New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto And More By Scanning Your Shopping Cart -
A new app allows you to scan a product in the supermarket aisle and learn who exactly is behind that box of cereal. More impressively, you can join user-created campaigns to boycott groups of companies who may have lobbied against a cause you believe in.
Voting with your wallet just got easier. Welcome to Buycott.
Coffee For A Cause: What Do Those Feel-Good Labels Deliver? : NPR -
It doesn’t take much effort to find bags of coffee with labels that promise social and environmental improvements. But each one of these certification programs promises something different for the farmer and the land â and every promise involves some compromises.
Ever wonder which label to look for? You may find this article helpful.
European Union Report Details Growth Of Human Trafficking : NPR -
In Europe, more than 23,600 people were victims of human trafficking during a recent three-year period, according to a new European Union report. The comprehensive study, which gathered data from more than 30 nations, found that trafficking increased by 18 percent between 2008 and 2010.
Human trafficking is a very real issue that is often overlooked or misunderstood. This not only occurs in the other side of the world; it could be happening around you right now.
Warming data is lagging behind predictions from the mainstream climate models. This might buy the world some time—but only if the international community pushes climate change onto the “A-list” policy agenda.
Using Livestock to Revitalize the Land -
Do grazing livestock harm the land? Or could they be the key to reversing desertification? Allan Savory examines this question.
Batteries: The Answer to a Greener Future? -
Batteries are something most people take for granted, yet they power much of our electronic and mechanistic world. Could a new battery make wind and solar more attractive? Maybe…and perhaps in the next 5 years.
Obama: State of the Environment -
In Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, he became the first United States president to take a serious and full-fledged political stance against climate change. Check out the president’s speech by clicking the link above. He begins discussing energy and the environment at 18:10 (disclaimer—he starts with oil…don’t worry, it gets better). Enjoy!
Keep your poop to yourself! -
Watching Bill Nye, I came across the composting toilet, a self-contained system that turns your waste into fertilizer that can subsequently be reused in the garden. And some systems reduce water use to almost nothing! Check out a FAQ here. Many models cost upwards of $1000, but cheaper toilets fall into the range of $200-400.
Holy Quinoa! -
Everyone loves the miracle crop—healthy, vegan, full of protein. But this article is testament that our everyday choices are never as simple as they seem
Criticism has recently emerged that quinoa harms its Peruvian producers by raising the market price of the staple crop due to increased demand. But it also brings plenty of benefits to the region. Take a look at the complexity of the issue and the pros and cons of eating quinoa.
Beijing on Top...Breaking the Scale -
We all know China is competitive, but they’ve outdone themselves. The EPA’s Air Index is a scale from 1-500 measuring particle pollution in the air. On Saturday, Beijing broke the scale, weighing it at a reading of 755. Unfortunately for China, that’s not the sort of record you want to break. Listen for more at then NPR program linked above.