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  • U.S. to submit plans to fight global warming; most others delay

    Reuters: Environment
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:13 am
    OSLO/WASHINGTON - The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December.
  • Why German Battery Company BMZ Is Quadrupling Production

    Greentech Media: Headlines
    Mike Stone
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Even in the budding battery market, increasing output 400 percent by 2020 is a very ambitious goal. But that’s what one of Germany’s top battery makers, BMZ, has announced this month. And while a planned yearly output of 5 gigawatt-hours' worth of lithium-ion storage is not on the same scale as the Tesla Giga factory, BMZ’s plans clearly aren't lacking in ambition. But why such a huge expansion? According to CEO and founder Sven Bauer, demand is growing enough to warrant expansion thanks to a number of factors: the surge in domestic storage in Germany, the need for…
  • China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

    Switchboard, from NRDC
    Barbara Finamore
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions. It is further proof that China is already starting to deliver on the commitments it made as part of the U.S.-China climate deal last November. China's efforts to shift away from…
  • Tesla: Model S update 6.2 makes it impossible to "unintentionally run out of range"

    Transportation feed
    Michael Graham Richard
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    This electric car is becoming more like a smartphone with every passing software update.
  • Why Oil Could Be Facing A 20-Year Bear Market

    Forbes - Energy
    Bert Dohmen
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Our analysis of financial history is that when there is such a commodity bust, it usually lasts for a long, long time, sometimes 20 years. And money managers, who for years and decades have used oil as the permanent investment, can’t change their habits.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Clean Refrigerator Coils in 3 Easy Steps

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    A few years ago I pulled the refrigerator out to paint the wall behind it and was shocked to see a really dirty mess. I didn’t take a photo of it at the time as it was horrifying, but I did take a similar photo of the bottom of a refrigerator (above) when I went to tour the refrigerator recycling facility for ComEd’s Smart Ideas Fridge & Freezer Recycling program. The photo above shows you what your refrigerator coils might look like in your home. Clean refrigerator coils and save energy –  it can increase air circulation and helps the coils do their job so they do not…
  • Flowers Everywhere at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

    Shawna Coronado
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Every year I go to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and I love how the approach at the show has become greener and focused on educating the thousands of visitors that attend the show annually. Walking in to the show after a cold, hard winter is like walking into sunshine; the smell of the flowers and trees overwhelms the senses. There is a lot to do – participate in potting classes, walk the gardens, shop in the shopping area, listen to educational speakers on gardening and cooking, and of course simply SMELLLLL. Then smell some more. Building the gardens is an act that takes enormous…
  • How To Grow a Living Wall Kitchen Garden

    Shawna Coronado
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    It is time to grow a living wall my friends. Grow a Living Wall; Create Vertical Gardens with Purpose, is my latest book. Below are a few tips excerpted from Grow a Living Wall that gives you a few ideas on how you can grow a huge garden in a narrow space WITH NO WEEDING REQUIRED! While interviewing a young mother in an urban inner-city area, I listened as she told me a heart-breaking story. Her son had asthma, and medications were not effective, so she tried limiting his chemical exposure by providing more organic food. The price of organic vegetables from the market was high, and she…
  • Cucumber Margarita Recipe and Sunday Funday Appetizers

    Shawna Coronado
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    Welcome to a Sunday Funday post; a restaurant review combined with a recipe that might just give you some fantastical ideas for cooking up your own Sunday Funday. Imagine how amazing you feel as a Mom when your family announces they are going to take you out for an afternoon cocktail appetizer extravaganza? First of all – delicious cocktails – yum. And who needs to imagine – you can see the look on face in the above photo. LYFE Kitchen invited us in to sample some of their latest and greatest appetizers and cocktails. LYFE Kitchen is in Evanston, Illinois – and as you…
  • How To Prune A Shrub Rose Infographic

    Shawna Coronado
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    Shrub roses, especially Knockout roses, are particularly easy to grow. Below is a fantastic super easy infographic to help you figure out the pruning task.  Go forth and prune those knockouts! The post How To Prune A Shrub Rose Infographic appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC

  • Mexico announces ambitious emission reduction target in lead up to Paris

    Carolina Herrera
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC Earlier today, Mexico announced an ambitious new commitment to peak its greenhouse emissions in 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030. With this announcement, Mexico becomes the first developing country and emerging economy to act on the Lima Call for Climate Action - the global agreement reached in Peru this past December that the time has come for all countries to take concrete action to reduce their global warming pollution. With the announcement of its "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions " (INDC), Mexico has once more shown…
  • Some Republicans Step Back from GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball

    Rhea Suh
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Rhea Suh, President, New York City Senate Republican leaders had been eyeing a raft of votes into the wee hours Friday as a chance to put a spike in the heart of President Obama's plan to confront the dangers of climate change. Things didn't go quite as planned. Seven Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting to tie climate change to national security and call for action to cut carbon pollution and invest in efficiency and renewable power. A GOP proposal to stop the president's Clean Power Plan dead in its tracks wasn't even brought up for a vote. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch…
  • The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

    Joel Reynolds
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Santa Monica, CA Leave it to the flailing Pebble Partnership - now consisting of just one under-funded Canadian company - to conclude that the only truly "independent" review of its uniquely reckless Pebble Mine is an "independent" review that is bought and paid for by . . . The Pebble Partnership. Pebble and its Beltway-based CEO announced this week the hiring of two Washington, D.C. consulting firms to "conduct an independent review" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") work on the proposed mine. According to former Defense…
  • Washington, Minnesota, and New York Regulators Lead Utility Reform Surge

    Sheryl Carter
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San Francisco Utility regulators in Washington, Minnesota, and New York took actions this week to speed a clean energy transition that is urgently needed in order to cut pollution and ensure reliable service. These actions will make it easier for utilities to help customers in these states save energy, which will lower their energy bills, support a growing workforce, and reduce harmful carbon pollution. Washington State started it off by blocking an effort by one of Warren Buffett's utilities to introduce regressive fixed customer charges on…
  • China's War on Pollution Is Gaining Traction

    Barbara Finamore
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Beijing Beijing just announced that it will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants in 2016, avoiding an estimated 30 million tons of carbon. This welcome step, carried out as part of China's national Air Pollution Action Plan, is the latest evidence that China is putting teeth into its pledges to tackle air pollution and cap its carbon emissions. It is further proof that China is already starting to deliver on the commitments it made as part of the U.S.-China climate deal last November. China's efforts to shift away from…
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    Grist

  • Solar panel owners and utilities battle it out in California

    Tim McDonnell
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Solar power is having a major moment. It’s growing faster than any other energy source — in 2014, a new system was installed in the United States every three minutes — while the price of a typical panel has dropped 63 percent since 2010. By 2016, experts predict that solar will be as cheap or cheaper than conventional electricity in most states. But solar companies are warning that the boom could soon end, if utilities and some Republican state lawmakers have their way. Power companies’ beef with solar…
  • This geoengineering scheme could halt climate change — but it’s probably a terrible idea

    Jeremy Schulman
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Back in the late 1990s, Ken Caldeira set out to disprove the “ludicrous” idea that we could reverse global warming by filling the sky with chemicals that would partially block the sun. A few years earlier, Mount Pinatubo had erupted in the Philippines, sending tiny sulfate particles — known as aerosols — into the stratosphere, where they reflected sunlight back into space and temporarily cooled the planet. Some scientists believed that an artificial version of this process could be used to cancel out the…
  • Are we really still flushing condoms down the toilet?

    Eve Andrews
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Hello! It is now the weekend, which means that if you are a socially inclined person with active loins, you may be trying to get laid tonight. And godspeed in those efforts — I mean it! I truly wish you the best. But — I’m sorry — we need to talk about something. We’ve been over why using protection shouldn’t even be a question, but to sum up very quickly: Unplanned babies and STDs. Maybe you’ve joined the long-acting reversible contraceptive army, but if you’re sleeping with someone new (good for you! I’m serious!) you should still…
  • In San Francisco, could hanging your laundry get you evicted?

    Heather Smith
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:21 pm
    A property management company in San Francisco has spent the last several months handing out eviction notices to two dozen families who live in a single residence occupancy hotel (SRO) building in the city’s Chinatown. The reason? The tenants have been hanging their laundry out the window to dry — not an uncommon sight in the neighborhood, and one that actually looks kind of nice, if you enjoy the sight of underpants in the wind (guilty as charged here). Paragon Real Estate Group maintains that this practice violates the building’s rules. The tenants responded — as…
  • Will the Supreme Court kill the EPA’s efforts to crack down on mercury pollution?

    Brentin Mock
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Leading up to Wednesday’s oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants, a big question was how Chief Justice John Roberts would rule. It’s well known that the Roberts court has been the most pro-business court since the 1940s, and two of the parties challenging EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule are among the nation’s largest industries — mining and electric utilities. But Roberts has surprised court watchers lately by supporting environmental protections. The Constitutional…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • WATCH: Woman Teaches Cats Sign Language

    Natalia Lima
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    We already knew cats were the best but a woman in Connecticut has turned hers into even more awesome creatures than usual. Kim Silva, a retired sign language teacher, taught Read MoreThe post WATCH: Woman Teaches Cats Sign Language appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • New Fiction Novel Takes on Animal Abuse Issues

    Natalia Lima
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:08 pm
    A new fiction book highlights issues of animal abuse from the very eyes of animals themselves. Just like David Duchovny’s ‘Holy Cow,’ ‘Persimmon Takes On Humanity’ is a fable for Read MoreThe post New Fiction Novel Takes on Animal Abuse Issues appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Eco-Friendly Luxury Star Trailers Take Off in Hollywood

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Hollywood stars like Ben Affleck, Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are opting for eco-friendly trailers for their downtime during filming. The line of eco-friendly luxurious trailers, which are fueled by Read MoreThe post Eco-Friendly Luxury Star Trailers Take Off in Hollywood appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • The World Readies for Darkness as Earth Hour Approaches

    Anthony Marcusa
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    We are just one days away from one of the year’s most dedicated and unifying moments on Earth. Come Saturday, around the globe, individuals, communities, and indeed countries will look Read MoreThe post The World Readies for Darkness as Earth Hour Approaches appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Help Fund Bonnie Raitt’s Anti-Fracking Album

    Brianne Hogan
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Singer and environmental activist Bonnie Raitt is asking for the public’s support to help produce a new album that will benefit the anti-fracking movement. The Grammy award-winning singer took to Read MoreThe post Help Fund Bonnie Raitt’s Anti-Fracking Album appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Shifting temperatures will affect flavors, quality of food

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Love scrumptious vegan pizza? You’d better enjoy it while you can, because climate change is moving in to hog a slice. According to an Australian report, Appetite for Change, climate change isn’t just going to decimate existing crops — it’s also going to change the way the survivors taste. And not in a good way. The researchers say that we’re going to be eating increasingly bland, tasteless, mushy food because of the way shifting temperatures are affecting farming, and in fact, it’s already started happening.
  • Antarctic ice loss is accelerating

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    New research published this week in the journal Science Express describes how the ice shelves around Antarctica are thinning and therefore allowing more of the ice sheet behind them to flow into the sea. Using nearly two decades of satellite data, the team of international researchers observed an acceleration of ice loss from the continent’s ice shelves, with an increase in loss of 70% in West Antarctica over the last decade. In the Amundsen and Bellingshausen regions, some ice shelves have lost up to 18% of their thickness in less than two decades. 
  • Which diet has the smallest carbon footprint?

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well-known. As well as being healthier, a recent article concludes that the menu traditionally eaten in Spain leaves less of a carbon footprint than that of the US or the United Kingdom. The consequences of climate change range from species extinction to sea-level increases and the spread of diseases. For this reason, researchers have been struggling for years to alleviate its effects, even limiting the pollution caused by food consumption.
  • France passes law to promote green roofs

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Environmentalism is fast becoming a top concern in France – a rooftop concern, to be precise. Excitingly, the nation has just passed new legislation that will require all upcoming commercial construction projects to feature either green roofs or solar panels above their top floors.
  • How NASA is planning on diverting an asteroid

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off an asteroid and bring it back to the vicinity of Earth, rather than bag up an entire asteroid, agency officials in charge of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) announced today.The $1.25 billion mission, which is planned to launch in December 2020, would send a robotic spacecraft for a rendezvous with an asteroid in 2022. After touching down on the asteroid’s surface, the spacecraft would snatch a boulder several meters across. The spacecraft would then orbit the asteroid for up to 400 days, testing out an idea for defending Earth from…
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    EcoSalon

  • 7 Trending Decor Ideas You’ll Love This Spring

    Krissy Brady
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Stunning decor trends you just might fall in love with. Now that the snow’s finally taking a hike, I’ve never been more excited to spiffy up my apartment… or more overwhelmed with decisions. With the oodles of paint colors, furniture pieces, and wall decor options to choose from, I feel like my head could pop right off. To ensure it stays attached, I’ve decided to start the journey with some good old fashioned Internet-creeping to see what everyone else is up to (natch). Here are 7 trendy decor ideas that will take your home from blasé to… well, the opposite: 1.
  • Why Don’t Women Help Other Women at Work?

    Abbie Stutzer
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Women at work are awesome. Women at home are awesome. Basically, women are just awesome. (Duh.) But there are some women – women who don’t help other women — who are downright toxic to the rest of us gals who just want to learn and bond. Women who don’t help other women are everywhere and we’re sure you’ve encountered a few of these ladies in your lifetime. These women work with you and sit next to you in your college courses. Although these ladies do get on my nerves, I don’t hate these women. Why? Well, because as Laurie Ruettimann points out, every woman is that woman at…
  • Dude Polish? The Manicure for Men is Trending

    Liz Thompson
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    We love some good male grooming. But how much is too much? The manicure for men seems to be showing up in unlikely places. Black nails are a rock god staple. No surprise there. But the manicure for men, or shall we say menicure, is popping up on less likely digits these days. Yep, guys like Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Zac Efron have been spotted with buffed, polished, and deco’d fingernails. Even Snoop Dogg has been known to rock some fresh nail art, French mani style. Which, I must say, looked super dope. Snoop has enviably pretty nails. As you can see, we are not talking the “Mad…
  • Self Pleasure 2.0: 32 Funny Places Women Have Masturbated

    Krissy Brady
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    These women have brought self pleasure to a whole new level. While we don’t sound off about it as much as the guys, I have to say women are super lucky in the self pleasure department. We can pretty much get busy anytime, anywhere. We don’t have anything to whip out, no mess to clean up, and we have many ways to go about our business without anyone knowing. That’s hot. There are the more traditional naughty places you might find yourself quietly flicking the bean—movie theatres, planes, bathroom stalls, even your cubicle at work—but when it comes to self pleasure in…
  • The Recipe for a Great Anti-Rape Campaign Includes Sanitary Napkins and Social Media

    Abbie Stutzer
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    A German artist created a brilliant anti-rape campaign that uses one of things that makes men stand aghast in horror: sanitary napkins. Elone, the German artist who got the idea to “post” all sorts of anti-rape, pro-feminist messages (for example: “Rapists rape people, not outfits”) atop sanitary napkins throughout her German city after she saw this hilariously true tweet from @cutequeer96: Elone embarked on this artistic journey to show that feminism is all about equality and not about hating men. To promote her project, Elone posted photos of her work across Instagram and Tumblr…
 
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • U.S. To Submit Plans To Combat Climate Change While Other Countries Delay

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:03 am
    * About 30 nations to meet March 31 climate deadline * Mexico is first emerging economy to submit plan By Alister Doyle and Valerie Volcovici OSLO/WASHINGTON, March 29 - The United States will submit plans for slowing global warming to the United Nations early this week but most governments will miss an informal March 31 deadline, complicating work on a global climate deal due in December. The U.S. submission, on Monday or Tuesday according to a White House official, adds to national strategies beyond 2020 already presented by the 28-nation European Union, Mexico, Switzerland and Norway.
  • WATCH: Nebraska Man Asks Oil Commission Just One Question: 'Would You Drink It?'

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    James Osborn has just one question: "Would you drink it?" "It" being a mysterious brown sludge -- allegedly fracking fluid -- that Osborn brought in a foam cup to a public hearing in Sidney, Nebraska, in front of the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on Tuesday. And no, it wasn't a hypothetical question. Osborn, the first of more than 50 people to speak out Tuesday on a proposed fracking wastewater storage well in the western part of the state, chatted amiably to the commissioners as he produced three plastic cups and poured a little bottled water into each. He then topped off each of…
  • Myanmar Military Aided Massive Land Grab From Ethnic Minorities: Rights Group

    28 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    BANGKOK, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Businesses in Myanmar have colluded with military and government officials to seize vast tracts of farmland from ethnic minority villagers in the northeast, using much of the land for rubber plantations, a UK-based rights group said. Over the past decade, 5.3 million acres (2.1 million hectares) has been leased to investors for commercial agriculture without the consent of landowners, and rubber plantations cover more than a quarter of this area, Global Witness said in a report released on Thursday. Global Witness's 18-month investigation…
  • Yosemite Lookout Opens At Earliest Date In History

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A road leading to spectacular views of California's Yosemite National Park opened to drivers on Saturday, marking the earliest date for the occasion in at least 20 years. Glacier Point Road takes drivers to a lookout perched at 3, 214 feet above the valley floor, where visitors can view spectacles such as the Half Dome rock, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite's high country. The road closes each winter blocked by snowfall, and last year the park reported an April 14 opening. In other years, the road remained closed until late-May. This year's March 28 opening…
  • Earth Hour Is Nearly Upon Us, But Why Should We Care?

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    This Saturday, March 28, marks the ninth annual observance of Earth Hour, a symbolic event intended to raise awareness about climate change. Cities and famous landmarks will turn out the lights for an hour Saturday, along with millions of ordinary citizens. Observed in 162 countries in 2014, the event is about "coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change," according to parent organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The London Eye and London skyline can be seen before (left) and after (right) the population of the city observed Earth Hour on…
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  • Thoughts on John Donne and Harvard Divestment

    28 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    John Donne's famous poem of bell tolling begins: No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main... This poem's poignant, heart-stopping beauty rests in the clarity and power of its message to humankind. I view the Donne message to human beings as applying with equal force to institutions. In particular to institutions of higher learning, and even more particularly, to Harvard University. To capture my meaning, consider some re-wording (and try to ignore the missing rhythm): No part of a university is an island, Entire of itself, Every part is…
  • The Pebble Partnership and the Demeaning of Independence

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Leave it to the flailing Pebble Partnership -- now consisting of just one under-funded Canadian company -- to conclude that the only truly "independent" review of its uniquely reckless Pebble Mine is an "independent" review that is bought and paid for by . . . The Pebble Partnership. Pebble and its Beltway-based CEO announced this week the hiring of two Washington, D.C. consulting firms to "conduct an independent review" of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ("EPA") work on the proposed mine. According to former Defense Secretary William Cohen, principal of the Cohen Group, the…
  • Some Republicans Step Back From GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Senate Republican leaders had been eyeing a raft of votes into the wee hours Friday as a chance to put a spike in the heart of President Obama's plan to confront the dangers of climate change. Things didn't go quite as planned. Seven Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting to tie climate change to national security and call for action to cut carbon pollution and invest in efficiency and renewable power. A GOP proposal to stop the president's Clean Power Plan dead in its tracks wasn't even brought up for a vote. And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't muster a…
  • Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I spoke with Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, the head of the grassroots organization "African American Parks Event", Teresa Baker, and the head of the consulting firm, Earthwise Productions, Audrey Peterman, about the efforts being made to strengthen the connection between African Americans and the U.S. National Parks. Since President Ulysses S. Grant signed the first national park, Yellowstone, into law in 1872, the national parks have provided American citizens and visitors from all over the world unique experiences with nature. The arches of Yellowstone National Park at the park…
  • Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there. "Ag-gag" bills -- conceived and pushed by the agricultural industry to criminalize undercover investigations on factory farms -- have been introduced in 26 states and have passed in seven. These measures are intended to silence factory farm whistleblowers -- removing protection from vulnerable animals who need it, and giving it to powerful corporations who hide behind it. This week, we…
 
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  • Indiana governor plans to 'clarify' religious objections law

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.
  • Indiana governor: 'absolutely not' a mistake to sign religious freedom bill

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was "absolutely not" a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. "There has been shameless rhetoric about my state, about this law, and about its intention all over the Internet," Pence said, speaking on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos. "This isn't about disputes about individuals," he said. (Reporting by Alina Selyukh and Sarah N. Lynch; editing by Susan…
  • Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.
  • Arab leaders: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebels withdraw

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    They aim to create a joint Arab military force to deal with "challenges" facing the region.
  • Utility found 'hazardous situation' in gas link before New York blast

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:16 pm
    By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a "hazardous situation," a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday. The crew was sent to the building after a Con Edison worker reading gas meters smelled gas on Aug. 6 in the basement, said Con Edison spokesman Allan Drury. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that the blast was possibly tied to someone "inappropriately" tapping into a gas line. The owner of…
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • 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…
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • China Oilfield Equipment Billionaire Sun Weijie's Jereh To Buy Stake In UK's Plexus

    Russell Flannery
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:24 am
    Yantai Jereh Oilfield Services Group, the Chinese oilfield equipment supplier chaired by Chinese billionaire Sun Weijie, has reached an agreement with Plexus Holdings, the London-listed oil and gas engineering and services company, to buy new shares representing a 5% stake at 180 pence a share, Jereh said in a statement on Friday.
  • Why Oil Could Be Facing A 20-Year Bear Market

    Bert Dohmen
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Our analysis of financial history is that when there is such a commodity bust, it usually lasts for a long, long time, sometimes 20 years. And money managers, who for years and decades have used oil as the permanent investment, can’t change their habits.
  • FT500 Webranking Highlights 'Failings' By European Companies Managing Stakeholder Expectations

    Roger Aitken
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    It’s a challenging and competitive business environment out there. But just how well are the largest listed companies doing to meet the growing expectations of stakeholders - including the capital markets - as regards transparency and dialogue via digital channels? The latest Webranking of FT500 European companies by Swedish strategic communications consultancy Comprend reveals a quarter are failing and not up to the mark.
  • An Energy App Startup's Unusual Bid To Make Money From California's Wholesale Electricity Market

    Ucilia Wang
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    There's no shortage of apps and smart thermostats out there to help you figure out your energy use and cut wasteful consumption. But what if you can do that and raise money for a good cause?
  • Blenheim: Forging Knife Passion Into Viable Business

    Freddie Dawson
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Blenheim Forge was a passion project started by a few friends with an interest in metallurgy and Japanese kitchen knives. Can they turn it into a viable business?
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    The Good Human

  • The Flying Car Is No Longer A Sci-Fi Fantasy – You Can Place Your Order Next Year!

    Lisa Fanfa
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:46 pm
    I could barely believe my eyes when watching the video shown above. The Slovakian company AeroMobil is preparing to release a prototype flying vehicle to the market, and will be ready to take orders from 2016! “We believe personal transportation is about to change forever,” says AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik. “We think it’s time to make transportation more emotional and more personal.” AeroMobil. Beautiful flying car. Beautifully integrated. Transforms in seconds from an automobile to an airplane. Gives you freedom to move. It works like a normal car, using regular…
  • Could Drinking Milk Increase Mortality Rates? Plus 7 Alternative Suggestions To Increase Bone Health

    Lisa Fanfa
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    We are constantly bombarded with the message that we ought to drink milk to ensure strong healthy bones. We are told that milk is a vital part of a balanced diet by governments throughout the Western World, who publish guidelines recommending that we consume 3 or more glasses per day in order to prevent osteoporosis. It is correct that our bodies require calcium for many important functions; building strong teeth and bones, and helping the blood to clot among them. It is also true that milk contains many essential nutrients including calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. But is it as simple as…
  • Norway’s Persistent Drive To Sell Whale Meat – And Why Japan Has Started To Turn Their Shipments Away

    Lisa Fanfa
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    A recent shipment of whale meat from Norway to Japan has been rejected because it was found to contain harmful levels of pesticides, including aldrin, dieldrin and chlordane, which made the minke whale meat unsuitable for human consumption. Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare conducted the tests, details of which can be found here. They recommended that the products, exported by Brødrene Astrup Andreassen A/S and Myklebust Hvalprodukter were returned. The highlighted chemicals are thought to play a role in some birth defects, they have also been linked to neurological damage and…
  • Fossil Fuel Divestment – Could This Be Our Strongest Weapon In The War Of Climate Change?

    Lisa Fanfa
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    What is Divestment? In finance and economics, divestment or divestiture is the reduction of some kind of asset for financial, ethical, or political objectives or sale of an existing business by a firm. A divestment is the opposite of an investment. ~ Wikipedia Divestment is a simple way for us all to make a change in our economic climate. It involves taking money away from the companies involved in extracting fossil fuels. The video clip below explains how Divestment could be used with great success to encourage companies to STOP BURNING and leave fossil fuels in the ground. The only way…
  • Could Sunlight Replace Food As Our Main Source Of Nourishment? – Thoughts On Sun Gazing

    Lisa Fanfa
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    Sun Gazing is an unusual and highly controversial practice that has been gaining some popularity in recent years, with Japan’s First Lady making headlines when she revealed that she was a ‘sun eater‘. The practice involves looking directly at the sun with your eyes unprotected, in an attempt to harness its energy, for the purpose of nourishing and healing the body. This is in direct opposition to the standard advice, that looking at the sun directly is extremely dangerous, with the potential to cause serious and permanent damage to the retina. Ancient Cultures Looking at…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Naomi Klein Calls for System Change to Address Climate and Inequality

    Kyla Mandel
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    A radically new economic and social system is urgently needed to tackle climate change and address intersecting social justice issues, the internationally bestselling author Naomi Klein told activists meeting in London today. It’s not too late to get off the road, to grab the wheel of history and swerve,” the author of This Changes Everything told an audience of more than 1,000 attending a one-day interactive conference on climate change and social justice inspired by her book. It is possible to lower our emissions in line with what science is telling us,” she said via Skype. “But…
  • What Are The Top 5 American Cities Best Poised To Reap The Benefits Of The Solar Boom?

    Mike Gaworecki
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Representatives from 30 European cities got together in Paris last week to formally commit themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions no less than 40% by 2030 — the same target set by the European Union’s climate change roadmap — and to call attention to the role major urban centers can play in combating global warming. According to a joint statement published in French newspaper Le Monde, the representatives say that while climate change is a global issue, the solutions are primarily local, which was why they “decided to join forces and strengthen the instruments that will lead…
  • The Moment When Global Leaders Signed The Kyoto Protocol, And How Industry Responded

    Brendan Montague
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Our DeSmog UK epic history series recalls the moment when leaders from around the globe agreed to limit emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Exxon boss, Lee Raymond's attempt to warn the developing world against signing the Kyoto Protocol – which would threaten his business – appeared to be unsuccessful. At 4am on the 11th December 1997, the leaders of more than 150 countries meeting in Kyoto, Japan agreed – after two years of negotiations – to binding reductions on carbon emissions. Tags: kyoto protocolLee RaymondexxonbpLord Browne
  • Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton's Fracking Ban

    Julie Dermansky
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    On March 24, the Texas House of Representatives’ Energy Resources Committee passed a bill that would rescind the fracking ban in Denton and other efforts by local Texas municipalities to protect themselves from the oil and gas industry. Once language in the bill is finalized, which could happen today, the legislation will make its way to the full Texas Senate for a vote.  “The oil and gas industry are getting what they always wanted – to get these pesky cities out of the way. They’re utilizing the lack of diligence and gullibility of state government – who are bought and…
  • Industry-Stacked Energy Department Committee: Shale Running Dry, Let's Exploit the Arctic

    Steve Horn
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    A report assembled by an industry-centric US Department of Energy committee recommends the nationstart exploiting the Arctic due to oil and gas shale basins running dry. In the just-submitted report, first obtained by the Associated Press, the DOE's National Petroleum Council — many members of which are oil and gas industry executives — concludes that oil and gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) will not last beyond the next decade or so, thus the time is ripe to raid the fragile Arctic to feed our fossil fuel addiction.  The NPC just launched a website and executive…
 
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • DIY Homemade Peeps

    Jess Blazejewski
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you have yet to try a homemade marshmallow, you have yet to have a real marshmallow. Infinitely softer and more pillowy than store-bought — and super simple to whip up, too — homemade marshmallows become impossibly cute when molded into everyone’s favorite Easter treat: Peeps! Try making them this Easter, using our handy guide below, and prepare to make store-bought Peeps a thing of the past. (Trust me: you won’t be missing them that much with a couple of these cuties on hand!) Peeps mold (1 or more, depending on how many you’d like to make) Yellow sanding…
  • DIY Strawberry Easter Eggs

    Jess Blazejewski
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    These little cuties are the definition of sweet! Using not much more than egg dye, paper, a touch of glue and your own imagination, empty egg shells are transformed into summer’s favorite fruit. Use them to top gifts, tuck into your little one’s Easter basket, or create a beautiful tables cape that looks good enough to eat! Read on to see how in our simple guide below. White eggs Paas egg dye White vinegar Black sharpie Green tissue paper (light and dark) Green, yellow, & white cardstock paper Small sheet of foam core Pins Scissors Pencil Hot glue gun & sticks…
  • DIY Mini Bunny Bag

    Jess Blazejewski
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    This mini bunny bag is just perfect for little hands who can’t quite get a grip on big, bulky Easter baskets, but are still eager to get in on the Easter treat fun. Sweet, soft, and oh-so-easy to customize to your heart’s content, we promise your little bunny will be just as smitten with these as we are! Read on for our simple how-to and more adorable pics! Mini canvas totes Canvas fabric Pale pink fabric Fabric glue Scissors Pencil White cardstock Ear template Black fabric paint Pink fabric paint Pink crinkle shred Print out the ear template and cut out the two ear shapes. Trace…
  • Surprise 30th Birthday Dinner on a Vineyard

    Erin Lepperd
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When a birthday girl wishes for a vineyard celebration under the stars and has an amazing husband and group of friends, that is precisely what the birthday girl gets. This surprise al fresco dinner to ring in 30 years of awesomeness was crafted by Cooking with Claudine, MacKensey Reed Creative and so many others. Get inspired to throw your own wine infused birthday bash with the images from Melanie Duerkopp Can you imagine a more beautiful night than dinner with loved ones al fresco on a vineyard? We didn’t think so. A few special details from the night included a 6 course wine…
  • Chic Design Tricks for Tiny Spaces

    Emily Silverman
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Face it, we don’t all have as much space at home as we might like. I know I’m always looking for functional and chic ways to make my tiny New York apartment appear and feel bigger. Luckily, with some creative thinking and good tips, you trick any space into looking like the palace that you’ve dreamed of (well, almost). Get inspired by these small-space ideas below! Design Tricks for Tiny SpacesView SlideshowDesign Tricks for Tiny SpacesView Slideshow   © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | 2 comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
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    Environmental Health News

  • Melting ice slows down ocean circulation.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Atlantic Conveyor Belt is a system of ocean currents that bring warm temperatures and important nutrients to the waters off of East Coast America and Western Europe. But as global warming melts ice in Greenland, the influx of fresh water seems to be slowing the northward drift down and could shut the system down altogether. Climate scientist Michael Mann tells host Steve Curwood that could spell trouble for the ocean and the economy.
  • Achieving California’s goal of sustainable energy future.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Not so long ago, the idea that renewable energy could be relied upon to power our electric grid was considered far-fetched and too expensive.
  • Video: Earth Hour 2015: World cities go dark for climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Cities around the world have been temporarily plunged into darkness to raise awareness about climate change. Millions of people across the globe switched off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm local time in support of the WWF's Earth Hour initiative.
  • Preparing for tomorrow’s storms.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Californians are understandably focused on the state's severe drought, now in its fourth year. But drought is not the only environmental risk the state's residents face.
  • California drought: Sierra Nevada snowpack hits historic low.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The abominable snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached an unprecedented low this week, dipping below the historic lows in 1977 and 2014 for the driest winter in 65 years of record-keeping.
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    Clean Edge

  • NY Energy Week

    Sabrina Gonzales
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    Event Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, June 20, 2015 (All day)Image: Link: NY Energy WeekEvent Description:  The ongoing industry initiative culminates in a week of industry-generated events, all around New York City. 
  • West Virginia wind, gas stakeholder added to NASDAQ Clean Energy Index

    Sabrina Gonzales
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    Image: Source: The State JournalSource Link: http://www.statejournal.com/story/28603563/west-virginia-wind-gas-stakeholder-added-to-nasdaq-clean-energy-index
  • Changes to Green Energy Index and Smart Grid Infrastructure Index announced

    Sabrina Gonzales
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Image: Source: Environmental XPRTSource Link: http://www.environmental-expert.com/news/changes-to-green-energy-index-and-smart-grid-infrastructure-index-announced-475727
  • MELROSE INDUSTRIES PLC ORD 7/55

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ticker: MRO.LLast: 293.60Close: 293.60Change: -2.30Year - Range: 252.54 - 329.00Capital: 2.92BVolume: 5 108 660
  • NATIONAL GRID PLC ORD 11 17/43P

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ticker: NG.LLast: 889.20Close: 889.20Change: 0.90Year - Range: 806.22 - 965.00Capital: 33.53BVolume: 13 235 254
 
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    Green Car Congress

  • Total natural gas vehicle sales in US down 6.5% in 2014 due to 34% drop in light-duty sales; medium- and heavy-duty up

    mmillikin
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In 2014, light-, medium-, and heavy-duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) production/sales in the US totaled just over 18,000 vehicles, down 6.5% from 2013, according to NGVAmerica’s 2014 NGV Production/Sales Report. The report is based on the organization’s annual survey of OEMs and approved aftermarket suppliers. The heavy-duty market segment grew at a healthy pace, up 30% over 2013. The medium-duty market segment also grew steadily, up 24% over 2013. The light-duty segment fell 34% from 2013, mostly related to a drop in orders from the gas and oil exploration and production (E&P) sector.
  • HondaJet receives provisional type certification from FAA

    mmillikin
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Honda Aircraft Company announced that the HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). (Earlier post.) This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date. A provisional type certificate is a design approval by the FAA and is common for business jets when final certification is near. Honda Aircraft has demonstrated that the HondaJet is safe for flight and meets the airworthiness standards defined by the PTC. Honda…
  • BNL team develops very high capacity ternary metal fluoride cathode material for Li-ion batteries

    mmillikin
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:42 am
    The team achieved three-times-higher storage capacity through the reversible redox reactions of copper and iron—breaking and reforming copper-fluorine and iron-fluorine bonds while absorbing and releasing lithium. Source: BNL. Click to enlarge. A team led by researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has found that adding copper atoms to iron fluoride—a member of the class of materials called transition metal fluorides that are potential extremely high-capacity cathodes for future Li-ion batteries—produces a group of new fluoride materials that can reversibly store…
  • MTU America fined $1.5M for selling uncertified engines

    mmillikin
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:59 am
    The California Air Resources Board (ARB), US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined forces to prosecute MTU America Inc. for selling uncertified large engines used in mining operations, resulting in a $1.5-million settlement which includes $300K to ARB to be used to fund school bus upgrades and air quality research. As outlined in its settlement agreement, MTU, formerly known as Tognum America Inc., and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolls Royce Power Systems AG, will pay a $1.2-million federal penalty and perform annual audits of its engine emission…
  • Volvo Cars demos self-driving cars in Beijing

    mmillikin
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Volvo Car Group demonstrated its autonomous driving technology (earlier post) to media and decision makers in Beijing today; Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven joined the event. Volvo Cars’ Drive Me project, which will feature 100 autonomous cars, will start rolling on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017. The Swedish government is a partner in the Drive Me project through the Swedish Traffic Administration and the Swedish Transport Agency. Bringing the technology to China this week is part of Volvo Cars’ efforts to demonstrate how self-driving vehicles addresses the global…
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    Eco Friend

  • Bring Together the Community with an Eco-Friendly Garden

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
      There are few things more eco-friendly than growing your own produce, but it’s kind of tricky to flex your green fingers if you have little more than a window box to work with. It’s a problem that inspires people from all walks of life to join forces with their neighbors to create spaces that ... The post Bring Together the Community with an Eco-Friendly Garden appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Compare Eco-Friendly products and materials at your Home.

