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  • Solar Software Tools Slashing Soft Costs

    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    Charles Ferer, Contributor
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    It’s estimated installers spend up to $3,000 to acquire each new customer. This high price of customer acquisition is one of the many so called “soft costs” that increase the price of solar and reduce installer margins. Every step along the road to a signed contract has inefficiencies, which is spurring new software solutions to help installers increase their sales volume and close deals faster.
  • This DIY Pool Heater Requires No Electricity

    Sustainablog
    Important Media Cross-Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Do you own a pool? Sorry…! No, really – we had a small one at our house in Las Vegas, and I swore “Never again…” The work required to keep it clean, the costs for supplies, energy, and those inevitable pump repairs just weren’t worth it to me… and I really enjoyed a quick dip after a long, hot day. That’s me, though… you may enjoy your pool more, but still want to keep the expenses (and the environmental impact) down. Obviously, a pool requires water, but you can cut the cost of keeping that water warm (which does require quite a bit of…
  • Topiary Gardens Take a Giant Leap

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

    Chelsea Green
    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ginger is a spice perfect for any time of year. Its fragrance can perk up everything from chai tea to apple pie. This humble root can also add a gentle kick of heat to stir fries or soups. The natural yeasts in the root can also be used to kick start a bubbly ginger beer. […]The post Recipe: Ginger Beer appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Gazans face water crisis

    Reuters Video: Environment
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    International Committee of the Red Cross warns of critical water shortage facing thousands in Gaza within days. Paul Chapman reports.
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Quinoa and Parsley Salad Recipe – Vegetarian and Delicious

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

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

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

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

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

    Matthew McFeeley
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Matthew McFeeley, Attorney, Washington, D.C. After tens of thousands of gallons of fracking chemicals flowed into a creek last month in Ohio, officials with the state and federal environmental protection agencies, who oversee the safety of drinking water, were forced to wait for five days before learning the identity of some chemicals, according to a preliminary EPA report.  The incident occurred after a fire started at the well site, triggering multiple explosions and forcing the evacuation of about 25 homes.  Fuel, fracking chemicals, and radioactive elements were all being stored…
  • Latin America Green News: Chile's biodiversity, Costa Rica's crocodiles, Mexico's fisheries

    Denée Reaves
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Denée Reaves, Program Assistant, International, Washington, D.C. Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. July 20th – July 25th, 2014 Chile The Environmental Assessment Commission of the Metropolitan region has rejected the Environmental Impact Assessment presented by Coyanco for the proposed hydroelectric station called “El Canelo.” The project, proposed in San José de Maipo, had already been rejected by the Environmental Evaluation Service as well. Coyanco has ten days to appeal…
  • California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

    Victoria Rome
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Victoria Rome, California Legislative Director, San Francisco and Sacramento This blog was co-written by Amanda Maxwell and Ann Notthoff NRDC has been working for years in both California and Mexico to combat climate change and protect natural resources.  Although each has its own political challenges and opportunities, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon  pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas  pay no heed to governmental  borders. The problems…
  • We Need President Obama to Save Whales from Navy Exercises

    Zak Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica This week, the Natural Resources Defense Council launched a petition drive asking President Obama to protect whales from deadly sonar and explosives. It’s action the world’s marine mammals desperately need. At home, the Navy is engaged in exercises that will inflict more than 31 million instances of harm on whales and dolphins over the next five years, including millions of instances of temporary hearing loss and more than 13,000 instances of permanent hearing loss or injury to internal organs. The Navy’s…
  • Big Polluters Cry Wolf over EPA Plan to Protect Health and Fight Climate Change

    Frances Beinecke
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City Next week the Environmental Protection Agency will host four public hearings on its plan to reduce climate change pollution from power plants.  The speakers list is already filling up. Physicians will outline the health hazards linked to climate change. Farmers will talk about the challenges of raising crops in the face of extreme weather. And governors and mayors will describe the benefits of attracting clean energy investment to their communities. Many people will testify in favor of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This should come…
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    Grist

  • These young people are pioneering Appalachia’s post-coal economy

    Joe Solomon
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    In the Hunger Games novels, heroine Katniss Everdeen comes from a coal mining region known as District 12. Her people are poor and looked down upon, but they’re also resourceful and know how to work together. In the end, it’s those skills that allow Katniss and her friend Peeta to win the games against better-trained rivals from the wealthy capital. The books are fiction, but many readers believe District 12 is set in a futuristic version of Appalachia’s real-life coal country. And, these days, the real Appalachia needs all the resourcefulness and cooperation it can get. The coal…
  • Appalachia tries to make a life after coal

    Laura Flanders
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, “Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built.” International Harvester, a farm-equipment conglomerate created by industrial speculator J.P. Morgan, bought up Benham’s land and mineral rights soon after the turn of the century in order to supply Wisconsin steelworks with Appalachia’s high-quality coal. All at once, a trappers’ and hunters’ hamlet became a churning coal-camp town. International…
  • Gimme 8 percent of your lunch! You’re not going to eat it anyway

    Eve Andrews
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    When presented with a plate of delicious food, do you eat all of it? Every last bit? Is the plate pristine at the end of your eating session? Yes? Well, okay, you are a liar. A recent study in the International Journal of Obesity found that, on average, we eat 92 percent of the food on a plate. Good news (or bad, depending on how you look at it): If the food is unhealthy, that figure goes down to 81 percent. What does 92 percent of a meal look like? The friendly staff at Grist have compiled a very helpful guide using your – yes, YOUR – diet as an example! 7:46 AM: A bagel! What a…
  • You’d scream, too, if you were this close to a collapsing iceberg

    Alex Park
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Climate change is melting ice at both ends of the planet – just ask the researchers who published two papers in May saying that a major expanses of Antarctic ice are now undergoing a “continuous and rapid retreat” and may have “passed the point of no return.” As the poles melt, icebergs are breaking off and drifting with greater ease, creating a world of problems for humans and animals alike. In Antarctica, warmer winters mean icebergs aren’t held in place as they once were, and are now colliding with the ocean floor more frequently, laying waste to a…
  • Dead elephants, plagues, and rats: Why the sixth extinction is bad for you and everyone you know

    Samantha Larson
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Hey, remember the dinosaurs? Yeah, neither. All it took was one massive asteroid, and all the dinos were wiped off the face of the planet. Well, there’s a new asteroid in town: us. New research published in the journal Science lays out the scope of the destruction we’ve wrought — and suggests that it’s going to come back to bite us. Not only will the so-called sixth extinction make that wildlife safari you’ve always wanted to take a lot less interesting, it could increase disease and make it even harder to feed our own ever-growing population. Happy weekend! Similar to…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well

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

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

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

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

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

  • Emily Deschanel: Don’t Buy Wool this Fall

    Natalia Galbetti
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Emily Deschanel wants you to know the truth behind wool before you start working on your fall wardrobe. The vegan actress took to Twitter to share the link to a Read MoreThe post Emily Deschanel: Don’t Buy Wool this Fall appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Study Warns: Move Shipping Lanes to Save Endangered Whales

    Natalia Galbetti
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Hey, freight ship, watch out for that whale! A new study showed that more than 10,000 endangered blue whales were found feeding off the West Coast right in the way Read MoreThe post Study Warns: Move Shipping Lanes to Save Endangered Whales appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • America Contains the Most Climate Change Deniers

    Natalia Galbetti
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    A new research concluded that Americans are the ones that still deny the impact of climate change the most. Read MoreThe post America Contains the Most Climate Change Deniers appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment

    Natalia Galbetti
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    The award winning actor raised $25 million on Wednesday to protect the environment and endangered species. Read MoreThe post DiCaprio Raises $25 Million to Protect Environment appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign Makes Water Popular

    Amanda Just
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama‘s “Drink Up” campaign is making water cool. In her ongoing efforts to fight childhood obesity and make our nation’s children healthier, Obama has been promoting water Read MoreThe post Michelle Obama’s Drink Up Campaign Makes Water Popular appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    TheGreenGirls.com

  • 4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee

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

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

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

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

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

  • eco-fashion friday finds: a mixed bag

    Maureen O'Connor
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    You can always rely on Nau to provide eco fashion options that pack both style and sustainability. This Repose striped dress (above) is made of luxurious and eco-friendly, Micromodal. The dress possesses a sexy, casual sophistication, feminine silhouette and luxurious feel – loose draping dolman sleeves over a clean, body-skimming skirt. The wrinkle-resistant Repose wears well – for a night out, a business trip or just looking good. $98 @ nau.com Do you practice yoga? Artist and yoga practitioner, Erika Wynn, adds her own Muladhara chakra design to these wearable works of art.
  • 7 ways to green the work day grind

    Ross Dulmaine
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Here a few simple tips for making your daily trip to the office a little greener and more civilized. Start with a nutritious breakfast. Load up on some fiber, fresh fruit, protein and a little caffeine if you need it… Get organized. Where are you going and how are you getting there? Figure out the most efficient route to work. Use public transportation – it’s a lot safer, less stressful – and generally cheaper – than driving yourself. Public transportation – utilizing trains, buses, or a shuttle can also eliminate lbs of emissions each week. Buying a…
  • What to do With Old Paintings? Make Them Cool Again!

    guest
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    One thing you can do to give your home a new look is hang good paintings on the walls. Perhaps you already have some paintings up on display but if they have been there for quite some time or if they were painted years ago, it is a good idea to invest some time in cleaning them up. All paintings get stained and collect dirt over time which makes them dark. Cleaning up a painting will allow the vibrant colors to show again. Hanging up paintings is an inexpensive way of sprucing up the interiors. So if you don’t have any paintings already, buy some art prints. Here are some things you can do…
  • handmade decoupaged botanical necklace

    Maureen O'Connor
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    Art meets commerce … Husband and wife, Margaux and Walter Kent are the owners of Peg and Awl, a Philadelphia-based design shop offering a mixed bag of finely crafted fashion accessories and items for the home, both inside and out. A collective of artisans, they feature funky finds, often olde, forgotten, tossed materials and transform these remains into useful and decorative objects. The attractive Botanical Wood and Leather Necklace, 7 Blocks above, is carefully created from scraps of antique wood, reclaimed leather and paper, pieced together with ph neutral adhesive, covered with…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • The important role of community forests

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation, according to a new report. The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Rights and Resources Initiative said that indigenous people and rural inhabitants in Latin America, Africa, and Asia have government-recognized rights to forests containing nearly 38 billion tons of carbon, equal to 29 times the annual emissions of all the world’s passenger vehicles. By enforcing community rights to those…
  • Moose Drool Detoxifies Fungus

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Saliva contains important substances helps us digest food. It also plays a part in keeping our mouths clean and healthy. Another newly discovered use? Making toxic plants less toxic. Not for us of course, but according to new research, moose and reindeer saliva can help can slow the growth of a toxic grass fungus, and subsequently make it less toxic for them, allowing the animals to graze on the grass without negative effects.
  • Why Seals Might Love Having More Wind Farms

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    New research reveals that off-shore wind farms are particularly useful for seals as they appear to act like artificial reefs, drawing in large groups of fish. The study, carried out by researchers at St Andrews University in Scotland and published this month in the journal Current Biology, saw scientists track a group of seals in the North Sea using GPS devices. The purpose of the study was to look at whether man-made changes to the structural ocean environment are affecting marine predator behavior.
  • Save the Bluefin Tuna

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    The National Marine Fisheries Service opened a public process today to determine whether to prohibit fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna, which have suffered a 96 percent decline since large-scale fishing began. The action followed the Center for Biological Diversity’s rulemaking petition sent in April. The Pacific bluefin population’s historic low triggered a requirement for new regulations to better manage overfishing by April 8, 2014, but regulators thus far have declined to take any steps to help the fish. Today’s request for comments is the federal government’s first step to spur…
  • New Poll Shows Support for Carbon Tax, with Exceptions

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    The concept of a national carbon tax is a hard sell for most people these days. According to a recent poll, only 34 percent of U.S. respondents said they would support taxing fossil fuels like oil, gas or natural gas. But support for a carbon tax changes dramatically when it comes to scenarios in which the funds are either reimbursed to taxpayers or used to fund renewable energy projects.
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    Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living

  • Change comes to the forest.

    Matt Miller
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Logging trees to save them. Deer wars. Beavers VS old-growth forest. Welcome to conservation in the Anthropocene. Our provocative five-part series looks at some of the complicated issues facing the eastern forest.
  • Pupfish: Mojave Desert Survivor

    Matt Miller
    9 May 2014 | 10:51 am
    It thrives in hot, salty water that would turn a trout belly up. But now it faces a bigger challenge: humanity’s demand for water in the desert.
  • Preserve Parent

    Dayna Gross
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Not many will show up to the birthday parties, but there are always plenty of beetles, fish and dead garter snakes. Silver Creek Preserve manager reflects on the pleasures of raising kids on a nature preserve.
  • Featured Post

    Matt Miller
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Native pollinators are disappearing, threatening both agriculture and ecosystems. What’s going on? And what can we do about it?
  • Lose the Memory, Lose the Fish

    Matt Miller
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    A dead river runs through it? We’ve come to accept our current, degraded rivers as normal, even though they once held almost-incomprehensible numbers of migratory fish. Can ecological history be a first step in reclaiming our memory and our fish?
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Arugula Salad Vegan Pizza Recipe

    Sharon Palmer
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here’s how you rethink your plate: a fresh green salad and whole grain pizza all in one meal that you can whip up in 45 minutes. Now that’s quick and delicious eating for even the busiest night of your week! This vegan pizza recipe delivers health and flavor.  Arugula Salad Pizza Recipe Makes 8 servings (1 slice each) Active preparation time: 13 minutes total preparation time: 45 minutes  Ingredients Whole grain pizza dough (see Notes) or one 16-ounce (454 g) package refrigerated whole grain pizza dough, or whole grain pizza dough prepared from a mix Cornmeal for sprinkling ¹∕³ cup…
  • Full Moon Freakout: Study Finds Lunar Phases Matters

    Sara Novak
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Lunar phases matters, a full moon means an unmistakable restless energy. I’m proof positive that full moon freak outs are real. It was a gorgeous Friday night at the beach. I should have been relaxed, enjoying myself. But a nervous energy was weighing me down, making me question myself and others. It didn’t take me long to look up at the sky and figure out the culprit. A recent study on lunar phases proves what I’ve long known to be true.A team of researchers in Sweden concluded that more people are sensitive during a full moon and sleep an average 20 minutes less. However,…
  • 8 Creatively Chic Storage Ideas for Your Home

    Krissy Brady
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Simple storage ideas can make a big difference. “Everything in its place” is a phrase that hasn’t applied to my apartment in quite some time. I’m attempting to crack the minimalist code by selling and giving away all of the items I once thought I needed (and you know, never used). Ironically, I now have nowhere to put what little I did decide to keep. If you’re like me and you’re on the hunt for new storage ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 8 adorably creative storage ideas you won’t be able to get enough of: 1. Welded Letter Holder It’s very difficult to make…
  • The Humane Cosmetics Act Now Has Support from 138 Cruelty-Free U.S. Companies [Complete List]

    Jill Ettinger
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    At one point in the not-so-distant future, it’s bound to happen that all cosmetic companies see the light and support the Humane Cosmetics Act. Because, let’s face it, rabbits don’t ever need to wear lipstick (Jessica Rabbit aside). The Humane Cosmetics Act is moving us closer to a cruelty-free America. Introduced by Representative Jim Moran (D-VA), the bill would ban all animal testing in the U.S. for cosmetic products. Similar acts exist throughout the EU, Norway, India and Israel. More than 130 companies have signed on in support of the bill, with five more companies just adding…
  • Cool Your House Naturally with Bio Air Conditioning Inspired Cold Pot

    Lauren Carfagno
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Air conditioners and central air systems are energy wasting mechanisms that come with a high price tag each month during the summer season. Thankfully, there is an interesting alternative to cool your house naturally: the Cold Pot, a low-tech device that takes the simple occurrence of evaporation and makes it that much more significant. Clay, a natural substance so menial to most, probably never thought of much, actually has some cool tricks up its sleeve. It’s been around long before the dinosaurs were roaming freely about and embodies an abundance of common (and uncommon) uses. From…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Southwestern U.S. Aquifers Are Extremely Low, NASA Data Show

    Yale Environment 360
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Groundwater reserves in the U.S. Southwest are severely low and prospects for their long-term viability are bleak as persistent drought continues to parch the Click to Enlarge U.S. groundwater stores land and prevent recharging, according to an assessment from NASA. As shown in this map, many underground aquifers in the Southwest are extremely dry compared to average conditions over the past 60 years. Deep red areas on the map, such as in southern California and Nevada, depict aquifers that are so dry there's less than a 2 percent chance they could have experienced such levels of…
  • Protecting Community Forests Can Be Major Tool in Climate Fight, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Expanding and strengthening the community forest rights of indigenous groups and rural residents can make a major contribution to sequestering carbon and The Brazilian Amazon reducing CO2 emissions from deforestation, according to a new report. The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Rights and Resources Initiative said that indigenous people and rural inhabitants in Latin America, Africa, and Asia have government-recognized rights to forests containing nearly 38 billion tons of carbon, equal to 29 times the annual emissions of all the world’s passenger vehicles. By enforcing community…
  • French Grocer Sees Major Success in Marketing "Inglorious" Fruits and Vegetables

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    A major French grocery chain, Intermarche, has launched a novel campaign to curb food waste and Watch Video "Grotesque Apple" poster market visually flawed produce. The "Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables" campaign aims to revamp the image of imperfect and non-conforming produce, much of which is thrown away by growers because it doesn't meet grocery retailers' standards. Intermarche began welcoming the "Grotesque Apple," "Ridiculous Potato," "Hideous Orange," and other infamous items to its shelves, created posters to explain that the produce is as nutritious and flavorful as the more…
  • Earth Observation Satellites Help Scientists Better Understand Global Change

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Global warming is affecting more than just atmospheric temperatures — it is also changing water cycles, soil conditions, and animal migrations. Earth observation satellites aid scientists in measuring and monitoring these changes so societies can better adapt. Although there are well over 1,000 active orbiting satellites, less than 15 percent are used to monitor Earth’s environment. Yale Environment 360 presents a gallery of satellites that scientists are using to better understand how the planet is changing. View the gallery.
  • Costs of Urban Light Pollution Highlighted in Citizen Science Effort

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    A recently launched citizen science project aims to highlight the environmental, social, and financial impacts of excessive nighttime lighting in cities around Click to Enlarge Shanghai, China, at night the world. The project, called Cities at Night, enlists people to help identify the cities pictured in thousands of blindingly lit photos taken by astronauts orbiting the earth. Organizers hope that when residents and officials see the bright photos of their cities at night, they will be prompted to cut nighttime light use and energy consumption. Widespread artificial lighting has made light…
 
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  • One dead after lightning strikes crowd at California beach

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    (Reuters) - One man died and at least eight people were injured on Sunday in a lightning strike during a rare thunderstorm at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, officials said.
  • California wildfire near Sacramento forces hundreds to flee

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    (Reuters) - A wildfire forced the evacuation of more than 500 homes and about 1,200 residents in a rural area east of the California state capital Sacramento on Saturday, a day after the blaze broke out, fire officials said.
  • Wildfire managers tap military for aid in U.S. West

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - Wildfire managers have turned to the U.S. Department of Defense for immediate access to two military C-130 aircraft retrofitted to carry retardant, boosting their forces to face the largest blaze in Washington state history.
  • Lead-lined glove tied to New Mexico radiation leak: lawmaker

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:17 pm
    (Reuters) - A radiation leak that indefinitely shut down a nuclear waste dump in New Mexico was likely caused by a container of radioactive materials improperly packaged with a lead-lined glove at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a state lawmaker said on Friday.
  • Alaska quake knocks out some communication, does little damage

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck the coast of Alaska early on Friday, shaking people awake in the capital Juneau and cutting off some communications in the southeast part of the state, officials said.
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  • Lightning Strikes 14 People In California

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said. The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released. Dietz did not immediately know the cause of death pending an autopsy and couldn't immediately confirm whether the man was a swimmer pulled from the water and given CPR by…
  • People Go Hungry As Ozone Pollution, Climate Change Gang Up On Planet, Study Predicts

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Ozone pollution, which worsens breathing problems and causes air quality warnings, may compound global warming's damage to the world's food crops, according to a new study. Ground-level ozone, formed mainly from pollutants emitted by burning fossil fuels for cars, industry and power plants, increases as temperatures rise. That's why air quality warnings are more frequent in hot weather and why global warming has the potential to boost ozone pollution. Once formed, ozone can travel long distances, affecting even remote areas. The new study, published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate…
  • Bees At The Brink: Battle For Our Hearts And Minds

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Adversaries aren’t waiting for conclusive science on what’s killing the honeybee. They’re taking their fight straight to the public in an intensifying battle for the support of the nation’s consumers.
  • In Foreclosure-Ridden Florida, 'Zombie' Swimming Pools Add To Mosquito Woes

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. It’s been well-established that summertime’s most irksome creature, the female mosquito, requires stagnant water to lay her eggs. And in Florida, the nation’s leader in both naked real estate and so-called "zombie foreclosures" — that is, forsaken homes left in a state of limbo in which the owner has walked away and the bank has not reclaimed the property — there’s plenty of stagnant water to go around. In a recent Florida Today article, these abandoned zombie homes, specifically foreclosed homes with swimming pools that…
  • 8 Exotic Destinations That Are Part Of The U.S.

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    America has some of the most famous natural attractions on Earth.
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Storage Shines in Solar Sector

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    As reported by AltEnergyStocks.com, storage was clearly the primary story at the 2014 InterSolar conference, which is the most well-attended solar conference in North America. Walking through the conference there were two noticeable changes from last year: 1) the diminished presence of the major solar developers which accentuated the growing "commoditization" of the industry; and 2) the increased prominence of the energy storage companies. It is clear that the solar industry has entered a bright new phase of solar-related storage market and application development. Its versatility and…
  • Would Jesus Accept Climate Science?

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Climate change is one of the biggest and most divisive environmental issues we've faced. Not only is the science scary and the challenge daunting, but it calls into question the very way we live our lives. Perhaps that's why climate science is causing a schism of sorts among American Christians. On one side you have Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the conservative group, Cornwall Alliance, and former professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary, who claims that climate science is alarmist junk. Then on the other side, you have Dr. Katharine Hayhoe,…
  • 4 Tips for Beating the Greenwashing Game

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    by guest blogger Ava Anderson, natural-beauty expert and safe-cosmetics advocate We live in a world where companies use terms like "natural," "botanical," "pure," and "free" when their products are actually full of harmful chemicals. These companies spend millions on slick advertising campaigns to get you to buy their products--stacking the deck against you, the consumer. Many beauty corporations are beginning to realize more people are looking for products that are natural and safe, but few are actually delivering on their packaging's promises. To find truly safe products, here are four…
  • Business as Usual: The US Chamber's History of Fighting Environmental Protection

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The EPA's new Clean Power Plan is not difficult to defend. Limiting carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's single largest polluter, will undeniably protect the public health and welfare of millions of Americans, not to mention that it is a crucial step towards protecting our land and water from the adverse effects of climate change. Unsurprisingly, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants us to believe otherwise. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a long history of anti-environmental extremism and false predictions about public health safeguards. The most recent of these claims is an…
  • These 10 Young People Are Changing the Food System in Huge Ways

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Innovations in agriculture don't just come from veteran environmentalists or food industry heavyweights. In fact, many incredibly inspiring projects are the creations of youth and young people around the world. Food Tank is excited to highlight ten young foodies who make us more hopeful about the future. 1-2. Nikhil Arora and Alex Velez, 26 and 27, on the precipice of their graduation from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009, turned down their offers to enter the world of consulting and investment banking to pursue mushrooms. The pair had been experimenting with growing mushrooms…
 
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  • UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The council urges an immediate humanitarian truce in the war between Israel and Hamas.
  • Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:25 pm
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
  • Northern California wildfire destroys 13 homes

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    PLYMOUTH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Northern California made progress Sunday against a wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park that destroyed one home grew significantly overnight.
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution.
  • Obama tells Israel Gaza truce needed as conflict rages

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:38 pm
    The Islamist Hamas movement continued firing rockets at Israel Sunday, despite claims it had accepted a UN request for a 24-hour extension of a humanitarian truce in war-torn Gaza.
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  • Trees save lives, reduce respiratory problems

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, scientists have calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. The study considered four pollutants for which the U.S. EPA has established air quality standards: nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in aerodynamic diameter.
  • Changes in agriculture increase high river flow rates

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Researchers have examined how changes in rainfall amounts and an increase in the amount of acreage used to grow such crops as corn and soybeans can affect the volume of river water flow in the U.S. Midwest.
  • Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global corn and wheat yields because of climate change, according to new research. Such a slowdown would occur as global demand for crops rapidly increases.
  • Intensity of hurricanes: New study helps improve predictions of storm intensity

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    While predicting the path of hurricanes has gotten better, little has been done to improve predicting a storm's intensity. That is, until now. "The air-water interface -- whether it had significant waves or significant spray -- is a big factor in storm intensity," said one expert involved in a new study. "Hurricanes gain heat energy through the interface and they lose mechanical energy at the interface."
  • New system to detect mercury in water systems

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers. "The promising sensing performance of this system along with its cost-competiveness and portability make it an excellent potential alternative to current analytical techniques," says the project's leader. "This technique could provide the basis for future point-of-analysis systems for monitoring water quality on site and may help implement better monitoring processes around the world."
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

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

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

  • IEA: $80 Billion In Power Wasted By Connected 'Things'

    Heather Clancy
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Once upon a time, you used to hear a lot about the "vampire power" load that televisions, monitors, desktops and other electronics equipment consume while in standby mode.
  • Mexico's Energy and Telecom Reforms Come Into Focus

    Control Risks
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    By Dwight DyerMEXICO CITY – The passage of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reform agenda last year was a watershed moment for Mexico’s government, representing the most significant change to the country’s governance since the election of Vicente Fox in 2000 ended decades of single-party rule. Yet the true extent of
  • Nuclear-Renewable Mix Is Just What The EPA Ordered

    James Conca
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    The not-for-profit Energy Northwest in WA State is exactly what the EPA’s new carbon rules are supposed to encourage - a diverse mix of non-fossil fuel generating systems that operates over 90% of the time and emits less than 20 gCO2/kWhr for between 4.7 - 5.2¢/kWh, now and for the next 30 years.
  • The 5 Best And 5 Worst Utilities At Renewables and Efficiency: Ceres Rankings

    Jeff McMahon
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Utilities in states with progressive policies are leading sales of renewable energy and leading in savings from energy efficiency, according to a report released today by Ceres, a non-profit that seeks to mobilize leadership on clean energy. And those companies may enjoy a head start on EPA's draft carbon rules.
  • Algeria Spending $100 Billion To Turn Around Falling Oil And Gas Production

    Christopher Coats
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Hoping to reverse a lengthy downturn in oil and gas production, Algeria has unveiled a $100 billion plan to boost exploration and output over the next four years, with special attention reserved for the country’s shale aspirations.
 
