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  • Climate Week is over. What do we do now?

    GreenBiz
    Nancy Hirshberg
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    These 5 lessons from the social sciences can change minds among your employees, stakeholders, friends, and family members.
  • Solar Could Be Our Biggest Source Of Energy By 2050, If Politicians Make it Happen

    DeSmogBlog
    Mike G
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The sun could be our biggest single source of energy and prevent 6 bilion tonnes of climate-warming CO2 pollution by 2050, according to two new reports. Issued by the International Energy Agency, the two “Technology Roadmap” reports conclude that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could supply 16% of the world's electricity needs and concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide another 11% by the mid-point of the 21st century. Underscoring these findings, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven says, “The rapid cost decrease of photovoltaic modules and systems in the last few…
  • Vivint Solar Prices Shares For IPO

    Forbes - Energy
    Ucilia Wang
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Vivint Solar, a residential solar installer, has set its initial public offering at $16 per share, and trading is expected to begin tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "VSLR."
  • Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

    The Green Skeptic
    Scott Edward Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "This is an invitation to change everything."Right. So says the notice about the (so-called) People's Climate March. It goes on to say, "In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an…
  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

    TheGreenGirls.com
    Rachel Avalon
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Plastic straws may seem like a pretty small threat compared to climate change, animal agriculture, or deforestation, but they’re a perfect symbol of unnecessary waste. They’re also one more clever way Big Oil keeps us in its grasp. Cheap and convenient, it’s estimated that easily 60 million plastic straws (a.k.a. drinking straws) are thrown away every day! So, let’s take a look at five reasons they suck so badly and how to easily avoid plastic straws for your health and global health. 1. Toxins. There is mounting evidence that plastics, even when labeled BPA-free (which straws are…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Eco-Glasses Review – Who Knew?

    Shawna Coronado
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    My eyeballs are not the same. When the doc told me that all people “hit a certain age” and have to have glasses I balked, I wailed, I whined. But here we are. I need glasses to read everything from the menu to the computer to my cell phone.  First time around I spent a fortune on reading glasses so I could look cool. I lost them in the garden. Twice. Finally I gave up and started buying the over-the-counter glasses. My concern? What are they made of exactly? BPA? Chemicals? Is there a green or eco-friendly choice when shopping for glasses these days that makes sense? In the…
  • Wordless Wednesday – The Story of Purple Clematis And Tricycles

    Shawna
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    The post Wordless Wednesday – The Story of Purple Clematis And Tricycles appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
  • HOA Gang Graffiti Fence Battle Ends

    Shawna Coronado
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Do you think a blank fence inspires less gang graffiti violence then a fence filled with inspiring art? Many of you have been sending inquiries asking me what the final view of the graffiti fence looks like. If you remember – Summerlakes Homeowners Association (HOA) determined that my efforts to cover gang graffiti against the HOA laws. A wrestling match ensued over the conceptual idea that my community should be using more creative ideas to fight gang graffiti within our HOA. (Here’s that original story post – LINK.) Unfortunately, my HOA did not want to try a creative approach to…
  • How To Make Leaf Mold Compost

    Shawna
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fall is coming on and most of us will be closing up our gardens soon. Now is the time to discuss leaf mold compost, which is truly THE BEST all natural compost to add to your garden. You can make leaf mold compost for free over the winter and it is truly an amazing ingredient to add to your gardens in the spring. How To Make Leaf Mold Compost - The Lazy Gardeners Way – Pile a bunch of leaves in a big pile, wait 2 years, turning the pile when you can. BOOM. Compost. The Impatient Gardeners Way – Pile a bunch of shredded leaves in a big pile in the shade, keep the pile moist, turn…
  • Recycle Your Refrigerator and Earn Money

    Shawna Coronado
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Annually, over 9 million refrigerators and freezers are thrown in landfills around the world. 9 M-I-L-L-I-O-N. That, my friends, is an astonishing pile up of mostly pre-1995 refrigerators that use chemicals which are toxic and ozone depleting. In the United States nearly every household, over 115,226,802, has a refrigerator and these units should be disposed of cautiously in order to protect the environment. It is important to our communities that you recycle your refrigerator or freezer. Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is one of the major energy providers in Illinois and is working to do…
 
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  • We Came, We Marched, We Demanded Climate Action!

    Tiffany Traynum
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco Trouble-makers for good  -- the influencers who shape history, from world leaders and to grass-roots advocates-- for the most part have something in common, which is that they set out to make life better for everyone. To inspire change where their actions would instigate positive impacts felt in reverberations around world. Stumbling upon greatness rarely happens, it is usually precipitated by the desire and ambition to move mountains and make exponential change. I consider myself fortunate to work at NRDC. Everyday working with dedicated…
  • Lots of Energy in the US-India Partnership

    Avinash Kar
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney, San Francisco Earlier today, my colleagues and I were at the 5th Annual US-India Energy Partnership Summit in Washington DC, even as President Obama and Prime Minister Modi were meeting at the Oval Office, with climate change and clean energy a key part of their agenda. It’s heartening to see climate change and clean energy issues get as much attention from the two leaders as it received here at the Energy Partnership Summit. At the Energy Partnership Summit, NRDC President Frances Beinecke, released a new issue brief outlining the tremendous…
  • Our Food Lifeline: A SXSW Eco 2014 Preview

    Claire O'Connor
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Claire O'Connor, Policy Analyst, Santa Monica How can we help family farmers feed the world while caring for the earth? That’s the focus of World Food Day 2014, organized by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization.  It’s also a topic that is near and dear to my heart—I grew up as the fifth generation of family farmers, and I have the privilege of getting to know some of the most inspiring family farmers in the country through my work at NRDC.  And it’s a question I hope to address during next week’s 2014 South by Southwest Eco…
  • Vetoing Bill, Governor Brown Calls for Stronger Medicine to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

    Jonathan Kaplan
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Jonathan Kaplan, Director, Food and Agriculture Program, San Francisco Last night, California’s Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 835, a bill passed by the state legislature that would have replicated a flawed FDA policy for curbing some uses of antibiotics in livestock production.  In an act of real leadership, the Governor took a hard look at the measure and evidently came to the same conclusion reached by NRDC and a number of public interest organizations:  The bill would not provide a meaningful response to the problem of rising antibiotic resistance and the widescale use of…
  • NRDC Goes to Austin: A Tasting Flight of Our SXSW ECO Panels

    Dylan Gasperik
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Dylan Gasperik, Program Assistant, Communications, Santa Monica, California Next week will be my first time visiting Austin, Texas, the fabled home of hipsterdom that I have heard so much about. The occasion is SXSW Eco, the green spawn of the mother of all multimedia events, SXSW. While the big mama is all about music, film and entertainment, SXSW Eco is a separate conference focused on bringing together media, industry, government, and nonprofit changemakers to engage and collaborate in a spirit of entrepreneurship, creativity and problem-solving to address the most critical challenges…
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    Grist

  • This man gave up flying and still traveled across Europe — on foot

    Adam Weymouth
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    It took me 247 days to walk from England to Istanbul — 3,500 miles. Flight time would have been about four hours. I used to fly often, but gradually, insidiously, my awareness of climate change had been growing. Flights were becoming more tinged with a guilt that the carbon-offset websites seemed to only temporarily alleviate, and the changes I was making in my personal life seemed inadequate to the scale of the problem. Before long I found myself standing on the roof of the Scottish Parliament, hanging a banner protesting proposed runway expansions across Scotland. As the police and…
  • Yoga could be an answer to climate change, says India’s prime minister

    Ben Adler
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    It seemed like a bad sign that India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, skipped the U.N. Climate Summit last week. What with India being the world’s second most populous country, the fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, the U.S., and the European Union, and a fast-growing economy, it would be worrying if its government were more concerned about short-term economic growth than a safe and stable climate, right? Plus, maybe you were a little unsure about Modi’s humanitarian impulses. He does hail from the BJP, the Hindu nationalist party, and he was chief minister of…
  • Celebrate Kale Day AND World Vegetarian Day with these delicious recipes

    Grist staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    How closely do you follow national food days? Yeah, us neither. But we’re willing to make an exception for the confluence of National Kale Day AND World Vegetarian Day. To celebrate, we’re recycling some scrumptious kale salad recipes from Food52. Happy, healthy eating! Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing James Ransom Northern Spy’s Kale Salad  Food52 Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette ames Ransom Kale Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts  Food52 Farro with Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale, and Pomegranate Seeds   James Ransom Kale…
  • 35,000 walruses start their own climate march

    Ted Alvarez
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    The People’s Climate March had more impressive numbers, but Pacific walruses sure have us beat on color coordination. This September, more than 35,000 of these flabby, whiskered pinnipeds have crowded a beach on the northwestern Alaskan island of Point Lay. Scientists are calling it potentially the biggest walrus haul-out on record — and they’re blaming it on climate change. USGS / S.A. SonsthagenWalruses, chillin’ like they supposed to. Walruses typically follow sea ice as it recedes to the North Pole, where they use the floating platforms for resting, giving…
  • Why D.C. is doing food waste reclamation right

    Eve Andrews
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Mike Curtin DC Central Kitchen Washington, D.C. In a city with enough restaurants, bars, and clubs to keep the country’s lawmakers sufficiently entertained, it’s pretty much guaranteed that tons of food goes to waste every day. (And we don’t just mean meals served to Tea Partiers — heyyooo!) DC Central Kitchen spins surplus food into healthy meals and delivers those meals to low-income residents. Why we chose this nonprofit: In addition to collecting excess food from local businesses, DC Central Kitchen contracts with local farmers (from southern Pennsylvania to the Shenandoah…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March

    Scott Edward Anderson
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "This is an invitation to change everything."Right. So says the notice about the (so-called) People's Climate March. It goes on to say, "In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an…
  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

    Scott Edward Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Here's My Top 5 reasons cleantech is alive and well:  1.) China. China finally seems poised to address its outrageous pollution problem. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection estimates it will cost China upwards of $800 billion to clean its air. $800 billion. Cleaning up Beijing alone could cost as much as $163 billion. And its water doesn't fair much better: seventy percent of the groundwater in the north China plain is unfit for human contact. Not just consumption, contact. And only half the water sources for Chinese cities are safe to drink. The Chinese…
  • Ideas on Energy: Mid-Atlantic Energy Technology Forum Looks to the Industry’s Future

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

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

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

  • Moby Pens ‘Save The Humans’ Manifesto on Vegan Diet

    Brianne Hogan
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Moby is calling for the end of animal agriculture in order to save humanity in his latest Huffington Post article. Read MoreThe post Moby Pens ‘Save The Humans’ Manifesto on Vegan Diet appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Eighth Grader Invents Green Method of Cleaning Oil Spills

    Megan Thompson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    As a part of her eighth grade science project, Chythanya Murali has invented a revolutionary approach to cleaning up hazardous oil spills. Read MoreThe post Eighth Grader Invents Green Method of Cleaning Oil Spills appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • 35,000 Walruses Forced Ashore Linked to Climate Change

    Brianne Hogan
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    A massive congregation of Pacific walruses are being forced to haul out on a beach in northwest Alaska, thanks to climate change. Read MoreThe post 35,000 Walruses Forced Ashore Linked to Climate Change appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Jane Goodall ‘Sickened’ by ‘Shocking’ Primate Research

    Brianne Hogan
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is speaking out against the horrific primate research being conducted at at German research institute. Read MoreThe post Jane Goodall ‘Sickened’ by ‘Shocking’ Primate Research appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Jan Creamer on ADI’s Peru Circus Rescue Mission

    Allyson Koerner
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Jan Creamer, founder and president of Animal Defenders International, talks about the current Peruvian mission rescuing wild animals from circuses. Read MoreThe post EXCLUSIVE: Jan Creamer on ADI’s Peru Circus Rescue Mission appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    TheGreenGirls.com

  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

    Rachel Avalon
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Plastic straws may seem like a pretty small threat compared to climate change, animal agriculture, or deforestation, but they’re a perfect symbol of unnecessary waste. They’re also one more clever way Big Oil keeps us in its grasp. Cheap and convenient, it’s estimated that easily 60 million plastic straws (a.k.a. drinking straws) are thrown away every day! So, let’s take a look at five reasons they suck so badly and how to easily avoid plastic straws for your health and global health. 1. Toxins. There is mounting evidence that plastics, even when labeled BPA-free (which straws are…
  • 4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee

    Apple
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee To celebrate the 4th of July, Appleletics is giving away a FREE Scoop Neck “PEACE” Tee! Here’s how to enter: Click “like” for your chance to win a free tee from their Facebook Fan Page. That’s it! Easy Peazy! The winner’s name will be posted at 1pm PST Friday 7/4/14 on the appleletics fan page wall! #4thofjuly #giveaway #woot Good Luck! The post 4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee appeared first on TheGreenGirls.com.
  • Yoga Pants: Eco-Friendly & Affordable Options to Buying Activewear

    The Green Girls Staff
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Yoga Pants: Eco-Friendly & Affordable Options to Buying Activewear Americans are now working out more than ever. According to Yoga Journal’s 2012 survey, a whopping  20.4 million Americans practice yoga and 82 percent are women. Unless you’re into Naked Yoga, you’re going to need some coverage for your practice. Here are some Eco-friendly options to finding your next pair of yoga pants. Overstock Yoga Pants – What happens to those mass-produced clothing from stores like Old Navy, H&M & Kohl’s that never even make it to the cash…
  • Sweet Lavender Toner

    Apple
    16 Feb 2014 | 7:19 am
    Featured Eco Product: Sweet Lavender Toner The item is our new Sweet Lavender Toner – 98.69% organic: ABOUT Made with 98.69% organic Ingredients Lightly scented with organic lavender oil Contains organic cucumber fruit extract, a natural skin emollient and softener with cooling and astringent properties Loaded with antioxidants derived from organic fruit & berry extracts Your skin will feel soft and clean without stripping the skin of natural oils or leaving a film INGREDIENTS: Organic Aloe Juice Organic Glycerin Organic Cucumber Fruit Organic Pomegranate Organic Grape Seed Organic…
  • Raspberry Ice Powdered Blush

    The Green Girls Staff
    26 Sep 2013 | 6:45 am
    Featured Eco Product: Raspberry Ice Powdered Blush The Raspberry Ice powdered blush – Colored with botanicals, clays and fruits! This blush is mica free, titanium dioxide free and iron oxide free. Proudly made in the USA!  HOW TO USE: To open the sifter for the first time, simply push in the tab with your thumb, and then turn the plastic insert to expose the sifter holes. When not in use, turn the insert to cover the holes to help prevent leakage (keep container upright to prevent leakage). ABOUT Raspberry Ice is a mauve-pink shade, suitable for fair-light complexions. The petals from…
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • How Can Old Tires Change the Way We Make Asphalt?

    Sheila Thomas
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    When we look at an old, discarded tire we don’t think to ourselves that it might contribute to making a better roadway; but old tires may do just that. Currently most old tires are collected by tire retailers and recycled for a small fee. Once collected they are separated and then reduced. The larger pieces are used as stone aggregates or fuel to power kilns. But the small fine pieces are considered crumb rubber. Crumb rubber is used as a raw material for a wide variety of applications including molded rubber goods and adhesives. Tires can also be recycled into a form of asphalt. Rubberized…
  • 5 Ways to Build a More Eco-Friendly Garden

    guest
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Your garden is your one-stop reliable shop to be at one with nature. It’s a place where you can really invest in the environment around you and build habits to live more sustainably. Even if you haven’t got ‘green thumbs’, here are some simple ways that you can be more eco-friendly in your garden. 1. Switch to Solar Solar garden lighting has become more and more popular in recent years and there is a good reason why! For those pathways, gates, fences and patios, you can easily and affordably switch to sustainable lighting by opting for solar lights that store sunlight energy during…
  • A Green Spa Experience to Remember

    Debra Duneier
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Finding myself in San Francisco for a conference, I decided to arrive a day early and explore a spa experience in Freestone which is about 65 miles outside of the city. The thought of “dropping out” for the day to “drop in” on myself was very appealing. The Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is a green and sustainable property. The owner, Michael Stusser is a leader in the sustainable movement. It was 25 years ago that he made a commitment to creating a green spa – one that resonates with nature. A founding member of the Green Spa Network, Michael is forward thinking and envisions that…
  • Do You Have the Right Doors for Energy Efficiency?

    guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Being energy efficient is not only about helping the environment by reducing your energy waste and carbon emissions but it’s also about saving money and making smart choices. Patio doors are a great way to bring light, space and warmth into your home, especially if they are overlooking your garden. But if you don’t have the right doors for energy efficiency, they can be a troublesome investment and may cost you heat and light waste as well as hundreds of pounds a year. Here are some tips on making the right choice. 1. Know Your Materials Gone are the days of cheaply made patio doors. Make…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Yellowstone Aspen recovering thanks to the Wolves

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is undergoing dramatic shifts with consequences that are beginning to return the landscape to conditions not seen in nearly a century, according to a series of new studies. In the park's northeast section, elk have decreased in number in their historic winter range in the Lamar Valley and are now more numerous outside the park. This change in elk numbers and distribution can be traced back to the reintroduction of wolves in 1995-96. Scientists have hypothesized that wolves affect both the numbers and the behavior of elk, thereby reducing the impact of…
  • Renewable energy capacity increases, nuclear declines

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Advocates of nuclear energy have long been predicting its renaissance, yet this mode of producing electricity has been stalled for years. Renewable energy, by contrast, continues to expand rapidly, even if it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fuel power plants, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online analysis (bit.ly/NuclearRE). Nuclear energy’s share of global power production has declined steadily from a peak of 17.6 percent in 1996 to 10.8 percent in 2013. Renewables increased their share from 18.7…
  • New research in Thailand finds birds and bats key to reforestation efforts

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Tropical forest restoration projects are exciting research sites for scientists studying factors that affect ecosystem recovery. Here, scientists are trying to understand plant community succession, i.e. the process of recovery after cleared lands are abandoned and allowed to regrow naturally. One of the most important components of this recovery process is seed dispersal, since seeds from nearby forests allow a deforested habitat to become populated again by native plants and trees.
  • New MIT report predicts serious future warming

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Global temperature is likely to rise 3.3-5.6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, unless international climate negotiations in Paris next year are more effective than expected, according to a report released Monday by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The predicted temperature increase surpasses the threshold identified by the United Nations as necessary to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, altering precipitation patterns and heightening the pressures of population and economic growth. "Our world is rapidly changing," says John Reilly,…
  • It's important to ventilate if you are cooking with gas!

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Cooking with gas is preferred by many cooks to alternatives. The popularity of "professional" stoves and cooktops with high-output burners makes cooking more fun perhaps, but those high-output burners also put out more contaminants. It is important to recognize this and to properly ventilate the cooking area with a hood that vents to the outside, or even a fan through the kitchen wall, or even a window. A new study by Oregon State University recommends that parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, after a new study showed an association between gas…
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Whitebark Pine Trees May Depend on ‘Assisted Migration’ for Survival Against Climate Change

    Sara Novak
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Whitebark pine trees are typically found in cold , windy, high elevations. They’re a stress tolerant tree that survives where other pines cannot. Distributed among coastal mountain ranges from central California to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and in the Rocky Mountains from Idaho to Montana, Wyoming, and Alberta, this hearty tree is under threat as a result of a lethal fungus and the gluttonous mountain pine beetle. But the biggest killer, according to the Forest Service, is global climate change which will result in a 97 percent decimation of whitebark pine trees in the U.S.
  • All Kinds of Dried Fruit You Can Make in Your Oven (No Dehydrator Needed!)

    Anna Brones
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Dried fruit is waiting to be made in your oven. Some people assume that you need a dehydrator to make dried fruit. Those people would be wrong. All you need to turn fresh fruit into tasty dried fruit is an oven and some patience. Granted, if you’re planning on launching a dried fruit business, investing in a dehydrator may be worth your while, but if you just want to dabble, your oven is a cheaper, and space-saving way to make these delicious, naturally sweet treats. Drying fruit is as simple as drying out the fruit at a very low temperature for a very long time. You’re removing…
  • 10 Years of Breast Cancer Prevention: Feel Your Boobies Celebrates Badassery

    Krissy Brady
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you become immune to breast cancer prevention messages? Then get ready to fall in lurv with the Feel Your Boobies Foundation. It’s October, and you know what that means: Breast cancer prevention messages and pink everything everywhere. (Like, everywhere.) And while the message itself is uber-important, it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, dontchathink? Breast cancer prevention is serious business and needs to be treated as such, but not just in October. And not just through ribbons and pink products. We don’t want to become so aware that our awareness becomes apathy. In other…
  • Feminist Art in Brooklyn: From The Dinner Party To Killer Heels

    Stefanie Iris Weiss
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Notable art openings are a wonderfully inevitable part of New York City in the fall, just like pumpkin spice lattes and orange leaves falling in Central Park. This year, the locus of fantastic feminist art is in Brooklyn – where I had the pleasure to explore new and permanent exhibits this past weekend. Judy Chicago was the first artist to coin the term “feminist art” — her masterpiece is “The Dinner Party,” in the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum. A retrospective of her early career just closed on Sunday, so I was able to see this seminal piece in the context of…
  • Bold and Beautiful Jewelry Trends for Fall: On Trend

    Leena Oijala
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Column Fall jewelry trends this year are all about statement pieces and bold and beautiful embellishment. Check out our top 6 picks from our favorite brands. Fall 2014 Jewelry Trends 1. Tarsis Necklace by Akola Project Tribal necklaces are big this season, and Akola Project’s Tarsis necklace (pictured above) from the Horn Collection is made from naturally shed ankle horn and hand-cast metal beads from Ethiopia. All of Akola Project’s pieces are carefully hand-crafted by dignified Akola women in Uganda, helping to create sustainable livelihoods for members of underprivileged…
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    Digg: alternative Stories

  • Ello, It's Been Brief But I'm Leaving You For Your Own Good

    26 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Here was a designer leading a small group of artists and programmers who wanted to build a privacy-respecting alternative to Facebook.
  • The Future Of The Comic Book In A Digital World

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    It’s a deceptively simple hobby, with complicated storytelling and intricate layers of culture and humanism hidden between speech bubbles. But what does this nostalgic pastime have in store for years to come? Not even Professor X could tell you its future.
  • Who Is Su

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.
  • What Is Ello?

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    It's certainly not the first alternative social network, and while it could just be a fleeting trend, it's getting a buttload of attention.
  • Agents Of Change

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    Considered Alternative Like most of you, we’ve long had to choose between over-priced, over-marketed razors that disrespect your intelligence, and low quality, cheap razors that dis...
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Scientists Photograph Gathering of 35,000 Walruses on Alaskan Beach

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    In one of the largest gatherings of walruses documented in recent years, Alaska biologists photographed a Enlarge Gathering of walruses congress of roughly 35,000 animals resting on a beach in northwestern Alaska. They swam to shore the rest, a walrus researcher explained, after the last remaining traces of sea ice melted in mid-September. Walruses typically rely on sea ice to provide a platform for resting and caring for their young as they swim to find clams, worms, and shrimp offshore, near the edge of the continental shelf. When no sea ice is available, as has been the case in the Chukchi…
  • E360 Video: Indonesian Villagers Use Drones to Protect Their Forest

    Yale Environment 360
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    The villagers of Setulang in Indonesian Borneo have enlisted a new ally in their fight against the illegal clearing of their forests for oil palm plantations: aerial drones. The indigenous Dayaks manage the surrounding forest conservation area, and they are hoping the drones can help them ward off illegal oil palm operations and protect their land. “Dayaks and Drones,” a video produced by Handcrafted Films, chronicles how the villagers teamed up with an Indonesian nonprofit to learn how to program and operate drones. Equipped with GPS technology, the small drones photograph the forest and…
  • Half of the Planet's Animals Lost Since 1970, Report Says

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    The number of animals on the planet has fallen 52 percent in the last 40 years, according to an analysis by Enlarge Animal population trend since 1970 the conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The group's Living Planet Index, which tracked the populations of more than 10,000 vertebrate species from 1970 to 2010, revealed major declines in key populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The situation is most dire in developing countries, the report said, where wildlife populations have fallen on average by 58 percent. Latin America saw the biggest declines,…
  • Inexpensive Solar Cell Makes Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Researchers have developed a device that can store solar energy by inexpensively converting it to hydrogen — Electrodes split water to hydrogen and oxygen. an important step toward making solar power available around the clock. The technology, which which was recently described in the journal Science, is a type of "water splitter," a device that can efficiently divide water into its constituent parts: hydrogen and oxygen. The concept is important for solar energy storage because hydrogen gas can be used directly as fuel and is relatively easy to store, the researchers say. The device can…
  • Beyond Treaties: A New Way of Framing Global Climate Action

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    As negotiators look to next year’s UN climate conference in Paris, there is increasing discussion of a new way forward that does not depend on sweeping international agreements. Some analysts are pointing to Plan B — recasting the climate issue as one of national self-interest rather than global treaties. BY FRED PEARCE
 
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  • Recycled Necklaces

    green
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    If you want to break free of the “same-old, same-old,” I encourage you to check out Novica.  Novica is somehow connected with the National Geographic and it is a website full of fair trade treasures.  They work with artisans around the world helping them bring their crafts to a marketplace and earn a sustainable living.  On the site, there are loads of interesting, unusual jewelry, clothing, handbags and some gift items.  For example, I saw many chess sets and desk accessories.  Here’s some of my favs: This necklace is centered by a cow bone pendant surrounded by…
  • Shower repair information

    green
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:38 pm
    If you’ve ever lived in a place mildewed carpets and rotting wood floors or grungy tiles coming loose around the shower area then you know what it’s like to put with leaking shower. Sometimes the smell of all this nastiness is enough to send you over the deep end. Fixing it yourself is often the first inclination but standard silicone epoxy and caulking or other shower products for leaks might hold off the problem temporarily but for a lasting fix and truly make the shower absolutely waterproof, you’re going to have to call for professional help. What you really need is an easy solution…
  • Artist self portrait from recycled bottle caps

    green
    27 Oct 2013 | 9:38 pm
    Mary Ellen Croteau – Artist and Agitator. (love the tag line, I can tell already that we’d be great friends). Working in Chicago, she created this self portrait titled, “CLOSE”, 8’x7’ which was created from 7000 + plastic bottle caps, 2011. Visit her website: http://www.maryellencroteau.net/ Mary Ellen Croteau is an artist whose work directly addresses the absurdities of social norms, and lays bare the underlying bias and sexist assumptions on which our culture is constructed. She currently works with non-recyced plastic waste, in an effort to demonstrate the huge…
  • Recycled Robots – for your inner automoton

    green
    4 Jan 2013 | 8:32 pm
    Found art with personality! First up is Etsy artist, Ken Swallow who creates his “KenBots” in his “Bot Cave” down near Tampa, FL. His artwork runs the gamut of creatures, motorcycles, and ROBOTS. Many of his pieces have a steampunk influence. Very creative and wonderfully inventive! Check out his website at www.kenbots.com or his Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KensArt     Next stop is artist Branimir Misic from Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. His bio mentions that he is a mechanical engineer and has been working on mixed media sculptures from recycled objects…
  • Holiday Cards – Eco-friendly options

    green
    25 Nov 2012 | 12:01 pm
    Ordering holiday cards online is getting better every year so that now it is has evolved to be the easiest fastest and most painless process! There are many great companies to choose from. Many people sing the praises of Minted.com They have a unique approach where they hold monthly design challenges amongst graphic designers from all over the world and their community selects the best designs. This guarantees you’ll always be presented with the best hip and happening designs as well as the old tried and true. You can choose between several paper choices with a premium 100% recycled…
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  • Volunteers Rescue Dog Covered In Rock-Solid Tar, And He's A Whole New Pup After A Little TLC

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    This poor dog was found stuck to the ground near a construction site in northwestern India, encrusted in a solid coat of tar. A passerby who saw him called the rescue group Animal Aid Unlimited, which cares for street animals. Volunteers brought the pup back to AAU's sanctuary, then spent two days rubbing vegetable oil on the dog in order to loosen the tar. The rescue took place in mid-August. Get ready for your tear ducts to loosen when you see how happy this pup is now: "There was no way he could have come out of his own, without any intervention," Claire Abrams, co-founder of Animal Aid…
  • 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Northwest Alaska

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Point Lay is an Inupiat Eskimo village 300 miles southwest of Barrow and 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA's annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey, spokeswoman Julie Speegle said by email. The survey is conducted with the Bureau of…
  • 50 Cost-Efficient Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Let's face it: Reducing your home's negative impact on the planet will likely require a huge amount of work. But solar panels and temperature-regulating walls aren't the only ways to help your household adopt more eco-friendly practices. There are a ton of easy -- and fun -- ways to conserve energy. Luckily for us, UK-based magazine Good To Be Home has some clever ideas on other ways to do it. Have something to say? Check out HuffPost Home on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. ** Are you an architect, designer or blogger and would like to get your work seen on HuffPost Home? Reach…
  • Man Grabs Shark With His Bare Hands, Because Florida (VIDEO)

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    If you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. But if you're fishing in Florida, chances are something crazy will happen. The proof is in the video above. After a fisherman hooked a shark from a rocky shore in Palm Beach County, Florida, one brave guy went against common human instinct and jumped in after it. As the clip shows, with his head above water, he begins feeling around for the shark with his bare hands. When he finally locates it, he lifts it above water and proudly displays it to the crowd. The camera cuts off as the guy turns…
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Just Hit A New Maximum, But That Doesn't Mean The Continent's Not Warming

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    This story originally appeared on Climate Central. The donut of sea ice encircling Antarctica is hovering around its yearly winter maximum area, and there’s little question that it’s going to set a record high this year. “Antarctic sea ice in 2014 is going to set a record for sure,” said Ted Scambos, a senior scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. This end-of-season apex will have surpassed 20 million square kilometers (or 7.7 million square miles) “for the first time ever to our knowledge,” Scambos told Climate Central. And not only will the…
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  • Carpe Medium

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Canadian harp seal. Copyright IFAW 2104 The IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare is dedicated to protecting and saving animal species around the world. For more than forty years, IFAW has worked to provide hands-on assistance to animals in need, from Elephants in Africa to Tigers in Asia to cats and dogs. If you know them at all, you probably know them best for their campaign to stop the slaughter of baby seals in Canada. The lifeblood of IFAW, and organizations like them, is getting their message out to the public. Until recently, the best, and often the only way to do that was to…
  • American Diet Needs a Break from Meat, Dairy

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Remember the food pyramid? That was the government's triangle-shaped guidance for dividing up our diet between food groups like grains, meat, dairy and vegetables. Well, the federal government scrapped the pyramid several years back and is now in the midst of revising its latest set of guidelines for the American diet. I'm happy to see that sustainability is, for the first time, part of the conversation for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines but here's the thing: If we're going to have healthy people and a healthy planet, we've got to reduce the amount of meat and dairy we're consuming. Think about…
  • Expanding on the California Climate Credit

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    California's climate change program lowered millions of households utility bills last April, but very few people noticed. And it is about to happen again with the return of the semi-annual "California Climate Credit" applied to October bills. The credit deserves more attention because it is the rare case where funds raised by a price on carbon are sent back to households, rather than creating more government programs. Carbon pricing is in need of a public relations boost. The European Emissions Trading System was heavily criticized for giving away too many emissions permits for free to…
  • NIH Terminates Funding for Research Using Randomly Sourced Dogs

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Many readers know that the issue of random source "Class B" dog and cat dealers is one that our founders confronted in the earliest days of The HSUS. We've consistently worked through the years to put an end to the practice of dealers rounding up dogs and cats from random sources -- whether flea markets, animal shelters, auctions, animal thieves or even pet owners -- and selling them to research laboratories. It's been a long, frustrating and difficult slog to stop this mischief and abuse. But as with so many issues we deal with, persistence pays dividends, and today marks a major milestone.
  • Dreaming of Dodos: The 40-Year Living Planet Index Challenge

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Think of the dodo. This extinct bird, flightless and synonymous with idiocy, has always poked quietly, gently at some dark corner of our minds. When we first learn about the dodo's demise at the hands of colonial explorers, we often joke about its intellect (or lack thereof). I'm willing to bet that a number of you partook in the joking at the poor, maligned dodo's expense. I know I called my younger brother a dodo at least once, but most likely a few times. I'm also equally certain that many of you shared my quieter, subtler reaction to learning about the dodo's fate. Somewhere in my brain,…
 
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  • U.S. Secret Service director resigns

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The recent break-in at the White House created insurmountable heat for Julia Pierson.
  • Texas Ebola patient had contact with kids

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says school-aged children are being monitored for symptoms.
  • Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn says he plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant.
  • Secret Service director resigns under fire

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, who had been in her position since March 2013, faced growing calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife clambered over the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...
  • Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance. "His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place," resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition. ...
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  • Coral reef winners and losers as water temperatures rise

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    Contrary to the popular research-based assumption that the world's coral reefs are doomed, a new longitudinal study paints a brighter picture of how corals may fare in the future. A subset of present coral fauna will likely populate oceans as water temperatures continue to rise, researchers have reported.
  • Predicting impact of climate change on species that can't get out of the way

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    When scientists talk about the consequences of climate change, it can mean more than how we human beings will be impacted by higher temperatures, rising seas and serious storms. Plants and trees are also feeling the change, but they can't move out of the way. Researchers have developed a new tool to overcome a major challenge of predicting how organisms may respond to climate change.
  • Support for controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal'

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    More than one hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or in the case of plant seeds, in the plumage of birds. Though many were skeptical of Darwin's 'jump dispersal' idea, a new study suggests that Darwin might have been correct.
  • Dog waste contaminates our waterways: A new test could reveal how big the problem is

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Americans love their dogs, but they don't always love to pick up after them. And that's a problem. Dog feces left on the ground wash into waterways, sometimes carrying bacteria -- including antibiotic-resistant strains -- that can make people sick. Now scientists have developed a new genetic test to figure out how much dogs are contributing to this health concern.
  • Changing Antarctic waters could trigger steep rise in sea levels, conditions 14,000 years ago suggest

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that new research shows may have led to the rapid melting of Antarctic ice and an abrupt 3-4 meter rise in global sea level.
 
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    The Good Human

  • The World’s Most Polluted Countries

    David Quilty
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    You may think that your town/city/state is the most polluted place you have ever been, but chances are you’d be wrong. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new report on global air pollution, showcasing which countries are the most polluted on Earth. Using a reading called PM10 and PM2.5 – particles smaller than 10 or 2.5 microns, considered the most dangerous to human health – the WHO was able to measure the micrograms of PM 2.5 pollutants per unit meter of air. So, for example, the number one country on the list is Pakistan, which has 101 ug/m3 micrograms of…
  • Choice: Organic Food or Organic Cleaners?

    David Quilty
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    You have a limited amount of money to spend at the store, but you want to do as much as you can to avoid potentially toxic chemicals and ingredients. Do you spend your hard-earned money in the organic food section, or do you spend it in the organic cleaner and soap section? Not everyone can afford to deck their entire house out in organic, all-natural, eco-friendly, fair trade, made of recycled materials, and hand-picked soaps, shampoos, cleaners, drinks, food, and toilet paper. Regardless of whether you shop at only Whole Foods or you have found that your local grocer has enough…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 368

    David Quilty
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    5 POSITIVE green news stories for this Friday, August 22! This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. Researchers have discovered that the world’s energy needs could easily be met by harnessing the power potential of high-altitude winds. Their key finding: winds that blow from the surface to a height of 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) appear to offer the potential to generate more than…
  • Buy Once, Buy For Life: Quilty Co. is Live!

    David Quilty
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Most of you who have read this site for any length of time know that I have been pushing the idea of buying well-made, quality goods that will last a long time, instead of cheap stuff from China that ends up in the landfill. Well, after years of writing about durable goods, I decided to just start making my own. Late last night, after months of work, Quilty Co. launched, selling leather goods like wallets, iPhone cases, key lanyards, and several other items, all handmade by yours truly. Everything I sell is made by me without the use of automation or machines. I cut and dye the leather, punch…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 367

    David Quilty
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Catch up on your green news! U.S. planemaker Boeing has teamed up with South African Airways to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa’s most advanced economy. Well, I suppose that’s a much better use of tobacco than getting lung cancer is. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied an application to use a hazardous pesticide on 3 million acres of Texas cotton fields, after groups representing environmental, public health, and organic farm interests urged the agency to reject the request based…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Tide Turning Against Global Coal Industry: New Report

    Chris Rose
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Coal, the fossil fuel that largely sparked the industrial revolution, may be facing the beginning of the end — at least in terms of generating electricity. There are increasing signs of the demise of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, from a global oversupply to plummeting prices to China starting to clean up its polluted air. Last week, the Carbon Tracker Initiative published an analysis — Carbon Supply Cost Curves: Evaluating Financial Risk to Coal Capital Expenditures — identifying major financial risks for investors in coal producers around the world. Saying the demand for…
  • Solar Could Be Our Biggest Source Of Energy By 2050, If Politicians Make it Happen

    Mike G
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The sun could be our biggest single source of energy and prevent 6 bilion tonnes of climate-warming CO2 pollution by 2050, according to two new reports. Issued by the International Energy Agency, the two “Technology Roadmap” reports conclude that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could supply 16% of the world's electricity needs and concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide another 11% by the mid-point of the 21st century. Underscoring these findings, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven says, “The rapid cost decrease of photovoltaic modules and systems in the last few…
  • Did David Cameron Forget Climate Change Section in His Leader's Speech?