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
      Info-graphic From Coba Europe   The post Compare Eco-Friendly products and materials at your Home. appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Solar energy ideas that are innovative and beyond the ordinary

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 pm
    “Go Green” has become one of the most touted and important slogan in our lives today because of the realization that our planet is on the verge of extinction so we all really need to put our foot down and do every possible thing that can help make Earth a better place to live. This ... The post Solar energy ideas that are innovative and beyond the ordinary appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Pet products that love the environment

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:54 pm
    In recent years, living a green life has come to the forefront of people’s consciousness. As a result, today a majority of population use eco-friendly ways and products but not many have on the same page when it comes to the care of pets. A very few people choose eco-friendly products for the care and ... The post Pet products that love the environment appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Umbrella Festival takes root at Northampton Racecourse

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Its not often that the frantic world of horse racing intersects with community art projects and carbon neutral goals. However, The Umbrella Festival, which is returning this year to Northampton Racecourse, might challenge that notion. Describing itself as a “Northampton based community cooperative of local people promoting sustainable living and community cohesion” The Umbrella Fair ... The post Umbrella Festival takes root at Northampton Racecourse appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • Vote-a-Rama Reveals Senators’ Environmental Agenda

    Jeremy Symons
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    By Jeremy SymonsIt’s been a big news day in the U.S. Senate, with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid announcing he won’t run for another term. But that's not the only news. Courtesy: Wikipedia We have had our eyes on the Senate’s marathon “Vote-a-Rama” budget process that wrapped up around three-thirty this morning. A number of environmental and energy votes came and went in a flurry of two-minute debates. While the votes mean little in terms of law (the budget bill doesn’t even go to the president for signature), Senators on both sides of the aisle brought up measures as…
  • EDF and Many Others Defend the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards at the Supreme Court

    Graham McCahan
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    By Graham McCahanSource: Daderot (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOn Wednesday (March 25th) EDF and a large group of allies will be at the U.S. Supreme Court as the Justices hear oral arguments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. EDF has been helping defend these life-saving standards since they were first challenged ­– and upheld – in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Why is EDF fighting for the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards? Because they will save lives and protect our families and communities from the…
  • Carbon Pollution Standards that Begin by 2020: Vital for Climate Security, Human Health

    Nicholas Bianco
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:12 pm
    By Nicholas BiancoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hard at work right now on the Clean Power Plan – the first ever national carbon pollution standards for power plants. Among the many important aspects of this historic plan, we believe this: It is critical that EPA finalize carbon pollution standards for the power sector that include protective, well-designed standards beginning in 2020.  Power plants account for almost 40 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, making them the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation and one of the largest sources of…
  • Study: Clean air makes children's lungs stronger, healthier

    Elena Craft, PhD
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    By Elena Craft, PhDSource: Flickr/Alec Couros We’ve known for a long time that breathing polluted air can make you sick. Now there's more evidence that breathing cleaner air can make you better. The New England Journal of Medicine published new research this month detailing improved lung function in children that breathe cleaner air. The Southern California study received major attention That’s not surprising – as it provides compelling evidence that efforts to improve air quality over the years have been successful in improving children’s health. The study followed three…
  • Ozone Pollution in the West: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    EDF Blogs
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:34 am
    By EDF BlogsSource: Wikipedia By Jon Goldstein, Senior Policy Manager, US Climate and Energy Program Long familiar in major urban areas, smog – what we experts call “ground-level ozone” pollution – is quickly becoming a serious problem in the rural mountain west, thanks to rapid expansion in oil and gas development. Smog serious health impacts like aggravated asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, and even premature death. In areas like the Upper Green River Basin in Wyoming, smog levels have sometimes rivaled those in Los Angeles. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency and…
 
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    GreenMonk: the blog

  • IBM to increase the amount of renewable electricity it procures

    Tom Raftery
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at IBM to increase the amount of renewable electricity it procures After returning from IBM’s InterConnect conference recently we chided IBM for their aping of Amazon’s radical opaqueness concerning their cloud emissions, and their lack of innovation concerning renewables. However, some better news emerged in the last few days. The Whitehouse last week hosted a roundtable of some of the largest Federal suppliers to discuss their GHG reduction targets, or if they didn’t have any, to create and disclose them. Coming out of…
  • Apple launches ResearchKit – secure, private, open source medical research

    Tom Raftery
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Apple launches ResearchKit – secure, private, open source medical research Apple announced a new initiative at its Spring Forward event yesterday – ResearchKit. What is ResearchKit? Apple’s SVP of Operations, Jeff Williams, described it as a framework for medical researchers to create and deploy mobile apps which collect and share medical data from phone users (with their permission), and share it with the researchers. Why is this important? Previously it has proven difficult for research organisations to secure…
  • IBM’s InterConnect 2015, the good and the not so good

    Tom Raftery
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at IBM’s InterConnect 2015, the good and the not so good IBM invited me to attend their Cloud and Mobile Conference InterConnect 2015 last week. Because of what IBM has done globally to help people get access to safe water, to help with solar forecasting, and to help deliver better outcomes in healthcare, for example, I tend to have a very positive attitude towards IBM. So I ventured to the conference with high hopes of what I was going to learn there. and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. IBM had some very interesting…
  • Apple, cloud computing, and enterprise supply chain management

    Tom Raftery
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Apple, cloud computing, and enterprise supply chain management Apple’s recent announcements around renewables and supply chain transparency, put the major cloud providers to shame. Apple had a couple of interesting announcements last week. The first was that they were investing $848m in a 130MW solar farm being built by First Solar in California. With this investment, Apple enters into a 25 year power purchase agreement with the solar farm, guaranteeing income for the solar farm, and securing Apple’s energy bills for the…
  • EPRI releases open, standards based software, to connect smart homes to the smart grid

    Tom Raftery
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at EPRI releases open, standards based software, to connect smart homes to the smart grid Automated Demand Response (ADR) is something we’ve talked about here on GreenMonk for quite a while now. And in other fora, at least as far back as 2007. What is Automated Demand Response? Well, demand response is the process whereby electricity consumers (typically commercial) reduce their usage in response to a signal from the utility that they are in a period of peak demand. The signal often takes the form of a phone call. Automated demand…
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    GreenPacks

  • Sponsored Video: Toyota’s New EV redefines Urban Commuting with Green Goodness

    Alex Ion
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Welcome to the clean, green and congestion-free roads of tomorrow that promise convenience delivered by a smart system and a three-wheeled electric wonder from Toyota. And if you are wondering which city is this, then it is the lovely Grenoble at the foot of majestic French Alps. There is little doubt that modern cities are becoming chaotic, polluted and cramped hubs where the focus is firmly on how to ‘beat the clock’. Nothing epitomizes this more than the ‘gridlock’ and the frenzy that commuters have to deal with on a daily basis. But a new experimental project called Cité lib by…
  • India vs Australia WC 2015 semi-final: Star Sports live cricket streaming & scorecard

    Marian Dumitri
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Two big guns of world cricket, India and Australia clash in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup 2015 in sydney on Thursday. Its going to be a day long festival for all Indian cricket fans as the match starts for them at 9:00 a,m and goes on till 4:00 p.m. Catch the action live on Star Sports 1 for English commentary from sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and others. For Hindi commentary tune in to Star Sports 3. Its also going to be a big day for Star Sports as its TRP’s are likely sore to a all-time high. The ad rates for the Ind vs Aus clash are expected to be in the range of Rs 20-25…
  • High Court permits small scale quarries to function

    Marian Dumitri
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    The honorable Kerala High Court Division Bench on Monday held that existing quarries in the state doesn’t require environmental clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests for its functioning.   The Kerala High Court clearly gave a positive nod to small scale quarries below five hectares to continue their operations. As per the court, the National Green Tribunal’s order requiring environmental clearance is being made compulsory only for new quarries and quarries which have an operational area of more than five hectares.   Acting Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice AM…
  • Poachers killed nine rhinos in Kaziranga this year

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    As per reports, Kaziranga National Park, the home for more than 2,300 one horned rhinos is facing a major problem, as the poaching incidents in the park have drastically increased over a period of three years. A new report claims that nine rhinos have been killed in Kaziranga National Park in Assam this year. The reports warns that Poachers have been given 10,000 INR for each killings they make. Horns and other extracts of this animal has a value worth more than $ 1,00,000 in International Market. The new report substantially claims that seven rhinos were being killed in Kaziranga, while two…
  • New Zealand vs West Indies: Cricket live score World Cup 2015

    Marian Dumitri
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The fourth quarter final between New Zealand and West Indies has begun at the Westpac Trust Stadium at 06:30 AM IST. As per latest updates, the Kiwis have scored 86 runs with the loss of one wicket in 17 overs. Martin Guptill 42 (59) and Ross Taylor 2 (5) are at the crease for New Zealand. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum had no hesitations to choose batting first in a flat pitch at Westpac Trust Stadium. Martin Guptil and McCullum started the proceedings in spanking passion, but soon New Zealand lost their first wicket as their skipper tried for a blind shot in a Jerome Taylor delivery.
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    Green Business

  • Working in the Green Economy

    GreenMan
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    When people use the phrase ‘green economy’, you might be inclined to think that this refers only to jobs dealing directly with the environment: reforestation projects, for instance. However, the term ‘green economy’ has a much wider application, and it is the smart choice for workers in the present day. In short, any business or […]
  • Three Simple Ways To Build A Smart, Savvy Business

    GreenMan
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Business owners who are interested in developing their companies such that they are productive and powerful should know that there are numerous ways to get started. If you’re a corporate leader who is ready to get your business up and running, be sure to consider implementing the following three strategies: 1. Start Networking. Although many […]
  • Franke’s Future Grandkids

    GreenMan
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    I must say I was VERY pleased to recently receive an email from our good friend, Franke James – letting me know that her latest visual essay was ready! I’ve been eagerly anticipating her latest release, and after reading it I have to say it was definitely worth the wait! I have loved her previous […]
  • Invest in Your Garden – Design With Perennials

    GreenMan
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    I’ve had an interest in ‘growing stuff’ for a number of years now, but my true passion for gardening has been cultivated (no pun intended) in the last two years, since buying our first home. When we first moved here, creating a garden design with perennials in mind was of paramount importance to me. The […]
  • Eco-Fatherhood – The Green Bar Has Been Raised

    GreenMan
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:49 pm
    Two steps forward, one step back That’s the phrase that comes to mind as I sit back and reflect on my new role as a dad. Our first child was born a little over a week ago (and in case you are wondering, is not the baby pictured here) and just as everyone has said […]
 
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    Autoblog Green

  • Uber offices raided in Holland over UberPOP

    Jonathon Ramsey
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Transportation Alternatives, EuropeUber offices in Holland are raided twice in a week when the ridesharing company ignores a Dutch judge's order to shut down its UberPOP service.Continue reading Uber offices raided in Holland over UberPOPUber offices raided in Holland over UberPOP originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Fortune ranks Mary Barra, Elon Musk among world's greatest leaders

    Chris Bruce
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Filed under: Celebrities, Etc., Green, GM, TeslaFortune's new World's Greatest Leaders list includes a few automotive bosses. GM CEO Mary Barra and Tesla boss Elon Musk are mixed in with people like Pope Francis and Apple leader Tim Cook.Continue reading Fortune ranks Mary Barra, Elon Musk among world's greatest leadersFortune ranks Mary Barra, Elon Musk among world's greatest leaders originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Has motorization in the US peaked?

    Danny King
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Filed under: Green, Fuel Efficiency, United StatesUS percentage of GDP spent on gas has plunged since the 1970s as driving mileage has fallen.Continue reading Has motorization in the US peaked?Has motorization in the US peaked? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • BMW doubles i8 production to meet demand

    Danny King
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Filed under: Green, Plants/Manufacturing, BMW, Germany, ElectricBMW will double production of the i8 plug-in hybrid because of high demand.Continue reading BMW doubles i8 production to meet demandBMW doubles i8 production to meet demand originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • New Daimler Supertruck boasts incredible 115% mpg improvement

    Chris Bruce
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Filed under: Design/Style, Green, Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, United States, Emerging Technologies, Technology, Truck, Commercial VehiclesThe Daimler entry into the Department of Energy Supertruck program beats the original goals by 115 percent. The semi uses a massive amount of tech to get an average of 12.2 miles per gallon.Continue reading New Daimler Supertruck boasts incredible 115% mpg improvementNew Daimler Supertruck boasts incredible 115% mpg improvement originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email…
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  • Solar Impulse Begins Round-the-World Journey

    Philip Proefrock
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Earlier this week, the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of it’s atempt to fly around the globe entirely on solar power.  We’ve been especially interested in this project from its beginnings as it has moved along setting new records, and we will now be watching as they make this trip around the world. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will not fly non-stop (which Picard did in 1999 in the Breitling Orbiter 3, completing the first non-stop trip around the world by balloon), but will fly a number of legs over several months. The adventure is…
  • Solar-Powered Window Sensors for Smarter Buildings

    Philip Proefrock
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Sensors are the next step needed on the road to developing smarter buildings, and a new, very-low power device has been developed to allow information about window to be transmitted to a control system for a building without a need for extra building wiring or power supply. The sensors are self-powered by the sun through a tiny solar cell on top of the unit. The sensors, developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, are small enough to fit inside the gap between the two panes of a typical double-pane window. The solar cell itself and the sensor electronics and transmitter are so small that they sit…
  • Who Cares About the 2015 Green Car of the Year?

    Philip Proefrock
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    One thing we’ve looked for in our annual coverage of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is the attention paid to green cars. Over the past few years, we’ve noted that environmental concerns have diminished year to year. Part of this is due to those concerns going mainstream and being incorporated into manufacturers’ whole lines, to a greater or lesser extent. But the days of having a “green flagship” are pretty much over. This year’s five finalists for Green Car of the Year were: Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and…
  • Solar-Powered, Concrete Hull Boat

    Philip Proefrock
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Carter Quillen is an engineer who bought an old, concrete hulled sail boat named the ‘Archimedes’ and, instead of refitting it with new masts, decided instead to turn it into the largest solar powered concrete hulled boat in the world. The ‘Archimedes’ is a 50 feet (15.24 meters) long, with a displacement of 20 tons and is able to travel at up to 5 miles per hour (8 km/hour) powered solely by a 5kW solar array. Quillen is traveling along the Intercoastal Waterway as an advocate for microgrid energy production as well as using his boat as a demonstration platform for…
  • Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

    Philip Proefrock
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style…
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  • The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

    Lucy Wang
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Read the rest of The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecosystem, Efa Pfannes, King’s cross redevelopment, Kings Cross, Marjetica Potrč, natural pond, natural pool, natural swimming pool, Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club, ooze architects, small-scale pond, wetland plants
  • Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

    Ana Lisa
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Read the rest of Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "energy efficiency", Architecture, green materials, Group-H, Mont Blanc, Refuge du Goûter, renewable energy, self-sufficient, water issues
  • Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

    Lucy Wang
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A thick coat of fur keeps polar bears warm in below-freezing temperatures, but did you know that the hairs on their pelts are hollow to provide extra insulation? Inspired by nature’s genius design, UK fashion brand HotSquash unveiled an innovative new clothing line that uses the same insulating qualities found in polar bear fur. The temperature-regulating textiles not only help retain warmth in cold climates, but are also engineered to wick away moisture on hot days and are very low maintenance. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry, HotSquash,…
  • A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

    Jon Dioffa
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    A++ Architecture recently unveiled plans to construct a cluster of net zero energy buildings in Bodrum, Turkey. The new development will feature a number of highly efficient, low cost homes made from recycled shipping containers. The high-performing, low-cost homes will be finished so that the original form is perfectly disguised within the new architecture, and the interiors will be designed by Architect Carlo Colombo. + A++ Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow…
  • Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

    Kristine Lofgren
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it’s covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes to put an end to wasted fruit with a new bowl that can actually alert you that your fruit is going bad before it starts to happen. Read the rest of Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bowl monitors rotting fruits, Brunel University, Brunel University London, food innovations, food testing, food waste,…
 
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  • Volvo Beats Carbon Reduction Goal by 10M Tons

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Volvo last year reduced the total lifetime CO2 emissions of its products by 40 million tons against a 2008 baseline, beating its goal by 10 million tons, according to the automaker’s 2014 sustainability report. The company also exceeded its target to reduce CO2 emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent), compared […]
  • Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Nestlé, SAB Miller and UPS are among the 25 companies that have increased their revenue as much as 20 percent and cut supply chain costs up to 16 percent by implementing sustainable supply chain practices, according to a World Economic Forum report written in collaboration with Accenture. Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains identifies […]
  • Siemens, Thinkstep Launch Material Management Software

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Siemens and thinkstep (formerly PE International) have launched an integrated material management software product to manage the material lifecycle and streamline material driven product design. The new software, developed by thinkstep and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, will help manufacturers worldwide improve product performance and reliability by connecting design, engineering, analysis, compliance and […]
  • Novelis Produces 100% Recycled Aluminum

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Novelis has launched the first independently certified material to be made of 100 percent recycled aluminum. The first product in the evercycle portfolio is designed for aluminum food containers. It is certified by SCS Global Services to contain 100 percent recycled aluminum, made up of 90 percent post-consumer content and 10 percent customer manufacturing scrap. […]
  • Automakers Surpassing GHG Standards

    Karen Henry
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    For the second consecutive year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas emissions standards. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams of GHG/mile below what the 2013 standard requires. The EPA yesterday released the second annual Manufacturers’ Performance Report, which details how individual firms are complying with GHG emissions standards for […]
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  • March Madness: The Champions of Corporate Sustainability

    Jeff Gowdy
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    March is here, and that means one thing to me — March Madness! For all its warts and shortcomings, the NCAA knows how to host a basketball championship. This tournament is so good that the first few days are now an unofficial national holiday, all leading up to the final game where one champion is crowned.March is also the time of year when the corporate sustainability rankings season begins. The CDP survey is out, the DJSI online questionnaire is available late March, and Newsweek’s Green Rankings will kick off in March (The one anomaly is Corporate Knights, which comes out in the…
  • #BusinessCase: SABMiller, UPS Among Companies Scoring Triple Advantages from Socially Responsible Supply Chains

    Sustainable Brands
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    A new report from the World Economic Forum identifies 31 proven practices to help companies achieve a triple advantage of increased revenue, a reduction in supply chain cost and added brand value. The practices also help companies shrink their carbon footprint and contribute to local development, including the health, welfare and working conditions of the communities in which they operate.The report, written in collaboration with Accenture, outlines 31 practices that can help companies realize the “triple supply chain advantages” identified through interviews with 25 corporations —…
  • More Brands Than Ever Encouraging People Across the World to Use #YourPower for Earth Hour

    Brynn McNally
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    2015 marks the ninth year of Earth Hour, the WWF-led global event at which people and businesses turn off the lights to illuminate climate change awareness. Businesses, communities and individuals in nearly 170 countries will flip their switches for an hour this Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 pm local time.The 2015 event hashtag, #YourPower, emphasizes individual responsibility in advancing action, and once again, major brands are joining Earth Hour and encouraging their stakeholders to follow. Timex will donate $1 to Earth Hour Blue, the WWF crowdfunding platform, for every individual that…
  • Avaya Exceeds CO2 Reduction Goal 2 Years Early

    Mike Hower
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    Avaya, provider of customer and employee engagement communications technologies, has exceeded its carbon reduction goal two years early by adopting desktop and mobile videoconferencing systems, according to the company’s 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report (PDF).Avaya delivers technology solutions that enable organizations — from mid-market companies to large enterprises — to increase customer and team engagement. It serves some 300,000 customers around the world across a broad range of industries. More than 95 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are Avaya customers.A total of…
  • SCS Global Services Certifies One of the Largest Forest Areas in South Asia Under FSC Standard

    Mike Hower
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Third-party certifier SCS Global Services has announced that Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (UPFC) — which manages all aspects of forestry operations within the State of Uttar Pradesh, located in northern India bordering on Nepal — has met all of the requirements necessary to earn certification for responsible forestry under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard.The Forest Management Certification encompasses 13 forest divisions covering a total forest area of 349,296 hectares. This area represents roughly 40 percent of the FSC-certified forest area in South Asia.The SCS audit…
 
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  • Eco-millionaire's land grab prompts fury

    22 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Guardian: Douglas Tompkins calls himself a 'deep ecologist'. He is a millionaire on a quest to preserve some of Argentina's last frontier lands from human encroachment by buying them and turning them into ecological reserves. But Argentina may not permit him such philanthropy. Opponents are branding him a new-age 'imperialist gringo' and claim he has a secret aim: to help the US military gain control of the country's natural resources. Tompkins, who sold his Esprit clothing firm in 1989 for a reported $150m...
  • Australia: Climate change: Coalition accused of politicising greenhouse gas target

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Guardian: The Abbott government has been accused of politicising the release of official greenhouse gas projections that confirm Australia’s international climate change pledge for 2020 is becoming easier to reach, but which will also increase pressure for Australia to adopt a more ambitious post-2020 target. The official figures have shown that the total greenhouse gas reduction required to meet Australia’s bipartisan minimum target of a 5% cut by 2020 is now 236m tonnes, a decrease on previous estimates....
  • Cyclone on course to smash into Australian coast a second time

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Reuters: Three days after making landfall, Cyclone Nathan continued to threaten Australian coastal communities, with 400 residents of a remote northern island on Monday ordered to evacuate after meteorologists warned the storm was intensifying. It is the second time since late February that people living in Goulburn Island off Australia's Northern Territory have had to evacuate to escape a tropical cyclone. "Police have the power to force people to evacuate," said regional controller Commander Bruce...
  • Florida's State Employees are Preparing for Climate Change, Even as Governor Bans Phrase

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:24 pm
    New Republic: From years of reporting on government employees, I know that they're in it for the long haul. Governors and news cycles come and go. The public's attention is beagle-fickle. But there are 25 years to go before pension. So I wasn't expecting any heroes to rock the boat from inside the vast bureaucracy that is Florida's government when I began to investigate the silent treatment given the terms "climate change" and "global warming" within state agencies. After we at the Florida Center for Investigative...
  • Climate change could see deadly tropical diseases spread to the UK

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Independent: Malaria, dengue fever and other deadly exotic diseases could become an established part of British life in a matter of decades, public health experts have warned. The emergence of the illnesses is likely to be driven by climate change, which will make it easier for mosquitoes and other blood-sucking insects which transmit the diseases to become widespread in the UK. Dengue fever, West Nile virus and chikungunya have already reached parts of Europe and malaria has re-established itself in Greece...
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  • Illegal Pot Farms Are Literally Sucking California Salmon Streams Dry

    Josh Harkinson
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Outlet Creek watershed in Northern California's Mendocino County. Scott Bauer Northern California pot farmers are using up all of the water that normally supports key populations of the region's federally protected salmon and steelhead trout. That, at least, is the conclusion of a new study, published last week in the journal PLOS One, that examined four California watersheds where salmon and trout are known to spawn. In the three watersheds with intensive pot cultivation, illegal marijuana farms literally sucked up all of the water during the streams' summer low-flow period, leaving nothing…
  • Japan Wants You to Believe That These Coal Plants Will Help the Environment

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Japan is at it again. Back in December, the country got caught trying to pass off $1 billion worth of investments in coal-fired power plants in Indonesia as "climate finance"—that is, funding to fight climate change. Coal plants, of course, are the world's single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Today, the Associated Press discovered over half a billion more: Japanese officials now say they are also counting $630 million in loans for coal plants in Kudgi, India, and Matarbari, Bangladesh, as climate finance. The Kudgi project has been marred by violent clashes between police…
  • Should Your State Be Able to Ignore the Nation's Most Important Pollution Law?

    Tim McDonnell
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed a bold solution for any state that doesn't like President Barack Obama's flagship plan to slash carbon emissions: Just ignore it. The new rule, issued under the Clean Air Act, aims to reduce the nation's carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030. It would require every state to devise a plan to cut the carbon intensity (pollution per unit of energy) of its power sector. By simply ignoring the mandate, McConnell reasoned, states could delay taking steps like shuttering or retrofitting coal-fired power plants until the rules…
  • Our Meat Obsession May Kill Us. But Not How You Think.

    Kiera Butler
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The world is using more antibiotics than ever before—and showing no signs of stopping. A new analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science predicts that worldwide consumption of the drugs will grow 67 percent by 2030. Over the same period of time, in Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the authors expect that antibiotic use will double. The reason for the dramatic increase in antibiotic use, say the authors, mostly has to do with the planet's ever-increasing appetite for meat. Since the 1970s, meat producers have been dosing livestock with regular,…
  • Bad News for Those of You Who, Like Us, Drank Cheap Wine Each and Every Night of Your 20s

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Update, 3/20/15: Wine industry groups have begun to contest the lawsuit's contentions and motive. The California wine trade group, the Wine Institute, released a statement saying, "While there are no established limits in the U.S., several countries, including the European Union, have established limits of 100 parts per billion or higher for wine. California wine exports are tested by these governments and are below the established limits." A representative of The Wine Group, one of the defendants, says that the plaintiffs "decided to file a complaint based on misleading and selective…
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  • How long would it take to fall through a hole in the Earth?

    bnelson78
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Here's a thought experiment that hopefully never happens: Imagine that a hole suddenly appeared under your feet that stretched all the way through to the opposite side of the Earth. How long would it take you to fall through? Would you even fall all the way to the other side, or would you hover in Earth's gravity somewhere in the center?  
  • Why Shailene Woodley has a point about eating insects

    mdestries
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Shailene Woodley, my favorite nature-loving, clay-eating, shampoo-avoiding, Hollywood actress is back on the media circuit for her new thriller "Insurgent." And once again, she's challenging cultural and social norms by revealing some personal beliefs th
  • The Grand Canyon is under attack (from humans)

    mgrichard
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Few places in the United States, or the world, are as iconic as the Grand Canyon. Carved through multiple layers of rock by the Colorado River in Arizona, the area is supposed to be protected from those who would spoil its natural beauty. President Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Grand Canyon in 1903 and was so impressed that he designated it a U.S. National Monument on Jan. 11, 1908.
  • Your eyeballs can now be injected with night vision

    bnelson78
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    It sounds like a backyard science project gone awry, but a group of biohackers based in California have successfully injected a specialized liquid solution into the eyeballs of a volunteer that gave him night vision, reports Science.Mic.  
  • Cities around the world to dim lights for Earth Hour

    mdestries
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to U.N. Headquarters in New York City, hundreds of notable landmarks worldwide will join thousands of cities and millions of people in going dark for Earth Hour.   
 
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  • Cast Your Vote: Should Regulated Utilities Be Allowed to Own and Rate-Base Residential Solar?

    Stephen Lacey
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    When utilities dismiss solar, they're called Luddites. But when utilities then attempt to get into solar themselves -- specifically residential solar -- they're called out for trying to crush the competition. Arizona Public Service is the most prominent company caught between these standards. The utility has been widely criticized by solar companies for trying to stop industry growth. But when APS finally proposed its own plan to own and install residential systems across the state, the Solar Energy Industries Association called it a "Trojan horse" designed to cut out national…
  • Georgia Legislature Unanimously Approves Third-Party-Owned Rooftop Solar

    Julia Pyper
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    The Georgia State Senate unanimously passed legislation today that would allow for third-party ownership of rooftop solar power in the state. The bill, which passed the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously on February 9, now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. Experts tracking the legislation said the governor is expected to sign the bill into law, which could happen as soon as today. National solar installers like SolarCity, SunPower, SunEdison and Vivint are likely to benefit from the legislation, which would allow residential customers to lease rooftop solar…
  • Why German Battery Company BMZ Is Quadrupling Production

    Mike Stone
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    Even in the budding battery market, increasing output 400 percent by 2020 is a very ambitious goal. But that’s what one of Germany’s top battery makers, BMZ, has announced this month. And while a planned yearly output of 5 gigawatt-hours' worth of lithium-ion storage is not on the same scale as the Tesla Giga factory, BMZ’s plans clearly aren't lacking in ambition. But why such a huge expansion? According to CEO and founder Sven Bauer, demand is growing enough to warrant expansion thanks to a number of factors: the surge in domestic storage in Germany, the need for…
  • What Sucked Dyson Into Backing Battery Maker Sakti3?

    Jason Deign
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based battery developer Sakti3 has a lot of work to do if it's going to live up to the hype surrounding its latest funding round. A $15 million investment from the iconic British vacuum cleaner firm Dyson drew attention from broadsheets including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. The Guardian echoed claims that Sakti3’s technology could double current lithium-ion battery life spans. So far, the Sakti3 team, which has been working on a solid-state lithium-ion variant since 2006, has gotten no further than a prototype. But it is said…
  • Green Charge Networks, Itochu Look to Scale Up Behind-the-Meter Batteries

    Jeff St. John
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:29 am
    GTM Research predicts that behind-the-meter batteries could expand to make up nearly half of the rapidly growing U.S. energy storage market by decade’s end -- and there’s also great potential for international growth in solar-rich and energy-constrained countries like Germany and Japan. That means that the startups serving this market will need equipment, manufacturing and financing partners to help them scale up to meet this demand.   Green Charge Networks is one such startup, competing with the likes of Stem, Coda Energy and Sunverge, as well as the 800-pound gorilla in the…
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    Direct2Dell

  • Internet of Things Unlocks the Power of Data in a Connected World

    Joanna Schloss
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on nearly every aspect of our daily work and personal lives. Today, our phones, homes and cars are getting smarter thanks to a slew of embedded sensors and geolocation capabilities. IoT also is making major inroads at work, as reinforced by a recent Dell-sponsored EMA survey that revealed 47 percent of organizations polled view IoT as essential or important to their business. Some pundits say IoT is a revolution, but I see it more as an evolution because data already exists in many forms,…
  • Understanding Hosted Private Cloud

    Andy Rothfield
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Hosted private cloud is a growing part of cloud dynamics and is an important trend in cloud computing. In 2014, cloud entered the formal IT portfolio, and technology managers stopped treating cloud as competition. In 2015, cloud technologies will mature into the driving force powering the most successful companies. Cloud enables unparalleled levels of sustained innovation. Companies that harness its power will win, serve and retain customers better than their competitors - in less time and for less money - if they take advantage of all the cloud has to offer. But where should you…
  • Increase Productivity with Mobile Access to More Resources, More Securely

    Jane Wasson
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Easy access to business data and resources is critical for employee productivity. And enabling that productivity securely, for today’s mobile workforce, is a big opportunity for resellers to grow their mobile security business and delight SMB customers. To help our Dell Partners achieve this, we offer Dell SonicWALL Secure Remote Access (SRA) series appliances that provide mobile and remote workers using smart phones, tablets or laptops — whether managed or unmanaged — with policy-enforced SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications, data and resources without…
  • Maintaining a Personal Touch is a Must-Have for ITO Service Providers

    DELL-Grant B
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    There’s an interesting paradox happening in the outsourcing industry: as more businesses are looking at outsourcing as a viable alternative to many IT infrastructure challenges, more processes are being successfully automated — taking time and error out of many outsourced processes. In fact, the rise of automation in many business processes has come to be seen as a huge benefit to both IT outsourcing customers and providers. However, the strength of a successful outsourcing relationship is largely due to the effectiveness and strength of the communication between customers and…
  • Office Productivity on an Android tablet? It’s Coming.

    Neil Hand
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Today’s knowledge workers are being asked to do more and more to help maintain a competitive edge, which has led to the blurring of lines between a work environment and personal life. Many people consider their workspaces to include airports, hotel rooms, customer sites or the home office. When 9-5 is no longer 9-5 and work is an activity instead of a set location, people want to be productive regardless of which device they are using and where they are – the key is to get the job done. Technology is increasingly enabling us to work how and when we want, and more importantly…
 
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    Orion Magazine

  • “We Here Now, But Later We All Gone”

    Scott Gast
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    It’s hard to lose things—particularly things we’ve created, and especially things we love. But loss is natural, observes Julia Alvarez in the March/April issue of Orion. Her piece, which appears in ... The post “We Here Now, But Later We All Gone” appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Concrete Progress: Farming the Fifth Floor

    Scott Gast
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. Strictly speaking, every city is a desert. ... The post Concrete Progress: Farming the Fifth Floor appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Sounds from Alaska: Wolf Encounter

    Scott Gast
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    In celebration of the spring equinox, Orion contributor Hank Lentfer continues his “Sounds from Alaska” series, which debuted two years ago on the Orion blog. Listen to sounds from last spring, ... The post Sounds from Alaska: Wolf Encounter appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Postcard from California: “What Do We Love Too Much To Lose?”

    Scott Gast
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:01 am
    The first of several dispatches from The 2015 Geography of Hope Conference, of which Orion is a media sponsor. “The emptiness of the West was for others a geography of possibility,” ... The post Postcard from California: “What Do We Love Too Much To Lose?” appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Concrete Progress: Night Riders

    Scott Gast
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. When I lived in California, I kept ... The post Concrete Progress: Night Riders appeared first on Orion Magazine.
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • "Class Dismissed" documentary back in Chicago this Sunday by popular demand

    Christine Escobar
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As parent backlash grows in response to unnecessary standardized testing and excessive homework, more and more families in the U.S. are turning to alternative methods of instruction to ensure that their children receive a well rounded education, free of a high stakes, pressurized environment focused on test scores over individual achievement. One of these growing alternative educational movements is homeschooling, often still seen as controversial to some, and the even more poorly misunderstood related method known as unschooling.  No formal numbers exist to illustrate the number of…
  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

    Christine Escobar
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene microbeads, ranging from 50-500 microns (or ½ mm) in diameter. Credit: 5 Gyres Institute. Dear EarthTalk What on Earth are plastic “microbeads” and how are they threatening the Great Lakes? -- Billy Alexander, Macon, GA Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face or body wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which…
  • Celebrate a Local Treasure with Auditorium Theatre Day

    Christine Escobar
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates 125 years this season with a full line-up of performances and special events to commemorate its long legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural treasures. December 9 has been declared by Mayor Emanuel as Auditorium Theatre Day. On this day in 1889, the Auditorium Theatre was founded as "a theatre of the people and for the people". To celebrate the Auditorium's 125th anniversary, a special birthday trolley will travel throughout the city on the morning of December 9. Passengers, including members from the “Too Hot…
  • "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.
 
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    Max Gladwell

  • From Local SEO to Facebook Local Awareness

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Optimizing a brand’s locations for search, discovery, and traffic — both online and in the real world There has never been more ways to find a Starbucks. You can go to the store locator on the website. Chances are, it will be the mobile version, because that’s how local search happens more often than not. Or you could use the Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Bing Maps apps. You could check Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook (Places), or the newest local discovery app, Vurb. If you’re over 50, then your car’s navigation system is also an option. What’s more, you might…
  • 10 Tactics for a Cycling Survival Strategy

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    On minimizing the risks associated with a cycling lifestyle There’s a fundamental difference between the notion of “minimizing risk” and just “being careful.” It’s a lot like the difference between a glass half-full or half-empty. They technically mean the same thing, but the spirit is vastly different. To be careful is to avoid risk as much as possible. A number of my friends choose not to ride road bikes in Los Angeles because the risk is seemingly too high. They’re being careful at the expense of enjoying world-class road routes lacing the…
  • 100 Miles with the Incycle-Cannondale Pro Team

    admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    What it’s like to ride a century on the wheels of the Incycle-Cannondale pro team We’re accelerating up a long, gradual climb in the Tour de Palm Springs, which unofficially kicks off century season in California. It’s early February, and the temperature is quickly approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Palm Springs is a relatively flat century with just over 3,000 vertical feet of climbing, but we’re going up this particular ascent very fast. That’s because the group I’m with is being lead — pulled, that is — by the Incycle-Cannondale team. In other…
  • Next Big Thing: Adventure Bike Racing

    admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    The next big thing in endurance events is adventure bike racing First came marathons, the ultimate runner’s test. Next there were century bike rides, the key milestone for a recreational cyclist. And more recently the Iron Man added swimming to become the ultimate test of one’s mettle. But there’s a new way to test your physical and mental fitness. They’re generally referred to as Adventure Bike Races or Endurance Bike Races, which range anywhere from 50 to 200 miles and include a healthy combination of pavement, gravel, and dirt roads. According to the SPY Belgian…
  • Top 10 Skiing & Snowboarding Destinations in North America

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    If you’re optimizing your 2015 ski or snowboarding vacation for powder days, these are the top 10 North American ski resorts to maximize those chances. The list of top 10 ski resorts has been compiled many times before, but I’ve always found the criteria too general. When you consider too many factors or put it to a popular vote, the output is generic. In trying to appeal to everyone, it satisfies no one. The following list is based on two things: powder days and steep terrain. Having been an editor for POWDER Magazine and written a book on the history of snowboarding, I have…
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    EnergyBloggers

  • High Energy Satire In Vernon God Little

    Blogger
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Callum McGowan as Vernon. Londonist Rating: Shame on a yuppies of Docklands. In The Space, they have a superb venue only a 5 notation travel from Canary Wharf that consistently punches above a weight, nonetheless how many suits do we see dropping by to uncover their support for a place? Well, some-more fools them as this small gem of a entertainment — housed in a church dating behind to 1859 — has a area’s best bar and a honeyed summer drink garden too. The latest uncover in a rickety categorical gymnasium is Vernon God Little. Adapted by Tanya Ronding, this furious and whirling…
  • Company Thinks It Has Answer for Lower Health Costs: Customer Service

    Blogger
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    To save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free. Don’t have an comment yet?Create an comment » Subscribed by iTunes and need an NYTimes.com account?Learn some-more » The post Company Thinks It Has Answer for Lower Health Costs: Customer Service appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • SE Asia Stocks -Thailand closes nearby 3-month low; appetite shares gain

    Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    March 26 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian batch markets ended weaker on Thursday, with Thailand nearby a lowest in more than 3 months, tracking waste in informal markets though energy shares gained as wanton prices rose neatly amid escalating tensions in a Middle East. Risk ardour was strike from news Saudi Arabia and a Gulf Arab allies had launched atmosphere strikes in Yemen opposite Houthi fighters who have tightened their hold on a southern city of Aden. Brent futures were adult $2.27 during $58.75 by 1034 GMT. U.S. wanton was adult $2.03 during $51.24 a barrel. Thailand's SET index fell…
  • ‘Home': High-energy, charcterised film facilities copiousness of silliness

    Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    “Home” is an energetic, obvious, charcterised comedy packaged with a arrange of low amusement and stupid laughs that expostulate really tiny children wild. It’s a obtuse Dreamworks work, in other words, no some-more desirous than those after “Madagascar” movies. There’s not many here for anybody over a age of 8. Jim Parsons voices Oh, a six-legged bother member of a Boov, an visitor competition that is “Best class ever . . . during using away.” They change planets during a initial spirit of danger. No widen to consider of a actor many famous for a robotic, socially unhandy…
  • Food Network cook creates renal diet recipes in Livonia

    Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr. mixes buffalo duck drop during a revisit to Fresenius Medical Care in Livonia.(Photo: Bill Bresler | staff photographer) Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., likes a culinary challenge. When a wheelchair-bound renal studious asked him for an Italian-style meatball and salsa recipe, McCargo “started messing around” with reduction until he found a kidney-friendly combination. Smothered pig chops with honeyed potatoes? McCargo, star of a Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House, told dialysis patients their ask was a “no no no,” though afterwards found a proceed to broach a…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Vitter-Udall Bill does not protect public health

    Katy
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the Senate this week. It’s parading as true chemical reform, which is something our country desperately needs. The Toxic Substance Control Act, written in 1973, is broken, outdated and allows over 60,000 chemicals in the marketplace that have never been tested for reform. So clearly, we need reform. Just not this one. This one was written by big chemical industry lobbyists and it creates mile wide loopholes that will harm public health. Here are what our allies are saying is wrong with this bill. The first one is personal. 1. It allows for no…
  • Let them have recess (even this winter!)

