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  • Baptisia Australis – False Indigo is a Garden Rattlesnake

    Shawna Coronado
    Shawna
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Special note — I originally published this back in 2009, but it’s been so popular, I’ve decided to bring the post back. I love Baptisia and hope you do too – such a wonderful native plant that has gorgeous flowers for several weeks in spring! Week after week I have watched the red in the thermometer plummet. As it gets colder, most of us hurry in and out of our homes as quickly as possible. Dressed up in layers, it is not always opportune to catch visions of nature. Quite frankly, in Chicagoland sub-zero weather, I am too busy running and thinking of my freezing body…
  • Solar Pumps help Indian Women Salt Workers Escape from Poverty

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    Anjali Jaiswal
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco This version of the article was originally published in Sustainable Energy For All on January 29, 2015. Ahmedabad, India, 29 January, 2014 - Solar-powered water pumps provided under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative are helping women working in the desert salt pans of western India to escape from poverty, replacing expensive and dirty diesel pumps with clean, cheap energy. The project, in the Great Rann of Kutch desert in Gujarat state, cuts diesel consumption by around two-thirds, offering each salt worker an annual saving of…
  • Here’s how we’re ruining one of the world’s largest lakes

    Grist
    Tim McDonnell
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story was reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. At Ibrahim Mohammed’s fish stall, business is slow. He’s sitting behind a wooden table piled with a dozen tilapia and Nile perch at the market in Katoro, a roadside town in northern Tanzania. The fish — a staple of the Tanzanian diet — came in that morning from Lake Victoria, an hour’s drive north. Around us, hundreds of shoppers are snatching up pineapples, textiles, and motorcycle parts. But Mohammed explains that basic economics is keeping customers away from his fish. “There’s less…
  • Ellen DeGeneres Receives Generous Gift For Her Birthday

    Ecorazzi
    Brianne Hogan
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Ellen DeGeneres received a surprise birthday gift this week from NFL player Drew Brees and Microsoft Surface: a $50, 000 donation to her charity of choice. The acclaimed quarterback for the Read MoreThe post Ellen DeGeneres Receives Generous Gift For Her Birthday appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Sustainable Restaurants on the Rise

    The Alternative Consumer
    Zach
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
    Without a doubt, the green revolution is in, and it is probably here to stay. Yes, in the past, people would change some habits, but they would not think of the bigger picture, which was a pity as people can really make a difference if they change the way they shop, commute and eat. With that being said, sustainable restaurants are on the rise, and here are a few things to ponder about their rise in popularity. Recycled materials: First and foremost, when building a restaurant or adding onto it, many owners spend a lot of money to fix up the inside of the place. While it’s great to have a…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Baptisia Australis – False Indigo is a Garden Rattlesnake

    Shawna
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Special note — I originally published this back in 2009, but it’s been so popular, I’ve decided to bring the post back. I love Baptisia and hope you do too – such a wonderful native plant that has gorgeous flowers for several weeks in spring! Week after week I have watched the red in the thermometer plummet. As it gets colder, most of us hurry in and out of our homes as quickly as possible. Dressed up in layers, it is not always opportune to catch visions of nature. Quite frankly, in Chicagoland sub-zero weather, I am too busy running and thinking of my freezing body…
  • Gluten-Free Vegan Recipe – French Onion Soup

    Shawna Coronado
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
    My goal — to make a lactose, gluten-free, and vegan recipe french onion soup good enough that my husbands poker playing buddies would not be able to tell the difference from traditional french onion soup. How to do this? Easy, just fix the vegan soup – don’t tell them a thing – and put it in front of them to gauge their reactions to the recipe. And guess what? THEY LOVED IT! This soup recipe is better than most traditional recipes I have tried in the past and it is easy to make. Of course, the bonus is that it is totally vegan, lactose, and gluten-free on top of all…
  • Healthy Snacks For Kids Lemon Hommus Face Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    January. It’s cold, gray, and boring. The kids are demanding something exciting and I have a delicious after-school snack they will love to make – Lemon Hommus Faces. Healthy snacks are challenging – we want our kids to have good-for-them-deliciousness and actually EAT IT. This is a perfect use for winter carrots if you still have a few in the ground. Some kids love hommus and other kids hate it – this zesty lemon flavored hommus makes it taste delicious and over the top plus it’s filled with protein. Capers add to the flavor, but if you’re concerned your…
  • Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo) for Winter Garden Interest

    Shawna Coronado
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    Need a break from all that holiday insanity? How about a glimpse of what you could plant next season for absolutely adorable winter garden interest – a Mugo Pine. While there are many varieties of the pine, the most quant in your winter garden landscape are definitely the little dwarf varieties that can be quite small. Most mugo’s have a rounded shape, but can be shaped much like a bonsai – all angles and interesting forms. When snow drops on the pine, the green colors of the needle peek through to continue showing interesting variety in the landscape. Below is a page from…
  • Tips on How To Reduce Plastic

    Shawna Coronado
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    This plastic infographic (below) on putting down the plastic really hit home for me. I’ve been struggling for years to try to reduce plastic exposure in my family’s lives and find it a ginormous struggle because EVERYTHING seems to be wrapped in plastic. Help me do a better job of it — leave a comment below and give ideas on how we all might take some of the plastic out of our lives. Thanks for your help! Click to Enlarge Image Put Down The Plastic Infographic by CustomMade The post Tips on How To Reduce Plastic appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
 
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    Switchboard, from NRDC

  • Solar Pumps help Indian Women Salt Workers Escape from Poverty

    Anjali Jaiswal
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco This version of the article was originally published in Sustainable Energy For All on January 29, 2015. Ahmedabad, India, 29 January, 2014 - Solar-powered water pumps provided under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative are helping women working in the desert salt pans of western India to escape from poverty, replacing expensive and dirty diesel pumps with clean, cheap energy. The project, in the Great Rann of Kutch desert in Gujarat state, cuts diesel consumption by around two-thirds, offering each salt worker an annual saving of…
  • Permission to Play in the Dirt: DePaul Art Museum Illuminates the Beauty of Decay

    Andrew Wetzler
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Andrew Wetzler, Director, Land & Wildlife Program, Chicago Turn on a TV or open a magazine and chances are you'll see messages deriding dirt as a nuisance, a mess, and even dangerous to our health. But we neglect dirt at our peril. Roted in Soil, a brand new exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum, remind us of the ways soil matters. Our early wisdom knew it: "For dust you are and to dust you will return;" but in a sanitized age, it's a truth we often need to remember. Rooted in Soil provides a perfect antidote, starkly reminding us through the works of artists such as Sally MannSam…
  • Retrofit Chicago Wins Recognition

    Rebecca Stanfield
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Rebecca Stanfield, Deputy Director for Policy, Midwest Program, Chicago Our hearts swell with pride today with the news that Retrofit Chicago has been awarded the Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award, which is given each year by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance! Way to go Retrofit Chicago team! NRDC has been a proud partner of the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Building Initiative since its launch with the first 14 buildlings in 2012. Now, with more than 50 buildings having joined with a pledge to reduce energy use by 20 percent over five years, the program is truly a model for engaging…
  • Antibiotic Resistance: What do my leafy greens have to do with it?

    Carmen Cordova
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Carmen Cordova, Sustainable Livestock Science Fellow, San Francisco Dust from the cattle feedyard carries antibiotics, antibiotic resistance genes, and bacteria according to a recent study out of Texas Tech. More specifically, airborne dust containing antibiotic resistance genes for tetracycline resistance, cattle fecal bacteria and even antibiotics used in cattle were detected downstream of cattle feedlots, which housed tens of thousands of cattle. Bacteria can be found everywhere, even in clouds, so the fact that bacteria, and any resistance genes they harbor, are hitching a ride on the…
  • Latin America Green News: droughts in Brazil and Chile, Monarch butterfly numbers in Mexico still low, Colombia leading in reforestation efforts

    Maria Martinez
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Maria Martinez, Program Assistant, Director of Programs & Latin America Project, Washington, D.C. Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. January 24th - January 30th Climate Change In December, the Green Tax, part of the recent Tax Reform, went into effect in Chile. After only a month of taking effect, the central government has already collected more than US$850,000 from the tax on the registration of 5,548 new imported vehicles. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),…
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  • Here’s how we’re ruining one of the world’s largest lakes

    Tim McDonnell
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story was reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. At Ibrahim Mohammed’s fish stall, business is slow. He’s sitting behind a wooden table piled with a dozen tilapia and Nile perch at the market in Katoro, a roadside town in northern Tanzania. The fish — a staple of the Tanzanian diet — came in that morning from Lake Victoria, an hour’s drive north. Around us, hundreds of shoppers are snatching up pineapples, textiles, and motorcycle parts. But Mohammed explains that basic economics is keeping customers away from his fish. “There’s less…
  • Where Americans and scientists disagree, in one chart

    Tim McDonnell
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Here’s one big reason why the U.S. has been so slow to take aggressive action on climate change: Despite the wide consensus among scientists that it’s real and caused by humans, the general public — not to mention a disconcerting number of prominent politicians — remains divided. It’s not just climate change. On a range of pressing social issues, scientists and the public rarely see eye-to-eye. That’s the result of a new Pew poll that compared views of a sample of 2,000 U.S. adults…
  • Seattle vs. Boston: Which Super Bowl city sucks less?

    Grist staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:47 pm
    This weekend, two opposite corners of the nation will face off in America’s most important battle: the Super Bowl. Will the victors be a pack of predatory birds from the Pacific Northwest, or a band of 240-year-old malnourished soldiers of the original thirteen colonies? Sports sure are weird! Anyway, we did what we do best, and pitted the cities of Boston and Seattle against each other based on some of our favorite urban metrics — like transit, oysters, and celebrity activists. Who has the less awful urban infrastructure clusterfuck? In Beantown, construction on the Big Dig…
  • This Edmonton ice path would be amazing

    Heather Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    We have highways for cars. Very occasionally, we have highways for cyclists or runners. Once we even talked — way too much — about having highways for information. Ever wondered just how far we can take this highway thing? What about, for example, putting in a highway for ice skaters? If that whole idea seems a little Canadian to you, you are right on the money. Matt Gibbs, a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is proposing that the city of Edmonton, Alberta — which has winter temperatures of below zero five months out of the year —…
  • Terrifying video shows smog taking over the earth

    Liz Core
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    If you lived your entire life on NASA’s International Space Station, watching the earth like some sort of space-age Rapunzel, you’d probably imagine that life on the blue planet looks a little like this — and only partly because Harry Potter has been your only companion all those lonely years in space. Mostly, it’s that the earth’s atmosphere actually does resemble a powerful wizard fire battle right now. Spoiler: It’s not actually magic. The video above, produced by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center between September 2006 and April 2007,…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Ellen DeGeneres Receives Generous Gift For Her Birthday

    Brianne Hogan
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Ellen DeGeneres received a surprise birthday gift this week from NFL player Drew Brees and Microsoft Surface: a $50, 000 donation to her charity of choice. The acclaimed quarterback for the Read MoreThe post Ellen DeGeneres Receives Generous Gift For Her Birthday appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • McDonald’s Has Helped Slow Amazon Rainforest Deforestation

    Megan Thompson
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:21 pm
    The fast food giant McDonald’s regularly gets negative press as an ever-increasing number of Americans battle with obesity, heart disease and poor nutrition. Today, however, the mega corporation is in Read MoreThe post McDonald’s Has Helped Slow Amazon Rainforest Deforestation appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Katy Perry to Bring a Lion and Sharks to Halftime Show

    Natalia Lima
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Katy Perry will be the center of attention this Sunday at the Super Bowl halftime show but her recent announcement about the performance will have animal rights activists concerned. “I’m probably Read MoreThe post Katy Perry to Bring a Lion and Sharks to Halftime Show appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • The New Yorker Features Cartoon Against Animal Captivity

    Natalia Lima
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Another day, another Blackfish ripple effect (pun very much intended), this time courtesy of The New Yorker. The acclaimed magazine’s February 2 issue features a cartoon by Farley Katz that Read MoreThe post The New Yorker Features Cartoon Against Animal Captivity appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Jeff Bridges Wants To Lull You To Sleep During Super Bowl

    Brianne Hogan
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Actor Jeff Bridges has recorded a soundtrack of sleepy tunes to help you drift off into slumberland for SquareSpace’s new Super Bowl campaign. “I love listening to intriguing sounds when I Read MoreThe post Jeff Bridges Wants To Lull You To Sleep During Super Bowl appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • Sustainable Restaurants on the Rise

    Zach
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
    Without a doubt, the green revolution is in, and it is probably here to stay. Yes, in the past, people would change some habits, but they would not think of the bigger picture, which was a pity as people can really make a difference if they change the way they shop, commute and eat. With that being said, sustainable restaurants are on the rise, and here are a few things to ponder about their rise in popularity. Recycled materials: First and foremost, when building a restaurant or adding onto it, many owners spend a lot of money to fix up the inside of the place. While it’s great to have a…
  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds – something old and something new

    Maureen O'Connor
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Being fashionably green takes many forms. For instance, you can buy something fabulously new, ethically made of sustainable fabric, via a zero-waste process – or you can go vintage and ramp up you style by wearing and reusing things that had a previous life like this lovely Jill Sander herringbone coat (above) that you can find at Archive Vintage for $325. (above) Something new – love the vibrant indigo blue color and Small Mountain pattern of this Lina Rennell crew tee. Made with 100% organic cotton. Styled with a 3/4-length sleeve. $110 @ belkina.com (above) Old is new –…
  • Designer Spotlight: Joining Wood and Metal – Hilla Shamia

    Sheila Thomas
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Designers have always sought out wood for its natural beauty and warm organic feel. A designer turning out a new twist on wood furniture is Hilla Shamia. Shamia’s work is a beautiful example of contrasting materials that work together. Shamia developed her technique while studying for her B.Des. in the Department of Industrial Design at Holon Institute of Technology, Israel. Shamia’s stunning pieces come in a range of tables, stools and benches. They are made by first positioning the wood into a mold. Molten aluminum is then poured into the mold filling in the cracks and crevasses of…
  • Green Your Home Like an Expert!

    Debra Duneier
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    When you “Go Green and Sustainable” you make choices that involve participating in an environmentally friendly lifestyle. The intention of these lifestyle choices and initiatives is to create ecological integrity by helping to protect the environment and sustain its resources for future generations. The green movement has created a new huge marketplace and profit center. To take advantage of this opportunity many corporations are using the word green or even just the color green as a marketing tool. There is a term used to describe the deceptive use of green PR or green marketing. That…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    A new study of marine organisms that make up the ‘biofouling community’ — tiny creatures that attach themselves to ships’ hulls and rocks in the ocean around the world — shows how they adapt to changing ocean acidification. Reporting in the journal Global Change Biology, the authors examine how these communities may respond to future change.
  • How did the Zebra get its stripes?

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    One of nature’s fascinating questions is how zebras got their stripes.A team of life scientists led by UCLA’s Brenda Larison has found at least part of the answer: The amount and intensity of striping can be best predicted by the temperature of the environment in which zebras live.In the January cover story of the Royal Society’s online journal, Open Science, the researchers make the case that the association between striping and temperature likely points to multiple benefits — including controlling zebras’ body temperature and protecting them from…
  • Study finds atmosphere will adapt to hotter, wetter climate

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    A study led by atmospheric physicists at the University of Toronto finds that global warming will not lead to an overall increasingly stormy atmosphere, a topic debated by scientists for decades. Instead, strong storms will become stronger while weak storms become weaker, and the cumulative result of the number of storms will remain unchanged. "We know that with global warming we'll get more evaporation of the oceans," said Frederic Laliberte, a research associate at U of T's physics department and lead author of a study published this week in Science. "But…
  • Jet Fuel from Algae?

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, from a single algae.
  • ADHD linked to pesticide exposure

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:57 am
    A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain’s dopamine system -- responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function – and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers study.Mice exposed to a commonly used pesticide in utero and through lactation exhibited several features of ADHD, including dysfunctional dopamine signaling in the brain, hyperactivity, working memory, attention deficits and impulsive-like behavior.The research published Wednesday in the Journal of the Federation of American…
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  • Gluten-Free Pasta Recipe with Greens and Mushroom Sauté  

    Katrine Van Wyk
    1 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Pasta is such a staple dish and an easy go-to when you need a satisfying, crowd-pleasing dinner on the table fast. I love that you can easily customize it with whatever you have on hand, what’s in season, or what you crave that day. This gluten-free pasta recipe is grounding, earthy, and fall-ish, with beans, mushrooms, and kale.       Serves 2 Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small yellow onion, chopped 2 cups sliced mushrooms of your choice 1 cup broccoli florets 2 cups chopped kale 1 cup precooked or canned adzuki beans (any other beans would work, too) 1…
  • 5 Pros and Cons of Working From Home in the Blogging Age

    Liz Thompson
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Blogging is a legit job these days and many set up their own business right from home. So what are the pros and cons of working from home versus going in to an office? What started out as a way for individuals and businesses to share their story has turned into big business. And I do mean B-I-G. Some high profile fashion bloggers are said to be making around $1M per year doing this gig. That is some real money. Not all of us can claim a seven digit salary by blogging, but it is a way to make money doing what you love. One of the main benefits of blogging is the opportunity to work from home.
  • 5 Yummy Facial Care Products to Make You Glow

    Abbie Stutzer
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Everyone deserves an outstanding facial care regimen. That’s why we’ve rounded up 5 luxurious facial care products for you to slather all over your beautiful mug. 1. Board and Batten’s “Farm to Skin,” Herbal Remedy Masque If you’re looking to even your skin’s tone, this is the product to turn to. Use it once a week. It contains an herbal blend, vitamin C and B3, and naturally service hydroxy acids. Priced at $54. 2. Lavido’s Pomegranate Seed, Lemon Myrtle, and Mandarin Replenishing Facial Serum I love serums. Love, love, love them. This one really intrigues me because of its…
  • 9 Out of this World Astrology and Astronomy Decor Ideas for Your Home

    Jen Wallace
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Wish upon a star with these astrology and astronomy home decor ideas. Are you a stargazer? Do you have your head in the clouds? Do you follow your horoscope and take stock in the zodiac? Are you always looking towards the heavens and wondering what is out there? Whether your interest is in the science of astronomy or the pseudoscience of astrology, your taste is simply out of this world. Why not add some astrology and astronomy star-gazing themed decor to your home base? While they often appeal to completely different types of people, the one thing that practitioners of astrology and…
  • Kristen Schaal of ‘The Daily Show’ Mansplains the Importance of Manspreading [Video]

