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  • China is about to make a really big bet on electric cars (100 billion yuans!)

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    Michael Graham Richard
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Any way you slice it, a hundred billion yuans is a lot of moolah!
  • Wind Power Can Improve Resiliency of Electrical Grids

    EarthTechling
    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today, at the CIGRE Session 45 in Paris,GE’s Energy Consulting business(NYSE: GE) presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, modeled the country’s Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest electrical systems in the world—and determined that when equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency.Increased Wind Integration Positions Electrical Grids to Better Respond to Major DisturbancesFinding…
  • The Virtual Water Dilemma: Act One – Food

    The Alternative Consumer
    Sheila Thomas
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    What is virtual water? In times of drought people try their best to not let the faucet run, take a shorter shower and water the gardens less. But these are all activities during which we can see how much water we are wasting, making saving it simpler; we just don’t use as much. But what most people don’t think about is virtual water. Virtual water is a term for all the water that goes into making an end product. Perhaps the most common source of virtual water in our daily lives is the food we choose to eat. In fact more than 50 percent of our water footprint is derived by the food we…
  • Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resources

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    Marcus Griswold
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Marcus Griswold, Water Resources Scientist, San Francisco Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently accepting comments from the public on that Directive and now is the time to weigh in to ensure public groundwater resources are protected.     In a previous blog, I highlighted the importance of high quality, abundant groundwater from National Forests and the threats it faces. Proper groundwater management on our National Forests would help maintain a clean source of…
  • Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena

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    Jim Shultz
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Jim Shultz adapted this article from a report by The Democracy Center, where he is executive director. A roof in New York City shows a map of the five boroughs after a rise in sea levels. Photo by Molly Dilworth / Flickr. The citizens’ movement for action on the global climate crisis has, over time, developed a love-hate relationship with international campaigning. For years, people from all over the planet have joined together across national boundaries to address a crisis that knows no such boundaries. The climate movement is stepping back into the international arena once again The…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Egrets on the Illinois Prairie – Wordless Wednesday

    Shawna
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Egret photo taken up the street from my house during an August sunset at the prairie in Fermilab Natural Areas. The post Egrets on the Illinois Prairie – Wordless Wednesday appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
  • Cold Frames To Protect Your Garden

    Shawna
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every spring and fall I try to make it out to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see what inspiration they might toss at me in those transitional gardening seasons. In both the fall and spring I am completely and totally captivated by the Chicago Botanic Garden’s lovely row of cold frames in the vegetable garden. Cold frames are used as a tool to protect your plants from frost either in spring or fall and can be an invaluable tool for lengthening the gardening season, particularly in northern states. It can also be used as a protective spot in southern states for container plants and…
  • Garden Design With Orange Colors

    Shawna
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Up the road a ways from my home in my very suburban neighborhood is a lovely little garden designed with orange colors and an adorable white cat. The gardener grows tall orange and mixed color zinnias along the city sidewalk that always make a show in August. Beyond the zinnias, the rest of her garden is decorated with plants that are varying shades of green. Her color design comes through with accessories like the amazing recycled orange garden chair that sits in the garden entryway above. Her goal with her urban garden is to make it a simple and comfortable place to relax; not perfection. I…
  • HGTV Plant Collection Makes a Difference For Kokomo, Indiana

    Shawna Coronado
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Kokomo, Indiana is my hometown; a small town in central Indiana where I was born.  Without a doubt, my grandmother’s helped stimulate my passion for gardening in their country gardens near the city. I grew up climbing trees, crawdaddy fishing, and picking wildflowers on a farm in it’s outer limits, went to Northwestern High School, and learned from an early age in this small town that hard work and family were fundamental to life. For the last eight years the city has worked hard to revitalize parts of Kokomo by creating a beautiful, welcoming community via flower displays…
  • Blue Balls Mason Jar Martini Cocktail Recipe

    Shawna
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    This week is my birthday week – I want no well wishes please – instead just send me a pitcher of Blue Balls. You heard me right – it sounds naughty, but it tastes absolutely delicious. Today we learn how to make Blue Balls Mason Jar Martini Cocktail’s. Yummy delicious and a total conversation piece in the garden, it is perfect for a hot August afternoon or a fun evening on the patio with friends. Below is the cocktail recipe – give it a shake (or two)! Blue Balls – Blue Ball Jar Cocktail Recipe – Muddled Mint — Handful UV Blue Vodka — 1…
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC

  • USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance

    Elizabeth Shope
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C. It’s surprising that in the 21st Century, nearly 750 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people –more than one-third of the world’s population—don’t have an adequate place to go the bathroom. This is so, despite decades of work and dedicating substantial resources to reduce severe poverty, including the lack of safe drinking water and safe sanitation faced by billions of people.  I am the author of an issue brief published by the Natural Resources Defense Council today, Connecting…
  • Cool Infographic: The 5 Largest Transit Systems in the U.S.

    Deron Lovaas
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C. Folks at the Masters in Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina created an infographic about the history, capacity and future of the nation's five largest transit systems. Of course it includes D.C.'s own Metro, where we're enjoying new stops in northern Virginia courtesy of the Silver Line (new riders include my parents, with my Dad penning this piece about their first ride a month ago). I want to share it with readers, since I think you'll find it fun and…
  • Reading, Writing, and ...Toxic Pesticides?

    Miriam Rotkin-Ellman
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Scientist, San Francisco Parents worry about plenty of things when they send their kids to school: first- day jitters, making friends, bullying … But exposure to toxic chemicals isn’t usually on the list of “back to school” worries. Perhaps it should be, though. Each year thousands of California kids are exposed to a pesticide that can make it harder to learn. In fact, more than 430 schools are in harm’s way, according to data compiled by the California Department of Public Health. These schools are located right next to fields sprayed with…
  • Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resources

    Marcus Griswold
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Marcus Griswold, Water Resources Scientist, San Francisco Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently accepting comments from the public on that Directive and now is the time to weigh in to ensure public groundwater resources are protected.     In a previous blog, I highlighted the importance of high quality, abundant groundwater from National Forests and the threats it faces. Proper groundwater management on our National Forests would help maintain a clean source of…
  • What If Proven Benefits Alone Are Not Enough to Drive Industrial Energy Efficiency

    Vignesh Gowrishankar
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New York While cutting energy waste seems like a no-brainer for the industrial sector, a new research project suggests that even favorable cost savings, at a brisk rate, may be insufficient to drive deep deployment of energy efficiency in America’s factories and industries that consume almost a third of the U.S. energy diet. And a couple of the key stumbling blocks appear to be lack of visibility with executive management and appropriate framing of energy efficiency issues.  Photo: mypokcik © madpixblue/Crystal…
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    Grist

  • What’s better for zipping around town, electric carts or gas?

    Ask Umbra®
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Q. My hometown will be contemplating a new ordinance to allow residents to use golf carts on city streets. Which has a smaller carbon footprint, gas or electric? Sam S. West Columbia, Texas A. Dearest Sam, Golf carts on the streets? What’s next, teeing off from the city hall front lawn? I jest, of course. Plenty of communities allow golf carts and/or their tricked-out cousins, neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs – and more about those in a minute), to cruise on slower roadways. Doing so gives citizens a cheaper, more energy-efficient method for scooting around town to do errands or even…
  • Why Republicans won’t back a carbon tax

    Ben Adler
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    Climate change activists across the political spectrum fantasize about it. No, it’s not another Kanye West video of snowy mountains and a topless Kim Kardashian. It’s a carbon tax. Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don’t accept, much less care about, climate change. But wonks on both sides of the aisle dream that a carbon tax could win bipartisan support as part of a broader tax-reform package. A carbon tax could be revenue neutral, the dreamers point out, and if revenue from the tax is used to cut other taxes, it shouldn’t offend Republicans — in theory. And so…
  • Why Delaware is doing climate change mitigation right

    Eve Andrews
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Carl Schmidt Adapting Chicken Production to Climate Change Through Breeding Newark, Del. Delaware’s official state bird is a chicken — the Delaware Blue Hen, to be exact. Dr. Carl Schmidt at the University of Delaware heads a team that’s developing a breed of chicken that will be more resistant to high temperatures, enabling the chicken to survive the almost-guaranteed extreme heat waves of the future. Why we chose these super-chickens: Schmidt is motivated by a desire to feed a global population in a changing climate. Histeam has been researching breeds of chickens that fare well…
  • China scoffs at our puny bikeshare programs

    Madeleine Thomas
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    The Chinese have tried every trick in the book to clear up urban smog that, at times, has literally broken the pollutometer. We’ve seen everything from protest art to threats from the government to execute some of the country’s worst polluters. But there’s another smog fighting tool hitting the streets now, too: The humble, and once common bicycle. According to a 2008 report by the Earth Policy Institute, bicycling in China took a serious dive between 1995 and 2005: The country’s bike fleet declined by 35 percent, while private car ownership doubled. Now, according to the Atlantic,…
  • Obama has a plan for getting around Senate opposition to a climate treaty

    Ben Adler
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The elephant in the room every time Americans talk about international climate agreements is that, unlike in parliamentary democracies, our opposition party gets a veto over treaties. Due to the two-thirds majority needed in the Senate for ratification of international treaties, Senate Republicans can, and will, reject any binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions (joined by some fossil fuel–state Democrats). In theory, this means that 34 senators, representing as little as 7.5 percent of the American public if they come from the least populous states, can block any global action on…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Watch: Firefighter Revives Tiny Bird Back to Health

    Joan Reddy
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    There is a little bird flying around humming a happy tune, all because of the compassion of Seattle, Washington firefighter Andy Reilly. Early Tuesday, Reilly was leaving the firehouse when Read MoreThe post Watch: Firefighter Revives Tiny Bird Back to Health appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Aaron Paul’s Emmys Speech Crashes Wife’s Kind Campaign Website

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Aaron Paul uses Emmys speech to raise awareness about his wife's charity, the Kind Campaign. Read MoreThe post Aaron Paul’s Emmys Speech Crashes Wife’s Kind Campaign Website appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Man Attacked By Female Black Bear Wants Her to Survive

    Joan Reddy
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    Conservationist Steven Krichbaum was recently viscously attacked by a black bear in the George Washington National Forest, WV while conducting research on turtles for his doctorate degree. Krichbaum, 59, and his dog Henry, Read MoreThe post Man Attacked By Female Black Bear Wants Her to Survive appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • UN Report: Climate Change is Real and Might be Permanent

    Natalia Galbetti
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    The United Nations has released a new report on climate change and, unfortunately, it says that which we already knew: climate change is real, caused by humans and it’s not Read MoreThe post UN Report: Climate Change is Real and Might be Permanent appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • South San Francisco Schools Join Meatless Mondays

    Natalia Galbetti
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The San Francisco Unified District has just joined the Meatless Monday movement and will not be serving any of its kids meat once a week. Read MoreThe post South San Francisco Schools Join Meatless Mondays appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • 12 story Delta passive house by studio505

    Ross Dulmaine
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Innovative Australian architectural and design firm, studio505, is the creative force behind an exciting new project being developed for their client, Grocon LTD. Plans have begun for a 10-to 12-story “Passive House” apartment building currently called Delta. The green building is designed to be carbon neutral and built entirely from engineered timber on the former site of the Carlton Brewery in Melbourne. The triangular residential tower will eventually rise 10-12 stories above downtown Melbourne and will stand atop a 6-story podium building designed by studio505 to house an ultra-modern…
  • The Virtual Water Dilemma: Act One – Food

    Sheila Thomas
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    What is virtual water? In times of drought people try their best to not let the faucet run, take a shorter shower and water the gardens less. But these are all activities during which we can see how much water we are wasting, making saving it simpler; we just don’t use as much. But what most people don’t think about is virtual water. Virtual water is a term for all the water that goes into making an end product. Perhaps the most common source of virtual water in our daily lives is the food we choose to eat. In fact more than 50 percent of our water footprint is derived by the food we…
  • American Performance Technologies: The SmartCarb

    Jordan Stauder
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Small engine fuel delivery systems have experienced a constant evolution since the introduction of the internal combustion engine towards the end of the 19th century, with innovations such as the carburetor and the electronic fuel injection (EFI) system appearing to feed larger and more powerful engines. It’s now become common knowledge that the newest EFI systems provide the optimal blend of engine power, fuel efficiency and emissions reductions, but one good ol’ American company is working to change that. The SmartCarb® from American Performance Technologies, based in Kansas City,…
  • Planning a Trip to Paris? Checkout This New 2-Wheeled Trend

    Sheila Thomas
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Paris, the city of lights, is a world renowned tourist destination. Like many European cities it offers a wide range of transportation options. One that is particularly interesting and eco-friendly is the Velib bike rental. Instead of sitting in the traditional tour bus with a bunch of clamoring, chatting strangers, you can tour the city of light by bicycle. The Velib program, which was launched in 2007, has had much success and been a shining example for other cities. The first 30 minutes of every checkout is free, and some of the pass options include: A Velib Classic pass is 29 euros or…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Dams vs. Rivers

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health. International Rivers has launched 'The State of the World's Rivers', an interactive online database that illustrates the role that dams have played in impoverishing the health of the world's river basins.
  • Network of rapid EV chargers planned for London

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    The Energy Saving Trust and Transport for London (TfL) have announced a new initiative to identify potential sites for rapid electric vehicle charging points across the capital. The scheme organisers say one of the aims of their programme is to help businesses expand their use of cleaner vans and light lorries throughout Greater London.
  • Uncontrolled Trash Burning Significantly Worsens Air Pollution

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Unregulated trash burning around the globe is pumping far more pollution into the atmosphere than shown by official records. A new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research estimates that more than 40 percent of the world's garbage is burned in such fires, emitting gases and particles that can substantially affect human health and climate change.
  • Catching Fog

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    "This is one of the best beers that I have ever tried," says Andrés Barrera. My friend is enjoying a craft beer called Atrapaniebla — Spanish for fog catcher — an ale made with water condensed from mountain fog on two fog catchers. The microbrewery that produces it, located in Peña Blanca (some 360 kilometres north of Santiago, the Chilean capital), is one of the first Chilean enterprises to make use of fog-catching technology; others use it to water tomato and aloe vera crops. "Water from fog catchers has less nitrite and nitrate than the drinking water in the north of Chile, which is…
  • Verizon On Track to Be No. 1 Solar-Power Producer Among U.S. Communications Companies

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Verizon announced today that it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 megawatts of new solar power systems at eight Verizon network facilities in five states – California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. This investment nearly doubles the amount of renewable power generated by solar energy systems installed at six Verizon facilities last year.
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • 10 Washi Tape Ideas: From Organizing to DIY

    Jen Wallace
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Read on for washi tape ideas for everything from getting organized to decorating your space. For those not in the know, washi tape is printed, colorful and patterned Japanese tape. It has the stickiness of a painters’ tape, or a less sticky masking tape, which makes it great for removing and relocating without leaving a lot of sticky mess. It also comes in an almost infinite assortment of colors and patterns making it not only easy on the eye, but also quite practical. Washi tape ideas and uses run the gamut from color-coding file folders to adding pattern and color to DIY decor. If you…
  • Smart Running Shoes Vibrate to Indicate Direction

    Sara Novak
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
     If you have no sense of direction, these vibrating running shoes may be the answer. Have you had this happen before? You’re mapping a long run out before you go. You want your route to include inspiring views, little traffic, no hills, and the necessary distance. You’ve got it all planned out, until of course you miss a turn and end up climbing a monster hill and jogging through bumper to bumper traffic. The Indian tech firm Lechal is working on a project that merges insertable footbeds with your smartphone to create smart running shoes. These futuristic slippers track the number…
  • ‘Yes Means Yes’ is an Awesome, No-Brainer Sexual Safety Measure

    Abbie Stutzer
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    While “no means no” should never be eliminated from anyone’s vocabulary, it may be time for us all to learn an even better sexual safety phrase. You’ve all heard the saying, “no means no,” right? It’s a saying everyone should know from young childhood onward. Unfortunately, though, many people who have been sexually assaulted don’t get the chance to even say no. Often times, they are frozen in fear or disbelief, or are drugged, or passed out, and unable to respond. In California, lawmakers are considering a measure that would require all colleges (which are, unfortunately,…
  • Makeup Color Match Tips to Complement Your Eye Color

    Aylin Erman
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
      To makeup color match, you have to take into consideration your features, regardless of what shades or colors you think will look best. It’s really not enough to look at a celebrity you admire and try to replicate her look by using the same exact makeup colors and tones – they simply may not work well with your individual features. At the end of the day, the next person is not you and doesn’t work with the same blank canvas. Instead of starting with a makeup trend and applying it directly to your face, start with what you’ve got and choose makeup that will…
  • 7 Ways to Take a Selfie that Doesn’t Suck

    Krissy Brady
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, selfies are here to stay. Here’s how to take a selfie that doesn’t make your followers want to… well, vomit. Whether you think selfies are a symptom of narcissism or a powerful form of self-expression, you have to admit – they’re becoming a total snore. I mean, how many extended arm shots can you stand of yourself, never mind other people? Before you take a selfie in front of the mirror (for the 17,432nd time), check out these seven selfie masters – they’ll either shame you into never taking a selfie again, or inspire you to do great…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Fate of the Passenger Pigeon Looms as a Somber Warning

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    This September 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, the last known passenger pigeon on earth. The extinction of this once-abundant North American bird still stands as a cautionary tale. BY JOEL GREENBERG
  • Obama Seeks International Climate Accord Without Congressional Approval

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Obama administration is aiming to forge a legally binding, international agreement that would cut fossil Barack Obama fuel emissions and direct funds to poor nations dealing with climate change, without ratification from Congress, The New York Times reports. The agreement would combine legally binding updates to an existing 1992 climate change treaty — allowing Obama to sidestep the constitutional requirement that treaties be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate — with voluntary pledges for specific emissions targets and aid to help poorer countries adapt to climate change. Nations…
  • Global Meat Production, Especially Beef, Strains Land and Water, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    Global meat production has expanded more than four-fold over the last 50 years — and 25-fold since Beef cattle graze in Colombia 1800 — due to growing purchasing power, urbanization, and changing diets, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. Consumers in industrial countries still eat much larger quantities of meat (75.9 kilograms per person) than those in developing nations (33.7 kilograms), though that gap is beginning to close, the report says. Nearly 70 percent of the planet's agricultural land and freshwater is used for livestock, with additional land and water used…
  • Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon-Cutting Policies

    Yale Environment 360
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Implementing policies to curb carbon emissions dramatically cuts health care costs associated with poor air quality — in some cases, by more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change. Policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions are as effective as laws targeting polluting compounds like ground-level ozone, also known as smog, and fine particulate matter, the MIT researchers say. An analysis of three climate policies — a clean-energy standard, a transportation policy, and a cap-and-trade program — found that savings from…
  • Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water

    Yale Environment 360
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war. BY FRED PEARCE
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • If Anyone Deserves To Be This Happy, It's Scratchy The Pit Bull

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    When Ann-Marie Johnson first brought Scratchy the pit bull home, he was so skinny, so bald, and so sick, that she worried about him going beyond her yard. He was "emaciated" and had lost "most of his fur from mange, ears cut off with scissors," she says. "Scratchy was in such bad shape, not only was I concerned taking him outside in the cold air with no fur, but the concern was that others may see him and call the shelter on me for abuse." He'd been abused by somebody. Scratchy and his brother, Itchy, were found in late fall 2012 in a plastic-wrapped crate in a dumpster in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Clever Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy For More Food

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    When Ai Hin the panda started showing signs of pregnancy earlier this year, the world got pretty darn excited. Giant pandas are endangered creatures, after all, and they also happen to be notorious for their reluctance to breed in captivity. Even the panda's caretakers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were jazzed about the potential birth and reportedly planned the first-ever live broadcast of a delivery of panda cubs. Unfortunately though, it looks like Ai Hin won't be starring in any such live stream in the near future because, it turns out, she is not actually pregnant.
  • Scientific Proof That You Need A Vacation Right Now

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    It's a fact now that most American workers aren't taking any vacations. Last week we reported that about 40 percent of Americans don't plan on using all of their paid time off this year. And you're probably one of them. You hoard up your precious vacation days and keep saying you'll use them, but something gets in the way. Maybe it's your workload, or, maybe, like others, you're totally scared that you're going to lose your job. The most common reason why people weren't taking vacation was because they possess what researchers call a "martyr" complex, in which they believe that no one else…
  • Guy Gets A Hug From His Lion BFF

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    What's in this video? Oh, just a guy getting a big hug from a massive feline that could rip him to shreds without much effort. Jonathan Hawkins is a teacher living in Seoul, South Korea. But the Daily Telegraph reports that he's developed a close bond with some lions in Botswana -- like this one, who not only can't wait for him to get the gate open, but leaps into his arms once he does. It's just about the cuddliest greeting an apex predator could possibly give. "This is one of the best experiences of my life!" Hawkins wrote in the description of the video on his YouTube page.
  • Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat Because Nothing Makes Sense Anymore

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    You might want to sit down for this one. Sanrio has revealed Hello Kitty -- the supposedly adorable feline character that adorns everything from lunch boxes and toasters to t-shirts and lingerie -- is, in fact, not a cat. We repeat NOT A CAT. Just what is Hello Kitty, you're asking? Hello Kitty is a girl (and a British one at that), Christine R. Yano, the author of "Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty's Trek Across the Pacific," told The Los Angeles Times. "Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She's never depicted on all…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Dirty Denier$ Day 19: Congressman Fred Upton

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Today's Dirty Denier$ is Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan and Chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton has used his leadership position to try to move the nation backward, and his record on clean air and climate change keeps getting worse. Upton has been all over the map on the facts about climate change. In 2011, he said he didn't believe humans are contributing to global climate change. Since then, he's been mostly silent on that basic issue, but he's been loud in his opposition to doing anything about climate. He has used extreme rhetoric to…
  • Election Reflection

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    You are concerned about climate change, are alarmed that mankind is worsening it, and reside in a state where a Senate contest is on tap for the fall. If that is the case, you should think long and hard before casting your vote. Should the Republicans win back the majority in the Senate, here is what awaits the nation by the GOP leaders' own admission. The first order of business would be an attempt to bypass a pending lawsuit in a Nebraska state court and approve construction of the environmentally controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. That would be followed by efforts to roll back…
  • Apocalyptic Weather Forecast by World Meteorologists

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Massive waves in the seas and intense turbulence in the air will result from apocalyptic weather over the coming decades, say forecasters at a World Meteorological Organization conference in Montreal as reported by Agence France-Presse. If those forecasts come true, it means we are going to have to prepare and plan for storms differently; we are going to have to ready for extremes. Zoning, building, infrastructure, transportation and safety rules would all have to be revamped to take into account the new normal. Airplane passengers will experience twice as much turbulence and ocean waves will…
  • State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge got U.S. State Department permission in response to its request to construct a U.S.-Canada border-crossing tar sands pipeline without earning an obligatory Presidential Permit.Enbridge originally applied to the Obama State Department to expand capacity of its Alberta Clipper (now Line 67) pipeline in November 2012, but decided to avoid a "Keystone XL, take two" -- or a years-long permitting battle -- by creating a…
  • Interview With Wired Appalachian Advocate, Dana Kuhnline

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I am very excited to share this interview with Dana Kuhnline, a 9-year activist in the fight against mountaintop removal in Appalachia. Dana is currently the media coordinator at the Alliance for Appalachia - and is in charge of running the social media efforts for the biggest coalition in the region. We chat about Dana's background, stories from organizing in coal country, and lessons from recruiting stories in a place that is rich in storytellers. Also: get ready for Dana's sneak preview of the Alliance for Appalachia's next major event in DC - "Our Water, Our Future (Sep 8-9th)." Where did…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Nanodiamonds are forever: Did comet collision leave layer of nanodiamonds across Earth?

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    A comet collision with Earth caused abrupt environmental stress and degradation that contributed to the extinction of most large animal species then inhabiting the Americas, a group of scientists suggests. The catastrophic impact and the subsequent climate change also led to the disappearance of the prehistoric Clovis culture, and to human population decline. Now focus has turned to the character and distribution of nanodiamonds, one type of material produced during such an extraterrestrial collision. The researchers found an abundance of these tiny diamonds distributed over 50 million square…
  • Water 'thermostat' could help engineer drought-resistant crops

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    A gene that could help engineer drought-resistant crops has been identified by researchers. The gene, called OSCA1, encodes a protein in the cell membrane of plants that senses changes in water availability and adjusts the plant's water conservation machinery accordingly. The findings could make it easier to feed the world's growing population in the face of climate change.
  • Rubber meets the road with new carbon, battery technologies

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires, a team is developing a better anode for lithium-ion batteries.
  • Wolves susceptible to yawn contagion: Social bonds may increase yawning contagion between wolves

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Wolves may be susceptible to yawn contagion, according to a new study. Researchers suggest that contagious yawning may be linked to human capacity for empathy, but little evidence apart from studies on primates, exists that links contagious yawning to empathy in other animals. Recently, researchers have documented domestic dogs demonstrating contagious yawning when exposed to human yawns in a scientific setting, but it is unclear whether this phenomenon is rooted in the evolutionary history of mammals, or has evolved in dogs as a result of domestication.
  • More wolf spiders feasting on American toads due to invasive grass, study shows

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    An invasive grass species frequently found in forests has created a thriving habitat for wolf spiders, who then feed on American toads, a new study has found. Japanese stiltgrass, which was accidentally introduced to the US in the early 1900s, is one of the most pervasive invasive species. Typically found along roads and in forests, it has been found to impact native plant species, invertebrate populations and soil nutrients.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Verizon To Double On-Site Solar Capacity

    Heather Clancy
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The latest big company to opt for constructing "green energy" power options on its own rather than waiting around for local utility companies is Verizon, which will spend another $40 million to expand a program it started last year.
  • EcoFactor Says It Beats Nest In Home Energy Management

    Michael Kanellos
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    The air conditioners have spoken: EcoFactor looks like the winner.
  • Building Partnerships for the Future

    Brigham A. McCown
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    In recent weeks, President Obama spoke in Delaware, highlighting the need to expand and improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure, embracing the growing trend of public-private partnerships, or P3s.
  • Beating Our Enemies By Energy Independence

    Ross Gerber
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    It doesn't take an international studies scholar to realize that the chaos level in the world is surging upwards. Sectarian violence in Iraq is on the rise once again. Syria is still mired in a bloody civil war with no end in sight. Russia continues to inflame tensions in Ukraine, even after its annexation of Crimea. And Israel and Hamas are once again clashing in Gaza.
  • China Thin-Film Solar Equipment Supplier Hanergy's Shares Gain On Profit Rise

    Russell Flannery
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Hong Kong-traded shares in Hanergy, China’s solar-film industry leader led by billionaire Li Hejun, rose by 4.8% at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Tuesday after the company reported gains in sales and profit in the first half of the year.
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    The Good Human

  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 368

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

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

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

    David Quilty
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    As most of you know, since 2009 I have been writing about how hypocritical TNC is when it comes to where their funding comes from. Finally, people are starting to take notice. Today, GMO Free USA announced a Call to Action against TNC, please take a look. CALL TO ACTION: The Nature Conservancy, a 501c3 non profit, claims to protect nature and preserve life. All the while they are accepting donations from, and partnering with Monsanto, Dow & Dupont. While the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announces that they are banning GMOs and neonicotinoid insecticides in all wildlife reserves by…
  • The Nature Conservancy Profiting Off Oil Drilling on Protected Land

    David Quilty
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Guess the millions they get from Monsanto just isn’t enough for The Nature Conservancy. They want in on the oil and gas boom, too. For years I have been writing about the absurd partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Monsanto. One, a destroyer of the environment. The other, a (supposed) environmental group. See any conflict of interest there? TNC doesn’t think so, even after they provided me with funding documents in 2009 that detailed just how many millions of dollars Monsanto shovels their way. That may have been 5 years ago, but that partnership continues today. This…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

    Steve Horn
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge got U.S. State Department permission in response to its request to construct a U.S.-Canada border-crossing tar sands pipeline without earning an obligatory Presidential Permit. Enbridge originally applied to the Obama State Department to expand capacity of its Alberta Clipper (now Line 67) pipeline in November 2012, but decided to avoid a “Keystone XL, take two” — or a years-long permitting battle — by creating a complex alternative to move nearly the same…
  • Mount Polley: A Wake-Up Call For Canada’s Mining Industry

    Guest
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an “extremely rare” occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 “dangerous or unusual occurrences” that B.C’s chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites. This spill was predictable. Concerns…
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott Meets With Climate Scientists, Learns Nothing

    Farron Cousins
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Republican Florida governor Rick Scott has always had a huge problem when it comes to the environment.  To begin with, he has repeatedly made it clear that he does not believe in climate change, and certainly not the role that human beings play in exacerbating the problem.  But, facing a fierce opponent with a stellar environmental record in this year’s gubernatorial race, Scott has had to swallow his pride and open up to the idea that he is wrong on climate change. Governor Scott recently met with prominent climate scientists from universities with the expressed goal of learning all…
  • Oil Industry Front Group Sets Sights On Santa Barbara County Measure That Would Ban “Extreme Oil Extraction”

    Mike G
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Local activists in California’s Santa Barbara County have placed Measure P on the November ballot to ban “extreme oil extraction” practices such as fracking, acidization, and steam injection over concerns that they make global warming worse, cause earthquakes, pollute aquifers, and waste massive amounts of water at a time when the state is experiencing extreme drought. The LA Times label for these same practices is a bit less rhetorically provocative: the paper calls them “high intensity petroleum operations.” But according to Jim Byrne, a spokesman for Santa Barbara County…
  • Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit

    Steve Horn
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Co-Written with Caroline Selle An August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Md.-based LNG project from local zoning laws — Ordinance 46-13 — violated both a section of a state Land Use law, as well as Maryland's constitution. The facility will be fueled by gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). In the ruling, Judge Salmon described the zoning…
 
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    Urban Workbench

  • When are your creative times?

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

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

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

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

  • DIY Succulent Place Cards

    Jacquelyn Clark
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you’re throwing an elaborate gathering or a small dinner party with close friends, details that may feel minute are the key to a party’s success. Linen napkins, real china and DIY place cards are examples of a few small touches that go a really long way. Alyssa Rosenheck recently created these DIY succulent place cards that are too cute to handle. And at the end of the night, they doubled as favours for all of her guests! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Alyssa… I threw my husband a surprise birthday dinner this past weekend and put together a…
  • Vow to be Chic Office Tour

    Jacquelyn Clark
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    There are so many reasons to adore my job, but at the top of that list is to hang around with like-minded creatives. I recently had the chance to touch base with Vow To Be Chic and took the opportunity to pick their brains about all things events. From how they got their business off the ground to five things every event must have, you’re going to want to read on! With photos from Jana Williams, you’d better believe there’s more!  SMP: Tell us a little about Vow to be Chic! Vow: Vow To Be Chic is the first company to offer designer bridesmaid dress rentals online. Our…
  • Owl Inspired 1st Birthday Party

    Jacquelyn Clark
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    What’s black and white and adorable all over? You’re about to find out. Mama and event planner Party With Chloe has totally outdone herself on this one. With a towering cake that’s borderline too cute to cut into, tiny felt houses and a box filled with gummy favors, she’s going to be hard pressed to top this one for sweet baby girl’s 2nd. Complete with photos from Babypink Studio, there’s more right here.  Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Party With Chloe… My daughter Nayun’s 1st birthday was held at Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto. The…
  • Gazpacho with Shrimp

    Giulia Doyle
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inspired by our recent trip to Spain, I created this summery gazpacho. With tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers readily available at every farm stand, it’s the perfect late-summer meal. It comes together in minutes. Adding leftover shrimp infuses protein and bulk to your lunch. Serve it with crusty bread and you’ll have a great family dinner or a fancy party appetizer! For more, head on over to Audrey’s. Giulia DoyleGazpacho with ShrimpA fresh meal, perfect for an entree or an apetizerprep time10 Minute/scook timetotal time10 Minute/sServes 0Ingredients2 large tomatoes, cut…
  • PopUp Dinner in Brooklyn

    Jacquelyn Clark
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    A friend of mine attended an all white PopUp dinner party last summer, and I swear I spent the entirety of that evening stalking her Instagram account. It’s pretty much the coolest concept ever, and such a wonderful way to bring like-minded people together. This particular beauty was pulled together by Hand Made Events, and with Sorella Muse behind the lens you’re going to want to spend some time in the gallery.  Share this gorgeous gallery on     From Hand Made Events… The PopUp Dinner Brooklyn was an elegant, graceful “pop-up” flash dinner…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Could climate change cause deadly epidemics?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A new study found that Dengue fever, a virus spread by mosquitoes, eventually could become a significant health problem in parts of Europe, including Mediterranean and Adriatic coastal areas that are popular with tourists. Europe is becoming hotter and more humid, conditions which foster the growth of the mosquitoes.
  • Texas hopes to balance water supplies with population growth.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Central Texas looks for ways to balance population growth with future water supplies.
  • Snow foolin': Blizzards still likely despite global warming.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Big snowstorms won't be a distant memory, even with global warming, says a new study out Wednesday. The study finds that extreme snow events will still occur, even in a future with significant man-made climate change.
  • Climate change poses growing health threat.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday, saying extreme weather and rising temperatures could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and spread disease.
  • White House defends UN gambit on climate.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The White House pushed back Wednesday against bipartisan criticism over reports the administration is seeking an international deal on climate change that would bypass the Senate. The administration defended its position by expressing concern that a formal treaty could fall victim to "dysfunction in Congress."
 
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    Clean Edge

  • Green Plains, Inc

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Last: 43.96Close: 43.76Change: 0.20Year - Range: 13.78 - 44.58Capital: 1.651BVolume: 1 284 190Ticker: GPRE
  • National Clean Energy Summit 7.0

    James Belcher
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Event Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014 (All day)Image: Link: National Clean Energy Summit 7.0Event Description:  The seventh annual National Clean Energy Summit bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs.
  • Wind Now Provides Nearly 4.5 Percent of All U.S. Electricity

    James Belcher
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the Department of Energy. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020. After modest growth in 2013, total installed wind power capacity in the United States now stands at 61 gigawatts (GW), which meets nearly 4.5 percent of…
  • PACE Financing Provider Ygrene Raises $30 Million

    James Belcher
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Source: Energy Manager Today
  • Plug-In EV Numbers Nearly Doubled in Past Year

    James Belcher
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Source: Smart Grid News
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    Green Car Congress

  • Chile, US navies to carry on working on drop-in alternative fuels

    Mike Millikin
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Chilean Undersecretary of Defense Marcos Robledo and United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus last week agreed to continue, through their respective navies, discussions on research, development and use of advanced drop-in alternative fuels to power surface ships and aircraft. The United States and Chilean navies recognize the benefits of the use of drop-in alternative fuels such as biofuels, to increase energy security brought about by a reduced dependence on imported fuel and an increased certainty of energy supply and cost. Chile’s energy agenda, which calls for 45% of…
  • Nissan to begin production of Pathfinder hybrid in Russia; importance of Russian market

    Mike Millikin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Nissan launched its Pathfinder range in the Russian market at the Moscow Motor Show. The Pathfinder made its debut alongside the new Russian-built Sentra sedan. Nissan’s all-new fourth-generation Pathfinder—which will be built in Russia—will be available with a standard 3.5L gasoline engine as well as the hybrid drive system. (Earlier post.) Production of Pathfinder’s hybrid engine variant will make the St. Petersburg plant Russia’s first to produce a hybrid. The plant currently builds the Teana, Murano and X-Trail, and Qashqai will be added in 2015. For the hybrid version,…
  • GM to invest $233M more in building Ecotec small-displacement gasoline engines

    Mike Millikin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    General Motors will invest $185 million to make small-displacement gasoline engines at its Spring Hill, Tennessee manufacturing complex. An additional $48.4-million investment is planned for the Bedford, Ind. powertrain castings plant. Both investments support GM’s new small displacement engine, which is part of an all-new Ecotec engine family that will be used by five GM brands in 27 models by the 2017 model year, powering many of the company’s high-volume small car and compact-crossover vehicles. (Earlier post.) Spring Hill is among six manufacturing locations around the globe that will…
  • Infographic: 5 Largest US Public Transit Systems

    Mike Millikin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The University of North Carolina School of Government’s MPA@UNC program has produced an infographic on the 5 largest US public transit systems. The graphic showcases the history and development, ridership and key metrics, and current and upcoming improvements of the transit systems in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco:
  • Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid Outlander going on sale in Russia in September

    Mike Millikin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    At the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2014, Mitsubishi presented its four-wheel drive SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Outlander PHEV (earlier post); sales of the Outlander PHEV will start in Russia from September, 2014. The Outlander PHEV is the top-selling plug-in in Europe. With almost 11,000 units sold so far this year and 8440 units in 2013 (its launch year), the almost 20,000 units sold make Europe the Outlander’s largest market. (Sales figures from EV Sales.) Mitsubishi also brought two of its advanced concept models to Moscow: the MITSUBISHI Concept GC-PHEV and…
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    Eco Friend

  • Energy consumption – why are you feeling guilty?