    Katy
    8 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    (It may be spring where you live, but not here. This post was inspired by this article in the Washington Post and my many friends who have had school and recess cancelled regularly this winter when the temperatures have been below 20 degrees.) The wind stings my face. I squint to look out on many of my sixth grade students. They are playing snow soccer in at least a foot of snow. The ball is kicked, and quickly sinks into the snow as snow pant and boot clad kids chase after it. They fall all around, usually laughing, as they try to push the ball toward the goal. It is quite like watching…
  • Ashley Furniture to Phase Out Toxic Flame Retardants from Furniture (update)

    Katy
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:14 pm
    In the last few years awareness about the toxicity in flame retardant chemicals in furniture has grown tremendously. Public health advocates, organizations, doctors, environmentalists and journalists have been sounding the alarm that the chemicals added to furniture are far more harmful than the flame they might extinguish– and that there are much safer alternatives. This groundbreaking series from the Chicago Tribune called into questions the shady dealings of the companies that make and market these chemicals– and equated their practices with those of Big Tobacco as distorting and…
  • Zum Zum Bikes (great project and affordable toddler bike!)

    Katy
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    I love how Kickstarter can give voice to real people with interesting and helpful projects so it’s not just major corporations we can choose to support. I was contacted by the folks at Zum Zum bikes, and they have created a beautiful, functional, and light weight bike for even the youngest riders! ZumZum is a new kind of balance bike for children as young as 18 months. It has no pedals and teaches your child to ride a bicycle at self adjustable speed. With the new suspension system the bike can be used on rough outdoor roads as well as indoors. Easy to use, simple to maintain and safe…
  • Bullying on Bus 10: a conversation

    Katy
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Last week something beautiful and surprising happened. I offered a short story that I wrote about vicious bus bullying in middle school to readers who pre-ordered my upcoming book called The Order of the Trees. The story– sometimes called Out of the Trash Heap, and sometimes simply Bus 10, is a raw and unflinching look at a junior high bus filled with harassment, bullying, and torment. It is based on many true events from my youth. I sent out copies as folks commented, holding my breath, and wondering if it was a good idea. Then the comments started appearing. People from my hometown…
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Apple Honey Tea

    Tiffany
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    This easy recipe is just like tea but not really because it has no tea leaves. It is completely delicious though and perfect for chilly days and rainy days. It is also a great tea to drink if you have a cold or flu bug because it is comforting and soothing. A bonus is that it also makes the house smell incredible. Apple Honey Tea 3 or 4 organic apples, unpeeled, cored and sliced 6 cups cold water (filtered or spring is best) 1 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice 1-2 Tbs raw local honey Put the apples and the cold water in a crockpot and simmer for two hours. Remove from heat and strain.
  • Touring the Mazda 3

    Tiffany
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    I had the pleasure of rolling out in yet another green(er) car this week. Unlike the last, which was all electric, the Mazda 3 is a greener choice because it has good fuel economy. This of course makes it a great option for anyone who wants to feel better about their time spent behind the wheel. I don’t drive all that much…maybe 20 miles a week but I aspire to own a greener car. I am always researching cars so that I know what I will want to get when we finally, maybe, someday opt to buy new. This particular car gets 30-41 MPG. Not as good as some but much better than what I…
  • Health + Wellness Enhancing Things To Buy With Your Tax Refund

    Tiffany
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Okay, it is that time of year. Tax time! You may be thinking (or agonizing) about how you have to do your taxes or maybe you already have them done. Either way, if you are expecting a refund from the government then you have already started dreaming about what you will do with it. Same here. So…what to do with the moola? Well, big or small there are probably a few purchases that you can make that will be beneficial in the long run…helping you a new level of wellness. I understand the tendency to want to blow the money on a trampoline for the kids or a down payment on a newer (but…
  • 6 Reasons to Freeze Your Food

    Tiffany
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    A freezer is a homesteader’s very good friend. It allows us to preserve our bounty, buy in bulk, make meals ahead of time, and keep a food stash for when times are tough. Many of us have love our freezer so much we have two or more of them. All that freezer space provides us with lots of possibilities! Here are six reasons why freezing your food is so awesome… 1. It saves us money. Freezing allows us to buy local foods, in season, at the peak of their ripeness/freshness when they are the most affordable. It also allows us to capitalize on good sales (store sales, clearance, etc)…
  • Toxic Toothpaste for Children

    Tiffany
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Toxic toothpaste????! No, I am not talking about tainted toothpaste from China. I am talking about pretty much all children’s toothpaste you find at conventional grocery stores. It is nasty. You don’t want to buy any of it. I forgot to buy my usual kids toothpaste awhile back and I go through the stuff like water with one child who likes to squirt it on mirrors, toilets, light switches….you name it. This is a problem because they won’t use my toothpaste…they say it is too hot for them and they won’t use homemade either (too chunky). So when my kids and I were at Kroger I…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Looking Up: Breaking the Smartphone Habit

    Eco Yogini
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    EcoYogini shares her recent technology addiction woes...My hubby and I are part of the iphone club, and have been for about two years now. Our iphones are our first ever smart phones (prior to that we owned two pretty dumb phones for a few years).I like technology. I like social media (yay Twitter!). I am definitely not a luddite.But there's just something about constantly being glued to our smartphones that makes me uncomfortable. I suppose I'm already critical due to my job (children do not learn language from screens, please please no screen time before the age of 2yrs and limit before…
  • Let's See Some Identification, Please

    Mindful Echo
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Mindful Echo is an ENVIRONMENTALIST.A while back, when I was updating my blog and Twitter profiles, I decided to include "environmentalist" in my bios. At the time though, typing the word did give me pause. Am I an environmentalist? I mean, it's not my profession; I didn't study it in school. Am I even allowed to use this term?It's easy enough to say I'm into green living, eco-friendly, sustainable living, and so on, and so on. All those adjectives become a bit cumbersome though. I like that environmentalist is succinct and encompasses all the other terms.To cover my bases, I did a bit of…
  • If Al Gore Can Be an Optimist, So Can You! {Green Good News: March Edition}

    Betsy Escandon
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Eco-novice wants you to know: it ain't all doom and gloom.Let's take a moment to reflect on some of the awesome environmental news that has come out in the last month. Hey, even Al Gore is feeling optimistic!Decrease in Antibiotics in Chicken ManufacturingIn a big win for those of us seriously concerned about super bugs and antibiotic resistance, McDonald's, Costco, and Tyson have all pledged to phase out chickens treated with antibiotics medically important to humans.As Smog Thins in L.A., Dramatic Evidence of Kids' Healthier LungsKids in the L.A. region "have substantially healthier lungs…
  • Teaching Happiness: A Picture Book Review

    Christy
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter is sharing a way to talk to children about being happy with what you have.As a teacher one of the first ways I teach something is through reading a picture book. There's something about compelling illustrations to draw us into the author's message. I believe that picture books can be used with all ages, be they young children or fully grown adults.Teaching about the importance of the Earth and environmentalism is a tough topic for children, as the Climate Crusader has found, and I have found one of the best ways to engage children with difficult topics like the…
  • Gardening in a Changing Climate

    Green Bean
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    My name is Green Bean and my rain barrels are empty.  It is mid-March and, in Northern California, it is downright warm.  We had two rainstorms this winter, our snowpack is 13% of normal.  The rhubarb never came up after this spring, after the warmest winter on record (literally), and many established plants have died or are in deep stress due to the prolonged drought. It's not just small scale gardeners like me, either.  In Oregon, pear trees bloomed two weeks ahead of schedule - while rented bees were all still in California's almond orchards and before the native bees…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Eco-Friendly DIY Easter Egg Dye

    greenandcleanmom
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
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  • Green Your Bathroom – Giveaway

    greenandcleanmom
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
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  • Kid Approved Camping Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
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  • 21 Healthy Cookie Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
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  • ALDI is Not Your Average Grocery Store

    greenandcleanmom
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
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    GreenStyleMom

  • Homeschool Moment - Waikiki Aquarium

    Greenstylemom
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Ride pool creatures
  • Right Now - Cliff Jumping

    Greenstylemom
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    40+ and still cliff jumping!Kate following in her mama's footsteps (or rather jumps! Although she actually went first with almost no hesitation!)And my Jumping Jackalope who instigated the whole ordeal.
  • Spring Reading List

    Greenstylemom
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:03 pm
    New list for a new season. Thought I would make a shorter list for spring. Nope.But even though I won't read all these books, it does give me some direction.Audiobooks - mostly chosen because they are on my Audible account. Many are from the 2015 Books to Movies List.Provenance by Laney Salisbury and Aly SujoRapt by Winifred GallagherThe Introvert AdvantageLove, Rosie (currently listening - almost done)The Zookeeper's WifeThe Light Between OceansPaper TownsOne Plus OneFar From the Maddening CrowdNonfiction - do I really think I'll read this many nonfiction books?!? Am I…
  • Winter Book List - Final Review

    Greenstylemom
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Since today is the first day of spring and our spot in Hawaii is really rainy, I thought I'd do my final winter book review. I didn't do a great job of sticking to the winter list. Sometimes when I hear of a good book, I want to read it RIGHT NOW. Plus if a library book becomes available, it goes to the top of the reading list.Another factor in my reading this winter was having LASIK done at the end of February. I haven't felt much like reading the last few weeks. My eyes felt really tired (still do sometimes), and most days the eyeballs felt too fatigued to focus to read. I've noticed a…
  • Right Now - Hanalei Bay

    Greenstylemom
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:55 pm
    My iphone camera can't do the view justice
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    Green Talk®

  • 5 More Foods You Can Freeze. Part 2.

    Anna@Green Talk
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I am a freezer fanatic.   I would rather throw food in the freezer and hope it unfreezes to some manageable state than throw it in my composter.  But I bet you already know that, having read my previous article, “6 foods that I bet you didn’t know you can Freeze.” (*Wink*)  Well, I have 5 more foods you can freeze to add to the list. I got you warmed up to 6 foods so let’s talk about the other 5. Anna, I am stick of throwing out my food and basically throwing my hard earned cash down the drain.  Loved the last “6 foods that you can freeze” post.  What…
  • Seed Scarification: Wondering Why Seeds Don’t Germinate?

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I started growing my seeds inside.  Over the years, I have discovered that not all seeds are alike. Certain seeds need to be scarified, stratified, soaked, or inoculated.   I will be focusing on seed scarification for this article and will touch upon the other methods in future articles. I grow many plants (including perennials and flowers) from seeds since it is cheaper and more rewarding than buying them at the garden store.  In order for me to be successful, I need to know how to germinate the seeds. As I mentioned above, some seeds need scarification. What is…
  • Free Garden Webinar: How to Create a Successful Veggie Garden

    Anna@Green Talk
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
      I have been a  vegetable, fruit, and landscape gardener for about nine years and can count all my mistakes on both my hands and toes. (And your hands and toes as well.)   Believe me, I am not done making mistakes.  What happens if I could help you to get over the hump to grow your own food and teach you five ways to get you on the road to a successful vegetable garden? Do I have you at “hello?” Guess what? I am offering a FREE webinar on that very topic. Details below. Sounds good? Keep reading. Why should you grow your own vegetables? As you know, the news is teaming…
  • Philadelphia Flower Show: Magical Landscapes, Dreamy Flowers

    Anna@Green Talk
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Right around the time that I can’t stand snow anymore, the Philadelphia Flower Show calls me to bask in her spectacular flower displays.   I was surrounded by lush landscape, new plants, and wonderful  vendors with the promise that spring is just around the corner. I could feel and touch grass, smell the aroma of plants, and wonder why I live in New Jersey, which is blanketed with snow.  So, if you are as tired as I am of winter,enjoy my wonderful floral tour of the show. Picturesque Landscapes at the Philadelphia Flower Show: Doesn’t this look like Spring has arrived?
  • 6 Foods You Can Freeze! I Bet You Didn’t Know.

    Anna@Green Talk
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    My freezer and I are BFF (best friends forever.) Seriously. She opens her arms and says, “Anna, what do you have for me today?” She knows how much my garden harvest means to me and over the years, has gone that extra, extra mile to delivers delectable thawed vegetables. So, I bet you have a freezer just like mine and don’t know it. Give her a try. So, here are six foods that you can freeze that I bet you have never considered. Say good-bye to spoilage and wasting money. #1 Tomatoes Every year I grow a bumper crop of tomatoes. My preference is canning tomatoes.  (See my…
 
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • What is the impact of recycling ~ Am I Making a Difference?

    Alice Benny
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    What is the impact of recycling? Does it really make a difference? Americans spend over $50,000 annually on household expenditures. It is no wonder that it is sometimes easy to forget to recycle the small things such as newspapers, jugs, toilet paper rolls and junk mail. However, the accumulation of everyday office, household and retail… Read more The post What is the impact of recycling ~ Am I Making a Difference? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly

    Greg Head
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    More and more individuals are starting environmentally friendly living, and thankfully, businesses and governments the world over have followed suit as well. Alternative sources of energy like hydro, solar panels, and wind turbines are all being developed and operated. Lifestyle changes are being made by individuals and families too. Using modes of transportation with lower… Read more The post How to Make Your Life More Environmentally Friendly appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler

    Kimberly
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Looking for unique Valentine’s Day gifts? Nothing says romance like a corporate-created holiday about love. I have to admit, however, I enjoy getting gifts and eating nice meals. So part of me appreciates this mid-February excuse to do it. This year, rebel against the commercialism of Valentine’s Day by getting one of these sustainable (and… Read more The post Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Favorite Green Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids

    Dawn Head
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    When it comes to exploring new places, I like traveling by car best and being on the road to Prescott, Arizona with your kids. Recently, I packed up the family to visit Prescott, Arizona. It’s a small city with a picturesque downtown and plenty of outdoor recreation. With lots of things to entice the kids,… Read more The post Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too

    Alice Benny
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It seems like most industries have jumped on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Everywhere you look, there are LEED certified hotels, museums and office buildings. Companies of every type are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We believe there are ways gyms can go green too. There are many Benefits for Gyms who… Read more The post Top 5 Ways Gyms Can Go Green and Save Money Too appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Find All Your Easter Basket Needs at Walmart

    Monica
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    If you haven’t gotten all of your children’s Easter Basket fillers yet, DON’T WORRY! From the coolest toys and candy, to beautiful Easter baskets and other fillers, Walmart has you covered! This year, Walmart has a variety of fun, unique and exclusive Easter products available, from Grocery and Seasonal to Toys and Entertainment! Walmart has a great new selection of beautiful willow, bamboo and woodchip baskets. They look like baskets you’d find at many high end retailers like Pottery Barn… but they’re a fraction of the price! I fell in love with the Wooden…
  • New- LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers

    Monica
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Hey! Moms with babies!!!! Have you heard? There’s a more absorbent diaper in town! New LUVS Super Absorbent Diapers are here! They are 15% more absorbent than regular Luvs and are available are available NOW at your local Walmart store! Why are they a great choice? Well, these new Super Absorbent diapers are contoured for  a great fit, even between the legs! They have an Ultra-Absorbent leak guard core that helps lock wetness away. The leak barrier leg gathers help trap leaks so you can stay worry free during the night. The LUVS Super Absorbent diapers also have refasten-able stretch…
  • DIY- Easter Cross Door Decoration

    Monica
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    I know wreaths are the big “in” thing right now. I made a really pretty one last year for Easter, but this year, I wanted to do something just a little bit different. This year, I made a really neat Cross “wreath” out of sticks and twigs taken from my own back yard, and some supplies that I got from my local Walmart store. This cross took me all of 15 minutes to make, and cost me less than $15 to make. I just love how it looks on my front door! Want one for your self? Check out the video below for easy to follow instructions! Here’s what you need: Sticks and…
  • Cute Easter Themed Treats with ConAgra Snack Packs

    Monica
    14 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Spring Break is here! The kids are home all day… So what do you do about snacks? How about some really cute Easter themed snacks? I was asked to come up with something cute and fun for the kids, and so when I asked them what they wanted, they said Easter Eggs and Bunny Ears. Sooooo Easter Eggs and Bunny Ears, they shall have. I knew the old “mud cups” are always fun, but how to make it Easter Themed was going to be fun. I went shopping at my local Walmart store to find all the ingredients I’d need for this little project! Here’s what I came up with… I…
  • Recipe- Meatless Spaghetti Squash

    Monica
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:02 pm
    It is now the time of a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations, that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday, otherwise known as Lent. During this time, those in observance will usually refrain from eating meat on Fridays, and some will not eat meat at all during the season. I was asked to share one of my favorite meatless recipes with you, in hopes that it would make it a little easier to plan your meals! One of my absolute favorite meatless recipes is Spaghetti Squash, made just like regular…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Getting a loan: The worst thing you can do

    Veshengro
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Taking out a bank loan is the worst thing anyone can do and the same goes for working with so-called credit cards. While it is true that some people need to take out a loan at times simply to make ends meet, which in itself is already bad due to the system being designed against them, basically, applying for credit in any shape is a bad idea. And, I may add here also the buying something on the “never-never”, as it is often called in Britain, that is to say on hire purchase or on catalog credit or whatever. The interest rates, even though presently the bank…
  • Encouraging planting trees will sequester carbon and conserve habitat

    Veshengro
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    by Michael smith (Veshengro) Oh my G-d! They have needed a university study again to “discover” something that every proper forester has known for ever and a day. They, however, needed a study for it again. Talking about stating the obvious. Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a new study by Oregon State University and collaborators. Current land-use trends in the United States will significantly increase urban land development by mid-century, along with a greater than 10 percent reduction…
  • Political parties are obsolete

    Veshengro
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Political parties may have once had their place but today they are, basically, all the same in that once they gain power they become corrupt, regardless of what their slogans and purported aims may have been prior to the elections. Also, when only 36%, for instance, of the electorate go to the games that are called elections and then a little over 50% of those that go vote a party in that is not a majority by a very long shot. 51% of, say those 36%, is maybe 19% of electorate as a whole and cannot be seen as the decision of the majority of the people. The problem…
  • German media outlet Spiegel TV equates Vegans with Nazis

    Veshengro
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) No, apparently, this is no joke and April 1st is still a little while off; at least last time I checked. According to their mindset vegetarianism and veganism is dangerous as we have to consider that Hitler, after all, was a vegetarian. And that means in the new speak of the elite that anyone who wants to eat different and is concerned about animal welfare and food or genetically engineered food stuffs and wants to do without meat and GM foods is put into the “Nazi” bracket. The global trend for vegetarianism and veganism has risen exponentially and in many…
  • UK government plans for ancient woodlands get the axe

    Veshengro
    13 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is a great relief to learn from the Independent that Ex-Environment Secretary Owen Paterson's proposed biodiversity offsetting scheme has been dropped by the Government. The scheme would have allowed developers to build on ancient woodlands provided that they plant new trees elsewhere. As most of us know, I am sure, a newly planted woodland would take hundreds of years to mature into a biodiverse area, so this was a ridiculous proposal from the outset. This was the selfsame Minister of the Environment who also stated that there was no problem with the HS2…
 
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    SolarFeeds

  • The endless debate of trees vs. solar

    SolarFeeds
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Yesterday, a story ran in the Asbury Park Press about the solar project plans of Six Flags Great Adventure. To power their popular New Jersey amusement park, Six Flags plans to build the state’s largest solar farm. The cost? To begin with, 18,000 trees. This brings up a contentious debate among environmentalists and proponents of renewable energy: is cutting down trees actually good for the environment? Lots of work has been done on the subject, but SolarFeeds loves the following post from New England Clean Energy from 2012: Here in New England, there is no shortage of trees. And, as…
  • Attacks Against Solar, Wind Keep Coming, SEIA Fights Back

    SolarFeeds
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Earlier this month The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a narrowly focussed report on certain subsidies to the energy industry at the behest of Reps. Fred Upton (R), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Ed Whitfield (R), Chairman of its Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Conservatives pounced on the bait claiming that renewable energy received more subsidies than other energy sources, but the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has poked holes in their logic. In its executive summary the report cautions: “The scope of the present report is limited to…
  • MIT, Stanford researchers develop new kind of tandem solar cell

    SolarFeeds
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations, the researchers say. The new cell uses a layer of silicon — which forms the basis for most of today’s solar panels — but adds a semi-transparent layer of a material called perovskite, which can absorb higher-energy particles of light. Unlike an earlier…
  • Koch-backed group says Georgia solar policies cost more

    SolarFeeds
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    A group backed by the Koch brothers is arguing a proposed constitutional amendment that would change Florida solar energy regulations will lead the Sunshine State down a dark path. Americans For Prosperity Florida says a petition being circulated by solar advocates Floridians for Solar Choice is the wrong move for the state, and will result in higher costs and decreased competition. The proposal needs nearly 700,000 signatures to get on the 2016 ballot, allowing voters to decide on an amendment that would change current Florida law that says customers can only buy electricity from a…
  • TEP claims new net metering plan will promote equitable pricing and reliable grid

    SolarFeeds
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has proposed a new net metering plan to ensure that customers who install new rooftop solar power systems pay a more equitable price for their electric service while still enjoying significant bill savings. Users of rooftop solar power systems rely just as heavily on TEP’s electrical system as other customers – more heavily, even, since TEP must manage their systems’ intermittent output. But they pay far less for TEP service under current rates, due in part to net metering rules that allow them to exchange excess solar energy for free, on-demand utility…
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    Jetson Green

  • Sustainable Floating Home

    Christine Walsh
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    The so-called WaterNest 100 was designed by architect Giancarlo Zema and is one of the most sustainable and green floating homes around. It is made primarily from recycled materials and is powered by a roof-top solar array. The WaterNest 100 is a round, pod-type building, which has an impressive 1,076 sq ft (100 sq m) of interior space. The house is intended to be floated on rivers, lakes, bays, atolls and calm seas, has a diameter of 39 ft (12 m) and is 13 ft (4 m) high. The domed building is made from a recycled aluminum hull, and features a laminated wooden supporting frame, as well as…
  • New Orleans Couple Build Their Dream Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:58 am
    Landscape architect Seth Rodewald-Bates and his wife, Elisabeth Davies recently designed and built their home using recycled shipping containers. The home is located in the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans. They used two 4-ton repurposed shipping containers, which they purchased from Boasso America and collected from the New Orleans Terminal in Chalmette. One of the containers houses a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, while the other one was cut in two, and the larger, 28-foot section became an office/dining area, with the smaller section now used as a backyard shed. To make the home more…
  • Tiny Home Inspired by Traditional Japanese Architecture

    Christine Walsh
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Downsizing, minimizing and simplifying is starting to appeal to more and more people and with good reason. Sustainability starts at home, so to speak, and living in a tiny home is certainly a great way to achieve it. And as today’s tiny house example proves, the sacrifice does not need to be all that great. It was constructed by, a former Christian missionary Chris Heininge and it is located in Aurora, Oregon. The design is inspired by the Japanese homes in which he spent time in doing his work. The tiny home measures 280 square feet with a footprint of 10-feet by 20-feet, and a height of…
  • Packing Peanuts Could be Recycled Into More Sustainable Batteries

    Christine Walsh
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Building better and more sustainable batteries is certainly one of the goals for the future. And now, those packing peanuts used to protect fragile things from breaking during transport could play a major role in achieving this goal. A team of researchers at Perdue University has discovered that these packing peanuts could actually be used in lithium-ion batteries. The way this would be achieved would be by replacing the graphite anodes in a lithium battery by a new type of anode made of carbon. In currently used batteries, the charging process stores the lithium ions in graphite anodes. But…
  • Sustainable Shipping Container Center in Albuquerque

    Christine Walsh
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:13 am
    Entrepreneur Roy Solomon is currently busy overseeing the building of a unique center in Albuquerque NM, which will be build entirely out of shipping containers. The center will be located at a busy location near I-40 and Carlisle Boulevard. It is called Green Jeans and it will house shops, offices and restaurants. The construction is still in its early stages, but the finished center will stretch over 1.5 acres of land. Judging from the renderings, about fifteen 40-foot shipping containers will be used for the construction. Some of these shipping containers are already on site, and house…
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    The Green Parent

  • Which city is the cleanest in the world?

    Jenn
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    How clean is your city? Think it’s one of the cleanest in the world? The research team at Hassle Blog put together this inforgraphic of the cleanest cities in every continent in the world. Way to go Chicago! It’s a good bucket list of cities worth visiting as well as a guideline for other cities looking to improve their “clean” cred. Did your favorite city make the list? Hassle.com – The Worlds Cleanest Cities”
  • Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

    Jenn
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Researchers find that plant compounds called flavanols are the key to reducing memory loss. (Photo: Dasha Petrenko/Shutterstock) Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It’s all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds – found in chocolate – are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a special cocoa drink – highly concentrated with flavanols…
  • 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…
 
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • UK Cuts Red Tape for Commercial Rooftop Solar

    David Appleyard, Contributing Editor
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    A change in the rules for permitted development rights in the UK has increased the development threshold for rooftop solar panels on commercial property by a factor of 20. Under the new rules, installations up to 1 MW no longer require full planning permission for development.
  • Split Decision on Ormat’s Motion to Dismiss Ex-Employees’ Claims of Cash Grant Fraud

    David Burton, Akin Gump
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    The March 24 opinion from the U.S. District Court for Nevada granted in part and denied in part Ormat’s motion to dismiss an action brought by ex-Ormat employees under the False Claims Act. The ex-employees are alleging fraud by Ormat in its preparation of three Section 1603 cash grant (Cash Grant) applications for geothermal projects. In theory, either party could appeal, but that seems unlikely.
  • Focus on Digester Health for Efficient Biogas Operations

    Aaron Kalisher and Craig Bierl, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Turning organic waste, such as manure, food scraps or expired food products into biogas is a modern type of alchemy that uses process-based technologies including an anaerobic digester, the organic waste feedstock, bacteria and by maintaining the proper temperature and pressure levels.
  • New York Launches Innovation Lab To Study Renewable Energy and the Advanced Grid

    Andrew Burger, Correspondent
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    This week New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the signing of an agreement between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Polytechnic) that aims “to create a world-class facility devoted to energy technology innovation and the rapid deployment of smart-grid technology to modernize New York's electric grid.”
  • Clean Energy Makes Up Record Share of UK Power with Coal-to-Biomass Conversions

    Louise Downing, Bloomberg
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    U.K. electricity from low-carbon sources accounted for almost a quarter of the country’s generation in the fourth quarter as Drax Group Plc converted a second coal-power plant to burn wood.
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Convert Your Generator to Tri-Fuel

    Steve Spence
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Is your gasoline generator hard to start? Does your fuel seem to go bad? Today’s ethanol fuel can cause all kinds of issues for small engines. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline, and stores pretty much forever, virtually guaranteeing instant starts when an emergency arises. Methane capability means you can produce your own fuel from decomposing manure or vegetable matter. Follow along as we convert our Coleman Generator with a easy to install and use Century Fuel Products conversion kit. Get the details on producing Methane Fuel at http://green-trust.org/products/
  • “Tap” a Bee Hive for Fresh Honey

    Steve Spence
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    Update- Crowdfunding goal of $70k has reached $1.7 million, in 24 hours! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive No more taking a hive apart and disturbing the bees. Eliminate 95% of the work. Just tap the hive, and fill your jar when the clear hive panels show there is honey to be harvested. No fuss, no muss, even a child can do it! It’s the beekeepers dream… Turn a tap and watch as pure fresh clean honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar. No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment and the bees are hardly even…
  • 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…
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    Cooking Up a Story » Video Interviews

  • The Mushroom Hunters: An Interview with Langdon Cook

    Cooking Up a Story
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this interview with Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, we discuss his book and his first-hand encounters on the commercial wild mushroom trail. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Gaza Kitchen – An Interview with Laila El-Haddad

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Third Plate: Interview With Dan Barber

    Cooking Up a Story
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    In this interview with Dan Barber, we talk about his book, The Third Plate, his passion for sourcing the finest ingredients, sustainability, and the importance of culture. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Art of Fermentation: Sandor Katz Interview

    Cooking Up a Story
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    In this video interview with noted author Sandor Katz, he talks about his latest book, The Art of Fermentation, and his passion for ferments. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • One of the Largest Remaining American Chestnut Trees in North America

    Cooking Up a Story
    31 Oct 2013 | 7:15 am
    Organic chestnut farmer, Chris Foster of Cascadia Chestnuts in Portland, Oregon shares some of his first-hand knowledge about the American chestnut tree, and its unique place in our history. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
 
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    INHABITAT

  • The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

    Lucy Wang
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    Read the rest of The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecosystem, Efa Pfannes, King’s cross redevelopment, Kings Cross, Marjetica Potrč, natural pond, natural pool, natural swimming pool, Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club, ooze architects, small-scale pond, wetland plants
  • Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

    Ana Lisa
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    Read the rest of Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "energy efficiency", Architecture, green materials, Group-H, Mont Blanc, Refuge du Goûter, renewable energy, self-sufficient, water issues
  • Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

    Lucy Wang
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    A thick coat of fur keeps polar bears warm in below-freezing temperatures, but did you know that the hairs on their pelts are hollow to provide extra insulation? Inspired by nature’s genius design, UK fashion brand HotSquash unveiled an innovative new clothing line that uses the same insulating qualities found in polar bear fur. The temperature-regulating textiles not only help retain warmth in cold climates, but are also engineered to wick away moisture on hot days and are very low maintenance. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry, HotSquash,…
  • A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

    Jon Dioffa
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    A++ Architecture recently unveiled plans to construct a cluster of net zero energy buildings in Bodrum, Turkey. The new development will feature a number of highly efficient, low cost homes made from recycled shipping containers. The high-performing, low-cost homes will be finished so that the original form is perfectly disguised within the new architecture, and the interiors will be designed by Architect Carlo Colombo. + A++ Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow…
  • Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

    Kristine Lofgren
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it’s covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes to put an end to wasted fruit with a new bowl that can actually alert you that your fruit is going bad before it starts to happen. Read the rest of Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bowl monitors rotting fruits, Brunel University, Brunel University London, food innovations, food testing, food waste,…
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 6 Spring Maintenance Tips to Increase Your Energy Efficiency

    Kate Wilson
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Congratulations! You made it through winter. Say goodbye to your sky-high heating bills and hello to spring! Unfortunately, you won’t be saying goodbye to your energy worries altogether, though. Before you know it, summer will be here. And depending on your climate, it may be time to kick on those cooling systems sooner rather than later. So how can you be sure you’re not paying an arm and a leg for energy come spring and summer? (Oh, and that you’re doing your part to help the environment, too.) Generally, the first thing you’ll need to do is inspect your home to see…
  • What You Need to Know About Renovating Your Office

    Kate Wilson
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Renovating your office space is about a lot more than just a few paint swatches. Deciding to make a change in décor is really about deciding to make a positive change in the office environment, one that will be beneficial to you, your employees and your clients. Whether your budget is large or small, it is crucial to think about your options before you get started.  How, for example, can you maximize the office space to motivate employees to perform at their best and increase their output? Are their ways to accomplish this that are eco-friendly and energy-efficient? Here are a few ideas to…
  • Buying a Green Home? Be Sure to Look For These 6 Things

    Kate Wilson
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    Often when it comes to buying a home, so much of the focus is on location or size. But if you’re an especially environmentally-conscious person, you may want to know how “green” a home is. Does the home use a lot of electricity? Are there aspects of the house’s history which make it a potential health hazard? If you’re looking for an ideal green home, here are some important tips to remember as you shop around. Think smaller, not bigger First and foremost, it’s important to acknowledge that the larger the home, the more energy, water, and resources will be consumed in the…
  • Why Your Website Must Include a Portfolio

    Kate Wilson
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    You probably know that you need a personal website to help generate leads and to build your brand. You might know that this personal website ought to include a portfolio of your past work, regardless of the industry. But did you know that your small business or company website could also benefit from offering a portfolio to visitors? There are several reasons for including a portfolio on your website, all of which contribute to future job opportunities and leads. Here are just a few: It acts as a digital resume, allowing potential employers or customers to see everything you’ve…
  • 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

    Kate Wilson
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels, electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside. And, while these certainly fit the bill, they aren’t always the most budget-conscious options for everyday individuals who simply want to minimize their negative effects on the Earth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your home a greener place without spending a ton of green. We’ve gathered ten tips for making your dwelling as eco-friendly as possible, even on the smallest of budgets. Turn Everything Off — Really Off You already…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Three cities’ pedestrian-friendly skyways, in photos

    Wei Li
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Skyways, like the one pictured here in Hong Kong, can be an integrated, accessible, and safe option for cities in need of more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Photo by See-ming Lee/Flickr. The rapid increase in car ownership in cities worldwide has brought conflicts between pedestrians and cars to center stage. Complete streets that accommodate all users not just are ideal in design, but have actually been successfully implemented in cities like Mexico City, New York City, and Copenhagen. However, when limited space or overcrowding effectively restrict the use of this kind of design,…
  • Pricing congestion to invest in sustainable transport: lessons from London

    Ben Welle
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    London’s successes with congestion pricing demonstrates how such policies can be a powerful tool for curbing traffic, encouraging walking and cycling, and raising revenue to support public transit. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr. In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and has since been lauded as a major success. Beyond these benefits, congestion pricing has also saved lives by reducing the number…
  • Why smart growth cities are safer, healthier, and wealthier

    Helen Mountford
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    A new report from the New Climate Economy project examines the choice that rapidly developing cities like Ahmedabad have between a future of costly sprawl and a future of smart, connected growth. Photo by Meena Kadri/Flickr. Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents between now and 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or they can develop cities that are connected, compact, and coordinated. A new report for the New Climate Economy project outlines the massive economic, social, and…
  • Three ways São Paulo’s companies helped curb traffic congestion

    Katerina Elias-Trostmann
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a part of the São Paulo’s transport demand management (TDM) strategy, the city is partnering with private companies to reduce the number of cars on the road, making streets more people-oriented. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested, and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. The Moving Beyond Cars series—exclusive to TheCityFix andWRI…
  • Four inspirations for sustainable transport from Rio

    Benoit Colin
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Residents of Rio de Janeiro—cariocas—are enjoying new transport options that connect them to employment, education, and leisure opportunities. Pictured here, three women take the city’s TransOeste BRT to go to school. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI. Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Citizens’ ability to access these and local opportunities, though, has been limited in the past due to increased reliance on individual cars generating congestion. Low-income communities lack access to reliable,…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Trader Joes Red Palm Oil – Is it Good or Bad

    Jean-Paul
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Trader Joe’s recently came out with an Organic Red Palm Oil (also known as African Palm Oil), which seems to have replaced their popular Organic Coconut oil, but it begs the question: is this a good thing? Palm oil has been under fire (and rightly so) for some time now because of the association with […] The post Trader Joes Red Palm Oil – Is it Good or Bad appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Plyboo Bamboo Plywood and Durapalm Palm Tree Sustainable Flooring Healthy Morning Blender Breakfast Organic or Not, Avoid These Health Foods Is Organic Food Really…
  • Natural Burials and Biodegradable Coffins

    Jean-Paul
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    A while back I wrote about eco-burials, and it appears that the conversation has been building. Most recently I’ve seen posts from artists coming up with new ideas like the Tree Capsule, the Bios Urn and the Mushroom Burial Suit (below) Many of these concepts have been developed in areas that still prohibit the natural […] The post Natural Burials and Biodegradable Coffins appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Green Funerals and Eco Burials – A Renewal to the Earth Biodegradable Natural Sponges Eco-Me Clean with Green – DIY Natural Home Cleaning Kits…
  • Cork, Cats and a Panda

    Jean-Paul
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:17 am
    As many of you know, I am a big fan of the multiple uses of sustainable cork. Beautiful, versitile, and sustainably grown and harvested, cork really is a super material. I recently was contacted by some great folks at the World Wildlife Fund charity regarding a crowdfunding project on Earth Hour. Put on by WWF […] The post Cork, Cats and a Panda appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: The Magic of Cork – Renewable, Sustainable and Good For Global Warming Renewable Cork Barware Set for the Eco Chic Drink Bartender UNEPs World Environment Day – June 5 Seeing the…
  • Roses for Valentines Day – Lots of Cash For A Rash

    Jean-Paul
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Roses for Valentines Day? Could be an expensive, and toxic gift! Yep, you may be shelling out quite a bit of cash, and ending up with a rash on your sweetie pie. While Valentines Day may bring out more roses than the Rose Parade, it all comes with a price, and not just to buy […] The post Roses for Valentines Day – Lots of Cash For A Rash appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: A Green Valentines Day – Celebrate Your Love with the Environment Too! BloomThat – Local Powered Flower Delivery in SF Valentines Day Organic Equal Exchange Coffee and Chocolate…
  • 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 […] The post tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: The Story Behind Ethical Diamonds Pivot Boutique – Eco Smart Fashion in Chicago Beer Powered Cars, Ethanol Fuel from Beer Waste – I’ll Drink to That! Fair Trade…
 
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  • A Journey of Nine Pencils

    Hannah Jarratt
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    A Journey of Nine Pencils   This month, Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity I help to run, launched Everyday Things, a wonderful collection of everyday objects made by artists and designers to act as inspiring canvases for sustainable messaging and inspiring examples of sustainable design. The collection was made in collaboration with WWF-UK and celebrates Earth Hour, the worldwide lights off event.   We received many brilliant submissions from many brilliant creative people, including Flower Glass, a beautiful vase made from a wine glass and a coat hanger by Daniel Weil,…
  • Earthmojis: Protest Placards for the World

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Great protests need great placards. They are an essential part of direct action, hoisted by modern-day standard bearers, proclaiming a stance to the world. But all too often their messages are lost in the throng, amongst earnest messaging and scrawled angst. For the People’s Climate March in London last Saturday, Naresh Ramchandani and team created a unique set of placards that would be able to stand out from the rest. They needed to reflect how social media has altered protest, allowing dissent to take place online as well as on the streets. To do this, the placards are made entirely out…
  • Everyday Things for Earth Hour

    Hannah Jarratt
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Daniel Weil’s Everyday Thing – Flower Glass   We believe that creativity is an incredibly powerful tool that can inspire, seduce and provoke people into action. For our latest campaign, the Everyday Things collection, we’re apply this thinking to a new canvas -  everyday objects. For Earth Hour 2015 we have teamed up with WWF-UK to bring together world-class designers and artists to create a collection of everyday objects that inspire people to live more sustainably. We’ve rounded up some great contributors including Ron Arad, David Shrigley, Daniel Weil, Hudson Powell,…
  • Streetbank

    Hannah Jarratt
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
      Gone are those blissful head-next-door-for-a-cup-of-sugar days, ‘love thy neighbour’ is a ghost from times gone past, as we find ourselves in a buy not borrow state of mind. This is where Streetbank comes in. A charity reigniting that all important sharing economy in communities across the UK: here we talk to Streetbank founder San Stephens to see how it all works. What were you doing before Streetbank and what inspired you to stop that and create Streetbank? I was running a small recruitment business focussing on senior charity positions. Streetbank was a side project that…
  • Forests Are For Life

    Hannah Jarratt
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Photo by B. Ealovega It’s all about FSC The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. The face that launches a thousand paper purchases, we all know it in that familiar-it-means-something-good sort of way. Their logo is so recognised that the incredible work that they do so often goes under the radar, we wanted to find out more about what they are doing to protect our planter and why it is so important to be a curious consumer. To spread the word and inspire people to take care with the planet, use this poster.   Do you think people are more interested in preserving the environment…
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  • A Journey of Nine Pencils

    Hannah Jarratt
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    A Journey of Nine Pencils   This month, Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity I help to run, launched Everyday Things, a wonderful collection of everyday objects made by artists and designers to act as inspiring canvases for sustainable messaging and inspiring examples of sustainable design. The collection was made in collaboration with WWF-UK and celebrates Earth Hour, the worldwide lights off event.   We received many brilliant submissions from many brilliant creative people, including Flower Glass, a beautiful vase made from a wine glass and a coat hanger by Daniel Weil,…
  • Earthmojis: Protest Placards for the World

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Great protests need great placards. They are an essential part of direct action, hoisted by modern-day standard bearers, proclaiming a stance to the world. But all too often their messages are lost in the throng, amongst earnest messaging and scrawled angst. For the People’s Climate March in London last Saturday, Naresh Ramchandani and team created a unique set of placards that would be able to stand out from the rest. They needed to reflect how social media has altered protest, allowing dissent to take place online as well as on the streets. To do this, the placards are made entirely out…
  • Everyday Things for Earth Hour

    Hannah Jarratt
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Daniel Weil’s Everyday Thing – Flower Glass   We believe that creativity is an incredibly powerful tool that can inspire, seduce and provoke people into action. For our latest campaign, the Everyday Things collection, we’re apply this thinking to a new canvas -  everyday objects. For Earth Hour 2015 we have teamed up with WWF-UK to bring together world-class designers and artists to create a collection of everyday objects that inspire people to live more sustainably. We’ve rounded up some great contributors including Ron Arad, David Shrigley, Daniel Weil, Hudson Powell,…
  • Streetbank

    Hannah Jarratt
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
      Gone are those blissful head-next-door-for-a-cup-of-sugar days, ‘love thy neighbour’ is a ghost from times gone past, as we find ourselves in a buy not borrow state of mind. This is where Streetbank comes in. A charity reigniting that all important sharing economy in communities across the UK: here we talk to Streetbank founder San Stephens to see how it all works. What were you doing before Streetbank and what inspired you to stop that and create Streetbank? I was running a small recruitment business focussing on senior charity positions. Streetbank was a side project that…
  • Forests Are For Life

    Hannah Jarratt
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Photo by B. Ealovega It’s all about FSC The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. The face that launches a thousand paper purchases, we all know it in that familiar-it-means-something-good sort of way. Their logo is so recognised that the incredible work that they do so often goes under the radar, we wanted to find out more about what they are doing to protect our planter and why it is so important to be a curious consumer. To spread the word and inspire people to take care with the planet, use this poster.   Do you think people are more interested in preserving the environment…
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  • Eco Terrorism is Not in the Headlines so Did it Ever Exist?

