Noteworthy News

Pesticides: Now More Than Ever
How quickly we forget. After the publication of “Silent Spring,” 50 years ago, we (scientists, environmental and health advocates, birdwatchers, citizens) managed to curb the use of pesticides and our exposure to them — only to see their application grow and grow to the point where American agriculture uses more of them
How Technology May Help Cut Meat Consumption
One of the most interesting—and controversial—fields in tech these days involves in vitro meat. By growing our meat in labs from animal cells—so the theory goes—we could eventually wean ourselves off our dependence on livestock as a protein source. One day, we may even be able to print our steaks and chops from a 3D
How to cut American oil use in half in 20 years
The Union of Concerned Scientists has figured out how Americans can cut their oil consumption in half within 20 years. Sound impossible?
Going Beyond Carbon Dioxide
WE all know (or should know) by now that the carbon dioxide we produce when we burn fossil fuels and cut down forests is the planet’s single largest contributor to global warming. It persists in the atmosphere for centuries. Reducing these emissions by as much as half by 2050 is essential to avoid disastrous consequences
To Stop Climate Change, Students Aim at College Portfolios
SWARTHMORE, Pa. — A group of Swarthmore College students is asking the school administration to take a seemingly simple step to combat pollution and climate change: sell off the endowment’s holdings in large fossil fuel companies. For months, they have been getting a simple answer: no.
Demand for grass-fed beef is growing
Jeremy Parker is a rancher who raises his cattle the old-fashioned way. His herd feeds on grass. "There's definitely growing demand" for grass-fed beef, he said. "There's more demand than there is availability."
Sustainability by the Numbers: The Growing Reality of the Green Economy
One of the more persistent myths in our political dialogue is that we must tradeoff environmental sustainability and economic growth. This is probably reinforced by a fact, pointed out to me recently by my Columbia faculty colleague, Michael Gerrard. Professor Gerrard noted that we have not had a major new piece of federal
California holds cap-and-trade auction of greenhouse gas credits
SACRAMENTO — California environmental officials moved ahead with a first-ever auction of greenhouse gas pollution credits despite a last-minute lawsuit filed by the state Chamber of Commerce to invalidate the sale.
An Afterlife for the Electric Car
Advocates of electric cars and renewable energy have talked for years about repackaging the battery packs built for cars as home energy storage devices once they can no longer hold enough charge to run a vehicle. On Wednesday, ABB and General Motors announced that they were trying out just that idea with the battery packs
U.S. to Be World’s Top Oil Producer in 5 Years, Report Says
The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading oil producer by about 2017 and will become a net oil exporter by 2030, the International Energy Agency said Monday. That increased oil production, combined with new American policies to improve energy efficiency, means that the United States will become “