Obama surveys devastation in Alabama

Obama surveys devastation in Alabama

Esmeralda Bermudez, Kate Linthicum and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times (MCT)
May 1, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (MCT) -- On a day when President Barack Obama toured tornado-ravaged Tuscaloosa and declared that he'd never seen devastation like it, residents of DeKalb County -- a lesser-known region of corn and chicken farms about 150 miles northeast -- were quietly counting the cost of their own... Read more »

Chicago school bans packed lunches

Chicago school bans packed lunches

Jenn Savedge, Mother Nature Network (MCT)
April 25, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

(MCT) -- A small school in Chicago is making big news on the lunch line these days. Little Village Academy on Chicago's West Side no longer allows students to bring food from home to eat for lunch. So it's either eat the cafeteria food or go hungry. As you might expect, the policy has parents all around... Read more »

For young environmental activists, Obama’s now the one to pressure

For young environmental activists, Obama’s now the one to pressure

Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT)
April 17, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

WASHINGTON (MCT) -- Not so long ago Barack Obama and his campaign team might have masterminded the kind of conference that is unfolding in downtown Washington, D.C. Thousands of college students and idealistic young voters came in this weekend to learn organizing techniques aimed at pushing the country... Read more »

Sea lions’ appetite for salmon has lawmakers out for blood

Sea lions’ appetite for salmon has lawmakers out for blood

Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
April 10, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

WASHINGTON (MCT) -- The California sea lions were unwelcome visitors from the very beginning, greeted with yells, rubber bullets and firecrackers when they swam up the Columbia River to gobble up thousands of endangered salmon at the Bonneville Dam. When the harassment wouldn't scare them away, fishery... Read more »

Q&A on Japan’s nuclear cleanup

Q&A on Japan’s nuclear cleanup

Alan Zarembo and Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times (MCT)
April 3, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

LOS ANGELES (MCT) -- The nuclear crisis in Japan is far from over. In recent days, highly radioactive water has been discovered in tunnels under reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, and radioactive plutonium has been found in the soil nearby. Efforts to contain the leaking radioactive material are... Read more »

Harrison Ford helps create green Facebook game

Harrison Ford helps create green Facebook game

Michael d'Estries, Mother Nature Network (mnn.com)
March 27, 2011
Filed under A&E, Environment, Games, MCT, Technology

(MCT) In an effort to draw more attention to their cause, Harrison Ford and Conservation International are turning to the online gaming world of Facebook. Called "Ecotopia," the game will place players in the middle of a city overwhelmed with pollution and urban decay. Their goal is to introduce sustainable... Read more »

New studies question green reputation of biomass

New studies question green reputation of biomass

Kyung M. Song, The Seattle Times
March 27, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

WASHINGTON (MCT) -- Simpson Tacoma Kraft would seem like one of the greener power plants. It boils water by burning sawdust, bark and wood shavings from saw mills and pulp mills, funneling the resulting high-pressure steam into a turbine to generate electricity. Such power produced from biomass --... Read more »

Gulf oil spill panel offers recommendations for offshore drilling in Arctic

Gulf oil spill panel offers recommendations for offshore drilling in Arctic

Julie Mianecki, Tribune Washington Bureau
March 20, 2011
Filed under Environment, MCT

WASHINGTON (MCT) -- Members of a presidential commission charged with investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill used a hearing on the hill Wednesday to make recommendations for regulating oil drilling in the far different but equally challenging environment off the coast of Alaska. "The Arctic poses... Read more »

Opinion: Dense cities are green [with poll]

Opinion: Dense cities are green [with poll]

Edward Glaeser, Los Angeles Times (MCT)
March 6, 2011
Filed under Environment, Opinion

If per capita carbon emissions in China and India rose to car-happy U.S. levels, global emissions would increase by 127 percent, according to the International Energy Agency. If their emissions stopped at the levels found in hyper-dense Hong Kong, world emissions would go up less than 24 percent. As... Read more »

Farming in Compton: A calm rural garden in an urban setting

Farming in Compton: A calm rural garden in an urban setting

Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times (MCT)
February 27, 2011
Filed under Environment

LOS ANGELES (MCT) -- Outfitted in his trademark cowboy hat and long black overcoat, Lloyd Wilkins took a stroll down West Bennett Street in Compton on a recent weekday morning, engaging residents along the way. "Hey, man, she's a beauty," Wilkins said as horse trainer Ricardo De La Torre approached... Read more »