Sustainability at a glance

On patrol with the drought police

Nov 26, 2015
Burbank is using new technology and recycling to cut water use.
Posted In: water, drought

Non-GMO doesn't mean no pesticides

Nov 26, 2015
A genetic tweak can make crops tolerate glyphosate, a weed killer.
Posted In: GMO, Non-GMO, corn, soybeans
A house is engulfed in flames as firefighters attempt to put it out during the Valley fire in Seigler Springs, California.

Insurance companies getting into the firefighting game

Nov 25, 2015
Santa Ana winds in excess of 50 mph can spread fires quicker than ever.
Posted In: firefighting, insurance, California drought
Jonathan Selwyn (left) and colleagues from Lark Energy—one of the UK's biggest solar firms. "I'm proud of what our industry has achieved."

Britain says it's a world-beater on curbing emissions

Nov 25, 2015
Some environmentalists question Britain's claim to be a leader on climate change.
Posted In: UK, Britain, climate change, Paris Climate Conference
Fields of carrots are watered in Kern County, California. The USDA says farm income will fall 38 percent this year, a second year of decline, to its lowest level in more than 10 years.

Falling prices are behind the bad year for farmers

Nov 25, 2015
Some see a global commodity dynamic known as a super-cycle at work here.
Posted In: farming, USDA, commodities

A 12-day push to reach a climate change deal starts on Monday

Nov 24, 2015
In Paris, representatives of some 200 countries will work towards a climate change deal.
Posted In: paris, climate change, United Nations, UN, Paris Climate Conference
Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory in the industrial province of Hebei, China. With climate change talks in Paris in the upcoming week, some countries are doing more than others.

Could 'free riders' derail climate talks?

Nov 24, 2015
Some countries do little to cut emissions and benefit as others do the heavy lifting.
Posted In: Climate Conference, greenhouse gas emissions, Paris Climate Conference, Le Bourget

Bird flu won't ruin Thanksgiving after all

Nov 24, 2015
Bird Flu has affected the turkey supply, but not as much for Thanksgiving turkeys.
Posted In: turkey meat prices Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving
Salmon fillets shown at a sale at a fish market in Sydney. In the U.S., genetically engineered salmon has been approved for sale, without labeling, by the Food and Drug Administration.

Salmon first GMO animal OK'd for sale

Nov 23, 2015
A Massachusetts bio-agriculture firm can now market its fast-growing GMO salmon, without special labeling.
Posted In: genetically-modified food, Food, FDA
The North American power grid is being tested in a virtually simulated attack with an exercise called Grid Ex III.

This war game tests vulnerability of the power grid

Nov 19, 2015
In a war game, utilities face all sorts of challenges: saboteurs, storms, squirrels.
Posted In: energy, power grid
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