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NBA players explain why they are going vegan and vegetarian_That’s right, players are throwing out the beef and picking up the beets, putting down the chicken and picking up the chickpeas. According to most of them, the change in diet has both helped them cut weight and increased their energy levels. “This season I’ve been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from all the animals and all that. I had to get away from that,” Irving told ESPN’s Chauncey Billups. “So my energy is up, my body feels amazing. Just understanding what the diet is like for me and what’s beneficial for me for having the highest energy out here and being able to sustain it at a very high level.”

Winfield, Kristian. NBA players explain why they are going vegan and vegetarian. NBA. SBNation. 25 October 2017.

CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs to protect animals_CCTV is to become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under plans to safeguard animal welfare and reassure consumers. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the proposals would “cement the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare” by giving the Food Standards Agency’s official veterinarians – those who monitor and enforce standards – unrestricted access to footage of all areas containing livestock.

Clarke, Josie. CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs to protect animals. Home News. Independent. 11 August 2017.

Tesla is Ditching Leather in Their Cars – Here’s Why This is More Than Just a Win for Vegans_Ever since debuting their first automobile in 2008, Tesla has become a leader in making eco-friendly cars. Now a household name, Tesla has sold upwards of 186,000 electric cars as of December 2016, and the figure keeps on growing as people are looking for ways to minimize their impact on the environment. And now Tesla has once again proved they are leaders in the technology field by ditching leather seats in favor of 100 percent vegan leather seats, allowing for an even opportunity to minimize one’s carbon footprint when purchasing a car.

Neff, Michelle. Tesla is Ditching Leather in Their Cars – Here’s Why This is More Than Just a Win for Vegans. News. One Green Planet. 24 July 2017.

A chain that wants to be the McDonald’s of vegan fast food is preparing to take over America_A vegan fast-food chain is winning over omnivores across the US. In just two years, By Chloe has gone from a single New York City vegan cafe to a mini-chain with seven locations in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles. The chain plans to open four more locations by the end of 2017. The restaurants raked in $10 million in sales in 2016, the company told Business Insider. Next year, By Chloe hopes to triple that figure, predicting $30 million in sales.

Taylor, Kate. A chain that wants to be the McDonald’s of vegan fast food is preparing to take over America. Retail. Business Insider. 20 July 2017

Volvo ditching gasoline engines for electric, hybrid cars after 2019_“This is about the customer,” Volvo global CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

Bomey, Nathan. Volvo ditching gasoline engines for electric, hybrid cars after 2019. Money. USA Today. 5 July 2017.

Global Non Dairy Cheese Market Research Report_Forecast to 2023_Rising vegan diet trend and urbanization has spurred the growth of Non-dairy cheese market. As per the MRFR analysis, the global nondairy cheese market is poised to reach USD 3.52 Billion in 2023, to grow at a CAGR of 7.70% during the forecasted period.

Global Non Dairy Cheese Market Research Report- Forecast to 2023. All Reports. Market Research Future. June 2017

Renewable Energy Record Set in U.S._The U.S. set a new renewable energy milestone in March, in data released Wednesday. For the first time, wind and solar accounted for 10 percent of all electricity generation, with wind comprising 8 percent and solar coming in at 2 percent. While fossil fuels still dominate energy production overall in the U.S., solar and wind production are on a growth trajectory (especially in China, India, and some other developing countries, as well as parts of Europe). 2015 was the first record-setting year that more new infrastructure for renewable energy was installed than new infrastructure for nonrenewable energy.

Gibbens, Sarah. Renewable Energy Record Set in U.S. National Geographic. 15 June 2017.

Kenya Announces Ban On Plastic Bags_Kenya is joining its east African neighbors by announcing that starting this fall plastic bags will be illegal, which the government argues is the right thing to do. But does it match up with reality? NPR’s Eyder Peralta went to a neighborhood in Nairobi where plastic bags are essential to daily life.

Peralta, Eyder. Kenya Announces Ban On Plastic Bags. Morning Edition. NPR. 8 June 2017.

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord_Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

Fountain, Henry and Hiroko Tabuchi. Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord. Climate. New York Times. 1 June 2017.

