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  • 21 Easy, Life-Changing Home Improvement Tips For Greener Seniors

    Sustainablog
    Guest Contributor
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Thirty years ago there were no disposable diapers, televisions in every room, or plastic soda bottles. Whether intentional or inadvertent, seniors came of age in a more ecologically harmonious era. Well, it’s not too late for them to return to the sustainable mindset of their youth. Sure, now they have a few more grey hairs and a conscious green sensibility. Armed with these assets, seniors and their families can make sustainable home improvements. In this post, rather than cover expensive or emerging technologies, we are going to return to basics, tackling 25 easy and affordable home…
  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

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

    Awake at the Wheel
    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 →
  • Google Street View Maps Show Extent of Methane Leaks in Cities

    Yale Environment 360
    Yale Environment 360
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    New maps from Google reveal the locations of natural gas leaks in U.S. cities and highlight the extent of Click to Enlarge Boston's natural gas leaks "fugitive" methane emissions associated with the nation's aging infrastructure. The Environmental Defense Fund partnered with Google Street View to map leaks in the nation's natural gas system, using cars equipped with air-quality sensors that collected millions of readings across Boston, Indianapolis, and Staten Island. The analysis found thousands of methane leaks in highly-populated areas — particularly in Boston, where half of the pipes…
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Sweet Greens
    Lauren Dartt
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s no secret that our landfills are filling up, and fast. Each person in America generates approximately 4.5 lbs of trash each day—with a population of 317 million people, that’s a LOT of garbage! We all know about the obvious ways to reduce solid waste—donating old clothes, recycling containers, composting, and choosing biodegradable when possible—but it turns out that a lot of other commonly used products can be recycled or reused, too. Here’s a list of 7 you may not have known about. #1: Markers Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative takes old Crayola markers and re-uses and…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe – Vegetarian and Delicious

    Shawna
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Here is another great salad from the Cooking Light Pick Fresh Cookbook – it is time to harvest fresh herbs and lettuces in the garden before they start to bolt. And dontcha know we are using one of my favorite herbs, parsley, to build a delicious Mediterranean salad recipe that is vegetarian and will knock your socks off with flavor yumminess. Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe Hands-on time: 10 min. Total time: 34 min. 1 cup water 1⁄2 cup uncooked quinoa 3⁄4 cup parsley leaves 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced celery 1⁄2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1⁄2 cup finely chopped dried apricots 3…
  • A Middle of the Garden Season Caladium Planting Solution

    Shawna
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    Everyone has had the problem of a section of plants dying or lettuce’s bolting or a group of ravenous insects attacking the garden and you have had to pull the plants out. This leaves a remarkably ugly blank spot in the garden beds, but it is too late in the season to plant anything that might be a long term grower. Usually I throw in the “leftover plants” from some other area of the garden or perhaps plant some cool season vegetable seeds. Last season I discovered a creative planting solution using caladiums that turned out remarkably well. The problem: a super ugly…
  • Indigo Rose Purple Grafted Tomato

    Shawna Coronado
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    Imagine growing common vegetables at reasonable prices that have super antioxidant value and a higher level of health value? This season I am growing the deep purple Indigo Rose Grafted Tomato from Jung Seed as a test experiment in my front lawn tomato garden to see how it works (so far pretty great as you can see in the photos). To celebrate summer goodness with me and all my peeps, Jung Seed will be giving away a $75 gift card on this blog post (see rules below). About the Jung Tomatoes I’m Growing Indigo Rose purple grafted tomato is GMO free and one of the first tomatoes with a high…
  • Unfried Chicken Recipe and a LYFE Restaurant Review

    Shawna Coronado
    5 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Recently I was invited to LYFE Kitchen to try their healthy food. My two vegetarian daughters and I took a break from gardening to visit the LYFE Kitchen in Evanston, Illinois to see if their claims to deliciousness are true. LYFE focuses on food that’s prepared quickly, but fits your special lifestyle. Flexitarian. Locavore. Gluten-free. Vegetarian. Vegan. Whatever your food LYFE style is, LYFE’s food MENU has options that fit. They grow fresh herbs on site and proudly display a full ingredient list with calorie, sodium, and nut allergy information. There is indoor or outdoor…
  • How To Avoid Wasp Stings and Still Save Pollinating Wasps

    Shawna
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Wasps are super important for the environment – they function as pollinators and also consume other insects. I love the wasp photo above as you can see the pollen on his bottom and legs. What is interesting about a wasp is that while it might be one of the smallest creatures in our garden, it is also one of the most feared. Here is the news – killing a wasp is unnecessary unless you have them stinging and swarming near you, your pets, or your children. I am severely allergic to their sting, but since I had one traumatic swarm incident when I was young, I have never been stung…
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC

  • Navy War Games May Be Disrupting More than Just Animals in Hawaii

    Zak Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica The Navy’s day-to-day training activities wreak havoc on the marine life unfortunate enough to be nearby. This is doubly true for their war games. And now, whales and dolphins may not be the only mammals impacted, as the latest exercises in Hawaii may have disturbed humans too. This morning, at least one dive boat and one sport fishing boat heard what may have been intense sounds from the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises taking place off of Hawaii right now. On the west side of the Big Island – south of…
  • What will the 21st Century Grid look like?

    Carl Zichella
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, San Francisco It seems everyone involved with renewable energy and climate change is asking the same question these days.  What will the 21st century grid look like?  This is one of the key questions the Department of Energy is asking as part of the first “Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)” seeking to understand how much modernizing the nation’s energy infrastructure will need in the coming years. Prognosticating the future with or without computer models is a sketchy business.  But some things are becoming…
  • Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish

    Amy Mall
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C. Last week I blogged about explosions and a spill at a fracking operation in Ohio. More details are now available, and the reports offer a cautionary tale of all the things that can go wrong on a fracking site. Here are key conclusions from news reports and a U.S. EPA emergency response report: "Federal and state EPA officials had to wait five days before they were given a full list of the fracking chemicals" used at the site by Halliburton. While the company gave information to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources…
  • National Conversation on Climate Change Has Shifted; Just Look at Latest Calls for Action

    Frances Beinecke
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City Matt Russell recently declared that “we are already experiencing the effects of climate change.” Russell isn’t a pundit or scientist or government official. He is a fifth-generation farmer from Lacona, Iowa, and he is trying to raise crops in the face of extreme weather. “Scientists have been telling us what climate change looks like. As farmers, we’re living it,” Russell said. The climate conversation has changed in this country. When I started working to combat climate change two decades ago, it was a…
  • Climate Change Impacts from the National Climate Assessment: Focus on Effects of Emerging Infectious Disease on Human Health

    Juan Declet-Barreto
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate and Health Fellow, Washington, D.C. In a previous post, I outlined some of the ways in which climate change is increasing the severity of extreme heat and heat wave episodes and affecting human health across the United States. In the second in a series of blogs on human health impacts, I’d like to focus here on the ways in which human exposure to infectious disease vectors (that is, disease-carrying insects like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes) is increasing due to climate change. As we will see, there is great potential for disease rates in humans to increase.
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    Grist

  • For $5 a month, you can put food on a stray climate writer’s plate

    Greg Hanscom
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:02 am
    I’ve written recently about the importance of small news websites to cities, especially during and after natural disasters. These sites, which have proliferated like crazy in the past five years, are filling in some of the holes left by dwindling daily newspapers. The trick, of course, is keeping them afloat. Well, here’s another approach to funding strong journalism — not publications, per se, but individual writers. It’s called Beacon, and it’s the Adopt-A-Manatee program of the increasingly colorful online news ecosystem. I first learned about Beacon via an email from a writer…
  • Swedes really are better at everything, including setting their garbage on fire

    Eve Andrews
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Do you have something in your life that’s causing you shame? Here’s an idea from the Swedes: Set it on fire. Some helpful examples: 1. That American Apparel dress that you wore approximately 15 Saturdays in a row during your sophomore year of college. LIGHT THAT SHIT UP. 2. Your eighth-grade book report on The Scarlet Letter, for which you received an F because you only read the first and last chapters. BURN IT TO THE GROUND. 3. That guy you met at the bar last weekend who is saved in your phone as “Bucket Hat.” OK – seriously, Grist does not condone murder! Set the…
  • Detroit will stop shutting off people’s water — for now

    Heather Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Monday morning, the Detroit Water and Sewerage District (DWSD) announced that it would stop shutting off people’s water, at least for now. What was it, in this infrastructural showdown I wrote about last week, that caused the change of heart? Was it the condemnation from the U.N.? The protestors blocking utility shut-off trucks? The giant march on Friday, featuring Mark Ruffalo and a megaphone? The children holding signs that read “We need water to brush our teeth”? The DWSD isn’t saying. Here’s what it is saying: “We are pausing for 15 days to refocus our…
  • It’s time for Obama to stop selling off our land and water to fossil fuel companies

    Ben Adler
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    In its ongoing effort to make life difficult for environment reporters, the Obama administration once again announced major environmental news on a Friday. This time, however, it was not a measure to protect the environment, but to destroy it. The Department of Interior decided to allow seismic testing off the southern Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida. This is a precursor to possible oil and gas drilling, to determine what fossil fuel resources are there. It is an illustration of one of Obama’s biggest failures on climate change. And it points to the direction that environmentalists…
  • Could drones be our secret weapon in the fight against Big Ag?

    Samantha Larson
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    If you were privy to everything that went on inside a factory farm, you might never want to eat again. Manure lagoons fester. Animals cram into tiny spaces. Unsanitary conditions abound. Which is exactly why Big Ag would rather you just didn’t know. At least seven states have now made it illegal to use undercover evidence to expose the unsavory practices that take place on factory farms. Award-winning journalist Will Potter thinks drones could be the workaround to these controversial “ag-gag” laws. NPR reports that Potter raised $75,000 on Kickstarter to buy drones and other…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mark Ruffalo Promotes Clean, Renewable Energy at NASCAR Race

    Lindsey Little
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Mark Ruffalo was all smiles as he posed for pictures and signed autographs on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. The 46-year-old actor was in town to support Leilani Munter in the Automobile Read MoreThe post Mark Ruffalo Promotes Clean, Renewable Energy at NASCAR Race appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Russell Brand Wants Your Help Going (and Staying) Vegan

    Natalia Galbetti
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Russell Brand is a proud vegetarian who’s not afraid to promote the plant based lifestyle to whoever is willing to listen. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Russell Brand Wants Your Help Going (and Staying) Vegan appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Steven Tyler Speaks Out Against Cruel Gestation Crates

    Sierra Britton
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food. Read MoreThe post Steven Tyler Speaks Out Against Cruel Gestation Crates appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Pit Bull Alerts Sleeping Deaf Boy to Fire

    Lindsey Little
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    A 2-year-old pit bull named Ace heroically saved his deaf owner on Wednesday during a frightening house fire.  Firefighters were called to a home on the south-side of Indianapolis at Read MoreThe post Pit Bull Alerts Sleeping Deaf Boy to Fire appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • If Weird Al Were A Sandwich, He’d Be Delicious (and Vegan)

    Amanda Just
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Weird Al Yankovic is back with a new album and he sat down with the AV Club to answer important questions, like what kind of sandwich would he be? A vegan one! Read MoreThe post If Weird Al Were A Sandwich, He’d Be Delicious (and Vegan) appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    TheGreenGirls.com

  • 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…
  • Bachelorette Parties – The Green Way

    Apple
    21 Sep 2013 | 7:55 am
    Thinking about arranging a “bachelorette party” that leaves your gang feeling proud and capable instead of grumbling about hangovers and embarrassing memories? Check out these all-American Eco-friendly excursions where your crew can enjoy some good clean fun while making the world a little bit better place! Picture By: reverbca Saving Instead of Paving Paradise The spectacular trails on Maui wind through outstanding tropical scenery, but they require a lot of upkeep to remain serviceable in the tropical climate with all the rain, roots and rot. The Sierra Club of Maui organizes…
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Be Entranced by the Perfect Entrance to Your Home

    guest
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Do you ever put your key in your front door, only to have it fall off at the hinges? Does your doormat have the durability of used toilet paper? Do people regularly throw bits of rubbish at your doorstep because they’ve mistaken it for a skip? Yeah, you might want to consider sprucing up your entrance. Your doorway is the first impression any visitors will get of your home, so you have to make sure it’s in tiptop condition. So, what can you do? Simply try a few of these tips. A matter of mats You know what it’s like – you wipe your feet on your doormat, only for it to hold about as…
  • Artisan Nisolo Tote – a tried and true product review

    Maureen O'Connor
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    full disclosure: I received the JoAnne Tote (above and below) for the purposes of this Tried and True Review. In the spotlight today is Tennessee-based, Nisolo and their handcrafted tote made by a Peruvian artist by the name of Willan. Focused on how conscious consumerism can have a social impact, the company’s ‘Hand Up’ philosophy empowers talented craftsmen and women in the developing world shape their futures through their extraordinary work. the review Can a tote be sexy? This one is … After only 2 weeks in my possession, the JoAnne Tote has made her way all over…
  • Mobile Solutions To Make Your Business Go Green

    guest
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Going green isn’t just a catchphrase for environmentalists; it’s also a way for businesses to save money. If you’re interested in not only saving the environment, but saving your business money as well, look into these mobile solutions to use your phone to go green. Cut Down on Paper Consumption Every year, the average American consumes and disposes of seven trees worth of paper. When added together, that means nearly 2 billion trees are cut down every year to create everything from receipts to printer paper. However, using your mobile phone to send memos, invoices, and…
  • Eco Fashion Friday Finds: Our Twitter Friends

    Maureen O'Connor
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Today we feature some of our eco fashion friends from our Twitter community. dikokore designs is a jewelry and accessories company committed to the financial, educational and social empowerment of women and girls in Dikokore, Benin. Their colorful, hand-dyed, hand woven bracelets are a dynamic fashion accessory. Each dikokore bracelet (above and below) sold provides supplemental income for women artisans and educational scholarships for the girls of the local African community, while also addressing gender inequalities issues and lack of resources. The company works directly with the Tibobene…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Obama allocates funds to help communities build climate adaptation

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    More extreme droughts, floods and wildfires – these are just some of the impacts of climate change that won't just occur in the distant future to our great-great grandchildren, but are happening now. To address the changing climate's current effects on communities in the U.S., President Barack Obama announced a plan to strengthen national infrastructure and help cities, states and tribal communities better prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
  • What do volcanos look like deep underground?

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier's deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again someday. "This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal reservoir that eventually is tapped for eruptions," says geophysicist Phil Wannamaker, of the university's Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "But it does not provide any information on the timing of future eruptions…
  • Update: Melting permafrost and Global Warming

    19 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    You have probably heard that melting permafrost is a big contributor to increasing the levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, and that melting permafrost may even cause an unstoppable acceleration of global warming. New research, however, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), counters this widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming, indicating instead that certain arctic lakes store more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. The study, published this week in the journal Nature, focuses on thermokarst lakes,…
  • Two Years After Coming Into Effect, Australia Kills Carbon Tax

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In a significant victory for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Australian Senate has voted to repeal the country's two-year-old carbon tax. Abbott made dismantling the tax one of the cornerstones of his campaign last September even as Australia remains one of the highest carbon emitters per capita in the industrialized world.
  • The mystery behind starling flocks explained

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    The mystery behind the movements of flocking starlings could be explained by the areas of light and dark created as they fly, new research suggests. The research, conducted by the University of Warwick and published in the journal PNAS, found that flocking starlings aim to maintain an optimum density at which they can gather data on their surroundings. This occurs when they can see light through the flock at many angles, a state known as marginal opacity. The subsequent pattern of light and dark, formed as the birds attempt to achieve the necessary density, is what provides vital information…
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • The Beard Identity: What Growing a Beard Taught Me About Gender Roles (and Maybe Even Race)

    Garth Purkett
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I had no idea that growing a beard meant diving (beard first) into a conversation about societal constructs. Who knew facial hair could make such a difference? So, I’m a white guy, and being a white guy means being relatively free to do and be whatever I want without fear of being treated differently — let alone facing real, toxic discrimination — based on the way I look. It’s not fair, but it’s largely the truth. One of my only physically differentiating factors is my brown, bushy beard, and surprisingly, it has taught me a lot about gender, society’s…
  • DIY Summer ‘Do: How to Get Beachy Waves in 5 Simple Steps

    Krissy Brady
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Here’s how to get beachy waves – minus the beach. Who doesn’t love the effortless, laid-back look of beachy waves? They’re super-easy to create and achievable for practically every hair type. It’s a timeless hairstyle that will never lose its luster – best of all, you can score this look in the comfort of your own home. “Any woman whose hair is past their collar bone to mid-back has a perfect length to achieve beachy waves,” says hair expert and celebrity stylist Jin Bang. “It takes a little more prep work for ladies with straight hair, but it’s still a very achievable…
  • From ‘Chappelle’s Show’ to ‘Girls’: 7 Streaming TV Comedies for When You’re Feeling Blue

    Abbie Stutzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Feeling blue? Take a few hours and indulge in some comedy therapy. The following streaming TV comedies are available to stream and will help get you out of your funk by the third episode. Streaming on Netflix 1. “Parks and Recreation”: “Parks and Rec” is probably my favorite network comedy. I’m a huge fan of Amy Poehler and her incredibly earnest character, Leslie Knope. The cast of characters in this small town political comedy show is top notch, and every season is just as good, or better than the last. This is one of those shows that you can pick up at the…
  • Is Organic Food Better? Foodie Underground

    Anna Brones
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    ColumnWhen we think of organic food, we have to think about more than our personal health. Is organic food better for us?  I remember a couple of years ago scrolling through my Facebook feed after the latest study on whether or not organic food provided more health benefits than conventionally grown produce, and reading a comment that a friend had written, “I now feel completely vindicated for NOT buying organic foods.” That line has stuck with me. I think about it often. Recently there was more fuel to add to that fire, in the form of a new study looking at pesticide and…
  • 5 One Piece Swimsuits for Sizzlin’ Summer Days

    Leena Oijala
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Make a splash this July in one of our top 5 swimsuits for those sweltering hot summer days! Eco-friendly swimsuits and bikinis are making their way to the mainstream in a big way this summer, with our favorite brands offering up a range of styles and colors that are right on trend. From sultry maillots, barely there cut-outs, and more modest tube suits and halters, eco chic swimsuits are your ticket to a cool and conscious poolside or beach experience. 1. In the Wave One Piece by Odina Sexy but suitable for surfing and swimming all day long, this one piece from Odina is made entirely from…
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  • The Camel Ambulance

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    If a jeep is not handy, Ali tells me, then the only other alternative is to climb the tallest sand dune and hope that one of Pakistan’s five telecom giants has sent some signal your...
  • 'Fight Club 2' Is Coming In 2015

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Chuck Palahniuk is writing the second part of "Fight Club." It won't be a new film (yet?) — Dark Horse is publishing this new story in a 10-issue maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart, starting in 2015.
  • Using Laughing Gas To Relieve The Pain Of Childbirth

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Though it's popular in other countries, the U.S. has historically shied away from giving nitrous oxide to women in labor. Now some hospitals are championing it as an alternative to epidurals.
  • Glove And Boots Come Up With 'Fun' Healthcare Alternative s

    16 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Healthcare isn't for everybody. Personally, we're into the whole "live fast, die in horrendous debt" thing.
  • The Weird World Of Alternate Side Parking

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    Every day, drivers across New York double-park their cars as street sweepers pass by, a practice known as alternate-side parking.
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • India Doubles Coal Tax to Fund Ambitious Clean Energy Initiatives

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    India's finance minister has doubled the tax on coal imported to or mined in the country, raising the tariff from $0.83 to $1.67 per metric ton, with plans to use the revenue to fund a host of renewable energy projects over the next decade, Clean Technica reports. The revenue will be added to the National Clean Energy Fund, which was established to provide low-cost financing for renewable energy projects. The fund's scope will be expanded to include environmental projects as well as clean energy research and development, including a national wind energy program, four major solar power…
  • Primate Rights vs Research: Battle in Colombian Rainforest

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    A Colombian conservationist has been locked in a contentious legal fight against a leading researcher who uses wild monkeys in his search for a malaria vaccine. A recent court decision that banned the practice is seen as a victory in efforts to restrict the use of monkeys in medical research. BY CHRIS KRAUL
  • Germany Tops Energy-Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Germany tops a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, China, France, and Japan, according to the American Council Click to Enlarge Energy-efficiency rankings for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The United States ranked 13th out of 16 nations, behind countries such as India, China, and Canada, although new carbon pollution standards proposed this June for existing power plants would be a major stride in the right direction, the ACEEE said. The group also admonished Australia, which ranked 10th, for demonstrating "a clear backward trend" in…
  • Google Street View Maps Show Extent of Methane Leaks in Cities

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    New maps from Google reveal the locations of natural gas leaks in U.S. cities and highlight the extent of Click to Enlarge Boston's natural gas leaks "fugitive" methane emissions associated with the nation's aging infrastructure. The Environmental Defense Fund partnered with Google Street View to map leaks in the nation's natural gas system, using cars equipped with air-quality sensors that collected millions of readings across Boston, Indianapolis, and Staten Island. The analysis found thousands of methane leaks in highly-populated areas — particularly in Boston, where half of the pipes…
  • Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    Sea stars on both coasts of North America are dying en masse from a disease that kills them in a matter of days. Researchers are looking at various pathogens that may be behind what is known as sea star wasting syndrome, but they suspect that a key contributing factor is warming ocean waters. BY ERIC WAGNER
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Even Government Agencies Play The 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' Game, And Here's Proof

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    Talk about awkward tweets: On Monday night, July 21, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water accidentally tweeted an auto-generated tweet from Kim Kardashian's new game, "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood." That's right -- in between tweets about clean water and toxic algae nestled a tweet that proved whomever is running the account is trying to rise to virtual stardom, which is almost as important as trying to rid the country of water-related diseases. Business Insider, Daily Dot, The Los Angeles Times and Buzzfeed have all posted screengrabs of the tweet, and Buzzfeed notes it…
  • Eddie Overholt, Elderly Veteran, Arrested For Asking County Officials To Speak Louder

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    An elderly veteran was arrested at a county board meeting last Friday in Tennessee after asking the members to speak up. Eddie Overholt, 76, can be heard in the clip above asking the Greene County Industrial Development Board, "Would y'all speak up until the whole audience can hear you?" The contentious meeting over a plan to build a pipeline that would dump water into the Nolichucky River had been interrupted several times by audience members asking the board to speak louder. The members were not using microphones and some sat with their backs to the audience, the Greeneville Sun reported.
  • EPA Office Of Water Tweets About Kim Kardashian App

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The Environmental Protection Agency Office Of Water's Twitter feed went a bit off-message on Monday night. Normally, the site talks about the U.S. government's latest efforts to protect clean water and posts links to stories about pollution and invasive species. But around 10 p.m. Monday, this odd tweet appeared: The message, which as of this writing has been retweeted more than 3,000 times, is likely the product of a hacker. But it's also entirely possible that the page's social media manager is a Kim Kardashian fan who simply meant to post the tweet on his/her personal feed rather the…
  • Abandoned Kittens Are Now Raising Awareness For Pet Adoption, Lookin' Cute Doin' It

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    These are more than just lovable kittens, they are living reminders of the importance of adoption. In May, Israel-based photographer Alex Greenshpun and her partner found a box containing five abandoned kittens, according to her post on Behance. They took in the tiny creatures, who couldn't have been more than a few weeks old, and nursed them back to health. Greenshpun photographed them constantly, and decided to use the photos as a way to draw attention to the need for animal rescue and adoption. So far, three of the five 2-month-old kittens have already been adopted. "The goal of this photo…
  • World's Largest Aquatic Insect May Have Been Found, And It Will Haunt Your Dreams

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If you have entomophobia (or if you’re even the teensiest bit squeamish when it comes to bugs), you might want to avert your eyes. A giant aquatic insect has been found in China, and it’s the stuff that your very worst nightmares are made of. According to Xinhua News, representatives from the Insect Museum of West China found the enormous insect during a recent expedition on a mountain in Sichuan province. Boasting a wingspan of 21 centimeters (8.2 inches), the monster bug -- of the order Megaloptera -- may just be the largest aquatic insect ever found, according to China News Service.
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • The U.S. Must Lead on Climate Threat

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    During a Congressional hearing this year, Texas Rep. Joe Barton (R) invoked Noah's Ark saying, "I would point out that if you're a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn't because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon." Really? Because 97% of the world's climate scientists beg to differ today. Pope Francis, who also reads the Bible, understands the current threat better than Rep. Barton. He said recently that we must be "custodians of creation," respecting the "beauty of nature and the grandeur of the cosmos." He…
  • Travelling Green: The World's Top Eco-Friendly Hotels

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Travellers are recognizing the importance of environmental conservation and are increasingly seeking accommodation that supports environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism. Acknowledging this, hotels around the world are developing award-winning environmental, economic and socio-cultural programs that preserve both the culture and support the local economy. Here at HotelsCombined we know that responsible tourism practices are beneficial to both hoteliers and guests. There is a growing interest in environmental conservation and understanding the impact of tourism on a destination. With…
  • Teaching Our Son About Death, One Fish at a Time

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    I hit the car radio's "off" button as fast as I could without getting us into an accident, but it was too late. I had spent much of the afternoon trying to give my 5-year-old son, Gabriel, a break from the d-word, but thanks to Don McLean, it was already out there. "This will be the day that I die," Gabriel repeated the classic refrain with horror. "Mommy, they're singing about him. This song's about Baxter. This is the day Baxter died. I want Baxter." His little voice trailed off into sobs. It had been almost an hour since Gabriel had cried about the death of his beloved pet fish. This was…
  • 'Anywhere So Beautiful'

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    No matter how much I love my job, being away from Mary and the kids while I travel for work is always tough. Even on a fantastic trip like the one I took to the Arctic last month, I constantly catch myself wishing they could be there to see it with me. That's why these two weeks of summer are the best of both worlds. I get to meet fantastic Sierra Club volunteers from all over the Northwest, learn about the work they're doing, and see the beautiful places that inspire them. Plus, I get to do it with the whole family. Believe me, that makes up for a lot of budget and policy meetings. After a…
  • Push the Pipeline: Noisy Fun

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    Because of pollution, global warming and global geopolitics, we obviously need to move away from fossil fuels, especially coal and oil, but also natural gas. Still, our economy will primarily run on fossil fuels for a few more decades as we move too slowly away from them. The least dirty one -- and quite cheap now -- is gas. The current power of ruthless Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is largely attributable to Western Europe's excessive dependence on Russian fossil fuel. There's not all that much else in the Russian economy, despite the country's vast size. But then, national over-reliance…
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  • Crash victims' remains reach Ukraine-held city

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — The remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash arrived in territory held by the Ukrainian government on Tuesday on their way to the Netherlands, after delays and haphazard treatment of the bodies that put pressure on European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia.
  • Big milestone for Britain's little prince

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.
  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
  • American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.
  • Israeli soldier missing as Gaza fighting rages on

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli soldier is missing following a deadly battle in the Gaza Strip, a defense official said Tuesday as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of targets in the coastal strip and diplomatic efforts intensified to end more than two weeks of fighting that has killed at least 585 Palestinians and 29 Israelis.
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Mammoth and mastodon behavior was less roam, more stay at home

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Their scruffy beards weren't ironic, but there are reasons mammoths and mastodons could have been the hipsters of the Ice Age. According to new research, the famously fuzzy relatives of elephants liked living in Greater Cincinnati long before it was trendy -- at the end of the last ice age. A new study shows the ancient proboscideans enjoyed the area so much they likely were year-round residents and not nomadic migrants as previously thought.
  • Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research. The study concludes that a natural cooling fluctuation during this period largely masked the warming effects of a continued increase in human-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
  • Guide to household water conservation provided by experts

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Households can reduce water use substantially by simple actions such as installing more efficient appliances and changing day-to-day habits involving water consumption, experts explain in a new article. "As water availability is expected to become an increasingly urgent issue in the coming decades," they write, "it is heartening to find that substantial reductions in household water use are readily available to U.S. households."
  • Real price of steak: Comparing environmental costs of livestock-based foods

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    New research reveals the comparative environmental costs of livestock-based foods. While we are told that eating beef is bad for the environment, do we know its real cost? Are the other animal or animal-derived foods better or worse? New research compared the environmental costs of various foods and came up with some surprisingly clear results. The findings will hopefully not only inform individual dietary choices, authors say, but also those of governmental agencies that set agricultural and marketing policies.
  • Climate: Meat turns up the heat as livestock emit greenhouse gases

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Eating meat contributes to climate change, due to greenhouse gasses emitted by livestock. New research finds that livestock emissions are on the rise and that beef cattle are responsible for far more greenhouse gas emissions than other types of animals. "That tasty hamburger is the real culprit," the lead researcher said. "It might be better for the environment if we all became vegetarians, but a lot of improvement could come from eating pork or chicken instead of beef."
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    anneashbey
    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…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Are Obama's Administrative Agencies The New Star Chambers?

    Daniel Fisher
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:35 am
    The rise of administrative agencies with the power to make law and fine citizens outside the court system resembles nothing so much as the Star Chamber of King James I, a legal historian argues.
  • Video: Typhoon Rammasun Hits Southern China and Causes Damage of $2 Billion

    LinkAsia News
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In China, typhoon Rammasun hits southern provinces and causes economic losses of over 2 billion U.S dollars. Around Zhanjiang, more than 10,000 houses were damages, and about 300,000 residents forced to evacuate. In India, the protest against sexual assault and rape continues in Bangalore. The rape of a 6-year-old girl
  • GOP Senators Question Inspector General's Right To Probe Fracking

    Jeff McMahon
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The EPA's inspector general defended his right to investigate the pollution risks of fracking in a letter Friday to five Republican senators who had questioned his authority.
  • North Sea Oil & Gas: Not Running On Empty Yet

    Gaurav Sharma
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Ever since North Sea oil and gas production peaked in 1999, commentators within and outside the industry have tried to predict the date of its imminent demise on a regular basis. Understandably, debate about one of the world’s key non-OPEC producing regions is most vociferous in Norway and UK, the two main protagonists in this particular global hydrocarbon production saga.
  • Tesla's Model 3 Will Be Its Best-Selling Car--Despite Musk's Failure To Work Sex Into Name

    Hannah Elliott
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Tesla-watchers and first-adopters alike last week were agog with news that by 2017 the electric automaker will make a new electric sedan named the Model 3.
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    The Good Human

  • Texas Family Wins $3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case

    David Quilty
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    And yet, the denials over the dangers of fracking continue to pour in from those set to make the most off the “technology” – oil companies and their investors. Before you read any further, I would suggest you read my post What is Fracking? for information about it, in case you don’t know yet. The rest of this piece will make more sense then. Earlier this week, a Texas judge upheld a previous $3 million verdict against Aruba Petroleum by a family that claimed that fracking activities near their 40 acre ranch was making them all sick. The case started three years ago…
  • Will Organic Food Make You Healthier? Who Cares.

    David Quilty
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Are chemicals that are less chemical-y better for you? Is breathing less smoke from the back of a 1985 Ford Truck better for you? If it’s called global warming, why is it cold outside? We as humans ask some pretty stupid questions. The question is not really “is organic food healthier?” That is not a valuable question, not in the least. Whether or not organic food makes you healthier isn’t important; rather, we should be asking if they are better for us then the conventionally-grown, pesticide-laden, chlorine-bleached, and irradiated food found at your favorite grocer.
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 365

    David Quilty
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I missed last week because it was the 4th of July, so I had a good excuse. But I’m back with a fresh installment of green news for you… 4 Toxic Products That Can Ruin Your Summer and the Environment Whether you are looking at spending some time away from home or you are planning on opting for a few staycation ideas, you are going to want to stay away from toxins and harmful chemicals that could not only put a damper on your summer, but will likely have a significant impact on the environment as well. To keep you and your family safe, here are 5 toxic products you will want to…
  • These Companies Test on Animals

    David Quilty
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    According to ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project, these companies test on animals, even in spite of most people thinking it’s absolutely wrong. “The Beagle Freedom Project is a mission to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home.” How can you go wrong with that mission? They even offer a Cruelty-Cutter app, which allows you to scan an item in the store and find out if it is tested on animals. So if you care about buying products that don’t do their testing on animals, keep an eye out…
  • Apple Building Its Third Solar Farm

    David Quilty
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    And here I thought that when Steve Jobs died, the company would falter… I guess I was wrong. Ok, so I am not talking about their computers and phones, which, in my opinion, are not as well-made as they were just a few short years ago. As much as I am an Apple fanboy, I can admit that out loud. Wow, that hurt. But anyways… A few years back Apple decided to start building its own solar farm(s) to power its data centers because the company couldn’t buy clean energy from the local utility company Duke Energy. The company already has two solar farm and fuel cell facilities…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments

    Justin Mikulka
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port. The South Portland Clear Skies Ordinance, would ban tar sands oil from being loaded on to ships at the local port. City council will take a final vote on the measure today. Three weeks ago, about 200 people attended a presentation on the proposed ordinance, many wearing blue “clear skies” t-shirts to show their support. Only three people spoke against the ordinance at…
  • California Orders Emergency Shutdown Of Fracking Wastewater Injection Sites Over Fears of Contaminated Aquifers

    Mike G
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    California officials ordered an emergency shutdown of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites in Kern County earlier this month, fearing they may be contaminating sources of drinking water that are sorely needed in the drought-stricken state. No contamination has actually been found in any drinking or irrigation water, but, according to The Bakersfield Californian “Pollution has not been ruled out… as regulators conduct site inspections and await test results and other information from the companies” that were operating the injection sites. State officials are reviewing not just the 11…
  • Exclusive: E-mails Reveal Feds and Rail Companies Pressured States to Keep Oil-by-Rail Information Secret

    Justin Mikulka
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Documents released to DeSmogBlog by the Washington State Military Department reveal that both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and rail companies attempted to pressure states including Washington to keep information about Bakken crude oil trains from the public. As previously reported on DeSmogBlog, while rail companies have been asserting that information about the frequency and routes of Bakken oil trains was “security sensitive,” the Federal Railroad Administration and the Transportation Security Administration were saying the opposite. However, that didn’t stop the…
  • Climate Failure: U.S. Passes Saudi Arabia As World’s Largest Oil Producer

    Don Lieber
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Is President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy a success? Or a climate failure? A report issued recently by Bank of America declared the United States has now surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. The daily output average for the first quarter of 2104 exceeded 11 million barrels, a significant increase from the previous quarters’ (Sept-Dec 2013) average of 7 million barrels, according to the International Energy Agency.           The expansion of domestic oil production in the U.S. has been significant under President Obama, supported by his…
  • U.S. Joins Canada and Oil Industry's Lobbying Offensive To Keep Europe Open to Oilsands Imports

    Derek Leahy
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    For five long years the federal government and the oil industry have lobbied against the European Union labeling oilsands (also called tar sands) bitumen as ‘dirty oil’ in its Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). A new report released yesterday reveals the recent involvement of the U.S. in the lobby offensive to keep the EU market open for bitumen exports has tipped the scales in favour of oilsands proponents. The sustained attacks by the U.S. and Canada on the European Union’s key legislation on transport fuel emissions seem to be paying off,” Fabian Flues of Friends of the Earth Europe,…
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    Urban Workbench

  • 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…
  • What Have You Shipped?

    Mike Thomas
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last week I received a report on our departmental progress, it was in effect, a reminder of what we’ve “shipped” over the past six months. Having a regular reminder of your progress seems like a good thing, and it is supported by research: making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and boosts long-term progress. It isn’t monetary rewards and recognition that truly motivate us. It’s a sense that we are accomplishing something meaningful – day by day. Why a ‘done’ list beats a to-do list Tracking these things we’ve done makes…
  • Begbie Lake

    Mike Thomas
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    A rarely visited lake just off HWY23 south of Revelstoke. No real beach, but lots of rainbow trout waiting to be caught from a float tube. Note:It would be challenging to get a canoe down the trail from the hwy. Begbie Lake Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 21 June, 2014Location:  
  • Arrow Lakes Drawdown

    Mike Thomas
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Columbia River looking across to Mt Begbie This section of the Columbia River just below Revelstoke is known as the Arrow Lakes Drawdown. At the start of summer this area usually becomes flooded as BC Hydro fills the Arrow Lakes Reservoir for the summer. Many of Revelstoke’s recreation trails on the flats become submerged for a couple of months and areas we would walk or bike can be canoed over. Camera: iPhone 5cTaken: 21 June, 2014Location:    
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • In the Fun Lane Home Tour

    Jacquelyn Clark
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    A sprinkle of pink, a hint of whimsy and a heavy dose of pure pretty is what you can expect the moment you walk through Holly’s doors. Earlier today, we went behind the blog with In the Fun Lane, and now we’re back to not-so-subtly stalk her gorgeous digs. With photos from Jacqueline Elizabeth, you’re going to want to read on. Oh, and you can totally find more over here! From Holly… We are definitely ‘fireplace people’. We have long cold winters up here in Alberta and we use our fireplace all Winter long so we wanted it to be the focal point, even though…
  • Behind the Blog with In the Fun Lane

    Jacquelyn Clark
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    In the Fun Lane is well loved around these parts, and for very good reason. She’s sweet, she regularly chats all things home design, and she’s all sorts of adorable. I dare you to flip through her blog and not fall instantly in love. And today we’re counting our lucky stars as we get to learn a littttle bit more. With photos from Jacqueline Elizabeth there’s more lovely where this came from, and it’s all in the gallery. SMP: Tell us a little about In the Fun Lane! In the Fun Lane is my happy place! It is where I can talk endlessly about whatever I am passionate…
  • S’mores Push-Up Pops

    Jess Blazejewski
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is your mouth watering yet? Because mine certainly is! S’mores push-up pops - they’re now a thing. A beautiful, wonderful, delicious thing. Because if there were ever a way to get a sticky, ooey gooey, chocolate-y treat into your mouth in a mater of seconds, the push pop is it. Instant deliciousness! Serve em’ at a birthday party, around a campfire, or for breakfast on Thursday morning (we don’t judge!) Jess BlazejewskiSmores Push-Up Popsprep time1 Hour/s cook timetotal time1 Hour/s Serves 8IngredientsPush up pop containers (we found ours on Amazon) 1 pint Ben &…
  • Ultimate Ice Cream Round Up

    Jacquelyn Clark
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’re interrupting our regularly scheduled programming to chat about a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts: national ice cream day! We’ve featured SO many awesome ice cream inspired events, recipes and the like that we just felt it was our duty to provide all of the necessary inspiration. Without further ado, here’s how you celebrate national ice cream day in the very best of ways: Ultimate Ice Cream Round UpView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Italian-Inspired Baby Shower at Villa Woodbine

    Jess Blazejewski
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    You simply can’t ask an event planner to keep her hands off her own special occasion, and that’s perfectly all right with us- because the result is a baby shower from JCG Events so beautiful it could rival any wedding! The Masis gathered inspiration from their trip to Tuscany and designed the shower around a luscious Italian brunch. With stunning photos from Katie Lopez, you’ll want to pore over every detail of this drool-worthy baby shower! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Jessica Masi of JCG Events: I know it’s unconventional to plan your own baby shower but…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
  • Drier than the Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The current drought in Colorado is worse and longer-lasting than anyone here has ever seen — so punishing that it’s pushing people, whose families have survived on the land for decades, to the brink of giving up.
  • California drought: Record heat gives some cantaloupe crops sunburn.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The agricultural industry is facing $1 billion in lost revenue this year from the state’s worst drought in decades and might have to pay about $500 million for additional groundwater pumping.
  • Tinderbox explodes in wildfires across Northwest.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Spreading mostly across sparsely populated areas in the Northwest, the fires have a vast scope: Less than a week into the typical three-month fire season in Washington and Oregon, the total area of scorched ground is already higher than in any full year in at least a decade.
  • The 4,000-year-old treasure trove now at risk from the sea.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    They have been a part of Orkney for around 4000 years, when parts of Stonehenge were being built. It is only in recently that archeologists have begun to unlock the secrets of the long-forgotten artefacts in the Bay of Swandro. But the natural elements of the sea threaten their survival.
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  • Shanghai GM previews new Envision midsize SUV; 2.0L turbo with start/stop

    Mike Millikin
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Shanghai GM previewed the all-new Buick Envision, announcing its Chinese name as “Ang Ke Wei” (昂科威); the new high-end midsize SUV will go on sale across China later this year. Envision is equipped with a 2.0T direct injection turbocharged engine—named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines in 2013—which generates maximum output power of 191 kW (256 hp) and peak torque of 353 N·m (260 lb-ft). It includes stop/start technology, for better fuel economy. A new-generation six-speed transmission offers smooth gear shifting while reducing fuel consumption in city driving. Its…
  • Newly-established Opel Group responsible for all GM’s European business including Russia

    Mike Millikin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Effective 1 July 2014, the newly-established Opel Group assumed full responsibility for General Motors’ business in Europe. Through this new entity, the company aggregates the responsibilities for Opel/Vauxhall as well as all other operations of GM in Europe—including Russia. Led by Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, the management board of the Opel Group, which is almost identical to the so-far existing management board of the Adam Opel AG, will steer GM’s European business. The new entity, similar to the Adam Opel AG, will be based in Rüsselsheim. With this organizational change, the Opel…
  • ABB and Volvo Buses partnering on fast-charging system for hybrid and electric buses

    Mike Millikin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    ABB and Volvo Buses are partnering to co-develop and to commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems. The cooperation will create a city-wide standardized charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses that can charge buses quickly through an automatic roof-top connection system at bus stops or through cabled charging systems overnight. This approach, based on internationally accepted standards (EN61851-23), enables maximum re-use of existing e-mobility technologies, thereby ensuring a rapid deployment of urban e-mobility.
  • Voith introducing new energy absorbers for trains made of fiber composite plastics

    Mike Millikin
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    Voith GFRP energy absorber: 60% weight reduction compared with standard steel absorbers. Click to enlarge. Voith is introducing a lateral energy absorber made of glass fiber reinforced plastics (GFRP) and aluminum. Compared with standard steel absorbers a weight reduction of 60% could be achieved. This new lightweight energy absorber is part of the mutable vehicle head concept Galea, but it can just as well be integrated into other front end systems. The crash energy systems focus on vehicle safety and efficiency, as well as ecological benefits through a reduction of CO2 emissions. Their…
  • USABC awards $7.7M contract to Envia Systems for advanced EV battery development; layered-layered cathode, Si-based anode

    Mike Millikin
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization operated by Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has awarded a $7.7-million advanced battery technology development contract for electric vehicle applications to Envia Systems. The competitively bid contract award is co-funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and includes a 50% Envia Systems cost-share. The 36-month, lithium-ion layered-layered cathode/silicon-based anode program will focus on the development of high-energy cathode and anode material appropriate for vehicle…
 
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  • Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible?

