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  • New Study Shows Lack of Bins Is Biggest Barrier to Home Recycling

    Sustainable Brands
    Jennifer Elks
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but despite a genuine concern for the environment, only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen. According to the 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care to Recycle program, there are several key barriers to expanding recycling in the home, including the lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling.Although Americans indicate a strong willingness to recycle, good intentions…
  • 3 easy tips to make sustainable development without any fuss

    Pollution Pollution
    Mimuba
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We can see our future green but the future of green is itself orange. Are you confused? Let me clear it. Being optimist we can see our future brighter and safer. But in view of the ground realities things are not as much brighter as they are being portrayed. A brighter future means a safer… Read More »The post 3 easy tips to make sustainable development without any fuss appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Living green by recycling your outdated smartphone

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    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    recycle your phone! For several years already, mobile phones have entered our lives and excited us with many new features that appeared back then, and for that time were very interesting. Since then, many new smartphone models featuring more interesting applications have appeared, practically almost every three or four months the market experienced a new brand or a new model of the same brand, all suited for every taste possible. Never before in the history of humans existed such product that caught the popular imagination so much like the apparition of the smartphone. From the old large…
  • 5 Ways Graphic Shades Can Help Improve the Workplace

    Eco-Office Gals
    Jennifer Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    You may think of window shades simply as a way to protect sunlight from entering a room. However, there are many additional functions of window treatments than what meets the eye. With plenty of advanced window coverings on the market, including energy-efficient blinds, solar shades, and motorized shades, selecting the ideal window treatment for your business can often be difficult. If you’re looking for a custom solution that can boost creativity in the workplace, consider graphic shades – a perfect way to add personality and style to any office. Graphic shades offer a versatile,…
  • Revival in the face of drought: The return of spring run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River

    Switchboard, from NRDC
    Monty Schmitt
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, San Joaquin River Project Manager, San Francisco   Despite California’s drought, today the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is releasing 54,000 juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. This marks the first time in 60 years that spring-run Chinook will make the journey from the upper San Joaquin River to the Pacific Ocean, a true watershed moment for the Restoration Program, and  a monumental step forward in reviving a river vital to local communities as well as California’s water supply and natural…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Mini Bonsai Tools Are Perfect for Urban Gardening – Product Review

    Shawna
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    In the Northern states it’s a tad too early to plant the annuals but we have that edgy feeling in our hearts – IT’S TIME TO GARDEN! Because most of us are resolved to wait for planting until Mother’s Day, the traditional point where we can be safe from frost. Now is the perfect time to work out that edginess by starting a few begonias inside or plant up a mini-fairy garden or  prepare a little bonsai container. I tried out the adorable DeWit Bonsai Tool Set and think it’s great for far more than just bonsai planting. In the city and other urban settings, many…
  • Garden Containers Made of Tree Stumps

    Shawna
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Last year I published a post on the Oswegoland Park District’s Food Pantry Garden and the awesome WOG’s [Women of the Garden] who run the community garden.  While walking around their garden I spotted an ingenious green and sustainable planting idea — stump planters. Here is how you do it - Find a stump or the remains of a stump form Fill with your favorite soil mix Plant seeds or vegetables directly into stump soil Water and watch it grow By the way, if you want to help out the Pantry Garden by volunteering or with garden supplies, seeds, and more, please contact them.
  • Spring Cleaning With Meliora K. – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

    Shawna
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Graffiti Experiment  is happy it’s spring! This project is intended to inspire positive community unity and beautiful art instead of hate and gang symbols in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment up longer. I am writing a “Feature of the Month” blog post focused on the champion or the champion’s blog, cause, or company for each champion who is helping me to save the painted fence and support my peaceful protest against gang graffiti.
  • How To Stop Losing Garden Tools

    Shawna
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Do you regularly lose the garden tools because their colors melt into the garden? I do. It’s infuriating. It’s tragic. It drive me nuts. I totally lose my mind over losing the tools. I’ve left garden tools out all winter and found them in spring. My great friend and stand-in Mom, Eileen, came over last year and told me her secret tip for preventing tool loss. How To Stop Losing Garden Tools Buy brightly colored tape Wrap the handles of the tools so they are easier to see Never lose a tool again How to stop losing garden tools is super-easy; just wrap your tool handles in…
  • Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe – Hello Spring

    Shawna
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Hello Spring! In celebration of spring breaks everywhere – warm beaches, sunny gardens, and delightfully sinful lazy days – I give you the first spring cocktail recipe. ::ding:ding:ding:: I welcome the celebration with the Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe. It is particularly fantastic with my beloved Tito’s Vodka and is even better if you can use fresh blood orange juice. Watch the video below to see how to make it super quick – filmed in my front lawn cocktail garden. Wahoo! Blood Orange Screwdriver Cooler Cocktail Recipe – Vodka – 1.5 oz.
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC

  • New York Yankees, with 27 World Championships, Now Seeking to Lead League in Composting and Sustainability

    Eric Goldstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Eric Goldstein, Director of NRDC's New York City Environment, NY Two weeks before the New York Yankees opened their 111th baseball season, as Derek Jeter and his teammates were in Florida finishing up their spring training schedule, the Yankee’s Vice President of Stadium Operations, Doug Behar, was out in California, attending a spring training session of his own.  Instead of exhibition games and batting practice, Doug made the cross country trek to attend an all-day course exploring the intricacies of food scrap composting and more sustainable waste management practices. And while…
  • China Environmental News Alert

    Greenlaw from NRDC China
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Greenlaw from NRDC China, NRDC China Program, Beijing NRDC has been working in China for over fifteen years on such issues as energy efficiency, green buildings, clean energy technologies, environmental law, and green supply chain issues. This China Environmental News Alert is a compilation of news from around the world on China and the environment. April 12 - 18, 2014 China set to elevate environment over development in new law Reuters (April 14, 2014) Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place…
  • Get dirty so we can keep Earth clean

    Evan Feeney
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Evan Feeney, Program Assistant, Government Affairs, Washington, D.C. Cartoons don’t rot kids’ brains; cartoons with no message rot kids’ brains. Shows like Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender (of which I have watched the entire series… twice) and Legend of Korra actually have a pretty good message: the Earth and the systems we rely on are delicate and if we push them too hard we risk losing control and causing a lot of harm to just about everyone and everything. Kids that watch these shows get that message, and we want to make sure that they have every…
  • Revival in the face of drought: The return of spring run Chinook salmon to the San Joaquin River

    Monty Schmitt
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Monty Schmitt, Senior Scientist, San Joaquin River Project Manager, San Francisco   Despite California’s drought, today the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) is releasing 54,000 juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon into the San Joaquin River. This marks the first time in 60 years that spring-run Chinook will make the journey from the upper San Joaquin River to the Pacific Ocean, a true watershed moment for the Restoration Program, and  a monumental step forward in reviving a river vital to local communities as well as California’s water supply and natural…
  • City growth outpaces that of suburbs: new data

    Kaid Benfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Washington, DC   New data confirm that central cities continue to grow faster than their suburbs.  This still relatively new trend reverses a century of just the opposite, when city dwellers fled to suburbs and sprawl ate up the countryside.  Not that suburbs aren’t also growing, mind you, but we – and, significantly, the environment – can take some comfort in the knowledge that cities are back. In an article (“See ya, suburbs”) published last month in USA Today, Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg…
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    Grist

  • These biologists created a gorgeous film about African glaciers

    Samantha Larson
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Chasing Ice launched a new sub-genre of horror films: Watch big beautiful glaciers melt. OK, that might not sound as date-night friendly as a slasher flick, but, hey, if a kid talking to a wagging finger named Tony can be scary, watching the Arctic melt away is downright terrifying. Filmmakers Neil Losin and Nathan Dappen recently joined the field with Snows of the Nile, a visually stunning documentary about the disappearing glaciers in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains (you can watch the trailer here). Losin and Dappen brought a twist to their ice-gazing short by focusing on glaciers where…
  • How BP turned a whole community into an endangered species

    Brentin Mock
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:07 am
    Shawn EscofferyOystermen of Plaquemines Parish, La. Whether you live in Seattle, Baltimore, or Schenectady, N.Y., if you’ve had an oyster dish, chances are the shelled delicacies came from the Gulf of Mexico, most likely off the Louisiana coast, which produces a third of the nation’s oysters. Crabs? Hate to break it to you, but those luscious “Baltimore” crab cakes — yep, those are from Louisiana too. This has been a fact for a long time, but it might soon become an artifact. The reason: the BP oil spill disaster of 2010, which dumped over 205 million gallons of oil and another…
  • Chris Christie is still trying to force a pipeline through the New Jersey Pinelands

    Ben Adler
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:28 pm
    In January, on the heels of the embarrassing revelation that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) staffers created a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge to punish an obscure political rival, Christie and his allies were handed a defeat. The New Jersey Pinelands Commission rejected a proposed 22-mile natural-gas pipeline that would go through a national reserve of forests and wetlands. Though Christie went so far as to bully a commissioner who was skeptical of the pipeline into recusing himself from the decision, that wasn’t enough to secure approval. But now the pipeline is…
  • People of color contribute least to smog, yet breathe more of it. WTF?

    Holly Richmond
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Get a load of this: It’s not poor people whose nostrils get the dirtiest air. It’s people of color — even wealthy ones. It’s true, you can’t 1,000 percent separate race and class, but new findings from the University of Minnesota found that race, more than income, determines who smog hurts the most. Writes ThinkProgress: When low-income white people were compared to high-income Hispanic people, the latter group experienced higher levels of nitrogen dioxide. Altogether, people of color in the U.S. breathe air with 38 percent more nitrogen dioxide in it than their white…
  • Bill McKibben checks “have species named after me” off to-do list

    Eve Andrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    If you had the power to name a living creature, would you use that power wisely? Would you name it after one of your heroes? Let’s be real: Beyoncemus knowlesi does have a pretty nice ring to it! Peter Kerr, a scientist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Collection of Arthropods, recently discovered a species of gnat. Through a great feat of willpower, he was able to avoid the temptation of christening it Gnat King Cole, Jr. (There’s a reason that Grist staff members aren’t scientists.) Instead, he decided to name it after foremost green activist, author,…
 
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    The Green Skeptic

  • 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…
  • Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave?

    Scott Edward Anderson
    21 Jan 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "Big data is a coming wave of 'green gold,'" says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners."Information technology will be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime." Eisenberger was speaking at the Markle Foundation offices in New York, where Agrion, which bills itself as the global network for energy, cleantech and corporate sustainability, convened an impressive roundtable to talk about advances in funding new ideas and uncovering innovation for energy and sustainability.Moderated by Peter Gardnet of Breaking Energy, the panel featured, in addition to…
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    Ecorazzi

  • NYCLASS Unveils Its New Horseless eCarriage Prototype

    Joan Reddy
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    It looks like the days of horse-drawn carriages in New York City is slowly drawing to a end, as NYClASS recently unveiled its Horseless eCarriage prototype. The new electric powered carriage Read MoreThe post NYCLASS Unveils Its New Horseless eCarriage Prototype appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • WATCH: Vegan Kids Ask First Lady for an Eggless Easter

    Amanda Just
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The traditional Easter egg roll on the White House lawn is said to have started in 1814. A lot of things have changed since then, except for the use of Read MoreThe post WATCH: Vegan Kids Ask First Lady for an Eggless Easter appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Alan Carr Says ‘Be A Little Fairy For The Animals’

    Maria Mooney
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Alan Carr rocks pink wings and stars in a new PETA campaign to promote spaying and neutering. Read MoreThe post Alan Carr Says ‘Be A Little Fairy For The Animals’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • First Vegetarian Species Evolved from Meat-Eaters

    Natalia Galbetti
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    The first ever vegetarian has been found and as it turns out, he was initially a meat eater. Read MoreThe post First Vegetarian Species Evolved from Meat-Eaters appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Peter Dinklage Asks You to ‘Face Your Food’ and Go Veg

    Joan Reddy
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Longtime vegetarian Peter Dinklage has joined with the likes of Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin by teaming up with PETA to narrate their farming exposé “Face Your Food.” Read MoreThe post Peter Dinklage Asks You to ‘Face Your Food’ and Go Veg appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • eco art: four seasons tree paintings on reclaimed board

    Ross Dulmaine
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Looking for something unique to put on the walls of your loft or apartment? The colorful panels of artist Rafi Perez’s  “Seasons of Change” tree paintings will certainly get the job done. The mixed-medium paintings are a colorful, abstract depiction of the four seasons and are created on reclaimed wood – creating a juxtaposition of new and old, abstract and organic. Perez creates each piece on commission and has designs in a variety of sizes. Sets of four range in price from $80 to $395 depending on size. Individual panels are also available. Perez maintains his…
  • 5 spring finds that will keep you looking good

    Jennifer Hui
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    It is spring (hooray!) and I am officially getting inspired by everything that is easy, breezy, and cool! The ushering of spring is so refreshing, with the sun on my face and the chance to finally knick the tights and roll out the shorts and skirts! For this post, I gathered some beautiful things from art to beauty that are getting me in the mood for warmer days and spontaneous beach excursions. Enjoy! Vineyard Peach Body Butter ($20) – Mango is usually the fruit of choice for the body butters but I am all about the peach. The scent is flippin’ amazing. It can’t be any more perfect for…
  • Owning a Hybrid SUV: A Costs-Benefits Analysis

    guest
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    As time goes on, it becomes more and more clear that hybrid automobiles represent the future. The benefits continue to outweigh the costs thanks to efficient designs. People often forget that Earth-friendly products don’t only exist just to help the environment, but also to create more efficient living. Energy requires resources and, therefore, uses money. Eventually, we’ll all be driving hybrid cars. Someday, we might even see total independence from fossil fuels. Check out some of the costs and benefits of owning a hybrid SUV. Learning How to Drive Efficiently Hybrid cars…
  • Tune in to BiteSizeTV on Earth Day

    Jennifer Hui
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Earth Day is just a few days away, and it’s always a day that features a multitude of interesting events going on to improve the environment, increase awareness and celebrate our milestones. This year, BiteSizeTV, an online entertainment network, is going to celebrate with 12 hours of green news coverage hosted live from Hollywood by environmentalist/actor Ed Begley Jr. (Arrested Development anyone??). This all-day coverage of environmental news will feature interviews with celebrity panel discussions featuring trailblazing environmental leaders, scientists, authors, movers and shakers…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Scenario development yields environmental success story

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    With so much scenario modeling currently available, we are able to better predict our future and anticipate the outcomes of various habits and activities. While invaluable in the area of prediction, how has that information transformed our environmental status? Is our environmental future optimistic or dismal? Will we be able to celebrate Earth Day in the future knowing that we have responded appropriately to the bleak prophecies?
  • Climate Change Reshaping Urban Tree Populations

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    Despite protecting us from the impacts of a changing climate, our region's trees are also threatened by wetter and warmer weather. The urban forests of today will look much different by the end of the century. By the end of this century, scientists predict southern New England's seas will rise some 3 feet, and without major cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, they say summers here will soon resemble Georgia's dog days.
  • Get Ready to Say Goodbye to Bananas

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Who doesn't love a nice banana? They're tasty portable snacks, they make a great daiquiri, and they're wonderful additions to a green smoothie or bowl of oatmeal. Well, eat your fill now, because if history is any indicator, global banana production may soon be in serious jeopardy. The culprit is disease. Specifically, a strain of a tropical fungus is targeting the most popular form of banana, and there is currently no effective treatment.
  • Human Life Expectancy Linked to Extinctions

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Since the arrival of Homo sapiens, other species have been going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Most scientists now agree that extinction rates are between 100 and 1000 times greater than before humans existed. Working out what is driving these extinctions is fiendishly complicated, but a new study by scientists from the University of California, Davis and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit suggests that human life expectancy may be partly to blame.
  • Electric car numbers double in one year

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. The number of electrically powered automobiles worldwide climbed to just over 400,000 in early 2014. This figure was determined in an analysis conducted by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).
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    Nature Conservancy Blogs: Conservation, Science & Green Living

  • 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?
  • End of the Hemlocks, A Lament

    Randy Edwards
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Can we save the hemlock forests before it’s too late? A personal look at the effects of invasive species.
  • The Mahi-Mahi and the Map

    Shawn Margles
    18 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    How digital storytelling can help convey marine science to new audiences.
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Now You Can Answer the Door: Avon to Phase Out Triclosan, the Useless Chemical Nobody Wants

    Jill Ettinger
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Avon is the latest company to announce plans to remove triclosan from its beauty and personal care products. In 2010, the FDA acknowledged that triclosan was no more effective than simple hand washing with soap and water at preventing the spread of bacteria and fungi. But unlike soap and water, triclosan comes with some undesirable side effects, mainly the ability for bacteria to become resistant to it and other antibacterial products. Triclosan is considered to have health risks for its potential to cause an increased risk of allergies. It is also implicated in negatively impacting hormones,…
  • Lindsay Lohan: That Happened

    Libby Lowe
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    ColumnWhy we really care whether or not Lindsay Lohan is sober. It’s easy to say we care about Lindsay Lohan and her sobriety because we hate to see the cutie from “The Parent Trap” movie remake struggling. We say we care because she was so loveable in “Mean Girls.” A few of us may even admit to being drawn to the train wreck that appears to be her life. Watching the Oprah reality show “Lindsay“(sorry, but it’s a reality show; respect to Lady O and its award-winning director for trying to class it up), many of us are rooting for her. I am. Not because…
  • Because It’s the Best Song Ever: Why ‘Happy’ Makes Pharrell (and Probably You) Cry [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Okay, so he is on Oprah. And it’s basically her job to make people cry, but Pharrell Williams has another reason for gushing. His song “Happy” has changed the world in an unbelievably beautiful way. Just watch the clip already! Can’t get enough “Happy”? Check out this infectious mashup featuring some of Fela Kuti’s Afro-beat horns. So, so good. Find Jill on Twitter @jillettinger Related on EcoSalon Link Love: Best Valentine’s Caramels + Pharrell is Killing it (Amirite, Ladies?) + Ouch: A Rapper Drops the “R” Word Dear Oprah, Please Tell Us Who…
  • Link Love: Diane von Furstenberg’s Morning Routine + Vegan Cinnabon + Snails are Basically the Cutest Ever

    EcoSalon Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    This week’s Link Love edition is here! Goodies from the anti-fast fashion front, the vegan world of Cinnaholic, and the totally awesome world of snails. Big ups to Livia Firth for slamming fast fashion. [via Xpose Entertainment] Another attempt to socially network books has bitten the dust. Maybe readers just want to be alone. [via Salon] This is how fashionista Diane von Furstenberg starts her day. How about you? [via Well+Good NYC] Could the future of Cinnabon be vegan? [via Eat Drink Better] You probably never gave snails that much thought. These images will change all that. [via…
  • 17 Reasons We Should All be Riding Bicycles

    Anna Brones
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Riding bicycles: A life on two-wheels is a life well lived, not only for personal health reasons, but for your community and the environment. With longer and warmer days, you have no excuse not to get on a bike. Need some inspiration? Here are 17 reasons riding bicycles is oh so good for you. 1. You don’t need a bicycle Ok, so this one isn’t true for everyone, but if you live in a city with a bike share program than it is. 2. If you do need a bicycle, you get the joy of choosing a beautiful one From vintage to new, there are a whole lot of gorgeous bikes out there. Consider this…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Scale and Extent of China's Dam Rush Detailed in Map Project

    Yale Environment 360
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    China is planning to build at least 84 major dams in its southwest region, as shown in a map from the Wilson Center, eventually boosting its hydropower capacity by more than 160 gigawatts. By next year China's capacity Click to Enlarge Dam projects in China will surpass Europe's, and by 2020 it's projected to be larger than that of the U.S. and Europe combined. An interactive map shows the scale and number of major dams proposed, under construction, existing, and canceled. The dam rush is part of an ongoing effort by China to increase non-fossil energy sources to 11.4 percent of the country's…
  • Five Kamchatka Volcanoes Erupt Simultaneously, NASA Images Show

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    A NASA satellite passing over Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula this week photographed five simultaneous volcanic eruptions. The erupting volcanoes, from north View Gallery Karymsky, most active of the five volcanoes to south, are Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya, Bezymianny, Kizimen, and Karymsky. Karymsky, a 1,536-meter (5,039-foot) peak that has erupted regularly since 1996, is the most active of the five. The tallest, Klyuchevskaya, is 4,750 meters (15,580 feet) high. Of the planet's roughly 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in…
  • UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate

    Yale Environment 360
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming. BY FRED PEARCE
  • Studying a Polar Menagerie on an Island in Arctic Russia

    Yale Environment 360
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Ninety miles from the Russian mainland and 300 miles above the Arctic Circle, Wrangel Island is home to an eclectic assortment of fauna and flora — muskoxen, Second in a series of blog posts from the Russian Arctic polar bears, wolves, reindeer, wolverines, walruses, Asia’s only population of snow geese, and 417 plant species. Joel Berger, a field biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Montana, spent several weeks on Wrangel Island this spring. In the second of three blog posts for e360, he describes the arduous conditions under which Russian and U.S.
  • Solar-Harvesting Windows Could Become Reality with Advances in Semiconductors

    Yale Environment 360
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    New semiconductor technology is advancing the development of house windows that could double as solar panels, according to scientists from Los Alamos National Lab and Italy. Their research into so-called Solar-harvesting materials under UV light "quantum dots" — ultra-small bits of semiconductors that transmit energy extremely efficiently and can be tuned toward specific colors — shows that quantum dots can be used in transparent materials to harvest sunlight with efficiencies comparable to standard solar panels. When highly transparent materials are embedded with quantum dots, they are…
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • These Hawaiian Popsicles Are Unlike Anything You Can Get Elsewhere

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    While most of us are trying to be conscious about eating local and organic foods like kale and swiss chard, a company in Hawaii has figured out how to make dessert the best way to take the “eat local” challenge. The whole point of OnoPops, according to co-founder Josh Lanthier-Welch, is "to put a happy face on eating local.” “We’re not talking about eating ulu (breadfruit) and kale," he told The Huffington Post, "we’re talking about a popsicle.” And creatively yummy popsicles at that. The Honolulu-based company, whose name plays off the Hawaiian word for delicious, is driven by…
  • These 3D Panoramas Of Tiny 'Worlds' Are The Coolest Thing On Instagram

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    German photographer Jonas Ginter employs quite the method for capturing the most stunning and unique panoramas you've ever seen: He uses six, yes six, GoPro cameras and a 3D mount for his custom camera that snap pictures that together resemble tiny worlds as seen from space. In late March, Ginter released a video incorporating the aforementioned process he claimed to have been working on and refining for years. The brilliant photographer coins his technique as the "spherical panorama." Here are a few of his incredible shots: "Snow World in Baqueira-Beret" "2,000 years of history, stone by…
  • This California Couple's Tiny House Redefines What It Means To Have A 'Dream Home' (PHOTOS)

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    In today's day and age it's pretty much become a standard practice to equate dream homes with McMansions and sprawling estates. However, one California couple's dream home suggests an alternative to this dream -- both in size and in price tag. For just $30,000, 31-year-old web designer Alek Lisefski built a tiny house for himself and his girlfriend Anjali on an 8-by-12 foot flatbed trailer. (The cost includes money spent on the trailer, tools, supplies and appliances.) And the best part? Not only does it have plenty of room for their dog, Anya, but it's portable as well so Lisefski could…
  • These States Are Most Likely To Legalize Weed Next. Will You Have A Happier 4/20 In 2015?

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    A version of this story first appeared in January. For the first 4/20 ever, people will gather in Colorado this weekend to show support for fully legal marijuana. Just months after the state opened its doors to recreational pot, crowds will head to events on Sunday like the sold-out Cannabis Cup, all to celebrate a plant that brought Colorado $14 million in taxed sales in January alone. Colorado's example has served as a promising sign that legal marijuana can be a strong source of income for other states interested in scaling back harsh anti-pot laws and listening to voters, who have…
  • Lawmakers Want To Change How You Wash Your Face And Brush Your Teeth

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    Lawmakers around the country are looking to tell popular soap, scrub and even toothpaste manufacturers to slough off. Commonly found in popular personal health care products, tiny plastic particles known as microbeads have triggered concerns over contamination, with a growing number of states looking to ban the bead. Just last week, Illinois moved one step closer to becoming the first state to enact a microbead ban. The state Senate unanimously approved legislation that would end the production and manufacture of microbeads by 2017, with a state-wide ban on selling products containing…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • Fighting for Science in the Classroom and America's Future

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Knowledge is power. And in the face of climate change where time is our enemy, we are putting up a weak fight. In stark contrast to the scientific consensus, only 49 percent of Americans believe that global warming is a result of human activity. In other words, more than half the country either denies global warming entirely or believes it to be a natural phenomenon. When you consider the lack of climate science education in our schools and the billions of dollars being spent to debunk global warming, this widespread misinformation is no surprise. In this time of crisis, we need an informed…
  • Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide. Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jetstream once again looks like it's bringing cold deep into the US, while the North Pole and surroundings (that big orange spot) are experiencing much warmer than normal temperatures - not good news for our…
  • Throwing Away Good Water

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    [Heads up for the overly sensitive: I'm going to talk about pee, piss, taking a leak, and other euphemisms for urine and urination. But hey, you all do it.] Man urinates in reservoir, "ruins" 38M gallons of water. That was the headline in an article in the news today, except without the "quotes." On April 16, security cameras recorded some teenage delinquents trespassing around the Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5 in Portland, Oregon. One of them was seen peeing through the fence. According to the police, the culprits were caught, cited, and released. The city announced that because of this…
  • Interview: 'Big Men' Director Rachel Boynton on Oil, Ghana and Capitalism

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog The subtitle of the newly released documentary film Big Men is "everyone wants to be big" and to say the film covers a "big" topic is to put it mildly.Executive produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Rachel Boynton, the film cuts to the heart of how the oil and gas industry works and pushes film-watchers to think about why that's the case. Ghana's burgeoning offshore fields — in particular, the Jubilee Field discovered in 2007 by Kosmos Energy — serve as the film's case study.Image Credit: Ghana Oil WatchBoynton worked on…
  • 'Green News Report' - April 17, 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: One year since the deadly West, TX fertilizer explosion: has anything changed?; New 'habitable' planet discovered!; Environmental justice: air pollution highest in minority neighborhoods; March 2014 was 4th warmest ever recorded; PLUS: 'Bombshell' study ties record CA drought, cool weather in East directly to human-caused global warming... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at…
 
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  • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.
  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.
  • Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns.
  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.
  • White House updating online privacy policy

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year -- an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.
  • Alternative identification methods for threatened species urged

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    With global climate change and rapidly disappearing habitat critical to the survival of endangered species, there is a sense of urgency to confirm the return of animals thought to be extinct, or to confirm the presence of newly discovered species. Researchers want to change how biologists think about collecting 'voucher' specimens for species identification, suggesting current specimen collection practices pose a risk to vulnerable animal populations nearing extinction.
  • There's something ancient in the icebox: Three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Scientists were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below two miles of ice. This finding provides strong evidence that the ice sheet has persisted much longer than previously known, enduring through many past periods of global warming.
  • Surprising material could play huge role in saving energy: Tin selenide is best at converting waste heat to electricity

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    One strategy for addressing the world's energy crisis is to stop wasting so much energy when producing and using it, such as in coal-fired power plants or transportation. Nearly two-thirds of energy input is lost as waste heat. Now scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. This outstanding property could be exploited in solid-state thermoelectric devices, with potentially enormous energy savings.
  • Biologists help solve fungal mysteries, inform studies on climate change

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    A new genetic analysis revealing the previously unknown biodiversity and distribution of thousands of fungi in North America might also reveal a previously underappreciated contributor to climate change. Huge populations of fungi are churning away in the soil in pine forests, decomposing organic matter and releasing carbon into the atmosphere.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Gas Makes Wind Affordable Even Without Tax Credit: Alliant CEO

    Jeff McMahon
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Cheap natural gas is making wind energy affordable, even without a tax credit, the chief executive officer of Alliant Energy said in Chicago Wednesday.
  • "King Coal" Is Dying; Prince Oil & Gas Is Next

    David Blackmon
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.  -Martin Niemöller
  • Flying By The Sun - Solar Impulse Inspires A Generation

    Mike Scott
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Has there been a more inspiring story than that of Solar Impulse since Man set out to go to the Moon? It is the perfect combination of breathtaking ambition, technological wizardry and bloody-minded determination.
  • Oil & Gas Company Runs One of the World's Most Advanced Control Towers

    Steve Banker
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    An executive of one the world's largest Oil & Gas companies gave a speech on their approach to control towers, Big Data, and analytics at ARC’s Forum in February. They don’t call it a “control tower” – this company calls it an “Integrated Operational Center.” And it is not a supply chain control tower – it is focused on asset and production management. Nonetheless, their approach offers real insights into what is possible in terms of generating big data, then analyzing, visualizing and contextualizing that data, and ultimately driving value.
  • Oklahoma Okays New Surcharge On Distributed Renewables

    William Pentland
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Oklahoma may soon join Arizona on the short but growing list of states requiring customers who self-generate their electric power with solar panels or small wind turbines to pay special fees.
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    The Good Human

  • 10 Reasons You Don’t Need a Grass Lawn

    Amanda Ritchie
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Is your yard brown from a harsh winter? Good. Here are 10 reasons why you should stop fussing over your lawn and let it die. 1. Grass lawns waste water. No surprise here. According to the EPA, 30 to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used for watering lawns — and due to poor timing and application, most of this water is totally wasted. 2. Grass lawns waste energy. According to the EPA, each year in the United States: $5.25 billion is spent on fossil fuel-derived fertilizers for lawns. 580 million gallons of gasoline are used for lawnmowers. 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year…
  • Choosing Green Burial

    Amanda Ritchie
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    Green burial isn’t a new topic on The Good Human, but there have been a few new options introduced in recent years, so we thought it was time for a refresher. As David Quilty wrote in 2008, according to National Geographic, each year, along with our loved ones, United States cemeteries bury 30 million board feet of casket wood (some of which comes from tropical hardwoods), 90,000 tons of steel, 1.6 million tons of concrete, and 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid. Even though green burial methods have been used throughout much of the United States’ history and throughout the entire world,…
  • Is carbon capture the answer?

    Amanda Ritchie
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    The U.N. is expected to release a study later this week that strongly states world powers are running out of time to slash their usage of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed upon limits on global warming, according to Reuters. The 29-page draft says “nations will have to impose drastic curbs on their still rising greenhouse gas emissions to keep a promise made by almost 200 countries in 2010 to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times.” The draft, seen by Reuters, outlines ways to cut emissions and boost low-carbon…
  • DIY: Become a ‘Natural’ Redhead with Henna

    Amanda Ritchie
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I wish I had been born a redhead, but I’ve been faking my crimson locks for many years now. If you’ve ever had your hair dyed red at a salon, you know how quickly it fades. I’d regularly drop between $60-120 for cut and color only to have the red fade into oblivion within weeks of the dye job. It was incredibly frustrating – and expensive. I even used color-depositing shampoos to try to preserve the color, but to no avail. Disgusted and unwilling to waste further money on transforming my hair color, I let my hair color return to its natural light brown state. When the urge to be a…
  • Green News For The Weekend Volume 354

    David Quilty
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Happy Friday! Looks like things are warming up around the country, so hope you get a chance to spend some time outside this weekend. But before you do, check out some green news from the past week… Warming climate may spread drying to a third of earth: Heat, not just rainfall, plays into new projections A new study estimates that 12 percent of land will be subject to drought by 2100 through rainfall changes alone; but the drying will spread to 30 percent of land if higher evaporation rates are considered. Top 7 reasons for considering an electric vehicle today #1? Cheaper to Fuel. Like…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Pseudoskeptics Are Not Skeptics

    John Mashey
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Genuine scientific skepticism is not just the unmoving rejection of evolution or climate change by fake skeptics, called pseudoskeptics.  The real thing avoids premature conclusions, recognizes uncertainty, motivates searches for good data and causes real skeptics to change their minds,  as put succinctly by John Maynard Keynes: “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Martin Gardner and Carl Sagan were famed skeptics, but most of the time, most scientists and many others must be, too, including contributors  at DeSmogBlog or Skeptical Science.
  • Interview: Big Men Director Rachel Boynton on Oil, Ghana and "Responsible Capitalism"

    Steve Horn
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The subtitle of the newly released documentary film Big Men is “everyone wants to be big” and to say the film covers a “big” topic is to put it mildly. Executive produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Rachel Boynton, the film cuts to the heart of how the oil and gas industry works and pushes film-watchers to think about why that's the case. Ghana's burgeoning offshore fields — in particular, the Jubilee Field discovered in 2007 by Kosmos Energy — serve as the film's case study. Image Credit: Ghana Oil Watch Boynton worked on the film for more than half a decade, beginning the…
  • Insect Population Dwindling in Louisiana Marshlands Four Years After BP Blowout

    Julie Dermansky
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui has been studying the impact of the BP oil spill on insects and spiders for almost four years. She started her study shortly after the Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010, before any oil washed up on shore. Her work documents the dwindling of the insect population in areas directly hit with the oil. On April 9th, she returned to Bay Jimmy and Bay Baptiste, areas that were heavily impacted by the oil spill in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. “Insects are the basis of the food chain. They are like nature's Twinkies,” Hooper-Bui…
  • After Over a Decade of Fracking, Oversight of Industry's Radioactive Waste Still Lacking

    Sharon Kelly
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has been roughly twelve years since fracking launched the great shale rush in the U.S. and the biggest problem with the technology — how to safely dispose of the enormous quantities of toxic waste generated — remains unsolved. In particular, regulators have struggled to fully understand or police the hazards posed by radioactivity found in fracking waste. The most common form of radioactivity in shale waste comes from radium-226, which happens also to be an isotope that takes the longest to decay. To be exact, radium-226’s half-life of roughly 1,600 years means that well over a…
  • New Study Shows Link Between Climate Change And California Drought

    Mike G
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    A study published by Geophysical Research Letters sheds new light on the connection between California's epic drought and human-induced climate change. The study carries the decidedly wonky title, “Probable causes of the abnormal ridge accompanying the 2013-14 California drought: ENSO precursor and anthropogenic warming footprint.” A subscription is required to read the full thing, but you can read the abstract, which concludes that “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and…
 
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    Style Me Pretty » Living

  • 10 Tips for a Perfect Easter Brunch with Sinclair & Moore

    Jacquelyn Clark
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I want to live in the world of Sinclair & Moore. Because with features like today’s Easter Brunch (and last month’s blueberry pancakes) I have fallen more and more in love with this talented duo. Plus, Steve has been gracious enough to share his 10 tips for hosting a successful brunch. Along with photos from Matthew Land, brace yourself for a day of beauty. More right here! Share this gorgeous gallery on   10 TIPS TO HOSTING A SUCCESSFUL BRUNCH from Steve Moore of Sinclaire & Moore Whether you are celebrating Easter or just welcoming the beginning of the spring…
  • Tips on Foraging for Flowers

    Mandy Kellogg Rye
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    When creating the look for my Easter table this year I knew I wanted everything to be very natural and feel like I literally brought the outdoors in. To accomplish that idea I enlisted the help of my friend, and amazing florist Lindsay Coletta. Lindsay is known for her flowing, organic arrangements which are largely made up of foraged flowers and plants. And while the idea of foraging can be quite intimidating, I promise you it’s easier and more fun than you think. To prove that, I had Lindsay share some of her foraging tips with you all below. Truly, MKR • Start with the proper gear…
  • Boozy Peach Lemonade

    Mandy Kellogg Rye
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    There’s nothing more symbolic of warmer weather or more refreshing than lemonade. Scratch that- there’s nothing more refreshing than peach lemonade. The tart of lemons combined with sweet Georgia peaches and spiked with a little infused vodka, well you now have the perfect warm weather libation. Cheers! Truly, MKR Mandy Kellogg RyeBoozy Peach Lemonadeprep time15 Minute/scook timetotal time15 Minute/sServes 16Ingredients2 ounces peach flavored vodka such as Absolut APeach 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup hot water 2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 cup fresh peach juice or puree 3/4…
  • A Blossoming Easter Tablescape

    Mandy Kellogg Rye
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Easter has always held a special place in my heart. It’s been a time of new pastel dresses for church. The beginning of sunny weather. Sugary confections. Daffodils as far as the eye can see. And most importantly, time spent with friends and family feasting around the table. A table set with a sea of natural yellows and greens, bunny themed plates, and homemade coconut cake. Happy Easter Loves! Truly, MKR Photography: Rustic White | Concept & Styling: Waiting on Martha | Florals: Lindsay Coletta | Coconut Cake: Lush Cakery | Calligraphy: Ashley Buzzy McHugh | Julep Cups, Striped…
  • Orange Carrot Cupcakes

    Jocelyn Delk Adams
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    With Easter right around the corner, carrot cake recipes are popping up everywhere. This recipe is an easy version of the classic, in cupcake form. Light, moist, filled with a spiced carrot flavor and topped with the perfect orange zest buttercream- these delightful cupcakes are the perfect way to end your holiday! For more, head on over to Grandbaby Cakes. Jocelyn Delk AdamsOrange Carrot Cupcakesprep time30 Minute/scook time25 Minute/stotal time55 Minute/sServes 12Ingredients 6 ounces of pureed carrots 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup orange flavored greek yogurt 1/4 cup vegetable or canola…
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    Environmental Health News

  • China's coal boom is slowing — that's a huge deal for climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    How much global warming will we get in the future? That largely depends on how much extra carbon-dioxide humans put in the atmosphere. And that — in large part — hinges on how much coal China ends up burning in the years ahead.
  • A much loved coal showdown.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Central Appalachian coal industry is fading for simple economic reasons: depletion of rich seams and competition from low-cost gas and western coal. The retreat can't be blamed on the fictitious White House "war on coal."
  • Michael Mann, U. of Virginia win FOIA case.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Unpublished research by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting an attempt by skeptics of global warming to view the work of a prominent climate researcher.
  • Victoria approves major coal terminal expansion on Texada Island.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Groups that want a full environmental review of an expansion at a Texada Island coal-handling facility are outraged the B.C. government quietly approved an amended permit without telling local residents or First Nations.
  • Drunken trees: Dramatic signs of climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sarah James, an Alaska Native elder, says global warming is radically changing her homeland. Even the forests no longer grow straight. Melting ground has caused trees to tilt or fall.
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    Clean Edge

  • California PUC Orders Utilities To Connect Battery-Solar Systems to Grid

    James Belcher
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Source: Greentech Media
  • LEED Dynamic Plaque Shows Real-Time Building Performance

    James Belcher
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Source: Ecobuilding Pulse
  • DOE Issues $4 Billion Solicitation for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans

    James Belcher
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    The Department of Energy has issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing. This draft solicitation represents another step in the Department’s commitment to help overcome the financial barriers to the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies. “Through…
  • Biogas Plants Spreading Rapidly in the U.S.

