Trump administration wants to allow "extreme and cruel" hunting methods in Alaska

May 23, 2018 by  
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Donald Trump’s administration is angling to amend hunting regulations for national preserves in Alaska , and not for the better. Announced this week, the proposed changes would reverse Obama-era rules that forbid hunting methods the Sierra Club described as cruel and extreme. Among these methods? Baiting bears with human food and shooting wolf pups and bear cubs in their dens. The National Park Service (NPS) announced the proposal this week, saying it would toss out 2015 regulatory provisions banning hunting practices that Alaska allows on state land. Their proposal would affect national preserves, but not national parks . The Associated Press reported that increasing hunting rights on federal lands has been among Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s priorities; the Washington Post said that the NPS’s proposal is in keeping with an order from Zinke to assent to states’ wishes to expand recreational hunting. Related: Trump fills his wildlife protection board with big-game trophy hunters These rules would allow Alaska officials to make the final decision about methods such as killing bear cubs with their mothers, shooting swimming caribou from a boat, targeting animals from snowmobiles or airplanes, hunting animals in their dens, baiting animals with sweets, or poisoning animals. “Targeting cubs and mothers through baiting and other extreme hunting measures has no place on our public lands ,” said Alli Harvey, an Alaska representative for the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign. “Zinke is undermining science-based wildlife management and the basic premise of public lands as places for wildlife conservation . This decision overrides fundamental national environmental safeguards in the name of narrow interests.” You can comment on the proposal on the Regulations.gov website until July 23. + Sierra Club + National Park Service Via The Washington Post and the Associated Press Images via  Depositphotos (1)

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Sierra Club’s Michael Brune keeps it real on energy

November 8, 2017 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. In this episode: Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, says “we’ve turned a corner.”

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Terracycle, P&G partner in a love-hate relationship with trash

November 8, 2017 by  
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Takeaways from Terracycle, mad scientists of recycling, from 15 years of working with global consumer brands.

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How off-grid solar energy could connect sub-Saharan Africa

March 28, 2017 by  
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Governments in Tanzania, Rwanda and Sierra Leone are studying “minigrids” enabled by solar and battery advances. But generating costs must become much more competitive for them to become truly viable.

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Yoga pants, fleece jackets and the microplastics dilemma

March 28, 2017 by  
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No clothing brand intended for their synthetic products to be discharged into the environment in the former of tiny bits of plastic. Now that they know, they must step up and tackle the problem.

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Aviation’s evolution: Fuel cells, 3D-printed planes and beyond

March 28, 2017 by  
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Companies such as Airbus, Boeing and easyJet rethink air travel’s environmental impacts.

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NASA unveils 6 prototypical deep space human habitats for Mars and beyond

August 10, 2016 by  
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Each habitat prototype is backed by a different private U.S. company. The six companies are Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Boeing of Pasadena, Texas, Lockheed Martin of Denver, Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado, and NanoRacks of Webster, Texas. The six habitats have the same goal: keep humans and equipment safe even in the notoriously inhospitable climes of places like Mars. However, how each habitat looks and works differs greatly from one to the next. Related: How Scott Kelly’s 340 days in space, and his twin, will help NASA plan future flights “NASA is on an ambitious expansion of human spaceflight, including the Journey to Mars, and we’re utilizing the innovation, skill and knowledge of both the government and private sectors,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems which manages the NextSTEP program. “The next human exploration capabilities needed beyond the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion capsule are deep space, long duration habitation and in-space propulsion. We are now adding focus and specifics on the deep space habitats where humans will live and work independently for months or years at a time, without cargo supply deliveries from Earth.” Over the next two years, the six partner companies will work to develop ground prototypes and run concept studies to explore options for deep space habitats with Mars and other far-reaching destinations in mind. Each habitat will include a pressurized cabin, with complex integrated systems controlling docking functions, environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS), radiation mitigation, fire safety, and crew health capabilities. + NASA NextStep Via Gizmodo Images via NASA , Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NanoRacks, Orbital ATK, and Sierra Nevada Corporation

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Alite’s pop-up Sierra Shack tents connect to create multi-room shelters

June 22, 2016 by  
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The Sierra Shack weighs less than 7 pounds, and you can sling it over your shoulder for easy transport. Its three zip-up doors allow you to customize your privacy, or even zip together additional tents to make a larger space. This modular feature means you can have a big social space during the day and partition off tents for private bedrooms at night. Related: Top eco-friendly camping gear for conscientious outdoor enthusiasts Setting the tent up and breaking it down is a breeze, and campers can rest assured the waterproof design means a comfortable and dry respite. The Sierra Shack can be toted along the most difficult trails, where cars can’t go, for a remote and peaceful camping experience. Combine your tent with Alite’s selection of folding chairs, totes, cooking supplies, sleeping bags, and waterproof blankets and you have everything you need for the perfect camping trip. + Alite Images via Alite

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Trailblazing slate tiles with hidden solar thermal reduce energy use by 85%

June 22, 2016 by  
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Harnessing the sun’s warmth to heat water is an approach fading in popularity in many places where solar power is already used, but it still makes sense for especially sunny places like Spain. Because natural slate is dark in color, it attracts the sun’s heat, and a rooftop sheathed in Thermoslate tiles can, according to the company’s website, provide up to two-thirds of a home’s hot water needs annually. Other homes with Thermoslate rooftops are reducing energy consumption by as much as 85 percent annually. Related: Spain reveals plans for first public streetlight system powered by wind and sun The tiles can be used for an attractive roof covering , a beautiful slate floor, or even outdoor wall cladding. For rooftop applications, there are two different options for installation method—one with nails, much like traditional roof tiles, and another using hooks that make it possible to slide the slate tiles out. The hook method allows for easier maintenance and repair because, although natural slate is quite durable, roof tiles can become damaged over time. The innocuous appearance of the Thermoslate system make it a good match for historic renovation projects because, once installed, it’s nearly impossible to detect a difference from a traditional slate tile rooftop. Via Treehugger Images via Cupa Pizarras

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Old horse stable transformed into a chic art studio and guesthouse

June 22, 2016 by  
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Commissioned by a young couple, the Stable Conversion keeps a low profile in the forested landscape with its mostly gray-painted facade. Pops of color, such as the red-painted doors, and full-height windows add visual interest to the facade. In contrast to the demure exterior, the interior is bright, warm-toned, and filled with natural light that reflects off of the white-painted drywall and concrete floors. Light-colored timber used throughout the space—from the furnishings to the window frames and exposed ceiling beam—lend a touch of warmth. Related: Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal The 760-square-foot renovated building houses a flexible art studio space as well as a guest space for visiting family. In the place of where the horse stalls and feed area once stood, the architects inserted the Main Hall, a long open-plan room bookended by a workspace with an easel on one side and a sitting area with a wood-burning stove on the other. Sliding barn doors, painted a bright yellow, separate the Main Room from a minimally furnished bedroom and mudroom. + Shed Architecture and Design Via Dezeen Images via Shed Architecture and Design

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