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Manspreading is taking over New York’s subway system–men hogging two seats by  widely spreading their legs. But according to “The Daily Show” correspondent Kristen Schaal, it’s justified. “Men make 30 percent more than women, they should have 30 percent more space on the ride to work,” Schaal says, telling Jon Stewart: “You’ve been so brainwashed by this feminized world, you can’t even see everything that men have lost.” The best part is when she talks directly to Stewart’s balls to remind them that they have lost the…
 
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Thunderstorms Move Ozone Toward Surface of the Earth, Research Shows

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    Thunderstorms move a significant amount of ozone from the stratosphere down toward the earth's surface — a process
  • Iceland Rising as Climate Change Causes Glaciers to Melt, Researchers Say

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    The crust under Iceland is rebounding as climate change melts the island's great ice caps, researchers report in the
  • Natural Gas Boom Brings Major Growth for U.S. Chemical Plants

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    The surge in U.S. production of shale gas is leading to the rapid expansion of chemical and manufacturing plants that use the gas as feedstock. But environmentalists worry these new facilities will bring further harm to industrialized regions already bearing a heavy pollution burden. BY RACHEL CERNANSKY
  • Camera Trap Records Rare Glimpse of African Golden Cat Hunting in Uganda

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    An African golden cat, one of the least known and most elusive wild cats on the planet, has been filmed hunting in
  • Pollinator Loss May Put Poor Nations at Risk for Malnutrition, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Declining pollinator populations could leave as many as half of the people in developing countries facing nutritional deficiencies, according to researchers from the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health. In the study — the first to link pollinator declines directly to human nutrition — researchers collected detailed data about people's daily diets in parts of Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda, and Bangladesh. They found that in Mozambique, for example, many children and mothers are barely able to meet their needs for micronutrients, especially vitamin A, which is…
 
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  • California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said.
  • Winter storm threatens heavy snow, sleet from Midwest to East Coast

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    (Reuters) - A winter snowstorm was expected to blanket a wide swath of the U.S. Midwest on Saturday before heading to the East Coast, bringing up to a foot (30 cm) of fresh accumulation to parts of New England, days after a blizzard slammed the region, forecasters said.
  • Rocket blasts off with NASA satellite to track climate change

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:12 am
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifted off from California on Saturday carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth’s soil, information that will help weather forecasting and tracking of global climate change.
  • City heat waves more frequent, cold spells on decline: study

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Exceptionally hot days and rainfall extremes have become more common in urban areas in the last 40 years, while the number of cold spells has declined, said a study published on Friday.
  • Nuclear safety push to be softened after U.S. objections

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States looks set to succeed in watering down a proposal for tougher legal standards aimed at boosting global nuclear safety, according to senior diplomats.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • NYPD Rescues Beaten Puppy Buried Alive In Snow; Owner Raul Cruz Arrested

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say neighbors witnessed him beat his puppy and bury the dog alive in a snowbank. The Daily News reports Saturday (http://nydn.us/1vkn2EY ) Raul Cruz was also charged with weapons possession and torturing and not feeding an animal. He was released Friday night on $5,000 bail. Information on his attorney wasn't immediately available. Sgt. Derek Mercado tells the paper officers responding to neighbors' calls had to dig the whimpering puppy named Hennessy out of a two-foot snow bank. The 43-year-old Cruz was then…
  • 2 Injured Climbers Airlifted Off Mt. Hood, Rescue Officials Say

    1 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon National Guard helicopter has airlifted two climbers off Mount Hood after the two were injured in a fall, rescue officials said. The two climbers, a male and a female, are being taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment, American Medical Response in Portland said. The climbers were injured after they fell early Saturday near an area on the mountain known as the Hogsback, according to the Clackamas County sheriff's office. A call for help was received just before 11 a.m., Deputy Ben Frazier said. The male climber might have a broken femur, while the…
  • Storm Crawls Into Midwest, Threatens Northeast

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:03 am
    CHICAGO (AP) — A storm that gathered steam over the southern Rockies moved into the Midwest early Sunday and is expected to dump more than a foot of snow as it moves toward New England, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago. The weather may be bad news for those planning to drive to Super Bowl parties, as forecasters warn of hazardous driving conditions across the region. Here's the outlook: ___ THE STORM A snowstorm that crawled into the Midwest early Sunday is expected to be the most widespread storm so far of the season. National Weather…
  • Your Dog Can Get Alzheimer's Too

    1 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    As your dog reaches old age, you might expect to contend with veterinary complaints like hip dysplasia or even cancer. But here's one you aren't as likely to expect: Alzheimer's disease. According to veterinarian Lee Harris, the condition is surprisingly common. At his veterinary practice in Southern California, he's seen an increase in chronic conditions such as obesity, arthritis and dementia. "Really, our brains are not that different from dogs’," Harris wrote in The Washington Post. "The cellular changes of canine cognitive dysfunction would be recognizable under the microscope to any…
  • 'Zombie Cat' Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane Society

    31 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Rescue workers who helped save Bart -- the “zombie cat” who clawed his way out of an untimely grave last week -- don’t want the resilient feline to return to his former family. “I met with the owner for about 40 minutes,” Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, told The Huffington Post. “I told him at that time some things had come to light that I was really uncomfortable with.” Ellis Hutson, Bart’s owner, told ABC News this week his pet was hit by a car a couple of weeks ago. Hutson said he was sure the animal was dead and enlisted his neighbor to…
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  • A New Spin On Trapping Ocean Trash

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:28 pm
    By Don Willmott Water and plastic don't mix, and anyone who has read a terrifying article or two about "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch" knows that addressing what seem to be the impossibly huge issues of getting a billion tons of plastic out of our oceans--and preventing the nearly 300 million tons of plastic the world produces annually from polluting them in the first place--will take an effort on a global scale. Potential solutions come in both micro and macro sizes. To see something bordering on the adorable, head to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, where a solar-powered device called the Trash…
  • A Week of Madness: Shell, KXL and the Arctic Auction

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The past week has been quite the roller coaster for folks who care about the fate of the Arctic. First, as Mike Brune, head of the Sierra Club wrote recently, President Obama stepped up and announced protection for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska: one of America's most impressive wildlife treasures. Paying no mind to this signal, notorious multinational Shell then confirmed that it intends to head to the Arctic in search of oil this summer. The very same Arctic that's melting thanks to our global addiction to fossil fuels. Not long after Shell's news, the Senate approved…
  • Bone Broth: More Important Than a Passing Trend

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Cold-pressed juice was one of 2014's hottest health trends. Bone broth is on track to be the next one for 2015. At first glance, this is a trend easy to mock. Paleo devotees and wellness gurus rebranding something that has been a basic kitchen ingredient for centuries and selling it for up to $9 a cup? Ridiculous, right? Possibly. But consider premium bone broth from the perspective of a livestock farmer, who is always in need of ways to bring in more revenue. Having a 1,000-pound steer in the field doesn't mean the farmer will end up with 1,000 pounds of meat to sell. Devora Kimelman-Block,…
  • "Keeping Up With the Joneses" Gives Solar Revolution a Boost

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Conscious capitalism has been the domain of corporations since Ben & Jerry's first added macadamia nuts to their ice cream to help raise awareness about the need to protect the rainforest. Tom's Shoes got into the act when they started providing one free pair of shoes to poor kids in developing countries for every pair someone in a richer country bought. Now PURE Energies is doing its part by leveraging the solar panels one family installs to inspire their neighbors to do the same. For years, solar companies encouraged people to tap into the power of the sun primarily as a way to save money…
  • Ban Ivory Sales -- All of Them

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    If the United States and other nations do not fully ban the sale of ivory, African elephants could be extinct -- poof -- in as few as five years. Today, on average, one elephant is killed every fifteen minutes. "The animal which surpasses all others in wit and mind," as Aristotle once called the grandest of land animals, is being hunted for its tusks so quickly that most large herds will be gone as soon as 2020, experts warn. Photo: Getty Images The window to save the African elephant from extinction is closing fast. Today only about 400,000 elephants roam Africa's savannah and forests, down…
 
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said. A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental setbacks for the nation's most populous state, which has already lost both crops and jobs to the dry weather. The state's driest January on record was in 1984, when the 30-day average precipitation in the state reached 0.33 of an inch (0.84…
  • Storm blankets Midwest in snow, creeps toward Northeast

    1 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    CHICAGO (AP) — A powerful storm moved from the Plains into the Midwest early Sunday that was expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some places before making its way into New England, where many cities are still digging out from a winter walloping from early last week.
  • Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open title, denies Murray a 1st

    1 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title and his eighth career Grand Slam while extending Andy Murray's misery at Melbourne Park.
  • Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    1 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said.
  • In shock, Japan ponders its role in the world

    1 Feb 2015 | 2:24 am
    The Japanese, who inhabit one of the world's safest countries, have been brutally reminded of the dangers elsewhere.
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • NASA launches groundbreaking Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory now begins a three-year mission that will figuratively scratch below Earth's surface to expand our understanding of a key component of the Earth system that links the water, energy and carbon cycles driving our living planet.
  • Hydrogen production in extreme bacterium

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Scientists have discovered a bacterium that can produce hydrogen, an element that one day could lessen the world’s dependence on oil.
  • Ancient deformation of the lithosphere revealed in Eastern China

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Seismic investigations from the Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt in eastern China suggest that this region was affected by extreme mantle perturbation and crust-mantle interaction during the Mesozoic era. The Qinling-Dabie-Sulu orogenic belt formed through the collision between the North and South China blocks, which produced large-scale destruction of the cratonic lithosphere, accompanied by widespread magmatism and metallogeny.
  • Renewable energy policies drive production of Southern wood pellets for bioenergy

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Policies in the European Union and elsewhere requiring the use of renewable and low greenhouse gas-emitting energy are driving demand for wood pellets used to generate bioenergy. This demand could provide new markets for US timber exports, increase wood prices, and lead to increases in forestland area.
  • Scientists Use Knowledge from the Food Industry to Understand Mass Extinction

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    The close of the Permian Period around 250 million years ago saw Earth's biggest extinction ever. At this time large volcanic eruptions were occurring in what is now Siberia. The volcanoes pumped out gases that led to acid rain. Falling on the supercontinent Pangaea, the acid rain killed off end-Permian forests. The demise of forests led to soil erosion and the production of organic-rich sediments in shallow marine waters.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • After Oil's Friday Surge, Is The Bottom Finally In?

    Jesse Colombo
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Oil spiked on Friday, but it may be too early to call the bottom.
  • Is Eni's Egyptian Bet Paying Off?

    Christopher Coats
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    As Egypt?s energy recovery continues, Italian giant Eni is finding some success in their Egyptian bet and other European players could be close behind.
  • An LED Lighting Platform In The Cloud

    Jennifer Hicks
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    There's been a lot of talk about the advent and maturity of the smart home. According to Statista, by 2020 the smart home market revenue in America is projected to grow to $22.4 billion, up from $7.19 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.
  • Can Turkey Slow An Energy Boom In Cyprus?

    Christopher Coats
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    As Cyprus moves to solidify production partnerships for its offshore gas future, Turkey is hoping to pump the breaks on the endeavour until a possible reunification deal is in the works. But will Cyrus wait?
  • Is Algeria's Shale Revolution Faltering?

    Christopher Coats
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    Despite four years of defending a lack of energy sector reforms with a promise to boost its natural gas output with the next shale revolution, Algeria now appears poised to pump the breaks on the unconventionals.
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    The Good Human

  • Your Amazing Heart and How It Can Help Us All

    Lisa Forher
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Courtesy HeartMath Institute What is your heart? And how could it change the World? The simple answer of course, is that it is an essential organ required to pump blood around your body. But is it more than that? Courtesy HeartMath Institute Back as far as 1983 scientists were beginning to realise that the heart was more than the pump that kept our blood flowing. They discovered that it was actually part of the hormonal system, actively releasing hormones to combat stress. So, have you ever considered that your heart has intelligence? I am going to list some scientifically proven facts about…
  • Why I Think You Should Ditch Bratz For Tree Change Dolls

    Lisa Forher
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 pm
    I stumbled across a post on Tumblr this week and immediately knew that I wanted to share it with you all. Tree Change Dolls. It is a blog following the work of talented Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh, who has been rescuing second hand dolls and giving them a taste of childhood. I was captivated by the images, they are spread throughout this post – I would love to hear your thoughts on them too. Sonia gives the dolls a new lease of life by removing the make-up and tarty, glitzy clothes. She hand paints the faces, creates new shoes and dresses them in hand stitched and knitted clothes. It…
  • Antibiotic Resistance – Is It Time To Go Back To Herbal Antibiotics?

    Lisa Forher
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Antibiotic Resistance – Is It Time To Go Back To Herbal Antibiotics? Herbal remedies have been around for years, used by people who swear that they can help to keep colds and flu at bay, enable the healing of wounds and rid their systems of infections. Studies have even shown that there is some scientific basis behind many of these claims. However, with the current rise in antimicrobial resistance it could be time for a closer look at alternatives to keep ourselves healthy. What is an antibiotic? A drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria and other microorganisms. Originally, an…
  • How To Eat Your Way To a Better Brain

    Lisa Forher
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Yes you read it right….you can really give your brain a boost by watching what you eat. Your brain is a highly complex centre of command, controlling all coordination, emotional, sensation, nervous and intellectual activity. It manages every function of your body and therefore we want to keep it a strong as possible. It is essential to keep the brain working at it’s optimal level, and fortunately for us this can be very simple to achieve. Here are some simple ways that you can build a strong brain with your diet alone. Water The top of the list can only be water. The brain is 85% H2O,…
  • The Changing Face of Our Planet

    Lisa Forher
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    The changing face of our planet It is easy to take our World for granted. Here we are, held by an invisible force onto this planet that is spinning through the Universe. There is water, oxygen and food available and the planet is hospitable to us, providing virtually everything that we require to survive. But many of us are starting to wake up to the fact that this human-friendly environment is not something that we can take for granted. In fact we are shaking the very foundations of the structure of our World. This has been the focus of 2 studies that have been published recently. They have…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Fracking Failure: Frackers In Pennsylvania Violate Health And Environmental Regulations On A Daily Basis

    Mike Gaworecki
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    From the American Petroleum Institute’s claim that fracking is “safely unlocking vast U.S. reserves of oil and natural gas” to Chris “Frack Master” Faulkner himself insisting “fracking isn’t contaminating anything,” the oil and gas industry constantly tells us that fracking can be done safely, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. But just to be sure the public understands how seriously they considered public health, a group of oil and gas companies fracking in Pennsylvania formed the Center for Sustainable Shale Development in 2013. According to its website, CSSD is…
  • Was Shell the First Big Oil Company to Publicly Accept the Science of Climate Change and its Consequences?

    Brendan Montague
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    The DeSmog UK epic history series investigates the divide that opened up between chief executives and shareholders who were anxious that company operations and profits could be undermined by climate change. The heavy-handed attack from lobbyists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that arose during the 1990s presented a new risk: that the oilmen would become isolated from other leaders of industry. As early as 1995, a deep divide began to open up between the chief executive officers and shareholders of major corporations in the United States and Britain who were anxious…
  • Fracking Industry Showdown Preceding Stricter Fugitive Emissions Ordinances In Mansfield, Texas

    Julie Dermansky
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Sharon Wilson, Earthworks’ Gulf Regional Organizer, described FLIR camera footage she shot of a fracking industry site on January 29 in Mansfield, Texas, as ‘the mother lode of all emissions.” The issue of fugitive emissions — like those documented by Wilson at Summit Midstream Partners Compressor Station on the 29th — is one of the reasons that the Mansfield City Council is struggling with how to handle a request from another oil and gas company, Edge Resources, to renew an expired permit. Approving the permit renewal would allow Edge Resources to pursue a large fracking…
  • The Coal Industry Owns The Courts (VIDEO)

    Farron Cousins
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    In early February 2014, Duke Energy reported that a coal ash storage site along the Dan River had crumbled, releasing more than 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the waterway. This was not the first time that Duke had been responsible for a massive coal ash spill, and most likely not the last. In public, the company claimed that it is making all the necessary moves to clean up the mess and prevent future disasters. But behind closed doors, the company was hard at work making sure that its negligence would never hinder its profits. Duke Energy had been paying off the right people to prevent…
  • Flustered Liz Truss Blames Civil Servants for Redacted Fracking Report Fiasco

    Kyla Mandel
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    Liz Truss, the environment secretary, turned on her own department yesterday as the Tory government came under increasing criticism for its heavy-handed redactions to a controversial report about fracking. Truss, a Conservative member of the Cabinet, told the House of Commons there are “no plans” for the release of an unredacted version of the incedury Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts report and blamed her own officials at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). She complained that Defra should never have produced the report. “The economic impact of fracking is…
 
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • 25 Super Bowl Party Ideas to Snag

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It’s a coming, that big ol’ football bash. Whether you’re a die hard sports enthusiast or just there for the munchies and the commercials, these details are a must for pulling off one heck of a football themed party. We’ve got games, we’ve got food, decorative themes and cocktails too. Get ready for game day with these 25 steal-worthy ideas. Super Bowl Party MustsView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • Love Drunk Valentine’s Day Inspiration

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    This inspiration proves that behind every great party is a delicious cocktail and this one has the Cardamom Rose as the leading lady. With a nod to Alice in Wonderland – think painted roses + drink me tags from Laura Hooper Calligraphy,  and a beautifully styled bar cart, Strawberry Banke Events craftedone very cute “Love Drunk” Valentine’s party. See even more photographed by Krista A. Jones right here! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Laura of Strawberry Banke Events… For this Valentine’s-inspired shoot, we wanted to bring out the…
  • DIY Map Stick Figure Silhouettes

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gallery walls come in all shapes and sizes and often look best with mixed media – a round-up of family photographs, paintings and prints. Try this DIY for map stick figure silhouettes from Honey & Fitz and Ruth Eileen Photography. It’s the perfect way to add some pizazz to your walls and can be customized to the spot on the map that you call home. For the house tour with this beauty tucked inside, click here! frame or frames depending on what you’re doing road atlas (you can find them on amazon) template for the stick figures white card stock paper glue  Print stick…
  • DIY Gold Striped Fridge

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    After seeing this gold striped fridge, I am thoroughly convinced that all refrigerators need a good duct taping. It’s simple, andddd a great DIY for renters so it gets bonus points.  Dina of Honey & Fitz came up with this genius DIY along with photography (and fridge owner) Ruth Eileen. Grab the what and how below and for more imagery from Ruth’s cool space click here. 3 rolls of gold duct tape dry erase marker  Measure the width of your duct tape.  Once you have your measurement begin marking small guideline marks with your dry erase marker on your fridge. I would…
  • DIY Custom Lucite Frame