    James Belcher
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    Source: Sustainable Business
  • Twelve States Produced 80% of U.S. Wind Power in 2013

    James Belcher
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA's March Electric Power Monthly report. Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming. These 12 states produced a combined 134 million MWh of electricity from wind. Nationwide, 167 million MWh of power came from wind in 2013, a 19% increase from…
 
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    Green Car Congress

  • Navy researchers produce high-performance renewable fuels by combining heterogeneous catalysis with biosynthesis

    Mike Millikin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A team from the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake, with colleagues from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have demonstrated that renewable high density fuels with net heats of combustion ranging from ~133,000 to 141,000 Btu gal-1—up to 13% higher than commercial jet fuel (~125,000 Btu)—can be generated by combining heterogeneous catalysis with multicyclic sesquiterpenes produced by engineered organisms. A paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. This advance has the potential…
  • EPA data shows 57,860 gallons of cellulosic biofuel produced in 1Q 2014

    Mike Millikin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to EPA’s most recent data from the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) used to establish a transparent market for RINs, biofuel producers produced 57,860 gallons of cellulosic biofuels during the first quarter of 2014—the vast majority of that being D3 cellulosic biofuel (57,388 gallons), the remainder (472 gallons) being D7 cellulosic diesel. EMTS gallons for 1Q 2014. Data: EPA. Click to enlarge. The Renewable Fuel Standard Program (RFS2) incorporates the concept of the Renewable Identification Number (RIN); establishes a RIN market; expands the RIN market over a period…
  • EnerG2, NW Natural partner on adsorbed on-board storage for CNG vehicles

    Mike Millikin
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    EnerG2, a manufacturer of advanced nano-structured materials for next-generation energy storage (earlier post) and NW Natural, an Oregon gas distribution company, are partnering to improve the fuel storage on board vehicles that use Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) by using a new adsorbed natural gas technology. The adsorbent material packs inside an existing CNG tank and increases the energy density of natural gas at a given pressure. This allows the vehicle to travel longer distances. A CNG tank with adsorbent material could contain 20% more energy at certain pressures and extend the vehicle…
  • Opportunity charging electric bus using PRIMOVE inductive charging from Bombardier in service in Germany

    Mike Millikin
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    A 12m Solaris battery-electric bus with electrical traction and on-board power supply equipment from Vossloh Kiepe has entered passenger service with the Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG as the first of five such buses. For the first time, the modular system from Vossloh Kiepe has been combined with the PRIMOVE inductive charging system from Bombardier (earlier post). The PRIMOVE inductive charging system system is designed with an output of 200 kW, and uses an undercarriage pantograph-like mechanism lowered above the in-ground charging pad. Undercarriage charging pad. Click to enlarge. The vehicle…
  • Honda to introduce Fit-based HR-V Compact SUV in US this year

    Mike Millikin
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Honda released the first official photos of the US-bound HR-V today at the New York International Auto Show. Built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Fit, the HR-V will feature a “versatile and spacious” interior thanks to a center tank layout. Honda HR-V. Click to enlarge. The HR-V will be equipped with the Honda Magic Seat, which allows for multiple seating configurations and the ability to fold the second row seat completely flat for added cargo space. The HR-V will serve as the entry point to the Honda light truck lineup, positioned below the CR-V in both price and…
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • When it comes to carbon, pay now or pay more later

    Gernot Wagner
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    By Gernot Wagner(This post originally appeared on ensia.com)  Economics is largely just organized common sense, and it doesn’t get much more common sense than benefit-cost analysis. Want to decide whether to buy that apple, make that investment or pass that clean air rule? Tally up the benefits. Tally up the costs. If benefits outweigh costs, do it. Although in many ways climate change is a problem in its own league, the same principles apply. Secretary of State John Kerry recently said, “The costs of inaction are catastrophic,” and they most likely would be. While climate change…
  • Top takeaways from the latest IPCC report

    Ilissa Ocko
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Ilissa Ocko(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Yesterday, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its last report in a three-part series that makes up the fifth assessment report (AR5) on the latest data and research on climate change. The reports have been issued approximately every five years since 1990. This latest round of reports began in September 2013 with anupdate on the latest science behind climate change (known as Working Group I). Last month, the second report was released and discussed climate change impacts,…
  • Toxic mercury pollution limits survive major court challenge

    Pamela Campos
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    By Pamela Campos(This post was co-authored by Pamela Campos, Attorney, and Mandy Warner, Climate & Air Policy Specialist) Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, developing babies, and others, almost everyone reacts viscerally at the idea of ingesting it. And the scientific evidence endorses that instinctive response. That’s why today’s decision by a federal court to uphold the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics rule is cause for celebration. For decades, power plants have been spewing out mercury. It ends…
  • What the growing Latino community can do for climate politics

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    By Lucía Oliva Hennelly(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices. Para leer in Espanol haga clic aquí) In 2012 Latinos made up 1 in 10 voters and helped decide the Presidential election with record-setting voter margins. Last month in California, the most populous state in the nation, the Hispanic population surpassed that of non-Hispanic whites. The only other state to reach this benchmark is New Mexico, where the Latino population is almost 10% larger than that of non-Hispanic whites. As the Latino population continues to grow across the country, so does its influence in key…
  • IPCC: Cutting pollution isn't enough – we need smart adaptation, too

    Rebecca Shaw
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    By Rebecca Shaw(This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Rebecca Shaw is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a lead author on Chapter 16, “Adaptation, Opportunities, Constraints and Limits,” of Working Group 2, Fifth Assessment Report. She is also a contributing author for the chapter, “Terrestrial Ecosystems and Inland Waters Systems,” and an author on the technical summary. Today, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its 2014 report on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. There are three top take-a-ways from the report: The…
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  • Technology for Good – episode 12

    Tom Raftery
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode 12 Welcome to episode twelve of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had two guests Chris Adams, and Kartik Kanakasabesan. Given the week that was in it with the Heartbleed bug, and the Samsung releases, there were plenty of stories around security and Wearables. Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show: Climate PIOMAS Arctic Sea Ice Volume Anomaly http://psc.apl.washington.edu/wordpress/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/ Energy Climate action is…
  • Cloud computing and supply chain transparency

    Tom Raftery
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Cloud computing and supply chain transparency Supply chains? Yawn, right? While supply chains may seem boring, they are of vital importance to organisations, and their proper management can make, or break companies. Some recent examples of where poorly managed supply chains caused at best, serious reputational damage for companies include the Apple Computers child labour and workers suicide debacle; the Tesco horse meat scandal; and Nestlé’s palm oil problems. What does this have to do with Cloud computing? Well, last week, here…
  • Technology for Good – episode eleven

    Tom Raftery
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode eleven Welcome to episode eleven of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show our special guest was unable to make it due to looming deadlines, so I did the show solo. Given the week that was in it with Microsoft’s Build conference taking place, there were plenty of stories stemming from Microsoft’s various announcements, but there was also a ton of other news, as always. Here’s the stories that I discussed in the show: Climate IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)…
  • Cloud computing companies ranked by their use of renewable energy

    Tom Raftery
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Cloud computing companies ranked by their use of renewable energy UPDATE: After publication of this post I was contacted by Rackspace who informed me that they do, in fact, publish their megawatt electricity consumption. it is contained in an investor report (PDF) published on their Investor Relations page. This shows Rackspace used just over 105mWh of electricity in 2013. This means that the 35% of Renewables figure corresponds to 36.8mWh (in fact it comes to 36,785kWh, or 0.037m kWh, as it is now represented in the chart above).
  • Technology for Good – episode ten

    Tom Raftery
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:02 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode ten Welcome to episode ten of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s show we had special guest Bill Higgins, who works on IBM’s Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure. Given the week that was in it with Google’s slashing of cloud computing pricing, and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift, there were plenty of stories about cloud computing and social networks. Here’s the stories that we discussed in the show: Climate New study shows major increase in West Antarctic…
 
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  • Astronomers Find Earth’s Twin In A Distant Star System [Video]

    sam
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Our quest for extraterrestrial life is often limited by both the vast distances in the cosmos and our own imagination. But circling a star about 500 light years away from earth is Kepler 186f and scientists believe that it might be that elusive frontier where we finally stumble upon alien life! Having a diameter of 8,700 miles and about 10 percent larger than earth, it is the planet’s distance from its star that has everyone excited. Its orbit lies within what is called ‘Goldilocks zone’; the range of distance a planet needs to be from the star to sport conditions that are ideal for…
  • World’s First Case Of Female Penis And Male Vagina Found!

    sam
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    It is kind of desperate when a girl has to forcibly hold down a guy with spikes to get some action! But it goes to a whole new level when ‘she’ is the one bringing the ‘penis to the bed’! But the team led by Kazunori Yoshizawa, an entomologist at Hokkaido University in Japan and Rodrigo Ferreira has stumbled upon the first case in the world where the females are the aggressors with the penetrating organ and the males the choosy ones with a vagina! While role reversals are not uncommon in the animal world, this is without a doubt a whole new high. Four new species of Brazilian…
  • Fighting For Environment Costs Hundreds Their Lives Across The Globe

    sam
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    When we watch James Cameron’s Avatar, then we all know who we are rooting for – the indigenous Na’vi, whose land and natural wealth is being stripped away from them by those looking to make profits. Yet, in the real world, the truth is quite different. Hundreds of environmentalists, natives and those caring for the natural wealth of the planet are killed across the world and that number only seems to be on the up. Global Witness in its report titled ‘Deadly Environment’ says that at least two activists have been killed each week in the last few years and over 900 have been…
  • Watch DD vs RCB IPL 7 Match Live Streaming on Star Sports and GoCricket Website

    Marian Dumitri
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils will open their series with the second match of Pepsi IPL 2014, scheduled at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on April 17.   The match starts at 8:00 p.m. India time. Temperatures in Sharjah will be soaring at 37 degrees with no rains expected. Follow the KKR vs DD live scores and highlights here, Fans can catch the match on Set Max and Sony Six TV channels in India and on Willow TV international in the U.S. In Middle-East, the matches will be live on OSN Network, while in UK, matches will be broadcasted by ITV Networks Ltd. Star Sports and…
  • Scientists Claim To Have Finally Unraveled Saturn’s Rotation Period Mystery

    sam
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:49 am
    It is indeed amazing that while we have been able to unravel some of the mysteries of deep space, many aspects of our own solar system remain unknown. The rotation period of Saturn is one such mystery. The planet remains the only one for which we have still been unable to pin down an accurate rotation time. But scientists say they might finally have an answer. 10 hours, 39 minutes and 23 seconds – that could well be the rotation period of this gas giant that has remained both elusive and mystical for long. The answer came from an enigmatic hexagon-shaped structure in the upper clouds of…
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  • Toyota launches new Passo hatchback in Japan [w/video]

    Noah Joseph
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Filed under: Budget, Japan, Videos, Hatchback, Toyota With considerable manufacturing capacity here in the United States and even a NASCAR program, it'd be all too easy to categorize Toyota as an American automaker. Only it's not. It's Japanese, of course. And back in the Japanese Domestic Market, it offers a whole range of models we'll never see in North America. Models like the Crown sedan, Noah minivan and this, the new Passo hatchback. Sold in various markets as the Daihatsu Boon, Daihatsu Sirion, Perodua Myvi and (for a time) the Subaru Justy, the Toyota Passo is a compact hatchback that…
  • Official: Chevy and GMC trucks get CNG option pricing

    Jonathon Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Filed under: Truck, Work, Chevrolet, GMC, Specialty Chevrolet and GMC have clued us in to pricing of the bi-fuel option for the 2015 Silverado and Sierra 2500HD CNG and 3500HD CNG pickups: it starts at $9,500; we're still missing the rest of the pricing inferred by the word "starts," however. If you remember from the Chicago Auto Show introduction, the 6.0-liter V8 puts out 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque when drinking gas, 301 hp and 333 lb-ft when inhaling CNG. Chevrolet figures that a bi-fuel Silverado HD is worth $2,000 in savings if driven 19,500 miles on CNG and 7,500 miles…
  • Official: MG Dynamo Concept EV is a 90-year celebration

    Jonathon Ramsey
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Filed under: Concept Cars, Hatchback, UK, Electric, MISC As part of the celebrations for its 90th anniversary, and as a study of European appetites for small electric vehicles, MG has unveiled the Dynamo (click the photo above to enlarge). We didn't get detailed battery specs, but the little hatch is less than 12 feet long, weighs 2,376 pounds and gets up with 70 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque. It has an 80-kilometer range when topped up, but rapid charging can restore 80 percent of its juice in just 30 minutes. You can get a glimpse of the Dynamo and other current and future MG…
  • Exclusive: Every US Volvo could get plug-in hybrid model

    Sebastian Blanco
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Volvo, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, New York Auto Show Whether we're talking XC90, S60 or V60, if Volvo sells it in the US, there is a decent chance that you will some day soon-ish be able to buy it with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That's the message from Dean Shaw, VP Corporate Communications at Volvo Cars of North America, who spoke with AutoblogGreen during the New York Auto Show this week. Volvo's recent past has been a bit cluttered with plug-in (and wireless) vehicle test projects and early plug-in hybrids as it has tried to find its electrification legs.
  • New York: Mazda reveals 25th anniversary edition MX-5 Miata alongside next-gen chassis

    Noah Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Filed under: New York Auto Show, Convertible, Performance, Mazda Ford may be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang this week, but it's not the only automaker with a sports car icon to fete at this year's New York Auto Show. Mazda is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata with an array of 15 classic models. It's also showing off the chassis for the next MX-5, and unveiling a special 25th Anniversary Edition. The special edition is based on the retractable hardtop model with either manual or automatic transmission, Bilstein shocks, a metallic red paint job with…
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • Hope to find a Koenigsegg on Easter

    Shell
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    The only egg I want to find in my Easter basket is a Koenigsegg supercar—specifically, the CCXR or the new One:1. Not to be picky, but both of these ultra-performance vehicles run on E85 or E100. And what’s a sports car … Continue reading →
  • Beloved VW Jetta TDI SportWagen, no more.

    Shell
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    As of 2015, Volkswagen’s popular and much-loved wagon sedan model, the Jetta TDI  SportWagen will be replaced—or, more accurately, filed under a new genus as the Golf  TDI SportWagen. Phew. Hope I didn’t have you worried there. Still in the … Continue reading →
  • Biodiesel-powered breweries bring together two of our favorite things

    Shell
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    That would be beer and biodiesel. As more breweries invest in sustainable practices and green initiatives, biodiesel is a preferred fuel for use in delivery trucks, generators, tractors, and other brewery vehicles. A recent Biodiesel Magazine article provided an informative list … Continue reading →
  • 2014 Geneva Motor Show diesel vehicle round-up

    Shell
    10 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    European auto shows tend to deliver on the diesel front, and this year’s Geneva Motor Show was no disappointment. I just hope these models make it to American showrooms in the future! Below are my favorite diesels from the show. … Continue reading →
  • EPA aligns with CA emission standards, calling for cleaner cars and cleaner fuel

    Shell
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the finalized “Tier 3″ standards for vehicle emissions levels. The standard promises to “quickly and effectively cut harmful soot, smog and toxic emissions from cars and trucks” and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from … Continue reading →
 
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  • Ontario Completely Off Coal

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    The Canadian province of Ontario has officially shut down its last coal burning power plant. Power for the province now comes from "emission-free electricity sources like wind, solar, nuclear and hydropower, along with lower-emission electricity sources like natural gas and biomass." The province had set a target of the end of 2014 to end its use of coal to generate electricity. The Thunder Bay Generating Station was the last coal fueled power plant in the province. Now that it has burned the last of its coal supply, the plant will be converted to a biomass-fueled power plant. image: CC 2.0…
  • CETO Produces Wave Power and Freshwater

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    A new, grid-tied offshore wave energy project called CETO is being readied off the west coast of Australia, near Perth. Carnegie Wave Energy is installing what is called the "first operating wave energy array scheme in the world." The installation will consist of three submerged buoys 11 meters (36 feet) in diameter, which will be anchored offshore. The buoys will create high pressure water which will be pumped to an onshore generating station to produce electricity. In addition to producing power, the CETO technology incorporates an interesting synergy - it is also used to provide fresh…
  • Nontoxic Flame Retardants from Whey

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Whey is generally a waste byproduct from cheese- and yogurt-making. Producers need to find ways to dispose of it, and often it is discharged into wastewater systems. Research at the Polytechnic University of Turin is being done to explore the use of whey as a replacement for toxic compounds used as flame retardants. Treated fabrics are kept from burning as readily because the casein from whey forms a layer of char on the surface when it is exposed to heat, which prevents the fire from spreading as readily. Tests on cotton and polyester materials often self-extinguished, and tests on…
  • Making Bio-Based Rocket Fuel

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:52 am
    Rocket fuel is the latest in a long line of fuels being developed from bio sources instead of being produced from petrochemicals. Numerous other fuels have been developed from bio-diesel and synthetic gasolines to aviation fuels are now being made from microorganisms or from converting bio feedstocks. And now, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have been able to produce a key component of JP-10 high energy fuel from bacterial sources. Pinene is a component that is used in fuels that are used for missiles and rockets. It is found in tree sap,…
  • More Efficient Flight in Formation

    22 Jan 2014 | 6:05 am
    Many people are very familiar with the V formation used by migrating flocks of birds, and scientists have determined that this is an efficient mode of travel which helps the birds conserve energy, especially on long migratory journeys. But the same concept is being considered to improve the efficiency of commercial jetliners. Among aircraft manufacturers, Airbus is one of the companies looking at the advantages of commercial flocking. "In a V formation of 25 birds, each can achieve a reduction of induced drag by up to 65 per cent and increase their range by 7 per cent. While efficiencies for…
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

    Lidija Grozdanic
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water to cool the reactors and would minimize the possibility of overheating and potential meltdown. In case of decommissioning, the structure would be towed away to an onshore central facility. Read the rest of MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chernobyl nuclear disaster, earthquake…
  • 8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

    Lucy Wang
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of 8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bavarian Forest National Park, blob vb3, dmvA, Easter, egg buildings, egg like architecture, egg like buildings, egg shaped architecture, egg shaped buildings, Exbury Egg, Foster + Partners, great glass house, hemloft treehouse, james law cybertecture, Joel Allen, josef stoger, Los Carpinteros, ovoid architecture, ovoid buildings, tree top walk
  • Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

    Lori Zimmer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Read the rest of Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chateau Malbrouck Manderen, eco design, green design, Lesétablissements Tourneux, Moselle France, plywood cabin, plywood structures, pop up space ship fort, sustainable design
  • Astronomers Reveal the Most Livable, Earth-Like Planet Ever Discovered

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the race to find a planet besides Earth that can host life, scientists have made an incredible discovery. Astronomers recently confirmed the first ever planet similar in size to Earth at distance from its own star that would allow liquid water to pool on the surface. Every once in a while scientists come across a planet that orbits within the Goldilocks zone – the range of distance from a star that can potentially sustain life – but none of those planets have ever been very comparable in size to our own blue sphere. Dubbed Kepler-186f, it’s the the most Earth-like planet ever…
  • Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

    Patrick Toomey-Neri
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bernardini, Bulbo, design week, Kvadrat, low cost design, Milan, milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Milan Furniture Fair, Quadra, recycled, sustainable design, upcycled
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  • Is Saving Money a Good Reason to Go Plastic-Free?

    Beth Terry
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    When I give talks, one question people frequently ask is whether it costs more money to go plastic-free. My answer: a few things cost more initially, but in general, I save money living this way.  In fact, I was thinking about adding a whole section to my plastic-free presentation about ways to save money.  But I haven’t done it because I got to thinking… is that actually a good strategy?  Or could it backfire?  I’ll explain what I mean later in this post.  I’d love to get your feedback.  But first, yes, there really are ways to save…
  • Why You Should Sign My Petition — Even If You Don’t Own a Vita-Mix Blender

    Beth Terry
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    If you haven’t yet signed and shared the Vitamix petition I created and blogged about last October because you don’t own one of these high speed blenders and don’t plan to buy one, here are a few reasons to sign and share it anyway. I myself don’t own a Vita-Mix.  As I gushed last September, I’m in love with my Waring Pro with its all glass and metal pitcher.  My blender may not be as fast, but it gets the job done without adding toxic chemicals to my smoothies.  So you would think I wouldn’t care about what material Vita-Mix’s pitcher…
  • 100 Percent Pure(ish): Tina Ngata Is Going Plastic Free in Paradise

    Beth Terry
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    I love meeting people from around the world who are taking the plastic-free challenge in a very public way.  The more people do this, the easier it will become for others to get started.   I especially enjoy learning about how people around the world see the issue of plastic and what challenges they face.  Here is a guest post from Tina Ngata, an indigenous Māori woman living in New Zealand who calls herself “The Non-Plastic Māori.”  I hope you will be as inspired by her as I am. Here, in Aotearoa (New Zealand), we enjoy a relatively high environmental profile, for a long…
  • Pressure Cooker Beans – Almost As Convenient as Canned but Without the BPA

    Beth Terry
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    A few months ago, I bought a pressure cooker.  I didn’t think it was a big deal, and I hadn’t planned on blogging about it. I just thought that I would eat legumes more often if cooking them took minutes instead of hours.  (I don’t eat canned beans because all food cans are lined with plastic, which can leach either BPA or some other mystery alternative that could be even worse. ) Anyway, I’ve been pressure cooking up a storm every weekend… making big pots of beans to eat during the week or to store in the freezer for later.  And I’ve also used the…
  • Truly Plastic-Free Chewing Gum in Plastic-Free Packaging!

    Beth Terry
    14 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Almost all chewing gum is made with plastic, plastic which hides in a secret ingredient called “gum base.” And with the exception of Peppersmith gum, which is only available in the U.K., the few gums that don’t contain  plastic as an ingredient come in plastic packaging. Finally, there’s a U.S. company — Simply Gum — offering a completely natural, GMO-free chewing gum made with organic ingredients and without any plastic gum base or plastic packaging.  And they want to give some away. Simply Gum is made from only 6 ingredients: organic raw cane sugar, all…
 
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  • Seafloor Carpet Turns Surf’s up to Lights On

    Jeanne Roberts
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:14 pm
    At the University of California, Berkeley, a team of engineers is pioneering ocean-source energy technology by using “carpet” to capture the energy generated by ocean waves. The team, which includes wave energy guru and Assistant Professor Reza Alam, and Ph.D. Marcus Lehmann, an engineering researcher, aims not only to capture the kinetic energy contained in […]
  • Boeing’s SBRC Makes Biofuel from Agricultural Rejects

    Jeanne Roberts
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A decade ago, biofuels were considered the Holy Grail of combustion-engine fuels. Measurably cleaner than fossil fuels, they were the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, at least according to some clean energy experts. Fast forward to 2008, when the biofuel industry’s withdrawal of food crops such as corn, rice, wheat and palm […]
  • Cliff Majersik, IMT, Identifies Efficiency as Energy’s Biggest Asset

    Jeanne Roberts
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit working in the areas of energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection. Much of IMT’s effort goes toward correcting inadequacies in the construction/remodeling vertical that prevents investors from taking a stake in energy efficiency and sustainability in the United States. Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, […]
  • LEED v4, the Evolution of Green

    Jeanne Roberts
    28 Jan 2014 | 12:57 pm
    It’s particularly troubling to those of us watching the energy efficiency marketplace to see one program or another take a hard hit. That’s why the 2010 class action lawsuit by Henry Gifford against the US Green Building Council – the parent organization of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – had such wide-ranging responses […]
  • Silent Guardian: Drones without the Scare Factor

    Jeanne Roberts
    22 Jan 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Over at Bye Aerospace, Inc., Founder George Bye and colleagues are designing drones. But don’t worry. The Denver, Colorado company, founded in 2007, isn’t the site of the next Evil Empire, and the drones which will eventually start going out the door (here or elsewhere, but not under their own power) are meant for peaceful […]
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  • Light-Duty Vehicle Use Drops

    Environmental Leader Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In 2012, vehicle miles traveled per licensed driver of light-duty vehicle fell to 12,500, down from a 2007 peak of 12,900 miles, according to US Energy Administration figures. The shift in vehicle miles traveled, or VMT, highlights the importance of travel behavior and its influence on LDV energy consumption. Before the 2007 peak, travel behavior in the […]
  • European Parliament Passes Invasive “Alien Species” Regulation

    Environmental Leader Staff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The European Parliament has passed a regulation aimed at preventing and managing the introduction and spread of invasive animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms alien to the European territory. The regulation aims to prevent those organisms from having a negative impact, either on the environment, human health or socio-economic development. Only 11 percent out of more than […]
  • Creating the Circular Economy, Part I

    Environmental Leader Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Or, putting some wheels on the Ricoh comet circle… The end of my last article, I spoke of the need to do a better job of communicating just what sustainability is. That is, of course, one of the objectives of these articles – or at least as it applies to manufacturing, design and all things […]
  • One in 10 Children Attend Schools Near Chemical Plants

    Bill Opalka
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Nearly 4.6 million children in 10,000 schools are located within a mile of a chemical facility, according to a group that is pushing new regulations. The Center for Effective Government released a report and an interactive map that shows one in 10 students attend such a school, The Hill reports. The report was released one […]
  • Colgate Commits to Recyclable Packaging

    Bill Opalka
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Imagine a toothpaste tube that may be fully recyclable. That possibility is laid out in a series of sustainability commitments personal care products maker Colgate-Palmolive made to environmental nonprofit As You Sow. Colgate has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging for three of four product categories completely recyclable by 2020. The company also […]
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  • RepRisk Releases Annual 'Most Controversial Companies' List

    Sustainable Brands
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    RepRisk has released its Most Controversial Companies of 2013 report. Throughout the year, RepRisk detected news on thousands of companies across the globe in relation to their environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks. The report analyzes documented negative incidents, criticism and controversies related to the 10 firms that received the highest RepRisk Index (RRI) in 2013.2013’s 10 most controversial companies are headquartered around the world and represent a range of industries including banking, pharmaceutical and retail. The issues for which they generated controversy spanned…
  • New Study Shows Lack of Bins Is Biggest Barrier to Home Recycling

    Jennifer Elks
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of consumers consistently recycle in the home, but despite a genuine concern for the environment, only about half do so in rooms beyond the kitchen. According to the 2014 Cone Communications Recycling in the Home Survey, in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies as part of its Care to Recycle program, there are several key barriers to expanding recycling in the home, including the lack of room-specific recycling bins and clear product labeling.Although Americans indicate a strong willingness to recycle, good intentions…
  • British Airways, Solena Fuels Set to Build GreenSky London's Waste-Conversion Facility

    Aarthi Rayapura
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    British Airways and Solena Fuels' GreenSky London project is set to build the world's first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel at the Thames Enterprise Park in Essex. The location is part of the site of a former oil refinery and has existing fuel storage facilities and transport links.“Approximately 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will instead be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena's innovative integrated technology,” says a British Airways press release.The airline has committed to…
  • Creativity Is One of the UK's Greatest Assets — Let's Turn Its Attention Towards Climate Change

    Tim Lindsay
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Late last month, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its second report, warning the impacts of global warming are likely to be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible.’ It’s considered the most comprehensive assessment to date, providing ‘overwhelming evidence’ of the scale of these effects.Yet, it’s now eight years since Al Gore coined the phrase ‘an inconvenient truth’ and we still seem much closer to where we started than the place we wish to get to. Worryingly, one of the concerns about the UN report was that the language was so…
  • Colgate Commits to 100% Recyclable Packaging for Three of Four Product Categories by 2020

    Jennifer Elks
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:54 am
    Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow (AYS) announced today that, after dialogue with AYS, personal care products giant Colgate-Palmolive has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging for three of four product categories completely recyclable by 2020. Colgate has also committed to developing a recyclable toothpaste tube or package, which would bring its fourth product category close to the same sustainability standard (perhaps the company can take a cue from this recent student redesign of its toothpaste tube!). Most toothpaste tubes are made from unrecyclable plastic laminates.“We…
 
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  • Open Source Seeds: Some Middle Ground in the GMO Debate?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    University of Wisconsin scientists sort open source seeds After a life-and-death experience several years ago, I made a commitment to myself: no more posts on genetic modification! It’s such a charged topic, and I just don’t need the stress… I’m going to break that commitment today, because I came across a concept that may do some bridge-building between those supportive of GMO technology and those opposed to it: open source seeds. I’ve wondered for quite some time if adding some transparency, and taking the the proprietary aspects out of, genetic modification…
  • How to Build a Keyhole Garden

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m a big fan of raised bed gardening approaches: I really don’t want to do a ton of digging, and, as an urban homeowner, I need to maximize the space I have. So I was intrigued when I ran across this post on the keyhole garden, a raised-bed style of gardening that originated in Africa. The plan below provided by a reader at The Homesteading Boards is intriguing (though also expensive, as he mentions). Make sure to click through to appropedia’s page on the keyhole garden, and watch the videos available: you may get some ideas for simpler and less expensive approaches. If you…
  • Custom Snowboards Made from “Right in Our Back Yard” Wood: Empire Grown

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    15 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    I’ve become really tired of the word “artisan” (or “artisanal”) on products: as far as I can see, it generally means “expensive.” I rarely see that such products involve the kind of loving, caring creativity undertaken by a true artisan.  What do I associate with that word? A deep level of knowledge of the materials and processes involved in creating a product. A dedication to small-scale production that allows the creator to assess the quality of each individual product. A personal connection with the customers who purchase the product (and those…
  • How to Build a Wind Turbine for $30

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Renewable energy = high upfront costs… right? Yes, if you’re paying someone else to put your system together for you. Now, that seems like kind of a no-brainer for most of us: I certainly don’t feel like I know enough to build my own solar panel array or wind turbine. But folks like Marcin Jakubowski of Open Source Ecology, and Daniel Connell, who created the Solarflower, think that an awful lot of us can build relatively sophisticated technology on our own… if we have the right instructions, and if the materials and tools required are easily available. Both of these…
  • World Wind Power Poised to Bounce Back after Slowing in 2013

    Earth Policy Institute
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    By J. Matthew Roney At the end of 2013, the wind farms installed in more than 85 countries had a combined generating capacity of 318,000 megawatts, which would be enough to meet the residential electricity needs of the European Union’s 506 million people. New data from the Global Wind Energy Council show that wind developers built 35,000 megawatts of new generating capacity worldwide in 2013. This was down from 45,000 megawatts installed in 2012—marking only the second time in 25 years that installed capacity increased by less than it did the year before. The principal reason for the…
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  • Greenify your Wardrobe

    Rob
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Let’s first define what a green wardrobe is. Basically, it’s not just about the hue, but it’s about the content of the wardrobe. A green or eco-friendly wardrobe is one that contains enough clothing or recycled fabric pieces or apparels bought from eco-friendly shops and designers. A green wardrobe is one that is made out of sustainable materials and sound labor practices. In other words, eco-friendliness is not limited to the installation of solar panels or the unplugging of unused appliances or the consumption of organic foods. Eco-friendliness runs in the fashion industry, too, so…
  • The Best Manufacturers of Green Toys

    Rob
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Parents will want to keep their children at bay from diseases as much as possible. While giving them organic foods and vitamins and supplements are two proven ways to boost their health, giving them green toys is another way to make sure that they’re not at risk from the toxic chemicals, specifically lead, BPA, and phthalates, used in most toys these days. While plastic-made toys are cheap and very accessible, they aren’t the best choice because they contain chemical compounds that are found to trigger cancer, asthma, and other degenerative and respiratory ailments. Don’t wait for your…
  • How to Have Eco-friendly Play Sets for Kids

    Rob
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Children from any age need toys to help them develop socially, mentally, and physically. Toys can also aid in their emotional progress as well as communication skills. Because some parents deem toys as an irrelevant material that bore kids in the future, they give just about any toy to their children, specifically the cheap options. Sad to say, most cheap toys are made of plastics and non-sustainable materials that are not only short-lived, but also risky to children’s health because of the toxic materials that they may contain. Therefore, it is imperative that parents should start seeing…
  • Are You Raising a Thrifty and Eco-friendly Child

    Rob
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    One of the many values that we can teach our children is the art of saving. Saving does not only mean setting aside enough money for future use. Saving also means being eco-friendly and green. For example, buying LED light bulbs is a good tip to save energy than buying cheap incandescent light bulbs. Why? It has been known and proven that LED bulbs are more durable, more lasting, and more energy-efficient. It stays cool to the touch and the energy it consumes is all converted to light up an area. Despite its steep price compared to regular light bulbs, LED bulbs can save you on your utility…
  • Alarming Sugar Levels in Low Fat Foods

    Rob
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Before the trend on organic foods, organic gardening, and even organic clothing create a stir in the market, we were already introduced to low fat foods, which is dubbed to be the better alternative to fatty foods. Fatty foods have always been touted as the culprit to almost all generative diseases you could ever imagine. Awareness to the negative effects of fatty foods to our body led to the significance of low fat foods in our daily diet. Everybody actually rejoiced when low fat food choices have increased. Sadly, analysis made by the Telegraph shows that most low fat foods actually contain…
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  • China's coal boom is slowing — that's huge deal for climate change

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Vox: How much global warming will we get in the future? That largely depends on how much extra carbon-dioxide humans put in the atmosphere. And that -- in large part -- hinges on how much coal China ends up burning in the years ahead. China has been growing rapidly -- and with 1.3 billion people, it needs a staggering amount of energy. Currently, 65 percent of that energy comes from coal, the most carbon-intensive of all fossil fuels. That's a huge deal: Over the last decade, fully half of the global...
  • One-fifth of China’s farmland polluted

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Blue and Green: As much as 16% of China’s soil is contaminated by dangerous pollutants, according to newly released information from the national environment ministry. The report, based on a seven-year survey covering 2.4 million square miles, found that about 16% of the country`s soil and 19% of its arable land was polluted. Some 82.8% of the contaminated samples contained toxic inorganic pollutants, such as nickel, mercury, arsenic, and lead. The report said it was certain that agricultural production...
  • European Parliament backs clamp down on plastic bags

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    Blue and Green: The European Parliament has backed draft rules that would see EU countries forced to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags. MEPs argue that plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem that is known to pollute bodies of water and impact on eco-systems. If approved, member states would have to reduce their use of plastic bags by 50% by 2017 and by 80% by 2019. In 2010, every EU citizen is estimated to have used 198 plastic carrier bags, of which 90% were...
  • High Tech Tackles Global Warming

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Dissident Voice: Human-caused climate change may already be out of control, as suggested in recent reports by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), confirming that a “tipping point” may already have arrived (1) with warming of the Arctic and (2) with excessive levels of CO2 causing acidification in the ocean, thereby threatening the existence of both human and marine life. Likewise, it is common knowledge that fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) cause these problems. This, therefore,...
  • Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:37 am
    Reuters: Four years after the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil is still washing up on the long sandy beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and some islanders are fed up with hearing from BP that the crisis is over. Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses on stilts, says he has not found a single oyster alive in his leases in the area since the leak and relies on an onshore oyster nursery to make a living. He and others in the southern U.S. state say compensation...
 
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  • NASA Just Found the Most Earth-Like Planet Yet

    Ben Dreyfuss
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Hello. Good day. NASA just announced that astronomers have discovered the most Earth-like planet yet. Kepler-186f is the first Goldilocks planet—not too hot for water, not too cold for water—ever identified that is roughly the same size as Earth. (It's a bit larger.) So, is there life on that planet? It hasn't been disqualified yet. So, maybe! But probably not. But maybe! But almost certainly not. But maybe! And even if there's not its mere existence means there are very likely more planets like it out there, meaning Earth is maybe not necessarily unique, meaning life is maybe not…
  • No, the "Blood Moon" Does Not Mean the World Is Ending

    Ben Dreyfuss
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Why is this night different from all other nights? Tonight the clouds will part, the heavens will open, the stars will shine, and the moon will bleed. Groovy! The blood moon, a deliciously named full lunar eclipse rendering the moon red, will be visible in the skies above North America around 2 a.m. Eastern time. In the olden days the sudden appearance of a big red bloody moon probably sent people into a panic. Terrified, they probably ran around screaming, "Help me! Help me! My God, the moon has turned red! The moon has turned red! We're all going to die!" But then the moon would…
  • Will Colbert Use "The Late Show" To Save the World?

    James West
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Jumping from his niche cable show on Comedy Central to a plum CBS slot will roughly triple Stephen Colbert's national television audience. So when he takes over David Letterman's late night show next year, we at Climate Desk be tracking one thing in particular with great interest: Will he bring his astute political satire about global warming to an even bigger audience? None of the current late night barons—Kimmel, Fallon, Ferguson among them—are especially notable for speaking out about climate change, though they occasionally work it into the odd…
  • Watch Harrison Ford Fight Climate Change In a Fighter Jet

    Tim McDonnell
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Any film that opens with Harrison Ford buckling into a fighter jet for the sake of science can't be all bad. Especially when that's followed by Don Cheadle tromping through Texas cow country, followed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman strapping on a flak jacket and pushing into the heart of Syria's civil war. It's almost enough to make you forget you're watching a show about climate change. But in fact, the new Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously is about just that, traversing the warming globe alongside an A-List cast that, as the season progresses, will include Matt Damon,…
  • Residents Displaced by Massive Sinkhole Reach $48 Million Settlement With Mining Company

    Tim Murphy
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Twenty months after a 30-acre sinkhole opened up in the swamp behind their community, Bayou Corne, Louisiana, residents reached a $48 million settlement with the salt-mining company Texas Brine. Geologists say the company's collapsed storage caverns likely triggered the environmental catastrophe and the series of small earthquakes that accompanied it. The class-action lawsuit, filed by the 90 homeowners who hadn't taken buyout offers from the company, was scheduled to go to trial next week. Residents of the community of 300 have been under a mandatory evacuation order since August of 2012…
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  • April 20

    dailynews
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April 20, 1812: A group of up to 1,000 Luddites were driven back as they attacked a mill in Nottingham, England. The Luddites believed that the Industrial Revolution, particularly the mechanization of textile mills, would ruin the way of life for English peasants.  
  • April 19

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  • Why it's smart to travel in groups

    lmoss
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Belgian transportation company De Lijn commissioned these adorable animated ads in 2010, touting the importance of traveling in groups — meaning taking public transportation.   We think they're relevant to the current conversation about how we get places. Enjoy!    
  • Take a stroll beneath these 9 natural tree tunnels

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    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • April 18

    dailynews
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April 18, 1906: The San Francisco Earthquake causes the destruction of most of the growing city. The quake's damage is considerable, but far worse is the impact of fires caused by severed gas lines and haphazard emergency response.  
 
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  • Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

    Jeff St. John
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels -- even if that’s one very accurate way to describe what it packages up into a closet-sized, UL-certified form. Instead, he’d like you to consider the Solar Integration System as an energy manager for the modern, solar-PV-equipped home -- and, importantly, one that utilities see as an asset, not a threat. “We’re very utility-centric,” Munson said in a March…
  • Green Jobs: Executive Moves at Schneider, KACO, Vivint, OneRoof, Hanwha, Greensmith, JA Solar

    Eric Wesoff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Schneider Electric appointed Laurent Vernerey as president and CEO of its North America operations. Vernerey has been with Schneider for 28 years and worked his way up from plant manager to lead the company’s $8 billion North American line of business. Schneider has more than 150,000 employees and had sales of $31 billion in 2013.  KACO New Energy, a PV inverter manufacturer, named Jurgen Krehnke, previously president and GM of SMA America, as its new CEO for the Americas. Krehnke is currently a board member with the Solar Electric Power Association. KACO is hiring in its San…
  • Slideshow: How to Really Disrupt the Retail Energy Market With Solar

    Eric Wesoff
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Shayle Kann, SVP of Research at GTM, presented on solar's disruption of the wholesale energy market in Germany and the U.S. at the kickoff of the GTM Solar Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. It's an important presentation, and you can view it here. But the next section of his presentation really connects the dots between the growth in solar and DG and the looming existential threat to utilities. How to disrupt a retail energy market Step one for disruption is to install a lot of solar. The following slide shows the phenomenal growth in residential and commercial solar, along with the 1.9…
  • Loan Guarantees Are Back: DOE Targets ‘Catalytic’ Grid Integration Technology

    Stephen Lacey
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Three years after the Department of Energy issued its last loan guarantee to a renewable energy project, the program is officially back in action. Ending a long hiatus, the DOE indicated in February that it would finally use the remaining $1.5 billion allocated by Congress for loans to clean energy project developers. Today, the department is announcing the first public step in that process: a solicitation for developers of battery storage, microgrids, efficiency and waste-to-energy projects that will "catalyze" the market. "We are looking at how we get the same type of impact in other…
  • Pulse Energy Scores a New Contract for Commercial Behavioral Efficiency

    Katherine Tweed
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    British Gas has chosen Canadian startup Pulse Energy to provide energy efficiency reports to its 900,000 commercial customers in a three-year, multi-million-dollar deal. Pulse Energy is similar to Opower in that it provides energy reports to utility customers based on analytics and behavioral psychology. Unlike Opower, it does not come from the residential market, but has always been squarely focused on the commercial sector. Its platform has tailored products for larger commercial clients, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. The privately funded energy intelligence company has been…
 
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  • Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion?

    Travis Noland
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Could the arrival of Storefront's pop-up shop finally bridge the gap between small brand and conscious consumer?The post Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion? appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • General Mills Issues Its 2014 Global Responsibility Report

    RP Siegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    General Mills just issued its 2014 Global Responsibility Report. I received an advanced review copy and spoke with Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch to get his perspective.The post General Mills Issues Its 2014 Global Responsibility Report appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike?

    Lauren Zanolli
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Citibank's namesake bike-share program is about to hit the skids and is struggling to attract new sponsors. Should the bank pony up some more cash?The post Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike? appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • EPA Data Shows U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    The EPA’s recently released inventory shows that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.The post EPA Data Shows U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012 appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • ‘Netflix for Legos’ Is More Than Mere Child’s ‘Pley’ in the Sharing Economy

    Alexis Petru
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Toddlers and preschoolers exchanging toys through the sharing economy – no, it’s not a scene from Portlandia’s recent sketch spoofing collaborative consumption, but the idea behind a startup that rents out Lego sets to kids and other fans of the iconic plastic bricks. Billed as a “Netflix for Legos,” Pley ships its members a new-to-them Lego set, lets them play with it as long they like and sends customers another set once the previous toys returned.The post ‘Netflix for Legos’ Is More Than Mere Child’s ‘Pley’ in the Sharing Economy appeared first on Triple…
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  • 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…
  • Get Outside, Get Physical and Fundraise as a Family for Your Favorite Org

    Christine Escobar
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Muddy Cheer Challenge is coming to the Chicagoland area this summer on June 28 and 29 in Wilmington, IL. It's a fun way to get the whole family involved in charitable giving while having a great time in the great outdoors. All ages are welcome.  Here's how it works:  Sign up as a "host group". For every runner that signs up under your name (at any location), Muddy Cheer Challenge will give you back a portion of the registration fee.  Muddy Cheer Challenge will donate to your group $15.00 per every adult runner (13 and over) and $10.00 per…
  • EarthTalk: Is a Smart Thermostat Worth the Investment?

    Christine Escobar
    22 Jan 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Will I really be able to save money and energy in the long run by shelling out hundreds of dollars now for a so-called “smart” thermostat?-- Bill Cone, Aptos, CA Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang “smart” variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small investments a homeowner can make, given the potential for energy and cost savings down the line. The coolest of the bunch of new smart thermostats, the Nest, was created by former Apple employees who had been instrumental in…
  • KidSnips: The Fun, Family Salon

    Christine Escobar
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:12 am
    Editor's note: This is a featured sponsored post. However all opinions are the author's own. Leave it to moms to create an easy, effective method of getting an uncooperative child to do something necessary. A child's first haircut ranks pretty high up on the list of parenting milestones. Whether your baby was born with a full head of hair (like mine or bald and beautiful, at some point, they will need a haircut. What's worse to babies and toddlers than a stranger wielding a strange object near them? Not much else. Enter KidSnips: one of the pioneering kid friendly salons in…
 
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  • Bike Reviews 2014: Cannondale, Santa Cruz, & Specialized

    Max Gladwell
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    The 2014 bike review season is kicking off at Max Gladwell. We’ll be starting with three spectacular rides, one each in the categories of cyclocross, enduro, and electric. Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc Black Inc. “With its BallisTec carbon construction and SAVE Stays, the SuperX is lighter than most road bikes, unmatched in stiffness-to-weight and smoother than a belgian beer. Nothing will accelerate faster, corner harder or be easier to shoulder than the SuperX.” Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon “Two decades of evolution at Santa Cruz brought us here. An entirely new frame,…
  • The Year of the Instagram Strategy

    Max Gladwell
    14 Nov 2013 | 10:27 am
    Or… How marketers should approach the Instagram channel in 2014 Instagram recently announced it has more than 150 million monthly active users worldwide. Not only is the total number impressive, but it means Instagram is growing at a rate of more than 100 million new users per year, as the social network added 50 million of them in the past six months. Managing the Instagram channel is no longer optional. It has become a strategic imperative for any brand or small business, and the urgency grows daily along with its user base. More than anything, Instagram presents an unparalleled…
  • SoLoMo: The New Way to Understand Location

    Max Gladwell
    12 Jan 2012 | 1:49 pm
    As the technology space evolves, so does the terminology In 2009, we added the term “geolocation” to this blog as one of its primary topics. We marked this with a post stating that geolocation would be a major trend in 2010. This echoed much of what other blogs were writing at the time. Geolocation was the buzz term. We followed up several months later with one one of our distributed blog posts entitled “10 Ways Geolocation is Changing the World.” It’s about this time, however, that the terminology shifted and we began to refer to this as location-based services…
  • The SoLoMo Manifesto: Social + Local + Mobile

    Max Gladwell
    6 Jan 2012 | 9:43 am
    The SoLoMo Manifesto: Just About Everything Marketers Need to Know about the Convergence of Social, Local, and Mobile We invite you to download the most recent whitepaper from MomentFeed: The SoLoMo Manifesto  The SoLoMo Manifesto explores the mega-markets of social, local, and mobile as a cohesive ecosystem of marketing technologies. Driven by the rapid adoption of smartphones and the global network of connected consumers, the SoLoMo space can be uniquely understood through MomentFeed’s “Location-Based Engagement Stack.” This is the central premise to the paper and…
  • Take Green Marketing to the Next Level with Geolocation & Location Aware Content

    lornali
    28 Jan 2011 | 4:30 am
    Guest post by Lorna Li, founder of a green marketing blog for green entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs. Visit Green Marketing 2.0 for more great tips on how to use social media for green business. A new tool allows green business owners to take their marketing to the next level – geolocation. This inexpensive marketing medium allows green business owners to not only attract more customers, but also to learn more about current customers. What is Geolocation? Geolocation software has a variety of applications for small business owners. The most popular geolocation software is available in…
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  • Eco Friendly Property Management Company

    admin
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:28 am
    If your asking yourself ” What is a eco friendly property management company?” well the answer to that one is Property Management Beverly Hills. This is one of the very few existing companies that practices the eco friendly business practices. When a company does this they leave a very little foot print when they are working in the office. This means recycling all paper in the office and running some services with solar power. You would think in the year 2014 more companies would adapt to operating a business that uses as many natural resources as possible. When showing properties…
  • Eco Friendly Home Tips

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    So if you into being “green”–so much so that you want to have an Eco friendly home then you are in luck. Here we will discuss what you are dealing with and what your chances are realistically for buying that home so you can make an educated choice. How much to pay for this? Well, you will be told a lot of things from the get go. First you will be told it is a bloody fortune and to forget a green house unless you want to spend 1.6 million as they do in California. Then you will be told that there are a lot of little kits and such to get the home turned into green as you want it that…
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    31 Jan 2014 | 8:30 am
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  • Why Buy Internet promotion services to sell Houses?

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    11 Mar 2013 | 10:15 am
    You will find a lots of explanations why to purchase seo to sell houses makes sense. Selling real estate is exceedingly difficult specially in the fx. The countless qualities that happen to be already on purchase also ensure it is a hardship on property proprietors to offload their qualities. Fortunately that advertising qualities online has the ability to change every one of these. Unlike other kinds of advertising, the web provides for a more interactive platform which helps retailers and purchasers to schedule an appointment ease. Offers and counteroffers can be created easily. Prospective…
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  • Ecocentric Mom Box Review

    Diane MacEachern
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
     My Ecocentric Mom Box is always full of an interesting and surprising array of product options I never knew existed. Here's what I discovered in the March/April box: For your body:Bach Original Flower Remedies - Bach has distilled 38 flower and plant essences into concentrated clear liquids, each of which is reputed to help deal with some kind of stress. My box contained a bottle of the essence of elm. It smells good enough to use as a perfume, though the recommended application is on the tongue. Treefort Naturals Comfrey Salve - My hands always seem to be on the dry side. This…
  • The Nest Thermostat Can Help Build Your Nest Egg by Saving You Energy & Money

    Diane MacEachern
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    We've long been advocates of programmable thermostats to save you energy and money. But have you heard about the Nest Thermostat? It's called the "learning thermostat" because it actually learns from your own behavior in your home to help you spend less and use less energy. I asked my colleague, general contractor David Glenn, to explain. What is the Nest Thermostat? Thermostats are devices that turn the heat up or down, or the air conditioning up or down, depending on the indoor temperature you want for your home. Usually, you can just turn your thermostat on and adjust the…
  • Follow the LEED: Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of a LEED Certified Home

    Diane MacEachern
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    You've probably heard about something called a LEED Certified Home, but do you actually know what it is? LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. It encourages construction of buildings and, increasingly homes, that use energy as efficiently as possible and meet other environmental standards as well. Why should you as a homeowner care? I asked my colleague and general contractor David Glenn to explain in this guest post. "As a general contractor, I’ve spent years in the construction of…
  • Don't Replace Trans Fats with Conflict Palm Oil. Neither are Healthy For Your Family.

    Diane MacEachern
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    When you read the label on the processed foods you buy at the supermarket, what do you look for? I've mostly been on the hunt for information about calories, sugar and fat content, transfats, and synthetic chemicals like food dyes and preservatives. Rainforest Action Network (RAN), along with Dr. Andrew Weil, an expert in integrative medicine, says we should look at what they call "Conflict Palm Oil" as well. RAN's Ashley Schaeffer Yidliz tells us why in this guest post sponsored by RAN. Conflict Palm Oil is often used to replace artery-clogging trans fats. It makes a…
  • What Can We Learn from UK Businesses, which Waste £7 MILLION Each Day on Energy?

    Diane MacEachern
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    With energy costs continuing to rise, wherever you are in the world, individuals and businesses alike are struggling to save money.  Our disposable income is having to stretch much further; most of us have to make the most of what we have.  Many of us at home have been hit particularly hard, the victims of pay freezes and job losses as businesses and organizations attempt to reduce their overheads and keep their companies afloat.   Nevertheless, businesses are still wasting enormous sums of capital on energy.  In the U.S., it is estimated that just 14% of the…
 
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  • Walgreens Mind the Store: Remove Toxic Chemicals from your shelves!

