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  • Run-of-River Hydropower Set For Big Gains, Turbine Maker Predicts

    Yale Environment 360
    Yale Environment 360
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    A type of hydroelectric technology known as "run-of-river" hydropower is set to grow 10-fold over the next decade, potentially becoming a $1.4 billion industry, Hugh Keenleyside Dam according to Dutch turbine maker Tocardo International BV. Run-of-river hydropower stations redirect part of a waterway through a diversion to spin turbines and generate electricity. Run-of-river is considered a more benign type of hydropower than large dam projects because it is a smaller-scale technology that doesn't create large upstream reservoirs that flood ecosystems and disrupt a river's natural flow. Some…
  • An Ocean Alphabet

    Baboo Baby
    baboo baby
    26 Feb 2012 | 9:06 am
    This ocean and seashore print would be such a fun addition to a nursery or play room.  Illustrated by water color artist, David Scheirer, this ocean themed print shares the beauty of ocean life with the letters of the alphabet.  A piece that will be sure to last for years to come.
  • Mini Bonsai Tools Are Perfect for Urban Gardening – Product Review

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the Northern states it’s a tad too early to plant the annuals but we have that edgy feeling in our hearts – IT’S TIME TO GARDEN! Because most of us are resolved to wait for planting until Mother’s Day, the traditional point where we can be safe from frost. Now is the perfect time to work out that edginess by starting a few begonias inside or plant up a mini-fairy garden or  prepare a little bonsai container. I tried out the adorable DeWit Bonsai Tool Set and think it’s great for far more than just bonsai planting. In the city and other urban settings, many…
  • Study Identifies How Companies Generate Business Value from Product Sustainability

    Sustainable Brands
    Sustainable Brands
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Companies that have gained widespread business benefits from product sustainability share specific business practices, according to a new research report by sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies.The Path to Product Sustainability is based on quantitative surveys of 100 global consumer product companies involved in product sustainability and qualitative interviews with heads, directors, and managers of sustainability at leading companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Timberland, Seagate, RB and Henkel.“This report provides valuable insight for companies looking to understand, build…
  • Dot Earth Blog: No Time to Waste: Students Pursue Environmental Progress Instead of Exam Grades

    NYT > Environment
    By ANDREW C. REVKIN
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    College students get out of the classroom and pursue environmental initiatives with partners in surrounding communities.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Happy Earth Day – Learn About Giant Sequoia Trees

    Shawna
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    One of my life goals has been to hug a giant redwood sequoia tree. You know — meet one up close and personal and say hello. Last week I was able to live my dream. I flew into the San Francisco area for a speaking gig and took a few extra days to enjoy the scenery. Yosemite National Park, which is 1,200 miles of forest land located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in central California first protected in 1864. While there is all sorts of amazing scenery at Yosemite, my goal was purely to visit Mariposa Grove; home to a grove of giant sequoia’s which are the largest living things in…
  • Petunia Plant is the Flower of the Year

    Shawna
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s spring and we are anxious to get our garden on. According to the National Garden Bureau it is the Year of the Petunia. Although the petunia is not known as a key pollinator supporting plant, it does attract bees and hummingbird moths. Bees are less attracted to red petunias, so consider planting colors like pale purple, white, yellow, or pink in the primary part of your garden to attract the insects. Hummingbird moths that come to my garden are very selective; they seem to mostly target the light purple petunias, lantana, salvia, mint, oregano, lavender, and verbena (see below…
  • Mini Bonsai Tools Are Perfect for Urban Gardening – Product Review

    Shawna
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the Northern states it’s a tad too early to plant the annuals but we have that edgy feeling in our hearts – IT’S TIME TO GARDEN! Because most of us are resolved to wait for planting until Mother’s Day, the traditional point where we can be safe from frost. Now is the perfect time to work out that edginess by starting a few begonias inside or plant up a mini-fairy garden or  prepare a little bonsai container. I tried out the adorable DeWit Bonsai Tool Set and think it’s great for far more than just bonsai planting. In the city and other urban settings, many…
  • Garden Containers Made of Tree Stumps

    Shawna
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Last year I published a post on the Oswegoland Park District’s Food Pantry Garden and the awesome WOG’s [Women of the Garden] who run the community garden.  While walking around their garden I spotted an ingenious green and sustainable planting idea — stump planters. Here is how you do it - Find a stump or the remains of a stump form Fill with your favorite soil mix Plant seeds or vegetables directly into stump soil Water and watch it grow By the way, if you want to help out the Pantry Garden by volunteering or with garden supplies, seeds, and more, please contact them.
  • Spring Cleaning With Meliora K. – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

    Shawna
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Graffiti Experiment  is happy it’s spring! This project is intended to inspire positive community unity and beautiful art instead of hate and gang symbols in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment up longer. I am writing a “Feature of the Month” blog post focused on the champion or the champion’s blog, cause, or company for each champion who is helping me to save the painted fence and support my peaceful protest against gang graffiti.
 
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  • A Creative New Approach to Saving Energy: Having Small and Medium-Sized Cities Compete

    David Goldstein
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco Over the years, NRDC has worked on a variety of policies to promote energy efficiency, recognizing that there is no silver bullet that will solve all of our energy efficiency problems at once. NRDC’s efforts have focused on getting energy-saving codes and standards for buildings and appliances implemented, promoting utility regulation that encourages utilities to help their customers save energy, advocating financing reforms to support energy saving in America’s homes and businesses, and developing programs to promote…
  • Cowboy Indian Alliance Sets Up Camp in DC, Says No Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

    Elizabeth Shope
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C. Today, the Cowboy Indian Alliance set up camp on the National Mall in Washington, DC with a ceremony, march with riders on horseback, and erection of a tipi on the mall—the beginning of a weeklong encampment and events calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, and protect our lands, waters and climate. It was an honor to celebrate Earth Day by joining the march and bearing witness to the ceremonies and erection of the tipi. Photo credits: Mike Hudema The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would bring 830,000 barrels…
  • The social cost of carbon: playing catch up to the IPCC

    Laurie Johnson
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC Photo: U.S. Army under Creative Commons License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode This blog was originally published at the Cost of Carbon Pollution project here. In time for Passover, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest state-of-climate-change report, predicting a Hagadah’s-worth of trouble for our planet if we don’t work quickly to reduce carbon pollution. Droughts, flooding, disease, and pestilence are some of the expensive consequences they…
  • Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theorists Threaten Cities' Sustainability Efforts

    Jacob Scherr
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC I can remember when “Agenda 21” was at the top of NRDC’s international agenda.  In the run-up to the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992, we were actively involved in the final negotiations of Agenda 21 – a 351-page totally-voluntary “blueprint for sustainable development” adopted by the more than 170 nations represented at Rio.  Following the Summit, there were initiatives in more than 100 countries to develop their own national and city-level agendas to tackle the intertwined problems…
  • IPCC Report Reactions: Act Now, Agree Later

    Chelsea Phipps
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Chelsea Phipps, NRDC Action Fund and Global Strategy & Advocacy Program Assistant, Washington, D.C. A recent report by the world’s leading scientists has concluded that immediate action is needed globally if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But with a global agreement on climate change not expected until 2015, we can’t afford to wait. We need to act now, agree later. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – made up of hundreds of the world’s leading scientists – published the third installment of its report on the causes, impacts…
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  • Wyoming doesn’t want its kids to learn about climate change

    Ben Adler
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Shutterstock“Wait — so is coal good for the environment?” Let’s briefly review the science on anthropogenic climate change: 97 percent of articles on the subject published in peer-reviewed scientific journals over two decades have agreed with the consensus that humans are causing global warming. Now, granted, climate change is a theory, in the same way that gravity is a theory: It is the framework that explains indisputable phenomena, in this case the Earth’s warming temperatures since the dawn of the Industrial Age. So it follows that, just as school textbooks teach…
  • This DIY solar backpack looks tricky but doable

    Holly Richmond
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Whether you hike, camp, or just drunkenly lie in the sun at Coachella, a solar backpack’s an outlet-free way to juice up your gear. But you might not have upwards of $200 lying around. If you ARE rich in time and patience, Treehugger’s got a tutorial via Instructables for wiring up your own solar bag. Kajnjaps Here’s the gist of it: You attach four encapsulated two-volt/200-milliampere solar panels together, fusing their wires with a soldering iron (you have one of those, right?). When you end up with a positive and negative cable, you connect it to a battery box to charge four NiMH…
  • When your produce gets wasted, it’s really a cry for help

    Nathanael Johnson
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    When Nick Papadopoulos looked at all the veggies that didn’t sell at the farmers market, he felt terrible. Papadopoulos is general manager of Bloomfield Organics, and he’d seen all the sweat, all the nutrients, all the coaxing and coddling that it had taken to persuade the land to produce this bounty. These were beautiful, well-proportioned, organic vegetables! And now they were bound for the compost heap. He sipped his beer and thought, there has to be a better way. We end up throwing out a lot of the food we grow. According to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council,…
  • Apple announces big clean energy progress

    Adam Vaughan
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Climate change is real and a real problem for the world, Apple said on Monday, announcing its progress on environmental targets ahead of Earth Day. The technology company, in a video narrated by CEO Tim Cook on its green initiatives and updated environment webpages, claimed that 94 percent of its corporate facilities and 100 percent of its data centers are now powered by renewable energy sources such as solar power. Lisa Jackson, the former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives, wrote in a letter: “We…
  • This app lets you narc on wasted energy

    Holly Richmond
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There’s no reason for offices to be lit up all night if no one’s around. If seeing a bright skyline pisses you off as much as it inspires awe, LightsOut will help you channel your annoyance. The app LightsOut was just born at Boston’s Cleanweb Hackathon earlier this month, where it won the grand prize, so you can’t blame creator Spencer Lawrence for not having a slick, fully functional app yet. (It should be more user-ready in seven months, after help from an accelerator program.) Lawrence, a former energy auditor, and his friend John Massie got plenty of inspiration for LightsOut…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • Ideas on Energy: Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum Looks to the Industry’s Future

    Scott Edward Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    (Note: This is reposted from my friends at Pepper Hamiliton LLP, co-hosts of the Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum with the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, of which I am co-founder.)The future of the energy industry; the technologies with the potential to impact energy exploration, delivery and efficiency; and the energy industry investment climate were on the agenda at the 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum.Pepper’s Energy and Emerging Company Groups hosted the April 3, 2014 event in Philadelphia, along with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (which…
  • Coming Up: 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Energy Tech Investment Forum

    Scott Edward Anderson
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Six years. We've been running these cleantech and energy tech investment forums for six years. And by "we" I mean my co-founder of the Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic, Kevin Brown of Hobbs & Towne, and me, along with our pal Tom Dwyer, who was part of the original team putting this show together.Now Tom is at Pepper Hamilton, which joins us as co-sponsor this year, but we'll be at the same venue, as the past few years, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Or as my kids used to call it, the "dinosaur museum."This year, we've got another stellar line up, with keynote speaker Bob…
  • My Key Take-Aways from the Cleantech Innovation Summit 2014

    Scott Edward Anderson
    21 Feb 2014 | 9:28 am
    "There's more optimism than ever for cleantech,"according to Raj Atluru of SilverLake Kraftwerk. Atluru was speaking at the Cleantech Innovation Summit in Newport Beach, California last week.His was not the only optimism to be heard on the dais, in the breakout rooms, and in the halls. In fact, it seemed optimism was at an all-time high after several years of a perpetual negativity death-spiral.The optimism comes, in part, from the announcement of NEST's acquisition last month by Google for $3.2 billion. That certainly changed the mood. Yet also because there are other successes to…
  • If I Could Speak at Davos: My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    Scott Edward Anderson
    22 Jan 2014 | 2:18 pm
    My colleague who posts as @EY_Cleantech had an interesting tweet this morning. She posited the question, If you could speak at the World Economic Forum on cleantech, what would you say?Here is my answer.Cleantech isn't dead. It hasn't crashed, hasn't lost its value, and has only grown more important and necessary.Here's My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well:1.) China. China is finally acknowledging and stepping up to the plate to address its outrageous pollution problem. China's air and water quality is breaking its ability to make progress. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of…
  • Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

    Scott Edward Anderson
    21 Jan 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime." Eisenberger was speaking at the Markle Foundation offices in New York, where Agrion, which bills itself as the global network for energy, cleantech and corporate sustainability, convened an impressive roundtable to talk about advances in funding new ideas and uncovering innovation for energy and sustainability.Moderated by Peter Gardnet of Breaking Energy, the panel featured, in addition to…
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    Ecorazzi

  • Dr. Martens Celebrates Earth Day With New Vegan Footwear

    Joan Reddy
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Dr. Martens celebrates Earth Day by introducing their new line of earth and animal-friendly vegan shoes and boots. Read MoreThe post Dr. Martens Celebrates Earth Day With New Vegan Footwear appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Beloved Injured Mallard Gets Prosthetic Bill

    Maria Mooney
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Get ready for another inspiring story about the bond between animals and people! An injured mallard duck was spotted near the marina on Lake Murray in South Carolina last fall Read MoreThe post Beloved Injured Mallard Gets Prosthetic Bill appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Ikea to Offer Eco-Friendly Vegetarian Meatballs

    Lindsey Little
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Ikea is developing a green alternative to its popular Swedish meatballs. The company has become increasingly concerned about its impact on global warming and has decided to change the world Read MoreThe post Ikea to Offer Eco-Friendly Vegetarian Meatballs appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Google Earth Day Doodles – 2014 Edition

    Michael dEstries
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    This Earth Day marks the 22nd year that Google has created some kind of special logo to mark the occasion. As you can see below, the creativity has really blossomed as Read MoreThe post Google Earth Day Doodles – 2014 Edition appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Kanzi the Great Ape Builds Fire, Toasts Marshmallows

    Natalia Galbetti
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    A new video shows in addition to 98% of genetics, primates also share with us the same guilty pleasures, or at least one of them does. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Kanzi the Great Ape Builds Fire, Toasts Marshmallows appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • nextdoor.com: spring cleaning and community involvement

    Samantha Javier
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Now that spring has arrived it’s time for many of you, myself included, to clean out our closets in honor of the spring cleaning tradition. A great way to go about your spring cleaning regimen is to have yourself a neighborhood garage sale. This not only allows you to get rid of your items in a sustainable way (by letting others use them), but also helps strengthen ties through community building. A new app related to this spring clean up, garage sale, and community building is Nextdoor. Nextdoor is “the free and private social network for neighborhoods.” Secure, password protected,…
  • Earth Day – the Economics, Politics and Battle Ahead

    Ross Dulmaine
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    Earth Day used to be one, big, warm and fuzzy hug – all about thinking green and celebrating our positive relationship with good ol’ Mother Earth. But then something happened — the economic downturn — precipitated by the collapse of the real estate bubble. Out of that smoldering pile of discontent and unemployment rose a couple of grassroots political movements, one somewhat enduring (the Tea Party) and one on a fast track to extinction (the Occupy movement). Where the Tea Party was quickly embraced (some might say, subverted) by the mainstream Republican machine, the…
  • Earth Day – Let’s Celebrate

    Samantha Javier
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd, and it is time for us “green” people to celebrate. Now this doesn’t mean that the other 364 days of the year aren’t days for being green and living sustainably as well, this just means that Earth Day should be a day to try something new for the environment. For example, Google+ and Time are teaming up to find beautiful pictures of the planet. If you want to participate and share some of your own pictures, head over to Google+ and share them by hashtagging #MyBeautifulEarth and Google+ will feature the image on a page with all the other pictures as…
  • Eco-News Roundup – Earth Day’s Here

    Samantha Javier
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here’s an eco-news roundup for you just before Earth Day, so I will start with a little Earth Day inspiration. Here are 17 inspiring quotes for Earth Day that will hopefully inspire you and get you into a “green” mood. For our other eco-news for the week — I’m sure many of you are familiar with the plight of our bees. If not, here’s an update — our bees are suffering from something called Colony Collapse Disorder causing the bee population to drastically decline. As a result, people are becoming more aware of the effects of pesticides on our bees, especially…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • The Evolution of Earth Day

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Each year April 22nd, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the environmental movement in 1970. Not only did this movement help pass landmark legislation like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act but it has also engaged more than 1 billion people who now participate in Earth Day activities each year.
  • Agencies and Regulators Step Up to Combat 'Pirate Fishing'

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    A new study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In fact, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported, and according to a new study in the journal Marine Policy, as much as a third of that is caught illegally or without proper documentation.
  • Narcotics + Deforestation = Narco-Deforestation

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Narco-Deforestation, a newly coined term for the destruction of sensitive forest ecologies in Central and South America has been identified as a greater threat to the South and Central American forests than other previously identified concerns such as legal logging and development. The drug traffickers are creating new autoroutes and airplane strips for greater access to and through the forests and jungles of the Central and South America. These new routes make it easier to transport drugs from Mexico to South America and vice-versa.
  • Turtle Trouble: 20-year study finds large decrease in green turtle catch rates

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Sea turtle populations have been exploited for hundreds of years, and even though conservation efforts have increased substantially in modern times, populations still suffer across the globe. In fact, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida, over-fishing is to blame for more than 170,000 green turtles deaths between 1991 and 2011.
  • That sinking feeling on the Mississippi Delta

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Every engineering control has its drawbacks. As communities upstream of the Mississippi Delta continue to emplace dams and other flood control measures to prevent community flooding, less sediment is pulled from the lands upstream. Flood control measures have eliminated about half of the annual supply of marshland sediment to the Mississippi Delta. The existing soils continue to compact and sink without sediment replenishment. But researchers have found that the river’s supply of sand, the key ingredient used by engineers for rebuilding, will remain constant for many centuries.
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    Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living

  • Preserve Parent

    Dayna Gross
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Not many will show up to the birthday parties, but there are always plenty of beetles, fish and dead garter snakes. Silver Creek Preserve manager reflects on the pleasures of raising kids on a nature preserve.
  • Featured Post

    Matt Miller
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Native pollinators are disappearing, threatening both agriculture and ecosystems. What’s going on? And what can we do about it?
  • Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

    Matt Miller
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A dead river runs through it? We’ve come to accept our current, degraded rivers as normal, even though they once held almost-incomprehensible numbers of migratory fish. Can ecological history be a first step in reclaiming our memory and our fish?
  • End of the Hemlocks, A Lament

    Randy Edwards
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Can we save the hemlock forests before it’s too late? A personal look at the effects of invasive species.
  • The Mahi-Mahi and the Map

    Shawn Margles
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    How digital storytelling can help convey marine science to new audiences.
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Get Chaz Dean’s Wen Hair Care Look for Less (We Cracked the Code!)

    Jill Ettinger
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hair stylist Chaz Dean promises gorgeous and super manageable hair with his Wen hair care subscription service shampoos, conditioners and styling products. The before and after images speak for themselves: shiny, no mess hair that lasts between washes. Who wouldn’t want that? Bedhead will only get you so far in life. We all want smooth and manageable hair if for no other reason than convenience. Who really has the time to deal with frizzy, out of control locks?  But you don’t need to spend $30 or more a month on Chaz Dean’s Wen hair care products. I was determined to get the benefits…
  • Reduced Hay Fever Symptoms: One More Reason to Love Probiotics

    Sara Novak
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can taking probiotics reduce hay fever symptoms? Probiotics have been shown to be beneficial in dealing with regularity, colicky babies, weight loss, and staving off infection. It seems amping up your immune system with the aid of probiotics can do a lot for our overall health. And now, a new study has shown that seasonal allergy sufferers who took probiotics had significant relief from itchy eyes. The study included 435 allergy sufferers already being treated with antihistamines. One group was given the probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei and the other group was given a placebo. The group…
  • 5 National Parks You’ll Want to Visit if You Love Action Movies

    Sierra Magazine
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    National parks are already vacation worthy, but now you have more reasons to go. Spice up a vacation itinerary by visiting places you’ve already seen on the silver screen. The films on this list used national parks as backdrops to some unforgettable scenes. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create your own adventure once you get there. 1. “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977) For some of us there are still only three “Star Wars” films. Part of the reason we cling so heartily to the original trilogy is that they didn’t use green screens/chroma…
  • Fashion Revolution Day: A Year After Rana Plaza, Turning Fast Fashion Inside Out

    Jill Ettinger
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    April 24, 2013 was a horrifying day in fashion history. The catastrophic events of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh have sparked a momentous movement a year later. That day is now known as Fashion Revolution Day. More than 1,100 garment workers—a third of those who entered the clothing factories that morning in Bangladesh—died in the collapse of the massive eight-story building. Ordered to come to work despite the warnings that cracks found in the building the day before could lead to an imminent collapse, the fashion industry demands flew in the face of safety, and the factory…
  • 7 Earth Day Inspired, Guilt-Free Products that Make It Easy to Love Mother Earth

    Carlie Partridge
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Just in time for Earth Day, some of our favorite names in eco fashion are springing forth with new lines this season. But you can step out in guilt-free designer gear and support companies who support Mother Earth any day of the year. Earth Day celebrates and promotes the greening of cities and communities worldwide. It’s a big-picture holiday that you can participate in year round by virtue of the small choices you make on a daily basis. The daily question of “what to wear” can have a tremendous impact on Mother Earth, as the garments you wear contribute to your carbon…
 
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    Digg Top Stories

  • America's Hard Cider Boom Has A Problem

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    After decades of being viewed by most Americans as a vaguely British and overly sweet novelty drink, cider is experiencing a remarkable revival in the United States. There just aren't enough apples.
  • How To Not Piss Off Your Barber

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    We asked an array of folks in the business to tell all — confess what, exactly, annoys them about the person sitting in their hydraulic chairs.
  • A Day In The Life Of Your Friendly Neighborhood Drug Dealer

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    As “Carlo” walks around New York City, his gentle manner, warm smile, and crisp button-down shirts do nothing to betray that he has some $10,000 in illegal drugs stashed in his pockets.
  • The Rights Of Man And Beast

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    What Tommy could never have anticipated, of course, huddled just up the road that morning in his dark, dank cell, was that he was about to make legal history: The first nonhuman primate to ever sue a human captor in an attempt to gain his own freedom.
  • Here's A New BASE Jumping World Record

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Daredevils Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet broke the world record for the highest BASE jump earlier this week by flinging themselves off the top of the 2,717-feet-tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai.
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Five Questions for IPCC Chairman On Future of Climate Change Action

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this month issued a report on steps the world can take Rajendra Pachauri to avoid the worst impacts of future climate change. It was the final interim report before the IPCC’s major Fifth Assessment Report due to be released in October. Yale Environment 360 asked Rajendra Pachauri, who has served as IPCC chairman since 2002, five questions about the latest report and about the prospects that the international community will finally take decisive action to address climate change at talks scheduled in Paris in 2015.Read more.
  • Run-of-River Hydropower Set For Big Gains, Turbine Maker Predicts

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    A type of hydroelectric technology known as "run-of-river" hydropower is set to grow 10-fold over the next decade, potentially becoming a $1.4 billion industry, Hugh Keenleyside Dam according to Dutch turbine maker Tocardo International BV. Run-of-river hydropower stations redirect part of a waterway through a diversion to spin turbines and generate electricity. Run-of-river is considered a more benign type of hydropower than large dam projects because it is a smaller-scale technology that doesn't create large upstream reservoirs that flood ecosystems and disrupt a river's natural flow. Some…
  • Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in contraband fish. BY RICHARD CONNIFF
  • Massive Data Crunch Shows Steady Rise in Warmer Days

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The proportion of days in the United States that are warmer than the long-term average increased from 42 percent in 1964 to 67 percent today, according to an analysis of 3.2 million temperature anomalies over the last Click to Enlarge U.S. temperature anomalies since 1964 50 years. Enigma.io, a New York City-based company that specializes in searches of information from public databases, examined data from 2,716 U.S. weather stations to track the temperature anomalies. The company found that since 1964, temperature anomalies characterized as warm or “strong warm” have increased by an…
  • Scale and Extent of China's Dam Rush Detailed in Map Project

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    China is planning to build at least 84 major dams in its southwest region, as shown in a map from the Wilson Center, eventually boosting its hydropower capacity by more than 160 gigawatts. By next year China's capacity Click to Enlarge Dam projects in China will surpass Europe's, and by 2020 it's projected to be larger than that of the U.S. and Europe combined. An interactive map shows the scale and number of major dams proposed, under construction, existing, and canceled. The dam rush is part of an ongoing effort by China to increase non-fossil energy sources to 11.4 percent of the country's…
 
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  • 'Cowboys And Indians' Stake Out The National Mall To Protest Keystone XL

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    WASHINGTON -– Farmers, ranchers and indigenous leaders who live along the Keystone XL pipeline route are holding an encampment on the National Mall this week to protest the proposed project that would carry oil from Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas. They call themselves the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and plan to be at the camp through April 27. It includes tepees, covered wagons, speeches and musical guests, and those participating are calling on the Obama administration to reject the proposed pipeline. The encampment opened Tuesday with a traditional ceremony performed by tribal…
  • Mysterious 'Bio-Duck' Ocean Sounds Tied To Antarctic Minke Whales

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean around Antarctica has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say. For more than 50 years, researchers have recorded the so-called "bio-duck" sound in the Southern Ocean. Submarine crews first heard the oceanic quack, which consists of a series of repetitive, low-pitched pulsing sounds, in the 1960s. "In the beginning, no one really knew what it was," said Denise Risch, a marine biologist at NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass. Because the sound was so repetitive,…
  • Sailfish Bills Come In Pretty Handy When The Big Guys Go Hunting (VIDEO)

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The sailfish’s sword-like bill looks as if it was made to slash at prey. But a study published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B reveals that the bill is actually a multifunctional killing tool, enabling the fish to perform delicate, as well as swashbuckling, maneuvers.By following throngs of predatory birds off the coast of Cancún, Mexico, the study’s authors were able to track Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) hunting sardines, says co-author Alexander Wilson, a behavioral ecologist now at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He and his colleagues made high-speed,…
  • This Floating Pool Could Take Over New York's East River In 2016

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim. The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with cruise-like decking — said they're on course to drop anchor in mid-2016 if they win approval from the city, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government entities. Project co-founder Archie Coates pitched the pool as be clean, safe and good for the environment and public perception. The goal, he said, is to "change the way New Yorkers…
  • Liberal Mega-Donor Tom Steyer Rejects Koch Comparison

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Liberal billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer rejected a comparison to the Koch brothers in an interview Tuesday, arguing that the Kochs’ goals “line up perfectly with their pocketbooks, and that’s not true for us.”
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  • Cities Need Nature

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
      We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature.  The eminent biologist E. O. Wilson first called this need “biophilia,” and the term has stuck.  Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure of hardscape urbanism – streets, buildings, and infrastructure – in sufficient density to achieve environmental and economic efficiency and nurture social bonds.  It is critical that we incorporate nature into cities, but we must do so in a way that supports urbanity rather than replaces it. (Today’s article is excerpted from…
  • Happy Earth Day

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
  • The Civic Role of Higher Education

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Throughout American history, colleges and universities have provided leadership on the social and political issues of the day. One criterion of the health of our democracy is the active role of higher education in civic dialogue and as a catalyst for change based on prevailing values and advances in knowledge. The issue of our day is not simply an issue of the day, it is the greatest challenge to life on this planet in human history: climate change. The debate about fossil fuel divestment on higher education's campuses and boardrooms suggests that there is an illogical division between the…
  • 'Green News Report' - April 22, 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: It's our 500th episode of the Green News Report ...coincidentally on Earth Day! So, since every day is Earth Day for us, we thought we'd take a look back at the GNR's beginning and where it, and climate coverage has gone since then. For better or worse. All that and more in today's very special Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always…
  • Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.American Petroleum Institute (API) deployed one of its paid consultants -- former Obama Administration National Security Advisor General James "Jim" Jones -- to deliver an Earth Day address in the home state of the presidential caucuses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.James…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Taxonomic study of green algae (chlorophyta) in Langkawi, Malaysia

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Tourism is bringing rapid development to the islands of Langkawi, which puts pressure on the marine ecosystem. This research records the diversity and will be a useful baseline record for biomonitoring studies in Malaysia.
  • Surface modification of titanium dioxide for photocatalytic degradation of hazardous pollutants under ordinary visible light

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    Researchers have developed a modified photocatalyst which is economical and effective at transforming organic pollutants into harmless end products. Photocatalytic degradation is one of the highly effective applications in transforming organic pollutants to harmless end products at ambient conditions using light and a photocatalyst.
  • Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated, experts warn

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both. This means that most previous studies of potential climate change impacts on wildlife that looked only at one factor or the other have likely underestimated effects.
  • Ask yourself: Will you help the environment?

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Whether it's recycling, composting or buying environmentally friendly products, guilt can be a strong motivator -- not just on Earth Day. Now, research proves that even just asking ourselves, or predicting, whether we will engage in sustainable shopping behavior can increase the likelihood of following through -- especially when there's an audience.
  • UV-radiation data to help ecological research

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Researchers have processed existing data on global UV-B radiation in such a way that scientists can use them to find answers to many ecological questions. According to a new paper, this data set allows drawing new conclusions about the global distribution of animal and plant species.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Can Shale Save Europe?

    Christopher Coats
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    With Russian gas reserves again in question, renewable investment shaky and energy diversity on everyone’s mind, Europe is rethinking the question, To Shale or Not To Shale?
  • Future of Personal Mobility -- Life with or without ownership of cars

    Sarwant Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    In 2008, after I told a global leading car company that they are not in business of making cars, but in the industry of personal mobility, and that car sharing would be an important personal mobility business model of the future, I was almost thrown out of the factory gates. Six years later, the same car company now runs a car sharing business and is in the forefront of developing new mobility services around vehicle usage rather than car ownership.
  • The $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize Aims to Change The Way Communities Use Energy

    Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    With a $5 million purse for the winning community, the Georgetown Energy Prize wants to create an inflection point in how we think about and use energy.
  • Coal's Darkest Days

    Ken Silverstein
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    In the 1950s, McDowell County, West Virginia was a bustling coal town teeming with 100,000 residents, many of whom were helping to feed a fast-growing national industrial sector -- and themselves. Today, though, the locale has just 10,000 households with many dependent on federal sustenance programs.
  • Texas Billionaire Lands Big Deal For BP's Alaska Oilfields

    Christopher Helman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Deal size is estimated to be on the order of $1.5 billion.
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    The Good Human

  • Natural Allergy Remedies

    Amanda Ritchie
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’ve heard on the news several times within the past few weeks that this is going to be a doozy of an allergy season for sufferers. Indeed, this past week has been remarkably rough for me – constant sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and serious fatigue. Because I suffer from year-round allergies, I take a daily over-the-counter anti-histamine tablet. And when things get especially bad, I add 12-hour pseudoephedrine to the mix. Unfortunately, my symptoms were so bad this week, I had to resort to Benadryl, which brings me relief, but also knocks me out stone cold. It’s tough to be a…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 355

    David Quilty
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    IPCC concludes: Renewable energy shift is a must Conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s are simple: rapid shifts to renewable energy are needed to avert catastrophic global warming. Will we continue to do nothing? Probably. Seed-Starting: a DIY Guide to Growing Your Own Flowers, Vegetables & Herbs Seed starting isn’t complicated or messy — and it’s a good way to plan your garden before growing season even begins. Here are the essential steps to help you start your own flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seed. Koch Brothers are killing rapid bus…
  • 10 Reasons You Don’t Need a Grass Lawn

    Amanda Ritchie
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Is your yard brown from a harsh winter? Good. Here are 10 reasons why you should stop fussing over your lawn and let it die. 1. Grass lawns waste water. No surprise here. According to the EPA, 30 to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used for watering lawns — and due to poor timing and application, most of this water is totally wasted. 2. Grass lawns waste energy. According to the EPA, each year in the United States: $5.25 billion is spent on fossil fuel-derived fertilizers for lawns. 580 million gallons of gasoline are used for lawnmowers. 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year…
  • Choosing Green Burial

    Amanda Ritchie
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Green burial isn’t a new topic on The Good Human, but there have been a few new options introduced in recent years, so we thought it was time for a refresher. As David Quilty wrote in 2008, according to National Geographic, each year, along with our loved ones, United States cemeteries bury 30 million board feet of casket wood (some of which comes from tropical hardwoods), 90,000 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete, and 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid. Even though green burial methods have been used throughout much of the United States’ history and throughout the entire world,…
  • Is carbon capture the answer?

    Amanda Ritchie
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The U.N. is expected to release a study later this week that strongly states world powers are running out of time to slash their usage of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed upon limits on global warming, according to Reuters. The 29-page draft says “nations will have to impose drastic curbs on their still rising greenhouse gas emissions to keep a promise made by almost 200 countries in 2010 to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times.” The draft, seen by Reuters, outlines ways to cut emissions and boost low-carbon…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Breaking: $3 Million Jury Verdict in Texas Fracking Nuisance Case

    Brendan DeMelle
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr's property which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water. The jury returned its 5-1 verdict confirming that Aruba Petroleum “intentionally created a private nuisance” though its drilling, fracking and production activities at 21 gas wells near the Parrs' Wise County home over a three-year period between 2008-2011. Plaintiffs attorneys claimed the case is “the first fracking verdict…
  • Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

    Steve Horn
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. American Petroleum Institute (API) deployed one of its paid consultants — former Obama Administration National Security Advisor General James “Jim” Jones — to deliver an Earth Day address in the home state of the presidential caucuses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. James Jones used his time on the podium to promote the…
  • Very Little Cheap Natural Gas in New York Marcellus Shale, New Report Concludes

    Sharon Kelly
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For years, the shale industry has touted the economic benefits it can provide. An overflowing supply of domestic natural gas will help keep heating and electric bills low for American consumers, they argue, while drilling jobs and astounding royalty windfalls for landowners will reinvigorate local economies. These tantalizing promises have caught the attention of politicians in Washington, D.C. who argue that the rewards of relying on shale gas outweigh the risks, especially because harm can be minimized by the industry or by regulators. But across the U.S., communities where drilling has…
  • In Celebration of Earth Day: Photos Capture the Beauty of Southeastern Louisiana's Wetlands

    Julie Dermansky
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Louisiana's wetlands are threatened by coastal erosion, climate change and the oil and gas industry. The Green Army, a group representing environmental and social justice organizations led by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore is trying to stop bills they believe stand in the way of preserving Louisiana's disappearing coast, including bills that would kill the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that would require 97 oil and gas companies to pay for their share of the damage the industry has done to the coast. Governor Bobby Jindal has pushed to derail the…
  • Four Years After the BP Oil Disaster, A Look Back in Photographs

    Julie Dermansky
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Just prior to the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, BP and the Coast Guard issued press releases. BP announced the  “active cleanup” in Louisiana is over, while the Coast Guard stated the clean up response is far from over.  “We are absolutely committed to continuing the clean-up of Deepwater Horizon oil along the Gulf - for as long as it takes,” Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Sparks wrote.  The Washington Post reported on the “dueling press releases.”  But Geoff Morrell, BP Senior Vice President for US Communications & External Affairs, told DeSmogBlog,   “We…
 
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    UrbanWorkbench

  • Project Management Initiatives

    Mike Thomas
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This week I gave a verbal report on some project management initiatives that are underway in the City. Click through for the speaking notes that give some context to the slides – HaikuDeck – Construction Management Presentation. Much of the effort is in developing better project management processes for staff to use in planning and delivering projects. This slide set was presented at the regular council meeting on April 8, 2014. Some of these things are relatively simple changes, while others are distinct changes in direction for the organization. These will require more staff…
  • AWWA’s 2014 State of the Water Industry

    Mike Thomas
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has released their state of the infrastructure report for 2014 (pdf), collecting responses from 1,739 AWWA members across the US and Canada. This report gives an insight into the industry without political or corporate interference ((although it is a self selecting group that chooses to participate, there appears to be little rationale or evidence for biases in the data)). For 2014, the top five water industry issues identified for 2014 are: State of water and sewer infrastructure Long-term water supply availability Financing for capital…
  • Are you an infrastructure sustainability professional?

    Mike Thomas
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    I’ve been blogging about sustainable infrastructure for eight years ((See some of my early articles such as Massive NSW water recycling plant opens and A Brief Argument Against Stormwater Pipes)), have presented on sustainability, was involved in designing award winning sustainable subdivisions ((Murrays Beach, NSW North of Sydney, retained 70% of the trees on site in a residential development)), and was talking about it long before that. I’ve worked hard to differentiate myself from the traditional view of Civil Engineers to one of being a Sustainability Professional;…
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    Mike Thomas
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:41 pm
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  • Photography Lesson – Viewpoint

    Mike Thomas
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:18 am
    This week, I’m continuing my lessons for the homeschoolers on photography tips. The age range is from 8 to 16 years, and the topic is “Viewpoint and Perspective”. The idea is to keep the class short and sweet with obvious examples of photos that display the concepts being discussed. Following the lesson part, students present their photos that use the concepts from the previous lesson. This is the first class that I will use HaikuDeck for the presentation, having used it for work presentations previously, the mix of images and text in clean templates is an obvious choice for…
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    Style Me Pretty » Living

  • Summer Harvest Feast

    Abby Larson
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A late Summer Harvest Feast. I’m pretty sure those are the best five words on the planet. Complete with friends, wine and good good food. And of course, styled as beautifully as this celebration held by Lynn of Easton Events at her gorgeous winery. While we’ve included some pretty spectacular pics from Tec Pateja, make sure to spend some time in the gallery for so much more. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Lynn of Easton Events…When Tec Petaja came to Charlottesville to shoot a wedding for us at Easton we decided that having Tec in town was the perfect opportunity…
  • Makeup Tutorial: A Bold Eye and Perfectly Pink Lip

    Jacquelyn Clark
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am, admittedly, low maintenance when it comes to my makeup routine. I’ve been using the same products, the same steps, the same everything for longer than I’d care to admit and it’s high time I step it up. Though I’m not one to go over the top with my routine, I feel confident that Mandy and Claudia‘s easy 5 step guide to a bold eye and a perfectly pink lip is something I can more than handle! How-To: A Bold Eye and Perfectly Pink LipView Slideshow Photography: Rustic White | Styling: Waiting On Martha | Makeup: Claudia Mejerle © Style Me Pretty, 2014. |…
  • New England Home

    Abby Larson
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    As a New Englander who lives VERY close to this little gem of a home, I’m pretty sure that spaces as lovely as this one are a rare find. The restraint in decor, the unabashed elegance, the soft muted palette – all designed by Design Manifest and photographed by Courtney Apple – feel both timeless and incredibly chic. Click here to see even more. From Design Manifest…The family of 6 had been living in the house for almost 2 years before they brought me in. They didn’t want to keep any of their existing furniture and were ready to start from scratch for their…
  • How-To: Braided-Do for Short Hair

    Joanna & Molly
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We get a lot of requests to pull together hair tutorials for short-haired girls. It’s quite the challenge since you can really only do so much! But this cute braided-do should do the trick! It’s a great alternative for boho brides, a romantic date night, or a fun night out with your girlfriends. It has the essence of the half up, half down do, and keeps your hair off your face! XO, Irrelephant Step by Step InstructionsView Slideshow Photography: Irrelephant | Design & Styling: Irrelephant © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post…
  • Cozy Home Tour

    Jacquelyn Clark
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Though I’m typically drawn to bright, white, verging-on-modern spaces, I can’t help but feel a kinship to Signora E Mare‘s cozy abode. The layers upon layers of found objects, paired perfectly with more traditional sensibilities are reeling me in. The vibe? Cozy and warm, like a big ol’ hug or a plate full of  cookies. Captured by Laura Catherine, there’s more lovely to be found right here. From Signora E Mare… Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home”. And, she was right. A home is what you make of it – it can be a sweet…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Two degrees: How the world failed on climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently, then, some scientists and policymakers have been taking a fresh look at whether the 2°C limit is still the best way to think about climate change. Is this simple goal actually making it harder to prepare for the warming that lies ahead?
  • Imagining Earth Day 250 million years from now.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's fascinating to contemplate 250 million years into the future. For the present, however, we have the shared crises of our immediate future. Climate change and global warming have become the environmental catchphrases of the early 2000s, compounding uncertainties as temperatures rise.
  • The new abolitionism.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth. The last time in American history that some powerful set of interests relinquished such a claim was in 1865 – and then only after four years and more than 600,000 lives lost in the bloodiest, most horrific war we've ever fought.
  • Study offers hope for survival of island nations as sea levels rise.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Some of the world's smallest nations might survive rising sea levels brought about by climate change but in different forms as their atoll islands grow and change, according to a New Zealand research.
  • How climate change will affect you.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    No matter what your stance is on climate change, the consequences of rising average temperatures have already been set in motion. Check out your region of the U.S. to see what’s at stake.
 
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    Clean Edge

  • 30 Countries Pledge $4 Billion to Restore World's Environment

    James Belcher
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Source: Sustainable Business
  • Green Power Partnership Drives Onsite Energy

    James Belcher
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Source: Energy Manager Today
  • Eleven States Generated Electricity from Non-Hydro Renewables at Double U.S. Average

    James Belcher
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    About 6.2% of total U.S. electricity supplies in 2013 were generated from nonhydro renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal, up from 5.4% in 2012. But 11 states produced electricity at more than twice the national average from these sources—accounting for between 14% and 32% of their net electric generation—according to preliminary 2013 generation data in EIA's Electric Power Monthly report. Maine led all states by generating 32% of its electricity from nonhydro renewables—primarily biomass generation by the wood products industry. The state had one-fourth…
  • DOE Announces $15 Million for Commercial-Scale Community Solar

    James Belcher
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department has announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses. The United States continues to be a global leader in solar, with total U.S. solar energy installations reaching 13 gigawatts last year. As the cost of solar energy continues to decline, more states and local communities are deploying solar energy projects to meet their electricity needs. “As part of the President’s…
  • Renewables Made Up 92% of New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity for Q1

    James Belcher
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, and hydropower provided 84.5% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity for the month of March. Nine "units" of solar provided 151 MW while one new unit of wind provided 93 MW and one new unit of hydropower provided 1 MW.   By comparison, one new unit of natural gas provided 45 MW while no new capacity was provided by coal, oil, or nuclear power.  Thus, for the month, renewables provided more than five times the amount of new…
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    Green Car Congress

  • Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

    Mike Millikin
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    A consortium led by the Dearman Engine Company has been awarded £1.86 million (US$3.12 million) in the latest round of IDP10 funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to support the development of a heat-recovery system for urban commercial vehicles. The tenth competition under the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform’s integrated delivery program (IDP), IDP10 is targeting the building of an integrated low-carbon-vehicle innovation chain, from the science base, through collaborative R&D to fleet-level demonstration. The Dearman project is to deliver a production-feasible…
  • Tesla and Sixt Leasing partner in Switzerland; monthly Model S payments start at about US$920

    Mike Millikin
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tesla has expanded its strategic relationship with Sixt Leasing to include Switzerland as well as Germany. With 10% down on a 36-month lease, Sixt offers payments of approximately CHF 810 - 950 (US$919 - $1,078) per month, depending on the mileage selected by the customer. Tesla suggests that Model S customers will save up to CHF 300 (US$340) per month in fuel and tax savings compared to premium internal combustion vehicles, resulting in a potential effective net cost of driving Model S of about CHF 660 (US$749) per month. Electric vehicles are exempt from annual road tax (CHF 40, US$45 per…
  • EPA revises 2013 cellulosic biofuel standard down to 810,185 gallons; 0.0005%

    Mike Millikin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised the 2013 cellulosic biofuel requirements for obligated parties (e.g., refiners) under the Renewable Fuel Standard 2 program down to 810,185 ethanol-equivalent gallons, or a 0.0005% ratio of the renewable fuel volume to the non-renewable gasoline and diesel volume used in 2013. In August 2013, EPA had specified 6.0 million gallons as the cellulosic biofuel requirement for 2013. The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers petitioned for reconsideration of that standard based on the very low actual production of such fuels. EPA…
  • HELLA and Vahle developing wireless charging systems for plug-in vehicles

    Mike Millikin
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    HELLA is working with Paul Vahle GmbH to develop wireless (inductive) charging systems for plug-in vehicles. The cooperation between Vahle and HELLA combines the expertise and experience of both companies in the field inductive charging. Based in Kamen, Germany, Vahle has 15 years of experience in contact-free energy transfer in industrial environments, while HELLA is a recognized leader in the development of electronics, software, processes and production in the auto industry. Wireless, inductive charging is a far more convenient way to recharge a vehicle's battery system. The driver only…
  • California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

    Mike Millikin
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The California Energy Commission has unanimously approved two major investment plans that could total nearly a half a billion dollars. One will fund clean energy research that benefits electricity ratepayers. Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. The clean energy research plan is a $388-million investment funded by the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). EPIC awards funding for potentially high-impact research that produces more…
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • Why Latinos are disproportionately affected by asthma — and what we can do

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    By Lucía Oliva Hennelly(This post first appeared on EDF Voices. Para leer en Español haga clic aquí) This post was co-authored by Rachel Shaffer  and Declan Kingland, National Health Programs Coordinator for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Today in the United States, Latinos are three times more likely to die from asthma than other racial or ethnic groups. Latino children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma than non-Latino whites, and nearly 1 in 10 Latino children under the age of 18 suffer from this chronic respiratory illness. Addressing the dangerous…
  • When it comes to carbon, pay now or pay more later

    Gernot Wagner
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    By Gernot Wagner(This post originally appeared on ensia.com)  Economics is largely just organized common sense, and it doesn’t get much more common sense than benefit-cost analysis. Want to decide whether to buy that apple, make that investment or pass that clean air rule? Tally up the benefits. Tally up the costs. If benefits outweigh costs, do it. Although in many ways climate change is a problem in its own league, the same principles apply. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said, “The costs of inaction are catastrophic,” and they most likely would be. While climate change…
  • Top takeaways from the latest IPCC report

    Ilissa Ocko
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Ilissa Ocko(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Yesterday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its last report in a three-part series that makes up the fifth assessment report (AR5) on the latest data and research on climate change. The reports have been issued approximately every five years since 1990. This latest round of reports began in September 2013 with anupdate on the latest science behind climate change (known as Working Group I). Last month, the second report was released and discussed climate change impacts,…
  • Toxic mercury pollution limits survive major court challenge

    Pamela Campos
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    By Pamela Campos(This post was co-authored by Pamela Campos, Attorney, and Mandy Warner, Climate & Air Policy Specialist) Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, developing babies, and others, almost everyone reacts viscerally at the idea of ingesting it. And the scientific evidence endorses that instinctive response. That’s why today’s decision by a federal court to uphold the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics rule is cause for celebration. For decades, power plants have been spewing out mercury. It ends…
  • What the growing Latino community can do for climate politics

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    By Lucía Oliva Hennelly(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices. Para leer in Espanol haga clic aquí) In 2012 Latinos made up 1 in 10 voters and helped decide the Presidential election with record-setting voter margins. Last month in California, the most populous state in the nation, the Hispanic population surpassed that of non-Hispanic whites. The only other state to reach this benchmark is New Mexico, where the Latino population is almost 10% larger than that of non-Hispanic whites. As the Latino population continues to grow across the country, so does its influence in key…
 
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  • Technology for Good – episode 12

    Tom Raftery
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode 12 Welcome to episode twelve of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had two guests Chris Adams, and Kartik Kanakasabesan. Given the week that was in it with the Heartbleed bug, and the Samsung releases, there were plenty of stories around security and Wearables. Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show: Climate PIOMAS Arctic Sea Ice Volume Anomaly http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/ Energy Climate action is…
  • Cloud computing and supply chain transparency

    Tom Raftery
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Cloud computing and supply chain transparency Supply chains? Yawn, right? While supply chains may seem boring, they are of vital importance to organisations, and their proper management can make, or break companies. Some recent examples of where poorly managed supply chains caused at best, serious reputational damage for companies include the Apple Computers child labour and workers suicide debacle; the Tesco horse meat scandal; and Nestlé’s palm oil problems. What does this have to do with Cloud computing? Well, last week, here…
  • Technology for Good – episode eleven

    Tom Raftery
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode eleven Welcome to episode eleven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our special guest was unable to make it due to looming deadlines, so I did the show solo. Given the week that was in it with Microsoft’s Build conference taking place, there were plenty of stories stemming from Microsoft’s various announcements, but there was also a ton of other news, as always. Here’s the stories that I discussed in the show: Climate IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)…
  • Cloud computing companies ranked by their use of renewable energy

    Tom Raftery
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Cloud computing companies ranked by their use of renewable energy UPDATE: After publication of this post I was contacted by Rackspace who informed me that they do, in fact, publish their megawatt electricity consumption. it is contained in an investor report (PDF) published on their Investor Relations page. This shows Rackspace used just over 105mWh of electricity in 2013. This means that the 35% of Renewables figure corresponds to 36.8mWh (in fact it comes to 36,785kWh, or 0.037m kWh, as it is now represented in the chart above).
  • Technology for Good – episode ten

    Tom Raftery
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode ten Welcome to episode ten of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had special guest Bill Higgins, who works on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure. Given the week that was in it with Google’s slashing of cloud computing pricing, and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift, there were plenty of stories about cloud computing and social networks. Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show: Climate New study shows major increase in West Antarctic…
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  • Monkeys Have Mathematical Abilities With 90% Accuracy Rate!

