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  • Fall foliage may be delayed, but will last longer

    Environmental News Network
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The fall foliage season that prompts millions of Americans to undertake jaunts into the countryside each year could come much later and possibly last a little longer within a century, according to new research. Climate change could postpone fall leaf peeping in some areas of the United States as summer temperatures linger later into the year, Princeton University researchers report in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography.
  • 5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones
    James West
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality the we face if we don't slash our global greenhouse gas emissions, and slash them fast. This "Synthesis Report," to be released in November following a UN conference in Copenhagen, is still subject to revision. It is intended to summarize three…
  • Op-Ed Contributor: To Save the Planet, Don’t Plant Trees

    NYT > Environment
    By NADINE UNGER
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Reforestation might seem like a simple solution to climate change, but the science shows it could make global warming worse.
  • Solar-cell efficiency improved with new polymer devices

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers. Researchers identified a new polymer -- a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials -- which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells' efficiency. The polymer allowed electrical charges to move more easily throughout the cell, boosting the production of electricity -- a mechanism never before demonstrated in such devices.
  • Seeding plant diversity for future generations

    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Researchers have constructed a 'hit list' of the plant species most needed to boost the overall diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank, which is storing seeds in its vaults for future generations.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • How To Make Leaf Mold Compost

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

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

    Shawna Coronado
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:24 am
    Several years ago I worked with a local team to have a rain water cistern called a RainXchange System installed in my front lawn by Aquascape, Inc. (above) – the result has been absolutely fabulous! I have had many years of enjoyment with a beautiful fountain that runs summer and winter. In my original story about the installation I discussed the importance of water conservation and how the Aquascape pond guys are doing great things to help the world better understand water conservation. Premiere of Pond Stars Tonight National Geographic WILD’s Pond Stars is making it’s debut…
  • White Creeping Thyme Plant or Thymus Serpyllum Albus

    Shawna
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    While writing one of the books this season, I met a really cool garden blogger, Laurrie Sostman. She has some great photos of the herb, white creeping thyme, or thymus serpyllum ‘albus’ plants on her site.  You can see photos that she took which shows the darling little scented white flowers growing in her garden (top and below). I’d like to introduce you to her amazing website and plant inventory. While Laurrie is not an active blogger this season, she has a complete plant inventory of every plant that has ever been in her garden. WOW! So astounding to see a whole garden…
  • Cilantro Cucumber Garden Sipper Cocktail Recipe – A Light Bloody Mary

    Shawna
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
    Septembers cocktail is flavorful and filled with the garden harvest. It takes the traditional Bloody Mary and lightens it up a bit, making it perfect for hot Indian Summer days. It has Cilantro Vodka and a bit of Cucumber Vodka to kick in that veggie flavor. Make the Cilantro Cucumber Garden Sipper Cocktail Recipe when you are looking for something a smidge lemonier than the traditional Bloody Mary**. Watch the super quick video below if you want to see how it is all assembled. Cilantro Cucumber Garden Sipper Light Bloody Mary Cocktail Recipe – Muddled Cilantro and Cucumber – 1/2…
 
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  • House Republications Push Bill to Weaken Pesticide Regulations - H.R.5447

    Jennifer Sass
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. House Republicans and their industrial agrochemical allies are trying to hijack concern about saving bees to promote a bill that would needlessly weaken pesticide regulation.  The bill (H.R. 5447), introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), would allow highly toxic pesticides to get shorter reviews if manufacturers claim they would protect bees.  The legislation would direct the EPA to expedite the approval of pesticide products  – using a process meant for low-hazard (EPA calls them ‘reduced risk’) pesticides…
  • Big Oil's California Battleground

    Peter Lehner
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City The new documentary Pump lays out the costs and risks of our dependence on oil to move around—the dependence that’s creating an asthma epidemic in families who live near highways. The dependence that forces families to spend their hard-earned money to feed the profits of the oil monopoly, allowing the biggest five oil companies, even in the “down year” of 2013, to pull in profits of $177,000 a minute. One minute. That’s less time than it takes to fill up your gas tank. In California, home to some of the strongest…
  • Latin America Green News: A climate change tower in the Amazon, greener railroad transportation in Mexico, the first 100% solar-powered city in Chile

    Carolina Herrera
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. September 13th – September 19th, 2014 Climate Change A structure taller than the Eiffel Tower is set to be built in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. As an initiative of the Instituto de Investigaciones Amazónicas (INPA) and the Max Planck Institute, the 330-meter tower will be built equipped with instruments to monitor climate change signs, collect data on cloud formation and the…
  • US EPA Carbon Rules Comment Period Extended, But There's No Need to Delay Ohio's Clean Energy Standards

    Samantha Williams
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Samantha Williams, Staff Attorney, Chicago Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it’s extending the comment period on the Clean Power Plan for states to curb carbon emissions from our nation’s power fleet to Dec. 1, Ohio doesn’t need additional time to ponder the benefits of its clean energy standards. Just this week, NRDC submitted comments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, focusing on the state’s potential to cut carbon emissions primarily through clean energy sources.
  • Protecting Us Abroad, Ensuring Energy Independence at Home

    David Murray
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    David Murray, Program Assistant, Energy and Transportation, New York City Meet one of solar energy’s top advocates: the U.S. military. Whether it’s on an Air Force base in Arizona or at a U.S. Marine outpost in Afghanistan, service members know energy security is critical to our safety. That’s why I’m proud of the White House’s announcement on Thursday to create a veterans solar job training pilot. This program will connect our veteran brothers and sisters with 400 community college-based solar training institutions, helping 50,000 new solar installers join the…
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  • What to do when you’re running out of time on climate change

    Rebecca Solnit
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    There have undoubtedly been stable periods in human history, but you and your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents never lived through one, and neither will any children or grandchildren you may have or come to have. Everything has been changing continuously, profoundly — from the role of women to the nature of agriculture. For the past couple of hundred years, change has been accelerating in both magnificent and nightmarish ways. Yet when we argue for change, notably changing our ways in response to climate change, we’re arguing against people who claim we’re disrupting a…
  • 11 short stories about the People’s Climate Train

    Heather Smith
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    (1) It’s a beautiful morning at the Amtrak station in Emeryville, Calif. I am standing here waiting for the People’s Climate Train, which will take me and 170 climate activists on a four-day-and-three-night-long journey to the People’s Climate March, which happens on Sunday, Sept. 21, in New York City. It is 8:30 a.m. and I can barely manage to sip my coffee and stay standing at the same time, but there’s a small send-off rally taking place, and already, there’s a woman here in a full Statue of Liberty outfit. That’s how hardcore this group is. “My 6-year-old…
  • Northwest states talk green, invest dirty

    Sam Bliss
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    You know those proposed coal terminals and the ramped-up oil-train traffic that many Washingtonians and Oregonians vehemently oppose? You know, the ones that, if they all were to go through, would carry five times the potential climate damage of an approved Keystone XL pipeline? Well, some investigative reporting from the sustainability think-tank Sightline Institute shows that both Pacific Northwest states are stealthily financing these schemes to place the region at the center of the global carbon trade — even as their leaders lambast them. Oregon’s climate-conscious…
  • Population could hit 12 billion, unless, you know, birth control

    Liz Core
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Have a minute? Because you’ve got to see this. This map simulation lets you witness the most important events in people’s lives all over the world: their births and deaths. It’s simple — births (green dots) and deaths (red dots) flash up for a second on the location where they’ve happened. And these days, the green dots are starting to add up — fast. According to a new study published in Science, there’s an 80 percent probability that world population, now 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion by 2100. That…
  • We’re way more screwed than we were the last time the U.N. had a big climate meeting

    Ben Adler
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    It’s been nearly five years since President Obama and other heads of state attended a major U.N. climate event. In the time since the 2009 Copenhagen conference, there has been little real progress toward a strong global climate agreement — instead there’s been backsliding. But there’s been lots of progress in making the climate go haywire. So at the U.N. Climate Summit on Tuesday, when heads of state brag about accomplishments, make grandiose promises, and announce a lot of marginally helpful measures from the private sector and civil society, don’t be fooled.
 
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    The Green Skeptic

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • WATCH: Celebs and MFA Show the Truth Behind the Burger

    Joan Reddy
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The new PSA video, "Dinner at Le Cruel," is a funny, but poignant commentary on the meat and dairy industry. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Celebs and MFA Show the Truth Behind the Burger appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Film ‘Africa’

    Allyson Koerner
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Angelina Jolie will direct Skydance's film 'Africa' revolving around Richard Leakey's elephant poaching story. Read MoreThe post Angelina Jolie to Direct Elephant Poaching Film ‘Africa’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • U.S. Plans to Train Veterans to Install Solar Panels

    Brianne Hogan
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Ahead of next week’s international climate summit at the U.N. where 100 nations will convene to discuss global warming, the White House unveiled on Thursday a new plan to train veterans to Read MoreThe post U.S. Plans to Train Veterans to Install Solar Panels appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Arrested in Faroe Islands for Protecting Dolphins

    Brianne Hogan
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Three Sea Shepherd crewmembers were arrested Sept. 18 in the Faroe Islands for protecting a pod of white-sided dolphins as part of the organization’s pilot whale and small cetacean defense campaign, Read MoreThe post Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Arrested in Faroe Islands for Protecting Dolphins appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Marisa Tomei Tells Tale of Slaughtering Lamb

    Allyson Koerner
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Marisa Tomei opens up to Conan O'Brien about slaughtering a lamb from beginning to end. Read MoreThe post WATCH: Marisa Tomei Tells Tale of Slaughtering Lamb appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds: a Day at the Beach

    Maureen O'Connor
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    This week we thought we’d feature some beach-related fashion finds in honor of tomorrow’s Coastal Cleanup Day. Hoist Away Bags makes rugged recycled sail bags, beach bags and totes from retired sail cloth. This drawstring tote bag (above) is equally at home in a car, bus, boat and the overhead of your favorite airline. The drawstring insert will keep sand, rain and hermit crabs away from your valuables. Hoist Away uses sail material that has enjoyed coastal Maine breezes, were raised during Olympic trials and hailed from as far away as France. All the sail bags have a bit of…
  • Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth

    guest
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Dental care is an important part of supporting oral health care in children. Proper dental care helps to give children the foundations to developing healthy, strong teeth. Toddlers as early as 1 year old are ready to visit the dentist and get a basic cleaning, and from then on, parents have the responsibility to ensure that their children have dental checkups. Pediatric dentists recommend that children receive a dental check-up every six months to help prevent dental problems in the future. In addition to visiting the dentist periodically, many parents search for tips and resources on how to…
  • fresh air: Purggo bamboo charcoal car air filter

    Ross Dulmaine
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Did grandma leave the unpleasant aromatic remains of her favorite discount perfume all over your car, did your cousin sneak a smoke in your backseat last week, did your lab, Rufus, take a dip in the local swamp and then decided to ride shotgun in your Subaru? If so, or you have issues with any of a thousand airborne scents, you might want to consider installing one of these all-natural, Purggo bamboo air purifiers in your ride. These eco-friendly air filters contain 100% all-natural bamboo charcoal and are German-engineered, patent-pending, and nicely designed. It’s a crazy fact that…
  • Exploring Eco-Friendly Glues and Adhesives – A Sticky Situation

    Sheila Thomas
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    We all remember the days back in elementary school when we created cards for our moms, and posters for the holidays. All those lovely trinkets our moms still have stashed away somewhere were made possible with the aid of that good old Elmer’s glue. The fact is that in addition to crafting, glues and adhesives are frequently used in our everyday lives. When you think about it packaging, grocery bags, wallpaper, laminating, envelops and paper towel roles all use some form of adhesive. What makes an adhesive green or not boils down to 3 issues: What is it made of? Is that material sustainable?
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    Environmental News Network

  • Global Population May Surpass 13 Billion by End of Century

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    By 2100, over 13 billion people could be walking the planet. That's the conclusion of a new study published today in Science, which employed UN data to explore the probability of various population scenarios. The new study further demolishes the long-held theory that human population growth will quit growing by mid-century and then fall. "Analysis of these data reveals that, contrary to previous literature, world population is unlikely to stop growing this century," reads the paper.
  • The Future of Vertical Farming

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    From big company agricultural farming, to communal farming or even personal agronomy, the business of growing crops for an expanding global population will be crucial in the near future. The two most important resources needed to run these farms are one, water, and two, land. But these resources often come at a premium, especially with growing populations and increased food demand. Farmers and researchers have already started leaning towards genetic engineering and industrial processing to help with their crop yields, but a new solution in agribusiness is emerging. Vertical farming.
  • Fall foliage may be delayed, but will last longer

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The fall foliage season that prompts millions of Americans to undertake jaunts into the countryside each year could come much later and possibly last a little longer within a century, according to new research. Climate change could postpone fall leaf peeping in some areas of the United States as summer temperatures linger later into the year, Princeton University researchers report in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography.
  • Finding Nemo

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Clownfish spend their entire lives nestling in the protective tentacles of host anemones, but new research shows that as babies they sometimes travel hundreds of kilometres across the open ocean. Although the process of long-distance dispersal by reef fish has been predicted, this is the first time that the high level exchange of offspring between distant populations has been observed. Dr Steve Simpson, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Global Change in Biosciences at the University of Exeter, and colleagues from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies…
  • Malaysia's 'Smart Villages' and other great ideas for sustainable development

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    As nations zero in on the UN's post-2015 global Sustainable Development Goals, innovations being successfully pioneered and demonstrated in Malaysia offer several proven tactical ideas for improving the world, says an influential international sustainable development networking organization. The UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), through its Malaysian chapter, cites ways in which the country is "rising to the challenge," including the construction of ingenious, self-sustaining "smart" villages -- each lifting about 100 families out of poverty and into affordable homes and…
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • 9 Natural Ways to Spice Up Your Sex Life: Sexual Healing

    Stefanie Iris Weiss
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    ColumnHere are 9 sex tips for giving you and your partner an organic sex-lift. Sex is natural, sex is good, but not everybody is doing nearly enough of what they should. We’re busy, we’re stressed out, and we’re tired, but that’s precisely why we should be having more sex. Being intimate cuts heart attack risk, burns calories, reduces endorphins and boosts immunity. But in a technology-addled world where we’re often more intimate with our iPhones than our active or would-be lovers, sometimes you need a few tips. It’s time to slow down and put some eco into your sex. Here’s a…
  • Eyebrow Styles Over the Ages

    Aylin Erman
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s interesting to look back and pay homage to women’s beauty as represented by eyebrow styles from around the world. Just like clothing fashion, eyebrow fashion has a life of its own. In our time, we’ve witnessed trends from thin, high-arched pencil drawn eyebrows to the natural, thicker, unkempt eyebrow style, and back again. Your eyebrows are surprisingly important in determining your look. They are meant to complement the shape of your face, and when your eyebrow shape is off, you’re entire appeal could change. While eyebrow styles come and go, what really matters is what…
  • OpenKnit: DIY Digital Clothing Loom Disrupting Fast Fashion

    Jill Ettinger
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Got an hour to kill? Knit yourself a jumper with the open-source digital loom called OpenKnit. OpenKnit is the open-source digital fabrication tool that will knit you a jumper in under an hour. The brainchild of Gerard Rubio, a designer based in Barcelona, OpenKnit uses Knitic software designed by Mar Canet and Varvara Guljajeva. OpenKnit pulls the designs from the software and then after measurements are entered and weights placed to stabilize the fabrics, the machine gets knitting. “[I]ts novelty lies in the fact it is not only relatively affordable to build from the instructions posted…
  • Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins Recipe

    Aylin Erman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    The following sweet potato muffins recipe is 100% vegan and even more delicious! Enjoy warm, with a slab of coconut butter. To me, the best part of autumn and winter is the advent of the sweet potato in my diet. It is sweet and light, but incredibly filling, warm and full of sweet surprises. I love it in just about every way – sautéed, fried, baked and even raw. The sweet potato is full of nutrition and helps to bring more bulk and texture to these muffins. In one sweet potato there are 112 calories, 438 milligrams of potassium, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 368 percent of the RDA of vitamin…
  • A Song for the Oceans that Will Change How You View Water Forever [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Watch as shaman Angaangaq shares a powerful song for the waters of the world out amongst massive icebergs. It’s so chilling you’ll feel like you’re right there on the icy water. Angaangaq says: “The ocean takes many lives in its hunger for knowledge. I pray to the Great One that the ocean may be good to us and I sing her this song, the song for the ocean.” Post by Angaangaq. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on EcoSalon Star Socks’ Healthy Seas Initiative Cleans Up Oceans One Sock at a Time 10 Easy Ways We Can Protect the Ocean  Ban Shark Finning…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Global Population on Track to Reach 11 Billion by 2100, Researchers Say

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    A new analysis of United Nations global population data finds an 80-percent probability that the number of Click to Enlarge Global population trend people in the world, now 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 and 12.3 billion in 2100. Published in the journal Science, the study counters the widely accepted projection that global population will peak at roughly 9 billion by 2050, then gradually decline. The new study instead finds a 70-percent likelihood that population will grow continuously throughout the century to reach 10.9 billion by 2100. Researchers attribute the higher…
  • Trees Growing Significantly Faster in Warming Climate, Study Finds

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    An analysis of data spanning 140 years from one of the world's oldest forest study sites indicates that trees have Collecting growth ring samples from study site been growing significantly faster and stands have become larger since the 1960s. The study, published in Nature Communications, was based on 600,000 individual tree surveys conducted since 1870 at a central European forest study site. European beech and Norway spruce, the dominant tree species in the experimental plots, grew 77 and 32 percent faster, respectively, than they did 50 years ago, the analysis found. The trends are…
  • How Norway and Russia Made A Cod Fishery Live and Thrive

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    The prime cod fishing grounds of North America have been depleted or wiped out by overfishing and poor management. But in Arctic waters, Norway and Russia are working cooperatively to sustain a highly productive — and profitable — northern cod fishery. BY JOHN WALDMAN
  • Global Shift to Mass Transit Could Have Major Financial and Climate Benefits

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    Expanding public transportation and infrastructure that promotes walking and biking throughout the world's Click to Enlarge Urban transportation-related emissions cities could save $100 trillion and cut transportation-related carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2050, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Urban transportation-related emissions could double by 2050 as growth continues in major cities in China, India, and other developing countries. But if China alone were to develop extensive…
  • Peak to Peak: An Intimate Look at The Bighorn Sheep of the Rockies

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The third-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest focuses on a herd of bighorn sheep in Montana and features remarkable scenes of lambs as they gambol along the slopes of the northern Rockies. Produced by Jeremy Roberts, the video follows a field biologist as he monitors the sheep and talks about the possible impact of climate change on the animals’ future.
 
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    Reuters: Environment

  • Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire in California's rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said.
  • Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, heads for Taiwan

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    MANILA (Reuters) - Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding.
  • Meandering Hawaii lava flow menaces another Big Island community

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    HONOLULU (Reuters) - A meandering volcanic lava flow that appeared to have spared one community on the Big Island of Hawaii was creeping in a slightly new direction on Friday as it headed straight for a nearby town to the northeast, local government officials said.
  • Toxic algae warning expanded for Oregon's Willamette River

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Tests have confirmed that a green film shimmering on the surface of the Willamette River as it flows through Oregon's largest city is caused by toxic algae that can be dangerous to people and animals, public health officials said on Friday.
  • Tropical storm Polo threatens battered Mexican resort of Los Cabos

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    SAN JOSE DEL CABO (Reuters) - Tropical storm Polo barreled nearer on Friday to the Mexican Pacific resort of Los Cabos where thousands of troops were restoring order following widespread chaos caused by Hurricane Odile at the start of the week.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • French Farmers Set Vegetables, Manure Ablaze To Protest Falling Prices

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Farmers dumped piles of vegetables around the town of Morlaix in western France on Friday night before torching public buildings in a dramatic act of frustration at falling revenues. Around 100 farmers hauled artichokes, potatoes and broccoli to Morlaix by tractor, unloaded them onto the streets and set them ablaze, Reuters reports. According to the BBC, demonstrators also dumped piles of manure in the streets of the Breton town. (Scroll down for photos.) During the mayhem, angry farmers ransacked and set alight the local tax office and agricultural mutual insurance building, France 24…
  • Tesla Falls Yet Again As Wall Street Sobers On Stock

    20 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Wall Street may finally be sobering on Tesla. The stock price for the electric automaker has soared during the past year, but it fell on Friday after a Goldman Sachs analyst predicted the company will need at least $6 billion over the next 11 years to make its vehicles go mainstream. If billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, the company's chairman and CEO, wants Tesla's vehicles to be as popular as Apple's iPhone or Ford's Model T, the company will have to be producing between 1.8 million and 3.2 million vehicles a year by 2025, Goldman's Patrick Archambault wrote in a note. "With numerous…
  • Retired Ailing Police Dog Brought To Shelter To Be Euthanized Now On Upswing, Needs New Home

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    K-9 the canine was dropped off at a Kansas animal shelter this summer, by an owner who said the elderly German shepherd was a retired police dog with cancer who should be euthanized. And it's hard to imagine, but this bad turn appears to have started the dog on the path toward a happy home. K-9's adoption photo. Photo credit: Coffeyville Friends of Animals The former owner's health claims were quickly found to be wrong, when a veterinarian diagnosed K-9 as having thyroid and joint problems, not cancer, and put him on the appropriate medicine. Physically, the pup has been "doing pretty well"…
  • Christ The Redeemer Turns Green In Solidarity With People's Climate March

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue got a makeover to honor climate activism as the UN's Climate Summit approaches on Tuesday. Typically stark grey, the 98-foot Christ statue glowed green above Rio in solidarity with the Sunday People's Climate March as a warning of the dangers climate change poses. The statue has already had a colorful month, as just a week prior it was illuminated yellow to bring awareness to human trafficking in Brazil. In July it alternated blue and red hues for the Argentina and Germany teams during the World Cup games. With its green shading, Christ the…
  • Prayer Flags Fly In Solidarity With People's Climate March

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Thousands are gathering in New York City for the People's Climate March on Sunday, but thousands more will be marching, praying, hiking and gathering in solidarity around the United States. That is why two faith activists, Hannah Sohl and Claire Curran, joined forces from across the country to initiate the Prayer Flags for the People's Climate March project. People far and wide are invited to make their own flags with prayers for climate change, which are being featured on the project's blog. Sohl, who is involved with her local United Church of Christ (UCC) in Ashland, Oregon and with the…
 
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • The Struggle to Reach Out and Tell the Climate Story

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Photo Credit: Lightspring / Shutterstock.com "Nope, no. No. Nuh-uh. These aren't good." I'm sitting next to one of my instructors at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Journalism where I'm taking a course in multimedia. We're going through a series of photographs I'd taken for an assignment and he's critiquing them. "The photos don't make me feel anything," he says. The day before, I had gone out to shoot photos with an agenda: to find a story about climate change and how it affects people -- the same thing I do every day at work. I intended to find a science person…
  • Lean In: The Prize for Bigger Action On Climate Change is Prosperity for All

    20 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    As the film director Federico Fellini once said, to adopt a different language is to adopt different vision of life. If that's true, then there are encouraging signs that a different perspective on climate change is forming. This week world leaders, from government, finance, business and civil society, will meet in New York for Climate Summit 2014. The aim? To catalyse action on climate change and create enough political momentum to secure a strong agreement in 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked leaders to come to the Summit with "bold announcements and actions". As much as…
  • Climate Change This Week: Energy Efficiency Saves Trillions, US Birds at Risk, and More!