    Brendan Montague
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    David Cameron warned the Conservative party conference in his barnstorming speech that “the dangers of climate change are stark and very real” and “if we don’t act now, and act quickly, we could face disaster.” This was, however, during his speech before delegates in Manchester in 2009, as the party readied itself for the 2010 general election when the arch-moderniser was promising voters they could “vote blue, go green.” Today, in Birmingham, speaking under the banner Securing A Better Future, it appears that the Conservative leader had forgotten the sections of his speech…
  • Lawson Becomes Chancellor - Attacks Miners, Sells Coal, Oil and Gas

    Brendan Montague
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Lord Lawson created Britain's privatised energy industry. Some argue that he supports their interests by denying the need for robust climate change policies. But he didn't support everyone who worked for coal, oil and gas companies. Even back then. The general election of June 1983 was a landslide for the Tories and landed Thatcher an increased mandate for her free market reign. “Margaret unexpectedly offered me the chancellorship,” Nigel Lawson recalled. Lawson's first appearance at the dispatch box brought with it promises of further tax cuts and an attack on public services—and he…
  • Lawson's Climate Denial Donor Boasts of Shale Gas Investment

    Brendan Montague
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Lord Lawson accepted a donation for his climate denial charity from a millionaire financier who successfully invested in shale gas fracking, DeSmog UK can reveal. Edgar Miller Jnr, a Texan-born venture capitalist, has been named as an early donor, fundraiser, and founder of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) who claims he turned down the role of director when the charity was being established almost five years ago. The revelations will be hugely embarrassing for Lawson. Miller intimates during an interview that his donation was dependent on the GWPF attacking climate science rather…
 
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  • Tamera Mowry Talks Mommyhood

    Abby Larson
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I was pregnant – and on bedrest – I used to stay up late with Tia and Tamera Mowry on their E! reality show. Aside from generally being adorable, I loved watching how they delicately balanced their own spunky personalities, their careers, their weddings and now babies. So when the LOVELY Tamera offered to give us an inside peak at her mom-spirations with stunning family shoot from our friend, Jose Villa, well, I jumped! And make sure to carve out time for the equally beautiful film by Joel Serrato. Please upgrade your browser SMP: As a working mom, do you have any tips for…
  • 15 Fall Recipes

    Jacquelyn Clark
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    As the leaves begin to fall and the air becomes crisp, I find I religiously crave my kitchen. To me, there’s nothing more comforting that a cool autumn day and a loaf of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. So it only made sense for my to round up 15 of my favourite fall-inspired recipes! From cinnamon almonds to individual chicken pot pies, here are 15 epic recipes that are certain to get you in the spirit. 15 Fall RecipesView Slideshow   © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Preppy Rehearsal Dinner

    Jacquelyn Clark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Though most people get all giddy for the wedding, I happen to look forward to the rehearsal dinner most of all. It’s at this point that anticipation is at it’s highest, the bride and groom are typically beaming, and the excitement is virtually palpable. Plus? If you have Esla Events at the helm, it’s going to be just as gorgeous as the big day. With photos from Jessica Burke, there’s more right here!  Share this gorgeous gallery on     From Laurel… Warm and bright — that was the kind of welcome that Lisa and Ethan wanted to give their closest…
  • Behind the Scenes with Winifred Paper Studio Tour

    Abby Larson
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the most read and commented posts on Style Me Pretty actually took place on our Behind the Scenes blog, Backstage. It was a quick look at how I started a stationery business and the response that it garnered was crazy. So any chance I get to go behind the scenes with a stationer, I quickly jump on. Especially when said stationer is the lovely and talented Kelly Scarborough Watson of Winifred Paper. Read on to see how she built the beloved brand that she has today! SMP: Tell us about Winifred Paper and how it came to be? WP: Winifred Paper is a boutique design + letterpress studio based…
  • Modern Flea Market Inspired Home Tour

    Abby Larson
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If there is anything that photographer Danielle Poff knows, it’s how to shoot beautiful spaces and make the people behind them sparkle. Whether it’s this gorgeous anniversary or the adorable, entirely laid back chic home below, it seems that she sees beauty in the simplest of moments. I hope you guys all find as much inspiration in this home and in this wedding shoot as I have. More home pics here! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Vanessa…I’m inspired by a lot of things. I love nature and it’s organic state, flowers, animals, the beach. I love art. I…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Essay: Heed the nightingale's warning.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Many birders enjoy playing an imaginary game with one another: "Blindfold me and place me anywhere in the world – I bet I can identify where I am, as long as you let me hear the birds." Our changes to the planet are narrowing those bands – a warning sign for our times. Concluding essay of EHN.org's "Winged Warnings" series.
  • 35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska.
  • Obama and Modi announce agreement on US-India efforts to fight global warming.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Obama administration has reached an agreement with India on measures intended to accelerate that country’s shift to renewable fuels – steps that officials say will reduce emissions while helping India’s new government extend electricity to all of its citizens.
  • How will Boston accommodate sea level rise? New report suggests canals, wetlands.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    What can a coastal city like Boston do to prepare for the affects of climate change and rising sea levels?
  • Fracking emissions fall; Texas still king of GHGs.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just like last year, Texas is king of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., while Vermont remains the greenest state. But unlike last year, U.S. emissions rose 0.6 percent, according to the latest figures from the federal Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program.
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    Clean Edge

  • Beyond the UN, ‘Sub-National’ Players Emerge as New Climate Leaders

    Clint Wilder
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The eyes of the world were on New York City in late September, even more than the city thinks they usually are. After some 310,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan demanding action on climate change (full disclosure: I was one of them), more than 120 heads of state paraded through the United Nations Climate Summit speaking about the regional and global climate crisis. Those two events, understandably, received widespread media coverage; climate action (or inaction) by national governments has been in the spotlight since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.  But in the battle…
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  • Volkswagen XL1-based XL Sport concept powered by Ducati V2 joins Passat GTE plug-in hybrid on Paris stage

    Mike Millikin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Volkswagen XL Sport concept. Click to enlarge. On the evening before the Paris Motor Show, the Volkswagen Group presented not only the production-bound Passat GTE plug-in hybrid (earlier post), but also staged the world premiere of the XL Sport—a highly efficient sports car concept based on Volkswagen’s XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid (earlier post). The XL Sport is a sister model of the XL1; both share the same basic design—although not the same powertrain. The main element they have in common is the body, many parts of which are manufactured in carbon-reinforced polymer (CFRP), with…
  • Mercedes-Benz extends autonomous vehicle testing in California to Concord Naval Weapons Station

    Mike Millikin
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    As one of the first automobile manufacturers permitted to do so, Mercedes-Benz has been testing autonomously driven automobiles on public roads in California since September. In addition, the company will from now on also use California’s Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS), the largest test bed site in the US, for further testing of its future technology. The additional testing opportunities provided by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority at the CNWS site will enable the company to expand significantly the scope of its research activities. The CNWS test site features a network of…
  • Volvo Trucks puts NA plans for dimethyl-ether (DME) on hold

    Mike Millikin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Volvo Trucks has put on hold plans to launch its own compression ignition liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine for North America. The company had originally planned to begin limited production of DME-fueled heavy-duty trucks for North America in 2015. (Earlier post.) Field testing of Volvo’s dimethyl ether (DME)-powered vehicles will continue, and the company will continue to offer spark-ignited natural gas engines in its VNM and VNL models. Volvo Trucks said it was adapting to the pace of the North American alternative fuel market. Development of the natural gas infrastructure to support…
  • Panasonic and UNO MINDA to form JV to manufacture lead acid batteries in India to address rapidly expanding demand; 2- and 4-wheelers

    Mike Millikin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Panasonic Corporation and Minda Industries Ltd. (UNO MINDA) have agreed to establish a joint venture company to develop, manufacture and sell lead acid storage batteries in India to meet rapidly growing demand. The new joint venture company will address the growing market for lead acid storage batteries for two- and four-wheeler vehicles and UPS in India leveraging knowhow and technology owned by Panasonic as well as the customer bases of both parties. Panasonic is operating production bases in Japan (Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture); Thailand (Samut Prakarn Province); and the People’s…
  • Honda provides first look at 2015 hybrid F1 Power Unit

    Mike Millikin
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. provided a first look at an image of the power unit currently in development for the 2015 FIA Formula One (F1) World Championship. During the 2014 FIA Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, Honda will offer a sneak preview film of the F1 power unit under development, including the engine revving sound at the Honda stand at Suzuka Circuit (2-5 October 2014). Honda Formula 1 power unit. Click to enlarge. In 2014, the regulations for F1 engine and energy recovery systems were changed. The 2.4 liter engines were downsized to 1.6 liters, and environmental technologies such as energy…
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  • Achieve A Fun Eco-friendly Family Vacation In Egypt

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Introduction Taking a holiday abroad is the perfect opportunity to stop and think about the impact which you are having on the planet. More and more people are focusing on making their holidays eco-friendly, as a way to ensure that they can enjoy themselves without worrying about having a negative effect on their surroundings. If ... The post Achieve A Fun Eco-friendly Family Vacation In Egypt appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Scoring a Great Deal on a Fuel Efficient Prius

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    Vehicle makers work closely with auto dealers to optimize sales in international markets as well as in the United States. Car manufacturers have professional websites that highlight the features of the latest models. Consumers are encouraged to visit these sites and to download virtual brochures that are loaded with information on interior, exterior, mechanical, safety ... The post Scoring a Great Deal on a Fuel Efficient Prius appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Thailand plans 35,000 ‘green factories’

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Thailand’s Industry Ministry has been reported to contact various financing agencies for incentives and finance in order to fulfill its mission of developing 35,000 eco-friendly factories. Thailand Industry Ministry has been asking for help from the various financing associations led by the Board of Investment and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand. ... The post Thailand plans 35,000 ‘green factories’ appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Cummins on its way to unleash its latest eco-friendly engine

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    With the constantly increasing environmental pollution and the rapid extinction of the natural deposits of petrol and other fossil fuels, it has become necessary to design methods that would help with better sustainability and decarbonisation. One such innovative contribution goes to the credit of Cummins Inc. (CMI) due to its efforts in designing an E85-fueled ... The post Cummins on its way to unleash its latest eco-friendly engine appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Little countries with great remedies for climate change

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    The world is going through a very bad phase where the environment has been greatly damaged due to human activities, especially the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere as a result of the increasing pollution.Leading nations of the world have been constantly trying to fight back this problem and are in an attempt to develop ... The post Little countries with great remedies for climate change appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • 8 reasons for hope: Our top take-aways from Climate Week

    Nat Keohane
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    By Nat Keohane(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) My forecast had been for a Climate Week “on steroids” and that’s exactly what we got. Image source: Jane Kratochvil We saw the largest climate rally in history draw 400,000 people – up from the 250,000 we had initially hoped for – and then the United Nations Climate Summit, where 125 heads of state joined business and civic leaders to discuss ways to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Another highlight for the week was the growing momentum for putting a price on carbon. More than 1,000 businesses and investors, nearly 100…
  • Traveling to the climate march: Worth the carbon footprint?

    Gernot Wagner
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    By Gernot Wagner(This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) Lauren Frohne/Flickr Looks like the simmering “climate swerve” may come to a boil on September 21 in New York City for what’s billed as the People's Climate March. Bill McKibben called for it in the Rolling Stone magazine. Tens of thousands are slated to respond to his call, ostensibly to channel Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ghost and make world leaders "do it" – push for strong climate policies, now. Except that it wouldn’t be the climate movement if it weren’t beset with self-doubt and…
  • The Future of Fires

    EDF Blogs
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    By EDF Blogs(This post was written by Derek Sylvan of  the Institute for Policy Integrity, and first appeared on The Cost of Carbon Pollution. The Cost of Carbon Project is a joint project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity, and the Natural Resource Defense Council.)  U.S. Forest Service photo by John Newman The 2014 wildfire season is not yet over, but in some regions it is already one of the most destructive ever. Fires continue to rage in many parts of the country, threatening hundreds of homes, creating emergencies in National Parks and residential…
  • EPA’s State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

    EDF Blogs
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Kate Zerrenner In June, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced – for the first time ever – standards to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels. Since this announcement, the usual suspects have attacked the CPP, calling its proposed state-by-state reduction standards arbitrary. Their claims couldn’t be further from reality. When…
  • 5 Undeniable Truths about the Clean Power Plan

    Ben Schneider
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    By Ben SchneiderDo you get a sense of déjà vu when you hear the fossil fuel industry arguments against the Environmental Protection Agency’s new climate change plan? You’re not imagining things – we’ve heard these many, many times before. The EPA recently held public hearings around the country to solicit comments on its new proposal to put reasonable, nationwide limits on climate pollution from power plants. The plan is moderate, flexible, and paves the way for considerable economic gains, but the substance hardly mattered for some die-hard opponents: The fossil fuel industry…
 
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  • Technology for Good – episode thirty two with SAP’s Sameer Patel

    Tom Raftery
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty two with SAP’s Sameer Patel Welcome to episode thirty two of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had SAP‘s Sameer Patel as the guest on our show. Sameer and I are members of the Enterprise Irregulars group – a loose group of analysts and vendors with an interest in enterprise software. Previous Enterprise Irregulars who have guested on the show include David Terrar, Craig Cmehil, and Jon Reed. There was a problem which wasn’t apparent to us during…
  • Customer service, in-memory computing, and cloud? The utility industry is changing.

    Tom Raftery
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Customer service, in-memory computing, and cloud? The utility industry is changing. I attended this year’s North American SAP for Utilities event and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the things I found there. The utilities industry (electricity, gas, and water) are regulated industries which can’t go down (or at least, shouldn’t go down). Because of this, the industry is very slow to change (the old “if it ain’t broke…” mindset). However, with technology relentlessly enabling more and more…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty seven with SalesForce’s Peter Coffee

    Tom Raftery
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty seven with SalesForce’s Peter Coffee Welcome to episode twenty seven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had SalesForce‘s Vice President of Strategic Research, Peter Coffee as the guest on our show. We have met a talked with Peter a couple of times, and have always been impressed by the breadth of his knowledge, as well as his thoughts on things environmental. Also having seen that, when asked to come up with a challenge for the Cap Gemini Super Techies…
  • The Global Reporting Initiative, their new CEO, Social, Mobile and Big Data

    Tom Raftery
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at The Global Reporting Initiative, their new CEO, Social, Mobile and Big Data We were delighted to hear this week that friend of GreenMonk’s for many years now, Michael Meehan was recently appointed as CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI is a non-profit organisation that produces one of the world’s most prevalent framework’s for sustainability reporting. One of the GRI’s main aims is to make sustainability reporting by all organisations as routine as, and comparable to, financial reporting.
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty six with Open Data Institute’s James Smith

    Tom Raftery
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty six with Open Data Institute’s James Smith Welcome to episode twenty six of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had The Open Data Institute‘s James Smith as the guest on our show. I was very keen to have James on the show, especially since he recently announced that he is standing for election to the UK parliament next year. James is running on the principles in the OpenPolitics Manifesto, an open source plan for the UK that anyone can contribute to.
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  • Green Homes Sell Better

    Alex Ion
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Picture this: you’re trying to sell your home. You’ve had tour after tour and while your potential buyers are all quite charmed by the layout and the neighborhood, you’ve yet to receive an offer. Why? One woman declined to buy because your home doesn’t have solar panels and she will only live in solar powered houses. Another couple said that they will only buy homes constructed of reclaimed materials. Even more potential buyers cited your not energy efficient enough appliances, the lack of a programmable house monitor (the kind that will turn off power to rooms that aren’t being…
  • ISRO 440 Newton turned out to be a successful dry run for the final propulsion

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    The test firing of Newton 440 was done on September 22, 2014 which came out to be successful, which boosted up the confidence and hopes of the Indian Space and Research Organisation engineers about the engines performance on the final day of run, Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The final firing of the spacecraft will be done day after which will be fired for 24 minutes from7:17 am. The spacecraft will periapsis of 432 km and an apoapsis of 80,000 km. This is going to be a big step in the history of ISRO. Eight small thrusters on board the spacecraft will fire with the main 440 Newton…
  • A Solar Storm is heading towards Earth

    Marian Dumitri
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    As per some reports from US, a strong solar flare was launched off the sun on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 afternoon and is making its speedy movement towards the Earth. These emissions might disturb the Earth’s power grid mechanism causing some fluctuations in satellites and radio transmissions on September 12 and 13, 2014. Even though the flare is detected to be of Class X’ which lies at the end of the solar flare scale, it is not expected to cause much damage upon reaching Earth’s vicinity. According to experts the damage and disturbances that this flare could cause can all be…
  • Ganga River restoration Plans: Supreme Court says centre needs 200 years

    Marian Dumitri
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Taking a sharp call at the Centre, the Supreme Court of India, on September 3, 2014, said that the current plan for cleaning river Ranga may take 200 years. Despite all the allocation of funds and other details that have been revealed by the Centre, SC was quick to point on the flaws and has asked the government to present a PowerPoint presentation on their stage wise plan within three weeks. “After seeing your action plan, it seems Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. You should take steps so that Ganga gets its pristine glory and future generations can see it. We…
  • Going Green for a Professional Clean

    Alex Ion
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    By now most people know how to “green up” their household cleaning supplies. They know, for example, that adding some baking soda, dish soap and vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water makes a pretty great all-purpose cleanser. They know that the easiest way to clean a bathtub is with a grapefruit and kosher salt. When it comes to industrial cleaning, though, most people get a little bit lost. It’s easy to search for environmentally friendly cleaning companies but hard to figure out who actually knows what they are doing. After all, these companies probably aren’t employing people…
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  • Recharge Wrap-up: Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive is a rock star, FedEx tests electric trucks

    John Beltz Snyder
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Filed under: Biodiesel, Diesel, EV/Plug-in, MPG, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Lightweight The Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is in a new music video for I Lived by OneRepublic. The band's singer, Ryan Tedder, has also been brought on as a brand ambassador for the German automaker. OneRepublic will also be performing the song at the Mercedes-Benz Media Night on the eve of the Paris Motor Show. No word if Mercedes plans to offer hordes of screaming teenage fans as an option package with the B-Class Electric Drive. See the video (the car shows up around the four-minute mark) or read more in the…
  • Official: Volkswagen XL Sport brings high-performance fuel-sipping to Paris

    Brandon Turkus
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen, Motorcycle Just over one year ago, we reported on rumors that Volkswagen was pairing with its then-new corporate cousin, Italian motorcycle maker Ducatti, to build a high-performance version of the XL1, a vehicle that we (actually, I) said would be a "firecracker," thanks to its super-low curb weight, slippery aerodynamics and alleged 190-horsepower engine. Now, only slightly late for its rumored Geneva Motor Show debut, VW is trotting out the so-called XL Sport to the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Total output has jumped…
  • Official: Lamborghini reveals Asterion LPI 910-4 hybrid hypercar concept

    Noah Joseph
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Hybrid, Paris Motor Show, Supercars, Lamborghini There are automakers that roll out concept cars regularly as a matter of course, and there are those that rarely do. Lamborghini falls squarely in the latter category, which makes the vehicle you see here - revealed just a day before the Paris Motor Show - such a rare treat. It's called the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, and if you're familiar with Sant'Agata nomenclature, you're probably already picking apart its specs based on those letters and numbers: LP for longitudinal posterior, telling you this is,…
  • Official: Mercedes forced to lower MPG ratings on two C300 models *UPDATE

    Sebastian Blanco
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Filed under: MPG, Mercedes Benz, Legislation and Policy *UPDATE: Donna Boland, manager of corporate communications at Mercedes Benz USA, told AutoblogGreen that the sticker change only applied to around 500 C-Class vehicles on dealer lots, since a new C-Class came out in late August. "About 500 are left in the United States, and we've relabeled them," she said. First Hyundai, then Ford and now Mercedes-Benz. The list of companies that have had to change their vehicles' official EPA fuel economy ratings has just grown by one with the announcement that the 2013 and 2014 C300 4-Matic FFV and…
  • First Drive: 2014 Renault Twingo [w/video]

    Noah Joseph
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Filed under: Budget, Europe, Videos, Hatchback, Renault, First Drives In cars, as in all things, there exists a huge chasm between what is possible and what is probable. It may be possible, for example, that within a few years, we'll be zipping around town in hydrogen-powered, autonomous flying cars. But the likelihood is that we'll all be driving four-wheeled vehicles with internal combustion engines and our hands at ten and two for the foreseeable future - just as we have for generations. The same goes for the layout of those cars we drive. It's possible for automakers to put the engine…
 
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  • Propel mobile app—now available for iPhone & Android

    Shell
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
     Use the app to find Propel Flex Fuel E85 & Biodiesel locations and daily pricing. Access these features for Apple and Android phones today. Price Check: Find today’s prices and save Locator Map: Discover locations & driving directions Vehicle Check: … Continue reading →
  • Diesel hybrid from VW finally on the market (in Europe)

    Shell
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:47 am
    Back in 2011 we posted about this space-agey diesel-electric hybrid concept from Volkswagen dubbed the XL 1. At the time, the XL1 was just a prototype and not strictly “street legal.” However, as reported by Inside Climate News, the auto … Continue reading →
  • Audi RS5 TDI Concept

    Shell
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It’s an exciting time for diesel vehicle enthusiasts—Audi is celebrating 25 years of the TDI engine! And how does a car company celebrate a milestone like this? By unveiling an awesome new concept car, of course. According to Autoblog, Audi … Continue reading →
  • Fuel innovation: Ethanol from CO gas

    Shell
    22 May 2014 | 1:03 pm
    So, where’s your fuel coming from next? Out of thin air. Scientists around the country continue to innovate new fuels that reduce dependence on petroleum and improve air quality. And this development caught our attention. Ethanol from Carbon Monoxide Gas No corn, … Continue reading →
  • Trident Inceni: A speedy sporty diesel

    Shell
    13 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    The word “diesel” usually brings to mind a big, loud, rumbly truck and probably not a very fast truck. The Trident Inceni turns this idea on its head. This sports car is smokin’—and no I don’t mean the exhaust. There’s … Continue reading →
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  • MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

    Lucy Wang
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Read the rest of MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Binnenrotte Square, BREEAM, BREEAM Very Good certificate, cable net facade, covered food market, energy efficient, food market, horn of plenty art, Markthal, Markthal Rotterdam, mass transit, MVRDV, natural ventilation, Netherlands, post industrial Rotterdam, rotterdam, water saving
  • This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

    Taz Loomans
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Read the rest of This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aeroelastic flutter, Agata Gryszkiewicz, Antonio Maccà, Argentina, biofuel, clean energy technologies, concentrated solar power, copenhagen, danish design center, Design Competition, design society, electricity generation, eMotions, Flavio Masi, garden and tower, generator, heliostats, horizontal axis wind turbines, industrial brownfield, italy, LAGI, land art generator initiative, little mermaid sculpture, Mateusz Góra, micro-scale generators, micro-scale vertical…
  • Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

    Lidija Grozdanic
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We are all aware of humanity’s impact on climate change, but are meteorological researchers taking the idea too far by blaming Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak mini-tornadoes” that have recently hit the city? In an article published by Turkey’s daily newspaper, Hürriyet Daily News, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction claims that these strange occurrences could be attributed to the way Istanbul’s new outer edges are built. Read the rest of Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg…
  • PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

    Mike Chino
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Read the rest of PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: @large, Ai Weiwei, ai weiwei alcatraz, Alcatraz, alcatraz prison, dragon kite, freedom, freedom of expression, green art, green design, green materials, handmade kite, kites, political art, politics, San Francisco, sustainable design, with wind
  • The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

    Beverley Mitchell
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The UK’s first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been installed on a reservoir at Sheeplands Farm near Wargrave. Farm owner, Mark Bennett, has partnered with floating solar pioneers Ciel et Terre, and hopes to spur interest in applying the technology on reservoirs throughout the UK. Read the rest of The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy, Berkshire,…
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  • Forward Osmosis – Solving Tomorrow’s Water Challenges Using Nature’s Remedy

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Nature has an ingenious way of extracting water, but does it have the potential to solve many of today’s global water challenges? Before going into more details on how nature’s way of extracting water can help cut energy usage in water treatment processes, an appreciation is needed of why energy reduction in water treatment is an […]
  • Healthy Planet Partners Closes Distributed Generation and Energy Efficiency Fund

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Healthy Planet Partners Energy & Infrastructure Fund, LP announces a final close at $26 MM, limited partnership to finance distributed generation and energy efficiency projects across North America GREENWICH, CT, JULY 9, 2014 – Healthy Planet Partners Financing Company, LLC (‘HPP’), an asset manager founded in 2013, announced the final closing of its inaugural fund, […]
  • Green & Grow Inc. Secures $6M Series B Funding From Otter Capital

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Texas, 26 August 2014: Green & Grow Inc. (GGI) has raised an additional $6 million in Series B funding and secured Otter Capital as a significant new partner. Otter Capital’s expertise and investment capital will accelerate commercialization of GGI’s Agriplier™ technology, building on recent compelling field trial results across multiple crop types. “Since our first […]
  • Causam Energy to Acquire Power Analytics Corporation

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. – July 29, 2014 – Causam Energy, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Power Analytics Corporation, a privately held software and professional services company with offices in San Diego and Raleigh. Power Analytics’ innovative software products solve complex power and energy problems, and in combination with Causam will […]
  • CJK: Solving PM2.5

    Chiaki Ishikawa
    1 May 2014 | 8:06 pm
    In spite of the political posturing taking place between Japan and Korea and China, the governments are actively working to address this challenge. Hosted by Ministry of Environment of Korea, the Environmental Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan at the end of this April to implement an initiative on enhancing environmental cooperation and dialogue.
 
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  • NYC’s 10-Year Plan Sets New Standards for Other Cities

    Jennifer Hermes
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Last week, the day after the “People’s Climate March” and right before the United Nations’ Climate Summit, New York City’s Mayor de Blasio announced that the City is committing to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent over 2005 levels by the year 2050. This bold initiative, strongly supported by the City Council and […]
  • Hospital Sustainability Spending on the Rise

    Ken Jennison
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fifty-four percent of global health care professionals say their hospitals currently incorporate sustainability into purchasing decisions, and 80 percent expect that to be the case in two years, according to a Harris Poll commissioned by Johnson & Johnson. The global findings are similar to those of US health care providers, where 52 percent say their […]
  • Coal Use Drives US Industrial Emissions Up 0.6%

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Emissions from large industrial facilities were 20 million metric tons higher in 2013 than the prior year, or 0.6 percent, driven largely by an increase in coal use for power generation, according to the EPA’s fourth year of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program is the only program that collects facility-level […]
  • Whirlpool Launches Refrigerator Water Filter Recycling Program

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Whirlpool has launched a recycling initiative that aims to keep used refrigerator water filters out of landfills. Through the company’s Refresh & Recycle water filter recycling program, in partnership with recycling company g2 revolution, filters are transformed into concrete aggregate used to build roads and other concrete structures. Whirlpool recommends that consumers replace their refrigerator […]
  • EPA to Water Managers: Support Waters of the US Rule

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    EPA chief Gina McCarthy has asked water and wastewater professionals to support the agency’s Waters of the US rule. The Times-Picayune reports McCarthy was in New Orleans earlier this week seeking support from some 18,000 water managers and technicians. The rule, proposed jointly by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, would re-extend Clean Water […]
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  • 3 Things the NFL Should Do to Regain Women's Trust and Rehab Its Brand

    Amon Rappaport
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    For the NFL to rebuild trust with women in the wake of the ongoing domestic violence debacle, and repair its bruised brand image, Commissioner Roger Goodell will need to do more than apologize, beef up education programs and promise to do better. To truly overcome the damage that’s been done to the reputation of the NFL and its sponsors, Goodell will need to change the way the League thinks about marketing to women, take a zero tolerance stand regarding domestic violence, and ultimately redefine the brand’s purpose toward developing players who are real heroes and role models for kids and…
  • Novelis Opens World's Largest Aluminum Recycling Facility

    Mike Hower
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Novelis, global producer of aluminum rolling products, today opened the world's largest aluminum recycling center, located adjacent to the company's rolling mill in Nachterstedt, Germany.The $258 million recycling center will process up to 400,000 metric tons of aluminum scrap annually, turning it back into high-value aluminum ingots to feed the company's European manufacturing network.The Nachterstedt Recycling Center features state-of-the-art technology for aluminum scrap sorting, de-coating, melting and casting. The facility gives Novelis the flexibility to process a wide range of scrap…
  • Fair Trade USA Kicks Off Fair Trade Month with Expanded Product Categories

    Mike Hower
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Alongside Fair Trade Month, Fair Trade USA has announced the launch of several new Fair Trade Certified™ products across new categories, including home goods, apparel and coconut.In 2014, the third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America partnered with 109 new companies (for a total of 915), and helped launch 455 new Fair Trade Certified products into the North American market. The growth and increased availability of Fair Trade products empowers shoppers to choose items that make a positive difference — from ensuring that factory workers have safe working conditions, to…
  • BASF's 'Intelligent' Gypsum Board Can Help Regulate Room Temperatures During Extreme Weather

    Sustainable Brands
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    As the likelihood grows for climate change to potentially wreak havoc with seasonal temperatures around the world, it not only has implications for our outdoor environment but indoors, as well: When rooms inside buildings become uncomfortably hot, for example, it can negatively affect the well-being and the performance of those living or working there.Now construction materials made with BASF’s Micronal PCM — a heat-trapping phase change material — could represent a game-changing alternative to or a complementary solution for power-consuming air-conditioning and heating systems. By…
  • Startup Setting Out to Make Fashion Industry Transparent, 'Just'

    Shahd AlShehail
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza textile factory in Bangladesh in April 2013 was a tragic, overdue wake-up call to the fashion industry — not only to take action to ensure the safety of workers throughout their value chains, but also to illustrate the critical need for transparency as far as their operations reach throughout the world. Now a startup called JUST is aiming to bridge the gap — by finding, vetting and partnering with fashion suppliers that have positive social missions and connecting them with designers, brands and consumers through an online database and consumer…
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  • Plastic Bag Bans or Fees Cover 49 Million Americans

    Earth Policy Institute
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Janet Larsen With the signing of a plastic bag ban in California on September 30, 2014, the number of Americans who will be affected by anti-bag legislation by 2015 climbed to 49 million. California is the first state to ban the bag. Nationwide more than 150 cities and counties are implementing bans or fees in attempts to reduce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags used in the United States each year. Americans use on average nearly one plastic bag each day, taking something made from fossil fuels formed over millions of years and generally using it for mere minutes before throwing it…
  • Community Recycling: At-Home Textile Recycling Made Easy

    Talancia Pea
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Fall is officially here, and like me you’re probably going through your closet deciding which items you’ll keep or toss. I usually fill up my reusable containers and haul my unwanted things to a local thrift store. But this year I’ll save lots of time and recycle extra clothes, shoes and accessories right at my doorstep. Community Recycling (CR) is making easy for everyone to pitch in to reduce the estimated millions of pounds of textiles piling up in landfills each year. Following their company’s motto of “people recycling for people,” CR Home allows you to recycle 25 to…
  • The Pizza Box Project: How to Handle the Second-Largest Waste Stream on Campus

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back when I was in college in the 80s, we had a “green” way of dealing with aluminum can waste (which I assume was and is item most disposed of on campus): we noticed our custodian collected them for recycling, so we set up a box for him – no digging through the trash in our cube! When it came to what I assume is the second-most disposed of item – the cardboard pizza box – we simply threw it away. Even if we’d had a recycling system on campus, the pizza box would’ve still gone in the trash because of the grease that seeps into the cardboard and…
  • Compost… or Else! Mandatory Composting in Massachusetts & Seattle

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Mandatory composting? Why, that’s just some kind of green fascist, politically correct…. something or other, right? I mean, why would you threaten people with a fine for not separating out their food scraps from their other trash? Why would you require a business to compost? That’s just trying to control people, plain and simple… right? That’s the kind of response I’d expect from some people to mandatory composting plans in places like Massachusetts and Seattle. A recent post from Eat.Drink.Better, however, gives us several good reasons for requiring…
  • What Really Happens to that Old Computer You’ve “Recycled?”

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    As we’ve seen in many cases, what happens to your old computer, or used cell phone, or other electronics you hand over to a recycler is just what you expect: it gets torn down for useful parts and components, or refurbished into a new version of the same product. But, unfortunately, there’s still about a quarter of American electronic waste that gets shipped overseas, where very poor people pick through it – without any kind of safety equipment, protective clothing, and the like – for materials that they can sell in exchange for the most basic needs. The documentary…
 
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  • Oak processionary moth population exploding in London

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Guardian: Populations of toxic oak processionary moth (OPM) ‘exploded’ this summer despite control efforts, spreading from west London to as far as Stratford’s Olympic Park. Children at a school have been affected and arborists at Kew Gardens have developed rashes after being stung by the poisonous hairs shed by the moth’s caterpillars, which appear from late spring to early summer. The invasive caterpillars feed voraciously on oak leaves. They have no natural predators in England and have established...
  • China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Reuters: China's government has kicked off a media campaign in support of genetically modified crops, as it battles a wave of negative publicity over a technology it hopes will play a major role in boosting its food security. The agriculture ministry earlier this week announced it would try to educate the public on GMO via TV, newspapers and the Internet. It hopes to stifle anti-GMO sentiment that has gathered momentum in the wake of incidents such as reports that genetically-modified rice had been...
  • Climate detectives reveal handprint of human caused climate change in Australia

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    ScienceDaily: Australia's hottest year on record in 2013 along with the accompanying droughts, heat waves and record-breaking seasons of that year was virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused global warming. New research from ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science (ARCCSS) researchers and colleagues, over five different Australian papers in a special edition of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), has highlighted the powerful influence of global warming...
  • US carbon emissions from energy use increase

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    RTCC: US carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption rose 3% in the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. The latest figures from the US Energy Information Administration show energy sources belched out 2,737 million tonnes of carbon dioxide between January and June. That was up from 2,664Mt in the same period of 2013 and 2,583Mt in 2012. It is a reversal of the downward trend seen in the last full-year results available, from 2012. That reduction was attributed...
  • Oil majors target King Coal in fight climate high ground

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    RTCC: Coal chief executives were thin on the ground in New York last week, perhaps fearing an onslaught from green groups at the UN’s one-day climate summit. Tactically, it was a good way to avoid negative headlines. Strategically, it may prove to be a disaster. In meeting called ‘Industry Action Areas’ the world’s leading oil and gas companies queued up to voice their concerns about climate change, and argue they offer a future coal cannot. “One of our most important contributions is producing...
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  • Budget Cuts "Eroded Our Ability to Respond" to Ebola, Says Top Health Official

    Gabrielle Canon
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States; the infected patient was a man who traveled from Liberia to visit family in Texas. It's the latest development in the ever-worsening outbreak of the virus, which so far has sickened more than 6,500 people and killed more than 3,000. The United States government has pledged to send help to West Africa to help stop Ebola from spreading—but the main agencies tasked with this aid work say they're hamstrung by budget cuts from the 2013 sequester. On September…
  • Half the World's Wildlife Has Disappeared in Just 40 Years

    Inae Oh
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Global wildlife populations have declined by a stunning 52 percent over the past four decades, and humans are largely to blame. That's according to a newly released study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, which analyzed an index of 10,000 different animal populations (referred to in the study as the Global Living Planet Index) comprised of more than 3,000 species of vertebrates, a group of animals that includes mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and birds. The report attributes this insane drop almost entirely to human activity, including…
  • It's Now Illegal to Kill Wolves in Wyoming

    Maddie Oatman
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    For the past two years, killing a wolf in Wyoming was pretty simple. In a trophy game area near the border of Yellowstone, licensed hunters were allowed to take a certain number of gray wolves. In the rest of the state, or about 80 percent of Wyoming's land, anyone could kill a limitless number of them on sight. Read "10 Reasons We Need Wolves" But that's about to change. A judge ruled Tuesday that the animals' delisting in 2012, which handed management of the species over to the Wyoming government, was "arbitrary and capricious," and that the state isn't ready to manage wolf populations on…
  • Carbon Emissions Are Higher Than Ever, and Rising

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Yesterday was a good day for the climate movement, as over 300,000 people—according to the event's organizers—descended on Manhattan for the biggest climate change march in history. The record-breaking turnout was a powerful sign that climate change is gaining traction in mainstream consciousness. But even as the marchers were marching, new science was released that underscores how just how little time the world has left to break its addiction to fossil fuels. Global carbon emissions are the highest they've ever been, and are on the rise, according to a new climate study published…
  • World Leaders Have Failed to Seriously Confront Climate Change. Could That Change Next Week?

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Break out your protest sign materials and take your polar bear costume to the dry cleaner, boys and girls: This coming weekend marks the kickoff of Climate Week NYC 2014, a flurry of meetings and protests about climate action. It all starts with the People's Climate March in Columbus Circle on Sunday. Organizers are already calling it the biggest climate march in history, with over 100,000 folks expected to turn up. But the week's main event is on Tuesday at the United Nations, where Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will preside over a confab of heads of state (including President Obama),…
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  • Kids just want to be superheroes when they grow up

    jsavedge
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" If you're a kid, this is a question you hear all the time. But as adults, how often do we really listen to the answer?  
  • 5 apps to teach kids about nature and sustainability

    sgrover
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When I wrote about the idea of teaching ecology through virtual reality, I confess I was a touch skeptical. Having read a lot about nature deficit disorder, I couldn't help feeling a touch sad about the notion that we now need technology to help us see the world around us in a new light.
  • 23 shows to watch in October

    gmiller
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    • In "Dead Again," a docu-series from Dick Wolf premiering on A&E on Oct. 2, real detectives investigate controversial and unresolved murder cases, reconstructing crime scenes and interviewing witnesses to uncover new evidence, proving or disproving the original verdict.  
  • Black bean spaghetti and other tasty gluten-free options

    kimi.harris
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    There are two items that come to mind when you realize you should no longer consume gluten: bread and noodles. Americans have a love affair with both of them (I know I did!), so there's a real sense of loss when you think you can no longer eat some of your favorite dishes.   Fear no more. There are some beautiful gluten-free noodle options that will give you back the freedom to enjoy a wide variety of pasta dishes again.   
  • This sunny scene would have anyone quoting John Muir

    pod_user
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo: Daniel Zedda/MNN Flickr Group   John Muir once wrote:
 
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  • Ericsson to Keep Ambient’s Smart Grid Tech Alive

    Jeff St. John
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Ambient Corp., a long-time grid communications player that went bankrupt last year, has managed to find a buyer with an interest in keeping Ambient's technology alive. Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson announced Wednesday that it has completed its acquisition of the Newton, Mass.-based company for a bargain-basement price of $7.5 million. We’ve covered the rise and fall of Ambient’s financial fortunes, which were tied to its deal to supply its grid-node communications modules to U.S. utility Duke Energy. The company’s other projects were unable to make up for the…
  • Energy Storage Association and GTM Research Partner on US Energy Storage Market Analysis

    Mike Munsell
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    GTM Research, a leading market intelligence and consulting firm focused on the transformation of the global energy industry, and the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the U.S.-based trade association for the energy storage industry, are entering into a partnership to develop a series of quarterly reports offering analysis on energy storage markets, policy, and technology. This collaboration will combine GTM Research’s experience in developing impactful market intelligence reports for the renewable energy sector with ESA’s depth of knowledge and expertise in the ever-evolving…
  • Report: Conventional Generators Will Be the Biggest Losers in Storage Boom

    RenewEconomy, Giles Parkinson
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Many conventional electricity generators have already received a battering from rooftop solar. Most fossil-fuel generators, particularly those in Europe and Australia, are struggling to make a profit. But things are likely to get worse. The influx of battery storage is destined to further reduce demand from conventional generators. A major new analysis from global investment bank HSBC, called Energy Storage, Power to the People, concludes that the boom days for fossil fuels are over. “There is no prospect of any return to anywhere near the level of profitability seen in the latter part…
  • Stem Extends Its Reach in California’s Distributed Energy Storage Market

    Jeff St. John
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stem, the startup installing batteries in buildings to help them manage energy consumption and ease their demand on the grid, has just landed a new client willing to take its business proposition to statewide scale. Hotel chain Extended Stay America announced this week that it’s installing Stem’s lithium-ion batteries and control systems in 68 of its hotels in California, the state with the most lucrative incentives for customer-sited energy storage. Extended Stay has been testing one of Stem’s units at a hotel in San Jose since 2013, and plans to have all 68 California…
  • Vivint Solar Prices IPO at $16 per Share, Opens Higher, Aims for SolarCity-Style Ride

    Eric Wesoff
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Vivint Solar, owned by the Blackstone Group, set its IPO terms to offer 20.6 million shares at $16 per share. That would give the Provo, Utah-based installer and financier a market cap of more than $1.5 billion. Goldman Sachs, BofA Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse are serving as lead underwriters.  It's an important event in the U.S. solar industry as Vivint Solar, the No. 2 installer in the U.S., opens the residential solar market to further investment and growth. SolarCity and Vivint Solar combined to install 51 percent of all U.S. residential PV in the second quarter of the year,…
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  • Creating a Culture of Information Security During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    John McClurg
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve often said to security teams I’ve led over the years, “You never want to waste a crisis,” and today’s headlines are filled with one security crisis after another. A couple of the largest retailers in the U.S. and a money-center bank are the latest to make news by losing customer data to cybercriminals, while this summer’s theft of celebrity “selfies” has made data security top-of-mind for even the most casual users. And just last week I was posting here about our investigation into the “Shellshock” – Bash Bug Vulnerability…
  • Everything You’ve Been Told About Mobility is Wrong

    Laura P. Thomas
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As a recent TechPageOne story pointed out, to stay productive on the go, today’s workers need to access mainstay enterprise applications and data from an increasingly diverse array of mobile devices. Here at Dell, our teams are often dispersed across many time zones. When I was in our Small and Medium Business marketing organization, I was part of a team that spanned Australia, Sweden, the UK and the US. Getting us all together for a team meeting was quite the challenge and the flexibility mobile devices give us to work from anywhere was important. Some organizations may believe that…
  • The Role of Visible Role Models in Closing the Gender Gap

    Karen Quintos, CMO
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last month, I joined the UN Foundation, UN Women, the GEDI Institute, and a group of policymakers, corporate leaders and NGOs in Washington, D.C. for a discussion on closing the opportunity gap for women, and we all agreed that the time is now to bring this issue to the forefront.  The key take away from that conversation was that we need to focus on sustainable actions. Earlier this month, we did just that by bringing women entrepreneurs and digital media innovators together in San Francisco to discuss how to achieve growth and help one another scale. My biggest takeaway from our…
  • The Right Tools for Your Color-Critical Work: Dell UltraSharp Monitors with PremierColor

    Matthew Mangum
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    As those of you who produce color-critical work know, color accuracy is extremely important, especially for professionals working in digital photography, graphic design, advertising, videography/film editing, web development and more. Award-winning Dell UltraSharp monitors with PremierColor don’t simply produce vivid colors on screen – they virtually bring projects  to life for their users as you can see in this video. Today a wide variety of professionals rely heavily on accurate color reproduction, whether it be a photograph, a digitally-rendered image or even a clothing…
  • Michael Dell Unveiled His Mission for Entrepreneurs at UN Week

    Laura P. Thomas
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    It was an action-packed week in New York City as Dell leaders attended UN Week which combined the General Assembly, Social Good Summit and the Climate Summit. They had the opportunity to participate in several of the events, driving a global agenda around entrepreneurship, job creation and sustainability, encouraging individuals and organizations to stand up and get involved, all the while showing how technology is a great enabler for the change we need to see in the world. On Monday, Michael Dell outlined his agenda for enabling global entrepreneurship to thrive, following his appointment as…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Symantec Brings Cyber Security Jobs to HS Grads

    Andrew Burger
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Launched in late June with non-profits Year Up, Life Journey and NPower, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection prepares high school grads to take up jobs and careers in the field of cyber security.
  • Climate Change Requires New Approaches to Food Security

    Bill DiBenedetto
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    In the past, efforts to feed the world focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, but today's challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach.
  • Fair Trade Goes Full Circle on Supply Chains

    Jen Boynton
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    October is Fair Trade month. Today we reflect on how far the movement has come and how it allows customers to give back to workers and consumers alike.
  • U.S. Promises Action on U.N. Human Rights Principles

    Michael Kourabas
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, the U.S. State Department announced that the government would develop a National Action Plan to “promote and incentivize responsible business conduct,” in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
  • North American Beekeepers Sue to Stop Pesticides

    Jan Lee
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Beekeepers say it's the chemical pesticides; the chemical companies say it's Mother Nature who's killing off the bees (by way of mites). With growing research that suggests that a new class of pesticides is contaminating both food and water sources, beekeepers are launching their own strategies to get the chemicals pulled from the market.
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  • Local Midwest Farm Training Program Accepting Applications

    Christine Escobar
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
      If you've ever dreamed of owning and working your own sustainable farm business, now is your chance to learn directly from Midwest farmers. Angelic Organics Learning Center in Calendonia, IL is accepting applications for their winter farmer training program. This week is the final week to submit application materials for the center's training program, Stateline Farm Beginnings, which begins October 11. The program runs until March 2015. Organizers say Stateline Farm Beginnings has launched more than 55 new sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since its…
  • Selfie Boom: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Christine Escobar
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Competing with our children’s digital world can be a challenge, especially when you would like them to experience the environment and the many ways they can sustain it. It’s hard enough to get them to look up from their device but when they are taking selfies, this might be the right time to capture their attention. With the ‘selfie boom’ in full swing (the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013), what more reason to entice your child to take as many as possible while camping, recycling, hiking, composting, fishing and basically enjoying all nature has to offer. An…
  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

    Christine Escobar
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    A soft breeze graces against our skin, birds chirp happily in the tree tops and the sweet smell of a magnolia tree perfumes the air around us. Many of us recall distinctive sensory memories from our time outdoors and nature poses a feast for the senses. Visual stimuli abound: greenery of all shapes and sizes, leaves garnished with edges from smooth to jagged, and an array of characters from pale brown squirrels to vermillion insects. Nature invigorates and nurtures all of our senses: visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory. Nature offers a lot more to us than just sensory memories, however.
  • Calling All Newbie Campers: Family Camp Out at Chicago Parks

    Christine Escobar
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Chicago Park District has just announced its second year of Family Camping geared toward novice campers. For a single low registration fee, families can take advantage of guided nature hikes, marshmallow roasts, fishing, fire building demos and camping under the stars at some of the most popular parks in the city.  Registration is now open for camping at Garfield Park Conservatory, Calumet Park, Bull Frog Lake in (in partnership with the Cook County Forest Preserve), and Northerly Island. The Family Camping registration fee is $50 per family of up to six members, including children…
  • Green Homes for Everyone: Talking Passive Homes with Evolutionary Home Builders' Brandon Weiss

    Christine Escobar
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
      The availability and affordability of green housing is a concern for many eco-conscioius home buyers in the U.S. today. As green building technology continues to improve, more and more home buyers are realizing the long term benefits of building green. A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, reports that the majority of green homeowners would purchase another green home and recommend purchasing a green home to friends.  This weekend, the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois is organizing the 2014 Green Built Home Tour. All homes on the Green Built Home Tour…
 
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  • Rediscovering a Love for Hardtail Mountain Bikes

    Rob Reed
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Stitch together dirt roads, pavement, and smooth singletrack for some #epicrides with the Cannondale F29 Black Inc. I previously reviewed the Cannondale SuperX cyclocross bike and noted it was a potential category killer. Which is to say it excels at commuting, road riding, and dirt. In fact, the latter is its one weakness. Yes, it can handle dirt roads. But anything close to rocky or steep terrain has you longing for some mountain bike handlebars and suspension. Enter Cannondale’s corresponding 29-inch hardtail, the F29. Built primarily for racing, this bike is feather-light at…
  • Specialized Turbo S: The Uber Electric Bike

    Max Gladwell
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Specialized turns transportation into recreation with this electric-assisted commuting masterpiece New life experiences become less and less frequent as we get older. We may try new things, but completely new experiences are tough to come by. These could include sky diving or completing a marathon or having your first child. I’m here to tell you that pedaling an electric-hybrid bicycle is one of those experiences, and I’ve validated this by introducing countless friends and colleagues to the Specialized Turbo S. The universal response to pedaling the Turbo for the first time is,…
  • Dropping Mt. Pinos – GoPro & Strava

    Max Gladwell
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Mt. Pinos is one of the more epic drops in the Los Angeles area. It’s a 1.5-hour drive north of the city on I-5. You can run easy shuttles up the 10-mile paved climb, which gets you onto the 2,500-foot, 6.7-mile singletrack descent.
  • Commuting Machine: Cannondale SuperX Hi-MOD Black Inc.

