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  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

    GreenBiz
    Bridget Croke
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Younger generations of adults enjoy characteristics of their own and ideals shared with everyone else. Here's how brands can strike up a conversation.
  • Minimalist multifunctional transformer boxes hide bed, office & kitchen

    Design feed
    Kimberley Mok
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    These mystery transformer units conceal everything and the kitchen sink in these renovated accommodations in Portugal.
  • A picture is worth: The Brooklyn Death-O-Meter

    Transportation feed
    Lloyd Alter
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    There's nothing new under the sun.
  • Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
    Ana Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Read the rest of Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BIO Architects, DublDom home, home in a day, Off-The-Shelf, prefab shelter, russia, russian tiny home, sweet design, tiny home, wooden home
  • 8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

    Eco-Office Gals
    Kate Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Being environmentally-conscious is a big deal for many businesses today and most likely your company has embraced practices that are eco-friendly. You recycle bottles, cans and paper. You’ve embraced digital documents over paper ones. You opt for energy-efficient office equipment, and you’ve even worked on greening your business strategies. All of these are great ways to help the environment, but while focusing on the inside of your business, you may be forgetting about the outside. Your landscape can be tweaked so it not only looks great, but it also reduces your environmental impact.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Houseplants Part II – Home Air Purification

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    As a part of my two part series on how to grow houseplants I bring you an indoor garden idea and product review – a houseplant stand that will not leak on your floors and a great list of air purification houseplants that might help you keep your house filled with cleaner air. With our homes filled with computers, electronics, carpet fumes, and all types of chemicals, keeping our indoor air quality clean can be a challenge. Some houseplants make great chemical absorbing tools. There was a two year study done by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the National…
  • Houseplants Part I – Books and Ideas

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

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

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

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

    Dana Gunders
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Dana Gunders, Project Scientist, Food and Agriculture, San Francisco This is a guest blog by my new fabulous Program Assistant Ariel Cooper, who attended the Zero Food Waste Forum last week. Hopefully you can all make the next one! Last week people gathered from over 30 states, 6 different countries, and a wide variety of fields to discuss a matter that affects every single person, every single day – food.  It was the United States’ first ever Zero Food Waste Forum and the excitement of the room was palpable as we assembled to brainstorm, educate, share strategies, and…
  • Russian roulette in the shale patch III - Exposure of oil and gas workers to silica sand

    Tanja Srebotnjak
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Tanja Srebotnjak, Public Health Research Fellow, San Francisco This is part three in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. A study of oil and gas workers found unsafe exposures to a contaminant that can cause permanent lung damage. High-volume hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) involves pumping large amounts of water mixed with proppant and chemicals at high pressures into the wellbore to create or enlarge fractures in hydrocarbon-bearing formations and promote the flow of natural gas or oil to the surface.
  • Russian roulette in the shale patch II - Oil and gas workers exposed to hazardous chemicals

    Tanja Srebotnjak
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Tanja Srebotnjak, Public Health Research Fellow, San Francisco This is part two in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. The expansion in U.S. oil and gas production due to advances in horizontal drilling techniques and controversial well stimulation methods such as hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and acidizing has spurred job growth in the nation’s oil and gas fields. But, oil and gas exploration and production is a dirty, difficult, and dangerous field of work – every process stage, piece of…
  • Russian roulette in the shale patch I - The oil and gas industry has one of the highest fatality rates across all industries

    Tanja Srebotnjak
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Tanja Srebotnjak, Public Health Research Fellow, San Francisco This is part one in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. Occupational fatality data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal that an oil and gas field worker anywhere in the U.S. is more than seven times as likely to suffer a fatal injury on the job as the average industry worker (24.2 deaths per 100,000 workers in oil and gas extraction compared with 3.2 deaths per 100,000 workers across all industries).  This puts the sector at the top…
  • I can't hear you: Noise pollution is a health threat near unconventional oil and gas sites

    Tanja Srebotnjak
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Tanja Srebotnjak, Public Health Research Fellow, San Francisco The concerns about air and water pollution resulting from the explosive growth in unconventional oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and other controversial stimulation methods have received a lot of attention recently. Increased oil and gas production using these new technologies can bring more contaminants—many of which have been linked to respiratory and neurological problems, birth defects, and cancer [1,2]—to backyards, communities, and cities. One type of pollution at oil…
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    Grist

  • 11 scary movies that are secretly about the environment

    Amelia Urry
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    With a week left to go until Halloween, we are seriously ready to get our spook on. But candy will kill you, and Umbra sure wouldn’t let us get away with toilet papering your house (as far as you know). So for our scares, this year we’re putting the Sexy Gina McCarthy/Al Gore costume back in the closet and turning once again to the cinema. Few genres are as loaded with subtext as horror — from racism to consumerism to the unquashable scourge of adolescent sexual activity, the lens of horror has a long history of focusing on the important issues of the day and drenching them in blood.
  • Honey, climate change is shrinking the kids

    Jim Meyer
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Climate change is shrinking goats. And fast. A Durham University study of Alpine chamois mountain goats shows that the critters have downsized a startling 25 percent in 30 years. While that is great news for bridge trolls, for the rest of us, it’s rather alarming. Previous studies have fingered climate change as the culprit in shrinking other species, from fish to salamanders to polar bears. But in those cases, the shrinkage could be attributed to other factors such as a reduction in food supply, changes in prey behavior, or exceedingly cold pool water. (Seriously Marsha, it’s a thing.)…
  • In Yolo County, YOLO apparently means stealing hives of angry bees

    Eve Andrews
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Today, on Aubrey “Drake” Graham’s birthday, we should all be contemplating the best place in the world to live out rap star’s trademark YOLO motto. The answer, of course, is Yolo County, Calif. — that is, if YOLO really means: You only live once, so why not steal boxes full of live bees? As told to Modern Farmer, a recent rash of beehive thefts in central California has terrorized commercial beekeepers. Thanks to the rapid decimation of bee populations by colony collapse disorder, bees are in high demand. And since the black market loves a rare…
  • Fusion won’t save us from climate change

    Ellie Johnston
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    We all just love a story where the suspense builds and builds, the whole tale teeters on the brink of disaster — but then, just in time, the hero or heroine saves the day. And it’s no different with climate change. As we watch this slow-motion catastrophe unfurl, we hold out hope for that last-minute save, that silver bullet that could solve the whole problem. The latest hope for a catchall climate fix comes from the secret labs of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which announced last week that its scientists have made a breakthrough in fusion energy, smashing atoms together at…
  • In just 15 years, wind could provide a fifth of the world’s electricity

    James West
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Up to one fifth of the world’s electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year. The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China’s rebounding wind energy market — and a continued trend of high levels of Chinese green energy investment – as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • McDonald’s Considers Offering Organic Ingredients in U.S. Restaurants

    Megan Thompson
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    International mega-corporation McDonald's has announced that its restaurants may begin selling organic foods in an attempt to boost dwindling sales. Read MoreThe post McDonald’s Considers Offering Organic Ingredients in U.S. Restaurants appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Brad Pitt (Briefly) Mentions Charity Work on ‘Between Two Ferns’

    Brianne Hogan
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Brad Pitt was grilled on everything from wife, Angelina Jolie, to even his charity work on the latest edition of the hilarious web series show, “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis.” Read MoreThe post Brad Pitt (Briefly) Mentions Charity Work on ‘Between Two Ferns’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Edie Falco Asks NJ Governor to Ban Gestation Crates

    Natalia Galbetti
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Another A-list star has joined the fight against gestation crates by writing a personal letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Just days after Danny DeVito released his awesome plea Read MoreThe post Edie Falco Asks NJ Governor to Ban Gestation Crates appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Watch: Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Reveal Green Wedding Plans

    Michael dEstries
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    While Lance Bass admits he’s no longer vegetarian, the former NSYNC member did reveal plans about his upcoming green wedding to partner Michael Turchin. The happy couple chatted with Ken Read MoreThe post Watch: Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Reveal Green Wedding Plans appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • CA School to Become First Vegan School in the Country

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The United States will have its first ever all vegan school in 2015. Read MoreThe post CA School to Become First Vegan School in the Country appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds for green babes

    Maureen O'Connor
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    (above) A little something for your HallowGreen monster … Created by a renowned professional photographer and eco activist, Tom Arma – Tom’s kiddie (infant, toddler and child sizes) costumes can be found exclusively at Halloween Express. Too cute, right? … They feature endangered species and are manufactured in a facility that offsets all its power usage. (above) Heading out for a fun, fall excursion? Grab this chic, longer-length hoodie to kill the chills. Loving the 2-way zipper, cool collar and deep pockets. Handmade in LA with soft 100 percent organic cotton, you…
  • Fun Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags for Your Trick-Or-Treaters

    Sheila Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    When you take your little monsters and princesses out on Halloween night to go trick-or-treating they are going to need something in which to keep all their goodies. Instead of toting those classic plastic pumpkins or caldron buckets, they can “feed” fun and reusable monster bags. These colorful creatures were cooked up by Megan, the shop owner of Doves Nest Designs on Etsy. (above) These fun monster bags are made of various fabrics and are fed treats via their mouths. When Halloween night is over there is no need to put away these cute creations; your kids can hang them in their…
  • Nutritional Skincare at Whole Foods – a tried and true review

    Maureen O'Connor
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    full disclosure: Whole Foods provided me with three complimentary ACURE ORGANICS products to test for the purposes of this Tried and True Green Products Review. I’ve really enjoyed using the cleanser, toner and facial cream for the past several weeks … here’s my review. I’m one of those people who likes to take care of my skin – with kindness, and as little fuss as possible. As we all know skin changes over time. So the products we choose to care for our skin change, too. Years ago, I used products designed to treat oily or normal to combination skin. These days…
  • The ASMO Smartphone Charger – the Intelligent “Green” Smartphone Charger

    Jordan Stauder
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    I love my smartphone; you know you do, too. But most of us Americans are wirelessly chained to a metaphorical ball that appears to outpace our unsustainable trek downhill. The earth is ripped and torn to procure the rare elements that make our smartphones’ existence possible. Nonetheless, today’s smartphones are an essential mixture of convenience, communication, entertainment and intelligence; devices that are indeed so intelligent that they count our every footstep, turn themselves on silent when you are near a preprogrammed location such as work or school, and tirelessly serve as our…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Organic Foodies Duped Into Eating McDonald’s…and They’re Loving It

    Jill Ettinger
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is totally effed up but also pretty hilarious. Watch these foodies get fooled into thinking McDonald’s is a healthy and tasty alternative…to McDonald’s? Yep.  Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on EcoSalon His Name is Moby and He Speaks for the Bees [Video] Tinder Fat People Experiments….Awkward! [Videos] Snackpocalypse? Snack Foods Kill and There’s a Video to Prove It: Foodie Underground The post Organic Foodies Duped Into Eating McDonald’s…and They’re Loving It appeared first on EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion.
  • 17 ( More!) DIY Wall Art Ideas: Make Your Own Dreamcatchers, Mobiles and More

    Jen Wallace
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Get creative and add some drama to your decor with these stunning DIY wall art ideas. Think you can’t create impressive DIY wall art? Think again. Everyone has a creative side and with a little inspiration and guidance can create extraordinary creations. These sensational DIY wall art project ideas should get you started to creating some spectacular and striking designs. Just don’t be afraid to carve out a Saturday afternoon and to get a little messy. 17 Striking Hanging DIY Wall Art Ideas Autumn Leaf Garland – Bring the colors of autumn inside with preserving leaves with shellac…
  • Halloween Cocktail Recipe: Grapefruit Gin Fizz with Blackberry ‘Guts’

    Ally Jane Grossan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Skip the spooky green punch and go for something refreshing and elegant like this Halloween cocktail recipe with grapefruit juice and fresh blackberries.  Since it IS practically Halloween, get into the spirit by adding fresh blackberry compote or “guts” into the flesh-colored mixture of grapefruit, gin and club soda. While your guests are consuming handfuls of Halloween candy this drink will offer a cooling respite. The gin fizz is a classic cocktail usually made with carbonated water and lemon juice. An egg white is often added to make a silver fizz which I would highly recommend…
  • 81 Toxic Breast Cancer Culprits Hiding in Your Home

    Sara Novak
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Breast cancer prevention means controlling the environmental toxins running rampant in your home. Manufacturers love to say that their products only use trace amounts of dangerous chemicals, often known or suspected carcinogens. But the problem is these “trace” chemicals add up in a woman’s system. This is especially true because the industrial era has brought so many chemicals into our lives in places that we might never have suspected. Carcinogens hide in personal care products, furniture, building supplies, and cleaning products to name just a handful. But there are a number of steps…
  • 9 Convenient Air Fresheners to Clear the Air Naturally

    Krissy Brady
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Ready-made natural air fresheners for when you don’t feel like doing the DIY thing. As much as I hate to admit it: Winter is coming, which means when you accidentally burn dinner or hubby’s feet make flowers wilt, you’re not going to be able to open the windows as freely – well, not without freezing your tuchus off. Sure, there are plenty of DIY air fresheners you can make, but if you’re crunched for time or can’t find an aesthetically pleasing way to display those coffee grounds, here are 9 convenient natural air fresheners you can spritz (or setup) and mosey on with your day: 1.
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    Yale Environment 360

  • New Mapping Tool Shows Geothermal Power Plants and Potential in U.S.

    Yale Environment 360
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    A new mapping tool from the U.S. Department of Energy lets users see how geothermal power plants Enlarge Geothermal power plants and heat flow potential across the country are taking advantage of the heat stored within the earth’s crust. Most of the nation’s 154 operational and planned geothermal plants are clustered in western states, where geothermal heat potential is especially high (red areas). Notably, the map identifies two areas that appear ripe for new geothermal development: one in the Great Plains and another at the border of Virginia and West Virginia. The bulk of the…
  • Drones Can Help Map Spread of Infectious Diseases, Researchers Say

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Aerial drones can help track changes in the environment that may accelerate the spread of Researchers in Malaysia program a drone infectious diseases, an international team of researchers writes in the journal Trends in Parasitology. Land use alterations, such as deforestation or agricultural changes, can affect the movement and distribution of people, animals, and insects that carry disease, the authors explain. One drone project, for example, tracked changes in mosquito and monkey habitats in Malaysia and the Philippines. By combining land-use information collected by the drones with…
  • Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage. BY PHIL MCKENNA
  • In East Coast Marshes, Goats Take On a Notorious Invader

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Land managers in the eastern U.S. and Canada have spent countless man-hours and millions of dollars trying to tame a pernicious, invasive reed known as Phragmites australis. Toxic herbicides, controlled burns, and even bulldozers have been the go-to solutions to the problem. But recent research out of Duke University suggests another, less aggressive fix: goats. The approach is finding practical applications, including in New York City, where officials deployed a herd of goats at Staten Island’s Freshkills Park. Read more.
  • Arid and Mediterranean Ecosystems Seem More Resistant to Drought than Expected

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

  • EU climate change goal pits green business against industry

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 percent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business.
  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
  • Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 pm
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.
  • Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.
  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
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    Great Green Goods - Shopping the Eco-friendly Way!

  • Congratulations are in order!

    green
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Strata Community Australia (NSW) is the peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. … You may be like me and ask.. What is a strata? In Australia, Strata title allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a lot’ and generally an apartment or townhouse), combined with shared ownership in the remainder (called ‘Common Property’ e.g. foyers, driveways, gardens) through a legal entity called the owners corporation — or strata. The 2014 Whitbread Strata Community Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 18 July. The top award, Innovation of the…
  • Recycled Necklaces

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    National Public Radio is down to just one environment reporter, and he's only covering the beat part time, InsideClimate News reported Friday. As of early 2014, NPR had three reporters and an editor on the environment beat. Now they have one person, science reporter Christopher Joyce, holding down coverage of the issue, and his stories span a broad range of issues beyond the environment. The other three environment staffers have left NPR or moved to other beats. While other reporters could, of course, fill in with environment coverage, as needed, InsideClimate's analysis of NPR's archives…
  • For Californians, The Drought Is Almost As Big Of A Concern As Their Jobs

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Californians are almost just as worried about the state’s water woes as they are about their jobs, a survey from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found this week. Twenty-six percent of residents named water and drought as the most important issues facing California, while 29 percent of respondents identified jobs and the economy as the most pressing problems. Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the nonprofit think thank, told KQED Science that 26 percent is an “incredible number.” “It’s been the duration of this [three-year] drought and the fact that it’s…
  • Every Time You Walk Your Dog With This App, Your Favorite Animal Shelter Gets A Donation

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    You give your dog a treat every time the two of you go on a walk. Why not give the local animal shelter a treat, too? That's the premise of Walk for a Dog, a smartphone app that donates money to an animal shelter of your choosing every time you walk your dog. According to Walk for a Dog's parent organization, WoofTrax, donations are funded via sponsorship deals and advertising, and generally vary from 11 to 25 cents per mile, depending on the number of people who have signed up to walk in benefit of a particular animal organization. In an email to HuffPost, WoofTrax CEO Doug Hexter emphasized…
  • 15 Wildly Inappropriate Pumpkins For A More Shocking Halloween

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Sometimes the classic Jack-o'-lantern design just won't cut it for Halloween. You need something a little bit edgier. If you're looking for pumpkin decorating ideas that go far beyond the triangle eyes and toothy smile designs of yesteryear, get inspired by some of the most inappropriate ones the Internet had to offer:
  • Lava From Hawaii Volcano Picks Up Speed As It Nears Town

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    HONOLULU (AP) -- A growing stream of lava threatening homes on Hawaii's Big Island is expanding and speeding up as it heads toward a small rural town. Officials say the lava advanced nearly 460 yards from Thursday morning to Friday. The narrow, leading edge of the lava flow is now just 250 yards from a side road, which has been closed. No evacuations have been ordered, and the residents of a home that is nearest to the flow already have left voluntarily. Hawaii County Civil Defense is planning to go door-to-door Saturday to find out how many people might need shelter if the eruption continues…
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  • Trick or Treat? The Frightening Climate Costs of Halloween Candy

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Americans will spend more than two billion dollars on candy this Halloween, making it candy's biggest holiday. This is fun for kids, great for dentists, and downright fantastic for the Mars family. But before you head over to the store to buy this year's bowl of treats, you need to be made aware of a really scary, but not widely recognized, fact: Many Halloween candies contain palm oil, the large-scale, monoculture production of which is driving deforestation, extinction, human rights abuses, and climate change! Highly versatile and inexpensive, this vegetable oil is a globally traded…
  • Learning Los Angeles: Ron Finley on Grounding the City

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Fashion designer and "gangsta gardener" Ron Finley has a vision for how communities should live and work together. Ron's do-it-yourself remedy for his South Central L. A. food prison, where, by design, residents have to escape in order to find healthy food, was to plant fruit trees and vegetables on the parkway outside his house, and share his harvest with neighbors. In violation of the city's parkway ordinance, Finley was cited and fined. His 2013 TEDTalk about urban gardening, with 2 million views and still rising, made him an international star. Ron has spoken recently at symposia in…
  • Our Planet's Primal Scream -- Is Anyone Listening?