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Feeling guilty about your energy consumption? Or maybe you’re just interested in the cost-saving possibilities of a more sustainable business. Whatever your reasons for reducing your toll on the environment, here are 11 easy ways to go green in the office. 1. Go Paperless One of the easiest ways to become eco-friendly is by reducing ... The post Energy consumption – why are you feeling guilty? appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Cordwood homes sweeten the pot with eco housing

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    The trend of eco friendly homes is becoming very popular these days, as people are becoming more conscious about the environment. For this, people are going for homes and furniture made of recycled materials. In this age of increasingly eco-conscious populace, cordwood is a desirable method for building eco friendly homes. It is an energy ... The post Cordwood homes sweeten the pot with eco housing appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Eco friendly elastane by Hyosung

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Hyosung is a South Korea based company renowned as the largest spandex producer in the world. The company has recently announced its new brand Creora. It is an eco-friendly elastane especially designed to reduce water usage. The company launched its new eco friend product at the Paris Mode City Interfiliere Show. The main motive of ... The post Eco friendly elastane by Hyosung appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • China plans the world’s tallest eco-friendly skyscraper

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:55 am
    After Shanghai tower, China is aiming to build the tallest and eco-friendly pair of towers. The buildings will be named “Phoenix Towers”, which is estimated to be significantly taller than the current highest tower of the world “Burj Khalifa”. The height of these towers is estimated to be 3,281 feet tall after its construction; it ... The post China plans the world’s tallest eco-friendly skyscraper appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Russia takes an eco-friendly approach to space with the Angara rocket

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    Russia is known for its technology, especially in the realm of rockets and missiles. The country has put its knowledge to use, and created the first eco-friendly space rocket. The design of the rocket is very impressive and scientists took more than two decades to design this special type of rocket. Angara-1.2PP rocket has been ... The post Russia takes an eco-friendly approach to space with the Angara rocket appeared first on Eco Friend.
 
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • EPA’s State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

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

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

    EDF Blogs
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    By EDF BlogsBy Dan Upham Across the country this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held public hearings to solicit comments about its Clean Power Plan, which will put the first-ever national limits on the amount of climate pollution that can be emitted by power plants. EDF’s president, a senior attorney, and a clean energy specialist were among the hundreds of Americans who testified in support of the Plan. As these selections from EDF staff testimonies illustrate, the Plan offers moderate, flexible, and necessary measures to address climate change at the federal and…
  • 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…
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    GreenMonk: the blog

  • Technology for Good – episode twenty seven with SalesForce’s Peter Coffee

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

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

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

    Tom Raftery
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Big Data and analysis tools are facilitating huge advances in healthcare As we noted recently here on GreenMonk, technology is revolutionising the healthcare industry, and the pace of change is astounding with new products and services being announced daily. We were recently given a demonstration of two products currently being developed by SAP (Genomic Analyzer, and Medical Research Insights), and they are very impressive products. The Genomic Analyzer (pictured above) can take large numbers of genomes and interrogate them for various…
  • Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk

    Tom Raftery
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk We here at GreenMonk spoke to Robert Francisco, President North America of FirstCarbon Solutions, last week. FirstCarbon solutions is an environmental sustainability company and the exclusive scoring partner of CDP‘s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), supply chain program. Robert pointed out on the call that there is a seed change happening and that interest in disclosure is on the rise. He noted that carbon scores are now not only showing up at…
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  • Watch Star Sports live streaming of India vs England 2nd ODI

    Marian Dumitri
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    The 2nd ODI between India vs England will be played at Cardiff on August 27, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. India time. No one would want summer cricket on England soil to be drenched in rain. But it happened when the opening match of the ODI series against India was on at Bristol. The match had to be called off without even a single ball of cricketing action. The saga is just a repetition of the previous years, with the first match being abandoned for the same at Headingly and Cardiff in the past couple of years. The squads for todays match will be posted here soon. Catch up all the ction live on the…
  • California Makes Strides in Energy Use Awareness

    Alex Ion
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:44 am
    Nationwide, we are seeking alternative energy sources in any means possible. Every state is seeking alternative sources of collecting energy, whether that be wind, solar, hydroelectric, biofuel, or any other means available. As a country, we are well aware that fossil fuels are depleting and if action isn’t taken to find other fuel sources immediately, we will face various problems in the near future. While many states have instituted environmentally friendly programs for new construction, building rehabilitation, and general energy consumption, these programs are most effective on a…
  • 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…
 
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  • Report: Uber 'brand ambassadors' using burner phones, credit cards to sabotage Lyft

    Chris Bruce
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Filed under: Technology The ongoing war of dominance in the mobile ridesharing industry between rival services Uber and Lyft (identified by its cars' pink mustaches) is showing no signs of stopping. One recent report based on Lyft data accused Uber's contractors of booking and canceling 5,560 rides since October 2013. New information is showing just how far Uber is willing to go to add to its roster of drivers, as well. During Lyft's introduction to New York City, Uber set up a systematic approach to sway as many of its rival's drivers as possible to switch sides. According to The Verge, the…
  • Official: California first to likely give extra funds to low-income EV buyers

    Sebastian Blanco
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Legislation and Policy, USA If you're of the opinion that current federal and state support for electric vehicle shoppers in the US are really just hand-outs to the already well-to-do, you might like what California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) is up to. De Leon sponsored a bill earlier this year called the Charge Ahead California Initiative (State Bill 1275) which today passed the California Assembly by a vote of 46-23. The state Senate is expected to send the bill to Governor Edmund Brown soon. The bill will "establish an income cap to stretch…
  • Official: National Plug In Week grows to 115 cities across 35 states for 2014

    Danny King
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, USA Forget about one National Plug In Day. We're going to need seven this year. And lots of cities will be participating in the party. National Plug In Day is becoming National Drive Electric Week for 2014, with festivities taking place between September 15 and 21, according to advocacy group Plug in America. Organizers expect at least 35,000 attendees to attend events in more than 115 cities across 35 states. And for good reason. Ride-and-drive events, food and drink, and family activities will be standard procedure for everyone who want to get a…
  • Recharge Wrap-Up: Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid bus, SiC could make Tesla Model S $6,000 cheaper

    John Beltz Snyder
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Filed under: Biodiesel, Emerging Technologies, Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, GM, Volvo, Legislation and Policy, Europe/EU, North America, USA Volvo is officially introducing its 7900 Electric Hybrid bus at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany next month. The coach bus reduces carbon emissions by up to 75 percent, and does its part to reduce noise pollution as well. It uses 60 percent less energy than comparable diesel buses. In city routes, it runs on electricity an average of 70 percent of the time. Volvo has also introduced safety features like auto brake technology to…
  • Two Wheels: Brammo offers massive price drop on electric motorcycles

    Domenick Yoney
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, On Two Wheels, USA The sun may be setting on summer, but it's just rising on the best electric motorcycle deal ever. Brammo has just launched an end-of-summer promotion that chops thousands of dollars off the price tags of several of its models. If you've been mulling a move to a two-wheeled electric vehicle, this is likely the best value you will see for some time. The Enertia Plus is the least expensive electric motorcycle you can buy. Though the Oregon-based company likes to focus on its premier products, the Empulse and Emulse R, its Enertia Plus is a pretty sweet…
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  • Minnesotan Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Fairytale Castle in His Own Backyard

    Lucy Wang
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of Minnesotan Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Fairytale Castle in His Own Backyard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed castle, 3d printer, 3D printing, 3d-printed architecture, andrey rudenko, cement, cement layers, concrete castle, rebar
  • Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

    Taz Loomans
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change. The report warns that higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are likely to intensify unless greenhouse gases are brought under control. And furthermore, the report warns that the world is nearing the temperature at which the loss of the vast Greenland ice sheet is inevitable. Read the rest of Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible…
  • Enough About How the Pyramids Were Built, Here’s How They SHOULD Have Been Built

    Kristine Lofgren
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    They are an incredible feat of human ingenuity and they may have been built the wrong way. A new paper turns the traditional conversation about how the stunning Egyptian pyramids were built by asking not how it was done but how it should have been done. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant method of stone transportation which involves strapping wooden logs onto each side to make the square blocks rollable. Read the rest of Enough About How the Pyramids Were Built, Here’s How They SHOULD Have Been Built Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:…
  • Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

    Lucy Wang
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    Read the rest of Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cultural center, Longcheng Park, Longcheng Plaza, longgang district, mecanoo, public space, shenzhen, Shenzhen cultural center
  • Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

    Lori Zimmer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barn house, Cassion Castle, eco design, green design, Hampshire, Long Sutton Studio, sustainable design, Tom Lloyd, traditional craftsmanship
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  • Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers

    Beth Terry
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Sign the petition to ask eBay to quit recommending plastic bubble wrap. Cory Trusty of Aquarian Bath (a small business owner and sponsor of this blog who is committed to reducing her plastic footprint) got tired of all the plastic bubble wrap she receives when ordering supplies from eBay sellers.  While she has found her own unique way to request and receive less plastic with her orders (explained below), she realized that getting sellers to reduce their plastic packaging across the board would require help from above, specifically from eBay itself.  Why?  Because through its…
  • BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

    Beth Terry
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    It’s the final week of Plastic Free July, and BALM! Baby, a company that packages the majority of its personal care products without plastic, wants to reward everyone who participated by giving away crazy numbers of prizes.  I’ll throw in a copy of my book, Plastic-Free, as well.  Here’s all you have to do: Challenge Details: Challenge ends July 31, 2014. Form must be filled out & filled out HERE (it’s short) Switch one thing either within your household or your place of business within the month of July that helps to reduce plastic use. Then post a picture to…
  • Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July

    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…
 
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  • The New Water ‘Normal’

    Jennifer Hermes
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    With water restrictions now enforced in California after three years of drought, more and more commercial facilities are looking for ways to reduce water consumption without impacting building user satisfaction. In most facilities, other than water used for irrigation, the most water consumed is in restrooms for toilets, urinals, and faucets. Typically, as a result, […]
  • DuPont Pays $1.275M to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    DuPont will pay $1.275 million as part of a settlement with the federal government for eight alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances at its Belle, W. Va. facility between May 2006 and January 2010. The EPA says several of the releases posed significant risk to people or the Kanawha River. One DuPont worker […]
  • Nespresso Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2020

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Nestle’s Nespresso coffee brand has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020. The commitment is one of several new sustainability initiatives, part of a 500 million Swiss francs ($547 million) program called The Positive Cup. Nespresso says it will invest the money over the next six years to shrink its environmental footprint. Part of this […]
  • Clean-Tech Companies Among 2015 Tech Pioneers

    Ken Jennison
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    Clean-tech companies including Cambrian Innovations, Genomatica and Autogrid are among the 24 Technology Pioneers selected by the World Economic Forum as companies at the forefront of their industries for 2015. As Technology Pioneers, the companies have demonstrated the ability to harness creativity to design and create transformative products and technologies, the World Economic Forum says. […]
  • Boeing to Recycle Dreamliner Carbon Fiber

    Ken Jennison
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    Boeing and Russell Brands are teaming up to recycle excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into protective athletic gear. The companies are expanding on a previous collaboration where 787 carbon fiber is placed into Russell Athletic’s CarbonTek football shoulder pad system. Boeing currently markets surplus factory materials to meet the company’s environmental and business goals, […]
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  • Where Consumption Meets Sustainability: How 'Generation World' Makes Purchase Decisions

    Anna Blender
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Last month my colleague, Trish Wheaton, made a case for why the Sustainability conversation needs to shift from the typical “eco-babble” — high-minded and preachy — into something more relatable and consumer-driven. She describes “a new global vanguard of consumers with co-existing values and traits [who] care about the planet and ... love to shop” as the new group around which to shape the sustainability narrative.Who are these consumers? I took a deeper dive to define their values, and discover what marketers and sustainability officers can do to better connect with them.Who is…
  • Novozymes, Monsanto Discover Microbes That Can Boost Corn and Soybean Yields

    Mike Hower
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Novozymes and Monsanto say they have discovered several microbes that are demonstrating increased yield in corn and soybeans, a result of ongoing collaborative research into microbial products farmers can use to help meet rising global demand for food stuffs.This year, the companies’ BioAg Alliance conducted research across 170,000 field trial plots in 70 locations throughout the United States. The companies expect to more than double the number of research field plots next season.Microbial-based solutions are derived from various microbes such as bacteria and fungi. The BioAg Alliance is…
  • Could Marketing Fresh Produce Like Junk Food Get Kids Eating More Fruits and Vegetables?

    Hannah Ritchie
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Getting kids to eat more fruit and vegetables has long been a challenge that, despite their best efforts, many parents struggle to win. It’s not just parents — it appears that no one, including schools, retailers and health experts, has managed to crack it. Despite all the drive towards healthy eating, fruit and vegetable consumption still falls well short of the recommended amount, with Americans only eating, on average, one portion of fruit and 1-2 portions of vegetables a day. Some health advisors have even considered the option of marketing it in the same way as pharmaceuticals.Maybe…
  • Tyson Foods Could Lose $500 Million in Federal Contracts After Environmental Gaff

    Mike Hower
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    Tyson Foods is in risk of losing close to $500 million in government contracts if found guilty in and ongoing criminal investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency over the recent release of toxic chemicals at a plant in Monett, Mo.The food company has enjoyed more than $4.7 billion in contract business from the U.S. government since 2000, but this could all end with the guilty findings in the Monett investigation.The EPA probe came after Tyson was caught sending Aliment (an additive used in chicken feed) tainted wastewater into Monett’s wastewater plant which released high levels…
  • RPGs Tapping Energy, Smarts of Gamers to Generate Understanding of Global Problems

    Sheila Shayon
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Gaming, particularly role-playing games (RPGs), is increasingly serious business — US retail revenue from the video game industry was estimated at $887 million as of February 2014, and the global video game industry now exceeds $76 billion with projections of $86 billion plus by 2016.“The collaboration, joyful competition, and intellectual curiosity found in the gaming community are rich resources for designing and playing games that explore complex questions about sustainability and resource scarcity,” is the premise of a new concept paper published in “First Monday,” authored by…
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  • Coffee Processing Wastewater: a Great Source of Energy

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
      What do you do with your coffee waste? You may add the grounds to your compost bin, or put them directly onto your roses and other plants as a fertilizer. If you’re in the business of coffee processing, though, you’re dealing with much more waste… particularly wastewater. According to Dutch sustainable agriculture non-profit UTZ Certified, every cup of coffee we drink requires 140 litres (nearly 40 gallons) of water to process. After that water’s used, it’s full of organic material. If it simply gets discharged into other water sources, as it often does in…
  • Time to Get the Fall Vegetable Garden Started!

    Important Media Cross-Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    I know, I know – it feels nothing like Fall right now! Despite a polar vortex-y beginning of August that was downright pleasant, Summer’s back with a vengeance here in flyover country: heat and humidity make any time outside miserable. But I also know that, come October, I’m going to really want a pot full of kale and white beans, and I’d love for that kale to come out of my backyard.  So, time to get the Fall vegetable garden started. I’m thinking of my Fall garden as my do-over opportunity: I had critters get into the leafy greens early on, so my kale,…
  • The Human-Powered DIY Washing Machine: 5 Plans

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Need a DIY clothes dryer? That’s easy: string up a line between two trees, fence posts, or whatever you’ve got. A DIY washing machine, however, is just a bit more involved… but as I’ve discovered after poking around, not much more.  With a repurposed container for a “drum,” and a few other easily-available materials, you can be washing your clothes and getting some exercise in a few hours. 5 Plans for DIY Washing Machines 1. The Hillbilly Washer: We’ll start simple here – all you need for this project are a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet plunger,…
  • Cleveland’s Unique Take on Rails to Trails: Streetcar Lines to Bike Lanes

    Important Media Cross-Post
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The Rails to Trails movement has a wide variety of transportation repurposing projects to its credit: from New York City’s High Line – a park/walking space on an old railroad trestle – to Missouri’s state-spanning Katy Trail. In Cleveland, clean transportation proponents have take a look at former streetcar rights-of-way, and thought “Hey… those could make good protected bike lanes.” They could also bring some economic activity to locations largely deserted since the streetcar ran by them. That’s the genesis of the Midway project, which Cynthia…
  • Using Vintage To Your Advantage: Turning Grandma’s Closet into Extra Cash She Can Use

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Image credit: Shutterstock “Everything old is new again.” Modern fashion is fabulously inclusive. The New Look – a full skirt with a cinched waist – dominated the 1950s. Shoulder pads reigned in the ‘80s. Today, I’m not surprised when both looks walk by me in the street, sometimes on the same person. This recirculation of fashion means unprecedented opportunity for your well-loved clothes. Further, online shopping has given local consigners and thrift shops global reach. But, they’re not alone. Internet platforms like eBay and Pinterest enable everyday Americans like you and me…
 
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  • Thousands protest against coal mining along German-Polish border

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Horse breeders and winemakers in the New South Wales Hunter Valley have warned that their industries are at threat because of open-cut coal mining. Now the practise is causing upheaval in eastern Europe. Tom Morton visited a region along the Germany-Poland border to investigate. When Julia Huscher and Kuba Gogolewski fell in love, they could not have imagined that one day they would reach out for each other's hands in the middle of the Neisse River and seal the last link in a human chain eight kilometres...
  • EU fishing reforms will give fish stocks a chance to recover

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Guardian: The publication of today's Common Fishery Policy (CFP) proposals in Brussels is a critical moment for us all – a real, unmissable chance to change the way we catch fish, and to make sure that we preserve fish stocks for future generations. The proposals look encouraging. But it's vital to remember that these are just proposals. There is another 18 months to go before anything becomes law, and the next year-and-a-half will be full of behind-the-scenes deals and compromises cooked up by the fishing...
  • Bill Oddie protests against HSBC illegal logging in spoof documentary - video

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Guardian: In this spoof documentary, Bankwatch with Bill Oddie, the naturalist protests against HSBC's illegal logging by entering the den of a creature closely related to humans: the banker. HSBC has made nearly £100m bankrolling some of the world's most destructive logging companies in Sarawak Malaysia, and is at risk of violating international money laundering rules, according to NGO Global Witness.
  • The US-EU trade deal could take Monsanto's GM crops off the table

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Guardian: As President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron stood smiling for the cameras at a press conference on free trade this week, a secret lurked behind them: the average American couldn't care less about whether the US has a good trade deal with Europe, or whether Europeans buy our products or we buy theirs. With over 12 million unemployed people at home, no one's worried about whether we have enough ripe cheese from France or beer from Germany. Yet a confluence of events over the past week shows...
  • UK rewards polluters & locks up people who want to save the planet

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    Guardian: What if, instead of giving Marie Curie and Alexander Fleming Nobel prizes for their life-saving work on radiation and penicillin, they'd been thrown in jail? Or, instead of being awarded the Grand Croix of the Légion d'honneur for his work on the germ theory of disease, Louis Pasteur was imprisoned like Napoleon on Elba? It would be perverse to return the favour of great, public works by depriving people of their freedom. Yet that is just what we're doing in Britain right now. The contributions...
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  • Earthquake Warning Systems Exist. But California Won't Pay for One.

    Alex Park
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As Bay Area residents clean their streets and homes after the biggest earthquake to hit California in 25 years rocked Napa Valley this weekend, scientists are pushing lawmakers to fund a statewide system that could warn citizens about earthquakes seconds before they hit. California already has a system, called ShakeAlert, that uses a network of sensors around the state to detect earthquakes just before they happen. The system—a collaboration between the University of California-Berkeley, Caltech, the US Geological Survey (USGS), and various state offices—detects a nondestructive…
  • 5 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Your Breakfast

    Rebecca Cohen
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the worst breakfast-related crisis since Lord of the Rings: There might be an impending Nutella shortage. And there's a good chance the culprit is climate change. The price of hazelnuts, a main ingredient in the delicious chocolate spread, is up 60 percent after unseasonable ice storms devastated hazel tree farms in Turkey's Black Sea coastal region this year. And colder winters and heavier precipitation are exactly what the EU's Centre for Climate Adaptation says the Black Sea coast should expect as climate change advances. Though Nutella's manufacturer hasn't raised its prices…
  • Drought Weighing You Down? Nope, It's Lifting You Up

    Julia Lurie
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here's a odd piece of news: According to a study published Thursday in Science, the water loss due to this year's drought has caused the entire western side of the United States to literally rise. After examining data from nearly 800 GPS stations across the country, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography found that the area west of New Mexico has risen by an average of four millimeters this year. In the Sierra Nevadas and along California's coast—two areas that have received far less precipitation this year than normal—the land rose 15 millimeters. Adrian Borsa, a…
  • Should Pregnant Women Eat Zero Tuna?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Food-safety experts at Consumer Reports crunched the numbers on mercury levels in seafood—and they have a new recommendation for pregnant women: Don't eat tuna at all. The FDA recommends that pregnant and nursing women consume between 8 and 12 ounces of fish per week to provide proper nutrition for a baby's brain development and overall health. But some fish are very high in mercury, a neurotoxin that can lead to serious cognitive problems and birth defects in children and babies. And the mercury levels in oceans are rising—humans have tripled the mercury content in oceans since…
  • How Much It Costs to Raise a Kid, in 4 Charts

    Katie Rose Quandt
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A middle-income family with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend about a quarter of a million dollars in child-rearing expenses over the next 18 years, according to a new report from the USDA. Costs such as housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, child care, and education will amount to an expected $304,340 ($245,340 in 2013 dollars) for middle-income families, a 1.8 percent increase from last year's report. For each income bracket, costs will increase as the child ages: Although households with incomes in the lowest third will spend less than half as much on child-related…
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  • The oddly expressive hoodoos of Goblin Valley State Park

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    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?

    lmoss
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Naming a star after a loved one might sound like the perfect romantic gift. Purchasing real estate on the moon might seem like a worthwhile investment.   But can you really name a star or own part of the moon? Yes, and no.   What's in a name?
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  • Salvage Supperclubs: Dining in dumpsters for a cause

    rshreeves
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    People who live in Brooklyn aren’t novices when it comes to using dumpsters in unconventional ways. They’ve been known to swim in the trash receptacles; now, they’re dining in them.  
  • Bad memories can be transformed into good memories with 'flip of switch'

    bnelson78
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Have you ever had a particular place or event ruined because of a bad memory or painful association? Ever left a bad first impression you wish could be reversed? Well, in a feat that sounds closer to science fiction than science fact, scientists may soon be able to change a bad memory into a good one with nothing more than a "flip of the switch," reports the BBC.  
 
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  • TempoIQ: Taking On Solar and Smart Grid Data in Real Time

    Jeff St. John
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Time has critical implications for the distributed energy infrastructure that Greentech Media has dubbed the grid edge. Electricity operates by its own inflexible split-second rules, which means that sensors, networks and software being built to manage solar PV, batteries, smart thermostats, plug-in electric vehicles and other grid-edge agents must be fast, accurate and synchronized. This kind of environment deserves a data management structure that puts the temporal dimension front and center, according to TempoIQ. Founded in 2011 as TempoDB, the Chicago-based startup has created a…
  • Vivint Solar, Backed by Blackstone, Files for $200M IPO to Install and Finance PV

    Eric Wesoff
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Vivint Solar's $200 million IPO registration document appeared in the wee hours this morning and gives a little bit of background on the fast-growing solar installer and financier. Ranked second only to SolarCity as an installer, Vivint Solar could also benefit from the increased access to capital afforded by going public. The IPO hopeful is the solar integrator and PPA financier unit within Vivint, one of the largest home-alarm system and home automation companies, which was acquired by Blackstone for more than $2 billion in September 2012. Vivint has more than 675,000 customers for its…
  • CEO Lynn Jurich on the Future of Sunrun and Residential Solar

    Eric Wesoff
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's a tumultuous high-growth era for residential solar in the U.S., and privately held Sunrun is in the thick of it. The company and its rooftop solar installer partners deployed about 100 megawatts of residential solar in 2013, half of what publicly traded market leader SolarCity did in the third-party ownership business -- but still ahead of SunPower and Vivint, according to GTM Research. In February, Sunrun acquired REC Solar's Residential Division (solar sales and installation), AEE Solar (distribution) and SnapNrack (mounting systems). That made Sunrun a vertically integrated…
  • What Americans Really Want From Their Smart Homes

    Jeff St. John
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    U.S. homeowners would prefer a smartphone-enabled, do-it-yourself platform for home automation over a closed, subscription-based system -- and in either case, they care a lot more about security and peace of mind than they do about saving on their energy bills. These are some of the findings from a survey released Wednesday by home improvement giant Lowe’s, which asked 2,000 U.S. residents to rank their expectations of what a “smart home” of the future should look like. While very few Americans actually live in such homes, Lowe's is competing with companies like Staples…
  • Grid Perfection, Not Defection: A New Microgrid Landscape in the Making

    Magdalena Klemun
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Despite regulatory and legal barriers, the microgrid market in 2014 looks more dynamic than ever, as highlighted in a new GTM Research report. Several key trends provide strong prospects for the emerging U.S. microgrid landscape. The profile of the typical microgrid customer is undergoing a substantial transformation. Remote communities and military bases have traditionally built fossil-fuel-fired microgrids when there was no viable alternative. Today, however, cities, communities and public institutions are emerging as new microgrid customers, often in densely populated areas where…
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    Direct2Dell

  • 26 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am

    Wayied
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    4K Ultra HD monitor is a great concept by dell it is changing revolution type,fantastic job by dell this is like headlines 2014 year refreshes our monitor.i will wait for 4k ultra hd monitor.
  • Blog Post: Protect Your Employees and Your Data with Dell Client Solutions Security

    Chasity Larios
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    At the coffee shop. In the backseat of a taxi. Airport security. All places that any of us might likely rush off and forget to grab our laptop or tablet.
  • Blog Post: Data Liberation Without Boundaries with Dell Cloud Client-Computing

    Jeff McNaught
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:06 am
    For Dell Cloud Client-Computing, this year has been all about growing our portfolio in order to bring the benefits of desktop virtualization to more industries, markets and use cases.
  • Blog Post: Come and Meet Us at VMworld Next Week!

    Sarah Vela
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:11 am
    Dell is thrilled to once again be attending VMworld, one of the highlights of the conference season. This year, we are pleased to be supporting the event as a Diamond Sponsor and will be in San Francisco from Aug 24-28 to showcase our end-to-end offerings to support you in your technology journey.
  • Blog Post: Soaking Up Sun and STEM as Summer Days Come to End

    Trisa Thompson, VP—Corp. Responsibility
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Michael Collins, vice president of Sales for EMEA, spent time with students in South Africa facilitating arts and crafts, IT training and sporting activities during the Dell Circle of Excellence volunteer day.
 
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    Orion Magazine Articles

  • The Rules of the River

    Kathleen Dean Moore
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Kathleen Dean Moore AT MIDNIGHT ON THE Toklat River in the Alaska Range, the thermometer recorded ninety-three degrees. The sun, dragging anchor in the northwest sky, fired rounds of heat against the cabin. I was lying naked on the bunk, slapping mosquitos. Next to the wall, my husband lay completely covered by a white sheet, as still and dismayed as a corpse. He would rather be hot than bitten, and I would rather be bitten than hot. I had come to the Toklat River to think about global warming, and it wasn’t going well. The week’s heat was breaking all-time records, drawing a new…
  • 21 Laws of Nature as Interpreted by My Children

    Brian Doyle
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Brian Doyle 1. If you shake hands with an evergreen tree and the branch bites you, that’s a spruce. 2. Insects rule the world, but they don’t talk about it. 3. The reason the ocean is salty is because all the animals have been peeing right in it since before there was even time. 4. One of our grandmothers is dead, and now she is growing flowers. 5. Dad says all beings are holy in the same proportions, except the Los Angeles Lakers, who are demonic. 6. The best way to eat a worm is to have another kid do it. 7. A shrew is like a mouse with a bad temper. 8. Dad says every time you…
  • Desegregating Wilderness

    Jourdan Imani Keith
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Jourdan Imani Keith I SAW SEVERAL BISON the other morning as I followed the usual left and right turns that take me to the rural outskirts of Enumclaw, a town forty-five minutes from my house in Seattle. The bison were actually boulders or bushes or clumps of hay that had wandered away from the stack. But I saw them as clearly as I did on mornings when I walked to my job along the lake in Yellowstone, following the gravel paths that passed dangerously close to the resting mammoths. Always, now, since leaving Yellowstone, I see shadows of wilderness wherever I go. It is the same for my friend…
  • Taming the Wilderness

    Christopher Ketcham
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Christopher Ketcham LAST WINTER, as if to flip its middle finger at the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the state of Idaho dispatched a hunter-trapper on horseback to track and slaughter two packs of wolves in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the contiguous United States. Ragged with mountains and cut by chutes of whitewater, the Frank Church is a forbidding and trackless place. Here the cougars slip through the forests. The wolverines show their claws. And the wolves howl and hunt and take down elk for dinner, which was the…
  • The Wilderness Paradox

    Jordan Fisher Smith
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Jordan Fisher Smith IN THE END of June 2011, Roderick Nash and I were rowing a worn inflatable raft piled with camping gear and equipped with only a roll of duct tape in the event of a puncture through sharp metamorphic boulders and tumbling froth on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. Nash and I were having a bit of a disagreement over who got to row the best rapids—a strange argument to have with a seventy-two-year-old man with an artificial hip. But Nash is no normal septuagenarian. He is a wiry, athletic, white-haired intellectual with piercing blue eyes and a…
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    New Republic

  • Two More Signs that the GOP and Tea Party Are One

    Jonathan Cohn
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Two different senators were in the news on Wednesday, for statements on two different issues. Together they painted one very depressing picture about the extremism of the Republican Party.One of the senators was Marco Rubio, from Florida, who once cultivated an image as a Republican who could help t
  • Yes, Republicans Are Threatening a Government Shutdown Fight

    Brian Beutler
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I can’t claim to be 100 percent certain about this, but I’m pretty sure that nobody in modern U.S. history has ever explicitly threatened to shut down the government, or claimed credit for a government shutdown after the fact. House Speaker John Boehner
  • Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.

