Apr 06, 2010 — A decade-long fight over a proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts could be over soon. It's called Cape Wind. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will make a decision by the end of April. What would be the nation's first offshore wind farm is bigger than a simple "not in my backyard" issue. Like wind development proposals in this region, it has divided communities and even neighbors. Reporter Curt Nickisch met two people who've come down on opposite sides - both for environmental reasons. Go to full article
Apr 02, 2010 — More than year ago peanut butter made in the southern U.S. sickened hundreds of people and killed as many as nine. The outbreak set off a scramble to make food safer. Large and small farms across the country are being urged, and in some cases required by markets, to implement food safety plans or hire outside experts to cerify their practices.
But there are questions about how much the push for "food safety" will make food...safer. Peter Payette has more on the story.
April 14 and 15, the Cornell Cooperative Extension's Learning Farm in Canton is hosting a two-day workshop to help farmers develop food safety plans that focus on prevention. The all-day sessions are for farmers whose buyers are requiring third party verification of their food safety practices, or for farmers who are thinking about becoming certified. call 315-788-8450 x268 for more information.Go to full article
Arlington, VA, Mar 31, 2010 — A new survey reveals what TV weathercasters think about climate change. Lester Graham reports... that's important because many people look to the TV weathercaster for information about climate change. Go to full article
Portland, ME, Feb 18, 2010 — When Congress approved production tax credits for renewable energy, not every industry got the same treatment. Biomass power is not getting the subsidies that other alternative energy sources get. Lester Graham reports. Go to full article
Mill Valley, CA, Feb 16, 2010 — You might think you know corn - as in corn tortillas, corn-flakes, corn-bread and so on. But do you really know corn? Like, did you know that our last harvest could be one of our biggest, or that most American corn is genetically modified? Shawn Allee reports experts want us to get re-acquainted with our biggest crop because we need to make huge decisions about its future. Go to full article
Letart, WV, Jan 29, 2010 — "Clean coal" got a mention in President Obama's State of the Union address this week. Along with nuclear power and alternative energy sources, the President listed clean coal as an important sources for energy for the country.
He also promised to move forward on climate change reductions. And here, America is in a bind. Almost half of our electricity comes from coal. But compared to other power sources, coal produces the most carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
Industry is testing new technology in hopes of fulfilling the promise of "clean coal." Shawn Allee has this update on a test project that has some hard work left to do. Go to full article
Golden, CO, Jan 26, 2010 — A new study says wind power could meet 20% of the energy needs of the eastern United States. But to get there, the nation needs to invest in a lot of infrastructure. Samara Freemark reports. Go to full article
Gainesville, FL, Jan 21, 2010 — The government's Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to return a certain amount of agricultural fields to their original wetlands. As Tanya Ott reports, a new study finds those efforts might be paying off. Go to full article