In the west we have the mountain pine beetle destroying the forests; in central USA and Canada we have the emerald ash borer, an accidental Chinese import, that has killed 25 million ash trees. The US Department of
Balmoral is the Queen's Scottish summer retreat and her favourite place to go for R and R. Now HRH has taken steps to make her cottage completely self-sufficient, energy wise. She has installed a small hydro-electric plant developed on a rushing
It's not an Olympic sport yet--but who knows... Tree climbing, as in scaling 40 metre high trees for fun, has become a hot new wilderness activity. We all remember the wonder that we felt as a child, sitting on top of the world on a tree branch.
Image source: Smock Paper
Smock Paper is the first company in the US to offer "printing on luxury bamboo paper." For those of you hosting a party, getting married or just looking for something different to write home to mom on, Smock Paper offers an
Colin Finlay, a former photocopy machine salesman turned world class photographer may represent the tip of the spear when it comes to the public consciousness of climate change. And he's done far more than his fair share
Picture the scene: Millions of passenger pigeons crossing North America in packs over a mile wide, taking several days to finally pass over an area. (Not to mention the left-behind destruction of all that poop!). Or maybe,
The Outdoors in Mammoth Environmental Festival takes place next week, August 5 & 6, 2008, in Mammoth, California. This year's theme, Summit to the Sea, highlights the connection between the mountains and the ocean, and everything in-between. The
Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Had Net Cooling Effect
Proving that climate science can be anything but intuitive, researchers report that large wildfires could have a net cooling effect. Led by Robert Stone, at the University
In a practice I can hardly fathom, the Turkish government has been giving 155 million new textbooks each year to students, most of which are thrown into the trash at the end of the year rather than simply requiring they return them for use by next year’s
(Picture: the Brazilian Senate in session. Credit: Agencia Senado Brazil.) The Brazilian Senate approved last week a modification to the law that establishes the amount of land the government can concede for rural use in the Legal Amazon without the
Robert "Chip" Beam built his own wood-powered pickup truck. The wood-burning, or rather wood-gas burning truck is now a sort of mascot for Beaver Energy, the Williamsport, Pennsylvania based startup company Beam and partners Larry Shilling and Aron
"How can the planting of trees threaten presidents and ministers and people in authority? It's not the act of planting trees, it is the act of exposing the injustices that people in office carry out." Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai empowers
Yes, Wangari Maathai, the founder of the Green Belt Movement, was the first to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for environmental work. But as she makes ever-so-clear, trees are not just ecological super heroes. They form a bridge to women’s rights,
We've already noted that wood pellets are a hot item when it comes to climate-friendly heating, and we've even given a run down of our favourite stoves. Unfortunately it's not all good news - we've also had to report that the housing slow down
Deja Shoe is the third and final in our mini series on companies that blazed the trail for dedicated eco-businesses, long before the arrival and departure of Nau. The previous two case studies were Terrapax and Esprit Ecollection.
So what can be done about Canada's blight of mountain pine beetles who are savaging forests turning them from carbon sinks to emitters? Well, at least from an economic point of view the Government of Canada think hemp might be one of the solutions.