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  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

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    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…
  • 5 green tips for winterizing your home and garden

    The Alternative Consumer
    Ross Dulmaine
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    As the first cold fronts of the season, armed with their accompanying storms and winds shake the brightly colored orange and fall foliage from many northern yards and forests, it’s time to take stock and prep for winter. Here are five simple tips for making your seasonal transition a smoother, greener, and more economical endeavor: Gather all ye leaves and compost. Don’t bag the piles of fall leaves that are covering your lawn and haul them to your already-overloaded local landfill. All that organic material is valuable stuff. Invest the time, energy or funds in building or…
  • Feeding the 5000 Oakland: Bringing Food Waste Awareness by the Dumpster Load

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    Tiffany Traynum
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco As everyone knows, I like keeping it local. Don’t get me wrong, traveling is the only way to experience other ways of life and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. But there is nothing better than being in love with your neighborhood. Your community. It’s true. And the only things that rival my love of my stomping grounds – the Bay Area – are music, fitness, fashion, and food. So when NRDC, Food Shift, Grace Communications Foundations, Oakland Unified School District, and more partnered with End Food…
  • People Are Trying to Sell Cinnamon Bark as an Ebola Cure

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    Kiera Butler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Marion Nestle reports that several supplement manufacturers are selling vitamins that promise to prevent or treat Ebola. The claims caught the attention of the FDA, which has issued warning letters to three of the manufacturers: Natural Solutions Foundation, Young Living, and DoTERRA International LLC. The agency lists specific claims it finds worrisome; for example, on a Young Living consultant's website, "Ebola Virus can not live in the presence of cinnamon bark." Here's a screenshot from Natural Solutions Foundations' website: An article on the Natural Solutions site talks about "the…
  • Arid and Mediterranean Ecosystems Seem More Resistant to Drought than Expected

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    Yale Environment 360
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Desert and Mediterranean ecosystems may be more resistant to climate change, particularly long-term Plants in a Mediterranean ecosystem in Chile. drought, than previously thought, a new study published in Nature Communications shows. Over the course of a nine-year experiment, researchers subjected plants in four different climatic zones to rainfall conditions predicted under future climate change scenarios. The ecosystems typically received 3.5 to 30.7 inches of precipitation annually, and researchers cut that total by roughly 30-percent to simulate drought conditions. Surprisingly, the…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Houseplants Part I – Books and Ideas

    Shawna
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Houseplants terrify me. I am gradually changing my mind about houseplants and see them as a great way to bring some garden love into the house at the end of the garden season. It’s fall, it’s nippy outside, we need some green happiness and inspiration, and face it – there’s only so many martini’s we can drink. Now is the time to venture into the new, the unknown, the houseplant! Two books that have given me a fantastic education on interior gardening are written by experts on houseplants that really know how to guide your planting with smart techniques and tips:…
  • Plant a Siberian Squill Bulb (Scilla siberica)

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of the most delightful bulbs found growing in early spring in the Midwestern garden are Siberian Squill or  Scilla siberica. They offer a peek of color when the world is still cold and are a perfect contribution to a bulb garden. Below is a page from my latest book, the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, that will give you a fantastic idea on how to get started growing the smart little bulb (photo credit for the Scilla above is from the amazing Kylee Baumle of OurLittleAcre.com). Siberian Squill Botanical Name – Scilla siberica Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Blue,…
  • Tips For Growing White Pumpkins

    Shawna
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    ‘Tis the season for pumpkins. I loved these displays of blue and white pumpkins at the Morton Arboretum. While it is too late to plant a pumpkin this season, it is not too late to start planning the garden for next season. I’ve fallen madly in love with the white pumpkins. Jung Seed has many varieties, but I think the ‘Full Moon’ variety is easy to find in seed and is an experiment in growing; it can grow to 60 pounds and 3 feet high. Smaller varieties of white pumpkin include Crystal Star and Baby Boo Miniature. All are whimsical and fun. Perfect for painting or…
  • Giant Halloween Spider Decoration

    Shawna
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Green Tip: Reuse whatever you can from home to make crafts for the holiday season instead of spending money – like building a giant halloween spider decoration! (***This post was originally posted in 2010, but I brought it back for a repeat because SPIDERS that’s why! Enjoy!!) Halloween is here and it is time to come up with a creative craft idea for the garden. I reused old materials to build our favorite Halloween spider, Fluffy. That makes Fluffy “green” and me happy because we saved money. We built Fluffy the Spider a few years ago and you can tell he is stored outside in…
  • Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fall is here now, I have long since closed up the gardens and the warm days of Indian Summer come few and far between. My thoughts drift to the garden and summer; a girl can dream can’t she? Seems like the perfect time to share a Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe using the very last of the basil in the garden. Basil Grapefruit Martini Cocktail Recipe – – Fresh Basil Herbs – 3 oz Vodka – 1/2 oz Triple Sec – 1 cup grapefruit juice – Ice – garnish – sliced lime and a sprig of basil Muddle basil in a martini shaker. Add all the other…
 
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  • Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California?

    Miriam Rotkin-Ellman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Scientist, San Francisco From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share.  If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from fracking, acidizing, and other technologies – will be piled onto communities already staggering under smoggy skies and unsafe water. In our new analysis of the more than 84,000 oil and gas wells in California, we found that 5.4 million people live within a mile of one or more of these…
  • Virginia's SCC Staff Wields a Nuclear Ax When Any Number of Toothpicks Would Do

    Walton Shepherd
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, Washington, D.C. The Staff of Virginia’s SCC made befuddled comments to the EPA last week that assumes Virginia would achieve their easy carbon emissions goal in the single most expensive (and absurdly unnecessary) manner possible: by building a brand new nuclear reactor! This artificial inflation of cost is hard to take seriously, when Virginia is already 80% of the way to its Clean Power Plan (CPP) goal, due to the planned retirement and replacement of Virginia’s dirtiest sources of coal-based carbon pollution (changes already approved by the SCC…
  • Feeding the 5000 Oakland: Bringing Food Waste Awareness by the Dumpster Load

    Tiffany Traynum
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Tiffany Traynum, Program Assistant, San Francisco As everyone knows, I like keeping it local. Don’t get me wrong, traveling is the only way to experience other ways of life and take in all the beauty this world has to offer. But there is nothing better than being in love with your neighborhood. Your community. It’s true. And the only things that rival my love of my stomping grounds – the Bay Area – are music, fitness, fashion, and food. So when NRDC, Food Shift, Grace Communications Foundations, Oakland Unified School District, and more partnered with End Food…
  • This Is How America Will Cut Dangerous Pollution and Stamp Out Our Carbon Footprint

    Frances Beinecke
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City Millions of people in Southern California were under an excessive heat warning a few weeks ago. The Los Angeles Unified School District cancelled outdoor sporting events and more than 100 San Diego schools sent children home early to shield them from the heat. Californians weren’t the only ones coping with high temperatures. Last month was the hottest September on record and the entire summer was the hottest globally. These shattered records confirm once again that climate change is threatening our health and communities right now. The…
  • AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition Emphasizes Offshore Wind's Bright Future While Also Calling for Action

    Kit Kennedy
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Kit Kennedy, Director of Energy and Transportation, New York Guest Blog by Andrea Leshak, NRDC Ford Legal Fellow I had the great pleasure of attending AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition earlier this month. The conference was appropriately held in Atlantic City, NJ, a city committed to supporting offshore wind and the potential future location of an exciting U.S. DOE-funded advanced technology demonstration project by Fishermen’s Energy. The excitement for offshore wind’s progress to-date as well as its future was shared widely among conference…
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    Grist

  • These teens are taking their climate lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court

    Sam Bliss
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Those feisty, litigious climate-hawk kids just won’t go away. Back in 2011, we wrote about a group of witty whippersnappers that filed a lawsuit against the federal government. The premise: The government must take action to protect the atmosphere for future generations. On Oct. 3, those same five teenagers, represented by Oregon-based nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a legal lifeline to keep the case alive. Let’s be clear: The petition is a crazy longshot. The Supreme Court grants about one percent of such petitions, leaving the…
  • Craft brewers join the fight against natural gas pipelines

    Mason Adams
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    On a recent afternoon, visitors packed into Blue Mountain Brewery, one of three craft breweries in Virginia’s idyllic Rockfish Valley. Couples and families spilled out of the restaurant onto patios and into gardens, sipping Full Nelson Pale Ale, Kölsch 151, Original Nitro Porter, and more. Above them, the low-hanging clouds that obscured Afton Mountain’s upper ridges couldn’t mute the bright reds, oranges, and yellows exploding on its slopes. The brewery is just four miles below Rockfish Gap — the mountain pass that marks the southern entrance of Shenandoah National Park, the passage…
  • We were promised methane regulations! Where are our methane regulations?!

    Heather Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    To the tune of “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”: How do you solve a problem like methane? If you can figure out how to keep it from floating away into the atmosphere, you can burn it as fuel. If you can’t, it drifts up into the troposphere, where it hangs out, accelerating climate disruption and not doing anyone any good (unless you’re a fan of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum). In some cases, methane is just gonna drift because that’s something the earth does sometimes (SEE: Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum). But there are two main sources of methane…
  • Turns out coral reefs could help mend human bones

    Madeleine Thomas
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Anyone who has ever had a bone graft knows how gnarly the operation can be. And if you’re having bones harvested from your own pelvis or ribs, it can add risks of surgery complications or increase recovery times. There’s been a lot of research into synthetic alternatives for bone grafting, but it looks like scientists are coming close to perfecting an alternative — and it’s harvested from the sea. Turning ocean coral into human bone first hit the medical community nearly 25 years ago, when scuba-diving doctor Rodney White realized the two materials aren’t so…
  • This could be the hottest year on record, again

    John Light
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Hold onto your hats. Or parasols. It’s getting warmer. The land and sea temperatures are in for last month, and it was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. May, June, and August also set records. That means 2014 has tied 1998 for the warmest first nine months on record — and it will likely surpass 2010 for warmest year on record. In fact, there’s been a lot of record breaking these last few years. The AP’s Seth Borenstein reports: If 2014 breaks the record for hottest year, that also should sound familiar: 1995,…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Sea Shepherd Honors Martin Sheen With New Vessel

    Natalia Galbetti
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Sea Shepherd has a new research vessel and it’s named after an A-list actor and supporter of protecting the oceans. In a press conference on Saturday, October 18th, held in Read MoreThe post Sea Shepherd Honors Martin Sheen With New Vessel appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Joan Fontaine’s House Sale to Benefit Animal Charity

    Brianne Hogan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    The proceeds from the sale of the California home owned by the late Academy Award-winning actress, Joan Fontaine, will go towards the SPCA in Monterey. Read MoreThe post Joan Fontaine’s House Sale to Benefit Animal Charity appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Carriage Horse Escapes, Runs through NYC

    Natalia Galbetti
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    A new video of a horse running wild through the streets of New York has become activists’ latest example of why carriages need to be banned in the city. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Carriage Horse Escapes, Runs through NYC appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Jewel Helps Launch Ritzy Toronto Dog Sanctuary

    Brianne Hogan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Singer Jewel lent her pipes to a worthwhile cause on Sunday: the grand opening of Dog Tales and Sanctuary, a luxe retreat for rescue dogs. Read MoreThe post Jewel Helps Launch Ritzy Toronto Dog Sanctuary appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: David Beckham Speaks Out Against Ebola

    Brianne Hogan
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    David Beckham is lending his support to UNICEF's fight against the Ebola crisis by appearing in a PSA that will be broadcast across Sierra Leone. Read MoreThe post WATCH: David Beckham Speaks Out Against Ebola appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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  • 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

  • Five Ways to Go Green When Doing the Laundry

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    21 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Although it may seem like a menial chore, weekly laundry greatly affects our environment. The average washing machine uses vast amounts of energy to heat water and run the dry cycle. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to reduce your personal energy and water use and ultimately reduce your environmental footprint. All of this is possible by simply greening your laundry habits. Cut the dryer out of the equation It’s getting a little too cold and wet to hang the clothes outside and for many, this means putting them into the dryer. Unless you need a certain item of clothing right at that…
  • Recycled Milk Jug Jack-o’-Lantern Lights

    Sheila Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    DIY … A spooky way to light your sidewalks this Halloween … Many times when you’re trying to create crafts around the home inspiration often comes from an everyday item. A neat craft option this Halloween season is to create light-up ghosts, or lights that will invite trick-or-treaters to your door. If the average American drinks about 20 gallons of milk a year odds are a family can save a few jugs for craft purposes. If you’re not a family of milk drinkers or you just don’t have enough gallon milk jugs around the house, fear not. Since 1976 plastic has been the most…
  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – orange is the new green

    Maureen O'Connor
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    Fashionista alert … Add a heap of pizzazz to your fall wardrobe with this dramatic, chunky Roccoco knit shawl in ultra-warm and renewable Merino wool. This striking, pumpkin-colored shawl is a must-have fall and winter accessory. Meticulously hand-knitted in luxurious and very soft 100% Merino wool, the shawl is generously sized and allows for many styling variations. The intricate geometric pattern is augmented by soft ruffles all around. Created with chunky weight yarn and intended to make a statement. $380 from Elena Roseberg The tie dyed Down Pour tee (above) features a hand-dyed…
  • 5 green tips for winterizing your home and garden

    Ross Dulmaine
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    As the first cold fronts of the season, armed with their accompanying storms and winds shake the brightly colored orange and fall foliage from many northern yards and forests, it’s time to take stock and prep for winter. Here are five simple tips for making your seasonal transition a smoother, greener, and more economical endeavor: Gather all ye leaves and compost. Don’t bag the piles of fall leaves that are covering your lawn and haul them to your already-overloaded local landfill. All that organic material is valuable stuff. Invest the time, energy or funds in building or…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest?

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public…
  • Abundant natural gas will not slow climate change according to new study

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term, according to a study appearing today in Nature Advanced Online Publication. Because natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal, many people hoped the recent natural gas boom could help slow climate change — and according to government analyses, natural gas did contribute partially to a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions…
  • Can renewables supply 100% of world's power by 2050?

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible - it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. These positive findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Energy and Process…
  • Mom was right, eating breakfast is important!

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many teens skip breakfast, which increases their likelihood of overeating and eventual weight gain. Statistics show that the number of adolescents struggling with obesity, which elevates the risk for chronic health problems, has quadrupled in the past three decades. Now, MU researchers have found that eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increases young adults' levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. Understanding the brain…
  • Could California Be Facing A Mega-Drought?

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Agriculture, one of California’s strongest pillars, has taken the biggest hit: the drought will cost at least $2.2 billion in agricultural losses this year alone. Fields of dead almond trees and dried-out crops are a common sight in central California these days. Central Valley towns are also growing desperate. Many have been forced to install porta-potties in their backyards or even steal water from fire hydrants.
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Roasted Eggplant Recipe with Arugula and Avocado Salad

    Ally Jane Grossan
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s very rare that I’ll make a salad without avocado, so naturally it’s ended up in this delicious roasted eggplant recipe with the aromatic spices of cumin and smoked paprika.  I was craving the sweet spiciness of an Indian curry but didn’t want the heaviness of a stew so I took two of my favorite curry flavorings and used them as a coating for roasted eggplants. Cumin and smoked paprika have such rich flavors that I didn’t want to dilute with too many other ingredients. The spicy cubes of eggplant pair perfectly with the silky, mild flavor of avocado on a bed of peppery arugula.
  • Cat Eye Makeup Done Easy: 2014’s Purrfect Fall Makeup Trend

    Fatima Olive
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Fall is all about that sexy cat eye makeup, from winged liner to metallic to pops of color. Although I tend to gravitate towards a strong lip I must admit that a beautiful eye, artfully embellished, does catch my attention. Cat eye makeup may seem like a lot more work than simply swiping on some lip color, but in fact, dramatic results can be achieved rather easily. With so many fabulous products and a little know-how you’ll be wondering why you’ve hesitated to try something new. Let’s begin with eyeliner. A perfectly applied winged liner is, in a way, the eye version of a classic red…
  • Pure Thread Hosts Sustainable Fashion Pop-Up Shop in Bedford, NY

    Leena Oijala
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    PureThread is a Manhattan-based showroom and stylist company presenting a sustainable fashion pop-up shop from October 20-26th! Presenting Fall 2014’s most sustainable and fashion-forward pieces, PureThread’s pop-up shop offers up luxury fashion that caters to the tastes of the urban businesswoman and the suburban fashionista alike. Customers will have the chance to peruse ethically made items ranging from basic wardrobe staples to exclusive luxury garments and accessories ideal for special occasions or statement ensembles. Brands that will be on show include Humanoid, Mayiet,…
  • 3 Films that Prove Feminist Movies in the Horror Genre Exist

    Abbie Stutzer
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The horror genre is an amazing place to explore the horrible stuff society does to the “other,” so, its ability to depict feminist storylines is rife with opportunity. Now, not all horror is created equal. There are plenty of films that are not feminist friendly. The whole “have sex and get murdered” slasher shtick is hardly progressive (but sure is a lot of fun) and gory torture porn is nothing more than a boring, story-empty 90-minute waste. But there are many classic films in the genre that allow female characters to shine (even if some of these ladies are a bit deranged). Of…
  • 13 Fun and Functional Drink Coasters for Entertaining

    Jen Wallace
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Get your home ready for the holiday entertaining season with these clever drink coasters to protect your furniture. In our household, as in many US households, autumn and winter are the indoor entertaining months. Spring and summer are the outdoor entertaining months, but the cooler weather removes that most excellent option for outdoor entertaining and forces hosts to entertain guests back inside their homes. Between Halloween and New Year’s Eve, most of our homes will have had enough relatives and friends traipse through to wreak havoc on our floors, furniture (and sanity). While some are…
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  • Scientists Are Farming Coral For Human Bones

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It sounds crazy, but sea coral has actually been used in bone grafting for years as an alternative to using bone from cadavers or synthetic materials , which can introduce disease or infe...
  • A Start-Up Has Invented Veggie Burgers That ‘Bleed’

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A biochemist named Patrick Brown has come up with yet another alternative strategy to produce entirely meatless hamburgers that look and taste very much like meat.
  • Relax, Kim Jong-Un Is Fine

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    In recent days, Kim Jong-un’s over month-long public absence has sparked speculation that he may be facing a life-threatening illness or, alternative ly, may have been ousted from po...
  • 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.
  • The Alternative 'Complete' Guide To Today's Apple Event

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Don't care about Apple? Here's the guide for you.
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Arid and Mediterranean Ecosystems Seem More Resistant to Drought than Expected

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Desert and Mediterranean ecosystems may be more resistant to climate change, particularly long-term Plants in a Mediterranean ecosystem in Chile. drought, than previously thought, a new study published in Nature Communications shows. Over the course of a nine-year experiment, researchers subjected plants in four different climatic zones to rainfall conditions predicted under future climate change scenarios. The ecosystems typically received 3.5 to 30.7 inches of precipitation annually, and researchers cut that total by roughly 30-percent to simulate drought conditions. Surprisingly, the…
  • Electricity Access Has Small Effect on Emissions in India, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Expanding electricity to the homes of 650 million people in India over the past 30 years had minimal A third of all households in India lack electricity. direct impact on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Although many humanitarian and development organizations have stressed the importance of improving electricity access in low-income countries, it has been unclear how this would impact overall emissions levels. An analysis of trends in India between 1981 and 2011 shows that expanding household electricity access by roughly 45…
  • Drive to Mine the Deep Sea Raises Concerns Over Impacts

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood. BY MIKE IVES
  • Pesticide Linked to Bee Deaths Does Not Improve Soybean Crops, EPA Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Coating soybean seeds with a class of insecticides that has been implicated in honeybee deaths and partially Soybeans (left) and corn coated with pesticides banned in the European Union does not increase soybean yields compared to using no pesticides at all, according to an extensive review by the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Seed treatment provides at most $6 in benefits per acre (an increase in revenue of less than 2 percent), and most likely no financial benefit at all, the EPA analysis concluded. The insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, are only effective for the…
  • Global Boom in Natural Gas Unlikely to Help the Climate, Study Suggests

    Yale Environment 360
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Increasing global supplies of unconventional natural gas will not help to reduce the overall upward trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions and the planetary warming that comes with it, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The findings further undercut the notion, long touted by proponents of natural gas, that the fuel — which emits less CO2 than coal when burned — represents an important "bridge" in the transition to low-carbon energy resources. The study, which synthesized models developed by numerous researchers working independently, suggested atmospheric…
 
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    green
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Strata Community Australia (NSW) is the peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. … You may be like me and ask.. What is a strata? In Australia, Strata title allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a lot’ and generally an apartment or townhouse), combined with shared ownership in the remainder (called ‘Common Property’ e.g. foyers, driveways, gardens) through a legal entity called the owners corporation — or strata. The 2014 Whitbread Strata Community Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 18 July. The top award, Innovation of the…
  • 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…
 
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  • 3-Legged Chihuahua Tries On Adorable Doll Hand Just For Funsies

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    What has three paws one hand, and an irresistibly cute smile? Chacha the chihuahua, whose human, Redditor extreme_matt, enjoys lending her a helping hand from time to time. In the absence of a paw, Matt jokingly slid a doll's hand over Chacha's stump and snapped a couple pictures -- documenting a temporary joke which, if the pictures are any indication, even the pup found hilarious. Chacha broke her paw when she was just a puppy, says Matt, at which point doctors amputated the paw because the blood vessels were too small to reattach it. "She's been missing that paw since she was 8 weeks old,"…
  • Molokini Is A Snorkeler's Dream Come True

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sail us to the moon and let us play among the starfish. That’s the tune we’re singing after seeing these gorgeous photos of Molokini, the crescent-shaped volcanic crater located less than three miles off the coast of Maui. The uniquely-shaped islet serves as protection from waves, currents, and wind, which allows for spectacularly clear water within the crater. With its crystal-clear waters and abundant sea life, the sunken crater is an undersea paradise for SCUBA divers and snorkelers alike. With thriving corals, colorful schools of fish, sea turtles, Hawaiian monk seals and sharks, a…
  • A Scientifically Proven Guide To Ordering A Delicious Chopped Salad Every Single Time

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you decide on a chopped salad for lunch, you prematurely pat yourself on the back. Good work, old me, for electing the affordable, healthy option today. Bravo. But, upon entering the salad establishment, you are struck with the realization that going healthy and cheap will be challenging. You are equal parts overwhelmed and elated by the bite-sized edibles packed neatly behind the glass: A colorful melange of cheese, veggies, fruits, nuts and protein present themselves before you. You crave all of them. The masterminds behind the commercialized salad bar anticipate your struggle. And…
  • Google Street View Takes You To Gombe National Park, Home Of Jane Goodall's Chimpanzees

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    In 1960, when famed primatologist Jane Goodall first stepped foot into what is now Gombe National Park in Tanzania, she was immediately awed by the wonder and beauty of the place. “I found myself thinking, ‘This is where I belong,’” Goodall said. “Together -- the chimpanzees, and the baboons and the monkeys, the birds and insects, the teeming life of the vibrant forest, the stirrings of the never-still waters of the great lake -- formed one whole.” Thanks to Google Street View, you too can explore the wilderness of Gombe National Park, and even catch a glimpse of some of the…
  • Dog Who's Allergic To Humans Is Finally Having His Day, Thanks To Rescue Group

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:16 pm
    If every dog gets its day, this pup's time -- long overdue -- has finally come. This is Adam, a black Lab taken in by the Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue in Indianapolis. He's a totally happy, healthy, normal dog except for one minor problem: He's allergic to humans. It's a unique condition Robin Herman, the president of Lucky Dog, had never encountered before. When Adam first came in, she told Indiana's RTV6, she and her staff assumed the dog had fleas and could be fairly easily nursed back to health. Adam, seen here prior to his treatment: Post by Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue, Inc. "We fed him the…
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  • 11 Things I Learned Starting My Own Business Right Out of College

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    This list was born out of my own experiences but I felt it could be extremely valuable to other young start-ups by helping them avoid some of the mistakes we've made and shorten the time from start-up to viable venture. If anything, it will help you do what I'm doing -- which is learning as I go! 1. White t-shirts are a no-go. White is impossible to keep clean and we are farmers at the end of the day. We should not be working in white. The same goes for the customer. They are out in the world and white just gets dirty. Most of our customers are like us and are likely not going to use bleach…
  • This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Don't Think Pink―Think Green

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    It's October, which means that people ranging from NFL football players to soccer moms all look like they're headed to a Halloween party dressed as the Pink Panther. But in addition to being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Vegetarian Awareness Month, and if people really want to fight breast cancer, they'll combine the messages of both campaigns. The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States can be attributed to dietary factors, yet many people don't seem to have gotten the message. Take, for example, KFC's and the Susan G.
  • 'Green News Report' - October 21, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican candidates continue to dodge the climate change question; Mountaintop removal coal mining promotes lung cancer; 'Significant' oil spill in Louisiana bayou; 2014 on track to be hottest year on record; PLUS: LEGO breaks up with Shell Oil... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at…
  • 'Green News Report' - October 16, 2014

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Rep. Paul Ryan backs away - sort of - from outright climate science denial; Have we reached peak climate change denial?; Turns out natural gas isn't a bridge fuel to a low-emissions future; PLUS: Did a U.S. defense contractor really invent a compact nuclear fusion reactor? Separating fact from fiction... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the…
  • Deciphering Monsoons in a Time of Drastic Changes

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    As summer settles onto the landmass once ruled by Genghis Khan, a string of events across the globe begins. Temperatures increase, glaciers shrink, and the annual monsoon cycle commences. The annual creation and eventual melt of the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau birth the monsoon winds. In the summer the Tibetan Plateau heats quickly, drawing in the warm, moist ocean air, beginning the monsoon. In the winter the land of the plateau cools quickly, pushing cool air out into the warmer ocean air, ending the monsoon. Created by the convergence of two continental tectonic plates, the Tibetan…
 
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  • Cleaning Green

    LadyMacbeth
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Toxicity. Do we really know what this means? Can you even say it ten times really fast? What ever it is we know it has become a way of life. It is a fact that we are exposed daily to an incredible array of toxins in our normal lives. They are “toxins” and each one has a certain degree of toxicity to it. Toxicity can be determined in a variety of ways. With an interest in a sparkling house you need to know a little bit about it to protect yourself, your family and anyone else whose house you clean. The next question then becomes how can you respond and what can you do? Well, you…
 
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  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
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  • Rival Aussie Billionaires Circle Apache's Australian Oil Interests

    Tim Treadgold
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Houston-based petroleum producer, Apache Corporation, might get a better-than-expected price from the sale of its Australian oil and gas assets after two Aussie billionaires reportedly expressed interest in joining the bidding despite the recent fall in the oil price.
  • Christophe de Margerie Passes On: Will Total Retrench?

    Michael Lynch
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    The sad death of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie in a Moscow airplane accident raises issues about the future of the French oil company, which has been one of the most aggressive in the industry. De Margarie fell into the pattern of Italian ENI CEO Enrico Mattei, pushing his company into new areas and taking the role of diplomat to do so.
  • Energy Storage Is Preventing Blackouts But Its High Cost Is Impeding Progress

    Ken Silverstein
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that Duke Energy Corp. has successfully tested its wind-integrated energy storage project in Texas, what does that mean for the future of the technology?
  • Total CEO, Oil Buccaneer, Dies In Moscow Plane Crash

    Marcel Michelson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Christophe de Margerie, chairman and chief executive of French oil major Total SA, died in a plane crash near Moscow. A fine strategist, seeking reward at the edge of technical possibilities and at the limit of legality, De Margerie was a very outspoken businessman and a bugbear for many non-governmental organizations.
  • Why Harold Hamm Isn't Worried About Plunging Oil Prices

    Christopher Helman
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Saudi jawboning isn't going to work. "The market is not in glut," says Hamm. "It's a case of the emperor has no clothes."
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  • How Climate Science Divided Neoliberal Duo Thatcher and Reagan

    Brendan Montague
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Thatcher had been in awe of her fellow free market apostle Reagan, but the two world leaders would diverge on the issue of the environment. By 1988, the American president had served the maximum two terms in office. George H. W. Bush, his likely successor would, enthusiastically mount the climate bandwagon, despite being a fellow Republican.  History suggests, however, that leaders in America and Europe, about to face their electorate, remained deeply concerned about the environment. Yet after taking office, these leaders became far more interested in creating jobs and the prosperity of…
  • Clean-Tech Is Good For The Economy And Environment

    Guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal. Although extraction, use and export of natural resources are economically important and will remain so for some time, we’re starting to diversify.
  • Josh Penry and Kristin Strohm: First Couple of Colorado Fracking Front Groups

    Guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This is a guest post by Jesse Coleman, originally published at Huffington Post. A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered close ties between a Colorado political couple and at least six oil and gas industry front groups that have been fighting state regulations designed to protect the health of its citizens and the environment. The husband and wife team are ex-state senator and onetime Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Josh Penry and his wife, founder of Republican PR and fundraising firm Starboard Group, Kristin Strohm. Colorado has emerged as a key battleground in the national…
  • Right-Wing Charities Escaping CRA Audits: New Report from Broadbent Institute

    Emma Gilchrist
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    A new report from the Broadbent Institute raises fresh questions about whether Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audits are being used as a politicized tool to pressure critics of the federal government.  The report, Stephen Harper’s CRA: Selective audits, “political” activity, and right-leaning charities, says several right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the CRA’s definition. We know charities that have been critical of policies of the Harper government are being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. With…
  • Natural Gas as 'Bridge Fuel' Is Excellent Political Solution But Fails As Climate Solution

    Justin Mikulka
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    “We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.” This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions. This isn’t the first study to reach this conclusion. In the 2013 study “Climate Consequences of Natural Gas as a…
 
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  • Watermain Replacement

    Mike Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Among other things, one of my projects in the past month was pulling an old 40m water main out of a culvert under the Trans Canada Highway. We had no information on the condition of the culvert or exactly how the pipe was held together, we spent several utilities meetings working through possible solutions and problem-solving to find a cost-effective method as our first attempt, working up to more complicated removal and replacement options from there in case the easiest option didn’t work. So how do you remove an asbestos cement watermain in a steel culvert of unknown condition…
  • When are your creative times?

