April 2012

Election 2012

Obama gears up for a campaign climate fight

In a Rolling Stone interview, President Obama made some remarkable statements about climate as a campaign issue and the millions pouring into anti-science disinformation campaigns.

Factory Farms

Burger King makes a big pledge — but what’s ‘cage-free pork’?

Burger King is the first national fast-food chain to pledge cage-free pork and eggs. Never heard of “cage-free pork”? Neither had we.

Wind Power

Donald Trump still blowing hot air about Scottish wind farms

Scotland’s plan to build offshore wind turbines would curb climate change, reduce the country’s reliance on foreign oil, and create thousands of jobs. But Donald Trump don’t give a f***. Trump appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s economy, energy, and tourism committee today to speak out against the country’s plan to build offshore wind turbines. His argument? Eleven wind turbines — located a full 1.5 miles from land — will “ruin Scotland’s tourism.”

A young farmer’s meditation: Time on the farm

In this excerpt from the Greenhorns anthology of writing by young farmers, a fledgling vegetable grower contemplates the value of repetition.

Living

First-ever video from INSIDE the Northern Lights!

To achieve this Herculean feat, GoPro launched cameras on helium weather balloons, capturing images from 100,000 feet above Alaska.

Living

New SUV sales technique: Add a little Posh Spice

In this age of high gas prices, auto executives have caught on that the only way to sell people on a gas-guzzling SUV is … hey, look over there! It's a Spice Girl!

Pollution

Top 10 U.S. cities with the worst air pollution

About 127 million Americans endure pollution levels that make it dangerous to breathe. Check out the top 10 regions with the dubious distinction of having the most year-round particle pollution.

Oil

Ex-BP employee deleted 300 texts about oil spill’s true size

The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against an engineer who deleted messages containing sensitive information about the extent of the spill, just before lawyers were going to collect that sort of information from him.

Living

Nature trail rigged with terrifying booby trap

On a nature hike, as a rule, the dangers you want to guard against are dehydration, getting lost, and bears. But of all of nature’s creatures, the most terrifying might be a duo of teenage boys without much to do. In Utah, two such young men were arrested on suspicion of setting up trap that consisted of “a 20-pound spiked boulder … rigged to swing at head-level with just a trip of a thin wire — a military-like booby trap set on a popular canyon trail,” according to the Associated Press.

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