Cheaper Solar in India Prompts Rethink for Coal Projects_India’s coal-power plant developers are growing more pessimistic about their projects after a plunge in the cost of electricity from solar panels improved the economics of renewable energy. After a string of federal auctions, solar is suddenly the cheapest source of electricity in India. That’s darkening the outlook for the coal-fired power industry as projects struggle to find customers or face cancellation amid a glut of capacity.

Singh, Rajesh and Anindya Apadhyay. Cheaper Solar in India Prompts Rethink for Coal Projects. Climate Change. Bloomberg Markets. 31 May 2017. 

 The market for alternative-protein products_Meat is nutritious. In particular, it packs much more protein per kilogram than plants do. But animals have to eat plants to put on weight—so much so that feeding livestock accounts for about a third of harvested grain. Farm animals consume 8% of the world’s water supply, too. And they produce around 15% of unnatural greenhouse-gas emissions. More farm animals, then, could mean more environmental trouble. Some consumers, particularly in the rich West, get this. And that has created a business opportunity.

The market for alternative-protein products. Business. The Economist. 2 Feb. 2017.

Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas_Capping a week of 100th anniversary celebrations for the National Park Service, President Barack Obama on Friday turned to the ocean to create the largest protected area anywhere on Earth—a half-million-square-mile arc of remote Pacific waters known for both exceptional marine life and importance to native Hawaiian culture.

Barnett, Cynthia. Hawaii Is Now Home to an Ocean Reserve Twice the Size of Texas. The Power of Parks. National Geographic. 26 August 2016

Group Clones California Giant Trees to Combat Climate Change_In California’s Sierra Nevada, two arborists clipped off tips of young branches to be hand-delivered across the country, cloned in a lab and eventually planted in a forest in some other part of the world. The two are part of a cadre of modern day Johnny Appleseeds who believe California’s giant sequoias and coastal redwoods are blessed with some of the heartiest genetics of any trees on Earth — and that propagating them will help reverse climate change, at least in a small way.

Camp, Nelson. Group Clones California Giant Trees to Combat Climate Change. Technology. abc News. 20 July 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio Tells Paris COP21 Summit Time Is Running Out To Tackle Climate Change_Speaking in the grand setting of Paris’s Hotel de Ville, DiCaprio, who has been appointed UN Messenger of Peace for the Climate, said the world needed to move away from fossil fuels, and hailed cities such as Vancouver which has pledged to switch to 100% renewables.

PA. Leonardo DiCaprio Tells Paris COP21 Summit Time Is Running Out To Tackle Climate Change. Environment. The Huffington Post. 4 Dec. 2015

Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline_“America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change,” Mr. Obama said in remarks from the White House. “And, frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership.”

Davenport, Coral. Citing Climate Change, Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. U.S. The New York Times. 6 Nov. 2015

Should we drink bottled water? The environmental problems begin early on, with the way the water is sourced. The bulk of bottled water sold worldwide is drawn from the subterranean water reserves of aquifers and springs, many of which feed rivers and lakes. Tapping such reserves can aggravate drought conditions. (…) processing, bottling, and shipping the water is highly resource-intensive. It takes 1.6 liters of water, on average, to package one liter of bottled water, making the industry a major water consumer and wastewater generator. And processing and transport add a significant carbon footprint.

Chellaney, Brahma. Should we drink bottled water? Agenda. World Economic Forum. 17 Sep. 2015

Welcome the Spring season! Freaky Friday: Solar Eclipse, Supermoon, Spring Equinox_This is the Earth’s first — and only — total solar eclipse of the year and the first one since November 2013, NASA reports. The next total solar eclipse in the USA will be in August 2017. Some people will have the chance to experience a solar eclipse, supermoon and spring equinox all in one day.

Rice, Doyle. Freaky Friday: Solar eclipse, Supermoon, spring equinox. Tech. USA Today. 20 Mar. 2015.

Earth Hour 2015: Use Your Power to Change Climate Change_Earth hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour 2015 is on 28 March 2015, at 8:30pm. Be part of this movement and its massive environmental impact, turn your lights off for an hour! Sign up and get a reminder!

WWF. Earth Hour 2015.

The Greatest Show on Earth will soon be without elephants_Ringling Bros. announced Thursday it will gradually reduce the use of elephants in its shows, and all will be retired by 2018. In 2011, the circus was fined $270,000 by the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals applauded the announcement, but said the elephants should be retired immediately.