    Mike Thomas
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The idea that there is a best time of the day to do your creative work is fascinating. This graphic shows that among great thinkers, writers and artists, there is no common pattern. When are you most creative? Keen to develop better work habits? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds scheduled creative work into their daily routines.Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).
  • Highway One Problems & Solutions

    Mike Thomas
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    How do you fix the two-lane Trans-Canada Highway? Summer is time for road-trips and camping, Albertan’s spilling into BC to enjoy the Province’s natural beauty, families travelling to visit relatives, beach vacations – and unfortunately for many of these trips, the Trans-Canada Highway is a necessary part of the route. On twitter, I have several searches that I check before I head out on the Trans Canada Highway from Revelstoke @DriveBC and  #Revelstoke #BCHWY1. Incidents such as this one from earlier this month are the reason why: Four people were seriously injured and…
  • How I Keep My Lists in Order – Workflowy

    Mike Thomas
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Make Lists, Not War! Photo Credit: kleuske cc Do you make lists? Do you use an orderly system on your computer or in a notebook; or do you scribble them out on sticky notes? In today’s information rich environment, the ability to keep lists, to-dos, projects and tasks in order is important, do you use lists for brainstorming, or shopping lists? Or how about packing lists? I’ve tried all types of productivity software, and those apps that shine are the often the simplest. One of my favourites that holds a coveted space on my iPhone homescreen and work desktop is Workflowy. It…
  • Infrastructure Inspections and Awareness

    Mike Thomas
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Photo Credit: andrewrennie cc Or – Why Inspections are Fundamental to Asset Management Two engineering departments in the City of Honolulu have very different approaches to the same problem. The city does not have an inspection program for light poles, despite the fact that there are 51,000 street lights on the island. The city says it doesn’t have the money or staff to maintain one.”For us to stop funding other programs, like providing better lighting to fund pole inspections, is something that’s not going to be productive,” said Ross Sasamura, director of the Dept. of…
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  • Creating the Perfect Bed with Martha Stewart Collection + Macy’s

    Erin Lepperd
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    We have officially deemed Martha Stewart the reigning Queen of all things home and entertaining and today she’s spilling the beans. She’s teamed up with Macy’s for a how-to series filled to the brim with practical tid bits on everything from making the most of your cast iron pot to must have layers for the perfect night’s sleep. Her latest video is a look at those pieces that take your slumber from so-so to out of this world. Believe me, this is a total game changer.   And there you have it. Four essentials to wrap that bed in a layer of comfort.
  • Chocolate Cobbler

    Julie Blanner
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    There are few things I love more than a hot-out-of-the-oven dessert. It’s the way I was raised. If you’re going to do dessert, do it well! That’s why I often forgo desserts at restaurants. All too often they disappoint. My husband always blushes with embarrassment when I ask if it it’s house made. All too often the answer is no. Do dessert right and treat yourself and your guests to a chocolate cobbler they’ll be talking about for years! They don’t need to know how simple it was to prepare. Serve it with a scoop of custard or salted caramel ice cream for even more decadence. Julie…
  • 10.11 Makeup

    Abby Larson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’ve done our fair share of behind the scenes here at SMP. But today, we have something even cooler. Because when one artist – photographer, Jen Wojcik – goes behind the scenes with another artist – Erica at MakeUp 10.11 for her new series Artists at Work, well, that’s when the magic really happens. Read on to see some of Erica’s most loved beauty products and how she finds her inspiration. JW: Tell us about 10.11 MakeUp? MakeUp 10.11: We are a full service, mobile, hair styling and makeup artistry company. Our studio is based in Orange County,…
  • Gem Themed Party Inspiration

    Abby Larson
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Carla Ten Eyck and Jubilee Events have been making magic on SMP for a long time now. But normally it’s for ladies dressed in white. Today, the duo is targeting their lovely a bit younger and a bit more saturated in the most gorgeous color a girl could ever wish for with this Gem Themed Shoot - where all of the details trickled down from one spectacular necklace. Oh and there is so much more right here. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Jubilee Events… There really isn’t much in the way of styled inspiration shoots for a young girl’s bat mitzvah, so we decided to…
  • The Picket Fence Project Home Tour

    Jacquelyn Clark
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    You know, all too often the term shabby chic gets a bad wrap. Most people typically picture grandma’s used hand-me-down furniture. But to me, shabby chic embodies a place that feels lived in, loved, and basically perfect. Enter: The Picket Fence Project’s home tour.  Filled to the brim with cozy country vibes with a traditional twist. In other news? I hope Caitlin is looking for a roommate because I’m ready to move in. With photos from Bruce Plotkin, there’s more right here! From Caitlin… I wanted our master bedroom to be a place in which we were happy to end…
 
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  • Net Zero: From Target to Reality

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    High Impact and Timely Insights from the Research Experts at Clean Edge The clean-tech marketplace is rapidly changing – making reliable updates on the latest issues and breakthroughs critical. To help subscribers keep abreast of these changes, Clean Edge produces the Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series. Leveraging Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder’s book, Clean Tech Nation, each webinar is designed to highlight real-world lessons, best practices, and key trends. Click here to learn more about partnering on Briefing Series webinars. Net Zero: From Target to Reality  The concept of net zero –…
  • 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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  • How scientists linked the California drought to climate change

    Ilissa Ocko
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    By Ilissa Ocko A drought-stricken vineyard in Napa Valley. Source: John Weiss/Flickr California has officially entered its fourth consecutive year of drought, and is trapped in its worst water shortage situation ever. Because we know that human-caused climate change cantrigger and exacerbate drought conditions, media, public officials, California residents and scientists have all been wondering for years if rising global temperatures likely caused or contributed to the current drought in California. The short answer: Yes, they did. Weather won’t cooperate Scientists have suspected for…
  • A New Step in the Fight to Reduce Toxic Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

    Graham McCahan
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    By Graham McCahan(This post was written by EDF Senior Attorneys Graham McCahan and Tomas Carbonell) Today, EDF and its allies joined the latest fight to protect the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. We filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to deny the petitions that are seeking review of a lower court decision upholding the standards. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will require crucial and long-overdue emission reductions of toxic pollutants including mercury, arsenic, and acid gases from the single largest source of toxic air pollution…
  • Why California thirsts for rain and the East Coast gets soaked

    Ilissa Ocko
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    By Ilissa OckoSource: Flickr/Jared Tarbell If you think the weather’s acting strange, you’re correct. Extreme weather in the United States is trending upward, and human-caused climate change has already been blamed for much of it – most recently in connection with theCalifornia drought. But along with extreme weather we’re also getting extreme contrasts. What on Earth is going on when New York gets endless rain and San Francisco none, and when one part of the country is freezing while another suffers under record heat? You guessed it, rising temperatures have something to do with…
  • Victory for Healthy Air: Court Rejects Nebraska Attorney General's Attempt to “Short-Circuit” the Law in Challenge to Carbon Pollution Standards

    Megan Ceronsky
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    By Megan CeronskyNebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s attempt to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to limit carbon pollution from power plants failed yesterday. The federal district court in Nebraska dismissed the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for new fossil fuel power plants. The court held that: [the Attorney General’s] attempt to short-circuit the administrative rulemaking process runs contrary to basic, well-understood administrative law. (Decision, Page 1) The Attorney General’s challenge was…
  • 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…
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  • Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient

    Tom Raftery
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient We were invited to attend this year’s Schneider Electric Influencer Summit and jumped at the chance. Why? Schneider Electric is a fascinating company with fingers in lots of pies, and we were keen to learn more about this company. Schneider Electric was founded in 1836, so the company is coming up on 180 years old. Schneider reported revenue of almost €23.5bn in 2013, of which €1.9bn was profit, and employs in the order of 152,000 people globally. So,…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty four with Salesforce’s John Tascheck

    Tom Raftery
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty four with Salesforce’s John Tascheck Welcome to episode thirty four of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode our guest was SalesForce SVP of Strategy, John Taschek. John and I are both longtime members of the Enterprise Irregulars, but this was the first time John and I had had a conversation outside of email! Some of the more fascinating stories we looked at on the show, included a very successful Kickstarter campaign for a small router which can completely anonymise…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty three with Jon Collins

    Tom Raftery
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty three with Jon Collins Welcome to episode thirty three of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode our guest was Jon Collins. I’ve known Jon for quite some time online and met him for the first time at out ThingMonk conference last year. In honour of that, I wore my ThingMonk t-shirt for the show! Some of the more fascinating stories we looked at on the show, included Glasgow University becoming the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels, Code.org partnering…
  • 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…
 
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  • Rockin’ Green

    Janet
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    What:  Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent Features:  Rockin’ Green is a line of eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The laundry detergents are free of harsh chemicals and extra gentle on the skin, but they’re still super effective and get the job done well. However, there are other factors besides detergents that affect how well your laundry gets clean. Water type is a huge consideration and Rockin’ Green has a formula for your water type. Green Factor:  Biodegradable and made from recycled materials, recyclable…
  • Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Training Pants

    Janet
    23 May 2014 | 4:48 am
    What: The Charlie Banana 2-in-1 training pants are twice as nice because they also double as a reusable swim diaper! The outer layer is waterproof while the inside is a soft organic cotton lining. Available in 4 sizes to fit children 11-55 pounds in a variety of prints and colors. Features: They can be used as daytime training pants OR a swim diaper. Easy to get on and off and economical compared to buying packs and packs and packs of disposable training pants! Green Factor: Organic cotton and non-disposable Bonus: If you buy them from Diapers.com on Amazon, you can get them for about $6 less…
  • Don’t Toss Those Butter Wrappers!

    Janet
    22 May 2014 | 3:59 am
    I know it sounds silly to worry about butter wrappers but they can’t be recycled because of the oil so what, if anything, can you do with them? Well, there are actually quite a few things you can do with them and if you find yourself with more than you need at the moment, you can always freeze them by folding them in half with the dry side on the outside. Grease Pans: So easy, and just the right amount of grease! Corn on the Cob: Buttering corn on the cob without getting the whole butter stick all corny and your corn all greasy. Perfectly Cut Cakes: Grease your knife with a butter…
  • 30% Off Sale on Eco Friendly Kids Clothes

    Janet
    19 May 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Le Petit Organic specializes in super stylish children’s clothing that is also organic, eco-friendly or sustainable. This week, from May 22nd to May 26th, they are having a 30% off SITEWIDE SALEHappy Memorial Day! What: Big sale How Much: 30% off sitewide Code: “SALE” Where: Le Petit Organic The Green Mom Review™..
  • What Will Your City Look Like?

    Janet
    19 May 2014 | 11:54 am
    As Antarctic glaciers continue to melt at an alarming rate, we must consider how our national coastlines will be changing as ocean levels rise. NASA and the University of California Irvine recently published a report about this and the organization Climate Central used the data to have an artist create very photorealistic renderings of what our national coastal landmarks will look like in the future. Additionally, Climate Central has created interactive maps that allow you to explore sea level and coastal flood risks across the U.S. for eight states. Please take a moment to look at the…
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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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  • Two Wheels: KTM might not make E-Speed scooter after all

    Domenick Yoney
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, On Two Wheels, Europe/EU Scooter lust is as improbable a condition as it sounds. Yet, when we turn our gaze to the KTM E-Speed, we can't help but fall fast into an urban-riding reverie. A fantasy in which city-center congestion is carved into asphalt ribbons with cuts left and right, made quick with easy flicks of this two-wheeled blade. It is a dream, however, that may never happen. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. Rumors have surfaced claiming the Austrian outfit has shelved the project because the electric scooter doesn't quite fit with its image.
  • Official: Nissan edges out Tesla for most ZEV credits sold in California

    Danny King
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Legislation and Policy, USA When it comes to California zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) credits last year, Nissan was selling and Mercedes-Benz was buying. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the year that ended September 30, which is why we now know that Nissan, maker of the battery-electric Leaf, transferred 663.6 ZEV credits out of its account last year. That just edged out the 650.195 credits that Tesla sold. Chrysler's Fiat affiliate was a distant third, but its limited-production Fiat 500E was still able to generate some…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla will sell Model S on Alibaba in China, Wrightspeed electrifies garbage trucks

    John Beltz Snyder
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Nissan, Tesla Motors Tesla will sell cars in China using Alibaba's Tmall website. Customers will be able to use the Chinese shopping site to place an $8,200 deposit toward a Model S. Tmall will feature 18 preconfigured versions for customers to choose from, which won't offer quite the level of customization as Tesla's US site. Bloomberg's Jamie Butters calls it a "defensive move" on Tesla's part, and still expects the company to sell cars in China the traditional way. Watch the video at Bloomberg or read more at Bidness Etc Tesla co-founder Ian Wright's company…
  • Video: Michigan Gov. signs 'anti-Tesla' bill, but says rules could change

    Sebastian Blanco
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Tesla Motors, Legislation and Policy, USA, Videos Don't look for a Tesla store in Detroit anytime soon. Even though the company says a Motor City service center is "Coming Soon," another hurdle was placed in the company's way today when Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5606 into law. The law was introduced by State Representative Aric Nesbitt, who said it is not "anti-Tesla at all." Still, 5606 does clarify and strengthen the state's laws against an automaker selling vehicles directly to consumers, which is why Tesla called on its supporters last week to ask…
  • Report: Georgia EV advocates ready to stand up for tax incentives

    Danny King
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Legislation and Policy Like the University of Georgia and its punchy Bulldog mascot, Georgia's electric-vehicle advocates are about to get a little more pugilistic, says the Atlanta Business Chronicle. That's because, for the second straight year, some state politicos may look to end Georgia's electric-vehicle subsidy. Count the EV Club of the South among those looking to take up the fight. The issue at hand is Georgia's $5,000 state tax credit for plug-in vehicles. That figure, among the highest in the country, has helped spur EV sales in Atlanta,…
 
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  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

    Shell
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    The new VW Golf SportWagen (which is replacing the Jetta SportWagen) was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in the souped-up Alltrack edition. It’s not only the angular, more masculine lines that differentiate the Alltrack from its less adventure-oriented SportWagen sibling. … Continue reading →
  • More diesels, please! Chrysler ramps up Ram 1500 EcoDiesel production

    Shell
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    As we mentioned a few months ago, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was named Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” thanks to its super efficiency and overall stellar performance. And people loved it. As the only half-ton pickup on the market sporting … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

    Philip Proefrock
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Nobel Prize in physics this year has been awarded to three scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, for their work in the development of the blue LED. LEDs were first developed in the early 20th Century, and the first practical, commercial LEDs were brought to the market in the 1960s.  However, the earliest LEDs were red or orange.  The development of blue LEDs was crucial to the ability to make “white light” LEDs, which combine blue, green, and red (or sometimes blue and yellow) to create an acceptable light source for general illumination.  The high…
  • Fuel-Free Plastics Manufacturing

    Philip Proefrock
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Plastics manufacturing is typically a double consumer of petrochemicals, using them for both feedstock for the products, as well as fuel to provide the needed energy for the process.  But a greener method from LightManufacturing provides a system with low initial costs and low operating costs to manufacture molded plastic objects without the need for any fossil fuels.  The process is even applicable with recycled plastic feedstock, making it an even greener process. Using heliostats to concentrate and reflect the sun’s rays provides the heat imput needed in order to melt the plastic…
  • Navy Demonstrates Fuel From Seawater Production

    Philip Proefrock
    7 May 2014 | 7:20 am
    A team of US Navy research scientists has developed a method to produce liquid fuel from seawater, using CO2 and hydrogen extracted from the ocean and then processed with a metal catalyst to produce liquid fuel. As a demonstration of the concept, an unmodified scale airplane has been flown with the seawater fuel. The concentration of CO2 is about 140 times higher in seawater than it is in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen are the two feedstocks needed to make hydrocarbons. The process relies on “an iron-based catalyst [which] has been developed that can achieve CO2 conversion…
  • Ontario Completely Off Coal

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

    Philip Proefrock
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    A new, grid-tied offshore wave energy project called CETO is being readied off the west coast of Australia, near Perth. Carnegie Wave Energy is installing what is called the “first operating wave energy array scheme in the world.” The installation will consist of three submerged buoys 11 meters (36 feet) in diameter, which will be anchored offshore. The buoys will create high pressure water which will be pumped to an onshore generating station to produce electricity. In addition to producing power, the CETO technology incorporates an interesting synergy – it is also used to…
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  • Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

    Colin Payne
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In what is likely the first imprisonment related to 3D printing, a Japanese man was sent to jail on Monday for making guns with a 3D printer. According to Phys.org, 28-year-old Yoshitomo Imura was found guilty of making two guns at home with a printer and then publishing a video online showing people how they could to the same – a crime for which he will spend two years in jail. Read the rest of Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d print, 3d printed guns, 3D printing, 3D-printed gun, gun, gun laws, Japan, Japanese gun laws,…
  • The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here

    Kristine Lofgren
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to hoverboards, we’re beginning to feel a bit jaded: we’ve been promised so much and yet we still don’t have a single working board to show for it. Nevertheless, the technology seems to be steadily moving in the right direction, so we can’t help but keep dreaming the hover dream. Now, one California couple says the the wait is over – the future is here. Jill and Greg Henderson say they have developed a working hoverboard. Read the rest of The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Greg Henderson,…
  • Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

    Lucy Wang
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Read the rest of Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: +node, cantilever, cantilevered house, cedar, cherry flooring, fukuyama, Japan, japanese house, Keisuke Maeda, plywood, steel frame, t-shaped house, timber house, UID Architects, wood house
  • Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

    Lori Zimmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andrew Burges Architects, australia, beach house, eco design, green design, Pittwater House, responsive design, sustainable design, sydney, sydney australia, timber shade facade, transforming house
  • Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

    Lucy Wang
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Read the rest of Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cabin, California, filigreed screen, Frank / Architects, redwood forest, sea ranch, sea ranch community, Sonoma county, wooden cabin
 
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  • Report: Insurance Companies Unprepared for Climate Change Risks

    Ken Jennison
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Eighty-three percent of insurance companies responding to an industry survey are lacking preparedness in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities, according to a report released today by Ceres and the National Association of Insurance Companies. Only nine insurers, or 3 percent of the 330 responding companies, earned a “leading” rating, with the remaining insurers earning “beginning” or “minimal” […]
  • Novelis Facility Furthers Vehicle Lightweighting

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Novelis has opened China’s first plant that produces heat-treated aluminum automotive sheet — a key material in lightweighting vehicles to help automakers reduce carbon emissions. Each 10 percent weight reduction can result in a 5 to 7 percent fuel savings, the company says. The opening makes Novelis the only company to produce automotive aluminum sheet in […]
  • H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face, Others Commit to More Responsible Down

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    H&M, Eddie Bauer, The North Face, Marmot, Mammut, Helly Hansen, Outdoor Research, DownLinens, Down & Feather Co. and other leading international fashion, bedding and outdoor brands have adopted the Textile Exchange’s Responsible Down Standard, a third-party certification standard that can be applied to any waterfowl-based supply chain to help ensure humane treatment of animals from […]
  • Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Increase in 2013

    Ken Jennison
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the US increased from 5,267 million metric tons in 2012 to 5,396 million metric tons in 2013, or 2.5 percent, according to a report released yesterday by the US Energy Information Administration. The 2013 increase was largely the result of colder weather leading to an increase in energy intensity from […]
  • Greenbuild 2014: LEED, Google, William McDonough, Brad Pitt

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Greenbuild 2014 kicks off today in New Orleans, showcasing the latest technology and developments in sustainable building. Here’s a roundup of green building news from the Big Easy. The 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome, designed and developed by LivingHomes in partnership with Make It Right, is a LEED Platinum net-zero home that serves as a showcase of […]
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  • Chevy's New Bi-Fuel Impala Can Be Powered by Everything from Sewage and Food Scraps to Beer

    Sustainable Brands
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    As more and more organizations are finding ways to create fuel from waste — case in point: Italy is about to become the first country to require cards and trucks to run on biofuel made from agricultural waste — Chevrolet says its 2015 Bi-fuel Impala will be able to run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewing beer (welcome to the present, Back to the Future fans!).Cleveland-based quasar energy group uses organic waste to produce biogas — the raw mixture of gases given off by the breakdown of organic materials kept in an oxygen-less environment. The resulting methane…
  • Sustainable Materials at Scale: 100% Recycled Denali Fleece Prevents Waste on Multiple Fronts

    Adam Mott
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Here at The North Face, we believe in making great outdoor gear in a sustainable and responsible way. That’s why we’ve set out to change the way outdoor apparel is made. We’ve set a bold goal to have 100 percent of our polyester (or 80 percent of all of the fabric we use for apparel) come from recycled content — from thousands of plastic bottles — by 2016. Repurposing plastic waste helps reduce carbon emissions and avoids using more open space for landfills. In 2014 alone, our use of recycled plastic will prevent 30 million plastic bottles from going to landfill.We decided to start…
  • Shareholders Representing $35B Press P&G for Recyclable Packaging

    Sustainable Brands
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble has made a qualified commitment that 90 percent of its packaging will be recyclable by 2020. The commitment came the day before an October 14 vote on a shareholder proposal filed by shareholder advocacy group As You Sow asking the company to phase out unrecyclable packaging. The proposal won significant support — 25 percent of shares voted, representing more than $35 billion of investments, according to a P&G filing yesterday with the Securities & Exchange Commission.“It’s encouraging that P&G appeared to make a significant…
  • New Initiative Helping Detroit Businesses Reduce Waste, Costs Through By-Product Synergy

    Ross Brooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    At a time when landfills are overflowing and public pressure is mounting, business can’t afford to waste anything – especially in a city such as Detroit, which is still fighting its way back from economic ruin.Thankfully, the Motor City has launched a promising new initiative that’s bringing together local industries and institutions, along with entrepreneurs and small business owners, to create closed-loop systems in which one organization’s waste becomes raw material for another.It’s called the Reuse Opportunity Collaboratory (ROC) and it features prominent bodies such as General…
  • Report: Sub-Saharan Africa Farm Yields 70-90% Below Potential

    Mike Hower
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:49 am
    Sub-Saharan Africa has the world’s largest gap in farm yields — 70 to 90 percent below their potential — according to a new research tool unveiled Monday.The outcome of a 6-year international collaborative research effort led by the Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska and Wageningen University in the Netherlands, the Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas is the first transparent, interactive and map-based web platform to estimate exploitable gaps in yield and water productivity for major food crops worldwide.The Atlas can help farmers, policy makers,…
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  • Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    If you ask the average person what cigarette waste like old filters and ashes are good for, most folks would say, “Nothing.” But if you believe in sustainability, all wastes have a higher purpose. It turns out scientists are hard at work making the residue of smoking perform technological miracles. Who would believe that old cigarette filters could make better supercapacitors – long-lasting, fast-charging devices capable of storing huge amounts of energy? As reported in Gizmag, scientists from Seoul National University found that through a process called pyrolysis, the…
  • 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags

    Talancia Pea
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Born and raised in Louisiana, I know how much Southerners like our tea. And we are not alone. Second to water, tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Oftentimes we toss brewed tea bags after only one use, but surprisingly there are at least 17 ways they can be reused long after your last sip. At first it seemed a bit strange to reuse my family’s old tea bags, but I then considered the long list of benefits. Not only is it a great way to stretch our dollars, but it helps to lessen the negative environmental impact of the tea business. As the demand for tea continues to…
  • The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Drinking water is good for you…. duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves stumped. What does that eight glasses a day (or however much you’re now supposed to drink) do for us exactly? Our friends at Pelican Water have the answers to that question in this infographic. From simply maintaining basic healthy functioning to delivering nutrients to filtering blood to stabilizing our mood, water plays…
  • 10 Million Families Use Water Meters to Stop Waste – but What Else Can You Do?

    Guest Contributor
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    We cannot live without water. We need it for washing, cooking and for life itself … but we also need to stop wasting this precious natural resource for fear of depleting supplies. Saving water has become an obvious priority for families and as we count the environmental benefits we also count the economical assets. Recent statistics have revealed that as much as 48% of households in England and Wales now have a water meter installed; accounting for more than 10 million homes. This figure is increasing all the time but surely there is more that can be done? Redesign your bathroom While water…
  • Food Waste Facts in the UK [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too… And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues. This year’s theme, for instance, was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” So, those of us who missed it completely can take the “Every day should be World Food Day” approach (which we should, anyway), and dig into the issues surrounding food…
 
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  • Cuba Ebola doctors bringing island in from cold

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Agence France-Presse: Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the United States. Despite its small population and strapped economy, Cuba has sent 165 medical professionals to Sierra Leone, a larger contingent than most Western countries. A further 91 Cuban doctors and nurses are to begin work shortly in Liberia and Guinea, and Cuba has pledged to send more than 200 others....
  • Killer Pesticides Never Actually Helped Our Crops, Says EPA

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Nature World: Well this is going to be embarrassing for everyone involved... Remember those dangerous pesticides that experts are blaming for the tragic mass death of our pollinators? It turns out that they aren't even all that good at their job, leaving coated crops no better off than if they were left untreated. That's at least according to a new report recently released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or "neonics," are commonly used...
  • Ebola: Why Virus Kills Some, Other People Survive

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Associated Press: People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies. So why do some people escape Ebola, and not others? The end of quarantine for 43 people in Dallas who had contact with Duncan "simply supports what...
  • As #Ebola patients vanish in Liberia’s health system, survivors go on desperate search

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Washington Post: For the 29th day, Linda Wilson came to the gates of the Ebola treatment center looking for her best friend, the woman whose picture she carried in her purse, so she could show it to guards or nurses or anyone else who might be able to help. “Have you seen her?” Wilson asked them. For the 29th day, the answer was no. Barbara Bai’s name was not on any list, even though she was admitted to a hospital one month earlier. There was no record of her death or her survival at any hospital in Monrovia....
  • A Cascade of Contacts From a Single Case of #Ebola in Dallas

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    New York Times: Federal health officials have tracked down and monitored hundreds of individuals who may have had direct or indirect contact with the three people in the United States who were confirmed to be infected with Ebola. The estimates of people affected are as of Monday afternoon.
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  • Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

    Kiera Butler
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Just as soda companies plunk down millions of dollars to defeat local soda-tax ballot measures, researchers have found a link between regular soda consumption and premature aging. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health, a study of 5,300 adults compared the cells of people who drink soda every day to those of their non-soda-drinking counterparts. In the soda group, the ends of the chromosomes—known as telomeres—were shorter, a sign of their cells' diminished ability to regenerate. Our telomeres naturally shorten as we age, but scientists have discovered that a few…
  • Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out to fund about a quarter of all federally supported science research. Of course, the agency doesn't just give money away to anyone who asks. Proposals have to survive a rigorous review process that includes close scrutiny by a panel of top scientists in the relevant field. Competition is fierce: Of the 49,000 proposals submitted in 2013, only a fifth were…
  • Hurricane Gonzalo Is Going to Slam Bermuda Today

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The photo above was taken yesterday by an astronaut on the International Space Station. It shows Hurricane Gonzalo barreling across the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda. Gonzalo, currently a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in Bermuda this afternoon before veering back out to sea and away from the US East Coast. AccuWeather.com meteorologists are warning that the damage could be severe, with "a large and life-threatening storm surge [that] could exceed 10 feet and cause a major rise in water levels over coastal areas and causeways." Stay safe, Bermudans.
  • People Are Trying to Sell Cinnamon Bark as an Ebola Cure

    Kiera Butler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Marion Nestle reports that several supplement manufacturers are selling vitamins that promise to prevent or treat Ebola. The claims caught the attention of the FDA, which has issued warning letters to three of the manufacturers: Natural Solutions Foundation, Young Living, and DoTERRA International LLC. The agency lists specific claims it finds worrisome; for example, on a Young Living consultant's website, "Ebola Virus can not live in the presence of cinnamon bark." Here's a screenshot from Natural Solutions Foundations' website: An article on the Natural Solutions site talks about "the…
  • Sorry, California. Winter Isn't Going to Fix Your Drought.

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    NOAA California's crippling drought is not expected to improve over the winter, according to new forecast data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nearly 60 percent of the state is experiencing exceptional drought—the worst category—NOAA reported. The map above shows that the northern California coast could see some improvement. But in the Central Valley, a critical source of fruits, nuts, and vegetables for the whole country, conditions won't be getting better any time soon. A little rain is expected, NOAA forecaster Mike Halpert said in a…
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    mnn.com

  • Dyson's newest tabletop fan hydrates the skin, obliterates germs

    mhickman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Along with retiring the garden hose to the garage, cleaning out the gutters and dragging out that sweater-stuffed plastic container from under the bed, in the coming weeks you may also find yourself dusting off and filling up that housebound-in-the-winter staple known as the humidifier.  
  • A recipe for green juice that actually tastes good

    kimi.harris
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
  • Your zombie-proof log cabin has arrived

    mdestries
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    $24,000 zombie survival kit? Check. Ridiculously tricked-out vehicle to mow down the undead? Check. A collection of books to prepare yourself for what's coming next? Check. What's missing? A personal fortress to house it all.
  • Glaucoma: The real reason Bono wears sunglasses

    mdestries
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    While comparing some amusing then-and-now publicity shots of the rock group U2, talk show host Graham Norton couldn't help but ask Bono the question everyone has wondered about with his trademark sunglasses: "Do you ever take them off?"   
  • Nose holds the key to reversing paralysis

    melbreyer
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
      In 2010, Darek Fidyka was victim to a brutal knife attack that severed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the chest down. For two years he had shown no signs of recovery, despite intensive physiotherapy for five hours a day, five days a week.  
 
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  • The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable Economy

    Tam Hunt
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    This is the third in a series on the future of energy. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here I like data. There, I said it. Actually, I love data, so this piece will contain quite a few numbers and charts looking at how we should make the transition to a predominantly renewable energy economy here in the U.S. There are many reasons to make this transition, but I’ll take as a given that we should make this transition, focusing instead on how we can best do this. For those who are allergic to numbers, let me sum up the conclusions here in the beginning. If we are to be successful in…
  • If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

    Stephen Lacey
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The 20th-century electric grid is an extraordinary feat of engineering that has been a core driver of economic progress in developed countries. But it's finally starting to show its limitations in the 21st century. The grid of the past valued what was once necessary: centralization, powerful and cheap fossil fuels, and a regulatory compact that allowed monopoly utilities to serve the widest area possible. But the emerging grid -- or at least the grid that people hope will emerge -- values an entirely new set of objectives: environmental performance, two-way communication, more business…
  • Enphase Charges Into the Energy Storage Market

    Eric Wesoff
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Enphase didn't exhibit at last year's Solar Power International, but the microinverter specialist has traveled to Las Vegas this year with an improved microinverter -- and a bit of a surprise. 5th generation microinverter Paul Nahi, Enphase's CEO, said the firm's fifth-generation microinverter is its "most technologically advanced microinverter -- this was not even possible to do when we started the company." He noted that the 275-watt, 97 percent CEC efficiency microinverter "needed to address the complexity of the grid" with reactive power control, volt/VAR and ride-through.
  • Cooking Up a ‘Protocol Soup’ for the Internet of Things in Smart Buildings

    Jim McHale
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The internet of things in buildings (BIOT) provides a very different set of challenges compared to those faced in the consumer IOT world, which inevitably attracts most of the media’s column inches. Overall, connectivity penetration rates across all building systems are currently only around 16 percent. This connectivity penetration rate will rise steadily over the coming years, and with it the market potential for BIOT. It will inevitably have to coexist with extant equipment and data networks for a significant length of time. According to a new report from Meemori, the global market…
  • Will the Solar Industry Get Behind CPS Energy’s Alternative to Net Metering in San Antonio?

    Stephen Lacey
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    After two controversial attempts to change net metering policy in San Antonio, CPS Energy, the utility serving the city, thinks it has found a new incentive model for solar that local installers can support. Rather than trying to adjust net metering by adding fees or a new way to calculate solar's value, CPS wants to overhaul solar support structures completely. And it’s looking to the wholesale market for inspiration. Under a pilot plan proposed earlier this month, CPS would create a competitive bidding process for residential and small commercial power-purchase agreements (PPAs).
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    Direct2Dell

  • Getting the Right Data to (Only) the Right People

    Bill Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This 11th annual observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month comes at a time when consumer confidence in the digital operations of corporations, government agencies, hospitals and other organizations is already shaken. Within the last year, the information of tens of millions of credit and debit cardholders was compromised by intrusions into retail payment systems. And the number of breached patient medical records has climbed to more than 30 million. Though many details are still under investigation, the breaches likely have a common cause: stolen credentials for accessing accounts…
  • Alston & Bird Named Dell 2014 Legal Diversity Award Winner

    Richard Rothberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This month we awarded the 2014 Legal Department’s Dell Legal Diversity Award to Alston & Bird. This is our third year for this award, which we present annually to a law firm that represents Dell in the U.S. and best exemplifies Dell’s focus on diversity.  We had a very impressive group of finalists this year but Alston & Bird’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession and its innovative programs gave them the edge. "It is our duty to achieve our highest selves, and thus serve as beacons for our peers, helping them reach their own higher selves. …
  • Technology Powers Student Achievement at the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland

    Jon Phillips
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    As a PC start-up founded by a college student in his dorm room, education is in Dell’s DNA. We know firsthand the opportunity education and technology creates and there is nothing more exciting than our technology in the hands of students and teachers. Unfortunately, not all schools have equal access to digital tools and resources that define the way we connect, learn, and live today. Dell is committed to helping districts across the country bridge this gap by providing efficient, affordable and scalable solutions designed specifically for education environments. Last week, I had the…
  • Dell Security Packs in Partner Offerings and Unveils SuperMassive 9800 at Peak 2014

    Matthew Medeiros
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Yesterday, we wrapped up the Dell Security Peak Performance conference in Orlando. The excitement expressed by our partners, who have immersed themselves in educational technical deep dive and business breakout sessions, is inspiring. While this is the first year we’ve hosted Peak Performance under the Dell Security umbrella, this continues a long tradition of the event we hosted by SonicWALL for a decade.  I’m proud to say that this time around we were joined by a sell-out crowd of nearly 490 partners from North America, Europe and Latin America, and we’ve already…
  • Four Ways the Internet of Things is Changing Product Design

    Kirsten Billhardt
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Automation Technology Expo – Midwest conference is in progress outside Chicago this week with a track dedicated to ‘Going beyond M2M: The Industrial Internet of Things." Dell OEM Solutions is contributing to the conversation with a session on how the Internet of Things is changing the design function. Fundamentally, technology shifts are making it easier for designers to embed intelligence within their products. We see the changes in consumer products such as Nest thermostats and the fitness bands on our wrists, but there is rich opportunity to explore how additional…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • What Makes a Quality Carbon Offset

    Jan Lee
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Carbon offset programs are becoming a popular way to reduce one's tally of greenhouse gas emissions, but it is critical to understand the criteria on which they are assessed. We've prepared a quick overview of just what you need to know before you go hunting for that perfect carbon offset project.
  • SolarCity Turns to Crowdfunding to Raise Money & Awareness

    Leon Kaye
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Now SolarCity is turning to crowdfunding in order to raise funds for solar energy. The campaign will also serve to raise awareness about the potential for solar in the U.S.
  • 6 Ways Big Data Helps Improve Global Water and Food Security

    3p Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Jeff Raikes, former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of the Raikes Foundation, said it’s not hyperbole to say that global society is experiencing a data revolution. But that the revolution has yet to reach agriculture.
  • How Natural Infrastructure Can Boost Climate Change Resiliency

    Alexis Petru
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are government officials doing enough to prepare their communities for natural disasters and extreme weather events – that are increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change? Not surprisingly, the answer is no, says a new report. However, investment in "natural infrastructure" can improve resiliency at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods of prevention.
  • Five Reasons To Stay Corporate and Ignore Your Higher Calling

    3p Contributor
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Do you see your corporate job as a stepping-stone to a higher purpose or cause? Phil Preston provides five reasons that might change your mind.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Chicago Park District Wins Gold Medal, Named Top Park District in the U.S.

