Bruce Haedrich EV Battery Article Fails on Facts and Logic

Bruce Haedrich EV Battery Article Fails on Facts and Logic

A n article claiming that EV batteries, solar power and wind power are worse for the environment than coal and gasoline, by Bruce Haedrich, is being passed around the internet. Haedrich, a self-published MAGA science fiction author, confirmed that he is the author of the piece. This is a full rebuttal and evisceration of Bruce Haedrich’s article which exists on the internet with various titles and versions, the original of which is, “The Shocking Naked Truth.” Bruce Haedrich claims his piece was originally published by Forbes Magazine. A warning to…

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Making Waste less Wasteful

A Beginning Where Others See an End

In rural British Columbia, Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society is harnessing the power of poop. Abbotsford, BRITISH COLUMBIA— It takes no more than an Uber ride with the window down across Abbotsford, B.C. to notice that you are in Canada’s agricultural capital. The scent of Cedar and Spruce that envelops most of the Fraser Valley, the Southwestern region of British Columbia that neighbors Washington State, is overpowered by the farm smells of wheat, fresh grass and, especially, cow feed—in all parts of its cycle. The odor of cow manure grows faint to…

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Building a Global Mangrove Movement

Building a Global Mangrove Movement

Mangrove ecosystems provide community livelihoods, function as biodiversity hotspots, and help mitigate the effects of climate change, but efforts to protect them have been patchy and localized. A few organizations have banded together to change that. NAYARIT, Mexico— Oscar González Díaz takes a closer look at the mangroves surrounding a small patch of earth and vegetation, one of few remaining in this part of the lagoon. The leaves are sparse, but they will regenerate once the rains pick up and increase the ratio of freshwater to saltwater in the Chumbeño…

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Food Waste Warriors

A Beginning Where Others See an End

So much of American life can be improved by reducing food waste. ReFED can help. Top image: Dana Gunders, ReFED’s Executive Director, at a farmers market near her home in Truckee, California. TRUCKEE, California— Dana Gunders is groan-laughing, despite herself. For the last hour, the conversation in a Truckee, California, grocery store café lounge has focused on the impact of food waste on human beings and our environment, “food waste” appearing at first blush to be a mild, if approachable term for a few ingredients not making it into a…

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The Good Food Encyclopedia

A Beginning Where Others See an End

The team behind the Consupedia app are on a mission to create a more transparent and sustainable food industry, armed with a database of 250,000 products. With only a barcode scan, it tells consumers how sustainable and ethical their food choices are. GOTLAND, Sweden— It’s early July on the vacation island of Gotland, in the Baltic sea between the coasts of Sweden and Latvia. The sun shines on rugged cliffs, white sailboats are packed tight in the marina, and a steady stream of people flock towards the center of its…

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The Light Fantastic

A Beginning Where Others See an End

New Zealand startup BioLumic is producing radically healthier and more productive crops, simply by exposing them to novel “recipes” of UV light PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand— On four narrow shelves in a windowless room in a nondescript building in the New Zealand city of Palmerston North, eight dozen little cannabis clones are quietly and invisibly revolutionizing agriculture. Banks of LEDs sit above each row of plants, bathing them in purple light. Some of the tiny diodes are blue, some are red—standard grow lights that mimic sunlight and enable crops to…

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Planting the Future

A Beginning Where Others See an End

Deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon, an organization called Yakum is seeding a better, cleaner, greener future for the indigenous Siekopai ­SIEKOPAI REMOLINO, Ecuador— Antonio Francisco Noteno and his wife Liliana had a plan. They were going to clear the forest on their property to finally be able to make some money. They would bring a bunch of cattle up to their plot in the Amazon, and they would plant African palms for palm oil, a hugely popular cash crop in their corner of Ecuador. But in the middle of the…

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A Cold Room for a Warming World

A Beginning Where Others See an End

A Nigerian start-up takes on the problem of food spoilage at all steps of the production chain, one solar-powered cold room at a time. OBINZE, Nigeria— In the courtyard of Obinze Fruit & Vegetable market, haggling has peaked for the  morning. Retailers, drawn from far-flung villages and suburbs of Imo state, southeast Nigeria and neighboring city of Port Harcourt, crowd the contours of the market hunting for bargains and fresh fruits. On a wood-framed table, under a trading booth made of stilts, rusty zinc, and leaky tarpaulin, dozens of vendors…

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Apeel’s Mission to Save the World’s Produce

A Beginning Where Others See an End

Starting with the state’s beloved avocado, the California-based Apeel Sciences has found a natural way to extend the life of produce and reduce food waste. GOLETA, California — Balancing precariously on the 41st rung of a ladder propped on the bough of an avocado tree, an avocado picker extends a 12-foot (3.6 meter) pole and deftly strips the branches of their fruit. His right leg wrapped around two rungs, torso twisted 180 degrees, he works from branch to branch, filling the navy canvas pouch slung across his chest. He nimbly…

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