Many organic farmers are hopping mad at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and their reason involves perhaps the most underappreciated part of agriculture: plant food, aka fertilizer. Specifically, the FDA, as part of its overhaul of food safety regulations, wants to limit the use of animal manure.
"We think of it as the best thing in the world," says organic farmer Jim Crawford, "and they think of it as toxic and nasty and disgusting."
NPR's Richard Harris has covered the U.N. climate talks since the first treaty was negotiated in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. He's monitoring these new talks, and he joins us now to talk about this long-running argument over climate-related funding for the developing world. Richard, thanks for being here.
RICHARD HARRIS, BYLINE: My pleasure.
BLOCK: And we just heard Mr. Khan mention this goal of $100 billion in aid per year, starting in 2020. He thinks that's realistic. What does it look like from where you sit?
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We're going to spend the next few minutes talking about climate change and a campaign being waged by some of the world's poorest countries. U.N. climate talks are underway in Warsaw right now. And there, a group of developing nations is demanding that wealthy countries accept responsibility for global warming, provide financial support and pay for losses due to climate change.
30,000 square foot green roof and solar panels sit a top of Milwaukee's Central Library.
Better Buildings Challenge director Maria Vargas toured Central Library and its green roof during her Milwaukee visit.
Taj Schoening says energy efficiency even went underground in below-ground book storage areas. Every other fixture empty - that's all the light needed.
Where steam meets the Central Library
Credit Susan Bence
The Wells' chandelier is about to go - it's neither original to the building nor energy efficient. The 650 incandescent light bulbs lining the ceiling will also be eliminated. Instead, LEDS will indirectly light the space.
Eric Nordeen plugged into Milwaukee's Me2 Program to retrofit the Wells Building with energy effficiencies.
Rooftop fluid coolers - part of HVAC improvements at the Wells.
Steam heat and air conditioning systems now "talk" to one another saving massive amounts of energy at Mlwaukee Athletic Club.
Eddie Hughes and Kevin Mamerow hired through Milwaukee's residential preference program - an element of City's Me2 program.