    Christine Escobar
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The Chicago Park District has won the Gold Medal for excellence in parks and recreation management. According to a news release today from the park district's website, "Agencies were judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials." The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. The Chicago Park District is the first urban park district to win the prestigious award.
  • Swapadventure Makes Trading Hand-me-downs Simple

    Christine Escobar
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Two women from Mount Prospect have started a popular new way for parents to recycle gently used children's clothing and equipment and adult clothing and accessories, while helping families find items they need for free. Swapadventure, now celebrating its 1st anniversary, is the creation of Angelika Babich and Maggie Pawelko. Each is a mom to three children under the age of 10. The pair organize free swapping events at Chicago area businesses twice a month. The only admission to each event is one shopping bag of items no longer needed to be added to the items for swapping. There is no…
  • 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.
 
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    Max Gladwell

  • The 10 Best Snowboarding Instagrams

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Fill your Instagram feed with snowboarding #powdershots to get stoked for the 2014/2015 season It’s just about this time of year when the new ski and snowboarding season feels within reach. In the old days, we’d transition to winter sports with print magazines and the annual release of new snowboarding films. Today, we have smartphones and Instagram to keep us stoked on a daily basis. These are the 10 best Instagrams to follow for your daily #powdershots as we head into the new season (listed in alphabetical order): 1. Adam Moran: Peer through the lens of Burton Snowboards’…
  • 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…
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    EnergyBloggers

  • Energy-development high means gas-price low

    Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The cheapest cost for gas in Jacksonville on Tuesday was $2.89 during several gas stations on Blanding Boulevard on a Westside. “I’m vacant that there’s such a large disproportion from one partial of city to a other,” motorist Craig Shafer said. The prices are a lowest in years. “Right now appetite growth is during an all-time high in a United States, and it’s permitting for an mercantile blast of activity,” pronounced Florida Consumer Energy Alliance Executive Director Kevin Doyle. “And as prolonged as policies are in…
  • Guinness World Record try during WMU falls brief though ‘high energy’ eventuality …

    Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    KALAMAZOO, MI – Western Michigan University students, staff and village members collected on a cold Tuesday night during Kanley Track donning sunglasses, winter hats and gloves and even blankets in hopes of environment a new Guinness World Record. 628 people all huddled together during accurately 8 p.m. and put on pairs of sunglasses during WMU anticipating to set a new Guinness World Record for a many people wearing sunglasses during night. If another 1,048 people had been in assemblage and wearing sunglasses Tuesday night during Kanley Track, a new universe record would have been set.
  • 6 startling health advantages of pumpkins

    Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
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  • Duke Energy spending $20M on appetite potency for low-income households

    Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Duke’s N.C. president, Paul Newton, says a programs will yield long-term advantages for low-income customers. John Downey Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal Email  |  Twitter  |  Google+ Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress have any launched programs providing $10 million for energy-efficiency projects for low-income customers. The utilities concluded to set adult a programs as partial of a understanding worked out with a Public Staff of a N.C. Utilities Commission in negotiations over rate increases authorized by a elect final year. Parent Duke Energy Corp.
  • Super fast garnet ceramics might be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

    Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Nanotechnology General News The latest news from academia, regulators investigate labs and other things of interest
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • 10 Ways to Avoid Lead Poisoning in Children

    Katy
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Guest post by California Poison Control One million children today are affected by lead poisoning, but when you know what to look for and what to do, lead poisoning is 100% preventable. From China and Antarctica to Ohio and California, no nation or state is free of lead poisoning.  It affects humans and wildlife, children and adults, with children being the most susceptible to harm from lead. “Lead poisoning is one of the most important and most preventable pediatric environmental diseases today.  Lead poisoning may cause a variety of medical problems, including learning disabilities,…
  • You Can Freeze it (Eco Eats Challenge!)

    Katy
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    A dear friend of mine has a habit of saying, “you can freeze it!” to just about anything that is about to go bad or is extra food. The truth of it is, she’s usually right. The average American wastes almost half of their food every year, and waste $165 billion dollars annually. That’s roughly $2,275 wasted for a family of four. What could you do with just a little of that wasted money? Plane tickets for your family? A small project in your house? Car payments for a year? That’s why I joined the Eco Eats Challenge. To make more progress toward a life that reflects…
  • 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…
 
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    Crunchy Chicken

  • 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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    Nature Moms Blog

  • My Garden Wishlist

    Tiffany
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My garden did really well this past summer and I am super excited to start planning for next year’s. No doubt most of the planning will happen during the dreary, cold winter but I just can’t wait. I have already been making a wishlist. Garden victories for 2014 include: * Growing flowers for the first time – calendula, sunflowers, lavender, nasturtium, and various wildflowers * Growing three types of basil * Growing three types of heirloom tomatoes from seed * A great blackberry harvest * A nice snap pea harvest * First time growing potatoes and carrots * Keeping birds out…
  • Storing Essential Oils

    Tiffany
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you are a true essential oil enthusiast than you have a fairly large supply of the oils. After all, you can use them for so many things. Having your own natural remedies and green cleaners on hand can’t be beat. Over the years I have kept mine in a medicine cabinet because you need to keep them somewhere cool and dark to preserve their integrity. The issue now is that I just have too many to make that feasible and my youngest (who is autistic) can now reach the medicine cabinets if he chooses to explore. Luckily there are numerous essential oil carrying cases on the market. There are…
  • Best Essential Oils for a Foot Massage

    Tiffany
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A foot massage has to be one of the most enjoyable and popular massages. It might even be the reason why so many ladies love to have pedicures. Pretty toes are nice but the massage that comes with the pedicure can’t be beat! They are simple and easy to perform as well so trading massages with your spouse can be an excellent lazy evening at home idea. It can be reviving and therapeutic! Our feet are super sensitive and super responsive. Many complimentary therapies (think reflexology or shiatsu) believe that we can cleanse and energize body systems and internal organs all through…
  • Gardening and Homesteading Goals for 2015

    Tiffany
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The gardening season has ended for 2014…for the most part. I still have a variety of peppers and some flowers doing well. I also have a cold frame with greens going strong but I have done a massive fall cleanup and most of my garden beds will rest until spring. With everything I learned this year I am already making plans for next! My organic garden goals for 2015 are to grow everything I grew in 2014 and: Make potato cages and grow alot more Start my seedlings earlier! Add leeks and brussels sprouts for fall/winter Grow more carrots Grow different pumpkin varieties (jarrahdale and…
  • Savory Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    Tiffany
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This just might be my new favorite fall soup. It is scrumptious! Also pretty easy to make, just a bit long on cook time. I love pumpkin and you find great sales on pie pumpkins right about now but I am not big on making tons of sweets and pies. I usually put them in the slow cooker and make my own pumpkin puree for pancakes, smoothies, and souffles. That is about it…until now. You can bet I will be stocking up on pie pumpkins so I can make this soup throughout fall and winter! Ingredients: 1/2 cup cream 1 cup stock (veggie or chicken) 1 clove garlic 1 T butter 2 T olive or coconut oil…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Overcoming Green Living Fatigue

    Amber Strocel
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The Climate Crusader is battling green living fatigue.I have a confession to make: sometimes I feel tired of being an environmentalist. Sure, I carry around reusable bags and reusable water bottles and reusable cloth napkins. I do my best to pack a litterless lunch now that I'm volunteering in a local school three days a week, and I bring my compost and recycling home with me so that I know it doesn't end up in the landfill. I walk my kids to school and buy organic.I try to do my part. I really do.Sometimes, though, I feel discouraged. It seems like in spite of the efforts that ordinary…
  • Overcoming Nature Anxiety

    Christy
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Queen Composter needs your help.I am passionate about gardening as a way to connect us to our food, and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, connecting with the plants and animals that live amongst us. I believe that this may be the only way to have people truly care about protecting the environment and see that our well being is tied to a healthy planet. I also believe in the power of modelling and education to shape children's perceptions and behaviours. The best way to desensitize children to the "ick" factor and sensitize them to the diversity of life around us is to spend time in…
  • Service Projects for Kids?

    Green Bean
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.It was a cool and foggy September morning.  I knew which day it was.  Saturday, the 20th.   I had had this date marked on my calendar for months, even a year. Still, I ignored the calendar entry.  There were so many other things I could do on a quiet Saturday morning.  The kids could be sucked in by screen time, forbidden during the week.  I could work in the garden, plant seeds for fall, lay down sheet mulch for spring.  Hit the Saturday farmers market instead of the Sunday one.  The possibilities were endless.  And…
  • Do Carbon Taxes Work?

    Amber Strocel
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Climate Crusader looks into the results of a carbon tax in British Columbia, Canada.I live in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Much like the US, Canada's west coast is associated with left-leaning liberal hippies. Here in Vancouver you'll find an abundance of vegan bakeries, food trucks, craft breweries and community gardens. This city was the birthplace of Greenpeace, and it is the home of David Suzuki. We're far from perfect, but it's fair to say that the number of environmentalists per capita who live here is at least a little higher than average.Here in British…
  • Kitchen Scraps Garden Part Two: Carrot Seeds

    Christy
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Queen Composter has been doing some gardening experiments.Most kitchen gardeners grow carrots, and I am no exception. My daughters love eating them, and generally I find them easy to grow. While seeds are not overly expensive, I find I go through a great deal of them each year because of having to sow so many then thinning the seedlings to allow for adequate growth.I have been experimenting with growing food from kitchen scraps, and I saw a post somewhere about planting the tops of carrots to produce seeds. As a novice gardener I am delving into seed saving, which has so many benefits.
 
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily

    greenandcleanmom
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I suck at hanging up pictures. I’m the eye ball it type of gal. Put the nail in and oops, it really isn’t very level. The problem is I can’t always wait for my husband to come home and hang up a new painting or frame I’ve purchased. Besides, if I ask him…he’ll know I bought something new and roll his eyes at that. Though Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily The post How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Coffee, Cheese and Wine

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Coffee, cheese and wine…these are all things you should not live without. They’re all divine and this last weekend I had the opportunity to have plenty of each. I mean plenty! I think I’m still recovering. The Cheese Lady Let me first begin by telling you about Tina, The Cheese Lady. This woman is hilarious and passionate about her cheese. I just go to the Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Coffee, Cheese and Wine The post Coffee, Cheese and Wine appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween

    greenandcleanmom
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Have a healthy and safe Halloween with a few of my favorite tips. I love Halloween so this won’t be a post telling you to not eat candy. I get it; it’s bad for you and blah, blah, blah. I’m about moderation but I do have some health and safe Halloween tips that you might find useful, especially if you have older children who like Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween The post Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan

    greenandcleanmom
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Taking a vacation, doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can be local and lodging can be budget friendly and exceptional!  There are so many hidden gems within hours from are homes in Michigan. This last weekend, I spent a gorgeous autumn weekend in Traverse City, Michigan with 7 other Michigan bloggers exploring parts of Traverse City, we might have never known about. I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan The post Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids

    greenandcleanmom
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    2014 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids ending October 15th, 2014. That’s right there are a few more days left to hand your child a camera and let them go to town snapping pictures! Honestly, you never know what they’ll capture. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder and children see things differently. They notice the sunset because they’re not folding laundry, Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids The post National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for…
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    GreenStyleMom

  • Salamanders

    Greenstylemom
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Did you know that the Smoky Mountains is the salamander capital of the world? I didn't until I started researching our trip! So we decided it was appropriate to study salamanders.After reading a bit about them, we went hunting after a picnic our first day in the park. Found nothing.Fortunately Jack was gung-ho about our salamander hunt, and asked a ranger LOTS of questions about finding them. And find them we did! Most that we found were on our Grotto Falls hike, but we saw a few more out and about.Little guy!Grotto FallsLots of fallen tree climbing on this tripThe rain storms kept us from…
  • Smoky Mountain National Park

    Greenstylemom
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    After Mammoth Cave, we drove to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We stayed for 5 nights in a little camping cabin at the KOA in Townsend. The cabin was super cute, but the "free wifi" didn't reach to our location. That was a bit of a hiccup because we had planned to do a significant bit of online homeschool work there. The other bummer for this part of our trip was the rain. Usually I don't let a little rain get in our way, but it was stormy enough that we spent a little extra time in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area (so many tourist traps - I hated it... the kids loved it!!)Our…
  • Mammoth Cave

    Greenstylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I'm going to quickly do a few posts about our recent road trip. For going 3000+ miles, I didn't take many photos.We left on a Wed afternoon, drove to somewhere in Kansas and spent the night, then drove hard all day Thursday. Due to rainstorms and closed interstates, we didn't arrive at Mammoth Cave NP until late Thursday. We stayed in a cute little cabin (the bed was a little snug for the 3 of us!) close to the visitor's center. On Friday we explored the visitor's center, went on a cave tour, completed the Junior Ranger program, and did a short walk to Stephen Bishop's gravesite.Our visit was…
  • DayBook 10.20.14

    Greenstylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... sunny! I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that the only time I've been outside yet today is to take out the trash.I am hearing a nail gun. Someone's getting a new roof.I am feeling... eh. Not 100% today.I am thinking... about everything I need to get done and how I really just want to take a nap. I woke up at 5:30am this morning.I am thankful for... my freezerFrom the kitchen... oh boy! Have I been busy in the kitchen! About once every 4-6 weeks, I have a day where I feel the need to cook and cook and cook (and then I don't feel…
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Fort sleeping! Jack & Matt spent the night in there. Jack is still buried in there somewhere
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    Green Talk®

  • 25+ Recipes for Tomatoes to Cure the Tomato Glut

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Although summer is over, my tomatoes are still going strong–especially the cherry tomatoes!  I have been scratching my head.   What do I do with all these tomatoes?  Sure, you can those tomatoes but how many cans of tomatoes can you use? (Sounds like Peter picked a pepper.)  Listed below are some creative ways to use your tomatoes to keep summer lasting forever.  Or at least, until next summer’s growing season. Be sure to watch the video! Roast the Tomatoes I love roasting cherry tomatoes and then blending them into a sauce. Quick Recipe Be sure to watch the video on how to…
  • Don’t Pitch the Old Toothbrush! 12 Ways to Reuse.

    Anna@Green Talk
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I love figuring out ways to reuse or re-purpose items that ordinarily go into the trash. One item that I treasure is an OLD toothbrush. Every six months, the dentist hands us new toothbrushes. Normally, you would throw the old one in the trash.  Right?  Wrong.  Old toothbrushes are amazing tools for cleaning stains on clothes to “de-grounding” the coffee grinder.   Here are  12 ways to reuse an old toothbrush to make household and beauty chores a breeze.  Be sure to add your own old toothbrush reuse suggestions below. 12 Ways to Reuse the Old Toothbrush #1  Cleaning…
  • How to Make Kale Powder. Good for Your Health and Save $.

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Dehydrating kale, collard greens, and other greens are the easiest way to preserve your harvest. Learn how HERE. Once your kale and other greens are dehydrated, you might be wondering–what do you do you do with them?  Turn them into powder to add to your smoothies, eggs, muffins, soup, and more!  Learn how below.  (Be sure to watch the video!) Why Take the Time to Make Kale Powder? Kale is a superfood.  It is easy to grow and the more you harvest, the more growth appears.  Just make sure you use row covers to protect it from pests such as cabbage loopers; otherwise, you will hate…
  • How to Choose the Most Energy Efficient Windows

    Anna@Green Talk
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    When examining ways to save money as a homeowner, a great starting point is to evaluate your home’s windows. Replacing old or inefficient windows will save money on your electricity bill, and with winter arriving in the coming months, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at the windows in your home.  If it is time to consider replacing your windows, listed below are factors to consider in picking the right energy efficient windows for your home. Should You Replace Your Windows? First, let’s examine when it’s necessary to replace your windows. A good indication that it’s…
  • Dehydrating Kale and Greens to Preserve Your Harvest.

    Anna@Green Talk
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Growing kale and collard greens are the gifts that keep on giving.  They are biannual plants which seed the second year and bless you with tons of baby seedlings–all over your garden. I mean ALL over your garden.  In fact, I have found kale seedlings as far as 300 feet from their original location.   Some think this a good problem, but try protecting all those greens from the moths.  Having a kale restaurant isn’t fun when the patrons don’t leave you any kale to eat.   So, I have resorted to dehydrating my greens to grab what I can before the moths devour my plants.
 
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    Mindful Momma

  • Trends in Natural Products from Expo East

    Micaela
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
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  • How to Breathe Easy During a Remodel #HealthierHome

    Micaela
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
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  • Taking Time to Grieve

    Micaela
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
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  • 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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    Chemically Green

  • The Richest State That Nobody Knows About: North Dakota

    Like New
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    How would you like to live in a state with 2.8% unemployment, a 1 billion dollar budget surplus, and a GDP that’s 29% above the national average? After the economic downturn of 2009, it’s hard to believe that those economic conditions exist anywhere in the U.S., but they do… in North Dakota. You’re probably searching for a reason to explain how North Dakota, a state of empty plains and rural towns, could be such an economic powerhouse. Well, the reason is actually pretty simple: North Dakota sits atop one of the largest deposits of crude oil in the world, the Bakken shale formation.
  • Car Recycling Industry Facts and Figures

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    7 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    Recycling cars is big business, even bigger than the scrap parts industry, and, according to this graphic from L&L Automotive, it’s only going to get bigger. Wrecked and disposed cars have been a concern to environmentalists for decades, but recent strides by the auto industry in car recycling has lessened those worries. Reusing scrap metal and steel is an old practice, but only recently has it become an efficient enough process to be used with old vehicles. With the global movement towards more earth-friendly industrial practices, car recycling has been revolutionized with recent…
  • Tips to Reduce Energy Loss from Home Windows

    Like New
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:20 am
    Windows are one of the most important features of a home, allowing in much-needed natural light and fresh air while also allowing homeowners to enjoy the scenery of their surroundings without leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the indoors. Those benefits aside, most windows are poorly insulated and thus increase your energy bills through the loss of heat in the winter and the influx of heat in the summer. The following guide, created by Purely Shutters, illustrates the various ways home windows can increase energy bills and what homeowners can do to lessen them. Source:…
  • Green Transportation of Tomorrow

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    23 Oct 2013 | 12:12 pm
    A few years ago, HOV lanes, cleaner-running engines and metro rail systems were cutting edge innovations to reduce emissions from an increasing number of cars on the roads. Today, however, it is apparent that yesterday’s solutions are not sufficient for tomorrow’s pollution problems. Green has become smarter, leaner and more aggressive. While we do not yet have cars fueled by water, such an idea is not nearly as far-fetched as it was a few years ago. Let’s take a trip into tomorrow and check out some great green transportation ideas that are in the works. Solar Sailing Imagine raising…
  • Summer Energy Consumption Statistics Analyzed [Infographic]

    Like New
    4 Sep 2013 | 7:06 am
    Just a few short months ago temperatures started their cyclical rise and air conditioners began blasting icy-cold relief all across the nation. Though summer may be coming to a close and fall’s crisp temperatures are slowly bringing down the insufferable heat, it’s the perfect time to look back on how energy consumption stacks up in the summer. This infographic delves into the depths of energy consumption, breaking down residential energy use by season. Like most people would imagine, electricity use sees a big spike in the sizzling summer months. The increase is largely attributed…
 
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

    Alice Benny
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    We are come up with 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London, but the possibilities for entertaining a toddler in London are practically limitless. With their abundant curiosity and enthusiasm, toddlers often make wonderful travelers. As a city with numerous attractions designed to appeal to little ones, London just might be the ideal… Read more The post 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You

    Kimberly
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We environmentalists tend to take ourselves pretty seriously most of the year, Earth Day is no exception. Earth Day should be reflective, fun and easy to do. It could and maybe should also be educational. If you’re looking for a unique way to commemorate Earth Day 2015, or to go green any day, you’ve come to… Read more The post Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You appeared first on 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.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

    Monica Brady
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time again! Every year, at this time, thousands of kids (of all ages) get dressed up into all kinds of costumes. Some bright and cheery, some dark and spooky. No matter what, you want to make sure that your little princess or zombie is safe while out trick or treating. They need to be able to see where they are going, and also be visible to anyone who might be driving around in the area. This year, Halloween is on a Friday night, so I can bet that trick or treaters will be out later than when it’s on a school night. Here is a short list of some great safety tips that are…
  • Cleaning for a Reason

    Monica Brady
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you weren’t already aware, October is national Breast Cancer awareness month. As the nation focuses on increasing the awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Swiffer and Walmart are partnering with Cleaning for a Reason to help make life a little easier for women battling cancer. Fighting cancer is difficult, but living with it is even tougher. That’s where Cleaning for a Reason steps in. Cleaning for a Reason was recently named by Reader’s Digest as one of the 25 Best Things to Happen In America. This nonprofit…
  • DIY Craft: Halloween Wooden Block Letters

    Monica Brady
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Halloween is almost here already! I can’t believe it!!! This is one of our favorite times of year, especially when it comes to decorating. I’ve done so many crafts in the past, from wreaths, to glowing eyes, and even random from yard decorations. This year, I wanted to make some wooden block decorations for our mantle. Since the wooden signs are pretty popular right now, I figured this might be a great way to make them, without paying a ton of money… and I was right! I put my Fall decorations up early and leave them up well past Halloween is over. This craft is one that can…
  • 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,…
  • Recipe: Apple Pull Apart Bread

    Monica Brady
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fall means APPLES! Lots and lots of apples! Right now, your local Walmart stores have so many varieties of Apples to choose from, and they are amazingly priced! To make the following recipe, we picked HoneyCrisp apples, but you can choose whichever one is your favorite! My husband loves apples and loves to bake, so I gave this post up to him. I’m sure you’ll love what he posted.. We sure did!   Without further ado.. Here is my hubby and his Apple Pull Apart Bread: My love affair with apples goes way, way back.  When I was very young, there was an apple farm near the area…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • What do protests and demonstrations achieve?

    Veshengro
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The way it would appear protests and demonstrations achieve very little, regardless of how peaceful they are and how many people march, as far as a change is concerned. We must have (more) practical positive actions for and of change and less rhetoric. Marches, demonstrations, vigils for peace, and whatever, make the organizers and participants feel good and make them feel that they are doing something. But what do they achieve, what is the outcome? Precious little! The media pays no attention to them as long as they are peacefully marching and demonstrating and…
  • Wind is cheaper than coal, oil and gas, says European Union study

    Veshengro
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    If your price doesn't reflect the true cost of your product, then you are either going to go out of business, or you are going to have to foist the costs onto other people. It's clear that fossil fuel industries have been pursuing the latter strategy for quite some time now. But as awareness of the true costs of climate change and air pollutiongrows, this position becomes increasingly precarious. The latest indication that things must change comes in the form of a European Union commissioned report—written about over at Recharge—which finds that onshore wind is the cheapest energy source…
  • Pentagon says we could soon be fighting climate wars

    Veshengro
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    In one of its strongest statements yet on the need to prepare for climate change, the Defense Department today released a report that says global warming “poses immediate risks to U.S. national security” and will exacerbate national security-related threats ranging “from infectious disease to terrorism.” The report, embedded below, builds on climate readiness planning at the Pentagon that stretches back to the George W. Bush administration. But today’s report is the first to frame climate change as a serious near-term challenge for strategic military operations; previous reports…
  • Wind Power Blows Away Coal and Gas in Nordic Countries

    Veshengro
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Wind power is blowing gas and coal-fired turbines out of business in the Nordic countries, and the effects will be felt across the Baltic region as the renewable glut erodes utility margins for thermal power stations. OSLO (Reuters) - Wind power is blowing gas and coal-fired turbines out of business in the Nordic countries, and the effects will be felt across the Baltic region as the renewable glut erodes utility margins for thermal power stations. Fossil power plants in Finland and Denmark act as swing-producers, helping to meet demand when hydropower production in Norway and Sweden falls…
  • Oil prices are falling

    Veshengro
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) October 2014: Oil prices are at an almost all time low for the last decades but does that mean that peak oil is not real and that more oil is being gotten out of the ground? No is the answer, plain and simple. Some oil producing states have reduced the prices, actually, and the US has increased, so it is said, its production of oil and especially of shale oil. But what no one mentions is that fact also that some of the Western nations have, once again, put strategic reserves onto the market in order to create some more smoke and mirrors. Furthermore the fall in…
 
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    Solar Feeds

  • Are solar farms really hitting British food production?

    SolarFeeds
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The environment secretary, Liz Truss, has stripped farmers of subsidies for solar farms, saying they are a “blight” that was pushing food production overseas. But the new minister has fundamentally misunderstood the way solar farms operate, according to the solar industry and farmers. Truss... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Enphase Charges Into the Energy Storage Market

    SolarFeeds
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Enphase didn’t exhibit at last year’s Solar Power International, but the microinverter specialist has traveled to Las Vegas this year with an improved microinverter — and a bit of a surprise. 5th generation microinverter Paul Nahi, Enphase’s CEO, said the firm’s... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Solar powered 3D printer turns plastic waste at sea into furniture

    SolarFeeds
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Out of the many garbage gyres present in various oceans on earth, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the largest and it has gained attention of many environmentalists and researchers repeatedly. It is a large patch covered with plastic rubbish. The patch is as large as that of entire Turkey,... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

    SolarFeeds
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018. The company involved says they have already spent 10 million euros developing the... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Big Box Retail’s Latest Bright Idea: Solar Power

    SolarFeeds
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Big companies are finally beginning to see the light. Over the past two years, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their capacity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Cumulatively, these companies produced enough electricity last year... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
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    Green Your Decor

  • Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize

    jennae
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Whenever my husband asks me what I want for my birthday, or Christmas, or any other special occasion, I usually find myself stumped. Because really, we’re fortunate enough to have what we need, and I don’t keep a running tally of wants, either. OK. There may be a certain 15-inch MacBook Pro that’s been on […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize
  • 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
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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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  • Unique Shipping Container Office Space Built in Tokyo

    Christine Walsh
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Shipping containers lend themselves to many architectural uses, and building office space out of them is perhaps the oldest of them all. The Japanese architectural firm led by Tomokazu Hayakawa recently completed the construction of a two story office built out of two used shipping containers. The structure is called CC4441, a name which nicely encompasses its futuristic and industrial form. The office space is located in the corner spot of a small alley in Torigoe, Tokyo, and the two standard-sized repurposed 40-foot shipping containers, out of which it was constructed, appear at first…
  • Gorgeous Off-The-Grid Modular Home

    Christine Walsh
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    UK-based Hivehaus, led by designer Barry Jackson recently unveiled their first modular home, also called Hivehaus, which is a modular home inspired by the hexagonal shape of the beehive. The basic unit becomes a simple, tiny home, but it can also be expanded on any of its six sides to form a unique and spacious family home. When ordered, the Hivehaus arrives as a flat package, and the house can be assembled by only two people. Each Hivehaus has an internal floor area of 9.3 square meters (100 square feet), and is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) high. Each of these units can be customized as a kitchen,…
  • Truck Becomes a Comfortable Solar-Powered Home

    Christine Walsh
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    On the face of it, living in a truck does not sound very comfortable at all. But converting a truck into spacious and above all sustainable home is exactly what fifty-year-old animator Joseph Tayyar from Israel did. And very successfully too. His new home is also almost completely self-sufficient, due to a roof mounted solar power array. Joseph came up with the idea to build a home in a truck after watching a TV show about homes on wheels. He wanted a home that could easily be transported to anywhere in the world, and it took him a few years to finally turn his dream into reality. He…
  • Casa El Tiemblo: A Modern Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Casa El Tiemblo, or Tiemblo House, got its name from the picaresque region in which it is located, namely, El Tiemblo, Ávila, Spain. It was built using six repurposed shipping containers and was designed by Infiniski and built by James & Mau Architectura. It measures a luxurious 190 square meters (623 square feet). To construct this home the six shipping containers were placed in an L-shape. Four shipping containers make up the ground floor, and the remaining two were placed on top of them, secured and held in place by metallic support structures. When designing the home, one of the main…
  • Printed Castle Heralds the Future

    Christine Walsh
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    Building homes using 3D printing technology is still a new idea, but one day it could well become one of the top construction solutions. Especially if the technology keeps developing at such a fast pace. The most recent successfully completed 3D printing project is a small concrete castle created by US-based Andrey Rudenko. He built the intricate structure in his backyard by using a large 3D printer that he made himself. His next project is printing a whole house. The castle measures 3 x 5 m (10 x 16 ft.) and is 3.5 m (12 ft.) high and it took him 2 months to print and build, all told. The…
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  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

    Jenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Every $10 donation to Girls on the Run gives you a chance to win! It’s here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here’s a little backstory: On November 2, I am running the New York City Marathon as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run. I set a goal to raise $3,000 for the team and…
  • 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…
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  • 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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  • SEIA Launches New Campaign to Extend Solar Investment Tax Credit

    Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The 30 percent solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to be reduced to 10 percent in 2016, so the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new campaign for a long-term extension. SEIA President Rhone Resch explained the importance of such an extension in Solar Central at Solar Power International 2014, and called for industry support.
  • Enphase Unveils New Energy Management System with Integrated Storage

    Renewable Energy World Editors
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Microinverter manufacturer Enphase unveiled an energy management system that includes a microinverter, plug-and-play battery storage, and control and monitoring capabilities today at Solar Power International.
  • SPI Slideshow Day One: Batteries, Policy, Awards, Oh My!

    Renewable Energy World Editors
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The Renewable Energy World team is at Solar Power International 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada gathering news, networking and taking in the show, which began with a flurry of excitement.
  • Vestas Wind Plans China Push with New Models, Component Content

    Feifei Shen, Bloomberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Vestas Wind Systems A/S., the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, will extend its push into China with plans to use more component contents from Chinese suppliers while also bringing models suited for varying wind conditions to the country.
  • LDK Files for Bankruptcy in U.S. Court on China Solar Glut

    Phil Milford and Michael Bathon, Bloomberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    LDK Solar Co., the Chinese solar- cell maker that defaulted on its bonds this year, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. to help carry out restructurings already under way in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands.
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  • Smart Charging your phone, tablet, and other 5v USB devices.