    Jessica Nordell
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fifty years after The Feminine Mystique and 40 years after Title IX, the question of why women lag in the workplace dogs researchers and lay people alike. While women are entering the professions at rates equal to men, they rise more slowly, and rarely advance to the top. They’re represen
  • Pass This Bill or a Sick Waiter Will Sneeze on Your Food

    Jonathan Cohn
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Congress can’t seem to enact anything of substance and, thanks to House Republicans, it certainly isn’t about to ratify any Democratic initiatives. But state and local governments, where liberals have more sway, are pretty busy these days.  New York City is introducing a program that will make
  • I Have Two Nightmares About a Palestinian State

    Yossi Klein Halevi
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I moved to Israel from New York in 1982, during another summer of fighting, and Israeli society was tearing itself apart. Palestine Liberation Organization forces were firing Katyusha rockets at Israeli communities in the Galilee; the Israel Defense Forces had invaded Lebanon, in Israel’s first as
 
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The Chicago Park District will once again offer a free session of swim lessons to new enrollees age 6-17. The Park District initially offered the popular program this past January. The first session (10 weeks) of Learn to Swim classes for kids and teens ages 6-17 will be free, when using coupon code FIRSTFREE.  Fees will apply for Learn to Swim classes in subsequent sessions, or for an additional class in the same session.  The Learn to Swim fee is $22 for each 10 week session. (This fee may be waived for qualifying families.) The FIRSTFREE coupon code can be used when registering…
  • The 606 to Host "Trail Mix" of Events For Families and Design Enthusiasts

    Christine Escobar
    17 May 2014 | 8:57 am
    Chicago's soon to be completed new park, The 606, has a variety of events in store this summer around the city for families and those interested in the design and construction of the park, which is currently under construction along the site of the former Bloomingdale Trail. "Trail Mix" kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation at The Darwin School Auditorium on native plants that will inhabit the park, and continues June 7 with a family bike ride and potluck at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. Organizers say Family Days are geared toward children ages 3 to 12 and their caregivers…
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    Max Gladwell

  • Dropping Mt. Pinos – GoPro & Strava

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

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

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

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

    Max Gladwell
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
     
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    EnergyBloggers

  • Omni Hotels & Resorts and Chef Cheryl Forberg Launch Healthy Traveler Video … – Business Wire (press release)

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Omni Hotels & Resorts and Chef Cheryl Forberg Launch Healthy Traveler Video …Business Wire (press release)Eat healthy, high-energy foods that will keep metabolism levels up for added energy. Make a fitness plan – It only takes a few minutes. Pack workout shoes and clothes. Travelers enrolled in Omni Hotels & Resorts’ complimentary Select Guest loyalty … and more
  • Stampede Sign High Energy Forward – JuniorHockey.com

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Stampede Sign High Energy ForwardJuniorHockey.com“Mike is a high energy, good skating forward that will bring a lot of tenacity to our team,” the coach said of his son. “Mike has played in the Western States Hockey League with the Fresno Monsters and also spent a season in the Tier I Elite League …
  • Homebuilder plans large-lot development in West Sacramento – Sacramento Business Journal

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Homebuilder plans large-lot development in West SacramentoSacramento Business JournalEvergreen Communities says Myers Ranch, a 16-home subdivision on one-acre lots, will appeal to buyers who both want a larger houses and low energy bills. Evergreen President Mike Stettner said the project site, on the southeast side of Jefferson … and more
  • Simple tune-up of diet and exercise can help restore vigor – SFGate

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    SFGateA 45-year-old software engineer visited me recently complaining of fatigue. “I’m so tired,” he said. “I must be getting old.” It is hard to argue with his premise: Yes, we are all aging. But at 45, or even 65, we don’t need to accept low energy as a … and more
  • Bridgette Kern Releases Her High Energy Worship Single “He Shall Reign” – Hallels

    Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    Bridgette Kern Releases Her High Energy Worship Single “He Shall Reign”HallelsGospel singer, songwriter and worship pastor Bridgett Kern has just released her brand new single “He Shall Reign,” which is now available on iTunes. This high energy worship song is lifted off Bridgett’s forthcoming album “No One Greater.” Weekly …
 
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Top 6 Back to School Posts

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

    Katy
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    I don’t know about you, but we’ve all shifted. Later bedtimes, lax routines, lose schedules. Ah, summer. The time to catch firefires, watch the super moon, make S’mores. It is also the time of sleep deprivation, lazy days, and open schedules. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these days are coming to an end (sob!). If you haven’t noticed, the back to school media machine has been churning for weeks. I ignore most of it. Until I start to feel the tug myself. Then I know we must start thinking about the transition to back to school. How can we make this…
  • 4 Ways to Support the Children in Crisis at the Border

    Katy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    image care of Save the Children I have watched helplessly as the news has come in about the thousands of children coming into the country from Central America. First, I was astounded– no one was talking about it. Children were coming alone, thousands of miles, into our country, and there was very little news other than a cursory mention or two. How different would this be if the children were from Europe? If the children who needed help were American? As the wealthiest nation on the planet– we had children coming into our country without anyone helping them, looking out for their…
  • 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…
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    Crunchy Chicken

  • Drying laundry indoors and out

    Crunchy Chicken
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I'm so excited! I got the new laundry drying rack I ordered. That's 79 more feet of drying space, baby! You see, I've been exclusively drying all our clothes outside for the last month since the weather has been so nice and dry. And warm. Of course, it's August so that helps considerably.   We were going to install something more permanent outside, but I wanted something that could be used both
  • A week of canning, gleaning and baking

    Crunchy Chicken
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:35 pm
    For those of you readers who don't follow me on Facebook or just don't like Facebook, I wanted to give you a wrap-up of what I've been up to the last week. Or, if you're on Facebook and you missed it, here's what's been going on around our homestead. Well, aside from the usual gardening business of being inundated with tomatoes, basil, blackberries, lettuce and green beans. Gleaning 1. Apples
  • August Garden Porn - Raised Bed Edition

    Crunchy Chicken
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:38 pm
    The other day I created a list of all the stuff I've currently got growing in the garden (as of August 2014) and I claimed that I'd post some pictures. I took a bunch of photos yesterday afternoon, but photo editing them is taking freaking forever, so I've decided to post them in chunks. Therefore, today's post includes the 8 (eight) 4' x 4' raised beds in the backyard (minus the strawberries,
  • Life in the Garden - August 2014

    Crunchy Chicken
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Since I post a little here and there about what I've got growing on our urban farmstead, I thought it would be helpful to give you a run down of everything I've got growing, foodwise, on our less than 1/10th of an acre in Seattle. Fruits: Blackberries Raspberries Blueberries Strawberries Apples Pears (haven't yet produced anything) Cherries Plums Grapes Figs (don't really produce anything)
  • Black Bottom Pumpkin Bars recipe

    Crunchy Chicken
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I'm trying to use up the last of the frozen pumpkin puree we processed from last year's pumpkins to make some space for this year's pumpkins. And, really, who needs an excuse to eat pumpkin, especially when it's paired with rich chocolate? Although these are bars, it's more of a delicious, moist cake. And the beauty of it is that you can substitute all sorts of fruit purees out for the pumpkin.
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Go Primal – Wear Your Baby

    Tiffany
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    You seem to hear about baby wearing everywhere these days. Moms at the park are talking about it and everywhere you turn a new celebrity mom or dad is wearing their baby and making it the next “hip” thing to do. So what is all the buzz about?  Only the latest, greatest, way to carry […]
  • 10 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Children

    Tiffany
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I am not a professional photographer but I do love to take photos. I especially love taking pictures of my kids. In fact they were what motivated me to buy a DSLR camera. I wanted more professional looking photos (as opposed to candids) but I didn’t have the money to be hiring a photographer several times […]
  • Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

    Tiffany
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    I love tacos. In fact I love all Mexican food. I also love the crockpot. I use it all year long but it is especially helpful in the summer when I don’t want to heat the house. These days though I need recipes that only require 4 hours, instead of 6-8 as typical. I just don’t […]
  • Back to School Shopping for all Seasons

    Tiffany
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    It’s that time.  Time to go back to school and get all of the supplies you will need for the coming school year. It might be tempting to buy clothes for all weather scenarios that might arise during the school year. If you did that, though, it would probably be a mistake. You’ll just end […]
  • 6 Natural, Ancestral Ways To Increase Your Child’s Social Success

    Guest
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was a pretty shy kid. Until I was 13 years old, my parents literally had to coax me out of my bedroom (where I was typically buried in a medieval fantasy novel) to get me to simply shake the hands of our visitors and look them in the eye. Then I’d quickly duck back […]
 
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    Crunchy Domestic Goddess

  • Preventing Back-to-School Sickness with Essential Oils

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

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    I recently had the opportunity to attend a free talk about unschooling by Barb Lundgren, a mother to three (now) adult unschoolers. Barb is also the founder of the Rethinking Everything Conference and the editor of Home Education Magazine, devoted entirely to unschooling. The talk was at the co-housing community of Nyland in Lafayette, Colo., and was facilitated by Leslie Potter of Pure Joy Parenting. I took some notes and would like to share a little bit about what I took away from the evening. It may seem a little disjointed, but I just wanted to put these thoughts “out…
  • I am a runner, but I wasn’t always…

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.Priscilla Welch Loathing Running from an Early Age Over a year ago, when I was considering adding some form of exercise into my life, my well-intentioned friend Rebecca — a runner — suggested that I start running. I told her I’d only run “if someone was chasing me with a knife.” And I kind of meant it. I’d hated running since high school freshman gym class when — at the end of the semester — we had to run “the…
  • Computer Programming for Kids

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

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

  • Technology for the Greater Green

    Mindful Echo
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    Mindful Echo is finding the bright side.Every so often we're lucky enough to find an event, a book, a group, or a product that combines some of our multiple passions. Although I'm not particularly tech-savvy in too many ways, I'm definitely a sucker for some good technology. Likewise, I know that my electronically-based pastimes can rarely coexist with my intention to live a green lifestyle. So I'm sure you can imagine how excited I get when I see research projects with applications that can undoubtedly help us all to live more eco-friendly lives. It seems a team of researchers, along with…
  • My Surrogate Garden: the Farmers Market

    Betsy Escandon
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    So here's the deal. I don't have a garden. I drool a bit over all the garden photos on The Green Phone Booth and elsewhere. I even have a Pinterest Garden board. I do aspire to having a garden, but I just don't have the mental space, time, or energy to embark on this new endeavor just yet. (If you'd like to come plant stuff in my yard for me and tell me exactly what to do afterwards, just let me know!)But you know what I've got? I've got the farmers market. And oh, how I love the farmers market. I shop at one, sometimes two farmers markets every Saturday and purchase at least 90% of my…
  • Freezing the Harvest

    Christy
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:36 am
    Queen Composter shares how she preserves the bounty of the season for the long winter ahead.This is the time of year when the earth's bounty is overflowing. The harvest is in full swing and there is abundant fresh, local and often organically grown vegetables and fruit. Those of us who have kitchen gardens are faced with buckets full of tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, greens and herbs. If you don't have your own garden, it is easy to find local food at farmers markets and local farms. I am trying to bake as much zucchini bread as I can, but it is nice to have homegrown, or locally grown food in…
  • Greening Back to School

    Amber Strocel
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    The Climate Crusader is getting ready to send her kids back to school sustainably.When I logged into Instagram this morning, I saw that for many children in the United States, today was the first day back at school. Where I live on the West Coast of Canada, kids will be heading back to class the day after Labour Day in a couple of weeks. (We hope - as Queen Composter mentioned, there is an ongoing labour dispute that may or may not be resolved in time.) Regardless of whether your kids are already back in class or whether you have a few more weeks of summer vacation to look forward to, there…
  • Nature Heals

    Christy
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Queen Composter has been feeling blue.I have struggled with blogging for the past few weeks, with little desire and seemingly little time to do so, which is ironic given that I am on summer vacation. I have also been trying on post ideas and tossing them to the side because they didn't grab me. I have even forgotten to post when I have made commitments to do so, which makes me feel guilty. But I now have something that I think I am ready to share, and it is going to be hard for me, so please be kind.I have been depressed for many weeks now. Thankfully I have not struggled with depression for…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • BLACK + DECKER 16V MAX Lithium FLEX™ Vac

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

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

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Last year my 3rd grade student’s wrote stories about being super heroes. What powers would they have if they could be a super hero? It was  very inspiring to hear so many of them saying they’d save people from bad guys, feed hungry people, make sure that cancer was cured or everyone had warm clothing.  Of course some of the children wanted to turn tree’s Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause The post Be a Super Hero and Run for a Good Cause appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time

    greenandcleanmom
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    I have fond memories of chasing the ice cream truck as a kid. I remember hearing the music and dropping whatever I was doing to get a push-up or a bright yellow PAC Man with a bubble gum eye. Tell me you remember those and eat the bubble gum eye first? Childhood fun and dreams, something I relish but even as we grow up we don’t Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time The post Saving the Planet, One Scoop at a Time appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation

    greenandcleanmom
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I’m learning a few lessons from home renovation and we’re knee deep in it so I’d love to share with you my experience but also gain any wisdom you might have. If you’ve gone through home renovation for any reason you’ll probably be able to relate! Contractors, suppliers, installers and workers are usually not on time.  They’re kind of like the cable company and if they say they’ll Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation The post 3 Lessons Learned From Home Renovation appeared first on Green and…
 
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  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    My Pom Pom socks
  • Field Trip List

    Greenstylemom
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I started this list back in June so I had a place to track and reference things we want to do in our local-ish area. We didn't do as many things as I planned this summer (I crossed off the few things we did do), so I'm going to keep the list going. Some of these we've never done (I'm embarrassed to admit), some we've done before but maybe it's been awhile (I've * those). Really want to do a better job of outings this year.Rocky Mountain National ParkBent's Old FortPaint MinesGarden of the Gods Visitor Center for Junior Ranger Badge programAir Force Academy*Pioneers MuseumWill Rogers…
  • Homeschool Moment

    Greenstylemom
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Figuring out a new version of a favorite game(I was going to apologize for any background messes but decided I don't actually care about our messes and see no need to apologize for them!)
  • DayBook 8.25.14

    Greenstylemom
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... beautiful day! This morning as I rode bikes with Jack to his tutor, I  could smell the first bit of fall coming.I am hearing... the kids working on keyboarding.I am feeling... pretty good. Motivated for this week. Excited for Labor Day weekend and upcoming travels.I am thinking... about far away friends.I am thankful for... the mountains. Some days I still have to pinch myself that I see mountains every. single. day.From the kitchen... made a ham in the crockpot the other day. We had it…
  • Salt Lake City

    Greenstylemom
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Trying to catch up on summer doings. In July the kids and I did a quick trip to Salt Lake City with my friend Ashlee and her three kids. Our kids always love to see each other and get along SO WELL. I love it. We always say that they act more like cousins than just friends.Hiking in Alta(That's Matt's favorite ski resort. Need to make a winter trip back there)Wildflowers were so pretty!Visiting the Salt Lake TempleSparklers!(they don't make them like they used to...)Amazing view!Timpanagos CaveI make a really good sloth!(at Museum of Natural Curiosity)
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    Green Talk®

  • Supercharge Your Health with 5 Simple Green Living Hacks

    Anna@Green Talk
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine. With summer almost behind us and kids going back to school, isn’t it time to jump start a healthier greener lifestyle? Ditching the toxins, choosing healthier food options and getting that butt off the couch sounds like a plan? Before you balk and say “been there done that,” listed below are some easy green living hacks to start moving in the right healthier direction. I am. Are you with me? My Story I think of myself as a pretty healthy person. I exercise at least three to five times a week and try…
  • Mexican Bean Beetle: Learn How to Id and Prevent it.

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Last year I thought my bush bean leaves were ravished by the Japanese beetles.  The beetles didn’t touch my black or white beans  So I ignored the beetles to focus on bigger problems–the cabbage looper.  Well, ignorance is not bliss  since that “beetle” was the Mexican bean beetle which ravished all of my bean leaves this year.  He or she looks just like a ladybug but don’t be fooled by its seemingly harmless demeanor.  It is worse than teenage boys looking for food in your kitchen. What is the Mexican Bean Beetle? It is a tan colored lady bug with 16 spots…
  • Radish Health Benefits + Recipes (Using Leaves & Pods Too.)

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Radishes are an acquired spicy taste but are quite healthy for you.   Hubs love them– especially the the black radishes. This year I decided to grow Daikon radishes as well as Hub’s beloved black radishes.  But the root is not the only star in the game. The leaves as well as the beans pods are amazing. (If you let the plant flower, it produces bean pods.)  So, are you ready to eat some radishes?  Listed below are some recipes that you can use to cook all parts of the radish. Just an FY, when you cook radishes, their spicy demeanor fades away.  They become mellow and sweet. …
  • Get Rid of Squash Bug Eggs with this Simple Hack

    Anna@Green Talk
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Who dislikes squash bugs?  Raise your hands.  I have 8 ways how you can keep those bugs at bay.  Well, if all your efforts fail, you still need to remove the eggs from the back of your leaves.  Why?  They can suck the life out of your squash leaves.  (Those little vampires.)  So every summer, I am on red  egg alert with my new found favorite hack to easily remove those eggs from the leaves. Good bye squash bugs. {And good riddance.) As you can see in the picture above, squash bugs lay eggs in a pyramid type orientation.  The eggs are quite small.  In fact, one had the nerve to…
  • Squash Bug Control: 8 Ways to Kick their Butts in the Garden

    Anna@Green Talk
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    Squash bugs are notorious for destroying your pumpkins and squashes.  They suck the life out of your leaves.Then, they invade your house in the winter.  I am not sure who is worse–the squash bug or the squash vine borer.  (Learn some tricks on keeping the vine borer hopefully out of the garden.)  I think the squash bug is worse since if you squish it, it smells horrible. In my zone, they start laying eggs in June.  In fact, in July I saw a squash bug lay eggs.  So you need to stay vigilant the whole summer!. Squash Bug Control: Since I am trying to keep them out of the garden, I…
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    Mindful Momma

  • 5 Easy Homemade Nut Butters

    Micaela
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
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  • 5 Reusables to Make Lunch Packing Fun

    Micaela
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
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  • How an Oyster Feeds a Bay

    Micaela
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
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  • A Vermont Experience

    Micaela
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
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  • 3 Tips for Waste-Free Lunches for Back to School

    Micaela
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Best Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids

    Dawn Head
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    I went on a search for the best reusable drinking straws for kids as I attempted to transition my children from their sippy cups to regular glassware. It took awhile to remove the cups permanently from our home. It happened when I finally broke the habit of giving the cups to them – they are… Read more The post Best Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating

    Greg Head
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Exploring Vienna by Bike: At the turn of the 20th century, cycling was building momentum across European cities. As automobiles became the dominant means of transportation, bicycles started to lose their ground, only to re-emerge victorious in the 21st century, hovering across the paved streets of the eco-metropolises of the world. Amsterdam, with its iconic… Read more The post Why More and More Tourists Find Exploring Vienna by Bike Fascinating appeared first on 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

    Alice Benny
    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.
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  • Exclusive Footage on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray Combo Pack!

    Monica Brady
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Have you seen the Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet?  We had the chance to watch it on our recent airplane trip across the country, and it was awesome! If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should, and if you have seen it, and want to again, it’s out on DVD & Blu-Ray and now you can own it! Walmart has a great price on their Blu-ray combo pack for $19.96. The pack includes Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The Blu-ray combo pack is a must-own with 13 deleted scenes plus 100 minutes of extras! You can get The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray combo in your local Walmart stores nationwide…
  • Back to School DIY School Supply Cake for Teacher!

    Monica Brady
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    It’s that time again! The kids are having mixed feelings about going back to school. On one hand, they can’t wait to see all of their friends again, but on the other hand, they really don’t want to sit in a classroom and do homework again. Me, well, I’m mixed too. I love having the girls at home, and we’ve had a great Summer, but I also can’t wait to see what new things they learn this year. One of the craziest things about Back to School season, is school supply shopping, and in our area, it’s serious! The sales, the crowds, the aisles and aisles of…
  • Erasable Pens That REALLY Erase- Pilot Frixion Clicker

    Monica Brady
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    I remember back in my school days… way back when… Quit asking how long ago that was! Anyway… I remember the old “erasable” pens that would smear and smudge and never erase clean enough to actually read what you were writing over the erased text. I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers those pens… They were great because you were able to write with a pen, yet you were supposed to be able to correct your mistakes. Imagine how awesome that would have been during note taking, or report writing, if they had worked as well as you wanted them to.
  • Back to School Routines– For Mom

    Monica Brady
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Obviously, back to school means getting the kids up, ready, fed, lunches made, and kids off to school.. But what about mom? What happens when the kids are dropped off, or on the bus, and the house is quiet again? Sure, there’s lots of stuff that can be done around the house, and you can get to that… but first, you need to take care of YOU! Summer has taken it’s toll on you. It sure did, me this year… Everyone talks about the hustle and bustle of school days, but wow, Summer was crazy busy for us this year, and I am really looking forward to the down time in between…
  • Walmart Back to Class Shopping event and Cyber Monday Deals Revealed

    Monica Brady
    3 Aug 2014 | 8:23 pm
     It is that time of year again… The school supply lists asking for pens, pencils, erasers, calculators and more, are already out, and the hustle and bustle of getting your older ones ready for college is upon us. Walmart is kicking off back-to-college shopping with savings for customers however they like to shop – in stores, online and through their mobile devices. Starting Aug. 1, the retailer is releasing deals tailored to college students looking for the top electronics, dorm décor and school essentials. Walmart’s rollbacks and special buys are timed to the start of sales tax…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • RIGBY TAYLOR AND TOP GREEN SPONSOR IOG YOUNG GROUNDSMEN’S CONFERENCE

    Veshengro
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The inaugural IOG Young Groundsmen’s Conference being held at this year’s SALTEX (Sports, Amenities, Landscaping Trade Exhibition) is being sponsored by Rigby Taylor in association with its seed breeding partner, Top Green. The two companies are at the forefront of supplying innovative products for the successful management and maintenance of turf surfaces, and are committed to promoting excellence across all aspect of sports grounds management. The ‘Our Career, Your Future’ Conference – on Tuesday September 2 at Windsor Racecourse – is a major educational initiative designed to…
  • Good news doesn’t just cheer us up

    Veshengro
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Studies have shown how we are more likely to remember negative events than good ones, which may be a factor in the media’s focus on bad news. But good news does more than simply cheer us up; new research shows how it also affects behaviour and benefits society While reciting the epitaph of Julius Caesar in an intense moment of the Shakespearean play, Anthony says: “…the evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones”. This statement could be just a brilliant theatrical example of Roman public speaking, however, what Anthony says seems to be true for a lot…
  • Meet Vladimir Putin, a new convert to the locavore movement

    Veshengro
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Who needs Italian wine, English cheddar, and German sausages? Obviously not Russia. Vladimir Putin is forcing Russians to become locavores, whether they like it or not. Last Thursday, his government issued a list of imported foods that will be banned for one year. This is an act of retaliation against those countries that placed sanctions on Russia following the attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. This includes the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Norway, Poland, Latvia, and the European Union. It is an odd decision to make on behalf of a northern country that imports…
  • 12 Fruits and Vegetables That Last for Months

    Veshengro
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Sick of throwing money away on food? Change the food you buy. Do you routinely throw $5 bills away just for kicks? Probably not. And very few of us light candles with dollar bills, no matter how much we may have loved Scrooge McDuck. But that’s basically what you’re doing whenever you go grocery shopping. According to a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the food that’s grown and sold in the United States is wasted—if we cut food waste by just a third, we could feed every hungry person in the country. That waste comes to the staggering cost of…
  • Markets for Homegrown Produce

    Veshengro
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    How to earn a financial harvest from your garden More customers than you might imagine are eager to buy that wonderful organic produce growing in your back yard. You don’t need to be a full-time farmer to find buyers who will pay enough to make selling worthwhile. Here are some ways for home gardeners to sell their extra harvest. Farmers’ markets. At the Palafox Market in Pensacola, Florida, vendors range from those who sell every week to others who appear only once a year, and they are all different sizes, from the backyard gardener to commercial farmers. Farmers’ markets vary in the…
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    Green Your Decor

  • Five Obvious Ways to Make Your Home Greener

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

    jennae
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    So…I mentioned that we finally moved into a house! I’ve sort of mentioned it in passing, about how awesome it has been thus far. And “awesome” really is the best way to describe it. But so is “overwhelming.” After three years of living in the same apartment and doing all that we thought we could really […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Throwing Shade: Our Hopes for the Backyard
  • Review: GreenLife Ceramic Nonstick Cookware

    jennae
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Quiet as it’s kept, I really like nonstick cookware. Mostly because I don’t enjoy wasting my precious elbow grease scrubbing the day’s meals off my pots. What I don’t like is the toxic crap that’s found in most nonstick coatings. The type of stuff that we really don’t want ending up in our food. So […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Review: GreenLife Ceramic Nonstick Cookware
  • Back to School: DIY Homework Station

    jennae
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Now that school is back in session, and we’re in a new home and new school district, we’re working to get our routine back on track. Mornings are pretty solid, but afternoons are a bit trickier. In this county, my daughter gets home from school a full hour later than she used to, so homework has […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Back to School: DIY Homework Station
  • Personalize Baby’s Room with Wooden Letters

    jennae
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    After what felt like endless years of apartment living, my family and I have finally moved into a house! Technically, we’re still renting, but it is amazing not to have neighbors upstairs or downstairs. Of course, there are some (tiny) downsides. You remember that beautiful shared nursery we created for baby Juliza and her big […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Personalize Baby’s Room with Wooden Letters
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  • Clinic Built From a Repurposed Shipping Container

    Christine Walsh
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Building Trust International recently announced the winners of the 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition called for a solution for providing healthcare in rural areas of Asia, and the student winner of the competition was Christopher Knitt of the University of Wisconsin for his design of Reflex, a clinic made from a repurposed shipping container that can easily be deployed anywhere. Apart from being upcycled, this clinic can also operate off-the-grid and invites the participation of the local community in its deployment. Using recycled shipping containers as a mobile medical clinic…
  • Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Architecture

    Christine Walsh
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff. Pros of Shipping Container Architecture 1. Green-Building This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of…
  • Discarded Cigarette Butts can be Recycled into Energy Storage Devices

    Christine Walsh
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Cigarette butts are one of the most haphazardly discarded items, and an estimated 766,571 metric tons of them end up deposited into the environment each year across the globe. Furthermore, even if the cigarette butts are disposed of properly, they still pose a threat since arsenic and other harmful chemicals leak from them into the earth and waterways. But now a team of researchers from Seoul National University have found a way to recycle used cigarette filters into super-effective energy storage material. They recently published their findings in the journal Nanotechnology. The scientists…
  • Year Long Study of Net-Zero Energy Home Completed Successfully

    Christine Walsh
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It has now been a year since the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) in Washington DC has been built and its energy harvesting capabilities began to be monitored. The home was built on the campus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists and researchers conducted a computer simulation that replicated the energy consumption of a family of four. The results showed the home to be a success, since after a year the home generated 13,577 kWh of energy. This is about 491 kWh more than was needed. The test home measures 2,700 square feet (252 sq m)…
  • 10 Ways to Use Shipping Containers as Homes

    Christine Walsh
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    In the last few years, it’s been well-established that shipping containers make awesome, trendy and eco-friendly homes. But for those who still doubt it (or anyone looking for inspiration) here is a list of ten ways in which a shipping container can become a home, ranging from the simplest to the most extravagant. 1. SurfShack Tiny Yellow House If you thought a single shipping container is too small to become a comfy home, think again. The SurfShack, designed and built by WA based designer/contractor Hartman Kable is a cozy beach retreat built from an 8×20 foot double ended shipping…
 
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    Sustainable Motherhood

  • Green, Cheap, and Cool School Supplies

    Sustainable Mom
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Freen's First Day of Kindergarten 2009 Even in the land of endless summers, I have an end of summer pit in my stomach and with three weeks left before the Freen starts fifth grade, I've started pestering him about whether he wants a new backpack or will be happy with the old one.  He really doesn't care and the old one is perfectly fine but as I walk the aisles of brand new shiny new ones it
  • Green Bronx Machine

    Sustainable Mom
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    One man and some seeds can change the lives of many. This presentation is from 2012 and tells his story.  You can learn more about his success at Green Bronx Machine and like Green Bronx Machine on Facebook.
  • Bicoastal Bitchin

    Sustainable Mom
    19 Nov 2013 | 11:30 am
    O tells California Bear what he thinks of him. Being a New Yorker sets your satisfaction bar very high and your expectations pretty low.  That's why they call us jaded New Yorkers after all.   For us nothing is as good, as tasty, as fast, as available, or as easy as it is in New York. In the end I think it just comes down to the convenience...nothing is as good when you
  • Traveling Light - Easy ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Sustainable Mom
    20 Sep 2013 | 2:27 pm
    @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} Embracing a green lifestyle is not always obvious; take traveling, for example. How does an eco-conscious citizen of the world who enjoys traveling balance both passions? With that conundrum in mind, let us consider
  • Sustainable Motherhood Invites Guest Bloggers to Join in the Fun

    Sustainable Mom
    16 Sep 2013 | 12:01 pm
    Easy Living in Hermosa Beach So after four fast and furious years in New York City, this summer we packed it all up once again and moved to Hermosa Beach.  For those of you who don't know, HB is in the South Bay about 15 minutes south of LAX and just north of Long Beach.  The slogan "The Best Little Beach City" pretty much sums it up.  Yes, there is June Gloom (that seems to last
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  • Only 4 Days Left to Nominate A Project of the Year and A Woman of the Year. Nominate NOW

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
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  • US Renewable Electrical Generation Hits 14.3 Percent

    Kenneth Bossong, SUN DAY Campaign
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, with data for the first six months of 2014, renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 14.3 percent of net U.S. electrical generation. Conventional hydropower accounted for 7.0 percent, while non-hydro renewables provided an even larger share at 7.3 percent.
  • South Africa Seeks to Improve Process for Renewable Energy Deals

    Paul Burkhardt, Bloomberg
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:53 am
    South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said her department wants to address weaknesses in the process of commissioning renewable-power projects.
  • Solar Fred Marketing Tip: Being a Tariff-Free Solar Panel Ain’t Enough

    Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    My, my, I’m getting all sorts of e-blasts and seeing ads from various solar companies telling me that they have tariff-free solar panels! Yay! …Or not. Yes, you have a temporary advantage over those tier one brands that do or will have tariffs imposed, but you’re not the only tariff-free brand on the block, and — wait! Looky-looky over there! Many
  • Cracking the Code on the Business of Energy Management

    Elias Hinckley and Therese Miranda-Blackney, Contributors
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of Things. Energy management will be a multi-trillion dollar industry that will reverberate across industrialized economies. The competitive advantage in virtually every economic sector will be redefined by companies’ ability to manage volatile energy prices. It will change how we consume energy. Significant reductions in energy use are an obvious outcome (with corresponding pressure on energy companies), but even…
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  • 2.5 kW Arkansas Solar Install

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

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

  • Singapore to use state-of-the-art farming tech to produce more veggies

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs. The Panasonic lab-farm is one of the projects in the works to increase the capability of the small island state, which currently imports more than 95 percent of their produce, to grow their own vegetables. Sharon Reich reports.
  • Re-introduction of Mexican wolves into wild promises to be howling success

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Wild Mexican wolf pups return to Mexico's Sierra Madre after a 30-year absence as conservationists try to save the species which was driven to near extinction. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Washington areas hit by wildfires now drenched in floods

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    A dangerous mix of heavy rain and wildfire scorched land has washed out roads and even homes in parts of Washington state. Nathan Frandino reports.
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes to combat dengue in Brazil

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    A UK-based biotech firm is developing a new weapon to kill off the dengue virus. Researchers in Brazil are producing millions of male mosquitoes genetically modified with a gene that kills off their offspring. The plan is to release the GM males into the wild where they will mate with females who will give birth to mosquitoes that carry a gene that kills them before they reach maturity. The scientist say that if done on a large scale, the dengue-carrying mosquito population could be decimated in a matter of months. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Eco-friendly bench keeps your tech fully charged

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Boston is installing solar powered "smart" benches in its public spaces. The design team behind the "Soofa" say it's the bench of the future, giving park goers a comfortable seating area that doubles as a mobile phone charger. Sharon Reich has more.
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Hundreds of methane plumes have been found along the East Coast

    Alfie Joshua
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    During a sweeping survey of the United States Atlantic Coast, it was discovered that hundreds of gas plumes are currently bubbling up from the sea floor. While ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, according to research report that was published yesterday. “We don’t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane,” said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University. Between Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and Georges Bank in Massachusetts, around 570 methane seeps are clustered in eight regions,…
  • The Alps: The heart of European Romanticism

    Mercedes Hart
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Alps are one of the most gorgeous landscapes that Europe has to offer. Be it in winter, spring, summer, or especially autumn, the Alps are beautiful in a way that is almost impossible to describe with words. The glorious views can be enjoyed in any of the numerous small towns that dot the landscape, some of which have existed in the mountains for centuries. It’s no wonder that the mountains and valleys of the Alps became an enclave for poets, writers, artists, and philosophers during Europe’s Romantic era.   The post The Alps: The heart of European Romanticism appeared first on…
  • Coral and fish can detect bad reefs by their “smell”

    Jesseb Shiloh
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    According to a study based in Fiji, fish and baby corals in the Pacific Ocean are capable of smelling the difference between a good reef and a bad reef. When searching for a new home, these animals detect the chemical cues that are present when a reef is littered with seaweed and avoid them, flocking to much healthier habitats instead. When offered a choice between two water samples in a lab, the animals were repulsed by the smell of seaweed that invades reefs that have been depleted, but were drawn to the smell of a healthy coral reef. While these findings aren’t exactly surprising, this…
  • Mount Fuji: Japan’s iconic volcanic mountain

    Chastity Mansfield
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Mount Fuji is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Japan. It’s hard to imagine the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo without picturing the towering volcano in the background. It is one the “Three Holy Mountains” in Japan, is recognized by the government as both a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a Historic Site, and was added to the World Heritage List as a Cultural Site on June 22, 2013. The post Mount Fuji: Japan’s iconic volcanic mountain appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
  • Oceans may be responsible for slowing down global warming

    Cactus Williams
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Despite the fact that the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are emitted every year has increased by a substantial amount since the 1990’s, temperatures on Earth aren’t rising by a proportional amount. While temperatures are still on the rise, they’re not rising as fast as they did back in the 1990’s, and climate scientists aren’t sure why. The global warming “hiatus” has puzzled many climate scientists, but there are many who believe that there is a “sink” that is storing all of the missing heat from the atmosphere, and that we need to find it. Locating the sink…
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    INHABITAT

  • Minnesotan Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Fairytale Castle in His Own Backyard

    Lucy Wang
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of Minnesotan Man Builds World’s First 3D-Printed Concrete Fairytale Castle in His Own Backyard Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed castle, 3d printer, 3D printing, 3d-printed architecture, andrey rudenko, cement, cement layers, concrete castle, rebar
  • Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

    Taz Loomans
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change. The report warns that higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are likely to intensify unless greenhouse gases are brought under control. And furthermore, the report warns that the world is nearing the temperature at which the loss of the vast Greenland ice sheet is inevitable. Read the rest of Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible…
  • Enough About How the Pyramids Were Built, Here’s How They SHOULD Have Been Built

    Kristine Lofgren
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    They are an incredible feat of human ingenuity and they may have been built the wrong way. A new paper turns the traditional conversation about how the stunning Egyptian pyramids were built by asking not how it was done but how it should have been done. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant method of stone transportation which involves strapping wooden logs onto each side to make the square blocks rollable. Read the rest of Enough About How the Pyramids Were Built, Here’s How They SHOULD Have Been Built Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:…
  • Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen

    Lucy Wang
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    Read the rest of Mecanoo Breaks Ground on Multifunctional Cultural Center in Shenzhen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cultural center, Longcheng Park, Longcheng Plaza, longgang district, mecanoo, public space, shenzhen, Shenzhen cultural center
  • Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details

    Lori Zimmer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Cassion Castle’s Timber Garden Studio Combines Traditional Craftsmanship with Modern Details Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: barn house, Cassion Castle, eco design, green design, Hampshire, Long Sutton Studio, sustainable design, Tom Lloyd, traditional craftsmanship
 
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  • Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital

    Priscila Pacheco
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Ljubljana recently won the 2016 European Green Capital Award based on its comprehensive approach to sustainable development, which has transformed urban life in the past decade while minimizing the city’s environmental impact. Photo by Rhobinn/Flickr. Ljubljana, Slovenia has won the 2016 European Green Capital Award, given annually by the European Commission to cities that set an example of sustainable urban development best practices. With an ambitious sustainability plan and that has led to significant improvements in the past decade, the capital of Slovenia joins cities such…
  • Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements

    Coby Joseph
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Medellín’s Metrocable is the centerpiece of an inclusive urban upgrading strategy that has improved mobility and economic opportunity, while reducing violence in disadvantaged areas. Photo by Gabinete/Flickr. In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – introduced the Medellín Metrocable system to connect low-income residents to public transport. As the world’s first modern urban aerial cable car transport system, this innovative addition to Medellín’s existing metro system was built in response to significant spatial inequalities in metro access. Metrocable was…
  • São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by empowering citizens and fostering innovation

    Coby Joseph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    São Paulo has improved sustainable mobility through new bike and bus lanes, a revised master plan, and an innovative approach to support developers creating mobility solutions. Photo by Stanley Calderelli/Flickr. The city of São Paulo has won the 2014 Enterprising City/State MobiPrize following its support of user information and public participation platforms to advance sustainable transport solutions. MobiPrize was launched in 2012 by the University of Michigan SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) initiative to honor entrepreneurs and governments that…
  • Friday Fun: Cycling innovations make bikeable cities worldwide

    Zhou Jia
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Do you enjoy your commute? Innovative bike infrastructure can make cycling a fast, fun transport option. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Instead of sitting in gridlock on a busy road at 8:30 am, imagine cycling safely in dedicated lanes for a quick, pleasant commute. Many cities around the world are making investments that will give residents a faster, safer cycling experience through innovative infrastructure and urban design. Though this list is not comprehensive, TheCityFix has compiled four of our favorite recent examples of cities innovating to prioritize cycling infrastructure and active…
  • Car-sharing grows in China as an alternative to vehicle ownership

    Heshuang Zeng
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Car-sharing is beginning to take hold in Chinese cities, and can help reduce car ownership, congestion, and air pollution. Photo via gaoloumi.com. China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars. For example, six Chinese cities – including Beijing – have implemented license plate control policies. Other transport demand management strategies such as congestion pricing…
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    Science & Energy

  • Garbage-measuring sensor firm Enevo pulls in another $8M in funding

    David Meyer
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Finnish company offers waste collection firms volume and temperature sensors that go in their bins, then manages the resulting data to optimize collection routes and times. Garbage-measuring sensor firm Enevo pulls in another $8M in funding originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • After two weeks in space, the most powerful commercial satellite ever launched is sending back pics

    Signe Brewster
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The first images released by DigitalGlobe show an airport and neighborhoods in Madrid. Their quality had to be reduced because it is not yet legal for the company to release images accurate at such a small scale. After two weeks in space, the most powerful commercial satellite ever launched is sending back pics originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Shapeways might have found the best model yet for 3D printing copyrighted objects

    Signe Brewster
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Shapeways is now allowing anyone to upload and sell content featuring Hasbro characters. Shapeways, Hasbro and the artist all get a cut of the sale. Shapeways might have found the best model yet for 3D printing copyrighted objects originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • This energy data company is using connected thermostats to slash air conditioning

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    In a large program in Nevada last Summer, EcoFactor's data analytics beat the competition. This energy data company is using connected thermostats to slash air conditioning originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
  • Citizen’s drone video shows damage of Napa earthquake

    Jeff John Roberts
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Look at these shots from the Napa earthquake -- they show how a new generation of lightweight consumer drones offers a way to assess damage and survey emergency scenes. Citizen’s drone video shows damage of Napa earthquake originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

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

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

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

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

    katee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet This hypnotic video released by aviation body North Atlantic Skies reveals the true extent of our dependence on CO2 burning planes. Every day, between two and three thousand aircraft cross the North Atlantic, each burning an average of 220 tonnes of CO2 per crossing. The live Flight Radar is another way to see the excessive number of aeroplanes in our skies. In fact, so many flights are leaving Europe and the USA that the countries are no longer visible, shrouded behind a mass of yellow plane icons. Worst of all, many of the planes will be…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

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

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

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

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

    katee
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet This hypnotic video released by aviation body North Atlantic Skies reveals the true extent of our dependence on CO2 burning planes. Every day, between two and three thousand aircraft cross the North Atlantic, each burning an average of 220 tonnes of CO2 per crossing. The live Flight Radar is another way to see the excessive number of aeroplanes in our skies. In fact, so many flights are leaving Europe and the USA that the countries are no longer visible, shrouded behind a mass of yellow plane icons. Worst of all, many of the planes will be…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

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

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

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

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

    Stuart Kaplow
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    A case filed last week in a California court is a prime example of the importance of contract documents in a LEED project. Earlier this year the City of Palo Alto gave notice firing Flintco Pacific, Inc., the general contractor responsible for construction of the Mitchell Park library, a proposed LEED Platinum project. With a performance bond in place, the City and the surety announced in early March that they has negotiated a takeover agreement that will allow a new contractor to complete construction.  But the current dispute playing out in letters between counsel for Palo Alto and…
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    Chelsea Green

  • Make Your Own Fruit Wine

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have an excess harvest of a favorite fruit that you don’t know what to do with? Look no further—making your own fruit wine is easy, safe, and it’s as delicious as homemade pie or jam without the expiration date! All you need is an abundance of the fruit of your choosing, orange juice, brewers yeast, […]The post Make Your Own Fruit Wine appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • What Can Humans Learn from Bears?

