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Interview with Wes Gillingham, Program Director at Catskill Mountainkeeper, located in New York.
As a New York based organization, what are some of the biggest challenges and opportunities the region faces from climate change?
Extreme weather events like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy have shown us that New York communities stand to be significantly impacted by the effects of global climate change. Yet these named storms are only the tip of the iceberg. Over the past decade, numerous and intense unnamed storms and other extreme weather have been affecting rural communities and the agricultural lands on which... read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, has been working on a commonsense approach to cut carbon pollution from power plants. The science shows that climate change is already posing risks to our health and our economy. The Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants and the Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations.
The attached list provides key dates from EPA’s proposals and planned dates for proposing and finalizing Clean Air Act... read more
The hallmark of a truly sustainable system is its ability to regenerate itself. When it comes to farming, the key to sustainable agriculture is healthy soil, since this is the foundation for present and future growth.
Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.
As we face... read more
A new study links the March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracturing that activated a previously unknown fault. The induced seismic sequence included a rare felt earthquake of magnitude 3.0, according to research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA). The full news release is linked above.