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Most casinos operate on a 24/7 basis and the energy they’re consuming is no joke. According to 8 News Now, the “sky beam” light located on top of the Luxor Casino has 39 individual lamps that consumes 7,000 Watts each. That is 273,000 Watts of electricity consumption, which is enough to power more than a ... The post Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible? appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Must Have Solar Gaming Accessories

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    You’ll often see solar panels on roofs, the top of street lights, even on torches, but not so often in the gaming realms. Yet there are plenty of great gadgets out there to improve your play on the likes of FIFA 2014 or Call of Duty, and help save the planet simultaneously. From controllers, to ... The post Must Have Solar Gaming Accessories appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • The journey of 6000 miles across 10 countries, with zero carbon emissions

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:37 am
    A 6000-mile journey starts with a single step. For 33-year-old Naveen Rabelli, it begins with a ray of hope, rays of the Sun and an array of solar panels on the roof of his tuk-tuk along with an electric battery to power his one-ton vehicle. Rabelli plans to travel to 10 countries in order to ... The post The journey of 6000 miles across 10 countries, with zero carbon emissions appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Jeep environmental progress

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    If you mention Jeep to any environmental activist or anyone concerned about the degradation of our environment, you’re likely to be met with growls or even the odd nervous tick. With the latest Jeep Cherokee being the greenest Jeep ever produced, though, that might all be about to change.   It’s 1998 and you’ve got ... The post Jeep environmental progress appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Adding Solar Energy to Your Home Now

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    With the many ways available to make sustainable Earth friendly living a reality in your home now, many people are looking for the next big step. Sorting recyclables has become the norm, and adopting an upcycle and reuse mentality for all the products in your home is common. The next big step for the eco-conscious ... The post Adding Solar Energy to Your Home Now appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • Americans Have Caught the Fever

    Sam Parry
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    By Sam ParryThis is an amazing, exciting time. I, like so many millions of Americans, have been completely swept up in the groundswell of exhilarating national pride peaking just as we are about to celebrate our 238th anniversary as an independent nation.It’s time to wave that flag high and proud! Flickr/Little Baby G Americans have caught on to a movement that most of the rest of the world has long embraced. From Germany to England, France to Mexico, Brazil to South Korea, it unites so much of the world in a common purpose, a shared sense of hope and global cooperation. And over these last…
  • Supreme Court Reaffirms EPA’s Bedrock Legal Authority to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plants

    Tomas Carbonell
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    By Tomas CarbonellSource: Openclipart The United States Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA (No. 12-1146) this week, resolving the last of many multi-year legal challenges to EPA’s first generation of climate protections under the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-to-2 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permissibly read the Clean Air Act to require large new or modified industrial pollution sources to deploy modern pollution controls for greenhouse gases. Thus, new and rebuilt large emitters of other regulated…
  • "Risky Business" stands out in growing sea of climate reports

    Gernot Wagner
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    By Gernot Wagner Receding beach on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Source: FEMA/Tim Burkitt (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) This blog post was co-authored by Jonathan Camuzeaux. Put Republican Hank Paulson, Independent Mike Bloomberg, and Democrat Tom Steyer together, and out comes one of the more unusual – and unusually impactful – climate reports. This year alone has seen a couple of IPCC tomes, an entry by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment. The latest, Risky Business, stands apart for a number…
  • Defenders of dirty power plants use doublespeak to shape debate

    Keith Gaby
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    By Keith Gaby Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, plants must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. (This blog originally appeared on EDF Voices) As we’ve noted before, few opponents of the federal Clean Power Plan want to stand up and say they favor unlimited carbon pollution. So they’re apt to frame their arguments in more clever ways. Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, plants must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Sometimes their approach is to use misleading statistics – like when they talk about the cost of…
  • Supreme Court Decision Leaves Greenhouse Gas Permit Requirements for Large Industrial Polluters in Place

    Pamela Campos
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    By Pamela Campos(This post was written by EDF Senior Attorneys Pamela Campos and Peter Zalzal) Source: Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThis morning the Supreme Court issued a 7-to-2 decision confirming that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may continue to require large industrial sources of climate pollution to use the best available control technology when building or rebuilding plants.  A 5-to-4 majority also determined that such pre-construction permits would not be required for the many smaller sources that EPA had concluded would pose significant…
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  • Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan

    Tom Raftery
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan Welcome to episode twenty five of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had cloud architect and SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan as the guest on our show. This was not Chris’ first time co-hosting the Technology for Good show, so as an old hand, I knew this was going to be a fun show, and so it was. We covered a lot of topics in the show, including the repeal of carbon tax in Australia, IBM and Apple’s enterprise partnership, and…
  • Microsoft powering more of their Cloud from renewables

    Tom Raftery
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Microsoft powering more of their Cloud from renewables We’ve mentioned the issue of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with cloud computing once or twice in the past, and we’ve even ranked cloud computing companies based on their emissions. Obviously not all cloud companies report on their emissions (shame on you Amazon), and consequently those that don’t are at the bottom of the rankings. In looking at cloud computing providers Microsoft ranked very highly. According to the EPA, Microsoft is the third highest…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty four with GE CTO Jeremiah Stone

    Tom Raftery
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty four with GE CTO Jeremiah Stone Welcome to episode twenty four of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had GE’s CTO for Digital Energy Jeremiah Stone as the guest on our show. We have recorded videos with Jeremiah previously, and they’ve always gone well, so we were reasonably confident this one would be good too, and it was. Given Jeremiah’s work in Digital Energy, not surprisingly we had several good conversations around Electricity 2.0 and smart grids…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty three with Theo Priestley

    Tom Raftery
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode twenty three with Theo Priestley Welcome to episode twenty three of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had  Software AG‘s Chief Technology Evangelist Theo Priestley as our guest on the show. Theo is one of those guys who I have come across online, but this was the first time we had ever talked, so I wasn’t sure how the hangout would go. As it was, I needn’t have been concerned, it went really well. Last week was July 4th, Independence Day in the US, so there…
  • Ubiquitous computing, the Internet of Things, and the discovery of sound

    Tom Raftery
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Ubiquitous computing, the Internet of Things, and the discovery of sound I had a really interesting, wide-ranging, conversation with SalesForce’s VP for Strategic Research, Peter Coffee the other day. A lot of our conversation revolved around how recent changes in the Internet of Things space, in ubiquitous computing, and in Big Data and analytics area are enabling profound effects on how we interact with the world. Peter had a superb analogy – that of sound travelling through air. When sound is generated, it is transmitted…
 
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  • Seals taking advantage of the wind farms for hunting grounds

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Active wind farms in Germany and UK are being rendered by seals for hunting grounds for food. This act has shocked the scientists who saw the same via satellite trackings in the area. ive areas. A research in the journal Current Biology showed that seals encountered a series of pipelines making multiple trips in a day. Far away from the coasts of Germany in Alpha Ventus, 4 out of 96 seals visited while 7 out of 22 reached the Southern England into the Sheringham Shoal wind farm. It seems that the new quote now should be, Be Seal Smart, these seals are moving from one area to the other in the…
  • Six-Crore-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossilised Feces Found In Narmada Valley In India

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Rare fossilized feces of six-crore-year-old dinosaurs have been found in the Narmada valley in the Madhya Pradesh region. Though this region has been rich in dinosaur remains, fossilised feces have been found for the very first time. These have been discovered in the Umarban area near Mandu in the Dhar district. Earlier dinosaur bones and eggs have been recovered from the area, fossilised feces are very rare to find. These will unravel the food habits of the creatures that lived back then. These feces belong to the last generation dinosaurs that existed at the times of adverse climatic and…
  • Vantablack – the darkest material absorbs only 0.035% light

    Marian Dumitri
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Vantablack is the darkest material made by the British Company Surrey NanoSystems. It is made of nanohair, which is 1000 times thinner than human hair and are packed so closely that it prevents light to enter. It is so dark that nothing can be as dark as it is. The Vantablack has a number of applications. It is used in astronomical cameras, telescopes, and infrared scanning systems. It is going to be one of the most useful products that will help in a number of experiments at the global level as well. The device is made of tubes which are small enough to prevent light from entering them. A…
  • Brazil vs Cameroon: Fifa 2014 live streaming and highlights

    Marian Dumitri
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:44 am
    The host team Brazil will take on Cameroon in today’s Fifa 2014  match. Brazil currently with 4 points need to win this match or at least draw it to advance further. The match starts at 12 30 am India time. A loss will brighten the situations for Mexico which is to take on Croatia with 4 and 3 points respectively. The match will be a deciding factor; it will ascertain the teams that will go ahead to the next level in the 2014, Fifa World Cup. Follow the Brazil vs Cameroon match live scores here. Today will be like a golden opportunity for Brazil to justify its presence in the game and…
  • India vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI: Cricket live score & Star Sports live stream info

    Marian Dumitri
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    India skipper Suresh Rain won the toss and decided to bat first in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh being played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Thursday, June 19, 2014. For Bangladesh Sohag Gazi replaces Ziaur Rahman. And for India, Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary come in. The match start time is 12:30 India time. India leads the 3-ODI series by 2-0. Bangladesh lost a chance to equal the series in the 2nd ODI. Their bowlers did wonderfully well to restrict the mighty Indian batsman to just 106 runs. And then came the little known Stuart Binny to bowl. The final squads…
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  • Official: Schaeffler Step2 Asks: To gear or not to gear an electric vehicle?

    John Beltz Snyder
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Europe/EU, Germany, Racing German manufacturing company Schaeffler ran its own Step2 electric car in the Silvretta E-Car Rally in Austria. The car is a Volkswagen Golf, stripped of its internal combustion guts and equipped with an electric powertrain supplied by one of Schaeffler's subsidiaries. The thing that makes the Step2 a little different, though, is the inclusion of a two-speed transmission. Most electric cars use a single gear to transfer power from the motor to the wheels, but Schaeffler is re-thinking the status quo. Tesla Motors famously started with a…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: LG to power 200-mile EV, Formula E Buenos Aires track revealed

    John Beltz Snyder
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Filed under: Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Transportation Alternatives, Volvo, Europe/EU, Asia, South/Latin America, Racing Formula E has revealed the circuit layout for the Buenos Aires ePrix, which will take place on January 10, 2015. The 1.5-mile track designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi features 12 turns of varying speeds. Bruno Senna, driver for Mahindra Racing, says, "Looking at the track, you have to say it's got a good combination of corners. There's a chicane, some high-speed turns with a change of direction and slow-speed as well." The third race of the all-electric series' inaugural…
  • Official: Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive gets official US launch

    Danny King
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Mercedes Benz, USA, Daimler It's finally time to plug in the first production Mercedes-Benz-branded electric vehicle in the US. The Daimler division, which also sells a few of its battery-electric Smart ForTwo vehicles here in the states, has officially launched sales of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED. Even better, the US will be the first market in the world to give the general public access to the new plug-in. As with many other EV debuts, the flyover states will have to wait a bit. Mercedes-Benz is only selling the B-Class ED in 10 coastal states, including…
  • Report: Opel dropping Ampera, the European Chevy Volt, because of weak sales

    Sebastian Blanco
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Opel Sales of the Chevy Volt in the US have been fairly stable for the last few months (between a low of 1,478 and a high of 1,777 since March), but in Europe, the Opel Ampera (sister-vehicle of the Volt) has been trending downwards. The sales decline is prompting discussion that the vehicle will be killed off in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe. The car was a relative hit back in 2012, when it was named the European Car Of The Year and sales topped 5,200 units. Compared to 2012 numbers, which were good, Ampera sales dropped 40 percent to fewer than…
  • Video: Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother

    Chris Bruce
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Filed under: Sedan, Safety, Videos, Hatchback, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Luxury Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the Smarts is a legitimate concern when taking on larger, heavier vehicles. To prove their survivability, the company filmed a head-on collision pitting the latest Fortwo against a Mercedes-Benz S-Class weighing more than twice as much. When it unveiled the…
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  • Diesel hybrid from VW finally on the market (in Europe)

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

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

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

    Shell
    13 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    The word “diesel” usually brings to mind a big, loud, rumbly truck and probably not a very fast truck. The Trident Inceni turns this idea on its head. This sports car is smokin’—and no I don’t mean the exhaust. There’s … Continue reading →
  • Happy Earth Day! Propel customers reduce CO2 emissions and petroleum use

    Shell
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    In honor of Earth Day, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all of our customers who choose renewable fuel—even when it’s not Earth Day. Together, Propel customers have a significant and positive impact on our planet, reducing both harmful … Continue reading →
 
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  • Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

    Kristine Lofgren
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer, because within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An Australian biotech firm has developed a gel called VivaGel that actually fights STDs and has proven effective in killing 99.9% of viruses. Read the rest of Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ansell Condom, Ansell HIV condom, Ansell HIV killing gel, fighting herpes, fighting HIV, fighting HPV, herpes…
  • Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

    Lori Zimmer
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angular roof, eco design, green design, green homes in Norway, green renovation, green space, Norwegian green design, sustainable design, sustainable renovation, Trondheim Norway, TYIN Architects, tyin tegnestue, vertical extension
  • Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors

    Lidija Grozdanic
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Read the rest of Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation, CS Design Award, kaleidoscope installation, Kobe Biennial, Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki, mirror art, mirror installation, shipping container installation, shipping container origami, triangular mirrors, zipper architecture, zipper installation
  • Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

    Colin Payne
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Long-revered and much-climbed, Japan’s Mount Fuji looks like it’s ready to blow it’s top after more than 300 years of dormancy. A new study by a team of French and Japanese researchers reveals that an increase in tectonic pressure from the massive 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and caused the Fukushima meltdown has left Fuji in prime condition for an eruption. Read the rest of Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brenguier, disaster, earth, earthquake, eruption, fuji, Fukushima, geology, institute,…
  • Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge

    Lucy Wang
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled their designs for AstraZeneca’s new Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters based in Cambridge, England. The new £330 million project will be centered around a triangular building punctuated in the center by an open courtyard. A glazed facade with a saw-tooth pattern wraps around the two-story building to create a visual and translucent connection between the corporate campus and the public. Read the rest of Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge Permalink | Add to…
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  • Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July — Starting THIS WEEK!

    Beth Terry
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, now’s your chance to join with other like-minded folks IN PERSON to support one another and learn about local resources to reduce plastic use.  And if you’re not in the SF Bay Area, why not start your own local group (either online or in person) to celebrate Plastic-Free July? While plastic reduction is important year-round, Plastic-Free July is a powerful time when people around the globe come together (in person or virtually) to make an extra effort to go plastic-free for a whole month and to spread the word that we can live…
  • Plastic-Free Vegan Lip Balm from Juniperseed Mercantile

    Beth Terry
    1 May 2014 | 9:05 am
    Tiffany Norton of Juniperseed Mercantile tried different kinds of packaging for her delicious lip balms until she found the right one.  She sent me one to try in its brand new cardboard tube, and I love it. Here’s what Tiffany has to say: Now packaged without plastic and made without beeswax!! I am super excited to share my new paper tube lip balms! They are more than three times the size of a typical little plastic tube, so they will last you quite a long time. And since there is no plastic involved in the packaging (even the label is made of recycled paper), you can recycle or…
  • Welcome #EcoWed Twitter Participants!

    Beth Terry
    30 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Hi everyone.  This is the official blog post for tonight’s #EcoWed Twitter party… all about ways to reduce plastic consumption and our exposure to toxic chemicals in plastics.  Leave a comment here to enter to win a free hardback copy of my book Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.  (U.S. residents only, I’m afraid.)  As we chat tonight, I’ll try to update this post with interesting points and links that may come up.  Feel free to ask questions and share information here as well.   Notes from the Twitter Chat: Don’t forget…
  • Learning How to Fix a Broken Zipper Saved My Plastic Backpack

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

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

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    The National Hockey League reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent, from 533,433 metric tons in 2011-12 to 385,912 metric tons in 2012-13, according to the NHL’s 2014 Sustainability Report. The report, produced with the Natural Resources Defense Council, is the first of its kind by a professional sports league. The NHL says it will […]
  • Volvo, ABB Team Up to Develop Electric Buses

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    ABB and Volvo have partnered to develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems. The companies say the partnership creates a standardized charging system — based on the global DC fast charging standards for passenger cars — for electric and hybrid buses that can charge buses quickly […]
  • Superior Essex Products Offer Industry-First HPDs

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    Superior Essex says it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer Health Product Declarations (HPDs), which can be used to obtain a point in the LEED certification process for building projects. The HPDs, when combined with the previously announced Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), make it possible for Superior Essex cable […]
  • How to Avoid LEED Legal Pitfalls

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    Although he’s a LEED green building rating system supporter, J. Cliff McKinney II warns there are legal pitfalls that LEED participants should be aware of. LEED can result in unexpected legal issues, he writes in an Arkansas Business column. For example, to obtain rezoning approval, a developer tells the city that a building will achieve […]
  • $500bn Water Treatment Investment Opportunities

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Private companies are positioned to bridge an investment gap of more than $500 billion for drinking water and wastewater treatment in the US over the next 20 years, according to a report from Bluefield Research. The report, US Private Water Market: Opportunities & Strategies, 2014, says a revised regulatory landscape is shaping new opportunities for […]
 
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    Sustainable Brands

  • AT&T Commits $18 Million to Youth Mentoring Programs

    Sustainable Brands
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson joined President Obama today to commit $18 million to education programs with a youth mentoring component. This funding supports the company’s goal of providing youth across the country one million hours of mentoring by AT&T employees through the end of 2016.“Research shows that the presence of a mentor in a young person’s life significantly improves their potential for success. That’s why thousands of AT&T employees volunteer to mentor students across the country,” Stephenson said. “I am proud to be a part of this initiative…
  • WWF, IKEA Release Better Cotton Initiative Progress Report

    Sustainable Brands
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The WWF and IKEA have released a new report highlighting the impacts of their work with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), as the organization restates its aim to make up 30 percent of global cotton production by 2020.Two of the founding members of BCI, WWF and IKEA started collaborating in 2005 on Better Cotton projects in India and Pakistan. The new progress report outlines the partnership history and story so far, and details 2013 project results — including reduced usage of water and chemical pesticides and fertilizers, along with improved earnings and social benefits for workers in…
  • UCS: 'Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto' Falls Short of a Revolution

    Calen May-Tobin
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    The word “manifesto” rarely conjures up positive connotations. That word brings to my mind Karl Marx’s famous tome, at best, and, at worst, images of a bearded man in a remote cabin. Regardless, it’s a word most often associated with people or groups with strongly held convictions trying to shake up the status quo. It is odd then that a group of major palm oil producers and traders should use that term for a recent effort to redefine “sustainable” palm oil.The “Sustainable Palm Oil Manifesto,” released earlier this month and signed by major palm oil producing and trading…
  • Australian Government Backtracks on Carbon Tax

    Mike Hower
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Australian Senate has voted 39-32 to repeal the country's carbon tax after years of fierce political debate.The tax on the country’s biggest polluters was passed by a previous government. Introduced in July 2012, it charges the 348 highest polluters A$23 (£13; $22.60) for every ton of greenhouse gases they produce.However, the law has faced much criticism. Last year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal-National coalition beat Labor in an election, and made the repeal a central aim of his government.The Labor party claims the tax helps to fight climate change, but the Liberals claim…
  • Company Develops Coconut Husk-Based Filters to Treat Wastewater

    Mike Hower
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Premier Tech Aqua (PTA), a business unit of the Environmental Technologies Group of Premier Tech, has announced that it has achieved a breakthrough in its compact biofiltration technologies for the onsite wastewater treatment industry.The company says its new Ecoflo Coco Filter is a model of sustainable development — a permanent septic installation that fully protects ecosystems using a filtering media mindful of its impact on the environment and the prosperity of future generations.The system is based on a coconut husk-based filtering media that biologically treats pollutants and acts as a…
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    Sustainablog

  • How to Reduce Food Waste: 3 More Ideas

    Important Media Cross-Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Yep, we’re all about creative ideas for reducing food waste… and we’re just thrilled to see a few more. You’ve likely heard this scary statistic: 40% of the US’ food gets wasted along the supply chain. Most of that occurs towards the end, at retailers, restaurants, and homes. Yet people still go hungry… so we still have to work at getting this wasted food (most of which is still perfectly edible) to those in need. Mary Gerush, who writes at sister site Eat.Drink.Better, found a few more innovative approaches to keeping edible food out of dumpsters, trash…
  • Solar Power in India: Making it Affordable for People without Electricity

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Have you priced a solar energy system for your home lately? While new incentives and financing options make solar power more attractive than ever, purchasing a system isn’t cheap: you’re still looking at $20,000 minimum in most cases (before incentives, of course). Now, imagine you’ve never been able to afford electricity for your home, and trying to make ends meet on less than $10 a day. A solar system, even a small one that could run a light, and maybe charge a phone, could easily create a ton of opportunity for you and your family… but there’s no way you can…
  • What Does Bycatch Really Cost Our Fishermen… and Our Fisheries?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Amanda Keledjian When most people think about the fishing industry in the United States, images of single boats braving the elements out on the water might come to mind. What many people may not realize, however, is that fishing is big business, and the amount of waste occurring every day in our nation’s fisheries could significantly impact our oceans and our economy. In fact, according to a new report by Oceana  titled Wasted Cash, U.S. fishermen could be losing $1 billion in revenue every year due to wasteful discarding. The staggering amount of fish thrown away every year in the…
  • 21 Easy, Life-Changing Home Improvement Tips For Greener Seniors

    Guest Contributor
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Thirty years ago there were no disposable diapers, televisions in every room, or plastic soda bottles. Whether intentional or inadvertent, seniors came of age in a more ecologically harmonious era. Well, it’s not too late for them to return to the sustainable mindset of their youth. Sure, now they have a few more grey hairs and a conscious green sensibility. Armed with these assets, seniors and their families can make sustainable home improvements. In this post, rather than cover expensive or emerging technologies, we are going to return to basics, tackling 25 easy and affordable home…
  • Solar Power in Florida: a Shining Opportunity

    Guest Contributor
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Editor’s note: You’d think the Sunshine State would be a natural for solar power, but as friend of sustainablog Dayna Reggero shows us below, Florida could do much more to take advantage of all that renewable energy. I love the Emerald Coast and Gulf of Mexico. It’s where I went to college, fell in love with nature, and first started working with communities and wildlife. I’m leaving for Florida once again to travel along the Gulf Coast and talk with old and new friends about community resilience, clean air, climate and #FLenergysavings. My little tour will end at the…
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    EcoEarth.Info Environment RSS News Feed

  • Tinderbox Explodes in Wildfires Across Northwest

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    New York Times: A cool, wet spring that drew out luxuriant growth in parts of the Pacific Northwest, followed by a ferociously hot and dry early summer, has created a fire-season tinderbox across the Pacific Northwest that exploded over the past week with dozens of wildfires burning hundreds of thousands of acres and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. More than 3,500 people, including fire crews from all over the country and National Guard troops in Washington and Oregon, have been battling the...
  • Scientists blast Australian government moves dismantle environmental protections

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Mongabay: On Tuesday a prominent group of conservation scientists condemned the Australian government's recent moves to eliminate protections for native ecosystems, cut research funding, backtrack on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and step up persecution of individuals and organizations that speak out on environmental matters. Convening in Cairns, Australia at its annual meeting, The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) issued a resolution in support of stronger laws...
  • Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Reuters: Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said. The Tar Sands Resistance group said about 80 activists set up a "blockade" at the PR Springs mine to highlight what it said would be huge environmental damage if it goes ahead. "These projects do nothing but devastate the land and pollute the water and air,"...
  • Global warming emissions from meat consumption rising rapidly

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Mongabay: Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock production have increased by more than 50 percent over the past 50 years and are set to zoom higher as the developing world consumes more meat, finds a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The research is based on analysis of the impacts of livestock production per calorie consumed, including water and fertilizer use, land area requirements, and other factors. It went beyond carbon dioxide, evaluating...
  • Report: Sunday shows give climate change more air time

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Hill: Sunday shows have given climate change issues more air time in the first half of 2014 than in the last four years combined, according to a new analysis. The group Media Matters released the analysis Monday, which regularly tracks coverage of climate change by broadcast news, found that coverage in 2014 is substantially greater than previous years, but still down from its peak in 2009. The report credits a letter led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent late last year, which railed against Sunday...
 
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • California Farms Are Sucking Up Enough Groundwater to Put Rhode Island 17 Feet Under

    Julia Lurie
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops—four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example—is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In addition to affecting agricultural production the drought will cost the state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a whole lot of groundwater, according to a new report prepared for the California Department of Food and Agriculture by scientists at UC-Davis. The authors used current water…
  • The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño

    Oliver Milman
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar warming events have significantly impacted upon the reef’s coral. Research by the University of Queensland studied large Porites coral colonies, a type of coral considered more resistant than others to changes in the environment. By analysing and dating coral samples, researchers found there was a significant correlation between mass coral mortality…
  • One of the Biggest Opponents of GMO Labeling Is Offering More Non-GMO Products

    Jenna McLaughlin
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Cargill, a giant privately held food manufacturer, is one of the biggest enemies of laws requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. But even as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an anti GMO-labeling lobbying group Cargill belongs to, fights GMO-labeling laws in state legislatures and courthouses around the country, Cargill is introducing more GMO-free products. Last week, Cargill announced its newest non-GMO crop, soybean oil, which will join corn and beans on Cargill's list of unmodified products offered in the United States, among others.
  • "Make It a Quickie," "Get Paid for Doing It," and Other Advice From San Francisco's Water Agency

    Julia Lurie
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In response to California's ongoing drought, San Francisco's water agency has come out with a hilariously creepy ad campaign to make saving water sexy. In addition to the commercial above, featuring a water-efficient showerhead being stroked and a seductive male voice telling you to "screw them on," ads encourage water users to "Make it a quickie" and "Get paid for doing it" ("it" referring to your shower and the replacement of your old toilet, respectively). Unfortunately, new data from the state's Water Resources Control Board shows that Californians need to be "doing it" a lot more. Gov.
  • Nature Is Magical—and These 10 Stunning Photos Prove It. Happy Birthday, Yosemite!

    James West
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:52 am
    On this day 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove in California. It was the first time the US had set aside wilderness, in this case roughly the size of Rhode Island, especially for preservation. These days, 4 million people enjoy the park every year to marvel at its famous soaring granite peaks and waterfalls, and enjoy a rare serenity. Here are photos of Yosemite's epic landscapes, past and present, to celebrate the its sesquicentennial year. Happy Birthday, Yosemite! The Three Brothers…
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    mnn.com

  • Finland supports new moms with an amazing box of baby supplies

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Seventy-five years ago, Finland had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.  But that rate has dropped considerably over the past several decades thanks in part to a government program that supports new moms.  And it all starts with a box.  
  • 2,000 pound rubber duck goes missing in Guiyang, China

    mhickman
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It would appear that the catastrophic, mudslide-triggering floodwaters unleashed by Typhoon Rammasun have claimed a most unusual victim: a house-sized rubber ducky.   
  • Martha-approved, American-made gear for your next BBQ or backyard bash

    mhickman
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Martha Stewart, single lady and former salmonella victim, is once again celebrating homegrown makers, entrepreneurs, artisans, designers, handicraft-ers, yarn geniuses, and Etsy shopkeepers with the American Made Awards.  
  • Miss Idaho wears insulin pump on bikini, inspires viral Twitter campaign

    mdestries
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Newly crowned Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison is rejoicing not only in her win last weekend, but also from the huge show of support she's received in its wake.    The 20-year-old, who has diagnosed with diabetes in 2012, made the brave decision to wear her insulin pump during the bikini competition portion of the pageant, telling E! News that she believes beauty is more than one-dimensional.   
  • Hookahs and harm: Study finds young adults underestimate the risk

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    When asked whether or not hookah smoking is hazardous to your health, the majority of young adults in a recent survey said 'no,' a pretty strong indication that they may not fully understand the actual risks involved.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes.  Yet they have somehow earned the reputation as being the safe alternative for smoking.  
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • Solexel, Thin-Silicon Solar Startup, Lands $31M More in VC Funding

    Eric Wesoff
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Despite investor flinchiness in a recovering global solar market, Solexel, a thin-silicon solar cell and module builder, just raised $31 million in a Round D of funding aimed at moving the company to commercial production. Solexel added new investor GAF, a large roofing materials manufacturer, to its roster of investors, which includes SunPower, KPCB, Technology Partners, DAG Ventures, Gentry Ventures, Northgate Capital, GSV Capital, Jasper Ridge Partners, and Spirox. The firm's board of directors includes Mehrdad Moslehi and Michael Wingert of Solexel, as well as Ira Ehrenpreis of…
  • 8 Strategies That Can Help Greentech Hardware Startups Win

    Rob Day
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Someone reached out to me the other day to ask about greentech startups, and during the discussion mentioned having heard that it typically takes at least $100 million to successfully develop and commercialize a green technology.  I replied that I knew of plenty of startups in our sector that have gotten to significant revenue on far less than that. The response: "Oh, I was talking about hardware-based greentech." I responded that I was talking about hardware-based greentech startups, too. That killed the conversation. As we start to really differentiate between "last-wave" and next-wave…
  • Who Finances Residential Solar in 2014?

    Nicole Litvak
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last month GTM Research published its latest report on residential solar financing.  As part of that update on the leaders and trends in the industry, we outlined the top (and emerging) finance providers in the market. Source: GTM Research's U.S. Residential Solar Financing 2014-2018 (click to enlarge) We changed the format and companies included in this taxonomy since the version released last year to reflect two important trends we’re following in the world of residential solar finance. First, while last year’s taxonomy was exclusively a list of companies offering…
  • Third-Party Financing Was Solar’s Catalyst. Can Energy Efficiency Find the Same Model?

    Stephen Lacey
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Energy efficiency professionals are increasingly looking to the success of third-party financing in the solar industry as a model for attracting large investors and growing deal flow quickly. Is it working? If a new survey of hundreds of project developers is any indication, the efficiency industry still hasn't found the same financing momentum that carried the solar PV industry.  In an update to a survey from last year, Noesis Energy released its latest findings about what is holding back efficiency project development in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, one of the chief factors is a lack…
  • The Solar Industry’s Tax Credit Conundrum

    Thomas Jensen
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    As we near the expiration of the federal Investment Tax Credit at the end of 2016, large swaths of the solar industry are engaged in a full-court press with energy stakeholders and legislators to emphasize how badly their business will be hurt by the elimination of the tax credits (referred to as renewable energy tax credits, or RETCs) provided through Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code. The fervent hope among those in the solar industry is that Congress will extend the expiration date for the subsidy in recognition that the industry needs more time to gain a foothold as interest in…
 
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    Direct2Dell

  • 20 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm

    divmediat
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    This shows that Dell is a front runner as a company, we will buy all our next servers with Bitcoin at Dell // BTCX
  • 20 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am

    Laura P. Thomas
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:31 am
    @Jessiejanson - Great feedback on bitcoin security. I'll add an update to the post with some recommendations from our Secureworks security experts.
  • 19 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm

    Jessiejanson
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Promoting coinbase as the site where you get a "bitcoin wallet" is a BAD idea. coinbase is a website that uses bitcoin but isnt "The bitcoin site". you can get a wallet that sits on your PC as well as set up a online wallet using another website.
  • 19 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm

    EverydayEarth
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    This is awesome news but I was disappointed that the mobile site doesn't have the Bitcoin payment option, please add this feature, it would be huge for all of us smart phone users , many thanks
  • 19 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am

    chrisst81
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    WOW, GREAT! Hopefully you enable this payment option for Germany, too! If you ship to Germany let me know - I´ll buy a laptop right away just to show my support for your bitcoin engagement :)
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    MindBodyGreen

  • Why You Shouldn't Hack Your Life: Rich Roll

    revitalize
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Sure, it's trendy to hack your life, your diet, or your job. But ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll says focusing on quick fixes actually diminishes your sense of fulfillment....
  • Stay Hydrated This Summer With This Watermelon Green Juice

    Andrea Hood
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    This watermelon juice has loads of fresh, hydrating greens like cucumber, romaine lettuce, and celery, not to mention our superfood friend, kale! Plus, it's got lime and watermelon to sweeten it up...
  • Pasta Salad With Basil & Kale (Everyone Will Love It!)

    Silvia Bianco
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    I'm known for my delicious pasta salads. In my former restaurant days, some form of them always graced my take-out deli case and rarely do I leave them out of a summer gathering....
  • Quitting Sugar But Want Something Sweet? Try This

    Big Tree Farms
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Sugar — and all its evils — is a hot topic these days, so chances are it’s already on your mind. On average, Americans consume about 77 pounds of added sugar per year, close to four times the amount...
  • Superfood Raspberry Smoothie

    Pauline Hanuise
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 am
    Raspberries are full of flavor and rich in antioxidants without packing too many calories....
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    New Republic

  • Erick Erickson and Ron Fournier Tweeting About "Leadership" Is Everything Wrong with Politics

    Brian Beutler
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today we mourn the many thousands of pixels that burned to death needlessly Monday as an entire subclass of professional politicos pondered the urgent question of when a U.S. president can has cheezburger.The question actually arose la
  • How to Save Iraq

    Zalmay Khalilzad
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The most important thing to understand about Iraq today is also the hardest. The country has fallen once more into civil war, a recurrence of the civil war of 2006-2008. In 2007-2008, the United States committed tremendous military and economic resources to pull Iraq out of that first instance of ci
  • Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League

    William Deresiewicz
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee. We that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s office, and me, the faculty representative—were going through submissions from eastern Pennsylvania. The applicants had been assigned a score from one
  • Hold the Applause on Elizabeth Warren's Netroots Speech

    Danny Vinik
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    On Friday, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered an animated speech at Netroots Nation, urging the raucous crowd to fight for progressive priorities. “This is the future of America,”
  • 'Harriet the Spy' Predicted Our Surveillance State

    Perri Klass
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year—the book, that is; the child was eleven in Louise Fitzhugh’s novel in 1964, and she remains eleven, eternally stalking the streets around her home on East 87th Street in Manhattan. Louise Fitzhugh grew up in Tennessee, but found her adult home in New Y
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs After Protests and U.N. Condemnation

    Eric Justian
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Following massive Friday protests that led to nine arrests, the city of Detroit announced on Monday it is suspending its sweeping water shut-offs for 15 days to launch a massive campaign to inform city residents of water assistance.
  • Elon Musk Lays Out Future Plans for Tesla

    RP Siegel
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a recent interview with AutoExpress magazine, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company's future plans, which include a lower-priced Model 3 and upgrades to the original Roadster.
  • Shared Value: Double the Value?

    3p Contributor
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While the debate about Porter and Kramer's creating shared value (CSV) concept has lately taken a more critical view, two aspects of the concept have largely been neglected: instrumental versus ethical CSR and the lack of interaction between business and academia.
  • Kung Fu and the Art of Living in Systems

    GreenFutures
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s conflict within every system, but we can learn to respond with grace and creativity – argues Jeremy Mathieu, a student of the martial arts and sustainability professional.
  • British Supermarket Powered By Food Waste

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    The British supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s announced that one of its stores will be powered by its food waste. All of the electricity used by the store in Cannock, England will come from what’s called anaerobic digestion, which turns food waste into bio-methane gas that is used to generate electricity.
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    Max Gladwell

  • Commuting Machine: Cannondale SuperX Hi-MOD Black Inc.