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Imagine having an all-access pass to the world of bears. Being so comfortable with them, and they with you, that you are able to crawl into their dens, take photographs of their cubs and come nose to snout with them everyday. Welcome to the world of black bear expert Benjamin Kilham. He has been studying […]The post What Can Humans Learn from Bears? appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • End of Summer Sale: Everything on Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    It’s that time of year again, our end of summer sale! We’re offering four chances to save—up to 75% off—on some of our new and bestselling books, as well as old favorites. All of our titles are 25% off with the discount code SUMMER at checkout. Then, save big on some select titles: Deep discounts […]The post End of Summer Sale: Everything on Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Janisse Ray to Keynote First Annual Harvest Conference

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you have a green thumb? Perhaps you’re more of an activist, interested in preserving the integrity of heritage produce? Or, maybe you’re just looking for some guidance and optimism in an era that seems irrevocably scarred by environmental unrest and a lack of community spirit. Join like-minded individuals at the First Annual Harvest Conference […]The post Janisse Ray to Keynote First Annual Harvest Conference appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • End of Summer Sale!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We’re having our end of summer sale to make room for our forthcoming fall releases! We’re offering four chances to save big—up to 75% off—on some of our new and bestselling books, as well as old favorites. We have some amazing deals on select titles: Deep discounts at 50% Off Deeper discounts at 75% Off […]The post End of Summer Sale! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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    mnn.com

  • Unusual fish that 'walks' holds clues to animal evolution

    mnnadmin
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    An unusual species of fish that can walk and breathe air shows that these animals may be more capable of adapting to life on land than previously thought, researchers say.   The new findings may help explain how the ancient fish ancestors of humans colonized the land, the researchers said.  
  • Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?

    lmoss
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Naming a star after a loved one might sound like the perfect romantic gift. Purchasing real estate on the moon might seem like a worthwhile investment.   But can you really name a star or own part of the moon? Yes, and no.   What's in a name?
  • NASA's army of 'swarmies' could explore other planets

    mnnadmin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    They may look like remote-controlled toy trucks, but a troop of new NASA robots could one day race across distant planets as a sort of space exploration vanguard.  
  • Will iconic sequoias fall to climate change?

    mnnadmin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's iconic trees, the giant sequoias, may sail through the state's current extreme drought. The huge trees survived even drier conditions during their long lives, studies show. The oldest sequoias live for more than 3,000 years.  
  • Spider personalities shine when they are with friends

    mnnadmin
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Novelty is no good if you're an arachnid. Spiders get a personality boost from hanging out with the same group day in and day out, new research finds.  
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  • Bad memories can be transformed into good memories with 'flip of switch'

    bnelson78
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Have you ever had a particular place or event ruined because of a bad memory or painful association? Ever left a bad first impression you wish could be reversed? Well, in a feat that sounds closer to science fiction than science fact, scientists may soon be able to change a bad memory into a good one with nothing more than a "flip of the switch," reports the BBC.  
  • New quantum camera capable of snapping photos of 'ghosts'

    bnelson78
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    By utilizing a process that Einstein famously called "spooky," scientists have successfully caught "ghosts" on film for the first time using quantum cameras.  
  • X Prize finalist could make 'Star Trek' tricorder a reality

    mnnadmin
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    An artist's illustration the AMI Vitals tricorder-like device developed for the X Prize foundation competition. (Image: Danvantri)  
  • Online class leads to spot at MIT for Indian student

    sstevens
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Amol Bhave meets MIT physics professor Walter Lewin, whose course he took online at home in Jabalpur, India. (Photo: Amol Bhave)  
  • How crowd control technology works

    mnnadmin
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Violent protests have ravaged Ferguson, Missouri since Aug. 9, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old who is believed to have robbed a convenience store. The Ferguson Police Department has been criticized for its crowd control tactics that have included plumes of tear gas, sprays of rubber bullets and loud blasts from sound cannons.  
 
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  • How to become a food bank gardener

    toder
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    It hurts when your stomach is empty. Across the land of plenty that is the United States, 49 million people in 17.6 million households feel that pain.  
  • Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Filling and Lemon Buttercream Frosting (vegan, gluten-free)

    jheimbuch
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Should what we eat change as we age?

    rpomerance
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    A highly publicized study released earlier this year claimed that eating meat in midlife may cause early death but eating meat later in life can protect older people from frailty. The conclusion was interesting, but the study raised a more general question: Should we eat differently at different ages? Should our diet shift, as we do, across our lifespan?   
  • Is there really a Nutella shortage?

    lmoss
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A global hazelnut shortage has Nutella lovers worried their favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread could disappear from store shelves, but Nutella's parent company says there’s no need for alarm.  
  • The real paleo diet: Ancient humans ate snails

    mnnadmin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Escargot is more than just a modern delicacy: Ancient humans who lived 30,000 years ago ate the mollusks too, a new archaeological excavation has revealed.  
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  • How to survive a long airplane flight

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

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

    svartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Remember when your high school physics teacher illustrated potential and kinetic energy using a roller coaster as an example?
  • 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
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  • 'MythBusters' exhibition brings the TV show to life

    gmiller
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    For nearly 11 years, the delightfully mad scientists of the Discovery series "MythBusters" have entertained audiences with wacky experiments that usually involve blowing something up on the way to pronouncing a hypothesis confirmed, plausible or busted.
  • Could a mummy's curse be causing earthquakes and floods in Siberia?

    bnelson78
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:42 pm
    After the mummified remains of a beautifully adorned, 5th-century BC woman were discovered in Siberia's Altai Mountains in 1993, the find was heralded as "one of the most significant archeological discoveries at the close of the 20th century." But recent earthquakes and floods in the region have locals believing that removing the ice princess from her pallid slumber may have angered her, as well as opened some kind of ghastly gate to the underworld,
  • 'Raiders of the Lost Art' goes in search of missing masterpieces

    gmiller
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    The Ark of the Covenant may remain a mystery, but Ovation's "Raiders of the Lost Art" delves into the stories behind the art world's most priceless treasures, from paintings plundered by the Nazis to newly found Van Goghs, Vermeers and Fabergé eggs to the man who stole the Mona Lisa. Premiering on Aug. 30, the series uses re-enactments, rare archival footage and expert commentary to tell its fascinating stories.
  • 4 homemade foot scrub recipes

    jnelson
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Summer can be rough on your feet. All those barefoot runs to the mailbox; the sand, salt and rocks at the shore; and the physical toll of sandal-clad sightseeing, not to mention being on your feet for hours.   Here, we offer a few homemade salt scrub recipes to help your tootsies stay in tip-top shape when the temperature is sweltering.   Soothing Peppermint Foot Scrub 1 cup granulated sugar
  • TV's top veterinarian talks about life, cows and how farming has changed

    gmiller
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Three years ago, it seemed unlikely that a 70-year-old Dutch-born veterinarian from rural Michigan would become a TV star with a top-rated series and legions of fans, but Dr. Jan Pol is an unconventional success story — thanks in part to "The Incredible Dr. Pol," Nat Geo Wild’s top show.  
 
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  • Wingsuit insanity: Skimming the tree tops and surfing the gaps

    sgunther
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    We're big fans of wingsuit flying here at MNN so I knew I had to post this video as soon as I saw it. Wingsuit flying is, more or less, the act of throwing yourself at the ground and missing. Practitioners ride the so-called ground effect, gliding close to the ground in webbed suits reminiscent of flying squirrels, as they surf down the vertical gradient.  
  • No sense of direction? Vibrating shoes could help

    sgunther
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    The Indian tech firm Lechal is working on a project set to release this fall that merges insertable footbeds with your smartphones to do things like track the number of steps you take, alert you if you leave your phone behind, and, perhaps most interestingly, help you navigate a path between two points in a city by buzzing left or right to indicate the direction to turn (as directed by Google Maps).  
  • Dogs with wheel carts still want to have fun

    sgunther
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    It doesn't get sweeter than this. Check out this video of a gaggle of wheel cart-bound dogs playing fetch with as much gusto as any canine around. The dogs' wheelchairs are well designed and handle the rutted and grassy terrain without a problem, allowing them to bound and wheel themselves to fetch the stick like a good boy. Who's a good boy?     It's great to see these pups exercise their full range of dogitude.
  • The Lego pieces that won't stop washing up on the beach

    sgunther
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    In 1997, a particularly large wave hit the container ship the Tokio Express while she was underway in the seas south of Ireland and the southern tip of England, knocking a few of the large containers loose into the waters. One of those opened containers held Lego kits — in a beautifully cosmic bit of irony — held millions of pieces with nautical themes, from tiny plastic octopuses, sea dragons, divers flippers, spear guns, sea grass, and even scuba gear.
  • Jumpy the dog practices parkour with professional Alex Van Duong

    sgunther
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    We're big fans of both dogs and parkour here at MNN, so I knew I needed to share this cool video as soon as I watched it: In it, Jumpy the dog sessions with professional parkour athlete Alex Van Duong and runs, jumps, bounds, and flips a
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  • How to choose a nursing home

    jsavedge
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The search for a quality nursing home can be an overwhelming experience.  Far too often, the news reports are filled with stories about once-reputable nursing homes that have fallen into disrepair or whose employees have been found neglecting or harming residents.
  • Parents honor daughter's life by finishing her bucket list after her death

    jsavedge
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Almost one year ago, 21-year-old nursing student Kristina Chesterman was riding her bicycle home from a long day of studying when she was hit by an allegedly drunk driver and killed.  Her young life was cut short before she ever got a chance to really live it.  But not before she had a chance to make a bucket list full of her wishes and dreams for the future.    
  • Pharrell's 'Happy' is even happier in sign language

    jsavedge
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I didn't think anything could get happier than the fun-loving dance party of a video for Pharrell Williams hit song "Happy." With cameos from the likes of Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Carell, and even the "Despicable Me" Minions, it seemed that "Happy" had happiness all wrapped up.  
  • E-cigs may help smokers quit, but group says more regulation needed

    jsavedge
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    The jury is still out on whether or not e-cigarettes can help smokers kick the habit.  But either way, the World Health Organization is calling for tougher regulations on the products in terms of indoor use, advertising to children, and sales.  
  • Parents today less likely to identify their overweight kids as overweight

    jsavedge
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Have parents today grown so accustomed to obesity in children that they don't recognize the signs in their own kids? That's the conclusion of a new study published today that found that when compared with parents from a decade ago, parents today are less likely to identify their own kids as overweight — even when they clearly are.  
 
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  • Salvage Supperclubs: Dining in dumpsters for a cause

    rshreeves
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    People who live in Brooklyn aren’t novices when it comes to using dumpsters in unconventional ways. They’ve been known to swim in the trash receptacles; now, they’re dining in them.  
  • 5 inspired pancake creations for back-to-school breakfast

    rshreeves
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    It’s time to face the fact that a week from today, my boys will be back in school. Far from the elementary-aged children they both were the first time I mentioned one of them in How to get a 6-year-old to eat pesto six years ago, my young men are now going into 7th and 10th grades.  
  • 10 culinary uses for lemon balm

    rshreeves
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Several years ago, my neighbor from across the street had an excess of lemon balm in his garden and put some in the garden bed in the front of my house. It started to take over the garden bed this year so I moved a large portion of it to another bed. I now have a lot of lemon balm.   I’ve never done anything with the lemon balm except smell it, and I thought I’d see what I could do with this herb in my kitchen.
  • Getting ready for fall: Plant an indoor herb garden

    rshreeves
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I’ve been busy freezing the bounty from my small herb garden with Frozen Herb Starters, but my frozen cubes of chives, basil, cilantro and other herbs won’t take me all the way to next spring. I’ll grow some fresh herbs on my windowsill so I can snip and cook with them whenever I want.  
  • Ocean debris makes cool art, but it's still not cool

    rshreeves
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    On a gray, rainy, vacation day last week, my boys and I spent several hours at the Virginia Aquarium and Science Center. The first thing we saw before we entered the building was a sculpture of Lidia the Seal (pictured above), made entirely of trash found in or along the sea.
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  • What if we could have a 261-mpg VW in the U.S.?

    jmotavalli
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    I loved my brief drive in the Volkswagen XL1, a tiny, ultra-lightweight car that gets over 260 miles per gallon. Of course, I was put off by its $146,000 price tag and limited-edition, Europe-only distribution plan. I pulled the wraps off the car in Chattanooga, but I can’t register one in America for love or money.  
  • Who owns the very first Ford Mustang?

    jmotavalli
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    It’s the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, and the Saratoga Auto Museum in upstate New York is featuring the marque.   On a visit there this week, I saw a bunch of cool ones, including a ’65 Shelby Cobra GT 350 ($4,547 new, a fortune now), a ’65 British-built coupe (three were made) with Ferguson all-wheel drive and Dunlop anti-lock brakes!, and a fastback 350H, one of the cars supplied to Hertz (you had to be 25 to rent it).  
  • Forget electric cars; it's time for electric boats!

    jmotavalli
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — Who says it’s only cars that are going to be electric powered? Access to today’s highly efficient lithium-ion batteries means that a number of companies (including GE and Boeing) are avidly working on electric and hybrid airplanes. And that same factor explains the sudden interest in electric boats.
  • 5 car distractions (that aren't cellphones)

    jmotavalli
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    If I say “distracted driving,” you’re going to get the mental picture of a teenager texting, right? But it’s not only about that. We do plenty of other things that distract us from the road ahead. And it’s not just kids — 83 percent of teenagers say their own parents engage in unsafe driving with them in the car.
  • Experience the ultimate in loud car stereos

    jmotavalli
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    We’ve all been annoyed by drive-bys from loud, booming stereos — but you haven’t really heard loud.  
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  • How sneaky is a border collie? (Just ask his pals)

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

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

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

    lmoss
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    The world’s most famous cats have united to help save some of their brethren: the planet’s most endangered big cats.  
  • Webcam catches baby sea turtles hatching

    lmoss
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    A live-streaming webcam on a Florida Keys beach captured the hatching of about 100 baby loggerhead sea turtles on July 25. Light from the camera allowed filming in the night as the 3-inch babies crawled from their nest and headed to the Atlantic Ocean.   The camera uses infrared lighting, so hatchlings would not be confused by artificial light and will head toward the sea, guided by moonlight reflecting on the water.
 
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  • 100+ Indian Organizations Sign Letter Opposing Export-Import Bank Coal Project

    Compass Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    After the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) stated last month that it was considering financing Reliance Energy’s 3,960-megawatt Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) and associated coal mine in the Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand, India, over 100 organizations in India signed a letter urging the the Bank to reject the coal project. The fact that Ex-Im would consider financing Tilaiya is particularly shocking given the human rights and environmental abuses the Indian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) uncovered at Reliance Energy’s 3,960-megawatt Sasan UMPP and associated mine. These…
  • More Than A Light Bulb: How Clean Energy Is Powering Health Clinics Beyond the Grid

    Compass Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Photo courtesy of SunFarmer It is hard to overstate the effect that access to reliable electricity can have on people’s lives in rural communities worldwide.   That’s why we are so supportive of interventions like off-grid clean energy that not only put power directly in people’s hands, but do it in a time frame that matters: now, not decades from now. That’s something traditional grid extension and centralized power plants simply can’t do. Despite the important leg up off-grid clean energy provides these communities, we’ve heard some concerns that these interventions can…
  • Big Clean Air Victory in Indianapolis

    The Sierra Club
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    After a two-year campaign by 50 organizations in the Power Indy Forward Coalition, Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) has announced its intention to stop burning coal at its downtown Harding Street power plant in 2016 and close the unlined coal ash lagoons at the plant, located on the city's south side. "Harding Street is the largest single source of industrial pollution, sulfur dioxide, soot, and carbon in our city," says Megan Anderson, an Indianapolis-based organizer with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. (That's Anderson at center, below, delivering…
  • Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

    Compass Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Sources: Compiled from China National Bureau of Statistics and China National Coal Association statistical releases. There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel: It appears China’s coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the ‘war on pollution’ is not just talk. According to analysis produced by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International in the first half of this year, China’s coal use dropped for the first time this century - while the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) actually grew. You read that…
  • BMW i3: A Subtle and Sublime Revolution

    The Sierra Club
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Photo courtesy of BMW The BMW i3 made its debut in U.S. markets in May. The best way to describe the car is that it's radically different. It really looks like a concept car; its design is futuristic and colorful, with the added bonus that you can actually buy it today. The i3, though dead silent, has impressed with a 22kwh battery that has a range of 81+ miles between electric charges and can take you from 0-60 in under 7 seconds. "It takes off like a rocket!" says i3 owner Charlie Rabie, a Tufts University professor and former business leader, who took delivery of the first i3…
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  • State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

    Steve Horn
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    The Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge got U.S. State Department permission in response to its request to construct a U.S.-Canada border-crossing tar sands pipeline without earning an obligatory Presidential Permit. Enbridge originally applied to the Obama State Department to expand capacity of its Alberta Clipper (now Line 67) pipeline in November 2012, but decided to avoid a “Keystone XL, take two” — or a years-long permitting battle — by creating a complex alternative to move nearly the same…
  • Mount Polley: A Wake-Up Call For Canada’s Mining Industry

    Guest
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an “extremely rare” occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 “dangerous or unusual occurrences” that B.C’s chief inspector of mines reported at tailings ponds in the province between 2000 and 2012, as well as breaches at non-operating mine sites. This spill was predictable. Concerns…
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott Meets With Climate Scientists, Learns Nothing

    Farron Cousins
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Republican Florida governor Rick Scott has always had a huge problem when it comes to the environment.  To begin with, he has repeatedly made it clear that he does not believe in climate change, and certainly not the role that human beings play in exacerbating the problem.  But, facing a fierce opponent with a stellar environmental record in this year’s gubernatorial race, Scott has had to swallow his pride and open up to the idea that he is wrong on climate change. Governor Scott recently met with prominent climate scientists from universities with the expressed goal of learning all…
  • Oil Industry Front Group Sets Sights On Santa Barbara County Measure That Would Ban “Extreme Oil Extraction”

    Mike G
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Local activists in California’s Santa Barbara County have placed Measure P on the November ballot to ban “extreme oil extraction” practices such as fracking, acidization, and steam injection over concerns that they make global warming worse, cause earthquakes, pollute aquifers, and waste massive amounts of water at a time when the state is experiencing extreme drought. The LA Times label for these same practices is a bit less rhetorically provocative: the paper calls them “high intensity petroleum operations.” But according to Jim Byrne, a spokesman for Santa Barbara County…
  • Judge Nixes Cove Point LNG Zoning Permit as Dominion Says Will Soon Receive Federal Permit

    Steve Horn
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Co-Written with Caroline Selle An August 6 court decision handed down by Calvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon could put Dominion Resources’ timeline for its proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in jeopardy. Salmon ruled that an ordinance exempting the Lusby, Md.-based LNG project from local zoning laws — Ordinance 46-13 — violated both a section of a state Land Use law, as well as Maryland's constitution. The facility will be fueled by gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). In the ruling, Judge Salmon described the zoning…
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  • Healthy, Classic End-of-Summer Desserts (or Breakfasts!)

    Starre Vartan
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Desserts can be decadent and blow-your-mind sweet—but they don’t have to be! Fruit, at its height as a nutritional powerhouse at the end of summer, is packed with micro- and macro-nutrients, and is part of a healthy diet. Natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup contain minerals and digestive enzymes. So bring on the desserts—or breakfasts! Check out Superhealthy Desserts: Nutritious and Low Calorie by Starre Vartan at Foodie.com Main image via Flickr User Sharyn Morrow. Post sponsored by Foodie.com, but recipe choices are Starre’s own! The post Healthy, Classic…
  • California Natural with Nau’s Micromodal Pants: How I Wear Eco Fashion

    Starre Vartan
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I’ve just moved to Berkeley, California to accompany my partner, Simon, while he attends law school here, and I am having some serious fun exploring my new town. Recently, we checked out some of the incredible vintage and salvage stores in the area to find interesting pieces for our new apartment, which is in a 1930s-era home that’s been divided into residences. And we had so much fun checking out everyone’s gardens (and admiring all the adorable dogs and cats (and birds) in people’s yards! This guy was just too cute not to capture. Because we’d be walking lots…
  • 8 New Ways to Green Your Workspace: Back To School Time!

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Whether you are heading to school, helping a significant other pack their things into a cube of a room in a building full of excitable teenagers, or using the Back to School sales to stock up on office and paper supplies, it’s always a great idea to keep it green. Office supplies, like anything else on the planet, can—and should—be made in a sustainable way. Thanks to science (!) companies all over the world have found genius ways to put a green spin on our favorite and most essential office work needs. From banana paper to staple-free ways to “staple” this list is will…
  • Eco Chick Eats: Why Chia Seeds Are So Awesome (Plus Smoothie Recipe)

    Starre Vartan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Long before Chia Pets were a pop culture fad, Chia seeds were considered a staple of the Aztecs. According to Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, this ancient “superfood” is an item that everyone should incorporate into their daily diet. “Chia seeds are rich in many nutrients including antioxidants, minerals, fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids,” notes Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm. “In addition to nutritional benefits, Chia seeds are low in calories and are a great supplement for weight…
  • 7 Fresh Ways to Sustainably Transition Into Fall Fashion

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Fall is almost here. I can feel it in the tendrils of cool weather that have reached us this past week. Though it’s not officially September, I am looking forward to all the layering, prints, and warm colors (like bordeaux!) that autumn brings. Moving beyond Vogue’s trends of straight lines and muted colors, the coming season gives us an opportunity to roll out the best in warm sustainable fabrics. From cupro and organic cotton to silk and wool, this season is all about layering unique cuts, cute sweaters, and warm jackets. These are some of the chic, cool pieces you can get your…
 
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  • Audi Q7

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Audi Q7 is a family-friendly SUV that has gone virtually unchanged since it arrived on the market in 2007. Competition for the Q7 includes those SUVs as well as the Mercedes-Benz ML Class and GL Class, and the BMW X5--Infiniti's seven-passenger QX60 (née JX), Acura's MDX, and Lincoln's MKT might even be considered alternatives. The new...
  • BMW 1-Series

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    The BMW 1-Series was BMW's entry-level coupe and convertible - until the duo was replaced for the 2015 model year by the new BMW 2-Series. See our 2013 BMW 1-Series review for pricing with options, specifications, and gas mileage ratings. The first 1-Series arrived on the U.S. scene in 2008, and continued largely unchanged through 2013. A minor...
  • Audi Allroad

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    The Audi Allroad is a ruggedized version of the Audi A4 Avant wagon, a vehicle that hasn't been offered for sale in the U.S. in the current generation of compact Audi sedans. Instead, the Allroad pitches itself as a sensible SUV alternative, not quite a crossover either--that role is filled by the Audi Q5. Think of it as a wagon replacement with...
  • Subaru WRX

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Subaru WRX and STI are performance-oriented, turbocharged versions of the Impreza four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models. Both models have turbocharged four-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive, instead of the typical big engine and rear-wheel drive formula. The WRX is an exciting daily driver, but the STI is a true race car straight...
  • Subaru Outback

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The Subaru Outback is a crossover wagon that’s capable of handling a bit of light off-roading. Revamped for the 2015 model year, the Outback is better than ever at blending passenger-car comfort and all-weather driving; as such, it's a rival for vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and even the Volvo XC60. While most people...
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  • To keep or to purge, that is the question

    Tiffany
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I’m over at The Art of Simple today sharing the 5 questions I’ve been using to purge 30 boxes worth of stuff from our house. From the post: I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I was so determined to simplify that I literally went through every item that came through the door. Each one was evaluated with a few mental questions to decide whether or not it would stay. Come on over…
  • Tear-Free Hair Care for Curly Haired Kids

    Tiffany
    26 May 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I have cursed (under my breath) on more than one occasion while combing my daughter’s hair. My 7 year old has a beautiful head of curls but it took a few years to figure out the right arsenal of tools to make it look adorable and keep tears out of the process. This is what works for us: Ditch the Shampoo I haven’t used shampoo on my own curly hair in several years.  When I started employing this method on my daughter’s hair, it made a HUGE difference. She wets her hair, scrubs in some conditioner and rinses. She swims every day in the summer and we still only use…
  • 17 Simple Tips for a (Very) Successful Garage Sale

    Tiffany
    18 May 2014 | 9:15 pm
    photo credit I’ve had a lot of garage sales over the last 15 years but none as successful as the last two. We made over $1000 each time and are gearing up for another one in June. Here’s a few tips that I believe helped us get there. Prepare 1. As I organize and get rid of clutter, I add all the unneeded items to boxes labeled ‘garage sale’ knowing that we will probably have enough accumulated by the following spring for a garage sale. 2. For a month or two before your sale, save paper and plastic shopping bags to  use for shoppers that purchase multiple items.
  • 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides on Produce

    Tiffany
    7 May 2014 | 4:30 am
    Last month, the EWG released their updated shopper’s guide to pesticides in conventional (not organic) produce. The Clean 15 are the top 15 fruits and vegetables the EWG states are the least likely to test positive for pesticide residues.  The Dirty Dozen Plus are the most contaminated conventional fruits and vegetables – those to be avoided. What to know The majority of pesticide exposure comes from the food you eat. At least 65% of the conventional produce samples tested had at least one pesticide. In 2014, the USDA detected 10 different pesticides on at least 5 percent of 777…
  • 15 Gift Ideas for a Green Mom

    Tiffany
    5 May 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Mother’s Day is just a week away but I’m always in need of a few ideas for my birthday and holiday wish lists so I’m sharing them here. Gifts Under $50 A gift card from Etsy :: I will always and forever be able to spend money on Etsy for lovely, handmade items. You can never go wrong with an Etsy gift card.  Plus it comes via email, no paper waste. Jewelry that gives back :: I am smitten with the beautiful jewelry from the Noonday Collection. Each piece is carefully made by a woman in Ethiopia, Ecuador or Uganda and helps to restore their communities and provide business…
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  • IT Monitoring Buyers Guide 2014

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to end the chaos and simplify your monitoring through unification, then download this guide...If you want to know the key trade-offs of the types of software out there, then download this guide...If you want to find out what kind of monitoring solutions have been proven to work and why, then download this guide...Request Free!
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    16 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    HRW's mission is to provide a worldwide network for sharing practical, technical information and expertise on hydroelectric power. HRW brings together the international community sharing a common interest in hydro. This community includes:Developers, owners, and operators of hydroelectric plants and dams.Service providers, including engineering and environmental consultants.Equipment vendors.Regulators, financiers, and legal specialists.Request Free!
  • Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production (COSPP) magazine is recognized as an authoritative and reliable source of information for the global CHP/cogeneration and on-site power industry, promoting the use of cleaner, more efficient decentralized energy worldwide. With the focus now firmly on the low-carbon production of electricity and heat, the relevance of COSPP has never been greater.Each issue of COSPP covers technology, policy, finance, best-practice projects and news analysis, as well as wider issues of importance to the decentralized energy sector.Request Free!
  • Waste Management World

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

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Water & Wastewater International provides practical knowledge and insight that saves time and money for water system operators, wastewater engineers and other professionals in the water and wastewater industry worldwide. Addressing the ever-changing demands of the water and wastewater industry requires up-to-date information on market trends, major projects, and problem-solving technology. Their subscribers count on Water & Wastewater International for all the news, analysis and information they need to succeed in this complex and competitive arena. Monthly editorial topics include:…
 
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    This past week, Eastman Innovation Lab and Altair Thinklabs, a product development design firm, hosted a breakfast seminar at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference in Austin, [...] The post What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500

    Justmeans
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Guest Blog By Nick Sorrentino, Future 500 I must admit that I usually loath discussing issues in terms of race, gender, class, etc.  But in this case I will make [...] The post Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500 appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state [...] The post Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power

    Josh Valentine
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Three glassy-eyed reps from the EPA listened all day to supporters and opponents of the newly proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions considerably in order to [...] The post My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston

    3BL Media
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US [...] The post Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • Google Pigeon Update: What it means for your local rankings

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

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

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

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

    Ryan Buckley
    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…
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    GreenAnswers

  • Reopen Abandoned Water Contamination Investigations

    Alec Phillips
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy Goal: Reopen abandoned investigations into contaminated water The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has shut down three investigations into contaminated water over the past year even though it already had data showing that the water was polluted. Instead of doing its job and protecting the people from harmful contaminants in their water, the EPA gave in to pressure from oil and gas companies and abandoned the investigations. In Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas, the EPA shut down its water investigations that were…
  • Save Our Oceans from Destructive Overfishing

    Nick Engelfried
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: US Congress Goal: Stop the plunder of our oceans by the commercial fishing industry *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Demand an End to Wolf-Killing Competition

    Aven Frey
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Target: Bureau of Land Management Idaho State Director Tim Murphy Goal: Tell the Bureau of Land Management to deny approval for a multi-year predator killing derby An organization calling itself “Idaho for Wildlife” has requested permission from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to host a multi-year predator slaughter derby on American public lands. The event would take place every winter for five consecutive years, targeting wild animals during their most vulnerable time of the year and awarding cash prizes for the most lives taken. Although the primary targets of this killing…
  • Save Turtles from Extinction

    Afieya Kipp
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Target: President Xi Jinping of China Goal: Urge protection of wild turtle species being forced into extinction For thousands of years turtles have been used in holistic Chinese medicines and therapies to treat a plethora of ailments and diseases. From curing sexual incompetence to diminishing cancer cells, wild turtles are regarded as, more or less, a miracle drug. Despite a strong lack of scientific evidence proving that turtle consumption correlates with any medicinal benefits, many people in China believe that turtles are essential for living a long and healthy life. With that being said,…
  • Stop Luxury Cruise from Destroying Arctic Glaciers

    Alyson Gines
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Target: Crystal Cruises President Edie Bornstein Goal: Disband planned luxury cruise that will rapidly destroy the environment and increase glacial melting Recently, Crystal Cruises President Edie Bornstein announced a new luxury cruise set to launch 2016. The ship will follow the Northwest Passage which takes passengers from Alaska to New York in just 32 days. It will cost each guest up to $40,000 to have a front-seat view of the deteriorating Arctic ice. What’s worse is that they will be contributing to the ruination: the cruise will produce more than triple the amount of carbon than that…
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  • 6 Time Saving and Eco-Friendly Back to School Organizing Tips

    Jennie
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Eben just started 8th grade! Can you believe it? Wow – how time flies. We have his creative space ready to go and we  have updated his homework station with all of the supplies that he needs. He is still reusing this backpack (4 years and still in perfect condition (it’s the Lands End Eco-Friendly back pack) and I used my best eco-friendly back to school shopping tips to get all of his done. Yay! As a parent, I feel that one of the most important tips for back to school is being organized. I have shared a lot of my tips in the past, however, there are still so many other tips…
  • 6 Great Kid-Friendly Uses for Organic Coconut Oil

    Beth Brass
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Remember the father in law in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” who used Windex to cure everything? Well, I’m that way with coconut oil. I’m convinced it does everything that duct tape can’t. But we all know by now that coconut oil is practically a deity when it comes to health, wellness, and being green. I use for everything from conditioning my hair and brightening my smile to soothing chapped lips and rough elbows! You may be wondering how your children can benefit from coconut oil too? I put together a list of my six favorite ways to incorporate coconut oil into your child’s…
  • 6 Eco-Friendly Lunchbox Essentials for Green Kids

    Jennie
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now that the kids are back at school – you are probably testing out the new lunchbox. If you are like me, it can be hard to find the perfect lunchbox essentials. We have had a hard time with the lunch bag being too small, containers leaking, water bottles that won’t fit inside the lunchbox and even worse, the lost lunchbox. Over the years, we have fine tuned Eben’s lunchbox and have found 6 essentials that we highly recommend – all of them are eco-friendly too, read on to check them out! 1. Large Reusable Insulated Lunch Bag $35 Over the years we have tried out quite a…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Help Kids Go Green by Teaching Community Awareness

    Lauren Dartt
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    For kids, who may not fully understand what a carbon footprint is or how their green choices today will improve everyone’s quality of life tomorrow, it’s helpful to begin teaching them to be environmentally-friendly by focusing on community awareness. Kids are naturally friendly, curious, social creatures who are constantly studying and interacting with their peers and adults around them. We routinely teach children how their emotions and words affect others, and by keeping the context on community we can easily show them how their environmental decisions affect others. Read on for 4 easy…
  • Back to School: 3 Reasons to Let Kids Pack Their Own Lunch

    Lauren Dartt
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Back to school time is here which means busier mornings and evenings.  Finding the time to prepare and pack nutritious, homemade lunches every morning or evening for your kids can be challenging with homework, family dinner, extracurricular activities, and social time all packed into a few hours before bedtime. Some parents may feel frustrated to see half their carefully prepared lunch return home in the lunch box, too! There are so many reasons to teach your kids to pack their own lunch for school; read on for our top 3. #1 It’s a Time and Energy Saver In the beginning, especially with…
 
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    Newsy Headlines

  • CDC Director On Ebola Outbreak: 'It's Worse Than I Feared'

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Watch VideoStrong words from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden. TOM FRIEDEN TO CNN: "No one has ever seen an outbreak of Ebola like this, with this kind of explosive spread in urban areas. Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country."​Frieden told CNN of the outbreak: "It's even worse than I'd feared." He spoke to the outlet in Liberia's capital — just one of the areas affected by the largest Ebola outbreak on record.According to the World Health…
  • Minds Blown: Scientists Develop Fish That Walk On Land

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Watch VideoTaking fish out of water — it's an expression that describes something that literally shouldn't work. But for some scientists, it apparently has.This is the Senegal  bichir... and it's walking. Researchers took the fish from a young age and forced them to live on land for 8 months, in conditions that were humid enough that they could survive. (Video via Nature)The study found the fish — which were previously known to move on land only incidentally — could adapt to walking on land. Basically, what the study wanted to look at was how…
  • Tsarnaev Sister Arrested On Suspicion Of Bomb Threat

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Watch VideoThe sister of the men accused in the deadliest domestic terrorist act since 9/11 is now accused of threatening to bomb a New York woman.Ailina Tsarnaev faces a charge of domestic harassment after New York City Police say she called the mother of her boyfriend's children earlier this week. An NYPD lieutenant says Tsarnaev told the woman, "I know people who can go over there and put a bomb on you.”WABC in New York reports Tsarnaev who's in her 20s turned herself in at a police precinct in Harlem and was released pending her next court appearance.Tsarnaev's…
  • Amish Beard Cutting Not A Hate Crime, Judges Say

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Watch VideoYou don't often see the Amish making headlines, especially in national media.  But in 2012, an Ohio Amish sect garnered quite a bit of attention when they were charged with "religious hate crimes". The court found Samuel Mullet Sr. and 15 members of the Amish community he leads guilty of religious hate crimes after they attacked five other Amish and forcibly cut their beards.But Wednesday the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the hate crime convictions for the 16 Amish.The ruling says during the…
  • Josh Shaw, USC Under Fire For Rescue Hoax

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Watch VideoUniversity of Southern California defensive back Josh Shaw hurt his ankles over the weekend. And that's about all we know after Shaw admitted Wednesday the balcony jump, the painful landing and the daring rescue of his drowning 7-year-old nephew was all a hoax. Shaw released a statement through his attorney saying, "On Saturday ... I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part."Another statement posted on the university's website…
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  • Survey Provides Update on Corporate Social Responsibility Activities of Japanese Companies

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Yahho. A research team with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Study Project established by the Tokyo Foundation, a non-profit independent private think tank in Japan, conducted a survey to gauge the status of enterprises' CSR activities in Japan in 2013. The survey focused on the relationship between social issues that Japan and the world are facing and the CSR activities of enterprises, and covered about 2,000 companies, including those listed in the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, major unlisted companies, and major foreign companies operating in Japan. The…
  • Community-Led Energy Association Launched to Promote Renewable Energy

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies All Rights Reserved. The National Local Energy Association announced on May 23, 2014, its official launch after the inaugural meeting held on the same day. The purpose of the association is to create sustainable local communities by promoting renewable energy development and energy-saving initiatives by local citizens.
  • Let's Use Rainwater! Recent Trends in Rainwater Use in Japan

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by oseigt Some Rights Reserved. In recent years, a growing number of municipalities in Japan have been making use of rainwater. Blessed with a large amount of rainfall compared to other countries, since the post-war urban development period Japan has tended to deal with this abundance by "disposing" of rainwater. Over the years, however, this thinking has gradually shifted toward taking advantage of rainwater as a natural resource. In this article, we will introduce the recent trends in rainwater use in Japan.
  • Waste to Food Network Holds Third Meeting in Saga

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Japan Sewage Works Association All Rights Reserved. As part of the BISTRO Waste to Food Team initiative, the network of local governments engaged in the resource recovery from sewerage system, a third meeting was held in Saga City on February 13 and 14, 2014. The participants were the municipal officials and local farmers who promotes the recycle of biosolids. The BISTRO team was established in 2013 by the national government, MLIT and the Japan Sewage Works Association, JSWA.
  • Tokyo Gas Achieves Dramatic Peak Power Use Reduction in Smart City Project Demonstration

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Tokyo Gas All Rights Reserved. Tokyo Gas Co. announced on June 10, 2014, that the received electricity (electricity supplied from power companies) at peak times was successfully reduced by 58% in summer and by 49% in winter during its demonstration test of a smart housing complex. The test was part of an initiative called the Yokohama Smart City Project.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Eleven Perfect Projects to Repurpose Nail Polish

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Most women own multiple bottles of nail polish. Some are bought to match a certain outfit, some on a whim. Most bottles are never fully used because the owner gets tired of the color or finds another she likes better. Instead of letting those bottles go to waste, here are some great ways to repurpose them into something more. <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Bobby pins</b></div> <img class="undefined"…
  • How to Recycle Tennis Balls

    Sophia Bennett
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    <img class="undefined" title="tennis-ball-recycling" alt="tennis-ball-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/tennis-ball-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Looking to green your tennis game? While you may not be able to put tennis balls in your recycling cart, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are several ways to recycle and reuse them. <h4><b>What are tennis balls made of?</b></h4>Tennis balls are essentially rubber balls…
  • Reuse in the Garden with EcoScraps

    Wendy Gabriel
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="ecoscraps" alt="EcoScraps.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/EcoScraps_400x400.jpg"> Do you know what happens with the food that you throw away? I used to think it just decomposed naturally in our local landfill and quietly went back into the earth. Unfortunately, that is not the whole story. The millions of tons of food waste that is generated each year by people across the country releases a greenhouse gas called methane.
  • Recycling Profile: Bowling Green, KY

    1-800-RECYCLING
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4>Bowling Green (pop. 60,600), Kentucky's third-largest city (<a href="/2012/03/recycling-profile-louisville-kentucky" target="_blank" title="Recycling Profile: Louisville, KY" class="">Louisville</a> and <a href="/2013/10/recycling-profile-lexington-kentucky" target="_blank" title="Recycling Profile: Lexington, KY" class="">Lexington</a> are one and two), was voted this year as one of the <a…
  • What Should I Do With All of My Unwanted Paper Receipts?