    Marian Dumitri
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    A recent study reveals that monkeys are capable of learning mathematics and are up to 90 percent accurate in their math skills. In a published study in April 21 Issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, it has been revealed that the ancestors of humans do have mathematical abilities. Scientists have taught 26 distinct symbols including 10 Arabic numerals and 16 letters to three rhesus monkeys, with each symbol corresponding with rewards like juice, orange soda and water. The new study reveals how humans are not the only species in the animal kingdom to have mathematical…
  • U.S Government Approves Powdered Alcohol Called ‘Palcohol’

    Marian Dumitri
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Nowadays, we are used to using powdered milk, powdered coffee, and powdered juice. But what if I tell you there’s a new revolution to drinks? What if I tell you there’s now powdered cocktail and powdered martini? Yes, that’s right, powdered liquor. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has just approved Palcohol, invented by Mark Phillips. How do you make your very own portable drink? Simple. All you have to do is add five ounces of water to the powdered liquor, and voila! Palcohol comes in six variations: margarita, mojito, lemon drop, cosmopolitan, vodka,…
  • Researchers In Japan Unravel Cutting-Edge Ultraviolet Lamp

    sam
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    Ultraviolet light is always dubbed as the villain that is the root cause for many evils that range from skin cancer to searing hot summers. But then, selective use of UV light in certain situations also has many advantages. Tapping precisely into these wide array of benefits is the latest lamp developed by scientists in Japan that emits high-energy ultraviolet (UV) light at the shortest wave lengths ever recorded for such a device. Emitting UV light between the wavelengths of 140 to 220 nanometers, the lamp offers a wonderful alternate to existing bulky UV lights that are cumbersome, consume…
  • New Mineral Discovered In Western Australia Named Putnisite

    sam
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    Scientists in Australia have discovered a new mineral that occurs as tiny dark pink or dark green crystals on volcanic rocks. Named Putnisite, after Aussie mineralogists Andrew and Christine Putnis, the mineral is unique both in its composition and structure, making it one-of-a-kind among the 4,000 known minerals across the globe! The new mineral does not seem to occur in crystals that are larger than 0.5mm in diameter and while they might be of no practical use as of now, scientists believe that their exclusive combination holds endless possibilities. Appearing like square, cubic structures…
  • Half Of Americans Skeptical About The Big Bang Theory

    sam
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    Have you seen that episode of Friends when Phoebe drives Ross mad by the questioning the very basis of theory of evolution? Seems like many in America folk are equally skeptical about the Big Bang theory and a recent poll conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications shows that only 30 percent are actually convinced that the event actually happened. Over 50 percent of the polled audience said that they were “not at all confident” that the universe did start off from the Big Bang. While this in no way means that they all took a biblical view of the starting of the universe…
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  • Report: BMW ups i3 production to 100 units a day to meet demand

    Danny King
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, BMW To reverse the old Field of Dreams quote, they are coming, so BMW is building them. All indications are that US demand for the BMW i3 plug-in will be larger than initially expected. As a result, the automaker is upping production at its German factor by more than 50 percent in advance of stateside sales, Automotive News says, citing BMW boardmember Harald Krueger. BMW has started making about 100 i3s a day, up from its previous daily rate of about 70 units. So far, BMW, which is expected to begin sales of the i3 in the US later this month,…
  • Official: Toyota launches updated Yaris in Europe, Vitz in Japan [w/videos]

    Noah Joseph
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:59 am
    Filed under: Budget, Hybrid, Europe, Japan, Videos, Hatchback, Toyota, Diesel Toyota first launched the Yaris in 1999, though that model was sold in the North America as the Echo. The second generation arrived in 2005, replaced by the third in 2011. Sometime next year, Toyota is expected to roll out a new Yaris for North America, to be built in Mexico on the same platform as the next Mazda2. But before that comes to pass, Toyota has introduced a mild facelift for the Yaris in markets other than ours. With styling cues borrowed from the new Aygo and the Yaris Hybrid-R concept, the new Yaris…
  • Earth Day certainly is something to celebrate

    Sebastian Blanco
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Filed under: Etc., Green Culture When we started AutoblogGreen on Earth Day 2006, we had no idea all of the places that covering the less-wasteful side of the auto industry would take us or how interesting the different eco-mobility strategies from the various automakers would be. Eight years later, we're still engaged with this topic. Now that we're celebrating our bronze anniversary, we're happy to once again look at the big picture and remember why every drop matters. Not everyone is a fan of setting aside a day to celebrate the natural world, but we still agree with the idea of spending…
  • Video: Solar Roadways puts up a parking lot, launches Indiegogo campaign [w/video]

    Domenick Yoney
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Filed under: Emerging Technologies, Solar, USA Joni Mitchell was wrong when she sang out against paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. Ok, maybe not. Still, we think the demonstration project just built by the folks over at Solar Roadways would get a pass from the Canadian singer-songwriter. That's because the real estate in question is covered with a textured glass surface that can, among many other things, generate low-carbon electricity, melt snow, and throw up safety warnings with its integrated LED lighting system. This smart road has grown from its original conception to…
  • Official: Epic Electric American Road Trip goes 12,000 miles on EV power

    Sebastian Blanco
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Tesla Motors, USA Twenty-seven states. 12,000 miles. Zero gasoline. Those are the headline numbers for the "Epic Electric American Road Trip" that ended in Venica, CA today, just in time for Earth Day. Norman Hajjar, the managing director of Recargo's driver research division, PlugInsights, made the journey in a stock Tesla Model S both as a way to draw attention to electric vehicles (he's trying to get Guinness World Record to verify that this was the longest vehicle journey ever taken using 100 percent electric power) and to show that long-distance…
 
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • Happy Earth Day! Propel customers reduce CO2 emissions and petroleum use

    Shell
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    In honor of Earth Day, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our customers who choose renewable fuel—even when it’s not Earth Day. Together, Propel customers have a significant and positive impact on our planet, reducing both harmful … Continue reading →
  • Hope to find a Koenigsegg on Easter

    Shell
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    The only egg I want to find in my Easter basket is a Koenigsegg supercar—specifically, the CCXR or the new One:1. Not to be picky, but both of these ultra-performance vehicles run on E85 or E100. And what’s a sports car … Continue reading →
  • Beloved VW Jetta TDI SportWagen, no more.

    Shell
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    As of 2015, Volkswagen’s popular and much-loved wagon sedan model, the Jetta TDI  SportWagen will be replaced—or, more accurately, filed under a new genus as the Golf  TDI SportWagen. Phew. Hope I didn’t have you worried there. Still in the … Continue reading →
  • Biodiesel-powered breweries bring together two of our favorite things

    Shell
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    That would be beer and biodiesel. As more breweries invest in sustainable practices and green initiatives, biodiesel is a preferred fuel for use in delivery trucks, generators, tractors, and other brewery vehicles. A recent Biodiesel Magazine article provided an informative list … Continue reading →
  • 2014 Geneva Motor Show diesel vehicle round-up

    Shell
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    European auto shows tend to deliver on the diesel front, and this year’s Geneva Motor Show was no disappointment. I just hope these models make it to American showrooms in the future! Below are my favorite diesels from the show. … Continue reading →
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  • Ontario Completely Off Coal

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    The Canadian province of Ontario has officially shut down its last coal burning power plant. Power for the province now comes from "emission-free electricity sources like wind, solar, nuclear and hydropower, along with lower-emission electricity sources like natural gas and biomass." The province had set a target of the end of 2014 to end its use of coal to generate electricity. The Thunder Bay Generating Station was the last coal fueled power plant in the province. Now that it has burned the last of its coal supply, the plant will be converted to a biomass-fueled power plant. image: CC 2.0…
  • CETO Produces Wave Power and Freshwater

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    A new, grid-tied offshore wave energy project called CETO is being readied off the west coast of Australia, near Perth. Carnegie Wave Energy is installing what is called the "first operating wave energy array scheme in the world." The installation will consist of three submerged buoys 11 meters (36 feet) in diameter, which will be anchored offshore. The buoys will create high pressure water which will be pumped to an onshore generating station to produce electricity. In addition to producing power, the CETO technology incorporates an interesting synergy - it is also used to provide fresh…
  • Nontoxic Flame Retardants from Whey

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Whey is generally a waste byproduct from cheese- and yogurt-making. Producers need to find ways to dispose of it, and often it is discharged into wastewater systems. Research at the Polytechnic University of Turin is being done to explore the use of whey as a replacement for toxic compounds used as flame retardants. Treated fabrics are kept from burning as readily because the casein from whey forms a layer of char on the surface when it is exposed to heat, which prevents the fire from spreading as readily. Tests on cotton and polyester materials often self-extinguished, and tests on…
  • Making Bio-Based Rocket Fuel

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:52 am
    Rocket fuel is the latest in a long line of fuels being developed from bio sources instead of being produced from petrochemicals. Numerous other fuels have been developed from bio-diesel and synthetic gasolines to aviation fuels are now being made from microorganisms or from converting bio feedstocks. And now, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have been able to produce a key component of JP-10 high energy fuel from bacterial sources. Pinene is a component that is used in fuels that are used for missiles and rockets. It is found in tree sap,…
  • More Efficient Flight in Formation

    22 Jan 2014 | 6:05 am
    Many people are very familiar with the V formation used by migrating flocks of birds, and scientists have determined that this is an efficient mode of travel which helps the birds conserve energy, especially on long migratory journeys. But the same concept is being considered to improve the efficiency of commercial jetliners. Among aircraft manufacturers, Airbus is one of the companies looking at the advantages of commercial flocking. "In a V formation of 25 birds, each can achieve a reduction of induced drag by up to 65 per cent and increase their range by 7 per cent. While efficiencies for…
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

    Ross Brooks
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental engineering company, which claims the shells could provide up to 60 percent of the city’s heating needs. Planned for the southeastern region of the country in Gaziantep, which was responsible for more than 50 percent of last year’s pistachio exports, this potential eco-city isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Read the rest of Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey…
  • INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

    Yuka Yoneda
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that their children’s classrooms are as green as they can be? We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen of the Manhattan Country School about the best ways to implement an eco-friendly curriculum at your child’s school. Read on for her tips here! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aimee Arandia Østensen, Aimee Ostensen, children's education, eco education, eco…
  • The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

    Beth Buczynski
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office up and running means quick access to power if my batteries get low. Unfortunately, outlets aren’t always available. The sun, however, is much easier to find. The Port Solar Charger from XD Design allows gadget geeks to turn any window into a power outlet by attaching it to glass. Now, anytime you’ve got sunlight, you’ll be able to keep your devices from dying. Read the rest of The…
  • 3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

    Lidija Grozdanic
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Danish practice 3XN has been selected to design the new headquarters for the Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team was chosen among 11 competing architectural firms and household names such as OMA, Toyo Ito and Amanda Levete. 3XN’s winning concept will provide an Olympic campus and accompanying administrative buildings. Read the rest of 3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3XN Olympic headquarters, 3XN Olympics, architectural competition, Danish architects, headquarters design, Laussane…
  • Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel is Built from Recycled Shipping Containers

    Lucy Wang
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel is Built from Recycled Shipping Containers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cargotecture, Disaster Relief, jenga building, Jenga-like, mobile hotel, ova studio, radical innovation awards competition, radical innovation awards competition 2014, recycled shipping containers, shipping container hotel, shipping containers
 
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  • Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

    Beth Terry
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    My poor backpack. I’ve been carrying it around for over ten years, and finally, one of the main zippers stopped zipping.   Or, I should say, one of the sliders stopped working.  Fortunately, this backpack has two sliders, so I could still close the zipper using the other slider, but I always had to remember which side to zip from so I didn’t accidentally sling the backpack over my back, thinking the zipper was closed, and empty all the contents onto the sidewalk.  No big deal, but I just prayed that the other slider would hold up and keep working.  I had no idea what to do…
  • Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

    Beth Terry
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    When I give talks, one question people frequently ask is whether it costs more money to go plastic-free. My answer: a few things cost more initially, but in general, I save money living this way.  In fact, I was thinking about adding a whole section to my plastic-free presentation about ways to save money.  But I haven’t done it because I got to thinking… is that actually a good strategy?  Or could it backfire?  I’ll explain what I mean later in this post.  I’d love to get your feedback.  But first, yes, there really are ways to save…
  • Why You Should Sign My Petition — Even If You Don’t Own a Vita-Mix Blender

    Beth Terry
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    If you haven’t yet signed and shared the Vitamix petition I created and blogged about last October because you don’t own one of these high speed blenders and don’t plan to buy one, here are a few reasons to sign and share it anyway. I myself don’t own a Vita-Mix.  As I gushed last September, I’m in love with my Waring Pro with its all glass and metal pitcher.  My blender may not be as fast, but it gets the job done without adding toxic chemicals to my smoothies.  So you would think I wouldn’t care about what material Vita-Mix’s pitcher…
  • 100 Percent Pure(ish): Tina Ngata Is Going Plastic Free in Paradise

    Beth Terry
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I love meeting people from around the world who are taking the plastic-free challenge in a very public way.  The more people do this, the easier it will become for others to get started.   I especially enjoy learning about how people around the world see the issue of plastic and what challenges they face.  Here is a guest post from Tina Ngata, an indigenous Māori woman living in New Zealand who calls herself “The Non-Plastic Māori.”  I hope you will be as inspired by her as I am. Here, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), we enjoy a relatively high environmental profile, for a long…
  • Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

    Beth Terry
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A few months ago, I bought a pressure cooker.  I didn’t think it was a big deal, and I hadn’t planned on blogging about it. I just thought that I would eat legumes more often if cooking them took minutes instead of hours.  (I don’t eat canned beans because all food cans are lined with plastic, which can leach either BPA or some other mystery alternative that could be even worse. ) Anyway, I’ve been pressure cooking up a storm every weekend… making big pots of beans to eat during the week or to store in the freezer for later.  And I’ve also used the…
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    Environmental Management & Energy News

  • Hawaii Becomes Flash Point in GMO Controversy

    Environmental Leader Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Hawaii, the cornerstone of corn-growing operations by the world’s leading seed companies, has become a flash point in the debate over genetic engineering in agriculture. As companies have expanded their seed crop operations in Hawaii, opposition to genetically modified organisms has grown. It’s become a particularly touchy subject because so many seed companies now operate […]
  • How Top Companies Are Creating Sustainable Brands

    Environmental Leader Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    This article is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. As interest in purchasing sustainable products becomes more mainstream among consumers, corporations are increasingly invested in creating sustainable brands, and spending on product sustainability initiatives is expected to accelerate, according to a study from Verdantix. The report found that 69 percent of sustainability executives say it is […]
  • Spotlight on Award Winners: Sprint Network Vision E-Waste Elimination

    Environmental Leader Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     “Spotlight on Award Winners” is a series of articles featuring winners from the Environmental Leader Product & Project Award winners. Read Sprint’s complete award listing here. Sprint’s Network Vision is a plan to consolidate multiple technologies into one new network, with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing coverage, call quality and data speeds. But […]
  • Researchers Create Low-Waste Biofuel From Alligator Meat in a Snap

    Environmental Leader Staff
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette have developed a speedy, low waste method for converting alligator fat into biofuel. Conversion of animal fat  to biodiesel has been around for some time – an earlier, but more-wasteful, way to process aligator fat into biofuel was developed in 2011, but the traditional biodiesel process generates significant quantities of solid […]
  • Majority of Corporate Boards Exceed Minimum Reporting Requirements

    Bill Opalka
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    More than half of S&P 500 company boards are providing oversight of environmental and/or social issues beyond what required by law, a new study shows. Board Oversight of Sustainability Issues finds that many industries subject to scrutiny – paper, forestry, healthcare, utility companies – are among the most likely to adopt these practices, while the […]
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  • Apple's Campus 2 'Mother Ship' to Run on 100% Renewables

    Aarthi Rayapura
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Apple’s Campus 2 in Cupertino is on its way to redefining sustainable office spaces. In a recently released video detailing the sustainability aspects of the building, the company says that the idea is to “bring California back to Cupertino,” and it believes it has a shot at building the “best office building in the world.”“Our goal is to build a campus that has no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions,” says Lisa Jackson, VP of Environmental Initiatives at Apple. The building, expected to be roughly 2.8 million square feet, will house more than 14,000 employees and is set to…
  • BetterWorld's 'Phone for Phone' Mobile Service Combines Affordable Plans, Social Impact

    Jennifer Elks
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Socially conscious mobile provider BetterWorld Wireless, in collaboration with Sprint, today launches its Phone for PhoneTM mobile service, which will provide digital access to people in need by donating a mobile device for every qualified new US mobile customer.Mobile devices allow people around the world access to information and opportunities that can empower them to create pathways out of poverty. BetterWorld is the first to apply the increasingly popular buy-one-give-one business model (see TOMS Shoes, Warby Parker and Plum Organics) to the US mobile market. For every new customer…
  • LaborVoices Continues to Provide 'SmartLine' of Insight Into Supply Chain Issues

    Candice McLeod
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    In the lead-up to this year’s SB Innovation Open, we’re catching up with some of our favorite paradigm-disrupting startups from past years. This week, we have an update from LaborVoices.It is easy to discount how our favorite products are made - or rather who makes them and what conditions they endure while making them — until a disaster brings these factors into the limelight, as did last year’s Rana Plaza factory tragedy in Bangladesh or the recent accusations against Samsung regarding health issues in some of its South Korean factories.SBIO 2013 finalist LaborVoices has set…
  • Study Identifies How Companies Generate Business Value from Product Sustainability

    Sustainable Brands
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Companies that have gained widespread business benefits from product sustainability share specific business practices, according to a new research report by sustainability consulting firm Pure Strategies.The Path to Product Sustainability is based on quantitative surveys of 100 global consumer product companies involved in product sustainability and qualitative interviews with heads, directors, and managers of sustainability at leading companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Timberland, Seagate, RB and Henkel.“This report provides valuable insight for companies looking to understand, build…
  • Tesla Model S Completes Longest EV Journey Ever

    Mike Hower
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    On Monday, a Tesla Model S sedan completed a 24-day, 12,183-mile battery-powered journey across the United States as part of and effort to secure Guinness World Record verification for longest vehicle journey ever taken using 100 percent electric power.The Epic Electric American Road Trip, sponsored by information services company Recargo, was meant to emphasize the possibilities of the nation's current electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Norman Hajjar, Managing Director of Recargo's driver research division, PlugInsights, drove the vehicle.By the end of the tip, Hajjar had ventured…
 
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  • The Earth Day Media Pitch Round-Up: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yes, it’s Earth Day! So, happy Earth Day… and “f**king Earth Day…” See, I love the motivation behind the creation of Earth Day. I love the idea of getting people to think about the planet, the environment, and the resources its provides for us. And, yes, I’m all for the notion of “let’s make every day Earth Day.” But, as the point person for an environmentally-focused media outlet, I’ve also come to curse Earth Day as my inbox starts to fill up with PR pitches (and those who’ve worked with me at any point over the last 7-8…
  • Mobile Devices and the Environment: a Toxic Relationship [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Right now, I’m typing on my laptop while my smartphone sits about a foot away. I don’t have a tablet, but an awful lot of people do. Mobile devices like these make living and working online incredibly convenient; in the developing world, they make communication and economic growth possible in ways that didn’t exist twenty years ago. But all of this progress comes at a price: our phones and computers are full of toxic materials, and despite the relative ease of recycling such devices, most of them still end up in landfills. How many? According to our friends at eCycle Best,…
  • Open Source Seeds: Some Middle Ground in the GMO Debate?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    University of Wisconsin scientists sort open source seeds After a life-and-death experience several years ago, I made a commitment to myself: no more posts on genetic modification! It’s such a charged topic, and I just don’t need the stress… I’m going to break that commitment today, because I came across a concept that may do some bridge-building between those supportive of GMO technology and those opposed to it: open source seeds. I’ve wondered for quite some time if adding some transparency, and taking the the proprietary aspects out of, genetic modification…
  • How to Build a Keyhole Garden

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m a big fan of raised bed gardening approaches: I really don’t want to do a ton of digging, and, as an urban homeowner, I need to maximize the space I have. So I was intrigued when I ran across this post on the keyhole garden, a raised-bed style of gardening that originated in Africa. The plan below provided by a reader at The Homesteading Boards is intriguing (though also expensive, as he mentions). Make sure to click through to appropedia’s page on the keyhole garden, and watch the videos available: you may get some ideas for simpler and less expensive approaches. If you…
  • Custom Snowboards Made from “Right in Our Back Yard” Wood: Empire Grown

    Important Media Cross-Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    I’ve become really tired of the word “artisan” (or “artisanal”) on products: as far as I can see, it generally means “expensive.” I rarely see that such products involve the kind of loving, caring creativity undertaken by a true artisan.  What do I associate with that word? A deep level of knowledge of the materials and processes involved in creating a product. A dedication to small-scale production that allows the creator to assess the quality of each individual product. A personal connection with the customers who purchase the product (and those…
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    The Green Guide | Green Living Tips, Product Reviews, Buying Guides, Environmental Health News and Online Stores

  • Sale of Organic Foods Soars in China Despite High Price

    Rob
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    We cannot deny that China is one of the most criticized countries for the malpractices that manufacturing companies are doing. China is one of the most popular exporters of toxic toys made of plastics and fake or knock-off designer bags and apparels. It is also the same country that supplies numerous baby products made of BPA-contaminated products. Added to these terrible practices are the latest scandals that include rat meat being sold as mutton and baby formulas that have traces of melamine. People have also raised awareness on possible water contamination after hundreds of dead pigs have…
  • Fighting Cancer the Green Way

    Rob
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:07 am
    Apparently, cancer is becoming a common disease these days despite the spread of methods and ways to live a healthy life naturally. While cancer is a curable disease, it is not undeniable that it is still one of the most dreaded diseases in the world. It is a degenerative disease that takes away loved ones after a long, agonizing period. This year, it is important that we start living our lives the green way and learning how to fight cancer the green ways as well. Although most of those who had cancer are due to genetic composition, it is still very possible, and, in fact, a large number of…
  • Greenify your Wardrobe

    Rob
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Let’s first define what a green wardrobe is. Basically, it’s not just about the hue, but it’s about the content of the wardrobe. A green or eco-friendly wardrobe is one that contains enough clothing or recycled fabric pieces or apparels bought from eco-friendly shops and designers. A green wardrobe is one that is made out of sustainable materials and sound labor practices. In other words, eco-friendliness is not limited to the installation of solar panels or the unplugging of unused appliances or the consumption of organic foods. Eco-friendliness runs in the fashion industry, too, so…
  • The Best Manufacturers of Green Toys

    Rob
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Parents will want to keep their children at bay from diseases as much as possible. While giving them organic foods and vitamins and supplements are two proven ways to boost their health, giving them green toys is another way to make sure that they’re not at risk from the toxic chemicals, specifically lead, BPA, and phthalates, used in most toys these days. While plastic-made toys are cheap and very accessible, they aren’t the best choice because they contain chemical compounds that are found to trigger cancer, asthma, and other degenerative and respiratory ailments. Don’t wait for your…
  • How to Have Eco-friendly Play Sets for Kids

    Rob
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Children from any age need toys to help them develop socially, mentally, and physically. Toys can also aid in their emotional progress as well as communication skills. Because some parents deem toys as an irrelevant material that bore kids in the future, they give just about any toy to their children, specifically the cheap options. Sad to say, most cheap toys are made of plastics and non-sustainable materials that are not only short-lived, but also risky to children’s health because of the toxic materials that they may contain. Therefore, it is imperative that parents should start seeing…
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  • Want to stop climate change? Take the fossil fuel industry to court

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nation: In November 2013, American climate scientist Richard Heede, of the Colorado-based Climate Accountability Institute, published a paper with a revolutionary thesis. After nine years of researching the energy industry in dozens of countries, he concluded that nearly two-thirds of the world's carbon dioxide and methane emissions dating back to the dawn of the industrial era were the responsibility of just ninety companies. Heede called them the "carbon majors.' Not surprisingly, the biggest players...
  • In South Carolina leaders reconsider drilling along coastline

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    McClatchy: The push to start drilling in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum and dividing people along the grand coast of South Carolina, where some local leaders fear what it could mean for tourism. "If we had an event like they had in the Gulf it would be devastating for us," said Hilton Head Mayor Drew Laughlin, referring to the April 2010 drilling rig explosion that killed 11 and gushed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. "Our beach and our environment are our signatures. Our entire...
  • China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Associated Press: Nearly 60% of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources. Tests at 4,778 monitoring sites across China showed a slight increase in polluted sites over last year, from 57.4% to 59.6%, according to the report, released late on Tuesday. Beijing has been responding to public demands for transparency in environmental data. Last week, the government...
  • United Kingdom: Eight renewables projects given go-ahead in ‘green energy investment boom’

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:31 am
    Blue and Green: The government has given eight major renewable projects the go-ahead as part of its electricity market reforms. The developments have been described as a significant part of the coalition’s plans to provide cleaner and more secure energy to the UK. It is anticipated that by 2020, the projects will provide up to £12 billion of private sector investment and generate around 4% of Britain’s energy mix. They include offshore wind farms and coal-to-biomass conversions, and will go some way to help Britain...
  • Jackfruit heralded as 'miracle' food crop

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    Guardian: It's big and bumpy with a gooey interior and a powerful smell of decay - but it could help keep millions of people from hunger. Researchers say jackfruit – a large ungainly fruit grown across south and south-east Asia – could be a replacement for wheat, corn and other staple crops under threat from climate change. The World Bank and United Nations warned recently that rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall had already reduced yields of wheat and corn, and could lead to food wars within...
 
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    Clean Energy Wonk

  • Beyond the Clothesline – Five more tips for efficient clothes drying.

    Tom
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    It seems like “using a clothesline” makes every top-10 list of energy saving measures you can make at home.  But clotheslines are lousy at getting out wrinkles, and in humid climates often give clothes a chance to mildew. If and when you use a dryer, there are a few things you can do to use as little energy as possible.  I found these in the study “Are We Missing Energy Savings in Clothes Dryers?” by Paul Bendt of Ecos, which was part of ACEEE’s 2010 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A natural gas dryer is cheaper to operate and has lower…
  • Green Stock Investments – 2014 Outlook – Rescheduled

    Tom
    6 Nov 2013 | 9:51 am
    We had to reschedule out investment outlook webinar.  It was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but we’ve moved it to the same time 4:14pm ET / 1:15pm PT on November 21st. Details of the webinar follow: —————————————– Meeting Number: 21922303 Subject: Green Stock Investments – 2014 Outlook Date: 11/21/2013 Time: 01:15 PM US/Pacific; 4:15 PM US/Eastern —————————————– Tom Konrad and Jan Schalkwijk of the JPS Green…
  • Postponed- 2014 Outlook on Green Stock Investing – Webinar

    Tom
    29 Oct 2013 | 9:17 am
    This webinar has been postponed to Thursday November 21st. My co-manager Jan Schalkwijk at the Green Economy Fund and I will be hosting  a free webinar on November 7th (Thursday) at 4:15pm Eastern, 1:15PM Pacific. We’ll discuss our outlook for green stock investing in 2014, and also take questions. Here are the details: —————————————– Meeting Number: 21922303 Subject: Green Stock Investments – 2014 Outlook Date:    11/07/2013  POSTPONED.  New Date: 11/21/13 Time:    01:15 PM US/Pacific…
  • Electric Trucks, Renewable MLPs, and Heat Pumps

    Tom
    26 Oct 2013 | 7:32 am
    A few more of my pieces have run on EarthWise, a 2 minute radio program on WAMC radio in the Northeast.  Here are links: New York’s electric truck incentive program Easing private investment in renewable energy (renewable MLPs) A greener way to heat and cool your home (heat pumps) All are read by the Cary Institute’s Bill Schlesinger. I got involved with this by volunteering with the Institute.  If you’re near Millbrook, NY, the Cary Institute has regular free lectures on the science of the environment that are well worth attending.  But make sure to get there early- not…
  • Peak Oil on the Radio

    Tom
    30 Aug 2013 | 8:51 am
    Another EarthWise piece I wrote aired on WAMC Wednesday.  This one was a very basic introduction to the concept of Peak Oil, which is pretty much what it had to be, since it was a 2-minute piece for a general radio audience which might not have even heard of peak oil. You can listen to it or read the full text here: What Do We Mean By Peak Oil? If you’d like something with a bit more meat, check out my in-depth look at the economic implications of Peak Oil, The End Of Elastic Oil.
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • 6 Photos of the Oldest Living Things in the World

    H.F. Bhojani
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    For the last decade, photographer and artist Rachel Sussman has traveled the world to document its oldest living organisms. Her photographs, stories, and essays are interwoven in her new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World. I talked with Sussman about her first encounter with a very old tree, climate change, and how she tracked down her ancient subjects. Mother Jones: How did you come up with the idea for this project? Rachel Sussman: I had gone to Japan in 2004.  I wasn't having the best time, and was even at one point thinking of going home. I had learned this one…
  • Poll: More Than Half of America Doesn't Believe in the Big Bang

    Ben Dreyfuss
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    According to a new poll, 51 percent of Americans do not believe in the Big Bang. Fifty-one percent of Americans are wrong. Forty-two percent of Americans are not falling for this "evolution" mumbo jumbo. They too are wrong. Thirty-seven percent of Americans are not convinced that humans are causing global warming. Wrong. Thirty-six percent of Americans are not buying this whole "the Earth is 4.5 billion years old" thing. Wrong wrong. Fifteen percent of Americans are unsure that vaccinations are safe and effective. Wrong wrong wrong. Have a nice day.
  • This Climate Scientist Just Won Another Victory in Court

    Tim McDonnell
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Michael Mann, the perennially embattled climate scientist best known for his "hockey-stick" temperature graph, came out victorious yesterday in a court battle against a Virginia legislator and a conservative think tank that had sought to obtain thousands of Mann's emails and research documents from his time as a University of Virginia professor. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled that unpublished scientific research can be exempted from the state's Freedom of Information Act requirements, because disclosing such information would cut into the university's competitive advantage over other…
  • NASA Just Found the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

    Ben Dreyfuss
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Hello. Good day. NASA just announced that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Kepler-186f is the first Goldilocks planet—not too hot for water, not too cold for water—ever identified that is roughly the same size as Earth. (It's a bit larger.) So, is there life on that planet? It hasn't been disqualified yet. So, maybe! But probably not. But maybe! But almost certainly not. But maybe! And even if there's not its mere existence means there are very likely more planets like it out there, meaning Earth is maybe not necessarily unique, meaning life is maybe not…
  • No, the "Blood Moon" Does Not Mean the World Is Ending

    Ben Dreyfuss
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Why is this night different from all other nights? Tonight the clouds will part, the heavens will open, the stars will shine, and the moon will bleed. Groovy! The blood moon, a deliciously named full lunar eclipse rendering the moon red, will be visible in the skies above North America around 2 a.m. Eastern time. In the olden days the sudden appearance of a big red bloody moon probably sent people into a panic. Terrified, they probably ran around screaming, "Help me! Help me! My God, the moon has turned red! The moon has turned red! We're all going to die!" But then the moon would…
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  • 65,000 tonnes of dumped chemical weapons may now be leaking in the Baltic Sea

    sgrover
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    What would you do with 65,000 tonnes of dangerous chemical weapons? Given what we know now about marine pollution, your answer — I hope — would not be to dump the lot at the bottom of the ocean.   
  • 12 inspiring examples of macro flower photography

    jheimbuch
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    With spring in full bloom, it's a great time of year to brush up on your camera skills and capture the beauty of fresh flowers. Whether you're strolling through your own garden, enjoying a hike among wildflowers, or picking out favorites from a local flower shop to bring home, there are lots of ways to capture the beauty of flowers.
  • 8 common phrases we owe to Shakespeare

    jsavedge
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Ah, kids today.  They think they are the only ones who can come up with witty phrases and a playful use of words.     Selfie. Bling. Totes.   And don't forget the ever popular (and oh so creative,) O.M.G.   Little do these modern linguists know, but good ol' William Shakespeare was the king of slang and the inventor of word play.    
  • 8 frugal living fails: When being cheap goes bad

    melbreyer
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    "A backyard garden is a cheap hobby, but an expensive grocery store," notes a reddit user on the Frugal subreddit thread discussing "Frugal Failure" stories. Mishaps in which being resourceful goes terribly wrong have beset the best of us; we make an effort to save cash and end up spending far more than we might have in the first place had we just spent the money. 
  • Feast your eyes on the alien-like geysers of El Tatio

    photoblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    All photos: Owen Perry
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • CalCharge: A Model for California Energy Storage Dominance

    Jeff St. John
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Can $1 million (and growing) in membership fees, plus a lot of help from the Department of Energy’s most skilled scientists and highest-tech labs and computing clusters, turn California into a hub for research, development, and manufacturing of advanced batteries? CalCharge is set to find out. Launched in 2012 by the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), CalCharge’s objective is to provide deep access to DOE labs for energy storage companies, whether they’re looking to test their novel battery materials and designs or to optimize the manufacturing processes to bring them to…
  • Cadmium Telluride Solar Module Startup RSI Gets Acquired by Chinese Strategic

    Eric Wesoff
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    RSI, a VC-funded cadmium telluride thin-film solar module startup formerly known as Reel Solar, was just acquired by an undisclosed "Chinese strategic," according to the company's new CEO. A source close to the deal confirmed the acquisition and noted that former CEO Ed Grady has been replaced by Scott Burton, the firm's VP of business development. RSI's website does not yet reflect this change. The company's listed phone number has been disconnected. Burton's profile from the RSI site follows: Scott B. Burton joined RSI in September 2013. He is a solar industry veteran,…
  • Global 2013 PV Module Production Hits 39.8GW; Yingli is the Shipment Leader

    Shyam Mehta
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Note: All data and graphs in this article are excerpted from PV Pulse, GTM Research’s monthly global PV data service. For more on the Pulse, go to http://www.greentechmedia.com/research/report/pv-pulse After a two-year overcapacity phase that left a trail of crashing prices, financial losses, market exits and severely eroded balance sheets in its wake, the global PV manufacturing sector finally showed signs of recovery in 2013. As robust end-market growth out of China, Japan and the U.S. came into contact with a fitter, leaner supplier landscape, pricing stabilized, inventory levels…
  • 10Six Energy Wants to Tap UPS Systems for Frequency Regulation

    Katherine Tweed
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    When companies invest in uninterruptible power supply equipment, the investment has one purpose: to make sure the power never, ever goes out. But what if these systems could do more, while still delivering the guarantee of a constant power flow? That’s the idea behind 10Six Energy, the latest behind-the-meter energy storage company that wants to help commercial clients earn money using their energy assets. 10Six COO Joel Ndreu spent a decade designing power systems for commercial projects, including some high-profile projects such as 1 World Trade Center and Bank of America Tower in New…
  • 5 Tips to Cybersecure the Power Grid

    Jeff St. John
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    If anyone knows more than he can tell about the cybersecurity threats to the country’s power grid, it’s Seán McGurk. As head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) from 2008 to 2012, he led the day-to-day fight against intrusions and attacks against utilities and energy companies during a period when such threats grew from a trickle to a flood. Since 2012, McGurk has led Verizon’s Investigative Response team for industrial control and automated and embedded systems security, where…
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    Direct2Dell

  • Blog Post: New Rugged Servers Increase Performance for OEM Customers Without Sacrificing Durability

    DELL-Yogev S
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    With the launch today of the PowerEdge R420xr, Dell OEM Solutions is making a big jump into the rugged server market. While Dell has been making servers for years, this product represents an expansion of the OEM solution set.
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    DELL-Stephen Roberts
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    Exciting to hear about all the innovative things Dell is doing around sustainability. From #wheat packaging to energy-efficient classrooms that can run on solar power to the recycling program in Kenya - all great stuff. So proud to work at Dell!
  • 22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am

    DELL-Deborah A
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    Great Webinar today Trisa! We also launched the Corporate Responsibility Blog today at en.community.dell.com/.../weblog and our employee Corporate Responsibility certification - great ways to celebrate on Earth Day!
  • Blog Post: How Dell’s Legacy of Good Plan is Good for Business

    Trisa Thompson, VP—Corp. Responsibility
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Earth Day is a day to reflect on our impact on the planet. We think about how we better manage our natural resources for ourselves as individuals. We also consider how our solutions can reduce our customers’ impact, and how our teams might find new, more sustainable ways to do business.
  • Blog Post: The Role of the Education CTO/CIO: Discussions at the CoSN Massachusetts CTO Clinic

    Donna Boivin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Last week I attended and led a discussion at the CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) Massachusetts CTO Clinic. The theme of the event was “Orchestrating Ubiquitous Technology: Preparing for an Open Ended Future.”
 
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    Baboo Baby

  • Green Toys Tractor

    baboo baby
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Green Toys has been busy creating new and imaginative toys for your child made from 100% recycled plastic. Let your child’s imagination soar as they plow fields, harvest organic apples or go for a hay ride with the Green Toys Tractor. This durable tractor includes a detachable trailer. A perfect toy for indoors or outside.  
  • An Ocean Alphabet

    baboo baby
    26 Feb 2012 | 9:06 am
    This ocean and seashore print would be such a fun addition to a nursery or play room.  Illustrated by water color artist, David Scheirer, this ocean themed print shares the beauty of ocean life with the letters of the alphabet.  A piece that will be sure to last for years to come.
  • Taga Child Carrier Bike and Luxury Baby Stroller In One

    baboo baby
    26 Feb 2012 | 8:06 am
    Get out and enjoy the day with your little one in tow on the Taga child carrier bike and luxury baby stroller in one.  Choose between a leisurely bike ride or a mellow walk around town. Easily converts to a stroller or a child bike carrier within just a few seconds.  Additional add-ons include a sun canopy, rain cover, car seat adapter and shopping basket.  This ingenious bike stroller even provides the option to bring along a second child with room for an additional seat or configuring the bike with the covered wooden double seat.  Choose between a variety of bright colors.
  • Livingstones for Comfort and Fun

    baboo baby
    25 Feb 2012 | 6:15 pm
    These soft stone shaped cushions are a perfect addition to a living room, family room, play room, or bedroom. Ascetically pleasing, these Livingstones will suit any room as the kids lounge and play on them throughout the day. Stones come in a variety of sizes and neutral tones.
  • Mooba app for iPhone and iPad

    baboo baby
    11 Feb 2012 | 8:16 am
    The Mooba app is an illustrated interactive children’s book. Designed for babies 8 months to 3 years old, this beautifully illustrated app will sure to entertain your little one. Illustrated by Danish artist Pia Olson, this easy to learn app will delight your little one with interactive watercolor animals that make realistic animal sounds. A handy tool to keep baby occupied for those times where your either stuck in a line or in traffic.
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement

    Jan Lee
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do businesses in the apparel industry ensure that their customer base will not only stay, but grow? We talk to two companies and look at recent statistics that suggest the success of a sustainable business starts, like everything else, with the environment.The post Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Seafood and Impact Investment: Where the Money is Needed and Why It’s Not Flowing

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Despite recent encouraging efforts to spur an impact investing revolution in fisheries, we’re still a long way from a developed investment marketplace that would become a powerful engine for change.The post Seafood and Impact Investment: Where the Money is Needed and Why It’s Not Flowing appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

    RP Siegel
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.The post 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    This past Friday, we received the welcome news from the State Department that the review period for the Keystone XL pipeline would be extended – a decision that offers both an opportunity and an acknowledgment. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity for the State Department to address the inherent flaws in its environmental review by looking at Keystone XL through a simple prism: Is the pipeline truly in America’s national interest?The post Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Any currency has value -- but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.The post SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free at The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day

    Christine Escobar
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The Morton Arboretum will host an Arbor Day celebration April 25 with a costume contest for prizes and free admission for visitors who "dress like a tree". Additionally, members who ordinarily get free admission can obtain one free guest pass at the membership desk on that day.  The event is part of the Arboretum's week-long Arbor Day celebration, which begins with an Arbor Day 10K Run this Sunday, April 13, followed by spring plant sales, and a tree planting and storytime with Curious George.  For a full schedule of events visit: …
  • Cargo Bike Week 2014 & Cargo Bike Roll Call This Sunday!

    Christine Escobar
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In celebration of the upcoming Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike ride and Cargobike Roll Call this Sunday, I”m kicking off another Cargo Bike Week here at Ding Ding Let’s Ride! First.. let’s make sure you have all the info for the Sunday event: So what kind of cargo bikes can you expect to find at the Roll Call this weekend? Well, since we’ll be there,  you should expect to find at least one Yuba Mundo, a long-tail style of cargo bike. Three Yuba Mundo cargo bikes with slightly different configurations at a March 2013 Kidical Mass ride in…
  • Get Outside, Get Physical and Fundraise as a Family for Your Favorite Org

    Christine Escobar
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Muddy Cheer Challenge is coming to the Chicagoland area this summer on June 28 and 29 in Wilmington, IL. It's a fun way to get the whole family involved in charitable giving while having a great time in the great outdoors. All ages are welcome.  Here's how it works:  Sign up as a "host group". For every runner that signs up under your name (at any location), Muddy Cheer Challenge will give you back a portion of the registration fee.  Muddy Cheer Challenge will donate to your group $15.00 per every adult runner (13 and over) and $10.00 per…
  • EarthTalk: Is a Smart Thermostat Worth the Investment?