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

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

    Max Gladwell
    4 May 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Powered by the Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon
  • First Ride: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon

    Max Gladwell
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
     
  • The Meaning of Entrepreneurship

    Max Gladwell
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    What the topic of entrepreneurship means for this particular conversation Entrepreneurs are as varied as the types of businesses one can build. These can range from local restaurants to publicly traded technology conglomerates. They can be for-profit or nonprofit ventures. They can be corporations, LLCs, or sole proprietorships. Which is to say that entrepreneurship is a broad topic, and broad topics are tough to cover in any depth. So we’ll take this opportunity to narrow it down by describing the type of entrepreneurship we’ll explore. As a working definition, we mean…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Legos, Shell, Dirty Fuel, and Marketing to Children

    Katy
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    What do Lego toys and the Shell oil company have in common? 16 million Lego toys have been sold with Shell oil printed on the side, with the Ferrari model collection valued at $116 million. This is the result of a robust campaign by Shell to clean up their image by partnering with Legos to promote their brand.  Why do they need their image cleaned up? Well, here are a few reasons: they were banned from drilling in the Arctic because of accidents, oil spills, faulty equipment and shortcuts that harm this fragile environment want climate denial curriculum taught in schools sold off renewable…
  • Top 5 Ways to Stay Cool this Summer with ENERGY STAR

    Katy
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    (Here is an important and timely guest post from our friends at EPA’s Energy Star! You can keep cool and save energy. Happy summer, Non-Toxic Kids readers!) Even when the temperature goes up, your utility bills can still stay low. With help from ENERGY STAR you can keep your cool, tame those bills, and help fight climate change. The secret is to keep your cooling system from working too hard. Discover these Top 5 Ways to Chill Out with ENERGY STAR, so that you and your cooling system can both enjoy the summer! Find out more at www.energystar.gov/cooling. 1. Keep the heat out Take…
  • Toxic Free Car Seats (a much needed study!)

    Katy
    13 Jun 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of my most visited posts is about the toxic flame retardant chemicals in car seats. Parents want to know the safest brands and models to buy. This is very hard to keep track of since models and material use among companies is always changing. Non-Toxic readers send me questions asking about updates to car seat information. This is hard to find…unless… read below! The life cycle of chemicals have a big impact on the life cycle of your child, and toxics, like lead and brominated flame retardants, are persistent in products our families use everyday. Despite the concerns of major…
  • Goodbye, #EcoTipTue (join us tomorrow for the last one)!

    Katy
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:11 am
    It has been quite a ride. For a full year I have hosted MomsRising’s #EcoTipTue Twitter chat on environmental health, toxics, education, and natural living.  I have interviewed hundreds of expert guests, had so many insightful, hilarious, inspiring, and informative interactions with literally millions of people. I am honored to have been the host of this weekly chat. Tonight will be the last official #EcoTipTue weekly Twitter chat! We will have guests Safer Chemicals to discuss the toxic chemicals found in Walgreens products and what we can do about it. It’s at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
  • 7 ways to keep kids safe from the sun and toxic chemicals in sunscreens

    Katy
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Hasn’t the weather been so beautiful? We’ve had lovely sun, bright blue skies, and lots of outdoor time. Trouble is, I have one child who is so fair skinned she burns very quickly. Even during recess at school! I have to put sunscreen on her every day, or I can see the red cheeks coming. And I know that in the U.S. Rates of new melanoma cases have tripled over the last 35 years. This worries me greatly. Last week, we had a #EcoTipTue chat about keeping kids safe from the sun and from harmful toxic chemicals in many sunscreen products. Here’s some of what we learned! Visit…
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Extend the Growing Season Into Fall & Winter

    Tiffany
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    No matter where you live, there are crops and gardening techniques that allow you to enjoy homegrown produce year round.  Sure you can go to just about any supermarket, even in the dead of winter and buy all sorts of vegetables, but they won’t be as good as what comes right out of your own garden. […]
  • What You Need to Know Before You Buy Sunscreen

    Tiffany
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Over the years we have had it drilled into our brains that too much sun exposure is bad for us. Sun bathing? Bad, gives you cancer. Tanning? Way bad, gives you cancer and makes you look like a saddle bag by the time you are 30. We have also heard throughout our lives that that the best […]
  • Healthy Snacking With OneBar

    Tiffany
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Attn: Giveaway at the bottom of this post! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of OneBar. I am not a big fresh fruit eater. I just don’t usually care to grab an apple or an orange, or any fruit really to snack on. Maybe occasionally I might grab a banana or a […]
  • Changing The Way Kids Play

    Tiffany
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This is a guest post from Aby Nicole League Children, it seems, are losing childhood. It’s a story I hear too often from my friends. Much to my surprise, this story has been passed to me and now that I’m months away from my firstborn, I’m quite feeling the pressure of juggling things perfectly to raise […]
  • Small Scale Aquaponics – Growing Greens With a Fish Tank

    Tiffany
    29 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    One of the biggest hopes you can have as a mom and an environmentalist is that your kids will want to take up your causes as they grow and mature. I could not be prouder of my oldest child (nearly 14) as he grows into a stellar young man. He is kind, empathetic, smart, a great cook […]
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  • Easy Food Preservation

    Amber Strocel
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Climate Crusader shares her tips for storing the summer bounty without breaking a sweat.Local eating is pretty mainstream these days - so mainstream, in fact, that many big corporations are trying to cash in. In spite of the greenwashing out there (I saw a McDonald's truck boasting that their potatoes were "grown right here in Canada"), reducing your food miles is a great way to go green. When you eat locally you're reducing your carbon footprint and supporting local farmers. You're also enjoying fresher food, which is more nutritious and tastier to boot.At this time of year it's easy to…
  • The Benefits of Bolting

    Christy
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Queen Composter shares reasons to leave edible plants go to seed.We are approaching the dog days of summer and in the heat many vegetables are starting to flower. I am always surprised when I see people pulling up all their plants that have bolted, to make way for new plants. Of course once some plants have bolted their greens are bitter to taste and we need to remove them so that we can have a continuous supply of plants to eat. But those plants that have flowered are great for the garden. I would like to make an argument for intentionally letting some vegetables flower and go to seed.Seed…
  • 5 Steps to Natural Pest Control

    Green Bean
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    From the bean, and dirty hands, of Green Bean.1) Healthy SoilTwo years ago, a friend and I attended an edible garden tour.  Each garden we visited so lush, so healthy and each had the same underlying theme - long time gardeners, amending the soil year after year.  We have only been in our current yard for four years but got a jump start the first year with sheet mulch.  (Learn about sheet mulching here.) In addition, I have always composted but last year, I got serious.  We built a three bin compost system and celebrated one year later with this black gold!Finally, mulch…
  • Dealing with Mosquitos: I Need Some Help!

    Eco Yogini
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Our first summer in our gorgeous new (to us) yard, with a babbling brook, trees, flowers and birds.... and mosquitos. Lots and lots of mosquitos.Two weeks ago I discovered that I am allergic to mosquito bites. Not just, oh they swell a bit or look a bit more red and itch, but like each bite swells the diameter of two to three twonies (or a baseball for non-Canadians ;) ), hurts like I don't know what, leaves bruising for weeks afterwards and looks disgusting.(The bite the day after being bitten. It's like an extra head is trying to grow out of my arm...)I've always been sensitive to mosquito…
  • To 'Poo or Not to 'Poo

    Mindful Echo
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Mindful Echo is in a hairy situation. There have been a few other Boothers who have tried to go no 'poo over the years. You can read their stories here and here. It's been something I've wanted to try for a while now....and I've come close but never quite gone all the way.If you're not familiar, it's basically a matter of switching out your conventional shampoo for baking soda and, eventually, just water for washing. It sounds quite simple in theory. My struggle with the concept is that my hair gets oily fast. Like, by day two. I can put it up in a ponytail or bun and it's no big deal, but by…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool

    Haley
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Let your pet play hard but stay cool this summer! Living in Northern Michigan I have to admit, I am a bit of a hermit, until summer hits. Now that longer and warmer days have arrived I can enjoy the great outdoors. I have a family of 6, which includes my husband, 1 kid, 3 dogs and myself. This is the time of year that Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool The post Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day

    greenandcleanmom
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    My house is so quiet and calm. I’m sure I have something to do. Something to clean, fold or scrub. There’s a drawer to organize, a cobweb to dust and a dish to put away. I’m sure there’s a bill to pay, a plant to water and plenty of files to file. There’s always something to do. Instead I’m pounding away on my keyboard. The Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day The post Let it Go and Enjoy the Summer Day appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Kettlepop a Healthy Low Calorie Organic Snack

    greenandcleanmom
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Each day I pack a morning and afternoon snack for my kids at summer day camp. When they come home and tell me to pack something again, I know I’ve hit a homerun. My kids can be picky and when they’re at camp they get hungry and they want snacks they love. This can be challenging because they want junk food and I want healthy Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Kettlepop a Healthy Low Calorie Organic Snack The post Kettlepop a Healthy Low Calorie Organic Snack appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Rice for lunch in just 1 minute? Sign me up! I’m rice fan. I’ve always liked rice and remember my mom making canned tomato soup with rice on rainy days with grilled cheese. I loved, loved, and loved that meal. I actually still do but now I attempt to make my own homemade tomato soup. I like to make rice with spicy sausage, add different Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute The post Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Funniest Pet Contest and Our Betta Fish Phil

    greenandcleanmom
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Not too long ago my son bought himself a Betta fish. He was so proud and excited. Of course, I had to clean Gilbert’s tank (that’s what he named his new pet) and Betta fish jump or they can jump. Gilbert jumped out of the Rubbermaid bowl while his tank was being cleaned and he died. It was tragic because I didn’t see it; I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Funniest Pet Contest and Our Betta Fish Phil The post Funniest Pet Contest and Our Betta Fish Phil appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
 
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  • To Do List 7.13.14

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Last week's progress... I feel like I should get partial credit for a few to-do's that I at least attempted...Finish quilting baby quiltCut off old jeans and stitch edges (not absolutely sure I want to stitch edges...)Put away Fourth of July decorationsClean out pantryHang art in family roomBox up Zappos returnDrop off Zappos return box at UPSHang clock in mountain home (ran into a design snafu...)Spray paint little skier statueHang art in guest roomMake daily to do list for kidsReturns to Banana Republic & DSWSchedule horse back riding trail ride for Kate and meLibrary…
  • Good Weekend

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Nice weekend in the mountains! Hiked to Mohawk Lake on Saturday afternoon. Haven't been on this trail for a couple years. Then had an outdoor viewing of Back to the Future with our mountain neighbors. Pretty fun on a cool night when you are bundled under comforters!Continental FallsKate & I posingPotential Christmas card photo?Snow fields!Lower Mohawk Lake
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    7/11 is Free Slurpee Day(Thanks, Ashlee!)- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
  • To Do List 7.6.14

    Greenstylemom
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Thought I might get back to my To Do list, because it makes me feel somewhat accountable if I put it out on my blog. So here is what I want/need to get accomplished this week (in addition, of course, to all the normal family to do's).Finish quilting baby quiltCut off old jeans and stitch edgesPut away Fourth of July decorationsClean out pantryHang art in family roomBox up Zappos returnDrop off Zappos return box at UPSHang clock in mountain homeSpray paint little skier statueHang art in guest roomMake daily to do list for kidsReturns to Banana Republic & DSWSchedule horse back riding trail…
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I know I've said it before, but I'm always so happy with a baby in my arms- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
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  • Natural Weed Killers. Learn What Works.

    Anna@Green Talk
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    I hate weeds.  You think you got them all and then suddenly, there is twice as many as you previously picked.  It’s maddening.  But the worse weeding is removing ones that are stuck between the itty bitty cracks of pavement, pavers, and sidewalks.  Crabgrass and dandelions adore these spaces.  Instead of cursing them, banish them using some nontoxic methods. Natural Weed Removal Methods that haven’t worked for me: 1.  Boiling water:  How many of you have seen the “throw” boiling water on your weeds idea?  I have tried this idea.  Perennial weeds just laugh at…
  • Low Flow Faucets Can Change the World

    Anna@Green Talk
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Even though we all still need to brush our teeth, flush the toilet and take showers, California is in the throes of an historic drought that makes every drop of water precious. You can do your part to conserve our water supplies – not to mention save money — with some simple changes in your home, starting with changing your bath and kitchen fixtures to low flow water saving ones. Low flow faucets and showerheads can cut water usage by as much as 40% with little noticeable difference to the person who is washing up. High-efficiency toilets perform well and can significantly reduce your…
  • Prevent Squash Vine Borers from Killing Your Squash & Pumpkins

    Anna@Green Talk
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    June is the beginning of summer, kids get out of school, and graduations.  For gardeners it is the beginning of squash vine borer season.  Yes, the dreaded squash vine borer that can decimate your pumpkin and squash crop with a blink of an eye.   In fact last year, I think the borer also attacked my melon plants . The best way to avoid these bugs is with a good offense.  Listed below are preventative tips to catch those buggers before they eat you out of house and pumpkin. The borer usually appears in late spring but check with your agricultural extension when to be on the outlook for…
  • Square Foot Gardening Layout so Easy with the Seed Square!

    Anna@Green Talk
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    Gardening is incredibly enjoyable but it takes a lot of work.  One of the reasons I  converted to a square foot gardener was this method increased yields and reduced weeding.  However, laying out the grids and planting easily 300 seeds in an 8 by 4 foot bed is back breaking and time consuming.   Jennifer and Karl Pratt developed the seed square  which helps to plant seeds faster.  When I saw it, I jumped with glee. Watch the video below. Square Foot Gardening Layout Is So Easy! When you plant using the square foot gardening method, sometimes you plant 9 or more seeds in a 12 by 12…
  • Reuse or Recycle Food Storage Bags Rather than Trash Them.

    Anna@Green Talk
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    While I was taking a picture of Hubs recycling my Ziploc® brands bags at a big box store, someone approached me and asked what was I doing.   Was I in trouble (said my inner four year old?)  I guess it just seemed a little odd.  As I explained that I was writing a post about how you can recycle your food storage bags, she squealed with glee.   “I had no idea I could recycle lunch and food bags!” she explained.  I bet you didn’t know either. But recycling  is only one way to keep plastic food storage bags out of  landfills and waterways.  Read on to learn ways to…
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    Mindful Momma

  • Say Hello to La Mav Organic Skin Care {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
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  • How to Stay Healthy During a Remodel

    Micaela
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
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  • Best Allergy Friendly Flowers for Your Garden #HealthierHome

    Micaela
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
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  • 4 Recipes for Cleaning from Scratch {Giveaway!}

    Micaela
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Elements of an Eco Friendly Kitchen: Countertop and Tiles

    Micaela
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:48 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

    Alice Benny
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Going Green Vacation – Four years ago, my aunt gave my sons tee shirts from Venice Beach in Florida. She told them all about the shark teeth to be found right on the beach there. Another friend saw them wear the shirts and also raved about the shark teeth hunting and beautiful beaches. From then… Read more The post Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget

    Alice Benny
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    Islands to Visit on Budget: The Caribbean region, comprising of more than 700, breath-taking beautiful islands is a haven for sore eyes and enthusiastic travelers. As some say, the islands are enough in number for you to take annual holidays on a different island each year. From serene beaches to white, pristine sands to exotic… Read more The post Extraordinarily Beautiful Islands to Visit on Budget appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss

    Greg Head
    7 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The City of Chicago is an amazing tourist destination filled with extensive parklands, a variety of tourist attractions, diverse neighborhoods, and fresh water. It is a multicultural city and is recognized as a passionate sports town within the United States. Chicago offers safety and security to its citizens along with affordable housing and a great… Read more The post 5 Best Things to Do In Chicago You Cannot Miss appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps

    Alice Benny
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Bags packed- Check, travel guide and documents- Check, Smart phone-Double Check!! Cruisers Apps – Triple Check!!! Long journeys can be thrilling but if there is no other distraction, such trips can be extremely boring. Here are ten exciting Apps essential for travelling. and cruisers apps. You can also check out our list of 10 Awesome Green iPhone… Read more The post Enjoying Long Journeys: 10 Exciting Cruisers Apps appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance

    Alice Benny
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Some fun recycling facts for kids can comprehensively describe the growing need and importance of recycling. The younger generation needs to understand the significance of saving and protecting their environment, their home, their planet. One can only hope they do a better job than ‘us grown adults’ in taking things more seriously while growing up.… Read more The post Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Walmart Donates $15M to Fight Childhood Hunger, and You can help!

    Monica Brady
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Summer time can be a very busy time for a lot of people. Just because school is out, doesn’t mean that work is out for a lot of parents, or that sports stop… but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on quality family time. Eating family meals together is very important for several reasons. Research shows that when families eat dinner together, they are more likely to eat more vegetables and fruits — and fewer fried foods, soda, and foods with trans fats  Besides promoting better nutrition, you also get to have some good conversation, and really show your…
  • DIY – Independence Day Door Wreath

    Monica Brady
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I know, I’ve been making a lot of wreaths lately, but I can’t help it!! They’re so pretty! I have loved making wreaths for different holidays, and I knew exactly how I wanted my Independence Day wreath to look. The nice thing is that this wreath will work for anytime, not just Independence Day! It’s very easy to make, and looks awesome on the door. Here’s what you need: 18″ Grapevine Wreath 12″x18″ US Flag Red, White & Blue artificial flowers Glue Gun & Glue Sticks How you make it: 1. Trim all of the stems from the flowers. I leave about…
  • Michael’s Passport to Imagination Program

    Monica Brady
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Summer is here, and goodness knows, I need to find things to keep my girls busy! They get bored very easily, and one thing I do not want, is for them to sit in front of the TV, or on their tablets all day during the Summer. Sure, I’ve signed them up for a couple of week long Summer Day Camps, but, those can get quite expensive. Michael’s Stores have a really neat program for kids ages 5 and up, called the Passport to Imagination. From June 16 to Aug. 1, Michaels stores nationwide will host Passport to Imagination classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Rayovac- Proudly Made in the USA

    Monica Brady
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    There are products we like, and there are products that we LOVE.. Rayovac is one of those products that we love… Not only are they reasonably priced, and reliable… but they are MADE IN THE USA!!!! Every year about this time, we stock up on Rayovac alkaline batteries of all sizes, for a few reasons. One… It’s the beginning of our Hurricane season… We have to have enough flashlights, a radio, and batteries to cover us in the event of a power outage. But also because, Summer time means lots of out doors time! Evenings become one of our favorite times to sit out and…
  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips Luxe Dental Whitening Kit

    Monica Brady
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:20 am
    I have been very blessed to have pretty darn excellent teeth. I never needed braces, and my teeth have always seemed pretty white. I am very self conscious about my smile, and want it to look the best that it can. While I don’t smoke, I do drink red wine, and coffee, and have heard that it can stain my teeth. I’ve never used whitening treatments, either professional or at home, but have always been curious, so when Walmart gave me the chance to try out the new Crest 3D White Whitestrips, I had to jump at the chance. So the concept is simple. Each packet comes with one upper and…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Reuse Week

    Veshengro
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A National Reuse Week or an International Reuse Week is what we need. June 16 to June 22, 2014 saw another National Recycle Week in the UK though not that the majority of the population would have known about it that silent the media was with regards to this event; it did not even rate it a single column, nay, not even a single paragraph. However, the focus is far too much on recycling and the mantra has become recycle, recycle more and then recycle more still, without considering the reuse option even. This is a proposal to put reuse (repurposing and upcycling)…
  • Making the Most of One Acre

    Veshengro
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    How Does Your Garden Grow? Sizing up our land and making the most of 1 acre. My husband is a cultivator; it’s in his veins. By the time most people begin their Spring cleaning he is out tilling the ground and planning the upcoming year’s garden. When were looking to build a home all he knew specifically is that he wanted land. After a few years of searching and asking around, a coworker mentioned to me that her father-in-law was looking to sell an acre or so of his farmland. This acre happened to be on one of the most beautiful roads in our area. We became the owners of a little parcel of…
  • Basil downy mildew

    Veshengro
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Does your basil look like this? Then I'm sorry to say your plants are likely to have downy mildew, a fungal disease that's fatal to our favorite pesto ingredient. I found it on some of the Italian basil plants in my community garden plot yesterday, and had to pull them out. (Luckily I was able to bring them home, and throw the leaves into the food processor with pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and a touch of lemon juice. Humans - and pasta - are not affected by downy mildew.) I'm hoping that prompt removal will mean the disease doesn't spread to my other basil plants, which are in a sunnier and…
  • All About Growing Asian Greens

    Veshengro
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    Learn how to grow Chinese cabbage, mizuna, bok choy and many other delicious Asian greens, plus get tips for harvesting, storage and seed saving (For details on growing many other vegetables and fruits, visit our Crop at a Glance collection page or check out our Food Gardening Guide app.) From crunchy Chinese cabbage to buttery bok choy, Asian greens offer an array of flavors and textures for your fall table. Just a small plot of garden space can yield a bountiful assortment of leafy greens, crisp stems and even edible flowers. Most Asian greens prefer shorter, cooler days, so growing them is…
  • Local permaculturist creates sustainable food forest in Ypsilanti Township

    Veshengro
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    To the untrained eye, Zeal Chen’s yard might look overgrown and unkempt. But ask her about any plant on her property and she’ll tell you what it is and how you can use it. What Chen does is called permaculture, which comes from the idea of “permanent agriculture.” By working with nature, rather than manipulating it, Chen has planted a low-maintenance and sustainable forest of edible and medicinal plants throughout her property. Chen’s plants include familiar garden fare like peppers, tomatoes, strawberries and herbs, as well as plants you won’t find in most conventional gardens:…
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  • Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?

    Guest
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Are you preparing for the zombie apocalypse? I’m kidding about the zombies, of course, but one part of the question is valid. Are you prepared to be completely self-sufficient should the need arise? If the world’s infrastructure suddenly collapsed and we were all left to fend for ourselves, most of us would be in big trouble. For […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?
  • Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.

    jennae
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    As a blogger who focuses largely on sustainability here and who weaves it into Green & Gorgeous as often as possible, I talk and think about sustainability often. As a result, I tend to neglect Earth Day, because I try to be mindful of the Earth every day. But in the future, I’m going to do […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Happy Earth Day. Now Do Something for Her.
  • Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom

    jennae
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought about what you’re giving the mom (or moms) on your list? If you’re like most people, it probably involves flowers and a card. Those are great, especially if the flowers are organic, but I typically like to give more personal gifts that reflect moms true interests. Uncommon […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Homey Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Mom
  • We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery

    jennae
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    So, my baby girl is 11 weeks old today. That means this post has been at least 12 weeks coming. I really wanted to share it before she was born, but since she surprised me and came 3 weeks early, the nursery wasn’t quite done. And since she’s been sleeping in her co-sleeper in the […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.We’ve Finally Finished Our Eco-Friendly Shared Nursery
  • Join Seventh Generation’s Fight Against Toxic Chemicals

    jennae
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I’ve been blogging about green living since 2008 — which feels almost like a lifetime. Since then, so many of our habits as a family have changed, and we have become much more mindful of the things we put in and on our bodies. As a mom, I am particularly mindful of the things I […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Join Seventh Generation’s Fight Against Toxic Chemicals
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  • Honda Smart House US Ready For Testing

    Christine Walsh
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    The Honda Smart House US has recently been constructed on campus at the University of California (UC), Davis. The house will serve as a test for an off-the-grid living space of the future. Homes and cars are responsible for about 44% of all the greenhouse gases emitted in the US, and in constructing the house, the designers of The Honda Smart House aimed to try and find a way to neutralize these emissions. The house also generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid. The Honda Smart Home US is run by the company’s home…
  • General Motors to Help Build a Shipping Container Home in Detroit

    Christine Walsh
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    The GM Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is joining forces with the non-profit Michigan Urban Farming Initiative to build a homestead out of shipping containers. They plan to turn a shipping container into a sustainable home that will also come with a plot of farming land to cultivate. The home will be designed by TAKD Design and built by the Integrity Building Group of Detroit. The shipping container they will use to build this home was donated by the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. It measures 40 feet by 10 feet, which will yield 320 square feet of living space that will be taken up by 2…
  • A Possible Skyscraper of the Future

    Christine Walsh
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    The world is becoming overcrowded, and it is estimated that by 2040 the population of NYC will grow by another million. This is definitely a problem that needs solving, which is why Metropolis Mag launched the ‘Living Cities’ design competition. The aim of the competition was for designers and architects to propose plans for a residential tower of 30 to 40 stories. The designs also required the use of an innovative structural steel system. Sustainability, multi-use strategies, lifestyle amenities, and multi-generational design were also required to be a part of the proposal. The…
  • Building Tiny Homes as a Form of Addiction Therapy

    Christine Walsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Christopher Merklinger, a 56 year old recovering drug addict, build his first tiny house with the help an Amish community near Owen Sound, Canada. Today he runs his own tiny house company, Litl Hausen, and the daily effort of constructing these homes has become an integral part of his healing journey, and life in general. Chris is also sure that it is the low cost and small size of tiny houses, which can give people struggling with addictions, homelessness and trauma a safe place to call their own. With his company he hopes to pay it forward, by offering affordable and well-built tiny homes,…
  • Modern Office Space Built From a Disused Trailer

    Christine Walsh
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Architect Karel Verstraeten recently helped a Belgian couple turn a discarded construction trailer into a cozy office that can also serve a number of other functions. The couple purchased the construction trailer for a mere $20, effectively salvaging it from a local junkyard. This refitting and conversion shows another (and very affordable) way in which disused trailers and containers can easily be turned into something that will continue to be useful for years to come. The owners wanted to turn the trailer into a small dwelling that they could use for either studying, resting or partying.
 
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  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014

    Kenneth Bossong, SUN DAY Campaign
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed).
  • H2O Pursues 440-MW Colorado Pumped Storage Hydro Project without FERC Permit

    Barry Cassell, Chief Analyst, GenerationHub
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    H2O Holdings LLC on July 18 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it doesn’t agree with FERC’s rejection of a third preliminary permit for a 440-MW pumped storage hydro project, but that it won’t further appeal that rejection and will instead pursue the project outside of the permit process.
  • Who Pays for Countervailing Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels?

    Rachel Charow
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) made the decision to start implementing countervailing duties (“countervails”) on Chinese solar panels that will raise prices of commercial-scale and distributed solar projects. In 2013, 31 percent of all solar panels installed in the U.S. were Chinese modules. Within the distributed sector alo
  • Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos, Created Unequal

    Tom Konrad, Contributor
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    In January I predicted 2014 would be the year "renewable energy finance comes of age." Here's how Jennifer Runyon quoted me on Renewable Energy World:
  • Get the Most Out of Solar: Cloud-Based Data Monitoring and Control Solutions

    Aater Suleman, CEO, Flux7
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    As the cost of implementing solar panels drops, more organizations are looking to deploy solar energy solutions. Experts predict a rise in solar investment in coming years. Monitoring and analyzing data from field sensors is a fundamental part of successful solar, and wind, energy businesses. Real-time, or up to date information about the energy used and created helps businesses respond better to changes in supply, identity potential problems and manage communication throughout supply and delivery chains.
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    Rebuilding Together

  • One Home, Two Purple Hearts

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

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

    tparsons
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    More than 80 Lowe’s Heroes employees will take part in the two-day community revitalization effort in Boston  Boston, MA, June 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, and its local Boston affiliate are teaming up with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs and renovations to two homes in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Mass.  More than 80 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from Boston-area stores will volunteer on June 11-12 to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety improvements as part of a $90,000 Lowe’s grant. These…
  • Rebuilding Together Announces $2.5 Million Donation from Lowe’s

    tparsons
    22 May 2014 | 9:37 am
    Expanded Partnership Makes More Critical Home Repairs Possible for Low-Income Homeowners Across the Country WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2014 /3BL Media/- Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, today announced a $2.5 million donation from Lowe’s to support the mission of providing critical home repairs for low-income homeowners. To kick off this year’s partnership, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers will join with community members in Nashville on May 29-31 to provide critical repairs to 15 homes and build a playground. …
  • National Healthy Homes Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

    tparsons
    1 May 2014 | 8:58 am
    Conference to address serious health and safety concerns in housing today WASHINGTON, May 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan will keynote the 2014 National Healthy Homes Conference in Nashville May 28 through 30. Secretary Donovan is joined by former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, Rebuilding Together President and CEO Charley Shimanski, and HGTV’s Jack Thomasson as plenary speakers in Nashville. Secretary Donovan will address the evidence linking health and housing while Cisneros will share his experience and expertise on…
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • The DIY Cider Press

    Steve Spence
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    We have an awesome freebie for you today! Detailed plans for building your own apple cider press. There are few drinks so satisfying as a well-made home-brewed apple cider and the process is a simple one. You simply grind the apples into a pulp that you then press to extract the sweet, flavorable juice. You can grind small batches in a blender, or buy / build a grinder for large batches. This free DIY article explains how to make an inexpensive press. Cider Press Excerpt For this project, and 24 more awesome DIY Self Sufficiency Projects: Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency 1. Cider Press…
  • Are We Freegans Now?

    Steve Spence
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We have embarked on our journey of Freeganism. What is Freeganism you ask? Well, think of dumpster diving for food. Not actual dumpster diving (although some do) as our free waste food comes straight from the grocery store shelves. We recently connected with a source of this still quite edible (and delicious) food that is just out of date, or has some easily removed bad spots. Included in this bounty were Melons, citrus, grapes, pineapple, even kiwi and mango, as well as cucumbers, corn on the cob, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. Other fruits and vegetables are available at times as well.
  • Mexico Aquaponics & Methane Digester Project

    Steve Spence
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    We have been asked to come to Mexico and show a village how to set up a aquaponics system to feed themselves, and set up a methane digester to provide gas for cooking and electricity. We are also setting up Black Soldier Fly Larvae Composters to produce food for the fish. We will post project details and photo’s when we return. Many projects like these fail when the designers and volunteers leave because there is no local buyin or ownership of the project. Not the case here. The local mission and villagers are the ones being taught to build and maintain their systems. They are…
  • Shake Lights, No Batteries! (DIY)

    Steve Spence
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:55 am
    Many folks have seen or used a batteryless shake light. The concept is simple: A magnet slides up and down in a tube wrapped with wire, charging a capacitor, that feeds a LED.  Well, now you can build your own. You will need a cheap flashlight, a bridge rectifier, capacitor, magnet, and some wire. A few other incidentals, but with scrounged materials, you may be able to build this for less than $10
  • Emergency Heat When The Power Goes Out

    Steve Spence
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    Our tradition has been to share what works. We have been using our Big Buddy portable propane heater for many years (7+), in our off grid home in NY, on the road in our camper (we full timed for 2 years), and even here in SC where the heating season is very short. The Ice Storm this winter left us powerless for a week, and the Big Buddy kept us warm! The Big Buddy takes 1 lb. propane canisters, and although they can be stored pretty much forever, they run out quickly when it’s really cold, and they are expensive. They can be refilled from a larger bottle (20 lb grill bottle), but we…
 
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    greenstrides

  • Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers

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

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

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

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

    Joyce Benson
    15 May 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Trees have so many benefits, from providing shade to intercepting rain water, but some have additional appeal–they put on a lovely flowering show for us each spring.  Native trees have especially great value in our landscapes, as they provide food and habitat for song birds, butterflies and other wildlife.  Native plants are also well adapted [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
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    Cooking Up a Story

  • How to Make Sorrel Soup

    Cooking Up a Story
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Wes Jackson Speaks Out for Sustainability

    Cooking Up a Story
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Third Plate: Interview With Dan Barber

    Cooking Up a Story
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
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  • Traditional Dip Net Fishing: The Yakama Nation Tribe

    Cooking Up a Story
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:39 am
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  • Garden Trellis Ideas for Tomatoes and Other Crops

    Cooking Up a Story
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Helsinki wants to render privately-owned vehicles obsolete

    Alfie Joshua
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When it comes to urban transport, you’d be hard pressed to find a system plan that’s both ambitious and realistic. Whether it be the cost, the viability, the necessity, or the opinion of local residents, ambitious urban transport systems have the tendency to die in the womb, or fail to meet their original goal. Undeterred by this, the government of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is undertaking one of the most ambitious urban transport plans in recent memory, and it intends to see it through to the end. The goal of this plan? To render personally-owned cars completely obsolete by the…
  • Tesla has unveiled the $35,000 Model III electric vehicle

    Jesseb Shiloh
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Tesla Motors is bringing its electric vehicles to the mass market in 2017 with the Model III. The electric vehicle will cost a mere $35,000, far less expensive than the luxury-focused Model S which generally goes for around $80,000 to $90,000. If the Model III is anywhere close to the quality of its previous automobiles, automakers like BMW and Mercedes should be very concerned. One of the biggest obstacles that electric vehicles face is their range. Tesla has generally rendered this a non-issue with its previous cars, something that it intends to do again with the Model III. Tesla’s CEO,…
  • Smart irrigation can help prevent a water-crisis… and save money

    Cactus Williams
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Watering the lawn may seem like a simple, yet essential task, but experts claim that when it’s done incorrectly, it can be a massive waste of both time and money. Not to mention freshwater is a precious resource, and it’s only going to become more so as our population continues to skyrocket. Manual watering is an archaic, wasteful process that should be frowned upon. If you want to help humanity, and save money in the process, you should consider using smart irrigation technology to make watering your lawn an efficient, hands-free process. That’s the message of Smart Irrigation Month.
  • Australia’s solar power boom could change the world

    Alfie Joshua
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Australia has long been known for its coal, which is used to generate 80% of the country’s electricity and accounts for a significant portion of its exports. However, thanks to the rapidly decreasing price of solar photovoltaic systems, it may soon be known for its solar power. Only a handful of coal generators reported profits last year, and even fewer will this year. This is a growing trend that heralds the inevitable death of the coal industry. Wholesale energy pricing even went into the negatives for a brief time in the middle of the day in the northeastern state of Queensland where…
  • 2014 Chevrolet Malibu: Great Look Plus Great Price Equals One Great Car

    Chastity Mansfield
    4 May 2014 | 12:43 am
    Chevrolet had just re-launched the Malibu in 2013 to present a gorgeous mid-sized sedan that has a lot to offer but with such long standing names to compete with as Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, the engineers at Chevrolet had their work cut out for them to make the 2014 version even better. Offering a much sleeker look, a great deal more room in the back seat and a largely improved suspension this year’s version of the Malibu is out to take over the market. To go along with the impressive upgrades for the Malibu is the accolades including standing tall as a winner of the Insurance…
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    INHABITAT

  • Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

    Kristine Lofgren
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer, because within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An Australian biotech firm has developed a gel called VivaGel that actually fights STDs and has proven effective in killing 99.9% of viruses. Read the rest of Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ansell Condom, Ansell HIV condom, Ansell HIV killing gel, fighting herpes, fighting HIV, fighting HPV, herpes…
  • Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

    Lori Zimmer
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: angular roof, eco design, green design, green homes in Norway, green renovation, green space, Norwegian green design, sustainable design, sustainable renovation, Trondheim Norway, TYIN Architects, tyin tegnestue, vertical extension
  • Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors

    Lidija Grozdanic
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Read the rest of Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation, CS Design Award, kaleidoscope installation, Kobe Biennial, Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki, mirror art, mirror installation, shipping container installation, shipping container origami, triangular mirrors, zipper architecture, zipper installation
  • Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

    Colin Payne
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Long-revered and much-climbed, Japan’s Mount Fuji looks like it’s ready to blow it’s top after more than 300 years of dormancy. A new study by a team of French and Japanese researchers reveals that an increase in tectonic pressure from the massive 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and caused the Fukushima meltdown has left Fuji in prime condition for an eruption. Read the rest of Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brenguier, disaster, earth, earthquake, eruption, fuji, Fukushima, geology, institute,…
  • Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge

    Lucy Wang
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron just unveiled their designs for AstraZeneca’s new Global R&D Center and Corporate Headquarters based in Cambridge, England. The new £330 million project will be centered around a triangular building punctuated in the center by an open courtyard. A glazed facade with a saw-tooth pattern wraps around the two-story building to create a visual and translucent connection between the corporate campus and the public. Read the rest of Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Designs for AstraZeneca Headquarters and Courtyard in Cambridge Permalink | Add to…
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    TheCityFix

  • Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city

    Ying Wang
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Congestion pricing has the potential to pave the way for more equitable mobility in China’s cities. Photo by GuoZhongHua/Shutterstock. China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term. In Beijing and other cities, these include creating numerous expressways, flyovers, and tunnels throughout the city. But this infrastructure that…
  • Friday Fun: Cinema shows the power of sustainable transport

    Zhou Jia
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Cinema has the power to influence our perceptions on sustainable transport and confront us with tough questions about the future of urban development. Photo by Tama Leaver/Flickr. Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why. All of these different social norms can be expressed in just a few scenes. Here are some of TheCityFix’s favorite…
  • What does a sociological approach to safe cities reveal?: Findings from a national workshop in India

    Neha Mungekar
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    In order to make cities safer and public spaces more inviting for all, EMBARQ India studied how women perceive – and how they are perceived in – India’s urban public spaces. Photo by EMBARQ. While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women, ranging from better infrastructure, effective policing, more stringent punishment for perpetrators, creating “eyes on the street,” and more. Specifically,…
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: New mapping algorithm poses problems and promise for cities

    Rachel Jaffe
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Technology is allowing city residents to interact with their surroundings in new ways, which can have both the benefit of advancing sustainable development and the drawback of reinforcing social divisions. Photo by Daniel Chavez/Flickr. Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend every second of their time sightseeing in a new city, or for residents who want to explore their surroundings in a new way. However, although the algorithm was…
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals emphasize sustainable cities in latest draft

    Dario Hidalgo
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define important priorities for international development over the next 15 years, including the need for safe, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. At the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, the United Nations member states began the ambitious process of defining the social and economic priorities for humanity over the next fifteen years. The open and participatory process and the initial negotiations amongst the world’s nations through the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has resulted in a draft…
 
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle

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

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

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

    Jean-Paul
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    In an ever expanding world of home delivery, produce is making a comeback. It is a common occurrence here in the San Francisco Bay Area to see Amazon Fresh and Safeway delivery trucks. On top of that, there are many organic and local produce delivery services popping up in urban areas (see a previous review of SPUD delivery service), but which to choose? I happen to prefer the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) delivery programs of local organic farms, and signed up with Greenhearts Family Farm due to several factors including: Local Produce All sourced farms are within the Bay Area,…
  • Is Your Own Tap Water Cleaner than Bottled Water?

    Jean-Paul
    16 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    It’s possible. The fact is, cities and states have regulations for water quality, unlike bottled water, which can have higher levels of arsenic, bacteria, and other contaminants*. Recent studies of bottled water commissioned by EWG* have found high levels of disinfection byproducts, fertilizer residue, and pain medication, including 38 chemical pollutants altogether. “FDA Safety and Consumer Protections [for bottled water] Are Often Less Stringent Than Comparable EPA Protections for Tap Water” – 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Office Report (pdf) Water quality can…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature!