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ruth Eileenis one of our favorite photographers in all the land and she has a super fun live/work space. Check it out here if you missed it. And now we are going to dive into three DIY’s that call this space home. Crafted by Dina of Honey & Fitz, meet the lucite frame. It’s a beauty so versatile, we’ve already thought of a million ways to use it but this scarf displaying number might just be our fave. vintage scarf 0.080″ clear acrylic sheets picture hanging wire Wexel impressively strong magnets #4-40 brass hex nuts #4-40 3/8″ round slotted brass screw #6 -S brass…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Most Republicans say they back climate action, poll finds.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.
  • Grassroots sports at risk from heatwaves due to climate change, report warns.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Climate change will threaten the viability of grassroots sport in Australia, and elite tournaments will have to adapt to rising temperatures, extreme rainfall and shrinking snow cover, a report has warned.
  • Amid California’s drought, water chief preaches conservation – and balance.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As full-time chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus has a key role in how California stewards its finite resources during a devastating drought. So Marcus can hardly let precious water wash down the drain while she waits for the shower to heat up.
  • Climate change is lifting Iceland – and it could mean more volcanic eruptions.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Iceland is rising because of climate change, with land freed by the melting of the ice caps rebounding from the Earth at a rate of up to 1.4in per year. Researchers believe the extra uplift could be behind an increase in volcanic activity, with three Icelandic eruptions in the last five years shutting down flights and spewing ash in the air.
  • Shell bows to shareholder demands on climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Royal Dutch Shell has bowed to shareholder pressure to be more open about how it is tackling climate change — on the same day it said it would press ahead with plans to drill in the Arctic.
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    Clean Edge

  • 5 Reasons The Future Of Clean Energy Investing Looks Stronger Than Ever

    Sabrina Gonzales
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Image: Source: ForbesSource Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2015/01/28/5-reasons-the-future-of-clean-energy-investing-looks-stronger-than-ever/
  • The Year Ahead: Top Clean Energy Trends of 2015

    Ron Pernick
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:02 pm
    For the past 13 years, Clean Edge has published the annual Clean Energy Trends report that has sized the global market for solar, wind, and biofuels and tracked everything from venture capital and stock market activity to total global investments. This year, instead of issuing one single report, we'll be producing infographics, tables, charts, and webinars throughout the year – so be on the lookout in the coming weeks and months. In the annual report, we also picked our top trends to watch for the coming year. Here are our top trends that matter in 2015: Moves Toward 100 Percent Renewables…
  • Retail Investment Expands in Clean Energy Markets

    Sabrina Gonzales
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Image: Source: Clean Energy Finance Forum Source Link: http://cleanenergyfinanceforum.com/2014/12/12/retail-investment-expands-in-clean-energy-markets/?utm_source=Clean+Energy+Finance+Forum+12%2F17%2F2014+-+Issue+%2369&utm_campaign=12%2F17%2F2014&utm_medium=email
  • Hawaii Electric and NextEra Energy ‘combine’ in US$4.3 billion deal

    Sabrina Gonzales
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Image: Source: PV-TechSource Link: http://www.pv-tech.org/news/hawaii_electric_and_nextera_energy_combine_in_us4.3_billion_deal
  • In Clean Energy, Macro Trends Trump Midterm Political Winds

    Clint Wilder
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Here are some notable news headlines from the month of November: -SunEdison, TerraForm to buy First Wind for $2.4 Billion- LED Bulbs Fall Below $8- US and China Reach Historic Climate Accord- Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels- Cuomo Unveils First NY Green Bank Transactions for Clean Energy Projects- Amazon Pledges to Run on 100% Renewable Energy, Joining Apple, Google, and Facebook- Republicans Sweep to Big Midterm Victories, Win Control of Senate No, this is not a ‘which of these does not fit?’ quiz. It’s an attempt to characterize clean energy in the…
 
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    Green Car Congress

  • NHTSA announces follow-up recall of 2.12 million cars and SUVs over TRW airbag defects

    mmillikin
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today the recall of more than 2.12 million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles from model years 2002 to 2004 for a defect that may cause airbags to deploy inadvertently. The vehicles were subject to earlier recalls to address a problem with an electronic component manufactured by TRW that caused some airbags to deploy in the absence of a crash. The recalls will provide vehicle owners with a new remedy after the manufacturers’ original attempts to fix the defects proved ineffective in some vehicles. NHTSA discovered…
  • SolidEnergy targeting rechargeable Li-metal smartphone battery in 2016, EV battery with 2x range in 2017

    mmillikin
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    SolidEnergy, an MIT spin-out commercializing solid electrolyte technology enabling the use of lithium metal anodes for high energy density rechargeable batteries (earlier post), says that in 2016, it and its battery manufacturing partners will release a 2 Ah commercial battery for the smartphone and wearable market. This is to be followed in 2017 by a 20 Ah electric vehicle battery offering more than two times the driving range of current Li-ion batteries. In 2014, the company announced a prototype 2Ah pouch cell with a volumetric energy density of more than 1200 Wh/L; subsequently the…
  • USDOT releases broad agency announcement for the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program

    mmillikin
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:02 am
    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for funding projects for Phase 1: Concept Development of the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program. (DTFH6115R00003) DOT is sponsoring connected vehicle research to leverage the potentially transformative capabilities of wireless technology to make surface transportation safer, smarter, and greener. These efforts have resulted in a considerable body of research that is now in hand to support pilot deployments. The Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program is now seeking operational deployments…
  • California ARB tightens back down on NOx requirement to 0.20 g/bhp-hr for replacement school buses

    mmillikin
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When the California Air Resources Board (ARB) initially established emissions criteria for replacement schoolbuses in 2008, the target for 2010 and newer model year school bus engines was 0.20 gram per brake horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr) NOx and 0.01 g/bhp-hr particulate matter (PM) standards. However, due to the limited number of model year 2010 school buses that were manufactured and certified at or below the 0.20 g/bhp-hr NNOxOx emission levels, the NOx criterion for replacement school buses was changed to 0.50 g/bhp-hr. Now ARB staff has determined that new school buses that meet a 0.20…
  • BMW Group ConnectedDrive increases data security

    mmillikin
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    The BMW Group is increasing the security of data transmission in its vehicles in response to reports from the German Automobile Association (ADAC). The motorist’s association had identified a potential security gap when data is transmitted. The BMW Group has closed this gap with a new configuration. A review by ADAC had revealed a potential security gap affecting the transmission path via the mobile phone network. BMW Group hardware was not impacted, and the online capability of BMW Group ConnectedDrive allowed the gap to be closed quickly and safely in all vehicles. Access to functions…
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    Eco Friend

  • Nike unveils first football cleat made from recycled bottles

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Nike is known for introducing unique and extraordinary products in the market. Its latest innovation is its cleat named Nike Vapor Carbon, designed especially for footballers because they need strong and long lasting footwear. The cleat is so designed to provide comfort and ease to players at grounds. Nike Vapor Carbon is inspired from the ... The post Nike unveils first football cleat made from recycled bottles appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Easily recyclable things that you are just throwing away

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:19 pm
    When something is broken, we usually throw it away. These items can rather be recycled and put to use in a variety of styles. Recycling is good for our planet and us. It saves money and space in our landfills. Sort plastic bottles, cans, jars from garbage, and recycle them. However, not everything is thrown ... The post Easily recyclable things that you are just throwing away appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Eco-friendly gifts that dog lovers would enjoy

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:19 pm
    Dog lovers are ubiquitous, and as such there are many gifts and items in the market that especially target dog lovers. While there is a multitude of options available, things get better if the gift is thoughtful and eco friendly. If you are looking for your friend a green gift then here are few options ... The post Eco-friendly gifts that dog lovers would enjoy appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Stunning animal sculptures created by recycling trash

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Recycled art gives us a lesson not to underestimate the power even of trash, or of the creative who can work wonders with even the most modest of materials. It is the best way to promote recycling. Most people throw away used things and never ever bother about them. Art like this gives items that ... The post Stunning animal sculptures created by recycling trash appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Blinds and Staying Green: The Lowdown

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    Once upon a time they were for show, now blinds are for so much more. One of the key ways in which the industry sells itself is through its eco-friendly nature, with blinds benefiting everything from temperature control to noise pollution. As such, if you are part of the green clan, it’s time to read ... The post Blinds and Staying Green: The Lowdown appeared first on Eco Friend.
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • Clearing the air: Why we need strong smog standards

    Elena Craft, PhD
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    By Elena Craft, PhDSmog over Dallas Skyline. Source: WikiCommons This week and next, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding hearings across the country on the proposed updates to our national smog (ground-level ozone) standards from their current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 65 to 70 ppb. Exacerbated by the combustion of fossil-fuel power plants and car exhaust, ground-level ozone is the single most widespread air pollutant in the United States and is linked to severe respiratory health outcomes. Ozone poses a great threat to public health across America. What is…
  • New study: America’s biggest carbon market delivers for economy and climate

    Derek Walker
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    By Derek WalkerSource: Flickr/Chris Goldberg Would you believe there's a state that cut pollution and cleaned up its air, while creating jobs and sustaining economic growth? And where economic incentives, rather than costly regulations, are stimulating innovation and investment? California passed the earliest, most comprehensive law to set a cap on carbon pollution, along with numerous other complementary policies to help the state transition to a low-carbon, clean-energy economy. The results are now coming in and the present – and future – looks bright. Two years after it was fully…
  • Court Hears Arguments on Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards for Big Freight Trucks

    Peter Zalzal
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    By Peter ZalzalThe U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. heard oral arguments today in challenges seeking to overturn historic, first-generation standards to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large trucks and buses. The standards were finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2011. The standards apply to vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2018. They are based on commonsense, highly cost-effective technologies that will make our nation’s fleet of large trucks and buses…
  • The Clean Power Plan Wins Support from Millions of Americans, and a Broad Array of Diverse Groups

    Mandy Warner
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    By Mandy WarnerAmericans rally for the Clean Power Plan January is a time for New Year’s resolutions, hot chocolate and the tantalizing possibility of snow days. For me, it’s also a time when I reflect on what the past year has meant for me, my family, and our world. Right now, I’m focusing on climate change through these three interwoven lenses. Fortunately, this year I have a lot of significant and positive steps to reflect on. Here’s the one I’m thinking about the most: the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan will set the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for…
  • Lima climate talks showcase another path to global climate action: through states, provinces and cities

    Derek Walker
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    By Derek Walker California state Senate President Kevin de León arrives at the conference center for the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru. Image used with permission from Senator de León. The chattering classes of the climate policy world are abuzz with their customary post-mortems following the latest breathless two-week session of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change 20th Conference of Parties (also known simply as COP 20), held in Lima, Peru. Consensus is forming around a “slightly better than nothing” assessment of the Lima Call for Climate Action, which was adopted in the…
 
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    GreenPacks

  • Scientists Unboil Boiled Egg; New Process Could Help Save Lives

    Siyahi
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    It certainly isn’t any magic. It’s just pure science. Scientists from University of California-Irvine and Australia have now discovered how to unboil a boiled egg. That might sound great to anyone. And this recent discovery could well be an effective life-saver. Led by Gregory Weiss, professor in UCI, the researchers have invented the method  to unboil a boiled hen egg by adding up urea and with the use of a ‘vortex fluid device’. Urea breaks down the boiled egg and liquefies the solid material, while the rest is what they have found to be hard throughout their researches. A…
  • Japanese Firm Envisions Underwater City to Counter Rising Sea Level

    Siyahi
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Prevention is better than cure, they say. But there exists no such possibility when dealing with forces of nature. Man’s capabilities haven’t grown mighty enough to prevent calamities caused by nature, but they do play a part in preventing the causalities in their aftermath. And for that, human thoughts are still open to boundless dimensions. In this context, Japanese brains are accelerated in a high pace, for they are always seen as bearing the brunt of nature’s wrath. One among the threats they face now, apart from the earthquakes and tsunami, is the rising sea level. And it seems…
  • Power From the Green World; Dutch Company Generates Electricity from Plants

    Siyahi
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:14 am
    The whole world is running behind power generation options that are green and here’s a story which has come up successful. As we all know, electricity can be generated from various fruits like potatoes or lemon. These sources might not prove to yield substantial energy so as to power up the daily essentials like mobile batteries. Not much long ago, we had witnessed Nokia powering up their Lumia devices from bare potatoes and apples, but it took more than hundreds of these fruits to charge up a single device, which may not be quite pragmatic in our daily lives. The story of the Dutch-based…
  • 2014 declared as the hottest year on record

    Marian Dumitri
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    The year 2014 has been declared as the hottest year on record by two United States Government Agencies on Friday. In a joint announcement by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the officials confirmed that last year’s global temperature rose to the highest level since modern measurements began. As per climate records, nine of the ten warmest years have occurred since the rise of 21st century. The remaining one record setting year was 1998. These findings have been confirmed after analyzing temperature…
  • Toyota Making its Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents Open Source

    Siyahi
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    We are into a world of harsh rivalry, where companies are pushing the limits to obtain patents for their technologies. And it’s quite a gigantic surprise when we come to know of manufacturers who are willing to drop their patency rights to usher in a unanimous growth in the respective fields. Toyota is the name that stands out as an example. Recently, they have announced that they are to open source the patent rights acquired by them. And that too in a field that holds the potential to be the next big factor in automotives – hydrogen fuel technology. As many as 5,680 fuel cell-related…
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  • Great Eco-Friendly Procedures And Solutions For Businesses

    GreenMan
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Because environmentally-friendly energy solutions are important to big businesses, many new technologies are being designed each year. For example, Sentry Energy Production uses new technologies to drill for oil in an eco-friendly manner. However, for offices, managers and employees must change their daily production and driving habits to reduce environmental waste. Going Paperless When businesses […]
  • How to Unlame Your Business Blog: 10 New Tricks for Old Dogs

    GreenMan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Let me ask you three questions. 1. How interesting is your business blog? 2. What’s the noise level of your blog? 3. How do you unlame a business blog? Metaphorically speaking, how do you get a two-legged lame old dog to get up and bound out the door, barking up a storm through the whole […]
  • The Resource Industry

    GreenMan
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Sitting in a cafe in the middle of winter, looking outside as the temperature is well below freezing, I’m beginning to wonder where we’re going to get our energy from in the future, and after we get it how much it’s going to cost. The media has been reporting that the world’s oil reserves are […]
  • E-business offers tremendous potential for a GDS

    GreenMan
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Bruce Hanna, COO Galileo, shares his vision for the Indian market in an interview with Jyoti Koul What is the role of consolidators in the Indian travel industry, especially with respect to GDS? Consolidation is a trend that has been witnessed in the travel industry across the world. Consolidators represent a large and growing segment […]
  • Green Business in India

    GreenMan
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The importance that green business has in India will directly impact the world and our environment. With a population well over one billion, green business in India could quite literally alter our ecology. India’s economic growth rate has been incredible, and will continue to be incredible for many years to come. The widening middle class […]
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    Autoblog Green

  • Recharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargers

    John Beltz Snyder
    1 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    Filed under: Green, BMW, Toyota, Technology, Electric, HybridToyota tests hybrids with silicon-carbide power semiconductors. The CCS and CHAdeMO rivalry could be over. Retired BMW i3 batteries to be recycled for grid storage.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargersRecharge Wrap-up: BMW plans for retired batteries; automakers support dual-standard chargers originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Why is Tesla getting more and more secretive?

    Jonathon Ramsey
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Filed under: Earnings/Financials, Green, Plants/Manufacturing, TeslaAn article in Seeking Alpha called "The Incredible Shrinking Tesla Disclosure" lays out the timelines and details to support one analyst's suspicion for why Tesla is removing hard numbers from its quarterly reports; namely, that Tesla doesn't want to show adverse developments in its business.Continue reading Why is Tesla getting more and more secretive?Why is Tesla getting more and more secretive? originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • Noise rules for EVs to help blind pedestrians pushed back to 2018

    Jonathon Ramsey
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Electric, HybridThe NHTSA delays the final ruling of the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, meaning it won't come into compliance until 2018. The move has upset the National Federation for the Blind, which has been lobbying for more than a decade for built-in automated alerts for EVs and hybrids moving at low speeds.Continue reading Noise rules for EVs to help blind pedestrians pushed back to 2018Noise rules for EVs to help blind pedestrians pushed back to 2018 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use…
  • New pictures of Tesla's not-yet-open battery swap station

    Jonathon Ramsey
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Filed under: Green, Tesla, Green Automakers, Technology, ElectricKatie Fehrenbacher from GigaOm drove down to the Tesla's first battery-swap station in Coalinga, California to snap some photos and check on its progress. The station will be the first to begin a pilot program to conduct the three-minute pack swaps, and could restore Tesla's revenue stream of selling ZEV credits.Continue reading New pictures of Tesla's not-yet-open battery swap stationNew pictures of Tesla's not-yet-open battery swap station originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:57:00 EST. Please see our terms…
  • US gas prices may climb back up in mid-February

    Danny King
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Filed under: Green, Fuel Efficiency, United StatesUS gas prices may rise by mid-February as petroleum makers prepare to switch over to the cleaner summer blend of fuel.Continue reading US gas prices may climb back up in mid-FebruaryUS gas prices may climb back up in mid-February originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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    Awake at the Wheel

  • “Pic your ride” Photo Contest – Propel Fuels

    propel
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    For those who love horsepower, we designed a Propel cap just for you. Claim your cap by uploading a pic of your ride to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/propelfuels. The 20 top pics will win a limited edition Propel flat … Continue reading →
  • Volkswagen unveils a rugged Golf Alltrack TDI

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

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

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

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

  • Solar-Powered Window Sensors for Smarter Buildings

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

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

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

    Philip Proefrock
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style…
  • Super-Efficient Solar Water Desalination

    Philip Proefrock
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    A novel approach to desalinating water could be very beneficial in providing fresh water for many parts of the world needing clean water.  This is a relatively inexpensive process which uses graphite to use solar energy far more efficiently than ever before. Desalination is an important way to provide fresh water in many parts of the world, but it is usually an extremely energy intensive process.  In order to produce fresh water, the brackish water must be heated to produce steam, which leaves the salts behind.  Then, the steam is condensed to yield clean water. Solar power would seem to…
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

    Lucy Wang
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Read the rest of Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", floor to ceiling windows, geothermal energy, Iceland, icelandic art, icelandic landscape, ion hotel, LAVA, minarc architects, mnmMOD, mount Hengill, natural daylight, northern lights, Prefab, reclaimed wood
  • DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    February 2nd has had special significance since ancient times: celebrated as Imbolc by the Celts, and more recently as Candlemas by Christians, it’s also commonly known as Groundhog Day. Although the days are growing longer, winter’s darkness is certainly still present, and candles can help dispel the gloom until the sun returns again. Read on for DIY instructions for how to make some of your own recycled candles to brighten up your home for this February festival. Read the rest of DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:…
  • Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could make cancer treatments more affordable