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Recent headlines have sounded the alarm on the mounting impacts of climate change. Over the past few months, we have seen everything from the hottest summer on record, to historic droughts and extreme wildfires ravaging communities in California, to vanishing wildlife habitat in Alaska, to toxic algae blooming out of control and contaminating drinking water supplies in America's heartland. How much more do we need to know about the devastating effects of climate change before Congress takes action? In California, the first six months of 2014 were the hottest on record, and 82 percent of the…
  • We Borrowed a Shelter Dog to Go Hiking. You Can -- And Totally Should -- Too

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for going for a hike. So my friend Rebecca and I, and my dog Murray, stopped by a local animal shelter to pick up a dog to join us. I'd heard about -- and desperately wanted to try -- programs that let visitors take shelter dogs out hiking, in Hawaii, Utah and Colorado. Not being on a vacation at the moment, alas, I was excited to learn that the greater D.C. area has an increasing number of shelters and rescue groups that will lend out their dogs for day trips. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington, in Northern Virginia, is establishing this sort of…
  • Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their emissions domestically by more than forty percent by 2030. This is the first step as all key countries are supposed to outline their next round of climate commitments by the first part of next year in order to ensure that the next climate agreement puts the world on a solid path to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Europe committed to:…
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  • 2 dead in Washington state school shooting

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    A student opened fire in Marysville, fatally wounding one before he was killed.
  • Remains belong to missing Virginia student

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a university student who disappeared last month, authorities said Friday, ending a search by thousands that took weeks and left the campus and community on edge.
  • Obama meets Ebola survivor Nina Pham at White House

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Barack Obama gives Ebola survivor Nina Pham a bear hug, part of his personal hands-on approach to persuade jittery Americans to trust elite doctors and scientists to keep them safe.
  • Heathcare worker at Newark airport to be quarantined on Ebola fears

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A healthcare worker who had been treating patients in West Africa was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport and will be quarantined, in line with a new policy aimed at reducing risk from the Ebola virus, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Friday. "Her next stop was going to be here in New York," Christie said during a news conference announcing the mandatory quarantine policy. "A quarantine order will be issued." Christie's remarks about the quarantined healthcare worker were first reported by CNBC. ...
  • Two U.S. states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    By David Morgan and Ellen Wulfhorst WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries, and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by the U.S. government on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps of the infected physician, Dr. ...
 
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  • Cleaning Green

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

  • Desert streams: Deceptively simple

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Volatile rainstorms drive complex landscape changes in deserts, particularly in dryland channels, which are shaped by flash flooding. Paradoxically, such desert streams have surprisingly simple topography with smooth, straight and symmetrical form that until now has defied explanation.
  • How ferns adapted to one of Earth's newest and most extreme environments

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Ferns are believed to be 'old' plant species -- some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. However, a group of Andean ferns evolved much more recently: their completely new form and structure (morphology) arose and diversified within the last 2 million years. This novel morphology seems to have been advantageous when colonising the extreme environment of the high Andes.
  • Florida lizards evolve rapidly, within 15 years and 20 generations

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species -- in as little as 15 years -- as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba.
  • Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian Andes: Survival in extreme environments

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Research conducted at the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world sheds new light on the capacity of humans to survive in extreme environments. The findings were taken from sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes.
  • Helping sweet cherries survive the long haul

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Research into the effectiveness of hydrocooling of sweet cherries at commercial packing houses determined the need for post-packing cooling. Analyses determined that core temperatures achieved by in-line hydrocoolers during packing did not reduce temperatures sufficiently to ensure good quality retention over the longer periods of time required for container shipping to export markets. The study recommends forced-air cooling to further reduce sweet cherry temperatures in the box before shipping.
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Power Assure Goes Kaput

    William Pentland
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is one of the fastest-growing segments of the enterprise software market, according to 451 Research.
  • Hybrids Need a Refresh

    Richard Martin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Worldwide sales of hybrids through August were off 9% over sales during the same period in 2013.  The drop contrasts starkly with the last 3 years, which have seen January-August sales rise 65% from 2011 to 2012 and 24% from 2012 to 2013.  While the market for hybrids is certainly not going away – 2014 sales will likely hit 400,000 by year-end – it is becoming significantly more competitive, and expansion outside of the midsize hatchback segments that hybrids crowd is just not happening.
  • Saudis Vs Oil Markets: Who's Playing Whom?

    Gaurav Sharma
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Oil prices have fallen by over 20% in the last couple of months. Brent is currently trading $30 below its summer spike to $115 per barrel and many are left wondering what the Saudis are playing at. Based on conventional wisdom, past moves and motives, Saudi Arabia should lower production to stem the oil price decline.
  • On the RiskMap Radar: Ebola's Impact, Lower Oil Prices and Brazil Votes

    Control Risks
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    LONDON and NEW YORK – As global fears escalate over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, companies are beginning to take stock over what the public health crisis means for their business operations. A few months ago West Africa’s emerging markets were darlings for frontier investors. But already the countries have taken a tremendous economic hit.
  • So You Think We're Reducing The Use Of Coal? -- Think Again

    James Conca
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    If you think we?ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production you are sadly mistaken. Growth in coal use shows no sign of slowing at all, and natural gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Just the growth in fossil fuel over the last five years has dwarfed the growth in renewables over the same time period. This results from the ease with which coal can be set up relative to other sources.
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Crude Oil Transport Project Halted In California After Environmentalists Sue

    Mike G
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Back in August, DeSmog reported on California environmentalists stopping “stealth carbon bombs” in their communities. Now they're celebrating another victory as a dangerous—and illegal—crude oil transport project in Sacramento has been halted as well. According to a report by the Sacramento Bee last March, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District first caught InterState Oil Company, a fuel distributor, offloading ethanol without a permit in the fall of 2012. Inspectors with the AQMD then caught InterState transloading crude oil from trains to trucks bound for Bay…
  • How Traditionalist Hayek Feared Science Would Lead to Socialism

    Brendan Montague
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Margaret Thatcher’s intellectual love affair with the economist Friedrich von Hayek continued despite divergent views on the importance of science, rationality and truth…  Margaret Thatcher presented a clear argument before the Royal Society in 1988: The free market economy depended on a sustainable natural ecology. And science provided the necessary knowledge to guide the industry on what would, in fact, be sustainable. The then-Prime Minister's argument was based on reason. It was rational to expect her fellow free market ideologues to agree with her simple premise. But it seemed…
  • Climate Science Denialist Patrick Moore Tours Australia After Comparing Students to the Taliban

    Graham Readfearn
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Canadian climate science denialist Patrick Moore is at the beginning of a tour around Australia speaking to audiences across the country. But here’s a warning.  If you do find yourself in the audience and don’t want to be compared to the “Taliban” then don’t even think about walking out in protest. Less than two weeks before flying to Australia, Moore spoke on the campus of Amherst College in Massachusetts.  When members of the college’s environmental group decided they had heard enough and walked, Moore said they had a “Taliban mindset”.  When he was later asked to…
  • B.C. Ought to Consider Petronas’ Human Rights Record Before Bowing to Malaysian Company's LNG Demands

    Peter Wood
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It should come as no surprise that Petronas expects B.C. to cave in to its demands to expedite the process of approving its Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline, lowering taxes and weakening environmental regulations in the process. After all, Petronas has a well-established record of getting what it wants in the other countries it operates in, such as Sudan, Myanmar, Chad and Malaysia. This week, the B.C. government did cave to at least one Petronas’ demands — cutting the peak income tax rate for LNG facilities from seven to 3.5 per cent, thereby slashing in half the…
  • Wind Power Could Supply 25% of Global Electricity By 2050 — If Fossil Fuel Industry Doesn't Get in the Way

    Chris Rose
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wind power has become so successful that it could provide 25 to 30 per cent of global electricity supply by mid-century if vested interests don’t get in the way, according to a new report published Tuesday. The report — Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014 — said that commercial wind power installations in more than 90 countries had a total installed capacity of 318 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2013, providing about three per cent of global electricity supply. By 2030, the report said, wind power could reach 2,000 GW, supply up to 17 to 19 per cent of global electricity, create over two…
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    Urban Workbench

  • Finding the Leak

    Mike Thomas
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    City of Revelstoke crews operating the vactor truck to locate a watermain break using hydro-excavation.
  • Watermain Replacement

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

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

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

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

  • Social Hour

    Erin Lepperd
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s always fun to re-visit our most loved posts and this collection of images is just that; an adoring stamp of approval from you, our most beloved readers. We’ve combed ourPinterest and Instagram accounts for the images that made you gush, had you tapping twice and re-pinning your hearts out. Have a look at this week’s social hour stars… This Week's Most Loved PicsView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Social Hour Post categories: The Blog
  • How to Decorate an Ugly Sofa

    Abby Larson
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    We all have one. Whether it was a $99 craigslist find, a parental hand me down or an adopted gem from a roommate past – the ugly sofa is one item that I’m betting nearly every home in America has. So today, we’re working with what we’ve got and showing you just how easy it is to decorate around that sofa that simply needs a little love. And you can find more How-To’s right here! 1. If given the option, always start with a neutral color. Mainly because neutrals are far easier to jazz up. That said, these tips will work with ANY sofa of any color. 2. Fold a simple,…
  • Pretty in Pink Modern Nursery

    Abby Larson
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    My oldest daughter’s nursery was sweet and pink and all out loveliness. My son’s was a bit less lovely and my 5 month old’s? Well, she doesn’t have a nursery. She is actually currently sleeping in the bathroom because it’s the darkest place I could find. But this little slice of nursery heaven – photographed to perfection by Jessica Lorren – reminds me that every little bitty needs a room to call their own – and one that is as soft and pretty as their tiny toes. Share this gorgeous gallery on   Little Mila Annabelle is very lucky to have…
  • Salted Caramel Apple Martini

    Leah Bergman
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Halloween is just one week away, have you found the perfect cocktail to serve at your party? From creepy cocktails like my Black Licorice Widow Martini to this sweet and fun Salted Caramel Apple Martini, there is so much inspiration this time of year. Today’s cocktail is tart, sweet, and a bit salty from the Maldon sea salt and caramel sauce rim. Plus the acid green of the sour apple martini screams Halloween! Dress up your cocktail display with a few creepy spiders and your ready to celebrate. Who needs a bowl of Halloween candy when you can sip on a Salted Caramel Apple Martini?
  • Real Housewives Dinner Party

    Abby Larson
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I challenge you to find a bigger Real Housewives fan then me. Seriously. Bravo Andy is my everything and I’ve literally seen every episode of every franchise more than once. Probably more than twice. I know. Not. Weird. At. All. Anyway, when I spotted a few of the ladies at this beautiful party photographed by Artvesta Studio – well it brought the two things I love most in the world together into one amazing feature. Awkward, but so true. Read on to see the pretty reason they were celebrating! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From the photographer…There are hundreds…
 
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    Clean Edge

  • Net Zero: From Target to Reality

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

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

  • European Council endorses 40% GHG cut by 2030; requests ways to cut transport emissions via efficiency, electrification and renewable fuels

    Mike Millikin
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    On 23 October, leaders of the European Union agreed on the climate and energy policy framework for the EU for the period from 2020 to 2030. During its meeting, the European Council endorsed 4 targets: a binding EU target of at least 40% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 1990; a binding target of at least 27% of renewable energy used at EU level; an energy efficiency increase of at least 27%; and the completion of the EU-internal energy market by reaching an electricity interconnection target of 15% between members states and pushing forward important infrastructure projects.
  • Bi-functional nafion/γ-Al2O3 membrane for stable Li-sulfur battery cathode

    Mike Millikin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Researchers at Tianjin University (China) report another approach to stabilizing the performance of a Li-sulfur battery. In a paper in the Journal of Power Sources, they describe the preparation of a sulfur cathode modified by a bi-functional nafion/γ-Al2O3 (aluminum oxide) membrane which can “remarkably” immobilize the polysulfides—a major cause of rapid capacity degradation—within the unique cathode structure due to its ion selectivity and absorbent capacity. They report a high initial discharge capacity of 1448.0 mAh g−1 can be achieved at 1C and a capacity of 788.6 mAh…
  • C.A.T leases 100 CNG sleeper tractors from Ryder; Ryder’s largest NA nat gas lease deal

    Mike Millikin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    C.A.T. Inc. (formally Canadian American Transportation, Inc.) has signed a full-service lease agreement for 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) sleeper tractors. This is Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in Canada and its largest single natural gas vehicle customer to date. C.A.T., a truckload carrier based in Coteau-du-Lac, Québec, Canada, will use the trucks in its delivery fleet that travels from Montreal, Canada to Laredo, Texas. C.A.T. has served the shipping public between Canada and the United States since 1978 and provides transportation services to major corporations within…
  • New Harman active road noise cancellation technology enables use of lighter weight materials without vehicle noise compromise

    Mike Millikin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Harman, the premium global audio and infotainment group, is expanding its HALOsonic suite of noise management solutions, which the company has co-developed with Lotus Engineering using patented Active Noise Control Technologies. (Earlier post.) Harman’s new Road Noise Cancellation (RNC) technology minimizes unwanted noise generated when the vehicle tires roll across the road surface. RNC, which is presently ready for market implementation, enables automakers to use lighter weight materials and improve fuel economy without compromising on vehicle noise levels. In pursuing ways to lessen the…
  • Carnot Compression announces successful testing of proprietary isothermal compression technology

    Mike Millikin
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Carnot Compression LLC announced it has successfully demonstrated isothermal compression (i.e., temperature remains constant, ΔT = 0) across multiple tests and design iterations. Carnot says its results represent a major breakthrough in energy efficiency for the compression industry; prior to Carnot’s technology, the Taylor Compressor, implemented at the beginning of the 20th century, was the only isothermal compression system in operation, the company says. Carnot designed and built a novel centrifugal compressor utilizing the weight of water to compress gas with a proprietary impeller;…
 
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  • The Clean Power Plan and the Deployment of Renewable Energy

    Megan Ceronsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By Megan Ceronsky(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 2, 2014) The proposed Clean Power Plan identifies the “best system of emission reduction” to address carbon pollution from power plants as comprised of four building blocks: (1) efficiency improvements at coal-fired power plants; (2) shifts in utilization away from higher-emitting fossil plants towards lower-emitting fossil plants; (3) deployment of zero-carbon generation sources such as wind and solar; and (4) harvesting demand-side energy efficiency…
  • How scientists linked the California drought to climate change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rockin’ Green

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

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

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

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

    Janet
    19 May 2014 | 11:54 am
    As Antarctic glaciers continue to melt at an alarming rate, we must consider how our national coastlines will be changing as ocean levels rise. NASA and the University of California Irvine recently published a report about this and the organization Climate Central used the data to have an artist create very photorealistic renderings of what our national coastal landmarks will look like in the future. Additionally, Climate Central has created interactive maps that allow you to explore sea level and coastal flood risks across the U.S. for eight states. Please take a moment to look at the…
 
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  • Green Homes Sell Better

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

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

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

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

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

    John Beltz Snyder
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Filed under: Etc., Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, Transportation Alternatives, Tesla Motors Renault's sustainability mobility website is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The site focuses on electric and hybrid cars, cycling, public transport as well as policy and events regarding getting around in a clean, green way. It also features a monthly forum where scientists, bloggers, politicians and other experts weigh in on sustainable transport. Visit the website, or read more in the press release below. Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde wants to turn Beijing's smog into jewelry. Roosegaarde plans to capture…
  • Report: Toyota sells off Tesla shares, too

    Brandon Turkus
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Filed under: BMW, Toyota, Tesla The incredible rise of Tesla's stock price has done little to now stop two major shareholders from ditching their stake in the American EV manufacturer. First, Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, ditched its four-percent stake, and less than a week later, Toyota is doing the same thing, selling off an undisclosed bit of its Tesla investment. The move comes as Toyota winds down sales of the RAV4 EV, which gets its batteries and electric motor from Tesla at the company's Fremont, CA factory. "We have a good relationship with Tesla, and will evaluate the…
  • Video: The Price Is Right plays One Away with Tesla Model S

    Sebastian Blanco
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Filed under: Performance, Videos, Hatchback, Tesla, Electric, Luxury, TV/Movies When it comes to game shows, The Price Is Right is about as mainstream as American TV gets, beaming lust for fancy new prizes into millions of homes every day. Recently, the show held its annual Dream Car Week, which this year included a Tesla Model S along with a Porsche Cayenne, a Land Rover Range Rover Sport, a Maserati Quattroporte and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The contestant invited to come on down an take a crack at the bright-red Model S was Vanessa Ansoorian, who told host Drew Carey that she had…
  • Report: Aging Prius, dropping gas prices putting hurt on hybrid, EV sales

    Chris Bruce
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Filed under: Car Buying, Hybrid, Toyota, Electric "As Prius represents by far the biggest chunk of the hybrid marketplace, where Prius goes, the segment goes," - Ed Kim, Autopacific Fuel prices in the US have been tumbling for the last several weeks, with the average price of a gallon of gas at $3.120 as of October 20, according to the US Energy Information Administration. That price reflects a serious recent drop from $3.299 on October 6. Reports have even suggested that those low numbers might not change for a little while, perhaps as long as years. While drivers certainly love paying less…
  • Report: Porsche rules out Macan, 911 hybrids

    Noah Joseph
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Filed under: Hybrid, Performance, Porsche Believe it or not, between the 918 Spyder, the Cayenne and the Panamera, Porsche offers more plug-in hybrid models than any other brand. Yes, Porsche. But don't expect that trend to continue. At least, not in the immediate future. According to Top Gear, the E-Hybrid powertrain in the Cayenne and Panamera is too big to fit into the smaller Macan. A future hybrid system could be small enough to fit, but with the current technology still fresh, that'd still be some ways down the twisting road. It stands to reason, then, that if the system wouldn't fit in…
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  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lori Zimmer
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Read the rest of Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cal-earth, earth architecture, earthbag construction, eco design, Green Building, green design, Jose Andres Vallejo, La Casa Vergara, Nader Khalili, natural building, Superadobe, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, sustainable earth bag solutions
  • Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

    Ana Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Read the rest of Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BIO Architects, DublDom home, home in a day, Off-The-Shelf, prefab shelter, russia, russian tiny home, sweet design, tiny home, wooden home
  • Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

    Lori Zimmer
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm would then connect directly to the UK, pumping energy through a 280-mile-long underwater cable. Read the rest of Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: desert solar, eco design, from the sahara to england, green design, Nur Energie, sahara solar farm, solar farm, sustainable design, Tunisia, TuNur Farm, UK…
  • Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

    Lucy Wang
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Read the rest of Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "natural materials", double height windows, energy efficient, green roof, isle of skye, larch, patina, restrained materials palette, rural design architects, Scotland, scottish architecture, skye, turf house
  • Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

    Colin Payne
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports that DNA came from a Homo Sapiens femur bone that was found accidentally on the bank of a west Siberian River in 2008; it is believed to have belonged to a man who died about 45,000 years ago. The DNA found in that bone holds traces of Neanderthals, a cousin of early humans who lived nearby in Eurasia before suddenly disappearing. Read the rest of Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • Ford, Goodyear, FTS Technologies Win Sustainability Innovation Awards

    Ken Jennison
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Ford, Goodyear and FTS Technologies received awards from the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment on Tuesday at the organization’s second annual Sustainable Innovation Awards ceremony in Rochester, Michigan. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment is a partnership between automakers, their suppliers and the EPA. The awards program recognizes Supplier Partnership member companies for their outstanding […]
  • Durability ‘Most Important Green Building Product Attribute’

