the unspoiled primitive nature of the beach.” He says the hotel will be a model of sustainability—generating electricity from the sun, making its own fresh water, reusing “gray water for irrigation, and all the buildings will be made from light, renewable materials, like bamboo.”

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August 3, 2013 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

European Investment Bank Cuts Lending to Fossil Plants, Supports Renewables

The European Investment Bank (EIB), the world’s largest public financial institution, has announced that, effective immediately, it will no longer finance most coal-, lignite- and oil-fired power stations in an effort to help Europe meet its climate targets.

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August 2, 2013 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

L.A. launches nation’s largest solar rooftop program

L.A.’s Department of Water and Power is rolling out the country’s biggest urban rooftop program, which will pay residents for solar energy they produce in excess of their own needs. The goal is to generate 150 megawatts of solar electricity, or enough to power about 30,000 homes.

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June 29, 2013 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Public Utilities Commission sends strong signal to Hawaiian Electric: More renewables, less waste, lower rates

In a stern decision on May 31, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) sent a clear message to Maui Electric Company (MECO) to change their operations to accept more renewable energy, reduce costs, and retire fossil fuel generating units.

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June 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

Lab Develops Breakthrough ‘Superclean’ Hydrogen Fuel

Great Barrier Reef

Scientists at Livermore Lab have developed a process that fixes sea water that’s messed up by climate change and is killing reefs while producing hydrogen fuel at the same time.

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May 29, 2013 at 1:02 am Leave a comment

Turning soda cans into solar heating panels


Jim Meany has designed a solar space heater that uses old soda cans to increase the surface area for heat transfer inside of it, and in its most basic design, uses no external power to move the air.

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May 29, 2013 at 12:01 am Leave a comment

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