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Scientists have found a way to unboil an egg – and the discovery could lead to cost reductions in cancer treatments, food production advancements and other areas of research. The process, developed by University of California and Australian chemists, can turn a hard boiled egg white back into liquid form. And while that might seem like just a cool trick, it’s really a fun way to show the revolutionary process the chemists have developed that can ‘untangle’ protein molecules. Read the rest of Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could…
  • HOW TO: Impress your Valentine with beautiful and easy chocolate-covered mint leaves

    Lucy Wang
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re planning to stay in and cook for your Valentine this year, you’ll love this easy recipe for chocolate-covered mint leaves. Made from fresh mint and organic dark chocolate, these chocolate-dipped delicacies are a more natural version of the classic thin mint. Read on for the full step-by-step tutorial with pictures! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chocolate, chocolate-covered mint leaves, dark chocolate, mint, mint leaves, recipe, valentine's day, valentine’s day recipe, Valentine’s Day tutorial
  • DIY: 6 dips and spreads to make your Super Bowl feast the best ever

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The Super Bowl is tomorrow and that means it is time to start prepping all those delicious dips and spreads for the big game. We have 6 recipes that are sure to please your entire crowd and, even better, they are healthy enough that you won’t experience day-after guilt on Monday. Click on and get ready to dig in. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dip recipes, healthy super bowl dips, healthy super bowl food, healthy super bowl recipes, healthy super bowl spreads, Inhabitots, spread recipes, Super Bowl dips, Super Bowl food, Super Bowl recipes, super bowl…
 
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • Tetra Tech Awarded $185 Environmental Remediation Contract

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Tetra Tech has been awarded a $185 million multiple award environmental remediation contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District. Through this five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Tetra Tech will support the investigation, design, and removal of hazardous, toxic, and radioactive materials at military and civilian sites primarily within the USACE Northwestern […]
  • Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The US Senate yesterday approved a bill that authorizes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Following the vote — the Senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of building the 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico — the White House again said President Obama would veto the measure, the New […]
  • Merck Selects CRedit360’s Sustainability Management Software

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck has chosen CRedit360’s software to help improve the consistency of its global sustainability data management and reporting. The German based company, which employs around 39,000 people in 66 countries, will use the CRedit360 system to track environmental, energy and health and safety data across its four major divisions, replacing several […]
  • Airport Expects Savings Up to $50,000 from CNG Fleet

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The Richmond International Airport expects to save between $25,000 and $50,000 per year after converting its fleet to compressed natural gas, according to Green Alternative Systems, which helped the Virginia airport make the switch. This represents a savings of about $1 per gallon compared to diesel fuel. Converting the fleet to CNG also cuts gas […]
  • ASHRAE Achieves Four Green Globes

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    ASHRAE’s international headquarters in Atlanta has earned four Green Globes — the highest rating — in addition to its original LEED Platinum rating. Jerry Yudelson, president of Green Building Initiatives, which oversees the green building program, says only 3 percent of projects assessed by GBI achieve four Globes certification. Sustainable measures include ongoing benchmarking in Energy […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Cheshire: 'Connect Your Vision to Your Business Model - Otherwise It Will Just Be Lipstick on a Bulldog'

    Tom Idle
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Sir Ian Cheshire | Image credit: The TimesFirst, let’s quash the rumours that have been circling ever since Sir Ian Cheshire announced he would step down as group chief executive of Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer. No, he will not soon be named chairman of Tesco. And he won't be going into politics for that matter.The truth is, Cheshire (knighted as part of the 2014 New Year Honours for services to business, sustainability and the environment) has nothing to hide. As we sit down for a chat inside the rather characterless Kingfisher HQ, a stone’s throw…
  • Walmart, Target Advance Joint Supply Chain Initiative

    Mike Hower
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Walmart, Target and Forum for the Future (FFTF) have established three working groups to take forward actions agreed at last year’s beauty and personal care (BPC) product sustainability summit, according to ChemicalWatch. The groups will focus on aspects of chemicals in products.Working Group 1 — Supply Chain Information SharingCo-chaired by representatives of CVS, Dow and 7th Generation, this group is focusing on a process for sharing information along the supply chain, with a particular emphasis on ingredients. It will look at how to protect intellectual property when sharing ingredient…
  • Unilever, Cambridge Name Winner of Top Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize

    Mike Hower
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Daniel Yu, founder of Reliefwatch — which makes software to help medical clinics in the developing world to digitize and manage inventory records for better patient outcomes — has won the Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Prize.As part of the prize, Yu has been awarded €50,000 ($56,500) and will be supported with a tailored mentoring program delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Unilever experts over the course of 2015. The six runners up each will receive a cash prize of €10,000 ($11,300) in addition to mentoring and…
  • Unilever Achieves Zero Waste to Landfill Across Global Factory Network, Creating €200M in Savings, Hundreds of Jobs

    Sustainable Brands
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:29 am
    Consumer goods giant Unilever today announced it has achieved a key sustainability target of sending zero non-hazardous* waste to landfill from its global factory network. The company says the milestone not only represents a significant step towards its ambition to double its size while reducing its environmental impact, the effort has eliminated more than €200m in costs and created hundreds of jobs – once again proving the business case for sweeping sustainability initiatives.Believed to be a global first for delivering zero waste on this scale, more than 240 factories in 67 countries…
  • Delivering on Profit and Purpose – a Job for the CFO?

    Maxine Perella
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Back in 2012, a Deloitte study remarked how chief finance officers (CFOs) were ‘coming to the table’ in matters relating to board-level sustainability. The CFO role has evolved to the point where it is now widely perceived as an enabler for sustainable business – customers, shareholders and other key stakeholders are increasingly looking to connect corporate financial performance to social and environmental impacts, and accountability for this tends to rest at the door of the CFO.Given the competing priorities that CFOs have to deal with on a daily basis, throwing sustainability into…
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    Sustainablog

  • Sustainable Construction: Building A Greener 2015

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Builders and building owners are considering the environment as they plan new developments. Here are some sustainable construction trends we'll see in The post Sustainable Construction: Building A Greener 2015 appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Fashion From Sustainable Fisheries: Tidal Vision Will Use Fishing Waste To Create Stylish Looks

    Talancia Pea
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Alaskan start-up Tidal Visions plans to create apparel and accessories from waste produced by sustainable fisheries, like salmon skin and crab shells The post Fashion From Sustainable Fisheries: Tidal Vision Will Use Fishing Waste To Create Stylish Looks appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Phoenix will use this weekend's Super Bowl as a high-profile venue to kick off municipal efforts at food waste recycling and composting The post Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Mexican start-up Cronology has developed a technology for creating paper from recycled plastic bottles and minerals that's 4 times cheaper than normal The post Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    A prison recycling program has reduced waste sent to the landfill and composts food waste. It saves the taxpayers almost $10,000 a year The post Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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  • Papua New Guinea: Karawari caves safe from mining ... for now

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Radio Australia: Community-based organisations working towards preserving Papua New Guinea's Karawari caves are quietly confident they've stopped the threat of mining at the historic site. For years, the Karawari Cave Arts group has been concerned about plans to grant a mining exploration license to an Australian subsidiary of the Asian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau. But the Mineral Resouces Authority of PNG has been quiet since plans were withdrawn more than a year ago. Nancy Sullivan has been working as an...
  • Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Guardian: Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today. Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional...
  • Davos and Climate Change: 'Warning Shots' From Africa and Pacific

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Diplomat: When global figures gathered in the Swiss resort of Davos last week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) – its 45th – they were facing potentially the close of one era and the start of another. In its introduction to the meeting, the Geneva-based WEF secretariat said “complexity, fragility and uncertainty” could end the period of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989, and would now involve major political, economic, social and technological transformation....
  • Watch as Asian Air Pollution Chokes the World

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Nature World: Beijing and Delhi are two cities infamous for their thick and dangerous waves of tainted air - dirtied by smog, ash, and other aerosols. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, this pollution doesn't just sit still. NASA has recently released a stunning video that shows how Asian pollution is changing weather and climate around the globe. The video (below) was created using a powerful numerical model that included weather factors such as temperature, precipitation, and barometric pressure over...
  • China's drop in coal consumption may open door to cleaner industries

    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    ENCA: As China's coal consumption drops for the first in years, environmentalists and experts say China can seize the opportunity to reform a polluting industry. China, the world's largest consumer of coal has seen a drop in consumption for the first time in this century, as environmental policies start to put significant constraints on its coal industry. Green groups are celebrating the new data, but experts warn about a tough transition and economic uncertainty ahead with an unwieldy oversupply...
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • We Have Some Good News For You About the Koala That Was Burned in the Fire

    Tim McDonnell
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    After a series of devastating bushfires ripped through Australia earlier this month, volunteers across the world quickly came to the rescue with custom-knitted mittens for the burned paws of koalas (way too many volunteers, it turns out). The poster koala that sparked the movement was Jeremy, whose heart-rending hospital room portrait quickly went viral. Good news! Jeremy is fully recovered and back in the wild. From the BBC: He has since made a complete recovery, says Aaron Machado, who operates the clinic that treated the animal... "The only thing he has to do now is get used to not having…
  • Attention, Sunday Shows: Here Are 5 Republicans Who Won't Lie to Your Viewers About Climate Change

    Jeremy Schulman
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    On Wednesday, I wrote about a new Media Matters for America study that shines a light on a big problem with how TV news shows cover climate change. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that humans are warming the planet, but Media Matters found that the highly influential Sunday morning talk shows often feature misleading talking points from global warming skeptics. Frequently, these segments turn into bizarre debates between those who accept science and those who reject it. On NBC's Meet the Press, for example, almost two-thirds of the climate coverage last year included "false balance,"…
  • The Senate Just Approved Keystone XL

    Tim McDonnell
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The Senate has been a very busy bunch of beavers over the last month. After just a week of being in session, they had already taken more votes than they did in all of 2014. It's all thanks to the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been the primary topic of floor debate for the last three weeks. Almost immediately after the new Congress got started, the House passed a bill to approve construction of the pipeline. As new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) had promised, the Senate then took up its own Keystone bill, which President Barack Obama promptly promised to veto. (The president has long…
  • This Chart Shows That Americans Are Way Out of Step With Scientists on Pretty Much Everything

    Tim McDonnell
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Here's one big reason why the US has been so slow to take aggressive action on climate change: Despite the wide consensus among scientists that it's real and caused by humans, the general public—not to mention a disconcerting number of prominent politicians—remains divided. It's not just climate change. On a range of pressing social issues, scientists and the public rarely see eye-to-eye. That's the result of a new Pew poll released today that compared views of a sample of 2,000 US adults to those of 3,700 scientists who are members of the American Association for the Advancement…
  • 6 Terrifying Facts About Measles

    Kiera Butler
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The current outbreak of measles that began in California has sickened 86 people and landed 30 babies in home isolation. The California Department of Health has issued an official warning that "any place where large numbers of people congregate and there are a number of international visitors, like airports, shopping malls and tourist attractions, you may be more likely to find measles, which should be considered if you are not vaccinated." Not everyone is so concerned. In a Facebook post on January 16, celebrity pediatrician Robert "Dr. Bob" Sears encouraged his followers not to "let anyone…
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  • February 1

    dailynews
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Feb. 1, 1953: One of the worst winter storms in Britain's history claims hundreds of lives, mostly along the North Sea coastline. A ferry sinks in the Irish Sea, claiming 130 lives. Lasting several days, the storm killed more than 2,000 in the U.K. and the Netherlands.  
  • Color-blind correction glasses help afflicted artists expand their color range

    bnelson78
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Being a painter with color-blindness can be a frustrating handicap to overcome, but there may now be a solution. Specialized glasses originally designed to help physicians and nurses better spot veins beneath the skin or see bruises on a patient’s body have also been found to expand the color range of those afflicted with color-blindness, reports Discover.
  • Ice climber Will Gadd becomes first to scale Niagara Falls

    mdestries
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Calling it one of the highlights of his life, professional extreme athlete Will Gadd became the first person Thursday to scale a frozen section of Niagara Falls.   
  • Cow Art: Farmer uses drone, feed truck to organize 'happy' cows

    mdestries
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
      From the farmer who serenaded his captivated cows (and the Internet) with a trombone rendition of Lorde's hit song "Royal," comes yet another fine example of bovine performance art.  
  • What were the split brain experiments?

    bnelson78
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Are you right-brain dominant or left-brain dominant? Today these terms are ubiquitous, and a medley of pop-psychology quizzes abound which purport to determine all sorts of things about you based upon which brain hemisphere you favor. The list of traits associated with being right-brained or left-brained are well known. If you're right-brained, you're more imaginative, creative, artistic, intuitive. If you're left-brained, you're more rational, logical, scientific.  
 
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  • Deflategate: What the NFL Can Learn From the Energy Efficiency Industry

    Jon Guerster
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    New England was hit hard by two storms in the past week: the Juno blizzard and Deflategate. Fortunately we’ve dug ourselves out of Juno -- but we’re still buried in the Patriots’ mess. Heading into Super Bowl weekend, sports fans around the country are debating what the Patriots did (or didn’t do) with their footballs. Engineers snicker as armchair quarterbacks cite Gay-Lussac’s law in discussing the calculations to determine how temperature and humidity may have affected ball pressure from testing until game time. One big question revolves around how…
  • Allure Energy Sues Honeywell Over Lyric Thermostat

    Katherine Tweed
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Allure Energy filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Honeywell on Thursday over that company's Lyric thermostat, which was released last year. The lawsuit takes issue with Lyric’s use of location-based controls, which Allure Energy claims is protected by patent. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, claims that Honeywell infringes on two patents, No. 8,626,344 and No. 8,457,797. Allure Energy’s EverSense thermostat uses geolocation technology that relies on mobile phones to adjust the home environment. Depending on whether your…
  • One Chart That Explains Why SMA Is Shedding So Many Jobs

    MJ Shiao
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Earlier this week, the German inverter manufacturer SMA announced it will lay off 1,600 workers due to pricing pressures and a slowdown in European demand.  We keep hearing stories about how yearly solar project investments are increasing, so why is SMA shedding one-third of its workforce? In 2014, the European market dropped by 23 percent year-over-year, as major feed-in tariff programs either evaporated or just dropped below economic values. Everyone knew this was coming. There was some optimism that Germany and other European PV markets would be more resilient, but it didn't…
  • IEA: The World Needs to Construct Twice As Many Nuclear Power Plants Each Year

    Stephen Lacey
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    In 2010, the International Energy Agency released a report predicting a resurgence for nuclear around the world. Months later, the Fukushima Daiichi disaster unfolded in Japan, rekindling fears about nuclear and sending shock waves throughout the industry. After the closure of reactors in Japan and Germany, global nuclear generation has dropped by 10 percent since 2010. Investment in new capacity also fallen. There were only three new plants under construction in 2014, with only 5 gigawatts of capacity added last year. That's less than half of the yearly capacity additions needed to…
  • Cleantech Companies Attempt to Sell ‘Newfangled Ideas’ to the Masses

    Julia Pyper
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    In between football plays on Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will watch a litany of commercials. Among them will be BMW’s ad promoting the new i3 electric vehicle (EV). Entitled "Newfangled Idea," the commercial features a 1994 clip of The Today Show in which hosts Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric are on set trying to figure out what the “@“ symbol means. Around? About? “What is internet, anyway?” says Gumbel. “What, do you write to it like mail?” Flash forward twenty-one years and the hosts are sitting in BMW’s all-electric car, looking equally…
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  • New Champion Dell Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Outperforms MacBook Pro [Infographic]

    Laura P. Thomas
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    You may have noticed, thin and light is kind of a theme for us this month. In addition to the smallest 13-inch laptop in the world, XPS 13, earlier this week during the Sundance Film Festival, we unveiled the world’s thinnest and lightest 15-inch true mobile workstation, the Precision M3800. The tech media certainly noticed, and several headlines followed such as “Dell takes a shot at Apple with refreshed M3800 mobile workstation,” “Dell pokes Apple’s Retina with a 4K MacBook Pro competitor for less cash,” and “Dell's new M3800 mobile workstation…
  • Don’t Lose Your Employees Because of Outdated Technology

    Kirk Schell
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    When I meet with customers to discuss the capabilities they want included within their business PCs, the same three requirements come up time and again. First and foremost, they want to protect their data, so incorporating the absolute latest in security technology is paramount. Next, they want to easily deploy and manage the systems they issue to employees and not have their IT department spend inordinate amounts of time maintaining individual systems. And finally, they want the devices to deliver high performance, have a quality build that last a long time and receive fast and efficient…
  • Dell Digital Business Services Teams Up with Tech Wildcatters

    DELL-Grant B
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Something from nothing. Filling a void. Seeing an opportunity. These are just some of the sparks that ignite the engines of new businesses. Yet in order to succeed startups need more than a spark—they need someone to fan the flame once it’s lit. That’s what drives B2B accelerator Tech Wildcatters, based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 2010, to-date Tech Wildcatters has invested in more than 68 promising companies worldwide, helping to create more than 250 jobs. Without the kind of help accelerators provide, many young companies fail to thrive in today’s competitive…
  • Dell Security Wins Best Channel Vendor 2015 for Network Security

    Marvin Blough
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I am excited to kick-off the new year announcing that Dell received outstanding recognition as the Best Channel Vendor 2015 in the Network Security category, from Business Solutions magazine. MSPs, ISVs and VARs partners rated Dell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls, secure mobile access solutions, global management systems and reporting and email security solutions. With today’s ever more prevalent cyberattacks, channel partners are clearly relying on our products to provide extraordinary protection and productivity for their customers and their networks worldwide around the clock.
  • Celebrating Film, Music and Technology at The Chalet in Park City this Week

    Andy Rhodes
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    The Dell Precision team is off to Park City, Utah today and gearing up for a two-day celebration of film, music and technology in partnership with Pitchfork, the leading voice in independent music, and some of our top partners Intel, RED and Adobe. Taking place during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Dell and Pitchfork’s The Chalet will feature filmmaker panels and presentations led by Pitchfork’s sister publication the Dissolve; Dell and Intel film and video editing demos; a VIP filmmaker dinner and reception to celebrate the creators behind some of this year’s top films at…
 
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    Orion Magazine

  • Concrete Progress: The Electric Car’s Necessary Next Step

    Scott Gast
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Concrete Progress is an ongoing series of columns by Peter Brewitt devoted to exploring America’s infrastructure. It is part of Orion’s Reimagining Infrastructure project. The first time I saw a Tesla ... The post Concrete Progress: The Electric Car’s Necessary Next Step appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • The Tricky Business of Edward Abbey Fandom

    Scott Gast
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    The legendary writer, troublemaker, and lover of Western landscapes, Edward Abbey, is the subject of David Gessner’s piece in the Lay of the Land section of the January/February 2015 issue of ... The post The Tricky Business of Edward Abbey Fandom appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • Welcome to Wolf Country

    Scott Gast
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Last year, OR7, the first wild wolf to roam California in nearly a century, met his mate and started a pack in southern Oregon. Sightings of another wolf in the area ... The post Welcome to Wolf Country appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • The Long Swindle

    Scott Gast
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Journalist and historian Judith Nies’s story “The Black Mesa Syndrome,” about how the U.S. government coerced the Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes into relinquishing land sought by mining interests, appeared in ... The post The Long Swindle appeared first on Orion Magazine.
  • “Triangulation,” a Video Poem

    Scott Gast
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Elizabeth Bradfield’s poem “Historic Numbers of Right Whales Skim Feeding Off Cape Cod” appeared in the March/April 2012 issue of Orion; this fall, she created a video for this and two ... The post “Triangulation,” a Video Poem appeared first on Orion Magazine.
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  • Is Christianity Doomed in the Middle East?

