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New study: Hope for polar bears

Polar bear. Photo credit: wikimedia commons  Two-thirds of the world’s polar bears could disappear within 50 years due to greenhouse-gas emissions, said a 2007 report by the U.S. Geological Survey. The bears need Arctic sea ice in order to hunt

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Massive snowfalls due to Arctic warming, breakdown of polar vortex

Photo by Sally Kneidel Why are massive snowfalls and cold air walloping the U.S. for the second year in a row? I listened to the climate reporter for the NY Times, Justin Gillis, on NPR yesterday. He said our current

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Duke Energy fuels the extreme weather that drives climate change

Coal emissions are a big contributor to climate change Printed in the Charlotte Observer on Feb. 21, 2011 This letter to the editor was written in response to “Scientists connect global warming to extreme rain” (Feb.17) and “Duke earnings up

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Christmas trees: are fake or real more sustainable?

Readers, a woman who works for the Nature Conservancy asked me to post this article debating fake vs. real Christmas trees, by the Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein. It’s also posted on the Nature Conservancy website. The debate is worth thinking about

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Posted in Agriculture, Borneo, Climate change, Deforestation, Indonesia, Malaysia, Overconsumption, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Sustainable choices for your home, Sustainable Living, Tree plantations, Wildlife, Wildlife habitat Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

New studies: Cancer linked to milk consumption

My mom was a meat, eggs, and milk gal.  To her way of thinking, animal protein was the key to good health.  Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and milk, period.  If my brothers and I were running late for school with

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Posted in Agriculture, Animal welfare / animal rights, Cancer, Climate change, Dairy, Deforestation, Environmental pollution, Food, Food, Health, Livestock, Sustainable choices for your home, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Review of new food film: “What’s on YOUR Plate?”

This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Two young girls lead the way I was asked to review the new DVD, “What’s on YOUR Plate? The Film about Kids and Food Politics”. The stars of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Climate change, Farming, Film review, Food, Gardening, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Health, Health effects of eating meat, High fat foods, Livestock, Organic, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , ,

My review of the documentary “Dirt! The Movie”

I was asked to write a review of “Dirt! The Movie,” a documentary about our worldwide destruction of soil versus our absolute dependence on soil for our survival. The movie is an inspiring blend of interviews with scientists, farmers, and

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We’re importing oil from poor countries with far more spills

This post now on BasilandSpice.com. After my post a few days ago about the oil spill and its consequences to wildlife, I got a few interesting messages from friends and acquaintances. My friend Sonia, the director of a land conservancy

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Insects breeding faster due to global warming

This post now appearing on the Daily Me Those of us concerned about greenhouse gases and climate change have a new study to ponder. This study, from Dr. Florian Altermatt at UC Davis, documents once again the biological effects of

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Natural daylight may improve children’s eyesight

This post now on Google News and on wwwbasilandspice.com In the last 30 years, the number of nearsighted Americans has increased dramatically, by 66%.  Nearsightedness, or myopia, is the inability  to focus on distant objects. In the early 1970s, 25%

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Our other blog, Veggie Revolution, focuses more on food than this one does, especially the environmental, health and humane aspects of our food choices. That blog was started in 2005 and continues today, while the blog you're reading now began in 2009. Some of the newer posts are on both blogs, but Veggie Rev has at least 260 more posts than this blog, including Sadie's travels to Morocco. In the sidebar of Veggie Rev, you'll see links to each year that can take you back to all the posts for a particular year.

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