    Stuart Kaplow
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    America’s most notorious eco-terrorist, Eric Taylor McDavid, was surprisingly released from prison earlier this year after serving 8 years of a 20 year sentence when a Federal judge determined “the FBI withheld documents from McDavid's trial defense attorneys that indicated they used an informant to entrap him,” according to a news release from the Civil Liberties Defense Center. In 2004, John Lewis, deputy assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “the FBI’s investigation of animal rights extremists and…
  • Green Code Mandatory on April 1 For All Building in Baltimore

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Jacqueline Lusk and Stuart Kaplow Baltimore City adopted the International Green Construction Code 2012 as an overlay to the City’s building, fire and related codes effective April 1, 2015. And despite that the IgCC becomes mandatory on April Fools’ Day, we are not playing a practical joke when we tell you that the effective date has “shifted.” Read on .. Baltimore was among the first jurisdictions, in 2007 to mandate that all “newly constructed, extensively modified non-residential buildings” .. “achieve a Silver rating in the appropriate LEED…
  • Fannie Mae Interest Rate Break on Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The exciting news in residential green building is that the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae, is providing incentives, including lower interest rates for multifamily properties with a green building certification. There are an untold number of incentives for green building, including policies at the local, state and federal government levels, however, even in toto they are of limited efficacy.  But Fannie Mae’s new incentive of 10 basis points off any loan for properties with a green building certification has the potential to be a game changer.
  • Georgia's Legislation Banning LEED for State Buildings is Much Ado About Nothing

    Stuart Kaplow
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Georgia General Assembly House Bill 255 is proof that the “wood wars” surrounding the LEED green building rating system continue to be waged. That said, the specific bill is Much Ado About Nothing. Despite that the previous much debated LEED credit for FSC Certified Wood is gone from LEED v4, the new MRc3 credit, “Building product disclosure and optimization – sourcing of raw materials” is a new source of controversy. To receive the credit, a project must use “at least 25%, by cost, of the total value of permanently installed building products.” For…
  • Largest Owner of Buildings in North America Considering LEED v4

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    The General Services Administration is seeking public input on its analysis of LEED v4 and other questions related to the Federal Government's use of LEED v4. Given that the Federal Government is, by far, the largest owner of buildings in North America, and is also the owner or more green buildings and more LEED certified buildings than anyone else, this is significant.     The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires the GSA to review existing green building certification systems every 5 years to identify a system and certification level “deem[ed] to be most…
 
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  • Last Chance: Farm and Garden Sale

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    This is it. Your last chance to soak up the savings with our Farm and Garden Sale – but hurry it’ll be gone soon! Whether you are planting or planning your garden, homestead or backyard paradise —or want to nurture a budding garden obsession—we’ve got a book for you! 30% Off ALL Farm & Garden […]The post Last Chance: Farm and Garden Sale appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Manage Your Chicken Manure: The Joys of Deep Litter

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Ever heard the phrase, “always follow your nose?” As it turns out, this is a good rule of thumb when it comes to chicken manure—but what is it that your nose is telling you, exactly? In his book, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock, chicken expert Harvey Ussery gives us the low-down on not just what that classic […]The post Manage Your Chicken Manure: The Joys of Deep Litter appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Perennial Gardening: Grow More Food with Less Work!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations, you survived another long winter! It is officially spring and time to dig in. If you’re looking for some new crops to liven up your garden and your palate, give perennials a chance. Perennial vegetables are a food gardener’s dream. Plant them once, treat them well, and they’ll keep feeding you year after year. […]The post Perennial Gardening: Grow More Food with Less Work! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    If you were going to create a community-based homestead or farm from scratch, where would you start? What building materials would you use? What crops would you grow and what animals would you raise? How would you develop an organizational structure and connect with your community? And, how would you make sure all of this […]The post Building a Sustainable Community: The D Acres Model appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • We’re Hiring! Join the Team as Our Next Editorial Intern

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    For 30 years, Chelsea Green has been the go-to publisher for people seeking foundational books on the politics and practice of sustainable living, including organic gardening and agriculture, renewable energy, green building, eco-cuisine, and ethical business. In 2012, we decided to practice what we publish and became employee-owned. We are a founding member of the […]The post We’re Hiring! Join the Team as Our Next Editorial Intern appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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  • How long would it take to fall through a hole in the Earth?

    bnelson78
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Here's a thought experiment that hopefully never actually happens: Imagine that a hole suddenly appeared under your feet that stretched all the way through to the opposite side of the Earth. How long would it take you to fall through? Would you even fall all the way to the other side, or would you hover in Earth's gravity somewhere in the center?  
  • The Grand Canyon is under attack (from humans)

    mgrichard
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Few places in the United States, or the world, are as iconic as the Grand Canyon. Carved through multiple layers of rock by the Colorado River in Arizona, the area is supposed to be protected from those who would spoil its natural beauty. President Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Grand Canyon in 1903 and was so impressed that he designated it a U.S. National Monument on Jan. 11, 1908.
  • One-year space station mission will launch today: Watch it live

    mnnadmin
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:23 am
    A three-person crew will blast off to the International Space Station today (March 27), and two of them won't be coming back to Earth for a full year. You can watch live online as the yearlong mission begins.   NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka will fly to the station atop a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Central Asia.  
  • 'Super-termites' emerge from hybrid swarms in Florida

    bnelson78
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    Termites are some of the most destructive pests in the world, causing more than $1 billion dollars in damage each year in the U.S. alone. Now they might be evolving into something even more calamitous.
  • For asteroid-capture mission, NASA picks a boulder

    mnnadmin
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    NASA's bold asteroid-capture mission will pluck a boulder off a big space rock rather than grab an entire near-Earth object, agency officials announced today (March 25).  
 
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  • Your eyeballs can now be injected with night vision

    bnelson78
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    It sounds like a backyard science project gone awry, but a group of biohackers based in California have successfully injected a specialized liquid solution into the eyeballs of a volunteer that gave him night vision, reports Science.Mic.  
  • China's 57-story prefab tower should have been taller

    lloydalter
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    It’s the world’s tallest prefabricated building, Broad Sustainable Building’s 57-story tower in the suburbs of Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. The city’s claim to fame is that Mao was born nearby, but other than that, it’s well, provincial.   
  • Boeing granted patent for world's first real-life 'force field'

    bnelson78
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    There are several technologies from the world of "Star Trek" that perhaps seem forever relegated to science fiction: transporters, warp drives, universal translators, etc. But if Boeing has its way, you won't find deflector shields on that list.
  • New boom box case turns old iPhone into retro radio

    lloydalter
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    The iPhone 6 is one of the most popular product introductions in history, and millions of people have upgraded from the iPhone 4 and 4S, wanting a bigger screen and a better camera or just the latest and glossiest thing.   
  • New synthetic chameleon skin could lead to instant wardrobe changes

    bnelson78
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Chameleons are one of the few animals in the world capable of changing their color at will. Scientists have only recently figured out how these shifty creatures perform their kaleidoscopic act, and now they have developed a synthetic material that can mimic the color-changing ability of chameleon skin, reports Gizmodo.   
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  • 'MIND' your diet and protect against Alzheimer's

    livescience
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    By Christopher Wanjek for LiveScience   If you want to protect your mind, be mindful of what you eat. Doctors say that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats that includes a little wine can lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.  
  • What you need know about hemp seeds

    jnelson
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Think about eating hemp seeds and what springs to mind? Maybe hippies selling hemp bracelets at music festivals? And will they make you high?   Actually, hemp seeds are legal to purchase, and you can’t get high from them either. Hemp seeds have only 0.3 percent of THC, the psychotropic ingredient found in marijuana. The plant is only a cousin of cannabis, but it has been sharing the bad reputation for decades.  
  • Powdered alcohol is legal in the U.S. ... but is it safe?

    mnnadmin
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    A powdered form of alcohol called Palcohol is now approved for sale in the United States, but how safe is this product?   Some health experts say they are concerned that powered alcohol could be abused by minors, or could be more easily more easily hidden and consumed in places where people are not allowed to have alcohol. But others argue that there is no reason the drug would be more hazardous than liquid alcohol.  
  • Despite its name, diet soda linked to increased belly fat

    mnnadmin
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Older adults who drink diet soda may experience greater increases in their waist size over a decade than those who do not drink diet soda, according to a new study.  
  • What you need to know about cheese

    jnelson
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Do you love cheese as much as chocolate? Do you put it in the same category — as an only-sometimes treat? According to the International Dairy Foods Association, 10.6 billion pounds of cheese were produced in the United States in 2011. Americans eat more of the gooey, creamy, rich wheys of milk than ever before. But if you’re wondering just how much cheese is OK and what kinds won’t blow your healthy eating plan, you’ve come to the right place.  
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  • Robot-driven cars may rack up more miles

    lloydalter
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Whether you love the idea or hate it, the self-driving car is likely coming soon, and it's going to have a huge impact. I wrote about why the Google car could change everything, and noted that since cars were parked 90 percent of the time, it was likely that we might need 90 percent fewer of them and they would always be on the move doing something.   
  • NASA wants to build world's most efficient plane

    joshwlew
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    NASA is getting in on efforts to move toward a green future for commercial aviation. Scientific American reports that the space agency is giving millions to teams developing ultra-efficient, eco-friendly planes.  
  • The podcar is back

    lloydalter
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    I've never been a huge fan of PRT, or personal rapid transit systems, which have been the future of transportation since Richard Nixon was president. On TreeHugger I once called the concept a cyberspace techno-dream, and the pro-pod people gave me an award for writing fish wrap.
  • Ford goes multimodal with smart folding e-bike

    lloydalter
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Ford is known for making cars, yet it recently unveiled two designs for smart electric bikes at a mobile phone show in Barcelona. No word yet if they are actually going into production. (The designs were the winners of an internal Ford design competition and are not without issues.)  
  • Riding the rails on a bamboo train

    joshwlew
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    If riding the rails in your own personal mini-train is one of your dreams, you can realize that dream in a surprising place: the Cambodian city of Battambang.   Many of Cambodia's tracks, laid during the French Colonial era, were left in disrepair after the nightmarish reign of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Even today, a few passenger trains keep an unreliable schedule on some of these tracks, so for the most part, the rails are free of large locomotives.
 
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  • A lipstick-lover's guide to avoiding Red Dye #40

    lambhoch
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    On a run-of-the-mill afternoon when I was just 8 years old, I learned the hard way that I had a severe allergy to Red Dye #40. I remember the moment like it was yesterday: I was thrilled when my then-best friend gave me one of those gigantic atomic fire ball cinnamon jawbreakers, but somewhere around the fifth swirl, my lip began to pulsate.  
  • 'The Big Picture' tells the story behind the statistics

    gmiller
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    Would you believe Vermont is the most drug-infested state in America? And can you fathom that the prison industry in the fifth largest employer in the country?  
  • Bears require bear spray, but how to recycle it?

    lmoss
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    The National Park Service recommends that hikers and campers carry bear spray when venturing into grizzly country, and with millions of park visitors each year — more than 3 million annually to Yellowstone alone — all those bear spray canisters add up.   Bear spray isn’t allowed on commercial flights, so numerous cans are typically discarded in and around parks — often improperly.
  • 'Killing Jesus' puts Christ in historical, political context

    gmiller
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    There have been many movies about the life of Jesus Christ, "King of Kings," "The Greatest Story Ever Told," "The Passion of the Christ," and "The Bible" among them. The latest telling, premiering on National Geographic on March 29, is a different take on the well-known story, emphasizing the political, social and economic motivations of various forces at work at the time.  
  • 'Brainstormers': Making junk ingenious

    gmiller
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    It’s far from the first do-it-yourself show on TV, but “Brainstormers” may be the first to combine DIY projects, weather and a green sensibility: Their projects reuse and repurpose junkyard materials.  
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  • NYU student creates magical gel that halts bleeding

    sgunther
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    In the world of trauma medicine, speed is of utmost importance. You want to be quick in responding to a call for help, quick in treating injuries and quick to stop any bleeding.
  • Judge says banned service dog can go back to school

    sgunther
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
     
  • Robots will run Japanese hotel (or why you should be worried about your job)

    sgunther
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    When guests roll up to the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, set to open its doors this summer, they will step out and hand their bags over to a bellhop. They'll walk in and check in at the front desk and wander in to find their room. The next morning, their room will be cleaned by hotel staff.  
  • Diego Stocco has never met an object he can't play

    sgunther
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    Diego Stocco knows sound. The Italian-born composer and sound designer makes a living creating sounds and music for films, television shows and video games. But he's best known not for the music he makes but for how he makes it. For you see, Diego Stocco is a musical inventor.  
  • 27 wildlife portraits captured by remote cameras

    sgunther
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    Trail cameras are specially designed gadgets that are designed to photograph wildlife in their natural surroundings. Your typical game camera comes in a weather-tight housing and is usually colored to blend in with its surroundings. They can be triggered by motion or body heat and save all images captured to a memory card. More expensive trail cameras can wirelessly upload images to the cloud or send them directly to your digital device of choice.  
 
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  • Artist creates charming cross-stitched designs of germs

    jsavedge
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    When you think of cross-stitch, you probably think of little old ladies capturing quaint little sayings like "Love Makes This House a Home" with a needle and thread. You probably don't think of detailed drawings of infectious diseases. That is, unless you're Alicia Watkins.   
  • Exercise may boost breast cancer treatment

    jsavedge
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    Patients undergoing cancer treatment are often advised by their doctors to continue exercising — if possible — as part of their daily routine. Exercise can improve mood and release stress, two factors that can help cancer sufferers get through treatment. But a new study shows that exercise may also play a role in helping to slow the growth of cancerous tumors and aid in cancer treatment.  
  • Keurig releases recyclable K-cups (finally)

    jsavedge
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Keurig fans finally have a reason to rejoice — and assuage their environmental guilt — with the recent announcement that the coffee-making giant has released a recyclable coffee pod.   
  • Experiencing nature makes us more likely to save it

    jsavedge
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    We've all seen the studies that show that spending more time in nature can improve health. But how does it affect the way we interact with each other? A new study took a look at this relationship and found that we might have a kinder, gentler society if we all just spent a little more time outside.  
  • Roundup weed killer 'probably carcinogenic'

    jsavedge
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    With spring comes warmer days and the rush to get the garden ready for planting. But before you reach for an herbicide to tackle those weeds, take a look at a report issued by the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) this week, concluding that glyphosate, the herbicide used in Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic" to humans.  
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  • Jacob's Creek Two Lands Shiraz fuses Australia and California winemaking

    rshreeves
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The liquor store around the corner stopped carrying my favorite value Garnarcha a couple of months ago. At first, I wasn’t happy to lose my go-to wine because it made for a quick in and out of the store, and I always knew I’d be happy with what I brought home.  
  • DARK Act aims to banish state's GMO labels

    rshreeves
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Just a few days ago a report from the World Health Organization concluded that Roundup weed killer is “probably carcinogenic” because there is convincing evidence that glyphosate, the herbicide used in the product, can cause cancer in laboratory animals. Roundup is frequently sprayed on GMO crops that are “Roundup Ready” — crops that are genetically modified to resist the herbicide Roundup.   
  • This isn't your kids' peanut butter cup

    rshreeves
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
      If you’re in charge of buying treats for spring parties or Easter baskets, candy is traditionally on the list. It doesn’t have to be, but if you’re making candy part of the seasonal festivities, here's an option that you may want to check out.  
  • Act fast to save big on LED light bulbs

    rshreeves
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    If, like me, you’ve been disappointed by the CFL bulbs that don’t last the promised nine or 10 years, there's an opportunity today to try LEDs at a great price. I've had to responsibly dispose of mercury-filled (and short-lived) CFL bulbs more times than I can count, and it's made me hesitant to invest in LEDs, which have a higher price than CFLs. LEDs are supposed to pay for themselves over time — but then again, so were CFLs. I've been waiting for a great deal on LEDs, and today I found one.  
  • Will the Kraft-Heinz merger create healthier products?

    rshreeves
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:13 pm
    There’s a good chance that something from Kraft or Heinz is in your kitchen pantry. Even if you stick to almost all natural and organic food, perhaps you have some Heinz Vinegar or Organic Heinz Ketchup in your cabinets. Both of those are in my home from time to time.  
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  • Why our job commutes are growing

    jmotavalli
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    The economy is strong by most measures, and job creation is up, but there’s no law that companies have to create employment near to where their employees live.  
  • Paris bans diesels (and restricts traffic)

    jmotavalli
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Anne Hidalgo was elected mayor of Paris last year with 55 percent of the vote. She’s the city’s first female mayor, and also an immigrant, having come to France as a 14-year-old from Spain. She’s also a Socialist, a fervent opponent of Scientology, and a die-hard green who loves car- and bike-sharing, which explains her controversial push to rid smoggy Paris of diesel smoke.  
  • 2 lousy reasons why fuel economy goals might change

    jmotavalli
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    I knew no good would come of cheap gas. In addition to depressing sales at high-end boutiques in oil towns like Dallas, $2 a gallon fuel has Americans (rather predictably) moving back into big trucks and SUVs, and consequently using more fuel.  
  • Introducing Rimac's Concept One electric supercar

    jmotavalli
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    In the paddock at the exciting electric Formula E race in Miami, I saw something intriguing among the BMW i3 and i8s that were serving as pace cars — the race director’s own ride, an ultra high-performance carbon fiber-bodied Rimac Concept One. The car is capable of zero to 62 mph times of 2.8 seconds, and packs 1,088 horsepower from motors at each wheel. Top speed is over 200 mph. And it’s from, um, Croatia.  
  • Too good to be true? Fast electric ‘flow battery’ cars

    jmotavalli
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    They can be called cake-and-eat-it-too cars: hugely green, but also totally luxurious and blindingly fast. Most of the time they don’t make it into production, but the Tesla Model S proves that sometimes they do. An upstart company called nanoFlowcell is now claiming it will soon hit the market with a radical new concept that aims to challenge every assumption about electric cars.  
 
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  • Compass has moved!

    Energy Intern
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Get all your energy and environment news from the Sierra Club at sierraclub.org/compass No new posts will be appearing on this site.
  • 2014 Grassroots Anti-Coal Movements To Watch

    Compass Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    Wherever there are coal mines, coal shipping ports, and power plants around the globe, local communities are fighting back against deadly pollution and economic destruction. Today, the Sierra Club released our fourth annual report on some of the world’s major, ongoing grassroots coal fights around the world. Pitted against unimaginable wealth and power and too often facing violence and intimidation, these are the people that refuse to be silent. This year, the danger coal poses to local communities has never been more apparent. In January, a chemical used to wash coal was leaked into the…
  • Holiday Season Brings Big Developments For International Coal Financing

    Compass Team
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    While we were celebrating the start of the holiday season last week, there were a lot of big developments around the world to be thankful for, and a few to be wary of. As the world turns its eyes to Lima for the COP20 climate negotiations, which kicked off on Monday, France decided it was not going to wait until next year’s negotiations in Paris to show leadership. President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal, making France the latest domino to fall as countries and banks commit to ending support for this deadly fossil fuel, whose pollution kills up…
  • Grassroots Activists Leading The Fight For A Nuclear Free Future

    Compass Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Susan Corbett, team leader of the Sierra Club Nuclear Free Campaign, has been a leader in anti-nuclearactivism since the 1970’s. Growing up in South Carolina, the state with the highest dependence on nuclear energy in the US, she was drawn into the anti-nuclear movement when a nuclear plant was built 10 miles from her childhood home. This past weekend, Corbett joined over 70 other leaders in the anti-nuclear movement, representing over 30 U.S. states, Canada and Japan for The Summit for a Nuclear Free Future in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Sierra Club’s Nuclear Free Campaign was there in…
  • The World’s First Rural Feed-In Tariff?

    Compass Team
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    How do we move clean energy access beyond just a light bulb? With millions of dollars in new investment capping a record year for beyond the grid solar markets, that’s the question many are now asking. This record investment is building markets, starting with pico solar products like lanterns, from the bottom up. But just over the horizon lies much larger solar home systems and the next big opportunity capable of powering whole communities -- mini-grids. One way to get us from here to mini-grids is a novel new concept: rural feed-in tariffs, or RFITs for short.   What an RFIT does is…
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  • What Are The Top 5 American Cities Best Poised To Reap The Benefits Of The Solar Boom?

    Mike Gaworecki
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Representatives from 30 European cities got together in Paris last week to formally commit themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions no less than 40% by 2030 — the same target set by the European Union’s climate change roadmap — and to call attention to the role major urban centers can play in combating global warming. According to a joint statement published in French newspaper Le Monde, the representatives say that while climate change is a global issue, the solutions are primarily local, which was why they “decided to join forces and strengthen the instruments that will lead…
  • The Moment When Global Leaders Signed The Kyoto Protocol, And How Industry Responded

    Brendan Montague
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Our DeSmog UK epic history series recalls the moment when leaders from around the globe agreed to limit emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Exxon boss, Lee Raymond's attempt to warn the developing world against signing the Kyoto Protocol – which would threaten his business – appeared to be unsuccessful. At 4am on the 11th December 1997, the leaders of more than 150 countries meeting in Kyoto, Japan agreed – after two years of negotiations – to binding reductions on carbon emissions. Tags: kyoto protocolLee RaymondexxonbpLord Browne
  • Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton's Fracking Ban

    Julie Dermansky
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    On March 24, the Texas House of Representatives’ Energy Resources Committee passed a bill that would rescind the fracking ban in Denton and other efforts by local Texas municipalities to protect themselves from the oil and gas industry. Once language in the bill is finalized, which could happen today, the legislation will make its way to the full Texas Senate for a vote.  “The oil and gas industry are getting what they always wanted – to get these pesky cities out of the way. They’re utilizing the lack of diligence and gullibility of state government – who are bought and…
  • Industry-Stacked Energy Department Committee: Shale Running Dry, Let's Exploit the Arctic

    Steve Horn
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    A report assembled by an industry-centric US Department of Energy committee recommends the nationstart exploiting the Arctic due to oil and gas shale basins running dry. In the just-submitted report, first obtained by the Associated Press, the DOE's National Petroleum Council — many members of which are oil and gas industry executives — concludes that oil and gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) will not last beyond the next decade or so, thus the time is ripe to raid the fragile Arctic to feed our fossil fuel addiction.  The NPC just launched a website and executive…
  • Industry-Funded Taskforce for Shale Gas Just Published Its First Report. This Is How People Reacted

    Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    The industry-backed Taskforce for Shale Gas has just published its first report. But as Ben Lucas, MA Investigative Journalist student at City University, finds, the reaction from local communities and industry shows it may have missed the mark. This week, the Taskforce for Shale Gas published its first interim report, calling for a new single regulator for the UK’s inland oil and gas extraction sector. The industry-backed body said that the current system is too fragmented. Currently, responsibilities are shared between the Environment Agency, the Department of Energy and Climate Change…
 
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  • Lovefest: Tesla Model S Owners More Likely To Recommend The Brand

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the U.S. The Tesla Model S, according to the...
  • Real Video Shows Distracted Teen Drivers Moments Before Things Go Wrong

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    We've all been there: motoring along, our minds somewhere else, when suddenly our attention snaps back to the road, and we realize that we're barreling toward the back end of a car or a semi or a squirrel. It happens. ALSO SEE: Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed According To Signs It happens most frequently with inexperienced drivers -- especially...
  • Subaru Legacy Vs. Honda Accord

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    If your aim is to buy one of the best designed, best engineered, most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans on the market, then the Honda Accord and Subaru Legacy are two of our top-rated sedans here at The Car Connection. These are two models you shouldn’t miss as a sedan shopper. Both offer families—and comfort-minded commuters—a...
  • Tesla Wins In Georgia, Loses In West Virginia

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    For Tesla fans below the Mason-Dixon line, we have good news and bad news, courtesy of Auto News. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: Georgia has passed a bill that (a) increases the number of outlets that Tesla can operate in the state and (b) allows the automaker to sell an unlimited number of vehicles. That's a very different...
  • 3D-Printed Car, Ford Anti-Speeding Device, Mercedes-Benz Pickup: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 3D-Printed Car Hits The Road In China, At A Cost Of $1,770: Video 3D printing began as the geekiest, moonshot-iest of activities. As scale and quality have improved, though, people and businesses in the mainstream have become excited by the very real possibilities offered by 3D printers. Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed...
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    Green Living

  • Vegan Bread Pudding with “Unwanted Fruit”

    jhillman
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    A delicious recipe inspired by Chef Daniel Holloway’s mid-western roots Photo credit:  Justin Eastman Media There is a long history of mid-western farmers in Chef Daniel Holloway’s family.read more
  • Plan your visit to the 2015 Green Living Show!

    jhillman
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Taste, Shop, Discover, Experience and Play! By the Green Living Online editors 1) Taste: The Mindful Plate: a delicious way to shrink your "foodprint” An impressive array of Ontario
  • A Plum Idea

    jhillman
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Urban Harvesters Changing Attitudes to Wasted Food Helena Moncrieff Photo credit:  Not Far From The Tree & Arjie de Chavez Canada’s urban harvesters are ahead of the curve.read more
  • A Bite-Sized Piece of Research from The University of Guelph

    jhillman
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    A collaborative research project between Dr Kate Parizeau, Dr Mike Von Massow and Dr Ralph Martin By Kelly Hodgins, M.A. Candidate and Research Assistant, University of Guelph: Geography Photo credit:  Adrian C. D'Alessandro
  • What’s the Deal with Digestive Health?

    vszeto
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    Digestive health is essential to our overall health. Here are CHFA’s top five tips for enhancing your digestive health for a happier and healthier gut. Brought to you by CHFA Photo credit:  Photosampler Do you suffer from common digestive problems such as heartburn or bloating? Are you looking for tips to enhance your inner ecosystem?read more
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • 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…
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex

    Vikas Vij
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    The fashion industry worldwide is going through a big shift to support sustainability. Many of the leading apparel brands have woken up to the environmental hazards posed by the use [...] The post Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software

    Justmeans
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Gesture recognition technology has been fascinating researchers for years. The concept that we could one day control the TV, sound system and utilities in our homes with a wave of [...] The post Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Large Renewable Energy Commitments Announced by IBM, Walmart, Dow Chemical

    Vikas Vij
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    The share of solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, and waste-to-energy technologies is on the rise in total world energy output as costs reduce and companies seek to limit their environmental [...] The post Large Renewable Energy Commitments Announced by IBM, Walmart, Dow Chemical appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • For Ghanaian Entrepreneurs, Opportunity Knocks But Opening the Door is Not so Easy

    3BL Media
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Daniel Kwarkyi, the Managing Director of Danest Engineering, a Ghanaian welding company, told his peers at a recent workshop to address challenges in winning work from oil and gas companies. [...] The post For Ghanaian Entrepreneurs, Opportunity Knocks But Opening the Door is Not so Easy appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Women Are Primed To Lead In This New Era Of Car Innovation

    Sangeeta Haindl
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Women are geared up to lead in this new era. Girls now match boys in mathematical achievement: in the U.S. alone, 140 women are enrolled in higher education for every [...] The post Women Are Primed To Lead In This New Era Of Car Innovation appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • Spring Sweet Treat: Stonyfield Organic Frozen Yogurt Pearls

    Jennie Lyon
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    My family received a shipment of Stonyfield’s Organic Frozen Yogurt Pearls – which turned out to be fun for everyone! The Pearls are an organic frozen yogurt dessert that are wrapped with edible skins made form natural food particles. You don’t need a spoon and you can eat them with your hands (mess free!). Moms, they are guilt free at only 20 calories and will be your go to sweet treat for spring. These are super fun for the kiddos and will make a fun spring treat too! They come in four fun flavors: Coconut + Chocolate, Strawberry + Vanilla, Strawberry + Chocolate, and…
  • 3 Easy Tips for Eco-Friendly Spring Organization

    Jennie Lyon
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for organizing and clearing clutter around the house. For most of us, spring organization getting rid of things we no longer use and creating a better storage system for stuff we will keep that has fallen into disarray. Before you toss anything in the trash bin or make a trip to the container store, jump over to The Yogurt Dish at Stonyfield Organic for 3 eco-friendly spring organization tips to save yourself time, money, and unnecessary waste. The post 3 Easy Tips for Eco-Friendly Spring Organization appeared first on Sweet Greens.
  • Green Your Spring: 6 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Cut Flowers

    Jennie Lyon
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    When thinking of spring what is the first thing that comes to mind – flowers! I feel lucky to live in Florida where we are surrounded by some type of flora or greenery all year long. However, I remember living in Colorado where the winters are long – I felt a constant longing for those springtime flowers to bloom. When it comes to bringing springtime inside your home, your first thought might be to pick up a bunch of cut flowers from the grocery store. While cut flowers may look lovely in your home, most cut flowers sold in the US are flown from overseas, traveling thousands of…
  • The Impact of Recycling: Making a Difference

    Jennie Lyon
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Did you know that the average American household generates more than 11 pounds of waste every day? Wow! That is a lot. That adds up to 251 million tons of waste each year nationwide. Approximately 75 percent of that waste is recyclable, but more than 135 million tons of it still ends up in landfills. If every American household doubled the amount of waste added to the recycle bin instead of the trash bin, 71 million tons of waste could be kept out of landfills each year. Reducing household trash has other positive effects on the nation besides keeping waste out of landfills. Recycling also…
  • REVIEW: Fire & Flavor Gluten Free, Certified Non-GMO Rubs

    Jennie Lyon
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    In Florida, it’s always warm enough to grill! We recently received a set of Fire & Flavor’s gluten free, certified Non-GMO rubs and seasonings to review. Fire & Flavor, based in Athens, GA, helped to popularize cedar plank grilling, which as become a favored technique for grilling fish. A WBE certified woman owned business, Fire & Flavor was founded by Gena Knox. Knox’s Southern background and love of family and friends fueled her passion for cooking. Today, the company shares all kinds of ways to make food more delicious, nutritious, and easier to cook. Those of you who are…
 
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  • Latest Iran Nuclear Talks: Why The Pressure Is On

    29 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Watch VideoMarch 31 is the deadline for nuclear talks with Iran. On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced he'd be extending his stay in Switzerland to continue talks with Iran and the foreign ministers of five other countries. (Video via RTS)The parties involved in the talks haven't revealed many details about how close they are to a deal, except to say: (Video via Al Jazeera)"As you know we have never been so close to a deal," said European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini.Still, if a deal doesn't materialize by the self-imposed…
  • 23 Hospitalized After Air Canada Flight Slides Off Runway

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Watch VideoAn Air Canada flight slid off the runway at Halifax Stanfield Airport in Nova Scotia Sunday morning.Flight 624 from Toronto to Halifax was carrying 133 passengers and a crew of five. Twenty-three people were sent to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. (Video via CBC)The incident followed a landing attempt during heavy snowfall. Officials say they can't assign a cause for the accident yet, which they are not classifying as a crash because the plane appeared to be in control during landing.Officials could not immediately confirm the extent of the damage to the…
  • Is Yemen A Failed State?

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Watch VideoA capital overrun with rebels, an ousted government, a proxy war between regional powers...As Yemen falls deeper into turmoil, it begs the question: Is it now safe to say Yemen is a failed state?By most definitions, a failed state is one whose government is no longer serving its basic functions — but we should point out, it takes a lot for a state to fail.A detailed index of state weakness by the Brookings Institution — which is pretty complicated to read — only identified three actual "failed states" the last time it was published in…
  • Schumer's Challenges Before Becoming Dem. Senate Leader

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Watch VideoThis week, Sen. Harry Reid from Nevada made a surprise announcement:  "I'm not going to run for re-election," Reid said. And, by the time everyone caught their breath, Reid's successor had emerged.  "I feel very comfortable with the continuity of leadership that's going to occur with Schumer. He will be elected to replace me in 22 months. I think one reason that'll happen is because I want him to be," Reid said.  In just a few hours, Reid announced his retirement and tapped Sen. Chuck Schumer as his replacement.
  • Top 3 Movies That Should Never Be Made Into Musicals

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Watch VideoThe entertainment world was abuzz this week with the news that the movie "Pretty Woman" is going to be adapted into a musical for Broadway. It got us thinking about all the other movies over the past couple of years that were also transformed into musicals. There was "Legally Blonde: The Musical" based off the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon.And the many "Bring It On" movies were the basis for a musical of the same name. And who can forget "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark", which was still a pretty big fail despite a…
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  • Kobe City Releases Documentary Photos of Great Hanshin Earthquake

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo by Kobe City Some Rights Reserved. Kobe City, the capital of Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan, released on December 9, 2014, documentary photographs of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck the city on January 17, 1995, killing more than 4,000 people. The release of the photos, made available to the public through a website titled "Memory of 1.17--the Great Hanshin Earthquake," marks 20 years since the disaster. The city hopes that the website and photographs showing the process of disaster recovery will pass on various experiences and lessons to future…
  • NEC Develops Software for Storage Batteries, Helping to Improve Next-generation Power Systems

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Thomas Ormston Some Rights Reserved. NEC Corp., a leading Japanese electronics company, announced on November 13, 2014, that it had developed virtual integration control software that is able to automatically control more than a million storage batteries via cloud computing, and to implement a demand-response program. The software intensively controls the charging and discharging of multiple batteries, distributed throughout individual homes and buildings, and in electric cars. It provides for adjustments in supply and demand in real time, which is on par with existing power…
  • MOE Publishes Cases of Water Footprint Calculations to Visualize Water Use

    21 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image by Akihito Fujii All Rights Reserved. The water we see in daily life is only a small part of the water cycle. A water footprint is an indicator for the visualization of invisible water. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment (MOE) published a collection of cases of water footprint with the aim of more effective water use.
  • FutureCity Initiative Holds International Forum Overseas for First Time

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Japan's Cabinet Office and Cabinet Secretariat held its FutureCity Initiative International Forum in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on February 8, 2015. The forum aims at increasing understanding and expanding support of the initiative, sharing leading case studies from Japan and the world, and building and strengthening an international network. The forum has been held four times in Japan, with the last one being in Higashimatsushima in December 2014. Now in its fourth year, the forum has always been held in Japan until this fifth forum in Malaysia.
  • Everyday Shopping Can Promote Local Economies, Says JFS Survey

    16 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.150 (February 2015) Image by yamauchiSome Rights Reserved. There was a shocking prediction that made headlines all over Japan in May 2014, that a total of 896 municipalities across Japan might disappear by 2040 due to population decline and their inability to maintain administrative functions. The prediction, part of the "Masuda Report" compiled by former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Hiroya Masuda, is one of many that typically show Japanese local municipalities to be in difficult circumstances. The government is addressing this national challenge, not only…
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    1800Recycling.com

  • The Switch to LED

    Dave Fidlin
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    <img class="undefined" title="led" alt="LED.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/3/LED_400x400.jpg" /> Out with the old, in with the new! New technology, that is. When it comes to lighting homes, businesses, offices, government buildings and industrial facilities, this has become a phrase used progressively more as people are switching from traditional light bulbs to LED technology. LED - known more formally as light-emitting diode - is a form of technology…
  • How to Recycle Used Cars

    Sophia Bennett
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    <img class="undefined" title="usedcars" alt="usedcars.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/3/usedcars_400x400.jpg" /> The best way to dispose of a used car is to sell it to someone else who can use it. But sometimes that simply is not possible. If your car was totaled, has a serious engine or transmission problem or is just really old, chances are no one will be willing to pay you for it. That means you have to find another way to get your used car out of the…
  • 5 Uncommon (But Effective!) Ways to Save Energy

    Krystle Vermes
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    <img class="undefined" title="greenoutlet" alt="greenoutlet.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/3/greenoutlet_400x400.jpg" /> If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, trimming your energy use is an efficient way to make an impact. However, you might already be doing your part through small habits, such as using LED light bulbs or recycling around the house. Is there any other way you can improve your efforts? In actuality, there are plenty of…
  • Conserve and Consume Caffeine

    Ryan O'Connor
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    <img class="undefined" title="coffeemug" alt="coffeemug.jpg" data-cms-alignment="left" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/3/coffeemug_400x400.jpg" height="281px" width="424px"> For those of us working a 9-to-5 job (or more), caffeine is not just a nice way to wake-up, it is our very lifeblood. I mean, I don’t want to sound like some sort of addict. Of course, I’d rather quietly be one in the shadows of my kitchen in the morning. But alas, I am writing for this…
  • Recycling and Toxicity: What’s the Deal with Batteries?