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Sep 20, 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought. The North Pole and…
  • Climate Crisis Is Every Working Person's Crisis

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:03 pm
    In recent weeks, working people have taken to the streets to stand up for higher wages, protesting corporations that make big profits but pay poverty wages. This Sunday, thousands of us will be out in the streets again, this time to take our place in history by standing strong at the People's Climate March in New York. It's projected by some to be the largest global mass protest ever, with an estimated 100,000 people expected in New York alone and 150 related events planned worldwide. Thousands of working people -- union and non-union alike -- will be there because the global climate crisis…
  • One Woman's Amazing Work for Wilderness

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:52 pm
    We're right in the middle of Wilderness Week, and this year it's a special one because we just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act -- which is still a high-water mark for the protection of our most precious wild places. On Wednesday night, I attended a big gala in Washington, D.C., along with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and plenty of other political, movement, and environmental big shots. For me, though, the real star of the evening was Vicky Hoover, the humble, unassuming Sierra Club volunteer superhero who received  the "A…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Solar-cell efficiency improved with new polymer devices

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers. Researchers identified a new polymer -- a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials -- which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells' efficiency. The polymer allowed electrical charges to move more easily throughout the cell, boosting the production of electricity -- a mechanism never before demonstrated in such devices.
  • Climate Change: Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns may get the lion’s share of our climate change attention, but predators may want to give some thought to wind, according to a zoologist’s study, which is among the first to demonstrate the way “global stilling” may alter predator-prey relationships.
  • Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Some pollutants are more harmful in a cold climate than in a hot, because they affect the temperature sensitivity of certain organisms. Now researchers have demonstrated how this happens, and it can help us better predict contamination risks, especially in the Arctic.
  • Seeding plant diversity for future generations

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Researchers have constructed a 'hit list' of the plant species most needed to boost the overall diversity of the Millennium Seed Bank, which is storing seeds in its vaults for future generations.
  • Spy on penguin families for science

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Online volunteers are being asked to classify images of penguin families to help scientists monitor the health of penguin colonies in Antarctica. Recent evidence suggests that populations of many species of penguin, such as chinstrap and Adélie, are declining fast as shrinking sea ice threatens the krill they feed on. By tagging the adults, chicks, and eggs in remote camera images Penguin Watch volunteers will help scientists to gather information about penguin behavior and breeding success, as well as teaching a computer how to count and identify individuals of different species.
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Nuclear Primer -- It's All About Uranium

    James Conca
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Nuclear energy is growing around the world after a decades-long lull, especially in developing countries, creating worry that nuclear energy can lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. While the basic principles of nuclear physics are the same for nuclear energy as for atomic weapons, that’s about where the similarities end. Nuclear Energy does not lead to nuclear weapons. It never has.
  • A Nuclear Primer -- It's All About Uranium

    James Conca
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Nuclear energy is growing around the world after a decades-long lull, especially in developing countries, creating worry that nuclear energy can lead to the proliferation of nuclear weapons. While the basic principles of nuclear physics are the same for nuclear energy as for atomic weapons, that’s about where the similarities end. Nuclear Energy does not lead to nuclear weapons. It never has.
  • Micropower's Quiet Takeover

    Amory B. Lovins
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Micropower’s Quiet Takeover
  • The Awesome Power Of The World's Most Boring Technology

    Michael Kanellos
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    To most people, air conditioning is about as exciting as technological advances in shoe inserts.
  • Network East: The Inexorable Rise of Asian Commodities Buyers

    Gaurav Sharma
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Labeling importers in Asia Pacific as keen buyers of commodities, especially crude oil and natural gas, is right on the money and somewhat unremarkable. Emerging markets are all about development and growth plans needing materials and fueled largely by hydrocarbons.
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    The Good Human

  • The World’s Most Polluted Countries

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

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

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

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

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

  • Proximity To Fracking Wells Increases Incidence Of Health Problems: Study

    Mike G
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new study has found that people living in close proximity to a fracked natural gas well are twice as likely to suffer upper-respiratory or skin problems. The study, published by Environmental Health Perspectives, found that 39% of people living less than a kilometer from a well in Washington County, Pennsylvania, which is part of the Marcellus Shale, reported upper respiratory problems, compared to 18% of people living 2km or further from a well. Some 13% of people living a kilometer or less from a natural gas well reported rashes and other skin problems, while 3% living 2km or further…
  • New York City is Amped for The People’s Climate March

    Don Lieber
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    The People’s Climate March” is quickly approaching.  The level of organization for Sunday's event is more impressive than any other rally — climate or otherwise — this writer has ever witnessed in New York City. Organizers have predicted some 100,000 people will march, making it not only the largest climate rally in history, but very likely one of the largest public rallies in support of any issue in the United States in decades.   Posters, flyers and billboards about the rally are everywhere; this writer noticed the following posters all across lower Manhattan while running a few…
  • Sick of Enviro Documentaries? Why You Should Still Watch Disruption

    Guest
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    This is a guest post by Zach Roberts. As a documentary producer, I watch more than my fair share of environmental protest documentaries — probably about 20 a year. And almost all of them have the same, vague message: we need to do something! Their scenes re-play like a bad video montage in my mind: earnest young people speaking at podiums, boring climatologists rambling on about the coming end of the world, forest fires, melting ice shelves, you know how it goes. In the lefty journalism world, we call this “preaching to the choir.” Then there's Disruption, which is not so much a…
  • Workers at Fracked Wells Exposed to Benzene, CDC Warns Amid Mounting Evidence of Shale Jobs' Dangers

    Sharon Kelly
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For years, the oil and gas industry has worked to convince Americans that the rush to drill shale wells across the country will not only provide large corporations with lavish profits, but will also create enormous numbers of attractive and high-paid jobs, transforming the economies of small towns and cities that greenlight drilling. The industry's numbers are often picked up by policy-makers and politicians who back drilling, in part because talk of job growth is an especially alluring idea in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. But numerous independent studies have conclude that the…
  • Shale Industry Resorts to Conspiracy Theories to Explain Opposition to Fracking

    Sharon Kelly
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    As evidence mounts concerning the hazards of fracking, the oil and gas industry is increasingly trying to redirect public discussion of the topic, focusing instead on the funding behind the environmental groups rather than the actual science of the matter. Aside from showing a certain desperation, the tactic is especially disingenuous since this industry has no small experience with astro-turf campaigns and buying faux research to promote its interests. Again and again, it has turned out that scientific research downplaying the risks of fracking or hyping the benefits of the shale gas rush…
 
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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

  • Social Hour

    Jacquelyn Clark
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s Friday. And it’s 6 o’clock. Which means that it’s time for you to shut er’ down! And if you don’t have a cocktail in hand as we speak, we need to have a little chat. Perhaps you should browse through our favorites and whip one up? Though it’s most definitely not necessary, I promise that a delectable bevvy paired with this assortment of fabulous right here is the picture perfect way to kick of your weekend: This Week's Most Loved PicsView Slideshow   © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post…
  • 40th Birthday Fiesta

    Jacquelyn Clark
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    If this is what turning 40th looks like, you can count me in again and again! Though this was supposed to be a low-key event for sweet Statsky Design‘s husband, it ended up being a fiesta of the very best kind! With no detail left unthought of, thanks to Beijos Events, and images captured by Carlie Statsky herself, you’re going to want to spend some time in this gallery. That’s for sure. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Carly Statsky… My husband wanted to keep things really low key for his 40th birthday party, so I decided to host a laid back fiesta for…
  • Asian Pear & Ginger Sparkler

    Leah Bergman
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    It’s Friday, that lovely day of the week where it’s perfectly acceptable to mix up a cocktail as soon as the clock strikes 5:00! Today I’m excited to share a fabulous Friday cocktail recipe for Asian Pear & Ginger Sparklers. Not only is this drink fresh and delicious, it’s also an excuse for me to gush endlessly about my love for the Asian Pear. If you’ve never had the pleasure of trying one, Asian Pears have the firm and crisp texture of a green apple but with the flavor of a mild pear. It’s basically the perfect combination of two well-loved fruits. I…
  • Pineapple Themed Party

    Jacquelyn Clark
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here’s something I never thought I’d say: pineapples are super on-trend. Move over kale, there’s a new veggie fruit in town!  They’re popping up everywhere from fashion to food to interior design and, well, birthday parties! And I, for one, am totally on board. Because this event, designed and photographed by Tara Whittaker, is too adorable for words. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Tara…  I teamed up with Dallas lifestyle blogger, Randi of Dukes & Duchesses, on a shoot designed to inspire with ideas for kid-friendly favors, menus,…
  • Woodland Inspired Baby Shower

    Jacquelyn Clark
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that sweet bab Isabella is one lucky little lady. And she’s not even here yet! But judging by the care that Megan Wappel Designs and Ashley Lindzon Events put into every last ounce of her woodland inspired baby shower, I’d say that she’s already loved through and through. With photos from Scarlet O’Neill Photography, there’s more riiiight here.  Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Ashley Lindzon Events… This stylish mom to be dreamed of a whimsical and romantic woodland inspired baby…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Can Sunday's climate march expand the movement beyond wonky white men?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Vernell Robinson was stressed. She and two other activisits were trying to figure out how to inspire a busload's worth of fellow low-income Rockawayers to join them for the trip into Manhattan on Sunday for the People's Climate March.
  • 'We're here for the climate march': Developing-world activists.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few days before the elite descend on New York City for the U.N. Climate Summit, a group of grassroots activists from developing countries gathered in Manhattan’s East Side to share their own stories of how climate change is impacting their communities.
  • Toyota’s fuel-cell sedan offers alternative to big batteries.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Toyota’s new fuel-cell sedan and Tesla Motors Model S represent two different visions of gas-free driving. And starting next year, they will go head-to-head in California, in what some alt-car aficionados consider the VHS vs. Betamax battle of our day.
  • Feds invest in biofuels for the Navy.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The federal government said it is awarding three contracts worth $210 million to develop "drop-in" biofuels for the Navy to use. Each company will use waste products to create the biofuels, which Vilsack said eliminates the "food versus fuel" question pervasive with biofuels such as corn-based ethanol.
  • A Kansas twister: Wind energy politics complicate governor's race.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Increasingly, Kansans are finding that wind from the west may be yet another golden resource of the state — able to generate huge amounts of electricity and make them money in the process. A growing awareness of that windfall is cutting across partisan lines.
 
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    Clean Edge

  • Opower, Inc. Comm

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Last: 19.36Close: 18.67Change: 0.69Year - Range: 15.03 - 26.00Capital: 954.4MVolume: 168 732Ticker: OPWR
  • Ameresco, Inc. Cl

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Last: 7.40Close: 7.51Change: -0.11Year - Range: 5.59 - 10.88Capital: 342.9MVolume: 156 658Ticker: AMRC
  • ESCO Technologies

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Last: 36.10Close: 36.14Change: -0.04Year - Range: 31.75 - 37.39Capital: 949.5MVolume: 219 252Ticker: ESE
  • Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series

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    18 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
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  • High Impact and Timely Insights from the Research Experts at Clean Edge

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    16 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    High Impact and Timely Insights from the Research Experts at Clean Edge The clean-tech marketplace is rapidly changing – making reliable updates on the latest issues and breakthroughs critical. To help subscribers keep abreast of these changes, Clean Edge produces the Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series. Leveraging Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder’s book, Clean Tech Nation, each webinar is designed to highlight real-world lessons, best practices, and key trends. Click here to learn more about partnering on Briefing Series webinars. Unleashing Mass Deployment of Energy Storage Is energy storage…
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    Green Car Congress

  • Nissan extends trial of ultra-compact EV sharing service in Yokohama for one year; publishes top-level data

    Mike Millikin
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Nissan Motor Co., Ltd and the City of Yokohama will extend the one-year trial run of the first large-scale One-way Car Sharing Service in Japan, called “Choimobi Yokohama,” for another year. (Earlier post.) The service, which kicked off on 11 October 2013, features Nissan’s ultra-compact New Mobility Concept electric vehicles. The program's main objectives are to encourage low-carbon emission transport options, improve the quality of transportation in the city, and promote tourism. Nissan provided some top-level user data from the first year to illustrate the effectiveness of the…
  • Saft receives 3rd contract from SDGE for utility-scale storage

    Mike Millikin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Saft has received its third contract from San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE), a major California utility. Since the first utility-scale storage system was commissioned at the end of 2012, Saft received two additional contracts bringing the total to a combined energy storage system (ESS) capacity of 7.5 MWh, deployed in 12 containers. The lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage systems will be used to mitigate power fluctuations inherent with solar-generated electricity. The first ESS supplied by Saft to the California utility (San Diego Gas & Electric), partially funded by the Department of…
  • Departments of the Navy, Energy and Agriculture award $210M in contracts for 3 drop-in fuel biorefineries; more than 100M gallons/year

    Mike Millikin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The US Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture have awarded contracts worth a combined $210 million to three companies—Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum BioEnergy and Red Rock Biofuels—to construct and commission biorefineries capable of producing drop-in biofuels. In total, these projects are intended to produce more than 100 million gallons of military-grade fuel beginning in 2016 and 2017 at a price competitive with their petroleum counterparts. The awards were made through the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950, which was passed at the beginning…
  • San Francisco orders 175 light rail cars from Siemens for $648M; option for 85 more

    Mike Millikin
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of US$648 million. Siemens, which beat CAF for the contract, will deliver a newly-developed light rail car based on its Model S200 for the San Francisco order. With an option for an additional 85 cars, this is one of the biggest orders for light rail cars ever placed in the USA. With this contract, Siemens secures its position as the US market leader in this segment—every third streetcar or light rail car operating in…
  • Kia Optima T-Hybrid mild diesel hybrid concept for Paris features 48V system, lead-carbon battery

    Mike Millikin
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    Among the vehicles Kia brings to the Paris Motor Show will be the Kia Optima T-Hybrid concept, the first demonstration of Kia’s new diesel-electric mild hybrid technology. Kia is targeting a reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 15-20% with the new powertrain, which is still under development. The current Kia Optima 1.7 CRDi has a combined CO2 emissions of 128 grams per kilometer (with manual transmission and EcoDynamics equipment). The T-Hybrid is equipped with the regular 1.7-liter turbo diesel in the Kia Optima, combined with a small electric motor fed by a 48V lead-carbon…
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  • Scoring a Great Deal on a Fuel Efficient Prius

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

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

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

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    The world is going through a very bad phase where the environment has been greatly damaged due to human activities, especially the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere as a result of the increasing pollution.Leading nations of the world have been constantly trying to fight back this problem and are in an attempt to develop ... The post Little countries with great remedies for climate change appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Brazil, Germany, Netherland and Argentina could provide better climate change solutions

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:38 am
    All the football lovers all over the world have witnessed the fever of the FIFA World Cup and have seen their favorite teams performing brilliantly. Well, apart from their heart-winning matches in the FIFA World Cup 2014, all these nations have one more thing in common – and that is their recent efforts to improve ... The post Brazil, Germany, Netherland and Argentina could provide better climate change solutions appeared first on Eco Friend.
 
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  • Traveling to the climate march: Worth the carbon footprint?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Brandon Turkus
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Filed under: Technology The proliferation of start-stop systems in today's cars and trucks is pretty simple to explain. With these systems, manufacturers have an easy, mostly unobtrusive way of boosting a vehicle's fuel economy. As with just about anything though, there are drawbacks to modern start-stop tech. In particular, they're not great when paired with today's lead-acid batteries. These batteries limit the ability of the start-stop function to operate based on factors like charge level and temperature. If the battery is outside the parameters, the stop-start system won't function,…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Smart Fortwo ED "Yo" Video; Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event highlights

    John Beltz Snyder
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, SMART, Videos Last month, Smart used the Yo app to give free rides to San Franciscans in the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. For those who are curious - or as Smart puts it, "electricurious" - about the event, but weren't in the Mission or SoMa neighborhoods on the day it went down, Smart filmed the fun to bring the rest of us along for the ride. In the short video, we get to see the action behind the scenes in Smart's mission control-style operation, as well as the riders' reactions to the tiny electric car. Check out the video below for more. The 2014 Cenex Low Carbon…
  • The ugly economics of green vehicles

    Michael Goldstein
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture, Hybrid, AutoblogGreen Exclusive It's fair to say that most consumers would prefer a green vehicle, one that has a lower impact on the environment and goes easy on costly fuel (in all senses of the term). The problem is that most people can't - or won't - pay the price premium or put up with the compromises today's green cars demand. We're not all "cashed-up greenies." In 2013, the average selling price of a new vehicle was $32,086. The truth is that most Americans can't afford a new car, green or not. In 2013, the average selling price of a new vehicle…
  • Report: Is Lamborghini readying a hybrid for Paris?

    Chris Bruce
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Filed under: Hybrid, Performance, Europe, Technology, Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini Lamborghini had us seriously stumped when it released its teaser (above) for a new vehicle that'll debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The image seemed to depict a fastback GT somewhat reminiscent of Lambo's earlier 2+2 models like the Espada, and was accompanied by the sentence, "Once perfection is achieved, you can just double it." We're still not entirely sure what the means, but a possible leaked logo for the car might offer some big hints about its powertrain. According to the Office of Harmonization…
  • Official: Peugeot Quartz Concept is sinister 500-hp hybrid crossover

    Chris Bruce
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Filed under: Hybrid, Performance, Europe, Paris Motor Show, Crossover, Peugeot The Peugeot family might be going back to their pepper mill business since losing a big stake in the company, but the automaker itself is still hard at work with a new concept for the Paris Motor Show. Its latest creation is the Peugeot Quartz that imagines a high-performance CUV with a 500-horsepower, hybrid drivetrain on tap. To move this sporty-looking CUV, Peugeot fits it with the company's 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 270 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic, then…
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  • Propel mobile app—now available for iPhone & Android

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

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

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

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

    Shell
    13 May 2014 | 11:30 am
    The word “diesel” usually brings to mind a big, loud, rumbly truck and probably not a very fast truck. The Trident Inceni turns this idea on its head. This sports car is smokin’—and no I don’t mean the exhaust. There’s … Continue reading →
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  • INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park, this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments. With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the…
  • PHOTOS: Incredible Edible Sushi High Line Replica is Made of Mashed Potatoes!

    Yuka Yoneda
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Read the rest of PHOTOS: Incredible Edible Sushi High Line Replica is Made of Mashed Potatoes! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: closette, clossette, edible centerpieces, high line, high line food, high line model, high line park, high line replica, HIGHLINE, local food, mini high line, sushi high line, thanksgiving, thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving decorations, thanksgiving high line, thanksgiving table, thanksgiving tabletop, vegan thanksgiving, vegetarian thanksgiving
  • DIY: Make your Own Refreshing Herb, Fruit and Veggie Infused Water

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The dog days of summer are over, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t craving some seriously delicious hydration. When water has lost its sparkle, consider turning to your own homemade herb, fruit and vegetable infused drinks. There are tons of different combinations to choose from – including spicy apple and cinnamon and refreshing fennel and citrus - to give your daily hydration needs a flavorful boost. Read More >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY, DIY water infusion, DIY water recipes, drink recipes, fruit hydration, fruit infused water, herb infused water,…
  • PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

    Laura Mordas-Schenkein
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Read the rest of PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Diller Scofidio + Refro, High Line at the Yards, High Line complete, High line completed, high line final section, High Line New York, high line photos, High Line pictures, High Line project complete, High Line section, High Line Section New York City, High Line unveiling, James Corner Field Oprations, New York High Line, nyc high line
  • Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

    Timon Singh
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface into a lithium-ion battery! This transformative paint holds the potential to create a functional, rechargeable solar battery on just about any surface. Read the rest of Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "solar energy", carbon nanotube paint, carbon nanotubes, energy paint, lithium ion battery,…
 
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  • Forward Osmosis – Solving Tomorrow’s Water Challenges Using Nature’s Remedy

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

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

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

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

    Chiaki Ishikawa
    1 May 2014 | 8:06 pm
    In spite of the political posturing taking place between Japan and Korea and China, the governments are actively working to address this challenge. Hosted by Ministry of Environment of Korea, the Environmental Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan at the end of this April to implement an initiative on enhancing environmental cooperation and dialogue.
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  • PepsiCo to Phase Out HFC Equipment by 2020

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    PepsiCo has set a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the US will be hydroflourocarbon-free. The company has also signed both the Ceres BICEP Climate Declaration and the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group Trillion Tonne Communique. HFCs, a popular chemical coolant, are […]
  • Branson, NGO Aim for More Ports Fighting CO2

    Ken Jennison
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    The number of sea ports using ship evaluation systems to encourage lower carbon emissions will go from two to 10 in the next year, according to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, as reported by Bloomberg. Branson is a founder of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that rates ship efficiency. Currently Port Metro Vancouver and […]
  • Krispy Kreme Expands Sustainable Palm Oil Pledge

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Krispy Kreme’s has expanded its sustainable palm oil commitment, just days after Dunkin’ Brands, the owners of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, committed to source 100 percent sustainable palm oil in the US by 2016. The doughnut chain says it will achieve 100 percent responsible sourcing of palm oil and by the end of 2016, a […]
  • Global Investors Call for Carbon Pricing

    Ken Jennison
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Nearly 350 global institutional investors have called on government leaders on the eve of the Climate Summit to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment on a scale necessary to effectively deal with global climate change. The investors — BlackRock, CalPERS, PensionDanmark, Deutsche, South African GEPF, Australian CFSGAM, Cathay Financial […]
  • World’s Largest Appliance Manufacturer to Use Honeywell’s Insulating Material

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:34 am
    Haier, the world’s largest appliance manufacturer, will adopt Honeywell’s new low-global-warming-potential Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent in China to help insulate and increase the energy efficiency of its refrigerators. Blowing agents such as Solstice LBA allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam’s insulating properties. Solstice LBA can help home […]
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  • Letting Your Mission Drive Success: Lessons from Ben & Jerry's and Seventh Generation

    Tara Gallagher
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    All businesses value consumer and employee loyalty and the opportunity to shape the playing field in which they operate. Mission-driven businesses such as B Corps Seventh Generation and Ben & Jerry’s are finding that having an authentic purpose that resonates with their customers opens the door to exciting approaches to activism that engage their base in powerful ways. The union of company and employee passions not only boosts loyalty but also can lead to successful advocacy for shared causes. Conventional companies seeking to emulate their successes should follow three key steps:1.
  • Cargill, Doughnut Companies Promise Sustainable Palm Oil, But NGOs Say Devil Is in the Details

    Jennifer Elks
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    This week, three more major food companies announced new policies around the sourcing of palm oil.On Monday, Cargill — maker of everything from meat to chocolate to salad dressings, and the largest importer of palm oil in the US — announced it is becoming a member of The Forest Trust (TFT), the international NGO that partners with companies to build responsible supply chains. The agribusiness giant says that, with the help of TFT, it has mapped the full supply chain of its Malaysian palm oil refineries down to the individual mill, and can now offer its customers 1 million tons of…
  • PepsiCo to Phase Out Hydroflourocarbon Equipment by 2020

    Mike Hower
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    PepsiCo has announced that, by 2020, all of its future point-of-sale equipment purchased in the United States will be free of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), a popular chemical coolant and considered a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that contributes to climate change. The announcement was made alongside the company’s 2013 Corporate Sustainability Report and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report.This goal is part of a recently launched partnership with the Obama Administration and other U.S. companies, which aims to reduce global consumption of HFCs by the equivalent of 700 million metric tons of…
  • University of California Investing $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change

    Mike Hower
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    The University of California has announced it will allocate $1 billion over five years for direct investments in solutions to climate change.In addition, as part of UC President Janet Napolitano’s goal of bringing university operations to carbon neutrality by 2025, the 10-campus university system has signed agreements to secure substantial solar energy for the next 25 years.The agreements with Frontier Renewables, a company that develops photovoltaic solar power projects, include the use of two solar fields to be constructed in Fresno County, California. The project will enable the…
  • AkzoNobel, Photanol Developing Bio-Based Chemical Compounds Through Photosynthesis

    Sustainable Brands
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    AkzoNobel is on a roll: In the last two months, the paint, coatings and specialty chemical company has expanded its partnership with Solazyme for the joint development of Tailored™ algal oils, launched its new EvCote™ Water Barrier 3000 paper cup coating technology for the first fully compostable and recyclable paper cup, and last week was ranked number one in its sector by the DJSI for the third year in a row. Now the company has announced a collaboration with Dutch biochemical company Photanol to create bio-based chemical building blocks that mimic the way plants use photosynthesis, to…
 
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  • Shipping Perishable Goods in Shipping Containers

    Guest Contributor
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Whether you are looking to ship goods down the round, to the other side of the country, or even to another country entirely, the intermodal shipping container is an excellent way to transport lots of different types of cargo. If you take a look around your home or office, you will most likely be surrounded by many items which have found their way to you through being transported using shipping containers. Electronics Furniture Machines Clothing Food The list goes on for quite some time, but you get the general idea. When you are shipping items such as computers, household furniture or…
  • Vermicomposting Goes to Prison

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    As we’ve seen before, Washington state prisons are setting the standard for preparing inmates for the green economy: gardening and prairie restoration are among the options available to some prisoners while serving their time.  At the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, they’ve got yet another option: vermicomposting. What makes this program even more unique is that it came out of the prison itself: a (now-retired) guard and a few inmates took the first steps to compost food scraps with red wigglers back in 2010. What started as an idea with 200 red wigglers is now a…
  • What Could You Do with a Yard Full of Ski & Snowboard Scrap?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Though we’ve still got some time, Winter is on the way: we’re already getting a healthy taste of Fall here in the Midwest. For many, that just means cold and dark; for others, though, it means skiing and snowboarding season is on the way. If you’re in the latter group, you may already be thinking about your winter sports equipment, and whether it’s time for something new. The folks at RAMP Sports in Utah are preparing for ski and snowboard season, too – that’s their job – but, first, they have to get rid of the scrap from Spring and Summer production.
  • The Cemetery as Tree Nursery: Capsula Mundi

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Last week, we took a look at composting as an option once we’ve passed on. Got one or two “Ewwww” responses on that; most were positive, though. One interesting question that came up: what about a spot for visiting? After all, that’s probably the main thing a cemetery offers: a permanent place associated with our loved one. My response: why not mark the spot where the compost is buried, and turn that into a memorial of some kind? It turns out that two Italian designers not only considered this question well before me, but in much more depth. Designers Anna Citelli and…
  • Composting: the Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes (and Other Places)?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short –  that’s generally the case everywhere. Asian carp are still doing their thing in the Great Lakes, and, as I found out in the last week, milfoil – an invasive plant species – is wreaking havoc on lake ecosystems in the Northeast. According to CentralMaine.com, the state’s Department of…
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  • Coastal Upwelling Change Affect Marine Animal Growth, Reproduction

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    Nature World: Marine animals off the California coast are experiencing short-term slumps in growth and reproduction, and new research suggests that the phenomenon could be linked to an increasing variability in the strength of coastal upwelling currents, which work to supply nutrients to a number of crucial ecosystems in the region. Along North America's west coast, winds generally pull nutrient-rich water from deep in the ocean and bring it to the shallow surface. This allows phytoplankton to bloom, which...
  • Report: Prevent Climate Effects by Fixing World Economy

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Guardian: The world can still act in time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and enjoy the fruits of continued economic growth as long as the global economy can be transformed within the next 15 years, a group of the world's leading economists and political leaders will argue on Tuesday. The report about the climate and economy comes ahead of a UN-convened summit of world leaders on global warming. Tackling climate change can be a boon to prosperity, rather than a brake, according to the...
  • Toyota’s fuel-cell sedan offers alternative to big batteries

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    San Francisco Chronicle: We're driving north along the San Francisco waterfront in Toyota's new fuel-cell sedan when the smooth, rounded rear of a Tesla Motors Model S pulls into the lane in front of us. Like the Model S, Toyota's latest clean car runs on an electric motor - no gasoline required. Unlike the Model S, the sedan doesn't get its energy from a big battery pack. Instead, a hydrogen fuel cell beneath the front seats feeds a steady stream of electricity to the motor. The cars represent two different visions of...
  • Coal fades, so electrics get cleaner

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    New York Times: Almost as soon as modern mass-market electric vehicles became available, skeptics began asking if they actually delivered an environmental benefit. After all, they argued, charging batteries from a generating plant that burns fossil fuels simply relocates the greenhouse gas emissions to someone else’s neighborhood. There was some basis for this position: An April 2012 report titled “State of Charge: Electric Vehicles’ Global Warming Emissions and Fuel Cost Savings Across the United States,” by...
  • New survey on climate change needs

    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Radio New Zealand: A survey shows people living in the Pacific Islands want action on climate change not more research and debate. Catholic charity Caritas said people in the Pacific Islands were already feeling the effects of global warming. The survey was conducted by the Catholic charity Caritas, which interviewed people already being affected by global warming. The 2014 United Nations Climate Summit begins in New York on Monday. Caritas director Julianne Hickey said her organisation's yet-to-be released...
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  • World Leaders Have Failed to Seriously Confront Climate Change. Could That Change Next Week?

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

    Tim McDonnell
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    News of this morning's federal court decision against BP broke as I was aboard a 40-foot oyster boat in the Louisiana delta, just off the coast of Empire, a suburb of New Orleans. The reaction: stunned silence. Then a bit of optimism. "This is huge," said John Tesvich, chair of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, his industry's main lobby group in the state. "They are going to have to pay a lot more." Standing on his boat, the "Croatian Pride," en route to survey oyster farms, he added: "We want to see justice. We hope that this money goes to helping cure some of the environmental issues in this…
  • BP Was Just Found Grossly Negligent in the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster. Read the Full Ruling.

