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  • Solar News Roundup

    News of recent solar business expansions and installations around the world… More

  • Keystone XL Pipeline Still Being Built; Protestors Arrested

    TransCanada began installing the first segments of the Keystone XL pipeline in east Texas on August 9, 2012. The pipeline will carry sticky tar diluted with a solvent from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas. The likelihood of a spill that might contaminate aquifers and surface waters has made this project controversial from the start. More

  • How Sustainable is Food from a Hydroponic Garden?

    Growing food on-site in hydroponic gardens is catching on in a number of locations. But does this approach create truly “local” produce, with all of the health and environmental benefits? More

  • Hydropower Continues Steady Growth

    World hydroelectric power generation has risen steadily by an average 3 percent annually over the past four decades. In 2011, at 3,500 billion kilowatt-hours, hydroelectricity accounted for roughly 16 percent of global electricity generation, almost all produced by the world’s 45,000-plus large dams. Today hydropower is generated in over 160 countries. More

  • Red Deer River Oil Spill

    About 125,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Red Deer River after a pipeline broke in Jackson Creek. The oil coated the banks of Jackson Creek and the Red Deer River for more than sixteen miles before reaching the Gleniffer Reservoir, where it is being contained with multiple booms. More

  • Alberta Tar Sands Project

    The Alberta Tar Sands Project is in the U.S. news a lot these days. As a U.S. citizen, I’m usually focused on the potential effects of the Keystone XL pipeline contaminating aquifers and soil. This TEDx video shows the effects on Canada. The Alberta Tar Sands is basically just a huge strip mine that goes on as far as the eye can see. More

  • Iowa Eclipses Canada in Grain Production, Challenges China in Soybean Production

    By Lester R. Brown The U.S. state of Iowa is an agricultural superpower, simultaneously eclipsing Canada in grain production and challenging China in soybean production. No, these are not mathematical errors. Last year Iowa’s farmers harvested 55 million tons of grain while Canada’s farmers harvested only 45 million tons. Over the last five years, Iowa […] More

  • Why I Wish More People Could Meet Farmers

    The other day I made a comment on a blog post that had quoted an article I wrote about the surprisingly tiny scale of organic farming.  In describing “conventional agriculture,” that author had used the term “chemical laden farming,” which I pointed out was misleading considering the  USDA data which documents how miniscule chemical residues […] More

  • Canada Takes Water Awareness Lead

    Say what you will about Canada being up on the latest trends in fashion or music, but our neighbor to the North may be on the verge of setting the course in national water management policy. Recently ministers from across the country met to talk about how best to protect and preserve Canada’s water from […] More

  • Green Books Campaign: From Seed to Table

    Editor’s note: This review is part of the Green Books campaign. Today 100 bloggers are reviewing 100 great books printed in an environmentally-friendly way. Our goal is to encourage publishers to get greener and readers to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books. This campaign is organized by Eco-Libris, a a green company working […] More

  • Attack of the Genetically Modified Flax Seed

    [social_buttons]Nope, it’s not a spooky tale left over from Halloween. After word got out that Canada’s flax seed crops had been cross-contaminated with a genetically modified variety, the country’s entire flax industry is in peril. More

  • Is Taking Care of Your Grass Making You Sick?

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/v/dTcvO-o8NTA&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] When dermatologist June Irwin first stood up in 1985 to speak at a Hudson, Quebec, town council meeting about the potential link between synthetic lawn pesticide and herbicide use and human and animal illnesses, she was written off as a flake. Irwin persisted, though, attending “every single town meeting in Hudson for six consecutive […] More

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