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    The Good Human

  • Natural Gas is Worse Than Coal and Oil?

    David Quilty
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Um… uh oh. All this talk about how natural gas is going to save the human species from certain climate change should go quiet. According to Dr. Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, natural gas is not going to be the saving grace of the climate issues facing us. Howarth has concluded that shale (fracking) and conventional natural gas have a “larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating.” And since that’s what it’s mostly used for, this…
  • Texas Family Wins $3 Million Verdict in Fracking Case

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

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

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

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

  • New Mexico Residents Fighting Back Against Kinder Morgan CO2 Pipeline With Their Own Health Impact Assessment

    Mike G
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Not many locals even knew the Bureau of Land Management was holding a scoping meeting in Mountainair, New Mexico last December for the proposed Lobos CO2 Pipeline that would run through their community. When the people of Mountainair did find out about what was proposed that day, many had concerns. BLM officials had laid out the route preferred by Kinder Morgan, which aims to build the 213-mile-long pipeline to get CO2 from Apache County, Arizona to Torrance County, New Mexico. From there, the Lobos CO2 pipeline would connect with the Cortez pipeline to deliver CO2 to oil wells in Texas. The…
  • Just In Time For Midterms, Congress Kissing Up To Dirty Energy

    Farron Cousins
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Congress has less than a week left to finish delivering promises for their donors before they head out for a month-long August recess undoubtedly filled with campaigning, and members aren’t wasting any time in their attempts to suck up to the dirty energy industry. It is simple math: Congress currently has a 15% approval rating, and every single seat in the House of Representatives is up for election this year (as it is every two years). Reports show that the candidate with the most money wins 91% of the time. When 80% of the public disapproves of the job that you’re doing, the only way…
  • States Led By Climate Deniers Stand To Gain The Most From New EPA Carbon Rule

    Mike G
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A rising tide lifts all boats — even boats that, contrary to all evidence, openly doubt the moon's gravitational influence. A new study released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group concludes that the EPA's proposed carbon rules for existing power plants will benefit states like Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma the most — states where climate denial is not just rampant but often a policy officially boosted by high-ranking officials. In fact, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who once dismissed climate change as a “contrived phony mess that is falling…
  • Australian Press Watchdog Criticises Climate Report From Rupert Murdoch's Flagship Newspaper

    Graham Readfearn
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The headline on The Australian newspaper’s story about a leak of a major United Nations climate change report read “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”. But an investigation by Australia’s press watchdog has found that in fact, it was the Murdoch-owned national newspaper that “got it wrong”. The Australian Press Council has upheld complaints about the coverage, led by a story from the newspaper’s environment editor Graham Lloyd. The council also found the newspaper’s attempts to correct its story had failed to meet the press standards. Lloyd’s original story, published…
  • After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

    Sharon Kelly
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush. Mr. Greenwood went up against a company called Dominion Energy, which had drilled and fracked a shallow well on his small cattle ranch property under a lease signed by a prior owner in 1921. In…
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    Urban Workbench

  • How I Keep My Lists in Order – Workflowy

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

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

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

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

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

  • Backyard Bridal Shower

    Jacquelyn Clark
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    At 28 years old, I’ve officially reached that stage of life where everyone I know is engaged. With plenty of weddings on the horizon, and consequently plenty of bachelorettes, showers and the like, I can’t help but be drawn to stunning events to pull inspiration. Events like this backyard bridal shower, that is so pretty I could cry. Unsurprising, since Jenny Bradley is at the helm. With photos from D’Arcy Benincosa, let’s get lost in the gallery. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Jenny Bradley… When i got the news that one of my best friends Darya…
  • Lemon Paradise Cocktail

    Jacquelyn Clark
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Happy friday friends!! For whatever reason, this week has felt particularly long. I’m not so secretly excited to sit back, relax and sip on an extra strong bevvy. If I had my choice, this lemon paradise cocktail would be it. I’ve yet to personally attempt it, but if I know MR Bartending at all, I know for a fact it will be perfect. Jacquelyn ClarkLemon Paradise Cocktailprep time3 Minute/scook timetotal time3 Minute/sServes 0Ingredients2- Slices lemon 4-6 raspberries 1- Sprig rosemary 1- Sprig mint 1oz - Simple syrup 1-1/4oz Spiced Rum Coconut Water Soda Water InstructionsMuddle…
  • Bohemian Garden Party

    Jacquelyn Clark
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A hint of whimsy, a little spice, and a table full of the most delicious eats you ever did see. This bohemian inspired garden party is hitting the mark in all the right places. Jenni Kayne, popular fashion designer, teamed up with Eye Swoon and the results are loveliness embodied. With photos from Yayo Ahumanda, there’s a whole gallery that’s simply overloaded with more! Share this gorgeous gallery on   Designer and blogger, Jenni Kayne, came together with Eye Swoon’s Athena Calderone to create the perfect late-Spring Garden Party. The menu and decor combined to create…
  • Lake Como Mini Guide

    Jacquelyn Clark
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    It has officially been 3 months, 1 week and 2 days since my last trip – not that I’m counting. And though that is basically nothing in the grand scheme of things, it feels like eons for a travel nut like myself. So putting together this Lake Como mini-guide with Claire Graham has been a massive tease! It certainly doesn’t help when the place is this dreamy. So let’s pretend we’re all there alongside her. Share this gorgeous gallery on   WHERE TO EAT: Trafforia San Ciacomo. A small restaurant that we found in the back streets, it had amazing service and…
  • 10 Clever Coffee Table Alternatives

    Jacquelyn Clark
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Though I could kiss the inventors of Pinterest square on the lips, at times I can’t help but find the selection of interior inspiration overwhelming. It’s become more and more difficult to stand apart in a crowd. So with that in mind, I’ve pulled together a collection of 10 clever coffee table alternatives that are sure to make your living room sing! 10 Creative Coffee Table AlternativesView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | 1 comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
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    Environmental Health News

  • What do Chinese dumplings have to do with global warming?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 1992, Chen Zemin started China's first frozen food company. At the time, fewer than one in ten Chinese citizens owned refrigerators. Betweeen 1995 and 2007, China's domestic refrigerator ownership jumped to 95%. This growth is a formidable new factor in climate change.
  • Riverkeeper report sheds light on Hudson.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The environmental group Riverkeeper has released an updated report that provides enlightening information. It should serve as a clarion call that far more must be done to cleanse the river and restore it to better health.
  • African land disputes breed violence, poverty.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Across Africa, mounting competition for land stressed by population growth and climate change is exacerbating poverty and pushing some people to militancy.
  • Former governor Crist gets climate lecture.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Former Gov. Charlie Crist was given a climate-change lecture Friday and used the opportunity to point out that Republican Gov. Rick Scott isn’t saying much about the issue. Crist, now seeking his old job as a Democrat, was considered a national Republican leader on the topic when he served from 2007 to 2011.
  • Unprecedented New England pipeline proposal.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s much debate about how much more fossil fuel infrastructure is necessary, given concerns about global warming. There are fierce objections to the proposed expansion of a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts that would cost consumers as much as $3 billion dollars.
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    Clean Edge

  • New Jersey Backs Microgrids and Distributed Generation With $200 Million

    James Belcher
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Source: Greentech Media
  • Start-Stop Idle Elimination Boosts Fuel Economy and Reduces CO2, Says AAA

    James Belcher
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Source: Environmental Leader
  • State Policies and New Market Realities Help Drive Utilities’ Clean-Energy Deployment

    James Belcher
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares for July 29-Aug 1 listening sessions on its Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, a new report from Ceres and Clean Edge ranks the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report finds that an increasing number of utilities are deploying lower carbon fuel sources, and that state policies can be a key driver in that performance. The report, Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Deployment: 2014, is the first of its kind. Although agencies…
  • U.S. Electric Utility Clean Energy Deployment Benchmarked for First Time

    James Belcher
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares for July 29-Aug 1 listening sessions on its Clean Power Plan for existing power plants, a new report from Ceres and Clean Edge ranks the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report found that many utilities are deploying lower carbon fuel sources and that state policies are a key driver in that performance, but there is variability in performance even among utilities operating in the same states. A first-of-its-kind report, Benchmarking…
  • Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Deployment: 2014

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Slideshow Link: http://cleanedge.com/reports/utility-benchmarking-2014Image: 
 
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  • U Tokyo team proposes new high-capacity rechargeable battery system based on oxide-peroxide redox reaction

    Mike Millikin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    (a) Charge and discharge voltage curves in repeated charge/discharge cycles at 45 mA g−1. (b) Charge and discharge voltage curves at various current densities (13.5–1080 mA g−1). Click to enlarge. Researchers at the University of Tokyo, led by Dr. Noritaka Mizuno (“oxygen rocking”, earlier post), in collaboration with Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd. are proposing a new sealed rechargeable battery system operating on a redox reaction between an oxide (O2-) and a peroxide (O22-) in the cathode. As described in a paper in the Nature open access journal Scientific Reports, the proposed…
  • Hydrogenics selected for 2 MW Power-to-Gas project in Canada

    Mike Millikin
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, was selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for Ontario as one of five grid storage projects. The Hydrogenics project, which will use PEM electrolyzers in a Power-to-Gas system, will deliver 2MW of storage capacity and be located in the Greater Toronto Area. Hydrogenics will supply the facility’s next-generation PEM electrolyzers and is partnering with Enbridge Inc. to develop, build and operate the energy storage facility to provide regulation…
  • Delphi to debut new Tech Truck at IAA CV show; new high-pressure fuel injection system and new HPDI injector for natural gas

    Mike Millikin
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Delphi Automotive PLC will unveil the second generation of its Technology Truck concept highlighting future technologies at the upcoming IAA Commercial Vehicles show being held 25 Sept - 2 Oct in Hannover, Germany. Among the technologies Delphi will unveil is the next-generation fuel injection system for commercial vehicles applications. The system, which builds on the performance of its 2700 bar F2 common rail technologies, includes a patented fuel injector and will help vehicle manufacturers meet future legislated emissions and fuel efficiency levels. Also at IAA, Delphi will showcase the…
  • Audi to demonstrate automated driving technology in Florida

    Mike Millikin
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Audi will be the first to test its automated driving technology on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida—which recently was designated as an automated driving and connected car test bed—using an Audi A7 equipped to handle piloted driving functions on freeway conditions up to 40 mph (64 km/h). Audi believes this initial version of piloted driving—Traffic Jam Pilot—could be available to consumers within five years. As Audi outlined this type of piloted driving functionality at CES in 2013 (earlier post), the system is based on the functionality of Audi adaptive…
  • Renewable Fuels Association says DOE is under-representing E85 stations

    Mike Millikin
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) database severely under-represents the number of stations selling E85. RFA says it uncovered nearly 1,000 missing stations as it compared the 2,391 stations found in the database as of 22 July 2014 to the 3,349 retail locations found on the “crowd-sourced” website E85prices.com. The AFDC database is way off in its reporting of E85 stations, and this is negatively influencing discussions over the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements. It isn’t just a…
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  • Nature-Powered Casinos: Is It Possible?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Tom Raftery
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk We here at GreenMonk spoke to Robert Francisco, President North America of FirstCarbon Solutions, last week. FirstCarbon solutions is an environmental sustainability company and the exclusive scoring partner of CDP‘s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), supply chain program. Robert pointed out on the call that there is a seed change happening and that interest in disclosure is on the rise. He noted that carbon scores are now not only showing up at…
  • Technology for Good – episode twenty five with SAP Mentor Chris Kernaghan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Marian Dumitri
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    India skipper Suresh Rain won the toss and decided to bat first in the third and final ODI against Bangladesh being played at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur on Thursday, June 19, 2014. For Bangladesh Sohag Gazi replaces Ziaur Rahman. And for India, Vinay Kumar and Manoj Tiwary come in. The match start time is 12:30 India time. India leads the 3-ODI series by 2-0. Bangladesh lost a chance to equal the series in the 2nd ODI. Their bowlers did wonderfully well to restrict the mighty Indian batsman to just 106 runs. And then came the little known Stuart Binny to bowl. The final squads…
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  • Video: When you put Rimac Concept One batteries into a wheelchair, magic happens

    Sebastian Blanco
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Green Culture Rimac Automobili is no stranger to our pages, but it's usually for the Concept_One supercar or its sleek spinoffs. Today, though, the company is talking up a feel-good alternative use for the electric vehicle's batteries: powering a wheelchair for a young fan, Rolly Bugnar, who suffers from a serious and legitimate case of range anxiety. "We were confident that we could relatively quickly adapt our battery for a wheelchair." - Mate Rimac So Bugnar contacted Rimac to see if the company could repurpose its batteries for his daily conveyance. Mate Rimac,…
  • Report: More speculation about Tesla Gigafactory announcement

    Danny King
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Manufacturing/Plants, Tesla Motors Should we all be laying our chips down on Nevada for Tesla's proposed Gigafactory? At least a few news sources are saying yes, though another says there's a remote chance of a San Francisco Bay Area site getting the nod. Real remote. The frontrunner appears to be the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, which is about 20 miles east of Reno proper and includes warehousing sites for Walmart, Dell and Petsmart, Transport Evolved says. Compared to other states in the running, Nevada has the advantages of lower taxes, lots of cheap real estate…
  • ETC: Of course we'd like to Kickstart a hoverbike [w/video]

    Jeremy Korzeniewski
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Filed under: Etc., Technology, Videos It may not be a flying car, and it may not even be a Hoverboard. But we don't care. A hoverbike is still incredibly awesome, and there's now a chance to bring just such a device to the real world thanks to Kickstarter. Designed by an Kiwi bloke in London named Chris Malloy and seen on these very pages three years ago in prototype form, the would-be hoverbike is a sort of combination between a motorcycle and a helicopter, relying on spinning rotors front and rear to generate lift. Past versions of the machine used two rotors, powered by a a 1,170cc boxer…
  • Official: First BMW i8 in US to be auctioned off at Pebble Beach

    Sebastian Blanco
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, BMW Snag yourself a BMW i8 at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Weekend and you won't only be the first in the US to own this model, you'll be getting a one-of-a-kind version of BMW's new gas-electric plug-in marvel. The special i8 will come with a special exterior paint color (called Frozen Grey Metallic) as well as a modified Pure Impulse Tera World interior that has "Concours d'Elegance Edition" etched in and comes with "Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery, which is tanned using dye derived from plant extracts." Tell all your treehugger friends. The 2014…
  • Video: Coal-rolling Ram dually does tandem beer-shooting burnout with ATV in bed

    Chris Bruce
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Filed under: Truck, Videos, Dodge, Diesel Sometimes a video comes around that just makes you shake your head in disbelief. Take for example these guys from Nebraska in their dually diesel flatbed Ram, doing a smoky burnout. Lighting up the tires is nothing new, but these folks take things a step further by having another guy on an ATV in bed that is also smoking the tires. Finally, people are sitting on a couch in the bed taking the whole show in, as beer cans shoot out of the stacks. There have been several stories recently about the scourge of rolling coal, i.e., diesel trucks modified to…
 
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  • Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

    Matthew Keeshin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Perplexed citizens and officials of a city in eastern China are curious about the mysterious transformation of their local river. China has experienced these red rivers before when the water gets polluted, but so far, officials say no industrial chemical dumps have taken place. Illegal dumping hasn’t yet been ruled out, however. Follow the link to learn more about the river’s weird change. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blood red river, china, Jian River, mystery, Pollution, toxic river, Wenzhou, Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau, yangtze…
  • Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

    Brian Barth
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Read the rest of Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", Architecture, Bio-Architecture, DIY, Eco Architecture, eco design, grasses, green architecture, green roof, herbs, living architecture, living roof, sedums, succulents, sustainable design
  • The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at…
  • Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

    Inhabitat
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Brought to you by National Geographic Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and…
  • Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

    Tafline Laylin
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Read the rest of Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Basic House, eco design, golden, green design, martin azua, Prefab, self-inflating home, self-inflating shelter, solar gain, sustainable design, temporary shelter
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  • BALM! Baby’s Plastic FREE July Challenge + Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Procter & Gamble is conducting an in-field study to help small farmers improve their palm oil and palm kernel oil production as part of its goals to achieve zero deforestation in the palm oil supply chain made earlier this year. P&G is partnering with the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) to field the […]
  • Stop-Start Tech Improves Fuel Economy, Cuts CO2

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Automatic stop-start automotive technology yields a 5 percent to 7 percent improvement and fuel economy and a CO2 reduction, according to research from AAA. AAA tested three vehicles equipped with automatic stop-start systems using the EPA’s “urban” driving cycle. With the automatic stop-start system engaged, the vehicles delivered improved fuel economy of up to 7 […]
  • States’ Carbon Plans ‘Need More Time’

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    States will likely need more time to submit their plans for meeting the new carbon rules for existing power plants, Janet McCabe, acting head of the EPA’s air office, said last week. According to Bloomberg, McCabe told a breakfast hosted by ICF International on July 17 that the EPA recognized that many states wouldn’t meet […]
  • Shareholders Ask Safeway to Label GMOs

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Safeway shareholders will urge the company to label store brand products that contain genetically modified organisms. Green Century Capital Management filed a shareholder proposal with Safeway, citing public demand for GMO labeling as a reason for Safeway to voluntarily provide this information. At Safeway’s annual meeting today consumer advocacy group US Public Interest Research Group […]
  • Tetronics, BlueOak Reclaim Precious Metals from E-Waste

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    BlueOak Resources has selected Tetronics’ technology for its national project to sustainably recover precious metals from e-waste, one of the world’s fastest growing waste streams. The first recovery plant will be installed in Osceola, Ark. BlueOak intends to capitalize on the high demand for “technology metals” like gold, silver, copper and palladium by creating distributed […]
 
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  • P&G Studying Smallholder Practices to Ensure Deforestation-Free Palm Oil

    Sustainable Brands
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Separating sustainable sources from non-sustainable sources in the production of palm oil and palm kernel oil is highly complicated, but Procter & Gamble is attempting to address the problem as part of its recently upgraded commitment to a zero-deforestation palm oil supply chain. The Company announced Thursday it is conducting an in-field study to understand the practices of smallholder farmers — and how they can be improved to protect local forests.The Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), a global leader in supply chain management and logistics, is fielding the…
  • Can a Startup Saving 1 Ton of Food Waste Per Week Scale and Preserve Its Social Value?

    Victoria Knowles
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    In the three years since it first set up a modest stall in London’s Borough market, UK startup Rubies in the Rubble can be now found lining the shelves of Waitrose, Selfridge’s Food Hall and Harvey Nichols. In 2012, the concept won Ben and Jerry’s pan-European Join Our Core competition, bagging €10,000 in cash and six months’ mentoring from experts at Ashoka — a nonprofit supporting entrepreneurship.Yes, Rubies truly is a gem of an idea. First of all, it’s great chutney.“At the end of the day we’re a food product, and it’s incredibly competitive,” founder Jenny Dawson…
  • Starbucks, M&S Sign On to Launch of neighbourly's Philanthropic Matching Service

    Sustainable Brands
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The first tech entrant into the UK’s £800m corporate philanthropic sector launched Thursday — with corporate giants Starbucks and Marks & Spencer among the first companies to sign on to the service.neighbourly, a finalist in our 2013 SB London Innovation Open, is a social network designed to help connect community and charity projects with socially responsible companies that can contribute funding or volunteers.As the inaugural digital entry into the UK’s largely unstructured and unconnected corporate philanthropic sector, neighbourly is designed to automate the process and…
  • CVS Caremark, IBM Announce Program to Improve Patient Outcomes

    Mike Hower
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    CVS Caremark, in partnership with IBM, has announced a $1.5 million commitment to support the use of innovative technology in community health centers to increase patient engagement and to improve patient care and outcomes.The "Technology Solutions for Smarter Health" grants will be awarded to community health centers nationwide that are in need of advanced technology that will help people on their path to better health. The grants will enhance technology infrastructure currently in place to help centers easily communicate and share health information with patients through secure electronic…
  • Poll: Majority of Business Owners Want Clean Water Rules

    Mike Hower
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Most small business owners favor federal protection of clean water and agree that clean water is necessary for a healthy economy and job creation, according to a new national poll by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).Key findings from the poll include:80% of small business owners favor federal protection of upstream headwaters and wetlands as proposed in the new "Waters of the U.S." clean water rule of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).71% of small business owners said that clean water is necessary for jobs and a healthy economy.67% of small business owners are…
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  • How Energy Efficient is Induction Cooking?