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and green building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of US architects commissioned by PPG Industries. The survey encompassed 629 US architects representing a cross-section of job titles, experience, firm sizes and geographic locations. PPG has commissioned architect […]
  • Hospitals Face Ebola Waste Challenges

    Ken Jennison
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Based on US hospital experiences to date, one Ebola patient will likely generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste per day, making storage, transportation, and disposal of the waste a major challenge for hospitals, according to the California Hospital Association. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended autoclaving or incinerating the waste […]
  • Biobased Materials, Chemicals Funding on the Rise

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    The biobased materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28 percent increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained maturity and regained investors’ confidence, […]
  • OneSource Freight Joins R2 Recycling Leader Program

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Transportation and logistics provider OneSource Freight has joined SERI’s R2 Recycling Leaders program, which recognizes leadership efforts in electronics recycling among companies and nonprofits organizations. OneSource Freight has been a consistent supporter of the R2 Standard since its development in 2008, and provided guidance in the drafting of Provision 12 of the R2:2013 Standard, covering […]
 
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Beware of Knotworks – Networks with Ego

    Simon Robinson
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I do not know who the artist is who drew this cartoon (above), so I cannot acknowledge them, but it seems to be quite famous and has been doing the rounds for some time now. I added the ego – eco element myself, and ego is something I would really like to explore as we move from a hierarchical society to a networked, co-creative society.Credit: Paul Baran 1964You may have seen the image above. It comes from Paul Baran who in 1964 was concerned about the ability of a communications network to survive a nuclear strike. The concept is that in a centralised network, there is a single point of…
  • Coastal Resiliency Project Crowned Winner of 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

    Sustainable Brands
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced that a comprehensive climate change adaptation and community development project, Living Breakwaters has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge, what has been dubbed by the Institute as "socially responsible design’s highest award." The project was submitted by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC based in New York. Living Breakwaters exemplifies the approach famously evangelized by Fuller: “Don’t fight forces — use them.”The Living Breakwaters project integrates components ranging from ecologically…
  • OECD: U.S. Has Worst Work-Life Balance Among Developed Countries

    Mike Hower
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The United States has the worst work-life balance of the 23 developed nations recently ranked by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index.The OECD judged work-life balance based on three variables:The portion of the labor force that works very long hours (more than 50 hours a week).Time spent on "leisure and personal care" (defined in contrast to paid or unpaid work as spending time with friends, going to the movies, pursuing hobbies, sleeping, eating, etc.).Employment rates for women who have children.OECD draws attention to the fact that the…
  • 5 Misconceptions About Sustainability Reporting Assurance

    Dave Knight
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    First, let’s clarify what assurance is.In this context, assurance is a third-party review of the reliability of a sustainability or corporate responsibility report. It often includes the checking of the data and claims in these reports. Best practice also includes confirming the report focuses on the right things (material issues).The intention is to increase the clarity and trustworthiness of information, while improving the robustness of the methods used to gather it.Assurance is what we are seeking to achieve, building stakeholder confidence and internal engagement by helping confirm…
  • e-Stewards Launches Online e-Waste Trading Platform

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    The Basel Action Network (BAN) has announced they are bringing to market an online trading platform that will allow businesses to easily recycle used electronics with some of the world's most responsible electronic waste recyclers — those certified to the e-Stewards® Standard.The e-Stewards® Marketplace, developed in cooperation with industry leaders and Seattle-based technology company Retrace, has been enthusiastically supported by e-Stewards recyclers and companies such as LG Electronics, as well as the data protection services firm Tabernus, which have expressed their intent to…
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  • New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Want to make sure your e-waste recycling efforts don't support offshoring of such wastes? The e-Stewards Online Marketplace gives you that assurance The post New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    When your water use becomes limited - from emergencies or contamination - you learn not to waste this precious resource, but to use it mindfully The post Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Did the Great Recession, the economic downturn in 2007-08 create a generation of people who avoid food waste at almost all costs The post Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Cigarette waste such as ashes and discarded filters can have important uses. Butts make excellent supercapitors, rust inhibitors and industrial pallets, while ashes can be turned into water filters The post Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags

    Talancia Pea
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Don't toss those used tea bags after making your tea - there are all sorts of things you can do with them! From cleaning to freshening your breath The post 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Ebola: World Bank Chief Calls for Health Workers in West Africa

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Time: The global health community needs "thousands" more health-care workers in West Africa to tame the Ebola virus epidemic that has so far killed nearly 5,000 people, the president of the World Bank told reporters Friday. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, chief of the international financial institution, said a lack of trained medical personnel in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is one of the main challenges hampering the international effort to control an outbreak that has ravaged three West African countries and...
  • To Fight #Ebola, West Africa Needs More Doctors And Nurses -- Not Money

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Reuters: When Australia offered more than $2 million last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it. What was urgently needed from rich Western countries, MSF said, was not more money but doctors and nurses. Despite warnings that hundreds of thousands may die, foreign governments and organizations are still hesitating to dispatch highly trained civilian and military personnel to fight the worst ever outbreak of the deadly...
  • Two US states to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola zones

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Reuters: New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries, and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday. The steps announced by the two states, which go beyond the current restrictions being imposed by the U.S. government on travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, came as medical detectives tried to retrace the steps of the infected...
  • Feds mull quarantine for health workers from W. Africa

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    CNBC: The Obama administration is considering imposing a quarantine on health workers returning from Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa after a New York City doctor who had worked in that region tested positive for the often-deadly disease. A federal Centers for Disease Control spokesman said it is like that changes will be made to current CDC guidelines for medical workers returning from the nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Reuters reported Friday afternoon. "There are lots of...
  • NYC #Ebola: No cause for alarm, mayor says

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    CNN: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was joined Friday by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to announced more stringent airport screening procedures for travelers returning from West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, including automatic quarantines for some returning medical workers. A Doctors Without Borders physician, who recently came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, on Thursday became the first diagnosed Ebola case in New York City. A Doctors Without Borders physician who is...
 
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  • 5 New York Epidemics That Were Way Worse Than Ebola Will Be

    Tim McDonnell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    An 1865 cartoon from Harper's Weekly ridicules the incompetence of the New York City Board of Health, first established to fight yellow fever. US National Library of Medicine Ebola has arrived in New York City. So should residents here be worried about a widespread outbreak? Almost certainly not: The disease is not airborne, and infected patients are only contagious once they show symptoms. Craig Spencer, the infected doctor in New York, has said he didn't have symptoms Wednesday night when he rode the subway between Manhattan and Brooklyn and went bowling. Three people he came into contact…
  • Environmentalists Don't Like Europe's New Climate Plan. Can Obama Do Better?

    James West
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Environmental groups are warning that a new European agreement to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 sets the bar far too low. The pact—which was reached early Friday in Brussels—makes the European Union the first major bloc of countries to commit to emissions targets ahead of next year's crucial climate change talks in Paris. At the Paris meeting, world leaders will attempt to hammer out a global agreement that will keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The Guardian reports that in addition to their commitment to cut greenhouse emissions…
  • In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

    James West
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year. The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China's rebounding wind energy market—and a continued trend of high levels of Chinese green energy investment—as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. The report,…
  • Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

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

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

    dbell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Not far outside the main area of Cairo, Egypt, is a city of trash.   And the citizens of Garbage City, as it's called, are surprisingly happy. Only one thing really seems to worry them: the thought that their livelihood dealing in Cairo’s trash will be taken away.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Blood Orange Mule Halloween Cocktail

    rshreeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Halloween is next Friday, but the parties start this weekend, especially the adult costume parties. Orange cocktails are in order for themed parties, and if you’re looking for one that doesn’t come with eyeball ice cubes, I have one you might want to give a try.  
  • 'The Great Invisible' explores the environmental and psychological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

    gmiller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    It has been more than four years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 crew members and unleashed 2.4 million gallons of petroleum per day into the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects of the disaster are still being felt. The devastating pollution has impacted the fishing industry and those who rely on it, not to mention the ecosystem.
 
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  • Nest Buys Revolv, Takes Its Home Hub Off the Market

    Jeff St. John
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Nest Labs has bought another startup -- Revolv, maker of wireless hubs that can speak a dozen or so different protocols for the crowded and complicated home automation market. But for now at least, it looks like it’s taking Revolv’s main product off the market -- perhaps to get it ready to carry Nest’s newfangled Thread protocol as well. On Friday, Revolv announced its acquisition by Nest for an undisclosed sum, with plans to “continue to unify the connected home as part of the Works with Nest program.” At the same time, it’s shutting down sales to new…
  • Are Utilities Investing Enough in Distribution to Boost Resilience and Support Renewables?

    Julia Pyper
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Investor-owned utilities in the United States have made increased investments in the electricity distribution system over the past two decades, according to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Investments are down from a peak of $20 billion in 2012, but 2013 levels are still higher than spending in the 1990s and early 2000s. The rise in investments comes despite stagnating electricity load growth. According to the EIA, electricity sales declined in four of the five years between 2008 and 2012. Utilities will need not only to invest more in the distribution system in…
  • To Modernize the Grid, We Must Forget Everything We Know About Rate Structures

    Edwin Overcast
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Today’s electric utility rates, largely based on structures developed in the 19th century, cannot support the evolving business needs of utilities. Nor can current rates provide for a fair distribution of costs, particularly among residential consumers. In order to modernize the electric utility rate structure, we must fundamentally change everything we have thought about rate design since the birth of the industry. Often referred to as “unbundling,” modern rate designs enable utilities to include a price signal for each service and improve the overall efficiency for…
  • How Groundbreaking Is DOE’s New $53M Solar Investment?

    Stephen Lacey
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Ernest Moniz is an all-of-the above kind of energy secretary. He's a supporter of advanced nuclear, natural gas, carbon sequestration and all kinds of renewables -- and has the diverse funding at the Department of Energy to show for it. But there's one technology that he's been giving a lot of special attention: solar. "I think solar is in a good place," said Moniz, standing amidst a 6.4-megawatt solar installation on the roof of the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas on Wednesday. "I think we're there." Well, not all the way there.  Just an hour before climbing…
  • Imergy Returns to the Scene With Low-Cost Flow Battery

    Julia Pyper
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    After a decade of development and some corporate rebranding, Imergy Power Systems has unveiled a next-generation vanadium flow battery the company claims will dramatically lower costs and boost performance over competing battery chemistries by using a recycled vanadium electrolyte. Demand for cost-effective energy storage has grown as intermittent renewables like solar and wind become cheaper and integrate onto the grid in higher volumes. Batteries also have applications in demand response, energy shifting and backup power. Flow batteries are one of the most promising storage options. They…
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  • A Short History of the #Dellfie

    Laura P. Thomas
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    You may have seen the hashtag on Twitter, or on Instagram, and wondered what the heck #Dellfie meant. With Dell World coming November 4-6, you might start seeing even more of them show up in your social networks, so it seems like a good time to explore the topic. The #Dellfie is actually not a creation of Dell, although we've certainly embraced it. This wasn't something cooked up by a group of marketers in a conference room looking for the next great "viral" hit. As best I can tell, the first use of that hashtag was by Dutch volleyballplayer Kay van Dijk when he tweeted…
  • Technology Unleashes Entrepreneurship at Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference

    Karen Quintos, CMO
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Roughly 70 percent of new jobs globally--and as many as 90 percent in some emerging economies--come from new and small businesses. And according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 13 percent of the U.S. population, or an estimated 25 million people, are in the process of starting or running a new business.  It is clear entrepreneurs fuel America’s economic future. Last week, I had the great pleasure of joining the leaders of the nation’s fastest-growing companies at the Inc. 500|5000 Conference to recognize their success. The conference also marked a few milestones for…
  • Getting the Right Data to (Only) the Right People

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

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

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    WHEN THE MONTANA Department of Transportation approached the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes about widening the portion of U.S. Highway 93 that bisects the Flathead Indian Reservation, the tribes resisted. They first wanted assurances that any highway expansion would address the spirit that defines this region of prime wildlife habitat and natural wonders. The primary goal for the tribes was to mitigate the impact of the road on wildlife. While people view highways as a means of getting from one place to another, to wildlife they are just the opposite: a barrier. Highways turn…
  • Meet the Beetles

    Sharman Apt Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Sharman Apt Russell I AM SQUATTING on a sandy riverbank, watching a pack of western red-bellied tiger beetles eat a dead frog. Although the insects are only two feet away and about a third of an inch long, through close-focusing binoculars they fill my vision, an entirely new and surprising world. Tiger beetles have disproportionately large, sickle-shaped mouthparts, which they use now to stab into the white belly of the frog, slicing and scything and scissoring their mandibles like a chef sharpening his knives. Sometimes the beetles stand completely still, each brown wing cover patterned…
  • The New Farmers

    Lauren Markham
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Lauren Markham SPRING IS THE TIME of year when Deena Miller, owner and operator of Sweet Roots Farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, thinks of quitting. Her body hurts, money is tight, and just enough of her organic, love-sown seeds have sprouted from the ground that she can see her failures: wimpy leaves, frost-stunted sprouts, roots chewed through by beetles. It’s the fourth season that thirty-year-old Miller and her husband, Robbie Martin, have farmed three and a half acres on a slight slope in the fertile Penn Valley, north of Sacramento. And yet despite the challenges, each…
  • Down by the River

    Rowan Jacobsen
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Rowan Jacobsen ALTHOUGH YOU WOULDN’T have known it as recently as ten years ago, the Sonoran Desert city of Yuma, Arizona, is a river town. Located near the junction of California, Arizona, and Mexico, this kiln-dry city of ninety thousand people and 3 billion heads of lettuce has always owed its existence to the Colorado River. It was here in 1849 that thousands of Gold Rushers arrived at Yuma Crossing, where two granite ledges funneled the powerful Colorado River through a deep narrows that made for the easiest ferry crossing in the Southwest. The native Quechan enjoyed a brief…
  • Endangered Language

    Wendy Call
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wendy Call ON A RAINY WINTER evening, seventy people jammed into a Seattle recording studio to listen to poetry by Irma Pineda, who had traveled from her hometown of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. She writes in Isthmus Zapotec, the mother tongue of several people in the audience that night—immigrants from Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec who were anxious to hear the sounds of home. Most others in the audience had never heard Zapotec before, much less listened to its literature. Pineda’s traditional, formal dress had filled most of her suitcase: a cropped…
 
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  • H.P. Lovecraft Invented a Horrific World to Escape a Nihilistic Universe

    John Gray
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have
  • Is 'Dracula Untold' An Islamophobic Movie?

    Elest Ali
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    This week I saw Dracula Untold in Istanbul, with an Italian Turkologist who shares my enthusiasm for vampire movies. It was past 10 p.m. when the credits rolled, and the audience was disgruntled. Outside, Istiklal Street was still booming. An armored police van drove past us, weaving thro
  • Deciding How to Die Has Never Been Harder

    Henry Marsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Dying has never been easy but modern medicine has made it much more difficult. Our ancestors died quickly; few lived long enough to be faced by the progressive debility and dementia that most of us will now suffer. And when they fell ill all they could do was pray for either recovery or eternal life
  • The UNC Scandal Exposes the "Student-Athlete" Lie Once and For All

    Jason Zengerle
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Friday night, my seven-year-old son will go the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team’s first exhibition game of the season. He’ll wear his #5 Carolina-blue jersey, in honor of his favorite player Marcus Paige,
  • An Empty Cocktail for Mitch McConnell

    Danny Vinik
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is locked in a tough reelection fight with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the secretary of state in Kentucky. Throughout the race, he
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  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

    Christine Escobar
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A new independent film about homeschooling, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences. "Class Dismissed" explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. Produced by 3StoryFilms, the movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school to pursue learning in a completely different way. I recently spoke to the film's director and co-producer…
  • Chicago Park District Wins Gold Medal, Named Top Park District in the U.S.

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Competing with our children’s digital world can be a challenge, especially when you would like them to experience the environment and the many ways they can sustain it. It’s hard enough to get them to look up from their device but when they are taking selfies, this might be the right time to capture their attention. With the ‘selfie boom’ in full swing (the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013), what more reason to entice your child to take as many as possible while camping, recycling, hiking, composting, fishing and basically enjoying all nature has to offer. An…
 
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  • The 10 Best Snowboarding Instagrams

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

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

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

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

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

    Blogger
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    12:42 p.m. ET: President Obama to accommodate with Ebola-free helper Nina Pham. President Obama skeleton to accommodate with Nina Pham, a Texas Health Dallas helper who recovered from Ebola, this afternoon. 12:12 p.m. ET: Second helper with Ebola giveaway of virus. Amber Vinson, one of dual nurses who engaged Ebola, is giveaway of a virus, Emory University announced Friday. Unlike Texas Health helper Nina Pham, Vinson will sojourn hospitalized for “continued understanding care,” a sanatorium pronounced in a open statement. 10:55 a.m. ET: Dallas helper announced Ebola-free. Nina Pham, a…
  • Impacts of low oil prices

    Blogger
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    By Drs. Robert Sonia VoglPresident and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association This past Tuesday, wanton oil prices were during $87.170 per tub and falling. Gasoline prices in Illinois averaged $3.291 per gallon. Falling prices will make for happy motoring, though knowledge reveals prices can arise dramatically with supply disruptions. According to a new essay by Ron Bousso and Joshua Schneyer in Reuters, Saudi Arabia is secretly informing others they would be gentle with a most reduce cost for oil for a year or two. Oil prices next $80 to $90 per tub could delayed investments…
  • ‘Let lax and have fun': Judah & a Lion brings high-energy uncover to Visulite …

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    24 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    For fans of a Americana-folk-bluegrass genre, Judah a Lion is only what a playlist ordered. The Nashville-based rope is interlude by Charlotte’s Visulite Theatre on Thursday to foster a initial full-length album, “Kids These Days,” expelled final month. It follows EPs “First Fruits” and “Sweet Tennessee.” The contingent – Judah Akers (guitar, lead vocals), Nate Zuercher (banjo) and Brian Macdonald (mandolin) – connected by friends of friends while attending Belmont University in Nashville and knew they had something special after their initial unpretentious jam session,…
  • Diet Doc Announces Updated Diet Plans that Incorporate Popular Paleo Diet …

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    24 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Diet Doc Announces Updated Diet Plans that Incorporate Popular Paleo Diet Principles and Recipes PRWEB.COM Newswire PRWEB.COM NewswireSeattle, WA (PRWEB) Oct 24, 2014 Research clearly indicates that it is a complicated diet, filled with refined, processed, greasy and sugarine brimful foods, that is probable for large diseases in America, including diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, depression, infertility and, of course, obesity. The good news is that people are noticing a need to remove weight and urge their health and thousands have incited to Diet Doc’s updated medical weight…
  • Another Day, Another Low for Crude – Energy Journal

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    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    By tim.falconer@wsj.com Click here to accept this morning email newsletter ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LOW Oil prices continue to tumble to uninformed lows as tellurian inventories enhance and direct weakens.  U.S. energy data expelled on Wednesday positively rammed home that summary to investors. The U.S. dwindle is displayed during Tesoro’s oil refinery in Los Angeles, Calif. The distance of final week’s register build was unexpected, analysts said. Meanwhile, a new slip in wanton prices has presented OPEC with a problem. Reuters The volume of wanton stored in a U.S. surged by 7.1 million…
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  • 10 Ways to Avoid Lead Poisoning in Children