Wallace, Gregory. Ringling Bros. to Phase out Elephants from Circus Shows. News. Money. CNN. 5 Mar. 2015.

Obama Moves to Cement his Environmental Legacy_ In recent days, the president has made moves on the environment. He put millions of acres of Alaskan wilderness off limits, he challenged India on climate change, and now he has made proposals on offshore oil and gas drilling, banning it in some areas while limiting in others.

Liasson, Mara. Obama Moves to Cement his Environmental Legacy. News, Politics, Morning Edition. NPR. 28 Jan. 2015.

Congress To Nutritionists: Don’t Talk About The Environment_A government-appointed group of top nutrition experts (…) decided earlier this year to collect data on the environmental implication of different food choices. “Conversion of lands for agriculture has been a major source of greenhouse gas emissions over the past couple of decades,” economist Thomas Hertel says. If Americans, who eat a lot of meat, ate a little less of it, there would be a little less pressure on the world’s remaining forests.

Members of the advisory committee aren’t allowed to talk to the press about their work. Congress now has slapped them down.

Charles, Dan. Congress To Nutritionists: Don’t Talk About The Environment. NPR. 15 Dec. 2014

Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California_The new law requires grocery stores and pharmacies not to distribute single-use plastic bags after July 1, 2015, and to charge a 10-cent fee for paper or compostable bags. Convenience and liquor stores fall under the ban in the following year.

Bill Chappell. Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California. NPR. 30 Sep. 2014.

Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History…Or Be Vilified By It’_”To be clear, this is not about just telling people to change their light bulbs or to buy a hybrid car. This disaster has grown BEYOND the choices that individuals make. This is now about our industries, and governments around the world taking decisive, large-scale action.”

Visser, Nick. “Leonardo DiCaprio Addresses UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History… Or Be Vilified By It.'” Huffington Post. 23 Sep. 2014.

Word food prices drop to 4-year low_Food prices slumped to the lowest in four years in August, even as global production was estimated to exceed consumption by a margin of 20 percent this year. Dairy led the overall decline, with the dairy products index averaging at 200.8 points in August, down 25.3 points (11.2 per cent) from July and 46.8 points (18.9 per cent) from a year ago – mainly because of abundant supplies for export and reduced import demand.

Vermont’s GMO Bill Expected To Face Major Legal Challenges_Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will sign a landmark bill into law on Thursday, making the state the first to require food producers to label products made with genetic engineering.The law won’t go into effect for two years, but it’s already become a hot topic at the first outdoor farmers market of the season in the capital city of Montpelier.

Fake Meats, Finally, Taste Like Chicken_Demand for meat alternatives is growing, fueled by trends as varied as increased vegetarianism and concerns over the impact of industrial-scale animal husbandry on the environment. The trend has also attracted a host of unlikely investors, including Biz Stone and Evan Williams of Twitter, Bill Gates and, most recently, Li Ka-shing, the Hong Kong magnate.

What happens when there are 9 billion mouths to feed_ As it stands right now, the world has a little over 7 billion people. Come 2050, however, that “7” will look more like a “9” (…) Jonathan Foley wrote the cover story for the May issue of National Geographic magazine, kicking off an eight-month series on food and sustainability. In his words: “We’ve got to get more value out of agriculture.We need to figure out how to feed a growing and more prosperous world, but we also have to figure out how to make it more sustainable.”

How Rising Grocery Prices Change What We Eat_Economists are already starting to see signs of those tradeoffs, especially when it comes to red meat. “It does seem like consumers are making the choice to get the ground turkey instead of ground beef, or the filet of salmon instead of the filet of beef,” said Richard Volpe, a research economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economists are predicting that prices for other food items will increase modestly this year as well. But so far at least they aren’t expecting an extremely dry winter in California to lead to vastly higher prices for fruits and vegetables…

California Drought: Orange County expands ‘toilet to tap’ water recycling_One way state officials hope to make California better able to withstand the ongoing drought is to stock underground drinking water supplies with recycled wastewater. Water managers across the state could learn a thing from the Orange County Water District: It was an early adopter of recycled water. And now, the district is expanding its use of what some call “toilet to tap.” Also watch NBC News video.