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Induction cooking is the hottest new technology in the kitchen. With grand claims of offering the best of both worlds — the responsiveness and control of gas and the heating power of electricity — induction is poised to become the standard in cooking (once demand helps push that pesky thousand-dollar price tag down a bit). Induction cooking generates a great deal of heat in a short time, but it can also heat incredibly slowly or at very low temperatures, so you can cook and boil faster, and also simmer with more precision (meaning less burnt Béarnaise). Electric ranges have…
  • Celebrate Thread the Needle Day by Diverting Some Textile Waste (aka Mending Some Clothes)

    Guest Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    July 25th is Thread The Needle Day, a day to practice the nearly forgotten tradition of sewing. Within the last several decades, the “make do and mend” mentality has seemingly been tossed in the trash (along with the mending pile), but if everyone dusted off their sewing accoutrements on this day to hem those too-long jeans or stitch on a wayward button, we could sincerely make a difference in the future of our planet. About 83% of discarded textiles end up in landfills. When natural fabrics decay there – rather than in a compost pile – the lack of oxygen creates methane gas.
  • This DIY Pool Heater Requires No Electricity

    Important Media Cross-Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Do you own a pool? Sorry…! No, really – we had a small one at our house in Las Vegas, and I swore “Never again…” The work required to keep it clean, the costs for supplies, energy, and those inevitable pump repairs just weren’t worth it to me… and I really enjoyed a quick dip after a long, hot day. That’s me, though… you may enjoy your pool more, but still want to keep the expenses (and the environmental impact) down. Obviously, a pool requires water, but you can cut the cost of keeping that water warm (which does require quite a bit of…
  • How to Make Popsicles with Common Household Materials [Recipe]

    Talancia Pea
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
      Summer is here and it’s a great time to invite your children into the kitchen to mix up a batch of homemade popsicles. Your family can have a cool treat without worrying if it’s filled with mystery ingredients. From citrus and herbs to fruit and chocolate, the flavor combinations are endless. There’ll be no arguing because everyone can have their “favorites.” Plus, it’s an easy way for moms like me to get our little ones try new fruits. It’s okay if you don’t have fancy popsicle molds; I’ll tell you about three common household items that will work great for…
  • How to Reduce Food Waste: 3 More Ideas

    Important Media Cross-Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Yep, we’re all about creative ideas for reducing food waste… and we’re just thrilled to see a few more. You’ve likely heard this scary statistic: 40% of the US’ food gets wasted along the supply chain. Most of that occurs towards the end, at retailers, restaurants, and homes. Yet people still go hungry… so we still have to work at getting this wasted food (most of which is still perfectly edible) to those in need. Mary Gerush, who writes at sister site Eat.Drink.Better, found a few more innovative approaches to keeping edible food out of dumpsters, trash…
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  • United Kingdom: Ban bee-harming pesticides, MPs say

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    BusinessGreen: The government should accept a ban on pesticides that could harm bees and reconsider whether it is appropriate to allow pesticide companies to carry out research on the impact of their products on pollinators, MPs will today recommend. MPs on the Environmental Audit Committe are set to respond to the government's draft National Pollinator Strategy, which was released for consultation in March with the aim of safeguarding pollinators' essential role in ecosystems. According to the government,...
  • 5 facts about coal trade, global warming

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Associated Press: As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue: As U.S. reduces coal use, demand rises globally Over the past six years, the U.S. has cut consumption by 195 million tons as power plants have burned cheaper natural gas instead. The Environmental Protection...
  • Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger, dying out - a majestic animal on its knees

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Independent: The tiger has walked the Earth for two million years. One hundred years ago, there were more than 100,000 in Asia. Now, only just over 3,000 survive in the wild – and their number keeps on declining. In the week that sees the world mark International Tiger Day, The Independent and the World Wildlife Fund are working together to highlight the dangers these iconic animals face and how wildlife experts are desperately trying to save them. Reports will run every day on their present plight, starting...
  • United Kingdom: Parks to be protected from fracking

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wigan Today: National Parks in England will be protected from fracking unless there are "exceptional circumstances", ministers announced today. The policy was unveiled as the latest bidding process for shale companies seeking licences to explore for oil and gas was opened. The Government has committed to going ''all out for shale'', claiming development of the gas and oil resource is needed to improve energy security, boost jobs and the economy and bring down energy prices. But opponents say it causes disruption...
  • Fracking push gets go-ahead across UK as ministers tighten safeguards

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Guardian: Ministers will give the go-ahead on Monday for a big expansion of fracking across Britain that will allow drilling in national parks and other protected areas in "exceptional circumstances". The government will invite firms to bid for onshore oil and gas licences for the first time in six years, with about half of the country advertised for exploration. Ministers are also clarifying the rules on when drilling can take place in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs) and world...
 
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  • Obama Is About to Give You the Right to Unlock Your Phone

    Kiera Butler
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Ever wondered why you can't transfer your old phone to a new carrier? The practice, known as cellphone unlocking, is illegal. It probably won't surprise you that in the '90s, wireless carriers—who, for obvious reasons, wanted everyone to buy new phones and plans—lobbied for a ban. As I wrote last year, this ban isn't just annoying and expensive for consumers, it's also wasteful. We only keep our phones for an average of 18 months , and when we get a new one, the old one seldom makes it to a recycling facility. Many languish in desk drawers; some end up in the garbage. That means a…
  • PETA's Five Most Tone-Deaf Stunts

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Proving once again PETA is unfamiliar with how to a deliver meaningful publicity campaign, the animal rights group is now looking to score a win off poor people's thirst. Some background: The bankrupt city of Detroit has been shutting off its tap water to thousands of poor residents in order to force them to pay for nearly $90 million in overdue water bills. Advocates have slammed the move, calling out the city for eliminating a basic human right. The NAACP recently filed a lawsuit calling the shut down discriminatory, as most of Detroit's low-income residents are overwhelmingly black. It…
  • You'd Scream, Too, If You Were This Close to a Collapsing Iceberg

    Alex Park
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Climate change is melting ice at both ends of the planet—just ask the researchers who published two papers in May saying that a major expanses of antarctic ice are now undergoing a "continuous and rapid retreat" and may have "passed the point of no return." As the poles melt, icebergs are breaking off and drifting with greater ease, creating a world of problems for humans and animals alike. In Antarctica, warmer winters mean icebergs aren't held in place as they once were, and are now colliding with the ocean floor more frequently, laying waste to a complex ecosystem. In Greenland,…
  • Popular Anti-Science Site Likens Journalists to "Nazi Collaborators" Over GMO Coverage

    Mariah Blake
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Update: After this story went to press, Adams appended a note to his story likening journalists to Nazis. It reads: "After careful analysis, I have come to the conclusion that the Monsanto Collaborators website is a bait-and-switch trap engineered by the biotech industry in an effort to lure in support from GMO skeptics and then discredit them with some sort of insane 'call to action' of some kind....For the record, in no way do I condone vigilante violence against anyone." For years, Natural News—a conspiracy-minded alternative medicine website that attracts roughly…
  • Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

    Kiera Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), the industry group that represents the nation's 55,000 school food employees, has officially opposed some of them—and doubled its lobbying in the months leading up to July 1, when some of the new rules took effect. Here's who doesn't mind the new standards: kids. For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers…
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    mnn.com

  • The truth about texting and driving

    jsavedge
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    TV personality Jenny McCarthy's 12-year-old son recently called the police from the back seat of the car to report that his mother was texting while driving in the front seat.  The actress told the story on her radio talk show, explaining that she responded to her son's phone call by promptly throwing her phone out the window.
  • Back to school tips for teachers

    jsavedge
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Teachers: I know you may not want to hear this but your time is almost up.  Actually, in all fairness, most of my teacher friends enjoy their summer breaks but are also always excited for the new school year.  That's why they're teachers after all.  Because it takes a special person to juggle the needs and interests of a whole classroom of kids.     
  • Chocolate, Hazelnut and Oatmeal Cookies

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
  • Strawberry Galettes with Pistachio Crumble

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To me, springtime means strawberries. Lots and lots of these sweet, juicy red berries, and all the wonderful recipes that go with them. I have never tried to make galettes before, and I found this fantastic recipe in "Small Plates & Sweet Treats" by Aran Goyoaga. These are amazing for any occasion — more low-key than a tart, yet more elegant than cookies. The layers feature a mild crust with wonderfully sweet strawberries and a crunchy pistachio crumble. And they are gluten-free as an added bonus.  
  • Healthy Banana Blueberry Bread

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Okay, so the word "healthy" for this recipe is a tiny bit of a stretch. But this is indeed the healthiest recipe I've ever tried for a banana bread, and it still tastes as decadent as something with sugar and dairy in it. But this has zero refined sugar, zero dairy, and zero oils — and, if you wanted, this could be made with gluten-free flour as well. So it's just about as guilt-free as you can possibly get for a sweet bread.  
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • SolarWorld Wins Again: Big Anti-Dumping Tariffs in US-China Solar Panel Trade Case

    Eric Wesoff
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Department of Commerce has again found for the petitioner, SolarWorld, in its Chinese solar module trade case. This afternoon's preliminary decision imposes significant tariffs on Chinese solar modules in the anti-dumping portion of this case. Today's decision also closes what SolarWorld called a "loophole" that allowed Chinese module manufacturers to use Taiwanese cells in their modules and circumvent U.S. trade duties. SolarWorld has prevailed at pretty much every step of this case despite the debatable efforts from CASE and other trade organizations. Here is today's…
  • PV on Oahu: Solar Shipwreck

    Marco Mangelsdorf
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Not long ago, the solar electric industry was the hottest construction trade on Oahu. Today, it is foundering.  According to January-June 2014 photovoltaic system permit data provided by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, the total number of PV permits issued dropped by 43 percent compared to the same period last year, and the total project value declined by more than 50 percent. Riding high with white-hot annual growth from 2007 to 2012, few expected this ship to suddenly break apart at sea, with some of the top solar installation firms seeing their…
  • Speeding Up Energy Data From the Smart Meter to the Smartphone

    Jeff St. John
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today’s smartphone-equipped, attention-span-starved consumers are inundated with data all day long, keeping up with family and friends, running their professional and business lives, and staying up to date with the latest in green technology news or celebrity gossip. All of this data comes to us in as close to real time as possible, making us demanding consumers of information indeed. But the smart grid hasn’t delivered home energy data that fast. Today’s smart meter networks and Green Button-enabled consumer energy portals typically deliver energy usage that’s at…
  • SolarCity’s New $201M Securitized Solar Portfolio Keeps the Capital Flowing

    Eric Wesoff
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    SolarCity, the nation's largest rooftop solar financier and installer, is offering another $201.5 million in asset-backed securities. This is its third serving of asset securities notes, and it looks a lot like the previous portfolio, notes Shayle Kann, VP of Research at GTM, except in size (much bigger) and newness of the contracts (much newer). Otherwise, it has a similar FICO requirement and a similar mix of project geography, price and sector mix. From S&P's presale notice: Late last year, SolarCity executed on a solar financing milestone and offered a private placement of…
  • GE Threatens to Enter Fuel Cell Market, Compete With Bloom

    Eric Wesoff
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale. GE has claimed a recent fuel cell "breakthrough" with an efficiency of 65 percent (when used with a Jenbacher engine) and an overall efficiency of up to 95 percent when waste heat is captured. Johanna Wellington, advanced technology leader at GE Global Research and the head of GE’s fuel cell…
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    Direct2Dell

  • 25 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am

    mradlowski
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    This is awesome!
  • Blog Post: Going for Gold - The Commonwealth Games Kick Off in Glasgow

    Tim Griffin, VP/GM—Dell UK
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Thousands of athletes, spectators, volunteers and officials are now arriving in Glasgow ready for the 11 days of competition, and as the official IT Hardware and Data Centre supporter, we couldn’t be more excited to be providing the technology critical to helping make the games a success.
  • Blog Post: Progress Report on Dell’s Channel Initiatives

    Cheryl Cook
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    With summer in full swing and about six months under our belt since we launched big changes to our PartnerDirect channel program, I thought now would be a great time to give you an update on the progress and momentum we’re experiencing.
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    DELL-Deborah A
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    How do we get teams together in Austin, this is such a great idea and I'd love to participate.
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    alexvoica
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Hi, I've written a blog article about the GPU performance and feature set of the two new Dell Venue tablets. blog.imgtec.commy-week-with-dell-venue-8-the-first-android-tablet-to-use-a-powervr-rogue-gpu Regards, Alex.
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    New Republic

  • Here's One Reason We Need Immigrants

    Zach McDade
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The politics of immigration can be a bit unpredictable. A case in point is the way some prominent conservatives are talking about the influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Most right-wingers, along with the leadership of the Republican Party, are talking about nothing except tightenin
  • Science Is Changing What It Means to Be Dead

    Judith Shulevitz
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There are worse ways to die than by freezing. To be sure, it’s extremely unpleasant, but only for a while. At first, the cold gnaws at your skin, which soon goes slightly numb, the blood shunted away from the surface to protect your inner organs. Your body shakes as it tries to gin up heat, your h
  • Why Plane Disasters Won’t Make People Afraid of Flying

    Alice Robb
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An Air Algerie plane crashed in Mali on Wednesday, killing 116 passengers and bringing last week’s “air death toll” to 450. Reports of one plane-related disaster after another are enough to put e
  • The New Republic Launches “Climate Thermometer”

    TNR Staff
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    PRESS RELEASEWashington, D.C. — Today The New Republic launches Climate Thermometer, a custom site that focuses on the politics and policy of climate change. As we head into the 2014 elections, Climate Thermometer will cover climate-related news, candidates in competitive congressional an
  • A Book By Jimmy Carter Led Me to Work for Richard Branson

    Uzodinma Iweala
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When I was younger, I knew very little about the Middle East or more specifically, Israel, beyond what I learned in the Methodist Sunday school and Catholic elementary school I attended in Washington, D.C. These lessons were, naturally, mostly devoted to the construction of cotton ball and black C
 
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Green Homes for Everyone: Talking Passive Homes with Evolutionary Home Builders' Brandon Weiss

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The Morton Arboretum will host an Arbor Day celebration April 25 with a costume contest for prizes and free admission for visitors who "dress like a tree". Additionally, members who ordinarily get free admission can obtain one free guest pass at the membership desk on that day.  The event is part of the Arboretum's week-long Arbor Day celebration, which begins with an Arbor Day 10K Run this Sunday, April 13, followed by spring plant sales, and a tree planting and storytime with Curious George.  For a full schedule of events visit: …
  • Cargo Bike Week 2014 & Cargo Bike Roll Call This Sunday!

    Christine Escobar
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In celebration of the upcoming Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike ride and Cargobike Roll Call this Sunday, I”m kicking off another Cargo Bike Week here at Ding Ding Let’s Ride! First.. let’s make sure you have all the info for the Sunday event: So what kind of cargo bikes can you expect to find at the Roll Call this weekend? Well, since we’ll be there,  you should expect to find at least one Yuba Mundo, a long-tail style of cargo bike. Three Yuba Mundo cargo bikes with slightly different configurations at a March 2013 Kidical Mass ride in…
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    Max Gladwell

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

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

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

    Max Gladwell
    4 May 2014 | 9:12 pm
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    Max Gladwell
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:33 pm
     
  • The Meaning of Entrepreneurship

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

  • 4 Ways to Support the Children in Crisis at the Border

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Great Cloth Diaper Debate

    Tiffany
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Which is better…disposable or cloth? The diaper wars have begun and you must choose sides….muhawww. New parents are faced with many decisions, one of them choosing whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. There are advantages and disadvantages for each diaper type. This issue can be a hot one among parents, a part of parenting […]
  • Extend the Growing Season Into Fall & Winter

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

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

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

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

  • I am a runner, but I wasn’t always…

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

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

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

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    I don’t think it’s a secret that I lean toward natural remedies when dealing with my and my children’s health. I believe that Western medicine has it’s place and we as a family use pharmaceuticals as well as natural remedies, but I prefer to look to alternative medicine first. Two weeks ago on a Thursday evening, my daughter (9) began experiencing tooth pain in one of her baby teeth. By Friday morning, she was in a lot of pain. I started treating her with a remedy I knew could help with tooth pain — oil pulling with coconut oil. I also diluted some doTERRA clove…
  • Longmont carjacking/abduction prompts question: Is it safe to leave kids in the car?

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:31 am
    This morning a car was stolen from a Longmont, Colo. gas station with 4-year-old Allen Chavarria-Rodriquez inside. An Amber Alert was issued and thankfully the boy was safely recovered later as the suspect ditched the car and jacked two others until he was apprehended in Parker. This event prompts the question: Is it ever safe to leave kids in the car? A recent Mothering article written by Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids, titled Okay to Leave Kids in the Car While Popping into a Store? made me think about my own practices when it comes to running into the store days before the…
 
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  • Glowing: Soulful Skincare- A Paradigm Shifting Book

    Eco Yogini
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    EcoYogini uncovers some truths about her skin's health...Like many women in our westernized culture, I have an unhealthy triangular Bella-Edward-HotWereWolfGuy relationship with my skin-selfesteem-cosmeticindustry.  (Yes, I read all terrible six Twilight books, yes I am horribly regretful that I can't get those hours back, ever).As a teenager, I was lucky that I didn't have awful acne. I was surprised, however, when pimples just kept coming in my twenties and now early thirties. Didn't I survive the hell that is adolescence to be deserving of a phoenix-butterflyfromacocoon metamorphosis…
  • Seeing the Forest for the Cars

    Mindful Echo
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Mindful Echo takes a hike.Hiking is one of my favourite pastimes. I love being able to escape into the trees for a while and just exist amongst the leaves, and dirt, and rocks, and water, and wind, and ... decomposing cars?It's so confusing to me when I see this type of thing on a trail in the middle of nowhere. I have so many questions: Where did it come from? How long has it been there? And perhaps most importantly, how long is it going to be there?I think it's a bit of a jolt back to reality to remember just how long all our human-made, manufactured items stay with us. Although by the same…
  • Easy Food Preservation

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

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

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

    greenandcleanmom
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    When you buy a product or pay for a service, you want to be a satisfied customer. When you offer a service or sell a product you want your customers to be happy. It’s pretty simple. Unfortunately, we’ve all probably experienced the” other side”. You know the unhappy and very unsatisfied customer side. The one where you might have sent back a plate of food Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Keeping Customers and Making them HAPPY The post Keeping Customers and Making them HAPPY appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Let Your Pet Play Hard but Stay Cool

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

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

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

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Rice for lunch in just 1 minute? Sign me up! I’m rice fan. I’ve always liked rice and remember my mom making canned tomato soup with rice on rainy days with grilled cheese. I loved, loved, and loved that meal. I actually still do but now I attempt to make my own homemade tomato soup. I like to make rice with spicy sausage, add different Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute The post Rice for Lunch in Just 1 Minute appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • To Do List 7.13.14

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

    Greenstylemom
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Nice weekend in the mountains! Hiked to Mohawk Lake on Saturday afternoon. Haven't been on this trail for a couple years. Then had an outdoor viewing of Back to the Future with our mountain neighbors. Pretty fun on a cool night when you are bundled under comforters!Continental FallsKate & I posingPotential Christmas card photo?Snow fields!Lower Mohawk Lake
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    Greenstylemom
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
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  • To Do List 7.6.14

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

    Greenstylemom
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:43 pm
    I know I've said it before, but I'm always so happy with a baby in my arms- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
 
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  • Squash Bug Control: 8 Ways to Kick their Butts in the Garden

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

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

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

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

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

    Micaela
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
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  • Say Hello to La Mav Organic Skin Care {Giveaway}

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

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

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

    Micaela
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Going Green Vacation Siesta Key and Venice Florida

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

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

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

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

    Alice Benny
    1 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Some fun recycling facts for kids can comprehensively describe the growing need and importance of recycling. The younger generation needs to understand the significance of saving and protecting their environment, their home, their planet. One can only hope they do a better job than ‘us grown adults’ in taking things more seriously while growing up.… Read more The post Recycling Facts for Kids and its Significance appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Walmart Donates $15M to Fight Childhood Hunger, and You can help!

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

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

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

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

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

  • fair-handeln! Anstiftungen für zukunftsfähiges Handeln – Book Review

    Veshengro
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) fair-handeln! Anstiftungen für zukunftsfähiges Handeln  Edited and published by Jaana Prüss 192 pages, with many illustrations, color and b/w Softcover with flaps, Price: 19,90 €, ISBN 978-3-00-045409-7 The best translation for the title would be "acting fair" as "fair trading" would not fit even though some might translate it in that way. So, in other words “acting fair! Incitements for sustainable interactions” would be the best full English translation for it. Talking of translations; presently the book is only available…
  • Fair-handeln! Anstiftungen für zukunftsfähiges Handeln – Rezension

    Veshengro
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Rezension bei Michael Smith (Veshengro) fair-handeln! Anstiftungen für zukunftsfähiges Handeln Jaana Prüss (Hrsg.) 192 Seiten, mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, farbig und s/w, Klappenbroschur, Preis: 19,90 €, ISBN 978-3-00-045409-7 Wie ist es möglich, in der »Zuvielgesellschaft« gut zu leben, ohne permanent den Geldbeutel oder den Mülleimer öffnen zu müssen? Welche Ideen und Praktiken gibt es, um den tiefgreifenden Transformationsprozess, worin sich die westlichen Konsumgesellschaften derzeit befinden, in den konkreten Dingen des Alltags auf sinnstiftende Weise mitzugestalten? Wo und…
  • Why “Anti-Odor” Clothes Stink

    Veshengro
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    A new study finds that silver nanoparticles used to keep clothes from smelling don’t remain long enough to work. The next time you reach for that anti-odor shirt, consider the findings of a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Swiss researchers tested a bunch of clothes that contained silver nanoparticles, metal particles shrunk down to sizes one-billionth of one meter thin, put there to prevent odor-causing bacteria from proliferating while you sweat. They found that a large proportion of the treatments in some of these antibacterial products came out…
  • Whole Foods will bring you groceries by bike

    Veshengro
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    OK, I’ll admit right off the bat that I wasn’t so excited when my editors suggested I write about Whole Foods making deliveries by bike. Now affluent people who can’t be bothered to pick up their own groceries can have a slightly lower carbon impact — I mean, where’s the champagne! But after I sat with this for a second, I decided there is reason to celebrate. Cargo-bike deliveries make a lot of sense for companies, even if they don’t care about the environment: They don’t get hung up in traffic, they don’t require parking spaces, they don’t guzzle fuel, they’re cheaper…
  • Proof That Hiking Makes You Happier And Healthier

    Veshengro
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    John Muir was onto something when he said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Hikers battle bug bites, blisters and bruises for the sake of overcoming a challenge and enjoying some quality time with nature. But along with the snow-capped mountain tops and ocean views come an abundance of mental and physical perks. Here's what hikers can teach the rest of us about leading a happier, healthier life. Hikers are creative. Forget the caffeine. Those looking for a brainpower boost need not look further than the closest trail. Research shows that spending…
 
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  • Is Self-Sufficiency Just a Dream in the Modern World?

