The San Joaquin Valley may be decades away from reaching the federal government's latest clean-air standards, a line that valley air officials refer to as the "moving goal posts" of federal regulation. But for the second summer in a row, the region is seeing record-low levels of ozone, the main component of valley smog.
Much of the construction industry depends on fossil fuels, creating a big carbon footprint. As pressure mounts to make construction "greener", experts have started to design houses out of hemp and straw, and bricks made of mushrooms.
Climate scientists link about 10 percent of annual global carbon increase to the effects of deforestation. But a new study points to a promising shift. Brazil in particular has effectively employed a suite of conservation methods.
The Davyhulme facility that handles the sewage of 1.2 million people in Manchester today can export surplus power to the U.K. grid. It uses waste formerly dumped in the Irish Sea, generating renewable power on a scale no utility has done to date using that method.
For butterfly fans, this year brings good news after last year’s plunge in the number of monarchs. We’re actually seeing a bounce-back,” said Karen Oberhauser, director of the University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab.
They greet a visitor with a firm handshake, a steady smile and an offer to tour the facilities. See the goats? They’ll tell you their names (Beyoncé and Solange) and their plans to eventually breed them for goats milk.
In recent years, chefs, writers, academics, politicians, funders, activists and entrepreneurs have jumped on the hay wagon for urban agriculture. New York now counts some 900 food gardens and farms. Yet city farmers will tell you that the green-collar work is the province of a largely pink-collar labor force.
Since launching in 2012 with its non-toxic diapers and other natural baby products, the California-based startup has grown quickly by blending its environmentally sensitive products with a social mission.
Whatever the reasons for the return of the ravens, birders are celebrating just as they did with red-tailed hawks, American kestrels and peregrine falcons, the other avian predators known to nest on the New York City’s multistory buildings.
Birders in New York City are celebrating the return of the raven after more than a century. But ravens are just one of many birds whose fortunes and visibility are on the rise. Some are turning up because of cleaner waterways and better habitat management. Others have arrived on the wings of climate change.
By putting millions of cyclists on the road, bike-sharing is reshaping the design of cities by connecting mass transit, removing cars from centers and creating new infrastructure. Hangzhou and Wuhan in China are the global leaders; India’s megacities are struggling to take off; the U.S. is playing catch-up; Africa is a no-show.
The Buffalo River was everyone’s – industries’ and individuals’ – dumping ground for most of the last century. But when finished at year’s end, the $44 million cleanup of the waterway will allow residents to use the Buffalo River in ways no one thought imaginable.
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