    Christine Escobar
    22 Jan 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Will I really be able to save money and energy in the long run by shelling out hundreds of dollars now for a so-called “smart” thermostat?-- Bill Cone, Aptos, CA Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang “smart” variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small investments a homeowner can make, given the potential for energy and cost savings down the line. The coolest of the bunch of new smart thermostats, the Nest, was created by former Apple employees who had been instrumental in…
  • KidSnips: The Fun, Family Salon

    Christine Escobar
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:12 am
    Editor's note: This is a featured sponsored post. However all opinions are the author's own. Leave it to moms to create an easy, effective method of getting an uncooperative child to do something necessary. A child's first haircut ranks pretty high up on the list of parenting milestones. Whether your baby was born with a full head of hair (like mine or bald and beautiful, at some point, they will need a haircut. What's worse to babies and toddlers than a stranger wielding a strange object near them? Not much else. Enter KidSnips: one of the pioneering kid friendly salons in…
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    Max Gladwell

  • Bike Reviews 2014: Cannondale, Santa Cruz, & Specialized

    Max Gladwell
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    The 2014 bike review season is kicking off at Max Gladwell. We’ll be starting with three spectacular rides, one each in the categories of cyclocross, enduro, and electric. Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc Black Inc. “With its BallisTec carbon construction and SAVE Stays, the SuperX is lighter than most road bikes, unmatched in stiffness-to-weight and smoother than a belgian beer. Nothing will accelerate faster, corner harder or be easier to shoulder than the SuperX.” Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon “Two decades of evolution at Santa Cruz brought us here. An entirely new frame,…
  • The Year of the Instagram Strategy

    Max Gladwell
    14 Nov 2013 | 10:27 am
    Or… How marketers should approach the Instagram channel in 2014 Instagram recently announced it has more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide. Not only is the total number impressive, but it means Instagram is growing at a rate of more than 100 million new users per year, as the social network added 50 million of them in the past six months. Managing the Instagram channel is no longer optional. It has become a strategic imperative for any brand or small business, and the urgency grows daily along with its user base. More than anything, Instagram presents an unparalleled…
  • SoLoMo: The New Way to Understand Location

    Max Gladwell
    12 Jan 2012 | 1:49 pm
    As the technology space evolves, so does the terminology In 2009, we added the term “geolocation” to this blog as one of its primary topics. We marked this with a post stating that geolocation would be a major trend in 2010. This echoed much of what other blogs were writing at the time. Geolocation was the buzz term. We followed up several months later with one one of our distributed blog posts entitled “10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World.” It’s about this time, however, that the terminology shifted and we began to refer to this as location-based services…
  • The SoLoMo Manifesto: Social + Local + Mobile

    Max Gladwell
    6 Jan 2012 | 9:43 am
    The SoLoMo Manifesto: Just About Everything Marketers Need to Know about the Convergence of Social, Local, and Mobile We invite you to download the most recent whitepaper from MomentFeed: The SoLoMo Manifesto  The SoLoMo Manifesto explores the mega-markets of social, local, and mobile as a cohesive ecosystem of marketing technologies. Driven by the rapid adoption of smartphones and the global network of connected consumers, the SoLoMo space can be uniquely understood through MomentFeed’s “Location-Based Engagement Stack.” This is the central premise to the paper and…
  • Take Green Marketing to the Next Level with Geolocation & Location Aware Content

    lornali
    28 Jan 2011 | 4:30 am
    Guest post by Lorna Li, founder of a green marketing blog for green entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Visit Green Marketing 2.0 for more great tips on how to use social media for green business. A new tool allows green business owners to take their marketing to the next level – geolocation. This inexpensive marketing medium allows green business owners to not only attract more customers, but also to learn more about current customers. What is Geolocation? Geolocation software has a variety of applications for small business owners. The most popular geolocation software is available in…
 
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    Modern Eco Homes

  • Eco Friendly Property Management Company

    admin
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    If your asking yourself ” What is a eco friendly property management company?” well the answer to that one is Property Management Beverly Hills. This is one of the very few existing companies that practices the eco friendly business practices. When a company does this they leave a very little foot print when they are working in the office. This means recycling all paper in the office and running some services with solar power. You would think in the year 2014 more companies would adapt to operating a business that uses as many natural resources as possible. When showing properties…
  • Eco Friendly Home Tips

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    So if you into being “green”–so much so that you want to have an Eco friendly home then you are in luck. Here we will discuss what you are dealing with and what your chances are realistically for buying that home so you can make an educated choice. How much to pay for this? Well, you will be told a lot of things from the get go. First you will be told it is a bloody fortune and to forget a green house unless you want to spend 1.6 million as they do in California. Then you will be told that there are a lot of little kits and such to get the home turned into green as you want it that…
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    11 Mar 2013 | 10:15 am
    You will find a lots of explanations why to purchase seo to sell houses makes sense. Selling real estate is exceedingly difficult specially in the fx. The countless qualities that happen to be already on purchase also ensure it is a hardship on property proprietors to offload their qualities. Fortunately that advertising qualities online has the ability to change every one of these. Unlike other kinds of advertising, the web provides for a more interactive platform which helps retailers and purchasers to schedule an appointment ease. Offers and counteroffers can be created easily. Prospective…
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  • Make Your Spring Cleaning Green With Plant-Based Cleansers

    Diane MacEachern
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    Don’t you think it’s ironic that many cleaning products actually contain ingredients that, while maybe not dirty, can still make you sick? No wonder millions of people have decided to make their spring cleaning ‘green’ by choosing plant-based cleansers free of synthetic ingredients and harsh chemicals. This post, sponsored by Source Supply Company, highlights the value of using plant-based cleansers for counters, walls, tile, mirrors and more. What’s Wrong With Synthetic Chemicals? A better question is, what’s right? And the answer?  Not much!! Some of the synthetic…
  • Money-Saving Green Tips for Earth Day and Every Day

    Diane MacEachern
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Are you one of those people who say, “I’d love to go green, but it costs too much money!”? On Earth Day, all of us here are sharing our stories so you know that just the opposite is true! My own experience is that going green actually saves me several thousand dollars a year while increasing my quality of life. That’s because I’ve figured out how to reduce what I buy, reuse what I have, and save energy and water, two items (especially energy) that could otherwise cost me hundreds of dollars a year. Happily, I’m not alone. Here’s how a lot of people I know and respect are also…
  • Put a Little Yuzen in Your Life

    Diane MacEachern
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Treat yourself or someone you love to a little zen - not through meditation, though you may certainly do that on your own, but with the help of a beautiful Yuzen box and the thoughtful, organic and plant-based balms, fragrances, moisturizers and creams it contains. What's In a Yuzen Box? There are actually three types of boxes to choose from. I recently received two of the boxes at no charge to review, and was delighted with them both. The seasonal box arrives four times a year - in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. My spring box included Acure Organics Facial Treatment, Balanced Guru…
  • Ecocentric Mom Box Review

    Diane MacEachern
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
     My Ecocentric Mom Box is always full of an interesting and surprising array of product options I never knew existed. Here's what I discovered in the March/April box: For your body:Bach Original Flower Remedies - Bach has distilled 38 flower and plant essences into concentrated clear liquids, each of which is reputed to help deal with some kind of stress. My box contained a bottle of the essence of elm. It smells good enough to use as a perfume, though the recommended application is on the tongue. Treefort Naturals Comfrey Salve - My hands always seem to be on the dry side. This…
  • The Nest Thermostat Can Help Build Your Nest Egg by Saving You Energy & Money

    Diane MacEachern
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    We've long been advocates of programmable thermostats to save you energy and money. But have you heard about the Nest Thermostat? It's called the "learning thermostat" because it actually learns from your own behavior in your home to help you spend less and use less energy. I asked my colleague, general contractor David Glenn, to explain. What is the Nest Thermostat? Thermostats are devices that turn the heat up or down, or the air conditioning up or down, depending on the indoor temperature you want for your home. Usually, you can just turn your thermostat on and adjust the…
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  • Earth Day Challenge: Lights Off, Screens On

    Katy
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Happy Earth Day! Here is a great new challenge from our friends at NBC’s Green is Universal and news about two awesome Twitter chats TONIGHT. When you consider that TVs, tablets, laptops, and mobile devices are all illuminated when in use, it begs the question: Why bother with any other lights? If every household in the United States turned off two lights for one hour every day, we’d save more than five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, nationwide, each year. The amount of coal it takes to produce that much electricity could fill up the Empire State Building almost three times!
  • Walgreens Mind the Store: Remove Toxic Chemicals from your shelves!

    Katy
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    After a long day of teaching, I grabbed my 7 year old, and headed to find the one of the only Walgreens in Vermont. “At the corner of healthy and happy” was actually 45 minutes away. Thankfully, my daughter entertained herself by singing songs from Frozen with great emotion. Our job, though, was very serious. We needed to deliver a message to Walgreens to take action about the toxic chemicals in the products they sell. My daughter read the card we were delivering in the back seat. She read (with a little help): “Due to our lax federal laws on toxic chemicals, it’s…
  • Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health

    Katy
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    (Here is an important guest post from our friends at NRDC about the harmful chemicals in food packaging and the lack of federal legislation to control them. Over 3,000 chemicals in food packaging have never been tested for safety!  Please read and share widely.) Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found. The food safety protection system is marred by minimal supervision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, rife with apparent…
  • In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health Threats

    Katy
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    (Guest post by by Naveena Sadasivam  for ProPublica, April 1, 2014, 12:43 p.m.) There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water. How the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection handles those complaints has worsened the already raw and angry divide between fearful residents and the state regulators charged with overseeing the burgeoning gas drilling industry. For instance, the agency’s own manual for dealing…
  • Asbestos Awareness Week 2014

    Katy
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    (Here is an important guest post from the amazing and inspiring Heather Von St. James. Please spread the word about asbestos and share her story widely.) At age 36, just 3 ½ months after giving birth to my first and only daughter, Lily, I was given 15 months to live. It was a diagnosis that absolutely shattered my once perfect world with my brand new baby. In November 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare, deadly cancer. It was malignant pleural mesothelioma. The more I researched this disease, the more hopeless I became. I quickly found out that mesothelioma kills most people within 2 years of…
 
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  • Healthy Weeds You Can Eat & Why You Should

    Tiffany
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Weeds have gotten a bum rap. All over the shelves of gardening and home improvement stores you see tools and chemicals designed to get rid of weeds fast. They are often considered to be unsightly and they also tend to strangle out the plants you DO want to grow, like grass or veggies from the garden. Weeds are very hardy, drought tolerant, and they propagate quickly. Pluck a few out of the ground and a couple day later there are ten more. They can be like a mythical Hydra when you cut its head off. That is why they are such a problem. Unless you decide they aren’t such a problem and…
  • BlackFish – Have You Seen It Yet??

    Tiffany
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently sat down to watch the movie BlackFish again. It made me just as angry watching it the second time as it did the first time. The first time I watched I had to keep leaving the room because some parts were very upsetting to me. This time I made myself watch it. I cannot believe that Sea World still has patrons. I cannot believe that anyone who has seen this movie and lives in the vicinity of one of these parks has not been going to them and picketing or laying down in the entrance ways to prevent people from entering. The stuff going on in these parks is horrifying. One of the worst…
  • Stinky Pits? Go Primal With Pit Paste

    Tiffany
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Attn: Giveaway the bottom of this post! Deodorant is a hot topic among crunchy, natural, health-minded folks. Conventional deodorant has lots of nasty ingredients and more than one report coming from the scientific community has hinted at a possible link between the nasties in deodorant and beast cancer. Just a quick gander at breast cancer rates and you may soon find yourself freaking out about what kind of deodorant you are using. Think about this tidbit. It is said that it only takes 26 seconds for a body care product to be absorbed into our bloodstream. That should make us very aware of…
  • A Fierce Green Fire – Watch it On Netflix

    Tiffany
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Over the weekend I enjoyed a new movie added to the Netflix lineup recently. It had been a while since I really browsed what they have to offer, thinking I have watched just about every eco documentary on there. I really wanted to spend my Saturday out in the yard and actually I got up at about 6:00 am (hours before anyone else would wake) and headed outside to do just that. One misstep on my back deck though resulted in a horrifying popping sound from my leg and a wave of intense pain. So I spent my weekend on the couch hoping that rest would resolve it (we shall see!) I was so impressed…
  • Did You Win the Kombucha Kit Giveaway??

    Tiffany
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    The winner of the Kombucha Kit from GetKombucha has been selected at random. It is Deena from Colorado!! For everyone else use the coupon code naturemoms25 for a $25 virtual gift card, valid through April 15th on a purchase of $150+ on anything in the site, excluding cases of bottled kombucha tea (bottled extracts are def included!) As an even greater incentive, if you purchase within 24 hours of this announcement, in additional to the $25 off, Dave will also include a free gift. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/PbDLG5
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  • Computer Programming for Kids

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I recently heard from a homeschooling friend about this site called Code, which encourages people of all ages to learn computer science by completing an “Hour of Code.” Learn the basic concepts of Computer Science with drag and drop programming. This is a game-like, self-directed tutorial starring video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Learn repeat-loops, conditionals, and basic algorithms. After a busy day of art and parkour classes, jumping on the trampoline, Minecraft, playing and more, my husband Jody and the kids sprawled out in the…
  • A Day In The Life: The Taste Test Challenge

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Hey friends! I decided to start a new series on my blog to give you an idea of some of the things the kids and I do in our unschooling/life learning journey. It’s called “A Day In The Life” and this will be the first installment. Yesterday Ava was watching YouTube (one of our favorite resources) videos from a group of girls who do different “challenges.” One of them was a “taste test” challenge, where one girl is blindfolded and the other gives her a variety of foods to eat and hopefully figure out what they are by taste alone. Ava asked me to set up…
  • How I healed my daughter’s tooth pain/abscess naturally

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    I don’t think it’s a secret that I lean toward natural remedies when dealing with my and my children’s health. I believe that Western medicine has it’s place and we as a family use pharmaceuticals as well as natural remedies, but I prefer to look to alternative medicine first. Two weeks ago on a Thursday evening, my daughter (9) began experiencing tooth pain in one of her baby teeth. By Friday morning, she was in a lot of pain. I started treating her with a remedy I knew could help with tooth pain — oil pulling with coconut oil. I also diluted some doTERRA clove…
  • Longmont carjacking/abduction prompts question: Is it safe to leave kids in the car?

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    This morning a car was stolen from a Longmont, Colo. gas station with 4-year-old Allen Chavarria-Rodriquez inside. An Amber Alert was issued and thankfully the boy was safely recovered later as the suspect ditched the car and jacked two others until he was apprehended in Parker. This event prompts the question: Is it ever safe to leave kids in the car? A recent Mothering article written by Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, titled Okay to Leave Kids in the Car While Popping into a Store? made me think about my own practices when it comes to running into the store days before the…
  • In his own time

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:26 pm
    One of the many things I enjoy about unschooling is that my kids get to work on a skill when they are ready, not at an arbitrary time when someone says they should. Up until last summer, my son (who was six at the time) had shown no interest in drawing. This was in stark contrast to my daughter who has loved to draw since she was very young. I wasn’t really concerned about it, but one day when I was at the store I decided to pick up a few pads of drawing paper, crayons and markers to bring home and strew*, if you will. After arriving home with the supplies, I announced to the kids what…
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  • Make a Lasting Change for Earth Day

    Amber Strocel
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    The Climate Crusader wants to celebrate Earth Day by making a lasting impact.April 22 is Earth Day - a day on which we all think green, and demonstrate our support for the environment that sustains us all. It's also a day when a lot of greenwashing can occur, as companies try to make themselves look more eco-friendly than they actually are to capitalize on our collective desire to live more sustainably.I'm all for seizing any opportunity to think about the planet. However, this Earth Day, why not commit to a change that will make an impact long after April 22 has come and gone? Don't succumb…
  • Cheapskate Composting

    Christy
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    This upright bin cost approximately $30and fits in a small corner of my yard.If you are curious about composting but are limited by the size of your outdoor space and don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy rotating composting bins, I encourage you to get started now. There is so much plant material available to start you off on your composting journey with the spring garden clean up. Next year you can have your own nutrient rich soil to add to your garden or containers.I live in a suburban area with limited lot sizes. There isn’t a great deal of space for expansive gardens and the…
  • Good to the Last Drop

    Green Bean
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.As my family's garbage output is now officially less than ten percent of the average American's, I feel like I can talk some serious trash. There are tons of ways to taper off your trash: compost, ditch disposables, make your own, buy items with less packaging or better yet don't buy it at all. The list could go on and on but the simplest way is to stretch your resources. In other words, it ain't empty until it's empty.Several weeks ago I lifted the lid on the bathroom waste can only to discover our toothpaste tube lounging amongst the…
  • 11 Reasons You Should Consider Beekeeping

    Heather
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    In which The Parsimonious Princess tries to convince you to become a beekeeper. You know you want to...This month marks the two-year anniversary of my husband and I becoming full-fledged beekeepers. I love telling people that I keep bees - some react with fascination, others think I'm nuts. There's this notion that beekeeping is complicated, scary, and even dangerous. Really, beekeeping is none of those things.  In fact, I'm convinced that just about anyone who cares enough about bees can become a beekeeper.Here are eleven reasons why you should consider beekeeping:1. HONEY!I'll just get…
  • Information Overload

    Mindful Echo
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mindful Echo is overwhelmed.I'm really lucky. I have a circle of friends and acquaintances who care about stuff. Like, really, REALLY care. Whether the "stuff" in question is about education, the arts, social justice, feminism, health, local business, politics, animals, the environment, or beyond, these friends actively engage in supporting their causes and spreading the word.I love checking my email, Facebook, or Twitter and sharing in their passions. I love having an awareness of important issues. I love celebrating our successes. I love knowing that I'm not the only one who is angry. I'm…
 
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  • On the Go Eco-Beauty Wipes

    greenandcleanmom
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    On the heels of Earth Day, I’m packing my bags for a teacher training some three hours away from my home. I’m used to traveling because I’ve done a lot of it over the last few years of my career. My bag is mostly packed and ready to roll. Except each time I travel I’m loading up all of these bottles for washing my face, Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.On the Go Eco-Beauty Wipes The post On the Go Eco-Beauty Wipes appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Safeguard Your Home Kit Giveaway

    greenandcleanmom
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    It seems as though I have someone spying on me lately. Packages of cleaning products keep arriving at my door! I think someone is onto me. My house needs some spring cleaning! The reality is I’m often provided with samples of products to try them out and share them with my readers. I’ve tried a number of products over the years and I’m always looking Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Safeguard Your Home Kit Giveaway The post Safeguard Your Home Kit Giveaway appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to Boil the Perfect Egg

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Each Easter my family colors eggs and we have an Easter egg hunt. It’s something I’ve been doing with my children and something my mom and grandma did with me. We really enjoy the process of decorating the eggs, hiding them and then making a killer organic egg salad. Sometimes we have a big family gathering and all the cousins will get together and it’s Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to Boil the Perfect Egg The post How to Boil the Perfect Egg appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 5 Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas

    greenandcleanmom
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I loved my wedding. I remember the day like it was yesterday and the months and months I spent planning for it. Every detail meant the world to me. My husband and I talk fondly about our wedding day and the celebration that we had. I even remember crying at midnight when my family started cleaning up. It was over and I felt like I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.5 Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas The post 5 Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Fun Things to do with Kids on Earth Day

    greenandcleanmom
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    In celebration of Earth Day, here are some fun and engaging activities to do with kids to build their appreciation for nature and help them understand our role in protecting the planet.  There is even an idea for how they can easily create their own video spot to share their personal vision for a better tomorrow. Take a color walk. One of the best ways for kids Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Fun Things to do with Kids on Earth Day The post Fun Things to do with Kids on Earth Day appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Last week at Ama's house. Taking a study break to check the ducklings and swing.
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
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  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Bear with me as I share duckling photos... I'm sure there will be an annoyingly high number of them over the next few days...- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
  • Right Now

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    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
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  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    When this happened 1098 miles into this trip. I can't believe I caught it!Just over 6 months ago I was here
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  • Grow Tea. Interview with Homegrown Tea Author Cassie Liversidge.

    Anna@Green Talk
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Have you ever looked at your herbs and said I wonder if I could use them for tea?  Or simply love tea and would love to grow tea?  I had the pleasure of interviewing Cassie Liversidge, author of Homegrown Tea: An Illustrated Guide to Planting, Harvesting, and Blending Teas and Tisanes about her new book how to grow tea using herbs. Before you read the interview, I absolutely adore Cassie’s book.  The photography is gorgeous and Cassie has a wonderful way of explaining how to make tea with various herbs that you already grow in your garden. In fact, you might even want to start…
  • Carbon Monoxide Effects. Deadly But Preventable

    Anna@Green Talk
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    We are constantly bombarded by news of toxins in our food and personal care products.  But there is one deadly toxin in our homes that we should pay special attention to–carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas.  According to the Center of Disease Control, 400 people die and more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room  every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. What are carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms? “Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning cause symptoms similar to those of the flu or a cold, including shortness of breath on mild exertion, mild headaches, and…
  • Sustainable Fitness: more than long-term exercise

    Anna@Green Talk
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    What is fitness? The most common definition of fitness used today comes from the medical world. It is defined as a human’s state of physical health as a result of proper nutrition and exercise. Given this definition, a fit person would have excellent endurance, cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility. A body builder, figure competitor, marathon runner or professional athlete would, by this definition of fitness, fall into being the fittest individuals on the planet.   In ecological terms, the concept of fitness is much broader. The term is loosely defined as the ability…
  • Volatile Organic Compounds: Harmful in Our Home. Learn to Choose Better.

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    During this Earth Day month, Green Sisterhood is focusing on a healthier Planet.  I believe a healthier planet starts in the  home.   Reducing your exposure to volatile organic compounds swarming throughout your house  is one of the first steps to a healthier house. What are volatile organic compounds?   They are carbon containing compounds that “evaporate  easily from water into air at normal air temperatures.” High VOC concentrations can cause eye and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the liver and nervous system as well as cancer.   Indoor concentrations of VOCs…
  • 5 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds for the Garden

    Anna@Green Talk
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    I love coffee grounds and have been using them for years in the garden.  In fact, Starbucks became my best friend since they supply me with old coffee grounds.  So, over the years, I have used coffee grounds for the garden  in a variety of ways with some mishaps.    My favorite uses are as follows with some warnings. Read on. Using Coffee Grounds for the Garden #1 Worms Love Coffee Grounds If you vermicompost give your worms coffee grounds.  Coffee grounds to worms are like chocolate to us. Even if you don’t vermicompost,  still put coffee grounds in your composter.  Worms will…
 
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  • Easy Eco-Tip: Keep a Recycling Bag in Your Car

    Micaela
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
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  • Unique Reusables for Earth Day and Beyond

    Micaela
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
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  • Standardized Testing: Healthy Ways to Prepare Your Kids

    Micaela
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
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  • How to Brew a Green & Healthy Cup of Tea {Giveaway!}

    Micaela
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
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  • Rethink Your Deodorant

    Micaela
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
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  • Dog Portrait Made from Reclaimed Cardboard

    Becky Striepe
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Artist Ali Golzad created the awesome dog portrait pictured above out of reclaimed corrugated cardboard, but his depth as an artist goes much deeper. I didn't understand folks who had portraits done of their dogs until my husband and I adopted our sweet rescue a few years ago. Now I could totally see myself wanting a piece of wall art featuring our sweet girl Jenna. The cut up pieces of cardboard give the piece a beautiful texture, don't they? You almost want to reach out and pet this sweet pup! The dog is named Lucy, and Golzad created the portrait for her owners. Golzad is an avid…
  • Product Review: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

    Andrea Devon Bertoli
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dr. Bronner's is one serious hippie product, but that hasn't stopped the company from making a crossover into mainstream stores and to become one of the best loved brands in the country. Not familiar with Dr. Bronner's pure castile soap? It is a natural oil based soap, made from coconut, hemp, jojoba and other earth-and body-friendly ingredients for scent and cleaning power. The soaps come in bottles with labels of every color of the rainbow and include scents of all-natural origin: peppermint, lavender, almond, rose, citrus and more. There are lots of scents to love (my favorite is rose and…
  • Candle Holder Recycles Your Candle Wax for You

    Becky Striepe
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How cool is this candle holder that recycles its own wax by design? The Rekindle Candle is a patent-pending candle holder that diverts melted candle wax into an area with extra wick, so it can be used again. In a Grist interview with Benjamin Shine, the candlestick's designer, he said: How long it lasts, Shine says, depends on the specific candle — some burn faster, some are drippier — but you might be able to reuse the wax as many as five times. That's a lot of recovered wax! The Rekindle Candle isn't available for sale yet, but keep an eye on Shine's blog to see when it's going to be up…
  • Spotted: DIY Easter Basket from an Old Paper Grocery Bag

    Becky Striepe
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want an alternative to a store-bought, plastic Easter basket? Here's a simple way to make your own using an old paper grocery bag. Lia Griffith uses a simple paper weaving technique to make an upcycled DIY Easter basket from a paper bag. Pretty much any brown craft paper will do the trick. If you order anything on Amazon, that brown packing paper that they use would also work well for this project. Combine this cute, upcycled Easter basket with some home-grown Easter grass, and you're on the way to a low-impact Easter that saves money and natural resources! It only takes a few simple craft…
  • Keeping Calm: Five Ways to Quickly Relax

    Andrea Devon Bertoli
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'd like to think I normally have a handle on my work-life balance, but my new job has been keeping me extra busy with  travel, weekend events and daily work. Needless to say, it's been a bit draining. When I was chatting with some friends a few days ago about the the new busy work-life that I have created, my friend shared some of her simple tricks that help her relax and create a few minutes of quiet time in a busy day. I loved all of them, and have begun using them already! Not only do these little tips immediately calm you in stressful situation, they also give you an important…
 
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  • Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses

    Alice Benny
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good Travel insurance may assist you in covering any financial losses or medical expenses that might occur during your trip. Also, having travel insurance is regarded as the ideal protection for individuals traveling overseas or domestically. However, there are certain … Continue reading → The post Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know

    Alice Benny
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cars using electricity instead of petroleum is definitely an attractive invention. Though the presence of electric cars has been there since many years now, people are still concerned about deciding whether they should go for it and buying electric cars … Continue reading → The post Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis

    Alice Benny
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Cognitive Testing ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder receives much discussion and scrutiny. The use of medication to treat ADHD in children probably receives the most attention in the realm of this sensitive subject. Perhaps the second aspect of the condition, … Continue reading → The post Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home

    Alice Benny
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Travelling is a big part of our lives these days, accounting for around 40% of Australia’s household greenhouse gas emissions (data from http://climatechange.gov.au/climate-change). Air travel in particular contributes large amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide plus the processing and … Continue reading → The post Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost

    Alice Benny
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Recycled Glass Countertops Cost Guide: The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you spend most of your time making lovely meals for your family and anyone who uses the kitchen frequently understands how … Continue reading → The post How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Old Time Style in a Modern World- Edison Bulb Wax Warmer

    Monica Brady
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Scented wax warmers are all the rage right now. You can find them from many different companies, in many different styles. Some are supporting your favorite sports teams, and others have words of encouragement, or animals. Most often, you’ll find them in solid ceramic so minimal light comes out of them… They’re hiding the lightbulb inside, because why show off something no one really wants to see? All of that is changing with the new Edison Bulb Wax Warmer from ScentSationals at Walmart. Their distinct line of Edison Wax Warmers is inspired by vintage light created by the…
  • A Must Have for Emergency Kits: Rayovac’s Virtually Indestructible Spotlight

    Monica Brady
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Summer is almost here, and we are getting ourselves prepared for Hurricane season. As much as I really hate to think about the possibilities of a storm hitting us, I know that there’s always a chance, living in coastal North Carolina. While we don’t anticipate any flooding or anything too crazy, you can never be TOO prepared for an outrageous situation. We look for a lot of water proof, or water resistant items that we can put in our emergency kits. We also like flashlights that are as bright as possible. We live away from the city, so if there were to be any sort of power…
  • Whiter Teeth in Just 2 Days?

    Monica Brady
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Colgate is launching a one of a kind toothbrush with built in whitening pen that will deliver whitening beyond surface stains! The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen promises Whiter Teeth in 2 days, and since it’s all built in to the toothbrush, it’s easy to use twice daily! The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen provides effective whitening, affordability, AND convenience…all from one product. I let my hubby test it out to see what he thought about it. Here’s what he says about his experience: I recently tried the…
  • DIY- No Boil Easter Eggs!

    Monica Brady
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Ok, one of the reasons we use plastic eggs instead of real ones is because  A: they’re totally reusable (when we can find them the next year) and B: they don’t require any boiling and cooling, etc, and C: there’s absolutely no worries if we don’t find one when it comes to rotting, and stinking. This year, Walmart has a great solution to all of these issues with the Plastic Decorating Eggs. These eggs look like real eggs, but they’re not! They even work like real eggs, when it comes to decorating and dyeing them. You won’t waste money on food,…
  • DIY Craft: Awesome Easter Wreath

    Monica Brady
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    I love making wreaths! They seem to be one of the easiest ways to add some festiveness to your home. Wreaths can be big or small, and totally ornate, or very simple. Most of mine have to be a little bit on the smaller side to fit my door. I have a shelf right below my windows, which really doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s there, so I have to work around it. For Easter this year, I finally made a wreath that I’ve been wanting to make for a very long time. It was very simple to make, and looks great on our front door. I got all of my supplies from my local Walmart store, and…
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  • Be creative and reduce waste

    Veshengro
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Make things for yourself and for others and reduce the need to go an buy everything that you want (and need). There are many things that are considered waste and waste products by the majority and the powers-that-be that, in fact, can become the resources for making things we want and need ourselves, or as gifts for family and friends. And, with the right mindset, ideas and a little skill those can also and even become salable products. Even, unfortunately, people who consider themselves “green” and “ecologically minded” do not seem to have the mindset…
  • Sugru: Fixing the future

    Veshengro
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Well, that may be a little overstated but it can fix a great deal... Not so long ago I wrote about how I used Gorilla Glue and sugru® to fix the handle of an old garden trowel that was destined, prior to that, not by me but by previous owner, to be thrown away. I had always wanted – after rescuing it – to somehow resurrect this lovely old trowel but there just was no material around bar, eventually, making a new handle and with the kind of trowel that it is, where the tool sits in the handle and not the handle in the tool, so to speak, this is always a…
  • Old Tools: Recondition and use

    Veshengro
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We often forget today, in this modern age, that the old tools, seen as obsolete by many today may, one day, have to come back into use and the more of them that we can rescue and then refurbish and recondition the better for those of us who still can use them. And this day may not be all that far off either. Only early in 2013 the government of the Russian Federation announced that the FSB, the successor of the Soviet Union's KGB, in light of the Wikileaks affair, is going back to typewriters and paper for sensitive information and messages and this brings…
  • Survival Kits

    Veshengro
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Most are absolutely useless... Regardless as to whether they are the commercially assembled and sold ones or the instructions that are given to assemble your own “survival kit” most of them are totally and utterly useless and a waste of time and money, and in addition to that most of the kits that are cheap contain items that are of inferior quality and thus make the kit more useless still. The great majority of those kits, whatever name they go by, contain first of all many items you never ever will have to use, and thus are but a burden to carry and secondly…
  • THE “i-KNIT”GENERATION

    Veshengro
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Forget the iPad and games console. Knitting is the latest craze amongst school children. Traditional craft that dates back to the Middle Ages is the latest form of playground ‘ravelry’ Knitting clubs common place in schools by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Two joysticks, a long cord and intense concentration are generally associated with games consoles, but now a much older technology is seeing a resurgence in school playgrounds. Knitting, more commonly associated with the middle-aged and senior citizens, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity amongst school children. A new poll of parents…
 
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  • Fracturing Maryland?

    SolarFeeds
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    The case to ban fracking is growing more popular in a society that is becoming more environmentally aware. Fracking, technically known as hydraulic fracturing, is defined as the process in which “fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas […] Read more The post Fracturing Maryland? appeared first on Solar Feeds. go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • Home Solar Will Have Another Boom Year in 2014

    SolarFeeds
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    This year’s outlook for cleaner fuels is bright, according to a recent report from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). But it is much brighter for some technologies than others. Solar and wind specifically, which remain the cleanest of the cleantechs in the emerging global renewables market, have a very promising future. The same […] Read more The post Home Solar Will Have Another Boom Year in 2014 appeared first on Solar... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • The SunJack 20W Portable Solar Charger

    SolarFeeds
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Harold Tan, one of the team members at GoGreenSolar.com, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to build and market SunJack, the world’s most portable 20-Watt solar charger and battery pack for off-grid applications and emergency mobile power. The campaign will also benefit the rural villages of Papua New Guinea with smoke-free lighting and energy. As an off-grid […] Read more The post The SunJack 20W Portable Solar Charger appeared... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • The MatHero Project: Greener Organic Solar Cells

    SolarFeeds
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    A new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), called “MatHero”, aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time. “Green” processes for materials synthesis and coating play a key role. To reach these objectives, the European project […] Read more The post The MatHero... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • Free Nissan LEAF Charging

    SolarFeeds
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    If you live in a strong market for electric cars, Nissan is offering two years of free charging when you buy or lease its Leaf. Starting July 1, Nissan will distribute EZ-Charge cards in 10 markets: San Francisco; Sacramento; San Diego; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston, Nashville; and Washington, DC. It plans to add another 15 cities next year. “Public charging is […] Read more The post Free Nissan LEAF... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
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    Green Your Decor

  • Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.

    jennae
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    As a blogger who focuses largely on sustainability here and who weaves it into Green & Gorgeous as often as possible, I talk and think about sustainability often. As a result, I tend to neglect Earth Day, because I try to be mindful of the Earth every day. But in the future, I’m going to do better about making a big deal of Earth Day on the blogs, because it’s nice to have the whole world paying attention to an issue that is so near and dear to me. Today, make ONE change in your life. Just one. Get your next dining table from a thrift store instead of buying new. Cut out paper towels…
  • Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

    jennae
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought about what you’re giving the mom (or moms) on your list? If you’re like most people, it probably involves flowers and a card. Those are great, especially if the flowers are organic, but I typically like to give more personal gifts that reflect moms true interests. Uncommon Goods does a great job of providing quirky gifts to match any personality. The fact that many of them are sustainable, they all come with a back story, and you can’t find a lot of them anywhere else makes this online retailer one of my favorites…
  • We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery

    jennae
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    So, my baby girl is 11 weeks old today. That means this post has been at least 12 weeks coming. I really wanted to share it before she was born, but since she surprised me and came 3 weeks early, the nursery wasn’t quite done. And since she’s been sleeping in her co-sleeper in the master bedroom since she was born, I was in no real rush to finish it. This newbie breastfeeding mama had more important things to worry about. Click the link to read more about that over at Green & Gorgeous. Anyway, now that Juliza is starting to sleep for much longer stretches at night and going…
  • Join Seventh Generation’s Fight Against Toxic Chemicals

    jennae
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:01 pm
    We’re hit with 300 toxins before we’re even born! I’ve been blogging about green living since 2008 — which feels almost like a lifetime. Since then, so many of our habits as a family have changed, and we have become much more mindful of the things we put in and on our bodies. As a mom, I am particularly mindful of the things I bring into my home and around my children. And while I fully admit that I don’t always have the time or the money to buy everything green, I absolutely do so when I can. So if families like ours can change their habits, why can’t the…
  • Green Cleaning Your Floors: Carpet, Hardwood & Linoleum

    Guest
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    It’s unfortunate, but the floor of your home always takes the brunt of what your family can throw at it. The kids tracking in that rainy day mud you asked them to stay out of; the dog rolling around on the carpet after taking a dip in the river; perhaps a rowdy book club meeting with the gals amounted to spilled red wine. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the floors are always the victim and never the victor. With the arrival of spring comes the impending frenzy of sporadic cleaning, otherwise known as Spring Cleaning, a time where everything from floor to ceiling receives a…
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  • Researchers Develop Semi-Transparent and Decorative Solar Cells

    Christine Walsh
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    A team of researchers at the University of Michigan has successfully developed a prototype of a semi-transparent photovoltaic solar cell, which they hope will make solar arrays more attractive to consumers and lead to a more widespread adoption. Existing solar panels are far from aesthetically pleasing, but this new invention could be used to cover the sides of buildings, window shades and even billboards without obscuring what lies beneath. The team wanted to produce a solar cell that could be placed anywhere, and not just on rooftops as is the case with currently available solar panel…
  • A Tiny House EcoVillage for the Homeless

    Christine Walsh
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    The YouthBuild Program in collaboration with the Alternative Energy Program at New Market Skills Center are busy building a so called Tiny House EcoVillage, which will consist of three 70 square foot tiny mobile sleeping units, and 30 larger, permanent tiny houses. These will be placed in Quixote Village, which is part of Olympia, WA’s Camp Quixote, also known as Olympia’s Homeless Tent City. The tiny houses the students of the South Sound YouthBuild Program are building will be powered by the Alternative Energy Program’s mobile solar power station. Once complete, the tiny homes…
  • Solar Bridge in London Completed and Operational

    Christine Walsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Blackfriar’s Bridge, which is the largest solar bridge in the world and part of London’s Blackfriar’s railway station, is finally finished. Work on the structure started in 2009 as part of the worldwide energy conservation efforts. The bridge crosses the river Thames and the solar panels that now cover it were installed by the firm Solarcentury. Blackfriar’s Bridge was fitted with 4,400 photovoltaic panels, more specifically Panasonic 250 Wp panels, which cover the total area of the bridge namely 19,685 square feet. The maximum output of the panels should reach 1.1 MWp…
  • Brothers Turn an Abandoned Grain Silo Into a Cabin

    Christine Walsh
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana recently converted an old, disused grain silo into a quaint cabin. The silo was located on their family’s farmland in Missouri, so the new structure is in no way out of place in its surroundings. One of the primary reasons they opted to complete this conversion was the desire to repurpose something that would otherwise be left to rot and rust. They were helped in making their idea become a reality by architect Kyle Davis of Blue Earth Projects. The silo-turned-cabin is located a few hours’ drive from the brother’s main residence, and therefore makes for a…
  • A Home That is Heated and Cooled Organically

    Christine Walsh
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    A team of students at Waseda University in Japan have constructed a prototype for a house that can be heated by composting straw. They dubbed the dwelling the “Recipe for Life” house. Using the heat generating composting process for the purpose of heating a dwelling is not a new idea, but it is definitely one that should be explored further, and perhaps brought closer to the public. The Recipe for Life prototype house is certainly an interesting proposition in that regard. The interior walls of the house are made of acrylic boxes, which are packed with the straw for composting. The…
 
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    The Green Parent

  • Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

    Jenn
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    A few months ago, I embarked on a new journey as a coach for Girls on the Run. If you’re not familiar with it, Girls on the Run is an organization that works with girls in grades 3-5 with the ultimate goal of running a 5K. But GOTR is truly more than a running program.  It’s a program that teaches girls about health, fitness, self-esteem, community, and real beauty. And it reminds girls how awesome they are before society, their friends, or that little voice in their head starts telling them otherwise. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I have watched this program…
  • Don’t fall for ‘The Natural Effect’

    Jenn
    11 Feb 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What do you think of when you see the term, ‘natural?’  Healthy?  Organic?  Made from wholesome ingredients? The Google definition for ‘natural,’ is “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.”  So it’s no wonder that millions of Americans are fooled by the word ‘natural’ when they see it on food packaging. But the truth is, that the word ‘natural’ is not regulated on food packaging.  So it could be found on products that contain pesticides, artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms, or…
  • Music helps kids with cancer connect and cope

    Jenn
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:41 pm
      It’s hard enough being a teenager these days and trying to relate with family and peers.  Throw a cancer diagnosis into the mix and many teens report feeling overwhelmingly isolated, even within their main support group.  Could music videos break down this wall of isolation for teenagers and young adults with cancer?  A new study suggests that they may help teens cope with their illness and stay connected to their loved ones.   Researchers evaluated 113 kids aged 11 to 24 who were being treated for cancer.  Most of them had either leukemia or lymphoma.  All of the…
  • 4 for 40…Mission Accomplished!

    Jenn
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:11 am
    I did it.  I DID IT!! Last year, around this time, as I was heading into my 40th birthday, I set  goal to run four marathons to commemorate my 40th year.  And despite an injury that sidelined me for two months – and forced me to defer entry into one of my planned marathon runs – I am happy to say that I did it.  Last weekend, I ran the Richmond Marathon and made it my fourth marathon of the year! Here’s a quick recap: March 17: Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Virginia Beach, VA.  4:14:54 I got a little cocky when I launched my 4 for 40 goal, so not only did I sign up for…
  • Homeschool was only 1/2 great today

    Jenn
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:45 am
    Hard at work on math problems. I realize that it has been a while since I have blogged.  My world has been a blur of homeschooling and marathons as of late and while I have composed numerous blog posts in my head, none of them seem to actually make it to my keyboard.  In retrospect, the reason for the dearth of blogging seems to be that everything was going so well in both regards that I chose to spend more time enjoying these activities and less time reflecting upon them. But today things went kinda wrong and I feel the need to figure out a change of course.  Not with my running by the…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Wednesday Goodies

    Courtney
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy mid-week! I’ve got a few more cute items to share with you. Though I haven’t tried any of these yet, they have all piqued my interest. Refillable K-Cups Single-serve coffee makers have certainly become the easiest way to have a freshly brewed cup of coffee, made just right. But what about all of those [...]Check out the review @ Wednesday Goodies
  • Garden State Green Fest: Groovy Globe

    Courtney
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Groovy Globe is another earth conscious company that I met at the Garden State Green Fest at Kean University on March 15. Groovy Globe is an eco-company that was started by Candace, who has a 15-year career in promoting businesses and consumer products. She thought using her knowledge would help to benefit other companies too. [...]Check out the review @ Garden State Green Fest: Groovy Globe
  • Daiya Provolone Style Slices

    Courtney
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Traditional provolone is one of those cheeses that I always forget is really so great when melted and super stretchy, I’m definitely a fan. So I was hoping that would help me easily become a fan of Daiya’s provolone style slices, as a great alternative in my sandwiches. Created with similar ingredients to other Daiya [...]Check out the review @ Daiya Provolone Style Slices
  • Garden State Green Fest 2014: Green Eileen

    Courtney
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you missed my recap of the Garden State Green Fest including a Q&A with Ed Begley, Jr and details of his green talk, check it out here. Onward to another great company to feature! After listening to Ed’s talk, there was a good amount of time until the next lecture I was considering attending [...]Check out the review @ Garden State Green Fest 2014: Green Eileen
  • Garden State Green Fest: Q&A with Ed Begley, Jr. and Green Awards

    Courtney
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Upon my arrival to the Garden State Green Fest, held at Kean University I was thrilled to see the awards ceremony occurring, presented by actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. It was fantastic to see citizens being honored here are a few that I found unique: Eight year old Aaron Diament, who raises Monarch butterflies [...]Check out the review @ Garden State Green Fest: Q&A with Ed Begley, Jr. and Green Awards
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  • New York to Install Battery Storage for Subway and Bus System Operator

    Jim Polson, Bloomberg
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    American Vanadium Corp., owner of the only known U.S. deposit of the metal, agreed to install an energy storage system designed to reduce power costs for the agency that operates New York’s subways and buses.
  • China Wind Turbine Makers Face Consolidation as Glut Lingers

    Bloomberg News Editors
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Consolidation may cut the number of wind turbine makers in China, the world’s largest wind market, by two thirds in the next five years as oversupply pressures grow, according to an industry association.
  • The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream

    Vince Font, Contributing Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    When it comes to driving the development of renewable energy technology, no greater facilitating force exists than the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Acting on a mandate to achieve 25 percent reliability on renewable energy by the year 2025, the DOD has been busy in its aggressive pursuit of that goal — proving that more often than not, great things can result from unlikely alliances.
  • For the Greater Green: Algae-Based Advanced Biofuels Bring a Clean, Affordable Solution

    Paul Woods, Algenol
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    As the implications of the global energy crisis continue to intensify, cost-effective and truly sustainable solutions are crucial. The energy industry experienced a giant leap with the production of first-generation biofuels, but rising costs and questionable energy yields have led to an innovative second wave of advanced biofuels that require less land and offer greater outputs at cost-competitive prices.
  • Global Geothermal Market Saw Huge 2013 Growth, Says GEA

    Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The global geothermal industry had a boom year in 2013, bringing the most capacity online since 1997. The market saw 530 megawatts (MW) commissioned, which brought total global capacity to just over 12,000 MW, holding a steady 4 to 5 percent growth rate, according to the Geothermal Energy Association’s (GEA) 2014 Annual U.S. & Global Geothermal Power Production Report. These projects are located in the U.S., Philippines, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany Kenya, Australia and Turkey.
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, National Center for Healthy Housing Support Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville

    tparsons
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    National conference this May will address serious health and safety concerns in housing today WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, is pleased to announce that the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) and the National Center for Healthy Housing and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Healthy Housing Solutions, Inc. (NCHH/Solutions), will be Platinum Supporters of the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville May 28-30. The Conference, titled Leading the Nation to Healthy…
  • Rebuilding Together Receives Tenth Consecutive 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

    tparsons
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Rebuilding Together included in top group of one percent of charities rated, which have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star (highest rating) evaluations WASHINGTON, DC., April 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, today announced it has earned a 4-star charity rating (the highest rating) for the 10th consecutive year from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator. With this year’s rating, Rebuilding Together is now included in the top group of only one percent of the charities…
  • Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s Work To Preserve Homes on the Pueblo of Laguna Community

    tparsons
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes will take part in the two-day community revitalization effort Pueblo of Laguna, N.M., April 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is teaming up with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs and renovations to three homes and build a playground in the Village of Laguna on the Pueblo of Laguna reservation in New Mexico. More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from area stores and the Albuquerque customer support center will volunteer on April 23-24 to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety…
  • Alexis Glick Elected to Rebuilding Together’s National Board

    tparsons
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Veteran Media Personality and GENYOUth CEO joins national nonprofit board dedicated to making critical repairs for low-income homeowners WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision for a safe and healthy home for every person, today announced that Alexis Glick, veteran media personality and former Wall Street executive, has joined the nonprofit’s national board of directors. Glick, CEO of GENYOUth foundation, a national nonprofit partnered with the National Football League and the National Dairy Council, runs the largest…
  • Dan Sargent Joins Rebuilding Together’s National Board

    tparsons
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Washington, DC, April 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision for safe and healthy home for every person, today announced that Dan Sargent, executive director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (North Carolina) has been named to its national board of directors. Dan Sargent is Executive Director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been with the affiliate since November 2008. Under his leadership, RTT’s budget has grown from $25,000 in 2008 to over $300,000 in 2014, and the affiliate now serves over 40…
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  • BIODIGESTER TURNS CAMPUS WASTE INTO CAMPUS ENERGY

    Steve Spence
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    University of California, Davis April 22, 2014 BIODIGESTER TURNS CAMPUS WASTE INTO CAMPUS ENERGY [Editor's note: Photos of the UC Davis biodigester can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/1gGZEUJ. ] More than a decade ago, Ruihong Zhang, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of California, Davis, started working on a problem: How to turn as much organic waste as possible into as much renewable energy as possible. Today, on Earth Day, the university and Sacramento-based technology partner CleanWorld are officially unveiling the UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic…
  • Spent Brewer’s Grains Controversy

    Steve Spence
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    In the past, the brewing industry supplied the cattle feed industry with “waste” brewers grains. This was a good deal for them and the cattle industry, and helped close the resource loop. That symbiotic relationship is soon to be over, thanks to the feds: A fight is brewing between American beer makers and the federal government over happy hour … for cows. For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end…
  • Arbor Day 2014: History, growth and how to celebrate

    Steve Spence
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Trees are a powerful part of environmental well being, and that’s not exactly breaking news. Arbor Day may not have a singular observed day around the world—through most places observe it on the last Friday of April—but it’s one of the oldest environmental holidays still celebrated. The first Arbor Day The origins of Arbor Day can be traced to 1802 when a priest from the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra organized a tree planting to beautify the village. It would be over fifty year, however, until such a movement came stateside. Arbor Day was first celebrated in the U.S. in…
  • Support Earth Day with Rareform – Billboards to Bags!

    Steve Spence
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2014 – RAREFORM is creating quite a wave in the outdoor market with its innovative, eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. Aimed to reduce waste and sustain our natural playground RAREFORM creates one-of-a-kind bags and accessories that protect both your gear and the environment. By using an “upcycling” process RAREFORM is able to take billboards before they hit landfills and transform them in to into completely individualized works of art; perfectly fit for the active lifestyle. Founder and outdoor enthusiast, Alec Avedissian’s brilliant idea came to mind…
  • Coconut Coir, Say Goodbye to Peat Moss!

    Steve Spence
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:42 am
    Peat Moss is a common material used for gardening, but it’s not sustainable, mining is damaging to the environment and it’s acidic. The Dirt on Peat Moss Does Peat Moss Have a Place In the Ecological Garden? We use recycled coconut fiber, called coir, a food industry byproduct. As such it’s sustainable, less acidic, and performs better for the myriad of uses we need: 1. Cover Material for Composting Toilet 2. Worm Composting Bedding 3. Mulch and soil additives 4. Upholstery Stuffing There’s a great tutorial for using Coconut Coir at The Real Garden. We get ours at…
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  • WordPress Resources at SiteGround

    hiuct
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites: Expert WordPress Hosting SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. We take care of WordPress sites security with unique server-level customizations, WP auto-updates, and daily backups. We make them faster by regularly upgrading our hardware, offering free CDN with…
 
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  • Great Native Ground Covers, Part II

    Joyce Benson
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    In Part I of this series, I highlighted just some of the varied ground covers, including evergreen plants, ferns and flowering perennials that are suitable for many different types of landscapes.  I also talked about why ground covers are better than lawns.  Here, I’ll focus on many more types of ground covers that are environmentally-friendly, [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Free Trees for Philly!

    Joyce Benson
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Philadelphia residents are very fortunate this spring to receive up to 2 FREE trees for their yards from TreePhilly, a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Wells Fargo and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. According to TreePhilly, “The purpose of the Yard Tree Program is to contribute to the tree canopy in the city; the layer [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • A World Without Flowers?

    Joyce Benson
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    We’re all looking forward to spring, a time of renewal and beauty, and the opportunity to get outside and improve our surroundings.  Appealing landscape design often involves the artful arrangement of flowering plants, but imagine for a moment that 90% of flowers are no longer able to bloom.  This could be our future reality with [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Great Native Ground Covers, Part I

    Joyce Benson
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Our native ground cover plants are far superior to turf grass, which is not native, because they’re low maintenance.  They don’t need fertilizers or pesticides, and they don’t need to be mowed or watered once established (learn more from my previous posts here and here).  Plus, they help manage stormwater runoff, allowing rainwater to follow [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • What’s Blooming Now? Winter Gardens! Brave the Cold & Explore!