    James West
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    In a blunt ruling handed down on Thursday, a federal judge in New Orleans found that the biggest oil spill in US history, the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, was caused by BP's "willful misconduct" and "gross negligence." On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 people and spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf over the next several months. According to Bloomberg, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit include "the federal government, five Gulf of Mexico states, banks, restaurants, fishermen and a host of others." The case also includes two other…
  • 5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report

    James West
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    How many synonyms for "grim" can I pack into one article? I had to consult the thesaurus: ghastly, horrid, awful, shocking, grisly, gruesome. This week, a big report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked before publication, and it confirmed, yet again, the grim—dire, frightful—reality the we face if we don't slash our global greenhouse gas emissions, and slash them fast. This "Synthesis Report," to be released in November following a UN conference in Copenhagen, is still subject to revision. It is intended to summarize three…
  • 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…
 
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  • September 21

    dailynews
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 21, 1938: The New England Hurricane slams into Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, killing 600 people. An estimated 12-foot storm surge floods downtown Providence.  
  • September 20

    dailynews
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 20, 1519: Ferdinand Magellan departs Portugal on the first successful circumnavigation of the world. The fleet succeeds, but Magellan is killed by a poison arrow in the Philippines in 1521.  
  • Angelina Jolie to direct real-life animal poaching drama

    mdestries
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Angelina Jolie has announced her next directorial project – and it couldn't come at a better time for the world of conservation.   The 39-year-old, who previously has helmed such true-life dramas as "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011) and "Unbroken" (2014), will take on "Africa," a film about archeologist-turned-conservationist Richard Leakey and his battle to save the elephant. Written by Eric Roth ("Forrerst Gump, "Munich," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), the script has been in limbo for quite some time.   
  • Dogwood & Hastings: Organic cotton table linens that 'bring nature home'

    mhickman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    While you might know her best for her recent articles on the sexual appetites of big-bellied men and frenemy break-ups, MNN lifestyle columnist Starre Vartan is also a talented photographer, enthusiastic nature lover (natch), and seasoned sustainable style expert.   
  • What to drink this weekend: Candy Apple Cocktail

    rshreeves
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    The calendar may say this weekend is still summer, but my front lawn knows fall is only three days away. It’s covered in leaves. The chill that’s blowing through my windows from the front of my house right now has me thinking I may need to grab a sweater. There’s a lovely breeze coming in, but it has a nip in it that wasn’t there earlier this week.  
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  • 5 States Leading the Distributed Energy Revolution

    Jeff St. John
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    We’re going to need some sophisticated software to integrate distributed rooftop PV, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in EVs and smart-metered, energy-savvy homes, office buildings and factories into the grid. We’ll also need some sophisticated policy-making. GTM Research will soon release a comprehensive report on the global market for distributed energy resource management system, or DERMS -- the software that’s connecting grid-edge generators and loads to grid sensor and control networks in projects around the world. Along with a detailed analysis of existing projects and…
  • Will the BrightSource-Abengoa Tower Be the Last CSP Project in the US?

    Eric Wesoff
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Late last week, the California Energy Commission approved the Palen Solar Power Project, after scaling down the concentrated solar project from two 750-foot, 250-megawatt towers to one tower on a smaller piece of real estate. The final decision on the controversial solar project will be made at the end of October.   The Palen project has a long and contentious history. In 2009, the 500-megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) facility was planned, based on solar parabolic trough technology. In 2012, the project was transferred from bankrupt Solar Millennium to BrightSource Energy.
  • America’s Biggest Solar Hot Water Firm Is Rebranding and Becoming an Energy Broker

    Stephen Lacey
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Skyline Innovations, the first U.S. company to offer third-party financing for solar hot water systems, is moving into a different line of business: energy brokerage. Earlier this month, the company changed its name to Nextility and announced that it would be offering energy management services to small businesses. It also closed a Series-B round worth $7 million from existing investors to execute the shift. At first, the transition might seem like a sign that the struggling solar hot water market isn't the right place to build a strong business. But Zachary Axelrod, Nextility's…
  • Silver Spring Plans Layoffs Amidst a Smart-Meter Slowdown

    Jeff St. John
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Silver Spring Networks (SSNI), the Silicon Valley smart grid networking upstart, went public last year with a promise to out-innovate the entrenched AMI competition. But it still makes most of its money in smart meter deployments -- and as those have dried up, Silver Spring has suffered with the rest of the industry. The latest blow came this week, when Silver Spring announced it’s laying off employees around the world, in a “restructuring plan designed to reduce operating expenses” and save $2 million by the end of next year. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and…
  • Zuli and Logitech Team Up to Make Smartphones Into Home Automation Sensors

    Jeff St. John
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    We’re seeing a lot of activity in the smart-home field these days. Players like Google and Apple are vying with broadband providers, security firms, home improvement stores, and of course, the home energy management crowd, to find the right combination of technology and service to get people to open their wallets for home connectivity. “Presence” -- the ability to accurately track individuals as they move from room to room, and to adjust home automation accordingly -- could be one of those hard-to-define experiences that make smart home technology truly compelling to people.
 
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  • Technology and Entrepreneurs Unlock Human Potential

    Laura P. Thomas
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The following is a guest post from Elizabeth Gore, Dell’s new Entrepreneur in Residence, pictured (right) below with our first EIR Ingrid Vanderveldt. Elizabeth most recently served as the first-ever Entrepreneur in Residence at the United Nations Foundation, in which she worked with the United Nations and the Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Ms. Gore previously served as Vice President of Global Partnerships at the Foundation, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life. Additionally, she manages…
  • Community Upgrade and Issue Fixes in Progress

    Stacy McClure
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    On September 5th we upgraded the Community platform to enable enhanced capabilities. We have been experiencing some issues as a result of the upgrade that the team is working to quickly resolve. We appreciate your feedback on these issues and your patience during this time.  We have recently resolved the issue related to email notifications. What you can expect: An influx of email notifications that were queued up on September 12 only (the date when email notifications were disabled in production) for forum and blog posts and edits. No notifications of any wiki edits that were made on…
  • Turn A Six Hour Job Into a Three Minute One

    Jeff McNaught
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    What’s the best way to provision interim workstations for 4,000 students in 12 separate classrooms between two buildings? When those students are Dell employees and the buildings are on our main campus, the question takes on a personal dimension. Dell’s Global Learning & Development (GL&D) group, which prepares our technical support employees through hands-on training, recently asked that question and decided that virtual desktops provided the best answer. The everyday task is unequivocal: Refresh a disk image before every class so that incoming students get a clean start…
  • Announcing the Keynote Speakers for Dell World 2014

    Laura P. Thomas
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When we go to business conferences (like the one I'm actually posting this from now), the breakout sessions are great for exploring topics in detail, but we also want to hear about big picture ideas that inspire us to return to work with new energy. They’re even better when they come from real leaders in their field that we know have been in the trenches. It’s always inspiring to hear how others are leveraging technology solutions to transform lives, businesses and economies. That’s why I believe this year’s Dell World keynote speakers are going to be great! Our…
  • The Value of a Technology Partner

    Laura P. Thomas
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a guest post from Brinda Robin, global technology partner program manager in Dell Global Alliances. Today’s businesses have diverse technology needs as they strive to stand out and drive profitability in an increasingly competitive economy. Customers want to be confident the technology they choose will be comprehensive, effective and ensure a user-friendly experience. Our goal is to put customers at ease by providing Dell-tested solutions that meet their biggest business challenges. Regardless of the industry, our customers feel confident as they adopt elegant solutions…
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  • What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?

    Cass R. Sunstein
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As everyone knows, the supreme court 
ruled six–three for Al Gore in the great dispute over the Florida recount in 2000. As everyone also knows, Gore emerged as the ultimate victor in that recount, and with his poetic and moving inauguration address he managed to unify a badly divided nation. Fo
  • Lauren Bacall Was the First Woman in American Movies Who Answered Back

    David Thomson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    To be away—on vacation, or simply 
gone missing—is to learn anew the barbarous dislocations of our discourse. So, while I was in England for August, the Internet brought me first warnings of Oscar predictions for 2015! Films under consideration had not opened or been seen yet; several of them
  • America's Worst Republican Could Soon Lose His Office

    John B. Judis
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    The Kansas Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Democrat Chad Taylor could vacate his ballot spot in the Senate election, creating a two-man race between Republican Senator Pat Roberts and ex-Democrat-turned-In
  • Do Ultra-Orthodox Jews Have Better Sex?

    Steve Fishman
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When I recently met Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in Central Park, he was wearing Ray-Bans with tight black biking spandex and smoking a cigar. “There’s no pork in my cycling outfit,” he said when I asked him about the attire. “There’s no hidden crucifix. So I can’t imagine that I’m doing anyt
  • What Robert Burns Would Have Made of Scottish Independence

    Ariel Dorfman
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    For anyone doubting the power of literature to drastically influence major political events, let us invoke the shadow of Robert Burns, the perennial eighteenth-century Scottish poet. One can argue that, were it not for his enduring, resonant, recurrent voice, the vote for Independence that his fello
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • SOCAP 14 Interview: Marissa Feinberg, Impact HUB NYC

    Nick Aster
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    Marissa Feinberg talks about Impact HUB New York, a co-working space founded on a social enterprise mission. She also talks about how the HUB is structured and how HUB New York will interact with others in the network.
  • 3p Weekend: 7 Things You Need to Know About the People’s Climate March

    Mary Mazzoni
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    On Sunday, more than 100,000 people and 1,400 businesses, schools, social justice groups and other organizations will take to the streets of New York City for the People's Climate March. It's being billed as "the largest climate march in history." You've probably already seen some details about the march buzzing around your favorite newsfeeds, but in case there are any unanswered questions, we're here to help out. To get you in the sign-waving mood, here are five things you need to know about the People's Climate March before it kicks off on Sunday.
  • White House, USDA Give Clean Energy Sector $68m Boost

    Andrew Burger
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Following through on President Barack Obama's plans to combat climate change and boost energy productivity, the Agriculture Department on Sept. 18 announced it's providing $68 million in funding for 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through the Rural Energy for America Program.
  • Can the Great Barrier Reef Be Saved?

    Michael Kourabas
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    The world’s largest coral reef system is in danger of disappearing: Can it be saved?
  • Celebrities Line Up for Global Climate Change March

    Jan Lee
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    U.N. leaders arriving for climate change crisis talks needn't worry about how to jump-start dialogue and get to the meat of the issues this week. The millions of attendees at the People's Climate March this Sunday will have plenty of inspiration to lend. Among the many will be 50 high-powered celebrities who have lent their names to helping inspire a resolve to climate change gridlock.
 
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Selfie Boom: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Max Gladwell
    4 May 2014 | 9:12 pm
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  • SDG&E reports all-time high appetite demand

    Blogger
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Gas Electric reported Friday that a feverishness call progressing this week resulted in all-time highs for appetite direct for back-to-back days on Monday and Tuesday, as good as useful charge efforts by customers. Residents and businesses in a utility’s use area — that includes San Diego County and partial of southern Orange County — used scarcely 4,800 megawatts of appetite on Monday and scarcely 4,900 megawatts on Tuesday. By comparison, direct on Thursday — and what is approaching currently — operation from 3,700 to 3,800…
  • A ambience of Banting – recipes

    Blogger
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS A operation of Banting dishes. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu I’m Banting, and so are some of my colleagues. Everywhere we go we accommodate people who are Banting. “Banting”, as a supporters will know, is a spontaneous tenure for a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle. The moniker comes from William Banting, an portly late London undertaker who mislaid weight on such a regime and published his weight-loss tips in 1863. The eating devise has been popularised by Professor Tim Noakes in a book, The Real Meal Revolution. Noakes is compelling a LCHF diet as a resolution to a…
  • Low on energy, Discoverers dump dual to Spartans

    Blogger
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    COLUMBUS — After personification 5 games (including one that went nine-innings) in a past 4 days, a Columbus High softball group can finally relax. “We told a girls they need to get divided from softball for a integrate of days,” Columbus High conduct manager Paul Braun said. “Rejuvenate and get that appetite behind in them.” That appetite only wasn’t there for a Discoverers in a 15-5 detriment and 10-2 detriment to Lincoln East Friday during Gerrard Park. “I consider for us tonight, a large thing was we’re only emotionally and physically…
  • Mead: Low Wyo. misery tied to high appetite output

    Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
      Print   E-Mail   Comment Click to enlarge. By Mark Wilcox Sep 19, 2014 JACKSON – Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead kicked off a Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair Thursday with a sign of how most a oil and gas zone does for Wyoming’s economy. He told attendees that Wyoming’s low misery rate can be attributed mostly to a appetite industry. According to a U.S. Census Bureau, Wyoming is among a tip 10 states for lowest misery regulating a three-year average. With 10.7 percent of Wyomingites vital in poverty, usually Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, North Dakota, Utah, Maryland and New…
  • BC-HEALTH-NATIVE-DIET:MS — lif

    Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:38 pm
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – MINNEAPOLIS — Bit by bit, a plantation during Little Earth is growing. So, too, is a transformation among Native Americans opposite a republic to urge their health by rediscovering ancestral dishes and connectors to lands once lost. Far from entrance to healthy maple syrup, furious rice and game, a residents during Little Earth of United Tribes — a south Minneapolis low-income housing challenging — are anticipating new aged ways to grow crops that existed prolonged before European settlers arrived. Some adherents even have a name for this concept: a…
 
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  • Supporting the People’s Climate March

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

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

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

    Katy
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Twas the night before school, and all is quiet in the house. Not a creature was stirring– except this parent and teacher. It is like the quiet before an impending storm. Lunches! Backpacks! Times tables! They are off for another year. Here are 10 of our top back to school posts that will (hopeful) ease the transition for your little learner. Remember, parents, take care of yourself too! Those little ones will be tired. You will be tired. Everyone will need a bit of adjustment time and a whole lot of patience. I know I certainly will! 1. Green and Health Back to School: This post…
  • 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…
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  • RIP Sarah, 2/10 - 9/14

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

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

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

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

  • Natural Play Dough and Fun Recipes

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

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

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

    Tiffany
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From now through November you can purchase a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix Standard blender starting at $299. This is a $30 savings off the normal reconditioned price and hundreds off a brand new Vitamix blender.  These reconditioned blenders come with a new container and a 5 year warranty. Free shipping too. This is an AMAZING deal!! Know anyone that wants one for the holidays??? I have had my Vitamix  for about eight years and it is still going strong. I recommend it to anyone hands down as a must have gadget for the kitchen and a great value for the money. This little kitchen…
  • Plastic – What the Numbers Mean

    Tiffany
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    In recent years there has been coverage and discussion on the dangers of plastics and in particular bisphenol A  or BPA and PVC (polyvinyl chloride).  Recent studies have showed that very low doses of some of these common plastics ingredients may cause genetic abnormalities, birth defects and brain damage. These plastics have also exhibited the ability to leach certain chemicals into foods that they come into contact with, especially when exposed to high temperatures. So how do we find out what kinds of plastics are in the materials we touch or use each day? If you take a look at the bottom…
 
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  • I’m going to ShiftCon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Amber Strocel
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    The highest form of food preservation is ice cream, according to the Climate Crusader.The harvest season is just reaching its high point here where I live. Farmers' markets are full to bursting with local fruits and veggies. If you're a locavore - or just toying with eating more local food - this is the time of the year when you might find yourself doing a lot of food preserving. And while I enjoy canning, drying and freezing, in my mind the pinnacle of food preservation is homemade ice cream. Ode to my Ice Cream MakerYears ago, I used to eye ice cream makers with envy, but I didn't buy…
  • Me+DIY+Halloween=LOVE

    Eco Yogini
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    EcoYogini is SUPER excited for Halloween:I love Halloween. No- I really really do. It tops the xmas holidays for sure. Part of this is most likely due to my spiritual beliefs, but I just love the magic and joy of it all.This year is the FIRST YEAR EVER that we will receive trick or treaters. Because we have a house now. At one point this summer, when that realization hit, I literally hopped up and down in my seat, turned to look at Andrew as we were driving home from work that day, and chirped- "We're gonna have trick or treaters!!! SQUEE!".He loves me despite my crazies.Don't believe me? Two…
  • An Anti-Fracking WIN for Nova Scotians

    Mindful Echo
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    Mindful Echo is relieved that fracking is not happening in NS...today at least. Last August (2013), the government of Nova Scotia addressed the many concerns of its citizens and officially commissioned an independent review of the socio-economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). On August 28, 2014, the government released the review and on September 3, 2014, provided their response.If you're interested in pouring yourself a cup of fair-trade coffee and settling in to read the report, you can do so here. (Be warned though, it's nearly 400 pages.) If you'd rather just know the…
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  • Teaching, Blogging and Staying Afloat

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

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

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

    Greenstylemom
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Always fun to have swim practice here
  • Moosed!

    Greenstylemom
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    After our moose encounter, we started making moose antlers in photos. The biggest fun was trying to "moose" someone else without them realizing it. Made for some fun photos!This might have been the one that started the trendShootin' the mooseCaught moose handed!
  • National Park Wildlife

    Greenstylemom
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I already showed you photos of the moose - by far our best animal encounter of the trip. We really wanted to see a wolf, but didn't get so lucky (may have been our early to bed/late to rise schedule). Also saw no bear which was okay since we see them in Colorado regularly. We also saw very few elk which was not only disappointing, but apparently they are usually difficult to avoid! We are fairly convinced it is because Matt almost hit one our first night in the Tetons… word got around to the herds to avoid us…A few favorite photos. Be grateful that I'm not posting all bazillion that we…
  • Yellowstone National Park - Geysers and Such

    Greenstylemom
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    After Grand Teton, we drove to Yellowstone and camped for 5 nights in Canyon. Since we started homeschooling, I've wanted to do a fall trip to Yellowstone to avoid the crowds (and if what we experienced was "not crowded," I'd hate to be there peak season!). We expected cool nights and warmer days, but what we got was record breaking cold nights and really cold days! We stayed bundled up for much of the trip.I knew that there were geysers and boiling mud pots and such at Yellowstone, but I didn't realize how extensive all the geological features are. We got to see many of the major geysers -…
  • Grand Teton National Park

    Greenstylemom
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:50 pm
    So last week we took a trip to Wyoming. We drove to Jackson, rented a trailer camper (we sold our TrailManor right after Memorial Day), can spent 2 nights at the Gros Ventre campground.I posted before that we woke up our first morning to four moose right next to our trailer. It was so exciting to have front row view from inside, but then it got CRAZY. One moose started rubbing his antlers on our picnic table, lifting the table from the ground, and kept getting the tablecloth stuck on those antlers! We were so relieved when the cloth ripped before he walked away. I just can't believe none of…
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  • Removing Beans from Pods Using the Dryer

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

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

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

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

  • Juice Beauty’s Instant Eye Lift {Giveaway}

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top Spots for Agritourism: From Pizza Farms to Cheese Trails

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

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

    Amy Whitley
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Long popular in Europe, farm stay vacations have only recently become part of the mainstay U.S. travel market. Once you try a farm stay, however, you’ll be sold. Whether experiencing a farm stay as a destination in itself or as a lodging alternative on a vacation including other activities, farm stays are a way to… Read more The post 5 Great Farm Stays to Get Back to Nature appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Ski Green ~ Hit the Slopes without Melting them

    Dawn Head
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    As you most likely have experienced and read about, the weather and climate changes in recent years have had a profound effect on our planet. And with increasing temperatures in even far-north regions of the world, ski resort owners, especially the mountains at lower elevations, are among those hit hardest by global warming. The next… Read more The post Ski Green ~ Hit the Slopes without Melting them appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Backpacking South America – 5 Green Backpacker Activities

    Elizabeth
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    When backpacking in South America these are some of the best 5 activities to participate in. Be it hiking, surfing, or extreme mountain biking this post describes it all. The post Backpacking South America – 5 Green Backpacker Activities appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Luxury, Style and Sophistication- Wood Watches by JORD

    Monica Brady
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    We were recently sent a really neat wooden watch from a company called JORD. The watch we chose was too big for me, so I passed it on to my hubby, who just happens to love woodworking, and he loved it. So, I put him to work in writing this review. Personally, I really liked the look of the watch, but here are his thoughts after he wore it for a while! Review by Ryan Brady: I recently received the opportunity to review an extremely interesting watch from a company named JORD.  The JORD company makes unique watches that are one of a kind and hand-crafted with sustainable materials from all…
  • Great Deals on BTS Apparel

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

    Monica Brady
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Duck tape is fun for everyone. There’s so many things you can do with it.. Make wallets, bracelets, and purses. I’ve even seen people make clothing and prom outfits out of it. How cool is that!?!?! Well, my idea isn’t that involved, but it has become one of my girls’ favorite back to school crafts. We cover their pocket folders with Duck Tape. It’s really easy to do, and they get to choose patterns so that their folders don’t look like anyone else’s in their class. Not to mention, that covering the cheap 39¢ folders in Duck Tape makes them super…
  • DIY- Easy Labor Day Chips and Dips

    Monica Brady
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    When I think about Labor Day, I think about the beginning of football season… I also think about cookouts and fun with friends. It’s still technically Summer time, which means it’s pretty hot outside. I don’t want to spend all day cooking snacks, so I go for something quick and easy. Something I used to make for all of our cookouts while we were living in Japan, that was really quite popular, are these very easy dips. All you need is a can or two of chili beans, or a jar or two of salsa, depending on how many people you need to accommodate, and cream cheese! If they…
  • 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…
 
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Living the “Green Life”, Living the Good Life

    Veshengro
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Actions speak louder than words and it is our actions that first become visible to others. Therefore it is no good “preaching” to others about going green, about reducing, reusing, etc., when yourself you do not or only halfheartedly do it. This is something that I have always believed and believed in and this I always bear in mind and I have for that reason decided to live my life, as far as possible, as an example, especially when it comes to presenting an alternative way to consumerism and such. It is our actions that first become visible to others. Though…
  • Old-school farming methods could save the planet

    Veshengro
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    What if there were a simple solution to fighting climate change right under our feet? In her new book, The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and writer Kristin Ohlson says there is. “The soil has been playing a mighty role in our climate ever since we've been a planet,” Ohlson says. It's full of carbon fuel that helps plants and microorganisms thrive, but today's industrial farming methods rip up the soil and release huge amounts of that carbon into the air. Ohlson argues that returning to no-till farming practices, which leave the soil undisturbed and carbon trapped underground, will help…
  • What can small cities do to fight climate change?

    Veshengro
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    CARROTS BEAT STICKS Everyone should know by now that the U.S. needs to adopt policies to restrain its profligate energy use. Per capita, we use the most of any country except Iceland. And no, it’s not just because we’re richer: Adjusted for GDP, we still use more than everyone except for Australia, Canada, and a few frigid countries in northern Europe. Our huge and wasteful appetite for energy sucks money out of the economy and produces greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. But Congress won’t pass a cap-and-trade bill, carbon tax, or any other policy to address it. Senate…
  • Saving Vegetable Seeds

    Veshengro
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    How to keep the ones you love… seeds of plants that is Saving and storing seeds from your own vegetable and herb crops is a thrifty way to perpetuate your favorite varieties from year to year. Open-pollinated varieties, including heirlooms, are the best candidates for seed saving. Unlike hybrids, their genetic traits are more likely to remain stable from generation to generation—although, if you’re saving seeds to be used for growing microgreens or sprouts, genetic stability is less important. Some crop species tend to pollinate themselves (selfers), while others rely on insects or wind…
  • Why Walking Helps Us Think

    Veshengro
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings, instructors should prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining itineraries clearly traced.” He drew a charming one himself. Several decades later, a Boston College English professor named Joseph Nugent and his colleagues put together an annotated Google map that shadows Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom step by step. The Virginia Woolf Society of…
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  • Planning Our Master Bedroom

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

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

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

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

    Christine Walsh
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    A few years ago the sustainable housing design firm Infiniski completed yet another awesome shipping container home. Located in Curacaví, Chile the Manifesto House is made from three recycled shipping containers, while it also boasts of a number of other sustainable features. Infiniski prides itself on designing and building homes made from at least 80 percent recycled, repurposed and non-polluting materials, which includes disused containers, as well as railway tracks, forklift palettes and even old bottles. Manifesto House is a 2-story home measuring 1700-square-feet and it took about 90…
  • Could Tofu be the Answer to Greener Solar Cells?

    Christine Walsh
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:46 am
    University of Liverpool News Dr. Jon Major, a researcher at Liverpool University has recently made the discovery that the chemical used to make tofu, and bath salts, could also be used to replace one of the most toxic substances, namely cadmium chloride, that are used to manufacture solar cells. Using salts to replace cadmium chloride in solar cell production would also make them much cheaper. His study was published in the journal Nature. Cadmium chloride is a soluble compound that is expensive to produce and very toxic, which means special care must be made during the production of solar…
  • A Gorgeous Shipping Container-Like Beach House

    Christine Walsh
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    The so-called Coromandel Bach beach home was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, who drew inspiration from shipping container architecture. The home, which was built like a container, is located in the picturesque region of Coromandel, New Zealand. In building the home the architects wanted to stay true to the traditional New Zealand building methods by designing a structure that was both raw and unique, when it comes to cladding, lining and joinery. The container house is clad in unadorned natural timber, which is a sustainable and renewable resource and serves to link the home…
  • PostGreen Homes Are Using Cork as Cladding and Insulation

    Christine Walsh
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    PostGreen Homes are using cork as cladding in their newest project in Fishtown, Philadelphia. They are working in collaboration with Orange Concept on this project, and the finished home will be simple and minimalistic, which will make it fit right in with the other buildings in the area. The builders decided to use cork for cladding even though the material costs about three times more than, for example, expanded polystyrene. But the upside is that, when using cork as cladding, there is no need for additional exterior cladding to be added, since the cork cladding is also the insulation…
  • Shipping Containers Outfitted to Become Temporary Housing for Canada’s Workers

    Christine Walsh
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    A British Columbia-based modular home company, BigSteelBox, has unveiled a series of temporary living quarters for workers made out of shipping containers. The housing was built to house Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) workers in a work camp and is designed to offer them all the comforts of home, while LNG carries out the new liquid natural gas projects in Northern B.C. Each BigSteelBox shipping container home is built from a single, standard-sized 40-foot unit. Inside, there are two 16-foot by 8-foot living spaces, which consist of a bedroom and bathroom. Each unit also has an 8-foot entry,…
 
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  • Our Guide to Backyard Composting

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

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

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

    Courtney
    12 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tortilla chips have always been my choice of snack chip over potato chip, though sweet potato chips have come in a close second as of lately. So I was eager to try Food Should Taste Good’s All Natural Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips. Now don’t make the mistake as I did at first by thinking these […]Check out the review @ Food Should Taste Good Kettle Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Chandler Farm All Natural Pomegranate Soap

    Courtney
    9 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Though this soap is not organic, it is all natural and made from 4 simple ingredients. None of which are palm oil. Chandler Farm is big proponent of 100% palm oil free products, as harvesting palm oil threatens now endangered Orangutans in Indonesia. Since the palm oil is harvested usually in unsustainable ways, there is […]Check out the review @ Chandler Farm All Natural Pomegranate Soap
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  • Massachusetts City Leads by Example with 1.8-MW Brownfield Solar Project

    Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Today government officials commissioned a 1.8-MW solar project on what is classified as a “superfund” site — an abandoned plot of land that harbored hazardous waste affecting the environment and population — in New Bedford, an economically depressed coastal city in southeastern Massachusetts. What was once a toxic lot is now a shining example of how renewable energy can transform the environment and local economies, according to government officials at today’s dedication.
  • Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed

    Renewable Energy World Editors
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines and their respective websites have announced eleven finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.
  • New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies

    Susan Kraemer, Correspondent
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.
  • Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club

    Doug Young
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Canadian Solar has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. The move follows the establishment of self-financed vehicles for similar speculative construction by rivals Trina, Yingli and wind power eq
  • US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels

    Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels.
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  • PrimeSource and Rebuilding Together Help Oklahoma City Homeowner Return to His Home after 2013 Tornado

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spirulina, A Superfood (Grow your own)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Alfie Joshua
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Human mother’s responding to the call of children, even children that are not their own, is a well-documented and well understood occurrence, but what about in other species, or even across different species? Susan Lingle of the University of Winnipeg noticed that most mammalian babies sound a bit similar when they cry, so she decided to perform a study on wild deer in Canada. What she found is that the deer will respond to the cries of several other mammalian species, the results were published in The American Naturalist. Dogs have been known to respond to the cries of a human baby, but it…
  • Japan is replacing nuclear power with floating solar power islands

    Chastity Mansfield
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Japan has historically been at the forefront of nuclear power, with more nuclear power plants and a higher nuclear energy output than almost any other country. However, ever since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, the country has decided to wean itself off of nuclear power in favor of other alternative energy sources, the most promising of which is solar energy. The island nation has a land area of around 146,000 square miles, which is roughly the size of the state of Montana. However, whereas Montana is only home to about 1 million people, Japan is home to more than 128…
  • Contaminated drinking water may not be caused by fracking after all

    Cactus Williams
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Numerous drinking-water wells across the country have been contaminated by natural gas in recent years, and many people have blamed hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. However, a new paper which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday suggests that fracking may not be the cause. A team of researchers at Duke University, Stanford University, Dartmouth University, and the University of Rochester recently devised a new method of geochemical forensics to trace how methane migrates under the earth. The study identified eight collections of…
  • Japan is facing intense scrutiny for its attempts to resume whaling

    Alfie Joshua
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Japan’s intentions to resume hunting whales in the Antarctic, despite a ruling by the top United Nations court, was at the top of the agenda of an international whaling conference that opened on Monday in the Adriatic Sea resort Portoroz, Slovenia. The international ban on whaling that was put in place in 1986 had small allowance for whaling that was done for research purposes. Japan has insisted that the hunts that it is conducting, which will likely lead the slaughter of hundreds of whales, will be done on that basis. However, back in March, it was ruled by the International Court of…
  • Fungus could be the key to protecting agriculture from climate change

    Chastity Mansfield
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As the global population continues to grow at a rapid pace, so too does the need for food. You would think that food production would simply rise to meet the growing demands, and in an ideal world you’d be correct, but according to a new report from the United Nations, climate change is expected to devastate agricultural production in the years to come. With the global population growing and the global agricultural output shrinking, it’s only a matter of time before the world is faced with a food crisis the likes of which has never been seen before. It’s not all doom and gloom, though.
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  • Some Of The Best Nature Inspired Home Décor Ideas

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

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

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

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

    bb846174
    22 Feb 2014 | 11:11 am
    If you love great home designs, then you definitely can’t ignore the bathroom. This is one of the most beautiful and sacred spaces in your house and if you really want some kind of great home décor, then you must first start thinking about your bathroom. The hottest color of this season is the most soothing as well. This color is green. The color has been able to make headlines this year and it is expected that it would continue to influence home designs for the next couple of years as well. The best thing about the green hue is that it is very relaxing and comforting. These qualities…
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  • INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park, this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments. With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the…
  • PHOTOS: Incredible Edible Sushi High Line Replica is Made of Mashed Potatoes!

