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  • The Evolution Of Alternative Medicine

    Digg: alternative Stories
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:38 am
    Back in the 1990s, the word “ alternative ” was a synonym for hip and forward-thinking.
  • Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month

    Reuters: Environment
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangkok's tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital's water authority said.
  • The Parched West: California Drought Sends U.S. Water Agency Back to Drawing Board

    NYT > Environment
    CORAL DAVENPORT
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The Bureau of Reclamation, which runs a vast network of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts across the West, is taking a hard look at its infrastructure.
  • Should Swimmers Worry About Sharks?

    NYT > Environment
    CHRISTINE HAUSER
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    A rash of shark bites in North Carolina has raised concerns. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.
  • How To Build a Living Wall Pocket Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna Coronado
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Many of the living walls featured in my book, Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, are focused on pre-made systems. Yet a few are homemade systems built with a bit of creativity and modeled into something that will work just for the purposes you need them for. This is one such garden, created as an aromatic therapeutic fabric pocket garden that can be mobile if you would like. It is charming and absolutely perfect for small areas like gates, doors, and feature areas. Excerpts from my book are below – showing you how to make it yourself. HOW TO BUILD A LIVING WALL…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • White Fish, Swiss Chard, Spinach, and Black Bean Salad Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    For several years both my daughters had decided they were vegan or vegetarian in one form or another and for the first time ever in my life I really tried to cook more with beans in order to help supplement their health. Ultimately, we all got a great education about healthy eating and I became ABSOLUTELY ADDICTED to beans. I love them. One of the best recipes ever is this white fish with Swiss chard, spinach and black bean salad. You can serve the white fish breaded or not, hot or cold, but the salad should be at room temperature and made fresh – it usually takes me 10 minutes to…
  • My Fiestaware Dinnerware Family Story

    Shawna Coronado
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    My Family Story Many of you ask me about the dishes which I use in many of my culinary photographs as you like the bold colors and want to know more about them. After all these years, I think it’s time I tell you the story of what the dishes are and why I use them – ultimately they mean “love” to my heart. You see, once upon a time I was a little girl that grew up on a farm in Indiana. I loved spending time on my grandparent’s farms as well and one particular Indiana grandma was my inspiration – she was a feminist before the term was coined, she spent time…
  • OMango Restaurant Review and a Quinoa Salad Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:39 am
    ***NOTICE AND ADDENDUM TO THIS STORY***  (See top image) It appears that OMango has suddenly been forced to close down it’s retail store in order to survive. I had pre-posted the story before I knew of the closing. My apologies. OMango will still be offering food truck, party, and festival service as well as custom catering services. I’m very sorry the restaurant is not open — I love the food and hope it will come back soon!! OMango is a restaurant near my home which I have fallen madly in love with. It is located at 1056 North Route 59, Aurora, IL 60504, which is right…
  • How To Build a Living Wall Pocket Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Many of the living walls featured in my book, Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, are focused on pre-made systems. Yet a few are homemade systems built with a bit of creativity and modeled into something that will work just for the purposes you need them for. This is one such garden, created as an aromatic therapeutic fabric pocket garden that can be mobile if you would like. It is charming and absolutely perfect for small areas like gates, doors, and feature areas. Excerpts from my book are below – showing you how to make it yourself. HOW TO BUILD A LIVING WALL…
  • Backyard Garden Room Makeover – Before and After

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    It is time to continue our three months of AE Outdoor “Creating the Perfect Patio” garden room makeover project – the last redecorating project is focused on making a blank, awkwardly shaped flagstone patio into a sweet entertaining area. In the photo to the right you can see the last makeover project results, where I remade the front patio area into a sitting area with a living wall and a succulent wok. It transitioned into a boldly happy entry! Our first patio makeover, seen in the photo to the left, was an outdoor garden potting room re-do. It became a colorful potting…
 
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  • Significant Opportunity for Reducing India's Global Warming Hydrofluorocarbon Emissions

    Anjali Jaiswal
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco Guest blog by Bhaskar Deol, NRDC Representative in New Delhi Progress on tangible climate action is taking place in New Delhi this week. India's Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change is hosting a high-level industry and government meeting in the city to talk about new and upcoming climate-friendly technologies that will be instrumental in a global phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are one of the six greenhouse gases and very potent contributors to global warming, most prominently being used in the room and mobile air…
  • Citizen Actions in Canada Are Putting the Brakes on Tar Sands Pipelines

    Jennifer Skene
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Jennifer Skene, Ford Fellow, International Program, Washington, D.C. This past weekend, citizens from across Canada gathered in Ontario to voice their support for moving beyond the tar sands industry to a clean energy future. Over 10,000 people marched in Toronto in support of Jobs, Justice, and the Climate. The march became the most diverse climate mobilization ever in Canada, drawing Indigenous communities, unions, students, celebrities, social justice organizations, and environmental leaders. The marchers called on political leaders to move Canada toward a clean energy economy, which would…
  • Steady As She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan from the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions

    David Doniger
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C. Everyone with a stake in President Obama's Clean Power Plan waited anxiously last month for the Supreme Court's decisions in the mercury and healthcare cases, Michigan v. EPAand King v. Burwell. What would those cases tell us about prospects for EPA's carbon pollution standards? The two decisions, taken together, tell us the Clean Power Plan's prospects are, in fact, pretty good. Here are three reasons why: 1. The mercury setback is temporary, and won't interfere with the Clean Power Plan. From the immediate press…
  • Is Clean Energy a Mega-opportunity for Virginia? Is the Pope Catholic??

    Walton Shepherd
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. Pope Francis's genuinely moving encyclical on climate change and its impact on the disadvantaged is timely for the state of Virginia, which has not only at least 700,000 Catholics (including one Governor Terrance McAuliffe), but which is already grappling with the effects of climate change. Indeed, the Virginia Catholic Conference, representing the registered Catholics in the Commonwealth, notes, "from the effects of deforestation on third-world countries that depend on rich soil for agriculture, to rising sea levels in Virginia's own Hampton…
  • Utility Rate Decision in California Can Help Transition to Cleaner Electric System - Could Be Much Better

    Sheryl Carter
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San Francisco The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just approved a redesign of residential electric bills that will help reinforce California's efforts to strengthen its ambitious climate and clean energy goals, improve its economic and public health, and help customer's pocketbooks while adding a mechanism that takes into account when you use electricity. But it could have been much better. The new rate design (for customers of California's investor-owned utilities serving 75 percent of the state) will continue to encourage customers…
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    Grist

  • Climate change leaves trees out to dry

    Amelia Urry
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The drought may be killing lawns, but whatever — they’re useless. When drought starts going after trees, however, that’s another matter. As year four of California’s drought rolls around, the magical, shade-providing carbon sinks are starting to perish, thanks to a lack of rain and a more recent lack of lawn irrigation. It turns out all that profligate sprinkling was feeding California’s trees — and when cities cracked down on turf, they inadvertently starved out the more useful urban greenery. And while this one’s partly on us — maybe we…
  • “True Detective” wants to remind us that sometimes L.A. is just the worst

    Eve Andrews
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    In this installment of Green Screen, we highlight the greenest parts of your favorite TV guilty pleasures (spoiler: There are a lot of them!). Last week, we asked the question: Can True Detective make us love Los Angeles for all its smoggy flaws, as it has done for its previous despicable protagonists? Last week, we felt optimistic — perhaps it was because the sun was shining, a long weekend was on the horizon, and we were giddy at the prospect and promise of a renewed relationship with a well. This week, we feel differently. Let’s recall from last week’s episode:Ani is…
  • Why crushing bees into soup could actually help them

    Grist staff
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    “Bee soup” sounds like the makings of the most fantastical children’s book ever, right? Turns out the secret to understanding — and maybe even reversing — bees’ mysterious decline worldwide may be swirling in a bowl of it. According to new research out of the U.K., crushing up wild bees and collecting and reading their DNA could enable scientists to carry out large-scale monitoring programs that will tell us whether conservation efforts to save the tiny pollinators are really working. Lead researcher Douglas Yu — a professor from the University of East…
  • Which is harder, Tetris or climate change?

    Suzanne Jacobs
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    If there’s anyone who knows how to solve big problems, it’s Henk Rogers, discoverer of Tetris. Fortunately, the man who ended boredom is now turning his attention toward climate change. Rogers had a near-death experience back in 2006 that left him determined to save the planet: “We’re going to end the use of carbon-based fuel, and that is my mission No. 1,” he told the Associated Press. The god of blocks has since made his 6,000 square foot home in Honolulu completely energy independent and now plans to help others join him off the grid. Here’s…
  • The EPA could ban this toxic pesticide

    Nathanael Johnson
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ban one of the most toxic pesticides allowed in the U.S. unless the companies that sell it restrict its use. Environmental groups have been pushing the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos since 2007. And on June 30, in response to an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the EPA filed a report saying it would ban the chemical unless makers “agree to take necessary action, i.e., amending the product labeling of chlorpyrifos products, to address unsafe drinking water exposures.” (Tougher labeling would carry legal weight.) Use of…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • China Using Farm Animals to Predict Earthquakes

    Natalia Lima
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The Chinese city of Nanjing has transformed seven farms into earthquake research centers for the government. According to local media reports, the farms report the animals’ behavior twice a day Read MoreThe post China Using Farm Animals to Predict Earthquakes appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: A Five-Year-Old Girl Tearfully Explain Why She’s a Vegetarian

    Brianne Hogan
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    “I don’t really wanna eat the animals,” Indie-Rose, a five-year-old Dublin girl, cries out in a video which was first shared to Facebook on July 3. The child’s heartfelt plea was triggered Read MoreThe post WATCH: A Five-Year-Old Girl Tearfully Explain Why She’s a Vegetarian appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Hugo Boss Bans Fur From All Upcoming Collections

    Natalia Lima
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    As the fashion industry shows its lack of taste with a re-emergence of fur clothes, luxury fashion designer Hugo Boss has pledged to go fur free in all of its Read MoreThe post Hugo Boss Bans Fur From All Upcoming Collections appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Fur Is Making A Giant Comeback In the Fashion World

    Brianne Hogan
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Well, this sucks. From the looks of the recent Paris runways, fur is definitely not going anywhere anytime soon. Fendi recently held a “haute fourrure” show last Wednesday, which was Read MoreThe post Fur Is Making A Giant Comeback In the Fashion World appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Los Angeles’ 2nd Annual Vegan Oktoberfest is Returning This October

    Brianne Hogan
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Back by popular demand, the first-ever Vegan Oktoberfest is returning to Los Angeles this fall. Thanks to last year’s huge turnout, the 2015 Vegan Oktoberfest will be spread out over Read MoreThe post Los Angeles’ 2nd Annual Vegan Oktoberfest is Returning This October appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Transgenderism in Black Sea Bass

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    Rutgers marine researchers and New Jersey fishermen are piecing together the details of the strange, gender-bending sex lives of black sea bass – a study that could improve understanding of the bass population and help the beleaguered recreational fishing industry.Scientists have long known black sea bass are “protogynous hermaphrodites,” a species in which fish that begin life as females can switch gender to male. But the details of how and why that happens are not completely understood.Now, there’s thinking the change is triggered when the number of males in a local…
  • Walk to improve your health

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    Wearable devices that monitor physical well-being and fitness are incredibly popular. The number sold is expected to increase from 17.7 million in 2014 to more than 40 million this year.1Personally, I use the Jawbone UP24 and have found it very useful for keeping track of my daily steps and sleep patterns. Most of these devices come set with a default goal of 10,000 steps a day, which is a number commonly associated with a basic or moderate level of fitness.
  • Greece's economic problems linked to its coal-based energy policies

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    As Greece prepares for its referendum, Takis Grigoriou takes Greece to task for its highly polluting lignite power sector, its ditching of a successful solar program in favour of more coal, the minimal insulation in its buildings that locks in high fuel bills, and Syriza's failure to tackle these issues. The good news? Greece's latest €1.4bn coal project looks like going unfunded.Instead of phasing out lignite Greece opted to engage in a long battle to preserve the ailing industry while putting an abrupt end to solar energy development by blocking new applications.
  • Advertising coming to EV charging stations?

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    While many electric vehicle owners will find it irritating and annoying to be hit with adverts when charging their vehicles, is this a sign of the times? The fact that many larger companies are willing and prepared to pay for advertising space on “free” charging devices seems to indicate that the marketing industry believes the sector is here to stay. So, will advertising be a help or a hindrance to the industry going forward?Until the electric vehicle industry cracks the “mass market” it is vital that the cost of services and products is kept as low as possible. There…
  • New data on distant galaxy numbers

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data transferred to SDSC Cloud at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, for future analysis. The study, published this week in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, shows the first results from the Renaissance Simulations, a suite of extremely high-resolution adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) calculations of…
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    Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living

  • Global Teamwork Critical for Solving Ivory Crisis

    Mark Tercek
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    Mark Tercek discusses elephant poaching in Africa and illegal ivory trafficking in China, and what organizations are doing to halt them.
  • Valuing Nature: Q&A with Gretchen Daily

    Mark Tercek
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:09 pm
    Mark Tercek and Gretchen Daily—a member of the Nature Conservancy’s Board of Directors—discuss her work and vision for the future, including the Natural Capital Project.
  • Sustainable Ocean Development Is Possible

    Mark Tercek
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. A Q&A with Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans.
  • Count that Grouse

    Matt Miller
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    How do researchers ensure accurate counts of sage grouse? They’re taking to the air, with infrared.
  • Change comes to the forest.

    Matt Miller
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Logging trees to save them. Deer wars. Beavers VS old-growth forest. Welcome to conservation in the Anthropocene. Our provocative five-part series looks at some of the complicated issues facing the eastern forest.
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    EcoSalon

  • Why I Don’t Want My Kids to be ‘Rich’

    Sarah Olive Bergeson
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being “rich“. Is that really the best we can hope for our children? Recently, my husband emailed me a link to an article, “Will Your Child be Rich or Poor? 15 Poverty Habits Parents Teach Their Children” by Tom Corley. It’s uncommon for him to send me whole articles, as he usually prefers to text me inappropriate pictures or screen shots of Tweets he considers gut-busting, but he’s not alone in his enthusiasm. The article boasts 398k likes on Facebook. The title was somewhat off-putting to me; I figured it might be a case of click-bating and dove in with…
  • Kendrick Lamar’s New Video is a Moving Work of Art [Music Video]

    Abbie Stutzer
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Kendrick Lamar recently released the video “Alright,” and it’s as moving as it is thought provoking. Lamar’s music video, featured below, tackles pertinent issues, such as police brutality, in an artful and chilling manner. Related on EcoSalon Protest Often: Young Black Men Matter, Black Lives Matter Robin Thicke Keeps it Creepy: That Happened Hall and Oates Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame… Yeah, We’re Going There [Video] The post Kendrick Lamar’s New Video is a Moving Work of Art [Music Video] appeared first on EcoSalon.
  • 7 Awesome, Influential Women in Sustainable Fashion

    Leena Oijala
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Women have been the driving force behind sustainable  fashion, and we want to honor some of the industry’s most awesome ladies by highlighting their achievements and undeniable passion for creating a fashion system that serves us all! 1. Yael Aflalo This LA based dame first started her fashion career as a designer in 1999. Upon learning the negative environmental and social impacts of fast fashion, she decided to create a fashion label that was blended her SoCal trend sense with sustainable fashion principles. In 2009 Reformation was born, a brand that uses sustainable repurposed and…
  • What to Pack in Your Purse for Unexpected Sleepovers

    Abbie Stutzer
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Summer is the time for mischief and getting crazy. Make certain you’re prepared for whatever (and whoever’s bed you may fall into) by carrying these must haves in your purse. 1. Condoms, dental dams If you forget everything we list to pack in your purse here, make sure you include these guys. Never leave it up to your new partner to grab protection and always make sure the ones you carry aren’t expired. I’m seriously trying to not sound like your health teacher here, but it can’t be said enough: Condoms protect you from infections (as do dental dams), and prevent…
  • The Hermès Birkin Bag Has Nothing on the ‘Virkin’ Bag (Except Unneccesary Cruelty)

    Abbie Stutzer
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every purse lover knows the fashionable weight the Hermès Birkin Bag carries: it’s a name, fashion status, and mark of good taste, all rolled into one. Well, that is if you consider animal cruelty to be in good taste. Vegans and animal lovers everywhere have never been able to enjoy the high-end lux bag because it’s made of (gag) alligator skin. Really. From alligators. But now there’s a new bag on the block that has everything the Birkin has, except that it’s cruelty-free–as in no more tortured alligators. Freedom of Animals and animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Researchers Discover 4,000-Year-Old Coral Species Near Hawaii

    Yale Environment 360
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:08 am
    A newly discovered species of coral found in deep ocean waters near Hawaii can live to be more than
  • Water Usage for Fracking Has Increased Dramatically, Study Shows

    Yale Environment 360
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Oil and natural gas fracking requires 28 times more water now than it did 15 years ago, according to a study by the U.S. Enlarge
  • Church of England Divests from Oil Company Exploring Virunga National Park

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Church of England has divested its holdings in the British oil and gas company Soco International, citing ethical concerns over Soco's attempts to
  • Interview: How an Indian Politician Became an Environmental Hawk

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Jairam Ramesh was a self-described “economic hawk” when he became India’s environment minister in 2009, figuring that the Jairam Ramesh country’s ecological problems could wait as India lifted its people out of poverty. But by the time he left his post in 2011, he had become an environmental hawk after witnessing how India’s rapidly expanding economy and soaring population had caused widespread pollution and destruction of the environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Ramesh — an economist, parliament member, and author of a new book — talks about why a…
  • Why a Leading Indian Politician Is Now an Environmental Hawk

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh believes the “cult” of unfettered economic growth has been ruinous for India’s environment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about his vision of “green growth,” which he says is essential for his nation’s future. BY CHRISTIAN SCHWAGERL
 
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    Reuters: Environment

  • EU politicians set to back carbon market 2019 reform start

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament on Wednesday is expected to back a 2019 start to reform of the world's largest emissions market in a step toward deeper change and higher carbon prices.
  • China sets new standards for coal conversion projects

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China's energy regulator has released new draft guidelines for projects that convert coal to oil or gas, aiming to commit the sector to the strictest possible environmental standards, it said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. government outlines solar power boost for the poor

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:14 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House took steps this week to boost the installation of solar power and other renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and increase the number of jobs in the industry for poor people.
  • From rats to yellow tomatoes: the new EU business model

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:52 am
    RIGA/STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A Soviet-era rubbish dump in a swamp on the outskirts of Riga was once an obstacle to Latvia's European Union membership. Now, it's becoming a model of the resource use and waste management EU policymakers are striving to promote.
  • Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangkok's tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital's water authority said.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Artist Grimanesa Amoros Combines Architecture And Ecology For Spellbinding Public Work

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    "I created 'Golden Waters' so when the public engages with the work, they are not only drawn in, but are able to stop, think and observe," artist Grimanesa Amoros explained to the Huffington Post. "By looking, we are informing ourselves and deciding how to get involved with what we see. During the moment of engagement, the work hopefully takes viewers into a space of reflection where they themselves might be surprised by their reactions." Amoros is the mind behind "Golden Waters," an electric artistic intervention spread atop the 50-mile-long body of water that is the Arizona Canal. Using an…
  • Here's What The Future Of Energy Might Look Like. And It's Pretty Amazing (VIDEO)

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    You're already familiar with solar power, wind power, and even water power. But when it comes to the future of energy, those renewable power sources soon could be old news. Scientists and engineers are now building mashup versions of the renewable sources we're using today with the goal of generating power with even greater efficiency and sustainability. "The next category is sort of putting together elements that already exist but haven’t been put together," John Rogers, senior energy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists, told The Huffington Post in a telephone interview. "What…
  • Ice Cave Collapses In Northwest Washington, Killing 1 And Injuring 4

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:59 pm
    GRANITE FALLS, Wash. (AP) — A partial ice cave collapse in unseasonably warm northwest Washington killed one person and injured four others Monday, a Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman said. Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said late Monday night that the person who was killed remained buried under the debris at the popular Big Four Ice Caves east of Granite Falls. The recovery effort was suspended at nightfall. All victims were believed accounted for, Ireton said. Three of the injured, including a 25-year-old man in critical condition, were airlifted to a Seattle trauma center. Also…
  • North Carolina Shark Attack Injures Marine

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:12 pm
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine was bitten by a shark off the North Carolina coast last weekend, the eighth such attack in the past three weeks, medical personnel from Camp Lejeune said Monday. Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital spokesman Raymond Applewhite told WITN-TV in Washington (http://bit.ly/1J1mxjo ) the 32-year-old Marine was bitten offshore at Surf City on July 4. Base spokesman Nat Fahy said Monday that the Marine suffered lacerations to his right hand and forearm. Fahy said the patient was taken to the Camp Lejeune hospital by a friend late Saturday night. He was released early…
  • Surfing, Skateboarding Cat Proves Our Feline Friends Make Awesome Adventure Buddies

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Robert Dollwet says it's his cat's confidence that sets her apart. We think it might be the fact that Didga the cat skateboards, swims, surfs -- sometimes on top of dogs -- and does gymnastics on command. She even poops in a toilet. Then flushes. OK, he'll admit it: Didga is "most likely the most talented cat in the world," says Dollwet, with more than a little fatherly pride. You can watch this cat's impressive range of skills in this spectacularly inspiring video Dollwet recently put together: Dollwet is a former Hollywood dog trainer who moved to Australia seven years ago, for family…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Seedlings and Children: Taking Care of Our Common Future

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Handicraft exchange between the Suruí and the Yawanawa communities The scene is idyllic: Children scamper across a clearing in a forest, a boy swings a baby into the air, nuzzling the child's cheek. A girl windmills her arms as she skips to a nearby hammock hung between two enormous trees. A group of women work steadily at making jewelry, staying cool in the shade of one family's dwelling. The task demands great concentration, as they pound tiny shells into shiny beads, using very large and very sharp knives. It's a slice of a day in the life of the Paiter-Suruí, a group of indigenous…
  • New York City's Investment Critical to Protect Regional Foodshed

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    New York City has invested considerably to protect lands surrounding its upstate reservoirs to secure its drinking water supply--with great results. Now Mayor Bill de Blasio has a unique opportunity to provide city residents with significant health, economic and quality-of-life benefits by leveraging ongoing efforts to secure the supply of fresh, local food by conserving farmland within its regional "foodshed." In 2013 Scenic Hudson, the environmental organization and land trust based in New York's Hudson River Valley, released a Foodshed Conservation Plan. It provides an innovative blueprint…
  • Enbridge Stuffs Provision Into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of 'Keystone XL Clone'

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    On Thursday, July 3, on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project. Line 61 cuts diagonally across Wisconsin and goes into north-central Illinois, beginning in Superior, Wisconsin and terminating in Flanagan, Illinois. The Wisconsin Gazette refers to the pipeline as the "XXL" pipeline because it is bigger in size and has higher carrying capacity than the better-known tar…
  • Orphaned Badger at WildCare

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    WildCare's Wildlife Hospital treats nearly 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned wild animal patients from over 200 species every year. This is one patient's story. It was around 7:00 pm and this young badger's rescuers saw her in the road, huddled near the body of her dead mother. The young animal was lethargic and disoriented. Not sure how to deal with a badger, which can be quite intimidating, even when small, the badger's rescuers called WildCare's Hotline for help. Our Hotline operator walked them through safely containing the badger in a carrier, and instructed them to call the local Humane…
  • Steady as She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan From the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Everyone with a stake in President Obama's Clean Power Plan waited anxiously last month for the Supreme Court's decisions in the mercury and healthcare cases, Michigan v. EPA and King v. Burwell. What would those cases tell us about prospects for EPA's carbon pollution standards? The two decisions, taken together, tell us that the Clean Power Plan's prospects are, in fact, pretty good. Here are three reasons why: 1. The mercury setback is temporary and won't interfere with the Clean Power Plan. Considering the immediate press coverage of the Michigan case, one could be forgiven for thinking…
 
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  • Nuke deal remains elusive after deadline, but talks continue

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    VIENNA (AP) — Iran nuclear talks busted through their second deadline in a week Tuesday, raising new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all Iranian pathways to a bomb through diplomacy. The talks, already in their 12th day, were prolonged until possibly Friday.
  • Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:25 pm
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.
  • Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    By Paul Taylor and Renee Maltezou BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had a final chance to present credible reform proposals to an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday to persuade skeptical creditors to reopen aid talks before his country's banks run out of money. With Greek lenders down to their last few days of cash and the European Central Bank tightening the noose on their funding, Tsipras must convince the bloc's other 18 leaders, many of whom are exasperated with five years of crisis, to authorize negotiations fast on a new loan to rescue Greece.
  • S.F. sheriff defends prior release of suspect in pier slaying

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has defended his office's decision to release a Mexican man who was in the U.S. illegally and who is now suspected in the killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier.
  • South Carolina Senate expected to vote to remove Confederate flag

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina's Senate is poised to pass legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery. A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum is headed on Tuesday for a third and final vote in the Senate, which it is considered virtually certain to pass. Then it will be taken up by the House of Representatives and could become law as early as Thursday.
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Producing biodegradable plastic just got cheaper, greener

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics, as it is costly to produce. Researchers now present a way to make the PLA production process more simple and waste-free.
  • Tundra study uncovers impact of climate warming in the Arctic

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Significant changes in one of Earth's most important ecosystems are not only a symptom of climate change, but may fuel further warming, research suggests. One of the biggest studies to date of key vegetation in the Arctic tundra provides strong evidence that dramatic changes in the region are being driven by climate warming.
  • Autonomous taxis would deliver significant environmental and economic benefits

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment's notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of time before it becomes reality. And according to a new study such a system would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • Risk of interbreeding due to climate change lower than expected

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    A surprising study of North and South American mammals, birds and amphibians finds that only about 6 percent of closely related species whose ranges do not currently overlap are likely to come into contact by the end of this century.
  • Geology: Slow episodic slip probably occurs in the plate boundary

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Scientists have discovered slow-moving low-frequency tremors which occur at the shallow subduction plate boundary in Hyuga-nada, off east Kyushu. This indicates the possibility that the plate boundary in the vicinity of the Nankai Trough is slipping episodically and slowly (over days or weeks) without inducing a strong seismic wave.
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Buying Tips: Less Toxic Nail Polish

    Amanda
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
      With names that echo tropical islands, fond memories and sassy puns — who’d ever suspect those cute bottles of nail polish are filled with many concerning chemicals? Unfortunately there isn’t an all-natural option for nail polish. But there are products that have fewer ingredients with serious health concerns. If you are one to use a polish on your fingers or toes, here are few important things to look for: “3-free”: Brands that don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde “5-free”: Brands that are 3-free + formaldehyde resin or camphor. Never list:…
  • Behind the Ratings: Pet Food

    Amanda
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Between 1988 and 2015, overall pet ownership in the United States has increased from 56% to 65%. Today, more than 79 million households own at least one pet. Pet owners are prioritizing and investing in the care and health of their pets, encouraging the pet care industry to quickly replace the term “pet owners” with “pet parents”. Take Our Poll   People want their pets to lead healthy lives—They plan activities for them, comfort them, search for the best gear and bathing supplies, learn about their nutrition needs for every life-stage, and invest in pet beds…
  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    Amanda
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    Amanda
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
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    Forbes - Energy

  • What About Nuclear Power Isn't Good?

    James Conca
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Over the last fifty years, nuclear energy has proven to be the safest and most efficient of all energy sources, from both the human health and environmental perspectives. A new report came out today analyzing the contributions of nuclear energy to the nation?s economy, and nuclear power couldn?t have gotten a better report card.
  • Energy Companies That Stake Their Future On Gas May Be In For A Big Surprise

    Mike Scott
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    Almost $300 billion of planned LNG (liquefied natural gas) projects could be surplus to requirements, suggests a new report from the respected think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative.
  • For Investors, India's Solar Push Could Signal A Gold Rush

    Saritha Rai
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:04 am
    India’s government has set a mammoth new goal to build a solar power capacity of 100 GW in an energy-starved-but-hungry country, permitting 100% foreign investment and offering a series of tax breaks for the fledgling sector. The audacious new target quintuples the previous goal of 20 GW and is about 30 times the country’s installed capacity (less than 3.7 GW). The flurry of investors is making solar energy sector seem like the new Gold Rush.
  • STEMFORCE: Building the next generation of geoscientists

    Drillinginfo
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    The ever-growing age gap within the oil and gas industry workforce is a phenomenon that companies are all too aware of. It is projected that within five to seven years, roughly 50 percent of the industry’s workforce will be retired. STEMFORCE, funded in part by Drillinginfo and founded by the organization GeoFORCE Texas, is a new program that aims to encourage students to pursue careers in the geosciences by exposing high school students to geologic fieldwork. Last week I took our first STEMFORCE cohort of 36 students from the Dallas and Austin areas to Florida to learn about river and…
  • Two High-Yield Stocks With Payouts Too Good To Last And Possibly Won't

    Roger Conrad
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    Investors suffer a double-whammy when one of their holdings cuts its dividend, missing out on income and suffering a loss of principal in the subsequent selloff.
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    The Good Human

  • NonHuman Rights – Why You Should Care

    Lisa Warner
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Human Rights are something that we know we are entitled to. As humans we are considered to have legal rights on many issues, and these would be protected by a Judge in court. We know that this has not always been the case. Throughout history some groups had to fight for their right to be seen as ‘legal persons’. The very fact that someone was human, did not give them entitlement to the human rights that are taken for granted by so many. Slaves were not considered legal persons for a great number of years. Rather they were considered to be legal things, which could be owned and…
  • Trophic Cascades – This Will Blow Your Mind

    Lisa Warner
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    This short video is undoubtedly one of the most heart warming things I have watched in a long time. It renewed my faith in the power of our planet to work in harmony when left to it’s own devices. The intricate balance of nature is shown in all it’s glory. Whatever your faith, this will reaffirm it for you. The title…How Wolves Change Rivers is a little obscure, but you will see that it is actually accurate. So how can wolves change rivers? The phenomena is known as a Trophic Cascade, and is the reason why we absolutely need ‘Apex Predators‘, such as sharks, to…
  • Could Fasting Be The Key To Long Life And Good Health?

    Lisa Warner
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Could Fasting Be The Key To Long Life And Good Health? Fasting and Long Life Fad diets are nothing new to us. We hear about the new amazing way that this celebrity got a ‘beach-bod’, how that one shifted the baby weight, and how that one looks on the catwalk. We are probably pretty much immune to the latest crazes, I for one have started to glaze over when I hear a fad-diet story. That is how it was for me when I first heard about the ‘fast diet’. It is a calorie restrictive plan, where you eat normally for 5 days per week, and seriously limit your calorific intake for…
  • Seriously, You Need To Stop Drinking Diet Soda Right Now

    Lisa Warner
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:24 am
    How many of us have opted for a diet soda when we are watching our calorie intake? Surely it is a better option than the ‘full fat’ version, right? What easier way to make a healthy substitution than to switch to a sugar-free, zero calorie beverage? I think that most of us know that this is not really the whole story. Nobody really loses weight by drinking diet soda. But the truth behind diet soda is far more sinister than you might realise, as has been illustrated by a recent study. What Exactly Is a Diet Soda? A soda is a carbonated beverage, and a diet version is the description given…
  • You Won’t Believe What Happens When You Bless Your Morning Brew!

    Lisa Warner
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:52 am
    Bless your morning brew Do you know that feeling of tucking into your mother’s signature roast beef? Or a slice of your granny’s famous fruit cake? Other roasts may be delicious, but not quite the same as the one’s your mamma makes. And you can never find a cake as good as granny’s in the supermarket. What is the reason for this? Could it be the secret ingredient? The trick with bovril on the potatoes? Or the extra spoonful of zest? Possibly – but what if the ams changer in the recipe is something that you can’t see. More and more studies are suggesting that the power of our…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Which Advanced Country Has the Most Climate Sceptics? Hint: It's Not the United States

    Graham Readfearn
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    It's not necessarily a competition you should be particularly keen to win, but which country in the world has the most climate change “sceptics”? Most people would probably hazard a guess at the United States, what with its preponderance of climate science denialist think tanks, conservative television and radio hosts and politicians who think it’s all a hoax. But a new study that analysed identical surveys carried out across 14 industrialised nations has found that when it comes to climate science denial, Australia tops the pile. Click here for reuse options! Tags: climate…
  • That Time When Lord Lawson Talked Climate Change in a US Senate Committee Hearing

    Brendan Montague
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    This DeSmog UK epic history post follows climate denier Lord Lawson as he travels to the United States to brief a senate committee on the economics of climate change. In his sunset years, Lord Nigel Lawson had managed to clamber back onto the world’s political stage. Two months before the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee inquiry – into allegations that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) used poor statistics and economics – had been published, the former chancellor (who instigated the inquiry) flew out to the United States to present the report’s…
  • Beer Brawl Ensues Over Threat to Shut Down Colorado Coal Mine

    Anne Landman
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Bars, liquor stores and restaurants in the small northwest coal mining town of Craig, Colorado have started boycotting craft beers made by Colorado microbreweries that have donated even tiny amounts of cash or in-kind gifts to environmental and sustainability causes. Click here for reuse options! Tags: coal miningColoradofracking
  • Blocking the Bomb Trains: Nationwide Protests On Lac-Megantic Anniversary

    Justin Mikulka
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    It’s corporate greed versus the common good, whether it’s rail safety or climate change.” Those were the words of Lowen Berman, a Portland activist involved in a blockade of oil train tracks to mark the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster. Berman and 60 other activists protested in Portland today as part of a national Oil Train Week of Protests led by 350.org and ForestEthics. Click here for reuse options! Tags: Lac MeganticBomb Trainsoil by rail
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting, How About You?

    Justin Mikulka
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    In the third movie from the prankster activists, The Yes Men, made up of Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, they set their sights on what they see as the biggest issue facing the world today — climate change. However, unlike their first two films, they also turn the cameras on themselves and one of the main story lines in the film is how the two address what it means to dedicate your life to activism. This self-examination leads to the inevitable question, “Does what we do really make a difference?” Click here for reuse options! Tags: the yes menandy bichlbaummike…
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • Essential Accessories For A Classic Summer Picnic

    Thia Laurain
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    With summer finally upon us, and undoubtedly much summer entertaining in our futures, now is as good a time as any to invest in a quality picnic blanket, and strive to eat as many meals as possible in the great outdoors. To help you get started, we rounded up some of our absolute summer picnic favorites for you to peruse — as well as some real life picnic inspiration — below, so take a peek! Picnic AccessoriesView SlideshowPicnic AccessoriesView Slideshow Other Picnic Inspiration | How to Pack for a Picnic | Fancy Summer Picnic | Romantic Picnic in Paris | © Style Me…
  • Elegant Bistro Baby Shower

    Erin Lepperd
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    With a soft hued color palette in mind and the perfect venue snagged at Perch Los Angeles, this elegant bistro shower came to fruition. It marries the beauty of a ladies lunch with the happy celebration of an impending arrival and comes complete with a table full of blooms by Wild Vase plus the tastiest dessert spread ever. See even more shot by Lauren Bauer in the full gallery. Share this gorgeous gallery on   When I got pregnant after years of trying, my best friend, Sheena Yaitanes, immediately started planning my baby shower to celebrate this momentous occasion. Rather than…
  • Lilliana Vazquez’s Summer Beauty Must-Haves

    Abigail Silverman
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Style expert, TV personality and author of the new book ‘The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic‘ Lilliana Vazquez knows a thing or two about style & beauty. The stunning fashionista known for her frugal style and chic beauty finds shared exclusively with SMP her favorite summer must-haves including a lux face mask and must have blush stick! Click through the gallery below to see all 10! Lilliana Vazquez’s 10 Summer Must-Haves Lilliana Vazquez Must HavesView SlideshowLilliana Vazquez Must HavesView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty,…
  • A Modern Pool House Makeover

    Erin Lepperd
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    This pool house is a study in chic; taking the essence of modern and Palm Beach and marrying them into an ultra cool, summer ready space. And would you believe that the fab designer behind this pretty little spot is still in high school? We’re thoroughly convinced that Kevin O’Gara is a design genius. See even more including the before pictures for this fun project on his blog, Though Swell. Share this gorgeous gallery on   In a classic Neil Reid home in Atlanta, GA, high school student Kevin O’Gara transformed a gracious pool house from beige and wood trim to…
  • Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream

    Christina Lee
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Last weekend, I went camping in the Catskills with new friends, where we bonded over conversations about the perfect toasted marshmallow and whether s’more counts as a verb (we unanimously decided it did). I miss those campfire mallows with their smoky char and creamy centers, but until the next trip this toasted marshmallow ice cream recipe from Jessica of A Happy Food Dance might help tide me over! “It reminds me of camping, summer nights, the smell of tents and sticky fingers,” says Jessica. “This toasted marshmallow ice cream brings all those wonderful memories…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Talented 12. Young chemists.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to C&EN's first annual Talented 12 feature, in which we highlight path-paving young researchers and entrepreneurs who are using chemistry to solve global problems.
  • Electric 'robocabs': Key to curbing vehicle emissions?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Driverless cars are coming, but overhauling a single niche sector like taxi cabs could be cost-effective and good for the environment, according to a new study.
  • Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bangkok's tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital's water authority said.
  • Climate change may knock seafood off the menu.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Researchers warn of a serious threat to fish, mussels and other marine species as carbon dioxide acidifies the world’s waters and increases temperatures.
  • 'Robocabs' can drive down pollution.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Self-driving "robocab" taxis could deliver huge environmental and economic benefits by running more efficiently than privately operated vehicles, a study has shown.
 
