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99 Articles by Julie Mitchell

New Report Highlights Potential Impact of Climate Change on Water Supplies and Waterways in US Cities

A dozen American cities from Los Angeles to New York face a slew of water-related problems due to climate change according to a new report released on July 26th by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  The report, entitled “Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in August 2011, about Children and Families, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environmental Disasters, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

Whitebark Pine First Tree to Face Extinction Due Mainly to Climate Change

The whitebark pine, a wide-ranging tree found throughout the Western U.S. and in British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, may be on its way to extinction due to factors including climate change.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said last week that the tree qualifies for listing as ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in July 2011

Electric Cars to Debut in Paris in December

Paris, which has already a four-year-old bicycle-sharing program, Vêlib, will soon be home to approximately 3,000-shared electric cars.  The car project, known as Autolib, is due to be introduced by December of this year and is financed by Bolloré SA, one of the companies owned by bold entrepreneur ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in May 2011, about Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Electric vehicles, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Transport

Climate Change Already Affecting key Crop Production

Most news regarding the havoc wrought by climate change focuses on the future, but a study published in the online journal, Science Now, last week indicates that global rising temperatures are already affecting the production of four major food crops.  David Lobell, an assistant professor of environmental earth science at ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in May 2011

Seventh Generation Releases New Laundry Detergent in a Molded Cardboard Container

Seventh Generation, the U.S.’s leading brand of non-toxic household and personal-care products, has teamed up with Berkeley,Oakland-based Ecologic Brands to release a new, super-concentrated laundry detergent in a bottle made from 100-percent cardboard and newspaper.  The detergent container is actually two pieces, the outer shell made from ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in April 2011, about Consumerism, Design, Economics, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior (3 comments)

California Cap and Trade gets Zapped

A San Francisco judge ruled in March that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) must stop implementations of regulations under the state’s 2006 climate change legislation (AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) because the state didn’t adequately consider alternatives to a cap-and-trade plan for carbon ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in March 2011, about Carbon Trading, Emissions, Politics & Government

Clean Tech Bursts Ahead, Exceeding Growth Expectations

In a report issued by Clean Edge, Inc. on March 14th, combined revenue for solar, and wind power, along with biofuels, increased 35.2 percent over the last year, leaping from $139.1 billion to 188.1 billion.  And in the ten years since the market research firm specializing ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in March 2011, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Emissions, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Smart Growth, Solar

Ice Sheets In Greenland and Antarctica melting Much Faster than Predicted

 According to a new NASA-funded study, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at a much faster rate than previous model forecasts have predicted.  The study, the longest of its kind—almost 20 years—used satellites to measure changes in polar ice sheet mass.  Results suggest that the ice ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in March 2011, about Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Lifestyle & Behavior, Weather

Giant Retailer Costco Stops Selling Imperiled Seafood Species

 After mounting pressure from the non-profit group, Greenpeace, Costco Wholesale Corporation, the ninth largest retailer in the world, released a new sustainable seafood policy in February.  The warehouse giant says it will stop selling about a dozen endangered fish.  Costco, based in Issaquah, Washington, released a three-page “Seafood and Sustainability ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in March 2011, about Consumerism, Economics, Environment & Wildlife, Finance & Money, Food, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans

California Superfund First to Use 100% Solar Energy in Groundwater Cleanup

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in February that a Superfund site in Davis, California would use solar energy to power the country’s first federal groundwater cleanup.  Toxic chemicals in a small waste pond near the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund site reached such high levels in the 1980s ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in March 2011, about Design, Emissions, Finance & Money, Solar

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