The Energy Department announced four entities selected to receive $7.4 million to spur innovation of next-generation water power component technologies, designed for manufacturability and built specifically for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems. The projects will address technical challenges in three areas: advanced controls, crosscutting power take-off (PTO)—which converts mechanical motion into electrical power—and innovative structures. Waves, tides, and ocean currents represent a largely untapped renewable energy resource that could provide clean, affordable energy to U.S. homes and businesses across the country. Advancements in MHK technologies will help these devices effectively and sustainably harness increased amounts of renewable energy from marine environments.
Phoenix and Blacksburg, VA are the nation's top winners in the 2015 Mayors' Climate Protection Awards, an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Walmart. The winners were announced today during the Mayors' Climate Protection Awards luncheon, which was held in conjunction with USCM's 83rd Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
The annual awards program, now in its ninth year, recognizes mayors for innovative programs that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. An independent panel of judges selected the winners from a pool of applicants.
Marstel-Day Hosts Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s Head of Research and Education Programs on Ocean Sustainability, August 19
International environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day announced that the Vice President of Research and Education at the Consortium of Ocean Leadership, Kristen Yarincik, will speak at the firm’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at the firm’s Alexandria, VA office. The talk will be given at noon EST and can be viewed via livestream from the Marstel-Day website.
On July 23, Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the PRIME Act (H.R. 3187), a bill that would empower states to pass laws allowing the sale of custom processed meat. Farmer/slaughterhouse owner Joel Salatin writes on how the current meat processing regulations work and how the PRIME Act can provide a huge shot in the arm to the local food movement.
For consumers unfamiliar with the vagaries of abattoir licensing, the difference between “inspected” and “custom” can sound like a foreign language. Why wouldn’t you say “inspected” and “uninspected”? To anyone looking at options, that seems like something you can compare. But “inspected” and “custom” sound like a cross between a vintage car and a driver’s license.
New surveys show that citizens in six key states overwhelmingly support mandatory labeling for foods containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs.
In a major victory for Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund member Anthony Bavuso, a York County Poquoson Circuit Court Judge has ruled that the Virginia Right to Farm Act and a state zoning law prohibited York County from requiring Bavuso to obtain a special use permit in order to conduct oyster farming on his property. Bavuso and the York County Board of Supervisors (BOS) have been locked in a four-year battle over whether the farmer has the right to operate his oyster business on his land.