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12 Articles by Lauren Carter

From Big Auto to Biogas: Michigan's Switch to Green

After the logging days and before outsourcing and current fuel costs, several cities in the state of Michigan enjoyed a prosperous hay-day of industrial ingenuity.  In Detroit, a fleet of shiny cars shimmied off the assembly lines at Henry Ford's first factory, opened in 1903. Nearly a decade earlier ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in July 2008, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Clean Technologies, Coal & Oil, Economics, Industry & Business, Transport

Would You Like Flies With That?

In North America, the idea of eating insects has generally only been broached during Fear Factor or a light-hearted end-of-the-nightly-news story involving grossed-out American kids and half-naked natives munching maggots. But these days, with our environmental and food crises deepening, the idea of eating the highly nutritious and easy-to-raise crop ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in July 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Consumerism, Environment & Wildlife, Health

Grassy Narrows First Nation Protest Logging and Win

On a cold day in December 2002, the people of Canada's Grassy Narrows First Nation, 80 kilometres north of Kenora, Ontario, had had enough. After years of suffering from mercury contamination of their water and fish, the flooding of their sacred sites and sky-high unemployment, the drawn-out battle of ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in June 2008, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Deforestation, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business, Logging, Politics & Government

Eco-Tourism, Finding the Real Thing

Ripping up the earth in a rainforest while driving a Hummer and riding an ATV through the sensitive Sonoran desert. What do these two trips have in common? They are both dubbed ‘eco-tourism’ by the outfitters that offer them. A term heavily affiliated with green-washing, “eco-tour” is freely bandied around ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in June 2008, about Environment & Wildlife

Adventures in Local Travel

On bicycles, by foot, by boat and a mix of various methods. It seems that lots of people are embarking on slow travel, low carbon trips and blogging about them. While these alternative methods for movement are inspiring for those of us in the grip of the contradiction between wanderlust ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in June 2008, about Transport (2 comments)

Canadian Provincial Leaders Announce Tougher Emissions Plan

A few days after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pitched his government's environmental plan to leaders in Europe, an underground campaign emerged back at home. It wasn't Greenpeace. There were no environmental activists staging a sit-in at the parliament buildings. Instead, the leaders of the country's largest ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in June 2008, about Carbon Trading, Politics & Government, Weather

Guide to Converting Your Vehicle to Vegetable Oil

One of the most difficult things to give up in a low-carbon lifestyle is the long-standing tradition of pulling out of the driveway and hitting the open road. Although we've only been road-tripping for 60 years or so, the North American habit of aimless driving along paved arteries is ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in May 2008, about Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Transport

Greenwashing Guide

Greenwash is growing... Download The Greenwash Guide (PDF) For a year, Ed Gillepsie made his way round the world without setting foot on a plane. Along the way, he blogged about his low-carbon adventures and wrote a regular column for the Observer. But these days, he's back in the ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in May 2008, about Consumerism, Industry & Business, Media (1 comment)

Bill on Labelling GMOs in Canada Voted Down

In a vote held on May 5, Canadian parliament defeated Bill C-517, the private member's bill tabled by MP Gilles-A. Perron in April, calling on implementation of mandatory labelling of GMO food. During Monday's second debate (full text here, several Members of Parliament talked about food safety, precautionary ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in May 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Genetic Modification, Health, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Weather

The Grand Distraction

Canadians are an apologetic bunch. It’s part of our national character. Bump into us on the subway and we’re bound to apologize to you simply for the fact that we were standing in the way. So the newly released results of a national survey on environmental attitudes shouldn ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in May 2008, about Coal & Oil, Consumerism, Industry & Business, Media

Construction Begins on North America's Largest Solar Farm

Construction began this week on North America’s largest solar farm. Located a short distance from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the 300-acre plot of land will eventually gleam with the dark gold of some 200,000 panels soaking up 19-megawatts, or enough energy to annually power … wait for it… 2,000 ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in April 2008, about Clean Technologies

GMOs Back on the Agenda: Canada's Bill C-517

Editor's Note: Today we take pleasure in welcoming Lauren Carter to the writing team. Lauren lives in Ontario, Canada, has a wealth of writing experience and will be covering such issues as food, energy efficiency, sustainable travel and more. If Canadian consumers have their way, Monsanto might have the ... keep reading

Written by Lauren Carter in April 2008, about Genetic Modification, Politics & Government, Weather

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