    Max Gladwell
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Cyclocross bikes provide maximum range and utility for those with little time to spare for keeping in shape Working at a startup company demands a lot of time. We routinely work 60+ hours per week. In the first years of getting MomentFeed off the ground, I left no time for health and fitness. I’ve made a recovery since then. But if I could do it all over again, I’d buy a cyclocross bike and transform my daily commutes — the need to get from one place to another — into full-on fitness sessions. A cyclocross bike is designed for cyclocross racing. These are fast-paced circuit…
  • It’s All Mental: On the Power of the Mind

    Max Gladwell
    6 May 2014 | 11:41 am
    Whether building a startup company or getting faster on a bike, achieving goals is all about the application of mental energy I achieved two major life goals over the past four years. Although they are closely related and even intertwined with one another, they are also completely different types of goals, one being intellectual and the other highly physical. And what I realized in hindsight is that there was one factor at the center of each that ultimately made them achievable. First, I founded a technology company in 2010. I’d been exploring a few different models around the…
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  • Her devise could make a low-carbon appetite economy a reality

    Blogger
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Working out a specifics of how to restructure incentives for open utilities might not be a trendiest aspect of a purify appetite future, though it’s pivotal to creation a low-carbon economy existence one day. Audrey Zibelman, chair of a New York Public Service Commission, says a demon is in a details. Among a many things on her image today: A confidant beginning to overhaul a state’s application business model, a initial such remodel in a nation. Zibelman spoke with me about what it will take to renovate America’s electricity attention and change a appetite habits. Why did we take on…
  • The Recipes That’ll Make A Raw Food Diet Look A Lot Less Scary

    Blogger
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Making a preference to eat a tender food diet is not an easy one. You have to initial mentally take a stairs to go vegetarian, afterwards vegan, afterwards gluten-free, and afterwards fundamentally give adult ever eating prohibited food again. Eating out with friends will perpetually be harder. Guys, it’s a critical commitment, with lots of sacrifices, and not one that only anyone can handle. But for those who can penetrate it, we’ve found recipes that make a preference a whole lot easier. Just since you’ve left tender doesn’t meant we have to contend goodbye to bread,…
  • Bobby Jindal administration agrees to check state workers health caring devise … – The Times-Picayune

    Blogger
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s administration is putting off argumentative health caring skeleton inspiring many supervision workers until Mar 1 after a quarrelsome open hearing and a negative Attorney General’s opinion came out final week. The skeleton were scheduled to go into outcome on Jan. 1.  State workers, teachers and retirees will also have until an additional month — until Nov. 30 — to enroll in a new plans. Previously, workers indispensable to make a preference about the plan they wanted by Oct. 31. The opening of a state workers’ health word enrollment…
  • Low appetite costs safeguard eurozone acceleration dips

    Blogger
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Eurozone acceleration slowed serve as approaching in Sep given of descending prices of unprocessed food and energy, a initial guess by a EU’s statistics bureau showed yesterday. Eurostat pronounced consumer prices in a 18 countries pity a euro rose 0.3%, year-on-year, negligence from 0.4% annualised increases in Aug and July. The pierce was in line with marketplace expectations, according to polling data. Unprocessed food prices fell 0.9%, year-on-year, in Sep and appetite was down 2.4%. What a European Central Bank calls core acceleration — a magnitude stripping out these dual flighty…
  • THE SCOOP: Tips for creation gluten-free foods

    Blogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    You’ve motionless to horde a infrequent cooking party. Invited a few tighten friends. Planned a menu. Then a few days before a event, we get a call from one of your guest requesting a gluten-free meal. What does that mean? And some-more importantly, how does it impact your menu? Gluten-free eating These days some-more and some-more people are following a gluten-free eating plan. Some simply select to discharge gluten from their diet given it creates them feel better. Others have been told by a health veteran to discharge a gluten due to an dogmatism or celiac disease. Gluten is a protein…
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  • Top 10 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

    Katy
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    byPhilip Brown, PhD, senior consultant at the National School Climate Center. #1: Volunteering helps foster empathy. Empathy is the most critical disposition for responding to the needs of others.  We need to be able to imagine what other people may be going through or feeling. Volunteering helps engage our natural empathic sense, but you have to make sure that there are opportunities to talk about the purpose and experience of any volunteer activity if the recipients aren’t visible in the process (making sandwiches for the homeless isn’t the same as helping to deliver the…
  • Supporting the People’s Climate March

    Katy
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Like so many, I want to drop everything and travel to New York City for the People’s Climate March. As I’m sure many of you can relate to, I have full time work, two-days of kid activities to wrangle, and a local political action meeting to host this weekend. I would love to be heading to NYC to show my support of immediate action on the climate crisis. This event will be historic and will record breaking. I am with my fellow child health and environmental activists in spirit this weekend. They come from all walks of life. Just take a look at some of them from the Moms Clean Air…
  • New Research: Green Neighborhoods Lead to Healthier Babies

    Katy
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    When this came across my inbox from the Oregon State University I just had to share it. Not only are greener neighborhoods better for our environment, but they are better for our families, starting during pregnancy and birth.  This makes sense when you consider the impact of a gardens and green spaces near and in hospitals and how they help patients heal.  For city planners, families, law makers and advocates for child health, this news in important. How can we make all communities, especially urban and low income ones, more green and healthy?  To protect public health and the…
  • The Problem with Artificial Turf

    Katy
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Have you ever stood on artificial turf and wondered exactly what was under your (or your child’s) feet? I remember returning to my childhood pool a few years ago. They had replaced much of the seating areas with artificial turf. In the summer sun this material burned our feet and smelled funny. I remembered reading about some of the health concerns surrounding artificial turf and thought I’d get in touch with an organization I follow called No Toxic Turf to find out more. Our interview is below. Please feel free to post a question and we can try to get it answered! 1. What are the…
  • Top 6 Back to School Posts

    Katy
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Twas the night before school, and all is quiet in the house. Not a creature was stirring– except this parent and teacher. It is like the quiet before an impending storm. Lunches! Backpacks! Times tables! They are off for another year. Here are 10 of our top back to school posts that will (hopeful) ease the transition for your little learner. Remember, parents, take care of yourself too! Those little ones will be tired. You will be tired. Everyone will need a bit of adjustment time and a whole lot of patience. I know I certainly will! 1. Green and Health Back to School: This post…
 
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  • Another Bushel of Harvest Posts

    Crunchy Chicken
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rather than reposting harvest related blog posts from years' past, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of posts that would be appropriate for the fall harvest time of the year. Here are my top 8 favorites: 1. Processing sugar pie pumpkins - How to roast, process and freeze all those lovely pumpkins that you either grew or are buying from the farmers market, farm stand or
  • RIP Sarah, 2/10 - 9/14

    Crunchy Chicken
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    RIP, Sarah, you big, white fluffy butted chicken. May you forever peck at delicious cabbage worms in the big hen house in the sky.
  • Almost Amish book club: Introduction

    Crunchy Chicken
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Welcome to the Almost Amish book club!  For each chapter of this book, I'll be including a chapter summary, discussion questions and challenges. I'll be cross-posting on Facebook, where we tend to have more comments, so if it's all crickets over here or you're not seeing  much activity, you might want to check out my Facebook page. Also, I know it's not the middle of the month yet, but I thought
  • Full time homeschooling middle school

    Crunchy Chicken
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Howdy! Sorry I've been MIA this last week. School started on Wednesday and, on Monday, I made the executive decision (with support from my husband) to full time homeschool my 7th grade son. He was scheduled to do 2 classes at his middle school this year, but the times they wanted him to take classes messed up my work schedule too much. So, I figured adding 2 more subjects didn't matter in the
  • Almost Amish book club!

    Crunchy Chicken
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I recently heard about this book, Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life (2012) and decided to put it on hold at the library. In it, the author of the book, Nancy Sleeth, talks about how she tried to reduce her and her family's reliance on technology and get back to a simpler lifestyle. Along the way, she explains how she went about making conscious choices
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  • Scholastic Parent & Child’s KidQ App

    Tiffany
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    We are a pretty tech savvy household. We have lots of techie toys, smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, and so on. While I try to keep a balance in this area and make sure we don’t become to dependent on our “screen time”. I don’t want anyone in the family to feel like they are in withdrawal if they have to sit with their thoughts and little else to entertain themselves. If they do start to get antsy without their electronic devices then I know we need some screen free time. I also see the value in all these devices. It makes managing everything in life so much easier.
  • My Fall Bucket List

    Tiffany
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Fall is my favorite time of year! I am ready and ramping up for some fall fun by making a bucket list. What do YOU love to do in the fall??? My Fall Bucket List Attend the Country Living Fair Done!!! Go apple picking at a local orchard Make apple dumplings Make crockpot applesauce Visit a pumpkin patch Carve some pumpkins Take a scenic drive too see changing leaves Take a boat out on Alum Creek to see the leaves Go on a hayride Visit a haunted house Go to the Pumpkin Festival Eat pumpkin funnel cakes Make my own pumpkin puree Attend Boo at the Zoo Go on a Ghost Walk Navigate a corn maze And…
  • Natural Play Dough and Fun Recipes

    Tiffany
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Kids love to get their hands messy and play with good ole fashioned play dough. The stuff in the stores though could have any number of unsavory ingredients. The truth is we don’t know because the major players in the industry refuse to disclose ingredients, claiming that it is proprietary. The uber bright colors are enough to make me worry though because there are lots of toxic nasties in dyes. The powers that be claim are they “perfectly safe”. I say why wonder when you can make your own. Enjoy! RICE FLOUR PLAY DOUGH from the Lisa Lewis book Special Diets for Special…
  • How Co-Sleeping Can Help

    Tiffany
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I am a big advocate for cosleeping. I shared a bed with all three of my kiddos and I found the benefits for both mom and baby to be without measure. This is especially so with infants and babies who are still breastfeeding but the benefits easily extend to toddlers as well. It makes for healthier and more attached and secure children. And another big bonus: It’s free! No need for a pricey crib which might just be recalled a year or two down the line anyway. For more info check out my article on Co-Sleeping Safely With Your Baby and enjoy the infographic below! Image from…
  • Gorgeous DIY Upcycled Teacup Lights

    Tiffany
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The following is a guest post from Nikki at Green Moxie. She is sharing with us a DIY, upcycle project that is worthy of a million Pinterest pins. I adore the finished product and no doubt I will be looking for lovely teacups and saucers at estate sales and flea markets for making of my own teacups lights. Enjoy!! I grew up in a tea-drinking family and I have always loved the delicacy of teacups. If you have some you particularly like, turn them into these gorgeous teacup lights. It’s not as difficult as you may think and it should only take you about an hour to create these cute little…
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • I’m going to ShiftCon

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Two weeks from today I’ll be in Los Angeles to attend the first ever ShiftCon — an eco-wellness social media conference. The focus of ShiftCon is health, wellness and the environment — three of my biggest passions! I wasn’t sure about going at first since I haven’t been as big a part of the blogging world as I used to be, but when a wait-list ticket opened up several weeks ago, I decided to throw caution to the wind and bought my ticket. Not only that, my husband Jody and I decided to make it into a short family vacation so the four of us are all heading to LA!
  • Your Cash Register Receipt May Contain BPA

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Disclosure: This post was created as part of the BPA in Receipts Campaign in which I am a financially compensated blogger. The opinions are my own and based on my own experience. Keeping your family healthy and staying away from nasty chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) — a nasty endocrine disruptor — at the grocery store can be a daunting task. But there is new research (#ad) that shows that it’s not just the food that could contain BPA, it’s the cash register receipts as well. Specifically it’s the thermal register receipts that are the issue. That kind of…
  • Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Perfect for fall, these gluten-free cookies are a little piece of awesome. Made with pumpkin, spices and a couple doTERRA essential oils, they are sure to be a hit in any crowd. Bake them up and watch them disappear! A big thanks to my friend Hannah Gaitten for sharing this amazing recipe with me. Gluten-Free Flour Blend mix well and store in an airtight container 1 cup brown rice flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup almond flour (not meal) 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 tsp xantham gum Hannah’s Gluten-Free Pumpkin On Guard Cookies makes approx. 3 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 cups Gluten-Free…
  • My Unschooling Interview on Mile High Mamas

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A few weeks ago, I was honored to be interviewed about my family’s experiences with unschooling for the popular Denver-based blog, Mile High Mamas. In honor of back-to-school time, Mile High Mamas ran a three-part series featuring some non-traditional schooling methods including homeschooling, unschooling and a post about charter schools. If you ever wanted to know more about how the kids and I go about our unschooling lives, what drew me to unschooling, my thoughts on getting into college, and my favorite things about unschooling, I encourage you to read my interview. Have more…
  • Preventing Back-to-School Sickness with Essential Oils

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Back-to-school time is often filled with anticipation, excitement and germs! Wait, what?! Germs?? Yes, GERMS. Thankfully though, there are easy, healthy and natural ways to prepare for the germs and boost your child’s immunity at the same time. Although my children don’t attend school or daycare, they still spend a lot of time around other kids through enrichment programs, play dates, park days, etc., and I’ve come to appreciate and rely on several doTERRA essential oils for preventing illness and attacking it when we do get hit. I love that doTERRA essential oils are…
 
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  • 5 Fall Garden Tasks To Save Money in the Spring

    Green Bean
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    From the bean of Green Bean.Cosmos seeds just begging to be saved for next year!As the sun wanes and the vines die, most of us turn our attention away from the garden.  Pumpkins beg to be made into pies, apples to be dried or sauced.  I typically think of the garden again come New Years, with the rush of the holidays behind me and seed catalogs piling up. This year, however, I want to make sure I hit a few important garden tasks that will bring big yields in spring.A California native sunflower that I planted for the first time this year. Loved it and am saving the seeds for next…
  • How My Parents Buying a Hybrid Is a Sign Of Hope

    Eco Yogini
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Eco-Yogini reflects on hope...The last few years I've found it so difficult to have hope when it comes to... well... most things. I suspect it's something to do with why it's always a certain demographic each generation that protests and speaks out and rages against the machine. It's true that as I've gotten older I've become more cynical and I feel a bit smaller in my ability to affect change.I think some of this perspective and knowledge is important. There's only so much you can take on for so long before it becomes overwhelming and exhausting. But it's also a bit sad. To lose that piece…
  • Wanted: Tips for Happy & Healthy Family Dinner

    Betsy Escandon
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Eco-novice wants your help turning a picky eater into an enthusiastic one.In my house, we have some picky eaters. Probably my fault, but let's move past that. The point is, a little while ago I decided I was tired of preparing multiple meals (the real meal, plus what my 7yo and 5yo would actually eat) each night. I made my kids a deal: one meal each night, and they had to try it, but then on Fridays I would make them anything they wanted.This sort of works, except that trying whatever I make often involves eating a microscopic amount preceded by many minutes of weeping, wailing, and gnashing…
  • Why I Gave Away My Books

    Christy
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter reflects upon efforts to simplify her life. Before I begin, please let me unload my baggage.I love my stuff. I am constantly fighting my ego's urge to own more things. One of the things that makes me deliriously happy is books. Not only do I love reading (I often stay awake into the wee hours of the morning to finish a book), I also love the physical being of books and I have a visceral connection to them. I am the type of person who, upon purchasing a new book, likes to open it up and smell the pages. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this.Back in the day…
  • 8 Ways to Save Water in Your Garden

    Green Bean
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.I live - and garden in - one of the most parched regions of the country - northern California.  Indeed, my region is classified as Exceptional Drought, one dusty, dry step past Extreme.  I cannot remember the last time it rained.  I really cannot. Even surrounded by this lack of water, my garden continues to bloom - a lush, verdant green.   This summer, I harvested pounds upon pounds of blackberries and pumpkins erupt across the chocolate brown soil.  Hummingbirds battle over the California fuchsia and finches stop to sample cosmos…
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  • Traveling Necessities

    greenandcleanmom
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Cupcakes, wine and cell phone chargers make the world a better place. Okay, they make traveling a lot easier. Especially if you’re traveling with my sister because it’s an adventure and you need all the help you can get! She says she has a black travel cloud that hangs over her head. I believe her. Unfortunately, traveling with her means the black cloud follokiws you Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Traveling Necessities The post Traveling Necessities appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Practical Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

    greenandcleanmom
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    Moms need practical tips for getting their kids to eat their veggies. Like real tips that work and well are honest, even if they’re tricky. After all, veggies are good for you. Everyone knows this.  As my kids get older, it is becoming a challenge to get them to eat new foods, especially their vegetables. They have the fruits and veggies they like and the Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Practical Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies The post Practical Tips for Getting Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Teaching, Blogging and Staying Afloat

    greenandcleanmom
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Good morning 3rd graders, give me a smile if you can hear me. This is how my day begins. I see familiar names on a screen and the students communicate with me through chat, microphone, polling tools and emoticons. Just like any teacher, I’m concerned about each student’s progress and making sure they are learning and mastering important concepts and lessons. I make an effort Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Teaching, Blogging and Staying Afloat The post Teaching, Blogging and Staying Afloat appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac

    greenandcleanmom
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac with floor head is my friend. My husband calls it my new toy. The kids tease me and say I need a holster for my belt. I’m using this hand held vacuum several times a day. It’s me versus the drywall dust and I’m determined to win. Here’s what I love about the BLACK + DECKER Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac The post BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review

    greenandcleanmom
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Home renovation can be exciting but in my experience is also means drywall dust. Drywall dust means vacuuming, sweeping and dusting. Repeat daily for the rest of your life! Slight exaggeration but that is how I feel right now. Luckily, I was sent a Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier and boy what a difference it has made. We actually need more than one of these Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review The post Luma Comfort AP400W Air Purifier Review appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • September Homeschool Review

    Greenstylemom
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    I wasn't sure what would happen in September with our trip and review and other activities. I guess overall I'm pretty happy with where we are so far. My record keeping system is going well for me, although I think I want to change our daily worklist. It is taking up too much time for me each evening.MathKhanAcademy - kids are mostly working through this on their ownCalculadder - Jack is still on Level 4, Kate on Level 10Life of Fred - finished Farming, started GoldfishMathUSee - late getting going, Kate is through Delta Unit 3 (long division sucks!),…
  • DayBook 9.29.14

    Greenstylemom
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... sunny, cool and the clouds look to be building over the mountains. I should check the weather forecastI am hearing kitchen clock ticking and some birds tweeting outside. Other than that it is blissfully quiet. Ah!I am feeling... a bit disappointed. But that won't last long.I am thinking... that maybe I shouldn't think so much.I am thankful for... my cleaning lady. She's been away, and while I am perfectly able to clean my own house, I really prefer someone else doing it!From the kitchen... homemade chicken noodle soup, taquitos, and…
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    New running shoes! #glowinthedarkETA: No fewer than 3 comments about my shoes from strangers on the trail while on my first run in them!
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Actually this made me laugh out loud & roll my eyes!Discovered on our blackboard wall this evening
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Star Wars Lego figures in the shower
 
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    Green Talk®

  • Longwood Gardens: A Trip for the Soul

    Anna@Green Talk
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    I love birthdays! Every year I spend the day with hubs at an arboretum of my choice.  The New York Botanical Garden was last year’s birthday trip where I learned  all about roses! This year we went to Longwood Gardens which is known for being one of THE GARDENS to go to. I wasn’t disappointed. Nor will you be. So, follow along as I give you a little taste of this magnificent garden.   Be sure to check out the plants that I fell in love with. Just a little History About Longwood Gardens George Peirce purchased 402 acres of land from William Penn’s commissioners.   His twin…
  • Removing Beans from Pods Using the Dryer

    Anna@Green Talk
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    I hate removing dry beans from their pods.   I plant at least four beds of beans every year.  I complained in one of my YouTube videos that bean removal process was a big time hog.   One of my YouTube reader told me to use my dryer for faster shucking.  Shoot me now.  Learn why you SHOULDN’T use your dryer to remove beans from pods.  (Plus video to add to my embarrassment…) How to Removing Beans from Pods Before I go into my drama laden issue.  Watch the below video that shows you how I normally remove my dry beans from their pods. Okay, now you have the picture of why…
  • How to Store Used Coffee Grounds +Reuse Tips

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    I love used coffee grounds and save them.  As Tony the Tiger says, they are GREAT in the garden.  In fact I bet you didn’t know that I was a frequent stalker at Starbucks waiting for them to put their used grounds in the gardener bin pick-up?  Unfortunately, I was competing against super gardener athletes whose keen sense of used coffee grounds beat me every time to the bin.  Sadly, I am only left with coffee grounds that hubs drinks.  So you can imagine my horror when I  ruined my stash more than once and learned the hard way how to store used coffee grounds.  Be sure to watch…
  • Cauliflower Cherry Tomato Soup: Vegan, Paleo, GF

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    I will admit it. I am not a recipe creator, but I do like to fiddle with other people’s recipes.  I sub a little of “this” and a lot of “that.”   Sometimes the recipe is awful and others times it works.  Case in point.  I had to write a post for a sponsor using their product.  I elected to make a non-dairy cream sauce using my overabundant cherry tomatoes and cauliflower.  Well, that cream sauce ended up becoming a delicious soup–cauliflower cherry tomato soup!  Truth be told I could have made it  into a sauce but it was just so scrumptious as a…
  • Propagate Plants: Save Money to Create New Plants

    Anna@Green Talk
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    I love to grow my own flowers and seeds but lately I discovered I can grow them without using seeds.  What, you say?  No, I haven’t lost it.  I just started using my own plants to make more plants.  My kitchen window sill is my laboratory–a new plant propagation system.  Want to learn how? Keep reading. Oh, and watch my video below.  You get an inside view of my “laboratory.” 3 Ways to Propagate Plants. New Seedlings in a Garden Bed I have the perfect conditions–wind, pavers, and abundant plants.  I have seedlings everywhere.  Joe Pye Weed, spirea,…
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    Mindful Momma

  • Juice Beauty’s Instant Eye Lift {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
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  • 3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Body Using Coffee (without drinking it)

    Micaela
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
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  • Top Blogs for DIY Beauty Products

    Micaela
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
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  • 3 Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair (Naturally)

    Micaela
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
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  • KidStir Kits – For the Love of Cooking!

    Micaela
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement

    Greg Head
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    The increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers brings about more go green campaigns and a go green movement along with solutions. This gives ordinary people and corporations the opportunity to choose to make this planet a better place to stay. With global warming gradually affecting our earth, consumers, corporations and governments need to be more… Read more The post Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers

    Alice Benny
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    When it comes to choosing accommodations, most travelers have decided opinions. Some prefer hotels with their convenient, on-the-spot service while others like the independence that comes from renting a private home. Now there’s a new company, Oasis Collections, that offers travelers the best of both worlds. Oasis Collections is something of a revolution in accommodations… Read more The post Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Autumn has arrived, and with it, a prime season for agritourism. Take advantage of beautiful fall weather, the outdoors, and the opportunity to eat, can, and bake with whole food ingredients this autumn by traveling to your nearest organic u-pick farms and orchards. In the mood for something different? Read on to learn where you can… Read more The post Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Green Cruise Line Measures on the New Disney Fantasy

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last month, my kids and I were lucky enough to sail on the media preview voyage of the Disney Fantasy, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet of four. Having conducted research on how small ship cruising is the best green cruise line option, I had concerns about the eco-implications of our trip… Read more The post Green Cruise Line Measures on the New Disney Fantasy appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Great Farm Stays to Get Back to Nature

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Long popular in Europe, farm stay vacations have only recently become part of the mainstay U.S. travel market. Once you try a farm stay, however, you’ll be sold. Whether experiencing a farm stay as a destination in itself or as a lodging alternative on a vacation including other activities, farm stays are a way to… Read more The post 5 Great Farm Stays to Get Back to Nature appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Luxury Style and Sophistication Wood Watches By Jord

    Monica Brady
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I recently received the opportunity to review an extremely interesting watch from a company named Jord.  The Jord company makes unique watches that are one of a kind and hand-crafted with sustainable materials from all over the world.  They have a large line of attractive wooden watches with distinct combinations of color and grain pattern that I have never seen anywhere else. I opened up the box to see the “Delmar” model in a deep dark brown with a red carbon fiber face.  The colors of the materials really jumped out at me.  Because this watch is made from wood and natural materials,…
  • Give a Minute, Help Make-A-Wish

    Monica Brady
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    This September marks Straight Talk’s third year for its drive to donate up to $1 million to the Make-A-Wish foundation. This year, they are very excited about their ‘Give a Minute, Help Make-A-Wish’ program and you can help them reach their goal. If you’re in the market for a new mobile device, or even if you aren’t, head over to a participating Walmart store on any Saturday from 10am – 4pm during the month of September. For every person who attends a Straight Talk in-store demo, they will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish! It only takes a minute of your time, and you can help make a…
  • Put Your Best Face Forward

    Monica Brady
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I have been very lucky, in that I have never really had a bad acne problem. Over the years, though, I have had little flare ups that left me feeling less than excited about going out in public. To this day, every couple of months my face will have a decent flare up. Sometimes it’s a whole bunch of little ones, sometimes it’s just a few big ones… either way… pimples are annoying, they are painful, and they always show up at the worst times. Acne can even make someone feel pretty self conscious about how they look. I am always looking for the easiest and most effective…
  • DIY Decorations: It’s Fall Y’all!

    Monica Brady
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    It’s Officially the first day of FALL!!! We are so very excited for this part of the year. Fall just marks the beginning of some awesome things… Holidays, Birthdays, and various other events, beautiful colors in the leaves, cooler weather… There’s just so much that makes Fall one of the best times of the year, and we wanted to celebrate that! This year has been the year for turning our house into a home, and that means decorating and making things look nicer. Decorating means either making or buying things. Typically, I’ll make things for the house, or figure…
  • Great Deals on BTS Apparel

    Monica Brady
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    One of my favorite parts of Back to School is shopping for new clothes… for my girls… We have a fun time looking through the new outfit racks and tables, and most especially, the clearance racks! Here, the beginning of the year is still quite hot, so my apparel shopping always includes the clearance racks, and with twins, I love all of the treasures we find! I was given $15 to shop, so I wanted to see what we could find. Apparently, we were there at  just the right time, as there were tons of clearance items, everywhere. We found some shorts and tops at great deals. Yes, we…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Big Pharma invents 'Sluggish Cognitive Tempo' disease to drug millions more children

    Veshengro
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The drug industry has come up with yet another phony mental illness that it says afflicts as many as 2 million children: "Sluggish Cognitive Tempo," or SCT, one of the most ridiculous counterfeit diseases yet. According to a description of the "disease" published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, children with SCT are basically daydreamers, which Big Pharma is now using as a catch-net classification for children who can't be declared as having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The emergence of SCT comes as parents, medical professionals and child…
  • A Believer in Vacant Lots Urban Farming’s Grande Dame: Karen Washington

    Veshengro
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Karen Washington, a community activist who has been called “urban farming’s de facto godmother,” found her bliss when she moved to the Bronx nearly 30 years ago and began growing vegetables in her backyard. Gardening was not part of her heritage. “My parents and grandparents were not farmers,” said Ms. Washington, who recently retired after 37 years from her day job as a physical therapist. “I took out books from the library and learned what to do.” Savoring the memory of her initial harvest, which included eggplant, peppers and collard greens, she said it was the tomatoes that…
  • How To Bore The Children

    Veshengro
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Here is how to make a child bored: first and foremost, keep him indoors so that the infinitude of nature, its endless variation and chaotic messiness is replaced by a finite, orderly, predictable realm. Second, through television and video games, habituate him to intense stimuli so that everything else seems boring by comparison. Third, eliminate as much as possible any unstructured time with other children, so that he loses his capacity for creative play and needs entertainment instead. Fourth, shorten his attention span with fast-paced programming, dumbed-down books, and frequent…
  • People's Climate March Leaves Trail Of Trash

    Veshengro
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Around 400,000 people marched through Manhattan to send a message to world leaders regarding the dire consequences of climate change, and the urgent, desperate necessity of enacting sweeping reforms to stop it. It appears at least 150,000 of those people tossed away their paper Starbucks cups. From the looks of it, much of what was heaved onto the ground by activists caught up in the fervor wasn't trash at all—a healthy amount of the detritus piled in the gutters was recyclable, indicating that attendees couldn't even be bothered to stuff their spent Gatorade bottles into their bags until…
  • Just a Thought: Why Permaculture Can Make the Problem the Solution

    Veshengro
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    Want to change the world? It starts with your next thought! Maddy Harland explains why how we think can shape not only our personal lives but the world we live in, why learning permaculture was a game changer, and what enables her to stay focused for over two decades. We recently published Looby Macnamara's second book, 7 Ways to Think Differently. This little book is like good medicine - it is potent - it goes a long way. I couldn't attend the book launch at the UK Permaculture Convergence because my better half, Tim, was recovering from an operation so I wrote a short speech about how…
 
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  • Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?

    jennae
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This, ladies and gentlemen, may look like a simple, ordinary entryway with a simple, ordinary light bulb in a fixture. But…it’s magic. OK…not exactly magic. But it is a smart LED bulb I can control with my phone, so it […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?
  • Planning Our Master Bedroom

    jennae
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    If I’m honest, I’m having the hardest time figuring out what to do with our master bedroom. We genuinely have no idea how we’d like it to look, but finding that bedding sale the other day really has me itching to get it done. Part of the challenge is that we have a lot more space. So […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Planning Our Master Bedroom
  • Green Steal: Organic Bedding Up to 85% Off

    jennae
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Like always, the master bedroom is the room that has gotten the least attention since we’ve moved. Both my daughters’ rooms are well on their way to being complete, and even my stepsons’ bedroom is all but done. But my hubby and I have done little but put our furniture in place and hang some […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Green Steal: Organic Bedding Up to 85% Off
  • Maintaining Wicker Furniture for Patio Use

    Guest
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    by Wicker Paradise If you love the look of wicker furniture, you’re not alone. The first wicker furniture was created for the ancient Romans, so it’s likely that they enjoyed patio chairs similar to the ones you have in your backyard. Even in ancient times, this material was prized for its resilience, and it has only […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Maintaining Wicker Furniture for Patio Use
  • Five Obvious Ways to Make Your Home Greener

    jennae
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Sometimes, I tend to forget that all of you haven’t been reading Green Your Decor since the beginning. I assume that you’re all pretty far along on your journeys toward a greener home, and I write with that underlying assumption in mind. Well, this post is for the people who may not be so far […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Five Obvious Ways to Make Your Home Greener
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    Chris Gammell's Analog Life

  • The magic of books

    Chris Gammell
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    What is it about books? They still hold a place of magic in our society and to me. I have had a few opportunities to write a book or two now, at least the offer to begin writing one or talk about writing one. I have passed on all of them so far. Not because I don’t want to. I actually would quite enjoy it. However, talking to all the people I know who have written (technical) books have told me two things: It’s really really really hard It’s really worth it. How am I supposed to process that? I suppose it’s much like asking someone whether their time in the military…
  • (KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

    Chris Gammell
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a cross-post from the Contextual Electronics blog, as it affects readers here and there TL; DR: I am releasing all of the KiCad videos that were part of Contextual Electronics to the public and have started a new site/forum to support them. See below for announcement video. I officially finished the first two sessions (1A & 1B) of Contextual Electronics in early June. It was a great experience, especially for a first time course, especially one where there was money involved and I was the IT guy on the project. It wasn’t a super smooth build, but that kind of added to the…
  • As big as…space

    Chris Gammell
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last week on my electronics podcast, The Amp Hour, I did something uncharacteristic: I mentioned where I’m working, while I’m working there. Normally I don’t talk about my place of employment until after I have left, which has always served me well. There is no conflict of interest in talking about work that protected by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).  This time is different though, because the nature of the company is different (and my role will be more public facing than my normal role as an engineer). I’ve been working with Supply Frame part time, in addition…
  • Don’t Wait For Permission

    Chris Gammell
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I have corresponded with a international student for a few years now. I honestly can’t even remember how we met online and it doesn’t matter. He showed interest in my work and we started talking and have continued as he has graduated from US university and found a job locally. Recently he asked me: I don’t like my current job. How can I get a job at Google? I asked him why he wanted to move to Google. High pay? Exciting work? Big challenges? A recognizable name on a resume? All of these things can be had at other companies, many that are easier to get to than Google.
  • I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

    Chris Gammell
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’m paying way too much to get PCBs made. How do I know this? I’ve done it before. I know how many boards I’m making (quite a few!). I know the costs. I know the tradeoffs. And not only that, I’ve gotten quotes from China. I’ve seen how little I can pay (15-20% of what I will end up paying per board). But that’s not the whole story of course (one sentence statements of my idiocy are left for my Twitter account, this is much more long form). No, this is actually a combination of factors, mistakes and conscious decisions that brings me to this point. So…
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    Jetson Green

  • Skyscraper Made of Waste

    Christine Walsh
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    The French design firm Chartier-Corbasson has come up with an innovative skyscraper, which would be built using the recycled waste of its occupants. The so-called Organic London Skyscraper would be constructed from panels that are made from recycled plastic (e.g. plastic bottles, …), which would all be sorted and refabricated on site. The skyscraper is called organic, because floors would be added on according to demand for new housing units. One of the aims of the Organic London Skyscraper plan is also to show how the costs of building a skyscraper could be kept down. The residents…
  • Tiny Apartment Big Enough to Fit a Family of Three

    Christine Walsh
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Downsizing is certainly one of the components of living sustainably. However, while living in a tiny house sounds good for a single person, many can’t envision a whole family living in one very small space. The Spanish architecture firm Beriot Bernardini Arquitectos recently renovated a tiny 269 square-foot (25 square-meter) apartment, turning it into a cozy living space for three without the occupants needing to sacrifice the comforts associated with a larger living space. The architects began implementing their design by first inserting large, full-height timber volumes in order to…
  • Reciprocity House is Worth Watching

    Christine Walsh
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, is one of the entrants in this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe competition. In a nutshell, it is an energy-efficient, highly sustainable modular home, which aims to set the standard of low cost, and low impact building in the future. It is a joint effort between Appalachian State University and the French Université d’Angers, and one of only two entries into the competition by US teams this year. Maison Reciprocity will be constructed using Binderholz Cross-laminated Timber, which is an engineered wood that is a great insulator, and can also…
  • Top 5 Luxury Homes Made from Shipping Containers

    Christine Walsh
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    A single, standard-sized shipping container works out great for a tiny living space, but might feel a little cramped. And therein lies the beauty of constructing a house out of shipping containers. You can easily stack them up, or line them side by side to create a larger dwelling. Below you will find five of the most ingenious luxury homes made from shipping containers, which are still quite sustainable, despite their larger size. 1. Beach Box This is a shipping container house located in the Hamptons in New York. The house was built out of six shipping containers and measures 2,000 square…
  • Fuel Cells to Heat and Power Homes

    Christine Walsh
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    When looking into off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home, those interested might soon be getting a new option. The Dresden, Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system, which uses natural gas to produce both heat and electricity. Fuel cells are more efficient and have lower emissions than internal combustion engines, but they have, until now, been too expensive and complicated to manufacture effectively for widespread adoption.
 
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    The Green Parent

  • Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

    Jenn
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Have you found that your skirt size has creeped up over the years? Your risk for developing breast cancer might be increasing right along with your skirt size. Researchers at the Gynecological Cancer Research Center at University College London, recently completed a study on over 93,000 British women. The women were all over age 50 at the onset of the study between 2005 and 2010, and none had a diagnosis of breast cancer. According to the study, the women had an average skirt size of 8 at the age of 25. When they entered the study, the average age of the participants was 64 and the average…
  • How to pick the perfect running shoe

    Jenn
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    by Amby Burfoot In the market for a new running shoe?  Your first stop should be to seek out the advice of an expert at your local running store.  They can watch you run, examine your current pair, and talk to your about your running goals – and injury history – to determine the running shoes that would work best for you. You can also use this guide, created by running legend Amby Burfoot, to help you figure out what style of shoe you should be looking for.  Motion-controlled?  Neutral?  Stability?  This guide will walk you through it.  And start you on your way to your…
  • Race report: Potomac River Run Marathon

    Jenn
    5 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    This is probably the only picture of me in which I am not grimacing or cussing after the race. Ouch! It has been less than 24 hours since I completed the Potomac River Run Marathon in Carderock, Maryland.  So while the pain is still fresh in my quads – and my ego- I figured I would sort out the thoughts in my head by hammering it all out on the keyboard. Some of you may remember my announcement last week that I was hoping for a PR at this race.  As you may have guessed, I did not accomplish that goal.  In fact, I didn’t even come close.  And I’m actually OK with that. I…
  • Solar water heating – what’s in it for you?

    Jenn
    5 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. It was relatively crude, but was still able to provide hot water for the household for about ten months of each year. Today, solar water heating has advanced into streamlined systems which can…
  • You signed up for WHAT?