    Steve Spence
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I have several devices that are charged with a USB 5v charger. Most have a warning on them “Disconnect charger when charged to save energy”. Why? Because most 5v chargers do not know when the batteries are charged, so they keep charging, wasting energy, producing excess heat, and reducing battery life (and the life of the charger). This weekend we got a USB Smart Charger. This device stops charging when your device is fully charged, and displays a green light to let you know it’s done. Handy for my Kindle Fire which gives you no notification that it’s finished. This…
  • 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,…
 
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  • New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

    Cactus Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s not often that you hear Kansas and Spain mentioned in the same sentence, yet today it was announced that Spanish company Abengoa is starting up another big cellulosic biofuel facility in Hugoton, a small community in the southwest portion of Kansas. This is the second big biorefinery to go online in the United States this year, proving that the cellulosic fuel industry is truly beginning to come into its own and is making critical contributions to oil savings and climate change goals. It wasn’t too long ago that cellulosic biofuels were almost a joke, a phantom fuel that couldn’t…
  • Al Gore believes the internet is the key to fighting global warming

    Alfie Joshua
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Former Vice President Al Gore has made it clear how worried he is about the ramifications of hammering the environment, which he believes stems from corporate influences on politicians and governments across the globe. However, at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference on Thursday, he praised a handful of major technology companies. “Everyone knows the way we got out of the Great Depression was mobilizing for World War II,” said Gore. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a huge project where we needed to mobilize people around the world for jobs that couldn’t be…
  • Lockheed Martin is developing a revolutionary new fusion reactor

    Alfie Joshua
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that its secretive Skunk Works unit is currently working on a fusion reactor that the company hopes will help the world meet the rapidly growing demand for energy. In theory, the compact fusion reactor will be safer, cleaner, and more powerful than nuclear reactors that are currently up and running. The reactor is expected to be small enough to fit inside of a truck, and will generate enough energy to power 80,000 homes, the Bethesda-based company said on Wednesday. It will burn less than 20kg of fuel annually, producing waste that’s “orders of…
  • Joint venture to invest £500 million into British onshore wind power

    Cactus Williams
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The onshore wind power industry in the United Kingdom has received a significant boost after Ecotricity, the leading green energy company in the nations, announced Skylark, a joint venture with Skanska, a global construction and development firm, in order to build multiple wind farm projects in the United Kingdom. Skylark aims to utilize Ecotricity’s expertise in developing green energy projects and Skanska’s expertise in construction and engineering in order to put 350MW of new green energy projects into the planning system within the first 5 years, which represents a potential…
  • Leaked study finds wind to be the cheapest energy source in Europe

    Alfie Joshua
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A leaked report that was prepared for the European Commission shows that wind is far and away the cheapest energy source in Europe, completely demolishing presumably dirt-cheap coal and natural gas. Politicians who oppose incentives for solar and wind energy routinely highlight the added expenses associated with clean energy in comparison to its fossil-fueled counterparts, but apparently these claims are untrue. A truly honest comparison of the costs shows that that renewable energy sources are often far cheaper than their carbon-emitting competition. The report demonstrates that when you…
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  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

    bb846174
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The color green signifies a different kind of mood and energy. You might have seen many home designers and even homeowners focusing on the lighter and brighter home colors like red, green, orange and yellow. They use it in a combination with whites, grays and even browns to get the desired effect. However, these are classified as warm colors. If we follow the basics of colors, their meanings and the color healing methods, we find that such colors are known to warmify the environment. They would help in improving your mood and your appetite. Colors like red can even help you in getting a surge…
  • 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…
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  • Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns

    Colin Payne
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In what is likely the first imprisonment related to 3D printing, a Japanese man was sent to jail on Monday for making guns with a 3D printer. According to Phys.org, 28-year-old Yoshitomo Imura was found guilty of making two guns at home with a printer and then publishing a video online showing people how they could to the same – a crime for which he will spend two years in jail. Read the rest of Japanese Man Goes to Jail for Making 3D-printed Guns Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d print, 3d printed guns, 3D printing, 3D-printed gun, gun, gun laws, Japan, Japanese gun laws,…
  • The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here

    Kristine Lofgren
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to hoverboards, we’re beginning to feel a bit jaded: we’ve been promised so much and yet we still don’t have a single working board to show for it. Nevertheless, the technology seems to be steadily moving in the right direction, so we can’t help but keep dreaming the hover dream. Now, one California couple says the the wait is over – the future is here. Jill and Greg Henderson say they have developed a working hoverboard. Read the rest of The World’s First Working Hoverboard is Finally Here Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Greg Henderson,…
  • Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame

    Lucy Wang
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Read the rest of Cantilevered Cedar-Clad Japanese House Lets Trees Grow Through its Frame Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: +node, cantilever, cantilevered house, cedar, cherry flooring, fukuyama, Japan, japanese house, Keisuke Maeda, plywood, steel frame, t-shaped house, timber house, UID Architects, wood house
  • Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

    Lori Zimmer
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andrew Burges Architects, australia, beach house, eco design, green design, Pittwater House, responsive design, sustainable design, sydney, sydney australia, timber shade facade, transforming house
  • Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

    Lucy Wang
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Read the rest of Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cabin, California, filigreed screen, Frank / Architects, redwood forest, sea ranch, sea ranch community, Sonoma county, wooden cabin
 
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  • Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study

    Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Delhi faces the challenge of ensuring that neighborhoods have access to quality public transport without compromising housing affordability. Shown here: commercialization around the Pitampura Metro Station in the Dakshini Pitampura area. Photo by Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta and Alokeparna Sengupta/EMBARQ India. Large-scale mass transit projects such as the Delhi Metro Rail often lead to transit-oriented development (TOD) that can enhance quality of life, but also compromise housing affordability. Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for the integration…
  • Speeding in paradise: Contradictions abound at Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront

    Maria Fernanda Cavalcanti
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Pedestrians face daily risk at Avenida Vieira Souto in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, for example, to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty and the thousands of people enjoying these sites. There you will see generations of families and happy dogs; street vendors selling their goods; and runners, cyclists, and skaters dodging meandering tourists. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the…
  • Friday Fun: Uphill cycling a breeze thanks to this city’s bike escalator

    Coby Joseph
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr. Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable. Take a look at how it works: The lift was originally built in 1993, and has since carried over 200,000 cyclists without a single accident. Before being upgraded in 2013,…
  • “Have I told you lately that I love you?” Perspectives on reinventing our cities from X Congreso

    Ryan Schleeter
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over three days, participants at the tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) explored what it will take to reinvent cities for better quality of life. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. On Monday, we posed the central question driving discussion at this week’s tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) to our TheCityFix readers: how can we make cities better places to live? At the end of the three-day conference organized by EMBARQ Mexico, we’ve heard numerous answers to this question from transport and urban planning…
  • Using smartphones to improve Nairobi’s informal transport sector

    Eric Bruun
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Traffic congestion presents a number of urgent problems in Nairobi, but smartphones and other technologies have the potential to greatly improve transport services and provide a range of benefits for city residents. Photo by Olli Pitkänen/Flickr. Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services. Manual data collection on the city’s transport routes…
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  • Glenwood Garden Specialty Food Market

    Jean-Paul
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The other day I received a wonderful gift box from Glenwood Garden, a social issue focused market carrying local handmade and sustainably produced foods. Kind of like a modern and sustainable alternative to the Hickory Farms style gift baskets, except with small specialty produced artisan foods and goods. My gift box was a delightful collection of California and Bay Area produced pickled olives, mustards, biscotti, tea, spices, and cookies. Perfect for a thank-you basket, welcome gift, or unique specialty shopping, Glenwood Garden items are unique and delicious. Glenwood Garden California…
  • Best 8 Bay Area CSA and Produce Delivery Services

    Jean-Paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Compare California Bay Area CSA and local produce delivery services hand selected from The Chic Ecologist editors. Having actually used these services ourselves, we have had great experiences with the following. Feel free to add your favorites in our comments so we can expand this list! Greenhearts Sourced from their own family farm, or partner farms within the Bay Area, this truly local Community Sourced Agriculture (CSA) program is based in Half Moon Bay. Each week (or every other week) you receive a box of pre-selected organic, local, in-season produce. Customer service is handled by the…
  • 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…
 
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  • This Changes Everything

    Emily White
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    This Changes Everything Last night Do The Green Thing attended a sell out Guardian Live event at Westminster Central Hall chaired by Guardian columnist Owen Jones. Two thousand people diligently gathered on a wet Monday evening to listen to acclaimed journalist Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. The topic, her new book This Changes Everything: Climate vs Capitalism,a game changing environmentalist call to action against capitalism. In a refreshing change to the practised climate change doom and gloom, Klein and Jones instilled action and optimism into every point…
  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

    Emily White
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Biodegr(edible). The new disposable. American start-up, LOLIWARE have developed gelatine-based cups which are, as they say, “so biodegradable you can eat them.” Better yet, they use a vegetable gelatine, called agar-agar, which they claim makes the cups totally vegan and gluten-free. They’re currently selling cups in Pink Grapefruit and Yuzu flavours, which apparently go well with anything from whiskey-sours to champagne so they sound like a great alternative to their disposable plastic counterparts. As fun, and great, as the idea of eating your drinks cup may be, LOLIWARE…
  • Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses

    Emily White
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses Thanks to everyone who took part in our second One Minute Briefs ad campaign yesterday and to James and Nick at OMB for pulling it off for us again! This time around we wanted inspiration to Holiday at Home in order to cut the huge carbon emissions of jet setting off around the world and to appreciate what the UK has to offer in the summertime. We had another fantastic amount of entries, showcasing all the beautiful bits of Britain, the painful parts of going on holiday and the super savings to be made, both for your pocket and the planet.
  • One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer.

    Emily White
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer. After the great success of our Make Cycling Sexy ad campaign, we’ve joined forces with the great people at One Minute Briefs once again on a brief with more wonderful prizes up for grabs, courtesy of Pentagram and Do The Green Thing.   The brief Campaign to holiday at home   How to enter To submit your ads, tweet them to @OneMinuteBriefs, with the hashtag #HolidayAtHome, and they will share them on their Twitter feed. You can also tweet them to @Dothegreenthing as they will be sharing the ads as…
  • Not So Far-A-Field

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
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  • This Changes Everything

    Emily White
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    This Changes Everything Last night Do The Green Thing attended a sell out Guardian Live event at Westminster Central Hall chaired by Guardian columnist Owen Jones. Two thousand people diligently gathered on a wet Monday evening to listen to acclaimed journalist Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. The topic, her new book This Changes Everything: Climate vs Capitalism,a game changing environmentalist call to action against capitalism. In a refreshing change to the practised climate change doom and gloom, Klein and Jones instilled action and optimism into every point…
  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

    Emily White
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Biodegr(edible). The new disposable. American start-up, LOLIWARE have developed gelatine-based cups which are, as they say, “so biodegradable you can eat them.” Better yet, they use a vegetable gelatine, called agar-agar, which they claim makes the cups totally vegan and gluten-free. They’re currently selling cups in Pink Grapefruit and Yuzu flavours, which apparently go well with anything from whiskey-sours to champagne so they sound like a great alternative to their disposable plastic counterparts. As fun, and great, as the idea of eating your drinks cup may be, LOLIWARE…
  • Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses

    Emily White
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses Thanks to everyone who took part in our second One Minute Briefs ad campaign yesterday and to James and Nick at OMB for pulling it off for us again! This time around we wanted inspiration to Holiday at Home in order to cut the huge carbon emissions of jet setting off around the world and to appreciate what the UK has to offer in the summertime. We had another fantastic amount of entries, showcasing all the beautiful bits of Britain, the painful parts of going on holiday and the super savings to be made, both for your pocket and the planet.
  • One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer.

    Emily White
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer. After the great success of our Make Cycling Sexy ad campaign, we’ve joined forces with the great people at One Minute Briefs once again on a brief with more wonderful prizes up for grabs, courtesy of Pentagram and Do The Green Thing.   The brief Campaign to holiday at home   How to enter To submit your ads, tweet them to @OneMinuteBriefs, with the hashtag #HolidayAtHome, and they will share them on their Twitter feed. You can also tweet them to @Dothegreenthing as they will be sharing the ads as…
  • Not So Far-A-Field

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
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  • I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet

    Stuart Kaplow
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I am writing this blog post from the Yak & Yeti hotel in Kathmandu. As some regular readers of this blog have commented, there has been a brief hiatus in my postings. For the last many weeks I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet. At the beginning of this wonderful adventure, I had an opportunity to meet with green building clients and friends in Beijing and tomorrow I will meet with clients in Delhi before making my way back to Baltimore. China and India each are huge markets for sustainable building. Although admittedly, I spent most of the past month climbing on the highest…
  • Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

    Stuart Kaplow
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Much has changed, but much has remained the same, in the arena of green building law mandates since March 18,2002, when the city of Normal, Illinois enacted Ordinance 4825, the first ever mandatory green building law, requiring LEED certification in the Central Business District for public or private new construction of over 7,500 square feet. Many thought green building mandates would spread across the county. But today, with more than 89,000 local governments across the U.S., there are less than 200 green building mandates that apply to ‘purely’ private building.  Among the…
  • Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Business

    Stuart Kaplow
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    I was delivering a lunchtime speech to a group of real estate professionals yesterday and the first question I received was “how can I expand my green building business?” I retell that because it is a variation of the question I receive most often these days about green building. My answer is simple. Attend the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo.     This year Greenbuild is in New Orleans from October 22 - 24.  I am not a business marketing expert, but Greenbuild has been the number one source of new business for my green…
  • Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Being Updated

    Stuart Kaplow
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In 2015 the use of LEED v4 will become mandatory, a new 2015 International Green Construction Code will be available, an updated ASHRAE 189.1 will be published, the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be approved, and there will be a 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.  In the arena of green building standards, green rating systems and green codes among the widely respected residential rating systems is the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. While the Criteria was developed by Enterprise to “provide a clear, cost-effective framework for all affordable…
  • Litigation Over First Ever LEED Platinum Building Tarnishes Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Last week, a federal appeals court brought back from the dead, a more than $6 Million lawsuit filed over materials supplied in 2000 for the first ever LEED certified Platinum building. Despite that the unpublished opinion is not binding precedent, it will have a chilling effect on green building and in particular on the selection of new or untried materials and products that are the keystone of many sustainable projects.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation v. Weyerhaeuser Company arose from the construction in 1999 of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
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  • Hot off the Press: New Fall Books!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What better way to ease the transition from summer fun to the fall months than exploring all our exciting new books. Whether you are looking for the ultimate mushroom guide; take the next leap in permaculture; get everything out of those weeds in your backyard; improve your digestive health or  just curl up with a  memoir — you’ll […]The post Hot off the Press: New Fall Books! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • In Memoir, Environmental Insider Calls for Radical Change

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    As an influential figure in America’s environmental movement, Gus Speth can boast quite a remarkable resume–co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, founder of the World Resources Institute, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, environmental advisor to Presidents Carter and Clinton, and the list goes on. Yet, as a southern gentleman, […]The post In Memoir, Environmental Insider Calls for Radical Change appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    While no single book can definitively answer the thorny question of how to feed the Earth’s growing population, Defending Beef makes the case that, whatever the world’s future food system looks like, cattle and beef can and must be part of the solution. In Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman — a longtime vegetarian — argues […]The post Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Wise Traditions Conference: Focus on Food and Health

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Interested in exploring the wisdom of the ages and the best of modern science and learning how it pertains to your family’s food and overall health? Our friends at the Weston A. Price Foundation are hosting their annual conference next month in Indianapolis, Indiana and there’s still time to register and check out several days […]The post Wise Traditions Conference: Focus on Food and Health appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Crisp air? Check. Vibrant foliage? Double check. It’s Autumn and that means orchards are overflowing with apples. As we tuck in to our first warm apple pie of the season, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on this quintessential staple of the American diet—the apple. In the age of industrial food […]The post How Do You Like Them Apples? appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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  • There are Three Sources of Lasting Happiness.

    elephant journal
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    “You Don’t Need to Buy This.” This little talk represents the second kind of happiness. Watching it, feeling your heart and mind connect with his words, you’ll feel it. Is Consumerism ruining Happiness? (youtube.com) “One of the fundamental aspects of consumer capitalism seems to be the eradication of happiness and contentment to encourage supplementing yourself […]
  • Transforming Without Moving. {Poem}

    elephant journal
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Transformation is only one degree of movement most of the time. And, with this alignment, life becomes a dance and we return to our natural state of joy.
  • Ayurveda’s 5 Tips for Healthy Skin.

    Ananta Ripa Ajmera
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    1) Avoid or cut down on heavy seafood intake.
  • The Problem with Morning Rituals.

    elephant journal
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    This was going to be the first day of my brand new morning routine.
  • These Illustrations will Change the way we View our World.

    elephant journal
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ~ Pablo Picasso
 
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  • Air Umbrella can keep you dry with an invisible 'force field'

    bnelson78
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Anyone who has experienced the joy of driving through a rainstorm with the sunroof open understands how the airflow around the moving vehicle can keep you dry despite the exposure. Now a similar principle is being applied to create an umbrella that protects you from the rain using nothing more than an invisible air 'force field.'  
  • New particle could explain what keeps matter together

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.  
  • Your typing style can reveal your emotions

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    While computers outperform humans in most mathematical tasks and can do complex calculations that people never could, there's one area where machines haven't quite achieved humanlike smarts: emotional intelligence. But now, a new computer program can recognize people's emotions based on how they type, paving the way for computers that could one day be smarter than humans — a concept called "the singularity."  
  • Archaeologists unearth remains of an Iron Age chariot

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    More than 2,000 years ago, pieces of an Iron Age chariot were burnt and buried, perhaps as a religious offering. Now, archaeologists have discovered the bronze remains of this sacrifice.  
  • Quantum computer technology now capable of holding data with 99 percent accuracy

    bnelson78
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Perhaps the zaniest property of quantum mechanics is that of entanglement, which is the weird instantaneous connection that exists between two entangled particles no matter their distance from one another. Scientists have long been working to master this property in order to create superfast computers that can communicate and transfer data instantaneously, but learning to control the quantum data has proven difficult.  
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  • 7 health benefits of pumpkin seeds

    melbreyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.  
  • Simple and Creamy White Bean Dip with Lemon Zest

    jheimbuch
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Oats: 12 recipes to get this super grain into your diet

    jheimbuch
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's hard to think of a more healthful way to start your day than with a bowl of oatmeal topped with some nuts or seeds and some berries. That’s because this grain goes a long way toward getting your system in gear for the day ahead.  
  • Spicy Pumpkin Hummus

    jheimbuch
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This hummus is a great appetizer that captures the spirit of autumn, and takes only a couple minutes to make!  
  • 10 recipes for blueberries that put this superfood at center stage

    jheimbuch
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When talking about superfoods, it’s impossible to overlook or understate the role of blueberries. These little dark berries are excellent for providing antioxidants that protect the nervous system, promote brain health, and perhaps even improve memory.
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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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  • 11 abandoned Old West boom towns

    mhickman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
     “Ghost town” is a nebulous term generally used to describe a census-designated place where residents have packed their bags and gotten the heck out, either en masse or gradually over time, for one reason or another: natural and manmade disasters, political unrest, economic blight  
  • Tomb contains ancient Greek Hermes mosaic

    mnnadmin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An elaborate and colorful mosaic showing the Greek god Hermes leading a man to the underworld has been uncovered in a vast tomb from the era of Alexander the Great, Greek archaeologists announced.  
  • Celebrating the unsung fathers of invention

    gmiller
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Every schoolchild learns about inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney and their ingenious world-changing innovations. But for every famous name in the history books, there’s an unsung hero who made significant breakthroughs that changed the way we live. Beginning Oct.
  • Malala Yousafzay, Kailash Satyarthi win peace prize

    mnnadmin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two children's rights activists, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education," the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today (Oct. 11).  
  • Prehistoric Indonesian paintings may be oldest cave art

    mnnadmin
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Paintings of miniature buffalos, warty pigs and human hands covering the walls and ceilings of caves in Indonesia could be among the oldest examples of cave art in the world, a new study finds.   The paintings — some of which might be more than 40,000 years old — challenge Europe's standing as the birthplace of prehistoric art.  
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  • How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look

    sgunther
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    In May of this year, a man set out, walking down a trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. He kept walking for the next 153 days until he reached the top of Maine's Mount Katahdin. The man, known on the trail as "Green Giant" and in the real world as just "Gary," snapped a couple of pictures before he left on his long walk and then again when he was done. The effects of the hike, seen in his photos above and below, are pretty stark.  
  • Where's the tortoise when you need it?

    sgunther
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
      In the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare, the proud and arrogant hare is defeated in a race by a much slower-moving competitor — the tortoise — when he takes a nap mid-race. The tortoise takes advantage of the reposing rabbit and keeps up its slow but steady pace, all the way to the finish line.  
  • When good business and sustainability collide

    sgunther
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Dan Hendrix first went to work for Atlanta, Georgia-based Interface Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of modular floor carpeting, when he was in his late 20s, joining the finance department as a financial manager. He quickly moved up the ranks, serving as the company's treasurer, then its chief financial officer, vice president of finance, and finally CEO. He also serves on the Interface Board of Directors.  
  • The souls of famous songs: 11 isolated vocal tracks

    sgunther
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    The first multitrack recorder was invented in the 1950s and was quickly embraced by the music industry as an indispensable tool in the recording studio. Musicians could use multitrack recorders to separate and stack different channels of sound, free to tweak and massage the sounds however they liked. Want to hear more guitar? Turn up the levels on the guitar track. Are the snares too sharp? Turn down their levels. Need to boost the lead singer's vocals? Stack up multiple versions of her singing the same lines on top of one another.  
  • 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.    
 
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  • 9 young inventors who may just save the world

    jsavedge
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Just when I start to worry about the fate of the world, along comes a new generation of innovators who are making big changes in the way things are done. From bioluminescent windows to planting wetlands to prevent cholera outbreaks, these kids redefine what it means to think outside the box — and it's safe to say that most of these kids are just getting warmed up. The nine youths here are all winners of the Brower Youth Awards, which since 2000 has celebrated the accomplishments of young environmental leaders. The ceremony for this year's winners will be Tuesday in San Francisco.
  • 'Turnip For What?' Michelle Obama's Vine goes viral

    jsavedge
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    The clip lasts no more than a few seconds. But that hasn't stopped this Vine video from reaching pop-culture status. In a new video posted to the White House's Vine account, first lady Michelle Obama asks "Turnip for What?" while dancing with her veggie. The clip is a spoof of the popular tune "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake & Lil Jon. Take a look:  
  • Facebook's new Safety Check feature lets friends and family know you're OK after disaster strikes

    jsavedge
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    When disaster strikes, regular lines of communication are often cut, making it difficult for folks outside of the disaster zone to find out if loved ones are safe. Over the last several years, social media mavens have turned to Facebook and other sites to check on loved ones or to notify loved ones that they are safe. Facebook noticed, and the company is turning the option into a tool to connect loved ones when an emergency occurs.  
  • 5 Halloween tips for parents of kids with autism

    jsavedge
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    For many kids, Halloween is a treat for the senses — filled with oozing textures, creepy sights and luscious candy-filled scents. But children with autism or other sensory processing issues may interpret and react differently to these holiday activities.  
  • How social media affects body image

    jsavedge
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Traditional media outlets such as magazines and TV shows have come under fire in recent years for the misleading images they present and how they could affect a person's — particularly a young girl's — body image. Some advances have been made such as the promises from top outlets like Seventeen and Self magazines to show more realistic images of young women. But what about media that's not regulated by public opinion?
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  • Pinterest ideas tested: Waffle iron potato tots

    rshreeves
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    After our last one stopped working, my family was without a waffle iron for a while, so I snagged one at a yard sale earlier this month. Over the weekend, I decided to try an idea that I’d seen on Pinterest many times — cooking frozen potato tots using the waffle iron.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Victory Storm King Stout

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    One of my favorite parts of the annual Philly Farm & Food Fest is the Libations Lounge, where area wine, beer and spirits makers get to show off their sustainable boozy beverages. Two years ago, I tasted my first brew from Victory Brewing Company in that Libations Lounge, their Swing Session Saison, a beer perfect for warm weather. It was my first introduction to Saison style beers, and I loved it.  
  • This Halloween, teal is the new orange

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I can’t think of a color that is less Halloween-ish or less fall-ish than teal. It is the last color I’d expect to see this Oct. 31 as ghosts and goblins go door-to-door asking for treats.
  • Feeling inadequate about your cooking skills? Don't let 'em bring you down

    rshreeves
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    In “The One Year Women in Christian History Devotional,” I wrote about mirrors. Let me explain why that's relevant here.   According to Madeleine L’Engle, one of the women in the book, caution should be taken as to whom you use as mirrors, the people you allow to “create a mental self-portrait of who you are and what you’re worth.”  
  • Ebola threatens food security

    rshreeves
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yesterday, as I stood on the sidelines of my son’s junior high soccer game, the other moms and I talked about two things: the bad calls the ref was making and Ebola. Each of us had our thoughts, opinions and concerns. Today as I read more about the crisis that’s half-way around in the world in Africa, I realized my personal concerns can’t begin to match the concerns of those who are in the thick of it.  
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  • 5 reasons low gas prices are bad

    jmotavalli
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    The average U.S. price for a gallon of gas is $3.144, down about 20 cents from a year ago, reports AAA. They’re paying $2.87 in Missouri, according to GasBuddy.com, and eight states are below the magical $3 a gallon. Great, right? Actually, no.     Here’s why low gas prices are bad:  
  • Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars first

    jmotavalli
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Self-driving cars? We're all excited. But who will climb into the non-driver's seat first?   Brad Templeton, a consultant on the Google self-driving car team in 2011 and 2012, sees that early adopters of the technology will be … senior citizens, baby boomers actually. It may seem counterintuitive — young people usually take the first plunge into the new thing — but in this case it makes total sense.  
  • America's rudest drivers are ... in Idaho?

    jmotavalli
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Photo: KieferPix/Shutterstock  
  • Ultra-fast electric motorcycle heads to America

    jmotavalli
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    NEW YORK  CITY — It’s an ultra-fast Italian electric motorcycle, zero to 60 in less than three seconds (faster than a Tesla Model S), with a lot of Formula One DNA and a female CEO with an engineering degree. The bike is coming to the United States next year. Now that’s a story!  
  • 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.  
 
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  • Are U.S. taxpayer dollars supporting coal industry human rights violations overseas?

    Compass Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Sasan coal-fired power plan and coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Today, a fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- the Sierra Club, 350.org, Carbon Market Watch, Friends of the Earth U.S. and Pacific Environment -- released a scathing report, The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s Dirty Dollars,  on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India. For years, reports of human rights, indigenous rights, labor, and environmental violations have plagued Sasan and its…
  • Will the Export-Import Bank’s Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

    Compass Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power’s 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believehe was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance. Krishna Das Saha's home was destroyed in the middle of the night -- while his family was still living in it -- to make way for Sasan’s coal ash pond. And when Sati Prasad challenged Reliance’s refusal to hire local…
  • Momentum builds in Louisiana, the latest front in the fight against coal exports

    Heather Moyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    In recent weeks, something amazing has been happening in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana – communities have been standing up and casting votes to ring the alarm about proposed coal export projects. As U.S. coal use has declined, mining companies are looking for a future in international markets. And while most people might think of the Pacific Northwest as ground zero for planned coal export facilities, the Gulf Coast is home to over a dozen proposed coal export terminals as well. Thankfully, as the plans to export coal through the state grow, so does the opposition from local residents.Case in…
  • Poisoned Chalice: California rate design reform and its consequences for rooftop solar, efficiency, and conservation

    Heather Moyer
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Last year the California Legislature passed a bill (AB 327 - Perea) granting the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) the ability to make broad changes to how the state's investor owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E) charge customers for electricity. In his departing comments (PDF) from the CPUC, former Commissioner Mark Ferron observed that the bill was "a poisoned chalice" because "the Commission will come under intense pressure to use this authority to protect the interest of the utilities over those of consumers and potential self-generators, all in…
  • Will a dirty coal plant in Kosovo spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

    Compass Team
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Light projection on the World Bank building in Washington DC Source: 350.org, 2013   For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank’s investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Currently, Kosovo relies on two old and extremely dirty coal-fired plants for most of its electricity. One of these plants recently exploded, leaving the country to rely on even more imported energy. In light of this disaster, the Kosovar government -- and the World Bank --…
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  • How Climate Science Divided Neoliberal Duo Thatcher and Reagan

    Brendan Montague
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Thatcher had been in awe of her fellow free market apostle Reagan, but the two world leaders would diverge on the issue of the environment. By 1988, the American president had served the maximum two terms in office. George H. W. Bush, his likely successor would, enthusiastically mount the climate bandwagon, despite being a fellow Republican.  History suggests, however, that leaders in America and Europe, about to face their electorate, remained deeply concerned about the environment. Yet after taking office, these leaders became far more interested in creating jobs and the prosperity of…
  • Clean-Tech Is Good For The Economy And Environment

    Guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal. Although extraction, use and export of natural resources are economically important and will remain so for some time, we’re starting to diversify.
  • Josh Penry and Kristin Strohm: First Couple of Colorado Fracking Front Groups

    Guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This is a guest post by Jesse Coleman, originally published at Huffington Post. A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered close ties between a Colorado political couple and at least six oil and gas industry front groups that have been fighting state regulations designed to protect the health of its citizens and the environment. The husband and wife team are ex-state senator and onetime Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Josh Penry and his wife, founder of Republican PR and fundraising firm Starboard Group, Kristin Strohm. Colorado has emerged as a key battleground in the national…
  • Right-Wing Charities Escaping CRA Audits: New Report from Broadbent Institute

    Emma Gilchrist
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    A new report from the Broadbent Institute raises fresh questions about whether Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audits are being used as a politicized tool to pressure critics of the federal government.  The report, Stephen Harper’s CRA: Selective audits, “political” activity, and right-leaning charities, says several right-leaning charities are reporting zero “political” activity while engaging in work that appears to meet the CRA’s definition. We know charities that have been critical of policies of the Harper government are being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. With…
  • Natural Gas as 'Bridge Fuel' Is Excellent Political Solution But Fails As Climate Solution

    Justin Mikulka
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    “We cannot solely rely on abundant gas to solve the climate change problem. The climate change problem requires a climate change solution. Abundant gas could be great for any number of things, but it is not going to solve the climate change problem.” This statement was made by Haewon McJeon, the lead author on a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions. This isn’t the first study to reach this conclusion. In the 2013 study “Climate Consequences of Natural Gas as a…
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  • Recipe: Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Stuffed with Spicy Mac ‘N Cheese

    Veronica Goin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Bye Curly!  This weekend the leaves were brilliant. Truly breathtaking. Leaf-peepers are leaving Manhattan in droves to look at the leaves in my town. I’m a little anti-social under the best of circumstances, so this weekend I decided to stay in my hermitage with my cats (Pickle and Stanley) and my two remaining pumpkins, Curly and Moe. Rather than face the peepers, I got crazy in the kitchen. Curly, a beautiful sugar pumpkin, got roasted and stuffed with (gluten-free, vegan) macaroni and cheese. Between my veganism and my partner’s celiac, we have to get pretty creative in the…
  • Kevia Jewelry: Inspired by Endangered Species (and Helping Them Too)

    Starre Vartan
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Kevia two-tone horn earring with carnelian center-jewel from the mosaic collection; I love wearing these pieces everywhere!   You know those go-to pieces of jewelry that you reach for over-and-over again? That seem to go with almost every outfit and just work with a huge variety of colors? That versatility is what my my Kevia collection pieces are all about. Portland, Oregon-based designer Kevia Jeffrey-West finds inspiration in the natural world for her pieces (as you can see), and told the Huffington Post “I’m an organic gardener, so the natural world is definitely a common…
  • Best of Tall Boots, Ankle Boots, Heeled Boots, Flat Boots!