    Krystle Vermes
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    <img class="undefined" title="batteries" alt="batteries.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/3/batteries_400x400.jpg"> Batteries are everywhere, and we are increasing our ownership each time we purchase a piece of technology. Think of the batteries that come in your cell phone, laptop or tablet. If you have family members with portable devices, there’s a chance that you have a dozen batteries throughout your home. What do you do when a battery no longer…
 
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • LED green lighting was used at the Super Bowl 2015 for the very first time

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    It seems that the motto “green thinking and eco-friendly living” is being taken with utmost seriousness across the globe, as the Super Bowl 2015 saw a major change that enhanced its green quotient. The Venue University of Phoenix Stadium underwent a renovation to increase its green design. The renovation was the lighting renovation that was ... The post LED green lighting was used at the Super Bowl 2015 for the very first time appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Fight off the pests at home with green means

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:25 pm
    There is no dearth of pesticides on the market though but it is not a good practice to use pesticides. They are full of chemicals that certainly kill pests but they cause chemical sensitivity to humans, and the fumes that it releases pollute the environment. To escape this problem you should use natural chemical free ... The post Fight off the pests at home with green means appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Construction technologies that are making buildings greener

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Green is the hottest motto today, and architecture is no exception to it. In fact, many nations have made it mandatory for all new constructions to have a green architecture. For those of you who do not know what actually green environment is, well it is a type of construction that leaves minimum or no ... The post Construction technologies that are making buildings greener appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Troubles of green construction that stem from the lack of a uniform construction code

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Few years ago, people used to think of the Green Architecture to be an extremely pricey concept. Today people are not ignorant and they know that this kind of architecture is certainly pricey but in the long-run pays back much more than one initially invests in it. However, there are no definitive green guidelines, which ... The post Troubles of green construction that stem from the lack of a uniform construction code appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Clean, green ways to heat your home

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Green living is the best a man can do, as it has so many benefits. It is beneficial for the one who opts green living, for the environment, and for the future generations. If we do not opt for green living today then we will have to suffer shortcomings in the future. Well, majority of ... The post Clean, green ways to heat your home appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
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  • Yingli Joins Earth Hour 2015 to Fight Air Pollution in China

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    BAODING, China, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, known as "Yingli Solar," today announced that it will participate in Earth Hour 2015, a...
  • Dr. Billy J. Stanbery Becomes President of Siva Power

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Siva Power, pioneering the next generation of thin film solar technology, is pleased to announce that Dr. Billy J. "BJ" Stanbery has joined the team as President of Siva Power effective March 23, 2015. Dr. Stanbery has had an...
  • AJAC 2015 EcoRun Awards Green Jersey In Vancouver

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    AJAC 2015 Vancouver Island EcoRun Bringing Fuel Efficient Technologies to Your Community VANCOUVER, March 27, 2015  /CNW/ - The AJAC 2015 EcoRun fleet of 20 vehicles, showcasing the latest eco-friendly and fuel-efficient technologies, along with their 21 AJAC Journalist...
  • Minister Rickford Announces New Director to the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    OTTAWA, March 27, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Natural Resources Minister and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced the appointment of Ellen McGregor as Director for Sustainable Development Technology Canada...
  • 26,000 Companies Using iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    REUTLINGEN, Germany, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform (iPCMP) is the global cross-industry standard for Conflict Minerals compliance: The software and service provider iPoint-systems recently recorded the 26,000th company registered on the platform,...
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Peppadew Peppers: Sweet, Spicy, Versatile, Addictive, Mouth-Watering!

    Mary Gerush
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ever tried Peppadew peppers? They're sweet piquanté peppers grown in South Africa. And they're my new favorite ingredient. You need them in your life The post Peppadew Peppers: Sweet, Spicy, Versatile, Addictive, Mouth-Watering! appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 4 Modern Passover Recipes to Update Your Passover Table

    Jennifer Kaplan
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tired of the old standby Passover recipes? Try something new this year The post 4 Modern Passover Recipes to Update Your Passover Table appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Green Foods to Supercharge Your Health + 6 Green Foods to Eat Today

    The Green Divas
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Green foods can be the answer for super health! Green foods are power packed with nutrients—energizing, detoxifying, rebuilding and immune strengthening The post Green Foods to Supercharge Your Health + 6 Green Foods to Eat Today appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Are Non-GMO Supplements Coming Soon?

    Jennifer Kaplan
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    In the absence of FDA policies, will consumer demand be enough to force manufacturers to start producing non-GMO supplements? The post Are Non-GMO Supplements Coming Soon? appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 5 Steps to Start a Front Yard Community Garden #FoodisFree

    Mary Gerush
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Want to meet your neighbors? Why not start your own community garden? Check out the new Food is Free guide: How to Start a Food is Free Project. #FoodisFree The post 5 Steps to Start a Front Yard Community Garden #FoodisFree appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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  • Earth Hour: Join Basketball Legend Bill Walton & NRG Home Solar To Fight Climate Change

    Derek Markham
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As a website dedicated, in part, to sharing news and views on climate change and other environmental issues, when it comes to recommending ways to make positive changes in our personal lives it is difficult to pick a one-size-fits-all solution. However, if there’s one thing that anyone can do to help bring more awareness to Earth Hour: Join Basketball Legend Bill Walton & NRG Home Solar To Fight Climate Change was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us…
  • World Forest Problems Include Deadly Fragmentation

    Sandy Dechert
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:42 pm
      When environmentalists, farmers, and loggers speak about forests, the discussion usually revolves around the issue of deforestation, which is one of the largest contributors to climate change. As James Ayre pointed out in a recent PlanetSave article, forest cover estimates are currently a subject of hot debate because a new satellite imaging study contradicts the World Forest Problems Include Deadly Fragmentation 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…
  • Bosch Building DC Microgrid at Honda Plant in California

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:57 pm
    With a proposed award from the California Energy Commission, Robert Bosch LLC plans to demonstrate the effectiveness of its renewable-based microgrid platform. The project aims to highlight the benefits and viability of a commercial-scale direct-current (DC) building grid, in comparison with conventional alternating-current (AC) grids. The DC building grid will consist of rooftop solar PV Bosch Building DC Microgrid at Honda Plant in California 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…
  • How Europe’s Energy Grid Handled the 3-20-2015 Solar Eclipse

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Several months in advance of the March 20, 2015 total solar eclipse, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) began evaluating the risk to Europe’s energy grid. Because the European energy grid incorporates significant solar generation, the risk of negative impact during a solar eclipse needed to be carefully mitigated in order How Europe’s Energy Grid Handled the 3-20-2015 Solar Eclipse 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…
  • Solar Eclipse Tomorrow Morning, March 20, 2015

    James Ayre
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    A solar eclipse will be visible tomorrow morning — the morning of March 20, 2015 — to those in Europe, North Africa, West Asia, and eastern Greenland. While totality will ‘only’ be visible from the Faroe Islands and the island of Svalbard (north of mainland Norway), the show will still be quite good for everyone Solar Eclipse Tomorrow Morning, March 20, 2015 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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    Crafting a Green World

  • How to Make a Decoupaged Lunch Box

    Julie Finn
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    “I just made a decoupaged lunch box! Here is a picture.” The previous two sentences are courtesy of my ten-year-old, who popped in as I was staring at this blank page, failing to think of a catchy way to begin this post. I solicited her advice for a first sentence, dutifully wrote down what she dictated, and it worked, because here I am, 50+ words in and still plugging away! So this lunch box used to be ugly: See? Ugly! I can’t carry my sandwich in that! I wanted a lunch box, but I didn’t want an ugly one. In a case like this, decoupage is actually a great…
  • Cats in Hats: You’re Welcome (+ a giveaway!)

    Julie Finn
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    You want to make a hat for your cat. Let’s just establish that, okay? Like, trying to deny it and pretending that cats in hats isn’t an interest of yours are just not going to be options here. Related: 5 DIY Cat Toys, Because Cats are People Too So, you want to make a hat for your cat. But where to begin? Cat hat pattern-drafting can be fiddly, and who wants to waste time on an infinite variety of non-functional cat hats, when what you really want is to see your cat in an adorable hat NOW?!? Friends, have I got the book for you! Cats in Hats, by Sara Thomas, features 30 knitting…
  • 8 Spring Garden Guides to Get You Growing

    Becky Striepe
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Spring is here! It’s still not too late to start your spring garden, even from seed. Whether you’re new to gardening or an old pro, we’ve highlighted some super fun garden guides to help you start growing and deck out your garden, DIY-style. Eat Drink Better’s Garden Guides Mary Gerush over at Eat Drink Better is a gardening rockstar. She has her own mini urban farm in Texas and has been sharing her amazing growing adventures over there. Below are the four awesome garden guides 1. Getting Started – This is her intro to urban growing that gets into what to plant…
  • Easy Egg Craft: DIY Candleholder

    Crunchy Scott
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I get pure joy out of finding use for something that’s bound for the trash. It’s an especially nice feeling when I can combine two extremely different items to create something that’s super-cute and unique. Can you say “egg candles” anyone?! Egg shells plus half-used candle nubs equals an EASY EGG CRAFT that will put you in the mood for spring! Supplies Eggs Pushpin Old taper or votive candles Prep the Eggshell So how do we get a nice little opening at the top of our egg? Well, clean breaks certainly work better than a shell that’s been smashed against a…
  • 27 Dried Flower Crafts

    Julie Finn
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    “This bouquet is so beautiful!” you said. “I’m going to dry all these flowers!” you said! Awesome! … Now what? I had to panic search a billion dried flower crafts when my ten-year-old came up to me last week with a full flower press and an eager face. I am never not multi-tasking, though, so I saved all my most favorite ideas to share with you! (Note: I want to make ALL of these, so if you make something from this list, feel free to make two and send me one.) 1. bath bombs. I admit that I’m a little dubious about this one, because I can’t…
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  • How to Buy Sports Cars for Tall Driver

    Haris Richie
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    How to buy Sports cars for tall driver - When it comes to sports cars, there are lots of devices and models. Exactly what does this suggest? Well, prior to you start looking for a cars, determine exactly what your spending plan is for it. You can get a lower end design cars for about the very same cost as an average sedan, or you can get lots of accessories and such and pay a fortune for it. By developing a comfortable spending plan, this will help avoid future disappointment when you see that you can not afford what your heart is set out on. Do not forget to include insurance expenses into…
 
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    Greenfudge.org

  • Earth Hour 2015 – Use your power to change climate change

    Irini Chassiotou
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    On Saturday, March 28, 2015, hundreds of millions of people in more than 162 countries around the world will join in a global campaign against climate change, by switching off the lights for an hour participating in “Earth Hour 2015″. During this hour, we symbolically turn off all our lights to convey to all humanity […] The post Earth Hour 2015 – Use your power to change climate change appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • How does Daylight Saving Time affect animals’ daily routine?

    Krisztina Kupi
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Daylight Saving Time, which means changing our clocks one hour ahead in spring and one hour back in automn has been the topic of fierce debates in most European countries, and it has even become a political issue in Russia. The public agrees that DST has its advantages and drawbacks at the same time, but […] The post How does Daylight Saving Time affect animals’ daily routine? appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • World Association of Zoos and Aquariums turns a blind eye while members commit animal abuse

    Lotta Hoppu
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:58 am
    The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), based in Geneva, is the leading international body representing facilities that keep and display captive animals. It claims its aim is to promote conservation and animal welfare in zoos and aquariums. But in recent years there has been numerous scandals connected to WAZA-affiliated zoos.  WAZA promotes itself to […] The post World Association of Zoos and Aquariums turns a blind eye while members commit animal abuse appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • 5 Shortcuts to “Green” Electrical Appliances

    Denislav Vasilev
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    This blog post has been contributed to Greenfudge.org by Matthew Crist who is writing on behalf of Finsa Home. A green home isn’t always about having some incredibly modern abode that’s fit for the next century, complete with mod-cons and Eco-friendly appliances. It’s about living in the here and now and adapting your surroundings to […] The post 5 Shortcuts to “Green” Electrical Appliances appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Eco-friendly retailing: Austria’s first pop-up mall has opened in Vienna

    Krisztina Kupi
    18 Mar 2015 | 4:40 am
    The first Austrian pop-up mall, made of fifteen used shipping containers, opened in early August in Vienna. Designer stores, organic market and cafés await customers in the special, environmentally friendly shopping centre. Stadtbiotop, Austria’s first pop-up mall, located in Krieau, is an example of the creative use of a temporarily empty construction site. The special […] The post Eco-friendly retailing: Austria’s first pop-up mall has opened in Vienna appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
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  • Ecopetrol Notice on the Approval of Amended Rules and Procedures for Shareholders' Meeting

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    BOGOTA, Colombia, March 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC; BVC: ECOPETROL; TSX: ECP) hereby reports that, at the shareholders' meeting held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, the following amendments to the rules and procedures governing our shareholders' meetings were approved...
  • PPL EnergyPlus President Retires

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    ALLENTOWN, Pa., March 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert D. Gabbard, president of PPL EnergyPlus, LLC, the competitive wholesale and retail energy sales subsidiary of PPL Corporation, is retiring effective April 1. Clarence J. Hopf, PPL Energy Supply's senior vice president-Fossil and...
  • /R E P E A T -- The Soupe Pour Elles event - A resounding success for the women's homelessness cause/

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    MONTRÉAL, March 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Over 1,000 people participated today in the Soupe Pour Elles event to raise awareness of women's homelessness. In addition to attracting strong participation, the campaign led by Gaz Métro has so far raised over $80,000 for the...
  • U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 28

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    WASHINGTON, March 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: THREE MILE ISLAND Profile America — Saturday, March 28th. One of the most frightening industrial accidents in the U.S. occurred on this date in...
  • Yingli Joins Earth Hour 2015 to Fight Air Pollution in China

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    BAODING, China, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, known as "Yingli Solar," today announced that it will participate in Earth Hour 2015, a...
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  • Yingli Joins Earth Hour 2015 to Fight Air Pollution in China

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 pm
    BAODING, China, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, known as "Yingli Solar," today announced that it will participate in Earth Hour 2015, a...
  • Dr. Billy J. Stanbery Becomes President of Siva Power

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Siva Power, pioneering the next generation of thin film solar technology, is pleased to announce that Dr. Billy J. "BJ" Stanbery has joined the team as President of Siva Power effective March 23, 2015. Dr. Stanbery has had an...
  • AJAC 2015 EcoRun Awards Green Jersey In Vancouver

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    AJAC 2015 Vancouver Island EcoRun Bringing Fuel Efficient Technologies to Your Community VANCOUVER, March 27, 2015  /CNW/ - The AJAC 2015 EcoRun fleet of 20 vehicles, showcasing the latest eco-friendly and fuel-efficient technologies, along with their 21 AJAC Journalist...
  • Minister Rickford Announces New Director to the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    OTTAWA, March 27, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Natural Resources Minister and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced the appointment of Ellen McGregor as Director for Sustainable Development Technology Canada...
  • 26,000 Companies Using iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    REUTLINGEN, Germany, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform (iPCMP) is the global cross-industry standard for Conflict Minerals compliance: The software and service provider iPoint-systems recently recorded the 26,000th company registered on the platform,...
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • Quick Tips to Clean Up the Dry Cleaning

    Jeanne
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    We all have to do it…gather up dirty “dry clean only” garments and head off to the neighborhood cleaners every week or so.  To help you clean up your dry cleaning dilemma,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 10 Green & Good Cleaning Replacements for the Toxic Bad Guy

    Jeanne
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    So after I discovered this awful silver cleaning spray polish that has been following me around for years and until recently, was still lurking in the dark corner of my cabinet beneath the kitchen... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Call for Entries – National Audubon Photography Awards

    Jeanne
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:55 am
    Call for entries!! If you love birds, and you love taking photos of them, now is the time to showcase your best work by entering the Audubon Photography Awards! Fabulous prizes include trips and... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • GM Commits to Chevy Bolt Production

    Jeanne
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
      As a follow up to the surprise reveal of the Chevy Bolt EV concept car in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, General Motors North America President Alan Batey confirmed today... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Hot Energy Conservation Ideas for Cold Winter Months

    Jeanne
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Even though it’s getting cold, it’s a good time to start thinking about home energy conservation by turning down the thermostat a few degrees and checking your home for areas where heat... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
 
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    Our Daily Green

  • Essential oils guide (infographic)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Infographic courtesy of BHK Essential Oils
  • Save on a pre-owned iPhone 6 at Gazelle

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    In 2009, Our Daily Green first wrote about a great electronics recycling opportunity through this little company known as Gazelle. We were impressed by their green-minded consumer-friendly solution to constantly upgraded electronics.  Since then, the small start up company has become a nationally known brand and continues to offer consumers a way to recycle, and therefore reduce their electronics
  • Bulgur with peas and mint

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:20 am
    (function() { var ba = document.createElement('script'); ba.type = 'text/javascript'; ba.async = true; ba.src = 'http://www.blogsrelease.com/ba_p55103d2283dcd.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ba, s); })(); This fresh-flavored side dish beautifully complements simple pan-seared lamb chops Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked bulgur
  • Solar-powered LED luminaires

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    Philips ramping up its portfolio of solar lighting solutions with the launch of Philips LifeLight, a new new zero-energy, solar-powered LED lighting range designed for homes in off-grid rural and semi-urban communities. About Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting and patron sponsor of the International Year of Light¹, is ramping up its portfolio of solar
  • Old McPontiff had a farm (reprint from Otherwords.org)

    8 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Francis is living up to his growing reputation as the "People's Pope." By Jim Hightower Old songs occasionally need to be refreshed with updated verses. Here’s one: “Old McPope, he had a farm /E-I-E-I-O/ and on that farm he had a cow…a donkey… chickens…ostriches…and rabbits…/E-I-E-I-O!” Who knew that the Pope had a farm? Well, he does. Fifteen miles outside of Rome, Castel Gandolfo is a
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    ForceChange

  • Don’t Let Our National Parks Fade Away

    Kelsey Sutton
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Majority Leader Goal: Stop buying new federal land for national parks and focus on maintaining existing ones. National parks all over the country are falling into disrepair due to a small budget and Congress’s misuse of funds. Rather than funding existing parks that are in desperate need of repairs and upkeep, Congress has continually purchased new federal land. The parks’ damages are quickly accumulating, but what’s left of the budget is not enough to keep up with maintenance costs. Roads in the national parks need repairs, campgrounds and…
  • Ban Smoking in Vehicles With Minors

    Coral Cannon
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Goal: Ban smoking in vehicles while in the presence of minors. Smoking cigarettes in a vehicle with minors present is one of many issues at the forefront of Illinois legislation. Senator Ira Silverstein has proposed the criminalization of such activities in an attempt to significantly curb the rate of children exposed to deadly second-hand smoke. Urge Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to take a stand for children and vow to lower rates of second-hand smoke among minors. Even in this day and age, many parents will frequently choose to smoke in their vehicles…
  • Don’t Let Businesses Discriminate Against LGBTQ Community

    Megan Smith
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Indiana Governor, Mike Pence Goal: Don’t allow businesses to discriminate against people based on their sexuality. Businesses will now be able to refuse to provide service to people based on their sexuality, thanks to a new law signed by Indiana governor Mike Pence. This law has already hurt Indiana and has sparked protests all across the country.  This blatant disregard for human rights is staggering. The ability to discriminate against the LGBTQ community is being allowed under the guise of religious freedom. Just because your religion tells you to, it’s not okay to…
  • Stop Government Attack on Personal Privacy

    Matthew Royal
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Mr. John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Goal: Stop attempt to criminalized encryption services that protect people’s private information. In an attempt to further undermine the privacy of Americans, FBI director James Comey is trying to get legislation passed that would prevent people from encrypting their electronic devices. Encryption services help to protect people’s information and data from prying eyes, but Comey argues that if those prying eyes belong to police, they have some sort of right to see it. Something must be done before he is able to…
  • Fire Cop with Extensive History of Brutality

    Rodney MacMaster
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost Goal: Fire police officer with history of excessive force and alleged corruption. Officer William Melendez has been the target of numerous corruption investigations and successful excessive force lawsuits, yet he remains on as a law enforcement officer in Inkster, Michigan. Melendez’ history demonstrates that he should no longer have a badge and a gun. Demand that he be fired at once. The professional history of Melendez reads like a guide on how to make the prototypical bad police officer. In 1996, he shot and killed an unarmed man at a traffic…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

    greenwise
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before. Windows Imagine coming home in the middle of a bone-chilling winter to an open window. […]
  • Essential Oils: Natural Problem-Solvers

    greenwise
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Using essential oils is recommended by a number of reader soft this site. I only have a general familiarity with themes self, at least at the moment. For example, my wife sprays in the lavender on her pillow at night and swears that it helps her sleep. Last night I told her to spray mine […]
  • Futuristic Energy-Saving Technology for Your Home

    greenwise
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Although a few simple home automation products have been available for decades, such as security systems and intercoms, recent developments in the field promise extended capabilities and lower prices. Many new products are taking advantage of the “Internet of Things” paradigm: a vision of multiple devices that communicate with each other and the user to […]
  • 4 Earth-Friendly Baby Products for Environmentally Conscious Parents

    greenwise
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    As new parents know quite well, having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. While caring for a new little one can be immensely rewarding, it might also be a bit overwhelming at times—especially when trying to decide which products you should or should and should not buy. Parents who have “gone green” and […]
  • Green Living That Makes Money

    greenwise
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    As a green living enthusiast I have been writing for years about how to save energy, water, and other resources and live more sustainably. And I also make the point that using reducing, recycling, and reusing means you need to spend less on many items, effectively transferring money from the pockets of big companies that sell these items […]
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • VOTE FOR MICROSEFERA !

    Laure Rondeau
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    Interface has been longlisted for the 2degrees Champions Awards! Vote for Microsfera as Innovation of the Year and help us be the Champions Microsfera is an innovative, hybrid flooring solution with the smallest carbon footprint of any carpet tile in history Microsfera addresses the two biggest contributors of CO2 in the carpet manufacturing industry: the yarn fibre and the latex pre-coat. To achieve this, Interface combined Microtuft™ construction with its revolutionary modular fusion process. Microtuft™ was first developed by Interface in 2000 to dramatically cut the amount of yarn used…
  • How much does air pollution cost Europe?

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Great report from the European Environmental Agency about the cost of polluted air. Here are some key facts from the report with my thoughts added: * The EEA looked at emissions from more than 14 000 facilities in Europe, for each one it estimated the damage costs to health and the environment. The EEA found that their emissions cost society and the economy between €59 and €189 billion in 2012. * The power generation sector was responsible for around 70% of the total damage costs from industry. * Of the top 30 facilities causing the highest damage, 29 were power-generating facilities,…
  • The European Environment – Status and Outlook 2015 report

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    The European Environment Agency (EEA) has produced its 2015 report about the status and outlook of the European environment. Some interesting facts from the report: * The environment industry sector, which produces goods and services that reduce environmental degradation and maintain natural resources, grew by more than 50% in size between 2000 and 2011.  It looks impressive but I think it should have grown much faster. * European greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 19% since 1990 despite a 45% increase in economic output. * Fossil fuel use has declined, as have emissions of some…
  • Is a National Resource Council the solution for the UK’s resource efficiency problem?

    Ramon Arratia
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    The Government needs a National Resources Council to co-ordinate cross-governmental action on resources and channel political interest into policy development. An early act of this council should be to commission an independent review of resource risk to develop a strategy and framework for assessing where government intervention on resources is required. “Profit warnings, excessive inflation and falling real wages have all been connected with the fluctuating cost of resources in the 21st century. These threats are motivating businesses and countries to reduce the quantity of resources…
  • Carpet Tile with the lowest carbon footprint. Ever.

    Ramon Arratia
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Find out how we achieved the smallest carbon footprint ever with Microsfera. The carbon footprint is the single most significant impact of a carpet tile. That’s why we call it ‘the magic metric’. Over time various developments in the carpet industry have led to a shrinking carbon footprint. Microsfera is a big step forward. Even compared to a typical carpet tile using 100% recycled nylon, the carbon footprint of Microsfera is less than half the size. The post Carpet Tile with the lowest carbon footprint. Ever. appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Birds with Cool Hairstyles

    Earth Rangers
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    All of these birds could totally win an award for best hair, their colour and style are amazing. Which bird hairstyle would you love to have? Share your answer in the comments section below. 1) White-cheeked Turaco 2) White Crested Duck 3) Royal Flycatcher 4) Collard Aracari 5) Crowned Crane 6) Emu 7) Eurasian Hoopoe 8) Hoatzin 9) Marabout 10) Secretary bird
  • American Eels and Their Ladders

    Earth Rangers
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:56 am
    American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are a type of fish with a long body that looks like a snake. These amazing animals love to travel. They live in many different places throughout their lifecycle including both salt and freshwater habitats. In fact, these amazing eels have one of the most diverse uses of habitats of any fish species! American eels can even absorb oxygen through their skin as well as their gills, which allows them to travel briefly over wet grass or mud. Photo credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Their lifecycle begins in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean in a spot called the…
  • Les dix principales familles d’animaux

    Earth Rangers
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    C’est une journée de photo de famille, alors invitez votre mère, père, sœurs, tantes, oncles et cousins. Rassemblez tout le troupeau et souriez à la camera comme ces adorables familles d’animaux. 1. La famille phoques 2. La famille des ours 3. La famille des guépards 4. La famille des cerfs 5. La famille des éléphants 6. La famille des girafes 7. La famille des gorilles 8. La famille des rhinocéros 9. La famille des lions 10. La famille des singes
  • Top Ten Animals That Can Outrun You

    Earth Rangers
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    The fastest human is Usain Bolt, whose speed is about 44 km per hour. The rest of us are a whole lot slower. How slow we are becomes pretty clear when you look at the top speeds of some of the fastest animals on land. 1) Cheetah, 93 km per hour 2) Lion, 80 km per hour 3) Wildebeest, 75 km per hour 4) Pronghorn antelop, 70 km per hour 5) Ostrich, 70 km per hour 6) African wild dog, 70 km per hour 7) Red kangaroo, 65 km per hour 8) Thomson’s gazelle, 65 km per hour 9) Zebra, 64 km per hour 10) Hyena, 60 km per hour
  • Top Ten Coolest Animal Feet

    Earth Rangers
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Feet are wonderful, they help us stand, run, skip and are great for a tickle attack. But not everyone’s feet are the same, check out this top ten list to discover animals with some of the coolest feet! 1) American Coot They have long toes wrapped in skin that help them to swim while still being able to walk on land. 2) Elephant Their feet have ‘cushion pads’ which distribute the weight. They also use their feet to communicate, stomping the ground to send out vibrations. 3) Gecko Their toes are covered in tiny microscopic hairs, which help them to stick to surfaces. 4) Ostrich They are…
 
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  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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  • Lovefest: Tesla Model S Owners More Likely To Recommend The Brand

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the U.S. The Tesla Model S, according to the...
  • Real Video Shows Distracted Teen Drivers Moments Before Things Go Wrong

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    We've all been there: motoring along, our minds somewhere else, when suddenly our attention snaps back to the road, and we realize that we're barreling toward the back end of a car or a semi or a squirrel. It happens. ALSO SEE: Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed According To Signs It happens most frequently with inexperienced drivers -- especially...
  • Subaru Legacy Vs. Honda Accord

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    If your aim is to buy one of the best designed, best engineered, most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans on the market, then the Honda Accord and Subaru Legacy are two of our top-rated sedans here at The Car Connection. These are two models you shouldn’t miss as a sedan shopper. Both offer families—and comfort-minded commuters—a...
  • Tesla Wins In Georgia, Loses In West Virginia

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    For Tesla fans below the Mason-Dixon line, we have good news and bad news, courtesy of Auto News. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: Georgia has passed a bill that (a) increases the number of outlets that Tesla can operate in the state and (b) allows the automaker to sell an unlimited number of vehicles. That's a very different...
  • 3D-Printed Car, Ford Anti-Speeding Device, Mercedes-Benz Pickup: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 3D-Printed Car Hits The Road In China, At A Cost Of $1,770: Video 3D printing began as the geekiest, moonshot-iest of activities. As scale and quality have improved, though, people and businesses in the mainstream have become excited by the very real possibilities offered by 3D printers. Ford Feature Can Limit Your Speed...
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  • GM To Forge Ahead With Electric, Plug-In Hybrid, Other Electrified Vehicles

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When oil prices drop, the knee-jerk response of many analysts is to forecast doom for sales of electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and other green cars. That's not something General Motors recognizes as an issue, though. It plans to to forge ahead with an expansion of its electrified-vehicle range, regardless of how low oil prices get. DON'T MISS...
  • Tesla Spy Video, Malibu Hybrid, Utilities Vs Solar Power: The Week In Reverse (Video)

    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Why did one buyer call visiting his local Chevy dealer "a trip down memory lane"? And what new vehicle launch did we guess right about, way back in January? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, March 27, 2015. Friday we wrote about one car buyer's experience in a Tesla...
  • Tesla Store Helpful, IL Suspends Clean-Car Rebate, Electric-Car Media Myths: Today's Car News

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    We've got lots of electric-car news today, including one reporter's experience shopping at a Tesla Store and Chevrolet Volt dealers, an update on state electric-car incentives, and the five most ignorant media myths about plug-ins. All this and more on Green Car Reports. See how the customer experience at a Tesla Store compared to that of a...
  • The Five Most Ignorant Media Myths About Electric Cars

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    We spend more time than we probably should in grumbling at media coverage of plug-in electric cars. Journalists try to get it right, in general, but often the specific and complex issues around electric cars, who buys them, and how they're really used get lost or ignored in general reporting. At one reader's suggestion, then, here are the five...
  • VW Bus Hybrid That Never Was: The Microbus Prototype Of 1977

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. Now, a Volkswagen bus from almost 40 years ago has surfaced to prove the point. While hybrid cars have only emerged as a practical alternative to straight internal-combustion over the past 15 years, this recent success was proceeded by decades of experimentation. CHECK OUT...
 
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  • What Happens When You Miss a Mammogram

    kb
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Ahhh, you are all probably so sick of hearing about the concussion, but indulge me once again. I promise: I will stop blogging about concussions soon! When you have a concussion — especially if you are dizzy — it’s all you think about. When you stop being miserable, you start thinking about other things. That’s exactly what happened to me. One of the things I realized was that I needed to start doing regular, routine maintenance of my body. I knew I was due for a yearly gynecologist appointment. And I was probably due for a mammogram, I thought. I called the radiology…
  • Noise and Health: Making a Difference

    kb
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    This time last year I was working on a story about noise and how it affects the body, mind and soul. I loved writing it because it was personal for me, which is why I originally pitched it! This was pre-concussion, but my husband and I spent most nights fighting over the remote. I would turn the volume down. He would turn it up. I realized I was sound-sensitive and started doing research. There was so much out there I knew I needed to write about it! For example, did you know that noise has an adverse affect on health, productivity, stress levels? Pretty much every part of your body and mind…
  • Making the Switch to Glass

    kb
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    Today I posted a link to a new study on my Facebook page. (Did you like my page yet? If not, please do!) Anyway, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study, which was covered by ScienceDaily, detailed the fact that phthalates found in plastic products can disrupt pregnancy hormones. Here’s the summary: Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates — which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products — early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the…
  • Watch What You Say

    kb
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    One of the old adages I’ve always believed is the one about little pitchers having big ears. Basically, that kids hear and understand a lot more than we give them credit for. However, I didn’t realize how much they hear and how long the things we stay get stuck in their brains until last night. I was lying down next to Big Girl. I’ve been doing that more lately. Anyway, she was drifting off to sleep when all of a sudden she said, “Do you remember when you said Daddy should take me and live somewhere else for a little while?” My cheeks burned and my heart ached.
  • Is She Disappearing?

    kb
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    During the summer of 2013 I sat in the library reading a beautiful essay published in Brain, Child. It was a story about a woman with three kids ages five, nine and 12. The 12-year-old, she wrote, started pulling away from the family as she got closer to turning 13. The story was poignant and haunting. Thee I was. In library with tears streaming down my face. My older daughter was only 9 at the time so I was crying for what I knew might come. Big Girl is 11 and she’s starting to show signs of pulling away. She doesn’t want her sister in her room all the time. She asks for time,…
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  • Sustainable Homes Are Taking Over The Real Estate Market. If You’re a Realtor, Will You Be Ready?

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    Part 1 of 4 series So you’re a real estate agent and you just received a call from a homeowner who wants to sell their home. Yippee! Every real estate agent loves those phone calls, right? You arrive at the home to take a look and to get interviewed by the homeowner, but something is different. You had prepared a comparative market analysis and brought along all your marketing materials and ideas, but this interview is unlike any other you’ve ever had.  Instead of the typical questions of “How well do you know the neighborhood?” or “In what newspapers and…
  • My heating guy says its better to keep thermostat at one temp rather then turning up and down.

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Heating man stated to turn down only if gone on vacation. Used tp use programmable thermostat and changed temps 4 x daily. He stated it made the boiler use more fuel by having to heat not only the room but the furniture etc. How can I determine what is best Without knowing the efficiency rating of your heating system and the home ACH leakage rate to the outdoors your heating guy might have a point, however 4 to 6 degree...
  • Getting drips of water from AC outlets in the winter?

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    It is winter in NY! I am getting drips of water from one of the AC outlets and from one of the Air handlers upstairs. It can't be a roof leak because all the drips are coming from AC ducts. I am running a whole house Humidifier. The only outlet for this is downstairs. I get quite a lot of condensation on the downstairs windows. Could the dripping be caused by the humidifier? I don't recall seeing this in the summer. The root cause is because a surface has reached the “dew point” level aka where the surface is cool enough to allow condensation to form. Yes this could easily…
  • I have a 2200 sq ft home in Gainesville, Fl. How much will a solar panel system be?

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    I want to fully replace my electric with solar power. The house is two stories, with a 1400 sq ft roof. Interesting idea! Many homeowners I met ask me this question every day! However when you are reviewing the homes energy usage kWh consumption history and type of solar system purchase...
  • My husband likes to run a small propane heater to heat a room when he's on the computer. How healthy is this.

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    He doesn't run it unattended, and really only runs it a couple hours, but I would rather he use the electric wall heater, which I think may be healthier and less expensive. Thank you. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a serious concern! Question: is the home designed for gas appliances and is the room properly vented to allow fresh air? Radiant heaters are a very...
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • A Roundup of Energy, Water, and Climate Bills in the 84th Texas Legislative Session

    Kate Zerrenner
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve almost made it to the midway point of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature, so it's a good time to check which climate, clean energy, and energy-water nexus bills have been filed this Session. Here’s a look at a few that are likely to rise to the top, and ones we hope will cross the finish line by June 1st.read more
  • Power Plant Owners can Reduce Emissions with Energy Efficiency: Here's How

    nrdcswitchboard
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powerful tool for reducing emissions in the electricity sector.read more
  • Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

    Ivy Main
    29 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy.read more
  • The Rise of the Micro Generator

    CUB_UK
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Micro Generation is defined as the generation of electricity or heat energy on a small scale, typically for use on a domestic scale and generated by methods that do not contribute to the depletion or damage of natural resources, such as through the use of solar panels.read more
  • Plant Closure Opportunity: Hitting Those Clean Energy Notes

    EDFEnergyEX
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    It may seem logical that once a power plant closes, another one needs to be built to replace it – after all, we need to make up for its potential energy generation with more natural gas or nuclear-powered energy, right? Maybe, but plant closures are also an opportunity for clean energy.read more
 
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  • 7 Ways to Raise a Green Toddler

    Stephanie
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Raising kids with a green lifestyle can be difficult at times. Toddlers can be especially tricky, as they become aware of wanting particular things, not just what you give them. They start to have more opinions, and don’t always want to do things your way. It takes effort to raise a green toddler. Here are […] Related posts: How Can You Be Eco Friendly With Your Toddler? How to Make Toddler Stage Baby Food Making Green Fun for Your Kids
  • 25 Non-Toy Gifts For Preschoolers

    Stephanie
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Most preschoolers get a ton of toys for birthdays and Christmas. It makes for quite a mess around the house, and a lot of toys that only rarely get played with. Not that the kids won’t consider each utterly precious, to be given up only with great reluctance, but as most parents know, enough is […] Related posts: Buy Christmas Gifts That Encourage Kids to do More Outdoor Activities 7 Handmade Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids What to do About All the Non Eco Friendly Gifts Your Kids Want
  • 11 Tutorials to Make Repurposed Shopping Bags

    Stephanie
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
      California recently became the first state to pass a plastic bag ban. It goes into effect for grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers July 1, 2015. It should reduce that particular kind of litter, but it does have its problems. I’ve seen some comment that it will increase water waste, as reusable bags […] Related posts: Use Reusable Shopping Bags – Green Step by Step Are You Wasting Reusable Bags? Have You Picked Up the Reusable Shopping Bag Habit?
  • Is Online Shopping an Eco Friendly Choice?

