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KCEEC: Public Maple Sugaring Day

Tour the sugar bush, learn about Native American and early pioneer methods of making maple syrup, the evaporator process and methods of identifying and tapping a maple tree.

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America’s Wetland Foundation seeks to establish solutions for ensuring the sustainability of the Gulf Coast, yielding critical environmental and economic benefits for the nation.

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[ Can Walmart Get Us to Buy Sustainable Products? ]

This article was originally posted on hbr.org.  You can read the full article here.

We all want to buy the best products we can find and afford. But what does “best” actually mean? The ones that offer the best bang for the buck, last the longest, or give us the most pride of ownership? How about a product that minimizes its environmental impacts or tries to make the world a better place? Identifying the companies that make these more “sustainable” products has been nearly impossible… until now.…

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[ National Groundwater Awareness Week ]

“Groundwater awareness is important to you!”
Now well into its second decade, Groundwater Awareness Week, March 8th thru March 14th, spotlights one of the world’s most important resources — groundwaterngaw2
Who should be “aware” of groundwater? Quite simply, everyone.
Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, policymaker, regulator, an environmentalist or a groundwater professional, you can get involved in protecting this vital resource.
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[ Report: Solar Job Growth Blazing Hot, But Slowing Some In PA ]

Job growth in the solar industry is blazing nationally, although cooling a bit in Pennsylvania. An annual census by The Solar Foundation found the number of jobs in the industry up by nearly a quarter over the year before and up nearly 90 percent since 2010.

Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, says most of these jobs pay well. She says much of the new work is sales and installation. As solar power becomes more competitive, more people want it installed.…

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[ Apples Top Dirty Dozen List for Fifth Year in a Row ]

Apples, peaches, and nectarines topped EWG’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM list of the dirtiest, or most pesticide-contaminated, fruits and vegetables, a new analysis of U.S. government data found. Apples turned up with the highest number of pesticides for the fifth year in a row, while peaches and nectarines moved up to the second and third spots.

Nearly two-thirds of produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and analyzed by EWG for the 2015 Shopper’s Guide contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals, EWG reported. …

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[ Former Grid Regulators: Carbon Rules Don’t Threaten Power Reliability ]

Cutting carbon pollution from power plants shouldn’t threaten electrical reliability according to the folks whose job it was to keep the grid humming in past years.

Critics of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions warn it could cause rolling blackouts.

But a number of former grid regulators say the nation’s electrical system has proven very adaptable. Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Marc Spitzer says the current commission knows better than to mix politics with what is really a complex technical question.…

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[ Academy Award-Winning Actor Jared Leto Officially Takes on Global Ambassador Title for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). ]

Academy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto is now a WWF global ambassador. In this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet.

Leto recently traveled to South Africa with WWF to learn first-hand about wildlife crime and specifically the rhino poaching crisis and WWF’s efforts to save rhino populations on two continents.

“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always,” Leto said. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.…

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[ Gas Pipeline Hits Resistance ]

Dominion Energy and partners are running into intense resistance in their efforts to survey for a huge pipeline intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline has provoked intense opposition from landowners. Pen Goodall’s sheep farm is straddling the Virginia, West Virginia border. He’s being sued for refusing to allow Dominion surveyors onto his land but says he’d rather go to jail than let them survey.

“I’m going to stand my ground because it will just totally destroy everything I have ever done,” says Goodall.…

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[ Mystery Of Bee Colony Collapse May Have Been Solved ]

Bee hives full of healthy honey bees had suddenly become empty. Apiarists, otherwise known as beekeepers or honey farmers, are confused and worried because of the mystery behind the collapse of the bee colony. A group of scientists from Australia looked into the causes and the study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an official scientific journal by the National Academy of Sciences.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the apiarists thought that a new disease had taken over the colonies.…

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[ National Invasive Species Awareness Week ]

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National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 22-28. And according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it’s a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation’s economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

Invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora.…

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[ Poll: Most Americans Want Politicians Who Fight Climate Change ]

A majority of Americans say they are more likely to support political candidates who promise to take action against climate change, according to a new poll. Conducted by the The New York Times, Stanford University and non-profit environmental research group Resources for the Future, the poll could prove important to candidates in the 2016 election. Overall, two-thirds of respondents, including 48 percent of Republicans, said that they would support candidates who promise to do something about climate change, the New York Times reported.…

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[ 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count ]

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in GBBCblogbutton_En_2_2014counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent.  This year’s count runs from February 13th thru the 16th.

Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy–and it helps the birds.…

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[ Recycling Single-Use Batteries ]

From time to time, I like to repost a question and answer from the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green.  Below is one of those…an interesting question regarding recycling single-use batteries.  Here’s the question from Judith in North Carolina:

Hey Mr. Green, Where Can I Recycle Small Batteries?

Click here to find out if Mr. Green has the answer.…

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[ Super Bowl Draws on Renewable Energy to Light the Field with LEDs ]

The wind on the field seemed to play a insignificant role in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX, but wind outside of the field was playing a major role, providing much of the electrical power needed for the annual event. Arizona utility Salt River Project (SRP), on behalf of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, partnered with the National Football League (NFL) Environmental Program to provide 100% renewable power for the Super Bowl, drawing on wind, solar, and geothermal power to offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the event.…

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[ Awesome Celebrities Leading the Way for Animals and the Environment ]

There are plenty of celebrities who do things for the attention.  And then there are the celebrities that take their money and fame and use it for good. The entire nation turned to mush when Chris Pratt visited a children’s hospital in Los Angeles dressed as his Guardians of the Galaxy character Peter “Star-Lord” Quill. The same thing happened when Jennifer Lawrence made a special Christmas Eve visit to Kosair Children’s Hospital in her Louisville hometown.

Stories like these show that some celebrities are the real deal.…

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[ Watch Energy Secretary Moniz Test Drive the Toyota Mirai ]

The Energy Department posted a video of ‪Secretary Ernest Moniz driving the Toyota Mirai, the first fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for sale in the United States. Watch the video on Facebook, Instagram, or Secretary Moniz’s Twitter to see what driving an FCEV looks like.…

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[ Doctors Say New Smog Regs Could Be Life-Savers ]

New smog rules could save thousands of lives if they’re written right, many health professionals say.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now taking comments on its ozone regulations, which haven’t been updated since 2008.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, says reducing ozone is key to cutting smog.

And he says that could save nearly 8,000 lives a year.

The American Petroleum Institute counters that a lower ozone level would be too expensive.

But Benjamin says health problems and deaths cost much more.…

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[ K-Cups Have Never Been More Terrifying ]

It’s just another work day, time to grab a morning coffee. But as you walk to the kitchen you feel the floor shake, followed by a roar. What could possibly be happening?

It’s the K-Cups, and they’ve come to destroy the Earth.

This horror video, created by Halifax-based “Egg Studios,” features UFOs firing K-Cups at civilians and a monster, composed completely of single-brew coffee pods, rampaging through a city. Terrified citizens run away, searching for safety, and I’m sure many of them regret their morning coffee decisions.…

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[ 11 Sports Teams and Leagues That Have Gone Green ]

It’s a big week in sports. Folks are getting ready for the big game, and if you’re a hockey fan, there’s a lot of excitement out on the ice.  So, this week, EPA’s Greenversations blog decided to focus on the ways that  sports teams, stadiums, and fans can reduce their environmental impact and take action on climate.

The great news is that many sports teams and leagues have already scored some big environmental goals. Read on to learn about a few of the big steps they’ve taken on the environment.…

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[ How to Shop Humanely: 15 Brands With Strong Cruelty-Free Policies ]

Becoming an ethical shopper is easier than you think, thanks to guides and standards set forth by organizations like PETA and the Leaping Bunny Program.

Becoming an ethical consumer, especially when it comes to avoiding animal cruelty, is something most of us would like to do, but very few of us attempt. And it’s no wonder; the task can be difficult and oftentimes confusing. But if you’ve ever wondered what impact your purchases have on animals, there’s good news to share.…

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[ Why Your Fridge Pollutes and How It’s Changing ]

The U.S. and other countries take steps to make new refrigerators and air conditioners less harmful to the planet.

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[ How Geothermal Could Cleanly Power the Planet: Indonesia’s Tale ]

The Earth’s heat could power homes and businesses worldwide, but it’s barely been tapped. Indonesia is trying to change that.

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[ Cheap oil won’t stop Gulf of Mexico’s resurgence ]

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began April 20,  2010. The BP-operated drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers. Its fire is shown here on April 22, 2010. (John Amos, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began April 20, 2010. The BP-operated drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers. Its fire is shown here on April 22, 2010. (John Amos, courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

Neither plunging oil prices nor the worst oil spill in U.S. history seem likely to stop oil production from rising in the Gulf of Mexico.

That finding comes from data unveiled Tuesday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which expects the area’s production will increase to 1.5 million barrels per day this year and 1.6 million next year.…

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