A weekly roundup of important green news stories from around the web…
Following in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Volt and the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the 105-MPGe 2012 Ford Focus Electric has been granted HOV lane access in California by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB not only gave the upcoming all-electric vehicle the ability to let people drive alone in the “high occupancy” vehicle lane but also qualified it to get an extra $2,500 off through the state’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).
(My article on Prairie EcoThrifter) We’ll probably never know, because on January 29th, just 11 short days after it was announced, NWF released a statement saying that they were ending the partnership. “NWF and Scotts will work together to end the partnership in a friendly and mutually beneficial way,” it read. That was the best result that concerned parties could have wished for, and it actually happened. And it wouldn’t have done so without the power of social media. The only reason this story got any attention is because social media – Twitter, Facebook, Google +, various bookmarking services – put it in front of millions of eyeballs that otherwise never would have heard about it at all.
One of the biggest roadblocks to water conservation is the perception that it will cost money, either in actual dollars or as a matter of time invested. The truth, however, is that there are several ways to save water without spending much of either.
I am so very tired of the food fights happening in this country, and abroad. If I am tired, I can only imagine how overwhelmed most Americans must be. When Whole Foods, Stonyfield, and Organic Valley are caving to the pressure from Monsanto and GMOs, it can be too easy to assume the rest of us don’t stand a chance. But, we still do and we owe it to ourselves and to the organic farmers that need us to stand up for them. Occupy Our Food Supply must be an everyday choice.
One year after a devastating magnitude-8.9 earthquake shook Japan and caused world’s biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, a group of Japanese companies are building an experimental offshore wind farm near the tsunami-ravaged plant.
One of the first steps designers, builders, home owners and others can take is to get educated on, and learn more about the sustainability options that are available. Sustainability comes in many shapes and sizes, so we can all take measures to improve our quality of life, make us less dependent on the finite resources the Earth offers, and make us more independent and self-reliant. In order to provide a little inspiration for those who are interested in living a little more sustainably, here are some examples of creative sustainable homes.
Have a great weekend everyone!