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Online shopping is hugely popular. Not only is it often easier than going out the the store, you get an amazing selection and generally good prices. The big question is whether or not it’s the most eco friendly choice. Online Shopping Disadvantages There are certainly times when it’s frustrating to look at the packaging your […] Related posts: Is Working at Home or Shopping Online Really the Most Eco Friendly Option? Why and When Should You Buy Eco Friendly Products? How Do You Get Around the Poor Selection of Eco Friendly Products at the Store?
  • 6 Places to Shop for Eco Friendly School Lunch Supplies

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

    EarthTalk
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? - Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policyfor managing the…
  • The Increased Popularity and Necessity of Sustainable Homes

    Guest Contributor
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    By Bob Gorman The housing market is starting to bounce back with full force, but it’s certainly never going to be the same. Consumers have learned their lesson, and the market will show it. For too many years, home sizes and their accompanying energy demands have just kept growing and growing without regard to the effect on the environment. After the housing crash, consumers had an awakening, and now sustainable homes will be the future of the real estate market. Not too long ago, LEED and Energy Star rated homes were just an occasional oddity. However, sustainable homes are quickly…
  • Net Zero Home: An Affordable Green Option for Homeowners

    Thomas Schueneman
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    There is a new competitor for certified green homes in Utah, known as Net Zero certified homes. Zero Home, the first of these eco-friendly Utah residences, is totally green, energy efficient and completely certified. What Makes Zero Home Unique? With amenities such as geothermal heating, special green-conscious insulation, special cooling and heating units, and solar technologies, many green homes are popping up all over the country. Zero Home, however, takes things just a few steps further. If you simply look at it quickly, it is difficult to see what sets Zero Home apart from all the rest.
  • Easy Ways to Save Energy at Work

    Thomas Schueneman
    29 Nov 2013 | 11:54 am
    By Karen Canas Saving energy isn’t always about huge changes. You don’t have to be a city planner or engineer installing a hydrodelectric dam to make a big difference in energy consumption. One of the best ways you can be a smart energy user is to take your regular practices to work. Whether you work in an office building, a school or an industrial power plant, chances are good you can make changes and get your co-workers on the bandwagon to conserve energy like never before. Taking the time to make a few small changes in your workplace can make a huge difference in the long run,…
  • Save Money and Help the Environment: Learn How to Slay Energy Vampires

    Thomas Schueneman
    25 Oct 2013 | 7:18 am
    By Kathy Montgomery From the nearest cineplex to the pages of a classic bodice ripper, the undead are all the rage these days. But bet you didn’t know there are vampires lurking in your home at this very moment. We don’t mean the garlic-fearing, casket-dwelling, “I vant to suck your blood” variety, but we do mean something as equally insidious, at least when it comes to your monthly electric bill: energy vampires. These are appliances that draw power 24 hours a day, even when you think they’re not in use. And while you can’t kill them with a stake to the heart, there are…
 
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  • Ted Cruz Is Trying To Gut The Clean Air Act And Repeal All Climate Regulation

    Mike Confino
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Just a few days before Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) became the first official candidate for president in the 2016 election, he introduced a bill which, if enacted, would repeal all federal climate change regulation in the United States. The American Energy Renaissance Act, also sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), seeks to prevent the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions through any of its executive agencies, particularly the Environmental Protection Agency. It would do so by expressly forbidding any efforts to fight climate change under five laws — The…
  • Official Report: Nuclear Waste Accident Caused By Wrong Cat Litter

    Mike Confino
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A yearlong investigation by government scientists has concluded that a major accident at a nuclear waste dump was caused by the wrong brand of cat litter. The U.S. Department of Energy has released a 277-page report into an explosion that occurred on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. According to a summary of the report, the incident occurred when a single drum of nuclear waste, 68660, burst open. As NPR reported shortly after the accident, cat litter was the chief suspect. The highly absorbent material is great at soaking up liquid nuclear waste, and it has…
  • GMOs undermine agricultural biology

    Christine
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Dr. Friedman’s analysis begins with a lengthy lecture on the biology of genetic change. It’s useful and, for the amount of material he covers, brief. For those already familiar with the mechanisms, skip ahead to the section on Capitalism, Biotechnology, and Environment.  The References are a helpful resource. Michael Friedman wrote this analysis of the economic role of GMOs for the Monthly Review. He earned his PhD in biology at the Genomics Laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History and currently works as an adjunct at CUNY (City University of New York). He would like…
  • American ag’s economic irrationalities

    Christine
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Fred Magdoff wrote the following economic analysis of American agricultural systems for the Monthly Review. He is professor emeritus of plant and soil science at the University of Vermont and a long-time commentator on political-economic topics. He is coauthor, with John Bellamy Foster, of The Great Financial Crisis (2009) and What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism (2011)—both published by Monthly Review Press. The author would like to thank Elizabeth Henderson for her helpful suggestions on the manuscript. From humanitarian and ecological viewpoints, many aspects of the…
  • Duke Energy Says $25 Million Fine For Years Of Groundwater Pollution Is ‘Regulatory Overreach’

    Mike Confino
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Duke Energy shot back at North Carolina on Tuesday, vowing to contest the record $25 million fine handed down to Duke earlier this month for groundwater contamination at the utility’s coal plant in Wilmington. Duke accused the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of going beyond its authority and not following state procedures. The company, which reported an annual revenue of more than $24 billion last year, also claimed that the fine was bad for business in North Carolina. via Duke Energy Says $25 Million Fine For Years Of Groundwater Pollution Is ‘Regulatory…
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  • Etsy has communal meals then delivers the compostable waste by bike to a nearby farm

    Matt Rosoff
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    A lot of tech companies are starting emphasize community and the greater good. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has pledged 1% of his company's equity, profits, and employees' time to non-profits. Apple CEO Tim Cook told an investor last year to "get out of the stock" if he didn't like the way Apple invested money in environmental projects like solar energy.  Now, add online craft marketplace Etsy to the list. In its IPO filing today, CEO Chad Dickerson wrote a lot about its culture. Twice a week, employees take meals at communal picnic tables in an event called "Eatsy." The company gets its…
  • America's salad bowl is turning to dust: Shocking pictures show how bad it's getting in California

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

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

    Dina Spector
    14 May 2014 | 12:52 pm
    While climate change is affecting every corner of the planet in different ways, the most striking evidence of a warming world is often captured by images of shrinking glaciers and the widespread disappearance of snow and ice. Scientists are most concerned about how the dramatic loss of Antarctic land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Researchers reported on Monday that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in a state of irreversible collapse and could raise sea levels by as much as 4 feet by the end of the century. The rapid retreat of the West Antarctic ice sheet is anecdotal of…
  • The Greenest Colleges in America: If you really care about the environment, your top choice isn't Harvard

    Peter Jacobs
    14 Aug 2013 | 7:13 am
    Offering more than 600 sustainability-related classes and harvesting much of its dining hall's food on-campus, the University of Connecticut is America's "most green" college, according to Sierra magazine.  Sierra released its annual ranking of colleges working toward sustainability and environmental responsibility today, featuring schools of various sizes across the country. According to a press release, the magazine "examined the academic institutions making a difference for the planet, seeking out campuses that are creating tangible change in all categories of greenness –…
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  • Energy Codes in Action

    Lesley@Everblue3
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:13 am
    We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.read more
  • What Happens After LEED Training

    Lesley@Everblue
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    If you’re reading this post, that means you’ve completed a LEED exam prep course from an approved USGBC Education Partner like Everblue. Now, you may be wondering, what do I do next? Paying for Your LEED Examread more
  • Top States for Sustainability & Energy Efficiency

    Lesley@Everblue
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Last month, the U.S. Green Building Council released its annual list of the top 10 states for LEED green building. The list looked at the overall square feet of LEED-certified buildings per state resident and then ranked the states accordingly. This week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) published a similar report relevant to the number of homes in the U.S. that were energy rated and issued a HERS score.read more
  • Want to Become a LEED AP?

    Lesley@Everblue
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Many moons ago, when LEED credentials were first established for green building professionals, there was a designation called LEED AP. It stood for LEED Accredited Professional. Things were simple back then. If you wanted to pursue a LEED credential, you became a LEED AP. What Changed?read more
  • What is LEED Exam Prep?

    Lesley@Everblue
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    Remember when you were in high school, and you were expected to take the SAT exam? Some students prepared for this difficult exam by reading an SAT prep book. Others participated in a live SAT prep class.read more
 
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • City Park Conservancies: A Treasure Trove of New Knowledge

    City Parks Blog
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The report 'Public Spaces/Private Money' cites the value that private partnerships and their resources have brought to parks but also cites the growing concerns around equity and the possibility of displacement of public agency resources and responsibility.read more
  • Chronicling Britain's Urban Nature Movement

    The Nature of Cities
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    The newest title in The New Naturalist Library, 'Nature in Towns and Cities' by Dr. David Goode, is true to the series’ dual goals of “recapturing the enquiring spirit of the old naturalists” and “maintaining a high standard of accuracy in presenting the results of modern research.”read more
  • Acclaimed Minnesota State Capitol Undergoing $272M Restoration

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    State Capitol Buildings are incredibly important pieces of architecture in the United States of America. The history of each building’s origin and development over their lifetime can be quite fascinating. Here is the story of Minnesota’s State Capitol Building.read more
  • The Waste Biz: Apple Expected To Accept Any Old Cell Phones For Recycling

    JeffMcIntireStrasbu
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I always take the easiest route when it comes to recycling my old cell phones: I leave it with the retailer from which I’ve bought a new one. If you want more value than convenience, though, your options are about to expand: Apple plans to expand its Reuse and Recycling Program to include non-iOS phones.read more
  • Lessons on Post-Resilience from Venice, 2015

    The Nature of Cities
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Stronger than the storm.” I can’t get this phrase out of my head, nearly one week into my sabbatical move to Venice, Italy. It just so happens that we arrived on a week when the moon and the winds lined up to create 'acqua alta' (high water) for six days in a row.read more
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    A Tampa Green Living Mom Blog - Cloth Diapers - DIY - Disney - Travel - Family

  • Valspar Championship Fun Facts and Tips 2015

    Calley Pate
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    It’s a gorgeous day in Palm Harbor and the first day of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook.  Even if you’re not a golf enthusiast, I would recommend picking up a few tickets and spending a few hours on the course this week.  Tickets are $40 and kids get in free! It’s a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in Florida.  Before you go, here are just a few things you need to know: Get your tickets here! Valspar Championship Tickets Kids 15 and under get in free with an adult! Park at St. Pete College, Tarpon Campus on Belcher and Klosterman. Parking is $10. Leave your…
  • Sunsets in Winter

    Calley Pate
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    The weather is warm this week in Florida and I decided that tonight we were going to watch the sunset on the beach.  We don’t typically go out on school nights, but we were passing by the beach and I had to stop.  The ocean was calling my name. I needed to fill my soul with sunshine, sand, and salt air. Children were barefoot, rocks were tossed, sand was thrown in the air. I’ll find the remnants of the trip for weeks to come in the bottom of my purse and on the floorboards of my Jeep.  Children giggled and dug holes in the sand.  They got dirty. The rays of the sun peeked…
  • Menstrual Cup 101 – From Tampon to Menstrual Cup

    Calley Pate
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    This post is sponsored by Sckoon Menstrual Cups. Have you heard about menstrual cups before? I’m sure you’re intrigued since you’re reading this and wondering how they differ from tampons and sanitary pads. I promise, this is not a “hippie thing” and all women should at least consider making the switch from disposable tampons and pads to reusable menstrual cups.   Everything you need to know about making the switch from tampons to menstrual cups. 1. Did you know that tampons actually dry out your vagina? Your body is always working and your vagina is always…
  • 20 Creative Discipline & Punishment Ideas for School Age Children

    Calley Pate
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Today was one of those days as a parent that I had to improvise and come up with a new plan. Late last week I had to take away some of my oldest’s privileges due to some missing grades.  I took away the typical things; television, video games, electronics, etc.  The only problem with these punishments is that I’m also punished because now I have to find a way to entertain him because he’s bored.  I know I’m not alone, we’ve all been there with our kids at different stages in their lives.  My goal today was to find that balance so that I could get some of my…
  • Is Your Home Worry-Free?

    Calley Pate
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:23 pm
    This post is sponsored by Kidde Worry-Free Alarms. Florida residents can enter to win 1 Kidde Worry-Free Smoke Alarm to comply with new state regulations for fire safety; enter at the bottom of this post.  The state of Florida passed a new law (reference: Fire Safety Laws by State) Jan. 1, 2015 that says any newly installed or replacement smoke alarms must be powered by a sealed-in 10 year battery.  That means if you are completing a minor level one alterations to your home or if you’re replacing an old battery-powered smoke alarm, that you need to install a sealed-battery alarm. Our home…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Three cities’ pedestrian-friendly skyways, in photos

    Wei Li
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Skyways, like the one pictured here in Hong Kong, can be an integrated, accessible, and safe option for cities in need of more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Photo by See-ming Lee/Flickr. The rapid increase in car ownership in cities worldwide has brought conflicts between pedestrians and cars to center stage. Complete streets that accommodate all users not just are ideal in design, but have actually been successfully implemented in cities like Mexico City, New York City, and Copenhagen. However, when limited space or overcrowding effectively restrict the use of this kind of design,…
  • Pricing congestion to invest in sustainable transport: lessons from London

    Ben Welle
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    London’s successes with congestion pricing demonstrates how such policies can be a powerful tool for curbing traffic, encouraging walking and cycling, and raising revenue to support public transit. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr. In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and has since been lauded as a major success. Beyond these benefits, congestion pricing has also saved lives by reducing the number…
  • Why smart growth cities are safer, healthier, and wealthier

    Helen Mountford
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    A new report from the New Climate Economy project examines the choice that rapidly developing cities like Ahmedabad have between a future of costly sprawl and a future of smart, connected growth. Photo by Meena Kadri/Flickr. Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents between now and 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or they can develop cities that are connected, compact, and coordinated. A new report for the New Climate Economy project outlines the massive economic, social, and…
  • Three ways São Paulo’s companies helped curb traffic congestion

    Katerina Elias-Trostmann
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a part of the São Paulo’s transport demand management (TDM) strategy, the city is partnering with private companies to reduce the number of cars on the road, making streets more people-oriented. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil. A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested, and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. The Moving Beyond Cars series—exclusive to TheCityFix andWRI…
  • Four inspirations for sustainable transport from Rio

    Benoit Colin
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    Residents of Rio de Janeiro—cariocas—are enjoying new transport options that connect them to employment, education, and leisure opportunities. Pictured here, three women take the city’s TransOeste BRT to go to school. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI. Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Citizens’ ability to access these and local opportunities, though, has been limited in the past due to increased reliance on individual cars generating congestion. Low-income communities lack access to reliable,…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Colorado Springs Roofing Crews Provide Quick Service And Excellent Craftsmanship

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:14 am
    For your home’s roof to truly last for a lifetime, your best bet is to call a Colorado Springs roofing specialist for assistance. Be it the installation of a new roof, some repairs, the regular inspection or some other kind of maintenance, a roofer will identify the problem before it escalates and address it quickly. Not to mention the fact they will let you know how much longer your current roof will be able to withstand Colorado Spring’s semi-arid climate. In a sense, roofs are like people – treat them well, and they will be by your side for a long time, treat them poorly and they…
  • Depending on Mortgage Rates, Colorado Real Estate Trends Can Change

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    When you intend to buy a house in Denver, Colorado, and you do not have the whole amount in cash, the only viable solution is a mortgage. However, before taking that step, there are a lot of questions you should find an answer to.  Also seek the advice from a local lender like US Mortgages. It is important for you to know exactly what your commitment will be for the many years to come, until you repay the loan. As a consequence, try to find complete answers to the following questions: ·         Do you really know what types of mortgages are accessible in Colorado? ·        …
  • Managing the Behavior of Patients Placed in Total Long Term Care – Denver Specialists Provide Comfort and Understanding

    admin
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    When their loved ones need to be placed in a facility providing total long-term care, Denver residents search for a location that can offer the best conditions. Not only the quality of the living conditions and medical care matters, but also the way the members of the staff interact with the residents. Here are some of the steps the employees of a total long term care facility follow to respond to the needs of those who have behavioral problems: l  Assessment – One of the first thing nurses, doctors and the other members of the staff do is to evaluate the patient’s behavior.
  • Urogynecology Houston Services Explained

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Urogynecology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders and urinary tract problems. Most conditions are easily treatable and upon a valid diagnosis, but surgery can be suggested as well. Treatments may vary from medication or exercises for the pelvic floor muscles to reconstructive surgery. What are some common conditions? Unfortunately, there are various afflictions of the female pelvic floor. Luckily, thanks to the expertise, additional training and use of advanced technology, urogynecology and female reconstructive surgery Houston specialists  – see…
  • Which Type Of Roof Do Connecticut Commercial Roofing Experts Recommend For Your Business?

    admin
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    When talking about roof types best suited for the weather in Connecticut, commercial roofing specialists outline certain characteristics that a roof needs to have in order to sustain the tests of time and the weather elements. First of all, it needs to be made of a membrane which can withstand the pressure applied to the roof by the wind, the strong heat from the sun, as well as the debris and other dirt carried around by the wind, which can enter the walls and the inside of the roof, if not properly insulated. Second, its structure must not be altered by the extreme variations in temperature…
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    Intercon

  • Reviewed: Walkable City

    T. Caine
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time By Jeff Speck In One Line: From broad strokes to streetscape specifics, the author covers the deficiencies of modern street planning that hinder the pedestrian experience as well a coordinated attack to solve them.  In the age of millennials, walkability is all the rage. If you’re talking to people born after 1975 then chances are giving planning preference to bikers and walkers will get you some head-bobs or thumbs up. The data continually points to younger populations being less interested in automotive access and…
  • Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

    T. Caine
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Achieving density and creating public circulation space that is centered around pedestrians are both key components to fostering a walkable environment. Both are things that the typical American, suburban model lack. With homes spread so far apart–from both each other and any non-residential destination–walking becomes senseless in communities that are beholden to the car down to the very fabric of their planning. Raising the number of residential units per acre and designing space for pedestrian travel that would  otherwise be devoted to roads can be important strides in making…
  • Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

    T. Caine
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature By Douglas Farr In One Line: A well-crafted overview of sustainable planning strategies with a broad lens that is valuable for a range of readers as a foundation to a library of stewardship.  The complexity of sustainability is one of its worse enemies. Our modern attempts to condense information can run counter to helping others understand the intricacies of our biosphere. With only portions of information the solutions can see deceivingly easy, mistakenly small in number or both. Some of the stronger voices end up being the ones that can…
  • The Growing Shadow of Self Storage

    T. Caine
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    As January comes to a close most of the presents of the holiday season have probably found a place in our homes. Shelves are a bit heavier. Closets are a bit fuller. Unclaimed space is a bit rarer. The success of the retail industry shows itself in our collective burgeoning homes and as the spring approaches there will be Americans looking to find new homes for possessions they can’t fit, but don’t want to part with. Similar to the growth of digital space in the cloud, the displacement of our excess stuff to an out-of-sight location can be perceived as utilizing an endless amount…
  • Reviewed: Explosion Green

    T. Caine
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Explosion Green By David Gottfried In One Line: A low-stress read for an informative look behind the curtain from a key figure responsible for the start of the green building movement.  For over two decades the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been an undeniably important part of the story of sustainability entering into the industries responsible for our built environment. Thanks to the work of countless individuals and organizations LEED is now a term known broadly outside of the cadre that designs and constructs buildings as well as far beyond the borders of the U.S. It is a great…
 
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Study vindicates the benefits of no-fishing zones on the Great Barrier Reef

    John Pandolfi, Professor, School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    There are more and bigger coral trout in parts of the Great Barrier Reef closed to fishing. AIMS LTMPFishing is a major threat to the future health of the Great Barrier Reef, with many species of fish and other wildlife suffering substantial depletion. One solution is closing parts of the marine park to fishing: so-called “no take zones”. But there’s debate around whether these really work. However research published today in Current Biology suggests these areas, implemented just over a decade ago, really do help to conserve fish species. The fishing threat Perhaps one of the most…
  • The tropics are getting wetter: the reason could be clumpy storms

    Christian Jakob, Professor in Atmospheric Science at Monash University
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Clumps of thunderstorms are driving increases in rain over tropical oceans. Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space CenterFor a long time climate models have predicted that wet and warm areas in the tropics are going to get wetter, especially over the oceans. Observations of the recent past are beginning to support this hypothesis. What we didn’t know is how this change might occur. In research published today in Nature, our research team shows that the answer could be thunderstorms, specifically those that are gregarious and clump together, a…
  • What can we say for certain about dredging and the Great Barrier Reef?

    Laurence McCook, Adjunct Principal Research Fellow, Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A dredging ship in Queensland's Gladstone Harbour. AAP Image/Dave HuntTo protect and manage environmental treasures like the Great Barrier Reef requires a strong foundation of science, but what should agencies and political leaders do when the science is as widely debated as it has been for dredging and disposal in the Great Barrier Reef? Over the past 15 months, we have led a process with a panel of experts to provide an independent overview of the current knowledge of the effects of dredging and sediment disposal in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Our panel included a very…
  • FactCheck: is 53% of Australia under exploration licence for unconventional mining?

    Samantha Hepburn, Professor, Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The debate around coal seam gas exploration is highly politically charged, so it's important to have an accurate picture of what exactly is proposed. Dean Lewins/AAPOur country stands on the brink of being irrevocably damaged by the impact of CSG (coal seam gas), with 53% of the landmass of Australia under current exploration licence for unconventional mining. – The Reverend Fred Nile MP, in a media release calling for an immediate moratorium on CSG, March 11, 2015. Coal seam gas and other forms of unconventional mining have become increasingly politically sensitive issues in the lead…
  • Explainer: are natural disasters on the rise?

    Dale Dominey-Howes, Associate Professor in Natural Disaster Geography at University of Sydney
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Is this image of destruction after Cyclone Pam a sign of things to come? Sgt Neil Bryden RAF, British Ministry of Defence/AAPCyclone Lam, Pam and now Nathan – natural disasters have filled our news in recent weeks. They wreak havoc in poor and vulnerable communities and cost billions in recovery and aid funding. These disasters happen when a natural hazard – such as a cyclone, bushfire or earthquake – damages human systems. They seem to be becoming more frequent and worse – but are they really? Natural disasters are not so ‘natural’ Some natural hazards occur because of forces…
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    Green Conduct

  • Solar Eclipse Tested Germany’s Power Grid

    alicebenny
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    A week ago the moon was passing between the sun and the earth and completely obscured the sun in Europe during morning hours. Germany had to prepare for this nature phenomenon because 7 percent of the country’s power relies on solar energy. This caused some attention as well as panic in the media. Many worried that the solar eclipse will bring strain on the nation’s power grid, and large industrial facilities may lose electricity for some period of time. There’re natural periods of time when the sun disappears – nights and cloudy days, however, the panic and…
  • True Cost of Electric Vehicle Driving

    greghead
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    True Cost of Electric Vehicle Driving It’s common knowledge that operating an electric vehicle (EV) is cheaper than driving a traditional combustion car, but few of us could say by how much. Estimating the cost to travel any distance in a combustion vehicle is pretty straightforward. As long as you know the price of gas and the distance traveled, you’ll soon arrive at an answer. When it comes to EVs, however, things quickly become murky. What is a kilowatt-hour? How much is it worth? And more importantly, how does it compare to a gallon of gas? Luckily, the Department of…
  • Tesla Selling More than Just Cars

    greghead
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    Though I think we’re all rooting for Tesla, it can’t be ignored that two of the company’s most notable achievements—reporting its first ever quarterly profit and repaying a federal loan—were aided substantially by two factors outside its core business of manufacturing and selling cars:  trading credits under California’s Zero Emission Vehicle program and raising roughly $1 billion by selling additional stock and securities. Tesla Selling More than Just Cars While Tesla delivered an impressive 4,900 units of the renowned Model S, the company pulled in $68 million in revenue from…
  • Unique Garden Decor Ideas Without Spending a Fortune

    greghead
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Turning your terrace, patio or porch into a beautiful, relaxing, and fun place for your family and friends is personally rewarding.  A garden décor is great tool that can enhance the aesthetic qualities of your garden or backyard. It’s time to rethink how you can make your backyard or garden the place to spend time alone or with people you love.  This article tells you how you can transform an ordinary area into something that will elicit “oohs” and “aahs” even if your budget is tight or have little space. Garden Decor Ideas You need to have a theme for your garden’s overall…
  • Reduce Your Heating Oil Costs This Winter

    alicebenny
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    Did you know that the average household in the United States spends nearly $1000 on heating each winter – and the bill is a lot higher in certain areas of the country. Aside from the cost, the environmental impact of burning all that fuel oil is significant, leading to high emissions of greenhouse gases. However, if you are an environmentally aware homeowner, there are a number of things you can do to drastically reduce the amount of fuel that you need from a residential heating oil supplier Reduce Your Heating Oil Cost This Winter Let’s start with the things that will reduce your heating…
 
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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • How to recycle old tools

    Mrs Green
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    You know I live with a hoarder, right? I’d love to show you a picture of the inside of our garage, but I fear the judgment. It really does look like a jumble sale Aladdin’s Cave in there. Although Mr Green promises everything has a use and purpose and will come in useful ‘one day’, […]
  • Exciting research into Zero Waste Week – please help!

    Mrs Green
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Meg Roper aka Mrs M (from Mrs M’s Curiosity Cabinet) enthusiastically participated in last year’s Zero Waste Week. She is by her own admission an energy and waste geek but her interests are not limited to blogging about them. Meg takes an academic interest in waste. She is currently completing an environmental Masters degree and […]
  • The most amazing reuse project ever?

    Mrs Green
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:04 am
    It’s been below freezing in several areas across the UK recently. What better way to wile away the long, cold days than to get stuck into an arts and crafts project? Better still when you raid the recycling containers because you’re having fun as well as reusing resources… This recycling project has to be the […]
  • Will you #showthelove this Valentine’s Day?

    Mrs Green
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:04 am
    I’ve recently become a fan of Dragon’s Den! I’d heard the term batted around the internet a a friend mentioned the TV programme to me a while ago. But as I don’t have a TV I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. The other night I was looking for something to watch […]
  • Reduce wet wipes and cotton wool use with these alternatives for removing make up

    Mrs Green
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Over on Twitter, Rachael asked about alternatives for cotton wool and wet wipes when removing makeup. And the answers from the Zero Waste community came flooding in! Here’s Rachael’s original tweet: @myzerowaste Any ideas for reusable alternatives to cotton wool /wet wipes for removing makeup? — Rachael Hodgetts (@RachaelHodgetts) January 2, 2015 There must be […]
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    Green Child Magazine

  • Stay-at-home Moms: 5 Ways to Move Yourself to the Front Burner

    Amanda Hearn
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    We mothers mean well. We’re used to thinking of others and putting their needs first. Is my husband happy and satisfied in our marriage? Are the kids getting their fair share of my attention? Am I planning enough family activities? Are my home cooked meals healthy and delicious? We are famous for putting everyone else first. And ourselves, well, we’ll get around to a massage for Mother’s Day, maybe. There’s something terribly wrong with this picture. Yes, it is our duty to be the nurturer and caretaker of the family. But we also have a duty to look after ourselves. This does not mean…
  • Win GroVia Modern Diapers! (for you & a friend!)

    Amanda Hearn
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Win a Lifetime Supply of GroVia Modern Diapers for You & a Friend Sweepstakes   One lucky winner (that could be you!) will win a Live Package from GroVia! This package allows you to diaper your baby full time with GroVia and includes: 12 GroVia Hybrid Shells 24 GroVia Soaker Pads 4 GroVia Boosters! To make this even sweeter, GroVia is including: 1 Magic Stick 1 Roll of BioLiners a 50-count package of disposable BioSoakers 1 Wet Bag 1 Pail Liner 10 Cloth Wipes & 1 Pack Mighty Bubbles Laundry Treatment Now that’s a package! Oh, and have we mentioned that you’ll…
  • Our Spring issue has arrived!

    Amanda Hearn
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    Celebrate Spring with all the latest in natural parenting and green living. We searched high and low for the safest, most convenient and eco-friendly baby items in our 5th Annual Baby Gear Guide. Our Spring issue is also filled with ways to bring natural fun and meaning to Earth Day and Easter – including the Buy Nothing New Challenge. Be sure to grab your FREE subscription to Green Child Magazine. As always, we love to hear what you think. Join the conversation and share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, G+, Instagram or Pinterest. The post Our Spring issue has arrived! appeared…
  • Eco Spotlight: NRG Home Solar’s Earth Hour 2015 Giveaway

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    What’s an hour worth to you? An hour is enough time to do a whirlwind clean-up before company arrives. An hour is a great yoga class. An hour is a catch-up phone call with your best friend. An hour is a way to show your devotion to the reduction in wasteful energy use. Wait, what? Yup! Each year, Earth Hour is held on the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30pm (local time). During this time, you and your family can take part by turning off all non-essential lights in your house and by focusing on your commitment to the planet year-round beyond that hour. Enjoy a candle-lit board game or…
  • Help! The Internet is Giving Me Pregnancy Anxiety!

    Amanda Hearn
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Raise your hand if you’ve ever googled your way into an obsessive parenting frenzy. Whether it’s a strange pain during pregnancy or baby’s first fever, today you can access a million answers in mere moments. Some of the answers you find will put your mind instantly at ease. Others might just have you rushing to the ER with your newly acquired fear of flaky red blotches. While it is common to worry, especially while pregnant, one might wonder if moms worry more today than they did before the rise of the Internet. Today’s connected landscape provides an endless stream of…
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    DC Bureau » Natural Resources News Service

  • After Congress Gutted Propane Market Reform, Industry Doubles Down on Secretive Storage Plan

    Peter Mantius
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Propane trucks load at Teppco’s terminal in Watkins Glen After failing to convince Congress to fix the root causes of propane shortages and price spikes that rocked the Midwest and Northeast last winter, the U.S. propane industry is now throwing its full weight behind a secretive underground storage project in western New York. Industry’s renewed support for that private sector option comes after Congress gutted a 2014 bill to scope out and fund regional propane storage sites. Now even the make-do private solution is in serious jeopardy. State regulators have already taken five years…
  • LPG Storage in NY Salt Cavern Linked to Salinity Spike in Drinking Water

    Peter Mantius
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Hundreds gathered on an icy January day in Geneva to protest Crestwood Midstream’s proposed LPG storage project at the other end of Seneca Lake. (Photo: Peter Mantius) For decades, scientists have puzzled over why Seneca Lake, the largest of New York State’s Finger Lakes, is by far the saltiest of the 11 glacier-carved water bodies. Now a Nevada hydrologist claims he’s solved the mystery. Tom Myers, who was hired by opponents of a plan to store liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in salt caverns at the southern end of Seneca, pins the blame on LPG storage in the same group of caverns between…
  • Maryland Politics Trumps Science on Fracking

    Peter Mantius
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    Gov. Martin O’Malley Two ambitious Democratic governors in the East faced the same tough choice late last year on whether to allow energy companies to extract natural gas from shale formations through high-volume hydrofracking. One said yes. The other said no. Neither state has much natural gas to tap at current market prices. Even so, the decisions by Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York have national implications because they sat in judgment of the importance of the latest independent science. While environmental and medical experts were pointing to dozens…
  • New York’s Ban on High-Volume Fracking Rocks the Foundations of ‘Shale Revolution’

    Peter Mantius
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets supporters and anti-fracking demonstrators after casting his ballot, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Emboldened by mounting scientific evidence and shifting poll data, Gov. Andrew Cuomo veered sharply away from America’s conventional wisdom about the wonders of high-volume hydraulic fracturing of shale formations when he banned the practice in New York State on Dec. 17. While the oil and gas titans hope to contain the uprising to one state, the environmental advocates who masterminded it are quietly optimistic that it…
  • New York State Allows Water Grab

    Peter Mantius
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    John Marvinstands beside Painted Post Water Train on Oct 24, 2014 (Photo by Peter Mantius) Withdrawal Permits, Bulk Water Sales Approved Without Environmental Reviews PAINTED POST, N.Y. — Barely a football field away from John Marvin’s modest house, 42 black railcars full of water sit waiting for the signal to begin rolling south to supply fracking drill pads across the Pennsylvania border. When the water train lurches and clanks through the village — often at pre-dawn hours — it sounds ear-splitting whistles at each street crossing. “How is everybody supposed to sleep at night?”…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • Target to Install 100MW of Solar on 180 Stores in 18 Months

    CleanTechies Staff
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, a 7-year-old Connecticut based solar energy company, recently signed an agreement with Target Corp. to install solar arrays on the roofs of 180 Target stores and distribution centers that stretch across the United States from Augusta, Maine, to San Diego, Calif. When completed, the 180 solar installations will have an aggregate capacity of approximately 100 [...]
  • Beneficial Technological Solutions in Healthcare

    CleanTechies Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    In today’s world, technology plays important roles in all industries and also in our day to day lives. The merger between healthcare and technology, especially, has seen technology play a very crucial role in saving lives and revolutionizing the sector as we know it. Technological advancements are increasingly helping streamline the healthcare sector all over the world. [...]
  • Northwest Energy Star Program Provides Insights Into Efficiency

    CleanTechies Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The Northwest Energy Star program is tracking the energy use of green homes for 13 months after they are occupied in an attempt to learn more about what features and technology enhance energy efficiency. The homes in this pilot program, begun in late 2012, are at least 30% more efficient that similar homes built to [...]
  • 43% Of World’s Electric Cars Were Bought Last Year: Report

    CleanTechies Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Electric cars made up less than half of a percent of the 85 million new vehicles sold in the world last year, but German energy researchers say that tiny wedge of sales accounts for almost half of all battery-powered passenger vehicles on the road today.
  • California Sets Solar Power Record

    CleanTechies Staff
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, California led the nation in new solar power capacity in 2014. The latest data shows it was the first state to get more than 5 percent of its annual electricity generation from large-scale solar projects producing more than one megawatt of power.
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Storytelling tools and resources for nonprofit communicators

    christine
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Why are stories important for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers? Through stories, we help people to understand, relate to and remember difficult or complex issues. Stories make emotional connections. We inspire action and engage people through stories. Stories influence thought leaders and decision makers. In this post, I highlight five outstanding online tools and resources to help you share stories that will motivate your audiences. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences: Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale,…
  • What is the new vision for California State Parks and how will it be funded?

    christine
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Towering Redwoods, Hendy Woods State Park According to a new report, the struggling and underfunded California state park system can transform into a model of sustainability for park systems worldwide. This new system will be one that protects California’s iconic landscapes, natural resources, and cultural heritage; engages a diversity of Californians; and promotes healthy lifestyles. To achieve this vision, there is a lot of work to be done. The report by the Parks Forward Commission outlines recommendations, actions steps and entities responsible to achieve two-year and…
  • Singing praises for fundraisers and philanthropists

    christine
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A common yellowthroat sings loudly while perched on a branch in Oregon’s William L Finley National Wildlife Reserve. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “In winter all the singing is in the tops of the trees,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. Or if you attended San Francisco’s National Philanthropy Day in November, all the singing came from Kat Taylor as she serenaded a room full of fundraisers and philanthropists while accepting this year’s award for “Outstanding Philanthropists.” The Outstanding Philanthropists Award celebrates philanthropists who have made a meaningful and…
  • Awe, wonder and giving back

    christine
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    American White Pelicans at Briones Reservoir in the East Bay hills Can you recall times when you have felt a tremendous sense of awe or wonder? Where were you? What was happening? What did those moments inspire in you? I oftentimes gain this sense of awe and wonder in the outdoors — whether its marveling at the iconic granite features of Kings Canyon or Yosemite National Park, exhilarated by the discovery of a new bike path, or hiking in a local Bay Area watershed. The feeling gives me a sense of hope about the world and inspires ideas in support of my work. Galloping Goose Regional…
  • The ripple effect of stories: Lessons from a river journey

    christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Photo: © 2010 Steve Dunleavy What happens to California’s San Joaquin River after it flows from its high altitude headwaters in the Sierra Nevada toward the San Francisco Bay? In June a CNN journalist, who had never kayaked in a river before, set out on a 400 mile journey to find out. Why? Because in April the nonprofit American Rivers named the San Joaquin the #1 endangered river in the United States. The group is concerned that “outdated water management and…
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    Think, Act, Prosper

  • Frugal Travel: Camping

    A
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Camping is one of the best memories I have of my childhood.  It's not that we were poor, but we were certainly blue collar, and did not take any trips to St. Tropez or West Palm Beach.  We made plenty of trips to Orlando, where my grandparents lived, and looped in Disney and other theme park trips with our vacations.  There is just something about camping's rustic charm that I loved and has always stuck with me.  Far from the commercial reaches of the marketing machine in a tent in Vermont or New Hampshire, my family and I spent quality time laughing around a camp fire,…
  • Frugal Travel: Airbnb & Local Cuisine

    A
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Travel is one of my favorite luxuries.  There are so many astounding places in the world, and yet the vast majority of us spend our time within our homes and workplaces.  Even those of us who travel for work, often are only visiting conference rooms and generic hotel rooms.  Travel is a great alternative to consumption of goods.  The opportunity to visit a new location, take in the history, culture, and cuisine of a location, and add an experience to your life is worth more than purchasing another new sweater or jacket!  Cuisine to me is one of the most important…
  • Minimalism in Practice: Declutter

    A
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Recently, I have begun to reconsider many things in my life.  By things, I mean physical possessions.  I live in a small apartment, it is approximately 800 square feet, it has one bathroom, one open kitchen/living room, and one bedroom.  There is one small storage facility that I use to run my home business.  However, I own hundreds of pieces of clothing, notably over 30 pairs of shoes, over 40 dress shirts, 25+ pairs of pants.  I own a number of kitchen appliances including a Vitamix, George Foreman style grill, Pressure Cooker, 3 frying pans, Le Creuset Dutch Ovens,…
  • Buy Once - Quality Over Quantity (Minimalism)

    A
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Buying products is an integral part of life in the modern world.  We need products to provide various services and for various functions that make up our lives.  The bad part of this, is that the manufacture, sale, distribution, etc of these products can have a horrible impact on the environment.  My thesis is to buy something of high quality that will last an extremely long time, so that we can minimize the amount of purchases that need to be made.  A prime example of this is in clothing, which is something I think about constantly, but it also applies to furniture,…
  • What's better than heating your home by consuming natural resources?