    Emily White
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature! Inspired by this week’s poster by Constanza Gaggero, we’ve decided to have a competition. We love her little crazy recycled creatures so we’re inviting you to get a bit silly and see who uses their rubbish the most imaginatively to create a creature of their own. All ages welcome! Take a photo of your critter and post it to facebook or twitter (@dothegreenthing) using #buylessplaymore. The competition ends on Wednesday evening (23rd July) and the winner will get a free copy of Constanza’s lovely poster. So, get creating and…
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    katee
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach Here at Do the Green Thing we’re not massive fans of the consumer lifestyle but we’re taking you to a supermarket with a difference. The shelves of the Tru-Cost Super M-Art are lined with the morphed shapes and broken fragments of plastics found washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. Quirky labels adorn the items on show, advertising Bang Tidy!!! cleaning products and Get Lucky bags: ‘A mystery selection found in less than 5 minutes’. This subversive convenience store has been set up by two Brighton based artists Lou…
  • Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas

    katee
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas An ingenious design by Ayca Dundar, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, calls for the end of useless umbrellas. How often do you see broken umbrellas lining the streets and stacked up by bins after a spot of bad weather, leading to the waste of many an unrecyclable heap of polyester and aluminium*? Well this was Ayca’s inspiration to create a sustainable umbrella that wouldn’t break at the first sight of wind and as our climate continues to change and gale force winds tear through the country more frequently, this is definitely something…
  • The Beautiful Side of Climate Change

    katee
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Beautiful Side of Climate Change The Guardian is currently hosting a mesmeric, absorbing piece of digital art by Lia, which allows you to create your own tornado. Although we at Do The Green Thing would like to consider ourselves, on the whole, anti-tornadoes, it is hard to deny the deific joy in creating and manipulating your own miniature weather event and watching as it spirals out of control beneath your mouse. Sadly, climate change means that extreme weather events will occur with ever-greater regularity (although the evidence on a link to tornado frequency is equivocal).
  • Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green

    katee
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green Dear Luis, We were a little disappointed to see that you had failed to heed the (alarmingly prescient) advice we sent your way last year. Although fans of what you get up to with a football, we have a few concerns about your appetite. After all, we already eat too much bloody meat If only he’d listened… Our desire to see a reduction in meat consumption extends to the tender shoulders of Italian footballers flown halfway round the world.  However, we are just as saddened by you and your teammate’s predilection for a meaty barbecue. Tasty,…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature!

    Emily White
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    Make Your Own Fun, Create A Creature! Inspired by this week’s poster by Constanza Gaggero, we’ve decided to have a competition. We love her little crazy recycled creatures so we’re inviting you to get a bit silly and see who uses their rubbish the most imaginatively to create a creature of their own. All ages welcome! Take a photo of your critter and post it to facebook or twitter (@dothegreenthing) using #buylessplaymore. The competition ends on Wednesday evening (23rd July) and the winner will get a free copy of Constanza’s lovely poster. So, get creating and…
  • Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach

    katee
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach Here at Do the Green Thing we’re not massive fans of the consumer lifestyle but we’re taking you to a supermarket with a difference. The shelves of the Tru-Cost Super M-Art are lined with the morphed shapes and broken fragments of plastics found washed up on beaches in Devon and Cornwall. Quirky labels adorn the items on show, advertising Bang Tidy!!! cleaning products and Get Lucky bags: ‘A mystery selection found in less than 5 minutes’. This subversive convenience store has been set up by two Brighton based artists Lou…
  • Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas

    katee
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Breaking the Habit of Breaking Umbrellas An ingenious design by Ayca Dundar, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, calls for the end of useless umbrellas. How often do you see broken umbrellas lining the streets and stacked up by bins after a spot of bad weather, leading to the waste of many an unrecyclable heap of polyester and aluminium*? Well this was Ayca’s inspiration to create a sustainable umbrella that wouldn’t break at the first sight of wind and as our climate continues to change and gale force winds tear through the country more frequently, this is definitely something…
  • The Beautiful Side of Climate Change

    katee
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Beautiful Side of Climate Change The Guardian is currently hosting a mesmeric, absorbing piece of digital art by Lia, which allows you to create your own tornado. Although we at Do The Green Thing would like to consider ourselves, on the whole, anti-tornadoes, it is hard to deny the deific joy in creating and manipulating your own miniature weather event and watching as it spirals out of control beneath your mouse. Sadly, climate change means that extreme weather events will occur with ever-greater regularity (although the evidence on a link to tornado frequency is equivocal).
  • Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green

    katee
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    Luis! Ditch the Meat and Go Green Dear Luis, We were a little disappointed to see that you had failed to heed the (alarmingly prescient) advice we sent your way last year. Although fans of what you get up to with a football, we have a few concerns about your appetite. After all, we already eat too much bloody meat If only he’d listened… Our desire to see a reduction in meat consumption extends to the tender shoulders of Italian footballers flown halfway round the world.  However, we are just as saddened by you and your teammate’s predilection for a meaty barbecue. Tasty,…
 
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Lawyers' Opinions in Green Building Transactions

    Stuart Kaplow
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    We are increasingly called upon to give legal opinions that a green building is LEED certified, ‘certifiable’ or otherwise really a green building. The purpose of a legal opinion given in a commercial real estate transaction is, most simply put, to provide the recipient of the lawyer’s writing with comfort regarding specified aspects of the transaction.  One might ask why they need an opinion from a lawyer that their building is green? The best response is because in many instances their lender requires it. While legal opinions are given in a variety of commercial…
  • E-Cigarettes will be Prohibited in Future LEED Buildings

    Stuart Kaplow
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:40 pm
    On July 1st the U.S. Green Building Council released a change to LEED classifying electronic cigarettes as a form of tobacco smoking for the purposes of the smoking prohibitions of the LEED Environmental Quality Prerequisite 2, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control, which is also applicable to LEED v4.  Project teams must follow rating system addenda posted before their project’s registration date. Addenda are often substantive changes to LEED content including corrections, interpretations and alternative compliance paths that may substantively change the way a given…
  • Baltimore City is Adopting the IgCC

    Stuart Kaplow
    22 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    This evening an ordinance will be introduced in the Baltimore City Council for the purpose of adopting the International Green Construction Code.  The IgCC will be adopted as an overlay in conjunction with existing building, fire and related codes and will apply when a permit is required, except the new green code will not apply to: 1 or 2 family dwellings, multiple family dwellings that contain no more than 5 units, a structure that is LEED Silver certified or higher, or a structure that is ASHRAE 189.1 compliant.   It is necessary to appreciate that Baltimore City was an…
  • Ohio Law Rolls Back Unwise Renewable Portfolio Standards

    Stuart Kaplow
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Last Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310 freezing the state’s renewable energy portfolio and energy efficiency requirements at 2014 levels.  Environmental activists decried the new state law by evoking apocalyptic fears of ecological collapse while characterizing renewable portfolio standards as just the type of collective sacrifice needed to avoid the end of the world. Average Ohio citizens made it clear they wanted no part of the increased monthly utility bills that Toledo Edison said would rise from $54 today to $241, if no changes were made in the 2008…
  • Demand Response Needs a Mulligan

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has nullified the retail electric market Demand Response programs governed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, putting a chink in the armor of the new EPA carbon curbs.  Demand Response is defined in FERC’s Order 745 as “a reduction in the consumption of electric energy by customers from their expected consumption in response to an increase in the price of electric energy or to incentive payments designed to induce lower consumption of electric energy.” When the electric grid is near its capacity (for example, when weather…
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  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

    Solar Fred
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Where the solar rebates are. It used to be that homeowners could receive some very generous upfront rebates that could offset 30% or more of the cost of installing a solar system. But as the price of installing solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last three years, so has the upfront rebates offered by states and utilities. In addition to the wide spread decrease in rebate funding and amounts, many programs have switched from upfront payments that defer the cost of installing to performance based incentives that pay you a certain amount for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by your…
  • The U.S.-China Trade Case Determination and What It Means for Solar Installers and Consumers

    Solar Fred
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A few months back, we published a post on All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute and how it might affect solar installers and consumers if the case isn’t settled. Well, a preliminary decision is in. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has made a preliminary determination on June 10th in favor of SolarWorld, the German/U.S. solar panel manufacturer who filed the suit. Before we get into the penalties being proposed and finalized, we should remind readers that there are two parts to this case: Part 1: The DOC Decision A package of solar cells The first part, now in the…
  • 2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations

    Elizabeth Hill
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations   Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel installations is on the way in 2014.   Fall in Prices   A few years back, one main argument against solar panel installation was the costs involved. Things have changed for the better as more responsible…
  • Micro Solar, a Solution for Both the Industrial and Developing Worlds

    Solar Fred
    12 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    You often hear about home solar and megawatt solar projects, but micro solar devices are also important energy sources for both the developing world and for consumers in our own industrial world. Micro solar, sometimes referred to as “pico solar,” are portable solar chargers that typically consist of a small photovoltaic panel, some type of battery, and a USB connection. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, lights, and laptops can juice up from either the micro solar’s battery pack or directly via the solar panel. The benefit of a small solar powered charger is also a challenge,…
  • Telemarketers Stealing GoGreenSolar.com Name

    David Tan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Over the past two years, we have had people call or email us to complain about a company operating a Telemarketing campaign identifying themselves as “Go Green Solar” or using a name that is very similar. Please be advised that this is NOT GoGreenSolar.com. We do not, and have never done any kind of outbound telemarketing. Our business is obtained only through passive advertising and referrals from satisfied customers. We have determined that these unsolicited telemarketing calls are the work of an unscrupulous lead generation company which is using our name or something very similar to…
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  • Stop Inviting Bears to Dinner

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    As conflicts between humans and black bears continue, it seems the message “Don’t feed the bears” bears repeating. Just this month, a man in Montgomery, VT was charged by the Fish & Wildlife Department for allegedly feeding bears. It was the first time that a person has been charged under a new law in Vermont that […]The post Stop Inviting Bears to Dinner appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Putting Grasslands to Work

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    This year’s annual international conference of the Savory Institute will be held in London the first week of August, and will feature two Chelsea Green authors – Courtney White (Grass, Soil, Hope) and Judith Schwartz (Cows Save the Planet) along with Joel Salatin whose books Chelsea Green distributes. The conference theme — “Putting Grasslands to […]The post Putting Grasslands to Work appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • DIY Dilly Beans: Voted “Best Snack Ever”

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    For those who love fermented foods, I now welcome you into the world of the dilly bean. If you already make your own, this recipe is killer. If you’ve yet to try it…and you’re like me, a vinegar obsessed freak on the verge of collapse every time a pickle is near, then brace yourself for […]The post DIY Dilly Beans: Voted “Best Snack Ever” appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s that time of year again…outdoor barbecues are a weekend staple, trips to the beach or pool are becoming more frequent, and cherries are ripe for the picking! Take this seasonal cue and enjoy the fresh fruit while you can with this recipe for summer cherry cornmeal cobbler from Cooking Close to Home. Authors Diane Imrie and […]The post RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • 25% off Essential Books for Homesteaders

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    In this age of rapid change, how can we best adapt to sustain our food systems and regenerate our land? Drawing from time-tested holistic techniques our authors show homesteaders, farmers and growers of all sizes how to remain resilient. Whether you grow veggies and herbs on your balcony, intensively garden a half-acre on your homestead, […]The post 25% off Essential Books for Homesteaders appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • To fight unemployment, India to plant 2 billion trees

    sgrover
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Jadav "Molai" Payeng, the Indian man who single-handedly planted up 1,360 acres of forest, may soon have some competition on his hands. Or allies, depending on which way you want to look at it.
  • Plastic 'trash islands' forming in ocean garbage patch

    mnnadmin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    After returning from the Transpacific Yacht Race — an annual sailboat race from Los Angeles to Honolulu — in 1997, Capt. Charles Moore was guiding his boat through the doldrums when he noticed some plastic debris floating in the water.  
  • What species rules Earth? (It's probably not humans)

    mnnadmin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    In the newly released film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," humans and apes vie for dominance after a virus has made apes hyperintelligent while wiping out most humans.  
  • Hank Hartsfield, leader of first space shuttle Discovery flight, dies at 80

    mnnadmin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    NASA astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, who in 1984 commanded the maiden mission of the space shuttle Discovery, died on Thursday, July 17. He was 80.   Hank Hartsfield's death came as a result of complications from back surgery he had several months ago, according to his fellow astronaut and STS-41D crewmember Mike Mullane.  
  • Long before 'Planet of the Apes,' there was 'The Ape that Went to College'

    gmiller
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In 1978, anthropology grad student Lyn Miles began working with an orangutan named Chantek on the University of Tennessee's Chattanooga campus, raising him as if he were a human child and teaching him to communicate via sign language. Their story is the subject of "The Ape Who Went to College," the second episode in PBS's four-part series "My Wild Affair," which premieres July 23 as part of the summer Think Wednesdays block of science and nature programming.
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  • New mapping software takes you on the scenic route

    mnnadmin
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Most GPS mapping apps are designed to get you where you want to go quickly. But for those who seek the scenic route, experimental software being developed by Yahoo researchers promises paths that are not just efficient, but also beautiful, pleasant and emotionally stimulating.  
  • Amazon tests unlimited e-book subscription service for Kindle

    mnnadmin
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Amazon may be testing a new unlimited subscription program for Kindle e-books for $9.99 per month. This would be a direct challenge to competitors Oyster and Scribd, which offer similar programs at $9.95 and $8.99 per month, respectively.   
  • Gene therapy transforms heart cells into 'biological pacemaker'

    mnnadmin
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Electronic pacemakers can be lifesaving for people with abnormal or slow heart rhythms, but not everyone who needs a pacemaker is able to have an electronic device implanted in their heart.   Now, in experiments in pigs, researchers have come up with a new method for making a "biological pacemaker" that might one day serve as an alternative to electronic ones, the researchers said.  
  • People choose friends who are genetically similar to themselves, study finds

    bnelson78
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    For many of us, good friends are the next closest thing to family-- but you might be surprised to learn just how literal this simple truth is. According to a new controversial study, good friends actually are the next closest thing to family, genetically speaking.  
  • People seek out friends with common DNA

    mnnadmin
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    People may unsuspectingly choose friends who have some DNA sequences in common with them, a new analysis finds.   Researchers compared gene variations between nearly 2,000 people who were not biologically related, and found that friends had more gene variations in common than strangers.  
 
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  • 14 surprising foods that contain animal products

    lmoss
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you know the obvious foods to avoid — there's no confusion about where that steak came from. But the ingredients of other foods aren't so obvious.   Food labels can be confusing or even misleading, and some foods that seem meat-free can contain hidden animal products.   Take a look at our list of foods that aren't vegetarian- or vegan-friendly.   Bagels and bread products
  • How to cook artichokes: 7 delicious recipes

    jheimbuch
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Globe artichokes are native to the Mediterranean but chances are good that the 'chokes you buy from the store are from Castroville, California. This is the self-proclaimed "Artichoke Center of the World" and three-quarters of all artichokes grown in the state are grown here. Wherever they’re grown, artichokes are an entirely underestimated vegetable. These unusual-looking bulbs of tough leaves look like nothing you’d want to consume, and yet they are actually a superfood.
  • How to make a basil gimlet

    krossiter
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    I love entertaining in the summer time. On a sunny day, the afternoon stretches out ahead of you and everyone is relaxed and happy. Other times of the year entertaining is often linked to events such as birthdays and holidays and can be stressful, but in summer you have a few friends over on a nice day, just because it's a lovely thing to do. It's casual, and having some burgers on the barbeque is a totally acceptable dinner.  
  • The health benefits of pomegranate

    jnelson
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    If you’re not familiar with pomegranate, it’s one of the oldest known fruits native to Persia. This dense, interesting-looking fruit has also been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and life — and research now backs up that pomegranate may be one of the healthiest fruits going. It also has a unique, slightly tart, slightly sweet flavor.  
  • 6-Ingredient No-Bake Almond-Pecan Date Squares (vegan)

    jheimbuch
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • Take a classic road trip on America's longest highway

    joshwlew
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    An aura of history and romance surrounds famous highways like Route 66.  Modernization, as well as the pursuit of convenience and safety, have led to more four- or eight-lane highways crisscrossing the nation, like I-90, I-35 or I-94.
  • Student-designed cars race for fuel-efficiency gold

    networx
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Imagine a car that travels more than 12,000 miles per gallon! This is not a science-fiction writer's vision of fuel consumption in the far distant future. Rather, it shows the incredible achievement of the Eco-Marathon, an event that pits teams of students against one another in a competition to design and build the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.   History
  • Re-routing flights could reduce climate impact of contrails

    bnelson78
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Air travel has officially made clear blue skies a thing of the past. It seems rare to look up these days without finding a crisscross of contrails outlining the solid blue. Even worse, scientists have found that contrails are contributing significantly to global warming by helping to trap infrared energy in the atmosphere.  
  • 'Round-the-world' Solar Impulse 2 plane takes first flight

    mnnadmin
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:29 am
    The Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft powered entirely by the sun, successfully completed its maiden voyage on June 2.  
  • Fly the germy skies: Airplane seat-back pockets have more bacteria than toilet handles

    mnnadmin
    20 May 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Concerned about germs while traveling by plane? It turns out that your seat-back pocket might actually be germier than the toilet handle, according to a new study, which also suggests that certain bacteria can linger on surfaces within airplanes for longer than a week.  
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  • Does Harry Potter belong to J.K. Rowling or readers?

    lmoss
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the seventh and final installment in J.K. Rowling's bestselling series, was released in 2007, but the fictional wizarding world continues to make headlines today.  
  • The biggest city you've never heard of

    joshwlew
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Mega-cities are usually quite famous. Iconic New York City, sprawling Los Angeles, teeming Mexico City and modern Tokyo are well-known to everyone.
  • 5 incomparable outsider art environments to visit around the world

    mhickman
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    The Louvre. The Uffizi. The Tate Modern. The National Palace Museum. For most foreign travelers, art museums rank at the very top of must-visit lists and for good reason: they’re safe. That is, everyone visits them.  
  • 10 habits you should pick up from your grandmother

    melbreyer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Some of us romanticize the past, some of us brush it off altogether — but either way, there’s some good wisdom to be gleaned from generations that weren’t bombarded with consumerism, surrounded by chemicals and discombobulated by the crazy pace of the digital world. Yes, we’re talking about the “grandma era.” Known for its wealth of practical solutions, clean living and common sense, the women who forged the road before us were smart cookies. Here are some are some of our favorite grandmotherly habits that are too valuable to be lost.  
  • What are the hardest languages to learn?

    lmoss
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Want to learn Japanese? If you're a native English speaker, it'll take you about 22,000 hours — or 88 weeks — to become proficient.   The same goes for Chinese, Arabic and Korean, which are some of the most difficult languages for English speakers to learn.   What makes these languages so tough?   Japanese and Chinese both require the memorization of thousands of characters.  
 
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  • Parkour 101: Everything you need to know about the art of the movement

    sgunther
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Parkour!   Parkour is the art of moving from one place to another in a fast, fluid, efficient, and dynamic manner with nothing but the clothes on your back and the shoes on your feet — and even those are optional. Practitioners of parkour work to perfect their ability to leap, grasp, swing, roll, and stride under, over, around, and through any kind of obstacle. Though parkour is primarily practiced in urban environments, the art form is equally applicable in the woods and mountains.  
  • Beachgoers pelted with hail as storm strikes Siberia

    sgunther
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Hail is no joke.   Beachgoers in Novosibirsk, Siberia, recently found that out after dark storm clouds intruded on their summer day (temperatures were near 100 degrees Fahrenheit) and pelted them with volleys of hail. Someone happened to be filming during the "attack of the storm" and caught this on video:      
  • Lion cub life lesson No. 1: Don't get in over your head

    sgunther
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    You know you’re having a bad day when you get your head stuck in a buffalo — and the wrong end of a buffalo at that.   This video shows a poor young, eager lion cub who made the mistake of diving into the backside of a buffalo without a good exit plan. The poor little guy (or girl) is seen in the video thrashing around and appears to pass out from the lack of oxygen.  
  • Legal cannabis: The next great American industry

    sgunther
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    “Three months in the cannabis industry is like five years in any other industry.”  
  • Meet Hugh Whalan, a clean-tech entrepreneur making waves in Africa

    sgunther
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:37 am
    I first met entrepreneur Hugh Whalan back in 2010 when I learned about Energy In Common, the startup company he founded that was like Kiva, the micro-loan provider, except greener.
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  • Finland supports new moms with an amazing box of baby supplies

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Seventy-five years ago, Finland had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.  But that rate has dropped considerably over the past several decades thanks in part to a government program that supports new moms.  And it all starts with a box.  
  • Hookahs and harm: Study finds young adults underestimate the risk

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    When asked whether or not hookah smoking is hazardous to your health, the majority of young adults in a recent survey said 'no,' a pretty strong indication that they may not fully understand the actual risks involved.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes.  Yet they have somehow earned the reputation as being the safe alternative for smoking.  
  • Top AIDS researchers killed on Malaysia Air flight

    jsavedge
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    The world was stopped in its tracks yesterday upon hearing the news of the downed Malaysia Air flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It may be some time before we know what really happened to that flight, but what we do know for now is that none of the 297 passengers and crew survived. And while the world mourns the loss of every single one of those lives, one group has been hit particularly hard by this crash.
  • Puppy mill rescue gets her first snuggle [Video]

    jsavedge
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    A few weeks ago, the local police in my small Virginia town rescued upwards of 130 dogs from a puppy mill operation. The dogs were in deplorable condition — some had barely been able to eat because the hair around their face was so thickly matted that they could not open their mouths.    
  • New app raises funds for animal shelters with every step

    jsavedge
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to help send funds to your favorite local animal shelter?  It may be as easy as a walk in the park.   A new app, called ResQWalk, lets you raise money for animal rescue centers - just by taking a walk.     Here's how it works:  
 
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  • Looking for an awesome summer experience? Try flying trapeze school

    rshreeves
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
    It was the morning of the 4th of July, and my free-spirited 12-year-old was about as free as he’d ever been – flying through the air and literally becoming “the daring young man on the flying trapeze” at Fly School Circus Arts in Philadelphia. “You are my hero!” I said as he climbed down the ladder with a huge smile on his face.
  • 7 fresh tomato cocktails

    rshreeves
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    The farmers market was exploding with tomatoes this past weekend, and the prices were much lower than they were just two weeks ago. That’s the beauty of buying produce in season. When it’s abundant, the prices are very reasonable. I was able to get a basket of bruised tomatoes for $1, and I turned them into a huge bowl of fresh salsa.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat

    rshreeves
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I am officially changing my “weekend wine recommendation” to “what to drink this weekend.” While I love wine and will continue to bring you suggestions for sustainable vino on some Fridays, I like the flexibility of being able to suggest other beverages like the Foghorn cocktail I told you about two weeks ago.  
  • Should parents give underage kids sips of alcohol?

    rshreeves
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s no secret to anyone that I drink alcohol. I write about it. I do reviews of wine, beer and spirits. I dabble in creating cocktail recipes. Boxes with booze get delivered to my house on such a regular basis that the delivery drivers ask what I’m getting this time. There is no way I could ever keep from my boys, ages 12 and two-weeks shy of 15, that mom imbibes.  
  • In France, grocery stores are selling out of ugly produce

    rshreeves
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    A lot of perfectly edible food never makes it to market, adding to the mountains of food waste that accumulate each year. Why? Because the produce doesn’t look pretty. Apples don’t always grow perfectly round. Sometimes a single carrot becomes a double carrot. Consumers have been conditioned to expect perfect-looking produce at the grocery store, and over time, ugly fruits and vegetables have become undesirable. Grocery stores won’t buy them.  
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  • Dreamliner stunts are cool, but not the whole story

    jmotavalli
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Boeing’s new 787-9 Dreamliner is the company’s bright hope for the future against rival Airbus, but it’s not been controversy-free. Problems with fires in the plane’s lithium-ion battery packs kept the whole fleet (now numbering some 140 planes) grounded for three months last year.  
  • Look out, it's the Pinto Stampede!

    jmotavalli
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    Remember the Pinto? The all-American economy car was a hit with the public in the fuel-conscious '70s. More than 3 million were built between 1971 and 1980, but sales crashed following Mark Dowie’s sensational 1977 story in Mother Jones about the fiery dangers of the model in Mother Jones.
  • Meet Audi's 'no-compromises' plug-in hybrid

    jmotavalli
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    I’m cruising in the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, watching the electric charge bars glow, one by one. Unlike the Chevy Volt, probably the gold standard for plug-in hybrids, an e-tron with a depleted battery can charge on the fly. That’s just one way this sporty entry, due on the American market early next year, can distinguish itself in a still-small but growing cadre that includes the Prius Plug In, the Mitsubishi Outlander (coming soon) and two Ford Energis.  
  • Transit use zooms as economy recovers

    jmotavalli
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Riding both the Boston and New York subways last week, I was struck by how many people are using public transit these days. The subway cars were packed everywhere. And the statistics bear that out: in the first quarter of 2014, light rail continued its dizzying climb, up 3.2 percent from the same period last year. Subways and elevated rail were up 1.8 percent, and commuter rail up 1.1 percent. Bus ridership in larger cities was up 2.1 percent.
  • Car deal too good to be true? It's probably a scam

    jmotavalli
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    If the car ad sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Let’s say you see the following: 1966 AC Cobra, recently rebuilt matching-numbers 260 V-8, excellent original condition, new tires. Too many cars! $10,000.
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  • Diver saves turtle and gets a 'thank you'

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Dive partners Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton were fishing off the coast of Mexico when Dietrich saw a sea turtle caught in a line.   Dietrich immediately jumped in the water and removed the ropes while Sutton filmed the moment with his GoPro.   Once freed, the turtle started to swim away, but to the divers' surprise, the animal turned back around and swam right up to Dietrich.  
  • 'We can all touch, change and even save lives': Michael Sam lights up ESPYs

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam delivered a powerful speech after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPYs.   Sam was recognized for his courage in publicly coming out and becoming the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL.  
  • How to gently evict a family of foxes

    lmoss
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Humane Wildlife Services in Washington, D.C., recently responded to a call about a family of foxes living beneath a backyard shed slated to be torn down. To humanely evict the fox and her seven 5-week-old kits, workers first tore up the shed's floor to make it unusable, and then they collected the young foxes and placed them in a reunion box. Watch what happens when the mother fox returns.
  • Hedgehog celebrates birthday party with tiny cake

    lmoss
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    How does a hedgehog celebrate its birthday? With tiny cake, tiny hats and tiny hamster friends, of course.   Related on MNN: Watch more adorable videos of animals chowing down on snacks.
  • What's cuter than a panda on a slide? 4 of them

    lmoss
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    At China's Chengdu Panda Base, a nonprofit panda breeding and research facility, giant pandas don't just receive quality care — they also get plenty of quality playtime.   Watch these young pandas climb to the top a slide with a caregiver and then slide — and sometimes tumble — down.  
 
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  • How much water is poisoned to produce a barrel of tar sands? Just ask Pepsi.

    Heather Moyer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Over the last year, activists have been pushing PepsiCo and other companies using tar sands in their massive corporate vehicle fleets to do the right thing and stop using this dirty source of fuel that's poisoning our water, our climate, and our communities.You might remember when activists unveiled a Pepsi can re-design in the hottest spots of San Francisco and New York City to highlight the company's use of tar sands. You might remember when a no tar sands protest showed up outside the door of an environmental conference for the food and beverage industry that PepsiCo sponsored.You…
  • Washington supports highest cleanup standard at toxic port -- and no coal exports

    Heather Moyer
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    On Wednesday night, more than 100 community members turned out in force at the Washington state Department of Ecology's hearing on proposed cleanup options for the old Reynolds aluminum smelter site in Longview, Washington.Currently contaminated by cyanide, fluoride, PCBs and other known carcinogens, the site must undergo cleanup funded by Alcoa and Millennium Bulk Terminals, the latter of which wants to use the polluted port as a controversial coal export facility.The community is staunchly against the coal export plan, and of the six options being presented as "solutions" to…
  • Texas Democrats Band Together to Oppose Fast Tracking a Flawed Trade Deal

    Compass Team
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    The massive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade deal stalled time-and-again by grassroots and Congressional opposition, has a new hurdle to get over -- the Texas Democratic Party. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) at the Fair Trade Caucus (left); Hal Suter, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter (center); and Wendell Helms, United Automobile Workers. Photo courtesy of David Griggs.  Thanks to the work of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter and allies, the Texas Democratic Party has taken an important stance on international trade policy by passing a resolution and…
  • Taking a stand against a proposed coal export terminal in Louisiana

    Heather Moyer
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    Gretna, La., might be a small city, but the residents are banding together to speak out against a proposed coal export terminal and the increased coal trains that would come with it. In the past month they've packed two community meetings to learn more about the proposed RAM Terminal coal export facility.Back in June, dozens of people attended a Clean Gulf Commerce Coalition public meeting as a way to kick off the Gretna movement against the facility. The facility itself it planned for Plaquemines Parish, but the rail line serving it bisects Gretna. The meeting followed weeks of…
  • New Report: Trade Talks Threaten to Undermine EU Climate Policy and Bring Tar Sands To Europe

    Compass Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Photo courtesy of the "Dirty Deals" report. As 2014 brings in a new wave of global temperature records, countries implementing policies that reduce climate disrupting pollution should be lauded for their efforts. But a report released today by the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth Europe, Friends of the Earth U.S., Transport & Environment, Greenpeace, and Council of Canadians presents new evidence that the U.S. government is joining the Canadian government and oil lobbyists in pushing the European Union (EU) to weaken an important climate policy called the Fuel Quality…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Maine Residents Fight American Petroleum Institute Lobbyists Over Ban on Tar Sands Shipments

    Justin Mikulka
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Portland, Maine, has become the latest battleground in the fight against tar sands oil, with local residents facing off against energy industry forces in an attempt to ban tar sands oil from the city’s port. The South Portland Clear Skies Ordinance, would ban tar sands oil from being loaded on to ships at the local port. City council will take a final vote on the measure today. Three weeks ago, about 200 people attended a presentation on the proposed ordinance, many wearing blue “clear skies” t-shirts to show their support. Only three people spoke against the ordinance at…
  • California Orders Emergency Shutdown Of Fracking Wastewater Injection Sites Over Fears of Contaminated Aquifers

    Mike G
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    California officials ordered an emergency shutdown of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites in Kern County earlier this month, fearing they may be contaminating sources of drinking water that are sorely needed in the drought-stricken state. No contamination has actually been found in any drinking or irrigation water, but, according to The Bakersfield Californian “Pollution has not been ruled out… as regulators conduct site inspections and await test results and other information from the companies” that were operating the injection sites. State officials are reviewing not just the 11…
  • Exclusive: E-mails Reveal Feds and Rail Companies Pressured States to Keep Oil-by-Rail Information Secret

    Justin Mikulka
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Documents released to DeSmogBlog by the Washington State Military Department reveal that both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and rail companies attempted to pressure states including Washington to keep information about Bakken crude oil trains from the public. As previously reported on DeSmogBlog, while rail companies have been asserting that information about the frequency and routes of Bakken oil trains was “security sensitive,” the Federal Railroad Administration and the Transportation Security Administration were saying the opposite. However, that didn’t stop the…
  • Climate Failure: U.S. Passes Saudi Arabia As World’s Largest Oil Producer

    Don Lieber
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Is President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy a success? Or a climate failure? A report issued recently by Bank of America declared the United States has now surpassed Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. The daily output average for the first quarter of 2104 exceeded 11 million barrels, a significant increase from the previous quarters’ (Sept-Dec 2013) average of 7 million barrels, according to the International Energy Agency.           The expansion of domestic oil production in the U.S. has been significant under President Obama, supported by his…
  • U.S. Joins Canada and Oil Industry's Lobbying Offensive To Keep Europe Open to Oilsands Imports

    Derek Leahy
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    For five long years the federal government and the oil industry have lobbied against the European Union labeling oilsands (also called tar sands) bitumen as ‘dirty oil’ in its Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). A new report released yesterday reveals the recent involvement of the U.S. in the lobby offensive to keep the EU market open for bitumen exports has tipped the scales in favour of oilsands proponents. The sustained attacks by the U.S. and Canada on the European Union’s key legislation on transport fuel emissions seem to be paying off,” Fabian Flues of Friends of the Earth Europe,…
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    Eco-Chick

  • Try These Five Yummy Seasonal Summer Fruit Cocktails

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The abundance of berries, pears, and tropical fruits just may be my most favorite part of summer. And it isn’t a coincidence that summer fruits make for refreshing, creative summer cocktails. Here are some of recipes to round out the last days of laying in the sun, and watch the heat wave over us! Vodka and Watermelon Cooler healthygreenkitchen.com Watermelon is, according to my not-so-humble opinion, the best summer fruit. It’s sweet, refreshing, and ever so full of crisp and soft texture. One of my favorite summer moments this year is having a vodka-free version of this drink in…
  • Divers Rescue Sea Turtle: Watch It Swim Free!

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    You should stop what you are doing right now, and watch this beautiful footage of two divers rescuing a sea turtle from a flipper trapped in a rope. This viral video features divers Colin Sutton & Cameron Dietrich who, while diving in the brilliant waters of the Dominican Republic, noticed that a beautiful turtle was trapped in some rope. They took their diving gear down to save their turtle friend, and had a bonus tender moment with him in the end. Compassion towards animals is such wonderful things. It reminds me that humans can do a lot of good to offset our own damage, and we can…
  • Lots of Laughs: Summer is Rough on Busty Girls

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    The summer months are notoriously hard on us busty girls. From the neck-breaking lure of the halter top to the embarrassing realization that your under-boob sweat is showing. It’s hard not to curse the day you ever crossed that threshold into puberty. True Story: I was wearing a breezy, thrifted button down maxi to an appointment just this week, and I sat down on the train, I felt a breeze in the chest area. One of my buttons had, once again, popped open! The best way to deal with our Busty Girl Problems is really to laugh at them. I love this Buzzfeed video. It’s a really cute…
  • 7 Seasonless Eco Fashion Pieces on Sale Now

    Starre Vartan
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    It’s midsummer, which means that it’s sale time almost everywhere. And that includes online ethical fashion boutiques and labels, who are all looking to make room for Fall 2014 inventory. If you are on a budget, this is the best time to shop—to prove it, I pulled 7 fabulous pieces from around the web that will wear beautifully into fall and winter. The Ladder Shell Top from Feral Childe is made in NYC and has a pretty hand-drawn print all over. At Ethica for $151. Slouchy silk pants made fairly in India from Eileen Fisher will wear from now until Christmas and would only need to…
  • Party Time! Sustainable Summer Fiesta This Saturday in Brooklyn

    Starre Vartan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
      FAQs:  OMG you’re doing a party with a place called Beef Cuts?  Yes! But it’s just a name. The story is that their first indoor venue nearby on Morgan had a poster on the wall diagramming the different cuts of beef, and they ran with it. Vegetarians and vegans are totally welcome. In fact, while grass-fed burgers are on the menu, they also will have a vegetarian portobello sandwich, and can make it vegan for you. Or you can pop over to the Vegan Shop-Up a few blocks away, grab something tasty, and come right back! What’s the deal with the reusable cups? …
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 BMW 6-Series

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    With BMW’s ever-expanding range of models, the 6-Series has grown beyond just a two-door coupe and convertible, now offering a four-door Gran Coupe as well. With this diverse set of styles and personalities, the 6-Series offers a broad set of capabilities as well, from effortless year-round cruise to top-down sunny Sunday...
  • GM Tells Used Car Dealers To Stop Selling 2003-13 Cadillac CTS, 2004-06 Cadillac SRX

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    On June 30, General Motors added 8.4 million vehicles to its still-growing list of recalls. Among the affected models were more than 616,000 units of the 2003-14 Cadillac CTS and 2004-06 Cadillac SRX, which suffer from "unintended ignition key rotation". (That's the same sort of issue affecting millions of other GM models included in the...
  • Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner, Ford & Subaru Recalls, 2015 Chevy SS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: Looking For The 2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser? Meet The TRD Pro 4Runner You’re looking at the future of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The FJ is an iconic off-roader, in a class with only a few serious contenders. Yet it’s almost gone; it’s nearing its final act for 2014, and it won’t be back for 2015. 2014 Ford...
  • 2015 Chevrolet Volt

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth model year, remains the first-ever high-volume electric car from General Motors. It's a five-door compact hatchback with four seats that combines around 40 miles of battery power with a small range-extending gasoline engine that produces electricity to give the Volt unlimited range for longer...
  • Nissan Reveals New Details About Autonomous Car Features & Arrival Dates

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    During a speech in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has revealed more details about the company's upcoming line of autonomous cars. Will the company be a leader in the field of self-driving cars, much as its Leaf has been at the forefront of mass-market electric vehicles? Or will other automakers like Toyota and Volvo beat Nissan to the...
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    anneashbey
    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…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises

    3BL Media
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    A thriving social enterprise sector is essential to increasing community resilience and improving the lives of those who’ve been marginalized by the global economy. Social enterprises—which are in business to solve [...] The post Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are running high after days of fighting. The peace process has faltered and the shadow of terrorism remains as property is [...] The post Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The High Cost of Climate Change: A Warning to Businesses, Investors, and Homeowners

    Reynard Loki
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    “Risky Business,” a new report led by Mike Bloomberg and Henry Paulson, aims to frame climate change in economic terms. Will it make Americans care more about the issue? (Justmeans/3BL [...] The post The High Cost of Climate Change: A Warning to Businesses, Investors, and Homeowners appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Jumpstarting Your Job Search in Social Entrepreneurship

    Justmeans
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Guest blog by Katie Kross, Managing Director of the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE), Duke University Social entrepreneurship is one of those terms that means different [...] The post Jumpstarting Your Job Search in Social Entrepreneurship appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The New Retail Regulatory Norm, and What Business Needs to Do About It

    Justmeans
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Guest Blog by Brendon Steele, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Future 500 (3BL Media/Justmeans) – In recent years, increasingly savvy NGO advocacy campaigns and socially responsible investors (SRIs) have directly motivated [...] The post The New Retail Regulatory Norm, and What Business Needs to Do About It appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • 4 Ways to Market Home Performance During the Summer Swelter

    Ryan
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    While winter might be an easier time to attract the attention of homeowners looking for energy efficient upgrades, a sultry summer should not be overlooked. The hot weather presents a golden opportunity to market home performance services to potential customers who are living in excessively hot and uncomfortable homes. And considering the unfortunate state of the current building stock in this country, chances are good that there are many such homeowners in your service area who are actively looking for relief. Besides the obvious gains in overall energy efficiency, home performance services…
  • The Energy Audit of the Future

    Peter Troast
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    I'm seeing two big opportunities to expand the services offered by whole house energy auditors and contractors--healthy home and electric car/home integration. But before we think about the future, it's important to acknowledge that this critical entry point into home performance--the energy audit--still remains widely misunderstood. First, a bit of background.  Practitioners of the whole house approach to diagnosing buildings know that it produces much more than an assessment of a home's energy use. Smarter-than-us brand consultants who parachute into our industry…
  • Making Your Website Perform: Building Your Authority with Superlinks

    Peter Troast
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    In the constant quest for more and better leads, a highly performing website should be at the center of every contractor's marketing strategy. High performance on the web means attracting the right traffic and efficiently converting site visitors to leads. Getting your site to rank higher in organic and local search results--what we geeks call Search Engine Optimization, or SEO--is the holy grail: natural or organic traffic to your site is free, and generally will grow over time. And this kind of traffic, called inbound marketing, can be higher quality than other types because people are…
  • Welcome Google My Business! Our Take on the Big News in Local Search

    Peter Troast
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:07 am
    On Wednesday of his week, Google announced Google My Business--the answer, we hope, to the cluster**** that has surrounded Google Places, Google+ Local, Google Local, and Google+ Business. For the uninitiated, this is the system in which local businesses list their companies and, as we've discussed ad nauseam, how home performance companies rank in local search results. Ironically, at the time of the announcement, I was in front of a jammed room of efficiency contractors at the ACI Chesapeake Conference talking about this very issue: how to claim or fix your listing, how to optimize for…
  • 4 Simple Ideas for Fresh Content for Your Website

    Peter Troast
    5 Jun 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The importance of "fresh" content on your website has been a consistent theme of ours, and the performance data on sites within the Energy Circle PRO network continues to show that it is critical. We all know what it's like to land on a site that's stale--old information, a blog post from 2012, information that's obviously out of date. This is not the kind of experience that produces what we're after: conversion of a visitor to a lead. A quality experience for your visitors is one thing, but the value of fresh content goes beyond just that. Fresh content--meaning new…
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    SLC Urban

  • Echinacea

    Andrew Stone
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
  • Shasta Daisy

    Andrew Stone
    30 Jun 2014 | 5:10 pm
  • Ghost Signs – Inside the Annex

    Andrew Stone
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
  • Presidente Apricot Jam

    Andrew Stone
    24 Jul 2012 | 2:30 pm
    As I write this post there are 13 jars of apricot jam boiling away in water bath.  It is the last of many batches of apricot jam (thanks to buckets of fruit gifted by neighbors) that I made this year and it is a very special batch.  You see, I learned it was National Tequila Day today and in honor of this day I did what anyone would do and I threw two shots of top shelf tequila in my jam and then 2 more shots of Grand Marnier.  Purely on a whim and no recipe in site.  Well, no recipe, until now. What I can tell you about this jam is that it is AMAZING.  Seriously amazing.  I had no idea…
  • Simple, Easy, Strawberry Jam

    Andrew Stone
    30 Apr 2012 | 6:55 am
    Nothing quite signals the start of canning season like strawberry jam.  Many may argue that rhubarb is the start, but I typically just freeze it for use later, so it is strawberries for me.  To top it off, strawberry jam is easy to make, a great beginner canning project and nothing quite tastes like a jar of homemade strawberry jam.  I love always having it available in the larder. So I wait for that magical sale every year, the one where you can buy a few flats for a few bucks and this year the magical price was $5.88 for four pounds of berries.  I left with 16 pounds and the canning…
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    Sweet Greens

  • 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonally and Locally This Summer

    Lauren Dartt
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    If you shop at the farmer’s market, are a local CSA member, or frequent the “local” section of your grocery store’s produce aisle, you are well aware that fruits and vegetables come into and out of season. Depending on the climate where you live, you may have a wide variety of fruits and veggies to choose from year round, or you may notice that summer is truly a more abundant season for produce. Wherever you live, eating seasonally has its benefits. If you’re not already doing so, here are four reasons to eat seasonally. #1: Fresher, More Nutritious Produce Produce that doesn’t…
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Lauren Dartt
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s no secret that our landfills are filling up, and fast. Each person in America generates approximately 4.5 lbs of trash each day—with a population of 317 million people, that’s a LOT of garbage! We all know about the obvious ways to reduce solid waste—donating old clothes, recycling containers, composting, and choosing biodegradable when possible—but it turns out that a lot of other commonly used products can be recycled or reused, too. Here’s a list of 7 you may not have known about. #1: Markers Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative takes old Crayola markers and re-uses and…
  • #shopcartons to Save Trees this Month!