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

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

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

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

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

    rudy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    The moment you step off the plane a rush into a foreign country, will surely be have you. Are you in for an adventure so when appreciation for cultures apart from your own, but you should know about safety and rules abroad as well. This article features a multitude of travel suggestions to make sure that you stay safe while away from home. This may seem like common sense, but one important thing to be sure of when you are traveling is that you’re bookings for resorts, flights, visits to attractions and monuments, etc. are correct. Double check verification emails and contact customer…
  • Great Advice For Making Your Travel Plans Enjoyable

    rudy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Traveling can be one of the most important adventures in life. There are many places to go and things to see. This post can help you to expand your horizons and to become a voyager. Traveling is a significant part life because you meet new people and experience new things. Assess what there’s to do ahead, if you know that you are going to have a very long layover in a city. Fall is a great time to travel New England. This is when the leaves begin to change into their beautiful golden color. This is the time when you’re able to slow down your pace of traveling and simply enjoy the…
  • Travel Without Breaking The Bank With These Great Tips

    rudy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    The moment you step off the airplane a rush into a foreign nation, is likely to consume you. Not only are you in for an adventure and as appreciation for cultures other than your own, but you must be aware of safety and rules abroad as well. This post contains a multitude of travel suggestions to make sure that you stay safe while away from home. This may seem like common sense, but one important thing to be sure of when you are traveling is which you’re reservations for hotels, flights, visits to attractions and monuments, etc. are correct. You do n’t need spend a night drifting…
  • All Travel Questions Answered Right Here

    rudy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    If you’re like many pet owners, you hate leaving your four-legged buddy behind when you travel. The good news is that you do not necessarily have to, as many airlines, hotels, etc., are pet friendly. This post will give you hints for taking advantage of your travels with your four-legged pal. When you are traveling into a foreign state, learn something ahead of time. It can help you avoid embarrassing blunders in local etiquette. In addition, it can enable you to understand and value the culture just a little better. In a way, you’ll be representing your country in a foreign land,…
  • Travel Tips To Help You Meet Your Trip Goals

    rudy
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Traveling is exciting and can be certainly one of the largest annoyances if not done right you’ll ever encounter, or an excellent time for you. Read on for some great thoughts on how to travel smart and care for all the small matters that when you do not, will leave you wanting you stayed home. It’s many of the exact same conveniences, is much less crowded, and will make your holiday appear considerably more special! So that you can take advantage of traveling abroad, attempt to plan at least a couple of actions that aren’t recorded in tourist guide books or sites. You can…
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    Jetson Green

  • Innovative Roof Design Cools a House in the Desert

    Christine Walsh
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The so-called “Desert House” is located in the desert region of Australia, more precisely in Alice Springs. It was designed by the Dunn & Hillam Architects firm and the designers wanted to create something that works in total congruence with the desert wasteland, and doesn’t leave a huge environmental footprint. Cooling is a large consideration when it comes to designing a home in the desert, especially if you want to make the home as sustainable as possible. With Desert House the architects solved the problem by adding a secondary roof that floats above the residence where it helps…
  • Off-The-Grid Eco-Tourism Vacation Cabin

    Christine Walsh
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If you’re yearning for a nature escape and completely unplug from the rest of the world, then a stay in a Cabin Drop XL might be just what’s needed. Cabin Drop XL was designed by the Spanish firm In-tenta which is focused primarily on providing sustainable designs for the modern world. The Cabin Drop XL can be dropped anywhere, for a completely independent, off-the-grid vacation with a minimal impact. It’s almost like camping out in a tent. The Drop XL is a modular house, and measures 325 square feet. It is shaped like an oversized cylindrical tube, and looks a lot like something from a…
  • A Natural Concrete Made of Hemp

    Christine Walsh
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Using concrete as the primary construction material leaves a huge carbon footprint, which is why building green should focus on minimizing the use of it. Hempitecture is a firm, which is striving to create more awareness for one such green alternative, namely hempcrete, which is concrete made of hemp. However, since industrial hemp is still illegal in the US, hempcrete has to be imported, which raises the price of this building option. Hempcrete uses the inner woody core of the hemp stalk to make a mineral matrix, which forms a non-toxic, carbon-negative, and energy-efficient building…
  • One9 Apartment Tower Constructed in Only Five Days

    Christine Walsh
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    The One9 building, a 9-floor apartment building was recently built in Melbourne, Australia in just five days. This was possible because the parts needed to construct the One9 building were manufactured off site, though the builders aren’t really calling it modular, since none of the modules are standard or fixed. The One9 apartment is comprised of a total of 34 one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The construction process was based on Hickory Group’s UB (Unitized Building) system, which was created by architect Nonda Katsalidis. This is the highest building the group has constructed…
  • Cabin in the Woods is Supported by Salvaged Tree Forks

    Christine Walsh
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This modern cabin was built in Victoria, AU’s Central Highlands region built by Paul Morgan Architects. It is called Trunk House, due to the fact that its structural framework is made of tree forks, which is a part of the tree usually discarded by the commercial logging industry. The rest of the cabin is also made of wood harvested from the building site. Trunk House is located in a forest of Stringybark trees. The initial idea of the architects was to somehow also incorporate sheep and kangaroo bones into the structure, since these can easily be found on nearby farmland and forests, but…
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • One Home, Two Purple Hearts

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

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

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

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

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

  • The $50 Mexico Water Purifier

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hidden Toxins in Plants from Big-Box Retailers

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

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

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

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

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

  • Our Growing Collection of Wine Videos

    Cooking Up a Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Frikeh, Freekeh, Fereek: Green Wheat Wonder (video)

    Cooking Up a Story
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • How to Make Sorrel Soup

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

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

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    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Mobile app helps small farmers turn a profit

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    A mobile app is helping farmers in Ghana increase crop yields and connect with industry players through an online communications medium that is easily accessible and cost-effective. 'mFarms' is an internet based platform that links all actors in the agricultural industry giving farmers access to vital information. Tara Cleary reports.
  • With virtual reality, researchers find a sweet spot in farming education

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Australian researchers use the online world of Second Life to teach sugar cane farmers about climate change and new technologies they can use to reduce water use and fertilizer run-off. Sharon Reich reports.
  • Looters target wildfire victims

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    After a massive wildfire tears through parts of Washington state, residents now have to worry about looters. Linda So reports.
  • California drought expected to cost state $2.2 billion in losses

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    California's drought is expected to cost the state more than $2 billion this year as well as some 17,000 jobs. Mana Rabiee reports
  • Gazans face water crisis

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    International Committee of the Red Cross warns of critical water shortage facing thousands in Gaza within days. Paul Chapman reports.
 
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    WeHeartWorld

  • First national study finds that trees can save lives

    Cactus Williams
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Scientists and collaborators for the U.S. Forest Service have come to the conclusion that trees save more than 850 human lives every year and prevent another 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this study is the first of its kind to broadly show the estimate of air pollution removal by trees. The researchers analyzed four pollutants for the study including: ozone, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and less than 2.5 microns of particulate matter in aerodynamic diameter. Each of these are key pollutants that are considered to check the…
  • State district judge strikes down a Colorado city’s fracking ban

    Alfie Joshua
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In an effort to protect the “state’s interest” in oil and natural gas, a Colorado state district judge struck down the city of Longmont’s voter-approved ban on hydraulic fracturing last Thursday. Boulder County District Court Judge D.D. Mallard ruled that the city’s ban interfered with the state’s interests and the concerns over health risks were insufficient to warrant banning fracking. “While the Court appreciates the Longmont citizens’ sincerely-held beliefs about risks to their health and safety, the Court does not find this is sufficient to completely devalue the…
  • Light pollution and the death of the night sky

    Cactus Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s sad how many people have never seen the stars, I mean REALLY seen them. Our obsession with keeping things illuminated is responsible for destroying one of the most beautiful views that nature has to offer: the Milky Way. Miles away from populated areas, the night sky is filled with more stars than can possibly be counted, and occasionally, the inner regions of our galaxy, the Milky Way, can be seen. The reason you can’t get views like that in the city is because of something called light pollution. All the light we use to illuminate our cities essentially outshines the stars, and…
  • Researchers have created efficiency-boosting, self-cooling solar cells

    Mercedes Hart
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Researchers have developed a new coating that allows solar cells to cool themselves instead of requiring the use of coolants or ventilation, which can be water and energy intensive. Not only that, but the coating boosts power output and extends the life of the technology too. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University in California has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation. The…
  • This is why visiting Norway should be on everyone’s bucket list

    Chastity Mansfield
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Norway truly is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries on the planet. The coast is peppered with tree covered mountains that overlook the thousands of fjords where glaciers cut their way across the landscape in millennia past. Lakes and valleys dot the landscape where millions of animals roam, undisturbed by human settlement. People looking to marvel at the beauty of our planet need look no further than Norway. Here are some pictures to show you what I’m talking about.   The post This is why visiting Norway should be on everyone’s bucket list appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • An Autumn -Winter Inspired Living Room Décor Theme

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

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

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

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

    bb846174
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:09 am
    Green is one of the best and the most versatile colors that can be used in home decoration. The color is so beautiful and attractive, that you can use it in every room of your house with ease. There are absolutely no issues regarding the dearth of shades. When it comes to green, you can get an innumerable number of shades that match with every single color in existence. As a result, you are always left with plenty of options to choose from. Moreover, you are always able to get the right kind of effect when used with other colors. This might also confuse you at times. Green looks great with…
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    INHABITAT

  • Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

    Matthew Keeshin
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Perplexed citizens and officials of a city in eastern China are curious about the mysterious transformation of their local river. China has experienced these red rivers before when the water gets polluted, but sources cannot find any chemicals to confirm any pollution or chemicals. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blood red river, china, Jian River, mystery, Pollution, toxic river, Wenzhou, Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau, yangtze river, Zhejiang province
  • Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

    Inhabitat
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Brought to you by National Geographic Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and…
  • Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

    Tafline Laylin
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Read the rest of Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Basic House, eco design, golden, green design, martin azua, Prefab, self-inflating home, self-inflating shelter, solar gain, sustainable design, temporary shelter
  • DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

    Catherine Winter-Hébert
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    We’re still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we’ve been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it’s always fun to try something new, right? If you’ve never had horchata, it’s certainly worth the bit of effort required to make it. Although a hot version of this drink is popular in autumn for El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) this gorgeous Mexican beverage is just as perfect for summer barbecues, beach lounging, and days spent reading in the sunshine. Read the rest…
  • How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

    Beverley Mitchell
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible, baby blue blood – are used to test for bacterial contamination, thus saving countless lives each year during medical procedures. The only trouble is, we have to catch a quarter of a million horseshoe crabs each year to do this, and then we have to drain their blood. Read the rest of How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Two cities’ bold plans to make cars obsolete

    Carrie Dellesky
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Helsinki’s “mobility on demand” system will integrate a variety of transport options and could make car ownership obsolete. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for Hamburg’s department of urban planning and the environment, told The…
  • Bridging the divide between vendors and local governments for more inclusive cities

    Thomas Abbot
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Governments must create inclusive spaces for dialogue with street vendors and craft policy to support their livelihoods and economic mobility. Photo by Carlos Penalba/Flickr. As previously discussed on TheCityFix, many cities worldwide are facing a series of challenges around informal economic activity. As they begin to modernize and transform public spaces, street vendors are often left behind or swept away. Yet, these efforts at ‘modernization’ endanger not only the people who depend on the informal sector, but the entire city economy. In Lima, Peru, it is estimated that 5.4% of total…
  • People-oriented Cities: Mixed-use development creates social and economic benefits

    Luis Zamorano
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Mixed-use development combined with pedestrianization on Mexico City’s Calle Madero promotes sustainable, prosperous communities. Photo by Julius Reque/Flickr. The “People-oriented Cities” series – exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights – is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars. Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the…
  • Customers protest new women-only cars on São Paulo metro system

    Renato Lobo
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    To help increase safety for women on mass transport, cities in Latin America are requiring women-only passenger cars on metro systems. Photo by Gustavo Gomes/Flickr. Cities around the world face the challenge of creating safe public spaces for women. In Brazil, sexual assault is a prevalent problem. Alarmingly, a survey by the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, a major Brazilian research institute, found that 65% of respondents agreed that “women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked,” a finding that sparked considerable public response. Perceptions…
  • Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city

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

  • Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

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

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

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

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

    katee
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Beautiful Side of Climate Change The Guardian is currently hosting a mesmeric, absorbing piece of digital art by Lia, which allows you to create your own tornado. Although we at Do The Green Thing would like to consider ourselves, on the whole, anti-tornadoes, it is hard to deny the deific joy in creating and manipulating your own miniature weather event and watching as it spirals out of control beneath your mouse. Sadly, climate change means that extreme weather events will occur with ever-greater regularity (although the evidence on a link to tornado frequency is equivocal).
 
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  • Is This Why CO2 Emissions Are Sky High? You Bet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ginger is a spice perfect for any time of year. Its fragrance can perk up everything from chai tea to apple pie. This humble root can also add a gentle kick of heat to stir fries or soups. The natural yeasts in the root can also be used to kick start a bubbly ginger beer. […]The post Recipe: Ginger Beer appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Do you like us? Join our Online Community

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Are you part of Chelsea Green’s growing online community? We love sharing inspirational projects that will benefit your home, community and the planet. You can find recipes, DIY projects, food and gardening tips and be the first to learn about exclusive offers, giveaways, new releases and more! And now, you can follow us on Pinterest. We’ll share everything from backyard projects to homesteading basics, as well as staff favorites and so […]The post Do you like us? Join our Online Community appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Stop Inviting Bears to Dinner

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

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

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

    mnnadmin
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" might need a little more revising — a newly discovered dinosaur species offers hints that feathers were much more common among the ancient beasts than once thought.  
  • Tyrannosaur 'gangs' terrorized ancient landscape

    mnnadmin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Some 70 million years ago, three tyrannosaurs stalked together across a mud flat in Canada, possibly searching for prey.   The new insight comes from several parallel tyrannosaur tracks unearthed in Canada. The dinosaur tracks provide stronger evidence for a controversial theory: That the fearsome mega-predators hunted in packs.  
  • Vikings' stadium plan pits fans vs. fowl

    melbreyer
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Members of the National Audubon Society are crying foul on the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) over designs for the team’s new stadium, which is set to host the Super Bowl in 2018.
  • World's largest aquatic insect has 8-inch wingspan and 'giant snake-like fangs'

    bnelson78
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The world's largest aquatic insect has been discovered in the remote mountains of China's Sichuan province, and it's terrifying. As Yahoo News reports, this monstrous beastie has a wingspan of about 8.3 inches, but most intimidating are its menacing mandibles, which have been described as "giant snake-like fangs" and look like they could easily dismember a human finger.   
  • Is Antarctica getting icier? New study sparks debate

    mnnadmin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    As Arctic sea ice vanishes at an alarming rate, scientists have reported a surprising finding in Antarctica. There, sea ice seems to be expanding.  
 
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  • 'The vast majority of our genome is junk': People use just 8.2 percent of their DNA

    mnnadmin
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    More than a decade has passed since the completion of the Human Genome Project, the international collaboration to map all of the "letters" in our DNA. The huge effort led to revolutionary genomic discoveries, but more than 10 years later, it's still unclear what percentage of the human genome is actually doing something important.  
  • How to take your dog anywhere, with the help of these 6 smartphone apps

    jheimbuch
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you want to take your dog with you everywhere you go, there are a few resources you're going to want to have on hand to make finding dog-friendly locations fast and easy. These six apps are excellent options for locating anything from hotels to restaurants to parks, for helping you know what to do for your dog should an emergency arise, and even for finding a pet sitter for those evenings during your travels where you want to go somewhere that is humans-only.  
  • How to get comfortable in a stranger's skin

    sstevens
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    Kevin Slavin, director of MIT Media Lab’s Playful Systems research group, is a fan of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. But he’s also the first to admit there’s a dark side to social media — and not one you’ve probably considered.  
  • 9 of the most interesting inventions of 2014

    kbell
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Every year, creative minds from around the globe come up with great new innovations — ideas that may make you exclaim "Why didn't I think of that?" This is a list of a few great ideas that have debuted so far in 2014. They are attention-grabbing because they are either eco-friendly or just super cool. Enjoy.     XStat
  • New mapping software takes you on the scenic route

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

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
  • Strawberry Galettes with Pistachio Crumble

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To me, springtime means strawberries. Lots and lots of these sweet, juicy red berries, and all the wonderful recipes that go with them. I have never tried to make galettes before, and I found this fantastic recipe in "Small Plates & Sweet Treats" by Aran Goyoaga. These are amazing for any occasion — more low-key than a tart, yet more elegant than cookies. The layers feature a mild crust with wonderfully sweet strawberries and a crunchy pistachio crumble. And they are gluten-free as an added bonus.  
  • Healthy Banana Blueberry Bread

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Okay, so the word "healthy" for this recipe is a tiny bit of a stretch. But this is indeed the healthiest recipe I've ever tried for a banana bread, and it still tastes as decadent as something with sugar and dairy in it. But this has zero refined sugar, zero dairy, and zero oils — and, if you wanted, this could be made with gluten-free flour as well. So it's just about as guilt-free as you can possibly get for a sweet bread.  
  • Orange-Cranberry Muffins with Pecans

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Summer Fruit Tartlets with Lemon Olive Oil Crust

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    During summer, when market stalls are filled with the most amazing fruits, from peaches and apricots to cherries and berries of all sorts, it's hard to resist making a beautiful summer fruit tart. Colorful, sweet, and with a hint of citrus, these fruit tartlets are a wonderful recipe for parties, picnics and summer festivities.  
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  • Take a classic road trip on America's longest highway

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

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

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

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

    mnnadmin
    20 May 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Concerned about germs while traveling by plane? It turns out that your seat-back pocket might actually be germier than the toilet handle, according to a new study, which also suggests that certain bacteria can linger on surfaces within airplanes for longer than a week.  
 
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  • Tatooine-like Australian town built underground so residents can escape extreme heat, dust storms

    bnelson78
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    In the "Star Wars" movies, the Skywalkers hail from a forbidding desert planet called Tatooine, where human settlers have had to move most of their dwellings underground to escape the extreme conditions. Although this planet was invented in the imagination of George Lucas, it very well could have been based on a town right here on Earth.   
  • Inside 'WWI: The First Modern War'

    gmiller
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Most of us remember history class lessons about the brutal trench warfare in World War I, or seeing it in movies like "All Quiet on the Western Front" or "Warhorse." But these depictions tell just part of the story of the 1914-1917 conflict; the History miniseries "WWI: The First Modern War," intends to fill in the blanks.  
  • 12 things you can do with your old shoes

    networx
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Outworn, outgrown or out of style, old shoes are a fact of life. And unlike easily recycled or repurposed items such as secondhand clothing or empty plastic bottles, no-longer-new footgear poses a dilemma. What exactly is a green-thinking person supposed to do with leftover loafers or rundown runners? Well, depending on their condition, you can take your pick. Restore down-at-heel shoes to a reusable state with a little TLC. Recycle by donating to a good cause.
  • Where the wild things aren't: 8 abandoned zoos and animal parks

    mhickman
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Imagine a zoo stripped of animals, concession stands and overexcited children; a zoo, forgotten by time, that’s been, for one reason or another, forsaken and left to rot; a zoo where overgrown pathways, deteriorating habitats and rusting cages are the main attraction; a zoo that, after decades of abandonment, has been reclaimed by Mother Nature.  
  • 'Survive the Tribe' takes survival TV to a new level

    gmiller
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    For biologist and survival guide Hazen Audel, the best way to learn about indigenous people is to live with them and live like them, adopting their customs, diet and way of life, no matter how dangerous, difficult or bizarre they seem.
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  • Smart thirsty crow turns to humans for help

    sgunther
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    Crows are considered to be one of the smarter animals in the wild kingdom, with some species capable of both tool use and construction. The hooded crow of Isreal has been observed using bread as bait to catch fish while crows in Australia have learned how to eat the otherwise poisonous cane today — they flip the toads over to kill and eat them and avoid the toxic skin on their backs.  
  • Instant justice: Cool cop tickets driver for tailgating cyclist

    sgunther
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Cyclist Kevin Selagea was sprinting down the road at a brisk 30 MPH when the driver of a Honda CRV tucked in right behind him, with just a few feet separating the car's bumper and the bicycle wheel. Kevin didn't notice the dangerous drafter until he passed by a police officer who also saw what was happening on the road.   The police lights flashed up and the tailgater was quickly pulled over. Watch this video to see how beautifully the police officer handled the situation.  
  • Parkour 101: Everything you need to know about the art of the movement

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

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

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

    jsavedge
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    TV personality Jenny McCarthy's 12-year-old son recently called the police from the back seat of the car to report that his mother was texting while driving in the front seat.  The actress told the story on her radio talk show, explaining that she responded to her son's phone call by promptly throwing her phone out the window.
  • Back to school tips for teachers

    jsavedge
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Teachers: I know you may not want to hear this but your time is almost up.  Actually, in all fairness, most of my teacher friends enjoy their summer breaks but are also always excited for the new school year.  That's why they're teachers after all.  Because it takes a special person to juggle the needs and interests of a whole classroom of kids.     
  • We could have a world without malaria: Here's how

    jsavedge
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
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  • New app delivers personalized weather forecast with attitude

    jsavedge
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    So you left your house this morning ready for that big meeting at work or a hike in the park with the kids only to have your day spoiled by an unexpected afternoon thunderstorm.  When you left this morning the weather forecast was calling for sunny skies, but your rain soaked pants beg to differ.    
  • Beat summer brain drain with summer brain gain

    jsavedge
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Ok folks, it's crunch time.  The end of the summer is near and that means that school is right around the corner.    
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  • What to drink this weekend: Stemmari Baci Vivaci

    rshreeves
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I was introduced to a style of wine that I was unfamiliar with this week – a sparkling wine with lower carbonation than most of the average sparkler. Baci Vivaci, which translates into “Lively Kisses,” from Stemmari. This Sicilian wine is made with the Grillo, a white Italian grape variety. I enjoyed the light effervescence of this white wine that was definitely more playful on the tongue than a regular wine, yet not as acrobatic as a Champagne-style wine is.  
  • FDA can ignore taking action on overuse of antibiotics in livestock if it wants, says court

    rshreeves
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    The antibiotics routinely given to livestock to prevent disease are believed to be harmful to humans. We’re becoming resistant to many types of antibiotics, and scientists believe it’s because of the overuse of them in the animals we eat. Eighty percent of the antibiotics used in this country are given to animals, even if they aren't sick.  
  • What tempts us to take a quiz?

    rshreeves
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I have friends on Facebook who seem to have all the time in the world to take quizzes to find out what state they should live in or what their old person name is, or — and this one cracked me up — Which Jung Archetype Best Describes You?  
  • A fast breakfast doesn't have to be frozen

    rshreeves
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:37 pm
    There was a segment about breakfast yesterday on “CBS This Morning” that caught my attention. The morning hosts took a look at how food companies are focusing on frozen breakfast foods because while the sales of frozen foods as a whole are declining, the sales of frozen breakfast foods are increasing.  
  • Couponing helps inmates transition to life after prison

    rshreeves
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    I wonder if my monthly natural and organic coupon roundup is must-read material in prison. That might seem like an odd musing until you hear about Oregon State Correctional Institute’s Transitions Road to Success program.
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  • Calling all bargain hunters: Great deals on recalled cars!

    jmotavalli
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    The news on General Motors recalls is relentless. This week, the company announced another six of them, making a total of 60 and 29 million vehicles needing a fix.   Regardless of whether CEO Mary Barra gets a handle on this PR disaster and rights the listing ship, you can benefit! Take a look at the chart below.
  • Why Honda's hybrid strategy is all wrong

    jmotavalli
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Honda needs to get sporty again. Right now, the excellent new Fit is carrying the ball, but it’s got limitations — people perceive it (correctly) as primarily an economy car, albeit one with great handling and carrying capacity.  
  • Dreamliner stunts are cool, but not the whole story

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

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

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

    lmoss
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Feel like dancing? After watching this collection of memorable dance scenes you will.   Featuring cuts from 93 movies — including scenes starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as Chunk's "Truffle Shuffle" from "The Goonies" — this four-minute video is sure to get you moving.  
  • Diver saves turtle and gets a 'thank you'

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

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

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

    lmoss
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    How does a hedgehog celebrate its birthday? With tiny cake, tiny hats and tiny hamster friends, of course.   Related on MNN: Watch more adorable videos of animals chowing down on snacks.
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  • Why VATs on Solar Energy Hinder Progress on Energy Poverty

    Compass Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Photo credit: SolarAid What difference can a value added tax make to the lives of those living in energy poverty?  A big one. Currently, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa apply a value added tax (VAT) to clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems. While it is critical for all countries -- particularly developing countries -- to develop a strong and diverse tax base to pay for public services like healthcare and education, VATs are usually regressive, meaning that they hit the impoverished the hardest. As the anti-poverty organization Christian Aid explains in…
  • The EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Chance to Get it Right for Workers, Communities, and our Climate

    Heather Moyer
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:41 am
    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed its Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants.   Besides re-establishing the United States as a leader in the drive to reduce the carbon pollution that is disrupting our planet's climate and threatening civilization itself, the Clean Power Plan will spur the growth of cleaner energy sources and energy efficiency, maintain and create family-sustaining jobs, and ensure America's infrastructure is prepared for the impacts of climate change.Next week, the EPA is holding four…
  • Organizations Call on Major U.S. Corporations to Ditch Tar Sands

    The Sierra Club
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, leading environmental groups and corporate campaigning organizations released an open letter to major corporations -- the biggest consumers of tar sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet -- calling on the corporations to take responsibility for the disastrous effect that lax to non-existent corporate purchasing policies are having on the climate. Check out the letter here. Unless a company has a specific policy in place not to purchase tar sands oil, the company is in practice supporting the destructive tar sands mining industry that is polluting our water, air, communities, and climate.
  • Rallies Next Week! Your Voice is Needed to Support Climate Action

    Heather Moyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Now the EPA is holding public hearings on the proposed standard in four cities. If you live near DC, Pittsburgh, Denver, or Atlanta, we hope to see you next week!Join Sierra Club and our allies as we march and rally outside these hearings. We've all got to do our part to show strong support for the EPA to take bold action on climate disruption! Polluters are gearing up to try and stop this standard in its tracks, so it's especially important that…
  • Coal Exports: "You Don't Know Longview"

    Heather Moyer
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Last week we highlighted the amazing work of the Longview, Washington, community in standing up against coal exports and speaking out for a strong clean-up of a toxic port site in their town. Residents packed a hearing to say as much.We want to share the powerful testimony from one of those Longview residents, Mary Lyons: Tonight, July 16, 2014, is an important anniversary for me, in that 27 years ago this evening I was in Intensive Care at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle after surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest while playing softball with friends. I was on life support and comatose and…
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  • New Mexico Residents Fighting Back Against Kinder Morgan CO2 Pipeline With Their Own Health Impact Assessment

    Mike G
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Not many locals even knew the Bureau of Land Management was holding a scoping meeting in Mountainair, New Mexico last December for the proposed Lobos CO2 Pipeline that would run through their community. When the people of Mountainair did find out about what was proposed that day, many had concerns. BLM officials had laid out the route preferred by Kinder Morgan, which aims to build the 213-mile-long pipeline to get CO2 from Apache County, Arizona to Torrance County, New Mexico. From there, the Lobos CO2 pipeline would connect with the Cortez pipeline to deliver CO2 to oil wells in Texas. The…
  • Just In Time For Midterms, Congress Kissing Up To Dirty Energy

    Farron Cousins
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Congress has less than a week left to finish delivering promises for their donors before they head out for a month-long August recess undoubtedly filled with campaigning, and members aren’t wasting any time in their attempts to suck up to the dirty energy industry. It is simple math: Congress currently has a 15% approval rating, and every single seat in the House of Representatives is up for election this year (as it is every two years). Reports show that the candidate with the most money wins 91% of the time. When 80% of the public disapproves of the job that you’re doing, the only way…
  • States Led By Climate Deniers Stand To Gain The Most From New EPA Carbon Rule

    Mike G
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A rising tide lifts all boats — even boats that, contrary to all evidence, openly doubt the moon's gravitational influence. A new study released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group concludes that the EPA's proposed carbon rules for existing power plants will benefit states like Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma the most — states where climate denial is not just rampant but often a policy officially boosted by high-ranking officials. In fact, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who once dismissed climate change as a “contrived phony mess that is falling…
  • Australian Press Watchdog Criticises Climate Report From Rupert Murdoch's Flagship Newspaper

    Graham Readfearn
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The headline on The Australian newspaper’s story about a leak of a major United Nations climate change report read “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”. But an investigation by Australia’s press watchdog has found that in fact, it was the Murdoch-owned national newspaper that “got it wrong”. The Australian Press Council has upheld complaints about the coverage, led by a story from the newspaper’s environment editor Graham Lloyd. The council also found the newspaper’s attempts to correct its story had failed to meet the press standards. Lloyd’s original story, published…
  • After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

    Sharon Kelly
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush. Mr. Greenwood went up against a company called Dominion Energy, which had drilled and fracked a shallow well on his small cattle ranch property under a lease signed by a prior owner in 1921. In…
 
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  • Take a Class in Conscious Commerce with Eco-Chick’s Founder!