    Jenn
    30 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    It seems as though I have some explaining to do. Over the past few weeks, my race schedule for 2014 took shape in a pretty big way.  And it seems that before the year is through, I will be making the leap from marathons and triathlons to an Ironman! But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let me start with the race that’s on my mind right now: the Potomac River Run marathon in Washington D.C. on May 4th (this Sunday.)  Unlike the marathons that I ran for my 4 for 40 goal last year, and the Disney marathon I completed in January, I’m hoping to finish strong at this…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Natural Products Expo East 2014 Recap

    Courtney
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    2014 was my second year attending the Natural Products Expo East event, always in search of my new favorite natural products.  Though i was only able to attend the expo for the last day, saturday, I still found several new companies that deserve some special attention.  I’ll be doing more in-depth reviews of these products in coming […]Check out the review @ Natural Products Expo East 2014 Recap
  • Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee

    Andrew
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
      This past weekend, at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, I had the opportunity to pick up some cold brewed coffee from Chameleon.  I was given several samples as I was making my way towards the exit.  At the time I didn’t have a chance to speak with the vendor about what made their […]Check out the review @ Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee
  • Our Guide to Backyard Composting

    Courtney
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
        With the end of summer here I wanted to share some tips on backyard composting for the fall and winter that will surely benefit your garden come next year’s spring. For those of you who have heard of composting but aren’t quite sure what it is and why you should do it check […]Check out the review @ Our Guide to Backyard Composting
  • Caldrea Blackcurrant Mint Candle

    Andrew
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    When I was first presented a candle to review made by Caldrea, I was unsure what made a candle “eco-friendly.”  Why would this candle be better for the environment than other candles?  Well many scented hours later, with a bit of research, I have my answer. The Caldrea candle I was asked to review is […]Check out the review @ Caldrea Blackcurrant Mint Candle
  • Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush

    Courtney
    16 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recycling what you can is a great practice to get into. But what if the products didn’t need to be recycled because it is sustainable and made from organic matter? So it will eventually breakdown on it’s own, which is even better. Just remove the bristles and toss the handle into your compost pile. As […]Check out the review @ Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • How to Make a “Perfect” Solar Absorber

    David Chandler, MIT
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth’s surface from the sun — but not much of the rest of the spectrum, since that would increase the energy that is reradiated by the material, and thus lost to the conversion process.
  • A Bounty of Shared Solar

    Laurel Passera
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    I always enjoy learning obscure terms for collective nouns (a convocation of eagles, a bloat of hippopotamuses) so I wonder if we could coin a good term for a collection of shared solar programs? A ‘bounty’ perhaps? Whatever we call it, the collection of programs continues to grow year after year. If you’ve been following IREC for some time, you ma
  • German Renewables Output Tops Lignite

    Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Renewables became Germany’s most important power source for the first time this year, according to Agora Energiewende.
  • Listen Up: Cap and Trade's Impact on Fuel Prices

    The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Over 95 percent of climate scientists have concluded that CO2 is the primary cause of global warming. Solving the problem requires a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions. Some people are altruistic, but almost all businesses are bottom line oriented and will not reduce their CO2 emissions unless they have an economic incentive to do so. There are two realistic incentives: taxing CO2 emissions or setting up a cap and trade program for CO2. Since increasing taxes is politically unfeasible, the most practical approach is with a cap and trade program.
  • Renewable Gas from Wastewater Treatment Plant Fueling UK Homes

    Louise Downing, Bloomberg
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Extracting energy from “processed poo” to help power homes in the Birmingham area is what Severn Trent Plc, Britain’s second-largest publicly traded water company, is now doing to generate a cost-saving renewable gas.
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • PrimeSource and Rebuilding Together Help Oklahoma City Homeowner Return to His Home after 2013 Tornado

    tparsons
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
    September 17, 2014 05:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time OKLAHOMA CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PrimeSource Building Products, Inc. and Rebuilding Together announced today that they had repaired the home of an Oklahoma City resident who had been forced to relocate after his home was severely damaged by the tornado that devastated parts of Moore, Okla. in May 2013. Oklahoma City resident Keith was fortunate to survive the storm that caused a large tree to fall onto his house, damaging his roof and flooding his entire home with storm water. Faced with a physical disability from his job as a…
  • CBRE Group, Inc. Marks Anniversary of Shelter Program with Fifth-Annual BuildMonth

    tparsons
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    MORE THAN 5,400 CBRE EMPLOYEES HAVE HELPED IMPROVE THE LIVES AND HOMES OF THOSE IN NEED ACROSS THE U.S. Los Angeles, CA., September 8, 2014 /3BL Media/– CBRE Group, Inc. today announced its fifth-annual “BuildMonth,” the signature event of its Shelter Program, which focuses on providing shelter to individuals in need by improving housing options in low-income communities across the United States. Since its inception, more than 5,400 employees have donated over 40,000 hours of service through the Shelter Program by participating in 130 housing rebuilding projects. This initiative is a…
  • One Home, Two Purple Hearts

    tparsons
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Honoring military families for their service and sacrifice “We’re not really used to being the recipients of service from someone else,” said U.S. veteran Todd Shaw. “We’re used to being the ones lending a hand.” Todd and his wife Cathrine have devoted their lives to serving their country and their community. “We both come from military families,” Cathrine explained. “Todd’s family goes back a while, but mine has had someone in the armed service going all the way back to the Revolutionary War.” Todd and Cathrine are both members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
  • Rebuilding Together and Philips Work to Repair Homes, Community Centers and Provide Energy Efficient Upgrades Across U.S.

    tparsons
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:57 am
    WASHINGTON, DC- June 19, 2014-  In an effort to make communities safer, healthier, and more environmentally aware, Rebuilding Together and Philips are partnering to host six large volunteer projects across the country this summer and fall. As part of these projects, hundreds of volunteers will provide critical repairs and renovations to homes and community centers through the Philips Cares employee community service program. Additionally, Philips is donating its Philips LED lighting to the recipient homeowners to improve both the quality of their light and the energy efficiency in their…
  • Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s Work to Preserve Homes in the Dorchester Neighborhood

    tparsons
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    More than 80 Lowe’s Heroes employees will take part in the two-day community revitalization effort in Boston  Boston, MA, June 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, and its local Boston affiliate are teaming up with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs and renovations to two homes in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Mass.  More than 80 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from Boston-area stores will volunteer on June 11-12 to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety improvements as part of a $90,000 Lowe’s grant.
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Spirulina, A Superfood (Grow your own)

    Steve Spence
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a blue-green algae (cyanobacterium), that’s very high in protein, vitamins, and amino acids. It grows in high pH (10-11) brackish water that is inhospitable to most other things, so it’s fairly impervious to being “polluted” by other strains. Basically a complete “superfood” that if you had to, you could exist on with only water. As a food additive, it balances your diet as it provides a complete nutritional, easy to process and absorb, supplement to what you already eat. It’s fairly easy to grow at home, with a 20…
  • Did the EPA Ban Woodstoves?

    Steve Spence
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The rumors are swirling in cyberspace. Folks on Facebook and Twitter are adamant that no more wood stoves can be sold after January 1st.  It must be true because I read it online Here at Green Trust, we are more interested in truth, than rumor, so I decided to get to the bottom of this. Forbes put out a misleading  headline (actually a lie): “EPA’s Wood-Burning Stove Ban Has Chilling Consequences For Many Rural People” The EPA has not banned your current woodstove, so no rural people will be “chilled” this winter. The EPA has not banned the sale of new wood…
  • Is it illegal to trade saved seeds?

    Steve Spence
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Apparently in Pennsylvania it is. The PA Dept of Ag has sent a cease and desist to a seed saving library. This organization would let you “borrow” seeds, if you saved your seeds and returned them at the end of the season. PA says that’s “selling” seeds without a license.   In early June, the Simpson Public Library in tiny Mechanicsburg—the population is just shy of 9,000—received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. It seems the library’s seed-exchange program is in violation of the state’s 2004 Seed Act, according to state…
  • 2.5 kW Arkansas Solar Install

    Steve Spence
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    We just got back from a Off Grid Solar Install in Arkansas. We helped the homeowner install nine 275 watt solar panels ( 3 banks of 3), twenty four 6v batteries ( 3 banks of 8 in series), and a power panel that included a 80 amp MPPT charge controller, a 48v 3500 watt sine wave inverter/charger, and associated breakers and disconnects. The Outback Mate 3 now includes a network jack for monitoring your system with a computer, either locally, or remotely. The install team consisted of myself, Ricky Todd, and Nathaniel and Crystal Burson. The homeowners were happy to see their deep freezer,…
  • The $50 Mexico Water Purifier

    Steve Spence
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    For my trip to Mexico next week, I’m taking the parts to build my DIY Berkey Filter. This is a homebuilt version of the venerable British Berkefeld water purifier used around the world for generations, producing potable water from bacteria ridden sources. The DIY version consists of two filter candles, a faucet, and two plastic buckets. No Montezuma’s revenge for me!
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    greenstrides

  • Free Trees for Philly!!

    Joyce Benson
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Need some shade from the hot summer sun?  The best solution is usually as simple as planting a tree in your yard, and now you can get one for FREE!  This fall, TreePhilly, in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo, will give away 1500 trees to Philadelphia residents! They’ll provide the tree, [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers

    Joyce Benson
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    A report recently released by the Pesticide Research Institute and Friends of the Earth warns that, “More than half of ostensibly bee-friendly plants sampled at 18 Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart garden centers in the U.S. and Canada contained high levels of neonicotinoids (a pesticide), which are considered highly toxic to bees, butterflies and other [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • 6 Architectural Elements that Add Character and Structure to the Garden

    Joyce Benson
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Creating a sense of place, or identity, in any landscape design includes utilizing elements that fit in with the context of the site, which may be historical, cultural, environmental or geographical.  In addition, architectural features that help create or enhance the special character of a place can be functional, whimsical and/or simply beautiful. To keep [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Nesting Materials For The Birds

    Joyce Benson
    2 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    While taking a little time to stop and smell the roses this spring, you may notice the intricate handiwork of birds building their nests. It’s amazing what these instinctive architects can create with found materials.  While an ideal environment provides them with the right building materials, we can also lend a helping hand by providing [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Topiary Gardens Take a Giant Leap

    Joyce Benson
    29 May 2014 | 6:42 am
    They’re whimsical and imaginative, artful and sculptural…topiary gardens take many shapes and sizes.  The precisely sheared shrubs and trees seem to come to life.  Recently though, topiary gardening has morphed into something even more magical:  Mosaiculture.  These public works of horticultural art, often several stories high, encompass wire frames that act as colossal planters filled [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
 
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Gelatine "bump" label could change food packaging industry

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    An award-winning perishable label that reacts to protein decomposition could herald a change in the way the freshness of food is measured, according to its London-based designer, raising the prospect of reducing consumable wastage and even improving organ transportation. Joel Flynn reports.
  • New copper-based fabric promises germ-free hospital environment

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    A children's burn unit in Chile is using a newly developed copper-based material in its hospital gowns that limits the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses, creating a safer environment for patients and doctors. Elly Park reports.
  • Genetic bacterial engineering could herald new era of biofuels

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Research by scientists at Imperial College London suggests that genetic engineering of bacteria could facilitate the production of propane on a commercial scale, potentially opening up new ways of creating biofuels outside of agriculture, giving hope to those seeking alternatives to fossil fuels. Joel Flynn went to the laboratory to meet them.
  • Lush farms sprout amid Manila's concrete sprawl

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Vegetable farms grow on rooftops, shanty towns and school grounds amid the cramped, concrete surroundings of metro Manila. Michaela Cabrera investigates.
  • Israeli firm looks to keep solar power generators running at night

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Israeli firm Brenmiller Energy aims to solve the conundrum of producing solar power at night with a new energy storage system that it says is an alternative to other solar technologies and will help provide clean electricity at a competitive price. Jim Drury reports.
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Global warming may have fueled 2013’s heatwave epidemic

    Alfie Joshua
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In a collection of 22 peer-reviewed analyses on 16 extreme weather and climate events that occurred last year, which were published as a nearly 100-page report yesterday, international teams of researchers found clear ties between global warming and the extreme heat events that plagued areas from Australia to China in 2013. Altogether, 9 of the 16 extreme heat events were at least partially attributed to manmade global warming. There were also some signs that the ongoing drought in California, the worst one in the state’s history, may have been caused by global warming as well. Links…
  • Gap bans the sale of animal fur following public outcry

    Mercedes Hart
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If you’re looking for a nice, comfy fur sweater for the fall season, then Gap isn’t the place you want to look. Two weeks ago, Sarah Maddox launched a Change.org petition against Gap, denouncing the retailer for selling products which contained real animal fur for its upscale Piperlime label. Maddox was outraged that the retailer was selling items that were made from animal fur, which is often harvested in an incredibly cruel manner. “These innocent creatures are beaten, electrocuted, or have their heads and necks stepped on,” she wrote in the text of the petition. “Animals killed…
  • UN experts warn that the world’s mangrove forests are disappearing

    Jesseb Shiloh
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Experts at the United Nations have expressed concern that the world’s mangrove forests are being destroyed at a more rapid rate than other forest ecosystems due to a combination of land conversion, urban development, and pollution. A report from the United Nations Environment Program that was presented yesterday says that mangrove forests are disappearing anywhere from 3 to 5 times faster than other forests, and that by 2050, Southeast Asia could potentially lose 35% if the mangrove forests that it has in the year 2000. “The escalating destruction and degradation of mangroves, driven by…
  • Evidence suggests that dolphins are sensitive to magnetism

    Chastity Mansfield
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Scientists have been interested in magnetoreception, the ability of living organisms to perceive magnetic fields, for the quite some time. Ever since its discovery, numerous different species have been identified which possess the ability to sense direction and navigate using Earth’s magnetic field. Sea turtles, honeybees, spiny lobsters, and several migratory birds all possess a built-in magnetic compass that enables them to perceive and utilize information from Earth’s magnetic field. What’s even more interesting is that our planet’s magnetism can even act as a map for some animals.
  • New study finds that cowbells actually make cows miserable

    Cactus Williams
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cowbells have long been associated with green pastures and herds of happy cows, especially in Switzerland, where the cowbell is a natural cultural symbol. However, according to new research from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, cows actually despise those bells, and can actually sustain permanent hearing damage from them. The researchers studied more than 100 cows who wore 12-pound cowbells at 25 farm across Switzerland. What they found was that the cowbells could actually lead to deafness in the cows that wear them. Cowbells create noise levels between 100 and 113…
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • Summer Home Decoration Trends

    bb846174
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    This summer, the focus in home decoration would be on the use of minimalistic designs and green colored furniture. These trends continue from the past year. People are trying to make their houses look more open and spacious. As a result, there is an increasing shift from the traditional furniture items that are bold and bulky. Now furniture is being used only as a subtle part of the home design and the attention is being paid to the overall looks of every room in the house. Quite evidently, people are now willing to use smaller, subtler and more practical items of furniture instead of…
  • Some Of The Best Nature Inspired Home Décor Ideas

    bb846174
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Natural designs and theme has always been a favorite of hundreds of homeowners. In fact, any people are now moving towards these natural home designs in order to bring the elements of balance and harmony in their houses. These natural color themes are definitely great as they are more serene and soothing. You would have to incorporate these colors using wall paints, furniture, other furnishings and decorative items. The simplest way to add these color schemes in your house is using neutral colors like white and ivory as the base and then topping them up with more vibrant natural colors like…
  • An Autumn -Winter Inspired Living Room Décor Theme

    bb846174
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The holiday season has just started and winter is at its peak. We are sure that you must definitely be thinking about the ways in which you can be decorating your living room in a better way so that it reflects the feelings of this season. Winters are definitely times when the greenery comes to a rest and the world stays dormant under a white sheet of snow. However, this does not mean that your bedroom cannot adopt the warmth of spring in this season. Soon, the spring would start and you would get a chance to experience and even more beautiful atmosphere. Winter would be missed. This is why…
  • Learn Home Designs Based On Green Hues

    bb846174
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:11 am
    Home designing is becoming more sophisticated and minimalistic by the day. These days, people are preferring designs that make their homes look unique and represent their personalities better. As there are hundreds of hues to choose from, people often get confused about what they must use in their own house. If you follow the popular trends, then you must certainly think about green. It is one of the most versatile colors that you can find around. It can be soothing, healing, rejuvenating, refreshing or anything else that you want it to be. This is the reason why green becomes a wildly…
  • The Sunny Pastels Green Living Room

    bb846174
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
    The modern, minimalistic and antique home designs are all quite bold and leave a very heavy impact on the room. Believe it or not, the more design elements you bring in the room, the heavier would the room appear. Therefore, you must also look forward to some light themes for your house. Going cottage would definitely be a great relief to the eyes. This kind of furniture and home decoration themes are really light in color and they provide as much calmness and serenity as does a modern spacious home design. The best thing about this kind of décor is that you always feel an open and airy…
 
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  • MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

    Lucy Wang
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Read the rest of MVRDV’s Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Binnenrotte Square, BREEAM, BREEAM Very Good certificate, cable net facade, covered food market, energy efficient, food market, horn of plenty art, Markthal, Markthal Rotterdam, mass transit, MVRDV, natural ventilation, Netherlands, post industrial Rotterdam, rotterdam, water saving
  • This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes

    Taz Loomans
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Read the rest of This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Danish Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aeroelastic flutter, Agata Gryszkiewicz, Antonio Maccà, Argentina, biofuel, clean energy technologies, concentrated solar power, copenhagen, danish design center, Design Competition, design society, electricity generation, eMotions, Flavio Masi, garden and tower, generator, heliostats, horizontal axis wind turbines, industrial brownfield, italy, LAGI, land art generator initiative, little mermaid sculpture, Mateusz Góra, micro-scale generators, micro-scale vertical…
  • Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

    Lidija Grozdanic
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    We are all aware of humanity’s impact on climate change, but are meteorological researchers taking the idea too far by blaming Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak mini-tornadoes” that have recently hit the city? In an article published by Turkey’s daily newspaper, Hürriyet Daily News, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction claims that these strange occurrences could be attributed to the way Istanbul’s new outer edges are built. Read the rest of Is Istanbul’s Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg…
  • PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

    Mike Chino
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Read the rest of PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: @large, Ai Weiwei, ai weiwei alcatraz, Alcatraz, alcatraz prison, dragon kite, freedom, freedom of expression, green art, green design, green materials, handmade kite, kites, political art, politics, San Francisco, sustainable design, with wind
  • The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

    Beverley Mitchell
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    The UK’s first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been installed on a reservoir at Sheeplands Farm near Wargrave. Farm owner, Mark Bennett, has partnered with floating solar pioneers Ciel et Terre, and hopes to spur interest in applying the technology on reservoirs throughout the UK. Read the rest of The UK’s First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy, Berkshire,…
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  • Six things to know about sustainable transport in Istanbul

    Arzu Tekir
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Istanbul’s world class BRT, pedestrianized spaces, and strong demand for improved cycling infrastructure highlight the rise of sustainable transport in the city. Photo by Monique Stuut/Flickr. Istanbul has made many strides in sustainable transport in recent years. Through a world class bus rapid transit (BRT) system and pedestrianization of public spaces, Istanbul is working to improve transport access, health, road safety, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions and road congestion. These are six of the most important facts you may not know about sustainable transport in Istanbul: World…
  • With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit

    Clayton Lane
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Through the Compact of Mayors and parallel initiatives, cities are making ambitious commitments to curb emissions, adopting new greenhouse gas emissions measuring standards, and supporting the financing of low-carbon infrastructure. Photo by Braden/Flickr. Last week, cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, convenes cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change. Analysis shows…
  • Bolivia’s Mi Teleférico to become world’s longest aerial cable car system

    Gwen Kash
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Bolivia is expanding the La Paz-El Alto cable car system that has already exceeded expectations for ridership and revenue. Photo by Gwen Kash. A few months ago, TheCityFix reported on the opening of the Mi Teleférico cable car system that connects the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. The system helps residents navigate the mountainous terrain and has the potential to significantly reduce travel time between the cities, which together form one of the fastest growing urban areas in Bolivia. Mi Teleférico has already exceeded expectations. In its first two months, the Red Line…
  • Friday Fun: Gaming for more sustainable cities

    Zhou Jia
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you think gaming is a waste of time? You may be surprised to learn that some games can teach us about urban design and help solve real world problems. Photo by Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr. Three billion hours per week are spent playing online games worldwide. Though the prevalence of online games has drawbacks, what if some of this time spent gaming could improve the way our cities are designed? The prevalence of games in our culture provides an opportunity to increase the understanding of urban challenges and help solve real world problems. Few people have a chance to run a city, design roads,…
  • Real progress on sustainable cities and transport unveiled at U.N. Climate Summit

    Holger Dalkmann
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Cities played a key role scaling up climate change solutions and building momentum for climate action at Tuesday’s UN Climate Summit. Pictured: Rio de Janeiro Mayor and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Eduardo Paes. Photo by Juliana Swenson/Flickr. Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit included unprecedented focus on cities and the transport sector at climate change conferences. City leaders committed to new actions to promote sustainable urban development and low carbon transport systems. Notable leaders at the Summit included Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, Rio de Janeiro Mayor and…
 
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  • Cricket Flour – A Sustainable Protein Source

    Jean-Paul
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Whether you are Paleo or just looking for a more sustainable protein source, insects can be the answer. Eating insects to supplement one’s protein is nothing new, many cultures have been doing it for centuries. In fact 80% of the world still eats insects on a regular basis. What makes insects sustainable? Lets answer that by first looking at our traditional meat protein sources common in the US and western world. Raising cattle, pigs, and chickens is very energy intensive and can have a lasting environmental impact. Looking at it from a lifecycle and production standpoint, major impacts…
  • Volta Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    Jean-Paul
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Leave it to the land of Teslas and Leafs to come up with a free charging network provided by advertisers. Volta has combined classic start-up innovation with electric vehicles to provide a free EV charging service. Owning an electric car just gets better and better. With rebates at purchase, reduced maintenance costs, and miles costing pennies compared to traditional gasoline, the reasons for going electric are growing. Now you can recharge while shopping at the mall, grabbing a bite to eat, or at the movies, for free! What’s the catch? There is no catch. Our advertisers pay for the power…
  • Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle

    Jean-Paul
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Looks like Brammo’s new electric motorcycle is all grown up. The Empulse R is a beefy and badass looking naked sportbike, with a design reminiscent of the Ducati Monster or Streetfighter. Packed with power, it retains the title for world’s fastest electric motorcycle in serial production both riding and charging. Impressive specs showcase the progression of technology in electric motorcycles with performance similar to a twin cylinder 650cc bike. Regenerative braking and quick charging capabilities allow this motorcycle to accommodate the daily riding needs for most riders. The…
  • Your Personal Farmer – Farmscape Gardens

    Jean-Paul
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Ever wanted a personal or private garden? If you have the space, they will come… personal farmers that is. Farmscape Gardens is already in Los Angeles, and coming to San Francisco. Creating a personal food garden has never been so easy, even if you don’t have a green thumb, or think you don’t have the space. Farmscape Gardens will come to your home and create your own personal farm, right in your own yard. That’s right, professional farmers will come to you, plant and harvest your own garden, and leave the fresh greens, fruits and vegetables on your doorstep, just like…
  • A Study in Sustainable Systems – Voices of Transition Documentary Film

    Jean-Paul
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Voices of Transition is an inspirational look at problems and solutions to the food security challenges we face as a society. A perspective into a movement from three different angles: agroforestry models in France combining orchards with diverse agricultural fields; permaculture and transition town community initiatives in England; and the abrupt, but necessary, organic farming revolution in Cuba. How can we feed ourselves in the future? What alternatives are there to industrial agriculture? How can we make the transition to a re-localized, truly resilient economic system? Voices of…
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  • The 13 Weeds Essential for Human Survival

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know there are 13 plants you can find, whether at home or traveling, that can help you maintain a state of optimal health with minimal cost and effort? In The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, author Katrina Blair introduces these 13 global “survival plants”—dandelion, mallow, purslane, plantain, thistle, amaranth, dock, mustard, grass, chickweed, clover, […]The post The 13 Weeds Essential for Human Survival appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Happy Homesteading

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    It’s still September … how did you celebrate International Homesteading Education Month? Or did you? Here at Chelsea Green, we know that back-to-the-land folks homestead all year round, come snow, sleet, rain, hail, or midterm elections. The world revolves around collecting eggs, hoeing rows, or harvesting apples. We consider ourselves chief defenders of your self-sustaining […]The post Happy Homesteading appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Have you had your steaming hot bowl of bone broth today? If not, you might want to consider integrating this nutrient rich, immune system boosting elixir into your diet. As the foundation of the GAPS diet, bone broths are used in the early stages to starve pathogenic bacteria in your digestive system and heal your gut. Sealing […]The post Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Permaculture Sale: Let nature do the heavy lifting!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Think that gardening and planting is only for the springtime? Well, autumn is the perfect time for those perennials and to begin planning a permaculture twist to next year’s garden. The concept of permaculture is simple – pay attention to natural systems and work with them to spend less effort, improve soil health and enjoy […]The post Permaculture Sale: Let nature do the heavy lifting! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Win the Future: Values, Vision & Framing the Political Debate

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ten years after writing the definitive and bestselling book on political debate and messaging, George Lakoff returns with new strategies about how progressives can best frame the key issues being debated across the country—climate change, inequality, immigration, education, personhood, abortion, marriage, healthcare, and more. The ALL NEW Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values […]The post Win the Future: Values, Vision & Framing the Political Debate appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • 'Strikingly geometric' shapes hidden on moon's surface

    mnnadmin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A massive feature on the moon formed due to lunar rifts, in a surprise revision to earlier theories, research shows. Previously, scientists thought the moon's Ocean of Storms was a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers have found it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed.  
  • Tiny sea monkeys create giant ocean currents

    mnnadmin
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    Every evening, sunset signals the start of dinner for billions of wiggling sea monkeys living in the ocean. As these sea monkeys — which are not actually monkeys but a type of shrimp — swarm to the surface in one large, culminating force, they may contribute as much power to ocean currents as the wind and tides do, a new study reports.  
  • Leash training your dog: Tips and tools for success

    jheimbuch
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    One thing you want to do with your dog every day is go on a walk. A happy, peaceful, relaxing walk for both of you is one during which there is no pulling, lunging, weaving, ping-ponging, and stopping at every single tree to sniff. It's one where you and your dog walk calmly next to each other, enjoying the moment and movement, with the leash a practically-forgotten safety measure keeping the two of you connected.  
  • Chimpanzees teach one another skills, how to use tools

    mnnadmin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Scientists may have recorded chimpanzees learning skills from each other in the wild for the first time, according to a new study.  
  • Climate change influenced extreme heat in 2013

    mnnadmin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Man-made climate change stoked some of 2013's most extreme heat on the planet, a new report shows.  
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  • Flying selfie cam captures your picture from the perfect hovering angle

    bnelson78
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    It seems like an inevitable technological marriage: drone technology and a selfie camera. When you're doing something amazing and you need a longer shot, here's a helicopter-like, hovering drone that specializes in taking your picture at the perfect above angle.  
  • From the Higgs boson to the World Wide Web: 7 big discoveries made at CERN

    mnnadmin
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    The world's biggest atom smasher, where monumental discoveries such as the detection of the once-elusive Higgs boson particle and the creation of antimatter have occurred, celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sept. 29.  
  • Klingon cloaking device closer to reality

    bnelson78
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The genres of fantasy and science fiction, though both speculative, don't always appeal to similar audiences. Science fiction deals in knowledge and understanding: what is possible, what is rational. By contrast, fantasy typically deals in magic, wonder and imagination. But one theme that seems to rivet dreamers of science and fantasy alike is the power of invisibility.  
  • Paper airplane sets record with 82-mile flight

    bnelson78
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Every paper airplane that's built has its builder's grand ambitions in every fold. But if you're like most paper airplane engineers, it's rare that your planes even make it out of the yard. Members of the U.S. Fox Valley Composite Squadron — the local unit of the Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol — are not like most paper airplane engineers, however.
  • Meet the man who invented the emoticon ... in 1879

    jplatt
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    In 1982, computer scientist Scott Fahlman became the first person to suggest that typing the characters ":-)" or ":-(" could be used to express a happy or sad face, and therefore display a sense of emotion.
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  • Pumpkin-Walnut Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream Frosting (vegan)

    jheimbuch
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Pumpkin + molasses + spices = WOW!  
  • 12 recipes for beans, the super-est of superfoods

    jheimbuch
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is it even possible to overstate the amazingness of beans? Probably not. There’s a reason why beans are a staple of diets around the world, and a staple for vegetarian diets.  
  • 14 recipes that celebrate tomato season

    jheimbuch
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tomatoes are a berry native to South America, first cultivated in Mexico, and brought to the rest of the world by Spaniards in the 1500s. They come in a mind-boggling array of shapes, sizes and colors. There are more varieties of tomato than you could ever hope to grow in your backyard garden, and their diversity is celebrated in the kitchen as well, where they can be used in anything from soups and sauces to salsas and salads.  
  • Does booze taste bitter to you?

    mnnadmin
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Whether or not you like the taste of alcohol may be in your genes, new research suggests.   In the study, people with one version of a bitterness taste receptor gene said they found an alcoholic drink to be less bitter-tasting than those with a different version of the gene, according to the findings published on Sept. 23 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.  
  • Cinnamon and Spice Candied Almonds

    jheimbuch
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of my favorite stalls at the farmers market is an almond purveyor who has a whole array of different spiced and candied nuts. Sweet, spicy, salty — whatever your preference there is a flavor combination that will suit your craving. I always thought candied almonds were a difficult thing to make ... until I tried this recipe. These are a delicious snack and so easy to make.  
 
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  • Paper airplane sets record with 82-mile flight

    bnelson78
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Every paper airplane that's built has its builder's grand ambitions in every fold. But if you're like most paper airplane engineers, it's rare that your planes even make it out of the yard. Members of the U.S. Fox Valley Composite Squadron — the local unit of the Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol — are not like most paper airplane engineers, however.
  • Fly the nonstop skies: World's longest flights leave passengers in the air for the better part of a day

    joshwlew
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    With ever-improving fuel efficiency and aerodynamics, planes are able to stay in the air for longer than ever before. All major airlines have extended-range aircraft that can make a leg-cramping 14 hour flight with no problem. A few commercial carriers have even been able to stretch their time aloft to more than 18 hours.  
  • How to survive a long airplane flight

    lmoss
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Commercial flights aren’t known for their comfort — especially if you're flying in economy class.   And if you're on a long-haul flight (six to 12 hours) or an ultra long-haul flight (greater than 12 hours), comfort is even more important.  
  • Can cars run on hydrogen made from plant sugars?

    sgrover
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Replacing an energy-dense liquid like petroleum with alternative fuels is easier said than done. From the hidden carbon footprint of ethanol to some serious questions about the sustainability of hydrogen fuel cells, many replacement options come with their own significant environmental baggage.  
  • The 10 scariest roller coasters in the world

    svartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Remember when your high school physics teacher illustrated potential and kinetic energy using a roller coaster as an example?
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  • 23 shows to watch in October

    gmiller
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    • In "Dead Again," a docu-series from Dick Wolf premiering on A&E on Oct. 2, real detectives investigate controversial and unresolved murder cases, reconstructing crime scenes and interviewing witnesses to uncover new evidence, proving or disproving the original verdict.  
  • Luxury in the sky: The ultimate first-class experiences

    joshwlew
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Air travel has improved a lot over the past decade — though anyone who has recently suffered through a multi-hour flight in economy class probably won't agree.
  • 5 fascinating histories of common punctuation marks

    melbreyer
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Sept. 24 is National Punctuation Day! Hurray!   Founded by writer and designer Jeff Rubin, this annual holiday is “a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”  
  • From Joan of Arc to Emily Dickinson, book offers a daily dose of female-powered inspiration

    melbreyer
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Mary, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa … these are the names that come to mind when we think of the women who have played an important role in Christianity. Betsy Ross and Emily Dickinson? Not so much.
  • Campfire stories served as early forms of social media

    mnnadmin
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Telling stories around a campfire may have served as one of the first forms of "social media," helping humans create and spread culture, reports a new study on the Kalahari Bushmen in Africa.   These firelight tales, rarely told during the day, can reinforce social traditions, encourage harmony and equality, and create a sense of community when the stories tell of people living far away or in the spirit world, the researchers added. 
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  • 22 countries, 11,141 miles, one epic adventure

    sgunther
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Felix Starck set out one day to see the world.   In June 2013, he left his home on a heavily laden touring-bicycle and didn't stop moving — pedaling most of the way — for over a year. In all, Felix bicycled through 22 countries and covered more than 11,000 miles of street, road, trail and pathway.    
  • Using chemistry to make otherworldly art

    sgunther
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Japanese artist Iori Tomita beautifully blends science and art in his series "New World Transparent Specimens" by chemically bleaching and then dying preserved animal bodies. The process uses a chemical mix that breaks down the proteins of the animal while leaving behind collagen that lets the body hold its form. Dyes are used to color the bones red and the tendons blue.
  • Bo-taoshi: Exploring the beautifully dangerous sport of pole-toppling

    sgunther
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    There are dangerous sports like football and wingsuit flying, and there are wacky sports like wife carrying and pumpkin chuckin'  
  • Houseboats combine the best of tiny (on land or water)

    sgunther
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We love tiny houses here at MNN. A tiny home is just that — a house that cranks down the square footage in exchange for lower energy needs, clutter potential and overall costs. Tiny homes are used as weekend cabins, backyard office space, full time residences and even hotels.  
  • Take a swim through the Austrian park that's covered by a lake half the year

    sgunther
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    The village of Tragoess (or Tragöß), Austria is home to Green Lake (or Grüner See), a small lake with a hugely variable water level. In the winter the lake is no more than 3-6 feet deep while in the spring melting glacial waters can push those levels north of 30 feet.  
 
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  • Kids just want to be superheroes when they grow up

    jsavedge
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" If you're a kid, this is a question you hear all the time. But as adults, how often do we really listen to the answer?  
  • Where runners go running

    jsavedge
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    If there's one thing that runners love more than running, it's talking about their runs. The only problem is, most nonrunners couldn't care less about their friend's latest route or time split. Eyes glaze over at the water cooler when runners launch into their latest musings on heart rate or RunKeeper maps or Strava KOM's. But data analyst Nathan Yau has found a way to bring runners and nonrunners together with beautiful maps that give everyone something to talk about.
  • Early antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity

    jsavedge
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    If you've got a little one with a cold or earache, it may be tempting to reach for medications that might help your child feel better, but health experts have been warning for years about the overuse of antibiotics, which can cause an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Now that warning comes with another consequence.
  • A farmer 'grows bones' in the desert

    jsavedge
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:46 am
    Israel's Assaf Shaham is no ordinary farmer. For starters, he rarely goes outside, nor does he tend to livestock or rows of crops. What Shaham grows lives in a fish tank, and it won't be used to feed people, but to heal them.  
  • Researchers: Kids need to move to think

    jsavedge
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Parents and teachers have been saying it for years — kids need more physical activity throughout the day. Yet there is hardly a school district in the nation that hasn't cut back on recess and other breaks in the school day in order to squeeze more "academics" into kids' brains. But a new study might just make school administrators think twice about taking away P.E. and recess in favor of more desk time.  
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  • What is Climate-Smart Agriculture?

    rshreeves
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    At the end of last month, the U.N. held a one-day Climate Summit in New York City. The day was a pre-curser to next year’s 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change 2015 that will take place in Paris.
  • Save money on groceries with October 2014's printable coupons

    rshreeves
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    A new month means new coupons to print. Sometimes the coupons I mention in my monthly roundup are for mainstream brands that offer an organic version of their product. When I do that, I indicate it with (organic options). You’ll notice this month that Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Heinz Ketchup, and Star Olive Oil – all brands not usually thought of organic brands - have coupons.   Let’s get to the savings.   From Coupons.com Yoplait (can use on Simply Gogurt) $.75/1
  • It's National Coffee Day and free coffee is everywhere

    rshreeves
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    What’s better than coffee? Free coffee! I’m sipping some as I write.  
  • Forget pizza. Airplane food delivery is now a thing

    rshreeves
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    In addition to food podcasts, there are a few other things I listen to regularly. One of my favorites is Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, NPR’s weekly current events quiz that’s laugh-out-loud funny. A weekly feature on the show is Bluff the Listener. The three guests on the show, usually comedians, each have strange news items that they read with embellishment, and only one of them is true.
  • What to drink this weekend: The return of Friday night pizza wine

    rshreeves
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Now that school is back in session, my family has resumed the routines that became lax over the summer. One of those routines is Friday night pizza, ordered from a local, independent pizzeria.  
 
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  • Guess which cars are magnets for speeding tickets? (Hint: It's not the Ferraris)

    jmotavalli
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The classic ticket magnet is thought to be a playboy-driven red convertible, a Corvette or Ferrari perhaps. Cops reportedly see red, anyway. It’s like a colored flag to a bull. So they hand over those speeding tickets.  
  • Driving Hyundai's no-compromises fuel-cell car

    jmotavalli
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    WALLINGFORD, Conn. — If you’re looking for a white-knuckle driving experience, the Hyundai Tucson fuel-cell car isn’t for you. The darned thing is well-mannered, and quiet, exceptionally quiet even among the near-silent electric cars. There’s not much in the way of compromises, either — the same load space (give or take an inch) as the production Tucson, and 265 miles of range.  
  • Bridgestone is growing tires in the desert

    jmotavalli
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    ELOY, ARIZONA — I’m standing in a field in rural Arizona, watching migrant workers plant seedlings that will, in three years, grow into green bushes with tiny white flowers. When mature, they don’t look anything like the Southeast Asian hevea trees that produce more than 90 percent of today natural rubber, but in nature these guayule (“why-u-lee”) shrubs are the second best thing.  
  • The dangerous decline in driver's ed

    jmotavalli
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    As a parent of two teenage drivers, I’ve had more than my share of anxiety about handing over the keys for a night on the town. Some 3,000 teen drivers die in crashes every year, and teens are four times more likely to get in accidents than older drivers.  
  • Attention college students: Leave the car at home

    jmotavalli
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    What’s the one single thing that college students can do to “be green” on campus? I asked Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign, that question, and he said, “Stop driving cars!”   Wow, that makes total sense. College students who want to walk the talk for our planet should definitely not bring automobiles to school. This is an idea whose time has come because: Millennials don’t like driving anyway.
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    mnn.com

  • It's playtime for these adorable white lion cubs

    lmoss
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Watch Sasha and Shimba, two 8-month-old white lion cubs, as they run, tumble, play and roar.  
  • Watch this marching band's insane salute to classic TV

    lmoss
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
      Ohio Statue University’s marching band is known for its incredibly detailed choreographed routines, and on Sept. 6 the band kicked off the football season with a fitting tribute to television.  
  • How sneaky is a border collie? (Just ask his pals)

    lmoss
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    One sly border collie sneaks up on another sly border collie ... and then they sneak up on more border collies.   Related on MNN: Meet Momo, the dog that hides in plain sight
  • Things cats do that would be weird if humans did them

    lmoss
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Cats are notorious for knocking objects off tables, coughing up hairballs in the worst possible places, and leaving dead critters as "gifts." It's just what cats do.   But what if humans exhibited those same behaviors? As this video proves, it would be weird. Very weird.  
  • Watch the Rose of Jericho come back to life

    lmoss
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Rose of Jericho earned the nickname “resurrection plant” because it’s one of the most resilient plants on Earth.   During particularly dry weather, this desert plant curls into a tight ball, and it can survive in this state for years. When it’s exposed to moisture again, the Rose of Jericho unfurls its leaves.  
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    Compass

  • Feds approve Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility

    Heather Moyer
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Late Monday the Federal Energy Regulatrory Commission (FERC) approved the controversial Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Maryland. The Sierra Club and a large coalition of groups -- including Earthjustice, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Patuxent Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Shenandoah Riverkeeper, and Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper -- have been fighting this plan since its announcement because it means a massive expansion of natural gas fracking. More than 40,000 people submitted comments opposing Cove Point. "FERC's decision to allow LNG exports from…
  • New Cases Show Risks of Corporate Empowerment in Trade Deals

    Compass Team
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    One result of neoliberalism, writes Mark Bittman in the New York Times, is that “some corporations are more powerful than governments.” This message was a theme of many of the signs and chants at the People’s Climate March, where more than 400,000 participants came together in New York City, many denouncing corporate greed at the expense of a sustainable planet. And nowhere is that power divergence more apparent than in free trade pacts, where a provision called “investor state dispute settlement” (ISDS) empowers corporations to sue governments over nearly any…
  • Japan Draws Condemnation For Continued Overseas Coal Financing

    Compass Team
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Photo courtesy of Greenpeace India The world’s largest public financier of overseas coal-fired power plants is facing serious pressure to move beyond coal. Earlier this month, four residents of the central Java district of Batang, Indonesia were in Tokyo to protest the Japanese government’s support for a proposed $4 billion coal-fired power plant slated to be built in Batang. Since it’s inception in 2011, the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)-funded coal project has been subject to fierce local resistance. Residents refusing to sell their land have already delayed the…
  • 90,000+ Celebrate National Drive Electric Week in 150 Cities

    Heather Moyer
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    by Gina Coplon-Newfield and Zan Dubin-ScottIn 150 cities and 39 US states, more than 90,000 people attended events last week associated with the 2014 National Drive Electric Week. Getting people into plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) to experience the fun, quiet, and clean air benefits of EVs first-hand was part of the point. Event organizers from San Diego alone reported 600 test rides, and Littleton, CO reported a respectable 200. All told from our city captains, we estimate that there were more than 5,500 test rides in plug-in cars at our events.California Governor Jerry Brown celebrated…
  • Connecticut on its way to a coal-free future

    Heather Moyer
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earlier this month activists in Bridgeport, Connecticut, cheered when city council members took a bold step in moving the city (and state!) beyond coal. A bi-partisan resolution that calls for the retirement of the state's last coal plant -- the Bridgeport Harbor Station -- and a community transition process passed out of the city council's Economic and Community Development and Environmental Concerns subcomittee. Granted, this is a non-binding resolution, but activists say it's still a great step that will encourage other residents and officials to see the momentum and call for…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Tide Turning Against Global Coal Industry: New Report

    Chris Rose
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Coal, the fossil fuel that largely sparked the industrial revolution, may be facing the beginning of the end — at least in terms of generating electricity. There are increasing signs of the demise of the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, from a global oversupply to plummeting prices to China starting to clean up its polluted air. Last week, the Carbon Tracker Initiative published an analysis — Carbon Supply Cost Curves: Evaluating Financial Risk to Coal Capital Expenditures — identifying major financial risks for investors in coal producers around the world. Saying the demand for…
  • Solar Could Be Our Biggest Source Of Energy By 2050, If Politicians Make it Happen

    Mike G
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The sun could be our biggest single source of energy and prevent 6 bilion tonnes of climate-warming CO2 pollution by 2050, according to two new reports. Issued by the International Energy Agency, the two “Technology Roadmap” reports conclude that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could supply 16% of the world's electricity needs and concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide another 11% by the mid-point of the 21st century. Underscoring these findings, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven says, “The rapid cost decrease of photovoltaic modules and systems in the last few…
  • Did David Cameron Forget Climate Change Section in His Leader's Speech?

