Archive for January 2014

Warning Issued on Food and Land Pressures in a Growing World

Jan 26th, 2014 | By

By Suzanne York, A United Nations report titled Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply highlights the pressing need to cope with changes in a growing and consuming world that is shifting quickly from the one we’ve known for decades. According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the need to feed a
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We Can’t Say We Didn’t See It Coming

Jan 19th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, The governor of California has declared that the state is experiencing a drought emergency and is urging water rationing.  Governor Jerry Brown called it “perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.” This came shortly after the release of a MIT study this
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Hold the Dairy, and the Meat Too

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

By Suzanne York, Overconsumption, as most people are aware of, is having a tremendous effect on the planet.  But fewer think of this in terms of diet, where intensive meat and dairy production is also a strain on the environment. A new report – Meat Atlas – has just been published by Friends of
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Putting the Affordable into Contraceptive Coverage

Jan 7th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, Full coverage for birth control, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), kicked in as Americans rang in the new year.  Contraception is now available for free from health insurance plans under the ACA. A key provision of the ACA requires employers with 50 or more workers to provide medical
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Wall Street Wolves and Rethinking Economic Growth

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

By Suzanne York, It’s time for a fresh start on the year.  Which makes it a good time to take a hard look at how the global economy is structured, and how that is working for people (the 99%, not the 1%) and the environment. There is an obsession with economic growth that flies
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