Saturday, June 24, 2017

Plastic may be inexpensive and convenient, but these birds are paying a very high price

Plastic. We know it’s bad for the environment, yet we use it every day. Sometimes the alternatives are unaffordable or nonexistent; it can be virtually impossible to buy some products without getting at least a bit of plastic. While durable goods, such as furniture and auto parts, contribute their share to the burden of the planet, the majority of plastic trash comes from disposables.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Going a little solar: It’s no longer all or nothing

In our increasingly automated, high-tech world, electricity is a basic necessity of modern life in developed nations. It is also considered a key element in improving the quality of life in impoverished regions. We need power to make progress, but, according to climate scientists, we are destroying the planet to make power.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Controversial new rice-growing experiment in California

One farmer has a radical idea that could transform California rice growing, and it has some conservationists concerned. It's not genetically engineered, nor is it grown with harsher toxins or pesticides than usual. So, what is the controversy? Drip irrigation, which could cut water use in half. However, water-conservation may not be environmentally friendly in this case, according to many wildlife experts... Read more