    Brendan Montague
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    David Cameron warned the Conservative party conference in his barnstorming speech that “the dangers of climate change are stark and very real” and “if we don’t act now, and act quickly, we could face disaster.” This was, however, during his speech before delegates in Manchester in 2009, as the party readied itself for the 2010 general election when the arch-moderniser was promising voters they could “vote blue, go green.” Today, in Birmingham, speaking under the banner Securing A Better Future, it appears that the Conservative leader had forgotten the sections of his speech…
  • Lawson Becomes Chancellor - Attacks Miners, Sells Coal, Oil and Gas

    Brendan Montague
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Lord Lawson created Britain's privatised energy industry. Some argue that he supports their interests by denying the need for robust climate change policies. But he didn't support everyone who worked for coal, oil and gas companies. Even back then. The general election of June 1983 was a landslide for the Tories and landed Thatcher an increased mandate for her free market reign. “Margaret unexpectedly offered me the chancellorship,” Nigel Lawson recalled. Lawson's first appearance at the dispatch box brought with it promises of further tax cuts and an attack on public services—and he…
  • Lawson's Climate Denial Donor Boasts of Shale Gas Investment

    Brendan Montague
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 am
    Lord Lawson accepted a donation for his climate denial charity from a millionaire financier who successfully invested in shale gas fracking, DeSmog UK can reveal. Edgar Miller Jnr, a Texan-born venture capitalist, has been named as an early donor, fundraiser, and founder of the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) who claims he turned down the role of director when the charity was being established almost five years ago. The revelations will be hugely embarrassing for Lawson. Miller intimates during an interview that his donation was dependent on the GWPF attacking climate science rather…
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  • Finding the Gifts in Goodbye

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We started with a tiny spark of an idea: make Halloween better for kids and planet. The year was 2006 and “going green” was being embraced by the mainstream. But holidays and celebrations were still in a conventional bubble; as of yet, this topic almost entirely untouched. Parents who wanted to create healthy and fun traditions were on their own. And just forget about easy or affordable. We had a feeling we were about to spark a revolution. From the moment we uttered the words, “Green Halloween,” people clamored to join in. The world was hungry for ways to celebrate sustainably and,…
  • Have a calm Christmas

    admin
    20 Dec 2013 | 3:54 am
    by Lynn and Corey Take one moment and imagine what it would be like to enjoy a totally stressless Christmas. What if you could simply enjoy the holiday? Instead of rushing around to stores or spending hours bent over the computer ordering, or bent over−period−wrapping, cooking and doing the million other tasks that seem to be required for the “perfect day,” you might imagine yourself snuggled comfortably on the sofa, maybe an eggnog (spiked or not) in hand, music playing, a fire crackling, surrounded by friends and loved ones, your face lit my a smile. (Not the pained smile of…
  • Great green gift buying tips

    admin
    30 Nov 2013 | 4:01 am
    by Lynn and Corey It’s a fact of life–most Americans’ wallets (and credit card limits), are slimmer this year. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our eco-conscious ways. Why would we when there are so many opportunities to save green while celebrating green? Kids If your young children are pining for expensive gifts, it’s hard to deny them (not that a bit of denial isn’t good for us!). A few solutions–there are others–just say no, find ways for your child to raise some cash toward the dream or see whether you can find a used gift. (You…
  • Putting the meaning in the greening this Thanksgiving

    admin
    7 Nov 2013 | 3:59 am
    by Lynn and Corey Making every celebration more about people and less about things is a key to celebrating green. When we focus on relationships, we tend to spend less, eat less, have less left over and end up putting less into landfills. So this Thanksgiving, take a look at your rituals and seek out ways to enhance their meaning. Here are some suggestions. In the weeks before Thanksgiving, gather the family and talk about your traditions. Ask for input about what kinds of things you might do together to increase the joy everyone will take from the celebration. Brainstorm ideas, then choose a…
  • Buy local for a no-guilt Thanksgiving

    admin
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    by Lynn and Corey Depending on where you live, this time of year it can be a real challenge to buy locally grown or raised food. But it’s important, especially as we approach our most foodcentric holidays. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture compared what it takes to haul food from other states into Iowa with semi-trailer trucks versus hauling by small light trucks within the state. Simply upping the in-state number by 10% would result in an annual fuel savings ranging from 294,000 to 348,000 gallons and annual emissions reductions ranging from 7 million to 7.9 million pounds.
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    Eco-Chick

  • California Bans Plastic Bags! WooHoo!!!

    Starre Vartan
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I only moved to California 5 weeks ago, and already, I’m rubbing off on the state. (Haha! I kid; if only that were true, cigarette-butt flickers would be fined $100 a tossed cig, there would be free fresh juice given away to everyone who uses public transportation, and other things that you might do if you are an Eco-Chick). But seriously, this evening, governor Jerry Brown announced a plastic bag ban for the ENTIRE state—and check your maps, California is HUGE! in case you forgot. From the Sierra Nevadas to the Pacific, from NorCal to SoCal, from Hollywood to Hippie enclaves, from…
  • Get Basic! Wardrobe Foundations from Ethically Minded Companies

    Veronica Goin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Part of me wants to fully embrace minimalism, to cull my wardrobe, paring it down to a handful of classic, iconic, eternally tasteful basics. To shed the clothes I never wear, to have some kind of sartorial closure, to seek purity. The hardest part of building a wardrobe, whether it is large and elaborate or small and simple, is to assemble the basics. These garments are the foundation of a wardrobe; they should be built-to-last investment pieces. The basics of a wardrobe should be comfortable. They should be thoughtfully purchased. They should be sustainable. We have taken the guesswork out…
  • 25 Years Fighting for Women’s Health: “You Have to Face Up to Bullies” says CEO Susie Hewson

    Veronica Goin
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    After twenty-five years as the founder and CEO of Natracare, Susie Hewson has no regrets. She has fought her way to the top as a professional woman, creating a global company that sells in over 60 countries—all while refusing to sacrifice her ethics and integrity. Hewson is a winner of the Women in Ethical Business Award and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Natracare products began as a quest for a healthier, more environmentally-friendly way to deal with your monthly period. The brand has now expanded to include tampons, pads, liners, wipes, and maternity and…
  • Breathtaking Portraits: Why Are These Climate Scientists So Scared?

    Veronica Goin
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    These scientists are scared. They believe (and with good reason) that we are entering the last decade during which it will be possible to significantly reverse climate change. Pictured above is Sarah Perkins, an Extreme Weather Researcher from New South Wales. Her fear? “The very broad and damaging impacts of heatwaves will affect human health, infrastructure, agriculture, and natural systems.” Scared Scientists is a project created by Rachel Guest and Celine Faledam.  The haunting portraits photographed by Nick Bowers capture expressions of genuine fear. Each scientist whose…
  • Litterbugs Beware! Watch This Russian Biker Chick Teach Slobs a Lesson

    Veronica Goin
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Litterbugs, beware! There is an anonymous Russian woman on a motorbike who is taking out the real trash! From footage on her helmet-cam, we watch as this eco-warrior records people throwing litter (helpfully circled in red) from their cars. What does she do next? You’ll have to watch. There’s a rumor that this may be a publicity stunt intended to discourage littering, but even if it is, I would say it’s probably pretty effective. Fake or not, as an Eco-Chick with a passion for justice, I would say that this video has given me my hit of wish-fulfillment for the day! The post…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • Volkswagen Tiguan

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover that slots into VW's U.S. lineup beneath the larger Touareg SUV. As a crossover, the Tiguan blends Golf-based mechanicals with a tall-wagon body and all-wheel drive, for an all-purpose package that delivers moderate off-road capability with all-weather traction. The Tiguan is a rival for vehicles like...
  • Volkswagen Beetle

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the best-selling and most recognizable nameplates in the world. With a history going on 75 years now, the Beetle has emerged in two distinct eras--the Bugs of the pre-1998 era, and the completely new Beetles that were inspired by the original, but based on Golf running gear. Today's Golf was introduced in 2012 as...
  • Volkswagen Touareg

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    The Volkswagen Touareg is a mid-size SUV that’s one of the most rugged and sturdily built SUVs on the road. It has a softer, car-like appearance that lends itself to being easily misunderstood. It competes with the Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and the Toyota Highlander and 4Runner. MORE: Read our 2014 Volkswagen Touareg...
  • Volkswagen CC

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Volkswagen CC is a spin-off of the last generation of VW Passat sedans. A four-door with frameless windows, it's dubbed by VW as a "coupe-like sedan"--a car with a sleeker roofline and more visual zest than a formal-rooflined sedan. In that way, it's a follower in the trail blazed by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and the Audi A7. The CC is a...
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    The first front-wheel-drive car offered by the brand in the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class returns for the 2015 model year basically unchanged. The lineup of CLA sedans includes the sporty CLA45 AMG and the base CLA 250 sedan, both of which have all-wheel drive on the features list (it's an option on the CLA 250, standard on the AMG). If you go...
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  • How 4 Utilities Turned Digital Data Chaos into Order & Sanity

    11 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Utilities face challenges from every angle: Overwhelming volumes of legacy data, aging infrastructure and reduced funding, increased government regulations, and high retirement rates from an aging workforce, to name a few. This paper shows how four utilities addressed these challenges with Engineering Document Management (EDM) and achieved: Reductions in overall operations time and costs Preservation of critical “tribal knowledge”Air-tight regulatory complianceControl over their legacy data so that versions were clearly identified and readily availableRequest Free!
  • Tackling Document Management Chaos in the Oil & Gas Industry

    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The oil and gas value chain comprises multi-faceted stages — from exploration and production through storage and shipping to refining and distribution. Each stage in the chain has one significant challenge: document management.This white paper explains how engineering document management helped three companies:Streamline data delivery and provide their customers and suppliers in real timeSatisfy regulatory agency requirements quickly and painlesslyAccess and control the product documentation necessary to keep operations running smoothlyShare data seamlessly between key stakeholdersRequest…
  • Power Engineering

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Power Engineering, first published in 1896, is a monthly engineering and applications magazine that serves the North American power generation industry including electric utilities, industrial power plants, independent power producers, co-generators, and the engineering design and construction firms serving this industry.Request Free!
  • Utility Products

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Utility Products, published since 1997, is a monthly magazine that provides influential product information to the decision makers and specifiers in the power, telephone and CATV markets. Their subscriber audience of 42,000+ is BPA qualified, and includes utilities, municipalities and contractors. Their goal at Utility Products is to provide readers with an interesting, reliable source of information at their fingertips prior to making purchasing decisions. In addition to providing in-depth articles written by Utility Products editors, the magazine accepts articles, news stories, and new…
  • POWER

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Published since 1882 and read by managers and engineers, POWER is the oldest and most trusted source of information in the energy industry. Coverage includes boilers and combustion systems, environmental management; instrumentation, controls, computers, and software; information technologies; natural gas, oil, coal, and renewable fuels; nuclear power; pumps, compressors, valves, and piping; turbines, engines, and generators; water treatment.Request Free!
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    Fresh Dialogues

  • BBC Conversation: Alibaba’s Jack Ma has a green mission

    Alison van Diggelen
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:18 pm
    By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Jack Ma may be the richest man in China, but he’s also one of the greenest. Or is headed in that direction. He has commented publicly on China’s serious pollution and said that it’s a problem […]
  • Competition: Fresh Dialogues Doing For Drought

    Alison van Diggelen
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    California is in its worst drought since 1977. Some say it’s the worst in a century. Reservoirs are only a third full. Rainfall totals were about 40 percent of normal last winter. Farmers are pumping groundwater to keep crops alive. Wildfire […]
  • Chelsea Sexton: Getting Butts on Seats of Electric Cars

    Alison van Diggelen
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Chelsea Sexton is famous – among electric car fans – for her role in the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” I caught up with Sexton at this summer’s Plug-In Conference in Silicon Valley and she […]
  • BBC Conversation: Tesla Gigafactory, a Global Viewpoint

    Alison van Diggelen
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Last week I joined BBC Business Matters host, Mark Whitaker in London and CIMB Research’s Song Weng Wun in Singapore, for a discussion about Tesla’s Gigafactory; why competition between five U.S. states to secure the […]
  • Joe Montana To Invest in YC’s Helion Energy (Nuclear Fusion) & Backpack

    Alison van Diggelen
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:16 pm
    By Alison van Diggelen, host of Fresh Dialogues Energy was high today at the Y Combinator Demo Day, as a sea of young entrepreneurs jostled for attention – and funding – from a vast throng of Silicon Valley investors. I chatted with NFL Hall […]
 
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • United Nations and Dell Form Partnership for Electronic Waste Solutions

    Grant Trahant
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell International have signed a five year agreement to identify and implement a sustainable solution model for e-waste management in developing countries such [...] The post United Nations and Dell Form Partnership for Electronic Waste Solutions appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Engaging with Nature to Unlock Our Creative Potential

    Guest Author
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Often we struggle to comprehend how Nature can be imbued with wisdom. After all, we are taught that intelligence and wisdom stem from nowhere else but our human brains. Yet, [...] The post Engaging with Nature to Unlock Our Creative Potential appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Combating Illegal Logging with Smartphones and Smarter Shopping

    Guest Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Many of us make daily choices to try to live more environmentally conscious lifestyles. But there’s an element probably present in everyone’s home that’s contributing to the destruction of the [...] The post Combating Illegal Logging with Smartphones and Smarter Shopping appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The 12 States Where Benefit Corporation Legislation Has Not Been Passed

    Grant Trahant
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    photo by:Jeroen van Luin According to benefitcorp 27 states have legislation on the books in association with benefit corporation status and 11 others have legislation pending.. Below are the 12 states [...] The post The 12 States Where Benefit Corporation Legislation Has Not Been Passed appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India Works To Become One of the Top Five Scientific Powers In The World

    Sangeeta Haindl
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    When we think of the positive images of India, words like colour, food, landscape, architecture, art, and Bollywood may spring to mind. The word “science” probably does not pop up. [...] The post India Works To Become One of the Top Five Scientific Powers In The World appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • 10 Components of Service Pages that Convert

    Emily
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    As a home performance contractor or energy efficiency professional, you know that your website can be a powerful tool for engaging potential customers. And you also know that the holy grail of engagement is what we call "Conversion" - getting your visitors to call you, fill out a form, sign up for an assessment, etc. Typically we relegate the responsibility of conversion to Landing Pages and perhaps a "Contact Us" form somewhere on homepage.  Well, it turns out that your service pages can be a crucial tool for conversion too, and it's likely you are not using them…
  • Google Pigeon Update: What it means for your local rankings

    CalebGrant
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    The internet has been abuzz the past two weeks after Google silently rolled out a major update to their search algorithm. Google has commented little on the update and has given no official release name. As a result, it has been affectionately named “Google Pigeon.” Why Pigeon? We'll leave that up for you to decide. While it's still new and there hasn’t been enough time to fully evaluate its effect, we think it’s important for you to know about. Why another update Google? Google has stated, though not on this particular update, that their purpose is to provide…
  • Building Science Summer Camp 2014: The 6th Annual Uncensored Twitterview with Joe Lstiburek

    Peter Troast
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    This year's Summer Camp, officially the 18th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science, was a corker. The combination of deep building science (for example, Osmosis and the Blistering of Liquid Applied Membranes), the awesome community of people from all around the world, and no shortage of food and drink make this the event of the year. I'm privileged to be part of it. Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit graciously open their home to the gaggle; the food, beverages, music and community are spectacular. For the 6th year running, a group of us gather in Joe and Betsy's conditioned…
  • Customer Review Management Services: 4 Things you Need to Know

    Ryan Buckley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Question: Who has the power to upend your home performance company’s reputation in less than 250 characters? Answer: Any one of your customers with internet access and an opinion to share. At Energy Circle, we have watched and remarked on the astonishing rise of online customer reviews over the past few years. Once relegated to obscure third-party websites, reviews of your company now appear prominently in the search engine results page. Customers use online reviews to judge your company With the rise in accessibility of customer reviews, searchers are now relying on what past customers…
  • July 29, 2014 Maine Drupal User Group Meeting

    Lisa
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Join us on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Energy Circle, 81 Bridge Street, Yarmouth, Maine (Sparhawk Mill), for the next meeting of the Maine Drupal User Group. Eric Napier (Miles Partnership) and Thomas Scola (Energy Circle) will lead a discussion on Features: Why use Features, when to use Features, and what can be done with Features. This month we’re going to do a “beer swap” (entirely optional!). Bring a six pack of your favorite beer, and we’ll split up and bring home whatever is left after the meeting. Energy Circle will pick up the tab for pizza.
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    Sweet Greens

  • Save the Planet, One Upcycle at a Time

    Beth Brass
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    by Beth I love recycling. It makes me feel like I’m doing my little part to help save the world. I also feel a little guilty whenever I drop my recycling off because I’m always thinking of ways to reuse things. A great spin on reusing your recycled and no longer needed goods is “upcycling” which you may have heard of before. Upcycling is upgrading something that would otherwise just be recycled. It’s so simple, saves money, and turns anyone into an artist! I am an avid upcycler, and love to reuse anything I can get my hands on. A few years ago, I found an old, 70’s or 80’s style…
  • 4 Great Ways to Enjoy the Magical Power of Aloe Vera

    Briana Ramirez
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    by Briana I have been using aloe vera very for many years now. I was first introduced to this amazing plant by my grandmother who was the queen of all things natural – she knew all of remedies that always seem to work. Now most of us know that aloe vera can sooth the painful sunburns that we all dread, but that isn’t the only thing our friend Mr. Aloe can do! Here are some other great ways to make use of it – read on to check them out. 1. For Your Beautiful Face Back in my teenage years I didn’t have the best of skin. I had a lot of breakouts and my skin was very oily. My…
  • Green Child Magazine: Build a Recycled Fairy Bridge with Your Child

    Jennie Lyon
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    by Jennie Fall is the perfect time to get creative outside with your children. For the fall issue of Green Child Magazine, I created a simple recycled fairy bridge that will have your child embracing their wonder of the magical world of fairies. Grab a few simple supplies from the recycling bin and craft closet to get started, then head outside to bring the fairy bridge to life. You can check out the instructions above (you can click on the photo to enlarge it) – then, grab your free subscription to Green Child Magazine and check out the fall issue too! The post Green Child Magazine:…
  • Have a Lovely Weekend + A Few Green Things

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hello, Friends! How are you doing? How was your week? Busy? Laid back? Anything fun and exciting to report? Any fun plans for the upcoming weekend? I am ready for it to cool off just a little bit here in Florida, just enough so we can start eating dinner outside on the patio! There is something about eating outside that just makes any meal taste better. Do you agree? It is one of my favorite things about fall time in Florida. In fact, I should probably spend a little time cleaning our patio – it could use a good scrub down! While I get to cleaning the patio, here are a few green things…
  • You Can Be a ‘Green Parent’ Too! 3 Simply Steps to Get You Started!

    Amanda Boze
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Amanda As you may already be aware, green parenting has fast become a new trend. Even though many of us have been on this band wagon for a long time, celebrities as well as people of all walks of life are now taking steps to not only reduce their carbon footprint but their kiddo’s as well. Hooray! Green parenting can be achieved through a series of simple thoughtful changes. There are endless ways you can do your part but we’ve put together a few expert tips on how you can easily reduce your baby’s carbon footprint starting today. Here’s a list of a few of our…
 
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  • Providing Happy and Healthy Feet by Reusing with Crocs Cares

    Maggie Wehri
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    <img class="undefined" title="crocs-cares" alt="Crocs-Cares.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Crocs-Cares_400x400.jpg"> With corporations, limited liabilities, charities, nongovernment organizations and every other business model under the sun implementing sustainable actions, green business is at an all-time high. From reducing CO<sub>2</sub> emissions at manufacturing facilities to cutting out excess paper in everyday tasks, it seems…
  • How to Recycle Fiberglass

    Sophia Bennett
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="fiberglas-recycling" alt="Fiberglas-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/Fiberglas-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Fiberglass as we know it has been around since the early 1930s. It is a highly versatile product that can be made with virgin or recycled glass. Uses abound; you will find it in everything from home insulation to cars, surfboards and sporting equipment. In the 80 years since Fiberglass was invented, however,…
  • Could Biosolids Help Raise the Nation's Recycling Rate?

    Wendy Gabriel
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="harvest-power" alt="Harvest-Power.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/Harvest-Power_400x400.jpg"> Did you know that Germany recycles more than 75% of its organic waste? Sadly, in comparison, approximately 95% of the food waste in the U.S. is currently disposed of in landfills and incinerators. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2012 alone, more than 36 million tons of food waste was generated, and only…
  • Recycling Profile: Cambridge, MA

    1-800-RECYCLING
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> <img class="undefined" title="cambridge-massachusetts-recycling" alt="Cambridge-Massachusetts-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/Cambridge-Massachusetts-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Just due west of <a href="/2012/02/recycling-profile-boston" target="_blank" title="Recycling Profile: Boston"…
  • How to Recycle Water Filters

    Sophia Bennett
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="water-filter-recycling" alt="water-filter-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/water-filter-recycling_400x400.jpg"> There are lots of reasons to use water filters. They can make water taste better, remove major and minor contaminants and purify water to the point where it is safe to drink. The downside: Water filters need to be replaced often, leaving you with a big hunk of material that may seem destined for the…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Unusual Green Inventions That Will Amaze You

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:54 am
    Usually the start of environmental programs confines to tapping and making use of energy from recyclable sources, now it has led to various inventions of products that are simply amazing. These green inventions are contributing in a great way to save the environment and our precious resources. Check out some green inventions that will make ... The post Unusual Green Inventions That Will Amaze You appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Home Gadgets That Don’t Need Energy Input

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    We all use a variety of gadgets at home that consume power in one form or the other. If we replace our regular gadgets with greener gadgets, then we can be energy-efficient, as well as can save the environment. Imagine what it would be like paying half of your energy bills by simply using eco ... The post Home Gadgets That Don’t Need Energy Input appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Can Biofuels Help Us Get Rid of Oil?

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    When we use oil as a major fuel in almost all fuel-based equipment and machinery, it causes extreme harm to the environment. Oil and similar traditional fuel sources generate carbon monoxide and other harmful gases when used in vehicles and machines. This is slowly damaging our natural resources and ecology. Thus, it is critical to ... The post Can Biofuels Help Us Get Rid of Oil? appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Biofuels to Power a Greener Future

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    There is growing concern regarding the safety of our environment that we can ensure only when we start making use of greener and cleaner fuel sources, rather than sticking to the traditional ones. Many individuals and organizations that have been concentrating on the production and use of biofuels are making a fresh attempt in this ... The post Biofuels to Power a Greener Future appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Considering the Cost of Car Ownership

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    While shopping for a new car, customers may want to think beyond the price tag that’s on display. Each vehicle comes with a specific cost of ownership that is evaluated based on various factors including driving habits, built-in technology and other external influences. Auto manufacturers often provide accurate estimates of the annual expenses associated with ... The post Considering the Cost of Car Ownership appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Face Paint: Is it Safe?

    Tania
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lead, Nickel and other Toxins in Face Paints! Face Painting epitomizes childhood joy. Their smiles are big as they dive into the fantasy land that […] The post Face Paint: Is it Safe? appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Skin

    Tania
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin It’s hard to flip through a magazine without seeing articles featuring beauty maven’s raving about the benefits of […] The post The Benefits of Coconut Oil... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 5 Cures for the Common Garage

    Tania
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Spring is in the air… and images of neat orderly garages are haunting my pinterest stream! My garage is quite the embarrassment – specially with […] The post 5 Cures for the Common... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Thanksgiving Menu: Recipes for the Entire Meal

    Tania
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    Last year I spent hours choosing the recipes I would use for Thanksgiving.  Everything turned out  well.  Being a creature of habit.  We’ll have the […] The post Thanksgiving Menu:... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Choosing Your Holiday Turkey

    Tania
    1 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am
    Thanksgiving is around the corner and plans are in the works for your holiday meal. A meal that will most likely center around a turkey. […] The post Choosing Your Holiday Turkey appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • The Pizza Box Project Composts Old Pizza Boxes

    Becky Striepe
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Did you know that you can’t recycle paper once it has food grease on it? On college campuses, that means tons of cardboard headed to landfills. Enter: The Pizza Box Project. Jeff McIntire-Strasburg shared this awesome initiative over on our sister site Sustainablog, and I am into it! College campuses around the U.S. have started composting their pizza boxes with The Pizza Box Project and diverting hundreds of tons of waste from landfills in the process. Grand Valley State University and Miami University in Ohio are both taking part in the Pizza Box Project. Jeff points to North Carolina…
  • California’s Neighborhood Food Act is in Effect

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Want to turn your front yard into a radish garden? Or how about making that empty lot you own into a pumpkin patch? If you live in California, the recently passed Neighborhood Food Act says you can grow as much food on your property as you want, without penalty. Think that’s no big deal? Turns out, it’s actually illegal to grow fruits and vegetables on residential properties in some areas of the country. The penalties usually occur as a result of planting food on your front lawn or on the curbside grass where neighborhood zoning regulations might prevent you from growing anything but…
  • 30+ Fall Recipes for Cooking What’s In Season Now

    Becky Striepe
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Find out what’s in season and how to cook fall veggies and fruits. We’ve got a list of fall produce plus more than 30 fall recipes. I know. Loving fall is a total cliche, but what can I say? We’ve had a scorcher of a summer, and the past couple of weeks have been a delight. I love cozy sweaters and comfy boots. But most of all I like cooking with fall’s bounty. Here are 10 delicious seasonal veggies plus fall recipes to cook them up right. For each of the ten tasty fall fruits and veggies, I’ve got three recipes (or recipe roundups!) to go with. All told, there…
  • Coca-Cola’s Latest Tool: Taylor Swift, What are You Doing?

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Seven-time Grammy Award winner, singer and songwriter Taylor Swift, is lending her celebrity star power to Coca-Cola, in order to help boost sales for Diet Coke to a younger audience demographic. Swift is participating in the new “Get A Taste” promotion, which Coca-Cola is targeting at American youth whose consumption of soda products has decreased in recent years. The “Get A Taste” campaign poses the bizarre and unanswerable question: “What if life tasted as good as Diet Coke?” According to MarketWatch, “The integrated campaign showcases the unique, delicious taste of Diet…
  • A Visit To The Hess Collection in Napa Valley

    Jennifer Kaplan
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    I recently spent the day enjoying a tour and wine and cheese tasting at the Hess Collection Winery In Napa.  It was a first class experience. I recently spent the day at the Hess Collection Winery and, like many wineries and businesses in Napa, the evidence of the recent 6.0 earthquake could be seen everywhere. Although Hess’ historic stone winery which houses a wide variety of wine making operations and  a world-class modern art collection (open daily without charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) seemed intact, their visitors center and wonderful gift shop had been damaged and was closed…
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    PlanetSave

  • Cassini Observes Strange Feature In Hydrocarbon Seas On Saturn’s Moon Titan

    James Ayre
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    A rather strange-looking “feature” was recently observed forming, and changing, in the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s moon Titan by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The interesting feature covers an area of over 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare — one of the biggest seas on Titan. Cassini has now observed the feature twice, with Cassini Observes Strange Feature In Hydrocarbon Seas On Saturn’s Moon Titan was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on…
  • Top Predators Of Ocean+Land 210 Million Years Ago Hunted Each Other, Tooth Buried On Fossil Bone Shows

    James Ayre
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    The respective top predators of the land and ocean environments of 210 million year ago — phytosaurs and rauisuchids — apparently hunt and fought with each other, according to new research from the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences. The new finding is the result of researchers recently finding the tooth of Top Predators Of Ocean+Land 210 Million Years Ago Hunted Each Other, Tooth Buried On Fossil Bone Shows was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
  • The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You To See

    Derek Markham
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    According to the filmmakers behind this recent release, this is the film that environmental organizations don’t want you to see, in part because it reveals the truth behind the world’s most destructive industry. That industry is not what you would expect, and in a world of limited resources, it’s surprisingly not nearly as popular of The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You To See 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…
  • Reptiles Learn Through Imitation, Research Shows

    James Ayre
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Reptiles can learn through imitation, new research from the UK and Hungary has shown. The new findings represent the first strong scientific evidence that reptiles show signs of social learning. Now you may be thinking “well why wouldn’t they be able to?”, but previously the assumption made by many in the scientific community had been Reptiles Learn Through Imitation, Research Shows 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…
  • Dolphins Love Magnets — Dolphins Are Magnetosensitive, Research Shows

    James Ayre
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Dolphins are magnetosensitive — that is to say, they have an awareness of magnetic fields — according to new research from the Ethos unit of the Université de Rennes in France. The finding follows on the heels of much recent research greatly widening the number of animals known to be able to sense magnetic fields. Dolphins Love Magnets — Dolphins Are Magnetosensitive, Research Shows 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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    Sustainablog

  • Plastic Bag Bans or Fees Cover 49 Million Americans

    Earth Policy Institute
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Janet Larsen With the signing of a plastic bag ban in California on September 30, 2014, the number of Americans who will be affected by anti-bag legislation by 2015 climbed to 49 million. California is the first state to ban the bag. Nationwide more than 150 cities and counties are implementing bans or fees in attempts to reduce the estimated 100 billion plastic bags used in the United States each year. Americans use on average nearly one plastic bag each day, taking something made from fossil fuels formed over millions of years and generally using it for mere minutes before throwing it…
  • Community Recycling: At-Home Textile Recycling Made Easy

    Talancia Pea
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Fall is officially here, and like me you’re probably going through your closet deciding which items you’ll keep or toss. I usually fill up my reusable containers and haul my unwanted things to a local thrift store. But this year I’ll save lots of time and recycle extra clothes, shoes and accessories right at my doorstep. Community Recycling (CR) is making easy for everyone to pitch in to reduce the estimated millions of pounds of textiles piling up in landfills each year. Following their company’s motto of “people recycling for people,” CR Home allows you to recycle 25 to…
  • The Pizza Box Project: How to Handle the Second-Largest Waste Stream on Campus

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Back when I was in college in the 80s, we had a “green” way of dealing with aluminum can waste (which I assume was and is item most disposed of on campus): we noticed our custodian collected them for recycling, so we set up a box for him – no digging through the trash in our cube! When it came to what I assume is the second-most disposed of item – the cardboard pizza box – we simply threw it away. Even if we’d had a recycling system on campus, the pizza box would’ve still gone in the trash because of the grease that seeps into the cardboard and…
  • Compost… or Else! Mandatory Composting in Massachusetts & Seattle

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Mandatory composting? Why, that’s just some kind of green fascist, politically correct…. something or other, right? I mean, why would you threaten people with a fine for not separating out their food scraps from their other trash? Why would you require a business to compost? That’s just trying to control people, plain and simple… right? That’s the kind of response I’d expect from some people to mandatory composting plans in places like Massachusetts and Seattle. A recent post from Eat.Drink.Better, however, gives us several good reasons for requiring…
  • What Really Happens to that Old Computer You’ve “Recycled?”

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    As we’ve seen in many cases, what happens to your old computer, or used cell phone, or other electronics you hand over to a recycler is just what you expect: it gets torn down for useful parts and components, or refurbished into a new version of the same product. But, unfortunately, there’s still about a quarter of American electronic waste that gets shipped overseas, where very poor people pick through it – without any kind of safety equipment, protective clothing, and the like – for materials that they can sell in exchange for the most basic needs. The documentary…
 
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    Eco Child's Play

  • Green you Halloween: What to do about costumes, candy, and decorations - Halloween does not have to be a toxic, unhealthy holiday.

    Jennifer Lance
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Halloween does not have to be a toxic, unhealthy holiday. For my daughter, Halloween is the epitome of holidays. She has always been enamored with the festivities and creativity if this fall holiday. In fact, when she got her first costume as toddler, she wore Pooh Bear around all day and would have a tantrum […]Green you Halloween: What to do about costumes, candy, and decorations is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • Organic Cotton Clothing Made for Kids to Help Kids - We believe kids everywhere should have a joyful childhood

    Jennifer Lance
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    We believe kids everywhere should have a joyful childhood  I wish when my children were little, I would have had more organic clothing for them. What we place against our baby’s fresh skin is super important, and any trace of chemical should be avoided. We were sent the most adorable organic cotton onesie from Aloetree. […]Organic Cotton Clothing Made for Kids to Help Kids is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • Lactation rooms in airports might be coming to California - Pumping at an airport can be complicated, stressful and degrading

    Jennifer Lance
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Pumping at an airport can be complicated, stressful and degradingThere’s a new bill in California being sent to the governor’s desk. This bill would require rooms with electrical outlets for the purpose of lactation in the Golden State’s airports. Daily Breeze Legislation reports: “Today’s workplace isn’t limited to a single office; mothers are traveling as […]Lactation rooms in airports might be coming to California is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • Organic Snacks for Toddlers: Bitsy’s Brainfood

    Jennifer Lance
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Sometimes it can be hard to give your toddler healthy snacks if they are picky eaters.  My son was and still is a carb junkie.  The problem with the snacks he preferred is they didn’t contain enough nutrition. Bitsy’s Brainfood is a great alternative to crackers and biscuits. These bite-size organic snack contain delicious ingredients […]Organic Snacks for Toddlers: Bitsy’s Brainfood is a post from: Eco Child's Play
  • Why are Monarch Butterflies Dying? Roundup - 90 percent decline in monarchs over 20 years in Mexico where they overwinter

    Jennifer Lance
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    90 percent decline in monarchs over 20 years in Mexico where they overwinter When you think of a butterfly, what image comes to mind?  For me, it is the classic monarch butterfly.  This orange and black beauty is an amazing creature migrating thousands of miles!  I remember learning about them in elementary school and being […]Why are Monarch Butterflies Dying? Roundup is a post from: Eco Child's Play
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    Crafting a Green World

  • How to Make Patches Patches for Pants as You’re Sewing Them

    Julie Finn
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:08 am
    Sewing pants for a kid? Save yourself some trouble in the long run, and just add knee patches from the get-go. Here’s how to make patches that are built in! If you’re using a pattern with separate pattern pieces for the front and back of the pants leg, then adding the knee patches as you sew will barely take any time–certainly WAY less time than it would take to mend the knees and add the knee patches later! The knee patches will reinforce the pants knees, so that they’ll be more resistant to wear and tear in the first place, and depending on your choice of fabric for…
  • Autumn Craft Idea: How to Make an Acorn Wreath

    Crunchy Scott
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Looking for an autumn craft idea? Turn acorns into a wreath! I love projects that are super simple, yet have a huge impact. This autumn acorn wreath is definitely one of those projects! Phase one involves the kids, which is always fun. Phase two involves binge watching the Real Housewives and a glass of wine. And phase three is all about making your neighbors  jealous by showing off your crafty work. (Not all your neighbors. Just the ones who think your holiday decorations are “too much”. You know the ones I’m talking about.) Autumn Wreath Materials + acorns + colander +…
  • NPR in a Mason Jar: The Single Station FM Radio Kickstarter

    Julie Finn
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    What’s the COOLEST thing that you could make with a Mason jar? An FM radio, is what I’m thinking. To see what I’m talking about, check out the Single Station FM Radio Kickstarter. This Kickstarter bares the giant boombox of old, with all its circuitry and plastic components and massive packaging, down to the essentials: your favorite radio station, a speaker, and a case–in this case, a wide-mouth 8 oz. Mason jar. Another really cool thing about this Mason jar FM radio is the storage. A regular radio is a waste of counter space (even the under-the-shelf radio that I…
  • Spotted: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte, and 17 More Pumpkin Recipes

    Julie Finn
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    This pumpkin spice latte doesn’t come from Starbucks, and it DEFINITELY doesn’t cost four dollars, and instead of dicey “pumpkin” flavoring and artificial sweeteners, it contains pumpkin–actual pumpkin!–and real spices and sweetener. Yum, right? Check out Averie Cooks for the recipe for this REAL pumpkin spice latte, but save some pumpkin puree so that you can also try these other real pumpkin recipes: 1. dehydrated seed crackers: Grind up pumpkin seeds and add them to these raw crackers–you’ll definitely get your daily dose of fiber!
  • 13 DIY Halloween Decorations for an Upcycled Halloween Party

    Becky Striepe
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Got a Halloween party planned? Save money and resources by making your own DIY Halloween decorations. OK, so technically you don’t even need to be throwing a Halloween party to make these DIY Halloween decorations. You can use them to just get your house into the spirit of Halloween. When it comes to DIY decorations, I’m of the “less is more” school of thought. Don’t try to make all 12 of these DIY Halloween decorations. Choose two or three from the list, and go to town! Your party will feel a bit more cohesive than if you go with the kitchen sink approach.
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    Free Energy

  • Elon Musk – Guest Author

    Jim
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    This guy is not a Nikola Tesla but obviously thinks enough of him to name his electric car company,Tesla. Then a strange thing happened. Instead of following his fab electric car, Elon Musk did a one-eighty and got into rockets. It was then that we at GC approached Musk, saying, the ultimate electric car is […]
  • TQFGC Guest Author

    Jim
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Quest For Gravity Control After the days when large corporate powerhouses of the day had killed off any hopes of “free energy” or zero-point energy potential, many ideas and speculative thoughts have remained undeviating to the truth that energy exists in an ether and this ether can be mined by modern day technology and […]
  • Stanton, Like Your Hat

    Jim
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    I’m pretty sure that Stanton Friedman understands the idea of gravity control. Might he understand the theory of Unity by W. David Barclay, he would tack his rhetoric and undoubtedly be a booster of gravitycontrol.org. It surprises me that Stanton has continued his quest of making people believe in ufos for at least 35 years […]
  • The Quest For Gravity Control

    Jim
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    I remember where I was when I thought that the government would save us from combustion self pollution. I was working at CJOR 600 Radio, mostly a talk station. The former news anchor for CBC, Stanley Knowles, was the guest on the Jack Wasserman Show. I was the announcer producer. And as I said, noowww […]
  • Gravity Control Explained

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    W. David Barclay disagrees with modern science. But modern science doesn’t seem so modern compared to Barclay’s take on what’s happening. PROJECT UNITY Chapter one Project Unity is the result of more than 40 years of study and research that redefines our perception of universe in relation to the form and function of physical structure. […]
 
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    Resilience

  • Gatekeeping

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    How do communities set the boundaries that define and protect their shared space?
  • Multi-Functional Plants for the Permaculture Garden

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    If you have a choice of planting a tree, shrub, vine, herbaceous plant, or groundcover that only has one function or another species that fills that desired function and also provides three other benefits, why wouldn't you plant the more functional species?
  • Rivers Need a Thorough Health Exam

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:16 am
    It might be surprising that globally we don’t systematically monitor the health of our rivers. Imagine damming and diverting the arteries in our bodies without taking care to monitor the consequences. Our health would turn precarious, to say the least.
  • What Century Are You In? Take the Econ 101 quiz…

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    So, how’s the state of your Econ 101? I’m talking about those fundamental economic assumptions you took on board way back when, which are probably so comfortably settled in that you don’t notice them much any more.
  • Faircoin as the First Global Commons Currency?