    Starre Vartan
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    Interested in learning how to blog? Want to take your idea of founding a new company (or growing an existing one) in a mission-based direction and doing Conscious Commerce? I’m teaching classes on both subjects at FA360 on an ongoing basis. Check out the descriptions below—registration is open for classes starting this week through Sunday. Hope to see you there!   Business of Blogging   Conscious Commerce The post Take a Class in Conscious Commerce with Eco-Chick’s Founder! appeared first on Eco-Chick.
  • Asher Jay’s ‘Art as Weapon’: Powerful National Geographic Live Video

    Starre Vartan
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:46 am
    Artist and activist Asher Jay is saving the world’s threatened wildlife—with creativity. Her cause-driven art, sculpture, design installations, films, and advocacy advertising campaigns bring attention to everything from oil spills and dolphin slaughters to shrinking lion populations. “The unique power of art is that it can transcend differences, connect with people on a visceral level, and compel action,” she says. Check out her incredible speech at National Geographic (she’s an official Explorer with the organization) HQ below: Related on Eco-Chick: Heroines for the Planet:…
  • Recycled Art: Meet Emily the Elephant

    Chrislande Dorcilus
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Inhabitat Artist Sarah Turner managed to get hundreds of children in the UK to make Emily the Elephant out of recycled water bottles. The projects results are not only fun, but awe inspiring. Using blue nail polish as a way to decorate the elephant’s details, the children spent a day learning about both art and sustainability. Inhabitat The arts and crafting of Emily took place at the Coventry’s Godiva Festival 2014 where about 125,000 visits were made to the park. Mini-visitors got a chance to learn more about recycling in their community thanks to Emily’s help. Inhabitat…
  • Try These Five Yummy Seasonal Summer Fruit Cocktails

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

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

  • Infiniti QX70

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Following after the recent model renaming strategy, what was once known as the FX—or the FX35, FX37, FX45, or FX50, depending on the model—is now known as the QX70. It has a curvaceous exterior and warm cabin appointments, and the QX70 conveys style and grace, despite a somewhat confusing title change. Other FX strengths inherited by...
  • 2015 Nissan Titan

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2015 Nissan Titan has fallen to the back of the pack, as the rest of the segment has seen–in some cases–multiple redesigns since it first made its debut. However, it still looks and sounds distinctive, even a decade later. There are essentially two different body styles for the 2015 Nissan Titan--King Cab and Crew...
  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Quick Drive

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid probably isn’t going to win over typical hybrid shoppers; but it’s going to charm the traditional Subaru crowd—as well as some shoppers who realize that this small hatchback strikes out a lot of the compromises that have traditionally come with all-wheel drive, and tough-terrain tractability. A...
  • 2015 Nissan 370Z

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2015 Nissan 370Z wears its Z-badge with honor, successfully blending a long heritage of well-driving vehicles with the expectations of a modern sports car. It's no longer a minimalist coupe, having grown into both a fixed-roof sports car or soft-top roadster–both of which offer excellent driving dynamics and mostly...
  • 2015 Nissan Xterra

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Nissan Xterra is built with a very small intended niche. It's made for weekend warriors who want a vehicle that do all that a Jeep Wrangler can do, with a slightly more versatile interior than you'd find in the Jeep. It's an active-lifestyle vehicle at its core, which is why we still haven't seen a commercial for the Xterra that...
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  • IT Monitoring Buyers Guide 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you want to end the chaos and simplify your monitoring through unification, then download this guide...If you want to know the key trade-offs of the types of software out there, then download this guide...If you want to find out what kind of monitoring solutions have been proven to work and why, then download this guide...Request Free!
  • HRW

    16 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    HRW's mission is to provide a worldwide network for sharing practical, technical information and expertise on hydroelectric power. HRW brings together the international community sharing a common interest in hydro. This community includes:Developers, owners, and operators of hydroelectric plants and dams.Service providers, including engineering and environmental consultants.Equipment vendors.Regulators, financiers, and legal specialists.Request Free!
  • Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production

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

    5 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Utility Products, published since 1997, is a monthly magazine that provides influential product information to the decision makers and specifiers in the power, telephone and CATV markets. Their subscriber audience of 42,000+ is BPA qualified, and includes utilities, municipalities and contractors. Their goal at Utility Products is to provide readers with an interesting, reliable source of information at their fingertips prior to making purchasing decisions. In addition to providing in-depth articles written by Utility Products editors, the magazine accepts articles, news stories, and new…
  • Waste Management World

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Planet: Safeway’s 1 Billion Bag Challenge

    3BL Media
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Reusable bags are an easy way you can make a lasting impact on the environment. By the end of 2015, our goal is to reduce the number of plastic and [...] The post Planet: Safeway’s 1 Billion Bag Challenge appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education

    3BL Media
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    As part of UTC’s commitment to the communities where it does business, the company recently announced a major new partnership with SOS Children’s Villages India entitled Project Vidya, which is a Sanskrit word [...] The post United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency

    Justmeans
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    We see a lot of analyses and projections showing why renewables, despite their rapid growth will not be able to provide sufficient energy to allow us to get off fossil [...] The post ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date

    Vikas Vij
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as [...] The post Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises

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

  • July 29, 2014 Maine Drupal User Group Meeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Non-Toxic Ingredients for DIY Cleaners and How to Use Them

    Lauren Dartt
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many people with pets or kids have noticed that many of the ingredients in commercial cleaning products are not only harmful to people and animals but can be fatal. So, it’s no surprise that people are looking to remove these harsh chemicals from their home and replace them with great, green, healthy alternatives. Fortunately, there are a some great, green, affordable substitutes that can be used pretty much anywhere in your home and that you likely already have sitting in the pantry. Read on for my 5 favorite, non-toxic ingredients for DIY cleaners and how to use them in your home. 1.
  • 4 Reasons to Eat Seasonally and Locally This Summer

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

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

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

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

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Watch VideoAfter a tense few days, Russia has regained control of a satellite full of biological experiments including one to test how geckos mate in space. Yep, sex, space and geckos. The satellite contained four females — and one lucky male — as part of a study on sex in zero gravity. But after just a few days in orbit, the craft began failing to respond to commands from the ground. (Via Russian Federal Space Agency, Al Jazeera)That meant, unless control was reestablished, the geckos would just stay up there mating in space until they ran out of food and the…
  • Spider-Man Arrest Could Spur Times Square Performer Rules

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Watch VideoThe latest in a string of incidents involving costumed performers harassing Times Square patrons could pave the way for new regulations against those performers. A less-than-heroic act from Spider-man is to blame. (Via Andreas Dantz / CC BY 2.0)Seen in this raw footage obtained by the New York Post, a man wearing a Spider-man costume was arrested Saturday after he "punched a cop in the face" following a dispute over requesting money from Times Square patrons. WCBS reports an unidentified woman offered a $1 tip to the man behind the mask,…
  • Will LeBron James Lose Jersey Sales By Choosing No. 23?

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Watch VideoYou've probably heard by now, Lebron James is going back to his original No. 23 Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. Sunday, King James posted this picture to his  Instagram writing, "23 it is! It's only right I go back."The anticipation for his admittedly less important decision comes after he posted the two potential jersey numbers side by side a week earlier. So, now that we know James is headed home and he'll be wearing the same no. 23 from his last stint in Cleveland, we're wondering, "does James stand to lose anything…
  • D.C.'s Gun Laws Take Another Hit In Handgun Carry Ruling

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Watch VideoGun rights advocates are celebrating a long-awaited victory in Washington, D.C. this weekend, after a federal judge struck down the city's ban on handguns in public.District Judge Frederick Scullin reached the same conclusion many other district courts have reached in similar cases: "The Second Amendment secures an individual right ... to carry a common weapon outside the home for self-defense." The ruling bars D.C. officials from enforcing the public gun ban until they construct licensing regulations.It's the second major reversal…
  • Nibali Wins Tour De France As Injuries Plague Opponents

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Watch VideoVincenzo Nabali became the first Italian to win the Tour de France in 16 years on Saturday. (Via Getty Images)Nabali won four stages of the race, which a winner has not done since Lance Armstrong won five 10 years ago. (Via Sky News)However, The New York Times writes that Nibali owes his victory, at least in part, to the misfortune of others.Such as three time champion Alberto Contador, who hit a sinkhole and broke his leg earlier in the tour. (Via Getty Images)And last year's winner Chris Fromme, who withdrew from the tour during stage five due to a wrist injury. ESPN…
 
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  • Japan's Environment Ministry Releases Survey Results on Household Carbon Emissions

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by iyoupapa Some Rights Reserved. The Japanese Ministry of the Environment released on March 31, 2014, the results of a survey estimating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Japanese households. In 2012, household CO2 emissions in Japan had shown a 60% increase compared with the 1990 level. Recognizing the need for immediate and effective measures to reduce emissions, the Ministry conducted the survey to assess the actual situation. The survey was conducted from October 2012 to September 2013, covering approximately 5,400 households living in exclusively residential dwellings in the…
  • Japanese Government and World Bank Launch Project to Share Lessons from Great East Japan Earthquake

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright The World Bank All Rights Reserved. The Japanese government and the World Bank launched a joint project called "Learning from Mega Disasters" in October 2011, driven by a goal to learn from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. The project involves compiling a variety of knowledge on disaster risk reduction and post-disaster reconstruction in order to share it as international public assets.
  • Tokyo Announces CO2 Emissions, Confirms Continued Implementation of Energy-Saving Measures

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) compiled preliminary reports on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal 2012 submitted by over 30,000 small and medium-sized companies and on March 6, 2014, announced its findings. The small and medium-sized companies decreased CO2 emissions by 11 percent compared to fiscal 2010 levels.
  • Energy-Saving Effort with Peak-Shift Vending Machine Wins 2013 Energy Conservation Award

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

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

  • Rooftop plants to add beautiful style to your garden

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

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

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

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

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

  • Just Because They’re Common Water Pollutants Doesn’t Mean They’re Safe

    Heather Carr
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    If you are drinking your water from the tap, most of the water is safe to consume. A few water pollutants, however, can pose a risk to your health even if they are under the government’s legal limit. These chemical additives are especially dangerous to people with cancer and AIDS, small children and pregnant women. While federal law requires water utilities that serve more than 10,000 customers, to send an annual report explaining what’s exactly in the water, an understanding of common contaminants and pollutants can help you make the best decisions about your household water supply.
  • Strawesome Glass Straws: BPA-Free Sipping with Style

    Important Media Cross-Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Several years ago a Little Shop of Horrors-variety dentist turned what was supposed to be a routine teeth cleaning into a painful years-long affair in which my teeth were incredibly sensitive to cold. Having a glass of ice water or cold green smoothie brought lots of discomfort with it. Rather than living a life of warm smoothies (I believe they call that soup), I started looking into ways around my pain. Enter glass straws. At that time I’d already banished plastic from my kitchen because of its environmental impact and concerns over BPA. Glass straws were a great way to continue that…
  • 5-Hour Energy Lawsuits For ‘Deceptive’ Advertising Filed

    Jennifer Kaplan
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    A series of 5-Hour Energy lawsuits began last week when three states charged the energy drink makers with making “deceptive” marketing claims. According to Food Safety News, Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. According to the Oregon complaint, two companies responsible for 5-Hour Energy drinks have been promoting the product with “claims that are false, misleading and/or unsubstantiated by competent, reliable scientific evidence.” The…
  • A Global Kale Shortage is Upon Us: Brace Yourselves for the Kalepocalypse

    Jill Ettinger
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Now you’ve done it, health fiends, you’ve really done it. You’ve eaten so much kale that farmers can no longer keep up. Really. There’s a global kale shortage happening and it could spell spinach for all of us. The horror. According to ABC News Australia, the popularity of kale, the nutrient-rich leafy green member of the brassica family, has far exceeded sales expectations that farmers simply can’t keep up Down Under. While the biggest kale shortage is happening in Australia, Americans could feel the pinch as well because Bejo Seeds, the seed supplier running out of kale seeds,…
  • Shucking Corn Without Making a Hairy Mess

    Mary Gerush
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ah, corn. Sweet, juicy, fresh, and an utter mess to prep. But shucking corn doesn’t have to leave you standing in an explosion of silks. Check out this nifty kitchen hack the next time you’re in the mood for this summertime treat, thanks to the folks at America’s Test Kitchen — one of my favorite sources of kitchen know-how. Step 1: Cut Chop off the bottom of your ear of corn (that’s the stalk end) removing about an inch of the bottom corn kernels, shuck, cob, and all. Step 2: Nuke Put the corn in the microwave, and turn that bad boy on high for two to four…
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    PlanetSave

  • Scientific American Raises The Methane Issue: Coal vs. Natural Gas?

    Sandy Dechert
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Fugitive methane emissions begin at the wellhead. (Photo: Environmental Science & Technology) Opponents of natural gas fracking on environmental grounds (groundwater pollution, seismicity, and socioeconomic disruption, to name a few) have a much stronger argument against the practice since the publication of two methane studies in scientific journals and a lay summary in Scientific American last week. Stefan Schwietzke, a researcher at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, led both the scientific studies. His…
  • Republican Scientists Tell Republican Global Warming Deniers Global Warming Is Caused By Humans (VIDEO)

    Zachary Shahan
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    Almost every practicing climate scientist on the planet has made it clear: the world is warming (i.e., heating up) and human activities are the reason. Almost every if not every national science academy has backed up this point. Popular scientific experts like Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Neil deGrasse Tyson have done the same thing. Now, Republican scientists from the administrations of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and both George Bushes have testified to Congress saying the same thing. Naturally, Republican congresspeople finally get it, now that their own have shown them…
  • The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 4 of 4)

    Green Expert
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    By Brad Walker – Rivers Director, with illustrations and other contributions from Joe Mohr Part 4: Solutions In the three (1, 2, 3) previous segments of this series we have discussed the problems created on and within our rivers when special interests work together to manipulate the political system. In order to justify the destruction of a river, the economic return to the public should have been huge. The reality has been quite the opposite. What has actually occurred are private and corporate gain, accompanied by huge public losses and public obligations for generations to come. Our…
  • Perpetual Source Of Recharge (cartoon)

    Sandy Dechert
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Many thanks for this one to Michael Leunig, an astute observer of Australian society. We found his cartoon on Facebook, attributed to the age.com.au. The omniscient wiki tells us that Leunig is a fifth-generation Australian and a cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator. His best known works include The Adventures of Vasco Pyjama and the Curly Flats series. He was declared an Australian Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1999. We’re very proud to share his position on recharge and hope you are, too! Perpetual Source Of Recharge (cartoon) was originally…
  • Happy 45th Anniversary: Humans Land On The Moon

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

    Guest Author
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Induction cooking is the hottest new technology in the kitchen. With grand claims of offering the best of both worlds — the responsiveness and control of gas and the heating power of electricity — induction is poised to become the standard in cooking (once demand helps push that pesky thousand-dollar price tag down a bit). Induction cooking generates a great deal of heat in a short time, but it can also heat incredibly slowly or at very low temperatures, so you can cook and boil faster, and also simmer with more precision (meaning less burnt Béarnaise). Electric ranges have…
  • Celebrate Thread the Needle Day by Diverting Some Textile Waste (aka Mending Some Clothes)

    Guest Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    July 25th is Thread The Needle Day, a day to practice the nearly forgotten tradition of sewing. Within the last several decades, the “make do and mend” mentality has seemingly been tossed in the trash (along with the mending pile), but if everyone dusted off their sewing accoutrements on this day to hem those too-long jeans or stitch on a wayward button, we could sincerely make a difference in the future of our planet. About 83% of discarded textiles end up in landfills. When natural fabrics decay there – rather than in a compost pile – the lack of oxygen creates methane gas.
  • This DIY Pool Heater Requires No Electricity

    Important Media Cross-Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Do you own a pool? Sorry…! No, really – we had a small one at our house in Las Vegas, and I swore “Never again…” The work required to keep it clean, the costs for supplies, energy, and those inevitable pump repairs just weren’t worth it to me… and I really enjoyed a quick dip after a long, hot day. That’s me, though… you may enjoy your pool more, but still want to keep the expenses (and the environmental impact) down. Obviously, a pool requires water, but you can cut the cost of keeping that water warm (which does require quite a bit of…
  • How to Make Popsicles with Common Household Materials [Recipe]

    Talancia Pea
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
      Summer is here and it’s a great time to invite your children into the kitchen to mix up a batch of homemade popsicles. Your family can have a cool treat without worrying if it’s filled with mystery ingredients. From citrus and herbs to fruit and chocolate, the flavor combinations are endless. There’ll be no arguing because everyone can have their “favorites.” Plus, it’s an easy way for moms like me to get our little ones try new fruits. It’s okay if you don’t have fancy popsicle molds; I’ll tell you about three common household items that will work great for…
  • How to Reduce Food Waste: 3 More Ideas

    Important Media Cross-Post
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Yep, we’re all about creative ideas for reducing food waste… and we’re just thrilled to see a few more. You’ve likely heard this scary statistic: 40% of the US’ food gets wasted along the supply chain. Most of that occurs towards the end, at retailers, restaurants, and homes. Yet people still go hungry… so we still have to work at getting this wasted food (most of which is still perfectly edible) to those in need. Mary Gerush, who writes at sister site Eat.Drink.Better, found a few more innovative approaches to keeping edible food out of dumpsters, trash…
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 15 Centerpiece Ideas for Your Next Fancy To-Do

    Becky Striepe
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether you’re planning a small dinner party, a family reunion, or your wedding, we’ve got centerpiece ideas for you! Check out these beautiful DIY centerpieces, big and small. I love planning parties, though now that I have a toddler running around we don’t throw parties like we used to. These centerpiece ideas are me doing some fantasy party planning. Because why not, right? 15 Centerpiece Ideas 1. Glitter Mason Jar Centerpieces – Sparkly mason jars full of fresh flowers and herbs look rustic with a modern twist. 2. Recycled Paper Centerpiece – This is another…
  • DIY Crafts: Make Chalkboard Price Tags with Mason Jar Lids

    Bonnie Getchell
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Searching for eco-friendly price tags for your crafty business? Make DIY crafts like chalkboard price tags with mason jar lids. You guys know I love two things: craft booth ideas and chalkboard paint projects. This project beautifully combines my two loves! While I use my recycled paper price tags at my booth, I wanted to create several chalkboard price tags for our band merchandise table. (Shameless plug: I sing background vocals for Crystal Padilla Music.) Even still, these cuties would be perfect for a craft or fair booth, or really any event that needs adorable chalkboard labels! What You…
  • 30 Awesome DIY Projects Using Newspaper!

    Bonnie Getchell
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Have a stack of newspapers that you want to recycle and repurpose? We have 30 awesome DIY projects that you can create! A lot of newspapers are exclusively online now (which is way better for the environment), but I know quite a bit of people who still receive newspapers. You can of course recycle newspapers in your recycling bin, but every now and then, there are DIY projects using newspaper that catch my eye! I love the black and white text, the colorful comic section, and the grey, vintage-looking paper — great combinations for projects if you ask me! Here are 30 of my favorite…
  • Mason Jar Centerpieces that Sparkle!

    Becky Striepe
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    These mason jar centerpieces are easy to make and add a little bit of shine to your tablescape. Psst! I have a secret about these mason jar centerpieces: only one of them is actually made from a mason jar. Don’t get me wrong. We love mason jar crafts over here. But what I love more than a mason jar is upcycling. For many mason jar crafts, any old glass jar will do. I love the eclectic look of different shaped- and sized-jars on a table! If you’re using an old pickle or pasta sauce jar, you will need to remove the label, and you’ll probably need to get the residual smell out…
  • 30 DIY Side Table Ideas: Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate!

