Our consciousness, particular when under the kind of economic pressure we’ve been under, is still not where it needs to be to develop the solutions that are most-likely to work. What do I mean by that? If you want a future of shared responsibilities, shared opportunities and shared sense of community, you have to believe certain things. You have to believe that creative cooperation is better than constant conflict. You have to believe that we’re all in this together. You have to believe that our differences are interesting, they make life more interesting. They are exciting, but our common humanity matters more. You have to be willing to look at science and let your eyes overcome your ideology.
Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.
This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 
Read the rest:  The world’s most beautiful wastewater treatment plant

Let this wastewater treatment plant show you how to live.

This may sound crazy, but it is exactly why the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York constructed their Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), also known as the Eco Machine. We can learn some valuable lessons from this building. 

Read the rest:  The world’s most beautiful wastewater treatment plant

After a flood like this, simply getting clean drinking water can be a serious challenge. Now, in addition to digging their ruined homes and possessions out of the mud and wreckage, Coloradans (and anyone downstream) have to worry about toxic chemicals from gas and oil wells getting mixed into the groundwater and on farmland. What a mess.
via Colorado flood damaged oil pipelines & gas fracking wells

After a flood like this, simply getting clean drinking water can be a serious challenge. Now, in addition to digging their ruined homes and possessions out of the mud and wreckage, Coloradans (and anyone downstream) have to worry about toxic chemicals from gas and oil wells getting mixed into the groundwater and on farmland. What a mess.

via Colorado flood damaged oil pipelines & gas fracking wells

The wildlife trafficking crisis has been growing in recent years, but the United States seems to be gearing up to do much more to fight the problem.
On July 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order on the issue of combating wildlife trafficking. With that order, Obama established a cabinet-level Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and ordered it to present a plan of action on how the US should address the trafficking crisis.
We’re beginning to see the fruits of their labor. On Monday, the White House announced a series of steps they are taking to combat this crisis, including that the United States will be destroying its 6 ton stockpile of illegal ivory it has been collecting for 25 years.
Is this wise? 

Chris Tackett wonders if this is the right way to deter poachers. 
“elephants may be extinct in a matter of decades and we’re talking about how to destroy stockpiles of evidence of their existence. Is this the wisest choice?”
Read the rest of his argument here: US to destroy 6 ton illegal ivory stockpile

The wildlife trafficking crisis has been growing in recent years, but the United States seems to be gearing up to do much more to fight the problem.

On July 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order on the issue of combating wildlife trafficking. With that order, Obama established a cabinet-level Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and ordered it to present a plan of action on how the US should address the trafficking crisis.

We’re beginning to see the fruits of their labor. On Monday, the White House announced a series of steps they are taking to combat this crisis, including that the United States will be destroying its 6 ton stockpile of illegal ivory it has been collecting for 25 years.

Is this wise? 

Chris Tackett wonders if this is the right way to deter poachers. 

“elephants may be extinct in a matter of decades and we’re talking about how to destroy stockpiles of evidence of their existence. Is this the wisest choice?”

Read the rest of his argument here: US to destroy 6 ton illegal ivory stockpile

A new study in the journal Science by researchers from Duke and North Carolina State University shows that humans are not protecting the right parts of the world if our goal is to conserve biological diversity. The researchers found that “67% of plant species live entirely within regions that comprise 17% of the land surface.”
via Protecting just 17% of Earth’s land would save 67% of plant species. Can we do it before it’s too late?

new study in the journal Science by researchers from Duke and North Carolina State University shows that humans are not protecting the right parts of the world if our goal is to conserve biological diversity. The researchers found that “67% of plant species live entirely within regions that comprise 17% of the land surface.”

via Protecting just 17% of Earth’s land would save 67% of plant species. Can we do it before it’s too late?

Why did 1,200 chickens cross the country? To retire!
Last week, 1,200 rescued chickens were flown from California to New York by an animal rescue group that saved the hens from being killed. When chickens age beyond their prime egg-producing years, as these hens had, they are often euthanized, but thankfully for these lucky birds, they will now enjoy the rest of their days on a farm sanctuary.
DO NOT miss the video of chickens walking on grass for the first time! 

Why did 1,200 chickens cross the country? To retire!

Last week, 1,200 rescued chickens were flown from California to New York by an animal rescue group that saved the hens from being killed. When chickens age beyond their prime egg-producing years, as these hens had, they are often euthanized, but thankfully for these lucky birds, they will now enjoy the rest of their days on a farm sanctuary.

DO NOT miss the video of chickens walking on grass for the first time!