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    Green Car Congress

  • New safety test environment for high-speed flywheels for energy storage systems; new high-speed imaging techniques

    mmillikin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Ricardo-led FlySafe research collaboration—involving a range of leading industrial and academic partners including the University of Brighton’s Centre for Automotive Engineering—has delivered an innovative flywheel safety test environment to enable the development of next-generation flywheel energy storage systems. The FlySafe project is investigating the potential failure mechanisms and behaviors of high-speed flywheel systems. Operating at extremely high rotational speeds, these systems offer a practical and potentially cost-effective mechanical means of saving fuel and…
  • Study finds perennial biofuel crops’ water consumption similar to corn

    mmillikin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    A study by a team from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has found that perennial biofuel crops’ evapotranspiration does not differ greatly from corn. Evapotranspiration (ET) refers to the sum total of water lost while the plant is growing, either from evaporation through the plant stem itself (a process called “transpiration”), or from water evaporated off of the plant’s leaves or the ground. The study, led by GLBRC scientist and Michigan State University professor of ecosystem ecology Stephen Hamilton, is the first multi-year effort to compare the water use of…
  • Platts Survey: OPEC pumps 31.28M barrels of crude per day in June; highest since Aug 2012

    mmillikin
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Oil production from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) totaled 31.28 million barrels per day (b/d) in June, up 170,000 b/d from May and the fourth consecutive monthly increase since February, as Saudi Arabia and Iraq pushed out more oil, a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts showed Monday. The June total leaves OPEC pumping nearly 1.3 million b/d in excess of its official 30 million b/d ceiling. This is the highest monthly level since August 2012, when the survey estimated output at 31.54 million b/d. At that point, output was on the way…
  • Honda diesel sets new Guinness record for fuel efficiency, averaging 83 mpg US in 8,387-mile drive across 24 EU countries

    mmillikin
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Honda has set a new Guinness World Records title for “Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)”, recording an average 83 mpg US (2.82 l/100 km) over 8,387 miles (13,498 km), in a 25-day drive across all 24 EU contiguous countries. (Earlier post.) The car achieved an average 932 miles (1,500 km) on each tank of fuel, at a total fuel cost for the whole journey of just £459 (US$716). Behind the wheel of a Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC for the entire journey were two members of Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team, Fergal McGrath and Julian…
  • Small-scale GTL company Velocys suspends CEO

    mmillikin
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    Velocys plc, a company developing and commercializing smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, has suspended its Chief Executive Officer, Roy Lipski, pending an investigation into allegations of “serious misconduct.” The allegations do not involve any element of fraud or financial impropriety. Velocys’ Chief Financial Officer, Susan Robertson, will act as Chief Executive Officer during the suspension of Lipski. In a statement, the company said that the suspension does not constitute disciplinary action and does not imply any assumption whatsoever that he is guilty of any…
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    Eco Friend

  • Looking into the future: 6 Concept phones that don’t need electricity

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There is no need to worry about hunting around for an electrical outlet to charge your phone anymore. A lot of companies are coming forward with concept phones that can use alternate sources of energy to charge themselves. Accordingly, here are 6 such concept phones that do not need electricity for charging purposes. Aeolus Sustainable ... The post Looking into the future: 6 Concept phones that don’t need electricity appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • 8 Coolest green concepts that bring hope for a better world

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    A green lifestyle would mean adopting an eco-friendly way of living your life. It would mean following eco-friendly practices on a daily basis. It would mean staying away from all kinds of anti-environmental products and practices. And it would surely mean choosing to have at least one or all of these amazing green concept ideas ... The post 8 Coolest green concepts that bring hope for a better world appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • GoSun Grill solar oven has no problems cooking at night

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:08 am
    Many regard a vacation as incomplete if there is no cooking on the grill, it is fun to cook in the outdoors. What if you lie on the hammock and your food grills on its own that too without smoke? The innovation GoSun grill cooks without fuel even at night! A fuel-free cooker powered by ... The post GoSun Grill solar oven has no problems cooking at night appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Gadgets and sculptures made from old computer parts

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    Sometimes we just throw things away without knowing their real worth. With some knowledge about recycling and creativity, old things can transform into something more productive and utilizable. If we know the real meaning of recycling, we can make the correct use of such things and turn them into something new and innovative. Almost everyone ... The post Gadgets and sculptures made from old computer parts appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Scrap recycled into sweet geeky sculptures

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    Recycling old junks not only saves the environment but also old junk that was once destined to get into landfills. While you recycle old things, you are making an effort to save the environment. Besides that, you are saving energy and preventing pollution by checking your desire to collect new raw material. Many people just ... The post Scrap recycled into sweet geeky sculptures appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • The Mercury Standards, Post-Supreme Court – Still in Effect, Still Protecting Americans

    Tomas Carbonell
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Tomas CarbonellSupreme Court of the United States The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards back in 2011, at a news conference at Children’s Hospital with cheering children and families surrounding the speakers. They were cheering because the Mercury Standards were the single most important clean air measure of our generation – designed to protect Americans from some of the worst, most dangerous types of air pollution. They still are. This week’s disappointing Supreme Court decision, remanding the standards back to the D.C.
  • Urgency and Opportunity for Latino Leadership on Climate

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    By Lucía Oliva HennellyLas Vegas — Wikimedia Commons When I landed in Las Vegas last week, the weather was a broiling 108 degrees. Ouch. I braved the Las Vegas heat for one of the most inspiring convenings of Latino leaders in the country, the Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). We had a chance to hear from established and rising Latino leaders, as well as from Presidential candidates, about the challenges facing Latino communities and the many paths forward for creating a brighter future. What we did not hear about was a vision for places…
  • Accelerating the Shift to More Efficient Trucks

    EDF Blogs
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Tom Murray, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund Freight transportation is the work horse of the global economy, ensuring that the products consumers want get on the shelves where and when they want them. With 70 percent of U.S. goods being moved by truck, freight is a key source of U.S. fuel consumption and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Today, freight also offers companies a key opportunity to drive us toward a lower carbon future. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed with EDF President Fred Krupp, Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi voiced…
  • American Petroleum Institute Continues Its Long Campaign against Clean Air Standards

    Mandy Warner
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By Mandy WarneriStockphoto.com I recently had the unfortunate experience of hearing a two-year-old suffer from an asthma attack. The nurses commented in passing how it was actually a great sign to hear the young child screaming, as it was more worrisome when children came in with asthma attacks and were unable to draw breath. As a mother of a two-year-old myself, hearing the terrified screams of this child was utterly heartbreaking. This was the first time I've come face to face with a child suffering the effects of asthma – a terrible respiratory disease that is often exacerbated by…
  • Six Climate Tipping Points: How Worried Should We Be?

    Ilissa Ocko
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    By Ilissa OckoOne of the biggest fears about climate change is that it may be triggering events that would dramatically alter Earth as we know it. Known to scientists as “tipping events,” they could contribute to mass extinction of species, dramatic sea level rise, extensive droughts and the transformation of forests into vast grasslands – among other upheavals our stressed world can ill afford. Here are the top six climate events scientists worry about today. 1. The Arctic sea ice melts The melting of the Arctic summer ice is considered to be the single greatest threat, and some…
 
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    GreenMonk: the blog

  • What do we do in a world where energy is in abundance?

    Tom Raftery
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at What do we do in a world where energy is in abundance? The cost of solar power is falling in direct relation to the amount of solar power modules being produced. With no end in sight to this price reduction, we should soon be in a world where energy is in abundance. Moore’s Law, the law which says the number of transistors in computers doubles every two years approximately, has an equivalent in solar power called Swanson’s Law. Swanson’s Law says that the price of solar panels tends to drop 20% for every doubling of…
  • GreenTouch release tools and technologies to significantly reduce mobile networks energy consumption

    Tom Raftery
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at GreenTouch release tools and technologies to significantly reduce mobile networks energy consumption Mobile industry consortium GreenTouch today released tools and technologies which, they claim, have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of communication networks by 98% The world is now awash with mobile phones. According to Ericsson’s June 2015 mobility report [PDF warning], the total number of mobile subscriptions globally in Q1 2015 was 7.2 billion. By 2020, that number is predicted to increase another 2 billion to…
  • Technology is moving us, finally, towards the vision of personalised medicine

    Tom Raftery
    29 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology is moving us, finally, towards the vision of personalised medicine We attended this year’s SapphireNow event (SAP’s customer and partner conference) in Orlando and were very impressed with some of the advances SAP and their ecosystem are making in the field of healthcare. Why is this important? Healthcare for many decades now has been stagnant when it comes to technological disruption. Go to most hospitals today and you will still see doctors using paper and clipboards for their patient notes. Don’t just…
  • Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center

    Tom Raftery
    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center Equinix is powering one of its Silicon Valley data centers with a 1MW Bloom Energy fuel cell As we have pointed out here many times, the main cloud providers (particularly Amazon and IBM) are doing a very poor job either powering their data centers with renewable energy, or reporting on the emissions associated with their cloud computing infrastructure. Given the significantly increasing use of cloud computing by larger organisations, and the growing economic costs of…
  • Utilities and change – times are changing

    Tom Raftery
    1 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Utilities and change – times are changing I attended this year’s International SAP for Utilities event in Berlin and despite it’s being co-located with the SAP Oil and Gas conference which led to some unfortunate references in the keynotes, it was an interesting event. Some of the numbers I learned at the event were that of SAP’s 5,800 utility customers, 65 are on HANA, and the first Suite on HANA customer (Snohomish County Public Utility District) will go live in September. SAP also let it be known that it has…
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  • Polar Bears Threatened by Melting Sea Ice

    Siyahi
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Arctic animals have always been walking the tightrope in terms of population. The effect of global warming and climatic changes upon these animals is nothing new, and polar bears are a species that have been standing closer to the danger zone. Revelations of a new study are even more painful than we might have thought. Biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say that the climatic change across the poles due to global warming has been causing further threats to these animals rather than just to the habitat. Besides the undesirable change of climate, these animals will also have to…
  • LA Teen Stumbles Upon New Firefly Species

    Siyahi
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:24 am
    Not every day do we come across a new species as we go about our normal holiday walk. But Joshua Olive was in for a surprise that he stumbled upon a new kind of living being. It just would have been a rather normal day for Olive, a recent graduate from University of California in History, who was on a hiking trip with his mother to the Topanga Canyon on Mother’s Day. But it turned out to be a day of discovery as he bumped into a firefly, which appeared with an orange halo-like shield and a protruding organ near its tail. It was a discovery not just for him, but for even the deepest…
  • America’s Oldest Bald Eagle Dead after Being Struck by Vehicle

    Siyahi
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    America’s oldest bald eagle will no more wing its way above the state of New York. The 38 year old bald eagle, which accounted much to the population restoration in New York, was found dead on the roadside after being hit by a vehicle. Authorities found the eagle dead earlier this month in New York. Eagle No. 03142, as it was tagged, was captured as a nestling back in 1977 from Puposky Lake near Bemidji, along with three other bald eagle chicks. The eagles were later transported to New York as a part of the population restoration program of Bald Eagles in the city. Back in 1981, the eagle…
  • Thousands Flee as Mount Sinabung Sputters Ashes and Rocks

    Siyahi
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    Thousands of Indonesians have been forced to leave areas around Mt Sinabung following the red alert sounded by the government. Mount Sinabung, which has been active since 2010, has now caused more than ten thousand residents to flee from the island, with more than 1200 locals leaving their homes on Monday. The Volcano, situated in the island of Sumatra, was raised to the highest alert two weeks ago, and ever since, people have taken refuge at distant offices and other buildings. However, it was with the weekend eruptions that large numbers of people were forced to abandon their homes to head…
  • Chimps to be Listed Under Endangered Species

    Siyahi
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Did you think wildlife in captivity would help bring them back from the brim of being endangered? Just refer to the recent rule amendments related to captive chimpanzees put forward by US Fish and Wildlife department. The country enacted a new rule on June 16, which says captive chimpanzees will now on be considered as an endangered species. A grace period of 90 days will be observed for the new enactment, following which the rule would be made official on September 14. The decision has been taken following the petition filed by Jane Goodall and other organizations back in 2010. Domesticated…
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  • Passive House

    GreenMan
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    Passive House The idea of the Passive house was first developed by Professors Bo Adamson of Lund University in Sweden and Wolfgang Feist from the Institute for Housing and the Environment in Germany. The idea was hatched in May 1988 and by 1990 the first Passivhaus (German for ‘Passive house’) was built in Darmstadt in […]
  • Tips for Designing a Sustainable Home

    GreenMan
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:08 am
    There are lots of ways you can make your home more energy efficient and water efficient. It all depends on your budget and the current state of your house. As far as being green goes the old adage that ‘any little helps’ is very true. The more you can incorporate green design into your home […]
  • DIY Solar Solutions Build Yourself a Sunny Future

    GreenMan
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    It may be 93 million miles away, but the power of the sun is so strong you can feel it when you walk outside. The sun provides energy that is cheap, clean, and nearly everywhere human beings live and work. What’s more, the potential of solar power has excited some of the brightest minds in […]
  • Guide to Going Paperless

    GreenMan
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    The phrase ‘paperless office’ evokes an image of an office that is free from files, folders and over-flowing ‘to do’ trays… could life possibly be that simple? Actually with a few quick changes it could be! If you can manage to embrace just a number of the techniques and technologies mentioned below, you could become more […]
  • Green up the home with bamboo

    GreenMan
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    One of the central tenets of green interior design is the need to carefully husband natural resources so that a home can be more sustainable. One of the main ways this can be achieved is by using renewable resources. There are numerous renewable resources available such as coconut, cork, water hyacinth, hemp and rattan. In […]
 
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  • Before next-gen arrives, Nissan Leaf may get 120-mile battery

    Danny King
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Filed under: Green, Nissan, ElectricAn upgrade to the Nissan Leaf's single-charge range thanks to improved battery technology could happen as soon as August.Continue reading Before next-gen arrives, Nissan Leaf may get 120-mile batteryBefore next-gen arrives, Nissan Leaf may get 120-mile battery originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Should reflective paint earn automakers EPA credits?

    Chris Bruce
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, United StatesAutomakers are looking for retroactive emissions credits from the EPA for using stop/start, LED lights, and other tech already added to vehicles.Continue reading Should reflective paint earn automakers EPA credits?Should reflective paint earn automakers EPA credits? originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Smart Silvretta E-Car Rally, Uber's autonomous Teslas

    John Beltz Snyder
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Motorsports, Mercedes-Benz, Misc. Automakers, smart, Tesla, Transportation Alternatives, ElectricElectrified Daimler cars tackle the Austrian Alps. Travis Kalanick is bullish on self-driving cars. Aric Nesbitt wants to burn tires to fulfill renewable energy mandate.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Smart Silvretta E-Car Rally, Uber's autonomous TeslasRecharge Wrap-up: Smart Silvretta E-Car Rally, Uber's autonomous Teslas originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email…
  • Honda CEO: electric vehicles are a 'core technology'

    Sebastian Blanco
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Filed under: Green, Honda, Electric, HydrogenHonda CEO Takahiro Hachigo says that electric vehicles, including the production version of the FCEV concept, are a 'core technology' for the automaker.Continue reading Honda CEO: electric vehicles are a 'core technology'Honda CEO: electric vehicles are a 'core technology' originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Mexico City proposes regulations for Uber

    Sebastian Blanco
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Transportation AlternativesUber gets a lifeline in Mexico City, with new rules that will let the ridehailing service operate there.Continue reading Mexico City proposes regulations for UberMexico City proposes regulations for Uber originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

    Lori Zimmer
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read the rest of Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture, eco design, green design, jackson hole, Method Homes, modular home, prefabricated home, sustainable design
  • A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    What better use for an old coal mine than a whole new universe? This is just what the Duke of Buccleuch and architect Charles Jencks did with an open cast coal mine located within Scotland’s Lowther Hills. The 22-hectare site was an industrial eyesore and since it was no longer in use, local villagers lobbied the duke to do something with it. But the villagers didn’t just want it to look better — they also wanted something that would replace the jobs lost when the coal mine closed down. The result is the the Crawick Multiverse, a universe made up entirely out of plants, dirt and…
  • Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum

    Lucy Wang
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Read the rest of Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation, ball pit national building museum, beach in washington dc, indoor beach, National Building Museum, National Building Museum beach, national building museum summer block party, Snarkitecture, the beach by snarkitecture
  • Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

    Katie Medlock
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, however, is notable not for its excess, but for its attention to sustainable construction and maintenance practices. EcoWorld Development Sdn. Bhd. has released details about the project, which will be composed of three residential towers and a building named The Centre, referred to as “the green heart” of the construction. Read the rest of…
  • Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

    Lidija Grozdanic
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Read the rest of Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brutalist building, Casa Brutale, glass facade, OPA, raw concrete, swimming pool, underground architecture, underground building, waterfront architecture
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  • Biosolid Drying System Turns Revenue Drain into Revenue Source

    Karen Henry
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    A mid-sized Arkansas city has eliminated transportation and landfill costs associated with biosolid waste disposal by using Therma-Flite’s Bio-Scru thermal dryer. The city needed a system that could transform biosolids into Class A product. The city’s previous treatment system consisted of an advanced nutrient removal system and the production of Class B waste, which was […]
  • Eriez Opens Dedicated Recycling Test Center

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Eriez has launched a purpose-built recycling separation test center at its European headquarters near Caerphilly in South Wales, UK, which allows customers to test their materials and see how Eriez magnetic separators can help recover more materials and improve profits for the recycling industry, the company says. Efficient separation of materials has historically been a […]
  • How Companies Can Adapt to Climate Change

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Climate change poses a host of risks to businesses, from infrastructure damage caused by extreme weather events to increased price volatility of raw materials and reputational risks. A McKinsey & Company report outlines these risks — and what leading companies are doing to turn these risk into a competitive advantage. Volkswagen, for example, is investing […]
  • AkzoNobel’s Carbon Credits Methodology Wins Environmental Award

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    AkzoNobel’s carbon credits methodology for the shipping industry has won the Best Offsetting Project award in the 2015 Voluntary Carbon Market Rankings. The first of its kind within the shipping industry, the carbon credits methodology is based on ship owners converting existing vessels from a biocidal antifouling system to a premium, biocide-free advanced hull coating […]
  • Nestlé Launches Recycled Plastic Water Bottle

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:37 am
    One of Nestlé’s bottled water brands, resource Natural Spring Water, has launched new bottles made with 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET), excluding the cap and the label. The company says it hopes the recycled plastic bottle will focus attention on the uses of rPET and reinforce the importance of bottle-to-bottle recycling. Parent company Nestlé Waters […]
 
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Novo Nordisk Launches Campaign to Improve Diabetes Awareness in Kenya

    Mike Hower
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Novo Nordisk, in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Kenya Diabetes Management and Information Center, has launched a six-month diabetes awareness campaign in Nairobi to promote early diagnosis through screening, especially among low-income populations.The campaign’s message — ‘It takes only five seconds to get your blood sugar tested’ — is backed up with diabetes screening and education at public health care facilities and faith-based organizations in selected counties including Nairobi.In addition to Novo Nordisk, the Ministry of Health and Kenya Diabetes…
  • New Bioplastic Production Process May Increase Viability as Alternative to Oil-Based Counterparts

    Sustainable Brands
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    The bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives — comprising items such as biodegradable drinking cups and vegetable wrapping foil — yet, it is not considered a fully viable alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics, as it is costly to produce.Now, researchers from the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have presented a way to make the PLA production process simpler and waste-free. Their findings were published this week in Science.PLA is derived from renewable resources, including the sugar in maize and sugarcane.
  • The Business Case for Zero Deforestation

    Aida Greenbury
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 am
    The recent announcement by McDonald's, which outlines its approach to combatting deforestation across its main commodity supply chains, is perhaps the most comprehensive environmental commitment of any major restaurant group. It sets an example for all global organisations in how they should be ensuring sustainability throughout their supply chains, and reflects how a Zero Deforestation agenda is becoming the new normal for international business.It is encouraging that the sustainability agenda is moving from discussion into action. At the United Nations Climate Summit in New York last…
  • Trucost, ASBC Report Outlines #BusinessCase for Safer Chemicals

    Sustainable Brands
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Trucost recently released a report, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3), evaluating the market potential of safer chemicals — as well as the business and economic risks of not adopting them.Making the Business & Economic Case for Safer Chemistry builds a strong case for the growing market potential for safer chemistry — which can include reducing the use and generation of hazardous substances, reducing the human health and environmental impacts of processes and products, and creating safer products —…
  • Toyota, Nissan, Honda Funding Japanese Hydrogen Infrastructure Development

    Sustainable Brands
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. have shared details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen station infrastructure in Japan. In addition to partially covering the operating costs of hydrogen stations, the three automakers have also agreed to help infrastructure companies deliver the best possible customer service and create a convenient, hassle-free refueling network for owners of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).The joint project (conducted alongside the Japanese government's support for hydrogen stations) will partially cover…
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    Sustainablog

  • Turning Reclaimed Wood Into Design Studio Quality Furnishings: Artas Designs

    Important Media Cross-Post
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Maine's Artas Designs takes used materials like reclaimed wood, and turns them into design studio quality furnishings for a variety of commercial clients The post Turning Reclaimed Wood Into Design Studio Quality Furnishings: Artas Designs appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: New Player In The Insulated Concrete Forms Business

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    A new company in Portland, OR, is getting into the insulated concrete forms business, which means more Styrofoam kept out of the landfill The post The Waste Biz: New Player In The Insulated Concrete Forms Business appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Turn That Juice Pouch Box Into A DIY Picture Frame [Tutorial]

    Talancia Pea
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Once that juice pouch box empties out, turn it into a DIY picture frame. Here are the instructions The post Turn That Juice Pouch Box Into A DIY Picture Frame [Tutorial] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Easy Upcycling: How To Update A Mirror And Frame With A Can Of Spray Paint

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Got a perfectly good mirror and frame... that's really ugly? Don't trash it: get a can of spray paint, and turn it into modern decor The post Easy Upcycling: How To Update A Mirror And Frame With A Can Of Spray Paint appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: Recyclers Need To Focus On Worker Safety, Health

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    A new report reviews the health & safety records of recyclers, and shows that these companies have work to do on this front The post The Waste Biz: Recyclers Need To Focus On Worker Safety, Health appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Get Ohio Car Insurance Quotes Before Car Shopping

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
    It can be fun to shop for a new car. It’s always exciting to picture yourself driving off the car lot with a gleaming new car instead of the old car you traded in. There are a lot of hurdles you have to jump over before you can show off your new car to your friends and family, however. Smart automobile shoppers get Ohio car insurance quotes before they purchase a new car.   There are a lot of reasons to get Ohio car insurance quotes before heading out to the dealer’s lot. If you have a certain make and model in mind before you take a test drive, you can find out exactly how much…
  • Tricks for getting the cheapest New Jersey homeowners insurance quotes around

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you have had a little bit of difficulty tracking down the best (and the least expensive) New Jersey homeowners insurance quotes around – even with the help of the Internet – you’re going to want to pay close attention to the details that we have outlined for you below. Believe it or not, there are a couple of different things you’ll be able to do to immediately reduce the amount of money that you spend on your homeowners insurance, and almost all of them are tied to getting the right New Jersey homeowners insurance quotes (even if you currently have a policy already). Shall we jump…
  • A Checklist to Help You Find the Right Homeowners Insurance Quote for You

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Shopping for homeowners insurance is a tedious job that requires a good deal of time and energy. Most people don’t look forward to it but it is a job that must be done. That being said, there are ways to help move things along a little and not make it such a dreaded task that looms over your head. Here is a checklist of important points to bring with you when meeting with an insurance agent.   Coverage for homeowners can be different state by state. If you are gathering up Michigan homeowners insurance quotes your needs will be different than for a Florida homeowner. Much of the…
  • How to Find Affordable California Auto Insurance

    Admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    California auto insurance is available online, so finding it will be very easy. In addition, you should know that shopping around for this mandatory form of insurance doesn’t have to be hard. By utilizing a range of online resources, you’ll be one step closer to finding a policy which has the right price tag and the most appealing level of coverage. Without this form of insurance, you cannot legally drive your car in the Golden State – nor can another person drive your car. So, it’s really very important to select a good policy which adheres to all California state laws. Which…
 
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  • Scientists look to mosquito data to map spread of disease

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    SciDevNet: Mosquitoes that carry the dengue and chikungunya viruses are more widespread than ever, believe scientists mapping the global spread of the insects. There are no treatments or vaccines for these diseases, so knowing where the mosquitoes that transmit them occur and thrive can help focus research and public health resources, the scientists say. A study, published in the journal eLife last week (30 June), focuses on two species of mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, which carry the...
  • EU states call for tough new car fuel efficiency targets

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    Guardian: The EU should set challenging new fuel efficiency targets for new cars in 2025 to reduce motoring costs for consumers and tackle climate change, according to four member countries. Environment and transport ministers from the Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden and Finland have written to the European commission saying the new goal should be set next year. The 2025 target for Europe’s car makers would be in addition to an existing one for new cars in 2021 to emit no more than an average of 95g CO2 per...
  • U.S. government outlines solar power boost for the poor

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    Reuters: The White House took steps this week to boost the installation of solar power and other renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and increase the number of jobs in the industry for poor people. The U.S. administration has set a goal of installing 300 megawatts of solar and other renewable energy in affordable housing by 2020, tripling a goal President Barack Obama set in 2013 that has already been surpassed. It is "really important for everyone to have access to solar and other renewable...
  • White House plans rooftop solar panel initiative for inner-city neighbourhoods

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Guardian: The White House said it would move to put more solar panels on rooftops in poor, inner-city neighbourhoods to cut electricity bills and fight climate change. The plan, to be unveiled on Tuesday in Baltimore, follows dozens of new initiatives rolled out by the White House since the start of the year to signal Barack Obama’s commitment to act on climate change – even in the face of Republican opposition. America is in the midst of a rooftop solar boom – with installation up 139,000% in the last...
  • Winds of climate change blast farmers’ hopes of sustaining a livelihood in Burkina Faso

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:47 am
    Guardian: One afternoon towards the end of May a violent wind howled through Bogandé, the main town in Gnagna province, in eastern Burkina Faso. Raising a storm of dust and sand, it plunged the streets into semi-darkness, driving roaming goats crazy. In villages across Gnagna people connect these extreme climate events with deteriorating living standards. They explain how these increasingly frequent “red” winds wreak havoc, burying their crops in sand, destroying their homes, and spreading disease among their...
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  • America's BBQ Grills Create as Much Carbon as a Big Coal Plant

    Maddie Oatman
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    As your neighbors fire up their barbecues this Independence Day, the most popular day in America to grill, they won't just send the scent of tri-tip or grilled corn over the fence in your direction—they'll also send smoke. As my colleague Kiera Butler wrote about here, even the "cleanest" gas grills emit pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every hour they're used. So how many emissions can we expect from dinner barbecues on the 4th? Roughly eighty percent of American households own barbecues or smokers, according to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association. Let's say all…
  • Finally, a Little Good News on the California Drought Front

    Julia Lurie
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Finally, some good news on the California drought beat: Californians reduced their residential water usage in May by a whopping 29 percent compared to the same month in 2013, according to a report released today by the State Water Resources Control Board. That's the steepest drop in more than a year. Californians may have been inspired to reduce their water use by the mandatory, statewide municipal water cut of 25 percent that Gov. Jerry Brown announced in April, though those cuts didn't go into effect until June. (Those 25 percent reductions did not apply to agriculture, which uses an…
  • The Threatened Atlantic Puffins Are Nesting And It's Adorable

    Luke Whelan
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Atlantic puffins are back...for now. After spending much of the year on the open sea, the photogenic birds have made their annual trip to the North Atlantic shores of Maine, Newfoundland, and the United Kingdom to breed. Click here to read our feature on Atlantic Puffins But as Rowan Jacobsen reported in a Mother Jones feature last summer, rising ocean temperatures have taken a huge toll on these seabirds. Cold-water thriving zooplankton, critical to the Gulf of Maine's food web, have reached their lowest numbers ever, forcing the fish that puffins feed to their young to go elsewhere for…
  • Congress Doesn't Think Agricultural Sustainability Has Anything to Do With Your Health

    Maddie Oatman
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Every five years, the US government revisits its Dietary Guidelines—suggestions for how Americans should eat. The guidelines won't legally require you to, say, eat an apple a day, but they do affect things like agricultural subsidies and public school lunches, so they're fairly influential. When the committee tasked with making scientific recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines released its report this year, it ruffled some feathers. For the first time it included concerns about the environmental issues linked to certain dietary patterns and agricultural practices—for…
  • Why Is a Whole Foods Exec Livestreaming His Empty Office?

    Luke Whelan
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Whole Foods recently announced its plan to open a new line of smaller stores called "365," and along with the news they launched a very, well, strange promotional website. If you type in www.wholefoodsmarket.com/365 you will find a webpage streaming a live cam of 365 president Jeff Turnas's desk. As of the writing of this post, the live stream has been going for some 170 hours; that's more than seven days. If this tactic is meant to show how hard Whole Foods is working on its new, more affordable venture (amid growing competition and accusations of overcharging customers), it's not really…
 
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  • How Should New York Price Power-Plant Pollution?

    Katherine Tweed
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Public Service Commission of New York has opened a new discussion on how to value clean, distributed energy in the state as part of its energy market overhaul initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision. A white paper filed last week outlined the benefits and costs that will be included in the framework, such as avoided transmission losses and ancillary services of distributed generation. Some of the calculations are fairly straightforward, while others are not. One of the most difficult issues will be valuing the external costs and benefits of distributed energy. On this point, the PSC…
  • Chinese PV Manufacturer Plans a 500MW Production Plant for Mississippi

    Stephen Lacey
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:59 am
    PV Tech: Seraphim Solar Establishing 300 MW Module Plant in Mississippi China-based integrated PV module manufacturer Seraphim Solar System expects to be operational with a planned 300 MW annual capacity solar module assembly plant in Jackson, Mississippi in August 2015. Seraphim’s website homepage is currently dominated by an image of the American flag and the registered name of its new manufacturing plant, Seraphim Solar USA Manufacturing, Inc., with the words, ‘Opening soon in 2015.' USA Today: Energy Dept. Loan Chief Leaves a Shored-Up Office When Peter Davidson was…
  • EU Research Project Identifies How to Make Battery Storage Systems Last Longer

    Jason Deign
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Raising temperatures and limiting load and voltage could all help prolong the life of lithium-ion batteries, according to results of a three-year research effort. The European Union-funded ABattRelife project also singled out damage to negative graphite electrodes as a factor that leads to a sharp drop in battery performance.   “The project showed that it was possible to delay aging by reducing loading capacities, limiting voltage and raising temperatures, ideally to around 35°C,” wrote officials from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC,…
  • Financing Energy Storage: Taking Cues From the Success of PV

    Eric Wesoff
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Three battle-scarred renewable energy veterans, now deep in the energy storage industry, confronted the challenges of getting energy storage projects financed in 2015 during a panel discussion at the recent Grid Edge Live conference. The panel paid repeated tribute to the "solar/energy storage parallel" narrative. When it comes to solar project finance, the PV market is in the midst of a small golden age of sorts. Tax equity funds and PPAs are now joined by asset-backed securities, the potential for MLP status, loans, community solar, PACE financing, and solar bonds as some of the tools that…
  • SMA Targets the Hybrid Solar-Diesel Market With a New Test Center in Germany

    Jason Deign
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Leading German inverter maker SMA is taking aim at the growing market for PV and diesel hybrid systems. The company has built a new test center in Niestetal, Germany -- opened at the beginning of this year but announced last month -- to experiment with a variety of solar-powered hybrid systems. “In addition to diesel generators, complete photovoltaic diesel hybrid systems also comprise [a] regenerative grid feed-in and a battery-storage system so that virtually all grid management services…can be covered in a standalone or utility grid," wrote the company in a press release. The…
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  • Zero Waste in Real Life: Including Zero Waste Pioneers You Won’t Believe

    blair
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    The Trash Problem The EPA reports that in 2012 Americans disposed of about 251 million tons of solid waste; that’s almost 4.5 pounds per person per day. A little more than a third of this waste was recycled or composted, leaving 164 million tons to go to landfills and incinerators. All that trash began as life-supporting raw materials. Once it hits the landfill or incinerator most of those resources are no longer useable by us, so we need to mine or harvest more. Disposable plastics require the extraction of ever more petroleum products, at a mounting fiscal and environmental cost.
  • 5 Household Wastes You Should Be Recycling in the Garden

    blair
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Garden Recycling: Using Household Wastes to Build Soil and Repel Pests One of the satisfactions of gardening is the ability to work sustainably and close loops. Instead of just buying inputs and discarding wastes, gardeners can reuse discarded materials, reducing both cost and waste. Compost is the primary example of this recycling. Some household discards also have more specialized uses in the garden. And, some don’t even have to be composted to utilize their thrown away nutrients. Here are five household wastes to recycle in the garden and how to use them: 1. Eggshells Eggshells can…
  • 101 Sustainable Gardening Tips: Useful Tips to Start Today

    blair
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    Learning: Gardening and Environmental Education 1. Pay attention to your land. 2. Learn your average frost-free dates. Notice how they vary year to year. 3. Notice where water collects and where the soil dries fast. 4. Notice where wild plants grow most abundantly. 5. Read gardening and farming books. 6. Talk to local farmers. 7. Consult your local Cooperative Extension. 8. Contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District. 9. Check out online forums like Permies, Gardening Channel and Homesteading Today. 10. Borrow issues of different homesteading magazines before subscribing to any.
  • 2014 Electric Cars in the USA: Here’s the new lineup

    Lars7369952O
    14 Nov 2013 | 4:15 am
    As the U.S. government continues to promote cleaner vehicles and offer subsidies for both personal and public charging stations as well as for environmentally friendly cars themselves, we expect the number of EVs and their market availability to increase. New additions to dealerships include: Chevrolet Spark EV, Honda Accord plug-in hybrid, Honda FCX Clarity, Porsche Panamera, Smart Electric Drive, Tesla Model X, and Think Electric. This list includes all vehicles that have a significant all-electric range, both pure EVs and plug-in hybrids. If you are interested in purchasing a non plug-in…
  • 2014 Hybrid Cars in the USA: See the new lineup

    Lars7369952O
    31 Oct 2013 | 8:27 am
    The U.S. hybrid vehicle market is expanding rapidly as lower prices make the initial investment a more attractive long-term investment for buyers. New to the market are the Audi Q5, Honda Accord, Infinity Q50, Infinity QX60, Mercedes-Benz E400, and Subaru XV Crosstrek, with several others to debut in 2014. Our list includes cars, SUVs/CUVs, and pickups. If you are in the market for a plug-in hybrid, see our 2014 electric vehicle list. Courtesy of Acura Acura Hybrids ILX hybrid – No changes to Acura’s only hybrid sedan, launched in 2013. The ILX gets 39/38/38 mpg and retains its…
 
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    Direct2Dell

  • Dell’s New Green Building Earns LEED Gold Certification

    Laura P. Thomas
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You probably don’t think about your physical work environment very often, unless something is making it uncomfortable. But facilities management professionals put a lot of thought into it, and our Dell Facilities team has been working hard to not only help employees like me more productive, but to also reduce our environmental footprint. Upgrading heating and air conditioning equipment, using more efficient lighting and installing fixtures that use less water are all ways they help us make the progress on our Legacy of Good plan as Trisa Thompson recently shared. And in March 2015,…
  • Value ID for SAP HANA Enables Dell Services Customers

    DELL-Abhijeet K
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    SAP HANA converges database and application platform capabilities in-memory to place predictive analytics, spatial processing and data virtualization on the same architecture, which allows businesses to transform transactions, analytics, text analysis, predictive and spatial processing so they can operate in real-time. But, before implementing SAP HANA, organizations need to be able to justify the investment. CIOs often are called on to answer questions regarding return on investment, or asked to supply business cases for SAP HANA pertaining to their unique environment. Without understanding…
  • Video Series Takes You Inside Dell IoT Lab

    Laura P. Thomas
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It feels like we’ve published a lot of posts on Direct2Dell lately about the Internet of Things (IoT); but, Gartner predicted that 4.9 billion connected “things” would be in use this year, and that the number would grow to 25 billion by 2020. With that kind of scale in mind, our posts on an IoT survey and infographic, agriculture and connected cows, IoT World and challenges at hand, IoT security, how IoT supports sustainability and Dell OEM Solutions’ role in all this seem to only scratch the surface of the topic. And, while…
  • Behind the Scenes Look at Frames Created on the Dell Precision M3800

    Aundrea Grumbo
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest blog post by Mack Williams, Animation Director at Pig Apple (pigapple.com) It’s a great time to be an animator. Over the past few years, the demand for animated content has reached an all-time high. Meanwhile, advancements in technology enable animators like myself to create better content even faster and really push the creative envelope. Along with this increase in capabilities comes an increase in demand from my clients. From directing Archer, to Pitchfork.tv’s first animated series Frames, my projects seem to be ever-increasing in both size and complexity.
  • Dell Partners with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to Support Women Entrepreneurs

    Elizabeth Gore, Dell EIR
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Every now and then I meet a woman and think, “Dang, she is a rock star. I want to walk in her high heels.” This happened to me recently at the recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year event where I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Cherie Blair, known to many as the former “First Lady” of the UK as wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Through our conversation, I quickly discovered she is an important leader in her own right.  As well as being an extremely successful lawyer (predominantly in the area of human rights) she is a committed campaigner for…
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    Comments for Orion Magazine

  • Comment on Buying the Farm by Bruce Ryan

    Bruce Ryan
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Buying the farm takes on whole new meaning. The model of the future is indeed sustainability: in terms of farms, food production and engendering a new generation of farmers.
  • Comment on 3 Questions for George Monbiot, Winner of the 2015 Orion Book Award by Irene

    Irene
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:07 pm
    This is an excellent example of human hubris. There are other kinds of intelligence besides human. Some people (hopefully a rapidly growing number) are realizing that animals have emotions, language, even culture. Ecosystems are amazingly resilient and even plants and fungi have their own intelligence and can likely do a much better job in many cases of restoration than humans could. While humans certainly can help things along in major ways, it’s imperative we learn to respect and admire the vast intricacies and miraculous workings of the natural world.
  • Comment on Landspeak by Iris Curteis

    Iris Curteis
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    An evocative refection, beautifully wordsmithed – thank you!
  • Comment on The Future of Infrastructure by Nancy

    Nancy
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I would love to be involved with such projects, to be a part of them.
  • Comment on Landspeak by Nancy

    Nancy
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    If the OUP dictionary is anything like our textbooks here in the United States, they do have A review committee, singular, based on and populated by people who continue to perpetuate outdated (and proven to be so since their publication dates), partisan, or just plain wrong information throughout our elementary and secondary school texts, since they DO have a monopoly on saying what’s allowed to be published for such here. Considering how often children access “dead-tree” dictionaries in the first place nowadays, but are exposed to textbooks all the time, that’s pretty…
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    The New Republic

  • Three South Carolina Senators Voted to Keep the Confederate Flag Flying. Here's Their Reasoning.