    Maggie Wehri
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="receipt-paper-recycling" alt="receipt-paper-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/8/receipt-paper-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Even in the digital age, paper receipts are still a part of the day to day. Following most purchases comes the little white piece of paper showing the evidence of fueling up at the pump, dining out, buying groceries or any other transaction. These little pieces of white paper pile up real fast in a…
 
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Ideas that make your house environmentally friendly

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    Go-green is the tagline in most of the homes these days. The costs required to build a green house are slowly reducing because of good demand, hence renovating or having your own eco-friendly house is no more an expensive dream.   Some green home building alternatives are mentioned below: Build a smaller house Build a ... The post Ideas that make your house environmentally friendly appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • American colleges that have chosen the green route

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Many colleges are creating awareness and taking steps towards eco-friendly techniques and operations. Educational institutes have the potential to mold and inspire younger generations towards environmental awareness. Some of these go-green initiatives include organic gardens, green roofs, and solar panels. You must be aware of many college campuses that are similar to a small city ... The post American colleges that have chosen the green route appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Designs for futuristic homes that make aesthetics coexist with Earth

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    When we talk about futuristic homes, we always relate them to energy efficient and eco-friendly houses. We imagine the future to be more responsible and alert towards its use of natural resources. The idea often resounds with the concepts imagined by designers for the future. The following lists some designs and concepts that live up ... The post Designs for futuristic homes that make aesthetics coexist with Earth appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • What the modern world can learn from green homes of history

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Many historic houses excavated have proven that eco-friendly concepts have been used in ancient times too. Historically, humans have been using materials that blended well with the environment, and thus, perhaps unwittingly, helped keep the environment balanced. In fact, many architects build modern houses based on these historic green homes concept. Some of these architectures ... The post What the modern world can learn from green homes of history appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Examples that show eco-friendly architecture is worth the effort

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Contemporary green homes comprise of the best technologies and look sophisticated. As such, several eco-friendly options have showed up in architecture and construction. Some of the eco-friendly options that are comfortable are mentioned below:   Earth sheltered Earth sheltered houses simply mean designs either partially below the ground or completely above the ground and making ... The post Examples that show eco-friendly architecture is worth the effort appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • 5 Awesome Resources for School Lunch Ideas

    Becky Striepe
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Now that the school year is officially in full swing, do you need some school lunch ideas to spice up your kid’s lunch box? Here are some places to find school lunch inspiration! Do you feel like you’re packing your kid the same PB&J or hummus sandwich day after day after day? I think that my son might stage some sort of coup if he sees another hummus on wheat with avocado slices and sweet potatoes on the side. If you’re experiencing a packed lunch rut, I’ve rounded up a few resources for school lunch ideas to help you break out and jazz things up! 5 Resources for…
  • Savory Breakfast Bars: Slow Food for Fast Lives Review

    Becky Striepe
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Slow Food for Fast Lives makes savory breakfast bars for healthier snacking on the go. Here’s a review of their full line. Slow Food for Fast Lives sent me samples of all four of their vegetable breakfast bars to sample, and I was pleasantly surprised! Below, I review each of the four flavors and take a look at the ingredients. Related: How to Make Your Own Granola Bars, Eat Your Way to Healthy Skin Overall, the breakfast bars are sort of a sweet-and-savory mix, and I think that Slow Food for Fast Lives did a great job hitting the mark between cloyingly sweet and overly earthy or spicy.
  • Hunger in America: 1 in 7 Don’t Have Enough to Eat

    Mary Gerush
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    What if you had to choose between food and gas for your car? Between food and medical care? Between food and the roof over your head? What would you choose? These are the questions Feeding America, a US-based hunger-relief non-profit, wants us to consider, because millions of Americans across the country have to make these choices every day. It has just released its annual study of hunger in America — Hunger in America 2014 — which profiles the people who turned to its large network of food banks and other partner agencies the prior year. Who are they? What do they do? What are the…
  • Fall Garden Guides for Your Vegetable Garden

    Becky Striepe
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you planning a fall garden? Me too! Here are some handy resources to help us plan a fruitful (or veggie-ful!) food garden. My summer garden was the pits this year. Even with the cool week of polar vortex weather here and there, this summer was a scorcher overall. And my poor plants paid the price. My sweet peppers wilted. My tomatoes never produced. And my herbs bolted sometime in July. All that I have to show for a summer of gardening is a handful of hot peppers. I’m hoping to make up for it with a more successful fall garden! Related: Growing Garlic in Your Fall Garden, Square…
  • Fermenting Video and Resources for Home Fermentation

    Becky Striepe
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you’re new to fermenting, the idea of cultivating good bacteria and yeast in your kitchen might be overwhelming. We’ve rounded up a few recipes and resources for making your own fermented food and drinks at home. We’ve talked about fermenting before and even shared a list of some of the best fermented foods that you can eat. Fermenting fruits, veggies, and even garlic is a good food double whammy. When you ferment your food, you increase its acidity which helps preserve it. That means an extended shelf life and less food waste. Fermenting your food also produces…
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    PlanetSave

  • Climate Synthesis Sent To World Leaders By IPCC

    Sandy Dechert
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Or do you? It’s time to pay attention to climate change now—as if it wasn’t back in 1800, when our current problems started. We all need to acknowledge that stunning industrial achievements can carry with them enormous unforeseen risks and challenges. Americans should take particular note, because on the whole we are wa-a-a-y behind on this. Climate Synthesis Sent To World Leaders By IPCC 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…
  • PUMP: The Story of America’s Oil Addiction

    Derek Markham
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Most cars and trucks these days run on gas and diesel, and while electric vehicle and alternate fuel technologies are rapidly advancing and may someday play a major part in our transportation infrastructure, for the most part, we’re all at the mercy of the oil companies that monopolize our fuel options. But according to the PUMP: The Story of America’s Oil Addiction 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.
  • Can Poverty Be Reduced through Environmental Protection of Natural Areas?

    Derek Markham
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    [Originally published at Inspired Economist] Little is known about the mechanisms through which ecosystem conservation programs affect poverty, but scholars are now accumulating evidence about the effects of environmental programs on social outcomes. A recent article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights the progress being made by researchers in Costa Can Poverty Be Reduced through Environmental Protection of Natural Areas? was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
  • You Don’t Need A Telescope To Follow A Satellite (VIDEO)

    Sandy Dechert
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Would you like to chase satellites, print out custom sky charts whenever you wish, and locate real-time iridium flares without a telescope or binoculars? Heavens Above has just the features you’re looking for. It’s dedicated to helping people observe and track, with only the naked eye, satellites orbiting Earth. Chris Peat, a physicist and space-industry You Don’t Need A Telescope To Follow A Satellite (VIDEO) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on…
  • California Solar Power Hits New Output Record

    Zachary Shahan
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    California solar power plants recently hit a new electricity output record for electricity from utility-scale solar power plants. It hit 4.813 gigawatts of output on August 15 at 12:03pm. The data comes from CAISO, which only tracks utility-scale output. It can’t track behind-the-meter rooftop output, which had the potential to add another 2.6 gigawatts. To put California Solar Power Hits New Output Record 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…
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  • Coffee Processing Wastewater: a Great Source of Energy

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
      What do you do with your coffee waste? You may add the grounds to your compost bin, or put them directly onto your roses and other plants as a fertilizer. If you’re in the business of coffee processing, though, you’re dealing with much more waste… particularly wastewater. According to Dutch sustainable agriculture non-profit UTZ Certified, every cup of coffee we drink requires 140 litres (nearly 40 gallons) of water to process. After that water’s used, it’s full of organic material. If it simply gets discharged into other water sources, as it often does in…
  • Time to Get the Fall Vegetable Garden Started!

    Important Media Cross-Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    I know, I know – it feels nothing like Fall right now! Despite a polar vortex-y beginning of August that was downright pleasant, Summer’s back with a vengeance here in flyover country: heat and humidity make any time outside miserable. But I also know that, come October, I’m going to really want a pot full of kale and white beans, and I’d love for that kale to come out of my backyard.  So, time to get the Fall vegetable garden started. I’m thinking of my Fall garden as my do-over opportunity: I had critters get into the leafy greens early on, so my kale,…
  • The Human-Powered DIY Washing Machine: 5 Plans

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Need a DIY clothes dryer? That’s easy: string up a line between two trees, fence posts, or whatever you’ve got. A DIY washing machine, however, is just a bit more involved… but as I’ve discovered after poking around, not much more.  With a repurposed container for a “drum,” and a few other easily-available materials, you can be washing your clothes and getting some exercise in a few hours. 5 Plans for DIY Washing Machines 1. The Hillbilly Washer: We’ll start simple here – all you need for this project are a 5-gallon bucket, a toilet plunger,…
  • Cleveland’s Unique Take on Rails to Trails: Streetcar Lines to Bike Lanes

    Important Media Cross-Post
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The Rails to Trails movement has a wide variety of transportation repurposing projects to its credit: from New York City’s High Line – a park/walking space on an old railroad trestle – to Missouri’s state-spanning Katy Trail. In Cleveland, clean transportation proponents have take a look at former streetcar rights-of-way, and thought “Hey… those could make good protected bike lanes.” They could also bring some economic activity to locations largely deserted since the streetcar ran by them. That’s the genesis of the Midway project, which Cynthia…
  • Using Vintage To Your Advantage: Turning Grandma’s Closet into Extra Cash She Can Use

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Image credit: Shutterstock “Everything old is new again.” Modern fashion is fabulously inclusive. The New Look – a full skirt with a cinched waist – dominated the 1950s. Shoulder pads reigned in the ‘80s. Today, I’m not surprised when both looks walk by me in the street, sometimes on the same person. This recirculation of fashion means unprecedented opportunity for your well-loved clothes. Further, online shopping has given local consigners and thrift shops global reach. But, they’re not alone. Internet platforms like eBay and Pinterest enable everyday Americans like you and me…
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 20 DIY Kids’ Art Supplies

    Julie Finn
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:23 am
    Kids LOVE to do arts and crafts and sensory activities of all sorts, and when you can make the supplies yourself (usually for a lot cheaper than you can buy them!), it’s easy to indulge your miniature Cassatts and Rembrandts. Check out these tutorials for tons of DIY art supplies that your kids are going to enjoy creating with: 1. Chalk. Make your own sidewalk chalk! cinnamon dough 2. Cinnamon dough. Bake this delicious-smelling play dough, and it will keep nearly forever. 3. Cloud dough. You may substitute any oil that you’re comfortable with for the baby oil called for in…
  • Spotted: 10 T-Shirt Reconstruction Tips

    Becky Striepe
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    T-shirt reconstruction can range from simple to complex, and working with reclaimed tees can come with its own challenges. These are some handy tips to make it easier! We love a good t-shirt reconstruction craft, so you know we also loved this guide that Beth Byrge contributed to Sew Mama Sew. Beth walks you through 10 crucial steps to reconstructing an old t-shirt. She goes into everything from choosing the right pattern to choosing the right needle to understanding the fabric. It’s an awesome resource! Related: Crafting with T-Shirt Sleeves, A Neckerchief-Style T-Shirt Scarf, A…
  • How to Make Moon Sand for Toddler Sensory Play

    Becky Striepe
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I made some moon sand for my son to try, and it was so much fun! Here’s how to make moon sand at home with only two ingredients. There are lots of recipes for how to make moon sand floating around online, and I loved this simple one from Love and Laundry. My only problem with her recipe is that it calls for baby oil, which is a petroleum product. It’s also not intended for eating, and my son still likes to taste things that he’s playing with. Related: 8 Edible Play Dough Recipes, Health Snack Ideas for Toddlers This was my first time making moon sand, and it’s super…
  • Spotted: DIY Sequin Top [no sew!]

    Becky Striepe
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Turn a thrifted men’s t-shirt into a cute DIY sequin top. No sewing required! You don’t need sewing skills to make a DIY sequin top. T-shirts are made with jersey knit  fabric. Unlike woven fabrics – like the sort used to make most button-up shirts – knits don’t fray when you cut them. That means no hemming or sewing! Related: Create a Belt Bracelet, 21 Ways to Refashion Your Wardrobe This DIY sequin top by Ann at I Love to Create uses fabric glue to add the sequins. That means no painstaking sewing there, either. Just dot your glue, press on your sequin, and move on to the next…
  • How-to: DIY Wikki Stix from Natural Ingredients

    Julie Finn
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Have you seen Wikki Stix? They’re AWESOME! Wikki Stix are short pieces of sticky waxed yarn that you can buy for your kids (or yourself!). The wax is malleable, so they’re bendable. They’re only slightly tacky, just enough to make them stick to each other or to even slick surfaces, but they don’t leave a residue. You can sculpt with them, pose them on any surface, and they’re re-usable, so when you’re done just unstick and unbend them and put them away for next time. Kids love to sculpt with Wikki Stix, and they’re great for doing dot-to-dots or…
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  • Eco-Friendly Luxury Custom Homes

    greenEditor
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Luxury homes typically are not what come to mind when people think about eco-friendly homes. In fact, they are often criticized for being wasteful, having a big carbon footprint and ostentatious. However, many luxury homes are being constructed to include eco-friendly features. www.calgarycustomhomebuilder.ca and below are some of the features that eco-friendly luxury custom homes often have: Solar Panels People who live in a sunny climate often use solar panels. Solar panels are devices that can be used to convert sunshine into energy that people can use in their household. Solar panels not…
  • Screw Heaters and Flanged immersion Heaters

    greenEditor
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    You might have learned about mess plug immersion heating units sooner or later. You may find out a little about the subject, and even possess a kind of general idea about what they are employed for. Piece of content provide a deeper check out the subject and will assist to reveal a few of the ins and outs of the screw connect heating units. Screw plug immersion heaters directly heat several liquids as well as gas with an immersion heating method. This includes all kinds of oils and also the liquids involved in a number of procedures. These units are used for process water heating system and…
  • What Does Eco-Friendly Pest Control Look Like?

    greenEditor
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    When people think of pests like mice, rats, cockroaches and bedbugs, usually the first thing they feel is a shiver of revulsion. That shiver might be at the thought of the bugs themselves, but soon enough, they will find themselves shivering at the chemicals that must be used in the home to get rid of them. The truth of the matter is that eco-friendly pest control is not only possible, it is also something that can be very accessible. Check online more eco-friendly practices at www.pestcontrolintoronto.com For example, if you have small children and pets in the home, eco-friendly pest control…
  • Eco-friendly Construction Equipment Rentals

    greenEditor
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reliable equipment: First and foremost, when you want to rent the item to fix up your house, you will want to make sure it’s reliable. If not, you will deal with serious problems when you need to start the eco-friendly equipment. Think about it, if it dies in the middle of a project, not only will you deal with frustration, but you will end up costing yourself a lot of time and money. However, if you find a place offering reliable equipment, you are well on your way to choosing the right provider of eco-friendly construction equipment. Visit online www.smsrents.com/fr for “Location…
  • Eco-friendly Installation of Granite Countertops

    greenEditor
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Granite countertops look so beautiful in a kitchen or other work areas that sometimes people don’t realize how ecologically friendly granite countertops really are. The fact is that from beginning to end, granite and marble contertops are installed in a very ecologically friendly way at www.rockstella.ca. The Mining Process All the major suppliers of granite show concern for the environment at every stage, including the very beginning. After the granite has been mined, the area left behind is completely renewed by planting trees and vegetation that is native to the region. Measurement…
 
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    The Green Blog Network

  • What are you doing for World Elephant Day August 12?

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

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

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

  • Gravity Control Explained

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

  • Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking?

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    If we want to secure community control, we must plant our feet...on the people’s inherent, constitutional, collective right to govern the places where they live.
  • Global Biofuels Status Update

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Today I want to take a deep look at the global biofuels picture, drawing mainly from the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report (GSR) that was released in June by REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century.
  • Peak oil notes - August 28

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    A mid-week update. Oil prices have been quiet this week trading around the Wednesday close of $93.88 in New York and $102.72 in London.
  • 16 Worker Coops Redefining the Cooperative Movement

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
     The worker cooperative movement has hit a new stride. Here are some of the most interesting and innovative worker cooperatives around.
  • Downhome Fibers: A River of Creativity, Care & Quality

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Clear decision making accompanied by determination and hard work has landed Kim Bethel into a life extraordinarily well suited to her.
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Changes for 2009 Credential Holders?

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

    rpfjr
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Price:  $59.99 Short Description A:  Save on a great set of study tools and pass the LEED v4 Green Associate exam. Poplar’s 131 page LEED v4 Green Associate PDF study guide, 100 question bonus test, plus 400 practice questions with exam simulator. Everything is delivered to you immediately, 100% online. Access the materials from any device! New to Green Building and LEED?: Poplar's LEED v4 Green Associate Study Guide and 100 Question Practice Test is designed for students who are new to LEED v4 and/or green building. Prepare to Pass and Succeed in Your Sustainability Career Save…
  • 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…
  • Fast 15 LEED Green Associate CE Pack

    rpfjr
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Price:  $149.99 Short Description A:  Complete all 15 CEUs in as little as 5 hours! Self-paced LEED project credits to fulfill 100% of your LEED Green Associate CMP requirements using our award winning process. Save up to 10 hours of your time when compared with online video! Self-paced LEED project credits fulfill 100% of your 15 LEED Green Associate CEUs, including all LEED specific requirements. Our award winning online LEED project experience approach combines expert instruction with common LEED credits in a self-paced program that can be completed in as little as 5 hours.
  • 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…
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • 4 Easy Homemade Recipes To Clean Your Fruits and Veggies

    Jeanne
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Though we may try hard to stick with the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list when buying fruits and vegetables, there may be times we stray simply due to cost or availability. In those cases, what are the... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 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
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    Our Daily Green

  • Going beyond going paperless to save energy

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    image courtesy of : wikimedia commons Going paperless is a mantra of many cost and environmentally conscious folks. We embrace the opportunity to utilize email for communication. We use email to receive everything from jokes, to sales fliers, to family news, to corporate communication. If you've embraced paperless communication in order to lessen your impact on the environment, you're ready
  • What does organic mean and why should it matter?

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    The Organic Movement  Anyone with two ears, two eyes, or a health nut for a friend has more than likely heard of organic foods, why they're so good for us, and why they're good for the environment. The growth of the organic industry has been going on for longer than most people probably realize. It can be beneficial to learn more about the industry as a whole in addition to just how
  • Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot (reprinted from Otherwords)

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It's hard to rig the rules against increasingly competitive green energy options By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities — along with big oil, gas, coal, and nuclear companies — see the writing on the wall. Unlike some other denizens of the fossil-fueled set, this gang isn't beating oil
  • Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking for a way to refresh your exterior design? Or maybe you're just tired of stumbling through the dark every time you get home late from work. Whatever your reasons for considering outdoor lighting, here are just six ways to illuminate your yard and breathe new life into your landscape. 1. Lampposts  Guide your guests straight to your door by installing lampposts along your driveway or
  • Plastics and allergies

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Our Daily Green is affiliated with The Allergy Kit, a drug free, home treatment for allergies There is growing concern among the medical community about the link between allergies and asthma and exposure to phthalates. Phthalates are also commonly known of "plasticizers". They are a group of chemicals additives that make plastics more flexible and more difficult to break. photo courtesy
 
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    Green Marketing Blog

  • How Small Firms Can Build a Winning Facebook Profile

    Carolyn Parrs
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Top Strategies for Making the Most of a Home Page on the Social Network by Andrea Coombes For most of us, a Facebook profile is a way to connect with our friends and to let the world know what we like. For a small business, it can be a crucial way to attract customers. When people search for businesses on the social network, a profile page is the first place they end up. In addition to posting engaging updates and vibrant photos to that page, owners can use the page to cram in details about the company that can give prospective customers all they need to know, as well as reasons to keep…
  • Verizon Offering $6M for Powerful Answers to Four Global Problems

    Carolyn Parrs
    20 May 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Verizon is now accepting applications for its Powerful Answers Award, which offers a total of $6 million in prizes for ideas that have the power to create groundbreaking change. Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award invites innovators, developers and entrepreneurs to leverage Verizon’s technology to deliver world-changing solutions and social good. This year, the multimillion-dollar global competition will focus on four categories: Education, Healthcare, Sustainability and (a new category for 2014) Transportation. Now in its second year, the Powerful Answers Award offers innovators a chance to…
  • 10 Companies Thriving in American Downtowns

    Carolyn Parrs
    12 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The migration of major companies from urban downtowns to surrounding suburbs has spanned decades. Across the U.S., commuters sit idly in traffic jams while cities become blighted by decreased business activity and population loss. But as more Americans move back to once-forgotten urban centers, top companies are doing the same — bolstering their bottom lines and revitalizing downtowns in the process. 1. Zappo’s CEO is turning Las Vegas into startup paradise In 2011, Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh announced he was starting a $350 million fund to transform a blighted stretch of downtown Las…
  • 5 Celeb-Backed Green Marketing Campaigns We Can Actually Get Behind

    Carolyn Parrs
    1 May 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Celeb-backed environmental campaigns are often sigh-inducing displays of greenwashing, but we’re all for giving a pat on the back when things are done right. Campaigns incorporating celebrities can bring the conversation to a far wider audience — an ultimate necessity if we hope to move the needle forward on issues like climate change and ocean health. With that in mind, this week we rounded up five celebrity-backed green marketing campaigns that we can actually get behind. 1. Leonardo DiCaprio buys a racing team to spur EV adoption Actor and longtime environmental activist Leonardo…
  • Case Study: Michael’s Naturopathic Programs

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

  • Stop Harming Hedgehogs

    Melinda Pham
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Royal Mail Group Ltd. CEO Moya Greene Goal: Stop Royal Mail postmen from dropping rubber bands that cause harm to hedgehogs Royal Mail Group Ltd. is a Universal Postal Service Provider founded in the UK. When postmen deliver mail to homes, they discard the rubber band around the mail on the ground. Hedgehogs then become tangled around the bands that dig deep into their organs as they grow and cause infections that ultimately result in amputation to save their lives. If the infection is too severe, then it is often fatal. In some cases, the band has dug so deeply into the…
  • Fund Life-Saving Cancer Research

    Nick Engelfried
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: General public Goal: Cure cancer by providing funding for young and innovative researchers *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Thank Nestle for Improving Animal Welfare Standards

    Jennifer Schwager
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Chairman of Nestle Goal: Thank Nestle for demanding better treatment of animals owned by its suppliers The world’s largest grossing distributor of food has promised to improve the welfare of all farm animals in its supply chain. Swiss giant Nestle announced new, stricter standards of care to be implemented at its 7,300 suppliers throughout 90 countries. The move comes only shortly after a Nestle subsidiary dropped a supplier known to employ cruel methods in its farming. The groundbreaking new policy was designed with the help of World Animal Protection, a…
  • Stop Threats Against Female Landowners

    Renee Gauthier
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia Goal: Protect female land claimants from violence and harassment and put measures in place to prevent future intimidation The members of the Women’s Association of Rural Producers (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras del Campo, ASOMUPROCA) have recently been plagued by threats and harassment from unknown sources, all because they are seeking to reclaim lands that were wrongfully and illegally taken from them. Sign the petition and demand that the government protect the women and establish safeguards to prevent similar harassment in the…
  • Stop Advertising Bee-Killing Plants as ‘Bee-Friendly’

    Alec Phillips
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: CEOs of Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Walmart Goal: Stop home improvement stores from selling bee killing plants as “bee-friendly” A new study has shown that plants marketed as “bee-friendly” by Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Walmart contain high levels of neonicotinoid pesticides. The high level of these pesticides have been shown to harm or kill bees. This false advertising leads consumers to believe that they are helping to save bees while adding to their garden, but in reality these plants are detrimental to bees and the environment as a whole. The…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 5 Ways to Save Green While Going Green This Summer

    greenwise
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:14 pm
    For many homeowners, the dog days of summer can lead to some pretty hefty electricity bills. From keeping a home cool to running the pool pump more often, it can be challenging to save energy. Fortunately, there are several tips homeowners can try that can help them to stay as green as possible, even when […]
  • Tales from the Dark Side: Is it Actually Greener?

    greenwise
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Every day, tens of thousands of motorcyclists take to the road on their Harleys, Yamahas and Hondas, content to get where they are going on their standard motorcycle tires. But in recent years, a growing group of passionate and extremely opinionated riders have started to swap out their motorcycle tires and replace them with car […]
  • 3 Ways To Avoid Water Waste At Home

    greenwise
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    California has just imposed the most stringent restrictions on water use in its history, so a reminder about ways to conserve water is timely. More than 70 percent of planet Earth is water. But do you know that less than 1 percent of all the water on earth is fresh water that we can actually consume? This leaves […]
  • More Sustainable Business: Going Green at Conferences

    greenwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    Part of doing business is attending conferences. Traveling to the conference location, going to meetings, getting around while you are there, eating and drinking. A lot happens that could be done more sustainably. Here are some some simple ideas to make your conference attendance more sustainable. 1. Walk when you can. Weather permitting, walk to […]
  • 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 […]
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Everyday products that contain harmful chemicals

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    Last week Apple announced that it would stop using two harmful chemicals, Benzene and n-hexane, that are used in the final assembly process across its lines of iPads, iPhones and Macs. These chemicals are thought to cause cancer and nerve damage. Apple are not the only company using rare earth elements, toxic chemicals, or untested materials in their products. The long term issues and damages caused by these will be unknown for many years. The real issue will probably be their combined use. Not only is this a worry for our health but it also can be a challenge as we try to build a more…
  • Barcelona – The #sustainable city

    Ramon Arratia
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Barcelona is one of the trailblazer sustainable cities, integrating renewable energy, sensible public policy and waste management strategies into its core infrastructure. Of course there’s more that can be done, and many cities are on the same track, but let’s look at Barcelona’s progress and key points to date: * Home to 1.7m People in the city with c. 5m within urban proximity across 300 square miles. * Spain’s second largest city. * Top 5 EU city by GDP. * In 2000, Barcelona became the first European city to have a solar thermal ordinance. In 2006 the Spanish…
  • Net-Works – 9 tons of fishing nets arrives in Slovenia for recycling

    Ramon Arratia
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:46 am
    At the end of last month a container ship with 9 tons of fishing nets arrived in Slovenia from the Philippines. These monofilament nets were recovered by local villagers participating in the Net-Works™ project. Net-Works is a community-based initiative established by us and the Zoological Society to recover and recycle fishing nets from fishing villages in impoverished regions, connecting some of the dots for a more circular economy. Over 660 million people on the planet depend upon the oceans to support their livelihood. But year after year, pollution in our waters and beaches gets…
  • 2020 – An important #sustainability milestone

    Ramon Arratia
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    2020 is going to be a busy year. In the year 2020 we will see many initiatives, events and milestones reached, and it’s only 6 years off. London’s Crossrail is scheduled to be in full service by 2020, the Summer Olympics will be kicking off in Japan, and Toyota says that all cars it will produce will be hybrid. Other initiatives include the IFPRI Food Security vision, GM have pledged to use 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, and let’s not forget the 5 targets that the EU have set around - Employment, innovation, climate change/energy, education and poverty. The…
  • The impact of regulated labelling: Your Fridge needs dramatically less energy

    Ramon Arratia
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Energy efficient household appliances have lead to a drop in electricity consumption as the chart below illustrates. Here is some of the content from the announcement from the DECC detailing the drop in absolute costs of electricity consumed by household goods. The technical progress with fridges in particular has been incredible – energy requirements have dropped from 300Kwh in 1990 to less than 100Kwh today. This is a combination of mandatory, regulated EU labelling, accompanied by strong innovation incentives. Can you image what would we could achieve if we tried harder?
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 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

    28 Aug 2014 | 7:06 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

  • Audi Q7

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    The Audi Q7 is a family-friendly SUV that has gone virtually unchanged since it arrived on the market in 2007. Competition for the Q7 includes those SUVs as well as the Mercedes-Benz ML Class and GL Class, and the BMW X5--Infiniti's seven-passenger QX60 (née JX), Acura's MDX, and Lincoln's MKT might even be considered alternatives. The new...
  • BMW 1-Series

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    The BMW 1-Series was BMW's entry-level coupe and convertible - until the duo was replaced for the 2015 model year by the new BMW 2-Series. See our 2013 BMW 1-Series review for pricing with options, specifications, and gas mileage ratings. The first 1-Series arrived on the U.S. scene in 2008, and continued largely unchanged through 2013. A minor...
  • Audi Allroad

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    The Audi Allroad is a ruggedized version of the Audi A4 Avant wagon, a vehicle that hasn't been offered for sale in the U.S. in the current generation of compact Audi sedans. Instead, the Allroad pitches itself as a sensible SUV alternative, not quite a crossover either--that role is filled by the Audi Q5. Think of it as a wagon replacement with...
  • Subaru WRX

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Subaru WRX and STI are performance-oriented, turbocharged versions of the Impreza four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models. Both models have turbocharged four-cylinder engines and all-wheel drive, instead of the typical big engine and rear-wheel drive formula. The WRX is an exciting daily driver, but the STI is a true race car straight...
  • Subaru Outback

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:43 pm
    The Subaru Outback is a crossover wagon that’s capable of handling a bit of light off-roading. Revamped for the 2015 model year, the Outback is better than ever at blending passenger-car comfort and all-weather driving; as such, it's a rival for vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and even the Volvo XC60. While most people...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Will The Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Target The Tesla Model S?

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Imagine a smooth, quiet, comfortable largish sedan that emits nothing, with a range of 250 miles or more--one that pegs its driver as a person in the vanguard of advanced technology vehicles. The Tesla Model S electric car, you say? No, no, no: That would be Toyota's upcoming hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, on sale next year. DON'T MISS: Hydrogen...
  • Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    There are many routes to improving fuel efficiency in modern cars, but one route in particular seems to be resonating with automakers, automotive engineers and designers: Shedding weight. A survey of 900 automotive engineers and designers conducted by Wards Auto and sponsored by DuPont showed that lightweight materials and weight reduction were a...
  • BYD's Rising Electric-Car Sales Swamped By Falling Gas Models

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chinese automaker BYD was the first car company in the world to put a plug-in hybrid passenger car into production, a couple of years before the Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car hit the road. Despite several hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric product lines, however, the vast majority of BYD's sales volume comes from selling...
  • Why Aren't Natural Gas-Powered Long-Haul Semi Trucks Selling Better?

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    We will likely never see battery-electric trucks enter the long-haul freight mainstream, but other alternatives to diesel fuel exist today. One is natural gas, which comes with fewer packaging and range constraints than electric propulsion--and a ready and growing domestic supply of the fuel. So why aren't natural gas-powered trucks selling...
  • Tesla's Battery Gigafactory May Achieve Nirvana: $100 Per Kilowatt-Hour, Report Says

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many within the electric car industry believe that $100 per kilowatt-hour will be the tipping point for electric-car batteries. It is the point at which electric vehicles will be able to compete directly with internal combustion vehicles on price, and therefore a major step in boosting sales. According to investment pundits at The Motley Fool (via...
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  • best & SAFEST way to remove fiberglass insulatiotion?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    fiberglass insulation in a 48 year old house - very damaged. Tyvek suit with hood (most simply wear regular clothes with long sleeves & a hat), gloves, safety glasses & a respirator - carefully pull out & place in a trash...
  • recommended ext wall insulation R factor w/ closed cell foam in a 2x6 wall in Maine would be? Also recommended bsmnt first floor R w foam.