FDA: Stop Feeding Livestock Antibiotics For Growth Promotion…Please?_The FDA has called on animal pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily change the labels on antibiotic feed products, eliminating their FDA-approved use as a growth promoter, officials said. Once the labels change, it would become illegal to feed these antibiotics to animals without the approval of a veterinarian for a medical purpose. Companies have 90 days to tell the FDA they will comply with the plan, and then they’ll be given three years to transition away from antibiotic feed. Only antibiotics that affect human illnesses apply.

California Assemblyman Tries To Ban Filtered Cigarettes_ Mark Stone, a California Assemblyman, has introduced a bill to ban the sale of filtered cigarettes. Under the legislation, anyone selling filtered cigarettes could face a $500 fine. “The problem has become really an environmental catastrophe all over the world. Because smoking is such a throwaway activity, that the filters, which are made of plastic, that’s cellulose acetate, and they persist in the environment for years and years after they’ve been tossed away, and that environmental damage is what we’re trying to address.”

Urban Schools Aim for Environmental Revolution_ (…) the vanguard of what could become an environmental revolution in schools across the United States. With any uneaten food, the plates, made from sugar cane, can be thrown away and turned into a product prized by gardeners and farmers everywhere: compost.

Your Daily Multivitamin May Be Hurting You_The debate is on: just useless, or truly dangerous? It’s not that vitamins and minerals aren’t important. If you don’t get enough vitamin C, you can get scurvy; without enough iron, you can become anemic; and if you live far enough north to see Russia from your backyard, you may need some extra vitamin D. But all three of these substances have also been linked to negative effects at high doses. Same goes for prolonged use of other common supplements like vitamin E and calcium…

America Recycles Day 2013_America Recycles Day (ARD) is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. Make your “I Recycle” pledge go even further through our America Recycles Day Thunderclap, which will post a synchronized message of support on the Facebook or Twitter accounts of all our supporters at the exact same time on America Recycles Day. The more people that spread the word, the bigger difference we can make. All it takes is one click!

Top Hospital Giving Kids a ‘Prescription’ To Go Outside_“In addition to the widely known benefits of physical activity, research studies have found that exposure to natural environments also improves physical and emotional health. Exposure to the outdoors has been found to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, Vitamin D deficiency, depression and anxiety, and may even improve attention.”

FDA Moving to Ban Trans Fat from Processed Foods_Trans fats have been shown to raise bad cholesterol in the body and beyond heart disease, they’ve also been linked to higher instances of diabetes and stroke. The FDA believes that further reduction in the amount of trans fat in Americans’ diets could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year.

Better park signs can spur more people to exercise, study says_ Public health officials say a person should be active for at least 150 minutes a week, and that children should be active for at least an hour a day. Most people do not meet those guidelines. If a city wants healthier residents, it might consider new signs in its parks and other simple measures, according to a Rand Corp. study out Thursday that indicates it can be inexpensive to get people to be more active.

5 Reasons to Celebrate World Vegetarian Day (Even If You Eat Meat)_Today is World Vegetarian Day, and even if you’re not interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan, there are plenty of reasons to up your intake of plant-based meals. In my private practice, more of my clients are experimenting with meatless cuisine than ever before, and they’re reaping the rewards. Here are five powerful benefits to embracing your inner herbivore–even part-time.

No Bitter Pill: Doctors Prescribe Fruits And Veggies_It was the Greeks who first counseled to let food be thy medicine. And, it seems, some doctors are taking this age-old advice to heart. In New York City physicians are writing prescriptions for fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s right, ‘scripts for produce.

US Automotive Industry: Efficient Vehicles and Sustainability Initiatives (GM, Ford & Tesla)_American car companies must compete with more than 36 new hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) that have been or will be launched in 2013. Growing demand for highly efficient vehicles has compelled almost every brand to get into the EV market, which gives consumers an ever expanding list of vehicles to choose from.

Solar Panel Costs Drop, Fueling Rise In Renewable Energy_ Installed renewable energy capacity rose to over 1,470 gigawatts, equivalent to about 1,500 nuclear reactors. Two thirds of all renewable capacity still comes from hydropower, but wind and solar have been gaining. The worldwide capacity of photovoltaic cells, which convert sunshine into electricity, reached 100 gigawatts last year, the report said.