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

    Katy
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    A dear friend of mine has a habit of saying, “you can freeze it!” to just about anything that is about to go bad or is extra food. The truth of it is, she’s usually right. The average American wastes almost half of their food every year, and waste $165 billion dollars annually. That’s roughly $2,275 wasted for a family of four. What could you do with just a little of that wasted money? Plane tickets for your family? A small project in your house? Car payments for a year? That’s why I joined the Eco Eats Challenge. To make more progress toward a life that reflects…
  • Top 10 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • An Honest Post

    Eco Yogini
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Today is my day to post...But after the events of this week in Ottawa, I'm really at a loss as to what to say.I'm not even ready to really share my thoughts on what it means to have a Terrorist attack our Canadian parliament, or against our national military forces, by individuals who were BORN and raised Canadians. Or how I feel about the loss of a personable and approachable (relatively) political space.So. This is what I'm sharing with you, boothers. An honest tidbit: I really don't feel very hopeful at all; I actually feel pretty darn conflicted.I am not a fan of warfare. I'm pretty much…
  • Overcoming Green Living Fatigue

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

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

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

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

  • How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

    greenandcleanmom
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Roasted pumpkin seeds are mouthwatering. Really, they are amazing but they have to be cooked just right. Who wants to eat gooey pumpkin seeds or ones that are over cooked and a little black? Not this girl! My son looks forward to pumpkin carving each year…just for the pumpkin seeds. It’s the one thing I dislike the most because I have the job of scooping Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds The post How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily

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

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

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

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

    Greenstylemom
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Just for fun I filled out a map of where we have traveled in the US. Got the image here.Red (Pink?) means the kids and I have visitedOrange means I have been, but the kids have notWhite means neither the kids nor I have been there (only RI, OR, SC, DE left for me - I was literally miles away from SC when we were in NC, but decided to hold off for a *real* trip to SC)
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fireplace decorated for Halloween
  • Salamanders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Micaela
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
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  • Trends in Natural Products from Expo East

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

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

    Micaela
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
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  • Juice Beauty’s Instant Eye Lift {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
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    Chemically Green

  • Why North Dakota Is Now America’s Wealthiest State

    Like New
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If somebody asked you to name something exciting about North Dakota, what would it be? Not to put down the state as a whole, but most people might struggle to answer that question. Out of the 50 States in the Union, North Dakota isn’t exactly known for thriving culture or bustling metropolises. Well, as luck would have it, something exciting started happening in North Dakota about 10 years ago: the biggest domestic oil boom since the 70s. Keep reading to find out how it turned North Dakota into the richest state in the country. Shale Changed Everything Oil producers have been drilling shale…
  • The Richest State That Nobody Knows About: North Dakota

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

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

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

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

    Alice Benny
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With its tremendous natural beauty and superior biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. Unlike other types of travel, ecotourism allows vacationers to responsibly visit natural areas. Carefully planned explorations preserve natural resources and enhance the economic stability of the locals. Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular in many destinations, but it’s… Read more The post Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Veshengro
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Have you ever wondered what really does happen to those bags of shredded waste that gets taken out of your office on a daily basis? Many who do not know, and that may include even you, more than likely, believe that that is all going to be recycled. But nothing could be further from the truth. No longer do those bags of “confidential” waste that have gone through the shredder, nowadays contain only shredded paper. Nay, they also contain shredded credit cards, ID cards, CDs, DVDs, etc., and that all in the same bag. This means that the contents of such bags, in…
  • AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST ROB PENN TELLS US WHY BRITISH WOODLANDS ARE SO IMPORTANT

    Veshengro
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Author, journalist and TV presenter Rob Penn tells Grown in Britain what makes British woodlands so important I am writing this at my new desk. Andy Dix, a local furniture maker, made it from an ash tree felled near my home in the Black Mountains, South Wales. It is both exquisite and functional. It would have been easier to go to IKEA, or buy a new desk on-line but I felt the need to make a point: the pleasure we take from things made from natural materials is an extension of the pleasure we take from nature itself. In a generation, we seem to have forgotten this. I’m particularly…
  • India Man Plants Forest Bigger Than Central Park to Save His Island

    Veshengro
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    At the age of 17, after witnessing hundreds of snakes dying from drought on his island in India, Jadav Payeng started to grow trees on what was barren land devastated by erosion. 35 years later a jungle of almost 3000 acres (1200 hectares) — larger than Central Park — has grown in the wasteland, thanks to his daily careful cultivation. Diverse animals, including Elephants, now enjoy his lush oasis. A documentary, Forest Man, shows how one person can change the course of nature. Watch video here: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/forest-man-of-india-film/
  • Cyber threats to vital infrastructure

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The future looks bleak if we continue to (exclusively) rely on computer, the “smart” grid, and such systems, for our vital infrastructure as, it would appear, no one is capable to make them secure. That factor, obviously, throws up the question as to, whether it is actually possible to make those electronic systems secure from cyber attacks and especially also (other) electromagnetic threats up to and including electromagnetic pulse (EMP) whether from an attack in one form or another or a solar event. As far as data security is concerned the old ways may need…
  • How much are plants helping us fight climate change?

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    New research suggests climate models don't give plants enough credit for absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the air. But is the discrepancy enough to make a difference in global climate change? Earth's plant life may soak up more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than previously thought, according to a new study. And since CO2 emissions from burned fossil fuels are also the main driver of man-made climate change, that raises an obvious question: Are trees saving the world from us? It's widely known that plants need CO2 for photosynthesis, but the study's authors say current computer models…
 
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    Solar Feeds

  • PACE Yourself

    SolarFeeds
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans allow property owners to finance clean energy improvements to their properties generally secured by property liens senior to mortgages through tax assessments. Moody’s recently released a special comment expressing some concerns and not-so-subtle hints... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Solar Could Compete With Gas On Price By As Early As 2025

    SolarFeeds
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The price of utility-scale solar power is 59 percent below where analysts thought it would be at this point back in 2010. That’s the word from a new report out of the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Furthermore,... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have pioneered a new approach to manufacturing solar cells that requires less silicon and can accommodate silicon with more impurities than is currently the standard. Those changes mean that solar cells can be made much more cheaply... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Energy Secretary Moniz Senate Majority Leader Reid Call Solar

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Today both Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) spoke up for solar at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference at Las Vegas calling it critical to the US and its energy future. The remarks follow a new effort from the Solar Energy Industries... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    The Department of Energy award is aimed at the development of crystallization technology for more efficient and affordable solar cells. SolarWorld has received a $4 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to intensify development of a silicon... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
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    Green Your Decor

  • Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize

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

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

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

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

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

  • The magic of books

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

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

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

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

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

  • Modular Off-The-Grid Home

    Christine Walsh
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    The Eco Pod is a new modular home created by the UK-based company Echo. The tiny home measures 96.8 square feet and can lend itself well to a variety of living arrangements. A standalone Eco Pod can be used as a home office, or extra guest bedroom. The design of these units also allows them to be joined together to create an off-the-grid home, which can be as big or as small as the owners require. Each Eco Pod unit sits on adjustable legs, making it easy to place it even on uneven ground. The modular units are also well insulated, using either wood fiber or sheep’s wool. The pods also…
  • Getting Energy and Clean Water From the Clouds

    Christine Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    A team of scientists is currently raising funds through a crowd funding campaign to develop Air HES (HydroElectric Station), which is basically an airship that can extract clean water and electricity from the clouds. More specifically, it does so by harvesting and condensing water vapor, and uses it to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. The developers have already built a small prototype to test the device and have done feasibility studies, while the main aim of the funding campaign is scaling up the device to produce economically viable levels of water and power. The Air…
  • Unique Shipping Container Office Space Built in Tokyo

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

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

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

  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

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

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

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

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

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

  • SolarCity Broadens Its Financial Reach in the Barely Tapped Residential Market

    Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Residential solar has soared in the past several years, with installation demand expected to soon surpass 1 GW of capacity. Much of this growth is due to the introduction of solar leasing. SolarCity, a major player in the residential solar leasing space, recently introduced new mechanisms to get more customers on board the solar train, and was at Solar Power International this week to discuss where the industry is headed.
  • Australia Seeks to Reduce Renewable Energy Target to ‘Real’ 20 Percent

    Jason Scott, Bloomberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government will negotiate with the opposition to cut Australia’s renewable energy target and exempt industries such as aluminum and copper smelting.
  • Viable Battery Backup for Rooftop Solar Still Years Away

    Christopher Martin, Bloomberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Using batteries to retain energy from rooftop solar systems will be too expensive for at least two years, according to industry executives.
  • Suntech Back from Dead, Eyeing 1.5 Gigawatts in Solar Shipments

    Justin Doom, Bloomberg
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Wuxi Suntech Power Co., the solar manufacturer acquired earlier this year by Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., plans to ship almost twice as many modules this year, in the latest sign of a rebound.
  • Local Solar Rules Can Save You Big Bucks

    Nathanael Greene, NRDC
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    The price of an average U.S. home solar power system is about $20,000. (That’s before a 30 percent federal tax credit and any state, local and/or utility incentives.) If the price were to drop to $17,000, or even $16,000, would you be buying?
 
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Smart Charging your phone, tablet, and other 5v USB devices.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Deep sea 'mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categorise. Academics at the Natural History of Denmark have appealed to the world scientific community for help, saying that further information on Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides could answer key evolutionary questions. Jim Drury has more.
  • New organic fertilizer helps reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ winter retreat

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Using an organic fertilizer, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies. Sharon Reich reports.
  • Orca pod spotted in Seattle's Puget Sound

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    A pod of killer whales was found swimming off Vashon Island in Washington state. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Bermuda prepares for dangerous Hurricane Gonzalo

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    One of the strongest storms ever to threaten Bermuda, Hurricane Gonzalo is packing fierce winds and a dangerous surge of ocean water. Jillian Kitchener reports.
  • Bermuda battens down for Hurricane Gonzalo

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Bermuda residents are bracing themselves for Hurricane Gonzalo, one of the strongest storms ever to threaten the popular tourist island. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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    WeHeartWorld

  • EU leaders agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%

    Chastity Mansfield
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    The leaders of the European Union have struck a braid climate change pact which promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the entire European Union by at least 40% by the year 2030. Critics of the pact, however, claim that it could empower automakers to push back against more effective attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “The draft text makes the theoretical possibility of transport in the ETS move closer to reality,” said Greg Archer of environmental group T&E, according to Reuters. “It is a dangerous precedent that will undermine reductions in transport…
  • New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

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

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

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

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

  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

    Lori Zimmer
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Read the rest of Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cal-earth, earth architecture, earthbag construction, eco design, Green Building, green design, Jose Andres Vallejo, La Casa Vergara, Nader Khalili, natural building, Superadobe, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, sustainable earth bag solutions
  • Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

    Ana Lisa
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Read the rest of Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BIO Architects, DublDom home, home in a day, Off-The-Shelf, prefab shelter, russia, russian tiny home, sweet design, tiny home, wooden home
  • Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

    Lori Zimmer
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm would then connect directly to the UK, pumping energy through a 280-mile-long underwater cable. Read the rest of Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: desert solar, eco design, from the sahara to england, green design, Nur Energie, sahara solar farm, solar farm, sustainable design, Tunisia, TuNur Farm, UK…
  • Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

    Lucy Wang
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Read the rest of Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "natural materials", double height windows, energy efficient, green roof, isle of skye, larch, patina, restrained materials palette, rural design architects, Scotland, scottish architecture, skye, turf house
  • Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

    Colin Payne
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports that DNA came from a Homo Sapiens femur bone that was found accidentally on the bank of a west Siberian River in 2008; it is believed to have belonged to a man who died about 45,000 years ago. The DNA found in that bone holds traces of Neanderthals, a cousin of early humans who lived nearby in Eurasia before suddenly disappearing. Read the rest of Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found…
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  • 8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

    Kate Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Being environmentally-conscious is a big deal for many businesses today and most likely your company has embraced practices that are eco-friendly. You recycle bottles, cans and paper. You’ve embraced digital documents over paper ones. You opt for energy-efficient office equipment, and you’ve even worked on greening your business strategies. All of these are great ways to help the environment, but while focusing on the inside of your business, you may be forgetting about the outside. Your landscape can be tweaked so it not only looks great, but it also reduces your environmental impact.
  • MEMORIAL DAY SALE! WordPress Updates

    Jennifer Smith
    23 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms. Some of you have experienced the misery of compromised sites, it’s not fun or cheap and if you haven’t I promise you don’t want to. The most simple preventative maintenance you can do for your WordPress site is keep your WP, themes & plugins up to date. Nothing is a guarantee, but an updated site makes hacking less appealing for…
  • 5 Ways Graphic Shades Can Help Improve the Workplace

    Jennifer Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    You may think of window shades simply as a way to protect sunlight from entering a room. However, there are many additional functions of window treatments than what meets the eye. With plenty of advanced window coverings on the market, including energy-efficient blinds, solar shades, and motorized shades, selecting the ideal window treatment for your business can often be difficult. If you’re looking for a custom solution that can boost creativity in the workplace, consider graphic shades – a perfect way to add personality and style to any office. Graphic shades offer a versatile,…
  • Do Indoor Plants Really Provide Return On Investment?

    Jennifer Smith
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    There are numerous reasons to invest in indoor plants for the office environment. Plants help to create a welcoming atmosphere, they can clear airborne nasties from the air, and of course, they are nice to look at. But do they provide a return on investment? Increasing Productivity Various studies have shown that introducing plants into an office environment can help to increase productivity among workers. In one such study, Dr Virginia Lohr of Washington State University found that working in a plant-filled office not only increased productivity by 12%, but also decreased stress among…
  • The Psychological Effects of Cleanliness in the Workplace

    Jennifer Smith
    13 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    The physical and psychological effects of an unhygienic workplace can be debilitating for staff and visitors. The negative impact is gradual, but it is inevitable. If you want clients to respect your business, and your staff to confidently approach their duties with high morale, you need to ensure your workplace is clean and hygienic. The psychological effects of an unhygienic and cluttered workspace can be debilitating for those required to inhabit the environment for the better part of their weekdays. Studies have been conducted on how physical environments impact the mental wellbeing. It…
 
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  • Friday Fun: Public art for brighter cities

    Zhou Jia
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Public art can help shape vibrant, cohesive communities. What role does art play in your city? Photo by João Perdigão/Flickr. Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary public art projects by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program invites U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to submit proposals for creative and transformative projects. The challenge aims to improve quality of life in cities and to reposition art at the core of society. At least three cities will be granted up to USD 1 million each over two…
  • Vote for TheCityFix Brasil for the Mobilidade Minuto Award!

    Priscila Pacheco
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    TheCityFix Brasil plays an important role in advancing sustainable urban mobility to transform Brazilian cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Hello TheCityFixers, friends, partners and allies in the cause for sustainable transport! Our friends at TheCityFix Brasil – produced by EMBARQ Brasil – are up for the Mobilidade Minuto (“Mobility Minute”) Award. The award is promoted by the Cidade em Movimento Institute (City on the Move Institute), and aims to spread mobility solutions throughout Brazil. In addition to awards selected by judges across six categories, a special mobility…
  • How providing Wi-Fi can increase mass transit ridership

    Coby Joseph
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly prevalent on transport systems, and could help shift users away from private vehicle use and towards mass transport. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr. The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications for mass transit. It enables ridesharing – a service quickly emerging in cities worldwide. It can improve predictability of transport services through real-time tracking and crowdsourcing apps. It can even improve user experience and transport planning for informal transport systems. Now, as more cities explore using Wi-Fi-enabled transport…
  • How ciclovías contribute to mobility and quality of life in Latin America and in cities worldwide

    Dario Hidalgo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this challenge with creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world. In the last installment of this series, we examined the development of bus rapid transit (BRT) in Curitiba, Brazil, and its expansion to the rest of the region and the world. In this…
  • Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study

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

  • tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion

    Jean-Paul
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    You may not realize it, but a lot of clothes these days are made in Cambodia. Take a look at your clothing tags, and I’m sure you will find quite a few naming this South East Asian country. With all of those textile factories in such a small country, you are probably wondering what’s the deal? The perfect storm of some of the lowest wages and skilled garment laborers (along with lax environmental and labor law enforcement) make this an ideal location, but an ethical dilemma. Recent striking and unrest within the garment industry showcases the need for change. Enter tonlé, a…
  • Glenwood Garden Specialty Food Market

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

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

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

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

  • This Changes Everything

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    As temperatures start to drop, make sure you are ready to preserve your root vegetable harvest in a soundly constructed, home storage system. In the following excerpt (adapted for the web) from Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman shares his expertise on building a successful root cellar. For more step-by-step projects to jumpstart your season extension plans and prepare […]The post Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Hot off the Press: New Fall Books!

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

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

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

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

  • Beautiful Bibimbap. {Vegetarian, Gluten Free Recipe}

    Kathryn Muyskens
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Today, I want to share with you a dish from one of my favorite cuisines.
  • Your Yoga Mat Called…it’s Time to Break Up.

    elephant journal
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I had been in strict denial about how attached I had become, like a lover who loses themselves completely in lust.
  • How to Forgive our Parents.

    elephant journal
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Parents are like spouses—they are intimate enemies. They often wound us in unique and terrible ways.
  • Where Will We Find the Missing Peace?

    elephant journal
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    John Lennon Imagined it; Mahatma Gandhi lived, breathed and died for it; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr preached relentlessly on it; and Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai just won the 2014 Nobel Prize for it—the cause of peace. So why is it that, in this 21st century of blazing technological wizardry, unquantifiable natural, material, educational, […]
  • A Gentle Plea Against Chaos.

    Ann Nichols
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    These days, "living on the edge" is so unappealing as to be repulsive to me. I have lost so much in the past two years that my life feels post-apocalyptic on a good day.
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    mnn.com

  • 'The Great Invisible' explores the environmental and psychological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

    gmiller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    It has been more than four years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 crew members and unleashed 2.4 million gallons of petroleum per day into the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects of the disaster are still being felt. The devastating pollution has impacted the fishing industry and those who rely on it, not to mention the ecosystem.
  • How pygmy seahorses hide in plain sight

    jheimbuch
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Which comes first: the home or the color of the seahorse? Scientists have raised this question about one of the most amazingly well camouflaged fish in the sea, the pygmy seahorse. This miniscule fish attaches to brightly colored fan corals and all but disappears from the sight of predators. But how do they manage to match their coral home so perfectly?  
  • Swimming mammoths beat humans to California

    mnnadmin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    VANCOUVER — A fossil tusk rescued from the sea proves mammoths swam to Southern California's Channel Islands much earlier than thought.  
  • Hubble snaps amazing of Mars with Siding Spring

    mnnadmin
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The famed Hubble Space Telescope has captured a jaw-dropping view of a comet making an incredibly close flyby of Mars.  
  • Ice Age era settlement discovered high up in Andes

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The oldest-known evidence of humans living at extremely high altitudes has been unearthed in the Peruvian Andes, archaeologists say.   The sites — a rock shelter with traces of Ice Age campfires and rock art, and an open-air workshop with stone tools and fragments — are located nearly 14,700 feet (4,500 meters) above sea level and were occupied roughly 12,000 years ago.  
 