    A
    20 Nov 2013 | 9:15 pm
    Many people turn on their furnaces and space heaters full blast as the weather turns cold.  While this is certainly the most convenient, and modern method to get warm and be able to wear shorts 365 days a year, it is not the best one.  Instead, take out your sweaters, long johns, wool pants, and so forth and put them on.  If you don't have adequate clothes, walk over to a thrift store and spend some money, it goes to a good cause.  If you have a little more money, support one of the great merino wool brands available today, my personal favorite is Ibex.
 
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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Bright & Beautiful Blue Bathrooms

    Sarah Clarke
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    I love the color blue. It’s one of the colors that can always brighten my day, even the darker shades like navy. I love the idea of making blue the theme color in the bathroom. The color reminds people of outdoors, since two of the most abundant things in nature are blue: the oceans, rivers and lakes and the sky of course! There are lots of ways to bring blue into your bathroom. You can go all out and paint the walls blue, or use lots of blue tiling on the floor, the walls or inside the bath or shower. Or, you can be more subtle and introduce bright blue elements into the space. Blue…
  • Faux Fur Home Decor and Accents We Love!

    Sarah Clarke
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    A couple years ago I bought a faux fur throw blanket from Restoration Hardware, and my love affair with the soft, luxurious material began. Since then I’ve complimented that throw with a bean bag chair, throw pillows, and even a comfy pair of slippers! So what exactly is fake, or faux, fur made of anyway? Faux fur is a type of material which has been created to look and feel like genuine animal fur. It is a pile fabric and is usually created from polymeric fibers that are processed, dyed, and cut to match whichever animal’s fur texture and color that the faux fur is trying to…
  • 25 Amazingly Cool Industrial Pendant Lamps

    Sarah Clarke
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Vintage, industrial pendant lamps are one of the most enduring lighting trends of the last decade, for good reason. These classic looking lamps add a very cool look to a variety of different decor styles. For example, in the dining room or kitchen, if you have a modern or a rustic modern aesthetic, the color, texture and shape of this kind of pendant light looks like it was made for these spaces. Industrial pendant lights can be found in antique stores, as well as at modern furniture stores that sell upcycled and recycled furniture and fixtures. They come in a very wide range of sizes, so you…
  • Cool Contemporary Rugs For Your Bedroom

    Sarah Clarke
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you are decorating your contemporary bedroom, there are many options for rugs that are cool and functional. You can search many stores for the ideas you see her, just find the rug that you like and search for the best prices. The first option should be pretty obvious but its effectiveness really depends on the type of floor you currently have. Adding an area rug can completely change the look and feel of a contemporary bedroom. If you already have carpet in the bedroom, the area rug may not make as big of an impact but it can still be a good addition. The area rug works more effectively…
  • Looking to Turn Your Kitchen into a Country Kitchen?

    Sarah Clarke
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:32 am
    There’s nothing quite like the wonderful smell of back-home food cooking in the kitchen. Whether you grew up in the country or would like to experience what a country-styled kitchen can bring to the table, there are several country kitchen design ideas that are sure to make you feel as though you’re walking into a true country kitchen. One of the easiest ways to really start off the look correctly is to have a wood-themed kitchen. Although modern designs are simple and elegant, there’s just something about wooden cabinets, beautiful table tops and wicker baskets filled with…
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    Articles

  • Beijing: Pollution Was Just Too Much

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Beijing to close its last remaining coal plant in 2016. . . . pollution is now the #1 cause of social unrest
  • Battery Co. Quadrupling Production

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    BMZ thinks Germany’s stationary storage market alone, . . . will grow tenfold in the next 5 years because of the: . . . . . .  need for primary grid regulation as nuclear is replaced by renewables, . . . . . .  surge in domestic storage in Germany, and . . . . . .  increase in electric vehicles. 03-27-2015 Source:  Battery Co. Quadrupling Production
  • Perovskite: Improves Solar Cell Efficiency

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Perovskite absorbs the visible layers, . . . while the silicon absorbs the infrared layers, . . . the same amount of light is absorbed in each solar cell, and . . . their voltage is added together. But, it looks like a lot more work needs to be done in the lab, . . . before it hits the market place. 03-27-2015 Source:  Perovskite: improves Solar Cell Efficiency
  • Follow The Money

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    What we do (and don't!) spend our money on, . . . does have a profound impact on, . . . the economy, and society, we would like to see. Where the Money Flows, . . . is where the Future Grows. 03-27-2015 Source:  Follow the Money
  • Enphase: Eyeing World Domination

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enphase, had a record year in 2015, shipping 575 megawatts of microinverters, . . . growing revenue 48%t on a year-over-year basis,   . . . has expanded into: . . . . . . monitoring for residential PV systems, . . . . . . modular storage device, . . . . . . home energy management system, . . . . . . acquired an O&M provider, and . . . . . . released a commercial microinverter.   While there are barriers to exploiting these new ventures, . . . Enphase is well positioned to capitalize in the short term, . . . on its leading U.S. residential market share, . . . while…
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • NABCEP Certification: How To Get It, What It’s Worth

    Brian Hayden
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    This is a presentation I gave this week in Cleveland at the ElectroExpo. The audience was pretty small, just fifteen folks attended, so it turned into an intimate conversation rather than a formal presentation. An honest discussion about business, renewable energy, and education is right up my alley, and I walked away with some really valuable insights about the benefits and challenges people face when they get into solar and think about NABCEP Certification. What I Learned About NABCEP Certification From The Audience NABCEP Certification can help a non-P.E. get professional liability…
  • SpaceNews, Charles Miller, and the Incredible Commercial Space Course

    Brian Hayden
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    This week SpaceNews signed on as our media partner for the next round of the “Commercial Space Executive Leadership” course developed in partnership with the AIAA. I don’t like hyperbole or excessive hype, even when I talk about work we’re doing at HeatSpring, so I’d like to share the history of this program and explain why this course is legitimately big, important, and potentially transformative for everyone involved. The Origins of Our Commercial Space Course In 2013 we noticed a steady flow of students in our renewable energy courses with connections to…
  • 50 Question NABCEP Practice Test [2015 Edition]

    Brian Hayden
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Passing the NABCEP Installer Exam is notoriously hard. On April 11th (about a month from now) the next round of applicants will take the exam. Some will pass (40-50% is the unofficial numbers I’ve heard), some will fail, and all will struggle. NABCEP’s role in the industry is an important one, and to do it well they need to set the bar high. From all of the reports I’ve heard, they do. For as long as these high-stakes standardized tests have existed, there have been resources and courses to make things easier on the test takers. That’s where we come in. We’ve…
  • Solar Lease vs Solar Loan vs Utility Rates vs Cash Purchase

    Chris Williams
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:14 am
    (Used with permission. Source: http://cinnamonsolar.com/about-us/lease-borrow-or-buy/) The above picture is one of my favorite graphs about the residential solar industry. The graph explains exactly why residential solar leasing is dying. It was created by Barry Cinnamon from Cinnamon Solar as a sales tool for his residential solar business in California. In the interview below, I chatted with Barry about why he created this graph, how he uses it for sales, and what it says about the changing residential solar industry. If you’re job is focused on selling residential solar anywhere in…
  • The #1 Online Resource for Heating Questions: HeatingHelp.com

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Looking for an answer to all of your heating questions? Ask Dan Holohan. He’s the founder of the #1 online resource for heating questions: HeatingHelp.com. If Dan doesn’t know the answer, “The Wall” will (read below to learn more). I don’t remember how I stumbled across HeatingHelp.com, but I’ll tell you one thing…I stayed on the site for a solid hour—learning more about heat pumps, how to stay safe in snowstorms, radiant floor heating, how solar works, and the story of Dan (and his love for his wife Marianne). Totally hooked, I reached out to Dan…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Orgotton: Simple, Sexy, Sustainable Fashion Made in Philly

    Paige Wolf
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    I have always loved the idea of wearing a jumpsuit. Super trendy on the pages of all the fashion magazines and decorating my Pinterest boards. But click on any retailer review and women will say that they are simply not for “real bodies” and anyone less than 5’9 and rail thin looks ridiculous. So when a new local fashion line offered to let me try out their sustainably-made jumpsuit I had low expectations. But when I put that organic cotton jumpsuit on and took a pic, my social media blew up with requests for how to purchase! Orgotton’s 12 piece women’s clothing
line combines the…
  • Best in Beauty, Health, + More: Healthy Brand Showcase Gift Bag Sponsors

    Paige Wolf
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    One of the best things about Healthy Brand Showcase is the gift bags. Since we know not all the brands who want to participate can physically make it to New York that day, we offer a gift bag option to help get some of the best wellness-focused products into the hands of the media. Here’s a peak at what our guests got to take home this year – and why I personally recommend each and every one of these brands! Jack N Jill Natural Toothpaste Like most children, my five-year-old has been inadvertently eating toothpaste for years. And my 20-month-old has become obsessed with brushing…
  • Stonyfield Greek and Chia Yogurt Review

    Paige Wolf
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    Chia has been touted for years as a “superfood,  meant to help with everything from heart health and protein to stronger teeth and bones. And since the tiny seeds are so innocuous, I’m able to sneak them into so many things I’m already eating, like homemade bread, smoothies, and oatmeal. The best part is that the tiny seeds have gone virtually unnoticed by my children, which is wonderful for sneaking some serious health benefits into their extremely picky diets. I was afraid the new Stonyfield Greek and Chia Yogurt would be a bit risky – even though my children are…
  • Thanks to Climate Change, I Hate Winter Even More

    Paige Wolf
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Warning: First World Problems Ahead – Read at Your Own Discretion I once read a quote that read something like, “‘Tis better to relish the changing of the seasons than to live for summer.” I try to repeat that to myself on days like today. Because there is nothing more mundane than bitching about the winter, right? Problem is, the only way to get me to stop verbally complaining is to write it all down into one glorious self-indulgent rant. So if you love winter, this post is not for you. You see, global warming is just making the winters even shittier. I know…
  • Chocolate You Can Feel Good About for Valentines Day (and Everyday)

    Paige Wolf
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    Chocolate is so, so good. And the sweet treat is a Valentine’s staple no one should be denied. But what happens when the company who makes your chocolate fix is bad news? Nestle has been boycotted for years due to their aggressive formula marketing (and slave labor. and rainforest destruction.) Conventional brands contain gnarly artificial ingredients that would blow your mind. Fortunately Raaka Chocolate allows for guilt-free treats that taste miles above a Hershey’s Kiss! Since 2010, Raaka Chocolate has been committed to making the most delicious chocolate possible while…
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    mnn.com

  • How long would it take to fall through a hole in the Earth?

    bnelson78
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Here's a thought experiment that hopefully never actually happens: Imagine that a hole suddenly appeared under your feet that stretched all the way through to the opposite side of the Earth. How long would it take you to fall through? Would you even fall all the way to the other side, or would you hover in Earth's gravity somewhere in the center?  
  • Why Shailene Woodley has a point about eating insects

    mdestries
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Shailene Woodley, my favorite nature-loving, clay-eating, shampoo-avoiding, Hollywood actress is back on the media circuit for her new thriller "Insurgent." And once again, she's challenging cultural and social norms by revealing some personal beliefs th
  • The Grand Canyon is under attack (from humans)

    mgrichard
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    Few places in the United States, or the world, are as iconic as the Grand Canyon. Carved through multiple layers of rock by the Colorado River in Arizona, the area is supposed to be protected from those who would spoil its natural beauty. President Theodore Roosevelt first visited the Grand Canyon in 1903 and was so impressed that he designated it a U.S. National Monument on Jan. 11, 1908.
  • Your eyeballs can now be injected with night vision

    bnelson78
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    It sounds like a backyard science project gone awry, but a group of biohackers based in California have successfully injected a specialized liquid solution into the eyeballs of a volunteer that gave him night vision, reports Science.Mic.  
  • Cities around the world to dim lights for Earth Hour

    mdestries
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to U.N. Headquarters in New York City, hundreds of notable landmarks worldwide will join thousands of cities and millions of people in going dark for Earth Hour.   
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Innovating the Wind Turbine: Google’s Latest Experiments Will Turn Wind Energy on its Head

    Colin Rabyniuk
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Google will fly an 84-foot wind turbine next month as part of an ongoing experiment with wind energy. The turbines, or energy kites as they’re called by Google’s Makani division, are closer to planes than they are traditional turbines. Here’s the Verge’s Arielle Duhaime-Ross with the details: They’re more like “planes” equipped with eight propellers […] Read the full article: Innovating the Wind Turbine: Google’s Latest Experiments Will Turn Wind Energy on its Head
  • Toyota i-Road is the Solution to Crammed City Streets

    Ian Andrew
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:43 am
    With traffic clogging up the arteries of all major cities, and the health effects of that traffic becoming increasingly known, there is a great opportunity for automakers to reinvent the car for the modern day, and produce a vehicle uniquely designed for mass adoption in urban areas. Now, Toyota is trying to do just that with its […] Read the full article: Toyota i-Road is the Solution to Crammed City Streets
  • 100% Green: Costa Rica has Nixed Fossil Fuels

    Colin Rabyniuk
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Since the start of the year Costa Rica has been powered entirely by renewable energy. State-owner power company Costa Rican Electricity Institute says the milestone is thanks in part to high seasonal rainfall, powering the countries hydroelectric facilities to great effect. The small nation of 4.8 million has gone to great lengths to develop its […] Read the full article: 100% Green: Costa Rica has Nixed Fossil Fuels
  • Merchants of Doubt: The Movie Every Climate Change Denier Needs to See

    Colin Rabyniuk
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:22 pm
    We all know someone who questions the science behind global warming. Whether a coworker, a friend, maybe a parent, they all point to the litany of studies seeking to discredit man-made climate change. These studies, the deniers gloss over, are paid for and supported by the world’s worst polluters. A new documentary released last week, The Merchants […] Read the full article: Merchants of Doubt: The Movie Every Climate Change Denier Needs to See
  • Healthy and Delicious Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe

    Fabiana Giovanetti
    21 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    I topped these falafels with sweet potatoes (I know what you are thinking!), spinach leaves and homemade guacamole. Seriously, these bad boys are perfect for a snack or a meal. Fab’s Sweet Potato Falafal Ingredients1 medium sweet potato, baked or steamed in the skin 1 can chickpeas, rinsed 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tbsp ground […] Read the full article: Healthy and Delicious Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris

    GTG Staff
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    | Green Travel News | Thousands of indigenous Maasai are being forced off their land at gunpoint, in an illegal land grab orchestrated by the Tanzanian government and a company based in the United Arab Emirates that wants to operate luxury hunting safaris. Despite reassurances by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete as recently as November, 2014, that […]Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • 500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

    GTG Staff
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    | Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers. Accommodations in 60 countries are currently listed—from simple guest houses to five-star hotels. Although […]500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

    GTG Staff
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:12 am
    | Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks. Just Ahead smartphone technology works even where cell phones, Internet, and Wi-Fi won’t, streaming interesting stories spliced with geography, history and driving directions. The audio guide recently garnered […]JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Amsterdam’s 50 shades of green

    GTG Staff
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    | The Dutch Know How to Have Good Green Fun | Last year, the green news website Eco Watch named Amsterdam one of the top 10 most environmentally friendly cities in the world. According to author Anastasia Pantsios, the honor was earned in large part because of city’s well-thought-out system of getting around without an automobile … which all […]Amsterdam’s 50 shades of green is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 591,000 hotels

    GTG Staff
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    | Green Travel News | Several travel booking websites now call out eco-friendly lodgings, but in a world-first, not only is the Netherlands-based BookDifferent revealing which hotels have a valid green certification—they are also publishing nearly 600,000 hotels’ carbon emissions. Each hotel will have a icon listing the number of kilos of CO² emitted per night stayed. […]BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 591,000 hotels is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Saturday, March 28th – Earth Hour Set to Unite the World on Climate Change

    Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    On Saturday, 28 March 8:30 p.m. local time, individuals, businesses, cities and landmarks around the world will switch off their lights for one hour to focus attention on climate change. As the lights go out, Earth Hour supporters will also be contributing real climate solutions to combat the globe’s biggest environmental challenge. This year, Earth Hour is set to be a record-breaking celebration of our planet with an unprecedented 172 countries and territories having confirmed their participation, including nations on the climate frontlines like the Philippines, Maldives and Madagascar and…
  • Antarctic Ice Shelves Rapidly Thinning

    Guest
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:37 am
    UC San Diego News Center New study reveals accelerating losses over two decades Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf photographed in October 2011 from NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft during an Operation IceBridge flight. Credit: Michael Studinger/NASA. A new study led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego researchers has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change. Data from nearly…
  • Natural History Surrealism – Sculpture by Ellen Jewett

    Guest
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    By Ellen Jewett Plants and animals have always been the surface on which humans have etched the foundations of culture, sustenance, and identity. For myself, natural forms are a continual source of fascination and deep aesthetic pleasure. At first glance my work explores the more modern prosaic concept of nature: a source of serene nostalgia balanced with the more visceral experience of ‘wildness’ as remarkably alien and indifferent. Upon closer inspection of each ‘creature’ the viewer may discover a frieze on which themes as familiar as domestication and as abrasive…
  • Looking for Leaders on Climate? Follow the Women Farmers

    Guest
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    By Jon Queally Common Dreams Across the globe, countless women are standing up to the ravages of climate change – and to the governments and big businesses who are allowing it to destroy the world. Ipaishe, a farmer and climate campaigner from Zimbabwe, is among the women climate leaders who are showing others the path towards a more sustainable and equitable future. (Photo: Oxfam International) “I give you a message from my heart,” she says, “let’s move forward and work together for the benefit of everyone. And especially for those who work in the fields, as we are…
  • Sky & Bog: Erris, Ireland by Amelia Stein

    Janis Blackschleger
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Fine arts photographer Amelia Stein pursues how the hauntingly beautiful, bleak landscapes in the wild Atlantic location of the Barony of Erris, Dún Chaoicháin, in County Mayo, Ireland have challenged and shaped the lives of its inhabitants over the Millenia. Her recent exhibition “Erris,” at the RHA Gallagher Gallery in Dublin, investigates the human presence in the landscape by the construct of studies of sky and bog, comprised of two bodies of work.   Sky, that immense and charged element, dominates and scores these images. Habitations, sometimes domestic, sometimes…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Give Me Something Good

    kristen
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:48 pm
    I remember the morning they first caught my eye. Out of my window I thought I saw the tiniest bud on the dogwood. The next time I noticed, the tree was in full bloom, the white blooms so vibrant, life bursting forward. It was impossible to ignore the feeling of hope vibrating from hundreds of points. Possibility. Potential. What could be. What will be. What is. The American Craft Council show was last weekend. I found myself not only inspired, but driven. To be more. More me. I look at the things we create…art, music, businesses, meals, families. We are amazing! I hope your heart is…
  • Here We Go Again!

    kristen
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    When you open yourself up (and when you have a marketing director who is on it), things happen! So many opportunities followed the launch of my wedding line, Jewelry For the Wild at Heart, at the Lovesick Expo. Including another wedding show. This one is The Perfect Wedding Guide Wedding Show this Sunday at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. Come check out my new line and see what is hot in Atlanta for weddings this spring. Fashion shows, goodie bags, hors d’oeuvres, cake samples and massages! What could be better for Valentine’s Day weekend? Well, maybe an impromptu trip to Costa Rica for two, but…
  • Best Wedding Show Ever!

    kristen
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    …When a Show is Actually a Party! Last night I had that feeling of being tired, in the most positive way. It was a long day. Twelve hours for a show day that included loading up, driving, setting up, talking with people about my new wedding line, packing up, driving home and crashing! All in 4 inch heels. I should also mention that there was free alcohol, a burlesque show and a great band. The Lovesick Expo was extremely well produced by a group of some of the nicest people I have ever met. They are very selective about the cities in which they bring the event and we are so fortunate…
  • The Things We Do For Love

    kristen
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    You need to be at the Lovesick Expo this Sunday. I love deadlines. I am a competitive person, with no one more than myself. I like to surprise myself with my ability to focus and produce. When I want something, I will do everything to make it happen. I love to sketch out my designs. Just the smell of my Prismacolor pencils and the feel of the recycled paper in my spiral sketchbook make me feel giddy. Throw in a cup of green chai tea and I am done. Absolute bliss. Some of those designs make it to metal. Some just make my sketchbook pretty. I am ok with either result. The process is…
  • Lovesick Jeweler Wants to Help You Tie the Knot!

    kristen
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:47 pm
    We Are In The News:   January 12th, 2015. Atlanta based eco-friendly jewelry company, Ahimsa Designs, will launch their new alternative wedding line, the Wild at Heart Collection, at the upcoming Lovesick Expo on January 25, 2015 at Ambient Plus Studio in Atlanta Ga.  (Follow this link to learn how to get free tickets to this exciting event!) The new wedding collection features several styles of sterling silver wedding bands that can be personalized for each couple with handstamping and ethically sourced gems. Also included in the new wedding line are dramatically intricate hand-woven…
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Non-Toxic Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

    Dr. Karen
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It seems that I am the only one in my family who knows how to use the laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. Whenever my family tries to run the dishwasher, they’d yell, “How many scoops of this white powder and how many cups of the vinegar? And where do I put them in again?” And I’d mumble under the breadth, something like, “If I have to tell you how to do it a thousand times, I’d do it myself!”  Sound familiar? Well, truth be told, this is partly my fault since I don’t make it that easier for them to figure out how to use my crazy…
  • Yoga and Lemon Tea Instagram Challenge – #lemonyoga30

    Dr. Karen
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I’ve been doing yoga on and off for about a year. I put on my comfortable pants and t-shirt, roll out the yoga mat, and get in the ‘zone’ for about 30 minutes before the day starts. Most of the time. Ok, it’s been about once a week lately but I do start the day with at least some stretches and meditation on most mornings. Otherwise, I’m “fuzzy” all day. I don’t think exercise ritual has to be anything fancy – you just have to ‘do it’ – whatever makes you happy. But I wanted to get back into yoga routine. So starting this…
  • Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Corn Chowder

    Dr. Karen
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s been really cold this past few weeks. I was trying to figure out what to cook when I saw the picture of “Smoky Cheese Chowder” on Life Currents. I almost drooled on my keyboard. It looked so creamy, warm, and inviting. I wanted to slurp the soup right off my screen. Doesn’t it look delicious? Also, she had me at “….only takes 15-20 minutes..”!  I had to make the soup. The only trouble was, I didn’t have smoky gouda cheese. But I had cheddar cheese. (this is what I buy) Also, I had to make it gluten free so I used tapioca flour. (If you are…
  • What School Lunches Look Like Worldwide

    Dr. Karen
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    When my kids were in elementary school, they didn’t want to eat school lunches. They said, and I quote, “They serve microwaved frozen foods Mom!” I told them, some frozen foods are good! But the kids insisted, those were not edible frozen foods. I admired their discerning tastes and instincts as I chuckled while patting myself on the back for raising health conscious kids. I was not trying to be the “Mother of the Year” when I packed their lunches, trust me. I was just trying to keep them from being hungry in class since they didn’t want to eat…
  • Furniture Retailers Eliminate Flame Retardants

    Dr. Karen
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Image by chaquetadepollo via Flickr My family room furniture is old. Like 14 years old. When we moved to our first house after we had our baby, we lived without furniture for a year so we can save money to buy good great quality furniture that lasts. Well, time has come to replace them because the fabric is fraying and the cushions have seen better days. But I’ve been hesitant because of the chemicals they treat the upholstered furniture with. When we bought them 14 years ago, flame retardants or stain resistant chemicals were reported as being safe, not harmful. We thought those…
 
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  • Testimonial: Cherry Wood Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:17 am
    We feel our Cherry Wood Furniture could very well be the best kept secret on the market today. It’s quality, it’s American made, and it’s affordable. Cherry Wood Furniture is some of the finest hardwood furniture around, and we’re positive like Brian, you’ll agree. This is my second purchase, two weeks ago I bought a matching cherry shaker coffee table and end table. I love the craftsmanship; I’ll buy furniture like this all day long over particle board and melamine furniture. Thank you for building American products that will last a lifetime. I wish you…
  • Youth Adirondack Chair Giveaway: March into Spring!

    Manchester Wood
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:58 pm
    This Month’s FREE Raffle Giveaway… Youth Adirondack Chair How do you plan on spending spring with your kids (or the kids in your life)!? As springtime comes closer (hard to believe where we are!) we take a look towards the outdoors and the furniture we’ll use in the joy of the warmer seasons ahead. For our month of March Giveaway we’re offering our Youth Adirondack Chair FREE. The Youth Adirondack Chair is a kid’s variation (ideal for ages 3 to 8) of Manchester Wood’s Adirondack Folding Chairs. Our Adirondack Folding Chairs are made from solid maple and have a…
  • What Quality Furniture Means

    Manchester Wood
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:08 am
    Providing Quality Furniture at reasonable prices has been Manchester Wood’s honest mission for nearly 40 years. Quality furniture isn’t so much about where it’s made… it’s how. Yes, 100% of our furniture is American made (and we’re very proud of that). Yet, we believe it’s the process of sourcing quality local hardwood materials and timeless design that has kept customers coming back for 39 years. Quality furniture at reasonable prices that sits between the inspirational small custom American furniture makers, and the mass “down-and-dirty…
  • Manchester Wood’s ‘Spread Love’ Table Giveaway

    Manchester Wood
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:10 pm
    This Month’s FREE Raffle Giveaway… Contemporary 22″ Round End Table Enter this month’s FREE raffle giveaway by letting us know how you plan on spreading love this February. Whether on a night-out with your lovely ‘valentine’ on Valentine’s Day, or by simply expressing it to your co-workers, family, and friends, the limit is limitless when it comes to spreading love this month and we’d love to hear how you plan on sharing it! Our sleek and naturally elegant Contemporary 22″ Round End Table adds to any room setting. It’s a perfect size for the space between your sofa…
  • 4 Stories Behind Wood Types We Use

    Manchester Wood
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    A Cherry Tree. Photo Courtesy of WunderWoods Many customers ask us about the trees that make our American made solid wood furniture. Here are the 4 types we currently use and their back-story. Ash (Fraxinus spp.) Norse mythology refers to Ash as “the mighty tree that supports the heavens” and “below earth its root went down to hell.” Ash belongs to the olive family, although its only fruit is a dart-like winged seed. Ash is a popular species for food containers because the wood has no taste. Admiral Richard Byrd wore snowshoes made from Ash during his polar…
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Ford Set to Divert 5 Million Plastic Bottles From Landfills In 2015...Here's How

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    How Ford Rocks The F-150 With Recycled Bottles  You know I love Ford and here's just one more reason why. They walk the green talk and they are doing it again with the F-150. According to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    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

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    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! ]]
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    inspired habitat

  • Get Growing: Plant Your Spring Garden

    bambeco
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’ve gathered your tools. You’ve chosen the perfect plot of land. And, finally, the weather is beginning to come around. You’re ready to plant your very own backyard garden. Whether you’re growing the ingredients for your next great meal or … Continue reading → The post Get Growing: Plant Your Spring Garden appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Why Hypoallergenic?

    bambeco
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nothing throws off your day more than a bad night’s sleep. And not much can disrupt your sleep as badly as allergies. So choosing bedding that is pure and hypoallergenic is key to enjoying the most restful sleep possible and … Continue reading → The post Why Hypoallergenic? appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Go Green For Your Big Day

    bambeco
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Your wedding day is a reflection of everything that matters most to you. That includes living sustainably, and with the increasing attention on the environmental impacts of everyday life, ways to go green at your wedding have become more and … Continue reading → The post Go Green For Your Big Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Get Set For Spring

    bambeco
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The seemingly endless winter has finally subsided. The days are longer, plants are blooming, and the weather is warming up. Spring has arrived and there is no better time to reinvigorate your backyard space and get ready for a season … Continue reading → The post Get Set For Spring appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Small But Powerful

    bambeco
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fully sustainable, easy to grow, and packed with nutrients, micro greens are among the latest trends in organic eating and for good reason. Best of all, you don’t need a green thumb or a spacious garden to enjoy their benefits. … Continue reading → The post Small But Powerful appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 48

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
     Just a few of my favorite finds this week...enjoy and kindly share them! From Oh, Honestly (new blog discovery!): A letter to my teenage daughter while you're still a little girl A photographer explores how our obsession with taking vacation photos has replaced the actual vacation: Trophies The sacred act of unplugging YUM!!! 36 healthy spring recipes Adorably funny: Advice on love from children Happy weekend, friends! Next week, I'll be opening Early Bird enrollment (with discount pricing) for my newest photography e-course, "The Charm of Children: How to Take Better Photos…
  • Prepare to be WOWED: Picture-Perfect Postcards from New Zealand

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Back in January, I had the pleasure of bringing you along on a Hawaiian adventure, courtesy of one of my nearest and dearest friends, Michael Graziano, in a post called Picture-Perfect Postcards from Hawaii. (If you missed it, check it out!) After Michael left Hawaii, he headed off on a six-week solo backpacking tour of New Zealand. He's been kind enough to let me share with you here the second leg of his trip. (Hang on to your hats! His photos are going to blow you away--and just might cause you to book a very long flight!) While I can't wait to catch up with Michael again in New…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 47

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Just a few of my favorite finds this week...enjoy and kindly share them: Super Ewan: An 8-year-old out to change the world! Some very creative upcycling ideas (but the greenest thing to do is to stop buying plastic bottled beverages in the first place) I'm sooooooo happy for my Aussie friend, Eliza! Bravo to these companies for taking a stand on palm oil LOVE this: Let the kids play--nature can take it Consider yourself warned: Cuteness attack, featuring squirrels Happy weekend, friends! Catch my latest posts by... subscribing (at the right) "liking" my Facebook page following…
  • "That Occasional Gorgeous Shock"

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I gobbled up Anne Lamott's book, Help, Thanks, Wow, in one sitting today. It's a short book, yes, but she's just that kind of writer--the kind where you feel like a close friend is speaking to you--a wise, funny, and sarcastic friend who can artfully describe life and all of its messy bits. My children (ages 7 and 11) asked me if the book would be good for them to read. "Well... there's a lot of dying in it," I said. They shook their heads in unison and went back to their respective books about wizards and fairies. I recently read Lamott's book Small…
  • "Downton Abbey Lite" in Vermont: A Tour of Hildene, the Lincoln Family Estate

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Even if you're not a U.S. history buff, I'm betting you know about Abraham Lincoln's humble beginnings in a log cabin. So you might be surprised to hear that his son, Robert Todd Lincoln, owned a magnificent 24-room house built on 412 sprawling acres in Manchester, Vermont. It's called Hildene, and I had the pleasure of visiting it last month.  If you've been reading this blog for a while (thank you!), then you already know from my post about Edith Wharton's house that I'm in HEAVEN if I'm allowed to roam around a turn-of-the-century home all by…
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    inspired habitat

  • Get Growing: Plant Your Spring Garden

    bambeco
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’ve gathered your tools. You’ve chosen the perfect plot of land. And, finally, the weather is beginning to come around. You’re ready to plant your very own backyard garden. Whether you’re growing the ingredients for your next great meal or … Continue reading → The post Get Growing: Plant Your Spring Garden appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Why Hypoallergenic?

    bambeco
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Nothing throws off your day more than a bad night’s sleep. And not much can disrupt your sleep as badly as allergies. So choosing bedding that is pure and hypoallergenic is key to enjoying the most restful sleep possible and … Continue reading → The post Why Hypoallergenic? appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Go Green For Your Big Day

    bambeco
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Your wedding day is a reflection of everything that matters most to you. That includes living sustainably, and with the increasing attention on the environmental impacts of everyday life, ways to go green at your wedding have become more and … Continue reading → The post Go Green For Your Big Day appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Get Set For Spring

    bambeco
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The seemingly endless winter has finally subsided. The days are longer, plants are blooming, and the weather is warming up. Spring has arrived and there is no better time to reinvigorate your backyard space and get ready for a season … Continue reading → The post Get Set For Spring appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Small But Powerful

    bambeco
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Fully sustainable, easy to grow, and packed with nutrients, micro greens are among the latest trends in organic eating and for good reason. Best of all, you don’t need a green thumb or a spacious garden to enjoy their benefits. … Continue reading → The post Small But Powerful appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • Join Norwex in New Zealand – for FREE

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    That’s right, you can join up with Norwex in New Zealand starting April 1st, and for the first month, you can join for free!! (And no, this is not an April Fools Joke.) I am so excited because I LOVE this company, and just love what they are doing to get safe, environmentally responsible products…
  • Five ‘Green’ DIY Projects for the Home

    Guest Writer
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    There aren’t many people out there who wouldn’t like to do a little more at home for the environment. Recycling and re-useable bags are definitely a front foot forward, but what if you want to go that little bit further? Sure there is some government information about green building projects and tens of companies offering…
  • The Absolute, Hands Down, Best Way to Clean Glass

    Kirsten McCulloch
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    There are literally dozens of posts out there about cleaning glass without nasty chemicals, recommending everything from vinegar to metho to corn flour to Ammonia (which okay, arguably is a bit nasty, but better than some options). But what’s the best way you ask? Well, it’s simple really. The best option, the one that uses…
  • How to Have Chemical Free Grapes

    Guest Writer
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Do you enjoy a glass of wine, or a bunch of sweet grapes? Did you know that Grapes make the top 10 list of most pesticide laden foods in both Australia and America? Today I am pleased to welcome Guest writer Mackenzie Fox, who describes why that is, an how you can avoid using pesticides…
  • Non-toxic Baby – Top Norwex Baby Shower Gifts

    Kirsten McCulloch
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Having a baby is often the reason people start transitioning to a less toxic lifestyle. That moment when you realise your baby is lying on carpet coated with toxic cleaning or fire retardent chemicals, dressed in cloths that are coated with laundry powder fillers, breathing in endocrin disrupting phthlatates from the scented candle you have…
 
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  • Climate Change and Its Impact on Coffee Production

    Clay Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    People who trivialise climate change and believe it won’t have an impact on their comfortable western lifestyle may be in for a shock – global warming is having a very palpable effect on the cost and quality of coffee. Consumers all over the world, who benefit from the 2 billion cups of coffee made available to them, may be taking their beloved hot beverage for granted. Rising heat levels, extreme weather and relentless robust pests are causing the highland coffee bean to run out of the cool mountainous terrain that it loves so much. Coffee crops are being threatened in almost every…
  • 6 Tips for Going Green When Remodeling Your Bathroom

    Clay Miller
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    Eco Glass Bricks Remodeling gives you an opportunity to turn your bathroom into an eco-friendly oasis. Go for the green options from start to finish with the help of the following tips. #1: Go With the Flow Choosing low-flow, water-wise fixtures is the single most environmentally sound bathroom choice you can make – and it can save you a lot of money. Newer low-flow shower heads and toilets have all the water pressure of the originals, but they use at least 25 percent less water. Timers are another option to save water. You get timers installed on both sink faucets and shower heads to help…
  • Different Types of Cast Iron Radiators and What Style Goes With What Theme of Room

    Clay Miller
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:58 am
    Cast iron radiators make any room warm and cosy. Over the years designers have improved upon their performance, and now manufacturers offer several design selections, combining function and style. From simplicity to elegance, there are many to choose from. Homeowners, contractors, and interior design consultants can find the perfect radiator for any room, apartment, or home with a minimal amount of shopping. However, having lots of options can be a bit overwhelming when considering a purchase. Homeowners looking to remodel want to get it right on the first attempt–after all, they are…
  • Infographic: Types of Green Cars

    Clay Miller
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    This infographic details the types of environmentally friendly cars. From electric cars, hybrid cars, hydrogen cars and solar cars. Included is news on these types of green cars. Also, ways to make an impact even with a non-green car. Source: http://www.crossline.ca/ The post Infographic: Types of Green Cars appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
  • Using Shipping Container for Disaster Relief

    Clay Miller
    16 Feb 2015 | 7:40 am
    Image by zendt66 from Flickr Creative Commons When responding to a disaster, no matter what type of disaster it is the quicker that you can get onto the scene and start supplying relief the better. There are many different natural disasters that afflict the world within which we live. Hurricanes Tsunami Earthquake Tornado Flooding Famine It is essential to try and get the help to where it is needed as quickly as possible, so that those that are in need of assistance can get the help that they require. The humble intermodal Shipping container is the perfect tool to be used in situations such…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • Top 25 Coral Reef Facts

    Rinkesh
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Top 25 Coral Reef Facts Coral reefs are some of the most beautiful places on Earth to visit. Even just watching an underwater documentary film about them will show you how lively and beautiful they are. Coral reefs are more than beautiful, they are fascinating ecosystems, and important to all of life on Earth. It almost isn’t fair to call a coral reef a “biome” or “ecosystem,” it may be more important to their survival to begin to see them for what they are – living communities. 25 Interesting Facts About Coral Reefs Here are the top 25 coral reef facts you should know. Fact…
  • Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

    Rinkesh
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Nuclear Energy Pros and Cons As of today, nuclear energy is considered as one of the most environmentally friendly source of energy as it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions during the production of electricity as compared to traditional sources like coal power plants. Nuclear fission is the process that is used in nuclear reactors to produce high amount of energy using element called uranium. It is the energy that is stored in the nucleus of an atom. While being environmentally friendly is the big plus of nuclear energy, disposal of radioactive waste and protecting people and environment…
  • Solar Energy – All You Need to Know [Infographic]

    Rinkesh
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Solar Energy – All You Need to Know [Infographic] Solar panels are used by large number of people these days in order to generate electricity for their homes. It is quite an interesting fact that rays of sun produce around 1000 watts of energy per square meter on the surface of the planet. Thus when this sun light falls on the Photovoltaic cells which are made from semi conducting material an electric field is created. If you wish to use solar energy in your home there are many possible ways to do so like Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar thermal panels, solar car port and even…
  • Pros and Cons of Hydrogen Energy

    Rinkesh
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    Hydrogen Energy Pros and Cons Hydrogen is the most fundamental of all Earth components. It is a powerful source of energy that exists with water. Hydrogen isn’t available on earth but it can be produced using a method called electrolysis that separates hydrogen from water. The process of electrolysis is in itself expensive. The process of electrolysis requires more energy to extract hydrogen than the amount of energy produced by the hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen when extracted from methane releases greenhouse gases which results in global warming. According to EIA, the U.S. produces about 9…
  • Pros and Cons of Hydroelectric Power

    Rinkesh
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Hydroelectric Power Pros and Cons Hydroelectric power simply means generation of power from falling or streaming water. To produce power, dams are constructed on rivers. The constant running flow of water is then used to move the turbines. The rotating turbines then use the kinetic energy of moving water which in turn causes the magnets inside the generator to rotate and generate electricity. The water then exits the turbine and is returned to the stream below the dam. Moving water is therefore powerful source of energy that can lighten cities, towns and even countries. Although producing of…
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  • Budget 2015: Swansea Bay tidal lagoon receives boost

    Daniel Birkett
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    In today’s budget announcement George Osbourne has confirmed the government is willing to back the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project. A project to construct a large-scale tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay has received a significant boost in today’s budget announcement, […] The post Budget 2015: Swansea Bay tidal lagoon receives boost appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Severn Trent to invest £190m in renewables

    Daniel Birkett
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Severn Trent has announced it will invest £190m in renewables to improve its sustainability. Utility firm, Severn Trent will invest £190m in renewable energy technologies to generate 50% of its energy needs on site by 2020. The firm currently generates […] The post Severn Trent to invest £190m in renewables appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Leeds wind farm in the works

    Daniel Birkett
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    The first wind farm is set to be constructed in the Leeds metropolitan area in a new £14m project. Hook Moor Farm, consisting of 5 large-scale wind turbines is set to be built on farmland near the M1 and A1 […] The post Leeds wind farm in the works appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Yorkshire water plan solar projects

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:57 am
    Yorkshire Water is planning solar projects at two of its sites to help meet growing energy demands. Utility firm, Yorkshire Water is planning to install ground-mounted solar arrays at two of its sewage and water facilities in order to meet […] The post Yorkshire water plan solar projects appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Students develop ‘solar hub’ bus shelter

    Daniel Birkett
    6 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    A ‘solar hub’ bus station which has been developed by university students is set to be unveiled at the Cambridge Science Festival 2015. A bus shelter which generates electricity using solar panels and vegetation has been developed by students at […] The post Students develop ‘solar hub’ bus shelter appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
 
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  • Creating Change That Matters

    Tribal Leader
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:28 pm
      At Raintees we are passionate about using business as a means to create widespread social and environmental good so when we recently heard about an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist also using business to make a major impact for our planet we were very inspired. Ibrahim AlHusseini spent the past decade as a very successful venture capitalist, but it’s his latest initiative to end our global waste crisis that is truly remarkable.   Between 1960 and 2013 the United States accumulation of municipal waste rose from over 88 million tons to 250.9 million tons and Ibrahim…
  • Animals Asia and the Fight to End Bear Bile Farming

    Natasha Urbany
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mangled teeth. Disfigured paws. Starved and dehydrated. Bleak, cramped cages. These are the conditions that 10,000 (and counting) Asiatic black bears- an already endangered species-suffer through on a daily basis in Chinese bear bile farms. These bears live in cramped, cruel- ridden conditions in order to be “milked” for their bile. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the bile and the gall bladders of the bears to craft folk medicine. Bile farmers use cruel, invasive procedures such as the only government authorized  “free drip” to remove the bear’s bile.  Even though the government…
  • Feature: La Bella Figura, SkinAgain, and LURK

    Natasha Urbany
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Save yourself the hassle of endlessly searching for the right makeup, skincare, and perfume during this hectic holiday season. Here at Raintees we’ve found three fantastic brands and have picked out products that we’re sure will become your go to items! La Bella Figura: More Thank Makeup- http://www.labellafigurabeauty.com Founded by Victoria Fantauzzi and Karen King, La Bella Figura is an organic, luxe skin care line that has launched its More Than Makeup functional beauty line (prices range between 30-38$) just in time for the holidays! La Bella Figura has infused each piece with a…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine!