    Jennie
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    During the month of July, you can help donate a tree just by tweeting! The folks at the blog, Choose Cartons, are partnering with Trees for the Future to donate a tree each time the hashtag #shopcartons is mentioned! By partnering with Trees for the Future, Choose Cartons, an Evergreen Packaging initiative, aims to help replant as many of the valuable resources they use for their packaging as possible. In fact, they are donating up to 10,000 trees during the month of July. All you have to do is tweet. Pretty cool, huh? Learn more about #shopcartons! Choose Cartons is a blog for eco-conscious…
  • Coffee on the Beach + A Water Tornado

    Jennie
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    A water tornado, otherwise known as a waterspout is exactly that a tornado that forms over water. I remember the first time that I saw a water tornado (waterspout), the mister and I were on our honeymoon in the Florida Keys and were several miles off the coast, snorkeling at a reef. While they were in the distance, I didn’t find it to be scary and wasn’t really even concerned! Since we are camping on the beach, the mister and I like to spend some of our mornings sitting next to the ocean while we drink our coffee, observe wildlife and chat. Last week while in the Florida Keys, we…
  • Happy Independence Day!

    Jennie
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hello, Friends! We are still in the Florida Keys enjoying our family summer vacation. We have been spending our mornings paddleboarding and our afternoons snorkeling and beach-combing. We even spent one entire afternoon relaxing – which means the mister and dogs took a nap, Eben drew and read and I caught up on a little blogging! It was so nice, especially since we spent the entire day before paddleboarding, snorkeling and kayaking (my arms are sore!) We are still trying to decide how we want to spend our 4th of July evening. Some years while in the Keys, we have visited a nearby town…
 
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Obama's LGBT Order Re-Ignites Religious Liberty Debate

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Watch VideoOn Monday, President Obama signed an executive order that prohibits hiring discrimination from federal contraction based on gender identity or sexual orientation. The White House touted the order as a step toward equality. (Via The White House)But Obama ignored pleas to include a religious exemption for faith-based groups in his order, re-igniting the gay rights versus religious freedom debate once again. (Via Getty Images)News that Obama was working on just such an executive order broke last month and it had a great deal of support — provided it had…
  • Peace Prospects Dim As U.S. Sends Humanitarian Aid To Gaza

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Watch VideoU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo this week to try and broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. But as the conflict in Gaza intensifies and the body count climbs higher, the U.S. is taking action to relieve the humanitarian crisis.The State Department announced Monday it has earmarked $47 million in Gaza aid. This includes a $15 million contribution to the United Nation's refugee agency, as well as $13.5 million in existing USAID funds redirected to the Gaza conflict zone.That humanitarian aid will primarily go towards shelter, food…
  • Google Plans To Speed Up Web Pages With New Image Format

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Watch VideoHere's a rhetorical question for you: would you like web browsers to load quicker?Well, if so, you're in luck because Google has a plan to speed up web browsing with a new image format that compresses the file size of pictures and other graphics and cuts down bandwidth too.They're called WebP lossey images, and, according to Google, the compressed format is 25-to-34 percent smaller than the PNGs and JPEGs you're used to seeing flood your webpages. Or as the Project Manager for WebP puts it: (Via John Sullivan)"Now, you can create high…
  • For Russian Media, Donetsk And MH17 Are The New Area 51

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Watch VideoRelying on Russian media to find what really happened to Malaysian Airlines flight 17 might net you a few different answers: like that Ukraine mistook it for Russia's "Air Force One" and shot it down, or that it had an AIDS vaccine on board. Or, it was full of dead bodies to begin with and was crashed in a plot to make Russia look bad. Conspiracy theories like these aren't just found in wacky tabloids, but are being pushed out either indirectly or directly by larger pro-Russian media outlets such as LifeNews and RT. Shortly after the…
  • Rick Perry Deploys National Guard To Be 'Force Multiplier'

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Watch VideoTexas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he plans to send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, something he's asked President Obama to do multiple times. (Via Getty Images)Perry began his speech by referencing the record number of unaccompanied minors detained at the border. But he said there's another, more sinister side to the crisis. (Via Getty Images) "Drug cartels, human traffickers, individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities." (Via The Texas Tribune)Perry said the National Guard…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Energy-Saving Effort with Peak-Shift Vending Machine Wins 2013 Energy Conservation Award

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Junnosuke Fukui Some Rights Reserved. The Energy Conservation Center, Japan, announced on January 22, 2014, the winners of the 2013 Energy Conservation Awards. The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize was awarded to a peak-shift vending machine developed by Coca-Cola Japan Co. The Director-General Natural Resources and Energy Prize was awarded to an energy-saving air-conditioner called the Five Star Zeas Series, which was developed by Daikin Industries for office use. Both companies are corporate members of Japan for Sustainability.
  • Solar Power Project to Meet All Household Electricity Needs in Japanese Town

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The government of Shizukuishi Town in Iwate prefecture announced on January 22, 2014, that it entered into a cooperation agreement with Etrion Corporation, a solar power producer based in Switzerland, and Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., to develop a large-scale solar power generation project with an output of about 25 megawatts. The companies will jointly establish a special-purpose company dedicated to the project in Shizukuishi Town and will construct a solar park on 51 hectares of private land in the town's Numagaeshi district.
  • Japanese Institute to Develop Forest Management System called e-forest

    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Mie Prefecture Forestry Research Institute All Rights Reserved. The Mie Prefecture Forestry Research Institute is researching and developing a system known as e-forest, a forest management system that simplifies forest management plans and regenerates healthy forests. The study period is scheduled to last five years, from fiscal 2010 to 2014.
  • "Udon made from udon," and "Boiling udon using udon-derived fuel," --The Udon Marugoto Junkan (Total Udon Cycle) Project

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.142 (June 2014) Copyright The Udon Marugoto Junkan (Total Udon Cycle) Project 2014 All Rights Reserved. Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku Island is very famous for udon noodles. Annual consumption of udon in Kagawa is 230 servings per person, which means that local people eat udon almost every day. The prefecture has over 800 udon noodle shops that serve Sanuki udon, specialty of the prefecture. People across Japan visit Kagawa to eat tasty udon.
  • Nihon Fukushi University to Donate Vaccines to Developing Countries Based on Number of University Entrance Applications

    13 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by PATH global health Some Rights Reserved. Nihon Fukushi University announced on November 27, 2013, the start of an international cooperation program to send vaccines to children in developing countries based on the number of entrance applications received. The university specializes in social welfare, economics, child development, healthcare management, health and social services, and was Japan's first four-year college to have a social welfare faculty. The year 2013 marked the university's sixtieth anniversary.
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    If you love gardening, but do not have an outdoor garden, a roof top gardening is the best alternative. Many nurseries these days provide roof top plants that not only are easy to maintain but make your garden look adorable. They make the garden more colorful and showcase huge varieties. Some of these small trees ... The post Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Allow your windows the green touch

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Windows can be a good alternative to save consumption of energy. Using the right shade, material and strategically placing them can help you save on your utility bills. Moreover, you do not have to compromise on your interiors and designs too. Following are simple window treatments that can help you save energy. Shades Window shades ... The post Allow your windows the green touch appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Building a home right with eco-friendly materials

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:34 am
    These days many prefer greener homes. Eco friendly interiors are expected to rise by 55% in 2016. Why do people prefer this? The reasons are energy conservation, pollution free atmosphere at home, and less maintenance and lower bills. Moreover, such homes not only are durable but also keep the members of the family healthy. Following ... The post Building a home right with eco-friendly materials appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • An eco friendly lifestyle is easy to get hold of

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    These days, eco-friendly thinking is rising. People are concentrating more on going green, reusing things, the impact the products they buy will have on the nature etc.   Designing the house using recycled waste These days, interior designers are focusing more on themes that can recycle the natural elements like water and air present/used in ... The post An eco friendly lifestyle is easy to get hold of appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly boutique hotels that make your eco-shopping experience worthwhile

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    Boutique hotels are expanding these days. They comprise of a specific theme around which the indoors and the outdoors of the hotel is constructed. Eco-friendly boutique hotels are growing these days. They cater to the desire of people to have as little environmental impact as possible, even when on vacation. Using conservative methods and interiors ... The post Eco-friendly boutique hotels that make your eco-shopping experience worthwhile appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Where’s the Beef? Causing Global Warming, Study Finds

    Jill Ettinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beef is contributing more to global warming than poultry, pork, eggs or dairy, finds a study published in the current issue of the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie than other animal proteins. And, according to the study, beef produces six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, requires 11 times the water and uses 28 times the amount of land. Cows just aren’t the most efficient when it comes to converting feed into protein, lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New…
  • Bycatch: Hidden Waste in the Fishing Industry

    Important Media Cross-Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Amanda Keledjian, a marine scientist at Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans Bycatch threatens ecosystems and costs fishermen around $1 billion per year. Learn about bycatch and how we can reduce this problem. When most people think about the fishing industry in the United States, images of single boats braving the elements out on the water might come to mind. What many people may not realize, however, is that fishing is big business, and the amount of waste occurring every day in our nation’s fisheries could significantly…
  • What is kimchi? My new favorite superfood trend!

    Becky Striepe
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    What is kimchi? Learn the benefits of this fermented superfood and how to eat it! Kimchi is a traditional Korean condiment made from fermented cabbage. It has a tangy flavor similar to sauerkraut, but it’s also a little bit spicy. Lately I’m seeing kimchi on menus topping everything from Korean dishes to veggie dogs, and I have to tell you, I love it. I like to put kimchi on basically everything lately. Beans and rice. Salads. Sandwiches. Sometimes I just eat a bite straight from the jar. I don’t know what it is about this fermented condiment, but I’m obsessed, and…
  • Build a Greenhouse from Plastic Water Bottles

    Becky Striepe
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Julie Finn Who needs big bucks to build a greenhouse when you can create an upcycled structure from salvaged plastic bottles? Know a big group of kids in search of a big service project? Check out the plastic bottle greenhouse that kids in Scotland built out of approximately 1,500 2-liter bottles, and read their detailed pdf instructions for how to build a greenhouse from plastic bottles here. If you’d prefer to use 1.5-liter water bottles to build your greenhouse, however, use Ana White’s plastic bottle greenhouse plans (pictured above). Because you need SO MANY plastic bottles to…
  • Top News from the Food Front: Progress Galore! (Unless You’re a Bird)

    Tanya Sitton
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Holy guacamole: this week there’s actually more good news than bad! Such an occurrence is like a rare comet, seen only once in a great while. Don’t miss it — get your (good) food news fix here! GOOD! 2 Ag-Gag Laws Facing Constitutional Challenges — Most states that have tried to pass this kind of toxic anti-whistleblower legislation have failed; but Utah and Idaho successfully criminalized people who document and report cruelty or worker abuse or food safety violations at animal facilities. Since we have this whole ‘Constitution’ thingie asserting that…
 
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    PlanetSave

  • Happy 45th Anniversary: Humans Land On The Moon

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    PlanetSave would be remiss if we didn’t say something today to recognize that 45 years ago humans first set foot on another celestial body. Launched on an expendable multistageliquid-fueledSaturn V rocket on July 16th, 1969, Apollo 11 crew left Earth for the first human mission to land on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin went into an initial Earth-orbit, and two hours and 44 minutes after launch, another burn of the engines put the spacecraft into a translunar orbit. Commander Armstrong, a former Navy…
  • Shape-Shifters, Vampires, And Chimeras Under The Sea (video)

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Where did that octopus emerge from? (Gallo TED talk) Having recently visited Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 under the sea and a water creature from long ago (Lyrarapax unguispinus), we thought it might interest you to revisit what’s hiding deep in the oceans today. For this, we turn to a classic video from oceanographer David Gallo: “Underwater Astonishments,” as related by Gallo in a very popular TED talk. “Today we’ve only explored about 3% of what’s out there in the ocean. Already we’ve found the world’s highest mountains, the world’s deepest valleys, underwater lakes,…
  • Genesis Of The Energy-Saving Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (cartoon)

    Sandy Dechert
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    “That’s my story about compact fluorescents, and I’m sticking to it.” Many thanks to “I f*cking love science” for the Little Twisty family here! Genesis Of The Energy-Saving Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb (cartoon) 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.
  • First light for China’s antediluvian sea monster, Lyrarapax unguispinus

    Sandy Dechert
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Lyrarapax unguispinus (artist’s impression, from Nicholas Strausfeld) Paleontologists headed by the University of Arizona’s Center for Insect Science announced an amazing find yesterday in the journal Nature. Near Kunming, southwest China last year, they found beautifully preserved fossil remains of Lyrarapax unguispinus, a half-billion-year-old arthropod now thought to be far-distant kin of modern spiders, scorpions, spiny lobsters—and butterflies. The largest and most diverse animal group on Earth, arthropods like this now comprise over a million described species, over 80% of…
  • Lower Great Lakes Waterspouts Early This Summer

    Sandy Dechert
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Great Lakes waterspouts (NOAA file photo of Lake Huron) Very common over the warm water in September, when water temperatures peak after summer months and cooler air temps start moving in, Great Lakes waterspouts are cropping up early this year because of odd cool weather this July. (We won’t mention possible climate change links here.) A waterspout is a whirling column of air and water mist. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration informs us that waterspouts fall into two categories: fair-weather and tornadic. Tornadic waterspouts develop downward. They resemble land…
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    Sustainablog

  • How to Reduce Food Waste: 3 More Ideas

    Important Media Cross-Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Yep, we’re all about creative ideas for reducing food waste… and we’re just thrilled to see a few more. You’ve likely heard this scary statistic: 40% of the US’ food gets wasted along the supply chain. Most of that occurs towards the end, at retailers, restaurants, and homes. Yet people still go hungry… so we still have to work at getting this wasted food (most of which is still perfectly edible) to those in need. Mary Gerush, who writes at sister site Eat.Drink.Better, found a few more innovative approaches to keeping edible food out of dumpsters, trash…
  • Solar Power in India: Making it Affordable for People without Electricity

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Have you priced a solar energy system for your home lately? While new incentives and financing options make solar power more attractive than ever, purchasing a system isn’t cheap: you’re still looking at $20,000 minimum in most cases (before incentives, of course). Now, imagine you’ve never been able to afford electricity for your home, and trying to make ends meet on less than $10 a day. A solar system, even a small one that could run a light, and maybe charge a phone, could easily create a ton of opportunity for you and your family… but there’s no way you can…
  • What Does Bycatch Really Cost Our Fishermen… and Our Fisheries?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    By Amanda Keledjian When most people think about the fishing industry in the United States, images of single boats braving the elements out on the water might come to mind. What many people may not realize, however, is that fishing is big business, and the amount of waste occurring every day in our nation’s fisheries could significantly impact our oceans and our economy. In fact, according to a new report by Oceana  titled Wasted Cash, U.S. fishermen could be losing $1 billion in revenue every year due to wasteful discarding. The staggering amount of fish thrown away every year in the…
  • 21 Easy, Life-Changing Home Improvement Tips For Greener Seniors

    Guest Contributor
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Thirty years ago there were no disposable diapers, televisions in every room, or plastic soda bottles. Whether intentional or inadvertent, seniors came of age in a more ecologically harmonious era. Well, it’s not too late for them to return to the sustainable mindset of their youth. Sure, now they have a few more grey hairs and a conscious green sensibility. Armed with these assets, seniors and their families can make sustainable home improvements. In this post, rather than cover expensive or emerging technologies, we are going to return to basics, tackling 25 easy and affordable home…
  • Solar Power in Florida: a Shining Opportunity

    Guest Contributor
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Editor’s note: You’d think the Sunshine State would be a natural for solar power, but as friend of sustainablog Dayna Reggero shows us below, Florida could do much more to take advantage of all that renewable energy. I love the Emerald Coast and Gulf of Mexico. It’s where I went to college, fell in love with nature, and first started working with communities and wildlife. I’m leaving for Florida once again to travel along the Gulf Coast and talk with old and new friends about community resilience, clean air, climate and #FLenergysavings. My little tour will end at the…
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Spotted: Upcycled Comic Book Cans

    Becky Striepe
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Need a little bit of craft supply storage? Grab an old tin can or coffee can and some comic book pages for this simple comic book craft! I know, cutting up a comic book feels like sacrelidge. For this craft project, choose a comic book that’s already in bad shape. A quick trip to the thrift store will turn up lots of old comic books, and as an ethical crafter you want to leave the readable ones on the shelf. Susan at Organized 31 says that this mom-and-son project took them 15 minutes to complete, and it took 20 minutes to dry. That mean that you can create some pretty upcycled storage…
  • Card Catalogue into Studio Storage

    Julie Finn
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    I LOVED my antique card catalogue from the second that I saw it in my local university’s surplus store, but I have to admit that it did look pretty janky. Someone had half torn out most of the awesome labels, and scrawled messily across the ones that they didn’t tear– –there were scratches and scuffs across one side, where it had clearly been transported with little care, and worst of all, whoever first purchased this card catalogue had chosen a model with a white laminate exterior around the solid wood catalogue drawers–yuck! 1. Prep and prime. I removed all…
  • A DIY TV Show That’s All About Upcycling!

    Becky Striepe
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you ready for upcycling to hit the mainstream? A new DIY TV show may be just the nudge we need to popularize real crafty reuse. The folks at Pivot TV are teaming up with TerraCycle to create the DIY TV show Human Resources. The show premiers on August 8th, and you can get a sneak peek right here. Human Resources is a 30 minute comedy reality show that’s going to look at TerraCycle’s day-to-day. While it’s no crafty showdown, this DIY TV show’s mission is definitely relevant to the world of green crafts. Human Resources is going to bring upcycling – real…
  • DIY Crafts: Make a Paper Flower!

    Bonnie Getchell
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Want to create flowers that will never die? Create DIY crafts like this adorable paper flower! Paper flowers are the best! They don’t die like real flowers and they’re oh-so-cute! I recently found a paper flower at a thrift store that was made out of newspaper and felt. I was so impressed by it that I wanted to recreate it! Here’s how I made my own recycled paper flower! What You Will Need: 1. Recycled paper. I used book pages, but you could use sheet music, newspaper, or magazine pages, too. 2. Scissors 3. Felt. If you can, use recycled felt or you can even felt an old…
  • Spotted: Make a DIY Jewelry Organizer from a Fruit Basket

    Bonnie Getchell
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Make an incredible DIY jewelry organizer from a hanging fruit basket! We’re all for organizing our jewelry here at Crafting a Green World! Here’s another project to add to the list: an organizer from a hanging fruit basket! I created this fun and colorful project for our sister site, Feelgood Style, and thought you guys would like it, too! To make a DIY jewelry organizer, here’s what you will need: + A hanging fruit basket (you can easily find one at a garage sale or thrift store) + Low VOC spray paint + (Optional) Spray polycrylic or a polyurethane alternative Now that you…
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    The Green Blog Network

  • 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…
  • The Emissary by Patricia Cori: Interpreting the Songs of the Whales to Save the Earth’s Oceans Indiana Jones-style

    Paige Donner
    30 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Beau Bridges, Actor: "…A uniquely exciting adventure that capture the heart and the soul of the reader." The Emissary: Interpreting the Songs of the Whales to Save the Earth's Oceans Indiana Jones-style Elisabeth Rohm, actor, author, activist, mother: "The whales and dolphins of this planet need our help – and Patricia Cori is their Emissary!" Los Angeles, CA, April 29, 2014 – Fans of Animal Planet would likely call bestselling author, Patricia Cori, the "whale whisperer."  However, Cori's fans deem her a "real-life Indiana Jones."  One thing is for…
  • Une Way Of Life: Burnt Red Nails

    Paige Donner
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    By Paige DonnerWe love (as in love ! love !) Une’s Slightly Burnt Red nail enamel. Red livens up any outfit and adapts to all clothes and makeup, regardless of coloring. Deep and almost brickishly red, it’s a perfect color for early spring and on into the summer. Did we mention how nicely it wears with a deep brown tan ? Something else you’ll find with UNE nail poishes is an XXL brush that applies your enamel varnish on your nail in one easy stroke. Its not-too-hard, not-too-soft brush fans out over the nail so you’ve got full color coverage precisely and in a flash of…
  • Couvrance - For A Complexion Worthy of The Big Screen

    Paige Donner
    13 Feb 2014 | 7:27 am
    by Paige Donner   Cake-free and doll perfect. That’s you, right ? Of course it is ! And if you feel you need just a tiny little nudge of help in getting there, look no further than Couvrance, the clean pure makeup by Avène, and its line of complexion correcters and foundations.   Couvrance is based on the premise that a woman’s skin is one of her most sensitive and prescious organs. Hence, tender loving care are the operating words here for this line of medical makeup.    The other philosophy is to use the correcter sticks that come in Coral, Yellow…
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    Free Energy

  • New Book By Veljko Milkovic

    Jim
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Written in Serbian and English, Veljko Milkovic’s new book, GRAVITATIONAL MACHINES, covers the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, Tesla, and the latest discoveries. The most important aspect of his new book is how Veljko proves that the pendulum is more efficient than electric motors that rotate. This video contains that information and more. For your […]
  • And Now?

    Jim
    19 Jun 2014 | 7:58 am
    Hmm, okay. And now, it’s not gravity control. Well, it is, but it’s as if the world is being destroyed by bad decisions. Unmerited aggression, The fake wars. Personally, I was shocked that the US would attack another nation. They said they never would. But they did, because they couldn’t come up with a better […]
  • Lucid Dreaming

    Jim
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    That moment between sleep and awake. A moment. Look up The Phase. Lucid dreaming basically means you know you are dreaming. And during that dream, because you know you are dreaming, You discover that you can manipulate that dream. We are vibrations. Frequencies. the universe is a symphony The Universe Is A Symphony Frequencies respond […]
  • Nick Cook UFO Doc 2014

    Jim
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:13 am
    Nick Cook’s job is to report on secret stuff. He wrote The Hunt For Zero Point, a book I read when it came out, then again two years later and I was amazed at how much more I had learned in the interim. Which actually means how much more I understood after the second reading […]
  • Also Rare MST3K

    Jim
    27 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    The previous post and others point to the same problem. “man these people look like pigs” “aahhhmmm missed him. I’ll leave a note” “Seconds” “I thought I heard sirens. It’s George Goble.” “Generic cops! They’re cheaper than brand cops” This is rare, where the slimey movie turns into a special story. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 […]
 
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    Resilience

  • Hard facts about fracking

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    A new book evaluates whether natural gas is a 'transitional fuel' to a low-carbon future—or perhaps, more like a methadone addiction that's tearing apart rural communities.
  • Keeping Oil Production From Falling

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Production flows from a given oil field naturally decline over time, but we keep trying harder and technology keeps improving. Which force is winning the race?
  • California Passes Bill to Legalize Complementary Currencies

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    A community without dollars is not a community without wealth – this basic insight lies at the heart of the community resilience movement.
  • Growing the Open Food Revolution

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    The open food movement has been developing at a pace in recent months through projects like the Australian-based Open Food Network, a free and open source project aimed at supporting diverse food enterprises and making it easy to access local sustainable food.
  • California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle

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

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Price:  $39.99 Short Description A:  Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Save 50%! LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle: Get this 131 page study guide along with 400 LEED Green Associate practice questions in Exam Simulator format for only $59.99 - >>Learn More Buy Code:  Course Provider:  Green Buildings Online Inc. is the #1 provider of free and premium LEED exam preparation and project experience. Since 2009, we have helped individuals and companies…
  • Question about LEED CI Tenant Space Size Requirements?

    rpfjr
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    Question:  Yogi asks: Hi, I am wondering are there any specific ranges regarding the size of a tenant area within a building as it pertains to LEED CI? Since our client rents an entire building and wants to earn LEED CI. We understand that LEED CI cannot be earned by the entire building, thus we are thinking to modify only a few floors. According to the guide, it only outlines a situation for 'Projects Less Than 75% of Total Building Area' and 'Projects 75% or More of Total Building Area'. I am not sure that how the two regulations can be applied in my client's…
  • What Does an ASHRAE Level 2 Commercial Audit Cost?

    rpfjr
    22 May 2014 | 11:43 am
    Question:  Ethan asks: I know there will be variables involved, but can you get me in the ballpark of what the cost would be to have an ASHRAE level 2 audit performed in a 4-story, 36,000 sq. ft. commercial office building? thank you! Just your best guess would be great so that I have at least some frame of reference. Hi Ethan, The ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit Cost Level varies depending on the building size and also the systems being assesses. However, to give a very rough parametric value, a system specific audit can cost you starting from 0.04 cents per sq.ft. . The audit for the…
  • How Should I Build a LEED Certified Restaurant?

    rpfjr
    6 May 2014 | 6:36 am
    Question:  John asks: Hello, I'm thinking about starting my own restaurant and I want it to be LEED certified. It will most likely be in an existing building, but I do not have a set location for it yet. I was wondering if and how I should get started on my certification or do I need to have a place before I get started on my project? Hi John, For your LEED certified project, your rating system would be LEED for Retail Commercial Interiors which has been launched recently. You would firstly need to access the LEED for Retail -Commercial Interiors rating checklist and reference guide…
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    The Green Samaritan

  • The Ripple Effect – Pick Me Up Instead!

    Jeanne
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Help!  If you have been to the beach lately, it’s highly likely you encountered all kinds of trash littering even the most pristine and priciest of beaches.  From bottle caps, to plastic bags,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Safe & Healthy Tips for Fun in the Sun

    Jeanne
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    With the opening of neighborhood pools, beach weekends and outdoor outings all over to celebrate the beginning of summer, a sun burn for many is just a few rays away. By implementing safe and smart... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • National Audubon Society 11th Annual Women In Conservation Luncheon

    Jeanne
    21 May 2014 | 8:22 am
    On Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel in New York, The National Audubon Society celebrated its 11th annual Women in Conservation Luncheon by presenting the 2014 Rachel Carson Award to yet another three... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Don’t Go Bananas! Easy Ways to Remember What Those Produce Labels Mean

    Jeanne
    5 Apr 2013 | 6:20 am
    If you haven’t already, take a closer look at those little sticky labels on the fruit and vegetables you buy at the grocery store.  Those numbers provide important information regarding just... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Green & Health Resolution for March: Reuse and Refine

    Jeanne
    11 Mar 2013 | 6:30 am
    Continuing on with a monthly green and healthy resolution to implement, in March the goal is to begin and/or increase the practice of using reusable items such as bags and bottles. Let’s start... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
 
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    Our Daily Green

  • Cutting costs using reflective coatings

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 am
    Applying a reflective coating of paint or a similar substance to your roof is a great way to cut energy costs that most people don't even think about. Reflective coatings come in a wide variety of options. There are different paints, textures and membranes that can be applied to your rooftop to reflect solar and ultraviolet heat. Applying a reflective coating can reduce the temperature of the
  • Going green with your home improvement projects

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Advancements in technology have provided us with conveniences many of us would not know what to do without. While these innovations have provided us with the tools to become more efficient and enjoy time with our loved ones, they are negatively impacting our environment. If you are embarking on home improvement projects, there are products available to help you stay green and reduce your carbon
  • What soda companies really mean by "sugar" (infographic)

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
  • Is bamboo a type of artificial grass?

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    "Bamboo Feb09". Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons Bamboo isn't a type of artificial grass, but it's a grass that looks and behaves very much like hardwood after it's been processed. Indeed, bamboo is harder than some hardwoods. One of the selling points of bamboo is that it grows quickly, like most grasses, but some species can grow to 100 feet tall within a few years. After it's
  • When is a fish dinner not a fish dinner?

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    image courtesy of wikimedia commons Both meat eaters and vegetarians are starting to experience just how delicious fishless filets can be. With their various health benefits, spot-on imitation taste, and the many ways to properly prepare them, faux fish filets are flying off the shelves in many grocery stores. Why Go Fishless?  Many vegans and carnivores alike love the taste of fresh fish
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    ForceChange

  • Demand Justice for Government-Ordered Rape

    Corin Cook
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Head of Swang Gulgulia Dhoura’s Village Council, Vinod Vishwakarma Goal: Demand justice for a teenage girl who was raped as punishment for her older brother’s crime A man in India recently snuck into the hut of a woman and groped her. As punishment to the man, the government ordered that the perpetrator’s 13-year-old sister be raped. Justice must be acquired for this horrific incident as well as assurance that something like this does not happen again. The daughter of the Swang Gulgulia Dhoura village’s headman, Suguna Devi, was victimized by a man who went…
  • Punish Man for Killing Dog With Car Exhaust Fumes

    Melinda Pham
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato Goal: Arrest, charge, and convict abusive dog owner for gassing his dog to death On April 14th, a man from Toms River, New Jersey killed his dog, named Mocha, with car exhaust fumes. The Prosecutor’s Office of Ocean County is investigating the case after local authorities decided not to press charges. According to Toms River Assistant Attorney Anthony Merlino, the owner hooked a line from a car’s exhaust to a crate after having locked Mocha inside. There were several people who witnessed the horrific scene, including a female…
  • Stop Allowing Junk Food Corporations to Educate Nutritionists

    Nicole Meda
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Glenna McCollum, President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Goal: Stop food corporations from being permitted to provide education on nutrition Your nutritionist may be getting his or her information from processed food corporations such as Coca-Cola or Hershey. According to a report by public health lawyer Michele Simon, contributions from corporations such as Coca-Cola, Hershey, PepsiCo, ConAgra foods, and Kellogg were the “single largest source of revenue [for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)] in 2011 : $1.3 million out of a total of $3.4 million,”…
  • Denounce Republicans for Blocking Contraception Bill

    Carolyn Schweitzer
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Goal: Decry Senate Republicans for voting against bill that would protect women’s right to basic healthcare Soon after the Supreme Court decided that the religious beliefs of a for-profit corporation trump its female employee’s right to basic healthcare, Senate Democrats quickly crafted a bill that would restore women’s access to the free contraception that they are guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans blocked this much-needed legislation, voting against women’s reproductive heath and voting for the…
  • Demand International Intervention in Kidnapping of Schoolgirls

    Jessica Moore
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: President Barack Obama Goal: Play a greater role in demanding the release of Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram In April 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram, an Islamist and terrorist organization. In June, 200 students still remained missing with very little prospect of international intervention. Boko Haram is a terrorist organization that describes itself as an Islamic Jihadist group. In 2002, it was founded by Mohammed Yusuf with the intention of achieving an Islamic state…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Understanding the 3 R’s of Eco-Friendly Tires

    greenwise
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Automobile tires aren’t traditionally considered “green.” From having to pay an expensive disposal fee at the tire shop to the chemicals and various earth-unfriendly products that go into making them, tires have definitely been more black than green. Fortunately for our planet, this is all starting to change. Tires are becoming more eco-friendly, which is […]
  • Heating Your Home – Eco-friendly Considerations

    greenwise
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    It is summertime now in the northern hemisphere, but that is not too soon to begin preparing for the colder months that are inevitable later this year. And for readers in the southern hemisphere, this post may be timely. If you pay the heating bills, you will have noticed that their continued rise does not […]
  • Green Fitness Is Catching On

    greenwise
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The idea of harvesting the kinetic energy from a person’s movements has always intrigued me. It makes sense to try to take advantage of technology that can generate useful energy in this way. Simple things you do throughout the day—walking down the street or across the office or up and down stairs—require energy from you. […]
  • Motorcycles Are Becoming Lean, “Green” Machines

    greenwise
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that motorcycles can be, and typically are, more fuel-efficient than their four-wheeled counterparts. But it does take science to shoot holes in the theory that motorcycles are better for the environment overall. A few years back, those cooky but clever guys on Discovery Channel’s “Myth Busters” showed […]
  • Is More Manufactured Housing the Solution to Helping Britain Become More Green?

    greenwise
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:24 am
    Housing within the UK is amongst the least energy efficient in Europe and running them accounts for nearly half of our carbon emissions. Housing is so poorly insulated that athird of all UK homes (6.7 million) are rated E or worse on their energy performance certificate, meaning they have a poor standard of energy efficiency. […]
 
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Destroy Carbon! Buy Carbon Permits For £6.47

    Ramon Arratia
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Let’s all help destroy carbon! In a good way of course. In Europe, big polluters need pollution permits. These EU permits provide a legal limit on CO2 emissions. However there are too many permits, meaning there’s little incentive to reduce pollution and the millions of tonnes of extra CO2. Sandbag’s Carbon Destruction initiative gives us the power to change this. The permit price is now around €6 per tonne, and you can ‘buy to cancel’ permits via the Sandbag website for £6.47 (They make no profit on sales, and only cover admin costs). The basic idea is…
  • UK quietly slashes millions of tonnes of emissions

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    Sandbag recently released this article reviewing emissions targets and what action has been taken in the UK. They look at what is really going on in emissions trading and encourage lobbying to ensure fewer permits are handed out. They also buy up the permits already on the market, and destroy them. “With little fanfare, the UK government cancelled 36 million tonnes of carbon pollution rights in May. These carbon allowances relate to the UK’s carbon budgets and cover emissions outside the ETS that could otherwise have been banked forward into future budgets. With the stroke of a pen…
  • Here comes the sun – Solar Energy

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Top Documentary Films have posted this video on their site focussing on solar energy. “If it were up to the sun, we would have no energy problem. Every half hour on the Earth’s surface, there is more than enough light to provide energy needs for the whole world in a year. We don’t have an energy problem, we have a conversion problem. If we are able to harvest sunlight in smart way, then we can prevent a global energy crisis. That sounds nice but that does not mean it will succeed, at least that is what many different bodies want us to believe. It’s too expensive, takes…
  • The Interface Pop-Up Showroom

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Interface is preparing to create a stir in Bristol with its latest business innovation – a pop-up showroom. Over the next few months, customers will be able to visit the showroom to see the company’s latest product collections and sustainability services in situ and attend a series of events. Congratulations to Tony Ward (@tonyinterface) and the team. The post The Interface Pop-Up Showroom appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • What percentage of the investment required for our 2030 energy needs will be in renewables?

    Ramon Arratia
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    This week has seen several articles like this one from The Climate Group exploring what $ investment amount is currently required to meet our energy needs in 2030. Most importantly, citing what percentage of that figure will be invested in renewables. It’s been proposed that two thirds of the near $8 Trillion required (that’s eight with twelve zeros) will go on renewables. That is still too conservative! If you reverse the figures that’s still a very uncool $2.5Tn spent on the wrong side of the fence. More must, and in reality, will be invested in renewables. Why? * The…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:46 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 Jul 2014 | 4:46 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 Jul 2014 | 4:46 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 Jul 2014 | 4:46 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 Jul 2014 | 4:46 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 BMW 6-Series

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    With BMW’s ever-expanding range of models, the 6-Series has grown beyond just a two-door coupe and convertible, now offering a four-door Gran Coupe as well. With this diverse set of styles and personalities, the 6-Series offers a broad set of capabilities as well, from effortless year-round cruise to top-down sunny Sunday...
  • GM Tells Used Car Dealers To Stop Selling 2003-13 Cadillac CTS, 2004-06 Cadillac SRX

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    On June 30, General Motors added 8.4 million vehicles to its still-growing list of recalls. Among the affected models were more than 616,000 units of the 2003-14 Cadillac CTS and 2004-06 Cadillac SRX, which suffer from "unintended ignition key rotation". (That's the same sort of issue affecting millions of other GM models included in the...
  • Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner, Ford & Subaru Recalls, 2015 Chevy SS: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: Looking For The 2015 Toyota FJ Cruiser? Meet The TRD Pro 4Runner You’re looking at the future of the Toyota FJ Cruiser. The FJ is an iconic off-roader, in a class with only a few serious contenders. Yet it’s almost gone; it’s nearing its final act for 2014, and it won’t be back for 2015. 2014 Ford...
  • 2015 Chevrolet Volt

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    The 2015 Chevrolet Volt, now in its fifth model year, remains the first-ever high-volume electric car from General Motors. It's a five-door compact hatchback with four seats that combines around 40 miles of battery power with a small range-extending gasoline engine that produces electricity to give the Volt unlimited range for longer...
  • Nissan Reveals New Details About Autonomous Car Features & Arrival Dates

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    During a speech in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has revealed more details about the company's upcoming line of autonomous cars. Will the company be a leader in the field of self-driving cars, much as its Leaf has been at the forefront of mass-market electric vehicles? Or will other automakers like Toyota and Volvo beat Nissan to the...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • Japan's Fuel-Cell Vehicle Pursuit: Is It Obama's 'All Of The Above' Approach?

