"I’ve seen how global warming has made it more difficult for my farm, and for farmers throughout the Pioneer Valley, to make a living from their land. That’s why I installed solar panels on the roof of my barn, and I hope our elected officials support policies that will help more farmers, families and businesses to go solar and reduce their carbon emissions.”

— Michael Docter, of Winter Moon Farm in Hadley, Mass.

Nearly all the plants we cultivate — corn, rice, wheat, roses and Christmas trees — have been genetically modified through breeding.

Mix vinegar, some lemon juice and water in a spray bottle — the nontoxic solutions cleans window, surfaces, tubs, mirrors and glass.

 

 

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Tuesday
Sep302014

Smaller-Scale Wind Power Silently Spins Ahead

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

Wind energy isn't popular. While divisive utility-scale wind projects in Falmouth, Fairhaven and Portsmouth, as well as the protracted fights and acrimony caused by offshore wind farms, have brought wind-energy construction to a crawl, attempts at developing unconventional wind turbines have inched ahead.<<Read more

Monday
Sep292014

New Study Identifies Largest Carbon Polluters

By ecoRI News staff

Environment Massachusetts releases a study showing that U.S. power plants emit more carbon than the entire economy of Russia. The report compares carbon emissions from U.S. power plants to the total carbon emissions of entire countries, and argues that limiting such pollution would make a significant impact on climate change.<<Read more

Monday
Sep292014

Environmental Watchdog Lengthens Its Leash

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

NEWPORT, R.I. — In July 2006, Dave McLaughlin, a city resident and year-round surfer, along with a group of local friends, was worried about the future of Aquidneck Island’s beaches. Out of this concern, the organization Clean Ocean Access was born.<<Read more

Sunday
Sep282014

96 Mass. Municipalities Earn Recycling Bonuses

By ecoRI News staff

Massachusetts recently awarded $358,800 to 96 municipalities in the inaugural round of payments for the state’s new Recycling Dividends Program, which officials say will help cities and towns maximize their current recycling, composting and waste reduction programs.<<Read more

Saturday
Sep272014

Right Marine Protections Needed for Offshore Wind

By JOYCE ROWLEY/ecoRI News contributor

Fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales are left on the planet. The calving rate is one-third what it should be and is lower than the species’ mortality rate. Major threats to right whale survival are entanglement with fishing gear and vessel strikes.<<Read more

Friday
Sep262014

Un-Natural Gas: A Bridge to Self-Delusion

By LISA PETRIE

Can anyone tell me why it’s called “natural” gas? There’s nothing natural about drilling down thousands of feet, then drilling horizontally in all directions for thousands more, and all the while pumping in millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals. Why don’t we say “natural” coal or “natural” oil? Maybe it’s because, when they came on the scene, they didn’t have to masquerade as something good for the environment.<<Read opinion

Thursday
Sep252014

Local View From People‚Äôs Climate March

By TIM LEHNERT/ecoRI News contributor

NEW YORK CITY — Some argue that Sunday's Climate March was too safe. It was orchestrated well in advance, with extensive consultations with city officials and the NYPD. Are the powers-that-be saying, “We’ll give you Sunday, have your march, get it out of your system, then you can go home and it’s back to growth at any cost.”<<Read more

Thursday
Sep252014

Little Notice and Low Turnout at Pipeline Meeting

By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

TIVERTON, R.I. — Company employees outnumbered residents at a meeting Sept. 24 for a project that seeks to triple the capacity of natural gas flowing along a 2-mile stretch of existing pipeline that runs through farmland and wetlands. Spectra Energy only sent notice of the meeting to abutters and didn't advertise it in any way.<<Read more

Thursday
Sep252014

Got Drugs ... You Want to Dispose of Safely?

By CATHERINE SENGEL/ecoRI News contributor

New federal regulations set to take affect next month will go a long way to opening a closed loop that closely monitored supply and sale of drugs but lacked mechanisms for return. Beginning Oct. 9, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics can accept unused and expired medications.<<Read more

Tuesday
Sep232014

Is Genetically Engineered Food Safe?

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff

Two decades into the contentious debate that surrounds genetically modified organisms, the promise that genetically engineered crops will help feed the world, so far, has proven to be an empty one. And, at least according to reams of science, these bioengineered crops are as safe as non-transgenic ones.<<Read more