    Naomi Shavin
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    On Monday afternoon, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill to remove the Confederate flag flying on statehouse grounds. While 37 senators 
  • Obama's Agenda Is Helping Hillary by Cornering Republicans

    Brian Beutler
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Three months ago, as the prospect of an international agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions came into focus, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pledged that as a first-term president in 2017 he would unilaterally void any deal,
  • Clarence Thomas Deserves Criticism. Just Leave His Race Out of It.

    Jeet Heer
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a worthy target of criticism from the left: His reactionary jurisprudence, if carried out to its logical conclusion, would invalidate much of the socially progressive legislation of the last century. But liberals’ attacks on Thomas also have a tendency to f
  • How “Back to the Future” Helped Make Me a Feminist

    Jamil Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    I didn’t realize until I was a little bit older that what we all saw thirty years ago this week in Back to the Future was a sexual assault, but I recognized the hero moment immediately. When George McFly opens the car door to find bully Biff T
  • Robots Might Save the Humanities

    Jonathan Malesic
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    In a recent article for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson visits Youngstown, Ohio, to portray the “postwork” society that is being created as machine labor replaces more types of professional human
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Unilever Crowdsources Sustainability Innovations

    Joi Sears
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Unilever recently unveiled the new Foundry Ideas platform at the Cannes Lions Festival. It will amplify the company's current efforts, acting as a hub for consumers and entrepreneurs to work together to tackle sustainability challenges.
  • Food Waste, Foster Kids and a Social Revolution

    Renee Farris
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    One social enterprise and nonprofit decided to take food waste and create a culinary school to teach felons and foster care youth how to cook. Meals are given to people in need, with a focus on the elderly. Once the culinary students graduate, they are hired by restaurants or social enterprises. It’s a brilliant model that is shaking up societal norms.
  • California Achieves Economic Growth Without Growing Emissions

    Bill Roth
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    California is proving to the rest of America that economic success does not require increased pollution. The state recently reached an economic development milestone: At a time when the California economy is growing faster than the U.S. economy, it managed to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 1.5 million metric tons.
  • Why Policy Change is the Only Way to Open Impact Investing Floodgates

    3p Contributor
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Bain Capital and Blackrock have created dedicated impact practices. High net-worth individuals and family offices are gathering to share deals, ideas and experiences. Foundations are sharing best practices. And yet, the amount of dollars invested in real projects and actual businesses is still a minuscule percentage of all invested capital. What’s holding us back?
  • Video: Monique Oxender, Keurig Green Mountain on “The ROI of Sustainability”

    Nick Aster
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    At Sustainable Brands 2015 we asked thought leaders to define the "ROI of Sustainability" in their words. In this video, Monique Oxender, chief sustainability officer for Keurig Green Mountain, shares some thoughts.
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    Max Gladwell

  • Zihuatenejo: Mexico’s Greatest Tropical Escape

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The tropical paradise on Mexico’s Pacific coast that’s not Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco When I think of an authentic Mexican getaway, I immediately start with the food: fresh ceviche, guacamole, and fish tacos. When I think of an ideal beach vacation, I think of a tropical climate with warm water, coconut palm trees, and soft sand. And when I think of great service, I think of raising a flag on my beachside palapa to signal I’m ready for another margarita and having it delivered moments later. But there’s only one place I know that has all three: Zihuatenejo.
  • Riding with America’s Chefs to End Childhood Hunger

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The second annual #ChefsCycle ride to benefit No Kid Hungry sets the stage for a new cause-based cycling franchise I’m in a paceline with Chefs Jason Roberts and Jeff Mahin on the Pacific Coast Highway, rolling through Malibu, California. We’re spinning along at 30 mph, riding in a narrow sleuth between weekend traffic on our left and a blur of of parked cars and surf boards to the right. This is the final stretch of a 100-mile ride that started in Santa Barbara earlier in the day and is about to end in Santa Monica. And although we have two more days and another 200…
  • Optimizing for 9 Key Cycling Touch Points

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Reducing stress and discomfort on cycling “touch points” will make you to go farther faster Road cycling is synonymous with suffering. We relish the pain. It’s one of life’s great dichotomies, where something that hurts so bad can feel so good. But through all the suffering on century rides and beyond-category climbs, we also want to be as comfortable as possible. Which is to say that despite the burning in our legs and lungs, there’s no reason our hands, feet, and butt should be tortured. Saddle sores, foot cramps, and numbness are not what we signed up…
  • Alaska Heliskiing -or- How to Survive an Avalanche

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    The North Shore of snowboarding is inspiring, unforgiving, and the best riding on the planet The helicopter buries its skids into a knife ridge no wider than a snowboard is long. This first attempt marks the landing zone high up in Alaska’s Chilkat Range, north of Haines, Alaska, and not far from the Canadian border. The pilot makes a second attempt to establish the L-Z, but the ridge isn’t cooperating. Instead, he opts for a toe-in landing, which means the bird is essentially hovering as the five of us carefully climb out onto said ridge. It’s early April. I’m…
  • From Local SEO to Facebook Local Awareness

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Optimizing a brand’s locations for search, discovery, and traffic — both online and in the real world There has never been more ways to find a Starbucks. You can go to the store locator on the website. Chances are, it will be the mobile version, because that’s how local search happens more often than not. Or you could use the Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Bing Maps apps. You could check Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook (Places), or the newest local discovery app, Vurb. If you’re over 50, then your car’s navigation system is also an option. What’s more, you might…
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    EnergyBloggers

  • The $37B partnership that can impact your health

    Blogger
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:27 am
    The health-care zone is hot, and investors don’t have to gamble on a riskiest biotech bonds to profit. The post The $37B partnership that can impact your health appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Van Halen Play Nice, Shred Hard during High-Energy Tour Opener

    Blogger
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    The thousands of Van Halen fans fabricated during White River Amphitheater on Sunday dusk to locate a opening night of a hard-rock band’s initial North American debate given 2012 had copiousness of questions for any other as they waited in line for overpriced beers. What songs from a group’s late Seventies/early Eighties rise would make a set list? Would David Lee Roth’s voice sound as unsure as it did when a reunited rope played on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live!? The many critical regard yet was simply: How prolonged is this reunion going to last? Sidebar Shreddy Eddie: The…
  • Diet Detective: Healthful summer recipes, partial 2

    Blogger
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Charles Platkin(Photo: Submitted to a RGJ) Chicken, Orange and Pomegranate Salad Healthy Recipe from The Paleo Diet by Daniel Green (Kyle Books, 2015) Serves 4 4 vast oranges, peeled and thinly sliced 5 tablespoons olive oil Juice of 1/4 lemon Handful of cilantro, chopped 1 crater pomegranate seeds (from 1 vast pomegranate) 4 skinless and weak duck breasts, cut into strips Freshly belligerent black pepper Place a orange slices in a vast blending bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of a olive oil, a lemon juice, cilantro, and pomegranate seeds. Toss good to combine, and set aside to marinate while we…
  • Garth Brooks still commands a theatre in high-energy lapse to Houston

    Blogger
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:15 pm
    Garth Brooks final played a city during a five-show run in 1998 during Compaq Center (now Lakewood Church). He was during a rise of his blurb powers. He returned Friday night during Toyota Center, a initial of an astounding, eight-show run (including dual that night). And he picked adult accurately where he left off roughly dual decades ago. The nation luminary betrothed a smallest of new strain and lots of aged stuff: “cowboy strain after cowboy song.” It was in each approach a classical Brooks show. He sported old jeans, a black cowboy shawl and his signature headset…
  • Obamacare improves health caring in state, though could be better

    Blogger
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:09 am
    At a core, Obamacare has one categorical goal: delivering affordable health caring to many Americans. And now that a U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in preference of one of a pivotal provisions, a health-care renovate should continue operative toward that thought — during slightest until a subsequent boss and Congress are sworn in. It has been 5 years given a Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, and new information and countless real-life stories are commencement to exhibit how tighten or how distant a ACA has come toward assembly a design in Washington state. One plea has been expanding a…
 
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • The Hidden Forest by Daintry Jensen (book review)

    Katy
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Daintry Jensen’s The Hidden Forest is a gem of a summer (or anytime, really) read. This whimsical book presents a spirited heroine in Adelaide. She is an adventurer, a wanderer, a girl with big dreams. We find her resigned to a boring summer in Nantucket only to discover a world waiting for her beyond anything she and her little brother could have imagined. There is also much more to her seemingly sleepy grandparents than you would expect. This book shares lovely little nuggets of truth like this: “Good heavens, you’re not going to give up so easily, are you? I must tell you that I know…
  • 3 Picks for Safer Sunscreens (and EWG guide)

    Katy
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Almost summer! Pure joy! Beaches, lakes, swings, picnics– but oh, the dreaded task of applying sunscreen to small children. Even reminding older children. All of it is HARD. It’s sticky. White, clumpy, and you have to RE-APPLY it. Really, I mean, shouldn’t once be enough? So, it’s important to have the right stuff on hand. There are several chemicals of concern in mainstream sunscreen. These are the ones we should avoid: And thankfully, EWG has a new sunscreen guide that shares the safest ones out there. You can find it here. Here are some of my picks for safer…
  • Book review: Treasure Town by Doug Wilhelm

    Katy
    24 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Have a new reader at your house? Someone itching to read a chapter book but still developing the skills to do so? My fellow Vermonter and author Doug Wilhelm and his sister Sarah have answer for you. Treasure Town is delightful story about curious kids, silly explorers, and missing treasure.  My two daughters loved the maps, illustrations, unique vocabulary in the glossary, and humor in this book. The text is lively and engaging alone– without the incredible illustrations. This fills a much needed gap for kids who want to read chapter books but are still early readers. If you have a…
  • Indoor Air Pollution (and how to avoid it)

    Katy
    18 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    I just had to post this helpful infographic. It shows the major sources of indoor air pollution and how we can take steps to reduce it in our homes. I’m hoping the image of the dust mite will motivate me to wash everyone’s sheets and vacuum more often (a girl can dream, right?). Also, this validates the idea that we should be reducing the non-stick coatings we use in the kitchen. Air Filter Buy Is this motivating for you? How to you limit indoor air pollution? This is a sponsored post by our friends at Airfilterbuy.com. I hope you find it helpful– I sure did. Now, where is…
  • The Order of the Trees (guest posts, reviews, updates)

    Katy
    15 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    The day is finally here! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long while. Many folks pre-ordered The Order of the Trees and so finally this book is on it’s way to you. We launched the book Vermont style a few weeks ago and folks outside of Central Vermont have had to wait for their books to come in the mail or be stocked at their favorite local bookstores. As of today, bookstores should be able to stock it, and you will find it online at many retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Indiebound, and many others.  Woo-hoo! Here’s an interview I did last…
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Poll Data Shows Moms Want to Know About GMOs

    Tiffany
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    A new poll has been released that shares some interesting information about how moms feel about GMOs, or genetically modified foods. If large food corporations are banking on consumers not being informed about GMos or not caring if they are labeled then they are in for a rude awakening. Whether or not they are ready to admit it, these companies are vulnerable and if they are on the wrong side of this issue…well it won’t end well. Lake Research Partners conducted the poll and it shows that customers want to know if their food contains GMO ingredients and they feel betrayed when…
  • Wellness, Energy, Health – Time to Recommit

    Tiffany
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The collection of goodies below I recently recieved from Now Foods as a #NOWWellness blog ambassador. About a year ago this former gym rat fell off the health and fitness bandwagon. You see it was about that time that my mom started her final decline after a 4 year battle with breast cancer. She lost that battle a couple months ago. In recent days I feel as though I am maybe starting to get my head above water and realize that I have let my own health decline far too much. Not long ago I was sharing on Facebook when I would PR my deadlifts or my hang cleans. I was sharing paleo recipes that…
  • Gluten Free Soft Pretzels with Hemp Seeds

    Tiffany
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The recipe below was made using goodies I recently recieved from Now Foods as a #NOWWellness blog ambassador. I adore soft pretzels. Everytime I walk by a place that sells soft pretzels in a mall or airport my traitorous body tries to convince me that I must have one. In days long past I even got sick several times at places like this (most likely due to improper cream cheese storage) but that never stopped me from eating them. It wasn’t until I adopted a more whole foods lifestyle that I stopped eating them with any regularity. They became a guilty treat for once in a great while.
  • 3 Ways to Help Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

    Tiffany
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    Whether you’re a proud greenie, interested in long-term environmental solutions, or simply want to make a dint in your electricity bill, there are plenty of reasons to make your home eco-friendly. Have a look through some of the suggestions below and see what might work best for your home. 1. Invest in Solar Power Few things are as overwhelmingly positive for the environment and for your incoming bills as solar power. Installing solar power panels at home is a relatively simple procedure, and while it may cost a little bit to install, your next power bill will show you exactly why…
  • Healthy Products for Healthy Living From Now Foods

    Tiffany
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The above is a collection of goodies I recently recieved from Now Foods as a #NOWWellness blog ambassador. I have used many Now Foods products over the years so I felt it was a good fit for me and this blog. The products they sent are for the most part products I would buy myself any day of the week. A couple I might not have purchased but I am still happy to give them a try! Perhaps most exciting for me are the avocado oil and the sweet almond oil. I make no secret of my adoration for essential oils and all their uses in creating DIY beauty products and home remedies. Avocado oil is my…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Water Conservation, Green Phone Booth Style

    Amber Strocel
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A hot, dry summer and a hazy, smoky sky have got the Climate Crusader thinking about water.Yesterday evening, as I was making the 45 minute drive home after dinner with my in-laws, the air was filled with hazy smoke. There are wildfires burning nearby, following a hot, dry June and even hotter, dryer start to July. Here in the Pacific Northwest we're more known for our 'liquid sunshine' (a.k.a. rain) than actual sunshine, but so far 2015 has proven an exception. We're parched. And local government is responding by increasing water use restrictions. No surprise.Many people are far more…
  • It's Easy Living Green ... When Everyone Else Is Too

    Green Bean
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.I just returned from visiting one of the most gorgeous places on earth. I hiked, photographed wildlife, kayaked, and breathed in fresh air. I did not compost. I brought home groceries bagged in plastic. I rode in a giant SUV.Despite the beauty, my recent vacation left me with one big takeaway. Living green is really easy - if you are surrounded by others doing the same thing. If not, it is downright hard!Home in Northern California, it feels like a third of the cars on the road are hybrids (the real kind that get kick ass mileage) or electric vehicles. During my…
  • Love in Nature

    Mindful Echo
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Mindful Echo captured two loving acts on camera.  I snapped this picture at the top of Cape Split (a gorgeous hike in Nova Scotia that crescendos with a breathtaking view of the Bay of Fundy). We had hiked the two hours into the cape, had a snack, ohhed and ahhed at the view, and were heading back to the trail. I spotted my partner wandering off just slightly and wondered where he was going. I already had my camera ready so when I realized what he was doing, I took a perfect sneaky shot. Any guesses?If you look closely you can see he's got some gross looking trash in his hand.
  • Art, Not Ivory

    Burbanmom
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Are you aware that the elephants are predicted to become EXTINCT from the wild within ten years if something doesn’t happen to end poaching? Most people on a site such as this probably are, but if you aren’t you’re likely not alone.  I have loved and been fascinated by elephants all my life; I even have a master’s degree in elephant behavior. And I only recently became aware of the gravity of the situation!  I thought elephant populations had recovered and poaching wasn’t an issue any longer. In fact, it’s worse than ever.  In order to help spread this important…
  • Becoming Part of the Solution - Rooftop Solar!

    Green Bean
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.For years, I have passed homes with the "We're Going Solar" sign out front.  I have watched friends and neighbors have panels installed on their roofs.  Strolling through town, I have admired sunlight's glint off of residential solar panels.  And this spring, we did it!  We went solar!Green Collar Jobs! A team installing our panels.I assumed that solar salesmen would be begging me to throw up panels and that it would happen in a matter of a few weeks. Turns out, though, the solar industry is booming. Indeed, residential solar had its largest…
 
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Nordic Microfiber Products Work for Me

    greenandcleanmom
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
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  • A Busy June and July: Update

    greenandcleanmom
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
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  • Choosing an Effective DEET Free Bug Repellent

    greenandcleanmom
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • How To Reuse Tea Bags

    greenandcleanmom
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
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  • Simple Bedroom Organization Tips

    greenandcleanmom
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
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    Green Talk®

  • Make Your Own NonToxic Garden Bug Spray.

    Anna@Green Talk
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    This was my first year of growing damask roses.  In the past, I grew double knock out roses which were hardy and simply laughed at the pests and the elements.  I wasn’t prepared for the amount of insects that adore Damask roses.   I watched in horror as  sawflies and spider mites attacked the plants, I got busy making a nontoxic garden bug spray to send a message that they were not welcome.  Now, this spray is my new weapon against general pest problems. It can be yours too!  (Note, this spray will not control sawfly larvae.  Neem or light horticultural oil will.) Homemade Pest…
  • Taking the Mystery Out of a Hydroponic Barge

    Anna@Green Talk
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
      Welcome guest poster, mystery author Deirdre Vern: Here’s what I love about Anna of Green Talk.  Anna is a thinker and a doer. No small task when it comes to living green. As for me, I’m a thinker. I aspire to be green, but I leave the heavy lifting to my alter-ego, CeCe Prentice, the main character in my mystery book, “Drawing Conclusions (A Sketch in Crime Mystery).” That is, until I got caught on a self-sustaining, hydroponic barge floating along the Hudson River during a hail storm. I’m a mystery writer and about ten years ago I decided I wanted to learn through…
  • How to Plant Mint and Not Sob Uncontrollably

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    There is nothing like fresh mint.  But add it your garden beds and wish you died 1000 deaths before trying to get rid of it.  Mint spreads faster than butter.  Before you know it your whole garden bed has been taken over unless you know how to keep it in check.  Learn the right way, not the wrong way how to plant mint.  You will thank me later. All Begins Innocently. Mint is quite demur at first.  It doesn’t spread much the first year.  By the second year, it starts to warm up and spreads about 18 inches.  See the picture below of my chocolate mint.  Last year it was merely a…
  • DIY Rose Water Will Become a Staple in Your House. Trust Me.

    Anna@Green Talk
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Last year I realized that double knock out rose don’t have a smell once they dry.  Those roses are durable and simply laugh at all the other roses’ aliments.  I can’t sell dried rose petals at Anna Lee Herbs  if they don’t smell even if they look amazing.  Last year, I added five Damask Roses to the garden since they  are known for their fragrance.  Making my own delicious DIY rose water was high on my to do list.  I realized it was so simple. Learn how and why you should have a jar in your refridgerator! Use for Rose Water: Rose water can be used for the following: an…
  • Seeding Square Makes Planting Seeds Pain Free

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    A couple of years ago, I  incorporated the square foot gardening method for planting seeds. Basically in a nutshell, square foot gardening is where you space your seedlings closer together.  The close knit plants crowd out weeds and thrive.  However, when you plant 9 beans seeds for every square AND your raised bed is 8 feet by 4 feet, planting gets a little tiresome.  (Do the math and see how many seeds I have to plant in one raised bed.) The Seeding Square tool makes square foot gardening a breeze.  No more measuring or counting. Life is now one happy seed-fest. Square Foot Gardening…
 
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  • Top Ways to Get More Calcium in Your Diet

    Micaela
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
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    Micaela
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
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    16 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Here’s a Quick Way to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Fit

    Alice Benny
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    Author Jordan Walker practices his love for animals as he takes care of his own pet dog. He makes it a point to share his point of view when it comes to pet care through writing articles at  Coops And Cages. In this article he focuses on some of the easiest ways to bring back… Read more The post Here’s a Quick Way to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Fit appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Best Travel Bags for Women

    Elizabeth
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:17 am
    There is never the time like the present for weekend getaways or a fun-filled vacations with family and friends. As you make your plans, check out these best travel bags for women sure to make your travel tension-free. Best Travel Bags for Women Work Travel Whether your job has you traveling to different cities or… Read more The post Best Travel Bags for Women appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Whether you are packing your kids off to summer camp, getting ready to pack them off to college, or packing yourself off to a much deserved vacation, the rolling duffle bag is your new best friend. The perfect pairing between the flexibility of a duffel bag and the ease of movement of roller bags can… Read more The post Rolling Duffle Bags: Best Duffle Bags with Wheels appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway

    Elizabeth
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    When it comes to a weekend away, packing should be the least of your concerns. Take a few tips from the pros and start your getaway stress-free. First, don’t bring too much. Over-packing is very common and only leads to more stress and more stuff. Think about what you need to take with you, add… Read more The post Weekender Bags: Best for a Weekend Getaway appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them

    Dawn Head
    29 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Hidden toxins in homes? We’ve already eliminated the lead paint and asbestos… are there still more toxins? Sadly, yes! Over the last several decades there has been an increasing awareness of them. These toxins in homes reside in our everyday products, in everything from our food containers, pillows, toys, cleaning products, furniture, and more. With… Read more The post 9 Hidden Toxins in Homes and How to Get Rid of Them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Walmart Has All You Need for Your Summer Vacation!

    Monica
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    School’s Out For Summer… and that means it’s time for a fun getaway… Whether that getaway is for a week, or just a weekend, you can bet that Walmart will have everything you need to get you through your trip! We recently took a vacation on our first ever Disney Cruise… That meant ROAD TRIP! We needed to pick up a few things for our trip, so, of course we went over to our local Walmart to get our road trip essentials. Here are just a few ideas for your Summer Vacation/Stay-Cation! The first item we grabbed was a First Aid Kit. Every road trip needs a First Aid…
  • Grilling Indoors With George Foreman!

    Monica
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Ok… so maybe not with the guy him self, but I’m using the George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill and I am loving it!!! I was sent the 15 Serving George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill to try out for this review, and I am so excited to have been given this opportunity. We haven’t had a George Foreman grill since the original one, and I don’t think we truly appreciated the benefits back then.. Now, we are planning many of our meals around cooking with this one! Here is the info from the website: The George Foreman Indoor Outdoor Electric Grill is perfect for entertaining. Use…
  • Save Money on Your Summer Style Needs at Walmart!

    Monica
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Summer is in full swing and, crazy as our schedules may be… even thought school is out… We want to look our best while hanging out with friends at a BBQ, or on the beach, or even at the pool… Walmart has everything you need to look, and feel your best this Summer!  From Hair Care to Cute Swim Suits, and even Great Eye Wear, you’ll find everything you need at your local Walmart store, or online at Walmart.com. I was asked to check out my local Walmart store and put together some tips to make Summer easy! So, here goes! Let’s start with hair! I have fallen in love…
  • Red White & Blue Berry Trifle Dessert for Independence Day

    Monica
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Independence Day is coming soon! For us, that means a get together with friends, which usually means BBQ, or Potluck of some sort. Usually, we take care of the main entree, or sides, but this year, us Walmart moms have been challenged to create a Red White & Blue recipe that is worthy of a 4th of July get together…  I wanted to make something that even I could eat with my weight loss plan, and I didn’t want to use any food coloring or dyes, so, I went with fresh food… Everything I got is from my local Walmart store, which means I was able to get everything I needed at…
  • Walmart Has Father’s Day Covered!

    Monica
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for Dad??? Walmart is your one stop shop for cards, gifts and even the perfect dinner to celebrate! They have everything you need for Dad at their Every Day Low Prices! I needed to get some things for my husband for Father’s Day, so the girls and I thought about the things he needed most. Our shopping trip went a little something like this… One of my girls said that Daddy for splinters in his hand the last time he was working on a wood project in the garage, so he needed gloves to protect his hands. We went over to the tool section…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Michigan lawmaker wants to call burning tires “renewable energy”

    Veshengro
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A Michigan house representative is trying to re-define renewable energy, with a bill that would make burning tires and other industrial solid waste count towards the state’s mandate of generating 10 percent of its energy from renewables. Aric Nesbitt introduced the bill to Michigan’s house of representatives on March 15 of this year. The bill states that, if passed, it will “remove unnecessary burdens on the appropriate use of solid was as a clean energy source.” The bill would also repeal Michigan’s energy efficiency law, which currently requires utilities to create programs that…
  • Change your shopping habits to reduce food waste

    Veshengro
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    Shoppers need to think about food waste before they go to the store, rather than figuring out what to do with it at home. Much discussion revolves around how we’re going to feed the planet’s burgeoning population, and yet Americans continue to throw away 30 to 40 percent of food they’ve purchased on a daily basis. Addressing this serious issue would free up tremendous amounts of food and go a long ways toward resolving the greater question of how to feed the world’s billions. Consumers often think of reducing their personal food waste in terms of what to do with food once it comes…
  • Get involved in edible woodland

    Veshengro
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    In a corner of a Buckingham park is a little-known community space where people can go to plant and pick produce. The Buckingham Edible Woodland is a small plot in the Heartlands that has been given over to the public, with the idea that anything grown there will be available for anyone to pick and take home. The initiative is now in its second year, and development has been gradual, with 13 trees now budding, and the first plants peeking out of the ground. Strawberry and Nepalese raspberry are sending out runners to create new plants that may fruit next year. John Mortimer, of the Buckingham…
  • New C40 and Arup Research Shows How City Governments are Changing the World

    Veshengro
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    A collaborative approach to governance accelerate transformative climate action in cities, report show On July 1, 2015, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and Arup released Powering Climate Action: Cities as Global Changemakers, a report that demonstrates cities are taking substantial steps on climate action by collaborating and leveraging partnerships not only with each other, but also with the private sector and civil society. The research quantifies and catalogues the breadth and depth of power that 66 city governments hold over assets and functions across key sectors…
  • Pizza Hut Hong Kong turns boxes into smartphone projectors

    Veshengro
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Pizza Hut's Hong Kong operation has launched a new promotion featuring a pizza box film projector for smartphones. Designed by Ogilvy Hong Kong, the Blockbuster Box includes a special version of the pizza 'table' – the little piece of plastic that keeps the box lid from being pushed down onto the pizza topping – featuring a lens. Customers punch out a perforated circle on one side of the box in the side, insert the lens and then slot their smartphone behind it, allowing whatever is on the screen to be projected onto a wall. The boxes also have QR codes on…
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  • Tiny Home and Office Space in One

    Christine Walsh
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Zoku Loft is a 269 square foot (25 sq m) micro apartment, which is unique in that it can act as both a home as well as a home office. Given the limited space the architects had to work with, it is impressive just how much functionality they were able to squeeze into it. The Zoku Loft apartment features a small kitchen, a living area, a bathroom, a lofted bedroom hidden behind a screen, and a recessed working area, which is separated off from the main part of the apartment, and located in a small hallway. According to Zoku Loft co-founder and managing director Hans Meyer the design of this…
  • Vertical Gardens for Everyone

    Christine Walsh
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    Pod Plants, as this innovative vertical garden is called, was designed and created by Chris Wilkins from Australia. He spent eight years developing it, working closely with Sydney University, and the concept finally got the recognition it deserves when it won the 2014 Australian Innovation Challenge for its unique solution to indoor vertical gardens and green spaces. Pod Plants is both beneficial and beautiful. Each unit is freestanding and stabilized by a reservoir of water, which is located in the bottom of each unit. Due to its simplicity of design, it can be place in front of any existing…
  • Tiny Towable Home

    Christine Walsh
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    The company Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses of Colorado has just unveiled their newest tiny home creation called Front Range. The home is mounted on a custom made 18-foot (5.4-m) two-wheeled trailer, and is selling for just $37,000. The price and the size of Front Range should appeal to anyone looking to downsize to a tiny home that is also quite sustainable. The Front Range tiny house features an open plan layout with high ceilings, which add to the feeling of spaciousness. The exterior of the home is clad in cedar planks on the upper part, and cedar lap on the lower part. Cedar shakes were used…
  • Prefab From the 1940s Gets a Sustainable and Modern Makeover

    Christine Walsh
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    Shortly after World War 2 the French architect Jean Prouvé designed the so-called demountable house, which was to be used as temporary housing for all those who lost their homes during the war. Eight hundred of these houses were ordered at the time, and they were so easy to assemble that it took just one day to build the house and make it inhabitable. The original homes did not have a kitchen or bathroom though. Architect Richard Rogers is currently in the process of altering the original design so that it can be used as a modern, easy-to-assemble holiday home. Rogers didn’t alter the…
  • Houses Made of Bamboo

    Christine Walsh
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Ibuku, a team of designers and builders headed by Elora Hardy in Bali make houses out of bamboo, one of the most sustainable, versatile and strongest materials available. While bamboo is a great building material on all fronts it is challenging to work with, which is why so few builders use it. Ibuku seems to have found the answer though. Elora and her team wish to raise the awareness about this great material, which has the same strength as concrete or steel, is abundant and can regenerate in just a few years. Ibuku have recently built a large house called Sharma Springs out of bamboo. The…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Hydro Flask Food Flask

    Courtney
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bulk foods are known as great buys because of their low cost and lack of cumbersome and wasteful packaging.  But how to get these great buys home with you, without packaging?  Bring your own container!  With foods like freshly ground coffee, some of these bulk items benefit from being sealed for freshness.  As with coffee, […]Check out the review @ Hydro Flask Food Flask
  • How to Get Involved for Earth Day 2015

    Courtney
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Get Outside! Find a way to get outdoors and give Mother Nature a hand. Go for a walk around your neighborhood or a hike through the woods. Now is the perfect time to get into Geocaching. If you don’t know about this great activity, look it up, you won’t be disappointed. Be sure to pick […]Check out the review @ How to Get Involved for Earth Day 2015
  • Full Circle Suds Up Bamboo Dish Brush

    Courtney
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    After folding laundry, doing dishes by hand is my least favorite chore. However, sometimes certain items do help make those unfavorable tasks just a little bit better. As a runner-up chore I’ve managed to make my next least favorite chore, dish washing, just a little bit better. That is where the Suds Up Bamboo Dish […]Check out the review @ Full Circle Suds Up Bamboo Dish Brush
  • SunRidge Farms Organic Chocolate Peanuts & Yogurt Clusters

    Courtney
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    SunRidge Farms makes wonderful contributions to the environment with the distribution facility in Royal Oaks, CA. They facility is powered by 2,500 solar panels, which eliminates 1,315,00 pounds of CO2 every year. By SunRidge Farms eliminating that much CO2 is equal to planting 1,800 acres of trees. Many of these actions have helped to verify […]Check out the review @ SunRidge Farms Organic Chocolate Peanuts & Yogurt Clusters
  • Duchy Originals Organic Shortbread Cookies

    Courtney
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    As an American growing up in the United States I was aware that the Royal Family of England always positively contributed to society by goodwill actions. Though I never knew that they had started their own food company, Duchy Originals. Back in 1992 Prince Charles of Wales decided to create food that was of the […]Check out the review @ Duchy Originals Organic Shortbread Cookies
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Proceeds from HGTV’s ‘Brother vs. Brother’ Renovated Homes Benefit Rebuilding Together

    Grant Beck
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
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  • Join Rebuilding Together NYC for the 2015 NYC Marathon!

    Grant Beck
    29 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon is one of the world’s great road races. This year, the 26.2 mile race will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Rebuilding Together NYC has charity spots available for interested runners. To apply: If you are up for the challenge and want to be considered for Rebuilding Together NYC’s 2015 team, please email events@rebuildingtogethernyc.org with your name, address and phone number.
  • Rebuilding Together and Partners Win Innovative Program of the Year Award at 2015 National VOAD Conference

    Grant Beck
    13 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Rebuilding Together was one of several nonprofit coalition partners recognized for the Innovative Program of the Year Award at the 2015 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Annual Conference in New Orleans this week. The award recognized the group of nonprofit partners for establishing a storm shelter pilot program that provided financial resources, recovery support and technical counsel for communities and families in areas of the country affected by tornado outbreaks, including Moore, Oklahoma. During the year-long pilot, 206 families in the greater Oklahoma City area…
  • Rebuilding Together Releases 2015 – 2017 Business Priorities

    Grant Beck
    1 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, we are focused on becoming a stronger, sustainable organization. We believe that becoming a stronger community revitalization partner will better position us to meet the ever-increasing needs of America’s low-income homeowners and communities nationwide. We value transparency, openness, and accountability, and want to provide you with an update on the national office’s priorities. Based on discussions with the affiliate network, staff, and board, we are focused on: 1. Strengthening the Services We Deliver 2. Implementing More…
  • Rebuilding Together Marks its Annual National Rebuilding Month in April

    Mike Man
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Over 1,800 home repair projects to be completed by nearly 50,000 volunteers across the country WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2015 marks its fifth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is a nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 25. Nearly 50,000 expected volunteers will serve…
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  • Can Thermoelectrics Replace a Vehicle Alternator?

    Steve Spence
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Borla®, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of stainless-steel performance exhaust systems and Alphabet Energy, the global leader in thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery, announced today a nonexclusive partnership to deliver the industry’s first aftermarket thermoelectric fuel-efficiency product for vehicle internal combustion engines. Sixty percent of the energy from fuel used in cars and trucks escapes through the exhaust tailpipe as waste heat. Borla’s technologically-advanced exhaust systems coupled with Alphabet Energy’s PowerModule™ thermoelectric generator has the…
  • First City to be 100% powered by renewable Energy?

    Steve Spence
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    PBS recently announced that Burlington VT was the first city to be 100% powered by renewable energy. As fun as that sounds, PBS was off by more than 100 years. A quick search of Wikipedia shows: The old Schoelkopf Power Station No. 1 near Niagara Falls in the U.S. side began to produce electricity in 1881. The first Edison hydroelectric power station, the Vulcan Street Plant, began operating September 30, 1882, in Appleton, Wisconsin, with an output of about 12.5 kilowatts. By 1886 there were 45 hydroelectric power stations in the U.S. and Canada. By 1889 there were 200 in the U.S. alone. I…
  • Make your own fuel from waste plastic?