    Gerard Russell
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:25 pm
    The stark cliffs of the Zagros Mountains on the Iran-Iraq border, and the dusty hills and plains that lie between those mountains and the city of Mosul, might seem an unlikely location for paradise. Yet Christians living here in past centuries believed that a local river called the Great Zab had on
  • The Best Thing About Obama's Plan for 'Precision Medicine' Is That It's Old-Fashioned

    Naomi Shavin
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Today the Obama Administration announced a $215 million “precision medicine” initiative. It has a handful of objectives based on an underlying goal: to facilitate the pooling of health data in order to better tailor treatments to individual patients. In the administration’s
  • Does Domestic Violence Really Increase on Super Bowl Sunday?

    Alice Robb
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In the 1990s, reporters began circulating a chilling statistic: Super Bowl Sunday was the most dangerous day of the year for women in abusive relationships. Riled up watching the violence onscreen and often under the influence of alcohol, male football fans were said to unleash their aggression on t
  • A Texas Law Would Let Teachers Shoot Students Who "Threaten" School Property. Guess Which Students Would Suffer Most?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Proposed legislation in Texas would allow teachers to use force, including deadly force, against students threatening the lives of others. If that unsettles you, consider the bill’s next provision: Teachers could also use deadly force to stop students from threatening school property. The bill, ni
  • The Invisible Josh Gordon

    Jamil Smith
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The late Ralph Ellison is still teaching us today, often through imperfect vessels. The opening passage of his classic novel, Invisible Man, echoes for me as a mantra of African American life: "I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."Whether through outright proh
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Will China’s Mining of the Moon Make It the Indisputable Global Power?

    Leon Kaye
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Chinese space exploration program, now targeting the moon, has some enthusiasts excited over the viability of mining helium-3 as a safe form of energy.
  • Solar PV: Own or Lease?

    Andrew Burger
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory tackles the issue in two new studies.
  • Why This Top College Apparel Company Pays Living Wages

    Nayelli Gonzalez
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.
  • Marketing for Good: The (Often Overlooked) Power of Design

    3p Contributor
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Good design makes complicated things simple. Great design does it while inspiring us. Think of the first time you spun an iPod thumb wheel and realized you wouldn’t need instructions to figure this thing out. These experiences stop us in our tracks with the realization there are smart people out there using their powers for good.
  • U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

    Jan Lee
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    The U.N. Global Compact, the United Nations' sustainability initiative, won some and lost some at the end of 2014 -- literally. While its membership is now up to more than 8,000, it is still having a problem with ensuring that members file the very reports that show whether the UNGC is succeeding in its goals. The expulsions for 2014 amount to just under 8 percent of UNGC's total membership.
 
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  • 280000 Sutter Health members spared from detriment of their doctors

    Blogger
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    The open conflict between Blue Shield of California and Sutter Health came to an finish Friday, with a dual sides announcing they’d reached a two-year agreement agreement that keeps some-more than 280,000 Northern and Central California consumers from carrying to find new doctors and hospitals. While a terms of a agreement are confidential, both a health insurer and a vast network of hospitals and physicians pronounced they were gratified to strech an agreement and apologized to their business for a intensity disruption. The new agreement ends Dec. 31, 2016. “We unequivocally bewail a…
  • Denmark’s appetite use hits 42-year low

    Blogger
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:42 am
    30/01 Cop severely harmed in worried round protest » 30/01 Russian nationalist’s prophesy for Austria » More news from Austria during thelocal.at 31/01 Four skiers killed in Graubünden avalanche  » 30/01 Pilot dies after tiny craft crashes in Geneva » More news from Switzerland during thelocal.ch 31/01 First boss of reunited Germany dies » 31/01 Merkel manners out debt rebate for Greece » More news from Germany during thelocal.de 31/01 100,000 join Madrid anti-austerity rally » 30/01 Spain uses branch cells to correct shop-worn hearts » More news from Spain during…
  • Brad Marchand nets a span of goals in high appetite contest

    Blogger
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:42 am
    BOSTON – To contend that Brad Marchand was sealed into Saturday night’s diversion opposite a fortifying champ Los Angeles Kings would be an understatement.  Sure, a B’s proprietor rabble-rouser scored a span of goals in a B’s 3-1 win over a Kings during TD Garden, and he also led all players with 7 shots on net as a singular many widespread actor on a ice for possibly team. But Marchand also dismissed home what he suspicion was another idea during a finish of a initial duration after a few threats from his line, and went behind to a dais to applaud usually to see everybody else…
  • White House Seeks to Limit Health Law’s Tax Troubles

    Blogger
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    To save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free. Don’t have an comment yet?Create an comment » Subscribed by iTunes and need an NYTimes.com account?Learn some-more » The post White House Seeks to Limit Health Law’s Tax Troubles appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Why Low Oil Prices Won’t Doom Clean Energy

    Blogger
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    By Robert Litan The Wall Street Journal The required knowledge seems to be that a high decrease in universe oil prices will dramatically delayed investment in and use of several forms of “clean energy”–wind, solar, and biomass in particular. It is loyal that disappearing oil prices have led to lower prices of natural gas, that is a most cleaner hoary fuel than oil or coal, and that some gas scrutiny projects, like those for oil, are expected to be put on reason until oil and gas prices (which are closely linked) arise behind adult rather and stay there. But loyal renewable sources of…
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Bullying on Bus 10: a conversation

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

    Katy
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Do you really know what is in your child’s shampoo or conditioner? Probably not. That is because most products from major companies and corporations don’t have to disclose all the ingredients in their products. Sometimes, chemicals are the byproducts of other ingredients.  And many of these ingredients can be harmful to human health. Yes, something we buy to use on our kids, and we don’t even have the right to know what’s in them. Thankfully many parents and environmental groups haven’t accepted this. Chemicals such as formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane are being…
  • Coming Soon: The Order of the Trees from Green Writer’s Press

    Katy
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    This weekend I posted on Facebook some news I have had under my hat for awhile. I am thrilled (and a bit nervous!) to announce that Green Writer’s Press, a homegrown, Vermont publisher with a focus on “authors who want to make the world a better place” will be publishing my first middle level/young adult novel in May. The book is called The Order of the Trees– and is about Cedar, who was found as a baby under an old growth tree in the Vermont woods. This is the story of her sixth grade year, her first true friend, and how their fate is connected to the magical woods in…
  • Interview with Beth Terry, Author of How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

    Katy
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:09 pm
    (First posted at Earth911.) Meet Beth Terry, the brains behind the blog My Plastic Free Life.  Inspired by a dramatic photo of a dead sea bird whose insides were riddled with plastic, Terry was spurred into action to eliminate her personal plastic use. My Plastic Free Life is an often funny and always inspiring blog where Beth documents her journey towards completely eliminating plastic from her life.  Is that even possible in our current society?  Read her blog to find out!  All her acquired knowledge is the basis for her bookPlastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too.
  • Happy holidays! (plus new resources and healthier products from BeautyCounter)

    Katy
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    It has been another great year here at Non-Toxic Kids. As you know I have been advocating for a toxin-free environment for kids since the birth of my second daughter 7 years ago. I have written extensively for the need to reform our outdated and dysfunctional toxics laws and have been active on the issue here in Vermont and nationwide. With your voice we are making a big difference!  Just take these recent successes, for example. Through my partnerships with non-profits such as Safer Chemicals Healthy Families and the Breast Cancer Fund I learned of a new company called BeautyCounter that is…
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Safe, Natural, Nourishing DIY Hand Sanitizer

    Tiffany
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I am not a fan of conventional, waterless hand sanitizers. They are loaded with nasty ingredients that I would rather not rub all over my hands, or on my children’s hands. And yet this is the time of year when products such as this are sorely needed…when germs and illness are being spread around like party favors. Hand washing and good old soap and water are still king but there will be times when soap and water are not at hand or when a trip to the bathroom isn’t possible, so I see the benefit of safe and natural hand sanitizers. For me there are a couple options. I use…
  • What I Do When I Get Hives

    Tiffany
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I didn’t always get hives. My issues with these horrible, itchy little buggars began sometime after my cancer diagnosis and treatment. Some time after that rough patch in my life I started to break out in hives every now and again. I am not sure why I get them either. If you do an Internet search on the cause you will find dozens of possible explanations…allergy, liver damage, stress, lupus, food sensitivity…you name it. I don’t know what to make of all these possibilities so I don’t even worry about it. I only break out in hives a handful of times a year,…
  • Gifts for the Manliest of Men On Valentine’s Day

    Tiffany
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I recently read an article about a new term for some men called Lumbersexual. I got a real kick out of it because it fits my husband to a tee. The definition is something along the lines of a metro-sexual who has the need to hold on to some outdoor based rugged-ness, and a finely trimmed beard. My husband often looks as though he just stepped out of an L.L. Bean catalog. He rocks the flannels, boots, and the beard. He is a real manly man…my Grizzly Adams, who looks a little less Grizzly and a bit more Adam Levine. I adore every manly inch of him. I wouldn’t be caught dead…
  • Getting Romantic with Feng Shui and Essential Oils

    Tiffany
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The excitement and passion we feel when a relationship is new is like no other feeling. You literally feel as though you could exist on love alone…who needs food and water when you are lost in love? It is an amazing high for sure but like all highs…there are also lows. Those feelings of passion and lust resemble a fire but as a relationship grows and matures we are left with embers…warm and constant. There is nothing wrong with those steady embers but sometimes we want to stir them up a bit and create some flames. The embers may even start to cool as we go through various phases of our…
  • A Guide to Home Flooring Types

    Tiffany
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    When you are buying a new home or fixing up your current one there are numerous things to consider. Just one of them is flooring, but this is a biggie. You have to consider price, how long it will last, how easy it will be to install, and how easy it will be to clean and maintain. Hardwood floors are the desire of many because they look so good and they last so long. They are also quite pricey though. Vinyl is pretty cheap but how long until someone scuffs it up or tears it? It is also ugly. Carpet is not too expensive but it is a major pain to keep clean. What do you do with all these…
 
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Five Friday Winter Warm-Up Tips

    Mindful Echo
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Mindful Echo is keeping warm this winter. It's my favourite time of year! I love winter! I love snow! I love hot chocolate and snowdays and shovelling and mittens and snowmen and skiing and blankets and everything about winter. I wish I could marry winter and just be Mrs. Suzie Snowflake all year long.When the temperature starts to drop a few degrees, it's easy to stay warm and compensate without touching that thermostat using these quick Winter Warm-Up Tips.1. Wear your hat.While scientists may have debunked the myth that most of our body heat is lost through our heads, keeping your cap…
  • Privilege in the Eco-World

    Eco Yogini
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    EcoYogini considers balancing the financial cost of living green...After years of reading posts from green bloggers trying to dispel the "myth" of costly green living, I am very aware that the great majority of green bloggers out there believe that eco=frugal.And I agree, to some extent.The "R" of "Reduce" really brings this point home- the less we consume for the most part the more we save in money.But what I find unendingly frustrating is the lack of discussion around what the other "cost" may be, and how some of us (many of us) are unable to meet that cost. Oh I know many of you will read…
  • Can the Environmentalist and the Climate Change Denier Be Friends?

    Green Bean
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.Last week, I had an exchange with a Twitter user that got me thinking.  The other party lauded efforts to reduce our impact on the environment and clearly cared about conservation, reducing pollution and waste, renewable energy but was not convinced that the climate is changing.  The user pondered: "why don't we focus on not polluting for polluting's sake". That same day, I listened to an interview with a fisherman in Alaska.  When this gentlemen tells people that he is with Trout Unlimited, people respond, "What are you?  An…
  • Will the Best Chocolate Please Stand Up?

    Amber Strocel
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    The Climate Crusader tries to understand cocoa labeling.I love chocolate - and I'm far from alone. Chocolate is awesome. However, some of the practices used in growing chocolate are not so sweet. Forced child labor, human trafficking, pesticide use, low wages for farmers ... the list goes on.Fortunately, there are organizations that work to certify chocolate, so that you can have some independent assurance that your treat doesn't carry a very high cost for someone else or for the planet. But what do these labels actually mean - and which one is the best? I recently did a little bit of digging…
  • Guilt Free Coffee

    Christy
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter waxes poetic about her French press. I have a love/hate relationship with my morning cup of coffee. I have kicked the habit, or at least taken a break from the habit, for years at a time, but I always seem to return to my beloved cup of joe.I've never gone the espresso machine route (always out of my price range) but over the years I've tried several coffee makers. Some I've loved more than others, but each one of them eventually lost its lustre. After my latest round of caffeine detox I took a long hard look at my coffee machine. The carafe was glass, but all…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • 22 Healthy Valentine’s Treats

    greenandcleanmom
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:43 am
    Happy February! Only two more weeks until Valentine’s Day and the kids have already started bringing home their class lists for cards and talking about their classroom party. I used to love Valentine’s as a child, until I hit my teen years. Before that, I loved the classroom snacks, making cards for all my friends and getting a box of chocolate from my parents. Today, Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.22 Healthy Valentine’s Treats The post 22 Healthy Valentine’s Treats appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Easy Healthy Freezer Burritos

    greenandcleanmom
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    Easy Healthy Freezer Burritos I like to cook one extra meal each week and stock my freezer. It helps me when I’m in a pinch; I’m sick, traveling or when I just don’t feel like cooking. Occasionally, I like to spend an entire day freezing meals to make weeknight dinners easier but honestly, just adding one extra meal to my freezer each week helps. One Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Easy Healthy Freezer Burritos The post Easy Healthy Freezer Burritos appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Simple Tips to Improve Your Health

    greenandcleanmom
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Staying healthy is very important. I know it’s easy to say this and we all think it but don’t actually all act on it and try our best each day to live healthy. I’m guilty of this. I’ve let myself go at times and put myself on the back burner. This is bad because really, nothing could be truer than the saying that your health Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Simple Tips to Improve Your Health The post Simple Tips to Improve Your Health appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • 20 Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    It’s National Chocolate Cake Day! In honor of such a special and delicious day I wanted to provide you with 20 healthy chocolate cake recipes. Yes, healthy or healthier. We all have our own version of what is healthy or acceptable but I think you’ll find something for your liking below or at least you can adapt a recipe to fit your version of healthy. Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.20 Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes The post 20 Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipes appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink

    greenandcleanmom
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m trying to plan a special dinner for my family. Valentine’s Day is my husband’s birthday so I like to make an extra special dinner to celebrate the love of my life. One of the things I’ll be serving with dinner is a special Non-Alcoholic Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink. Something the entire family can drink together that we don’t have Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink The post Valentine’s Day Lemon-Lime Cran-Raspberry Drink appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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  • January Homeschool Review

    Greenstylemom
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:06 pm
    So the kids and I had a big breakdown (there was yelling, there was crying... and the kids were upset also! Ha!) a few weeks ago. Maybe the first week we were back at homeschool? I was feeling stressed, they were feeling stressed, and it just wasn't working the way it should. So I decided that we were going to back down off of all the homeschool expectations. I don't think I could move to a complete unschooling model, but I decided that we would just do the "necessities" (reading, writing, spelling, math) and just see how everything else fell into place. Oh. My. Goodness.
  • Right Now - Snow Sculptures

    Greenstylemom
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    A favorite, annual, winter event
  • Homeschool Moment - Science Museum

    Greenstylemom
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
  • Mini Goals Week of 1.25.15

    Greenstylemom
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Want all my excuses why I didn't get stuff done this week? MLK threw me off, then we had lots of snow with delays/cancellations. Feel like I'm still recovering from all those changes. But there is always this next weekContinue to clean out email inbox (progress, but now quite to goal of 15. Current inbox: 20)Finish a little, homemade giftAsk feed store about chickensOrder photos for Kate's roomEmail swim instructor*Call about school shadowing for Kate*Make acupuncture appointment*Make appointment with lawyer to revise wills (discussed, have to fill out paperwork first, off…
  • This Makes Me Happy - Gift From Kate Today

    Greenstylemom
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    She thought it would make me laugh. And it did!❤️It will get a special place... Right next to the cleaning supplies!
 
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  • Carrot Ginger Soup: Health Benefits in Each Warm Slurp

    Anna@Green Talk
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I adore anything carrot–especially carrot ginger soup. When I saw a recipe in Edible Jersey from Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm, Pennington, New Jersey using carrots and ginger together, I thought to myself–soothing and immune boosting. What is not to love? Carrots and Ginger wallop a punch in the health arena.  Ginger may help to protect brain function may inhibit some forms of cancer fend off respiratory viruses and clear up congestion may offer bacterial benefits against some types of drug-resistant bacteria,  when combined with garlic and lime. Carrots, on the other…
  • Selling Cell Phones Online or at Stores. Keep out of Landfills.

