Environment, General/Other News

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White House Introduces Web App to See How Climate Change Impacts Households
The White House is developing a web application that will show how climate change will impact American households. The app at climate.data.gov would be a tool to enable individuals, business...more



Philanthropic and Environmental Groups Join Forces to Announce Shale Gas Development in the Appalachian
Representatives of philanthropic foundations, energy companies and environmental agencies gather together to announce the Formation of a Center for Performance Standards and Independent Certification...more

Looking Closer at Locally Grown Urban Produce
In a paper recently published in the September-October issue of Journal of Environmental Quality, the findings identify the issues surrounding urban agriculture. Chefs, patrons and communities are...more

National Area Preservation Holds Volunteer Workday to Honor MLK
The Natural Area Preservation and REI have joined together to lead a volunteer stewardship workday to meant to remove invasive shrubs from Furstenberg Nature Area in honor of Martin Luther King...more

A Glimpse Into Clean, Green Fish Farming
According to researchers in the United States, there is a way to make aquaculture clean and green, and locally produced and grown. Sea farmers are now successfully delivering tilapia to seafood...more

Does Gaming Have a Long-Lasting Impact on Our Environment?
The Emerson Engagement Lab is committed to boosting the participation of a city's residents through a lineup of original games designed for civic engagement. It's latest game, Community PlanIt,...more

Farmers Being Paid for Welcoming Migratory Birds
Backed by the Nature Conservancy and started with data from eBird, the BirdReturns program pays rice farmers in the flight path of migratory shore birds to keep their fields flooded with irrigation...more

Forest Protection, Economic Growth Must Go Together
The Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, Stig Traavik, writes about protecting forests and economic growth going hand in hand. Traavik states that Norway supports Indonesia's efforts in...more

Urban Orchard Brings to Life Neglected Vancouver Brownfield
Between three to five years, a vacant Vancouver brownfield has been planted with more than 400 fruit-bearing trees. The city of Vancouver calls the site as the largest urban orchard in North...more

Volunteering With Youth Service and Conservation Corps on Earth Day
The Youth Service and Conservation Corps welcomes volunteers and provides them with paid job and leadership training, academic programming, and extra support through an approach that enhances...more






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A Social Enterprise Inspired by Charcoal


A Social Enterprise Inspired by Charcoal

Greenchar, a social enterprise led by Tom Osborn, provides eco-friendly, smokeless, high energy and quality charcoal briquettes and clean cook stoves that allow individuals to save time, money and energy. Greenchar is an alternative energy source to charcoal and firewood used for cooking.




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