    Steve Spence
    29 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    Turn that waste plastic (2, 4, 5 & 6) into fuel. This machine cooks the plastic at over 300 Celsius, and condenses the gas back into a liquid oil. 1kg of plastic + 1 kWh of electric, = 1 liter of fuel (3 hours). At just over $13k, it would pay for itself in about 6 years (including the electric costs to run it). Models and Specifications
  • “Bride of Frankenfood”

    Steve Spence
    20 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses. The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her support of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which dominate the corn and soybean crops at the heart of Iowa’s economy, manifested itself at a recent meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where…
  • Water Conservation in Las Vegas

    Steve Spence
    4 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Water Conservation in Las Vegas In the middle of the Mojave Desert lies an oasis known as Las Vegas. Although the desert is among one of the driest places on earth, water supply doesn’t seem to be a problem considering the 22 million gallons used at the Bellagio fountain and the amount water used to fill the canals of the Venetian. From 2000 to 2010, Las Vegas was the third fastest growing city in the fast growing state, and rates of water consumption went through the roof. The city only gets about 4 inches of rainfall on average, which makes the public question what exactly are casinos to…
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    Cooking Up a Story » Video Interviews

  • Marisa McClellan: More About the Canning Process

    Cooking Up a Story
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story Marisa McClellan, of Food In Jars, talks about the canning process. Canning high acid foods, sugar’s role in canning & the advantages of making small batches. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • An Interview with Katrina Blair: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    Cooking Up a Story
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story An interview with Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds talks about the 13 wild weeds she says are essential for human survival. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • Running a Small Scale Dairy Farm

    Cooking Up a Story
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story Gianaclis Caldwell, cheesemaker and author of The Small Scale Dairy and Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking talks about running a small scale dairy farm and how she became a cheesemaker. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Mushroom Hunters: An Interview with Langdon Cook

    Cooking Up a Story
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story In this interview with Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, we discuss his book and his first-hand encounters on the commercial wild mushroom trail. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Gaza Kitchen – An Interview with Laila El-Haddad

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
 
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  • Hassan Rouhani blames UN, west for changing rules of Iran deal

    Kerry Marasco
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United Nations in general and the United States and France in particular of being the roadblock that could prevent a deal with Iran to halt their nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief from happening before the June 30 deadline. According to Rouhani, every time they come close to an agreement, the west changes the rules and adds more to the table. This hasn’t been confirmed by any of the United Nations participants. It’s the type of deal that, if it happens, will go down in history as a major step towards bringing stability in…
  • Most Americans oppose TPP in principle

    Cactus Williams
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:45 pm
    The second biggest problem the country faces with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is most people are confused about who is promoting it. On one end, you have President Barack Obama pushing the concept to improve America’s trade stance with Asia. On the other hand, you have the Republican congress promoting the idea that the President needs more power to push it through as quickly as possible. It’s a bizarre situation that makes it hard for the American people who follow their leaders to know which side to support. The biggest problem is a lack of understanding of what TPP really…
  • Where is the feminist outrage against the Islamic State?

    Kerry Marasco
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Less than two decades ago, feminist groups in America often targeted the poor treatment of women in Muslim-dominated countries. Oprah Winfrey famously took the burqa off of a woman to the cheers of 18,000 people in Madison Square Garden in 2001 to protest the fact that women in certain countries couldn’t go out in public without being covered, couldn’t drive, and couldn’t vote. They were outraged back then. Today, there is barely a peep out of any of the prominent feminist groups despite the fact that the ill treatment of women by ISIS and even some Islamic nations…
  • There are risks with the rise of ‘organic’ food production

    Kerry Marasco
    7 Jun 2015 | 12:12 am
    As most of our readers are aware, we don’t like GMO foods. The concept of genetically modifying something that is already so amazing only makes sense in two circumstances: to make money or to help feed the starving. Since they’re not really doing much to feed the starving in the world, it all comes down to money. With the rise of organic food production and distribution comes many companies who are getting into or converting to a more natural stance with their products. The positives of this are easy to see and are being heralded by certain publications such as Infowars. However,…
  • Rand Paul goes after President Obama to release 9/11 files that may implicate Saudi Arabia

    Alfie Joshua
    6 Jun 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Since investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, there has been speculation that Saudi Arabia was involved, at least from a financial perspective, in perpetrating the attacks. President George W. Bush classified 28 pages of a Congressional report on the incident that allegedly implicates the Saudis. Now, Rand Paul is picking up the mantle to have those pages released. 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. That alone is not enough to accuse an entire country of involvement, but the contents of the pages in the classified portion of the report may shed…
 
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    Econation

  • Learning simplicity from bushcraft

    Michael Lockhart
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    There is a saying amongst bushcrafters: “The more you know, the less you have to carry.” If you know how to build a shelter, insulate the ground, light a fire, make water safe and forage and hunt for food, then you can live in the outdoors for extended periods. You might be roughing it but by adding a few basic items (see list below) you will soon be smoothing it. The point is that carrying around too much stuff is a burden in more ways than one. As well as sapping your energy, it costs more money, it takes more organising and maintenance, it makes you less self-reliant and what…
  • Econation launches new brand

    Michael Lockhart
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Econation has launched a new visual identity and website that reflects an increasing emphasis on well-being – for both people and planet. Econation has long been an advocate and independent source of information about environmental sustainability. Econation’s main premise is that what is best for the planet is also best for people. Econation presents a new type of prosperity that isn’t based on economic goals but the goals of health, happiness and general well-being. “Research provides evidence that after a certain, relatively low, level of income is achieved well-being…
  • No regrets

    Michael Lockhart
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:26 pm
    A nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed. This is one of the most potent life lessons I’ve ever read. Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse has listed the five most common regrets her dying patients had about their lives. Ware points out that her patients eventually all came to a point of acceptance of their death but when questioned many definitely had regrets about their lives. It makes for sober reading, it is sad that people die with regrets. What makes it doubly sad is that they can no longer do anything about it. However we the living can do something.
  • Remedies for Affluenza

    Michael Lockhart
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    Living in a society where we are urged to spend from all quarters we end up buying stuff we don’t really need. The impact of having too much stuff not only affects our well-being in the long term, it is also detrimental to the environment. The following tips may remedy this ailment: Be very critical of advertising, don’t get sucked in by any emotional tugs on your heart-strings. Ask yourself what type of fear or insecurity the advertisement is playing on. Rather than buying whatever-it-is, which won’t help you in the long run, try and do something about the…
  • Learning for many lifetimes

    Michael Lockhart
    15 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Most countries aspire to greater economic growth and increased consumption and education systems reflect these aspirations of the culture they are part of. It is a telling fact that the countries with the highest education levels also have the highest ecological footprint. But Education for Sustainability challenges these aspirations for growth and allows us to imagine a better future for all and it encourages people to reflect on how our values, beliefs and behaviour affects our collective ability to create such a future.  Education for Sustainability Many people find the term…
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  • Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

    Lori Zimmer
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Read the rest of Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture, eco design, green design, jackson hole, Method Homes, modular home, prefabricated home, sustainable design
  • A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    What better use for an old coal mine than a whole new universe? This is just what the Duke of Buccleuch and architect Charles Jencks did with an open cast coal mine located within Scotland’s Lowther Hills. The 22-hectare site was an industrial eyesore and since it was no longer in use, local villagers lobbied the duke to do something with it. But the villagers didn’t just want it to look better — they also wanted something that would replace the jobs lost when the coal mine closed down. The result is the the Crawick Multiverse, a universe made up entirely out of plants, dirt and…
  • Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum

    Lucy Wang
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Read the rest of Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation, ball pit national building museum, beach in washington dc, indoor beach, National Building Museum, National Building Museum beach, national building museum summer block party, Snarkitecture, the beach by snarkitecture
  • Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

    Katie Medlock
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, however, is notable not for its excess, but for its attention to sustainable construction and maintenance practices. EcoWorld Development Sdn. Bhd. has released details about the project, which will be composed of three residential towers and a building named The Centre, referred to as “the green heart” of the construction. Read the rest of…
  • Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

    Lidija Grozdanic
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Read the rest of Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brutalist building, Casa Brutale, glass facade, OPA, raw concrete, swimming pool, underground architecture, underground building, waterfront architecture
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  • How to Start a Successful Online Eco Business

    Jen
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Starting an online business is the dream of many people. However, in a space that is already crowded, it is often difficult to find a niche that doesn’t have far too many players already. One niche that is not yet saturated is the online eco business niche. As the days roll by, more individuals are becoming aware of the dangers of our actions on the ecosystem. A study done in the UK for example, says two thirds of shoppers are more ecologically aware than they were 10 years ago and more members of the public are becoming more concerned about the threats we pose to the environment. In the…
  • How to Design an Office that Is Eco-Friendly

    Jen
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The amount of energy that is used by offices and other types of commercial buildings is staggering. This is why it is vital that the business world commits to energy efficiency. In so doing, they will reduce the tremendous environmental impact they have. At the same time, however, it actually improves the bottom line, which means the benefits are there not just for the world as a whole, but for the business in particular as well. When designing and eco-friendly office, there are many things to think about, including location, features, equipment, usage and more. It is vital to adopt…
  • Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

    Jen
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:54 am
    Photo source: architektur As more and more people get accustomed to the idea that fossil fuels are finite and that it’s every person’s responsibility to ensure the transition towards a healthier and more environmentally conscious lifestyle, sustainable homes are rapidly gaining foothold in the contemporary housing marketplace. It is also worth mentioning that buildings consume a substantial amount of resources through their inhabitants. Some can even lead to environmental degradation due to the poorly chosen raw materials. All this means that it’s time to take a better look…
  • 5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

    Jen
    13 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    By Jane Blanchard via Modernize When you’re preparing to sell your home, any upgrades that add value are worth your time and effort. One of the hottest trends in real estate is green, sustainable living–making changes to your home that decrease the amount of energy you use and your impact on the environment. Read on to learn more about the best “green” upgrades that not only are kind to the Earth, but add value to your home. 1. Energy-Efficient Appliances: Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to boost your home’s value. You can go the extra mile by choosing…
  • Top 3 Eco-Friendly Office Products that I Couldn’t Live Without

    Ali Lawrence
    5 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Usually your office place is anything but “green”. You might think you don’t have that much control over what your office provides when it comes to sustainable living but that’s where you’d be wrong. There are dozens of eco-friendly office products that help you save the planet a little at a time. Here are three items that I couldn’t live without at work. Good Bye Sticky Notes, Hello Bamboo Board Before I bought this beautiful dry-erase board my desk was always covered in sticky notes. It wasn’t uncommon to go through a pack a month. Not only did this clutter my desk (and a…
 
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  • The Next Gold Rush, Excess Capacity, and the Advent of a “Peers Inc” World

    Benoit Colin
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Excess capacity will be our society’s next gold rush. Photo by Chiu Ho-yang/Flickr. From the breakdown of conventional ways of creating and sharing wealth to rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events, linear models of development are no longer providing an answer to the pressing challenges that the world is facing. At least, that’s the view of Zipcar’s co-founder, Robin Chase. Her new book Peers, Inc is a manifesto for a new 21st century economy that she believes can unleash untapped potential. Chase presents a model called Peers Inc that describes how different…
  • Friday Fun: Cities Celebrating National Birthdays across the Globe

    Caitlin Drown
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    The White House in Washington, D.C. during 4th of July celebrations. Photo credit: Matthew Straubmuller/Flickr. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and here in Washington DC we’re celebrating our national Independence Day with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Each year, the federal holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, marking the birth of a new nation independent from Great Britain. Our city rings in the holiday with the National Independence Day Parade in the late morning and, at night, there is an elaborate fireworks show and a live concert. Cities…
  • Why Africa Needs to Look to Its Cities to End Hunger

    Caroline Vexler
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    A street market in St. Lucia, South Africa. With the continent rapidly urbanizing, it’s critical that city leaders address urban food loss and waste in order to ensure sustainable development and end food insecurity. Photo by Steve Slater/Flickr. Last year, the African Union—an assembly of 54 African nations—formally committed to ending hunger in Africa by 2025. This is incredibly ambitious, considering one out of every four people in sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. The majority of the 800 million people worldwide who are food insecure live in emerging economies and hunger is…
  • How Affordable Housing and TOD Are Coming Together in Brazil

    Luísa Zottis
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Minha Casa Minha Vida housing program in Brazil works to develop affordable housing for low-income populations consistent with TOD principles. Photo by GOVBA. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in…
  • Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities

    Madhav Pai
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    In order to ensure sustainable urban development, India’s leaders must prioritizes cities that are compact, connected, and coordinated. Photo by Mattheui Aubry/Flickr. Last Thursday could be a turning point in the history of India’s urbanization: the Modi government has unveiled its ambitious Smart City project, which aims to build 100 smart cities across the country. Additionally, the AMRUT program will aim to “rejuvenate and transform” 500 existing cities. The government’s focus on creating better cities is a welcome development, at a time when the urban population of India…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios

    Jean-Paul
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    San Francisco is full of hidden garden oases and public patio gems thanks to a little known program promoting called POPOS or Privately Owned Public Open Spaces. That is, many highrise buildings in cities have public ‘parks’ or public space viewing areas in them. This can include observation decks, terraces, patios, roofs and viewing floors […] The post Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco Eco-Chic Shopping Event in San Francisco – Oct 23rd 2008…
  • The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business

    Jean-Paul
    27 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    Green business is big business, and more and more companies are adopting eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Here’s a roundup of five American cities leading the way in green business: Austin, Texas The Texas capitol boats more than 206 parks, 26 greenbelts, 12 preserves and more than 50 miles of trails. Not only does Austin offer […] The post The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Jobs and the Green MBA Go Green Seattle 2011 Conference Green MBA Programs Green Business Finder – 3rdWhales’ iPhone app Go…
  • Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again

    Jean-Paul
    22 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    There are a lot of great choices out there for reusable grocery bags, but Bag Again has created a recycled plastic mesh bag perfect for produce and bulk foods. Not only does it hold it, but you can wash, rinse, and scrub your produce in the bag for even more convenience. Bag Again sent me […] The post Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Reusable Shopping Bag Choices Reusable Grocery Bags and Bacteria Recycled Totes and Bags – UrthBags BPA and Your Safest Reusable Water Bottle Choice Local Organic Produce Delivery CSA Box
  • Best Electric Motorcycles

    Jean-Paul
    12 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Electric motorcycles are starting to pop up everywhere now. The technology is here, and like the Tesla did for electric cars, the designs are starting to get sexy. A handful compete for top honors in the Zero emissions division at the Isle of Man TT to prove their power and reliability, but some are flying […] The post Best Electric Motorcycles appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle Mission One Street Superbike: Worlds Fastest Electric Motorcycle Title Revoked! Worlds Fastest Electric Superbike Motorcycle – The TTX01…
  • Revolution Movie Review

    Jean-Paul
    5 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    After his previous documentary film Sharkwater, I was excited to see what documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart came up with next. His newest movie is titled Revolution and continues on where Sharkwater left off, expanding on the environmental threats and troubles facing the human race in the years to come. Not as focused as other environmental […] The post Revolution Movie Review appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Sharkwater Movie Review For the Dolphins – The Cove Movie Review Blackfish Documentary Movie Review The Pipe Documentary Film Review Vegucated Documentary…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Use your Weapons of Reason

    Hannah Jarratt
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
      Use your Weapons of Reason Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Its ultimate goal is to understand and articulate the interconnected issues shaping our world, and inspire its readers to take positive action. For its first issue, we start by exploring what’s happening at the top of the world, in the Arctic. As the ever looming shadow of climate change draws in, it is more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to fight back. 1. Where did the idea for Weapons of Reason come from? Our publisher Danny Miller, who founded Little White Lies…
  • Innocent Unplugged

    Hannah Jarratt
    12 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Innocent Unplugged   In a life where connectivity is paramount to everyday activities we are embracing the opportunity to head off the beaten track, to unplug and recharge. The ever brilliant brains at Innocent are offering respite at their annual festival with a difference, Innocent Unplugged. A festival for grown-ups in Kent with no wifi, no 3G and no traditional electricity. Any power required will be generated by festival goers with a little solar at the ready. So leave your phone at home. Forget about Facebook. Turn off Twitter. We’ll see you in the woods. If you haven’t…
  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “UKIP have broken things wide open.”   We speak to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about some of the key issues that we’re thinking about in the run-up to the General Election.   Why do you think there has been a surge in support for The Green Party? There is a new space available, before the financial crash things were going ok, people thought the economy was alright, and in general we were doing ok. The need for real change has given us a space, the Green Party has always been talking about mainstream policies and tax but people are more ready to listen to us now.  …
  • Earthmojis by Do The Green Thing

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
      Following their debut at the Time to Act People’s Climate Change March last month, we’ve made our Earthmojis placards available as free downloads. Earthmojis are a set of global placards made entirely out of the digital world’s favourite and most pervasive language, Emoji. We’ve created a set of four placards that highlight negative environmental behaviours and applaud green actions. Climate change is a global problem, and as climate change protests continue to take place across the world, we hope that you will download and march with your favourite Earthmojis placard, as a…
  • An Evening with Everyday Things

    Hannah Jarratt
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    An Evening with Everyday Things   Pentagram recently hosted a private view of ‘Everyday Things’, a collection of 19 objects by artists and designers curated by Do The Green Thing and WWF-UK to promote Earth Hour 2015. During the evening, 200 people filed into Pentagram’s front room to enjoy the exhibition and hear Naresh Ramchandani – the co-founder of Do The Green Thing and Pentagram partner – speak about why it was put together. This is the third time that Do The Green Thing has teamed up with WWF-UK to create a campaign for Earth Hour. In previous years, the campaigns have…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Use your Weapons of Reason

    Hannah Jarratt
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
      Use your Weapons of Reason Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Its ultimate goal is to understand and articulate the interconnected issues shaping our world, and inspire its readers to take positive action. For its first issue, we start by exploring what’s happening at the top of the world, in the Arctic. As the ever looming shadow of climate change draws in, it is more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to fight back. 1. Where did the idea for Weapons of Reason come from? Our publisher Danny Miller, who founded Little White Lies…
  • Innocent Unplugged

    Hannah Jarratt
    12 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Innocent Unplugged   In a life where connectivity is paramount to everyday activities we are embracing the opportunity to head off the beaten track, to unplug and recharge. The ever brilliant brains at Innocent are offering respite at their annual festival with a difference, Innocent Unplugged. A festival for grown-ups in Kent with no wifi, no 3G and no traditional electricity. Any power required will be generated by festival goers with a little solar at the ready. So leave your phone at home. Forget about Facebook. Turn off Twitter. We’ll see you in the woods. If you haven’t…
  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “UKIP have broken things wide open.”   We speak to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about some of the key issues that we’re thinking about in the run-up to the General Election.   Why do you think there has been a surge in support for The Green Party? There is a new space available, before the financial crash things were going ok, people thought the economy was alright, and in general we were doing ok. The need for real change has given us a space, the Green Party has always been talking about mainstream policies and tax but people are more ready to listen to us now.  …
  • Earthmojis by Do The Green Thing

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
      Following their debut at the Time to Act People’s Climate Change March last month, we’ve made our Earthmojis placards available as free downloads. Earthmojis are a set of global placards made entirely out of the digital world’s favourite and most pervasive language, Emoji. We’ve created a set of four placards that highlight negative environmental behaviours and applaud green actions. Climate change is a global problem, and as climate change protests continue to take place across the world, we hope that you will download and march with your favourite Earthmojis placard, as a…
  • An Evening with Everyday Things

    Hannah Jarratt
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    An Evening with Everyday Things   Pentagram recently hosted a private view of ‘Everyday Things’, a collection of 19 objects by artists and designers curated by Do The Green Thing and WWF-UK to promote Earth Hour 2015. During the evening, 200 people filed into Pentagram’s front room to enjoy the exhibition and hear Naresh Ramchandani – the co-founder of Do The Green Thing and Pentagram partner – speak about why it was put together. This is the third time that Do The Green Thing has teamed up with WWF-UK to create a campaign for Earth Hour. In previous years, the campaigns have…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • LEED Bird Collision Deterrence to be Required in Highland Park

    Stuart Kaplow
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    The City of Highland Park, Illinois, became the latest jurisdiction to consider bird friendly building regulations when on June 22, 2015 the City Council forwarded a proposal to the Plan Design Review Commission for comment prior to final approval by the Council. Specifically, the City Council is proposing that bird friendly regulations be adopted for commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings and that they follow requirements set forth in the LEED NC-2009 SS Pilot Credit 55 Bird Collision Deterrence.   The Highland Park City Code already requires bird friendly building…
  • Government Ownership of Rain is Antithetical to Increased Potable Water

    Stuart Kaplow
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Against a backdrop of California experiencing the worst drought in its history and the U.S. Supreme Court having before it an interstate water dispute, where Florida seeks an equitable apportionment of the waters of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers over the claims of upstream Georgia, the issue of “who owns the rain” is of national importance. Collecting rain and using it for a desired purpose on one’s own property should no longer violate laws. And the government should not take the rain falling on private property without just compensation.   In point of fact, laws…
  • In the Name of Clean Water Millions of Acres are Proposed for Federal Control

    Stuart Kaplow
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of the Army published a final rule on May 27, 2015, “clarifying” the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule is proposed to be effective 60 days after Federal Register publication. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is quoted as saying the new rule will expand the scope of waters of the United States by “only about 3%” but that 3% represents millions of acres that are not today regulated.  Some commentators have suggested that depending upon the EPA’s application of the rule, the…
  • What LEED Credit is Almost Never Achieved?

    Stuart Kaplow
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:22 pm
    One of the key features of the LEED rating systems is that, after satisfying minimum program requirements and prerequisites, project teams may select from the available compilation of LEED credits. Those options are key not only because there is no one homogenous building type but also because owners may have sustainable features they wish pursued. But surprising to some, there is one LEED credit that stands out, by far, as the least earned.  Accepting that LEED is no longer only new construction, and in an effort to compare apples with apples, this analysis looked at the LEED New…
  • HUD Adopts 2009 IECC (Not the 2012 or 2015 version) and Why You Care

    Stuart Kaplow
    6 Jun 2015 | 9:07 am
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined, effective June 6, 2015, that adoption of the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code for single family homes and the 2007 edition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers 90.1 for multifamily buildings will not negatively affect the affordability and availability of HUD and USDA assisted housing.  You care because this new minimum standard for energy efficiency in housing is widely seen as a benchmark driving green…
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  • The eBooks You Crave: Instant Access, Instant Savings

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    It’s an eBook** summer flash sale! For one week only, all our eBooks — over 200 titles — are 50% off. It’s the perfect time to try something new or just stock-up on new books for the summer. But hurry the sale will end in a flash! eBook Flash Sale for one week only! Need […]The post The eBooks You Crave: Instant Access, Instant Savings appeared first on Blog.
  • The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […]The post The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse? appeared first on Blog.
  • Dig In: June Roundup

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books Whether you want to make the […]The post Dig In: June Roundup appeared first on Blog.
  • Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […]The post Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre appeared first on Blog.
  • The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […]The post The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners appeared first on Blog.
 
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    Enviro Fuel

  • Hello world!

    BrianSmith
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging! The post Hello world! appeared first on Enviro Fuel.
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    elephant journal

  • What it Means to Mother in the Middle.

    Lynn Shattuck
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:03 pm
    As a mother, I’m almost never judging you because---
  • Do this to Know what you really want from Life.

    elephant journal
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Identifying what you want the purpose of your life to be isn’t as difficult...
  • I am not a Humble Grasshopper. {Poem}

    Janne Robinson
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:59 pm
    If you have forgotten who I am and where I came from let me remind you I am not a humble grasshopper I am a mountain lion I do not bounce lightly when people are not accountable I do not walk away I turn my prey on their backs like a porcupine slice open their […]
  • Accepting my Sensitivity Healed my Emotional Eating.

    elephant journal
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    People often tell me that I’m sensitive. In fact, I heard it last night as I ordered my dinner and requested that it be dairy, gluten and soy free. I know that if I don’t avoid these foods, I will pay the price later with a rumbling, unhappy belly. (Yes, even my digestive system is […]
  • 1 Small Secret to Enhance the Art of Living.

    elephant journal
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I was a typical American—always waiting for the “next thing.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Which Advanced Country Has the Most Climate Sceptics? Hint: It's Not the United States

    Graham Readfearn
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    It's not necessarily a competition you should be particularly keen to win, but which country in the world has the most climate change “sceptics”? Most people would probably hazard a guess at the United States, what with its preponderance of climate science denialist think tanks, conservative television and radio hosts and politicians who think it’s all a hoax. But a new study that analysed identical surveys carried out across 14 industrialised nations has found that when it comes to climate science denial, Australia tops the pile. Click here for reuse options! Tags: climate…
  • That Time When Lord Lawson Talked Climate Change in a US Senate Committee Hearing

    Brendan Montague
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    This DeSmog UK epic history post follows climate denier Lord Lawson as he travels to the United States to brief a senate committee on the economics of climate change. In his sunset years, Lord Nigel Lawson had managed to clamber back onto the world’s political stage. Two months before the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee inquiry – into allegations that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) used poor statistics and economics – had been published, the former chancellor (who instigated the inquiry) flew out to the United States to present the report’s…
  • Beer Brawl Ensues Over Threat to Shut Down Colorado Coal Mine

    Anne Landman
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Bars, liquor stores and restaurants in the small northwest coal mining town of Craig, Colorado have started boycotting craft beers made by Colorado microbreweries that have donated even tiny amounts of cash or in-kind gifts to environmental and sustainability causes. Click here for reuse options! Tags: coal miningColoradofracking
  • Blocking the Bomb Trains: Nationwide Protests On Lac-Megantic Anniversary

    Justin Mikulka
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:35 pm
    It’s corporate greed versus the common good, whether it’s rail safety or climate change.” Those were the words of Lowen Berman, a Portland activist involved in a blockade of oil train tracks to mark the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster. Berman and 60 other activists protested in Portland today as part of a national Oil Train Week of Protests led by 350.org and ForestEthics. Click here for reuse options! Tags: Lac MeganticBomb Trainsoil by rail
  • The Yes Men Are Revolting, How About You?

    Justin Mikulka
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    In the third movie from the prankster activists, The Yes Men, made up of Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum, they set their sights on what they see as the biggest issue facing the world today — climate change. However, unlike their first two films, they also turn the cameras on themselves and one of the main story lines in the film is how the two address what it means to dedicate your life to activism. This self-examination leads to the inevitable question, “Does what we do really make a difference?” Click here for reuse options! Tags: the yes menandy bichlbaummike…
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    Eco-Chick

  • Love is in the Air (and in the Water) at the NYC Pride Parade 2015

    Keelie Sheridan
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    This year’s NYC Pride Parade was exceptionally jubilant, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage be legalized across the United States. The weather was dismal at first, but the revelers were out in full force. The street fair that followed boasted several booths of companies sponsoring the parade and joining in the celebrations with giveaways and handouts- a smash hit being the collapsible, flexible, reusable water bottle, like this Anti-Bottle from Vapur, handed out by Amtrak. From Vapur’s website: The Anti-Bottle is a reusable water bottle designed to…
  • Six Sexy and Sustainable Swimsuits: Bikinis and Maillots to Really Swim In!

    Keelie Sheridan
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The ancient Roman Villa Romana del Casale (286–305 AD) in Sicily contains one of the earliest known illustrations of a bikini. Image via Wikimedia Commons. It’s summer. Officially. Inarguably. Completely. Have you already donned your eco-friendly swimsuit on a beach or at a pool party? Get it, girl! Or have you procrastinated ordering a new swimsuit because… swimsuit shopping… and now find yourself in need of something sexy AND sustainable? We’ve got you covered (modestly or otherwise). Enjoy these six delicious eco-swimwear choices and join us in dreaming of a…
  • Ocean Plastic Turned Useful in Hyper-Modern New Sneaker by Adidas and Parley

    Lindsay E. Brown
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Scientists predict that by 2025 all the coral reef ecosystems in the world will be gone. Leading environmentalists expect to see the majority of sea life extinct in 6 to 16 years. Most of us don’t realize how dire a situation this is: Diminishment of biodiversity in our ocean is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity. The most alarming threats are human overpopulation and overconsumption, and the pressures on our planet that come with it — oil, pollution, global warming, ocean acidification, over-fishing and agricultural run-off. By 2050, the global population is…
  • Indigo Handloom: Human-Powered, Artful Textiles Are Carbon Neutral

    Starre Vartan
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Indigo Handloom‘s project is one of the most impressive Kickstarter campaigns I’ve seen in some time. In short, the company, who has already worked with ethical fashion industry leaders like Eileen Fisher, is making carbon-neutral fabric that’s beautiful, wearable, and directly (and fairly) supports those people who create it. They call themselves the World’s Greenest Clothing and they might be right about that. Not only is no energy used to create the cloth but it is chemical-free, meaning its safe for workers (and for you and your skin). In the making of an average…
  • 5 Botanical All-Stars: How to Use, Love and Grow (or Buy) Them

    Starre Vartan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years, or if it’s because some of my earliest memories are gardening with my grandma, but I turn to plants first. For food, medicine, scent and connection to the world around me, I’m an inveterate flower-sniffer, herb grower, tincture crafter, and apple- (and carrot, wild onion and grass) muncher. Pretty much every plant out there has its uses, but there are a special few that really stand out: these botanical all-stars are not only easy to grow everywhere from garden to windowsill, they preserve…
 
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  • NHTSA Slams Fiat Chrysler For Handling Of Recalls: What Does That Mean For You?

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Last week, representatives from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) were summoned to Washington, D.C., to explain the way that they'd handled recalls over the past couple of years. According to Automotive News — and to official hearing testimonies — things didn't go so well for FCA. WHAT WENT DOWN In a nutshell, NHTSA wanted to know...
  • Mercedes-Benz Is Tops In Shopper Satisfaction, But Tesla? Not So Much

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Today's auto market is a tough one for consumers. There are loads of great cars on the lots, and the differences between those from Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, and most other mass-market automakers are disappearing. ALSO SEE: Toyota RAV4 Vs. Ford Escape: Compare Cars In that kind of environment, customer service is king. The way sales personnel...
  • 2016 Acura MDX, Bentley GTC Speed, RAV4 Vs. Escape: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2016 Acura MDX Review The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear. 2015 Ford Focus, Escape, C-Max Recalled To Ensure That Engines Turn Off Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 432,000 Focus, Escape, and C-Max vehicles from the 2015...
  • Toyota RAV4 Vs. Ford Escape: Compare Cars

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The compact SUV segment is hot, hot, hot these days, and the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape are two of the longstanding pillars of the segment. Both have been around for more than 15 years, each has grown with the segment, and both were redesigned for 2013. Which is the better pick? The Escape decisively beat the RAV4 in our comparison, with higher...
  • 2011 Kia Sportage Recalled For Electrical Flaw Affecting Brake Lights, Cruise Control

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Kia Motors America is recalling select Sportage vehicles from the 2011 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical flaw that could affect the crossover's brake lights and cruise control. ALSO SEE: Toyota, Nissan, Honda To Spend $48 Million On...
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  • Building Intelligence into Water Metering

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:50 pm
    As labor and energy costs continue to rise, public service providers are reevaluating conventional metering technology in search of innovative ways to improve network performance. Review this white paper to find out how traditional water metering technologies measure up in today's networks. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of the most prevalent meters in the field now. And explore the new metering technologies available today that can conserve water, while improving revenue and operational efficiency.Request Free!
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    15 Jun 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Real-time access to accurate data from field crews to headquarters can improve operational efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction. With modern, mobile technologies, utility companies are streamlining data collection workflows, accelerating decision-making and achieving high-precision GPS accuracy at a fraction of the cost. Learn how mobile GPS data collection can help you end the pen and paper nightmare, put down expensive GPS handhelds, and quickly collect data from the field.Request Free!
  • Frost & Sullivan: Enterprise Content Management In The Energy Industry: Increase Safety And Reliability, Decrease Costs And Damages

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    The energy sector has seen spectacular failures in recent years, in terms of human life, the environment, and costs to the companies and communities as they rely on paper-based information and processes.Request Free!
  • IDC: Nuclear Power Generation At The Crossroads

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    This IDC Energy Insights white paper examines the future of nuclear power across the globe, analyzes the role of IT in the design, permitting, construction, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear power plants; and provides recommendations to plant owners on ensuring a secure and robust IT infrastructure.Request Free!
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  • Buying Tips: Less Toxic Nail Polish

    Amanda
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
      With names that echo tropical islands, fond memories and sassy puns — who’d ever suspect those cute bottles of nail polish are filled with many concerning chemicals? Unfortunately there isn’t an all-natural option for nail polish. But there are products that have fewer ingredients with serious health concerns. If you are one to use a polish on your fingers or toes, here are few important things to look for: “3-free”: Brands that don’t use toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or formaldehyde “5-free”: Brands that are 3-free + formaldehyde resin or camphor. Never list:…
  • Behind the Ratings: Pet Food

    Amanda
    12 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Between 1988 and 2015, overall pet ownership in the United States has increased from 56% to 65%. Today, more than 79 million households own at least one pet. Pet owners are prioritizing and investing in the care and health of their pets, encouraging the pet care industry to quickly replace the term “pet owners” with “pet parents”. Take Our Poll   People want their pets to lead healthy lives—They plan activities for them, comfort them, search for the best gear and bathing supplies, learn about their nutrition needs for every life-stage, and invest in pet beds…
  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    Amanda
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    Amanda
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
 
 
 
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  • Toilets Change Lives – Lending a Hand to Social Venture in India

    John Howell
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    As part of Kimberly-Clark’s commitment to improving sanitation worldwide, the company’s Toilets Change Lives (TCL) program has created new opportunities for employee volunteers to directly engage with the global sanitation [...] The post Toilets Change Lives – Lending a Hand to Social Venture in India appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • UN Global Pulse: Tapping Big Data for Sustainable Development

    Vikas Vij
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    In 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis, one of the revelations was the absence of up-to-the-minute, accurate data about who was being impacted and to what degree. The [...] The post UN Global Pulse: Tapping Big Data for Sustainable Development appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Global Demand Increases for STEM Talent

    Sangeeta Haindl
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    The U.S. has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet now this position is threatened, as comparatively [...] The post Global Demand Increases for STEM Talent appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Dolphins in Overfished Mediterranean Get Help from Costa Crociere

    Antonio Pasolini
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Fish are endangered in the Mediterranean Sea. While sunlight-deprived Europeans flock to Mediterranean beaches for their summer breaks, offshore ​the action is a tad less quaint​. The old Med has [...] The post Dolphins in Overfished Mediterranean Get Help from Costa Crociere appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • New Science Activates a Carbon Farming Initiative for Nutiva

    Gretchen Grani
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    On May 1st at a grass-fed cattle ranch in Marin County, over 40 business leaders from companies such as Alter Eco, 18 Rabbits, and Traditional Medicinals gathered to gander at [...] The post New Science Activates a Carbon Farming Initiative for Nutiva appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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  • Advanced Targeting with Facebook Ads: What you Need to Know (or, “Becoming a Professional Creeper”)

    Amelia
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    New to Facebook ads? Be sure to check out Part 1 of my 3-part series: Why Use Facebook Ads? 5 Reasons to Start Your Campaigns TODAY. This is Part 2. Now that you’re convinced using Facebook ads is a good idea for your business, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty details of ad management. A good place to start: who are you looking to target with your ads? The extreme specificity of Facebook’s advanced targeting features ensure that advertisers are not taking a shot in the dark with their ad placements. Need some targeting options to get you started? Check out just some of…
  • Why Use Facebook Ads? 5 Reasons to Start Your Campaigns TODAY

    Amelia
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    It is with much geekery that I begin our 3 part exploration of Facebook ads. First up, the important, fundamental question: why use ‘em? If you’re not using Facebook ads by now, it’s seriously time to consider it. As the second most-visited website in the world (second to our beloved multi-colored search engine), Facebook is an avenue not only for your personal page, company page, and occasional pictures of the office dog; it is (or can be) a tool for reaching new audiences and getting new customers. It has proven to be a success at gaining customer traction, and not just…
  • Google Update: Local Home Performance Companies vs. Big Shot Directories

    Dan Paradee
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    The only constant about Google’s algorithms is change. Google has once again made updates to the local SERPs (search engine result pages), and this time it could affect home performance companies in a big way. Around May 15th SEO experts were seeing major changes in local search results. A large increase in the number of local packs was recorded. Around the same time a sizeable decrease in the traffic of large directories including YellowPages, Manta, and CitySearch was also noticed. Some of these changes were attributed to the Doorway Update, while others associated it with what has…
  • A/B Testing (or How to Turn Your Website into a Lead Generating Machine)

    Dan Paradee
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    A key component of successful web marketing is continual optimization - optimizing your content, keywords, landing pages, and structure to convert your web visitors into leads. But how do you know what converts and what potential changes are going to be most advantageous? You may find some good ideas by reading articles on best practices, but what works for companies in Silicon Valley may not work for your contracting company in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The answer comes back to basic science, one variable against a constant: A/B testing. A/B testing is the practice of sending half your traffic…
  • Keyword Strategy 101: How to Know What Works and What Converts

    Jack Gross
    28 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    There’s a new marketing tactic coming to a supermarket near you: "Smart Shelves". Stores will be equipping their shelves with high tech camera systems that will be able to track your eyes to see what you’re looking at and where you’re looking for it with the end goal of improving product placement on shelves. Sound a little creepy? Maybe. Will it be effective? Absolutely! Knowing where your potential clients are trying to find your product and what exactly they're looking for is an obvious and huge advantage. Fortunately, similar data about your web visitors is…
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  • 4 Green Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July!