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Two Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda, are putting their weight behind fuel-cell vehicles, rather than battery electric cars, as the alternative-propulsion technology of the future. Time will tell if that's a wise decision but they do at least have one significant supporter--the Japanese government. There is method behind Japan's decision...
  • 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: Quick Preview Drive Of All-Electric Hatchback

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Volkswagen has bet very heavily on diesel, with its TDI models; yet it's preparing to bring its all-electric Golf, called the e-Golf, to the U.S. later this year. And we took another short drive in it this past week—this time on U.S. shores. The e-Golf, as it will be sold beginning this November, in California, Oregon, and a few other...
  • Tesla's Impact, 2015 BMW Active Tourer Details, 2015 Ford F-150 Buyer Views: Today's Car News

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Today on Green Car Reports: Tesla's significance for the Silicon Valley tech industry, more details on the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, and a new report finds buyers are intrigued by the 2015 Ford F-150. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch up on last week's biggest stories with our Week in Reverse feature. Buyers are intrigued by the...
  • 2016 Smart Fortwo Faces Mercedes S-Class In Crash Test: Video

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Reassuring people that its tiny Fortwo city car is safe must be a constant struggle for Daimler's Smart brand. In Europe, where the diminutive cars roam around streets barely wider than the car, it's not such a problem. But in the U.S, where half the population drives 5,000-lb pickup trucks, people take a lot more convincing. Engineering...
  • China To Mandate One-Third Of Government Vehicles Be Plug-Ins

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    China is continuing its march of electric car progress with the announcement that 30 percent of all government vehicles should be plug-ins. Battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell cars will all be eligible under the plan, set to be phased in over the next two years. According to Charged EVs, the plan stipulates that all official...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Asking for Help

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

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

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

    kb
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Our district’s lunch program is pretty much like every other district’s: The cafeteria workers need to find a way to provide lunch for $2.30 while staying within national guidelines. As a result, there’s very little on the menu my kids will eat. Everything is processed and, as my kids tell me, “disgusting” as far as they are concerned. There are a few days they will buy, though. Big Girl likes nacho taco day, which is taco meat heaped on nacho chips with lettuce, tomato and salsa. Little Girl likes brunch for lunch — frozen pancakes or waffles with some…
  • June Makes Me Anxious

    kb
    4 Jun 2014 | 8:53 am
    Last year I was a mess from the middle of May until after the first day of school. Not a lunatic mess. Just messy enough that I didn’t feel like myself. I had reasons for my messiness. The little one was graduating preschool. I was attempting to work half-time over the summer. I got food poisoning. Oh, and my aunt had just died. When I am anxious my dreams get vivid and detailed and long, and my sleep suffers, which makes things worse. I settled down over the winter, though. Recently, however, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of vivid dreams I am having. They involve people in…
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future

    Schalk Cloete
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    If climate science is correct, the world has little choice other than aggressive pursuit of the bridge technologies of CCS and bio-energy through a true technology-neutral CO2 mitigation framework. Pursuing renewables and nuclear power as a primary climate change mitigation strategy can do much more harm than good in the long run.read more
  • Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

    Ed Dodge
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Daviel Yergin stated that if not for the recent domestic boom in tight oil production the U.S. would be in trouble. “I’m convinced we’d be looking at an oil crisis,” he said. “We’d have panic in the public. We’d have inflamed congressional hearings and we’d have the U.S. economy falling back into a recession.”read more
  • Geoengineering - Insanity? All the More Reason to Discuss It

    globalwarmingisreal
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Is geoengineering the key to solving the global climate change problem? That’s the kind of question that evokes a knee-jerk reaction from those who consider it, including me. I believe we’re already doing enough geoengineering on the planet, albeit unplanned and perhaps unintended.read more
  • The Secret Art of Solar Finance

    SolarBusiness
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    If you're like me, practical with a mild hint of creative mania, then understanding how the widening array of solar financing products work can be tricky at best, boring at its worst. But no one in Australian solar can overlook the growth rates and new business opportunities that solar finance is bringing.read more
  • Four Reasons Why Energy Efficiency Programs Fail

    nickblandford
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    So you’ve decided to take the initiative to achieve sustained energy savings at your organization. By addressing every source of electricity consumption your goal can be achieved in a relatively short amount of time. But for every goal, there’s a wrong and right way to reach it.read more
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Kick Your Kids Out Of The House This Summer!

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

    Stephanie
    28 May 2014 | 8:10 am
    Like most children, my kids love to do art. While they enjoy using repurposed items such as toilet paper tubes and really old computer paper (remember the type with the holes down the side to feed through the printer? We still have a bunch!), they’re always going to use some things we have to buy, […] Related posts: Is It Trash or Craft Supplies? Green Your Halloween with Reduce, Reuse and Recycle 5 Ways You May Not Have Considered to Green Your Easter
  • Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines Review

    Stephanie
    12 May 2014 | 7:59 am
    I was sent a copy of the Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines to review a couple weeks ago. If you’re into mythology, it’s a nice resource on the many female characters found in mythology all around the world. The book is divided by continent and then by region, allowing you to explore goddesses and heroines […] Related posts: Healthy Child Healthy World Review You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap!) Book Review Stop Throwing Money Away Book Review
  • How to Gopher Proof Your Raised Garden Beds

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

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

  • New CEU Helps Building Professionals Earn LEED Credits for Use of FSC Products

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    To encourage architects and other building professionals to build with wood and support their efforts to earn credit in the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) developed Mastering FSC-certified Wood in Green Building, which was released today. Developed as a Continuing Education Unit, the course is approved by both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for professional development credit. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2064680#ixzz37ufAwcqo
  • Green Materials Report: FSC Certified Lumber

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    This post is part of the Green Materials Report series.  GBE is providing information on various building materials and what makes them green.  Each post focuses on one material.  We will be looking at the ingredients in the material, how it is used, what makes it green, and any green product certifications that it has earned.  We hope to develop a database of information to help consumers make informed choices about what goes in their buildings.  Enjoy the series!
  • HID Global Receives LEED Platinum Certification for Its New World Headquarters and North American Operation Center in Austin

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:18 am
    The first and only industrial manufacturing facility in the state of Texas to achieve LEED Platinum certification is located in Austin, Texas. The distinction has been awarded to HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions. The Austin building is the company’s world headquarters and North American Operations Center and it has been designed from ground up with this achievement as goal, which includes site selection, design and construction.
  • WhiteWave plant earns LEED certification

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    WhiteWave Foods Co. announced Wednesday that its beverage manufacturing plant in Dallas has received LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 325,000-square-foot plant was built in 2012. Nearly 300 workers there produce Silk soy, almond and coconut milks, Horizon Organic milk and International Delight flavored coffee creamers for Broomfield-based WhiteWave (Nadaq: WWAV). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification was for new construction. Nearly 90 percent of demolition and construction waste associated with the project was diverted from…
  • Mack-Cali earns LEED Gold at Wood Hollow

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mack-Cali Realty Corporation announced that 5 Wood Hollow Road in Parsippany, N.J., has received LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance™ Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 5 Wood Hollow Road is the 13th commercial property in New Jersey to receive the prestigious award. 5 Wood Hollow Road The LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M rating system recognizes maximized operational efficiency with minimized environmental impact. It addresses cleaning and maintenance issues, including chemical use, recycling programs, exterior maintenance…
 
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • 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…
  • Video: A Greenwashing Public Service Announcement

    Thomas Schueneman
    11 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Some examples of greenwashing A look at some of the more pernicious greenwashing messages in advertising: Can changing your oil change the world? Will buying a Nissan save the polar bears? Will buying water in bottles made from “30 percent plant-based materials” help solve our waste problem? No, no and no. It isn’t that each one of these products may, at some level, reduce some form of environmental impact. It’s just that each one of these ads employ some form of the six sins of greenwashing, confusing the hapless consumer into thinking real, substantive solutions only…
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    PLANET

  • These Young People Are Pioneering Appalachia's Post-Coal Economy

    Joe Solomon
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Joe Solomon is a campaigner with Energy Action Coalition. Highlander Center staff and Appalachian Transition Fellows don helmets in preparation for a trip into a mine at the Coal Mine Museum in Benham, Ky. Photo by Catherine Moore. In the Hunger Games novels, heroine Katniss Everdeen comes from a coal mining region known as District 12. Her people are poor and looked down upon, but they’re also resourceful and know how to work together. In the end, it’s those skills that allow Katniss and her friend Peeta to win the games against better-trained rivals from the wealthy capital. You could…
  • This Solar-Powered Water Wheel Can Clean 50,000 Pounds of Baltimore’s Trash Per Day

    Brandon Baker
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at EcoWatch.com. Photo by Inhabitat Blog / Flickr. A large wheel has been strolling the Baltimore Inner Harbor the past month, doing its best to clean the trash that has littered a city landmark and tourist attraction. It’s called the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, and though it moves slow, it has the capability to collect 50,000 pounds of trash. The timing for John Kellett’s solar-powered creation is crucial—hands and crab nets simply can’t keep up with the growing amount of wrappers, cigarette butts, bottles, and other debris carried from storm drains…
  • Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?

    Yessenia Funes
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    A child learns to ride on a bike rented from P’tit Vélib’. Photo copyright Jean-Baptist Gurliat / Mayor of Paris. Mini aspiring cyclists in Paris can now be seen biking alongside their parents—or at least trying to—while rocking a red, green, or pink helmet adorned with a playful “P’tit Vélib’” logo on the side. P’tit Vélib’ is the first bike-share program in the world to include tiny bikes for toddlers. P’tit Vélib’, launched June 16, is an extension of Vélib’, one of the world’s largest bike-sharing services—public programs where people can cheaply and…
  • The Eerie Beauty of Landscapes Devastated by Industry

    Christine St. Pierre
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Photos copyright Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Galerie Ropke, Koln / Galerie Springer, BerlinPhoto from Edward Burtynsky's "Water Series," the Colorado River Delta. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s work speaks for nature that has been exploited by human industry and consumption. Taking photos from cranes, planes, and helicopters, often above areas that are not otherwise accessible, Burtynsky captures a wide view of devastation: oil wells dotted across a vast plain, railroads slicing through forest, polluted streams curving across landscape,…
  • Scared of Biking in Traffic? These Cities Are Making It Safe

    Jay Walljasper
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This article originally appeared at On the Commons. Cyclists use a protected bike lane in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Paul Krueger / Flickr. You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Fla., transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just for cars and trucks. Dutch bike ridership has doubled since the 1980s, when protected bike lanes began to be built in large numbers. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users…
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Jon Stewart Rips Sarah Palin’s Call For Impeachment, But Not For The Reason You’d Think

    Mike Confino
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    For Jon Stewart, the most surprising part of Sarah Palin’s recent Facebook video wasn’t her call for President Obama’s impeachment, but a certain analogy she used to justify it. After Palin compared herself (or America?) to a “battered wife” who must say “no más” to Obama’s handling of the current immigration crisis, Jon Stewart welcomed “Latina Sarah Palin” on to the scene: “It appears that ex-Governor Palin has finally finished mangling the English language and has moved on to making Spanish incomprehensible. She’s…
  • Feds ask developer to stop work on Walmart in rare Miami-Dade forest

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A developer building a Walmart on a tract of disappearing forest between two national parks in south Miami-Dade County should stop all work until a survey of endangered wildlife is completed, federal officials warned this week. In a strongly worded letter sent to Ram Realty Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said at least eight threatened species, including the federally protected Florida bonneted bat and two endangered plants, could inhabit about 140 acres of pine rockland north of Zoo Miami off Coral Reef Drive. Field Supervisor Craig Aubrey said Ram should first obtain a federal…
  • Welcome to the Spanish Town Where People Come Before Profit

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the south of Spain, the street is the collective living room. Vibrant sidewalk cafes are interspersed between configurations of two to five lawn chairs where neighbors come together to chat over the day’s events late into the night. In mid-June the weather peaks well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the smells of fresh seafood waft from kitchens and restaurants as the seasonably late dining hour approaches. The scene is archetypally Spanish, particularly for the Andalusian region to the country’s south, where life is lived more in public than in private, when given half a chance.
  • Bill Maher Slams Militarized Police Culture In America

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Bill Maher used his closing monologue on the July 18 episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher” to take a jab at militarized police culture in America. He listed different small towns that use military-style tanks and “toys” in their police departments. “Once you start dressing and equipping people like an occupying army, they start acting like one,” he said. “Every day there’s another story in the paper about cops beating innocent people.” He noted that police culture isn’t just borrowing equipment and machinery from the army, but also…
  • Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Exploration For First Time In Decades Amid Wildlife Concerns

    Mike Confino
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. Friday’s announcement is the first real step toward what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of jobs to support a new energy infrastructure. But it dismayed environmentalists and people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism. The cannons create noise pollution in waters shared by whales, dolphins and turtles, sending sound waves many times…
 
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  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

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

    Robin
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper   Less than a month passed, from discovery of the robin’s eggs to keeping the dogs inside while the fledglings learned to fly. Mama Robins have it tough, man. I know I wasn’t ready to see them fly the nest yet. They get so big so fast….      ** all photos taken by Jeff and texted to me to make me smile. I think. **  
  • When I Was Your Age, We Had 8 Channels: Boob Tube Nostalgia and a Netflix Giveaway

    Robin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    how sad and bad and mad it was but then, how it was sweet ―Robert Browning   My nine-year-old is hooked on Gilligan’s Island. I thought it was funny when I was a kid, I guess. I certainly watched a lot of it, on summer days and when I was home sick from school. You didn’t have a lot of choice, back then; I had channels 3, 6, 10, 12, 17, 23, 29 and 57. That was it. During the day at least half of those were judge shows, talk shows or soap operas. We all watched the same sitcoms; we all share that cultural heritage. Back to Gilligan: the episodes drive me nuts now. I…
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  • Wall Street Memo Admits That Cyberattack Could Be 'Devastating For The Economy'

    Stephanie Yang
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Government and industry action against cyber attacks isn't moving fast enough for Wall Street. Now banks are proposing a cyber war council to defend against future threats to their data.  According to a Bloomberg report, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Sifma) has submitted a proposal for a committee of executives to protect banks from cyber terrorism. The group would work on active defense strategies and speedy communication between agencies and the private sector, if an attack were to occur. The members would come from the Treasury Department, the…
  • The Nation's Salad Bowl Is Turning To Dust

    Dina Spector
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The entire state of California is reeling from three years of catastrophic drought that will soon force cities and farmers to limit the amount of water they use during the summer, the driest time of the year. Central Valley, often called the "nation's salad bowl" because it provides a majority of our fruits and vegetables, has been especially hard hit by the ongoing drought. One-third of produce in the United States is grown in the Central Valley, made up of Sacramento Valley in the north and San Joaquin Valley in the south. Here's how these crippling water shortages and restrictions are…
  • The Nation's Salad Bowl Is Turning To Dust

    Dina Spector
    26 May 2014 | 10:59 am
    The entire state of California is reeling from three years of catastrophic drought that will soon force cities and farmers to limit the amount of water they use during the summer, the driest time of the year. Central Valley, often called the "nation's salad bowl" because it provides a majority of our fruits and vegetables, has been especially hard hit by the ongoing drought. One-third of produce in the United States is grown in the Central Valley, made up of Sacramento Valley in the north and San Joaquin Valley in the south. Here's how these crippling water shortages and restrictions are…
  • 18,000 New Species Were Discovered Last Year — Here Are The Best

    Leslie Baehr
    23 May 2014 | 8:50 am
    A sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic glacier and a translucent snail from Croatia are among the top 10 new species of 2014 named by an international team of scientists on Thursday. The list comes from the nearly 18,000 species that were newly discovered last year.  The top 10 list, compiled this year by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s (ESF), has been released each year since 2008 to coincide with the birthday of 18th century Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who is considered the father of modern taxonomy. The list should not be…
  • Before And After Photos Show How Climate Change Is Already Melting The World's Glaciers

    Dina Spector
    17 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    While climate change is affecting every corner of the planet in different ways, the most striking evidence of a warming world is often captured by images of shrinking glaciers and the widespread disappearance of snow and ice. Scientists are most concerned about how the dramatic loss of Antarctic land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Researchers reported on Monday that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in a state of irreversible collapse and could raise sea levels by as much as 4 feet by the end of the century. The rapid retreat of the West Antarctic ice sheet is anecdotal of…
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    Green Prophet

  • 21 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm

    Basel Ismaiel
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    قد يعتبرك البعض معتوها إن خطرت ببالك فكرة تحويل بطة محنطة و ملقاة في <حاوية> إلى <لمبة>. و لكن لم يكترث سباستيان إرازوريس بهذا الاعتبار، و بطته الآن تبعث الضوء من حيث كانت تبطبط على الأقل قد نعلم الآن أن فنانا هذا لم يقم بقتل تلك الدواجن من أجل هذا المشروع الفني الغريب، و لم يقم بتثبيت المصابيح و الأسلاك في جثثها بدون أي عبء…
  • LEED-seeking eco mosque recycles precious ablution water in Dubai

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    A new “eco-mosque” that seeks LEED silver certification has recently opened in Dubai. Designed to set an example for other mosques and local residents, the Port Saeed mosque can accommodate 3,500 worshippers. Let’s face it – aside from a few great initiatives here and there, Dubai consistently makes moves that are anything but green. Which makes it hard for residents to act upon their Earth-loving convictions much less nurture them. That is why bringing Islamic environmental stewardship into the mosque is such a brilliant idea. Tayeb Al Rais, secrtary-general of…
  • ملاعب الفرجان: نحو قطر أكثر اخضرارا و نشاطا

    Basel Ismaiel
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:48 am
    فوضت اللجنة الأولمبية القطرية شركة ’جريمشو’ للتصميم المعماري لإنشاء عدة مرافق خضراء (ذات تأثير بيئي محدود) على مساحة قدرها 37.5 ألف متر مربع بعد أن ضمنت استضافة كأس العالم لكرة القدم لعام 2022. أما عن أسباب التخمة و الكروش المتدلية؟ يشير ميزان الحرارة في قطر إلى الخمسين درجة مئوية –ذلك على ذمة صورة للميزان أرسلتها إلي صديقتي من…
  • After America’s fossil water goes dry, will the Middle East follow?

    Maurice Picow
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Ample fresh water supplies for agriculture and drinking by the world’s burgeoning population are becoming more and more scarace these days due to over-consumption and the ravages of global warming and climate change. This has resulted in the need to tap into prehistoric underground aquifers, such as North Africa’s Nubian Aquifer under Libya; and the the Disi and Wasia aquifers Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Aquifers in other parts the world, containing large amounts of ancient or “fossil water” , are also in jeopardy as these non-renewable sources of fresh water are being…
  • Dubai launches new Space Agency: Muslims on Mars!

    Laurie Balbo
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Middle East joins the race to space with a new program which will launch a research probe to MARS in the next seven years. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai) announced establishment of a UAE Space Agency. With a starting budget exceeding  $5 billion USD, the newly hatched government agency aims to send the first Arab spaceship to Mars by 2021. How’s that jibe with the fatwa against Mars space travel? The UAE probe will be unmanned, sidestepping the “suicide…
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Retreating from the Public Good?

    juliandobson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Near Glasgow there’s a former mining village called Twechar. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, they decided they wanted to ‘do a Todmorden’ and turn unpromising public areas into colourful growing spaces. The local authority thought Edible Twechar was a wonderful idea.read more
  • America Can Learn from this French City's Complete Streets

    comebackcity
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Strasbourg, France is a beautiful city that takes its complete streets to heart. The roads through the old (and new) city gracefully mix street trams/lightrail with bicycle paths and friendly traffic calmed streets, and pedestrians can move about with relative ease.read more
  • What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

    Jim Russell
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    The Tech Economy is dying. And by that, I mean the Innovation Economy (to stick with Enrico Moretti’s terminology in his book The New Geography of Jobs) is dying. The “Innovation Economy” is an epoch, following on the heels of agriculture and manufacturing.read more
  • Technology Brings People Together in Public Spaces After All

    ProjectPublicSpaces
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    As he sat in a PPS training watching time-lapse films of Bryant Park in the early 1980s, Keith Hampton realized he may have just found precisely the baseline he needed to examine how behavior in public space has changed in our contemporary digital world.read more
  • Voices of the City: Fred Hayman

    futurecapetown
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    It is a daunting task to try and capture the diverse experiences of a Cape Town's inhabitants, but we feel that it is a worthy endeavor, in order to better understand the present and future of our city. This week, we heard from Fred Hayman, film enthusiast and teacher of Karate, Jujutsu & Bujinkan.read more
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    Nokero

  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 18th, 2014 4:04 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    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

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 14th, 2014 12:37 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    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…
  • Patented Solutions Will Change Our World: Celebrating the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Opening in Denver

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 27th, 2014 8:45 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    As the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office prepares to open a satellite location in Denver (Colorado), Nokero reflects on their long journey through the patent world. On Monday June 30, Nokero Founder/CEO Steve Katsaros will speak at the USPTO opening ceremony about the importance that patents have played in this patent agents’ life and why patented products deliver better solutions to the bottom of the pyramid. Standing alongside Procter & Gamble at the Patents for Humanity Award Ceremony in 2013, it became evident that Nokero’s patent can change the world. As a winner in the…
  • Nokero’s Launches World’s Most Affordable Solar Light Bulb To Address Extreme Energy Poverty

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 27th, 2014 6:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Denver, CO—Nokero International, LLC today announced the availability of its ultra-efficient solar light bulb, the N182, billed as the world’s most affordable LED solar light bulb.  At twice the brightness but two thirds the size of the previous N180 model, Nokero’s latest design utilizes the highest efficacy LED, a radically redesigned circuit board, and a cost-effective solar panel. The versatile, pocket-sized N182 housing is configured so that it may be used as a hanging light, a standing task light, or a personal flashlight. The patented design emphasizes ease of use and efficient…
  • Colorado Energy Expo- Steve Katsaros Remarks on Brilliant Colorado Ideas

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">June 26th, 2014 7:38 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Steve Katsaros has a theory: that ideas can change the world, and specifically that Coloradans’ ideas about energy will change the world. Tomorrow kicks off the annual Colorado Energy Expo, which presents an opportunity for thousands of people to ‘discover our energy’ and learn how Colorado has made strides within the energy sector. Speaking amongst other thought leaders will be Nokero CEO, Steve Katsaros, in conversation about how ‘cleantech’ has become a global industry. Before clean technology began to spread throughout the world, kerosene was often the only source of light for…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Deal

    Calley Pate
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you usually take advantage of dining plans when you go to theme parks?  This past weekend while at Busch Gardens we decided to see if it was worth the price. Yes, there is a price associated with the all-day dining deal at Busch Gardens.  For adults, the price is $32.99 and for kids (ages 3-9) the price is $16.99.  If you are a passholder you can get a discount on the dining deals.  That may seem like a lot of money on top of the price of admission and parking, but I’ll explain why it’s a good deal! What’s included in the all-day dining deal?  Each person in your…
  • Avocado, Lime, Banana, Coconut Yogurt Push Pops

    Calley Pate
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week while shopping we found these adorable push pop molds and for $1.99 I couldn’t resist.  They sat hidden below the sink for a week until I decided what to put in them.  As I mentioned in my Avocado, Lime, Banana Smoothie recipe, I have a love affair with all things avocado! We decided to spike the recipe we used yesterday with some shredded coconut for a little texture.  While I bought a bag of shredded coconut for this recipe; my daughter actually convinced me to buy a real coconut for her.  Have you ever tried to crack a coconut?  It’s not as easy as it looks but…
  • What Makes A House a Home?

    Calley Pate
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    When you look around your home what do you see?  At first glance you may see the physical aspects of your home; the floors, the color on the walls, or the mirror at the end of the hall, but when you really look inside a home there is so much more to a home than the walls and beams. Look closely around you for the finger prints on the walls from when your kids forgot to wash their hands after painting the picture you have hanging on the refrigerator.  Or the sand that your little one emptied from her shoes after playing at the beach.  The collection of sea shells that your family brought…
  • Avocado, Lime, Banana Yogurt Smoothies

    Calley Pate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    What could say summer more than a refreshing tropical smoothie?  I’ve always been an avocado junkie (seriously, I could live off these things) but my love was revitalized last week when I saw a friend of mine post a recipe about Tropical Avocado Popsicles.  They just looked absolutely delicious.  Today on my trip to the grocery store I filled my shopping cart with a few ingredients that I was craving; avocados, limes, bananas, and some Smooth & Creamy Vanilla Stonyfield yogurt.  My intention was to make some avocado push pops using some new molds we found at the store last week.
  • 10 Tips for Reducing Plastic in our Lives

    Calley Pate
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Take a minute and look around you.  How much plastic do you see?  So many products that we use everyday are made of or stored in plastic.  Plastic will NEVER break down – EVER!  You may be able to upcycle it or recycle it but there is a limit to the number of times it can be used.  In the end, it will end up floating in our oceans as tiny little plastic pellets that will harm the animals and ecosystems.  I won’t go into the details behind all of the waste but I encourage you to visit a friend of mine, Beth Terry, and her blog My Plastic Free Life.  While she may be one of…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city

    Ying Wang
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Congestion pricing has the potential to pave the way for more equitable mobility in China’s cities. Photo by GuoZhongHua/Shutterstock. China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term. In Beijing and other cities, these include creating numerous expressways, flyovers, and tunnels throughout the city. But this infrastructure that…
  • Friday Fun: Cinema shows the power of sustainable transport

    Zhou Jia
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Cinema has the power to influence our perceptions on sustainable transport and confront us with tough questions about the future of urban development. Photo by Tama Leaver/Flickr. Movies have the power to shape our perceptions of love, of adventure, and of growing up. More subtly, movies also have the ability to shape our perceptions of small things, like how we interpret different cities, clothing brands, and even transport – who uses transport, how they use it, and why. All of these different social norms can be expressed in just a few scenes. Here are some of TheCityFix’s favorite…
  • What does a sociological approach to safe cities reveal?: Findings from a national workshop in India

    Neha Mungekar
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    In order to make cities safer and public spaces more inviting for all, EMBARQ India studied how women perceive – and how they are perceived in – India’s urban public spaces. Photo by EMBARQ. While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women, ranging from better infrastructure, effective policing, more stringent punishment for perpetrators, creating “eyes on the street,” and more. Specifically,…
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: New mapping algorithm poses problems and promise for cities

    Rachel Jaffe
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Technology is allowing city residents to interact with their surroundings in new ways, which can have both the benefit of advancing sustainable development and the drawback of reinforcing social divisions. Photo by Daniel Chavez/Flickr. Yahoo Labs has recently created a mapping algorithm that helps pedestrians find not the shortest route to their destination, but the most attractive one. This is great for visitors who want to spend every second of their time sightseeing in a new city, or for residents who want to explore their surroundings in a new way. However, although the algorithm was…
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals emphasize sustainable cities in latest draft

    Dario Hidalgo
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define important priorities for international development over the next 15 years, including the need for safe, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. At the 2012 Rio+20 Summit, the United Nations member states began the ambitious process of defining the social and economic priorities for humanity over the next fifteen years. The open and participatory process and the initial negotiations amongst the world’s nations through the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has resulted in a draft…
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    EarthTechling

  • Colbert Pokes Fun at ‘Rolling Coal’

    EcoWatch
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re the type of person others would consider an environmentalist or you just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, you might be subjected to a fellow motorist “rolling coal.”Apparently, it’s the new middle finger.When a driver rolls coal, he or she revs up their diesel truck engine to produce and emit large black clouds from the $500 smoke stacks they would have needed to install on their vehicles. Also known as “Prius repellent,” the act of rolling coal is basically a protest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, President Barack Obama and any inkling…
  • Airbus shows E-Fan, its electric plane due in 2017

    Guest Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    FARNBOROUGH, England — Although battery weight may keep electric planes from becoming mainstream in the near future, Airbus believes its E-Fan 2.0 will find a real market: pilot training.It hopes to begin selling the E-Fan 2.0 in late 2017 for pilot training. That’s only one fraction of the plane market. A later planned E-Fan 4.0 with space for four passengers, however, will be aimed at the general-aviation market.Earlier this year, the company started publicly flying a prototype of the E-Fan 2.0, which weighs just 500kg (1100lbs). For the first time, the France-based aircraft…
  • Chinese hackers take command of Tesla Model S

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The first documented successful hack of a Tesla Model S has come from China, Chinese security giant Qihoo 360 Security Technology announced Thursday.The hackers were attempting to win $10,000 in prize money at a kick-off event during the SyScan +360 security conference, which is co-sponsored by Qihoo. They were able to gain remote control of thecar‘s door locks, headlights, wipers, sunroof, and horn, Qihoo 360 said on its social networking Sina Weibo account. The security firm declined to reveal details at this point about how the hack was accomplished, although one report indicated…
  • New App Tracks Your Carbon Footprint

    EcoWatch
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    San Francisco-based Oroeco may have discovered the best way to get people to curb climate change.The company’s web app of the same name tracks individual carbon footprints and links to Facebook. That means your large carbon output will be subjected to shame from your friends and followers, and rightfully so.The app places a carbon value on most of the decisions you make, including retail purchases, food options, energy consumption and, of course, travel. The app uses data from its partnership with the University of California at Berkley’s CoolClimate Network to help each user identify…
  • 10 Ways to Use Banana Peels

    EcoWatch
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are many fun facts about bananas. For example, this fruit, loaded with the muscle relaxing minerals potassium and magnesium, can aid with sleep. They also help soothe an upset stomach.For many people, bananas are a convenient, tasty, single-serving snack, or an ingredient in delicious quick breads. Where does your banana peel go? Photo courtesy of ShutterstockBut what about the peels? Do they get tossed right in the trashcan, like any old wrapper?Food waste is a huge problem. Tossed out food ends up in landfills, and as it decomposes, it emits the potent greenhouse gas methane.
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    Intercon

  • Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

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

    T. Caine
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Of the many things that the Middle East has historically been known for, sustainability has not usually been at the top of the list. The clash of Western values with the harshness of the local climate can wedge sustainability between a lot of sand and a hard place. Though there is a broad critique of the unsustainable attributes of the region’s development path, for years there has still been the budding prospect of Masdar City in the heart of the United Arab Emirates. Despite years of slow progress and still having a healthy way to go, Masday City still has a wealth of potential to…
  • Transit Oriented Development Needs More than Just Location

    T. Caine
    27 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    At the apex of Interstate 93, Interstate 95 and Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, a new project is underway touting its focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD). The term garners support (and rightly so) from designers and planners for its methodology of building denser communities around existing mass transit corridors as an alternative to sprawl. The site for University Station in Westwood, Massachusetts has all of the key components for a successful TOD project. However, as the project has developed its direction has become a better example of how design and planning choices can…
  • Sobering Fact: Plenty of Asbestos Still Sold in the US

    T. Caine
    14 May 2014 | 11:38 am
    Most people that have conducted maintenance on a home or apartment in the last two decades have probably bumped into asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous material whose strength and resistance to fire and decay made it a popular choice for numerous products in the first half of the 20th century including floor tile, adhesives and building insulation. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers can flake off over time to move throughout the air. Eventually we can breathe the fibers in where they can cling to the lining of our lungs and inner cavity tissue. The result can be Mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer…
  • Drifting in a Cloud of Amenities

    T. Caine
    12 May 2014 | 6:02 am
    Most architects care to believe that people will recognize a well-designed space when they see it and that the nuances of a successful design process will be ascribed value in the eyes of potential occupants. However, what seems to be increasingly often, there are extra features and accoutrements that are added to the package outside of the inherent quality of the living space in order to sweeten the deal for payors and entice them to cough up that little extra something. These property amenities are emerging as an interesting barometer for how our culture is ascribing value. But of all of…
 
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  • Giveaway: Threads 4 Thought Britta Top! Ends 7/27

    Melissa Dion
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Enter to Win the Gorgeous Threads 4 Thought Britta Top!Giveaway: One of our lucky readers will win the Threads 4 Thought Britta Top!The Threads 4 Thought Britta Top is a must-have spring tank! The soft cotton-modal fabric is lightweight and perfect for the warmer months, while the floral lace back makes this tank both fun and flirty. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. 100% vegan. Available in Small, Medium, or Large.Scoop necklineWide tank strapsFloral lace backImported60% organic cotton, 40% modal jerseyEntries go in the…
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Delphine Maxi Skirt

    Melissa Dion
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Threads 4 Thought Delphine Maxi Skirt is a lightweight knit skirt with high slits on both sides. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Vegan. Available in Black (as shown). $40.Fitted through the hipFloor lengthSheer stripe materialImported60% recycled poly, 40% organic cotton
  • New $14 Organic Cotton Scoop Neck Tees!

    Melissa Dion
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic Scoop Neck is is the perfect layering piece for everyday. With a slightly longer length and feminine scoop neck, it is a great fit for every body type. It is so comfortable and flattering, that we are sure you'll want one in every color! Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Available in Black, White, Robin Egg, and Wild Orchid. $14. Slim FitImportedHem hits below the hip60% Organic Cotton, 40% Recycled Polyester Shop Now
  • New $12 Organic Cotton Tees!

    Melissa Dion
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic V-Neck has a long and lean fit and is the perfect layering piece for everyday. The smooth and lightweight blend creates an easy drape and is comfortable to wear. In a variety of delicious hues, make sure to grab one in each color! Made of 60% Organic Cotton and 40% Recycled poly. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Imported. Available in Black, White, and Blue. $12 each.Shop Now
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Summer Fashions

    Melissa Dion
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Threads 4 Thought Hudson Dress$40  Threads 4 Thought Britta Top$36  Threads 4 Thought Everyday Dress$40 At Threads 4 Thought fabrics are made using the most sustainable materials possible such as organically grown cotton, and polyester derived from recycled water bottles. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Fabric is cut and sewn into a specified style. Embellishments such as prints, beads, stones are applied last. Screen prints are often done using K2 water…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Space tracking reveals turtles' record-breaking ocean swim

    Graeme Hays, Professor of Marine Science at Deakin University
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Green turtles can travel immense distances using stored fat reserves.R.D Kirkby & B.S KirkbyA satellite-tracking study of green turtles in the Indian Ocean has rewritten the record books for long-distance marine animal migration, showing that they can travel some 4000 kilometres without stopping for food. The turtles roam far beyond the borders of large marine protected areas, raising questions about whether large marine parks, in isolation, offer enough protection for migratory species. The Chagos Archipelago protected area covers 640,000 square kilometres around the isolated group of…
  • The challenge of sorting fact from fiction on coal seam gas

    Alex Wonhas, Executive Director, Energy &amp; Resources at CSIRO
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    A coal seam gas pilot well from the Santos Narrabri Gas Project in New South Wales, which has divided opinion in the local community.AAP Image/Dean LewinsCan you match the following three statements with the answers just below? Coal seam gas is bad for the environment and we should all protest against its use. Genetically modified foods are a part of multinational plans to take over the world’s food supply. Wind farms are dangerous to human health and should be restricted. a) Yes, everyone knows it is bad news. b) Well, I used to think that, but now I wonder if I was being manipulated by…
  • Renewable energy is ready to supply all of Australia's electricity

    Mark Diesendorf, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Institute of Environmental Studies, UNSW at UNSW Australia
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Even when the wind doesn't blow, it is technically possible for Australia to get all its electricity needs from renewable sources. David Clarke/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDIn a recent article on The Conversation, University of Melbourne Professor Emeritus Frank Larkins wrote that Australia’s targets to increase renewable energy will make electricity more expensive, thanks to problems with consistency and storage. But Professor Larkins is several years behind developments in renewable energy and its integration into electricity grids. In fact, we already have technically feasible scenarios to run…
  • Hard news: the carbon tax shows up cracks in media reporting

    Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism, Media and Communication at Queensland University of Technology
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Journalists inside the budget lock up scrambling to file multiple stories, often across a wide range of topics, while meeting tight time and space constraints.Lukas Coch/AAPApocalyptic claims and counter-claims have typified the climate change policy debate in Australia, leaving the public confused and mistrustful. Often, the news media hasn’t always helped clear up that confusion. Tony Abbott and other senior politicians didn’t always want to axe the tax, as the Institute of Public Affairs reminded its supporters soon after the repeal passed the Senate. Latika Bourke/Twitter, CC BY For…
  • UK shows how Australia can cut emissions without a carbon tax

    Alex Kazaglis, Masters of Science Project Supervisor, Imperial College; Senior Analyst Power Sector, UK Committee on Climate Change at Imperial College London
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A tourist train from Sheringham to Holt steams past an offshore wind farm, one of many that have sprung up along the UK coast.Gerry Balding/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAustralia’s carbon price has gone – but a UK review released this week shows that to lay the foundations for a low-carbon economy, pricing carbon is far from the whole story. Over recent months, as Australia’s carbon tax repeal has edged ever nearer, expert voices from around the world have united in their support for carbon pricing. Both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank back it; Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz…
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    Energy Saver Blog

  • #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions Have questions about ways to save energy on home cooling? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department!
  • Big Savings on Outdoor Lighting

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Big Savings on Outdoor Lighting Upgrade your outdoor lighting to save energy and money.
  • Cooking Up Some Energy Saving Tips

    9 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cooking Up Some Energy Saving Tips Saving energy in the kitchen has never been easier. Using these tips and tricks will save money and energy, and you might become a better cook in the process.
  • Save Energy this Independence Day

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Save Energy this Independence Day Tips and tricks for saving energy and fuel this Independence Day.
  • How Much Do You Spend?

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    How Much Do You Spend? Ever wonder how much you spend on energy a year? We're breaking down the numbers for you.
 
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  • Third week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Welcome to week 3 of my Plastic Free July challenge. You might remember that I didn’t feel I could take on the whole challenge. So I pledged to buy all fruits and vegetables naked throughout the month as this is a habit that has crept back in recently… The first two weeks went brilliantly. During […]
  • Second week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I swear the Universe is beaming down on my with the winds of good fortune. If you remember last week, I was feeling a bit of a newbie about taking up my mini Plastic Free July challenge. I pledged to reduce the amount of plastic packaging I end up with from buying fruits and vegetables. […]
  • First week of Plastic Free July #pfjuk

    Mrs Green
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    How are you getting on with Plastic Free July? You might remember I made a tentative pledge: To reduce the plastic packaging that’s been creeping back in my life on fresh fruit and vegetables. I know exactly why that is… An increasing work load has meant the quick and simple option for me is to […]
  • What single use or disposable item could YOU give up?

    Mrs Green
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Here’s a topic close to my heart and it happens to involve a woman close to my heart too! Small Footprints is someone I admire greatly. She inspires me daily, runs a fantastic blog and motivates people across the globe to take action in mkaing the world a greener, KINDER place to be! She does […]
  • Are you taking part in Plastic Free July?