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  • What does your facial shape say about your personality?

    bnelson78
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Can you tell what kind of a person someone is just by looking at his or her face? Apparently you can. New findings by researchers in the U.K. have shown a strong correlation between simple facial shape ratios and certain personality traits like trustworthiness and aggression, reports MedicalXpress.  
  • Neanderthals and humans first mated 50,000 years ago

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.  
  • New scans refute old diagnosis of King Tut's, other pharaohs' health

    mnnadmin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    The royalty of ancient Egypt suffered from an age-related back disorder, according to a new body scan of the mummies of pharaohs.  
  • Air Umbrella can keep you dry with an invisible 'force field'

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

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.  
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  • 12 recipes to elevate spinach to best-friend status

    jheimbuch
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dark leafy greens are a vital part of any diet and among the top-ranked of the greens is spinach. Spinach is chock-full of nutrients, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin and more than a dozen different flavonoids that all contribute to antioxidant and anti-cancer protection for your body.  
  • Gladiators were vegetarians, new research finds

    bnelson78
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Meat is a big part of the diets of modern day, protein-obsessed athletes and tailgaters alike, but new research out of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that meat was exceptionally rare in the diets of the most macho arena warriors of them all: Roman gladiators.  
  • How to make kefir (and what it is, if you don't know)

    egili
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    From a few kefir grains in the bottom of a bowl to a delicious smoothie, here's what you need to join the growing kefir movement. (All photos: Enrique Gili)  
  • 7 health benefits of pumpkin seeds

    melbreyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.  
  • Oats: 12 recipes to get this super grain into your diet

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

    dbell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Not far outside the main area of Cairo, Egypt, is a city of trash.   And the citizens of Garbage City, as it's called, are surprisingly happy. Only one thing really seems to worry them: the thought that their livelihood dealing in Cairo’s trash will be taken away.  
  • Musicians contemplate If Trees Could Sing

    gmiller
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
     
  • 11 abandoned Old West boom towns

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

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

    gmiller
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Every schoolchild learns about inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney and their ingenious world-changing innovations. But for every famous name in the history books, there’s an unsung hero who made significant breakthroughs that changed the way we live. Beginning Oct.
 
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  • How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look

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

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

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

    sgunther
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    The first multitrack recorder was invented in the 1950s and was quickly embraced by the music industry as an indispensable tool in the recording studio. Musicians could use multitrack recorders to separate and stack different channels of sound, free to tweak and massage the sounds however they liked. Want to hear more guitar? Turn up the levels on the guitar track. Are the snares too sharp? Turn down their levels. Need to boost the lead singer's vocals? Stack up multiple versions of her singing the same lines on top of one another.  
  • 22 countries, 11,141 miles, one epic adventure

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

    jsavedge
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Raina Delisle's 4-year-old daughter wanted to be a firefighter for Halloween. Great! But Delisle was in for a surprise at her local Halloween costume shop when she found traditional costumes for boys and sexualized versions for young girls.  
  • Smog hinders runners at Beijing marathon

    jsavedge
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Runners training for a marathon often take special precautions to acclimatize to the weather, elevation, and obstacles they might encounter in their upcoming race. But runners at the recent Beijing marathon might have had to suck on a tailpipe to prepare for that city's conditions.  
  • Why we love to be scared

    jsavedge
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Haunted houses. Zombies. Scary movies. Fear is in the air this Halloween season, and for many, it's as much of a staple of the holiday as candy corn and carved pumpkins. But if fear is our natural response to danger, would do we want to seek it out?  
  • Financial woes linked to uptick in vasectomies

    jsavedge
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    When money gets tight, men ... go under the knife? A new survey has found that vasectomy rates rose during the tough financial times of the U.S recession.  
  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' toys amid controversy

    jsavedge
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Controversy swirled this week between a Florida mom and retailer Toys R Us. At the heart of the issue? "Breaking Bad" action figure toys that have now been quietly pulled from the toy giant's shelves.  
 
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  • What to drink this weekend: Blood Orange Mule Halloween Cocktail

    rshreeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Halloween is next Friday, but the parties start this weekend, especially the adult costume parties. Orange cocktails are in order for themed parties, and if you’re looking for one that doesn’t come with eyeball ice cubes, I have one you might want to give a try.  
  • Can’t afford a $250 Sonic Decanter? There are other ways to improve a bottle

    rshreeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    How many ideas, DIY tutorials and nifty gadgets do you come upon while surfing the Internet each day? If you’re online the majority of your day like I am, it’s probably dozens. At least once every day I think to myself, “I wonder if that really works?” or “I should try that.”  
  • Pinterest ideas tested: Waffle iron potato tots

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

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

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I can’t think of a color that is less Halloween-ish or less fall-ish than teal. It is the last color I’d expect to see this Oct. 31 as ghosts and goblins go door-to-door asking for treats.
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  • This Impala runs on sewage, beer and food scraps

    jmotavalli
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Would you buy a Chevy Impala that can run on food scraps, sewage or beer?   This is no fantasy. It’s a real car: the 2015 Bi-fuel Impala, announced Oct. 20. You can buy it later this year for $38,210.  
  • 5 reasons low gas prices are bad

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

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

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

    jmotavalli
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    NEW YORK  CITY — It’s an ultra-fast Italian electric motorcycle, zero to 60 in less than three seconds (faster than a Tesla Model S), with a lot of Formula One DNA and a female CEO with an engineering degree. The bike is coming to the United States next year. Now that’s a story!  
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  • Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

    Compass Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Photo courtesy of OMC Power. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA. Not to be left out of a potential $12 billion market, three more new major funding announcements have taken place in the past two weeks alone.     First, SolarNow, the solar asset finance company operating in East Africa, announced it closed a round of equity funding of €2…
  • Industry Push Poll Breaks Cardinal Research Rules, Claims Voters Oppose EPA Clean Power Plan

    Compass Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    A new industry-sponsored poll is resorting to biased push-poll tactics in an apparent attempt to offset the growing body of research that shows Americans support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed carbon pollution standards for coal-fired power plants. The so-called “Partnership for a Better Energy Future,” a self-described industry association that includes the American Petroleum Institute and the National Mining Association, has released new polling they claim shows voters nationwide and in swing states are wary of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. But a look at the…
  • Quiz: Is an Electric Car Right for You?

    Heather Moyer
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    A lot of people have heard the buzz around electric vehicles (EVs), but they don't know if an EV would be right for them. In fact, many don't even know what would be the right questions to ask themselves to figure out whether cars like the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, or Ford C-Max Energi would fit their lifestyles -- not to mention their budgets.I'm happy to report that we at the Sierra Club have launched a 'pick-a-plug-in' web tool to help people figure out which electric cars, if any, are right for them. I hope you'll check it out and share it with your…
  • Are U.S. taxpayer dollars supporting coal industry human rights violations overseas?

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

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

    Mike G
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Back in August, DeSmog reported on California environmentalists stopping “stealth carbon bombs” in their communities. Now they're celebrating another victory as a dangerous—and illegal—crude oil transport project in Sacramento has been halted as well. According to a report by the Sacramento Bee last March, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District first caught InterState Oil Company, a fuel distributor, offloading ethanol without a permit in the fall of 2012. Inspectors with the AQMD then caught InterState transloading crude oil from trains to trucks bound for Bay…
  • How Traditionalist Hayek Feared Science Would Lead to Socialism

    Brendan Montague
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Margaret Thatcher’s intellectual love affair with the economist Friedrich von Hayek continued despite divergent views on the importance of science, rationality and truth…  Margaret Thatcher presented a clear argument before the Royal Society in 1988: The free market economy depended on a sustainable natural ecology. And science provided the necessary knowledge to guide the industry on what would, in fact, be sustainable. The then-Prime Minister's argument was based on reason. It was rational to expect her fellow free market ideologues to agree with her simple premise. But it seemed…
  • Climate Science Denialist Patrick Moore Tours Australia After Comparing Students to the Taliban

    Graham Readfearn
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Canadian climate science denialist Patrick Moore is at the beginning of a tour around Australia speaking to audiences across the country. But here’s a warning.  If you do find yourself in the audience and don’t want to be compared to the “Taliban” then don’t even think about walking out in protest. Less than two weeks before flying to Australia, Moore spoke on the campus of Amherst College in Massachusetts.  When members of the college’s environmental group decided they had heard enough and walked, Moore said they had a “Taliban mindset”.  When he was later asked to…
  • B.C. Ought to Consider Petronas’ Human Rights Record Before Bowing to Malaysian Company's LNG Demands

    Peter Wood
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It should come as no surprise that Petronas expects B.C. to cave in to its demands to expedite the process of approving its Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline, lowering taxes and weakening environmental regulations in the process. After all, Petronas has a well-established record of getting what it wants in the other countries it operates in, such as Sudan, Myanmar, Chad and Malaysia. This week, the B.C. government did cave to at least one Petronas’ demands — cutting the peak income tax rate for LNG facilities from seven to 3.5 per cent, thereby slashing in half the…
  • Wind Power Could Supply 25% of Global Electricity By 2050 — If Fossil Fuel Industry Doesn't Get in the Way

    Chris Rose
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wind power has become so successful that it could provide 25 to 30 per cent of global electricity supply by mid-century if vested interests don’t get in the way, according to a new report published Tuesday. The report — Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014 — said that commercial wind power installations in more than 90 countries had a total installed capacity of 318 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2013, providing about three per cent of global electricity supply. By 2030, the report said, wind power could reach 2,000 GW, supply up to 17 to 19 per cent of global electricity, create over two…
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  • What Feminism, Renee Zellweger’s Face, and My Tattoos Have in Common

    Veronica Goin
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Source For the last 24 hours, you could not turn around on the internet without tripping over someone’s opinion about Renée Zellweger’s appearance. Zellweger recently attended the Elle “Women in Hollywood” Awards and the internet nearly cracked in half with speculation about her face, so much so that Zellweger had to issue an official statement to People Magazine about it. I’m conflicted about even linking to the site, because I don’t want to give this conversation any more traffic than it deserves. Just Google it. Actually, I’ll save you the…
  • Recipe: Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Stuffed with Spicy Mac ‘N Cheese

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Selling a car online is easy, right? Type in the make/model/year, offer a little description, name a price, post a few pics, and -- boom! -- you're done. Except it's not that simple. If you're selling your car, you should spend just as much time planning your pitch as Madison Avenue types prepare for selling handbags and hand towels. Few people...
  • Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A whopping 44 states (plus D.C. and the above territories) prohibit texting behind the wheel -- an act that tends to involve a hand-held device. The goal of those laws is to...
  • Mitsubishi Lancer

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The current Mitsubishi Lancer is most well-known for the Ralliart and Evolution performance versions, but even the base models have solid handling wrapped in a sporty wrapper, and come in at an affordable price. The Lancer is the brand's second smallest offering, sitting above the tiny Mirage in the lineup. It's offered as a four-door sedan or...
  • Subaru Forester

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Subaru Forester sits somewhere between compact and mid-size on the crossover size spectrum and is perhaps the most SUV-like offering from Subaru currently. Within the corporate lineup, it's larger than the Impreza-based XV Crosstrek yet smaller than the Outback wagon. It offers plenty fo space within its tallish confines for passengers and...
  • Subaru Tribeca

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    By the time it was dropped from the lineup for the 2014 model year, the Subaru Tribeca was both the oldest and least popular model in the Japanese vehicle brand's lineup. With third-row seating as an option to allow up to seven passengers, the Tribeca was originally positioned to take Subaru beyond its outdoorsy, muddy-trail roots and offer a more...
 
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  • The Definitive Guide to Sharing Mobile Maps for Utilities

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the utilities sector, sharing timely and accurate field information is vital. Every day, you must get the latest utility maps, blueprints or CAD drawings to hundreds of field crew personnel, managers and subcontractors across dozens of departments, from water, gas and electrical to sidewalks, streets and sewage.This guide shows you how the following utilities stakeholders are using mobile data collection to quickly and easily share project data:Field CrewsManagementIT DepartmentsEngineers and CAD UsersGIS Analysts and ManagersRequest Free!
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    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This eBook shows you how you can leverage your workers' smart phones and tablets to transform your workflow, improve worker productivity, lower the cost of field operations and make better decisions faster.This eBook covers the seven best practices of a mobile data collection and collaboration solutions including: Ease of UseEffectivenessAccessibility Open Platform SecurityRequest Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Maps for Oil and Gas

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

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

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    IBM Rational solutions for the oil and gas industry combine process, requirements, architecture, models and test tools with an underlying platform that supports requirements management, risk analysis, conformance assessments and more.Request Free!
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  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

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

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

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

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

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

    Bonnie Alter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wildlife photography has been celebrated for 50 years now, and it's getting better and better.
  • School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

    Katherine Martinko
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It's about time!
  • More reasons why you should turn off the TV and take your kids outside

    Katherine Martinko
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Whether you want to avoid setting your kids up for a fatter, less healthy adulthood, or wish to inspire them to careers that embrace nature, there are many reasons why turning off indoor distractions is a good idea.
  • We can't give up on home cooking!

    Katherine Martinko
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cooking is the closest thing we've got to a silver bullet solution to countless health problems. Shrugging it off as "elitist" is foolish, since home-prepped meals are only as complicated as you make them.
  • Food, family, and fall colours: Reasons why I love Canadian Thanksgiving

    Katherine Martinko
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Canada really did choose the best time of year to celebrate Thanksgiving. The weather in early October is still lovely, the trees are brilliant, and the bountiful fall harvest is at its peak. No wonder it's my favourite holiday!
 
 
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  • Wildlife Photograph of the Year is a pride of lions

    Bonnie Alter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wildlife photography has been celebrated for 50 years now, and it's getting better and better.
  • School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

    Katherine Martinko
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It's about time!
  • More reasons why you should turn off the TV and take your kids outside

    Katherine Martinko
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Whether you want to avoid setting your kids up for a fatter, less healthy adulthood, or wish to inspire them to careers that embrace nature, there are many reasons why turning off indoor distractions is a good idea.
  • We can't give up on home cooking!

    Katherine Martinko
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cooking is the closest thing we've got to a silver bullet solution to countless health problems. Shrugging it off as "elitist" is foolish, since home-prepped meals are only as complicated as you make them.
  • Food, family, and fall colours: Reasons why I love Canadian Thanksgiving

    Katherine Martinko
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Canada really did choose the best time of year to celebrate Thanksgiving. The weather in early October is still lovely, the trees are brilliant, and the bountiful fall harvest is at its peak. No wonder it's my favourite holiday!
 
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  • Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Farming and technology. Not words the average consumer associates with one another. But for Soli Ltd, an Israel-based, farm-tech and food export company that specializes in the breeding and cultivating [...] The post Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup

    3BL Media
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Enactus, an international nonprofit that brings together more than 66,000 student members from 1,650 universities to empower people in need, today kicked off the 2014 Enactus World Cup. The World [...] The post World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps

    Vikas Vij
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    The near-universal popularity of smartphones and a wide range of innovative mobile apps have given rise to the possibility of leveraging them to improve sustainability. Consumers should know which of [...] The post eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs

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

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

  • Local Search Ranking Factors 2014 - What it Means for Home Performance Businesses

    Peter Troast
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    One of the most worshipped reports of the year for the crew at Energy Circle is the Local Search Ranking Factors Report, produced by David Mihm of Moz. For any service area business--which pretty much includes the entirety of the home performance businesses we serve--understanding the latest changes in how Google handles search for “local” businesses is critical to being successful online.  Having studied and acted on the findings of this report going on 3 years now, we can attest to the power of this information. Do as it says and your local rankings will improve. So…
  • Your Email List: Two Huge Reasons to Have One Beyond Email

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

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

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

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

  • This Holiday Season Consider a Green Retreat

    Jennie Lyon
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    NOTE: This post wasn’t written by me – thank you for supporting the companies that help keep Sweet Greens in business. ————————————————————————– The holidays are right around the corner! In fact, Thanksgiving is over a month away. If you are taking a vacation for Thanksgiving or the upcoming winter holidays, you should consider a green retreat. Green retreats are great alternatives to the usual vacation; whether they are at exclusive hotels,…
  • Get Thermos Happy: New School Hot Lunch Ideas!

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

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

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

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

  • Body Of Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham Identified

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Watch VideoCharlottesville, Virginia, police say remains found this weekend are those of missing 18-year-old University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Volunteers found human remains on abandoned property in a local park around noon Saturday. The Medical Examiner confirmed the remains were that of Graham.Graham was last seen on surveillance videos from the early morning hours of Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. Following her disappearance, thousands participated in the search for her.The sole suspect in her disappearance, Jesse Matthew,…
  • 'Honey Boo Boo' Scandal Might Be Excuse To Axe Fizzling Show

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Watch VideoCatch ya later, Honey Boo Boo. TLC has cancelled her reality show after allegations surfaced that June Thompson, the mother of Alana, A.K.A. Honey Boo Boo, was dating a sex offender. TMZ reported that Mama June was dating a man who had recently been released from prison after being convicted of child molestation. The victim was an 8-year-old relative of June's. A TLC statement to Us Weekly said: “TLC has cancelled the series ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the…
  • Wash. School Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, At Least 4 Injured

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Watch VideoTwo people are dead and at least 4 injured after a shooting at a high school near Seattle, Washington.Marysville-Pilchuck High School was thrown into lockdown after students and teachers reported gunshots inside the school's cafeteria around 10:45 a.m. Students were evacuated from the building or sheltered in place. (Video via KNXV)Law enforcement sources told The Seattle Times the shooter, who was a student, is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The paper also confirms a second student was killed in the shooting. According to KIRO,…
  • Uber Flu Shots: Where Publicity And Health Care Intersect

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Watch VideoIf you need a flu shot, you might be able to turn to … Uber?On Friday the rideshare company is deploying UberHealth, one-time flu shot courier services for users who request them in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.Uber will shuttle health care workers around, who will be distributing flu shots to as many as 10 patients per call, free of charge. Uber says there are no strings attached — Insurance is not required, and Uber will even donate to the Red cross on the behalf of recipients.It’s a collaboration with HealthMap, a vaccine tracker run by Boston…
  • David Cameron Has No Intention Of Paying $2.7B Bill To E.U.