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Wood construction in Maine with full basement and crawl spaces, wood siding, stone base.... hardwood floors Per the codes - R20 interior + R5 continuous exterior for the walls. With that as many building scientists will tell you following that will lead to issues especially if...
  • new roofing materials in Texas

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I am about to replace my roof shingles. The cost of cool roof shingles are too expensive and I am hoping that you can recommend a reflective shielding or other product to reduce the solar heat load. If your shingles are to far gone, painting over them with a cool roof coating then wouldn't work - have you considered metal roofing or maybe even concrete tiles (assuming...
  • How do I repair blown in insulation (Cellulose) in my walls during my remodel?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Remodeling my master bath and while tearing out the drywall and framing some of the insulation came out in chunks. I have a few gaping holes now in my insulation which I want to fill but can't figure out how... I've thought about spraying in some expanding foam and then shaving it flat somehow, or possibly covering with pastic and then stuffing foam back in? Any advice would be appreciated! ACJ, Easy problem to fix. You can purchase small spray foam insulation kits from your local building material supplier (Lowe's and Home Depot as well as others). I would not...
  • We want to convert a screened porch to a more usable room. Will we encounter moisture problems due to the concrete floor?

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    We live in northeast Wisconsin. We have a screened porch on the southwest corner of our house that we would like to convert to an all-season room. It is attached to the garage on the east side and the house on the north side. The floor is a solid concrete slab that has a basement underneath (the house has a walkout basement) but no insulation other than veneer brick on the outside. We would like to open the room up to the house and put a direct-vent fireplace on the wall connected to the garage. We would also like to put wood floors on top of the concrete in this room with nearly floor to…
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

    Gail Tverberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production.read more
  • Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

    EDFEnergyEX
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week.read more
  • SolarWorld Wins Trade Case, But Faces Sliding Stock, Faulty Lug Recall, and More

    Eric Wesoff
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In June, the Department of Commerce found in favor of petitioner SolarWorld in that company's trade case against Chinese solar module makers. The preliminary decision imposed significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case.read more
  • Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks

    Danielle Droitsch
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    On August 4, 2014, the catastrophic failure of a mining company's dam in British Columbia, Canada, released over two-and-a-half billion gallons of contaminated water and liquids from a containment pond into the upper Faser River watershed.read more
  • Tesla Trumps Toyota 3: Why Electric Vehicles Are Beating Hydrogen Cars Today

    JosephRomm
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    While electric vehicles have experienced a marketplace renaissance in the last decade, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have not. Multiple models of EVs (like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf) and plug-in EVs (like the Chevy Volt) are selling in this country and around the world, but there are no commercial consumer FCVs yet.read more
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Coping With the California Drought

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

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

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

  • Smart Passive Income: 10 Top Tips From Expert Pat Flynn

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    In February 2007, Pat Flynn was working at an architecture firm making $38,000 a year. He mulled boosting his earning power by getting an architecture license, but the process would likely take six to eight years. When he heard about getting a credential in sustainable design and environmentally friendly building called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), he decided to go for that, as no one in his department had it. The one problem? The exam was so challenging, just one-third of test-takers passed. To make studying more fun and to increase the chances he would actually…
  • The HON Company Washington, D.C. Resource Center: A Showcase Example of Sustainable Design

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    The HON Company, a leading designer and manufacturer of workplace furniture, achieved LEED silver certification for its Washington, D.C., Resource Center from the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. As part of HON’s commitment to sustainability, the company prides itself in its ability to create industry-leading office furniture solutions without impacting the environment. HON takes a lean approach to product design, manufacturing and facility operations. This allows the company to do more with less through rigorous…
  • Smart Passive Income: 10 Top Tips From Expert Pat Flynn

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    In February 2007, Pat Flynn was working at an architecture firm making $38,000 a year. He mulled boosting his earning power by getting an architecture license, but the process would likely take six to eight years. When he heard about getting a credential in sustainable design and environmentally friendly building called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), he decided to go for that, as no one in his department had it. The one problem? The exam was so challenging, just one-third of test-takers passed. To make studying more fun and to increase the chances he would actually…
  • IDEXX Laboratories marks 30th year with a new, LEED® Gold Corporate Headquarters

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    IDEXX Laboratories, an international leader in pet healthcare, has officially taken occupancy of its new $35 million Synergy Center; a fitting cause for celebration during the company’s 30th anniversary year. The Westbrook, Maine headquarters campus now offers more than 750,000 square feet of office and laboratory space, plus an international food court and wellness center, all “Under One Roof.” As a whole, it is the heart of innovation within the IDEXX Corporation, and successfully concludes Phase II of the master plan crafted by Lavallee Brensinger Architects of…
  • EDGE IS LIKE THE LEED OF GENDER EQUALITY CERTIFICATION—CAN IT HELP FIX THE GENDER GAP?

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:39 am
    You like your strawberries certified organic and you want your fridge to have an Energy Star so it protects the environment. But would you be more likely to buy products from brands that are certified gender equal? EDGE, which stands for Economic Dividends for Gender Equality, is a new stamp of approval showing that a company is actively committed to gender equality. Created in Switzerland by Nicole Schwab and Aniela Unguresan, along with a team of data scientists and diversity specialists, it was conceived to be similar to the LEED Certification for energy efficiency. It launched at…
 
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    PLANET

  • Where Does All the Trash from Dollywood Go? To One of the World's Best Composting Facilities

    Erin L. McCoy
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    All photos by Erin L. McCoy. When you think about progressive composting and recycling programs, big cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles might come to mind—yet one of the most efficient composting facilities in the world is in Appalachian Tennessee. Because of this plant, the majority of the county’s waste is composted or recycled. Sevier County, Tennessee, is home to the twin tourist destinations of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and attracts more than 11 million visitors per year. Gatlinburg is a quaint mountain town packed with quirky stores, restaurants, moonshine…
  • Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Might Have to Change First

    Mari Margil
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The author is associate director at the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Photo by Cecily Anderson / Flickr. In June 2014, in a much awaited decision, New York’s Court of Appeals delivered a blow to oil and gas corporations while giving a much needed lift to communities facing fracking. The court, which is the highest in the state, held that towns in New York can use local zoning laws to ban oil and gas extraction. The ruling has been widely celebrated among environmentalists and communities, and those involved are to be commended. This case proves that our communities are capable…
  • Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena

    Jim Shultz
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Jim Shultz adapted this article from a report by The Democracy Center, where he is executive director. A roof in New York City shows a map of the five boroughs after a rise in sea levels. Photo by Molly Dilworth / Flickr. The citizens’ movement for action on the global climate crisis has, over time, developed a love-hate relationship with international campaigning. For years, people from all over the planet have joined together across national boundaries to address a crisis that knows no such boundaries. The climate movement is stepping back into the international arena once again The…
  • Why the Climate Movement Must Stand with Ferguson

    Deirdre Smith
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This essay originally appeared at 350.org, where the author works as a strategic partnership coordinator. Photo by Elvert Barnes/ Flickr. They're all over the news: images of police in military gear pointing war-zone weapons at unarmed black people with their hands in the air. These scenes made my heart race in an all-too-familiar way. I was devastated for Mike Brown, his family, and the people of Ferguson. Almost immediately, I closed my eyes and remembered feeling the same fear for my own family, many times in any given year. The events in Ferguson are important if you're a climate…
  • Americans Spend $1.8 Billion on Eating Out Every Day (And 23 Other Facts You Should Probably Know)

    Dana Drugmand
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Photo by RTimages / Shutterstock. Driest year in recorded history for many areas of California: 2013 Percentage by which California Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily reduce water use in January 2014: 20 1 Actual percentage reduction in water use in California between January and May 2014: 52 Amount Americans are projected to spend per day eating out in restaurants in 2014: $1.8 billion 3 Percentage of American adults who don’t know how to cook as of 2011: 28 4 Percentage of all adult American consumers at least 18 years old who report still calling their moms for cooking…
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Sleepy Creek Lands (ADENA SPRINGS): Make Your Voice Heard THURSDAY!

    Trish Riley
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Administrative Hearing to challenge the Sleepy Creek Lands formerly known as Adena Springs Ranch permits kicked off on Monday in Palatka. The judge has granted YOU the opportunity to be heard! This is your chance to help demonstrate that this massive cattle operation is NOT in the public interest. All you have to do is speak about your relationship to and usage of the Ocklawaha River, St. Johns River, Silver River, Silver Springs, and/or Salt Springs and how you will be negatively impacted by Sleepy Creek Lands and its withdrawal of water and increased nutrient pollution from cow manure…
  • Expert calls for nuclear-plant closure; earthquake effects unknown

    Mike Confino
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility’s twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults. Michael Peck, who for five years was Diablo Canyon’s lead on-site inspector, says in a 42-page, confidential report that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is not applying the safety rules it set out for the plant’s operation. via Expert calls for nuclear-plant closure; earthquake effects unknown – The Denver Post.
  • Wind Turbine Syndrome Cast Off By Courts As Developers Win Suits Filed By Disgruntled Neighbors

    Mike Confino
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    To wind farm opponents, wind turbine syndrome is a manifold malady triggered by acoustic pulses and other unfortunate side effects of large wind turbines. To wind farm developers, syndrome claims can mean stomach-churning marches into courtrooms and municipal hearings, where legal teams defend projects against allegations they’re responsible for everything from headaches and sleeplessness to vertigo, blurred vision, and forgetfulness. In these legal fights, the wind energy developers are winning. To the judges presiding over the cases, evidence that wind turbine syndrome exists has seemed…
  • California town runs dry

    Christine
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    The Fresno Bee reports: Drought and tainted water have nearly shut down people’s taps in Seville, the north Tulare County town where the United Nations three years ago found decrepit plumbing and public neglect. The drought this year is forcing more groundwater pumping, making the water table sink quickly. Seville’s lone water pump is losing pressure and sucking in contaminants. For weeks, the 500 residents have been told to boil their water. But the dry year may have been a good thing. It has triggered emergency state funding and temporary fixes that have been elusive for years…
  • California copes with drought

    Christine
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Cynthia Lambert writes about conservation in the San Luis Obispo Tribune: As the dry summer slogs on, signs of the exceptional drought can be seen throughout San Luis Obispo County. At Santa Margarita Lake, the grass at the White Oak day use area is brown and brittle, a victim of low lake levels. County parks officials stopped watering it once well levels dropped. Elsewhere in the county, water use has been cut back at parks and golf courses, low-flow fixtures have been installed, and some residents have ripped out lawns in an effort to conserve. In January, the governor declared a statewide…
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    Green Prophet

  • Dare to ride your bike in solidarity with Afghan women?

    Tafline Laylin
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Are you allowed to ride a bicycle? For Afghan girls and women, that’s a no. If they dare, people may throw rocks at them or call them unspeakable names. The Global Ride for Solidarity coming up this weekend is designed to catalyze a new cultural paradigm in the country, one that finds riding a bicycle in Afghanistan as normal as walking. American National Geographic Adventurer and Afghan Cycles Producer Shannon Galpin has spent the last seven years working in Afghanistan, driven it seems by a powerful conviction that bicycles can be used as a conduit for social change and justice…
  • Watch ISIS militants take over and burn marijuana fields in Syria

    Karin Kloosterman
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Maybe we’d have a little more tolerance and understanding in this world if ISIS just smoked some of the plants instead. Or maybe the plan is to smoke some of the spoils. Watch the video above as ISIS burns alleged cannabis plant fields in Syria. I was in Syria 15 years ago as a tourist and didn’t see a trace of cannabis anywhere in the ultra conservative country. It could be grown for shipping the pot abroad to attractive markets nearby in Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. A startup company I am building called flux is developing a technology that could be used to help consumers (where…
  • Israeli startup offers “tow” to space junk and lost satellites

    Karin Kloosterman
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    The ever increasing amount of space junk makes it dangerous to pass through Earth’s orbit. Space junk can intercept and hit satellites throwing them out of orbit. But wayward satellites still able to perform may get a tow back to position thanks to a new Israeli startup. Need a lift? The robotic space tow truck developed by Effective Space Solutions is now in talks with manufacturers to help them create a tugboat or DeOrbiter microsatellite. The company expects to “launch” within two years. The aim of inventors is to help it reposition satellites if they’ve gone off…
  • Colonel microbrewery built with recycled materials opens in Lebanon

    Tafline Laylin
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    While many Muslims don’t drink alcohol, the people of Batroun, Lebanon love their beer. At least according to Jamil al-Haddad, the visionary behind Colonel beer and a new microbrewery built out of recycled materials. Jamil has been brewing beer for a very long time, and took several classes abroad in order to hone his craft. “I was 17 when I started to make liqueur at home, Irish cream, banana, strawberry. I started in order to make a bit more money so I could buy myself windsurf boards,” he told Lebanon’s Daily Star. “I began while I was in the boy scouts, and then I…
  • Blowing Horn harvests wind energy with a multi-rotor turbine

    Tafline Laylin
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Are you tired of seeing the same old giant wind turbines in a field or offshore? And do you worry about their impact on migrating birds? Hooman Tahvildar Akbary from Iran has a solution that is both super efficient and beautiful. Designed for the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative Competition, a site specific art and energy competition for Copenhagen, Blowing Horn references the horns people used to use to communicate to one another over great distances (to me, a hard of hearing person, it looks like the horns we used to use to hear.) Except this particular horn comes with an interesting…
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Rochester, Minnesota Aquaponic Startup Takes Farm-to-Fork to a Whole New Level

    Seedstock
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Many restaurants boast a farm-to-fork experience, but how many diners are able to eat food harvested right before it arrives on their table? Fresh with Edge, which is headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota, makes such a thing possible.read more
  • China Has Almost Half the World's Bike-Share Bicycles

    David Thorpe
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    Chinese cities for instituting bike-share schemes fast. The country now has almost half the total number of bikes in schemes throughout the world, and 18 out of the 20 top cities for such schemes are in China. The two non-Chinese cities are...read more
  • Twelve Contemporary Art Projects Exploring Sustainable Development

    This Big City
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s some sustainable creativity afoot a few kilometres outside of Milan. Running for the third year, Ecoismi is an outdoor art project that looks at the topics of environmental protection and sustainable preservation. Ecoismi has brought together artists from across Europe.read more
  • Book Report: Happy City

    PlanningPhotographyCom
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    In 'Happy City, Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design' by Charles Montgomery, the author presents a refreshing perspective of cities as urban laboratories, where social equitability can be achieved through relatively low-cost redesigning.read more
  • Durban Uses Architecture for Pedestrian-Friendly Spaces [VIDEO]

    futurecapetown
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    How can we make cities more livable, and integrate people better back into their urban landscapes? One such way is through developing innovative uses of architecture. Creative design also has the potential to address other problems that plague urban areas.read more
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    Nokero

  • Stop Hunger Now: Empowering Young Minds

    <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;">August 26th, 2014 10:47 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Guest blog post submitted by Paul Renaud, Director of Gift-in-Kind Program for Stop Hunger Now About Stop Hunger Now: Stop Hunger Now understands that by providing people with the resources they need, the have an increased likelihood of becoming healthy, educated and self-sufficient. Stop Hunger Now receives essential donated supplies from corporations, USAID, charitable partners and private donors.  In 2013 Stop Hunger Now provided over 42 million meals and other essential aid to people in 24 developing countries. For nearly all children born into poverty, any hope of breaking the cycle of…
  • Mentionable Monday: El Shaddai Orphanage in Kenya Adopts Change

    <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;">August 11th, 2014 10:00 am</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Worldwide, children tend to be early adopters. They understand technology, they embrace change, and they accept versatility. And yet, often we leave these ‘early adopters’ unadopted. At the Elshaddai Orphanage in Kenya, twenty five children ages 6 months to 17 years old are excited about their hopes and dreams for the future despite being orphaned and living in semi-impoverished conditions. One of the harshest conditions that these children face is darkness. According to the Elshaddai blog, “After sunset, since we only have 2 kerosene lamps, children eat in the dark…
  • Staying Solar-Charged While Hiking in Colorado

    <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 24th, 2014 9:05 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A Casual Colorado Hike Charge my phone, pack a camera, do I have extra batteries? Fill the water bottle, bring a change of clothes, tie my sneakers. What time does the sun set? How hot is it today? Do I need bug spray? Suddenly I’m a bit hungry, I forget where I put the car keys, I need to get cash. All of this effort went into my casual Saturday hike last weekend at Pikes Peak in Colorado. For just a hike, I had a list of ‘essential’ items, not to mention the list I could have developed for a full weekend camping excursion. But what really got me thinking was how all of…
  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    <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…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Simple Fruit Leather Recipe

    Calley Pate
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:23 pm
    What happens when you put GoGo Squeez applesauce in a food dehydrator?  You get a super easy and incredibly tasty fruit leather recipe! My husband just bought a food dehydrator and I’ve been having some fun playing with different fruits and veggies for the past 2 days.  Today I decided to have a little fun with fruit leather (aka: fruit roll ups).  When I searched online for different recipes, most of them used pureed fruit or applesauce.  That’s when I heard “ding, ding, ding” in my head and this brilliant idea was formed.  Instead of making fresh applesauce…
  • EcoCentric Mom Box July/August Review

    Calley Pate
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    If you’ve been visiting The Eco Chic for a while, I hope you’ve signed up for ecocentric mom boxes by now.  I’ve been revealing my mom boxes for over a year now and each one if so much fun to receive.  If you’ve signed up, leave a comment below and tell me what you are liking most about the mystery subscription box service full of eco-friendly goodies for mom and baby. The July/August box was great as always and of course I devoured the apple chips by YogaVive upon opening the box.  I’m a sucker for eco-friendly, healthy snacks and I loved the chocolate apple chips.  The only…
  • Winter Has Hope #DolphinTale2

    Calley Pate
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Did you know that Dolphin Tale 2 the movie is coming out September 12th?  I had the honor to be invited to a press junket this weekend in Tampa.  I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me it was all a dream. We started the weekend with a family trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a behind the scenes tour of the facility.  During the tour, David Yates (CEO of the aquarium) sat down with us to tell us the story of Winter, Hope, and the Dolphin Tale movies.  We also got to talk with one of the senior dolphin trainers, Abby Stone.  Both of these individuals shared…
  • Type-A Parent Conference Atlanta 2014

    Calley Pate
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    As a blogger, one of the most exhilarating and inspiring things to do is attend a blogging conference.  Over the past 5 years I’ve been to several including a few BlogHers, Blissdom, Mom 2.0, and Type-A.  Each one is different but I always take away something special from these events. Why should you attend a blogging conference? If you are serious about treating your blog like a business, it’s a good idea to attend a conference.  You’ll learn some very valuable lessons about how to turn your blog into a business AND get paid for it.  Each conference has different areas…
  • Best Summer Ever!

    Calley Pate
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    We started this summer with a plan, I even made an official Summer Bucket List with a few things each of us wanted to do this summer.  I was looking back over my Instagram account this afternoon with my youngest and I’m so excited about how much fun we had this summer.  I’m not writing this to brag or gloat over all the cool things we’ve done, but rather for me to look back over the best summer ever! It’s really hard for me to believe that our 10 week summer is already coming to an end.  I’ve been a little emotional all day thinking about it.  This was the…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Sustainable development and integrated planning mark Europe’s new green capital

    Priscila Pacheco
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Ljubljana recently won the 2016 European Green Capital Award based on its comprehensive approach to sustainable development, which has transformed urban life in the past decade while minimizing the city’s environmental impact. Photo by Rhobinn/Flickr. Ljubljana, Slovenia has won the 2016 European Green Capital Award, given annually by the European Commission to cities that set an example of sustainable urban development best practices. With an ambitious sustainability plan and that has led to significant improvements in the past decade, the capital of Slovenia joins cities such…
  • Medellín Metrocable improves mobility for residents of informal settlements

    Coby Joseph
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Medellín’s Metrocable is the centerpiece of an inclusive urban upgrading strategy that has improved mobility and economic opportunity, while reducing violence in disadvantaged areas. Photo by Gabinete/Flickr. In 2004, Medellín – the second largest city in Colombia – introduced the Medellín Metrocable system to connect low-income residents to public transport. As the world’s first modern urban aerial cable car transport system, this innovative addition to Medellín’s existing metro system was built in response to significant spatial inequalities in metro access. Metrocable was…
  • São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by empowering citizens and fostering innovation

    Coby Joseph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    São Paulo has improved sustainable mobility through new bike and bus lanes, a revised master plan, and an innovative approach to support developers creating mobility solutions. Photo by Stanley Calderelli/Flickr. The city of São Paulo has won the 2014 Enterprising City/State MobiPrize following its support of user information and public participation platforms to advance sustainable transport solutions. MobiPrize was launched in 2012 by the University of Michigan SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) initiative to honor entrepreneurs and governments that…
  • Friday Fun: Cycling innovations make bikeable cities worldwide

    Zhou Jia
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Do you enjoy your commute? Innovative bike infrastructure can make cycling a fast, fun transport option. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Instead of sitting in gridlock on a busy road at 8:30 am, imagine cycling safely in dedicated lanes for a quick, pleasant commute. Many cities around the world are making investments that will give residents a faster, safer cycling experience through innovative infrastructure and urban design. Though this list is not comprehensive, TheCityFix has compiled four of our favorite recent examples of cities innovating to prioritize cycling infrastructure and active…
  • Car-sharing grows in China as an alternative to vehicle ownership

    Heshuang Zeng
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    Car-sharing is beginning to take hold in Chinese cities, and can help reduce car ownership, congestion, and air pollution. Photo via gaoloumi.com. China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars. For example, six Chinese cities – including Beijing – have implemented license plate control policies. Other transport demand management strategies such as congestion pricing…
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  • Wind Power Can Improve Resiliency of Electrical Grids

    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today, at the CIGRE Session 45 in Paris,GE’s Energy Consulting business(NYSE: GE) presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, modeled the country’s Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest electrical systems in the world—and determined that when equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency.Increased Wind Integration Positions Electrical Grids to Better Respond to Major DisturbancesFinding…
  • iPhone 6 Guide Appears To Confirm Announce Date

    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    iPhone rumour season is just days away from becoming iPhone reality season, and a new leak from a usually reliable source appears to confirm some basic details. The French tech blog Nowhere Else just published images of an iPhone 6 Quick Start guide. The document includes the rumoured iPhone 6 name as well as the location of the sleep/wake button on the righthand side of the device, instead of the top where it’s historically been on the iPhone. The rumoured announcement date of September 9 is also displayed on the screen, which is consistent with guides from past releases. Aside from the…
  • Researchers pinpoint links between trees and air quality

    Curated Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Portland State University (PSU) have found direct links between the presence of mature trees in a city and the air quality its citizens enjoy, uncovering new pathways to understanding the value provided by urban forests and the design of healthy cities.The PSU Trees and Health team worked with numerous community volunteers, including many PSU and Washington State students, to place a web of 144 sensors across the greater Portland region. The scientists then examined neighborhood-specific air quality data correlated with detailed maps of…
  • Earthquake mapped by social media posts

    Curated Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first way many people likely found out about the 6.0-magnitude quake that shook Napa, Calif., on Sunday was through social media. Some users updated their statuses with exclamations of fear or relief, while others gave a bit more information with locations, photos, and videos.Mapping software company Esri tracked these social media posts on Twitter and YouTube and created an interactive map that lets users get more of a personal view of what happened on the ground.Esri’s real-time social media map of the Napa earthquake.<read more here…>
  • KYOCERA Solar Modules Achieve “Performance Leader” Rating

    Guest Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kyocera Corporation announced today that Kyocera is the only solar module manufacturer to rank as a Performance Leader in all six categories in independent testing by PV Evolution Labs, as reported in GTM Research’s July 2014 PV Module Reliability Scorecard.The report ranks performance of the 15 participating manufacturers in three categories: Performance Leaders, Middle Performers or Low Performers.“With the exception of one manufacturer, Kyocera, no company consistently ranked within the Performance Leaders group for all test regimens,” GTM Research noted. “Results showed that most…
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    Intercon

  • Is LEED v4 Better or just Newer?

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

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

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

  • Giveaway: Project Have Hope Fair Trade Necklace! Ends 9/14

    Melissa Dion
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Enter to Win This Gorgeous Project Have Hope Extra Long Multi Color Necklace!Giveaway: One of our lucky readers will win the Project Have Hope Extra Long Multi Color Necklace!The Extra Long Multi Color Necklace by Project Have Hope averages 52" long, and because it is a single strand, it can be worn as a single loop, doubled, or even tripled. Features a variety of beautiful, colorful beads. Fair trade. The beads are made from Recycled paper - cut into long triangles and rolled tightly to create the beads. Next the beads are varnished for durability. The beaders then select matching hues to…
  • Ecolissa's Huge Back To School Sale!

    Melissa Dion
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    30% OFF!Just Enter Coupon Code "LaborDay" at CheckoutWe need to make room for all of the new Fall fashions so we hope you enjoy this discount on any of our items (including clearance)!Valid Through Labor Day 09-01-2014 Shop Now
  • Item of the Day: Blossoms Rain Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Blossoms Rain Earrings are laser cut and made from a very thin strong multi-layered sustainable wood. The coloring is stained into the wood with a non-toxic natural dye. All earring findings are silver-plated surgical steel and nickel-free for sensitive ears. Available in Blue (as shown). Vegan. Made in the USA. All blossoms earring sizes are less than a square inch in size. $12.Based in San Diego California, Green Tree Jewelry was founded by Lance Nybye Sr. and his son Lance Nybye Jr. to provide affordable fun jewelry from renewable resources in the USA.
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Organic Cotton Leggings

    Melissa Dion
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Threads 4 Thought Geo Leggings  $32 Threads 4 Thought Leggings$32 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 based inks. Other embellishments come from…
  • Item of the Day: Green Tree Jewelry Bird Of Paradise Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The Green Tree Jewelry Bird Of Paradise Earrings measure 1.8" x 1.4". These earrings are laser cut and made from a very thin strong multi-layered sustainable wood. The coloring is stained into the wood with a non-toxic natural dye. All earring findings are silver-plated surgical steel and nickel-free for sensitive ears. Colors as shown. Vegan. Made in the USA. $12!Based in San Diego California, Green Tree Jewelry was founded by Lance Nybye Sr. and his son Lance Nybye Jr. to provide affordable fun jewelry from renewable resources in the USA.
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Coalition's environmental one-stop shop is falling apart

    Chris McGrath, Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Under federal law, coal seam gas projects must be approved by the environment minister if they could have a significant impact on water. Jeremy Buckingham/FlickrThe Palmer United Party (PUP) has added to the Coalition’s headaches in the Senate by announcing this week it would seek to remove the so-called “water trigger” from the government’s “one-stop shop” for environmental approvals. “We will amend the bill so the water trigger stays in federal hands,” PUP’s Western Australian senator Dio Wang said. Former MP Tony Windsor, the architect of the water trigger created under…
  • Global 'roadmap' shows where to put roads without costing the earth

    Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Most new roads will be built in developing nations. Here, a road-killed tapir in Peninsula Malaysia© WWF-Malaysia/Lau Ching Fong“The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from Professor Eneas Salati, a forest climatologist and one of Brazil’s most respected scientists. Many scientists share Salati’s anxieties because we’re living in the most explosive era of road expansion in human history. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that by 2050 we will have…
  • Australia's transport is falling behind on energy efficiency

    Philip Laird, Honorary Principal Fellow at University of Wollongong
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Australia's transport is among the least energy efficient, largely thanks to continuing investment in roads over rail. Phillip Capper/Flickr, CC BYAustralia has scored poorly in the energy efficiency of its land transport, and is well behind other major economies, a recent international scorecard has revealed. That means Australians are using more energy to travel each kilometre than people in developed nations such as the US, and major emerging economies such as China, Brazil, and India. On overall energy efficiency across national efforts, buildings, industry and transport Australia…
  • Stopgap carbon policies: far from perfect, but better than nothing

    Michael Raupach, Director of the Climate Change Institute at Australian National University
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Clive Palmer, with the unlikely backing of Al Gore, may have found a way to salvage something from Australia's looming climate policy vacuum.AAPImage/Alan PorrittClimate policy is back on the agenda in Canberra this week, with the focus on the government’s centrepiece Direct Action plan. The Coalition will have to negotiate with the Palmer United Party, which will reportedly not support Direct Action unless legislation for the idea of a “dormant” emissions trading scheme, with an interim price of zero, is also passed. Currently, Australia has no overarching policy to reduce carbon…
  • Airline emissions are set to rise – and people are threatening to sue

    David Hodgkinson, Associate Professor, Law School at University of Western Australia
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Planes and airports both have big carbon footprints – and the sector is still growing.ssguy/ShutterstockNo matter what the aviation industry does to reduce emissions, it will be outweighed by growth in air travel, according to a new analysis. Growth will trump emissions cuts even if significant (and contentious) measures come into force to try and curb emissions – and those measures are decades away at best. Aviation’s contribution to global emissions is not clear – it’s somewhere between 2% and 8%. But what we do know is that those emissions are set to grow. The number of aircraft…
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    Energy Saver Blog

  • Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Building Up Home Energy-Efficiency Whether you are building a house or remodeling, utilizing a whole-house system approach, efficient building strategies, and landscaping can help increase energy-efficiency and lower your monthly energy bills.
  • Save on Home Water Heating

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Save on Home Water Heating On average water heating makes up 14-18% of American energy bills, learn how you can save money while using an existing water heater or when purchasing a new one.
  • Why You Might Want to Add More Insulation

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Why You Might Want to Add More Insulation Adding insulation to most houses can reduce energy bills by keeping the temperature stable all year round.
  • #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions Have questions about incorporating renewable energy systems in your home? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department!
  • Planning for Life On or Off the Grid: Part Two

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Planning for Life On or Off the Grid: Part Two Solar, wind, and hydropower systems can lower home energy costs and produce clean energy. Learn about picking the best system for your home!
 
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    Green-Change.com

  • Mandarin Glut!

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

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

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

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

    Darren
    6 Feb 2014 | 5:24 am
    Yesterday a friend gave me a bunya nut cone from the bunya pine (Araucaria bidwillii) in the paddock next to their house. These things are huge! This isn’t even a big cone, but it weighs several kilos, is covered in sharp spikes, and is bigger than your head. You wouldn’t want to pitch a tent under a bunya pine in a storm! As my daughter said, you’ve got to enjoy any meal that starts with axes and hammers! Here’s the equipment you’ll need to get the raw bunya nuts out of the cone: Just smash it open with the hatchet or a blockbuster. Or smash it on a rock. The…
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • An opportunity you just can’t miss! Zero Waste Week 2014

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

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

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

    Mrs Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This week I was sent an email from a reader who wanted to find out more about zero waste methods of birth control. And it got me thinking about the whole waste issue in a more holistic way. If you’re in a committed relationship, your choices for birth control are more varied. But what about […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Flourless Banana Bread

    Amanda Hearn
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Flourless Banana Bread 2014-08-21 17:08:09 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 4 Green Plantains 2 Ripe Bananas 5 Eggs 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil 1/4 cup Honey 1 tsp Baking Soda 2 tsp Cinnamon 1/4 tsp Clove 1/4 tsp Sea Salt 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract 1/4 cup Raw Pepitas or Lily’s Organic Chocolate Chips Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and cut the Plantains & Bananas into chunks, add to a blender, along with the remaining ingredients — except for the pepitas and/or chocolate chips. Pulse until smooth! Pour the contents of the blender into a greased (buttered!) 9 x 13…
  • Fair Kids Giveaway

    Amanda Hearn
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Back to School is here, and we’re welcoming it with a great giveaway! We’ve teamed up with some amazing brands and blogs to offer ethically-made products for sending your little one back to the classroom. Enter by using the form at the bottom of this post, and then earn extra entries to increase your chances of winning by sharing on social media. Open through Tuesday, 8/26/14.   PRIZES: NULA | $75 giftcard Nula is a line of ethically-made, lasting kids clothes. Everyday styles are designed to fit for three years and made in Los Angeles. Durable construction, organic materials, and…
  • 5 Tips for Back to School Shopping Second-hand Style

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Who says a new school year has to mean an expensive new wardrobe?  Shopping used not only helps you consume less, it can help you save big time… often 75% to 80%.  Here’s how to make the most of your second-hand shopping trip. 1.  Start early Thinking ahead can save you lots of money and help you recycle friends’ and family members’ outgrown, yet still great uniforms or school outfits. Make a few phone calls to play date moms or families from church–see if anyone has left over items that they are just now discovering their own children have grown out of.   The…
  • Learning at Home

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Our homes are powerful places for living and learning. As we move through the daily and weekly rhythms of home, we discover a panoply of learning moments for our young children. These moments are not tied to a curriculum, not focused on standards or expectations. They happen naturally, organically, as our children follow their innate instincts to explore the important tools of their culture with curiosity and enthusiasm. Boston College psychology professor, Dr. Peter Gray, writes in his book, Free To Learn: “Children are biologically predisposed to take charge of their own education. When…
  • Taking Charge of the Chaos: Creating a Family Command Center

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Running a household can be messy, especially when it comes to schedules, mail, meals and paper clutter. Back to school means even more paper, more activities and less time to deal with it all. That’s why creating a family command center can simplify the chaos. Here are four simple steps to creating a command center that works with your family’s needs and space. #1  Location A space that everyone passes through is ideal. For many families, the kitchen is the most efficient area. You may select a mudroom, entryway, central hallway, or a living area– any convenient spot your…
 
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  • Wind Power Can Improve Resiliency of Electrical Grids

    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today, at the CIGRE Session 45 in Paris,GE’s Energy Consulting business(NYSE: GE) presented the findings of its frequency response study on wind power and grid resiliency. The study, which was sponsored by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, modeled the country’s Eastern Interconnection—one of the largest electrical systems in the world—and determined that when equipped with the appropriate modern plant controls, wind applications can substantially enhance grid resiliency.Increased Wind Integration Positions Electrical Grids to Better Respond to Major DisturbancesFinding…
  • iPhone 6 Guide Appears To Confirm Announce Date

    Curated Post
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    iPhone rumour season is just days away from becoming iPhone reality season, and a new leak from a usually reliable source appears to confirm some basic details. The French tech blog Nowhere Else just published images of an iPhone 6 Quick Start guide. The document includes the rumoured iPhone 6 name as well as the location of the sleep/wake button on the righthand side of the device, instead of the top where it’s historically been on the iPhone. The rumoured announcement date of September 9 is also displayed on the screen, which is consistent with guides from past releases. Aside from the…
  • Researchers pinpoint links between trees and air quality

    Curated Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Portland State University (PSU) have found direct links between the presence of mature trees in a city and the air quality its citizens enjoy, uncovering new pathways to understanding the value provided by urban forests and the design of healthy cities.The PSU Trees and Health team worked with numerous community volunteers, including many PSU and Washington State students, to place a web of 144 sensors across the greater Portland region. The scientists then examined neighborhood-specific air quality data correlated with detailed maps of…
  • Earthquake mapped by social media posts

    Curated Post
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The first way many people likely found out about the 6.0-magnitude quake that shook Napa, Calif., on Sunday was through social media. Some users updated their statuses with exclamations of fear or relief, while others gave a bit more information with locations, photos, and videos.Mapping software company Esri tracked these social media posts on Twitter and YouTube and created an interactive map that lets users get more of a personal view of what happened on the ground.Esri’s real-time social media map of the Napa earthquake.<read more here…>
  • KYOCERA Solar Modules Achieve “Performance Leader” Rating

    Guest Post
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kyocera Corporation announced today that Kyocera is the only solar module manufacturer to rank as a Performance Leader in all six categories in independent testing by PV Evolution Labs, as reported in GTM Research’s July 2014 PV Module Reliability Scorecard.The report ranks performance of the 15 participating manufacturers in three categories: Performance Leaders, Middle Performers or Low Performers.“With the exception of one manufacturer, Kyocera, no company consistently ranked within the Performance Leaders group for all test regimens,” GTM Research noted. “Results showed that most…
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  • “Zombie” Servers and Inefficiency Drive Energy Waste at Data Centers

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In nearly 3 million data centers across the United States, some 12 million machines serve up the emails, web pages, and files we access online every day. They’re the repositories of all our computerized information. The high energy demand of those servers is well documented, but up to 30 percent of them are drawing power [...]
  • Let’s Stop Just Consuming and Become Part of the Internet of Energy

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ryan Wartena, CEO and founder of Growing Energy Labs, could have decided to create a new, inexpensive battery for energy storage, based on his experience working at the US Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., where he learned how to make micro batteries. When he started GELI, his partner was working at Harvard University, and [...]
  • Health Care Savings Can Far Outweigh Costs of Carbon Cutting Policies

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Implementing policies to curb carbon emissions dramatically cuts health care costs associated with poor air quality — in some cases, by more than 10 times the cost of policy implementation, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change. Policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions are as effective as laws targeting polluting compounds like ground-level [...]
  • NY’s Historic Solar Commitment Turns From Promise to Reality

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    For over five years, New York has contemplated and debated a long-term program to drive the widespread adoption of solar from Buffalo to Brooklyn. Vote Solar has been there every step of the way. Our blood, sweat and tears finally paid off earlier this year when the State committed to support the development of a [...]
  • Levels of Air Toxics Decreasing Across US Cities

    Environmental News Network
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    More and more people are living in our cities. They are great places to live, exciting, good jobs, great night life, but also sometimes congestion and unhealthy air quality. The latter problems are improving, however. Efforts to make cities livable without driving are paying off. Bike lanes, bike sharing, and efforts to reduce auto traffic [...]
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  • Factory Farming and Sick Chicken: Cheap Meat’s Real Price

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The demand for cheap food has had a dramatic impact on food production. Today, 65 billion animals worldwide including cows, chickens, and pigs are crammed into factory farms. And according to the Cornucopia Institute, the price of factory farming chicken is lower than it’s been in decades, making it the cheapest meat on the market. I like to call it sick chicken. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future were shocked at what they found in conventional chickens produced on factory farms. They were initially testing chicken for antibiotics and found a slew of…
  • 3 Watermelon Recipes That Go Beyond Slicing and Serving

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Watermelon is a summer staple, but there are more ways to enjoy it beyond slicing and serving. In fact, there are a variety of unique ways to serve watermelon that satisfy both your sweet and savory tooth. The following 3 watermelon recipes are simple, fun and absolutely refreshing ways to nosh on a summertime favorite. Squeeze the last of watermelon into your life before summer comes to an end! 1. Watermelon and Feta Salad with Cucumber and Mint Serves 2 Ingredients 1/4 watermelon, diced into bite-sized chunks 1/2 cucumber, diced into bite-sized chunks 2 ounces feta cheese (preferably…
  • Homemade Whole-Grain Bread Recipe for Back-to-School Sandwiches

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Back-to-school time is nearly here. Everyone’s already picked out their favorite new lunchbox, and as much as you hate to admit it… you’re very ready for them to be eating lunch at school again. But if you’re packing lunches — and many parents are — you’re probably on the lookout for a few ideas that go past the basic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But before you forego sandwiches entirely, consider how different the humble sandwich becomes when made with a homemade whole-grain bread recipe. Our whole-grain bread recipe uses several different…
  • 7 Signs Your Bad Hair Day Means You Need a Haircut

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Your bad hair day might not have anything to do with needing a haircut – or, so you say to yourself. Whether you’re trying to grow your hair out or just struggling to make time for a salon visit, admitting you might need a haircut is always a good first step. They say you should have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks, but it all depends on your hair type and how you treat your locks in between. Know the telltale signs to find your hair’s sweet spot. Here are 7 signs it might be time for a snippy snip: 1. You always wear your hair up If you find yourself always (and I mean…
  • Tyson Foods Under Criminal Investigation by EPA for Toxic Spill at Missouri Plant

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tyson Foods, the second largest producer of beef, pork and chicken products in the world, is under criminal investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency over a chemical spill at the company’s Missouri poultry-processing plant. The chemical spill occurred in the small town of Monett, Missouri in May, with “highly acidic” wastewater responsible for a powerful ammonia content in the water that killed at least 100,000 fish, the Missouri Attorney General Christ Koster claims. Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods over the spill in June. According to the Wall Street Journal,…
 
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  • Reason Bottled Water Sucks #478 – Bottled Water Ruins Downton Abbey Press Shot.

