Deforestation, coal mining, and carbon dioxide emissions (the primary greenhouse gas emissions from human activities) continue to cause devastating environmental damage, especially given runaway human population growth across the planet. Norway has taken proactive measures to counteract these problems with such operations as wind turbines, a hydrogen hybrid project, and osmotic power plants capable of producing hydrogen fuel generally emission-free. The vast advancements the country has introduced with state-of-the-art technologies in hydroelectric
Wildfires have a longer-lasting and more direct effect on communities than most people realize. Across the nation, countless cities and states receive their drinking water from nearby reservoirs, and when wildfires contaminate the main source of water for thousands in nearby cities, the watersheds take decades and cost millions to restore. Moreover, water polluted by remnants from fires creates an additional problem when it travels downstream to other locations. While
As is true for most readers of garden lit, Joel Salatin entered my awareness in 2006 via Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. While I had always been interested in farming and food production, I equated Salatin, a self-described “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic Farmer” with ranching, and so wasn’t compelled, right off, to read his books. After all, I was only an urban gardener who dabbled in growing a few
Life is expensive. Humans consume considerable amounts of resources daily (especially North Americans). Some of this consumption is necessary for survival, but most is excess, which ultimately ends up in our landfills and junkyards. Much of what we consume and waste can be given a monetary value, but the cost of extracting these materials cannot so easily be assessed. Forests are cleared, water and air polluted, ecosystems spoiled. Can you
Walk the streets of Austin, Texas and you’ll notice an abundance of colorful bushes and flowers, to include Fern Leaf Lavender, Texas Lantana, Mother-of-Thyme, Autumn Sage, Whirling Butterfly Bush, and Fall Aster, all of which are indigenous to the state. The parks are equally lush. River and creek banks are thick with greenery and foliage. All of this is largely the result of a group of volunteers working with an
Growing a garden is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life and support a sustainable, healthy environment. Accordingly, we turned to former US Represented staff writer Sandra Knauf for advice since this is one of her areas of expertise. In a recent conversation, she gave us ten good reasons to grow a garden. Most people know that food taken straight from the garden is of much higher quality.