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Watch VideoIf you've ever gotten a utility or phone bill that was way more than you'd expected, well, David Cameron probably has you beat.The United Kingdom's prime minister found out Friday his country might have to pay the European Union a whopping $2.7 billion by Dec. 1. His reaction was pretty much what you'd expect.DAVID CAMERON VIA BBC: "It is not acceptable; it is an appalling way to behave. I'm not paying that bill on 1 December. If people think I am, they got another thing coming. It is not going to happen."Leaked…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Study Shows Growing Number of Young Japanese Urbanites Want to Settle in Rural Areas

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Toshihiro Gamo Some Rights Reserved. Japan is one of the first countries in the world to face, head-on, the serious issues of depopulation and an aging society. We introduce here the results of a public opinion poll on the changing attitudes of Japanese urban youth, which perhaps could point to a resolution of the problem of population over-concentration in the Tokyo Metropolitan area (outlined previously in an article in the June 2014 issue of the JFS Newsletter, titled "Depopulation of Society: Debate in Japan, One of the World's First Countries to Face the Issues").
  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)

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

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by keyaki All Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. In the JFS Newsletter issue of August 2014, JFS introduced efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html This article features recent…
  • Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Image by kazutan3@YCC Some Rights Reserved. Ryoichi Yamamoto (professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and also a director of Japan for Sustainability) was among a group that tendered a proposal on August 12, 2014, to Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan and now president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics an "ethical Games" by employing the Japanese approach of "sampo-yoshi" (meaning beneficial in three ways).* We think that the concepts and initiatives are very…
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    1800Recycling.com

  • Recycling Profile: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

    1-800-RECYCLING
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    <img class="undefined" title="thunder-bay-recycling" alt="Thunder-Bay-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Thunder-Bay-recycling_400x400.jpg"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Thunder Bay, ON, Canada (pop. 108,359), sits on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake. Naturally, it is a place with crystal-clear water, fresh air, an incredible ecosystem and a robust array of…
  • How to Save Food from Landfills

    April Stearns
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    A large amount of food is wasted in the U.S. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/02/27/283071610/u-s-lets-141-trillion-calories-of-food-go-to-waste-each-year" target="_blank" title="U.S. lets 141 trillion calories of food go to waste each year" class="">According to NPR</a>, 141 trillion calories of food go to waste every year. When it comes to throwing out expired items, most people are (at least a little) guilty of wasting what was once perfectly good food. <img class="undefined" title="food-waste"…
  • How to Recycle Jars

    Sophia Bennett
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="glass-jar-recycling" alt="glass-jar-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/glass-jar-recycling_400x400.jpg"> The humble glass jar holds all kinds of delicious products in your kitchen: sandwich spreads, jams and jellies, spaghetti sauce, pickles and much more. You can feel good about buying foods packaged in glass jars, as they don't leach chemicals into food, and they are one of the most recyclable products out…
  • Ten Ways to Repurpose Worn-Out Shoes

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

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

  • Human powered gadgets save on energy generation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Face Paint: Is it Safe?

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

    Tania
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    A SIMPLE GUIDE TO MEDITATION  By Celia Ward-Wallace This Simple Guide to Mediation is just what the doctor ordered to help make it through your […] The post Simple Guide to Meditation appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor Won’t Tell You!

    Tania
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Top 4 Benefits of Yoga: Not Your Doctor’s Checklist By Sasha Stone It may sound cliché, but yoga changed my life, and continues to with […] The post 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Skin

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

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

  • Protein and Cancer: The Facts We Can’t Ignore

    Scott Cooney
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a recent talk, China Study Author Dr. T. Colin Campbell discussed the strong correlations between too much protein and cancer. The post Protein and Cancer: The Facts We Can’t Ignore appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food Memories: Goodnight Milk [Thandai Recipe]

    Jennifer Kaplan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thandai Recipe: A spiced milk drink from India, mix whole milk, a pinch of sugar, ground cardamom and a few strands of saffron together The post Food Memories: Goodnight Milk [Thandai Recipe] appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Are we eating too much protein?

    Scott Cooney
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A growing body of science seems to indicate that not only is there such a thing as too much protein, but that the health effects are showing up everywhere - from cancer to heart disease to diabetes to obesity and much more The post Are we eating too much protein? appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • The China Study Author on Why People Are Confused About Nutrition

    Scott Cooney
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    At a recent Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event, the author of The China Study - Dr. T. Colin Campbell - explained the dangerous disconnect between food and medicine The post The China Study Author on Why People Are Confused About Nutrition appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food Memories: “I Eat My Peas with Honey”

    Jennifer Kaplan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wanting to incorporate "honeyed peas" into a dish, I created a recipe: Spice rubbed pork with sweet corn risotto, queso fresco, and honeyed peas. The post Food Memories: “I Eat My Peas with Honey” appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • New Tool Helps You Find The Right Electric Car

    Zachary Shahan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    A big thanks is due to the Sierra Club, as it has just launched a new ‘pick-a-plug-in’ internet tool to help you pick the best electric car for your driving habits and needs. A lot of people aren’t even aware of a single electric car on the market, and certainly don’t know all of the electric cars New Tool Helps You Find The Right Electric Car 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.
  • Greatest Environmental Hazards From Arctic Drilling (Part 3)

    Sandy Dechert
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    (The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Now that the political dirt about arctic drilling is out of the way (Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part story), we’ll consider the threats from arctic drilling to the environment—the South Kara Sea between the Yamal Greatest Environmental Hazards From Arctic Drilling (Part 3) 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…
  • Durban Group Holds Bonn UN Climate Talks

    Sandy Dechert
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In Bonn, Germany, the last round of formal negotiations before December’s key climate convention in Lima, Peru, is under way. From October 20 to 25, national governments of the worldwide UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will continue working together at the Bonn UN Climate talks on a new draft climate agreement. The elements developed Durban Group Holds Bonn UN Climate Talks 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…
  • US Home Solar Approaching 1 Gigawatt

    Zachary Shahan
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Solar market research firm NPD Solarbuzz has stated that it expects the US home solar market to reach 1 gigawatt in early 2015. At least through the end of 2016, when the solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to expire, Solarbuzz sees strong growth in the US home solar market. Until then home solar demand US Home Solar Approaching 1 Gigawatt 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.
  • How Solar Power Works

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

  • New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Want to make sure your e-waste recycling efforts don't support offshoring of such wastes? The e-Stewards Online Marketplace gives you that assurance The post New E-Waste Recycling Marketplace Keeps Materials Out of Developing World appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    When your water use becomes limited - from emergencies or contamination - you learn not to waste this precious resource, but to use it mindfully The post Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Did the Great Recession, the economic downturn in 2007-08 create a generation of people who avoid food waste at almost all costs The post Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Cigarette waste such as ashes and discarded filters can have important uses. Butts make excellent supercapitors, rust inhibitors and industrial pallets, while ashes can be turned into water filters The post Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags

    Talancia Pea
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Don't toss those used tea bags after making your tea - there are all sorts of things you can do with them! From cleaning to freshening your breath The post 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Tools to Use: Wood Burner (Plus Six Projects to Use it on!)

    Julie Finn
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Want a totally eco-friendly way to modify wood, or cork, or leather without paint, without dye, without glue? Dude, get yourself a wood burner! The post Tools to Use: Wood Burner (Plus Six Projects to Use it on!) appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Make a Fall Wreath from an Ugly Old Wreath

    Becky Striepe
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Transform an old, hoaky wreath into a sweet upcycled fall wreath using materials from your stash and your recycle bin! The post Make a Fall Wreath from an Ugly Old Wreath appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 8 DIY Shelves for Vertical Storage

    Becky Striepe
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just like vertical gardening, vertical storage helps you fit more into less space. Try these DIY shelves to reduce clutter beautifully The post 8 DIY Shelves for Vertical Storage appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Spotted: Halloween Luminaries from Adventure in a Box, and 12 More Luminaries to Make

    Julie Finn
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    These particular Halloween luminaries here? They are stunning. Stellar. The most beautiful that I've ever seen The post Spotted: Halloween Luminaries from Adventure in a Box, and 12 More Luminaries to Make appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 4 Halloween Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Options

    Crunchy Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chances are, you're giving out candy this Halloween. But how about trying something really scary: non-candy trick-or-treats The post 4 Halloween Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Options appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
 
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    The Green Blog Network

  • R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Casing Theory

    Jim
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    I was re-reading the Casing Theory by The Gwandau Team and came across something I had forgotten about.  It was a cutaway rendering of the Unity device. The Casing Theory by the Gwandau Team
  • “Grays” By Henry Hobson

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

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

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

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

  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

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

    rpfjr
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Question:  Aiden asks: What system of roof panels can provide heating for a house? How many panels would be needed to provide enough power for a multi-family house with approximately 6 bedrooms 6 bathroom 2 kitchens 2 living spaces? Hi Aiden, A solar heating system for roof panels is what you need. You can use a system which either uses a liquid or air for heat storage. A liquid based system is preferable if you are planning for central heating. If individual rooms need to be heated an air based system would be better. These systems can either directly heat your interior space or store…
  • GreenStep LEED v4 AP BD+C Study Guide

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

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

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

  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Reach Record High in US

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inside the American pumpkin patch (infographic)

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
  • We broke down and turned on the furnace: now what?

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

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

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

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

  • Reform Labor Laws for Migrant Workers

    Afieya Kipp
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Target: President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates Goal: Reform labor laws for exploited migrant workers Everyday, hundreds of thousands of domestic workers migrate to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) seeking employment to take care of themselves and their families. But a new report by Human Rights Watch reveals that employers have been increasingly taking advantage of and abusing migrant workers, especially female domestic workers. Almost 150,000 domestic workers are women, with most of them emigrating from East Africa, Uganda and the Philippines. The list of domestic…
  • Support Pet-Friendly Housing

    Lindsey Weedston
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Target: Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates Goal: Make all housing in Berkeley, California pet-friendly Jesse Arreguin of the Berkeley, California City Council has proposed a law that would automatically make every home in the area, including apartments, pet-friendly. Landlords will not be allowed to prohibit cats, small dogs, and other small animals unless they can’t be “reasonably accommodated.” The tenant would still be responsible for any property damage, but they won’t have to be separated from their pets just to live in a decently priced apartment. One of the best parts of…
  • Stop Fearmongering Over Ebola

    Rodney MacMaster
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Target: Representative Peter King Goal: Stop fearmongering about speculated Ebola virus mutations New York Representative Peter King admits he is not a doctor, but said last week that the Ebola virus had probably mutated to the point where it is transmissible through the air. This is a baseless statement that is contrary to the statements of health officials, and serves only to promote unreasonable fear about the virus and its epidemic danger. Demand that Representative King stop fearmongering over an issue that he has no expertise in. After two Dallas nurses who helped care for the…
  • Stop Illegal Offshore Oil Drilling

    Courtney Heitter
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Rob Forlong, Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority Goal: Demand a major oil company stop drilling illegally off the coast of New Zealand Recently, the largest oil company in New Zealand, Shell Todd Energy (Shell), started to illegally drill off of the island’s west coast. The oil giant failed to gain permission from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) before drilling, a step that is now a requirement. When approached about this issue, Shell insisted that the new rules are confusing and therefore it did not know that permission to drill was…
  • Save Rare and Beautiful Birds from Extinction

    Nick Engelfried
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Goal: Protect the last remaining habitat of an at-risk bird species before it’s too late *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 9 Simple Ways for your Company to Go Green

    greenwise
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    If going green at your company resulted in a pleasant work environment, healthier employees and increased productivity, would you be on board? Most certainly, but how do you go about this task without completely overhauling office space or incurring a ton of expenses? Here are some simple and cost-efficient ideas: 1. Create an incentive program […]
  • Electronic Waste Recycling: Importance and Facts

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

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

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

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

  • Breast Cancer, Pinkwashing, and Strength

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chances are, if you are reading this you are aware of breast cancer. You may not know all the details, but you know it can be an incredibly scary diagnosis. By now, you are aware that women should regularly do breast self-exams. You should are regular mammograms are important, especially after a certain age or based on family history (please communicate with your doctor when it is right for you to begin these). You should also be aware that men can get breast cancer. We are a society full of awareness. Thank goodness for that. In fact, when you see that color pink on products…
  • Community Changes the World

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

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

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

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

  • Technology coupled with clever product standards policy is the answer

    Ramon Arratia
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    This week I’m in Finland at a Chief Technology Officer’s forum organized by SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund. After talking to some CTOs at these very innovative companies, you realise that technology has most of the answers. Today I’m very optimistic about the task ahead, a feeling I never get when coming out of conferences full of sustainability wonks or brand/marketing folks talking empty stuff… Some lessons… * The main learning was confirming that technology, supported by strong product performance standards, will be a key part of the fight against climate change. * I…
  • EU 2030 Climate & Energy Declaration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top Ten Big Scary Looking Animals

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 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

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:59 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

  • 7 Photo Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Car Online (Illustrated With Selfies From Wikimedia)

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Selling a car online is easy, right? Type in the make/model/year, offer a little description, name a price, post a few pics, and -- boom! -- you're done. Except it's not that simple. If you're selling your car, you should spend just as much time planning your pitch as Madison Avenue types prepare for selling handbags and hand towels. Few people...
  • Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A whopping 44 states (plus D.C. and the above territories) prohibit texting behind the wheel -- an act that tends to involve a hand-held device. The goal of those laws is to...
  • Mitsubishi Lancer

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The current Mitsubishi Lancer is most well-known for the Ralliart and Evolution performance versions, but even the base models have solid handling wrapped in a sporty wrapper, and come in at an affordable price. The Lancer is the brand's second smallest offering, sitting above the tiny Mirage in the lineup. It's offered as a four-door sedan or...
  • Subaru Forester

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Subaru Forester sits somewhere between compact and mid-size on the crossover size spectrum and is perhaps the most SUV-like offering from Subaru currently. Within the corporate lineup, it's larger than the Impreza-based XV Crosstrek yet smaller than the Outback wagon. It offers plenty fo space within its tallish confines for passengers and...
  • Subaru Tribeca

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    By the time it was dropped from the lineup for the 2014 model year, the Subaru Tribeca was both the oldest and least popular model in the Japanese vehicle brand's lineup. With third-row seating as an option to allow up to seven passengers, the Tribeca was originally positioned to take Subaru beyond its outdoorsy, muddy-trail roots and offer a more...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Driven, Toyota Sells Tesla Stock, Electric-Car Road Trips: Today's Car News

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Today we take a quick drive of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco mid-size sedan, report on Toyota's sale of Tesla Motors stock, and see when cross-country electric-car road trips will become feasible for the majority of drivers. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We take a quick spin in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, the most fuel-efficient version...
  • Cross-County Electric-Car Trips: Reality For A Few, Getting Closer For Many

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The idea of traveling long distances in electric cars that have to be recharged after only 70 or 80 miles--or even 250 miles--may seem absurd to some. But while even the fastest of DC fast-charging isn't quite as quick as refilling with gasoline, yet, longer road trips in electric cars are possible for a few and on the horizon for many more. DON'T...
  • Brazil's Green-Car Incentive Surprise: Electrics, Plug-In Hybrids Omitted

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Many countries have adopted green-car incentives as a way to combat air pollution and lower oil consumption, and they tend to focus on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen-fuel cell vehicles. These incentives help encourage the adoption of more-efficient cars, and act as a counterweight to negative factors like cost and the lack of...
  • Toyota Too Reveals It Sold Some Tesla Shares, As Daimler Did

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Well, that makes two: Toyota confirmed yesterday that it had sold a portion of its shares in electric-car maker Tesla Motors. The Japanese company's sales appear to have taken place at roughly the same time that German automaker Daimler sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla, adding $780 million in cash to its books. DON'T MISS: Daimler Cashes In On...
  • 36-MPG Jaguar XJ-S: Hypermiling Owner's Great Lengths For 1984 Luxury Coupe

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    When thinking of fuel-efficient cars, the Jaguar XJ-S doesn't generally spring to mind. This luxury coupe initially launched with a V-12 engine was built for comfort and speed, not efficiency, at a time when the technology available to lower fuel consumption was much more limited compared to today. DON'T MISS: 2017 Jaguar XE Diesel To Face Off...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

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

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

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

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

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

  • New LEED® Industrial Park in Laval – Cosoltec and Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ Kick off INDUSTRIA 440 Industrial Park Project

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Cosoltec and the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ today kicked off Industria 440, a major project consisting of industrial and commercial condos to be built in an industrial area strategically located next to highway 13 on highway 440 in Laval.  The project is expected to generate economic spinoffs of $200 million. Industria 440 will be built on a 1.5 million-sq.-ft. lot and house about 10 buildings that each will offer up to 150,000 sq. ft. of industrial space. The construction of the new buildings will be spread over four phases, with occupancy slated to begin in summer 2015. A…
  • Bureau Veritas Singapore Laboratory Achieves LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    bBureau Veritas Consumer Products Services is pleased to announce its laboratory in Singapore has been certified as LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  This follows the recent LEED Gold certifications awarded for the Hong Kong Head Office, and Noida laboratory in India as well as the most recent LEED Platinum awarded for Sri Lanka laboratory within the Bureau Veritas Group. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/622724 ) This award is the latest LEED achievement for Singapore laboratory to be certified at Gold within the Consumer Products…
  • Greenbuild 2014: LEED, Google, William McDonough, Brad Pitt

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Greenbuild 2014 kicks off today in New Orleans, showcasing the latest technology and developments in sustainable building. Here’s a roundup of green building news from the Big Easy. The 2014 Greenbuild LivingHome, designed and developed by LivingHomes in partnership with Make It Right, is a LEED Platinum net-zero home that serves as a showcase of how cutting-edge sustainable building techniques can contribute to affordable housing. The home features a host of sustainable wallboard and insulation products fromCertainTeed, which makes exterior and interior building products. After…
  • Balfour Beatty Construction Features LEED® v4 Expertise at Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    alfour Beatty Construction, administrator and design-build manager of the LEED® v4 certified Canon U.S.A. distribution center, is presenting lessons learned from the construction of the project in an education session at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. A leader in digital imaging solutions, Canon U.S.A.’s Norcross, Ga. distribution center was recently recognized as the first-ever LEED v4 distribution center in the “Building Design and Construction – Warehouses and Distribution Centers” category.
  • Seavest’s Kent Ambulatory Services Pavilion Achieves LEED Gold

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Seavest Healthcare Properties LLC announced that the Kent Ambulatory Services Pavilion in Warwick, about 15 miles south of Providence, R.I., has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold certification. LEED, a building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), evaluates six different areas of environmental and energy significance: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation in design. The 62,724 square foot facility, owned by White Plains-based Seavest…
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Environmentalists Continue to Call for Tighter Controls on Fracking

    Matthew Speer
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Development of the technology and techniques used in hydraulic fracturing – commonly referred to as fracking – has directly resulted in a vast expansion of the United States oil and natural gas industry. This new method of reaching previously unreachable reserves of fossil fuels should mean a large energy supply for the country for years to come. It’s also billed as being environmentally safe. But is it? Many accuse companies that use fracking to be “greenwashing” the public, convincing them that the process of fracking is safe in order to keep money flowing in the multi-million…
  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

    Thomas Schueneman
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Greenwashing tar sands is never ethical You wouldn’t think that greenwasshing would ever be a real problem when it comes to the Alberta Tar Sands. It is more or less assumed, or at least should be, that there’s not much in the way of green when it comes to the process of squeezing low quality oil out of tar sand. Ethical Oil – pernicious industrial rebranding run amok But in fact there is greenwashing. Perhaps some of the most egregious kind because of the devastation tar sands extraction wreaks on the land, the air and the people. Could it possibly be characterized as…
  • Greenwashing Pushback – the Dangers of a False Green Message

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

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

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

  • Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

    Kayla Schultz
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Workers with San Francisco-based Everybody Solar install a photovoltaic system. Photo by Everybody Solar / Flickr. At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it’s easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we can. But, from an economic point of view, it turns out that not all renewable energy is created equal. Locally owned projects are more likely to use local labor and materials, and…
  • Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

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

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

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

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

  • Advocates sue FDA over toxic herbicide

    Christine
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    (Reuters) - A coalition of U.S. farmer and environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to overturn regulatory approval granted last week for an herbicide developed by Dow AgroSciences. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California, argues that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not adequately analyze the impact of one of the new herbicide’s active ingredients, 2,4-D, before granting approval on Oct. 15 to Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide. The groups are asking the court to set aside the EPA’s approval. Widespread use…
  • We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030

    Mike Confino
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    It turns out tough compromises and substantive problem-solving may be something national governments can still do. On the subject of climate change, American politics has remained mired in gridlock after the failure of the national cap-and-trade bill in 2009. That has forced the Obama Administration to aim for a modest reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 17 percent below their 2005 levels by 2020 — to be achieved through regulatory efforts grounded in unilateral and pre-existing executive authority. via We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By…
  • Temple Grandin on animal welfare

    Christine
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Improving animal welfare is crucial to long-term sustainability, says livestock expert Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin Animal scientist Temple Grandin is renowned for both her autism activism and her work to protect animal welfare in the livestock industry. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, she has authored or coauthored more than 30 books and has also spoken widely about how her own autism gives her insights into how animals think and feel. Grandin’s innovations have reshaped the design of slaughterhouses and other animal handling facilities in North America,…
  • Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People

    Mike Confino
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    If free donuts, gym memberships, or flex pay programs aren’t your preferred employee benefit, cheap solar systems could soon be an option. On Wednesday, three major companies — Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly-Clark — announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Called the Solar Community Initiative, the program promises a flat rate that is on average 35 percent lower than the national average and roughly 50 percent less expensive than average electric utility rates. via Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit…
  • South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea

    Mike Confino
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    One small city in South Florida is willing to secede from the state if it means the threat of sea level rise will finally be taken seriously. The city commission of South Miami, FL — a city that sits just west of the University of Miami in Coral Gables — passed a resolution this week that calls for Florida to be split into a North Florida and a South Florida, a creation of an additional state that would allow South Florida to take climate change preparation and adaptation into its own hands. via South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea |…
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    Everblue blogs

  • BPI IDL Certification Update

    Lesley@Everblue
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Building Performance Institute (BPI) announced yesterday that the trial period for the new BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification has concluded and that the BPI IDL Certification exams will be widely introduced to the public on Monday, October 27th. Everblue was one of the BPI Test Centers approved to participate in the trial period for BPI IDL. In the last two months, we've seen great success with this program. BPI IDL training is now one of our most popular BPI training courses, so we're pleased to see that the certification will be rolled out to everyone soon.read more
  • Chaffey College Chooses Everblue to Provide Weatherization Training

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

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

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

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

  • Saudi Arabia to become more insulated than ever!