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

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

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
  • Polls Schmolls – Who Gives A Shit What Climate Change Deniers Think. [Video]

    paul
    12 May 2014 | 8:45 am
    YouTube: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Climate Change Debate Why on our flat earth (based on a poll from 331 BC) would we use polls to gauge science? Polls on climate change are shit! [U]
  • Debate Over ‘What City Has The Worst Air Quality’ Ends With One Comment.

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

  • Best School Backpacks for Kids

    annie
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    A new backpack is on many back-to-school checklists.  Ultimately, you want your child's backpack to function well and to be safe of harmful materials like PVC (labels may say #3).  Vinyl (PVC) backpacks are a health concern because they may contain high levels of lead.  As kids handle their backpacks throughout the day, often before eating, lead can transfer onto children’s hands.  The Center for Environmental Health has tested backpacks and found that several leading brands contain high levels of lead.  So, it's wise to avoid vinyl backpacks and choose cloth,…
  • One Simple Change: Embrace Eggs

    Winnie Abramson
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Eggs are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Though many people worry about the cholesterol in eggs, this concern is generally unfounded: eating eggs won't cause you to develop heart disease and there’s probably no reason for you to limit eggs in your diet, especially if you enjoy them. The key is to choose eggs of the highest quality in order to take advantage of all the nutritional benefits they offer. Cholesterol was identified as a cause of heart disease back in the late 1950s by a researcher named Ancel Keys, but his hypothesis was later disproved. We now know that…
  • Savor the Summer: 'Small Batch' Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam

    annie
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Several weeks ago, we did a first over here at MightyNest. We hosted a canning workshop at a neighborhood demo kitchen in Evanston (amazing place called Now We're Cookin'). The star of this amazing night happened to be one of our favorite bloggers, the lovely and talented Marisa McClellan. The evening was extra special because of her and everyone became smitten with her and her honey sweetened strawberry jam by the end of the night. If you are familiar with Marisa McClellan, the darling of the canning world, and the lady behind 2 best selling canning cookbooks as well as the blog Food In…
  • We’ve Got you Covered: A Guide to Choosing Natural Sunscreens

    dhschaffner
    29 May 2014 | 9:53 pm
    With hundreds of sunscreen choices lining store shelves, it’s hard to choose. All claim to protect your family from the sun, and most today brag about being water resistant, so what’s the big diff? One huge difference, that can help you narrow the field significantly, is whether the “protective” ingredients in a sunscreen are natural (aka mineral) or chemical. Most conventional sunscreens are chemical as opposed to mineral. All other claims aside, this is the critical distinction. Chemical sunscreens do their job by absorbing UV light. Sure, they may protect you from the sun, but they…
  • Ready, Pack, Go! A Guide to Summer Camp Preparedness

    dhschaffner
    22 May 2014 | 8:58 am
    Fond memories of childhood summers; playing kick the can, making clothesline tents, catching fireflies… So precious. But we’re betting you probably also remember saying “Mom, I’m bored!” A lot. That just may be why so many kids enjoy spending at least a few weeks at summer camp. And whether it’s day camp or sleepaway, your child’s summer camp experience will mean a whole lot more than just filling time. It’s an opportunity to form new friendships and learn new skills. It’s also a time to build confidence and overcome fears. And it beats the heck out of being bored at home.
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  • Minnesota’S Largest Current Solar Array

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Duluth-based utility, Minnesota Power, will build a . . . $25 million, . . . 10 million watt, solar power array on . . . 100 acres of land, for Minnesota National Guard, Camp Ripley in Little Falls.  and is . . . 1/3 of the solar power, that Minnesota Power needs to add, by 2020. 08-27-2014 Source:  Minnesota’s largest current solar array
  • Follow The Money: $5 Trillion

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    More than $5 trillion is invested in: . . . 1,469 oil and gas companies, and . . . 275 coal companies. Dozens of public and private institutions are now divesting their money, . . . because of: . . . Environmental concerns, . . . Strategic planning or . . . Fear that their assets might become be stranded, . . . because of emission regulations. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance White paper asks, . . .  where will these $5 trillion fossil fuel dollars go? It predicts renewable energy will grow, . . . $2.8 trillion over the next decade, . . . reaching more than 1/2 the size of the present…
  • More Than A Light Bulb

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Sunfarmer, is on a mission to bring energy to every hospital in the world. Imagine a hospital without electricity, there would be NO: . . . . . . Surgery, . . . . . . Lab equipment, or . . . . . . Emergency care after sunset. For 1,000,000,000 people worldwide, this is a reality. . . . Electricity is the gatekeeper to the modern medical care, . . . that has transformed the developed world, but today . . . 300,000 healthcare facilities are without power. 08-26-2014 Source:  More Than A Light Bulb
  • Virtual 100% Renewable Power Plant

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    The German project is called “combined power plant” (Kombikraftwerk), . . . a sort of virtual Renewable power plant consisting of: . . . . . . solar, . . . . . . wind, . . . . . . biomass,   . . . . . . storage, . . . . . . control technology, and . . . . . . power lines. Basically, a future plan of, . . . 100% renewable power supply. 08-26-2014Source:  Virtual 100% Renewable power plant
  • Utility Is Carbon Neutral, Today!

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:27 pm
    The municipal utility in Palo Alto, CA, . . . delivered carbon neutral electricity supply last year, and . . . will reach 48% renewable energy power in 2017. 08-25-2014 Source:  Utility is Carbon Neutral, Today!
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Free 25-Question Practice Test for the Upcoming NABCEP Installer Exam

    Brian Hayden
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    For the next month, we’re offering a free 25-question practice test for the upcoming NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification exam. All of the questions are here. For hints, answers, explanations, and a free lesson on battery systems, follow this link to the “Test Drive”: Fill in the blank: NEC section ________ shows the requirements for working spaces around live electrical equipment. What is the maximum latitude at which the sun can achieve a 90º altitude angle? If the open circuit voltage of a polycrystalline silicon PV module is 37.0V, the module Vmp is 29.9V,…
  • [Free Lecture] Mastering the Outdoor Reset Curve

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Plumbing and hydronics expert, Dave Yates has mastered the outdoor reset curve: boosting the value of his work, maximizing fuel savings, and increasing the comfort of his clients’ home. He wants you to master it, too. In this 60-minute free lecture, Dave uncovers everything you need to know to master the outdoor reset curve. He explains how to set up a reset curve, tailor it for any application, and present it to your customers in a way that will separate you from your competition. You will learn: How to integrate the outdoor reset curve into retrofit systems Why an accurate heat loss…
  • Why Performance and Not Price Is the Most Important Factor In Finding an Investor or Buyer for Your Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Question or comments? If you’re a solar developer or investor and have a story to share that relates to this article or a question about the content, please leave it in the comment section below the article.  This is a guest article by Chris Lord of CapIron Inc. Chris also teaches our Solar Executive MBA. The next Solar Executive MBA session starts on September 15th. In the course, students will work a commercial solar project from start to finish with expert guidance from Chris along the way. The class is capped so to provide maximum student attention, but there are a limited number…
  • AC Coupling – How to Cost Effectively Add Battery Back-up to Existing Grid-Tied Solar PV systems

    Chris Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    This is a guest article by Chris LaForge. Chris is teaching an in-depth 6-week technical training on designing battery based solar PV systems that starts in September. You can read the full description and get a limited-time discount here. If you need to learn how to design, quote, and commission a battery based solar PV array, this is the best course for you. In the past three years, three trends have converged to create higher demand for battery-based solar arrays: battery prices are declining, the penetration of grid-tied systems is exploding, and homeowners are becoming more interested in…
  • Three Keys to Developing Bankable Solar Projects – Lessons from Developing 150 MW+ of Solar Projects

    Chris Williams
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Thanks to Chris Lord and Keith Cronin for providing all of the insights in this article. Chris and Keith teach our Solar Executive MBA course (the next session starts on September 15th). Together, they have advised investors, owners, and other developers on more than 150 MW worth of distributed generation solar projects. While there is no standard for defining bankable projects, I trust their on-the-ground experience to provide these insights. Introduction – Why is Bankability Important? The majority of large-scale US solar projects are done through power purchase agreements. The key to…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • The Real Dangers of Crossfit: My Dumbest, Silliest Crossfit Injuries

    paigewolf
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    There has been an insane amount of media buzz lately about the “dangers of CrossFit.” Everyone and your grandmother is suddenly concerned that you are taking part in this perilous new activity where you will certainly break every bone and get rhabdo. I am far from a fitness expert but I think have enough personal experience –  CrossFitting for three years including a pregnancy – to have a bit of insight on this issue. CrossFit is dangerous and people do get injured. But debatably less so than skiing, football, driving in rush hour traffic, or being like the 80% of…
  • How NOT to Hike Glen Onoko Falls

    paigewolf
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    I have a really bad habit of screwing up what are supposed to be great “life adventure experiences.” I spent Woodstock ’99 in a makeshift medical tent with a condition somewhere between dehydration and hypothermia. I spent a kayaking trip down the Puerto Rican Bio Bay in complete panic mode getting eaten alive by mosquitos in the pitch black darkness. And the last time my husband and I went hiking – 10 years ago at the Kaulalau Trail in Kawaii – we were thoroughly unprepared. Out-of-shape and wearing wet pumas, we only made it about a mile in. But now that we…
  • Happy Family Brand’s Happiness Happens Campaign

    paigewolf
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    It seems fitting that on my 35th birthday I should write about National Happiness Happens Day – which was actually Friday but is being celebrated all month long. I’ve learned over the years that true happiness is more than simple contentment and less than unadulterated bliss. It’s not about those moments of euphoric joy but more about being able to find true pleasure in your daily life. This is how I know I am happy. Like most working parents, my day is broken up into pretty routine chunks. And I think the key to happiness is being able to look forward to each of those…
  • Geocaching with Children: Fun Scavenger Hunts for the Whole Family

    paigewolf
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    An overgrown kid at heart, I love a good scavenger hunt. It’s why my husband and I like to sign up for local scavenger hunt races and turn watching Jeopardy into a competitive sport. For most actual children, loving scavenger hunts is as innate as loving artificial frosting – accept this is a love that can be very healthily encouraged! I had heard about geocaching off an on over the years but didn’t know very much about it. But recently I was browsing an issue of Parents Magazine where it was briefly mentioned as a fun way to spend time with children outdoors. I downloaded…
  • Top Green Beauty Products 2014 Update: My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

    paigewolf
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    My favorite natural beauty products is becoming an annual round-up, as I find better, cleaner, more amazing favorites! My original post was in 2011 and was followed up in 2013. After spending another year trying out some of the best organic luxury beauty products on the market, I have a few new favorites to share and a few that have stood the test of time. Others have been removed from the list because of purity of ingredients, annoying repackaging, or simply finding something that worked better.   Piperwai Natural Deodorant I met these two girls at a Philly flea market and…
 
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  • Delicious Tomato and Herb Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

    Launie Kettler
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    We’re finally easing into that part of summer where tomatoes are ripe and sweet and plentiful. Which to me is a blank check for cooking. In the winter, you’re lucky to find a good tomato at all – which makes me stingy with them. And when you put the pressure of knowing how they’re grown […] Read the full article: Delicious Tomato and Herb Macaroni and Cheese Recipe on Greener Ideal
  • Considering Buying an Electric Vehicle? Here are 3 Things You Need to Consider

    Greener Ideal
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    With increasing popularity and no-brainer savings, there are now a plethora of electric car styles to choose from— but how do you know what’s best for you and your lifestyle? Below are a few factors to consider before deciding on an electric car Read the full article: Considering Buying an Electric Vehicle? Here are 3 Things You Need to Consider on Greener Ideal
  • China Encourages Recycling by Trading Plastic Bottles for Free Transportation

    Ian Andrew
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    The general public would be a far more willing to recycle something like a plastic bottle if their doing so actually resulted in some value for them. Organizations like Recyclebank already use this reward to encourage positive environmental actions, but now a company in China is taking it a step further with instant gratification. When […] Read the full article: China Encourages Recycling by Trading Plastic Bottles for Free Transportation on Greener Ideal
  • This Sustainable Building is Designed to House Humans on Mars

    Greener Ideal
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    What is this, a house for bees? Here’s one vision for the two-bedroom apartment of the future: A modular, hexagonal building with two baths, basic appliances, and walls that happen to be able to withstand -80 degree temperatures, constant space radiation, and frequent dust storms. This is a home designed for Mars.     Read the full article: This Sustainable Building is Designed to House Humans on Mars on Greener Ideal
  • Nestlé to Implement Improved Animal Welfare Practices That Will Change the Food Industry

    Greener Ideal
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Nestlé will adopt animal welfare standards affecting 7,300 of its global suppliers, millions of grateful animals and an equal number of conscience consumers.   Read the full article: Nestlé to Implement Improved Animal Welfare Practices That Will Change the Food Industry on Greener Ideal
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  • Protecting Wild Rice and 50 Years of Wilderness – the Summer Issue is Online

    Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Summer Issue of Wilderness News is Online – we look to the future of Minnesota’s Wild Rice, celebrate the fiftieth year of the Wilderness Act that created the BWCAW, and so much more. View and Download a PDF Here >   COVER STORY: Protecting Our Wild Rice Heritage By Alissa Johnson Evaluating Minnesota’s water sulfate standard for wild rice. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is reviewing its standards for protecting wild rice in Minnesota. With funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, the agency conducted a two-year study to determine how sulfate—the…
  • Ely Explorers Embark on Environmental Expedition

    Greg Seitz
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The Freemans and the signed canoe they’ll paddle to the nation’s capital. (Photo by Layne Kennedy) A married couple from Ely who have traveled more than 30,000 miles by kayak, canoe and dogsled in recent years left this week on a trip to Washington, D.C. Dave and Amy Freeman’s trip seeks to celebrate the Boundary Waters’s 50th anniversary and protest proposed copper-nickel mines in the region. The Paddle to D.C. expedition will take them 2,000 miles from Basswood Lake near Ely, along the the Border Route to the Grand Portage, carrying their gear across that 8.5-mile…
  • Mining Company Says Twin Metals Project Is a Profitable Proposal

    Greg Seitz
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Mine configuration map (Courtesy Twin Metals) The Twin Metals copper-nickel mine proposal is economically viable, according to the project’s draft Pre-Feasibility Study, which was released this week. The study says that over 30 years, the mine would produce 5.8 billion pounds of copper and 1.2 billion pounds of nickel, as well as millions of ounces of platinum, palladium, gold, and silver. The mine would have strong operating margins, with profits of $36.54 per ton and an average production rate of 50,000 tons of ore per day. It could create 850 full-time jobs, as well as 12 million…
  • Lake of the Woods Getting Greener

    Greg Seitz
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Algae on Lake of the Woods (IJC/Environment Canada) Algae is apparently worsening on Lake of the Woods, but the causes remain almost as murky as the water. Studies of the sediment on the lake bottom indicate that the usual suspects are apparently not to blame for a problem that has been growing for several decades. Nutrient issues in the watershed, often caused by excessive runoff containing phosphorus and nitrogen, are getting neither worse nor better—especially in the largest source of water for Lake of the Woods, the Rainy River. Instead, warmer weather in recent decades might be the…
  • Namakan River Dam Proposal Back On the Table

    Greg Seitz
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    Locations of proposed hydroelectric facilities from earlier plans. (Via Coalition to Protect the Namakan) A  dam that would be built at waterfalls between Quetico Park in Ontario and Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota has new life, but may also have hit a final roadblock. Ontario’s government has turned down a request by the Lac La Croix First Nation for the public to pay $16 million to connect the dam to the electrical grid, which proponents say is necessary to make it financially feasible. The dam is seen as an economic development project for  Lac la Croix, which is partnering…
 
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  • Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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

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

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

    Team HexaGreen
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    It could soon be mandatory in the Indian city of Gurgaon to install solar panels on the roofs of all new homes and commercial buildings, as the city struggles to meet demand for electricity. A satellite city to the capital, Delhi, Gurgaon has seen rapid growth, with new residential developments springing up in recent years (pictured) and many multinational corporations setting up offices there. Now, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) wants to make building plan approvals conditional upon having solar panels, which would mean no new house or office building would get clearance if…
  • India Plans To Add 10,000 MW Wind Energy Capacity Every Year

    Team HexaGreen
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Indian wind turbine manufacturers and project developers have been advised by the government to make efforts to increase annual capacity addition to five times its current level, a leading Indian newspaper has reported. The new Indian government is looking to promote aggressive investment in the wind energy sector after it re-introduced financial incentives in this year’s budget. The current rate of annual capacity addition is around 2,000-3,000 MW. The government has restored the accelerated depreciation tax benefits in addition to the existing generation-based incentives with a hope to…
  • Nepal May See 10% GDP Loss From Glacier Melts, Climate Extremes

    Team HexaGreen
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Climate change-driven events like melting glaciers pose a grave risk to Nepal’s economy, and could cause losses equal to almost 10% of the country’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate and economics report for South Asia. “The population is extremely vulnerable, not only to the immediate threats of increasingly frequent glacial lake overflows, landslides, flash floods, and droughts, but also to longer-term climate change, which will ultimately reduce water availability and limit crop productivity,” said Bindu Lohani, ADB…
  • Maldives Most At-Risk Economy in South Asia from Climate Change

    Team HexaGreen
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    he Maldives, with its pancake-flat islands, is the most at-risk country in South Asia from climate change impacts, which if left unchecked, could cause annual economic losses of over 12% of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this century, says a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) climate and economics report for South Asia. “A potential ocean rise of up to 1 meter by 2100 will have devastating consequences for this island archipelago, where the highest natural point is only a little over 2 meters above sea level,” said Bindu Lohani, ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and…
  • Bayern Munich training ground now features 29.2kWp rooftop PV

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Work to install a 29.2kWp rooftop PV system has been completed at German football club Bayern Munich’s training facility, installed by Chinese company Yingli Green. Yingli was one of the sponsors at the recent football World Cup in Brazil, making it the first solar company to do so and the first Chinese company in history to sponsor the event and has been an official sponsor, or “premium partner” to Bayern Munich since 2011. The newly completed system will produce more than 31,000kWh of clean energy a year at Sabener Strasse training facility. Yingli claims it will save the…
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  • The Case for Fresh, Healthy School Meals

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    By the Center for Ecoliteracy Fresh, healthy, locally sourced school meals are better for students, better for learning, and can be better for school finances. Use the Making the Case suite of tools to promote fresh, healthy school meals in your community. Visit the Center for Ecoliteracy – Making the Case Download Research PDF Rethinking School Lunch Guide
  • Gorilla Tourism

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Seeing the Mountain Gorillas Up Close By Sarah Abdelrahim Courtesy of Voices of Biodiversity I was originally doubtful about going to see the mountain gorillas. After living in Kenya for some time, I had come across many people who had been gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda, and I never met anyone that did not regret the $500-750 price tag for a gorilla tracking permit. Nevertheless, I was pretty hesitant to spend several hundred dollars for a single permit that could possibly lead to dead ends, no sightings, and no second chances. Finally, while planning a recent November trip to Uganda,…
  • Mount Polley Tailings Pond Failure

    Guest
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
     A Wake-up Call for Canada’s Mining Industry By David Suzuki NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a view of the aftermath of the breach on August 5, 2014. When a tailings pond broke at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine in south-central B.C., spilling millions of cubic metres of waste into a salmon-bearing stream, B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett called it an “extremely rare” occurrence, the first in 40 years for mines operating here. He failed to mention the 46 “dangerous or unusual occurrences” that B.C’s chief inspector of mines…
  • Critical Time for Elephants in the Wild

    Guest
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    By Patty Shenker Courtesy of Voices of Biodiversity In Africa, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for his/her ivory. A normal day in countries like Rwanda or Zimbabwe ends up with about 96 elephants killed, all illegally, as the international trade in ivory has been outlawed since 1990. In 2012, more than 30,000 elephants were murdered. How can we stymie the slaughter? Female elephant feeding at Lake Kariba. Photo Flickr/Vince O’Sullivan Did you know that the African elephants in the wild are close to extinction? It’s true; they could be gone by 2025 if the poaching (illegal…
  • Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

    Guest
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:23 am
    By Bonnie L. Grant Courtesy of Gardening Know How Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why…
 
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    ecocitizenaustralia.com.au

  • What it is to be an Eco Citizen

    Tracey Hordern
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    What initially attracted me to write for Eco Citizen from the get-go was the name. Cool, I thought, I’m all for anything eco and I’m a citizen - and not just Australia, I like to think, a citizen of this planet. However, years and hundreds of stories later I have come to rethink what it means to me to be an eco citizen. Is it wearing organic knickers (yep - I’ve covered them) and washing my hair in natural shampoo? Is it lusting after an alternative fuel car? Is it eating organic food and using natural cleaning products? While these are all noble efforts, for my money, it’s going to…
  • Predicting Irukandji Jellyfish Blooms

    Nina Hill
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Irukandji Jellyfish inhabit the waters of Northern Australia and are particularly difficult to spot as they are only 2.5cm big. The Irukandji's stingers are found not only on the tentacles but also on its bell, a sting from one of these jellyfish will cause Irukandji syndrome. Symptoms of the Irukandji syndrome develop minutes to hours after the sting and include vomiting, profuse sweating, headache, agitation, rapid heart rate, very high blood pressure and death in rare circumstances. Above: An Irukandji jellyfish. Photo: Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin. Irukandji Jellyfish are common in the waters of…
  • The amazing colourful Aura-Soma fragrances

    Tracey Hordern
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Have you heard of Aura-Soma fragrances? No, well nor had I until recently when I had a wonderful massage near Mullumbimby. When I remarked on the beautiful fragrance of the room, assuming it was oil that was burning, I was told the room had been painted, with Aura-Soma fragrance added to the paint! These beautiful Aura-Soma fragrances are based on all natural essences with absolutely no nasty chemicals added. But what is really different about Aura-Soma is they are based on your choices and your consciousness.  The choice of fragrance and colour you choose is a reflection of your true nature…
  • Sustainable jet fuel aims for carbon neutrality

    Ross Kendall
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    The solar-powered production of sustainable jet fuel synthesised from water and carbon dioxide could revolutionise aviation according to European-based scientists. The SOLAR-JET consortium said its process also had the potential to sustainably produce any other type of fuel for transport, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen. The project used concentrated sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water to a synthesis gas (syngas). This is done via a redox cycle with metal-oxide based materials at high temperatures. Above: The solar reactor and researcher team in Zurich. The syngas, a…
  • Marina Brown: A Clean Slate

    Lisa Doust
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Born in the wild west of Canada, waste-management warrior Marina Brown settled in the Blue Mountains village of Katoomba three years ago, and this is where she plans to stay with partner Andrew Taylor and their young son, Archie. Seeing it as a privilege to live in such a beautiful place, Marina says she feels very connected to the Blue Mountains community and wants to show her respect by helping to build a “better, stronger and cleaner environment”. A self-proclaimed ‘Planet Avenger’, Marina has become a pioneer in waste management at local festivals and events. Here she tells us how…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • All Aboard the Ahimsa Train!

    kristen
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Ahimsa Designs by Kristen Anderson has an abundance of exciting news coming soon! Multiple Fall Festivals from Atlanta to New York, a brand new Yoga Inspired product line, new promotions, giveaways and so much more Add your email address to our VIP List to be sure not to miss any of these announcements and giveaways! Join here:https://www.facebook.com/AhimsaDesigns/app_100265896690345 JEWELRY FOR THE SOUL - http://AhimsaDesigns.Com/ Handcrafted Artisan, Yoga & Vegan Jewelry Designs promoting global awareness & using only Earth-Friendly & Cruelty-Free materials. (Ahimsa Train…
  • Back To School Sale 2014

    kristen
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Welcome to our 2nd annual Back To School Sale. This is our FIRST SALE of 2014 so don’t miss out! Save 20% on every design in our Catalog including Custom Designs. This sale ends August 16th at midnight (EST). More info. Shop Now:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AhimsaDesigns USE THE COUPON CODE:  SCHOOL2014        
  • Back To School

    kristen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    The beginning of this new school year is having to pry each of my fingers off of my firm and phantasmal grip on summer. My baby goes back to school this week. Ok, he’s not a baby. He is starting 4th grade, but when I look into those eyes I still see that beautiful baby boy that I held and nursed and loved until I thought I would burst apart. I still love him like that. When it comes to traditional academics, all three of our kids have been off the grid for a couple of years. My son has had important and empowering experiences at a school that allowed him to structure his own day. He has…
  • Ahimsa Designs at the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 2:35 pm
    Ahimsa Designs at the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals Join us tomorrow for a day of delicious vegan food from local restaurants, fun activities, live music, raffles, giveaways and promoting compassion for farm animals at Farm Sanctuary’s Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals! We are so proud to be a sponsor of Farm Sanctuary’s 2013 Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals. Please check out the website to see all the exciting details like which band is playing, which local restaurants will be providing us with delicious vegan food, and more!
  • I Did It! Reflections on the Design Challenge

    kristen
    18 Oct 2013 | 9:20 am
    I Did It! Reflections on the Design Challenge So, the last piece for my design challenge has been photographed. The last description has been written. I love the feeling of knowing you have to do something, but not knowing why. The certainty you have that insists on action. The feeling of being swept along a current, conscious thought subsides and the knowing takes over. Lately, I have started listening to that knowing. In some big ways. This design challenge felt smaller than some, but is growing and evolving in some bigger ways. I will try to explain here, but it may require more pondering…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Labor Day Weekend Sale: 10% Off

    Manchester Wood
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Our Labor Day Weekend Sale runs Thursday, August 28th through Monday, September 1st. 10% off all furniture on ManchesterWood.com with promo code ‘Labor’ at check-out. Support hard work. Support American labor. Our Labor Day Weekend Sale is an extension of gratitude to you, our customer, and the amazing workforce we have at Manchester Wood. It’s no surprise to many of us that the domestic economy has been extremely challenging, and producing truly ‘Made in the USA’ goods in no easy task. Take a moment this Labor Day Weekend to explore our offerings, take advantage…
  • From One ‘Factory Man’ To Another

    Manchester Wood
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    “John D. Bassett III, center, with part of the company team that took on China.” Photo: David Hungate The New York Times wrote a beautiful article on Factory Man, a new book on the Bassett legacy and the dedication John D. Bassett III has to American made furniture. Beth Macy wrote a book each one of us in the American furniture manufacturing industry would love to see be written. Especially those in American furniture brands steeped in family tradition like ours. And she did it. Factory Man is a great story of the Bassett Furniture legacy, and one Bassett in particular, John D.
  • Redesigning American Home Office Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    There’s something about American home office furniture. Especially around Labor Day. Support hard work. Support American labor… Yours specifically. 100% American made desks, shelving, and carts… that’s American home office furniture. You’ll find that here. As we begin to look towards fall, redesigning our workspace can be a common task. We’ve spent the summer outdoors as much as we can while maintaining our workload, but now as things slow down we look to optimize our work efforts indoors again. American home office furniture is a great way to search and…
  • Retro Solid Wood Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our Retro solid wood furniture is sure to excite the mid-century enthusiast in new home design. Made from solid hardwood in America with a 100% Quality Guarantee plus Free Shipping! Manchester Wood has recently reproduced Retro solid wood furniture that we fondly remember our parents and grandparents had in that “Golden Age” of American history, Post-World War II America. High spirits and a booming economy gave birth to the American Dream. Everything seemed a movie back then… it was all about Jackie and Marilyn. JFK and the Beatles. It was a hay-day in American life, and Manchester Wood…
  • Back to School Lap Desk Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Win a FREE Lap Desk by sharing, what’s your favorite childhood school memory? It will automatically enter you to the raffle drawing the end of the month. A favorite teacher? Favorite sport? A memory from winning a state championship game, or getting into the school of your choice? In the month of August we’re still enjoying summer, but the school year is quickly upon us too. In the spirit of the season, along with our Back to School Sale, Manchester Wood is making this month’s giveaway a FREE Lap Desk with entry by way of commenting on this blog, emailing us…
 
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    inspired habitat

  • SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY

    Janene Kraft
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Did you know you spend about 333 months of your life sleeping?  In fact, it is likely that you spend less time in other health-related activities like running, working out or walking your dog. For more reasons then you are … Continue reading → The post SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

    Janene Kraft
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://youtu.be/D9JzHhl51iA FROM LAUNDRY JUGS to JUST UNBELIEVABLE Changing the world isn’t about being radical but real. It’s about doing something good for the planet, everyday, sometimes without even knowing the full impact of our positive actions. For instance, how many … Continue reading → The post FROM CHORE TO CHAIR appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • a salute to charm city firefighters…

    bambeco
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Bambeco salutes the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department - protecting Charm City for over 150 years. Today, there are 38 stations serving the city, and over 1,800 active members. Thank you for all you do! Flask and…The perfect … Continue reading → The post a salute to charm city firefighters… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • reflections of history… decorating with mirrors

    bambeco
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Large mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… decorating with mirrors appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Joyfully Green

  • 12 Ways to Meditate If You Just Can't Sit Still

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I've made no secret of the fact that I'm pathetic at traditional meditation--sitting in the lotus position and chanting "Ommmmm" just isn't for me. But I wholeheartedly believe in the benefits of hopping off the "Mental Chatter Rollercoaster" to clear my head, refocus, and appreciate the present moment. I've often said that macro photography is my way of meditating, allowing me to focus (literally) on the small movements of tiny things and taking me out of my own racing thoughts. But you don't need a camera--even though I highly recommend it--to…
  • Monday Snapshots: Sunset in the Style of Maxfield Parrish

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Does this ever happen to you? While going about your day, you happen upon a scene in nature that looks like it was created by a famous painter. That was my immediate impression of this sunset in the Bahamas a couple of weeks ago. It looked like it was painted by Maxfield Parrish! The golden-peach colors... The billowy pillows of clouds... The vague feeling that angels were going to burst into operatic song at any moment. Life imitating art! I usually post just one "Monday Snapshot" at a time, but because this sunset was so dramatic, I'm giving it an encore! Did you enjoy this…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 29: Simple Creativity

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    While I'm a tad sad (and frankly, surprised!) to see summer winding down so quickly (the leaves here are already starting to turn color), there's something about the start of a new school year, with chatty kids climbing up into big yellow buses, that always feels fresh, exciting, hopeful, and creative. Perhaps it's all of those sharpened pencils and crisp notebooks, with wide-open pages just waiting to be doodled-up with dazzling ideas. I love a clean slate, don't you? (That must be why I've been tweaking my website--what do you think of the new banner?) Here are five…
  • 6 Cool Things I Learned While Sailing in the Bahamas

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Would you get on a sailboat for 7 days with 10 members of your family? Would you still love them on Day 8? Well, I did, and I do! To celebrate my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary, my extended family headed down to the Abaco Cays in the Bahamas for a week of sand, surf, and...sweat! It was crazy-hot and humid, but that's what we get for booking a Bahamas vacation in August, right? (For those of you who took guesses at the location of my "Monday Snapshot", here's your answer: Treasure Cay.) Despite the heat, it was a very cool trip! Here's what I learned in the…
  • Monday Snapshot: Can You Guess This Location?

