Miscellaneous Green Archives

By Jenn Savedge

From packing lunches to doing the laundry, here's when your kids should start soloing these tasks and chores. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Noel Kirkpatrick

Chindi the baby elephant just wants someone to play with at the Borås Zoo in Sweden. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

The Southwest is burning

By Maya L. Kapoor

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Record high temperatures in Phoenix this past week approached 120 degrees F and grounded commercial air flights. They are part of a larger regional trend: Across the West, hot, dry conditions are cooking up what may be an unmatched wildfire season. Already, 75 wildfires have burned in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. The National Weather Service currently has the region under heat warnings and excessive heat warnings. Fifty-five fires have …read more
Source: Grist

By Bryan Nelson

Dogs trained to use the touchscreen device can make calls or send texts. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Robin Shreeves

Refugees Welcome gives organizations and families the tools they need to host a dinner and let refugees know they're welcome here. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Angela Nelson

Parents may be teaching babies to use food as a comfort, which leads to obesity later in life, studies show. But as a parent, I'm not buying it. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Jaymi Heimbuch

Castro Verde Biosphere Reserve, an area in the Baixo Alentejo region of Portugal, gains a new distinction from UNESCO. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

California is playing defense under Trump

By Char Miller

Xavier Becerra, California’s combative attorney general, has become the Golden State’s face of resistance to the Trump administration’s domestic initiatives, the blunt voice rejecting the president’s attempts to roll back the progressive immigration and environmental policies so central to California’s sense of itself.

At a June 16 press conference, for example, Becerra pushed back against stricter immigration enforcement, saying his office would review conditions at immigrant detention facilities in conjunction with a legislative measure that prohibits local governments from renting out jail beds to U.S. Immigration and Customs. One week earlier, Becerra sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a …read more
Source: Grist

California is playing defense under Trump

By Char Miller

Xavier Becerra, California’s combative attorney general, has become the Golden State’s face of resistance to the Trump administration’s domestic initiatives, the blunt voice rejecting the president’s attempts to roll back the progressive immigration and environmental policies so central to California’s sense of itself.

At a June 16 press conference, for example, Becerra pushed back against stricter immigration enforcement, saying his office would review conditions at immigrant detention facilities in conjunction with a legislative measure that prohibits local governments from renting out jail beds to U.S. Immigration and Customs. One week earlier, Becerra sent Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke a …read more
Source: Grist

By Eric Holthaus

In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box this week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry falsely claimed that carbon dioxide was not the primary driver of the Earth’s climate. Instead, he offered, maybe it’s “the ocean waters and this environment that we live in.” (Umm, what?)

This is pure hogwash, and the largest professional organization for atmospheric science said as much. In a letter to Perry, Keith Seitter, the executive director of the American Meteorological Society, said that while it’s OK to be skeptical — that’s the heart of the scientific method — “skepticism that fails to account for …read more
Source: Grist

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