    Katy
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    After a long day of teaching, I grabbed my 7 year old, and headed to find the only Walgreens in Vermont. “At the corner of healthy and happy” was actually 45 minutes away. Thankfully, my daughter entertained herself by singing songs from Frozen with great emotion. Our job, though, was very serious. We needed to deliver a message to Walgreens to take action about the toxic chemicals in the products they sell. My daughter read the card we were delivering in the back seat. She read (with a little help): “Due to our lax federal laws on toxic chemicals, it’s nearly…
  • Potentially Unsafe Chemicals in Food Threaten Public Health

    Katy
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    (Here is an important guest post from our friends at NRDC about the harmful chemicals in food packaging and the lack of federal legislation to control them. Over 3,000 chemicals in food packaging have never been tested for safety!  Please read and share widely.) Federal protections to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of our foods are woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk, a Natural Resources Defense Council investigation found. The food safety protection system is marred by minimal supervision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, rife with apparent…
  • In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health Threats

    Katy
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    (Guest post by by Naveena Sadasivam  for ProPublica, April 1, 2014, 12:43 p.m.) There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water. How the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection handles those complaints has worsened the already raw and angry divide between fearful residents and the state regulators charged with overseeing the burgeoning gas drilling industry. For instance, the agency’s own manual for dealing…
  • Asbestos Awareness Week 2014

    Katy
    5 Apr 2014 | 7:08 pm
    (Here is an important guest post from the amazing and inspiring Heather Von St. James. Please spread the word about asbestos and share her story widely.) At age 36, just 3 ½ months after giving birth to my first and only daughter, Lily, I was given 15 months to live. It was a diagnosis that absolutely shattered my once perfect world with my brand new baby. In November 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare, deadly cancer. It was malignant pleural mesothelioma. The more I researched this disease, the more hopeless I became. I quickly found out that mesothelioma kills most people within 2 years of…
  • Avoid Conventional Egg Dyes this Easter

    Katy
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    (Here’s a guest post from reader and small business owner, Leah. Using this kit is a great way to vote with your dollars for safer products, reduce exposures to harmful food dyes, and to support a small mom owned business.) A friend recently asked why one would need to buy natural egg dyes. After all, she said, you don’t eat the Easter eggs do you? My answer was two-part. First, yes, our Easter tradition is to eat the hard-boiled eggs after they’ve all been discovered. When you peel the shell the egg inside is also tinted. And two, I said it’s good to remember that we vote with…
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  • BlackFish – Have You Seen It Yet??

    Tiffany
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I recently sat down to watch the movie BlackFish again. It made me just as angry watching it the second time as it did the first time. The first time I watched I had to keep leaving the room because some parts were very upsetting to me. This time I made myself watch it. I cannot believe that Sea World still has patrons. I cannot believe that anyone who has seen this movie and lives in the vicinity of one of these parks has not been going to them and picketing or laying down in the entrance ways to prevent people from entering. The stuff going on in these parks is horrifying. One of the worst…
  • Stinky Pits? Go Primal With Pit Paste

    Tiffany
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Attn: Giveaway the bottom of this post! Deodorant is a hot topic among crunchy, natural, health-minded folks. Conventional deodorant has lots of nasty ingredients and more than one report coming from the scientific community has hinted at a possible link between the nasties in deodorant and beast cancer. Just a quick gander at breast cancer rates and you may soon find yourself freaking out about what kind of deodorant you are using. Think about this tidbit. It is said that it only takes 26 seconds for a body care product to be absorbed into our bloodstream. That should make us very aware of…
  • A Fierce Green Fire – Watch it On Netflix

    Tiffany
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Over the weekend I enjoyed a new movie added to the Netflix lineup recently. It had been a while since I really browsed what they have to offer, thinking I have watched just about every eco documentary on there. I really wanted to spend my Saturday out in the yard and actually I got up at about 6:00 am (hours before anyone else would wake) and headed outside to do just that. One misstep on my back deck though resulted in a horrifying popping sound from my leg and a wave of intense pain. So I spent my weekend on the couch hoping that rest would resolve it (we shall see!) I was so impressed…
  • Did You Win the Kombucha Kit Giveaway??

    Tiffany
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:54 am
    The winner of the Kombucha Kit from GetKombucha has been selected at random. It is Deena from Colorado!! For everyone else use the coupon code naturemoms25 for a $25 virtual gift card, valid through April 15th on a purchase of $150+ on anything in the site, excluding cases of bottled kombucha tea (bottled extracts are def included!) As an even greater incentive, if you purchase within 24 hours of this announcement, in additional to the $25 off, Dave will also include a free gift. Enjoy! http://bit.ly/PbDLG5
  • My Week With the Kia Soul

    Tiffany
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Last week I got to borrow this nifty car for a whole week. This was really my first experience with Kia. Beyond seeing them around the road I only knew them as the company that makes the cute commercials with the dancing hamsters. When the Soul arrived at my house I loved it from the get-go. The color (called Alien) is right up my alley. I pretty much only like cars that are green, yellow, or a vibrant blue. I had a magenta car once but no companies are making cars in that color anymore. :) This one is touted as being a bit greener (as in eco friendly) but I am going to be brutally honest…
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  • 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…
  • In his own time

    Crunchy Domestic Goddess
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:26 pm
    One of the many things I enjoy about unschooling is that my kids get to work on a skill when they are ready, not at an arbitrary time when someone says they should. Up until last summer, my son (who was six at the time) had shown no interest in drawing. This was in stark contrast to my daughter who has loved to draw since she was very young. I wasn’t really concerned about it, but one day when I was at the store I decided to pick up a few pads of drawing paper, crayons and markers to bring home and strew*, if you will. After arriving home with the supplies, I announced to the kids what…
 
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  • Cheapskate Composting

    Christy
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    This upright bin cost approximately $30and fits in a small corner of my yard.If you are curious about composting but are limited by the size of your outdoor space and don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on fancy rotating composting bins, I encourage you to get started now. There is so much plant material available to start you off on your composting journey with the spring garden clean up. Next year you can have your own nutrient rich soil to add to your garden or containers.I live in a suburban area with limited lot sizes. There isn’t a great deal of space for expansive gardens and the…
  • Good to the Last Drop

    Green Bean
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.As my family's garbage output is now officially less than ten percent of the average American's, I feel like I can talk some serious trash. There are tons of ways to taper off your trash: compost, ditch disposables, make your own, buy items with less packaging or better yet don't buy it at all. The list could go on and on but the simplest way is to stretch your resources. In other words, it ain't empty until it's empty.Several weeks ago I lifted the lid on the bathroom waste can only to discover our toothpaste tube lounging amongst the…
  • 11 Reasons You Should Consider Beekeeping

    Heather
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    In which The Parsimonious Princess tries to convince you to become a beekeeper. You know you want to...This month marks the two-year anniversary of my husband and I becoming full-fledged beekeepers. I love telling people that I keep bees - some react with fascination, others think I'm nuts. There's this notion that beekeeping is complicated, scary, and even dangerous. Really, beekeeping is none of those things.  In fact, I'm convinced that just about anyone who cares enough about bees can become a beekeeper.Here are eleven reasons why you should consider beekeeping:1. HONEY!I'll just get…
  • Information Overload

    Mindful Echo
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mindful Echo is overwhelmed.I'm really lucky. I have a circle of friends and acquaintances who care about stuff. Like, really, REALLY care. Whether the "stuff" in question is about education, the arts, social justice, feminism, health, local business, politics, animals, the environment, or beyond, these friends actively engage in supporting their causes and spreading the word.I love checking my email, Facebook, or Twitter and sharing in their passions. I love having an awareness of important issues. I love celebrating our successes. I love knowing that I'm not the only one who is angry. I'm…
  • Environmentalism That is More Than a Slogan

    Amber Strocel
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    The Climate Crusader realizes she has more work to do at home to make her environmentalism more than a family slogan. Yesterday evening my family attended a family dinner at my in-laws' house, about 45 minutes by car from our home. By the time we got home at 8:00pm my five-year-old was asleep in his car seat, and I did my best to get him dressed in pajamas and into bed without disturbing him. As I kissed him goodnight, however, his eyes snapped open and he pointed out that we hadn't brushed his teeth. He glared and me and said, "Not brushing your teeth is bad for the earth."Oral hygiene is…
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  • 5 Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas

    greenandcleanmom
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I loved my wedding. I remember the day like it was yesterday and the months and months I spent planning for it. Every detail meant the world to me. My husband and I talk fondly about our wedding day and the celebration that we had. I even remember crying at midnight when my family started cleaning up. It was over and I felt like I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.5 Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas The post 5 Eco-Friendly and Green Wedding Ideas appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Fun Things to do with Kids on Earth Day

    greenandcleanmom
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    In celebration of Earth Day, here are some fun and engaging activities to do with kids to build their appreciation for nature and help them understand our role in protecting the planet.  There is even an idea for how they can easily create their own video spot to share their personal vision for a better tomorrow. Take a color walk. One of the best ways for kids Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Fun Things to do with Kids on Earth Day The post Fun Things to do with Kids on Earth Day appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Rayovac Virtually Indestructible LED Spotlight Review

    greenandcleanmom
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Children tend to break things. Just the other day my daughter dropped our Xoom tablet and broke it. We went 2 years without a protective case and it withstood several drops and bangs but I should have known that there would be a final drop and a new tablet on our horizon. There tends to be very little built to last nowadays. You buy something Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Rayovac Virtually Indestructible LED Spotlight Review The post Rayovac Virtually Indestructible LED Spotlight Review appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Let’s Enjoy our National Parks this Spring and Summer

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    The sun is shining today and my feet are tapping, anxious for it to warm up a bit so I can hit the pavement t and go for a walk. It’s crazy how many hours I spend inside at my desk and occasionally looking up to catch a bird flying from tree to tree or to notice the shape of a cloud. It’s no wonder Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Let’s Enjoy our National Parks this Spring and Summer The post Let’s Enjoy our National Parks this Spring and Summer appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Packing Some Extra Power into my Smoothie

    greenandcleanmom
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Yesterday I admitted that I packed on a few pounds over the winter. {Hang head in shame!}  Nothing I am proud to admit but I’m not a liar and can hide stuff from anyone so I just felt better putting it out there. With that being said I’m back on the Shaklee 180™ smoothie bandwagon because I know it works for me and I feel Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Packing Some Extra Power into my Smoothie The post Packing Some Extra Power into my Smoothie appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
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  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Bear with me as I share duckling photos... I'm sure there will be an annoyingly high number of them over the next few days...- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
  • Right Now

    Greenstylemom
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
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  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    When this happened 1098 miles into this trip. I can't believe I caught it!Just over 6 months ago I was here
  • Road Trip!

    Greenstylemom
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Took the scenic route to Dallas with stops at White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns NP.Sand AngelMountain goat herd with LOTS of babiesabove cavernsNatural cave entrance "hike"Big RoomPhotos do neither place justice.- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
 
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  • Carbon Monoxide Effects. Deadly But Preventable

    Anna@Green Talk
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    We are constantly bombarded by news of toxins in our food and personal care products.  But there is one deadly toxin in our homes that we should pay special attention to–carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas.  According to the Center of Disease Control, 400 people die and more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room  every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. What are carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms? “Low levels of carbon monoxide poisoning cause symptoms similar to those of the flu or a cold, including shortness of breath on mild exertion, mild headaches, and…
  • Sustainable Fitness: more than long-term exercise

    Anna@Green Talk
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    What is fitness? The most common definition of fitness used today comes from the medical world. It is defined as a human’s state of physical health as a result of proper nutrition and exercise. Given this definition, a fit person would have excellent endurance, cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility. A body builder, figure competitor, marathon runner or professional athlete would, by this definition of fitness, fall into being the fittest individuals on the planet.   In ecological terms, the concept of fitness is much broader. The term is loosely defined as the ability…
  • Volatile Organic Compounds: Harmful in Our Home. Learn to Choose Better.

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:34 pm
    During this Earth Day month, Green Sisterhood is focusing on a healthier Planet.  I believe a healthier planet starts in the  home.   Reducing your exposure to volatile organic compounds swarming throughout your house  is one of the first steps to a healthier house. What are volatile organic compounds?   They are carbon containing compounds that “evaporate  easily from water into air at normal air temperatures.” High VOC concentrations can cause eye and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the liver and nervous system as well as cancer.   Indoor concentrations of VOCs…
  • 5 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds for the Garden

    Anna@Green Talk
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    I love coffee grounds and have been using them for years in the garden.  In fact, Starbucks became my best friend since they supply me with old coffee grounds.  So, over the years, I have used coffee grounds for the garden  in a variety of ways with some mishaps.    My favorite uses are as follows with some warnings. Read on. Using Coffee Grounds for the Garden #1 Worms Love Coffee Grounds If you vermicompost give your worms coffee grounds.  Coffee grounds to worms are like chocolate to us. Even if you don’t vermicompost,  still put coffee grounds in your composter.  Worms will…
  • 15 Ways to Recycle or Repurpose Your Underwear

    Anna@Green Talk
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    I don’t know about you but I wear my underwear until it falls apart.  But then what? Pitch it?  Or perhaps, your underwear has lost its elasticity or you just don’t wear it anymore?  Again, pitch or save?  If you are a greenie like me, you can’t bear to throw anything away to rot in a landfill. So, here are some ideas of how to recycle or repurpose your underwear. Seriously.  I am not joking. 15 Ways to Recycle or Repurpose Your Underwear. 1.  Make a Quilt:  Use colorful boxers for quilt squares.  Little boy to pre-teen GAP boxers are adorable. I have contemplated…
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  • Standardized Testing: Healthy Ways to Prepare Your Kids

    Micaela
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
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  • How to Brew a Green & Healthy Cup of Tea {Giveaway!}

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    9 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
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  • Rethink Your Deodorant

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    7 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
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  • Slow Down & Get Dirty with This Book Was A Tree

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    2 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
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  • Good Reasons To Get Your Gluten Free On

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    25 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
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  • Candle Holder Recycles Your Candle Wax for You

    Becky Striepe
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    How cool is this candle holder that recycles its own wax by design? The Rekindle Candle is a patent-pending candle holder that diverts melted candle wax into an area with extra wick, so it can be used again. In a Grist interview with Benjamin Shine, the candlestick's designer, he said: How long it lasts, Shine says, depends on the specific candle — some burn faster, some are drippier — but you might be able to reuse the wax as many as five times. That's a lot of recovered wax! The Rekindle Candle isn't available for sale yet, but keep an eye on Shine's blog to see when it's going to be up…
  • Spotted: DIY Easter Basket from an Old Paper Grocery Bag

    Becky Striepe
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want an alternative to a store-bought, plastic Easter basket? Here's a simple way to make your own using an old paper grocery bag. Lia Griffith uses a simple paper weaving technique to make an upcycled DIY Easter basket from a paper bag. Pretty much any brown craft paper will do the trick. If you order anything on Amazon, that brown packing paper that they use would also work well for this project. Combine this cute, upcycled Easter basket with some home-grown Easter grass, and you're on the way to a low-impact Easter that saves money and natural resources! It only takes a few simple craft…
  • Keeping Calm: Five Ways to Quickly Relax

    Andrea Devon Bertoli
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'd like to think I normally have a handle on my work-life balance, but my new job has been keeping me extra busy with  travel, weekend events and daily work. Needless to say, it's been a bit draining. When I was chatting with some friends a few days ago about the the new busy work-life that I have created, my friend shared some of her simple tricks that help her relax and create a few minutes of quiet time in a busy day. I loved all of them, and have begun using them already! Not only do these little tips immediately calm you in stressful situation, they also give you an important…
  • 5 DIY Moss Decor Ideas

    Becky Striepe
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You know that we love adding a bit of green anywhere we can in our space, and these simple moss decor ideas are a great way to bring a little bit of the outdoors in. Moss is easy to keep alive and does well in low light, which makes it a perfect plant to bring indoors. Caring for live moss decor is a lot like caring for a terrarium. I was able to keep a terrarium thriving for years while killing countless plants in my garden, so you know this stuff is easy to maintain. Just like with a moss terrarium, you just want to mist your moss decor with water every few weeks to keep it happy. 5 DIY…
  • Spotted: How to Grow Your Own Easter Grass

    Becky Striepe
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Give plastic Easter grass the boot! Learn how to grow your own Easter grass! Conventional Easter grass is the pits. That low-quality shredded plastic isn't recyclable, so it just sits in the landfill leaching toxins into the soil and groundwater. That doesn't feel like something that's in the spirit of Easter at all, does it? If you want to grow you own Easter grass, you should get on it as soon as possible. It takes about two weeks to grow, so you can just make it if you start this week! The secret? Wheat seeds! Yep, we're basically growing wheat grass. How fun, right? You'll want to choose…
 
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  • Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses

    Alice Benny
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Good Travel insurance may assist you in covering any financial losses or medical expenses that might occur during your trip. Also, having travel insurance is regarded as the ideal protection for individuals traveling overseas or domestically. However, there are certain … Continue reading → The post Good Travel Insurance Should Cover Financial Loss or Medical Expenses appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know

    Alice Benny
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Cars using electricity instead of petroleum is definitely an attractive invention. Though the presence of electric cars has been there since many years now, people are still concerned about deciding whether they should go for it and buying electric cars … Continue reading → The post Buying Electric Cars: Pros and Cons of Electric Cars You Should Know appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis

    Alice Benny
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Cognitive Testing ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder receives much discussion and scrutiny. The use of medication to treat ADHD in children probably receives the most attention in the realm of this sensitive subject. Perhaps the second aspect of the condition, … Continue reading → The post Cognitive Testing ADHD Offers Level of Reliability in Diagnosis appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home

    Alice Benny
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Travelling is a big part of our lives these days, accounting for around 40% of Australia’s household greenhouse gas emissions (data from http://climatechange.gov.au/climate-change). Air travel in particular contributes large amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide plus the processing and … Continue reading → The post Reduce your travel footprint by holidaying closer to home appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost

    Alice Benny
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:22 am
    Recycled Glass Countertops Cost Guide: The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you spend most of your time making lovely meals for your family and anyone who uses the kitchen frequently understands how … Continue reading → The post How to Beautify your Kitchen with Recycled Glass Countertops Cost appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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  • Old Time Style in a Modern World- Edison Bulb Wax Warmer

    Monica Brady
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Scented wax warmers are all the rage right now. You can find them from many different companies, in many different styles. Some are supporting your favorite sports teams, and others have words of encouragement, or animals. Most often, you’ll find them in solid ceramic so minimal light comes out of them… They’re hiding the lightbulb inside, because why show off something no one really wants to see? All of that is changing with the new Edison Bulb Wax Warmer from ScentSationals at Walmart. Their distinct line of Edison Wax Warmers is inspired by vintage light created by the…
  • A Must Have for Emergency Kits: Rayovac’s Virtually Indestructible Spotlight

    Monica Brady
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Summer is almost here, and we are getting ourselves prepared for Hurricane season. As much as I really hate to think about the possibilities of a storm hitting us, I know that there’s always a chance, living in coastal North Carolina. While we don’t anticipate any flooding or anything too crazy, you can never be TOO prepared for an outrageous situation. We look for a lot of water proof, or water resistant items that we can put in our emergency kits. We also like flashlights that are as bright as possible. We live away from the city, so if there were to be any sort of power…
  • Whiter Teeth in Just 2 Days?

    Monica Brady
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Colgate is launching a one of a kind toothbrush with built in whitening pen that will deliver whitening beyond surface stains! The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen promises Whiter Teeth in 2 days, and since it’s all built in to the toothbrush, it’s easy to use twice daily! The new Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen provides effective whitening, affordability, AND convenience…all from one product. I let my hubby test it out to see what he thought about it. Here’s what he says about his experience: I recently tried the…
  • DIY- No Boil Easter Eggs!

    Monica Brady
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Ok, one of the reasons we use plastic eggs instead of real ones is because  A: they’re totally reusable (when we can find them the next year) and B: they don’t require any boiling and cooling, etc, and C: there’s absolutely no worries if we don’t find one when it comes to rotting, and stinking. This year, Walmart has a great solution to all of these issues with the Plastic Decorating Eggs. These eggs look like real eggs, but they’re not! They even work like real eggs, when it comes to decorating and dyeing them. You won’t waste money on food,…
  • DIY Craft: Awesome Easter Wreath

    Monica Brady
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    I love making wreaths! They seem to be one of the easiest ways to add some festiveness to your home. Wreaths can be big or small, and totally ornate, or very simple. Most of mine have to be a little bit on the smaller side to fit my door. I have a shelf right below my windows, which really doesn’t make sense to me, but it’s there, so I have to work around it. For Easter this year, I finally made a wreath that I’ve been wanting to make for a very long time. It was very simple to make, and looks great on our front door. I got all of my supplies from my local Walmart store, and…
 
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  • THE “i-KNIT”GENERATION

    Veshengro
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Forget the iPad and games console. Knitting is the latest craze amongst school children. Traditional craft that dates back to the Middle Ages is the latest form of playground ‘ravelry’ Knitting clubs common place in schools by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Two joysticks, a long cord and intense concentration are generally associated with games consoles, but now a much older technology is seeing a resurgence in school playgrounds. Knitting, more commonly associated with the middle-aged and senior citizens, is enjoying a resurgence of popularity amongst school children. A new poll of parents…
  • Make your own BPA-free reusable water bottle

    Veshengro
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What do you mean? I can hear you think and ask. How can I make my own reusable water bottle? Simple, I tell you, and it will not cost you a cent. The only true and guaranteed BPA-free reusable water bottle is made but from one substance, namely glass, and you can easily make your own. No, not glass or the bottle by blowing your own glass bottle and all that jazz. That is complicated and requires a great deal of skill. We are talking here reuse of what you would, otherwise, toss into the recycling bin. Yes, that Snapple® bottle that you are just about to toss,…
  • Keir Hardie and the Labour Party of today

    Veshengro
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Keir Hardie was a socialist of the old school and founder of the Labour Party, however not of the kind that we know today and this can be seen from address of his below. “I shall not weary you by repeating the tale of how public opinion has changed during those twenty-one years. But, as an example, I may recall the fact that in those days, and for many years thereafter, it was tenaciously upheld by the public authorities, here and elsewhere, that it was an offense against laws of nature and ruinous to the State for public authorities to provide food for starving…
  • Jimmy Carter entrusts secrets to snail mail: NSA might monitor his email

    Veshengro
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Former American president is aware his emails could be monitored by US intelligence agencies excessively “liberalized” under President Obama so he prefers to send letters via ‘snail mail’ to ensure the privacy of correspondence. In an interview with the NBC TV channel Jimmy Carter said he does not trust electronic communications because they could be monitored. “When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately,” Carter said, “I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it”. And I think that we all can take a leaf…
  • deliberateLIFE Magazine Issue #5 – Review

    Veshengro
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) deliberateLIFE Magazine is now one year old – so let's say Happy Birthday – and issue #5 has just hit the iPad screens and others, so to speak, and this is yet another great issue. The reader will, once again, find well written articles on living more deliberately, especially in the city, and how to reduce his or her environmental footprint, and much more. My favorite pieces in this issue are “Tips to conserve water” on page 12; “The L.A. Kitchen” on page 21; the ones in the section entitle “Work” and “Venture into slow living” and…
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    Solar Feeds

  • In Focus: The Honda Smart Home

    SolarFeeds
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Although Honda is a company that is best known for their cars and motorcycles, the ... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • Quantum Dots = Efficient Solar Windows

    SolarFeeds
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks ... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • Smart Highways Have Arrived

    SolarFeeds
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    It might look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but a Dutch engineering firm ... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • The “‘How Solar Users Think’” Study

    SolarFeeds
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining ... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
  • The BMW Concept X5 eDrive

    SolarFeeds
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    BMW is using the New York International Auto Show 2014 to present the BMW Concept X5 ... go to solarfeeds for the rest of this story>>>>>
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    Green Your Decor

  • 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 master bedroom since she was born, I was in no real rush to finish it. This newbie breastfeeding mama had more important things to worry about. Click the link to read more about that over at Green & Gorgeous. Anyway, now that Juliza is starting to sleep for much longer stretches at night and going…
  • Join Seventh Generation’s Fight Against Toxic Chemicals

    jennae
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:01 pm
    We’re hit with 300 toxins before we’re even born! 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 bring into my home and around my children. And while I fully admit that I don’t always have the time or the money to buy everything green, I absolutely do so when I can. So if families like ours can change their habits, why can’t the…
  • Green Cleaning Your Floors: Carpet, Hardwood & Linoleum

    Guest
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    It’s unfortunate, but the floor of your home always takes the brunt of what your family can throw at it. The kids tracking in that rainy day mud you asked them to stay out of; the dog rolling around on the carpet after taking a dip in the river; perhaps a rowdy book club meeting with the gals amounted to spilled red wine. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that the floors are always the victim and never the victor. With the arrival of spring comes the impending frenzy of sporadic cleaning, otherwise known as Spring Cleaning, a time where everything from floor to ceiling receives a…
  • Use Light to Banish the Bathroom Blues

    Guest
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    When you go to the bathroom, you want to walk out feeling refreshed. That’s hard to do when the room is dark and dingy. What you need is a lighting makeover. You need a bright, invigorating bathroom – especially if you take showers in the morning. The whole point of a morning shower is to motivate you to stay awake, right? Here’s how to make your bathroom brighter with a few simple tips. Use LED Lights LED lighting is both energy efficient and very bright. It’s not all that cheap, but you can get a lot out of a little, and you don’t always have to use regular bulbs.
  • Make DIY Size Separators for Baby’s Closet

    jennae
    31 Jan 2014 | 2:48 pm
    I wish I could say that adding a baby to the family didn’t bring back some of my former shopping habits, but alas, it has. There’s little in this world in which I take more pleasure than dressing up my little girl, and I admit I’m enjoying this even more because my older daughter is at the age where she is choosing her own clothes. So in addition to the newborn clothes that little Juliza can wear right now, I’ve been buying clothes in sizes all the way up to 3T — particularly when I can get them on seasonal clearance. However, that has led to a closet rack full…
 
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  • Brothers Turn an Abandoned Grain Silo Into a Cabin

    Christine Walsh
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Brothers Rehan and Josh Nana recently converted an old, disused grain silo into a quaint cabin. The silo was located on their family’s farmland in Missouri, so the new structure is in no way out of place in its surroundings. One of the primary reasons they opted to complete this conversion was the desire to repurpose something that would otherwise be left to rot and rust. They were helped in making their idea become a reality by architect Kyle Davis of Blue Earth Projects. The silo-turned-cabin is located a few hours’ drive from the brother’s main residence, and therefore makes for a…
  • A Home That is Heated and Cooled Organically

    Christine Walsh
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    A team of students at Waseda University in Japan have constructed a prototype for a house that can be heated by composting straw. They dubbed the dwelling the “Recipe for Life” house. Using the heat generating composting process for the purpose of heating a dwelling is not a new idea, but it is definitely one that should be explored further, and perhaps brought closer to the public. The Recipe for Life prototype house is certainly an interesting proposition in that regard. The interior walls of the house are made of acrylic boxes, which are packed with the straw for composting. The…
  • A New Type of Washing Machine Cuts Water Use by 70%

    Christine Walsh
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    One of the biggest drains on freshwater resources is the household washing machine. As reported by the EPA, a washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load on average, while a typical US family uses the washing machine once per day. The UK-based company Xeros has come up with a washing technology that uses 70% less water per washing cycle. This technology also uses a special “bead cleaning” method that is environmentally friendly and apparently cleans dirty clothes even better than regular soap. The Xeros washing machine looks just like a regular front-loading washer. The main…
  • Shipping Container Cabin Powered by a DIY Solar Panel

    Christine Walsh
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Larry used recycled shipping containers to build for himself a self-sustainable, off-the-grid cabin, which he named Taj MaLodge. He wanted the cabin to be more than just a vacation home, though, so he equipped it with all the comforts needed for a longer stay of a year or more. The finished cabin measures 640 square feet, and was built by welding together two 40 foot by 16 foot used shipping containers. The energy needed to power his finished home comes from sunlight, and Larry build an innovative solar panel using cans for the purpose. Larry’s cabin is powered by solar panels, which he…
  • A Unique Tiny Home Built From SIP Panels

    Christine Walsh
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:38 pm
    More and more people are choosing to live frugally, which is why the tiny house movement has grown considerably in recent years. Tiny homes are affordable to build and maintain, highly sustainable, can often be designed and constructed by the owners themselves and, if mounted on a trailer, can literally be moved anywhere across the country. Something like that went through Art’s mind as he designed and built his tiny SIP (structurally insulated panels) Tumbleweed Walden Tiny House. According to Art, building with SIP panels was easy. After he finalized the designs for the house, he then…
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    The Green Parent

  • Will you help me ‘Run Like a Girl?’

    Jenn
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:12 am
    A few months ago, I embarked on a new journey as a coach for Girls on the Run. If you’re not familiar with it, Girls on the Run is an organization that works with girls in grades 3-5 with the ultimate goal of running a 5K. But GOTR is truly more than a running program.  It’s a program that teaches girls about health, fitness, self-esteem, community, and real beauty. And it reminds girls how awesome they are before society, their friends, or that little voice in their head starts telling them otherwise. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I have watched this program…
  • Don’t fall for ‘The Natural Effect’

    Jenn
    11 Feb 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What do you think of when you see the term, ‘natural?’  Healthy?  Organic?  Made from wholesome ingredients? The Google definition for ‘natural,’ is “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.”  So it’s no wonder that millions of Americans are fooled by the word ‘natural’ when they see it on food packaging. But the truth is, that the word ‘natural’ is not regulated on food packaging.  So it could be found on products that contain pesticides, artificial ingredients, genetically modified organisms, or…
  • Music helps kids with cancer connect and cope

    Jenn
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:41 pm
      It’s hard enough being a teenager these days and trying to relate with family and peers.  Throw a cancer diagnosis into the mix and many teens report feeling overwhelmingly isolated, even within their main support group.  Could music videos break down this wall of isolation for teenagers and young adults with cancer?  A new study suggests that they may help teens cope with their illness and stay connected to their loved ones.   Researchers evaluated 113 kids aged 11 to 24 who were being treated for cancer.  Most of them had either leukemia or lymphoma.  All of the…
  • 4 for 40…Mission Accomplished!

    Jenn
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:11 am
    I did it.  I DID IT!! Last year, around this time, as I was heading into my 40th birthday, I set  goal to run four marathons to commemorate my 40th year.  And despite an injury that sidelined me for two months – and forced me to defer entry into one of my planned marathon runs – I am happy to say that I did it.  Last weekend, I ran the Richmond Marathon and made it my fourth marathon of the year! Here’s a quick recap: March 17: Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Virginia Beach, VA.  4:14:54 I got a little cocky when I launched my 4 for 40 goal, so not only did I sign up for…
  • Homeschool was only 1/2 great today

    Jenn
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:45 am
    Hard at work on math problems. I realize that it has been a while since I have blogged.  My world has been a blur of homeschooling and marathons as of late and while I have composed numerous blog posts in my head, none of them seem to actually make it to my keyboard.  In retrospect, the reason for the dearth of blogging seems to be that everything was going so well in both regards that I chose to spend more time enjoying these activities and less time reflecting upon them. But today things went kinda wrong and I feel the need to figure out a change of course.  Not with my running by the…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Wednesday Goodies

    Courtney
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy mid-week! I’ve got a few more cute items to share with you. Though I haven’t tried any of these yet, they have all piqued my interest. Refillable K-Cups Single-serve coffee makers have certainly become the easiest way to have a freshly brewed cup of coffee, made just right. But what about all of those [...]Check out the review @ Wednesday Goodies
  • Garden State Green Fest: Groovy Globe

    Courtney
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Groovy Globe is another earth conscious company that I met at the Garden State Green Fest at Kean University on March 15. Groovy Globe is an eco-company that was started by Candace, who has a 15-year career in promoting businesses and consumer products. She thought using her knowledge would help to benefit other companies too. [...]Check out the review @ Garden State Green Fest: Groovy Globe
  • Daiya Provolone Style Slices

    Courtney
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Traditional provolone is one of those cheeses that I always forget is really so great when melted and super stretchy, I’m definitely a fan. So I was hoping that would help me easily become a fan of Daiya’s provolone style slices, as a great alternative in my sandwiches. Created with similar ingredients to other Daiya [...]Check out the review @ Daiya Provolone Style Slices
  • Garden State Green Fest 2014: Green Eileen

    Courtney
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you missed my recap of the Garden State Green Fest including a Q&A with Ed Begley, Jr and details of his green talk, check it out here. Onward to another great company to feature! After listening to Ed’s talk, there was a good amount of time until the next lecture I was considering attending [...]Check out the review @ Garden State Green Fest 2014: Green Eileen
  • Garden State Green Fest: Q&A with Ed Begley, Jr. and Green Awards

    Courtney
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Upon my arrival to the Garden State Green Fest, held at Kean University I was thrilled to see the awards ceremony occurring, presented by actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. It was fantastic to see citizens being honored here are a few that I found unique: Eight year old Aaron Diament, who raises Monarch butterflies [...]Check out the review @ Garden State Green Fest: Q&A with Ed Begley, Jr. and Green Awards
 
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • Listen Up: What Legal Issues Do Solar Contractors Face?

    The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As in most industries, attorneys are an indispensable part of doing business. We have the usual host of "ordinary course of business" legal issues such as contracts, employment law, financing and M&A. But we also must comply with a blizzard of regulatory and incentives requirements — as well as more specialized transaction issues related to solar leases and PPAs, warranties, insurance, licensing and manufacturing.
  • Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Proving Popular

    Rhone Resch
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    For some parts of the United States, such as Upper Michigan, the winter of 2013-14 was the coldest in recorded history. In Marquette, for example, the average temperature was a tundra-like 7.5 degrees. Well, what if I told you that it’s possible to cut your building’s energy use (in some cases by up to half), while protecting the environment, too?
  • China Solar: New Yingli Fund Evokes Shades of Suntech Failings

    Doug Young
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    I wrote earlier this week about troublesome signs for the solar panel sector’s fledgling recovery after a revenue warning from Trina (NYSE: TSL), and now we’re seeing another worrisome signal with news that Yingli (NYSE: YGE) is launching a new fund to build solar power plants. This kind of scheme looks eerily similar to one that kicked off the dow
  • SolarCity Resumes Storage Applications After California Decision

    Christopher Martin, Bloomberg
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    SolarCity Corp., the largest U.S. solar-power provider by market value, will resume applications to connect energy-storage systems in California after regulators said they’re exempt from utility fees.
  • Examining the Challenges Faced by the CSP Industry

    Vince Font, Contributing Editor
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Pragmatic discussions about the financial viability of concentrated solar power (CSP) abound. The oft-dismissed redheaded step child of the solar industry, CSP’s relegation to the recycle heap of history is seen by many to be a foregone conclusion due to its inherently high cost. But is CSP destined to play Betamax to PV’s VHS? Or will foreign countries like Spain — which presently boasts one of the highest numbers of CSP plants in the world — demonstrate that CSP’s ability to be coupled with storage makes it an alternative energy worth pursuing? Let’s examine some of the inherent…
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Rebuilding Together Receives Tenth Consecutive 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

    tparsons
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Rebuilding Together included in top group of one percent of charities rated, which have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star (highest rating) evaluations WASHINGTON, DC., April 9, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, today announced it has earned a 4-star charity rating (the highest rating) for the 10th consecutive year from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator. With this year’s rating, Rebuilding Together is now included in the top group of only one percent of the charities…
  • Rebuilding Together, Lowe’s Work To Preserve Homes on the Pueblo of Laguna Community

    tparsons
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes will take part in the two-day community revitalization effort Pueblo of Laguna, N.M., April 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is teaming up with Lowe’s to provide critical repairs and renovations to three homes and build a playground in the Village of Laguna on the Pueblo of Laguna reservation in New Mexico. More than 125 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers from area stores and the Albuquerque customer support center will volunteer on April 23-24 to provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and other safety…
  • Alexis Glick Elected to Rebuilding Together’s National Board

    tparsons
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Veteran Media Personality and GENYOUth CEO joins national nonprofit board dedicated to making critical repairs for low-income homeowners WASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision for a safe and healthy home for every person, today announced that Alexis Glick, veteran media personality and former Wall Street executive, has joined the nonprofit’s national board of directors. Glick, CEO of GENYOUth foundation, a national nonprofit partnered with the National Football League and the National Dairy Council, runs the largest…
  • Dan Sargent Joins Rebuilding Together’s National Board

    tparsons
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Washington, DC, April 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision for safe and healthy home for every person, today announced that Dan Sargent, executive director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (North Carolina) has been named to its national board of directors. Dan Sargent is Executive Director of Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT) in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been with the affiliate since November 2008. Under his leadership, RTT’s budget has grown from $25,000 in 2008 to over $300,000 in 2014, and the affiliate now serves over 40…
  • Rebuilding Together Launches National Rebuilding Month in April

    tparsons
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Over 3,000 home repair projects to be completed by more than 50,000 volunteers across the country. WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2014 marks its fourth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is the organization’s nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for America’s low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April leading up to National Rebuilding Day on April 26, an annual culmination…
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Spent Brewer’s Grains Controversy

    Steve Spence
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    In the past, the brewing industry supplied the cattle feed industry with “waste” brewers grains. This was a good deal for them and the cattle industry, and helped close the resource loop. That symbiotic relationship is soon to be over, thanks to the feds: A fight is brewing between American beer makers and the federal government over happy hour … for cows. For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end…
  • Arbor Day 2014: History, growth and how to celebrate

    Steve Spence
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:39 am
    Trees are a powerful part of environmental well being, and that’s not exactly breaking news. Arbor Day may not have a singular observed day around the world—through most places observe it on the last Friday of April—but it’s one of the oldest environmental holidays still celebrated. The first Arbor Day The origins of Arbor Day can be traced to 1802 when a priest from the small Spanish village of Villanueva de la Sierra organized a tree planting to beautify the village. It would be over fifty year, however, until such a movement came stateside. Arbor Day was first celebrated in the U.S. in…
  • Support Earth Day with Rareform – Billboards to Bags!

    Steve Spence
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:38 am
    LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2014 – RAREFORM is creating quite a wave in the outdoor market with its innovative, eco-friendly manufacturing techniques. Aimed to reduce waste and sustain our natural playground RAREFORM creates one-of-a-kind bags and accessories that protect both your gear and the environment. By using an “upcycling” process RAREFORM is able to take billboards before they hit landfills and transform them in to into completely individualized works of art; perfectly fit for the active lifestyle. Founder and outdoor enthusiast, Alec Avedissian’s brilliant idea came to mind…
  • Coconut Coir, Say Goodbye to Peat Moss!

    Steve Spence
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:42 am
    Peat Moss is a common material used for gardening, but it’s not sustainable, mining is damaging to the environment and it’s acidic. The Dirt on Peat Moss Does Peat Moss Have a Place In the Ecological Garden? We use recycled coconut fiber, called coir, a food industry byproduct. As such it’s sustainable, less acidic, and performs better for the myriad of uses we need: 1. Cover Material for Composting Toilet 2. Worm Composting Bedding 3. Mulch and soil additives 4. Upholstery Stuffing There’s a great tutorial for using Coconut Coir at The Real Garden. We get ours at…
  • The Return of the Green Trust Rain Water Harvesting System

    Steve Spence
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    The Green Trust Rain Water Harvesting System is back! Our tested and approved rain barrel kit for turning your plastic barrel into a source of water for gardening, flushing, even drinking (with the DIY Berkey Water Purifier)  is back in stock!  We have used this ourselves and it’s a great way to obtain water for general use or emergencies. Works with rectangular downspouts. Comes with our DIY Water Systems eBook package! See at http://www.green-trust.org/products/
 
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    thegreenroutine.net

  • WordPress Resources at SiteGround

    hiuct
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites: Expert WordPress Hosting SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. We take care of WordPress sites security with unique server-level customizations, WP auto-updates, and daily backups. We make them faster by regularly upgrading our hardware, offering free CDN with…
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    greenstrides

  • Free Trees for Philly!

    Joyce Benson
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Philadelphia residents are very fortunate this spring to receive up to 2 FREE trees for their yards from TreePhilly, a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Wells Fargo and the Fairmount Park Conservancy. According to TreePhilly, “The purpose of the Yard Tree Program is to contribute to the tree canopy in the city; the layer [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • A World Without Flowers?

    Joyce Benson
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:19 am
    We’re all looking forward to spring, a time of renewal and beauty, and the opportunity to get outside and improve our surroundings.  Appealing landscape design often involves the artful arrangement of flowering plants, but imagine for a moment that 90% of flowers are no longer able to bloom.  This could be our future reality with [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • Great Native Ground Covers, Part I

    Joyce Benson
    10 Mar 2014 | 9:22 am
    Our native ground cover plants are far superior to turf grass, which is not native, because they’re low maintenance.  They don’t need fertilizers or pesticides, and they don’t need to be mowed or watered once established (learn more from my previous posts here and here).  Plus, they help manage stormwater runoff, allowing rainwater to follow [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • What’s Blooming Now? Winter Gardens! Brave the Cold & Explore!

    Joyce Benson
    18 Feb 2014 | 9:50 am
    Visitors to public gardens value the colorful blooms in spring and summer, but there is still much to appreciate even during the cold, bleak winter months!  Outdoor winter gardens and arboretums feature bright fruit, colorful & textural tree bark, steadfast evergreen backdrops, fantastic form & structure, and even appealing art & sculpture. Here’s a list [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
  • How to Prevent Tree-related Storm Damage

    Joyce Benson
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:25 am
    The major snow and ice storm that struck 22 states last week, was the 2nd worst (Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 was #1)  in the power company’s history here in southeastern Pennsylvania.  There were over 700,000 power outages, many caused by downed trees. Some might argue to just get rid of trees, but trees [...] [[ Please visit GreenStrides.com for the full post, links, and more information. ]]
 
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Titan Aerospace a sky-high platform for Google's internet ambitions

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    April 15 - Tech giant Google Inc. has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as part of its strategy to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Titan is developing a variety of solar-powered "atmospheric satellites," which are designed to stay aloft indefinitely, providing aerial and telecommunications services at 1/100th the cost of current satellite platforms. Ben Gruber has more.
  • Rubbee set to electrify cycling

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:13 am
    Apr. 15 - A Lithuanian inventor has come up with an attachable device that can transform an ordinary bicycle into an electric motorbike. Gediminas Nemanis says his device, called the Rubbee, offers cyclists the chance to 'go electric' simply by switching a lever. Debi Bell-Hosking reports.
  • Taipei tech team takes 3D printing to the streets

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    Apr. 13 - A team of self-described geeks in Taipei have taken to the streets on a bicycle equipped with a 3D printer which they're using to turn plastic waste into useful products. They call their printer the "Mobile Fab" and say it not only helps promote recycling, but also demonstrates how technology can be applied in a socially responsible way. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Multi-year study sees species wiped-out by forest fragmentation

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Apr. 13 - Species living in rainforest fragmented by human development, face "animal armageddon" according to a researcher involved in a two decade study in southern Thailand. The study tracked the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir, built in 1986. Rob Muir reports.
  • Abioscope scratches itch for fast allergy testing

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    April 10 - Swiss researchers have developed a portable device that can detect common allergens in a drop of blood within half an hour. Called the Abioscope, the machine is designed to provide a fast, accurate and non-invasive alternative to conventional allergy testing. Jim Drury reports.
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    WeHeartWorld

  • 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C: One Sweet and Overdue Sports Car

    Jesseb Shiloh
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    When many think of Alfa Romeo they can only think of the quality and speed associated with the name in a nostalgic manner.  Unless an owner was willing to have one shipped to the states they were not likely to ever see one or have one on the roads in the U. S. which is a great tragedy considering the great expanse of driving pleasure offered in the U.S. The long wait for an Alfa Romeo for the U.S. is over and the 4C is an absolute delight.  A gorgeous sports car with obvious Italian stylings, the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is long overdue.  Here to please the crowd of high end sports car lovers…
  • Tesla Makes Environmentalists Happy

    Chastity Mansfield
    9 Mar 2014 | 3:26 am
    It should go without saying that friends of the environment love Tesla. The automaker is championing the green world weather it wants to or not. As environmental technology continues to push forward into everyday life, a green car like the various Tesla models are appealing to a good chunk of the masses. Of course, most of the masses around the world could not afford what Tesla brings to the table, but that doesn’t stop them from loving the company. It’s a pure love fest at NHRegister as Vivek Wadhwa discusses the ways that the company has brought the movement further in the last…
  • The Longest Running Volvos in History

    Chastity Mansfield
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:56 am
    What are we talking about here?  Do we want to know which Volvo model has been produced the longest and still has cars on the road? Or better yet, do we want to know which Volvo model has a car that has the highest actual miles on it?  Let’s take a look at both. In 1961 Volvo began production of their 1800 model car.  The 1800 came in a variety of styles from the P1800 which resembled its American cousin sports cars of the era, to the 1800S which looked much more like a touring sedan then finally the 1800E and 1800ES which came as a sedan and hatchback style cars. The 1800 was in…
  • Christian Missionary Arrested in North Korea

    Jesseb Shiloh
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:55 pm
    In his second trip to North Korea, Australian Christian missionary John Short, 75, was not able to spread the message of the Gospel or hand out very many Bibles translated to Korean. This time, he was arrested. Australia does not have diplomatic relations with the communist country but will through South Korea to negotiate for Short. It may be futile as a similar incident occurred with American missionary Kenneth Bae. After being convicted for trying to overthrow the state, Bae is over a year into a 15-year sentence and is currently performing hard labor. Short’s wife remains in…
  • Don’t Idle. Turn Off Your Engine When Waiting.

