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99 Articles by Julie Mitchell

Diverse Groups File Suit Against Government over Polar Bear Habitat

Several Alaska Native groups along with the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity are planning to sue the Department of Interior over what both organizations believe is a failure to address key concerns regarding 187,000 square miles in and around the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea.  The Obama administration designated the ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in February 2011, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

Migrant Workers on Spain’s Farms Grow Salad Crops for U.K. Supermarkets in Slave-like Conditions

One of the best things about a truly global food economy is the availability of off-season produces in almost any supermarket in the world.  In the U.S., we eat berries from Chile during the winter, while in the U.K. consumers are accustomed to buying salad vegetables from Spain ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in February 2011, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Consumerism, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Poverty & Development

Land Grab Deals Mostly Bad for African Nations

According to a new analysis published in January by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), African nations are allowing investors access to large areas of land in deals that are often secret and biased heavily in favor of the investors.  IIED Investigators analyzed 12 recent land leasing contracts ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in February 2011, about Agriculture & Food, Children and Families, Climate Change, Consumerism, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Economics, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Poverty & Development (1 comment)

Study Shows Changes in Ice and Snow Cover "Substantially Larger" Than Previously Predicted

According to new research from a study led by University of Michigan climate researcher, Mark Flanner, the decreases in the snow and ice cover in the Northern Hemisphere over the past 30 years is reducing the ability of these glaciers and snowfields to reflect sunlight back into space much faster ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in January 2011, about Climate Change, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Weather

Study’s Claims About Global Warming Turn out to be False

A study making the misleading claim that catastrophic global warming and a huge worldwide food shortage could occur within the next nine years was promoted by an online news service and picked up by several international news organizations including the French news agency, AFP, the Press Trust of India and ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in January 2011, about Climate Change, Education, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior

Introducing the Top Ten U.S. States for Clean Energy

On a federal level, any major progress on climate and energy issues in the United States, just getting to know its newly elected Congress, seems unlikely. On the other hand, the country continues to lead the push toward advancing renewable energy.  A research report just released by Clean Edge, a ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in January 2011, about Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Finance & Money, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Smart Growth

Scientists Say Bacteria Ate Methane Gas Released in Gulf Coast Oil Spill

While the aftereffects of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are still being felt, one bright spot exists in the region.  Scientists have discovered that naturally existing, deep-ocean bacteria have gobbled up the estimated 220,000 metric tons of methane gas—more than 100,000 ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in January 2011, about Coal & Oil, Design, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

Renewable Energy: Too Expensive or Cost Effective?

Is renewable energy more cost effective than fossil fuels?  Or is it more expensive?  Well, a recent Los Angeles Times article reported that, according to the results of a draft report issued by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in 2009, incoming governor Jerry Brown’s goal of 33 percent ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in December 2010, about Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Design, Energy Saving, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Smart Growth, Solar (2 comments)

Rain Gardens Offer Improved Ways to Improve Soil and Clean Rainwater Runoff

Rain gardens, perennial plantings in shallow, manmade depressions large or small designed to catch and use rainwater runoff, are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners and cities.  In several communities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are working on ways to improve rain gardens to reduce runoff and filter ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in December 2010, about Children and Families, Design, Earth, Soil, & Landscape, Environment & Wildlife, Lifestyle & Behavior, Permaculture, Water, Weather

Minimal Cuts to Fishing Quotas Bad News for Already Endangered Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of the biggest, fastest, and most prized fish in the sea, as well as one of the most overfished, is already endangered and could be on its way to extinction.  A November 2010 meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) did not ... keep reading

Written by Julie Mitchell in December 2010, about Children and Families, Consumerism, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Food, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Water

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