    Lauren Dartt
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Happy Independence Day Weekend! The 4th of July is one of my personal favorite holidays, with BBQ’s, family, community, fairs, farmer’s markets, and fireworks to enjoy—not to mention that good old patriotic feeling. There are a lot of great, green ways to celebrate this year, but I’ve chosen four because, well, you know! Get Outside Getting outdoors with the family instead of hanging around inside and running the AC is a great way to start greening your 4th. Since Independence Day is America’s holiday sweetheart, there should be no shortage of activities for you and your family to…
  • 5 Sustainable Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

    Jennie
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 4th of July is just a few days away and now is the perfect time to plan a little sustainability into your celebration. There are many eco-friendly ways to make the holiday more sustainable.  To get you started here are 5 quick tips to make your day of red, white and blue a little more green. #1: Think Reusable – Not Disposable If you will be celebrating the 4th of July at home, choose reusable dinnerware instead of the disposable kind. It will only take a few minutes more to load them into the dishwasher and will save the environment a lot! If reusable simply isn’t an option,…
  • 6 Eco Friendly Tips for a Great Green Summer

    Jennie
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s summer, summer, summertime! With summertime comes hot days, cool treats and lots of fun in the sun with your family. Before you hit the road for a hot sunny day at the beach, park or BBQ, check out my six favorite eco-friendly tips for a great green summer. The best part, most of them are free and will only make your summer more enjoyable, read on. 1. Get Outside It’s much nicer to cool off outside than it is to sit inside with the air conditioning on high. Hit your local beach, lake, or pool and cool off in the waves. Also, it’s a good idea to keep your shades drawn…
  • 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Safe this Summer

    Jennie
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    During the summer, your pet may be spending more time outdoors and might even take a few road trips with you. Keep your pooch happy and safe this summer by incorporating these pet and eco-friendly tips into your summer routine. These tips will keep your best friend comfortable and safe during the dog days of summer. 1. Hydration Station: A simple fact is – a hydrated dog is a happy dog. Keeping Fido hydrated during the summer months is especially important – remember they are wearing a fur coat! Keep several dishes of fresh, clean water throughout your home and outside areas.
  • Naturally Sweet: Pacifica Vegan Perfumes are Perfect for Summer

    Jennie
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a go-to scent for summer? My all time favorites are from Pacifica Perfume – they are all-natural, vegan, smell fruity and are perfect from summer! I love the Tuscan Blood Orange and the Hawaiian Ruby Guava.The fruity scent goes hand in hand with summer and they are affordable too – $22 a bottle, which will last all summer long. Do you have a favorite all-natural perfume? The post Naturally Sweet: Pacifica Vegan Perfumes are Perfect for Summer appeared first on Sweet Greens.
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  • Sakari Momoi, World's Oldest Man, Dies At 112

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Watch VideoThe world’s oldest man has died at the age of 112.Japanese supercentenarian Sakari Momoi was a father of five and a former a high school principal. He was born on February 5, 1903. (Video via BBC) For some perspective, that same year Teddy Roosevelt was president, the Wright Brothers flew their debut flight and baseball’s first official World Series was held.A mere 11 decades later, Guinness World Records awarded Momoi the title of oldest man.The previous record holder, 111-year-old Alexander Imich, died just over a year ago in New York. (Video via…
  • Echoes Of 7/7 In Cameron's New Anti-Terror Push

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Watch Video"Mr. Speaker, the 7th of July will always be remembered as a day of terrible sadness for our country and for London. ... Together, we will ensure that though terrorists can kill, they will never destroy the way of life we share and we value."On July 7th, 2005 four coordinated bombings ripped across London, killing 56 people including the bombers and injuring approximately 700 more. Ten years later, the UK commemorates that grim anniversary in the shadow of another terrorist attack — the mass shooting in Tunisia which killed 30 British…
  • Vouch Brings Borrowers Old-School, Trust-Based Lending

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    Watch VideoSo you know how they say you shouldn’t borrow money from friends? Well, throw that out the window … kind of.Vouch is a financial company that wants to take lending "back to its roots." You know, back to the good ol’ days when loans were approved because of trust and character. (Video via RKO Radio Pictures / "It's a Wonderful Life")And here’s where your friends (and family) come in: To get a loan, you need sponsors. Sponsors are people who can vouch for you — aha! there’s the name. They’re essentially…
  • Bear Grylls Has 'Huge Admiration' For 'Island' Contestants

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Watch VideoOn the season finale of “The Island,” Bear Grylls returned to rescue the nine remaining men who made it to the end of the challenge."First up, respect. Genuinely, respect. Amazing. Wow, look at you! Look at your eyes. They're all bright. You know? I've seen that before in people. It's when you go through something. You know? You've earned those bright eyes from in here, so genuinely respect to all of you guys. Huge admiration," said Bear Grylls on "The Island."It was an emotional day for the contestants, who had worked together for 28…
  • Will Bill Cosby's Quaaludes Admission Lead To A Confession?

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Watch VideoBill Cosby, who for months has faced accusations of sexual assault, once admitted to obtaining and using sedatives with the intent to give them to young women.According to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, during a 2005 lawsuit, Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent to give them to women he wanted to have sex with. He also confessed to giving the drug to at least one woman and "other people."The comedian's testimony came during a civil suit involving a woman who accused him of drugging and…
 
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  • Tokyo Gas Teaches Children Power and Benefits of Fire

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Tokyo Gas All Rights Reserved. The number of children who have never handled fire has increased in recent years. Adults tend to keep children away from it, believing it to be unsafe. One reason may be that with the changing times, number of opportunities for children to see and handle fire in their daily lives has declined sharply.
  • MOE Forecasts 33% Renewables by 2030, Nuclear Plants Not Prerequisite for Energy Mix

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The Ministry of Environment (MOE) foresees that by implementing effective measures in addition to existing policies, renewable energy sources will expand to 33% of the domestic power mix by 2030. With permission from Smart Japan, which releases information on the latest developments in energy efficiency, storage, and generation, JFS has summarized an article, provided below, introducing MOE's forecast for renewable energy, which is more optimistic than that of the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industries (METI).
  • Illegal Logging Issues - Significance and Challenges: Pertinence of Forest Management Governance in Japan & Other Countries

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    JFS Newsletter No.154 (June 2015) Image by Maky Some Rights Reserved. Ever since the global decrease in tropical forests became a matter of concern in the 1980s, timber-importing countries have been making efforts to draw up a framework for timber import and procurement designed to prevent illegal logging and to promote appropriate forest management. This issue of the JFS newsletter will introduce Japan's responses to illegal logging issues, courtesy of Dr. Takashi Fujiwara, President of the Woodmiles Forum, a general incorporated association that investigates environmental impacts during…
  • Minamisoma Releases Non-Nuclear Power Declaration, Targeting 64% Self-Supplied Power by 2020

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This map prepared by JFS is based on a map made by Lincun some rights Reserved. Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture became the first city in Japan to release a non-nuclear power declaration on March 25, 2015. More than 10 thousand citizens of Minamisoma continue to experience life as evacuees as the result of the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. The article to follow is reproduced in edited form with permission from Smart Japan. Smart Japan is an online publication specializing in energy conservation, storage and generation.
  • Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association to Foster Next Generation of Reconstruction Leaders

    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association All Rights Reserved. The Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association won an award for utilizing renewable energy in the Tohoku on January 15, 2015. The award is given by the Director-General of the Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to local initiatives that accelerate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions in Tohoku.
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  • EJSCREEN: The Environmental Justice Mapping Tool

    Wendy Gabriel
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="sunset" alt="sunset.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/sunset_400x400.jpg"> Have you ever wondered if there are any harmful environmental impacts in your area? There are many avenues to find out that information but now you can add another - this one&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/" title="" class="">created by the Environmental Protection Agency</a>&nbsp;(EPA). To…
  • How to Recycle CDs

    Sophia Bennett
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:13 am
    <img class="undefined" title="cds" alt="CDs.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/CDs.jpg" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/CDs_400x400.jpg"> When I bought my first car, one of the features I insisted on was a CD player. How else was I going to listen to my favorite songs from Ace of Base, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey? These days a CD player is less of a selling point to a potential car buyer. With the booming popularity…
  • Choose Eco-Friendly Straws

    Wendy Gabriel
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    <img class="undefined" title="paperstraws" alt="paperstraws.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/paperstraws_400x400.jpg"> Americans use an unbelievable amount of disposable straws. The number? 500 million drinking straws every day, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices/greenline_straw_free.htm" title="" class="">National Park Service (NPS)</a>. Many environmental groups think this…
  • Recycling Artist Spotlight: Chimes in a Bottle

    Ryan O'Connor
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Artists Jen and Tom surprised me recently on a trip to Long Island. I was visiting a friend in Port Jefferson, and the last thing I expected to encounter on this trip was eco-art. It wasn’t as if I thought Long Island was some sort of environmental wasteland; I simply just didn’t anticipate eco-art to be right in front of my eyes - without me having to even look. <img class="undefined" title="chimes1" alt="chimes1.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none"…
  • Lego Pledges $1 Billion to Build a More Sustainable Brick

    Rachelle Gordon
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="legospic" alt="legospic.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/legospic_400x400.jpg" /> The LEGO Group – the world’s largest toy company – just&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2015/june/sustainable-materials-centre" title="" class="">announced&nbsp;</a>an investment of $1 billion to replace the current plastic&nbsp;in their items with a more…
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  • Here’s why recycling electronics is necessary for sustainability

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Technology is advancing at a lightening speed and the electronic product consumer market is growing with it. Consumers are changing their cell phones, computers and laptops often enough in favor of latest gadgets which are superior to the older models. Such trend can soon prove to be hazardous for our environment. The computers, monitors and ... The post Here’s why recycling electronics is necessary for sustainability appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Green home trends that are big this year

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    Every year new energy efficient home appliances are being launched into the global market. Manufacturers are vying to grab the attention of homeowners with their latest products. With so many green home products, it is difficult to determine which ones are beneficial for your home and living spaces. If you want to give a green ... The post Green home trends that are big this year appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 7 Reasons why you need to be environmentally conscious right this instant

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    A lot has been said and heard about green initiatives. In spite of this, a lot of households are still apprehensive of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. If you fall in this group as well, then take note of the fact that going green is not only about helping the environment, but also helping yourself achieve ... The post 7 Reasons why you need to be environmentally conscious right this instant appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 6 Waste management and recycling trends that will shape the world

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    The eco-movement has gained a lot of prominence over the last few years. A lot of developments over the years have led to the rise of several eco-friendly trends pertaining to recycling and waste management that could potentially save the earth and its natural resources in the long run. Accordingly, here are 6 such waste ... The post 6 Waste management and recycling trends that will shape the world appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Recycling old keyboards into awesome sculptures

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    A lot of us tend to throw away old computers. However, these old, used computers can be repurposed in a number of useful ways. Consider these really artistic sculptures that have been made of nothing but recycled keyboards. At first glance, you would hardly be able to figure out that nothing but the keys of ... The post Recycling old keyboards into awesome sculptures appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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  • Cooking for Two: 20 Healthy Recipes for Two People

    Andrea Bertoli
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Have you noticed that most recipes make enough food to feed an army? Here are 20 recipes to make cooking for two easy and healthy The post Cooking for Two: 20 Healthy Recipes for Two People appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Medical Students Learn About Nutrition (finally!)

    Becky Striepe
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine," more than 2000 years ago, and it looks like some medical schools are finally heeding that advice The post Medical Students Learn About Nutrition (finally!) appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Vegetable Garden Planner Creates a Free Custom Plan

    Becky Striepe
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A new interactive vegetable garden planner takes a lot of the guesswork out of garden planning. For free! Here's how it works The post Vegetable Garden Planner Creates a Free Custom Plan appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

    Jill Ettinger
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Whether you're looking to cut the carbs or just mix things up on the menu, this vegan cauliflower pizza crust recipe is just the thing! The post Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • The Story of Our Broken Food System

    Andrea Bertoli
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    After learning about our broken food system, it's often easier to make smarter food decisions, which can then connect to other areas and build a more sustainable lifestyle The post The Story of Our Broken Food System appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • 3D Rhino Horns – Conservation or Exploitation?

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    If waves of cheap rhino horns 3D-printed with real rhino DNA are flooded onto the Asian markets, is this a form of rhino conservation or capitalistic exploitation? This critical question is gnawing at the root of a controversial business venture to use real rhino DNA in the commercial production of 3D-printed rhino horns. In a 3D Rhino Horns – Conservation or Exploitation? was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • How Bringing Back The Great Whale Can Limit Climate Change (VIDEO)

    Sandy Dechert
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    The oceans are huge carbon sinks for the world. Fish and whales comprise only a tiny part of their overall biomass. Nevertheless, studies have shown that fishing and whaling by humans have altered the ocean’s carbon storage and sequestration capabilities by causing a change in the food chain, or a trophic cascade. As naturalist and How Bringing Back The Great Whale Can Limit Climate Change (VIDEO) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or…
  • Sign Spain’s Petition: Don’t Tax the Sun! ¡NO al impuesto al SOL!

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    In a great show of unified civil disapproval of Spain’s recently proposed “solar tax” law, over 188,000 citizens have signed an online petition against it in less than one week. Penalizing grid-connected solar installations of up to 15kW using battery storage systems, Spain’s new solar tax would be from €8.9 (US$10) per kilowatt for residential Sign Spain’s Petition: Don’t Tax the Sun! ¡NO al impuesto al SOL! was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on…
  • Girl Scouts Meet With Pope Francis

    Robyn Purchia
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper.org On the day of the Epiphany in 1965, twenty-one Girl Guide associations established the International Catholic Conference of Guiding (ICCG). It was a time of radical change around the world — from the Vietnam War, to civil rights movements, to a growing environmental awareness — there was a sense that things were shifting. Girl Scouts Meet With Pope Francis was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just…
  • Costa Rica Yoga Eco-Resort Protects Endangered Sea Turtles

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper.org     As endangered sea turtles are returning home to the gorgeous Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, a new initiative to support conservation efforts is in full bloom at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. Expanding its vision as an enlightened eco-resort, Blue Osa has recently joined in to protect and conserve Costa Rica Yoga Eco-Resort Protects Endangered Sea Turtles was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just…
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  • Turning Reclaimed Wood Into Design Studio Quality Furnishings: Artas Designs

    Important Media Cross-Post
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Maine's Artas Designs takes used materials like reclaimed wood, and turns them into design studio quality furnishings for a variety of commercial clients The post Turning Reclaimed Wood Into Design Studio Quality Furnishings: Artas Designs appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: New Player In The Insulated Concrete Forms Business

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    A new company in Portland, OR, is getting into the insulated concrete forms business, which means more Styrofoam kept out of the landfill The post The Waste Biz: New Player In The Insulated Concrete Forms Business appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Turn That Juice Pouch Box Into A DIY Picture Frame [Tutorial]

    Talancia Pea
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Once that juice pouch box empties out, turn it into a DIY picture frame. Here are the instructions The post Turn That Juice Pouch Box Into A DIY Picture Frame [Tutorial] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Easy Upcycling: How To Update A Mirror And Frame With A Can Of Spray Paint

    Guest Author
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    Got a perfectly good mirror and frame... that's really ugly? Don't trash it: get a can of spray paint, and turn it into modern decor The post Easy Upcycling: How To Update A Mirror And Frame With A Can Of Spray Paint appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: Recyclers Need To Focus On Worker Safety, Health

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    A new report reviews the health & safety records of recyclers, and shows that these companies have work to do on this front The post The Waste Biz: Recyclers Need To Focus On Worker Safety, Health appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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  • How to Make Wood Candle Holders from Old Building Blocks

    Julie Finn
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Learn how to make wood candle holders from those building blocks your kids haven’t touched in years. Even after the kids have outgrown their building blocks, there’s still a place for them in your home. These building block candle holders give a vintage look to a room, but my favorite part is that if you use alphabet blocks to make these candle holders, then you’ve got a built-in monogram! Add a couple more sets (the particular set in these photos is vintage, but isn’t valuable–extra sets would be easy to collect) and you can spell out words; think…
  • DIY Fabric Storage Bins + Review of Stencil Craft

    Julie Finn
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    These DIY fabric storage bins are from the new book Stencil Craft by Margaret Peot. Get the tutorial and a review of this awesome craft book! My two kids share a bedroom, and all of their clothing is kept inside fabric bins in a shelf of cubbies in their room. The bins are two different colors, and you’d think that it would be no big deal for the older kid to remember, “Hey, my bin color is white!” and the other kid to remember, “Hey, my bin color is black!” Disregarding this, you’d also think it would be no big deal, if a kid did happen to reach into the…
  • 10 DIY Lampshades, Craftily Updated

    Bonnie Getchell
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    DIY decor doesn’t have to mean creating a new decor piece from scratch! Take the pieces you already have and give them a makeover instead. There are so many ways to create DIY lampshades by updating an existing one rather than buying new. I adore buying lamps and other lighting pieces from thrift stores and garage sales! Some would even say I might have a lamp problem. The thing is, it’s so easy to update and redo a lamp, and it makes a huge impact in your space! Sometimes, though, the only part that needs updating is the lampshade. If your lampshade needs a lot of love, here are 10…
  • 16 Quick and Easy 4th of July Crafts

    Julie Finn
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Independence Day is this weekend! If you need some last-minute decorations or activities, we’ve got 16 easy 4th of July crafts for you and the kids. I don’t know about you, but the 4th of July isn’t one of those holidays that I do a lot of crafting or decorating for. I know that the day of, I’m mostly going to be spending my time getting drunk in my backyard and blowing stuff up, so why bother? We’re going to a party this year, however, because I have friends who don’t mind how weird I am, and because I’m from the South, I am willing to do a lot more…
  • 4th of July Craft for Kids: Popsicle Flags

    Crunchy Scott
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s lots to celebrate this week! So grab some Popsicle sticks and create a 4th of July craft for kids – and one for the history books. It’s a big week! Our country is celebrating the 4th of July and a landmark ruling on same sex marriage. So how do we celebrate? Popsicles! And what do we do with those Popsicle sticks? Craft them into awesome flags! Materials 8 Popsicle sticks per flag Craft paints: red, white, blue, silver, orange, yellow, green, purple Blue foamboard Scissors Glue Paint brushes American Flag Directions Paint three Popsicle sticks red and three white.
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  • Dare We Let Kiribati and Tuvalu Atolls Sink

    Richard Farrell
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Those of us of living in mainland societies with sufficient resources to maintain adequate sea walls, have the luxury of worrying less about ocean levels rising than the inhabitants of Kiribati and Tuvalu. Both Pacific Ocean atoll nations are under threat of inundation. Shannon Sims wrote a proposal titled Let ‘Em Sink. At first, the […] The post Dare We Let Kiribati and Tuvalu Atolls Sink appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Spratly Islands Under Threat

    Richard Farrell
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Mainland China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines gather around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea like hyenas and vultures hoping to tear their prey apart. Their motive is obvious. The combined land mass may be only 3.9 square kilometres / 1.5 square miles in an ocean 425,000 square kilometres / 164,000 square […] The post Spratly Islands Under Threat appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Urbanization boom causes serious health problems for rising population in Skopje

    Elena Nikolovska
    6 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The Macedonian capital has always been the center of historical events and a true reflection of Macedonian culture and tradition. However in recent years, the once charming city of Skopje have become one big dusty construction site swallowing old buildings and very old trees and now threatening people’s health and livelihood. 2014 was the year […] The post Urbanization boom causes serious health problems for rising population in Skopje appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • World Environment Day 2015: Be an active member

    Irini Chassiotou
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    Today the whole world celebrates the World Environment Day (WED) 2015. It is a United Nations Environment Program, which aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action. The theme of this year’s event is sustainable lifestyles and Italy is the host country. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June […] The post World Environment Day 2015: Be an active member appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Spiders Produce Innovative Bionic Materials

    Irini Chassiotou
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    It is known that spider silk, the protein fiber, spun by spiders to make webs, is stronger than almost anything that humans can create. Material scientists at the University of Trento in Italy discovered a way to make spiders produce super tough webs, according to MIT Technology Review. The silk spiders use to produce their […] The post Spiders Produce Innovative Bionic Materials appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
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  • Seeing Green - New Book by Arch Institute Senior Advisor

    Paige Donner
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    Seeing Green—by Annabel Hertz Annabel Hertz is senior advisor to the Arch Institute and, like Arcani, the novel's protagonist, she grew up in San Francisco and lives on avocados and espresso.Compelled by the indigenous peoples at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Arcani Kirsch, a recent graduate with Jewish-Hopi roots, leaves her west coast cocoon to join EnvironMentality, an international association of green-minded businesses in Washington, DC, committed to getting the Earth Treaty ratified. The first step is ensuring next US President attends a Ministerial meeting in Paris and Arcani spearheads…
  • Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

    Paige Donner
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:34 am
    posted by Paige DonnerRead the full original text, in English (also French, Italian, Spanish, etc.)  translation, HEREDirect Link To Pope Francis' Encyclical - The Original Text Document.... aint Francis of Assisi10. I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and…
  • Update on Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Recovery Efforts - Gov. Brown Issues Executive Order

    Paige Donner
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 5, 2015 Information & Questions Coordinated by Oil Spill Joint Information Center 805-770-3682 Unified Command Website www.refugioresponse.com Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Further Expedite Oil Spill Recovery Efforts in Santa Barbara County SACRAMENTO - As federal, state, and local agencies continue working to minimize and mitigate the effects of last month's Santa Barbara County oil spill, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to further expedite recovery efforts and help ensure the natural environment is…
  • Earth Day San Francisco - Events Lineup

    Paige Donner
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    ​            ​      "We both love nature and are proud to be a part of such a wonderful celebration of positive ideas." - Gabriel and Dresden "On this beautiful Earth Day 2015 let us take a grateful moment to be thankful to our beautiful mother earth, from which life is born and nurtured. Let us work harder and with more thought and compassion to take care of her and keep her safe and clean. Let us work to teach, inform, and kindly pass on ways in which we can conserve, preserve and care for the health of mother earth, which…
  • Race For Water Reaches The Bermudas

    Paige Donner
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:44 am
    (posted from Press Release)To read in French go to Greening ParisThe "Race for Water Odyssey" reaches the Bermudas and continues its scientific analyses The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) arrived today in Bermuda, the second witness island of the expedition. The crew will stay on the British Archipelago for 6 days in order to collect scientific data, enabling an initial global assessment of ocean pollution caused by plastic waste.After 7 days of turbulent navigation from the Azores due to the passing of a very lively weather front, the R4WO drew up, this Wednesday April 1st, in Hamilton.
 
 
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  • New Plug In Hybrid by GM Motors Shocks The Competition

    admin
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:24 am
    The scheduled release of General Motor’s new hybrid cars will soon make them stand out in hope to compete with other companies in the electric field of auto motives. General Motors has mapped out a comprehensive electrification strategy that includes a reinvented 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid, a 2016 Malibu hybrid, the retail launch of the Spark EV in Canada and other markets, and the Bolt EV. The Bolt, with a range of 321 kilometers, will be priced at $30,000, subsidies included. All will be sold in global markets through GM dealerships, covered by factory warranties and backed by service…
  • Study finds that most air pollution is caused by a small percentage of vehicles

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Is the push for lowering emissions actually doing enough to protect our health and prevent premature deaths from breathing the harmful substances? Maybe not, because the vast majority of these automotive pollutants come from a very small number of vehicles, found a study by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada. To examine the emissions of 100,000 vehicles, the researchers used a technique that was capable of taking immediate readings. They set the equipment up on College Street in Toronto and monitored the results. The analysis found that just 25 percent of the cars tested…
  • Diagnose Your Car’s Strange Sounds

    admin
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Is your car ticking, squealing, or knocking? Each sound means a different problem with your car. Read the following sounds to find the problem and solution required for each noise your car makes.   You hear a high-pitched squeal that stops when you shut off your engine: Readjust or replace the belt. These belts should have about half an inch of play and shouldn’t be frayed, cracked, or glazed on the underside.   You hear a continuous high-pitched sound that may continue after the engines shut off: Check the radiator pressure cap. The rubber gasket may be worn.   Something…
  • Automotive Technology: Racing Towards a Safer Future

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    There are 4 million car crashes in North America each year. Hopefully self-driving cars will one day lower that statistic. Self-driving cars could generate billions of dollars a year in revenue from mobile Internet services and products, even if occupants spend only a fraction of their free time on the web, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company. The study, released Thursday, also projects that widespread adoption of self-driving cars could lead to a 90 percent reduction in U.S. vehicle crashes, with a potential savings of nearly $200 billion a year from significantly fewer…
  • Study Finds Some Electric Vehicles Greener Than Others

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:04 pm
    It turns out not all electric vehicle owners are being equally environmentally friendly, some electric vehicles are greener than others, according to a new Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study. The study is important for those looking to buy a new car as they consider a number of different electric vehicle like the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Spark EV, Ford Focus Electric, Kia Soul EV, and BMW i8. Click here to read the full study, titled “Life Cycle Air Quality Impacts of Conventional and Alternative Light-Duty Transportation in the United States.” The study found…
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    The Green Samaritan

  • Get Ready for Summer School! Tips to Keep Practicing the 3 Rs

    Jeanne
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    School is almost officially out!   A welcome relief from packing lunches, carpool, homework and overall hectic schedules. So while we take a little break from the traditional 3 Rs of... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 12th Annual Women in Conservation Rachel Carson Awards

    Jeanne
    28 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Through the power of social media and Twitter, TGS connected with the Women In Conservation back in 2010 for the 7th Annual Luncheon recognizing Isabella Rossellini and Fernanda Kellogg. On May 20th,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Thoughts to Consider to Green Your Non-Green Clothing Purchase

    Jeanne
    25 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    While it may be easier to transition purchases like food and cleaning supplies to more earth-friendly and healthier options, often times it seems clothing is a more difficult challenge when buying... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • May 15th is Endangered Species Day

    Jeanne
    13 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Endangered Species  Day is a day to to recognize the conservation efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats.  Every year on the third Friday in May many zoos, aquariums, parks,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 10 Ways to Appreciate Earth Day…Any Day!

    Jeanne
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    With Earth Day 2015 approaching on Wednesday, April 22, here are a few ideas to help you appreciate, celebrate and honor this day…any day. 10.  Spend a few minutes outside to decompress by... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
 
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    Our Daily Green

  • Week #4: Community Supported Agriculture - featuring Rainbow Swiss Chard

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    The past few weeks, our CSA has consistently provided Swiss Chard. I absolutely love Swiss Chard, to me it's like spinach with a backbone. By mercedesfromtheeighties (Chard in the Victory Garden) via Wikimedia Commons As I mentioned last week, my spouse's Lebanese sitto (grandma), always used Swiss chard instead of spinach in her fatayer. What I didn't mention is that the leftover filling
  • Waste to Riches: how recycled filament can transform the 3D printing industry

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    Let’s face it: plastic isn’t great for our environment. There are giant landfills of plastic in countries around the world, a small island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean, and plastic bags that carry our purchases from most stores. That’s a lot of waste, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity. Imagine if we could harness our plastic bottles, bags, and packaging to create brand new items
  • Week #3 Community Supported Agriculture: featuring lots and lots and lots of lettuce

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    This is the season when lettuce is exploding from local gardens. With week three's CSA, I had almost three full pounds of lettuce. As much as I am slightly embarrassed to admit, I have gotten spoiled by the washed and prepped grocery store lettuce. "It's so convenient!" I tell myself. Until I taste lettuce that was just picked that day. Taste trumps convenience but I've found a wonderful way to
  • Week #2 Community Supported Agriculture: featuring strawberries

    15 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Even though we're only on our second week of our Community Supported Agriculture, we've already learned a few things. Over the years, we've forgotten what it's like to eat seasonally. The artificial ripening and shipping of crops from around the globe has dulled our taste buds to the flavors of what is locally ripe and available. We forget how awful the firm but lacking-in-flavor red berries that
  • Save on a pre-owned iPhone 6 at Gazelle

    13 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    In 2009, Our Daily Green first wrote about a great electronics recycling opportunity through this little company known as Gazelle. We were impressed by their green-minded consumer-friendly solution to constantly upgraded electronics.  Since then, the small start up company has become a nationally known brand and continues to offer consumers a way to recycle, and therefore reduce their electronics
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  • The eBooks You Crave: Instant Access, Instant Savings

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    It’s an eBook** summer flash sale! For one week only, all our eBooks — over 200 titles — are 50% off. It’s the perfect time to try something new or just stock-up on new books for the summer. But hurry the sale will end in a flash! eBook Flash Sale for one week only! Need […]The post The eBooks You Crave: Instant Access, Instant Savings appeared first on Blog.
  • The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse?

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Could it be that the ongoing Greek collapse is a symptom of the more general collapse that the Limits to Growth model generates for the first two decades of the 21st century? Author Ugo Bardi (Extracted: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth is Plundering the Planet) examines the correlation between what is unfolding between Greece […]The post The Limits to Growth and Greece: Systemic or Financial Collapse? appeared first on Blog.
  • Dig In: June Roundup

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Food Lover’s Guide: 25% Off ALL Food & Drink Books Whether you want to make the […]The post Dig In: June Roundup appeared first on Blog.
  • Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    With summer in full swing, many are making good use of their outdoor grills. Tender grass fed steaks or free range chicken are often the go-to options, but the possibilities for a grilled meal are endless. At the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, a summer favorite is Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint sauce and […]The post Recipe: Barbecued Eggplant Stacks with Coyote Mint Sauce and Chèvre appeared first on Blog.
  • The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    What agrarian future can we realistically build together? This is a question the Greenhorns hope to answer in their latest book, The New Farmers’ Almanac 2015. Greenhorns is an organization for young farmers—a non-traditional grassroots network with the mission to promote, recruit and support the entering generation of new farmers. It exists to celebrate young […]The post The New Farmers’ Almanac: A Collection of Essays for Beginners appeared first on Blog.
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  • Fight the Digital Divide by Helping Low-Income People Get Online

    Toni Seger
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Federal Communications Commissions Chair Tom Wheeler Goal: Subsidize Internet access for low-income people. A small Lifeline subsidy for Internet connections has been proposed by the FCC in the hope it might encourage providers to offer qualified low-income homes a rate they can reach. Some providers are already doing this. Comcast offers a $10 per month plan for qualified low income families that has enabled almost half a million families to get online since it was first offered in 2011. Half of all adults making less than $30,000 per year don’t have Internet access in their…
  • Protect Lawyer and Family of Disappeared Man

    Renee Gauthier
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia Goal: Protect the lawyer and family of a disappeared man from threats and violence. The family and lawyer of a man who was forcibly disappeared by paramilitaries in Colombia have recently suffered threats and violence. Sign the petition and call on Colombian authorities to investigate these threats and bring those responsible to justice. James Holguín, along with four other men, was forcibly disappeared over a decade ago. Collectively referred to as the La Combinada case, the men’s bodies have never been found, nor have their kidnappers…
  • Praise President for His Support of Gay Rights

    Andrew McClure
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States of America Goal: Thank President Obama for his support of the gay community. In recent years, President Barack Obama has done much to encourage the LGBT community, and this support has partially contributed to the monumental shift that the United States has seen in the gay rights movement. In 2010, Obama signed an act to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” a discriminatory policy that prevented homosexuals from openly serving in the military. Prior to the repeal of this policy, LGBT members of the United States military who disclosed…
  • End Mining on Sacred Apache Land

    Kirby Brennan-Riddle
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: United States Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Goal: Don’t give acres of sacred Apache forests to mining companies. The United States Congress gave a huge portion of sacred Apache land away to be mined when they passed a bill called the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorized the nation’s defense programs but also handed over a massive public lands package to a foreign uranium mining company, among others. Mining on these Apache ancestral forests would destroy countless sacred burial and ceremonial grounds. There is no reason for this bill…
  • Stop Supporting Alleged Alligator-Torturing Company

    Gwen Coombs
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Axel Dumas, CEO of Hermes Goal: Stop the purchasing of alligator hide from business accused of animal cruelty. An undercover investigation showed the use of brutal, inhumane, and unnecessary tactics for killing the alligators being farmed for their leather at Lone Star Alligator Farm in Texas. Investigators for PETA took footage of workers using box cutters to stab and twist into the spinal column of one year old alligators, placing some of them in ice bins to suffer while still alive. The alligators were labeled and named based on the size of skin they would offer, with the smaller…
 
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  • Tips to Shrink Your Business’ Carbon Footprint

    greenwise
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Companies that go green are also more productive, according to researchers from UCLA and the University of Paris-Dauphine. In addition to increased productivity, reducing your carbon footprint can help reduce your costs and overall expenses. According to the EPA, companies worldwide have saved millions simply by upgrading their air conditioning chiller installations. Going green doesn’t […]
  • Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

    greenwise
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    Creating a sustainable home, either by building it from scratch or by renovating your existing one, makes not only for a great investment into your future quality of living, but it also impacts our environment in a plethora of beneficial ways. Sustainability translates into responsibility, both personal and professional – we learn to synergize with […]
  • 4 Eco-Friendly & Stylish Home Improvement Options

    greenwise
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Green building and eco-friendly don’t have to be intimidating words. Although many environmentally sustainable products have a reputation for being expensive or too difficult to acquire, goods that are kind to the environment are quickly becoming more mainstream and affordable. You no longer have to sacrifice style and comfort now that many manufacturers have become […]
  • The Safe and Easy Way to Go Paperless

    greenwise
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Americans use 85 million tons of paper a year on average (about 680 pounds per person), and in 2013 alone an estimated 19.9 million tons of paper ended up in landfills. With so much wasted paper each year, the choice to lead a paperless lifestyle is a great way to promote green living. It may […]
  • Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

    greenwise
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before. Windows Imagine coming home in the middle of a bone-chilling winter to an open window. […]
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  • The Ellen MacArthur Foundation Policymakers Toolkit

    Ramon Arratia
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has recently released this report – ‘Delivering the Circular Economy’, an actionable toolkit for policymakers wishing to make a transition to the circular economy. Business leaders and governments alike are acknowledging that continued long-term value creation requires a new economic model that is less dependent on cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and that is able to restore and regenerate natural capital. In its research to date, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has demonstrated that the circular economy is a clear value creation…
  • Live Chat – ‘How do we overcome the biggest barriers to being a sustainable business?’

    Ramon Arratia
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:40 am
    Tomorrow (1st July) between 1 – 2.30pm BST, join me and other 2015 Guardian Sustainable Business Award winners plus the host of the event, The Crystal. Title of the #livechat - ‘How do we overcome the biggest barriers to being a sustainable business?’ To get involved simply tweet #AskGSB or go to this page and ask your question via the simple form Questions we’ll tackle include: * What are the biggest barriers businesses face on the road to becoming sustainable? * What are some transferable strategies for overcoming these? * How can sustainable businesses support each…
  • ‘Brand of the year’ at MUUUZ International Awards 2015

    Ramon Arratia
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Approximately 22.000 professionals (architects, interior designers etc.) were consulted for the MUUUZ International Awards 2015. We are very proud to announce that Interface has been elected “Brand of the year” thanks to Microsfera, our collection with the smallest carbon footprint ever. Click this link to find out more about the MUUUZ – News Architecture, Design, Tendances, Inspiration awards. The carbon footprint is the single most significant impact of a carpet tile. That’s why we call it ‘the magic metric’. Over time various developments in the carpet industry…
  • STEP UP CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT AND BUILD GREEN ECOMONY

    Ramon Arratia
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:51 pm
    TOP BRITISH FIRMS TO PM: STEP UP CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT AND BUILD GREEN ECOMONY 80 UK businesses including Willmott Dixon, Cisco, E.on, John Lewis, SSE, and BT have called on the new government to take decisive action to combat climate change and build a low-carbon economy. An open letter from the firms to Prime Minister David Cameron and published in today’s Financial Times calls on the new administration to: * Seek a strong global climate deal in Paris in December which limits temperature rises to below 2°C. * Set an ambitious 5th carbon budget to drive forward UK emissions reductions…
  • The 2015 Sustainability Leaders Survey – Interface makes top 3!

