Green News For The Weekend Volume 346

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Another week, another series of harsh winter storms across the nation. But don’t worry, the climate isn’t changing. Carry on.

82,000 Tons of Toxic Coal Ash Spilled Into North Carolina River A stormwater pipe under an unlined coal ash pond at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., burst last Sunday afternoon — draining tens of thousands of tons of coal ash directly into the Dan River. Duke Energy, which owns the closed plant, estimated that up to 82,000 tons of coal ash was released into the river. Coal ash is toxic.

Cordwood Home Construction Best Practices If a cordwood home is built with a “best practices” approach, it can be uniquely beautiful, energy-efficient, sustainable, and (if this is your goal) mortgage-free.

Sign the petition to USDA and President Obama to stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops Dow Chemical, the company that brought us Napalm and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for approval of genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange. DOW: Destroying Our World. Clever.

An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles Thanks to a streamlined, waste-free construction method and affordable materials, these 1,200-square-foot homes came in at just $150 per square foot—including foundation, transportation of the modular components, and rooftop solar panels. In Los Angeles, this is just amazing. I want one.

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst With no sign of rain, 17 rural California communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. And if California stops producing food because of the lack of water, we can expect to see food prices skyrocket across the nation while shelves start to thin out.

Homesteading in an Apartment, Condo or Rental This could be useful, due to the events potentially stemming from the last story. So, you stay in the city and you like your urban lifestyle. Yet you also like the idea of being self-sufficient, growing your own food, and eating organic and local – like you live on a farm. How can you do both?

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