    Bonnie Getchell
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    Don’t buy new — reduce, reuse, redecorate! Today we’re sharing 30 repurposed, DIY side table ideas to inspire you! From the living room to the bedroom, side tables (or night stands) are super important! They hold all of our “stuff” like drinks, cell phones, alarm clocks, picture frames, and adorable DIY decor. Despite their ordinary purpose, side tables don’t have to be boring! Switch things up in your home by repurposing, recycling, and upcycling items into unique DIY side tables! You’ll find that your side table will become a focal piece and even a conversation starter! Here…
 
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    The Green Blog Network

  • Berlin Startup Ecosia Acquires Bloson

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Book By Veljko Milkovic

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

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

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

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

    Jim
    27 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    The previous post and others point to the same problem. “man these people look like pigs” “aahhhmmm missed him. I’ll leave a note” “Seconds” “I thought I heard sirens. It’s George Goble.” “Generic cops! They’re cheaper than brand cops” This is rare, where the slimey movie turns into a special story. Mystery Science Theatre 3000 […]
 
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  • LEED v4 Green Associate "Silver" Study Bundle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cautious optimism is the general mood since auto sales increased 6% in March. That may not seem like huge growth. But after a 3% decline in January and a flat result in February, any sign of momentum is a good one for the industry. Coming after many months of strong growth, the sluggish results earlier this year raised a troubling question in many investors’ minds: Was it just the weather keeping buyers away from car dealers, or was the economic tide starting to turn for the worse? Several automakers made a point of saying on Tuesday that the pace of sales improved significantly in…
  • Peek at the 2015 BMW i3

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    1 Aug 2013 | 9:08 am
    Love this model and was very excited to see what they have in-store for the 2015 model year! The BMW i3 has been officially released as of today, simultaneously worldwide in London, New York City and Beijing. The city car is powered by an electric motor producing the equivalent of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The rear-wheel-drive, 2,635-pound car can sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 7.2 seconds and can achieve a range as high as 118 miles. An optional 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine is available as a range extender for a combined 186-mile range. Read the full story and see the pics here.
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    The Green Samaritan

  • The Ripple Effect – Pick Me Up Instead!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Different types of outdoor lighting

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Looking for a way to refresh your exterior design? Or maybe you're just tired of stumbling through the dark every time you get home late from work. Whatever your reasons for considering outdoor lighting, here are just six ways to illuminate your yard and breathe new life into your landscape. 1. Lampposts  Guide your guests straight to your door by installing lampposts along your driveway or
  • Keeping garages organized with cabinets and racks

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    Men who like to work on projects at home often have a variety of tools on hand in their garages or work sheds. When they want to keep their belongings organized, they can clean up their garages or sheds by investing in shelves, cabinets, racks, and other gear. They can find this equipment and get what they need to become better craftsmen by shopping online at sites like GarageAppeal.com. When
  • Dealing with a beetle problem in your home

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
     Bugboy52.40 via Wikimedia Commons If you are dealing with a beetle pest control problem, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Beetles are a widespread issue, and many homeowners seek to eliminate beetles from their home on a regular basis. There is a common perception that any type of pest control will be difficult and inconvenient, but this is due to the fact that many
  • Six ideas for fast, healthy, real food

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Today's post was inspired by a photo our friend shared on Facebook from the Food, Inc. page. We've become so indoctrinated into the idea that food needs to be quick, fast, and easy that we'll buy a tube of vegetarian ham, flavored like chicken, which couldn't be further from what it is supposed to be in the first place. We got to thinking how we've fooled ourselves into thinking that the only
  • Cutting costs using reflective coatings

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

  • Don’t Fine Citizens for Water Conservation

    Eavie Arntzen
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: California Governor Jerry Brown Goal: Stop conscientious homeowners from being fined for not maintaining green lawns during California’s major drought In July 2014, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved an emergency regulation in response to the state’s severe drought, instituting fines of up to $500 for the excessive use of water. Unfortunately, many cities are imposing counter-intuitive regulations at the same time. Michael Korte and Laura Whitney of Glendora received a letter from the city warning them that they had 60 days to improve the state of their…
  • Punish Teens Who Killed Homeless for Sport

    Jennifer Ip
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico Richard J. Berry Goal: Punish the three teenagers involved in killing two homeless men for sport Three teenagers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, told police that they were the ones responsible for attacking and killing two homeless men. The teenagers—ages 15, 16, and 18—used bricks and metal poles to antagonize and kill the homeless men, and they had done it purely as a way to get rid of their frustration. These teenagers are being tried as adults, as they all have a history of antagonizing the homeless, and should be punished for their cruelty. The…
  • Praise New Water-Saving Technology

    Genevieve Emerson
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Manuel Masri, CEO of Hydros Smart Irrigation System Goal: Thank company for inventing water efficient sprinkler system that uses regional weather forecasts and sensors to conserve water Water is one of the most important natural resources. However, water supplies around the world are becoming increasingly limited due to wasteful water practices. So, when someone invents a product that will help preserve this crucial natural resource, they deserve our recognition. Applaud Manuel Masri, inventor of the Hydros sprinkler system, for developing a home sprinkler system designed to prevent…
  • Allow Food Labels to Differentiate Between Natural and Added Sugars

    Emily Teleposky
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Goal: Differentiate between natural and added sugars on food labels Big tobacco, big pharma and big oil have all become quite common in our daily speech. However, a new group of lobbyists is rising — Big Sugar. Big Sugar is using a lot of the same tactics that big tobacco was using in its heyday, namely, trying to get politicians to doubt scientific evidence, and thereby create uninformed public policy. Right now, sugar’s debate is between natural and added sugars. The FDA wants to add a…
  • Cut Funding to Abusive University Researchers

    Matt Camorongan
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Goal: Revoke funding to Princeton University researchers who are abusing Marmoset monkeys for amusement Princeton University, one of the most prestigious Ivy League schools in the world, has an extensive history of animal abuse. A whistleblower from the college has notified an animal rights group of the rough handling, neglect, and mockery that Marmoset monkeys are currently facing within laboratory confines. Workers have reportedly been rolling the small monkeys around in clear ferret balls for entertainment,…
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Growing a Circular Economy – Ending the Throwaway Society #Report

    Ramon Arratia
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Here is the content from a report released today by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee – @CommonsEAC For more information contact Nick Davies on daviesnick@parliament.uk  or 020 7219 3297 Growing a Circular Economy – Ending the Throwaway Society #Report MPs are calling for lower VAT on recycled products, longer warranty periods for consumer goods and a ban on food waste being sent to landfill, in a new report looking at how the Government could help insulate the UK from rising resource prices by creating a more ‘circular economy’. Environmental Audit Committee…
  • The Carbon Footprint Of Meat

    Ramon Arratia
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Most people know and accept that meat has a huge carbon footprint. The land required to harvest red meat is 28 times more than that of pork or chicken. Red meat also needs 10 times the amount of water, and results in more climate-warming emissions by a factor of 5. It’s also worth noting for context that over 90% of our water footprint is created by food production. Are you a heavy meat eater, or a vegan? This graph courtesy of Vox breaks it down: This recent article from Climate Progress collates multiple sources to illustrate the problem, and this image shows the carbon footprint of…
  • Destroy Carbon! Buy Carbon Permits For £6.47

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

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

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

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    The Car Connection

  • Infiniti QX70

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Following after the recent model renaming strategy, what was once known as the FX—or the FX35, FX37, FX45, or FX50, depending on the model—is now known as the QX70. It has a curvaceous exterior and warm cabin appointments, and the QX70 conveys style and grace, despite a somewhat confusing title change. Other FX strengths inherited by...
  • 2015 Nissan Titan

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2015 Nissan Titan has fallen to the back of the pack, as the rest of the segment has seen–in some cases–multiple redesigns since it first made its debut. However, it still looks and sounds distinctive, even a decade later. There are essentially two different body styles for the 2015 Nissan Titan--King Cab and Crew...
  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Quick Drive

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid probably isn’t going to win over typical hybrid shoppers; but it’s going to charm the traditional Subaru crowd—as well as some shoppers who realize that this small hatchback strikes out a lot of the compromises that have traditionally come with all-wheel drive, and tough-terrain tractability. A...
  • 2015 Nissan 370Z

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The 2015 Nissan 370Z wears its Z-badge with honor, successfully blending a long heritage of well-driving vehicles with the expectations of a modern sports car. It's no longer a minimalist coupe, having grown into both a fixed-roof sports car or soft-top roadster–both of which offer excellent driving dynamics and mostly...
  • 2015 Nissan Xterra

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Nissan Xterra is built with a very small intended niche. It's made for weekend warriors who want a vehicle that do all that a Jeep Wrangler can do, with a slightly more versatile interior than you'd find in the Jeep. It's an active-lifestyle vehicle at its core, which is why we still haven't seen a commercial for the Xterra that...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • New Lithium-Ion Battery Uses Peroxide To Boost Energy Density By 7 Times: Report

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    All electric vehicles currently in production use some form of lithium-ion chemistry in their battery packs. Finding ways of improving that chemistry is therefore very important--the aim being to make future electric car batteries cheaper, more stable and more energy-dense for longer range. Researchers from the School of Engineering at the...
  • Electric Harley Ride, VW Golf Diesel Vs Electric, Ford F-150 Intrigues Buyers: The Week In Reverse (VIDEO)

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    What's the new Harley electric motorcycle concept like to ride? And why did Tesla stop building its Model S electric sedan? This is the Week In Reverse for Friday, July 25, 2014, right here at Green Car Reports. Our writer Ben Rich was able to take a test ride on the Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle concept. The company's been touring...
  • Electric-Car Torque Confusion, Quiet-Car Rules, 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: Today's Car News

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today on Green Car Reports: Automakers call for a delay in the implementation of quiet-car rules, how electric-car torque figures can be deceptive, and details on the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in crossover. All this and more on Green Car Reports. A comparison of the Fiat 500e and Chevrolet Spark EV shows how electric-car torque figures...
  • 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Will Be Third Plug-In For German Brand

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    Over the past few years, it's become clear that the German prestige makers are determined to offer plug-in electric vehicles across their various ranges. Some makers are more aggressive (BMW), some less so (Mercedes-Benz)--but by the end of next year, there will be a dozen or more vehicles with plugs from the combined forces of Audi, BMW...
  • Quiet-Car Rules Must Be Delayed, Automakers Say: NHTSA Not Ready

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The concern that very quiet hybrid and electric cars may pose a danger to unaware pedestrians has been around for a decade or more now. Back in 2010, Congress required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop rules for adding alert noises to cars running on silent electric power. The law was adopted at the urging of the...
 
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    LEEDdaily

  • CBRE Surpasses 300 LEED®-Certified Buildings

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    CBRE Group, Inc. announced today that it has certified more than 300 buildings through the U.S. Green Building Council LEED® for Existing Buildings rating system, making the company the commercial real estate services and investment industry leader in LEED for Existing Buildings certifications. CBRE’s Global Energy & Sustainability LEED Programs team has now certified 305 buildings totaling more than 95 million square feet in 30 states. The 305 buildings that CBRE has certified with LEED make up approximately 10% of the 3,100 buildings with the LEED for Existing Buildings certification…
  • Levi’s Stadium Announces Completion of NRG Solar Terrace as Facility Awaits LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The San Francisco 49ers are moving to Santa Clara, as the newly-completed Levi’s Stadium will be the home of the NFL franchise starting with the upcoming season. The facility’s developer, the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the San Francisco 49ers and NRG Energy Inc. recently announced the completion of the NRG Solar Terrace and the new photovoltaic systems for the three NRG Energy Bridges. This makes Levi’s Stadium the first stadium in the country that is home to a professional football team with LEED-level standards built into the design specs and architecture
  • LEVI’S® STADIUM BECOMES FIRST US LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION AS NEW CONSTRUCTION

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    ding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s® Stadium has become the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as new construction. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. “The Bay Area is a world leader in sustainable efforts, and achieving  LEED Gold certification for Levi’s Stadium is another example of…
  • Libertyville architect builds first LEED-certified home in Northbrook

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    As more commercial and government buildings become LEED-certified, a Libertyville man has built one of the first Northbrook homes to achieve the certification, which designates high levels of energy efficiency and low environmental impact. Architect Michael Kollman has always liked to incorporate green strategies into his projects. But late last year, a Northbrook family asked him to use every strategy possible in building their home. “This is the future,” Kollman said. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. We studied how to make zero-energy homes back in the ‘80s when I was in…
  • 49ers’ rooftop garden, solar energy propel Levi’s Stadium to LEED gold status

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Pedestrian bridges decked out in solar panels and a living roof ready for private parties and photo ops might not scream professional football. But those green design elements and others at the San Francisco 49ers’ new $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium on Tuesday helped land the team its long-sought LEED Gold certification at the Santa Clara venue, which officially opened with a ribbon cutting last week.
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jay Walljasper
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This article originally appeared at On the Commons. Cyclists use a protected bike lane in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo by Paul Krueger / Flickr. You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Fla., transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just for cars and trucks. Dutch bike ridership has doubled since the 1980s, when protected bike lanes began to be built in large numbers. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users…
 
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  • Oil And Gas Extraction Damaged Pennsylvania Water Sources Over 200 Times Since 2007

    Mike Confino
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday. Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit report that says the Department of Environmental Protection lacks a clear policy on the timeliness and frequency of inspections of the thousands of wells and does not routinely verify information the industry provides about waste disposal. The more than 150-page report, covering a…
  • 30MW solar parks to be built on former Nottinghamshire colliery sites

    Mike Confino
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Three formers collieries are set to witness what is being billed as “major regeneration” as a 30 megawatt solar array is installed across brownfield sites in the East Midlands. The old coal-mining land in Nottinghamshire – split over Welbeck Colliery in Mansfield, Gedling in Lambley and a third site in Bilsthorpe – will see enough ground-mounted solar panels constructed to provide power to around 10,000 homes. Of the three sites, the Welbeck Colliery, which was owned by UK Coal and closed in 2011, will be the first to come online. The 32 acre, 11.2 megawatt (MW) solar farm…
  • Edward Snowden’s New Role: Product Pitchman

    Mike Confino
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Edward Snowden has been given many titles: Whistleblower. Traitor. Asylum-seeker. Now, the fugitive National Security Agency contractor appears to have found a new role: Product pitchman. In recent interviews and speeches at tech conferences, where he appeared remotely via Google Hangout, Snowden has endorsed several privacy and security tools — whether the product’s makers wanted his help or not. Last week, Snowden told The Guardian that consumers should avoid the cloud storage service Dropbox, which he said was “hostile to privacy,” and instead use a lesser-known…
  • The Crying Indian

    Mike Confino
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    IF YOU WATCHED television at any point in the seventies, you saw him: America’s most famous Indian. Star of perhaps the best-known public service announcement ever, he was a black-braided, buckskinned, cigar-store native come to life, complete with single feather and stoic frown. In the spot’s original version, launched by Keep America Beautiful on Earth Day 1971, he paddles his canoe down a pristine river to booming drumbeats. He glides past flotsam and jetsam. The music grows bombastic, wailing up a movie-soundtrack build. He rows into a city harbor: ship, crane, a scrim of smog. The…
  • Cattle ranch complaining; Sleepy Creek water challenged

    Mike Confino
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The legal battle over whether to allow a controversial cattle ranch to withdraw water from the aquifer, possibly interfering with the flow and health of nearby Silver Springs, has become downright cantankerous. Environmentalists are accusing Sleepy Creek Lands, owner of the proposed 30,000-acre cattle ranch, of playing a legal shell game and changing its water permit applications at the 11th hour. “Any level of trust we might have been able to develop as we attempt to professionally move toward resolution of this case has been seriously damaged by your lack of candor and lack of courtesy…
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  • Me Time and My TV Boyfriends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Dina Spector
    17 May 2014 | 6:31 am
    While climate change is affecting every corner of the planet in different ways, the most striking evidence of a warming world is often captured by images of shrinking glaciers and the widespread disappearance of snow and ice. Scientists are most concerned about how the dramatic loss of Antarctic land ice contributes to global sea level rise. Researchers reported on Monday that the West Antarctic ice sheet is now in a state of irreversible collapse and could raise sea levels by as much as 4 feet by the end of the century. The rapid retreat of the West Antarctic ice sheet is anecdotal of…
 
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  • Luxor’s 160 kW solar energy plants would make sun god Ra proud

    Karin Kloosterman
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Luxor home to some of Egypt’s greatest temples has something to solute over: the city has started its first 80kW solar energy plant, worth about $530,000 US to power lights at Luxor University and surrounding streets. A second solar power plant, with a capacity of 80kW, will be powering the Luxor government buildings. The two plants were inaugurated last Saturday by Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, and the governor of the city of Luxor, Tarek Saad Eddin. Another 2MW solar energy plant, cost $3 million USD will power some residential buildings in Luxor. The US Energy…
  • Car sensing cycling jacket with LED lights – when design gets silly!

    Laurie Balbo
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Have you ever read an online story where the comments best the content, turning your idle news-scanning into a mini-meta experience? A recent piece on some new bike-safety gear caught our eye – (what’s not to love about designs to encourage pedal power!) - but it was the readers’ response that snapped the story into perspective. Design for its own sake is superfluous; when the functionality of an artifact can be replaced by sensible behavior, that design slips into meta mode too. Deimatic Clothing was developed by art school graduate Will Verity. It’s a jacket…
  • Be a humanitarian superhero: park politics

    Laurie Balbo
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Israel and Hamas agreed to a 12-hour ceasefire in Gaza yesterday, a brief respite from the escalating violence that is testing the capabilities of relief agencies already strained by four years of Syrian war and renewed battles in Iraq.  It’s a half day opportunity to park politics and take humanitarian action. Want to make a difference? Jump into some point and click compassion. We’ve all been smacked around by recent news – regional events of increasing horror. Consider the plane crashes (over 700 dead in July alone); attacks at an Egyptian border crossing (killing…
  • Rooms rotate with the push of a button in this extraordinary Iranian house

    Tafline Laylin
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Iranian architecture has evolved over the years – like everywhere – and the new generation of designers are producing truly impressive work. Take the extraordinary Sharifi House by next office. In order to maximize space, flexibility and daylight, the design team inserted semi-mobile rooms that rotate with the push of a button. The Sharifi House in Tehran adapts to various climatic conditions with semi-mobile units on the first and third floors that rotate with the push of the button. Opening the units allows for more space, more light, and creates terraces that open to the…
  • Plastic for kibble – vending machines for stray animals in Istanbul

    Tafline Laylin
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    There are roughly 150,000 stray cats and dogs in Istanbul alone, and with so many other problems to deal with, city officials aren’t likely to make them priority. One Turksih company came up with a brilliant solution to feed some animals and recycle plastic at the same time. Pugedon approached the city with an idea to install vending machines throughout Instanbul. Placed mostly in city parks and other areas where a lot of people congregate, the machines are receptacles for used plastic bottles, and have a bonus flap at the end where dishes of water and kibble are placed. Every…
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  • Irrational Choice Theory: The LeBron James Migration From Miami to Cleveland

    Jim Russell
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Perhaps nothing is wrong with Miami. Perhaps when I write that a place is dying, I’m mocking the demographic ignorance that shovels dirt on shrinking cities located in the Rust Belt. Perhaps Bill Simmons should start shaving with Occam’s razor.read more
  • Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S. have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing their doors.read more
  • To Measure Summer Smog, Plant an Ozone Garden

    The Dirt
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Community Radio of Northern California asks: “What if you could look at the plants in your garden in order to learn if the air around you is clean or dirty?” Turns out the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, enables us to do just that with their new ozone garden.read more
  • Michigan Market Serves Neighborhood with Incubator Kitchen, Indoor Market, and Online Food Hub

    Seedstock
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Local food growers, consumers and entrepreneurs in the Lansing, Michigan area have had good cause to celebrate as of late. Allen Neighborhood Center, a community development agency that doubles as Mid-Michigan’s nonprofit food hub, opened the doors of a warehouse they’d spent months renovating.read more
  • A City's Shared Gardens

    Neighborhood Nomad
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    I used to love walking through Fort Mason’s not-so-secret city garden when I lived in San Francisco. I’d see people awake in the early morning, hard at work tending to their tomatoes and peppers and roses. Their tiny plots were so precious to them.read more
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  • Staying Solar-Charged While Hiking in Colorado

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 24th, 2014 9:05 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A Casual Colorado Hike Charge my phone, pack a camera, do I have extra batteries? Fill the water bottle, bring a change of clothes, tie my sneakers. What time does the sun set? How hot is it today? Do I need bug spray? Suddenly I’m a bit hungry, I forget where I put the car keys, I need to get cash. All of this effort went into my casual Saturday hike last weekend at Pikes Peak in Colorado. For just a hike, I had a list of ‘essential’ items, not to mention the list I could have developed for a full weekend camping excursion. But what really got me thinking was how all of…
  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 18th, 2014 4:04 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Nokero International, LLC today announced the launch of Uganda dealership, Onelamp, to provide solar light bulbs to Eastern Africa and combat a surge in East African illiteracy rates. Founded by Derrick Opio, Onelamp is illuminating the future of Ugandan education by providing a safe, sustainable, solar light to primary school children. Inspired by his education and social entrepreneurship research at New York City’s DO School, Mr. Opio Derrick Hosea found that 7.5 million Ugandan primary school children needed a cleaner alternative to kerosene lighting.
  • Mentionable Monday: Solar Promotes Ethical Fashion in Navajo Nation

    <a id='post_author' class='fn' itemprop='name' title='View all posts by katie'>katie</a><span itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person"> <span style="padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px;" ><a rel="updated" class="updated" name="comment_author" href="" title="author" style="display:none;">July 14th, 2014 12:37 pm</a><a rel="author" name="comment_author" itemprop="name" href="" title="author">katie</a></span></span>
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
  • Patented Solutions Will Change Our World: Celebrating the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Opening in Denver

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

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

    Calley Pate
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Every year our family joins 5-6 other families for our annual trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park to go tubing down the Ichetucknee River.  This is our 4th year that we’ve taken this trip and each year we learn a few more tips to make it more fun for the kids (and adults). Ichetucknee Springs is a State Park in North Florida near the Georgia line.  It’s about a 2-3 hour drive north for us from Tampa so it’s not a bad weekend trip.  You could make it a day trip depending on how early you wanted to get started in the morning but we turn it into a weekend getaway.  The…
  • Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Deal

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

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

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

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

    Carrie Dellesky
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Helsinki’s “mobility on demand” system will integrate a variety of transport options and could make car ownership obsolete. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany are both striving to vastly improve urban transport in less than a generation. The Helsinki Times boldly states that “the future resident of Helsinki will not own a car.” Hamburg, meanwhile, has announced a plan to create and link 27 square miles of green spaces throughout the city. Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for Hamburg’s department of urban planning and the environment, told The…
  • Bridging the divide between vendors and local governments for more inclusive cities

    Thomas Abbot
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Governments must create inclusive spaces for dialogue with street vendors and craft policy to support their livelihoods and economic mobility. Photo by Carlos Penalba/Flickr. As previously discussed on TheCityFix, many cities worldwide are facing a series of challenges around informal economic activity. As they begin to modernize and transform public spaces, street vendors are often left behind or swept away. Yet, these efforts at ‘modernization’ endanger not only the people who depend on the informal sector, but the entire city economy. In Lima, Peru, it is estimated that 5.4% of total…
  • People-oriented Cities: Mixed-use development creates social and economic benefits

    Luis Zamorano
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Mixed-use development combined with pedestrianization on Mexico City’s Calle Madero promotes sustainable, prosperous communities. Photo by Julius Reque/Flickr. The “People-oriented Cities” series – exclusive to TheCityFix and Insights – is an exploration of how cities can grow to become more sustainable and livable through transit-oriented development (TOD). The nine-part series will address different urban design techniques and trends that reorient cities around people rather than cars. Mumbai, India can be a commuter’s nightmare. Downtown sits a full ten miles from the…
  • Customers protest new women-only cars on São Paulo metro system

    Renato Lobo
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    To help increase safety for women on mass transport, cities in Latin America are requiring women-only passenger cars on metro systems. Photo by Gustavo Gomes/Flickr. Cities around the world face the challenge of creating safe public spaces for women. In Brazil, sexual assault is a prevalent problem. Alarmingly, a survey by the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, a major Brazilian research institute, found that 65% of respondents agreed that “women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked,” a finding that sparked considerable public response. Perceptions…
  • Congestion pricing can make Beijing a more equitable city

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

    Guest Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s good to refrain from wasting energy, but it’s even better to procure energy from items that you otherwise would waste.That’s the thinking behind the latest announcement from Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. The chain’s Cannock location will soon be powered solely by the company’s own food waste. Waste management and recycling firm Biffa has partnered with the store to use its advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a power link that allows the Cannock store to use the waste generated from Sainsbury’s other…
  • Want major new aircraft designs? Wait until 2030.

    Guest Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Airbus’ A330neo is a new take on an old design. AirbusFARNBOROUGH, UK — Over the last century, the aviation industry has steadily pushed ahead with bold new designs. But with a shift toward more incremental improvements, the airplanes of tomorrow will look a lot like the airplanes of today.At the Farnborough International Airshow here last week, top aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus announced new passenger jets. But the difficulties of designing all-new aircraft, combined with strong airline demand, mean the two companies have begun relying more on updates to existing products…
  • Levi’s® Stadium Becomes First US LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

    Guest Post
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s® Stadium has become the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as new construction. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.“The Bay Area is a world leader in sustainable efforts, and achieving  LEED Gold certification for Levi’s Stadium is another example of…
  • Lexus CT 200h Named Favorite Hybrid

    Guest Post
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Stylish Exterior Design and Efficient Hybrid Engine Make the 2014 CT 200h a Favorite at Drive Revolution EventWith a fun and stylish exterior and a remarkable EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined fuel economy rating, it’s no surprise that the 2014 Lexus CT 200h was named Favorite Hybrid at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Drive Revolution event last week in Portland.During NWAPA’s annual summer event, journalists gathered to assess the green vehicle market, learn and engage about upcoming technology and to share what’s worked in the Pacific Northwest with the rest of the…
  • Malibu Leads U.S. Mainstreaming of Stop/Start Technology

    Guest Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fuel-saving ‘blink of an eye’ standard application combats effects of vehicle idlingIn the blink of an eye, the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market.Ninety-seven percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu – accounting for about 83,000 vehicles – opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an American automaker.Stop/start reduces fuel consumption and…
 
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  • Transforming the D.C. Navy Yards with Transit Oriented Development

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Dion
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic Scoop Neck is is the perfect layering piece for everyday. With a slightly longer length and feminine scoop neck, it is a great fit for every body type. It is so comfortable and flattering, that we are sure you'll want one in every color! Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Available in Black, White, Robin Egg, and Wild Orchid. $14. Slim FitImportedHem hits below the hip60% Organic Cotton, 40% Recycled Polyester Shop Now
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    Melissa Dion
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The Threads 4 Thought Basic V-Neck has a long and lean fit and is the perfect layering piece for everyday. The smooth and lightweight blend creates an easy drape and is comfortable to wear. In a variety of delicious hues, make sure to grab one in each color! Made of 60% Organic Cotton and 40% Recycled poly. Fabrics are dyed using low impact dyes. Often, water used in the dye process is purified and then reused. Imported. Available in Black, White, and Blue. $12 each.Shop Now
  • New Arrivals: Threads 4 Thought Summer Fashions

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

  • Our cities need more green spaces for rest and play — here's how

    Jason Byrne, Senior Lecturer - Environmental Planning at Griffith University
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Seoul's Cheonggyecheon Stream was once a freeway.Kwong Yee Cheng/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAYour local park is likely playing a vital role in your city’s health, and probably your own too. Parks and other “green spaces” help keep cities cool, and as places of recreation, can help with health issues such as obesity. Even looking at greenery can make you feel better. But in increasingly crowded cities, it can be difficult to find room for parks. Fortunately, there are other green spaces, or potential green spaces that can provide the same benefits. In recent research, we found that these…
  • Will 2015 be the year the world agrees how to live sustainably?