    Natasha Urbany
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    In case you have been having trouble finding the perfect gift for the fashionista, homemaker, gourmet foodie, or wine lover in your life our Holiday Gift Guide has you covered! Here at Raintees’ we’ve found fantastic brands and gifts that you and your loved ones will enjoy this season! Part Two: Fashion, Household, Food and Wine Fashion and Household: Pure HANDKNIT. 4125 Celebrate T- Neck. Pure HANDKNIT- http://pureandco.com Pure HANDKNIT is passionate about hand crafted knitwear made from 100% Cotton. Pure HANDKNIT has partneredwith over 4500 female knitters in Chiang Mai,…
  • Holiday Gift Guide- Part One: Skincare and Beauty!

    Natasha Urbany
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Now that Halloween has come and gone it is time to pack away the orange and black and welcome the Holiday season! So, while you are relaxing by the fire and enjoying a nice mug of peppermint hot chocolate check out Raintees’ Holiday Gift Guide and peruse our choices for skincare, beauty gourmet food, fashion, household and wine! Part One: Skincare and Beauty! (stay tuned for part two!) Kari Gran Starter Kit. Kari Gran-http://karigran.com Kari Gran is a luxurious skin care line that prides itself on using high quality, natural, non-GMO ingredients. All of the products are paraben and…
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  • Exploring Greenhouse Cover Options

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    16 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Owning a greenhouse is a constant battle to balance light and dark, hot and cold, wet and dry, but luckily you’ve got tons of tools in your arsenal. Besides all[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • How to grow greenhouse hydroponic tomatoes

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    23 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    Planting density When growing greenhouse tomatoes, it’s important to use the proper planting density. Greenhouse tomatoes need at least four square feet per plant or 10,000 plants per acre. Using[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 5 Eco Friendly Tips to Maintain Water on Your Property

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    12 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Water’s naturally calming properties are just one of the many reasons why it’s beneficial to have a body of water near your home. Aside from the way it makes you feel, it can[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • The Ultimate Greenhouse Resource List

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    29 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Welcome to the Greenhome Gnome‘s official resource list! I’ve put together a list of some of the most useful resources the universe has to offer on greenhousing for you, my[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • How to Choose the Greenest Heating Option for Your Home

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    21 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Though your heating system might not be something you think about unless your utility bills are high or your abode isn’t cozy enough, there are several home heating options that both provide adequate[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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  • Adding Value to Your Home With Solar

    John Atkinson
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Home solar is booming in large part because solar panels can reliably save you money on your electricity bill compared to your utility rate, a value proposition that is becoming increasingly well-established in a growing number of states nationwide.  Recent news from big players in the residential solar space confirms that this momentum for expansion isn’t slowing down: Residential solar market leader SolarCity announced a new $750 million fund to finance solar leases and loans for as many as 25,000 customers in 14 states (and the District of Columbia) nationwide.  $300 million of the…
  • Stoked for storage – new opportunities for solar are one step closer

    Emil Dimantchev
    15 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    When it comes to energy storage the common question has always been – not so much, do we want it, but rather – how soon can we have it. A few stories from last week suggest it may be sooner than previously thought. We may be able to store significant amounts of solar and wind power by the end of this decade. SunEdison charges into the battery business One clue came when SunEdison announced it had bought Philadelphia-based start-up Solar Grid Storage (SGS), becoming the first solar company to acquire a storage developer. While the acquisition is not radical – solar companies…
  • The South Also Rises

    John Atkinson
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    Despite its abundant sunshine, the southeastern U.S. has been slower to adopt solar than the northeast and western parts of the country.  This slowness is due to a range of factors, including a historic dependence on cheap coal, utility monopoly-dominated power sectors, and a lack of supportive policies – itself often a symptom of the political influence of the coal and utility industries. This dynamic is changing however.  We recently discussed the growing, bipartisan momentum for solar-friendly policies in several deeply conservative ‘coal country’ states, including initiatives in…
  • The Global Discussion on Climate Change Finally Changed Forever

    Thad Wharton
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Credit: kleuske “Breakthrough” The year 2014 will be remembered for many things.  Your memory may get hung-up on the negatives if mainstream headlines rule your outlook, but late in the year one particular thing happened that finally created a positive and veritable sea change in world opinion, discussion and action.  And it just so happens to involve that tricky little issue of our planet’s climate health.  See how we turned the corner in the section, “A New Day” below, but first, some background: The health of our climate is not just an American issue, it is a global…
  • Palmetto Sun – Net Metering Agreement Paves Way for South Carolina Solar Market

    John Atkinson
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Much digital ink was spilled in 2014 chronicling hard-fought, often acrimonious battles between power utilities and solar advocates. In front of regulators across the country, the former argued that they are being forced to pay more for solar power than is fair, and the latter accused the utilities of trying to strangle (or take over) the nascent solar industry out of a fear of competition. However, after all that contentiousness, the year in utility-solar relations closed on a hopeful note of cooperation – in South Carolina, at least. In keeping with the holiday spirit, utilities and solar…
 
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  • Wind Electricity on the Rise for Buildings Everywhere

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Using wind to generate power is not a new concept. In fact, it’s been around for over a hundred years! However, until recently, wind turbines were not very promoted.  With recent concerns over resources and renewable energy, many private and public establishments are starting to turn to wind-powered energy to at least supplement their energy needs. Commercial Flooring Solutions wanted to share more about this increasing power trend. Back in the 1950’s, most all of the wind turbines already established in the United States were shut down due to lack of use. Then in 1978, Congress passed…
  • The Amazing Changshan Tower Built in Only 19 Days

    admin
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Photo by the Broad Group Commercial Flooring Solutions has always been interested in the amazing feats of building construction.  We are fascinated by the unique, ergonomic, economic, and especially the environmentally friendly.  One particular story has caught our eye out of Changshan, China –  a brand new fifty-seven story tower built in a most unique way. The tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and it is over 160 stories tall.  The construction of the Burj Khalifa took over six years, which was considered fairly fast for such a monumental building.  However,…
  • Activity-based Office Environments Make Productivity Easy

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
      Staying motivated at the office can be tough, especially if that means staring at a computer screen in the same cubicle all day long. Sometimes it seems like the only other option is working in a common area, which can be distracting and unproductive. But maybe there’s another way to view the workday: activity-based working. This concept was originally developed by Erik Veldhoen, a Dutch consultant and author of the book The Demise of the Office. His firm believes that when people have the opportunity to decide where they want to work, they are more dedicated to productivity –…
  • See the Most Creative Office Designs in the World

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:03 pm
      Inspiration and ingenuity today can be inspired by the culture and atmosphere on the job, as well as the work environment. Since research began supporting the benefits of great office design and the effects on employee creativity, businesses large and small have spared no expense in coming up with innovative office models. So here are a couple companies who have taken office design above and beyond, and we hope it will give you a little inspiration on how to spice up your space too:   Facebook: Global giants like Facebook have specifically constructed their offices with the…
  • Is Your Desk a Breeding Ground for Bacteria?

    admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Do you work a desk job? Are two-thirds of your daily meals eaten at the Chateau de Cubicle? If you’re one of millions of American workers who eat their lunch between a keyboard and a mouse, we sure hope you give your place setting a wipe down daily, if not weekly. If you don’t, then say hello to your very own mosh pit of bacteria, population: ten million. According to a recent Home Food Safety program survey performed by the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods, 27% of American workers eat breakfast at their desks. A whopping 62% of us eat lunch in our workspaces, and 50% of…
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  • How to cut carbon footprint from your home? Infographics

    Mimuba
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:24 am
    Carbon emissions in excess of their limits are a huge threat to our environment. They hit us in dual ways first by polluting our surrounding air environment and then causing climate change ultimately that equally is a major threat to sustainability of our planet earth. Everyone talks about cut in carbon footprint either collectively of… Read More »The post How to cut carbon footprint from your home? Infographics appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 19 flaws mostly found in our environmental legislation

    Mimuba
    15 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    There are two blades of pollution control system. One is environmental legislation which means framing laws and rules to point acts of polluting and punish their perpetrators. The second blade is awareness that aims to convince people do protect their environment on self-help and do-it-yourself basis. The environmental legislation and its enforcement covers major part… Read More »The post 19 flaws mostly found in our environmental legislation appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Natural Remedies for Children’s Fever

    Mimuba
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Fever is not illness. It is way of handling bacteria and viruses in your body. We usually get panicky if we kids suffer from fever. So instead of worrying we need to first monitor it and then decide what to do. There are certain levels of fever which can be treated naturally. In case of… Read More »The post Natural Remedies for Children’s Fever appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to share about environment thru a guest post?

    Mimuba
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Being an environmental friendly person our effort should be to share more and more about environment with other people. We need to tell people how our environment is under persistent threat of rising pollution everywhere. We should also tell people how to go green and make this world a safer place to live. It is… Read More »The post How to share about environment thru a guest post? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 25 business slogans to promote green products

    Mimuba
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    For a safer planet Earth you need to make your every act green. For this you simply have to keep trying to avoid harming your environment. Whatever you do just check if you are not: Wasting your precious resources Generating waste unnecessarily Lowering air quality by using your vehicle excessively Contaminating water by throwing garbage… Read More »The post 25 business slogans to promote green products appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • My Chai Banana Milkshake Brings All The Dairy-Free Boys to The Yard

    Emily Uebergang
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    I know those of you trapped in the Northern-sphere are probably just starting to recover from being bunked up in your houses escaping the blizzards. All I can think of is how amazing snow would be right now. Snowmen, snow cones, snow fights, snow angels, snow mobiles, snow, snow, snow! I’m one deprived snow child but I’m sure there’s something I’m clearly missing.   Take a moment to think of those of us residing on the other half of the planet sweltering it … → The post My Chai Banana Milkshake Brings All The Dairy-Free Boys to The Yard appeared…
  • It’s HERE! The Sustainable Lifestyle Design Ebook is ready for Pre-Order!

    Emily Uebergang
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:32 pm
    May I present to you my little baby! The brand spanking new ebook that’s now available for pre-order at a discounted price (only until April 1). Grab your copy on Amazon. (I’ll have other e-reading versions available later this week, so sign up to my mailing list to get notified if you aren’t already).   I am more excited than a little kid opening a new pack of Pokemon cards. Writing a book has been a dream I’ve held so close to my heart since … → The post It’s HERE! The Sustainable Lifestyle Design Ebook is ready for Pre-Order! appeared…
  • Herbal Bath Infusion To Relax and Unwind

    Emily Uebergang
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This herbal bath is like floating on a bed of clouds. This time is all about you, the water, soaking up the herbie-goodness, and some relaxing tunes to sooth the soul. For this recipe you can pick an essential oil depending on your needs and what you have available. Here’s some of my favorites:   Lavender: Calming and relaxing Eucalyptus: Clears the airways and aids in deep breathing Chamomile: Soothing   The rosemary infusion is simply a matter of placing a cup … → The post Herbal Bath Infusion To Relax and Unwind appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • 3 Ingredient Natural Face Mask You Can Eat!

    Emily Uebergang
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is part of the Natural Home Spa Day Series.   Once upon a blue moon I would plaster my face in those wretched blue skin masks, expecting them to peel away all my facial flaws. I was deluding myself. Not only did they include ingredients I would never dream of eating, they were actually causing me more skin irritations. Many commercial skin masks contain synthetic fragrances and alcohols which for people like me with sensitive skin, are a big no-no. Let’s face it – … → The post 3 Ingredient Natural Face Mask You Can Eat! appeared first on The Urban…
  • That Time I Thought I Had it All Figured Out…

    Emily Uebergang
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    It was the one week that changed my life. I didn’t know this at the time but a pebble had been thrown into the open lake, instigating a ripple effect which would set the foundation for the rest of my life.   I think people romanticize the idea of epiphanies. Like it’s all about the sun piercing through the peeling away clouds. A sight revealing magical rainbows, prancing unicorns and shooting stars falling from the heavens. There’s an expectancy that the audience will stand up and erupt in applause … → The post That Time I Thought I Had it All…
 
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  • Ocean Energy

    Prasun Barua
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    What is Ocean Energy?All type of renewable energy which is acquired from the sea is called Ocean Energy. Constant flow of ocean currents contains huge amount of water across the earth's ocean.Technological development contributes to extract energy from ocean currents and convert it into usable power.Constantly moving ocean waters are affected by water salinity, wind, rotation of the earth, temperature and topography of the ocean floor. Wind and solar heating of surface water near the equator contribute to drive most ocean currents. Meanwhile, salinity and density variations of water…
  • Green Economy

    Prasun Barua
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    What is Green Economy?Green Economy is the economy wherein sustainable society exists with zero carbon emissions and a one-planet footprint. Here, naturally restored renewable resources are utilized to acquire energy. A green economy is applicable to people, planet and profits at the micro and macro-economic level of all organizations. Meanwhile, the foundation of “Black” energy economy exists with carbon-intensive fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. On the other hand, a low-carbon economy is different from a green economy as carbon emissions are still created by…
  • Green Business

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

    Prasun Barua
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Green City is the system of creating a green and sustainable city by utilizing and implementing green technologies and policies. It includes renewable energy generation, environmental impact per person, environmentally friendly green transport used by people, recycling programs, constructing green building and reserve green spaces.Following implementations are necessary in order to create a Green City:Appropriate urban planning should be made comprehensively.Location with green natural beauty makes people feeling a connection to their surroundings.Going green not only save the planet but also…
  • Bioelectricity

    Prasun Barua
    21 May 2014 | 2:38 am
    Bioelectricity is the process of producing electromagnetic energy by living organisms. The bioelectric activity which happens throughout the human body is very necessary to life. Living cells can produce electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields which enable the action of muscles and the transmission of information in the nerves. This is the concept of quick signaling in nerves. It produces physical processes in muscles or glands. There is some similarity among the muscles, nerves and glands of all organisms. The early development of fairly efficient electrochemical systems is the reason…
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  • LED lights can ward off unwanted insects

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    8 Watt LED lights that repel insects Spring is already here and the warm temperatures have already brought in some areas, many unpleasant flying creatures like mosquitoes or other annoying insects. As the weather becomes warmer every day and we are heading slowly but surely toward the summer, we start spending more hours outside in the garden and because we remain later, after sunset, many unwanted insects become attracted by the garden lights and start to bite our hands and legs to create itching areas all over the body. The problem is that mosquitoes are carriers of many dangerous diseases…
  • Natural gas can power ship engines that are friendly with the environment

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    Natural gas could power ship engines with low carbon emissions. If we want to have a cleaner environment in the near future we need to change the energy source used by the terrestrial vehicles, but we also need to do something to reduce the pollution produced by the vessels which are crossing the seas. A team of researchers from Copenhagen, Denmark, work to change a huge engine similar to the engines used by cruise ships and cargo vessels. The engine is powered by both diesel and natural gas and it was designed to reduce the emissions of gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide. This…
  • Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates and support the development of the renewable energy resources

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Buy RECs and support the development of the renewable energy sector. Renewable energy is the future of our civilization because it represents a resource that produces no greenhouse gas emissions or other types of air pollutants, so it protects the environment. Fossil fuels produce dirty energy which is cheaper, but they pollute the environment pretty much, so they cannot be considered a reliable and healthy resource of energy for the future. In other words, you need to understand that fossil fuels helped the society to reach the current level of development, but for the future we need to use…
  • Transparent solar panels could end the fossil fuels era

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Transparent solar panels could end the era of fossil fuels Solar energy is the renewable resource that can power our planet and cover the general energy demand very easy. The Sun is 109 times bigger than the Earth, and if we watch the Earth from a greater distance in space we see that only a ray of sunshine sent by the Sun is enough to envelop the entire planet. For now, the technology used to harvest solar energy is not very efficient and because of this, to produce enough energy to cover all the global energy demand we need a lot of space to install a very large number of solar panels. Even…
  • No more UK subsidies for large-scale solar from April, 2015

    admin
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:33 am
    Subsidies for large-scale solar are ending in the UK on March 31 Fossil fuels have managed to bring the human society in the 21th century, but from here, the society might be powered by the Sun and other renewable resources toward a cleaner future. Nowadays, solar power is booming, and all this due to the fact that the cost of solar panels has fallen by 70% in the last years, making solar energy more affordable for all. The problem is that the energy produced by solar panels is not that cheap as the energy produced by burning fossil fuels, so solar panels must become even cheaper. In the UK,…
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  • Homemade Holi Colours

    Ecoideaz
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    Author – Anjali Sinha Come every Holi, I begin to get a weird feeling. Deep down my heart, I really want to have fun smearing coloured powders on friends and relatives, forgetting all my inhibitions. However, at the back of my mind, I am aware of how harmful these seemingly innocent colours are, not only to our health, but also to the environment. I face a dilemma – to play or not to play and until the year before last – I used to end up hiding in a room to avoid the boisterous crowd of neighbours, friends and relatives. To those who would be a little considerate, I would be ready with…
  • Solar Energy in India

    Ecoideaz
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:41 am
    Author – Tim Smith The development of solar power was more popular in established nations over the last few decades. However, since 2010, India has begun to invest heavily in solar energy thanks to the high prevalence of sunny days, which average around 300 days per year, as well as the rising demand for power among its densely populated urban areas. Earlier, solar energy in India made up less than 1% of the total energy demand, and since 2010, its usage has increased rapidly with the full support of the Indian government. Solar Power Developments in India In January 2010, India launched…
  • Innovative Pedal Power Machines

    Sreelakshmy V U
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Author – Sreelakshmy V U Remember the good old days, when bicycles were fitted with dynamos and small bulbs for travel during night. Pedaling causes the dynamo to generate power, helping the light to glow. But, today, this technology has been replaced by batteries, so no pedaling is required, as the lifestyle of people changed. Pedal power generation is the method of generating electrical power from mechanical pedaling. It is a eco-friendly activity that causes no harm to the environment. This technique, which has been influenced by bicycle pedaling, is the most resilient and robust source…
  • Haathi Chaap – Elephant Poo Paper

    Ecoideaz
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Author – Smuruthi Kesavan Elephants are a common sight in Jaipur’s tourist areas. They ferry tourists to forts and shrines atop hills. As a result, mounds of elephant dung lying around are a sight that is hard to miss. Tourists groan out of disgust about it, but this smelly mess inspired Mahima Mehra to think about how this abundant natural resource can be utilized. As an old saying goes, an elephant is worth a thousand gold pieces when alive and just as much in death! Typically, an elephant consumes about 250 kg of food daily and produces 100 kg of dung. Since elephants are herbivores,…
  • Solar Cooking in India

    Ecoideaz
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Author – Arushi Prakash Box-type solar cooker | Source atpmart.com My first interaction with solar cookers happened many years ago when a friend of mine displayed a model at our school’s science fair, which was pretty much novel for us then. When I reminisce about that barely working model, I wonder how this technology has progressed in India. India is a country where more than 60% of population earns its living from agriculture. These subsistence farmers and their families rely heavily on the sun for plant growth, to dry husk and manure for fuel, and to drying clothes. Fortunately, they…
 
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    Russ George

  • Spring Blooms Convert Vast Amounts of CO2 Into Ocean Life And Oxygen

    Russ George
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    New report shows ocean pastures bloom with the seasons and enrich the ocean with oxygen to far greater depths than formerly believed. Satellite view in false color showing spring blooms with Iceland visible in the top right of the image — click to enlarge The spring blooms in the North Atlantic are especially vital and beautiful though you might need to be in orbit to see it. Tragically the blooms are diminishing. At the same time that we are enjoying the blossoms in our parks and pastures on land that signals the start of a warmer season, a similar “greening” is taking…
  • High and Rising CO2 Helping Trees Conserve Water

    Russ George
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Dramatic water conserving effects of rising CO2 in European trees is revealed in 100 years of data Tree cores reveal a wealth of information Italian researcher(s) Tognetti et al. (2014) show that improvements in intrinsic water-use efficiency (iWUE) — the ratio between photosynthetic rate and stomatal conductance — “is recorded in the variation of the carbon isotope discrimination (Δ13C) of the annual growth rings that are laid down during each growing season. As more CO2 has become available to trees they have studied the trees have been stimulated to breathe less and…
  • Vital Plankton Rock Star Dissolving In Our Acidifying Oceans

    Russ George
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Our favourite plankton rock star, Emily Hux, an incredibly populus and beautiful form of ocean life is in dire straits and we don’t mean enjoying a rock concert with Mark Knopfler indeed just the opposite no more rock. As bad as this seems we can help them! A new scary study just out today in Geophysical Research Letters, GRL, shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton one of which is Emiliania huxleyi also known as E. Hux we like to call her Emily Hux — tiny form of ocean plant life, phyto-plankton that forms a rocky shell and are a vital foundation of the marine food web –…
  • Arctic Gulls Disappearing As Mercury Increases To 45 Times Historic Levels

    Russ George
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Pure white Arctic Ivory Gulls has seen its population reduced to just 20% of historic levels since the 1980’s. Only 500 breeding pairs of the gulls survive today. There is 45 times more mercury in those gulls today than in the past based on 80 samples that included museum specimens dating back more than 130 years. Ivory Gulls are loaded with mercury and disappearing fast The beautiful Ivory Gull, is now classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as threatened, but it is facing a newly identified threat – rising mercury levels in Arctic. According to a new…
  • Amazon Rainforest Living Fast Dying Young In High CO2 World

    Russ George
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Most extensive study of the Amazon to date reveals startling early death of rainforest trees. Life expectancy of Amazon trees has declined by more than a third since the mid-1980’s. The results of this monumental 30-year land based survey of the South American rainforest involving an international team of almost 100 researchers are published today in the journal Nature. Amazon rainforest trees have been following the same path as the modern human race, inhaling too much of a good thing and paying the price of dying young. The Amazon forest, largest rainforest on Earth, acts as a vast…
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  • Don’t Forget About Earth Hour Today!

    Green Mom
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Today at 8:30PM we should all turn of all lights and take an hour to reflect on Global Warming and what is happening to our planet and how we can change things. We’ll be celebrating as always with candle lights, card games and talking about mother earth and what we’re doing to it.    
  • Fewer Toys — More Creative Kids?

    Green Mom
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    By Fredrica Syren: When our daughter was a baby, we did not have many toys for her, and actually always laughed at how she would find anything fun to play with (e.g. straps on her car seat, the vacuum, pots and pans, etc.). As we became a family with three kids, the number of toys ...
  • How To Start a Community Garden

    Larraine Roulston
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    By Larraine Roulstona: In urban neighborhoods, citizens have come together to create community gardens. The group volunteers may find a suitable plot on property belonging to a community center, library, rooftop, senior residences; or they may discover a small area of vacant land within the city. Once they have secured a small parcel of land, ...
  • The Future of Our Health and Food Supply: New USDA Dietary Guidelines

    Dawna Matthews
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    By Dawna Matthews: Over the years we have heard conflicting dietary recommendations. Experts have recommended everything from fat free to no cholesterol and more. Every study seems to conflict with the other and can make healthy eating choices confusing. Most of us know that, despite all these diet trends and suggestions, we should eat more ...
  • Ways To Repurpose Egg Cartons

    Kim Robson
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    By Kim Robson: As an ovo-lacto-pesco vegetarian, I go through a lot of eggs for protein. All those cardboard egg cartons, luckily, are eminently recyclable and reusable. Read on for some tips on ways to repurpose those cartons instead of just throwing them into the recycle bin: Recycle them yourself naturally in your compost bin. ...
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  • Solar Power Strong Countries – {Infographic}

    Stuart Amm
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Last updated:17th March, 2015, 5:20 PMWe have seen a rise in coverage in the mainstream news in recent years around the topic of renewable energy. This comes as a result of the concerns with global warming and the ozone layer. Governments in the developed world have started to concentrate more research and budget to this area also as scientists emphasise the urgency and importance. This info-graphic from Half Price Shutters charts those countries that have already begun to take solar power seriously. Some countries have focused very much on this but there are a number of large countries that…
  • 5 Of The Most Effective Green Marketing Strategies

    Diana Smith
    14 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Last updated:14th March, 2015, 5:48 PMAs the consequences of global warming have become more than obvious, many people started developing Eco-consciousness, which influences the creation of numerous green companies. If you own a small eco-friendly company, have you ever wondered how this phenomenon could influence your business? Well, that means that you will have larger and more powerful competition. If you don’t want your company to be suppressed by others, you need to advertise it in accordance to your eco-friendly attitudes. When it comes to green marketing, you need to be very careful.
  • How To Choose Energy Efficient Windows?

    Contributing Author
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Last updated:11th March, 2015, 4:20 PMEnergy efficient windows are often lauded by homeowners and builders as a worthwhile investment, but you may find yourself wondering what the best energy ratings or features work best for your home. While it’s true that the ratings make a big difference, understanding what they mean is easy enough to understand, as the following explanation shows.   Energy Ratings Indicate Efficiency Windows emit heat outside during the winter and allow heat indoors during the summer. There are two measurements that track the movement of heat and they’re called…
  • Shipping Container Homes: Welcome to the Future of Housing

    Lillian Connors
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Last updated:10th March, 2015, 3:38 PMDid you know that Eco-friendly facilities have become a real trend in our time? In the past, their construction was just a futuristic idea realized by only few people around the world. Eco-friendly materials weren’t firmly established and easily accessible, which resulted in extremely high prices. From then on, many things have changed. Today, everyone can own a green home. They are sustainable and budget-friendly, which means that they are supposed to improve both our economy and environment. If you liked this idea, let’s examine one truly…
  • What Do You Achieve with Sustainable Agriculture and What are the Benefits?

    Diana Smith
    7 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Last updated:7th March, 2015, 6:23 PMNot a lot of people today decide to dedicate their time and work to the nature and rarely do we see youngsters who prefer working the land instead of trying to be “big” in the cityHowever, for those being raised on farms and ranches, this is the only option and they are ready to take the responsibility to continue the work of their parents and family.   What more and more of these determined individuals do is engage in sustainable agriculturethis special treatment of land, vegetables, fruit, animals and other elements of the farm system…
 
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  • Guides for Quitting Smoke: Find The Triggers of Smoking

    Brian
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Recognize the triggers of your smoking It’s also important to realize what makes your cravings of smoking, which will help your quitting significantly. Triggers of your smoking may different from specific situation, feelings at that moment, and people you come along with. Record your cravings Keeping a journal about your daily cravings for a week or two will help you be aware of your triggers, making good preparation for your quit date. Pay attention on the moments when you are… Continue Reading ›› The post Guides for Quitting Smoke: Find The Triggers of Smoking appeared…
  • Hisense Dehumidifier Review, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

    Brian
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Hisense Dehumidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 Hisense is a multinational white goods and electronics manufacturer from Asia. It not only provides to top quality Hisense dehumidifiers products with advanced technologies, easy-to-use designs, but also offers God-like service and great affordability. It is always trying to fulfill your imagination. Hisense dehumidifiers are an excellent solution for excessive moisture and provides benefits for living environment. In addition to prominent ability, Hisense dehumidifiers are also designed with customized and straightforward operations, thus…
  • Rabbit Air Purifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2014 -2015

    Brian
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Rabbit Air Reviews for 2015 Since the foundation in 2004, America, Rabbit Air is dedicating all its sources to providing high quality HEPA air purifiers and has become one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.. You will find Rabbit air purifier reviews in this post. Purity, efficiency and pleasing design are the common merits of Rabbit air purifiers. And customer satisfaction and loyalty are always the ultimate goal of Rabbit Air. 24/7 customer care helps Rabbit air get… Continue Reading ›› The post Rabbit Air Purifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2014 -2015…
  • Guides for Quitting Smoke: How to Make A Quitting Plan

    Brian
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Guides on Making A Smoke-Quitting Plan Quitting seems to be tough to every smoker, including you, whatever you just start smoking for a short while, or you have a long history of smoking, or you are a heavy smoker or a light smoker. However, the more suggestions you get about quitting, the more chances you will succeed. Customizing your own quitting is the first important step towards success. A right quitting plan helps you inhibit your cravings properly, reduces the… Continue Reading ›› The post Guides for Quitting Smoke: How to Make A Quitting Plan appeared first on…
  • Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Define A No-smoking Zone in Your Home

    Brian
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:39 pm
    3. Define A No-smoking Zone in Your Home Second-hand smoke is considered as the most important cause of indoor air pollution. Studies have shown that cigarette smoke contains at least 4,000 chemicals, and children who are exposed to it can develop asthma, cancer, ear and respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). And for those who smoke, they also have more risks of cancer, heart attacks, stroke and breathing problems. There are many practical methods to help smoking cessation, try… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Define A…
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  • Oregon Clean Fuels Program, A Reality

    Kasey Krifka
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust March 19, 2015 The Climate Trust went into celebration mode as Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, officially signed the Oregon Clean Fuels Program into law. The Clean Fuels Program is intended to reduce the carbon content of transportation fuels used in the state—thereby trimming the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Oregon and the West continue to lead the way with policies that reduce pollution and secure a healthier future for all,” said Sean Penrith, Executive Director for The Climate Trust. “The prospect of incentivizing innovative technologies for…
  • Incentivizing Investment In Climate Change Infrastructure

    Kasey Krifka
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Peter Weisberg, The Climate Trust As published by TriplePundit – March 2, 2015 To measure environmental impact, carbon markets attempt to predict the future. In order to generate a greenhouse gas (GHG) offset, projects must demonstrate that they would not have occurred without the payment associated with that offset—i.e. that they are “in addition” to what normally occurs in the absence of the carbon market. This is called “additionality.” With additionality defined, carbon projects are able to demonstrate that they represent new greenhouse gas reductions. Additionality has…
  • Pay for Climate Change Now, or Pay Later

    Kasey Krifka
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    Mik McKee, The Climate Trust As published by Sustainable Business Oregon – February 26, 2015 Since publication, the Oregon Clean Fuels Program has been signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown On Tuesday the Oregon State Senate passed the Oregon Clean Fuels Program (SB 324) by a 17-13 vote.  This measure, which now goes before the Oregon House, extends the 2009 Clean Fuels Act beyond its 2015 expiration date, and requires oil and gas producers to reduce CO2 emissions from the burning of their fossil fuels by 10% over the next decade.  SB 324 is a worthy attempt by Oregon…
  • Tierra Resources Releases Results of Two-Year Assessment of Blue Carbon Potential on Louisiana’s Coast

    Kasey Krifka
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web; Covered by Ecosystem Marketplace, The Advocate and TriplePundit – January 23, 2015 NEW ORLEANS, La. and Portland, Ore. – A two-year assessment of the potential to develop blue carbon projects on Louisiana’s coast estimates that carbon finance revenue can provide up to $1.6 billion in critical funding to assist with wetland restoration over the next 50 years. The study, supported by Entergy Corporation through their Environmental Initiatives Fund, and prepared in partnership by New Orleans-based Tierra Resources and…
  • Anaerobic Digester Generates California Carbon Offsets

    Kasey Krifka
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust February 19, 2015 Farm Power Northwest’s Lynden anaerobic digester project, is the first project in The Climate Trust’s portfolio that will generate California Carbon Offsets under the California Air Resources Board (ARB) protocol. This is an important step into another compliance market for The Climate Trust, and we’re proud to take that journey with longtime partner Farm Power. The dairy industry’s standard practice is for farms to collect manure into an uncovered lagoon, resulting in the release of methane into the atmosphere. Methane poses a…
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  • NASA Using Distributed Propulsion for Electric Airplane

    Satya Sivani
    28 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    An announcement made by NASA changes our perspective of Airplane wings and propulsion system. NASA announced its distributed propulsion design on which it was working since last year. The project, named Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology (LEAPTech) was taken up by NASA in cooperation with Joby Aviation and Empirical Systems Aerospace … The post NASA Using Distributed Propulsion for Electric Airplane appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Costa Rica Used Only Renewable Energy in 2015

    Ari Luis
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Costa Rica is enriching our climate by getting all its electricity from renewable energy sources this year.  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE), Costa Rica’s national electric company says that the country hasn’t used any fossil fuel sources to supply electricity to its grid for since the start of the year, … The post Costa Rica Used Only Renewable Energy in 2015 appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • ProtCycler – Homemade Recycled 3D Printer Rocks on Indiegogo

    Ari Luis
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    3D printers are getting cheaper by the minute, you can even take one home for as low as US$500. However, as with their paper counterparts, the cost of supplies is a whole different story.  Spools of plastic “ink” retail for US$30 per spool, which may not sound so bad until … The post ProtCycler – Homemade Recycled 3D Printer Rocks on Indiegogo appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • EVs Emit Less Heat Than Gas Counterparts, Scientists Find

    Mila Luleva
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    It is official. Scientists just proved that EVs are much cooler that their fossil fuel-powered ancestors. OK, yes, having a Tesla definitely makes you stand out in the crowd, but this is not the “cool” I will be referring to here. The study conducted by scientists at Michigan State University … The post EVs Emit Less Heat Than Gas Counterparts, Scientists Find appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Nestlé Keeps Bottling California’s Water Despite Drought

    Mila Luleva
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
    The drought in California has gradually become worse over the past few years, yet companies bottling drinking water continue to unprecedently pump out and make money out of the precious limited resource. For quite some time now, the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear the word “California” … The post Nestlé Keeps Bottling California’s Water Despite Drought appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
 
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