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9 Articles by Alison Kroulek

Drill, Baby, Drill: How the Media Has Influenced America's Perception of Drilling to Solve the Energy Crisis

From SUV's to long commutes, the American lifestyle is based on cheap gasoline. Cheap energy allows us to live far away from our jobs and to engage in conspicuous consumption contests based on who has the biggest automobile. Now, gas prices have skyrocketed, and higher prices at the pump ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in September 2008, about Coal & Oil, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Industry & Business, Politics & Government (8 comments)

Wind Turbines Suck the Life Out of Bats

Everyone with an environmental conscience knows that we need more of our power to come from clean, renewable energy sources. Wind power is one of the oldest and best established green energy sources, and scientists predict that the U.S. could easily meet up to 20% of our energy needs ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in September 2008, about Clean Technologies, Environment & Wildlife

Putting Trees to Work for Our Health

I'm a treehugger, and proud of it. I love hiking and backpacking, and just generally being in the forest. My favorite fragrance ever is the smell of the woods - I wish someone would bottle it for me! Something about it always makes me feel lighter, freer and stronger. I ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in September 2008, about Environment & Wildlife, Health, Philosophy & Religion

How to Slash your Grocery Bill and Feed the Hungry

In the U.S., everyone is talking about the economy-and it seems like nobody has anything good to say. Energy prices are soaring, and according to the New York Times, the unemployment rate has risen by 0.5% in just the last month. Scary stuff! These factors have combined to ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in June 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Consumerism

Brazilian Government Places Some of the Rainforest Under Protection - But is it Enough?

Brazilian President, Lula da Silva On June 5, in response to a well-publicized increase in the rate of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced plans to place more of the forest under federal protection. Under President Lula da Silva's proposal, three new ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in June 2008, about Deforestation, Environment & Wildlife, Politics & Government, Weather (1 comment)

Keyhole Gardens Lock Out Starvation in Lesotho

Sometimes, the best solutions are low-tech. For example, in the tiny African country of Lesotho, a simple organic gardening technique called "keyhole gardening" is allowing people to produce enough vegetables to nourish their families without having to invest in costly technology, fuel, fertilizer or pesticides. As the BBC reported on ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in June 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Architecture, Water (1 comment)

Illegal Logging in the Amazon Threatens Native Tribes

Last week, the Brazilian government released aerial photographs of an indigenous tribe living in the Amazon that has never been contacted by outsiders. These intriguing pictures show tribe members in black and red body paint, threatening the intruding plane with bows and arrows. We've become so used to thinking ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in June 2008, about Deforestation, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business

Do the Smokies Really Need More Smoke?

George W. Bush certainly seems to think so. The Washington Post recently reported that the Bush Administration is changing the way air pollution is measured around protected areas such as parks and wildernesses. Under the old rules, violations occurred whenever the levels of pollutants in the air exceeded legal limits ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in May 2008, about Environment & Wildlife, Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Weather

Magic Mushrooms: Can Fungi Help Clean Up Pollution?

Editor's Note: Today we welcome Alison Kroulek to the writing team. Alison is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and her first post is a very interesting look at how we can harness nature to heal nature. In Fort Bragg, California, one of the main industries in town used to be ... keep reading

Written by Alison Kroulek in April 2008, about Environment & Wildlife, Health, Industry & Business (3 comments)

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