Lab-grown beef taste test: ‘Almost’ like a burger_The first lab-grown beef hamburger was cooked and eaten in London on Monday. “We proved it’s possible,” said scientist Mark Post, who created the cultured minced meat in his lab at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He said his hope is to come up with a new and environmentally friendly way to feed the world.

Obama’s Climate Change Speech_6/25/2013_ At Georgetown University on Tuesday, the president outlined steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming through a series of executive actions. “As a president, as an American, I am here to say ‘We need to act.’ ”

No-Waste Lunch: China’s “Clean Your Plate” Campaign_Agriculture is the third-largest emitter of global greenhouse gas pollution. Yet roughly one-third of what we grow is never eaten. Cutting down on waste is a challenge in China, where ordering more than you can eat is seen as a status symbol among the newly wealthy.

National Get Outdoors Day_National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Participating partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.

National Park Service to offer healthy food choices_The table has been set to offer healthy food choices, including locally-grown sustainable foods to visitors at the country’s 75 national parks.

Earth Day: The History of A Movement_Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

Animal Testing Of Cosmetics Officially Banned In European Union_ Cosmetics will still be tested for safety by the companies that make them, using agreed-upon methods of non-animal testing. The group’s next goal is to end the use of animals in scientific experiments. (12 million animals a year are used in Europe for this purpose.)

How One Company Reinvented the Hand Dryer_The scientists determined that the old hand dryers wasted 90 percent of the energy going into them. A new hand dryer had to be more efficient. After 3 1/2 years of research and development, Excel had narrowed the drying time down to 12 seconds. He says they’re also sustainable. That 12 seconds of drying time uses some electricity(…)that makes paper towels out to be the real energy guzzlers.

Nutrition and Health: Prevent Colds and Flu_ Food and healthy lifestyle choices boost your immune system, and that can prevent you from coming down with colds and flu.


Global warming talk heats up as carbon tax revisited_ A possible carbon tax: making people pay more for using fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas that produce heat-trapping carbon dioxide.

Technique creates biofuels powerful  enough to be used as jet fuel_The next hurdle for the researchers will be to develop a way to scale up their process to industrial dimensions, a crucial step in making the fuel a viable product in the energy marketplace.

Spilled and spoiled: In the U.S., consumers are the food wasters_The Natural Resources Defense Council recently put out a report claiming America wastes 40 percent of its food. By its calculations, a family of four will throw away more than $2,000 worth of food a year. That’s a whole lot of spoiled peaches and leftover enchiladas.

Pork plight looming: Worldwide bacon shortage ‘unavoidable’ after drought, pig farmers warn_ “Producers are deciding that [pig farming] just isn’t sustainable, and deciding to empty their barns,” said Gary Stordy, spokesman with the Canadian Pork Council.

Al Gore Sees ‘Dirty Weather’ Ahead_ The weather’s just that – dirty,” Mr. Gore said in the video, which was shown at the  three-day Social Good Summit conference. “It’s fueled by dirty fossil fuel and misinformation.”

Vegetarian McDonald’s_Its first non-meat restaurant to open in India. McDonald’s, that carnivore’s haven of beefy Big Macs and chicken McNuggets, is going vegetarian.

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday finalized new fuel-efficiency standards for a generation of new automobiles, requiring car makers to boost fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025.

Monsanto Wins Big Award in a Biotech Patent Case_The verdict is a big victory for Monsanto because it maintains patent protection on Roundup Ready soybeans, the world’s most widely grown genetically engineered crop and in some sense the foundation of Monsanto’s business.

City Forest, Singapore_The  centerpiece of Gardens by the Bay is a glass atrium that houses  approximately 220,000 types of vegetation, or 80 percent of the world’s  plant species, according to Singapore’s National Parks Board.

Formula One Legend Murray sets course for ebergy-efficient car design_At just 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds), it is half the weight of most EVs. Even more important: Its fuel economy is estimated to be equivalent to 350 mpg (149 km/l) with a 100-mile (161-kilometer) range on a battery charge.

US cuts meat production forecasts as drought tightens grip_The United States Department of Agriculture has cut its forecasts for red meat and poultry production for 2012 and 2013 as drought conditions intensify in key livestock and grain producing states.