    Joyce Benson
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:50 am
    Visitors to public gardens value the colorful blooms in spring and summer, but there is still much to appreciate even during the cold, bleak winter months!  Outdoor winter gardens and arboretums feature bright fruit, colorful & textural tree bark, steadfast evergreen backdrops, fantastic form & structure, and even appealing art & sculpture. Here’s a list [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
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  • California study addresses burning questions about wildfires

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Apr. 22 - Scientists in California have teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to study wildfires, in hopes of gaining new insights into fire prevention and containment. The study comes amid one of the driest spells in the state's history and could prove invaluable as summer temperatures take hold. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Turning smog into jewels - a Dutch designer's solution to Beijing's pollution

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Apr. 18 - A Dutch designer plans to suck smog from Beijing's polluted air with his 'electronic vacuum cleaner' next year and produce sparkling jewellery from the smog particles he collects. It may be an unconventional approach to Beijing's pollution problem but the city's leaders have told Daan Roosegarde he's welcome to try it. Debi Bell-Hosking reports.
  • Titan Aerospace a sky-high platform for Google's internet ambitions

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    April 15 - Tech giant Google Inc. has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as part of its strategy to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered "atmospheric satellites," which are designed to stay aloft indefinitely, providing aerial and telecommunications services at 1/100th the cost of current satellite platforms. Ben Gruber has more.
  • Rubbee set to electrify cycling

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Apr. 15 - A Lithuanian inventor has come up with an attachable device that can transform an ordinary bicycle into an electric motorbike. Gediminas Nemanis says his device, called the Rubbee, offers cyclists the chance to 'go electric' simply by switching a lever. Debi Bell-Hosking reports.
  • Taipei tech team takes 3D printing to the streets

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    Apr. 13 - A team of self-described geeks in Taipei have taken to the streets on a bicycle equipped with a 3D printer which they're using to turn plastic waste into useful products. They call their printer the "Mobile Fab" and say it not only helps promote recycling, but also demonstrates how technology can be applied in a socially responsible way. Tara Cleary reports.
 
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  • 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C: One Sweet and Overdue Sports Car

    Jesseb Shiloh
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    When many think of Alfa Romeo they can only think of the quality and speed associated with the name in a nostalgic manner.  Unless an owner was willing to have one shipped to the states they were not likely to ever see one or have one on the roads in the U. S. which is a great tragedy considering the great expanse of driving pleasure offered in the U.S. The long wait for an Alfa Romeo for the U.S. is over and the 4C is an absolute delight.  A gorgeous sports car with obvious Italian stylings, the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is long overdue.  Here to please the crowd of high end sports car lovers…
  • Tesla Makes Environmentalists Happy

    Chastity Mansfield
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:26 am
    It should go without saying that friends of the environment love Tesla. The automaker is championing the green world weather it wants to or not. As environmental technology continues to push forward into everyday life, a green car like the various Tesla models are appealing to a good chunk of the masses. Of course, most of the masses around the world could not afford what Tesla brings to the table, but that doesn’t stop them from loving the company. It’s a pure love fest at NHRegister as Vivek Wadhwa discusses the ways that the company has brought the movement further in the last…
  • The Longest Running Volvos in History

    Chastity Mansfield
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:56 am
    What are we talking about here?  Do we want to know which Volvo model has been produced the longest and still has cars on the road? Or better yet, do we want to know which Volvo model has a car that has the highest actual miles on it?  Let’s take a look at both. In 1961 Volvo began production of their 1800 model car.  The 1800 came in a variety of styles from the P1800 which resembled its American cousin sports cars of the era, to the 1800S which looked much more like a touring sedan then finally the 1800E and 1800ES which came as a sedan and hatchback style cars. The 1800 was in…
  • Christian Missionary Arrested in North Korea

    Jesseb Shiloh
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:55 pm
    In his second trip to North Korea, Australian Christian missionary John Short, 75, was not able to spread the message of the Gospel or hand out very many Bibles translated to Korean. This time, he was arrested. Australia does not have diplomatic relations with the communist country but will through South Korea to negotiate for Short. It may be futile as a similar incident occurred with American missionary Kenneth Bae. After being convicted for trying to overthrow the state, Bae is over a year into a 15-year sentence and is currently performing hard labor. Short’s wife remains in…
  • Don’t Idle. Turn Off Your Engine When Waiting.

    Jesseb Shiloh
    15 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    There’s an old husbands’ tale about idling cars that has persisted even today. The idea is that you waste gas and hurt the ignition every time you turn your car off to wait. They say it’s better to leave your car idling to conserve gas and save your ignition. For modern vehicles, this simply isn’t the case. These and other myths are nicely debunked in the following infographic put together by Sustainable America. It’s hard to completely stop polluting with today’s busy world, but every little bit helps. This is one of those tips that can actually save you…
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  • Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

    Ross Brooks
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental engineering company, which claims the shells could provide up to 60 percent of the city’s heating needs. Planned for the southeastern region of the country in Gaziantep, which was responsible for more than 50 percent of last year’s pistachio exports, this potential eco-city isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Read the rest of Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey…
  • INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

    Yuka Yoneda
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that their children’s classrooms are as green as they can be? We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen of the Manhattan Country School about the best ways to implement an eco-friendly curriculum at your child’s school. Read on for her tips here! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aimee Arandia Østensen, Aimee Ostensen, children's education, eco education, eco…
  • The Port Solar Charger Turns Any Window into a Power Outlet for Your Mobile Gadgets

    Beth Buczynski
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Whenever I arrive at a coffee shop or coworking space, the first thing I do is scope out the power outlets. Between a smartphone, laptop, and occasionally a tablet too, keeping my mobile office up and running means quick access to power if my batteries get low. Unfortunately, outlets aren’t always available. The sun, however, is much easier to find. The Port Solar Charger from XD Design allows gadget geeks to turn any window into a power outlet by attaching it to glass. Now, anytime you’ve got sunlight, you’ll be able to keep your devices from dying. Read the rest of The…
  • 3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland

    Lidija Grozdanic
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Danish practice 3XN has been selected to design the new headquarters for the Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. The team was chosen among 11 competing architectural firms and household names such as OMA, Toyo Ito and Amanda Levete. 3XN’s winning concept will provide an Olympic campus and accompanying administrative buildings. Read the rest of 3XN Chosen to Design the New Olympic Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3XN Olympic headquarters, 3XN Olympics, architectural competition, Danish architects, headquarters design, Laussane…
  • Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel is Built from Recycled Shipping Containers

    Lucy Wang
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of Amazing Jenga-Like Hotel is Built from Recycled Shipping Containers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cargotecture, Disaster Relief, jenga building, Jenga-like, mobile hotel, ova studio, radical innovation awards competition, radical innovation awards competition 2014, recycled shipping containers, shipping container hotel, shipping containers
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  • 5 Ways Graphic Shades Can Help Improve the Workplace

    Jennifer Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    You may think of window shades simply as a way to protect sunlight from entering a room. However, there are many additional functions of window treatments than what meets the eye. With plenty of advanced window coverings on the market, including energy-efficient blinds, solar shades, and motorized shades, selecting the ideal window treatment for your business can often be difficult. If you’re looking for a custom solution that can boost creativity in the workplace, consider graphic shades – a perfect way to add personality and style to any office. Graphic shades offer a versatile,…
  • Do Indoor Plants Really Provide Return On Investment?

    Jennifer Smith
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    There are numerous reasons to invest in indoor plants for the office environment. Plants help to create a welcoming atmosphere, they can clear airborne nasties from the air, and of course, they are nice to look at. But do they provide a return on investment? Increasing Productivity Various studies have shown that introducing plants into an office environment can help to increase productivity among workers. In one such study, Dr Virginia Lohr of Washington State University found that working in a plant-filled office not only increased productivity by 12%, but also decreased stress among…
  • The Psychological Effects of Cleanliness in the Workplace

    Jennifer Smith
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    The physical and psychological effects of an unhygienic workplace can be debilitating for staff and visitors. The negative impact is gradual, but it is inevitable. If you want clients to respect your business, and your staff to confidently approach their duties with high morale, you need to ensure your workplace is clean and hygienic. The psychological effects of an unhygienic and cluttered workspace can be debilitating for those required to inhabit the environment for the better part of their weekdays. Studies have been conducted on how physical environments impact the mental wellbeing. It…
  • 4 Popular Types of Broadband Internet Connections

    Jennifer Smith
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    It should come as no surprise that broadband Internet technology is more popular now than ever in the past. Indeed, it helps businesses throughout the world operate on a daily basis and is a huge part of many of our lives now thanks to social media. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are actually quite a few options out there for those who are looking to delve deeper into the world of broadband, some of which come with their own distinct perks, as well as disadvantages. Learning more about the world of broadband can help you to make a better decision regarding…
  • Insulating Your Home for the Winter: It’s Never Too Late

    Jennifer Smith
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:08 am
    At the time of writing we have just entered 2014, but I’m sure that we have by no means left the cold weather behind us. Typically the coldest weather in the UK occurs in January and February, although March does have its moments. This means improving the insulation of your property now will immediately begin to provide you with the combined benefits of lowering your energy bill and keeping you cosy during those cold wintry nights. Quick and Effective Energy Saving Techniques The combination of small energy efficiency improvements to a property can rapidly add up to a noticeable cost…
 
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  • How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality

    Heshuang Zeng
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Although congestion pricing is often a contentious issue, its ability to decrease congestion and air pollution while increasing revenue for sustainable transport projects makes it a policy many cities find worth pursuing. Photo by Zhou Ding/Flickr. Few urban policies have been as contentious or as fruitful as congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a travel demand management policy that charges a fee for vehicles that enter a certain urban area or a certain street during specific periods of time. It aims to relieve traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and generate revenue for urban…
  • Challenges in managing the motorized two-wheeler sector in India

    Radha Chanchani
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    As the two-wheeler sector continues to expand in India, researchers study the demographics of two-wheeler users and their possible role in promoting sustainable mobility. Photo by Meghana Kularni/Flickr.” With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. As a private transport mode, two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, maneuverability, and ease of parking in congested conditions. While two-wheelers provide several…
  • Friday Fun: Calling all innovators to the Powerful Answers Award

    Rachel Jaffe
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Entrepreneurs passionate about using technology to solve difficult transport problems have the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr. Do you have an idea that could radically change the world, if only you were given the resources to bring it to fruition? Do you see challenges with sustainability, health, or transport in your community and want to solve them through technological platforms? Verizon Wireless is launching the second edition of its Powerful Answers Award to give passionate innovators the chance to make their ideas real and advance technology…
  • The bike-share report: Connectivity and bike lanes key to successful bike-sharing

    Peter Midgley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Safe, connected bike lanes in New York City fosters use of the city’s bike-share systems. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr. Peter Midgley joins us as the author of the Bike-share report series, exclusive to TheCityFix. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bike-sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bike-sharing systems since 2007. Peter formerly worked as the Urban Mobility Theme Champion for the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP). The previous post in this series focused on lessons from the collapse of the Bixi system. How important are bike lanes…
  • In photos: Walking in Bangalore reveals the plight of pedestrians

    Dario Hidalgo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Thin sidewalks and a lack of dividers between pedestrians and cars often makes it uncomfortable and unsafe for those using sidewalks. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle, most commonly a two-wheeler. The local administration has responded to this rapid growth and increased motorization by quickly building and expanding roads…
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  • Startup Qnovo emerges with algorithms & silicon to make batteries better

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How many times have you dashed out of the house and realized your cell phone battery was about to die? Who hasn’t frantically searched for a cell phone USB charger at work or even a party? Yep, we’re all guilty. The humble lithium ion cell phone battery is pretty much the bane of existence for the modern mobile world, and it hasn’t gotten all that much better despite the best efforts of many companies and people. There are a growing amount of startups and big companies out there that are focused on using science, chemistry, and nanotechnology to create new types of batteries…
  • Add ultracapacitors to the list of devices that could benefit from graphene

    Signe Brewster
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    George Washington University researchers reported Tuesday that they have created an ultracapacitor that is both high performance and inexpensive to produce because it relies on a mix of two promising emerging materials: graphene and carbon nanotubes. Like batteries, ultracapacitors are capable of storing a lot of energy in a small space. But they charge and discharge energy much faster than batteries. Once the technology is mature, ultracapacitors could be used in electric cars (Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said so himself) and even handheld devices. Ultracapacitors are made of two plates…
  • Google inks huge wind power deal with Warren Buffett’s Iowa power company

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Google has signed its largest clean power contract to date — for 407 MW of wind power — with Iowa power company MidAmerican Energy to supply clean energy for Google’s data center in Iowa. Google made the announcement on its blog on Tuesday, which is Earth Day. MidAmerican is largely owned by investor Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway. Four hundred and seven megawatts of wind power is the equivalent power to a mid-sized coal plant or a large natural gas plant. Or, to put it another way, it could provide enough electricity for over 100,000 average…
  • Navigation, it’s not just for cars: Mapbox and Scoot optimize the nav system for 2 wheels

    Kevin Fitchard
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Navigation may have found its initial home in the car dashboard, but there are many different modes of transportation we use from feet to bikes to skis that can all benefit from some turn-by-turn directions. San Francisco’s scooter-sharing startup Scoot is a good case in point. It wanted to create a navigation system for its fleet of electric mopeds, but it had a few concerns. Its scooters don’t handle freeways well. Nor are they particularly good at mounting steep hills. So it went to open source mapper Mapbox to help it develop a turn-by-turn directions app that navigates around those…
  • Apple is ready for its closeup on clean energy

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Apple is celebrating Earth Day this week by shining a spotlight on its clean energy and carbon footprint reduction initiatives. While Apple has been working on having 100 percent of its data centers run on renewable energy sources for a couple years, the company on Monday is showing off an environmentally-themed video narrated by CEO Tim Cook, accompanied by some awesome solar photos on Apple.com, and a long feature in Wired on its clean power projects. Why now (beyond the somewhat contrived Earth Day event)? When I published this investigative piece last November on Apple’s solar…
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  • Sustainable Sushi Resources

    Jean-Paul
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    With an explosion in popularity over the last few decades, Sushi is quickly causing overfishing problems impacting several species to the brink of extinction. Bluefin Tuna (Kuromaguro or Toro) is the most dire of these, however, many others such as Yellowtail (Hamachi), eel (Unagi), and many other popular Sushi fish are experiencing major declines. With […] Related posts: Sustainable Sushi in Seattle – Mashiko Eco-Friendly Friday – Sustainable Sushi n Rice + Tshirts All About: Seattle, Washington White Tuna, Butterfish, Escolar – Oh My! Android Seafood Watch App
  • Blackfish Documentary Movie Review

    Jean-Paul
    3 Jan 2014 | 8:23 am
    Blackfish has made a lot of waves lately, from environmental groups applauding the spotlight on captivity and dolphin capturing practices, to entertainers dropping out of Sea World events and companies pulling sponsorships. It may be for good reason. Blackfish is a documentary movie which tells the story of Tilikum, a troubled killer whale that killed […] Related posts: For the Dolphins – The Cove Movie Review Vegucated Documentary Film Review Sharkwater Movie Review The Pipe Documentary Film Review Shark Week! 10 Deadliest Sharks
  • Holiday Shopping and Giving

    Jean-Paul
    20 Dec 2013 | 6:18 am
    It is that time of year again! Holiday shopping and gift giving in a rush, but The Chic Ecologist is here to help! Whether searching for that perfect eco experience, trying to lower your impact on the environment this year, or finding unique green gifts for that special someone, I have the list for you! […] Related posts: Giving Eco-Gifts Green Holiday Preparation – More than Just the Tree! Green Your Thanksgiving – Tips For A Greener Holiday Make Black Friday a Little Greener – Green Holiday Gifts Chairitable Giving – How to Donate Money
  • DaDa and Quarterly Underwear Club

    Jean-Paul
    11 Dec 2013 | 8:35 pm
    DaDa is a men’s underwear brand based in Scotland using sustainable materials to develop comfortable underwear. Fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo rayon, seaweed, coconut shells and even coffee grinds have been developed and combined with stylish patterns and fits. Their first collection has focused on developing three distinct styles, which can be found as […] Related posts: Eco-Friendly Underwear Eco Friendly Bamboo Clothing and Fabrics, or is it?
  • Greener Cleaner Tile Floors – DIY Recipe for All-Natural Cleaner

    Jean-Paul
    21 Nov 2013 | 9:33 am
    We all want to know that the cleaners we use are getting the job done, but far too often, we settle for the path of least resistance – or so we think. Sure, it may be faster to simply grab a well-known brand’s bottle of cleaner and toss it in your shopping cart rather than […] Related posts: Aromatherapy Natural Cleaning Supplies Eco-Me Clean with Green – DIY Natural Home Cleaning Kits Green Flooring – Eco-Leader Tile by Refin Ceramiche Last Minute Mothers Day Gifts Green Up Your Launderd Clothing – Dry Cleaning Re-thought
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift

    nick malster
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift   Our new website is now live! We invite you to come and have a poke around, see what’s changed and tell us what needs fixing. You can view browse all the posters from our campaign with WWF-UK for Earth Hour here. If youthink you have what it takes to make us a poster, you can pick up a copy of our creative brief here. You can explore our videos that we have brought you over the years right here. And we have revitalised our brilliant blog – which is… right…. oh wait you’re already here. If you encounter any issues that…
  • 29 Posters for the Planet

    nick malster
    1 Mar 2014 | 2:48 am
    29 Posters for the Planet   Do The Green Thing have teamed up with WWF-UK and asked world-class creatives to design a poster to inspire the world to live more sustainably for Earth Hour and beyond. From the 1st of March until Earth Hour on the 29th of March, we released a different poster from a famous creative every day. Each of the 29 posters serves as a piece of inspiration to encourage millions of people around the world to take up simple actions like cycling to work and eating less meat to reduce the impact we are having on the planet. The contributors who have lent their creativity…
  • Pick a Poster for the Planet

    nick malster
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    Pick a Poster for the Planet We teamed up with WWF-UK and briefed the country’s young creatives to create a poster to inspire greener living for Earth Hour. The judges shortlisted six finalists, who came to Pentagram to develop their posters before the public vote. Now it’s up to you to decide who joins the likes of Paula Scher, Quentin Blake and David Shrigley in our poster campaign for Earth Hour, which launches on the 1st of March. You have until the 24th of February to vote for your winner. Note: Entries for this competition have now closed. If you missed it we’d still love…
  • Meet Our Six Competition Finalists

    nick malster
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    Meet Our Six Competition Finalists Our Earth Hour young creative competition closed on Monday the 13th January and drew 250+ responses to our Creativity v Climate Change brief. Now over to judging panel, which consists of Rob Alderson (It’s Nice That), Sophie Thomas (RSA), Naresh Ramchandani (Pentagram Partner/Do the Green Thing) and Georgie Bridge (WWF UK). The panel have selected six finalists to attend a mentoring workshop at Pentagram Design on 22nd January 2014 to finesse their designs, which will then go to a public vote in February. The top three designs will become part of the…
  • Planet Day at BTMU

    nick malster
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:17 am
    Planet Day at BTMU We had a wonderful time today at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where we exhibited 20 of our posters along with copy cards with information on sustainability issues and initiatives at Ropemaker Place in London, where they are based. Here’s the exhibition – before the crowds came flooding in, of course. We’d like to say a big thank you to BTMU and all their fantastic staff for making the day such a great success.
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift

    nick malster
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift   Our new website is now live! We invite you to come and have a poke around, see what’s changed and tell us what needs fixing. You can view browse all the posters from our campaign with WWF-UK for Earth Hour here. If youthink you have what it takes to make us a poster, you can pick up a copy of our creative brief here. You can explore our videos that we have brought you over the years right here. And we have revitalised our brilliant blog – which is… right…. oh wait you’re already here. If you encounter any issues that…
  • 29 Posters for the Planet

    nick malster
    1 Mar 2014 | 2:48 am
    29 Posters for the Planet   Do The Green Thing have teamed up with WWF-UK and asked world-class creatives to design a poster to inspire the world to live more sustainably for Earth Hour and beyond. From the 1st of March until Earth Hour on the 29th of March, we released a different poster from a famous creative every day. Each of the 29 posters serves as a piece of inspiration to encourage millions of people around the world to take up simple actions like cycling to work and eating less meat to reduce the impact we are having on the planet. The contributors who have lent their creativity…
  • Pick a Poster for the Planet

    nick malster
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    Pick a Poster for the Planet We teamed up with WWF-UK and briefed the country’s young creatives to create a poster to inspire greener living for Earth Hour. The judges shortlisted six finalists, who came to Pentagram to develop their posters before the public vote. Now it’s up to you to decide who joins the likes of Paula Scher, Quentin Blake and David Shrigley in our poster campaign for Earth Hour, which launches on the 1st of March. You have until the 24th of February to vote for your winner. Note: Entries for this competition have now closed. If you missed it we’d still love…
  • Meet Our Six Competition Finalists

    nick malster
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    Meet Our Six Competition Finalists Our Earth Hour young creative competition closed on Monday the 13th January and drew 250+ responses to our Creativity v Climate Change brief. Now over to judging panel, which consists of Rob Alderson (It’s Nice That), Sophie Thomas (RSA), Naresh Ramchandani (Pentagram Partner/Do the Green Thing) and Georgie Bridge (WWF UK). The panel have selected six finalists to attend a mentoring workshop at Pentagram Design on 22nd January 2014 to finesse their designs, which will then go to a public vote in February. The top three designs will become part of the…
  • Planet Day at BTMU

    nick malster
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:17 am
    Planet Day at BTMU We had a wonderful time today at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where we exhibited 20 of our posters along with copy cards with information on sustainability issues and initiatives at Ropemaker Place in London, where they are based. Here’s the exhibition – before the crowds came flooding in, of course. We’d like to say a big thank you to BTMU and all their fantastic staff for making the day such a great success.
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  • Zoning Laws Stop Wind

    Stuart Kaplow
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    The application of zoning laws, many of which date to the 1920s are bringing alternative energy projects to a halt in 2014. In a recent New York case, the Town of Allegany issued a special use permit to a landowner on July 11, 2011, allowing it to construct a wind farm. The Town notified the landowner that its permit would “expire if construction has not commenced within a year of approval.” On June 11, 2012, the Town extended the deadline “until the earlier of” one year or 90 days after the “conclusion of the” lawsuit commenced against the Town by a…
  • Why You Care About the Revision to OMB Circular A-119?

    Stuart Kaplow
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The U.S. Office of Management and Budget is seeking comments, no later than May 12, 2014, on proposed revisions to Circular A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities.” “Green Globes and LEED are voluntary, consensus based standards” according to Kevin Kampschroer, director of the office of federal high-performance green buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, referring to the March 2012 U.S. Department of Energy, Green Building Certification System Review.   That…
  • The Single Most Significant Change in LEED

    Stuart Kaplow
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    By Jacqueline Lusk and Stuart Kaplow The newest version of LEED, with the designation LEED v4 is not simply another step in the continuous improvement of the third party verified green building rating system, and while not paradigm shift equal to a Neil Armstrong “giant leap for mankind,” LEED v4 is an all but an entirely new green building certification program. Among the many modifications from the previous version, LEED 2009, there is a single change that is the most significant, bar none. The change is buried deep within the LEED Operations and Maintenance Existing Buildings…
  • LEED Reaches 3 Billion Certified Square Feet

    Stuart Kaplow
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The U.S. Green Building Council is about to announce that there are more than 3 Billion square feet of LEED certified commercial and institutional building. Three Billion! That is a three followed by nine zeros or three thousand millions. In a sense of scale, the Earth is only 4.67 Billion years old. The distance to the moon and back is less than 3 Billion feet (actually 2.66 Billion feet at apogee). It is very hard to comprehend how many 3 Billion is. The word Billion may not be as unfathomable as it once was, but 3 Billion square feet of LEED building is nothing less than a market…
  • LEED Law Intersects Miracle on 34th Street

    Stuart Kaplow
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:33 pm
    On March 18th the Tomkins County legislature enacted a new local law providing for up to a 10 year property tax abatement for construction achieving LEED certification. Tomkins County, New York which includes the Ithaca area, was named for Daniel Tomkins. Tompkins may be best known because he was mentioned by Kris Kringle in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. The onscreen line was incorrect, however, in that Kringle said Tompkins served as Vice President of the United States under John Quincy Adams when in fact he was elected on the ticket with James Monroe in 1816 (.. but you knew…
 
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  • SunJack – World’s Most Portable 20W Solar Charger Live on Kickstarter

    Harold Tan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    More info on Kickstarter – http://www.bit.ly/sunjack Harold Tan, one of the team members at GoGreenSolar.com, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to build and market SunJack, the world’s most portable 20-Watt solar charger and battery pack for off-grid applications and emergency mobile power. The campaign will also benefit the rural villages of Papua New Guinea with smoke-free lighting and energy. As an off-grid camper and extreme outdoorsman, Tan knows how important charged electronics can be in isolated areas. But whether power was needed for light, weather information, or…
  • Solar 101: What’s the difference between microinverters and string inverters?

    Solar Fred
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you’re a homeowner or an installer doing residential or small scale commercial solar installations, you essentially have three choices for converting the solar system’s DC power into AC power: You can either go with new microinverters or with string inverters—with or without DC power optimizers. All will work, but there are differences, especially in certain situations. String Inverters: The solar industry standard The KACO Solar blue planet xi-series inverter design is not only efficient, it also offers patented MPPT technology and produces optimum total output from your…
  • Canadian Solar Inc – From Icy Paths to Solar Panels

    Tim Wu
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Foreward: As a leading retailer for solar products and kits, we’re proud to provide access to the industry’s top manufacturers. But with so many companies, there’s of course, the subtle, but key distinctions between companies, their products, and the people who make them. By shining light on these differences and sharing their stories, we’re aiming to provide a more clear picture to help in your decision making. Canadian Solar Inc., at a Glance Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the largest solar manufacturers in the world. Their story combines global reach and world class…
  • What’s wrong with solar permitting? Q&A with Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com

    Tom Jackson
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Experience any roadblocks while trying to pull a permit for a photovoltaic (PV) system in your city?   Paying too much?  You’re not alone.  Getting your PV system a permit can be a daunting task for both customers and installers. According to report by Clean Power Finance, about 23% of PV installations cost more than expected.   More than a third of solar installers actually avoid working with certain Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) because of their solar permitting processes. What’s wrong with these permitting processes and what can we do to fix it?  What’s…
  • All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute

    Solar Fred
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update 3/14/14: The solar trade case preliminary decision has been moved from March 28th to June 2nd. The trade commission says it’s due to “parties involved are cooperating, and investigation is complicated.” Perhaps this will give the parties more time for a settlement. In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated…
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  • Permaculture 101: Ask the Experts

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This May, in honor of Permaculture Month, we’re putting our pioneering permaculture authors at your disposal for a month-long Q&A session designed to help you become a better permaculturalist. What is permaculture? In essence, permaculture is a system of designing households and communities that are productive, sustaining, and largely self-reliant, and have minimal impact on […]The post Permaculture 101: Ask the Experts appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • How Would You Change the World with 20,000 Twitter Followers?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    To celebrate Earth Day, Chelsea Green Publishing is doing something a little different, something that, perhaps, has never even been done before. We are giving away Twitter followers—20,600 to be exact. Over the years, through our @GreenTweet handle, we have developed a community of people interested in sustainability by sharing green tips, techniques, and inspiration. […]The post How Would You Change the World with 20,000 Twitter Followers? appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Spring Cleaning Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Congratulations, you’ve survived another long winter! Now it is time for some Spring Cleaning. Through May 4th we’re having a Spring Cleaning Clearance sale to make room for our forthcoming Spring releases. We’re offering three chances to save big—up to 90% off—on select titles. But hurry it is only while supplies last! Deep discounts on […]The post Spring Cleaning Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • RECIPE: From the Homemade Hooch Files: Dandelion Wine

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following recipe is an excerpt from Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz. “Wine made from flowers preserves the exquisite flavors and benevolent properties of the blossoms from which it is made. It also preserves the memories of fine, clear, sunshiny days—alone or with Someone Else—in woods, meadows, and hills, picking millions of tiny flowers for […]The post RECIPE: From the Homemade Hooch Files: Dandelion Wine appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Hemp is on the Horizon! Get Ready for America’s Next Agricultural Revolution

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You can eat it, drink it, read it, tie it, wear it, drive it, live in it, and make money growing it, all while saving the soil and protecting the climate. What is it? Hemp. That’s right, hemp. Hemp is on the Horizon! Just this year hemp was approved to be cultivated for university research […]The post Hemp is on the Horizon! Get Ready for America’s Next Agricultural Revolution appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • 65,000 tonnes of dumped chemical weapons may now be leaking in the Baltic Sea

    sgrover
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    What would you do with 65,000 tonnes of dangerous chemical weapons? Given what we know now about marine pollution, your answer — I hope — would not be to dump the lot at the bottom of the ocean.   
  • Asteroid hunting group says powerful asteroids strike Earth surprisingly often

    mnnadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    Since the start of the 21st century, dozens of incoming asteroids have slammed into Earth, some of them packing far more energy than a city-destroying atomic bomb, a new animation illustrates.   The visualization was released in honor of Earth Day by the B612 Foundation — an asteroid-hunting non-profit organization founded by former NASA astronauts — to highlight the alarming frequency of these extraterrestrial collisions.  
  • Weather-controlling super lasers get closer to reality

    melbreyer
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Zeus, the Greek deity who ruled the sky and smote his foes with a strike of the thunderbolt, would not be pleased. But for mere mortals, who have long dreamed of controlling the weather, new research on lasers is taking us one step closer.  
  • Humans may have left Africa earlier than thought

    mnnadmin
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Modern humans may have dispersed in more than one wave of migration out of Africa, and they may have done so earlier than scientists had long thought, researchers now say.   Modern humans first arose between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago in Africa. But when and how the modern human lineage then dispersed out of Africa has long been controversial.  
  • Scientists use krypton to help hunt for world's oldest ice in Antarctica

    mnnadmin
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Radioactive krypton could help researchers track down the world's oldest ice, filling a crucial gap in Earth's climate history.  
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  • How Google Glass is saving rhinos

    lmoss
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Google Glass has a variety of features that allow users to do everything from read news and take photos to watch videos and tweet. But the wearable computer recently added a new capability: aiding conservation efforts.   The World Wildlife Fund has been exploring ways Google Glass can help save endangered species through Google's Giving Through Glass initiative.  
  • Neanderthals had shallow gene pool, study says

    mnnadmin
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Neanderthals were remarkably less genetically diverse than modern humans, with Neanderthal populations typically smaller and more isolated, researchers say.   Although Neanderthals underwent more genetic changes involving their skeletons, they had fewer such changes in behavior and pigmentation, scientists added.  
  • Mothers of invention: 6 indispensable items we use all the time that were created by women

    mhickman
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    Thomas Edison. Alexander Bell. James Dyson. Eli Whitney. Nikola Tesla. Ron Popeil.  
  • Our toxic relationship with our gadgets [Infographic]

    chief
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    The more we come to rely on the latest, greatest gadgets, the more often obsolete technology ends up in landfills, contributing to a growing environmental problem.    
  • Why researchers think Wikipedia can track the flu

    mnnadmin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study.   Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released.  
 
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  • New app may help you cope with jet lag

    mnnadmin
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Jet lag has long been thought of as an unavoidable malady, but a new app might help travelers get some much-needed relief.   The free smartphone app, called Entrain, was designed to help travelers adjust to new time zones. Here's how it works: The app tells users when to manipulate their exposure to light so they can "cheat" their circadian clock and adjust to new time zones more quickly.  
  • New Solar Impulse plane aims for round-the-world flight

    mnnadmin
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A new solar-powered plane that will be used to fly around the world in five consecutive days without using any fuel was unveiled on April 9 in Switzerland.  
  • Smart car tipping: Prank or political statement?

    lmoss
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Several Smart car owners in San Francisco awoke Monday morning to find their cars flipped over onto their front or rear ends.   Four tipped cars were found in multiple Bay Area neighborhoods in what police are calling an act of vandalism.  
  • Solar Impulse to unveil new plane for around-the-world flight

    mnnadmin
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    The two Swiss pilots who flew a solar-powered plane on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer will unveil their next-generation solar plane this week, which they will use in 2015 to circumnavigate the globe.  
  • Honda delivers the ultimate DIY challenge

    chief
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
      With the Fit Kit Beta, the car company throws down the gauntlet to the handcraft culture — with tongue firmly in cheek.   Related on MNN: A brief history of April Fools' Day
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  • 12 inspiring examples of macro flower photography

    jheimbuch
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    With spring in full bloom, it's a great time of year to brush up on your camera skills and capture the beauty of fresh flowers. Whether you're strolling through your own garden, enjoying a hike among wildflowers, or picking out favorites from a local flower shop to bring home, there are lots of ways to capture the beauty of flowers.
  • 5 books on more meaningful relationships

    hjupiter
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Trust and empathy are all essential behaviors for rewarding relationships — whether in business, friendship or love. For those looking to deepen their connections with others, the following five books offer a chance to explore how trust influences us, why forgiveness can lead to healing ourselves, and how empathy enables cooperation in all types of relationships.
  • Recyclebank launches a marketplace for consumers who don't have time to ask all the right questions

    rshreeves
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    For years, Recyclebank enthusiasts have turned points earned through recycling into discounts at local businesses.   Today, Recyclebank makes those points even more valuable with the launch of One Twine, a marketplace where users redeem their points for discounts on sustainable products. One Twine includes more than 400 products that are easy on the planet.  
  • 15 sage quotes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    melbreyer
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    With the death of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez at the age of 87 on Thursday, the world became a bit less magical. The author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera” wrote stories that splendidly suspended our sense of disbelief, presenting magic and miracles in a way that seemed perfectly normal.
  • Earth Day-themed entertainment bonanza will keep you busy this month

    gmiller
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    In honor of Earth Day on April 22, eco-themed programming will saturate the next week or so of programming. Here's a rundown of the highlights.  
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  • 9 videos of big cats acting like house cats

    sgunther
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Meow!   I love cats, you love cats, we all love cats. Empires have been built upon humanity’s collective love of the family Felidae. From Keyboard Cat to Grumpy Cat — if it has a tail, little pointy ears, and purrs, we probably love it.  
  • The future of marijuana legalization belongs to the capitalists

    sgunther
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Imagine a large conference room in a nameless chain hotel stranded just off the freeway, 20 miles outside of a major city. The conference room is decked out in bland tables and matching chairs arrayed around a brightly lit stage flanked on either side by large projector screens. At the microphone, the MC is playing to the crowd.    
  • Just how big ARE dump trucks used for mining? See for yourself

    sgunther
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    When it comes to industrial mining, bigger is better. Mining companies, always looking to increase their bottom lines by boosting their economies of scale, have pushed for larger trucks, scoops, and cranes to rip the raw materials from the ground. The size of some of these machines is staggering. The Bagger 288, an enormous bucket-wheel excavator used in open pit mines, was at one time the largest land vehicle in the world, weighing in at 13,500 tons (27 million pounds) and climbing more than 300 feet in the air.  
  • Watch: Climber John Freeman rides out a massive collapsing ice pillar and survives to climb the next day

    sgunther
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    Climber John Freeman recently posted a video of a scary fall he took while ice climbing in Banff National Park two years ago. Freeman, an experienced and skilled climber, was high up on a free-standing ice pillar when one of his ax blows created a fault that snapped the ice clean from the face. His helmet cam caught his perspective as everything in his world suddenly fell out from under him.   Watch the amazing video here:  
  • Tipis: Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask

    sgunther
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Last year I wrote a comprehensive article about yurts that was enjoyed by a lot of readers (more than 2,000 Facebook likes and 100 Tweets as of today). Based on how well that article did, I thought it would be worth the time to put together something similar about tipi — and if you’re unsure about the difference between tipis and yurts, keep reading. I'm a longtime tipi-owner and love telling people how great they are.  
 
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  • LEGOLAND Florida goes solar ... for the day

    mhickman
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    LEGOLAND Florida, perhaps the least offensive American theme park in which to discreetly vomit into a trash can after submitting to back-to-back roller coaster rides (perhaps pounding that basketful of Granny’s Apple Fries before boarding the Coastersaurus wasn’t such a good idea after all), celebrated Earth Day 2014 by going solar, making it the first theme park in the U.S. to run entirely on renewable energy for Earth Day.  
  • Supportive housing community in Portland recognized on AIA Top Green list

    mhickman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    In celebration of Earth Day 20014, the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has published its annual Top Ten Green Projects list. And as usual, it’s a truly mixed bag in the best way possible.  
  • Turkish eco-city wants to heat homes with pistachio shells

    mhickman
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The pistachio, the cumbersome-to-shell cashew relative that’s great for the heart, filled with antioxidants, and makes for a delightful addition to pesto, is being eyed as a potential heating source for a proposed eco-city in Gaziantep, a region in southeast Turkey that, as would luck would have it, is ground-zero for production of this tasty and versatile culinary nut. (Seriously, if it was socially acceptable to eat baklava and spumoni with every meal, I totally would).  
  • Room by room, a 3D printed house rises in Amsterdam

    mhickman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
  • IKEA to curb climate change with veggie Swedish meatballs

    mhickman
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The renewables-obsessed king of flat-pack furniture, IKEA, has announced plans to offer vegetarian patrons something new to distract themselves with after they’ve experienced the overwhelming rage and despair that sets in while shopping at IKEA on a weekend afternoon (pro tip: unless you’re a total masochist, don’t subject yourself to IKEA on a weekend afternoon):   Meat-free Swedish meatballs.  
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  • 8 common phrases we owe to Shakespeare

    jsavedge
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Ah, kids today.  They think they are the only ones who can come up with witty phrases and a playful use of words.     Selfie. Bling. Totes.   And don't forget the ever popular (and oh so creative,) O.M.G.   Little do these modern linguists know, but good ol' William Shakespeare was the king of slang and the inventor of word play.    
  • Skin cancer rates continue to climb

    jsavedge
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Despite the warnings, Americans have a love affair with the suntan that we just came seem to shake.  And it is quite literally killing us.   Of course, we're not alone in our wayward obsession.  Turns out, our friends from the other side of the pond have similar issues.   
  • What are your appliances costing the planet?

    jsavedge
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Have you ever wondered about the eco-impact of your household appliances? How much energy does your Wii use? How about that plasma TV?  
  • 'Arthur' goes green for Earth Week

    jsavedge
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In celebration of Earth Day, PBS KIDS is launching an entire week of eco-themed 'Arthur' episodes.  Arthur and friends will explore the great outdoors in a week of fun-filled, outdoor-themed episodes, including two all-new Arthur episodes.  Here's description at the “Speak Up Francine," episode which aired today.    
  • Watch this adorable bear cub learn to walk

    jsavedge
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    Need something to ease you into this early Monday morning?     Get your day and your week off to a great start with this sweet video of a baby bear cub feeling her way around her new surroundings. She chews on the camera equipment, swats at a stuffed animal and hungrily eats from a bottle before stomping her way off the screen. Check out those big claws!  
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  • Veggie ice cream: Crime against dessert or ripe idea?

    rshreeves
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Veggie ice cream is not so far out of the realm of our imaginations.
  • Get out in nature and take a #NatureSelfie this Earth Day

    rshreeves
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Happy Earth Day! Today is set aside for celebrating the earth, but it’s a Tuesday and many of us have to do what we do every Tuesday – work, take care of family, make meals, drive kids to music lessons or sports practice, take older parents to doctor’s appointments – in short, things that keep us inside of buildings and inside of cars.  
  • Tips for dealing with rising food prices

    rshreeves
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    If I lived in a climate where I could grow citrus, I’d definitely be planting some lime trees about now (and wishing I’d planted them several years ago). The lime shortage has caused an extreme increase in the price. In recent weeks, limes at my regular grocery store have gone from 3 for $2 to 2 for $3.  
  • 7 recipes for leftover ham

    rshreeves
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m looking forward to going to my sister-in-law’s for Easter dinner on Sunday. I know she’ll be sending me home with leftovers, and I’m already planning how to turn the leftover ham into new creations. Here are a few leftover ham recipes to get you thinking about what to do if you end up with some, too.
  • New book highlights California’s sustainable winegrowing

    rshreeves
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Until I spent some time in California’s wine country last year, I didn’t understand how dedicated the region as a whole is to sustainability. I knew there were some wineries dedicated to organic or biodynamic winemaking, but I had no idea that the industry as a whole placed such an importance on not only making sustainable wines but on preserving the biodiversity of the vineyards, making sure the waterways are clean and safe, and conserving energy.
 
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  • Are vintage EVs the answer to New York's carriage horse controversy?

    jmotavalli
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The Horseless eCarriage, with builder Jason Wenig in the driver's seat. If all goes well, a fleet of them could replace carriage horses in New York.(Photo: The Creative Workshop)  
  • New York Auto Show 2014 served with a side of green

    jmotavalli
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    NEW YORK CITY — On Thursday morning, I watched Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, roll out the latest mega-SUV. Called the QX80 Limited (below), it’s the ultimate luxury seven-passenger, with truffle brown semi-aniline leather-appointed seats, leather-wrapped speaker grilles, ash wood trim and branded stainless-steel lighted doorsills.
  • 5 creative ways people get around cities

    jmotavalli
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    When I was a 13, I went to a boarding school in the Himalayas. The road ended five miles from the campus, which meant that virtually everything had to be hand-carried in by “coolies.” They were wonderful people, and cheerful despite their daily backbreaking toil. They routinely carried a pair of our 50-pound trunks on their backs.   Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Not everyone travels on smooth, eight-lane superhighways; for most of the world’s commute, its either two-wheelers or public transit. Private cars are by and large a western luxury.
  • Cubans, start your engines!

    jmotavalli
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Cuba is finally letting people buy new cars, though the prices of even economy vehicles are so outrageous that only the elite can afford them. For now, most people are sticking to their pre-revolutionary American iron, which is why ’57 Chevys are a very common sight on the streets of Havana. Under the hood might be the engine from a Russian truck, but hey, it’s still got the fins and chrome (most of the time, anyway).  
  • Do green cars lead to more driving? Not to worry.

    jmotavalli
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Here’s the good news: According to the wonks at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, the average car sold in March was 25.4 mpg, a new record. In truth, fuel economy has been improving all year — it’s up 0.4 percent since January.   Aha, you say, the sunny skies will yield to clouds — if people get better fuel economy (or even buy electric cars), they’ll drive more. It’s human nature; people travel more when it’s less painful to them.  
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  • Behind the Veil: The Truth About Trade in 'Environmental Goods'

    Compass Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The United States might be part of another disheartening trade deal veiled with a false promise of environmental protection. As I wrote about before, on Jan. 25, a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) members including the United States, the European Union, Australia, and Canada, want to eliminate tariffs on a set of supposedly “environmentally beneficial” products.At first blush the idea makes sense. Eliminate the taxes, or tariffs, on a set of environmentally beneficial products and they’ll be traded and used more. The problem, however, comes when the so-called environmental…
  • World Bank's Tata Mundra conflicts with climate findings

    Compass Team
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    If we don’t curb greenhouse gas emissions now, we’ll soon be past the point of no return to save the planet. That’s the conclusion of the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But how does Tata Mundra, a massive coal-burning power plant in India, fit into that equation? It doesn’t. For the local people living near Tata Mundra on the Kutch coast of Gujarat, India, this information is crucial. When the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) poured $900 million into one of the world’s largest…
  • Kosovo Says No to World Bank's Dirty Coal

    Compass Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
                        Visar Azemi (center) at KOSID's fourth annual workshop.                     Photo courtesy of KOSID. Editor’s Note: Visar Azemi is the coordinator for the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development (KOSID) and a faculty member at the University of Maryland. Before joining KOSID, Mr. Azemi, a Kosovo native, was an electrical engineer. Leaders, journalists, and civil society organizations gathered at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
  • Signs of Life for Key Wind Investments in Congress - Will They Continue?

