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Business Roundtable endorses carbon pricing

The Business Roundtable, a trade association comprised of some of the U.S.’s biggest and most influential companies, announced its support for “well-designed market-based mechanism and other supporting policies” to address climate change. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN A statement found on the BRT website reads: “Unchecked, climate poses significant environmental, economic, public health and security threats to […]

September 21st

Is food grown hydroponically as healthy as soil-grown crops?

Hydroponically grown lettuce has claimed a spot next to the organic variety in the grocery store, causing consumers to wonder which is healthier. When comparing hydroponic produce to regular soil-grown crops, it depends. Numerous scientific studies have reached varying conclusions, some showing hydroponic tomatoes have more vitamin C and others concluding they are lower in […]

September 20th

While Trump commission warns of climate risk to financial system, recommendations fall short of direct, immediate action

Especially considering that President Donald Trump and his appointees have spent the past few years serving corporate polluters by rolling back dozens of environmental regulations, climate campaigners on Wednesday welcomed a new federal report about how the human-caused planetary emergency endangers the U.S. financial system but also warned that its recommendations fall short of the ambitious action […]

September 14th

The importance of a regenerative food system for sustainable agriculture

To grow food, we need soil. Even with modern technology enabling systems like hydroponics to grow crops, humanity needs soil to produce enough food for the global population. Unfortunately, many modern farming techniques have destroyed soil or depleted it. One sobering report warns that all topsoil could be gone in the next 60 years if agriculture continues […]

September 12th

1.7 million new unemployment claims show the painful reality of Trump’s Coronavirus Recession

Twenty-five weeks ago, the nation’s state employment offices began seeing a tsunami of applications for unemployment insurance payments that has yet to subside. According to the Department of Labor, for the week ending Sept. 5, another 1.7 million new applicants—90,000 more than the previous week—sought jobless aid from the program New Deal Democrats instituted 85 years ago and that Republicans have been trying to kneecap or dismantle […]

September 11th

THRIVE agenda is a progressive framework to create fair and green coronavirus recovery

A broad grassroots coalition of labor unions, advocacy groups, and Democratic members of Congress on Thursday unveiled a resolution known as the THRIVE Agenda—a bold plan for an equitable and green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The resolution—officially titled “Recognizing the Duty of the Federal Government to Implement an Agenda to Transform, Heal, and Renew […]

September 10th

Carbon pricing bill would produce BIG benefits for US households

Last week, Citizens’ Climate Lobby released a working paper that projects the majority of U.S. households will benefit financially under the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 (H.R. 763). The legislation, which is sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), has 82 cosponsors. By Citizens Climate Lobby The working paper, referred to as the “2020 […]

September 10th

What is aeroponics, and how could it make agriculture more sustainable?

A crop that uses an aeroponic method relies on mist and air to grow rather than soil. It’s an inventive way to avoid aggregates that traditional agriculture methods require. Each plant receives nutrient-rich moisture through a spritz to its roots. This practice allows growers to create a flexible, mobile garden wherever they please. By Emily […]

September 10th

The big, dirty money behind the California wildfires

Here in Northern California, the smoke is everywhere. It creeps into our garages, under our doorways, through our vents. It dims the sun. It is a constant reminder, for those of us not yet under evacuation, to stay vigilant: we monitor wind and fire maps hourly, we text with our loved ones and colleagues, trying […]

September 8th

Labor Day: COVID-19 bailouts should target oil and gas workers and communities, not companies

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the U.S. economy, the oil and gas industry is a major casualty. U.S. petroleum consumption has fallen to its lowest level in decades due to travel restrictions and the economic slowdown. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts crude oil production will fall to 11.7 million barrels per day (b/d) this year and further to […]

September 7th

Labor Day: As we move away from oil and coal, ensuring a fair transition for US fossil fuel workers

Long before the coronavirus (COVID-19) hit and oil prices collapsed, the U.S. fossil fuel industry and its workers were vulnerable. Threats included increasing cost-competitiveness of renewable energy compared to fossil fuels, investor concerns about financial risks and stranded assets, and a changing policy landscape (at state and local levels at least) seeking to meet decarbonization […]

September 7th

What’s aquaponics, and how could it help sustainable farming?

Aquaponics is a hydroponics system that utilizes aquaculture to grow plants. Aquaculture, also known as fish farming, allows farmers to breed and harvest both fresh and saltwater species with controlled conditions. In aquaponic systems, fish waste is converted into nutrients for vegetables using bacteria. The entire process is environmentally friendly, saves water and creates no […]

September 5th