It’s March!

The air is warmer and the days are lengthening! We “spring forward” in just a few weeks and soon the warm coats and snow pants will be packed away. (But make sure to leave your boots out for another month or two due to mud season!) I just booked a family tour at a new-to-me farm (more on that after we’ve visited) and I’m excited to get a behind the scenes look and meet some baby animals. In the meantime, no big plans here this weekend. Cleaning, finishing some school projects and Covid-safe socializing. However after experiencing last year’s March, calm and boring sound just fine to me. Let’s see what’s happening in eco-news.

Hannah shared her magic number but what if we can do more? You’re Thinking About Home Heating Wrong. Getting a heat pump is one of the easiest ways for homeowners to fight climate change. Electrifying buildings and vehicles while switching to climate-safe clean electricity while adapting our infrastructure to a changing climate will be deeply challenging,” David Pomerantz, the executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute, told me. “But relying on gas in a changing climate would also be deeply challenging.” Electric power is fundamental to everything we do, making widespread reform of the grid and the tools that use it even more urgent.   

We’ve talked about environmental racism on GreenLifeNH. It’s still a big problem but steps, such as this one, are being taken to slowly ameliorate the situation. Environmental racism in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’, must end, say UN human rights experts. The further industrialization of so-called “Cancer Alley” in the southern United States, known for its pollution-emitting chemical plants, should be halted according to a large group of independent UN human rights experts, who on Tuesday branded it a form of “environmental racism”.

Corporations nudge farmers to help the environment through “regenerative agriculture.” Two of Minnesota’s biggest food companies are pushing the farmers they work with to grow crops in a way that is better for the environment. This plan seems backwards (it’s normally the farmers who lead the charge) but corporations are providing financial incentives to farmers who introduce some of these steps into their practice. Advice includes not tilling the soil before planting, introducing biodiversity and livestock grazing, planting cover crops to prevent the soil from being bare, and reducing or completely stopping the use of pesticides.

Locally, the EPA Has Cost-Sharing Deal To Clean Up, Redevelop Nashua’s Mohawk Tannery Superfund. The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a deal to split the cost of cleanup for a hazardous waste site in Nashua, NH with a business that aims to redevelop the property.

And now here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!

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