A Nation of Meat Eaters: See how it all adds up_Though meat consumption in the U.S. has dropped off slightly in recent years, at 270.7 pounds per person a year, we still eat more meat per person here than in almost any other country on the planet. Only the Luxumbourgers eat more meat than we do.

Fighting obesity in America on every front_ “…75 percent of Americans 17-24 cannot serve in the U.S. military, and weight  problems are the No. 1 medical reason they fail to qualify.”

Brazil inmates cycle to freedom by generating electricity_ “As they pedal, the inmates generate electricity which helps light the town at night.”

« Out to Sea — The Plastic Garbage Project » Exhibition Installation Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / Museum of Design Zurich. The garbage installed in the Museum weights 3’000 kilograms. Every 15 seconds the amount of plastic garbage you see in this video gets dumped into the sea.

The Lakeview staple that’s become a destination over the years for veggie touristsas well as a revered local spot for the gluttonous vegetarian (like myself) looking for a meatless Dagwood, country fried steak, or chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter vegan milk shake—is opening a second location in Logan Square.

Los Angeles OKs ban on Plastic bags! The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 16 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, meaning shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.

Earth Day’s history_At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.

Dutch WWF down on the King of Spain_The Dutch office of the WWF isn’t happy with Spanish King Juan Carlos’ choice of hobby. The 74-year-old monarch caused global outrage last Friday for going on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana, where he fell and broke his hip.

Letter from an elephant to King Don Juan Carlos I, by Spanish journalist Juan Arias

Ford’s most fuel efficient passenger car ever_With the cost of fuel hitting family budgets harder and harder, Ford of Europe has commenced production of its most fuel efficient (and lowest CO2 emissions) passenger car ever.

New 2012 Zero electric motorcycles promise 100-mile-plus range_Electric motorcycle maker Zero has announced their 2012 model lineup, touting improvements that include new lifetime batteries with a claimed potential range of more than 100 miles, returning an operating cost as low as $.01 per mile.

The Smart ebike_Urban Mobility 2.0 smart electric bike with smartphone integration

Solar energy_Solar is growing quickly in the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, more solar was installed in the third quarter of 2011 than in all of 2009 combined.

Veg Out With Yelp! Face it, Las Vegans – word on the street confirms Mom’s suspicions: you should eat your vegetables. And while prime rib may be a hometown hero, vegan and vegetarian options are sprouting up across town.

Local Harvest_The best organic food is what’s grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

14 Ways to Make Veggies Less Boring_In fact, as many as 30% of Americans are  extrasensitive to the bitter taste of the chemicals in these vegetables—food  experts call these people supertasters.

Vegan Body-builders_HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Jimi Sitko gets up at 4 most mornings, works out two to four hours a day and can bench-press nearly twice his weight. He has a shaved head and a brightly colored tattoo on his left arm, and he can easily be mistaken for a Marine separated from his platoon. But most surprising is what is inside Sitko’s stomach: tofu, fresh greens and plant-based protein powder.

New Fruit and Vegetable Varieties for 2012_What could taste better than a perfect red garden tomato still warm from the sun? Tomatoes are the most popular homegrown vegetable for good reason. Grow lots because not only will you eat them, but they can save you big on your grocery bill, especially if you freeze them whole or make spaghetti sauce.

The Human Cost of Animal Suffering_The allure — and habit! — of meat-eating may be too strong for most of us to give it up, but recognizing its consequences is a move toward a middle ground: a place where we continue to eat animals but exchange that privilege (that’s what it is) for a system in which we eat less and treat them better, one that allows our children to make more humane decisions.

The ZERO House_The zeroHouse is a small, prefabricated house that can easily be shipped and quickly erected.  It features a full kitchen, bath, and all elements necessary to comfortably support four adults.  What sets the zeroHouse apart from other prefabricated structures on the market, however, is its ability to operate independently, without the need for any external utility or waste disposal connections.

Threatened by a hosepipe ban? There are no ifs … it has to be water butts. Tens of thousands of litres of rainwater falls on your roof every year, enough to fill hundreds of water butts with free water, according to campaigning, not-for-profit organisation  So the message is: Get a butt and become a fan of the can.

The Planet Hour_As Earth Hour worked its way across the planet, citizens in thousands of cities switched off their lights to support the World Wildlife Fund’s annual effort to raise awareness of climate change.