    Ramon Arratia
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:25 am
    The GlobeScan / SustainAbility Surveys offer a unique, collaborative platform that uses research-driven insights, including targeted surveys of the most influential thought leaders in the sustainability arena from over eighty countries, to explore the biggest sustainability challenges. You can download the latest report here. The thousands of stakeholders surveyed include leading sustainable development experts and practitioners from five sectors: • Corporate • Government (including multi-lateral institutions) • NGOs • Institutional (e.g., academics) • Service (e.g., consultants,…
 
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  • Most data centers are energy hogs

    Pedro Hernandez
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Bad news. While tech giants boast super-low power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratings, most corporate data centers aren’t following suit. A recent eWEEK article by Scot Petersen, a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investment, noted that while Google and Facebook are edging ever closer to a coveted 1.0 PUE score — the closer to 1.0 the better – most business IT operations fall short. By contrast, IDC’s report shows that more than two-thirds of the enterprises it surveyed logged a PUE of more than 2.0, and 10 percent were over 3.0 or didn’t know. The data showed that…
  • Used Chevy Volt batteries help provide power for GM data center

    Pedro Hernandez
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:51 pm
    General Motors (GM) is recycling used Chevy Volt batteries and putting them to good use by providing renewables-sourced power for the company’s new data center at its Milford Proving Ground. GM’s June 16 press release explains: Because the Volt typically draws its power from a band of energy in the battery pack, there is a lot of leftover juice for stationary use. A new solar array and two wind turbines feed the administration building’s circuit breaker panel, where the five Volt batteries work in parallel to supply power to the building, delivering net-zero energy use on an…
  • Amazon looks to the solar to power its cloud

    Pedro Hernandez
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Some neat news from my colleague Jeffrey Burt over at eWEEK today... Amazon is working with Community Energy to build an 80-megawatt solar farm in Virginia to help power its Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in Virginia. Jeffrey writes: The solar farm—which will be built in Accomack County, Va., and will power up as early as October 2016—will generate about 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar power every year, which is about the amount of energy used to power 15,000 homes in the United States, according to Amazon Web Services (AWS) officials.The energy generated by Amazon Solar…
  • Google embraces wind power for headquarter’s energy needs

    Pedro Hernandez
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Apple isn’t the only tech giant making waves on the renewal energy front. Google is making a big commitment to wind power, enough to provide its Mountain View, Calif.-based headquarters with enough electricity for their operations. My colleague, Jaikumar Vijayan, over at eWEEK reports: As part of the agreement, NextEra will install new turbines at its wind farm in California’s Altamont Pass that will generate an estimated 43 megawatts of electricity starting 2016. NextEra will flow the energy through the section of the California power grid that supplies electricity to…
  • Happy Holidays! Now, recycle your old gadgets…

    Pedro Hernandez
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you’ve been nice, you probably got some neat new gadgets and gear upgrades. Congrats! Now it’s time to responsibly recycle your old, unwanted gadgets. They may have overstayed their welcome with you, but chances are good that someone, somewhere can use it for years to come. Gizmodo, in an update to its holiday recycling guide has some great pointers on getting rid of your old PCs, smartphones and other devices, and perhaps getting some extra holiday cash out of the process. If you decide to recoup some cash and sell the gadgets, the most direct way is to sell them yourself on…
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  • Top Ten Most Iconic Canadian Animals

    Earth Rangers
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    What species do you think best represents Canada? Check out this list and leave a comment to vote for your favourite. 1) Caribou 2) Beaver 3) Beluga Whale 4) Canada Goose 5) Canada Lynx 6) Common Garter Snake 7) Grizzly Bear 8) Monarch Butterfly 9) Atlantic Puffin 10) Raccoon
  • A Hundred Thousand Earth Rangers!

    Earth Rangers
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    As an Earth Ranger member, you are part of an awesome team of kids taking action to protect the environment. We’re excited to announce that there are now over 100,000 Earth Rangers members just like you! Check out this video to join the Earth Rangers Animal Ambassadors in their 100,000 member party.
  • Dix Animaux Grands et Terrifiants

    Earth Rangers
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:07 am
    Ne laissez pas l’apparence de ces animaux vous effrayer, la plupart ne sont pas dangereux pour nous du tout.  Cependant il est amusant de connaitre d’avantages ces animaux. Click here to read this article in English 1) Araignée de mer japonaise: le plus grand arthropode connu, les adultes peuvent atteindre 4 mètres de longueur. 2) Géant Marine Isopode: ces grands crustacés carnivores mesure de 19 et 36 cm. 3) Renard Noir: plus grande chauve-souris de l’Australie, leur envergure est plus d’un mètre. Photo: James Niland 4) Poisson tigre goliath: ils ont 32 dents acérées et…
  • Top Ten Coolest Animal Dads

    Earth Rangers
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    It’s Father’s Day this Sunday! To help you and the family celebrate, here’s a countdown of some of the coolest dads in the animal kingdom. Leave a comment to share what’s awesome about your dad. 1) Chinstrap penguin Male and female chinstrap penguins take turns incubating the eggs and helping to feed the chicks. 2)Grey wolf Males and females form lifelong bonds, they raise their pups together as a family. 3) Gorilla Males lead the group, providing protection for the young and sometimes taking charge of parenting. 4) Jacanca Photo credit: Matt Francey Jacancas are single dads! They…
  • Nettoyage Communautaire d’Asia. Une rue à la fois

    Earth Rangers
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Rencontrez Asia, âgée de quatre ans. Elle est jeune mais elle est extrêmement dévouée à garder sa communauté propre et a inspirer les autres à faire pareil. Asia et sa mère ramassent les ordures dans leur quartier à chaque année. Cette année, elles ont créé une courte vidéo où elles ont partagés avec leurs familles et amis un message demandant de l’aide avec leur nettoyage annuel. À leur grande surprise des gens de l’Ontario, l’Alberta, la Colombie-Britannique et le Yukon ont répondu en disant qu’ils vont nettoyer les rues dans leurs communautés et…
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  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 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

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 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

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 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

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 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

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:40 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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  • NHTSA Slams Fiat Chrysler For Handling Of Recalls: What Does That Mean For You?

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:11 am
    Last week, representatives from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) were summoned to Washington, D.C., to explain the way that they'd handled recalls over the past couple of years. According to Automotive News — and to official hearing testimonies — things didn't go so well for FCA. WHAT WENT DOWN In a nutshell, NHTSA wanted to know...
  • Mercedes-Benz Is Tops In Shopper Satisfaction, But Tesla? Not So Much

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Today's auto market is a tough one for consumers. There are loads of great cars on the lots, and the differences between those from Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, and most other mass-market automakers are disappearing. ALSO SEE: Toyota RAV4 Vs. Ford Escape: Compare Cars In that kind of environment, customer service is king. The way sales personnel...
  • 2016 Acura MDX, Bentley GTC Speed, RAV4 Vs. Escape: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2016 Acura MDX Review The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear. 2015 Ford Focus, Escape, C-Max Recalled To Ensure That Engines Turn Off Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 432,000 Focus, Escape, and C-Max vehicles from the 2015...
  • Toyota RAV4 Vs. Ford Escape: Compare Cars

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The compact SUV segment is hot, hot, hot these days, and the Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape are two of the longstanding pillars of the segment. Both have been around for more than 15 years, each has grown with the segment, and both were redesigned for 2013. Which is the better pick? The Escape decisively beat the RAV4 in our comparison, with higher...
  • 2011 Kia Sportage Recalled For Electrical Flaw Affecting Brake Lights, Cruise Control

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Kia Motors America is recalling select Sportage vehicles from the 2011 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from an electrical flaw that could affect the crossover's brake lights and cruise control. ALSO SEE: Toyota, Nissan, Honda To Spend $48 Million On...
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  • Average Fuel Economy Reaches 25.4 MPG In U.S. Vehicles During First Half

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Moving past the halfway mark of 2015, U.S. new-car average fuel economy hovered around 25 mpg, a recent analysis found. The sales-weighted average window sticker fuel economy for new cars in June was 25.4 mpg, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). This represents a 0.1-mpg decrease from May, which...
  • Plug-in Electric Car Sales In Canada, June 2015: Dial 'S' For Summer

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    On July 1, Canadians celebrated the country's founding on the three principles of Peace, Order, and Good Government. The same day, electric-car advocates took heart from the announcement of a pro-plug-in policy by one of the front-runners in the country's federal election this fall. But given that plug-in sales stats are probably a higher priority...
  • BMW: Water Injection Can Boost Power And Cut Fuel Consumption

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles may get a lot of attention, but every carmaker is still searching for ways to improve the fuel efficiency of internal-combustion engines. At its Innovation Days 2015 event in Miramas, France, BMW showed off one of several new technologies it's working on to reduce fuel consumption in its future...
  • Uber CEO To Tesla: Sell Me Half A Million Autonomous Electric Cars In 2020

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tesla Motors is one of several automakers planning to put a self-driving car on sale sometime in the next few years, and it already seems to have at least one big fan. This person isn't a celebrity owner or safety advocate, but rather the CEO of preeminent ride-sharing company Uber. If Tesla can build a fully-autonomous car by 2020, Uber CEO...
  • Tesla Model S Range, CA Electric-Car Rebate Changes, Solar Impulse In Hawaii: Today's Car News

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, we look at the possibility of a future Tesla Model S electric car surpassing the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car's 312-mile range, changes to California's electric-car rebate program, and the Solar Impulse 2 airplane's successful crossing of the Pacific Ocean. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch up on last week's...
 
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Asian Cosmetic Sales Boom, But Greenwashing an Issue

    Matthew Speer
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    As purchasing power rises in Asia, the sale of cosmetics has continued to increase. However, the growth has come with a backlash, as some are claiming that Asian cosmetics are engaging in “greenwashing” of their products. According to industry watchdog group Organic Monitor, many Western brands that specialize in natural and organic cosmetics have withdrawn from the market in China, complaining about animal testing methods they claim are used in China. But in other markets in Asia, the natural cosmetics business is booming. Overall, the natural cosmetics market in Asia is growing by 15…
  • Matthew McConaughey Doesn’t Want You to Hug Trees, Just Drive a Lincoln

    Thomas Schueneman
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    I can’t tell if a recent Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ad was really meant to be taken seriously (or just seriously sell cars). It seemed like a Saturday Night Live spoof at first. I had to check to make sure it wasn’t actually Saturday night as I watched. It’s not about huggin’ trees Matthew McConaughey stares off into the distance and philosophizes how life is all about balance – finding that “sweet spot.” With a grove of trees in the background, McConaughey, looking all mysterious and wise, intones “It isn’t about huggin’…
  • Pepsi True: Truly a Healthy Choice or Marketing Greenwashing?

    Matthew Speer
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    PepsiCola’s recent attempts at releasing products to attract environmentally aware consumers is being singled out by some as one of corporate America’s most blatant – and ineffective – attempts at greenwashing the public. Pepsi recently followed in the steps of Coca-Cola in introducing a “mid-calorie” soda. Pepsi True comes in a green can (to help promote it as being a healthy alternative) and has 60 calories, 30 percent less than a regular Pepsi. It is currently available only on Amazon.com but is expected to be available through traditional retailers by early 2015. Coca-Cola…
  • Environmentalists Continue to Call for Tighter Controls on Fracking

    Matthew Speer
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Development of the technology and techniques used in hydraulic fracturing – commonly referred to as fracking – has directly resulted in a vast expansion of the United States oil and natural gas industry. This new method of reaching previously unreachable reserves of fossil fuels should mean a large energy supply for the country for years to come. It’s also billed as being environmentally safe. But is it? Many accuse companies that use fracking to be “greenwashing” the public, convincing them that the process of fracking is safe in order to keep money flowing in the multi-million…
  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

    Thomas Schueneman
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Greenwashing tar sands is never ethical You wouldn’t think that greenwasshing would ever be a real problem when it comes to the Alberta Tar Sands. It is more or less assumed, or at least should be, that there’s not much in the way of green when it comes to the process of squeezing low quality oil out of tar sand. Ethical Oil – pernicious industrial rebranding run amok But in fact there is greenwashing. Perhaps some of the most egregious kind because of the devastation tar sands extraction wreaks on the land, the air and the people. Could it possibly be characterized as…
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  • EarthTalk: The Postal Service Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

    Thomas Schueneman
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest with the U.S. Postal Service trying to reduce its environmental footprint? Starting delivery of some mail on Sundays doesn’t seem like a step in the right direction.  — Kerry Rawlings, Albany, NY As recent TV ads have been telling us, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has recently started delivering some mail on Sunday in what most chalk up to an effort to stay one step ahead of United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal…
  • Eco News Roundup: Green Energy Tips; Tiny Houses; Green Space; Eco Apps

    Thomas Schueneman
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Eco News Roundup for June 26: Resources from around the world to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle This week features tips for adopting green energy in your home. How about the new trend toward “tiny houses” and living off-grid? Learn how physical and mental health improves with access to green spaces. Finally, we look at 13 apps you can use to help you lower your carbon footprint. Enjoy and please leave any suggestion for next week’s roundup in the comments section. Enjoy! Tips for Green Energy Over the past few years, many residential energy consumers from all over…
  • Eco News Roundup: Extroverts and Green; Eating Smart; Floor Tiles Produce Energy; Green Lit; Open Space and Brain Development

    Thomas Schueneman
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Extroverts Are Found Least Likely To Be ‘Living Green,’ New Study Says Extroverts were found to be the least likely group to adopt a green lifestyle in a new study. Extroverts are the least likely to adopt a green lifestyle, according to new research from the University of Portsmouth Business School.The study examined people over the age of 50 to try and see if personality type affects how green a person actually is. The results concluded that those who had “open” personalities were the most green and extroverts were the least. The study’s findings, published in the journal…
  • Pope Francis: Encyclical Calls for “All People of Good Will” to Care for Our Common Home

    Thomas Schueneman
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    A version of this post first appeared on GlobalWarmingisReal.com At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the ecological crisis” we all now face. Typically, a Papal Encyclical issued by the Pope is a top-level teaching document addressed to Catholics. In recent decades encyclicals have…
  • World Environment Day: Considering Our Relationship with Nature

    Thomas Schueneman
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The following post originally appeared on our sister website GlobalWarmingisReal.com Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care – Today is World Environment Day, or WED. Every June 5th WED serves as a platform for the United Nations Environmental Programme to focus world attention on humanity’s relationship with our environment. Every day, as sunrise moves across the Earth, 7 billion people awake to face another day. For many of those 7 billion, just finding enough clean water and food for their families is the task of the day, every day, day in and day out. For them,…
 
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  • Big Ag hides behind front groups

    Christine
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    From Friends of the Earth: Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production. Taking their cues from the tobacco industry, these companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few years on stealth PR tactics, deploying over a dozen front groups to push coordinated messages attacking organic food production, defending pesticides and the routine use of antibiotics and promoting…
  • Recycling stumbles on changes in waste

    Christine
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    As consumers buy different products and packaging changes, the waste being recycled isn’t what it used to be. The Washington Post story is here: Once a profitable business for cities and private employers alike, recycling in recent years has become a money-sucking enterprise. The District, Baltimore and many counties in between are contributing millions annually to prop up one of the nation’s busiest facilities here in Elkridge, Md. — but it is still losing money. In fact, almost every facility like it in the country is running in the red. And Waste Management and other recyclers…
  • Amy’s Kitchen Is Opening An All Vegetarian Drive-Thru

    Mike Confino
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    America is getting another all-vegetarian drive-thru next month. Amy’s Kitchen, a company known for its vegetarian convenience food and frozen meals, will open its first restaurant in Rohnert Park, California, a city north of San Francisco. Quick service and cheap prices won’t mean fat-laden mystery meat when Amy’s Drive Thru opens in July. The restaurant will offer meat-free burgers, burritos, macaroni and cheese, pizza, salad, and chili, as well as milkshakes and vegan non-dairy shakes. Each menu item can be ordered vegan or gluten-free, the company says, and every…
  • Fighting about water in California

    Christine
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    In a recent Los Angeles Times‘ op-ed, California agriculture secretary Karen Ross took a bold stand on the No. 1 threat menacing her state’s beleaguered farmers: bad PR. I’m being facetious. Water scarcity, obviously, is the specter haunting California agriculture. But Ross didn’t go there. Instead, she defended her state’s farms against charges by media pundits of irrigation profligacy, asserting that the farms are “worth” the 80 percent of the state’s managed water that they require. Tom Philpott explains in Mother Jones: And here’s…
  • France makes food waste illegal

    Christine
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    According to a report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill” huge amounts of energy resources, land, and fresh water are consumed in the United States in producing vegetables and other foods that end up uneaten and a rotting in landfills. Estimates are that the amount of food thrown away is equivalent to $165 billion. That expenditure of fossil fuels on creating and moving food that will eventually be wasted, the release of methane into the air, and the increasing concentration of carbon in…
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  • Have You Seen This? Assassin Bug

    Robin
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!”   OK, this isn’t a Jabberwocky. It’s an assassin bug, and when I took this picture back in 2008 I’d never seen one before. Since then, I’ve seen them here and there, and this year I’ve seen several, even though I no longer spend my mornings wandering around the yard looking for interesting things to photograph (though now I think about it, I probably should). I don’t know that necessarily means there are more…
  • How Do You Improve the Clothespin?

    Robin
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, tho’ he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. —Ralph Waldo Emerson   I love when people look at things that have been good enough (yet not perfect) for forever, and figure out a way to think outside the box and improve on the design. I mean, a clothespin is a clothespin, right? WRONG. As a line dryer I know that if you sling something over the line you get a fold mark and it takes forever to dry. If you use clothespins on delicate fabrics…
  • You’re Living With Your Best Teacher: Parenting with Presence

    Robin
    14 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye There’s a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh about washing dishes that’s a bit long to quote here. Basically, he says that if you’re thinking about your tea while you’re washing dishes, we’re missing out on the miracle and the meditative act of dishwashing. We’re living in the…
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  • New Florida Building Code Takes Effect June 30

    Lesley@Everblue
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.read more
  • Cities Requiring or Supporting LEED (2015 ed.)

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    We first wrote about the local ordinances requiring LEED in 2009. Given the ever-changing landscape of the green building industry, it seemed appropriate to provide an update. We've scoured the Internet trying to find all the U.S. geographies that require and/or support LEED Certification - if you know of any additional locations that fit this criteria, please let us know!! Drop us a note on Twitter at @everblue_edu.read more
  • How to Choose a QCI Training Center

    Lesley@Everblue
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Quality Control Inspector is a new home performance designation developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Building Performance Institute (BPI). A Quality Control Inspector specializes in interpreting audit results, analyzing retrofit solutions, and verifying compliance with standards.read more
  • Being EnergySmart in Boulder County

    Lesley@Everblue
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    For the last 5-10 years, utilities and municipalities have been working together to encourage energy efficiency in their communities. These programs often apply to homes and businesses and provide financial incentives to those eligible for upgrades and improvements. The program we’ll discuss today is the EnergySmart program in Boulder County, CO.read more
  • Cheat Sheet for Getting Started With LEED

    Lesley@Everblue
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Sustainability is fast becoming the norm. Once a quality coveted solely by tree-hugging environmentalists, sustainability has now transcended this cliché and illustrated its impact across all industries and professionals. One of the most widespread representations of sustainability is LEED.read more
 
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  • Myswapp is like Tinder for old stuff – check out pics and trade up!

    Karin Kloosterman
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    There are loads of ways to unload your junk. You can haul it away to the landfill, leave it at the end of your driveway or lawn for others to pick up – or have a garage sale. When you go online you...
  • Elon Musk’s hyperloop one step closer to reality

    Green Prophet
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    You have all surely heard of Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator of space travel and the electric vehicles industry. He was the man who made the electric car cool with the launch of the Tesla...
  • Dispatch from inside Masdar

    Green Prophet Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    As an intern at Masdar Institute, I’ve witnessed firsthand how real and possible a drastically improved world is. Masdar serves as a real-life experiment of how our sustainable future might look...
  • UN: Innovation needed to feed people of the future

    Green Prophet
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, but nonetheless,...
  • Khalifa hydroponic farm’s paying off

    Brian Nitz
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    As spring turns into summer, the Khalifa fund’s investment in Abu Dhabi hydroponic agriculture is beginning to pay off. The Khalifa fund for enterprise development was Launched in 2007 to help...
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  • Stonyfield Southwestern Taco Dip featuring Late July Tortilla Chips

    Calley Pate
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Post sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt as a part of their Stonyfield YoGetters Blogger Program. We usually have a house full of friends for the 4th of July holiday, but this year is going to be very quiet.  The hubs is working this year over the 4th and my daughter decided to go spend the weekend with my parents. That leaves my son and I to find our own excitement.  I have absolutely no idea what we’re going to do yet.  We may invite a few friends over for an impromptu pool party before we head out to watch fireworks.  There are so many fabulous places to watch the fireworks in…
  • Take a Staycation in Downtown Tampa

    Calley Pate
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you live in the Tampa Bay area, have you ever truly explored the downtown area?  We live in Palm Harbor and only come downtown for sporting events and shows.  When Embassy Suites Downtown Tampa invited us to spend a few nights with them I was really excited to check out parts of town that we usually just drive past on the way to an event.  It was really nice not having to worry about transportation and travel expenses to go on vacastaycation.  We spent 3 days and 2 nights downtown and we could have easily spent an entire week to see everything. The Embassy Suites is located adjacent to…
  • Baked Spaghetti Bowls #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn

    Calley Pate
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. Are you bored with your “go-to” spaghetti night?  Our family relies on spaghetti a few times a month and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s rather boring most nights.  Tonight I reDEFINED our dinner to make it fun with CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce and a few simple ingredients. You’ll need spaghetti noodles, ground beef, onion,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, taco bowls, and shredded cheese. Brown your beef with some chopped onion while you are boiling your pasta noodles.  This only takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how many…
  • 6 Reasons Why Tweens With Braces are Just Like Toddlers!

    Calley Pate
    31 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Tweens!  Now that my oldest is twelve we’re entering stages of parenting that I’ve never experienced before.  Tweens are already a mess with all that puberty stuff and just as much fun as our own emotional pregnant and PMSing selves.  I have a feeling that parenting through this stuff is going to be a lot like parenting a toddler.  This week we added braces to our lives (his teeth, not mine) and it’s been….hilarious!! Here’s a video I took of him of the first day after getting braces….oh how quickly the joy and excitement wore off!   1. Do teething…
  • 8 Fun Things to Do at MommyCon Orlando

    Calley Pate
    19 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    MommyCon is coming to Orlando on Saturday, May 23rd and I’ve been looking forward to this day for the entire year.  You can view the entire agenda and schedule of events on the MommyCon Orlando website.  If you’ve never been to a MommyCon before, be sure you wear comfy shoes because there is a lot to do and even more to see. Use coupon code ECOCHIC15 and save $5 off your General Admission Ticket! (Affiliate link) 1. Attend a few seminars.  I’m planning on listening to the Cloth Diapering 101 seminar with Cotton Babies, Comedy Hour with the Honest Toddler’s Bunmi…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • The Next Gold Rush, Excess Capacity, and the Advent of a “Peers Inc” World

    Benoit Colin
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Excess capacity will be our society’s next gold rush. Photo by Chiu Ho-yang/Flickr. From the breakdown of conventional ways of creating and sharing wealth to rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events, linear models of development are no longer providing an answer to the pressing challenges that the world is facing. At least, that’s the view of Zipcar’s co-founder, Robin Chase. Her new book Peers, Inc is a manifesto for a new 21st century economy that she believes can unleash untapped potential. Chase presents a model called Peers Inc that describes how different…
  • Friday Fun: Cities Celebrating National Birthdays across the Globe

    Caitlin Drown
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    The White House in Washington, D.C. during 4th of July celebrations. Photo credit: Matthew Straubmuller/Flickr. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, and here in Washington DC we’re celebrating our national Independence Day with barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Each year, the federal holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, marking the birth of a new nation independent from Great Britain. Our city rings in the holiday with the National Independence Day Parade in the late morning and, at night, there is an elaborate fireworks show and a live concert. Cities…
  • Why Africa Needs to Look to Its Cities to End Hunger

    Caroline Vexler
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    A street market in St. Lucia, South Africa. With the continent rapidly urbanizing, it’s critical that city leaders address urban food loss and waste in order to ensure sustainable development and end food insecurity. Photo by Steve Slater/Flickr. Last year, the African Union—an assembly of 54 African nations—formally committed to ending hunger in Africa by 2025. This is incredibly ambitious, considering one out of every four people in sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished. The majority of the 800 million people worldwide who are food insecure live in emerging economies and hunger is…
  • How Affordable Housing and TOD Are Coming Together in Brazil

    Luísa Zottis
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    The Minha Casa Minha Vida housing program in Brazil works to develop affordable housing for low-income populations consistent with TOD principles. Photo by GOVBA. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in…
  • Compact, Connected, and Coordinated: A Vision for India’s Smart Cities

    Madhav Pai
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:22 am
    In order to ensure sustainable urban development, India’s leaders must prioritizes cities that are compact, connected, and coordinated. Photo by Mattheui Aubry/Flickr. Last Thursday could be a turning point in the history of India’s urbanization: the Modi government has unveiled its ambitious Smart City project, which aims to build 100 smart cities across the country. Additionally, the AMRUT program will aim to “rejuvenate and transform” 500 existing cities. The government’s focus on creating better cities is a welcome development, at a time when the urban population of India…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Performing Regular Repairs With The Help Of An Dallas Roofing Contractor

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Performing inspections and repairs at least two times per year is key to maintaining your roof in a good condition, which is the reason why hiring Dallas roofing companies to check up on your roof from time to time is the right thing to do. Roofs are exposed to the elements, and they need help from time to time if they are to withstand the weather successfully. If you wonder why so many people have damaged roofs, and why some replace them so often, it’s because they neglect them for a long period of time. No matter how strong and resistant a roof is, you need to inspect it for damage at…
  • In Dallas, Commercial Roofing Companies Are Committed to the Client

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    There is nothing easier than finding a Dallas commercial roofing company -check out http://www.jntdevelopers.com -that will fulfill all your needs. If you are a commercial building owner, your needs are all the more important. A commercial roofing project is a bit more challenging than simple residential roofing. Moreover, the investment is quite big, so you will want to take all the measures necessary to ensure that it is also a long lasting investment. The most important measure towards a successful investment is finding a good contractor. This is not at all hard, for two reasons: first of…
  • Denver Roofing Companies Talk about Slate Shingles

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Even though slate roofing materials are very sought-after, you should still see what reputable roofing Denver CO companies have to say about both the good and the bad aspects of slate shingles: The best thing about slate roofing shingles is their extended lifespan. They can easily last up to 100 years or even more if they are properly maintained. This means that you will definitely be getting your money’s worth in the long run. Slate shingles come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. You can easily make your home stand out from all the others in the neighborhood. While the long-term…
  • Reasons To Repair Your Roof This Summer With Help From A Nashville Roofing Company

    admin
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    If your roof could use some repairs but you are not sure you can afford to hire a Nashville roofing company right now, you should know that this season might actually be the cheapest to get your roof fixed by roofers experienced in roofing Nashville TN homes. The fact is that many home owners start to complain about their roofs in spring, and that is because it is only then that the damage which has occurred during winter becomes visible. Besides spring, another busy season for roof repairs is autumn as lazy home owners try to get their roofs up to date as fast as possible so that winter…
  • Mistakes That Could Get You to Need Refrigerator Repair Denver Services

    admin
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    Refrigerator repair Denver CO services are definitely not cheap, so it is best to avoid any mistakes that might cause you to need them. Here is what you need to know: Placing your fridge in the proximity of ovens This is a huge mistake. You might think that you are saving space by grouping kitchen appliances together, but you will only regret it later on. Keep in mind that a fridge needs to maintain a cool temperature. Otherwise, it will only decrease its efficiency. If your kitchen has an exhaust problem, then your best bet is to relocate your fridge to a cooler room. It might not seem like…
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    Intercon

  • Reviewed: The Smart Growth Manual

    T. Caine
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    The Smart Growth Manual By: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon In One Line: The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.  While there has been notable traction in the design community for efforts to retool the assumptions for sub-urban planning in America, in some ways the movement of “Smart Growth” suffers from the same haunting characteristics of “sustainability.” The very broadness of both terms, necessary to encapsulate the scale of all they contain and can possible…
  • Calibrating Yards for Building Community

    T. Caine
    28 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Too often, we find ourselves in new suburban developments that are little more than a watered down model of a historic precedent. With large swaths of sub-divided into saleable parcels, the go-to combination of a windy road, ample lawns and a smattering of colonial reminiscing can get the property off the hands of a developer into the eager grasp of new tenants. But when it comes to actually fostering a sense of community, more often than not we see houses thrown up in reasonable proximity with hopes for the best. This method leaves a lot of clubs in the bag for crafting variables entirely…
  • Simple Policy Can Discourage Building Reuse

    T. Caine
    13 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Density plays a key role in the creation of a walkable, pedestrian-oriented, sustainable community. Though there are examples of denser development patterns that are not walkable, it is hard to create walkability without hitting a certain threshold of units per acre, so bolstering the streetscape with new buildings can be important for the sustainable aspirations of a young municipality. However, for cities like New York, density is not a recent phenomenon. The city has been building since its inception, which has lead to density not only being achieved from new construction, but in large…
  • Reviewed: Dark Age Ahead

    T. Caine
    11 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Dark Age Ahead By Jane Jacobs In One Line: Well known for her voice of calm critique, Jacobs examines the necessity several pillars of cultural vibrancy as well as why our failing to maintain them could levy an age of cultural deficiency for modern day North America that compromises defining aspects of who we are. For those that have read the works of Jane Jacobs, she is not prone to writing about all of the things we are doing extremely well.  Her final literary installment is no different. Jacobs references historic Dark Ages–eras of where large amounts of resilience and cultural…
  • Vacation Doesn’t Need to be From Sustainability

    T. Caine
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    When most of us manage to carve out the time, money and effort required to clock out of the daily grind for a while, the top priority is stepping away from the nagging mundane worries that are waiting for us every morning. Vacation spots excel at helping to push thoughts of the job, the commute, the chores and the bills to the side in deference to an image of luxury, if only to be enjoyed for a short time. Given Gallup’s recent numbers on where the environment sits in the list of priorities for Americans, chances are that sustainability doesn’t rank high on most of our vacation…
 
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Australia can stop greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: here's how

    Anna Skarbek, CEO at ClimateWorks Australia at Monash University
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    To get to zero emissions, we'll have to reform our energy sector away from fossil fuels. ccdoh1/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDTo avoid dangerous climate change there is a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO2, that we can add to the atmosphere – our global carbon budget. If we use our budget wisely, we have until about 2050 to transition to zero net emissions. But how do we get there? For Australia to play its role, we’ll also need to get to zero net emissions by 2050. In a recently launched website from ClimateWorks, we’ve created an online tool to demonstrate that…
  • Meat is a complex health issue but a simple climate one: the world needs to eat less of it

    Dora Marinova, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Worldwide, the livestock industry is a bigger source of greenhouse gases than transport. AAP Image/Dan PeledClimate change is the greatest challenge to human health, according to the recent Lancet Commission report which calls for action to protect the global population. The report says that tackling climate change could deliver huge public health benefits, largely through phasing out coal, embracing renewable energy, and moving to a low-carbon economy. There is however one crucial issue the report fails to address: meat. The commission’s recommendations are all based on solid evidence…
  • New report: the chance to rescue the world's oceans from climate change is drifting away

    Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Acehnese fishers are among the quarter of the world's population who live on the coast, and for whom climate-driven changes to the oceans would make life much harder. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA/AAP ImageUntil recently, you might be forgiven for thinking that the oceans were a trivial component of Earth’s climate system, and that the consequences of change were minimal. After all, only 5% of papers published on climate change involve ocean systems. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which evaluates the peer-reviewed scientific literature, did not devote a regional chapter…
  • An emerging renewables superpower: China's climate pledge guns for green growth

    John Mathews, Professor of Strategic Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Digging in: China's UN climate pledge shows it is serious about doing the heavy lifting in going green. It’s official. On Tuesday, China submitted its emissions-reduction goals to the United Nations, in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit in December this year. China’s submission, known in UN parlance as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), follows similar submissions made in the past month by the United States, the European Union, Brazil and others. China’s submission is particularly important because the country has become the world’s largest carbon…
  • Palm oil: scourge of the earth, or wonder crop?

    Denis J Murphy, Professor of Biotechnology, Head of Genomics &amp; Computational Biology Research at The University of South Wales
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A relatively new commercial oil palm plantation on peatland in central Sarawak, Borneo. Denis Murphy, Author providedIf you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely to get a particularly positive reaction. Over recent years, media coverage of palm oil has typically included images of displaced orangutan and burning, degraded tropical forests. There has been a feeling that palm oil is an evil that needs to be stopped. Indeed, in some of the richer countries there have been attempts to organise consumer boycotts of palm oil products ranging from cosmetics to…
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    Dark Optimism

  • Words on religion, from beyond the grave

    Shaun Chamberlin
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    I am currently hunkered down working on a project close to my heart, editing my late friend and colleague Dr. David Fleming‘s incredible life’s work Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It, for its publication by Chelsea Green later this year. I did though hear about the pope’s interesting new encyclical. It’s well worth a browse (and do check out Rap News’ take), but here are a few of my favourite lines: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” (yep, this is an official document…
  • The Dangers of Carbon Pricing, and the Canny Way Forward

    Shaun Chamberlin
    29 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    Lately we’ve seen the president of the World Bank and ‘business leaders from the very carbon-intensive industries’ pushing for carbon pricing (taxes or ‘carbon trading’ schemes). This is intended to demonstrate their deep change of heart and determination to start seriously addressing climate change, but to my eyes it is a deeply cynical, pernicious attempt to channel the passion of those deeply-committed to action on climate change into mechanisms that will only maintain the suicidal status quo. Which is why I poured all my experience of ten years’ work on…
  • Interview on grief, Dark Optimism, aliveness and activism

    Shaun Chamberlin
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This is an excerpt from a longer video interview Rhonda Fabian conducted with Shaun Chamberlin at the New Story Summit in Findhorn, Scotland as part of a Findhorn Foundation documentary initiative. Originally published in the Kosmos Journal. — Rhonda Fabian: Shaun, please tell me what Dark Optimism means to you. Dark Optimism is a widely misunderstood term. I get a lot of people coming up to me saying, “Are you feeling dark today, or optimistic?” That’s not quite what I mean. Dark Optimism means being unashamedly positive about the kind of world we could create, but unashamedly…
  • RapNews on the New World Order

    Shaun Chamberlin
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    ~~~ RapNews have outdone themselves, and that’s saying something: Tweet This! Share this on Facebook Share this on del.icio.us Digg this! Share this on Reddit Stumble upon something good? Share it on StumbleUpon Share this on Technorati Email this to a friend?
  • August wanderings…

    Shaun Chamberlin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    A couple of nice videos from my wanderings in August. I started with a few days at the ever-wonderful Transition Heathrow, to support them through their threatened eviction. You can see how that went in the short video above. And then a coach was arranged from Grow Heathrow up to the Reclaim The Power anti-fracking camp in Blackpool, where I gave a couple of workshops, on TEQs and the Grow Heathrow eviction resistance, as well as doing my first Legal Observer training. The video below tells the story of that camp, and I certainly learned a lot there, as well as having a great time. It…
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    Green Conduct

  • Bike Sharing Creating Better Places

    greghead
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    Bike Sharing Creating Better Places Bike Sharing Creating Better Places: Increasing Transportation Choices, Saving Communities Money Washington, DC and Arlington County, VA recently launched a bike share program, Capital Bikeshare, making over 1,100 bikes available at 110 stations. With 11,000 members, it is already the largest in the nation. These programs have been successful in Europe and have sprouted up throughout the US as cities look to provide greener, cheaper, healthier transportation choices. One particular aspect of bike sharing is illustrative of why it is successful and how it…
  • What does Going Green mean?

    alicebenny
    19 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Go Green Ideas that You Can Take On Everyone keeps asking you to go green. What does going green mean and what are some go green ideas that you can take on? Many people want to go green and are taking steps to do so. But what does it actually mean? Does it include filling vegetable oil in my car or are there simpler things that I can do? What does Going green mean? To put it simply, going green means to care about the environment and make a deliberate attempt to help use as little resources as possible. People who do this limit their footprint on the environment and encourage others around…
  • Affordable Environmentally Friendly Central Heating a Reality?

    greghead
    13 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Heating is something we all need and grumble about at a certain points of the year in particular. Are you fed up of immensely fluctuating gas bills or the feeling that you have well and truly been beaten by the big six energy companies. Well your not alone, it’s estimated that up to 30% of households in the UK suffer with the predicament of struggling to meet their energy bills demands. In some extreme circumstances gas and electricity companies can even cut you off from the network all together. Environmentally Friendly Central Heating Environmentally Friendly Central Heating Upgrade your…
  • Green Data Center Upgrades Reduce Environmental Impact

    greghead
    12 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Information Age has led to the rise of multiple data centers across the globe. These mission critical facilities face several contentious issues such as speed, uptime, cost and environmental effects. Since they require nonstop operations, energy draw can add up to a staggering level and this continues to rise every year. Current estimates say that these facilities collectively consume nearly 2% of the world’s power supply and produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases in the process. Effective energy management is required to reduce environmental impact as well as operating…
  • Should I Abandon My Car for a Rideshare Program

    alicebenny
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Is that old clunker you’ve been driving around since you turned 16 on its last legs and requiring too much money to keep it going? If your car is a clunker, you may be in the market for a new vehicle. But why not save some money, and the environment, by going a different direction? No, your bicycle might not get you everywhere you need to go, but there is another option: a rideshare program. Rideshare programs are popping up all over the United States in major cities, and becoming a cheap and eco-friendly way to abandon owning a vehicle. The rideshare program in your area might even have a…
 
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • Five ways to make your office zero waste

    Mrs Green
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Throughout my working life I’ve worked in varying sized companies. I ran the office for a bakery and a restaurant in a golf club where it was just me, myself and I. I’ve worked for the Bank of England with it’s thousands of employees. I’ve worked for a large supermarket chain and now I work […]
  • Happy Recycle Week 2015!

