|UN panel aims for a ‘future worth choosing’|
BBC News - 1/30/2012.By Richard Black – Growing inequality, environmental decline and "teetering" economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a UN report concludes. Health and education must improve, it says. Subsidies on fossil fuels should end, and governments must look beyond the standard economic indicator of GDP.
|A new use for hay|
Kennebec Journal - 1/30/2012.By Mechele Cooper – Vassolboro: Peter Bragdon proudly showed off his prototype "hay log" at the kitchen table. Bragdon, who has been haying for 30 years on his 170-acre farm, said his hay log – a solid fuel that can be burned in place of wood in furnaces, stoves, fire pits, chimeras and camp fires – is good news for farmers.
|Pesticides blames for bee decline|
The Independent - 1/30/2012.By Nathan Owen – Compelling new evidence from the US government's top bee expert that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned.
|Do I dare to plant a peach?|
Maine Sunday Telegram - 1/29/2012.By Dennis Hoey – Terry Skillin, president and owner of Skillins Greenhouses in Brunswick, Cumberland and Falmouth, has begun to notice that local gardeners are having greater success growing varieties of produce that flourish in the South, such as tomatoes, peppers and melons.