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    A key element of the Fair-Coop vision is a cryptocurrency, Faircoin, which has been designed to adapt the block-chain technology of Bitcoin with a more socially constructive design.
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • GreenStep LEED v4 AP BD+C Study Guide

    rpfjr
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Price:  $69.99 Short Description A:  GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide was developed in conjunction with GreenStep's in person and online LEED exam training workshops. The GreenStep LEED AP exam preparation approach has proven to be an effective study strategy for over 10,000 GreenStep workshop participants. GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide was developed in conjunction with GreenStep's in person and online LEED exam training workshops. The GreenStep LEED AP exam preparation approach has proven to be…
  • LEED O+M Tenant Restrictions?

    rpfjr
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Question:  Roxie asks: For a building that has achieved a LEED EB certification, are there any restrictions on the tenant's buildout of the premises associated with LEED? Hi Roxie, Taking up space in LEED EB certified building has several benefits. There are some considerations to be taken into account while designing and using the tenant fit-out. LEED EB buildings need to be re-certified every five years. So, depending on the credits applied for, the tenant would need to participate in certain simple programs. Summary of News:  Tenants located in a LEED certified O+M building…
  • Recycled Steel and LEED Post Industrial Content?

    rpfjr
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Question:  Jim asks: If a casting producer has a yield of good castings of 45% and the remaining iron or steel material is recycled and remelted to produce new castings is the material that is remelted considered post industrial material? Hi Jim, Re-melting and reusing the molten scraps is a sustainable practice but the remelted iron or steel in this case may not be considered as a post industrial material. Summary of News:  LEED V4 Green Buildings Design & Construction Reference Guide defines pre-consumer material as ‘material diverted from the waste stream during the…
  • LEED v4 Changes for 2009 Credential Holders?

    rpfjr
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Question:  Kashfia asks: I passed the LEED GA exam on Sep 2012 under 2009 rating system. I have maintained my credentials which was supposed to be in every 2 years. Now I am planning to take LEEP AP exam and I have some question before I start studying for LEED AP. Do I have to take the LEED GA exam again under LEED V4 rating system as I passed under 2009 rating system? Am I still eligible for taking the LEED AP this year as 2 years have passed since I passed the LEED GA. I will greatly appreciate your answers. Hi Kashfia, Thanks for your question. You do not have to take the LEED Green…
  • LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Price:  $59.99 Short Description A:  Save on a great set of study tools and pass the LEED v4 Green Associate exam. Poplar’s 131 page LEED v4 Green Associate PDF study guide, 100 question bonus test, plus 400 practice questions with exam simulator. Everything is delivered to you immediately, 100% online. Access the materials from any device! New to Green Building and LEED?: Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Prepare to Pass and Succeed in Your Sustainability Career Save…
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  • The Greenest Vehicle on the Market is the One Fueled by Human Power

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you’re looking for a green vehicle, look no further than the bicycle. New bike sharing programs make this green mode of transportation super accessible and can lead to a more sustainable world. Owner of Alta Bicycle Share, explains that the tagline of his company is “Transportation, Recreation, and Innovation” and that they manage bike-sharing systems in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Melbourne, and other cities. In five years their bikes have been ridden more than 35 million miles on more than 25 million rides. That’s more than a billion…
  • What The Movies Have Taught Us About Cars

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The car has  been a main star like in Fast and the Furious, or played a minor role in almost every movie.  The car enthusiast’s passion generally isn’t founded in any single experience. It is a result of many influences, coming from places like our parents, our surrounding area’s culture and, almost always, the media. The automobile plays both major and minor roles in nearly every movie and TV show known to mankind. Today the editors at Autoblog, Autoblog Canada and AOL Autos are paying homage to a few of these, acknowledging the ones that stand out in our minds as having…
  • Ford unveils new Fusion Lightweight Concept

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:10 am
    Ford Motors has brought the new Fusion Lightweight Concept sedan into the limelight. A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years, and now it is becoming a reality. Ford, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program, has built six Lightweight Concepts. The Ford Lightweight Concept is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi. This Fusion lost about 800 pounds from stock. It now weighs in at around 2,600 pounds—as light as the…
  • Next-Generation Nissan Leaf To Feature Improved Battery Life

    admin
    13 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nissan officials recently opened up how they want to proceed with the next generation of what became a breakthrough modern, mainstream electric car. Nissan wants to double the car’s range from the current Environmental Protection Agency rating of 84 miles per charge, the News says. That improvement, based on new battery chemistry that Nissan thinks it has in the wings, would dramatically improve the car’s practicality. The improved battery should be ready in 2017. Then there are its looks. Leaf was designed to look distinctive, much the way Toyota scored by giving the Prius hybrid its…
  • Auto Sales are Back in Drive

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

  • How locally grown, seasonal foods help the environment and our health

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    One of the most green choices a consumer can make starts with their food choices. We're not just talking about the color of the food, although green, leafy food has a number of health benefits. Instead, you have a chance to promote a green planet with every single choice you make about what, where, how, and why you're eating.  Visit their free green-living tool, One Small Act and join the
  • Lighting changes to increase energy efficiency

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you're concerned about leaving less of a carbon footprint or you just want to save some money on your energy bills, one simple way to increase energy efficiency in your home or business is to adjust the lighting of your personal or office space. If you're looking for a way to cut costs for your personal or business needs, sometimes just a few changes are needed. An electrician in your
  • Advantages that a fence provides your home

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Home ownership is an investment that can pay dividends for decades for you and your loved ones. The safety of those that inhabit it comes first and foremost to the owner. An ability to keep the things you want out and retain those inside your yard is paramount. The best budget friendly and quickest way to do this is with a fence. It will provide another dimension of beauty to your landscape and
  • Some serious potty talk (reprint via Otherwords.org)

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Composting toilets would save water and, uh, resources. By Jill Richardson There’s a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, “You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?” Umm…yeah. Yeah, we do. But why? London Permaculture/Flickr
  • Shopping for a New Truck? Factors to Consider

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A pickup truck is a very versatile driving machine that can be used for a variety of different purposes. However, all pickup trucks are not created equal. Not only do pickup trucks vary in size and strength, but they also differ in cost. Here are some important things to consider when shopping for a new pickup truck. Size In most instances, pickup trucks are available in full-sized and compact
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    ForceChange

  • Applaud Plan to Employ Veterans and Support Solar Energy

    Rachel Maciel
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Target: Solar Instructor Training Network Project Manager Joe Sarubbi Goal: Praise program to train veterans in solar energy jobs The Obama administration continues to show its love for both solar power and veterans. The White House blog recently announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) will be undertaking a new solar training program in conjunction with a few military bases to bring vital new job skills to veterans. The DOE joined forces with the Departments of Labor and Education in 2009 to launch the Solar Instructor Training Network in order to build a nationwide network of…
  • Praise Town for Ending Dangerous Bull Run

    Andrew Helton
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Target: Mataelpino Mayor Jose Angel Guerrero Goal: Thank the Spanish town of Mataelpino for finding a successful alternative to the annual bull runs Mataelpino, a town north of Madrid, has become the first town in Spain to end its participation in the annual running of the bulls. Interested parties will now be participating an a bull-less version that not only protected the lives of both humans and bulls, but also boosted the town’s tourism in an ailing Spanish economy. Mataelpino deserves our gratitude for taking the first big step in ending this senseless and cruel event. The event has…
  • Stop Food Waste by Feeding the Hungry

    Nick Engelfried
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: General Public Goal: Reduce waste and help end hunger by re-directing thrown out food to those who need it *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Thank Wildlife Service for Saving Poisoned Elephants

    Jennifer Ip
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Director of the Kenyan Wildlife Service, William Kibet Kiprono Goal: Thank Kenyan Wildlife Service for saving elephants poisoned by poachers Recently, veterinarians and other staff members from the Kenyan Wildlife Service were responsible for saving the lives of 11 elephants who were poisoned by poachers. This grueling and dangerous job requires a great deal of time and commitment, but the payoff is seeing these animals survive and thrive in their natural habitat. Express your gratitude to this organization for keeping the majestic elephant alive in Africa. The latest rescue effort by…
  • Thank Nonprofit for Starting Mobile Animal Clinic

    Hang Lisa Huynh
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Karen Judge, founder of Abandoned Pet Rescue Goal: Thank nonprofit leader for starting a mobile animal clinic to help homeless cats and dogs Karen Judge has always loved animals. In her Florida home, the original founder of Abandoned Pet Rescue cares for all kinds of animals including dogs, cats, birds, and iguanas. Her life-long appreciation of animals is the inspiration behind her newest goal: To start a mobile animal clinic. Judge’s mobile clinic will provide animals with food, medicine, and sterilization services. Her team’s ultimate goal is to find an efficient way…
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  • Zero Motorcycles 2015 electric bikes feature 185 miles range, Showa suspension

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Electric motorcycle maker Zero Motorcycles announced, on Tuesday, pricing and details of the company's 2015 electric motorcycle lineup. The new models feature an upgraded suspension system, an anti-lock ABS braking system from Bosch,...
  • Riding 1000 miles in 24 hours on electric motorcycle creates Iron Butt Terry

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:20 pm
    On Tuesday, Terry Hershner made history as the first person to ride an electric motorcycle over 1000 miles in 24 hours, following his historic win about two weeks ago in the Vetter Fuel Economy challenge. Both events shatter preconceived...
  • Tax credits for Tesla Gigafactory will cost Nevada up to $1.1 billion

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    On Thursday, Tesla Motors made a long-awaited announcement, revealing that the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center had been chosen to host the Gigafactory. That factory is critical to Tesla's success, because it will produce battery packs in...
  • Tesla's net zero energy Gigafactory will indeed be in Reno

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced on Thursday that, indeed, the Gigafactory will be located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center just outside Reno, NV. The press conference held in Carson City not only...
  • Tesla Motors set to announce Gigafactory location near Reno

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    A major economic development announcement scheduled for 4PM Thursday by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has the news wires buzzing with a rumor that Tesla Motors has chosen its Gigafactory location. The buzz started on Wednesday with a CNBC report...
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • How to “Green Up” Your Apartment

    greenwise
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Even though home ownership is often touted as part of the American Dream, there are definitely some benefits inherent in apartment life. Most apartment buildings come with built in security measures and on-site officers. A lot of them have on site pools and fitness centers. The cost of maintenance and repairs is usually included in […]
  • Top 100 Green Blogs

    greenwise
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Top 100 Green Blogs
  • Tricks and Tips-How to Make Money Recycling Metal & Scrapping

    greenwise
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Instead of trashing items like metal wire pieces, plastic bottles and other household things, consider reusing and recycling. Recycling of scrap metal is not yet a common activity, but statistically speaking, many countries export large amount of scrap metal. Metals like copper, aluminum, steel, brass, iron and wires are often thrown into trash by many who do not realize […]
  • Get Inspired From These Green Cities

    greenwise
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Going green is more than a trend. For many, it’s a social responsibility, and in some cities, it’s a social movement. It’s a passion for many people who want to ease the impact on Mother Nature by doing their part and by rallying others to be more environmentally aware. Sreekar Jasthi of NerdWallet listed America’s […]
  • How to Reduce Car Emissions and the Benefits of Doing So

    greenwise
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Reducing car emissions and benefits of reduced emissions
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      It is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book. In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you…
  • Hold the World in Your Hands

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
      For every issue this planet has, there is a solution. Will you choose to be a responsible part of it? Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth
  • Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I grew up in the era of nonstick cookware reigning supreme. My first set of pans in college were all coated in, what we know now to be, toxic chemicals that are found in the bloodstream of almost every American. This includes newborns. Yet, I continued to buy several more sets because that was one did when the coating inevitable became flaky, pieces coming off into our food, and became sticky. Why I thought pans needed to be replaced so often I am not really sure. Now I have realized the wonders of cast iron and will never go back. What are the benefits of cast iron, why should you use it…
  • School Days: The Good, the Bad, and the Environment

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    School is back in and so am I!   Whether the first day of school snuck up on those of you with school-aged children or not, I fully recognize how quickly the time goes as I get older. Summer did not last nearly long enough this year, although even in the “rainy” Willamette Valley we desperately need to see some of that wetness fall will surely bring.  Speaking of rain, or lack thereof, let’s move on to this edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Environment.  The Good The ALS Association has received overwhelming support during the Ice Bucket Challenge,…
  • Portlandia and The 5 Rs: From Refuse to Recycle

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

  • The 7 fronts of ‘mount sustainability’

    Ramon Arratia
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    An excerpt from the publication – Interface the Untold Story of Mission Zero in Europe which details our sustainability journey: As noted, Interface’s approach is built around the notion of Mount Sustainability, a towering challenge with seven fronts to be scaled. So how were the seven fronts identified? “They were created from a combination of frameworks that had been developed by some of Ray’s most influential sustainability advisers,” explained Buddy Hay, Assistant Vice-President, Sustainability Strategies, “a group he often referred to as the ‘Eco Dream Team.’ This…
  • Interface – the Untold Story of Mission Zero in Europe

    Ramon Arratia
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    John Elkington, a global authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development, has authored a case study entitled ‘Interface the Untold Story of Mission Zero in Europe’. Commissioned by us to celebrate our Mission Zero anniversary, he charts the Interface journey over the past 20 years highlighting the systems changes we have engineered into the core of our business.  “We were very excited to get this level of access to senior executives at Interface,” says John Elkington. “And we conclude that, twenty years into Mission Zero, Interface is well positioned…
  • A dozen points on the EU’s climate and energy efficiency package

    Ramon Arratia
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    1. At Interface we strongly support the idea of promoting energy efficiency. At our European division we have been able to cut our carbon emissions by 90% since 1994 and we continue to drive them down. Improvements in energy efficiency have been responsible for 60% of these cuts, with the remaining 30% coming from converting to green electricity and, more recently, to biogas. 2. Our experience is that improving energy efficiency is the most effective, easiest and cheapest option available to businesses and governments that wish to reduce their carbon emissions. If, for instance, we had…
  • I’m “bringing it home” – Green Building Convention 2014, South Africa

    Laura Cremer
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Last week I had the privilege to participate and to speak in the 7th Annual Green Building Convention organised and hosted by The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. It was my first trip to South Africa and I’m still enthusiastic about the warm welcome I received, the excellent line up of speakers I listened to and the people I met during the two days of the convention. “It’s time” – Green Building Convention 2014 Under the motto “it’s time for Africa” and we are “bringing it home” the conference touched on…
  • Better Growth, Better Climate.

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:14 am
    In the next 15 years… A short summary of the recently launched New Climate Economy synthesis report has been released by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group. The succinct briefing is prepared with a business audience in mind and highlights the key points of the report: that the next 15 years are crucial, there are major opportunities for economic systems such as cities, land use, and energy, and that economic growth and action on climate change can be achieved together. See more here   #Climate2014,…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    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

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • Volkswagen Tiguan

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact crossover that slots into VW's U.S. lineup beneath the larger Touareg SUV. As a crossover, the Tiguan blends Golf-based mechanicals with a tall-wagon body and all-wheel drive, for an all-purpose package that delivers moderate off-road capability with all-weather traction. The Tiguan is a rival for vehicles like...
  • Volkswagen Beetle

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the best-selling and most recognizable nameplates in the world. With a history going on 75 years now, the Beetle has emerged in two distinct eras--the Bugs of the pre-1998 era, and the completely new Beetles that were inspired by the original, but based on Golf running gear. Today's Golf was introduced in 2012 as...
  • Volkswagen Touareg

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    The Volkswagen Touareg is a mid-size SUV that’s one of the most rugged and sturdily built SUVs on the road. It has a softer, car-like appearance that lends itself to being easily misunderstood. It competes with the Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and the Toyota Highlander and 4Runner. MORE: Read our 2014 Volkswagen Touareg...
  • Volkswagen CC

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Volkswagen CC is a spin-off of the last generation of VW Passat sedans. A four-door with frameless windows, it's dubbed by VW as a "coupe-like sedan"--a car with a sleeker roofline and more visual zest than a formal-rooflined sedan. In that way, it's a follower in the trail blazed by the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and the Audi A7. The CC is a...
  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    The first front-wheel-drive car offered by the brand in the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class returns for the 2015 model year basically unchanged. The lineup of CLA sedans includes the sporty CLA45 AMG and the base CLA 250 sedan, both of which have all-wheel drive on the features list (it's an option on the CLA 250, standard on the AMG). If you go...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Sept: Leaf Up Again, Volt Down

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With U.S. sales of plug-in electric cars now averaging more than 10,000 vehicles each month, September seems likely to continue that trend once all the sales reports are in. Sales of the Nissan Leaf totaled 2,881 last month, bringing year-to-date deliveries to 21,882. That's almost a 50-percent increase over last September's sales of 1,953, and it...
  • Electric-Car Sales, Ram 1500 Diesel Production, Hybrid Infiniti Q80 Concept: Today's Car News

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today's news spans three kinds of powertrain. We've got September plug-in electric car sales figures, increased production of the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck, and the newly-revealed Infiniti Q80 Inspiration hybrid concept. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production is set to double, with 20 percent of trucks...
  • What Do Hybrid Owners Say About Their Cars? How About Everyone Else?

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    As hybrid cars become more commonplace, it's worth finding out whether people's views of them are changing. A new study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) looks at what both owners of hybrid and non-hybrid vehicles think about these green cars. DON'T MISS: How Long Do Hybrid Cars Last: Which Will Make 150,000...
  • Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Hybrid Concept Unveiled At Paris Motor Show

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Infiniti has made little secret of its desire to launch a new flagship that would finally fill the void left by the departure of its largest sedan, the Q45. Today, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, we now have our first solid look at the automaker’s progress--in the form of the stunning Q80 Inspiration concept. Not that long ago, it appeared...
  • Lower-Carbon Gasoline In CA: Don't Believe Gas-Price Scare Tactics, Says UCS

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to green transportation policies, California leads the way. The state has enacted numerous policies to cut transportation-related emissions, improve energy efficiency, and in some cases eliminate the use of fossil fuel. One such policy--the state's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, or LCFS--is not sitting well with oil companies, which claim...
 
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Outgrown Shoes? Donate Them!

    kb
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    So many shoes… Looking inside my little one’s closet always surprises me. Where did all those shoes come from? How is it possible she has so many shoes. Then I remember that most of them were handed down from her sister. It makes me feel better, but not completely better. After all, I still bought way too many shoes. Anyway, a few days ago I was pulling all Little Girl’s outgrown shoes out wondering what I was going to do with them. I came back into my office and found an email from Stride Rite. The shoe company this month is running something called “Big Hearts,…
  • Recycling School Supplies: Crayola’s Helping Hand

    kb
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Our used up markers. I cannot believe school starts in four weeks and six days. How is that possible? The summer is flying by. Last week we even pulled out our school supply lists and started allocating last year’s supplies. Can you imagine? Yes, you read that right. I am the mean mom who doesn’t just go out and buy all new stuff. I make my kids reuse a lot of the items. Scissors, binders, backpacks and lunch boxes get reused over and over again. Pencils and crayons, too. Sometimes I feel sort of bad about it. Sometimes I don’t. This stuff isn’t cheap but it’s…
  • Asking for Help

    kb
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    Finding your way home is easier with a little help from your friends. “Hey, guys! Can one of you help me find my way back to the house?” We were sitting in the children’s room of a local library waiting for Big Girl to finish a program. Little Girl was sitting at a newly-installed pod of iPads playing Minecraft. She didn’t know the four other boys who were playing, but in the span of 20 minutes she asked for help about four or five times, at one point relinquishing her screen so one of the kids could get her back to where she wanted to be virtually. I sat there…
  • Looking For Summer Fun? $1 Movies Work

    kb
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    The summer stretches out in front of us. Two and a half months without structure. I plan on taking time to hang out with my kids a lot and one of the things that’s on my to-d0 list is the Summer Movie Express, a program that provides $1 movie tickets for second run flicks. You can get more information by clicking through here, but basically, Regal Cinemas is offering deeply discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting in July. The movies include fun family favorites like The Smurfs, Turbo, and Rio 2 — stuff you’ve seen but that look better on the big screen.
  • Vehicles at the Beach

    kb
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    Our view from the boat. Wish I got a shot of the shiny blue quad! Yesterday while at the beach a friend’s son pointed out the shiny, new quads that the dockmaster was driving around. They were a nice improvement on the ramshackle golf cart-looking things that they used to drive, but what struck me was that they were still gas-guzzling, fume-spurting vehicles. Here we were at a beautiful town park and we still had to inhale gas fumes. I wondered why we didn’t have electric vehicles. I wondered why they weren’t hybrids. I guess cost is probably an issue, but at some point, in…
 
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Is Online Shopping an Eco Friendly Choice?

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Online shopping is hugely popular. Not only is it often easier than going out the the store, you get an amazing selection and generally good prices. The big question is whether or not it’s the most eco friendly choice. Online Shopping Disadvantages There are certainly times when it’s frustrating to look at the packaging your […] Related posts: Is Working at Home or Shopping Online Really the Most Eco Friendly Option? Why and When Should You Buy Eco Friendly Products? How Do You Get Around the Poor Selection of Eco Friendly Products at the Store?
  • 6 Places to Shop for Eco Friendly School Lunch Supplies

    Stephanie
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    My kids love bringing lunch to school. School lunches have improved, generally speaking, over the past several years, but we still enjoy the flexibility of bringing lunch rather than buying it. The challenge comes in finding more eco friendly containers for the kids’ lunches. Kids are great for losing things, so you don’t want to […] Related posts: It’s Time For Back to School! Do You Have Green School Supplies? Can You Save By Packing Your Child’s School Lunch in Reusable Containers? How to be Eco Friendly When You Shop
  • Coping With the California Drought

    Stephanie
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    You may know that California is in a particularly intense drought right now. If you live in California, you had better know that, as things are bad enough that watering incorrectly can cause you to be fined. I’m fortunate enough to be in an area where it isn’t as bad as it is elsewhere, as […] Related posts: Is it Reasonable to Expect that Southern Californians Keep a Green Lawn? Here Comes the Drought? I Guess My Attitude Toward Watering Will Be Different from the Neighbors’ in Our New Home
  • 5 Habits That Make You Less Eco Friendly

    Stephanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    We all have those habits we wish we could break. If you’re trying to be more eco friendly in your daily life, there are probably a number of things you would like to change, but just haven’t managed to yet. Here are some bad habits you may want to work on changing so you can […] Related posts: 5 Habits of Eco Friendly Families Are You Wasting Reusable Bags? How to be Eco Friendly When You Shop
  • Kick Your Kids Out Of The House This Summer!

    Stephanie
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    How much do your kids grumble about having nothing to do now that school’s out, especially when you tell them to shut the screens off? There’s a simple solution to that – make them go play outside. Think about your own childhood and how much time you probably spent outside playing. Doing much the same […] Related posts: Get Your Kids Out of the House! Eco Friendly Water Play for Kids in the Summer 25 Eco Friendly Summer Activities For Kids
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    LEEDdaily

  • ISO strikes LEED Gold for Windsor facility

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Regional power grid administrator ISO New England has obtained LEED Gold status for its $39 million backup facility in Windsor. The backup control center for the agency that normally operates out of Holyoke, Mass., began construction in 2013 and achieved the gold level under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Windsor facility includes an 84-kilowatt rooftop solar system. Other sustainable elements include 31 percent regional and 30 percent recycled materials, stormwater control, light pollution reduction, nearby public…
  • Oct. 1, 2014: Study Shows Growing Demand for LEED Professionals Across Building Sector

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of a study of job postings from across the United States, revealing that demand for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period. “This figure tells a powerful story about the value that building industry employers assign to knowledgeable, LEED-credentialed professionals,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. “LEED is a transformative force within the building sector, and every day,…
  • Smithtown’s Commack library branch gets LEED design award

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    Smithtown Special Library District’s Commack Branch has become Long Island’s second public library to receive a certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction. The Commack Branch was notified last week about its gold certification in the Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, rating system. The branch, which recently underwent a $3.6 million renovation and expansion, fell in the new construction and major renovations category. …
  • GSA Reviews LEED v4

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    The US General Services Administration has released a review of LEED v4, the first step to determine if the latest version of the green building system can help government agencies meet green building requirements. GSA says it will make a final recommendation on LEED v4 after receiving input from stakeholders in and outside of government. The US Green Building Council published LEED v4 in November 2013. The purpose of the review was to examine how it aligns with existing federal statutory, regulatory and executive order green building requirements. Read…
  • Ceremonies set to mark completed Carlisle school renovations

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Carlisle Area School District has planned simultaneous ceremonies for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, to dedicate the newly renovated and expanded Lamberton and Wilson middle schools. District administrators and school board members will be in the gymnasium of each building to offer remarks on the completion of the project, Superintendent John Friend said. Also on hand at both schools will be a representative from the architectural firm of EI Associates. The ceremony at each building is expected to last about 20 minutes followed by open time until 4 p.m. for the public to walk through each…
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • 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…
  • Greenwashing Pushback – the Dangers of a False Green Message

    Thomas Schueneman
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Real businesses understand the danger of greenwashing The meaning of “green” and “sustainable” may be in danger of losing their meaning and impact. These terms are diluted as they become buzzwords for marketers seeking to ride the bandwagon fueled by a growing public eco-consciousness. But not so fast. “I think there’s a a bit of pushback,” says Brendan May, founder of Planet 2050 and founder of The Robertsbridge Group, a sustainable business advisory firm based in the UK, “Not just from NGOs but even from the advertising regulators saying…
  • Renewable Energy Credits: Greenwashing Scam or Sustainable Savior?

    Guest Contributor
    13 May 2014 | 3:14 pm
    There is an argument brewing among renewable energy advocates that question whether Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are a greenwashing scam or a sustainable savior. At first, many believe the argument is political, showing yet another divide among left and right wing beliefs, however that is not necessarily the case. In fact, recent criticism has come from all fronts, especially after a 2012 investigation that found fraud within the EPA’s program, perpetuated by lax rules in the program and three cunning companies selling bogus RECs. The decision is really yours, so let’s explore…
  • Biodegradable vs. Compostable: Don’t Be Greenwashed

    Thomas Schueneman
    17 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Look around you. Everything you see right now is biodegradable. From the flat panel large screen TV to the plastic fork in you fast food bag. It’s the perfect term for the greenwasher because “biodegradable” only means that a material will break down “over a period of time.” It could take a year, ten years, or ten thousand years. It’s all biodegradable. On the other hand, “compostable” actually means something. To use that term a product or material must adhere to specific scientific criteria. Essentially, a material must break down into…
 
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    PLANET

  • Time for a New Containment Strategy? What Climate Marchers Can Learn from the Cold War

    Jim Shultz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    At the People's Climate March in New York City. Photo by Stephen D. Melkisethian / Flickr. This story is part of the Climate In Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. More than 400,000 people jammed the streets of Manhattan on September 21, drawn from all parts by the magnetic force of the People’s Climate March. From Times Square to the upper reaches of Central Park West, a 40-block sea of humanity joined under banners that demanded action, named the responsible, and articulated the solutions. Most moving of all were those that expressed the fears and hopes of the…
  • Melting “Future” Statue Captures a City’s Imagination

    James Trimarco
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    Dawn of the Anthropocene Time Lapse from LigoranoReese on Vimeo. While hundreds of thousands of people marched for climate justice on Sunday, September 21, the future was melting away. Or that was the image that artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese provoked viewers into considering with a massive ice sculpture that slowly but steadily melted over a span of 13 hours. “By the end of the day,” writer Chantal Bilodeau wrote, ”The Future will be reduced to a puddle of melt water. But hundreds of people will have engaged with it: touched it, photographed it, talked about it, posted or…
  • Incredible Hulk and Former Goldman Sachs Guy Are Among the Many Pulling $50 Billion Out of Fossil Fuels

    Chuck Collins
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Incredible Hulk wants YOU to divest from fossil fuels. Photo by marvelousRoland / Flickr. It would seem that even the heirs to oil fortunes are getting the message on climate change. On Monday, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a foundation whose $860 million endowment was built on the Standard Oil fortune, announced that it intends to divest its holdings from fossil fuels and reinvest them in companies that produce renewable energy. “No investor’s assets are too small for the changes needed in the world.” And it wasn’t just large foundations moving their money. The same day marked…
  • Nurses’ Unions Send Thousands to Climate March, Call Global Warming a “Health Care Emergency”

    Yessenia Funes
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Photo by Yessenia Funes. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York’s Bellevue Hospital and cut off its power, Anne Boyé, a registered nurse and president of the union’s Health and Hospitals Corporation Executive Council, helped evacuate more than 740 patients. Meanwhile, Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez and her team of nurses were walking door to door through the floods with flashlights on their heads, determined to find and save victims of the storm. Climate change is a public health care emergency. “The…
  • Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone

    Kristin Moe
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    This story is part of the Climate In Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. When more than 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March on September 21, one thing became clear: This is an issue that speaks to young people. In many parts of the march, it seemed as if half of the people there were so-called millennials—young people born roughly between 1980 and 1998, who came of age in the early years of the 21st century. “Young people are more concerned about climate change—but older generations love their children.” The…
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Dried up in California

    Christine
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    By Diana Marcum for the LA Times The grandmother sat outside in her Sunday best next to a house with peeling paint, her canned iced tea resting on top of a washing machine that didn’t work. She’d been without running water for four months. Up an easy-to-miss dirt road, a 70-year-old woman moved 5-gallon jugs of water into her single-wide trailer. It was hard because she was weak from chemotherapy. Her water had stopped coming out of the tap three months ago. At the elementary school, a kitchen worker talked about all the children who were coming to school dirty. This scattered…
  • Obama U.N. Speech Will Include New Executive Order On Climate And International Development

    Mike Confino
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    President Barack Obama will announce a new executive order at the United Nations meeting on climate change Tuesday, directing federal agencies to consider climate change in all international development programs. A White House official said the order will require agencies to “factor climate resilience into the design of their international development programs and investments.” The White House didn’t release the text of the order prior to the announcement. Obama also will announce tools that the U.S. plans to make available to other countries to “help vulnerable…
  • Jon Stewart Schools Congress On Climate Change With A Simple Demonstration

    Mike Confino
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Over the weekend, some 400,000 Americans took to the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change, but as Jon Stewart pointed out on Monday night’s “Daily Show,” too many members of Congress continue to deny the science. Last week, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology interrogated Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren — or, as Stewart called him, the hearing’s Sisyphus “charged with the impossible task of pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain.” via Jon Stewart Schools Congress On Climate Change With A…
  • John Kerry: Mother Nature ‘Is Screaming At Us’ About Climate Change

    Mike Confino
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Mother Nature “is screaming at us” about climate change. According to The Hill and the blog Responding to Climate Change, Kerry made the remarks on Monday, ahead of the United Nations’ climate summit in New York. Kerry repeated a claim often made by himself and others in the Obama Administration, that climate change “is the most serious challenge we face on the planet.” via John Kerry: Mother Nature ‘Is Screaming At Us’ About Climate Change.
  • Secret travels of food

    Christine
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Elizabeth Grossman writes for Mother Jones: On May 6, 2014, as I read through the morning’s incoming email, a Food Safety Alert from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing a “voluntary recall of mangoes due to possible health risk” from the bacteria Listeria caught my eye. This grabbed my attention because at the time, a handsome sunset-hued mango, purchased several days before at my neighborhood market in Portland, Oregon, was ripening on the kitchen counter. Your Produce’s Secret Past Grower: The name and other details identifying the produce farmer are…
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  • Light It Up.

    Robin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. ―Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky   So, I was having some issues behind the scenes here— basically, I was locked out of my blogs. I’d click the link to be sent a new password, but I’ve been blogging so long now that the password was going to a now-defunct email address. It was frustrating and sort of scary while also being sort of…
  • Love This: Lifefactory Glass Food Containers and Water Bottles

    Robin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that’s what I call high quality H2O! -Bobby Boucher, The Waterboy Note: this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through to Amazon I get a small % of any resulting sales. If you’d prefer not to use those links, you can check out the full Lifefactory line on their site. I work out 4-6 times a week. Maverick comes with me 3-4 of those times. Cassidy has soccer practice and games. We drink a LOT of water in this house: during workouts, and in between. At home, we use the CamelBak Relay Pitcher I was sent on behalf of the Fitness Magazine FitBlog event to filter…
  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

    Robin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:13 pm
    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. ― Philip Pullman   Let’s get those disclosures out of the way: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. This is a sponsored post. I didn’t take this photo of Benedict. This guy did and I’m using under the permissions of Creative Commons. If you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, you know I spend a lot of time at CrossFit Riverfront. You know I work a lot and seem to have more tech issues than the average bear. You see me with the kids— going…
 
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    Everblue blogs

  • Gearing Up for Greenbuild 2014

    Lesley@Everblue
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    In 21 days, thousands of building professionals from all over the world will come together at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Featuring three days of speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops, and tours of green buildings in New Orleans, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement.read more
  • What Solar PV Installers Do

    Lesley@Everblue
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:40 am
    So you’re interested in becoming a solar installer. Awesome! But what does it actually mean to install solar? Let’s just say that it takes slightly more effort than hooking part A into part B and calling it a day. A solar installer’s primary duties include the following tasks:read more
  • Earn Your LEED Credential Within 1 Month

    Lesley@Everblue
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    Are you having difficulty focusing your study efforts? This is not uncommon. Preparing for your LEED exam may seem like a daunting activity. In all likelihood, many of these terms and concepts will be brand new to you. It might seem like information overload. Thankfully, there is a straightforward way of getting through this…and doing so within one month.read more
  • Welcome to Our New Website

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    If you're viewing this post, then you've made it to our new website located at www.everbluetraining.com. We've been in business for 6 years now (!) and we felt like it was time to update our style. We've been updating our technology throughout the year, and this new website domain marks the halfway point! By the end of 2014, we expect to have an even better website with mobile compatible capabilities and enhanced usability. Here's a look back at some of the other changes we've made this year…read more
  • Everblue Now a Florida Rating Provider

    Lesley@Everblue
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    On June 13, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House bill 7147 into law. HB 7147 reforms the state's law governing home energy ratings. The previous law cited organizations like the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Building Performance Institute (BPI), Commercial Energy Services Network (COMNET), and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) as the preferred rating systems in Florida. This new law no longer mentions these organizations but instead defines what an energy rating system is. What This Means for Youread more
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    Green Prophet

  • Qatari students take on robots!

    Kelly Vaghenas
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Elementary and middle school students from schools across Qatar recently tested their robotics know-how. The mock robot competition was held at the College of the North Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q)....
  • Mason jar salads: cheap eats for a healthier planet

    Laurie Balbo
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    My kid is hell-bent on healthy eating. No more shawarma or falafel sandwiches she says, and she’s had it with high school cafeteria hummus here in Amman, Jordan. She’s also insistent on sustainable...
  • Magnetic pole reversal and how it can flip your world

    Maurice Picow
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Is there a chance of a “flip flop” reversal in the earth’s magnetic poles? Scientists have noticed some changes in the earth’s magnetic field suggesting a pole reversal could...
  • Swimming UpStream with Steven Looi’s water farm

    Karin Kloosterman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    A two-minute cruise by bike down the street from my parent’s house and I discover a very special social experiment. What’s that saying? You have to travel halfway around the world to find...
  • Star Trek tractor beams can clean the seas and lasso pirates!?!

    Karin Kloosterman
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Some news that Trekkies will love, and which could be applied to clean up our seas: tractor beams to the rescue! Consider in nature, waves such as those in the ocean begin as local oscillations in...
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Bloomberg Donates $125 Million to Cut Traffic Deaths in Cities

    David Thorpe
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:20 am
    Cities are creating a culture where government innovation is an expectation, and where creativity is encouraged, according to Mike Bloomberg, who also announced that his organisation is to spend $125 million on programmes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries in 10 cities in low-and middle-income countries. read more
  • Placemaking's Ripple Effect: How a Beach Downtown is Making Waves in Detroit

    ProjectPublicSpaces
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    At first glance, a Google image search for the term “Detroit” returns an alarmingly one-sided portrayal of the Motor City. Photographs of crumbling buildings dominate so much. Scroll a bit further and one image breaks through the monotony – a beach.read more
  • Interrupting the Ordinary: PARK(ing) Day in Houston

    Allyn West
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The first PARK(ing) Day was in 2005 in San Francisco. It lasted just two hours. A group from art and design studio Rebar fed the meter, put down sod, a bench, and a tree for two hours --- as much time as they could buy --- and then packed it all up.read more
  • New Report Shows How to Reduce Vehicle Pollution, Create Financial Savings on a Global Scale

    KaidBenfield
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report released by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy and the University of California.read more
  • The Geography of Poverty and Migration

    Jim Russell
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Long-distance migrants move for jobs, more so among the nonpoor. Short-distance migrants move for housing. Quick and dirty, “lower education and income groups are more likely to move for family reasons and less likely to move for work-related reasons than higher education and income groups.”read more
 
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas – Fun With Lunch Series

    Calley Pate
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Have a little fun with your kids lunches this year.  You don’t have to spend hours creating beautiful Bento Boxes that look like Hello Kitty to make them fun.  Your kids will love the little touches and I promise, you can do this in less than 5 minutes! With an increased awareness of nut allergies, many classrooms and schools are going nut-free for everyone.  I know that my daughter’s class is completely nut-free (a few children in her class have nut-allergies) and it can be challenging to find things they will eat that comply with the nut-free zone.  As a mom who loves peanut…
  • Whole Foods Clearwater Opens September 24th

    Calley Pate
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Set your alarms and get ready for the Grand Opening of the brand new Whole Foods Market in Clearwater this Wednesday (Sept 24th) morning at 9am.  They will be opening the store with a traditional bread breaking ceremony right at 9am.  Be one of the first 500 guests and you’ll receive a free gift certificate ranging from $5 to $500.  I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to win a $500 gift certificate to Whole Foods!!! The social media and marketing team at Whole Foods invited a group of local bloggers for a tour and tasting event tonight.  Our bellies were filled with some…
  • Easy {Healthy} Pre-Packed Lunch & Snack Ideas – Fun With Lunch Series

    Calley Pate
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Have a little fun with your kids lunches this year.  You don’t have to spend hours creating beautiful Bento Boxes that look like Hello Kitty to make them fun.  Your kids will love the little touches and I promise, you can do this in less than 5 minutes! In todays post I’m sharing some easy (and healthy) pre-packed lunch and snack ideas for busy moms. Note: Some of the products featured in this post have been sent to me free for review.  Others I have purchased myself. I’m sharing them with you because I reach for these first before anything else in my fridge or pantry. I’m…
  • Donate 1 Diaper to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope for Diaper Need Awareness Week

    Calley Pate
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    September 8-14, 2014 is Diaper Need Awareness week. This event was started by the National Diaper Bank Network to recognize the diaper gap in America. My friends at Giving Diapers, Giving Hope are part of the solution to diaper need. They’ve helped over 600 families and shipped nearly 11,000 cloth diapers to qualified families for just the cost of shipping since they began in 2011. To raise awareness about Diaper Need and help more families get the cloth diapers they provide they are sponsoring #GivingHope September 8-16! They want to challenge YOU to pick ONE cloth diaper in good used…
  • Waste-Free Lunch Containers – Fun With Lunch Series

    Calley Pate
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Have a little fun with your kids lunches this year.  You don’t have to spend hours creating beautiful Bento Boxes that look like Hello Kitty to make them fun.  Your kids will love the little touches and I promise, you can do this in less than 5 minutes! In the first part of this series I’m sharing some of my favorite waste-free lunch containers. Note: Some of the products featured in this post have been sent to me free for review.  Others I have purchased myself. I’m sharing them with you because I reach for these first before anything else in my collection. Waste-Free…
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    TheCityFix

  • Six things to know about sustainable transport in Istanbul

    Arzu Tekir
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Istanbul’s world class BRT, pedestrianized spaces, and strong demand for improved cycling infrastructure highlight the rise of sustainable transport in the city. Photo by Monique Stuut/Flickr. Istanbul has made many strides in sustainable transport in recent years. Through a world class bus rapid transit (BRT) system and pedestrianization of public spaces, Istanbul is working to improve transport access, health, road safety, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions and road congestion. These are six of the most important facts you may not know about sustainable transport in Istanbul: World…
  • With Compact of Mayors, cities lead on tackling climate change at U.N. Summit

    Clayton Lane
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Through the Compact of Mayors and parallel initiatives, cities are making ambitious commitments to curb emissions, adopting new greenhouse gas emissions measuring standards, and supporting the financing of low-carbon infrastructure. Photo by Braden/Flickr. Last week, cities around the world made bold commitments to confront climate change. The Compact of Mayors, announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York City, convenes cities to set ambitious targets and report their performance transparently. It builds on commitments to reduce their contributions to global climate change. Analysis shows…
  • Bolivia’s Mi Teleférico to become world’s longest aerial cable car system

    Gwen Kash
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Bolivia is expanding the La Paz-El Alto cable car system that has already exceeded expectations for ridership and revenue. Photo by Gwen Kash. A few months ago, TheCityFix reported on the opening of the Mi Teleférico cable car system that connects the cities of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. The system helps residents navigate the mountainous terrain and has the potential to significantly reduce travel time between the cities, which together form one of the fastest growing urban areas in Bolivia. Mi Teleférico has already exceeded expectations. In its first two months, the Red Line…
  • Friday Fun: Gaming for more sustainable cities

    Zhou Jia
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you think gaming is a waste of time? You may be surprised to learn that some games can teach us about urban design and help solve real world problems. Photo by Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr. Three billion hours per week are spent playing online games worldwide. Though the prevalence of online games has drawbacks, what if some of this time spent gaming could improve the way our cities are designed? The prevalence of games in our culture provides an opportunity to increase the understanding of urban challenges and help solve real world problems. Few people have a chance to run a city, design roads,…
  • Real progress on sustainable cities and transport unveiled at U.N. Climate Summit

    Holger Dalkmann
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Cities played a key role scaling up climate change solutions and building momentum for climate action at Tuesday’s UN Climate Summit. Pictured: Rio de Janeiro Mayor and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Eduardo Paes. Photo by Juliana Swenson/Flickr. Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit included unprecedented focus on cities and the transport sector at climate change conferences. City leaders committed to new actions to promote sustainable urban development and low carbon transport systems. Notable leaders at the Summit included Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, Rio de Janeiro Mayor and…
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    EarthTechling

  • 1,000+ Sustainable Brands Featured at this Year’s Expo East

    EcoWatch
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The green community certainly shined bright in the Northeast last weekend. In addition to 400,000 people marching for climate action and the UN Climate Summit both in New York City, more than 1,000 green businesses displayed their newest products at the annual Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 30,000 people attended the expo and it was encouraging to see how many companies understand the importance of putting people and planet before profits, and how it can actually help their bottom line.While climate change was the main topic being discussed in New York, the (just as…
  • This Week’s Topic: Threats to Air Quality

    EarthTalk
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily? – Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CTThe main threats to local air quality across the United States (as well as most everywhere else) remain smog and particulate pollution, which combined or acting alone trigger millions of hospital visits and health complications for citizens every year. The American Lung Association (ALA) reports that almost half of all Americans live in counties where air pollution routinely reaches unhealthy levels and can…
  • Buyers Driving IT Brands to More Responsible Electronics

    PR Newswire
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    TCO Certified offers a structure for the IT industry to work toward more socially responsible manufacturing of electronics. Criteria and tools to verify compliance are aimed at increasing responsibility, structure and transparency in the product Electronics and IT products are largely manufactured under tough working conditions in price-pressed supply chains. These pressurized conditions have led to excessive overtime, unsafe working environments and other negative outcomes for workers. As some brands show progress toward more responsible practices, it is vital that organizations buying IT…
  • Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

    Curated Post
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Ok, before I start let me make a full disclosure. My new Tesla was delivered today. Yes I know it’s a car for the 1 percent, and my modest green initiative of buying an electric vehicle won’t exactly save biosphere. And indeed, I am indebted to Elon Musk, the CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors for creating this piece of engineering and technology magic.However the process of deciding to purchase this vehicle has caused me to reflect on its founder and his place as a candidate as a truly extraordinary CEO – perhaps the greatest of the modern era.<continue reading…
  • Climate Change Offers Unprecedented Opportunities for Economic Growth

    EcoWatch
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Calling it a “false dilemma,” former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, speaking as chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, disputed the idea that the world economy must suffer in order to fight climate change. He said that, on the contrary, addressing the climate offered unprecedented opportunities for economic growth. Addressing climate change offers unprecedented opportunities for economic growth around the world. Photo credit: The Global Commission on the Economy and ClimateThe group of 24 international government, business, finance and economic leaders released…
 
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    Intercon

  • Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

    T. Caine
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction. We have not suddenly come to an ulterior solution for how to supply more locally grown produce to our cities with a reduced carbon footprint behind it by any means, but financing hasn’t yet found a model for vertical farming that seems to be worth bringing past the brainstorming stage. However, a new proposal by OVA Studio that pushes a modular…
  • Changing the Density Equation for Suburbs

    T. Caine
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Since the beginning of America’s suburban experiment, it has only been recently that effort and interest has welled behind the ideas of walkability and alternatives to a car-centric life outside of cities. While movements like New Urbanism that promote re-investigating the suburban model have swelled with support over the past decade, these projects still represent a minority in development outside of urban centers. Even when aspects like tenets of New Urbanism are employed, the goal of increasing walkability in American suburbia faces an uphill battle until more substantial steps can…
  • Is LEED v4 Better or just Newer?