    Compass Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The facts are speaking for themselves: wind is winning. But is Congress listening? Deemed the fastest-growing energy source in the world, wind has created 80,000 jobs at over 550 U.S.-based manufacturing facilities, powered over 15 million homes, and added $105 billion in domestic investments over the last 10 years. In the face of severe weather and extreme climate disruption, wind has offered the U.S. and the world the opportunity to invest in a clean solution to meet our energy demand without exacerbating climate disruption. But without the support of our legislators, the wind industry…
  • WWF Holds Big Coal Accountable

    Compass Team
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Wildlife is fighting back against big coal--the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), that is. Yesterday, WWF filed a complaint against the world’s largest private coal company, Peabody Energy.  The complaint, filed with Belgium’s Jury d’Ethique Publicitaire (JEP), alleges that an advertisement Peabody ran in the European edition of the Financial Times breaks JEP’s code for honest advertising. While Peabody makes its billions though dirty coal, its advertisement scheme attempts to put the coal titan among the ranks of “clean, modern technology.” With a clean energy revolution thriving,…
 
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  • Watermark: Diving into Water Use

    Green Life
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The opening scene of Watermark, a new film from Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal, creates a disorienting effect that leaves the viewer feeling tiny against the pure force of water. The film takes features 20 stories across 10 countries in what director Baichwal, Manufactured Landscapes and Payback, calls a “river-like rhythm.” Inspired by Burtynsky's images, the numerous stories create an overarching narrative around the ways we use, control and pollute water. After working with Butynsky on Manufactured Landscapes (2006), Baichwal wanted to team up with the photographer again.
  • Sea For Yourself

    Green Life
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research ship Okeanos Explorer is roaming the Gulf of Mexico, and its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is livestreaming video that any landlubber can enjoy. So far the expedition’s findings include tubeworms, crustaceans, chiton, brittle stars, urchins, small amphipods, and some corals. The very cool sea-bottom image at left is described by researchers as “chemosynthetic mussels and a few sea urchins residing next to a natural oil seep. Here you can see three active oil streams and several oil droplets caught in…
  • The Rebels who Saved the Golden Gate

    Green Life
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The city of Marincello was to be built in the virtually untouched Marin Headlands. The area's natural beauty and proximity to San Francisco made it a no-brainer for suburban developers of the time, who had hoped to establish a planned community of 30,000 people. The project city had everything going for it — the rise of suburbia, big corporate sponsorships, and immense natural beauty — that is until it ran up against a nascent environmental movement that would stop the project in its tracks, saving the Headlands forever from development. Rebels with a Cause tells the story of how a…
  • Original Beards of the Sierra Club

    Green Life
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Early Sierra Clubbers documented a lot of their outings and, lucky for us, took snaps of some fantastic facial hair. For throwback Thursday, step into the archives and take a gander at these wondrous whiskers. (They look even more iconic in black and white.) Can you guess the beard pictured above? Here's a hint: he was an early Sierra Club member who is legendary for his stunning nature photography. (Read on to see if you guessed right.) Joseph LeConte (pictured above) was a geologist and founding Sierra Club member. He was also BFFs with John Muir, and one can only hope they had epic…
  • DIY Waste Audit

    Green Life
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Think of landfills as acne on the face of our planet: The more junk we bury, the worse the breakout is. An average person generates 4.5 lbs of waste a day, and the EPA says 75% of that could be recycled. On top of that, it's estimated that 21.5 million tons of food waste goes to landfills each year. Unlike puberty, this problem won't go away with time unless we become conscious about waste. This Earth Day get down and dirty in your dumpsters and perform a waste audit. It's an easy and effective way to measure what you're producing. When it's completed you'll have a…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Breaking: $3 Million Jury Verdict in Texas Fracking Nuisance Case

    Brendan DeMelle
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A jury in Dallas, TX today awarded $2.925 million to plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr, who sued Barnett shale fracking company Aruba Petroleum Inc. for intentionally causing a nuisance on the Parr's property which impacted their health and ruined their drinking water. The jury returned its 5-1 verdict confirming that Aruba Petroleum “intentionally created a private nuisance” though its drilling, fracking and production activities at 21 gas wells near the Parrs' Wise County home over a three-year period between 2008-2011. Plaintiffs attorneys claimed the case is “the first fracking verdict…
  • Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

    Steve Horn
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. American Petroleum Institute (API) deployed one of its paid consultants — former Obama Administration National Security Advisor General James “Jim” Jones — to deliver an Earth Day address in the home state of the presidential caucuses at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. James Jones used his time on the podium to promote the…
  • Very Little Cheap Natural Gas in New York Marcellus Shale, New Report Concludes

    Sharon Kelly
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For years, the shale industry has touted the economic benefits it can provide. An overflowing supply of domestic natural gas will help keep heating and electric bills low for American consumers, they argue, while drilling jobs and astounding royalty windfalls for landowners will reinvigorate local economies. These tantalizing promises have caught the attention of politicians in Washington, D.C. who argue that the rewards of relying on shale gas outweigh the risks, especially because harm can be minimized by the industry or by regulators. But across the U.S., communities where drilling has…
  • In Celebration of Earth Day: Photos Capture the Beauty of Southeastern Louisiana's Wetlands

    Julie Dermansky
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Louisiana's wetlands are threatened by coastal erosion, climate change and the oil and gas industry. The Green Army, a group representing environmental and social justice organizations led by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore is trying to stop bills they believe stand in the way of preserving Louisiana's disappearing coast, including bills that would kill the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that would require 97 oil and gas companies to pay for their share of the damage the industry has done to the coast. Governor Bobby Jindal has pushed to derail the…
  • Four Years After the BP Oil Disaster, A Look Back in Photographs

    Julie Dermansky
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Just prior to the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, BP and the Coast Guard issued press releases. BP announced the  “active cleanup” in Louisiana is over, while the Coast Guard stated the clean up response is far from over.  “We are absolutely committed to continuing the clean-up of Deepwater Horizon oil along the Gulf - for as long as it takes,” Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Sparks wrote.  The Washington Post reported on the “dueling press releases.”  But Geoff Morrell, BP Senior Vice President for US Communications & External Affairs, told DeSmogBlog,   “We…
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  • 2013-2014 Jaguar XF, XJ, XK Recalled (Plus Two 2014 Range Rover Evoques)

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    JAGUAR RECALL Jaguar Land Rover North America has issued a recall for select 2013 and 2014 models of the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected vehicles' toe links can become separated from the cars' subframe. That's important because the toe links are used to control the...
  • Fiat 500

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Fiat 500 is a subcompact hatchback that revived the Fiat brand in the U.S. after a 25-year hiatus from being on the market. Even though it’s taken time for the 500 to catch on, there will be additional models released to suit the needs of the masses. For a more detailed look at the 500, see our review of the 2014 Fiat 500. And check out...
  • 2014 BMW Z4

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The BMW Z4 is one of the oldest models in BMW's current lineup, but it has aged well, growing in features and performance as well as maturing in style. Few updates have reached the range since the 2012 model year, though the 2014 version does bring some new visual appeal.Visual distinctions for the 2014 model year include a new 18-inch...
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Well-rounded and luxurious, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class ranges from a stylish cruiser to a stunning performer, and most stops between. Only minimal changes have been made since the new CLS-Class was introduced in 2012, but then you don't mess with success.Sharing its oily bits with the E Class, but with a more athletic, coupe-like...
  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Redesigned for the 2012 model year, the newest Volkswagen Beetle was designed from the ground up to have universal appeal, and by most accounts, they've done the job. It's far from a corny tribute to the past, but it does incorporate key elements of the original Beetle's aesthetic, marrying it with modern style to form an instantly...
 
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    Green Living

  • Ready, set, grow!

    ToniK
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Urban Agriculture Pavilion at the Green Living Show by Green Living Editors Photo credit:  Green Living Show The urban landscape is often associated with barren scenes of concrete and steel.read more
  • Spicy Celery Salad

    ToniK
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Put a little spring in your step with this tasty recipe Recipe by Whole Foods Market All at once tart, sweet, spicy and fresh, this crunchy celery salad is dressed with a tahini and date dressing spiked with lemon juice and mint. Serves: 6read more
  • Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Feta Crumble

    ToniK
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    A lovely way to prepare this seasonal favourite Recipe by Whole Foods Market Photo credit:  Whole Foods Market Piquant peppered feta cheese and fragrant lemon juice and zest are ideal additions to roasted asparagus. Serve for an easy brunch or dinner side dish, topped with a poached egg, if you like. read more
  • Pea and Asparagus Soup

    ToniK
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Put spring asparagus to use in this delicious, seasonal recipe Recipe by Whole Foods Market Photo credit:  Whole Foods Market Peas, asparagus and a touch of cream and dill make this soup perfectly festive for spring. It’s excellent served hot, and you can also enjoy it chilled. Serves: 6read more
  • Leafy wonders of spring foraging

    ToniK
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    A delicious look at wild edibles by Jessica Robertson Photo credit:  istockphoto/xjben The snow is gone and spring greens are popping up! Your body has been through a long, long winter with probably fewer fresh foods and less exercise than it would have liked.read more
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  • IT Monitoring Buyers Guide 2014

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to end the chaos and simplify your monitoring through unification, then download this guide... If you want to know the key trade-offs of the types of software out there, then download this guide... If you want to find out what kind of monitoring solutions have been proven to work and why, then download this guide...  Request Free!
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Each month OG&PE announces more new equipment, products, systems, services, and technologies than any other oil industry magazine. Developments for drilling, production, wellhead, well servicing, oil recovery, refining, petrochemicals, gas processing, pipeline, storage, and natural gas are featured in special reports throughout each year.Request Free!
  • Power Engineering

    1 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    Power Engineering, first published in 1896, is a monthly engineering and applications magazine that serves the North American power generation industry including electric utilities, industrial power plants, independent power producers, co-generators, and the engineering design and construction firms serving this industry.Request Free!
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    1 Feb 2014 | 12:20 am
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  • Systematic Approach to Training: Developing NERC Compliance in Your Organization

    30 Jan 2014 | 12:00 am
    Driving workforce compliance is not an easy task—especially when America’s bulk power system is involved. To prevent a widespread blackout and achieve results, you have to create and implement training programs that meet your individual needs and comply with regulatory standards. So how do you develop NERC compliance in your organization? By using a systematic approach to evaluate and maintain the competency of your operators. Our “Systematic Approach to Training: Developing NERC Compliance in Your Organization” guide is a good starting point for training program…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla

    3BL Media
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
          Last fall World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was chosen to participate in Google’sGiving Through Glass program, designed to explore how nonprofit organizations can use Google Glass to further their [...] The post Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Discovery Expands “Say Yes to the Prom” Program for High School Girls

    Vikas Vij
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    About three years ago, Discovery Communications, the world’s topmost nonfiction media company, introduced an innovative annual initiative for high school girls called “Say Yes to the Prom.” The initiative brought [...] The post Discovery Expands “Say Yes to the Prom” Program for High School Girls appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans

    Vikas Vij
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The White House has announced a new draft plan that would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. The plan involves $4 billion in [...] The post White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Vietnam : living on credit – part two

    Children of the Mekong
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Here is the second part of the article “Vietnam: living on credit”; the credit system in Vietnam is widespread and involves incomes instability for both lender and applicant.  Often the [...] The post Vietnam : living on credit – part two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule

    Justmeans
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Efforts to address the increasingly pressing climate challenge with rational policy continue to languish in Washington, as willfully ignorant conservatives continue to choose donor loyalty over science. But based on the [...] The post Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • My Experience as an Energy Circle Intern

    Conrad Birkett
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    About a monthAbout a month ago I finished an internship with Energy Circle. I jumped on board for 15 weeks starting in early September and was finished a heartbeat later. It was a great experience that gave me a lot moving forward, far surpassing the expectations I had. Recently I finished an internship with Energy Circle. I was on board for 15 weeks and was finished a heartbeat later. It was a great experience that gave me a lot moving forward, far surpassing the expectations I had. To give those expectations some context, I was looking to satisfy a semester internship requirement for my…
  • Social Media is Becoming More Visual. How Do You Keep Up?

    Peter Troast
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    There's been a trend in social media towards increasingly image-centric, less text-heavy content. Some have called it the "Pinterest-ization" of the internet, but whatever you call it, the basic takeaway is that people process images faster than text, they're drawn to images more than text, and social media platforms are taking note. Every recent redesign of every social media platform has emphasized visuals over text.  So, as a Home Performance business trying to maximize your promotional efforts on channels like Facebook and Twitter, how do you keep up?
  • 9 Ways to Beat Google's Location Bias While Avoiding the Pitfalls of "Thin Content"

    Peter Troast
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    As we've said before, a strong local SEO presence is critical for home performance businesses. Local SEO, as a reminder, applies to almost all the relevant terms in our industry (such as "insulation" or "air conditioning" or "energy audit") that the search engine algorithms detect as being local in nature.  For home energy contractors that work in a service area, and all service area businesses (SAB's) for that matter, there's an obvious problem: a company that serves multiple cities tends to have trouble ranking for cities and towns other than…
  • Google+ Local Update: Dealing with the "Forced March to Social"

    Will
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    In our recent post about how to deal with the Google Places -> Google+ merge, we mentioned something called the "forced march to social." We didn't coin the term, but it's a good way to describe the challenge that local business owners trying to market their businesses on Google face. Essentially, the problem is this: Google wants to push Google+ as a social platform (arguably to compete with Facebook), and they're using their local search results to force businesses into using Google+ Local as a social platform. Back in August Google started automatically upgrading…
  • Survival Guide to the Google+ Local Merge

    Will
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Google Local world is one of the most important marketing channels for small businesses like yours. It's also one of the most confusing. This can make it extremely difficult for time-strapped folks trying to run a business to "do the right thing" in the eyes of Google. This post is intended to help you figure out what your next steps should be, whether you're a seasoned internet marketer trying to stay on top of the latest updates, or you haven't claimed your listing yet and are just getting started. In this post we'll be discussing a few terms frequently and…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • No Air Pockets Found On Ferry; Hope For Survivors Fades

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Watch VideoWhat little hope families had their children might be pulled from the sunken ferry in South Korea has faded. Divers checked two of the main floors where rescue crews hoped to find some sign of life.BILL NEELY, MSNBC CORRESPONDENT: "The head of the civilian dive team says the ship is completely flooded. He says there are no air pockets. There are no survivors."BBC reports around 700 divers are on site helping with the search effort, and they attempted searching the third and fourth levels of the sunken ferry Sewol hoping to find air pockets.Wednesday morning, the…
  • Stephen Colbert Drops By Future 'Late Show' Home

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    Watch VideoCBS's new kid on the block Stephen Colbert dropped by the "Late Show" Tuesday night to give the audience a taste of what they'll be getting when he takes over as the show's host in 2015."You look right at home." "Thank you very much." "They could have just as easily hired another boob like me. But they didn’t, they hire a guy...” “They hire a boob like me.” (Via CBS / "Late Show")This was Colbert's first visit to the "Late Show" set since the network…
  • 'Object Of Interest' Found During MH370 Search

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Watch VideoNearly seven weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 mysteriously disappeared, authorities in Australia say they've found what they're calling an "object of interest."According to CNN, the object was found just along the coast in the southwestern part of the country — hundreds of miles away from where the extensive underwater search is taking place.Authorities aren't saying much about what was found on the shore though according to NBC, there are reports it could be a piece of metal with rivets.Australia's The ABC notes officials…
  • Ukraine Resumes 'Anti-Terrorist' Operation On Armed Groups

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Watch VideoIt's the latest sign that any chances of resolving the crisis in Ukraine anytime soon are slim. Kiev has re-launched its so-called anti-terrorism operations in the country's Russian speaking east.  To bring you up to speed, this is the government's second attempt to retake Eastern Ukrainian towns in the hands of pro-Russian militia. (Via Voice of America) Ukraine pledged an Easter Truce over the weekend that quickly went out the window following a deadly shootout at a pro-Russian checkpoint in Slavyansk. (Via The…
  • Nuclear-Level Asteroids Might Be More Common Than We Realize

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    Watch VideoOkay, everybody can probably panic. Space rocks big enough to do some serious damage to Mother Earth strike much more often than previously thought."Between 2000 and 2013, 16 massive explosions over the earth, many over the oceans. And astronomers calculate an asteroid big enough to destroy a city hits the earth roughly every 100 years."Space experts and former astronauts have now warned it could only be a matter of time before one of the massive rocks hits land, and the fact we've made it this long has been blind luck.Yeah, anyone remember the story of…
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  • Japanese Company to Launch Ecological Waterless Toilet Project in Kenya

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright LIXIL All Rights Reserved. LIXIL Corporation, a Japanese living and housing solutions company, announced on January 23, 2014, that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) selected LIXIL's proposal to popularize an ecological waterless toilet system in Kenya for JICA's Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology, which aims to improve social and economic development in developing countries. LIXIL will implement the proposed project with the support of JICA.
  • Internet Media Company Conducts Survey on Happiness Levels of Japanese People

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Ryuzo Kudo Livesense Inc., an Internet media company with a business philosophy of "Happiness Begets Happiness," established an ongoing research initiative to "invent the next common," named the Livesense Common Institute, on December 7, 2013. It released the result of a survey on the happiness of Japanese people conducted prior to its establishment.
  • New Renewable Energy Law to Allow Conversion of Farmland in Japan to Wind Farms

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Takumi Nemoto, Minister of Reconstruction, announced at a press conference on December 20, 2013, the government's intention to allow the conversion of agricultural land to wind farm use, based on the newly enacted Act on Promotion of Generating Renewable Energy Harmonized with Healthy Development of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery. The government has eased restrictions on converting farmland to renewable energy facility sites, essentially unlocking even prime land (Category 1 farmland) for wind power generation facilities, if certain requirements are met. The Act was passed on November 15,…
  • New Mega Solar Power Generation Integrated with Agriculture

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    A large-scale (mega) solar power plant, Minokamo Energy Farm, opened on January 24, 2014, on prefectural land in Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The total annual energy production will be 1,576,000 kilowatts, enough to power 450 or so households per year. The solar panels have been installed on stands at least two meters high. Underneath the stands, plants such as Sakaki (Cleyera japonica), a flowering evergreen tree native to Japan, are to be grown at the same time.
  • Union of Local Governments in Japan to Triple Renewable Energy Output in 2020

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Union of Kansai Governments, which consists of seven prefectural governments (Kyoto, Osaka, Shiga, Hyogo, Wakayama, Tottori, and Tokushima) and four government-ordinance-designated city governments (Kyoto, Osaka, Sakai, and Kobe) in the Kansai region, released the Kansai Energy Plan in March 2014. In this plan, the Union aims to triple the output of solar energy and other renewable energies to 6 million kilowatts in 2020.
 
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    About.com Environmental Issues

  • It's Earth Day!

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Find out more about Earth Day's history, what it means, and suggestions on how you can celebrate it... Read more.
  • The Effects of the Western Drought

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    The 2013-2014 winter will be remembered for being unusually cold and snowy in much of eastern North America. In the West, though, it was a different story. Many parts of California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico are going through a severe drought. Read more about the expected effects from that record drought....Read Full Post
  • Today's Top Environmental Issues

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Environmental threats change over time. Wetlands were once converted to agriculture at a high rate, destroying habitat for numerous plants and animals. Now, wetlands such as these, in the prairie pothole region, are threatened by climate change. What do you thing are the top current environmental issues? Here is my take on it...read more....Read Full Post
  • It's Maple Syrup Time, Part II

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    As promised, here's an article examining whether sugar maples, and maple syrup production, are affected by climate change. The sugaring season here in New York is winding down, although we had a very nice sap run today. Soon the buds will start opening, changing the composition and abundance of sap. At that point, any syrup made would have a very poor taste. Enjoy the spring.
  • It's Maple Syrup Time!

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Here on the Allegheny Plateau the snow has been melting and the days are getting longer. It's sugaring time. The spring ritual of tapping sugar maple trees is here. We have been boiling sap down all weekend, reducing it 40 to 1 to make maple syrup. The window during which the sap runs is very short, maybe 2 or 3 weeks. This phenology event varies in timing from year to year, and old-time maple syrup producers have notice changes in the last few decades. Here's an article examining whether climate change is affecting the sugar maple stands of eastern North America, along with the maple syrup…
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • How to Give Up Sugar: Get Some Support

    Becky Striepe
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Have you been wanting to quit the sweet stuff but weren’t sure how to give up sugar? Support is key! A sugar-free support group might sound silly, but when you consider that sugar can be pretty darn addictive it seems less so. Liz Thompson at our sister site Feelgood Style is giving up sugar and grains for 30 days, and she’s going to share her progress over there. She’s only a few days in at this point, and she’s just discovered a resource to help support her through her sugar free challenge. If you’ve been trying to figure out how to give up sugar, following…
  • Trader Joe’s Settles False ‘Natural’ Advertising Lawsuit

    Jennifer Kaplan
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Trader Joe’s joins a growing list of companies to be sued for false ‘natural’ advertising. Its becoming an old story: Food producers labeling foods ‘all natural’ or ’100% natural’ when they are not truly ‘all natural.‘ The problem lies in the fact that the term ‘natural’ is unregulated and virtually meaningless. As a result, consumers (egged on by lawyers) are forcing companies to mend their ways or as I like to say, self-regulate. For some companies, like Naked Juice and Chobani, the products contain GMO ingredients. For…
  • Good Food Fast? The Challenge of Eating Well On the Go

    Important Media Cross-Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In our fast-food culture, eating well tends to take a certain level of time commitment. What happens when life’s other demands encroach on your kitchen time? Must you lower your standards, or can you still eat well on a severely restricted time budget? Making Changes: From Gourmet to Grab-and-Go (via http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com) In the past few months my eating style has gone from gourmet to grab and go! The past few months have been a fun and wildly busy change of pace for me. In February I quit the job that kept me busy for three years and started a new adventure with a new……
  • Supreme Court Hears Misleading Advertising Case POM v. Coca-Cola

    Jennifer Kaplan
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Is a juice label mentioning the presence of pomegranates and blueberries misleading if the drink contains only a trace of the fruits? That is the question before the U.S. Supreme Court this week as it takes up POM Wonderful LLC v. The Coca-Cola Company. POM Wonderful, which makes 100% pomegranate juice, had filed suit against Coca-Cola, claiming its Minute Maid juice labels are misleading and would hurt sales for its POM products and the lawsuit has made it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Coca-Cola argued that it could not be sued over the labeling of its Minute Maid juice products because the…
  • 6 Healthy, Vegan ‘White Foods’ You Probably Should be Eating More of

    Jill Ettinger
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    “White” and “food” typically go together like “diabetes” and “obesity.” Steer clear of white foods if you want to avoid those unhealthy conditions. But, of course, white foods aren’t only limited to processed flours and sugars. They can actually be pretty healthy for you. Are you eating these healthy white foods? Beans – Beans come in a rainbow of flavors and colors, including white. Cannellini beans and northern beans are just two white varieties. But don’t think they’re any less healthy than other beans! A one-cup serving of white beans provides almost half of your…
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    PlanetSave

  • Official Music Video for Mother Nature on #EarthDay

    Derek Markham
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    As part of Green For All’s Earth Day coverage, they’re sharing this music video in the hopes of making us pause to reflect and celebrate our life here on Earth: “This Earth Day, we’re pausing to both reflect and celebrate. When we look around, we can’t deny that the problems facing our planet are daunting: Big polluters are still getting away with poisoning our air and water. Worldwide, we’re seeing a spike in storms, drought, and disasters—and poor folks and people of color continue to get hit first and worst. If you’ve ever felt outrage at what’s happening to…
  • Technologies For Direct Removal Of Atmospheric Carbon

    Ken Whitehead
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Two weeks after the release of the report from IPCC Working Group Two, the  report from Working Group Three was released. While the previous report dealt with the likely effects of future climate change, this new report focuses on mitigation strategies. And while considerable emphasis is put on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, this report also details strategies for the removal of carbon from the atmosphere. With this in mind, it seems like a good time to review the various technologies which may help us to reduce atmosphere CO2 concentrations in future years. When we think of carbon…
  • Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight, On April 21, 2014

    James Ayre
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    The always beautiful Lyrid meteor shower will be reaching its peak for the year tonight in the late night hours of April 21, 2014, and/or the early morning hours of April 22, 2014. Get out and enjoy the show! If you absolutely can’t make it out tonight, then tomorrow night should be pretty good as well — though it won’t quite reach the heights of the peak occurring tonight. The show this year should be pretty good, as the conditions are quite good — the Moon won’t appear in the night’s sky until around 2am or so, so there won’t be much light…
  • Caution: Now Entering The “Years Of Living Dangerously”

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    Last week something rare and extraordinarily positive occurred on American television. Fortunately, through YouTube and 350.org, the rest of the world got to see it too. “Something positive?” a critic questions. “If climate change is as bad as you tree-hugger people claim it is, how can anything about it be positive?” The phenomenon tends to inspire either respect and fear or laughter and derision in the United States—when it isn’t simply being ignored. (Chart below shows Yale’s take on US believability statistics.) Fortunately, the rest of the world…
  • US Map Of Where No One Lives

    Zachary Shahan
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    Curious where in the US no one lives? Here are some maps on just that: As the creator over at mapsbynik writes: A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied. Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a…
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  • The Earth Day Media Pitch Round-Up: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yes, it’s Earth Day! So, happy Earth Day… and “f**king Earth Day…” See, I love the motivation behind the creation of Earth Day. I love the idea of getting people to think about the planet, the environment, and the resources its provides for us. And, yes, I’m all for the notion of “let’s make every day Earth Day.” But, as the point person for an environmentally-focused media outlet, I’ve also come to curse Earth Day as my inbox starts to fill up with PR pitches (and those who’ve worked with me at any point over the last 7-8…
  • Mobile Devices and the Environment: a Toxic Relationship [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Right now, I’m typing on my laptop while my smartphone sits about a foot away. I don’t have a tablet, but an awful lot of people do. Mobile devices like these make living and working online incredibly convenient; in the developing world, they make communication and economic growth possible in ways that didn’t exist twenty years ago. But all of this progress comes at a price: our phones and computers are full of toxic materials, and despite the relative ease of recycling such devices, most of them still end up in landfills. How many? According to our friends at eCycle Best,…
  • Open Source Seeds: Some Middle Ground in the GMO Debate?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    University of Wisconsin scientists sort open source seeds After a life-and-death experience several years ago, I made a commitment to myself: no more posts on genetic modification! It’s such a charged topic, and I just don’t need the stress… I’m going to break that commitment today, because I came across a concept that may do some bridge-building between those supportive of GMO technology and those opposed to it: open source seeds. I’ve wondered for quite some time if adding some transparency, and taking the the proprietary aspects out of, genetic modification…
  • How to Build a Keyhole Garden

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m a big fan of raised bed gardening approaches: I really don’t want to do a ton of digging, and, as an urban homeowner, I need to maximize the space I have. So I was intrigued when I ran across this post on the keyhole garden, a raised-bed style of gardening that originated in Africa. The plan below provided by a reader at The Homesteading Boards is intriguing (though also expensive, as he mentions). Make sure to click through to appropedia’s page on the keyhole garden, and watch the videos available: you may get some ideas for simpler and less expensive approaches. If you…
  • Custom Snowboards Made from “Right in Our Back Yard” Wood: Empire Grown

    Important Media Cross-Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    I’ve become really tired of the word “artisan” (or “artisanal”) on products: as far as I can see, it generally means “expensive.” I rarely see that such products involve the kind of loving, caring creativity undertaken by a true artisan.  What do I associate with that word? A deep level of knowledge of the materials and processes involved in creating a product. A dedication to small-scale production that allows the creator to assess the quality of each individual product. A personal connection with the customers who purchase the product (and those…
 
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  • Earth Day: Gary Snyder’s poetry - In the thin loam, each rock a word

    Jennifer Lance
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    In the thin loam, each rock a word    “Lay down these wordsBefore your mind like rocks.placed solid, by handsIn choice of place, setBefore the body of the mindin space and time: Solidity of bark, leaf, or wall riprap of things: Cobble of milky way. straying planets, These poems, people, lost ponies with Dragging saddles […]Earth Day: Gary Snyder’s poetry is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • Happy Earth Day

    Jennifer Lance
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
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  • Eco-Friendly Diapers for Best Baby Care - Common Features of cloth diapers

    guest writer
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Common Features of cloth diapers Eco-Friendly Diapers for Best Baby Care Babies bring joy in our lives and caring for them is the best experience. Every nursing mother has one important agenda for the baby; giving quality care. When caring for babies, use of diapers is unavoidable until the baby learns to use the toilet. […]Eco-Friendly Diapers for Best Baby Care is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • Daily Grace: The beauty of the earth

    Jennifer Lance
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carson Daily Grace: The beauty of the earth is a post from: Eco Child's PlayDaily Grace: The beauty of the earth is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • This is your brain on princess [video] - This is your brain on engineering. Any questions?

    Jennifer Lance
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    This is your brain on engineering. Any questions? Via:  Upworthy This is your brain on princess is a post from: Eco Child's PlayThis is your brain on princess [video] is a post from: Eco Child's Play
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  • Spotted: Pom Pom Flowers for Mother’s Day

    Becky Striepe
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Spread the love: Mother’s Day is coming up on May 11! Instead of cut flowers that wilt and die, how about some a sweet bunch of pom pom flowers that never go bad? This sweet forever bouquet is a Mother’s Day gift idea from Michael Ann Made, and it’s a great opportunity to bust that yarn stash! Tiny pom poms are a cute use for the end of a skein, and you can even combine smaller amounts of yarn to make multicolored poms from even the smallest bits in your stash. More Mother’s Day Ideas: 10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts, Vegan Mother’s Day Brunch Menu…
  • DIY Turmeric Dye for Fabric (+ washing instructions!)

    Becky Striepe
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Spread the love: You know that turmeric has a ton of health benefits, but did you know that this spice is great for dyeing fabric? Here’s how to make turmeric dye and how to care for your dyed fabric. Many of the foods that you associate with stains can be made into fabric dye, and turmeric is not one of the exceptions. Turmeric dye yields a cheery yellow color that fades some with washing but sticks pretty well with the right type of care. Caring for Turmeric Dyed-Fabric The first key to caring for naturally dyed fabrics is to manage your expectations. Turmeric dye is going to fade…
  • Spotted: A DIY Disco Ball Made from Old CDs

    Becky Striepe
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Spread the love: Remember CDs? Those shiny discs feel as outdated as microfiche and ditto machines, don’t they? If you’ve still got some CDs in your stash, turn them into a super awesome DIY disco ball! You can often still find CDs at thrift stores, and they usually aren’t in the best shape. The cases are cracked, the inserts are torn, and the discs themselves are usually pretty scratched up. Unplayable CDs don’t have to be destined for the landfill, though! Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun shared a tutorial at Skip to my Lou for how to turn a stack of past-their-prime…
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Retrash (and a giveaway)!

    Bonnie Getchell
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Spread the love: Celebrate Earth Day by supporting Retrash — a new book about upcycling, recycling, and living a sustainable lifestyle. Nathan Divine, founder of the website Retrash, has spent the last 3 years finding different ways to inspire people to rethink the way they look at trash. He decided to put all of his findings in a coffee table book by the same name (Retrash). The book is a culmination of incredible projects and ideas from 82 talented designers. I had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the book and it is awesome, guys! Each project inspires me to ponder on every…
  • Make Comic Book Bookmarks

    Julie Finn
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Spread the love: Don’t you dare dog-ear that book! That’s what bad people do. To make it even easier to not deface great works of literature, you can make yourself a set of bookmarks out of my *other* favorite genre of reading, the comic book. Comic books, or any other upcycled papers, are easy to turn into sturdy, fun, useful bookmarks. Here’s how: 1. Source some comic books. Our local comic book shop has a back room full of comic books that are a quarter each. There are no diamonds to be found in this rough, you can be sure, but it’s pretty easy to find a bad comic…
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  • For a different Approach to Pest Control

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Pest control can be the difference between happiness and misery when it comes to spending time outdoors. Sure, you may have a beautiful garden, but how on earth can you enjoy it when you are swarmed by bugs each time you walk outside? Lucky for you, there are a few things you can implement to keep the pest control population down and your time outside up at www.pestcontrolwhitby.com 1. Use bug-resistant plants. Several breeds of plants have evolved both naturally and artificially to repel pests. The best part is many of these plants produce beautiful blooms that make them very aesthetically…
  • Impacts Of Highly Efficient Air Conditioners On The Environment

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Your air conditioner and environment don’t always complement each other, especially because of this appliance’s high energy needs to cool a home. In recent years, modern technology has improved the standard AC unit, making it smaller, more efficient and quieter than ever before. There are several critical impacts made to the environment by highly efficient air conditioners. Upgrading an older unit improves your monthly costs and helps the environment too. Air conditioners cost U.S. homeowners more than $11 billion each year, and regular maintenance can keep your air conditioner…
  • Steel Buildings Go Green!

    admin
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:20 pm
    With the global emphasis on “green” technology informing nearly every aspect of society it was only a matter of time before the movement would impact on the construction industry. Green construction is just as much a buzzword as anything else connected to any environmental concern, and companies will definitely have to do their part if they hope to remain competitive in a market that has seemingly become infatuated with everything green http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_building. It is interesting to note that some of the most promising developments in green construction and…
  • Efficient Compaction Equipment Systems for Property Management

    admin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Recycling paper products, making the most of limited space, and restricting odors and liquids, are three of the main reasons why industries turn to compaction equipment. These types of systems can make a world of difference in how your property is perceived by visitors by offering maintenance solutions. In addition, the savings of garbage removal can be astounding and New recycling plant creates cash from trash Pre-Crushers One of the costs associated with garbage bins is the amount of space that they need and the frequency of dumping. A pre-crusher is made from steel and built to compact…
  • Why Choose Low or No VOC Paint

    admin
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    In 2014, the movement toward being environmentally-friendly is continuing to gain speed. Experts from Toronto painters are going beyond recycling and turning off the lights when they leave a room to more global projects that have an even stronger impact on the world. Selecting green paint, those with low or no VOC content, is one of the steps you can take to do your part. What are VOCs Before you decide to use this type of green paint, understanding exactly what VOCs are is important. Volatile organic compound stands for volatile organic compound. When these compounds are released into the…
 
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  • How The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Could Change The World

    Administrator
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    If conventional vehicles are the old crotchety parents, and the electric vehicles are the honor roll kids, using that fancy ‘new math,’ then might the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle be likened to the genius red-headed step-child? I’m not really sure where that analogy was going, but it seems to me that we ought to be paying a whole lot more attention to the genius, in spite of the fact that his methods might seem a little unorthodox. Development in Transportation True, the conventional vehicle has been around for over one hundred years, and we’ve come a long way since the first automobile…
  • Free Tire Inspection for National Car Care Month

    Kristen
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Somerset Tire Service, Inc. is offering complimentary 28-point tire and vehicle inspections throughout the month of April in support of National Car Care Month. There are 150 full-service car care centers throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. This is a huge advantage for car owners looking to save money on gas this month, since  a regularly inspected vehicle is one of the very best ways to improve gas mileage. “Routine maintenance, especially after such harsh weather, is truly key to helping prevent expensive unanticipated repairs. National Car Care Month is a nationwide…
  • Ford Fusion Joins Efficiency And Style

    Bob Leonard
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    For decades, the prospect of electric cars has hovered around the industry, spiking interest when oil prices spiked. But eventually, relief at the pump cooled consumer desires, and few took sustained interest in electric automotive power. It was written off as impractical, expensive, trendy, or all of the above. Manufacturers stuck with improving fuel economy for gas-powered vehicles and, like the market, left electric power for later consideration. When an apparently permanent overall rise in the price of crude oil emerged in the last few years, Ford Motor Company went to the forefront…
  • Vegetable Oil In Your Tank

    nermin
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Things to Consider in Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) If you’ve read the recent Science article about biofuels co-authored by Nature Conservancy scientist Joe Fargione, you may know that biofuels made from corn and other food by-products have serious drawbacks — namely, land conversion from forest to agriculture creates a huge carbon debt. While WVO is by no means the answer to all our transportation problems, it does have some redeeming qualities: Emissions testing of WVO shows that it produces lower levels of CO and PM (particulate matter) than diesel when tested in the same vehicle (tested…
  • Smartphones to Save Public Transit

    Kristen
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Conversations about the future of mobility has long revolved around ideas like self-driving cars, electric vehicles like Tesla, and far-fetched ideas like hoverboards. However, with more and more companies creating smart phone applications, one industry in particular will likely get a huge boost in popularity – public transit. According to an article by Mother Nature Network, here’s why: We can track the exact location of train, bus, or tram and plan our movements accordingly with smartphone apps. No more wondering if you’ve missed your ride or running exasperatingly for…
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  • Dress your building to impress the environment

    Graham Land
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    We build our houses and workplaces in the hope that they’ll last as long as possible and need the minimum of maintenance. In recent years, the environmental impact of construction materials has added another consideration into an already complex industry. There are several materials used to cover the outside of buildings, and each one has […] The post Dress your building to impress the environment appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Chimps in the land of Eden

    Richard Farrell
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    I am travelling along the road from Nelspruit to Barberton, where I plan to explore old workings where gold was discovered a long way from Johannesburg. I need a pit stop and perhaps a cup of coffee. Facilities are limited in the province of Mpumalanga, which means “place of the rising sun”. As I crest […] The post Chimps in the land of Eden appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • France: Pets are not furniture

    Krisztina Kupi
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Animals now have a new definition in French Civil Code: instead of personal property, they are now considered as living beings with feelings. This is an important step, but still not enough according to French ecologists. On April 15 French Parliament accepted the new amendment to the Civil Code which declares: animals are living beings […] The post France: Pets are not furniture appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Gazprom begins shipping Arctic oil

    Krisztina Kupi
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    On the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the first oil shipping tanker has been loaded at the Russian oil drilling tower located in the Pechora Sea. The start of oil shipment is also a symbolic event as last year a high-scale protest against Arctic oil extraction, organized by Greenpeace, took place in the same location. Russian […] The post Gazprom begins shipping Arctic oil appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Serbia: Recent effects of climate change

    Marija Tegovska
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The last findings of the International Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations showed that due to global warming temperatures on Earth over the next 35 years will increase by three degrees Celsius. This could lead to unprecedented consequences for the climate and thus cause terrible flooding, drought, unseen poverty and other plagues of […] The post Serbia: Recent effects of climate change appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
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  • Vimanas

    Jim
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Is Vimanas plural or singular, one vimana, several vimanas. ? Mentioned in this interesting compilation is that Vimanas were the gravity control of the time, about six thousand years ago. And although we didn’t know it at the time, the quest for gravity control may be very old. In this case, swirling mercury, Schauberger Ish.
  • The Obvious Secret

    Jim
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    This is a video but it’s actually from a radio broadcast given by Earl Nightingale, a broadcaster of the time. Spoiler, the secret is, do it. I take heart from this 58 year old radio broadcast.
  • Forbidden Planet Out Takes

    Jim
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
  • The Magnet Motor

    Jim
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    As I look back on our vision of the quest for gravity control, I can trace my peaks of frustration over the years. I would ‘give up’ and lose faith that I might be a part of the discovery and implimentation of gravity control. I lost faith in myself but never lost faith that the […]
  • Graphene, Not Plastics

    Jim
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    The Tech Community is high on graphene, a carbon based substance that appears to hold the future of the world. Graphene!
 
 
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  • What is the Process for Documenting FSC Compliance in LEED?

    rpfjr
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Question:  Mohamad asks: We are purchasing caseworks from Italy to install in a LEED required project, (Dohaland),Qatar. Our manufacturer in Italy is FSC certified. They Purchase their Particleboard, MDF boards ,Glues, Paints, from an FSC certified manufacturer in Italy, but the veneers are purchased from Africa without FSC. The manufacturer is unable to provide any LEED analysis or calculation or any sort of help in the LEED contribution. My question: how I shall calculate my LEED points from all his materials to achieve accreditations of LEED points. Thank you Hi Mohamad, For…
  • 10 Terrifying Stormwater Pollution Statistics

    rpfjr
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    It seems that when it comes to green building activities, environmental landscaping is slowly and surely gaining traction as a notable talking point... And for good reason. With all the unpredictable weather we've been having, it's never too soon to start thinking, or learning, about stormwater management. Summary of News:  Think you know how scary the danger of storm water runoff pollution is? Think again, and then read this! Expert:  Rob Freeman Jr, LEED AP Related Advice:  Stormwater SWPPP Training: Applicable to San Diego CA Requirements? Stormwater Runoff Products:…
  • Calculating Preconsumer Recycled Content in LEED MRc4?

    rpfjr
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Question:  Nor asks: I have submitted Material Resources Calculator for MRc4, MRc5 and MRc7. The USGBC gave feedback with comments regarding MRc4 and MRc5. The comment said that total percentage of MRc4 and MRc7 must not exceed 100%. In cutsheet shown that 76.9 (102lbs) for certified wood while 69.2% (92lbs) for preconsumer. Should I subtract total percentage from certified wood with preconsumer to get preconsumer percentage? (eg: 76.9% - 69.2%). Hi Nor, From the question I understand that for a particular wood based product, the cut-sheet shows 76.9% certified wood and 69.2%…
  • What is the LEED Certification Procedure for Manufacturing Facilities?

    rpfjr
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Question:  Abhi asks: What are the procedures for obtaining LEED certification for New Construction for a chemical manufacturing Factory? Hi Abhi, Currently there are separate rating systems for datacenters and warehouses, but not yet for factories. So, you would have to apply for New Construction rating system. You could check case-studies of other LEED factories like: 1. General Motors’ new Lansing Delta Township (Mich.) Assembly Plant - LEED Gold certified 2. Volkswagen's auto manufacturing plant in Tennessee - LEED Platinum certified 3. Taekwang Vina's Nike Factory, Vietnam - LEED…
  • Divya Nambiar

    rpfjr
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Summary of Services:  I am an architect, LEED AP BD+C and PMP. As an adjunct lecturer in Dubai, I am actively involved in green building research. I have facilitated 7 LEED projects globally. I am an architect, LEED AP BD+C and PMP. As an adjunct lecturer in Dubai, I am actively involved in green building research. I have facilitated 7 LEED projects globally. LEED Specialty:  Sustainability Planning Logo:  Image: 
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  • Auto Sales are Back in Drive

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cautious optimism is the general mood since auto sales increased 6% in March. That may not seem like huge growth. But after a 3% decline in January and a flat result in February, any sign of momentum is a good one for the industry. Coming after many months of strong growth, the sluggish results earlier this year raised a troubling question in many investors’ minds: Was it just the weather keeping buyers away from car dealers, or was the economic tide starting to turn for the worse? Several automakers made a point of saying on Tuesday that the pace of sales improved significantly in…
  • Peek at the 2015 BMW i3

    admin
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:08 am
    Love this model and was very excited to see what they have in-store for the 2015 model year! The BMW i3 has been officially released as of today, simultaneously worldwide in London, New York City and Beijing. The city car is powered by an electric motor producing the equivalent of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The rear-wheel-drive, 2,635-pound car can sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 7.2 seconds and can achieve a range as high as 118 miles. An optional 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine is available as a range extender for a combined 186-mile range. Read the full story and see the pics here.
  • 3-Miilionth Prius Hits the Road

    admin
    9 Jul 2013 | 6:46 am
    The car that pretty much started it all keeps rolling on and on!! Three generations in sixteen years and more than three million units sold worldwide – as of the end of June, those are the stats on the Toyota Prius. Even though Toyota says Prius sales might not reach the goal of 250,000 units this year, the little hybrid that could still doesn’t have any problem flying off dealer lots. The second-generation Prius sold 1.2 million examples in its eight-year lifespan, and the third generation, introduced in 2009, has sold 1.7 million examples in just four years. Read the full…
  • Audi Quattro Making a Comeback

    admin
    19 Jun 2013 | 7:06 am
    Audi is planning to return the Quattro to its lineup some 30 years after the original model first appeared, Autoweek sources say. September’s Frankfurt motor show is shaping up as the likely backdrop for the reveal; the car looks like it could be one of the German automaker’s most exciting cars in quite some time. Word is sales will start in 2014. Read the full article here.
  • Why New Cars Lose Value so Quickly

    admin
    9 May 2013 | 12:41 pm
    We have all heard the saying that the second you drive it off the lot you lose x amount of dollars on your new car, here is why. Contemplating buying a new car? The unfortunate downside of the experience is not the sales rep’s hackneyed opening lines or the stale showroom coffee, but the financial hit you’ll take the moment you drive your new pride and joy off the lot. Wise consumers know the biggest expense of a new car is depreciation — that pecuniary penance that devalues your new ride as soon as you sign the ownership papers. One U.S. consumer website estimates buyers lose…
 
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  • Case Study: Michael’s Naturopathic Programs

    Carolyn Parrs
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
      In 2013, Global Industry Analysis, a large research organization, released a study that estimated that the global vitamin and mineral market will reach total sales of $30 billion in 2015. This is one-third of the total sales within natural, organic and healthy products marketplace, which is reported around $91 billion. Not bad. However, despite overall size of industry, it has been showing slower growth in recent years. This has been attributed to a number of factors including economic crisis, regulation difficulties, and a saturation of products in mature markets. Today, the choices…
  • Mind Over Markets receives the Go Green Advertising Awards

    Carolyn Parrs
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
      We are thrilled to announce (brag) that Mind Over Markets was the recipient of the 2013 Go Green Advertising Awards (GGA Awards) for our work with Growstone, a manufacturer of horticultural products and growing mediums made from 100% recycled glass from NM landfills (oh yeah!). GGA is (their words) “the most elite, national-level advertising awards program developed specifically for the promotion of green-themed products and services.” Basicially, they recognize excellence in green advertising efforts. This particular award was for our design and concept of Growstone’s logo.
  • How to Make Money from Consumers’ Sustainable Behavior

    Carolyn Parrs
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    An online tool can help executives build a business case for sustainability, say nonprofit business network BSR and consultancy Futerra. The Business Case Builder, developed by BSR’s Sustainable Lifestyles Business Group, which includes brands such as Carlsberg, Cathay Pacific, Disney, eBay, Hilton Worldwide, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Mars and Mondelez, aims to guide firms through six steps to help them sustain economic value from encouraging consumers’ sustainable behavior. The online tool is the result of a BSR and Futerra survey earlier this year that found the majority of…
  • When Good Is Not Good Enough

    Carolyn Parrs
    11 Nov 2013 | 9:26 am
        Leaders of two of the most successful nonprofit organizations argue that the sector needs to shift its attention from modest goals that provide short-term relief to bold goals that, while harder to achieve, provide long-term solutions by tackling the root of social problems. Many of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations begin with well-intentioned interventions and relatively naive ideas about the magnitude and complexity of the problems they aim to solve. Share Our Strength and KaBOOM! are no exception. By some measures our organizations were successful US…
  • Case Study: Happiness Santa Fe

    Carolyn Parrs
    4 Nov 2013 | 11:28 am
    In 2011, the United Nations passed a unanimous declaration urging member nations to place the “Pursuit of Happiness” rather than economic growth at the forefront of their development agendas, and to find ways to measure its success. Programs aimed at assessing well being, and coupling the results to formulate public policy, have spread across the globe from Bhutan to Brazil to the United Kingdom, and to Australia, Canada, and China. According to Dr. Merle Lefkoff of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, “Across the planet, people increasingly demand that we replace the current global,…
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  • Commend Government for Recognizing Transgender as Third Gender

    Justin Wilder
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Head of the Supreme Court, Honorable Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam  Goal: Commend the Indian Supreme Court for recognizing transgender as a third gender India’s Supreme Court has officially recognized ‘transgender’ as a third gender. In a statement from the Supreme Court, they argued that it is the right of every human being to choose their gender. The court ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in job and education in line with other minority groups in India. This is a positive step forward for human rights in India and for the transgender…
  • Ban Tattooing and Piercing of Pets

    Andrew Helton
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Senator Mark Grisanti Goal: Make the practice of tattooing and piercing animals illegal in New York There have been photographs and videos, news stories, and social media posts popping up across the internet showing pets with piercings and tattoos. Owners have decided to take it upon themselves to make decisions on behalf of their dogs and cats that inflict pain and endanger their animals’ health. A bill has been proposed to ban this practice in New York, and hand down hefty fines to violators. Forcing pets to undergo painful procedures needs to stop immediately, before this…
  • Strike Down Death Sentence for Schizophrenic Man

    Justin Wilder
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights, Pervaiz Rashid Goal: Negate the death sentence for a Pakistani man who suffers from schizophrenia The recent death sentence passed down against Mohammad Ashgar by a court in Pakistan is a blatant disregard for his human rights. Mr. Ashgar was arrested in 2010 for allegedly writing letters in which he claimed that he was a prophet. Recently, a court in Pakistan sentenced him to death. His lawyers maintain that the court never established that he intended to post the letters, as Mr. Ashgar is both physically and mentally ill. Mr. Ashgar…
  • Commend Government for Allowing Braille Exams

    Justin Wilder
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education Goal: Commend the Chinese government for allowing equal access to higher education. The Chinese government should be commended for its decision to provide Braille or electronic exams for entrance into national universities. This access will improve access to higher education for candidates who are blind or have other visual disabilities. Up until this decision, students with such disabilities were barred from higher education due to their inability to take the entrance exam. This new development should be praised as a human rights breakthrough in a…
  • Stop Arbitrary Arrests of Refugees

    Amy Parsons
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: President Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Kenya Goal:  Stop the arbitrary deportation of Somali Refugees from Kenya As violence in Somalia continues to grow, many people are seeking asylum and protection in neighboring countries. Many have fled to Kenya, but unfortunately their struggle to find a safe home does not end there. Over the past few months, Kenyan security forces have arrested thousands of people and deported nearly 100 native Somalians. The arrests and detentions are, in many cases, completely arbitrary. Some Somalian refugees even report abuse during security operations.
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Cut Your Home’s Energy Use & Save Money With These Simple Upgrades

    greenwise
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    saving energy, home energy conservation, energy-saving home upgrades
  • How Grain Silos Are Helping the Environment

    greenwise
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Grain silos are used all over the world as a way to conveniently store and protect grain, ready to be transported to where it is needed or used. There are a lot of different styles of silo, and different materials and technologies are used in their construction, but typically grain is stored in tower style […]
  • Should You Invest in Renewable Energy for Your Home?

    greenwise
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Residential electric bills are expected to rise two percent in 2014 and another two percent in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The costs of heating oil and propane are also on rise, particularly after an extremely cold December that increased demand. Electricity expenses not only gobble up a good chunk of […]
  • Organic Pet Foods – Honestly Healthy or Completely Deceiving

    greenwise
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    Organic Pet Foods – Honestly Healthy or Completely Deceiving Those of us who are owned by pets and are repulsed by the term pet owner do all that we can possibly do to ensure that the lives that our furry children are happy, healthy and filled with love and fun. The newest and most innovative […]
  • Super Foods Aren’t Just for People!

    greenwise
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:22 am
    Super Foods aren’t just for People! When you think of super foods, you likely believe that these foods are only beneficial to humans. This isn’t true!  These same foods can give your pets the same healthy benefits they give to you and your family. With all of the hype about pet foods being unsafe, perhaps […]
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Portlandia and The 5 Rs: From Refuse to Recycle

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A few years ago I thought a new show coming to IFC – loosely based on my city – would be funny, probably unpopular with non-locals, and really all those things that come along with a tv show shooting in your area. Instead, people forget what the point of satire is and I’ve seen misconceptions, derision, and local frustration.  On occasion it hits upon something that is a part of the larger Northwest culture. Portland is a weird place and we have placed value on things that many other places have not yet. It can make us great and the reason why so many of us love it…
  • Green Sisterhood Etsy Handmade Giveaway

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2013 | 11:01 pm
    2013 has been incredible for Green Sisterhood and we owe our success to your support! And we want to show our appreciation so we are sponsoring a mega handmade giveaway for the holiday! I am choosing to forgo gifts in my own family this year and we are focusing on experiences instead, but this Etsy giveaway is too good to pass up! Buying handmade is the most eco-friendly way to shop and we are thrilled to introduce these eco-friendly goodies from the handmade community on Etsy. So check out these shops and leave a comment (required) as to what other items you would like Santa to bring you.
  • Kickstarter Wednesday: Glasses! A Board Book

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    20 Nov 2013 | 9:45 am
    Readers of this blog know my three children wear glasses, and two have since they were tiny. Where this comes from we still have no idea, but one thing I know for certain is that I want a world that eliminates any stigma, stereotype, or challenges for children who wear glasses. That is what this Kickstarter from Ann Zawistoski is all about. Consider supporting this Kickstarter and read through to the bottom for more detailed information on how this book project came to be.   Ann Zawistoski is a mama on a mission. She says of her latest project… Zoe [her…
  • Leaving to Get Well

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Oct 2013 | 9:38 am
    All my bags are packed I’m ready to go I’m standin’ here outside your door I hate to wake you up to say goodbye But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn Already I’m so lonesome I could die So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane Don’t know when I’ll be back again Oh baby, I hate to go   I left once – nearly two weeks ago now – and I am doing it again.
  • Ginger Goodness: Ginger Zucchini Muffin Recipe

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    3 Oct 2013 | 6:45 am
    Ginger Love (and Muffins) I adore ginger. I suffer from a myriad of maladies that all culminate in a queasy stomach, let alone the three times I was pregnant and had all day, whole pregnancy sickness! I learned quickly just how important ginger products were. Plus, it’s just plain good for you. So, it is my honor to share this fantastic gingerrifc recipe with you! Healthy & Scrumptious Ginger Zucchini Muffins 2013-10-02 18:13:40 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 cup unbleached white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1 T baking powder ¼ cup The Ginger People®…
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Solar to dominate as science trumps fossil fuels

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Solar is making real inroads as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Here are some of the latest stats and facts courtesy of The Telegraph: * Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. * More solar has been installed in the US in the past 18 months than in 30 years. * New solar installations overtook wind turbines worldwide last year with an extra 36.5GW. * Scientists can now capture 31.1pc of the sun’s energy with a 111-V Solar Cell. * Solar cell prices have already collapsed so far that other…
  • U.S. Green Building Council earns LEED® certification around the globe

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced last week that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED® certification around the globe. “This milestone is the result of leaders across our industry making the business and environmental case for healthy, sustainable buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More than 4.3 million people live and work in LEED buildings. As our numbers continue to gain momentum, the impact is significant — jobs are created, revenue is generated and well-being is prioritized —…
  • The 2014 CR and Sustainability Salary Survey

    Ramon Arratia
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
      According to Acre, Carnstone & Flag their CR and sustainability sector continues to grow, as does the reach of the survey. This year their CR and Sustainability Salary Survey Report achieved a record 1,200 responses, a 42% increase on 2012. Breaking through the 1,000 respondents mark has added an even higher degree of clarity and validity to the findings. Result highlights * 1,200 respondents this year, a 42% increase on 2012 * In-house employees make up the majority of the survey’s sample * Average salaries have risen in all regions except the Rest of the World and the UK,…
  • Rob Boogaard talks to L’Express about Interface becoming fully sustainable

    Ramon Arratia
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    L’Express interviewed Rob Boogaard this week about Interface becoming a fully sustainable company by 2020. It’s posted on their website here in French so I’ve copied the core content, translated into English, with the original video below. “In a rapidly changing entrepreneurial world, the leading players from large companies, NGOs and government tell us their journey, ideas and initiatives that give meaning to their work . Interface, who specialise in producing carpet tile, have engaged a strategy since 1996 to become the first fully sustainable company by 2020.
  • How to achieve revenue growth from resource efficiency

    Ramon Arratia
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    This webinar all about resource efficiency was posted last week. Thanks to Tracey, Greg and the teams at 2degrees and Next Manufacturing Revolution. Resource efficiency is traditionally associated with cost reduction. But leading companies have also used non-labour resource efficiency to drive sales. Watch this webinar recording to hear how Kyocera successfully do this and how your company can too. The Next Manufacturing Revolution conservatively estimated additional profits worth £325M p.a. from revenue growth from resource efficiency through: * Improved product performance * More…
 
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    ecoINSITE

  • Happy Earth Day 2014

    Pedro Hernandez
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Recycling an old graphic… It’s no Google Doodle — which rocks this year, by the way (yes, even the Dung Beetle) — but it’s from the heart. Here are some Earth Day themed tweets to get you started on this awesome day (updated throughout the day). Microsoft’s #carbon neutrality efforts highlighted along with #sustainability work by other companies http://t.co/Pa0AQW16Pn @BizRoundtable — Microsoft_Green (@Microsoft_Green) April 21, 2014   Share your #MyBeautifulEarth photo to celebrate Earth Day with Google+ and @TIME http://t.co/bKffshfQ5a…
  • Rackspace to build green data center in the U.K.

