Hard habit to break: getting out of our energy wasting ways

Author: Jennifer Boldero, Geoffrey Binder Source: The Conversation Date: February 1, 2012 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions requires behavioural change. But how do we get individuals into this habit or, for that matter, any habit that reduces energy consumption? Two academic disciplines concer...

Reduce food waste dramatically with simple acts, says UN

Author: Rebecca SmithersSource: The GuardianDate: 22 January, 2013 Small but simple actions by consumers and food retailers could dramatically cut the 1.3bn tonnes of food lost or wasted across the world each year, according to an unprecedented global campaign launched on Tuesday. Requesting sm...

Interview With Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer

Author: Anne A. McCormackSource: National Geographic Kids Ever since she was knocked over by a wave as a little girl, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle has been fascinated by the ocean. One of the world's best known marine scientists and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Earle loves to div...

Cow Power

Author: Catherine Clarke Fox Source: National Geographic Kids When the Audet family turns on the lights at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont, they are using electricity that comes from cows—cow manure, to be specific. Cows produce a lot of manure. One cow can create an incredible 30 gall...

Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap?

Author: Catherine Clarke Fox Source: National Geographic Kids If your family is like many, unloading the week’s groceries includes hauling a case or two of bottled water into your home. On your way to a soccer game or activity, it’s easy to grab a cold one right out of the fridge, right? ...

California planning low-carbon oasis where cars aren’t king

Author: Braden Reddall and Rory CarrollSource: Planet ArkDate: 17 December, 2012 Vacant industrial land near salt marshes and a derelict rail bridge seem like an odd setting for the beginnings of a lifestyle revolution in scenic California, but planners in the San Francisco Bay suburb of Newark vi...

Skeptical Guide to Climate Change

Author: John Cook (skepticalscience.com) What does it mean to be skeptical? Scientific skepticism is healthy. In fact, science by its very nature is skeptical. Genuine skepticism means considering the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion. However, when you take a close look at argum...

Manure can help generate electricity on farms

Author: Bel Tromp Source: ABC Rural  Date: 19 September, 2012 It's estimated that livestock including pigs, cows and chickens produce more than three million tonnes of manure each year! This manure is making Australia's carbon footprint too big. The manure emits greenhouse gas in the form of m...

Mountain of manure a greenhouse challenge for animal industries

Author: Bel Tromp Source: ABC Rural Date: 19 September, 2012 It's estimated that livestock including pigs, cows and chickens produce more than three million tonnes of manure each year. This virtual mountain of manure is a significant contributor to Australia's carbon footprint, emitting greenh...