    Veronica Goin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Despite what Andy Williams says, I think “the most wonderful time of the year” is probably fall. You have back-to-school shopping, beautiful crisp weather, delightful produce, pumpkin spice everything, and Halloween! However, the best part of fall is the fashion. Dark colors, layers, big sweaters, and boots! I have a pretty serious crush on boots (check out my recent vegan buys!). Since I’ve already bought more shoes this fall than can fit in our apartment, here are my boot recommendations for those Eco-Chicks out there with closets to fill! I love the Adelaide Zip Bootie…
  • Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Chili Recipe: Healthy and Filling

    Veronica Goin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Counterclockwise from far left: Larry, Curly, and Moe My pumpkin madness continues! (Check out how I DIY a real pumpkin latte here) We got some beautiful whole pumpkins from a friend who works at a local farm. At first I had no idea what to do with them. I didn’t really know which pumpkins were ornamental and which are edible. I mean, I’m pretty sure they are all edible, but some taste better than others. So, I did some research… So, I think Larry might be a peanut pumpkin. Curly is almost certainly a sugar pumpkin. Moe might be a white pumpkin.  Not 100% sure about Moe.
  • Brilliant Free Media: 4 Podcasts That Ease My Grueling Commute

    Veronica Goin
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:36 pm
     Ok, my car stereo is old. But not as old as this 1960 Thunderbird! It sure is pretty though…. I didn’t grow up with much money. Which was sometimes awful, and sometimes very wonderful. I think Patrick Meagher said “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.” Meagher may have originated the quote, but I assure you, my mother gave it the most air-time. If you don’t have much, you develop a real appreciation for things that are often overlooked, like library books, contest giveaways, tag sales, thrift stores, the kindness of strangers, free samples, and…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Infiniti Q40 Sedan

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Infiniti is holding on to the old, by keeping the outgoing version of its mid-size sport sedan, formerly called the G37 Sedan. It's a rather unconventional move, especially for a luxury brand; but it functions as an entry model that will likely be popular for lease deals. There's definitely a good argument for keeping the 2015 Infiniti...
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a coupe-like spin-off from the German automaker's globally known E-Class family. With a choice between basic V-6 and supercar-strength twin-turbo V-8 in the CLS 63 AMG, the sedan is a rival for vehicles like the Audi A7, Jaguar XF, and BMW 6-Series. MORE: Read our 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class review Completely...
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Class

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Mercedes SLK-Class is a two-seat hardtop convertible that's been a part of the German automaker's lineup since the 1996 model year. Pitched as the sibling to the luxurious SL-Class, the SLK offers a choice of powertrains, from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a 415-horsepower V-8. Not surprisingly, the car has been a runaway success for...
  • 40+ Ways That Autonomous Cars Will Improve (Or Ruin) The World

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    We've all heard the theories: Autonomous cars will prevent accidents. Autonomous cars will reduce traffic. Autonomous cars will revolt and eat us for dinner. (We made up that last one, but we're sure someone has said it.) Most of those predictions are based on current facts and educated guesses. Ad agency Sparks & Honey has compiled all that...
  • Honda Pilot

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Honda Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV that wears a rather boxy, trucklike shape, but drives with the comfort and predictability of a family-friendly wagon--with or without optional all-wheel drive. The Pilot is built in Alabama, alongside the somewhat related Acura MDX and the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Pilot...
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  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Maps for Oil and Gas

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    With the ability to use your GIS maps and free online map services like Open Street Maps, Google Maps and Bing, you get the best of both worlds. This means you can share the right map for any job, and give field users access to the geospatial data they need on laptops, desktops or mobile devices, wherever they are - even without Internet access.Request Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This eBook shows you how you can leverage your workers' smart phones and tablets to transform your workflow, improve worker productivity, lower the cost of field operations and make better decisions faster.This eBook covers the seven best practices of a mobile data collection and collaboration solutions including: Ease of UseEffectivenessAccessibility Open Platform SecurityRequest Free!
  • Dragonfly: Cyberespionage Attacks Against Energy Suppliers

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to the energy supply in the affected countries.Request Free!
  • Applying Technology to Address Complexity in the Oil and Gas Industries

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    IBM Rational solutions for the oil and gas industry combine process, requirements, architecture, models and test tools with an underlying platform that supports requirements management, risk analysis, conformance assessments and more.Request Free!
  • Waste Management World

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Waste Management World delivers the latest news and global developments from across the industry. Articles report on international projects, best practices, technological developments, trends and legislation. Each issue covers biological waste treatment, collection and transport, recycling and waste minimization, sanitary landfill and thermal treatment of waste.Request Free!
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Enactus World Cup is a unique global event that showcases the efforts of college and university students around the world who are helping their communities through entrepreneurial action. It [...] The post Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change

    Ryan Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    B Corps?  Don’t you mean C Corps? Nope, that isn’t a typo. Like Fair Trade certifications for coffee or USDA organic certifications for milk, B Corp is a voluntary certification [...] The post B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    The emergence of social enterprises over the last two decades has driven social innovation and created sustainable and scalable solutions in several parts of the developing world. Social enterprise, a [...] The post Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship

    Julie Fahnestock
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    It’s a new economy: slow living, locavores, new entrepreneurs, and community-based practitioners. The idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur and to start and grow a business is [...] The post Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Runa Tea Gets An Infusion of Capital To Grow Its Products and Mission

    Grant Trahant
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    MetaBrand Capital, a new “conscious capital” private equity fund,  announced a $5.75 million investment in Brooklyn, NY-based Runa Tea, supporting the growth of the “healthy energy” food and beverage market. After analyzing  the [...] The post Runa Tea Gets An Infusion of Capital To Grow Its Products and Mission appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • Your Email List: Two Huge Reasons to Have One Beyond Email

    Peter Troast
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Wait. What? You’re saying that my email list isn’t just for...sending email? Yes, I am. By now, most of us know the value of a strong email list. It’s a dirt cheap means of communicating with customers and prospects, and produces amazing data that helps you identify your best and most interested targets. Once you’ve figured out your email style, and established a rhythm of producing and sending it, you’ve got an efficient, systematic communication tool. For this benefit alone, our view is that a concentrated email strategy is mandatory for home performance…
  • Top Adwords (PPC) Mistakes for the Home Performance Industry

    Peter Troast
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Google sells $50+ billion dollar a year in search advertising and many suggest that a big chunk of those ad dollars don't perform. Google Adwords are easy to set up but increasingly complicated to manage, resulting in millions of businesses spending real money for advertising that, frankly, isn't working. No business is immune to this challenge, but it seems especially acute in home performance. Based on our experience, pay per click advertising (PPC), also known as Google Adwords, has become a necessary part of any successful home performance company’s marketing mix. Placing…
  • 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…
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    Sweet Greens

  • Get Thermos Happy: New School Hot Lunch Ideas!

    Amanda Boze
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    If you have one or more kiddos in school that depend on you for their lunch everyday, step up your game and introduce new hot and healthy meals into your child’s lunch routine. The perfect way to do this is by investing in a good thermos that will fit in your child’s lunchbox. Of course, the options for thermos designs and colors are endless so be sure to include your little one in the shopping fun – and make sure it is eco-friendly too! Don’t be skeptical that what you put in the thermos before school will remain hot until your child’s lunch period – it…
  • Mountain Apple Picking at the Historic Orchard at Altapass in North Carolina

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    by Jennie Before we left for our fall family trip to North Carolina, we made a list of all of the fun things that we wanted to do. The list encompassed all of our yearly must-do activities with a few new activities added in as well. I told the mister that the one thing I would like to do is visit a mountain apple orchard. He said to keep your eye out for one while on one of our many long drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Towards the end of our vacation, we still hadn’t come across an orchard, so I figured it just wasn’t going to happen. Then, one morning I thought we were headed…
  • 3 Simple Eco-Friendly Halloween Costumes Tips

    Briana Ramirez
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    by Briana Halloween is right around the corner, are you and the kids ready? Time to take out the spooky decor and start thinking of awesome costume ideas. Personally I love Halloween, it’s that time of year when you can be silly and let your creativity run wild. When I was a kid growing up my mom always made my Halloween costumes.  There was no costume idea that I came up with that she couldn’t do. Honestly she still helps me make awesome costumes not only for myself but for my husband and son, we always have a blast! Now let’s get into it. Here are 3 simple ways to keep…
  • Costa Rica! Part II: The Culture

    Beth Brass
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Beth Last time, I explained some great attributes that brought me to Costa Rica. I’d like to expand on that beauty and explain a bit about the cultural aspects of Costa Rica that are different from the US and why I love it! Costa Rica is not a first world country. My sister in law would argue that it’s a developed country, and others would say it’s developing. Now, it’s not even close to how that sounds – you’re not playing Naked and Afraid, but there are plenty of reasons to be cautious in Costa Rica, but I digress. I’ll get to that another day! With that being said, Costa…
  • Let’s Talk Pumpkins!

    Amanda Boze
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Amanda This is the perfect time of year to take note of the many different uses of pumpkins! They aren’t just used as holiday props but also for eating, decorating, and body care. You may not know this but pumpkins are actually one of the most popular crops farmed in the United States each year – no wonder there are so many uses for this orange favorite! For radiant skin, save some left over pumpkin in a can and use it to make yourself a honey pumpkin exfoliating mask. You can also make your own scrumptious pumpkin body butter that is a treat for your skin and your sense of…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Django Actress Charged With Lewd Conduct As Narrative Shifts

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Watch VideoActress Daniele Watts, best known for her role in "Django Unchained," now faces a charge of lewd conduct going back to a run-in with police in Los Angeles last month. Well, maybe we should say originally best known for that role — because now it seems the incident, where she says she was arrested for kissing her boyfriend, has gotten her more attention than her part in the 2012 spaghetti Western. (Video via KCBS)But Los Angeles police say witnesses on the scene called police because the couple were doing much more than kissing — one witness alleged…
  • San Francisco-Based Airbnb Nearly Legal In Its Home City

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Watch VideoSan Francisco-based home-sharing company Airbnb is on the cusp of legality in its home city. Airbnb offers up temporary rentals around the world, acting as an intermediary between those looking for a place to stay and those offering up a place to stay. (Video via Airbnb)But up to this point, Airbnb has been illegal in San Francisco. According to a writer for Business Insider, "unless you [acquired] a bed-and-breakfast permit or [jumped] through other arduous bureaucratic hoops," you faced possible fines of up to $1,000 or even jail time.On…
  • Will Michael Sam Ever Play On Sundays?

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Watch VideoTuesday, the Dallas Cowboys became the second team to cut defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL.The St. Louis Rams picked up the former SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the seventh round of the NFL draft, but they released him in August.The Cowboys then gave Sam a shot on their practice squad in early September, but the run was short-lived.Sam did collect three sacks with the Rams during the preseason. But he mainly faced players on the backup roster, and whether his athleticism translates to the NFL has been called…
  • Ben Bradlee, Former Washington Post Editor, Dies At 93

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Watch VideoBen Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, has died. He was 93.At the helm of the Post from 1968-1991, he led the paper through some of its most defining moments. He oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal earning him a portrayal in the Oscar-winning film “All the President’s Men.” (Video via The Washington Post, Warner Bros. / "All The President's Men")BRADLEE VIA ABC: “These guys were on a roll. They had the town by the throat. Nobody else was touching them.”During his tenure, he also fought the Nixon…
  • How The Media Reported A Pew Study About Itself

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Watch VideoThe media loves a good story about the media, and what better occasion for some self-analysis than the release of Pew Research Center's latest study on how Americans consume their news?The study, called "Political Polarization & Media Habits," broke down survey respondents by political affiliation, asking them where they get their news and which sources they trust. The big take-away making all the headlines is that liberals and conservatives live in basically opposite media worlds, visiting sites that align with what they already think.Now, the idea that…
 
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  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Copyright Kochi Prefecture All Rights Reserved. A previous issue of the JFS Newsletter (No.144) introduced comprehensive efforts by Japan's Kochi Prefecture, quoted from a speech by Governor Masanao Ozaki promoting industry, entitled "Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation." Kochi has been experiencing the problem of depopulation, which is common throughout the nation, but it is happening earlier here than in other prefectures. This article introduces a variety of other ideas being considered and efforts being made by this prefecture.
  • What We Must Do before the Tokyo Olympics

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Junko Owada All Rights Reserved. Through the Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, submits weekly reports on the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas in the Tokyo Shimbun, a regional newspaper covering eastern Japan. Titled Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), the article series started in August 2012. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK, a certified non-profit organization. With consent from JKSK and the Tokyo Shimbun, Japan for…
  • Recent Japanese Trends in Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by keyaki All Rights Reserved. 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. In the JFS Newsletter issue of August 2014, JFS introduced 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)."http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html This article features recent…
  • Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Image by kazutan3@YCC Some Rights Reserved. Ryoichi Yamamoto (professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and also a director of Japan for Sustainability) was among a group that tendered a proposal on August 12, 2014, to Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan and now president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics an "ethical Games" by employing the Japanese approach of "sampo-yoshi" (meaning beneficial in three ways).* We think that the concepts and initiatives are very…
  • Japanese Investors Adopting New Stewardship Code (Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors)

    5 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Tatsuki Akasaka Some Rights Reserved. Japanese institutional investors such as pension funds and financial institutions were once seen as "silent shareholders" or "sleeping shareholders." Companies would have cross-holdings of share with other companies with which they did business, but these investors long supported the management of the companies in which they held investments (investees) without getting actively engaged, even when they were underperforming. This situation has started to change drastically.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Ten Ways to Repurpose Worn-Out Shoes

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    How many shoes have you tossed out or donated in the last year? If you have children, it’s safe to say that figure is pretty high. Here is a list of 10 different ways to repurpose and recycle those worn-out shoes. Thank you for keeping them out of a landfill. <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Redesign them</b></div> <img class="undefined" title="shoes-1" alt="shoes-1.png"…
  • Halloween Reuse Idea: Egg Carton Pumpkins

    Maggie Wehri
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    It’s official: All of our favorite stores are displaying their selections of the best Halloween gear. From the ready-to-go costumes to the cute decorations for your mantel, it can all be yours. But, instead of purchasing yet another product you may not need this Halloween, let’s take a look at how to create your own one-of-a-kind goodies: homemade egg carton pumpkins. Start with a common household item, an egg carton. After making the last of the eggs for breakfast, save the carton and gather a few other items you may have around the house. Grab some orange craft paint, black or yellow…
  • Recycling Profile: Las Cruces, NM

    1-800-RECYCLING
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="las-cruces-recycling" alt="Las-Cruces-recycling.gif" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Las-Cruces-recycling_400x400.gif"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Las Cruces, NM (pop. 101,324), is home to New Mexico State University, a campus of 18,000+ students on 6,000 acres on the southern end of the city center. Just east of town, Las Cruces is framed by the majestic…
  • Blog Action Day: Striving for Recycling Education Equality in California

    April Stearns
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="blog-action-day-2014" alt="Blog-Action-Day-2014.png" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="custom" data-cms-link-to="http://blogactionday.org" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Blog-Action-Day-2014_400x400.png"> Although many of us are constantly reminded to recycle and compost our items, we do not always know the proper way to do so. All across the country, recycling education is approached differently — some areas focus a lot about the proper way to discard…
  • Blog Action Day: Environmental Inequality Begins with Education

    Maggie Wehri
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    As another <a href="http://blogactionday.org" target="_blank" title="Blog Action Day" class="">Blog Action Day</a> is upon us, this year’s topic falls under the scope of inequality. Analyzing this subject at the surface seems to lay out concepts of race, religion, gender and other associations. Today, let us put these ideas aside and think critically about the inequalities that relate our environment. It’s no secret that if our society continues down the path of overconsumption and depletion of nature’s precious resources we run…
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  • Human powered gadgets save on energy generation

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    The time has come when we need not go to mains power to charge batteries. We can produce energy and do not have work much harder to generate the energy that will ultimately help our devices to get charged. This can be especially useful if you are in a pinch, and do not have access ... The post Human powered gadgets save on energy generation appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • The best apps to make you more environmentally friendly today

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    While most people are in agreement that it’s more important than ever to be environmentally conscious, it can undoubtedly be a bit tricky at times. Even if you’re good at conserving energy and not wasting food, perhaps you don’t recycle as much as you could, or don’t always make the most ethical shopping decisions. Thankfully ... The post The best apps to make you more environmentally friendly today appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • A Greener Home in Five Steps

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
      Image by emily @ go haus go  Autumn is a great time to make subtle changes to your home and prepare it for the colder seasons ahead. The concept of adopting a greener lifestyle can be overwhelming, but taking small steps towards greener living can make the process seem a little less daunting. For ... The post A Greener Home in Five Steps appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Why Modern Architects Need to Practice Sustainable Designs

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    While everybody knows that our natural energy resources are fast depleting, we cannot control it unless we have sustainable designs. Buildings at any location are major consumer of fossil fuels and other energy resources. Additionally, the number of buildings is only going to go up in future. Thus, it is very important that these buildings ... The post Why Modern Architects Need to Practice Sustainable Designs appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Understanding the Fundamentals of Green Architecture

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Did you always think that eco-friendly buildings could only be boring and give a contrasting look to the overall design? Now, change your thought as green buildings have started owning unique and marvelous designs. These designs not only amaze you with their innovation, but also are protective for the environment. Green architecture can also look ... The post Understanding the Fundamentals of Green Architecture appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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  • 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.
  • Simple Guide to Meditation

    Tania
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    A SIMPLE GUIDE TO MEDITATION  By Celia Ward-Wallace This Simple Guide to Mediation is just what the doctor ordered to help make it through your […] The post Simple Guide to Meditation 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.
  • 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor Won’t Tell You!

    Tania
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Top 4 Benefits of Yoga: Not Your Doctor’s Checklist By Sasha Stone It may sound cliché, but yoga changed my life, and continues to with […] The post 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor... 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.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Food Memories: Goodnight Milk [Thandai Recipe]

    Jennifer Kaplan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This food memory is from Leena D. Saini, a freelance food writer and emerging cookbook author. Whenever I couldn’t sleep, my mom would make me her special version of thandai, a popular spiced milk drink from India. She called it “goodnight milk” and told me it would make my sleep peaceful and that’d I’d have happy dreams. My mom would mix whole milk, a pinch of sugar, ground cardamom and a few strands of saffron together and serve it to me warmed in a small, very old mickey mouse cup. The cup was made from melamine and faded from many washings. It came with a…
  • Are we eating too much protein?

    Scott Cooney
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Proteins are the building blocks of life. They’re important for building muscle, helping our body repair injuries, and for basic functioning of our organs. But is there such a thing as eating too much protein? More from Dr. Campbell’s talk: The China Study Author on Why People are Confused About Nutrition A growing body of science seems to indicate that not only is there such a thing as too much protein, but that the health effects are showing up everywhere – from cancer to heart disease to diabetes to obesity and much more. Dr. T. Colin Campbell is author of The China…
  • The China Study Author on Why People Are Confused About Nutrition

    Scott Cooney
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    At a recent Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event, the author of The China Study – Dr. T. Colin Campbell – explained the dangerous disconnect between food and medicine. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, recently gave a lecture on nutrition to a packed house of about 500 people in Honolulu. It was so packed, in fact, that I arrived five minutes before the lecture would begin to find that I’d have to practice my standing-desk-blogging technique if I was going to write a summary for Eat Drink Better. Given Dr. Campbell’s rock-star status, I was not to be…
  • Food Memories: “I Eat My Peas with Honey”

    Jennifer Kaplan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This food memory comes from Chef Will Fincher, the Chef de Cuisine at The Obstinate Daughter, a new restaurant on Sullivan’s Island, SC.  My sister and I were home schooled. We had what I would call a Tom and Huck childhood. We went on adventures in the country, climbing trees, playing in cotton fields and shooting BB guns. My family have always been big readers, and there was one time in particular when we were very young that my mom read us a poem from the book ‘Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin.‘ It goes: I eat my peas with honey, I’ve done it all my life, it…
  • How Water Impacts Health

    Guest Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    You know that you need to stay hydrated to stay healthy, but have you wondered about the specific benefits of drinking enough water? The infographic below looks at water’s role in everything from brain and muscle function to healthy skin. The graphic also makes a recommendation for how much water you need to drink in a day, differentiating between men and women. What’s even more interesting is the breakdown of how much water you should drink versus how much water you should eat. It also talks a bit about how filtered water is healthier than unfiltered because many municipal water…
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    PlanetSave

  • How Solar Power Works

    Zachary Shahan
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Quickly learn how solar power works as well as a number of fun facts in the article and videos below. Solar power is taking the world by storm. The cost of solar panels has come down so much that hundreds of millions of people can probably benefit financially from going solar. It’s an exciting time, How Solar Power Works was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • Living Off The Grid — Good Idea?

    Zachary Shahan
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:34 am
    Living off the grid has great appeal to a lot of people. It sounds idyllic. You are no longer dependent on broader society (well, at least not for electricity). You no longer send your money to a greedy monopoly month after month. You largely rely on the clean electricity generated by your rooftop solar panels Living Off The Grid — Good Idea? was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • Advantages of Solar Energy

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    Everybody knows (or should know) that solar energy is clean and green, but there are actually many advantages of solar energy. I’ll run down 11 of them here. I’d also throw in disadvantages of solar energy, but there’s basically just one. Since the sun doesn’t shine 24/7, we need to use other sources of electricity and need to Advantages of Solar Energy was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • The Electricity Grid Is About To Change… A Lot!

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This article is part of the ‘Think Further Thursday’ series, sponsored by Fred Alger Management, Inc. For more ‘Think Further’ content and videos, visit thinkfurtheralger.com. In 2064, solar power and wind power will be have become so cheap that fossil fuel or nuclear power plants will be ancient relics of another era. However, solar power The Electricity Grid Is About To Change… A Lot! 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…
  • Tesla D Speed Or Autopilot — What’s Bigger? (Poll)

    Zachary Shahan
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Tesla Motors just made two huge auto announcements. The company paired them together, making them seem like one, but they are actually two separate things. The question I have, which is bigger for society as a whole? Tesla D — Dual Motor Model S Tesla last week unveiled “Tesla D,” which is actually an all-wheel Tesla D Speed Or Autopilot — What’s Bigger? (Poll) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our…
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    Sustainablog

  • Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    If you ask the average person what cigarette waste like old filters and ashes are good for, most folks would say, “Nothing.” But if you believe in sustainability, all wastes have a higher purpose. It turns out scientists are hard at work making the residue of smoking perform technological miracles. Who would believe that old cigarette filters could make better supercapacitors – long-lasting, fast-charging devices capable of storing huge amounts of energy? As reported in Gizmag, scientists from Seoul National University found that through a process called pyrolysis, the…
  • 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags

    Talancia Pea
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Born and raised in Louisiana, I know how much Southerners like our tea. And we are not alone. Second to water, tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Oftentimes we toss brewed tea bags after only one use, but surprisingly there are at least 17 ways they can be reused long after your last sip. At first it seemed a bit strange to reuse my family’s old tea bags, but I then considered the long list of benefits. Not only is it a great way to stretch our dollars, but it helps to lessen the negative environmental impact of the tea business. As the demand for tea continues to…
  • The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Drinking water is good for you…. duh! Yes, we all know that water is vital to maintaining health, and even life itself; if asked to name the health benefits of water beyond “maintaining health and life itself,” though, most of us might find ourselves stumped. What does that eight glasses a day (or however much you’re now supposed to drink) do for us exactly? Our friends at Pelican Water have the answers to that question in this infographic. From simply maintaining basic healthy functioning to delivering nutrients to filtering blood to stabilizing our mood, water plays…
  • 10 Million Families Use Water Meters to Stop Waste – but What Else Can You Do?

    Guest Contributor
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    We cannot live without water. We need it for washing, cooking and for life itself … but we also need to stop wasting this precious natural resource for fear of depleting supplies. Saving water has become an obvious priority for families and as we count the environmental benefits we also count the economical assets. Recent statistics have revealed that as much as 48% of households in England and Wales now have a water meter installed; accounting for more than 10 million homes. This figure is increasing all the time but surely there is more that can be done? Redesign your bathroom While water…
  • Food Waste Facts in the UK [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too… And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues. This year’s theme, for instance, was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” So, those of us who missed it completely can take the “Every day should be World Food Day” approach (which we should, anyway), and dig into the issues surrounding food…
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 4 Halloween Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Options

    Crunchy Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Halloween Trick-or-Treat Candy Alternatives Can you imagine a Halloween without candy? For most kids that truly is a scary thought. But guess what…that’s exactly what I’m suggesting. Well, sort of. If your kids are hitting the neighborhood this Halloween, then they’ll definitely get their candy fix. But maybe you can be the shining example on your street and give something else (dare I say healthier)  to trick-or-treaters. Don’t worry. I’m not suggesting you hand out pennies or raisins or granola bars. Remember those houses growing up? I’m thinking…
  • Spotted: Solar Light Jack-o-Lantern, and 8 other Halloween Crafts

    Julie Finn
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Who doesn’t love having a spookily-lit Jack-o-lantern shining on their front porch? Well, people who are scared that a lit candle will fall over and burn their house down, for one. People who don’t want to use up batteries on artificial lights, for two. That’s why this solar-lit Jack-o-lantern from Bitz and Giggles is so brilliant. The project involves dismantling an old outdoor solar light (check garage sales or your local Restore to find one), and results in a Jack-o-lantern that charges all day in the sun, and then shines spookily all night on your front porch, without…
  • 30 Halloween Party Ideas That Cost Less and Waste Less

    Becky Striepe
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Step away from the party store, y’all. These Halloween party ideas will save you money and reduce the amount of trash you generate without sacrificing any of the spooky goodness. I’ve broken out the Halloween party ideas below into the key components for any Halloween party: costumes, food and treats, and decorations. We’ve got ten ideas for each for a grand total of 30 awesome Halloween party ideas. What I love most about these Halloween party ideas isn’t the money-saving and waste-reducing bit. I mean, let’s be honest. Those things are awesome. But the best…
  • 9 Jack-o-Lantern Carving Tutorials That YOU Can Do!

    Julie Finn
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Jack-o-lantern carving is an activity that we do only once a year, and therefore, it’s quite okay if we’re not experts. Unfortunately, this means that some of the most epic Jack-o-lantern carving designs are out of our league–we’re not going to be carving any Jack-o-lantern Death Stars over here, or Jack-o-lantern angler fish (they exist!). That’s why I’ve sorted through the millions of designs online, and come up with this list of reasonable, do-able, and yet absolutely awesome Jack-o-lantern carving tutorials. You should not have to break your heart…
  • Craft Free Speech: Make Moveable Alphabets to Donate to Your Community

    Julie Finn
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A moveable alphabet is a magical thing for a small child. Moveable alphabets let kids play with words–they don’t just read (although they will!), but they also create, and compose, and develop a sensory understanding of the ability of letters to be manipulated. Not all kids have a moveable alphabet of their own to play with, but they should. Kids with parents who have the time and energy or money and energy to provide them with pre-reading supplies to enrich their learning shouldn’t be the only kids who have pre-reading supplies to enrich their learning. Kids without this…
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    The Green Blog Network

  • R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

    Paige Donner
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
     by Paige Donner"I love sequels. I hope there's a Kyoto 2. BUT, we shouldn't wait for Lima or Paris, we should go forward as sub-national governments. In California we never waited. We never hesitated. We didn't do 'No' as an answer. ""Solutions are found in the cities, regions, territories.""California refuses to tolerate inaction. We believe in perpetual motion. We have declared war on climate change." "Threats of ignoring climate change are immense."- Arnold Schwarzenegger"There is no B plan because there is no B planet." (paraphrasing Ban Ki Moon). "The "Terminator" is an…
  • Paris Is Always A Good Idea - R20 Regions of Climate Action

    Paige Donner
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    by Paige DonnerSpeaking this evening from the Palais Bourbon in Paris, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that, "Paris is always a good idea."He then launched into how pivotal the roles are to be played at regional and city levels for taking action to mitigate climate change now and in the coming decades.This was the evening cap to the first day of R20, Regions of Climate Action. It was fittingly held at the Assemblée Nationale following the day's panels and speakers at the Palais d'Iéna.Schwarzenegger illustrated that California is a prime example of how effective and instrumental regions can be.
  • What are you doing for World Elephant Day August 12?

    Paige Donner
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    sponsored post   On the third annual World Elephant Day, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, people around the world plan actions and activities to help save increasingly threatened African and Asian elephants (Earth, August 5, 2014) Tuesday, August 12, 2014, is the third annual World Elephant Day, a day when people come together to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival. Within our lifetimes, elephants may face global extinction in the wild. World Elephant Day was launched on August 12,…
  • Berlin Startup Ecosia Acquires Bloson

    Paige Donner
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Sponsored Post  Ecosia acquires Bloson We're happy to announce that Bloson.com, the popular app which helps to support charitable projects, is now part of Berlin-based social business Ecosia.org. Ecosia is a search engine that donates 80% of its income to a tree planting program in Brazil. By searching with Ecosia users can help the environment for free. As a part of this transition, San Francisco-based Bloson will be shutting down its service and moving all app users to Ecosia's brand new Ecolink extension. This new tool enables Internet users to automatically generate money for…
  • Açai Harvest In Brazil

    Paige Donner
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    by Paige Donner Each and every year in Brazil the population awaits its annual açai berry harvest with bated breath. It's akin to the yearly Beaujolais harvest in France. A time of year filled with celebration and abundance. The açai berry has been inching its way into the North American mainstream for at least a decade now. Hailed as a little berry packing a powerfully healthy punch, we first welcomed it in smoothies and nutrition bars. Indeed some of the properties of the mythical açai berry are :Health tonic elixir Anti-oxidantAnti-inflammatorySweet, Fruit and Fragrant Health…
 
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    Free Energy

  • “Grays” By Henry Hobson

    Jim
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Remember when Youtube had all those movies? Hollywood worked overtime and succeeded in getting feature movies off the net, particularly Youtube, perhaps the greatest tv channel, net or not, in the world, so far. And so, they downsized their drama and looked for shorter and  more postable items. Now they show great movie endings, middles […]
  • Moray King

    Jim
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    He has the same name as another Moray. Look it up. This is a two hour presentation from Moray King.  
  • Elon Musk By Guest Author

    Jim
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Me: “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 […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

    rpfjr
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Price:  $39.99 Short Description A:  The Poplar LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide includes 2 hours of recorded audio. Turn your car or MP3 player into a mobile classroom and learn the LEED v4 Green Associate exam material on the go. The guide covers fundamental information on LEED v4, USGBC policies, LEED Online, GBCI policies, knowledge and task domains, core concepts, credits and prerequisites. Nine MP3 files are provided, each with a specific focus on the following content areas: Overview, Knowledge and Task Domains Integrated Project Delivery Location and Transportation…
  • How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

    rpfjr
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Question:  Aiden asks: What system of roof panels can provide heating for a house? How many panels would be needed to provide enough power for a multi-family house with approximately 6 bedrooms 6 bathroom 2 kitchens 2 living spaces? Hi Aiden, A solar heating system for roof panels is what you need. You can use a system which either uses a liquid or air for heat storage. A liquid based system is preferable if you are planning for central heating. If individual rooms need to be heated an air based system would be better. These systems can either directly heat your interior space or store…
  • 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…
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  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Reach Record High in US

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    In a single year, the percentage of plug-in electric vehicles of total vehicle sales rose 20%. Last month, plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) made up the highest percentage ever tallied of total vehicles sold in the United States. This is news for optimism. For an environmental group like the Sierra Club, it is this percentage that we care about more than total EV sales (which were strong, but not outstanding last month). As a way to slash oil use and emissions, we need people to switch from driving to transit, biking and walking — meaning fewer auto sales and less driving overall. But for…
  • 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…
 
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    Our Daily Green

  • We broke down and turned on the furnace: now what?