    Anna@Green Talk
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A week ago, I wrote about recycling, donating, or selling your electronics. Phones are probably the easiest to sell since many people upgrade their phones every two years. I left my old phones in a drawer for a year and never thought they would be worth anything–but I was wrong. So, go and get those old phones, and I will walk you through how I made almost $75 on phones that must be at least three or more years old. (In “electronic-speak”–that’s grandma old.) But what I don’t want you to do is pitch those phones in a landfill. In 2012, the Center for…
  • Flooring Choices: My Durability, Cost, & Environmental Perpective

    Anna@Green Talk
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    When we built our house ten years ago, the choice of the right flooring was a huge decision. Not only did we look at the environmental aspect of each flooring choice but we also took into account durability and cost. It wasn’t easy.  Listed below were our flooring choices.  (Be sure to check out the infographic below that nicely summarizes your flooring options.) Some Background on our Flooring Choices. To give you some background, I live in New Jersey where dampness and humidity are not issues like in Florida. I also had four very active children under the age of 12 who had allergies…
  • How to Cook with Frozen Peppers from Summer Harvest

    Anna@Green Talk
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    I love growing and eating peppers. Unfortunately, pepper season ends around October in zone 6. So, how do I keep my pepper addiction alive during the winter? I freeze my summer harvest of peppers! Yep, I freeze them and use them the whole winter. Let me teach you how. Anna, come on. If you defrost the pepper, then it is going to be mushy.  Gross. How do you use them? How to Freeze Peppers Freezing pepper is really easy. All, I do, is put them in a bag or container. They don’t stick to each other like frozen tomatoes. However, your pepper can get freezer burn if you don’t close…
  • How to Get Rid of Old Electronics: Donate, Sell, or Recycle

    Anna@Green Talk
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Once I put the garden to bed in November, I start to see my house in a new light. I love this house, but this year it needs a super “de-cluttering.” We aren’t talking about simply re-arranging the pantry which I do every, single year–we are talking cleaning out the closets. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting a series on how to dispose of certain items you no longer want and how to keep them out of the landfill. This post focuses on how to get rid of old electronics. Did you realize that you could donate, giveaway or sell them? Old Electronics, Who Need a…
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  • NEW: Organic Body Range from La Mav for Nourished Skin

    Micaela
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
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  • The 12 Worst Food Additives (and Where You’ll Find Them)

    Micaela
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
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  • Etsy Finds: 8 Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids

    Micaela
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
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  • 4 Eco Indie Cleaning Brands to Add to Your Arsenal

    Micaela
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
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  • Which Veggie Will Be The Kale of 2015?

    Micaela
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
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    Chemically Green

  • Why Your Home Radon Test Might Not Be As Accurate As You Think

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    There’s one indoor air contaminant that holds the title as scariest and most dangerous of them all: radon. Radon is the byproduct of nuclear decay of elements like uranium or thorium that lay deep underground. It emanates to the earth’s surface as an odorless, colorless gas, which can collect inside homes and other structures. Coming in right behind smoking, exposure to radon is documented as the second largest cause of lung cancer worldwide. If you’re testing for radon in your home, here a couple reasons why your test’s accuracy might not be as accurate as you think. There are also…
  • 4 Flabbergasting Facts About Fracking

    Like New
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    2014 brought some of the highest levels of oil production in the United States that the country has ever seen. And hydraulic fracturing, known colloquially as fracking, is the technology that’s mostly responsible. However, the more prevalent it becomes the more it’s criticized by activists and environmental advocates. Politics aside, here are five of the most incredible facts about fracking in the U.S. You Can See Fracking From Space Photo via Dr. Asanobu Kitamoto and the National Institute of Informatics The Bakken Formation, which is located primarily in North Dakota, is one of the…
  • Preserving Australia’s Natural Treasures for Future Generations

    Like New
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    The country of Australia contains some of the worlds greatest natural treasures, scattered across its nearly 3 million square miles of space. Many people around the world have heard of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral barrier reef in the world. The Great Barrier Reef contains 2,900 individual reefs which are host to hundreds of species of coral, fish, and marine wildlife, making it one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. (Source: Paul D’Ambra) You’ve likely also heard of the rugged Australian outback. While at a glance the outback may appear devoid of life,…
  • How to Start Growing Plants Indoors With Hydroponics

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Commercial growers have been using hydroponics to cultivate tasty fruits and vegetables without relying on Mother Nature for years. Take a look at some labels the next time you’re browsing through the produce section at your local grocer. You’ll find that all kinds of fresh foods, including tomatoes, lettuces, and herbs, often come from a commercial hydroponic facilities. Hydroponics allow for the cultivation of robust, healthy plants in an indoor environment, and it’s a technology that isn’t just limited to the pros. You can set up a hydroponics system of your own and have fresh eats…
  • Why North Dakota Is Now America’s Wealthiest State

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    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If somebody asked you to name something exciting about North Dakota, what would it be? Not to put down the state as a whole, but most people might struggle to answer that question. Out of the 50 States in the Union, North Dakota isn’t exactly known for thriving culture or bustling metropolises. Well, as luck would have it, something exciting started happening in North Dakota about 10 years ago: the biggest domestic oil boom since the 70s. Keep reading to find out how it turned North Dakota into the richest state in the country. Shale Changed Everything Oil producers have been drilling shale…
 
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Things to do in Prescott, Arizona with Your Kids

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

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

    Dawn Head
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Colorado is a fantastic vacation destination for families with children, especially Denver with kids. Most people come for the skiing, hiking, and camping. There is also lots to do in Colorado’s capital and largest city, Denver. The high altitude and dry climate of the Mile High City make for a pleasant location for enjoying different types… Read more The post Top Things to do in Denver with Kids appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture

    Alice Benny
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Growing number of consumers are becoming concerned with environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of their life. This concern now encompasses environmentally friendly green furniture that they bring into their homes. The furnishings are a large part of what turns a house into a home. While some people who favor an ultra-modern look may opt for materials… Read more The post Shopping Tips for Environmentally Friendly Green Furniture appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango

    Dawn Head
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Many people have memories of road trips traveling across the United States as a child. This past summer we were fortunate enough to be able to experience the beauty and natural wonders of southwest Colorado. We started our journey in Colorado Springs with our first destination of Pagosa Springs, a wonderful resort town, built around… Read more The post Family Road Trip Southwest Colorado and Durango appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Start Off the New Year Organized!

    Monica
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Every time the New Year rolls around, I get myself in gear, and try to get at least something organized to make life just a little bit easier. Well, last year, we decided that my office was no longer going to be upstairs, but rather, putting the rarely used guest room to better use, I’d move my office in there. It sounded like a great idea at first. Things got a little crazy during the year, as the guest room became the catch-all room when we had unexpected guests… You know what I’m talking about! Well, this year, I’m taking my office back from the clutter and making…
  • Make Medicine Not So Bad

    Monica
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    How many of you have little ones that adamantly refuse to take their doctor prescribed medicine, because it tastes “gross”???  I know my girls have had issues with many a medication sent home to make them “all better”. Sometimes it’s a battle to get them to take it, and even though they’re little, I wished that just one little pill would take the place of that liquid so it didn’t have to be such a battle. Well, now there’s something that just might make giving your little one medicine a little bit easier, but no, it’s not a pill……
  • New BioTerra Herbs Dietary Supplements

    Monica
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    I recently got the chance to check out a new product, available now at Walmart stores, and on Walmart.com. Dietary Supplements from BioTerra Herbs. BioTerra Herbs is a Drug-free herbal product line that is non-GMO Project Verified, so you know it’s high quality, natural  and effective. Not only is this product made in the USA, these supplements are Dairy free as well as Gluten free and vegan-friendly. Get your whole family back on track with these herbal symptom-based trusted formulas with a 60 count supply for only $14.99 in stores and online at Walmart.com. Check out the video below for…
  • Awesome DIY- Faux Makeup For Your Little Princess

    Monica
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    A friend of mine posted something that she did recently, and I thought it was the coolest idea ever!!!! So, I asked if she’d mind writing up a DIY to share with all of you… She agreed, and so here we have DIY- Faux Makeup for your little princess by Rett, Founder of Mommy Solutions, LLC!!! ————————————— Charles Caleb Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” If you have children you know this to be true. Of my seven children, my two youngest are girls. My threenager, who I refer to…
  • Get Your Taxes Done For Less- and While You Shop!

    Monica
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    It’s that time of year again… The dreaded Tax Season… Yeah we all love to hate this time of the year. Some will be lucky enough to get some money back, others of us, will probably have to pay something back. Either way, it has to be done. Walmart has the Tax Essentials that you need to get your taxes filed quickly, and affordably. Walmart wants to make things a little easier for your and they can help you with your taxes. Walmart can help you prepare and file your taxes quickly and accurately to maximize your tax refund. Walmart has all the essentials you need to file taxes…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • The Left must find its way back to its roots

    Veshengro
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Left, the Labor Movement, must finds its way back to its roots, to the true socialism and communism from which it sprang and must abandon the misguided idea of being able to reform capitalism and make it into a user friendly version. The British Labour Party and other political parties that proclaim socialism and social democracy are but apologists and have came off the rail like a train that has hit a fault switch. The Labour Party, for sure, has deserted its roots, the labor and trade union movement which founded it and has stabbed the working class in the…
  • The Surprising Side Effect of a Winter Hike

    Veshengro
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:18 am
    Why you really need to spend more time outside, no matter how cold it gets Go hiking, then come home and write the Great American Novel? Spending two days hiking in the Tetons might not turn you into William Faulkner, but research published in PLoS Onesuggests that a few days in a national park may make you more creative in other ways. The study followed 56 hikers on a four-day hike, without their laptops, cellphones, or any other technology, and the authors found that spending time communing with nature boosted the hikers' creativity by 50 percent, based on the results of a creativity test…
  • Grandma was right: Common cold virus 'prefers cold noses', new study shows

    Veshengro
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    Once again, your grandma was right (you eat your vegetables, right?). She might just have said "it's cold outside, you'll catch a cold" while the recent study published in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences phrases it a bit differently ("Temperature-dependent innate defense against the common cold virus limits viral replication at warm temperature in mouse airway cells"), but the general idea is the same. Rhinovirus, which is the most frequent cause of the common cold and "asthma exacerbations", can reproduce better at the lower temperatures found…
  • Study: Cycling keeps you young

    Veshengro
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    There's a reason all those Copenhagen cycle chic people look so good, and it's not just those nordic genes and tight jeans. It's the exercising they are getting doing all that cycling. Now a new study confirms that not only will cycling keep you looking good, it will keep you young. Published in the Journal of Physiology, researchers from King’s College London and the University of Birmingham found that cyclists over the age of 55 "had levels of physiological function that would place them at a much younger age compared to the general population." It should be noted that the study…
  • Will your city go 100% renewable?

    Veshengro
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    The recent joint announcement that China and the US would both commit to curbing their carbon emissions was a welcome signal that the tide is turning on international climate action. It was also, however, a reminder of just how pitiful most countries' clean energy ambitions really are. While countries like Finland have committed to a legally binding 80% cut by 2050, most larger nations—the US and China included—are really only talking about modest cuts at this stage. (The United States is aiming for emissions of 26%-28% below its 2005 level in 2025. China intends to achieve the peaking of…
 
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    SolarFeeds

  • Africa Could Become the Next Bright Spot for Solar Power Production

    SolarFeeds
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    After studying by lamplight, the pupils at Idodi Secondary School in Tanzania took to their dormitories for the night. By morning, twelve schoolgirls were dead. The fire that engulfed the school was started when a kerosene lamp was knocked over during the night, the deadly flames moving through the building as the girls slept. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the funeral to see the girls laid to rest in a small cemetery in the school’s playground. Their bodies were unidentifiable, burnt beyond recognition, and were buried in a mass grave. A few feet from the dusty cemetery, under a…
  • The best idea in a long time: Covering parking lots with solar panels

    SolarFeeds
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Parking lot featuring solar power panels to shade cars and provide power. America is a nation of pavement. According to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, most cities’ surfaces are 35 to 50 percent composed of the stuff. And 40 percent of that pavement is parking lots. That has a large effect: Asphalt and concrete absorb the sun’s energy, retaining heat — and contributing to the “urban heat island effect,” in which cities are hotter than the surrounding areas. So what if there were a way to cut down on that heat, cool down the cars that park in…
  • New family of light-converting materials points to cheaper, more efficient solar power and LEDs

    SolarFeeds
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    A pure perovskite crystal, orange in colour, mounted on a cryostat. Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs. The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals. Using a new technique, researchers grew large, pure perovskite crystals and studied how electrons move through the material as light is converted to electricity. Led by Professor Ted Sargent of The…
  • UK almost doubled solar PV capacity in 2014

    SolarFeeds
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures out on January 29th, 2015 show that solar electricity generation in the United Kingdom almost doubled over the course of last year, with almost 5 GW of capacity at the end of 2014 up from 2.8 GW at the end of 2013.  This is enough power to supply the equivalent of 1.5 million homes, the UK Solar Trade Association (STA) emphasizes. The statistics, part of numbers released on a monthly basis by DECC, reflect steady growth in the UK solar industry and rapidly falling costs, much of which in the large-scale solar sector. Britain…
  • MillerCoors, SolarCity install largest solar project at any U.S. brewery

    SolarFeeds
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    As high clouds slipped in front of the sun, executives from MillerCoors flipped the switch Thursday on the largest solar panel array of any brewery in the country. When the sun is out — a pretty sure bet in Southern California — the 10-acre, 10,000-unit, fixed solar panels installed in three locations on the grounds of the Irwindale plant will generate enough energy to produce 7 million cases of beer per year. The black solar panels, which are very similar to those affixed to rooftops and parking lots, will provide between 7 percent and 40 percent of the plant’s electrical energy, said…
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    Jetson Green

  • California School Made of Shipping Containers

    Christine Walsh
    31 Jan 2015 | 9:46 am
    The Waldorf School of Orange County, located in Costa Mesa, CA recently added 10,000 square feet of classroom space, which they achieved by using recycled shipping containers as the main building materials. It is very nice to see these sustainable building blocks used on larger scale projects where cost and speed is not the main reason for their use. This sustainable expansion cost $2 million and it is the first such project when it comes to Orange County schools, while also being the biggest and most ambitious eco-friendly project in the region. They used 32 shipping containers for the…
  • Couple Transforms School Bus Into a Full Time Home

    Christine Walsh
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    There’s nothing quite like being able to just move house on a whim, but traditional RVs can get quite expensive. This might have been one of the reasons why couple Julien and Pico decided to convert a yellow school bus into a comfy and quite spacious mobile home. Their bus home is currently located a bio-dynamic farm with cows, chickens, horses and plenty of forest along a river, but they hope to one day buy their own plot of land on which to park it. The interior design of the bus was inspired by the cabin in the woods, which they once lived in for a brief period. They started the…
  • Smart Shelter is Smart Indeed

    Christine Walsh
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    The sustainable homebuilder NOEM from Spain has just unveiled a prefabricated home named El Refugio Inteligente, which translates to The Smart Shelter. The home is solar-powered and built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, while most of its features can be monitored and controlled via a smartphone. The home was designed and prefabricated in only 9 weeks, and took 10 days to assemble on site. It is located within the Serra Espadà mountain range in the Province of Castellón, Spain. The one-story home has a floor space of 1,033 square feet (96 square meters) and it was…
  • Passive Home That Can be Assembled as Easily as Legos

    Christine Walsh
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    Multipod Studio, a French architectural firm, recently made the first prototype of a sustainable, lightweight, and recyclable modular passive home. Once they are finished testing it, they will begin selling these affordable and very efficient homes. This home is called Pop-Up House, which is a pretty apt name, since it can be assembled in just four days using only an electric screwdriver. The Pop-Up House measures 1,614 square feet (150 square meters), and features an open plan kitchen, dining and living room area. The home also features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, as well as an office and…
  • Pre-Fab Home for the Young and Single

    Christine Walsh
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    The construction firm Heijmans of Holland has just unveiled a prototype for a prefabricated home, which they plan to erect in city areas and rent out to single young people looking for their first home. This first version of the home is called Heijmans ONE and should be launched soon. The Heijmans ONE is a two-story home, which was designed by the Dutch firm MoodBuilders. The units measure 30 x 11.5 feet (9.2 x 3.5 m) and have a height of 19.3 feet (5.9 m). They are constructed mainly of wood, and feature an open plan ground floor housing a living room, kitchen and bathroom. The first floor…
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • Latest US Offshore Wind Auction Draws Few Bidders

    Meg Cichon, Associate Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held its fourth offshore wind lease auction yesterday, but unlike the action seen in auctions past, the event was much more subdued. The auction consisted of a massive parcel of land — 742,000 acres, divided into four parcels — off the coast of Massachusetts near the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Solar Partnership Generates Cash, Credibility for Community Groups

    Emily Hois
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Community groups and businesses that value environmental stewardship are building their reputation and earning cash through a unique partner program. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a community solar developer with projects in eight states, is building a nationwide network of partners that aspire to make the world a cleaner, more sustainable place f
  • Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can't Stop Renewables Now

    Tom Randall, Bloomberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch. Today: Meh.
  • US Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

    Dr. Lidija Sekaric, US Department of Energy
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    By the end of 2014, solar deployment is slated to be up nearly 40 percent over 2013. Today, the booming demand for solar energy supports more than 173,000 jobs and the U.S. has become the third largest solar market in the world. You can find solar energy atop your neighborhood big box store, powering a Las Vegas casino, in the middle of the desert, or on your own roof.
  • ‘Solar Super Bowl’ Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy

    Rhone Resch
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    No matter who you’re rooting for in this weekend’s Super Bowl, solar energy is going to come out on the winning side. For the fourth time in just three years, a major professional sports championship will be decided on Sunday by teams which have invested significantly in clean, dependable solar energy, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Rebuilding Together Donates Modular Home to Veteran

    Linley Beckbridge
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Young Phoenix family’s dreams come true, providing many future opportunities PHOENIX, Ariz,January 30 2015 /NextGen Media/ In his application for a new home, a young veteran named Zahid wrote that owning his own home would mean that he would finally be able to fully provide for his family. “It’s my way of showing them my love and appreciation for everything they do to help as a wounded veteran.” In 2007 at the age of 19, Zahid joined the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in Japan he was deployed to South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand. In 2010, while stationed in Camp…
  • Rebuilding Together Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer Sandra Brooks Henriquez

    Linley Beckbridge
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Life-long housing advocate to lead all operational aspects of the organization WASHINGTON, January 28, 2015 /3BL Media/ The national board of directors of Rebuilding Together has elected Sandra Brooks Henriquez as chief operating officer. Henriquez, who has dedicated her life to housing others, will lead all aspects of the operation of Rebuilding Together, including finances, human resources, team management and strategic planning. Henriquez founded SCBH Associates, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that provides services to public and affordable housing owners in the areas of…
  • Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s to Complete Kickoff to Rebuild Project, Super Bowl XLIX Event in Phoenix

    Linley Beckbridge
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Lowe’s volunteers construct a playground during Kickoff to Rebuild. PHOENIX, Ariz., January 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that helps improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners, will team up with Lowe’s to provide critical home repairs and help revitalize Phoenix’s Fillmore neighborhood for the 20th annual Kickoff to Rebuild, a Super Bowl XLIX-sanctioned event. The rebuild event Jan. 29-30 will be held in collaboration with Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Carter’s Kids Foundation. In celebration of the 20th Kickoff to…
  • Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps Celebrates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

