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Compost Site Closes for the Season December 12th

Last day to bring leaves and brush to compost site is December 12th. See here for more information.

Community Calculator

What is the Community Calculator?

The Community Calculator is a partial calculator to first measure the amount of carbon an individual is using by creating a basic footprint. This calculator may be used in classrooms, by residents and by businesses in town. Next, the calculator is designed to help individuals reduce their footprint. Finally, users may like to compete with other students, residents or businesses in their town. They may form groups and compete by trying to reduce their footprint more than their counterparts. Who can reduce the most? Read More »

News from Hutchins Farm

Short days, cold mornings and falling leaves herald the end of another season. Despite a cool, wet June and July and unusually intense disease pressure on some crops, we managed to field a diverse and abundant variety of produce at the stand and at the three farmer’s markets we attended this year. Strawberries started strong (and were delicious) but came to an untimely (and mushy) end with the unrelenting June monsoon. Read More »

Concord CAN launches education initiative

ConcordCAN, Concord-Carlisle Adult and Community Education (CCACE), and MA Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary will join forces in providing a variety of community education opportunities in and around Concord this fall. ConcordCAN’s programs are designed to help Concord citizens understand how to lead more sustainable lifestyles by reducing carbon footprints and greenhouse gas emissions, conserving natural resources and energy, while protecting and celebrating the environment. Read More »

Navajo Nation will develop wind-power project

Today we present the good, the bad, and the ugly of energy sources on Navajo land. The good: The Navajo Nation has formed a joint venture with Boston-based Citizens Energy Corp for a wind-power project on its vast Western reservation. The bad: The tribe continues to try to push through a controversial coal plant as well, and recently sued the U.S. EPA for not yet issuing an air permit. Read More »

U.S. West warming faster than the rest of the planet, says analysis

The U.S. West is warming faster than the rest of the country, and faster than the planet as a whole, according to an analysis of 50 scientific studies done by the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. From 2003 to 2007, the globe was 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than its average 20th century temperature; during the same period, 11 Western states averaged 1.7 degrees warmer. Westerners are unlikely to dispute the findings, considering the ongoing drought. Read More »

Fewer zero-emission vehicles will be required on California roads by 2014

California's Air Resources Board has voted to reduce the number of zero-emissions vehicles required to be sold in the state by 2014 from 25,000 to 7,500. It's a hefty reduction, though less dramatic than the recommendation by CARB staff that the requirement be cut to 2,500 vehicles. Not-quite-zero-but-still-relatively-less-emissions vehicles, like plug-in hybrids, will make up the rest of the quotient, the board decided. Read More »

A roundup of news snippets

• Chemical manufacturer Dupont is being sued for noncompliance with pollution laws.

• New England is not on track to meet greenhouse-gas reduction targets, says a report.

• Denmark is building 20,000 electric car recharging stations. Read More »

Chilean salmon-farming industry in a sad state

A virus called infectious salmon anemia is sweeping through Chile's fisheries, bringing attention to the condition of the country's third-largest export industry. On expansive salmon farms, fish are bred in crowded underwater pens. Fish poop and food pellets contaminate the water. As many as 1 million nonnative salmon escape each year, gobbling native species and traveling as far as Argentina. The fish are treated liberally with antibiotics, some of which are prohibited for use on animals in the U.S. -- but 29 percent of Chilean exports end up in American grocery stores. Read More »

Washington governor may veto bill restricting toxins in toys

Washington State Gov. Christine Gregoire may veto legislation that would be the toughest in the nation at making sure toys are free of (or low in) lead, cadmium, phthalates, and other toxins. Even though a slew of amendments exempt certain playthings, from tricycles to pellet guns to sleds, Big Toy officials have warned Gregoire that the bill is still too restrictive, since it doesn't exempt lead solder used on computer components in the innards of some toys. Read More »

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