    Yuka Yoneda
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Read the rest of PHOTOS: Incredible Edible Sushi High Line Replica is Made of Mashed Potatoes! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: closette, clossette, edible centerpieces, high line, high line food, high line model, high line park, high line replica, HIGHLINE, local food, mini high line, sushi high line, thanksgiving, thanksgiving centerpiece, thanksgiving decorations, thanksgiving high line, thanksgiving table, thanksgiving tabletop, vegan thanksgiving, vegetarian thanksgiving
  • DIY: Make your Own Refreshing Herb, Fruit and Veggie Infused Water

    Kristine Lofgren
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The dog days of summer are over, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t craving some seriously delicious hydration. When water has lost its sparkle, consider turning to your own homemade herb, fruit and vegetable infused drinks. There are tons of different combinations to choose from – including spicy apple and cinnamon and refreshing fennel and citrus - to give your daily hydration needs a flavorful boost. Read More >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY, DIY water infusion, DIY water recipes, drink recipes, fruit hydration, fruit infused water, herb infused…
  • Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery

    Timon Singh
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Carbon nanotubes have been used in everything from energy-free lights to oil spill clean-up technology, and now a team from Rice University has used them to develop a paint that transforms any surface into a lithium-ion battery! This transformative paint holds the potential to create a functional, rechargeable solar battery on just about any surface. Read the rest of Rice University’s Carbon Nanotube Paint Turns Any Surface Into A Solar Battery Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "solar energy", carbon nanotube paint, carbon nanotubes, energy paint, lithium ion battery,…
  • Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From San Francisco and Beyond!

    Inhabitat
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Happy Park(ing) Day everyone! Today’s the day when parking spots across the States and around the world turn over a green leaf as pop-up public parks. This annual celebration of public space is one of our favorite events of the year – all it takes is a bag of quarters and some comfy seats to reclaim the roads for some rest and relaxation. We’re hitting the streets to bring you a look at this year’s most amazing parks, so keep checking back – and if you spot a great park nearyby send a photo and a description to editor [at] inhabitat [dot] com and we’ll…
 
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  • Friday Fun: A dancing traffic signal creates pedestrian-friendly streets in Lisbon

    Coby Joseph
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    A new way to encourage pedestrians not to cross in the face of oncoming traffic: entertain them. Photo via smart/Youtube. If your ‘Don’t Walk’ traffic signal was replaced with a dancing stick figure, would you be less likely to impatiently cross the street on a red light? At a busy intersection in Lisbon, smart switched the traditional crosswalk symbol with a stick figure that imitates the dance moves of nearby people in real time. The best part: it has made pedestrians safer. Instead of crossing the street in the face of oncoming traffic, pedestrians break out into dance along with the…
  • Transport sector climate action key to close the world’s emissions gap

    Benoit Lefevre
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Transport accounts for 22% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in low-carbon transport alternatives, cities can curb emissions while also supporting economic prosperity. Photo by Samuel Yoo/Flickr. Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions are increasing at a faster rate than any other sector. On top of that, transport infrastructure…
  • Citizens worldwide calling for bold action on climate change at People’s Climate March

    Ryan Schleeter
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    The People’s Climate March – expected to be the largest climate march in history – will bring together a diverse coalition of citizens worldwide to urge leaders to make strong commitments to curb climate change at the UN Climate Summit. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. On September 21, 2014, two days before Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, citizens worldwide will demand action from their leaders in what is expected to be the largest climate march in history. Organizers anticipate hundreds of thousands of people will participate in the…
  • How cities can save trillions, curb climate change, and improve public health

    Wanli Fang
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Urbanization is a driver of both economic growth and global climate change. Between 2011 and 2030, the urban areas of the world are expected to add 1.4 billion people, including 276 million in China and 218 million in India. Photo by Ken Marshall/Flickr. No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2% of global land area. Reducing this environmental impact may seem daunting, but a new report, Better Growth,…
  • What India’s new road safety bill means for cities and citizens

    Amit Bhatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    India’s ambitious new road safety bill, currently open for public comment, is expected to save lives, grow the country’s economy, and create one million new jobs. Photo by IamNotUnique/Flickr. Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013 alone, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and communities, but also on the workforce and the economy. One study even estimated the social costs of traffic crashes in the country at the equivalent of…
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  • Cricket Flour – A Sustainable Protein Source

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

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

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

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

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

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Millions of people take to the streets this weekend around the world — with tens of thousands headed to New York City for the People’s Climate March — to show that people want action from global leaders, not more talk when it comes to responding to the growing climate crisis. Investigative journalist Mark Schapiro, author […]The post Carbon Shock-onomics: Climate and the Economy appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Farm the Woods: Grow Food and Medicinals in Forests

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    In the eyes of many people, the practices of forestry and farming are mutually exclusive, because in the modern world, agriculture involves open fields, straight rows, and machinery to grow crops, while forests are reserved primarily for timber and firewood harvesting. In fact, history indicates that much of humanity lived and sustained itself from so-called […]The post Farm the Woods: Grow Food and Medicinals in Forests appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Back to Basics with Fermentation

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    For thousands of years, people have been using fermentation as a nourishing way to eat and preserve a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, milk, grains, beans, meats, and more. Only in the last century has our culture distanced itself from this traditional approach to nutrition and adopted an industrialized food system complete with highly […]The post Back to Basics with Fermentation appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Over the Moon for Traditional, Nourishing Foods

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This month, we are highlighting Chelsea Green authors that are champions of locally grown, organic, nutrient-dense foods and traditional cooking methods. Last week we featured certified holistic health counselor Hilary Boynton and whole-foods advocate Mary G. Brackett’s new book, The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet. For more […]The post Over the Moon for Traditional, Nourishing Foods appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Take it Slow: 15 Life Lessons from a Unicyclist

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Have you ever wanted to slow down, let life’s winds wobble you, and devote yourself to the act of anticipation rather than immediacy? Simple. Learn how to ride a unicycle. Or, if that’s not your speed you could follow a few of author Mark Schimmoeller’s thoughtful, guiding principles. Even for those of us who have […]The post Take it Slow: 15 Life Lessons from a Unicyclist appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • How to take clear photos of a light-polluted Milky Way

    mnnadmin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light pollution in a crowded city is nearly impossible.  
  • Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to build rocket engine for Boeing

    mnnadmin
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company led by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has teamed up with a veteran space launch provider to build a new rocket engine designed to reduce U.S. dependence on Russian hardware.   
  • Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests

    mnnadmin
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    For years, anthropologists have watched wild chimpanzees "go ape" and attack each other in coordinated assaults. But until now, scientists were unsure whether interactions with humans had brought on this violent behavior or if it was part of the apes' basic nature.  
  • Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways

    mnnadmin
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Sharks exposed to ocean water acidified by too much carbon dioxide alter their behavior, swimming in longer spurts than sharks in typical ocean water, particularly during their nighttime wanderings.  
  • Dinosaur-killing meteorite remade plant kingdom, too

    mnnadmin
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    The killer meteorite that extinguished the dinosaurs also torched North America's forests and plants. The harsh conditions after the impact favored fast-growing flowering plants, nudging forests toward a new pecking order, a new study reports.  
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  • Ig Nobel Prizes 2014: Jesus toast, dog poop and more wacky, weird science

    mnnadmin
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The brilliant minds behind research studies about how Earth's magnetic field affects pooping dogs and why people see Jesus in toast were honored Thursday night (Sept. 18) during one of the most purposefully ridiculous ceremonies in all of science: the Ig Nobel Prizes.  
  • Fly the nonstop skies: World's longest flights leave passengers in the air for the better part of a day

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

    gmiller
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Like an athlete preparing for a triathlon, Australian TV host Todd Sampson spent three months in intensive training mode for his latest assignment: improving his brain. Meeting with experts in neuroscience research, he was measured and tested repeatedly, given brain-training homework, and tested again. The startling results unfold in the three-part special "Hack My Brain," which has its U.S. premiere on Sept. 19 on the Science Channel.  
  • Watch a robot cheetah run and jump like a cat

    mnnadmin
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Robots are likely not the first thing you think of when you hear the word "speed," but one group of researchers is trying to quell the stereotype of a lumbering robot with a machine built to move more like one of nature's quickest creatures — the cheetah.  
  • Cryonics: Would you have your body frozen?

    lmoss
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    In preparation for death, people make all sorts of arrangements for their remains. Some pick out coffins, others plan to be cremated and have their ashes scattered over a special place or even transformed into vinyl records.   However, some people have their bodies frozen in hopes they can be thawed and out and revived to live in the future.  
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  • Avocado and Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

    jheimbuch
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I live where avocados are a staple. There's a reason why "California style" means "add some avocado, thanks." Both my dad and aunt have avocado trees in their backyards, and my dad's tree is a variety that will produce fruit late in the fall and early winter. So we can have avocados practically year-round. I'm always looking for new things to do with the trusty old avocado.  
  • Edamame Salad with Avocado and Radishes

    jheimbuch
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    This recipe is a great take on one of my favorite foods: edamame. I usually pick up a package of shelled edamame every time I visit Trader Joe's and eat them by the handful or toss them into salads. But I love seeing a recipe that makes edamame the star of the dish. And talk about healthy! Every ingredient has its own special health benefits, so you're basically eating a bowl of amazingly tasty medicine. The edamame combined with the radishes and avocado is delicious, but what really pulls it all together is the dressing.  
  • Spinach and Avocado Salad with Garlic Mustard Vinaigrette

    jheimbuch
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    I can never turn down a recipe that calls for avocado — especially one that uses a tangy dressing that can brighten the mild flavors of avocado and spinach. This salad comes together quickly, which is yet another reason to love it. This simple salad recipe is adapted from the cookbook "In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite" by Melissa Clark. Because it's so simple, you can customize it.
  • Cucumber Salad with Honey-Lime Yogurt Dressing

    jheimbuch
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
  • Warm Wheatberry Salad with Mushrooms and Wine

    jheimbuch
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Before trying this salad, I'd never once tried a wheatberry. I didn't even know what they were before reading about them in this recipe. Turns out, they're a really interesting grain to use for this kind of salad because they have plenty of nutritious benefits. They're filled with fiber, protein, a ton of B vitamins, making them a perfect option for a hearty vegetarian meal. Where I would normally use pearl barley or quinoa or some other grain for a similar salad, now I know that the mighty wheatberry is another option!  
 
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  • Fly the nonstop skies: World's longest flights leave passengers in the air for the better part of a day

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

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

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

    svartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Remember when your high school physics teacher illustrated potential and kinetic energy using a roller coaster as an example?
  • 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.
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  • 'Dolphin Tale 2' has a lot more Winter and a little Hope

    gmiller
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    The true story of Winter, a rescued bottlenose dolphin with a prosthetic tail, the 2011 movie "Dolphin Tale" was an instant hit, grossing over $95 million worldwide and capturing the hearts of audiences everywhere. "Dolphin Tale 2," its just-released sequel, continues her story and spotlights the marine mammal conservation and rescue efforts of Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Winter’s home.  
  • 'Stonehenge Empire' reveals monumental secrets

    gmiller
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Its name and image are among the most familiar in the world. More than a million people travel to Britain's Salisbury Plain every year to see it.  
  • Wildlife thrives in 'the most dangerous place on Earth'

    lmoss
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Former President Bill Clinton called the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 155-mile border between South and North Korea, "the most dangerous place on Earth."   Created in 1953 during armistice negotiations, it's the world's most fortified military border, lined with soldiers, concertina wire and countless landmines.  
  • 29 ways to repurpose your old yoga mat

    lwalker
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    It's hard to imagine a yoga studio without colorful yoga mats lined up on the floor. But the helpful, sticky pads have only been around since the '60s.  
  • If you think creativity is dying, you haven't met the latest batch of MacArthur fellows

    melbreyer
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Every year since 1981, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has been awarding a large chunk of change ($625,000) to a handful of brainiacs to spend anyway they want. This year’s class of 21 winners brings the overall number of recipients to more than 900.  
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  • Bo-taoshi: Exploring the beautifully dangerous sport of pole-toppling

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

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

    sgunther
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    The village of Tragoess (or Tragöß), Austria is home to Green Lake (or Grüner See), a small lake with a hugely variable water level. In the winter the lake is no more than 3-6 feet deep while in the spring melting glacial waters can push those levels north of 30 feet.  
  • You'll never see a dog more excited to go swimming

    sgunther
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Walter the dog is a Labrador who loves to go swimming. I mean, this dog is just nuts about jumping into the water for a dip. Check out this great video shot with a well-positioned GoPro camera in Siracusa, Sicily.     Can't get enough dog videos? Check out these posts here on MNN:  
  • 'Signs from the Near Future' imagines what the world may be like

    sgunther
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    We live in the future of my childhood. When I was a young boy kicking my way through the 80s, the future that I imagined, aided by the popular media of my time, wasn't too far off from the reality found outside my door. As the writer William Gibson put it, "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." I count myself as lucky to live where that future is somewhat distributed and still get blown away every now and then at the amazing advances technology and science has given the world.
 
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  • 18 board games that are so fun, your kids won't care that they're learning

    jsavedge
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that school is in full swing, it may seem like life is all about the books. By the time kids finish up with their eight-hour school day, clubs, sports, and how ever much homework they have on a given day, it's unlikely that they will want to sit down with you to work on multiplication tables or a spelling list, even if they really need the extra practice. But they will likely jump at the chance to play a board game with the family.    
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum is not morning sickness

    jsavedge
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I was pregnant with my second child, I suffered from nausea and vomiting unlike anything I had experienced before. Simple acts like brushing my teeth or pouring a glass of milk would send me careening for the toilet. In fact, just the effort of getting out of bed each day was sometimes enough to push last night's dinner over the edge.
  • Meteorologist turns to a frog to help kids dig into the science of winter

    jsavedge
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    How do you explain the weather to your kids? What do you say when they ask why thunder booms or the what the difference is between sleet and freezing rain? And what the heck is thundersnow?    
  • America's expanding waistline: Report finds Americans are getting bigger around the middle

    jsavedge
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    If you've had trouble fitting into your pants recently, you are not alone. A new report shows that American waistlines are getting bigger — growing by an average of one inch over the last decade.  
  • Could a blood test be used to diagnose depression?

    jsavedge
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Until now, doctors relied solely on a patient's self-described symptoms to diagnose depression. But a new blood test may offer a better tool for quickly identifying and diagnosing this condition.  
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  • What to drink this weekend: Candy Apple Cocktail

    rshreeves
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    The calendar may say this weekend is still summer, but my front lawn knows fall is only three days away. It’s covered in leaves. The chill that’s blowing through my windows from the front of my house right now has me thinking I may need to grab a sweater. There’s a lovely breeze coming in, but it has a nip in it that wasn’t there earlier this week.  
  • How to make cinnamon simple syrup

    rshreeves
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    The cocktail I have planned for my “What to drink this weekend” post later today calls for cinnamon simple syrup. It’s very easy to make and can be used to flavor coffee, tea or hot apple cider, poured over fruit for an easy dessert, stirred into oatmeal or other hot breakfast cereals, and of course, used to flavor cocktails.   Ingredients 1 cup water
  • Host a tasting party to discover honey varietals

    rshreeves
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    I never gave honey much thought until I had my first taste of local wildflower honey. I grew up with the stuff bought in a bear at the grocery store and thought all honey was the same. With that first taste of wildflower honey at the farmers market, I knew I’d been wrong.  
  • 10 things to do after seeing 'The Hundred Foot Journey'

    rshreeves
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    I finally saw “The Hundred Foot Journey” last night. It is first and foremost a foodie film, with ingredients, restaurant kitchens, chefs, and Michelin stars taking center stage. But it’s also a film about the beauty of France, overcoming racism, embracing cultural differences, the young and the old following passions, and of course, love.  
  • The 5-ounce measuring glass, my new favorite kitchen tool

    rshreeves
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    I went to a kitchen store to buy a new metal jigger. My old one had fallen down the garbage disposal and gotten chewed up a bit. In the barware section, I saw a kitchen tool I’d never noticed before. It was a 5-ounce measuring glass, shaped like a juice glass not a measuring cup, and I decided it would come in handy.  
 
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  • Attention college students: Leave the car at home

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

    jmotavalli
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Our mobility future may end up looking something like what they’re working on in transit-friendly Finland, which imagines it can retire the private car in a decade. Even more, it plans a radical transformation of its public transit system that could make traditional light rail and bus systems obsolete.  
  • Why Americans are less happy with their new cars

    jmotavalli
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hmm. Let’s try to figure this out. We’re buying cars at a robust pace (a 16.5-million sales year is predicted), and cars are doing more and more for us — power windows, locks, air-conditioning, voice commands, smart cruise controls, advanced infotainment systems, parking assistance, lane keeping — and yet we’re less and less satisfied with them.  
  • A tale of 2 Fiestas: You want oomph or fuel-efficiency?

    jmotavalli
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Automakers want to hit your sweet spot, and to that end they provide a lot of variation — even within the same model. And that’s why I was able to test two hugely different versions of the Ford Fiesta, the ST and SFE. Both were painted in “Green Envy,” but that’s where the resemblance ended.  
  • It's here! The sleek new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

    jmotavalli
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Next year we’ll be seeing the rollout of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5, fondly known as the Miata. I’m liking what I’m seeing.   It’s hard to remember back to 1989, when the first Miata rolled off the assembly line and invaded America. It was then a decade since the big British sports car names — MG, Triumph, Lotus — gave up the mass market, and no one else had stepped forward with a comparable fun-to-drive roadster.  
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  • Watch this marching band's insane salute to classic TV

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

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

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

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

  • Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

    Compass Team
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "In New York, I will announce that the government will change its position on the financing of coal-fired power plants abroad." -- German Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendriks September 17th, 2014. This exciting statement could substantially change what German overseas investments, from important institutions like KfW, support. That’s particularly important for those concerned about the impacts the global coal industry has on our health and environment because Germany is currently the third largest source of international public financing for coal. In fact, since 2006,…
  • Massachusetts Promotes Electric Vehicles in Three-City Tour

    Heather Moyer
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    We know that some of the most important ways to get more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road are 1) provide consumers with incentives that will make EVs less expensive and more convenient; 2) get dealerships to actually make an effort to sell these cars; 3) get cities to promote EVs; and 4) get "butts in seats" by having people test drive the cars and experience them first-hand.On Thursday, I joined Massachusetts energy and environmental agency leaders on a three-city tour promoting all of these topics. The events were held as part of the fourth annual National Drive Electric Week…
  • Why We Can't Just Shut Up and Eat Our Cookies?

    The Sierra Club
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Gas drilling rig near Clearville, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mark Schmerling. By Ivy Main, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Chair I grew up with brothers, so I knew from an early age that the easiest way to make friends with guys was to feed them chocolate chip cookies. I took this strategy with me to college, commandeering the tiny kitchen in our coed dorm. The aroma wafting down the hallways reliably drew a crowd. One fan was so enthusiastic that he wanted to learn to make cookies himself. So the next time, he showed up at the start of the process. He watched me combine sugar and butter, eggs and…
  • World Looks To OECD As High Level Commission Calls For Phasing Out Coal

    Compass Team
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Today, the high powered Global Commission on the Climate and Economy released its flagship report on global coal use and the economy: The New Climate Economy. The report pulls no punches when it comes to coal, including a call for a global coal phaseout involving an immediate end to investments in new unabated coal-fired power plants globally and the retirement of existing unabated coal-fired power plants in high income countries. Perhaps most importantly, the report calls for governments to shift the “burden of proof” away from assuming that coal is the only solution to the world’s…
  • 400 more reasons to march on Sept. 21

    Compass Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    The facts are in: global carbon emissions are putting us over the edge. The World Meteorological Organization’s newly-released annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin has confirmed that greenhouse gasses (GHGs)   have reached their highest level ever -- and humans are to blame. This year’s report shows that in 2013, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) -- one of the most potent GHGs -- reached 396 parts per million (ppm). To put that into perspective, that’s almost 3 ppm higher than 2012 and represents the largest increase from one year to the next that we’ve ever seen. That was, of course, until…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Proximity To Fracking Wells Increases Incidence Of Health Problems: Study

    Mike G
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A new study has found that people living in close proximity to a fracked natural gas well are twice as likely to suffer upper-respiratory or skin problems. The study, published by Environmental Health Perspectives, found that 39% of people living less than a kilometer from a well in Washington County, Pennsylvania, which is part of the Marcellus Shale, reported upper respiratory problems, compared to 18% of people living 2km or further from a well. Some 13% of people living a kilometer or less from a natural gas well reported rashes and other skin problems, while 3% living 2km or further…
  • New York City is Amped for The People’s Climate March

    Don Lieber
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    The People’s Climate March” is quickly approaching.  The level of organization for Sunday's event is more impressive than any other rally — climate or otherwise — this writer has ever witnessed in New York City. Organizers have predicted some 100,000 people will march, making it not only the largest climate rally in history, but very likely one of the largest public rallies in support of any issue in the United States in decades.   Posters, flyers and billboards about the rally are everywhere; this writer noticed the following posters all across lower Manhattan while running a few…
  • Sick of Enviro Documentaries? Why You Should Still Watch Disruption

    Guest
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    This is a guest post by Zach Roberts. As a documentary producer, I watch more than my fair share of environmental protest documentaries — probably about 20 a year. And almost all of them have the same, vague message: we need to do something! Their scenes re-play like a bad video montage in my mind: earnest young people speaking at podiums, boring climatologists rambling on about the coming end of the world, forest fires, melting ice shelves, you know how it goes. In the lefty journalism world, we call this “preaching to the choir.” Then there's Disruption, which is not so much a…
  • Workers at Fracked Wells Exposed to Benzene, CDC Warns Amid Mounting Evidence of Shale Jobs' Dangers

    Sharon Kelly
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For years, the oil and gas industry has worked to convince Americans that the rush to drill shale wells across the country will not only provide large corporations with lavish profits, but will also create enormous numbers of attractive and high-paid jobs, transforming the economies of small towns and cities that greenlight drilling. The industry's numbers are often picked up by policy-makers and politicians who back drilling, in part because talk of job growth is an especially alluring idea in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. But numerous independent studies have conclude that the…
  • Shale Industry Resorts to Conspiracy Theories to Explain Opposition to Fracking

    Sharon Kelly
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    As evidence mounts concerning the hazards of fracking, the oil and gas industry is increasingly trying to redirect public discussion of the topic, focusing instead on the funding behind the environmental groups rather than the actual science of the matter. Aside from showing a certain desperation, the tactic is especially disingenuous since this industry has no small experience with astro-turf campaigns and buying faux research to promote its interests. Again and again, it has turned out that scientific research downplaying the risks of fracking or hyping the benefits of the shale gas rush…
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    Eco-Chick

  • 7 Gorgeous Coats That Will Get You Excited for Winter

    Veronica Goin
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Winter is coming, and I can’t wait. Not just because I am a Stark of Winterfell at heart, but because I adore winter clothes. Coats, in particular. A fabulous coat is like a fabulous dress, an outfit in and of itself. No one likes to be cold (especially me), so a good winter coat needs to marry form with function. It needs to be made from high-quality materials that will last for countless wearings.  And, if it is going to be worn by an Eco-Chick, it needs to be mindfully made. The Fitzroy coat from Gehrich (pictured at top) is part of the Melbourne collection. The Gehrich designs are…
  • Funny + Brilliant + Feminist: This NFL Makeup Tutorial Is GOLD

    Starre Vartan
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    You know how some people just get it? Megan McKay gets it. The post Funny + Brilliant + Feminist: This NFL Makeup Tutorial Is GOLD appeared first on Eco-Chick.
  • Billyburg Gone Way Cute: Kallio’s Ethical Line and Eco Fashion Workshop

    Veronica Goin
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Kallio’s Kickstarter campaign is something (adorably) different. In addition to making and selling a line of too-fabulous kids’ clothing (see below—we want some in our sizes!) they are also raising funds for  the Kallio WorkSHOP, a consciously minded retail and workshop studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In the cooperative spirit of paying it forward, Kallio will use the WorkSHOP space to showcase like-minded brands, so that other artists can get much-needed exposure.  The space will also be home to an exciting workshop series “where artists and designers will teach simple…
  • Watch: How to Wear a Men’s Shirt as a Dress (3 Ways)!

