Gina-Marie Cheeseman

Gina-Marie is a freelance writer and journalist armed with a degree in journalism, and a passion for social justice, including the environment and sustainability. She writes for various websites, and has made the 75+ Environmentalists to Follow list by Mashable.com.

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SolarCity Provides a Way for SMBs To Afford Solar Energy

SolarCity recently introduced a new solar energy service that enables small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to pay less for solar than they pay for power from their local utility. Initially, SolarCity will offer its SMB service to owner-occupied businesses in California, but plans to expand it to the East Coast and other areas in early 2016.

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Wendy’s Eases Into Antibiotic-Free Chicken

Wendy’s is testing antibiotic-free chicken products in Orlando and Gainesville, Florida, Kansas City, Missouri, and Austin, Texas. During the test period, the fast food chain will “gauge consumer perception and supply availability,” according to news reports.

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P&G To Make 230 Million Bottles From Recycled Materials

P&G Fabric Care will manufacture 230 million bottles for select brands from 50 percent post-consumer recycled content. That’s the equivalent of the distance from the North Pole to the South Pole if the bottles were stretched from end-to-end.

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Costco Ditches Antibiotic-Laced Chilean Salmon

The nation’s third largest retailer ditched Chilean salmon in favor of antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon, Reuters reported on Thursday. Why stop selling Chilean salmon? In response to an aggressive bacteria plaguing their aquaculture environments, Chilean fish farmers used 1.2 million pounds of antibiotics to produce less than 900,000 tons of salmon last year.

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Why There Should Be One Name For One Fish

A fish by any name is still a fish. But sometimes names do matters, as a recent report by the ocean advocacy group Oceana reveals. The use of one name for one fish can help protect our oceans and the fish that swim in them.

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Renewables — 70% of New Power This Year

The future of electricity in the U.S. of A is in renewables. Renewable energy accounted for almost 70 percent (69.5 percent) of new electricity generation in the U.S. during the first half of this year.

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Safeway, Albertsons to Stock More Sustainable Seafood

Albertsons Companies is expanding its partnership with FishWise, the nonprofit sustainable seafood advisor. The second largest traditional grocery store chain in the U.S. after merging with Safeway in January, Albertsons has over 2,200 stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The partnership expansion covers all of its banners with the aim of bringing more sustainable seafood to store shelves.

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San Diego: A Model of Water Conservation

As a result of a four-year drought, all regions in California are implementing water conservation measures. San Diego stands out as a model when it comes to water conservation.

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How the U.S. Stacks Up In Terms of Ecological Footprint and Resource Availability

Have you ever wondered how the U.S. and its states are doing in terms of resource availability and ecological footprints? You don’t have to wonder any longer. A report by Global Footprint Network and Earth Economics details the ecological footprint and resource availability of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Amazon Invests Big in Wind Power

Amazon Web Services recently announced plans for a 208 megawatt wind farm in North Carolina’s Perquimans and Pasquotank counties. When completed, it will be the first utility-scale wind farm in the state. Once the wind farm is completed, Amazon’s renewable power projects will deliver over 1.3 million megawatt-hours of power, or enough energy to power 15,000 American homes a year.

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Solar Power Continues Its March to the Mainstream

For years, some argued that widespread adoption of solar power would be too expensive. Fortunately, analysis after analysis have proven critics wrong. This year alone, solar power in six of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. reached parity with utility electricity prices. That’s three times more than previous assessments, which predicted only two metropolitan areas would reach solar parity by 2015.

Flooding along the Des Plaines River near Chicago, April 18, 2013.

White House Invests in Climate Change Resilience

The Obama administration recently announced actions to make vulnerable communities more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The actions include over $25 million in private and public investments.

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Report: Climate Change Poses Security Risks

A recent independent report commissioned by G7 members shows that climate change is a global security threat. Quick action is needed to limit the future risks that climate change poses, the authors conclude.