Read the full story at Finding Nature.
While reading the recent horrific headlines, I remembered Dr. Gail Cristopher’s powerful keynote during the 2016 Children & Nature Network International Conference in May. Dr. Christopher talked about nature as a healing force, particularly for people suffering from trauma. She called nature “a Balm in Gilead,” a biblical reference to a perfume that doubled as medicine in ancient times.
Read the full story at Energy News Network.
A startup company is beginning to market geothermal systems that circulate heat from shallow aquifers.
Read the full story in the Washington Post.
The nation’s first wind energy project on fresh water has big ambitions. It also has big bird problems.
Known as Icebreaker Wind, it aspires to position as many as several hundred turbines on Lake Erie, where strong winds, shallow depths and the proximity of power stations would seem to be a winning trifecta. According to the project’s developer, the potential could meet 10 percent of the nation’s electricity needs by 2030.
But a pilot with six turbines is facing strenuous opposition from some wildlife activists because of the risk they say it would pose to the millions of warblers and waterfowl that migrate over this Great Lake every spring and fall.
In a classic chicken-or-the-egg conundrum, the project’s supporters are having a hard time fighting back. They need data that can’t be collected until a minimal number of blades are up and turning.
July 2, 2020,11 am CDT
COVID-19 has significantly impacted small businesses throughout the state. One way businesses can offset those financial losses is through implementing an energy efficiency project. This webinar will cover everything from simple no-cost/ low-cost changes to more complex energy efficiency projects. We will go over energy saving tactics related to your building envelope, lighting, compressed air system, and boilers. In addition, this webinar will cover different funding sources available for small to mid-sized companies in Pennsylvania to complete these projects.
Read the full op-ed in the IndyStar.
The trend among conservative voters, especially the next generation, has never been more clearly in favor of clean energy.
Read the full story from Bloomberg.
The last five years are the warmest on record—and humans aren’t the only ones affected. In 2016—the hottest year globally—at least 395 dogs in the U.K. received veterinary care for heat-related illnesses; 56 of these died, a 14% mortality rate.
How canines respond to extreme summer weather is an under-studied phenomenon, according to a new study Scientific Reports that draws on anonymized records from more than 900,000 veterinary visits in the U.K.
Read the full story at Nuvo.
The Utilities District of Western Indiana-Rural Electric Co-Op recently announced that it was closing the Merom Generating Station, Indiana’s fifth-biggest power plant, in 2023. In light of this and other inevitable closures around the state, Indiana has dug its heels into the ground by passing House Bill 1414.
The bill, which makes it more difficult for utilities to close down coal-fired power plants, is emblematic of Republican anxieties surrounding the coal industry’s recent economic plight; they fear that a premature shift to allegedly unreliable clean energy would be risky for a state that gets 70 percent of its electricity from coal-burning plants.
Read the full story in Dairy Reporter.
Fresh milk dispensers and reusable glass bottles are being introduced into grocery stores in New Zealand following calls from shoppers for milk brands to ditch plastic bottles.
Read the full story in The Guardian.
The biggest dairy companies in the world have the same combined greenhouse gas emissions as the UK, the sixth biggest economy in the world, according to a new report.
The analysis shows the impact of the 13 firms on the climate crisis is growing, with an 11% increase in emissions in the two years after the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, largely due to consolidation in the sector. Scientific reports have shown that consumption of dairy, as well as meat, must be reduced significantly in rich nations to tackle the climate emergency.
The report, by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in the US, also says the growth of giant dairy companies has helped force milk prices below the cost of production for the last decade, causing a crisis in rural livelihoods and requiring taxpayer subsidies to keep farmers afloat. The researchers say caps on production should be reintroduced to protect both the climate and small farmer.