    Mrs Green
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    It’s plastic free July – what a brilliant month to get involved with before you take part in the Boot Camp that is otherwise known as Zero Waste Week! Created in Perth, Australia, Plastic Free July was birthed in 2011. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging […]
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    Green Child Magazine

  • Easy Upcycled Planters

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Gardening in small spaces is a great way to bring fresh ingredients into your diet. Try these easy upcycled planters (perfect for herb garden!) to get you started. Planter Materials: Empty Cartons Scissors Soil Seeds or plants Planter Instructions: Have one or many, these easy planters are cute, functional and perfectly sized for herbs or small flowers. Rinse your carton and let dry. Using a knife or scissors, carefully cut out one side of the carton. Fill with soil, plant your seeds (or seed-lings!) and watch them grow! Because these cartons are made for liquids, you can water your plants…
  • Eco Print Scarves

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Oh, how I love making eco-patterns on playsilks and scarves. Silk takes color like crazy and the natural materials used in the patterns are easy to see. There are as many ways to eco-print as there are crafters in the world. Try this simple (yet satisfying) technique. What you’ll need: 100% silk scarf or playsilk, any size & pre-wetted (try Dharma Trading Company) White vinegar Small bowl with some white vinegar Non-reactive pot Rubber bands Plant materials such as eucalyptus, dark rose petals, onion skins, etc. (I favor the silver dollar leaf type of eucalyptus, but use whatever type…
  • Garden Caprese Salad

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A classic, this garden Caprese Salad is simple to make and guaranteed to satisfy and impress! Ingredients: Balsamic Vinegar Basil Tomoatoes Mozzarella Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salt & Pepper Directions: Create a balsamic reduction by pouring a bottle of Balsamic vinegar into a small pot and boil gently for 20-25 minutes, until it creates a thick but pourable sauce. Set aside. Slice tomatoes & mozzarella into thick slices and arrange on a plate. Sprinkle on a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a basil leaf or two for each piece of tomato and mozzarella. Drizzle the dish with olive oil and the…
  • Unexpected Pleasures: Finding Joy in Daily Routines

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Line drying clothes always seemed like a lot of work. Rather than just throwing laundry from the washer to the dryer, I would have to haul a heap of damp clothing outside, individually clip each item to the clothesline, and then remember to come back later to take everything in again. In the meantime anything could happen—rain, wind, or even nosey neighbors laughing at my dainties. Despite my misgivings, however, when we rented a small house with a gorgeous backyard, I knew I had to give it a try. On the first sunny day after I had installed our clothesline (and by “I,” I mean “my…
  • Juicy Burgers with Gruyere

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    A fun twist on a classic, these juicy burgers have fresh flavors and diet are versatile for those with allergies.   Ingredients 1 1⁄4 pounds ground beef 1 teaspoon kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (sharp Cheddar is also good) 1 avocado 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated 1⁄2 cup Quick-Pickled Onions Directions: Place the chicken, bacon, eggs, avocados, fennel, cheese, tomatoes, and blossoms (if using) in their own bowls. Place the bowls in the center of your dining table. In a large salad bowl, lightly dress the salad greens. Pour the…
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    DC Bureau » Natural Resources News Service

  • Landmark Decision for Local Control – Major Setback for Fracking Supporters

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

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

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

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

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

  • Colbert Pokes Fun at ‘Rolling Coal’

    EcoWatch
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you’re the type of person others would consider an environmentalist or you just happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, you might be subjected to a fellow motorist “rolling coal.”Apparently, it’s the new middle finger.When a driver rolls coal, he or she revs up their diesel truck engine to produce and emit large black clouds from the $500 smoke stacks they would have needed to install on their vehicles. Also known as “Prius repellent,” the act of rolling coal is basically a protest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, President Barack Obama and any inkling…
  • Airbus shows E-Fan, its electric plane due in 2017

    Guest Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    FARNBOROUGH, England — Although battery weight may keep electric planes from becoming mainstream in the near future, Airbus believes its E-Fan 2.0 will find a real market: pilot training.It hopes to begin selling the E-Fan 2.0 in late 2017 for pilot training. That’s only one fraction of the plane market. A later planned E-Fan 4.0 with space for four passengers, however, will be aimed at the general-aviation market.Earlier this year, the company started publicly flying a prototype of the E-Fan 2.0, which weighs just 500kg (1100lbs). For the first time, the France-based aircraft…
  • Chinese hackers take command of Tesla Model S

    Guest Post
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The first documented successful hack of a Tesla Model S has come from China, Chinese security giant Qihoo 360 Security Technology announced Thursday.The hackers were attempting to win $10,000 in prize money at a kick-off event during the SyScan +360 security conference, which is co-sponsored by Qihoo. They were able to gain remote control of thecar‘s door locks, headlights, wipers, sunroof, and horn, Qihoo 360 said on its social networking Sina Weibo account. The security firm declined to reveal details at this point about how the hack was accomplished, although one report indicated…
  • New App Tracks Your Carbon Footprint

    EcoWatch
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    San Francisco-based Oroeco may have discovered the best way to get people to curb climate change.The company’s web app of the same name tracks individual carbon footprints and links to Facebook. That means your large carbon output will be subjected to shame from your friends and followers, and rightfully so.The app places a carbon value on most of the decisions you make, including retail purchases, food options, energy consumption and, of course, travel. The app uses data from its partnership with the University of California at Berkley’s CoolClimate Network to help each user identify…
  • 10 Ways to Use Banana Peels

    EcoWatch
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There are many fun facts about bananas. For example, this fruit, loaded with the muscle relaxing minerals potassium and magnesium, can aid with sleep. They also help soothe an upset stomach.For many people, bananas are a convenient, tasty, single-serving snack, or an ingredient in delicious quick breads. Where does your banana peel go? Photo courtesy of ShutterstockBut what about the peels? Do they get tossed right in the trashcan, like any old wrapper?Food waste is a huge problem. Tossed out food ends up in landfills, and as it decomposes, it emits the potent greenhouse gas methane.
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    CleanTechies

  • Developing Details on Our Tesla Patents

    Eric Lane
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    In a prior post, I discussed the Tesla-Patent Commons.  Further to that piece and the other media attention around Elon Musk’s announcement, there have been a couple of notable follow-on lists and analyses of the Tesla patents, which now belong to all of us. First, Envision IP published this infographic, which provides a nice breakdown [...]
  • California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there. The state’s Division of Oil and Gas [...]
  • Only 10% of Wind Farm Fires Reported

    Environmental News Network
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Wind farming is one of the leading industries in the renewable energy sector. The process is simple: wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity. However, converting this kinetic energy into mechanical power has resulted in quite a few wind turbines catching fire, and according to researchers [...]
  • California’s Reserve Fund Won’t Lift the FHFA Boot From PACE’s Neck

    John Farrell
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Earlier this year, the state of California announced a $10 million loan-loss reserve to solve the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s severe restrictions on using property-tax based financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy on residential property. It’s a great concept, but evidence from one of California’s best property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs suggests the reserve [...]
  • Germany Tops Energy Efficiency Ranking and U.S. Scores Near Bottom

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Germany tops a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, China, France, and Japan, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The United States ranked 13th out of 16 nations, behind countries such as India, China, and Canada, although new carbon pollution standards proposed this June for [...]
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  • Insane Doritos Flavors Sum Up Everything Wrong with the Food System  

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Remember when there were just three Doritos flavors? Today’s Doritos’ fans have a much different relationship with the corn chip snack than we did a generation ago when Original, Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch seemed like plenty of Doritos flavors to choose from. Nowadays, Doritos launches new flavors like they’re reality television shows—there are way too many of them, they’re all essentially the same and they all pretty much suck. I just counted a dozen flavors on the Doritos website and most are slight variations on other flavors–Nacho and Spicy Nacho, BBQ and Spicy…
  • Non-Toxic Homemade Sunscreen Recipe with Essential Oils and Shea Butter

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Most store-bought sunscreens are full of toxins, but the good news is you can make your own with all natural ingredients. The key ingredients for homemade sunscreen are carrot seed oil and zinc oxide. Both have high natural SPF and are natural and nontoxic. Carrot seed oil has one of the highest SPFs of all natural sunscreens: the natural SPF value is between 30-40. You can also layer in natural oils like coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax for extra SPF and a creamy sunscreen lotion. They are all natural sunscreens, but usually under 10 SPF. This recipe includes carrot seed, zinc oxide,…
  • How to Get Kids to Eat Vegetables (Without Even Knowing It)

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Need to know how to get kids to eat vegetables? It can be easier than you think. When transitioning to a healthier diet full of fresh fruits and veggies, the process may seem daunting and, oftentimes, boring. If your palate or that of your child is used to calorically-dense, nutritionally-low processed foods, it will take some time before vegetables become an appealing base to a meal. All it takes is a little time and a few clever tips to reclaim your health and learn to love healthy recipes. There is no need to make a meal out of a plate full of raw carrot sticks or to force a green smoothie…
  • This Edible Garden Idea is Truly a Homerun

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I don’t know a soul who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the ballpark. The atmosphere is always fun and everyone seems to be in a great mood. (Now, if the home team is losing that last point may not be true.) The one thing that can be a little iffy at the ballpark is the food. Sure, it’s fun to indulge a little, but everyone needs some greens to go with their hotdog. Luckily, AT&T Park in San Francisco, along with the San Diego Padre’s Petco Park, both have edible garden facilities inside their ballparks that grow fresh food. In 2012, the groundskeepers at Petco Park planted a few edible…
  • How to Find Peace: Staying Balanced in the Midst of Chaos

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Want to make the most of every moment? Learn how to find peace even when you’re busy. Even when things are tough. Monday when I pulled into the grocery store parking lot, angst shot down my spine. It was packed, not a spot to be found. That meant that the aisles of the grocery store would be the same. But I wasn’t going to let my grocery shopping experience be a negative one, instead, I took a breath, softened my shoulders and prepared to enter chaos. From the cereal aisle to the cheese counter, the store was slammed. But it didn’t impact me one bit because I reminded myself that I…
 
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    Hip Moms Go Green

  • Healthy Guacamole w/ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

    Nickie Knight
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I was raised in Houston, Texas so I can never turn down a freshly made guacamole. The one I am sharing with you today is my version of one of my favorite restaurants here in Scottsdale called The Mission. They make their guacamole tableside and it is super fresh. There is no reason all of […]
  • Are You a Rockstar Copywriter that No One Knows Yet?

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

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

    Nickie Knight
    16 May 2014 | 4:09 am
    I certainly didn’t grow up eating quinoa since rice was the main staple in southern Louisiana! Quinoa doesn’t go to well with gumbo, gravy and etoufee. However, I have incorporated it into my diet for many reasons. This quinoa info graphic spells it out perfectly. Quinoa is gluten free and has tons of magnesium. So […]
  • Summer Slim Down

    Nickie Knight
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Picture this: For 21 days a Holistic Nurse and Certified Health Coach tells you how to eat, what to eat, and why to eat it. You’ll learn everything you need to know about food and nutrition in 21 days flat. I am super excited to have partnered with my good friend Elizabeth Rider for this […]
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    Planet Forward

  • 10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover

    Planet Forward
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Did you know nail polish remover could be used for more than taking off your nail polish? Today, we’ll show you the versatility of this common household product. As you may know we are always looking for new ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle, and part of that mission includes upcycling. Upcycling is the term used for taking something old and repurposing it into something new and useful. (photo: sallyhansen.com) In our extensive sustainable living series we’ve shared with you how to repurpose: plastic bags, paper towel rolls, tin foil, old t-shirts,…
  • Plastic Bag Outdoor Pillow Insert Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Summer is here and if you’re looking to get your outdoor space ready for a BBQ, we’ve got a handy eco-friendly craft for you. This might entail putting out pillows on a swing, bench, or chair. A relatively simple and inexpensive way to do this is to make your own pillow insert using plastic grocery bags. This is a no-sew project, so anyone can do it with ease. Most people have now made the transition from plastic to sustainable bags; however plastic bags are still lingering around your home. With this craft project you can put those bags to good use and help keep them out of landfills.
  • Organic Gardening and My Planting Layout

    Planet Forward
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I did it! I finally planted my garden. Hello and welcome back my fellow greenthumbers to another edition of my organic gardening series and today we’re talking about herbs and vegetables. As you may know a harsh winter and lingering cold pushed planting back a few weeks in my area, but I finally got to plant. The process was fraught with peril as my rototiller didn’t start at first, but eventually the very handy person who helps me and I got it going. I know many of you believe in turning your soil by hand or not at all, but I’m on clay and it is too hard to do by hand. I am careful not…
  • DIY Key Wind Chime Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The weather has finally turned warm, and that means you’re getting the outside of your home ready summer gathers, BBQs, and time spent outside. A great addition to any outdoor space is a wind chime as there is something special about that soft, melodic, tinkling sound wafting in on a warm summer breeze. That is why today we’re sharing with you this DIY key wind chime eco-friendly craft. Know that, as always, this meets our three tier criteria for what makes great DIY craft project. First, the main element has to be something you’re upcycling. For this project that item would be the keys…
  • Organic Gardening And The Death of An Ash Tree

    Planet Forward
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Hello and welcome back my fellow greenthumbers to another edition of my organic gardening series. Today, we’ll once again be discussing my front yard. Unfortunately I have some sad news to share with all of you, the tree in front of my home is dying. (photo: arnprior.ca) I knew something was off when winter’s icy grip finally lifted and the trees started to bud and bloom. I noticed that like many of the trees in my area, only the bottom portion began bud and the top branches were barren. Never in all the years I’ve lived in my home, which is coincidentally how old the tree is, has this…
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

    christine
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Valley of the Yosemite, Painting by Albert Bierstadt, 1864 Monday, June 30, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the federal land grant that dedicated 39,000 acres of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley to the state of California for protection in perpetuity. The legislation protecting these lands in the Sierra Nevada symbolized the first time a federal government set aside lands solely for preservation for the people. The 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt first visited the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley in 1863 to sketch the cliffs, domes and waterfalls of one of…
  • Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • Wallpaper, Decals and Wall Murals – Trees Edition

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Is there anything more soothing and serene than a stroll through a beautifully lit, atmospheric green forest? Or a walk on a fall day through the orange, reds and browns of an autumn wood? Even a day spent in the bare trees and white serenity on a winter walk can bring a busy mind to a quiet place. Trees and forest scenes just have a way of making any space look more relaxing and zen-like. So its no surprise that designers and homeowners have latched on to the trend of papering their walls with forest themed or tree patterned wall paper and murals. There are so many gorgeous options available…
  • Looking to Buy a New Standing Desk?

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    More and more ergonomic experts agree: sitting all day isn’t great for your mind OR body. It’s not just hurting your back, neck and eyes – many scientists agree that sitting for hours at a time may do long term damage to your insides, too.  One study suggests that sitting all day increases your risk of heart disease by up to 65%.  Check out this infographic to see just how many issues arise from sitting at your desk, day in and day out. For this reason, designers developed standing desks, or stand up desks, which are built so that you can stand and work at your computer,…
  • Vintage Lighting with Beautiful Edison Bulbs

    Sarah Clarke
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    With the public’s design aesthetic leaning more and more towards an old fashioned, vintage look – lighting and lamps are one of the design elements most easily utilized for achieving this fantastic rustic modern look.  Vintage lamps that house Edison bulbs have started showing up everywhere.   You can find these gorgeous lightbulbs inside wrought iron globes and cages, in chandeliers, or just hanging from cords. Because these light bulbs give off such a soft and pleasing light, they can be hung bare, and their antique look is the most popular trend in lighting design in homes,…
  • A Few Eco-Friendly Workspace Decorating Tips

    Sarah Clarke
    4 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Your job site is your second home. Therefore, if there is any chance you can decorate it the way you want and save the planet at the same time, go for it. You have unlimited options available to you if you are seeking a way to create an eco-friendly area that is yours and no one else’s. You can mix and match different colors and different materials that are all safe for the environment. The following is a list of basic eco-friendly work space decor tips: Choose furniture that provides room for light to enter your room. This will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your…
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    Articles

  • Elon Musk: Tesla Adopts Charging Standards

    20 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Following the agreement between China and Germany, . . . on uniform standards for electric car charging outlets, . . . Tesla will adopt the standard, to cut the costs for its power charging stations. In doing so, Tesla will abandon its standards calling for the use of, . . . small battery sets and high power charging stations, . . . which may be independent from the national power grid. 07-20-2014 Source:  Elon Musk: Tesla adopts charging standards
  • Follow The Money: Vertical Integration

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    A curious trend’s been washing through U.S. solar recently: . . . vertical integration, the process of companies owning, . . . more and more of their own supply chains. Examples: 4 vertically integrated solar companies in the U.S. SolarCity, the country’s biggest solar developer, financier, and installer, just went so far as to buy a module manufacturer (Silevo). Sunrun/REC, a developer and financier, recently purchased the residential division of REC Solar, a major installer. Vivint Solar/SunPower moved into selling and financing solar systems, rather than just manufacturing modules. RGS…
  • Midday "negative Pricing"

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
    “Negative pricing” moves, are only supposed to happen at night, when: . . . . . . most of the population is asleep, . . . . . . demand is down, and . . . . . . operators of coal fired generators are reluctant to switch off, . . . so they pay others to pick up their output. Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in . . . Queensland fell into “Negative pricing” – in the middle of the day. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of . . . one of the newest, biggest power stations in the state – rooftop solar.
  • India: 1,000 Mw Solar Power

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    APGenco has finalised 3 solar power projects, that will generate, . . . 100 mw solar power at: . . . . . . Kadapa, . . . . . . Kurnool, and . . . . . . Anantapur. They will build and the state government dedicate, a . . . 1,000 mw solar power project exclusively for the capital and . . . its surrounding areas. 07-19-2014 Source:  India: 1,000 MW Solar power
  • Cavendish, Vt Considers Solar

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Voters in the town of Cavendish will be asked next month, . . . whether the community should borrow up to . . . $450,000 for a 625 solar-panel municipal solar farm, . . . which would pay for itself and save tax money. "It makes a great deal of sense to do it ourselves, . . . with competent contractors and bond financing. We own everything and get all the benefits, and . . . there's a positive cash flow right from the start," . . . said Richard Svec, town manager and energy coordinator. Supporters say, it would decrease the roughly . . . $40,000 yearly cost of powering the . . . . . .
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • New Massachusetts Solar Bill H.4185 Would Destroy Community Solar Potential In the Commonwealth

    Chris Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    This is a guest post from Sam Rust from SRECTrade about new solar legislation in Massachusetts. (Editor Note: A note about the importance of community solar for lowering customer acquisition costs, something EVERYONE in the solar industry cares about. Everyone is talking about lowering customer acquisitions costs and soft costs and community solar has the potential to instantly drop acquisition costs by 50% to 80% for solar companies offering roof mounted and community solar projects. Why? It’s simple math. If you had 100 solar leads, a good conversion rate of leads to customers would…
  • Free Solar Design Tool: String Sizing Tool For Commercial Solar Projects That Works with All Inverters

    Chris Williams
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    One of the most important aspects of designing a solar array is sizing module strings to operate within the parameters of the selected inverter. This is especially true for commercial and megawatt solar projects. To help in this process, we’re providing a free solar design tool to our readers. Ryan Mayfield and Renewable Energy Associates has developed a free solar design tool to help in that process. Most inverter manufacturers offer some type of sizing tool, whether it’s simple or advanced, it’s usually limited to selecting only their products. The REA System Sizing Tool lets you…
  • Designing Wood Gasification Boiler Protection Systems: T & ∆T Pumping: An application that leverage both strategies

    Chris Williams
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    This is a guest article from John Siegenthaler. In the fall, John is teaching an advanced design course on Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems. This is the most advanced and technically challenging biomass design course that you’ll find anywhere. The capstone project for the class will be designing a system and getting it reviewed by John. The class is capped at 50 students, and there are 30 discount seats. You can get a discount and sign up for a test drive here. Click here to join our Linkedin group to connect with professionals and share best practices for selling, designing and…
  • How to Normalize Energy Consumption For Weather Influences Using RETScreen ® Plus

    Chris Williams
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest post by Michael Ross from RER Energy Inc. Michael is teaching a 6-week, 30 hour class on Mastering RETScreen for Clean Energy Project Analysis. The class is capped at 50 students, and there are only 30 discounted seats. Get your discount here. Download Tutorial EmailEnter EmailConfirm EmailThis is the email where the article will be sent. Article Goal  This article shows engineers and energy data analysts how to “normalize” energy consumption or production to account for the variation in weather over time. By the end of the article, you should understand why normalizing…
  • [Free Floor Plan] 10 Ways Passive House Design is Different Than Normal Home Design

    Chris Williams
    29 May 2014 | 9:11 am
    If you want to download the floor plan, please scroll to the bottom of the article. This is a guest post by Mike Duclos. Mike is founder of The DEAP Energy Group, a firm providing a wide variety of deep energy retrofit, zero net energy, and Passive House related consulting services. Mike has real-world experience with the design, construction, certification, and delivered performance measurement of Passive House, and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. Mike will be teaching a 6-week course on Passive House Design as part of NESEA’s Building Energy Master Series that will teach…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Mark Your Calendars – And Call for Vendors! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell Fall Craft Show Celebrates American Handmade Wares

    paigewolf
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Philly tourists can bypass the made-in-China liberty bell magnets and other worthless tchotchkes marketed as “souvenirs!” Here’s a new craft show that highlights true sustainability – handcrafted items made in the U.S.A. and sold at the steps of Philadelphia freedom! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell is holding its first Fall show on Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Presented at the epicenter of American History, surrounded by iconic monuments and greenery, the outdoor juried art fair is staged adjacent to the Liberty Bell…
  • Sustainable Summer Swaps on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta

    paigewolf
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you didn’t catch my segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta – or you did and want to know where to find the products – here is the scoop on eco-friendly summer solutions for the busy mom. CBS46 News We all want to be kinder to the planet and make safer, greener choices for our families. Summer can be a particularly harried time for moms so we have some simple swap-outs for more sustainable solutions! 1.Sunscreen Most conventional sunscreens include chemicals classified as endocrine disrupters, meaning that with repeated exposure they can mess with your hormones. The most…
  • Giveaway: Boiron Arnicare Gel and Calendula Cream

    paigewolf
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Yes, I am that “green mom” who still relies on plenty of conventional medicine. I don’t think herbs alone will cure an ear infection or keep my anxiety in check. That said, when there is an alternative or homeopathic method that works for my family, I am all about it! I’m a big believer in integrative medicine, and have found acupuncture and arnica to be just as beneficial to my well being as aspirin. One natural brand I have found to be safe and effective is Boiron, a world leader in homeopathic medicines. Boiron  is committed to providing products that work…
  • Lessons in Sustainability: When Your “Green” Changes are Less Than Eco-Friendly

    paigewolf
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    Sustainability, green living, healthy choices, safer products – it’s all a learning curve – and a curve with “curve balls” at that. Just when you think you are doing something right you find out it’s actually kinda wrong. Just this week Consumer Reports proposed putting a ban on the word “natural” on food labels – because it is completely meaningless! It’s frustrating for sure – but the important thing is to not give up! Remember that perfect is unattainable but better is always possible! With that said, here are a few things I…
  • Enjoy a Green Beauty Boutique Discount at Fig & Flower Online

    paigewolf
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    Southern beauties can now find the best in green beauty at brand new Atlanta-based eco-beauty boutique Fig & Flower. And the best part is you can shop from anywhere in the country through the complementary online boutique. The retail shop includes two eco-make-up stations, a “soap bar” and the largest selection of natural make-up, hair care, skincare, and beauty products for men, women and children in the Atlanta area. The boutique also offers gift concierge services, make-up applications, private eco-beauty parties, and beauty bag cleanouts, which include a complimentary…
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    mnn.com

  • Finland supports new moms with an amazing box of baby supplies

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Seventy-five years ago, Finland had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.  But that rate has dropped considerably over the past several decades thanks in part to a government program that supports new moms.  And it all starts with a box.  
  • 2,000 pound rubber duck goes missing in Guiyang, China

    mhickman
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It would appear that the catastrophic, mudslide-triggering floodwaters unleashed by Typhoon Rammasun have claimed a most unusual victim: a house-sized rubber ducky.   
  • Martha-approved, American-made gear for your next BBQ or backyard bash

    mhickman
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Martha Stewart, single lady and former salmonella victim, is once again celebrating homegrown makers, entrepreneurs, artisans, designers, handicraft-ers, yarn geniuses, and Etsy shopkeepers with the American Made Awards.  
  • Miss Idaho wears insulin pump on bikini, inspires viral Twitter campaign

    mdestries
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Newly crowned Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison is rejoicing not only in her win last weekend, but also from the huge show of support she's received in its wake.    The 20-year-old, who has diagnosed with diabetes in 2012, made the brave decision to wear her insulin pump during the bikini competition portion of the pageant, telling E! News that she believes beauty is more than one-dimensional.   
  • Hookahs and harm: Study finds young adults underestimate the risk

    jsavedge
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    When asked whether or not hookah smoking is hazardous to your health, the majority of young adults in a recent survey said 'no,' a pretty strong indication that they may not fully understand the actual risks involved.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hookah smoking can be just as dangerous as cigarettes.  Yet they have somehow earned the reputation as being the safe alternative for smoking.  
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • 10 Safe Sunscreens For Your Sunny Summer Days

    Sarah Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    10 Safe Sunscreens For Your Sunny Summer Days Rates of people who are diagnosed with skin cancer have been on the rise since the 1970s when studies revealed the dangers of too much sun exposure. In the Environemental Working Guide’s (EWG) 2014 Guide to Sunscreens, they argue that it’s because people have become too reliant on sunscreens to protect their skin and therefore don’t […] This article original appeared on Greener Ideal How much is your house worth with solar panels?
  • Installing a Residential Wind Turbine for Your Home

    Colin Dunn
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Installing a Residential Wind Turbine for Your Home Power from home-based wind turbines can be used locally, or sold back to the utility to offset power costs. Utilities buy green power from homeowners at retail rates, rather than the lower wholesale rates that the large generating stations receive. There is a great deal of power to harness in the wind, and even a […] This article original appeared on Greener Ideal How much is your house worth with solar panels?
  • How to Get Rid of Garden Pests Without Chemicals

    Colin Dunn
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to Get Rid of Garden Pests Without Chemicals Home gardening accounts for an astonishing 75% of all pesticides used in North America, making it several million pounds used per year. Most of these are used to control insects on fruits and vegetables. From the garden, most of these chemicals find their way into streams and rivers as runoff, and from there into the […] This article original appeared on Greener Ideal How much is your house worth with solar panels?
  • Water Saving Tips for Environmentally-Responsible Gardening

    Colin Dunn
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Water Saving Tips for Environmentally-Responsible Gardening Whether you live in an area with abundant fresh water or drought conditions, every drop of fresh water is precious, and should never be squandered. By following these water conservation tips, you can water responsibly and maintain a healthy lawn and garden.   Collect Rainwater Start by collecting rainwater. Placing a rain barrel underneath your […] This article original appeared on Greener Ideal How much is your house worth with solar panels?
  • Reduce Your Energy Costs with Home Solar Heating

    Colin Dunn
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Reduce Your Energy Costs with Home Solar Heating Every time you open up that bill from the hydro company, or the gas company, or the oil bill, you see the same thing: energy costs just keep going up. Supply and demand dictates that as demand rises, so does price. And if supply should fall, the price will likewise increase. At the moment, prices […] This article original appeared on Greener Ideal How much is your house worth with solar panels?
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Major Twin Metals Partner Declines To Increase Stake in Project

    gregseitz
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Drilling equipment at a Twin Metals mineral exploration site. Chilean mining company Antofagasta PLC has declined an opportunity to take a bigger financial stake in the Twin Metals project near Ely, MN. The move means the company—which has invested more than $200 million in the joint venture so far—will pass up the chance for a controlling stake in the project, and operations will revert to junior mining company Duluth Metals. The announcement comes just before the release of a Pre-Feasibility Study for the project, which will include detailed information about the project’s…
  • EPA Will Study Source of Air Pollution in Region’s National Parks and Wilderness

    gregseitz
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Best and worst haze conditions in the BWCAW (via U.S. Forest Service) Reduced visibility in federally-protected areas in northern Minnesota and Lake Superior was the subject of a legal settlement reached last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups. Xcel Energy’s largest power plant, the Sherco facility 45 miles north of the Twin Cities, contributes to haze in Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Parks and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, all of which are required to have the most pristine air in the nation. Reducing the haze would be a costly…
  • Study Will Examine Water Quality in Rainy River Watershed

    gregseitz
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Rainy Lake (Photo by Jeff Kantor, via Wikipedia) The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has begun a 10-year effort to protect and restore water in an area covering much of the Quetico-Superior region. The study will involve scientists from many public agencies “collecting water, sediment, biological and fish data to help better understand what factors are influencing water quality and the aquatic plants and animals dependent upon it,” according to a news release. A public meeting was held at the Gunflint Lodge on June 19th to provide information and seek volunteers for monitoring…
  • High Water Wreaks Havoc on Rainy Lake

    gregseitz
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    By Greg Seitz Submerged stone bridge at Mallard Island on June 16, 2014 (Photo by Bob Hilke, courtesy Oberholtzer Foundation) Heavy rains and the remnants of spring runoff have combined to cause extremely high water levels on Rainy Lake on the Minnesota-Ontario border. The impacts include the lake encroaching on Mallard Island, the home of 20th-century wilderness explorer and advocate Ernest Oberholtzer. A few buildings on the island have been flooded, according to Beth Waterhouse, executive director of the Oberholtzer Foundation, which preserves and operates the site as a retreat for small…
  • Profile: Wilderness Canoe Base

    gregseitz
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Originally published in the spring 2014 issue of Wilderness News. Read the whole issue. By Rob Kesselring All photos courtesy Wilderness Canoe Base When I have encountered other adults while traveling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness I have sometimes asked them, “Is this your first trip to the BWCA?” Their answers are often the same. “Oh no, I first came here many years ago as a child…I was a camper.” With that disclosure a sparkle brightens their eyes. They might go on and talk about a “Y” camp, scout camp, church camp or a school group, but there is always…
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

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

    GTG Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    | In the Land of Chipichipi | We could feel the air cool and freshen as we began to ascend la Ruta de la Niebla, the Way of Fog, into las Alturas, the highlands of Mexico’s Veracruz state. Whereas down on the brown sands of its Gulf of Mexico beaches it had been hot and humid and there was […]Coatepec and Xico, Mexico: Veracruz green high is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Los Angeles: a festival of green reasons to go

    GTG Staff
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    | Earth Friendly L.A. | Looking for another reason to visit Los Angeles? The Green Festival, the nation’s premier green living event, comes to L.A. September 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This unique experience celebrates positive, sustainable solutions. It’s where people come to meet renowned authors, actors, visionaries and community leaders; shop with hundreds of green […]Los Angeles: a festival of green reasons to go is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way

    GTG Staff
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    | Sabor Mexicano Farm | It’s a perfect afternoon in Northern California’s Russian River resort area of Sonoma County, hot but not too, and a smiling and jovial Jorge Saldana is doing what countless numbers of his countrymen back in Mexico are doing on this and every Sunday—happily grilling under deep blue skies, surrounded by hungry people […]San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • United wins green award

    GTG Staff
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    | Green Travel News | United Airlines has captured the 2014 Sustainability Outstanding Achievement Award from the Global Business Travel Association Foundation for “outstanding leadership, innovation and commitment to delivering industry-leading sustainability programs, products and services.” “This is a great honor for United and reflects the growing importance of sustainability to our corporate customers,” says Angela Foster-Rice, United’s […]United wins green award is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Hexa Green

  • Southern States and Union Territories Lead Urbanization in the Country

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Urban population in the country has increased from 27.80% of the total population in 2001 to 31.10% in 2011 marking an increase of 3.30%. People living in urban areas of the country have increased by over nine crores during this period. Four southern states, six Union Territories besides the states of Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura have led this growth in urbanization. Details of urbanization in the country during the said period were today furnished by the Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs Shri M Venkaiah…
  • IED COMMUNICATION Ltd JOINS HANDS WITH GOVT. OF REPUBLIC OF RWANDA FOR PROMOTING INDIAN INDUSTRIES IN AFRICAN CONTINENT.

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    IED Communication Ltd in its continual endeavor of promoting INDIAN AUTOMATION INDUSTRIES at global platform now reached in AFRICAN Countries. AUTOMATION-2014 is reached in African Continent. “Republic of Rwanda”, one of the rapidly growing Countries on economical and infrastructural levels is “PARTNER COUNTRY” for AUTOMATION 2014.  We are also getting other African developing Countries on board as BILATERAL PARTNER COUNTRIES for AUTOMATION-2014. Republic of Rwanda is the most rapidly growing economy in East Africa. Rwanda is growing at 8% average year-on-year GDP growth, stable…
  • Gujarat to launch electric buses as pilot project in public transport

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    In a new move which is aimed at a cleaner and greener environment, the Gujarat government will soon introduce a pilot project to run electric buses for public transport between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. The state run Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) has invited various companies in the project. The news is up on its website. According to media reports, a state government official was quoted as saying that around 15-20 buses would be included in the initial phase. The project draws inspiration from Prime MinisterNarendra Modi and his vision of a cleaner environment with…
  • SunEdison to provide micro-grids to six Indian villages

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    Major PVEP, SunEdison is working with India’s Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam state agency to provide six remote Indian villages with PV micro-grids that will also have battery storage. SunEdison said it would build and operate the systems for five years then transfer the facilities to a public organisation. The projects include 159kW of PV with battery storage, bringing electricity to a total of 4,875 people. “Solar is often the most practical solution in India’s remote areas and building micro-grids allows for scalability as…
  • ADB $300 Million Loan to Continue Power Upgrades in Assam

    Team HexaGreen
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $300 million loan to help India’s northeastern Assam state continue its drive to eliminate power sector inefficiencies that are hurting its consumers, its world-famous tea industry, and its environment. “More than a third of households in the state face daily electricity cuts of 5 to 6 hours, many important businesses, such as the tea gardens, still aren’t connected to the grid, and in peak periods Assam has to buy up to 15% of its power from independent producers at very high cost,” said Herath Gunatilake, Lead Energy Specialist with…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Indigenous Mountain Farmers Unite on Climate Change

    Guest
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Courtesy of Sci Dev Net Farmers from 25 indigenous mountain communities in ten countries have come together to share traditional knowledge that could help them to mitigate climate change and to lobby governments for greater recognition of their unique knowledge. The International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples was formed at a workshop in Bhutan last month (26 May-1 June). It includes communities from Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Thailand. Member communities from Bhutan, China and Peru had already agreed to exchange…
  • Baltimore Harbor’s Water Wheel Powered Trash Interceptor

    Jane Engelsiepen
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Baltimore Harbor has been struggling to improve its water quality in recent years. With the goal of restoring the harbor to a “swimmable and fishable” state by 2020, the city has deployed an innovative new product to alleviate the trash and debris that storm water runoff carries from the Jones Fall watershed into the Baltimore Harbor. The Water Wheel Powered Trash Interceptor uses the current of the river to turn a water wheel, which lifts floating trash and debris from the water, up a conveyer belt and into a dumpster barge. The debris is taken to a waste-to-energy plant where it is…
  • The “Green Economy” Can Encourage Jobs and Innovation

    Guest
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Courtesy of the European Environment Agency Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits. ‘Resource-efficient green economy and EU policies‘ considers how European economies can drive more efficient material resource use as part of the transition towards a ‘green economy’, a recently stated aim of the EU. While many environmental trends are gradually improving, the EU needs…
  • “Open-source” Seed Released to Nurture Patent-free Food

    Guest
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Courtesy of SciDev.Net Photo USDA     An ‘open-source’ seed initiative has released 36 varieties of 14 food crops, which the project’s leaders say could help poor farmers get access to better quality seeds. The new seed varieties have been available for delivery globally from mid-May, says Irwin Goldman, a vegetable breeder and horticulturalist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was involved in the release. “Shared seed can be the foundation of a more sustainable and more just food system.” ~ Jack Kloppenburg, University of Wisconsin – Madison He…
  • Vancouver’s Stanley Park Environmental Art Project

    Jane Engelsiepen
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The Stanley Park Environmental Art Project was an innovative, creative response to the 2006 gale-force windstorm that devastated Vancover’s largest urban park. In collaboration, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, the Vancouver Park Board and the Stanley Park Ecology Society forged a unique union of artists, ecologists, park staff, environmental educators and volunteers to transform this natural disaster into an original, respectful restoration of the city’s beloved park. Six artists were selected to create environmentally sensitive works, implementing processes and materials that…
 
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  • Eco-Friendly Tyres – An Overview

    Tracey Hordern
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Here’s something I bet you rarely think about, yet the chances are you have four of them, but perhaps only two. These inanimate objects are often lifesaving if they are in good working condition, but you need to replace them regularly. Replacing them is based on distance travelled, rather than time. So what are they? Tyres of course! If most adults in Australia regularly replace their tyres, as they should, where do all these tyres go? This question bears more weight, bearing in mind they take hundreds of years to break down - and that’s if they are exposed to sunlight. Alarmingly, if…
  • Greening The Concrete Jungle: Sydney’s New Green Wall and Roof Policy

    Samantha Winterland
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:45 pm
    So much has been said about the necessity of greening our cities. From reducing air pollution, the urban heat island effect and managing water resources more efficiently to creating better places to raise our children, we have heard it all. All around the world local authorities fight for budget to fund the creation of parks amidst the concrete jungle. Yet, one Australian city has upped its game, taking the fight for more green areas vertical. The City of Sydney introduced the first-of-its-kind (for Oz) green roof and wall policy which aims to encourage both residential and commercial…
  • Think inside the box – Boxed Water is Better

    Tracey Hordern
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Boxed Water is Better is about sustainability and giving back. The US based developers wanted to start a new water company that has sustainable packaging, gives back to foundations (especially those linked to water) that they feel are important and develop a product that has a lower carbon footprint than today's traditional bottled water. The Americans are letting us in on the little secret that boxed water is better. Inspired to create a brand of bottled water that is better for the environment, the Michigan-based company came up with the idea of boxed water. Boxed Water Is Better delivers a…
  • Another intelligent life form is right here on earth: plants

    Ross Kendall
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The new discipline of plant neurobiology is at last treating our fellow earthlings as intelligent, feeling and communicating beings. The first collective and concerted effort to study the intelligent capabilities of plants could well be traced back to the first meeting of the Society for Plant Neurobiology in Florence 2005. The society itself notes the term plant neurobiology could be changed to something like: Sensory Biology in Plants. But goes on to note: “these names don't quite cover adaptive plant behaviour, signalling and communication and topics like plant immunity, plant memory and…
  • Mental Health Awareness Could Save Lives

    Nina Hill
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Mental Health is an issue that is quite close to me. Growing up in a family where illness such as schizophrenia is a very big part of my loved ones life, means I understand the complications and stresses it leaves not only on that person but also on that persons loved ones. Over 250,000 Australians suffer from Schizophrenia and over another million people care for them (ABC online). It is difficult to determine the exact symptoms of schizophrenia as there is not one set of symptoms per person, the disease can vary from case to case. There are even different sub types of schizophrenia and…
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    ecokaren

  • How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You

    Karen Lee
    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 ecokaren. Related posts: Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret How to pickle your summer harvest Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet
  • How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy

    Karen Lee
    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 ecokaren. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Sea Veggies Primer: Kombu (Kelp), Dulse, Wakame, and Nori What Vegans Don’t Eat
  • Country Living Fair with Hometalk

    Karen Lee
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I had an amazing opportunity to attend the annual Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, courtesy of Hometalk.com, a few weeks ago. I had been cooking non-stop for my family’s new GAPS diet for days and it was great to be out in the sun, walking around the Duchess County Fairground at my favorite country...  Read More » The post Country Living Fair with Hometalk appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Celadon Road: Natural Products for a Greener Life
  • Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret

    Karen Lee
    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 ecokaren. Related posts: How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified 10 Fail Proof Ways to Eat Healthy
  • Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet

    Karen Lee
    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 ecokaren. 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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  • Why Free Shipping Matters

    Manchester Wood
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Our solid wood furniture ranges from $20 to over $80 in shipping costs… but it’s Free Shipping always for you, and our prices are still reasonable. It’ll be hard to find another American made furniture maker who offers Free Shipping always no matter if there is a sale or not. It’s not a special promotion. It’s a promise. And that promise is not to tack on fees after you’ve agreed with a price. To not be surprised when checking out to discover a huge cost added on to dampen the experience. We don’t believe in buyers remorse at Manchester Wood. We feel…
  • Buying Not Because It’s Easy

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Our furniture isn’t easy to find unless you know us. And if you’ve found us, you’ve discovered something very hard to find. We recently had a consultant come into the factory who mentioned the famous JFK speech on going to the moon. It was about how JFK as a leader stood up and said essentially, we’re going to the moon… we don’t know how we’ll do it, we haven’t the slightest idea exactly how it’ll all work out… but we will do it regardless of obstacles. Casting out the high expectancies of a dream not knowing when but knowing someday…
  • Testimonial: Hardwood Coffee Table

    Manchester Wood
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    We love hearing our customers say exactly how we feel when marketing our furniture. This hardwood coffee table is not only affordable and similar to one at Pottery Barn, it’s made out of solid wood – not MDF! I bought this table in chestnut color [pictured above] for my small living room. I wanted something casual, solid and made in USA. This table fits every criteria that I have! It is also hard to believe that the cost is not through the roof for a solid hardwood table that’s made here. The quality is great. I was debating between this table and a similar one from Pottery…
  • American Made Furniture Today

    Manchester Wood
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    There’s a few of us still making truly American made furniture. Instead of looking at it as competitors it’s more like counterparts in a great revival of American craftsmanship. When you take a look around our neighborhood it’s easy to find craftspeople. It’s a storied tradition here in the Slate Valley region nestled on the Vermont-New York border. From the mines to the barns, mills, and factories, you’ll find people still making products today. American made furniture is what a few of us still bring to the table of American crafts. From nearby Dorset, Vermont…
  • Today is Independence Day! Really.. It is.

