Massachusetts recently announced that it will soon ban large businesses and institutions from sending food waste to the dump. Instead much of the waste food will be sent to anaerobic digesters and made into a type of gas that can run electric generators.
Bill McKibben is the closest thing the grassroots climate movement has to a celebrity. Co-founder of 350.org, he catalyzed opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline and is now urging institutions around the country divest their holdings from fossil fuels. His new book, Oil and Honey, is half activist memoir, half meditation on beekeeping in Vermont.
Eradicating weeds is one of the thorniest problems facing organic farmers. Weeding by hand is backbreaking work, but using herbicide means the farm is no longer organic. Enter agronomist Frank Forcella, who's modifying an ordinary sandblaster kill weeds and fertilizes food crops, too.
Many experts believe renewable energy and distributed microgrids can save costs and be a better solution to extreme weather. Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s energy infrastructure could present an opportunity to make this a reality.