    Jesseb Shiloh
    15 Feb 2014 | 6:41 pm
    There’s an old husbands’ tale about idling cars that has persisted even today. The idea is that you waste gas and hurt the ignition every time you turn your car off to wait. They say it’s better to leave your car idling to conserve gas and save your ignition. For modern vehicles, this simply isn’t the case. These and other myths are nicely debunked in the following infographic put together by Sustainable America. It’s hard to completely stop polluting with today’s busy world, but every little bit helps. This is one of those tips that can actually save you…
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  • MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

    Lidija Grozdanic
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water to cool the reactors and would minimize the possibility of overheating and potential meltdown. In case of decommissioning, the structure would be towed away to an onshore central facility. Read the rest of MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chernobyl nuclear disaster, earthquake…
  • 8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

    Lucy Wang
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Read the rest of 8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bavarian Forest National Park, blob vb3, dmvA, Easter, egg buildings, egg like architecture, egg like buildings, egg shaped architecture, egg shaped buildings, Exbury Egg, Foster + Partners, great glass house, hemloft treehouse, james law cybertecture, Joel Allen, josef stoger, Los Carpinteros, ovoid architecture, ovoid buildings, tree top walk
  • Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

    Lori Zimmer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Read the rest of Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chateau Malbrouck Manderen, eco design, green design, Lesétablissements Tourneux, Moselle France, plywood cabin, plywood structures, pop up space ship fort, sustainable design
  • Astronomers Reveal the Most Livable, Earth-Like Planet Ever Discovered

    Kristine Lofgren
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the race to find a planet besides Earth that can host life, scientists have made an incredible discovery. Astronomers recently confirmed the first ever planet similar in size to Earth at distance from its own star that would allow liquid water to pool on the surface. Every once in a while scientists come across a planet that orbits within the Goldilocks zone – the range of distance from a star that can potentially sustain life – but none of those planets have ever been very comparable in size to our own blue sphere. Dubbed Kepler-186f, it’s the the most Earth-like planet ever…
  • Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

    Patrick Toomey-Neri
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bernardini, Bulbo, design week, Kvadrat, low cost design, Milan, milan 2014, Milan Design Week, Milan Furniture Fair, Quadra, recycled, sustainable design, upcycled
 
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  • 5 Ways Graphic Shades Can Help Improve the Workplace

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

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

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

    Jennifer Smith
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    It should come as no surprise that broadband Internet technology is more popular now than ever in the past. Indeed, it helps businesses throughout the world operate on a daily basis and is a huge part of many of our lives now thanks to social media. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are actually quite a few options out there for those who are looking to delve deeper into the world of broadband, some of which come with their own distinct perks, as well as disadvantages. Learning more about the world of broadband can help you to make a better decision regarding…
  • Insulating Your Home for the Winter: It’s Never Too Late

    Jennifer Smith
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:08 am
    At the time of writing we have just entered 2014, but I’m sure that we have by no means left the cold weather behind us. Typically the coldest weather in the UK occurs in January and February, although March does have its moments. This means improving the insulation of your property now will immediately begin to provide you with the combined benefits of lowering your energy bill and keeping you cosy during those cold wintry nights. Quick and Effective Energy Saving Techniques The combination of small energy efficiency improvements to a property can rapidly add up to a noticeable cost…
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  • The bike-share report: Connectivity and bike lanes key to successful bike-sharing

    Peter Midgley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Safe, connected bike lanes in New York City fosters use of the city’s bike-share systems. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr. Peter Midgley joins us as the author of the Bike-share report series, exclusive to TheCityFix. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bike-sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bike-sharing systems since 2007. Peter formerly worked as the Urban Mobility Theme Champion for the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP). The previous post in this series focused on lessons from the collapse of the Bixi system. How important are bike lanes…
  • In photos: Walking in Bangalore reveals the plight of pedestrians

    Dario Hidalgo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Thin sidewalks and a lack of dividers between pedestrians and cars often makes it uncomfortable and unsafe for those using sidewalks. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle, most commonly a two-wheeler. The local administration has responded to this rapid growth and increased motorization by quickly building and expanding roads…
  • The intersection of public health and transport in Indian cities

    Lakshmi Rajagopalan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Conducting Health Impact Assessments can help policy makers throughout India choose transport projects that will decrease air pollution, while increasing connectivity and health. Photo by John Hoey/Flickr. Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas, land use and socioeconomic impacts, available funding, and the level of support from local stakeholders. All too often, these assessments consistently overlook the health impacts of transport. Despite this, there is a consistent and powerful connection…
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Lee Kwan Yew shaped Singapore as the “Garden City”

    Dario Hidalgo
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A crowd gathers overlooking Singapore’s Marina Bay. Since the inception of its 1971 Concept Plan, Singapore has become one of the most sustainability-oriented cities in the world. Photo by Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr. This is the second entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix applauds these leaders’ efforts, and seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about…
  • Friday Fun: Smart cars reach tipping point

    Ryan Schleeter
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Smart cars, which weigh about 1,800 pounds, are the latest targets for a group of pranksters in San Francisco, giving rise to the “smart car tipping” trend. Photo by Jeff Chiu. No, not that kind of tipping point. While smart car usage is on the rise, it hasn’t quite crossed the Malcolm Gladwell threshold. We’re talking about a different trend: smart car tipping. It seems an unidentified group of six to eight “hooded vandals” have been roaming the streets of San Francisco and turning the lightweight, compact cars and turning them on their sides — to the chagrin of their…
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    Cleantech

  • Here comes an app to tie your carbon footprint with what you buy

    Ucilia Wang
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are plenty of apps out there that help people calculate and lower their carbon footprints, but the reality is that most of these apps receive little use — they’re just not that compelling and useful. But a new one, made by startup Oroeco, is trying to make a carbon footprint app that’s more effective and user-friendly, by using behavioral science and focusing on personal spending. The app, which will be launched next week on Earth Day, will tap into financial data from Mint.com to figure out the emissions of  a variety of goods and services bought by its users, from…
  • An expose on the founder of Cool Planet, Transonic & ZPower

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    The Verge published an indepth expose on eccentric energy and computing entrepreneur Mike Cheiky and how he’s been able to convince Valley venture capitalists to invest in his companies, despite some early questionable scientific claims. Cool Planet announced last month that it raised another $100 million (from folks like Google Ventures, BP, UBS, Goldman Sachs and others), and to which my response on Twitter was “I thought this was an April Fools joke, but looks like not.” The companies that Cheiky has founded have distanced themselves from him, and some have changed…
  • Ag is the new cleantech: Kleiner Partner launching farmer network?

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    According to Dan Primack’s email newsletter Kleiner Perkins greentech-focused Partner Amol Deshpande appears to have launched a startup called the Farmer’s Business Network. Here’s the SEC filing for it, which shows it’s raised $4.6 million (or a $6 million round) and the company’s headquarters are in Kleiner’s offices in Menlo Park. Deshpande is listed as President and CEO. Making agriculture more efficient through IT, as well as genetics, is a hot area for investment, while traditional “cleantech” has continued to decline. Deshpande lists on…
  • How M-KOPA unlocked pay-as-you-go solar in rural Kenya

    Katie Fehrenbacher
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Entrepreneur Jesse Moore holds a Coke bottle full of dirty-looking transparent liquid up in front of a crowded room of several hundred people at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, next to Grand Central Station in Manhattan. The stage he stands on is covered with purple carpet and framed with dramatic curtains. “This is what we’re competing against,” Moore, a former mobile phone executive, tells the group, which is mostly wearing dark-colored suits and is made up of a lot of influential, and some very wealthy, people, including investors, policy-makers, analysts and members of the…
  • BlackBerry could be the chauffeur in your future driverless car

    Kevin Fitchard
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    BlackBerry’s QNX operating system may not be the hit in mobile phones that the company hoped, but one day QNX may be helping you with a different kind of mobility: the autonomous car. BlackBerry is working with VisLab, an Italian laboratory run by the University of Parma that focuses on computer vision research. One of its avenues of study is the driverless car, and VisLab has already developed several prototypes of cars that can do far more than just park themselves or automatically adjust their highway cruising speeds. It’s demonstrated concept vehicles that can negotiate crowed…
 
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Sustainable Sushi Resources

    Jean-Paul
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    With an explosion in popularity over the last few decades, Sushi is quickly causing overfishing problems impacting several species to the brink of extinction. Bluefin Tuna (Kuromaguro or Toro) is the most dire of these, however, many others such as Yellowtail (Hamachi), eel (Unagi), and many other popular Sushi fish are experiencing major declines. With […] Related posts: Sustainable Sushi in Seattle – Mashiko Eco-Friendly Friday – Sustainable Sushi n Rice + Tshirts All About: Seattle, Washington White Tuna, Butterfish, Escolar – Oh My! Android Seafood Watch App
  • Blackfish Documentary Movie Review

    Jean-Paul
    3 Jan 2014 | 8:23 am
    Blackfish has made a lot of waves lately, from environmental groups applauding the spotlight on captivity and dolphin capturing practices, to entertainers dropping out of Sea World events and companies pulling sponsorships. It may be for good reason. Blackfish is a documentary movie which tells the story of Tilikum, a troubled killer whale that killed […] Related posts: For the Dolphins – The Cove Movie Review Vegucated Documentary Film Review Sharkwater Movie Review The Pipe Documentary Film Review Shark Week! 10 Deadliest Sharks
  • Holiday Shopping and Giving

    Jean-Paul
    20 Dec 2013 | 6:18 am
    It is that time of year again! Holiday shopping and gift giving in a rush, but The Chic Ecologist is here to help! Whether searching for that perfect eco experience, trying to lower your impact on the environment this year, or finding unique green gifts for that special someone, I have the list for you! […] Related posts: Giving Eco-Gifts Green Holiday Preparation – More than Just the Tree! Green Your Thanksgiving – Tips For A Greener Holiday Make Black Friday a Little Greener – Green Holiday Gifts Chairitable Giving – How to Donate Money
  • DaDa and Quarterly Underwear Club

    Jean-Paul
    11 Dec 2013 | 8:35 pm
    DaDa is a men’s underwear brand based in Scotland using sustainable materials to develop comfortable underwear. Fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo rayon, seaweed, coconut shells and even coffee grinds have been developed and combined with stylish patterns and fits. Their first collection has focused on developing three distinct styles, which can be found as […] Related posts: Eco-Friendly Underwear Eco Friendly Bamboo Clothing and Fabrics, or is it?
  • Greener Cleaner Tile Floors – DIY Recipe for All-Natural Cleaner

    Jean-Paul
    21 Nov 2013 | 9:33 am
    We all want to know that the cleaners we use are getting the job done, but far too often, we settle for the path of least resistance – or so we think. Sure, it may be faster to simply grab a well-known brand’s bottle of cleaner and toss it in your shopping cart rather than […] Related posts: Aromatherapy Natural Cleaning Supplies Eco-Me Clean with Green – DIY Natural Home Cleaning Kits Green Flooring – Eco-Leader Tile by Refin Ceramiche Last Minute Mothers Day Gifts Green Up Your Launderd Clothing – Dry Cleaning Re-thought
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift

    nick malster
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift   Our new website is now live! We invite you to come and have a poke around, see what’s changed and tell us what needs fixing. You can view browse all the posters from our campaign with WWF-UK for Earth Hour here. If youthink you have what it takes to make us a poster, you can pick up a copy of our creative brief here. You can explore our videos that we have brought you over the years right here. And we have revitalised our brilliant blog – which is… right…. oh wait you’re already here. If you encounter any issues that…
  • 29 Posters for the Planet

    nick malster
    1 Mar 2014 | 2:48 am
    29 Posters for the Planet   Do The Green Thing have teamed up with WWF-UK and asked world-class creatives to design a poster to inspire the world to live more sustainably for Earth Hour and beyond. From the 1st of March until Earth Hour on the 29th of March, we released a different poster from a famous creative every day. Each of the 29 posters serves as a piece of inspiration to encourage millions of people around the world to take up simple actions like cycling to work and eating less meat to reduce the impact we are having on the planet. The contributors who have lent their creativity…
  • Pick a Poster for the Planet

    nick malster
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    Pick a Poster for the Planet We teamed up with WWF-UK and briefed the country’s young creatives to create a poster to inspire greener living for Earth Hour. The judges shortlisted six finalists, who came to Pentagram to develop their posters before the public vote. Now it’s up to you to decide who joins the likes of Paula Scher, Quentin Blake and David Shrigley in our poster campaign for Earth Hour, which launches on the 1st of March. You have until the 24th of February to vote for your winner. Note: Entries for this competition have now closed. If you missed it we’d still love…
  • Meet Our Six Competition Finalists

    nick malster
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    Meet Our Six Competition Finalists Our Earth Hour young creative competition closed on Monday the 13th January and drew 250+ responses to our Creativity v Climate Change brief. Now over to judging panel, which consists of Rob Alderson (It’s Nice That), Sophie Thomas (RSA), Naresh Ramchandani (Pentagram Partner/Do the Green Thing) and Georgie Bridge (WWF UK). The panel have selected six finalists to attend a mentoring workshop at Pentagram Design on 22nd January 2014 to finesse their designs, which will then go to a public vote in February. The top three designs will become part of the…
  • Planet Day at BTMU

    nick malster
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:17 am
    Planet Day at BTMU We had a wonderful time today at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where we exhibited 20 of our posters along with copy cards with information on sustainability issues and initiatives at Ropemaker Place in London, where they are based. Here’s the exhibition – before the crowds came flooding in, of course. We’d like to say a big thank you to BTMU and all their fantastic staff for making the day such a great success.
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift

    nick malster
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Dothegreenthing.com Gets a Facelift   Our new website is now live! We invite you to come and have a poke around, see what’s changed and tell us what needs fixing. You can view browse all the posters from our campaign with WWF-UK for Earth Hour here. If youthink you have what it takes to make us a poster, you can pick up a copy of our creative brief here. You can explore our videos that we have brought you over the years right here. And we have revitalised our brilliant blog – which is… right…. oh wait you’re already here. If you encounter any issues that…
  • 29 Posters for the Planet

    nick malster
    1 Mar 2014 | 2:48 am
    29 Posters for the Planet   Do The Green Thing have teamed up with WWF-UK and asked world-class creatives to design a poster to inspire the world to live more sustainably for Earth Hour and beyond. From the 1st of March until Earth Hour on the 29th of March, we released a different poster from a famous creative every day. Each of the 29 posters serves as a piece of inspiration to encourage millions of people around the world to take up simple actions like cycling to work and eating less meat to reduce the impact we are having on the planet. The contributors who have lent their creativity…
  • Pick a Poster for the Planet

    nick malster
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    Pick a Poster for the Planet We teamed up with WWF-UK and briefed the country’s young creatives to create a poster to inspire greener living for Earth Hour. The judges shortlisted six finalists, who came to Pentagram to develop their posters before the public vote. Now it’s up to you to decide who joins the likes of Paula Scher, Quentin Blake and David Shrigley in our poster campaign for Earth Hour, which launches on the 1st of March. You have until the 24th of February to vote for your winner. Note: Entries for this competition have now closed. If you missed it we’d still love…
  • Meet Our Six Competition Finalists

    nick malster
    31 Jan 2014 | 9:05 am
    Meet Our Six Competition Finalists Our Earth Hour young creative competition closed on Monday the 13th January and drew 250+ responses to our Creativity v Climate Change brief. Now over to judging panel, which consists of Rob Alderson (It’s Nice That), Sophie Thomas (RSA), Naresh Ramchandani (Pentagram Partner/Do the Green Thing) and Georgie Bridge (WWF UK). The panel have selected six finalists to attend a mentoring workshop at Pentagram Design on 22nd January 2014 to finesse their designs, which will then go to a public vote in February. The top three designs will become part of the…
  • Planet Day at BTMU

    nick malster
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:17 am
    Planet Day at BTMU We had a wonderful time today at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where we exhibited 20 of our posters along with copy cards with information on sustainability issues and initiatives at Ropemaker Place in London, where they are based. Here’s the exhibition – before the crowds came flooding in, of course. We’d like to say a big thank you to BTMU and all their fantastic staff for making the day such a great success.
 
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    Green Building Law Update

  • Why You Care About the Revision to OMB Circular A-119?

    Stuart Kaplow
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:41 pm
    The U.S. Office of Management and Budget is seeking comments, no later than May 12, 2014, on proposed revisions to Circular A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities.” “Green Globes and LEED are voluntary, consensus based standards” according to Kevin Kampschroer, director of the office of federal high-performance green buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, referring to the March 2012 U.S. Department of Energy, Green Building Certification System Review.   That…
  • The Single Most Significant Change in LEED

    Stuart Kaplow
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    By Jacqueline Lusk and Stuart Kaplow The newest version of LEED, with the designation LEED v4 is not simply another step in the continuous improvement of the third party verified green building rating system, and while not paradigm shift equal to a Neil Armstrong “giant leap for mankind,” LEED v4 is an all but an entirely new green building certification program. Among the many modifications from the previous version, LEED 2009, there is a single change that is the most significant, bar none. The change is buried deep within the LEED Operations and Maintenance Existing Buildings…
  • LEED Reaches 3 Billion Certified Square Feet

    Stuart Kaplow
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    The U.S. Green Building Council is about to announce that there are more than 3 Billion square feet of LEED certified commercial and institutional building. Three Billion! That is a three followed by nine zeros or three thousand millions. In a sense of scale, the Earth is only 4.67 Billion years old. The distance to the moon and back is less than 3 Billion feet (actually 2.66 Billion feet at apogee). It is very hard to comprehend how many 3 Billion is. The word Billion may not be as unfathomable as it once was, but 3 Billion square feet of LEED building is nothing less than a market…
  • LEED Law Intersects Miracle on 34th Street

    Stuart Kaplow
    23 Mar 2014 | 3:33 pm
    On March 18th the Tomkins County legislature enacted a new local law providing for up to a 10 year property tax abatement for construction achieving LEED certification. Tomkins County, New York which includes the Ithaca area, was named for Daniel Tomkins. Tompkins may be best known because he was mentioned by Kris Kringle in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. The onscreen line was incorrect, however, in that Kringle said Tompkins served as Vice President of the United States under John Quincy Adams when in fact he was elected on the ticket with James Monroe in 1816 (.. but you knew…
  • EPDs are New and Untested but in Short Order will Dominate

    Stuart Kaplow
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    An environmental product declaration (EPD) is a method of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product in order to provide a sound basis for making decisions about the use of that product. As explained in my recent blog post, EPDs are Among the Hottest Topics in Green Building. Most simply put, an EPD in analogous to a nutritional label on a box of cereal. But beyond that explanation nothing is simple .. As a threshold matter, EPDs have been a European construct in part to comply with the European Union Integrated Product Policy. There is no similar U.S. law. Credits in LEED v4 related…
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    Solar Drop

  • SunJack – World’s Most Portable 20W Solar Charger Live on Kickstarter

    Harold Tan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    More info on Kickstarter – http://www.bit.ly/sunjack Harold Tan, one of the team members at GoGreenSolar.com, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to build and market SunJack, the world’s most portable 20-Watt solar charger and battery pack for off-grid applications and emergency mobile power. The campaign will also benefit the rural villages of Papua New Guinea with smoke-free lighting and energy. As an off-grid camper and extreme outdoorsman, Tan knows how important charged electronics can be in isolated areas. But whether power was needed for light, weather information, or…
  • Solar 101: What’s the difference between microinverters and string inverters?

    Solar Fred
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you’re a homeowner or an installer doing residential or small scale commercial solar installations, you essentially have three choices for converting the solar system’s DC power into AC power: You can either go with new microinverters or with string inverters—with or without DC power optimizers. All will work, but there are differences, especially in certain situations. String Inverters: The solar industry standard The KACO Solar blue planet xi-series inverter design is not only efficient, it also offers patented MPPT technology and produces optimum total output from your…
  • Canadian Solar Inc – From Icy Paths to Solar Panels

    Tim Wu
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Foreward: As a leading retailer for solar products and kits, we’re proud to provide access to the industry’s top manufacturers. But with so many companies, there’s of course, the subtle, but key distinctions between companies, their products, and the people who make them. By shining light on these differences and sharing their stories, we’re aiming to provide a more clear picture to help in your decision making. Canadian Solar Inc., at a Glance Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the largest solar manufacturers in the world. Their story combines global reach and world class…
  • What’s wrong with solar permitting? Q&A with Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com

    Tom Jackson
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Experience any roadblocks while trying to pull a permit for a photovoltaic (PV) system in your city?   Paying too much?  You’re not alone.  Getting your PV system a permit can be a daunting task for both customers and installers. According to report by Clean Power Finance, about 23% of PV installations cost more than expected.   More than a third of solar installers actually avoid working with certain Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) because of their solar permitting processes. What’s wrong with these permitting processes and what can we do to fix it?  What’s…
  • All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute

    Solar Fred
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update 3/14/14: The solar trade case preliminary decision has been moved from March 28th to June 2nd. The trade commission says it’s due to “parties involved are cooperating, and investigation is complicated.” Perhaps this will give the parties more time for a settlement. In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated…
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    Chelsea Green

  • RECIPE: From the Homemade Hooch Files: Dandelion Wine

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following recipe is an excerpt from Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz. “Wine made from flowers preserves the exquisite flavors and benevolent properties of the blossoms from which it is made. It also preserves the memories of fine, clear, sunshiny days—alone or with Someone Else—in woods, meadows, and hills, picking millions of tiny flowers for […]The post RECIPE: From the Homemade Hooch Files: Dandelion Wine appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Hemp is on the Horizon! Get Ready for America’s Next Agricultural Revolution

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    You can eat it, drink it, read it, tie it, wear it, drive it, live in it, and make money growing it, all while saving the soil and protecting the climate. What is it? Hemp. That’s right, hemp. Hemp is on the Horizon! Just this year hemp was approved to be cultivated for university research […]The post Hemp is on the Horizon! Get Ready for America’s Next Agricultural Revolution appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Growing Your Own Herbs in 6 Easy Steps

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Author Didi Emmons understands it’s intimidating to work with unfamiliar herbs. In her book, Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking From Eva’s Farm, she takes the simple approach that herbs, like any other plant, need good soil, water, sun, and air to thrive. Just vary the amounts of these four life-giving resources for each […]The post Growing Your Own Herbs in 6 Easy Steps appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • How to Start a Traditional Compost Pile in Your Yard

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a society, we make a lot of waste, especially in this culture of on-the-go single-serve disposables. As we work toward the Zero Waste Solution with Extended Producer Responsibility and other government mandated universal recycling of solid waste in the works, there is plenty you can do to reduce the amount of waste you send […]The post How to Start a Traditional Compost Pile in Your Yard appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Dealing with Bear Encounters

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In this excerpt from Out on a Limb:What Black Bears Have Taught Me about Intelligence and Intuition author Ben Kilham provides insight on best practices when it comes to keeping bears from feeding at your back door, and offers his tried-and-true tips on what to do if you encounter a bear in the wild — tips […]The post Dealing with Bear Encounters appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • The Actual Meaning of “Come to Relationship as a Whole Person.”

    Rebekah McClaskey
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    A healthy relationship acts as a support for exploration of desires and eradication of dysfunctional behaviors. Relationship is a classroom with advanced lesson plans.
  • The 1 Word Your Yoga Students Long To Hear.

    Julian Walker
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Don't you hate that moment? When you see the smiling face of a student who comes to your class semi-regularly, but you can't remember their name.. Here's a tip.
  • Blessed Karma of the Drunk.

    elephant journal
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    The reality is that the only thing we can be sure of is, that in the present, whatever I am experiencing is a result of past karma.
  • Reset Your Fat Burners.

    Dr. John Douillard, DC
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Being a good fat burner does not depend on whether you are fat or skinny. We have lost our ability to burn fat as a culture, and that is a real problem.
  • Never too Late. ~ Jackie Tyler

    elephant journal
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The little voice said I was losing it. I was mad. The other voice and the warmth held on tight.
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  • 16-foot great white shark spotted near Australian beach

    mnnadmin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    A massive great white shark has been spotted swimming close to an Australian beach, scaring the locals and forcing the beach to close, according to news reports.  
  • Meet the first Earth-size planet that could support life

    mnnadmin
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life.  
  • Namibia: Africa's conservation success story

    lmoss
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    While much of Africa continues to face an unprecedented poaching crisis, there's one African country that serves as a conservation success story.   Namibia, which is located on the southern part of the continent, is the only African country where wildlife numbers are actually growing.  
  • Solar energy after the sun has set? Scientists use nanotubes to solve the storage conundrum

    melbreyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have revealed a novel way to store solar energy in molecules that can be used as fuel to heat homes or used for cooking, reports The Atlantic.  
  • How did the turtle cross the road? With your help

    anorris
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Just like any other critter, turtles are just trying to get from point A to point B. Sometimes that means crossing a road — which can be dangerous, affecting turtle populations across the nation. These critters can't hear cars approaching or even horns, so if ever see one attempting to cross the street, the best thing you can do is try to (safely!) help it along.  
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  • Why that FarmVille rabbit looks like Natalie Portman

    melbreyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    Did you know there have been almost 5,000 unique animals that have graced the fields of the Facebook phenomenon known as FarmVille? In fact, there have been more than 300 different types of sheep alone.  
  • What's the best way to reattach an ear? Leeches, apparently

    mnnadmin
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    A 19-year-old woman who lost her ear to a dog attack got it back with the help of a few leeches.  
  • 'Origami' microscope could revolutionize medicine

    lmoss
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Stanford researchers have developed a low-cost, print-and-fold paper microscope they hope will improve disease diagnosis in developing countries.  
  • 10 free apps for astronomy fans

    jheimbuch
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    The recent blood moon had sky gazers flocking outside to see the beautiful lunar eclipse, and likely instilled a curiosity about the night sky in many. If you find yourself wanting to know more about stars, planets and other objects in our universe, all you need is a smartphone and one or two of the following free apps.   Planets:
  • Tiny lens attachment turns your smartphone into a microscope

    bnelson78
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A brilliant new lens attachment developed by researcher Thomas Larson promises to turn anyone with a smartphone or tablet into an armchair scientist. The Micro Phone Lens 150x, which was recently funded on Kickstarter, is the world's first device that can give any smartphone the ability to become a laboratory microscope.  
 
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  • How to make delicious homemade Peeps

    care2
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
  • Tapping the health benefits of pure maple syrup [Infographic]

    chief
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    As a substitute for other sweeteners, maple syrup makes a world of difference, and not just in taste.    
  • 109 smart recipe substitutes

    melbreyer
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Sometimes we forget to buy a recipe ingredient; sometimes we live in a remote area with limited access to exotic things, or even mundane ones; sometimes we need to avoid certain foods; and sometimes we don’t want to buy a whole jar/bottle/pound of something we’ll probably only use once. Whatever the reason may be, every once in a while, you need a good recipe substitute!  
  • More recipe substitutions for common ingredients

    melbreyer
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    < BACK: Smart recipe substitutes    If we had a perfectly stocked pantry at all times, there'd be no need for a list like this. But sometimes, you just don't have what you need on hand. It's for those moments that this list is geared. Read on for more smart recipe substitutions, and if you missed the first section of the list, click on the link above.    
  • 18 ways to survive the lime shortage

    melbreyer
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Lime-ageddon, guacpocalypse, mojito-gate … call the looming lime dilemma what you will, but we’re calling it an opportunity to put some new fruits in the limelight, so to speak.   Some suggest that we should be back in limes by mid-spring; but with the way things are looking in Mexican lime growing regions – the source of most of our limes – we’re preparing for the worst.  
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  • New app may help you cope with jet lag

    mnnadmin
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Jet lag has long been thought of as an unavoidable malady, but a new app might help travelers get some much-needed relief.   The free smartphone app, called Entrain, was designed to help travelers adjust to new time zones. Here's how it works: The app tells users when to manipulate their exposure to light so they can "cheat" their circadian clock and adjust to new time zones more quickly.  
  • New Solar Impulse plane aims for round-the-world flight

    mnnadmin
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A new solar-powered plane that will be used to fly around the world in five consecutive days without using any fuel was unveiled on April 9 in Switzerland.  
  • Smart car tipping: Prank or political statement?

    lmoss
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Several Smart car owners in San Francisco awoke Monday morning to find their cars flipped over onto their front or rear ends.   Four tipped cars were found in multiple Bay Area neighborhoods in what police are calling an act of vandalism.  
  • Solar Impulse to unveil new plane for around-the-world flight

    mnnadmin
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    The two Swiss pilots who flew a solar-powered plane on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer will unveil their next-generation solar plane this week, which they will use in 2015 to circumnavigate the globe.  
  • Honda delivers the ultimate DIY challenge

    chief
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
      With the Fit Kit Beta, the car company throws down the gauntlet to the handcraft culture — with tongue firmly in cheek.   Related on MNN: A brief history of April Fools' Day
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  • Earth Day-themed entertainment bonanza will keep you busy this month

    gmiller
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    In honor of Earth Day on April 22, eco-themed programming will saturate the next week or so of programming. Here's a rundown of the highlights.  
  • How Carla Hall, Mayim Bialik, Andy Richter and Izabella Miko protect the planet

    gmiller
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    There lots of ways to honor the planet on April 22, as we found out when we asked a few celebrities about their Earth Day plans. We caught up with Mayim Bialik and Carla Hall at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and Izabella Miko and Andy Richter, with his son William, at the GBK Luxury Gift Lounge for the MTV Awards.  
  • Hats off to Brittany: Lovely photos of ladies in lace

    melbreyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    With international clothing brands slowly stripping away cultural identities vis-à-vis the way we dress, it’s heartening to see a young generation in Brittany – a 10,500-square-mile region in the
  • Watching grass grow? Norway embraces slow TV

    melbreyer
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    You thought foreign films were slow? You should see Norwegian television. The country’s public broadcasting company, NRK, revels in TV programming so slow that there is actually no plot at all. It’s TV for the journey’s sake; so mundane it's epic.  
  • 'A Fierce Green Fire': The untold story of America's environmental movement

    gmiller
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Environmentalists have fought for the planet on many battle grounds over the last 50 years — from efforts to stop dams in the Grand Canyon, save whales and baby seals from slaughter, stop the toxic pollution of Love Canal, save the rain forests from commercial deforestation and halting the progress of climate change.
 
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  • 9 videos of big cats acting like house cats

    sgunther
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Meow!   I love cats, you love cats, we all love cats. Empires have been built upon humanity’s collective love of the family Felidae. From Keyboard Cat to Grumpy Cat — if it has a tail, little pointy ears, and purrs, we probably love it.  
  • The future of marijuana legalization belongs to the capitalists

    sgunther
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Imagine a large conference room in a nameless chain hotel stranded just off the freeway, 20 miles outside of a major city. The conference room is decked out in bland tables and matching chairs arrayed around a brightly lit stage flanked on either side by large projector screens. At the microphone, the MC is playing to the crowd.    
  • Just how big ARE dump trucks used for mining? See for yourself

    sgunther
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    When it comes to industrial mining, bigger is better. Mining companies, always looking to increase their bottom lines by boosting their economies of scale, have pushed for larger trucks, scoops, and cranes to rip the raw materials from the ground. The size of some of these machines is staggering. The Bagger 288, an enormous bucket-wheel excavator used in open pit mines, was at one time the largest land vehicle in the world, weighing in at 13,500 tons (27 million pounds) and climbing more than 300 feet in the air.  
  • Watch: Climber John Freeman rides out a massive collapsing ice pillar and survives to climb the next day

    sgunther
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:20 am
    Climber John Freeman recently posted a video of a scary fall he took while ice climbing in Banff National Park two years ago. Freeman, an experienced and skilled climber, was high up on a free-standing ice pillar when one of his ax blows created a fault that snapped the ice clean from the face. His helmet cam caught his perspective as everything in his world suddenly fell out from under him.   Watch the amazing video here:  
  • Tipis: Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask

    sgunther
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Last year I wrote a comprehensive article about yurts that was enjoyed by a lot of readers (more than 2,000 Facebook likes and 100 Tweets as of today). Based on how well that article did, I thought it would be worth the time to put together something similar about tipi — and if you’re unsure about the difference between tipis and yurts, keep reading. I'm a longtime tipi-owner and love telling people how great they are.  
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  • Protein in egg identified as key to fertilization

    jsavedge
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    You probably learned in high school health class that when a sperm and an egg get together, they fuse into an embryo - the early stages of a baby.  But what you didn't learn was why and how that sperm and egg found each other in the first place.  And that's because until recently, researchers did not know.    
  • Hunger called America's 'silent crisis'

    jsavedge
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Kids head off to school with empty bellies, knowing that their federally-subsidied school lunch might be the only meal they get all day.   Parents skip meals to ensure that their kids have enough to eat.   Families that go to bed hungry, already worried about whether or not they will have anything to eat the next day.  
  • Get free fees this weekend at your favorite national park

    jsavedge
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Looking for something awesome to do with the family this weekend?  Head out to one of the country's national parks and you'll enjoy a weekend of free admission in celebration of National Park Week.  
  • Infant death tied to mom's prenatal BMI

    jsavedge
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Worldwide, about 2.65 million stillbirths occurred in 2008.  And in that same year, an estimated 3.6 million infants died in their first month of life.    
  • Sleep apnea linked to osteoporosis

    jsavedge
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    It's been linked to depression, strokes, and even cancer.  And the latest study finds that sleep apnea might also be linked to poor bone health.    
 
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  • Alton Brown hard cooks his eggs in the oven

    rshreeves
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    In addition to the recently launched Alton Browncast, Alton Brown has started a new web-based cooking video series, Cook Smart. The first two episodes are like mini episodes of his former “Good Eats” television show, a show I miss very much.  
  • Prairie Organic Spirits: Respect from seed to glass

    rshreeves
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Ever since I discovered how easy it was to make my own simple syrup, I’ve been creating cocktails at home much more frequently than I used to do. I love discovering sustainable spirits that I didn’t know about to help me create my concoctions. Prairie Organic Spirits offered to send me some samples of their gin and vodka, and I’ve been playing with them in various drinks.  
  • 5 drinks that use dandelion greens

    rshreeves
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    By now, you've probably gotten used to having dandelion greens in a salad. Don't tell my kids, but they eat dandelion greens all the time. Whenever I chop up greens to put on a sandwich or for tacos, I use a field mix of greens that includes dandelion leaves. I just call it lettuce. I haven't yet tried drinking dandelion greens, but the first dandelions are starting to pop up in my yard, and I started wondering about all the ways I can use them.
  • Thanks to seed savers, Glass Gem corn exists

    rshreeves
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Corn on the cob is one of summer’s biggest treats, but there’s rarely a surprise when you peel the husk (unless of course a worm has made it’s home in it). That’s not the case with Glass Gem corn. Peeling the husk from this variety of corn is like unwrapping artwork each time.  
  • 7 unexpected uses for beer

    rshreeves
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I have some homemade beer in the refrigerator. It was given to me a while ago, and though I drank one bottle of it, the rest has been taking up room in my fridge for far too long. I don’t think it will ever be opened for drinking. It’s a very syrupy beer and smells and tastes of pine sap.   Just because no wants to drink it doesn’t mean that it has to go to waste. There are many household uses for beer.
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  • 5 creative ways people get around cities

    jmotavalli
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    When I was a 13, I went to a boarding school in the Himalayas. The road ended five miles from the campus, which meant that virtually everything had to be hand-carried in by “coolies.” They were wonderful people, and cheerful despite their daily backbreaking toil. They routinely carried a pair of our 50-pound trunks on their backs.   Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Not everyone travels on smooth, eight-lane superhighways; for most of the world’s commute, its either two-wheelers or public transit. Private cars are by and large a western luxury.
  • Cubans, start your engines!

    jmotavalli
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Cuba is finally letting people buy new cars, though the prices of even economy vehicles are so outrageous that only the elite can afford them. For now, most people are sticking to their pre-revolutionary American iron, which is why ’57 Chevys are a very common sight on the streets of Havana. Under the hood might be the engine from a Russian truck, but hey, it’s still got the fins and chrome (most of the time, anyway).  
  • Do green cars lead to more driving? Not to worry.

    jmotavalli
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Here’s the good news: According to the wonks at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, the average car sold in March was 25.4 mpg, a new record. In truth, fuel economy has been improving all year — it’s up 0.4 percent since January.   Aha, you say, the sunny skies will yield to clouds — if people get better fuel economy (or even buy electric cars), they’ll drive more. It’s human nature; people travel more when it’s less painful to them.  
  • World's first electric trike for quadriplegics is making dreams a reality

    jmotavalli
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    In a reoccurring dream Chris Wenner had, he went to bike shops in search of something he could ride as a quadriplegic. “The dreams started about 10 years after my diving injury,” says Wenner, now a Tucson-based psychologist. “They involved different bike shops, but the understanding was always that if I could find just the right components, I could ride again.”  
  • America's tire mountains: 90 percent are gone, thanks to recycling programs

    jmotavalli
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Tires. We don’t think about them all that much unless a) we have a flat; b) we have to buy new ones; or c) the summer tires just aren’t cutting it in the winter, or vice versa. But tires are a big deal in the environment, because we produce — and discard — so many of them. In 2009, the most recent year available, we generated 296 million scrap tires, with passenger cars accounting for 189 million of them.  
 
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  • Kosovo Says No to World Bank's Dirty Coal

    Compass Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
                        Visar Azemi (center) at KOSID's fourth annual workshop.                     Photo courtesy of KOSID. Editor’s Note: Visar Azemi is the coordinator for the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development (KOSID) and a faculty member at the University of Maryland. Before joining KOSID, Mr. Azemi, a Kosovo native, was an electrical engineer. Leaders, journalists, and civil society organizations gathered at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
  • Signs of Life for Key Wind Investments in Congress - Will They Continue?

    Compass Team
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The facts are speaking for themselves: wind is winning. But is Congress listening? Deemed the fastest-growing energy source in the world, wind has created 80,000 jobs at over 550 U.S.-based manufacturing facilities, powered over 15 million homes, and added $105 billion in domestic investments over the last 10 years. In the face of severe weather and extreme climate disruption, wind has offered the U.S. and the world the opportunity to invest in a clean solution to meet our energy demand without exacerbating climate disruption. But without the support of our legislators, the wind industry…
  • WWF Holds Big Coal Accountable

    Compass Team
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Wildlife is fighting back against big coal--the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), that is. Yesterday, WWF filed a complaint against the world’s largest private coal company, Peabody Energy.  The complaint, filed with Belgium’s Jury d’Ethique Publicitaire (JEP), alleges that an advertisement Peabody ran in the European edition of the Financial Times breaks JEP’s code for honest advertising. While Peabody makes its billions though dirty coal, its advertisement scheme attempts to put the coal titan among the ranks of “clean, modern technology.” With a clean energy revolution thriving,…
  • How Japan replaced half its nuclear capacity through energy efficiency

    Compass Team
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Japan was facing darkness. Three years after the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Japan’s energy capacity was rapidly reaching its peak going in to the high-energy summer months. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity--including the entire nuclear fleet--was unavailable, and the country faced the risk of power cuts. But miraculously, or seemingly so, in just a few short weeks, Japan managed to avert the rolling power cuts that many believed inevitable. Even more impressive, Japan has turned these emergency measures into lasting solutions. So how did a country on the brink of…
  • A Parent and Faith Leader's Perspective: Why We Need Strong Smog Standards

    Heather Moyer
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    As the father of an asthmatic child, and as a person of faith, I'm grateful for the Clean Air Act. That might seem like an odd introduction, but let me explain.Last fall, Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) complained that, in enforcing the standards of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has "overreached" its authority. Overreach - that mental picture might seem scary to some: the hand of big government imposing its way into our lives to tell us what we can and cannot do. As a Christian, though, the image that comes to my mind when I think of overreach is…
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  • Original Beards of the Sierra Club

    Green Life
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Early Sierra Clubbers documented a lot of their outings and, lucky for us, took snaps of some fantastic facial hair. For throwback Thursday, step into the archives and take a gander at these wondrous whiskers. (They look even more iconic in black and white.) Can you guess the beard pictured above? Here's a hint: he was an early Sierra Club member who is legendary for his stunning nature photography. (Read on to see if you guessed right.) Joseph LeConte (pictured above) was a geologist and founding Sierra Club member. He was also BFFs with John Muir, and one can only hope they had epic…
  • DIY Waste Audit

    Green Life
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Think of landfills as acne on the face of our planet: The more junk we bury, the worse the breakout is. An average person generates 4.5 lbs of waste a day, and the EPA says 75% of that could be recycled. On top of that, it's estimated that 21.5 million tons of food waste goes to landfills each year. Unlike puberty, this problem won't go away with time unless we become conscious about waste. This Earth Day get down and dirty in your dumpsters and perform a waste audit. It's an easy and effective way to measure what you're producing. When it's completed you'll have a…
  • 5 Homemade Musical Instruments

    Green Life
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Musical instruments can cost an arm and a leg. Good thing you can make them yourself from cheap materials like nails, tin cans, and dry pasta. Homemade instrument specialist Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou, who recently released an e-book and accompanying CD, shared some of her DIY projects, which we've included along with others found online.  Daria currently has an e-book available featuring 10 instruments to celebrate Earth Day. These homemade music instruments are perfect crafts to make with kids and the young at heart. Relying on common household items,…
  • Ford vs. Cadillac: Whose EV Is More American?

    Green Life
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Welcome to the battle of electric-car snark. First, Cadillac started running ads for its new luxury ELR, a sleek $75,000 coupe based on its popular “range extended” Volt (a small gas engine kicks in when the battery is depleted -- after about 37 miles -- extending a driver’s range to the fuel tank’s capacity of 380 miles or anywhere on the continent there’s a gas station). The ad, called “Poolside,” is notable because Cadillac doesn’t aim its pitch at greenies (read: Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf drivers) or even at high-tech early adopters (say, Tesla Model S drivers), but at…
  • Public Transportation Surges in Los Angeles

    Green Life
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The American Public Transportation Association is partying like it's 1956. That's because Americans took 10.65 billion trips on public transit systems in 2013 -- numbers not seen since the 1950s. In its annual ridership report, APTA stated that more Americans were using trains, buses, and subways as an alternative to commuting to work by car. The 2013 numbers narrowly surpassed the post-1950s high of 10.59 billion in 2008, when gas prices ballooned. According to APTA, what makes the 2013 numbers so exciting is that gas prices are lower now than they were in 2008. Public transit…
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  • Pseudoskeptics Are Not Skeptics

    John Mashey
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Genuine scientific skepticism is not just the unmoving rejection of evolution or climate change by fake skeptics, called pseudoskeptics.  The real thing avoids premature conclusions, recognizes uncertainty, motivates searches for good data and causes real skeptics to change their minds,  as put succinctly by John Maynard Keynes: “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Martin Gardner and Carl Sagan were famed skeptics, but most of the time, most scientists and many others must be, too, including contributors  at DeSmogBlog or Skeptical Science.
  • Interview: Big Men Director Rachel Boynton on Oil, Ghana and "Responsible Capitalism"

    Steve Horn
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The subtitle of the newly released documentary film Big Men is “everyone wants to be big” and to say the film covers a “big” topic is to put it mildly. Executive produced by Brad Pitt and directed by Rachel Boynton, the film cuts to the heart of how the oil and gas industry works and pushes film-watchers to think about why that's the case. Ghana's burgeoning offshore fields — in particular, the Jubilee Field discovered in 2007 by Kosmos Energy — serve as the film's case study. Image Credit: Ghana Oil Watch Boynton worked on the film for more than half a decade, beginning the…
  • Insect Population Dwindling in Louisiana Marshlands Four Years After BP Blowout

    Julie Dermansky
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Louisiana State University entomologist Linda Hooper-Bui has been studying the impact of the BP oil spill on insects and spiders for almost four years. She started her study shortly after the Macondo well blew out on April 20, 2010, before any oil washed up on shore. Her work documents the dwindling of the insect population in areas directly hit with the oil. On April 9th, she returned to Bay Jimmy and Bay Baptiste, areas that were heavily impacted by the oil spill in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. “Insects are the basis of the food chain. They are like nature's Twinkies,” Hooper-Bui…
  • After Over a Decade of Fracking, Oversight of Industry's Radioactive Waste Still Lacking

    Sharon Kelly
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    It has been roughly twelve years since fracking launched the great shale rush in the U.S. and the biggest problem with the technology — how to safely dispose of the enormous quantities of toxic waste generated — remains unsolved. In particular, regulators have struggled to fully understand or police the hazards posed by radioactivity found in fracking waste. The most common form of radioactivity in shale waste comes from radium-226, which happens also to be an isotope that takes the longest to decay. To be exact, radium-226’s half-life of roughly 1,600 years means that well over a…
  • New Study Shows Link Between Climate Change And California Drought

    Mike G
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    A study published by Geophysical Research Letters sheds new light on the connection between California's epic drought and human-induced climate change. The study carries the decidedly wonky title, “Probable causes of the abnormal ridge accompanying the 2013-14 California drought: ENSO precursor and anthropogenic warming footprint.” A subscription is required to read the full thing, but you can read the abstract, which concludes that “there is a traceable anthropogenic warming footprint in the enormous intensity of the anomalous ridge during winter 2013-14, the associated drought and…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Dodge Charger First Look: Live Photos

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It doesn’t seem like the current Dodge Charger is as old as it is, but the big sedan has been on the market in its current form since 2011. As seen at the New York Auto Show, the full-size Dodge will be getting an even bigger overhaul for 2015 with a new look inside and out and even a few changes made under the skin. MUST SEE: 2015 Dodge...
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger First Look: Live Photos

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Other than a much-needed interior update and a few special trim levels over the years, Dodge has made very few changes to the Dodge Challenger since it was reborn in 2008. With an updated Camaro and an all-new Mustang hitting the scene, Dodge is finally giving the Challenger a quick once over for the 2015 model year bringing an all-new interior...
  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Preview

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    The mission of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is straightforward: It squeezes in what might just be the most usable interior space in its compact class; it delivers an impressive sweet spot of performance, refinement, and fuel economy; and it can pack in a lot of features while keeping the price point in the mid-$20,000 range. But for 2015...
  • 2015 Honda HR-V First Look: A Small But Very 'Fit' Crossover

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Honda today at a New York Auto Show press conference gave America a first look at its upcoming Honda HR-V small crossover. The completely new Honda HR-V—a version of the Vezel that's already on sale overseas—will ride on underpinnings that are shared with the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit—and it will be built at the same new assembly...
  • 2015 Subaru Outback Preview

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Subaru Outback has, for nearly 20 years, been ‘the way’ that Americans like their wagons—more rugged and butch than a sport wagon, but not nearly as tall and imposing as many of the other utility vehicles that work for active families. So it’s not tremendously surprising that Subaru hasn’t messed all...
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    Green Living

  • Ready, set, grow!