    Starre Vartan
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    When I saw this video, I freaked out, ran into our closet, and literally ripped on of my partner’s good button-downs from the hanger. In short: Yes, it works, but it depends on your size. I’m a curvy size 8 and my partner is very tall and slim and wears a Medium men’s shirt (and he likes slim cut)—so this worked, but just barely and it was tight. HOWever, I’m definitely going to look for an extra large men’s shirt in a cool print the next time I’m at Sal’s (that’s Salvation Army) —in a size Men’s large. Considering how close I was with…
  • Dogwood and Hastings: Sustainable Homewares Launch!

    Starre Vartan
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    I’m excited to announce that my design project, long in the works, is up and running! Check out the video below for all the details, and head on over to Kickstarter to support this new sustainable line of housewares that brings nature home. You can read about all the Stories behind the prints, the line’s Impact and Ethics, and much more, over at the Dogwood & Hastings website.  Without nonprofit groups doing the important conservation work they do, our natural areas wouldn’t be as beautiful, healthy, and vibrant as they are. That’s why I’ve committed 10% of the profits…
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    The Car Connection

  • Toyota Corolla

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Toyota Corolla has been the best-selling compact car in the U.S. for much of the last two decades. Entirely redesigned for 2014, it continues its role as highly dependable, not-very-exciting, carefully packaged transportation for sensible buyers looking for reliability over styling flair, sporty roadholding, or luxury features. See our 2015...
  • Honda Fit

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Honda Fit that has been thoroughly revamped for the 2015 model year. A hatchback in the subcompact class, the Fit is a rival for vehicles like the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, and Hyundai Accent. MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Fit review and compare the Fit to its competitors The first-generation Honda Fit was only a two-year car, sold in the...
  • Infiniti QX50

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Infiniti is a compact luxury crossover vehicle that recently underwent a name change. When it made its debut almost a decade ago, it was known as the EX35, later to become the EX37. Now, as the result of a massive change in Infiniti's naming strategy, it's become the QX50. What is presently Infiniti's smallest crossover utility vehicle...
  • Honda Odyssey

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that can seat up to eight passengers. It's one of the best choices in the minivan segment, a step ahead of rivals like the Nissan Quest and Kia Sedona--and on par with the Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country. As minivans go, the Odyssey has the best road manners, even though buyers in...
  • Ford Escape

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Well known since 2000 as one of the leading compact crossovers, the Ford Escape is now a thoroughly modern vehicle in its third year of the current generation. Its predecessors were boxy and outdated after their 12-year run, despite two rounds of updating, but the latest Escape offers sleek and modern styling, more fuel-efficient powertrains...
 
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • How 4 Utilities Turned Digital Data Chaos into Order & Sanity

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

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

    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!
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

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

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

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

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

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

  • There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees

    Ryan Scott
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    If you’re involved in any activity related to managing employee volunteer programs, you need to know Chris Jarvis.  As the co-founder of Realized Worth, Chris and his intuitive team have [...] The post There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak

    Vikas Vij
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) – According the World Health Organization (WHO), global health security faces an ongoing danger from emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases. WHO calls for the reduction of the devastation [...] The post Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    The clothing industry has a big impact on the environment. Synthetic materials take a long time to decompose once they end up in landfills. For example, nylon takes 30 to [...] The post How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Storytelling Event for Social Entrepreneurs and Film Makers: Scaling Change Conference

    Julie Fahnestock
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- It’s a match made in Dover, Vermont. Social entrepreneurs meet film makers meet the next Academy Award. If your business plan or your movie plot [...] The post Storytelling Event for Social Entrepreneurs and Film Makers: Scaling Change Conference appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Crowdfunding for Nonprofits & Businesses: 7 Best Practices

    3BL Media
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talked to Richard Swart, the Director of Research on Crowdfinance at University of California at Berkeley and author of the World Bank’s Report On Global Crowdfunding, on how [...] The post Crowdfunding for Nonprofits & Businesses: 7 Best Practices appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • 10 Components of Service Pages that Convert

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

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

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

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

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

  • Have a Lovely Weekend + A Few Green Things

    Jennie Lyon
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello, Friends! How was your week? I hope it was a nice one. Are you experiencing fall weather or maybe even winter weather where you live? It’s amazing how quickly the weather changes, and all of sudden we are in fall. Even here in Florida, it has been a little cooler than usual. It will only last a couple of days though, so I better enjoy it! As the mister and I were sitting on the patio last night, he pointed at my legs and laughed that I had goosebumps! The cooler weather has me thinking of Halloween which just makes me more excited. Am I the only one? I have found myself pinning…
  • Rock Your Child’s Lunch Box with These Great Green Options!

    Jennie Lyon
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Back to school time means so many things for all of us – new school schedules, jugging family/work, after school activities, homework; the list goes on and on!  With so many things on our daily agenda, you need a back-to-school lunch menu to get you through the week! When Eben was younger, we loved the Laptop Lunches bento box, we had an extensive menu that we would pack for him! Now, that Eben is in middle school – it means that lunchtime is actually social time, and lunch is really an after thought – we really had to get creative to ensure he was eating. So instead of packing…
  • 4 Fall Inspired Eco-Friendly Art Projects for Green Kids

    Jennie Lyon
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    by Jennie I love fall – it is my favorite season. Have I mentioned that before? Ha! I love the colors, textures, and find myself crafting with Eben more during the autumn season. With that being said, the artwork really piles up around here. Many pieces get photographed and recycled, however there are pieces that we love so much we want to keep and display.Here are 4 fall inspired art projects that we have enjoyed over the year and thought they might inspire you this autumn: 1. Baker’s Twine Apple Whenever I work with baker’s twine, it seems like I am left with a few scraps…
  • The Top 9 Health Benefits of Ginger – Grab Some Today!

    Beth Brass
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    by Beth Ginger is an incredibly versatile food that has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. From Africa to China,from Nepal to the Philippines, it is a root that is used in food and drink, ranging from ginger sodas to curry dishes. There is a reason why this amazing root is so widely used.  In addition to being a delicious ingredient, it also offers many serious healing properties.  Let’s take a look at 10 of my favorites: 1. Ginger contains the minerals zinc, chromium, and magnesium, which have been proven to increase circulation and help regulate body temperature. 2.
  • Homework Vs. No Homework: Where Do You Stand?

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    by Jennie Now, that we are half-way through September, are you getting adjusted to your fall schedule? Have the kids fallen into their back to school routine? I always anticipate back to school with mixed emotions – happy that Eben will be learning new things (and he loves school), and sadness because I really enjoy seeing him all day and it reminds me that he is growing up quickly. The mister and I attended the open house at Eben’s school last week. I find open house to be a little overwhelming – you start in your child’s 1st period class, the teacher has about 10…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Secret Service Under Fire After Man Gets Into White House

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Watch VideoSecurity at the White House is under some serious scrutiny after a man managed to jump the fence of the north lawn and make it inside what is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world. Onlooker Brandon Pawlinkski managed to capture some of the incident on video Friday night. You can clearly see the man running across the White House lawn but can't make out his face. CBS: "The suspect was identified as 42-year-old Omar Gonzales from central Texas. He was unarmed when he was arrested and was taken to the hospital…
  • NYT Creates Stir With Rhimes 'Angry Black Woman' Article

    20 Sep 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Watch VideoOne doesn't need to look far to see backlash against The New York Times over its profile of writer and producer Shonda Rhimes published Wednesday. There were plenty of critical headlines.The article itself, penned by TV critic Alessandra Stanley, praises Rhimes’ work on “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder." But that's been largely overlooked, mainly because Stanley led the piece by suggesting Rhimes call her autobiography, “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black…
  • North Korea Says U.S. Prisoner Wanted To Be Arrested

    20 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Watch VideoNorth Korea's state-run media is reporting an American prisoner in the country, Matthew Miller, intentionally got himself arrested so that he could gain international attention. Miller was convicted of committing hostile acts and was sentenced to six years of hard labor last week. The state-run Korean Central News Agency says when Miller arrived in the country in April, he tore up his visa and "behaved rudely." KCNA says he did this so he could go to prison and expose human right violations. KCNA even said Miller was trying to become the…
  • New Chicago Archdiocese Could Shake Up American Catholicism

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Watch VideoThere's a new archbishop-elect in Chicago and his appointment could mean a big change in the hierarchy of American Catholicism.The Vatican announced Saturday that Blase Cupich, who had been heading the Diocese of Spokane, Washington, would take over the third largest archdiocese in the country. (Video via WLS-TVHe'll be replacing Cardinal Francis George, who has served as Archbishop of Chicago since 1997. The doctrinal differences between the two is getting a lot of attention. Cardinal George was seen as representative of what…
  • What 'Devo Max' Means For Scotland

    20 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Watch VideoScotland's pro-independence campaign lost Thursday's referendum, but England’s northern neighbor gained something else that might prove almost as liberating — it's called devo max.Devo max, or maximum devolution of powers, is how Britain refers to giving a country within the U.K. about as much autonomy as it can possibly have while remaining a part of the U.K.In a final bid to convince Scotland to vote against independence, a form of devo max was promised to the Scots by the U.K’s three main party leaders, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, and…
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Community and Locally-led Renewable Energy Projects Highlighted in Renewables Japan Status Report 2014

    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies All Rights Reserved. Based on the Renewables Japan Status Report 2014 published by the Institute of Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) in March 2014, this article will introduce you the present status of national and local government renewable energy policies and progress in examining possible regional projects.
  • From Energy-Saving Architecture to Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture: History of Energy-Saving Architecture in Japan

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014) Image by Wiiii Some Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. We will introduce efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."
  • Geothermal Power: Japan Has World's Third Largest Geothermal Reserves, 60 Percent of Which Can Be Developed

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Image by 663highland Some Rights Reserved. Japan has abundant reserves of geothermal energy, a stable source of electricity with a high utilization factor on par with thermal power. Below we share a report about the present status of geothermal use in Japan, including installation potentials and future prospects for expansion.
  • Update on Japan's Efforts to Build National Resilience to Disasters

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.144 (August 2014) Building National Resilience | Cabinet Secretariathttp://www.cas.go.jp/jp/seisaku/kokudo_kyoujinka/index_en.html Source: National Resilience Promotion Office, the Cabinet Office Japan's National Resilience Promotion Headquarters, with the Prime Minister as Director General, was established based on the Basic Act for National Resilience Contributing to Preventing and Mitigating Disasters for Developing Resilience in the Lives of the Citizenry (abbreviated as Basic Act for National Resilience), enacted in December 2013. Here is a summary of an interview with…
  • Fujitsu Providing Environmental Education in Japanese Schools Using Tablet Devices in Lectures

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Copyright Fujitsu All Rights Reserved. Fujitsu Ltd., a major Japanese information technology equipment manufacturer, started to provide visiting lectures in environmental education for elementary and junior high school students in the country in April 2014. Lecturers use a set of digital instructional materials focusing on the ecological footprint concept in "One Planet Living -- From the Perspective of the Ecological Footprint," an initiative developed together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Japan.
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  • Recycling Profile: Saskatoon, SK, Canada

    1-800-RECYCLING
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="saskatoon-recycling" alt="Saskatoon-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/Saskatoon-recycling_400x400.jpg"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Saskatoon (pop. 261,000) is the largest city in the central Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Known by some as "The Paris of the Prairies" due to its charm and natural beauty, Saskatoon continues to…
  • Electronic Recyclers International Congratulates Best Buy for E-Waste Recycling Efforts

    1-800-RECYCLING
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="best-buy-recycling" alt="best-buy-recycling" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2011/1/best-buy-recycling_400x400.jpg"> Electronic Recyclers International, the nation’s leading recycler of electronics and e-waste, participated today in a special event at Best Buy headquarters commemorating the retailer’s announcement that it has now recycled 1 billion pounds of electronic and large appliance waste in just six years. “Having…
  • How to Recycle Helium Tanks

    Sophia Bennett
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    <img class="undefined" title="helium-tanks" alt="helium-tanks.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/helium-tanks_400x400.jpg"> Helium is a naturally occurring gas that is lighter than oxygen. When it is pumped directly into balloons, they rise high in the air, delighting children and serving as an effective marker to help people find you at events or notice your garage sale sign as they drive by. While it is possible to buy prefilled balloons at the store,…
  • Constance Zimmer: From Recycling to Upcycling

    Constance Zimmer
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="constance-coco" alt="Constance-Coco.jpeg" data-cms-caption="Constance Zimmer and her daughter, Coco"data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/9/Constance-Coco.jpeg"> Being a good role model for my daughter, Coco, is very important to me. I want her to grow up and be able to enjoy all that the earth has to offer. That’s why I think it’s imperative to teach kids at an early age to be environmentally conscious, especially…
  • Eleven Writing Utensil Upcycling Projects

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Everyone has them: small, barley usable pencils. It is normally instinct to toss this seemingly useless junk. However, why not instead be part of a global movement and upcycle them into something useful? <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Artwork</b></div> <img class="undefined" title="writing-utensils-1" alt="writing-utensils-1.png" data-cms-alignment="center"…
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  • Considering the Cost of Car Ownership

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

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The city of Jacksonville conveniently locates itself less than an hour from great beaches and golf resorts. The downtown area of Jacksonville offers tons of entertainment, dining, and shopping, as well as plenty of affordable hotels. Some of the most popular hotels in Jacksonville include those near the airport, such as the Hyatt Place Jacksonville Airport. ... The post Explore Jacksonville’s Ponte Vedra Beach Attractions appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Amped for Attractions: 5 Hotels in Charlotte Closest to the Action

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    In Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina, the action never stops. This makes for an ideal vacation destination. Fun-filled attractions, big beautiful parks, and captivating museums and historical sites are just a few of the features of this city. However, to take advantage of it all you need to find a base that is ... The post Amped for Attractions: 5 Hotels in Charlotte Closest to the Action appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Unusual concepts with green ideas

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    In this revolutionized world, everyday increase in pollution and population are having dangerous impact on the environment. We need to look forward for the concepts that help in preserving the environment, as it is becoming a great concern to save our planet. Some inventors are putting forward their ideas based on environmental impact. Some of ... The post Unusual concepts with green ideas appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly yoga mats worth your consideration

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Yoga is a form of physical exercise that helps in restoring the balance among body, mind and spirit. Millions of people have incorporated yoga in their daily life and benefitted from it. Yoga is capable of curing the toughest chronic ailments or at least curbing them. Yoga is generally practiced on top of yoga mats ... The post Eco-friendly yoga mats worth your consideration appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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  • GMO Free Food Packaging – What’s the deal?

    Becky Striepe
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Please imagine me using my best Jerry Seinfeld voice when I ask: What is the deal with GMO free food packaging? But really. What is it? Why does it matter? My husband came home with a bag of coffee, and when I emptied it into our burr grinder, I noticed this little label on the bottom: You don’t eat the bag that your coffee came in, so who cares that it comes in GMO free packaging, right? I think how much it matters depends on what it is that worries you about GMO foods. If you worry mostly about the potential health concerns, this might seem silly. But for me, the major worry with GMO…
  • Salty Foods Are Causing Big Problems for Our Kids

    Mary Gerush
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Want healthy kids? Here are 3 “this leads to that” salty foods facts to think about… 1. 90% of children in the US eat more sodium than recommended. 2. Most of the sodium they consume comes from the ridiculously high salt content in processed foods. 3. 1 in 6 have raised blood pressure — a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. These are scary numbers, don’t you think? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does. It just released a report examining the sodium intake of children, where it comes from, and how parents and caregivers can…
  • How to Drink (or Not) in 25 Crazy Countries

    Mary Gerush
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sit down with a Dutchman. Serve him a chilled tulip glass filled to the brim with genever — a light flavored whiskey and the national spirit of The Netherlands. Add a short beer back. And learn how to drink like the Dutch. It’s all about the head butt, baby. The Dutch drink their genever using the “head butt” (or “kopstoot” in Dutch) technique, bending at the waist to sip the spirit hands free, then sitting up straight to have a sip of beer. Rumor has it they do this to avoid warming the chilled glass. Who knew? I do now, thanks to an infographic recently…
  • BuyPartisan App Helps You Vote with Your Wallet

    Becky Striepe
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    We talk a lot about voting with your wallet, but sometimes it’s hard to know where your food dollars are really going. Even when you try to support smaller brands, you never know whether they’ve just sold to a large corporation that you don’t want taking your money. Meet the BuyPartisan app! Related: Grocery List App Makes Shopping Simple, Food App Helps You Make Healthier Choices So, what’s an ethical eater to do? The BuyPartisan app can help! Here’s how it works: + Scan the barcode for whatever food you’re about to buy. + BuyPartisan shows you that…
  • Are Animal Welfare Advocates Terrorists? Or is it the Livestock Industry?

    Jill Ettinger
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In a recent article published in Beef Magazine, readers were warned that while ISIS may be a threat to our freedom all the way over in the Middle East, we have other, much more serious dangers closer to home… namely, animal welfare advocates. Specifically, Troy Marshall singles out the Humane Society, of all groups: “The terrorists are dangerous no doubt, but they tend toward a naiveté that almost ensures their ultimate defeat. HSUS, on the other hand, is extremely sophisticated in its attacks. HSUS attacks on many fronts. It uses legislation and public policy where possible; the…
 
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  • Will Canada Stand Against Climate Change?

    Roy L Hales
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Originally Published in the ECOreport There will be several notable absences among the World leaders attending the UN Climate Summit, in New York, on September 23. The Leaders of China, India, Germany and Canada will all be sending representatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be attending the associated dinner and addressing the UN later that week. The real Will Canada Stand Against Climate Change? 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,…
  • Matthew McConaughey Advertises Solar… in Stealth (VIDEO)

    Zachary Shahan
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Solar power advertising has, for the most part, been sparse and lame. There have been a handful of excellent solar ads that I’ve seen over the past several years, but just a handful. A new video ad from NRG Home is narrated by Matthew McConaughey and does a decent job of selling home solar, but not an excellent Matthew McConaughey Advertises Solar… in Stealth (VIDEO) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • Electric Cars Greener Than The Average Car In 100% Of USA

    Zachary Shahan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Electric cars are much, much greener than gas cars (“gasmobiles,” as I like to call them). Even in the state with the dirtiest electricity grid (Colorado), electric cars charging from the grid have a miles per gallon equivalency of 34. The average new gasoline-powered compact car has a fuel economy rating of 28 mpg. (In the cleanest Electric Cars Greener Than The Average Car In 100% Of USA 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…
  • Powerful Documentary Claims a Future of 100% Renewable Energy is Possible

    Derek Markham
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    “The Future of Energy is a powerful documentary that captures the movement across the United States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift. It’s a positive film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and communities that are re-imagining their Powerful Documentary Claims a Future of 100% Renewable Energy is Possible 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),…
  • Goldman Sachs Offering Solar PV Financing Lower Than Bank Loans In Japan

    Zachary Shahan
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Solar power is a very safe investment, but it has taken banks and financiers a bit of time to get used to the technology. However, there are a lot of promising movements in this arena. One of the most recent is news that Goldman Sachs is offering financing for solar PV projects in Japan for Goldman Sachs Offering Solar PV Financing Lower Than Bank Loans In Japan 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.
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  • Shipping Perishable Goods in Shipping Containers

    Guest Contributor
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Whether you are looking to ship goods down the round, to the other side of the country, or even to another country entirely, the intermodal shipping container is an excellent way to transport lots of different types of cargo. If you take a look around your home or office, you will most likely be surrounded by many items which have found their way to you through being transported using shipping containers. Electronics Furniture Machines Clothing Food The list goes on for quite some time, but you get the general idea. When you are shipping items such as computers, household furniture or…
  • Vermicomposting Goes to Prison

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    As we’ve seen before, Washington state prisons are setting the standard for preparing inmates for the green economy: gardening and prairie restoration are among the options available to some prisoners while serving their time.  At the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe, they’ve got yet another option: vermicomposting. What makes this program even more unique is that it came out of the prison itself: a (now-retired) guard and a few inmates took the first steps to compost food scraps with red wigglers back in 2010. What started as an idea with 200 red wigglers is now a…
  • What Could You Do with a Yard Full of Ski & Snowboard Scrap?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Though we’ve still got some time, Winter is on the way: we’re already getting a healthy taste of Fall here in the Midwest. For many, that just means cold and dark; for others, though, it means skiing and snowboarding season is on the way. If you’re in the latter group, you may already be thinking about your winter sports equipment, and whether it’s time for something new. The folks at RAMP Sports in Utah are preparing for ski and snowboard season, too – that’s their job – but, first, they have to get rid of the scrap from Spring and Summer production.
  • The Cemetery as Tree Nursery: Capsula Mundi

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    Last week, we took a look at composting as an option once we’ve passed on. Got one or two “Ewwww” responses on that; most were positive, though. One interesting question that came up: what about a spot for visiting? After all, that’s probably the main thing a cemetery offers: a permanent place associated with our loved one. My response: why not mark the spot where the compost is buried, and turn that into a memorial of some kind? It turns out that two Italian designers not only considered this question well before me, but in much more depth. Designers Anna Citelli and…
  • Composting: the Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes (and Other Places)?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short –  that’s generally the case everywhere. Asian carp are still doing their thing in the Great Lakes, and, as I found out in the last week, milfoil – an invasive plant species – is wreaking havoc on lake ecosystems in the Northeast. According to CentralMaine.com, the state’s Department of…
 
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  • Got crafts to sell? Here are 19 resources to help your crafty biz thrive!

    Becky Striepe
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    On Wednesday we shared a video about how to position your crafty business just like any other green business, and you guys seemed excited about it! I thought you might like this list of resources for green business owners, including ones with crafts to sell. The list below comes from our sister site Ecopreneurist, and it includes 19 resources to help you grow your green crafty business. If you’ve got crafts to sell, it’s important to focus as much on the business side of things as on the making side. From the outside, running a crafty business seems almost easy, right? Sure, you…
  • How-to: DIY Color Viewers

    Julie Finn
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Got a kid who’s in love with color? These DIY color viewers will help her see the world in a whole new light! These color viewers are a project that is suitable for a wide range of ages. Toddlers and preschoolers will incorporate them into their sensory play, while older kids (who do still love their sensory play, of course!) will be able to use them for a variety of scientific observations and experiments–colored shadows, color mixing, the properties of light, the properties of the eye, etc. Also? They’re just plain fun! Here’s how to make your own set of color…
  • Brand Positioning for Your Green Crafty Business

    Becky Striepe
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You might think that running a crafty business is all about hunkering down in the craft room, but even indie brands need a strategy. As the former owner of a crafty business, I can tell you: there is so much more to selling handmade aprons than sewing kickass handmade aprons. Even when they’re made from vintage linens and have pockets shaped like cupcakes, your handmade product isn’t going to sell itself. Brand positioning might sound scary and corporate, but it doesn’t have to be. Related: How to Reach Green Consumers, To Do: Grow Your Crafty Business, Green Marketing…
  • Kid-Made: How to Make 3D Glasses

    Julie Finn
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Got some scratched sunglasses, or an old pair of prescription glasses with a cracked lens? Pass them over to your kids, because this is a project just for them! Here’s how to make 3D glasses from an old pair of frames. How to Make 3D Glasses These DIY 3D glasses are an excellent kid-build, and really fun for kids to play with afterwards. Here’s what your kid should do to make them: 1. Remove the lenses from the frame. You may have to help your kid bust the plastic lenses out of plastic sunglasses (or just give her a hammer!), but all old prescription frames should require are a…
  • 7 Kids Room Ideas: DIY Decor for Kids

    Guest Contributor
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    by Susan Yoo-Lee Decorating a child’s room doesn’t have to use a lot of money and create a lot of waste. Try some of these kids room ideas instead! My two young daughters are imaginative, bold and ambitious, so we’re always brainstorming new ways to make their room feel magical. Sharing a bedroom isn’t always easy for the pair, but by working together to create a colorful and creative space, they’ve learned to love their close quarters. Over the years, I’ve discovered a few simple and affordable ways to repurpose old items into something brand new. Not only does it change…
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  • Eco-friendly ways to Plumbing Services

    greenEditor
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Consumers are buying better appliances with higher energy efficiency ratings. They are doing the little things like investing in light bulbs. They are also making dramatic moves, overhauling their Plumbing systems to capitalize off of opportunities to save more money. Savvy consumers now recognize just how many options they have with eco-friendly plumbing and are realizing the many benefits of implementing this style of plumbing in the home. What if you could save water and water your garden at the same time? Rainwater collection systems make this possible. If rainwater tanks are installed,…
  • 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.pestcontroltoronto.me For example, if you have small children and pets in the home, eco-friendly pest control is…
  • 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…
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  • The Quest For Gravity Control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    right before we picked it... isn't it beautiful?  Our Daily Green knows it's fall because the red cabbage has beautiful tight little heads, and is ready to harvest. We have patiently watched it forming, waiting for one of our favorite fall recipes. It's simple and delicious, you'll want to add it to a list of permanent recipes.  According to the World's Healthiest Foods website, red
  • Changing your furnace filter

    5 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Many people forget that their furnace has an air filter just like that of their air conditioner. The air conditioner is run so often during the year that people forget to handle their furnace filter when the weather turns cold. The best furnace filters do the same job as a good air conditioning filter, and they provide the same benefits to the family. Air Cleanliness Most families will notice
  • Seven reasons people don't recycle

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    photo from: Easi recycling From time to time, the topic of recycling will come up in a casual conversation with friends. Recently, someone had saved some cardboard tubes for a project for me, and when I had a surplus, I said, well I can always recycle the rest. The person commented, "I know it's bad, but I just don't recycle." It got me to wondering "why not?", and how to overcome those "
  • Different types of outdoor lighting

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:25 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
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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

  • Don’t Reduce Threatened Lynx’s Protected Habitat

    Lindsey Weedston
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe Goal: Don’t reduce the threatened Canadian lynx’s protected area The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that they will be expanding protections for the threatened Canadian lynx in all lower 48 states. Although this is good news, the new rule will also reduce the area considered to be protected habitat for the lynx by 2,593 square miles from the agency’s previous proposal. This means that there will be nearly 2,600 fewer square miles in which the Canadian lynx can roam safe from mining and logging…
  • Support Ending Egg Industry Infanticide

    Rachel Maciel
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Target: Unilever North America President Kees Kruythoff Goal: Praise corporate vow to find alternatives to the practice of killing male chicks in the egg farming industry Many consumers of eggs and egg products may not realize that the practice of murdering day-old male chicks en masse is rampant in the egg farming industry. Because male chicks will not grow up to be egg producers, they are considered useless. Therefore millions of male chicks, once their sex has been determined, are killed every year via horrifying methods. Fortunately, Unilever USA is taking steps to end this cruel…
  • Save Wetland Birds from Devastating Drought

    Nick Engelfried
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Goal: Don’t drain wetlands and rivers that support imperiled birds during historic drought *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
  • Release Human Rights Worker Arrested on False Charges

    Andrew Emett
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico Goal: Drop the politically motivated charges against a human rights activist leading protests against the construction of an aqueduct While demonstrating against an aqueduct that will divert water away from an indigenous community, a human rights worker was arrested and falsely charged with abducting a different community’s leader. After leading a delegation to Washington, D.C. to request protection for the indigenous people, Mario Luna Romero returned to Mexico and was arrested days later on politically motivated charges. The Mexican…
  • Stop Dumping Toxic Electronic Waste in Desert

    Alec Phillips
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of California Goal: Stop California from dumping toxic electronic waste in the Yuma desert For years, California has been dumping large amounts of electronic waste such as glass and metals from TVs, computers, and other technological devices instead of recycling it. California has very strict electronic waste laws so officials have been sending the waste to Arizona where it has created a veritable mountain of junk. This mountain contaminates soil and crops in a large area with toxic heavy metals. California needs to closely track where its electronic waste…
 
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  • Riding 1000 miles in 24 hours on electric motorcycle creates Iron Butt Terry

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

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

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

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    A major economic development announcement scheduled for 4PM Thursday by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has the news wires buzzing with a rumor that Tesla Motors has chosen its Gigafactory location. The buzz started on Wednesday with a CNBC report...
  • Hershner's historic electric motorcycle win in Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge

    David Herron, Green Transportation Examiner
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Terry Hershner has made history as the first electric motorcycle rider to win the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge. The results, announced on Monday, concern a fuel economy event held in Utah on Friday. The race focuses on motorcycle...
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Get Inspired From These Green Cities

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

    greenwise
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Reducing car emissions and benefits of reduced emissions
  • Steps to Sustainability

    greenwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    This post by by guest-blogger Tiffany Kresinski. Thinking of making a positive change in your lifestyle that could also help the environment? My husband and I have recently made some progress in the way we use and dispose of certain products and foods, and have found that these changes aren’t as much of a hassle […]
  • Decorate Your Home in Eco-Friendly Style

    greenwise
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Decorate Your Home in Eco-Friendly Style
  • How to Make the Kitchen More Environmentally Friendly

    greenwise
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    The kitchen is often the heart of the home with everyone always congregating there. As the kitchen is such an important part of the family home, it is vital to think about various ways of how you can make your kitchen more environmentally friendly and reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll be surprised at the positive […]
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Hold the World in Your Hands

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

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

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

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2013 | 11:01 pm
    2013 has been incredible for Green Sisterhood and we owe our success to your support! And we want to show our appreciation so we are sponsoring a mega handmade giveaway for the holiday! I am choosing to forgo gifts in my own family this year and we are focusing on experiences instead, but this Etsy giveaway is too good to pass up! Buying handmade is the most eco-friendly way to shop and we are thrilled to introduce these eco-friendly goodies from the handmade community on Etsy. So check out these shops and leave a comment (required) as to what other items you would like Santa to bring you.
 