    Mrs Green
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:38 am
    Happy Recycle Week 2015! It was back in 2008 when we launched this site during Recycle Week. And what a journey it’s been! Organised by WRAP and Recycle Now, the theme for Recycle Week 2015 is ‘Recycling around the home’. This is a great theme that you can take on board, regardless of where you’re […]
  • 10 questions about a zero waste lifestyle

    Mrs Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    Did you know there are Zero Waste Bloggers all around the world? Inge, from Gruenish in Oregon, had the foresight to bring us all together in a network. At the time of writing this post we have 39 members from US, UK, CA, FR, DE, AU, PL and beyond. One of her ideas was for […]
  • How to recycle old tools

    Mrs Green
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    You know I live with a hoarder, right? I’d love to show you a picture of the inside of our garage, but I fear the judgment. It really does look like a jumble sale Aladdin’s Cave in there. Although Mr Green promises everything has a use and purpose and will come in useful ‘one day’, […]
  • Exciting research into Zero Waste Week – please help!

    Mrs Green
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Meg Roper aka Mrs M (from Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet) enthusiastically participated in last year’s Zero Waste Week. She is by her own admission an energy and waste geek but her interests are not limited to blogging about them. Meg takes an academic interest in waste. She is currently completing an environmental Masters degree and […]
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    CleanTechies

  • Podcast: Why Global Solar Demand Will Be Off the Charts

    Energy Gang Podcast
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    By the end of the decade, the solar industry could be installing 135 gigawatts yearly — more capacity in 12 months than all the cumulative installations over the last four decades. The 2020 solar market will look much different today. It will be defined by fewer subsidies, greater geographic diversity and more sophisticated business models. [...]
  • Study Proves Fossil Fuels Way Worse for Land Use than Renewables

    Simon Mahan
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    A new, peer-reviewed article published in the scientific journal SCIENCE estimates that 3 million hectares of land (that’s 11,583 square miles, or 30,000 square kilometers) have been lost due to oil and gas well pads, storage tanks and associated roads developed in North America since the year 2000. Rangeland and cropland through the heartland have been particularly [...]
  • Is Solar Net Metering a Subsidy to Utilities?

    John Farrell
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    When Robert Nohavec of Park City, Utah; Jabbar Graham from Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and Don Born, of Waldoboro, Maine installed solar on their homes, they had something unexpected in common. They were all giving back to their electric company and their community. That’s because solar energy systems tend to provide more value to the [...]
  • Bill Gates to Invest $2 Billion in Renewable Technology Projects

    CleanTechies Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Gates is doubling his investment in cutting-edge renewable technology initiatives to $2 billion over the next five years.
  • Video: Fossil Fuels – A Risky Business?

    CleanTechies Staff
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    The fossil fuel industry is inflating a ‘carbon bubble’ based on risky demand & price assumptions.Already under current climate policy settings, companies risk wasting over $1 trillion over the next decade. If the policy settings are ratcheted up ‎to reflect a 2 degrees target then the amount at risk rise dramatically to $20 trillion plus. [...]
 
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    Articles

  • $100 A Kilowatt Hour Lithium Battery Soon?

    6 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Throop Wilder, 24M’s CEO, . . . says 24M battery costs will be less than, . . . USD $100 a kilowatt-hour (kWh) by 2020. 07-06-2015 Source:  $100 A Kilowatt Hour Lithium Battery Soon?
  • Moore's Law Of Real Estate

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Moore's Law of Real Estate George Carlin once summed up the history of architecture by saying, . . . “Your house is a place to keep your stuff, . . . while you go out and get more stuff!” 07-06-2015 Source:  Moore's Law of Real Estate
  • Wind Power Leading The Way

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The global wind energy market in 2014, . . . reached 52.8 GW of newly installed capacity, according to the JRC report, with . . . 13 GW installed in the European Union. This brought global cumulative capacity up to 370 GW, and . . . Europe’s cumulative capacity up to 129 GW, . . . which produces 265 TWh of electricity in an average year. 07-06-2015 Source:  Wind Power Leading The Way
  • China’S Gobi Desert

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    With ample sunshine and a wide-open desert, . . . Gansu is ideal for PV project development. Last year, more than 5 gigawatts of projects were installed in the province, . . . making it a leader. Driven by ambitious targets, and . . . a growing demand for power, . . . China's solar boom isn't going to stop. According to GTM Research's new global demand report, . . . China could be installing 24 gigawatts of solar PV yearly by 2020. 07-06-2015 Source:  China’s Gobi Desert
  • Cheap, Lightweight, Flexible

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Perovskite solar cells, . . . in the future, solar power won’t just come from bulky blue panels on rooftops. . . . The solar panels of tomorrow will be: . . . . . . Transparent, . . . . . . Lightweight, . . . . . . Flexible, and . . . . . . Ultra-efficient. We’ll be able to coat: . . . . . . Shingles, . . . . . . Skylights, and . . . . . . Windows with them. It’ll all, . . . be as cheap as, . . . putting up wallpaper. The only problem is: . . . many types use lead as a principal ingredient, and . . . they deteriorate rapidly in the presence of moisture. 07-06-2015…
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Solar Women Summer Series: Anna Bowler, Office Manager at Soveren Solar

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    This week’s Solar Women Summer Series interview, powered by RenewableEnergyWorld.com, features Anna Bowler, Office Manager at Soveren Solar, a solar design/install company specializing in grid-tied photovoltaics with a mission to help build sustainable communities through the development of local renewable energy. Anna joined Soveren Solar in 2014 as an installer and currently works as the Office Manager for Soveren. Based out of southern VT, she has experience in permaculture and a degree in Political Science. She continues working for greater sustainability in the North East. KEY…
  • New Free Lecture: Commercial Geothermal Design

    Brian Hayden
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    In this two hour free lecture, Dr. Charles Remund, author of the IGSHPA Design Manual, walks you through the calculations for designing the ground heat exchanger for a commercial geothermal system. To download a copy of the slides, discuss the lesson with other professionals, and get access to additional tools: click here to sign up for the free course.   About Dr. Charles Remund Dr. Charles (Chuck) Remund has over 25 years of experience installing and designing geothermal systems. He has been a certified instructor for IGHSPA since 1994. He has been on the Mechanical Engineering…
  • LoopLink PRO Now Included with IGSHPA Geothermal Design Course

    Brian Hayden
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Top designers of commercial geothermal systems at some point become IGSHPA Certified GeoExchange Designers (CGD). The CGD course has always included video instruction and support from the author of the IGSHPA design manual, tools, exercises, and exam fees. Starting  in the summer of 2015, the course now includes full access to LoopLink PRO – next generation commercial design software from the authors of the IGSHPA design guide. Here’s Why We’re Including Software When it comes to learning or improving a skill, there’s no better approach than hands-on, project-based learning. For…
  • Solar Women Summer Series: Jane Pulaski of IREC – Social Meets Solar

    Abby Thompson
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Today’s Solar Women Summer Series piece features Jane Pulaski, Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) Web and Social Communications guru. In 2010, HeatSpring Magazine featured one of Jane’s pieces about IREC’s 2010 State by State Solar Licensing Database. Today, Jane joins us to discuss her experience in the industry, ways for women to get involved with IREC, her utilization of social media channels, and her mentors. Solar Woman: Jane Pulaski Tell us your story – how’d you get into this industry? It was the proverbial right-place-at-the-right-time,…
  • Using Solar to Heat – Net Metering Makes a Difference

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    In the article below, Vaughan Woodruff, Expert Instructor, Solar Approaches to Radiant Heating, outlines a response to a student who recently asked a question regarding the use of solar electricity for heating and how advances in battery storage might impact the suitability of using solar electricity to provide heating. The student asks: “Even though grid-tied electric battery storage is less efficient, is it gaining momentum because of things like net metering and the fact that it is intuitive?” Key Article Takeaways: While a solar electric system has fewer losses between…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • True Down to Earth Decadence with Juniper Seed Mercantile

    Paige Wolf
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Juniper Seed Mercantile is proof that luxurious, effective, organic beauty does not have to be expensive. Their motto is “Down To Earth Decadence” allowing you to  take care of your skin and the environment at the same time, without spending a fortune! With it’s best availability on Etsy, Juniper Seed Mercantile is grassroots enough to keep you on budget, but savvy enough to package with polish. And that’s why their Etsy shop is blowing up! At only $11, the Soft Whipped Facial Creme Soap with Ground Walnut Shells and Tea Tree Oil is everything I’ve ever…
  • Best Natural Beauty Products 2015 – 4th Edition

    Paige Wolf
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    It’s time for my annual round-up of the best natural beauty products, gleaned from trying and testing almost every brand around! After spending another year trying out some of the best organic luxury beauty products on the market, I have a few new favorites to share and a few that have stood the test of time. Others have been removed from the list because of purity of ingredients, annoying repackaging, or simply finding something that worked better. Moom Organic Hair Removal System Just admit it – you have always wanted to wax your own bikini line. I know it’s been a long…
  • Stonyfield and Late July Easy Party Chip and Dip

    Paige Wolf
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Summer feels like never-ending snack time with Bar-B-Qs, beach days, and birthday parties. I’m trying to keep the snacks for my two-year-old’s birthday party relatively healthy, to mitigate the requisite pizza and too-lazy-to-bake-it-myself store bought cake. Fortunately I received some treats and tips from my friends at Stonyfield Yogurt and Late July Snacks, two of my favorite organic food brands. Late July’s tasty tortilla chips are a perfect swap out for potato chips and Tostitos, and pair wonderfully with simple yogurt-based dips. We’re fans of the Late July…
  • Health and Environmental Things My Parents Actually Did Right

    Paige Wolf
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Throughout my book, blog, and daily life I have been notorious for giving my parents a hard time for their fridge full of margarine and carrying Sweet & Low packets everywhere they go. (Yes, I have tried introducing them to organic stevia drops and real butter. It’s hopeless). While I still can’t get them to wrap their head around the fact that those aren’t real blueberries in their Nutri-System muffins, I’ve realized I should give them credit for some things they did right, back before healthy living was more than Jane Fonda workout tapes and Snackwells. 1)…
  • Buy Nothing Project Group Update

    Paige Wolf
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Since I started Philadelphia’s first Buy Nothing Project, the group has exploded locally (as well as globally, headed by their dedicated admin team). The local launch picked up publicity in Philadelphia Magazine and quickly grew to more than 400 members! Additional groups formed in Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Fairmount, and even the burbs! And our Bella Vista/Washington Square/Queen Village group is working on breaking off the South Philly and Graduate Hospital members into their own groups to create more walkable neighborhood community groups. I’m encouraging the split for a…
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    Greener Ideal

  • New Technologies That Could Save You a Ton of Energy and Money

    Contributing Authors
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    As the costs of energy, fuel and consumption rise, consumers are becoming more aware of the need to be conservative. To save money, time and resources, we’re starting to make a shift towards green technology. These days, everything is becoming smart to pair up with smartphones and tablets. The idea behind the term “smart” is […] Read the full article: New Technologies That Could Save You a Ton of Energy and Money
  • Electric Vehicles Still Struggling to Win Mass Appeal, New Study Shows

    DMV.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    Despite the fact that the vast majority of the general public agrees that electric vehicles are good for the environment, not a lot of people seem to be too keen on driving them, a new study shows. According to a recent study by Continental, the German automotive manufacturing company, most drivers in the United States […] Read the full article: Electric Vehicles Still Struggling to Win Mass Appeal, New Study Shows
  • The USGBC Plays a Critical Role in Conserving Fresh Water Supplies

    Contributing Authors
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:43 am
    A September 2013 article in the National Journal highlighted the importance of preserving our fresh water supply in the United States. The global consumption of water, according to the article, is three times higher than it was just 50 years ago. While we have not run out yet, predictions show that our need for fresh […] Read the full article: The USGBC Plays a Critical Role in Conserving Fresh Water Supplies
  • My Green Fills – Product Review

    Ian Andrew
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:29 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to carry another laundry detergent jug home from the supermarket ever again? That is the promise that MyGreenFills is looking to fulfill. Rather than buying jug after jug after jug of detergent, fabric softener, and stain removers, when all you really need to replace is what’s inside of […] Read the full article: My Green Fills – Product Review
  • The World’s First Solar-Powered Road Is Generating More Electricity Than Expected

    DMV.com
    12 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    In late 2014, the government of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the private sector, opened a first-of-its-kind bike path that is able to generate electricity through solar power, aiming to use the country’s cycling culture to increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources. Now, six months after the pilot project was launched, the engineers that […] Read the full article: The World’s First Solar-Powered Road Is Generating More Electricity Than Expected
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • America’s top 10 sweatiest cities

    GTG Staff
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    | Green Travel News | Making summer travel plans? No sweat, or should we say lots of it. A team of environmental scientists has ranked major American metropolitan areas on their “sweatiness.” These places are not merely the hottest, they’re also where the most heat gets trapped in the summer months, which contributes to overall ickyness and […]America’s top 10 sweatiest cities is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Wynn Resorts named to ‘top green U.S. companies’

    GTG Staff
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:55 pm
    | Green Travel News | Wynn Resorts was ranked number 100 out of 500 companies on Newsweek magazine’s 2015 list of top green companies in the U.S. The ranking is based on research by Corporate Knights Capital and HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor, Inc. and considers eight environmental performance indicators, including energy productivity, water […]Wynn Resorts named to ‘top green U.S. companies’ is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • 7 eco-eateries in São Paulo

    GTG Staff
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    | Greening, Brazilian Style | Here in São Paulo, Brazil—Latin America’s largest megacity (nearly 22 million inhabitants in the greater metro)—the local Paulistanos have an appetite for organic, local and sustainably produced food. On your next visit, be sure to check out these restaurants and cafés! Apfel The clue is in the name: this German-inspired restaurant […]7 eco-eateries in São Paulo is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Hilton teams with World Wildlife Fund

    GTG Staff
    29 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    | Green Travel News | Hilton Worldwide, in an effort to reduce its impact on the environment, has forged an alliance with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). As Hilton’s signature environmental partner, WWF will work with the company to evolve its global business practices. The initial three-year collaboration also will further WWF’s mission to protect and conserve […]Hilton teams with World Wildlife Fund is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock

    GTG Staff
    12 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    | America’s Greenest City? | We are proud to have been asked to contribute the May cover story for British Airway‘s magazine, High Life. Following is a lead-in to the story, with a link to the full article, including a guide to 48 (nearly) carbon neutral hours for your next visit. The man calls himself […]San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions Remain the Primary Threat to Polar Bears

    Guest
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    By USGS Greenhouse gas emissions remain the primary threat to the preservation of polar bear populations worldwide. This conclusion holds true under both a reduced greenhouse gas emission scenario that stabilizes climate warming and another scenario where emissions and warming continue at the current pace, according to updated U.S. Geological Survey research models. Greenhouse gas emissions remain the primary threat to the preservation of polar bear populations worldwide. This conclusion holds true under both a reduced greenhouse gas emission scenario that stabilizes climate warming and…
  • Bringing it Home: Industrial Hemp Documentary Trailer

    Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Hemp, marijuana’s distant, non-psychoactive cousin, is a grossly misunderstood plant. It offers compelling alternatives for healthy homes, food, paper, textiles, farmers, job creation and our environment. Industrial hemp is legally grown in over thirty other nations but currently U.S. farmers are prohibited from its production, due to marijuana prohibition in the 1970′s. Kentucky is leading the industrial hemp revolution, as a means to transition from tobacco production. After suing the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in 2014 to get seeds, the state’s first legal crop in…
  • Harvest: A Meditation on the Nature of Grief

    Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    By Gary Ferguson Courtesy of Children & Nature Network Over the past six months I’ve been traveling around the country talking about grief; in particular, how the natural world provides vital healing energy to people struggling with major loss. They’ve been conversations that have grown out of my own grief journey following the death years ago of my first wife, Jane, in a canoeing accident in northern Ontario. Remarkably, just days before Jane died, out of the blue she turned to me, laid her hand on my arm and brought up a topic we hadn’t discussed in a dozen years. “If something…
  • Flatworms Could Replace Mammals for Some Toxicology Tests

    Guest
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    By Kim McDonald UC San Diego News Center Laboratories that test chemicals for neurological toxicity could reduce their use of laboratory mice and rats by replacing these animal models with tiny aquatic flatworms known as freshwater planarians. Freshwater planarians are small, inexpensive, easy to breed, sensitive to chemicals in the water and develop within a week. Credit: UC San Diego Scientists at UC San Diego have discovered that planarians, commonly used in high-school biology labs to study regeneration and the primitive nervous system, are actually quite sophisticated when it comes to…
  • Scientific Breakthroughs, Evolving Cultural Biases, and Continued Mass Killings All Affect the Fate of the African Elephant

    Penny Stallings
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:47 pm
    It seems that there is – at last – a significant breakthrough in the battle to stop the annual slaughter of an estimated 50,000 African elephants that drives the massive black-market trade in ivory. It involves a newly employed methodology that enables scientists to match DNA from elephant dung to DNA extracted from ivory found in shipments of contraband. Thanks to genetic mapping, this DNA can then be traced to a region, enabling enforcers to understand where killings are taking place Agents in Africa have already been able to pinpoint two geographic hotspots of poaching within the vast…
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee - Wholistic Health Practitioner

  • Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi (Oi-So-Bagi)

    Dr. Karen
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Cucumbers are growing very nicely in my backyard’s container garden. And looking at the fresh cukes reminded me of my daughter’s favorite kimchi made with cucumbers called Oi-So-Bagi (oh-yee-soh-bah-gi.) It is also one of my favorites because it’s quick and easy to make and you don’t have to wait too long to eat them because they are ready in a day or two, unlike nappa cabbage kimchi. And even though, it doesn’t have as much probiotics as regular kimchi, because it ripens quickly, it’s still refreshing, tasty, and makes great side dishes with any entreé.
  • Lobster Roll with Homemade Mayo

    Dr. Karen
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Summer always reminds me of past family vacations on New England seaside towns. Digging for clams, collecting sea shells, fishing, having clam bakes, and scarfing down seafood, especially, lobster-by-the-pound, are just a few ways we used to enjoy coastal vacations. And when I say “lobster-by-the-pound“, I don’t mean dining out at fancy restaurants where lobsters already come cleaned, cracked, and garnished with pretty greens. I mean, finding off-the-beaten-path lobster shacks where the dress code is “come-as-you-are” and flip flops are optional. You pick the…
  • Dangers of Toxic Mold with Andrea Fabry and Jennifer Saleem

    Dr. Karen
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Our basement flooded a few years ago. I was terrified of wet basement getting moldy so I did whatever I could to prevent it. So far, we haven’t noticed any mold growing anywhere or experienced any health problems so we were very lucky. Did you know that about 50% of American homes are affected with mold? In fact, even Suzanne Somers – you know, Chrissy from Three’s Company, a comedy sitcom decades ago? – experienced health problems related to mold that she wrote a book about it. It’s called Tox-Sick. I finished reading it and while it addressed other toxic…
  • What to expect on GAPS diet with Chloe Breczinski

    Dr. Karen
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet has helped so many people with not only digestive issues but with allergies, skin problems, mental health and others. I put my children on GAPS diet last year in hopes that it will cure their allergies and Eczema. They are still on a modified full GAPS diet and they need constant gut health balancing. The ongoing needs for the balancing is a reminder how fragile our GI tract is and how it creates so many health issues if not healed properly. Raine Irving Saunders, one of the past guests on past Wellness Wednesday, shared her story on how her mental…
  • 10 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies

    Dr. Karen
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seasonal allergies seem to get worse each year. Researchers from Rutgers University blame warmer weather. Similarly, some studies suggest longer spring and fall seasons due to climate change attribute to prolonged allergy season and more pollens due to carbon dioxide in the air. (Read more here) Regardless how and why seasonal allergies are getting worse and worse, those who are suffering just want relief. But taking antihistamine daily might be out of the question due to side effects. Even nasal sprays stop working after awhile due to ‘rebound effect.’ So how do you relieve…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Annual July Montauk Chair Gratitude Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Win a FREE Montauk Chair from Manchester Wood! Tell us what you’re grateful for! Write a comment on this blog, on our Facebook page, or mention us on Twitter (@manchesterwood) with what you’re grateful for, and you’ll be entered to win a FREE Montauk Chair in July’s monthly giveaway raffle drawing. The joys of summer have just begun! Enjoy the fireworks, food, and festivities! Let us know what you’re grateful for. You’ll be entered into our monthly raffle drawing for a FREE solid wood furniture piece from Manchester Wood; this month, it’s the Montauk…
  • A Special Giveaway with Every Order this Independence Weekend!

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Starting today, July 1st until supplies last, we will be shipping every order on ManchesterWood.com with a FREE Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey DVD. Happy Independence Day!  
  • Fourth of July: 10 Fun Facts

    Manchester Wood
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    American Bald… Turkey? In a letter to his daughter in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote that he was displeased that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation. “He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly,” he wrote. “You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk.” A turkey is a far “more respectable” bird, he argued. “Turk’y… [is a] true original Native of America,” Franklin wrote. “He is…
  • 4th of July Summer Sale Guide!

    Manchester Wood
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    Manchester Wood’s Summer Sale Guide features our exclusive Made in USA items at discount prices direct from our factory in Upstate New York. Check it out now!
  • 10 Facts About Flag Day

    Manchester Wood
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Flag Day is today, June 14th, 2015. Here are 10 interesting facts about Flag Day: Bernard J. Cigrand is considered the father of Flag Day. In 1885, as a young teacher at a high school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, Cigrand put a small flag on his desk and told his students to write essays about it. He fought for the rest of his life to formally establish the holiday, according to the National Flag Day Foundation. The flag has been changed 27 times. The final star, for Hawaii, was added in 1960. The first time the flag was flown after being adopted was on Aug. 3, 1777 in Rome, New York. The…
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  • hOWLing winds

    Anna
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wind power is on the rise in the U.S. In fact, 30% of new electricity generating capacity  in the U.S. between 2009-2013 came from wind power, and the U.S. could see 35% of its total electricity needs supplied by wind power by 2050 (per the White House). But, people are seriously worried about the noise. The common complaints about wind energy are: Noise made by the turbines (some people have even sued wind farm developers with claims that the noise has caused “wind turbine syndrome” – whose symptoms include headaches and sleeplessness – but the courts have found…
  • How many trees does it take to offset U.S. CO2 emissions?

    Anna
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The answer? Almost 467 billion! I was looking through the EPA’s Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (yes, I peruse reports like that out of pure interest; what of it?) and saw that, in 2013, the U.S. offset 881.7 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) through “sinks” (such as forested land that naturally sequesters carbon). That’s 13.21% of total (not net) U.S. emissions for 2013! So, I started wondering more about naturally sequestering our carbon emissions with trees. How many trees would it take to sequester all of the CO2 we emitted in 2013?
  • New Regs are on the Way

    Anna
    17 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’m trying not to hold my breath, but I was excited to read that climate change-related regulations may change significantly this summer. Power plants aren’t the only ones being targeted with new emissions standards; the EPA is planning to draft three new rules regulating emissions this summer in a push to advance climate regulation leading up to the December UN climate talks in Paris. Potentially to be regulated are: CO2 emissions from airlines CO2 emissions from large trucks (e.g. the freight industry) CH4 (methane) emissions from oil and natural gas operations While I’m…
  • [Just for Fun] Get Amped Up About Exercise

    Anna
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    What would it look like if fitness fused with clean energy? A little device called Ampy. Ampy combines the idea of a Fitbit or other similar activity-tracking devices with the ability to turn kinetic energy into electricity (you know, like those flash lights that you can crank to power them?). Basically, you move, and Ampy generates and stores electricity that you can use later to charge your devices, plus it tracks how many calories you’re burning in that process. The website indicates that you should be able to get 3 hours of smartphone battery life out of running for 30 minutes, cycling…
  • Green Vehicle Showdown

    Anna
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I recently posted about a former Prius exec’s comments on hybrid vs. electric vehicles and why I thought hybrids could only be a stepping stone on the way to all electric vehicles (EVs). And, that post got me wanting to know more about both hybrid and electric cars – what are their capabilities? How practical are they? How affordable are they? And, how much do they really cut down on emissions? Well, I did some digging, and here is what I found out: Let’s compare the Tesla (most popular EV) with the Prius (most popular hybrid). TESLA S TOYOTA PRIUS Range 265 miles max. 595 miles max.
 
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Marketing to Millennials? Guess What? Green Matters

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    5 Strategies for Marketing That Works for MillennialsThis entry was originally posted on July 2, 2015 at Factory Direct Promos by Shane Shirley, CMO.Marketing to Millennials? Here's What... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On LinkedIn? Here's The Biggest Tip You Need

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    On LinkedIn? Here's a Tip You Need to Know If you are doing business today, chances are, you are on LinkedIn. If you are there great. Now what? I see so many people who expect LinkedIn to do the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want an Eco-Marketing Idea That Works in Today's Digital World?

    11 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Looking for Marketing Ideas That Work In Today's Digital World That Are Eco-Friendly Too? With the advent of digital media, there are more avenues than ever before to market your company and get the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Only Non-Toxic Beauty Brand You Will Ever Need...Meet BeautyCounter.com

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The Search Is Over For Safe Cosmetics and Skin Care...Meet BeautyCounter.com  My friend Lindsay is one powerhouse when it comes to helping consumers live a non-toxic lifestyle. Her work in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Props to Home Depot! Commits to Phase Out Harmful Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    World’s Largest Home Improvement Retailer, Home Depot, Commits to Phase Out of Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015 This is so huge I can barely believe it but once again, all of our hard work is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    inspired habitat

  • The Root Of The Story

    bambeco
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sustainable logging is the best type of logging, done in a way that respects and protects the environment. But it still leaves behind wasted material. That’s where we come in. Our Root Wood Collection is the definition of making the … Continue reading → The post The Root Of The Story appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • We want YOU to fight climate change

    bambeco
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Climate change is a problem that the current generation must give attention. While the impacts now might not seem drastic, they are only getting worse and the potential consequences could be devastating to our planet and our future. That’s why … Continue reading → The post We want YOU to fight climate change appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion

    bambeco
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trees are the Earth’s greatest assets to its health. They help clean the air and water, control temperature and climate, and support ecosystems that include not just wildlife but humans. The Nature Conservancy is working to ensure the Earth has … Continue reading → The post Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A Ruff Day At The Office

    bambeco
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today marks the 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, the perfect chance to show off your furry best friend and enjoy some bonus time with your pet. Sponsored by Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day … Continue reading → The post A Ruff Day At The Office appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day

    bambeco
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Happy Father’s Day! For us at bambeco, a holiday like Father’s Day is a unique opportunity to think about the way in which our actions impact the planet and how that will affect the next generation. We work for the … Continue reading → The post A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend (including 4-Minute Homemade Ice Cream Recipe!)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Happy 4th of July Weekend, friends! Just a few of the delicious things I found this week... Can reading these books make you happier and healthier? How to be the "Cool Aunt" I just signed up for this e-course from the master of mindfulness: Body and Mind are One, with Thich Nhat Hanh Here's why Lego blocks just got even more awesome. And finally, my kids and I have been whipping up all kinds of yummy variations of this homemade ice cream recipe from Kim McCosker. Her 4-ingredient/4-minute recipe couldn't get any easier. Wishing you a safe and festive holiday weekend! P.S.
  • Postcards from Minnesota: Big Zoo, Big Lakes, and the Biggest Mall in America

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    If you had told me that this self-proclaimed "green girl" would be heading to the Mall of America (of all places) during my family vacation, I wouldn't have believed it if you paid me. But that was one of the first places we stopped this past week while visiting my sister-in-law and her family in Minnesota. Sure, my green credibility took a hit, but when you've got two teenage girls in your group (my very cool nieces), shopping is usually on the agenda! What do you do at the biggest mall in the country when you're not a shopper? My children (who are not teenagers) and…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 57

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Just a few of my favorite finds this week--enjoy and kindly share them! Naturally, I'm sharing this: Homeless animals get adorable portraits taken to find forever homes Stop giving away your power My friend Dale shares a heart-tugging story of a special bond: Margaret and Me 20 healthy snacks to have on-hand Finally, a must-read for any parents who routinely trip over their kids' Legos (that definitely includes me): Perspective Happy weekend, friends! P.S. My next online photography course starts on July 6th! It's already a wonderful group of students from around the…
  • Monday Snapshot: Silver Droplets

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Tiny silver droplets on deep-green leaves. Just another reason that I don't mind the rain. It's been a very wet June around here (you could say "downright soggy"), but with droughts and the accompanying wildfires out west, I'm reminded of just how lucky we are to have the lushness, the intense greenness, the cooling rain. I hope your week is a refreshing one. You might have missed... Nature and the Beauty of Imperfection I'm Not Buying It! (7 Reasons Why I Don't Accept Ads) 3 Books, 3 Lessons on Owning Less Stuff P.S. My next online photography course starts…
  • 5 Ways to Enjoy a Simpler Summer

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The last day of the kids' school year is tomorrow, and lo and behold, a catalog arrived today in the mail with the cover headline bellowing at me to "Get Set for Back to School!" Sorry, pushy catalog people, but I plan on savoring the summer instead of rushing it along, especially after the whirlwind of June activities that closed out the school year. (And I thought May was a busy month--HA!) I'd like a simple, leisurely summer--and here's how I plan on creating it: 1. I will not fret about packing up for the town beach. Basically, we need sunscreen, swimsuits,…
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    inspired habitat

  • The Root Of The Story

    bambeco
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sustainable logging is the best type of logging, done in a way that respects and protects the environment. But it still leaves behind wasted material. That’s where we come in. Our Root Wood Collection is the definition of making the … Continue reading → The post The Root Of The Story appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • We want YOU to fight climate change

    bambeco
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Climate change is a problem that the current generation must give attention. While the impacts now might not seem drastic, they are only getting worse and the potential consequences could be devastating to our planet and our future. That’s why … Continue reading → The post We want YOU to fight climate change appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion

    bambeco
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Trees are the Earth’s greatest assets to its health. They help clean the air and water, control temperature and climate, and support ecosystems that include not just wildlife but humans. The Nature Conservancy is working to ensure the Earth has … Continue reading → The post Join The Campaign To Plant A Billion appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A Ruff Day At The Office

    bambeco
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today marks the 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, the perfect chance to show off your furry best friend and enjoy some bonus time with your pet. Sponsored by Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day … Continue reading → The post A Ruff Day At The Office appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day

    bambeco
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Happy Father’s Day! For us at bambeco, a holiday like Father’s Day is a unique opportunity to think about the way in which our actions impact the planet and how that will affect the next generation. We work for the … Continue reading → The post A New Perspective: The Environment & Father’s Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • Printed solar cells to produce green electricity

    Adrian
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    Solar power has declined dramatically its cost over the past decades. We could say that was a decrease from $40 per watt in 1978 to $0.42 per watt in 2015. In the next three years the cost of production for conventional crystalline silicon solar panel could attend more than 30 percent less. The important players […]
  • Evaporation water to drive for green electricity

    Adrian
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Scientist from Columbia University has developed two engines that can generate green electricity from evaporation water. This clean renewable energy source could help to power robots, sensors or any other small devices. It is already known from biology that redwood trees rely on evaporation to pull water from the ground to their crowns, into a […]
  • Origami from ancient art to paper battery

    Adrian
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    The nature has always been the followed model for bringing inventions into the reality. Now the ancient art of Japanese traditional art of origami inspired researchers from Binghampton University to create a small and strong device, a paper battery. The paper battery was developed by Seokheun Sean Choi one engineer researcher in the team and […]
  • Knitted clothing to store energy for smart devices

    Adrian
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Collaboration between Drexel University and U.S. Naval Academy will conduct sooner to get more autonomy for sensors and other electronics already integrated into smart clothing. You can suppose what would be about when thinking of U.S. Naval Academy. Researchers discovered a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to compile a […]
  • BYD Tang plug-in hybrid vehicle comes in July this year

    Adrian
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    According to recent reports the Chinese electric automaker BYD Company Ltd. has announced the releasing of its Dual Mode Electric SUV, BYD Tang and sales in the home’s company’s market will begin in July this year. BYD Company Ltd. who starts from the initials BYD (Build Your Dreams), is one of the largest companies in […]
 
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  • How to Use Up All Those Old Fridge Magnets & Declutter Your Fridge Door

    Kirsten
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This morning I was looking at my fridge and I had a brain wave! It didn’t have to be so messy. The photos stuck up there with crappy old fridge magnets from tradies we’ve probably never even used don’t have to keep falling down. And those crappy fridge magnets can disappear too. No, I am…
  • Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    25 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Did you know that dishwasher powder (or tablets) is likely one of the most toxic items in your house? In America, in a two year period, 14,000 children were admitted to emergency after eating dishwasher tablets. They are incredibly caustic and burn mouth and throat as they go down. In Australia, over 2000 kids each…
  • Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

    Guest Writer
    18 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It seems like such a simple thing – toxin-free utensils. But, more and more, people are discovering that manufacturers have traded convenience for safety, and consumers are paying the price. Here’s how to choose utensils that won’t make you (or your family) sick. Avoid Plastics, When Possible Plastics often contain BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical…
  • Three Essential Oil Blends for Good Mental Health

    Kirsten McCulloch
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Writing about how much I love Rescue Gel the other day reminded me that I have been meaning to share some other essential oil blends with you. Here are three lovely blends for different moments in life. Uplifting & stress relief My very favourite blend (which I have shared before), is a mix of Frankincense,…
  • My Secret Love: Rescue Gel

    Kirsten McCulloch
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Well, not so secret really, since I keep a bottle next to my bed, in my bag, and often in the car too. Long time readers will know that I love to use essential oils, and that is the basis for this “magic in a bottle”. This stuff is AMAZING. My favourite way to use…
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  • The Essential Four C’s of Healthy Living

    Clay Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The healthy living starts with the food safety and food safety is a matter of concern when you want to live a healthy life. What to eat, how to eat, when to eat is all what matters when it comes to healthy living. However, to live a healthy life, there are number of factors that contribute towards your health. Healthy living is as important as living itself, the main points to remember to operate a healthy life can be reduced to the four C’s: Cleanliness Cooking Chilling Cross-contamination   So, how all of this works, Lets see: Cleanliness How I can explain this—it’s just…
  • Why Working With a Green Auto Recycling Yard Makes All The Difference

    Clay Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The word “recycling” calls to mind little blue bins and green energy, but not all recycling actually helps the environment at all. And if you’ve ever peeked behind the barbed wire curtains of most auto “recycling” yards, then you know there’s nothing green about them. Most Americans don’t have the auto know-how to dispose of an old junk car themselves, so they hand it over or sell it to a junkyard. Some of these junkyards will even tell you they “recycle” auto scrap and broken down cars, but that’s just doublespeak for auto wrecking,…
  • Infographic: What is Cardiac Arrest?