    Manchester Wood
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776). It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775). And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the…
 
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  • 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...
  • The best Eco-lodges in South America

    amazon
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    Eco-lodges help in the protection of the endangered lands and biodiversity levels. They also support the local economies by using their revenue to develop the...
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    inspired habitat

  • get industrial… in your own backyard

    bambeco
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sleek and chic… perfect for outdoors Throw open the windows and the doors! Bask in the sunshine and let go. Summer is time to relax and unwind, to reconnect with friends and family. And time to take your entertaining outdoors! … Continue reading → The post get industrial… in your own backyard appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • solar magic… light up the night

    bambeco
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like fireflies flickering on a summer night…at your next outdoor gathering, give the moon some competition and set your yard aglow. If the idea of outdoor solar lighting brings up images of the practical, but plain, it’s time for a … Continue reading → The post solar magic… light up the night appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • go rustic… the great outdoors is calling

    bambeco
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A place neglected by time. Covered in vines and greenery. Still standing, ready to be transformed, given new life. You don’t need to find a fabulous old barn to get the same feeling of accomplishment, the same striking look of … Continue reading → The post go rustic… the great outdoors is calling appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • it isn’t (only) about the beer…

    bambeco
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Picnics at the beach, or in the park. Refreshing beverages on the patio with friends. A slower pace, time to relax, recharge, and enjoy. The concept of “celebration” wasn’t conceived in Germany…but we think they have it pretty close to perfect. … Continue reading → The post it isn’t (only) about the beer… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • sangria party

    bambeco
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A fresh summer day. Relaxing outdoors with friends. Hours spent talking, laughing, living. Celebrate the season in easygoing, sustainably chic style. Invite friends over for a Sangria Party! Think Sangria and most immediately imagine dining on an outdoor balcony on … Continue reading → The post sangria party appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • Monday Snapshot: Pretty in Pink

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    No, not the Molly Ringwald film (although that's one of my favorites from way-back- when)...these little blooms, photographed at Greenwood Gardens. If you know what they are, I'd love to know, too! Hope your week is just as lovely! Join me on Google+ where I share new photographs (almost) daily. © 2014 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com. All rights reserved. All photos and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Please do not use any of my photographs without asking me first for permission at JoyfullyGreen.com@gmail.com and then clearly linking back to this site with photo…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 27: A Mixed Bag of Loveliness

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    You're in luck: Two weeks in a row of wonderful reads for your weekend! A short and pretty post at Thinking Through My Lens: Let Them Fly. I love how my friend Lois fosters nature appreciation in her grandchildren, as she does in this thought-provoking post called Nature In Distress My friend Connie's post made me hug my (still-young) children a little tighter: Four Ways In Which My Life is Totally Different Now That My Kids Are Teenagers. Tricia at Little Eco Footprints writes about how there are now TV screens at gas pumps in Australia. When will the madness end, filling up every…
  • Capture and Release

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:45 pm
    "MOM!!! There's a HUGE BUG in here," my daughter yelled to me from the family room this morning. I'm not a big fan of my kids yelling, especially first thing in the morning. But it was what she said next that warmed my heart: "GET YOUR CAMERA!" I love how my children no longer fear bugs, but instead see them as something to study. This didn't come naturally; they squished quite a few critters "back in the day." But since I don't freak out whenever I see a bug, and show a real interest and enthusiasm for them, the kids seem to have co-signed on…
  • Monday Snapshot: Land of Make Believe

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    One of our favorite summer traditions is taking the kids to The Land of Make Believe, an old-timey amusement park in the town of Hope, New Jersey. Even with the water park, the rickety roller coasters, and cherry-flavored ices on a hot summer day, the kids' favorite thing to do is participate in the play at the outdoor theater. They're never sure what parts they'll get, or what costumes they'll wear, or who will be the Bad Guys and who will be the Good Guys, but it's always a story that ends with "happily ever after." Making believe is the best part of being…
  • My Week in 5 Photos: Summertime Pleasures & "Photos Before Forks"!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This week was all about entertaining and enjoying our friends, and the weather (mostly) cooperated beautifully! We dined al fresco as much as possible, taking full advantage of summertime. The wine above is called Sofia, as in Coppola, from her father's famous vineyards. The bottle is stylish and beautiful--I'm repurposing it as a vase!--and the delicious contents were gratefully consumed after a badminton mega-marathon. (Summer = badminton!) Is there anything more idyllic than breakfast outdoors with good friends on a summer morning in the "country" (well, the…
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    inspired habitat

  • get industrial… in your own backyard

    bambeco
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sleek and chic… perfect for outdoors Throw open the windows and the doors! Bask in the sunshine and let go. Summer is time to relax and unwind, to reconnect with friends and family. And time to take your entertaining outdoors! … Continue reading → The post get industrial… in your own backyard appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • solar magic… light up the night

    bambeco
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like fireflies flickering on a summer night…at your next outdoor gathering, give the moon some competition and set your yard aglow. If the idea of outdoor solar lighting brings up images of the practical, but plain, it’s time for a … Continue reading → The post solar magic… light up the night appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • go rustic… the great outdoors is calling

    bambeco
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A place neglected by time. Covered in vines and greenery. Still standing, ready to be transformed, given new life. You don’t need to find a fabulous old barn to get the same feeling of accomplishment, the same striking look of … Continue reading → The post go rustic… the great outdoors is calling appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • it isn’t (only) about the beer…

    bambeco
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Picnics at the beach, or in the park. Refreshing beverages on the patio with friends. A slower pace, time to relax, recharge, and enjoy. The concept of “celebration” wasn’t conceived in Germany…but we think they have it pretty close to perfect. … Continue reading → The post it isn’t (only) about the beer… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • sangria party

    bambeco
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A fresh summer day. Relaxing outdoors with friends. Hours spent talking, laughing, living. Celebrate the season in easygoing, sustainably chic style. Invite friends over for a Sangria Party! Think Sangria and most immediately imagine dining on an outdoor balcony on … Continue reading → The post sangria party appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • Greentech news for March

    greenadmin
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Icelandic power plant builder Reykjavik Geothermal announced plans to commence drilling in Ethiopia by the middle of this year. The project will use steam escaping from a collapsed volcano to power the turbines  more The White House launched a climate plan to cut methane gas emissions from landfill sites. The American Petroleum Institute opposed the new rules suggesting voluntary efforts as an alternative more Plans to build a cable from Norway to Germany to trade renewable energy looked doubtful as concerns were raised over the profitability of the project more The post Greentech news for…
  • Greentech news for February

    greenadmin
    28 Jun 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Here is your round -up of Greentech news for February… In India farmers are being encouraged to use solar energy to power pumps to irrigate their crops. In order to conserve water the farmers must agree to use drip irrigation in exchange for subsidies to purchase the solar powered pumps more Plans were submitted for the creation of a tidal lagoon in Swansea, Wales that could provide power for 120,000 homes. Tidal power is a very reliable form of renewable energy as the production of electricity is not dependent on weather conditions. More Australian Prime Minister and climate change…
  • Greentech news for January

    greenadmin
    28 Jun 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Welcome to our first round-up of greentech news for 2014 Ford introduced a concept electric car the C-Max Solar Energi that recharges it’s self using solar power. A neat idea but although photovoltaic cells have improved efficiency in recent years the car would still need a solar concentrator to focus the suns rays. The five meter high canopy focuses light like a magnifying class to improve efficiency. While parked the semi-autonomous car moves backwards and forward to capture as much sunlight as possible. While the C-Max Solar Energi may never be sold to customers an improved version…
  • Greentech news for December

    greenadmin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Falls in the cost of wind turbines suggest that they are close to being profitable without subsidies. Warren Buffet’s utility company MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co has ordered $1bn of turbines for projects is Iowa more NASDAQ listed Canadian Solar gained 700% this year. A new strategic direction to sell power plants delivered the company’s best quarterly results for 2 years more The increasing cost of coal power in India means that Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd may invest up to $400m in renewable energy projects more The post Greentech news for December appeared first on The…
  • Greentech news for November

    greenadmin
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Biofuel manufactures in the US were lobbying the the Environmental Protection Agency to try and prevent a watering down of the US renewable fuel mandate. Pressure from fossil-fuel producers resulted in the EPA proposing a reduction in the amount of renewable fuel that refines must blend with gasoline more Apple’s announced that their new plant based in Arizona will run entirely on renewable energy. The plant will create 2,000 jobs and is part of a policy to boost manufacturing in the US more UK power producer RWE Innogy shelved plans for a 240 turbine wind farm. The 1,200 MW Atlantic…
 
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

    Kirsten
    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…
  • Grilled Polenta with Oven-roasted Balsamic Tomatoes and a Rocket Salad

    Guest Writer
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:03 am
    This week I am honoured to bring you a guest post from Robyn B. of Modern Day Missus. This recipe looks delicious, and I see it entering my menu this very weekend. I lovely way to get some salad into my winter menu while combining it with something warm from the oven.  Tasting notes Bring…
  • Detox with Delightful Homemade Body Scrubs

    Kirsten McCulloch
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Have you tried using a DIY (or even shop bought) body scrub before? They can be quite divine, as long as you get/make a good one. I have made the sugar scrub below before – it makes an excellent Christmas present too – and of course I have used the Norwex Organic Olive Oil Salt…
  • What’s Your Why?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In the world of business and entrepreneurial practice, this is a question we are asked to think about, because if you know your why, you are more likely to take the actions needed to get you to your where or what. But it applies in other parts of life too, including learning to live more…
  • DIY Cold & Flu Remedies, for those Change of Season Bugs (Shower Disks & Vapor Rub)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    1 Jun 2014 | 3:41 pm
    This post was first published last year as the winter came to an end. But now it’s starting up again and I have got the lurgy good and proper. So instead of spending Sunday in my office, writing this week’s blog post and catching up on paperwork, I spent it in bed with no voice…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Precycling 101: Proactive Recycling

    Clay Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    Precycling is the process of thinking things through before buying something. Before buying a product ask yourself, “When I am finished with this product what will happen?” Will it go off to a landfill, am I going to recycle it, will I be able to reuse it somehow or am I going to donate it to someone? Knowing the answer to these questions before buying a product is a great step in a great direction. Precycling is a very good way to reduce the buildup of waste, items to landfills and even can save you money. Below are ways to think ahead and Precycle: buy items in bulk and avoid…
  • Business Model Changes for Real Estate, Construction & Architecture Industry to Tap into Green Construction

    Clay Miller
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Over 40% of global energy is consumed by the real estate industry, which includes constructing and operating buildings. They don’t just account for large energy consumption, but they also produce 25% of the global waste. The demand for sustainable technology is on rise and the construction industry is aligning its resources to provide sustainable building solutions. Firms that operate in the construction industry have to make specific changes to their business model to tap into rising demands for sustainable buildings. Research identifies that traditional construction industry business…
  • What Are The Benefits Of Eco Bags?

    Clay Miller
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    Good question! First of all, we will look at some plastic facts and the effect plastic bags have on our environment. Worldwide, it is estimated that there are between 500 million and 1 trillion plastic bags used across the world each year. Also, plastic bags are in fact recyclable but it is only around 3% of them that can be recycled – the rest fill up landfill wastes, the ocean and make up a huge chunk of the litter on our streets. What’s more, once these plastic bags end up in landfill sites they stay there for around 1,000 years before they decompose. They still release toxic chemicals…
  • Can Your Roof Save the Planet?

    Clay Miller
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Now I’ve never been on the Family Feud, but I can guarantee that if you ask one-hundred people what the best way to save money on household energy costs is, you’ll see close to the following breakdown: About 50 of them will say windows and making sure they’re not leaking hot or cold. Another 20-25 of them will tell you it’s all about finding safe but solid insulation products. You will probably have 10 or so people mention appliances and cutting down electricity needs. Other answers you might get: Light bulbs, phantom leads, programmable thermostats, etc. Not to say that everybody…
  • Light Materials For Safer, More Fuel-Efficient Cars

    Clay Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:34 am
    Due to tougher emission and fuel economy standards that are aimed at reducing air pollution, automakers are forced to find new ways for cutting fuel consumption. One of the key factors that affect a vehicle’s fuel economy is weight, given that the more a vehicle weighs, the harder its engine has to work, burning more fuel to keep the car moving. According to the EPA, by reducing a car’s weight by 100 pounds, its efficiency is increased by about 2%. The auto industry has been testing all sorts of materials for lighter, more efficient cars, to replace steel, which is currently the…
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  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

    Rinkesh
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is the practice of using guidelines for environmentally responsible and energy savings to create new development projects and to maintain and retrofit older projects. It can include using green materials in new construction, designing projects that can harvest their own energy to reduce load on a power grid, or that incorporate green space in order to counterbalance the green space removed to build the onsite facilities. There is a heavy emphasis on making sure that what is built can be maintained and repaired in a way that minimizes…
  • Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs

    Rinkesh
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Top Tips For Reducing Running Costs There are so many power-hungry appliances out there in the world, with a lot of the older model appliances being the major culprits. Many of them are 10 years old or older. But, newer appliances offer more than just good looks. They offer power savings that translate into lower energy costs. Even still, there are ways to further reduce your energy consumption and only pay for devices you’re using. Avoid Leaving Appliances On Standby Energy companies, often recommend unplugging appliances that you’re not using. An alternative to this is to purchase a…
  • What is Sustainable Living and 15 Easy Ways for Sustainable Living?

    Rinkesh
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability. Sometimes that can mean not choosing to consume a product that is made using practices that don’t promote sustainability; and sometimes it means changing how you do things so that you start becoming more of an active part of the cycle of life. We all know that climate change, global warming, depletion of ozone layer and resource depletion are real and their impact on human and animal lives can be devastating. It…
  • 15 Environmental Problems That Our World is Facing Today

    Rinkesh
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    Environmental Problems Our environment is constantly changing. There is no denying that. However, as our environment changes, so does the need to become increasingly aware of the problems that surround it. With a massive influx of natural disasters, warming and cooling periods, different types of weather patterns and much more, people need to be aware of what types of environmental problems our planet is facing. Global warming has become an undisputed fact about our current livelihoods; our planet is warming up and we are definitely part of the problem. However, this isn’t the only…
  • Various Tropical Rainforest Plants

    Rinkesh
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:55 am
    Tropical Rainforest Biome : Plants The rainforest has a variety of different types of plants, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The tropical rainforests are usually found in the Central and South American regions, and their plants are split up into four different types. While the rainforests cover only about 8 percent of the actual earth, they are home to more than half of the plants and animals that live on the earth. The most prevalent type of plant that is found in the tropical rainforest is the tree. Trees make up nearly two thirds of the rainforest plants that…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Farmer makes case for wind turbine

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    A North Devon farmer has described how a wind turbine would be of great benefit to his business. The owner of Slade Farm in West Anstey A North Devon farmer has described how a wind turbine would be of great […] The post Farmer makes case for wind turbine appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Knockhill Racing Circuit goes green

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Plans have been submitted to build two wind turbines at Knockhill Racing Circuit in an attempt to improve the track’s green credentials. The owners of Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland have submitted proposals to Fife Council to construct two wind […] The post Knockhill Racing Circuit goes green appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Plans afoot for £60m solar PV network

    Daniel Birkett
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    A new renewable energy partnership has announced plans to develop a series of solar PV projects in the UK. A ‘pipeline’ of solar PV projects is set to be developed at a number of local government sites in the UK, […] The post Plans afoot for £60m solar PV network appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wave and tidal power sites receive approval

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Crown Estate has approved a number of potential wave and tidal power sites off the UK coastline. Various sites have been approved as possible sites for wave and tidal power projects off the west coast of Anglesey and South […] The post Wave and tidal power sites receive approval appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • UK’s largest solar installation completed

    Daniel Birkett
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    A warehouse in Leamington Spa has recently been installed with the UK’s largest rooftop solar array. Building materials firm, Wolseley have completed the installation of the UK’s largest rooftop solar array at their warehouse and distribution centre in Leamington Spa. […] The post UK’s largest solar installation completed appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Something we can’t get enough of at Raintees are inspiring companies with a social and environmental conscience. INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion, is one such brand that we love. Created by Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds in 1994, their line utilizes all natural materials and low impact dies, free of both heavy metals and harmful chemicals. By using natural materials, they are able to fulfill their commitment to produce clothing that honors the environment and doesn’t bring added harm to local water tables or communities where the garments are produced. ​Photo credit:…
  • Bottles We Love: BKR

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    If there is something we’ve learned, it’s that getting enough water throughout the day is key for feeling good and staying focused. Having something you can take on the go is also important and is why we  can’t get enough of these  colorful, simple and beautifully designed water bottles from Bkr! ​Photo credit: Bkr The creators of Bkr started their company on the belief that beauty can change the world. They wanted to provide an alternative for a world that was using too many disposable plastic water bottles. Their goal was to create something beautiful to bring to the gym,…
  • Empty Hands, Open Arms: Success and Conservation in 320 pages

    raintees
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    We love having a good book on our summer reading and Empty Hands, Open Arms is a perfect addition to your list. The book follows the travels of writer Deni Bechard into the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo as he interviews both American and Congolese conservationists. These critical interviews detail their wildly successful methods for saving the world’s second largest rainforest and one of man’s closest genetic relatives, the Bonobos ape. We asked Deni a few questions and he has generously offered 3 copies for Raintees to give away. Why did you write it? “I wrote Empty…
  • Find your Bliss with Alo

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:44 am
    We all need time to recharge and rejuvenate, but sometimes hitting the yoga mat or treadmill in tired out leggings and tops isn’t the most zen-inducing practice. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you a great brand from our home here in LA, supplying some of the most high-quality, stylish apparel that will last you years of namastay-ing. Photo credit: Alo Yoga Alo Yoga is designed by a team of yoga enthusiasts who create durable and light-weight pants, tops and shorts. They create quality products for both men and women in vibrant prints and solid colors to suit your personal needs…
  • My Best Summer Eco Adventure

    Kimberley Fowler
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:03 am
    Want to combine an adventure with environmental responsibility? Eco-adventures are available in every continent on the planet, whether you’re floating down a river in South Africa or exploring a tree canopy in the Brazilian rainforest. For our eco-adventure, though, my husband and I didn’t have to stray far from home. We spent a weekend at Long Point Eco Adventures, located in St. Williams, Ontario Canada. We loved every second of our trip, and appreciated the emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness. Photo credit: Long Point Eco Adventures The luxury accommodations of their…
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Solar Roadways Becomes Most Popular Indiegogo Campaign Ever

    Aven Satre-Meloy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Stories about solar usually don’t go viral like, say, videos of cute cats doing silly things or South Korean popstars’ strangely amusing dance moves, but one solar story in particular seems to have reached the upper echelon of internet virality. As of this writing, the hit YouTube video “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!” has been viewed over 17.1 million times, and this comes after an enormously successful Indiegogo campaign that just ended last week and raised $2.2 million for Scott and Julie Brusaw’s new solar technology, making it the most popular campaign ever in terms of backers…
  • Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service

    Katie Ullmann
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service $100 million funding available for first home solar loan that includes an O&M service SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Intersolar North America  — July 8, 2014 EMBARGOED UNTIL 6am PT –Mosaic, the nation’s peer-to-peer platform for solar finance, and Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global leader in solar energy systems, join forces to launch the first home solar loan packaged with residential operations and maintenance (O&M) services, offering unprecedented…
  • Home Solar Loans are Changing How People Go Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mosaic’s new home solar loan offering is the last piece to the puzzle for a complete solar finance ecosystem for homeowners. As the price of installed solar power has dropped precipitously over the past 5 years from $10/watt down to around $3/watt, solar enthusiasts and more recent converts have decided to “go solar.” Residential solar installations in the past required a large upfront investment by the homeowner since financing in the past was largely unavailable. The price of a solar system ends up being for the average American similar to the price of a car; the price range can vary…
  • Why the Koch Brothers May Be Good for Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Koch brothers have been in the news a lot recently as apparent opponents to renewable energy. For those unfamiliar with the Koch brothers, the “Koch brothers” are Charles and David Koch (pronounced “coke”), and are the owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned business in the United States. Koch Industries was founded in 1940 by their father, Fred Koch. Today, 78 year old Charles Koch is the Chairman & CEO while 74 year old David Koch holds the Executive VP position, each has a net worth of $40 billion. SOURCE: http://www.kochind.com/ Koch Industries is a…
  • Sierra Club’s MyGeneration Campaign aims to #PutSolarOn California

    Dan Schreiber
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Recently, people all over the country participated in the wildly successful #PutSolarOnIt social media campaign. Among the local groups who participated was Sierra Club’s MyGeneration Campaign based in Los Angeles. According to the campaign, their main goal is: “By 2020, 30 percent of California’s electricity needs will be met with local clean energy.” Over 1.1 million children and adults in Los Angeles County suffer from asthma. One of the major causes of this terrible illness is air pollution. The air pollution produced from burning fossil fuels negatively impacts the health…
 
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    CFS » Blog

  • Don’t Take Office Lighting Lightly

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s amazing that one small piece of the office interior design puzzle can be so important in many different ways.  What is that crucial element?  Lighting.  Although it may be an afterthought when designing a work space, lighting can have dramatic effects on office workers. Lighting can affect… Health – Bad lighting can cause everything from eye strain to falls. Mood – Light has a direct effect on the hormones of our body, making us either happy and alert or tired and cranky. Perception – When a new customer walks into a drearily lit office, they might get the wrong impression…
  • Don’t Forget This Important Interior Design Element

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When people begin to design their office space, they think about what furniture they will use, what colors they will implement, and what wall hangings would improve the environment.  However, one of the most important design elements – one that staff and customers will encounter every day – is often overlooked or chosen without much thought.  The floors! Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we understand just how important your flooring choice can be. Don’t make the mistake of hastily choosing this important office feature.  Here are three things to consider when choosing the…
  • Use Color to Boost Office Productivity

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you’re looking for a simple way to make your workplace more productive, you may just need a bucket of paint and a brush.  Really!  Studies show that certain colors can make us more creative, productive, or emotional.  Depending on the mood that you want to set, you just need to choose the right color in which to decorate your office.  Here is a simple guide to the psychology of office color. 1.  Blue.  For quite a while, everyone from psychologists to scientists were saying that blue calms and focuses us.  It must have quite a sway as the majority of corporate logos and websites…
  • 3 Signs Your Office Needs a Makeover

    admin
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:13 am
    Did you know that if you are in a familiar environment, you’ll only detect changes in your surroundings 70% of the time?  While that’s a good excuse from time to time, it also explains why we sometimes forget to update things when we’re used to seeing them – like outdated office spaces.  Many offices haven’t been redesigned in years if not decades, and for everyone but those who work there, it is painfully obvious.   It might be time for an office redesign if… 1. There’s departmental distance. Is your development department way across the office from your marketing…
  • Recent Study Suggests Millennials Seek Social Workspaces

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
                    For years, sociologists and psychologists lamented that people were becoming more and more isolated.  They blamed the internet and cell phones for making human contact less relevant in people’s lives.  Many wondered if this was the end of humans being social creatures. It turns out that they got it all wrong.  Recent studies show that those who are more active on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are actually more social in general and have stronger relationships in their lives.  It seems that particularly Millennials…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • What is Green Living?

    Mi Muba
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Many people wonder what is green living. Is it a catchy slogan or a practical idea? Can one really adopt this type of way of living or it just looks good in pledges and promises. Many people fail to look around them any person with a green lifestyle. People hardly learn about anyone one fully… Read More »The post What is Green Living? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • DIY Ideas For A Dwindling Budget To Continue Simple Living

    Mi Muba
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you know the art of management you can manage your life with least of resources. Here knowing the art of management does not mean expertise in it. You simply need to know what to do and what not to do to continue your simple living in a small budget. Life does not remain same.… Read More »The post DIY Ideas For A Dwindling Budget To Continue Simple Living appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How To Select The Best Organic Bedding And Pillow For A Safe Sleep?

    Mimuba
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You can’t compromise on your health and environmental safety. You can’t compromise may what come especially if you are sleeping. If a risk stubbornly moves around you while you are sleeping, your concern for it is more obvious. No person sleep lesser than six hours in the night and one to two hours in the… Read More »The post How To Select The Best Organic Bedding And Pillow For A Safe Sleep? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Different Types Of Green Energy

    Mi Muba
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Energy means power. It is used to lighten the darkness and to move the wheel. A few decades ago every type of energy was produced with burning of fossil fuel. Do you know what fossil fuel is? All types of fuel that is extracted from the soil including oil, gas and coal is called fossil… Read More »The post Different Types Of Green Energy appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 42 cool ways to control air pollution together

    Mi Muba
    6 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Air pollution is one of the worst forms of pollution. It directly hits our lungs as soon as we inhale polluted air. It penetrates into our arteries and eventually causes coronary diseases. Other nervous problems are also main outcome of this type of pollution. It also causes head ache, eye irritation, nostril problems, asthma, throat… Read More »The post 42 cool ways to control air pollution together appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • Permaculture Paradise on Isla de Ometepe

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Imagine a lush green volcanic island teeming with such an abundance of natural beauty that as each day passes, you become more possessed by the temptation to scrap the rest of your travel plans and pitch a tent there for the remaining days of your life on planet earth and allow the mystic draw of the place to swallow your soul whole. An island with a sort of ‘Jurassic Park-like’ appeal that’s bursting with natural biodiversity, foliage the brightest shades of … →
  • The Economics of Your Food Choices

    Emily Uebergang
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s start off with a quick (but rather loaded) question.   When you eat, do you eat for yourself or do you eat for the world?   No pressure. But just think about it for a moment. It’s kind of a crazy thought because yes, of course, we are eating for ourselves. We need to eat in order to live. Our bodies require the nutrition and the calories or else, we may as well be standing in line at the post office and perishing … →
  • What Do All These Ethical Standards and Labels Mean?

    Emily Uebergang
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all want to make the best possible choices as consumers, not only for ourselves but for others and the environment, right? Right people? I’m imagining a wave of applause and shouting in agreement as I write this. After all, no one wants to be responsible for the plight of the Orangutan, the loss of biodiversity, over fished oceans, the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and the poverty of whole nations to be casting a shadow over their head as they weigh between two different brands of coffee … →
  • The Most Ingenious Recycled Pot Plant Containers

    Emily Uebergang
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I made my way through El Salvador, I stopped by a lesser frequented town called Juayúa. Not only was I treated to a weekend of amazing local food at the renowned weekend food festival (think chargrilled meats, fresh tortillas, sides of yucca, vegetables and yes, even frog!), stunning crystal clear waterfalls and trekking through jungles and sustainable coffee plantations, but also an endearing little hostal where I couldn’t help but be inspired by their garden paradise. Hostal Casa Mazeta is … →
  • Do you make these recycling mistakes? Time to rethink your recycling.

    Emily Uebergang
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Now I’m not one to pull the ‘Peeping Tom’ on someone’s trash can and pass judgment on their recycling mistakes and attempt to predict what kind of person they may or may not be based on the fact whether they know how to separate their recyclables from their organics from their landfill (*gasp*, you actually make landfill?). But then again, I did once work as a waste auditor during my university years, so yes, maybe I am that kind of person after all. Trash peeping Tom … →
 
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    Solar Drop

  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

    Solar Fred
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Where the solar rebates are. It used to be that homeowners could receive some very generous upfront rebates that could offset 30% or more of the cost of installing a solar system. But as the price of installing solar PV has dramatically dropped over the last three years, so has the upfront rebates offered by states and utilities. In addition to the wide spread decrease in rebate funding and amounts, many programs have switched from upfront payments that defer the cost of installing to performance based incentives that pay you a certain amount for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced by your…
  • The U.S.-China Trade Case Determination and What It Means for Solar Installers and Consumers

    Solar Fred
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:12 pm
    A few months back, we published a post on All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute and how it might affect solar installers and consumers if the case isn’t settled. Well, a preliminary decision is in. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has made a preliminary determination on June 10th in favor of SolarWorld, the German/U.S. solar panel manufacturer who filed the suit. Before we get into the penalties being proposed and finalized, we should remind readers that there are two parts to this case: Part 1: The DOC Decision A package of solar cells The first part, now in the…
  • 2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations

    Elizabeth Hill
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:25 am
    2014 Could See a Boom in Solar Panel Installations   Solar panel installations have been gaining ground all around the globe as the drive for a greener world intensifies. The United States is not left out of the solar power revolution, which has also received more boosts with drop in solar panel prices. From all indications, it looks like a bigger boom in solar panel installations is on the way in 2014.   Fall in Prices   A few years back, one main argument against solar panel installation was the costs involved. Things have changed for the better as more responsible…
  • Micro Solar, a Solution for Both the Industrial and Developing Worlds

    Solar Fred
    12 May 2014 | 5:21 pm
    You often hear about home solar and megawatt solar projects, but micro solar devices are also important energy sources for both the developing world and for consumers in our own industrial world. Micro solar, sometimes referred to as “pico solar,” are portable solar chargers that typically consist of a small photovoltaic panel, some type of battery, and a USB connection. Mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, lights, and laptops can juice up from either the micro solar’s battery pack or directly via the solar panel. The benefit of a small solar powered charger is also a challenge,…
  • Telemarketers Stealing GoGreenSolar.com Name

    David Tan
    29 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Over the past two years, we have had people call or email us to complain about a company operating a Telemarketing campaign identifying themselves as “Go Green Solar” or using a name that is very similar. Please be advised that this is NOT GoGreenSolar.com. We do not, and have never done any kind of outbound telemarketing. Our business is obtained only through passive advertising and referrals from satisfied customers. We have determined that these unsolicited telemarketing calls are the work of an unscrupulous lead generation company which is using our name or something very similar to…
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    Green Planet

  • Green City

    Prasun Barua
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Green City is the system of creating a green and sustainable city by utilizing and implementing green technologies and policies. It includes renewable energy generation, environmental impact per person, environmentally friendly green transport used by people, recycling programs, constructing green building and reserve green spaces.Following implementations are necessary in order to create a Green City:Appropriate urban planning should be made comprehensively.Location with green natural beauty makes people feeling a connection to their surroundings.Going green not only save the planet but also…
  • Bio electricity

    Prasun Barua
    21 May 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bio electricity is the process of producing electromagnetic energy by living organisms. The bio electric activity which happens throughout the human body is very necessary to life. Living cells can produce electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields which enable the action of muscles and the transmission of information in the nerves. This is the concept of quick signaling in nerves. It produces physical processes in muscles or glands. There is some similarity among the muscles, nerves and glands of all organisms. The early development of fairly efficient electrochemical systems is the…
  • Solar Boat

    Prasun Barua
    17 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    Solar boat is an electrical boat which is powered by solar energy utilizing solar photovoltaic modules, batteries and other necessary electrical accessories. They are quiet, independent and clean engines. Here, batteries store free energy from the sun.The available sunlight is converted into electric power by solar cells which is temporarily stored in batteries. It is used to drive a propeller through an electric motor. Typically, power levels are within a few hundred watts to a few kilowatts. A specific solar boat can run on solar energy depends on its technical design, the amount of…
  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
  • Solar Water Disinfection

    Prasun Barua
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We know that water is an important element in our life. Our lives are survived by water. Indeed, our body contains huge amount of water. Purified water can save our life. On the other hand, germ infected water can destroy our life. So, we need to drink water which is disinfected. We can make our water disinfected by utilizing various systems. Solar Water Disinfection is one of the significant system to make our water disinfected.Solar Water Disinfection is a system which utilizes solar energy to remove biological agents like bacteria, protozoa, viruses and worms from water and makes it…
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    Alternative energy news and resources updated daily

  • How to reduce cooling costs during summer

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Summer is upon us since two months already. The outside temperatures have been raised and raised until in some regions we have full heatwave that is very hard to bear by old people and cardiac. Because we need lower temperatures to assure our daily comfort inside the house we need to use heavily our cooling system based on air conditioning devices. If the temperatures are very high our cooling system will work much more and will consume more energy and a lot of money from our pockets. Instead of losing money without control just to cool down the house, you need to know and use some bright…
  • How to harvest rainwater at home and what is good for?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Heavy rain in northern areas It is summer now, but even if the temperatures is very high now, in many areas nature produces sudden rains or even storms just to cool down the atmosphere. It is a natural mechanism which creates balance in areas where heat is too high (except desert areas). As we know, rainwater is already filtered so if we live in healthy areas (without heavy industry or other sources of pollution), the rainwater that comes from above is good to use for garden or other home activities, but if we want to drink it or use it for cooking we need to filter it first to be sure that…
  • How to improve energy efficiency for home, business or public building?

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Energy audit for your home As we know, energy is more and more expensive every day and to keep this trend at a reasonable level for our pocket or budget we need to manage our energy consumption with great interest. In order to really reduce our energy consumption we first need to contact an energy consulting service. As a home owner, you need to be aware of higher energy prices and because you cannot control the prices you need to control the consumption. The first step to achieve this goal is to order an energy audit for your home or your company buildings. Such an audit can show you very…
  • How to reduce cooling bills in the hot season

    admin
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:32 am
    Air conditioner for home use The hot season is already here, and large waves of heat have overwhelmed us since June. Now, instead of heating our home we need to cool it down just to create a bearable environment inside the house. In order to this this it is not enough to use fans, fans will always move the air inside the house all over the place, but the air moved will remain hot even if we use a fan which has water spray. A real cool down can be reached with the help of a cooling system. The problem is that our cooling system requires much quantities of electricity, and this can be very…
  • A new optical element can boost solar cell efficiency up to 50%

    admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 4:48 am
    photovoltaic cells In a recent report that came from scientists at University of Utah, tells us that solar cell efficiency can be improved if a new optical element is used. This new optical element is in fact a very thin layer of transparent piece of plastic or glass which can sort and focus light better than silicone and can be embedded into the glass that covers a solar panel. Another good thing is the fact that this new material called “polychromat” represents a cheaper way to improve the efficiency of a solar cell at least in the lab for now, but can also improve the…
 
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    EcoIdeaz

  • Mitticool – Affordable Refrigeration

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Author – Darshna Mahadevan Refrigeration is an essential food storage technique, which brings down the reproduction rate of bacteria by lowering temperature in a confined space, and in turn reducing the rate of food spoilage. A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from the interior of the fridge to the exterior, so that the inside is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature. Much of India’s population falls into the below poverty line category who cannot…
  • Students innovate Eco-friendly Batteries

    Ecoideaz
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash The last two decades have been marked by a massive scramble to find new and sustainable ways to generate electricity. People have tried to capture the power of wind, water and the sun to replace conventional sources of electricity such as coal and petroleum. However, renewable energy needs to be stored in electric batteries so that it can be used when needed. Today, electric batteries are omnipresent at home across numerous electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, remote controls, wall clocks, watches. These can be single-use (disposable after the first use) or…
  • Opt for Ecotourism in India

    Eshaa Patnaik
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Dudhsagar Falls Via GHAC India as a travel destination cannot be underestimated in terms of offering a diverse range of geographical options. Many of them offer not just tranquility, but also provide us with opportunities to experience almost every adventure activity viz surfing, mountaineering, desert safari, rafting, skiing. Our rich culture, the green atmosphere, strong connection with ancient values and our artistic talent all combine to make India the first and the final stop for travelling. However, in the past century, we have exploited Mother Nature in our quest for material wealth…
  • The Need for Green Buildings in India

    Ecoideaz
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:22 am
    Author – Rishi Rawat Are you aware that your office or residential building could be harming the environment? Is it possible that your building is spewing harmful pollutants without you realizing it? We are well aware about various environmental issues such as global warming, water and air pollution and the measures that need to be taken to prevent them. If we switch to sustainable architecture and green buildings in India, not just for nature’s sake, but for ourselves, we could not only save the environment but also reduce our total ownership costs. The building construction industry…
  • EcoSan Sustainable Toilet Solutions For Rural India

    Ecoideaz
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:03 am
    Author – Shikha Shah In 2012, I had to undergo induction training during my first job as a young social development professional. As part of it, I had stay in a house of a marginal farmer in a remote village of Seoni district, Madhya Pradesh called Banjara Tola. I still remember walking alone to a barren field every morning, around 500 meters away from the mud house I had stayed in. Carrying a bottle of water and soap in hand, I had to cross patches of corn fields and a small stony stream to answer nature’s call. Finishing the task, I washed my hands in the same stream from which many…
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