    ToniK
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Urban Agriculture Pavilion at the Green Living Show by Green Living Editors Photo credit:  Green Living Show The urban landscape is often associated with barren scenes of concrete and steel.read more
  • Spicy Celery Salad

    ToniK
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Put a little spring in your step with this tasty recipe Recipe by Whole Foods Market All at once tart, sweet, spicy and fresh, this crunchy celery salad is dressed with a tahini and date dressing spiked with lemon juice and mint. Serves: 6read more
  • Roasted Asparagus with Lemon-Feta Crumble

    ToniK
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    A lovely way to prepare this seasonal favourite Recipe by Whole Foods Market Photo credit:  Whole Foods Market Piquant peppered feta cheese and fragrant lemon juice and zest are ideal additions to roasted asparagus. Serve for an easy brunch or dinner side dish, topped with a poached egg, if you like. read more
  • Pea and Asparagus Soup

    ToniK
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Put spring asparagus to use in this delicious, seasonal recipe Recipe by Whole Foods Market Photo credit:  Whole Foods Market Peas, asparagus and a touch of cream and dill make this soup perfectly festive for spring. It’s excellent served hot, and you can also enjoy it chilled. Serves: 6read more
  • Leafy wonders of spring foraging

    ToniK
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    A delicious look at wild edibles by Jessica Robertson Photo credit:  istockphoto/xjben The snow is gone and spring greens are popping up! Your body has been through a long, long winter with probably fewer fresh foods and less exercise than it would have liked.read more
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Oil, Gas & Petrochem Equipment

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Each month OG&PE announces more new equipment, products, systems, services, and technologies than any other oil industry magazine. Developments for drilling, production, wellhead, well servicing, oil recovery, refining, petrochemicals, gas processing, pipeline, storage, and natural gas are featured in special reports throughout each year.Request Free!
  • Renewable Energy Focus

    17 Mar 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Renewable Energy Focus provides a forum for debate and dialogue between research, industry, financial organizations and government bodies worldwide. With in-depth coverage and incisive editorial on all areas of renewable energy, the magazine takes an objective look at Biomass, Geothermal, Hydroelectricity, Photovoltaic, Solar power, Tidal and wave power and Wind power.Request Free!
  • Environmental Design + Construction

    1 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    Published monthly on 100 percent de-inked recycled fiber paper, Environmental Design + Construction provides the progressive architect, designer, specifying engineer and building developer with essential information on the rapidly growing green building industry.Request Free!
  • Power Engineering

    1 Mar 2014 | 12:20 am
    Power Engineering, first published in 1896, is a monthly engineering and applications magazine that serves the North American power generation industry including electric utilities, industrial power plants, independent power producers, co-generators, and the engineering design and construction firms serving this industry.Request Free!
  • Electric Light & Power

    1 Feb 2014 | 12:20 am
    Electric Light & Power provides insight into industry news about power generation, transmission and distribution, financial and regulatory issues, information technology, customer information systems, customer service and risk management.Request Free!
 
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World’s Most Ethical Companies

    Vikas Vij
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Ethisphere Institute has come out with its annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The list includes 144 winners, with companies ranging from Ford Motor, Kellogg and Microsoft [...] The post 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World’s Most Ethical Companies appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse

    3BL Media
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Some are calling the new nine-episode Showtime Series, Years of Living Dangerously, the “The Greatest Story Ever Ignored.” For those of you without cable,  the first episode of the series can [...] The post Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer [...] The post The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer?

    Justmeans
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Russell Gold’s pragmatic piece about fracking in the Wall Street Journal makes a number of excellent points. First, our economy has such an enormous appetite for energy, that there is no way [...] The post If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer? appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility

    Sangeeta Haindl
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is seen as a smart way to conduct business, making corporate entities into socially responsible citizens, visibly contributing to the social good. Socially responsible companies do [...] The post India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • My Experience as an Energy Circle Intern

    Conrad Birkett
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    About a monthAbout a month ago I finished an internship with Energy Circle. I jumped on board for 15 weeks starting in early September and was finished a heartbeat later. It was a great experience that gave me a lot moving forward, far surpassing the expectations I had. Recently I finished an internship with Energy Circle. I was on board for 15 weeks and was finished a heartbeat later. It was a great experience that gave me a lot moving forward, far surpassing the expectations I had. To give those expectations some context, I was looking to satisfy a semester internship requirement for my…
  • Social Media is Becoming More Visual. How Do You Keep Up?

    Peter Troast
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    There's been a trend in social media towards increasingly image-centric, less text-heavy content. Some have called it the "Pinterest-ization" of the internet, but whatever you call it, the basic takeaway is that people process images faster than text, they're drawn to images more than text, and social media platforms are taking note. Every recent redesign of every social media platform has emphasized visuals over text.  So, as a Home Performance business trying to maximize your promotional efforts on channels like Facebook and Twitter, how do you keep up?
  • 9 Ways to Beat Google's Location Bias While Avoiding the Pitfalls of "Thin Content"

    Peter Troast
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    As we've said before, a strong local SEO presence is critical for home performance businesses. Local SEO, as a reminder, applies to almost all the relevant terms in our industry (such as "insulation" or "air conditioning" or "energy audit") that the search engine algorithms detect as being local in nature.  For home energy contractors that work in a service area, and all service area businesses (SAB's) for that matter, there's an obvious problem: a company that serves multiple cities tends to have trouble ranking for cities and towns other than…
  • Google+ Local Update: Dealing with the "Forced March to Social"

    Will
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:55 am
    In our recent post about how to deal with the Google Places -> Google+ merge, we mentioned something called the "forced march to social." We didn't coin the term, but it's a good way to describe the challenge that local business owners trying to market their businesses on Google face. Essentially, the problem is this: Google wants to push Google+ as a social platform (arguably to compete with Facebook), and they're using their local search results to force businesses into using Google+ Local as a social platform. Back in August Google started automatically upgrading…
  • Survival Guide to the Google+ Local Merge

    Will
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Google Local world is one of the most important marketing channels for small businesses like yours. It's also one of the most confusing. This can make it extremely difficult for time-strapped folks trying to run a business to "do the right thing" in the eyes of Google. This post is intended to help you figure out what your next steps should be, whether you're a seasoned internet marketer trying to stay on top of the latest updates, or you haven't claimed your listing yet and are just getting started. In this post we'll be discussing a few terms frequently and…
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    Sweet Greens | Your Earth Friendly Guide to All Things Green + Eco Friendly

  • 6 Simple Green Ways to Reconnect with Your Family this Week

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    Reconnecting with your family is super important, especially during those busy weekdays. Between work, school, appointments, extra curricular activities and homework, it may seen like a feat to simply have dinner together as a family. To keep your family bond tight and communication between family members open, it's important to have fun activities "scheduled" each week to spend time together. I am a huge fan of getting creative when it comes to reconnecting with your family - especially since it doesn't matter how good your intentions are, you won't have a lot of time to spend together at…
  • Forget April Fools', We Had a Spring Break Surprise!

    Jennie Lyon
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Hello, Friends! How have you been? Are your children home from Spring Break? Eben has been home for the past 12 glorious days - so posting has been non-existent. Our Spring Break was pretty spectacular - we had friends visiting from Montana and our days were spent snorkeling, paddleboarding, beachcombins, flyfishing and traveling to the Keys! We had so much fun, which made getting back into the school routine that much harder. However, we managed to get up and to school on time today, only to find out that there isn't school - it's a teacher work day!It cracked me up, Eben had a mix of…
  • Do You Use Herbs During Flu Season to Boost Your Immunity Naturally?

    Jennie Lyon
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    October - March is cold season, which means that over 1 billion of us will have a nasty little cold and 10% of us will get the flu. Getting sick can't always be avoided, it may just be your body's way of telling you that you need to slow down and take some time out to rest. I think this is what my body is trying to tell me - I have decided to listen.You can help your body avoid the cold and flu by pumping up your immune system. Your immune system is your body's natural defense team with the ability to protect you from potentially harmful bacteria and viruses. There are four key steps that I…
  • 7 Simple Ways to Save Money and the Environment Today

    Jennie Lyon
    5 Mar 2014 | 4:21 am
    Many people feel that going green is simply too expensive to achieve overnight. Or, they feel that the process is simply too overwhelming, and don't know where to start. And while I completely understand that buying an electric car, harvesting rain water and retrofitting your home with solar panels isn't feasible for many of us - there are ways that you can start living green today. A lot of these tips take minimal effort, but have a huge impact on the environment, your health and your wallet, read on.  1. UnplugIf your home is like ours, you have several electronics that aren't used on…
  • 7 Steps to Creating an Organic Garden with Your Children this Spring

    Jennie Lyon
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Gardening is a fantastic activity that everyone in your family will enjoy, regardless of age. It is the perfect way to spend several days a week working together outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Gardening is also great for instilling a sense of responsibility, cooperative learning and excitement in your child. Not to mention, when all is said and done, you are left with a beautiful bounty of fresh, organic foods that your family grew together - and will consume together. Read on to learn how to create an organic garden with your children this spring, you will reap the rewards all year…
 
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    Newsy Headlines

  • First Ever 'Female Penis' Discovered In Animal Kingdom

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Watch VideoTurns out when it comes to sex for one recently-identified community of insects, the females wear the pants ... and the penises. Yeah, we said it — don't be bashful.In the vast cave network of Brazil, researchers discovered a new genus of insects, including four new species, that have reverse sex organs. (Via YouTube / Greg Gay)BBC explains the Neotrogla female has an elaborate, penis-like organ they use to insert into the males' vagina-like opening. So if these female insects have something like a penis and males have something like a vagina,…
  • Everest Avalanche Kills 12 Guides, More Missing

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Watch VideoOfficials are calling it the deadliest accident ever to happen on Mt. Everest. A group of 50 people, mostly Nepalese Sherpas, were climbing Mt. Everest to help repair ropes, but only made it to about 20,000 feet when disaster struck.At least 12 Sherpa guides, who are legendary mountaineers, were swept away and killed in the avalanche Friday morning. CNN notes several others are still missing, so the death toll could rise. "With no apparent warning, a wall of snow crashed over the western shoulder of Everest, covering a popular path to the mountain's peak. ...
  • Texas Officials Seize Polygamist Warren Jeff's YFZ Ranch

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Watch VideoThe state of Texas has seized The Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, where officials say imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sexually assaulted young girls. Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is serving life in prison for the sexual assaults, according to KRIV.KEYE reports when the Texas Department of Public Safety seized the ranch, they found eight adults living on the property. According to CNN, the state filed for seizure in 2012, and it got approval to take possession of the property on…
  • Vice Principal Rescued From Capsized Ferry Found Hanged

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Watch VideoMore tragic news in the aftermath of the capsized South Korean ferry carrying 475 people."We just learned a vice principal rescued from the ship has apparently hanged himself. He was found near where the families are gathering." (Via CNN)According to USA Today, police found the Danwon High School vice principal hanging from a tree Friday as people gathered at the school to post messages for the hundreds of students who disappeared when the ship suddenly started sinking Wednesday morning. (Via Euronews)The vice principal has only been…
  • Ark. Man Finds 6-Carat Diamond At State Park

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Watch VideoAn Arkansas man has found a nearly 6.2-carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park. KARK reports David Anderson found the large stone while hunting for diamonds Monday. The park said Anderson moved to Murfreesboro, where the park is located, so he could constantly search for diamonds. That's how much he loves them.KATV points out the park says it's the 15th largest diamond found at the park in the last four decades, and it's about the size of a jelly bean.Most of the reported finds at the park are of diamonds that are less than 1-carat. Between March 6…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • 'Foodloss Challenge Project' Launched

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by allegro Takahi All Rights Reserved. The Foodloss Challenge Project, an organization established in Japan in December 2012, aims to raise awareness and seek solutions to the food loss (also known as "food waste") issue by bringing knowledge and resources together from various stakeholders such as consumers, businesses, producers, nonprofit organizations, and experts.
  • NPO Opens 'Community Living Room' to Share Daily Life Activities

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Dreamtown, a Japanese non-profit organization (NPO) involved in community activities, opened in Tokyo on March 24, 2013, "Community Living Room Plus-One," where people of all generations can interact for the purposes of mutual aid and learning.
  • Student-Led Micro Hydro Power System Being Expanded Worldwide

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by L26 Some Rights Reserved. Students of Kyoto Municipal Fushimi Industrial High School successfully developed a micro hydropower system using a spiral water turbine in February 2012. Their hydro power technologies are now used both locally and outside of their region. Under the concept of producing the system using readily available materials at minimal costs, they experimentally produced a hydropower system using wood from the maintenance of local forests and used bike components. Their hydropower systems have now been expanded to supply power for electric fences that prevent damage…
  • Tokyo's Adachi Ward to Recycle Bulky Wood Waste, First in Japan

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Kirsten Pauli Some Rights Reserved. Adachi Ward in Tokyo announced on January 30, 2014, that it will begin recycling bulky wood waste, a first for a Japanese municipality. Aiming at recycling 40 percent of bulky, oversized waste from households, the ward plans to recover 400 tons of valuable wood resources per year from discarded waste.
  • Toyota Aqua is World's Most Efficient Hybrid Car

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Toyota Motor Corporation began sales of an improved model of its Aqua compact hybrid vehicle on December 2, 2013. As a result of the upgrade, the company achieved a fuel efficiency of 37.0 km/L, the world's highest for a gas-powered passenger vehicle, which does not include plug-in hybrid vehicles (according to Toyota; as of November 2013).
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    About.com Environmental Issues

  • The Effects of the Western Drought

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    The 2013-2014 winter will be remembered for being unusually cold and snowy in much of eastern North America. In the West, though, it was a different story. Many parts of California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico are going through a severe drought. Read more about the expected effects from that record drought....Read Full Post
  • Today's Top Environmental Issues

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Environmental threats change over time. Wetlands were once converted to agriculture at a high rate, destroying habitat for numerous plants and animals. Now, wetlands such as these, in the prairie pothole region, are threatened by climate change. What do you thing are the top current environmental issues? Here is my take on it...read more....Read Full Post
  • It's Maple Syrup Time, Part II

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    As promised, here's an article examining whether sugar maples, and maple syrup production, are affected by climate change. The sugaring season here in New York is winding down, although we had a very nice sap run today. Soon the buds will start opening, changing the composition and abundance of sap. At that point, any syrup made would have a very poor taste. Enjoy the spring.
  • It's Maple Syrup Time!

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Here on the Allegheny Plateau the snow has been melting and the days are getting longer. It's sugaring time. The spring ritual of tapping sugar maple trees is here. We have been boiling sap down all weekend, reducing it 40 to 1 to make maple syrup. The window during which the sap runs is very short, maybe 2 or 3 weeks. This phenology event varies in timing from year to year, and old-time maple syrup producers have notice changes in the last few decades. Here's an article examining whether climate change is affecting the sugar maple stands of eastern North America, along with the maple syrup…
  • Finally, It's Spring!

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Well, that's what the calendar says. With a few more inches of snow coming tomorrow night, it's hard to believe spring is here, but we do observe some signs: the first Red-winged Blackbirds are back, for example. Most other migratory birds are hanging back, though, waiting for better conditions. The Black-throated Blue Warblers I saw in the Bahamas earlier this month won't be here until late May. They, and many other insectivorous birds, try to time their arrival so that they can start breeding at a time when food resources are at a high. The timing is crucial: too soon and they will have a…
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • You Can Change The Horrid Conditions Of American Farmworkers

    Mary Gerush
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a consumer, you are a vital link in the food chain — bringing fresh fruit and vegetables into your home and your diet. Your food decisions make a difference in how produce is grown, harvested and sold: if you demand better practices, you can make a difference. - Equitable Food Institute (EFI) When you dig into the the realities of our food system, you find truths you don’t want to know. Such is the case with farmworkers’ conditions, their rights, and their safety. You need to know the truth, because you can help change it. Farmworkers: Overworked, Underpaid, and Unprotected…
  • 30 Second Guacamole Recipe: Instaguac!

    Becky Striepe
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    If you’re planning a party and need to throw together a last minute snack in a hurry, you don’t have to sacrifice your whole food values. Check out this 30 second guacamole recipe! This is something that I have made quite a few times, and it works so well! I’d fallen out of this habit until my friend Ashley at A Cook in the Making shared her own instaguac recipe earlier this week. Are you ready? If you’ve never done this, it might blow your mind a little bit. 30 Second Guacamole Recipe Ingredients about 1/4 cup fresh salsa – Choose a brand that doesn’t use…
  • Why Do Onions Make You Cry? How Chemicals Work in Food [Infographic]

    Jill Ettinger
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We eat. It’s as much a part of being human as breathing. But unlike breathing, food is much more fun, and complicated. We have so many flavors, colors and textures of foods to choose from. But with that come all kinds of weird effects as a result of the chemical compounds in food: Why do onions make you cry? Why does asparagus makes your pee stink? If you have ever wondered about these weird effects of food, you’re not alone. A British graduate chemist and secondary school teacher, who is remaining anonymous, set out to help explain these food chemical phenomena with some pretty rad…
  • What if You Woke Up Tomorrow and Cinnabon Was Vegan?

    Jill Ettinger
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve never eaten at (or a) Cinnabon. I’ve smelled the cloying aroma wafting through shopping malls inappropriately mixing with department store perfumes and greasy Sbarro pizza. It offends me not just as a vegan who can’t eat anything at a Cinnabon, but also as a human being who prides myself on my ability to not face dive into gobs of white flour and sugar in the name of something resembling a breakfast food.  We need Cinnabons on earth about as much as we need the shopping malls they live in. That is, until the news of a vegan Cinnabon-like chain called Cinnaholic. What? According to…
  • Plant a Garden for Healthy Vegan Bones

    Ginny Messina
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Gardening is one of those hobbies that has it all. It’s great exercise, can save you money, is good for mental health, and produces the world’s healthiest vegan foods including these for healthy bones. You don’t need an acre of loamy soil to do it, either. You can garden in a tiny yard or even in pots on your deck or patio. And, it doesn’t matter what you grow since any plant food fresh out of the ground will be good for you. But this year, I’m doing a theme garden that is brimming with fruits and vegetables that keep bones healthy. They happen to also be among the easiest to grow.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • CO2-Free Study Finds Wind/Solar Power Cheaper Than Nuclear Or CCS

    Sandy Dechert
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Agora Energiewende today released the results of a cost analysis of four different CO2-free power scenarios in Europe. Says Patrick Graichen, executive director of Agora: “Wind and solar systems will dominate the power system in increasingly more countries. The battle for the cheapest CO2-free power mix is decided. In the future wind and solar will play an ever greater role in countries across the world as a source of power.” The German “think-&-do-tank,” funded by the Mercator Foundation and European Climate Foundation, came to two conclusions: New wind and solar can…
  • Eighth Continent Discovered: The Secret Continent

    Derek Markham
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    For your next vacation, consider taking a trip to the newest continent on Earth, The Secret Continent, and enjoy the Museum of Modern Junk, dine on Plastic Bouillabaisse, dress in Debris Couture, and even see some celebrities! This eighth continent is a charming destination, brought to you in part by big soda companies and their plastic bottles, and is conveniently located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean: OK, so The Secret Continent is not a fancy resort, but it is real, and to raise awareness of this heinous ocean phenomenon, the home beverage carbonation company SodaStream, in partnership…
  • Sewing Hope, Saving The Lives Of Children, Restoring Dignity — Sister Nyirumbe’s Love, & The Fearlessness Of Service

    Cynthia Shahan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    To “make a difference,” a life and death difference in the lives of children is the highest value of human service. Listening to Sister Nyirumbe, I immediately understand a truth — there is no other experience that empowers or allows such fierce fearlessness and emanating joy as the joy one owns who connects to the divine through service. Like her, a smile burst forth larger than life — vivid life. Talking to her, one might not perceive that she encounters the near-dead every day. Here is a woman who allows and listens to the stories of thousands of children who were…
  • A Special Solar Drone For Social Media

    Sandy Dechert
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Drones are no longer known as mere weapons of war. At least, that’s how Google, Facebook, and other online giants like Amazon appear to be thinking. Google has just acquired Titan Aerospace, a promising solar-powered drone maker, as part of its plans to globalize wireless internet. Titan’s website provides news that the company is working the Solara 50 and 60 nonstop “atmospheric satellites,” unmanned ultralight solar jets designed to fly nonstop (well over 250 million miles, or 400M km), for at least 5 years at a time. Wing-mounted solar panels and onboard battery…
  • ‘Super Cells – Building With Biology’ – The Hope (And Hype) of Bio-Design [Book Review]

    Michael Ricciardi
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Part ‘history of’, part ‘how to’, and a good portion hype, Super Cells ~ Building With Biology, by Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim, is a fascinating, inspiring, and not-infrequently self-promoting/congratulating celebration of the “collision of Biology, Design and Digital Fabrication.” The book heralds a new movement referred to as bio-design (or biodesign) in which diverse designers appropriate the tools and methods of bio-engineering as well as a relatively new scientific discipline called synthetic biology (note: synthetic biology seeks to synthetically…
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    Sustainablog

  • Open Source Seeds: Some Middle Ground in the GMO Debate?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    University of Wisconsin scientists sort open source seeds After a life-and-death experience several years ago, I made a commitment to myself: no more posts on genetic modification! It’s such a charged topic, and I just don’t need the stress… I’m going to break that commitment today, because I came across a concept that may do some bridge-building between those supportive of GMO technology and those opposed to it: open source seeds. I’ve wondered for quite some time if adding some transparency, and taking the the proprietary aspects out of, genetic modification…
  • How to Build a Keyhole Garden

    Guest Author
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I’m a big fan of raised bed gardening approaches: I really don’t want to do a ton of digging, and, as an urban homeowner, I need to maximize the space I have. So I was intrigued when I ran across this post on the keyhole garden, a raised-bed style of gardening that originated in Africa. The plan below provided by a reader at The Homesteading Boards is intriguing (though also expensive, as he mentions). Make sure to click through to appropedia’s page on the keyhole garden, and watch the videos available: you may get some ideas for simpler and less expensive approaches. If you…
  • Custom Snowboards Made from “Right in Our Back Yard” Wood: Empire Grown

    Important Media Cross-Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    I’ve become really tired of the word “artisan” (or “artisanal”) on products: as far as I can see, it generally means “expensive.” I rarely see that such products involve the kind of loving, caring creativity undertaken by a true artisan.  What do I associate with that word? A deep level of knowledge of the materials and processes involved in creating a product. A dedication to small-scale production that allows the creator to assess the quality of each individual product. A personal connection with the customers who purchase the product (and those…
  • How to Build a Wind Turbine for $30

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Renewable energy = high upfront costs… right? Yes, if you’re paying someone else to put your system together for you. Now, that seems like kind of a no-brainer for most of us: I certainly don’t feel like I know enough to build my own solar panel array or wind turbine. But folks like Marcin Jakubowski of Open Source Ecology, and Daniel Connell, who created the Solarflower, think that an awful lot of us can build relatively sophisticated technology on our own… if we have the right instructions, and if the materials and tools required are easily available. Both of these…
  • World Wind Power Poised to Bounce Back after Slowing in 2013

    Earth Policy Institute
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    By J. Matthew Roney At the end of 2013, the wind farms installed in more than 85 countries had a combined generating capacity of 318,000 megawatts, which would be enough to meet the residential electricity needs of the European Union’s 506 million people. New data from the Global Wind Energy Council show that wind developers built 35,000 megawatts of new generating capacity worldwide in 2013. This was down from 45,000 megawatts installed in 2012—marking only the second time in 25 years that installed capacity increased by less than it did the year before. The principal reason for the…
 
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  • Easter Crafts: Make Chalkboard Place Cards!

    Bonnie Getchell
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Searching for last minute Easter crafts? Make these simple chalkboard place cards! With Easter just a few days away, I came up with a super easy craft that anyone can make: chalkboard place cards in the shape of an egg! They are the perfect way to add a little fun to your Easter table this year! What You Will Need: 1. Recycled cardboard 2. Scissors 3. A pencil 4. Chalkboard paint 5. Chalk How To Do It: 1. With a pencil, draw several egg shapes on your recycled cardboard. Draw as many eggs as you will need for each person. 2. Carefully cut out all of the eggs. 3. Chalkboard paint your eggs! If…
  • Spotted: Recycled Wood Wall Art

    Becky Striepe
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    How cute is this foxy piece of wall art made from recycled wood? Amy at On a Crafty Adventure made this sweet bit of wall decor out of recycled wood that she found behind the wood pile at her new house. I love how it combines the rustic look of reclaimed wood with a modern figure. Here’s what you need to make your own recycled wood wall art: 15-20 pieces of reclaimed wood, de-nailed and cut to size saw, sandpaper, hammer to remove any nails, new nails piece of wood for backing – reclaimed, if possible! printer (optional) pens and paper pencil paint Ready to make some wall art?
  • DIY Baby Toy Log that Rattles

    Becky Striepe
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Got an old pill bottle handy? Here’s how to turn it into a simple plush DIY baby toy that rattles! My kid is super into toys that make noise lately, so when I finished off a round of antibiotics, I saved the bottle to make a DIY baby toy for him that has a built in rattle. I wanted something simple that would encourage creative play, and this faux bois “log” toy was just what I imagined. Here’s how you can make your own! Want more pill bottle crafts? Check these out! I used this beautiful wood grain Harmony Art fabric from our sponsors at Organic Cotton Plus.
  • Spotted: How to Dye Fabric with Tea

    Becky Striepe
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    Got some plain fabric handy? Check out how to dye fabric with tea for a natural, earthy look. We love natural fabric dyes around here, so I was intrigued when I ran across this tutorial from the Textile Arts Center on how to dye fabric with tea. The tutorial author uses a really cool, non-toxic resist technique along with the tea-dyeing to create really cool patterns on her fabric. You can do the resistance thing or just straight up tea-dye your fabric. To tea-dye your fabric, you will need: black tea undyed or light-colored fabric pot with boiling water tongs If you want to make patterns,…
  • Kids Can Upcycle!: 15 Upcycling Projects for Kids

    Julie Finn
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Kids love to make their own toys, and when they upcycle those toys from stuff that you’d otherwise put in the trash or the recycling bin, then they’re not only having fun and saving money, but also learning valuable lessons about eco-friendly creativity. Here are  upcycling projects to get your kids started (but don’t be surprised when they also come up with something truly unique!): 1. T-shirt + plastic bags. Let a kid practice their beginning sewing skills by sewing together a stuffie using an old T-shirt for the fabric–jersey knit won’t ravel, so it’s…
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  • Impacts Of Highly Efficient Air Conditioners On The Environment

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Your air conditioner and environment don’t always complement each other, especially because of this appliance’s high energy needs to cool a home. In recent years, modern technology has improved the standard AC unit, making it smaller, more efficient and quieter than ever before. There are several critical impacts made to the environment by highly efficient air conditioners. Upgrading an older unit improves your monthly costs and helps the environment too. Air conditioners cost U.S. homeowners more than $11 billion each year, and regular maintenance can keep your air conditioner…
  • Steel Buildings Go Green!

    admin
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:20 pm
    With the global emphasis on “green” technology informing nearly every aspect of society it was only a matter of time before the movement would impact on the construction industry. Green construction is just as much a buzzword as anything else connected to any environmental concern, and companies will definitely have to do their part if they hope to remain competitive in a market that has seemingly become infatuated with everything green http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_building. It is interesting to note that some of the most promising developments in green construction and…
  • Efficient Compaction Equipment Systems for Property Management

    admin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Recycling paper products, making the most of limited space, and restricting odors and liquids, are three of the main reasons why industries turn to compaction equipment. These types of systems can make a world of difference in how your property is perceived by visitors by offering maintenance solutions. In addition, the savings of garbage removal can be astounding and New recycling plant creates cash from trash Pre-Crushers One of the costs associated with garbage bins is the amount of space that they need and the frequency of dumping. A pre-crusher is made from steel and built to compact…
  • Why Choose Low or No VOC Paint

    admin
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:09 pm
    In 2014, the movement toward being environmentally-friendly is continuing to gain speed. Experts from Toronto painters are going beyond recycling and turning off the lights when they leave a room to more global projects that have an even stronger impact on the world. Selecting green paint, those with low or no VOC content, is one of the steps you can take to do your part. What are VOCs Before you decide to use this type of green paint, understanding exactly what VOCs are is important. Volatile organic compound stands for volatile organic compound. When these compounds are released into the…
  • How To Effectively Utilize Your Green Energy

    admin
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    Our home is our castle, but that doesn’t mean that we should be selfish about the world outside our door. It is up to us to take care of our environment, and that can start in our home. Read on to find some ideas which will help you implement green energy solutions within your home. For example, Green Energy BC is a single resource for all you need to know about energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. While it makes sense to change from traditional light bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs you should wait until your old ones are all burned out. It is not a good idea to throw…
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  • How The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Could Change The World

    Administrator
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    If conventional vehicles are the old crotchety parents, and the electric vehicles are the honor roll kids, using that fancy ‘new math,’ then might the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle be likened to the genius red-headed step-child? I’m not really sure where that analogy was going, but it seems to me that we ought to be paying a whole lot more attention to the genius, in spite of the fact that his methods might seem a little unorthodox. Development in Transportation True, the conventional vehicle has been around for over one hundred years, and we’ve come a long way since the first automobile…
  • Free Tire Inspection for National Car Care Month

    Kristen
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Somerset Tire Service, Inc. is offering complimentary 28-point tire and vehicle inspections throughout the month of April in support of National Car Care Month. There are 150 full-service car care centers throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. This is a huge advantage for car owners looking to save money on gas this month, since  a regularly inspected vehicle is one of the very best ways to improve gas mileage. “Routine maintenance, especially after such harsh weather, is truly key to helping prevent expensive unanticipated repairs. National Car Care Month is a nationwide…
  • Ford Fusion Joins Efficiency And Style

    Bob Leonard
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    For decades, the prospect of electric cars has hovered around the industry, spiking interest when oil prices spiked. But eventually, relief at the pump cooled consumer desires, and few took sustained interest in electric automotive power. It was written off as impractical, expensive, trendy, or all of the above. Manufacturers stuck with improving fuel economy for gas-powered vehicles and, like the market, left electric power for later consideration. When an apparently permanent overall rise in the price of crude oil emerged in the last few years, Ford Motor Company went to the forefront…
  • Vegetable Oil In Your Tank

    nermin
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Things to Consider in Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) If you’ve read the recent Science article about biofuels co-authored by Nature Conservancy scientist Joe Fargione, you may know that biofuels made from corn and other food by-products have serious drawbacks — namely, land conversion from forest to agriculture creates a huge carbon debt. While WVO is by no means the answer to all our transportation problems, it does have some redeeming qualities: Emissions testing of WVO shows that it produces lower levels of CO and PM (particulate matter) than diesel when tested in the same vehicle (tested…
  • Smartphones to Save Public Transit

    Kristen
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    Conversations about the future of mobility has long revolved around ideas like self-driving cars, electric vehicles like Tesla, and far-fetched ideas like hoverboards. However, with more and more companies creating smart phone applications, one industry in particular will likely get a huge boost in popularity – public transit. According to an article by Mother Nature Network, here’s why: We can track the exact location of train, bus, or tram and plan our movements accordingly with smartphone apps. No more wondering if you’ve missed your ride or running exasperatingly for…
 
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  • Simple living with kids: Instead of malls, be in nature

    Kristine Buenavista
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    “Ah, I wish I could be a child again… life was easier back then!” Do you also feel like this? It is said that if we want to learn about simple living, we should learn it from kids. On the other hand, with all the rush and superficiality around us, how possible is it for […] The post Simple living with kids: Instead of malls, be in nature appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Recycling through education in Montenegro

    Marija Tegovska
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    In my last article dedicated to recycling in Montenegro, I finished by saying that “…a project of selective waste disposal without education is a waste of money.” Environmental education involves favoring new lifestyles, new ethical and cultural values, and a new free and responsible personality. I would therefore like to continue with this topic but from […] The post Recycling through education in Montenegro appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Let’s ‘cleanup’: Think globaly, act Bosnia

    Ivana Petkukjeska
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:09 am
    Back in 2011, a group of young people in Bosnia attended an English language course and saw a video where huge number of about 50,000 people from Estonia, among which numbered politicians, actors, athletes etc., managed to clean the country’s roadsides, forests and towns in just one day. Supported only by their own enthusiasm, these […] The post Let’s ‘cleanup’: Think globaly, act Bosnia appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Iberian lynx cubs bring hope to Doñana

    Marta Diaz
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    A brood of four Iberian lynx cubs was born on the 5th of April in the natural space of Doñana in the South of Spain. The lynx is an endangered species threatened by several factors all over the world. Nowadays, the Iberian Lynx (one of the four lynx species) can only be found in an […] The post Iberian lynx cubs bring hope to Doñana appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Making personal sense of Bristol, England

    Richard Farrell
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Social scientist David Émile Durkheim lived from 1858 to 1917, when rapid social change was sweeping Europe. He pondered over whether society would maintain coherence in the face of this. He thought “anomie” — a sense of individual separation from the mass — was the greatest threat. In his model, this breaks down the collective […] The post Making personal sense of Bristol, England appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
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  • Forbidden Planet Out Takes

    Jim
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
  • The Magnet Motor

    Jim
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    As I look back on our vision of the quest for gravity control, I can trace my peaks of frustration over the years. I would ‘give up’ and lose faith that I might be a part of the discovery and implimentation of gravity control. I lost faith in myself but never lost faith that the […]
  • Graphene, Not Plastics

    Jim
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    The Tech Community is high on graphene, a carbon based substance that appears to hold the future of the world. Graphene!
  • Grebennikov’s Flying Platform

    Jim
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    To explain Grebennikov’s flying platform, first here’s Jerry Decker of Keelynet And now, Dan A. Davidison explains the basis behind Grebennikov’s findings and how certain insects really fly (levitate) linking how a spinning vortex creates a magnetic field counteracting gravity. It’s possible that an electrostatic effect is occurring too at the nano level. Dan A. […]
  • A ‘Serious’, “Short Doc”, on UFO’s, Aliens, Disclosure, & Free Energy

    Jim
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    I get a funny feeling, looks like a religion. Perhaps involving the Fish People, Nephilim and Annunaki. I have issues with Dr Robert Greer but at the same time, I’m not there, so my obstinance is from a distance. And I am in total agreement with him on so much but as an idealist, why […]
 
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  • 10 Terrifying Stormwater Pollution Statistics

    rpfjr
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    It seems that when it comes to green building activities, environmental landscaping is slowly and surely gaining traction as a notable talking point... And for good reason. With all the unpredictable weather we've been having, it's never too soon to start thinking, or learning, about stormwater management. Summary of News:  Think you know how scary the danger of storm water runoff pollution is? Think again, and then read this! Expert:  Rob Freeman Jr, LEED AP Related Advice:  Stormwater SWPPP Training: Applicable to San Diego CA Requirements? Stormwater Runoff Products:…
  • Calculating Preconsumer Recycled Content in LEED MRc4?

    rpfjr
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Question:  Nor asks: I have submitted Material Resources Calculator for MRc4, MRc5 and MRc7. The USGBC gave feedback with comments regarding MRc4 and MRc5. The comment said that total percentage of MRc4 and MRc7 must not exceed 100%. In cutsheet shown that 76.9 (102lbs) for certified wood while 69.2% (92lbs) for preconsumer. Should I subtract total percentage from certified wood with preconsumer to get preconsumer percentage? (eg: 76.9% - 69.2%). Hi Nor, From the question I understand that for a particular wood based product, the cut-sheet shows 76.9% certified wood and 69.2%…
  • What is the LEED Certification Procedure for Manufacturing Facilities?

    rpfjr
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    Question:  Abhi asks: What are the procedures for obtaining LEED certification for New Construction for a chemical manufacturing Factory? Hi Abhi, Currently there are separate rating systems for datacenters and warehouses, but not yet for factories. So, you would have to apply for New Construction rating system. You could check case-studies of other LEED factories like: 1. General Motors’ new Lansing Delta Township (Mich.) Assembly Plant - LEED Gold certified 2. Volkswagen's auto manufacturing plant in Tennessee - LEED Platinum certified 3. Taekwang Vina's Nike Factory, Vietnam - LEED…
  • Divya Nambiar

    rpfjr
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Summary of Services:  I am an architect, LEED AP BD+C and PMP. As an adjunct lecturer in Dubai, I am actively involved in green building research. I have facilitated 7 LEED projects globally. I am an architect, LEED AP BD+C and PMP. As an adjunct lecturer in Dubai, I am actively involved in green building research. I have facilitated 7 LEED projects globally. LEED Specialty:  Sustainability Planning Logo:  Image: 
  • Should I Take LEED GA First?

    rpfjr
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Question:  Hi, my name is Rajitha, and I would like to take the LEED AP Exam... Should I take the LEED Green Associate Exam first and then write BD+C, ID+C etc.? I am an IGBC AP and do not have any work experience nor am I attached to any firm. I am an Architectural Engineer presently not practicing. So can I take the LEED AP Exam? From where can I get the reference guides. Thank you. Hi Rajitha, Thank you for your email. Yes, you should take the LEED Green Associate exam first, then take the LEED AP exam. As an IGBC AP, you should be pretty well prepared for both exams already, but you…
 
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    Green Eco Blog

  • 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

    admin
    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.
  • 3-Miilionth Prius Hits the Road

    admin
    9 Jul 2013 | 6:46 am
    The car that pretty much started it all keeps rolling on and on!! Three generations in sixteen years and more than three million units sold worldwide – as of the end of June, those are the stats on the Toyota Prius. Even though Toyota says Prius sales might not reach the goal of 250,000 units this year, the little hybrid that could still doesn’t have any problem flying off dealer lots. The second-generation Prius sold 1.2 million examples in its eight-year lifespan, and the third generation, introduced in 2009, has sold 1.7 million examples in just four years. Read the full…
  • Audi Quattro Making a Comeback

    admin
    19 Jun 2013 | 7:06 am
    Audi is planning to return the Quattro to its lineup some 30 years after the original model first appeared, Autoweek sources say. September’s Frankfurt motor show is shaping up as the likely backdrop for the reveal; the car looks like it could be one of the German automaker’s most exciting cars in quite some time. Word is sales will start in 2014. Read the full article here.
  • Why New Cars Lose Value so Quickly

    admin
    9 May 2013 | 12:41 pm
    We have all heard the saying that the second you drive it off the lot you lose x amount of dollars on your new car, here is why. Contemplating buying a new car? The unfortunate downside of the experience is not the sales rep’s hackneyed opening lines or the stale showroom coffee, but the financial hit you’ll take the moment you drive your new pride and joy off the lot. Wise consumers know the biggest expense of a new car is depreciation — that pecuniary penance that devalues your new ride as soon as you sign the ownership papers. One U.S. consumer website estimates buyers lose…
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  • #TruMoo Chocolate Marshmallow milk: the perfect drink for snow days

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    "This post is an announcement about the new seasonal Chocolate Marshmallow Milk that's in stores this month only! We can't wait to try it! For this post TruMoo's Chocolate Milk was used and is available year-round" #TruMoo, no HFCS! That makes FreshGreenKim smile! While people across the nation are combating cabin fever and trying to stay warm during our polar vortex, comfort food and drinks
  • Light is your choice -- Life beyond incandescent bulbs

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Lightbulb Hoarding Learn more about your choices from today's sponsor: Osram Sylvania
  • The coolest and hottest thermostat ever (Honeywell review and giveaway)

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    And do we mean ever! This thermostat will keep you cool or warm whenever you need it. Our Daily Green was contacted over the winter to test out the latest product from Honeywell. We received a Wi-Fi Color Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat (retail value: $200+), and installed it in our home. Immediately, we were impressed by the interface. From a purely aesthetic view, you can actually choose
  • Allergy season bursts onto the scene (from repost.us)

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    Our Daily Green is affiliated with The Allergy Kit, a safe, at-home, drug-free allergy treatment. Allergy season bursts onto the scene (via Repost Video News) Cedar is a major allergy right now. Oak and hickory will begin pollinating in the coming weeks. <!-- put the "tease", "jump" or "more" break here --> <!-- How to customize this embed: http://www.repost.us/article-preview
  • Zabada clean is natural, safe, and effective (product review)

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    In January, Our Daily Green received a cleaning kit from Zabada clean to test and review for our readers. Not only did we receive the merchandise, I also had the opportunity to talk to the company founder, Damian Pike, from Australia, where Zabada is a household name under the label ENJO. Our Daily Green's communication with Zabada began when they were preparing their US product launch. Though
 
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    Green Marketing Blog

  • Case Study: Michael’s Naturopathic Programs

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

    Carolyn Parrs
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
      We are thrilled to announce (brag) that Mind Over Markets was the recipient of the 2013 Go Green Advertising Awards (GGA Awards) for our work with Growstone, a manufacturer of horticultural products and growing mediums made from 100% recycled glass from NM landfills (oh yeah!). GGA is (their words) “the most elite, national-level advertising awards program developed specifically for the promotion of green-themed products and services.” Basicially, they recognize excellence in green advertising efforts. This particular award was for our design and concept of Growstone’s logo.
  • How to Make Money from Consumers’ Sustainable Behavior

    Carolyn Parrs
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    An online tool can help executives build a business case for sustainability, say nonprofit business network BSR and consultancy Futerra. The Business Case Builder, developed by BSR’s Sustainable Lifestyles Business Group, which includes brands such as Carlsberg, Cathay Pacific, Disney, eBay, Hilton Worldwide, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal, Mars and Mondelez, aims to guide firms through six steps to help them sustain economic value from encouraging consumers’ sustainable behavior. The online tool is the result of a BSR and Futerra survey earlier this year that found the majority of…
  • When Good Is Not Good Enough

    Carolyn Parrs
    11 Nov 2013 | 9:26 am
        Leaders of two of the most successful nonprofit organizations argue that the sector needs to shift its attention from modest goals that provide short-term relief to bold goals that, while harder to achieve, provide long-term solutions by tackling the root of social problems. Many of the fastest-growing nonprofit organizations begin with well-intentioned interventions and relatively naive ideas about the magnitude and complexity of the problems they aim to solve. Share Our Strength and KaBOOM! are no exception. By some measures our organizations were successful US…
  • Case Study: Happiness Santa Fe

    Carolyn Parrs
    4 Nov 2013 | 11:28 am
    In 2011, the United Nations passed a unanimous declaration urging member nations to place the “Pursuit of Happiness” rather than economic growth at the forefront of their development agendas, and to find ways to measure its success. Programs aimed at assessing well being, and coupling the results to formulate public policy, have spread across the globe from Bhutan to Brazil to the United Kingdom, and to Australia, Canada, and China. According to Dr. Merle Lefkoff of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, “Across the planet, people increasingly demand that we replace the current global,…
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    ForceChange

  • Praise Sanctuary for Rescuing Farm Animals

    Andrew Helton
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Pamela Ahern, founder of Edgar’s Mission Goal: Thank Australian sanctuary for rescuing and providing care for thousands of farm animals In 2003, Pamela Ahern rescued a pig named Edgar Alan Pig who she loved so much that she quit her job and started Edgar’s Mission, a sanctuary in Victoria, Australia, that offers a life-long home to over 300 animals at a time. Pamela’s mission is to not only save the lives of farm animals, but also raise awareness about farm animal rights. For her incredible effort, she deserves our gratitude. As it says in their mission statement, Edgar’s…
  • End Inhumane Solitary Confinement

    Kaley Andrews
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: United States Attorney General Eric Holder Goal: End the abuse of inmates in solitary confinement in the Pelican Bay Prison Pelican Bay Prison, one of the first supermax prisons in the country, is infamous for the number of inmates held in solitary confinement. Over 1000 inmates live in tiny, barren, concrete cells with no outside contact and very limited visitation. Demand that the United States Department of Justice put an end to this abusive uses of solitary confinement. Though some inmates are violent offenders, others have been placed in solitary for the most tenuous of reasons.
  • Support Clean, Green Cars

    David Eiranova
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Senator Harry Reid Goal: Extend tax credit for fuel cell powered vehicles A world where cars and other vehicles run without carbon emissions is not a pipe dream. Fuel cell technology allows autos to achieve performance that internal combustion engine driven cars currently give drivers, yet fuel cells, unlike gasoline engines, utilize hydrogen as a fuel source with only heat and water vapor as emissions. A law is currently on the books that gives up to a $4,000 tax credit to purchasers of a qualified light duty fuel cell powered vehicle (cars are included in this category). But this…
  • Help Reduce Youth Violence

