HOME, a new documentary from French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, narrated by Glenn Close, is a tremendous illustration of nature at its finest and humanity's impact on it at its most destructive. The film is showing for free at the East Village Cinema starting tomorrow.
Hurricane Irene caused the worst flooding eastern upstate New York and Vermont have seen in centuries, devastating farms and dairies throughout the Northeast. We've mapped as many as we could find, as well as local events organized to support them.
With climate change we'll get more droughts, floods, wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes. With home owner's insurance we'll get higher rates, exclusions on coverage and denial of coverage altogether. Where are we headed?
Last Saturday, the folks at 350.org and others around the world participated in a global event designed to demonstrate that climate change is no longer a shadow looming on a distant horizon. It’s evident in an upsurge in extreme weather -- how do you connect the dots?
Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, by Laura Stec with Eugene Cordero, is a treasure trove of facts and tidbits about what we eat and how it affects the health of our planet. Part cookbook, part textbook, part righteous party planning manual, this 2008 addition to the "good food" canon takes a very different approach to coaching readers through the details of a carbon-friendly diet.
Energy has always been essential for the production of food. Prior to the industrial revolution, the primary energy input for agriculture was the sun. As a result of the industrialization and consolidation of agriculture, food production has become increasingly dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels.
Meat has more of an impact on the environment than any other food we eat because livestock require so much more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport. Take a look at what goes into just one quarter-pound of hamburger meat.
Choosing to eat less meat is one of the most effective personal choices we can make to address climate change. This may come as a surprise. When we think about the climate crisis, we tend to think about fossil fuel or dirty coal-fired powered plants. However, the global food system is responsible for an estimated one-third of total greenhouse gas emissions.