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:22 pm
    In the spirit of "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?", can you guess from this picture where I was this past week? Clues: The colors in the photo are unretouched. The sand was like talcum powder when dry, and like soft clay when wet. Not a shell to be found (okay, maybe one or two...). The water was as warm as a bath and crystal-clear turquoise...all the better to see the little sharks! Friendly islanders. Lots of crispy conch fritters to be gobbled up...yum! National Geographic called this beach "Heaven on Earth." (Who am I to argue?) I'll share details of the…
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    inspired habitat

  • SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY

    Janene Kraft
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Did you know you spend about 333 months of your life sleeping?  In fact, it is likely that you spend less time in other health-related activities like running, working out or walking your dog. For more reasons then you are … Continue reading → The post SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

    Janene Kraft
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://youtu.be/D9JzHhl51iA FROM LAUNDRY JUGS to JUST UNBELIEVABLE Changing the world isn’t about being radical but real. It’s about doing something good for the planet, everyday, sometimes without even knowing the full impact of our positive actions. For instance, how many … Continue reading → The post FROM CHORE TO CHAIR appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • a salute to charm city firefighters…

    bambeco
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Bambeco salutes the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department - protecting Charm City for over 150 years. Today, there are 38 stations serving the city, and over 1,800 active members. Thank you for all you do! Flask and…The perfect … Continue reading → The post a salute to charm city firefighters… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • reflections of history… decorating with mirrors

    bambeco
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Large mirrors like the reclaimed tin ceiling mirrors we’ve featured are beautiful works of art. They’re also practical pieces of décor magic that can transform your home from meh to marvelous. Mirrors shouldn’t be relegated to the bathroom and above the … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… decorating with mirrors appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    The Greentech Blog

  • Greentech news for April

    greenadmin
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The fourth and final berth at the Cornish wave hub was taken by Australian renewable energy producer Carnegie Wave Energy. The Perth based company will install a 1MW device that will  supply electricity and desalinated water to the Garden Island naval base more Apple bought a hydroelectric power facility near it’s data centre in Oregon. The 5MW facility is likely to supply power for the company’s server farm more Tesla began selling cars in China and announced plans to build cars in the country within the next 3-4 years. However this would require a joint venture with a local…
  • 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…
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

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

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

  • How Outdoor Marquees Keep Kids Sun Safe at School

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

    Clay Miller
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    What is exactly is freecycling? It is when someone gives away an unwanted item, for free, to another person. That item could be anything from tools to appliances. So instead of throwing things away to sit in landfills, you can give them away to someone who needs them. You weren’t expecting money anyway for something you were going to put out to the trash.  Freecycling is a great way to reuse what we own. The internet has really helped in making freecycling a big success. One of the largest freecycle networks is Freecycle.org. You can find the area or a group in which you live and look…
  • Eminent Questions To Answer Before Choosing The Reliable Quotes For ECO Cars

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    While planning to focus towards electric cars, it means that you will land up with some money saving opportunities. These vehicles are exempt from the tax along with congestion charges. On top of all these saving options, you can also get in hold of the cheaper versions of car insurance. The cover cost is solely based on various types of factors, associated with the car and also the driver. Some insurance companies can even lead you with an offer associated with the drivers of the electric car. These are mostly used in order to reduce the risk factor associated with green cars. There are…
  • Turning a Urban Heat Hotbed into a Green Cooling Haven

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There is no better symbol of modernization, success, and advancements than urban cities. Cities are sources of vibrant economies, progressive thinking, and the evolution of a country. Yet, while cities are a hotbed for progression, they are also a literal hotbed of heat – which is the reason why urban cities are notoriously referred to as “heat islands.” Heat island cities typically have a much higher air temperature than their surrounding rural areas, temperatures which peak during the summertime and remain quite high during the year. According to the EPA, Aside from raising…
  • Reducing Our Carbon Footprint One Step at a Time

    Clay Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Messages of going green, reducing our carbon footprint and leading more eco-friendly lives seem to be found just about everywhere these days. The information overload can be extremely confusing to newcomers of green living, but it is important to remember that no matter the conservation message, the main ideas are always consistent – use less or not at all and always reuse and recycle. It is even possible to maintain a zero-waste home, but taking baby steps can lead to the greatest success. A person’s carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere…
 
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  • Build your own free DIY Pallet compost bin

    Piers Caswell
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    What to do when you have too much spare compost that you are not quite ready to use, well I was politely told to  “make your own compost bin”! Ideally it would be great to store it all in a free compost bin that does not get excessively wet or attract local squatters, in the form of […] Author information Piers Caswell Founder, designer & developer at Digital-Zest Online Ltd For 15 years I have been creating websites and digital media solutions. I have a keen interest in writing on my personal blog about finding frugal and more sustainable ways to living through the great…
  • Budget busting bacon misshapes, money saving

    Piers Caswell
    26 May 2014 | 5:14 am
    Whilst trying to find ever more frugal ways to cut back on our grocery shopping, we were looking at how much we spend on meat, especially as its one of the most expensive product lines in our weekly shop. We’re a big fan of bacon, who isn’t? (Apart from the Veggies, sorry this post is […] Author information Piers Caswell Founder, designer & developer at Digital-Zest Online Ltd For 15 years I have been creating websites and digital media solutions. I have a keen interest in writing on my personal blog about finding frugal and more sustainable ways to living through the great…
  • Garden cooking, Dutch oven & a brace of conies

    Piers Caswell
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    We were pondering whether or not we should invest in another brand new and shiny garden BBQ, as the cheap and cheerful ones you pick up from the supermarket or local hardware store never last for long. This year I wanted to scrimp and save by creating our own and keeping it very frugal, for a while we were playing with the idea to use an old metal drum or maybe a full brick BBQ, as we had plenty of left over bricks. Decisions decisions.... Author information Piers Caswell Founder, designer & developer at Digital-Zest Online Ltd For 15 years I have been creating websites and digital media…
  • Free fertiliser from stinging Nettle tea!

    Piers Caswell
    3 Sep 2013 | 10:36 am
    A couple of weeks ago we were watching Monty Don one Sunday morning on BBC 2’s Gardeners World. He was talking through his “Jobs for the weekend” and was highlighting the benefits of stinging nettles being fantastic plant fertilizer and just how easy it was to make and would cost absolutely nothing! Well that was it a man on a mission, free fertilizer! I was determined to give it go as there are always thousands of stinging nettles nearby. Plus there are no unpleasant chemicals or additives to worry about, plain and simple nitrogen rich fertilizer... Author information Piers Caswell…
  • Runner bean, wheelie bin screen

    Piers Caswell
    2 Jul 2013 | 1:24 am
    For a while now we have been discussing our options how to partially hide our wheelie bins from view with some form of trellis and maybe a vigorous climber or vine (passion flower/clematis). Instead of purchasing a plant for the purpose, we could have always taken a cutting of one of our numerous climbers from the back garden. The initial downside was the lead time in which to get a cutting to take root and plant out was too long as we are already 4 weeks into summer. Plus any cutting would take many months to completely take up residence in advance of winter. For a couple of weeks we have…
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Is the pilot light out?

    John Grindle
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comThere are serveral things that can go wrong with a pilot light on a gas water heater. One day you may wake up and discover you have nothing but cold water. You may want to take a shower and find nothing but a frigid drizzle, This is usually when you will discover  the pilot light that has gone out.  Why did it go out? The cause may be many different things. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a windy night that can blow the pilot light out. So, we will go over the basic troubleshooting steps to help…
  • Is an Instant water heater A Good investment?

    John Grindle
    15 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comInstant Hot Water? Or Conventional Water Heating? First the answer to the question on many people’s minds. What is an instant water heater anyways? An instant water heater uses a device called a heat exchanger to rapidly heat water “on demand”. This is in contrast to the traditional conventional water heater that uses either gas or electricity to heat your water and then stores that water in an insulated water tank. So why all the fuss when it comes to choosing between the two? In most homes in North…
  • Easy tips to get deal with a blocked drain

    Sophie Andersen
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comEasy tips to get deal with a blocked drain Maintaining a home is never an easy task. There are numerous details that need to be taken into consideration when you have a place of your own. However, all the features that have to be done depend on the type of home you own. Living in a block of flats usually means that you can count on a special service responsible for home maintenance. This automatically disqualifies any personal responsibility and abolishes you of any effort. Of course, you are still obliged…
  • Repair A Flapper Valve

    John Grindle
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comWhat’s  All The Flap About? How to  Replace or Repair  that Broken Flapper Valve. Your Flapper Valve sits in the heart of your toilet; it’s composed of 2 simple levers. The first lever has a float that raises and lowers.  When the reservoir is drained it allows water to flow in until that lever floats to a certain height. Once it’s reached the zenith of its maximum floatation range the levers motion shuts off a valve that controls the water coming into the toilet. This allows just the right amount…
  • Hard Water – An Ounce of Prevention

    John Grindle
    19 Dec 2013 | 1:22 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comWhen I was fourteen years old, I once thought to impress the cute girl that lived down the lane by doing a head first power dive off of a thirty foot cliff. That ill-gotten misadventure led to my first exposure to one type of ‘hard water’.  Later I discovered as a home owner that there is actually another variety of hard-water.  And while it will not likely result in a high speed impact leaving you smarting from head to toe, this other variety will surely leave your pocketbook feeling just as sore.
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development?

    Rinkesh
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    What is Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development? While it may seem that environmental sustainability and sustainable development are one in the same, there is quite a few ways in which they diverge in their goals. They do have the same overall goal that of conserving natural resources and creating more energy efficient projects and practices – but the two groups that are focused on them may find themselves in disagreement about what the priorities of actions are. Having a better understanding of how they are different and the same can help you do know how to navigate…
  • Various Tundra Plants

    Rinkesh
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Various Tundra Plants The tundra only has what would normally be considered a growing season for two months of every year. Despite the almost year round freezing temperatures, the tundra biome is thriving with a surprising variety of plant life. What you won’t find on the tundra are trees. After all, that is how it got its name – tundra comes from the Finnish “tunturia” which means treeless land. The winds are harsh here, and most of the plants that grow on the surface of the tundra grow in clusters to form a natural barrier against the wind. There are over 400 different types of…
  • Distributed Power Generation

    Rinkesh
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Distributed Power Generation: A Win Win for Australia A lot of Australians are choosing solar energy these days, because they’re concerned about the impact of fossil fuels on the environment. Solar power is considered an alternative energy source because less than 2 percent of the world’s energy is generated this way. Still, this hasn’t deterred some Aussies from adopting it. Specifically, distributed power. What is Distributed Power? Distributed power means that there’s not centralized power plant. Power is instead generated closer to the source. For example, if you have a power…
  • Various Tundra Animals

    Rinkesh
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    List of Various Tundra Animals The tundra is an ecosystem located at the North Pole. This biome surrounds the Arctic Circle and is the coldest biome of all on earth. While it is centered on the North Pole, there are other areas of the world are considered to be part of the tundra because they share the same climate. These areas include the region of Antarctica, parts of Alaska and parts of Northern Canada. In the tundra, the average winter temperature is well below negative 34 degrees Celsius and the summer range is between 3 and 12 degrees Celsius. While the tundra only warms up for two…
  • 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…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Coalfields Regeneration Trust hits 1MW milestone

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reached a new milestone in solar energy generation. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been set up to provide support to local communities which also involves the generation of renewable energy. The organisation has now reached […] The post Coalfields Regeneration Trust hits 1MW milestone appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • NFL stadium receives environmental acclaim

    Daniel Birkett
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The recently constructed Levi’s® Stadium has become the first NFL stadium to be awarded LEED Gold certification. The newly built Levi’s® Stadium which is home to the San Francisco 49ers and cost $1.2bn has become the first sports arena to […] The post NFL stadium receives environmental acclaim appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Wales’ largest waste to energy plant unveiled

    Daniel Birkett
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Wales has officially unveiled its largest food waste to energy plant in Denbighshire. Biogen’s £7.5m Waen plant has been officially unveiled in Denbighshire which is capable of producing enough energy to power the St Asaph, the UK’s smallest city. The […] The post Wales’ largest waste to energy plant unveiled appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Community solar project up and running

    Daniel Birkett
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    A Lincolnshire village has launched a new community solar scheme which will bring both environmental and financial rewards to the area. The Belchford Community Solar Co-operative (BCSC) is now seeking investment from local residents to fund a new renewable energy […] The post Community solar project up and running appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Scottish harbour to become wind energy hub

    Daniel Birkett
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Caithness Harbour is to be used as a service base and hub for the construction of one the country’s largest wind farms. Developers of the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd (Bowl) have agreed a deal to use the Caithness Harbour during […] The post Scottish harbour to become wind energy hub appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • PACT Apparel

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    At Raintees we love companies that care as much about the products they produce as how they produce them. PACT apparel is an undergarment movement that goes above and beyond in sustainable production. They make clothes using only non-GMO organic cotton that is harvested on family farms and manufactured in a wind-powered facility. This process translates into creating ‘socks with soul’, ‘altruistic underwear’ and other eco-fabulous items. ​Photo credit: PACT Apparel Another thing we like? PACT Apparel is a company that gives back. Each season the team chooses an…
  • Two Amazing Brands Taking Over Home Decor

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    We love sharing with our readers some of the amazing and fun companies we discover.  Recently, two companies have crossed our path and both feature gorgeous handmade items we completely have gone crazy for. ​Photo credit: Wicked Los Angeles Wicked Los Angeles was created when founders Mark and Samantha searched high and low for a romantic, drippy candle that wouldn’t actually run and make a mess on their wedding day. Unable to find the perfect candle they were searching for, they rolled up their sleaves and made them, one by one, in their kitchen from scratch; Wicked was born! ​Photo…
  • Nut Butters We Love

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    We’re not only passionate about the environment, we’re passionate about living healthy, nourished lives. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you some of the best nutrient rich nut butters that our team has discovered here at Raintees! Photo credit: Barney Butter One product we love is Barney Butter. Barney Butter was started by a mom as a healthy alternative for her peanut-butter loving kids. It is made from non-GMO premium Californian almonds and contains half the saturated fat of traditional Peanut butter. This gluten-free treat can be enjoyed on its own or combined into…
  • 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,…
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Starting the End of Energy Poverty

    Mosaic Editor
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Source:  SolarAid  One of the most fascinating effects of the development of renewable energy, is its burgeoning impact in undeveloped communities around the world.  Generations have lived without electricity all their lives with little to no hope of ever getting it.  Most estimates agree around 1.4 billion people currently have no access to energy and live in energy poverty.  Incredibly, in a country like Sierra Leone, which has been in existence for well over two thousand years, 95% of the country has no access to the grid. That’s 95%… Most get by with burning scarce, valuable…
  • SB 43: A Primer on California’s Foray into Community Shared Solar

    Nathan Otto
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    In a previous post, I outlined some of the main ideas behind community shared solar programs throughout the US.  California is currently in the process of designing and implementing programs designed to encourage this sort of increased access to clean energy.   At least 75% of households in the country are not good candidates for on-site solar, due to tree cover, poor orientation to the sun, HOA restrictions, and other reasons.  Further, for those who do not own property, it is even harder to directly support clean energy projects. California Senate Bill 43 is designed to address these…
  • How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflict Over Water

    Rosana Francescato
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    From our good friends at PV Solar Report. A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in the face of increasing droughts. We recently reported that solar power can benefit the economy by mitigating the economic consequences of climate change. Solar can also help with another serious issue: water. As the world’s population grows and climate change leads to more frequent and more severe…
  • Finding Geli and Discovering the Internet of Energy

    Bill Ehrlich
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    How do you get a meeting with one of the smartest people in San Francisco at one of the most exciting start-ups in the energy scene? You know who that person is before everyone else finds out and then you show up. The man I was determined to find is Dr. Ryan Wartena of Growing Energy Labs Inc. (GELI pronounced “Jelly”). How symbolic that my search led me to none other than the old Standard Oil Building. Image Source: Andrew Krulewitz Sign of the Times: Old Standard Oil Building Now Housing Cleantech Start-ups Growing Energy Labs is located at 225 Bush Street in an incubator space called…
  • 2014 Midwest Renewable Energy Fair: Bringing It All Back Home

    Bill Ehrlich
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Midwest Renewable Energy Fair(Source: MREA)  Pulling into the long driveway off of a picturesque Wisconsin highway it felt like I was arriving at Yasgur’s farm at the inception of Woodstock. The large grassy field that served as a parking lot was surrounded by tall pine trees on three sides creating the feeling of being in on something special. Everything from the excitement in the air to the kindness of strangers suggested we had arrived at a music festival a la Bonnaroo. I was right in the middle of the renewable energy braintrust known as The Energy Fair.   This year marked the…
 
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  • Ergonomics in the Office: 4 Questions to Ask Yourself at Work

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Did you know that there is a scientific discipline dedicated to helping people treat their bodies well while in the office?  You may have heard of it the last time you were buying an office chair.  It’s called ergonomics. While people have a vague idea that they should be in an ergonomic chair, they really don’t know how much ergonomics can help them.  Here are 4 things you should avoid doing at your desk. If these things apply to you, you may be setting yourself up for pain or injury in the future. Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Are my arms being supported? If you leave the…
  • Choosing the Right Desk for Your Office Space

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    The desk. It is the centerpiece of the office. The one piece of furniture that can determine how productive, organized, and comfortable you are.  It will pull together the entire office design, or tirelessly work against it.  It will flow or it will become an eyesore. Choosing the perfect desk for your space should not be taken lightly.  But don’t get too stressed.  To help ease your overwhelm and get you started, Commercial Flooring Solutions has compiled a list of 3 common desk types and what they can bring to your office. 1. The Corner Desk. This flexible desk can fit into offices…
  • Visit Hodges Farm in Charlotte, NC!

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Although it’s not huge, Charlotte, North Carolina has a certain hustle and bustle.  There’s traffic, noise, and a pace that you only find in city living.  If you’re ready to escape the urban tempo and get back to your rural roots, you don’t even have to leave Charlotte.  Just head to Hodges Farm! Once used as a dairy farm, the 180-acre Hodges Farm is now an equestrian center with many events and offerings throughout the year.  Here are just a few of the highlights: 1. Horses. Although the farm is home to cattle, goats, and sheep, the main residents are the horses that work and…
  • Top 3 Most Famous Buildings in the U.S.

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
      Architects who design skyscrapers and buildings around the world have the ability to create a masterpiece that can be seen by millions of people and will last for hundreds and hundreds of years.  And a few of these masterpiece buildings have become known as the most magnificent in the world. Here are a few of the most famous and brilliant buildings in the United States: 1. The White House One of the most recognizable buildings in not only our country but the world resides in the United State’s capitol.  Built in 1793 out of Aquia sandstone, this mansion was designed by James Hoban…
  • 5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Small Workspace

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Do you have a small workspace?  If so, you aren’t alone.  Big corner offices have gone away, and we are left with offices with a little less elbow room.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t be as productive or show off your individuality as much as in a larger workspace.  It just means you have to get a little more creative.  And here are a few ways to do just that. 1. Just say “no” to paper.  Calendars, to-do lists, copier manuals, and sticky notes – these all have digital counterparts, so why aren’t you using them?  By going completely digital, you can lose the clutter that…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Methods Of Building A Compost Toilet

    Mi Muba
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Compost toilet means a toilet where from human waste can easily be taken for its recycling to use as natural manure. Purpose of compost toilet After its recycling through natural process it becomes organic fertilizer for farming. It is a centuries-old practice of manufacturing organic manure with human waste. However, its method was not much… Read More »The post Methods Of Building A Compost Toilet appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to overcome drinking water shortage with ATM machine?

    Mi Muba
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    What do you generally draw from an ATM machine? If you are from a poor country you can draw only cash from it. If you are from an advance country you can get cold drinks and bottled water from it also. Now you can fill your empty water cane with drinking water from an ATM… Read More »The post How to overcome drinking water shortage with ATM machine? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • World Kitchen Garden Day

    Mi Muba
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    World Kitchen Garden Day is observed all over the world every year since 2004 on 4th Sunday of August. It is celebrated by getting together in home—based vegetable garden with friends, family and community of the area. It is just a get together to promote the message of World Kitchen Garden Day to maximum number… Read More »The post World Kitchen Garden Day appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Gardening as a Hobby for Children

    Mi Muba
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Gardening as a hobby is one of the most productive green activities. It not only keeps you positive while you get engaged in it but it also gives a great sense of satisfaction once you see its results. Its rewards do not end here. Once your garden is fully grown you feel its impact on… Read More »The post Gardening as a Hobby for Children appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Am I a hypocrite while going green?

    Mi Muba
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Yes you should ask this question; am I a hypocrite while going green? It is mostly observed in civilized societies people talk much about green care but do nothing or next to nothing for green care. They have dual lifestyle. In public they do greenwash which means pretending to be green. While in private life… Read More »The post Am I a hypocrite while going green? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • A day with Joel Salatin on Polyface Farm

    Emily Uebergang
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    If ever there were such a thing as farming celebrity (which I totally think there should be – take that mind numbing Hollywood), Joel Salatin would be an A-lister. Well, he kind of is if you speak with anyone hailing from any of the Permaculture, Paleo, Real Food, Sustainable Agriculuture, ‘Save the world from the plight of factory farming and earth pillaging’ movements. He’s got a voice and he’s not afraid to use it.   So here I am. Little Aussie me. IN … →
  • 12 Paleo Recipe Blogs To Drool Over

    Emily Uebergang
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Since my current ‘circumstances’ that have something to do with gypsy-like global gallivanting often finds me far from the comfort of a kitchen (possibly the only downside of travel… oh, and missing loved ones at home probably ranks up there too), I don’t have a great deal of opportunity to get stuck into my usual weekly routine of real food recipe creation. If you haven’t noticed this, I’ll forgive you. I don’t shy away from the fact that sometimes I feel like I’m living … →
  • Is Your Love Affair with Organic Chocolate Sustainable?

    Emily Uebergang
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s one thing to eat chocolate, another to buy organic chocolate, and another to understand if this addiction is actually sustainable fullstop. Seriously, what would you do tomorrow if the chocolate stocks were to run dry?!   So what is it about chocolate that makes our hearts melt and our mouths drool?   You can’t deny the allure of chocolate. When over 20 million kilograms of the stuff is consumed world wide, it’s clear to see that the Mayans were on to … →
  • Are You Really Eating Raw Cacao?

    Emily Uebergang
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When the studies were doing the rounds boasting the health benefits of cacao, I’m sure many took that as permission to somewhat overindulge in this exercise of chocolate eating. What the studies explained as health benefits such as antioxidants that protect you from free radicals in the body and polyphenols which act as an anti-inflammatory, many read along the lines instead of “Chocolate is the elixir of life”. Don’t quote me on that, but yes, even I took that as queue to face dive into a few too … →
  • 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 … →
 
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  • Green Business

    Prasun Barua
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    What is Green Business?A green business is a business which consists minimal negative impact on environment, community, society and economy. It develops business policies and demonstrates commitment to a healthy and sustainable future. A green business should contribute to enhance the quality of life for its employees and customers. Now a days, certification systems have been introduced which strive to standardize these policies.Green Business should meet following requirements:Business decisions and policies should be implemented following all the principles of sustainability.The business…
  • 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…
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  • New photovoltaic cells with improved energy conversion have been discovered

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    New solar cells with improved energy efficiency will be produced A team of scientists led by Thomas Mueller (not the famous football player from Bayern München) at the Vienna University of Technology have managed to create a new semiconductor structure built from two ultra-thin layers, which are able to produce photovoltaic cells with improved energy conversion. A few months ago, the team led by Thomas Mueller, Andreas Pospischil and Marco Furchi have worked to produce an ultra-thin layer of the photoactive crystal tungsten diselenide material. With this new discovery, extremely thin,…
  • Public lighting has now a new system which improves its energy consumption

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Public lamps in the night Scientists from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid have managed to create a new energy regulation system for public lighting that is based on the combination of multiple electromagnetic elements. The purpose of the system is to efficiently reduce the luminous flux of public lamps by reducing the voltage in certain periods of the day. According to the team of researchers who produced this new device, this new system is powerful and efficient and does not require any further maintenance. If we talk about size, weight and costs, the new system requires far less…
  • The agreement between Tesla and Panasonic has been finally signed

    admin
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Tesla S model In my previous articles I just said that Tesla wants to build a Gigafactory in order to manufacture lithium-ion batteries on a pretty large scale to equip the new Tesla models but all these with the help of Panasonic. Panasonic being here the actual cell supplier for these lithium-ion batteries. Until now, Panasonic was not very sure about this new project and consider it “risky” but these days the situation has been changed dramatically. Both companies agreed to sign a contract in which everyone will assure its role in building these batteries for the Tesla models.
  • Old coal-fired power plant to be closed in the UK

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Old coal-fired power plant will be shut down in the UK A loophole in the government’s energy plan that might have seen bill payers funding billions of pounds of subsidies for an old coal-fired power plant will be shut down. Eggborough coal power station in Yorkshire, is one of these old coal-fired power plants which due to a loophole in the government’s energy policy might have escaped previous closure and might have consumed a lot of the tax payers money. This decision it is very welcomed by many analysts and campaign promoters which fight against large coal subsidies that are…
  • Solar industry creates jobs and reduces the price of electricity

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    Large solar PV panels The solar industry is growing day by day in Australia, and due to this growth it is able to increase the number of jobs across the country and also to reduce the price of electricity. Instead of increasing the price of electric energy, this renewable resource is capable of decreasing it because solar industry begins to overcome other energy sources across the country. For example the number of employees which are involved now in the Solar PV industry is higher than the number of employees which work in the coal-fired power sector. As a response to these achievements…
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  • How it´s made: 3 Reasons why the World Loves US Cotton

    Wabi Sabi
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Creating a simple t-shirt is anything but simple. Following up on our introducory post to this 5 part documentary series, today we will look... The post How it´s made: 3 Reasons why the World Loves US Cotton appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes

    Wabi Sabi
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Are you concerned about what your clothes are made of? Do you want  to know what type of fabric was used? Have you looked... The post Quick guide to the most common textile fabric abbreviations. Learn to decipher the label in your clothes appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • How it´s made: The complex world behind a simple t-shirt

    Wabi Sabi
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    The making of a basic t-shirt seems like it should be pretty simple, right? Wrong. It is anything but that. Long processes that cross... The post How it´s made: The complex world behind a simple t-shirt appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Lead –do you know the real dangers?

    Wabi Sabi
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that lead can be found in fabric? It can be found in household fabrics. It can be found in our clothes.... The post Lead –do you know the real dangers? appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • How to scare clients away with bad customer service online

    Wabi Sabi
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
      Online does not mean SELF SERVICE. Online has a lot of benefits including significant cost reductions in infrastructure and personnel. Offering great customer... The post How to scare clients away with bad customer service online appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
 
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  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Ecoideaz
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Author: Shikha Shah In our previous post Water Conservation Methods in India we showcased some of the best traditional water conservation techniques, in this post we have covered some of the innovative water conservation practices. Let’s have a look at the list. Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Image Via www.nirmaljal.net.in All of us who directly consume water are the most important stakeholders in managing water. While many of us urbanites use or waste a lot of water, we rarely make an effort to conserve it. Fortunately, the rainwater harvesting method has provided a solution that…
  • Water Conservation Methods in India

    Ecoideaz
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Author: Shikha Shah Many of us who live in big cities enjoy a carefree lifestyle with 24 hours of running taps, swimming pools, Jacuzzis and decorative fountains. Sheltered by this layer of comfort, we remain unaware of the impact of these water-intensive activities on our environment. Rapid urbanization and water pollution has widened the supply and demand gap, putting enormous pressure on the quality of surface and groundwater bodies. Clean water is destined to become one of the rarest commodities soon, if the general public is not educated about the significance of storing, recycling and…
  • Chilika Seaweed Cultivation – A Blue Revolution

    Ecoideaz
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:36 am
    Author – Nandini Kumar Growth of Macro algae in Chilika Lake – Photo Via www.ostcbu.nic.in Chilika Lake, a wintering ground for millions of migratory birds, home to thousands of fisher folk, a paradise for tourists and nature lovers, is the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia. Located along the coast of Odisha, this 1,100 sq km lagoon filled with water with salinity between that of freshwater and sea water. Rich in fishery resources housing about 205 species of fish, this highly productive area has been a source of livelihood for 150,000 fisher folk. Problem – Loss of livelihood…
  • Environmentally Friendly Paints in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash Image Source| earthride.com.au The paints industry has developed myriad chemicals to enhance the product shelf life, color, texture and other properties. Currently, these paints are made from a few chemicals that are especially suited for this industry. Many of these are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which vaporize as soon as they are exposed to the atmosphere. They also contain heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and chromium. VOCs such as ethyl acetate, glycol ethers, and acetone are organic chemicals that are mainly used as solvents for conventional paints.
  • 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…
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  • Alaska Salmon Bounty Breaking Half A Record Again This Year

    Russ George
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    The Alaska salmon catch last year was an all time high at 272 million fish. This year Alaska is on a trajectory for another record salmon catch, albeit at 135 million fish about half of last years total, still this is close to double the pre-salmon-miracle five-year average. Official salmon boffins are again at a loss to explain this salmon bounty. The only explanation offered is ” unexplained ocean conditions of abundant ocean pastures and plankton.” We think a better comment for the boffins is, “who brought the fish back.” Click to enlarge In 2013 the 272 million…
  • Plankton In Space A Blooming Miracle

    Russ George
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Perhaps you never imagined space is home to plankton. Reports are now proliferating that scientists have discovered Earthly plankton in space has taken up residence on the outside of the International Space Station. Traces of plankton and other microorganisms have been found living on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS), according to space officials. They report the plankton in space were not carried there at launch – but are thought to have been blown there by air currents on Earth. Incredibly, the tiny organisms were found to be able to survive in the vacuum of space…
  • Ocean Plankton Specks Form The Heart Of Rain Drops

    Russ George
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    New Scientific Reports Add Proof That Tiny Bits Of Plankton Lofted Into The Air Create Clouds And Rain California’s drought could be resolved by restoring offshore ocean plankton pastures. We all know that the main source of rain on this blue planet is all that water that resides in the oceans. A great deal of it is evaporating all of the time and that moisture the oceans give up blows in the wind and eventually falls as rain. There is nothing new about the role of oceans and rain… Right? Maybe it’s not so simple. Could it be that the heart of every snowflake is a tiny speck…
  • Record Numbers Of Salmon And Orcas Flood Pacific Coast

    Russ George
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    Int’l Pacific Salmon Commission Reports 170% More Sockeye Than Historic 2010 Run Arriving In A Sockeye Tsunami Ocean salmon pasture restoration credited with bringing back the fish. Record numbers of salmon, sockeye salmon, in never before seen abundance are swimming into the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia according to the numbers published by the Pacific Salmon Commission. The rate at which the prized sockeye are arriving is 170% of that of the previous record year of 2010 arrived more than 34 million strong. (Note: The 34 million number is the “official count,” the…
  • We Can Restore Atlantic Cod – Are You Listening Pew

    Russ George
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    We can restore the Atlantic Cod back to historic abundance in just a few years. An open letter to The Pew Charitable Trusts We just need to restore and revive their ocean plankton pastures. The top fish-head at the Pew Charitable Trust has published an op-ed about the disappearing Atlantic Cod titled, “Prey For Return of Atlantic Cod Population” in a New England Eco publication.  Here’s my open letter in response… pew pew pew… The continued preying on the ‘usual suspects’ by the author, Peter Baker of Pew Charitable Trusts, of this article and…
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  • Amaranth — An Ancient Super Food

    Centehua
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    By Centehua: There are over 60 species of Amaranth, a summer annual weed. Amaranth is tightly packed with flowers, and its foliage usually ranges from red and purple to green and gold. It is absolutely gorgeous, standing over 6 feet tall. This ancient plant is very dear to my heart. I come from a Mexican (or ...
  • 2 Toxins Banned from iPhone and iPad Production

    Green Mom
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Apple has made big announcements about how they are taking steps towards going green lately. So, when two activist groups —China Labor Watch and Green America—pressured them to investigate the use of the hazardous chemicals benzene and n-hexane during the final production stage of their devices in overseas factories, they complied. This ...
  • Dog Racing Losing Popularity

    Kim Robson
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
     By Kim Robson: Horse racing still carries with it a veneer of glamour left over from its glory days. In the 1930s and 40s, well-dressed celebrities including Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, W. C. Fields, Paulette Goddard, Ann Miller, Don Ameche, Ava Gardner, Red Skelton, Pat O’Brien, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard graced the rails with ...
  • Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

    Green Mom
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    By Fredrica Syren: Every Sunday we eat pancakes for breakfast. These pancakes are both gluten-free and vegan and are my kid’s favorite. Buckwheat flour is a healthy gluten-free alternative that is loaded with protein and is low fat. It’s also rich in minerals such as magnesium, copper and iron. We eat our topped with maple ...
  • Summer Sun and Fun Tips for Hair

    Dawna Matthews
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    By Dawna Matthews: Summer is amazing– the sun, the monsoon season, swimming and playing outdoors. During all seasons of the year, our hair and skin changes with the weather, and summer is no exception. During the summer, our hair can dry out because heat from the sun deteriorates the protein in hair, which in turn ...
 
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable System Solutions for Natural Stone

    Lillian Connors
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    In recent time, we have seen the emergence of different projects that foster the implementation of sustainable systems for the production and use of building materials, and natural stone is no exception. These Eco-friendly production processes focus on the three main aspects:  Optimized use of natural resources and raw materials.  Optimized energy consumption within the natural stone production chain.  Use of new, energy efficient multifunctional materials based on natural stone.   The implementation of automatized systems for the organic consolidation and reinforcement…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Remove A Dead Tree Yourself

    Contributing Author
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    A dead tree in the yard is an eyesore and a danger. More limbs will fall down with every storm, and the bulk of the tree may be brought down at any time by a strong wind. As the tree falls, everything in its path is in danger, so it’s best to have a dead tree professionally removed before this happens. While you may be tempted to do this project yourself, it’s far better to leave this one to an experienced crew. The Weight of Branches and Trunk A single limb on the ground can have some weight behind it, and the trunk and larger branches can weigh far more than you can handle on your own.
  • Solar Hot Water Systems: Exploring Its Numerous Benefits

    Rachel Heagney
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    The whole concept of ‘going green’ has been the rage lately and with good reason. As sources of non-renewable energy are gradually decreasing, the need to transition to renewable sources has become increasingly urgent. Among the many forms available, solar energy is the alternative that has been utilized for so long. Considered as the cleanest renewable energy option available, it has been used for numerous purposes including cooling, lighting, cooking, and heating among others. Among its multiple uses, solar water heating has become one of the most popular, as it has been widely used…
  • Innovative Ways Businesses Can Cut Down Energy Costs

    Nick Quinlan
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    In today’s Capitalist society, cutting cost is always an integral part of growing your business.  This can be achieved in many ways, but one way that might not be so obvious or on the top of your list is cutting down your energy costs. Many think that this is just a fixed cost that will have to be accounted for.  You will now find there are many ways to reduce your overhead and make your business run more efficiently and cheaply over time.  Paying attention to the small details like the type of light bulbs that you are using all the way up to installing robust solar power systems are…
  • Cotton Bags Are The New Shopping Bag

    Thomas Stocks
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    For many years the standard bag at the checkout of your favorite supermarket has been plastic because it was free, easy to use and the best option. But, today this is all about to change. With the debate of whether plastic or paper bags are better, we look at why cotton bags are looking to take the crown of the best bag and why we could be seeing more and more of them over the coming months and years. The process of creating paper bags has been up for debate for some time, as has the amount of plastic we produce and how much makes its way into our oceans, water supplies and hurts animals.
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