    T. Caine
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still be able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close with all new projects needing to apply for Version 4 after June 2015. As designers and engineers begin to focus more on the effects of the imminent change ahead, it begs the question as to whether or not the system is simply changing or actually improving. The LEED rating system has been the most…
  • Study Points to Bright and Dark Spots in Corporate Sustainability

    T. Caine
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Our dedication to the corporate engine that runs our consumer culture makes corporate perspectives on sustainability unavoidably important. It is not uncommon in this country to have localities where the vast majority of residents are diligently proactive on sustainability efforts (say recycling for example) while the participation of businesses remains tepid. With the amount of man hours and resources that companies use in order to do business, they have to be part of any equation that leads to a better outcome. McKinsey & Company recently released results to a new survey searching for…
  • Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

    T. Caine
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    As one of the country’s oldest cities Washington has a lot to see and, as a result, a lot one can miss. Amidst the migrating swarms of people milling around for the 4th of July festivities, the nation’s capital recently provided me with some top quality dining, refreshing beverages, art museums, monuments and even some transit oriented development complete with dash of adaptive reuse. I was fortunate enough to walk around the evolving landscape of the D.C. Navy Yard. This post-industrial area continues to undergo a series of remarkable changes that have been in the works for over…
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  • Ecolissa's Events: Fall + Winter 2014

    Melissa Dion
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    We have a number of New England area events planned for the Fall. If you are in the area please stop by to say hi and shop for some eco friendly accessories!Weds. Oct. 8th 6pm-9pmRejoice, Rejuvenate, and Refocus at the Spa!DruMais Hair Salon31 Springhill Ave.Marlborough, MA Oct. 25th + 26thSat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm The 19th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food FestivalReggie Lewis Athletic Center 1350 Tremont St.Boston, MAFri. Dec. 5th9am-5pm7th Annual Holy Cross Holiday BazaarCampus Center BallroomCollege of the Holy Cross1 College St.Worcester, MA  Hope to see you there!
  • New Arrival: Ecoskin Trinity Top

    Melissa Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Ecoskin Trinity Top is a long sleeve cowl neck top. It is made of a Tencel spandex knit. Made in the USA. Vegan. Available in Black/Grey (as shown). $84. EcoSkin is a California apparel company offering chic, contemporary designs for the eco-conscious but fashion-savvy woman. Core to its planet-friendly mission, ecoSkin uses only environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics woven, dyed and sewn in the USA.
  • New Arrival: Ecoskin Halifax Leggings

    Melissa Dion
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Ecoskin Halifax Leggings have a tailored look and zippers at the ankles. They are made of 95% Organic cotton and 5% spandex. Made in the USA. Vegan. Available in Steel (as shown). $88.
  • New Arrivals: Indigenous Fair Trade Scarves and Gloves

    Melissa Dion
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!These gloves and scarves from Indigenous are perfect for the coming cold Winter weather. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Black, Cloud, or Rock. 100% Vegan.  Indigenous Pocket Scarf$88  Indigenous Button Gloves$44  Indigenous Cable Glovette$32  Indigenous is committed to supporting and preserving fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives, investing in natural and organic fibers and environmentally-friendly dyes, and spreading the beauty of handmade, eco fashion.
  • New Arrival: Indigenous V Neck Poncho

    Melissa Dion
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Indigenous V Neck Poncho is perfect for the cold Winter weather. Wrap up in the softest, coziest poncho, the perfect layering piece for fall and winter. Throw the V Neck Poncho over any outfit, and enter the world with elegance. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Cloud (as shown). 100% Vegan. $132.one size fits allmade from 100% super soft and fluffy Organic Cottoncable detailing at hemmade in Perufair tradelow impact dyes Fair Trade standards are part of the Indigenous Designs DNA and production model: They Provide…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Life in a 'degrowth' economy, and why you might actually enjoy it

    Samuel Alexander, Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Time to get off the economic growth train? Sergey Nivens/ShutterstockWhat does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for ever. This week’s Addicted to Growth conference in Sydney is exploring how to move beyond growth economics and towards a “steady-state” economy. But what is a steady-state economy? Why it is it desirable or necessary? And what would it be like to live in? The global predicament We used to live on a…
  • Explainer: how 'biocontrol' fights invasive species

    Tanja Strive, Project Leader/Team Leader, Biosecurity Flagship at CSIRO
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Rabbit numbers have been considerably reduced by the introduction of two viruses - Rabbit calicivirus and myxoma CSIRO, Author providedAustralia’s “ferals” — invasive alien plants, pests and diseases — are the largest bioeconomic threats to Australian agriculture. They also harm our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Some, such as mosquitoes, also act as carriers of human diseases. These invasive species cost Australian agriculture more than A$10 billion a year — more or less what states and territories spend on roads every year. One method of controlling invasive plants and…
  • Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

    Peter Kanowski, Master of University House and Professor of Forestry at Australian National University
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    At the recent UN Climate Summit governments, business and NGOs vowed to stop deforestation by 2030. Rainforest Action Network/Flickr, CC BY-NCAt the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some 27 national governments, 34 major companies, and 61 NGOs vowed to halve deforestation by 2020, and end it by 2030. Signatories included some countries with high rates of deforestation — Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia and Peru— but not…
  • Human hands are all over Australia's hottest ever year

    Sarah Perkins, Research Fellow at UNSW Australia
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    New research shows 2013 would not have been as hot without human-caused climate change. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, but how much of that was due to human-caused climate change? Today scientists publish five research papers that reveal the extent of human influence on Australia’s extreme climate conditions in 2013. The papers are published in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. These new, comprehensive analyses show that people didn’t just leave fingerprints on the record-breaking heat: we left a clear…
  • 'Wait and see' on climate? No, the science is clear: act now

    Roger Jones, Professorial Research Fellow at Victoria University
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    It's not just protesters: even climate models suggest it's more sensible to act on climate change now. AAP Image/Delta HarpleyWhen should we act to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change: now, or later when we know more? One person who thinks we should wait is New York University theoretical physicist, and former US Under Secretary of Energy for Science, Steven Koonin. In an article published by the Wall Street Journal, and reproduced in The Australian, Koonin claims that climate models are still too uncertain and that everyone should hold their horses, arguing…
 
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    Green Conduct

  • 9 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy and Reduce Electricity Bill

    alicebenny
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Conserve Energy With escalating temperatures come escalating utility bills, and with the rise in energy costs, you may be wondering how you can save money on your monthly energy bill.  Familiarize yourself with these simple tricks to save money and conserve energy. 9 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy 1. Turn the A/C Down This seems like a no-brainer, but most people don’t turn down the air conditioning when they leave home. Studies have proven that turning your thermostat to 77 or 78 degrees during the day when you’re at work can drastically cut down on energy costs. Using this same method…
  • Importance of Recycling: Reasons to Recycle, Wood Waste Recycling & Asphalt Shingle Recycling

    greghead
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    The importance of recycling is getting greater with time as the world is approaching closer to global warming. There are so many reasons to recycle. Learn about things such as wood waste recycling and asphalt shingle recycling too. It is a magnificent way for us to return the nature its resources in the best possible way so that it can be reformed and re-used by us. Before we get into further detail, let us all get clear with what exactly recycling means. It is the process of collecting, separating, reforming and reusing the materials of our bin. All about the importance of recycling Rubbish…
  • 5 Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle for Your Wallet and Environment

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

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

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

  • Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Whether they’re assigned in the form of a chart, a wheel, or a jar, chores play an important role among families. Not only do regular household jobs teach kids responsibility and prevent a sense of entitlement, they instill in children a vital sense of importance in the family. When kids are able to participate in the workings of a household in meaningful ways, they internalize a powerful message: “My contributions matter; I matter here.” This feeling of significance is a cornerstone of successful family relationships. The thing is, getting kids to do housework can be a challenge. They…
  • Attachment Parenting Your Special Needs Child

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every child needs good parenting. However, some children have an extra special need for it. Nearly one out of four households in the U.S. has one or more children with “special needs”: any condition that presents significant challenges to a child’s ability to function normally, whether it be physically, mentally, socially or emotionally. This can include anything from cancer to blindness, allergies to ADHD to autism, dyslexia to Down’s syndrome to diabetes and/or a whole range of other conditions. With such a dizzying array of disorders under the “Special Needs” umbrella, it…
  • Our Fall issue is here!

    Amanda Hearn
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Autumn… Fall… whatever you like to call it – a new season is here! And we’re excited to share a brand new issue with you. Filled with family-friendly ways to enjoy this vibrant time of year, you’ll find DIY costumes and healthy Halloween fun, a celebration of today’s autumnal equinox, green crafts, and as always a bounty of seasonal recipes. We’re also talking about dads and bonding, how Attachment Parenting helps special needs children thrive, age-appropriate chores for kids, how to make or find a Little Free Library in your neighborhood, and much…
  • Giving Thanks Together: Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    This article kicks off a series on the solstices and equinoxes: four annual opportunities to celebrate and learn as a family. I find myself ever more deeply aware of and affected by seasonal changes. Light and darkness. Heat and—especially in my adopted state of Minnesota—cold. Living farther north than ever before, I feel the changing daylight hours and temperatures in my bones.  From my first day of preschool until my early 30s, I observed the academic calendar’s rhythms and rituals. Now I share my days with a home schooling eight-year-old and his two-year-old sibling. In…
  • Violence in Our Schools: How parents can help create a more peaceful world

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We all hunger for peace. Yet far too often this seems to be just a dream, hopelessly out of reach. Instead of the peaceful life we all want, we have strife in our families, in our communities, and between our nations. We lose hope of anything better, and begin to think that nothing will ever change. Our dream of peace remains elusive. This is a hard dream to relinquish, because it began at birth. Every infant beams when there is peace in the home, and looks perplexed and cries when there is not. To an infant, conflict is a puzzle. As infants, we not only want everyone to get along, we expect…
 
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      It is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book. In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you…
  • Hold the World in Your Hands

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
      For every issue this planet has, there is a solution. Will you choose to be a responsible part of it? Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth Hold the World in Your Hands is a post from: Almost All The Truth
  • Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I grew up in the era of nonstick cookware reigning supreme. My first set of pans in college were all coated in, what we know now to be, toxic chemicals that are found in the bloodstream of almost every American. This includes newborns. Yet, I continued to buy several more sets because that was one did when the coating inevitable became flaky, pieces coming off into our food, and became sticky. Why I thought pans needed to be replaced so often I am not really sure. Now I have realized the wonders of cast iron and will never go back. What are the benefits of cast iron, why should you use it…
  • School Days: The Good, the Bad, and the Environment

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    School is back in and so am I!   Whether the first day of school snuck up on those of you with school-aged children or not, I fully recognize how quickly the time goes as I get older. Summer did not last nearly long enough this year, although even in the “rainy” Willamette Valley we desperately need to see some of that wetness fall will surely bring.  Speaking of rain, or lack thereof, let’s move on to this edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Environment.  The Good The ALS Association has received overwhelming support during the Ice Bucket Challenge,…
  • Portlandia and The 5 Rs: From Refuse to Recycle

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

  • Fossil Fuels Get Huge Master Limited Partnership Tax Breaks – “Green” Energy Shut Out

    Peter Mantius
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Since 2008, investors have poured several hundred billion dollars into fossil fuel-related master limited partnerships that shield income from virtually all corporate taxation. The MLP tax loophole — a sort of reverse carbon tax — has heavily subsidized the nation’s ongoing oil and natural gas fracking boom. Solar, wind and other renewable energy companies are not eligible for the MLP tax dodge. Although bipartisan support is building in Congress to extend the tax deductions to them, insiders say legislation to do so will most likely have to wait for and be a part of a comprehensive tax…
  • Landmark Decision for Local Control – Major Setback for Fracking Supporters

    Peter Mantius
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Anti-fracking protestors, a recent march in Albany, call for Gov. Andrew to ban tracking statewide. (Photo: 350.org) ALBANY, N.Y. — Towns across New York State and as far away as Texas and Colorado may soon feel the aftershocks of a landmark decision June 30 by the highest court in New York that towns have the authority to ban drilling for natural gas. The 5-2 ruling by the state Court of Appeals has emboldened opponents of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, for fracking, and they hope to make the most of it. “Any town that has held off banning fracking for fear of getting sued by the…
  • Breaking Bad: A Nuclear Waste Disaster

    Joseph Trento
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Carlsbad, New Mexico – A vast salt mine under the New Mexico desert was the Department of Energy’s last nuclear waste storage solution. On Valentines night, one of the now suspect 500 waste drums from DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) blast open inside DOE’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). Casks filled with 3.2 million cubic feet of deadly radioactive wastes remain buried at the crippled plant. That huge facility was rendered useless. Investigators believe the waste drums from Los Alamos were incorrectly packed under…
  • Chanute Air Force Base – the Air Force’s Legacy of Lies in the Heartland

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

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

  • 1,000+ Sustainable Brands Featured at this Year’s Expo East

    EcoWatch
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The green community certainly shined bright in the Northeast last weekend. In addition to 400,000 people marching for climate action and the UN Climate Summit both in New York City, more than 1,000 green businesses displayed their newest products at the annual Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 30,000 people attended the expo and it was encouraging to see how many companies understand the importance of putting people and planet before profits, and how it can actually help their bottom line.While climate change was the main topic being discussed in New York, the (just as…
  • This Week’s Topic: Threats to Air Quality

    EarthTalk
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: What are some of the more dangerous threats to our air quality and what can be done to eliminate them so we can all breathe more easily? – Melanie Smith, Pomfret, CTThe main threats to local air quality across the United States (as well as most everywhere else) remain smog and particulate pollution, which combined or acting alone trigger millions of hospital visits and health complications for citizens every year. The American Lung Association (ALA) reports that almost half of all Americans live in counties where air pollution routinely reaches unhealthy levels and can…
  • Buyers Driving IT Brands to More Responsible Electronics

    PR Newswire
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    TCO Certified offers a structure for the IT industry to work toward more socially responsible manufacturing of electronics. Criteria and tools to verify compliance are aimed at increasing responsibility, structure and transparency in the product Electronics and IT products are largely manufactured under tough working conditions in price-pressed supply chains. These pressurized conditions have led to excessive overtime, unsafe working environments and other negative outcomes for workers. As some brands show progress toward more responsible practices, it is vital that organizations buying IT…
  • Is Elon Musk the Greatest CEO of the Modern Era?

    Curated Post
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Ok, before I start let me make a full disclosure. My new Tesla was delivered today. Yes I know it’s a car for the 1 percent, and my modest green initiative of buying an electric vehicle won’t exactly save biosphere. And indeed, I am indebted to Elon Musk, the CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors for creating this piece of engineering and technology magic.However the process of deciding to purchase this vehicle has caused me to reflect on its founder and his place as a candidate as a truly extraordinary CEO – perhaps the greatest of the modern era.<continue reading…
  • Climate Change Offers Unprecedented Opportunities for Economic Growth

    EcoWatch
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
    Calling it a “false dilemma,” former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón, speaking as chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, disputed the idea that the world economy must suffer in order to fight climate change. He said that, on the contrary, addressing the climate offered unprecedented opportunities for economic growth. Addressing climate change offers unprecedented opportunities for economic growth around the world. Photo credit: The Global Commission on the Economy and ClimateThe group of 24 international government, business, finance and economic leaders released…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • How to Get Solar and Energy Efficiency to Play Nice

    Elisa Wood
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The solar and energy efficiency industries often are seen as brethren in the clean energy cause. But in truth, they are competitors. Energy efficiency undercuts solar profits. The more efficient a home or building, the fewer solar panels it needs. As a result, it’s difficult to get solar installers to abide by the oft-stated recommendation [...]
  • Fed Up With Federal Inaction, States Act Alone on Cap and Trade

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unsatisfied with the pace at which the federal government is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, several U.S. states and a few Canadian provinces are forging ahead with their own initiatives. In 2013, California kicked off a cap-and-trade program in an effort to reduce its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The first year of [...]
  • Green Trends in Housekeeping

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Eco-friendly housekeeping is essential in keeping away various health threats in your household. In her blog in Hubpages, Patty Inglish indicated that sustainable housekeeping presents a growing trend in the 21st century. You may find it difficult to combine sustainability and efficient housekeeping practices sometimes. Just how do you find ways to make life healthier [...]
  • Rooftop Solar Financing: Wins, Trends & What Comes Next

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We hosted a webinar on rooftop solar financing trends. For those of you who missed it, here’s a quick summary. Brad Klein of the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center gave an overview of the recent Iowa Supreme Court case Eagle Point Solar vs. Iowa Utilities Board. This landmark case resulted in a ruling that [...]
  • Inexpensive Solar Cell Makes Hydrogen From Sunlight

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Researchers have developed a device that can store solar energy by inexpensively converting it to hydrogen — an important step toward making solar power available around the clock. The technology, which which was recently described in the journal Science, is a type of “water splitter,” a device that can efficiently divide water into its constituent [...]
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    Hip Moms Go Green

  • Reset Challenge Testimonial

    Nickie Knight
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Let’s Do This!
  • Healthy Guacamole w/ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Nickie Knight
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I was raised in Houston, Texas so I can never turn down a freshly made guacamole. The one I am sharing with you today is my version of one of my favorite restaurants here in Scottsdale called The Mission. They make their guacamole tableside and it is super fresh. There is no reason all of […]
  • Sharon Shapiro Rocks My Art World

    Nickie Knight
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Yes, it’s true this woman is a genius in my book.  When I look at a piece of Sharon Shapiro’s art work it takes me in and I don’t want to leave.  I often wonder where her thoughts take her in order to inspire such creations.  I would love to have just one of her day […]
  • Are You a Rockstar Copywriter that No One Knows Yet?

    Nickie Knight
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Hi there. It’s Nickie Knight here from HipMomsGoGreen. I am about to make a HUGE move from this original website over to my “name” site. I need someone who can write kickass copy to clearly communicate what I am all about. Some of the greats have now moved on to teaching instead of one-on-one work. […]
  • Cherry Mint Limeade

    Nickie Knight
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:33 pm
    One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is make refreshing drinks. There is nothing like a healthy thirst quencher served poolside!  I love this recipe because it is super fast when the kids are begging for something sweet on a hot day. **all ingredients are organic 1/2 cup frozen cherries 2 […]
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    Jubbling.com - Consume less. Reuse more.

  • Jeff Goldblum Pitching The GE Link Connected LED Lighting Is Spectacular. [Video]

    paul
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    YouTube: Enhance Your Lighting – GE Jeff Goldblum needs to be the face of smart LED lighting. The GE Link 60-watt equivalent is available for sale at Home Depot and is priced at $14.97… which is less than the amount Terry Quattro tips the guy who tips the guy. [TWBE]
  • Reason Bottled Water Sucks #478 – Bottled Water Ruins Downton Abbey Press Shot.

    paul
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Unnecessary bottled water strikes again! Fictional, historical dramas are not immune to the commination that is bottled water (probably used ‘commination’ wrong but it was a big word and sounded good – plus, it’s Downton Abbey.). [M]
  • Backhoes Buried In A Building’s Foundation Because It’s Cheaper.

    paul
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:14 pm
    From the ‘If you can afford it, you can consume it’ file comes the story of how construction equipment is being buried in a building’s foundation because it’s cheaper than getting a crane to lift it out. From Gizmodo: “So these diggers team up, usually two-per-property, and carve out a little slice of heaven underfoot, sometimes up to 75 feet into the earth (where else are you supposed to store your fleet of vintage Ferraris, eh?). Then what? Well, these super heavy mechanical shovels are basically stuck. Cranes can be used to lift them out but that’s…
  • Extreme Carpooling In Kuwait (?) [Video]

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
  • Debate Over ‘What City Has The Worst Air Quality’ Ends With One Comment.

    paul
    30 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Screenshot: Most Polluted Cities – StateOfTheAir.org Gizmodo posted “Who Is Breathing the Worst Air in America?” using data supplied by StateOfTheAir.org. All good to know info about the air quality in the city you might live in or near. But as people were searching for their city in the list, one commenter ended the debate about cities with the worst air quality in one sentence: “The answer to the question posed in the headline is ‘My wife, every morning as I wake up.’” Think Greenhouse GAS. [G]
 
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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

    Sarah Clarke
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Rustic Modern is one of the most popular design aesthetics in today’s home decorating. With the increasing popularity of the idea of using reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials in furniture and objects, its only natural that the combination of rustic flair with a modern touch would start invading the homes of the design-conscious. The bedroom is often a great place to start if you’re redesigning your home. It’s the place most of us find solace and peace in, and so many people want that space to be as warm as inviting as possible, while maintaining a certain level of…
  • Gorgeous Backyard Garden Design Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    A gorgeous garden evokes a sense of calm and intrigue. The mystery of the space draws you in while intriguing plants and decorations make you want to linger. Romantic gardens need not be expensive or difficult. With a little time, creativity, and these amazing backyard design ideas, it is possible to create your own vintage garden that is a joy to the senses. Begin by picking one plant that will catch your eye the minute you enter the garden. Create a sense of mystery by placing little statues or figurines in unexpected locations. Then add visual drama with old ladders, or furniture,…
  • Contemporary Home Decor Tips and Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    When you are looking for contemporary home decor tips, you need to start by figuring out what you want. Contemporary design means different things to different people, so start by considering what you like to see in your home. That might mean something rather cluttered or it might mean something ultra-slick and modern, so be sure you have a great idea of what you want in your head. First, consider opening things up. If you are looking for a serious renovation, think about bringing your living room, kitchen and dining room over to an open floor plan. An open floor plan is a great choice when…
  • Which is the Easiest Sofa Fabric to Clean?

    Sarah Clarke
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    The easiest sofa fabric to clean, and one of the strongest fabric quality is better known as leather. If the sofa manufacturer created the sofa with a cotton like fabric. It could attract a lot of lint. I would probably use a vacuum to clean it all up. If something spilled on the sofa with a cotton like fabric. The cotton will absorb all of the liquid, because cotton operates like a sponge. Not even a vacuum or a cloth could clean such a horrible stain.   Leather is by far the easiest sofa material to clean. Especially, if the leather is black, dark blue, dark brown, or any dark color.
  • Examples of Eco-Friendly Glass Countertops

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Aside from being a recyclable product, glass is finding its way into many homes now as a countertop material for a number of reasons beyond its inate eco-friendliness! There are a lot of pros to using glass – some of which you may not even realize!  Glass is a cinch to keep clean because it is non-porous and super hygenic.  It doesn’t stain, so don’t fret when you leave merlot rings on it from glasses left out from the party the night before. Glass is also a very strong material when it is specifically used for countertops, with some manufacturers even saying its as…
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  • Sowfa

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) say's, . . . wind energy only needs a very little nudge, . . . to become cost-competitive with fossil fuel energy sources. A new software tool Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA), to calculate . . . how a number of variables affect the air flow and . . . energy production at wind farms, that they have developed, may just do it.
  • The Zero Marginal Cost Society

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of: . . . The Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things.
  • Jeremy Rifkin

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Economic theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin explains his concept of: . . . The Energy Internet. . . . The Logistics Internet.
  • Cardboard Bicycle Panniers

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    A pair of sturdy cardboard panniers that someone can: . . . . . . pick up at a store, . . . . . . fold together, . . . . . . used as a shopping basket in the store, . . . . . . carry a full load of groceries, . . . . . . walking, on public transport, or bicycle, and . . . . . . easily carry groceries up flights of stairs in one hand. 10-01-2014 Source:  Cardboard Bicycle Panniers
  • Follow The Money: Battery Storage Vs Fossil Fuel

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Global Investment Bank HSBC says, "Energy Storage," means . . . the boom days for the fossil fuel generation are over. . . . “There is no prospect of any return, . . . to anywhere near the level of profitability seen, . . . in the latter part of the last decade in generation,” it writes. The HSBC analysis looks at a range of storage technologies and . . . how that will impact the conventional energy systems. Its major conclusion is that affordable battery storage, . . . will increase distributed generation of solar panels, . . . on household and business rooftops, and . . . further reduce…
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    GREENandSAVE.com Green News and Entertainment

  • Energy Efficient Lighting Entrepreneur, Michael L. Smith, Completes the 10,000 Small Businesses - Greater Philadelphia Program

    cszoradi
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    As the CleanTech “Geen” Energy Economy expands in the U.S. and around the world some entrepreneurs are learning how to focus their business models to make a meaningful impact. Michael L. Smith, owner of Round 2 Lighting, LLC, was among the 32 graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program in August, 2014.read more
  • Eric Bolling’s “Energy Fix” Commentary

    cszoradi
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    For this article, the biographical highlights and any rights to the video links are attributed to Eric Bolling and FOX News Channel. On Saturday 7.26.14 Eric Bolling shared his “Energy Fix” via a 3 PART SOLUTION in the Commentary segment of the Cashin’ In, show, which he hosts as part of the FOX News Business Block airing on Saturdays.read more
  • Earthwatch institute Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • Western Regional Climate Center Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
  • NSIDC (National Snow & Ice Data Center) Leads by Example with Sustainable Efforts

    cszoradi
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We are pleased to profile the companies and organizations that lead by example in operating their businesses and organizations. The “Lead by Example” profile series is focused on sharing information to inspire and empower decision makers to take action in their own facilities.read more
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • 20 Minute Lesson on Grounding and Bonding 101 for Commercial Solar PV Projects

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    What are the differences between grounding and bonding in solar design? What are the most recent codes? Where are the codes headed? What are some of the changes that have happened? What does it mean for you and your installations? In this free 20-minute video lesson, Ryan Mayfield identifies the key 2014 NEC code sections for PV system grounding and bonding and outlines general requirements of Article 250 – beginning part of code for Grounding and Bonding (and what he considers one of the most difficult and fun discussions). He also begins outlining Article 690 Part V: Grounding and…
  • Learn in 60 Minutes: Conventional vs. Passive Floor Planning

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    If you don’t floor plan properly, you will fail. During this free 60-minute lecture, Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group and expert instructor at HeatSpring, describes how Passive House floor planning differs from conventional floor planning. Mike provides a background on the Passive House movement, presents examples of Passive House designs and floor plans, and explains why floor planning is critical for energy efficiency, cutting costs, and meeting the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House Space Heating and Primary Energy requirements. Access the full…
  • Calculate Heat Loss to the Ground with Marc Rosenbaum

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Marc Rosenbaum, Director of Engineering, South Mountain Company and one of HeatSpring’s expert instructors, taught a free live lecture to more than 200 architects and builders last week. His focus: demonstrate how buildings interact thermally with the ground and teach people how to calculate heat loss to the ground. Access Full Lecture and Additional Resources Here During the live lecture, Marc started with a 2D THERM model of a basement, reviewed the U factor that THERM calculates for the foundation assembly, and used that to calculate the design heat loss of the basement. He showed…
  • How to Handle Unknown Risk to Increase Solar Project Success

    Chris Williams
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image: Universe of Issues, Risks, and Challenges This is a guest article from Chris Lord, Managing Director at CapIron, Inc. He’s a former lawyer with extensive banking experience who now consults with solar developers and investors. I’ve never met anyone else who can, seemingly, answer any financial or legal questions about financing commercial solar projects. In the article, Chris shares some of his experiences about how to understand and mitigate the risks that you don’t know exist in commercial solar development. Unknown unknown risks are extremely important to understand…
  • Free 65 Minute Lecture on Biomass Thermal Storage + Free Invitation to Maine Alternative Energy Expo 2014

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Interphase Energy, a Maine-based leader in supplying central pellet heating equipment throughout North America, is hosting Alternative Energy Expo 2014 at their Portland, Maine facility this Friday, September 12th, 2014 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. Free to the public, the expo will showcase a variety of alternative energy organizations providing information and demonstrations as well as speakers, workshops, panels, food trucks and more. We wanted to join the expo remotely, so we’re sharing a free lecture about alternative energy that we hosted in August with John Siegenthaler, one…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Giveaway: Stur Natural Water Enhancer

    paigewolf
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Back when I was in the process of writing Spit That Out I was still drinking Crystal Light. Some habits become so ingrained it takes a while to even realize what you are doing! Fortunately I was able to easily make the switch to home-brewed iced tea and cucumber water for times when I wanted something more flavorful than plain water with my meal. So when I was introduced to STUR at Healthy Brand Showcase I wasn’t immediately sold. STUR is an all-natural liquid water enhancer made from only natural fruit and stevia extracts. Sure, it was a great alternative for folks hooked on…
  • Rhythm Babies Music Classes Offer a Different Beat for Philly Families

    paigewolf
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Whether you live in the city or the ‘burbs, there are plenty of music classes available for children and babies. But there are only so many times you can repeat “If You’re Happy and You Know It” ad nauseum until your brain melts. Fortunately Rhythm Babies takes a more creative approach to their early childhood music classes at various locations throughout Philadelphia. Each week employs a different theme and you never know if you’ll be listening to international drum beats or singing jazz standards a cappella. Of course, the ribbons, maracas, and sticks…
  • Don’t Let One Dim Bulb Spoil The Whole Energy-Saving Bunch

    paigewolf
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s such a shame when good green intentions leave consumers frustrated with the results. Have you been hearing from people in your community that energy efficient bulbs may not be all they’re cracked up to be? Some people have said they bought a CFL or LED and it just didn’t perform. It makes them want to shift back to energy-wasting incandescents, just so they can have reliable light. Plus, they end up telling their own communities about their negative experience. One bad egg spoils the whole bunch, except this time, it’s a bad bulb! Why exactly does this happen? As with all…
  • I Ran the Philly10K – Lived To Tell and Didn’t Smell (A Piperwai Review)

    paigewolf
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    I wanted to write a blog post about my amazing new client Piperwai Natural Deodorant. I also wanted to write a post about my experience with the Philly10K. Then I realized it only made sense to write these two together. Let’s start with a flashback: Three years ago I posted about my foray into running with great excitement about running for a grand total of three minutes.   After much training, Crossfit, and a pregnancy thrown in, I shocked and astounded myself with the ability to run 6.2 miles. After completing my first 5K more than two years ago I really had no desire to up the…
  • Greening a Five Year Old’s Birthday Party on a Budget

    paigewolf
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Here we go again with the birthday party planning – and FIVE is a big one! My son wants to invite everyone he ever met, load them up with goodies, and have a grand piñata finale. So how do we keep a party for 30+ kids fairly green and under a $500 budget? Fortunately, I have been thinking about this for a while. September is a great time for an outdoor party and we have plenty of lovely public parks and playgrounds. But I, for one, am not taking a chance on a rainy day. So we found a small local playground with a no-frills recreation center that we can rent for $100. Done. On to the…
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    mnn.com

  • Kids just want to be superheroes when they grow up

    jsavedge
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    "What do you want to be when you grow up?" If you're a kid, this is a question you hear all the time. But as adults, how often do we really listen to the answer?  
  • 5 apps to teach kids about nature and sustainability

    sgrover
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    When I wrote about the idea of teaching ecology through virtual reality, I confess I was a touch skeptical. Having read a lot about nature deficit disorder, I couldn't help feeling a touch sad about the notion that we now need technology to help us see the world around us in a new light.
  • 23 shows to watch in October

    gmiller
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    • In "Dead Again," a docu-series from Dick Wolf premiering on A&E on Oct. 2, real detectives investigate controversial and unresolved murder cases, reconstructing crime scenes and interviewing witnesses to uncover new evidence, proving or disproving the original verdict.  
  • Black bean spaghetti and other tasty gluten-free options

    kimi.harris
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    There are two items that come to mind when you realize you should no longer consume gluten: bread and noodles. Americans have a love affair with both of them (I know I did!), so there's a real sense of loss when you think you can no longer eat some of your favorite dishes.   Fear no more. There are some beautiful gluten-free noodle options that will give you back the freedom to enjoy a wide variety of pasta dishes again.   
  • This sunny scene would have anyone quoting John Muir

    pod_user
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo: Daniel Zedda/MNN Flickr Group   John Muir once wrote:
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • One Small Step for Dog’s Rights as Puppy Farm Shut Down in Australia

    Sarah Burke
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Do you remember that song, “How much is that doggy in the window?” and the funny little “woof woof” in response? Cute, wasn’t it? But then do you remember when you got a little older and you started to question where those doggies came from? Where were their mammies? And suddenly the conversation got weird. Well, that’s because […] Read the full article: One Small Step for Dog’s Rights as Puppy Farm Shut Down in Australia on Greener Ideal
  • The Most Awe-Inspiring Photos of the Week from National Geographic #2

    Ian Andrew
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    To help capture the beauty of our planet and its wildlife, we’ve collected the most awe-inspiring photos that National Geographic has shared on Instagram this week. Below each photo is a link to the photographer’s profiles – please follow them and support their work by purchasing prints of any of your favourite photos. Steve Swenson climbs […] Read the full article: The Most Awe-Inspiring Photos of the Week from National Geographic #2 on Greener Ideal
  • The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: Made From Hemp!

    Sarah Burke
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    The Cannabis plant often gets a bad rap for its extra-curricular uses, but people may be shocked to discover that the hemp plant has over 50,000 uses, from clothes, to medicine, to fabrics, to fuel… to… well, even cars.   Henry Ford Makes the First Hemp Car In the 1940s, the first car made partially from […] Read the full article: The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Car: Made From Hemp! on Greener Ideal
  • Director James Cameron Says ‘We’re Not Too Late’ to Fix Climate Change

    Greener Ideal
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    James Cameron spoke to NBC News on the issue of climate change and how he uses his films to get people closer to the cause.   Read the full article: Director James Cameron Says ‘We’re Not Too Late’ to Fix Climate Change on Greener Ideal
  • World’s Largest Ocean Reserve to be Created in the Pacific, Thanks to Barack Obama

    Greener Ideal
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which bans commercial fishing, to be expanded to six times its current size   Read the full article: World’s Largest Ocean Reserve to be Created in the Pacific, Thanks to Barack Obama on Greener Ideal
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Minnesota Agency Working To Answer 58,000 Questions About PolyMet

    Greg Seitz
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Tom Landwehr The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the agency has a big job ahead in responding to public comments on the PolyMet mining proposal’s supplemental draft Environmental Impact Statement. In an interview with northern Minnesota’s Timberjay newspaper, Tom Landwehr says the DNR is still a few weeks away from completing the task of simply categorizing the 58,000 letters and emails it received earlier this year. Once it has put all the comments in at least one of the 7,000-8,000 “buckets,” it will begin attempting to come up with…
  • Photo Round-Up: Fall Beauty In The Quetico-Superior Region

    Greg Seitz
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    The leaves are blazing in canoe country, sunsets are spectacular, solitude is abundant. Here is a collection of photos from social media we’ve curated to celebrate this beautiful bonanza, and perhaps inspire one more canoe trip this fall: Post by Piragis Northwoods Company. Just returned from a three day (four night) trip into the BWCA in Minnesota. Had a great time and feeling refreshed! pic.twitter.com/L8zYE17WVv — Justin Poublon (@JPWIWX) September 26, 2014 Post by Voyageurs National Park Association. Post by Nace Hagemann Photography. Post by Voyageur North Outfitters of Ely,…
  • Parsing Public Opinion Of Polymet Mine Proposal

    Greg Seitz
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    PolyMet facilities (Photo courtesy PolyMet Mining) Two markers of the public’s feelings about the PolyMet copper-nickel mine proposal made the news this week. Anti-mine groups touted overwhelming opposition in public comments, and a newspaper poll showed a slight drop in support from earlier this year. An analysis of the record-breaking number of comments submitted on PolyMet’s draft Environmental Impact Statement last winter by the Mining Truth coalition found that nearly all raised concerns about the project. “In all, 52,887 people and organizations took time to submit…
  • Voyageurs National Park Expands Campsite Reservation System

    Greg Seitz
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Rainy Lake campsite After a trial period this summer, when 51 campsites in Voyageurs National Park were available for reservation, the National Park Service has announced the next phases of the new system will continue as planned. The following information was provided in a recent announcement: Low-Use Season starts September 16 Runs September 16 through May 14 each year All visitors who wish to tent camp within Voyageurs National Park during the Low Use Season will need a reservation with www.recreation.gov. Reservations will go live starting 10:00 am EST on September 16, 2014. There will…
  • Invasive Zooplankton Found In Basswood Lake

    Greg Seitz
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Spiny waterflea (bottom), photo by J. Liebig, NOAA GLERL, via Wikipedia Non-native, invasive spiny waterflea has been found in Basswood Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The tiny crustaceans can disrupt the food chain by competing for food with—but not being eaten by—small native fish. In high numbers, spiny waterflea interfere with and damage fishing gear and other water equipment. Anglers might hook a fish only to be unable to land it when the waterfleas clog the eyelets on a fishing pole. They were brought to American waters in the 1980s in the ballast water of ships…
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Going green in gorgeous Greece

    GTG Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    | How to Go Eco | Perhaps most famous as Western civilization’s birthplace of democracy, philosophy, literature and science, Greece is one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich countries. Today, though, most travelers come to its shores for more hedonistic reasons—to feast on fresh seafood, relax on an idyllic island, swim in the turquoise water or just […]Going green in gorgeous Greece is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Airbnb helps its community travel greener

    GTG Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    | Green Travel News | Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, has announced a partnership with Nest, which reinvents unloved products in the home. Together, the companies are helping Airbnb’s community of hosts and guests conserve energy and continue to have a positive impact on their local environments. Airbnb is providing selected hosts in the […]Airbnb helps its community travel greener is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

    GTG Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    | The Beauty Amid Us | It has oft been observed that we ignore or overlook the beauty in our own backyards. As a California native who has lately been spending much of my time overseas, I jumped at the offer to explore America’s crown jewels: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It turned out to […]Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture

    GTG Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    | A Green Field of Dreams | It’s on a beach walk along wind-swept Lake Huron in the Thumb—do as all Michiganders do and think of the state as mitten-shaped and you get the picture—that we meet Paul Weideman. He is playing with his big, boisterous dogs. We begin to chat. A friendly guy, we soon […]Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

    GTG Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    | Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast. Already a $439 billion market, the wellness travel industry is expected to grow another 50 percent through 2017, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Congress. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are […]Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    GreenITers » GreenITers

  • Scientists unveil invisibility device

    Admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
                      Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is
  • A message in a bottle 2.0

    Admin
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    A message in a bottle is used to send messages across the ocean or to send personal thoughts into the world. With the advancement in technology, here is a new way to send personal messages that combines old-tech with high-tech.
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    Hexa Green

  • New Air Conditioner Standards Would Rank as biggest energy saver in U.S. DOE History

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    The Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards today that would slash commercial rooftop air conditioner energy use by about 30%. The proposed standards would achieve the largest national energy savings of any standard ever issued by the U.S. Department of Energy. “DOE’s new standards are a breath of cool air for businesses since air conditioners account for about 10 percent of a typical commercial building’s electricity cost,” said Steve Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. “The new standards will drive innovative,…
  • German PV equipment sales up 39% in first half of 2014

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Sales and order intake of PV components, machinery and equipment in Germany increased significantly in the first half of the year, according to the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). The association’s PV division, VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment, pointed out, however, that ongoing trade disputes continue to burden the industry’s recovery. Overall, sales of PV equipment rose 39% compared to the same period last year. “The market for production solutions and manufacturing technologies for photovoltaics has been very dynamic in the first half of 2014,” said Peter Fath,…
  • Siemens D3 wind turbines ordered for onshore project in France

    Team HexaGreen
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    Siemens Energy has been awarded a contract from Theolia, a French independent power producer, for the delivery, installation and commissioning of seven D3 platform direct-drive wind turbines for an onshore wind power plant in Haute Borne in the Somme region in northern France. When completed, it will have a total power rating of 21 megawatts. Commissioning is scheduled for August 2015. The contract also includes a service and maintenance agreement for a period of 20 years. The modern direct-drive wind turbines of the type Siemens SWT-3.0-101 are rated at three megawatts each. The rotor…
  • US Navy, DOE, USDA awards $210 Million contract for Drop-in Biofuels

    Team HexaGreen
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels. Under the grants, the companies will build biorefineries to produce military spec fuel that is expected to cost the U.S. military, on a weighted average, less than $3.50 per gallon — or cost competitive with petroleum-based fuels, with availability expected as soon as 2016, and have a 50 percent of greater reduction of emissions compared to…
  • Tata Power Solar to Supply Modules to the L N Bangur Group for 10 MW Project

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Tata Power Solar (TPS), one of the pioneering solar manufacturers in the world has won a significant DCR order under JNNSM phase-2 batch-1. The company will supply the entire module requirement for the 10 MW project to be built by Palimarwar Solar Project Private Limited in Rajasthan which belongs to the L N BANGUR Group and is held under under its renewable energy arm, LNB Renewable Energy (Pvt) Ltd. The 45,000 modules needed for the project will be manufactured at Tata Power Solar’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bangalore.
 
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    Ecology Global Network

  • From Energy-Saving Architecture to Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture: History of Energy Saving Architecture in Japan

    Guest
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Courtesy of Japan for Sustainability To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. We will introduce efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as “Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013).” Energy-Saving Techniques of Traditional Japanese Housing Traditional Japanese houses that use little fossil energy were…
  • First Nation Treaty Commitments Tested

    Susan Colby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Site C Proposal Puts Treaty Commitments to the Test By David Suzuki BC’s Peace Region has already been irrevocably altered by industry and is now threatened by the Site C dam. Courtesy davidsuzuki.org British Columbia First Nations chiefs recently traveled to Ottawa to urge the federal government to pull the plug on the costliest infrastructure project in the country. At an estimated $7.9 billion and growing, the proposed on the beautiful Peace River in northeastern B.C. has been criticized for spiraling costs, questions about whether the electricity it would produce is even needed, and…
  • Wonder Why a Cup of Coffee is so Expensive?