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Better Growth, Better Climate.

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

    Ramon Arratia
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), whose members include Coca Cola Enterprises, EDF Energy, Jaguar Land Rover, Philips, Tesco, and Unilever, among others, is urging governments to use the upcoming UN summit on climate change in New York on 23 September to raise ambition and commit to concrete action to drive down emissions and pave the way to a low carbon future. The CLG, hosted by the University of Cambridge Instituted for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), represents UK, EU and multinational businesses from a range of sectors that support transformative action on climate…
  • The 2030 EU climate package key is Poland

    Ramon Arratia
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    The European Commission proposed 2030 climate package is now being discussed and negotiated in multiple fora. It looks that the key is Poland. Poland generates more than 80 percent of its electricity from coal, lots of it in the form of lignite. The coal sector employs 115,000 people and it’s not just that number of jobs that concerns me: these people are heavily unionised and highly political. Poland has the second worst air quality (after Bulgaria) in the EU. A study from Bankwatch suggests that breathing in Krakow for a year can be exceptionally damaging to your health – a resident…
  • Join Thousands of Volunteers for the Third Annual International Green Apple Day of Service

    Laure Rondeau
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    It’s that time again where I’m getting ready for the 3rd edition of the Green Apple Day of Service. This year I am dedicating some time to talk at my son’s school about sustainability and about “where we learn matters”. A nice bunch of my Interface collaborators around the world are also volunteering to support this great movement. What makes the Green Apple Day even stronger this year is that it goes global with the “Global Coalition for Green Schools”. This came into being to create a powerful global force for ensuring that every child has the opportunity to learn in a green…
  • 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…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • Toyota Corolla

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Toyota Corolla has been the best-selling compact car in the U.S. for much of the last two decades. Entirely redesigned for 2014, it continues its role as highly dependable, not-very-exciting, carefully packaged transportation for sensible buyers looking for reliability over styling flair, sporty roadholding, or luxury features. See our 2015...
  • Honda Fit

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    The Honda Fit that has been thoroughly revamped for the 2015 model year. A hatchback in the subcompact class, the Fit is a rival for vehicles like the Chevy Sonic, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, and Hyundai Accent. MORE: Read our 2015 Honda Fit review and compare the Fit to its competitors The first-generation Honda Fit was only a two-year car, sold in the...
  • Infiniti QX50

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Infiniti is a compact luxury crossover vehicle that recently underwent a name change. When it made its debut almost a decade ago, it was known as the EX35, later to become the EX37. Now, as the result of a massive change in Infiniti's naming strategy, it's become the QX50. What is presently Infiniti's smallest crossover utility vehicle...
  • Honda Odyssey

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Honda Odyssey is a minivan that can seat up to eight passengers. It's one of the best choices in the minivan segment, a step ahead of rivals like the Nissan Quest and Kia Sedona--and on par with the Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country. As minivans go, the Odyssey has the best road manners, even though buyers in...
  • Ford Escape

    20 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Well known since 2000 as one of the leading compact crossovers, the Ford Escape is now a thoroughly modern vehicle in its third year of the current generation. Its predecessors were boxy and outdated after their 12-year run, despite two rounds of updating, but the latest Escape offers sleek and modern styling, more fuel-efficient powertrains...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • Mercedes S-Class Plug-In Driven, Nissan Batteries, Kia Soul EV: The Week In Reverse

    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    We test a plug-in version of the largest, most luxurious Mercedes sedan, wonder if Nissan is charting a change in the direction of its battery sourcing, and get some of the numbers that matter for the Kia Soul EV. This is The Week In Reverse for Friday, September 19, here at Green Car Reports. A plug-in hybrid version of a luxury icon, the...
  • Electric Pickup Truck, New Fiskers, Green-Car Sales, Diesel Hybrid Concept: Today's Car News

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    We've got a whole host of green-car stories for Friday, including a startling one-off electric pickup truck, news on the latest relaunch plans for the Fisker Karma, and some analysis of green car sales--are they rising or falling? All this and more on Green Car Reports. Imagine, if you will, an all-electric Nissan Leaf that's also a pickup truck...
  • Have Green-Car Sales Dropped This Year? Depends How You Define Them

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The rise of modern plug-in electric cars and more-efficient internal-combustion vehicles are two results of legislation aimed at limiting the environmental impact of transportation. More fuel-efficient gasoline cars help lower greenhouse-emissions, but are they also lowering the sales of plug-ins, hybrids, and other alternative-fuel vehicles?...
  • Fisker Karma Will Be Relaunched With 2012 Design, Updates

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    The future of the Fisker Karma range-extended luxury electric sedan has been in the hands of new owner Wanxiang America for many months, with little known about its relaunch plans or timing. Now, however, a Reuters article says that the company plans to relaunch the existing vehicle--last sold as the 2012 Fisker Karma--"by next year," presumably...
  • Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana Natural-Gas Vans Recall: Leak Poses Fire Risk

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    General Motors will recall 2001 through 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Savana CNG natural-gas vans due to a fire risk. The recall will address faulty regulators in roughly 3,200 vans, which could cause the compressed natural gas (CNG) used to power the vehicles to leak out. This is GM's second recall for leaking natural gas since...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Outgrown Shoes? Donate Them!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Greenland Ice Melt 2014 and Beyond: Follow the Water

    globalwarmingisreal
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ten years ago Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise totaled half a millimeter per year. Now, according to Professor Jason Fox of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, it has reached the point of doubling to one millimeter per year.read more
  • New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

    nrdcswitchboard
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.read more
  • Climate Activism: Why We March

    nrdcswitchboard
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    A New York City councilman recently asked me to identify the purpose of Sunday’s People’s Climate March. Over the past several months, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot, but two days out, I think I’ve arrived at my answer.read more
  • Energy Quote of the Day: "What’s the Next Shale Gas?"

    Jared Anderson
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Bank of America Chairman Charles Holliday asked the audience at the recent’s American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington DC how many people anticipated the US shale gas production revolution 10 years ago. No one in the 500-plus crowd raised their hand.read more
  • Stem to Install 1MW of Networked Behind-the-Meter Batteries in Hawaii

    JeffStJohn
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hawaii is facing some serious disruptions from its growing share of distributed rooftop solar, and it’s going to try Stem’s distributed grid energy storage as a solution. On Thursday, utility Hawaiian Electric announced it had picked the Millbrae for a 1-megawatt pilot project on the island of Oahu.read more
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • 6 Places to Shop for Eco Friendly School Lunch Supplies

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

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

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

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

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    19 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    It was recently announced that 75 Hawthorne at Hawthorne Plaza was awarded Platinum level certification under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System. Owned John Hancock Life Insurance Company, a division of Manulife Financial Corporation in Canada and managed by previous owner and current property manager Hines, the asset was previously awarded Gold-level certification under the same system back in 2009. Hines sold the property to its current owner in 2011, but it stayed on to carry out property management duties at the asset.
  • Vanderbilt’s new Warren and Moore Colleges earn LEED Gold certification

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    19 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    The new Warren and Moore Colleges, which include the Kissam Center, has received a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. “LEED has certainly raised the bar since being unveiled in 2000 on many of the quality-of-life and environmentally sound principles that have always made for quality buildings,” noted Judson Newbern, deputy vice chancellor for facilities and environmental affairs.
  • LEED-Certified Professionals In Great Demand

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    19 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    Green building professionals are in great demand, with jobs that require LEED Accreditation growing 46% over the past year, says the US Green Building Council (USGBC). There have been 9,033 job posts during that time that require LEED credentials, according to Pearson, which conducted the study. The certification indicates the person has advanced knowledge in specialized areas of green building, expertise in a particular LEED rating system and competency in the certification process
  • Canon U.S.A. Distribution Center in Greater Atlanta Earns New LEED® v4 Certification

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    19 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that the 114,000 square-foot expansion of its distribution center in Norcross, Ga., has been awarded LEED® v4 certification in the “Building Design and Construction – Warehouses and Distribution Centers” category. Used to store inventory and fulfill orders placed in the U.S., the facility is the first warehouse to receive this new version of LEED. “Canon aims to be a leader in environmental sustainability by minimizing our carbon footprint in many areas of our operations,” said Seymour Liebman, executive…
  • Fountain View Rec Center in Carol Stream earns LEED certification

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    17 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    Carol Stream’s Fountain View Recreation Center recently received a LEED certification at the Silver Level at a Sept. 8 board meeting. Architect Frank Parisi of Williams Architects in Itasca presented the official LEED plaque to the Park District Board at the meeting….
 
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  • Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco

    Alexis Goldstein
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. When more than 120 heads of state meet next week to discuss how to “galvanize and catalyze climate action,” they’ll be taking a break for a “private sector luncheon” with guests like Royal Dutch Shell and the Norwegian oil company Statoil. “Lying, destructive, polluting haters should not be allowed to sit at the table while the grown ups are trying to solve problems like the climate crisis." It won’t be the first time in the negotiations that big oil has made its voice heard. At the 2013 U.N. climate conference in Warsaw, thousands of lobbyists roamed the…
  • Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next

    Yates McKee
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence. Photo by Shutterstock. Over the past month, a network of community spaces in Bushwick, Brooklyn, has been a buzzing organizational hub in the lead-up to the highly anticipated People’s Climate Mobilization taking place September 20-21 in New York City in advance of the U.N. special session devoted to climate change. Along with providing support for the march—including round-the-clock art-making parties—these spaces in the area have also been incubating a large-scale act of creative civil disobedience planned for lower Manhattan’s…
  • Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen

    Dana Drugmand
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Erica Knox: Leveraging privilege Stanford University student Erica Knox went to see Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” tour in November 2012. That’s when McKibben and 350.org launched a divestment movement to address climate change and challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry. Knox has been involved with divestment group Fossil Free Stanford ever since. “It’s definitely the group on campus where I feel like I’m actually creating change,” she said. Modeled after the anti-apartheid movement of the 1970s and ’80s, the divestment campaign pressures universities and other…
  • Beyond Divestment: Climate-Concerned Philanthropists Pledge to Move Billions to Wind and Solar

    Chuck Collins
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Photo by SNEHIT / Shutterstock. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. As the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City approaches, efforts to address climate change through money-moving campaigns are growing. This past January, 17 foundations with combined assets of nearly $2 billion pledged to divest from fossil fuels and invest in clean energy. For the past few years, this work has mostly been about divestment—people and organizations pledging not to invest in fossil fuel companies. First, students concerned about the future…
  • Coral Reefs for Climate Justice? The Oceans Can’t Speak, But They Need Our Help

    Richard Schiffman
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Photo by Shutterstock. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. On September 21, in what is being advance-billed as the largest climate march in history, thousands of protesters will converge on New York City to focus public attention on the slow-motion train wreck of global warming. But while Americans are becoming increasingly aware that our industrial civilization is destabilizing the earth's climate, fewer know about another environmental disaster-in-the-making: the crisis of the global oceans. Experts warn that we are currently…
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  • Apple Will No Longer Unlock iOS Devices For Police

    Mike Confino
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Apple unveiled a host of new privacy features Wednesday night and said it would not unlock encrypted iPhones and iPads for law enforcement under most circumstances. The move comes as tech companies struggle to manage public concerns that they have been too obliging to government requests for user data. The new measures were announced on the day that Apple rolled out iOS 8, its new mobile operating system. On a new privacy site, Apple outlines the new features, offers tips for users on how to manage their privacy, and explains how Apple will respond to government information requests. via…
  • How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World

    Mike Confino
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria’s bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria…
  • Court unseals secret documents in Yahoo challenge to government data collection

    Mike Confino
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a historic move, a U.S. surveillance court on Thursday unsealed thousands of pages from once-secret files that document a leading Silicon Valley company’s unsuccessful effort to resist federal government demands for users’ communications and other information. The files show that federal authorities threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 a day after the Internet company balked at turning over information in 2008. Government attorneys also contended that Yahoo had no legal standing to argue for its users’ privacy, while at the same time, authorities repeatedly warned…
  • Fighting Climate Change Makes Economic Sense; Cities Should Take The Lead, Study Finds

    Mike Confino
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday. The study, by former heads of government, business leaders, economists and other experts, said the next 15 years were critical for a bigger shift to clean energies from fossil fuels to combat global warming and cut health bills from pollution.” It is possible to tackle climate change and it is possible to have economic growth at the same time,”…
  • NSA Reform Bill Splits Reformers

    Mike Confino
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    James Clapper became public enemy number one for civil liberties groups in 2013 when Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that he lied to Congress about the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance. One year later, the embattled director of national intelligence is the unlikely bedfellow of the American Civil Liberties Union in backing an NSA reform bill that has divided civil liberties groups. The differing views on the bill reflect a more fundamental disagreement about how best to reform government surveillance practices after a decade of obfuscation. via NSA Reform Bill…
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  • Light It Up.

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

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

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

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

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

    DanielleW@everblue
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Infrared thermography is one of the best tools available for identifying energy losses in both building and process applications. Since the first portable infrared system was constructed in Sweden back in the early 1970s, it was determined that infrared could detect a sum of conditions that contribute to the waste of energy in heating and cooling in both residential and commercial building envelopes. What is Infrared Thermography?read more
  • 14 Ways to Flaunt Your LEED Credential

    Lesley@Everblue
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Congratulations on passing your LEED exam and earning your accreditation! You’ve gone through quite the effort to get here, so now – enjoy it! Here are several ways that you can share your excitement and let your friends and colleagues know that you are a true sustainability professional. 1 – Add your LEED credential to your email signature 2 – Add your LEED credential to your business card 3 – Add your LEED credential to your LinkedIn profile 4 – Add your LEED credential to your resumeread more
  • Sustainability: Making Healthy and Sensible Choices

    Lesley@Everblue
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Last night, we were honored to host the September monthly mixer for Sustain Charlotte at our green training facility in Charlotte, NC. Everblue has been a member of the Sustain Charlotte organization for some time, but this was the first time that we hosted the monthly networking event at our facility. We had a great turn-out and could not have asked for a better night.read more
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  • Green Prophets don’t fly with jewelry made from bugs

    Laurie Balbo
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    How do you feel about jewelry made from dead animals? I’m not talking about fetish jewelry where teeth, bones, and vertebrae turn into sinister charms, but tasteful pendants and earrings made more colorful by adding real insect wings. It’s a growing trend that morphs dead butterflies into jewelry. A grim pun there, as the most coveted species for this is the Blue Morpho. Butterflies have existed for over 30 million years and come in about 20,000 species. Symbols of powerful transformation, the ancients linked them to death and the human soul.  We now view them as happy…
  • World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

    Laurie Balbo
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    The planet will be far more populated than previously estimated, so says a new analysis led by the United Nations. We reached the 7 billion mark just three years ago; another 4 billion people will join our ranks by the century’s end. “The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population would go up to nine billion and level off or probably decline,” said co-author Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the University of Washington, adding, “We found there’s a 70 percent probability the world population will not stabilize…
  • Older than Stonehenge, mystifying moon god stones uncovered in Israel

    Karin Kloosterman
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    The crescent moon is a symbol of Islam. Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays revolve around cycles of the moon. So it’s no big surprise that an ancient structure, devoted to the moon, has recently been uncovered in Israel. Israel is the birthplace of monotheism, belief in one God, but this new structure paid homage to a Mesopotamian-era moon god, new research uncovers. Older than Stonehenge and older than many pyramids, it is not just a stone wall as it was once believed. Israeli archeologists originally thought that the structure, located in Northern Israel, and known as the…
  • Clear your coast – and row for the sea!

    Green Prophet
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Part of International Coastal Cleanup Day 20 kayakers will paddle from Caesarea to Jaffa, Israel this weekend September 18 to 20. The team of kayakers are supported by the Mare Nostrum Project, which aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the Mediterranean Sea and its coastlines. The Israeli event “Rowing for a Clear Sea” is part of the activities of International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20. Participants from the Jaffa Port-based kayaking club Kayak4all and the Mare Nostrum Project will distribute bags and materials to the public to help clean up the beaches, while the…
  • Jordan bans plastic bags, joining Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE

    Laurie Balbo
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) announced plans to ban the use of plastic bags starting next year. The ruling also applies to plastic containers that come in direct contact with food products (think take-away and deli counter sales). The action seeks to safeguard public health and address excessive use of disposable plastic products.“The well-being of consumers is all that we care about,” JFDA Director General Hayel Obeidat told The Jordan Times. Bakeries and produce stands must switch to paper or reusable fabric bags; restaurants that dish out plastic plates will be…
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  • KC Healthy Kids: Combating Childhood Obesity in Kansas City, Missouri

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Diet and exercise are important factors affecting health. In an effort to battle childhood obesity across the nation and in our communities, KC HealthyKids is empowering children to eat healthy foods and lead more active and healthier lifestyles.read more
  • Seattle's First Protected Bike Lane Makes a Quick Adjustment [VIDEO]

    donnelly_b
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Seattle recently installed its first protected downtown bike lane on Second Avenue. Shortly after it opened, they quickly discovered that the left green arrow and solid green circle were confusing drivers. So the Seattle Department of Transportation quickly adjusted.read more
  • Discover Paris' Little Belt

    The Dirt
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.read more
  • City of Lexington, Kentucky Hires Former White House Staffer as First Local Food Coordinator

    Seedstock
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The City of Lexington, Kentucky has initiated a new local foods program as part of its economic development efforts. Tapped to manage this new initiative is Lexington native Ashton Potter Wright, who has served as local food coordinator for Mayor Jim Gray’s office since the first week of June.read more
  • A Preview Tour of London's Cheesegrater [VIDEO]

    futurecapetown
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lead architect Graham Stirk, of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, takes us inside of one of the latest and largest additions to London’s skyline: ‘The Cheesegrater’ – aka the Leadenhall building. Standing at 225m, the Leadenhall Building will be the tallest office tower ever to be built in Britain.read more
 
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  • Easy {Healthy} Pre-Packed Lunch & Snack Ideas – Fun With Lunch Series

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

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

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

    Calley Pate
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lennar Tampa. The opinions shared are my own. For the past few months I’ve been working on the Mommy Certified campaign with Lennar Homes of Tampa.  Before I started working on this campaign I wondered, “what exactly is a Mommy Certified home?” Think about all of the things on your dream home “wish list” and this is probably what a Mommy Certified home includes.  Take a few minutes and watch this short video about what I think a Mommy Certified home is. To view on YouTube: http://youtu.be/04mU9eEPReM To summarize the…
  • Sleepover Survival Tips For Parents

    Calley Pate
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    …and when I say parents, I really mean you – mom! At 11 years old my son has only had about 3-4 sleepovers and they’ve all been at our house.  I’m starting to wonder if sleepovers are still a “thing” that kids do.  Regardless, this past weekend my son convinced me that he should invite 2 of his good friends over for a sleepover. It gets better… …he also invited the 5 year old sister of one of the boys to have a sleepover with my 5 year old daughter (they go to school together also). That’s right, my son convinced me that having 5 kids in…
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  • Friday Fun: A dancing traffic signal creates pedestrian-friendly streets in Lisbon

    Coby Joseph
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    A new way to encourage pedestrians not to cross in the face of oncoming traffic: entertain them. Photo via smart/Youtube. If your ‘Don’t Walk’ traffic signal was replaced with a dancing stick figure, would you be less likely to impatiently cross the street on a red light? At a busy intersection in Lisbon, smart switched the traditional crosswalk symbol with a stick figure that imitates the dance moves of nearby people in real time. The best part: it has made pedestrians safer. Instead of crossing the street in the face of oncoming traffic, pedestrians break out into dance along with the…
  • Transport sector climate action key to close the world’s emissions gap

    Benoit Lefevre
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Transport accounts for 22% of all energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. By investing in low-carbon transport alternatives, cities can curb emissions while also supporting economic prosperity. Photo by Samuel Yoo/Flickr. Climate action often focuses on energy and industrial activity, but the transport sector must be included to keep global warming below the dangerous two-degree scenario. Transport is responsible for 22% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide, and its emissions are increasing at a faster rate than any other sector. On top of that, transport infrastructure…
  • Citizens worldwide calling for bold action on climate change at People’s Climate March

    Ryan Schleeter
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    The People’s Climate March – expected to be the largest climate march in history – will bring together a diverse coalition of citizens worldwide to urge leaders to make strong commitments to curb climate change at the UN Climate Summit. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. On September 21, 2014, two days before Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s United Nations Climate Summit in New York City, citizens worldwide will demand action from their leaders in what is expected to be the largest climate march in history. Organizers anticipate hundreds of thousands of people will participate in the…
  • How cities can save trillions, curb climate change, and improve public health

    Wanli Fang
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Urbanization is a driver of both economic growth and global climate change. Between 2011 and 2030, the urban areas of the world are expected to add 1.4 billion people, including 276 million in China and 218 million in India. Photo by Ken Marshall/Flickr. No strategy for reducing the impacts of global climate change is complete without addressing the challenge of urbanization. Cities contribute about 70% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite only accounting for 2% of global land area. Reducing this environmental impact may seem daunting, but a new report, Better Growth,…
  • What India’s new road safety bill means for cities and citizens

    Amit Bhatt
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    India’s ambitious new road safety bill, currently open for public comment, is expected to save lives, grow the country’s economy, and create one million new jobs. Photo by IamNotUnique/Flickr. Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013 alone, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and communities, but also on the workforce and the economy. One study even estimated the social costs of traffic crashes in the country at the equivalent of…
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  • Global Impacts of Germany’s Renewable Energy Transformation

    EcoWatch
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The New York Times has finally broken away from the old narrative that renewable power is simply too expensive to be really competitive, with a ground-breaking if incomplete piece on the global and spreading impacts of the Germanenergiewende (energy transformation). The solar sunship in the solar village of Vauban in Freiburg, Black Forest, Germany. Photo credit: ShutterstockThe article points out that by creating a secure, ring-fenced market for renewable electricity,Germany not only built up its own manufacturing capacities to make solar and wind cheaper, but lured the Chinese into the…
  • Climate Change – Can We Help? [infographic]

    Guest Post
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Great infographic from EarthTechling reader Dario Bonin, a certified master inspector at Canadian Residential Inspection Services in Calgary, Canada. Good information on what we can all do to help reduce waste and make our homes, and our lives, more energy efficient.
  • U.S. Schools Go Solar

    EcoWatch
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The report card is in, and thousands of U.S. schools are bringing home straight A’s for going solar.In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study released today, America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually—the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways. A 150 kW system at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, Vermont. Photo credit:…
  • China reclaims the top spot for renewables energy investment

    PR Newswire
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    China’s renewables market is the most attractive destination for investors looking to invest in the sector, according to EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published today.The RECAI ranks 40 renewables markets on the attractiveness of their energy prospects. In a significant reshuffle at the top of the index, China returns to the top for the first time since May 2013, while Europe and the US continue to lose ground to emerging markets. Despite significant deployment and investment opportunities in the US renewables market, congressional gridlock and…
  • Companies Warn Investors: Climate Change Threatens Their Bottom Line

    EcoWatch
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nothing makes a business stand at attention more quickly than a potential threat to its bottom line.ThinkProgress has a report today on big food companies that are at least thinking about the effects climate change could have on their business models. In March, Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle mentioned in its annual report to investors, filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the possibility that climate change could threaten its guacamole supply. Following up on that story, reporter Emily Atkin found seven more companies that alerted investors to possible climate impacts…
 
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  • Changing the Density Equation for Suburbs

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Dion
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Ecoskin Willowbrook Top$72  Ecoskin Starfall Top$68 EcoSkin is a California apparel company offering chic, contemporary designs for the eco-conscious but fashion-savvy woman. Core to its planet-friendly mission, ecoSkin uses only environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics woven, dyed and sewn in the USA.
  • New Arrivals: Indigenous 4 Way Skirt

    Melissa Dion
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Indigenous 4 Way Skirt is perfect for work, play, or travel. Reversible. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Black/Blue (as shown). 100% Vegan. $72.Indigenous is committed to supporting and preserving fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives, investing in natural and organic fibers and environmentally-friendly dyes, and spreading the beauty of handmade, eco fashion. 
  • New Sale Items at Ecolissa.com!