    John Thwaites, Chair, MSI &amp; ClimateWorks Australia at Monash University
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The Sustainable Development Goals will aim to tackle pollution as well as poverty.Alex Proimos/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYNext year will be critical in environmental diplomacy. World governments will be negotiating important global agreements in two areas that will have a major impact on our well-being in coming decades, including the legal framework for climate action beyond 2020. The second, far less well-known – but potentially just as important – agreement is about setting global Sustainable Development Goals, to follow on from the poverty-focused Millennium Development Goals that will…
  • The 'pre-Holocene' climate is returning – and it won't be fun

    Peter Fisher, Adjunct Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
    The polar vortex played havoc with Niagara Falls (and much of the rest of North America too).EPA/Rick WarneA string of events earlier this year provided a sobering snapshot of a global climate system out of whack. Europe suffered devastating floods, Britain’s coastline was mauled, and the polar vortex cast a US$5 billion economic chill over America. Meanwhile, an abnormally mild winter in Scandinavia disrupted bears' hibernation; while Australia was ravaged by fires and record-breaking heat. These happenings give us an idea of what life must have been like in the lead-up to the Holocene…
  • Environmentalists have a right to protest – but not at all costs

    Sinclair Davidson, Professor of Institutional Economics at RMIT University
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Environmental activist Jonathan Moylan (centre) with supporters as he leaves a Sydney court in 2013. Moylan has been charged over a hoax email that affected the share price of Whitehaven Coal.AAP Image/Dean LewinsHere is a tough question – what are the limits of legitimate protest? As Lord Keynes is famously reputed to have said, everything depends on everything else. What is protest? What is legitimate? I’m going to take as my starting point that protest is legitimised by the rule of law. The kind of acceptable behaviour that one might observe in a liberal democracy is very different…
  • What should we do with Australia's 50,000 abandoned mines?

    Corinne Unger, Industry Fellow, Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation at University of Queensland
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Australia has a strategy for abandoned mines - but it needs implementing. Caveman/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDWandering around Australia, you might want to watch your step — the country currently has more than 50,000 abandoned mines. Some represent a significant threat from contamination; others may pose safety risks; and still others may be losing their value as cultural heritage. Recently experts met in Brisbane for the four day Life of Mine conference to explore how to leave positive legacies from mining. This included exploring the challenges of, and long term solutions for, our abandoned mines.
 
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  • #AskEnergySaver: Home Cooling

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    #AskEnergySaver: Home Cooling Energy Department experts answer your home cooling questions -- from how to lower your cooling costs to ways to stay cool without turning on your air conditioner.
  • Tips for Running an Air Conditioner Without Breaking the Bank

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Tips for Running an Air Conditioner Without Breaking the Bank With summer temperatures rising, air conditioners are working overtime, but it is possible to enjoy to cool comfort without breaking the bank.
  • #AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Darren
    21 Jan 2014 | 9:39 pm
    We have a PetSafe dog containment system to keep our dog on our property. People sometimes call it an “invisible fence”. It consists of a wire run around the perimeter of the dog’s area, a box that injects a signal into that wire, and a collar that beeps to warn the dog when it’s too close to the wire. It was a pretty simple system to set up, and it works well even on fairly large properties. I think ours can handle up to 2 km of perimeter. Once in place, you have to go through a training regime with your dog to teach it not to linger near the boundary. The audible…
  • Sustainability Books

    Darren
    24 Nov 2013 | 7:52 pm
    Here’s a bunch of recent books and eBooks that might be of interest to people trying to live more sustainably and explore the simple life. Anna Hess (of The Walden Effect blog) has recently published a couple of really good eBooks: Growing Into A Farm: Before The Walden Effect tells the story of Anna’s search for land, falling in love with her property, struggles to make it into a home, and finding the love of her life. I’m only part-way through it so far, but it’s great learning the backstory to one of my favourite blogs. Low-Cost Sunroom: Heating Your Home With Free…
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  • Why reducing waste can be bad for your health #thinkhepatitis

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

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

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

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

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

  • Easy Upcycled Planters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • British Supermarket to Power Itself Solely With Food Waste

    Guest Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s good to refrain from wasting energy, but it’s even better to procure energy from items that you otherwise would waste.That’s the thinking behind the latest announcement from Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom. The chain’s Cannock location will soon be powered solely by the company’s own food waste. Waste management and recycling firm Biffa has partnered with the store to use its advanced anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities and a power link that allows the Cannock store to use the waste generated from Sainsbury’s other…
  • Want major new aircraft designs? Wait until 2030.

    Guest Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Airbus’ A330neo is a new take on an old design. AirbusFARNBOROUGH, UK — Over the last century, the aviation industry has steadily pushed ahead with bold new designs. But with a shift toward more incremental improvements, the airplanes of tomorrow will look a lot like the airplanes of today.At the Farnborough International Airshow here last week, top aircraft makers Boeing and Airbus announced new passenger jets. But the difficulties of designing all-new aircraft, combined with strong airline demand, mean the two companies have begun relying more on updates to existing products…
  • Levi’s® Stadium Becomes First US LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

    Guest Post
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Adding to its growing list of firsts, Levi’s® Stadium has become the first stadium in the United States that is home to a professional football team to receive LEED Gold certification as new construction. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.“The Bay Area is a world leader in sustainable efforts, and achieving  LEED Gold certification for Levi’s Stadium is another example of…
  • Lexus CT 200h Named Favorite Hybrid

    Guest Post
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Stylish Exterior Design and Efficient Hybrid Engine Make the 2014 CT 200h a Favorite at Drive Revolution EventWith a fun and stylish exterior and a remarkable EPA-estimated 42 mpg combined fuel economy rating, it’s no surprise that the 2014 Lexus CT 200h was named Favorite Hybrid at the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Drive Revolution event last week in Portland.During NWAPA’s annual summer event, journalists gathered to assess the green vehicle market, learn and engage about upcoming technology and to share what’s worked in the Pacific Northwest with the rest of the…
  • Malibu Leads U.S. Mainstreaming of Stop/Start Technology

    Guest Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Fuel-saving ‘blink of an eye’ standard application combats effects of vehicle idlingIn the blink of an eye, the 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market.Ninety-seven percent of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu – accounting for about 83,000 vehicles – opted for the 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. It is the most aggressive rollout of stop/start technology in the U.S. by an American automaker.Stop/start reduces fuel consumption and…
 
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  • The Renewable Energy Industry is All About Jobs

    2GreenEnergy
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    This political campaign ad from the woman running against Mitch McConnell for a U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky reminds me of an important issue—perhaps the only important issue—driving the ultimate success of the renewable energy industry in this country: the promise of jobs. The ad depicts an out-of-work coal miner from Eastern Kentucky, providing Ms. [...]
  • Blackouts, More Than Efficiency, Drive Smart Grid growth

    3BL Media
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    We’ve been hearing about the potential wonders of the Smart Grid for several years now. It will save energy, make utility operations more streamlined, support renewables and save money for consumers. All these things are true, and they will be even more important in the years ahead as the impacts of climate change are felt [...]
  • More Greenwashing 2.0: Another Biofuels Credit Fraud Scheme Exposed

    Eric Lane
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In previous posts (e.g., here and here), I’ve discussed cases of fraudulent renewable energy credits and other environmental crimes and argued they ought to be considered greenwashing. A recent indictment is another case in point.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that a federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicted an individual for allegedly selling fraudulent [...]
  • Costs of Urban Light Pollution Highlighted in Citizen Science Effort

    Yale Environment 360
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    A recently launched citizen science project aims to highlight the environmental, social, and financial impacts of excessive nighttime lighting in cities around the world. The project, called Cities at Night, enlists people to help identify the cities pictured in thousands of blindingly lit photos taken by astronauts orbiting the earth. Organizers hope that when residents [...]
  • There’s No Reason To Wait for Next-Generation Electric Cars

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The most popular electric cars available today, like the Nissan Leaf (shown above), offer a driving range of between 80 and 90 miles per charge. Many consumers view this range as insufficient—even though U.S. motorists, on average, drive less than 40 miles per day. Some of these drivers are waiting to buy or lease their [...]
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  • Healthier (and Failproof!) Lemon Curd Recipe: Add Zest to Your Summertime Desserts

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lemon curd spreads itself thin, literally. It is a zesty, thick and rich lemon, egg and sugar spread that accents some of your favorite desserts and sweet breakfasts, such as scones, crepes, English muffins, cake, ice cream and tarts. I personally love lemon-infused sweet dishes, but it’s always a fun challenge to make the traditional recipe at least a little bit more figure-friendly. The following lemon curd recipe tastes and looks just like the original, only it is is fattened with coconut oil, not butter, and sweetened with honey, not white sugar. That’s a win-win right there!
  • 9 Uses for Toothpaste that Make Household Chores Easier

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Not only does toothpaste whiten, brighten, protect enamel and make our breath smell ah-mazing, there are also oodles of household uses for toothpaste. The same ingredients that help polish our pearly whites also leave our humble abode spic and span (and free of cavities). Here are 9 household  uses for toothpaste: 1. Remove Carpet Stains For pesky carpet stains, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and scrub it with an abrasive brush. Rinse the spot immediately. 2. Spruce up your runners Toothpaste works wonders on both running shoes and leather shoes that lead a busy life. Just like with…
  • 7 Grilling Fruits: The Perfect Excuse for a Barbecue

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Summer just isn’t summer without the grill, but so often fruits are disregarded. This is such a shame because caramelizing heat amps up the flavor of all your favorite fruits. Grilling fruits is a healthier dessert option, sweet addition to a salad, or a yummy side. Here’s how to grill fruits. 7 Grilling Fruits 1. Pineapple Pineapple tastes even better on the grill. Slice the top and bottom off to stabilize the fruit and then run your knife along the side to remove the skin. Slice into 2-inch circular slices. Grill on each side until caramelized and yummy and serve with a scoop of…
  • How to Get Natural Highlights Under the Sun: DIY Homemade Hair Lightening Recipe

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Learn how to get natural highlights in your hair on the cheap and easy with this DIY recipe. When I was younger, my older (and so cool) cousin would take me to the beach, and whenever she emerged from the sea after a dip, she’d pull out a spray bottle filled with some sort of elixir and spray her hair liberally before lying down to bask in the sun. At the time, I thought the spray bottle was magic – by the end of the summer, her hair had gone from light brown to decidedly strawberry blonde, with streaks of vibrant natural highlights running from the scalp to the ends. Later, I…
  • Juicy, Sweet Pan-Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad Recipe

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Some ingredients are just indissociable from summer; corn and tomatoes are two such ingredients. When fresh corn and ripe tomatoes are at their peak, it can seem like blasphemy to do anything to change them… but trust us: this pan-roasted corn and tomato salad recipe offers just enough modification to bring out the best in both. When choosing the ingredients for this side salad dish — perfectly paired with light grilled fish or poultry — bear in mind, as always, the quality of your ingredients. Pick ripe, juicy tomatoes which will help hydrate the dish, and be sure to use…
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  • Healthy Guacamole w/ Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10 Alternate Uses for Nail Polish Remover

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

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

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

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

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

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum explores legacy of Pond Farm in special exhibit

    christine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    View of interior of Pond Farm barn/studio. Photograph: Anthony Veerkamp. Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. On view April 24–October 6, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Last year in February I wrote a story for BayNature.org on a significant but little known historical site tucked away in the rolling hills above the Russian River Valley in what is now Austin Creek State Recreation Area – a California state park. Here a French Jewish woman by the name of Marguerite Wildenhain became one of the most…
  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

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

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

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

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

  • Examples of Eco-Friendly Glass Countertops

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

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

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

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

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

  • Solar Cost Reduction

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Up to 3 times more saving, Installing the PWRStation, . . . compared to a typical flat roof photovoltaic installation. There's no need for: . . . . . . scaffolding, . . . . . . complicated mounting systems, or . . . . . . installers. (spending days, or weeks, mounting and wiring one module at the time) With PWRStation your entire system comes preassembled, . . . (including PV modules, wiring and inverter). Just position the PWRStation in your location of choice, . . . . . . plug it in, . . . . . . unfold it, and . . . . . . its ready to go. "Plug-N-Play" PWRStation unit is ready to produce…
  • Hidden Cost: Renewable Vs Non-Renewable

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    American Wind Energy Association says about "HIDDEN COSTS": . . . conventional power plants in Texas, COST 17-20 times more than wind. This is based on the cost of, fast-acting contingency reserves to kick in, . . . in case of a conventional power plant failure. Then there is the cost of building new transmission lines for wind power. 07-27-2014 Source:  Hidden Cost: Renewable Vs Non-Renewable
  • Fdic Bank Closings

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Bank closing in July State . . Bank Name GA . . . Eastside Commercial Bank IL . . . GreenChoice Bank, fsb FDIC Bank Closings . . . 2007 . . . 003 . . . 2008 . . . 025 . . . 2009 . . . 140 . . . 2010 . . . 157 . . . 2011 . . . 092 . . . 2012 . . . 049 . . . 2013 . . . 023 . . . 2014 . . . 014 TOTAL . . . .  504 I intend these announcements to be a positive thing . . . When you see the FDIC closing a bank, . . . capital is no longer bring wasted and . . . tied up in failed enterprises. . . . It is a sign of an economy trying to recover. 2014-07-07 Source:  FDIC
  • Did You Know That?

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Did You Know That?
  • Advantages/disadvantages Of Solar Energy

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Advantages/Disadvantages of Solar Energy
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Troubleshooting Condensing Boilers in Hydronic Systems – What is the System Doing?

    Chris Williams
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    This a guest post from Roy Collver. Roy is a condensing boiler expert. Here’s what John Siegenthaler, author of “Modern Hydronic Heating,” says about Roy’s work: “When I have a detailed question about the inner operation of a modulating / condensing boiler, Roy Collver is the first person I contact. The investment in Roy’s HeatSpring course is a fraction of the cost of a single mod/con boiler, but it will teach you concepts, procedures, and details that will return that investment many times over.” Learn from Roy Free. Roy is teaching a two-part free course on how to sell…
  • 5 Ways the Biomass Heating Industry is Laying the Foundation for Explosive Growth

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    At HeatSpring, we connect and build communities of learners and experts. Sharing knowledge is our passion. We collaborate with people in technical, complex industries to develop awareness, inspire creative ingenuity, and push boundaries. Most recently, we’ve focused on the biomass energy heating industry. To get a pulse for what’s happening in the industry, we connected with six awesome individuals who are working on increasing the adoption of biomass heating systems: Dr. Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Managing Director of Maine Energy Systems Maura Adams, Program Director…
  • New Massachusetts Solar Bill H.4185 Would Destroy Community Solar Potential In the Commonwealth

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

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

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

  • Top Green Beauty Products 2014 Update: My Favorite Natural Beauty Products

    paigewolf
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    My favorite natural beauty products is becoming an annual round-up, as I find better, cleaner, more amazing favorites! My original post was in 2011 and was followed up in 2013. After spending another year trying out some of the best organic luxury beauty products on the market, I have a few new favorites to share and a few that have stood the test of time. Others have been removed from the list because of purity of ingredients, annoying repackaging, or simply finding something that worked better.   Piperwai Natural Deodorant I met these two girls at a Philly flea market and…
  • Mark Your Calendars – And Call for Vendors! CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell Fall Craft Show Celebrates American Handmade Wares

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

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

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

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

  • The truth about texting and driving

    jsavedge
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:08 pm
    TV personality Jenny McCarthy's 12-year-old son recently called the police from the back seat of the car to report that his mother was texting while driving in the front seat.  The actress told the story on her radio talk show, explaining that she responded to her son's phone call by promptly throwing her phone out the window.
  • Back to school tips for teachers

    jsavedge
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Teachers: I know you may not want to hear this but your time is almost up.  Actually, in all fairness, most of my teacher friends enjoy their summer breaks but are also always excited for the new school year.  That's why they're teachers after all.  Because it takes a special person to juggle the needs and interests of a whole classroom of kids.     
  • Chocolate, Hazelnut and Oatmeal Cookies

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
  • Strawberry Galettes with Pistachio Crumble

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    To me, springtime means strawberries. Lots and lots of these sweet, juicy red berries, and all the wonderful recipes that go with them. I have never tried to make galettes before, and I found this fantastic recipe in "Small Plates & Sweet Treats" by Aran Goyoaga. These are amazing for any occasion — more low-key than a tart, yet more elegant than cookies. The layers feature a mild crust with wonderfully sweet strawberries and a crunchy pistachio crumble. And they are gluten-free as an added bonus.  
  • Healthy Banana Blueberry Bread

    jheimbuch
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Okay, so the word "healthy" for this recipe is a tiny bit of a stretch. But this is indeed the healthiest recipe I've ever tried for a banana bread, and it still tastes as decadent as something with sugar and dairy in it. But this has zero refined sugar, zero dairy, and zero oils — and, if you wanted, this could be made with gluten-free flour as well. So it's just about as guilt-free as you can possibly get for a sweet bread.  
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    Greener Ideal

  • Almost Everyone Has These 6 Eco Un-Friendly Habits – But You Need to Stop Now!

    Sarah Burke
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Being environmentally friendly can be hard work, but once you kick some of those bad habits and get some new ones, it’s usually pretty smooth sailing. Many of us can’t even fathom going to the supermarket without our reusable bags, or ordering a beef burger for our dinner. But there are still a few lingering […] Read the full article: Almost Everyone Has These 6 Eco Un-Friendly Habits – But You Need to Stop Now! on Greener Ideal
  • This Inspiring Man Planted a Forest Larger Than Central Park, One Tree At A Time

    Ian Andrew
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:53 am
    For anyone who says that one person can’t make a difference, “The Forest Man of India” is here to prove you wrong. Jadav Payeng started planting trees in 1979 in India’s Majuli island area in an effort to conserve the area, and bring back animals who had fled the region, including elephants, rhinos, deer and tigers. His goal […] Read the full article: This Inspiring Man Planted a Forest Larger Than Central Park, One Tree At A Time on Greener Ideal
  • Hydrogen Fuel Can Be Easily Integrated into More Gas Stations in California

    DMV.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    The lack of fueling stations – along with high production costs, is clearly one of the biggest hurdles for hydrogen cars, so until these issues are resolved, vehicles powered by hydrogen won’t become commonplace. As far as costs are concerned, car makers are trying to develop more affordable fuel cells, which would definitely bring the […] Read the full article: Hydrogen Fuel Can Be Easily Integrated into More Gas Stations in California on Greener Ideal
  • This eco-friendly supermarket is using food waste to power its store

    Ian Andrew
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    When you think about how often food in your fridge goes bad and needs to be thrown out, it’s easy to see how the issue of food waste would be amplified for places such as restaurants and supermarkets. It’s pretty common to see heavily discounted fresh food at the grocery store, because the store owner knows […] Read the full article: This eco-friendly supermarket is using food waste to power its store on Greener Ideal
  • Could Your Next Vehicle Fill Up with Hydrogen?

    Greener Ideal
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Austrian industrial gas systems-maker Linde AG has launched an H2 production line to support commercial demand for the development of hydrogen filling stations. Currently the previously nascent hydrogen-fueled vehicle segment has seen to be generally cost-inefficient, particularly since the market concept has been applied without a proper public delivery infrastructure solution in tow.   Linde, on the other hand, […] Read the full article: Could Your Next Vehicle Fill Up with Hydrogen? on Greener Ideal
 
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    Wilderness News Online

  • Storm Blows Down Trees, Injures BWCAW Campers

    gregseitz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Jon Davis via Wikipedia Storms with high winds have caused widespread damage in the Boundary Waters, and trapped at least two parties of campers under fallen trees. A man and boy were rescued early Tuesday morning on Lac La Croix after a tree fell on their tent about 3 a.m., according to Northland News Center. The 13-year-old boy was having trouble breathing, and the 37-year-old man suffered a broken shoulder and arm. A local outfitter rescued them and transported them by boat to the Crane Lake Portage, where rescuers took them to receive medical treatment. Tuesday afternoon, the St.
  • Major Twin Metals Partner Declines To Increase Stake in Project

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

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

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

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

  • Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture

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

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

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

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

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

  • Alstom to supply turbines for massive Renova Energia project

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    €320 million contract entails 127 wind turbines for Umburanas wind farm complex. Under the terms of the deal, Alstom will deliver, erect and commission the wind turbines, which comprise the ECO 122, ECO 110 and ECO 100 models. The agreement also includes operation and maintenance services, for over €1 billion. When complete, the Umburanas wind complex is expect4ed to generate 355.5 MW — enough energy to provide power to approximately 700 000 people. “Our partnership with Renova Energia is one of the largest onshore agreements in the wind industry globally,” said Yves…
  • Renewables Provide 56 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in First Half of 2014

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    According to the latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower provided 55.7 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity during the first half of 2014 (1,965 MW of the 3,529 MW total installed). Solar alone has accounted for nearly a third of new U.S. generating capacity thus far in 2014: 32.1 percent (1,131 MW). Wind provided 19.8 percent (699 MW), followed by biomass (2.5 percent – 87 MW), geothermal (0.9 percent – 32 MW), and…
  • Study ranks Germany as world’s most energy efficient economy

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    A landmark study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has awarded Germany the top honor, less than a week after the country’s Nationalmannschaft swept all before it on its way to World Cup soccer glory. The ACEEE report found that Germany’s economy performed particularly well on all metrics, with strong codes on environmentally friendly buildings and a healthy appetite towards renewable energy, including solar. The U.S. and Australia, in contrast, came in for particular scorn amid concern around the pace of environmental efforts in those countries,…
  • WindStream Technologies installs world’s largest wind-solar project in Jamaica

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Indiana-based WindStream Technologies is set to erect the world’s largest wind-solar hybrid installation in Kinston, Jamaica. The 80 kW installation consists of 50 WindStream SolarMill units that will generate more than 106,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, (25 kW of wind and 55 kW of solar), and an expected return on investment of less than four years for Kingston law firm Myers, Fletcher & Gordon (MFG), which commissioned the project. The SolarMill is a new distributed energy technology consisting of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and proprietary…
  • India’s national solar mission back on track

    Team HexaGreen
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    India’s ambitious solar plans have received a much needed boost from the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following disruptions caused by delays and trade diputes. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) last week issued guidelines for the installation of 1.5 GW of solar power plants — the biggest tender to date. In addition, the government has tapped state-owned company NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) – the trading arm of the state-owned electricity giant NTPC — to accelerate the solar rollout and help meet the targets set by the solar…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • The Known Universe

    Guest
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This awe inspiring video showing the known universe, as mapped through astronomical observation, was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art, as part of an exhibition “Visions of the Cosmos”. Data: Digital Universe, American Museum of Natural History Visualization Software: Uniview by SCISS Director: Carter Emmart Curator: Ben R. Oppenheimer Producer: Michael Hoffman Executive Producer: Ro Kinzler Co-Executive Producer: Martin Brauen Manager, Digital Universe Atlas: Brian Abbott Music: Suke Cerulo
  • Smart Recycling Bin Aids Istanbul’s Stray Dogs and Cats

    Guest
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Istanbul, Turkey, a city of 11.3 million people is estimated to have a population of stray dogs and cats reaching 150,000. These street animals have been part of the city’s fabric for hundreds of years. Pugedon, a Turkish “smart recycling bin” company, has created a humane vending machine that helps care for these unfortunate animals, while encouraging recycling. A passerby is encouraged to empty their remaining bottled water into a funnel that keeps a water bowl filled, and for each bottle deposited into the machine, pet food is dispensed below. The recycled bottles pay for the food.
  • How a Commons Way of Life Helps Curb Climate Change

    Jay Walljasper
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Courtesy of On the Commons It offers an appealing alternative to more stuff and more money, which drives environmental destruction today. It’s easy to not think about the looming climate crisis. For one thing, it’s depressing to ponder the misery ahead if we don’t take drastic steps now to curb greenhouse emissions. It’s even more depressing when you consider that even the most modest steps to reduce carbon use in the US have been derailed by corporate lobbyists and ideological zealots. And even when we do think about climate change, it feels abstract and distant. How can a few parts…
  • Depopulation Debate in Japan, One of the World’s First Countries to Face the Issues

    Guest
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Courtesy of Japan for Sustainability by Kaori Iwashita and Junko Edahiro Issues surrounding depopulation have been hotly debated in Japan in recent years. The country’s population almost tripled over the course of a hundred years and peaked in 2008. By October 2013, however, it had dropped back to 127.29 million, a decrease of approximately 800,000 people. If the population were to continue decreasing at this pace, we are told, it would drop to one-third the current number over the next 100 years. If this trend continues, population decline and aging will lead to a decrease in the…
  • Indigenous Mountain Farmers Unite on Climate Change

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

  • Predicting Irukandji Jellyfish Blooms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Karen Lee
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Bone broth. I started seeing those two words all over the web recently. I wondered, what’s the big deal with bone broth? I always made my own chicken or veggie stock so I wondered, ‘What is the difference? Isn’t all broth the same? Just boil some meat and bones and you got broth/stock, right?” Well,...  Read More » The post How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Sea Veggies Primer: Kombu (Kelp), Dulse, Wakame, and Nori What Vegans Don’t Eat
  • Country Living Fair with Hometalk

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

    Karen Lee
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    You know I’m a kimchi mama, being Korean and all. But I don’t limit myself to just kimchi, when it comes to eating fermented veggies. I love eating any fermented vegetables, including fermented green cabbage and cucumbers. Since I grew up eating kimchi, I often crave salty, sour fermented foods with my meals. During hot...  Read More » The post Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified 10 Fail Proof Ways to Eat Healthy
  • Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet

    Karen Lee
    12 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    We are ending this week with one more post on gut health. I know I might sound like a broken record but I’ve been on a healing path to address my family’s health through addressing their gut. So excuse me if your think this topic is not “for” you. But I hope you’ll explore the...  Read More » The post Heal Your Gut with GAPS™ Diet appeared first on ecokaren. Related posts: Heal Your Gut & Heal Your Life Foods That Heal Your Gut How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Made in the USA: Are You Sure?

