Environment

The Salt
6:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

World Resource Institute

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 3:28 pm

Like it or not, our seafood increasingly originates not in the deep ocean but on fish farms hugging the coasts. Aquaculture already supplies about half of the world's seafood, and global production is going to have to more than double by 2050 to meet demand, according to the World Resources Institute.

The business opportunity here is tremendous. Thousands of operations around the world now produce huge numbers of salmon, shrimp, mussels, tilapia and catfish, to name a few fish species that thrive on farms.

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Cities Project
2:32 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:44 pm

For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts.

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Environment
10:39 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Changes to Decade-Old Conservation Program Could Hurt Small Farmers

Small dairy operations are among the farms some fear will miss out on the revised Conservation Stewardship Program.
Credit S Bence

The Conservation Stewardship Program has helped offset costs for farmers, who use conservation practices, since 2002. The passage of the 2014 Farm Bill brings change to the federal program.

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Economy
3:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:32 pm

The solar energy business is growing fast, thanks in part to a steep drop in panel prices.

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Environment
10:39 am
Mon January 19, 2015

West African Brings Her Native Food to Milwaukee

Yollande (far left) works her magic at Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market.
Credit S Bence

A scholarship brought Cameroon native Yollande Tchouapi Deacon here in 2001. Her business, Afro Fusion Cuisine, grew out of her desire to recreated the flavors and foods she grew up with.

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Environment
3:03 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Justice Department Environment Chief Takes Helm Of Gulf Spill Case

Cruden ranks the Gulf oil spill as one of the most significant environmental disasters of our time. It "deserves ... all of our energy to make sure nothing like this ever happens again," he says.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 6:37 am

John Cruden served with U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam, taking his law school aptitude test in Saigon and eventually becoming a government lawyer.

Earlier this month, he started a new job running the environment and natural resources division at the Justice Department. For Cruden, 68, the new role means coming home to a place where he worked as a career lawyer for about 20 years.

Cruden has been around long enough to have supervised the Exxon Valdeez spill case, a record-setter. That is, until the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Goats and Soda
2:35 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

MTV Pimps Cars, Brazil Pimps Trash Carts

A waste picker wheels a trash cart with Mundano's art and spreads the word: "My cart doesn't pollute."
Courtesy of Mundano

The carts that garbage pickers wheel down the streets of Sao Paulo often look as if they came from the Museum of Funky Art. Colorful cartoon faces — with bulging eyes, flared nostrils and thick lips — peer from the sides of the metal and wooden carts.

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Environment
7:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

A Year in the Menomonee Valley - Through a Camera Lens

Eddee Daniel

Fine art photographer Eddee Daniel spent 2014 as the Menomonee Valley's inaugural artist in residence.

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Environment
10:27 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Respected Writer and Naturalist on the Wisconsin River Remembered

Jean Clausen sitting at her favorite bird observation spot on the Wisconsin River.
Credit S Bence

Jean Clausen spent many years living on the Wisconsin River and working to protect habitat, especially for bald eagles.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Fri January 16, 2015

It's Official: 2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record, NOAA Says

January–December 2014 blended land and sea surface temperature anomalies in degrees Celsius.
NOAA

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 10:17 am

It's official: 2014 was the hottest year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center crunched the numbers and came to this conclusion:

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