Some prominent environmentalists say that nuclear power merits reconsideration, but others counter that it will never be a solution to global warming.
Raising a natural baby in a chemical world is not so easy. For eco-conscious moms and dads, life is full of choices on everything from diapers and baby food to crib mattresses and parenting styles. In trying to steer a child’s development in a healthier direction, some parents have learned to trust their instincts.
Interest in cleaner and greener auto technology is exploding. From fuel cells to plug-in hybrids, the industry is showing more research and development zeal than at any time since the halcyon days of 1900, when gasoline, steam and electric vehicles (EVs) were competing in the marketplace.
Five percent of new commercial construction meets standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED). Ten percent of new homes satisfy the federal government’s Energy Star guidelines, meaning they’re nearly one-third more energy-efficient than regulations require. But U.S. buildings put out about a third of the country’s greenhouse gasses, and at the rate green building is penetrating the market today, it will be many years before we save the 70 percent of emissions thought necessary to stabilize the climate.
Organic Grapes, Organic Wine The Harvest is Bountiful, but the Labeling Controversy is Still Fermenting
Organic wine is here to stay thanks to several pioneering American wineries incorporating local produce and green packaging.
It’s one of nature’s most perfect contradictions: a substance that is ubiquitous but unseen; humble but essential; surprisingly strong but profoundly fragile. It nurtures life and death; undergirds cities, forests and oceans; and feeds all terrestrial life on Earth. It is a substance few people understand and most take for granted. Yet, it is arguably one of Earth’s most critical natural resources—and humans, quite literally, owe to it their very existence.
Important carbon-saving programs are being launched below the radar, often by local governments, private companies and even ambitious individuals. The best initiatives use novel approaches and innovative thinking to achieve real emission reductions, tapping into and modifying consumer habits and ingrained business practices.
After the media spotlight has moved on, a toxic legacy continues to haunt New Orleans. Will the state and federal government get serious about protecting the city?
The Outlook on Oil: What’s Next After Peak Oil? Some Experts Worry That Production Will Soon Peak. Others Warn That It Already Has.
The issue isn’t whether we’re running out of oil but when will we reach the peak oil production, after which the decline will inevitably clash with demand.