    Linley Beckbridge
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    Members and alumni to provide a full week of service to the community Washington, D.C., January 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Members and alumni of Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps program, CapacityCorps, will dedicate the week of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to rebuilding homes and revitalizing communities in Lafayette, La. In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps and the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, 65 AmeriCorps members serving with Rebuilding Together, along with program alumni and affiliate leaders, will come together…
  • Charter Communications Launches National Philanthropic Initiative, Charter Our Community

    vobanion
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:59 pm
    In partnership with Rebuilding Together, the program is a national effort to combat the crisis of unsafe and unhealthy housing in the United States Stamford, Conn., December 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today, Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) announced the launch of its first national philanthropic initiative, Charter our Community, a program that will seek to improve 25,000 homes in the Charter footprint by 2020. The program is designed to impact 10 percent of the 250,000 low-income families in Charter communities living in homes deemed unsafe and unhealthy by the U.S. Department of…
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Madrid’s LED bulbs are street lights that save

    1 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    Madrid swaps its street light system with LED technology in the largest urban street lighting replacement plan in the world. Tara Cleary reports.
  • Mobile heat tech the Google maps of energy savings

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
    A Boston company has come up with a new and efficient way for homeowners to save money on energy costs, a timely innovation given the impact of this week's snow storms in the northeast US. The company is using a newly developed technology that can map heat signatures for entire cities in matter of days, generating data that could potentially produce billions in energy savings. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Boston - a blizzard of activity

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    A massive cleanup effort has Boston buzzing with activity following Tuesday's blizzard which left much of the city buried under deep snow. Time-lapse video (no reporter narration).
  • Red pandas frolic in the snow

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Red pandas enjoy the snow in New York after a massive blizzard hit the Northeast. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Massachusetts braces for 'crippling' blizzard

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is warning residents to expect power outages and coastal flooding as the region braces for a massive blizzard. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
 
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    WeHeartWorld

  • Soylent raises $20 million for its food-replacing smoothie

    Cactus Williams
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Who needs warm, delicious food when you can have nutritionally-balanced supplementary paste? That’s pretty much the whole idea behind Soylent, a two-year-old company that offers affordable alternatives to regular food that come in the form of a well-balanced smoothie. It may not sound appealing to some of you, but the company has remained profitable, pulling in millions of dollars a month through subscriptions, and it just pulled in $20 million in new funding in order to help expand its offerings. The funding couldn’t have come at a better time, because even though the company has been…
  • Electric cars may soon be powered by autonomous “metal snakes”

    Alfie Joshua
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    If you were to take all of the inconveniences that come with owning an electric vehicle and make a list of them, I’m sure having to plug the vehicle into your wall when you come home would be somewhere at the bottom. Nonetheless, this miniscule inconvenience is still an inconvenience, which is why Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to announce that Tesla Motors has the solution. Tesla vehicles can charged by either plugging them into a wall outlet using an adaptor, which is the most common option, or by quickly juicing them up at one of the automaker’s “supercharger” stations that’re…
  • One man is using goats to recycle used Christmas trees

    Cactus Williams
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the holidays come to a close, people across the country are taking down their lights, packing away their decorations, and disposing of their Christmas trees. Although many families choose to put up fake, reusable trees on the holidays, many still take the more traditional approach of getting a real tree to decorate. The problem with method, aside from needlessly killing a tree, is that these trees almost always end up in a landfill or dumped on public property after Christmas comes to and end. A Reno man by the name of Vince Thomas was fed up with watching dead trees pile up every…
  • Researchers developed a farm for plastic-eating mushrooms

    Cactus Williams
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Traditional plastics take anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to break down naturally, often times blocking waterways and killing animals in the process. It’s for this reason that two industrial designers from Vienna have teamed up with a group of microbiologists from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands to create something called the Fungi Mutarium. This Mutarium is a glass dome that houses several pods that contain bits and pieces of plastic within their cavities. These pods are made up of a combination of agar, sugar, and starch that serve as food to nourish the fungi that the…
  • Canadian researchers develop new spray-on solar cells

    Jesseb Shiloh
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Solar cells are arguably one of the most promising forms of alternative energy out there at the moment. The power of the sun is available to everyone, in every part of the globe, every single day. However, while the power of the sun may be readily accessible, the technology required to actually harness that power isn’t. Rooftops are one of the most popular places to put solar panels, but they’re big, clunky, and often times prohibitively expensive. Many people also don’t like how they look on a house, including numerous homeowners associations that have been known to reject the…
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    INHABITAT

  • Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

    Lucy Wang
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    Read the rest of Iceland’s Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "sustainable architecture", floor to ceiling windows, geothermal energy, Iceland, icelandic art, icelandic landscape, ion hotel, LAVA, minarc architects, mnmMOD, mount Hengill, natural daylight, northern lights, Prefab, reclaimed wood
  • DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day

    Catherine Winter-Hebert
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    February 2nd has had special significance since ancient times: celebrated as Imbolc by the Celts, and more recently as Candlemas by Christians, it’s also commonly known as Groundhog Day. Although the days are growing longer, winter’s darkness is certainly still present, and candles can help dispel the gloom until the sun returns again. Read on for DIY instructions for how to make some of your own recycled candles to brighten up your home for this February festival. Read the rest of DIY: Make recycled candles for Candlemas Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:…
  • Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could make cancer treatments more affordable

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:15 am
    Scientists have found a way to unboil an egg – and the discovery could lead to cost reductions in cancer treatments, food production advancements and other areas of research. The process, developed by University of California and Australian chemists, can turn a hard boiled egg white back into liquid form. And while that might seem like just a cool trick, it’s really a fun way to show the revolutionary process the chemists have developed that can ‘untangle’ protein molecules. Read the rest of Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could…
  • HOW TO: Impress your Valentine with beautiful and easy chocolate-covered mint leaves

    Lucy Wang
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you’re planning to stay in and cook for your Valentine this year, you’ll love this easy recipe for chocolate-covered mint leaves. Made from fresh mint and organic dark chocolate, these chocolate-dipped delicacies are a more natural version of the classic thin mint. Read on for the full step-by-step tutorial with pictures! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chocolate, chocolate-covered mint leaves, dark chocolate, mint, mint leaves, recipe, valentine's day, valentine’s day recipe, Valentine’s Day tutorial
  • DIY: 6 dips and spreads to make your Super Bowl feast the best ever

    Kristine Lofgren
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The Super Bowl is tomorrow and that means it is time to start prepping all those delicious dips and spreads for the big game. We have 6 recipes that are sure to please your entire crowd and, even better, they are healthy enough that you won’t experience day-after guilt on Monday. Click on and get ready to dig in. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dip recipes, healthy super bowl dips, healthy super bowl food, healthy super bowl recipes, healthy super bowl spreads, Inhabitots, spread recipes, Super Bowl dips, Super Bowl food, Super Bowl recipes, super bowl…
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

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

    Kate Wilson
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them. Unless you’re an engineer, you will probably need a professional to give you specifics for your home, but we can start here as a jumping-off point. Why should I go solar? Solar panels are basically big batteries that you can strap onto your roof – or anywhere that gets sufficient sunlight. They will take the sunlight, turn it into energy and help to provide backup…
  • 5 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Green Business

    Kate Wilson
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Are you a green company, or are you just trying to attract a new segment of buyers? The truth is, many companies are a little bit of both. Green industry is still on the upswing, and the market is big enough to interest all types of business. However, as more companies get into it for the money, consumers are becoming pickier about who they use and why. Almost anything can be found online – so not only do you have to be registered with the Green Business Bureau, but you also need to show exactly what makes you green and how you incorporate it into your business. It’s not enough to…
  • Innovative Ways to Be Greener in Any Industry

    Kate Wilson
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    Business owners, whether they are part of the restaurant, hospitality or retail industries, are always looking for ways to save money, especially during tough economic times. Going green is one of the many ways you can do that, no matter what industry your business is in. Retail: Green Products Mean Healthy Environment We all know the products we have don’t just appear out of thin air. Everything comes from somewhere and each has its own impact after they are made. One way to be sure your product has a positive impact is to make them from green materials such as organic cotton, recycled…
  • CyberWeek Deals: WordPress Maintenance

    Jen
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    CYBER WEEKEND DEALS CONTINUE! Just like buying a house, your website needs maintenance. You need a good foundation and you want to protect your investment. You don’t want all that hard work bogged down by slow servers or worse hijacked by a hacker bot. We’re delivering some awesome Cyber Week WordPress Deals to make sure your website runs smooth and stays secure and up to date. WordPress Maintenance: Once you have your website built on the best platform out there and it’s supported by our favorite green host, you MUST maintain your site. Did you know that over 70% of…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Art in metro stations is about more than just good looks

    Alex Rogala
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    A successful transport system connects people with their city not only physically, but also culturally. While public transport can sometimes be perceived as anonymous and impersonal, metro stations that engage culturally with the communities they serve are much more likely to be seen as meaningful public spaces. Embracing art as an important part of station design enhances a community’s sense of identity and strengthens the social and cultural fabric of our cities. People feel safe and comfortable in stations that are well-lit and visually vibrant. Some researchers have even found that a…
  • New pilot program aims to expand energy efficiency in Chinese cities

    Jennifer Layke
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Retrofitting public buildings to be more energy efficient is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China. Photo by Brendan Corey Benson/Flickr. As China urbanizes, buildings in the country’s cities are a growing source of emissions and air pollution. Energy use from public sector buildings rose 15 percent between 2006 and 2010, and heat and electricity from emissions-intensive coal now account for half the energy consumption of public buildings in northern China. Installing efficient technologies and energy codes for new buildings can help, but what about inefficient…
  • New survey shows increased satisfaction with urban transport in São Paulo

    Priscila Pacheco
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    According to a recent poll, residents of São Paulo are increasingly satisfied transport in their city, mainly due to new bike paths and a reduction in the average waiting time for city buses. Photo by Rafael Taminato Hirata/Flickr. Are you satisfied with the quality of life in your city? In São Paulo, overall perceptions of quality of life increased over the past year for one-third of the population, and remained stable for half according to the city’s Municipal Well-Being Indicators (IRBEM) survey. First conducted in 2010, the IRBEM survey is organized by Rede Nossa São Paulo and the…
  • Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car

    Dario Hidalgo
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil. Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants into cities. Because few cities were able to provide adequate low-income housing, the majority of these new urbanites…
  • Friday Fun: Six mayors who bike, and why this is a good thing

    Ryan Schleeter
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    From São Paulo to Jakarta, mayors are leading their citizens into the streets and onto their bicycles. Pictured (from top left): Joko Widodo (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Boris Johnson (London, United Kingdom), Fernando Haddad (São Paulo, Brazil), Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico), and Ana Botella (Madrid, Spain). Here at TheCityFix, we believe in recognizing profound leadership in urban sustainability. After all, it takes a combination of citizen support and top-down vision to create meaningful change in a city. While public focus is usually on what city leaders can achieve from behind their…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Forests Are For Life

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Bringing bikes to the beck and call of flowers, we give to you the brains behind the flower delivery company with a difference, Petalon. Created by florist Florence Hill, it was a business plan that joined up all the dots: on hand bikes, the flower market around the corner, and a currently unsustainable yet popular industry of sending bouquets. Petalon have changed the way we can send flowers. By offering only two alternative bunches at a fixed price per week (including a donation to Capital Bee), Petalon cut out waste and use seasonable selections throughout the year. These perfectly…
  • The charity changing the food chain

    Hannah Jarratt
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    An estimated 400,000 tonnes of usable surplus food can be saved from UK supermarkets each year. Since May 2009, community based charity Foodcycle, have reclaimed over  130,000kg of surplus food from food retailers – the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions. This week we are talking to Foodcycle’s Steven Hawkes about the charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.   Do you find that being socially and environmentally friendly…
  • A call to all young UK creatives for Earth Hour 2015

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      Design a light switch and save the planet   DTGT and WWF-UK have teamed up ahead of Earth Hour on 28th March 2015 and are running a competition for young (16-25) creative talents around the country to design a light switch. The winning design will be chosen to headline the ’15 Everyday Things’ campaign in March 2015, in which objects designed by renowned creatives will be showcased to inspire millions around the world to live a more sustainable life. This is your moment to inspire the world to live a more thoughtful and less consumptive way of life, and all it takes is…
  • Less Waste, More Christmas

    Hannah Jarratt
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Getting crafty for Christmas   To bring in the festive cheer this year, we have taken on our own challenge and have decided to have a go at making the Christmas poster.  Armed with recycled scrap paper and pritt-stick, we launched our festive attack, squabbling over who will be taking home what (the santa-hat-pencil-top has caused some heated discussion).   The Christmas tree is first out of the gate with some deft scalpel wielding from team member Lizzie. A word of caution for those of you trying this at home, (please beware any sharp points; we have learnt the hard way). Perfect…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Forests Are For Life

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

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
      Bringing bikes to the beck and call of flowers, we give to you the brains behind the flower delivery company with a difference, Petalon. Created by florist Florence Hill, it was a business plan that joined up all the dots: on hand bikes, the flower market around the corner, and a currently unsustainable yet popular industry of sending bouquets. Petalon have changed the way we can send flowers. By offering only two alternative bunches at a fixed price per week (including a donation to Capital Bee), Petalon cut out waste and use seasonable selections throughout the year. These perfectly…
  • The charity changing the food chain

    Hannah Jarratt
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    An estimated 400,000 tonnes of usable surplus food can be saved from UK supermarkets each year. Since May 2009, community based charity Foodcycle, have reclaimed over  130,000kg of surplus food from food retailers – the equivalent of saving 585,000kg in CO2 emissions. This week we are talking to Foodcycle’s Steven Hawkes about the charity that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.   Do you find that being socially and environmentally friendly…
  • A call to all young UK creatives for Earth Hour 2015

    Hannah Jarratt
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
      Design a light switch and save the planet   DTGT and WWF-UK have teamed up ahead of Earth Hour on 28th March 2015 and are running a competition for young (16-25) creative talents around the country to design a light switch. The winning design will be chosen to headline the ’15 Everyday Things’ campaign in March 2015, in which objects designed by renowned creatives will be showcased to inspire millions around the world to live a more sustainable life. This is your moment to inspire the world to live a more thoughtful and less consumptive way of life, and all it takes is…
  • Less Waste, More Christmas

    Hannah Jarratt
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Getting crafty for Christmas   To bring in the festive cheer this year, we have taken on our own challenge and have decided to have a go at making the Christmas poster.  Armed with recycled scrap paper and pritt-stick, we launched our festive attack, squabbling over who will be taking home what (the santa-hat-pencil-top has caused some heated discussion).   The Christmas tree is first out of the gate with some deft scalpel wielding from team member Lizzie. A word of caution for those of you trying this at home, (please beware any sharp points; we have learnt the hard way). Perfect…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • All Water is Greywater - So Don't Ban Greywater in Your Plumbing Code

    Stuart Kaplow
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    As governments across the country enter the triennial building code cycle, including adopting the 2015 International Plumbing Code, it is key that they not ban greywater use. Codes are usually adopted by local government legislative bodies, often with the advice of boards comprised of retired or senior members of local trades (e.g., the Plumbing Board) many of whom may not be conversant in sustainability and new innovations in green building. Many, if not nearly all, local governments alter and amend national codes for their own purposes. A prime example is that many local governments adopted…
  • Indoor Marijuana Growing Accounts for Over 1% of all Electric Consumption in the U.S.

    Stuart Kaplow
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    In 2015, when vaping is out and Marley Natural Weed is in, the largely unrecognized and surging use of electricity associated with marijuana must be considered.  Indoor marijuana growing operations accounted for over 1% of all electric consumption in the U.S., according to a 2011 study by Evan Mills, a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher. In California, marijuana production accounted for about 3% of electric use, according to the study. The methodology of the study, self-recognizing the difficulties in tracking an activity that was illegal, only considers the indoor…
  • Pennsylvania is First State to offer Tax Credit for Passive House

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Pennsylvania is the first state to offer tax credits for low income Passive House building. Applications submitted under the PennHOMES and low income housing tax credit program are scored and ranked in accordance with a numerical criteria. By way of example, up to 30 points are awarded to developments located in areas with high poverty rates or large numbers of senior citizens eligible for affordable housing.   Up to 25 points are awarded for green building, including up to 5 points for redevelopment of a brownfield site, and up to 10 points for an adaptive reuse of a vacant building.
  • Dunkin' Donuts Green is a Hot Trend in Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    29 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    While you were busy enjoying their new “Cronut” croissant donuts, earlier this month Dunkin’ Donuts announced the goal of 100 new DD Green™ certified restaurants by year end 2016. DD Green is a green building certification program that will assist franchisees build sustainable, energy efficient restaurants.  To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, a franchisee will follow a five stage program during the planning, design and construction of a store. The five stages of the DD Green program include Site Development, Store Efficiency, Healthy Indoors, Sustainable…
  • Arlington County is the First to Adopt Incentives Tied to LEED Version 4

    Stuart Kaplow
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    While hundreds of governments throughout the United States have adopted programs incentivizing green building, many tied to the LEED rating system, Arlington County, Virginia is the first to tie incentives specifically to the new LEED version 4. Arlington first adopted its very successful voluntary Green Building Incentive Program in October 1999 offering up to 0.25 floor area ratio (FAR) bonus density in exchange for obtaining a LEED Silver certification.  The program has been popular with developers in Arlington. Since the first LEED bonus density project was approved, 96 buildings…
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    Chelsea Green

  • Pickle People Descend on London Cake Shop

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    After reading Sandor Katz’s The Art of Fermentation, Terry Glover, manager of the London Review Cake Shop, found herself swept up in a microbial mania for pickling and brewing. To express her enthusiasm for all things fermented and to try and unearth London’s unique pickling culture, she decided to host a pickling competition. Here’s how […]The post Pickle People Descend on London Cake Shop appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Life

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual, and even radical, life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own. Framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with […]The post A Man Apart: Remembering Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Life appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Have you had your steaming hot bowl of bone broth today? If not, you might want to consider integrating this nutrient rich, immune system boosting elixir into your daily diet. With recent articles about the benefits of bone broth in The New York Times and Epicurious calling it “the new coffee,” it’s clear broth is taking […]The post Homemade Bone Broth – A Healthy Diet Staple appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • We’re Hiring! Social Media and Marketing Associate

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:08 am
    Chelsea Green Publishing is hiring an experienced, book-loving, sustainability-minded Social Media and Marketing Associate to join our growing publicity team in the company’s Burlington, VT office. Job details: The Social Media & Marketing Associate is responsible for managing Chelsea Green Publishing’s social media campaigns, as well as helping to ensure that our consumer and media […]The post We’re Hiring! Social Media and Marketing Associate appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • A Taoist Approach to Gardening

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Groundbreaking garden writer Carol Deppe (The Resilient Gardener, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties) has done it again with her latest book, The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. Called a “vegetable gardener’s treasury” by Booklist, this new guide focuses on some of the most popular home garden vegetables—tomatoes, green beans, peas, and leafy greens—and through them illustrates the […]The post A Taoist Approach to Gardening appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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    elephant journal

  • Heirloom Polenta with Hokkaido Pumpkin & Dinosaur Kale. {Recipe}

    Peggy Markel
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    One of my favorite dishes to make in winter is polenta. It’s hearty and warm and heats the inner fires. I found a great local source from Aspen Moon Farms in Hygiene, Colorado called, Organic Biodynamic Red “Floriani” Cornmeal. It has a rich yellow color with red flecks inside. It’s open-pollinated, non-GMO and heirloom…out of […]
  • Looking Inside of Myself Instead of Down My Nose.