    Guest
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Blame Coffee Farm Rust Fungus In the complex web of life on Mexican and Central American coffee farms, shade is critical.Credit: Ivette Perfecto The culprit, says ecologist Ivette Perfecto of the University of Michigan, is a fungus sweeping through coffee plantations in Mexico and Central America, limiting coffee production and pushing prices higher. Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica have declared national emergencies as a result of the disease, caused by a fungus called coffee rust (Hemileia vastatrix). The current outbreak is the worst since the fungus arrived in the region 40 years ago.
  • California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban into Law

    Guest
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    By Californians Against Waste California Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation enacting the nation’s first statewide ban of single-use plastic shopping bags. “Forty years ago there were no plastic grocery bags; four years from now, we’ll forget there ever were,” ~ Mark Murry, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste Senate Bill 270 by State Senators Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Huntington Park/Long Beach), became the first plastic bag ban approved by a state legislature in the nation in late August. The…
  • 11 Tips for Reducing Food Waste

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Courtesy of CUESA “Food is a weapon. Don’t waste it.” During World Wars I and II, the US made a national priority of curbing food waste—a lesson from history that bears repeating. Today, approximately 40 percent of food (about 20 pounds per person per month) in the US gets wasted. At the same time, 17.6 million American households are food insecure. Waste happens all along the food chain from field to plate, and a lot of it could be prevented by simple changes in our habits. Waste in our homes accounts for 28% of fruit and vegetable losses alone. The National Resources Defense Council…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • It’s Another Free Earring Friday!

    kristen
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    FREE EARRINGS TODAY ONLY! This pair of Handcrafted Designer Sterling Silver, Crystal Quartz Earrings is FREE with any Ahimsa Designs purchase from our Etsy shop TODAY! (http://ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/) Each Friday we will be showcasing one pair of our designer earrings that will be a FREE gift with any handmade purchase from our shop. (Friday only) FREE TODAY ONLY – Ahimsa Design’s Hand Crafted Designer FACETED CRYSTAL QUARTZ, STERLING SILVER EARRINGS. These earrings go with everything! A beautiful 8mm round faceted Crystal Quartz set within oxidized Sterling Silver. Visit our shop to…
  • Ahimsa Yoga Festival 2014

    kristen
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I have grounded myself since I had kids. I have struggled with even more fear about traveling and being away because I think I can’t do anything stupid, by my own choice, that would cause my kids to have to grow up without me. Motherhood has been the perfect soil in which to grow my roots of fear. But I have this person in my life now (my Sacred Other) who encourages me to be more, to do more, to live outside and beyond my fear. If my spirit is calling me to do something, he helps quiet all of the reasons my head can invent to remain paralyzed. Small. Less. He sees the other part of me that…
  • END OF SUMMER SALE – 25% OFF – 2 DAYS ONLY!

    kristen
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    END OF SUMMER EVENT – Handmade, Eco-Friendly, Yoga, Zen & Vegan Designs. 25% OFF! (Virtual, Online Event) https://www.facebook.com/events/1375504982739822/ End of Summer blues? Thankful to be back into your groove? SAVE 25% – 2 DAYS ONLY! Get an early start on your HOLIDAY Gift List! Either way celebrate with us! We are giving thanks for a beautiful Summer by having a not-to-be-missed SALE. Shop our Etsy store and take a whopping 25% OFF of everything for 2 DAYS ONLY! We are cleaning out our inventory to make way for our new Fall Yoga collection, so get the pieces you love…
  • It’s Peace, Love and FREE Earrings Friday!

    kristen
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    FREE EARRINGS TODAY ONLY! This pair of Handcrafted Designer Earrings is FREE with any Ahimsa Designs purchase from our Etsy shop TODAY! Each Friday we will be showcasing one pair of our designer earrings that will be a FREE gift with any handmade purchase from our shop. (Friday only) FREE TODAY ONLY – Hand Crafted Designer FACETED CRYSTAL QUARTZ, STERLING SILVER EARRINGS. These earrings go with everything! A beautiful faceted crystal quartz set within oxidized sterling silver. Visit our shop to take advantage of this deal!  http://ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/      
  • WANDERLUST 108 FESTIVAL!

    kristen
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I have decided to branch out this fall. When I changed directions with my business a couple of years ago, I kept doing the same arts and crafts shows I had always done. I love seeing and talking with my regular customers, but I decided to leave my comfort zone and spread the love to some new places this year. My first show of the busy Fall season will be in Atlanta’s own Piedmont Park in September. Wanderlust 108 markets itself as a “mindful triathlon.” The core mission is to create community around mindful living. Participants complete a 5k run, join a group meditation and then take…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Halloween Costume Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Show us your costumes! Win FREE Tea Cup/Mug Stand! Last year’s winner! Trish and her family (including 4 grandchildren). In keeping with the spirit of the season this month of October we’re offering our Tea Cup/Mug Stand FREE of charge to the best Halloween costume – past, present, or future – from childhood to adulthood, with submissions accepted via email (service@manchesterwood.com), Twitter (@manchesterwood), or Facebook. BONUS: 10% off any purchase to the runner-up! As with the rest of our hardwood furniture, the Tea Cup/Mug Stand is 100% made in the USA using sustainable…
  • TV Trays: Perfect for Work & School

    Manchester Wood
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    TV Trays make perfect sense for this fall weather. We’re getting back to school and the grind of work after hours in the now cooler, calmer nights. At Manchester Wood our TV Trays are some of the most sought after in the market. Not only are they made of solid hardwood, but they’re also 100% made in America at our mill in Upstate New York in the Adirondack foothills. Backed by our Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always, you’ll find many of our customer testimonials are in rave review of these TV trays. During the early 1980s, Manchester Wood transitioned from…
  • Custom Furniture: Manchester Wood Now Offers

    Manchester Wood
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Custom furniture made in USA now offered by Manchester Wood! It’s been a longtime coming, but Manchester Wood is officially now offering the option of custom furniture. At Manchester Wood we strive to produce the best solid wood furniture for you. Sometimes that means you have your own ideas on how our furniture can meet your exact needs. That nook in your den might be just a little too narrow for that desk, or a TV media stand needs to be a bit higher or wider than what we currently offer for your living room. It’s understandable and we believe quality always finds a home, so our…
  • Celebrities Help This Made in USA Company

    Manchester Wood
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:06 am
    Employees inside Randolph Engineering. Courtesy of ABC News Celebrities from the silver to small screens alike are wearing these Made in USA sunglasses, and it’s helping sales as ABC News reports. Robert Redford in 2001′s “Spy Game,” Tom Cruise in 2013′s “Oblivion,” Don Draper in “Mad Men,” all these men have one thing in common: wearing Made in USA Randolph Engineering sunglasses on the screen. Although celebrities might make it a seeming Hollywood thing, Randolph sunglasses are made in the small town of Randolph, Massachusetts, population 32,000. Which…
  • Solid Wood Bookcase Assortment

    Manchester Wood
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    When it comes to a solid wood bookcase we offer a variety of handcrafted American made options. Our solid wood bookcase assortment takes on a more traditional aesthetic, at least for now. But that’s certainly not to say they’re out of touch with modern home design. The popular Mission Underwindow Bookshelf leads the collection with its compact size and formidable nature for storage with an adjustable shelf. It leaves a perfect amount of space for a small living or study room solution under a window. The strong standing Green Mountain Bookcase is another best-seller with beautiful…
 
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    greenismything

  • The “Dirt” on Carbon Emissions

    Anna
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Is the secret in the soil? We often think of carbon as only being in the air – as emissions, what we exhale, what plants inhale; but a great deal of carbon is also stored within our soil. Plants absorb and store carbon in the soil. So, when today’s industrial farming methods use tilling to overturn the soil, it actually releases large amounts of carbon into the air. According to journalist and writer Kristen Olsen, we can help reverse climate change by returning to no-till farming methods, which will leave the soil undisturbed and will keep that carbon trapped underground. In fact, David…
  • Americans Already Taking Action Against Climate Change

    Anna
    22 Jan 2013 | 4:00 am
    It’s a new year, and everyone is still feverishly committed to their New Year’s resolutions. After all, January is the time for reinventing oneself, committing to self-improvement, and setting new goals. I love when New Year’s comes around because I enjoy thinking about all of the possibilities that a new year brings. It is in that spirit that I thought January the perfect time to share a recent study done by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. I’ve shared their work before, telling you how Americans…
  • SPOTLIGHT on Concord, Massachusetts: Ditching Disposable Plastic Water Bottles

    Anna
    14 Jan 2013 | 8:31 am
    If you look hard enough you’re always sure to find something inspiring going on in the world. On this Monday morning, I stumbled upon a green action definitely worth applauding: Concord, Massachusetts has placed a ban on single-use plastic water bottles. We’ve seen bans placed on plastic shopping bags in a number of cities already, but Concord is the first U.S. city to extend that ban to disposable water bottles. After a three-year effort by the Ban the Bottle campaign, Concord’s new law prohibits the sale of non-sparkling, unflavored liquids in single serving PET (polyethylene…
  • SPOTLIGHT on Nantes, France – European Green Capital for 2013

    Anna
    3 Jan 2013 | 11:56 am
    Happy New Year, everyone! With a new year come new hope, new energy, and new vision. So this year, I would like to increase the scope of GreenIsMyThing to include posts highlighting laudable green actions of cities, states, or countries around the world. And Nantes, France is the perfect place to start… Why? Nantes was named as the “European Green Capital” for 2013. The European Green Capital designation began in 2010 with the city of Stockholm, Sweden and has since been awarded to Hamburg, Germany (2011), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2012), and now Nantes, France. Copenhagen, Denmark is set…
  • [MOVIE] Chasing Ice Documentary Stuns and Inspires

    Anna
    2 Jan 2013 | 12:12 pm
    Imagine images of vast glaciers rising high above an icy landscape. Envision seeing nothing but white ice and bright blue sky for as far as the eye can see. To many, this landscape is not one we’d want in our everyday lives, but it is one in which we still see tremendous beauty and majesty. These harsh, ice-covered locations have been around for tens of thousands of years and so are full of history – biological, geological, climatological. They seem symbols of permanence and strength. And yet they have now begun to crumble before our very eyes. This is the scene set by James Balog’s…
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    strategy+business: SUSTAINABILITY

  • The Business Approach to Climate Change

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz's new book proposes how to achieve the triple bottom line of planet, people, and profits.
  • Derek Lidow on Mastering the Four Phases of a Successful Startup

    1 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Successful startups go through four phases from the initial idea to long-term financial sustainability. Each one requires a distinct leadership attitude and set of leadership skills. (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
  • The Business Case against Business Cases

    27 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Companies that rely on traditional project management methods could be getting an incomplete picture of their own vulnerabilities and opportunities.
  • Christine Bader's Tales of a Corporate Idealist

    18 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christine Bader, the former BP policy development manager and U.N. business and human rights advisor, talks to strategy+business about the nuances of promoting social responsibility and sustainability within companies. (THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS LICENSED IMAGES)
  • The Trust Agenda

    4 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    PwC's annual survey of 1,300 CEOs shows that chief executives are increasingly seeking to generate trust through "good growth," aligned with business ethics and sustainability. One of the ways that businesses can do this is through behaviors that are aligned to a socially centered purpose, and by meeting the expectations of a wider range of stakeholders.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • 12 Ways to Pull Yourself Out of a Creative Rut

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When you have a blog, it's a lot like having your own magazine, only without a staff (assuming you're not Arianna Huffington). You're the Editor-in-Chief, Art Director, Photography Department, Copy Department, Publicity Department, and Publisher, all in one. I'm often asked how I manage to produce posts three times a week. Honestly, it's not easy! But I have found some ways to break free from writer's block (more accurately: blogger's block), and I think these tips can apply to anybody who's stuck in a creative rut and can't find the way out. 1.
  • Monday Snapshot: The Remains of the Day

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I'm always heart-warmed when I see a bench or a chair outside, proof that somebody thinks it's worthwhile to just sit for a while and enjoy the view. This chair was parked at a marina, with a lovely view of the boats coming and going. Of course, I also loved this particular view of the setting sun. It reminded me of one of my favorite books, The Remains of the Day, and how it ends by the seaside, after the sun has done its work. I hope your week is full of quiet moments and beautiful views. Did you enjoy this post? Get more like it by subscribing (at upper right). Or catch my…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 32: How to Do Anything Better

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, I loved to read my big sister's magazines, and one of my favorite columns was in Seventeen--the "How to Do Anything Better Guide." It was a big hodge-podge of little articles to improve your skills at everything from "how to cook an egg" to "how to land a summer job." There's something I still love about advice articles. I'm still that little sponge, eager to soak up tips on how to do anything better. In that spirit, here's a round-up of posts to improve random sections of your life--enjoy! From my friend Lyle at The…
  • "I'm Not Buying It!" (7 Reasons Why I Don't Accept Ads)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I know it's a little strange that I can't stand advertising, seeing as I spent most of my 20's and early 30's creating ads in New York and PhiladelphiaMaybe I'm like those people who quit smoking and then wretch at the slightest whiff of nicotine? I don't even watch the Super Bowl ads anymore--they're just a lot of hype to me. I don't think I'm alone. After all, TiVo and the DVR industry are doing pretty well, enabling millions of viewers to skip ads altogether. The problem now is that advertisers are looking to "New Media" to sell you…
  • Monday Snapshot: Autumn Apples

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I'm always drawn to photographing apples, especially when they've still got their leaves attached to them. (So pretty, like ladies in their Sunday hats.) We picked three bags of apples at the local orchard (would have gotten more, but poison ivy was growing under one of the trees--yikes!--so we scurried home for showers). There's such a difference in flavor between fresh-picked apples and the generic load at the supermarket. Once again, I'm thankful for where we live, with several farms within minutes of us. How 'bout you? Do you pick your own fruit? Did you enjoy…
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • 10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

    Guest Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…
  • Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace

    Liam Junior Correspondent
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    LEAVE NO TRACE: ETHICS OF THE OUTDOORS ‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the INTEGRITY STABILITY AND BEAUTY of the biotic community. It is wrong when it dose OTHERWISE’, As Aldo Leopold said. Leave no trace: what is it, people ask. Is it a responsibility, a stewardship, a passion, a legacy or…
  • Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

    Kirsten
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…
  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

    Kirsten McCulloch
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…
  • Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

    Guest Writer
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Recycle Ideas For Kids

    Clay Miller
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    Recycling is something we should all be striving to do to protect our environment – no matter what age we are. Whilst it’s easy to understand the importance and benefits of recycling as adults, kids sometimes don’t understand why we’re doing it, or what the point of recycling is. That’s why it’s important to keep them interested and engaged with the task so they actively want to participate. Basically, it’s a good idea to come up with fun recycling ideas for kids, from games to competitions or hands-on tasks, so that they see the good side of doing it. Here are just a few…
  • External Solid Wall Insulation Will Save You Money

    Clay Miller
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    External solid wall insulation is one of the most effective ways of reducing your heating bills if your home has solid walls. Homes built before 1924 would have solid walls. According to the March 2014 UK Government report there are 8 million homes in the UK that have solid walls. However, only 257,000 (3%) of these homes have solid wall insulation. The UK Government is trying to encourage the other 7.75million homeowners with solid walls to apply for external wall insulation by offering free external insulation or partial external insulation funding.   What is external solid wall…
  • Environmentally-Friendly Surrounds for Your Shower and Tub

    Clay Miller
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Everyday rituals may make our lives predictable, yet they somehow give us a comfortable rhythm. Hence, it can be said that they can be boring to do at times. Good thing, however, that there are so many ways to make these rituals fun and special. Showering and bathing, for example, can be made special by making ecofriendly changes to the walls surrounding the tub and shower. Here are the best environmentally-friendly materials to use as surrounds for your bathtub and shower.   Plaster Plaster is a nice environmentally-friendly surround to use due to its composition. It is composed of a…
  • Stop Junk Mail and Save Some Trees

    Clay Miller
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    We can’t help you prevent from getting some things in the mail, but the following will reduce a lot of your junk mail that you receive. This of course reduces the number of trees needed to create these unwanted mailings. Contact the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS). You must re-register after five years. Register for the Mail Preference Service by mail. Send a letter plus a $1 check or money order to: Mail Preference Service Direct Marketing Association PO Box 643 Carmel, NY 10512 Click here for a simple mail-in form,…
  • How Outdoor Marquees Keep Kids Sun Safe at School

    Clay Miller
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    We all know how to slip, slop and slap, but sun protection for kids at school doesn’t end here. Elementary and middle schools (or Primary and secondary schools if you are in Australia) are required to provide adequate shaded areas for kids during recess, lunch and active play, as well for as physical education and outdoor learning areas. Outdoor marquees are a great way to supplement the shaded areas of any school, whether it be as a permanent setup, an occasional shaded area for particular days, or even just certain events. Here are a just a few reasons why:   UPF50+ Sun Protection A…
 
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 15 Easy Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly

    Rinkesh
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    What is Being Environmentally Friendly? There are a surprising amount of people, businesses and communities that would like to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources, but they don’t know where to begin with becoming more environmentally friendly. Understanding what makes each of these aspects of our world part of the process of changing and conserving our resources; and learning how to get started making a difference is the first thing you have to learn. According to Wikipedia, “Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are…
  • What is Tundra and How is Tundra Climate?

    Rinkesh
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    What is Tundra? The tundra, while primarily located around the North Pole, is really a defined climate that exists in several other locations on the earth. When people talk about “the tundra” they are referring mostly to the unique ecosystem that exists around the Arctic Circle, but the tundra actually includes areas of Alaska, Canada and Antarctic. There are three classifications of tundra: Alpine Tundra Arctic Tundra Antarctic Tundra Tundras are areas in which a state known as “permafrost” exists. This means that the soil never fully thaws to allow for deep root growth. There is a…
  • Various Facts About Tundra Biome

    Rinkesh
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    What is Tundra Biome? A biome is a large ecosystem where plants, animals, insects, and people live in a certain type of climate. The tundra is a region in continents of Asia, Europe and North America where growth of trees does not happen due to relatively freezing temperature. While there are many different areas in the world that are referred to as “the tundra,” there is only one tundra in the world. The tundra biome is an ecosystem located at the North Pole. This biome surrounds the Arctic Circle and is the coldest biome of all on earth. The average winter temperature is well below -34…
  • What is Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Ratio and Energy Efficient Lighting?

    Rinkesh
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    What is Energy Efficiency? Energy efficiency simply means “using less energy to provide the same service”. Energy efficiency isn’t always about how little energy you can use, it can be about creating a balance between energy demand and energy supply. It aims at managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. There are many new techniques and practices available that promote self-sustaining energy creation on sites to counterbalance energy requirements of a facility that will make the energy efficiency ratio of a building much greater than a site that doesn’t use as…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Cars

    Rinkesh
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    What is a Hybrid Car? Hybrid cars are becoming more popular, and more common. Basically, a hybrid car is one that uses two or more engines i.e. an electric motor and a conventional engine (either petrol or diesel). The electric engine powers the car at lower speeds and gas engine powers it at higher speeds. A hybrid car like Toyota Prius and Civic Hybrid not only conserves fuel but also produce less CO2 emissions. Though hybrid vehicles are now growing in popularity but still few people are actually using it mainly due to lack of knowledge of how hybrid vehicles work and whether they’re…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Community Energy Fortnight is here!

    Daniel Birkett
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Community energy Fortnight is in full flow with over eighty events taking place in the UK. The Community Energy Fortnight aims to showcase the benefits of the sector with events which include; wind farm and hydro station visits, DIY solar […] The post Community Energy Fortnight is here! appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Solar powered football pitch switched on in Brazil

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Brazil’s first ever solar powered football pitch was unveiled last week in Rio de Janeiro. A solar powered football pitch has been installed in Rio de Janeiro in one of the city’s most deprived areas. As well as making use […] The post Solar powered football pitch switched on in Brazil appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Clocaenog Forest wind farm approved

    Daniel Birkett
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    The Clocaenog Forest wind farm in North Wales has been approved by UK Energy Secretary, Ed Davey. A planning application to build a 32-turbine wind farm in Clocaenog Forest on the Denbighshire and Conwy border has been granted approval by […] The post Clocaenog Forest wind farm approved appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Graphene research hub planned for Manchester

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Manchester University have confirmed plans for a £60m graphene research hub which would provide a huge boost to the renewable energy market. The UK government have welcomed plans for a lightweight materials science hub in Manchester which would conduct research […] The post Graphene research hub planned for Manchester appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Factories in Grimsby to install solar panels

    Daniel Birkett
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Plans are to be considered which would see solar panels installed on the roofs of factories in Grimsby. Factory-owners and businessmen in Grimsby have listened to proposals which would result in 20-acres of solar panelling installed on premises in the […] The post Factories in Grimsby to install solar panels appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • Woodland themed living room ideas

    raintees
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Nature lovers can now embrace the growing trend for woodland themed interior décor by transforming their living rooms into rural retreats. Photo credit: Houzz.com Adopting a woodland theme in the living room is a sure way to evoke images of the great outdoors by incorporating rustic finishes, animal prints and natural textures. In order to make the room more authentic, homeowners can experiment with various woodland motifs on wallpapers, cushions, throws or drapes. Common woodland creatures traditionally featured in such motifs include stags, rabbits, hedgehogs, geese or bears. Trees and…
  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

    raintees
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Ghalia Farzat I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many countries from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East to Asia to little islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have seen many different cultures and interacted with people of all backgrounds. However, out of all this travel, two of my dearest trips are volunteer trips. I have had the chance to volunteer in Nepal and in Indonesia. Both of these trips were done with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a not-for-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar where I currently live. Namaste! The formal greeting in Nepal…
  • PACT Apparel

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    At Raintees we love companies that care as much about the products they produce as how they produce them. PACT apparel is an undergarment movement that goes above and beyond in sustainable production. They make clothes using only non-GMO organic cotton that is harvested on family farms and manufactured in a wind-powered facility. This process translates into creating ‘socks with soul’, ‘altruistic underwear’ and other eco-fabulous items. ​Photo credit: PACT Apparel Another thing we like? PACT Apparel is a company that gives back. Each season the team chooses an…
  • Two Amazing Brands Taking Over Home Decor

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    We love sharing with our readers some of the amazing and fun companies we discover.  Recently, two companies have crossed our path and both feature gorgeous handmade items we completely have gone crazy for. ​Photo credit: Wicked Los Angeles Wicked Los Angeles was created when founders Mark and Samantha searched high and low for a romantic, drippy candle that wouldn’t actually run and make a mess on their wedding day. Unable to find the perfect candle they were searching for, they rolled up their sleaves and made them, one by one, in their kitchen from scratch; Wicked was born! ​Photo…
  • Nut Butters We Love

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’re not only passionate about the environment, we’re passionate about living healthy, nourished lives. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you some of the best nutrient rich nut butters that our team has discovered here at Raintees! Photo credit: Barney Butter One product we love is Barney Butter. Barney Butter was started by a mom as a healthy alternative for her peanut-butter loving kids. It is made from non-GMO premium Californian almonds and contains half the saturated fat of traditional Peanut butter. This gluten-free treat can be enjoyed on its own or combined into…
 
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    Green Home Gnome

  • Specialize and Thrive: The Secret to Success with Small Commercial Greenhouses

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We live in a world of one-stop super shops, but don’t feel pressured to take your young greenhouse and transform it into a one-stop shop for everything growing. The idea[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Loving the Late Season Garden

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    When the nights start to get a little cooler, most gardeners take that as a sign that it’s time to roll up the garden and put it to bed for[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    While you’re busy making all the decisions for your new greenhouse, from the lighting you’ll use to the site where you’ll build it, don’t forget about the greenhouse frame. This[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Keeping Your Plants Cool When the Mercury Climbs

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Everybody’s looking for a way to stay cool this summer, but while we’re drinking iced tea with the fans on full blast, our poor plants tend to get forgotten. After[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Dome Greenhouses: More Than Just a Pretty Face

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Some gardeners prefer form over function in their greenhouses and will choose the beautiful options before the useful ones, even if it creates more work for them in the long[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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    Mosaic Blog

  • 400,000 People Joined the Climate March

    Dan Schreiber
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On September 21, more than 400,000 people poured into New York City from all over the county to march for the climate. The People’s Climate March as it was called, was organized to demonstrate mass American support for climate action. World leaders, including President Obama, are set to debate action on the issue at the Unite Nations climate summit this week. This climate march was huge, and in fact was the largest demonstration on the issue in history. Over 520 buses ensured that  communities from all over the Unites States were well represented. Everyone from retired Kentucky coal…
  • Mexico’s Solar Revolution

    Jacob Sandry
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    tcktcktck.org  The Aztec creation myth is founded on the story of the Five Suns. Before our present Universe, there had been four other worlds, or “suns,” which had been destroyed by battling deities. In our fifth and present world, Aztecs, whose civilization flourished in what is now modern Mexico, considered themselves “people of the sun.”  600 years later, Mexico is facing an energy problem. A growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year.  Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And…
  • America’s First Carbon Reduction Plan – And the Mountain That Lies Ahead

    Thad Wharton
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    The EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Will China Follow? Will Anyone? Will We? © 2007Señor CodoFlickr The climate pot was mightily stirred on June 2, 2014, when the Environmental Protection Agency released theClean Power Plan, our nation’s very first official attempt at limiting carbon pollution. A landmark decision for our country, where carbon emissions in all their grim glory have been allowed to flow freely and unabated since the dawn of the industrial age. That of course, as now most understand, has caused a bit of a problem. The crux of the rule that starts to address this problem…
  • Chinese Solar Tariff Produces Debate Over US Solar Market

    Nick Blair
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    “Tariff Reform Means Work for All” – but who will it work for the most? Commerce Department Preliminary Tariff on China yields debate for growing US Solar market –Team Supply vs Team Demand? Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Cleveland_Tariffs.jpg/640px-Cleveland_Tariffs.jpg The recent action taken by the Commerce Department in June 2014 puts additional costs on Chinese sellers of solar that may benefit US manufacturers, but it remains to be seen if this “advantage” will benefit the US solar industry because of the potential for unintended…
  • The Future of Solar Could Be “Clear”

    Allison Khoe
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    For most people, the mention of solar energy brings to mind images of shimmery, blue panels tilted on rooftops. However, the recent development of a transparent luminescent solar concentratorby researchers at Michigan State University is changing the face of this renewable power source. Photo source: Huffington Post  This unassuming piece of plastic is a solar concentrator, not to be confused with a transparent photovoltaic cell, as the pane itself does not convert sunlight into electricity. Organic salts in the material absorb ultraviolet and infrared light - wavelengths invisible to the…
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    CFS » Blog

  • CFS Proudly Offers MilliCare Carpet and Textile Care

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) has grown to become the largest franchise within the MilliCare brand. MilliCare offers textile and carpet care services that use sustainable practices and products to ensure that your office’s flooring is thoroughly clean and will last. Millicare offers a plan that will extend the life of your office carpet. By using the right products and methods, we can guarantee that your office will be cleaner than it ever ha been before our services. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will come back and re-do it at no additional charge. That’s how…
  • Let Your Office Make a Lasting First Impression

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    You have a meeting with a business you’ve never visited before.  When you walk into their office, you instantly know that a decorator was involved.  From the sleek, modern furniture, to the natural light pouring in, to the company’s colors running consistently throughout, you know that this company means business in the most modern and forward-thinking way. Isn’t that the first impression you want visitors to have when they step into your office? Of course it is. And you can achieve that result in a couple of ways. The first is by hiring a professional, with his or her expertise, eye…
  • Tips to Keep Your Floors Clean and Green This Fall

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    If you’re planning on treating your office floors the same through the autumn as you did through the summer, you way want to keep reading.  As the weather changes, so do the needs of your tile and carpet.  Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we feel it is critical to follow the necessary steps to care for your tile and carpeting to make it last. To keep your floors gleaming and free of contaminants this fall and winter, consider the following tips from our flooring experts:   1. Start thinking about cleaning early. Many businesses avoid cleaning their floors before the fall and…
  • Simple Upgrades for Your Outdated Office Restroom

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Have you really looked at your office’s bathroom lately?  Have you been too afraid of what you may find if you started remodeling?  That’s probably a sign that an upgrade needs to be made. Many businesses spend many hours planning and updating every aspect of the office design, and then leave the bathroom virtually untouched.  But with a few easy upgrades, your office can have a restroom you can be proud of! Here are a few simple changes to make your office bathroom look modern and well cared for: 1. Flooring. If you have a dingy looking bathroom floor, it may be less than welcoming to…
  • How Today’s Modern Buildings are Going Green

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    While we strive to keep our offices green in small ways we work, architects are doing the same on a larger scale.  Buildings use around 40% of the energy sources in the U.S.  With new construction happening every day, there are many opportunities to change that with energy efficient construction. Here are just a few features that new construction is using to keep buildings as energy efficient as possible: 1. Tight Envelopes In building lingo, the tighter the envelope, the better the building keeps out wind and rain.  To do this, many buildings use traditional insulation, though some…
 
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  • How all types of leaders shamelessly do greenwash in poor countries?

    Mi Muba
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Leaders of poor countries are financially very rich. But morally, ethically and intellectually they are the poorest guys. Majority of them are not born leaders. They are made leaders incidentally. Some of them became leader because they had money and can do the job of duping their people on full-time basis. As result they can… Read More »The post How all types of leaders shamelessly do greenwash in poor countries? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to plant a tree online? The Big Idea

    Mi Muba
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Maybe you are thinking I have gone made in frenzy of going green. That is why I am giving a freak idea to plant a tree online. No I am not getting freaky and damn serious to let you know this idea. Nor I am kidding. I have mulled over this idea for quite a… Read More »The post How to plant a tree online? The Big Idea appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to discuss environmental problems in a tea party?

    Mi Muba
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Where there is life, obviously problems will also be there. The fortunate thing is that every problem has a solution. We just need to explore it and apply it. This is the main task we need to do for solving our problems. Same rule applies to environmental problems. There are three types of environmental problems:… Read More »The post How to discuss environmental problems in a tea party? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to buy an organic soap for your home and office?

    Mi Muba
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Just look around and see many people scratching their hands aimlessly. It seems they are just rubbing their hands to express their anxiety or impatience. But many times they do to mitigate itching of the skin of their hands and we assume they are expressing their mental feelings. So many people call it their habit… Read More »The post How to buy an organic soap for your home and office? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 4 major steps to bring green revolution

    Mi Muba
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    How to bring green revolution in a country? Does this question sound overambitious? It may be but once you fully read this post it will be so simple. But first let me tell you what it is. What is green revolution? It means to bring drastic changes in government, administration, manufacturing, agriculture, services, and household sectors of the… Read More »The post 4 major steps to bring green revolution appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Planet Earth and us the humans

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Ice age If you didn’t hear already, I announce you that many icebergs from the North Pole are now in the melting process even if hundred of years they were untouched. The Pole is melting slowly under our eyes and all these are happening due to our lack of maturity regarding our planet and our so privileged environment. Only astronauts can tell you how privileged is Earth in the Space and how lucky we are that we have the chance to live here on this blue planet. The problem with pollution on Earth is very related to us because especially lately we act like kids which are not aware of the…
  • Renewable energy vs. Nuclear power

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Nowadays, renewable energy resources are expanding very rapidly all over the world while nuclear energy has become not very interesting with a few exceptions. As governments impose new environmentally friendly measures every year and those who don’t comply must pay heavy amounts of money for this, every state of the civilized world collects nice amounts of money every year for non electrical vehicles and so on. While green energy devices become more and more popular because technology went to a level where they become more efficient and affordable every year, nuclear energy become more…
  • Has been discovered a new concept for batteries

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    pine forest As we know, today’s batteries use lithium to produce electricity and due to this situation they are not environmentally friendly and they also involve many other resources. For now, lithium-ion batteries are used in various areas, from electric vehicles to mass storage devices in the electricity grid. As we know, today’s batteries use lithium to produce electricity and due to this they are not environmentally friendly and they also involve pretty much resources. For now, lithium-ion batteries are used in various areas, from electric vehicles to mass storage devices in…
  • Chinese companies working hard to improve solar efficiency

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    28 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    improved multi-Si solar cells A Chinese solar manufacturer called JA Solar Holdings stated that it managed to get 20 percent solar energy conversion efficiency for a multicrystalline silicon solar cell. The previous record of 19% solar conversion efficiency was set only nine months ago. With this new achievement, the company says that the costs for these solar modules can be decreased while the power output is increased. The actual record of 20% solar conversion efficiency for multi-Si solar cells, was obtained using advanced proprietary light trapping techniques and surface passivation…
  • Tesla Motors needs more money?

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    27 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    Tesla Model X image source teslamotors.com Patrick Archambault, a very good analyst at Goldman Sachs, said these days that Tesla Motors need at least $6 billion for the next decade just to become a real name in the worldwide auto industry. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors disagrees, and he says that Tesla Motors will have a positive flow until the end of 2015 due to the help received from the Tesla Gigafactory that will be built in Nevada. Archambault says that only the Tesla Gigafactory project has a cost of at least $6 billion and even if Panasonic and the Nevada incentives can lower the…
 
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  • Low Cost Stoves in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Author – Rishil Anthony Kitchen is an integral part of an Indian household. However, we could say that Indian kitchens are highly energy inefficient and unhealthy, primarily because of the traditional mud stoves (chulhas). This is true for most of the Indian rural households that depend on firewood or local biomass as the source of fuel. Traditional firewood stoves are uneconomical and harmful in many ways. They use firewood that is non-renewable and is a major cause for deforestation. Rural women have to travel long distances to fetch firewood and finally, they spew noxious smoke, which is…
  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

    Ecoideaz
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Author – Wasim Quazi Food security in India is a topic that never seems to go out of front page news. Now that the monsoons are deficient this year and there has been an international outrage against India’s insistence on subsidy to its farmers, the food security issue will not subside any time soon. Despite the success of the Green Revolution in the early 1970-80s, our agricultural system is no way capable of being self-reliant both in terms of producing enough food as well as reducing the costly fertilizer imports. However, India has been able to create a large growing and…
  • Is large scale Biogas power feasible?

    Ecoideaz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Sakshi Gupta The Twenty First century has been all about being ahead of others and using latest technology gadgets. But little do we realize, while we are creating new innovations, we are running out of that basic energy that powers everything. If we continue to increase our energy consumption, the major non-renewable energy sources are expected to be exhausted within this century. Further, the fossil fuel-based energy production harms the nature in gruesome ways by causing global warming, air, water and land pollution. In order to ensure our sustainability, we need to switch to…
  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Shikha Shah
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Author: Shikha Shah In our previous post Water Conservation Methods in India we showcased some of the best traditional water conservation techniques, in this post we have covered some of the innovative water conservation practices. Let’s have a look at the list of some modern innovative water conservation techniques that have been developed in India in recent times. Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Image Via www.nirmaljal.net.in All of us who directly consume water are the most important stakeholders in managing water. While many of us urbanites use or waste a lot of water, we rarely…
  • Water Conservation Methods in India

    Shikha Shah
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Author: Shikha Shah Many of us who live in big cities enjoy a carefree lifestyle with 24 hours of running taps, swimming pools, Jacuzzis and decorative fountains. Sheltered by this layer of comfort, we remain unaware of the impact of these water-intensive activities on our environment. Rapid urbanization and water pollution has widened the supply and demand gap, putting enormous pressure on the quality of surface and groundwater bodies. Clean water is destined to become one of the rarest commodities soon, if the general public is not educated about the significance of storing, recycling and…
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  • Plankton Power Swirls Ocean Pastures – A Source Of 1/3 Of Oceans Energy

    Russ George
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Winds and Tides and Swimming Plankton Each Provide One Trillion Watts Of Power To Drive The Motion Of Ocean Waters Swirling ocean pasture eddies are made and sustained by the very ocean life that inhabit those pastures. Gaia is smiling at it taking us so long to unravel one of her mysteries. Diel migration is very basic learning… in daylight fish that want to eat you can see you!  Want to see more great plankton art head over to fleaworld.be Every night the largest migration of life on Earth takes place in ocean pastures. It’s the nightly swimming of trillions and more tiny…
  • Warming Arctic Ocean Is Blooming More Than Ever

    Russ George
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Following another season of shrinking sea ice Arctic Ocean life has been blessed with a doubling of plankton bloom cycles. Historically, phyto-plankton began to bloom in the spring in the Arctic Ocean as daylight returned to shine even through the ice. Spectacular spring blooming created a rich ocean pasture that would sustain a feeding frenzy among zooplankton, fish and all of ocean life in the Arctic. Now the Arctic ocean is blooming again a second time in the fall. “The entire ocean system is linked to this massive input of carbon,” said lead author of a new study Mathieu…
  • Fish Give Back Iron To Sustain Their Ocean Pastures, Or They Used To!

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Newly published work in the prestigious science journal PLoS ONE confirms the vital role fish play in recycling iron that sustains their ocean pastures. Or at least they used to, the shocking news is that depletion of ‘fish iron’ is destroying ocean pasture productivity. Although iron is the fourth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, bio-available iron which is vital to photosynthesis limits marine primary production in a large part of the ocean, the ocean pastures. The author/professors point out that the growing scarcity of vital iron availability that is the…
  • US Government Buys Another 50 Million Servings Of Our Pasture Fed Pink Salmon

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Food Aid program is on a salmon-buying binge. It usually spends $6 million a year buying Alaska Pink Salmon. This year it has spent $39 million, enough for 200 million servings! Tens of Millions of Cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed America’s needy families. Fishermen who caught 226 million pasture fed pink salmon last fall (2013) and the fish processors who bought that fish are happy to see at least 200 million servings of that nutritious wild salmon on its way to American’s in the USDA Food Aid programs. A great majority…
  • 50 Million Additional Meals Of Alaska Pasture Fed Salmon For USDA Food Aid

    Russ George
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In February the USDA bought upwards of 100 million servings of Alaska Pink salmon from last years super catch to feed to American kids in need. Just now the US Government have announced a second purchase of this amazing pasture fed salmon abundance with up to 50 million additional meals being purchased for its Emergency Food Assistance Program. That’s more than 8.4 million jumbo cans of salmon, or nearly 50 million servings, said Bruce Schactler, USDA food aid program coordinator for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Tens of millions of cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed…
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  • Consequences Of Trendy Superfoods

    Emma Grace
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    By Emma Grace Fairchild: One of the most rewarding things about choosing a healthful and conscious diet is the knowledge that you are contributing to a healthier earth. The standard American diet causes a great deal of environmental damage, such as toxic pesticide runoff from conventionally grown produce and pollution from cow manure on factory ...
  • Things To Do with Zucchini

    Green Mom
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Fredrica Syren: If you ever have grown zucchini, you know that it tends to produce A LOT. This year I have only one plant but it’s been giving us many beautiful zucchinis, and then a friend of mine came over with loads of them from her garden. We eat lots of zucchini in pasta ...
  • Preserving Food without a Refrigerator

    Larraine Roulston
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    By Larraine Roulston: As homesteaders in Canada’s Peace River District, my grandparents hunted for meat, and planted fruit trees and vegetables. Without refrigeration, my granny also had to store enough of their harvest to last the family until the next growing season. One method was the use of a root cellar and the other was to ...
  • Fall Is here

    Green Mom
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:07 am
    There’s no doubt that fall has arrived in Sweden. During the last week, mornings have been wet and chilly, and we have to wear jackets and hats. Although I’m not quite ready for summer to be over, I do love all the changes of color that fall brings. It’s natural beauty at its best. Here ...
  • The Price of Cheap Food

    Green Mom
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    By Fredrica Syren:  When I tell people we try to eat only organic and local food, I hear so often how expensive this must be. I have to say that I’m getting a bit tired of hearing how food is too expensive, especially when I see the same people driving a super fancy car, drinking ...
 
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • Alternative Energy Sources – What Are They? – Advantages & Disadvantages

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Alternative Energy sources are becoming so controversial nowadays Due to their efficiency and their low impact on the environment ,But Nothing is really perfect because alternative energy sources Do have some disadvantages ,But anyways scientist are working on developing these kind of Energy sources to overcome their disadvantages and reach with them to their maximum Efficiency. But there is no doubt that renewable energy still the best kinda of energy to use to produce electricity. The following video I have picked for you guys to fully understand the different alternative energy sources.
  • 4 Hints on Making Your Bathroom Truly Earth-Friendly

    Lillian Connors
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    If you want to save water and make use of sustainable materials, there’s hardly a batter place within your home to do so than your bathroom. With this in mind, here are several easy ways to make your restroom considerably greener. Choosing Wood Floors Provided that you decide on one of thesustainably harvested varieties wood can be a splendid solution for a greener bathroom.  Prior to making your purchase, you should look for a label stating that the material is approved by the relevant forest stewardship council which states it was harvested responsibly from the areas that…
  • Why Trees Are So Important To The Environment?

    Arthur Hamilton
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Recent reports from the Brazilian government has shown a spike in deforestation in the Amazon over the last year – a jump of 29%. The alarming spike had come after three years of improvement, with more trees being planted than were cut down. With half of all deforestation due to agriculture and farming, it can be hard to stop the growth of these vital food supplies for rural and economically struggling regions in defence of a small section of rainforest. But trees are so vital to the environment that even a years increase in tree felling can have an adverse effect on the environment. So…
  • #SaveSaturday – How Much Could You Be Saving At Home? – House Insulation

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this particular week of #SaveSaturday ,I am going to be featuring the amount of money and energy that we could really save at home, Now some of us is not really caring about saving acts or any kind of these stuff ,But here instead of showing tips of how we can save energy ,I am going to show you the exact numbers of money that you could be saving if your really do those saving tips. Now the following Infographic Show you Some of the tips that we can really do at home and how much money & energy would be saved as a results of those tips. Infographic Credit Flickr.com The post…
  • 6 Landscaping Ideas For Homeowners

    Heather Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Having a great landscaped garden is a wonderful way of improving the value of your home, as well as making sure it has good reputation around town. This will still cost you a bit to get things done, but the work you do will have a great effect on making the place a lot more welcoming for everyone who visits the place or lives there. If you need help in this matter, you can work with some landscaping and gardening professionals to get it all done. There will be much you cannot do alone, so this is where their help will prove invaluable. The time you spend on the projects is up to you,…
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