    Clay Miller
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:41 pm
    What is cardiac arrest? Cardiac arrests happen when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, and if they are not treated immediately, they can prove fatal within a matter of minutes. Most cases of cardiac arrest are caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called a ventricular fibrillation, and this can be triggered by anything from coronary heart disease and congenital heart disease to electrocution, severe blood loss and choking. Because cardiac arrests can happen anywhere and at any time, it is important to be prepared. If you want to know the facts about these medical…
  • The Green Way For Invitations

    Clay Miller
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Many of us use invitations to invite friends and family to parties, weddings and other events. There is a much greener way to send out invites as opposed to using the normal paper / card method. As I am sat here typing this article more than 199 tonnes of paper has already been produced, you can imagine the amount of trees that is, to give you an idea, just to print one copy of the Sunday edition of the New York Times uses 75,000 trees. I was dumbfounded when I read those statistics!   The Use Of Seed Paper Seed paper is a new “greener” way to send those invites out. This incredible…
  • Infographic: 9 Green Air Freshener Ideas

    Clay Miller
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    This infographic details great ideas on how to freshen up the air around you in an eco-friendly way. We’ll get into coffee, lemons, candles, essential oils and even vodka.     9 Green Air Freshener Ideas [Infographic] by the team at Chadwicks The post Infographic: 9 Green Air Freshener Ideas appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
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  • Light Pollution: Types, Causes & Effects

    Rinkesh
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    What is Light Pollution? Light pollution is excessive, misdirected or inappropriate outdoor lighting. Too much of light pollution washes out view of the Universe, result in increase in the energy consumption, interferes with astronomical research, disrupts ecosystems, affects the health and safety of humans and wildlife. It may surprise you to know that light pollution can have as great an impact on the planet as levels of carbon monoxide and other airborne pollutants. When most people talk about light pollution they are speaking of all the ways that man made light is changing the natural…
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Sources & Effects

    Rinkesh
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    What are Greenhouse Gases? The term ‘greenhouse gases’ (GHG) refers to a type of gas (and there are a few different gases that this can refer to) that is capable to hold or trap heat in the atmosphere. In other words, greenhouse gases are type of gases that first absorbs infrared radiation and then actually emits thermal radiation back. This whole process is basically what causes the greenhouse effect. Without greenhouse effect, this planet would have been much colder and difficult for human race to survive. Increase in the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere results in…
  • Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering

    Rinkesh
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    Pros and Cons of Genetic Engineering ‘Genetic engineering’ is the process to alter the structure and nature of genes in human beings, animals or foods using techniques like molecular cloning and transformation. In other words, it is the process of adding or modifying DNA in an organism to bring about great deal of transformation. ‘Genetic engineering’ was thought to be a real problem just a few short years ago. We feared that soon we would be interfering with nature, trying to play God and cheat him out of his chance to decide whether we were blonde or dark haired, whether we had blue…
  • Is Nuclear Energy Renewable?

    Rinkesh
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:52 am
    Is Nuclear Energy Renewable? Nuclear energy is the energy that is in the core (nucleus) of an atom. Atoms are small particles which make up the entire universe and everything it holds. There is a tremendous force of energy that is able to keep the atoms bonded together. What is amazing about nuclear energy is that it can be used to make electricity. In order for the energy to be “released” (i.e., produce electricity) one of two things must occur, either nuclear fusion or nuclear fission. In the process of nuclear fusion, the energy is able to be released when all of the atoms combine…
  • Causes and Effects of Environmental Pollution

    Rinkesh
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    Environmental Pollution Environmental pollution has existed for centuries but only started to be significant following the industrial revolution in the 19th century. Pollution occurs when the natural environment cannot destroy an element without creating harm or damage to itself. The elements involved are not produced by nature, and the destroying process can vary from a few days to thousands of years (that is, for instance, the case for radioactive pollutants). In other words, pollution takes place when nature does not know how to decompose an element that has been brought to it in an…
 
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  • The Top 10 Farmers’ Markets In the USA

    Tribal Leader
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    The Top 10 Farmers’ Markets In the USA Farmers markets offer healthy, sustainable foods that are locally grown and harvested seasonally. Here are a few of our favorites that made our top 10 markets in the country.  Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment and let us know! 1. Chicago: Green City Market Find everything from organic greens and meat to hand crafted cheeses every Wednesday and Saturday between May and October! 2. New Orleans: Crescent Farmers’ Market This summer visit NOLA and hit up the Crescent Farmer’s Market! Visit their vendors on any given Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,…
  • Creating Change That Matters

    Tribal Leader
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
      At Raintees we are passionate about using business as a means to create widespread social and environmental good so when we recently heard about an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist also using business to make a major impact for our planet we were very inspired. Ibrahim AlHusseini spent the past decade as a very successful venture capitalist, but it’s his latest initiative to end our global waste crisis that is truly remarkable.   Between 1960 and 2013 the United States accumulation of municipal waste rose from over 88 million tons to 250.9 million tons and Ibrahim…
  • Animals Asia and the Fight to End Bear Bile Farming

    Natasha Urbany
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mangled teeth. Disfigured paws. Starved and dehydrated. Bleak, cramped cages. These are the conditions that 10,000 (and counting) Asiatic black bears- an already endangered species-suffer through on a daily basis in Chinese bear bile farms. These bears live in cramped, cruel- ridden conditions in order to be “milked” for their bile. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the bile and the gall bladders of the bears to craft folk medicine. Bile farmers use cruel, invasive procedures such as the only government authorized  “free drip” to remove the bear’s bile.  Even though the government…
  • Feature: La Bella Figura, SkinAgain, and LURK

    Natasha Urbany
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Save yourself the hassle of endlessly searching for the right makeup, skincare, and perfume during this hectic holiday season. Here at Raintees we’ve found three fantastic brands and have picked out products that we’re sure will become your go to items! La Bella Figura: More Thank Makeup- http://www.labellafigurabeauty.com Founded by Victoria Fantauzzi and Karen King, La Bella Figura is an organic, luxe skin care line that has launched its More Than Makeup functional beauty line (prices range between 30-38$) just in time for the holidays! La Bella Figura has infused each piece with a…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine!

    Natasha Urbany
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    In case you have been having trouble finding the perfect gift for the fashionista, homemaker, gourmet foodie, or wine lover in your life our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered! Here at Raintees’ we’ve found fantastic brands and gifts that you and your loved ones will enjoy this season! Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine Fashion and Household: Pure HANDKNIT. 4125 Celebrate T- Neck. Pure HANDKNIT- http://pureandco.com Pure HANDKNIT is passionate about hand crafted knitwear made from 100% Cotton. Pure HANDKNIT has partneredwith over 4500 female knitters in Chiang Mai,…
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  • Why We Launched #PutSolarOnIt

    Billy Parish
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Go back to the last time you were landing in an airplane and saw all those enormous buildings with empty roofs. These are naked roofs, a waste of open space that could be used to harness the energy of the sun, put money in people’s pockets and support a planet where our children can breathe easy. This is why Mosaic launched #PutSolarOnIt last year – and why dozens of the largest and most powerful solar advocating organizations have joined, including Climate Reality Project, Conergy, Environment America, Organizing for Action, Solar Energy Industry Associations, Women4Solar, VoteSolar, and…
  • New Financing Models Supporting Solar Access in Developing Countries

    John Atkinson
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:14 pm
    New Financing Models Supporting Solar Access in Developing Countries The idea of using solar to increase access to energy and reduce the environmental impacts of ‘dirty’ power generation in developing countries isn’t new.  Because many developing-country consumers lack grid access, they are forced to rely on expensive and highly-polluting kerosene for lighting and diesel-fueled generators for electricity.  The high financial and health costs of these petroleum-based energy services should, in theory, give solar a compelling value proposition for the approximately 1.6 billion people…
  • The eclipse that matters: Solar is more competitive than ever

    Emil Dimantchev
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    During last month’s solar eclipse, the sun looked first like Apple, nipped off on the side. Then it hid further and further behind the moon until only a sliver was visible. The crowning moment – which most saw on live feeds from places like Norway’s Svalbard – arrived when the moon totally blotted out the sun, leaving its corona to shine in a blazing circle of light. A similar, if more gradual, eclipse has been unfolding across the United States. The costs of solar power have been declining adamantly. As a result, solar has started to overshadow other sources of power…
  • The California Drought – A Global Warming Showcase?

    Thad Wharton
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Enterprise Bridge over Lake Oroville, CA.  Credit: CA Dept of Water Resources A lot of talk and concern have been centered on limiting global warming to an additional 2ºC, and to the climate, economic and lifestyle dangers if we don’t.  Those dangers are real enough, but they point the conversation to future impact (and somebody’s else’s problem…), when we should also be looking at what is actually happening right now, and what will happen with our climate even if we do limit warming? One who is looking at all this is Noah Diffenbaugh, a noted climate scientist and assistant…
  • Harnessing Solar and Wind—the Future of Train Travel?

    Gwen Brown
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Already a sustainable travel option, a number of projects around the world are making trains an even greener option by powering them with solar and wind energy. While you probably can’t yet take one of these trains to work, it’s not hard to imagine that other companies and regions will be looking to invest in solar and wind powered trains in the near future. Solar and Wind Powered Trains In perhaps the most impressive initiative of this type, starting this year, wind energy will provide 50% of the power for electric trains in the Netherlands—and 100% by 2018. This achievement is the…
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  • Paris May Be Getting a Carbon Neutral Skyscraper — Made of Wood

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, more and more cities are looking to integrate sustainable building structures into their development. Paris is taking an innovative lead with their Reinvent Paris competition, an effort by local authorities to revitalize Parisian architecture and set it in a more sustainable direction. Vancouver architect Michael Green is the name on everyone’s lips— including Parisian lips. Green created a wave in the architectural world with the publication of his book The Case for Tall Wood Towers in 2012, and he’s already built the 65-foot Wood Innovation…
  • Meet the Portland Green Roof Exec Who’s Leading the Industry in Efforts to Support Global Sustainability!

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Vanessa Keitges’ name may not be one that you know quite yet, but it’s one that stands behind some pretty solid recent ideas regarding the future of the U.S. sustainable construction industry, and one that definitely deserves some attention! Ms. Keitges has been the head of Portland, Oregon’s Columbia Green Technologies since 2009, in which time the company has become a recognized force in sustainable technology. Columbia Green specializes in ‘green roof’ technology, which focuses on roof construction as an ideal entry point for introducing sustainable material and systems to old…
  • New Technology Helps Construction Companies Go Green

    admin
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Climate change is affecting everyone these days. Now the job of adapting to new demands to decrease greenhouse gasses and stop ozone deterioration has moved to construction companies. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative recently estimated that construction industries contribute as much as 30 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40 percent of all energy used worldwide. Marius Esterhuyze manages accounts at Autodesk, which sells 3-D design software to architects all over the world. He recently told a reporter…
  • Genentech’s Building 35 is Sustainability in Many Forms

    admin
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Sustainability often connotes environmental longevity, but it has other meanings too: there is such a thing as economic sustainability and even employee sustainability. Genentech’s new corporate headquarters is sustainable in every sense of the word. Hailed as the birthplace of biotechnology, Genentech aimed to go green when building their new LEED Gold-certified corporate campus in South San Francisco. Sprawling over a quarter of a million square feet, “Building 35″ is designed to be 29 percent more energy-efficient than the nationally standard office building. Following…
  • Beitou ‘Green’ Library in Taipei City

    admin
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Many of us at Commercial Flooring Solutions would jump at the opportunity to see some of the world’s most economically friendly and architecturally appealing buildings across the globe.  There is a library in the northernmost districts of Taipei City in Taiwan that is most definitely on our list of places to see. It is a place that international travel website “When On Earth” has rated one of its top ten “Coolest Green Buildings in the World” and it is easy to see why. The Taipei Public Library’s Beitou Branch is extremely environmentally friendly.  It features rooftop solar…
 
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  • 5 Super Easy Ways to Reuse Old Containers

    Mimuba
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Do you know the top three pollution problems the whole world has been facing since long? Actually they are related to three main components of this world. We know that this world comprises of land, water and air. Unfortunately all the three components are affected by pollution. No one of them is free from different… Read More »The post 5 Super Easy Ways to Reuse Old Containers appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Did climate change kill 1200 people in Karachi heat wave?

    Mimuba
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s a mystery. Most probably it will remain a mystery that who was mainly responsible of the death of 1200 people in Karachi due to intense heat. How lucky is my neighbor who just termed the recent heat wave in Karachi a divine curse and asked people to mend their way of life to win… Read More »The post Did climate change kill 1200 people in Karachi heat wave? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • AIR POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES

    Mimuba
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Air pollution is created by contaminating the air with various harmful gases. Its main sources are vehicles and factories. If both of these sources emit smoke more than the limits it pollutes the air. It directly hits our lungs. We suffer from various respiratory diseases because of its excess. It does cause coronary diseases including… Read More »The post AIR POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to adopt simple living in a bad economy?

    Mimuba
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:44 am
    Simple living is the best solution especially in a bad economy. But first we need to know what happens in a bad economy. It is the time when jobs are lesser, businesses decline, prices rise and production falls. Everyone gets the impact of business slowdown and has to survive in financial crunch. Admitted that no one… Read More »The post How to adopt simple living in a bad economy? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Promoting sustainable consumption and production practices

    Mimuba
    28 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    Our wants are unlimited and the means to fulfill them are limited. This is the basic rule of economics to fulfill the unlimited wants with limited resources. It offer the two basic questions to answer. These are (i) what to produce and (ii) how to produce. It means people in this world have to produce… Read More »The post Promoting sustainable consumption and production practices appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke College Students (& the budget-inclined)

    Emily Uebergang
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    So I was posed with the question – what are some healthy cheap meals a college student can enjoy that doesn’t involve cheese sandwiches and 2-minute noodles? (not that they count as healthy OR environmentally friendly by any means).   I am the perfect person to answer this question. After all, I’ve been there and walked in your shoes. Both as a cash-strapped university student and a budget-inclined, poorly paid employee looking for healthy cheap meals that made me feel as good inside as they … →The post Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke…
  • Is It Time To Put Your Lifestyle On A Diet?

    Emily Uebergang
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    We have a modern obsession with dieting. From Jenny Craig, to Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Diet Shakes, Bikini Boot Camps and Detox Teas.   It’s a $580 BILLION industry.    There’s no denying that DIETING SELLS. Here’s the thing. We know dieting doesn’t work. Well, certainly not in the way these pills, potions and programs promise you it will.   And yet we hold onto these false promises that they hold the answer to improving our quality of life.   We are … →The post Is It Time To Put Your Lifestyle On A Diet? appeared first on The…
  • Permaculture Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later

    Emily Uebergang
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:22 am
    This is one post I am so excited to share with you! If you remember, last year I had the privilege of helping one of my dear friends and her husband build a Biofilter Duck Pond. You can read more about those adventures in building the Biofilter Duck Pond in this blog post. It was a big learning experience for all of us and one I was thrilled to be part of. I recently had the pleasure of visiting them a whole year later and gees, … →The post Permaculture Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • My Latest Love List For The Month Of May

    Emily Uebergang
    30 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    It was about high time I shared with you a few things that I have fallen in love with of late. So I thought I’d bundle them all up into a love list. I enjoy reading these sort of posts from other bloggers because let’s face it, who doesn’t like to snoop into what other people are really digging, doing and totally gushing over? In a non-creepy way of course.   Considering we are nearing the end of May, (wait … →The post My Latest Love List For The Month Of May appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • 3 Ingredient Coffee Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

    Emily Uebergang
    26 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    There’s no denying. I like coffee.  A lot. Guilty as charged. So much so, when I travelled through Central America last year, I made every attempt to learn everything I could about what goes into coffee production, how it affects the local communities who grow the coffee beans and what’s the most sustainable way to go about sourcing it. From a coffee-drinker’s point of view, making these decisions requires a fair amount of research. It’s not just about wiping away the drippings of … →The post 3 Ingredient Coffee Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-Free,…
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  • What is the next step after electric cars?

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Nissan Leaf was the electric vehicle which formed the basis of the study. The human society starts slowly to use electric vehicles because it’s trendy and because many drivers know that the environment needs our help to get rid of carbon emissions that produce global warming and dangerous weather changes. But what will follow after electric cars? The next step is represented by the self-driving electric cars. Many of you have already heard that Google works to build a self-driving vehicle, but we need to wait a few more years until these vehicles will have the right to run in our…
  • The electric cars will take over the car market before the oil depletion

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    2015 Ford Focus electric is an affordable electric vehicle with a range of 76 miles. Let’s say that the global oil reserves could be depleted in about 40 years from now, but if the consumption will be reduced due to the development of the renewable energy sector, I think that these fossil fuel reserves will be left in the ground where they belong. The good part of the fact that fossil fuels are ending their existence soon has led to the development of the renewable energy sources, that will change the entire world into a cleaner and healthier place to live. In terms of transport, we…
  • How to pay less on energy and water bills this summer

    admin
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    A smart thermostat can save you about $188 per year, only by learning how you like the temperature in your house. Summer is already here along with its heat waves and increased humidity, which makes us to consume much more water and energy than before, just to ensure a minimum comfort in our homes. To pay less on water and energy bills this summer, there are a few tips that can be applied to successfully reduce the consumption. 1) Refrigerator – to reduce the energy consumption with this appliance, there are two important things that must be done. The first is represented by the wall…
  • The second quarter of this year means record sales for Tesla

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:12 pm
    The large number of orders for the Tesla Model X has moved the delivery date up to early 2016. Tesla sales grow with every new quarter that passes, sign that the company is very appreciated by an increasing number of people. Only if we talk about the Model S, which is very popular world wide despite the high price, we can see that even in the first quarter of 2014, Tesla sold 6,457 units, and reached a number of 9,834 units for the last quarter of the same year. In the first quarter of 2015, Tesla sold 10,045 Model S units, and in the second quarter 11,507 units, which shows that the trend is…
  • Prince Charles wants to change the economic system in order to avert a climate catastrophe

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    The Prince of Wales speaks at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Prince Charles has a well known interest in stopping climate change and avoiding a possible environmental catastrophe, and in his latest speech held at an event for the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), he criticized the business model used today in the world. The prince said that we need to limit the effects of climate change by conserving the resources, by maintaining the ecosystem functioning and by changing the global economic system used in the…
 
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  • The Hunt for Better Battery Technology

    Ecoideaz
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Aman Singh Electrical power is one of the most basic human needs today. However, when the main power supply is not available, temporary storage of power in batteries becomes essential. Lead acid battery is the oldest and the most widely used rechargeable battery, which was invented in 1859. These batteries find vast range of applications right from automobile ignition systems, to standby and uninterrupted power supply due to their low cost, robustness and ability to supply high surge currents. Lead acid batteries are made up of lead dioxide and metallic lead plates, which are…
  • Concentrated Solar Power in India – Still in Infancy

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Arushi Prakash The sun and its abundant solar energy serve myriad functions in our daily lives, whether it is circulating air, heating water or supporting plant growth. If we conduct a study of existing technologies on solar energy, we find that the most prevalent uses of the sun’s energy are heat and electricity generation. In other words, we are trying to replace conventional sources of heat and electricity, like coal, petroleum and natural gas, with a renewable, cheap and abundantly available source – the Sun. Among the various solar technologies such as photo-voltaic, thin…
  • From Wind with Love – Low Cost Windmills in India

    Ecoideaz
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Lopa Mishra Jana Every breath we take brings with it an invigorating gust of air that fills us with the essence of life. It would be apt if this source of life would also help in producing sustainable energy. Fortunately, wind energy has harnessed for time immemorial, but in the last century, it is being used to generate livelihoods, create energy and save money, all in an eco-friendly and pollution-free manner. Wind energy is harnessed by the use of windmills that consist of large blades moving steadily when the wind blows. A steady current of air rotates the blades of windmills…
  • E-rickshaws in India – from ban to boon?

    Ecoideaz
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Aditya Bhati Autorickshaws are omnipresent in our country and they are the lifeline for passenger transport. Some would say death-line! These ubiquitous three wheeler passenger vehicles are available across the country, but the noise and air pollution they produce is enormous. While researchers and authorities are trying to find a solution to curb this hazardous pollution, some street smart innovators rolled out electric powered rickshaws on the road! Problem – Pollution and Congestion Typically, autorickshaws are built to carry three passengers and a driver. However, overloading…
  • Ashudhinashak Clay Incinerators for Sanitary Napkins

    Ecoideaz
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Suchika Arora Rural schools in India typically face high rates of high absenteeism and dropouts, which is particularly high among girl students. Poverty, lack of knowledge and unhygienic menstrual methods are the major reasons. Lack of access to sanitary napkins is another problem; when they are available, their disposal becomes an equally compelling issue. Swati Bedekar, a social entrepreneur working in the field of menstrual hygiene realized the gravity of the problem. Swati Bedekar is a member of Vatsalya Foundation (Gujarat), which manufactures and distributes sanitary napkins…
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  • The Importance Of Wearing Organic Clothes

    Lillian Connors
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:29 am
    Last updated:2nd July, 2015, 9:36 PMImage Credit The Importance Of Wearing Organic Clothes. Modern men and women live in a world that is becoming more and more synthetic every day. The food that we eat is no longer natural, the air that we breed is no longer the same and almost every single material that our body touches or comes in contact with during the day has something harmful inside. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg of the real problem. With the growing demand for these synthetic products the market opens up more and more for them and this is not a good sign. Luckily not…
  • Pros and Cons of Green Buildings

    Mark Brandon
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Last updated:30th June, 2015, 9:04 PMMark Brandon is a DIY builder who has plenty of experience in home renovation and inspection. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise to people through blogs. He leads the content team at Safe and Sound Property Inspections. He shares in this article the different pros and cons of green buildings. At this point in time, it is common to hear people talking about “going green”. And, whether you like it or not, there will come a time that you too have to participate in this green movement. This is because in the next few years, the planet will run…
  • 6 Tips To Energy Efficient Air Conditioners

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Last updated:28th June, 2015, 3:21 PMIMAGE CREDIT 6 Tips To Energy Efficient Air Conditioners The post 6 Tips To Energy Efficient Air Conditioners appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • Taking Responsibility For Environmental Sustainability Issues

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:18 am
    Last updated:25th June, 2015, 2:19 PMIMAGE CREDIT Taking Responsibility For Environmental Sustainability Issues. The post Taking Responsibility For Environmental Sustainability Issues appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • Are Solar Panels Worth It ?

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Last updated:23rd June, 2015, 2:08 PMIMAGE CREDIT Are Solar Panels Worth It ? If you would like to save energy and money at your home,there are probably few solutions that come to your mind. One of them is to go for solar panels installation. Then some question are like is it worth or is it gonna really save energy and money for me starts to appear. The following Infographic Gives you an example of  what exactly happened in Australia regrading solar panel installation and its impact. The post Are Solar Panels Worth It ? appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
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    AirBetter.org

  • Germ Guardian Air Purifier Reviews: AC4825, AC5000E and More…

    Brian
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Main Features of Air Purifiers from Germ Guardian GermGuardian is a consumer products company that develops and sells superior home environment products for mass retail. GermGuardian Air Purifiers, backed by Guardian technologies, focus on creating a better home environment for customers. Germ Guardian Air Purifiers, ideal to use in rooms sizing 100 to 800 square feet, utilize innovative, safe and natural technologies to clean and refresh the air. And, at the core of Guardian technology, the naturally occurring ultraviolet (UV-C)… Continue Reading ›› The post Germ Guardian…
  • Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015

    Brian
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Guides to Choose A Holmes Air Purifier As one of the leading makers of electric goods, Holmes has gained rich experiences in producing excellent and dependable products through over 30 years’ attempts. We will talk about Holmes air purifier reviews in this post. Air purifier might be a relatively new sector, but this also means that great potentials are waiting for Holmes. And Holmes air purifiers have taken up some market share in portable and console air purifiers field once… Continue Reading ›› The post Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015 appeared first…
  • Guides to Choose A Best UV Air Purifier for Home

    Brian
    20 Jun 2015 | 11:49 pm
    How UV Air Purifier Works? Air purifiers that are equipped with ultraviolet light are able to kill all airborne microorganisms, like molds, bacteria, viruses and more. UV technology they utilized can release UV lights that contain UV rays. As the polluted air passes through the air purifier, organic matter in the air is exposed to the UV radiation and destroyed completely. This is different from the filter air purifiers.  UV light Technology Vs. HEPA Technology Filters can help air purifiers… Continue Reading ›› The post Guides to Choose A Best UV Air Purifier for Home…
  • The Causes of Allergies

    Brian
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Causes of Allergies Allergies are defined as bodily overreactions (allergic reactions) that occur when the immune system is exposed to harmful substances (allergens). Examples of common allergens include protein rich foods such as peanuts and eggs, fragrances, insect stings, pollen and dust mites. While each of these allergens produces unique symptoms, the most common ones include hives, watery eyes, a running nose, breathing problems and at times, death. How The Immune System Works in Fighting Allergens Our immune system, which… Continue Reading ›› The post The Causes of…
  • Consumer Reports: Hunter Air Purifier Reviews, Ratings 2015

    Brian
    30 May 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Guides to Choose A Hunter Air Purifier 2014 – 2015 Hunter, founded in 1886, is a reputable manufacturer of ceiling fan. In 2004, Hunter launched series of air purifiers into the market, which strengthens its philosophy of making high quality products while providing the most enjoyable user experiences. In this post, we will talk about hunter air purifier reviews and ratings, and compare some top rated Hunter air cleaner units. Most of customers hold that air purifiers of high levels… Continue Reading ›› The post Consumer Reports: Hunter Air Purifier Reviews, Ratings…
 
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    Invest with Purpose│The Climate Trust

  • Carbon Pricing Spurs Economic Development in Oregon

    Kasey Krifka
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Sheldon Zakreski, The Climate Trust As published by Triple Pundit – July 1, 2015 When the Oregon legislature passed a law in 1997 requiring new power plants to reduce carbon emissions, it was seen as a significant step in combatting climate change. Looking back almost 20 years later, it’s also played a role in developing rural economies throughout Oregon. The Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard (the Oregon Standard) requires new power plants to reduce their net carbon dioxide emissions to 17 percent below the level of the best existing gas combustion-turbine plant anywhere in the United…
  • How Pain Keeps us from Acting on Climate Change

    Kasey Krifka
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Elizabeth Hardee, The Climate Trust As published by Triple Pundit – June 29, 2015 In my daily work, I read a lot of online articles about climate change—both the science and the politics—and out of curiosity I’m invariably drawn to the comments section at the end of the page (first rule of the internet—never read the comments!). What I’ve observed is that these comments tend more often than not to be variations on one of the following themes: Climate change isn’t happening, we are only experiencing the earth’s natural cycles Climate change isn’t happening, it is a hoax…
  • Harmonizing the Proposed Clean Power Plan with Oregon’s Existing Law and Policy

    Kasey Krifka
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Guest Post by Celina Bonugli, Attorney June 30, 2015 On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants titled “Carbon Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units” (EGUs) and more commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan. In this action, the EPA proposed emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address GHG emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired EGUs. As proposed, the EPA intends for this rule to…
  • The Climate Trust Amps up Caliber of Board of Directors with New Membership

    Kasey Krifka
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web – April 21, 2015 The Climate Trust is pleased to announce two strategic additions to the Board of Directors: Patrick Maloney, Principal at Occam Advisors and Nini Redway, former Deputy Treasurer for the California State Treasurer. “The Climate Trust is thrilled to welcome both Nini and Patrick to our board leadership team. The pair offer decades of environmental and financial expertise, adding distinction and an invaluable perspective to the Board,” said Laura Beane, Board Chair and Director of Regional Market Structure & Policy…
  • Testimony, Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee

    Kasey Krifka
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Sean Penrith, The Climate Trust June 10, 2015 The Climate Trust was asked to sit on an Oregon Senate panel—along with Our Children’s Trust, Sightline Institute, Oregon State, and the authors of HB3470 and SB965—to educate committee members on carbon pricing basics, as it relates to bills currently under consideration. The following letter is a summary of executive director, Sean Penrith’s testimony on behalf of The Climate Trust. Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee 900 Court St. NE Salem Oregon 97301…
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    The Green Optimistic | The Green Optimistic

  • New Type of Efficient Solar Panels Developed by US Army Researchers

    Mila Luleva
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    US Army scientists have developed new generation solar panels that are smaller, more efficient, and can absorb light within a larger wavelength range at any angle. It is not surprising that the research at the Redstone Arsenal, the US Army, have to work twice as hard to find alternative energy sources. … The post New Type of Efficient Solar Panels Developed by US Army Researchers appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • California Steals EV Rebates from the Rich and Gives to the Needy

    Benji Jerew
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    As many electric-car buyers know, when you decide to plunge into the electric-car world, you expect a specific amount of money to come back to you. For the last few years, EV rebates and tax credits have played an important role in the increase of electric-car purchases. These incentives have … The post California Steals EV Rebates from the Rich and Gives to the Needy appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Electric Usage Now 22% Renewable

    Annika Tostengard
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    New numbers report electric usage by countries involved in the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) have been released for 2014. The OECD includes 34 countries around the world. The analysis was released by the International Energy Agency, and it shows that while renewable energy sources account for a greater percentage … The post Electric Usage Now 22% Renewable appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Stella Lux: Solar Powered Family Car Made by Dutch Students

    Mila Luleva
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Stella Lux, a new and improved family-sized car by a team of Dutch students, is not only entirely powered by solar, but it can even generate extra power just in case. As the countdown to this year’s World Solar Challenge gets lower and lower, teams from all over the globe … The post Stella Lux: Solar Powered Family Car Made by Dutch Students appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Solar Powered Noise Barriers Installed on Dutch Highway

    Annika Tostengard
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:44 pm
    In the Netherlands, new solar powered noise reduction barriers have been installed along the side of the A2 highway. These new solar energy innovations are particularly interesting because the barriers, which are brightly colored and pleasant to look at, will also collect solar energy. The barriers are known as Solar … The post Solar Powered Noise Barriers Installed on Dutch Highway appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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    Green Builder Media

  • Forest Stewardship Council Announces Leadership Awards

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    FSC to recognize organizations pursuing responsible forest management and conservation. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has announced they are accepting nominations and entries for their annual Leadership Awards recognizing excellence in the FSC system. The winners will be awarded during Greenbuild at their annual awards ceremony. The event also serves to recognize all of the individuals and organizations that dedicate their time and efforts to protecting forests and to inspire continued commitment for years to come. The purpose of the Leadership Awards is to celebrate organizations…
  • Green Builder Media Applauds Eco-Leaders

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    Every year Green Builder Media releases the Eco Leaders issue of Green Builder magazine, highlighting a handful of companies that are doing great green things in the world, paving the way to a sustainable future with innovative products and forward-thinking ideas.
  • Pope Francis and Climate Change: Hyperbole, Hysteria, or Hope?

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    The climate may have just found its most effective advocate in the Pope. Will climate deniers succeed in diminishing his message, or will his unflinching stance inspire swift and unified global action? Pope Francis has rocked the world with a sweeping 184-page encyclical (teaching letter) officially released today that wages war on climate change. His message is brave and direct: climate change has been caused primarily by human activity; humans have been irresponsible stewards of the planet; citizens of developed nations must change their lifestyles in order to eliminate an abhorrent…
  • How to Finance Energy Efficient Homes

    RESNET
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    As the demand for energy efficient homes grows, homebuyers are beginning ask questions about financing options and whether they can take advantage of financing options that take energy efficiency into account. Homeowners too, want to know about the options available to them when making energy efficient upgrades to their homes. So if you’re considering opting for an energy efficient new home, or making energy upgrades to your current one and have the same questions, we’ve got some answers for you.
  • Navigating the Eco-Friendly Maze: A Carpenter's Perspective

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    What the heck is eco-friendly and what's not?  In today's consumer markets there are many companies claiming eco-friendly products. But are they really not harmful to our planet?  That's the maze!  
 
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    The Greenhouse Farmer

  • A Tale Of Two Cities’ (Redevelopment Efforts)

    Benjamin Hoopes
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    New York’s early 20th century Pennsylvania Station in contrast to modern day Madison Square Garden I lived in New Jersey for a brief stint (don’t judge me) and would frequently ride into New York City by train to Penn Station.  If you’ve ever been to Penn Station before, I don’t think you’d find it impolite for me to call the place a dump.  Tunneled beneath Madison Square Garden, with unsavory characters lurking around each corner, its the type of place you hustle through whether you’re late for a train or not.  When I found out this was not always…
  • The Sun Grown Cannabis Campaign

    Benjamin Hoopes
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    A Forever Flowering Greenhouse with automated light deprivation, designed for the cannabis industry Rick Pfrommer has been part of the cannabis movement for over 25 years and was one of the founding members of California’s Harborside Health Center almost 10 years ago.  Rick and Harborside were featured on the Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars (episodes available here).  Touting more than 100,000 patients, Harborside is one of the largest dispensaries in the world.  Prior to leaving Harborside to focus on his own consulting company, Rick oversaw all cannabis purchasing activity.
  • Is Processed Food a “Trend” That’s On the Decline?

    Benjamin Hoopes
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    A hog roast with Chef Brandon Johns of Ann Arbor’s Grange Kitchen Chef Brandon Johns has a simple philosophy, “Food tastes better, in season, from whatever place you harvest it.” He opened his restaurant, Grange Kitchen and Bar, in 2010 with plans to make a real seasonal restaurant, something he didn’t feel that everyone in the industry who claimed to be seasonal was truthfully doing. “For example, we’ll get 20 roosters from a farmer.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone. We make coq au vin, a traditional Burgundy, France recipe.  It has to be done with…
  • Nifty Hoops’ Barn Raising Business

    Benjamin Hoopes
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    A Nifty Hoops barnraising Previously, I wrote about Noah Link’s 4 acre farm in Detroit, The Food Field.  This week I caught up with Jeff McCabe, who installed their hoop houses. “Hoop house tends to be more of a connotation than anything different than a greenhouse” Jeff has helped farmers in both the financing and construction of more than 100 hoop houses in Michigan and its bordering states. “We’re looking at different ways to pave some of these paths for [farmers] to be successful and prove out to others that it can happen” Breakfast Financing Nifty…
  • How Detroit’s Food Field Started an Urban Farm From Scratch

    Benjamin Hoopes
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    The Food Field, a 4 acre urban farm in the heart of Detroit From Musician to Farm Manager Noah Link’s urban farming itch began to develop while he was at the University of Michigan.  While pursuing a social sciences degree, he managed to study abroad in England, Tanzania, India, New Zealand and Mexico. “Seeing first hand what was happening in urban agriculture around the world, the problems farmers are facing here and in countries like India.  Seeing how messed up our food system is in this country and everywhere else is what pushed me into farming, a way to attack that…
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    Green Building Education Systems (GBES)

  • Baseball a Leader in Green Stadiums

    Joe Gorley
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    Heading to a ball game soon? Take a look around — the outfield isn’t the only thing green about many professional baseball stadiums. Professional baseball is a leader when it comes to building green stadiums. New stadiums in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Miami have taken green to a whole new level. In 2008, Nationals Park, home of the MLB Washington Nationals, was the first North American professional sports venue to be awarded LEED Silver Certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. The beautiful landscape around the park is made up of 100 percent plant…
  • With Office Buildings, Pay Now or Pay Later

    Joe Gorley
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:40 am
    Years ago there was a TV ad for Fram oil filters in which an auto mechanic made the case that it was cheaper to routinely install a clean oil filter than to pay for the considerably more expensive consequences of a seized engine. His punch line became a classic in the world of preventive maintenance: “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” Conscientious property managers follow this advice diligently, especially when preparing for a change of seasons. July is not January, even in the most temperate climates. The preparations for summer heat require specific steps. While much of…
  • Veterans Can Take LEED Professional Exam for Free

    Joe Gorley
    20 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Military veterans have unselfishly served our country. Now we at GBES can help do something for them. Veterans, eligible dependents and reservists wanting to advance a career in the green building industry can get financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reimburse the full cost of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams. Holding a LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates to the thriving sustainability industry that you have mastered green building principles, practices and vital skills. For…
  • AIA Convention Highlights

    Joe Gorley
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    This year’s AIA Convention in Atlanta was one amazing highlight reel. President Clinton. The party at the College Football Hall of Fame. The AIA COTE Awards reception. The Diversity Council events. The engagement of the crowd. And the list goes on. Our GBES team chatted with hundreds of people who came by our booth, and we picked up on learning and trends throughout the weekend. Here are some of our highlights: Everybody knows LEED. In this crowd, LEED rules. From our view, 100 percent of the people at the conference were familiar with LEED and its influence in the industry. About 50…
  • Happy Earth Day!

    Joe Gorley
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Happy 45th Earth Day! At GBES we like to celebrate Earth Day every day by helping green building industry professionals earn their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credentials. LEED credentialed professionals make communities more sustainable, healthier, and less impactful on the environment with LEED certified projects. An astounding seven million square feet of construction space is LEED certified daily. Here are five ways LEED is making every day Earth Day The LEED process encourages building owners to make sustainable changes to their properties. Renewable energy and…
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