    Laurie Balbo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will soon require increased insulation in all new buildings across 24 major cities that, in total, account for 80% of the country’s population.  The action intends...
  • Freak algae blooms and how they can “fix” as much carbon as a rainforest

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Weird, wonderful and sometimes toxic algae blooms at sea attract attention. But algal blooms, known as harmful algal blooms or HABS, can actually be a living carbon sink, a good thing for the sea and...
  • Abu Dhabi investors looking for water tech innovators!

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Want to make a splash with your water tech idea, vie for a chance to get funded and earn customers right away? In an X-factor style, water innovators are being called on to submit their company ideas...
  • Vegan Israeli soldiers have a beef about army grub

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

    Green Prophet
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Winter has rolled around again in the Middle East. The colder fronts have moved in, the winds are blowing, and the rains have started – again. After 105 degree heat in summer, it’s hard...
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Europe Sets 40% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2030

    David Thorpe
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    European leaders have set binding targets of at least 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, 27% for the share of renewable energy consumed, and an indicative target of 27% for improving energy efficiency.read more
  • The Story of Two Urban Giants [VIDEO]

    donnelly_b
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I recently stumbled upon an interesting documentary about two New York skyscrapers that were built in the 1930s as telecommunications buildings: the Western Union Building and the AT&T Long Lines Building. It’s fascinating to see how they have evolved along with technological change.read more
  • Portland, a Global Model of Transit-Oriented Development [VIDEO]

    futurecapetown
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Portland, the largest city in Oregon with over 600,000 inhabitants has become a global model of transit-oriented development. Peter Calthorpe, a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism was one of the original pioneers of transit-oriented development.read more
  • Cheating Demographic Doom: Pittsburgh Exceptionalism and Japan's Surprising Economic Resilience

    Jim Russell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pittsburgh holds the dubious distinction of having the lowest share (10.8 percent) of children among the 52 largest metros. Imagine this cohort aging in place, no one leaving or arriving. Without the benefit of migration, Pittsburgh will become the smallest of the big metros.read more
  • A Vision for Public Food Production

    The Dirt
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We are increasingly concerned about the provenance of our food. Movements supporting local food production, urban agriculture, and more socially-equitable food systems have gained increasing traction over the last decade. Meanwhile, our industrial food systems are increasingly vulnerable.read more
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    Nokero

  • Empowering Young Minds

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

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

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

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

    katie
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
 
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Giveaway – New Thirsties OS AIO + Rumparooz Sherbert

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Did you see what was released today?  Thirsties released their new One Size AIO and Rumparooz released their new Sherbert color.  Both of these brands are based in Colorado and run by amazing families. Would you like to win one of each? I’m giving away one pair of these new diapers to a lucky winner!!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below. Short cuts:  As part of the Rafflecopter entries you’ll need to comment on one of the release posts for either the Rumparooz Sherbert or the Thirsties New OS AIO.  <—click the names to get to those posts! This…
  • New from Rumparooz Cloth Diapers – Sherbert!

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    There’s quite a few fun things releasing in the cloth diaper industry this week!  Another one of my absolute favorite brands is Rumparooz.  They are coincidentally, also from Colorado!  They revealed some fun new prints and this gorgeous pink color at the ABC Kids Expo last month.  You can FINALLY purchase Sherbert today at your favorite cloth diaper retailers. Sherbert is a beautiful bright pink that is perfect for your little princess; but even a prince would wear this vivid color!  Real mean wear pink, right!! Why do I love Rumparooz? The owners, Julie & Chad, are hilarious…
  • NEW from Thirsties – One Size All In One Cloth Diaper

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    They’ve done it again! The wonderful team at Thirsties in Colorado has just released their new one-size all-in-one diaper!  One size to fit all your babies; infants and toddlers.  All-in-One so it’s super easy to put on, with no extra pieces to stuff or add.  They go on just like a disposable, without all the waste. Just the facts: Fits 8-40lbs 4 layers of absorbent microterry Lined with super stay-dry microsuede Available in snaps or hook&loop closure Available in a rainbow of colors and prints More absorbent than the Duo AIO Dries faster than the Duo AIO Machine washable…
  • New @ California Pizza Kitchen Tampa #NewCPK #TBBloggers #Ad

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

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

  • Friday Fun: Public art for brighter cities

    Zhou Jia
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Public art can help shape vibrant, cohesive communities. What role does art play in your city? Photo by João Perdigão/Flickr. Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary public art projects by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The program invites U.S. cities with 30,000 or more residents to submit proposals for creative and transformative projects. The challenge aims to improve quality of life in cities and to reposition art at the core of society. At least three cities will be granted up to USD 1 million each over two…
  • Vote for TheCityFix Brasil for the Mobilidade Minuto Award!

    Priscila Pacheco
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    TheCityFix Brasil plays an important role in advancing sustainable urban mobility to transform Brazilian cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. Hello TheCityFixers, friends, partners and allies in the cause for sustainable transport! Our friends at TheCityFix Brasil – produced by EMBARQ Brasil – are up for the Mobilidade Minuto (“Mobility Minute”) Award. The award is promoted by the Cidade em Movimento Institute (City on the Move Institute), and aims to spread mobility solutions throughout Brazil. In addition to awards selected by judges across six categories, a special mobility…
  • How providing Wi-Fi can increase mass transit ridership

    Coby Joseph
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly prevalent on transport systems, and could help shift users away from private vehicle use and towards mass transport. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr. The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications for mass transit. It enables ridesharing – a service quickly emerging in cities worldwide. It can improve predictability of transport services through real-time tracking and crowdsourcing apps. It can even improve user experience and transport planning for informal transport systems. Now, as more cities explore using Wi-Fi-enabled transport…
  • How ciclovías contribute to mobility and quality of life in Latin America and in cities worldwide

    Dario Hidalgo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this challenge with creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world. In the last installment of this series, we examined the development of bus rapid transit (BRT) in Curitiba, Brazil, and its expansion to the rest of the region and the world. In this…
  • Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study

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

  • Buying a Used Car? Here is What You Should Know…

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

    EcoWatch
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance. In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock“We first published the Global Green Economy Index in 2010 guided by a belief that the environment,…
  • Can Algae Power Our World?

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

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

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

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

  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can you be a sustainable tourist without giving up flying?

    Morgan Saletta, Doctoral Candidate and Graduate TA in History and Philosophy of Science at University of Melbourne
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    It should be possible to enjoy your holiday and give the planet a break. lazyllama/ShutterstockAustralians love to travel. About 9 million Australians travelled overseas last year, 60% of them on holiday. For most tourists, sustainable development and climate change were probably not high on their list of concerns. But increasing numbers of travellers are concerned about these issues. Is sustainable tourism possible when tourism accounts for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions? If the tourism sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse emitter in the world. By far…
  • Your coastal town's climate score? There's a website for that

    Stewart Frusher, Cross-cutting Theme Leader: Climate Change at University of Tasmania
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Apollo Bay in Victoria. Australia's coastal towns are vulnerable to changes in the surrounding seas. ccdoh1/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAustralia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster than the rest of the world. Fish populations are changing as the seas warm. But a town’s vulnerability also depends on other factors — such as infrastructure, education, housing and employment. In a new website launched this week, Coastal Climate Blueprint,…
  • The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

    Alan Pears AM, Sustainable Energy &amp; Climate Researcher at RMIT University
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The government knows that solar panel subsidies are very popular with voters. zstock/ShutterstockFederal industry minister Ian Macfarlane has finally revealed his opening gambit on negotiations on the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). He and environment minister Greg Hunt have pledged to leave household solar alone but want deep cuts to targets for all other forms of renewable energy development. This was not unexpected, and it is just a symbolic ambit claim, an opening position designed to accommodate future compromise. But it does highlight some interesting points about the…
  • Australia shouldn't sacrifice food safety standards for free trade

    David Adamson, Senior Research Officer at The University of Queensland
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Australia's reputation for strict farming standards helped its beef industry weather the BSE crisis. Malcolm Paterson/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYTen years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and look at where we stand today on the brink of a number of significant new trade deals. A combination of dumb luck, geographical isolation and a zealous stance on quarantine has kept…
  • Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves

    Joseph Barrins, Senior Tutor in Environments at University of Melbourne
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When it gets hot in the city, where's the best place to go? Alpha/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAHeatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may see unprecedented heat, perhaps 48C or higher. But our research shows that smart urban design can create refuges in cities that could feel more than 10C cooler, and without increasing energy use. Recently the Victorian Auditor-General released a report that found Victoria is not adequately prepared to deal with heat disasters. While this report focused…
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    Green-Change.com

  • Wollongong PCYC Permaculture Community Garden Tour

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

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

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

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

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

  • 25 Reuse ideas for a plastic Quality Street Tub

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beautiful Earth: Complete Baby Care Package Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

  • Breast Cancer, Pinkwashing, and Strength

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chances are, if you are reading this you are aware of breast cancer. You may not know all the details, but you know it can be an incredibly scary diagnosis. By now, you are aware that women should regularly do breast self-exams. You should are regular mammograms are important, especially after a certain age or based on family history (please communicate with your doctor when it is right for you to begin these). You should also be aware that men can get breast cancer. We are a society full of awareness. Thank goodness for that. In fact, when you see that color pink on products…
  • Community Changes the World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Bob Bajek
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    US Geological Survey photograph of the former Chanute Air Force Base, 2008 RANTOUL, IL – Chanute Air Force Base, closed for more than two decades, remains an environmental threat to the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents. It is a case study of how the Air Force and Pentagon use their national security clout to break agreements that can break local communities. Chanute’s History The United States Army decided in 1917 that East Central Illinois was the ideal location for its third training airfield to support the World War I effort. It intended Chanute…
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  • Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

    EcoWatch
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance. In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock“We first published the Global Green Economy Index in 2010 guided by a belief that the environment,…
  • Can Algae Power Our World?

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

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

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

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
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  • EU Leaders Agree on 40 Percent Emissions Reduction by 2030

    Edouard Stenger
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Last night, the European Council met with all the heads of State and country leaders. The topic was climate and energy and the goal was to enable the European Union – over half a billion people accounting for as 23 percent of global GDP and 11 percent of global emissions – to reach as ambitious [...]
  • Asia’s $20 Billion Clean Energy Tycoon Considers Going Global

    3BL Media
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    The world’s largest private investor in clean energy, Zheng Jianming, who has amassed about $20 billion in Chinese solar manufacturing assets, is considering seeking U.S. investments to fund his expanding energy technology ambitions. Zheng is the chairman and founder of Asia Pacific Resources Development (APRD), which holds the world’s largest collection of solar-manufacturing businesses. During [...]
  • We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

    John Farrell
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately compensate solar energy producers for the value of solar electricity to the utility, its customers, [...]
  • Electricity Access Has Small Effect on Emissions in India, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Expanding electricity to the homes of 650 million people in India over the past 30 years had minimal direct impact on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Although many humanitarian and development organizations have stressed the importance of improving electricity access in low-income countries, it has been [...]
  • Point – Counterpoint: Heartland Institute Gets It Wrong on Wind

    Marita Mirzatuny
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    On the heels of a recent Forbes blog post where I call out Texas’ Comptroller for playing favorites in her biased scrutiny of Texas’ wind industry, comes another Forbes piece by James Taylor from the Heartland Institute. Confusing correlation with causation, Taylor claims wind energy causes higher energy prices. However, an increase in electricity prices [...]
 
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  • Greasy Fast Food Causes Rapid Release of BPA from Register Receipts

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    BPA (bisphenol-A) is an endocrine disruptor well known for the controversy surrounding its effects on human health, and there may be a new threat: touching BPA-laced thermal register receipts with greasy fingers. The chemical appears to be more readily absorbed by the body if you use a combo of hand sanitizer, touch a receipt and then greasy foods, such as french fries. That’s the conclusion in a recent study published in the journal PLOS One, which “is the first to show how handling BPA-coated receipts can account for exposure at levels that have been shown to harm health,” Civil Eats…
  • A Long Time Ago In a Galaxy Baa Baa Away: Star Goats [Video]

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Goats do the “Star Wars” theme song and it’s basically the very best thing ever. George Lucas must be kicking himself right now for not thinking of it first. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on Organic Authority Just the Most Adorable Piglets Ever Eating an Apple [Video] Baby Chicks and a Golden Retriever: A Match Made in Cute Heaven [Video] This Rescued Cow is the Cutest Fuzzball Ever [Video] Image: The post A Long Time Ago In a Galaxy Baa Baa Away: Star Goats [Video] appeared first on Organic Authority.
  • From Our Friends: October 24, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    OK. There’s one more week before you have to — absolutely have t0 — have your and your kid’s Halloween costume ready. But don’t worry about that now. Now it’s time to relax and read this week’s From Our Friends, our weekly roundup of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s From Our Friends contains a link about meat alternatives, some interesting info about some of “The Walking Dead” cast, advice on throwing a Halloween party, a neat vegetarian buffalo wings recipe, and some ideas on…
  • Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe with Leek

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are two sides to a pumpkin, particularly when it comes pureed in the form of a soup: the sweet and the savory. The sweet pumpkin soup recipe is one we are probably quite familiar with; it comes with lots of cream, a semblance of pumpkin pie spice and is sweet enough to qualify for the end of the meal as dessert. While this version definitely has its place among wintery comfort foods, I have to admit, I’m in the savory pumpkin camp. When accompanied by the right spices, pumpkin flavor can become complex and deep with character. That being said, this spicy pumpkin soup recipe is a…
  • How to Make Homemade DIY Linen Spray

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all know that one of life’s most enjoyable pleasures is climbing into bed with freshly-laundered sheets and bedding. But have you ever considered spritzing your bedding with a linen spray? Using linen spray can freshen sheets, help promote restful sleep and change your whole outlook on the day after a peaceful night’s sleep in fresh-smelling linens. Don’t think that you have to purchase an expensive spray from one of those pricey bed and bath stores. You can make your own from wholesome, natural ingredients and without the addition of any toxic or artificial scents or chemicals.
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  • LED Table Lamp With A Built-In Color Picker Is LaGenius! [Video]

    paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    ColorUp lamp by PEGA D&E (color version) from PEGA D&E on Vimeo. The ColorUp LED table lamp, with a built-in color picker, might be the first household light you’ll want to bring everywhere – to parties, on vacation etc. etc. What a cool application of energy saving LED technology. [G]
  • Jeff Goldblum Pitching The GE Link Connected LED Lighting Is Spectacular. [Video]

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

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

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

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Residential solar systems typically send power to the grid, . . . not directly to the house, and don’t run the home during a blackout. Residential solar plus storage isn’t ready yet, . . . Lithium batteries cost too much to be used for just emergency backup power. For batteries to save consumers money, . . . stored energy must be drained daily, . . . said Jamie Evans, who runs the U.S. Eco Solutions unit for Panasonic Corp., . . . which supplies lithium-ion cells for Tesla Motors Inc. 10-24-2014 Source:  Rooftop Solar Batteries, Too Costly
  • Ev: Motor+Inverter = $savings

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Siemens has developed a new approach to electric car design, . . . wherein the EV’s motor is housed together with the inverter, thusly reducing: . . . . . . Material use, . . . . . . Weight, and, of course, . . . . . . $Cost. 10-24-2014 Source:  EV: Motor+Inverter = $Savings
  • Why Do People Put Solar On Their Roofs?

