Miscellaneous Green Archives

By Eric Holthaus

From the North Pole to New England, the weather this week is far, far out of the ordinary — then again, there isn’t really any such thing as ordinary any more. While the numbers are still rolling in, it looks like Wednesday will be the warmest February day in history for nearly the entire U.S. East Coast.

An unseasonable heat wave triggered the rare mid-winter melt, when an exaggerated jet stream sent a plume of tropical air from the Caribbean over eastern North America and into the Arctic. These are atmospheric conditions that would be unusual …read more
Source: Grist

By Justine Calma

The Post-it note company settled an eight-year-long suit over the health effects of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for $850 million on Tuesday.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson had sued 3M Co. for $5 billion, alleging that it dumped massive amounts of PFCs into Twin Cities landfills for half a century — while aware its actions could contaminate groundwater and pose “a substantial risk to human health and the environment.”

The conglomerate — which manufactures Scotch tape and Ace bandages, among thousands of other items — maintains that its actions did not endanger people’s health. But the money will go toward drinking water …read more
Source: Grist

By Justine Calma

The Post-it note company settled an eight-year-long suit over the health effects of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) for $850 million on Tuesday.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson had sued 3M Co. for $5 billion, alleging that it dumped massive amounts of PFCs into Twin Cities landfills for half a century — while aware its actions could contaminate groundwater and pose “a substantial risk to human health and the environment.”

The conglomerate — which manufactures Scotch tape and Ace bandages, among thousands of other items — maintains that its actions did not endanger people’s health. But the money will go toward drinking water …read more
Source: Grist

By Michael Isaac Stein

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

On a rainy day in New Orleans, people file into a beige one-story building on Jefferson Davis Parkway to sign up for the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal grant that helps people keep up with their utility bills. New Orleans has one of the highest energy burdens in the country, meaning that people must dedicate a large portion of their income to their monthly energy bills. This is due in part to it being <a class="colorbox" …read more
Source: Grist

By Michael Isaac Stein

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

On a rainy day in New Orleans, people file into a beige one-story building on Jefferson Davis Parkway to sign up for the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a federal grant that helps people keep up with their utility bills. New Orleans has one of the highest energy burdens in the country, meaning that people must dedicate a large portion of their income to their monthly energy bills. This is due in part to it being <a class="colorbox" …read more
Source: Grist

7 ancient recipes translated for modern cooks

By Robin Shreeves

Thanks to the work of scholars and home cooks, the often challenging work of translating very old recipes has been done for you. This is the Recipes Project. …read more
Source: Mother Nature Network

By Sustainable Forestry Initiative

The longleaf pine ecosystem in the United States has shrunk from 90 million acres to just 3.4 million over time. Consequently, nearly thirty animal species that rely on it for habitat are now endangered or threatened. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By Melissa Breyer

“This Lent let’s give ocean creatures a better chance to renew themselves, free of our trash!” –Church of England’s Diocese of London …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

By Kimberley Mok

This new loft adds extra space and an extra bedroom in an urban apartment in Brazil. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

Toronto still in the thrall of the late Rob Ford

By Lloyd Alter

It is still a city where cars rule and dead walkers and cyclists are a cost of doing business. …read more
Source: Tree Hugger

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