    Manchester Wood
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    A Yuma Arizona journalist uncovers a “Made in the USA” seal of approval to be misguided. What’s really ‘Made in the USA’? Well one thing is for sure, don’t always trust the sticker. Lesley Fair of YumaNewsNow.com in their recent article Keep your Made in USA claims red, white, and trueuncovers claims that a Made in the USA-origin seal for businesses may not be credible. At Manchester Wood, we’ve always been weary of companies that supposedly “boost credibility” by giving them money in return for a logo and some marketing materials to help…
  • Solid Wood Desks 10% Off: Back to School Sale

    Manchester Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Discover the quality of our American made solid wood desks at 10% off during our Back to School Sale. Although this sale probably doesn’t pertain so much to first year college students, or those boarding for high school studies where most furniture is supplied in dorm living; this blog focuses more on the student returning this school season with a more definitive approach on his or her future. We can’t think of better items for study and work than our American made solid wood desk furniture. Providing your child, grandchild, or yourself with a product that will not only last…
  • A Few Grateful Giveaway Responses

    Manchester Wood
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Our July Montauk Chair Gratitude Giveaway is receiving many grateful responses! Here are a few… As our monthly giveaway about gratitude winds down, we share a few responses of what people are grateful for. If you’d like to enter for a raffle drawing on a FREE Montauk Chair, join us! There are 2 things I am MOST grateful for…my Family & my Freedom!-Lacey B. I’m grateful for libraries — just got access to an academic library after a few years without, and I’m reminded all over again how lucky we are to have access to so much good, free information.-Jenny I am thankful…
  • Why Free Shipping Matters

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

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Our furniture isn’t easy to find unless you know us. And if you’ve found us, you’ve discovered something very hard to find. We recently had a consultant come into the factory who mentioned the famous JFK speech on going to the moon. It was about how JFK as a leader stood up and said essentially, we’re going to the moon… we don’t know how we’ll do it, we haven’t the slightest idea exactly how it’ll all work out… but we will do it regardless of obstacles. Casting out the high expectancies of a dream not knowing when but knowing someday…
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    21 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
  • 5 Best Beaches in Spain

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

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

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

    amazon
    19 Sep 2013 | 9:34 pm
    Eco-lodges help in the protection of the endangered lands and biodiversity levels. They also support the local economies by using their revenue to develop the...
 
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    inspired habitat

  • reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed

    bambeco
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Captivating old buildings—there’s nothing quite like them. From bold architecture to intricate detail, an old building personifies the expression, “if these walls could talk.” Across the country, a movement is underway to actively salvage these grand old beauties to preserve the landscape and perpetuate a unique … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • get industrial… in your own backyard

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

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

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

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

  • Monday Snapshot: "Butterfly" in the Garden

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I love it when designs seems to follow the blueprints of nature. For example, these "butterfly" shutters, which look perfectly at home in a garden, don't you think? Would love your feedback: I've had a few recent inquiries about running my nature photography e-course in the fall. (The summer session just finished, and I must say, it was a wonderful group!) I hadn't planned on running the course again until March 2015. However, if you think you might be interested in taking a fall course this October (which would be lovely, considering the foliage!), please let me know…
  • My Week in 5 Photos: The Kindness of Neighbors

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Every time I take my velvety-eared dog, Delilah, out for one of her many walks, I get some beautiful views--my neighbors are some very skilled gardeners, that's for sure! Finally, I decided to just ask a few of them whether they'd mind if I poked around in their gardens with my camera. Turns out they were flattered! (I love my neighborhood...) So, for "My Week in 5 Photos", here's just a tiny, little peek into those gardens. In the weeks ahead, I'll share more photographs from my garden tours--you can thank my neighbors for the pretty views! Turns out my…
  • How to Make Time for the Things You've Been Longing To Do

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    "And if not now, when?" -- Hillel There's a lovely stretch of "country road" that winds through our town (actually, there are many lovely stretches in this part of New Jersey, but for the sake of this story, I'll concentrate on one). Every time I've driven along this particular road, on my way from one errand to another, I've made a mental note to stop there "someday" and take pictures of the horses. Someday... The problem with "someday" is that it often boils down to "never." Yesterday, I realized that I had to actually…
  • Monday Snapshot: Pretty in Pink

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

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

  • reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed

    bambeco
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Captivating old buildings—there’s nothing quite like them. From bold architecture to intricate detail, an old building personifies the expression, “if these walls could talk.” Across the country, a movement is underway to actively salvage these grand old beauties to preserve the landscape and perpetuate a unique … Continue reading → The post reflections of history… tin ceilings transformed appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • get industrial… in your own backyard

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

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

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

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

  • Holly’s Homemade Dog Food

    Kirsten
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This week I have a guest post for you from dog lover & rescuer, Holly Lindsey, who will help you SAVE money, while still giving the dogs in your life a healthy diet. I have two beautiful dogs, both strays that found their way to me. One is a half lab, half chow that used…
  • Grilled Polenta with Oven-roasted Balsamic Tomatoes and a Rocket Salad

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

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

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

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

  • Eminent Questions To Answer Before Choosing The Reliable Quotes For ECO Cars

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

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

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

    Clay Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    Ever since it was founded back in 2003, Tesla Motors has been regarded as a car manufacturer first and foremost, despite the fact that the company itself has been stating that its primary goal is to supply other car makers with highly-efficient EV batteries, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of green vehicles, and developing EV technology, rather then selling cars, is its long-term priority. But, due to the immense success of the Model S, the all-electric sedan Tesla introduced in 2012, along with the fairly positive reception of the Roadster, the first vehicle produced by Tesla, this…
  • Precycling 101: Proactive Recycling

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

  • What is Sustainable Development and What are its Goals?

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

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

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

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

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

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Something we can’t get enough of at Raintees are inspiring companies with a social and environmental conscience. INDIGENOUS organic + fair trade fashion, is one such brand that we love. Created by Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds in 1994, their line utilizes all natural materials and low impact dies, free of both heavy metals and harmful chemicals. By using natural materials, they are able to fulfill their commitment to produce clothing that honors the environment and doesn’t bring added harm to local water tables or communities where the garments are produced. ​Photo credit:…
  • Bottles We Love: BKR

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    If there is something we’ve learned, it’s that getting enough water throughout the day is key for feeling good and staying focused. Having something you can take on the go is also important and is why we  can’t get enough of these  colorful, simple and beautifully designed water bottles from Bkr! ​Photo credit: Bkr The creators of Bkr started their company on the belief that beauty can change the world. They wanted to provide an alternative for a world that was using too many disposable plastic water bottles. Their goal was to create something beautiful to bring to the gym,…
  • Empty Hands, Open Arms: Success and Conservation in 320 pages

    raintees
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    We love having a good book on our summer reading and Empty Hands, Open Arms is a perfect addition to your list. The book follows the travels of writer Deni Bechard into the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo as he interviews both American and Congolese conservationists. These critical interviews detail their wildly successful methods for saving the world’s second largest rainforest and one of man’s closest genetic relatives, the Bonobos ape. We asked Deni a few questions and he has generously offered 3 copies for Raintees to give away. Why did you write it? “I wrote Empty…
  • Find your Bliss with Alo

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:44 am
    We all need time to recharge and rejuvenate, but sometimes hitting the yoga mat or treadmill in tired out leggings and tops isn’t the most zen-inducing practice. That’s why we’ve chosen to share with you a great brand from our home here in LA, supplying some of the most high-quality, stylish apparel that will last you years of namastay-ing. Photo credit: Alo Yoga Alo Yoga is designed by a team of yoga enthusiasts who create durable and light-weight pants, tops and shorts. They create quality products for both men and women in vibrant prints and solid colors to suit your personal needs…
  • My Best Summer Eco Adventure

    Kimberley Fowler
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:03 am
    Want to combine an adventure with environmental responsibility? Eco-adventures are available in every continent on the planet, whether you’re floating down a river in South Africa or exploring a tree canopy in the Brazilian rainforest. For our eco-adventure, though, my husband and I didn’t have to stray far from home. We spent a weekend at Long Point Eco Adventures, located in St. Williams, Ontario Canada. We loved every second of our trip, and appreciated the emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness. Photo credit: Long Point Eco Adventures The luxury accommodations of their…
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  • Solar Roadways Becomes Most Popular Indiegogo Campaign Ever

    Aven Satre-Meloy
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Stories about solar usually don’t go viral like, say, videos of cute cats doing silly things or South Korean popstars’ strangely amusing dance moves, but one solar story in particular seems to have reached the upper echelon of internet virality. As of this writing, the hit YouTube video “Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!” has been viewed over 17.1 million times, and this comes after an enormously successful Indiegogo campaign that just ended last week and raised $2.2 million for Scott and Julie Brusaw’s new solar technology, making it the most popular campaign ever in terms of backers…
  • Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service

    Katie Ullmann
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Mosaic & Enphase Energy Enter Alliance to Offer First Residential Solar Loan with Operations & Maintenance Service $100 million funding available for first home solar loan that includes an O&M service SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Intersolar North America  — July 8, 2014 EMBARGOED UNTIL 6am PT –Mosaic, the nation’s peer-to-peer platform for solar finance, and Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENPH), a global leader in solar energy systems, join forces to launch the first home solar loan packaged with residential operations and maintenance (O&M) services, offering unprecedented…
  • Home Solar Loans are Changing How People Go Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Mosaic’s new home solar loan offering is the last piece to the puzzle for a complete solar finance ecosystem for homeowners. As the price of installed solar power has dropped precipitously over the past 5 years from $10/watt down to around $3/watt, solar enthusiasts and more recent converts have decided to “go solar.” Residential solar installations in the past required a large upfront investment by the homeowner since financing in the past was largely unavailable. The price of a solar system ends up being for the average American similar to the price of a car; the price range can vary…
  • Why the Koch Brothers May Be Good for Solar

    Bill Ehrlich
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The Koch brothers have been in the news a lot recently as apparent opponents to renewable energy. For those unfamiliar with the Koch brothers, the “Koch brothers” are Charles and David Koch (pronounced “coke”), and are the owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned business in the United States. Koch Industries was founded in 1940 by their father, Fred Koch. Today, 78 year old Charles Koch is the Chairman & CEO while 74 year old David Koch holds the Executive VP position, each has a net worth of $40 billion. SOURCE: http://www.kochind.com/ Koch Industries is a…
  • Sierra Club’s MyGeneration Campaign aims to #PutSolarOn California

    Dan Schreiber
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Recently, people all over the country participated in the wildly successful #PutSolarOnIt social media campaign. Among the local groups who participated was Sierra Club’s MyGeneration Campaign based in Los Angeles. According to the campaign, their main goal is: “By 2020, 30 percent of California’s electricity needs will be met with local clean energy.” Over 1.1 million children and adults in Los Angeles County suffer from asthma. One of the major causes of this terrible illness is air pollution. The air pollution produced from burning fossil fuels negatively impacts the health…
 
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  • Don’t Take Office Lighting Lightly

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s amazing that one small piece of the office interior design puzzle can be so important in many different ways.  What is that crucial element?  Lighting.  Although it may be an afterthought when designing a work space, lighting can have dramatic effects on office workers. Lighting can affect… Health – Bad lighting can cause everything from eye strain to falls. Mood – Light has a direct effect on the hormones of our body, making us either happy and alert or tired and cranky. Perception – When a new customer walks into a drearily lit office, they might get the wrong impression…
  • Don’t Forget This Important Interior Design Element

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When people begin to design their office space, they think about what furniture they will use, what colors they will implement, and what wall hangings would improve the environment.  However, one of the most important design elements – one that staff and customers will encounter every day – is often overlooked or chosen without much thought.  The floors! Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we understand just how important your flooring choice can be. Don’t make the mistake of hastily choosing this important office feature.  Here are three things to consider when choosing the…
  • Use Color to Boost Office Productivity

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you’re looking for a simple way to make your workplace more productive, you may just need a bucket of paint and a brush.  Really!  Studies show that certain colors can make us more creative, productive, or emotional.  Depending on the mood that you want to set, you just need to choose the right color in which to decorate your office.  Here is a simple guide to the psychology of office color. 1.  Blue.  For quite a while, everyone from psychologists to scientists were saying that blue calms and focuses us.  It must have quite a sway as the majority of corporate logos and websites…
  • 3 Signs Your Office Needs a Makeover

    admin
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:13 am
    Did you know that if you are in a familiar environment, you’ll only detect changes in your surroundings 70% of the time?  While that’s a good excuse from time to time, it also explains why we sometimes forget to update things when we’re used to seeing them – like outdated office spaces.  Many offices haven’t been redesigned in years if not decades, and for everyone but those who work there, it is painfully obvious.   It might be time for an office redesign if… 1. There’s departmental distance. Is your development department way across the office from your marketing…
  • Recent Study Suggests Millennials Seek Social Workspaces

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:20 pm
                    For years, sociologists and psychologists lamented that people were becoming more and more isolated.  They blamed the internet and cell phones for making human contact less relevant in people’s lives.  Many wondered if this was the end of humans being social creatures. It turns out that they got it all wrong.  Recent studies show that those who are more active on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are actually more social in general and have stronger relationships in their lives.  It seems that particularly Millennials…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Chemical Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care Products

    Mi Muba
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Skin care products are very popular all over the world. People especially women regularly use them to keep their skin healthy and fresh. Especially those women directly under exposure to sunlight must use such products which keep their skin safe from the negative effects of sunlight and pollution of external environment. Due to fast way… Read More »The post Chemical Ingredients to Avoid in Skin Care Products appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • DIY Solar Panel – Overview of the Buying & Construction Process

    Mi Muba
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Do you know the electricity you use in your home is not environment friendly? Fossil fuels of gas, petrol or coal are burnt to produce it. It is not good to keep using it. Its constant use will further harm our world with climate change. Burning of fossil fuels adds in greenhouse gases which contribute… Read More »The post DIY Solar Panel – Overview of the Buying & Construction Process appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Aquatic Biodiversity: The Changing Shape Of Our Planet

    Mi Muba
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Aquatic biodiversity means diversity of life in water. It mainly includes animals and plants. Water environment is different from land environment. On land human beings, animals and plants can live. But human beings can’t live in water. So this is the unique feature of water that it carries two main forms of life i.e animals and… Read More »The post Aquatic Biodiversity: The Changing Shape Of Our Planet appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • What is Green Living?

    Mi Muba
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Many people wonder what is green living. Is it a catchy slogan or a practical idea? Can one really adopt this type of way of living or it just looks good in pledges and promises. Many people fail to look around them any person with a green lifestyle. People hardly learn about anyone one fully… Read More »The post What is Green Living? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • DIY Ideas For A Dwindling Budget To Continue Simple Living

    Mi Muba
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you know the art of management you can manage your life with least of resources. Here knowing the art of management does not mean expertise in it. You simply need to know what to do and what not to do to continue your simple living in a small budget. Life does not remain same.… Read More »The post DIY Ideas For A Dwindling Budget To Continue Simple Living appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • Are You Really Eating Raw Cacao?

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

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Imagine a lush green volcanic island teeming with such an abundance of natural beauty that as each day passes, you become more possessed by the temptation to scrap the rest of your travel plans and pitch a tent there for the remaining days of your life on planet earth and allow the mystic draw of the place to swallow your soul whole. An island with a sort of ‘Jurassic Park-like’ appeal that’s bursting with natural biodiversity, foliage the brightest shades of … →
  • The Economics of Your Food Choices

    Emily Uebergang
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s start off with a quick (but rather loaded) question.   When you eat, do you eat for yourself or do you eat for the world?   No pressure. But just think about it for a moment. It’s kind of a crazy thought because yes, of course, we are eating for ourselves. We need to eat in order to live. Our bodies require the nutrition and the calories or else, we may as well be standing in line at the post office and perishing … →
  • What Do All These Ethical Standards and Labels Mean?

    Emily Uebergang
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We all want to make the best possible choices as consumers, not only for ourselves but for others and the environment, right? Right people? I’m imagining a wave of applause and shouting in agreement as I write this. After all, no one wants to be responsible for the plight of the Orangutan, the loss of biodiversity, over fished oceans, the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and the poverty of whole nations to be casting a shadow over their head as they weigh between two different brands of coffee … →
  • The Most Ingenious Recycled Pot Plant Containers

    Emily Uebergang
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    As I made my way through El Salvador, I stopped by a lesser frequented town called Juayúa. Not only was I treated to a weekend of amazing local food at the renowned weekend food festival (think chargrilled meats, fresh tortillas, sides of yucca, vegetables and yes, even frog!), stunning crystal clear waterfalls and trekking through jungles and sustainable coffee plantations, but also an endearing little hostal where I couldn’t help but be inspired by their garden paradise. Hostal Casa Mazeta is … →
 
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  • What Upfront Rebates for Residential Solar Are Left Around the States?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Prasun Barua
    17 May 2014 | 5:39 am
    Solar boat is an electrical boat which is powered by solar energy utilizing solar photovoltaic modules, batteries and other necessary electrical accessories. They are quiet, independent and clean engines. Here, batteries store free energy from the sun.The available sunlight is converted into electric power by solar cells which is temporarily stored in batteries. It is used to drive a propeller through an electric motor. Typically, power levels are within a few hundred watts to a few kilowatts. A specific solar boat can run on solar energy depends on its technical design, the amount of…
  • Bio plastics

    Prasun Barua
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    What is Bio plastics?Bio plastics are the bio based plastics produced from renewable resources like corn starch, pea starch, vegetable fats and oils. On the other hand, conventional plastics or fossil fuel plastics are produced from petroleum. Conventional plastics create more greenhouse gas which is very dangerous for our environment. Petroleum is very limited resource in the earth. It becomes expensive day by day. One day, this resource will be finished. During burning petroleum products like plastics, carbon is emitted and it causes the climate change. Conventional plastics are harmful…
  • Solar Water Disinfection

    Prasun Barua
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We know that water is an important element in our life. Our lives are survived by water. Indeed, our body contains huge amount of water. Purified water can save our life. On the other hand, germ infected water can destroy our life. So, we need to drink water which is disinfected. We can make our water disinfected by utilizing various systems. Solar Water Disinfection is one of the significant system to make our water disinfected.Solar Water Disinfection is a system which utilizes solar energy to remove biological agents like bacteria, protozoa, viruses and worms from water and makes it…
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  • Elon Musk on Colbert Report, Thursday, July 24th

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Tesla Model S sedan The famous show called “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central had a new guest on July 24th. Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal company, Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies has been invited Thursday on the Colbert Report. The funny interview took about ten minutes and was very informative for all Tesla enthusiasts and all renewable energy supporters. After presenting the new guest, Stephen Colbert jumped quickly from its desk and run a few yards until a table with two seats where Elon was already installed. Stephen started flattering wittingly Elon…
  • Energy expenses improvement during the year

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    calculating monthly expenses During the winter season, many households have the tendency to increase the energy consumption by burning more natural gas for heating or by consuming more electricity if they a device which needs electricity to produce heat. During the summer, any household increases its energy consumption by using more electricity needed for fans and for air conditioning units and also using more water due to the heat which burns almost everything from the garden if we don’t provide plenty of water to all green plants and trees which live in our garden. Now being summer,…
  • How to reduce cooling costs during summer

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Summer is upon us since two months already. The outside temperatures have been raised and raised until in some regions we have full heatwave that is very hard to bear by old people and cardiac. Because we need lower temperatures to assure our daily comfort inside the house we need to use heavily our cooling system based on air conditioning devices. If the temperatures are very high our cooling system will work much more and will consume more energy and a lot of money from our pockets. Instead of losing money without control just to cool down the house, you need to know and use some bright…
  • How to harvest rainwater at home and what is good for?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Heavy rain in northern areas It is summer now, but even if the temperatures is very high now, in many areas nature produces sudden rains or even storms just to cool down the atmosphere. It is a natural mechanism which creates balance in areas where heat is too high (except desert areas). As we know, rainwater is already filtered so if we live in healthy areas (without heavy industry or other sources of pollution), the rainwater that comes from above is good to use for garden or other home activities, but if we want to drink it or use it for cooking we need to filter it first to be sure that…
  • How to improve energy efficiency for home, business or public building?

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Energy audit for your home As we know, energy is more and more expensive every day and to keep this trend at a reasonable level for our pocket or budget we need to manage our energy consumption with great interest. In order to really reduce our energy consumption we first need to contact an energy consulting service. As a home owner, you need to be aware of higher energy prices and because you cannot control the prices you need to control the consumption. The first step to achieve this goal is to order an energy audit for your home or your company buildings. Such an audit can show you very…
 
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    EcoIdeaz

  • Mitticool – Affordable Refrigeration

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Author – Darshna Mahadevan Refrigeration is an essential food storage technique, which brings down the reproduction rate of bacteria by lowering temperature in a confined space, and in turn reducing the rate of food spoilage. A refrigerator (colloquially fridge) is a common household appliance that consists of a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump that transfers heat from the interior of the fridge to the exterior, so that the inside is cooled to a temperature below the ambient temperature. Much of India’s population falls into the below poverty line category who cannot…
  • Students innovate Eco-friendly Batteries

    Ecoideaz
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Arushi Prakash The last two decades have been marked by a massive scramble to find new and sustainable ways to generate electricity. People have tried to capture the power of wind, water and the sun to replace conventional sources of electricity such as coal and petroleum. However, renewable energy needs to be stored in electric batteries so that it can be used when needed. Today, electric batteries are omnipresent at home across numerous electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, remote controls, wall clocks, watches. These can be single-use (disposable after the first use) or…
  • Opt for Ecotourism in India

    Eshaa Patnaik
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Dudhsagar Falls Via GHAC India as a travel destination cannot be underestimated in terms of offering a diverse range of geographical options. Many of them offer not just tranquility, but also provide us with opportunities to experience almost every adventure activity viz surfing, mountaineering, desert safari, rafting, skiing. Our rich culture, the green atmosphere, strong connection with ancient values and our artistic talent all combine to make India the first and the final stop for travelling. However, in the past century, we have exploited Mother Nature in our quest for material wealth…
  • The Need for Green Buildings in India

    Ecoideaz
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:22 am
    Author – Rishi Rawat Are you aware that your office or residential building could be harming the environment? Is it possible that your building is spewing harmful pollutants without you realizing it? We are well aware about various environmental issues such as global warming, water and air pollution and the measures that need to be taken to prevent them. If we switch to sustainable architecture and green buildings in India, not just for nature’s sake, but for ourselves, we could not only save the environment but also reduce our total ownership costs. The building construction industry…
  • EcoSan Sustainable Toilet Solutions For Rural India

    Ecoideaz
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:03 am
    Author – Shikha Shah In 2012, I had to undergo induction training during my first job as a young social development professional. As part of it, I had stay in a house of a marginal farmer in a remote village of Seoni district, Madhya Pradesh called Banjara Tola. I still remember walking alone to a barren field every morning, around 500 meters away from the mud house I had stayed in. Carrying a bottle of water and soap in hand, I had to cross patches of corn fields and a small stony stream to answer nature’s call. Finishing the task, I washed my hands in the same stream from which many…
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