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29 Articles by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew

Green Roofs, Green Alleys, Green Cities – Oh My!

As the climate changes, and worries about water increase, more and more cities are taking another look at their water management policies.  You may have heard of green roofs and maybe even rain gardens, but it's going to take more than a rooftop garden to mitigate the issues facing ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in March 2009, about Clean Technologies, Education, Energy Saving, Environment & Wildlife, Politics & Government, Population, Smart Growth, Solar, Water (6 comments)

The Sad State of Somalia: Complex Issues Hit Home

This will not be an essay in which one starts Bush-bashing or even West-bashing.  One could fill up pages with rants regarding failed US and international efforts to save not Somalia, but save business interests in the region.  Instead, we'll attempt to, not excuse the "pirates" of Somalia, but ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in February 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Environmental Disasters, Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Pollution, Population, Poverty & Development, Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans, Transport (5 comments)

Sailing Cargo Ships On Solar Sails

Here is a great example of blending the old technology with the new. The Chinese Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) has partnered up with an Australian firm called Solar Sailor to see if it will be feasible to retrofit cargo ships with large sails that are covered with photovoltaic cells. Now ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in January 2009, about Emissions, Industry & Business, Solar, Transport, Water

Climate Change Brings Bad News for Coasts

It is a tough time for coastal areas around the world. Recently, news agencies from around the world are reporting on villages and coastal wetlands being lost to rising sea levels. And it is not just in one area of the world.  Tales of rising seas are coming from areas ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in September 2008, about Climate Change, Environmental Disasters, Water

Ocean Acidification Part 1: What's Happening to our Oceans and Why

Mommy, What Happened to All the Crustaceans? Ok, so maybe a young child wouldn't know what a crustacean is, and the way the climate is getting all mucked up, future children may never have the chance to learn about them, except from books about extinct animals. Maybe I am ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in August 2008, about Climate Change, Environmental Disasters, Water (4 comments)

McDonald's Going Geothermal? Don't Get Your Hopes Up

One industry that we don't hear a lot from in the corporate Green Wars is the fast food industry. Or at least I haven't heard much from the big three -- McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's -- much less the smaller chains that dot the on-ramps to the ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in April 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Industry & Business

Al Gore is a Bulls-eye for Climate Change Skeptics

Not sure if anyone else caught this, but have you noticed that anyone who thinks climate change and global warming are pure alarmist propaganda seem to also think that if they blast Al Gore, they are intelligently pointing out certain fallacies and shortcomings in climate science. The Heartland Institute is ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in March 2008, about Climate Change, Industry & Business

World Economic Forum 2008 at Davos: What and Why?

Is it just me or is the idea of the world's bankers and the CEOs of multinational corporations deciding our collective future like something out of an Orwell novel? And how pretentious to believe that 2,500 representatives (60 percent were business executives) of the developed nations and all ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in February 2008, about Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Weather

Japan's New Plan for a "Cool Earth"

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, centre The World Economic Forum wound up in Davos, Switzerland yesterday. An annual event, many of the world's most powerful people get to hang out in a ski resort, sipping fine cognac by a roaring fire in an old-wood (read unsustainably harvested) lodge, this year ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in January 2008, about Industry & Business, Politics & Government, Weather

Environmental Performance Ranked: Sobering Moment for Some Nations

The Environmental Performance Index 2008 was released this week (January 23). I happen to love charts, and the more interactive the better. The EPI 2008 is a new interactive format from the previous EPI 2006, and instead of having to download a ton of PDF files, you can roll your ... keep reading

Written by Rachael Neile-Mcgrew in January 2008

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