    Melissa Dion
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Check out the new Sale Items at Ecolissa.com: Toggery Rosie DressWas $60 - Now $39.99!  Ecoskin Crux DressWas $88 - Now $49.99!  Threads 4 Thought Cami Tank - Mocha Was $15 - Now $9.99!  Threads 4 Thought Cami Tank - BlackWas $15 - Now $9.99!  Ecoskin Valencia TopWas $56 - Now $39.99! Ecoskin London Top Was $56 - Now $39.99! Ecoskin Castor Tunic  Was $56 - Now $39.99!  Threads 4 Thought Terry HoodieWas $25 - Now $19.99! Shop All SALE Items Now!
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • China heads for price on carbon; energy market overhaul is next

    Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Australian National University
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Economic reforms such as a national carbon price could usher in dramatic changes on China's energy landscape. Vmenkov/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SAIn the lead-up to the UN leaders’ summit on climate change, China is shifting up a gear in its drive towards national emissions trading. Yet for carbon pricing to be effective, market reform in China’s energy sector will be needed – a big task that will bring benefits not only for the environment but also to the quality of China’s economic growth. China’s National Development and Reform Commission last week stated that China’s…
  • We need economic 'degrowth' to stop a carbon budget blowout

    Samuel Alexander, Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at University of Melbourne
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Economic growth is incompatible with the rapid emissions reductions that are now necessary. AAP Image/David CroslingA newly released report called Better Growth, Better Climate draws the seductive conclusion that “we can create lasting economic growth while also tackling the immense risks of climate change”. But while the report, spearheaded by former Mexican president Felipe Calderón and UK climate economist Nicholas Stern, wisely points out the importance of efficiency improvements and renewable energy, it fails miserably to back up its core message. The fact is that the world has a…
  • Dingo control doesn't hurt native wildlife: largest Australian study

    Benjamin Allen, Dingo ecologist at The University of Queensland
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Some people think that dingo control programs are harming Australia's native wildlife. New research suggests this isn't the case. Benjamin Allen, Author providedDoes dingo control harm Australia’s environment? Results from the largest Australian experiment on dingoes – published this week in Frontiers in Zoology – shows the answer to that question is a convincing “no”. The study showed dingo control programs aimed at protecting cattle in the rangelands — the dry grasslands and woodlands of inland Australia — have little negative effect on wildlife, if any effect at all.
  • Why do we still hear people joke about hitting cyclists?

    Marilyn Johnson, Research Fellow, Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    It's not funny when it actually happens. Wessel du Plooy/ShutterstockAs a community, we are increasingly vigilant about many forms of abuse. Online trolling, school bullying, domestic violence, workplace harassment, racism in sport – all are rightly condemned because of the potentially deadly harm they cause. Whether we’re talking coward punches in pubs or misogyny in politics, abusive language and behaviour is dangerous. It undermines our sense of respect for one another. So why, given our growing awareness of these dangers, do we still hear violence against cyclists publicly…
  • Queensland survey reveals lukewarm view of coal seam gas

    Rosemary Leonard, Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Queensland town of Chinchilla is now home to a coal seam gas processing plant. AAP Image/Dave HuntResidents in Queensland’s Western Downs region have mixed feelings towards coal seam gas (CSG) development taking place in their midst, according to our CSIRO survey. More than two-thirds of locals described themselves as “tolerating” or “accepting” CSG, while only 22% had openly positive attitudes. However, just 9% of survey respondents rejected the industry outright. Around half of the surveyed residents felt that their community was struggling to adapt to changes. Residents were…
 
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    Dark Optimism

  • August wanderings…

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

    Shaun Chamberlin
    19 May 2014 | 6:48 am
    This post was originally written by me as a guest post for Rob Hopkins’ Transition Culture blog, but I have kindly given myself permission to reproduce it here A response to a recent post by Rob Hopkins ‘The impact of Transition. In numbers.‘. Transition is a wonderful melange of conversations, projects, interactions, inspirations, hard work, failures, successes and entirely unexpected events which we are altogether unsure what to make of!  Transition initiatives themselves are as unique as the people who make them up.  Initially termed ‘Transition…
  • The secret truth behind environmentalists’ favourite argument

    Shaun Chamberlin
    20 Jan 2013 | 10:54 am
    When environmentalists argue amongst themselves, whether at some formal debate or late at night over a few drinks, I confidently predict that the argument will go like this. One will say (in one form or another): “There’s no time to wait for radical change or revolution; the crisis is overwhelmingly urgent, we simply have to act within the frameworks we have now”. The other will argue (in one form or another): “But there’s no point in acting without radical change or revolution; without that we are only addressing symptoms and not the real problems”.
  • Of grief

    Shaun Chamberlin
    21 Dec 2012 | 11:01 am
    Let me tell you a story. It’s a story about our land – our home – and our ability to live peaceful, harmonious, respectful lives upon it and in partnership with it. And it’s a story about the big bad political structures and corporate institutions that conspire to stop us doing so, using the unspeakable, impenetrable black magic of bureaucracy and backhanders to bind our best efforts with frustration and fatigue. Oh, you already know that one? Ok, then maybe you’re ready for the next chapter, about what comes after? Fine. Sit down, make yourselves comfortable. But you should know…
  • Land, and the army marching to claim it, in the UK and around the world

    Shaun Chamberlin
    20 Nov 2012 | 5:12 am
    The right to access land matters, in a fundamental way. It is a place to live, a source for food, for water, for fuel, and for sustenance of almost every kind. And land management also has profound impacts on our ecosystems and environment, and thus on our well-being and our collective future. So it matters deeply that while UK supermarkets and housing estates find permission to build easy to come by, those who wish to use land to explore truly sustainable living are blocked and frustrated at every turn. It is this sorry state of affairs that has given birth to the “Reclaim the…
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    Green Conduct

  • 9 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy and Reduce Electricity Bill

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

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

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

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

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

  • Save Energy and be Festive this Fall

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Save Energy and be Festive this Fall Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, and festive decorations, now your decorations can help save energy too!
  • National Drive Electric Week

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    National Drive Electric Week Celebrate National Drive Electric Week with ways to make your all-electric or plug-in hybrid cars even greener!
  • Buying the Perfect Energy-Efficient Light Bulb in 5 Easy Steps

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Buying the Perfect Energy-Efficient Light Bulb in 5 Easy Steps Purchasing an energy-efficient light bulb doesn't have to be difficult. With these five easy steps, you can find the best energy-efficient light bulb for your home!
  • Energy-Efficient College Life

    9 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Energy-Efficient College Life Living the college lifestyle doesn't mean you should forget about energy-efficiency. With these tips you can save energy and money in the dorm and off-campus.
  • Conquering Moisture and Humidity in Your Home

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Conquering Moisture and Humidity in Your Home Eliminating the threat of moisture and mold will not only make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient, but it will also help keep your family healthy and improve your home's structural durability.
 
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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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    Green Child Magazine

  • Violence in Our Schools: How parents can help create a more peaceful world

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

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Whether you’ll be gearing up to send your children off to school or dusting off the shelves of your home classroom, the season of school prep is here. This fun project uses a handful of household leftovers and is endlessly customizable. Materials: An empty box (we used an old shipping box) Toilet Paper Tubes Glue Paint, Fabric or Tacky Paper Tape (optional) Instructions: Find your components! We needed just 4 toilet paper rolls for this box, yours may be a bit wider, or narrower. Once you’ve found your pieces, it’s time to decorate. Paint is an easy and fast way to dress up the…
  • Grace & Courtesy: Helping children learn self-discipline

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the foundational factors in good Montessori schools is what we call “Grace and Courtesy.” This is our curriculum of how to behave as a functioning part of the home or the classroom community. Rather than “making our children mind,” we demonstrate how to behave appropriately. Grace and Courtesy is the oil that keeps the group functioning smoothly, it is the ambiance that the parents can create in the home and the teacher can create in the classroom, of graciousness and respect. We can only create it when first we model it with our own actions, and then with good-natured lessons,…
  • Easy Pasta Salad

    Amanda Hearn
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Easy Pasta Salad 2014-08-21 17:12:19 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients Mini Bowtie Pasta Cherry Tomatoes Carrot Chickpeas Green Pepper Zucchini Cashews Vinaigrette Organic Olive Oil Instructions Cook pasta al dente. Drain and toss with vinaigrette and olive oil - to taste. Dice all veggies and then toss all ingredients until well mixed. Save in an airtight container for easy lunches. Green Child Magazine http://www.greenchildmagazine.com/ This pasta salad is easy to whip up and easy to tailor to your taste, or that of your child. Include your favorite veggies, nuts or seeds, and…
  • DIY Baby Wipes Solution {& wipes!} using Beautiful Earth Natural Products!

    Amanda Hearn
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    Cheaper, safer for your baby, and a lot less waste. The reasons for making your own baby wipes are pretty convincing! We’re delighted to share a recipe with ingredients from a trusted personal care brand. Beautiful Earth has been in the business of gentle, environmentally friendly wash products since 2008. Their products are certified natural by the Natural Products Association Standards for Personal Care Products. You can learn all about them in our spotlight post. With no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, coloring, or mineral oils, these are effective, versatile products to keep on hand for…
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Hold the World in Your Hands

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

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

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

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2013 | 11:01 pm
    2013 has been incredible for Green Sisterhood and we owe our success to your support! And we want to show our appreciation so we are sponsoring a mega handmade giveaway for the holiday! I am choosing to forgo gifts in my own family this year and we are focusing on experiences instead, but this Etsy giveaway is too good to pass up! Buying handmade is the most eco-friendly way to shop and we are thrilled to introduce these eco-friendly goodies from the handmade community on Etsy. So check out these shops and leave a comment (required) as to what other items you would like Santa to bring you.
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Global Impacts of Germany’s Renewable Energy Transformation

    EcoWatch
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The New York Times has finally broken away from the old narrative that renewable power is simply too expensive to be really competitive, with a ground-breaking if incomplete piece on the global and spreading impacts of the Germanenergiewende (energy transformation). The solar sunship in the solar village of Vauban in Freiburg, Black Forest, Germany. Photo credit: ShutterstockThe article points out that by creating a secure, ring-fenced market for renewable electricity,Germany not only built up its own manufacturing capacities to make solar and wind cheaper, but lured the Chinese into the…
  • Climate Change – Can We Help? [infographic]

    Guest Post
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Great infographic from EarthTechling reader Dario Bonin, a certified master inspector at Canadian Residential Inspection Services in Calgary, Canada. Good information on what we can all do to help reduce waste and make our homes, and our lives, more energy efficient.
  • U.S. Schools Go Solar

    EcoWatch
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The report card is in, and thousands of U.S. schools are bringing home straight A’s for going solar.In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study released today, America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually—the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways. A 150 kW system at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, Vermont. Photo credit:…
  • China reclaims the top spot for renewables energy investment

    PR Newswire
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    China’s renewables market is the most attractive destination for investors looking to invest in the sector, according to EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) published today.The RECAI ranks 40 renewables markets on the attractiveness of their energy prospects. In a significant reshuffle at the top of the index, China returns to the top for the first time since May 2013, while Europe and the US continue to lose ground to emerging markets. Despite significant deployment and investment opportunities in the US renewables market, congressional gridlock and…
  • Companies Warn Investors: Climate Change Threatens Their Bottom Line

    EcoWatch
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Nothing makes a business stand at attention more quickly than a potential threat to its bottom line.ThinkProgress has a report today on big food companies that are at least thinking about the effects climate change could have on their business models. In March, Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle mentioned in its annual report to investors, filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the possibility that climate change could threaten its guacamole supply. Following up on that story, reporter Emily Atkin found seven more companies that alerted investors to possible climate impacts…
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    CleanTechies

  • The Future of Vertical Farming

    Environmental News Network
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    From big company agricultural farming, to communal farming or even personal agronomy, the business of growing crops for an expanding global population will be crucial in the near future. The two most important resources needed to run these farms are one, water, and two, land. But these resources often come at a premium, especially with [...]
  • National Lab Shows Another Year of Double Digit Solar Price Reduction

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    We work to make solar more affordable and more accessible to more Americans, and today we’re celebrating another marker on the path to success. According to a new study released this week by the research gurus at Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the cost of going solar in the United States continued its rapid [...]
  • Shift to Mass Transit Could Have Major Economic and Climate Benefits

    Yale Environment 360
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    Expanding public transportation and infrastructure that promotes walking and biking throughout the world’s cities could save $100 trillion and cut transportation-related carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2050, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Urban transportation accounted for roughly one-quarter of [...]
  • Federal Agencies Saving Surprising Amounts of Energy

    3BL Media
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Talk about flying under the radar! While the White House and Congress are in gridlock, with the legislative body doing everything they can to ensure that nothing is being done about climate change, a number of provisions that were included in the 2007 Energy and Security Act that was passed during the Bush administration are [...]
  • Can France Succeed its Energy Transition ?

    Edouard Stenger
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Recently the incumbent Energy and Environment Minister of France unveiled an ambitious energy transition project. As Euractiv reports, the country should ” increase the proportion of renewable energy to 32% by 2030, reduce CO2 emissions by 40% between 1990 and 2030, and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by 30% by 2030.”  The previous conservative government [...]
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    Hip Moms Go Green

  • Reset Challenge Testimonial

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

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

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

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

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

  • Contemporary Home Decor Tips and Ideas

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

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

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

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

    Sarah Clarke
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    More and more ergonomic experts agree: sitting all day isn’t great for your mind OR body. It’s not just hurting your back, neck and eyes – many scientists agree that sitting for hours at a time may do long term damage to your insides, too.  One study suggests that sitting all day increases your risk of heart disease by up to 65%.  Check out this infographic to see just how many issues arise from sitting at your desk, day in and day out. For this reason, designers developed standing desks, or stand up desks, which are built so that you can stand and work at your computer,…
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  • Germany: 25,000 Cell Battery Power Plant

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    The area where it is located gets 80% of its electricity from wind turbines. . . . It is expected that soon 100% of the area’s electricity will be generated. Germany is planning to get 55-60% of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. . . . So, these kind of enormous battery plants might become more commonplace. It will be fascinating to see how much battery power production, . . . might ramp up in the next 5 - 10 years as solar and . . . wind power continue to expand. 09-19-2014 Source:  25,000 Cell Battery Power Plant
  • Recycling Energy: "operating Reserves"

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Grid "Operating Reserves," are essentially plant capacity used, . . . to accommodate short-term fluctuations. It's about extra power generated, that's constantly wasted and seldom ever used. Just because, sometimes, a bit of power is quickly needed to stabilize grid frequency; . . . . . . this power is needed within a second. . . . At other times, power is needed within a minute. New batteries, appear to be cheaper, . . . provide more grid stability than conventional plants, . . . react within a fraction of a second, and . . . doesn't waste energy. The system is a real-world example of the…
  • Solar & Ev Batteries

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Elon Musk Tesla Motors, announced plans earlier this month to build, . . . the USA's largest lithium-ion battery factory in Nevada. CEO Lyndon Rive Solar City, the largest solar panel installers in the United States, . . . announced earlier this year that it intends to build, . . . the USA's largest solar panel factory in New York. Musk and Rive, who are cousins, announced that within 5 to 10 years, every set of solar panels that Solar City installs will come with a battery pack . . . to help deal with the intermittency of solar power as well as, supply batteries for Tulsa Electric Vehicles.
  • Follow The Money: Assets Vs Liabilities

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    The process, is about converting liabilities into assets. . . . You spend money every month on a utility bill (liability), . . . Each year, grid energy gets more and more expensive. A solar PV generation system (Asset), . . . Pays you money every month. Instead of an electricity bill, you are paying off your system. . . . And just like a car note, there will be a final payment. . . . After that, you have completely free energy! Sunshine is free. . . . Having paid for the equipment, you have assets and . . . each month they generate value: energy that can be used or sold. 09-19-2014…
  • Rapid Connection Of Grid Ready (Ders)

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    1) Get Solar on the Grid, in less than 10 minutes. 2) Protect People & equipment with built in safety features. 3) Meter, Visualize, & Control assets. The ConnectDER enables rapid connection of grid-ready, . . . Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), (especially solar photovoltaic systems) . . . by creating a connection point to a collar that installs between, . . . a residential electric meter and a meter socket.   It drives a number of benefits for the installation process: . . . . . . Reduces costs by removing some balance of system components and . . . . . . . . . premises wiring…
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Learn in 60 Minutes: Conventional vs. Passive Floor Planning

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

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

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

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Interphase Energy, a Maine-based leader in supplying central pellet heating equipment throughout North America, is hosting Alternative Energy Expo 2014 at their Portland, Maine facility this Friday, September 12th, 2014 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT. Free to the public, the expo will showcase a variety of alternative energy organizations providing information and demonstrations as well as speakers, workshops, panels, food trucks and more. We wanted to join the expo remotely, so we’re sharing a free lecture about alternative energy that we hosted in August with John Siegenthaler, one…
  • Two Free Tools: ASHRAE Standards 55 and 62.2 Calculators

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Registered engineering technologist and expert HeatSpring instructor Robert Bean has developed two calculators to help designers meet ASHRAE Standards 55 and 62.2: “Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy” and “Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings.” Considered one of the leaders and most knowledgeable professionals in his field, Robert’s research and teaching enables designers to determine how indoor environmental quality affects human comfort, productivity, and health. Free Download: ASHRAE Standard 55…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • I Ran the Philly10K – Lived To Tell and Didn’t Smell (A Piperwai Review)

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

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

  • September 21

    dailynews
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 21, 1938: The New England Hurricane slams into Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, killing 600 people. An estimated 12-foot storm surge floods downtown Providence.  
  • September 20

    dailynews
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sept. 20, 1519: Ferdinand Magellan departs Portugal on the first successful circumnavigation of the world. The fleet succeeds, but Magellan is killed by a poison arrow in the Philippines in 1521.  
  • Angelina Jolie to direct real-life animal poaching drama

    mdestries
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Angelina Jolie has announced her next directorial project – and it couldn't come at a better time for the world of conservation.   The 39-year-old, who previously has helmed such true-life dramas as "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011) and "Unbroken" (2014), will take on "Africa," a film about archeologist-turned-conservationist Richard Leakey and his battle to save the elephant. Written by Eric Roth ("Forrerst Gump, "Munich," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), the script has been in limbo for quite some time.   
  • Dogwood & Hastings: Organic cotton table linens that 'bring nature home'

    mhickman
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    While you might know her best for her recent articles on the sexual appetites of big-bellied men and frenemy break-ups, MNN lifestyle columnist Starre Vartan is also a talented photographer, enthusiastic nature lover (natch), and seasoned sustainable style expert.   
  • What to drink this weekend: Candy Apple Cocktail

    rshreeves
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    The calendar may say this weekend is still summer, but my front lawn knows fall is only three days away. It’s covered in leaves. The chill that’s blowing through my windows from the front of my house right now has me thinking I may need to grab a sweater. There’s a lovely breeze coming in, but it has a nip in it that wasn’t there earlier this week.  
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • China Turns to Fracking to Ease Coal Addiction, But Public Health Concerns Remain

    Ian Andrew
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Fracking technology has crossed over from the fields of Pennsylvania and Texas to the mountains of Sichuan, but so have risks and consequences Read the full article: China Turns to Fracking to Ease Coal Addiction, But Public Health Concerns Remain on Greener Ideal
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Named Messenger of Peace on Climate Change by United Nations

    Greener Ideal
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    DiCaprio released a statement about his new title and said, “It’s an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community. I feel a moral obligation to speak […] Read the full article: Leonardo DiCaprio Named Messenger of Peace on Climate Change by United Nations on Greener Ideal
  • Do Airplanes Dump Chemicals when Flying?

    Ant Langston
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    Air travel has come a long way since the Wright brothers made the first flight in 1903. Nowadays, we think nothing of jumping on a plane and flying off to the other side of the world. Few of us understand the science and engineering that keep planes in the sky, and why sometimes the sky seems […] Read the full article: Do Airplanes Dump Chemicals when Flying? on Greener Ideal
  • You Need to Stop Drinking Coffee from Pods – Here’s Why

    Sarah Burke
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    Have you heard of coffee pods yet? You probably have. They’re becoming super popular in the US and Europe right now. According to data from market research firm Euromonitor, coffee pod machines sales have multiplied by more than six times over the past six years, from 1.8 million in 2008 to 11.6 million in 2013. […] Read the full article: You Need to Stop Drinking Coffee from Pods – Here’s Why on Greener Ideal
  • The GMO Debate: Meetings about non-existent food safety issues

    Mischa Popoff
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:25 am
    This guest article is contributed by Mischa Popoff, a former organic farmer and USDA-contract organic inspector and the author of Is it Organic? No one died in a car crash before the car was invented. So where are the meetings to discuss banning cars to prevent car accidents? When it comes to keeping our food […] Read the full article: The GMO Debate: Meetings about non-existent food safety issues on Greener Ideal
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Parsing Public Opinion Of Polymet Mine Proposal

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

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

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

    Greg Seitz
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    The wilderness areas of the Lake Superior region are on the agenda for a two-day conference on the shores of the big lake this Friday and Saturday. The event will feature more than a dozen speakers to discuss wilderness management, education and protection. The event is intended to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and put “wilderness management issues back on the regional agenda for action.” It promises the opportunity to: Learn about wilderness areas that exist in the Lake Superior region, why they are important and how we all have a role to play in their…
  • Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act

    Bob O'Hara
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Arctic adventurer Bob O’Hara wrote about where his first canoe trips in the BWCAW have taken him over the past 56 years in the summer issue of Wilderness News Photo by Bob O’Hara I doubt I fooled my parents much when—in the 1950s, at the age of 13—I hid under the covers with a flashlight reading Sig olson rather than sleeping. As an environmental writer, Sig was a great wordsmith. he not only loved wilderness, he took you there with him through his stories of traveling northern minnesota and Canada by canoe. I had only…
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Airbnb helps its community travel greener

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

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

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

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

  • Tata Power Solar to Supply Modules to the L N Bangur Group for 10 MW Project

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Tata Power Solar (TPS), one of the pioneering solar manufacturers in the world has won a significant DCR order under JNNSM phase-2 batch-1. The company will supply the entire module requirement for the 10 MW project to be built by Palimarwar Solar Project Private Limited in Rajasthan which belongs to the L N BANGUR Group and is held under under its renewable energy arm, LNB Renewable Energy (Pvt) Ltd. The 45,000 modules needed for the project will be manufactured at Tata Power Solar’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bangalore.
  • India likely to get $100 Billion Investment in Renewable Energy in 5 Years

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:46 am
    India will get $100-billion investment in renewable energy in the next five years and become a world leader in the sector. With billions of dollars worth of capital, and enforcement of the mandate for utilities to buy clean energy, called renewable purchase obligation (RPO), the Modi government is keen on making electricity from clean sources like sun, wind, water and biomass a substantial part of the country’s energy mix in five years, power, coal and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal said. In an interview Goyal also said 1 lakh megawatts of solar energy can be added in the next 5…
  • Finland’s Biggest Waste-to-Energy Plant opens

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    The biggest power plant turning refuse into electricity has officially been taken into use in Vantaa. The new plant will produce 920 gigawatt-hours of heat and 600 GWh of electricity each year by burning rubbish collected across Uusimaa. Vantaan Energia officially opened its new waste-to-energy incinerator on Wednesday. The new plant is Finland’s biggest of its kind, and will produce half of the district heating demand and 30 percent of the electricity needed in the municipality of Vantaa. The facility has been thoroughly tested, with the first waste entering the system this spring. It’s…
  • Multilateral Development Banks Deliver $24 Billion in Climate Change Financing in 2013

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    Six leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) provided almost $24 billion worldwide in financing in 2013 for projects in developing and emerging economies that address the challenges of climate change, according to the third annual joint MDB report on climate finance. The report, released today, demonstrates the shared engagement expressed by the six MDBs last week to reinforce transparency of their financing in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The report was prepared by the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and…
  • USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy projects

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    US Department of Agriculture is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities where these projects are located. Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency will continue the unprecedented increase in home-grown energy sources and American energy independence we’ve seen in recent years. This is creating jobs, providing new economic opportunities and leading the way to a more secure energy future. Secretary Vilsack made the announcement…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Marching for Climate Change

    Susan Colby
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Imagine… More than 100,000 people of all nationalities thronging New York City streets in peaceful protest…  Imagine silence… As the throng honors the people on the front lines of climate change… Then… Imagine the noise… Vuvuzelas, horns, musical instruments and more than 20 marching bands… This is the People’s Climate March in New York City this Sunday, September 21, 2014. New York City streets are going to be more jammed than usual this weekend, when thousands of Climate Change activists hit town for what is being billed as the largest Climate Change march in history. The…
  • California Adds Steam to the Plastic Bag Ban Movement

    Jane Engelsiepen
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    By Jill Richardson Courtesy of Other Words We can conserve by not wasting stuff we don’t actually need. California is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban plastic grocery bags. Governor Jerry Brown says he intends to sign the bag-banning law California lawmakers approved in early September. The ban will go into effect at grocery stores and pharmacies next year and extend to liquor stores and additional kinds of retailers in 2016. In addition to making it against the law for stores to give shoppers single-use plastic bags when ringing up purchases, the new law will also…
  • The Ecology of Peace

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    By David Nostbakken PhD, Chair, EVP International Development, Ecology Global Network and Abdul Khan PhD, COO,EDTRIN; former Assistant Director General UNESCO Information and Communication We accept the importance of biodiversity in nature as an aspect of ecological and environmental conservation and protection. Our future depends on it. We may at times be guilty of not acknowledging that humans are part of that nature, and that we humans are also diverse, socially and culturally. Our conservation and protective impulse should logically apply also to us homo sapiens as it relates to our…
  • Learning in Nature Benefits Teachers and Students

    Guest
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    By David Suzuki Children belong outdoors. We know this intuitively, but now an extensive and ever-growing body of research supports it. Kids who spend time outside every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don’t. Several recent studies even show time in nature or green space helps reduce ADHD symptoms. Photo courtesy betta5/freeimages But what about teachers who take children outdoors, contributing to their learning and growth? More alert, calm and creative students are a plus to them as educators. Could they also benefit as individuals…
  • Europe Successfully Phasing Out Known Ozone Layer-harming Chemicals

    Guest
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Courtesy of the European Environment Agency Chemicals which damage the ozone layer continue to be phased out in the European Union, according to the latest data from the European Environment Agency (EEA). Image NASA     The report ‘Ozone depleting substances 2013‘ has been published by the EEA to coincide with the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. It covers the chemicals’ production, destruction, import and export. Over the last few decades, chemicals known to harm the ozone layer have been successfully substituted in most parts of the…
 
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  • Solar Energy – An Alternative of Conserving Energy

    Keshav Saini
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Article Link: Solar Energy – An Alternative of Conserving Energy “We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” (Wangari Maathai) Since the beginning of time, the human race has been struggling with the slowly reducing resources of the earth. Replenishing these resources is definitely impossible, but preserving them is not. The question of conservation is one of the heated debates in every Climate Change Convention; however, till now the experts have not been able to…
  • Getting Started with Eco-Tourism – Plan for Green Vacation

    Keshav Saini
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:23 am
    Article Link: Getting Started with Eco-Tourism – Plan for Green Vacation Many of us have begun to live a greener lifestyle, and that doesn’t just apply to our home lives; these days, eco-tourism is all the rage and people are getting turned on to the idea of greener travel. But if you’re a first time eco-tourist, how can you make the switch to more environmentally friendly travel? While we’re barely out of January, most people are beginning to formulate some kind of plan for their annual vacations. If you’re looking to partake in a greener vacation this year without…
  • What are the Causes of Climate Change?

