Category: Water

  • Senator Booker Is Right about Factory Farming

    Should we pass legislation to end factory farming? Contrary to common belief, Senator Cory Booker’s best idea wasn’t dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. That was his second-best idea. His best idea was introducing the Farm System Reform Bill of 2019 to the U.S. Senate. This legislation would curtail concentrated animal-feeding operations (CAFOs), so-called […]

  • Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

    One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential to restore degraded soils to feed the […]

  • San Antonio to Combat ‘Climate Emergency’ with New Action Plan

    One of America’s highest Latino-populated cities now has a strategy to address the climate crisis. Earlier this month, the San Antonio (64% Latino) City Council passed Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) by a 10-1 vote. It outlines objectives that will aim to reduce the city’s greenhouse emissions by 2050 and achieve climate equity for […]

  • Moss-growing concrete absorbs CO2, insulates and is also a vertical garden

    Sustainability has always been a game of catch up. The current energy production and construction trends mean that sustainability researchers have to come up with clever ways to lower emissions. Researchers at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona have found a creative solution to a long-established emissions problem. They discovered how to cleverly build […]

  • Just Add Water: New Salt Battery Could Help Spell the End of Fossil Fuels

    This groundbreaking new project in Germany is testing the use of salt as an ingredient for a fossil fuel-free future. The Reuter power plant in Berlin recently launched a new system of technology that is using calcium oxide, also known as quicklime, to store heat for long periods of time. Germany already has the renewable energy capacity to power more than half of the country, but since many green energy sources are dependent on consistent weather conditions, the nation is forced to continue using fossil fuels as backup energy sources. Quicklime, on the other hand, generates large amounts of heat when it is simply exposed to water.

  • The Plan to Grab the World’s Carbon With Supercharged Plants

    In humanity’s battle against man-made climate change, the Earth itself provides one of the most important weapons, a natural system that breathes in Earth-warming CO2 and exhales oxygen. Yes, I’m talking about plants, engineered by nature itself over the course of millennia to harness the Earth’s natural conditions to turn sunlight and CO2 into oxygen […]

  • Plastic Packaging Alternatives

    Tired of plastic pollution? There are many alternatives. Why should we and brands care about plastic pollution? Plastics is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing right now. Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, consumers are suddenly aware of the thousands of tonnes of plastic filling the ocean. As plastic is so prolifically […]

  • An Open Letter To Be the Change and Lead the Change

    Whale blubber and buggy whips were once fine industries, but progress moved us away. And today we know the days are over of a false choice between environmental protection and economic growth. Since when did the simple concept of leaving the planet a better place for our kids become a partisan issue? We all benefit […]

  • In the Deepest Ocean Trenches, Animals Eat Plastic

    Alan Jamieson remembers seeing it for the first time: a small, black fiber floating in a tube of liquid. It resembled a hair, but when Jamieson examined it under a microscope, he realized that the fiber was clearly synthetic—a piece of plastic. And worryingly, his student Lauren Brooks had pulled it from the gut of […]

  • Planting Calendar & Companion Planting Guide

    San Antonio Area 2019 Planting Calendar – and below our Companion Planting Guide Join our newsletter for reminders on upcoming sales & seminars Here is your San Antonio Area Planting Calendar in pdf format suitable for printing. We’ve been giving these away for years. Includes most favorable dates for planting and destroying crops yielding their […]

  • For San Antonio’s Water and Energy Utilities, Collaboration Leads to Conservation

    Great article at The Rivard Report on the excellent steps toward building smarter more efficient electric and water grids! Is it time to look at how SAWS and CPS can partner to install water pipes that generate electricity? Portland did it in 2015 so there should now be some great data to determine ROI and […]

  • Mushrooms have the power to eat plastic say scientists

    Fungi can be used to break down waste plastic and create sustainable building materials, according to scientists from Kew Gardens in London. The State of the World’s Fungi 2018 report – the first of its kind – highlights the aspergillus tubingensis fungus, found in a Pakistani rubbish tip and first documented in 2017. It claims […]

  • Figuring out how climate change affects the fungi that feeds trees and absorbs carbon

    Despite aspen’s ability to grow from the northernmost reaches of Canada to the highest altitudes in Mexico, the tree is on the run. The southern part of the aspen’s range is drying up, while the northern edges are warming up and thus becoming more conducive to the tree’s survival, because of climate change, said Justine […]

  • If You Want To Frac Clean Up Your Act

    An open verse to the National Petroleum Council, and who else to include? Please comment below and feel free to forward along to those who could most benefit… If you’re going to frac, at least, clean up your act. Have some damn self-respect and consideration for yourself, children and future generations. If you want to […]

  • Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks – Scientific American

    We have many ways of measuring methane and CO2 levels. When we measure it we can manage it…if we really want to know and manage it. Polluters can’t hide anymore. Source: Meet the Satellites That Can Pinpoint Methane and Carbon Dioxide Leaks – Scientific American

  • Designer Talks About Eco Positive Environmental Impact

    Elegant design and engineering goes beyond being sustainable to being eco positive. New vocabulary, additional data collection and working with scientists is needed to most effectively stimulate and manage a circular economy, making the means by which we live to be resilient, efficient and productive, and most of all, regenerative and eco positive. Did you […]

  • Polyface Farms – The Future of Farming is Holistic

    Polyface Farms – How our food is farmed is what matters most, as in biomimicry, study ecosystems and mimic ecosystems, rather than just blaming meat eaters. Animals can be good for the land and have an ecopostive affect. Regenerative farming methods include: holistic management and planned rotational grazing of livestock; cover-cropping; no-till practices; agro-forestry; diverse […]

  • Power Move: How On-Site Energy Solutions Can Help Save the Grid

    Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution in 360º video. The traditional power grid is under tremendous pressure. In many places, infrastructure needs to […]

  • A Call For An Equitable Climate Action Plan in San Antonio | Sierra Club

    Last week, I walked into the San Antonio City Council Chambers to present the Council members with nearly 700 petition signatures urging them to press forward with their pledged commitment to develop a Climate Action Plan for the city. While there is much to celebrate in the forward movement of our new Council, many questions […]

  • SIXTY DAYS A YEAR ABOVE 100° – San Antonio

    Climate change debates aside, the raw numbers show San Antonio is becoming much hotter, much more often. What does this mean to our city, and to a state where nearly 40 percent of the labor force is working outside? Most people don’t realize it wasn’t always this hot here. When record-keeping in San Antonio started […]