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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

“There’s Nothing Wrong With the Earth”

Jessie Haas

Communities dig terraces to stop soil erosion in Lushoto, Tanzania. Image: Georgina Smith/CIAT

What if we really could have it all? Abundant, nourishing food for everyone, farmers able to make a good living while producing it, beautiful wildlands, a resurgence of threatened plants, bugs, birds, and animals, and a cooler […]

Livestock Methane, Perspectives and Progress

Biogenic Carbon Cycle. You can learn more about this graphic at www.bit.ly/UCD-C-cycle. A video discussion with comments from UC Davis CLEAR Center’s director is at www.bit.ly/Rethink-CH4.

Jessie Haas

The climate in which we developed our civilization was shaped by grass and the animals that ate it. Co-evolving, grass and grazing herds built […]

Community Greenhouses Sprouting

Edible Brattleboro volunteers grow food in public spaces, like the grassy area between the Brattleboro Food Coop parking lot and the Whetstone Brook Image: Edibe Brattleboro

Jessie Haas

When Marilyn Chiarello, founder of Edible Brattleboro, saw a free hoophouse frame offered on a local listserv, she started dreaming. A place for the […]

USDA Awarded $2.2 Million in Grants to Local Farmers and Producers

Jessie Haas

USDA has awarded $2.2 million in grants to farmers and producers in Vermont and New Hampshire under the Value-Added Producers Grant program (VAPG).

Businesses receiving grants include Runamok Maple in Fairfax, VT which will use its $248,063 grant to expand processing and diversify product packaging. Runamok sugarbush is certified organic through […]

Vermont Law Enforcement Going Green

Windham County (Vermont) Sheriff, based in Newfane, has purchased a Tesla Model 3 to replace one of the Department’s cruisers. Photo courtesy of Sheriff Mark Anderson.

Jessie Haas

The Vermont State Police, Vermont Department of Public Safety (DPS), Brattleboro Police Department (BPD), and Windham County Sheriff’s Office are all experimenting with electric or hybrid […]

Sustainable Trains and Planes

Hydrogen-powered passenger train Image: Alstom.

Jessie Haas

Transportation is one of the most persistent sources of greenhouse gases (GHG) and one of the most difficult problems to solve. But recently some countries have been making strides, with both electric and hydrogen fuel-cell-powered mass transit.

In Europe, where most countries take their […]

No-Till Gardening: Good for Crops and the Environment

Image: rootsimple.com

Jessie Haas

Most people don’t realize that we are living through two carbon crises (plus a pandemic, plus mass political craziness. I know, right?) We have too much carbon in the atmosphere and not enough in the soil, and there’s a connection: between 50 and 70% of the carbon in world farmland […]

Major League Baseball Players for the Planet

http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2020/09/04/taking-farming-to-net-zero/

Jessie Haas

Brent Suter, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, recently endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act which is working its way through the U.S. House of Representatives. Fellow endorsers include many names that will be familiar to New England readers, including former Vermont governor Howard Dean and biathlete Susan […]

Buildings as Carbon Sinks

Happiness Hill is a straw-bale addition to an existing cabin which New Frameworks built in 2014. The house is built with natural clay plaster finish on the interior, local wood siding exterior, and an interior local wood timber frame. The square footage of the home was doubled while keeping the energy usage the same. […]

Cool You, Cool Planet

Trees provide free natural shading to keep your home cool. Image: livingrootless.blogspot.com

Jessie Haas

Cooling will become a greater necessity and create a greater environmental burden as our planet heats. As we swing into the season when cooling, rather than warming, is the issue, it’s time to consider the great two-for-one deal of a […]