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How the next farm bill could plant a new crop of farmers

Microloans could encourage young people to become farmers.Photo: Chewonki Semester SchoolUSDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently called for 100,000 new farmers — a recognition that the U.S. farm population is aging rapidly. To create a revitalized, …

E.U. carbon fraud: Could it happen here?

Cross-posted from Sightline’s Daily Score blog. Europe’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) cap-and-trade system has taken a somewhat undeserved drubbing in the press. Overall, it has functioned reliably and reasonably efficiently. Most of the alleged “Carbon Fraud!” …

shipping news

Is this the Amazon checkout of the future?

This concept for choosing a shipping method shows what rethinking design can do for the environment.

Spin Cycle

Smart appliances are coming! (Some day)

The time when your refrigerator can have an intelligent conversation with the local utility's smart grid could finally be on the horizon.

Hot off the pressure

White House pressured Vilsack to approve GMO alfalfa, media reports suggest

According to reports from Wall Street Journal ag-policy reporters and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, the USDA's recent decision to green-light GMO alfalfa was based on political pressure from the White House. Brings back memories of the Clinton and Bush administrations, when ag policy toed the the agrichemical industry line.

Buzz off

Matt Ridley’s optimistic, but not so rational, take on bee collapse

The Wall Street Journal's Matt Ridley tries to debunk beekeepers' worries about a Bayer pesticide, but government scientists are concerned too.

Buzz off

Matt Ridley’s optimistic, but not so rational, take on bee collapse

The Wall Street Journal's Matt Ridley tries to debunk beekeepers' worries about a Bayer pesticide, but government scientists are concerned too.

Eyes wide shut

Is blindness on clean air, climate change, and public health contagious?

Some 123 members of the House of Representatives have cosponsored bills to strip the EPA of its authority on the Clean Air Act.

they're koching our planet

Tea Party-backing Koch Industries is major carbon polluter

Here is an estimate of the carbon footprint of the Kochs, based on the pollution generated by its activities and from the use of its products.

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