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Why do people put solar on their roofs? . . . Because other people put solar on their roofs. The single most important factor driving whether a given house installed solar, . . . was peer influence -- whether other houses nearby had recently done so. 10-23-2014 Source:  Why do people put solar on their roofs?
  • Solar Pumps

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy shows that, . . . 50,000 solar pumps have been sanctioned for installation in various states for both . . . irrigation and drinking water applications. Best of all, the system does not require any battery and potentially has a long life. 10-23-2014 Source: Solar Pumps
  • $53 Million For Solar Energy R&d

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than . . . $53 million for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects, . . . that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, . . . tackling key aspects of technology development, . . . in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. Supporting the development of: . . . . . . next generation photovoltaic (PV) solar technologies . . . . . . advanced manufacturing processes, and . . . . . . addressing both hardware and non-hardware “soft” costs of solar installation, These awards support advancements, that will…
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • How Massachusett’s Alternative Energy Credit Prices Will Impact Heat Pump and Biomass Operating Costs

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

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

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

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

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

  • Experience Farm to Skin Beauty from Board and Batten

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

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

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

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

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

    dbell
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Not far outside the main area of Cairo, Egypt, is a city of trash.   And the citizens of Garbage City, as it's called, are surprisingly happy. Only one thing really seems to worry them: the thought that their livelihood dealing in Cairo’s trash will be taken away.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Blood Orange Mule Halloween Cocktail

    rshreeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Halloween is next Friday, but the parties start this weekend, especially the adult costume parties. Orange cocktails are in order for themed parties, and if you’re looking for one that doesn’t come with eyeball ice cubes, I have one you might want to give a try.  
  • 'The Great Invisible' explores the environmental and psychological aftermath of the Gulf oil spill

    gmiller
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    It has been more than four years since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform killed 11 crew members and unleashed 2.4 million gallons of petroleum per day into the Gulf of Mexico, but the effects of the disaster are still being felt. The devastating pollution has impacted the fishing industry and those who rely on it, not to mention the ecosystem.
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  • Canada to Harvest the Power of Tides, Rivers and Oceans Using New Marine Energy Technology

    Jennifer Moore
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Canada to Harvest the Power of Tides, Rivers and Oceans Using New Marine Energy Technology Marine experts have always known that there is a lot of energy in the world’s tidal currents, ocean waves and river currents. But up until now, there haven’t been any renewable energy projects that work at harnessing this energy. However, recently there has been a lot of activity on Canada’s east coast, as marine experts […]
  • New GE Wastewater Technology Could Produce Renewable Energy for Future Electric Use

    Jennifer Moore
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    New GE Wastewater Technology Could Produce Renewable Energy for Future Electric Use General Electric has a new membrane-based wastewater treatment that combines its Zee Weed 500 membranes and the newest in anaerobic digestion, which in turn creates a new anaerobic membrane reactor (AnMBR). This new technology could be a real asset to industrial customers who need to find better water reuse methods. The problem is that industrial […]
  • Detroit Electric’s SP.01: The Newest Electric Car on the Block

    Greener Ideal
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Detroit Electric’s SP.01: The Newest Electric Car on the Block Despite being 2 years behind schedule, it looks as if Detroit Electric is getting ready for the release of the SP.01. You can almost forgive the premium-quality, pure electric vehicle manufacturer for their poor timekeeping because it’s been no walk in the park for them to get up to speed again as the company laid […]
  • Dear Vivienne Westwood: Stop Shaming People Who Can’t Afford to go Green

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fantastic Fungi, The Forbidden Fruit

    Susan Colby
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Louie Schwartzberg is well known as the pioneer of high-end time-lapse cinematography, focusing on the connections between the natural world and humans. His awe-inspiring TED talks and videos have created a strong following around the world. Schwartzberg has recently teamed up with several other well-known personalities to create a new movie, “Fantastic Fungi, The Forbidden Fruit.” The tribe, as they call themselves, is made up of Schwartzberg, mycologist Dr. Paul Stamets, Dr. Andrew Weil, the eminent holistic doctor of medicine, Eugenia Bone, a food writer, and permaculturist…
  • Fabien Cousteau: What I Learned From Spending 31 Days Underwater

    Jane Engelsiepen
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    “Now, my dream of dreams, I want to go explore the oceans of Mars, but until we can go there, I think the oceans still hold quite a few secrets.” Fabien Cousteau spent 31 days underwater researching how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans and to support marine conservation. In 1963, Jacques Cousteau set a world record by spending 30 days in an underwater laboratory on the floor of the Red Sea. Over 50 years later, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record by living for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research lab 63 ft. below the surface and nine…
  • Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Kieran Cooke As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is intense interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change. The vast Elektrownia Bełchatów power plant in central Poland is Europe’s biggest polluterImage: G.Mordalski via Wikimedia Commons LONDON, 23 October, 2014 − It has not been easy. Negotiations on the new energy and climate policy involving all 28 European Union member states have been going on for months – and, in some instances, for years. The European Council meets…
  • Clean-tech: Good for Economy and Environment

    Guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    By David Suzuki Photo via Kreatif/wikimedia commons What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal. Although extraction, use and export of natural resources are economically important and will remain so for some time, we’re starting to…
  • California Geese Applaud Ruling on Foie Gras

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

  • Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally

    Dr. Karen
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    There are many causes  for low back pain (LBP) and unfortunately, if you have had one episode, the chances are, you will have another. And to avoid a reoccurrence, you have to treat the cause. But more importantly, you have to be proactive and take preventive steps. Here is a multi-prong, natural approach to having... Read More » The post How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments
  • Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

    Dr. Karen
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Low Back Pain (LBP) results from an injury to the lumbar spine and it affects nearly everyone – 80% of population – at some point in their lives, interfering with work, recreation and daily activities. LBP costs the healthcare industry over $50 billion annually and it’s the leading cause for missed work. LBP is the... Read More » The post Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: How to Prevent Low Back Pain Naturally
  • Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen)

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

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

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

  • Manchester Wood Unveils New Fall Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Green Vehicle Showdown

    Anna
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I recently posted about a former Prius exec’s comments on hybrid vs. electric vehicles and why I thought hybrids could only be a stepping stone on the way to all electric vehicles (EVs). And, that post got me wanting to know more about both hybrid and electric cars – what are their capabilities? How practical are they? How affordable are they? And, how much do they really cut down on emissions? Well, I did some digging, and here is what I found out: Let’s compare the Tesla (most popular EV) with the Prius (most popular hybrid). TESLA S TOYOTA PRIUS Range 265 miles max. 595 miles max.
  • I still think electric cars are a good idea…

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

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

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

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

  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

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

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

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

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

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

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 35: Awesome Autumn Craft Ideas!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's official: I'm head-over-heels in love with autumn! Even the rainy days have a certain beauty, as the colors of the leaves really shine. In the spirit of soaking up all of the fun and natural beauty the season has to offer, I rounded up five posts that feature super-easy, not-your-run-of-the-mill, ultra-creative crafts using three of the biggest stars of autumn: leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. Best of all, they're not just for kids (although I'm sure my kids will love them). I can't believe how pretty and elegant some of these designs are--wait 'til you see…
  • From "Sacred Time" to Art Journaling: How to Really, Truly Focus

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are…
  • 10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

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

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

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

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

    Clay Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Cambodia is one of the most bombed countries in the World. The 2014 Fall Collection of the Purple Buddha Project is based on the foundation that we can learn something from the past and use it today to change the future. Upcycling artifacts from around the World from Germany, India, United States, to Cambodia; the Purple Buddha Project integrates these objects of history into jewelry constructed in Cambodia. The collection of jewelry pieces integrating history into each piece consist of: weapons of conflict from Cambodia, meteorites from space, coins of the British East India company, and…
  • 5 Tips for Utilizing Energy Efficient Windows to Your Advantage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rinkesh
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    What are Natural Resources? Natural resources are those resources that occur within the environment in their original and natural form, undisturbed by humanity. They take years to form without the intervention of humans. The Mother Earth is abundant with natural resources that develop on this planet using its surrounding environment. These natural resources are derived from the environment. While few of them are used for our survival like water, air, rest of them like coal, gas, oil are used for satisfying our daily needs. From forests to mountains to minerals to coastal shores and wetlands,…
  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

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

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

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

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

    Daniel Birkett
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Wind power performing well following a halt in nuclear and gas generation over the weekend. A weekend of strong gales saw wind power make a large contribution to electricity supply in the UK. This increase in wind generation was welcomed […] The post Wind power makes big contribution appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Portsmouth Solar farm sets green precedent

    Daniel Birkett
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    A Portsmouth solar farm is hoping to set the ‘green standards’ for future solar energy projects. A new 48MW solar farm in Portsmouth will feature a range of carbon cutting, eco-friendly measures and hopes to set a precedent for new […] The post Portsmouth Solar farm sets green precedent appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Port unveils twin wind turbine plans

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

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

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

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

    raintees
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Nature lovers can now embrace the growing trend for woodland themed interior décor by transforming their living rooms into rural retreats. Photo credit: Houzz.com Adopting a woodland theme in the living room is a sure way to evoke images of the great outdoors by incorporating rustic finishes, animal prints and natural textures. In order to make the room more authentic, homeowners can experiment with various woodland motifs on wallpapers, cushions, throws or drapes. Common woodland creatures traditionally featured in such motifs include stags, rabbits, hedgehogs, geese or bears. Trees and…
  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

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

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

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

  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

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

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve got some big gardening plans now that your greenhouse is built. The whole time you were putting all the nuts and bolts together, you couldn’t stop thinking about the[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Loving the Late Season Garden

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    When the nights start to get a little cooler, most gardeners take that as a sign that it’s time to roll up the garden and put it to bed for[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Specialize and Thrive: The Secret to Success with Small Commercial Greenhouses

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We live in a world of one-stop super shops, but don’t feel pressured to take your young greenhouse and transform it into a one-stop shop for everything growing. The idea[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    While you’re busy making all the decisions for your new greenhouse, from the lighting you’ll use to the site where you’ll build it, don’t forget about the greenhouse frame. This[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

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

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

    Nick Blair
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    http://www.wrpawprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dysfunctional-Congress.jpg It goes without saying that these are trying times for the US Congress. They cannot seem to agree on anything, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting each other out for the midterm elections in November, and then the blame game will continue. However, even in times like these, there are patches of sunlight for Congress and for the rooftop solar industry. This time it comes in the form of legislation supporting Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy. …
  • 400,000 People Joined the Climate March

    Dan Schreiber
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On September 21, more than 400,000 people poured into New York City from all over the county to march for the climate. The People’s Climate March as it was called, was organized to demonstrate mass American support for climate action. World leaders, including President Obama, are set to debate action on the issue at the Unite Nations climate summit this week. This climate march was huge, and in fact was the largest demonstration on the issue in history. Over 520 buses ensured that  communities from all over the Unites States were well represented. Everyone from retired Kentucky coal…
  • Mexico’s Solar Revolution

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

  • Create a More Productive Business Through Workplace Design

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

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) has grown to become the largest franchise within the MilliCare brand. MilliCare offers textile and carpet care services that use sustainable practices and products to ensure that your office’s flooring is thoroughly clean and will last. Millicare offers a plan that will extend the life of your office carpet. By using the right products and methods, we can guarantee that your office will be cleaner than it ever ha been before our services. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will come back and re-do it at no additional charge. That’s how…
  • Let Your Office Make a Lasting First Impression

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    You have a meeting with a business you’ve never visited before.  When you walk into their office, you instantly know that a decorator was involved.  From the sleek, modern furniture, to the natural light pouring in, to the company’s colors running consistently throughout, you know that this company means business in the most modern and forward-thinking way. Isn’t that the first impression you want visitors to have when they step into your office? Of course it is. And you can achieve that result in a couple of ways. The first is by hiring a professional, with his or her expertise, eye…
  • Tips to Keep Your Floors Clean and Green This Fall

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    If you’re planning on treating your office floors the same through the autumn as you did through the summer, you way want to keep reading.  As the weather changes, so do the needs of your tile and carpet.  Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we feel it is critical to follow the necessary steps to care for your tile and carpeting to make it last. To keep your floors gleaming and free of contaminants this fall and winter, consider the following tips from our flooring experts:   1. Start thinking about cleaning early. Many businesses avoid cleaning their floors before the fall and…
  • Simple Upgrades for Your Outdated Office Restroom

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Have you really looked at your office’s bathroom lately?  Have you been too afraid of what you may find if you started remodeling?  That’s probably a sign that an upgrade needs to be made. Many businesses spend many hours planning and updating every aspect of the office design, and then leave the bathroom virtually untouched.  But with a few easy upgrades, your office can have a restroom you can be proud of! Here are a few simple changes to make your office bathroom look modern and well cared for: 1. Flooring. If you have a dingy looking bathroom floor, it may be less than welcoming to…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • How to do green awakening with a street theater?

    Mi Muba
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A theater is a building where live drama is played. It is also called stage drama. But now theater itself is taken as a live stage drama and this term so common everywhere. If the word street is prefixed with it then it becomes a live drama played in a street or at an open… Read More »The post How to do green awakening with a street theater? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How green living helps you to become a brilliant student?

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

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

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

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

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Minnesota highway – source OKRoads.com Minnesota is not only snow, fishing and progressive politicians, it is something much more, and lately something related to the renewable energy sector. Actually, The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released a request for proposal (RFP) which will accept financial offers to build and manage large solar arrays along the state highways. This solar project is created to supply the state’s grid with a new and reliable resource of green energy for at least 20 years from now. The state government was obliged by the Minnesota Statute…
  • Why we need Solar Power Inverters?

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    How solar panels work? We know that nowadays, solar power becomes more popular than ever especially because the environment requires lower carbon emissions all over the world. Solar power is a pretty recent green energy resource and it works very simply. To convert the solar energy (the sunshine) into electricity we need a solar panel, an inverter and at least one solar battery to store the green energy produced. The system works this way: the solar panel receives the sunlight and turns it into DC (direct current). This type of electricity is not good for our household devices so we need the…
  • Energy saving tips for winter

    admin
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Cellulose-based insulation, image source thermaxinsulation.com In the previous article we talked about how important is to have an insulated home while outside we have winter conditions or extreme heat specific to the summer. An insulated house can keep a nice warm habitat inside your house even if outside there are freezing temperatures so your central heating system will work much less, and if outside is summer and the temperatures are extremely hot, your insulated house will keep a cooler and very pleasant temperature inside the rooms, and your air conditioning units will work much less.
  • How important is to have an insulated home

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

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

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

    Ecoideaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Author – Rishil Anthony Kitchen is an integral part of an Indian household. However, we could say that Indian kitchens are highly energy inefficient and unhealthy, primarily because of the traditional mud stoves (chulhas). This is true for most of the Indian rural households that depend on firewood or local biomass as the source of fuel. Traditional firewood stoves are uneconomical and harmful in many ways. They use firewood that is non-renewable and is a major cause for deforestation. Rural women have to travel long distances to fetch firewood and finally, they spew noxious smoke, which is…
  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

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

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

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

  • Plankton Power Swirls Ocean Pastures – A Source Of 1/3 Of Oceans Energy

    Russ George
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Winds and Tides and Swimming Plankton Each Provide One Trillion Watts Of Power To Drive The Motion Of Ocean Waters Swirling ocean pasture eddies are made and sustained by the very ocean life that inhabit those pastures. Gaia is smiling at it taking us so long to unravel one of her mysteries. Diel migration is very basic learning… in daylight fish that want to eat you can see you!  Want to see more great plankton art head over to fleaworld.be Every night the largest migration of life on Earth takes place in ocean pastures. It’s the nightly swimming of trillions and more tiny…
  • Warming Arctic Ocean Is Blooming More Than Ever

    Russ George
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Following another season of shrinking sea ice Arctic Ocean life has been blessed with a doubling of plankton bloom cycles. Historically, phyto-plankton began to bloom in the spring in the Arctic Ocean as daylight returned to shine even through the ice. Spectacular spring blooming created a rich ocean pasture that would sustain a feeding frenzy among zooplankton, fish and all of ocean life in the Arctic. Now the Arctic ocean is blooming again a second time in the fall. “The entire ocean system is linked to this massive input of carbon,” said lead author of a new study Mathieu…
  • Fish Give Back Iron To Sustain Their Ocean Pastures, Or They Used To!

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Newly published work in the prestigious science journal PLoS ONE confirms the vital role fish play in recycling iron that sustains their ocean pastures. Or at least they used to, the shocking news is that depletion of ‘fish iron’ is destroying ocean pasture productivity. Although iron is the fourth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, bio-available iron which is vital to photosynthesis limits marine primary production in a large part of the ocean, the ocean pastures. The author/professors point out that the growing scarcity of vital iron availability that is the…
  • US Government Buys Another 50 Million Servings Of Our Pasture Fed Pink Salmon

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Food Aid program is on a salmon-buying binge. It usually spends $6 million a year buying Alaska Pink Salmon. This year it has spent $39 million, enough for 200 million servings! Tens of Millions of Cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed America’s needy families. Fishermen who caught 226 million pasture fed pink salmon last fall (2013) and the fish processors who bought that fish are happy to see at least 200 million servings of that nutritious wild salmon on its way to American’s in the USDA Food Aid programs. A great majority…
  • 50 Million Additional Meals Of Alaska Pasture Fed Salmon For USDA Food Aid

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

  • Spaghetti Puttanesca

    Green Mom
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
      By Fredrica Syren: I’m a huge pasta fan and have loved cooking it ever since my 3-week driving trip in Italy with my husband before we got married. I love all varieties of a really good pasta sauce with developed flavor. This is a very kid friendly recipe for a puttanesca sauce, which is ...
  • What Can a Child Learn from Home?

    Larraine Roulston
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Larraine Roulston: With no curriculum or rigid structure, a home environment provides time and space for children to engage naturally in the world around them. When allowed the freedom to pursue their own interests, they will automatically acquire the skills to meet life’s challenges. Parents who allow plenty of time for imagination in the ...
  • Moments of Love

    Green Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Lots of times, my kids my kids fight. I didn’t grow up with siblings, but I hear this a normal thing. Sometimes, however, I worry they will kill each other and am amazed at the things that can set them off — toys, looks, whose mommy I am, and which chair to sit on. But ...
  • Benefits of Sea Vegetables

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

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

  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Panel Charger For Outdoor People

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    If you travel a lot or you consider your self to be an outdoor person, Then you might have experienced a low battery issues through your phone ,your tablet or even your laptop. and Who has not?. This would be embarrassing if you are having an important meeting or a conference or otherwise you are traveling  somewhere or having a trip. But on the other hand technology does not stop at inventing those smart devices only ,but also has a lot of progress of how you can easily charge them any time any where. Next Are the 10 best solar panel chargers that have an excellent feedback and rating 5…
  • Geothermal Energy: Unlimited Geothermal Energy Facts

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

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

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

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

  • A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement

    Jessica Hope
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement Walt Gore, a trustee of Christian Tabernacle Church, found himself in a tough situation. For quite some time, the over 100 year old church in the heart of Chicagoland had been dealing with some occasional water leakage. The water would often leak on to an area of floor tiling that secretly contained a sleeping giant. Walt first contacted a repairman to come out and fix the water leak. The repairman noticed the damage done to the floor and informed Walt that these types of tiles almost always contained asbestos and would likely require removal. Rather…
  • Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools

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

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

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

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

  • 9 Things That Never Made It to the Scrap Yards

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:10 am
    When we take out the value of a material, it usually ends up in the scrap yards or land fills. But, thank God for creative people and their swagger ideas of giving things a second life. Even the unusual ones we thought of throwing, was given a new purpose. Hard to believe these things never made it to the scraps. Get some inspiration and start creating your own. 1. A Car Rim Source This pure metal could well end up in a scrap metal recycling plant. But, it was cleverly used for some backyard or camping cooking. Easy to setup and last longer too. Plus food cooked in wood tastes better! 2.
  • Trash Island - Thilafushi. Located in Maldive Islands. One of...

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Trash Island - Thilafushi. Located in Maldive Islands. One of the best islands in the world. But, the backdoor is strewn with trash. More of this story here.
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    19 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
  • 7 Graveyards of Scrap Metal Opportunity But Left Abandoned

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Scrap metal can be found anywhere. These abandoned metal graveyards are a big opportunity for any scrap metal business owner. But, metals in these graveyards seemed to be abandoned. An opportunity lost to mother earth. 1. Nouadhibou in Mauritania is a graveyard for ships in all shapes and sizes. Why so many?  Harbor officers were said to accept bribes from owners to abandon their ships anywhere in that area. Pounds of scrap metal waiting to be taken apart but left at the mercy of the sea. Sources: 1, 2, 3 2. Takakanonuma Greenland in Japan has an abandoned amusement park, It closed down for…
  • iwanttoberecycled: I want to be neater.

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    iwanttoberecycled: I want to be neater.
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