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    In an informal Facebook survey last week, I asked my peers when they decided to turn on the furnace in the fall. Here are their thoughts. A NY State Resident: Got a programmable, I like it when I'm home. Rest of the time I turn it off, or set it at 55 when I'm gone. September 29 at 3:50pm · Unlike · 1Resident of Hawaii answers:  I assume this question is not for me. September 29 at 4:30pm ·
  • [Giveaway] Citrus Lane Gift Box Subscription

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
  • Cut back on energy costs in three simple steps

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Light Bulb Leaves by: Vector Open Stock There's no question that many families and businesses feel squeezed right now, and one major source of additional expense is increasing energy costs. You can start to control your budget by making a few easy changes to help you use less energy. Below are three simple steps to get started on the path to savings. Unplug it Most household appliances
  • The top 3 reasons everyone must clean their gutters

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When it comes to miserable chores for a homeowner, there aren't many people who enjoy cleaning gutters. But if you want a safe and hassle-free home, cleaning the gutters on a regular basis is of utmost importance. Clean gutters prevent several much more expensive disasters.  This image is from the FEMA photo library  1. Flooded Basements: When water does not divert far enough away from
  • How to save on heating costs this winter

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Oh, the weather outside is NOT frightful, yet. But fall has begun and now is the best time to prepare for the impending winter. We want to stay warm, but also prevent our bank accounts from draining empty with heating costs. One of the easiest things to do is turn down the thermostat when nobody is in the house or when you're sleeping. According to the US Department of Energy, ... turning your
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    ForceChange

  • Ask Starbucks to Offer Vegan Food Options

    Courtney Heitter
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Target: CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz Goal: Offer vegan baked goods to customers Starbucks is an extremely successful coffee company. With Seattle roots, the company has grown to include stores in almost every corner of the world. Each individual location has loyal customers, consistent drinks and an aromatic, welcoming ambiance. However, there is one thing that many locations do not have: vegan pastry options. Every day more people become interested in, and convert to, a vegan diet. Starbucks does not offer vegan options in every location; in fact, some locations’ baristas are…
  • Punish Man for Brutally Murdering Wolves

    Courtney Heitter
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Target: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Director, Jeff Hagener Goal: Arrest and try man who injured and killed wolves with a vehicle Recently, a self-proclaimed “wolf hater” purposely killed one wolf and broke the leg of another with a van. Mercilessly, the man posted the incident, along with photographs of the atrocity, to his Facebook page. Many people who visited the man’s page were outraged by the incident, demanding retribution punishment as justice for the wolves. The wildlife headquarters in Montana, where the incident took place, is not sure if any action…
  • Urge Councilman to Take Responsibility for Death of Dogs

    Megan Eimers
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Target: Councilman Isaac Barron Goal: Take responsibility for death of dogs due to fire on your rental property Rental property owned by North Las Vegas City Councilman Isaac Barron caught fire recently and destroyed many single-family homes, including one that held almost 100 dogs.  Firemen who responded to the emergency found 94 dogs total in the single-family home, which Councilman Barron should have been aware of.  While firefighters were able to rescue 52 dogs from the fire, four had to be euthanized due to the severity of their injuries. Seventeen of those dogs are still being…
  • Applaud Creation of Ape Sanctuary

    Jennifer Ip
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Prime Minister of Cameroon Philemon Yang Goal: Applaud creation of Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary for the Cross River gorillas One of the world’s rarest apes, the Cross River gorillas, will have a better chance of surviving thanks to Prime Minister Philemon Yang who officially created the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in South West Cameroon. The sanctuary is meant to protect the apes from threats such as hunting and habitat destruction, which are greatly responsible for the gorillas decline. Thank the prime minister for creating a refuge for the Cross River gorilla. The Cross…
  • Stop Annual Wolf Hunt

    Andrew Helton
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Preston Cole, Chair of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Goal: Prevent the annual Wisconsin grey wolf hunt from taking place Wisconsin’s annual grey wolf hunt will begin soon and animal rights groups from around the country are doing whatever they can to put a stop to it. The Wisconsin wolf hunt is unlike any other in the United States and is not only unnecessary, as is any other, but makes allowances for cruel hunting practices. This cannot continue and these wolves need our protection. The annual Wisconsin grey wolf hunt began in 2012 with a kill quota of 116.
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Electronic Waste Recycling: Importance and Facts

    greenwise
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    With waste management being one of the prime steps of the recycling process, it is evident that each and every part of your waste is segregated and sent for recycling. However, that is not the story in various landfills. The most hazardous waste material to reach a landfill is electronic waste (E-waste). This type of […]
  • The Meaning of Environmental Sustainability in a Cup of Tea

    greenwise
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The Meaning of Environmental Sustainability in a Cup of Tea
  • Green Gardening and Landscaping Practices

    greenwise
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Green Gardening, green Landscaping Practices
  • Can Dry Cleaning Be Green?

    greenwise
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Dry cleaning uses solvents to remove oily stains and dirt in fabrics that cannot be laundered with soap and water. The problem is that these solvents are toxic and persist in the environment. PERC (perchloroethylene) is the dry-cleaning solvent of choice. According to the EPA, dry cleaning constitutes 80-85% of all PERC used. And PERC is […]
  • 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 […]
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Community Changes the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      What do you think of when you hear the phrases green living, environmentalist, green blogger? I am sure there are a few ideas that immediately spring to mind if one self-proclaims to belong in one, or all, of these groups. Would it surprise you then to learn just how many different principles, beliefs, and life experiences are brought to the environmental and green living movement? If you really stopped to think about it, it shouldn’t, but somehow we all tend to get lumped together with our most vocal “spokespeople” whether we chose them or not. There are nuances and…
  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Today marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas and a legacy that I could argue began the environmental devastation of the Americas, the trade imbalance between developed and developing nations, and the continued justification of natural resource exploitation and commercialization by governments and private companies alike. In all, I hate that we have a day dedicated to an egotistical mass murderer. Read this: The Oatmeal Encourage your city to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day or support yours if they are already progressive enough to do so! What…
  • ShiftCon: Inspiring Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day. #ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?
  • 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
 
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • EU 2030 Climate & Energy Declaration

    Laure Rondeau
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Confronted with an economic downturn, the challenges posed by climate change, fuel import dependency and rising fossil fuel bills, Europe needs to move rapidly towards a sustainable economy based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. By promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, we will be able to improve our energy security and reduce carbon emissions, while boosting the economy and creating high quality green jobs. However, these fundamental changes in our society and economy will not happen without dedicated policies. Europe has made good progress towards its 2020…
  • “I don’t believe in global warming”

    Ramon Arratia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Was pleased to come across this online again recently – one of a series from Banksy, c. 5 years ago painted on the side of the Regent’s canal in London at the close of the Copenhagen climate conference. The post “I don’t believe in global warming” appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • 620m Africans live without access to electricity

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I recently came across this shocking report about the growing issue of access to electricity in Africa. More than 620 million sub-Saharan Africans live without access to electricity, more than in any world region and nearly half of the global total, the new IEA Africa Energy Outlook reports. While more than 99% of North Africa’s population has access to electricity, Sub-Saharan Africa is also the only region in the world where the number of people without it is rising. The rate of access across sub-Saharan Africa rose to 32% in 2012 from 23% in 2000, led by Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa,…
  • Our Progress Towards Zero Impact

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    “True, carpeting is not as sexy as, say, electric cars, Big Data or space travel. But, we were assured, there is plenty of excitement to be had for those who decide to push from the ‘Old’ order to the ‘New’.” Here is an excerpt from the case study written by John Elkington titled ‘Interface, the untold story of Mission Zero in Europe‘. In this piece he details some of the challenges, and visualises real progress made towards Mission Zero. “… a critical task has been to find and develop a suitable business case, both for internal and external use.
  • 30 years B.A.U.M. e.V. – Interview with Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege

    Laura Cremer
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    B.A.U.M. stands for the ‘German Environmental Management Association’ and is Europe’s largest economic initiative for the environment. The B.A.U.M. network consists of more than 500 member companies from various sectors of all sizes. Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege, co-founder and chairman of the board of B.A.U.M. is a financial expert and an environmental pioneer. For many years he has been at the heart of the economy, ensuring German and European industrial and political leaders integrate sustainability into their thinking and deliver ambitious solutions to environmental issues. He also…
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    ecoINSITE

  • Smart grid investments top $140M in Q3: Mercom

    Pedro Hernandez
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Venture capitalists are pumping money into smart grid startups. Mercom Capital, a cleantech and healthcare research firm, released a report revealing that VCs have poured $142 million into smart grid companies in 26 deals during the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, smart grid investments totaled 81 million across 13 deals during the second quarter. But funding is slightly down from the year-ago third quarter, which saw $148 million raised in 31 deals. In a statement, the group explained: The Top VC funded companies in Q3 2014 were led by Savant Systems, a home automation solutions…
  • Watch: ‘Aquarium of the World’ turning into underwater desert

    Pedro Hernandez
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Fusion brings us this excellent, if saddening look at the effects of over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez. The area, which rests between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, also known as the Gulf of California (see the map below), was once hailed for its biodiversity and the sheer amount of fish and wildlife under its waves. No longer. Fusion’s Environmental Correspondent, Nicolas Ibargue, went to the area to discover that the fish population is in free fall. Down to just 10 percent of their original numbers, in fact. He also found, that despite conventional wisdom,…
  • Tesla Motors open sources its EV patents

    Pedro Hernandez
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This is big. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, today announced that his company is open sourcing all of its patents. Could this be the spark that sets off the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? In a post on the company’s blog, cheekily titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Musk explained the rationale behind the decision. It turns out that apart from selling some very desirable autos, the company was formed to mainstream EVs. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but…
  • Must watch: Cosmos – Global warming case closed

    Pedro Hernandez
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — which follows in the footsteps of Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece — closed the book on the so-called “debate” on global warming. Point by point, he shot down each of the counterarguments for reducing carbon emissions… using SCIENCE! (Sorry for the all-caps.) Sunday’s episode, “The World Set Free” tackles climate change and destroys the hand-wavey reasons skeptics love to trot out: the Sun, volcanoes, Mother Nature’s having a hot flash… It’s somewhat fitting that it aired…
  • Internet streaming is greener than DVDs

    Pedro Hernandez
    31 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Go dematerialization! The  term, which sounds like what the transporters do in Star Trek, is one of the great benefits of the Internet. Instead of CDs, folks have turned to iTunes and Spotify. Rather than heft around a tome or two, they head to Amazon and order e-books for their Kindles. The data centers that serve up that digital media, the networks that deliver it and the devices used to consume it use far less energy than the manufacture and transport of its physical counterparts. The same, it turns out, is true for DVDs. In her article, TakePart’s Kristina Bravo spotlights a…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Big Scary Looking Animals

    Earth Rangers
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    It’s almost Halloween, to get you into the season of fright here are some big and terrifying animals! Don’t let the looks of these animals deceive you though, most aren’t dangerous to us at all, but it’s fun to take a peek at some big and creepy looking species. 1) Japanese Spider Crab The largest known arthropod, adults can reach 4 meters long. 2) Giant Marine Isopod These big carnivorous crustaceans are 19 to 36 cm long. 3) Black Flying Fox: Australia’s largest bat, their wingspan is over 1 meter. Photo credit James Niland 4) Goliath Tigerfish They have 32 sharp…
  • Top Ten Animals in Disguise

    Earth Rangers
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s October, which means many of us are looking for ideas for a Halloween costume. To help inspire you to come up with a great costume, we’ve collected a list of the top ten animals with the best disguises. These species may look like one thing, but they are actually something else! Comment below to share some of your favourite Halloween costumes. 1) This canine looks like a raccoon Raccoon dog 2) This bird looks like a tree Great Potoo 3) This fish looks like stones Stone Flounder 4) This fly looks like a wasp Hover fly. Photo credit: Alvesgaspar 5) This hedgehog looks like…
  • Team Sunflower!

    Earth Rangers
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Meet Elizabeth, Tia, Alannah and Shawnice – four friends working together to help protect animals and preserve the environment. Elizabeth has been an active Earth Ranger for the past three years and raised funds to help protect polar bears through a Bring Back the Wild birthday party, garage sale, doing extra chores and even donating part of her allowance. Tia also hosted a birthday party for her Bring Back the Wild campaign for the polar bear. The girls were eager to do more so they started selling sunflower seedlings (baby sunflower plants) at their school’s Fun Fair. The sunflower sale…
  • Looking Back at the Water Taste Challenge

    Earth Rangers
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Bottled or tap, which water do you drink? Some people drink bottled water because they think it tastes better than tap water but we think most people can’t tell the difference so we asked Earth Rangers like you put this theory to the test!   As of October 7th, 2014… 4,183 Earth Rangers accepted the Water Taste Challenge 7,221 people have put their taste buds to the test   Are you ready to take the Water Taste Challenge? Accept your mission by clicking on the button below. The results are in! 45% of people liked tap water better 32% of people liked bottled water better 23% of…
  • Pourquoi faut-il protéger le petit-duc des montagnes

    Earth Rangers
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Pourquoi ce hibou porte-t-il le nom de « petit-duc »? Y aurait-il chez les oiseaux des marquis, des comtesses et des barons? En réalité, le mot « duc » désigne une variété de hiboux qui porte sur la tête deux aigrettes en forme d’oreilles de chat. En tout cas, avec son air aristocratique, il porte bien son nom! Le petit-duc des montagnes est un animal vraiment fascinant, et un élément important de l’écosystème forestier! Malheureusement, il fait face à de grandes menaces, dont la perte de son habitat. Sa population est en danger! Éco Héros et l’organisme…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Infiniti Q40 Sedan

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Infiniti is holding on to the old, by keeping the outgoing version of its mid-size sport sedan, formerly called the G37 Sedan. It's a rather unconventional move, especially for a luxury brand; but it functions as an entry model that will likely be popular for lease deals. There's definitely a good argument for keeping the 2015 Infiniti...
  • Mercedes-Benz CLS Class

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is a coupe-like spin-off from the German automaker's globally known E-Class family. With a choice between basic V-6 and supercar-strength twin-turbo V-8 in the CLS 63 AMG, the sedan is a rival for vehicles like the Audi A7, Jaguar XF, and BMW 6-Series. MORE: Read our 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class review Completely...
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK Class

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Mercedes SLK-Class is a two-seat hardtop convertible that's been a part of the German automaker's lineup since the 1996 model year. Pitched as the sibling to the luxurious SL-Class, the SLK offers a choice of powertrains, from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a 415-horsepower V-8. Not surprisingly, the car has been a runaway success for...
  • 40+ Ways That Autonomous Cars Will Improve (Or Ruin) The World

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    We've all heard the theories: Autonomous cars will prevent accidents. Autonomous cars will reduce traffic. Autonomous cars will revolt and eat us for dinner. (We made up that last one, but we're sure someone has said it.) Most of those predictions are based on current facts and educated guesses. Ad agency Sparks & Honey has compiled all that...
  • Honda Pilot

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    The Honda Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV that wears a rather boxy, trucklike shape, but drives with the comfort and predictability of a family-friendly wagon--with or without optional all-wheel drive. The Pilot is built in Alabama, alongside the somewhat related Acura MDX and the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Pilot...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Plug-Ins vs Fuel Cells, Tesla Franchised Dealers, Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid: Today's Car News

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    We've got lots of plug-in-car news today. See why plug-in hybrids are the best competitors to hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, learn about plans for Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima plug-in hybrids next year, and see why Tesla Motors may augment its company-owned stores with franchised dealers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. As his company...
  • The Ferrari LaFerrari Hybrid Can Run Only On Electricity: Video Proves It

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Ferrari LaFerrari supercar may be a hybrid, but Ferrari claims it isn't meant to be particularly green. The hybrid powertain was primarily designed to improve performance, which is why the Italian carmaker has been adamant that the LaFerrari doesn't have an all-electric mode. RELATED: Even Ferrari To Cut Carbon Emissions, With Hybrid V-12...
  • Plug-In Hybrids Are The Best Competitors To Fuel-Cell Vehicles: Here's Why

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    With the imminent unveiling of the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle, and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell already on sale, you can expect to hear a lot more about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the coming months. Initially they will be offered only in very low numbers, and restricted to Southern California, where the state and the carmakers are jointly...
  • Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Coming Next Year, Kia Optima Too

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    While the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a completely redesigned vehicle for the new model year, the Sonata Hybrid for 2015 continues to use the previous-generation body. This has led to a certain amount of speculation about what direction Hyundai plans to take with its hybrid program. Now, it appears that the company will launch the hybrid version of the...
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Franchised Dealers Might Come, Sometime, One Day

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tesla Motors' company-owned stores have provoked a bitter response from state auto-dealer associations, who view them as a threat to traditional franchised dealerships. Yet Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to think the two business models can coexist. DON'T MISS: Michigan Car Dealers Slip One Over On Tesla, Ban Direct Sales: UPDATED In a recent interview...
 
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

    kb
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    When you’re dizzy you need to switch from a rocking, moveable office chair to one that is stationary. Like this one from when I was a little girl. It’s been a while since I blogged regularly. For a variety of reasons, really, but lately it’s because I have been busy recovering from a concussion. I have post-concussion syndrome, actually. What does that mean? In the beginning it meant I had a headache, was dizzy and exhausted all the time. (If you’ve never been dizzy count your blessings. Dizzy sucks.) It was hard looking at a screen — TV, cell phone, computer, it…
  • Picture Day Hair

    kb
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Yesterday was picture day for Big Girl. Today Little Girl got her turn in front of the camera. Both girls donated their hair recently, so they have what I consider shorter hair. Little Girl had more to give so it’s sort of longish. It hits right below her shoulders. Big Girl’s curly locks bounce up when cut so she’s shoulder-length at best. Either way, I felt clumsy and inept trying to style their hair. Facebook only makes it worse. So many of my friends post photos of their little girls with perfectly coiffed hairstyles. Fish tail braids. French braids. Long, wavy hair with…
  • 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…
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Increasing Oil Reserves and Peak Oil

    Ripudaman Malhotra
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have often noted that since the writing of 'A Cubic Mile of Oil' that global reserves of oil have actually increased, not decreased, despite greatly increased consumption. In this post I want to dig deeper and look at the changes that have brought about this paradox, and what it means for Peak Oil.read more
  • A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

    Durwood Zaelke
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.read more
  • Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Onshore Wind

    Schalk Cloete
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of onshore wind energy. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).read more
  • Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

    Mwindt
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.read more
  • Will Stem's Battery Systems Combined With Kyocera's Solar Boost Energy Storage Adoption?

    JeffStJohn
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The convergence of rooftop solar PV and behind-the-meter batteries continues. On Tuesday, Japanese solar module giant Kyocera announced it has teamed up with Stem to “offer an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solution for commercial power users.”read more
 
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  • CVS/pharmacy West Haven Store Awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    CVS Health announced today that the CVS/pharmacy store in West Haven, Connecticut has been awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, making it the most energy efficient CVS/pharmacy store in the country. This achievement marks the first CVS/pharmacy store to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is the company’s eighth LEED-certified building.
  • Cityscape opens country’s first green commercial building

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Cityscape Tower, the country’s first green commercial building made by Cityscape International Ltd, is now open for inspections and purchase. Nahid Sarwar, managing director of Cityscape International; Trina Falgune, head of marketing communications and sales, and Abdur Rashid, chief engineer, shared the information at a press meet in Dhaka yesterday. The tower, flagship project of the company, is the country’s first commercial building to pursue LEED Platinum Certification under the Core and Shell category by the United State Green Building Council, the company said in a…
  • Green Building Initiative Announces New Appointments to Board –

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    On the heels of its 10 year anniversary, The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced two appointments to its Board of Directors that will continue to move the organization toward more engagement with national energy and environmental policy issues; Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, Washington D.C., and Richard Mitchell, President and Managing Principal at Mackenzie, an integrated design firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon – See more at:…
  • The Dinerstein Cos. Development Wins 2014 MFE Green Housing Grand Award

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    A luxury apartment community developed by The Dinerstein Companies has won the Green Housing Grand award in Multifamily Executive’s 2014 MFE Awards. The Dinerstein Cos. also made the 2014 MFE Top 25 Developers List, ranking No. 9 for starting 2,063 units in 2013. A national full service real estate and development company, The Dinerstein Cos. developed the award-winning community, The Millennium Uptown, at 2525 McCue Road in Houston, Texas. The multifamily community began leasing to young professionals in 2013. Soon after, The Millennium Uptown became the city’s first LEED®…
  • VERTEGY NAMED LEED® PROVEN PROVIDER™ BY GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION INSTITUTE

    admin
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Reinforcing its position as a leader in the green building industry, St. Louis-based sustainability consulting firm Vertegy, LLC, , has been designated as a LEED® Proven Provider™ by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which is in charge of administering certifications and professional designations within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems™. The new program was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects.
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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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  • Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

    Mary Hansen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Scott* / Flickr. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition. Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. Many climate justice activists are refusing to be limited by the “jobs or the environment” dichotomy. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being…
  • After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

    Dave Reed
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme isThe New Economy Is Close to Home A still from a video in which residents of northeast Greensboro speak about their support for the Renaissance Food Co-op. In the late 1990s, the local Winn Dixie that had served the neighborhoods around Philips Avenue for many years closed down. Winn Dixie and other large grocery chains had divided up market territory, resulting in the closing of some stores despite their profitability. The loss of this Winn…
  • Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm

    Kayla Schultz
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Heyday Farm, an environmentally sustainable farmstead that prides itself in combining traditional farming methods and new technology to grow more ethical food. The vision was to take traditional farming methods and combine them with modern technology to provide customers with humanely treated farm-to-table products. What grew from that vision was the 25-acre Heyday Farm, located on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The land not only functions as a typical farm that grows food, but also houses a micro-creamery, gardens, and a store. Heyday also hosts events and cooking classes that allow customers to…
  • Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both

    Chuck Collins
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme isCombating Climate Change Without Leaving Anyone Behind Demonstrators in Richmond, Calif., hold signs demanding both "power without pollution" and "energy without injustice." Photo by Peg Hunter / Flickr. We are heading toward a potentially severe clash between environmentalists who advocate for reducing carbon emissions and community and labor activists who are most concerned about jobs, racial equity, and reducing wealth inequality. Our…
  • How to Pickle Almost Anything

    Doug Pibel
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Susy Morris / Flickr. It began, as do many U.S. fermentation experiences, with Sandor Ellix Katz. We ran a story by him in Issue 68. Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn, the YES! designated early adopter, decided to give it a try. She gave me some of her kimchi. It was so good I had to make my own. Kali Swenson, erstwhile intern, thought it would be cool to have a low-cost source to feed her kombucha habit. Fermentation—it’s catching. You take something ordinary and let the little beasties make it wonderful. Why ferment? It’s practical magic. You take something ordinary and let the little…
 
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  • Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

    Mike Confino
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area. Part of the solution to supporting this project will rely on crowdfunding, a growing staple of fundraising. Palau’s waters are home to over 1,000 species of tropical fish, and their new national marine sanctuary will cover approximately 600,000 square kilometers, an area about the size of France or Texas. via Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area –…
  • Fracking Ban Ballot Initiatives Intensify

    Mike Confino
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    County ballot issues to ban fracking could have a large impact outside those counties. And the campaign money being spent on both sides—but primarily by big energy companies—shows how much is at stake. The highest profile and most contentious ban is the one on the ballot in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas, located in the heart of the Barnett shale region. Citizen groups, concerned about their families’ health and safety and frustrated by the city’s failure to enact any restrictions on fracking, gathered enough signatures to force city council to vote on the ban in July. After the…
  • How Taxpayers Subsidize the Price of Tar Sands Expansion

    Mike Confino
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Carolyn Marsh was in her living room watching television on a Wednesday night in August when she heard a loud boom from somewhere outside. Having lived in the industrial town of Whiting, Indiana––just south of Chicago––for nearly three decades, she wasn’t terribly shaken. “There’s a lot of noise constantly,” she explains. But when the news came on an hour later and reported an explosion at the nearby BP refinery, Marsh was incensed. It was the second serious incident since the recent completion of BP’s Whiting Refinery Modernization Project, which Marsh had fought to…
  • Study Ties Mountaintop Removal Mining Dust To Increased Risk Of Lung Cancer

    Mike Confino
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Mountaintop removal mining destroys forest ecosystems and clogs streams with often toxic mining waste. And according to a new study, it also increases a person’s risk of lung cancer. The study, published this week in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, looks at the carcinogenic potential of the particulate matter that enters the air during mountaintop removal mining, a form of surface mining that blasts the tops of mountains away so that underground coal reserves can be accessed. The study found “new evidence” that breathing in this particulate matter over an extended…
  • Obama’s Environmental Record Doesn’t Deserve Krugman’s Praise

    Mike Confino
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:15 pm
    In the latest cover story for Rolling Stone, economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offers a full-throated defense of the Obama administration, taking to task its critics from across the political spectrum. Included in the typically dour liberal’s praise: the president’s environmental policy, which “is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.” “We’ll have to do a lot more soon, or face civilization-threatening disaster,” Krugman writes. “But what Obama has done is far from trivial.” He ought not to give the White House so much credit. via…
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  • Chaffey College Chooses Everblue to Provide Weatherization Training

    Lesley@Everblue
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Educational Partnership to Continue Through 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chaffey Community College District, the recipient of a Vocational Education and Training Services grant, has selected Everblue Training, LLC to provide weatherization and building science training to its California community.read more
  • The Fastest Way to Earn Continuing Education

    Lesley@Everblue
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Thank you for joining us today in our exploration of the hottest topic known to the sustainability industry: continuing education. It’s an issue that affects all of our students, whether you have a LEED credential or a certification from BPI/RESNET, or another organization. Nobody wants to think about it – much less talk about it – but there are some basic points that we need to discuss. I’ll try to make this as painless as possible. Choose from the credential that best suits your needs.read more
  • Building Science for Office Coordinators & Sales

    Lesley@Everblue
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    You may be wondering why an office coordinator or sales representative would need to be educated on the principles of building science. Those of us in non-technical administrative roles have long been stuck between a rock and a hard place in effectively communicating the impact of our company’s services due to limited field experience.read more
  • Walter White Goes Green

    Lesley@Everblue
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Fans know Walter White as the unassuming-high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-ruthless-drug-lord on the AMC television show Breaking Bad. Actor Bryan Cranston won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 2014 for his portrayal of Walter White.read more
  • New Energy Code in Massachusetts

    Lesley@Everblue
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for a building permit. Now, the new regulations must be used when applying for a building permit.read more
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    Green Prophet

  • Vegan Israeli soldiers have a beef about army grub

    Laurie Balbo
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A battalion of vegan soldiers dissatisfied with military menus have fired off a complaint to Israel Defense Force (IDF) ombudsman Brigadier General (res.) Yitzhak Brik. The soldiers claim...
  • Stopping energy leaks in the Middle East

    Green Prophet
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Winter has rolled around again in the Middle East. The colder fronts have moved in, the winds are blowing, and the rains have started – again. After 105 degree heat in summer, it’s hard...
  • Haunting dragon trees from Yemen bleed when cut

    Karin Kloosterman
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    If I were in charge of promoting tourism in Yemen, I’d be using the native dragon tree, or Socotra tree, as my mascot. Native to the Socotra Island these unusual trees have evolved in isolation...
  • Middle East plants won’t migrate during climate change

    Green Prophet
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Climate change predictions for the Middle East, like other arid regions of the world, are alarming. In an area known for its water scarcity, rainfall is expected to decrease even further in the near...
  • Something fishy about new iridescent fashion?

    Laurie Balbo
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Leading fashion houses are turning to schools in search of new materials for high-end handbags, shoes, and accessories. We’re talking fish schools, as designers troll seafood industry waste...
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Life Hubs: A New Concept for Urban Planning and Transport

    David Thorpe
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    If cities are to be engines of economic activity, people need to be able to travel easily, cheaply and healthily. Speakers at Sydney's Walk21 conference, happening now, say that there is an urgent need for city leaders – mayors and senior administrators – to factor in the wider benefits of cycling and walking.read more
  • Seattle, the Incredible Shrinking City

    Jim Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Consider me a proponent of the micro-housing movement in Seattle. I support the anti-materialist aesthetic. Live where you want to live. Be willing to give up square footage to accomplish that goal. Unintentionally, this emergent residential pattern is commensal with the shifting economic geography of tech firms.read more
  • Big Cities have Rebounded the Fastest Since 2008

    donnelly_b
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Josh Lehner of the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis published a study earlier this summer where he looked at employment growth according to city size across the US. What he found since the Great Recession of 2008-2010 is that larger metros have rebounded the fastest.read more
  • 'Citizens United' is Hurting Local Government in the US. But There's Hope

    This Big City
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Recently, a study was released that examined the effect of the Citizens United supreme court ruling on state and local governments. This decision, handed down in January 2010, has become infamous in US national politics for opening elections to huge donations from wealthy donors.read more
  • Connective Tissue Matters in the Nature of Cities

    The Nature of Cities
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The aim of ecologists and scientists to strengthen the capacity of the city to connect nature within and across it, and is the same instinct that those of us who focus on the physical shape and function of city have: to enable connectivity than enhances the overall function of the whole.read more
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    Nokero

  • Empowering Young Minds

    Erin Preston
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Guest blog post submitted by Paul Renaud, Director of Gift-in-Kind Program for Stop Hunger Now About Stop Hunger Now: Stop Hunger Now understands that by providing people with the resources they need, the have an increased likelihood of becoming healthy, educated and self-sufficient. Stop Hunger Now receives essential donated supplies from corporations, USAID, charitable partners and private donors.  In 2012, Stop Hunger Now sent more than $7 million worth of donated goods to people in need around the world. For nearly all children born into poverty, any hope of breaking the cycle of…
  • Mentionable Monday: El Shaddai Orphanage in Kenya Adopts Change

    katie
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Worldwide, children tend to be early adopters. They understand technology, they embrace change, and they accept versatility. And yet, often we leave these ‘early adopters’ unadopted. At the Elshaddai Orphanage in Kenya, twenty five children ages 6 months to 17 years old are excited about their hopes and dreams for the future despite being orphaned and living in semi-impoverished conditions. One of the harshest conditions that these children face is darkness. According to the Elshaddai blog, “After sunset, since we only have 2 kerosene lamps, children eat in the dark…
  • Staying Solar-Charged While Hiking in Colorado

    katie
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A Casual Colorado Hike Charge my phone, pack a camera, do I have extra batteries? Fill the water bottle, bring a change of clothes, tie my sneakers. What time does the sun set? How hot is it today? Do I need bug spray? Suddenly I’m a bit hungry, I forget where I put the car keys, I need to get cash. All of this effort went into my casual Saturday hike last weekend at Pikes Peak in Colorado. For just a hike, I had a list of ‘essential’ items, not to mention the list I could have developed for a full weekend camping excursion. But what really got me thinking was how all of…
  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    katie
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Nokero International, LLC today announced the launch of Uganda dealership, Onelamp, to provide solar light bulbs to Eastern Africa and combat a surge in East African illiteracy rates. Founded by Derrick Opio, Onelamp is illuminating the future of Ugandan education by providing a safe, sustainable, solar light to primary school children. Inspired by his education and social entrepreneurship research at New York City’s DO School, Mr. Opio Derrick Hosea found that 7.5 million Ugandan primary school children needed a cleaner alternative to kerosene lighting.
  • Mentionable Monday: Solar Promotes Ethical Fashion in Navajo Nation

    katie
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
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  • New @ California Pizza Kitchen Tampa #NewCPK #TBBloggers #Ad

    Calley Pate
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    I have found an amazing group of Tampa area bloggers and was fortunate enough to be invited to an event with California Pizza Kitchen.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen me sharing pictures during the day of our event.  California Pizza Kitchen in Tampa (International Mall) treated us like royalty and let us taste some of their favorite appetizers, cocktails, main plates, and desserts.  They also treated us with gift certificates to bring our families back to try out their new menu items.  I want to thank Denise with Tampa Bay Bloggers (and RunDMT blog) for…
  • DIY Izzy Costume – Disney’s Jake & Never Land Pirates

    Calley Pate
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
      It’s super quick and easy, I promise!! All you need is 10 minutes and a few items you may already have in your closet (err….your child may have in their closet).  To learn how to make this No-Sew Izzy costume (<—click for directions) from Jake & the Never Land Pirates, click over to Tampa Bay Moms Blog where I post easy to follow directions. While you’re there, don’t forget to register for the bump, baby & beyond event going on this Wednesday night in Tampa.  I’ll be there hosting the Cloth Diaper Discovery Tampa for Kelly’s…
  • 50 Questions Answered – Vlog Style

    Calley Pate
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    A blogger friend of mine (Jen from Me, Myself and Jen) tagged me to answer 50 questions about myself, so I decided to answer them in a vlog!  I hope you don’t get too annoyed with the prancing pug who’s making clicking noises as he walks around the living room.  I really need to get him some puppy socks! If you want to watch this video directly on YouTube: http://youtu.be/gAzvacx58nk After filming this I realized that I’m pretty boring and don’t have a lot of “favorites!”  I also don’t remember too many things. What questions do you still have for…
  • Zevia – A Better Soda? #momsmeet

    Calley Pate
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
      Are you a soda drinker? Do you let your kids drink soda?  What I’m about to tell you may shock you, but I hope you’ll still love me at the end of the day. I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meets blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinions on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. I don’t drink a ton of soda, but I do enjoy a nice bubbly glass (bottle,…
  • Tampa’s Bump, Baby & Beyond Event – October 22nd (Giveaway)

    Calley Pate
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Do you live in the Tampa Bay area? Are you a new mom, expecting mom, or soon-to-be mom? You absolutely have to attend the Tampa Bay Moms Blog – bump, baby & beyond event on October 22nd. Why should you attend? Every attendee will receive tasty treats, sweets, chair massages, swag bags, tickets for the raffle prizes, and Q&A sessions with baby educators from around the Bay.  Did I mention swag bags already?? When & Where? October 22nd, 6:30-8:30 pm at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS. (In Carrollwood) Guess what else?  I’ll be there hosting the Intro to Cloth Diapers…
 
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  • Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study

    Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Delhi faces the challenge of ensuring that neighborhoods have access to quality public transport without compromising housing affordability. Shown here: commercialization around the Pitampura Metro Station in the Dakshini Pitampura area. Photo by Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta and Alokeparna Sengupta/EMBARQ India. Large-scale mass transit projects such as the Delhi Metro Rail often lead to transit-oriented development (TOD) that can enhance quality of life, but also compromise housing affordability. Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for the integration…
  • Speeding in paradise: Contradictions abound at Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront

    Maria Fernanda Cavalcanti
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Pedestrians face daily risk at Avenida Vieira Souto in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, for example, to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty and the thousands of people enjoying these sites. There you will see generations of families and happy dogs; street vendors selling their goods; and runners, cyclists, and skaters dodging meandering tourists. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the…
  • Friday Fun: Uphill cycling a breeze thanks to this city’s bike escalator

    Coby Joseph
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr. Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable. Take a look at how it works: The lift was originally built in 1993, and has since carried over 200,000 cyclists without a single accident. Before being upgraded in 2013,…
  • “Have I told you lately that I love you?” Perspectives on reinventing our cities from X Congreso

    Ryan Schleeter
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over three days, participants at the tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) explored what it will take to reinvent cities for better quality of life. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. On Monday, we posed the central question driving discussion at this week’s tenth annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport (“X Congreso”) to our TheCityFix readers: how can we make cities better places to live? At the end of the three-day conference organized by EMBARQ Mexico, we’ve heard numerous answers to this question from transport and urban planning…
  • Using smartphones to improve Nairobi’s informal transport sector

    Eric Bruun
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Traffic congestion presents a number of urgent problems in Nairobi, but smartphones and other technologies have the potential to greatly improve transport services and provide a range of benefits for city residents. Photo by Olli Pitkänen/Flickr. Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services. Manual data collection on the city’s transport routes…
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  • Buying a Used Car? Here is What You Should Know…

    Johan
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    For those of you who can not manage to get a new vehicle, it would be practical to acquire a second hand car rather. You may not get a fancy one but you certainly have a good one for travel. Regrettably, when it pertains to used vehicles, you need to do some research to ascertain that it is in good condition. Way too many people have actually bought lemons due to the fact that they did not inspect a vehicle’s condition just before they bought it. Initially, you should carefully examine the second hand vehicle you are considering. Have a mechanic check it for you in case you are not…
  • How to Lose Weight Naturally

    Johan
    1 Feb 2014 | 3:07 am
    Whether you want to get trim for the new year or boost your overall energy levels, losing weight can be a powerful tool in enhancing your daily life. But with so many products on the market claiming healthy benefits, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right method? In reality, losing weight the good old-fashioned way proves more effective long-term than using over-the-counter diet pills. If you’re ready to shave off pounds the natural way, then here are a few tips for keeping fit and maintaining proper nutrition all year long. Hide The Veggies Eating fruits and vegetables is…
  • Are Top VPN Providers Really Safe?

