Food System

The Rise of Community Food Forests

Aug 29th, 2018 | By Catherine Bukowski and John Munsell

In the past six years, the number of community food forests has grown from a handful to more than 70. But what are community food forests, and why are they capturing the imagination of people in neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the United States?
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Transportation, Innovation

Hytch: An App that Pays you to Carpool

Aug 17th, 2018 | By Lew Blaustein

Nashville startup Hytch is helping solve Music City’s traffic problem by rewarding drivers and passengers who carpool and rideshare with cash and other incentives.
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Food System

Why Ozone Levels Pose a Challenge to Food Security

Aug 9th, 2018 | By Divya Pandey, AXA Research Fund; Lisa Emberson, University of York, and Sofie Mortensen, Stockholm Environment Institute

Ozone is a well-known and interesting gas. It is thought of as a “good” gas when present in the stratosphere, where it forms the ozone layer sitting 15 to 30 kilometers above Earth that protect life from detrimental ultraviolet radiation.
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Food System

Can Reducing Light Pollution Help Pollinators?

Jun 22nd, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

Planting pollinator gardens, avoiding pesticide use, and buying local honey are important actions you can take to support pollinators, but here’s another idea to add to the list: reducing light pollution.
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Transportation, Innovation

How School Buses Could Help Run Your Air Conditioning

Jun 13th, 2018 | By Kevin Stark, Energy News Network

What if instead of sitting idle for much of the summer, school buses had a seasonal job helping to balance the electric grid? The state of Illinois is about to test that potential.
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Transportation

What Are Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles?

Jun 6th, 2018 | By Katrina Kazda

The designation “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV) has many people perplexed. Certainly, childhood math would tell us there is no such thing as “partial-zero.” But while most of us are scratching our heads, PZEVs are quickly becoming the norm in gasoline vehicles. In fact, by 2025 all cars sold in America will be PZEVs. But what does this strange designation mean?
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Food System, Eco Living

Why You Should Plant a Front Yard Veggie Garden

May 31st, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

If you’ve wanted to start growing food but don’t have much space, the answer may be right in front of you — your front yard, that is. Front yard vegetable gardens are a growing trend. Nevertheless, some people don’t even consider growing food in the front yard because they think it might look messy or lead to neighbor complaints. Those folks should think again, says Natalie Carver, horticultural director for Love and Carrots, a company that designs, installs, and maintains urban vegetable gardens for homeowners throughout the Washington D.C. metro area.
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Food System, Innovation

The Future of Burgers

May 25th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

If you follow food trends, it seems that we’re having a reckoning with the all-American hamburger right now. Here’s a look at the changing burger landscape, just in time for Memorial Day.
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Transportation

10 Cars That Don't Care About Rising Gas Prices

May 9th, 2018 | By Amy Leibrock

Gas prices are starting to rise as we head into summer, and political uncertainty isn't helping matters. There’s only one way to escape fluctuating prices at the pump for good, and that’s to switch to an alternative fuel vehicle. Here are 10 of the most fuel-efficient vehicles to consider in 2018.
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