    Pedro Hernandez
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Add Rackspace to the growing list of tech companies that are bringing energy efficient innovations to their cloud data centers beginning at the planning stage. Like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, the San Antonia-based cloud computing company plans to increase its cloud footprint by constructing a new data center using green design principles from the start. Gary Boyd, Senior Director of Project Engineering at Rackspace, explained in a blog post: From minimizing landfill and the impact on the environment during the upcoming construction, to using cutting edge technologies like “indirect…
  • Google snaps up Nest for $3.2B

    Pedro Hernandez
    13 Jan 2014 | 6:14 pm
    This is big. Google has acquired Nest Labs, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of smart thermometers and smoke detectors for a cool $3.2 billion in cash, reports Chris Preimesberger over at eWEEK. “Google took another big step Jan. 13 in its quest to become a major player in the connected-home Internet of Things market,” he wrote. Agreed. Launched in October 2011, the Nest thermostat made a big splash thanks to its impeccable design, intuitive energy management capabilities and iPod-like simplicity. The latter’s no accident. Nest Labs was founded by Tony Fadell former head of…
  • Intel: All processors shipped this year will be conflict-free

    Pedro Hernandez
    8 Jan 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Excellent news from chipmaking giant Intel. CEO Brian M. Krzanich announced at CES that all of the microprocessors that it ships in 2014 will not contain conflict minerals. The company reported that it “had achieved a critical milestone and the minerals used in microprocessor silicon and packages manufactured in Intel’s factories are ‘conflict-free’ as concluded by third-party audits or direct validation by Intel’s supply chain organization.” Intel has implemented a process within its supply chain organization to validate that its sources – the smelters…
  • Architect’s tiny DIY house is enormously charming

    Pedro Hernandez
    27 Dec 2013 | 3:26 pm
    After a divorce and a foreclosure that claimed her 2,500-square-foot house, Macy Miller embarked on a dramatic DIY down-sizing. She rolled up her sleeves — learning as she went — and build a tiny house that not only looks amazing, but is roomy enough to share with a Great Dane. The kicker: Miller’s new home cost a mere $11,000. NPR has her story, along with a surprising fact, in case you’re inspired to build your own: The most expensive component in the house is my toilet, actually. I didn’t want to put in a sewer line, so I have a composting toilet. And so to…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2013-2014 Jaguar XF, XJ, XK Recalled (Plus Two 2014 Range Rover Evoques)

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    JAGUAR RECALL Jaguar Land Rover North America has issued a recall for select 2013 and 2014 models of the Jaguar XJ, XF and XK. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected vehicles' toe links can become separated from the cars' subframe. That's important because the toe links are used to control the...
  • Fiat 500

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    The Fiat 500 is a subcompact hatchback that revived the Fiat brand in the U.S. after a 25-year hiatus from being on the market. Even though it’s taken time for the 500 to catch on, there will be additional models released to suit the needs of the masses. For a more detailed look at the 500, see our review of the 2014 Fiat 500. And check out...
  • 2014 BMW Z4

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The BMW Z4 is one of the oldest models in BMW's current lineup, but it has aged well, growing in features and performance as well as maturing in style. Few updates have reached the range since the 2012 model year, though the 2014 version does bring some new visual appeal.Visual distinctions for the 2014 model year include a new 18-inch...
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Well-rounded and luxurious, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class ranges from a stylish cruiser to a stunning performer, and most stops between. Only minimal changes have been made since the new CLS-Class was introduced in 2012, but then you don't mess with success.Sharing its oily bits with the E Class, but with a more athletic, coupe-like...
  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Redesigned for the 2012 model year, the newest Volkswagen Beetle was designed from the ground up to have universal appeal, and by most accounts, they've done the job. It's far from a corny tribute to the past, but it does incorporate key elements of the original Beetle's aesthetic, marrying it with modern style to form an instantly...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • In Effort To Sell RAV4 Electric SUVs, Toyota Puts 'Cash On Hood'

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    The all-electric Toyota RAV4 EV, even with its Tesla-designed powertrain, isn't exactly flying out of dealerships. While it's a low-volume compliance car sold to meet California regulations, Toyota still has to move 2,600 of them over a three-year period that began in September 2012. So Toyota is doing what all carmakers do when sales wane...
  • EPA Resets Ethanol Rules To Reflect Reality: Cellulosic Sources Don't Exist

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    For many months now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faced a dilemma: What to do about its rules that millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply. Now, The Detroit News reports that the agency has decided to accept reality: Supplies of that fuel simply don't exist, so the rules are being...
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueTec Diesel: Fuel-Economy Review

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    In recent years—especially in the time since EPA fuel economy ratings have become more realistic—40 miles per gallon on the highway has become like a sort of high-water mark for non-hybrid cars. Even in 2014, there remain relatively few subcompact or compact sedans that top the 40-mpg mark in ratings, let alone real-world use. So it's...
  • 2014 BMW i3 Electric-Car Production Rises To Meet Strong Demand

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The 2014 BMW i3 electric car has represented a major risk for its maker, but at the moment, it seems to be paying off. BMW has recently had to increase i3 production to meet unexpectedly high demand, Bloomberg reports. The factory in Leipzig, Germany, that builds the i3 is now churning out 100 cars per day, compared to the previous rate of 70 per...
  • Tesla's 100th Supercharger, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, Luxury Electric Cars: Today's Car News

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today on Green Car Reports: Tesla Motors opens its 100th Supercharger fast-charging station, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan is unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, and a Cadillac executive says "tree huggers" don't buy luxury cars. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Three years and countless TV ads later, most consumers still don't...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • They Don’t Know Better

    kb
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I was walking right behind them in the school. I wasn’t eavesdropping, but they were really loud. “She’s so annoying. Why does she even sit at our table?” “I don’t know. Maybe because she thinks I am her best friend.” “She’s so NOT, thought. She’s so annoying.” They all laughed and the six of them piled on the insults, making fun of whomever that poor kid is — until they saw me listening, that is. Then they quieted down but I still fell back so I wouldn’t have to hear it anymore. It’s 2:47 a.m. and I…
  • Food Diaries for Kids: Totally Challenging

    kb
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Our food diary — hopefully not to bad! A few weeks ago Little Girl started complaining that her belly hurt. Always at night. She’s not a complainer so I took her seriously, especially after the night she cried for two hours. That Monday I called the pediatrician. When we talked to her she said she wanted us to start keeping a food diary for Little Girl and add probiotics to her diet. We’re going back to see her this afternoon. While I am anxious to see what the cause of our tummy troubles are, I have to say: Writing a food diary for a kid is nerve-wracking and…
  • Unsteady on the Mat

    kb
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:22 pm
    There’s something in yoga called chitta vritti. Simply put, it’s mind chatter. Some call it monkey mind. As a monkey jumps from tree to tree, with chitta vritti, your thoughts move from place to place. It makes it hard to balance and stay centered in your practice. Tonight, my mind was in full-on monkey mode. This afternoon I found out that another young mother in my town died. She left behind kids. One of the kids is a little girl who is the same age as Big Girl. I see her once a week during an activity. I cried when I got the email about her passing. I cried for her and for her…
  • For the Millionth Time: Please Stop Over-Medicating

    kb
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I was standing at the counter of my local CVS waiting to ask a contact lens solution question. (Was the generic solution I was holding comparable to the AOSept I normally buy?) A young mother was asking the pharmacist to check her daughter’s prescription. The doctor had spent a lot of time calculating the dose and she was nervous. She explained that it was for “the start of an ear infection.” When the pharmacist moved away to get a book, I swooped in. I couldn’t help it. “You know the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against using antibiotics for an emerging…
  • Want to Keep Weight Off? Sleep More

    kb
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sometimes I work late. Really late. Like 3 or 4 a.m. late. I like writing at night. I pay for it the next day, though. Sure, I feel tired, but I am also starving. It’s like I can’t eat enough during the day. I always thought it was a coincidence, but I recently found a study that proves it’s not in my head. In fact, there’s science behind my uptick in caloric intake. According to a recent study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder, less sleep leads to more eating — and weight gain. According to Kenneth Wright, director of Colorado University at…
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  • Do I need to reconsider open foam vrs fiberglass insulation since I don't run an air conditioner all the time?

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    I have a 16 X 28 work shop with a metal roof installed over felt and OSB Sheating with silver radiant barrier on the underside. I live in South Texas where it gets extremely hot and when building, I added soffits and a ridge vent to help the air flow but it still gets hot inside and it is time to insulate. I have been convinced that open foam insulation is what I should use and the installer said he has to close off all the venting to make the building and insulation work right. After reading your article about needing fresh air I became concerned. I have a small window air conditioner…
  • Our off-the-grid home is for sale. Two different families made offers but neither has found anyone who would lend on it. Any suggestions?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    We have solar panels and a wind turbine and have never been without power in the 9 1/2 years we have lived here, in the mountains in Riverside County, CA. Here we are: http://youtu.be/9FK6cH27zHY In most cases buyers are working with banks that are selling their mortgages into the secondary market (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac). A bank that has in-house portfolio money might have...
  • I would like to install a timer on a 50 gallon hot water heater. Is this economical

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I live in South Florida and it's a Whirlpool water heater When Purchasing a new water heater, look to make sure it is energy star rated. These will be the most economical. Also, the larger the storage capacity, the more efficient...
  • I have a patent construction method which deliver natural disasters resistant structures, with an insulation factor R56 minimum, roof/walls.

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    What is wrong with that? nobody look interested about, in spate that the cost is 20% less than traditional, no mold, no termites. I use concrete pour in place, which make the method fast, and I use non skilled labor, which creates jobs. Can you tell me how make people happy living in a safe environment and expended less money than build by wood framing? Eugenio, Sounds interesting! Unfortunately, nothing is disaster resistant, just more resistant then typical construction methods. Possibly it is your marketing methods which is your downfall. Below are few question to...
  • Contractor painted basement ceiling joists with black stain and it continues to offgass.

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I liked the idea of an exposed ceiling painted a black color. Thus I paid a contractor to do the job. Later I found out they used solid color olympic wood protector which is an exterior stain. (http://www.olympic.com/products/stains/42/olympic-wood-protector). To compound their poor choice of paint, they painted when it was really cold outside and werent able to properly ventilate the basement. I found out they used 7 gallons with a sprayer to cover the roughly 900 sq.ft. basement. I soon realized their mistake and began ventilating the basement like crazy. The outdoor temperatures have been…
 
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • How to Gopher Proof Your Raised Garden Beds

    Stephanie
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    We have a real gopher problem in our backyard. We get their mounds all over the yard, and of course if we plant directly into the soil, we know we risk losing that entire plant to the gophers. Building a raised garden bed, however, can make it much simpler to avoid damage from gophers. This […] Related posts: Encouraging Kids to Garden Time to Get My Garden Growing! Yes! My Garden Grows!
  • What’s the Big Deal With Oil Pulling?

    Stephanie
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Let’s start by noting that this is not intended as medical advice. I’ve included some links so you can get what information you can on oral health and oil pulling, but I’m not a doctor, dentist or anyone else who can tell you what will benefit your health. Get your salt shaker and take it […] Related posts: What’s So Green About Extended Breastfeeding? Is Big Oil Going After California’s Climate Legislation? How to Make and Use Whipped Coconut Oil
  • Organic Eggs? Free Range Eggs? Cage Free? Which Should You Choose?

    Stephanie
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you’ve become interested in improving the kinds of foods you eat, eggs are probably one of the foods you’ve taken a good look at. There are options out there for those who want better eggs. The hard part is figuring out what “better” really is. Now my personal favorite eggs are the ones I […] Related posts: How Much Should You Worry About Eggs and Salmonella? Should You Raise Backyard Chickens? Is It Safe to Let Your Kids Go Free Range?
  • 6 Times Recycling Isn’t the Answer

    Stephanie
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:15 am
    You’re probably familiar with the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra. It’s an easy reminder of ways to avoid waste. The problem comes in when too many people rely on the last part – recycle – and pay too little attention to the first two. There are a number of reasons why recycling isn’t necessarily the right […] Related posts: Is Recycling Worth it? Is Recycling Only About the Environment? Office Store Recycling Services
  • How to Find Eco Friendly Birthday Party Favors

    Stephanie
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:50 am
    My kids love having birthday parties with their friends, and they especially love picking out party favors. Personally, I’m royally tired of the standard plastic favors that only last a day or two before breaking that kids get at most parties they attend. I think my kids have received most of them at one party […] Related posts: Green Party Favors Can be a Huge Hit How to Green a Child’s Birthday Party 25 Eco Friendly Summer Activities For Kids
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  • Renewable Choice Energy to Offer Green-e® Climate Certified Offsets for LEED

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Renewable Choice Energytoday announced that it has joined Green-e Climate, and can now provide certified carbon offsets to green building projects under the new U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) LEED v4 guidelines. The LEED v4 guidelines, which were released in November of 2013, provide universal criteria for green building performance, including new market sectors, new environmental impact categories, and clearer guidance to aid in the global adoption of green building practices. Under the LEED v4 Energy and Atmosphere Credit, certified buildings may receive points for use of green…
  • LEED® Platinum Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building takes home Top Ten AIA COTE Award

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:18 am
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) has named the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building one of the nation’s top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment. The LEED Platinum EGWW Federal Building is owned by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and was constructed by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company. The project architect is SERA Architects and the design excellence architect is Cutler Anderson Architects. The COTE awards program, now in…
  • Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center receives LEED Gold status

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Another Peoria facility is being awarded for being environmentally friendly. The U.S. Green Building Council has given LEED Gold certification to the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center on the campus of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.   Dr. Kathleen Forbes is the Chief Clinical Officer of OSF Healthcare System. She says the Jump building met several qualifications to receive the rating.
  • BWL earns LEED gold certification

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    The Board of Water & Light’s REO Town cogeneration plant and headquarters has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification, the city-owned utility said today. BWL said it the first utility in Michigan to attain that level of certification. The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and offers certified, silver, gold and platinum levels. To achieve gold certification, a company is rated for sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation…
  • Clinton School building receives LEED award

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Officials say a 115-year-old building affiliated with the University of Arkansas Clinton Schoolof Public Service has received an award for being environmentally friendly. Sturgis Hall received the certification Tuesday for leadership in energy and environmental design — or LEED. It was presented by Jason Hartke — the vice president of national policy for the U.S. Green Building Council — to Clinton Center operations director Debbie Shock in Little Rock. The council is a nonprofit group that promotes environmental-friendly building construction.
 
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  • In Rural Kansas, an Experiment Makes Hitchhiking Safe Again

    Molly Rusk
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This article originally appeared at Shareable.net. Photo by Shutterstock. “We’re not stuck in a traffic jam. We are the traffic jam.” What I love best about the sharing economy is how it squeezes good value out of the unused bits of our society that would otherwise go to waste. And nowhere do you have so much waste as in our transportation system. A personal car uses less than 1 percent of its energy to move a passenger, and 80 percent of our passenger capacity is driving around empty. That’s hundreds of millions of empty seats in this country! Meanwhile, 45 percent of the country has…
  • Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

    Sena Christian
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Lindsey Carpenter keeps records at Grassroots Farm. Photo by Annalise Canfield. When Lindsey Morris Carpenter was a college student studying art in Philadelphia, she never expected that, just a decade later, she would spend most of her days fixing up tractors, turning piles of manure, and corralling chickens. Carpenter doesn’t want to be the Whole Foods of farm-to-table produce. But that’s precisely what she’s doing. Carpenter, 29, dropped out of school in 2004 and returned to her home state of Wisconsin, where she found a job on a vegetable farm. She went on to apprentice at a larger…
  • Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style

    Cat Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This piece originally appeared at Shareable. Photo by Tammy Strobel / Flickr. LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was normal and necessary. He tried city life after college, but says he felt like a slave to a house, bills and employers. At 35, he made a change. “I had a wake up call,” he explains, “that made me realize that what I really wanted was a simple homestead cabin and to eliminate my dependence on the system, so I could live sustainably while I pursued my dreams.” Tiny…
  • Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement

    Hunter Marshall
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence. Photo by Isaac Hsieh / Flickr. I met with Jean shortly after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As I approached her home for the first time, I was greeted by voluminous blue barrels at the bases of the gutters collecting rainwater from a passing storm. An attached hose snaked outwards toward a garden burgeoning into spring. Conservation burial grounds transform cemeteries into nature preserves. She welcomed me inside with a warm smile that offset the cool air in her minimally heated home. As a visiting nurse, I actively observe…
  • A New Story for a New Economy

    David Korten
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Those who follow my work are aware that I believe a viable human future depends on navigating a deep cultural and institutional transformation grounded in a story of unrealized human possibility. For the past two years, I’ve been on a quest to frame a story that reflects the depth and breadth of human knowledge and points the way to an essential cultural and institutional transformation of our human relationships with one another and Earth. The quest has led to a simple self-evident truth with deep roots in traditional wisdom cultures: We humans are living beings birthed and nurtured by a…
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  • Drought and desperadoes in the New Old West

    Christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    David Helvarg on the latest Wild West stand-off in The Progressive: Cliven Bundy, whose family’s been ranching in Bunkerville near Las Vegas since 1877 thanks to the federal Homestead Act and whose hundreds of supporters, including armed supporters, recently won a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along Highway 15 in southern Nevada, doesn’t look like Bill Murray, but his scene strongly reminds me of Groundhog Day. When he tells Fox News that sheriffs across the country need to disarm federal agents and tells Glenn Beck that the federal government does not own public lands…
  • Start a herd of heritage cattle!

    Christine
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Please pass the word along to friends & family and help us get these cattle placed. Due to the extended drought in the American west, the Albaugh registered herd of Native Milking Shorthorns located in Nevada will be reduced before the end of April. This is a rare opportunity to purchase some of the finest Native Shorthorns in the country. They have proven superior meat qualities verified by independent lab testing and are 100% grass genetics that fatten and finish on grass. The cattle have been selected to be extremely gentle natured and the cows still retain excellent milk production.
  • Fwd: MEDICINAL AND EDIBLE PLANT WALK: Hike led by Susan Marynowski – claudiam@cinemaverde.org – Cinema Verde Mail

    Claudia Lievano
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
     WHAT We will wander to examine the food and medicine that is right beneath our feet and over our heads! We will find, learn to identify, discuss, and sample common seasonal weeds-both native and non-native-that can be used for their nutritional and medicinal properties. The usefulness of knowing plant families will be discussed. We will also learn why it can be important to include wild foods in the diet. Susan Marynowski M.S. grew up in north Florida. She holds degrees from UF in fine arts and wildlife ecology, with an emphasis in public education. Susan has pursued a passionate interest…
  • Florida Film Festival Rocks! | Cinema Verde

    Trish Riley
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Finally made it to Florida Film Festival in Orlando…ten days, 170 films at three theaters in Maitland, just north of Winter Park and the metropolis of Orlando. via Florida Film Festival Rocks! | Cinema Verde.
  • Toxic Waters, Part 2: Focus Should Be Clean Up, Not Do Not Eat, Tribal Leaders Say

    Claudia Lievano
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    For years the many contaminants in Washington State waterways have prompted the state’s Department of Health to issue official warnings against eating Washington fish too frequently. Washington currently has fish consumption advisories issued throughout the state. via Toxic Waters, Part 2: Focus Should Be Clean Up, Not Do Not Eat, Tribal Leaders Say – ICTMN.com.
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  • The Philly Farm and Food Fest: Local, Organic, Sustainable Family Fun (Ticket Giveaway!)

    robin elton
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
      I’m so excited! Something came up last year and we couldn’t make the Philly Farm & Food Fest. This year we received a pair of press passes and I can’t wait to check out the local & sustainable exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers and (yay!) beers. The Philly Farm & Food Fest takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 13th. Kids under 12 get in free, and there’s plenty to do that’s just for them:  watch Watermelon Magic, a family friendly film, and then make & take a craft;…
  • Add These to Your Netflix Queue to Help Spark A Love of Math, Science, Nature

    robin elton
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ― Carl Sagan   I’ve been working with Netflix as a member of the Netflix Stream Team; this month the theme was Science Fair inspiration. But to tell the truth, I couldn’t get into the idea of talking about our Science Fair ordeal this year— I tried— I’d much rather keep it upbeat Maybe I’ll tell that story once time has taken out some of the sting. BUT I do love Netflix as a prodigious resource to foster an interest in not only science, but math and nature. There are TONS of shows, movies and…
  • Stand Up for Safer Chemicals. Sign the Petition to #FightToxins

    robin elton
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones— we had better know something about their nature and their power. -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring   * This post is sponsored by Seventh Generation through Mom Bloggers for Social Good. All opinions are my own.* Rachel Carson was talking about pesticides, but it doesn’t stop there. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the US that have never been fully tested for toxicity. We’re talking in our kids’ toys, in our furniture and…
 
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  • Pistachios could power an entire new “eco-city” in Turkey

    Tafline Laylin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Turkey is floating plans to build a new “eco-city” in the southeastern corner of the country, near the border of Syria, and green building experts from Gaziantep want to use energy from burning pistachio shells to keep it running. The new 3,200 hectare city for roughly 200,000 residents would be located roughly six miles outside of Gaziantep in the province of the same name. This is a historic city, one of the oldest continuously habited communities in the country, that is world renowned for its pistachio production. In fact the word pistachio means “Antep nut,”…
  • IDE Technologies aims for a fleet of floating water desalination plants in three years

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Barge-mounted desalination plants aren’t unique – the Saudis first deployed them in 2008 – but Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd. and Japanese shipbuilders have a plan to take offshore floating desalination to a whole new level. Fresh water is an unbelievably rare resource across the globe – one in six people lack access to clean water and more than 3.4 million people die each year because of its scarcity. Even in places where water is plentiful, it may be contaminated, or the existing infrastructure may be ill-equipped to deliver sufficient resources to swelling…
  • Qatar axes four of 12 solar-powered World Cup 2022 stadiums

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Qatar plans to spend roughly $200 billion to prepare for the hundreds of thousands of fans who are expected to show up for the 2022 World Cup – a sum that appears to be four stadiums more than the Emirate can afford. In its original FIFA bid, Qatar pledged to build nine new stadiums and refurbish an additional three to ensure adequate space for one of the world’s most popular sporting events. The stadiums, it was said, would be constructed with state-of-the art technology that would incorporate solar power to cool interiors since temperatures are particularly high in the summer.
  • The 200 fruitarians who find this country to be their Garden of Eden

    Karin Kloosterman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Vegetarians criticise meat eaters for giving the world cow farts (greenhouse gases) and for making animals endure unspeakable suffering. Vegawarians criticize both for not seeing the middle ground. Vegans take on all three groups saying that no animal products should be consumed by us humans, but there is another level of food piety: fruitarian. When you think “Middle East” grilled lamb kebabs might come to mind. Other strange delights dangle on the Middle Eastern menu including sheep testicles. But in Israel, the land of milk and honey and meat, about 2.5 percent of the…
  • “Driverless” Tesla electric car will test run on Israel’s Better Place grid

    Maurice Picow
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    In the aftermath of the demise of Shai Agassi’s Better Place electric car network company,  EV car purchasers in Israel feared they might become stranded due to not being able to recharge or exchange their car’s lithium batteries. Will Tesla, who said they wouldn’t, swoop in? Rumors have circulated that Tesla Motors, manufacturers of high priced electric sports cars, might soon be introducing their cars into Israel to take advantage of the electric car infrastructure already set up by Better Place. This rumor became ever stronger due to a partnership between California…
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  • Natural Resources Drive Employment Growth in Canadian Cities

    donnelly_b
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    I was reading Wendy Waters’ All About Cities blog this morning and I came across two interesting charts showing employment growth across Canadian cities. The first chart shows total employment growth over the last year and the second chart shows employment growth over the past 10 years.read more
  • Green Buildings: 300 Lafeyette Street

    TCaine
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Current efforts in sustainability can be divided into one of two groups. The first group is trying to add efficiency and/or decrease the negative impact of the way that we do things now. The second group is changing a paradigm, archetype or cultural norm in order to operate in a more sustainable way.read more
  • Art for Public Spaces: Why Do Cities Need Public Art? [VIDEO]

    SWA Group
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    A recent study by Americans for the Arts reported that each year the government provides four billion dollars to nonprofit arts organizations. In return, the arts industry generates nearly 30 billion dollars in revenue. Undoubtedly, cities are recognizing that public art is a driving force in the economy.read more
  • How Can Cities Improve Their Resilience?

    The Dirt
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    “Urban resilience can be defined as the capacity of the system of cities to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what acute shocks occur,” said Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation at the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.read more
  • The Bike-Share Repor:: Connectivity and Bike Lanes Key to Successful Bike-Sharing

    EMBARQ
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    How important are bike lanes to successful bike-sharing programs? Judging by some bike-share maps, it might be not at all. Surprisingly, very few online maps that show the distribution of bike-share docking stations include bike lane networks.read more
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  • Reflecting on A Sustainable Planet: Earth Day 2014

    katie
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    April 22, 2014 is just one more day in one more year that our Earth has survived with all of us living here. Year after year, our planet provides us with natural resources that light, fuel, and energize our lives. April 22 is Earth Day—the anniversary of the modern environmental movement’s beginning on April 22, 1970 Earth Day began in 1970 as a way of reminding our global community why the planet is so important—amidst the Vietnam War, the launch of All My Children, the Beatles’ 12th album, the New York Knicks’ first NBA Championship, the uprise of Basque terrorism in Spain… it…
  • Mentionable Monday: Volunteers Light Lives with Solar

    katie
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, Nokero wanted to honor all partners and non-profit distributors of solar products worldwide. From cricket stars in Sri Lanka to family movements in South Sudan to religious groups in Haiti, people travel across the world to distribute Nokero solar products to people in need. Nokero works with NGOs, foundations, government agencies, and CSR programs to purchase solar products at the lowest possible prices and then assist with shipping and logistics to ensure that products reach a network of willing volunteers. Without the hard work, passion, and…
  • Mentionable Monday: What Would You Do With an Extra $85 Every Year?

    katie
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Elizabeth lives in the slums surrounding Nairobi. She is a widowed grandmother in her mid-50s who lives in a metal shack with two rooms—a bedroom/kitchen and a living room, divided by a sheet. She keeps her prized possessions on a mantle in the corner of her living room, which includes a laminated photo collage of her children and a solar light bulb. Elizabeth’s pride and dignity radiate through her eyes as she talks about how her life was changed by finally having clean, affordable light in her home each night. The small light is bright enough to light her home without smoke, and it…
  • Which lasts longer? A light bulb or a light bulb?

    katie
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Which lasts longer? A light bulb or a light bulb? Well it depends on what kind of light bulb. In short, a solar light bulb lasts longer than a fluorescent light bulb. Read on to find out why and to see who else has already figured this out, including a famous actor, a group of youth entrepreneurs, international NGOs and relief agencies, and a world renowned soccer star… What do the above people have in common? They all choose to turn off electricity but keep the lights on—with Nokero solar light bulbs. First, why did they do this? The technological jargon: Our solar lights use…
  • Mentionable Monday: Ed Begley Jr. Uses Solar to Brighten His LEED Platinum Home

    katie
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In the Los Angeles area of California it can be difficult to take a step back from the chaos and create a movement that betters our world as a whole. But, actor/director/activist Ed Begley Jr. has done just that through his environmental advocacy. Ed’s most recent endeavor is to create a LEED Platinum house in Studio City, California. LEED Certification, or “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” recognizes best building practices and strategies for construction projects that aim to be as environmentally conscious as possible. The U.S. Green Building Council offers advice…
 
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Can your kids be friends?

    Calley Pate
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Do your kids fight? Do they argue over the silliest things? Do they drive you insane with their petty jealousy? Maybe it’s time for a family vacation! My kids are almost 6 years apart in age so the sibling dynamics are much different than me and my brother. My brother and I are only 18mo apart and most people confused us as twins when we were little. My brother was my best friend growing up. That was before the age of computers, iPads and cell phones when we actually went outside and played with our neighborhood friends. We didn’t always get along, I guess that’s part of…
  • MightyNest Earth Day Challenge & Giveaway

    Calley Pate
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Will you take the MightyNest Earth Day Challenge with me? Take the Mighty Nest Challenge for Earth Day! Putting toxic chemicals under your arms stinks!  That’s why MightyNext, an internet retailer of extraordinarily high quality and safe products for your home and family, asked me to put non-toxic Pit Paste to the test.  Find out why you should use a natural deodorant, then take the pledge below.  Your pits will thank you, and you could win a Happy Pit Pack from MightyNest! Yesterday in my, Got Stinky Pits, article I explained that I haven’t used a ‘traditional’…
  • Got Stinky Pits?

    Calley Pate
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Did you know that there are hidden toxins in most deodorants?  It’s been years since I put a traditional deodorant on, most of the ones you find at the grocery store or big box store contain aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and other toxins.  There are other options that aren’t laden with these hidden toxins that are equally as effective. The brand I’ve used the longest is by Balm! Baby, a brand out of Hawaii.  Their natural deodorant, Thinc Skin Pits!, is packed full of herbally infused Hawaiian oils, shea butter and essential oils.  It offers up to…
  • #GCDC2014 Twitter Party & Prizes

    Calley Pate
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s almost here, the 4th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at 11am (local time).  To help build up some excitement about the diaper change we’ve decided to host a special Earth Day GCDC Twitter Pre-Party to celebrate and get the word out about the local events in your area. Is there a Great Cloth Diaper Change in your area?  You can check the map on their “Find a Location” page of the GCDC website. …and we have prizes!! Please join us on Twitter Tuesday night, April 22nd (Earth Day) from 9-10pm ET for the #GCDC2014…
  • Peeps Bunny Trail Mix

    Calley Pate
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Peeps Bunny Trail Mix #peepsonality What do you do with a big box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) if you don’t want your kids to eat them all in one day?  Cook and make snacks of course!  I’m always looking for fun ways to include some sweet treats for the kids without going overboard on the sugar.  With Easter just around the corner, I know we’ll all be trying to ration the sugar to the little ones. This recipe could be modified any way you like.  We used some of the cereals that we had in the pantry already and added a few snacks and sweets to make it fun and…
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  • How local governments can take congestion pricing from concept to reality

    Heshuang Zeng
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Although congestion pricing is often a contentious issue, its ability to decrease congestion and air pollution while increasing revenue for sustainable transport projects makes it a policy many cities find worth pursuing. Photo by Zhou Ding/Flickr. Few urban policies have been as contentious or as fruitful as congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a travel demand management policy that charges a fee for vehicles that enter a certain urban area or a certain street during specific periods of time. It aims to relieve traffic congestion, reduce air pollution and generate revenue for urban…
  • Challenges in managing the motorized two-wheeler sector in India

    Radha Chanchani
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    As the two-wheeler sector continues to expand in India, researchers study the demographics of two-wheeler users and their possible role in promoting sustainable mobility. Photo by Meghana Kularni/Flickr.” With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. As a private transport mode, two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, maneuverability, and ease of parking in congested conditions. While two-wheelers provide several…
  • Friday Fun: Calling all innovators to the Powerful Answers Award

    Rachel Jaffe
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Entrepreneurs passionate about using technology to solve difficult transport problems have the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr. Do you have an idea that could radically change the world, if only you were given the resources to bring it to fruition? Do you see challenges with sustainability, health, or transport in your community and want to solve them through technological platforms? Verizon Wireless is launching the second edition of its Powerful Answers Award to give passionate innovators the chance to make their ideas real and advance technology…
  • The bike-share report: Connectivity and bike lanes key to successful bike-sharing

    Peter Midgley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Safe, connected bike lanes in New York City fosters use of the city’s bike-share systems. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr. Peter Midgley joins us as the author of the Bike-share report series, exclusive to TheCityFix. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bike-sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bike-sharing systems since 2007. Peter formerly worked as the Urban Mobility Theme Champion for the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP). The previous post in this series focused on lessons from the collapse of the Bixi system. How important are bike lanes…
  • In photos: Walking in Bangalore reveals the plight of pedestrians

    Dario Hidalgo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Thin sidewalks and a lack of dividers between pedestrians and cars often makes it uncomfortable and unsafe for those using sidewalks. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle, most commonly a two-wheeler. The local administration has responded to this rapid growth and increased motorization by quickly building and expanding roads…
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  • Earth Day 2014: Newegg and Give Back Box Celebrate Earth Day with New Initiative

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Newegg today announced a new initiative in its official brand partnership with Give Back Box. Together, the companies provide Newegg’s customers the convenience of donating household items, including gently used clothing, shoes, etc. directly to a non-profit charity to make a major difference in the life of another. Using Give Back Box is simple. Customers simply place the things they no longer want or need in the Newegg shipping box they just received, seal the box, attach the included pre-paid shipping label and ship as usual. If a box arrives…
  • Earth Day 2014: KYOCERA Invests in Solar Projects Valued at $38M

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Scottsdale, AZ – April 21, 2014 – Kyocera today announced plans to invest in a tax equity partnership for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects valued at $38 million in New York state, leveraging the 30% federal energy investment tax credit. As part of the investment, Kyocera has also entered into an agreement with U.S. Light Energy (USLE) to utilize high-quality, dependable Kyocera solar modules on all installations. USLE (formerly New York Light Energy) is in the final stages of installing 9.4 megawatts (MWDC) of PV systems, with the expectation that the installations…
  • Earth Day 2014: Apple to Launch Recycling Program Globally

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Apple to Launch Recycling Program Globally (via Apple Gazette) What do you do with old, unused Apple products? If you’re like me, working devices usually go through the hand-me-down process. There’s always someone who can use a secondhand iPhone, laptop, or iPad. But what if the device no longer works? How…
  • Earth Day 2014: Carnival Will Meet Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    MIAMI (April 21, 2014) – In honor of Earth Day and the importance of year-round environmental awareness, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, today announced it will meet its goal to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent.  This goal was established by the company as part of Carnival’s ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact from its operations. To meet this goal, Carnival and its 10 brand lines around the world have developed, and continue to develop, aggressive…
  • 8 Things You Can Do To Celebrate Earth Day 2014!

    Guest Post
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    8 Things You Can Do To Celebrate Earth Day 2014! (via Honey Colony) By Maryam Henein, HoneyColony Prior to 1970, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.  In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to call attention to the importance of protecting our…
 
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  • Green Buildings: 300 Lafeyette Street

    T. Caine
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    Our culture’s current efforts in sustainability can usually be divided into one of two groups. The first group is trying to add efficiency and/or decrease the negative impact of the way that we do things now. Given its inherent benefit of requiring minimal change to the way people are already operating, this method is unsurprisingly popular. Examples include hybrid cars, LED light bulbs or printer paper with recycled content. These products help mitigate the negative repercussions of our current lifestyle. The second group is changing a paradigm, archetype or cultural norm in order to…
  • Buckeyes Banning LEED

    T. Caine
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Ohio State Senate has been prompting media chatter by its support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, which would ban the use of the United States Green Building Council’s LEED v4 building rating system on state funded projects. I have commented before on both the strengths and short comings of LEED, but the vast majority of architects that I know agree that LEED’s benefits outweigh its drawbacks. I tend to find that those who criticize LEED the most are those that are either looking for a silver bullet solution or are weighing the system’s effectiveness on only a…
  • The UAE’s Hybrid Solar Plant: Shams 1

    T. Caine
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:26 am
    As the portion of our power that comes from renewable energy continues to grow, these technologies will need to continue to evolve in order to mitigate some of their inherent infrastructural challenges–namely intermittency. Despite the fact that solar power has progressed leaps and bounds since its inception in terms of efficiency, it shouldn’t be mistaken for a mature technology on par with things like the internal combustion engine. Solar still has plenty of room to grow and continue to make its inclusion into the grid more attractive to utilities and easier to integrate. Part…
  • How Can We Make Sustainability Matter to Youth?

    T. Caine
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:07 am
    This was the question posed to a panel at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014. Comprised of educators, scholars and students, the group floated ideas for how sustainability cannot only gain exposure to students in their educational career, but ingrain its importance at an earlier age to make subsequent generations better equipped to deal with the environmental and societal challenges we face. The panel spoke at length about the need for promoting awareness surrounding sustainability to the education of all ages. There’s nothing to disagree with there. In looking at my own…
  • Circling Sustainability

    T. Caine
    5 Feb 2014 | 6:35 am
    This forum continues to vet the definition of sustainability and how it differs from public perception inside and outside of the United States. For most of us, I would argue that our understanding of its underlying concept and its resulting associations is a stark divergence from its true meaning. This discrepancy is at least partly to blame for our lethargic rate of progress on environmental issues. At least part of the blame rests on the fact that we live in a age where circulating information is incredibly easy, even the wrong information. A colleague recently sent me this graphic–a…
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  • Giveaway: Your Choice of Earrings from Green Tree Jewelry! Ends 5/5

    Melissa Dion
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Enter to win a pair of gorgeous wooden earring. Over 30 styles to pick from! Giveaway: One of our lucky readers will win a beautiful pair of Green Tree Jewelry Earrings!Green Tree Jewelry earrings are laser cut and made from a very thin strong multi-layered sustainable wood. The coloring is stained into the wood with a non-toxic natural dye. All earring findings are silver-plated surgical steel and nickel-free for sensitive ears. Vegan. Made in the USA. Entries go in the Rafflecopter form below:a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • New Arrivals: Urban Lace Recycled Microfiber Bracelets

    Melissa Dion
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Urban Lace Cobblestone Bracelet - Blue$30  Urban Lace Cobblestone Bracelet - Sunshine$30  Urban Lace Reflection Bracelet - Red$30  Urban Lace Reflection Bracelet - Lime$30  Made from Ultrasuede, a fabric that uses 100% Recycled Ultra-micro fiber from post industrial fabric waste and finished with nickel pearl prong snaps. Urban Lace products are handcrafted and made in Portland, OR. Ultrasuede is soft, plush and has a sensual fee. It is durable, washable, colorfast and spot cleanable. It is also a Vegan, cruelty free…
  • New Arrival: Recycled Tee Summer Scarves

    Melissa Dion
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Pink/Grey$20    Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - White$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Yellow$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Brown$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Lady Bug$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Coral$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Pink$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Coral/White$20 Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Flag $20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Navy$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Off White$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Cat$20  Recycled Tee…
  • New Arrival: Spring Mata Traders Fair Trade Jewelry

    Melissa Dion
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Mata Traders Tassel Earrings$15  Mata Traders Blue Earrings$12  Mata Traders Bonsai Necklace$20  Mata Traders Folk Necklace$22  Mata Traders Malabar Necklace$24  Mata Traders Ottoman Earrings$12 Mata Traders products are original designs handmade in India and Nepal by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that practice fair trade principles. This means that the producers are paid a livable wage in safe and fair conditions, and do their work at home and in small workshops rather than factories.  Services like…
  • Join us at Worcester VegFest this Sunday!

    Melissa Dion
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Join us on Sunday, April 6 from 11am-5pm at the DCU Center for the largest vegetarian festival in our area. 100+ exhibitors. FREE admission. Free street parking. Food samples or buy a full lunch.  Make sure you stop by the Ecolissa table and check out our eco-friendly accessories!
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Brandis’ 'authoritarian' climate game

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    AAP/Stefan Postles Just before Easter, attorney-general George Brandis appeared in the UK libertarian free speech magazine Spiked to attack the Greens and Labor over a variety of issues. He singled out climate change as a field that has been commandeered by: …the authoritarianism of those who would have excluded from the debate the point of view of people who were climate change deniers. Labor’s former climate change minister, Penny Wong, is singled out for having declared that “the science is settled”, which Brandis labels as: …ignorant … medieval … the approach of these true…
  • Energy-smart appliances cut Australian power bills by billions

    Alan Pears AM, Sustainable Energy & Climate Researcher at RMIT University
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The latest review of Australia’s energy-saving appliance scheme has delivered a rare trifecta: a good news story for the economy, the community and the environment. According to my estimates from data in the Department of Industry review, the value of energy saved in Australia last year alone was around A$3.2 billion. Of this, some A$2.7 billion was saved by households. The Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program aims to reduce energy use by household and business appliances, through the use of energy labels and enforceable standards for energy use. This latest review found that in 2013,…
  • Which transport is the fairest of them all?

