Archive for the ‘Economy and Policy’ Category

Apr14

Oil-palm in Africa

Oil Palm

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Palm oil is in demand. It’s found in nearly half of the processed foods in our supermarkets, from ice cream and cookies to canned soup and baby formula. But plans to cultivate the oil palm tree in its native Africa are raising concern about deforestation and the protection of primates. (more…)

Apr11

California’s water

San Luis Reservoir, CA

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We’ve all seen the news reports of this winter’s devastating drought in California. Last year was the state’s driest in more than a century, resulting in a water shortage with dire consequences, especially for farmers. Even recent rain and snow storms have made only a minuscule improvement in the severe water deficit. (more…)

Apr10

Local wildlife protection

Blue Iguana

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As of 2012, national governments have designated over 177,000 protected areas around the world for the long-term conservation of nature.  These areas cover an amazing 12.7% of the earth’s land surface.  In fact, over the past 20 years or so, such protected acreage has increased by 48%. (more…)

Apr08

U.S. business goes solar

Solar Panels atop a Chula Vista, CA Walmart

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America’s largest companies are embracing solar technology in a big way.  As of the middle of 2013, there were nearly 33,000 commercial buildings in the US deploying solar technology totaling more than 3 gigawatts of generating capacity.  This represents an amazing 40% increase over last year. (more…)

Apr04

High tower decisions

warbler

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Each year, when migratory North American birds attempt their flight to Central and South America, more than seven million die in collisions with communications towers. Only house cats result in more human-induced bird deaths. (more…)

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