Vermont has fallen well short of its goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Thursday.
The state’s lawmakers set the goals in 2006 with optimistic legislation that laid out a timeline for the state’s greenhouse gas reductions. The legislature used 1990 emissions levels as a benchmark, calling for a 25 percent reduction from those levels by 2012, a 50 percent reduction by 2028 and a 75 percent reduction by 2050.
When we turn on the faucet in Vermont, we expect clean water. But for a third of the world, safe drinking water can’t be taken for granted. Native Vermonter, Carolyn Meub is Executive Director of Pure Water for the World, a non profit run out of Rutland that’s been tackling this issue in Central America and Haiti.
Two decades ago I was at a museum store in Manhattan. I bought a book and told the clerk that I didn’t need a bag. She instructed me to not be silly as she wrapped the tome in not one but two plastic bags. I was so stunned, I blurted, “Do you know where your trash goes?” She waved a dismissive hand and answered, ‘Oh, somewhere in New Jersey.”
Vermont’s bumble bees are in trouble. A new investigation from the Vermont Center for Ecostudies has found that more than one quarter of the fuzzy bumbles have either vanished or are suffering a serious decline.
And that’s bad news for all of us, as the species are vital pollinators. Kent McFarland, senior conservation biologist for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and field researcher Sara Zahendra spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the plight of the bumble bee.
Vermont Gas Systems plans to offer its energy efficiency program to all consumers in its service territory even if they don’t use natural gas for fuel.
The utility announced the expansion on Tuesday at an event in Addison County. Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, said he came up with the idea this summer in response to the gas company’s proposal to extend its pipeline through Addison County and eventually to Rutland.
They haven’t got the green light yet, but this week the company that wants to build an extension of a natural gas pipeline from Chittenden to Addison Count filed their application for Phase Two of the project.
Vermont Gas still needs a go-ahead from the Public Service Board, which could rule next month on the expansion that would go through some Addison County towns to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.
Green Mountain Power’s new $2.75 million Energy Innovation Center opens today in Rutland. The facility was created out of what had been two blighted downtown properties and fulfills one of the key promises GMP made to Rutland when it purchased CVPS almost 18 months ago.
It occurred to me recently, as I was contemplating what to serve on Thanksgiving Day, that there was no refrigeration back in the days of the pilgrims. There were no 18-wheelers bring carrots from California or frozen turkeys from Texas. Although I have freezers and refrigerators, I may do things more like the Pilgrims than the average American. And it’s easy.
The Vermont Attorney General's office announced two wins this week in water quality cases stemming from forestry and farming.
An announcement on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Thea Schwartz said the Washington Superior Court ruled against logger Reginald Riendeau. The court’s injunction forces Riendeau to address water quality issues at his 250-acre logging site in Albany.