    Tara Delaney
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu Goal: Ensure passage of legislation that would enact violence prevention and intervention programs to help youth across America The U.S. Congress has an opportunity to give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively address youth violence. The Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education, or  the Youth PROMISE Act, was proposed by Rep. Robert C. Scott in 2009. By specifically focusing on violence prevention and intervention strategies, this bill would fund programs that would save lives…
  • Condemn Refinery for Air Pollution Violations

    Alyssa Ochs
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Target: Eric Slifka, President and CEO of Global Partners LP for the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery Goal: Comply with environmental laws and prevent excess air pollution from crude oil operations Crude oil contains many toxic compounds that pollute the soil, seep into ground water, contaminate the air, and pose serious risks to human health. When crude oil is exposed in the air, research indicates that tiny particles can damage the heart and lungs. One crude oil terminal, the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery, knowingly handled six times its legally allowed limit of crude oil in 2013. Based in…
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  • Cut Your Home’s Energy Use & Save Money With These Simple Upgrades

    greenwise
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    saving energy, home energy conservation, energy-saving home upgrades
  • How Grain Silos Are Helping the Environment

    greenwise
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Grain silos are used all over the world as a way to conveniently store and protect grain, ready to be transported to where it is needed or used. There are a lot of different styles of silo, and different materials and technologies are used in their construction, but typically grain is stored in tower style […]
  • Should You Invest in Renewable Energy for Your Home?

    greenwise
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    Residential electric bills are expected to rise two percent in 2014 and another two percent in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The costs of heating oil and propane are also on rise, particularly after an extremely cold December that increased demand. Electricity expenses not only gobble up a good chunk of […]
  • Organic Pet Foods – Honestly Healthy or Completely Deceiving

    greenwise
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:24 am
    Organic Pet Foods – Honestly Healthy or Completely Deceiving Those of us who are owned by pets and are repulsed by the term pet owner do all that we can possibly do to ensure that the lives that our furry children are happy, healthy and filled with love and fun. The newest and most innovative […]
  • Super Foods Aren’t Just for People!

    greenwise
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:22 am
    Super Foods aren’t just for People! When you think of super foods, you likely believe that these foods are only beneficial to humans. This isn’t true!  These same foods can give your pets the same healthy benefits they give to you and your family. With all of the hype about pet foods being unsafe, perhaps […]
 
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Portlandia and The 5 Rs: From Refuse to Recycle

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

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    20 Nov 2013 | 9:45 am
    Readers of this blog know my three children wear glasses, and two have since they were tiny. Where this comes from we still have no idea, but one thing I know for certain is that I want a world that eliminates any stigma, stereotype, or challenges for children who wear glasses. That is what this Kickstarter from Ann Zawistoski is all about. Consider supporting this Kickstarter and read through to the bottom for more detailed information on how this book project came to be.   Ann Zawistoski is a mama on a mission. She says of her latest project… Zoe [her…
  • Leaving to Get Well

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Oct 2013 | 9:38 am
    All my bags are packed I’m ready to go I’m standin’ here outside your door I hate to wake you up to say goodbye But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn Already I’m so lonesome I could die So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane Don’t know when I’ll be back again Oh baby, I hate to go   I left once – nearly two weeks ago now – and I am doing it again.
  • Ginger Goodness: Ginger Zucchini Muffin Recipe

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    3 Oct 2013 | 6:45 am
    Ginger Love (and Muffins) I adore ginger. I suffer from a myriad of maladies that all culminate in a queasy stomach, let alone the three times I was pregnant and had all day, whole pregnancy sickness! I learned quickly just how important ginger products were. Plus, it’s just plain good for you. So, it is my honor to share this fantastic gingerrifc recipe with you! Healthy & Scrumptious Ginger Zucchini Muffins 2013-10-02 18:13:40 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 cup unbleached white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1 T baking powder ¼ cup The Ginger People®…
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Solar to dominate as science trumps fossil fuels

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Solar is making real inroads as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Here are some of the latest stats and facts courtesy of The Telegraph: * Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. * More solar has been installed in the US in the past 18 months than in 30 years. * New solar installations overtook wind turbines worldwide last year with an extra 36.5GW. * Scientists can now capture 31.1pc of the sun’s energy with a 111-V Solar Cell. * Solar cell prices have already collapsed so far that other…
  • U.S. Green Building Council earns LEED® certification around the globe

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced last week that 3 billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED® certification around the globe. “This milestone is the result of leaders across our industry making the business and environmental case for healthy, sustainable buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “More than 4.3 million people live and work in LEED buildings. As our numbers continue to gain momentum, the impact is significant — jobs are created, revenue is generated and well-being is prioritized —…
  • The 2014 CR and Sustainability Salary Survey

    Ramon Arratia
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
      According to Acre, Carnstone & Flag their CR and sustainability sector continues to grow, as does the reach of the survey. This year their CR and Sustainability Salary Survey Report achieved a record 1,200 responses, a 42% increase on 2012. Breaking through the 1,000 respondents mark has added an even higher degree of clarity and validity to the findings. Result highlights * 1,200 respondents this year, a 42% increase on 2012 * In-house employees make up the majority of the survey’s sample * Average salaries have risen in all regions except the Rest of the World and the UK,…
  • Rob Boogaard talks to L’Express about Interface becoming fully sustainable

    Ramon Arratia
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    L’Express interviewed Rob Boogaard this week about Interface becoming a fully sustainable company by 2020. It’s posted on their website here in French so I’ve copied the core content, translated into English, with the original video below. “In a rapidly changing entrepreneurial world, the leading players from large companies, NGOs and government tell us their journey, ideas and initiatives that give meaning to their work . Interface, who specialise in producing carpet tile, have engaged a strategy since 1996 to become the first fully sustainable company by 2020.
  • How to achieve revenue growth from resource efficiency

    Ramon Arratia
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:53 am
    This webinar all about resource efficiency was posted last week. Thanks to Tracey, Greg and the teams at 2degrees and Next Manufacturing Revolution. Resource efficiency is traditionally associated with cost reduction. But leading companies have also used non-labour resource efficiency to drive sales. Watch this webinar recording to hear how Kyocera successfully do this and how your company can too. The Next Manufacturing Revolution conservatively estimated additional profits worth £325M p.a. from revenue growth from resource efficiency through: * Improved product performance * More…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Dodge Charger First Look: Live Photos

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    It doesn’t seem like the current Dodge Charger is as old as it is, but the big sedan has been on the market in its current form since 2011. As seen at the New York Auto Show, the full-size Dodge will be getting an even bigger overhaul for 2015 with a new look inside and out and even a few changes made under the skin. MUST SEE: 2015 Dodge...
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger First Look: Live Photos

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Other than a much-needed interior update and a few special trim levels over the years, Dodge has made very few changes to the Dodge Challenger since it was reborn in 2008. With an updated Camaro and an all-new Mustang hitting the scene, Dodge is finally giving the Challenger a quick once over for the 2015 model year bringing an all-new interior...
  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta Preview

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    The mission of the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is straightforward: It squeezes in what might just be the most usable interior space in its compact class; it delivers an impressive sweet spot of performance, refinement, and fuel economy; and it can pack in a lot of features while keeping the price point in the mid-$20,000 range. But for 2015...
  • 2015 Honda HR-V First Look: A Small But Very 'Fit' Crossover

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Honda today at a New York Auto Show press conference gave America a first look at its upcoming Honda HR-V small crossover. The completely new Honda HR-V—a version of the Vezel that's already on sale overseas—will ride on underpinnings that are shared with the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit—and it will be built at the same new assembly...
  • 2015 Subaru Outback Preview

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Subaru Outback has, for nearly 20 years, been ‘the way’ that Americans like their wagons—more rugged and butch than a sport wagon, but not nearly as tall and imposing as many of the other utility vehicles that work for active families. So it’s not tremendously surprising that Subaru hasn’t messed all...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Bad News: VW's Sporty Golf GTD Diesel May Not Be Coming To U.S.

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Fans of diesel vehicles have long looked at the European market and wondered why the U.S. doesn't get all the best diesel models sold overseas. There are plenty of good reasons of course, but every so often one slips through the net--such as Volkswagen's sporty Golf GTD. Only now, it looks like Volkswagen may have changed its mind due to cost...
  • 2015 Honda HR-V: First Details On New Compact Crossover

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Honda has announced the first official details of its new HR-V small crossover--previously known as the Vezel in overseas markets. Based on the latest generation Honda Fit, the HR-V is set to rival cars like Nissan's Juke and MINI's Countryman in the compact crossover market. Arriving this winter, the 2015 HR-V will be an entry point into Honda's...
  • Chevrolet Volt: Range-Extended Electric Car Ultimate Guide

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car has been on sale since December 2010--but it's still one of the most popular electric vehicles on sale. At the moment, the Chevy Volt is fairly unique in the plug-in car market, in that it's neither a traditional hybrid vehicle, nor a full battery-electric car. Instead, it uses a 1.4-liter gasoline...
  • Camry And Sonata Updates, XL1 Conspiracy, BMW Plug-In X5: Today's Car News

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Today on Green Car Reports: Two mid-size cars get updates at the New York Auto Show, Snopes debunks a conspiracy about the Volkswagen XL1, and Mercedes' U.S. boss fires a salvo at Tesla. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Where do U.S. electric cars save money the quickest? Find out here. BMW has updated its X5 eDrive concept--it's getting...
  • U.S. Head Of Mercedes-Benz Savages Tesla, Saying It Has 'Limited Potential'

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    "Don't bite the hand that feeds you" is a popular saying, but perhaps "don't criticize the company you're sharing technology with" should be another. The latter would apply to Mercedes-Benz, whose U.S. boss Steve Cannon criticized Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] at the New York Auto Show. Perhaps Cannon is forgetting that Mercedes has previously turned...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • They Don’t Know Better

    kb
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    I was walking right behind them in the school. I wasn’t eavesdropping, but they were really loud. “She’s so annoying. Why does she even sit at our table?” “I don’t know. Maybe because she thinks I am her best friend.” “She’s so NOT, thought. She’s so annoying.” They all laughed and the six of them piled on the insults, making fun of whomever that poor kid is — until they saw me listening, that is. Then they quieted down but I still fell back so I wouldn’t have to hear it anymore. It’s 2:47 a.m. and I…
  • Food Diaries for Kids: Totally Challenging

    kb
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Our food diary — hopefully not to bad! A few weeks ago Little Girl started complaining that her belly hurt. Always at night. She’s not a complainer so I took her seriously, especially after the night she cried for two hours. That Monday I called the pediatrician. When we talked to her she said she wanted us to start keeping a food diary for Little Girl and add probiotics to her diet. We’re going back to see her this afternoon. While I am anxious to see what the cause of our tummy troubles are, I have to say: Writing a food diary for a kid is nerve-wracking and…
  • Unsteady on the Mat

    kb
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:22 pm
    There’s something in yoga called chitta vritti. Simply put, it’s mind chatter. Some call it monkey mind. As a monkey jumps from tree to tree, with chitta vritti, your thoughts move from place to place. It makes it hard to balance and stay centered in your practice. Tonight, my mind was in full-on monkey mode. This afternoon I found out that another young mother in my town died. She left behind kids. One of the kids is a little girl who is the same age as Big Girl. I see her once a week during an activity. I cried when I got the email about her passing. I cried for her and for her…
  • For the Millionth Time: Please Stop Over-Medicating

    kb
    11 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I was standing at the counter of my local CVS waiting to ask a contact lens solution question. (Was the generic solution I was holding comparable to the AOSept I normally buy?) A young mother was asking the pharmacist to check her daughter’s prescription. The doctor had spent a lot of time calculating the dose and she was nervous. She explained that it was for “the start of an ear infection.” When the pharmacist moved away to get a book, I swooped in. I couldn’t help it. “You know the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against using antibiotics for an emerging…
  • Want to Keep Weight Off? Sleep More

    kb
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sometimes I work late. Really late. Like 3 or 4 a.m. late. I like writing at night. I pay for it the next day, though. Sure, I feel tired, but I am also starving. It’s like I can’t eat enough during the day. I always thought it was a coincidence, but I recently found a study that proves it’s not in my head. In fact, there’s science behind my uptick in caloric intake. According to a recent study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder, less sleep leads to more eating — and weight gain. According to Kenneth Wright, director of Colorado University at…
 
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  • Do I need to reconsider open foam vrs fiberglass insulation since I don't run an air conditioner all the time?

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    I have a 16 X 28 work shop with a metal roof installed over felt and OSB Sheating with silver radiant barrier on the underside. I live in South Texas where it gets extremely hot and when building, I added soffits and a ridge vent to help the air flow but it still gets hot inside and it is time to insulate. I have been convinced that open foam insulation is what I should use and the installer said he has to close off all the venting to make the building and insulation work right. After reading your article about needing fresh air I became concerned. I have a small window air conditioner…
  • Our off-the-grid home is for sale. Two different families made offers but neither has found anyone who would lend on it. Any suggestions?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    We have solar panels and a wind turbine and have never been without power in the 9 1/2 years we have lived here, in the mountains in Riverside County, CA. Here we are: http://youtu.be/9FK6cH27zHY In most cases buyers are working with banks that are selling their mortgages into the secondary market (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac). A bank that has in-house portfolio money might have...
  • I would like to install a timer on a 50 gallon hot water heater. Is this economical

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    I live in South Florida and it's a Whirlpool water heater When Purchasing a new water heater, look to make sure it is energy star rated. These will be the most economical. Also, the larger the storage capacity, the more efficient...
  • I have a patent construction method which deliver natural disasters resistant structures, with an insulation factor R56 minimum, roof/walls.

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    What is wrong with that? nobody look interested about, in spate that the cost is 20% less than traditional, no mold, no termites. I use concrete pour in place, which make the method fast, and I use non skilled labor, which creates jobs. Can you tell me how make people happy living in a safe environment and expended less money than build by wood framing? Eugenio, Sounds interesting! Unfortunately, nothing is disaster resistant, just more resistant then typical construction methods. Possibly it is your marketing methods which is your downfall. Below are few question to...
  • Contractor painted basement ceiling joists with black stain and it continues to offgass.

    26 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I liked the idea of an exposed ceiling painted a black color. Thus I paid a contractor to do the job. Later I found out they used solid color olympic wood protector which is an exterior stain. (http://www.olympic.com/products/stains/42/olympic-wood-protector). To compound their poor choice of paint, they painted when it was really cold outside and werent able to properly ventilate the basement. I found out they used 7 gallons with a sprayer to cover the roughly 900 sq.ft. basement. I soon realized their mistake and began ventilating the basement like crazy. The outdoor temperatures have been…
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • How to Gopher Proof Your Raised Garden Beds

    Stephanie
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    We have a real gopher problem in our backyard. We get their mounds all over the yard, and of course if we plant directly into the soil, we know we risk losing that entire plant to the gophers. Building a raised garden bed, however, can make it much simpler to avoid damage from gophers. This […] Related posts: Encouraging Kids to Garden Time to Get My Garden Growing! Yes! My Garden Grows!
  • What’s the Big Deal With Oil Pulling?

    Stephanie
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Let’s start by noting that this is not intended as medical advice. I’ve included some links so you can get what information you can on oral health and oil pulling, but I’m not a doctor, dentist or anyone else who can tell you what will benefit your health. Get your salt shaker and take it […] Related posts: What’s So Green About Extended Breastfeeding? Is Big Oil Going After California’s Climate Legislation? How to Make and Use Whipped Coconut Oil
  • Organic Eggs? Free Range Eggs? Cage Free? Which Should You Choose?

    Stephanie
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you’ve become interested in improving the kinds of foods you eat, eggs are probably one of the foods you’ve taken a good look at. There are options out there for those who want better eggs. The hard part is figuring out what “better” really is. Now my personal favorite eggs are the ones I […] Related posts: How Much Should You Worry About Eggs and Salmonella? Should You Raise Backyard Chickens? Is It Safe to Let Your Kids Go Free Range?
  • 6 Times Recycling Isn’t the Answer

    Stephanie
    26 Feb 2014 | 9:15 am
    You’re probably familiar with the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra. It’s an easy reminder of ways to avoid waste. The problem comes in when too many people rely on the last part – recycle – and pay too little attention to the first two. There are a number of reasons why recycling isn’t necessarily the right […] Related posts: Is Recycling Worth it? Is Recycling Only About the Environment? Office Store Recycling Services
  • How to Find Eco Friendly Birthday Party Favors

    Stephanie
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:50 am
    My kids love having birthday parties with their friends, and they especially love picking out party favors. Personally, I’m royally tired of the standard plastic favors that only last a day or two before breaking that kids get at most parties they attend. I think my kids have received most of them at one party […] Related posts: Green Party Favors Can be a Huge Hit How to Green a Child’s Birthday Party 25 Eco Friendly Summer Activities For Kids
 
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  • USF ranked one of the top 25 green schools

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    This Thursday, Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (responsible for LEED-certification of green buildings) will release the 2014 guide to green colleges. Not only will USF be making its debut on the list, but it’s also one of only 22 schools on the “honor roll” for attaining the highest score of 99. Some of the highlights of USF are that undergraduates are taught sustainability as part of the university’s mandatory core curriculum, the campus has five LEED certified buildings (two are Gold certified), and there are several buildings in the design phase or already…
  • Strack & Van Til’s Cedar Lake Store Receives LEED Certification

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    The Strack & Van Til grocery store at 9605 Lincoln Plaza in Cedar Lake, Indiana has received a LEED silver certification. To celebrate, Strack & Van Til is hosting an Earth Day event on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 where a plaque commemorating this achievement will be unveiled. In addition, the first 500 shoppers at the Cedar Lake store that day will receive free recyclable shopping bags and other eco-friendly items. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and…
  • And the LEED for Homes Awards Go To …

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    The 2013 LEED for Homes Awards, announced recently by the US Green Building Council, recognizes an earth-sheltered farmstead, a developer of green apartment communities, and a NYC affordable housing developer, among others. Outstanding Single Family Home of the Year: Located in the mountains of Stuart, Virginia, the Wallace Residence has it all! The earth-sheltered home is certified LEED Platinum and as an energy-positive Passive House. It consumes 90% less energy for heating than a typical house, and even on the coldest winter nights, can be heated with the energy of two hair…
  • Scripps Oceanography Laboratory Building Awarded LEED Platinum

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    The Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) Laboratory at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography has …
  • PacMutual Building Is Older and Greener

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - It’s hard enough to earn the country’s highest environmental certification with a brand new development. Doing it with a century-old building requires jumping through a whole different set of hoops. BE THE FIRST TO READ THE LATEST DOWNTOWN NEWS, FOOD AND CULTURE STORIES. CLICK HERE AND SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY HEADLINES NEWSLETTER. Yet, the PacMutual campus at 523 W. Sixth St. accomplished just that. In February, the three-building Financial District complex became the oldest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified building in Southern…
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    PLANET

  • Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

    Sena Christian
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Lindsey Carpenter keeps records at Grassroots Farm. Photo by Annalise Canfield. When Lindsey Morris Carpenter was a college student studying art in Philadelphia, she never expected that, just a decade later, she would spend most of her days fixing up tractors, turning piles of manure, and corralling chickens. Carpenter doesn’t want to be the Whole Foods of farm-to-table produce. But that’s precisely what she’s doing. Carpenter, 29, dropped out of school in 2004 and returned to her home state of Wisconsin, where she found a job on a vegetable farm. She went on to apprentice at a larger…
  • Tiny House Living, Off the Grid? Here's How to Do it in Style

    Cat Johnson
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This piece originally appeared at Shareable. Photo by Tammy Strobel / Flickr. LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was normal and necessary. He tried city life after college, but says he felt like a slave to a house, bills and employers. At 35, he made a change. “I had a wake up call,” he explains, “that made me realize that what I really wanted was a simple homestead cabin and to eliminate my dependence on the system, so I could live sustainably while I pursued my dreams.” Tiny…
  • Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement

    Hunter Marshall
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence. Photo by Isaac Hsieh / Flickr. I met with Jean shortly after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As I approached her home for the first time, I was greeted by voluminous blue barrels at the bases of the gutters collecting rainwater from a passing storm. An attached hose snaked outwards toward a garden burgeoning into spring. Conservation burial grounds transform cemeteries into nature preserves. She welcomed me inside with a warm smile that offset the cool air in her minimally heated home. As a visiting nurse, I actively observe…
  • A New Story for a New Economy

    David Korten
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Those who follow my work are aware that I believe a viable human future depends on navigating a deep cultural and institutional transformation grounded in a story of unrealized human possibility. For the past two years, I’ve been on a quest to frame a story that reflects the depth and breadth of human knowledge and points the way to an essential cultural and institutional transformation of our human relationships with one another and Earth. The quest has led to a simple self-evident truth with deep roots in traditional wisdom cultures: We humans are living beings birthed and nurtured by a…
  • Three Arrests in Latest Blockade of Tar Sands Equipment

    Rachael Stoeve
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The last of three massive shipments of equipment used in the process of mining tar sands ran into opposition in Montana on March 14 as it rolled through Missoula on its way to Canada. Around 80 people performed a traditional Native American round dance on the street, stopping the shipment for about 20 minutes. After police issued a final warning, three women were arrested when they refused to leave the street. The three loads have met resistance along the entire route. Participating groups included Indian Peoples' Action, Northern Rockies Rising Tide, and the Blue Skies…
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  • Start a herd of heritage cattle!

    Christine
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Please pass the word along to friends & family and help us get these cattle placed. Due to the extended drought in the American west, the Albaugh registered herd of Native Milking Shorthorns located in Nevada will be reduced before the end of April. This is a rare opportunity to purchase some of the finest Native Shorthorns in the country. They have proven superior meat qualities verified by independent lab testing and are 100% grass genetics that fatten and finish on grass. The cattle have been selected to be extremely gentle natured and the cows still retain excellent milk production.
  • Fwd: MEDICINAL AND EDIBLE PLANT WALK: Hike led by Susan Marynowski – claudiam@cinemaverde.org – Cinema Verde Mail

    Claudia Lievano
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
     WHAT We will wander to examine the food and medicine that is right beneath our feet and over our heads! We will find, learn to identify, discuss, and sample common seasonal weeds-both native and non-native-that can be used for their nutritional and medicinal properties. The usefulness of knowing plant families will be discussed. We will also learn why it can be important to include wild foods in the diet. Susan Marynowski M.S. grew up in north Florida. She holds degrees from UF in fine arts and wildlife ecology, with an emphasis in public education. Susan has pursued a passionate interest…
  • Florida Film Festival Rocks! | Cinema Verde

    Trish Riley
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Finally made it to Florida Film Festival in Orlando…ten days, 170 films at three theaters in Maitland, just north of Winter Park and the metropolis of Orlando. via Florida Film Festival Rocks! | Cinema Verde.
  • Toxic Waters, Part 2: Focus Should Be Clean Up, Not Do Not Eat, Tribal Leaders Say

    Claudia Lievano
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    For years the many contaminants in Washington State waterways have prompted the state’s Department of Health to issue official warnings against eating Washington fish too frequently. Washington currently has fish consumption advisories issued throughout the state. via Toxic Waters, Part 2: Focus Should Be Clean Up, Not Do Not Eat, Tribal Leaders Say – ICTMN.com.
  • Toxic Waters: Consumption Advisories on Life-Giving Year-Round Fish Threaten Health

    Claudia Lievano
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The iconic Chinook salmon, for millennia a cornerstone of Pacific Northwest diet, spirituality, ceremony and even the tribes’ economy, is fast becoming toxic in Washington State. via Toxic Waters: Consumption Advisories on Life-Giving Year-Round Fish Threaten Health – ICTMN.com.
 
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  • The Philly Farm and Food Fest: Local, Organic, Sustainable Family Fun (Ticket Giveaway!)

    robin elton
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
      I’m so excited! Something came up last year and we couldn’t make the Philly Farm & Food Fest. This year we received a pair of press passes and I can’t wait to check out the local & sustainable exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers and (yay!) beers. The Philly Farm & Food Fest takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 13th. Kids under 12 get in free, and there’s plenty to do that’s just for them:  watch Watermelon Magic, a family friendly film, and then make & take a craft;…
  • Add These to Your Netflix Queue to Help Spark A Love of Math, Science, Nature

    robin elton
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. ― Carl Sagan   I’ve been working with Netflix as a member of the Netflix Stream Team; this month the theme was Science Fair inspiration. But to tell the truth, I couldn’t get into the idea of talking about our Science Fair ordeal this year— I tried— I’d much rather keep it upbeat Maybe I’ll tell that story once time has taken out some of the sting. BUT I do love Netflix as a prodigious resource to foster an interest in not only science, but math and nature. There are TONS of shows, movies and…
  • Stand Up for Safer Chemicals. Sign the Petition to #FightToxins

    robin elton
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:18 am
    If we are going to live so intimately with these chemicals eating and drinking them, taking them into the very marrow of our bones— we had better know something about their nature and their power. -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring   * This post is sponsored by Seventh Generation through Mom Bloggers for Social Good. All opinions are my own.* Rachel Carson was talking about pesticides, but it doesn’t stop there. There are over 80,000 chemicals on the market in the US that have never been fully tested for toxicity. We’re talking in our kids’ toys, in our furniture and…
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  • Pomegranates and oranges take this cake! A recipe

    Laurie Balbo
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:22 am
    Coming up on my fourth year of taste-testing my way through Jordan – where the seasonal foods of the Levant pack a triple punch of being delicious, healthy and affordable – I amp up the smart-eating quotient by always avoiding desserts, filling up on marvelous mezzes and entrees because regional sweets leave me flat. Knafeh (hoisted on you at every turn) is sticky, local ice cream is plastic-y, and an array of bread puddings seem lifted from the pages of Brit boarding school cookbooks. And someone please explain the appeal of Turkish Delight? An English food writer has…
  • Phenomenal time lapse video makes Doha look like magic

    Tafline Laylin
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Want to see a city on “speed” grow? This time lapse video captures Doha as it expands rapidly for the 2022 World Cup  in soccer.  Doha is getting exactly what it wanted when it made its bid for various international events: a lot of exposure. Most people will struggle to place Qatar’s capital on a map, but compelling time lapse videos like this and other marketing campaigns leading up to the 2022 World Cup will eventually make the emirate a household name. Michael Shainblum has done a remarkable job of making Doha look like the world’s most enticing city with and…
  • No male escort? Sheesha extinguished for Saudi Muslimahs!

    Laurie Balbo
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Restaurants and cafes in Jeddah have posted signs warning women that if they want to be served sheesha, their mahrams (male guardians) must be at their side. The message – which comes from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) - also requires that sheesha only be sold to customers over age 18. Fair enough, that bit. But the ban has Saudi women sheesha lovers steamed. “I don’t want to drag my husband or my son to a café in order to have sheesha,” said businesswoman Alaa Daani. “What if I want to go to a women-only gathering where we…
  • Glowing highways make it look like we’re driving through eco-fairytales

    Laurie Balbo
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    Glow-in-the-dark roads recently debuted on a 500 meter stretch of Netherlands highway!  Brought to you by the guy behind glow-in-the-dark trees.  He’s been burning the candle at both ends – not so much to increase light levels, more to roll out new applications of his natural luminescence designs. Standard street lighting has been replaced by light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings in this pilot project, first proposed by Studio Roosegaarde in 2012, now installed after an arduous government approval process. All reports indicate that the road safety project is more…
  • Israeli designs fashion hats good enough to eat

    Laurie Balbo
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    An Israeli costume designer has created a series of hats that look good enough to eat, serving up 3-course millinery that pretty much covers soups to nuts. File this under “silver linings” - Maor Zabar cooked up his headpieces after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.   His new obsession with avoiding illness-triggering foods infused his day-job designs! “There is nothing I adore more than to let my imagination fly. To design colorful, fantastical hats, fascinators and other head couture,” says Zabar on his Etsy shop website, “I’m a costume…
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • Green Roof Slated for Barclays Center in Brooklyn

    grmeyers
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Instead of more hot black roofs radiating excessive heat upward, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will add another green roof to the urban palette. This endeavor will be overseen by Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC) and Shanghai-based Greenland Group Co. read more
  • Recent Census Data Shows Early Signs of New Population Growth in the Center of the Region

    Metroplanners
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cook County is growing again. This shift has come about over the past three years, following a decade of significant decline in the core as the population of the Chicago region migrated outward. Since 2010, though, Cook County has grown by more than all the suburban counties in the region combined.read more
  • Makoko: 'Venice of Lagos'

    futurecapetown
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    The date of conception for Makoko is debateable, but the majority of literature and articles assert that it was established in the 18th Century as a fishing village. Over the many years, thousands of people have made this place their home. Like many other ‘slum’ areas, the full population of Makoko is unknown.read more
  • Seattle Is Dying

    Jim Russell
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Boeing long has been the economic anchor for the Puget Sound area in Washington State. Seattle’s employment base is much more diverse these days. But Boeing’s demand for STEM talent remains a centerpiece of workforce development.read more
  • Protestors in Athens Take to the Streets as Landfill Development Continues

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    With what criteria should we evaluate which places make perfect wastelands? Should we continue burdening an already polluted area or should we create new sites of pollution? There is not a more igniting local issue than the waste management of Athens and Attica.read more
 
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    Nokero

  • Mentionable Monday: Volunteers Light Lives with Solar

    katie
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, Nokero wanted to honor all partners and non-profit distributors of solar products worldwide. From cricket stars in Sri Lanka to family movements in South Sudan to religious groups in Haiti, people travel across the world to distribute Nokero solar products to people in need. Nokero works with NGOs, foundations, government agencies, and CSR programs to purchase solar products at the lowest possible prices and then assist with shipping and logistics to ensure that products reach a network of willing volunteers. Without the hard work, passion, and…
  • Mentionable Monday: What Would You Do With an Extra $85 Every Year?

    katie
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    Elizabeth lives in the slums surrounding Nairobi. She is a widowed grandmother in her mid-50s who lives in a metal shack with two rooms—a bedroom/kitchen and a living room, divided by a sheet. She keeps her prized possessions on a mantle in the corner of her living room, which includes a laminated photo collage of her children and a solar light bulb. Elizabeth’s pride and dignity radiate through her eyes as she talks about how her life was changed by finally having clean, affordable light in her home each night. The small light is bright enough to light her home without smoke, and it…
  • Which lasts longer? A light bulb or a light bulb?

    katie
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Which lasts longer? A light bulb or a light bulb? Well it depends on what kind of light bulb. In short, a solar light bulb lasts longer than a fluorescent light bulb. Read on to find out why and to see who else has already figured this out, including a famous actor, a group of youth entrepreneurs, international NGOs and relief agencies, and a world renowned soccer star… What do the above people have in common? They all choose to turn off electricity but keep the lights on—with Nokero solar light bulbs. First, why did they do this? The technological jargon: Our solar lights use…
  • Mentionable Monday: Ed Begley Jr. Uses Solar to Brighten His LEED Platinum Home

    katie
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In the Los Angeles area of California it can be difficult to take a step back from the chaos and create a movement that betters our world as a whole. But, actor/director/activist Ed Begley Jr. has done just that through his environmental advocacy. Ed’s most recent endeavor is to create a LEED Platinum house in Studio City, California. LEED Certification, or “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” recognizes best building practices and strategies for construction projects that aim to be as environmentally conscious as possible. The U.S. Green Building Council offers advice…
  • Mentionable Monday: Family Business Uses Solar to Put a Smile on Children’s Faces

    katie
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:46 am
    At Nokero we know all too well that a business driven by passion is headed toward success. RolaSolar Pty Ltd is a small, family owned solar business in Brisbane, Australia that demonstrates this philosophy. Through their passionate family members and a desire to do good in the world, RolaSolar both sells and gives away solar products to those in need. Specializing in products for the outback traveler, camper, boater, and offsite worker, RolaSolar sells a variety of solar items. Recently, RolaSolar’s David Gurman traveled to Fiji for his wedding anniversary and spent some time with the…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • MightyNest Earth Day Challenge & Giveaway

    Calley Pate
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Will you take the MightyNest Earth Day Challenge with me? Take the Mighty Nest Challenge for Earth Day! Putting toxic chemicals under your arms stinks!  That’s why MightyNext, an internet retailer of extraordinarily high quality and safe products for your home and family, asked me to put non-toxic Pit Paste to the test.  Find out why you should use a natural deodorant, then take the pledge below.  Your pits will thank you, and you could win a Happy Pit Pack from MightyNest! Yesterday in my, Got Stinky Pits, article I explained that I haven’t used a ‘traditional’…
  • Got Stinky Pits?

    Calley Pate
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    Did you know that there are hidden toxins in most deodorants?  It’s been years since I put a traditional deodorant on, most of the ones you find at the grocery store or big box store contain aluminum, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and other toxins.  There are other options that aren’t laden with these hidden toxins that are equally as effective. The brand I’ve used the longest is by Balm! Baby, a brand out of Hawaii.  Their natural deodorant, Thinc Skin Pits!, is packed full of herbally infused Hawaiian oils, shea butter and essential oils.  It offers up to…
  • #GCDC2014 Twitter Party & Prizes

    Calley Pate
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s almost here, the 4th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is scheduled for Saturday, April 26th at 11am (local time).  To help build up some excitement about the diaper change we’ve decided to host a special Earth Day GCDC Twitter Pre-Party to celebrate and get the word out about the local events in your area. Is there a Great Cloth Diaper Change in your area?  You can check the map on their “Find a Location” page of the GCDC website. …and we have prizes!! Please join us on Twitter Tuesday night, April 22nd (Earth Day) from 9-10pm ET for the #GCDC2014…
  • Peeps Bunny Trail Mix

    Calley Pate
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Peeps Bunny Trail Mix #peepsonality What do you do with a big box of Peeps (thank you Peeps and Co) if you don’t want your kids to eat them all in one day?  Cook and make snacks of course!  I’m always looking for fun ways to include some sweet treats for the kids without going overboard on the sugar.  With Easter just around the corner, I know we’ll all be trying to ration the sugar to the little ones. This recipe could be modified any way you like.  We used some of the cereals that we had in the pantry already and added a few snacks and sweets to make it fun and…
  • gDiapers Partner with 5 Gyres for Clean Beaches this Earth Day

    Calley Pate
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    I’m really jealous that my baby is out of diapers with this new print from gDiapers!  For this Earth Day, gDiapers has partnered with 5 Gyres, a renowned environmental group known for its efforts to end plastic pollution.  With the launch of two new limited edition products – the Great White gPant and Great White Tee – 5  Gyres commits to a foot of beach clean up for every item sold.  To learn more about how 5 Gyres and gDiapers have partnered please read their blog post; A Future Free of Plastic Pollution. I was fortunate enough to have a beautiful baby girl (Natalia)…
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    TheCityFix

  • The bike-share report: Connectivity and bike lanes key to successful bike-sharing

    Peter Midgley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Safe, connected bike lanes in New York City fosters use of the city’s bike-share systems. Photo by Ted Eytan/Flickr. Peter Midgley joins us as the author of the Bike-share report series, exclusive to TheCityFix. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bike-sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bike-sharing systems since 2007. Peter formerly worked as the Urban Mobility Theme Champion for the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP). The previous post in this series focused on lessons from the collapse of the Bixi system. How important are bike lanes…
  • In photos: Walking in Bangalore reveals the plight of pedestrians

    Dario Hidalgo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    Thin sidewalks and a lack of dividers between pedestrians and cars often makes it uncomfortable and unsafe for those using sidewalks. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ. Bangalore has rapidly become a megacity. At nearly 10 million people, the city has already doubled the size of its population in just 20 years. This explosive urban growth has been coupled with increased motorization, with now more than 50% of households owning a motor vehicle, most commonly a two-wheeler. The local administration has responded to this rapid growth and increased motorization by quickly building and expanding roads…
  • The intersection of public health and transport in Indian cities

    Lakshmi Rajagopalan
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Conducting Health Impact Assessments can help policy makers throughout India choose transport projects that will decrease air pollution, while increasing connectivity and health. Photo by John Hoey/Flickr. Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas, land use and socioeconomic impacts, available funding, and the level of support from local stakeholders. All too often, these assessments consistently overlook the health impacts of transport. Despite this, there is a consistent and powerful connection…
  • Urbanism Hall of Fame: Lee Kwan Yew shaped Singapore as the “Garden City”

    Dario Hidalgo
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A crowd gathers overlooking Singapore’s Marina Bay. Since the inception of its 1971 Concept Plan, Singapore has become one of the most sustainability-oriented cities in the world. Photo by Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr. This is the second entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix applauds these leaders’ efforts, and seeks to challenge our readers to think carefully about…
  • Friday Fun: Smart cars reach tipping point

    Ryan Schleeter
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Smart cars, which weigh about 1,800 pounds, are the latest targets for a group of pranksters in San Francisco, giving rise to the “smart car tipping” trend. Photo by Jeff Chiu. No, not that kind of tipping point. While smart car usage is on the rise, it hasn’t quite crossed the Malcolm Gladwell threshold. We’re talking about a different trend: smart car tipping. It seems an unidentified group of six to eight “hooded vandals” have been roaming the streets of San Francisco and turning the lightweight, compact cars and turning them on their sides — to the chagrin of their…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • Energy-Efficient Electronics for the Bedroom

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Energy-Efficient Electronics for the Bedroom (via Green Home Gnome) There are a lot of things you can do in the bedroom. Saving energy is one of them. The average bedroom takes up lots of energy when not equipped with energy-efficient electronics. Add to that our bad energy habits and we end up with higher than necessary…
  • 2015 Honda Fit Deep Dive

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    2015 Honda Fit Deep Dive (via Gas 2.0) By now, you’ve heard what driving the new 2015 Honda Fit is like. You’ve seen what riding in a new Fit is like, too- and, maybe, you’ve figured out how they got one into a tiny bar (I haven’t). Still, we haven’t spent much time actually talking…
  • New Jersey Wildlife: Foraging and native spring ephemerals

    Guest Post
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    New Jersey Wildlife: Foraging and native spring ephemerals (via NJ.com) As spring arrives, the fields and woodlands begin to wake up and burst with the emergence of plant life to color the landscape and welcome in the wildlife from the long cold winter. And with the arrival of the new buds, shoots and flowers comes opportunity…
  • Groundbreaking Begins on Apple’s Environmentally-Friendly Campus

    Guest Post
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Groundbreaking Begins on Apple’s Environmentally-Friendly Campus (via Planetsave) As one of the most influential tech companies in the world, Apple tends to lead by example. When it comes to sustainability, the Cupertino-based tech giant hasn’t always had a sterling reputation; however, in recent years, Apple has doubled down on…
  • IBM technology underpins project to make British Columbia’s the “smartest coast on the planet”

    Guest Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    MARKHAM, ON & VICTORIA, BC –  14 April 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is collaborating with Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) on a three-year, multi-million dollar project to equip British Columbia with a monitoring and prediction system to respond to off-shore accidents, tsunamis and other natural disasters. The new “Smart Oceans BC” program will use marine sensors and data analysis to enhance environmental stewardship and public and marine safety along Canada’s West coast. It will monitor vessel traffic, waves, currents and water quality in major shipping arteries and…
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    Intercon

  • Buckeyes Banning LEED

    T. Caine
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Ohio State Senate has been prompting media chatter by its support of Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, which would ban the use of the United States Green Building Council’s LEED v4 building rating system on state funded projects. I have commented before on both the strengths and short comings of LEED, but the vast majority of architects that I know agree that LEED’s benefits outweigh its drawbacks. I tend to find that those who criticize LEED the most are those that are either looking for a silver bullet solution or are weighing the system’s effectiveness on only a…
  • The UAE’s Hybrid Solar Plant: Shams 1

    T. Caine
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:26 am
    As the portion of our power that comes from renewable energy continues to grow, these technologies will need to continue to evolve in order to mitigate some of their inherent infrastructural challenges–namely intermittency. Despite the fact that solar power has progressed leaps and bounds since its inception in terms of efficiency, it shouldn’t be mistaken for a mature technology on par with things like the internal combustion engine. Solar still has plenty of room to grow and continue to make its inclusion into the grid more attractive to utilities and easier to integrate. Part…
  • How Can We Make Sustainability Matter to Youth?

    T. Caine
    11 Feb 2014 | 5:07 am
    This was the question posed to a panel at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014. Comprised of educators, scholars and students, the group floated ideas for how sustainability cannot only gain exposure to students in their educational career, but ingrain its importance at an earlier age to make subsequent generations better equipped to deal with the environmental and societal challenges we face. The panel spoke at length about the need for promoting awareness surrounding sustainability to the education of all ages. There’s nothing to disagree with there. In looking at my own…
  • Circling Sustainability

    T. Caine
    5 Feb 2014 | 6:35 am
    This forum continues to vet the definition of sustainability and how it differs from public perception inside and outside of the United States. For most of us, I would argue that our understanding of its underlying concept and its resulting associations is a stark divergence from its true meaning. This discrepancy is at least partly to blame for our lethargic rate of progress on environmental issues. At least part of the blame rests on the fact that we live in a age where circulating information is incredibly easy, even the wrong information. A colleague recently sent me this graphic–a…
  • Shaping Greener Third World Growth

    T. Caine
    27 Jan 2014 | 11:35 am
    Looking to the near future, the next phase of economic evolution of the developing world in the globe’s poorest continent is on the horizon. Africa is now attracting international investment in its stores of natural resources that contribute to its ability to lift communities out of poverty. At the same time, history–even recent history–has shown that there are inherent dangers associated with periods of rapid growth. A panel containing dignitaries from Ethiopia, Senegal and Sierra Leone recently marked the commencement of Sustainability Week 2014 in Abu Dhabi in its opening…
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  • New Arrivals: Urban Lace Recycled Microfiber Bracelets

    Melissa Dion
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Urban Lace Cobblestone Bracelet - Blue$30  Urban Lace Cobblestone Bracelet - Sunshine$30  Urban Lace Reflection Bracelet - Red$30  Urban Lace Reflection Bracelet - Lime$30  Made from Ultrasuede, a fabric that uses 100% Recycled Ultra-micro fiber from post industrial fabric waste and finished with nickel pearl prong snaps. Urban Lace products are handcrafted and made in Portland, OR. Ultrasuede is soft, plush and has a sensual fee. It is durable, washable, colorfast and spot cleanable. It is also a Vegan, cruelty free…
  • New Arrival: Recycled Tee Summer Scarves

    Melissa Dion
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Pink/Grey$20    Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - White$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Yellow$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Brown$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Lady Bug$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Coral$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Pink$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Coral/White$20 Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Flag $20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Navy$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Off White$20  Recycled Tee Summer Scarf - Cat$20  Recycled Tee…
  • New Arrival: Spring Mata Traders Fair Trade Jewelry

    Melissa Dion
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com! Mata Traders Tassel Earrings$15  Mata Traders Blue Earrings$12  Mata Traders Bonsai Necklace$20  Mata Traders Folk Necklace$22  Mata Traders Malabar Necklace$24  Mata Traders Ottoman Earrings$12 Mata Traders products are original designs handmade in India and Nepal by women’s cooperatives and artisan groups that practice fair trade principles. This means that the producers are paid a livable wage in safe and fair conditions, and do their work at home and in small workshops rather than factories.  Services like…
  • Join us at Worcester VegFest this Sunday!

    Melissa Dion
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Join us on Sunday, April 6 from 11am-5pm at the DCU Center for the largest vegetarian festival in our area. 100+ exhibitors. FREE admission. Free street parking. Food samples or buy a full lunch.  Make sure you stop by the Ecolissa table and check out our eco-friendly accessories!
  • Join us at Valley Vegfest 2014!

    Melissa Dion
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:48 am
     We invite you to join us for the very first Valley Vegfest on March 29, 2014 in Northampton, MA featuring passionate speakers, vegan food vendors, veg-friendly products and services, and non-profit organizations dedicated to animal welfare, healthy living, and environmental advocacy.  Come discover joyful, compassionate, and delicious veg living right in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts! Make sure you stop by the Ecolissa table and check out our eco-friendly accessories!
 
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Australian endangered species: Largetooth Sawfish

    Peter Kyne, Senior Research Fellow in conservation biology at Charles Darwin University
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
  • Dynamic atolls give hope that Pacific Islands can defy sea rise

    Paul Kench, Professor, School of Environment at University of Auckland
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    It is widely predicted that low-lying coral reef islands will drown as a result of sea-level rise, leaving their populations as environmental refugees. But new evidence now suggests that these small islands will be more resilient to sea-level rise than we thought. That is not to say that these tiny nations won’t face significant environmental challenges. Built of sand and shingle and lying just 1-3m above the current sea level, coral reef islands in the central Pacific and Indian Oceans are considered among the most vulnerable places on Earth. The new findings suggest that, rather than…
  • Can business save us from climate change?

    Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies at University of Sydney
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Without a functional international climate policy, and a set of Australian policies that look set to be repealed, it might seem that business offers the greatest hope for mitigating climate change. Business is beginning to see climate change as a strategic risk, and is reducing consumption to avoid the worst climate impacts. But there are a three key reasons not to rely on business to save us from climate change. Ultimately we’ll need a global response to keep carbon emissions below a safe threshold. Business as usual? An increasingly common response to government climate inaction has been…
  • Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

    Jayajit Chakraborty, Professor of Geography at University of South Florida
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Australians living in poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, as well as communities with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to be exposed to high levels of toxic air pollution. These are the key findings from the first Australian study to assess the relationship between industrial air pollution and the communities most exposed to it, which has just been published in the international journal Environmental Research Letters. Our study evaluated industry-reported estimates of air emissions, which are available from the Australian…
  • We all need to pay for climate change mitigation

    Ben Phillips, QEII Fellow / Senior Lecturer at University of Melbourne
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:31 pm
    While the latest IPCC report on mitigation doesn’t recommend any particular strategy for reducing carbon emissions, it suggests changing energy consumption is a key mitigation strategy. According to the summary of the report electricity generation produces the greatest share of carbon emissions (25% in 2010). Within electricity, buildings and industry are the key emitters. For the best chance to keep global warming under the internationally-agreed 2C guardrail, greenhouse gas concentrations (measured relative to CO2) need to be limited to 450 parts per million by 2100. In Australia, two…
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    Green Conduct

  • 5 Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle for Your Wallet and Environment

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

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

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

    alicebenny
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    Hiking through the wilds of Alberta, Canada, last summer my husband and I munched on wild raspberries and thimbleberries as we came across them on the trail. As we walked and snacked, we would speculate if the products of the land could sustain human life and for how long. Now that I have encountered “Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants” by Christopher Nyerges, I know that the answer is, “Yes.” However, I would not want to depend on feeding myself without this excellent book as a guide. Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants Nyerges’ book supports a variety of groups: campers,…
  • Starting an Eco-Friendly Business can take many forms

    alicebenny
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Eco-Friendly Business True environmentalism begins at home, but now many people are saying that it could also start in the workplace. The concept of an eco-friendly workplace used to be a rare phenomenon, but is now becoming more commonplace as increasing numbers of workforces are embracing environmental causes. In some cases, entrepreneurs are setting up their businesses to be eco-friendly before they’ve even conducted their first transaction. Defining Your Eco-Friendly Business Eco-friendly businesses can take many forms, and don’t necessarily have to be focused on providing overtly…
 
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  • 7 ways to reuse and recycle shoes

    Mrs Green
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Zero hero Louay contacted me last week and said: “I have some shoes that are beyond giving to charity shops and so wondered if you knew of any way to recycle them?” Now I’m not sure what happens to shoes that are beyond wearing if you put them in a textiles bank – does anyone […]
  • Six ways to reuse laundry detergent dosing balls

    Mrs Green
    5 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Got a collection of laundry liquid dosing balls? Here's how to reuse them!
  • How to upcycle a plastic tennis ball container

    Mrs Green
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    Grandma Green upcycles a plastic tube into a vase!
  • feeding garden birds – the zero waste way

    Mrs Green
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:34 pm
    Last week I talked about the idea of donating household items – things that might otherwise be thrown away – to birds for nesting material! This week I want to talk about how birds can help us reduce food waste. The RSPB recommend we now feed garden birds throughout the whole year; not just during […]
  • We’re the Guardian “Live Better” Blog of the Week! @GdnLiveBetter

    Mrs Green
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:38 am
    How excited am I? The Guardian have launched a seven month digital project called “Live Better” which is focused around sustainability. Each month, they’ll focus on a different area of sustainability and over the course of the project they are running a feature called Blog of the Week. My Zero Waste is proud to be […]
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  • Portlandia and The 5 Rs: From Refuse to Recycle

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

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

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    20 Nov 2013 | 9:45 am
    Readers of this blog know my three children wear glasses, and two have since they were tiny. Where this comes from we still have no idea, but one thing I know for certain is that I want a world that eliminates any stigma, stereotype, or challenges for children who wear glasses. That is what this Kickstarter from Ann Zawistoski is all about. Consider supporting this Kickstarter and read through to the bottom for more detailed information on how this book project came to be.   Ann Zawistoski is a mama on a mission. She says of her latest project… Zoe [her…
  • Leaving to Get Well

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Oct 2013 | 9:38 am
    All my bags are packed I’m ready to go I’m standin’ here outside your door I hate to wake you up to say goodbye But the dawn is breakin’ it’s early morn The taxi’s waitin’ he’s blowin’ his horn Already I’m so lonesome I could die So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane Don’t know when I’ll be back again Oh baby, I hate to go   I left once – nearly two weeks ago now – and I am doing it again.
  • Ginger Goodness: Ginger Zucchini Muffin Recipe

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    3 Oct 2013 | 6:45 am
    Ginger Love (and Muffins) I adore ginger. I suffer from a myriad of maladies that all culminate in a queasy stomach, let alone the three times I was pregnant and had all day, whole pregnancy sickness! I learned quickly just how important ginger products were. Plus, it’s just plain good for you. So, it is my honor to share this fantastic gingerrifc recipe with you! Healthy & Scrumptious Ginger Zucchini Muffins 2013-10-02 18:13:40 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 cup unbleached white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp salt 1 T baking powder ¼ cup The Ginger People®…
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  • 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…
  • Geologist Says Feds Made “Incredible Error” Ignoring Huge N.Y. Salt Cavern Roof Collapse

    Peter Mantius
    29 Jan 2014 | 7:18 am
    The salt and storage wells of the Watkins Glen brine field lie 2,000 feet below the network of small roads just north of the US Salt plant on Seneca Lake in New York. The Village of Watkins Glen is just outside the picture to the south. In the 1960s, a 400,000-ton block of rock fell from the roof of an old salt cavern in the Finger Lakes region of New York — a cavity that new owners now want to reopen and use to store highly pressurized natural gas. The Midwestern energy company that seeks a federal permit for the storage project has denied knowing the roof failure ever happened. And the…
  • Ivy League University Votes To Dump Oil and Gas Investments

    Peter Mantius
    17 Dec 2013 | 7:46 am
    On Dec. 11, the Cornell University Faculty Senate adopted by a 43-13 vote a resolution calling for the school to divest by 2035 all its investments in the top 200 holding companies ranked by fossil fuel reserves. A similar resolution adopted by the Cornell Student Assembly in the spring had called for divestiture by 2020. “These reserves already comprise three to five times more than the total amount of fossil fuels that can be burned before exceeding the 2°C rise in mean global temperature that scientists and governments have agreed is the threshold for dangerous climate change,” eight…
 
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  • Energy-Efficient Electronics for the Bedroom

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Energy-Efficient Electronics for the Bedroom (via Green Home Gnome) There are a lot of things you can do in the bedroom. Saving energy is one of them. The average bedroom takes up lots of energy when not equipped with energy-efficient electronics. Add to that our bad energy habits and we end up with higher than necessary…
  • 2015 Honda Fit Deep Dive

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    2015 Honda Fit Deep Dive (via Gas 2.0) By now, you’ve heard what driving the new 2015 Honda Fit is like. You’ve seen what riding in a new Fit is like, too- and, maybe, you’ve figured out how they got one into a tiny bar (I haven’t). Still, we haven’t spent much time actually talking…
  • New Jersey Wildlife: Foraging and native spring ephemerals

    Guest Post
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    New Jersey Wildlife: Foraging and native spring ephemerals (via NJ.com) As spring arrives, the fields and woodlands begin to wake up and burst with the emergence of plant life to color the landscape and welcome in the wildlife from the long cold winter. And with the arrival of the new buds, shoots and flowers comes opportunity…
  • Groundbreaking Begins on Apple’s Environmentally-Friendly Campus

    Guest Post
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Groundbreaking Begins on Apple’s Environmentally-Friendly Campus (via Planetsave) As one of the most influential tech companies in the world, Apple tends to lead by example. When it comes to sustainability, the Cupertino-based tech giant hasn’t always had a sterling reputation; however, in recent years, Apple has doubled down on…
  • IBM technology underpins project to make British Columbia’s the “smartest coast on the planet”

    Guest Post
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    MARKHAM, ON & VICTORIA, BC –  14 April 2014: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is collaborating with Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) on a three-year, multi-million dollar project to equip British Columbia with a monitoring and prediction system to respond to off-shore accidents, tsunamis and other natural disasters. The new “Smart Oceans BC” program will use marine sensors and data analysis to enhance environmental stewardship and public and marine safety along Canada’s West coast. It will monitor vessel traffic, waves, currents and water quality in major shipping arteries and…
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  • Blogging break…

    momsgoinggreen
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
      You might have noticed I have not blogged since December 2013. I have a very good reason, I enrolled in school! I’m taking a break to study and complete my course work. Thank you for your support of Moms Going Green!
  • Review: Fruit Infusing Water Bottle

    momsgoinggreen
    28 Dec 2013 | 11:32 am
    I had a goal this year to up my water intake and stay hydrated. I’m a busy working mom and I often forget to drink enough water. I also don’t like the taste of plain water. I tend to drink with lemon or make iced tea. The Aqua Zinger was one of my favorite purchases in 2013. My favorite recipe is a sliver of fresh ginger, slice of cucumber & lemon! The stainless steel bottle has a bottom-mounted grinder that retains the ground pulp of your ingredients, but allows the pure extracted flavors to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen and infuse the water. All you need to do is…
  • Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts

    momsgoinggreen
    21 Dec 2013 | 10:38 am
    These homemade gifts from your kitchen are sweet and savory, so you’ll find something for everyone on your list! Salted Caramel Chocolate Bark With just a few simple steps, you can transform plain chocolate into a divine treat with this chocolate bark recipe.   Ingredients 2 cups chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (or chips) 12 caramel squares 1 teaspoon water, divided 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt, such as Maldon Directions Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles.) Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir,…
  • Custom Chalkboard Creations: Kid-Friendly Holiday DIY Projects

    momsgoinggreen
    20 Dec 2013 | 5:01 am
    {Today’s Guest Post is by Angelo DiGangi} Long gone are the days of only being able to find a green chalkboard in a classroom. Ever since chalkboard paint became available off the shelf, individual chalkboards have been popping up everywhere. Indeed, not only can you make your own little chalkboards by applying this handy little paint to virtually any surface, but you can also tint it yourself to create a veritable rainbow of shades! With these advancements in mind, let’s look at a way to bring chalkboard paint full circle – back to the classroom by involving the kids and on to…
  • Meatless Monday: Veggie Grill’s Italian Crostini

    momsgoinggreen
    25 Nov 2013 | 5:43 am
    You’ll appreciate how this Italian Crostini recipe can serve many purposes such as crowd-pleasing party food, tasty snack or a Meatless Monday dinner option! Ingredients 8 ounce container Tofutti Cream Cheese 3 TBL chopped chives ½ TSP crushed garlic Dash of salt Dash freshly ground pepper 1 French bread baguette, sliced 1 container of your favorite olive tapenade One package Italian Field Roast Sausage (Vegan and at Whole Foods) Procedures Remove casing from Field Roast Sausage. On medium/high heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook sausage evenly on all sides (5 minutes). Remove from…
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    CleanTechies

  • Duke Energy – Bad headlines and the Public Good

    The Vote Solar Initiative
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    It’s been a bad news kind of week for Duke Energy. First, several major investors in the utility – which is the largest electric power holding company in the United States - urged fellow shareholders to fire four Duke directors over the company’s coal ash spill in early February. A letter filed Tuesday by one of those investors stated that the directors “have failed to fulfill their obligations of risk oversight as members of a committee overseeing health, safety, and environmental compliance at the company.” This call for accountability comes two months after 39,000 tons of…
  • Linkin Park, Lawrence Bender & Henry Waxman at UCLA Fundraiser

    Sarah Backhouse
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) honored musicians Linkin Park, producer Lawrence Bender and U.S. Representative Henry Waxman for each of their environmental accomplishments at their Evening of Excellence fundraiser. The event was held at a private estate owned by Tony and Jeanne Pritzker in Beverly Hills. Visit http://www.environment.ucla.edu/ for more information.
  • What Does OMB Circular A-119 Mean to Green Building?

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The U.S. Office of Management and Budget is seeking comments, no later than May 12, 2014, on proposed revisions to Circular A-119, “Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities.” “Green Globes and LEED are voluntary, consensus based standards” according to Kevin Kampschroer, director of the office of federal high-performance green buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration, referring to the March 2012 U.S. Department of Energy, Green Building Certification System Review. That is, both of those…
  • Local Energy Rules Episode 20 – The Power of Collective Energy Purchasing

    CleanTechies Guest Author
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    “We can’t do it as an individual, But four hundred communities aggregating and asking for local wind power and solar power – that’s really powerful.” Oak Park, IL, is one of hundreds of Illinois towns using their authority to buy electricity in bulk on behalf of its residential and small business customers. So far, most communities have used the policy – known as community choice aggregation – to negotiate for less expensive electricity compared to the default electric utility, Commonwealth Edison. Many have also purchased renewable energy credits with their power, but it’s…
  • Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act Re-Introduced In Congress

    CleanTechies Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act was reintroduced in Congress this month. The bill would create a new class of Treasury bonds, starting as low as $25, the proceeds of which would be used to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. The project was inspired by the Victory Bonds that allowed Americans to help fund World War II and is supported by a number of green business organizations, including the American Sustainable Business Council and Green America. Reliable, long-term financing has been one of the greatest obstacles to moving toward a clean energy…
 
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  • Laura’s Favs: Tweets and Comments (April 18, 2014)

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy Friday, everyone! If you’re new to OA, we take time once a week to thank our fans for all the posts, comments, and tweets they leave us every week. If you have any thoughts or ideas about how we can improve, please share. Remember to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ to stay up to date on all our social networks! Thank you all :) Have a wonderful weekend! Here are some of our favorite social network highlights from the week: Our Twitter Favs of the Week: @EnergyWeBring: YAY! Music to my ears [Vermont State Senate Approves GMO Labeling Bill, House Expected to…
  • General Mills’ Cheerios to Use Facebook ‘Likes’ as Protection from Consumer Lawsuits

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    As food manufacturers face a sea of lawsuits over false advertising and marketing claims, large food brands, including General Mills’ Cheerios, have created a fairly foolproof weapon against more legal tangles: “Like” them on Facebook and you give up your right to sue. General Mills quietly made the change to its website, stating that joining any of the brand’s social media communities such as liking its Cheerios, Chex or Betty Crocker Facebook pages, or downloading coupons or entering company sponsored contests, would serve to signify that the consumer waived their rights…
  • Cider-Braised White Beans Recipe with Rosemary and Thyme

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you’re craving comfort food but don’t want to steer from your wholesome diet, reach for braised beans. In this white beans recipe, the beans are slow-cooked in a cider-spiked base with rosemary and thyme, plus a bit of tomato paste for color and tang. This Italian-inspired dish gives you all the soothing, comforting qualities of a rich stew or casserole, but without any of the guilt. I used hard cider in my recipe, but feel free to use any acidic liquid of choice: white wine, beer, or apple cider vinegar will all do the trick. I loosely used “1 cup water” as the amount of water…
  • From Our Friends: April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome to this week’s installment of From Our Friends, a weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts, published by our friends and partners around the web. This week’s edition includes the dangers of tanning beds, how to transform your routine with water workouts, smoothie recipes not starring kale, how whey protein helps rejuvenate after exercise, how Paul McCartney can not save an elephant, finding your pressure points, how to dye fabric with tea, and hug your furry friends because it’s Pets Week. Enjoy! 1. Tan lines around your eyes are a small price to pay to…
  • The Benefits of Red Wine Defined: Is That Vino Really Good For You?

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The benefits of red wine have long been one of its best selling points. It’s one of my favorite healthy vices. That is–red wine in moderation can bring great joy (like chocolate, but better) at same time, when overdone it’s a vice beyond belief. Antioxidants, particularly a polyphenol called resveratrol, may help to prevent heart disease by increasing levels of high density lipoproteins and protecting against artery damage. Light to moderate wine drinking is associated with a longer life. Additionally, a Mediterranean diet, consisting of 1-2 glasses of wine per day for women and…
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    Planet Forward

  • Milk Carton Easter Bunny Basket Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Happy Easter weekend everyone! Today we wanted to celebrate with a holiday themed eco-friendly craft that will help the kids carry all their goodies from their Easter egg hunt. Therefore, we decided to make this adorable Easter bunny basket that promotes repurposing since it’s made from a milk or juice carton. Our eco-friendly craft today is courtesy of spoonful.com.  Let’s get Easter crafting. (photo: spoonful.com / FamilyFun Magazine) What you’ll need: •    Scissors or craft knife •    Half-gallon milk or juice carton •    Stapler •    Pastel…
  • 10 Alternative Ways to Use Your Hair Dryer

    Planet Forward
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Does your hair dryer seem like an appliance with one primary function? Today we’ll show you just how much your hair dryer can do for you. At the Planet Forward blog we are always looking for different ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle. In our extensive sustainable living series we’ve shared with you how to repurpose: plastic bags, paper towel rolls, tin foil, old t-shirts, coffee cans, coffee grounds, tennis balls, potatoes, tea bags, ice cube trays, old towels, wine bottles, wine corks, citrus scraps, mascara wands, pop can tabs, baking soda, old…
  • DIY Beauty with Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub

    Planet Forward
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sugar body scrubs, especially all natural ones, are expensive. Know that there is no need to spend your hard earned dollars on scrubs anymore because we’re found an amazing and luxurious one for you. Best of all you probably have all the ingredients you need to make it right now. Welcome back for the next entry in our DIY beauty series. At the Planet Forward blog we are always looking for new ways to help you live a more sustainable and economical lifestyle, and using everyday household items in news way fulfills that mission. Cosmetics and toiletries are items that contribute in a large…
  • Meatless Monday with No-Boil Mac and Cheese

    Planet Forward
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Looking for an easy weeknight meal that will please everyone? Does this seem like an impossible task? Have no fear, that’s why we’re here. Remember that ever Monday we share with you a new vegan or vegetarian recipe to help take the guesswork out of what to make for dinner. As you may know, Planet Forward took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. If you take the pledge you’ll not only reduce your carbon footprint, but your family will enjoy health benefits. On the menu tonight is a…
  • Easter Egg Wreath Eco-friendly Craft

    Planet Forward
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Do you have all sizes and shapes of plastic Easter eggs left over from Easters past? Do you want to put them to good use? Well then we have the perfect eco-friendly craft for you, as we’re making an Easter egg wreath. Know that, as always, this meets our three tier criteria for what makes great eco-friendly project. First, the main element has to be something you’re upcycling. For this project that item would be the plastic eggs and even leftover shreds of Easter grass. Second, the craft should be made up of items you have on hand. The purpose of this is to save on time, money and…
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  • 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…
  • Sunset sparks conversation about the future of water

    christine
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    Sierra Nevada rivers supply water to some parts of California. Shouldn’t we value every drop that comes out of our taps? (Photo of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park by Christine Sculati) California has endured many droughts as a state and has found ways to innovate in response to each dry spell. Indeed, the current drought – one of the worst in the state’s history – has sparked new conversations that went silent after the last major drought ended. We all tend to suffer amnesia when a crisis is not staring us in the face. In a time when…
  • Women who made history in Yosemite National Park

    christine
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Lucy Telles, also known as Pa-ma-has (1940s). Her innovations in Native American basket weaving had a lasting influence on Yosemite’s weavers. Source: San Joaquin Valley Library System Today is International Women’s Day. March is Women’s History Month. And the year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Yosemite National Park and the California State Park system. Yosemite was first protected as a state park — the first state park in the world — when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Considering that Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the…
  • A book that will transform your thinking about the world: The Sixth Extinction

    christine
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The Great Auk by John James Audubon, 1800s. This North Atlantic bird became extinct in 1844. A few years ago, I led presentations featuring “wildlife ambassadors” for a diversity of public school students. While showing the kids a desert tortoise, a reptile protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, I was astonished that even the youngest groups, kindergartners, oftentimes had a definition for “endangered.” When I asked, they replied, “It means they are going away.” “They are almost gone.” Because I am an advocate for protecting the…
  • Are there sustainable ways to fix California’s water problems?

    christine
    15 Feb 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Marin County reservoir in December 2013 For many of us in drought-stricken California, this winter’s climate has felt more like an eerie endless summer. Sure, we are enjoying this ideal weather for hiking and cycling, but we have also heard the warnings that some water districts are running out of water Last weekend’s Pacific storms delivered by an atmospheric river known as the “Pineapple Express” offered some relief to our parched watersheds but not nearly enough to end the drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor warns: “Even though this storm was welcome, the…
 
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    Jubbling.com - Consume less. Reuse more.

  • Tree Strikes Back – Falls On Guy Shooting At It. [Video]

    paul
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:25 pm
    After many shots fired, a lone tree fires back. Let the coup d’trees begins. [V]
  • Martin’s Beach – Green As Vinod Khosla Says Not As Vinod Khosla Does.

    paul
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    Photo link. “No one knows what Khosla plans to do with the land [at Martin's Beach], but everyone has a theory—the term ‘McMansion’ figures prominently, alongside guesses about luxury hotels and exclusive nature preserves.”From “Bummer Beach” If you’re friendly to ‘green’ causes and make ‘green’ investments, does that excuse you from any ‘green’ responsibility in your personal life? Check out “Bummer Beach” and read about Martin’s Beach surfers losing public access to public waters and Vinod…
  • SnapRays Guidelight – A Wall Outlet Cover With Integrated LED Nightlight. [Video]

    paul
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    It’s called the SnapRays Guidelight and it’s genius! The SnapRays Guidelight has a built-in sensor that activates the nightlight and according to its Kickstarter page, the nightlight-outlet only consumes $.10 of electricity per year. Also, the Guidelight cuts out the middleman (a separate nightlight) and it’s expected to last up to 25 years. One more bonus: the SnapRays Guidelight snap-installs in seconds and doesn’t require re-wiring. [Gizmodo]
  • Shark Rescue: Divers Remove Elastic Cord Around Shark’s Gills. [Video]

    paul
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:37 am
    YouTube: Amazing shark rescue What’s awesome about this video is that these divers cared enough to rescue a grey nurse shark with a elastic cord noose around its gills. What’s amazing about this video is how the divers figured out a safe way to cut the elastic cord around the shark’s gills without harming the shark. Fortunately, this shark didn’t suffer the same waste-induced fate as the birds on Midway Island. [Arbroath]
  • Hanging Potted Plant Light Fixtures – Meet The BucketLight Plant Lamp.

    paul
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:16 am
    Do you want a whole mess of plants in your room but don’t have the table-top space? No problem – check out the BucketLight Plant Lamp from Dutch designer Roderick Vos. The space-saving, dual-purpose BucketLights connect to the ceiling and you don’t have to worry about electrocuting yourself when you water your plant lamp because they’re waterproof. Jubbling? Sure, as long as the BucketLight Plant Lamp isn’t too expensive and thankfully, it’s only $2600… SWEET JESUS! Sorry BucketLight Plant Lamp: you just gave me $2550.05 worth of reasons not to buy a…
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    MightyNest

  • Dig it! Composting Reduces Food Waste

    Winnie Abramson
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you think about how much food waste goes from our kitchens into the landfill, it really makes sense to compost. Read guest blogger Winnie Abramson’s tips for easy and successful composting, then pledge to give it a try. Even if you're not a gardener, you'll be doing the earth a big favor, and you could win a Fresh Air countertop compost collector to get you started!  Over 30% of the food that’s produced on Earth goes to waste. Discarded food usually ends up in landfills. It’s a major cause of avoidable carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  Composting isn’t a solution to the…
  • How to jumpstart your fundraising by participating in a MightyNest for Schools Challenge

    dhschaffner
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Looking for ways your school can earn a sizeable amount of money without any parent even spending a dime? You've found it with MightyNest for Schools and our school challenges. Several times a year, we offer this unique way to build excitement for healthy living at your school, raise awareness about our fundraiser and build a supporter base going forward.  Westwood Elementary School in San Diego won a whopping $5000 in the MightyNest Back to School Challenge (Fall 2013). We asked Amber Stefanick, the leader of the MightyNest for Schools fundraiser for Westwood to inspire other…
  • 5 Wonder Plants That Make Your Home Healthier

    annie
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Adding air purifying plants to your home is just one of the simple but mighty actions you can take for a healthier home and planet in MightyNest for School’s Earth Day Challenge. Read how houseplants can literally breathe fresh air into your environment, then tell us which one you’d like to add to your indoor landscape. According to a study conducted by NASA (can you think of a place more in need of fresh air than a space station?), certain houseplants have the amazing superpower of improving indoor air quality. We know that adding houseplants increases oxygen levels inside…
  • Easter Eggs Dyed Naturally

    annie
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you dye Easter eggs with your family, you may have wondered if there's an alternative (other than a DIY approach) to the ultra bright and toxic colors available via grocery store dye kits. Well, there is! Eco-Kids makes a fabulous natural egg coloring kit. We  know there are folks who have great success making their own natural dyes from onion skins, beets, cabbage and blueberries but this kit is a GREAT go-to kit for those who prefer a little convenience while maintaining a safe, dependable and colorful outcome. The kit includes three natural dyes (orange, blue and purple), a…
  • One Simple Change: Revamp Your Pantry + A Kilner Jar Giveaway!

    Winnie Abramson
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:53 am
    Guest Post: This is the third post in a series excerpted from Winnie Abramson’s  book, One Simple Change. Consider her advice to do a little spring cleaning of your pantry shelves, then take the pledge below. You could win $100 of Kilner glass storage jars for your pantry, and $100 for your school!  In my book One Simple Change, I wrote quite a bit about clearing out the clutter from your life.  Winter is now officially behind us so it’s the perfect time to revisit this concept. Spring is a great time to focus on cleaning and organization.I am someone who is very…
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  • Australian Households

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Households invest billions in solar, . . . as utilities stall on big projects. Australian households are almost single-handedly, . . . pushing the country towards a clean energy future, . . . spending billions on generating their own electricity and . . . accounting for nearly 2/3 of total investment in renewables, . . . in Australia in 2013($2.8 billion), and virtually all of it in 2014. 2014-04-17 Source:  Australian households  How many panels do you need
  • Japan Efficiency, Replace's Nuclear

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Japan overcame Nuclear closures, . . . by tapping the cheapest and most widely available source of energy: . . . energy efficiency and conservation. Much of the electricity savings were initially driven by, . . . a popular movement known as "Setsuden" ("saving electricity"). . . . This movement emerged to encourage people and companies, . . . to conserve energy and prevent rolling power cuts. Simple measures such as increasing temperatures in homes and offices, .. . "thinning" lighting by removing some of the bulbs and tubes, . . . shutting down big screens and cutting exterior lighting, . .
  • Dod's Largest Solar Project

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    20-megawatt project, . . . will provide about 1/4 of the annual electricity use for Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Follow the Money The project is being installed under a purchase power agreement, . . . in which the solar installer, in this case Tucson Electric Power, . . . pays for installation, operation, and maintenance and then . . . pays down costs and generates revenue through sales of electricity. The project is an example of public-private industry collaboration, in which . . . no taxpayer dollars will be spent. The installation, design, engineering and construction of the project . . . will…
  • 'cleaner Coal' Vs Renewables

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    “The accelerated deployment of renewable energy, . . . significantly reduces energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, with: . . . . . . reasonable cost, . . . . . . enhanced energy security, . . . . . . more local jobs, . . . . . . value-creation, and . . . . . . a cleaner and healthier environment,” Adnan Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said in a statement. IRENA’s forthcoming report, Remap 2030, says: . . . a quadrupling of the share of renewable energy sources by 2030, . . . . . . will cut annual global energy related emissions by 8.6 gigatonnes, . . . . . . while energy efficiency…
  • Generate Solar Heat In The Dark

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Photoswitches, a breakthrough set of materials, .. . that act as their own batteries, . . . absorbing energy and releasing it on demand. MIT researchers said “Exposing them to sunlight causes them to absorb energy and . . . jump from one configuration to the other, . . . which is then stable for long periods of time.” To liberate that energy all you have to do, . . . is expose the molecules to a small amount of light, heat or electricity and . . . when they switch back to the other shape they emit heat. In effect, they behave as rechargeable thermal batteries: . . . taking in energy from…
 
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • How to Use Cheap Sensors and Mobile Phones to Make People Care About Energy Waste

    Chris Williams
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Visibility of energy use is not enough to get people to change their actions, we still need to find a way to make people care to compel them to act. At last week’s Cleanweb Hackathon in Boston, teams focused on combining hardware, software, and mobile devices to figure out how to make people care about regular energy issues. There were two pitches for lighting efficiency (LightOut) and water efficiency (Water Hero) that were particularly creative and compelling takes on how to make people address waste. The format of the hackathon was simple: Participants pitched ideas and got onto…
  • The Most Common Solar PPA Modeling Mistake, The Fix, and a Free Tool

    Chris Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    This article will address the most common error that developers and EPCs make when modeling commercial solar PPAs. The video below will discuss the problem, the solution, and provide a free tool you can download so you can work through the answer yourself. If you’re a developer interested in developing and owning your own solar project, click here sign up for the one hour webinar that Chris Lord will be running tomorrow at 2pm EST. The event is titled “How Commercial Solar EPCs can Develop and Own Their Own Solar Projects”. This article is part of a series common topics and…
  • Interview with Cory Honeyman, GTM Research Solar Analyst, on Emerging Trends in Residential and Commercial Solar

    Tom McCormack
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In this interview, GTM Research Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman provides some background on the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report and discusses trends in residential and commercial solar, including hard costs, important skills for salespeople, state incentives, common misconceptions, and financing. (The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.) Tom McCormack (TM): Can you give some background on the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report? Cory Honeyman (CH): The U.S. Solar Market Insight Report is a publication that we release with the Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) on a…
  • How to Price the Risk of Cash Equity vs Tax Equity Positions in Solar Partnership Flips

    Chris Williams
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    This article is part of a series common topics and questions that professionals have about financing commercial solar projects. Chris Lord of CapIron provided some insights into pricing certain types of investor risk in partnership flips. Chris is a co-teacher of our Solar MBA which starts on Monday April 14th. Chris will also be presenting a webinar on Friday the 11th titled “How Commercial Solar EPCs can Develop and Own their Own Solar Assets”. Now onto the question. In a partnership flip, just how much riskier is the Cash Equity position, compared to the Tax Equity position?
  • How to Calculate the Buyout Price for Commercial Solar PPAs

    Chris Williams
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    This article is part of a series on common topics and questions that professionals have about financing commercial solar projects. Chris Lord of CapIron provided some insights into pricing certain types of investor risk in partnership flips. Chris is a co-teacher of our Solar MBA which starts on Monday April 14th. On Friday April 11th, he will be presenting a titled “How Commercial Solar EPCs can Develop and Own their Own Solar Assets”. Now onto the question. How do you calculate a buyout price for your host customer if they want to purchase the system in Year 7 or Year 5? You are…
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  • How Stonyfield Greek Fuels My Marathon of Life

    paigewolf
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    My husband is an actual marathon runner. (OK, half marathons for now). Me? I did one 5K and that was far enough for me to run in one go. However, I am all about mixing up long runs with jumping, climbing, and crawling through the mud. I guess I’m more of a roller coaster than Ferris wheel kind of girl. But I have seen the kind of effort and determination it takes to run a marathon. And, of course, this year’s Boston Marathon will be even more meaningful and poignant for the runners who take part in memory of last year’s devastating bombing. As the demand for spots in the…
  • Adopt-A-Classroom: Teachers Change Lives

    paigewolf
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Being a teacher can be a thankless job. Living in the midst of one of the largest school district crises our country has ever seen, I truly feel for my friends who give so much of themselves in the classrooms. I try to offer small ways to help both students and teachers, because I know that teachers change lives. Teachers spend money every year out of their own pocket, especially in underfunded areas like Philadelphia. According to one recent survey, teachers spent an average of $448 of their own money each year – and that seems like a low estimate compared to what I have seen. It is…
  • When Medical Mistrust Deters From Life-Saving Vaccinations

    paigewolf
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    With all the information coming at us about GMOs in food, hormone-disrupting chemicals in soap, and toxic flame-retardants in pajamas, it’s no wonder we don’t trust the government. The FDA isn’t protecting us from toxic chemicals. The EPA is watered down by political and corporate lobbyists. There are yoga mat chemicals in our bread and Flintstone vitamins are little more than high fructose corn-syrup in a Barney Rubble jelly mold. We are trained to read every ingredient and do hours of research before buying a bath toy. So it’s easy to see how the anti-vaccination has…
  • Giveaway: New Stonyfield YoBaby, YoToddler and YoKids Pouches

    paigewolf
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    My nine-month-old daughter is a mess. I struggle with whether it is greener to feed her with a bowl and spoon -  using umpteen wipes for clean-up while creating massive amounts of laundry – or just keep it clean and simple with a pouch and attachable reusable spoon. One of my favorite family brands, Stonyfield Organic, announces the launch of the first-ever refrigerated organic yogurt pouch.  Available in nine delicious flavors (even for adults), these pouches make eating yogurt fun, easy, and mess-free. Pouches are especially neater when on-the-go. Plus they are re-sealable, and even…
  • Is Proctor & Gamble in a Toxic Bed with US Green Building Council?

    paigewolf
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:50 am
    This March, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the Tri State Sustainability Symposium, an event produced by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. The expo hall showcased the latest in green architectural innovation and products designed to help meet LEED certification. I passed a table with a small display of Clean Well hand sanitizer, a product I used. I noticed that the sponsor of the table was Proctor & Gamble, and remarked that I didn’t know Clean Well was a subsidiary of P&G and it was nice to see them displaying a more sustainable product. (Note: They…
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  • April 20

    dailynews
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April 20, 1812: A group of up to 1,000 Luddites were driven back as they attacked a mill in Nottingham, England. The Luddites believed that the Industrial Revolution, particularly the mechanization of textile mills, would ruin the way of life for English peasants.  
  • April 19

    dailynews
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
  • Why it's smart to travel in groups

    lmoss
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    Belgian transportation company De Lijn commissioned these adorable animated ads in 2010, touting the importance of traveling in groups — meaning taking public transportation.   We think they're relevant to the current conversation about how we get places. Enjoy!    
  • Take a stroll beneath these 9 natural tree tunnels

    photoblog
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo: Shutterstock
  • April 18

    dailynews
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    April 18, 1906: The San Francisco Earthquake causes the destruction of most of the growing city. The quake's damage is considerable, but far worse is the impact of fires caused by severed gas lines and haphazard emergency response.  
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Have a Compassionate Easter With These Fun Ideas

    Chrissy Spallone
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Most families enjoy keeping and sharing traditions, especially during the holidays. When Easter traditions include baskets of milk chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, dyed eggs and a ham or turkey dinner, however, vegetarians and vegans feel torn between their personal ethics and family loyalty. But in most cases, there are plenty of ways to adapt classic […]
  • It’s Almost Easter, So Why Is There Still Snow on the Ground?

    Jordan Green
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    For most of us, we associate the arrival of Easter with the start of Spring. Easter flowers, cute chocolate cream-filled bunnies, and children running around a park engaged in an Easter egg hunt. However, much of North America is still snow-covered, making it feel more like Christmas than Easter. Earlier this week, Southern Ontario in […]
  • Solar Powered Gadgets for an Easier Lifestyle

    Ant Langston
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Solar Powered Gadgets – To Make Your Life Easier At a time when we’re all becoming more dependent on our electronic gadgets, power prices are soaring. It’s hard to imagine life without our laptops, smartphones, tablet computers and all of the other electronics we use every day, and it can be hard to strike a […]
  • The BMW i3: Ultimate ZZZaaaap!!

    Rick Carlton
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    According to Bloomberg News, BMW has decided to ramp up its production of the new i3 all-electric city car by 43% in response to increased interest in the new German luxury PHEV. Interestingly, although the U.S. market rollout for the vehicle is not slated for its debut in major urban cities such as New York […]
  • Smart highway with glow-in-the-dark roads now a reality

    Ian Andrew
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    It might look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but a Dutch engineering firm has successfully created a “smart highway” with glow-in-the-dark roads. The smart highway was demoed on 500 meters of road in the Netherlands last week, and showed promise for expanding the use of technology to other areas. Beyond just looking awesome, […]
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    Wilderness News Online

  • New Superintendent Named at Quetico Provincial Park

    gregseitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Quetico sunset (via Wikpedia). Trevor Gibb has been named the new superintendent of Quetico Provincial Park, according to the Atikokan Progress. “Parks are where my values lie. I love protected areas and getting out in the wilderness,” Gibb told the newspaper. Gibb previously served as assistant superintendent for the Cochrane area cluster of 29 provincial parks, and started in Canada’s provincial parks system in 2003 at the Killarney wilderness park as a warden. He has geography degree from the University of Western Ontario and a teaching degree from Mt. St. Vincent University.
  • Isle Royale Responds to Dwindling Wolf Population

    gregseitz
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Rock Harbor, Isle Royale National Park (Photo by Joe Ross via Flickr) The National Park Service will not bring more wolves to Isle Royale to help the wolf pack there survive, the agency has announced as part of a broader plan to address and study related ecological issues. Since the population of wolves on the islands fell to just one breeding pack in recent years, the Park has been pressured by some to introduce more wolves to expand the genetic pool and increase the population. Other advocates have said that since the park is a federal Wilderness, human intervention is inappropriate and…
  • New Campsite Reservation System Begins at Voyageurs National Park

    gregseitz
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Campsite on Namakan Lake in Voyageurs National Park (National Park Service photo) Visitors to Voyageurs National Park no longer have to take their chances to secure a great campsite. The park has opened up the first phase of a new reservation system, with plans to make all sites in the park reservable by next year. The first phase includes boats and canoes available to rent on lakes on the Kabetogama Peninsula, all campsites on the interior lakes, and 34 campsites on the park’s four major lakes. Park staff will monitor the program during this phase and by next year, all camping will…
  • Details Emerge About Locations of Twin Metals Mine Facilities

    gregseitz
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Exploratory drilling near the South Kawishiwi River (Photo by Greg Seitz) A proposal for a copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is starting to come together. A Twin Metals representative recently told a Virginia, MN newspaper that locations for mine access, water, and tailings have been identified. Bob McFarlin, vice president of public and governmental affairs for the company, told the Mesabi Daily News that Twin Metals plans to start mining at its Maturi Deposit, which is located along the South Kawishiwi River near the Spruce Road, about 8.5 miles southeast of…
  • Dyke Williams Awarded for Stewardship Efforts

    gregseitz
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Dyke Williams The Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation recently awarded Dyke Williams with its Wilson Stewardship Award. The award recognized his longtime service to the Quetico Superior Foundation, his leadership of the foundation’s white pine recovery program, and his commitment and promotion of youth education in areas of water and the natural environment. The selection committee told Williams, a resident of Seagull Lake in Minnesota, and Kenora, Ontario, that it appreciated “the bi-national nature of your influence, initiatives and visionary projects at…
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • TripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S.

    GTG Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The winners span the gamut from budget to ultra-luxury, but all have "Platinum" ranking and great traveler reviewsTripAdvisor’s 10 best green hotels in the U.S. is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Ktima Bellou: a green hotel in shadow of the Greek gods

    GTG Staff
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    | Macedonian Green Elegance | It’s in the shadow of Mount Olympus, home to the ancient Greek gods and highest mountain in Greece. Nearby is the traditional village of Agios Dimitrios, population maybe a thousand and surrounded by farm and forest. This is Macedonia, on the western Greek mainland. The hotel is called Ktima Bellou, which means “land of the Bellou family,” […]Ktima Bellou: a green hotel in shadow of the Greek gods is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Evia, Greece: Eleonas Hotel does organic, one olive at a time

    GTG Staff
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    | Quiet, Beautiful, Green | The drive is gorgeous, and after a week on dry and treeless Greek islands, what a relief to see green forests and flowing water. My destination is the Eleonas Agrotouristic Hotel in the town of Rovies; it’s on the island of Evia (also known as Euboea), two and a half hours […]Evia, Greece: Eleonas Hotel does organic, one olive at a time is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Indian Wells, Calif.: an eco-friendly desert oasis

    GTG Staff
    28 Feb 2014 | 1:41 pm
    | Resort To Green | Let’s say you’re wandering the desert. Not just any desert. The particular desert that has been transformed by automated sprinkler systems and relentless developers into strip malls, chain restaurants, housing and hotels into today’s Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, Calif. Let’s say you now find yourself in the city of Indian […]Indian Wells, Calif.: an eco-friendly desert oasis is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Santorini, Greece: where to find organic

    GTG Staff
    26 Feb 2014 | 3:18 pm
    | Another Reason To Visit | Add this to your reasons for going to Santorini, one of the most spectacular island destinations in Greece: supporting local organic farming. Of course, like most tourists, I have come because this is also one of the most famous landscapes in the world. The island (known historically as Thera) is an […]Santorini, Greece: where to find organic is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Hexa Green

  • Dubai opens tender for 100MW solar plant

    Team HexaGreen
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Dubai’s state utility company has opened the tender process for 100MW solar PV generating capacity. The Dubai electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is looking for expressions of interest to build the second phase of its PV development plans at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The park was launched in October 2013 with the connection of its inaugural 13MW PV plant. It plans to have 1GW of capacity by 2030. The new plant, or plants, must be commissioned by the summer of 2017. DEWA is looking for a developer or a consortium of developers to take a share of the…
  • Assessment on Measures to Mitigate Climate Change:IPCC

    Team HexaGreen
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world’s leading climate change scientists established by the UN General Assembly and working under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization, has just released in Berlin, after 6 years of intensive work reviewing all available science, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Among its main findings is that the concentration of Green House Gasses (GHGs)- gasses which cause climate change – have grown more quickly during the last…
  • Urbanization Provides Unprecedented Opportunities to Transition to a Green Economy

    Team HexaGreen
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    With over half of the global population now living in urban areas, cities are increasingly facing the challenge of ensuring decent standards of living for their inhabitants. Demand for a higher quality of life is increasing despite growing pressures on natural resources and ecosystems. In this context, a new report launched jointly today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance at the 2014 World Urban Forum finds that the rapid pace of urbanization represents an opportunity to build more sustainable, innovative and equitable towns and cities, and to use the…
  • Smart City Communication Networks Market Will Surpass $3.5 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2020

    Team HexaGreen
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
    Smart cities are, by definition, connected cities.  Most of the innovations in energy, transportation, and the efficient delivery of public services associated with smart cities rely on the availability of ubiquitous communication services.According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from communication nodes for smart cities, and the infrastructure and services to support them, will grow from $2 billion in 2014 to $3.55 billion in 2020. “Most attention in the smart city community has focused on the upper communication layers and applications – including IT and…
  • IKEA Enters US Wind Market with huge investment

    Team HexaGreen
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    IKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind project investment in the U.S. and largest renewables investment globally. IKEA will own the wind farm and U.S.-based developer Apex Clean Energy will manage the project. The Hoopseston project, which will be fully operational in early 2015, is expected to produce 380 GWh each year, according to IKEA, which is the equivalent of 130 percent of…
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Sestri Levante, Italy – by Maranatha Photography

    Max Engelsiepen
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Paolo and Giovanni Gandolfo Lambruschini, of Maranatha Photography, are landscape photographers, with growing interests in astrophotography and infrared photography. After having lived in Canada, the United States and Australia, they returned to the village of Sestri Levante in Liguria, Italy, their majestic home town, nestled between the mountains and the sea. Their aim is to capture the extraordinary beauty of the land along the Ligurian sea coast line and of the Ligurian Appenine mountains.   Maranatha Photography Facebook Page  
  • Flower Power Fresco: Greenwood School 7th Grade

    Janis Blackschleger
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Working with artist Roberto Varriale, eighteen 7th grade students at the Greenwood School in Mill Valley, Calif. created a spectacular 18-panel flower fresco using drawing and painting techniques. Bay Area Photographer and Filmmaker Gary Yost’s time-lapse video captures the entire 12-hour event, which Gary says was “more of a happening, really.” By Gary YostMusic: Virtute Libertatem (Virtue, Independence) by Ego.   Greenwood School explains how their enlivened educational curriculum “inspires children to evolve into creative thinkers who are self-directed and…
  • Average People Making Lots of Money from the Sun and Wind

    Guest
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    By Darrell Park Replicating Germany’s green energy successes in America Buerstadt, Germany - Photo Micha Jost Germany—a country with very modest sunshine—is the world’s largest producer of solar energy. How? Their society got smart and actually incentivized all users of electricity to become green energy entrepreneurs. The idea is simple – utilities were required to pay a generous per-kilowatt-hour rate to individuals or companies that install renewable energy technology and use it to produce electricity. By pushing electricity back into the power grid, rather than drawing it out,…
  • Watch Years of Living Dangerously

    Susan Colby
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:49 pm
    “Things have got to be done now.” These are Harrison Ford’s words as he talks about why he cares about Years of Living Dangerously, the Showtime documentary now airing. James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Abbasi , Joel Bach, Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Gelber and Jerry Weintraub make up the team of Executive Producers of the series, while Don Cheadle, Thomas Friedman, Ian Somerhalder, Ford and a veritable who’s who of celebrities, are the correspondents bringing the real-life stories into focus. In the first episode, which is available to view above and on YouTube, Ford, who is…
  • How Public Spaces Make Cities Work

    Guest
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:29 pm
    As New York City’s population climbs toward 9 million, Amanda Burden, chief city planner under the Bloomberg administration, led revitalization of some of the city’s most popular public spaces — from the High Line to the Brooklyn waterfront. In this insightful TED Talk, she shares her challenges and victories. “Now, open spaces in cities are opportunities. Yes, they are opportunities for commercial investment, but they are also opportunities for the common good of the city, and those two goals are often not aligned with one another, and therein lies the conflict. “ About…
 
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  • Ski Australia – while you can!

