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By Michael Elizabeth Sakas

Colorado Public Radio

Colorado is wasting more and recycling less.

From 2018 to 2019, the state’s recycling rate dropped to 15.9% from 17.2%, far below the national average of 35%, according to an annual report released by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.

The rate also continues to fall short of the state’s recycling goal of 28% landfill ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 24, 2020, 5:38 pm

By Veronica Penney Â© The New York Times Co.

New research on the connection between climate change and winter drownings has found that reported drowning deaths are increasing exponentially in areas with warmer winters.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One, looked at drownings in 10 countries in the Northern Hemisphere. The largest number of drownings occurred when air temperat...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 24, 2020, 5:31 pm

By Michelle Li The Associated Press/Report for America

CHARLESTON, S.C. » Vickie Hicks, who weaves intricate sweetgrass baskets in Charleston, South Carolina’s historic city market, remembers climbing onto the table at her grandmother’s booth downtown when the floodwaters rushed by.

Decades later, the seasoned seller of this art form passed down by descendants of West African slaves still ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 24, 2020, 5:22 pm

 

By Margie Mason and Robin Mcdowell The Associated Press

SUMATRA, INDONESIA Â» With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls — and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the world’s best-known cosmetic brands. He then put an...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 24, 2020, 5:08 pm

 

By Nicholas K. Geranios The Associated Press

SPOKANE, WASH. » The Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling.

U.S. officials published what are called supplemental environmental impact statements on Friday fo...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 23, 2020, 10:03 pm

By Lisa Prevost Â© The New York Times Co.

The hotel industry has fallen behind other real estate sectors in adopting energy-efficiency measures, but a Connecticut developer hopes to change that by converting an office building into what could be the most energy-efficient hotel in the country.

The $50 million gamble aims to revive the long-vacant Armstrong Rubber Co. headquarters, a distinctive ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 23, 2020, 9:56 pm

By Julia Turshen Â© The New York Times Co.

It’s the first harvest season of an unparalleled year. We visited three small farms, where we found people cultivating far more than food. Despite quarantines and lockdowns and disruptions, they are nurturing networks. It’s both inspiring and instructive to see how we can grow together when we grow together.

SOUL FIRE FARM, Grafton, N.Y. Feeding a ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 23, 2020, 9:49 pm

Biden Names Secretary John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Secretary Kerry needs no introduction. From signing the Paris Agreement on behalf of the United States as Secretary of State, to forming a bipartisan climate action coalition alongside the next generation of climate activists, his efforts to rally the world to combat climate change have been expansive and relentless. Now...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 23, 2020, 9:38 pm

Administration’s moves would benefit oil and gas companies, other industries

By Matthew Brown and Ellen Knickmeyer

The Associated Press

BILLINGS, MONT. » Down to its final weeks, the Trump administration is working to push through dozens of environmental rollbacks that could weaken century- old protections for migratory birds, expand Arctic drilling and hamstring future regulation of public ...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 19, 2020, 5:03 pm

Dear Friend,

The end of the year often becomes one of the more wasteful times of the year — especially for leftover food and energy usage. The holidays should (and can) be a time to reduce your footprint. It’s never too late to make small sustainable changes that can help.

Check out some tips from Conservation international — which are easy enough to do at home — to start tackling clima...

Author: carolbarbeito@carolbarbeito.com (GreenDog)
Posted: November 18, 2020, 4:01 pm