    Johan
    8 Jan 2014 | 3:14 am
    This is one of the common questions that cautious internet users tend to ask when looking for a VPN service. There may be contradicting answers to this question but doing enough research before using any VPN service is the key to ensuring your online privacy. There are free and paid services out there, so it is a matter of what you want. Paid VPN services are considered the best for online privacy since they provide stable and encrypted connections. The VPN market is really flocked with many providers who claim to offer the best service. Some have built a stellar reputation in the provision…
  • Car Insurance For Young Drivers

    Johan
    18 Jan 2013 | 7:17 am
    If you have a new driver in your household, you are most likely wondering what you are going to do to keep your monthly insurance premiums as low as possible. Keep in mind that the new driver can influence the amount of money that you have to pay each month. This is why many parents prefer to have the drive or get a job so that they can help pay for the premiums. In order to keep the car insurance rates as low as possible, the new driver needs to get decent grades in school. This will show the insurance company that they are a responsible person. Your rates will go down and all will be well.
  • How SEO Can Help Your Business

    Johan
    2 Oct 2012 | 8:06 am
    There is a great demand of SEO articles these days. A good SEO writer is able to produce quality and grammatically correct content which can immediately catch the action of the search engines. SEO articles helps to establish creditability and authority in your business. Even though there are several other methods that will help you to do the same but none f them is as economic and as effective as SEO articles are. They help to expand your business and make it omnipresent. The main purpose of these articles is to advertise and pass information to the online users. They can not only be viewed…
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  • Can Algae Power Our World?

    EcoWatch
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. The seaweed is being scooped up from the Baltic Sea, along Sweden’s southern coast, in order to be converted to biogas. Photo credit: Vivian Husa, www.seeweeds.uib.noOne species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows prolifically along the country’s coasts and, as its name suggests, contains a lot of energy—about three times as much…
  • Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-fuel Impala

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Trash to fuel, the stuff of the 1980s sci-fi comedy movie trilogy “Back to the Future,” is now a reality. The 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala – not a tricked-out DeLorean – really can run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewingbeer.Cleveland-based quasar energy group uses organic waste to produce a renewable energy source known as biogas, which is then converted into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – one of two fuels that can power the 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala.Biogas is the raw mixture of gases given off by the breakdown of organic materials kept in an…
  • How to save energy by using LED lights

    Popular Articles.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    LED lights are used in industry, home, outdoor and other applications for efficient and energy saving lighting. When compared to the luminaries that are traditionally used, such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lights have significantly higher efficiency and energy saving properties. They can save more than eighty percent of electricity costs. They also have long life and heavy duty performance.Why are LED luminaries energy efficient and reliable?LEDs are energy efficient and power saving because of their construction and operating system. Incandescent lights are highly…
  • MUST-SEE: Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
  • The Seattle Mariners Swing for the Fences with Solar

    Guest Post
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Healthy Planet Partners, LLC (HPP), a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today the completion of a solar rooftop and carport system at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility in Peoria, AZ.  HPP developed and financed the project with partner Kyocera Solar which provided engineering and project management support as well as acting as a finance partner.  By doing so, Kyocera lowers the risk and the associated cost of…
 
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  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

    T. Caine
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Even with the progress that both designers and governmental offices have made in bolstering the ecological stewardship of our new building stock, the average baseline of construction is still notably far from the realm of consistently viable options we have at our disposal, let alone the cutting edge. All too often, too many aspects of our new buildings have more to do with the past than the future. The call for sustainability in the built environment has undeniably gained in strength and continued to garner support from municipalities that raise the minimum standard of building codes. Still,…
  • 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…
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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

  • Michael Jeffery and Helen Szoke on a military plan to improve Australia's soils

    Nicola Roxon, Adjunct Professor and Chair, Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, College of Law &amp; Justice at Victoria University
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Major General Michael Jeffery, Chairman of Soils for Life. AAP Image/Alan PorrittA speech given by Major General Michael Jeffery at Victoria University College of Law and Justice on October 15 was the second of a series of four tapping into the vast experience of eminent Australians who have served as Governor-General of Australia. In an uncommon approach to environmental issues, Major General Jeffery’s address urged the use of military planning processes to deliver more effective outcomes. Drawing on almost 60 years of continuous military involvement and his passion for better and more…
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens a green trade deal

    John Mathews, Professor of Strategic Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A green trade deal would encourage the development of renewable energy in big carbon emitters such as China. Kaj17/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDTen years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and where we stand today on the brink of a number of significant new trade deals. The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens a green trade deal that could ultimately do more to reduce carbon emissions than…
  • Bushfire season in New South Wales grows longer and stronger

    Lesley Hughes, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Starting earlier, lasting longer: the challenge of managing the New South Wales bushfire season is getting harder. AAP Image/Dan HimbrechtsIn New South Wales in 2013, bushfires in January and October collectively burned 768,000 hectares of bushland and destroyed 279 homes. Tragically, two people lost their lives and the damage was estimated at more than A$180 million. NSW has been affected by bushfires throughout its history, but the frequency of these events is expected to grow. Just over a year on from the devastating Blue Mountains bushfires, the community and local fire services are…
  • Dams are not the smart way to secure water for agriculture

    Willem Vervoort, Associate Professor in Hydrology and Catchment Management, Department of Environmental Sciences at University of Sydney
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The Ord River dam, completed in 1971, formed Australia's largest artificial lake in the far north west. Graeme Churchard/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SASome 27 irrigation and dam projects are highlighted in the green paper for agricultural competitiveness released this week by agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce. Six of the projects – five in Tasmania, one in Victoria – are considered well-advanced enough to receive federal funding within 12 months. Another 21 will be considered. The paper highlights investment in water as a priority for the future. While several of the mentioned investments in…
  • Will Abbott ever 'be like Gough'?

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    The greatest tribute that can be paid to Gough Whitlam is the fact that he is so fondly remembered by so many. The affection for Whitlam is contagious for those who admired the vision he had for Australia and the social charter of his government. One of the hallmarks of his term of office in the 1970s was that he embraced a social contract over economic management. The idea that, for the first time, Australians lived in a society rather than an economy was borne out of the inclusive nature of Whitlam’s policies in health, education, Indigenous affairs, family law reform, poverty, urban…
 
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  • Wollongong PCYC Permaculture Community Garden Tour

    Darren
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Back in July I visited the Wollongong PCYC (Police Citizen’s Youth Centre) permaculture community garden for the first time. I’ve wanted to take a tour of this garden for a while, as a lot of local permaculture people have been involved in it and I’ve heard lots of good things about it. I’ve never quite found the time, though, despite working just around the corner from it! It was well worth it! Let me take you on a short photographic tour… The welcome sign reads: The Garden Welcome to a community garden educational and dynamic demonstration site. Community…
  • Mandarin Glut!

    Darren
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Our mandarin tree gave us a bumper crop this winter, but the fruit is too tart to eat much of it straight from the tree. The birds have discovered the fruit, too, so if we wait any longer for it to sweeten up we won’t get any mandarins at all! What to do? Preserved Mandarins Our first idea was to preserve mandarin segments in bottles, adding plenty of sugar to sweeten them up. So, we started peeling… I then stuffed Fowlers jars with the segments, dumped a heap of sugar on top, and filled the jars with water. OK, the one on the left got filled with brandy – I thought it…
  • Garage Sale Finds

    Darren
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    A couple of weekends ago, I noticed a garage sale sign outside my local general store. The garage sale was that day, and just around the corner. How could I resist?! Much to my delight, the people holding the garage sale were farmers. They had a lot of older “junk” farming equipment to give away, most of which they’d replaced with bigger/better/faster equipment over the years. I think they’d held onto the old stuff “just in case”, but were now taking the opportunity to clear out some space. The first find was this awesome Tirfor T516 hand winch for $25.
  • Sustainability Leadership Development Program – Illawarra 2014

    Darren
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    It’s been quite a while since my last post – we’ve been very busy with renovations, and I don’t currently have a proper spot to set up my computer. I’ll start posting more regularly in the next few weeks, with luck! Meanwhile, here’s a really interesting-sounding program for anyone living in the Illawarra – this course usually costs $2,500, but you have an opportunity to do it for free… WANT TO CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE GLOBALLY AND LOCALLY? SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ILLAWARRA 2014 – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN This program…
  • Blackberry Pie

    Darren
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:10 am
    Last weekend we looked after our friends’ chickens and pigs while they were away. Keen eyes noticed some blackberry bushes along the paddock fence, so the girls and I returned later in the day with buckets. I’m pretty sure we picked about twice as many blackberries as you can see in this picture. Isn’t that the way blackberrying always goes? Red lips give away the fate of the rest of the harvest! After a bit of discussion, we decided to make a blackberry pie. Who doesn’t like pie? The pastry was Megan’s always-delicious failsafe recipe, but we kind of winged the…
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  • 25 Reuse ideas for a plastic Quality Street Tub

    Mrs Green
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    In the good old days, Quality Street came in a tin which could be kept for years and reused once the contents were eaten. Sadly, the brand introduced plastic tubs in 2012, which can’t be easily recycled. However, Quality Street still has its ardent fans, one of whom contacted me recently. Jason wrote “I want […]
  • One man’s waste is… another man’s waste…

    Mrs Green
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    The world’s gone mad I’m telling ya. We run a wood burner at Chez Green and friendly local farmers invite us onto their land to clear away old trees. We clear the land for free and in exchange get free heating – what’s not to love? Our neighbours frequently donate bits of wood to us […]
  • An opportunity you just can’t miss! Zero Waste Week 2014

    Mrs Green
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    You know that sinking feeling you get when you know you SHOULD be doing something, but you don’t know where to start? Or that sense that you really ought to be putting positive changes in place but it all feels too much? Imagine you decided to run the next marathon. Would you wake up one […]
  • How to stop food waste when temperatures soar

    Mrs Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I don’t know about you but the recent rising temperatures have resulted in more food waste. It’s been upward of 26 degrees in the Zero Waste Towers kitchen and I feel as though I’m surrounded by sweating, rotting stuff. Bananas turn brown as soon as the sun puts his hat on. Bread is sporting a […]
  • How to have a zero waste barbecue

    Mrs Green
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Yes, you can be forgiven for thinking this is a smart new fangled recycle-on-the-go bin. But actually it’s a safe vault for storing your car keys and mobile phone. Well, more accurately, it’s a Tech Crèche! Yes, those priceless babies you can’t be without – such as the smart phone, tablet and computer games – […]
 
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  • Beautiful Earth: Complete Baby Care Package Giveaway

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our team recently discovered a spectacular (new to the US) brand of organic personal care products, and we couldn’t be more excited to at the chance to share them with some lucky readers! Beautiful Earth is an award-winning company that vows to use the most natural of ingredients and maintain the highest ethical and environmental standards. A newcomer to the U.S. market, Beautiful Earth has been in the business of gentle, environmentally friendly wash products since 2008. Their products are certified natural by the Natural Products Association Standards for Personal Care…
  • Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    Amanda Hearn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes 2014-10-15 12:42:21 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 5 lb bag Organic Yukon Gold potatoes 4 tbsp Organic Butter 6 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos Organic milk (as needed for consistency) 1 tsp natural onion powder 1 tsp natural garlic powder Instructions Wash potatoes remove any rough spots in the skin, and quarter. Fill a medium-sized stainless steel pot halfway with purified drinking water. Bring the water to a rapid boil. Reduce heat to medium and gently pour in the cut potatoes. If necessary, add more water to cover. Stir the potatoes a bit so they…
  • Green Festival Returns to Chicago

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re a Green Child reader in the Windy City, mark your calendar for America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, returning to Chicago on October 24-26.  And we’re offering a special 50% discount on tickets with code GREENCHILD14. Now in its 9th year in Chicago, Green Festival is attended by more than 25,000 area attendees. At the festival, Chicagoans will have an opportunity to learn from innovative green brands, national and local businesses, and pioneering thinkers about how to live healthier, more sustainable lives – and…
  • International Babywearing Week Sweepstakes

    Amanda Hearn
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    October is here, and it’s Attachment Parenting Month! One of our favorite events this month is International Babywearing Week. This year it falls the week of October 5 – 11, but we’re celebrating all month long! Much research confirms how infants thrive with the power of touch, and wearing your baby meets this need beautifully. Babywearing also fosters happy, healthy, trusting babies and confident parents who get to have their hands free more often. Every year our Fall issue spotlights babywearing. This year, we captured families playing, working, relaxing, shopping,…
  • What the Annie’s Acquisition Means to Shareholders and Spoonholders

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The announcement that General Mills would acquire Annie’s Homegrown sent the food world spinning. There was an allergic reaction, and within hours of sharing the news, Annie’s Facebook page had over 9,000 comments.  To consumers, it was an emotional grenade. As I dug into the announcement, the first email that I sent was to Annie herself, the mother who started the company 25 years ago. She quickly replied. When Annie started the company, genetically engineered ingredients were not even in our food supply. She simply formulated a mac and cheese product for her kids that…
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  • Community Changes the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      What do you think of when you hear the phrases green living, environmentalist, green blogger? I am sure there are a few ideas that immediately spring to mind if one self-proclaims to belong in one, or all, of these groups. Would it surprise you then to learn just how many different principles, beliefs, and life experiences are brought to the environmental and green living movement? If you really stopped to think about it, it shouldn’t, but somehow we all tend to get lumped together with our most vocal “spokespeople” whether we chose them or not. There are nuances and…
  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Today marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas and a legacy that I could argue began the environmental devastation of the Americas, the trade imbalance between developed and developing nations, and the continued justification of natural resource exploitation and commercialization by governments and private companies alike. In all, I hate that we have a day dedicated to an egotistical mass murderer. Read this: The Oatmeal Encourage your city to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day or support yours if they are already progressive enough to do so! What…
  • ShiftCon: Inspiring Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day. #ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?
  • 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
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  • FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project

    Peter Mantius
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Vineyards in the Seneca Lake (Wikipedia) Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on a methane gas storage project next to Seneca Lake that has galvanized opposition from wine and tourism businesses across the Finger Lakes in upstate New York. The Sept. 30 decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission represents a major breakthrough for Houston-based Crestwood Midstream. The company has been waging a five-year campaign for permission to convert long-abandoned lakeside salt caverns into a regional storage hub for…
  • 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…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Can Algae Power Our World?

    EcoWatch
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. The seaweed is being scooped up from the Baltic Sea, along Sweden’s southern coast, in order to be converted to biogas. Photo credit: Vivian Husa, www.seeweeds.uib.noOne species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows prolifically along the country’s coasts and, as its name suggests, contains a lot of energy—about three times as much…
  • Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-fuel Impala

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Trash to fuel, the stuff of the 1980s sci-fi comedy movie trilogy “Back to the Future,” is now a reality. The 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala – not a tricked-out DeLorean – really can run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewingbeer.Cleveland-based quasar energy group uses organic waste to produce a renewable energy source known as biogas, which is then converted into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – one of two fuels that can power the 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala.Biogas is the raw mixture of gases given off by the breakdown of organic materials kept in an…
  • How to save energy by using LED lights

    Popular Articles.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    LED lights are used in industry, home, outdoor and other applications for efficient and energy saving lighting. When compared to the luminaries that are traditionally used, such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lights have significantly higher efficiency and energy saving properties. They can save more than eighty percent of electricity costs. They also have long life and heavy duty performance.Why are LED luminaries energy efficient and reliable?LEDs are energy efficient and power saving because of their construction and operating system. Incandescent lights are highly…
  • MUST-SEE: Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
  • The Seattle Mariners Swing for the Fences with Solar

    Guest Post
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Healthy Planet Partners, LLC (HPP), a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances, implements and maintains distributed energy and energy efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, and Kyocera Solar, Inc. announced today the completion of a solar rooftop and carport system at the Seattle Mariners Spring Training facility in Peoria, AZ.  HPP developed and financed the project with partner Kyocera Solar which provided engineering and project management support as well as acting as a finance partner.  By doing so, Kyocera lowers the risk and the associated cost of…
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  • Climate Change: A Military Imperative

    3BL Media
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For many years, the Pentagon has issued reports about climate change, highlighting the future possible threats our nation may face from increased temperatures, extreme weather, drought, flooding, and rising sea levels. This week marked a notable change in the Pentagon’s approach—instead of addressing climate change as a distant danger, the Pentagon issued a report that [...]
  • DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standards

    Shari Shapiro
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Federal government has long been a leader in constructing green buildings, and LEED has been the Federal standard of choice. The Department of Energy issued a final rule updating its recommended certification standards and levels for all Federal buildings on October 14, 2014. The Final Rule does not tell Agencies which rating system to use. [...]
  • Germany’s Energiewende Proves Electricity can be Clean and Reliable

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    Since 2004, the year of the first major revision of Germany’s Renewable Energy Act (EEG), the country has added at least 35 gigawatts (GW) of solar and 35 GW of wind to its electric grid – enough to offset upwards of 35 coal plants. What’s more impressive is during the first half of 2014, close [...]
  • Pressing Matters: Inserting Indow Windows for Energy Efficiency

    Eric Lane
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Indow Windows (Indow) is a Portland, Oregon, company that has developed energy efficient window inserts. Indow owns at least one U.S. Patent and a pending patent application covering its storm window technology.  U.S. Patent No. 8,272,178 (’178 Patent) is entitled “Press-fit storm window” and directed to a storm window assembly comprising a transparent panel and tubes [...]
  • Global Boom in Natural Gas Unlikely to Help the Climate, Study Suggests

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Increasing global supplies of unconventional natural gas will not help to reduce the overall upward trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions and the planetary warming that comes with it, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The findings further undercut the notion, long touted by proponents of natural gas, that the fuel — [...]
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  • USDA to Set Strict Limits for Pathogens in Poultry Products

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The USDA is being charged with the task of curbing the presence of pathogens in poultry products, specifically those ground and separated in factories, because they’re more prone to higher levels of bacterial contamination. According to the Government Accountability Office report, chicken breasts, wings, drumsticks, ground chicken and turkey meat have double-digit pathogen levels, which pose a threat to human health. The report noted that “after the USDA set a standard of 7.5 percent for salmonella on whole chicken carcasses, contamination rates fell to the single digits,” explains the…
  • 3 Basic 15 Minute Breathless Workout Routines

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    What happens when your exercise schedule gets hijacked by life? If you want to work out, you’ll make it happen. If you don’t, you’ll make excuses. I’ll show you 3 simple workout routines that don’t require a lot of space, workout equipment, or time, but are intense enough to leave you feeling genuinely breathless. Nowadays, lots of us ladies are changing diapers with one hand and firing out work emails with the other. Sometimes, your schedule is as tightly packed as your pre-baby jeans. But if you can find a spare 15 minutes you can get in some fast fitness…
  • Steve Ross and Other Experts Explain Authentic Happiness Through Meditation

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    For experts like Steve Ross, meditation helps us access the happiness that’s within us all. When Suze Yalof Schwartz, former executive fashion editor-at-large for Glamour Magazine asked her mother-in-law what she should do about all the stress she was experiencing in her chaotic life, the answer seemed all too simple. “Meditate,” she was told. But Schwartz didn’t know how to meditate and she didn’t know how to learn to meditate so she signed up for every meditation retreat in the Los Angeles area. Before long, she knew she was on to something big. She was hooked, blissed out,…
  • 5 Online Sharing Communities that Bring Peers Together for Common Needs

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve rounded up 5 stellar and unique online sharing communities that are great options whenever you need a little help from your peers. There are many different kinds of online crowdsourcing sites — it’s hard to keep them straight. But when you find one that truly works for you, and provides the services you’re looking for, you’ll never want to let that service go. Give these sharing communities a go. 1. CrowdMed So, have you ever wondered what that painful bump on your arm is? You’re not alone. And that’s why CrowdMed could become one of the most-used online networks.
  • Daily Consumption of Sodas and Sugary Drinks Decreases Lifespan by Nearly 5 Years

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s no secret that sugary sodas and soft drinks are not doing our health goals any benefit. Soda sales have been on a steady decline in recent years as a result of efforts that have succeeded in illustrating the health risks connected to soda consumption, namely obesity and type 2 diabetes. And now you can add another risk to soda consumption: early death. That’s the news out of the American Journal of Public Health, where a newly published study finds that soda consumption also speeds up the body’s aging. “In the past several years, researchers at the University of California at…
 
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  • LED Table Lamp With A Built-In Color Picker Is LaGenius! [Video]

    paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    ColorUp lamp by PEGA D&E (color version) from PEGA D&E on Vimeo. The ColorUp LED table lamp, with a built-in color picker, might be the first household light you’ll want to bring everywhere – to parties, on vacation etc. etc. What a cool application of energy saving LED technology. [G]
  • 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]
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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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  • 2015 Usa "states" Solar Power Rankings

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    This year, we’ve rejiggered our ranking system to reflect a number of different factors, . . . ensuring that the state rankings take into account, . . . not only how good of a deal getting into solar can be (and it is often a good deal), . . . but also the strength of the underlying policy, and . . . the likelihood that the solar train will keep on a-rollin’ into the future. 10-21-2014 Source:  2015 USA "States" Solar Power Rankings
  • 2013 Solar Cost, Decreased 20%

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The US Department of Energy, Sunshot, has revealed that system prices, . . . for distributed solar PV in America, dropped nationwide in 2013. . . . Toward their final Goal, of $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. 10-21-2014 Source:  2013 Solar Cost, decreased 20%
  • 2011 Solar Decathlon Team China

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    2011 teams produced a computer-animated walkthrough video, . . . to highlight their house design. 2011 teams produced a Live video walk-through, . . . to provide an accurate look at the real home.
  • Ambassador Expo Milano 2015 Jeremy Rifkin

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Jeremy Rifkin, 2015 Ambassador Expo World’s Fair, Milano,
  • Amsterdam Airport Enlists 167 Tesla Taxis

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    The Telsa electric taxi fleet is an effort on the part of the Schiphol airport, . . . to reduce its carbon footprint, . . . along with extensive use of LED lighting and . . . 35 BYD electric buses, among other things. The minimum trip cost comes in at a substantial 25 euros, . . . though each car comes equipped with free 4G LTE wireless service. The launch also came with a pretty slick video. 10-21-2014 Source:  Amsterdam Airport Enlists 167 Tesla Taxis
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • How Massachusetts Alternative Energy Credit Prices Will Impact Heat Pump and Biomass Operating Costs

    Chris Williams
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We passed the Massachusetts “Clean Heat Bill” in July 2014. The final bill number is S. 2214.  The bill created a production-based incentive, similar to solar PV renewable energy credits (SRECs), for renewable thermal technologies including solar thermal, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solid biomass, and biogas. In this article, I’ll explain how Alternative Energy Credit (AEC) prices will impact the cost to deliver heat from biomass and air source and ground source heat pumps. An AEC works the same as a REC, but the “A” stands for…
  • Community Solar 101

    Chris Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    There’s been a lot of buzz about community solar lately. While the amount of investment in community solar projects is a fraction of the investment of the entire solar industry, there are a few leaders who recognize the incredible potential of community solar. Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing a series about community solar. This is the first article in that series. If you’d like to learn more about the subject, sign up for our free Commercial Solar PPA 101 course. In this article, I’ll address the following questions. 1. What is community solar? 2. Why is…
  • Air Barriers vs. Vapor Retarders vs. Drainage Planes: Learn Essential Building Science Specifics in 60-Minutes

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Building science is complex. It takes time and experience to understand and integrate physics, chemistry, climatology, and ecology into building enclosures. Understanding the complex interplay of heat, air, and moisture flows within and across building enclosures— while paying attention to the conditions that occupants impose on the indoor environment—is integral to building success. In this 60-minute video lesson, you will learn 3 essential building science specifics: 1) How to distinguish between air barriers, vapor retarders, and drainage planes 2) How to explain the role of vapor…
  • Understand the Key Grounding and Bonding Standards for Commercial Solar PV Projects in Less Than 30 Minutes

    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…
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  • Experience Farm to Skin Beauty from Board and Batten

    paigewolf
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    We all know about farm-to-table. But have you ever truly experienced farm-to-skin? When I first discovered Board and Batten, I was blown away by the elegance of such a young, homegrown line. I was lucky enough to sample several of the products at Healthy Brand Showcase and then convince the brand to work with me to spread the word! Handcrafted on a 600-acre farmstead, Board and Batten’s products are designed to nourish and balance skin using organic plant oils, botanical extracts, and pure essential oils. Based on a plantation-style farm, Board and Batten’s name represents the…
  • Don’t Muddle the Movement: How Can the Real Food Movement Speak with One Clear Voice?

    paigewolf
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Being part of a movement is empowering and inspiring. Nothing fuels one’s passion and purpose like being surrounded by likeminded people – whether in person at events like ShiftCon or even on a Facebook group or message board. It’s thrilling to see the power of numbers, working together for a common cause. But what happens when not all of your causes are common? What if something you spend your life working towards gets lumped together with something you don’t even agree with? Not all animal advocates agree with PETA’s tactics (Hi!). Not all liberal democrats…
  • Giveaway Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow System

    paigewolf
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    We talk a lot about the importance of an organic mattress and organic linens. But what about your pillow? This is where your face is spending about a third of your life! Personally, I need a firm pillow, and many of the organic pillows on the market just weren’t cutting it. So when I tried out the Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow System I was thrilled to find something natural, pure, and sturdy! A great pillow requires a soft surface for comfort and a contouring support system for proper postural alignment. Many pillows approximate this balance, but to fully realize it requires some out…
  • TV That Inspires Kids to Get Crafty: Amazon Studios: Creative Galaxy Review

    paigewolf
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Screen Time, Screen Time – it’s always a controversy. But realistically, children are going to be using gadgets for everything from communication to schoolwork. So if we are going to let them watch and play, it’s a huge plus if it’s something interactive and educational. We are always looking for new craft ideas and a new show on Amazon Studios offers great incentive and imagination. Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!), is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for…
  • What I Learned at ShiftCon

    paigewolf
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    What does it take for me to leave my two young children, buy an airline ticket, and fly cross-country by myself for four days? Well, it would either be a tropical vacation in which I am being fanned by pool boys OR the first annual ShiftCon Conference. Imagine hundreds of the country’s most influential bloggers and social media movers gathered under one roof to talk about how they can charge the national discussion around the way our families eat, live, impact our environment? Add in 60 of the brands (think Stonyfield, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Boiron, Dr. Bronners, and Organic Valley) and…
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  • Dyson's newest tabletop fan hydrates the skin, obliterates germs

    mhickman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Along with retiring the garden hose to the garage, cleaning out the gutters and dragging out that sweater-stuffed plastic container from under the bed, in the coming weeks you may also find yourself dusting off and filling up that housebound-in-the-winter staple known as the humidifier.  
  • A recipe for green juice that actually tastes good

    kimi.harris
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
  • Your zombie-proof log cabin has arrived

    mdestries
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    $24,000 zombie survival kit? Check. Ridiculously tricked-out vehicle to mow down the undead? Check. A collection of books to prepare yourself for what's coming next? Check. What's missing? A personal fortress to house it all.
  • Glaucoma: The real reason Bono wears sunglasses

    mdestries
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    While comparing some amusing then-and-now publicity shots of the rock group U2, talk show host Graham Norton couldn't help but ask Bono the question everyone has wondered about with his trademark sunglasses: "Do you ever take them off?"   
  • Nose holds the key to reversing paralysis

    melbreyer
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
      In 2010, Darek Fidyka was victim to a brutal knife attack that severed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the chest down. For two years he had shown no signs of recovery, despite intensive physiotherapy for five hours a day, five days a week.  
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Dear Vivienne Westwood: Stop Shaming People Who Can’t Afford to go Green

    Sarah Burke
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Dear Vivienne Westwood: Stop Shaming People Who Can’t Afford to go Green Most people who try to live environmentally friendly lives, do so in the full knowledge that it’s not easy, nor is it always cheap. If it were, there wouldn’t be so many websites dedicated to giving tips on how to cook healthier, how and what to buy that’s ethically OK, how to save money and […]
  • Review: WOOED Wood Sunglasses

    Greener Ideal
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Review: WOOED Wood Sunglasses WOOED is a San Francisco based company that fashions interesting items out of reclaimed wood and sells them online to discerning buyers. Their catalog contains attractive cufflinks and sunglass frames which are unique as they are handmade and refined to bring out fine wooden grains. These attractive frames have a unique pattern and texture making them collector […]
  • Energy Retrofits for Older Homes

    Jennifer Moore
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Energy Retrofits for Older Homes You might think that old home of yours is pretty hum drum, boring and well… just plain old. But even an older home can become an asset in the fight to use greener energy. You can actually cut your carbon footprint by a lot, even if you do own a pre-1970’s home.   How Can […]
  • Help the Environment Just By Cutting Out this One Thing From Your Diet!

    Sarah Burke
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Help the Environment Just By Cutting Out this One Thing From Your Diet! The average American eats 40% percent less beef now than they did in the peak consumption in 1976. However, in 1976 the population of the U.S. was only 218 million. Today, it stands at 317 million and Americans are still eating too much beef. In fact, the U.S. is the world’s largest consumer and producer […]
  • Google’s Latest Investments Show That the Future of Energy is Green

    Jennifer Moore
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Google’s Latest Investments Show That the Future of Energy is Green Google is investing billions of dollars into clean energy projects, and for good reason; because the investment is supported by the data. “Basically,” says Rick Needham, Director of the Energy and Sustainability program at Google, “fossil fuel prices are going up, while renewable energy prices are going downward.” Even with the lower cost of fuels […]
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila

    GTG Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    | The Hangover-Free Zone | Tequila? There’s an actual place called that?” Si, claro. Yes, there really is. It’s in the Mexican state of Jalisco, some 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. The colonial town of Tequila (founded by Franciscan monks in 1530) and, surrounding it, the sprawling fields of red volcanic soil planted in row after row […]Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • San Francisco: ‘mega sustainable’ restaurant on the way

    GTG Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    | Green Travel News | The Perennial, a new “mega-sustainable ” San Francisco restaurant opening early next year, will feature an aquaponic greenhouse … in which kitchen waste will be fed to fish … whose waste will fertilize a “living pantry” … where microgreens and vegetables are harvested to order. In the words of Eater San Francisco, The […]San Francisco: ‘mega sustainable’ restaurant on the way is a post from: 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
 
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  • 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

  • Telangana to Add 500 mw Solar Power Projects in 10 months

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Telangana is hopeful of adding about 500 mw solar power in 10 months. The state called for tenders for 500 mw recently and is said to have good received good response. The projects would be through reverse auction. Once the agreements are signed, the project developers would have ten months to commission their projects. Accordingly, the state is making all out efforts to meet the power demand. It is spending about Rs15 crore a day in purchasing power from various sources. The state has already imposed a two day power holiday every week for the industries. There is a shortfall for about 20…
  • India Expands Solar Power Target, Will Add 15 GW Over Next Five Years

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently released revised guidelines for auction of solar photovoltaic power projects with a significant hike in overall capacity. As per the revised target (pdf), the government plans to add 15 GW of solar power capacity by Q1 2019. The first of the auctions to meet these new targets will involve 1,000 MW of capacity. Under the original National…
  • US Department of Energy awards $13.4 million to develop advanced biofuels and bio-products

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The research and development projects that received the funding from the Department of Energy (DoE) will focus on developing integrated processes for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals. These products not only will help reduce carbon emissions, but also advance the DoE’s work to enable the production of clean, renewable and cost-competitive drop-in biofuel at $3 per gallon by 2022. The biofuel research projects, which span five US states, are as follows: The University of Wisconsin of Madison, Wisconsin, will receive up to $3.3 million to develop a process to produce…
  • Putin Strengthening China-Russia Ties for Renewable Energy Development

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year — a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries’ economic interests and the world stage — that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant. Russia’s renewables sector is set to match the Chinese share in the country’s energy market, opening the door for the Chinese to significantly shape the development of Russia’s hydro and solar sectors. RusHydro JSC, Russia’s biggest hydropower company, announced it is considering a partnership with Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd.
  • Siemens signs two long-term wind service agreements in the U.S.

