energy use and climate change

39-Year Wildflower Bloom Count Reveals Changes Attributed to Warmer Climate

A unique 39-year study of wildflower blooms in a Colorado Rocky Mountain meadow shows more than two-thirds of alpine flowers have changed their blooming pattern in response to climate change. The flowers' response to climate change is more complex than previously believed, with different species responding in unexpected ways.

Farmed and Dangerous: Episode 1, Oiling the Food Chain

If you're interested in a funny, accessible onramp to Big Ag 101, the new Farmed and Dangerous web series (sponsored by Chipotle) is worth a watch. Here's our recap, complete with some Fun Tidbits and our favorite Buck Marshall moments from Episode 1. Also, what's with the Man in Black?

Coming to a Store Near You

Out of sight and out of mind, huge container ships glide from port to port, bringing us the goodies we crave, but what's their real cost?

Can Your Garbage Disposal Help Slow Climate Change?

In this InSinkErator-funded study, a life cycle analysis was done for 12 disposal scenarios of food waste. According to the study, using a garbage disposal could help to curb climate change if your wastewater treatment system has an anaerobic digester that converts food waste into biogas.

City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint is Bigger?

A new study comes to a counter-intuitive conclusion: City residents have bigger carbon footprints than suburban or country residents. (Well, at least in Finland.) How is that possible? Higher consumption, and that has big implications no matter where you live.

Connecting the Dots on Climate Change -- and Food

Last Saturday, the folks at 350.org and others around the world participated in a global event designed to demonstrate that climate change is no longer a shadow looming on a distant horizon. It’s evident in an upsurge in extreme weather -- how do you connect the dots?

10 Last-minute Gifting Ideas

Earth-friendly gifts can include upcycling and regifting, as well as non-consumables like service and donations. Here's some ideas for green, meaningful gifts.

After Irene: Impacted Northeast Farms and How You Can Help

Hurricane Irene caused the worst flooding eastern upstate New York and Vermont have seen in centuries, devastating farms and dairies throughout the Northeast. We've mapped as many as we could find, as well as local events organized to support them.

The Earth From On High: A Review of HOME

HOME, a new documentary from French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, narrated by Glenn Close, is a tremendous illustration of nature at its finest and humanity’s impact on it at its most destructive. The film is showing for free at the East Village Cinema starting tomorrow.

Saturation

An overview of the 7,000 events planned in 188 countries for 350.org's 10/10/10 events (inspired by author/activist Bill McKibben).

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