    Tracey Hordern
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s nowhere else like it in the world, ski Australia and there's snow gums and Australian wildlife, kangaroos, wombats, possums, they’re all there. Our ski fields are truly some of the most unique in the world. Ski in the bushland where Ned Kelly and his gang hid out, or visit the classic terrain that Banjo Paterson wrote about in The Man From Snowy River. The problem is, is the ability to ski Australia may not be with us for long. Since the recordings of our snow falls began in 1957, Australia has seen a slow decrease in snow depth. The mid-winter snow depths have only decreased a…
  • Round She Goes National Pre-Loved Fashion Markets

    Tracey Hordern
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Round She Goes was originally a one-off market in Melbourne, but the popularity of this women’s-only preloved-fashion market prompted founder Emma Morris to launch events in Adelaide and Sydney too. At the first market in May 2013, 1,000 eager thrift shoppers rifled through the 60-plus stalls to get their hands on second-hand Camilla, vintage Chloe and bargain-priced Gucci and Marc Jacobs. There is also locally designed jewellery and accessories and some cool crafts. Round She Goes has become a not-to-be-missed event! The next Adelaide Round She Goes has 50 stalls and
 will be held…
  • Sustainable Seafood

    Nina Hill
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Australian Sustainable Seafood Guide is Australia’s first online sustainability guide to buying seafood. This is a free app for download available for smart phone by The Australian Marine Conservation Society. The Earth’s ocean makes up over three quarters of the Earth space and contains 80 per cent of all life on Earth – most of this unexplored. But this marine life is depleting at an overwhelming rate due to overfishing, destructive fishing gear and poor aquaculture practices that impact significantly on our seas. The Marine Conservation Society states that a shocking 80 per cent of…
  • Online 3D educational tool for experiential learning

    Tracey Hordern
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    An online 3D educational tool has been developed in partnership with online education company 3P Learning and the CSRIO. The classroom has come a long way from chalkboards and textbooks and to equip students to successfully navigate and increasingly digital 3D world, the Australian Government funds this exciting educational initiative. The online 3D education partnership will bring computer scientists from the CSIRO with science education experts from 3P Learning to develop learning environments that give students the opportunity to immerse themselves and experience learning which will mirror…
  • The written word is in a death spiral

    Ross Kendall
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Predictions the written word will die out are well on track as people read less, and writing skills become redundant. In 2004 philosopher and futurist William Crossman was one of the first to predict the end of the written word in his book VIVO [Voice-In/Voice-Out]: The Coming Age of Talking Computers. He predicted talking computers plus great graphics would become such a useable and popular form of communication that the written word will become obsolete. Writing is simply too inefficient and cumbersome compared to the latest ways to communicate. Transferring and storing information using…
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    ecokaren

  • Meatless Monday: Kelp Noodle and Bok Choy Salad

    Becky Striepe
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    Kelp noodles might sound a little bit fishy, but they’re actually a delicious alternative to wheat-based pasta. The best part? You don’t even need to cook them, so kelp noodle dishes come together in a flash! If you’re new to kelp noodles, don’t worry. These sea vegetables are very easy to work with. They’re also super nutritious and have a neutral flavor that goes with just about anything. Like other sea veggies, kelp gives you a great nutritional bang for your caloric buck. A 1/2 cup serving of kelp noodles has: 6 calories 1 gram of fiber 15% of your RDA for…
  • How to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals

    Dr. Karen Lee
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    This is a second post on “Earth Month Blog Party” Series and today’s topic is how to reduce toxic chemicals from our lives. Sadly, the Chemicals in Commerce Act will not protect consumers from chemicals; we have to. And how do you protect yourself when there are as many as 80,000 you are exposed to daily? Read on and find out. When I was a young mom, I thought products (especially for babies) that were on store shelves were tested and they were safe for us to buy. I had no idea that there are over 80,000 chemicals that we are exposed to daily and only about 200 have been…
  • Meatless Monday: Baked Tofu Sandwich

    Becky Striepe
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The beauty of this baked tofu sandwich is in its simplicity. Warm salt and pepper tofu pairs up with with crunchy seasonal greens and fresh sliced tomato. Tofu gets a bad rep as a processed, unhealthy food, but it’s really a healthy, whole food. The concerns about soy are way overblown, and I’m learning to embrace this humble bean is all of its forms. If you’re worried that tofu is highly processed, I want to put those worries to rest for you! You can actually make tofu at home. I’ve done it, and it’s a lot of fun! Making tofu from scratch is time-consuming, but…
  • How much waste do Americans generate?

    Dr. Karen Lee
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve always said there should not be an “Earth Day”. April 22nd has been designated as this special day but I think you’d agree that it should not be the only day when you take extra care for the planet. And one of the biggest reasons for this is how much waste we create on a daily basis. So when you are trying to do the ‘right’ thing, how can you do it on just one day? We need to make an effort to reduce waste every day. How much waste do Americans generate? According to EPA.Gov, in 2012, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and…
  • Earth Day Events with Green Sisterhood

    Dr. Karen Lee
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:51 am
    Every day should be “Earth Day” but it’s April and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t emphasize the importance of keeping us and the planet in check to remember this year’s Earth Day, April 22nd. I know I’ve expressed dismay about how Earth Day is celebrated but this year will be different for me because I’m celebrating Earth Day the entire month of April with Green Sisterhood using social media to get the message out. If you are on Instagram and Twitter, you want to know about this fun earth loving activities so you can participate…
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Cherry Wood Furniture: Authentic & Affordable

    Manchester Wood
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Our Cherry Wood Furniture is real hardwood furniture made in America with the best mix of quality and pricing on the market today. At Manchester Wood we believe in the fair business practice of offering our customers quality products at reasonable prices. It’s something you’ll find in our Solid Cherry wood furniture collection. From our Oval Cherry Coffee Table (pictured left), to the classic Cherry Sofa Tables, and the distinguished appeal of a Cherry End Table, you’ll discover all the quality, function, and pricing you’re looking for at ManchesterWood.com. How do we…
  • Shoppers look for ‘Made in USA’ via Winston-Salem Journal

    Manchester Wood
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Richard Carver of Winston-Salem Journal reports ‘Made in USA’ furniture resonates with the consumer in a “feel good attribute.” Our neighbors Telescope Casual Furniture and others were interviewed in recent coverage at High Point Market on Made in USA furniture and what they’ve found the shopper is looking for from them despite foreign opposition. Here are excerpts from Carver’s recent article: The Made in the USA campaign in the home furnishings industry was dealt a blow last week when Stanley Furniture Industries Inc. announced plans to close its last…
  • Solid Wood Desk: You’ll Want It

    Manchester Wood
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    What you work on is important to you. Where you work on it is just as important. Bring inspiration to your space in classic design and American craftsmanship with a solid wood desk. A solid wood desk is a great piece of furniture. You might think you already have one, but you may not. How sturdy is it? When you rock it side-to-side does it feel like it’s going to fall apart? At Manchester Wood we’ll provide you a solid wood desk. From our mission desks, shaker desks, and other unique, yet practical solid wood desks, such as our Compact Workstation Table, the Campaign Desk, or…
  • Why Solid Wood Tables Make Sense

    Manchester Wood
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    As we approach Earth Day we ponder thoughts of ‘eco-conscious’ consumerism and why solid wood tables at home for a green friendly environment are a must. For us, making solid wood tables is as natural as it gets. The American hardwoods that we use for our furniture are the Native Northeastern hardwood species White Ash, Red Maple, and Red Oak, as well as Beech and Solid Cherry hardwood. We generally make our solid wood tables out of Cherry, Ash, and Beech. These species are ideal in producing quality solid wood furniture with timeless appeal, while also carrying longevity in…
  • 5 Myths about U.S. Economy via Yahoo! Finance

    Manchester Wood
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Is the U.S. Economy as weak as we think it is? Could American made goods actually live on? This video and article below on Joel Kurtzman’s thoughts leave some insightful optimism… Myth #1: America is broke America’s private sector is in better shape than it’s been in years, and the American consumer is healthier than she or he has been in the past 35 years, says Kurtzman. “On the private side of the balance sheet America is doing just fine,” says Kurtzman. The public side is another story, but it’s improving. The money America uses to pay its debt has…
 
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    strategy+business: SUSTAINABILITY

  • Zero Injuries, Waste, and Harm

    30 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    All companies say they want to establish a safer and more sustainable workplace, but they often struggle to turn those intentions into reality. For AkzoNobel, the solution began by standardizing processes across all of its facilities.
  • Diesel Gets Automakers' Vote of Confidence

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Automakers are far more confident about diesel's popularity in the U.S. than they are about hybrids or electric cars. Here's a look at the real value of diesel.
  • No More Business as Usual

    3 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    Syria. Ukraine. The Tea Party. Companies should start preparing for the new global reality.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility's New Role in the Middle East

    10 Feb 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), corporate social responsibility (CSR) is focusing less on catering to consumer sentiment and more on addressing social and economic challenges that are hindering development, most notably the shortage of jobs.
  • For Companies, It's Not Easy Being Green

    9 Jan 2014 | 11:30 am
    Companies that implement socially and environmentally responsible strategies tend to profit--but the benefits take time to show.
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • My Brawl at Walgreens While Asking Them to Mind The Store

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today thousands of people like me, returned toxic products we purchased on Walgreens' store shelves So Here's The Skinny on The Walgreens Mind The Store Day of Action... Today was a day of action in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Greenest Cell Phone? This Could Be It

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Looking for A Greener Cell Phone?  by Christina Sidberry, EB Intern When it comes to reducing the carbon footprint, most people do not think of a cell phone as environmentally friendly.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is The Future of Green Cars?

    21 Mar 2014 | 4:55 am
    Ford's C-Max Solar Energi Concept CarConsumers Embrace Electric Vehicles But What’s Next? Post Powered by The Green Insurance Company It seems that electric vehicles (EV’s) are finally... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Do You Put In Your Reusable Bag? - Vine Video

    12 Mar 2014 | 12:41 pm
    What Do You Put in Your Reusable Bag? by Christina Sidberry, EB Intern "Paper or plastic?" This phrase, while commonly asked of consumers in the checkout lane, is missing the third, most efficient... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wake Up Your Inner Goddess, Try This Easy Vegan Garlic Goddess Dressing

    7 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    Are You a Vegan Goddess?  Try This Easy Vegan Garlic Goddess Dressing  I like easy and I like to eat. I mean who doesn't right? But I'm just not so great in the kitchen. I have plenty of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    inspired habitat

  • a billion acts of green…

    bambeco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Yes, we said “billion”… It wasn’t that long ago that the Earth Day tag was a million acts of green; now it’s a billion, and they’re shooting for two billion. Why the increasing numbers? Because people care. Because people know … Continue reading → The post a billion acts of green… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • feng shui the eco way…

    bambeco
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Industrial Living Room by Amagansett Interior Designers & Decorators Reiko Feng Shui Design Décor trends come and go, but every now and then, a concept comes along that seems to have staying power. When Western culture embraced feng shui, it … Continue reading → The post feng shui the eco way… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • romance your décor…

    bambeco
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Industrial Living Room by Durham Interior Designers & Decorators Heather Garrett Design Romance isn’t just for lovers, and it shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day! Creating a romantic environment in your home makes the space feel softer, warmer, more inviting—for … Continue reading → The post romance your décor… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • 10 decor don’ts… achieving that professional look

    bambeco
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Transitional Living Room by San Anselmo Architects & Designers Jennifer Robin Interiors If you’ve ever looked around your home and wondered what’s missing, or why your place lacks the punch of the designer homes you see, this is the post … Continue reading → The post 10 decor don’ts… achieving that professional look appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • recycle right… five tips for better recycling

    bambeco
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Here at Inspired Habitat, we’re all about a fresh new look on a whole-life approach to living green. We’re more about looking forward to what we can do to change the world of the future rather than looking back at … Continue reading → The post recycle right… five tips for better recycling appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 23: Less Stuff, More Living!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The older I get, the more I realize that I want less stuff, not more. There's a whole category on this blog (there it is, down there on your right!) called "Minimalism & Non-Consumerism" and every time I write one of those posts, I somehow feel lighter and freer. It's as if even thinking about having less stuff is liberating. Following are five posts that explore why less is most definitely more: As I continue to trip over my kids' toys despite culling the piles regularly, I was awestruck by the Zen-like simplicity of Tricia at Little Eco Footprints--her…
  • April Snow Showers?!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Back in my 20's, when I worked in the creative department of a large New York ad agency, I had a boss who was a notorious terror. Each morning, my colleagues and I would walk into work on proverbial eggshells, each wondering, "Is THIS the day I'll get fired?" But a funny thing happened during that unsettling time: We (the underlings) all became very good friends, bonded together due to the stress of it all. We joked and lunched and worked our way through it. We faced the storm en masse. I think of that time in my 20's as a very happy time of my life because of that…
  • Monday Snapshot: "Portrait" of an Apple

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    This week, look for the beauty in the everyday things. The photograph in this post is available as an art print (framed or unframed) in my Society6 shop. Next nature photography e-course coming in July! Email me at JoyfullyGreen.com@gmail.com to get on the list for early details or to reserve your spot. © 2014 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com. All rights reserved. Photo and text digitally fingerprinted and watermarked. Site licensed by Creative Commons. Related articles Monday Snapshot: A Sparkling Morning Monday Snapshot: Shadows on the Snow Monday Snapshot: The Hidden Side of a Leaf Monday…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 22: Focusing on What's Important

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    As a photographer, I'm all about focusing. It's strange, though, how hard it is for us to really focus consistently on the things that matter the most. How easy it is for us to get distracted by little things that cloud the Big Picture. The following posts focus on that problem from some different angles--take a look: From So They Can Fly: In the Moment From The Other Side of Complexity: Possessions or Possession? From White Rabbit Insight: Gratitude for Small Things  From The Minimalists: Life's Most Dangerous Question: What Do You Do? And the last post is...from me! Because…
  • How to Be Safer, Saner, and Cleaner This Spring

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I finally pulled up the reflector stakes from the sides of the driveway last week--you know, those markers that keep the snow-plough guys from running over our hedges (well, sometimes!). So, even though we don't have any blossoms blooming yet (this picture is from last spring), I'm officially calling it: Spring is finally here--and not a minute too soon! To make sure you're adequately prepared for it, I want to include three of my posts that you might have missed the first time around: This post could (quite literally) save your life--and your pet's life: Keep Off The…
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    inspired habitat

  • a billion acts of green…

    bambeco
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Yes, we said “billion”… It wasn’t that long ago that the Earth Day tag was a million acts of green; now it’s a billion, and they’re shooting for two billion. Why the increasing numbers? Because people care. Because people know … Continue reading → The post a billion acts of green… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • feng shui the eco way…

    bambeco
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Industrial Living Room by Amagansett Interior Designers & Decorators Reiko Feng Shui Design Décor trends come and go, but every now and then, a concept comes along that seems to have staying power. When Western culture embraced feng shui, it … Continue reading → The post feng shui the eco way… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • romance your décor…

    bambeco
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Industrial Living Room by Durham Interior Designers & Decorators Heather Garrett Design Romance isn’t just for lovers, and it shouldn’t be reserved for Valentine’s Day! Creating a romantic environment in your home makes the space feel softer, warmer, more inviting—for … Continue reading → The post romance your décor… appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • 10 decor don’ts… achieving that professional look

    bambeco
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Transitional Living Room by San Anselmo Architects & Designers Jennifer Robin Interiors If you’ve ever looked around your home and wondered what’s missing, or why your place lacks the punch of the designer homes you see, this is the post … Continue reading → The post 10 decor don’ts… achieving that professional look appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • recycle right… five tips for better recycling

    bambeco
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Here at Inspired Habitat, we’re all about a fresh new look on a whole-life approach to living green. We’re more about looking forward to what we can do to change the world of the future rather than looking back at … Continue reading → The post recycle right… five tips for better recycling appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    The Greentech Blog

  • Greentech news for December

    greenadmin
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Falls in the cost of wind turbines suggest that they are close to being profitable without subsidies. Warren Buffet’s utility company MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co has ordered $1bn of turbines for projects is Iowa more NASDAQ listed Canadian Solar gained 700% this year. A new strategic direction to sell power plants delivered the company’s best quarterly results for 2 years more The increasing cost of coal power in India means that Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd may invest up to $400m in renewable energy projects more The post Greentech news for December appeared first on The…
  • Greentech news for November

    greenadmin
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Biofuel manufactures in the US were lobbying the the Environmental Protection Agency to try and prevent a watering down of the US renewable fuel mandate. Pressure from fossil-fuel producers resulted in the EPA proposing a reduction in the amount of renewable fuel that refines must blend with gasoline more Apple’s announced that their new plant based in Arizona will run entirely on renewable energy. The plant will create 2,000 jobs and is part of a policy to boost manufacturing in the US more UK power producer RWE Innogy shelved plans for a 240 turbine wind farm. The 1,200 MW Atlantic…
  • Greentech news for October

    greenadmin
    6 Jan 2014 | 1:47 pm
    American car rental customers are failing to embrace electric cars because of fears that they will run out of power between charging stations. Hybrids however have been much more popular as they lack the “range anxiety” associated with electric cars more DuPont Co beat analysts estimates of third quarter earnings thanks to higher sales of materials used to make solar panels. The electronics unit delivered a 67% increase in operating profit driven by the performance of films and metal pastes used in the production of solar panels more The UK government aims to increase solar more…
  • Greentech news for September

    greenadmin
    4 Jan 2014 | 1:07 pm
    A consortium of German companies aims to produce sustainable electricity from around the worlds coastlines. Waves are a huge potential energy source and the project hopes to release this reserve of renewable energy… more German car manufacturer Porsche announced a new $845,000 Hybrid that can reach 100 km per hour in 2.8 seconds with better fuel economy than the Toyota Prius. The limited edition Spyder hybrid follows a hybrid version of the Panamera coupe read more Meanwhile VW another German car maker outlined plans for 40 electric or hybrid vehicles. 14 of the alternate drive vehicles…
  • Greentech news for the week ending 1 September 2013

    greenadmin
    11 Oct 2013 | 6:28 am
    This week’s round up of greentech news is out of this world ;o) NASA are developing a solar panel satellite that could provide one third of the world’s electricity needs. Thousands of mirrors on the satellite would focus the sunlight onto PV panels which would then convert the sunlight to microwaves which could be beamed back to earth. Using a satellite rather than earth based solar farms would benefit from stronger sunlight and would not be disrupted by poor weather read more (update – NASA website is currently unavailable due to the shut down of the US government Back down…
 
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • How to Make Delicious Apple and Rhubarb Jam

    Kirsten
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In a bit of a change of pace, this week I am making a  delicious jam to share. Sadly, sharing through this blog is only virtual  in this case – I am not going to be mailing out free samples! But, you can make your own, and I am sure you will love it. Over…
  • Why You Should Never Use Dryer Sheets (and How to Reduce Drying Time by 25%!)

    Kirsten
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Do you use a cloths dryer sometimes (or always!)? Do you ever use dryer sheets with it, or fabric softener? If so, I suggest you stop! And here’s why: Did you know that dryer sheets coat your clothes with chemicals? That’s how they leave them scented! Unfortunately, not only can those chemicals be toxic to…
  • Why I Don’t Use DIY Laundry Powder Anymore – But You Might Want to

    Kirsten
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Did you know that in Australia most laundry powders contain one quarter to one third fillers, which have no cleaning effect whatsoever? That’s one reason I recommend making sure you know exactly what’s in your laundry powder or liquid, whether by making it yourself or finding a brand you trust. The problem with those fillers,…
  • How to Make Quark (aka Yo-Cheese)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Have you ever tried making cream cheese out of yoghurt? It’s really very simple to do, and surprisingly good. You can make it out of plain yoghurt, flavoured yoghurt, or plain yoghurt with some fruit or herbs added. (And if you don’t already know how to make your own yoghurt, take a look at this…
  • Gifts, Winners, Parties and an Announcement

    Kirsten McCulloch
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:54 pm
    {This post has been edited to bring it in line with the Norwex media policy} Today's blog post was supposed to be an announcement of the three winners for Fabulous Norwex Body & Baby cloths, AND the announcement of the next Giveaway. But instead, I've given you Homemade Natural Mosquito Repellent, plus an Organic Bug Spray Review. What gives?
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Growing Up Outdoors

    Clay Miller
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    Many years ago before we had all the wonderful technology we have today we spent the majority of our time outdoors. I remember coming home from school, changing clothes, grabbing an apple, and heading out the door to play until the street lights came on. We played in the leaves, climbed trees, played ball, rode our bikes, roller skated in the street, and basically just used our imaginations to entertain ourselves. Even when we spent time with our folks on the weekends we spent most of our time outside. Gardening was prominent back then whether flowers or vegetables so we were always tending…
  • Infographic: Green and Efficient Warehousing

    Clay Miller
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    The infographic below details how a warehouse can be more efficient and be greener. Learn steps to an energy efficient warehouse and how to save money doing it. Also, learn about induction lighting and what it can do to improve warehouse efficiency. Source: http://www.adattsi.com/ The post Infographic: Green and Efficient Warehousing appeared first on Ways2GoGreen Blog.
  • Product Review: Grandma’s Pure and Natural Soaps

    Clay Miller
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    Do you use soap? For your sake and everyone around you I hope you do. I use soap so I was very interested when I was contacted by Grandma’s Lye Soap to review three of their pure and natural soaps they sent to me: Grandma’s Lye Soap, Grandma’s Grime Away soap and Grandma’s Shampoo and Shave bar. As it states on their website: “GRANDMA’S Lye Soap is a pure and natural soap unlike anything else on the market. There are no detergents or additives – it’s just pure, natural soap, more or less like folks used to make 100 years ago, and it’s all made here in the…
  • Benefits of the New EPA Vehicle Emission Standards

    Clay Miller
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:06 am
    On March 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it plans to enact a new rule that will impose stricter vehicle emission standards, in an effort to reduce air pollution from cars and trucks. The rule has been dubbed Tier 3, and will go into effect on January, 2017. The EPA hopes that the new emission standards will help cut tailpipe emissions, which are a huge threat to people’s health, causing numerous serious diseases, such as bronchitis, emphysema, hearth diseases, and asthma, among others. The EPA says that the Tier 3 program is harmonized with California’s…
  • Go Green to Boost Student’s Academic Performance

    Clay Miller
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Many students today are struggling with their day to day lives in school. In result their grades are slowly taking a deep plunge. What they do is double their effort to study. But they also have other matters to do, juggling all of these while studying is taxing. As a student, it is your responsibility to have better academic performance. Getting low marks in your transcript of records can affect your future career. Before that happens, you have to start an environment friendly lifestyle and take a big step to success. How does going green helps students?  Here are few reasons how it can…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 40 Facts About Recycling

    Rinkesh
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    Various Recycling Facts This day and age, there are a lot of people out there that take part in recycling. Some do it because they want to, and others do it because they are pushed to do so. Either way, recycling can really make a difference in the environment and it is something that more and more people should begin to do. Here are a few facts about recycling that you may not have known before. Below are 40 facts about Recycling Fact 1: Recycling is a process to create new items from old and used materials. This helps in reducing energy and potentially useful materials from being wasted.
  • What are Environmental Ethics?

    Rinkesh
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    What are Environmental Ethics? Environmental ethics is a branch of ethics that studies the relation of human beings and the environment and how ethics play a role in this. Environmental ethics believe that humans are a part of society as well as other living creatures, which includes plants and animals. These items are a very important part of the world and are considered to be a functional part of human life. Thus, it is essential that every human being respect and honor this and use morals and ethics when dealing with these creatures. As per Nature.com, “ Environmental ethics is a…
  • Various Tropical Rainforest Animals

    Rinkesh
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Tropical Rainforest Animals There are a lot of different animals that can be found in the tropical rainforest. You will find various different types of amphibians, arthropods, birds, mammals, reptiles and aquatic animals. These animals are mostly found in the rainforest because it is the environment in which they are able to get everything that they need. Lets take a closer look at some of these animals, and you may be surprised to find out just how many unique species you can find in the tropical rainforest. Poison Dart Frog The poison dart frog is found mainly in South America, but can also…
  • Tropical Rainforest Biome : Plants

    Rinkesh
    15 Mar 2014 | 5:01 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…
  • World’s 10 Worst Natural Disasters

    Rinkesh
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    World’s Worst Natural Disasters Over the course of time that the world has been here, there have been a variety of different natural disasters. Some of them have really made history, because of their devastating, long lasting effects.  The problem is that natural disasters are not over. They will continue to occur, and most of them occur with little to no warning.  Even if you do get some warning, you don’t know the epic proportions that it can reach. Here are a few of the worlds worst natural disasters that you may want to be aware of, because if history has proven anything it is…
 
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Plymouth golf club to install wind turbine

    Daniel Birkett
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Boringdon Park Golf Club is planning on installing a 77m-tall wind turbine which will slash energy bills by 80%. The golf club’s owner, Michael Davey claims the project will help reduce the businesses’ 5-figure electricity bill by 80% with any […] The post Plymouth golf club to install wind turbine appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Printing firm installs solar panels to reduce energy costs

    Daniel Birkett
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    A printing firm in Bury St Edmunds has installed solar panels to lower its annual energy bill. Denny Bros, a specialist printing company based in Bury St Edmunds has invested in solar energy in order to reduce its electricity bills […] The post Printing firm installs solar panels to reduce energy costs appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Campaign aims to encourage ‘green’ social media

    Daniel Birkett
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Greenpeace have launched a campaign to encourage social media companies to invest in renewable energy in order to power their data centres. A campaign has been put in place to encourage technology firms including Twitter to follow the likes of […] The post Campaign aims to encourage ‘green’ social media appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Green energy projects backed by government fund

    Daniel Birkett
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    A new report has outlined the benefits of a government-managed investment fund for green energy projects in the UK. An investment fund which is backed by the government has successfully boosted the green energy sector in the UK, helping both […] The post Green energy projects backed by government fund appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • London Array wind farm generates 1.5TWh in its first winter

    Daniel Birkett
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    The 630MW London Array wind farm has produced 1.5TWh of power in its first full winter in operation. In the 6-month period between October-13 to March-14 the London Array which is made up of 175 3.6MW wind turbines generated 1.5TWh […] The post London Array wind farm generates 1.5TWh in its first winter appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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  • Go natural, stay beautiful

    Kat Ortega
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Pemberley Jones: Your new natural beauty source on the web By Kat Ortega Pamela Jones first became interested in natural beauty when she learned how powerful organic, non-toxic ingredients are and how much better they are for our bodies. Today, she has created the best new place on the web to shop eco beauty products. We love the selection and the range of pricing to fit every budget. Check it out! www.pemberleyjones.com
  • 15 Most Spectacular Tree Tunnels

    Kat Ortega
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Make some space in your bucket list, because you are not going to want to miss this. These are some of the most incredible tree tunnels in the world. With majestic heights and unbelievable colors, these breath-taking tunnels look like something out of a fantasy. The beauty that nature has to offer is endless and can be seen all around us, but who knew that a group of trees could form into something so remarkable? Located all across the world, these 15 picturesque tree tunnels are definitely worth a visit. From luscious forests in Northern America to charming cherry blossom trees in Japan,…
  • This spring fall in love with Onzie

    Ayja Bounous
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    At Raintees we’ve recently fallen in love with Onzie - a beautiful brand based out of Los Angeles. They make quality, affordable workout clothes and all of their products are made in the USA.  This ensures that when you buy something from Onzie, you can be sure that every worker was given fair wages and safe working conditions.  In a world where fashion is poisoned by toxic chemicals, human trafficking, slavery, and environmental degradation, it’s more important than ever to make smart, informed consumer decisions. Their colors and prints are out of this world –…
  • Kitchen Karate-Teaching Us To “Win the Fight To Eat Right”

    Kat Ortega
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Let’s be honest. How many of us have been tempted to take the easy route and pick something up for dinner on the way home after an exhausting day at work? I know I have. Kitchen Karate, a radical new approach to home cooking, and it’s amazing founder Casey are here to save the day by teaching us about the common misconceptions of home cooking. It in fact can be as easy and efficient as ordering take out, if you know the right strategies. How easy? Cooking 15 meals in 2 hours. This is Casey’s story. Growing up on “hot pockets and pop tarts” this creative director in advertising…
  • Cocoze Shoes- The Sustainable Flip-Flop

    Ayja Bounous
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    For those of you who live in your flip-flops (or slippers, if you’re from Hawaii), we’ve got a great, new, sustainable product for you to try! Cocoze is a brand of flip-flops made out of coconut fiber. While this may come as a surprise to some, coconut fiber is actually one of the strongest natural fibers that exist. This means that Cocoze shoes are extremely durable, and also salt water-resistant (think of a coconut floating across the ocean – they’ve got to be salt water resistant to make it to the next island!) Photo credit: Cocoze Shoes, Alicia Fox Photography…
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  • Energy-Efficient Electronics for the Bedroom

    editor
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    There are a lot of things you can do in the bedroom. Saving energy is one of them. The average bedroom takes up lots of energy when not equipped with[...] Read more>> Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Is Solar PV Right For You?

    UB Hawthorn
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    With climate change threatening the planet, constantly rising electricity prices hurting your budget, and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology becoming increasingly affordable and efficient there’s no... Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Marmoleum: The Greenest and Healthiest Floor Covering in the World

    editor
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older homes. These days, its called marmoleum and comes in bright colors and faux finishes. Whatever... Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Green Plumbing Ideas to Save you Big

    editor
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    You can reduce your water usage by at least 30 percent through green plumbing. Listed below are a number of options for you to think about when customizing your home[...] Read more>> Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Eco-friendly Alternatives to Dryer Sheets

    editor
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    People, we are paying good money, money that could be better spent on a package of fine goat cheese, for a product that basically just coats your clothes with perfumed animal fat.[...] Read more>> Continue reading at Green Home Gnome, your source for all that is green home, delivered daily with garden gnome sensibility [http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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  • Net-Metering vs. Value of Solar Tariff (VOST)

    Bill Ehrlich
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    “There’s something happening here / But what it is ain’t exactly clear” ~ Buffalo Springfield (For What It’s Worth)  The beginning of this old anthem for social change sums up my feeling for the current solar industry. It is clear to everyone who is paying attention that solar power is the next big thing and it’s happening fast, but what is the world going to look like when it’s all said and done? Looking forward there are many exciting possibilities with everything from virtual utilities to solar backed currencies potentially on the horizon, but those realities are…
  • Verizon Powerful Answers: Good360

    John Steller
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Since 1983, Good360 has worked to provide charities with the office supplies and merchandise that would otherwise be thrown out as garbage. By connecting these organizations with the donations they need to operate, they can focus their time on giving back to the communities and causes they support. This partnership ends up creating three areas of benefit. 1) Their work provides charities with necessary items to perform their invaluable work at the highest level. Items such as clothing, educational products, household products, software and office supplies are among a few of the items this…
  • Cheap Solar PV is Here

    Igor Leroux
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    In a recent landmark deal, solar energy was sold at 5 cts/kWh to a Texas utility company. If you want more details, a lot has been written about this deal, including here, here and here.  At this price level, how competitive is solar as a source of electricity? Subsidies The only subsidies going to this Texas project are a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and accelerated depreciation benefits, both provided by the US Federal government. Back of the napkin calculations place the unsubsidized price at roughly 8 cts/kWh. As a comparison, the all inclusive cost for gas generation (with fuel,…
  • How Small Islands Could Lead the World to 100% Renewable Energy

    Cory Connolly
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
    The people of island countries have the most to lose from climate change; their homes, their livelihoods, and their communities. Yet they also stand much to gain from the transition to a clean energy economy. Islands across the globe are deploying renewable energy and developing ambitious policy objectives for transitioning to cleaner fuel sources. A few weeks ago, Sir Richard Branson and the Carbon War Room announced that a group of islands in the Caribbean would be joining its ‘Ten Island Renewable Challenge’ as a part of the organization’s  Smart Island Economies program. Through…
  • Solar Jobs Growing at 10 Times the National Average

    Bill Ehrlich
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    It’s true that solar power turns sunlight directly into electricity without producing CO2 emissions; however, solar does create one byproduct that not everyone knows about. This byproduct has nothing to do with the environment, yet has been at the center of almost every political speech in recent memory. Solar power creates what has evaded both the The Federal Reserve and the White House. Solar power creates jobs. Solar jobs provide hope for millions of Americans currently out of work at all skill levels, education, and experience. The solar power industry is excelling in the breadth and…
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  • 4 Bold Office Design Trends of 2014

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Technology is constantly changing the way we work, but is your office keeping up?  Many office spaces are left back in the 90’s while we zoom ahead.  Here are a few ways that you can bring your office space into 2014. 1. Ditch the corner office. Twenty years ago, workers were confined to cramped cubicles while the bosses had offices swimming with wasted space.  But that’s a thing of the past.  In the most modern offices, you’ll no longer be seeing those corner offices.  Or you may not see any offices at all.  Many companies are trending toward a more open floor plan to encourage…
  • Clever Ways To Manager Office Clutter

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Everyone wants to keep their office running smoothly. And one of the main enemies of office productivity is clutter.  Clutter makes work difficult, makes you look unprofessional, and may even be hiding dirt and germs. Here are a few simple tricks to manage that clutter, making your work space cleaner and your mind ready for work. Paper. Pretty much every business has a problem with paper.  Even with efforts to go paperless, we still see accumulations of forms and files, often all around our desk.  It has to go.  But don’t worry; you won’t lose those important documents.  Scanning the…
  • How to Increase Office Creativity

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    If you think having a great office design is too time consuming and expensive to pursue, think again.  In the long run, a well-designed office can save you both time and money and encourage your staff to work harder and be more creative.  Here are a few ways to get your office into top-earning shape.  Let there be light.  More than 90% of American workers spend their days indoors, often in a cubicle far away from the nearest window.  While natural light may seem like a luxury, it brings many positive effects to those in the office.  Having regular access to light can boost morale and…
  • 4 Unique Uses for Diamonds

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    When you think about diamonds, you probably envision sparkling engagement rings.  But diamonds are much more useful than just being pretty.  Diamonds, being one of the hardest natural substances, have been used for everything from cutting other diamonds to digging through the stony layers of the Earth.  But that’s just the tip of the “ice”berg.  Here are a few ways that diamonds are used in our everyday lives, including cleaning! 1. Microdermabrasion. If you’ve ever gone to the spa for a microderm facial, you’ve probably gotten your face polished by diamonds.  Microdermabrasion…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Business

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to think about spring cleaning.  And as much as that means giving the windows a thorough washing, it also means getting your business cleaned up so you’re ready to put your best foot forward.  It’s time to kick-start a new beginning this spring. Here are Commercial Flooring Solutions we provide expert cleaning to ensure your office remains in perfect shape all year long. For a professional and thorough cleaning, give us a call. In the meantime, here are a few simple things you can do to give your office a fresh start for spring:  1. Make a…
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  • 3 easy tips to make sustainable development without any fuss

    Mimuba
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We can see our future green but the future of green is itself orange. Are you confused? Let me clear it. Being optimist we can see our future brighter and safer. But in view of the ground realities things are not as much brighter as they are being portrayed. A brighter future means a safer… Read More »The post 3 easy tips to make sustainable development without any fuss appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to develop eco-friendly habits in your kids?

    Mimuba
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    All parents want their kids to be successful, happy and healthy. They want their kids not only become successful but also healthy and safe from all types of hazards. This is the basic spirit of their parenthood that they sacrifice whatever they can just to ensure a better life to their offspring. It is a… Read More »The post How to develop eco-friendly habits in your kids? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 30 types of pollution, their causes, effects and remedial measures

    Mimuba
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Broadly speaking there are three types of pollution. Land-based Pollution Water-based Pollution Air-related Pollution But their further types are innumerable. But still broadly we can divide them into 30 types of pollution. Their names, causes, impact and remedial measures are given below. S.No Types of pollution Causes of pollution Effects of pollution Remedial Measures 1… Read More »The post 30 types of pollution, their causes, effects and remedial measures appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to convince your family for making your abode a green home?

    Mimuba
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    It is mostly likely that all your inmates are not in favor of living green. You have gotten the green message clearly and accepted it. But they may be so busy and could not have properly understood the benefits of going green. Or maybe the message could not have been communicated to them properly. Or… Read More »The post How to convince your family for making your abode a green home? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • A green idea to earn extra money up to $10,000 a year

    Mimuba
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    It is possible to earn extra money up to $10,000 extra per year without losing comfort of your home. You need not to be an enthusiastic green activist or an environmentalist to do this work. It is ok even if you are not a green geek. You just need to have basic interest in green… Read More »The post A green idea to earn extra money up to $10,000 a year appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • Crispy Vanilla and Cinnamon Almonds (Raw, Sprouted and Dehydrated)

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’re in California, you have to get your hands on some organic, raw almonds (you know, the real unpasteurized ones). It is the home state of almonds after all, or at least in the US? Crazy as it sounds, a lot of almonds sold in the grocery stores aren’t really ‘raw’ despite the misleading labeling. The FDA-led enforcement for this ruling was attributed to a couple linked outbreaks of salmonella back in 2001 and 2004. So a few isolated cases … →
  • The Eating Local while Travelling Challenge

    Emily Uebergang
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When I raised my hand to participate in Ever Growing Farm’s Local Bite Challenge, I thought it’d be a walk in the park. Literally, a blissful Sunday afternoon stroll through the local recreational park. HA! Had I suddenly forgotten that I was travelling through North, Central and South America for the unforeseeable future?!   Not only are these places that are both foreign and far remote to my usual, casual pace of life back home in Australia, most of my … →
  • Why Paleo and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

    Emily Uebergang
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Paleo and Permaculture. Permaculture and Paleo. There’s a certain ring to it, no? We’ve all heard of the Paleo Diet. If you haven’t, well, good for you. You probably don’t use the internet that much anyway. Double thumbs up. For the rest of us clawing at our keyboards far too much, we know it as a way of eating that focuses on eating grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, organic vegetables, fruits, a healthy dose of quality fats, seeds, nuts and some … →
  • Slow Cooked Red Wine Beef and Mushrooms served on a warm cozy bed of Parsnip Puree

    Emily Uebergang
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you want to romance me, serve me up some red wine and beautifully cooked beef (grass-fed of course) and you’ll have won my heart over. Somewhat depressingly, I romance myself over with a dish like this red wine beef and mushrooms. You know those meals you cook and you high five yourself and you kind of just wish you had someone there to share the experience with? Yeah well, that never happens to me. I’ll never admit to that. Thankfully … →
  • Adventures in Building a BioFilter Duckpond

    Emily Uebergang
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m sure when my friends decided to undertake this biofilter duckpond project, they had no idea what was to come.    Many observed from the sidelines and would remark how they were totally, whole-heartedly and utterly, in over their heads. There was no denying this fact from our end. We knew full well we were in over our heads.  Our heads were buried in that duck sludge. No one had to tell us that twice.   For the sweet love of ducks … →
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  • SunJack – World’s Most Portable 20W Solar Charger Live on Kickstarter

    Harold Tan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    More info on Kickstarter – http://www.bit.ly/sunjack Harold Tan, one of the team members at GoGreenSolar.com, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to build and market SunJack, the world’s most portable 20-Watt solar charger and battery pack for off-grid applications and emergency mobile power. The campaign will also benefit the rural villages of Papua New Guinea with smoke-free lighting and energy. As an off-grid camper and extreme outdoorsman, Tan knows how important charged electronics can be in isolated areas. But whether power was needed for light, weather information, or…
  • Solar 101: What’s the difference between microinverters and string inverters?

    Solar Fred
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you’re a homeowner or an installer doing residential or small scale commercial solar installations, you essentially have three choices for converting the solar system’s DC power into AC power: You can either go with new microinverters or with string inverters—with or without DC power optimizers. All will work, but there are differences, especially in certain situations. String Inverters: The solar industry standard The KACO Solar blue planet xi-series inverter design is not only efficient, it also offers patented MPPT technology and produces optimum total output from your…
  • Canadian Solar Inc – From Icy Paths to Solar Panels

    Tim Wu
    17 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Foreward: As a leading retailer for solar products and kits, we’re proud to provide access to the industry’s top manufacturers. But with so many companies, there’s of course, the subtle, but key distinctions between companies, their products, and the people who make them. By shining light on these differences and sharing their stories, we’re aiming to provide a more clear picture to help in your decision making. Canadian Solar Inc., at a Glance Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the largest solar manufacturers in the world. Their story combines global reach and world class…
  • What’s wrong with solar permitting? Q&A with Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com

    Tom Jackson
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Experience any roadblocks while trying to pull a permit for a photovoltaic (PV) system in your city?   Paying too much?  You’re not alone.  Getting your PV system a permit can be a daunting task for both customers and installers. According to report by Clean Power Finance, about 23% of PV installations cost more than expected.   More than a third of solar installers actually avoid working with certain Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) because of their solar permitting processes. What’s wrong with these permitting processes and what can we do to fix it?  What’s…
  • All You Need to Know About the US-China Solar Trade Dispute

    Solar Fred
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update 3/14/14: The solar trade case preliminary decision has been moved from March 28th to June 2nd. The trade commission says it’s due to “parties involved are cooperating, and investigation is complicated.” Perhaps this will give the parties more time for a settlement. In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated…
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  • 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…
  • Biomass

    Prasun Barua
    26 Mar 2014 | 4:37 am
    What is Biomass?Biomass is the biological component which is obtained from living organisms of nature. It is also referred as plant based material when energy is produced from biomass. At the same time, biomass is also applicable for both animal and vegetable resultant components.Biomass is a renewable energy source and it can re-grow quite quickly. Sun's energy is captured by plants' chlorophyll through the photosynthesis process. Here, carbohydrates are created by converting carbon dioxide from the air and water from the ground. They are complex combination of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.
  • Hygroelectricity

    Prasun Barua
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:42 pm
    For long time, It has been a great mystery how electricity appears in the atmosphere. But, recent research says that atmospheric water vapor can turn into electrical charge. They are calling it hygroelectricity which means humid electricity.Now, it is realized that hygroelectricity is one kind of static electricity which appears on water droplets and can be moved from droplets to small dust particles. It is a common phenomenon in the earth's atmosphere. Hygroelectric charge exists in thunderstorms volcanic eruptions and some   dust storms which creates lightning. Once, scientists…
  • BIPV

    Prasun Barua
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    What is BIPV?Full abbreviation of BIPV is Building Integrated Photovoltaic. This is a technology which integrates photovoltaic modules into the roof or exterior of a building. By concurrently serving as building, a BIPV system serves as both envelope material and electrical power generator. It contributes to save materials and electricity costs as well as minimize the dependency on fossil fuels. It reduces carbon emission and enhances the architectural value of a building.Most of BIPV systems are connected with available grid power. We can also use them as stand-alone, off-grid systems. A…
  • Eco Friendly Printing

    Prasun Barua
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Everyday, we use printers in our home and offices. Now a days, printers become an important device for documentation. Typically, printers consume huge amount of power and also printers have significant impact on our environment. So, we need to make our printers more environmental friendly or eco friendly. Listed below are some techniques to make our printers eco friendly.Reusing and recycling printer cartridgesIt is obvious that most of expense in a large office or organization is printer cartridges. Huge amount of printing can quickly increase printing cost per year. So, it should be…
 
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  • China has a serious problem with land contamination

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    Great Wall of China These days, China knows a great expansion in the industrial sector and a massive economic growth due its multiple commercial exchanges. All these great commercial exchanges were possible due to China’s massive capacity of creating products with very cheap working hand. The problem is that this accelerated industrial and economic development have their own side effects, and over time one of the side effects that consists in soil pollution has become a serious concern in China. Things got out of control because everybody was concerned only with the economic growth, and…
  • Living green by recycling your outdated smartphone

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    recycle your phone! For several years already, mobile phones have entered our lives and excited us with many new features that appeared back then, and for that time were very interesting. Since then, many new smartphone models featuring more interesting applications have appeared, practically almost every three or four months the market experienced a new brand or a new model of the same brand, all suited for every taste possible. Never before in the history of humans existed such product that caught the popular imagination so much like the apparition of the smartphone. From the old large…
  • More efforts are needed to avoid any critical climate changes

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    DubaiToday at the World Green Economy Summit that takes place in Dubai, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has strengthened the call to action from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to restrict any possible future global temperature level increase and avoid future disastrous climate changes. In a statement issued these days, they asserted that the transition to a green and sustainable global economy must be followed by our increased efforts to lower all global CO2 emissions, from a level of 40% to the level of 70% until the year 2050. Adnan Z. Amin,…
  • If we switch from now to a green lifestyle we’ll bring the future closer

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    girl with fresh fruits and vegetables Our planet has a great position in the solar system and every day is bathed in great energy and heat from our star since billions of years by now. Until a few decades ago, this free energy was wasted every day because we were not aware of its potential. Instead of harnessing the free energy that comes from the sun or the other types of renewable energy that already exist for free on the planet, we started to use fossil fuels and nuclear materials in order to produce our dead plants based energy to cover our daily needs. A few years ago, we suddenly woke…
  • Germany has lost its place in the top-three green investing countries

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    wind turbine in the German countryside A recent report from Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance shows that in 2013, we had some modified situations regarding renewable energy investments among all powerful countries in the world. The most relevant modification with negative impact on the renewable energy sector was made by Germany. The report shows that Germany, a country that was in the top three leading countries involving renewable energy investments, has seriously decreased its renewable energy investments in 2013, down by more than 50% if compared with the year 2012. The most recent…
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