    Cameron Gordon, Associate Professor of Economics at University of Canberra
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:23 pm
  • With a bullet: China's high-speed rail dream begins to take flight

    Chris Hale, Lecturer, Department of Infrastructure Engineering at University of Melbourne
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
  • Taking stock of the opportunities and risks with landscape carbon

    Randall Donohue, Research scientist, Land and Water at CSIRO
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
 
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    Green Conduct

  • 5 Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle for Your Wallet and Environment

    alicebenny
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle Considering investing in a hybrid vehicle? Now is a great time to learn about this exciting technology and how the benefits of driving a hybrid vehicle can benefit you, your bank account and the environment. You’re already taking the right first step by doing your research, so read on to see how the facts about hybrid vehicles indicate that they’re an increasingly smart choice with each passing year. From fuel economy and emissions, to safety and resale value, hybrids are the most exciting vehicles on the market today. Benefits of Driving a…
  • 3 Eco Resolutions Any Family Can Keep to Live Greener Life

    alicebenny
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Make a resolution to keep your resolutions. Whether you’re hoping to make changes in your body (lose those 10 pounds!), your mind (finally learn Chinese!) or your home (start recycling!), begin by creating a realistic list of goals. When it comes to living a greener life, start with these three simple eco resolutions anyone can keep: 3 Eco resolutions Live Greener Life Rethink Your Shopping Bag According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year — and the majority of them do not get recycled. Make…
  • Planning to Invest? Choose Eco-friendly Companies to Invest

    alicebenny
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    You may be one of those good people using light bulbs, solar power, eco-friendly appliances, and electric cars. But are you sure you need to stop here when it comes to doing the best for your planet? Do not forget that the dollars you invest in large corporations create an equal impact on the well-being of the environment. This indicates that no matter how small your investment is in a particular company, it can contribute directly to various changes in the overall environmental policies. This is where the significant role of your investments begin: Your investment is worth it if you choose…
  • “Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants” by Christopher Nyerges

    alicebenny
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    Hiking through the wilds of Alberta, Canada, last summer my husband and I munched on wild raspberries and thimbleberries as we came across them on the trail. As we walked and snacked, we would speculate if the products of the land could sustain human life and for how long. Now that I have encountered “Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants” by Christopher Nyerges, I know that the answer is, “Yes.” However, I would not want to depend on feeding myself without this excellent book as a guide. Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants Nyerges’ book supports a variety of groups: campers,…
  • Starting an Eco-Friendly Business can take many forms

    alicebenny
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Eco-Friendly Business True environmentalism begins at home, but now many people are saying that it could also start in the workplace. The concept of an eco-friendly workplace used to be a rare phenomenon, but is now becoming more commonplace as increasing numbers of workforces are embracing environmental causes. In some cases, entrepreneurs are setting up their businesses to be eco-friendly before they’ve even conducted their first transaction. Defining Your Eco-Friendly Business Eco-friendly businesses can take many forms, and don’t necessarily have to be focused on providing overtly…
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  • 7 ways to reuse and recycle shoes

    Mrs Green
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Zero hero Louay contacted me last week and said: “I have some shoes that are beyond giving to charity shops and so wondered if you knew of any way to recycle them?” Now I’m not sure what happens to shoes that are beyond wearing if you put them in a textiles bank – does anyone […]
  • Six ways to reuse laundry detergent dosing balls

    Mrs Green
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Got a collection of laundry liquid dosing balls? Here's how to reuse them!
  • How to upcycle a plastic tennis ball container

    Mrs Green
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    Grandma Green upcycles a plastic tube into a vase!
  • feeding garden birds – the zero waste way

    Mrs Green
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Last week I talked about the idea of donating household items – things that might otherwise be thrown away – to birds for nesting material! This week I want to talk about how birds can help us reduce food waste. The RSPB recommend we now feed garden birds throughout the whole year; not just during […]
  • We’re the Guardian “Live Better” Blog of the Week! @GdnLiveBetter

    Mrs Green
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:38 am
    How excited am I? The Guardian have launched a seven month digital project called “Live Better” which is focused around sustainability. Each month, they’ll focus on a different area of sustainability and over the course of the project they are running a feature called Blog of the Week. My Zero Waste is proud to be […]
 
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Portlandia and The 5 Rs: From Refuse to Recycle

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A few years ago I thought a new show coming to IFC – loosely based on my city – would be funny, probably unpopular with non-locals, and really all those things that come along with a tv show shooting in your area. Instead, people forget what the point of satire is and I’ve seen misconceptions, derision, and local frustration.  On occasion it hits upon something that is a part of the larger Northwest culture. Portland is a weird place and we have placed value on things that many other places have not yet. It can make us great and the reason why so many of us love it…
  • Green Sisterhood Etsy Handmade Giveaway

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2013 | 11:01 pm
    2013 has been incredible for Green Sisterhood and we owe our success to your support! And we want to show our appreciation so we are sponsoring a mega handmade giveaway for the holiday! I am choosing to forgo gifts in my own family this year and we are focusing on experiences instead, but this Etsy giveaway is too good to pass up! Buying handmade is the most eco-friendly way to shop and we are thrilled to introduce these eco-friendly goodies from the handmade community on Etsy. So check out these shops and leave a comment (required) as to what other items you would like Santa to bring you.
  • Kickstarter Wednesday: Glasses! A Board Book

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    20 Nov 2013 | 9:45 am
    Readers of this blog know my three children wear glasses, and two have since they were tiny. Where this comes from we still have no idea, but one thing I know for certain is that I want a world that eliminates any stigma, stereotype, or challenges for children who wear glasses. That is what this Kickstarter from Ann Zawistoski is all about. Consider supporting this Kickstarter and read through to the bottom for more detailed information on how this book project came to be.   Ann Zawistoski is a mama on a mission. She says of her latest project… Zoe [her…
  • Leaving to Get Well

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Oct 2013 | 9:38 am
    All my bags are packed I’m ready to go I’m standin’ here outside your door I hate to wake you up to say goodbye But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn Already I’m so lonesome I could die So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane Don’t know when I’ll be back again Oh baby, I hate to go   I left once – nearly two weeks ago now – and I am doing it again.
  • Ginger Goodness: Ginger Zucchini Muffin Recipe

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    3 Oct 2013 | 6:45 am
    Ginger Love (and Muffins) I adore ginger. I suffer from a myriad of maladies that all culminate in a queasy stomach, let alone the three times I was pregnant and had all day, whole pregnancy sickness! I learned quickly just how important ginger products were. Plus, it’s just plain good for you. So, it is my honor to share this fantastic gingerrifc recipe with you! Healthy & Scrumptious Ginger Zucchini Muffins 2013-10-02 18:13:40 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 cup unbleached white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1 T baking powder ¼ cup The Ginger People®…
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    DC Bureau » Natural Resources News Service

  • Chanute Air Force Base – the Air Force’s Legacy of Lies in the Heartland

    Bob Bajek
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    US Geological Survey photograph of the former Chanute Air Force Base, 2008 RANTOUL, IL – Chanute Air Force Base, closed for more than two decades, remains an environmental threat to the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents. It is a case study of how the Air Force and Pentagon use their national security clout to break agreements that can break local communities. Chanute’s History The United States Army decided in 1917 that East Central Illinois was the ideal location for its third training airfield to support the World War I effort. It intended Chanute…
  • Supreme Court Refuses to Hear EPA Coal Case

    Rose Ellen O'Connor
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Mingo Logan WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear the Mingo Logan case, which revolves around whether the Environmental Protection Agency may veto a dumping permit already granted by the Army Corps of Engineers. The case now goes back to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. At issue is whether the EPA may stop Arch Coal from building a huge mountaintop mine in Logan County, W.Va.  St. Louis-based Arch Coal, one of the world’s largest producers of coal, according to its website, is the parent company of Mingo Logan Coal Co. Arch Coal’s Spruce…
  • CIA Cover Story Gives Birth to Deep Ocean Mining

    Robert Thomason
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
    K-129, surfaced-Azorian (top); Polymetallic Nodules (bottom, USGS) Resting deep on the seabed of the Pacific are two symbols of oceanic politics, one decaying as time ticks by; the other slowly growing at a pace measured in millions of years. The first symbol is the salvage site of Soviet submarine K-129. Once it prowled the seas with three nuclear missiles, but suddenly she and her crew were lost to the depths. After sinking mysteriously in 1968, the diesel-powered submarine became the object of an expensive and elaborate operation of the Cold War. The Central Intelligence Agency and Howard…
  • Geologist Says Feds Made “Incredible Error” Ignoring Huge N.Y. Salt Cavern Roof Collapse

    Peter Mantius
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:18 am
    The salt and storage wells of the Watkins Glen brine field lie 2,000 feet below the network of small roads just north of the US Salt plant on Seneca Lake in New York. The Village of Watkins Glen is just outside the picture to the south. In the 1960s, a 400,000-ton block of rock fell from the roof of an old salt cavern in the Finger Lakes region of New York — a cavity that new owners now want to reopen and use to store highly pressurized natural gas. The Midwestern energy company that seeks a federal permit for the storage project has denied knowing the roof failure ever happened. And the…
  • Ivy League University Votes To Dump Oil and Gas Investments

    Peter Mantius
    17 Dec 2013 | 7:46 am
    On Dec. 11, the Cornell University Faculty Senate adopted by a 43-13 vote a resolution calling for the school to divest by 2035 all its investments in the top 200 holding companies ranked by fossil fuel reserves. A similar resolution adopted by the Cornell Student Assembly in the spring had called for divestiture by 2020. “These reserves already comprise three to five times more than the total amount of fossil fuels that can be burned before exceeding the 2°C rise in mean global temperature that scientists and governments have agreed is the threshold for dangerous climate change,” eight…
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  • Earth Day 2014: Newegg and Give Back Box Celebrate Earth Day with New Initiative

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Newegg today announced a new initiative in its official brand partnership with Give Back Box. Together, the companies provide Newegg’s customers the convenience of donating household items, including gently used clothing, shoes, etc. directly to a non-profit charity to make a major difference in the life of another. Using Give Back Box is simple. Customers simply place the things they no longer want or need in the Newegg shipping box they just received, seal the box, attach the included pre-paid shipping label and ship as usual. If a box arrives…
  • Earth Day 2014: KYOCERA Invests in Solar Projects Valued at $38M

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Scottsdale, AZ – April 21, 2014 – Kyocera today announced plans to invest in a tax equity partnership for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects valued at $38 million in New York state, leveraging the 30% federal energy investment tax credit. As part of the investment, Kyocera has also entered into an agreement with U.S. Light Energy (USLE) to utilize high-quality, dependable Kyocera solar modules on all installations. USLE (formerly New York Light Energy) is in the final stages of installing 9.4 megawatts (MWDC) of PV systems, with the expectation that the installations…
  • Earth Day 2014: Apple to Launch Recycling Program Globally

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Apple to Launch Recycling Program Globally (via Apple Gazette) What do you do with old, unused Apple products? If you’re like me, working devices usually go through the hand-me-down process. There’s always someone who can use a secondhand iPhone, laptop, or iPad. But what if the device no longer works? How…
  • Earth Day 2014: Carnival Will Meet Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Guest Post
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    MIAMI (April 21, 2014) – In honor of Earth Day and the importance of year-round environmental awareness, Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise company, today announced it will meet its goal to reduce its rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipboard operations by 20 percent.  This goal was established by the company as part of Carnival’s ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impact from its operations. To meet this goal, Carnival and its 10 brand lines around the world have developed, and continue to develop, aggressive…
  • 8 Things You Can Do To Celebrate Earth Day 2014!

    Guest Post
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    8 Things You Can Do To Celebrate Earth Day 2014! (via Honey Colony) By Maryam Henein, HoneyColony Prior to 1970, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.  In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to call attention to the importance of protecting our…
 
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    Green Living, Whole Food Recipes, Reviews, Events

  • How will you celebrate Earth Day?

    momsgoinggreen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    How will you celebrate Earth Day today, and throughout the year? Take advantage of a full week of Earth Day activities at the Energy Innovation Center.  Visitors to the center during the week of April 21–25 will have the chance to tour the facility, attend a seminar, take home a drought-friendly plant, and more. Tour the center and learn about energy efficiency, solar energy, water conservation, and recycling Visit presentations throughout the center to learn about green and sustainable practices Tour the center’s water-wise walkway, living wall, and vegetable garden Attend one of the…
  • Family Fun: San Diego Earth Fair

    momsgoinggreen
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Join San Diego EarthWorks in Balboa Park for Earth Fair 2014. Come celebrate the 44rd anniversary of Earth Day! Sunday, April 27 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children’s Activity Area, entertainment venues, the Cleaner Car Concourse, and more. For details visit: www.earthdayweb.org
  • Review: Fruit Infusing Water Bottle

    momsgoinggreen
    28 Dec 2013 | 11:32 am
    I had a goal this year to up my water intake and stay hydrated. I’m a busy working mom and I often forget to drink enough water. I also don’t like the taste of plain water. I tend to drink with lemon or make iced tea. The Aqua Zinger was one of my favorite purchases in 2013. My favorite recipe is a sliver of fresh ginger, slice of cucumber & lemon! The stainless steel bottle has a bottom-mounted grinder that retains the ground pulp of your ingredients, but allows the pure extracted flavors to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen and infuse the water. All you need to do is…
  • Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

    momsgoinggreen
    21 Dec 2013 | 10:38 am
    These homemade gifts from your kitchen are sweet and savory, so you’ll find something for everyone on your list! Salted Caramel Chocolate Bark With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain chocolate into a divine treat with this chocolate bark recipe.   Ingredients 2 cups chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (or chips) 12 caramel squares 1 teaspoon water, divided 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon Directions Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles.) Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir,…
  • Custom Chalkboard Creations: Kid-Friendly Holiday DIY Projects

    momsgoinggreen
    20 Dec 2013 | 5:01 am
    {Today’s Guest Post is by Angelo DiGangi} Long gone are the days of only being able to find a green chalkboard in a classroom. Ever since chalkboard paint became available off the shelf, individual chalkboards have been popping up everywhere. Indeed, not only can you make your own little chalkboards by applying this handy little paint to virtually any surface, but you can also tint it yourself to create a veritable rainbow of shades! With these advancements in mind, let’s look at a way to bring chalkboard paint full circle – back to the classroom by involving the kids and on to…
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    CleanTechies

  • Zoning Laws Stop Wind Farm Development

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The application of zoning laws, many of which date to the 1920s are bringing alternative energy projects to a halt in 2014. In a recent New York case, the Town of Allegany issued a special use permit to a landowner on July 11, 2011, allowing it to construct a wind farm. The Town notified the landowner that its permit would “expire if construction has not commenced within a year of approval.” On June 11, 2012, the Town extended the deadline “until the earlier of” one year or 90 days after the “conclusion of the” lawsuit commenced against the Town by a citizens’ group, Concerned…
  • Community Solar Gardens Sprouting in Minnesota

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    On April 7, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission resoundingly rejected (click the link for an annotated ruling) a severely lacking community solar gardens proposal from Xcel Energy and required substantial improvements for the utility’s revised filing. The regulatory smack-down means a promising community solar market for Minnesota (scroll down for the infographic version). The Basics Advocates worked hard to make it easy to establish community solar projects, and the following basic rules apply: Minimum of 5 subscribers (who cannot own more than 40% of output, each) Minimum 200 Watt…
  • Confused About How to Develop a Microgrid?

    Elisa Wood
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’d like to develop a microgrid for your business, campus or community, but don’t know where to start, you’re not alone. In the US, the race is on to build these mini-grids that can keep the power flowing when the larger grid goes down. But it’s a race without a pathway or clear rules in many states. Regulators appear to be chasing the market more than guiding it. Often a green energy leader, California recognized this problem and outlined solutions in a recent white paper issued by the California Public Utilities Commission Policy & Planning Division. “The question is not…
  • Living the Green Life – Celebrate Earth Day

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Earth Day is a great time to think about how you and your family can do more to live the green life. In this episode of Living the Green Life,  find out some simple things you can do this Earth Day to make an impact as a family.
  • Massive Data Crunch Shows Steady Rise in Warmer Days

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The proportion of days in the United States that are warmer than the long-term average increased from 42 percent in 1964 to 67 percent today, according to an analysis of 3.2 million temperature anomalies over the last 50 years. Enigma.io, a New York City-based company that specializes in searches of information from public databases, examined data from 2,716 U.S. weather stations to track the temperature anomalies. The company found that since 1964, temperature anomalies characterized as warm or “strong warm” have increased by an average of .5 percent a year. Enigma’s data show, for…
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  • Are Organic Food Buyers Being Duped? New Study Says Yes, Big Time

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new report suggests our increased interest in organic food may be the result of “fear-mongering” and other tactics that have catapulted organic food into the fastest growing consumer food and lifestyle trend of all time. Sales of more than $35 billion in the U.S. and more than $63 billion worldwide, the organic food industry has experienced a 3,400-percent increase in sales in 24 years. But, reports Food Safety News, the research found that the organic industry’s “robust sales, they say, were built on the backs of American taxpayers with deceptive practices involving the U.S.
  • Simple and Effective Homemade Cleaners: Green Cleaning on a Dime

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    About six years ago I gradually said goodbye to the toxic cleaners I had grown up with at home. It became clear that even if I wasn’t swallowing poison, direct contact was a close and dangerous second. But most recently, I began to realize that many of the so-called green cleaners that I had replaced them with were either overpriced or greenwashed. The book “Homemade Cleaners, Quick-and-Easy Toxic-Free Recipes,” by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford is a handbook for helping people like me move away from store bought products to homemade cleaners that are effective and much less…
  • Raw Swiss Chard Salad Recipe with Cranberries, Almonds and Feta

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If raw Swiss chard seems like a strange sort of thing to serve for supper, consider that up until a few years ago, many would have said the same thing about kale! Swiss chard, when raw, has a great, toothsome texture and a lot of mineral flavor. Chard comes in a variety of colors; this will only serve to help add even more color to your salad! Bear in mind that the most colorful part — the ribs — can be quite tough when raw. Use slender ribs of Swiss chard for salads, and slice it very finely. Chard is chock full of health benefits, with more than 13 different polyphenol…
  • 29 New Non-GMO Verified Wines to Love

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In recent years, items from our grocery lists to our medicine cabinets to the cupboard under the sink have been converted to more natural counterparts. So let’s extend the same courtesy to our wine stocks! Thanks to Natural Wine Merchants, 29 imported wines from Europe have been non-GMO verified. It’s time to drink up! The announcement of the non-GMO challenge is in-line with the celebration of Earth Month this April. The Oregon- and Spain-based company is introducing the first European imported wines with this verification onto the American market. The Small Print Non-GMO wines…
  • Even the Green Version of Coffee Pods is Awful

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to drink a trashy coffee, make yours with coffee pods. It’s true. While they make a quick and easy brew, coffee pods also make a lot of waste. The amount of Keurig’s K-Cups alone is enough to wrap around the earth 10.5 times. But people are in love with coffee pod coffee, seduced by the promise of fast and easy, so it was only a matter of time before a company came up with an eco-friendly version of the coffee pod, now wasn’t it? Enter the EcoCup. Yes, a single-serve coffee pod that is apparently supposed to allow the environmentally conscious crowd brew their…
 
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    Planet Forward

  • 10 Alternative Ways to Use Honey

    Planet Forward
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Honey is staple in many pantries, but it can do more than just sweeten your tea. As you may know, at the Planet Forward blog we are always looking for new ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle, and part of that mission includes upcycling. Upcycling is the term used for taking something old and repurposing it into something new and useful. In our extensive sustainable living series we’ve shared with you how to repurpose: plastic bags, paper towel rolls, tin foil, old t-shirts, coffee cans, coffee grounds, tennis balls, potatoes, tea bags, ice cube trays, old…
  • Meatless Monday with Bucatini with Butter-Roasted Tomato Sauce

    Planet Forward
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Hello and welcome (back) to the Planet Forward for another flavor-packed edition of our vegetarian recipe share series. As you may be aware we took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. If you take the pledge you’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint, but your family will enjoy health benefits. Making a vegetarian recipe the whole family will enjoy can seem like an impossible task. That’s where we come in, as every week we share with you a new vegetarian or vegan dish to help take the…
  • Milk Carton Easter Bunny Basket Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Happy Easter weekend everyone! Today we wanted to celebrate with a holiday themed eco-friendly craft that will help the kids carry all their goodies from their Easter egg hunt. Therefore, we decided to make this adorable Easter bunny basket that promotes repurposing since it’s made from a milk or juice carton. Our eco-friendly craft today is courtesy of spoonful.com.  Let’s get Easter crafting. (photo: spoonful.com / FamilyFun Magazine) What you’ll need: •    Scissors or craft knife •    Half-gallon milk or juice carton •    Stapler •    Pastel…
  • 10 Alternative Ways to Use Your Hair Dryer

    Planet Forward
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Does your hair dryer seem like an appliance with one primary function? Today we’ll show you just how much your hair dryer can do for you. At the Planet Forward blog we are always looking for different ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle. In our extensive sustainable living series we’ve shared with you how to repurpose: plastic bags, paper towel rolls, tin foil, old t-shirts, coffee cans, coffee grounds, tennis balls, potatoes, tea bags, ice cube trays, old towels, wine bottles, wine corks, citrus scraps, mascara wands, pop can tabs, baking soda, old…
  • DIY Beauty with Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub

    Planet Forward
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sugar body scrubs, especially all natural ones, are expensive. Know that there is no need to spend your hard earned dollars on scrubs anymore because we’re found an amazing and luxurious one for you. Best of all you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it right now. Welcome back for the next entry in our DIY beauty series. At the Planet Forward blog we are always looking for new ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle, and using everyday household items in news way fulfills that mission. Cosmetics and toiletries are items that contribute in a large…
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  • On Earth Day: Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

    christine
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma Valley is part of the Sonoma Land Trust’s Wildlife Corridor Study In a post to celebrate Earth Day today, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, points out that the United States has many “firsts in conservation:” “We were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. “ To follow her lead, I am dedicating this post to honor…
  • Famous mountain lion illuminates plight of wildlife on urban edge

    christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Griffith Park Mountain Lion P-22 when he was healthy. Photo credit: National Park Service A celebrity lives in a park above the Hollywood Hills amid a thick cover of chaparral and oak woodlands. He has helped rally the public to understand the plight of wildlife living on the urban fringe. He goes by the name “P-22” as the 22nd mountain lion to wear a GPS radio-collar in a study by the National Park Service. Widely known as the “Griffith Park mountain lion,” P-22′s improbable existence on an island of nature in the high hills above Los Angeles gained widespread media…
  • Nancy Duarte: Transforming audiences to change the world

    christine
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    “Changing the world starts with transforming an audience, and an audience will only change if you resonate with them.” That was the advice of Nancy Duarte in her presentation at a gathering of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on April 4, 2014. Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California and the publisher of books on how to create engaging and memorable presentations that move audiences. Duarte’s clients have included politicians, thought leaders, nonprofit organizations…
  • Sunset sparks conversation about the future of water

    christine
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    Sierra Nevada rivers supply water to some parts of California. Shouldn’t we value every drop that comes out of our taps? (Photo of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park by Christine Sculati) California has endured many droughts as a state and has found ways to innovate in response to each dry spell. Indeed, the current drought – one of the worst in the state’s history – has sparked new conversations that went silent after the last major drought ended. We all tend to suffer amnesia when a crisis is not staring us in the face. In a time when…
  • Women who made history in Yosemite National Park

    christine
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Lucy Telles, also known as Pa-ma-has (1940s). Her innovations in Native American basket weaving had a lasting influence on Yosemite’s weavers. Source: San Joaquin Valley Library System Today is International Women’s Day. March is Women’s History Month. And the year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Yosemite National Park and the California State Park system. Yosemite was first protected as a state park — the first state park in the world — when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Considering that Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the…
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  • Releasing 1.5 Million Balloons For Charity In 1986 Cleveland. [Video]

    paul
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    YouTube: Cleveland, Ohio Balloon Launch – 1.5 Million Balloons! – 1986 Plan A was to light the Cuyahoga river on fire until the planners found out it had been done before. Ah, the dumbass 80′s. [G]
  • Tree Strikes Back – Falls On Guy Shooting At It. [Video]

    paul
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:25 pm
    After many shots fired, a lone tree fires back. Let the coup d’trees begins. [V]
  • Martin’s Beach – Green As Vinod Khosla Says Not As Vinod Khosla Does.

    paul
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    Photo link. “No one knows what Khosla plans to do with the land [at Martin's Beach], but everyone has a theory—the term ‘McMansion’ figures prominently, alongside guesses about luxury hotels and exclusive nature preserves.”From “Bummer Beach” If you’re friendly to ‘green’ causes and make ‘green’ investments, does that excuse you from any ‘green’ responsibility in your personal life? Check out “Bummer Beach” and read about Martin’s Beach surfers losing public access to public waters and Vinod…
  • SnapRays Guidelight – A Wall Outlet Cover With Integrated LED Nightlight. [Video]

    paul
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    It’s called the SnapRays Guidelight and it’s genius! The SnapRays Guidelight has a built-in sensor that activates the nightlight and according to its Kickstarter page, the nightlight-outlet only consumes $.10 of electricity per year. Also, the Guidelight cuts out the middleman (a separate nightlight) and it’s expected to last up to 25 years. One more bonus: the SnapRays Guidelight snap-installs in seconds and doesn’t require re-wiring. [Gizmodo]
  • Shark Rescue: Divers Remove Elastic Cord Around Shark’s Gills. [Video]

    paul
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:37 am
    YouTube: Amazing shark rescue What’s awesome about this video is that these divers cared enough to rescue a grey nurse shark with a elastic cord noose around its gills. What’s amazing about this video is how the divers figured out a safe way to cut the elastic cord around the shark’s gills without harming the shark. Fortunately, this shark didn’t suffer the same waste-induced fate as the birds on Midway Island. [Arbroath]
 
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    MightyNest

  • Dig it! Composting Reduces Food Waste

    Winnie Abramson
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you think about how much food waste goes from our kitchens into the landfill, it really makes sense to compost. Read guest blogger Winnie Abramson’s tips for easy and successful composting, then pledge to give it a try. Even if you're not a gardener, you'll be doing the earth a big favor, and you could win a Fresh Air countertop compost collector to get you started!  Over 30% of the food that’s produced on Earth goes to waste. Discarded food usually ends up in landfills. It’s a major cause of avoidable carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  Composting isn’t a solution to the…
  • How to jumpstart your fundraising by participating in a MightyNest for Schools Challenge

    dhschaffner
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Looking for ways your school can earn a sizeable amount of money without any parent even spending a dime? You've found it with MightyNest for Schools and our school challenges. Several times a year, we offer this unique way to build excitement for healthy living at your school, raise awareness about our fundraiser and build a supporter base going forward.  Westwood Elementary School in San Diego won a whopping $5000 in the MightyNest Back to School Challenge (Fall 2013). We asked Amber Stefanick, the leader of the MightyNest for Schools fundraiser for Westwood to inspire other…
  • 5 Wonder Plants That Make Your Home Healthier

    annie
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Adding air purifying plants to your home is just one of the simple but mighty actions you can take for a healthier home and planet in MightyNest for School’s Earth Day Challenge. Read how houseplants can literally breathe fresh air into your environment, then tell us which one you’d like to add to your indoor landscape. According to a study conducted by NASA (can you think of a place more in need of fresh air than a space station?), certain houseplants have the amazing superpower of improving indoor air quality. We know that adding houseplants increases oxygen levels inside…
  • Easter Eggs Dyed Naturally

    annie
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you dye Easter eggs with your family, you may have wondered if there's an alternative (other than a DIY approach) to the ultra bright and toxic colors available via grocery store dye kits. Well, there is! Eco-Kids makes a fabulous natural egg coloring kit. We  know there are folks who have great success making their own natural dyes from onion skins, beets, cabbage and blueberries but this kit is a GREAT go-to kit for those who prefer a little convenience while maintaining a safe, dependable and colorful outcome. The kit includes three natural dyes (orange, blue and purple), a…
  • One Simple Change: Revamp Your Pantry + A Kilner Jar Giveaway!

    Winnie Abramson
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Guest Post: This is the third post in a series excerpted from Winnie Abramson’s  book, One Simple Change. Consider her advice to do a little spring cleaning of your pantry shelves, then take the pledge below. You could win $100 of Kilner glass storage jars for your pantry, and $100 for your school!  In my book One Simple Change, I wrote quite a bit about clearing out the clutter from your life.  Winter is now officially behind us so it’s the perfect time to revisit this concept. Spring is a great time to focus on cleaning and organization.I am someone who is very…
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  • Follow The Money: Nuclear

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013. 2014-04-22 Source:  Follow the Money: Nuclear
  • Warren Buffett/google 407 Mw Wind

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Google has signed its largest clean power contract to date, . . . for 407 MW of wind power, with Iowa power company MidAmerican Energy, . . . to supply clean energy for Google’s data center in Iowa. Google made the announcement on its blog on Tuesday, which is Earth Day. . . . MidAmerican is largely owned by. . . . investor Warren Buffet’s holding company Berkshire Hathaway. 2014-04-22 Source:  Warren Buffett/Google 407 MW wind
  • Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2014

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Over 24,000 physicians in 25 specialties responded this year. 2014-04-22 Source:  Slideshow
  • What Will Disrupt The Energy Industry Next?

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Cheap semiconductors (that are lower tech than solar cells) . . . could be the key to converting heat into useable energy at, . . . . . . power plants, . . . . . . in appliances and . . . . . . even in vehicles. Thermoelectric power generation products are, . . . poised to flood the market over the next 5 years 2014-04-21 Source:  What will Disrupt the Energy Industry next?
  • Apple Computer Co, Energy Future

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Is this the "BEST" Office Building in the World? https://www.youtube....h?v=YBGx57T0IWM
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • How to Use Cheap Sensors and Mobile Phones to Make People Care About Energy Waste

    Chris Williams
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Visibility of energy use is not enough to get people to change their actions, we still need to find a way to make people care to compel them to act. At last week’s Cleanweb Hackathon in Boston, teams focused on combining hardware, software, and mobile devices to figure out how to make people care about regular energy issues. There were two pitches for lighting efficiency (LightOut) and water efficiency (Water Hero) that were particularly creative and compelling takes on how to make people address waste. The format of the hackathon was simple: Participants pitched ideas and got onto…
  • The Most Common Solar PPA Modeling Mistake, The Fix, and a Free Tool

    Chris Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    This article will address the most common error that developers and EPCs make when modeling commercial solar PPAs. The video below will discuss the problem, the solution, and provide a free tool you can download so you can work through the answer yourself. If you’re a developer interested in developing and owning your own solar project, click here sign up for the one hour webinar that Chris Lord will be running tomorrow at 2pm EST. The event is titled “How Commercial Solar EPCs can Develop and Own Their Own Solar Projects”. This article is part of a series common topics and…
  • Interview with Cory Honeyman, GTM Research Solar Analyst, on Emerging Trends in Residential and Commercial Solar

    Tom McCormack
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In this interview, GTM Research Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman provides some background on the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report and discusses trends in residential and commercial solar, including hard costs, important skills for salespeople, state incentives, common misconceptions, and financing. (The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.) Tom McCormack (TM): Can you give some background on the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report? Cory Honeyman (CH): The U.S. Solar Market Insight Report is a publication that we release with the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) on a…
  • How to Price the Risk of Cash Equity vs Tax Equity Positions in Solar Partnership Flips

    Chris Williams
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    This article is part of a series common topics and questions that professionals have about financing commercial solar projects. Chris Lord of CapIron provided some insights into pricing certain types of investor risk in partnership flips. Chris is a co-teacher of our Solar MBA which starts on Monday April 14th. Chris will also be presenting a webinar on Friday the 11th titled “How Commercial Solar EPCs can Develop and Own their Own Solar Assets”. Now onto the question. In a partnership flip, just how much riskier is the Cash Equity position, compared to the Tax Equity position?
  • How to Calculate the Buyout Price for Commercial Solar PPAs

    Chris Williams
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    This article is part of a series on common topics and questions that professionals have about financing commercial solar projects. Chris Lord of CapIron provided some insights into pricing certain types of investor risk in partnership flips. Chris is a co-teacher of our Solar MBA which starts on Monday April 14th. On Friday April 11th, he will be presenting a titled “How Commercial Solar EPCs can Develop and Own their Own Solar Assets”. Now onto the question. How do you calculate a buyout price for your host customer if they want to purchase the system in Year 7 or Year 5? You are…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • CrossFit Festivus Games 2014 Wrap Up

    paigewolf
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Back in March I wrote about why I signed up to do the Crossfit Festivus Games as an Intermediate (i.e. the highest level you can compete). And now I have completed my goal of finishing dead last. So why don’t I feel better about it? I came into this knowing that it would be some stiff competition. Basically, anyone who isn’t an Olympic Gold Medalist can qualify themselves as an Intermediate and no one is going to stop them. Sure, a good amount of the competitors were perfectly appropriate, Crossfitting for maybe a year or two. But for the most part these ladies came from a…
  • How Stonyfield Greek Fuels My Marathon of Life

    paigewolf
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    My husband is an actual marathon runner. (OK, half marathons for now). Me? I did one 5K and that was far enough for me to run in one go. However, I am all about mixing up long runs with jumping, climbing, and crawling through the mud. I guess I’m more of a roller coaster than Ferris wheel kind of girl. But I have seen the kind of effort and determination it takes to run a marathon. And, of course, this year’s Boston Marathon will be even more meaningful and poignant for the runners who take part in memory of last year’s devastating bombing. As the demand for spots in the…
  • Adopt-A-Classroom: Teachers Change Lives

    paigewolf
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Being a teacher can be a thankless job. Living in the midst of one of the largest school district crises our country has ever seen, I truly feel for my friends who give so much of themselves in the classrooms. I try to offer small ways to help both students and teachers, because I know that teachers change lives. Teachers spend money every year out of their own pocket, especially in underfunded areas like Philadelphia. According to one recent survey, teachers spent an average of $448 of their own money each year – and that seems like a low estimate compared to what I have seen. It is…
  • When Medical Mistrust Deters From Life-Saving Vaccinations

    paigewolf
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    With all the information coming at us about GMOs in food, hormone-disrupting chemicals in soap, and toxic flame-retardants in pajamas, it’s no wonder we don’t trust the government. The FDA isn’t protecting us from toxic chemicals. The EPA is watered down by political and corporate lobbyists. There are yoga mat chemicals in our bread and Flintstone vitamins are little more than high fructose corn-syrup in a Barney Rubble jelly mold. We are trained to read every ingredient and do hours of research before buying a bath toy. So it’s easy to see how the anti-vaccination has…
  • Giveaway: New Stonyfield YoBaby, YoToddler and YoKids Pouches

    paigewolf
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    My nine-month-old daughter is a mess. I struggle with whether it is greener to feed her with a bowl and spoon -  using umpteen wipes for clean-up while creating massive amounts of laundry – or just keep it clean and simple with a pouch and attachable reusable spoon. One of my favorite family brands, Stonyfield Organic, announces the launch of the first-ever refrigerated organic yogurt pouch.  Available in nine delicious flavors (even for adults), these pouches make eating yogurt fun, easy, and mess-free. Pouches are especially neater when on-the-go. Plus they are re-sealable, and even…
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  • 65,000 tonnes of dumped chemical weapons may now be leaking in the Baltic Sea

    sgrover
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    What would you do with 65,000 tonnes of dangerous chemical weapons? Given what we know now about marine pollution, your answer — I hope — would not be to dump the lot at the bottom of the ocean.   
  • 12 inspiring examples of macro flower photography

    jheimbuch
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    With spring in full bloom, it's a great time of year to brush up on your camera skills and capture the beauty of fresh flowers. Whether you're strolling through your own garden, enjoying a hike among wildflowers, or picking out favorites from a local flower shop to bring home, there are lots of ways to capture the beauty of flowers.
  • 8 common phrases we owe to Shakespeare

    jsavedge
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Ah, kids today.  They think they are the only ones who can come up with witty phrases and a playful use of words.     Selfie. Bling. Totes.   And don't forget the ever popular (and oh so creative,) O.M.G.   Little do these modern linguists know, but good ol' William Shakespeare was the king of slang and the inventor of word play.    
  • 8 frugal living fails: When being cheap goes bad

    melbreyer
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    "A backyard garden is a cheap hobby, but an expensive grocery store," notes a reddit user on the Frugal subreddit thread discussing "Frugal Failure" stories. Mishaps in which being resourceful goes terribly wrong have beset the best of us; we make an effort to save cash and end up spending far more than we might have in the first place had we just spent the money. 
  • Feast your eyes on the alien-like geysers of El Tatio

    photoblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    All photos: Owen Perry
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    Greener Ideal

  • Have a Compassionate Easter With These Fun Ideas

    Chrissy Spallone
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Most families enjoy keeping and sharing traditions, especially during the holidays. When Easter traditions include baskets of milk chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, dyed eggs and a ham or turkey dinner, however, vegetarians and vegans feel torn between their personal ethics and family loyalty. But in most cases, there are plenty of ways to adapt classic […]
  • It’s Almost Easter, So Why Is There Still Snow on the Ground?

    Jordan Green
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    For most of us, we associate the arrival of Easter with the start of Spring. Easter flowers, cute chocolate cream-filled bunnies, and children running around a park engaged in an Easter egg hunt. However, much of North America is still snow-covered, making it feel more like Christmas than Easter. Earlier this week, Southern Ontario in […]
  • Solar Powered Gadgets for an Easier Lifestyle

    Ant Langston
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Solar Powered Gadgets – To Make Your Life Easier At a time when we’re all becoming more dependent on our electronic gadgets, power prices are soaring. It’s hard to imagine life without our laptops, smartphones, tablet computers and all of the other electronics we use every day, and it can be hard to strike a […]
  • The BMW i3: Ultimate ZZZaaaap!!

    Rick Carlton
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    According to Bloomberg News, BMW has decided to ramp up its production of the new i3 all-electric city car by 43% in response to increased interest in the new German luxury PHEV. Interestingly, although the U.S. market rollout for the vehicle is not slated for its debut in major urban cities such as New York […]
  • Smart highway with glow-in-the-dark roads now a reality

    Ian Andrew
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    It might look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but a Dutch engineering firm has successfully created a “smart highway” with glow-in-the-dark roads. The smart highway was demoed on 500 meters of road in the Netherlands last week, and showed promise for expanding the use of technology to other areas. Beyond just looking awesome, […]
 
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    Wilderness News Online

  • New Superintendent Named at Quetico Provincial Park

    gregseitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Quetico sunset (via Wikpedia). Trevor Gibb has been named the new superintendent of Quetico Provincial Park, according to the Atikokan Progress. “Parks are where my values lie. I love protected areas and getting out in the wilderness,” Gibb told the newspaper. Gibb previously served as assistant superintendent for the Cochrane area cluster of 29 provincial parks, and started in Canada’s provincial parks system in 2003 at the Killarney wilderness park as a warden. He has geography degree from the University of Western Ontario and a teaching degree from Mt. St. Vincent University.
  • Isle Royale Responds to Dwindling Wolf Population

    gregseitz
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Rock Harbor, Isle Royale National Park (Photo by Joe Ross via Flickr) The National Park Service will not bring more wolves to Isle Royale to help the wolf pack there survive, the agency has announced as part of a broader plan to address and study related ecological issues. Since the population of wolves on the islands fell to just one breeding pack in recent years, the Park has been pressured by some to introduce more wolves to expand the genetic pool and increase the population. Other advocates have said that since the park is a federal Wilderness, human intervention is inappropriate and…
  • New Campsite Reservation System Begins at Voyageurs National Park

    gregseitz
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Campsite on Namakan Lake in Voyageurs National Park (National Park Service photo) Visitors to Voyageurs National Park no longer have to take their chances to secure a great campsite. The park has opened up the first phase of a new reservation system, with plans to make all sites in the park reservable by next year. The first phase includes boats and canoes available to rent on lakes on the Kabetogama Peninsula, all campsites on the interior lakes, and 34 campsites on the park’s four major lakes. Park staff will monitor the program during this phase and by next year, all camping will…
  • Details Emerge About Locations of Twin Metals Mine Facilities

    gregseitz
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Exploratory drilling near the South Kawishiwi River (Photo by Greg Seitz) A proposal for a copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is starting to come together. A Twin Metals representative recently told a Virginia, MN newspaper that locations for mine access, water, and tailings have been identified. Bob McFarlin, vice president of public and governmental affairs for the company, told the Mesabi Daily News that Twin Metals plans to start mining at its Maturi Deposit, which is located along the South Kawishiwi River near the Spruce Road, about 8.5 miles southeast of…
  • Dyke Williams Awarded for Stewardship Efforts

    gregseitz
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Dyke Williams The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation recently awarded Dyke Williams with its Wilson Stewardship Award. The award recognized his longtime service to the Quetico Superior Foundation, his leadership of the foundation’s white pine recovery program, and his commitment and promotion of youth education in areas of water and the natural environment. The selection committee told Williams, a resident of Seagull Lake in Minnesota, and Kenora, Ontario, that it appreciated “the bi-national nature of your influence, initiatives and visionary projects at…
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S.

    GTG Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have "Platinum" ranking and great traveler reviewsTripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Ktima Bellou: a green hotel in shadow of the Greek gods

    GTG Staff
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    | Macedonian Green Elegance | It’s in the shadow of Mount Olympus, home to the ancient Greek gods and highest mountain in Greece. Nearby is the traditional village of Agios Dimitrios, population maybe a thousand and surrounded by farm and forest. This is Macedonia, on the western Greek mainland. The hotel is called Ktima Bellou, which means “land of the Bellou family,” […]Ktima Bellou: a green hotel in shadow of the Greek gods is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Evia, Greece: Eleonas Hotel does organic, one olive at a time

    GTG Staff
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    | Quiet, Beautiful, Green | The drive is gorgeous, and after a week on dry and treeless Greek islands, what a relief to see green forests and flowing water. My destination is the Eleonas Agrotouristic Hotel in the town of Rovies; it’s on the island of Evia (also known as Euboea), two and a half hours […]Evia, Greece: Eleonas Hotel does organic, one olive at a time is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Indian Wells, Calif.: an eco-friendly desert oasis

    GTG Staff
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:41 pm
    | Resort To Green | Let’s say you’re wandering the desert. Not just any desert. The particular desert that has been transformed by automated sprinkler systems and relentless developers into strip malls, chain restaurants, housing and hotels into today’s Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, Calif. Let’s say you now find yourself in the city of Indian […]Indian Wells, Calif.: an eco-friendly desert oasis is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Santorini, Greece: where to find organic

    GTG Staff
    26 Feb 2014 | 3:18 pm
    | Another Reason To Visit | Add this to your reasons for going to Santorini, one of the most spectacular island destinations in Greece: supporting local organic farming. Of course, like most tourists, I have come because this is also one of the most famous landscapes in the world. The island (known historically as Thera) is an […]Santorini, Greece: where to find organic is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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    Hexa Green

  • Networking and Communications Equipment for Commercial Building Automation Systems Will Reach $34.7 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2021

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Offering automated, granular, real-time control of every major system within commercial buildings, networked building controls can provide building owners and operators with significant cost savings through the more efficient use of energy.  As large commercial buildings are increasingly targeted by national and local energy efficiency policies, building owners are looking for solutions that can reduce energy consumption and improve operational efficiency.  According to a recent report fromNavigant Research, worldwide revenue from networking and communications equipment for commercial…
  • MEPs clamp down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    EU countries would have to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags by at at least 80% by 2019, under draft rules backed by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs recommend using taxes and levies, marketing restrictions or bans. Plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem, known to pollute water bodies and aquatic eco-systems in particular. “MEPs have today voted to significantly strengthen draft EU rules aimed at reducing plastic bag use and waste, notably to include obligatory European reduction targets and a requirement that plastic bags come at a…
  • New Delhi Municipal Corporation plans small-scale waste-to-energy plants

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    As part of its green initiative, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to set up small-scale waste-to-plants in its localities. The first plant will be set up near Safdarjung Hospital. Officials say the civic agency will soon float tenders for the project. At present, waste generated in NDMC areas-close to 250 metric tones daily- is sent to the waste-to-plant in Okhla. Officials say due to high transportation cost and technical problems, often, the entire waste is not transported to the landfill site. These small-scale waste-to-plants will bring down the transportation cost and also help…
  • Mitsui Leads $60M Investment In A Startup That Turns Pollution Into Pure Money

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    As places like China and India continue to grow, an ever-increasing number of billowing smoke stacks mark these countries’ landscapes. 7 million peopledied in 2012 from air pollution. LanzaTech wants to clean up those industries by turning all that pollution into extremely valuable fuels and chemicals. And LanzaTech has just raised $60 million Series D round with Mitsui, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in Japan, in the lead at $20 million to help build the company further. Other new investors in this round include the venture capital arm of Siemens’  and the…
  • India & Bhutan sign pact for 4 hydro projects

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    In a move that will strengthen the strategic partnership between India and Bhutan, the two countries have signed a preliminary pact for the joint construction of four hydropower projects in the landlocked country that is expected to generate 2,120 megawatts (MW) of electricity, a foreign ministry statement said on Tuesday. The agreement between Bhutan and India was signed on Monday in Thimphu, the statement said. The largest of the four projects is the 770MW Chamkarchu project; the others include the 600MW Kholongchu hydel power project, the 180MW Bunakha project and the 570MW Wangchu hydel…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Special for Earth Day

    Guest
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Celebrating Earth Day, new National Science Foundation resources highlight surprising ecological and economic benefits of biodiversity. Multimedia resources explain little known societal benefits of biodiversity, bust myths and describe new, high-tech approaches for measuring impacts of environmental change on biodiversity. Every organism on Earth, from microbes to plants to large predators, has evolved unique survival mechanisms and distinct ecological roles. For decades, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded basic research on how these varied organisms, which make up the…
  • How to Invest in Renewables

    Tam Hunt
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Riding the Wave of Renewable Energy The renewable energy industry is well past its training wheel phase and there are now many ways to invest in all types of renewables. I’ve been an investor in renewables off and on for the last couple of decades and I offer in this column a little nonprofessional advice about how best to get into this field as an investor. As with all investments, the two key things to consider are your risk tolerance and your investment horizon. I’ll start with the least risky investments with the longest time horizon and move toward more risky investments with shorter…
  • Conservation and Filmmaking

    Chris Palmer
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Great Potential to Promote Conservation Environmental Films Can Promote Conservation But Don’t Environmental and wildlife films have the potential to be incredible tools for promoting conservation. All too often, however, these films fail to live up to this potential and instead, pander to the lowest common denominator of viewers. Instead of seeking to inspire and educate, many films offer nothing but titillation and misinformation. Nonetheless, environmental films can still be a vital force in advancing conservation if several essential changes occur within the industry. Too much of the…
  • In Celebration of Bees

    Mary Zakrasek
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A Bumblebee makes his approach for a landing on a Wisteria flower. Photo Doug Wertman/flickr It’s spring and with flowers blooming and birds singing, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the little insects that makes the biggest impact on our world…Bees! Honeybees are often the first bees we think about but have you ever noticed how different flowering plants attract different bees? I first became much more aware of this when a wisteria vine in our yard bloomed and suddenly, we had bumblebees. They found a plum tree to hang out in and when they got hungry, they’d make a “beeline”…
  • Earth Day as We Face the Future

    Guest
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    By Alan Tratner “Human History more and more becomes a race between Education and Catastrophe” - H.G.Wells “We travel together, passengers on a little Spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the LOVE we give our fragile craft. We cannot maintain it half fortunate, half miserable, half confident, half despairing, half slave to the ancient enemies of man, half free in a liberation of resources undreamed of until this day. No…
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    ecocitizenaustralia.com.au

  • Polly Higgins – Eradicating Ecocide

    Tracey Hordern
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I was lucky enough to hear the amazing Polly Higgins in March 2014, in little old Mullumbimby, NSW. More used to addressing the United Nations, and recently sharing the stage with Peter Garret at WOMADelaide, this woman knows how to engage a crowd intelligently and inspirationally. Her lauded TEDx series of talks are also hugely popular, exposing her to an international audience, but to hear Polly Higgins on how we could possibly save the world in a small country town civic hall was an absolute privilege. If you don’t know Polly Higgins, pay attention. Hers may be one of the most important…
  • Dirt Girl World

