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Could the future of farming lie below ground?

by Stephen Beard Sep 9, 2019
Growing Underground, an English startup, is focused on sustainable and intensive crop production in a former air raid shelter in London.
Steve Dring, co-founder of Growing Underground.
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Why REI is embracing "re-commerce"

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Aug 1, 2019
Consumers today are "less interested in buying stuff and accumulating more things," said REI CEO Eric Artz.
As part of environmental stewardship efforts and changing consumer preferences, outdoor gear retailer R.E.I is doubling down on rentals and used gear sales.
Courtesy of R.E.I. Co-op

Sustainability, while fashionable, is a challenge for the industry

by Lindsay Christinee May 15, 2019
The drive for environmental sustainability will need to pick up if it is to match the industry's rapid growth.
A craftwoman passes by pieces of leather on October 12, 2018 at the Louis Vuitton leather work factory in Juilley, western France. Fashion giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has signed a five-year biodiversity partnership with UNESCO, committing to an ambitious set of environmental goals.
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The single-use plastic pollution problem

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 22, 2019
This Earth Day, let’s do the numbers on single-plastic use.
This photo taken on May 12, 2018 shows a dog on a garbage-filled creek in Manila.
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What makes a grid "smart"?

by Lynne Peskoe-Yang Apr 5, 2019
Advocates say the environmental benefit are compelling.
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Which shopping bag is "greenest" to use?

by Kai Ryssdal, Bennett Purser, and Liz Sanchez Apr 2, 2019
Paper, plastic or cotton?
Employees hand out free reusable grocery bags at a Whole Foods Market in 2008 in Pasadena, California.
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Late potato planting could affect french fry supply

by Anna King Apr 2, 2019
Availability of french fries depends on the weather in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this spring.
Potatoes scoot by on belts at Balcom and Moe, Inc. in Pasco. The potatoes are rinsed, sized and put in bags destined for America’s supermarkets. The potato farmer and packer-shipper has been in business since the 1920s.
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One Texas non-profit's idea to help curb climate change

by Travis Bubenik Apr 1, 2019
Landowners would pay to “store” carbon.
Texas Coastal Exchange says preserving coastal marshland could be key to battling climate change.
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Repairing Nebraska will take money and time

by Erika Beras Mar 22, 2019
Nebraska officials report that the flooding in the wake of the recent "bomb cyclone" has caused more than $550 million in damage.
Floodwaters in Fremont, Nebraska, on March 16.
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OPEC members comply with cartel, reduce oil production

by Scott Tong Mar 18, 2019
When OPEC decides to restrict global oil supply and raise prices, it can become very tempting for some nations, particularly smaller producers, to break the pact and sell more oil. OPEC members and allies are currently meeting in Azerbaijan, and…
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