Poll: Drought Conditions Add to Importance of Conservation to Farmers

This just in from National Farmers Union: WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2012) – American farmers value conservation programs, particularly in times of ­­drought, and reject cutting conservation funding, according to a poll released today by National Farmers Union (NFU). The bipartisan poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research – a Democratic polling firm – and Public [...]

Blog Action Day: Measuring Your Water Footprint

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     This is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers are writing about water. This is but one essay. The rest are here. When your water comes from a public water supply, it can be hard to remember what a treasure you have at your disposal. I grew to adulthood in what was [...]

UCS: Another Argument for Clean Energy

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Thirty-eight states are spending tens of billions of dollars to import coal, draining their own economies and enriching other states and foreign countries instead. People who pay electric bills would be better off pressing their governments to improve energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources locally. Money that stays home could [...]

Tracking the American Power Act

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Its short name is the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, but it’s not an “act” until the President signs it into law. Until then, it’s a “bill,” which is how I’ll refer to it here. The complete bill runs more than 800 pages; a faster-downloading version of the complete [...]

Rural-Urban Partnerships at Work and Play

By Debra Kozikowski Something special is happening in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Sisters of Providence, a religious community with deep roots in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts, donated land in June of this year to The Trustees of Reservations.  Today, a ceremony will take place to dedicate The Land of Providence, a 25 acre parcel of farm and [...]

Americans Losing Touch With Nature

by Al Cross Will baby boomers “constitute the last generation of Americans to share an intimate, familial attachment to the land and water,” as suggested by Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods? Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times ponders that question after a hike with his daughter, cut short by [...]

Saving The Blue Marble by Going Almost Green

by Daphne Bishop Feeling overwhelmed with images of global warming, environmental degradation, species extinction, tainted food supplies and armies of SUV’s careening down rural roadways? Worried that setting even one foot in front of the other increases carbon emissions? Or have you simply had enough of earnest movie stars “greening” their homes for more money [...]

Congress Wants to Hear from YOU

By Matt L. Barron   The House Agriculture Committee wants to hear from We, the People on how carbon reduction affects the agriculture and forestry sectors and how a cap and trade program should be structured.  The committee is seeking comments on proposals to address global climate change through a print and web-based questionnaire.  The questionnaire is meant to [...]

Interesting Times

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Wikipedia, the online user-created encyclopedia, says it ain’t necessarily so, but it makes a good lead to this essay, so I’ll say it anyway: An old Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times.” So sure was I that the attribution to the Chinese was accurate, that I went to [...]

Will Cap and Trade Harm Rural States?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Some experts think President Obama’s cap and trade proposal will harm the economies of the nation’s most rural states. In the accompanying map, the heaviest producers of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main culprit in global warming, are colored dark blue. The lowest producers are light blue. As the map shows, rural [...]