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
     Siemens to provide an additional 15 years of service and maintenance at Harvest Wind and White Creek wind projects in Washington State Siemens has signed two long-term wind service and maintenance agreements covering 132 SWT-2.3 turbines at two wind projects in Washington State, USA. Summit Power Group, LLC, based in Seattle, Washington (managing member of White Creek Wind I, LLC “White Creek” and asset manager of Harvest Wind Project “Harvest Wind”) represented the two projects.
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    Ecology Global Network

  • California Geese Applaud Ruling on Foie Gras

    Penny Stallings
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Foie Gras ducks in Normany, France. Photo via Wikipedia Or they would if they could, because the October 14, 2014 Supreme Court ruling means that California’s ban of the sale of foie gras, a delicacy that is produced by force-feeding corn to ducks and geese so as to enlarge their livers beyond normal size, remains in place. Animal rights activists have long condemned the practice of force-feeding as being cruel and painful. In 2004 the California legislature took their point and passed a ban that went into effect in 2012. The fight was led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and…
  • Drone Provides Stunning Images of Killer Whales

    Guest
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above. This gives scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health and reproduction while giving us all a stunning new view of the species. By Rich Press, NOAA Fisheries Science Writer In an exhibit of playful behavior, two killer whales nuzzle head-to-head. Photo credit: NOAA, Vancouver Aquarium. But scientists aren’t taking pictures just because they look nice. The images contain detailed information that scientists can use to monitor the health of individual killer whales and of…
  • Cry for Argentina: GM Soya Knows No Bounds

    Guest
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    By Mark Measures Courtesy of GM Education Flying over the North of Argentina you see the organic matter of soils and trees going up in pillars of smoke. No caution, no controls and with the government desperate for taxable exports, farmers are being driven by sheer economic pressure to use GM technology. This is industrialization of food production on a devastating scale. If this is the application of “sound science”, God help us. Mark Measures has been an agriculture advisor for over 30 years. Since the mid-1980s he has worked with Las Dos Hermanas, a 4,000 hectare organically…
  • In the Pampas: Argentina’s Las Dos Hermanas

    Janis Blackschleger
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    In the center region of Argentina, in the Córdoba Province, is a 4,000 hectare organically farmed estancia, Las Dos Hermanas, where a time-honored Argentinean way of life and sustainable crop and livestock production go hand in hand with conservation of the ecosystems and wildlife in the great grasslands of the Pampas. “In those unforgettable years of our childhood and adolescence, we learned to enjoy the great outdoors, and learn about the trees, plants, birds and animals native to the region. All of this developed in us a great love for Argentina and pampas, and everything that had…
  • Seaweed Problem Could Provide Biofuel Solution

    Guest
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Biofuels are controversial because they are often produced from food crops or grown on farmland, but a common algae found in abundance around coastlines and clogging up beaches may be the answer. By Paul Brown Saccharina latissima or sugar kelp. Photo courtesy Baralloco via wikimedia commons It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. One species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows…
 
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

    kristen
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I am fighting with my ego. Again. During what should have been a productive day in my studio, I decided to ramble on in my own mind about what defines art. I started piecing together snippets from different conversations with people I admire, creatively and personally. I am trying to make peace with this girl in my head who keeps telling me I am not an artist. So, here is the backstory. Over a decade ago I began this journey of creating jewelry. Working full time as a therapist with teenagers whose stories and struggles and pain left me in tears for most of my hour drive home, I found I…
  • The Seduction of the Sun

    kristen
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Sometimes there is a beauty that just leaves me speechless. No words adequately express the stirring, the knowing, in a place so deep within me that, for a brief moment, I feel certain of my connection to the whole. This afternoon the sun flirts with me. The leaves dance so that the sun shimmers, touching my face in this magical production. Just as I begin to surrender to her warmth, I’m left cold again with just sparkling pieces of her. The golden sun produces a deep longing in me, a yearning so intoxicating that it feels almost like pain. I know she is fleeting and will leave me with…
  • 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…
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen)

    Dr. Karen
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    A month ago, I received a cookbook called The Nourished Kitchen (affilaite) by Jennifer McGruther to review. Instead of just trying the recipes, I’ve been reading the cookbook like it’s a novel. I can’t remember the last time I actually ‘read’ a cookbook. I’m enthralled with this one. The Nourished Kitchen is a 300+ page cookbook... Read More » The post Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen) appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Meatless Monday Recipe: Southern-Style Stir Fry Wild Rice and Garden…
  • How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You

    Dr. Karen
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    GAPS diet has taken me on an interesting gastronomic journey and revelations. I knew fermented food was great but GAPS diet puts fermented foods all the way at the top of the list of good foods for gut health. I’ve been making and eating fermented veggies for years and I never knew how much it... Read More » The post How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified
  • How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy

    Dr. Karen
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Bone broth. I started seeing those two words all over the web recently. I wondered, what’s the big deal with bone broth? I always made my own chicken or veggie stock so I wondered, ‘What is the difference? Isn’t all broth the same? Just boil some meat and bones and you got broth/stock, right?” Well,... Read More » The post How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Cream of Potato with Roasted Cauliflower and Almonds Soup Eczema and Food Allergies
  • Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret

    Dr. Karen
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    You know I’m a kimchi mama, being Korean and all. But I don’t limit myself to just kimchi, when it comes to eating fermented veggies. I love eating any fermented vegetables, including fermented green cabbage and cucumbers. Since I grew up eating kimchi, I often crave salty, sour fermented foods with my meals. During hot... Read More » The post Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified How to pickle your summer harvest
  • Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet

    Dr. Karen
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are ending this week with one more post on gut health. I know I might sound like a broken record but I’ve been on a healing path to address my family’s health through addressing their gut. So excuse me if your think this topic is not “for” you. But I hope you’ll explore the... Read More » The post Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Heal Your Gut & Heal Your Life Foods That Heal Your Gut How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Manchester Wood Unveils New Fall Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Manchester Wood could easily be the fastest growing strictly American made furniture eCommerce site today. With over 50 new products added this year, our first mail order catalog due out next month, and a Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always promise that find our quality and pricing tough to beat. In the midst of the fall season, our American made furniture company is unveiling nearly 20 new products that expand the ever-growing popularity of our Solid Cherry furniture collection, Contemporary, Shaker, and the tried-and-true, TV tray table category. Alongside is a 10% off store-wide…
  • Fantastic Fall Savings!

    Manchester Wood
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    We’re offering 10% off store-wide for a short period this Fall Season to get us ready for the winter months ahead! Fall is a time to look indoors, and Manchester Wood has both the savings and now these additional savings to provide you the best affordable quality hardwood furniture for your latest home decor. Until October 19th, enjoy 10% off sale on ManchesterWood.com with promo code: ‘Fall’ at checkout. From our popular TV tray tables, Solid Cherry collection, Mission furniture, and more, we have many options of handcrafted American made furniture for you. We hope you…
  • 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…
 
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    Interactive Jungle

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    15 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
  • Beach Hot Spots, Literally

    amazon
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    When winter rolls around, it isn’t long before most people are ready to get away to a warm beach. There is no better feeling than...
  • 5 Best Beaches in Spain

    amazon
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:35 am
    Spain has over 5,000 miles of coastline. This coastline is graced with beautiful beaches. Some of its beaches rank among the best in the world....
  • Working on the National Bison Range, Montana

    amazon
    20 Jan 2014 | 6:45 am
    From highs that once reached somewhere between 30-60 million, wild bison on the plains of North America had dropped to an estimated 100 by the...
  • Five of the Best Beaches in Mexico

    amazon
    7 Jan 2014 | 6:28 am
    Beyond the Southern border of the United States lies Mexico, the fifth largest of all countries in North and South America combined; a land romanticized...
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    greenismything

  • I still think electric cars are a good idea…

    Anna
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By definition we must move towards renewable energy. How can people argue against that?” –Elon Musk, Tesla CEO Yale’s Environment360 blog recently featured an interview with former Toyota executive Bill Reinert, who was part of the team that designed the Toyota Prius. In the interview, Reinert reaffirmed his opinion that electric cars aren’t the way of the future, but rather we should continue to look to hybrid vehicles. And though Reinert has made important contributions to improving vehicle fuel efficiency and therefore reducing emissions (and while it’s interesting to…
  • Great Scot! Glasgow Scientists Make Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough

    Anna
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Is hydrogen the answer to cutting our cars’ greenhouse gas emissions? We may be hearing more about hydrogen fuel again in the near future. Researchers at Glasgow University have recently discovered what could be a breakthrough methodology for producing hydrogen fuel from water. The new method utilizes renewable energy sources to run an electric current through water (electrolysis) to create hydrogen fuel 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art production method. This method is a vast improvement over the currently prevailing practice, which relies heavily on fossil fuels…
  • 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…
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Visit HERE to hear Will talk about the current Love Canal DisasterThis Seriously Cannot be Happening Again...Can It?  My friend Mike Schade from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families was kind enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    We Moms Are Freaking Out But Seriously, Should We?  First let me say I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. So therefore it follows that this advice is just one mom trying figure out this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Change One Light Bulb and Change the World...No Seriously This is Good

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Do You Feel Buyer's Remorse with Your Energy Efficient Bulbs?  Well first you may be wondering if I fell off of the face of the earth as I have not posted since July. YIKES!  I am still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want to Feel Powerful Today? Here's How It's Done

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Join with Me and Call Walgreens for Safer Products! We need you to join with us today and give 5 minutes to your future health.  It's so easy and there is no more powerful form of communication... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is Aquaponic Gardening? Is It Organic? Is It Easy? Sylvia with The Aquaponic Source Is Glad You Asked

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Post Powered By The Aquaponic SourceMy Latest Green Intrigue...Aquaponic Gardening  I get the pleasure of meeting the most amazing green folks from across the planet in my work with EB and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • From "Sacred Time" to Art Journaling: How to Really, Truly Focus

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, my favorite gifts from my parents were always new sketchbooks. I could spend hours alone in my room, drawing and doodling, filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with pictures, ideas, and (let's face it) a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings! My parents were both artists (one by trade, the other by hobby), so they knew first-hand the importance of starting with a blank canvas. Just recently, I had one of those Oprah "Aha!" moments: I realized that even after all of these years, I still can really benefit from a blank canvas. Starting off the day with…
  • Monday Snapshot: The Orange Tree

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There's a show-off in every crowd, isn't there? One that steals the spotlight, dependably, like clockwork. In our neighborhood, it's this tree. The Orange Tree. Not the fruit-bearing kind of orange tree, but the kind of tree that lights up in October as if it's on its way to a Mexican fiesta. I have a soft spot for this orange tree. I look forward to its magnificent show every single year. Final 2 weeks to sign up! JOIN ME with your camera (even if you have a full-time job, and even if your camera is a smart phone!). Register for my online photography course running in…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 34: Lessons for Life

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Plain and simple, I love these five posts. No need for me to elaborate on them--they are my weekend gifts to you, so unwrap them and enjoy! From Life with the Crew: Spider Web Lessons From Meticulous Mick: Singing in the Rain From 365 Less Things: A Can't Sit Still Culture From Poetry and Pandemonium: A Poet Grumbles: On Rejection From Social Bridge: Send out Your Boats! JOIN ME with your camera (even if it's a smart phone)! Registration is now OPEN for my online photography course running in November: "The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level."…
  • Autumn Quiz: Name That Leaf!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Since all eyes are on the super-spectacular fall foliage right now (at least in this neck of the woods), I thought it would be the perfect time for a little pop quiz, to see if you can identify trees by their leaves. Think you really know your stuff? Ready...set...name that leaf! Match the following letters to the numbers on the photos: A. Silver Maple B. Sassafras C. Japanese Maple D. White Oak E. Black Tupelo F. Red Oak G. Bigleaf Linden (Lime in the U.K.) H. Sawtooth Oak I. Yellow Birch J. Red Maple Clue for #3: These yellow leaves are VERY large--about 8-10 inches long! Clue for #4: The…
  • Monday Snapshot: Feeling Sheepish...

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Did I get your goat? (Sorry, couldn't resist!) This is one of the "locals" at Sun High Orchards in Randolph, New Jersey. A kind and patient model, always on the lookout for a tasty carrot or two... Have a wild and woolly week! Registration is now OPEN for my online photography course running in November: "The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level." Join me! Did you enjoy this post? Get more like it by subscribing (at right). Or catch my latest posts by "liking" my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, or circling me on Google+.
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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

  • 5 Tips for Utilizing Energy Efficient Windows to Your Advantage

    Clay Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    As the eye of the home, windows are not only cherished for their natural beauty but also their versatility. A beautiful window increases the charisma of your living space, while at the same time, gives your room a much-needed dose of natural lighting and warmth. Because the enjoyment of your windows largely depends on your purchase and customization decisions, here are 5 practical tips that will help you to get the most out of your windows:   Tip 1: Choose a Window Style that Fits Your Architectural Design Windows come in many styles to serve different purposes. Bay windows offer you a…
  • Self-Assembly Homes – The Next Generation

    Clay Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    “Flatpack” immediately conjures images of Sunday afternoon nightmares putting together a miserably cheap MDF chest of drawers and a bi-annual re-tightening of every bolt in the name of frugality. An acceptable compromise for a coffee table, but you’d hardly want to trust the roof over your head to your (let’s be honest) questionable skills with an Allen key. But as click-together sofas and a new wave of innovative self-assembly design are showing, flatpack doesn’t have to mean sub-par. Cheap as chips housing Flatpack’s raison d’etre has always been…
  • How to Have a Green Halloween

    Clay Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    No, in order to have a green Halloween doesn’t mean you have to dress up to look like Al Gore or a tree hugger. That would just be a little weird. You and whatever you dress up as can be green at the same time. Below are ways to have a safe night and also give a treat to the environment. make costumes out of recycled and/or reused materials; you can be clever and make use of clothes you don’t wear that are in your closet now email Halloween party invitation instead of paper invitations use reusable bags for the candy (e.g. canvas bags, pillow cases)     buy pumpkins…
  • The Ways to Go Green at Home

    Clay Miller
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    The term “climate change” is now one of the decade’s biggest buzzwords. The discussions are all over the place, from the gatherings of the world’s greatest minds to the homes of everyday working people. With this, it seems that everyone is striving to go green at home and in the office. If you want to contribute to making this planet a great place to live again, then here are the different ways to do so, and all of these can be done right at home.   Saving energy One nice way of saving energy is by changing to LED light bulbs. These bulbs not only last long, these are…
  • 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…
 
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair

    John Grindle
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHow frequently will your commercial septic system need to be pumped? Under a greater load than residential tanks, your commercial system’s requirements will vary based upon the following factors: Volume of customer traffic in your business. The capacity of your business’s septic tank. Volume and rate of wastewater flow at your business. The amount of organic material in the wastewater. The post Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Bio Diesel

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 1:38 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comBiodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel. Biodiesel can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil. Biodiesel has better lubricating properties and much higher cetane ratings than today’s lower sulfur diesel fuels. Biodiesel addition reduces fuel system wear,and in low levels in high pressure systems increases the life of…
  • Food Processing Plants

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 12:17 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHere in the breadbasket of the world we have an abundance of food and food processing plants. Hulsey Environmental provides all of the following services to: Wastewater recycling Wastewater pretreatment DAF sludge Installation and modification Biological systems Call Hulsey Environmental if you have a high fat wastewater that needs to be disposed of, or are just looking for ways to reduce your Biological Oxygen Demand. Hulsey caters to the needs of Food Processing Plants throughout Georgia and the entire…
  • Bulk Hauling

    John Grindle
    30 Oct 2011 | 1:02 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comCommercial wastewater bulk hauling services are available for projects which require pumping, transporting and disposing of large volumes of liquids such as leachate, sewer sludge, sanitary wastewater, industrial waste and many other types of wastewater. Hulsey Environmental and LHR Farms meets all of your nonhazardous wastewater disposal needs for food processing plants and farms. The post Bulk Hauling appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Septic Tank Pumping

    John Grindle
    24 Oct 2011 | 12:48 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comYour Septic Tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on household size and usage. Regular Septic System pumping of the Septic Tank will reduce accumulation of scum layer in the Septic Tank. The scum layer should never reach 24 inches thick, if the material reaches 24 inches and beyond in depth there is a risk that material will flow into the outlet pipe and into the drain field, causing drain field failure. The post Septic Tank Pumping appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
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  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

    Rinkesh
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    What is Being Eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly? The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how…
  • What is Environmental Law and it’s Components

    Rinkesh
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What is Environmental Law? Environmental law looks at all the factors that pertain to an economy and its production and industry to assess its impact on the environment and to propose regulations that will reduce environmental harm. It is mostly considered with regulations and treaty agreements between countries, corporations and public interest initiatives that work to promote the conservation of natural resources and to enhance energy efficiency. According to Wikipedia, “Environmental law – or “environmental and natural resources law” – is a collective term…
  • Causes and Solutions to the Global Energy Crisis

    Rinkesh
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What is the Energy Crisis? The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation. The energy crisis is a broad and complex topic. Most people…
  • 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…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Port unveils twin wind turbine plans

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    A port in West Sussex has unveiled plans for a pair of new wind turbines to generate on-site renewable energy. Shoreham Port in Southwick, West Sussex has revealed plans to construct two 100KW wind turbines alongside its other buildings. The […] The post Port unveils twin wind turbine plans appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Yorkshire brewery goes solar

    Daniel Birkett
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    A North Yorkshire brewery has installed solar panels to improve the sustainability of its operations. John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire has completed the installation of a new solar array to help lower the carbon footprint of its operations. […] The post Yorkshire brewery goes solar appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Sussex bowls club makes solar switch

    Daniel Birkett
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    A bowls club in Newhaven, Sussex plans to slash its energy bills by making the switch to solar power. A Sussex bowls club is to reduce its carbon footprint and save money with a new solar array which will also […] The post Sussex bowls club makes solar switch appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Marine energy fund launched for Cornwall

    Daniel Birkett
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    A new £1.85m marine energy fund has been launched in Cornwall to help boost local businesses working within the sector. Cornish businesses working in the marine energy technology sector could be eligible to for a slice of the new £1.85m […] The post Marine energy fund launched for Cornwall appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Gloucestershire garden centre turns to solar power

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    A Gloucestershire garden centre has installed a new solar array in order to reduce the carbon emissions of the business. In a new green initiative a family-owned garden centre in Gloucestershire has installed over 100 solar panels with the aim […] The post Gloucestershire garden centre turns to solar power appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
 
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    Raintees

  • 3 Common Pet Health Myths Busted

    raintees
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As a society, our understanding of human health is always evolving and our habits generally evolve along with our changing understanding. A quick look at the evolution of the food pyramid over the past 50 years is a perfect illustration of this – whereas a diet heavy in grains used to be recommended, now we know that we should be eating more vegetables. General understanding of pet health, on the other hand, has not evolved quite as dramatically. For the most part, people still care for their pets the same way they did half of a century ago. Is that because no new information has come to…
  • 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…
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    Green Home Gnome

  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Storing household goods on garage and attic trusses - Garage and attic trusses are designed to support the weight of the roof and ceiling and not the weight of anything else.[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • The Dirt on Greenhouse Staging

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve got some big gardening plans now that your greenhouse is built. The whole time you were putting all the nuts and bolts together, you couldn’t stop thinking about the[...] 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
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  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mandy Shold
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Solar power. The sun’s been ready for 4.5 billion years. It’s time you were too. And with electric prices rising, more and more people are realizing that it is no longer a question of “to solar or not to solar?” – it’s about <how> to solar. Solar power is like coffee – everyone takes it a little different; whether you take it with cream or 20 years worth of payments, the base is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But solar is not a one-size-fits-all product. Your solar needs are different than your neighbors’. And that’s where all the…
  • Levi’s 49er Stadium Leads the Net-Zero Energy Race

    Thad Wharton
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA   The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off their new home season in a brand new building.  The 49er stadium consumes over 1.8 million square feet, and powers up among many other things a 13,000 square foot scoreboard, 12,000 physical network ports, 2,500 TV monitors, 370 concession areas, 176 suites, 81 public restrooms, 38 escalators, 25 elevators, 10 clubs, 12 electric vehicle charging stations, 6 ATMs, 1 museum and 2 alcoholic beverages per purchase thank you…while playing host to 68,500 guests.   So it’s very nice to know that on gameday, this…
  • Master Limited Partnership- Parity Act: A Call for Action

    Nick Blair
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    http://www.wrpawprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dysfunctional-Congress.jpg It goes without saying that these are trying times for the US Congress. They cannot seem to agree on anything, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting each other out for the midterm elections in November, and then the blame game will continue. However, even in times like these, there are patches of sunlight for Congress and for the rooftop solar industry. This time it comes in the form of legislation supporting Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy. …
  • 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…
 
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  • Create a More Productive Business Through Workplace Design

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Poor Design = Lower Office Productivity Did you know that good workplace design can actually help benefit your business? It’s true! In fact, poor design can actually adversely affect on-the-job productivity and efficiency. Many offices today are designed based on outdated layouts and obsolete configurations. Drab partitioned cubicles and stuffy corner offices are becoming less and less of the norm nowadays, as companies are looking to revamp their offices to create more organizational and collaborative spaces. As the modern business model continues to change, so does corporate design…
  • 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…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • How green living helps you to become a brilliant student?

    Mi Muba
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Green living means spending your life without wasting all types of resources and without harming your surrounding environment. It is a candid reality that there is no harm of going green. It is a win-win way of living where you gain everything and lose nothing. Even you help others gain and avoid losing anything which otherwise… Read More »The post How green living helps you to become a brilliant student? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to become a green leader of your community?

    Mi Muba
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Leaders are born not made. But you can become a green leader. You need not to do any special course for this purpose. Nor you need to have any charisma for this purpose. You just need to have green care for your planet Earth. Also you should reflect your care for environment by: Playing your… Read More »The post How to become a green leader of your community? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to hold a dialogue for resolving an environmental conflict?

    Mi Muba
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    If two or more than two persons, groups, parties or any other with different opinions on a subject talk openly or confidentially to resolve an issue this process is called dialogue. It is just opposite of monologue when one person talks and rest of the other just listen to him. Dialogue is considered the best… Read More »The post How to hold a dialogue for resolving an environmental conflict? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Passive Solar Windows for Different Climates

    Mi Muba
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Everybody spends more of the time of his whole life at his home. If a person do job for 8 hours daily and spend four hours in travelling and other outdoor work the rest of 12 hours he spends at home. It means a person of 60 years of age spends 30 years at home.… Read More »The post Passive Solar Windows for Different Climates appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 8 green habits you and your kids must adopt from today

    Mi Muba
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Adopt green habits as and when you can. It does not require a lot of time to go green. Nor is it a mission to feel like you are in a war against pollution. It is quite normal to adopt green habits. Just a little alertness is required to follow whichever action you observe someone… Read More »The post 8 green habits you and your kids must adopt from today appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • How important is to have an insulated home

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    External wall insulation – image source energytherm.co.uk We can say that since the year 2000, the temperatures started growing all over the world and this change was felt during the summers while experiencing extreme heats and during the winters when we had almost no snow at all, and temperatures pretty high for that period of time. In other places we had extreme cold conditions with tons of snow and much lower temperatures than usual. All these changes in the weather conditions were only a sign that the process of dangerous climate changes was already started without our knowledge.
  • The EU commission considers onshore wind energy cheaper than oil and gas energy

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Onshore wind turbines In a recent report of the European Commission released on Monday in Brussels it is specified that the relative cost of onshore wind energy compared with the fossil fuel energy resources like coal and gas can be cheaper if we talk about the technologies involved. This fact creates a good lead for onshore wind power plants to be built in the area and a very good outcome for the environmentalists. This report was conducted by Ecofys, a leading renewable energy consultancy company on the order of the EU commission and this report is considered the first one that speaks about…
  • Go green before the Winter

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Heavy winter this year Winter is very close to us at this moment even if we are still in the middle of October 2014. The weather outside is very warm in many countries, and it seems that the Summer wants to come back. Meteorologists said that this warm weather can take many weeks from now and the cooling period can start only in the middle of November. When the outside temperatures start going down, we all know that our home needs more electricity and natural gas to keep the comfort at the same level like before. A very good way to keep the consumption at low levels and also make some savings…
  • Offshore wind power – A great source of clean energy for the U.S.

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Offshore wind farm Generally, wind power is one of the best sources of renewable energy because its generation process does not rely on the daylight, it relies only on wind speed. The wind can blow day and night in areas where we have almost no obstacles like mountains, hills, tall buildings or deep forests. Offshore area is the perfect place for wind because beside the lack of obstacles, the surface of the water is almost flat, so it helps the wind to blow even stronger. In such areas is ideal to install huge wind turbines which are able to produce great amounts of green energy. To spin a…
  • Tesla Model D finally revealed

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    Tesla Model S P85D – image source TeslaMotors.com We all know that a week ago, Elon Musk the famous CEO of Tesla Motors, tweeted an image with this new Tesla model. Yesterday, October 9th, was the day when Tesla Model D was revealed and now we know that Tesla Model D is an all-wheel-drive version of the well known Model S. Tesla said that Model D will have three different versions, each carrying the “D” mark to be distinguished from rear-wheel-drive Model S. The Actual P85 Model S car will become P85D model and will have staggering acceleration capabilities, reaching 60 mph…
 
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    EcoIdeaz

  • Natural Fibers in India

    Thirumagal Jayaraman
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Author – Thirumagal J Image via commons.wikimedia.org by John Washington Fabrics and textiles play a vital role in meeting our basic clothing needs. Evidently, the textiles and fashion industry has emerged as a dominant sector in Indian industry. Fabrics are closely associated with every aspect of our lives right from birth till death. A study of fabrics shows that their earliest use dates back to over 10,000 years. The oldest fibers used by mankind are flax (10000 BC) cotton (5000 BC) and silk (2700 BC), while jute and coir have also been used since ages. While we are well exposed to…
  • 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…
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    Russ George

  • 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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  • Benefits of Sea Vegetables

    Kim Robson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    By Kim Robson: Humans have been harvesting and eating sea vegetables for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests that Japanese cultures have been consuming sea vegetables for more than 10,000 years. In ancient China, sea vegetables were a noted delicacy, reserved particularly for honored guests and royalty. Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries incorporate ...
  • One Down and Hopefully More To Join — California First State To Ban Plastic Bags

    Green Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Ok, so the wait is over. The first state in the U.S. to hop on the plastic-ban bandwagon is California. Yay!!!! California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed the plastic ban bill (SB270), making history. “It’s a step in the right direction and it reduces the torrent of plastic pollution,” Governor Brown said. Now ...
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies: Review & Giveaway

    Green Mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    By Fredrica Syren: When I lived in London, I used to buy all my herbs and beauty products at a small shop called Neal’s Yard Remedies. I was so happy to discover they now also sell online, so I can keep up with facial care from them. This business surely has grown since they opened ...
  • Teaching Our Children about Eco-Living

    Dawna Matthews
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Dawna Matthews: Over the years I have had to educate myself on eco-living. I pick up tips from many sources — other people I know, reading, travel, all over really. How do we transfer what we have learned about eco-living to our children without its being boring or too detailed and scientific? I think ...
  • Local vs. Organic Food: Which Is Best?

    Green Mom
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    By Fredrica Syren: If you stand in the grocery store, holding two apples, and one is locally grown and one is organic, which is the right choice? Of course buying local organic food is the best option always, but when the decision is about local OR organic food, it’s a personal choice based on health ...
 
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  • Geothermal Energy: Unlimited Geothermal Energy Facts

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Geothermal Energy is considered to be one of the renewable energy resources that is actually clean and efficient, It also has the capability to produce huge amount of electricity for thousands of homes, But what is really geothermal energy and how it can be harnessed to produce electric power. That what you are going to know when you have a look at the following infographic. “Infographic Credit:Pinterest“ “Featured Image Credit:Flickr“ The post Geothermal Energy: Unlimited Geothermal Energy Facts appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • How Does Wind Energy Work? & Is It Worth The Investment?

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Personally ,I really love wind energy ,It’s efficient ,Clean ,Environment-friendly and it can be harnessed to produce unlimited amount of electricity ,Also i love its huge wind turbines, they are really unique ,I don’t know if you have the same opinion as mine ,But There is no doubt that wind energy is considered to be a very useful renewable energy source. I have picked a very cool video to show you how does wind energy work? ,Is It really worth to invest millions of dollars? ,Also how scientists overcame its disadvantages, especially that one disadvantage about the birds. Have…
  • Ethanol Fuel Pros & Cons

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Bio fuels are one of those renewable resource that is more controversial than any other kind of resources, This because Ethanol and bio-diesel are both produced from sugarcane or Starch crops and vegetables. “Food is probably for eating not for using it as a fuel” “- “What Is Biofuel? – Advantages And Disadvantages Of Biofuels“ So anyways in the following infographic ,Ethanol fuel is pretty much explained here with it Pros and cons, Take a look! “Infographic Credit:Flickr” “Featured Image Credit:Flickr“ Take Notice See larger image…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best LED Light Bulbs For Energy Saving

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Saving energy is becoming day by day one of the most essential practices at home ,And with the renewable energy and Go Green Revolutions people start to be extremely aware for that not only at their homes but also in their business place. There is no doubt that lighting is the most important part of the house or of the business place ,so choosing the right lighting bulbs is crucial and could be saving you tons of money and energy in the long run. According to 3 Questions Answered About LED Light Bulbs ,we ended up knowing that Led Bulbs are the best out there nowadays because they last…
  • 4 Green Business Ideas & Practices

    Lillian Connors
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Any initiative for green business practices is fascinating for a good reason, being important for both the environment and the balance of a company’s budget. Companies that are going green with their businesses are considerably reducing the negative impact on our mother earth and at the same creating better, healthier working environments. Companies that are following the green incentives now are also witnessing significant tax deductions, while steps in greening up your business are bound to pay off, especially in the long run. Rational Thinking Many companies that are office-based waste…
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  • Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools

    Jessica Hope
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools We live in an era of big data and constant technological improvements, and it translates into every aspect of our lives. Thankfully, data plays a role in more than just targeting and predicting consumer behavior; big data, assisted by technology, also gives us the ability to further safeguard our health by finding and evaluating pollution near our homes and businesses. 1.) TOXMAP To give you a truly comprehensive snapshot, TOXMAP pulls data from three trusted sources: the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund National…
  • Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help

    Jessica Hope
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help Though it’s certain to turn a few stomachs, mold is a perfectly natural thing. In fact, when found outdoors, mold plays an important role in the decay of organic matter, and is a vital component of the decomposition process. Mold is a natural part of the environment, but only the outdoor environment. The indoor environment is another story. Indoor mold has been linked to numerous health issues. In a report issued in June of 2006, the CDC said that, “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in…
  • Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging

    Jessica Hope
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging There was a knock on the door.  I knew right away what it was – the package finally arrived.  It was the birthday gift I had been impatiently awaiting all month.  It was from an old friend who lives across the globe so it’s always a great feeling to get something from him.  After signing for it, I immediately began tearing at the box like a younger version of myself on Christmas Day, rife with anticipation and fixed with determination. As I was childishly digging through the contents of the package, I couldn’t help but notice…
  • What Does an Oil Spill Cleanup Look Like?

    Jessica Hope
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What Does an Oil Spill Cleanup Look Like? Oil spills are bad news. The list of potential harmful environmental effects is extensive, and includes things like: Ecological changes (usually caused by the loss of a species that serves an important function within an ecological community), Chemical toxicity (occurs when the toxic lighter chemical components in oil are absorbed into tissues, cells, and organs of affected organisms), Coating mammals and birds with layers of oil, and Full-blown physical smothering (when a creature’s essential feeding, thermoregulatory, and respiratory abilities are…
  • Feeling Sustainability-Stressed?

    Jessica Hope
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The world around us is growing more focused on sustainability all the time, and that has placed mounting pressure on businesses to implement resource-conscious and environmentally friendly practices. Consumer expectations are high; people no longer just want to feel good about the purchases or services they’re paying for, they want to feel good about the business they choose to work with. Businesses are in a tough position – they can either adhere to the wishes of their customers and get on-board, or ignore the issue and suffer the damages.     These sustainability…
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