A Lesson in Ecovillages: How “The Farm” Fared in the 21st Century


VIDEO: THE FARM Their idealism gave rise to the local and organic food movement. Some stayed, most left. It’s been forty years since busloads of hippies caravanned to Tennessee to go “back to the land,” and create a commune — The Farm. The seeds they planted helped give rise to today’s organics movement.

Whitebark Pine Trees In Danger of Extinction from Climate Change


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service found that thewhitebark pine tree should be listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. Specifically, the Service concluded that the threats whitebark faces, including climate change, are of such a high magnitude and are so pressing that whitebark pine is in danger of extinction.

Livestock in the Face of Natural Gas Drilling


Unlike many in agriculture, cattle farmer Ken Jaffe has had a good decade. But lately he's been nervous, worried fracking will destroy his business. Jaffe's been good to his soil, and the land has been good to him. By rotating his herd of cattle to different pastures on his...

Dirt: A Look at Civilization in the Ground

This program is about the ways we interact with our environment. Or, when it comes to dirt, how we do our best not to. And yet, dirt is unavoidable. We live on a great big ball of it – we walk on it and grow our food in it. So why are we so afraid of dirt?

Turbine-Free Wind Energy Design: A New Look At Oscillation

Conservationists argue that wind turbines pose a risk to birds, bats and sensitive habitats like shorelines. People living close to wind farms, meanwhile, complain of constant noise and vibration. This year, engineers responded with a new way to draw electricity...

EPA Banning Pesticide Used on Food Products

U.S. EPA today proposed to start gradually banning a pesticide often used on cocoa beans and dried fruits that degrades to fluoride, a move closely linked to the Obama administration's decision last week to curb the maximum levels of fluoride in drinking water out of concern for children's health. EPA's bid to wind down legal use of sulfuryl fluoride, citing...

Documentary Examines Disappearance of Honeybees

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables.

Google Earth Engine Launches Worldwide Environmental Watch Effort: A Daily Update on the Planet

From Google: Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery—trillions of scientific measurements dating back more than 25 years—and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations...

Cohousing “OFF THE GRID” Prototype Launched in Maine

Imagine waking up without a utility bill. The Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage has made this their new reality is launching a different outlook on getting through the freezing Maine winters. Their website reads: The mission of Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage is to...