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July 22, 2014

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7:34 PM | Is Eating Kosher Seafood Better for the Environment?
In some ways, absolutely yes. That's the conclusion reached by researchers from NOAA and California State University, Channel Islands. And it mostly has to do with the distance that seafood travels from the ocean to your plate.Read more...

July 21, 2014

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1:11 PM | Fuel/Cost Savings of Improving Fuel Economy from 12->15 mpg = 30->60 mpg
Consumer tip-of-the-day: increasing efficiency of fuel economy on a miles-per-gallon scale is not linear, as more miles-per-gallon (mpg) are initially better for your wallet and the planet than you... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

July 20, 2014

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11:17 PM | Is There Any Type of Urban Greenspace that Addresses the Urban-Rural Continuum? Urban Agriculture
In my last post, I wrote that efficient urban sustainability policy should be inclusive, in the sense that it should address sustainability in an area large enough to encompass urban centers, but suburban, periurban and dependent rural, or natural places. … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (July 20)
This week we feature a handful of techs designed to help out in disasters as well as other innovations that will just make you happy to be alive.

July 13, 2014

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1:00 PM | Tasty Tech Eye Candy Of The Week (July 13)
The week, our images celebrate the imagination of inventors

July 11, 2014

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11:53 AM | Unpackage Store
Yes, please!

July 09, 2014

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5:53 PM | Will bugs be on your plate in the future? Aside from a few...
Will bugs be on your plate in the future? Aside from a few critters that get past quality control in your organic produce, western culture tends to cringe at the thought of eating insects. However, countries all over the world make elaborate meals out of bugs. In fact there’s even a word for it known as “entomophagy,” which is the technical term for eating insects. Recent advocates have focused on introducing the practice to the US.  One of the benefits of cooking insects […]
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5:06 PM | Forests and fish on CBC radio
Listen to us talk about our latest work on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

July 08, 2014

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9:17 PM | APP won't acquire companies that continue to destroy forests
Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) will not acquire companies that continue to destroy forests, according to a new procedure for association introduced by the Indonesian forestry giant. The procedure, developed after months of consultations with NGOs, effectively closes a loophole some environmentalists feared would allow APP to sidestep its zero deforestation commitment by acquiring companies that continued to clear forest after its February 5, 2013 deadline.

July 07, 2014

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5:39 PM | The Good, the Bad and the Anthropocene (Age of Us)
A three-way conversation about how to think about, and respond to, evidence that Earth is in our sway.

July 03, 2014

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4:52 PM | Next big idea in forest conservation? The 'double-edged sword' of democracy
Dr. Douglas Sheil considers himself an ecologist, but his research includes both conservation and management of tropical forests. Currently teaching at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) Sheil has authored and co-authored over 200 publications including scholarly articles, books, and popular articles on the subject.

July 02, 2014

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5:09 PM | "The issue of ‘food’ is not just about what we eat. It’s about delivery systems. Climate..."
“The issue of ‘food’ is not just about what we eat. It’s about delivery systems. Climate issues. Population growth. Policy. All of these and more come into play when you begin to think about the colliding forces that shape the world’s food future.” - Janet Napolitano on the UC Global Food Initiative. Today, a billion people suffer from chronic hunger or serious micronutrient deficiencies. Another 1/2 billion people are obese. There’s also […]
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3:06 PM | A Cuisine for the Age of Us – the Anthropocene
A chef focused on sustainable cooking explores the mix of technology, tradition and compromise that best fits the Anthropocene.

July 01, 2014

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1:25 PM | To Feed the World, Try Legos
“It was an idea that just popped into my head,” says Ludovico Cademartiri, a materials scientist who’s upped his research game by using Legos. He hopes other researchers will steal his idea, and not just because Legos are fun. Cademartiri thinks the humble bricks could help solve the world’s impending food crisis. Members of Cademartiri’s […]The post To Feed the World, Try Legos appeared first on Inkfish.

Lind, K., Sizmur, T., Benomar, S., Miller, A. & Cademartiri, L. (2014). LEGO® Bricks as Building Blocks for Centimeter-Scale Biological Environments: The Case of Plants, PLoS ONE, 9 (6) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100867

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2:49 AM | Perhaps Global Agricultural Trends aren’t as Dire as We Thought
Many people working in the global sustainability arena tend to be focused on one of two knotty issues: 1) climate change or 2) food security.  The former is devilish because we have to figure out how to power the developing world while reducing our overall carbon footprint. The latter is also complex because we have […]The post Perhaps Global Agricultural Trends aren’t as Dire as We Thought appeared first on Collide-a-Scape.

June 30, 2014

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7:04 PM | On the Road with Kate & Maddy: America Talks about Water
Both of us are interested in the intersection of the environment and public health, and we wanted to explore a public health issue about which we felt ignorant. Water kept coming up in our conversations, because we felt that while water is a global issue, it often gets overlooked domestically among our peers. As such, we put together a six-week cross-country road trip, along which we are collecting stories about regional water issues.

June 27, 2014

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6:05 PM | Vote & Make It Binding
This is how you can get people to make better decisions to save our planet http://t.co/fhrDqJV88k http://t.co/U6UnBELxnD— HuffPost Science (@HuffPostScience) June 27, 2014

June 26, 2014

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8:47 PM | Our Fiscal Year Ends June 30: Donate Now to Help Us Finish Strong!
The end of our fiscal year is just one week away and we need your support more than ever. This year, the generosity of Earth Institute supporters allowed our award-winning scientists and researchers to pursue groundbreaking initiatives in the fields of earth and environmental sciences, ecology, engineering and architecture, law, medicine and public health, economics, political science, public policy, ethics and management, and more to advance global sustainable development.
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4:44 PM | Unrelenting population growth driving global warming, mass extinction
It took humans around 200,000 years to reach a global population of one billion. But, in two hundred years we've septupled that. In fact, over the last 40 years we've added an extra billion approximately every dozen years. And the United Nations predicts we'll add another four billion—for a total of 11 billion—by century's end.
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