    Nina Hill
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. So the best way to teach them is when the kids are young. Dirt Girl World is a smart phone app for kids with plenty of interactive activities and educational tools to educate kids about the importance of an organic green thumb and the ability to care for the land. The award winning ABC4 Kids TV show Dirt Girl World has won over 9 national and international awards in a number of different categories; including an EMMY award in 2013 for Best Digital show for Children and Young People. The app they have released is specifically designed for kids.
  • The Battle of Bentley Blockade: The Art of the Political Landscape

    Liz Friend
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The anti CSG movement has taken a massive and significant quantum leap in the last few weeks with the emergence of the Bentley blockade. Both the social canvas and the political landscape is being radically re-invented on a scale unseen in the history of the environmental movement in Australia. What began about a month ago with a small roadside camp of a few tents and tarpaulins and about 15 – 20 organisers and people on site has, in just a short space of time, become the largest, most well organised environmental action ever seen in this country. The blockade site is in the rolling hills…
  • Dreaming of a green wedding? Check out Eco Brides

    Tracey Hordern
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Dreaming of a green wedding? Eco Brides, Australia’s leading eco-wedding authority is evidence that the growth of green weddings is on the rise. The creative’s behind the e-zine believe Eco Brides provides much needed information currently missing from the wedding market for brides and grooms looking for ways to be as eco friendly as possible on their wedding day as well as a providing a platform for eco wedding vendors to promote their services. Most of us are aware that weddings are big business, however a green wedding is one that is conscious of the consumption of resources that would…
  • The rise of eco travel – preferring experience over luxury

    Tracey Hordern
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We know that eco travel is on the rise, but there is a new demographic of high-end travellers that aren't looking for luxury - they're looking for eco experiences without sacrificing comfort. Savvy travellers are looking to take home more than a few souvenirs, they are looking to take a lifetime’s memory of an experiential holiday. In 2013 TripAdvisor reported that 79 per cent of their members plan to make more eco-friendly choices in the next 12 months compared to 71 per cent the previous year. And according to Luxury Travel UK, in the coming years we will see more hotels facilitating…
 
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  • 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 3

    Dr. Karen Lee
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:05 am
    This is the final part of the series 10 Common Toxic Chemicals to Avoid. Read about Phthalate, Paraben, and Lead in Part 1. BPA/BPS, Formaldehyde and Polyvinyl Chroride (PVC) in Part 2. 10 Common Toxic Chemicals to Avoid – Part 3 Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) PVC is an odorless hard plastic. It contains high level of chlorine,...  Read More » The post 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 3 appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products To Avoid – Part 2 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 1 How…
  • 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products To Avoid – Part 2

    Dr. Karen Lee
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is Part 2 of “10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid ” series. In Part 1, I discussed Phthalates, Paraben, and Lead. While there many more chemicals – almost 80,000 chemicals to date, – than the ones I’m discussing in this series, these are the most common ones you’d find in your every...  Read More » The post 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products To Avoid – Part 2 appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 3 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 1…
  • Meatless Monday: Creamy Vegan {Gluten-Free} Quinoa Pasta Casserole

    Becky Striepe
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:12 am
    This easy-to-make quinoa pasta casserole is a big bowl of comfort food. Perfect for a cool spring evening! I grew up eating mac and cheese, and I’m betting that many of you did the same. My family had some financial ups and downs when I was a kid, and during lean times my pops would...  Read More » The post Meatless Monday: Creamy Vegan {Gluten-Free} Quinoa Pasta Casserole appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Meatless Monday Recipe: Southern-Style Stir Fry Meatless Monday: Kelp Noodle and Bok Choy Salad Cream of Potato with Roasted Cauliflower and Almonds Soup
  • 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 1

    Dr. Karen Lee
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is Part 1 of 3 part series on 10 Common Toxic Chemicals to Avoid.  In an attempt to ‘clean up’ the environment, along with Clean Air Act and others, Toxic Substances Reform Act (TSCA) passed in 1976. At the time, there were about 60,000 chemicals but only 200 were tested for safety and only...  Read More » The post 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 1 appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products to Avoid – Part 3 10 Common Toxic Chemicals in Products To Avoid – Part 2 How to reduce exposure to…
  • Meatless Monday: Kelp Noodle and Bok Choy Salad

    Becky Striepe
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Kelp noodles might sound a little bit fishy, but they’re actually a delicious alternative to wheat-based pasta. The best part? You don’t even need to cook them, so kelp noodle dishes come together in a flash! If you’re new to kelp noodles, don’t worry. These sea vegetables are very easy to work with. They’re also...  Read More » The post Meatless Monday: Kelp Noodle and Bok Choy Salad appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Meatless Monday Recipe: Southern-Style Stir Fry Vegetarian Pho Recipe Seaweed (Wakame) Salad Recipe
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  • Wind Turbine – Unlocking Urban Power

    Kelly
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Wind Turbines, Wind Farms, and the Potential The United States accounts for over 61,000 Mw of wind power generated annually through large wind farms, second only to China in the adoption and use of this green wind turbine technology. According to multiple research agencies including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, the United States has a potential to generate nine times its current power consumption and could supply over 20% of its power through wind power. Industrial power generation notwithstanding, New York-based advanced wind turbine solutions…
  • Pros and Cons of a Desert Solar Power Plant

    Kelly
    3 Nov 2013 | 12:13 am
    With the earth’s natural resources running dry, scientists have started tapping into alternate forms of raw energy, including solar energy derived from the suns’ rays. In addition to being inexpensive, solar energy can act as a suitable alternative to fossil fuels and is extremely eco friendly when compared to the latter. Of late, the increased demand for alternate fuel has shifted the attention to vast desert plains that can offer great potential in generating power using solar, wind or water energy. Moreover, since deserts remain deserted for the most part, setting up solar power plants…
  • 5 zero emission rides powered by hydrogen fuel cells

    Kelly
    24 Sep 2013 | 8:06 pm
    Hydrogen is the fuel of the future as it is friendly to the environment, unlike other fuel sources that emit harmful gases into the atmosphere to add to global warming. Thus, this clean green source of power is being utilized in some upcoming vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells. Check out some of these hydrogen-powered, zero-emission rides being introduced in the auto market. Hyundai Tucson ix35: Keeping in view its green practices, Hyundai has introduced its hydrogen fuel cell-based electric vehicle called ix35 or Tucson. This vehicle has a high-pressure tank that can hold hydrogen of…
  • The Big Question: Will piezoelectricity ever become a viable source of electricity

    Kelly
    7 Sep 2013 | 7:10 pm
      The ever increasing demand for power has made us look out for alternate forms of renewable energy like solar power, hydro-electric power, geo-thermal power and wind power etc. One such renewable source of energy that has been gaining popularity over the past few years is the Piezoelectric Technology that generates power from the electromagnetic properties of some minerals found on earth. The basic principle behind Piezoelectricity is simple. Certain electromagnetic materials can generate electric fields when subjected to mechanical stress. Take for instance a floor or staircase fitted…
  • When Florida disappears – Floating architecture for a submerged world

    Kelly
    12 Aug 2013 | 10:42 pm
    We all know that global warming is real and the day is not far away when it will cause the polar icecaps to meltdown and will result in many low lying coastal areas to get submerged in seawater. The latest studies revealed that the meltdown of a small portion of glaciers around the world has already caused the sea level to go up a little bit and if this meltdown continues at the present rate, then many cities will have a very bleak future. Besides submerging the coastal areas, global warming will also result in other natural calamities like hurricanes, tsunamis and floods due to lashing…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • TV Tray Revival?

    Manchester Wood
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Quality aside with consumer demand in mind, we sell a lot of TV Tray Tables. And for some that can be surprising… so what makes the TV Tray necessary in the modern world? For my family, kids are the movers and shakers. So it’s an easy choice that a TV tray can be an instant table surface for them. It also serves as a great morning item for us. When the kids are up, they want to watch their favorite cartoons, and we need to feed them, so it helps there too. Our TV tray tables get a lot of work actually and get cleaned often under their heavy use. Even when I work from home, I find…
  • Cherry Wood Furniture: Authentic & Affordable

    Manchester Wood
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Our Cherry Wood Furniture is real hardwood furniture made in America with the best mix of quality and pricing on the market today. At Manchester Wood we believe in the fair business practice of offering our customers quality products at reasonable prices. It’s something you’ll find in our Solid Cherry wood furniture collection. From our Oval Cherry Coffee Table (pictured left), to the classic Cherry Sofa Tables, and the distinguished appeal of a Cherry End Table, you’ll discover all the quality, function, and pricing you’re looking for at ManchesterWood.com. How do we…
  • Shoppers look for ‘Made in USA’ via Winston-Salem Journal

    Manchester Wood
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Richard Carver of Winston-Salem Journal reports ‘Made in USA’ furniture resonates with the consumer in a “feel good attribute.” Our neighbors Telescope Casual Furniture and others were interviewed in recent coverage at High Point Market on Made in USA furniture and what they’ve found the shopper is looking for from them despite foreign opposition. Here are excerpts from Carver’s recent article: The Made in the USA campaign in the home furnishings industry was dealt a blow last week when Stanley Furniture Industries Inc. announced plans to close its last…
  • Solid Wood Desk: You’ll Want It

    Manchester Wood
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    What you work on is important to you. Where you work on it is just as important. Bring inspiration to your space in classic design and American craftsmanship with a solid wood desk. A solid wood desk is a great piece of furniture. You might think you already have one, but you may not. How sturdy is it? When you rock it side-to-side does it feel like it’s going to fall apart? At Manchester Wood we’ll provide you a solid wood desk. From our mission desks, shaker desks, and other unique, yet practical solid wood desks, such as our Compact Workstation Table, the Campaign Desk, or…
  • Why Solid Wood Tables Make Sense

    Manchester Wood
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    As we approach Earth Day we ponder thoughts of ‘eco-conscious’ consumerism and why solid wood tables at home for a green friendly environment are a must. For us, making solid wood tables is as natural as it gets. The American hardwoods that we use for our furniture are the Native Northeastern hardwood species White Ash, Red Maple, and Red Oak, as well as Beech and Solid Cherry hardwood. We generally make our solid wood tables out of Cherry, Ash, and Beech. These species are ideal in producing quality solid wood furniture with timeless appeal, while also carrying longevity in…
 
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    strategy+business: SUSTAINABILITY

  • Zero Injuries, Waste, and Harm

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    All companies say they want to establish a safer and more sustainable workplace, but they often struggle to turn those intentions into reality. For AkzoNobel, the solution began by standardizing processes across all of its facilities.
  • Diesel Gets Automakers' Vote of Confidence

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Automakers are far more confident about diesel's popularity in the U.S. than they are about hybrids or electric cars. Here's a look at the real value of diesel.
  • No More Business as Usual

    3 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    Syria. Ukraine. The Tea Party. Companies should start preparing for the new global reality.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility's New Role in the Middle East

    10 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), corporate social responsibility (CSR) is focusing less on catering to consumer sentiment and more on addressing social and economic challenges that are hindering development, most notably the shortage of jobs.
  • For Companies, It's Not Easy Being Green

    9 Jan 2014 | 11:30 am
    Companies that implement socially and environmentally responsible strategies tend to profit--but the benefits take time to show.
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • My Brawl at Walgreens While Asking Them to Mind The Store

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today thousands of people like me, returned toxic products we purchased on Walgreens' store shelves So Here's The Skinny on The Walgreens Mind The Store Day of Action... Today was a day of action in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Greenest Cell Phone? This Could Be It

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Looking for A Greener Cell Phone?  by Christina Sidberry, EB Intern When it comes to reducing the carbon footprint, most people do not think of a cell phone as environmentally friendly.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Future of Green Cars?

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    Ford's C-Max Solar Energi Concept CarConsumers Embrace Electric Vehicles But What’s Next? Post Powered by The Green Insurance Company It seems that electric vehicles (EV’s) are finally... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Do You Put In Your Reusable Bag? - Vine Video

    12 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    What Do You Put in Your Reusable Bag? by Christina Sidberry, EB Intern "Paper or plastic?" This phrase, while commonly asked of consumers in the checkout lane, is missing the third, most efficient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wake Up Your Inner Goddess, Try This Easy Vegan Garlic Goddess Dressing

    7 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    Are You a Vegan Goddess?  Try This Easy Vegan Garlic Goddess Dressing  I like easy and I like to eat. I mean who doesn't right? But I'm just not so great in the kitchen. I have plenty of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    inspired habitat

  • finding inspiration… tackling the design dilemma

    bambeco
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Industrial Living Room by New York Architects & Designers David Howell Design Sometimes you know when it’s time to give your décor a refresh. The living room looks limp, the dining room is dated, and the bedroom is just boring. … Continue reading → The post finding inspiration… tackling the design dilemma appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • bambeco celebrates five years during 45th annual earth day

    bambeco
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Earth Day is extra special to us here at bambeco. Not only is it a day to celebrate our planet, but it’s also our anniversary. This year, we are celebrating five years of business! To mark the occasion, we’re giving … Continue reading → The post bambeco celebrates five years during 45th annual earth day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • five tips for a better hall…

    bambeco
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Hallways come in all shapes and sizes. They can be a tiny space between two doors, or long narrow passages in an old building, or even broad expanses that almost resemble a room. The hall is the traditional place for … Continue reading → The post five tips for a better hall… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • a billion acts of green…

    bambeco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Yes, we said “billion”… It wasn’t that long ago that the Earth Day tag was a million acts of green; now it’s a billion, and they’re shooting for two billion. Why the increasing numbers? Because people care. Because people know … Continue reading → The post a billion acts of green… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • feng shui the eco way…

    bambeco
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Industrial Living Room by Amagansett Interior Designers & Decorators Reiko Feng Shui Design Décor trends come and go, but every now and then, a concept comes along that seems to have staying power. When Western culture embraced feng shui, it … Continue reading → The post feng shui the eco way… appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • Monday Snapshot: April Showers

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Enjoy your week no matter what the weather may bring... The Do you come here often? Make it easier and subscribe! (Upper righthand column.) Next nature photography e-course coming in July! Email me at JoyfullyGreen.com@gmail.com to get on the list for early details or to reserve your spot. © 2014 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com. All rights reserved. Photo and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Site licensed by Creative Commons. Related articles Monday Snapshot: Shadows on the Snow Monday Snapshot: A Sparkling Morning Monday Snapshot: "Portrait" of an Apple Monday…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 23: Less Stuff, More Living!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The older I get, the more I realize that I want less stuff, not more. There's a whole category on this blog (there it is, down there on your right!) called "Minimalism & Non-Consumerism" and every time I write one of those posts, I somehow feel lighter and freer. It's as if even thinking about having less stuff is liberating. Following are five posts that explore why less is most definitely more: As I continue to trip over my kids' toys despite culling the piles regularly, I was awestruck by the Zen-like simplicity of Tricia at Little Eco Footprints--her…
  • April Snow Showers?!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Back in my 20's, when I worked in the creative department of a large New York ad agency, I had a boss who was a notorious terror. Each morning, my colleagues and I would walk into work on proverbial eggshells, each wondering, "Is THIS the day I'll get fired?" But a funny thing happened during that unsettling time: We (the underlings) all became very good friends, bonded together due to the stress of it all. We joked and lunched and worked our way through it. We faced the storm en masse. I think of that time in my 20's as a very happy time of my life because of that…
  • Monday Snapshot: "Portrait" of an Apple

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This week, look for the beauty in the everyday things. The photograph in this post is available as an art print (framed or unframed) in my Society6 shop. Next nature photography e-course coming in July! Email me at JoyfullyGreen.com@gmail.com to get on the list for early details or to reserve your spot. © 2014 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com. All rights reserved. Photo and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Site licensed by Creative Commons. Related articles Monday Snapshot: A Sparkling Morning Monday Snapshot: Shadows on the Snow Monday Snapshot: The Hidden Side of a Leaf Monday…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 22: Focusing on What's Important

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    As a photographer, I'm all about focusing. It's strange, though, how hard it is for us to really focus consistently on the things that matter the most. How easy it is for us to get distracted by little things that cloud the Big Picture. The following posts focus on that problem from some different angles--take a look: From So They Can Fly: In the Moment From The Other Side of Complexity: Possessions or Possession? From White Rabbit Insight: Gratitude for Small Things  From The Minimalists: Life's Most Dangerous Question: What Do You Do? And the last post is...from me! Because…
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    inspired habitat

  • finding inspiration… tackling the design dilemma

    bambeco
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Industrial Living Room by New York Architects & Designers David Howell Design Sometimes you know when it’s time to give your décor a refresh. The living room looks limp, the dining room is dated, and the bedroom is just boring. … Continue reading → The post finding inspiration… tackling the design dilemma appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • bambeco celebrates five years during 45th annual earth day

    bambeco
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Earth Day is extra special to us here at bambeco. Not only is it a day to celebrate our planet, but it’s also our anniversary. This year, we are celebrating five years of business! To mark the occasion, we’re giving … Continue reading → The post bambeco celebrates five years during 45th annual earth day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • five tips for a better hall…

    bambeco
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Hallways come in all shapes and sizes. They can be a tiny space between two doors, or long narrow passages in an old building, or even broad expanses that almost resemble a room. The hall is the traditional place for … Continue reading → The post five tips for a better hall… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • a billion acts of green…

    bambeco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Yes, we said “billion”… It wasn’t that long ago that the Earth Day tag was a million acts of green; now it’s a billion, and they’re shooting for two billion. Why the increasing numbers? Because people care. Because people know … Continue reading → The post a billion acts of green… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • feng shui the eco way…

    bambeco
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Industrial Living Room by Amagansett Interior Designers & Decorators Reiko Feng Shui Design Décor trends come and go, but every now and then, a concept comes along that seems to have staying power. When Western culture embraced feng shui, it … Continue reading → The post feng shui the eco way… appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    The Greentech Blog

  • Greentech news for December

    greenadmin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Falls in the cost of wind turbines suggest that they are close to being profitable without subsidies. Warren Buffet’s utility company MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co has ordered $1bn of turbines for projects is Iowa more NASDAQ listed Canadian Solar gained 700% this year. A new strategic direction to sell power plants delivered the company’s best quarterly results for 2 years more The increasing cost of coal power in India means that Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd may invest up to $400m in renewable energy projects more The post Greentech news for December appeared first on The…
  • Greentech news for November

    greenadmin
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Biofuel manufactures in the US were lobbying the the Environmental Protection Agency to try and prevent a watering down of the US renewable fuel mandate. Pressure from fossil-fuel producers resulted in the EPA proposing a reduction in the amount of renewable fuel that refines must blend with gasoline more Apple’s announced that their new plant based in Arizona will run entirely on renewable energy. The plant will create 2,000 jobs and is part of a policy to boost manufacturing in the US more UK power producer RWE Innogy shelved plans for a 240 turbine wind farm. The 1,200 MW Atlantic…
  • Greentech news for October

    greenadmin
    6 Jan 2014 | 1:47 pm
    American car rental customers are failing to embrace electric cars because of fears that they will run out of power between charging stations. Hybrids however have been much more popular as they lack the “range anxiety” associated with electric cars more DuPont Co beat analysts estimates of third quarter earnings thanks to higher sales of materials used to make solar panels. The electronics unit delivered a 67% increase in operating profit driven by the performance of films and metal pastes used in the production of solar panels more The UK government aims to increase solar more…
  • Greentech news for September

    greenadmin
    4 Jan 2014 | 1:07 pm
    A consortium of German companies aims to produce sustainable electricity from around the worlds coastlines. Waves are a huge potential energy source and the project hopes to release this reserve of renewable energy… more German car manufacturer Porsche announced a new $845,000 Hybrid that can reach 100 km per hour in 2.8 seconds with better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius. The limited edition Spyder hybrid follows a hybrid version of the Panamera coupe read more Meanwhile VW another German car maker outlined plans for 40 electric or hybrid vehicles. 14 of the alternate drive vehicles…
  • Greentech news for the week ending 1 September 2013

    greenadmin
    11 Oct 2013 | 6:28 am
    This week’s round up of greentech news is out of this world ;o) NASA are developing a solar panel satellite that could provide one third of the world’s electricity needs. Thousands of mirrors on the satellite would focus the sunlight onto PV panels which would then convert the sunlight to microwaves which could be beamed back to earth. Using a satellite rather than earth based solar farms would benefit from stronger sunlight and would not be disrupted by poor weather read more (update – NASA website is currently unavailable due to the shut down of the US government Back down…
 
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • So Many Inspiring Bloggers

    Kirsten
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Today I’m sending your elsewhere for your dose of simple, sustainable goodness. Have you ever looked at my Linky List page? There are now literally dozens of blogs linked up over the eight categories. I love that there are so many blogs in this general niche of sustainable living, and the culture of blogs linking…
  • How to Make Delicious Apple and Rhubarb Jam

    Kirsten McCulloch
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In a bit of a change of pace, this week I am making a  delicious jam to share. Sadly, sharing through this blog is only virtual  in this case – I am not going to be mailing out free samples! But, you can make your own, and I am sure you will love it. Over…
  • Why You Should Never Use Dryer Sheets (and How to Reduce Drying Time by 25%!)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do you use a cloths dryer sometimes (or always!)? Do you ever use dryer sheets with it, or fabric softener? If so, I suggest you stop! And here’s why: Did you know that dryer sheets coat your clothes with chemicals? That’s how they leave them scented! Unfortunately, not only can those chemicals be toxic to…
  • Why I Don’t Use DIY Laundry Powder Anymore – But You Might Want to

    Kirsten McCulloch
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Did you know that in Australia most laundry powders contain one quarter to one third fillers, which have no cleaning effect whatsoever? That’s one reason I recommend making sure you know exactly what’s in your laundry powder or liquid, whether by making it yourself or finding a brand you trust. The problem with those fillers,…
  • How to Make Quark (aka Yo-Cheese)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Have you ever tried making cream cheese out of yoghurt? It’s really very simple to do, and surprisingly good. You can make it out of plain yoghurt, flavoured yoghurt, or plain yoghurt with some fruit or herbs added. (And if you don’t already know how to make your own yoghurt, take a look at this…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • The Fine Art of Recycling At Home

    Clay Miller
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    We’re thinking outside the box to get people to recycle. In fact, we’re doing it with a bag – and with client partnerships that may seem a little non-traditional. How can a painting, a barber shop and a bag encourage people to recycle? The RecyclerSack is a creative solution that’s starting a movement to change how you recycle at home, specifically in the bathroom. The bathroom may seem like a small space, but recycling in this small space can make a big difference. The RecyclerSack combines fine-art and sustainability all in one trendy bag. This perfectly-sized reusable &…
  • Growing Up Outdoors

    Clay Miller
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Many years ago before we had all the wonderful technology we have today we spent the majority of our time outdoors. I remember coming home from school, changing clothes, grabbing an apple, and heading out the door to play until the street lights came on. We played in the leaves, climbed trees, played ball, rode our bikes, roller skated in the street, and basically just used our imaginations to entertain ourselves. Even when we spent time with our folks on the weekends we spent most of our time outside. Gardening was prominent back then whether flowers or vegetables so we were always tending…
  • Infographic: Green and Efficient Warehousing

    Clay Miller
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    The infographic below details how a warehouse can be more efficient and be greener. Learn steps to an energy efficient warehouse and how to save money doing it. Also, learn about induction lighting and what it can do to improve warehouse efficiency. Source: http://www.adattsi.com/ The post Infographic: Green and Efficient Warehousing appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
  • Product Review: Grandma’s Pure and Natural Soaps

    Clay Miller
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    Do you use soap? For your sake and everyone around you I hope you do. I use soap so I was very interested when I was contacted by Grandma’s Lye Soap to review three of their pure and natural soaps they sent to me: Grandma’s Lye Soap, Grandma’s Grime Away soap and Grandma’s Shampoo and Shave bar. As it states on their website: “GRANDMA’S Lye Soap is a pure and natural soap unlike anything else on the market. There are no detergents or additives – it’s just pure, natural soap, more or less like folks used to make 100 years ago, and it’s all made here in the…
  • Benefits of the New EPA Vehicle Emission Standards

    Clay Miller
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it plans to enact a new rule that will impose stricter vehicle emission standards, in an effort to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks. The rule has been dubbed Tier 3, and will go into effect on January, 2017. The EPA hopes that the new emission standards will help cut tailpipe emissions, which are a huge threat to people’s health, causing numerous serious diseases, such as bronchitis, emphysema, hearth diseases, and asthma, among others. The EPA says that the Tier 3 program is harmonized with California’s…
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  • What is a Tropical Cyclone? Its Formation and Structure

    Rinkesh
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    What is a Tropical Cyclone? A tropical cyclone looks a lot like a really large whirlpool that is found out in the tropics. It looks like a huge mass of air that just rotates, and while it does look like that- it isn’t really as much like the pictures make it out to be. In fact, they are really more disc like in shape than cyclonic.  When you look at them from space, you can really see a lot more about them, even though you can’t see their close details. Taking a look at how they are formed and their structure will give you more of an appreciation for this type of storm. Tropical Cyclone…
  • 40 Facts About Recycling

    Rinkesh
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    Various Recycling Facts This day and age, there are a lot of people out there that take part in recycling. Some do it because they want to, and others do it because they are pushed to do so. Either way, recycling can really make a difference in the environment and it is something that more and more people should begin to do. Here are a few facts about recycling that you may not have known before. Below are 40 facts about Recycling Fact 1: Recycling is a process to create new items from old and used materials. This helps in reducing energy and potentially useful materials from being wasted.
  • What are Environmental Ethics?

    Rinkesh
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    What are Environmental Ethics? Environmental ethics is a branch of ethics that studies the relation of human beings and the environment and how ethics play a role in this. Environmental ethics believe that humans are a part of society as well as other living creatures, which includes plants and animals. These items are a very important part of the world and are considered to be a functional part of human life. Thus, it is essential that every human being respect and honor this and use morals and ethics when dealing with these creatures. As per Nature.com, ” Environmental ethics is a…
  • Various Tropical Rainforest Animals

    Rinkesh
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Tropical Rainforest Animals There are a lot of different animals that can be found in the tropical rainforest. You will find various different types of amphibians, arthropods, birds, mammals, reptiles and aquatic animals. These animals are mostly found in the rainforest because it is the environment in which they are able to get everything that they need. Lets take a closer look at some of these animals, and you may be surprised to find out just how many unique species you can find in the tropical rainforest. Poison Dart Frog The poison dart frog is found mainly in South America, but can also…
  • Tropical Rainforest Biome : Plants

    Rinkesh
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:01 am
    Tropical Rainforest Biome : Plants The rainforest has a variety of different types of plants, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The tropical rainforests are usually found in the Central and South American regions, and their plants are split up into four different types.  While the rainforests cover only about 8 percent of the actual earth, they are home to more than half of the plants and animals that live on the earth. The most prevalent type of plant that is found in the tropical rainforest is the tree. Trees make up nearly two thirds of the rainforest plants that…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Wind turbines planned for Glasgow

    Daniel Birkett
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    A number of wind turbines are set to be built in Glasgow as officials looks to reduce the city’s annual energy bill. Glasgow City Council are planning to build nine new wind turbines across the city to help slash Glasgow’s […] The post Wind turbines planned for Glasgow appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Plans for Somerset tidal lagoon unveiled

    Daniel Birkett
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    A proposal for a tidal energy lagoon has been revealed which will be located in West Somerset. A tidal energy lagoon which is to be situated between Minehead and West Quantoxhead were announced yesterday at a tidal power conference which […] The post Plans for Somerset tidal lagoon unveiled appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wales opens its first Biomass AD plant

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The first food waste anaerobic digestion plant has been opened in Wales as the nation looks to grow its biomass energy portfolio. The new Prosiect GwyriAD biomass plant has officially opened and has become the first anaerobic digestion plant in […] The post Wales opens its first Biomass AD plant appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Plymouth golf club to install wind turbine

    Daniel Birkett
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Boringdon Park Golf Club is planning on installing a 77m-tall wind turbine which will slash energy bills by 80%. The golf club’s owner, Michael Davey claims the project will help reduce the businesses’ 5-figure electricity bill by 80% with any […] The post Plymouth golf club to install wind turbine appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Printing firm installs solar panels to reduce energy costs

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    A printing firm in Bury St Edmunds has installed solar panels to lower its annual energy bill. Denny Bros, a specialist printing company based in Bury St Edmunds has invested in solar energy in order to reduce its electricity bills […] The post Printing firm installs solar panels to reduce energy costs appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • Grow Hope™: One woman is changing the world

    raintees
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
    Our founder, Beth Doane was honored this year on International Women’s Day in New York City for her achievements with Raintees. We are so proud that her vision for Raintees has helped Grow Hope™ for thousands of people around the world and is continuing to inspire positive change every day. Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), is a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and empowering women and young girls around the globe. In March GC4W held its Inaugural International Women’s Day Awards Gala  at the esteemed Harvard…
  • Go natural, stay beautiful

    Kat Ortega
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Pemberley Jones: Your new natural beauty source on the web By Kat Ortega Pamela Jones first became interested in natural beauty when she learned how powerful organic, non-toxic ingredients are and how much better they are for our bodies. Today, she has created the best new place on the web to shop eco beauty products. We love the selection and the range of pricing to fit every budget. Check it out! www.pemberleyjones.com
  • 15 Most Spectacular Tree Tunnels

    Kat Ortega
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Make some space in your bucket list, because you are not going to want to miss this. These are some of the most incredible tree tunnels in the world. With majestic heights and unbelievable colors, these breath-taking tunnels look like something out of a fantasy. The beauty that nature has to offer is endless and can be seen all around us, but who knew that a group of trees could form into something so remarkable? Located all across the world, these 15 picturesque tree tunnels are definitely worth a visit. From luscious forests in Northern America to charming cherry blossom trees in Japan,…
  • This spring fall in love with Onzie

    Ayja Bounous
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    At Raintees we’ve recently fallen in love with Onzie - a beautiful brand based out of Los Angeles. They make quality, affordable workout clothes and all of their products are made in the USA.  This ensures that when you buy something from Onzie, you can be sure that every worker was given fair wages and safe working conditions.  In a world where fashion is poisoned by toxic chemicals, human trafficking, slavery, and environmental degradation, it’s more important than ever to make smart, informed consumer decisions. Their colors and prints are out of this world –…
  • Kitchen Karate-Teaching Us To “Win the Fight To Eat Right”

    Kat Ortega
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Let’s be honest. How many of us have been tempted to take the easy route and pick something up for dinner on the way home after an exhausting day at work? I know I have. Kitchen Karate, a radical new approach to home cooking, and it’s amazing founder Casey are here to save the day by teaching us about the common misconceptions of home cooking. It in fact can be as easy and efficient as ordering take out, if you know the right strategies. How easy? Cooking 15 meals in 2 hours. This is Casey’s story. Growing up on “hot pockets and pop tarts” this creative director in advertising…
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    Green Home Gnome

  • A Buyer’s Guide to Flat Pack Homes

    editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    You wouldn’t expect the words “flat” and “home” to appear in the same sentence, let alone the same phrase. But in a world where 3-D printers can manufacture human stem[...] Read more>> Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 5 Simple, Low-Cost Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

    editor
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    If you plan on doing some energy-saving and toxin-reducing projects around your home , consider these simple ideas to green your home. Install a solar clothes dryer Your parents probably[...] Read... Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Energy-Efficient Electronics for the Bedroom

    editor
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    There are a lot of things you can do in the bedroom. Saving energy is one of them. The average bedroom takes up lots of energy when not equipped with[...] Read more>> Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Is Solar PV Right For You?

    editor
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    With climate change threatening the planet, constantly rising electricity prices hurting your budget, and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology becoming increasingly affordable and efficient there’s no... Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Marmoleum: The Greenest and Healthiest Floor Covering in the World

    editor
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes. These days, its called marmoleum and comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever... Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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  • The Move Toward Decentralization: How Crowdfunding and Distributed Generation are Changing Everything

    Daniel Stevens
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Last year, the Edison Electric Institute released a report titled, “Disruptive Challenges,” which identified current and future serious threats to the  electric utility system. The report identified a number of factors causing the major changes in the electricity industry: Recent technological and economic changes are expected to challenge and transform the electric utility industry. These changes (or “disruptive challenges”) arise due to a convergence of factors, including: falling costs of distributed generation and other distributed energy resources (DER); an enhanced focus on…
  • Net-Metering vs. Value of Solar Tariff (VOST)

    Bill Ehrlich
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    “There’s something happening here / But what it is ain’t exactly clear” ~ Buffalo Springfield (For What It’s Worth)  The beginning of this old anthem for social change sums up my feeling for the current solar industry. It is clear to everyone who is paying attention that solar power is the next big thing and it’s happening fast, but what is the world going to look like when it’s all said and done? Looking forward there are many exciting possibilities with everything from virtual utilities to solar backed currencies potentially on the horizon, but those realities are…
  • Verizon Powerful Answers: Good360

    John Steller
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Since 1983, Good360 has worked to provide charities with the office supplies and merchandise that would otherwise be thrown out as garbage. By connecting these organizations with the donations they need to operate, they can focus their time on giving back to the communities and causes they support. This partnership ends up creating three areas of benefit. 1) Their work provides charities with necessary items to perform their invaluable work at the highest level. Items such as clothing, educational products, household products, software and office supplies are among a few of the items this…
  • Cheap Solar PV is Here

    Igor Leroux
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    In a recent landmark deal, solar energy was sold at 5 cts/kWh to a Texas utility company. If you want more details, a lot has been written about this deal, including here, here and here.  At this price level, how competitive is solar as a source of electricity? Subsidies The only subsidies going to this Texas project are a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and accelerated depreciation benefits, both provided by the US Federal government. Back of the napkin calculations place the unsubsidized price at roughly 8 cts/kWh. As a comparison, the all inclusive cost for gas generation (with fuel,…
  • How Small Islands Could Lead the World to 100% Renewable Energy

    Cory Connolly
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    The people of island countries have the most to lose from climate change; their homes, their livelihoods, and their communities. Yet they also stand much to gain from the transition to a clean energy economy. Islands across the globe are deploying renewable energy and developing ambitious policy objectives for transitioning to cleaner fuel sources. A few weeks ago, Sir Richard Branson and the Carbon War Room announced that a group of islands in the Caribbean would be joining its ‘Ten Island Renewable Challenge’ as a part of the organization’s  Smart Island Economies program. Through…
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  • 4 Bold Office Design Trends of 2014

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Technology is constantly changing the way we work, but is your office keeping up?  Many office spaces are left back in the 90’s while we zoom ahead.  Here are a few ways that you can bring your office space into 2014. 1. Ditch the corner office. Twenty years ago, workers were confined to cramped cubicles while the bosses had offices swimming with wasted space.  But that’s a thing of the past.  In the most modern offices, you’ll no longer be seeing those corner offices.  Or you may not see any offices at all.  Many companies are trending toward a more open floor plan to encourage…
  • Clever Ways To Manager Office Clutter

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Everyone wants to keep their office running smoothly. And one of the main enemies of office productivity is clutter.  Clutter makes work difficult, makes you look unprofessional, and may even be hiding dirt and germs. Here are a few simple tricks to manage that clutter, making your work space cleaner and your mind ready for work. Paper. Pretty much every business has a problem with paper.  Even with efforts to go paperless, we still see accumulations of forms and files, often all around our desk.  It has to go.  But don’t worry; you won’t lose those important documents.  Scanning the…
  • How to Increase Office Creativity

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    If you think having a great office design is too time consuming and expensive to pursue, think again.  In the long run, a well-designed office can save you both time and money and encourage your staff to work harder and be more creative.  Here are a few ways to get your office into top-earning shape.  Let there be light.  More than 90% of American workers spend their days indoors, often in a cubicle far away from the nearest window.  While natural light may seem like a luxury, it brings many positive effects to those in the office.  Having regular access to light can boost morale and…
  • 4 Unique Uses for Diamonds

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    When you think about diamonds, you probably envision sparkling engagement rings.  But diamonds are much more useful than just being pretty.  Diamonds, being one of the hardest natural substances, have been used for everything from cutting other diamonds to digging through the stony layers of the Earth.  But that’s just the tip of the “ice”berg.  Here are a few ways that diamonds are used in our everyday lives, including cleaning! 1. Microdermabrasion. If you’ve ever gone to the spa for a microderm facial, you’ve probably gotten your face polished by diamonds.  Microdermabrasion…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Business

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to think about spring cleaning.  And as much as that means giving the windows a thorough washing, it also means getting your business cleaned up so you’re ready to put your best foot forward.  It’s time to kick-start a new beginning this spring. Here are Commercial Flooring Solutions we provide expert cleaning to ensure your office remains in perfect shape all year long. For a professional and thorough cleaning, give us a call. In the meantime, here are a few simple things you can do to give your office a fresh start for spring:  1. Make a…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Green home improvement tips for busy couples

    Mimuba
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    House is made by bricks and home is made by hearts. Right? But green home is made by caring hearts. What is the use of a home where you can’t hear the heat-beat of each other? What you will do of a home where you can’t feel the dreams of each other? Home sweet home!… Read More »The post Green home improvement tips for busy couples appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 5 practical pledges to observe Earth Day 2014

    Mimuba
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Every year Earth Day is celebrated all over the world on 22nd April to express our love to mother Earth. People make huge promises to take care of their surrounding environment. Their sincerity can’t be questioned. Their participation in this event shows how sincere they are. Millions of people have been observing this day since… Read More »The post 5 practical pledges to observe Earth Day 2014 appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 3 easy tips to make sustainable development without any fuss

    Mimuba
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We can see our future green but the future of green is itself orange. Are you confused? Let me clear it. Being optimist we can see our future brighter and safer. But in view of the ground realities things are not as much brighter as they are being portrayed. A brighter future means a safer… Read More »The post 3 easy tips to make sustainable development without any fuss appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to develop eco-friendly habits in your kids?

    Mimuba
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    All parents want their kids to be successful, happy and healthy. They want their kids not only become successful but also healthy and safe from all types of hazards. This is the basic spirit of their parenthood that they sacrifice whatever they can just to ensure a better life to their offspring. It is a… Read More »The post How to develop eco-friendly habits in your kids? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 30 types of pollution, their causes, effects and remedial measures

    Mimuba
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Broadly speaking there are three types of pollution. Land-based Pollution Water-based Pollution Air-related Pollution But their further types are innumerable. But still broadly we can divide them into 30 types of pollution. Their names, causes, impact and remedial measures are given below. S.No Types of pollution Causes of pollution Effects of pollution Remedial Measures 1… Read More »The post 30 types of pollution, their causes, effects and remedial measures appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • Green Breakfast Bowl To Get You Go-Go

    Emily Uebergang
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I love breakfast. It’s by far my favourite meal of the day. All the good stuff comes out to play and heck, anything goes. Once you get over the childish perception that breakfast needs to be bright rainbow coloured little rings served in a bowl with a spoon, you have full reign over the pantry to cook up a storm. Heck, even eat leftovers if you want. I do it all the time. Just make sure the first meal of … →
  • Why I Eat the Way I Eat

    Emily Uebergang
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    “. . . .how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world–and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life afford quite as much satisfaction.” ― Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma)   It’s rather amusing to observe both online and offline how heated, personal and controversial such a simple topic like food … →
  • Crispy Vanilla and Cinnamon Almonds (Raw, Sprouted and Dehydrated)

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’re in California, you have to get your hands on some organic, raw almonds (you know, the real unpasteurized ones). It is the home state of almonds after all, or at least in the US? Crazy as it sounds, a lot of almonds sold in the grocery stores aren’t really ‘raw’ despite the misleading labeling. The FDA-led enforcement for this ruling was attributed to a couple linked outbreaks of salmonella back in 2001 and 2004. So a few isolated cases … →
  • The Eating Local while Travelling Challenge

    Emily Uebergang
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When I raised my hand to participate in Ever Growing Farm’s Local Bite Challenge, I thought it’d be a walk in the park. Literally, a blissful Sunday afternoon stroll through the local recreational park. HA! Had I suddenly forgotten that I was travelling through North, Central and South America for the unforeseeable future?!   Not only are these places that are both foreign and far remote to my usual, casual pace of life back home in Australia, most of my … →
  • Why Paleo and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

    Emily Uebergang
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Paleo and Permaculture. Permaculture and Paleo. There’s a certain ring to it, no? We’ve all heard of the Paleo Diet. If you haven’t, well, good for you. You probably don’t use the internet that much anyway. Double thumbs up. For the rest of us clawing at our keyboards far too much, we know it as a way of eating that focuses on eating grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, organic vegetables, fruits, a healthy dose of quality fats, seeds, nuts and some … →
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    Solar Drop

  • SunJack – World’s Most Portable 20W Solar Charger Live on Kickstarter

    Harold Tan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    More info on Kickstarter – http://www.bit.ly/sunjack Harold Tan, one of the team members at GoGreenSolar.com, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to build and market SunJack, the world’s most portable 20-Watt solar charger and battery pack for off-grid applications and emergency mobile power. The campaign will also benefit the rural villages of Papua New Guinea with smoke-free lighting and energy. As an off-grid camper and extreme outdoorsman, Tan knows how important charged electronics can be in isolated areas. But whether power was needed for light, weather information, or…
  • Solar 101: What’s the difference between microinverters and string inverters?

    Solar Fred
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you’re a homeowner or an installer doing residential or small scale commercial solar installations, you essentially have three choices for converting the solar system’s DC power into AC power: You can either go with new microinverters or with string inverters—with or without DC power optimizers. All will work, but there are differences, especially in certain situations. String Inverters: The solar industry standard The KACO Solar blue planet xi-series inverter design is not only efficient, it also offers patented MPPT technology and produces optimum total output from your…
  • Canadian Solar Inc – From Icy Paths to Solar Panels

    Tim Wu
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Foreward: As a leading retailer for solar products and kits, we’re proud to provide access to the industry’s top manufacturers. But with so many companies, there’s of course, the subtle, but key distinctions between companies, their products, and the people who make them. By shining light on these differences and sharing their stories, we’re aiming to provide a more clear picture to help in your decision making. Canadian Solar Inc., at a Glance Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the largest solar manufacturers in the world. Their story combines global reach and world class…
  • What’s wrong with solar permitting? Q&A with Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com

    Tom Jackson
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Experience any roadblocks while trying to pull a permit for a photovoltaic (PV) system in your city?   Paying too much?  You’re not alone.  Getting your PV system a permit can be a daunting task for both customers and installers. According to report by Clean Power Finance, about 23% of PV installations cost more than expected.   More than a third of solar installers actually avoid working with certain Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) because of their solar permitting processes. What’s wrong with these permitting processes and what can we do to fix it?  What’s…
  • All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute

    Solar Fred
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update 3/14/14: The solar trade case preliminary decision has been moved from March 28th to June 2nd. The trade commission says it’s due to “parties involved are cooperating, and investigation is complicated.” Perhaps this will give the parties more time for a settlement. In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated…
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    Green Planet

  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
  • Solar Water Disinfection

    Prasun Barua
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We know that water is an important element in our life. Our lives are survived by water. Indeed, our body contains huge amount of water. Purified water can save our life. On the other hand, germ infected water can destroy our life. So, we need to drink water which is disinfected. We can make our water disinfected by utilizing various systems. Solar Water Disinfection is one of the significant system to make our water disinfected.Solar Water Disinfection is a system which utilizes solar energy to remove biological agents like bacteria, protozoa, viruses and worms from water and makes it…
  • Biomass

    Prasun Barua
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    What is Biomass?Biomass is the biological component which is obtained from living organisms of nature. It is also referred as plant based material when energy is produced from biomass. At the same time, biomass is also applicable for both animal and vegetable resultant components.Biomass is a renewable energy source and it can re-grow quite quickly. Sun's energy is captured by plants' chlorophyll through the photosynthesis process. Here, carbohydrates are created by converting carbon dioxide from the air and water from the ground. They are complex combination of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Hygroelectricity

    Prasun Barua
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:42 pm
    For long time, It has been a great mystery how electricity appears in the atmosphere. But, recent research says that atmospheric water vapor can turn into electrical charge. They are calling it hygroelectricity which means humid electricity.Now, it is realized that hygroelectricity is one kind of static electricity which appears on water droplets and can be moved from droplets to small dust particles. It is a common phenomenon in the earth's atmosphere. Hygroelectric charge exists in thunderstorms volcanic eruptions and some   dust storms which creates lightning. Once, scientists…
  • BIPV

    Prasun Barua
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    What is BIPV?Full abbreviation of BIPV is Building Integrated Photovoltaic. This is a technology which integrates photovoltaic modules into the roof or exterior of a building. By concurrently serving as building, a BIPV system serves as both envelope material and electrical power generator. It contributes to save materials and electricity costs as well as minimize the dependency on fossil fuels. It reduces carbon emission and enhances the architectural value of a building.Most of BIPV systems are connected with available grid power. We can also use them as stand-alone, off-grid systems. A…
 
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    Alternative energy news and resources updated daily

  • How to benefit from double glazed doors and windows

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Double glazed windowsIf you want to know how you can benefit from these double glazed doors and windows in your residence you need to know all the advantages that come once you install them. Double glazing is a relatively new technique used to produce doors and windows with extra features if compared with those made from regular wood. These doors and windows are specifically created to reduce heat loss and decrease the sound intensity from outside or even from inside. Usually they have at least two pieces of glass set in parallel one to another and with a space between them that is filled…
  • Translucent panels will be used to illuminate narrow and dark streets from crowded city areas

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Narrow streetIn the world, nearly one billion people live all day long in congested city areas where the sunlight cannot reach the ground and they cannot benefit from the light and warmth as it should. This is all happening mainly because all these crowded city areas are surrounded by very tall building blocks that obviously block the sunlight. Today, all UN predictions sustain that population number will continue to grow in the following decades, be sure that the number of inhabitants which live in the crowded city areas will grow as well, and this can only aggravate the lack of sunshine.
  • What you need to know before installing a geothermal energy system

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    geothermal system Before deciding to instal a geothermal energy system at home, you need to know what are the benefits that come once you have such a system and of course if there are any inconveniences as well. Before all, you need to know that the geothermal energy is a renewable energy resource that comes from the ground. The heat that comes from the ground is practically endless and for that reason any system that uses the geothermal energy is endless as well. Any geothermal heat pump installed at your home is able to produce energy for several years, without any replacement. Some small…
  • Ukraine needs foreign investments to develop renewable and get rid of the Russian natural gas

    admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Ukraine Olexander Motsyk, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S., stated at a renewable energy conference that was held at the Ukrainian embassy that is time for U.S. investors to discover Ukraine’s green energy possibilities. For now, Ukraine depends heavily on Russian natural gas for heat and electricity. The U.S. and EU officials, are now seeking solutions to assist Ukraine in its attempt to limit the dependence from the Russian resources. The green sectors where Ukraine is looking for U.S. investors is in its biomass, wind power and solar energy. The concept behind all this is to use…
  • Tin selenide is the best material in the world that converts heat into electricity

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    19 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Ford Mondeo exhaust pipe Scientists at Northwestern University have discovered a very interesting material known to be the number one in the world at waste heat conversion into electricity. This useful property can be used in many thermoelectric devices and in various industrial sectors where exists the potential to save big quantities of wasted energy. The material was discovered by an interdisciplinary team led by inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis. They found that the crystal form of the chemical compound named tin solenoid has the ability to conduct heat very poorly and because of…