    Keshav Saini
    17 Jan 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Article Link: What are the Causes of Climate Change? We all know the implications a flood or storm can have on society and the economy, but we may be unaware as to what extent weather and climate can impact our lives. Predicting just how the global climate will change over the next few centuries is of primary importance to scientists, as it allows governments and organizations to take action and minimize the damaging effects of adverse weather conditions. There is already evidence in place to suggest that what we do and how we lead our lives can have a significant effect on the environment,…
  • Into The Dead Zone – Causes and Solutions for Shrinking Dead Zones

    Keshav Saini
    6 Jan 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Article Link: Into The Dead Zone – Causes and Solutions for Shrinking Dead Zones Dead zones are areas of the ocean that are very low in oxygen, and therefore cannot sustain life (or only very limited life). They are typically caused by algal blooms, which deplete the water of oxygen; organic waste from the algae sinks to the bottom of the ocean and is broken down there by bacteria. Bacteria produce carbon dioxide rather than oxygen when they respire, and that carbon dioxide starves the water of oxygen and creates the dead zone. Dead zones are rooted in natural causes, but human activity…
  • Eight Easy Ways To Make Your Home Environment Friendly

    Keshav Saini
    5 Jan 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Article Link: Eight Easy Ways To Make Your Home Environment Friendly With all the grim predictions about global climate change, many people have started to seriously consider adopting environmental friendly actions and behaviors in their daily life. The trend of making environmental friendly houses and buying environmental friendly products is increasing. However, there are still a good percentage of those, who hesitate because they are not sure what should they do to help the environment. In this context, here are a few suggestions on how you can make your home environmental friendly. 1.
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • It’s Another Free Earring Friday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Manchester Wood
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    *This month’s giveaway has ended… thank you all who entered!* Yankee Magazine is offering our Free Monthly Giveaway this month! Except this time it isn’t all month long — this month’s giveaway is only a week! It ends 9/8! The prize is our Chairside Magazine Rack; the perfect end table for the reader seeking quick, convenient access to their current literature, all in a stylish and sturdy package. Made from solid American hardwood; built to last. Check out Yankee Magazine’s Official Giveaway Rules before entering (don’t worry it’s easy). Happy…
  • 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…
 
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  • The “Dirt” on Carbon Emissions

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

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

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

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

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

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 31: "Wish I'd Written That One!"

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    If you've been a regular reader of "Joyful Reads" (thank you!), you know that I like to title the editions by topic, so it's easier for you (and me) to find them later. But from time to time, I wind up with a random bunch of wonderfulness--great posts that I really can't categorize, except to say, "I wish I'd written all of them." I hope you'll enjoy this round-up, and if you choose to comment on any of the posts (all writers are starving for comments, didn't you know?), please tell them that I sent you their way. From Connie at I Suck as a…
  • 3 Books, 3 Lessons on Owning Less Stuff

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There's nothing like the feeling of absolute lightness that comes at the end of having a yard sale. (Well, my legs feel like cement pillars from standing all day, but that's another matter.) After our most recent sale in August, our garage (which had been a minefield of outgrown kids' stuff) was so empty that one of the yard sale visitors asked me, "Are you moving? That's the cleanest garage I've ever seen!" Before you start getting those cartoon dollar-signs in your eyes, let me tell you that having a yard sale is not a plan for getting rich (not even…
  • Monday Snapshot: Well, hello there, Mr. Dragonfly!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I was clicking away at these blooming hydrangeas when I happened to notice an unexpected visitor within my frame--this little dragonfly, who seemed to be smiling right at me! (Doesn't it look that way?) I'm so happy I got this shot, because he flew off to another appointment the very next second! Hope your week is full of happy little surprises! Did you enjoy this post? Get more like it by subscribing (at right). Or catch my latest posts by "liking" my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, or circling me on Google+. Thanks for reading Joyfully Green! © 2014 by Joy…
  • My Week in 5 Photos: Autumn in Bloom!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Even though springtime gets all the credit for blooming blossoms, I must say that I'm completely dazzled by the fall flowers popping up everywhere! It's not just the leaves that are turning beautiful colors, that's for sure. So, here's my little photographic tribute to the fall flowers in all their glory! I'd forgotten that Hydrangeas bloom in the fall around here. (I'm grateful that they reminded me!) Our Rose of Sharon bushes are bursting with pink blossoms and buzzing with bees (which makes me happy, because bees are sadly on the decline and we need them!).
  • How a Die-Hard Night Owl Became an Early Bird

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's hard for me to believe it now, but I lived in Manhattan for eleven years (in various tiny apartments with thin walls and loud neighbors), from my early 20's to my early 30's. So I can tell you from experience that New York truly is "The City that Never Sleeps." On Friday nights, it was perfectly normal for my circle of friends (as well as thousands of other circles of friends) to start heading out for the evening activities at 10 p.m.  I can remember one Friday night when I was coming home to my apartment at 2 a.m. and my next-door neighbor (a young guy who…
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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

  • Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace

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

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

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

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

  • Environmentally-Friendly Surrounds for Your Shower and Tub

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

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

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

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Hybrid Cars

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

    Rinkesh
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    How Choosing Blinds Can Save on Your Fuel Bills If you’re looking for a way to save money on your energy bills, then window blinds are a great way of making your home more efficient. Believe it or not, by employing the clever fabric technology of thermal blinds, you can help reduce heat gain in your home by a staggering 78%. So, to start saving money on your household bills – and to add a beautiful feature to your home – you should turn your attention to your windows. More Warmth in Winter It’s not just during summer months that you’ll notice the benefit either – being more…
  • What is World Environment Day and What are Environment Day Activities?

    Rinkesh
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    What is World Environment Day? Every June 5th is World Environment Day. On this day, communities and individuals around the world work to increase awareness of the importance of conserving the environment, the positive global impact of environmental regulations and controls and engage in activities that serve to educate and improve their environment locally. It grew out of the efforts of leading environmentalists who recognized the need for there to be a coordinated global focus to begin to make conserving the environment and our natural resources a priority. Similar to World Environment Day…
  • The Three R’s: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Waste Hierarchy

    Rinkesh
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    The ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ Waste Hierarchy If you have heard of something called the “waste hierarchy” you may be wondering what that means. It is the order of priority of actions to be taken to reduce the amount of waste generated, and to improve overall waste management processes and programs. The waste hierarchy consists of 3 R’s as follows: Reduce Reuse Recycle Called the “three R’s” of waste management, this waste hierarchy is the guidance suggested for creating a sustainable life. You might be wondering as to how can you incorporate these principles in your…
  • What is Environmental Health and Issues Related to it?

    Rinkesh
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    What is Environmental Health? Environmental health is the science of looking at the external factors that can influence a person’s health and behavior. These external factors are defined as physical, chemical and biological factors. It can include everything from managing the use of pesticides to the quality of drywall used in construction. It is a healthcare area that is gaining increasing attention around the world as there are more studies proving that the impact of environmental health extends beyond the individual and can determine the cost of public health care and the health of the…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Community Energy Fortnight is here!

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

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

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

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Manchester University have confirmed plans for a £60m graphene research hub which would provide a huge boost to the renewable energy market. The UK government have welcomed plans for a lightweight materials science hub in Manchester which would conduct research […] The post Graphene research hub planned for Manchester appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Factories in Grimsby to install solar panels

    Daniel Birkett
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
    Plans are to be considered which would see solar panels installed on the roofs of factories in Grimsby. Factory-owners and businessmen in Grimsby have listened to proposals which would result in 20-acres of solar panelling installed on premises in the […] The post Factories in Grimsby to install solar panels appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

    raintees
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Ghalia Farzat I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many countries from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East to Asia to little islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have seen many different cultures and interacted with people of all backgrounds. However, out of all this travel, two of my dearest trips are volunteer trips. I have had the chance to volunteer in Nepal and in Indonesia. Both of these trips were done with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a not-for-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar where I currently live. Namaste! The formal greeting in Nepal…
  • PACT Apparel

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

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

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

    editor
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    As the popularity of solar continues to rise, the sight of solar panels topping a home or business is becoming commonplace. You may even have some on your own home,[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Q&A with Dr. Mark Nelson, Author of The Wastewater Gardener

    editor
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Eco-system engineer Dr. Mark Nelson has spent decades working on wastewater recycling, the restoration of damaged ecosystems and related research. He was one of eight people who lived inside Biosphere 2, a closed[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Generate Your Own Wind Energy or Use a Provider?

    editor
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:47 am
    If you can’t put up a wind turbine without pissing off the neighbors or you figured that buying or leasing a wind turbine is just too costly, alternatives exist to[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Questions to Ask Before Buying a Wind Turbine

    editor
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    With wind turbine technology growing so rapidly in recent years, wind energy has grown into a viable, cost-competitive energy resource that has attracted consumer interest like never before. Wind farms[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Deciding Between Rooftop and Ground-Mounted Solar PV Systems

    editor
    23 May 2014 | 6:33 am
    With skyrocketing utility rates and climate change, the benefits of going solar are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. From the moment your photovoltaic (PV) panels go up your electricity bills[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Mexico’s Solar Revolution

    Jacob Sandry
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    tcktcktck.org  The Aztec creation myth is founded on the story of the Five Suns. Before our present Universe, there had been four other worlds, or “suns,” which had been destroyed by battling deities. In our fifth and present world, Aztecs, whose civilization flourished in what is now modern Mexico, considered themselves “people of the sun.”  600 years later, Mexico is facing an energy problem. A growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year.  Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And…
  • America’s First Carbon Reduction Plan – And the Mountain That Lies Ahead

    Thad Wharton
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    The EPA’s Clean Power Plan – Will China Follow? Will Anyone? Will We? © 2007Señor CodoFlickr The climate pot was mightily stirred on June 2, 2014, when the Environmental Protection Agency released theClean Power Plan, our nation’s very first official attempt at limiting carbon pollution. A landmark decision for our country, where carbon emissions in all their grim glory have been allowed to flow freely and unabated since the dawn of the industrial age. That of course, as now most understand, has caused a bit of a problem. The crux of the rule that starts to address this problem…
  • Chinese Solar Tariff Produces Debate Over US Solar Market

    Nick Blair
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    “Tariff Reform Means Work for All” – but who will it work for the most? Commerce Department Preliminary Tariff on China yields debate for growing US Solar market –Team Supply vs Team Demand? Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/Cleveland_Tariffs.jpg/640px-Cleveland_Tariffs.jpg The recent action taken by the Commerce Department in June 2014 puts additional costs on Chinese sellers of solar that may benefit US manufacturers, but it remains to be seen if this “advantage” will benefit the US solar industry because of the potential for unintended…
  • The Future of Solar Could Be “Clear”

    Allison Khoe
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    For most people, the mention of solar energy brings to mind images of shimmery, blue panels tilted on rooftops. However, the recent development of a transparent luminescent solar concentratorby researchers at Michigan State University is changing the face of this renewable power source. Photo source: Huffington Post  This unassuming piece of plastic is a solar concentrator, not to be confused with a transparent photovoltaic cell, as the pane itself does not convert sunlight into electricity. Organic salts in the material absorb ultraviolet and infrared light - wavelengths invisible to the…
  • Greening up the grid

    Pablo Astorga
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Why more and more renewables can (and should) be added to the grid Many utilities and grid operators have long cautioned against adding too much wind or solar generation to the energy mix, based on the assumption that a high penetration of intermittent power sources could jeopardize the stability of the entire grid. However, a recent study by PJM (a large Regional Transmission Authority in the U.S. and the world’s largest competitive wholesale electricity market) suggests concerns about grid stability are overstated. The PJM study confirms that with adequate transmission expansion and…
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  • How Today’s Modern Buildings are Going Green

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    While we strive to keep our offices green in small ways we work, architects are doing the same on a larger scale.  Buildings use around 40% of the energy sources in the U.S.  With new construction happening every day, there are many opportunities to change that with energy efficient construction. Here are just a few features that new construction is using to keep buildings as energy efficient as possible: 1. Tight Envelopes In building lingo, the tighter the envelope, the better the building keeps out wind and rain.  To do this, many buildings use traditional insulation, though some…
  • 3 Ways to Combat Office Conflict

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Offices are naturally stressful places. Everyone (hopefully) wants the best for the company, but may have different ideas of how to get there. When workers get emotionally invested in their work and conflicts of ideas begin to happen, things can get heated quickly. Here are a few ways to keep the situation moving forward instead of into a stalemate. 1. Get in front of it. If you anticipate a meeting getting a little tense, acknowledge the situation. Admit that you expect differences of opinion and explain that everyone’s ideas will be fully heard before a decision is made. When everyone…
  • Reinventing Collaboration in the Workplace

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Despite all of the modern tools we have to help us work virtually from anywhere, many companies still require their employees to commute the office each day.  A communal workspace inspires collaboration and creativity – two huge assets in today’s business. But once those workers get to their workspace, the employees head to their cubicles, doomed to be surrounded by isolating cloth covered walls for the day.  If collaboration is the reason for the workspace, why are businesses stopping it from happening?  This is the problem that Yves Béhar and his team at Fuseproject set out to…
  • Greener Cities May Be in Our Future

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The future of cities around the world isn’t the creation of more concrete and steel monoliths reaching towards the sky.  The future is a little greener.  A little fuzzier.  A little closer to nature. We are starting to see the value of green parks increase, making them a coveted accessory for forward-thinking urban areas.  We see animals and plants more welcome alongside people in concrete jungles.  Developers are more reluctant to destroy existing wildlife in favor of building around it, or even highlighting it in their designs. And as we turn back to our green roots, our cities will…
  • A Unique Spin on Office Design

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Between all of us at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we have been to hundreds of different kinds of offices.  When it comes to making an area look clean and inviting, we have helped many offices, schools, buildings, etc. shine like new.  Every now and then we will come across some unique office design ideas.  We recently we read about one of those unique designs from a company in Austria who is taking the “work” out of the workplace. A building façade design company has employed the help of Venice architects from Heri & Sally.  The have created a job space where the main features…
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  • How to educate people on environment with a study tour?

    Mi Muba
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In every educational institution study tours are arranged to educate students on a specific subject. In such tours they focus the topic of a subject that usually cannot be covered with theory only and requires practical observation. So they need first hand observation on a specific topic of their major subject. The administration of an… Read More »The post How to educate people on environment with a study tour? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Why green marketing is nowhere?

    Mi Muba
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Green marketing means to market the green features of a product to boost its sales. Its concept is not so old and became famous as soon as the need of going green is felt first in advance countries and then all over the world. Those who want to adopt green living needs green product. It… Read More »The post Why green marketing is nowhere? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • What is environmentalism and why you should follow it?

    Mi Muba
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Environmentalism means concerns for a safer environment. It came into being when first time a voice was raised to keep the planet Earth clean. Its impact was felt when first time somewhere in the world a group of people stood for the protection of their local environment. It was heard first time when a leader… Read More »The post What is environmentalism and why you should follow it? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to do green awakening by holding a marathon?

    Mi Muba
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Do you know what is marathon? It is a long distance race. Its distance is officially 42 kilometers. Because of long distance it is arranged on roads and that is why also called road race. It was first held in the commemoration of a Greek soldier in BC era. Since then it is mostly observed… Read More »The post How to do green awakening by holding a marathon? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • EPA bosses save corruption not environment in poor countries

    Mi Muba
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This is a true story of an official of an EPA of a poor country where he has been working for quite a long time. I happened to see him in a conference where he made shocking revelations about the state of affairs in his EPA. He requested me not to mention neither his name… Read More »The post EPA bosses save corruption not environment in poor countries appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • There Is A Time To Rest and A Time To Boogie

    Emily Uebergang
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here I am. Sitting here, watching the waves roll over each other imagining myself out there gliding over each one. But I choose to sit and observe. The morning glow of the sun shimmering the most magnificent shades of gold off the white foam. Beneath is a deep blue. During the ever so brief moments of calm it even looks like silky smooth velvet. As the waves crash, I deliberate over whether the sounds come first or because I”m looking at … →
  • Why I’ve Never Had a Gym Membership and Don’t Plan To… Ever

    Emily Uebergang
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I may be the last standing human on this planet (or at the very least, in the privileged world of the West) who has never held a little gold plated gym membership card in her hot little hands. I’m 25 years old. This is prime time (apparently) to be sporting crop tops and butt revealing short shorts in an attempt to woo other muscle bulging, weight pumping junkies. Supposedly.   I’ve never been very good at following the expectations of society though, … →
  • 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 … →
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  • How to improve a wind turbine

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Wind turbines at sunset If we speak only about the improvement of the efficiency factor for wind turbines, we first need to know a few technical facts about them. A wind turbine can produce electricity (green energy) by simply rotating an electric motor with the help of a turbine moved by wind. So, if we have wind, the turbine starts rotating and the electric motor starts producing electric current for our use. There are two types of wind turbines: 1) The first type of wind turbine is created for areas with pretty strong winds. This wind turbine has a special propeller designed to resist in…
  • Choose the energy provider that suits your needs

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Eco house with no energy provider but plenty of renewable opportunities The option to choose your energy provider is very limited to your living location. If you live in a remote area, you may have only one energy provider in your area so you have no options to choose from. If you live in remote areas where no energy provider is present or simply you live off the grid, then you become the energy provider of your household. The best scenario is to live in an area where many energy providers are competing one with another because this way the consumer (you) becomes favored. In this world the…
  • Do you pay a fortune on electricity bills? Here is the solution

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Gas stove in action I think you know what resources are needed to produce electricity, and I’m not talking here about renewable resources, I’m talking about non-renewable resources like oil, coal, natural gas and natural uranium. Only a very small part of the electricity needed for everyday use around the world is produced from green resources, the majority instead is produced by burning fossil fuels which produce greenhouse gases and pollution to the environment. In order to protect the environment and our pocket of being robbed, we need to learn a few tricks about how to keep…
  • Nevada to host a 250 MW Solar project

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Solar PV field Besides hosting the new Tesla battery factory that will help Tesla Motors to build more affordable electric cars on a mass scale, Nevada is now ready to host even a 250 MW Solar plant in Primm, Nevada. This new project is planned to be located at 40 miles South of Last Vegas and at the border with the neighbouring state, California. NextEra Energy Resources and Southern California Edison are the builders of the new solar project, but this project will be operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources and all green energy produced will be delivered to Southern California…
  • How to become a Green person

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Trees in the Green forest I’m sure that many of you have already heard about green living and you like the idea, but you don’t really know what this mean and how to become a true green person. Being a green person has nothing to do with movie characters like Hulk or the Green lantern guy. Being green is actually a necessity these days because our planet is suffering due to our reckless actions against the environment. We also need to protect and preserve the environment for the future generations as the previous generations did for us. Because nature is not in good shape these…
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    Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion

  • Tras las cameras @Session de Fotos en Nueva York: Wabi Sabi Invierno 2014

    Wabi Sabi
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Tras las cameras con Wabi Sabi EcoFashionConcept  en NYC @ Sandbox Studios con(Matthew Perrone), Masha Maltsava(Fotografia), Natalia Bieganska (Modelo de la Agencia 1 Model Management) y Anna... The post Tras las cameras @Session de Fotos en Nueva York: Wabi Sabi Invierno 2014 appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • Behind the Scenes look at our Wabi Sabi Winter 2014 Photo Shoot in NYC

    Wabi Sabi
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Behind the Scenes at the  Wabi Sabi Eco Fashion Concept Winter 2014 photo shoot in NYC at Sandbox Studios with Matthew Perrone,  Masha Maltsava(Photographer),... The post Behind the Scenes look at our Wabi Sabi Winter 2014 Photo Shoot in NYC appeared first on Wabi Sabi Slow Lifestyle & Eco Fashion.
  • 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.
 
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  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

    Ecoideaz
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Author – Wasim Quazi Food security in India is a topic that never seems to go out of front page news. Now that the monsoons are deficient this year and there has been an international outrage against India’s insistence on subsidy to its farmers, the food security issue will not subside any time soon. Despite the success of the Green Revolution in the early 1970-80s, our agricultural system is no way capable of being self-reliant both in terms of producing enough food as well as reducing the costly fertilizer imports. However, India has been able to create a large growing and…
  • Is large scale Biogas power feasible?

    Ecoideaz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Sakshi Gupta The Twenty First century has been all about being ahead of others and using latest technology gadgets. But little do we realize, while we are creating new innovations, we are running out of that basic energy that powers everything. If we continue to increase our energy consumption, the major non-renewable energy sources are expected to be exhausted within this century. Further, the fossil fuel-based energy production harms the nature in gruesome ways by causing global warming, air, water and land pollution. In order to ensure our sustainability, we need to switch to…
  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Shikha Shah
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Author: Shikha Shah In our previous post Water Conservation Methods in India we showcased some of the best traditional water conservation techniques, in this post we have covered some of the innovative water conservation practices. Let’s have a look at the list of some modern innovative water conservation techniques that have been developed in India in recent times. Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Image Via www.nirmaljal.net.in All of us who directly consume water are the most important stakeholders in managing water. While many of us urbanites use or waste a lot of water, we rarely…
  • Water Conservation Methods in India

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

    Nandini Kumar
    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…
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  • 50 Million Additional Meals Of Alaska Pasture Fed Salmon For USDA Food Aid

    Russ George
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In February the USDA bought upwards of 100 million servings of Alaska Pink salmon from last years super catch to feed to American kids in need. Just now the US Government have announced a second purchase of this amazing pasture fed salmon abundance with up to 50 million additional meals being purchased for its Emergency Food Assistance Program. That’s more than 8.4 million jumbo cans of salmon, or nearly 50 million servings, said Bruce Schactler, USDA food aid program coordinator for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Tens of millions of cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed…
  • State Of Alaska Declares Emergency: Chinook Salmon Starving At Sea

    Russ George
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s NOT the fresh water production of the juvenile Chinook that is the reason this decline is occurring, it’s being driven by poor marine survival,” said Ed Jones, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. The governments answer to this dilemma is not unexpected, tragic but not unexpected. Another 5 yr. study costing tens of millions of dollars employing more than 100 biologists that will study chinook in 12 major river systems from SE Alaska to the Yukon. That’s right after declaring the crisis is Chinook salmon starving at sea,  the official response is to do another five years of…
  • 25 Million Salmon Lost On Pacific Coast

    Russ George
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    25 million sockeye salmon expected to be swimming into the Strait of Juan de Fuca near Seattle are nowhere to be found! It has been a record-breaking year again this year for salmon up and down the Pacific Coast. But amid the story of the historic bounty of salmon returning from their restored and revived ocean pasture an even bigger ocean mystery is building with respect to the salmon lost on their way home to the Fraser River. Since the 1950’s the International Pacific Salmon Commission has tracked salmon on the Pacific coast and the biggest run of salmon, the Sockeye salmon that…
  • 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…
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  • Easy, Peasy, Cheesy — DIY Easy Homemade Cheese

    Emma Grace
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    By Emma Grace Fairchild: As someone who loves to cook and play in the kitchen, making cheese was my dream — one I never thought would be attainable. That was, until I was invited to a friend’s house to make “paneer,” a traditional soft cheese commonly found in Indian cuisine. It was so simple that ...
  • Veggies, Veggies, Veggies and Creative Ways To Get Them into Picky Eaters

    Green Mom
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Being the mom of three wonderful little rascals, I face my battles with how to get my kids to eat their veggies. I should not complain because I’m blessed to have kids who generally love all kinds of fruits and eat lots of veggies. However, my oldest likes only a narrow range ...
  • Acai Smoothie Bowl

    Green Mom
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    Most morning we eat blueberry oatmeal for breakfast but once in a while I like to change it up and we eat something else. This morning it was acai bowls just because I miss San Diego (where they are very common) and I just found frozen acai (yay). Acai is a superfood and is rich ...
  • What To Do with Nuclear Waste???

    Larraine Roulston
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    By Larraine Roulston: Several years ago, Dr. Gordon Edwards, co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility stated, “There will come a day when this industry will be searching widely for host locations to bury its radioactive waste.” That day has arrived. Radioactive waste is everywhere – the result of building nuclear weapons and power plants. This has ...
  • Why Practice Prenatal Yoga When You’re Pregnant

    Guest Writer
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    By Arianna Pinney: “What a child learns in the womb cannot be learned on earth…” – Yogi Bhajan Pregnancy is a profound and sacred journey, so much so that a woman’s experience through pregnancy can define her relationship with her child and herself into eternity. During this journey, more than any other in life, it ...
 
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • #SaveSaturday – How Much Could You Be Saving At Home? – House Insulation

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In this particular week of #SaveSaturday ,I am going to be featuring the amount of money and energy that we could really save at home, Now some of us is not really caring about saving acts or any kind of these stuff ,But here instead of showing tips of how we can save energy ,I am going to show you the exact numbers of money that you could be saving if your really do those saving tips. Now the following Infographic Show you Some of the tips that we can really do at home and how much money & energy would be saved as a results of those tips. Infographic Credit Flickr.com The post…
  • 6 Landscaping Ideas For Homeowners

    Heather Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Having a great landscaped garden is a wonderful way of improving the value of your home, as well as making sure it has good reputation around town. This will still cost you a bit to get things done, but the work you do will have a great effect on making the place a lot more welcoming for everyone who visits the place or lives there. If you need help in this matter, you can work with some landscaping and gardening professionals to get it all done. There will be much you cannot do alone, so this is where their help will prove invaluable. The time you spend on the projects is up to you,…
  • The Ozone Is Repairing Itself, But What 5 Effects Of Global Warming Are Still A Big Risk?

    Arthur Hamilton
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    The latest reports from the UN suggest that after years of what seemed like irreversible damage, the ozone layer is finally starting to thicken. After years of national wrangling over green treaties and corporate taxes for CO2 emissions, the vital layer of protection from harmful sun rays is thickening, and the actual hole in the atmosphere that appears over the Antarctic every year is starting to shrink. The greatest news for activists of green policy is that the scientists behind the report say that it is “political determination” that has made the difference, with CFC gases starting to…
  • Living Green Walls Breathe Life into a Space

    Kathryn
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Today’s designs are moving toward a more organic feeling in homes and businesses. No longer are businesses filled with cold concrete, steel, and granite but many have incorporated natural green spaces in their design. You can also incorporate living green space into your home design to breathe life into your home.  Green walls provide beauty and a natural way to help improve indoor air quality. Patios and decks will also benefit from the natural beauty of a living green wall. Here are the basics you need to know to help you decide if this type of design option is for you. What Is A…
  • 17 Misconceptions Myths And Lies Associated With Energy

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Following Infographic gives 17 Misconceptions Myths And Lies Associated With Energy in 4 different Categories. Infographic Credit Flickr.com The post 17 Misconceptions Myths And Lies Associated With Energy appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
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