Earth News Journal 47: U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

As a nation long-known for our dependence on non-renewables like coal and oil, America may see a slight ‘shift in the winds,’ energy speaking, in the forthcoming years.

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Loan Programs Office has recently announced a commitment to Cape Wind, a Nantucket-based wind farm project expected to launch America into the market of sustainable offshore wind energy.

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Earth News Journal 46: International Energy Efficiency

An international energy efficiency report was issued this past week, with the United States arriving in at thirteenth place.

You might be apt to give the U.S. a courteous nod, hereby acknowledging that our sprawling nation has slid into the top fifteen, almost top ten. But then, you check the list – it only extends to sixteen economies in total, though encompassing eighty-one percent of the global output. Soon enough, that rating seems quite unfortunate for environmental-conscious Americans, at the very least.

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Earth News Journal 45: Birds & Pesticides, Repeated History

Those who remember Rachel Carson, a keen-eyed naturalist who altered the scope of American environmentalism in the 1960s, regard this woman with igniting a new campaign of ‘green thinking’ in the public sector. Her influential and highly-acclaimed Silent Spring rendered her audience as speechless as the birds that ceased to forage in the New England forests during the months of May and June.

Unfortunately, only a meager serving of young people today recall this woman and her vociferous attempts to rid the United States of such lethal pesticide paradigms. Though, her prophecy of fifty-some years may perhaps be overtaking the American people in a second ‘silent spring,’ so to speak: this time taking the form of a recently-popular, widely-dispersed class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids.

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