    Ashleigh Hitchcock
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    I simply wished hard to live like a princess and I did it. I daydreamed of living like royalty.
  • When we Make Love, I Want to Feel Your Heart. {Adult}

    elephant journal
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Caution: Hot and juicy adult language erotica below (don’t burn yourself)! The irresistible lover is not only one who has honed his skills to perfection. Skill and passion? Yes! We want that! But is it everything that we long for? The love scenes from the movie ‘Unfaithful’ starring Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez have the […]
  • My Holy Day of Sadness. {Poem}

    Michele Collier
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    I want to give nothing of myself today and make a holy day out of my sadness and say no to all requests and wrap my heart in warmth and comfort and layered in blankets I want to give nothing of myself today I want to be safe alone and away from the world and […]
  • The Worst Thing We can do in a Relationship.

    Ruth Lera
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:44 pm
    We don't know what goes on in anybody's minds. We barely know what occurs in our own.
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    mnn.com

  • Baby chicks aren't the birdbrains you think they are

    mnnadmin
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    It's not just humans who can count; chicks seem to have a number sense, too, new research suggests.   Scientists found that chicks seem to count upwards moving from left to right — they put smaller numbers on the left and larger numbers on the right, the same mental representation of the number line that humans use.   The findings suggest that animals don't have to have words for numbers to have a sense of their relative sizes.
  • Radioactive bubbles may have punched holes in supernova's heart

    mnnadmin
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Bubbles of radioactive metal may have punched holes in the heart of a nearby supernova, according to new observations.  
  • Fire ends mock Mars mission in Utah desert

    mnnadmin
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Four crewmembers simulating a mission on Mars dealt with a real-life emergency late last month — a greenhouse fire so strong that flames reached at least 10 feet (3 meters) high.  
  • Elusive African golden cat caught attacking monkeys

    mnnadmin
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    African golden cats are hardly ever photographed in the wild. In their rare, camera-trap cameos, the cats are usually seen licking their spotted fur or innocuously inspecting the unfamiliar lens.   But recently, scientists captured a much more dynamic scene: a golden cat crashing a party of red colobus monkeys in Uganda.  
  • Why demand response will shape the future of energy

    sgrover
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Whether we're talking about individual energy habits or the consumption of the entire world, we often talk about a nation's energy use in terms of the total energy used. But almost as important as how much energy we use is when in the day we use it.   Here's why.   
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  • How to cut the cord on cable and not miss a thing

    lloydalter
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    The Internet is taking over everything. In 2013, for the first time ever, the number of people watching cable TV in America dropped by a quarter of a million subscribers. That’s not a lot out of 100 million subscribers, but it is the direction, and it is going to continue. It’s not just the money, although cable is really expensive, averaging an amazing $123 per month now; it’s simply the fact that if you have Internet access, you really don’t need it anymore. We haven’t had a cable connection for about five years, and the alternatives just keep getting better and better.
  • Self-lacing shoe to be powered from walking

    bnelson78
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    In the "Back to the Future" movies, Marty McFly travels to the year 2015 and finds himself overwhelmed by futuristic technology, such as flying cars, hoverboards and self-lacing shoes. Well, it's now 2015, and we don't have any practical flying cars or hoverboards — But we might soon have self-lacing shoes, reports the BBC.   
  • Guns really do change the way you think

    lmoss
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre insisted that "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."  
  • 55,000-year-old skull fragment may belong to Neanderthal-human love child

    mnnadmin
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    An ancient human skull fragment found in Israel may come from a close relative of the first modern humans to colonize Europe, researchers say.   The finding sheds light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa, and could provide insights into when modern humans first interbred with Neanderthals, scientists added.  
  • Rocket-powered car aims to break land speed record

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    To the average person, 800 mph (1,290 km/h) might seem blisteringly fast. But for a rocket-powered car, that's pretty slow — at least to Mark Elvin, lead engineer on a project that aims to break the world land speed record with a supersonic car.  
 
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  • Rocket-powered car aims to break land speed record

    mnnadmin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    To the average person, 800 mph (1,290 km/h) might seem blisteringly fast. But for a rocket-powered car, that's pretty slow — at least to Mark Elvin, lead engineer on a project that aims to break the world land speed record with a supersonic car.  
  • You can't plug in the electric Gogoro Smartscooter

    lloydalter
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    King Gillette supposedly said "Give 'em the razor; sell 'em the blades" — the first example of a business model where the product is sold cheaply but needs an endless stream of supplies. It could be engraved on the case of every inkjet printer.
  • Why the Google car could change everything

    lloydalter
    5 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Smart homes are one thing, but we want to put them into smart communities and smart cities. Most urbanists these days think the suburbs are pretty useless, because the very young and the very old can’t get around without someone driving them; more land is devoted to moving and parking cars than to the people who live there; everybody is burning gas and sitting in congestion trying to get from Point A to Point B. But the smart city is another thing altogether.
  • 'Smart' bicycle has radar, vibrates when it senses obstacles

    bnelson78
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A new "smart" bicycle has been unveiled in the Netherlands, and its high-tech gadgetry might be the closest thing to a Pee-wee Herman bike on the market, but far less accident prone.
  • Dubai reaches for world's largest airport crown

    joshwlew
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport recently made headlines when it overtook Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to become the world’s busiest airport in terms of overall air traffic. O’Hare saw more than 585,000 takeoffs and landings during the first eight months of 2014. Hartsfield-Jackson was close behind at 582,138.  
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  • Color-blind correction glasses help afflicted artists expand their color range

    bnelson78
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Being a painter with color-blindness can be a frustrating handicap to overcome, but there may now be a solution. Specialized glasses originally designed to help physicians and nurses better spot veins beneath the skin or see bruises on a patient’s body have also been found to expand the color range of those afflicted with color-blindness, reports Discover.
  • February TV explores science, history, real-life mystery and critters of every kind

    gmiller
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Here's how to spend February with your one true love: Television.   For animal and nature lovers
  • Evolution deniers believe in 'smorgasbord' of science

    mnnadmin
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    Well-educated religious people are just as scientifically literate as their more secular counterparts — yet most still overwhelmingly reject theories of human evolution and the Big Bang, new research finds.  
  • Gadzooks! The truth behind not-so-innocent phrases

    mdilonardo
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    You think you're being utterly inoffensive when you use a wholesome curse word like jeepers or zounds. But did you know that those minced oaths come from some pretty explicit roots?   To mince words means to choose your words carefully so as to not offend someone. When you mince your oaths, you get out your frustrations without raising any eyebrows or setting a bad example for the kids.  
  • Whatever happened to Michael Rockefeller?

    gmiller
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    From Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa to the stories that unfold nearly every week on "Dateline," mysterious disappearances have long held our fascination. But as mysteries go, the vanishing of Michael Rockefeller is particularly intriguing. The 23-year-old son of New York Gov.
 
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  • What's the deal with those giant ice balls washing ashore on Lake Michigan?

    sgunther
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
      In this video, shot just a few days after the start of the new year, large ice boulders are seen clanking against one another along the shores of Lake Michigan. What are they? Where did they come from? Can we use them to make massive cocktails?  
  • Meet Jake Browne, a professional marijuana critic who is living the high life

    sgunther
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Jake Browne has had an interesting year. On Jan. 1, 2014, the state of Colorado, where Jake makes a living as a comedian and writer, officially legalized marijuana, making it legal for any adult older than 21 years of age to purchase, possess and consume marijuana.
  • Are abandoned oil and gas wells dumping methane into the atmosphere?

    sgunther
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    A new study conducted by researchers at Princeton University suggests that the more than 3 million abandoned oil and gas drilling wells in the United States could be a major contributor to our overall methane emissions.  
  • Legal cannabis: A business resource guide

    sgunther
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Recreational marijuana use is fully legal in four states (Colorado, Washington, and now Oregon and Alaska, which will open stores next year), and the elections in 2016 are sure to bring a handful of other states to the legal side of the table — I'm looking at you Massachusetts, Nevada, California, Arizona and Maine. The interest in the business of legal cannabis has never been higher ... I mean, broader.  
  • How broke is Detroit? Fire stations get alerts by fax and soda can

    sgunther
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    If I asked 10 random people to name a U.S. city that's in bad financial shape, I'd wager that most of them would place Detroit in their top three picks, if not the top spot itself. The Motor City has seen better days. It's population has dropped drastically, with thousands of people leaving the inner city for the suburbs or elsewhere.
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  • Drink beer. It's good for your brain

    jsavedge
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Unlike wine, with it's heart-healthy goodness, beer has never really topped the health food list. In fact, it's usually lumped in with potato chips, hot dogs and other types of junk food that health experts warn us away from whenever possible. Until now. A new study has found that beer might actually be good for your brain. So get ready to pop open a brew and learn more.
  • Chocolate may improve your memory, but you'd better be ready to eat a lot of it

    jsavedge
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Here's a reason to love chocolate that you won't soon forget — chocolate may help improve your memory. A new study has found that a compound in chocolate may help ward off age-related memory loss.  
  • For $25/month, this app will be your invisible boyfriend

    jsavedge
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    Hands down the worst part about being single is dealing with all of the pesky friends and relatives who think you need a date. Everyone from your least favorite co-worker to your nosey Aunt Lola seems to have the "perfect," guy for you. And no one seems to understand that sometimes you just need to give the dating scene a rest.  
  • Museum turns down the volume for autistic kids

    jsavedge
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The arches of the Pacific Science Center glow red in 2007. (Photo: Andrew Siguenza/flickr)  
  • If many women don't understand their breast cancer diagnoses, what's the answer?

    jsavedge
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Despite falling numbers, breast cancer is still the second leading cause of death among women in the United States, second only to lung cancer. Still, even with 2.8 million breast cancer survivors and almost 41,000 women predicted to die from the condition this year, new research shows that the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not fully understand their condition.  
 
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  • 10 slow cooker recipes to spice up Super Bowl Sunday

    rshreeves
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I almost always have something going in a slower cooker when I entertain a crowd. Slow cooker main dishes can be made the day before; often dishes like chili and pulled pork taste better on day two anyway. A slow cooker keeps hot foods hot — and you don't have to worry about chafing dishes and the fuel that’s used with them.   This Super Bowl Sunday, if you’re hosting a party or taking a dish to a party, consider pulling out your slow cooker and making your life a little easier. Here are 10 slow cooker recipes that will please any Super Bowl crowd.
  • MillerCoors' solar panels to produce enough power for 7 million cases of beer annually

    rshreeves
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    It’s not only the companies that you think are “green” that are turning to renewable energy to power their operations. SC Johnson uses wind power, biofuel and solar power.
  • There's a wine for cats (seriously)

    rshreeves
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    First, there was an organic beer for dogs, Dawg Grog. Now, there’s a wine for cats called Nyan Nyan Nouveau. Neither contains alcohol. The beer for dogs is made from spent grains, vegetable broth and a supplemental powder. It's meant to be a healthy addition to a dog's diet.  
  • Will you rise to the Super Bowl party reduced-waste challenge?

    rshreeves
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    I don’t know about you, but I don’t go to a Super Bowl party to watch the game. I go to spend time with friends, catch the commercials, and eat traditional game day foods like Buffalo Chicken Wings. Food is one of the highlights of the big game, whether you’re in the stadium where it’s played, cheering with friends at a neighborhood bar, or watching it from the comfort of a living room couch.  
  • Chipotle promotes its vegan Sofritas to meat eaters

    rshreeves
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    About a year and a half ago, Chipotle started testing vegan Sofritas at restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. The new menu item was successful, and yesterday Chipotle launched a campaign to let vegans and meat eaters know the shredded organic tofu burritos, tacos and bowls are now available in every Chipotle in the country.  
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  • Wait, what? Now millennials say they do want to drive

    jmotavalli
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    It turns out that millennials are more complicated than we thought. The auto industry has been running scared, afraid that the post-1980 generation will abandon car ownership and the lifestyle that comes with it. That’s why self-driving cars are all the rage. But maybe we’re wrong about the future, say a couple of new surveys.  
  • American manufacturing clout is the star of Washington Auto Show

    jmotavalli
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Washington Auto Show (open through Feb. 1) is different from the events in New York, Detroit or Los Angeles, and the difference is exactly what you’d expect. It’s not just about cars, but the politics and trade issues that go along with them.  
  • Here comes the tougher, faster Mazda Miata

    jmotavalli
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    I walked the floor of the Detroit Auto Show with James Bell, the head consumer guy at General Motors, and he stopped dead at the 2016 Mazda Miata. “I’m not a huge fan of that face,” he said. “It’s kind of sinister looking.”  
  • Do they still make Airstream trailers?

    jmotavalli
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Did you know that they still make Airstream trailers? And that they’re handbuilt out in Ohio? Yep. Retro is in, and it turns out that the workers who build the shiny aluminum Airstreams by hand (50 a week) can’t keep up with demand. Maybe $2 a gallon gas has something to do with it — towing is back!  
  • 4 plug-in hybrids making noise at Detroit Auto Show

    jmotavalli
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    DETROIT—Yes, gasoline is a bit over $2 a gallon in many places, but that hasn’t stopped automakers from plugging in. At this week’s North American International Auto Show, there were no less than three plug-in hybrid introductions — well, four, if you count the Chinese company GAC’s WitStar. We’ll get to that one.  
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  • Meet Eclipse, the dog that rides the bus to the dog park

    chief
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
      Commuters in a Seattle neighborhood often share their bus seats with an unlikely rider: a dog.   Eclipse, a 2-year-old black Labrador, frequently rides the bus — without her owner — to the dog park, watching out the window to make sure she doesn't miss her stop.  
  • Macklemore reworks 'Thrift Shop' for 'Sesame Street'

    chief
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    Rapper Macklemore recently appeared on "Sesame Street" to perform a reworked version of his hit song "Thrift Shop" with Oscar the Grouch.   The song is an ode to garbage, featuring a kid-friendly chorus and lines like "One man's trash, that's another grouch's outfit."  
  • See 6 months of Earth from space in 6 minutes

    rmclendon
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
     
  • Dog fails obedience test, wins hearts

    lmoss
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Finland's Koira Mestari dog competition showcases canines that exhibit exceptional focus, obedience and speed.   The first two canine competitors ran past a variety of distractions, earning top marks, but the third dog had other things on his mind.  
  • How to wrap a cat for Christmas

    lmoss
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    How do you wrap a cat? The short answer is you don't.   But if you happen to share your home with a patient and forgiving feline, this YouTube user offers a helpful (and adorable) video tutorial for holiday cat wrapping.   If nothing else, it's a great mental break from wrapping those easy boxes.  
 
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  • Fracking Failure: Frackers In Pennsylvania Violate Health And Environmental Regulations On A Daily Basis

    Mike Gaworecki
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    From the American Petroleum Institute’s claim that fracking is “safely unlocking vast U.S. reserves of oil and natural gas” to Chris “Frack Master” Faulkner himself insisting “fracking isn’t contaminating anything,” the oil and gas industry constantly tells us that fracking can be done safely, despite plenty of evidence to the contrary. But just to be sure the public understands how seriously they considered public health, a group of oil and gas companies fracking in Pennsylvania formed the Center for Sustainable Shale Development in 2013. According to its website, CSSD is…
  • Was Shell the First Big Oil Company to Publicly Accept the Science of Climate Change and its Consequences?

    Brendan Montague
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    The DeSmog UK epic history series investigates the divide that opened up between chief executives and shareholders who were anxious that company operations and profits could be undermined by climate change. The heavy-handed attack from lobbyists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that arose during the 1990s presented a new risk: that the oilmen would become isolated from other leaders of industry. As early as 1995, a deep divide began to open up between the chief executive officers and shareholders of major corporations in the United States and Britain who were anxious…
  • Fracking Industry Showdown Preceding Stricter Fugitive Emissions Ordinances In Mansfield, Texas

    Julie Dermansky
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Sharon Wilson, Earthworks’ Gulf Regional Organizer, described FLIR camera footage she shot of a fracking industry site on January 29 in Mansfield, Texas, as ‘the mother lode of all emissions.” The issue of fugitive emissions — like those documented by Wilson at Summit Midstream Partners Compressor Station on the 29th — is one of the reasons that the Mansfield City Council is struggling with how to handle a request from another oil and gas company, Edge Resources, to renew an expired permit. Approving the permit renewal would allow Edge Resources to pursue a large fracking…
  • The Coal Industry Owns The Courts (VIDEO)

    Farron Cousins
    30 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    In early February 2014, Duke Energy reported that a coal ash storage site along the Dan River had crumbled, releasing more than 39,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the waterway. This was not the first time that Duke had been responsible for a massive coal ash spill, and most likely not the last. In public, the company claimed that it is making all the necessary moves to clean up the mess and prevent future disasters. But behind closed doors, the company was hard at work making sure that its negligence would never hinder its profits. Duke Energy had been paying off the right people to prevent…
  • Flustered Liz Truss Blames Civil Servants for Redacted Fracking Report Fiasco

    Kyla Mandel
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    Liz Truss, the environment secretary, turned on her own department yesterday as the Tory government came under increasing criticism for its heavy-handed redactions to a controversial report about fracking. Truss, a Conservative member of the Cabinet, told the House of Commons there are “no plans” for the release of an unredacted version of the incedury Shale Gas: Rural Economy Impacts report and blamed her own officials at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). She complained that Defra should never have produced the report. “The economic impact of fracking is…
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  • Empowering: Women’s Body Types Through the Ages (Video)

    Starre Vartan
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Unfortunately, women’s body types go in and out of ‘style’ (which seems really weird if you think about it, since it’s not like we can change up our waists or height like you can a skirt’s length, but anyway). While the video below may not be entirely accurate, it certainly serves as a reminder that the most important thing is to keep healthy, and flaunt your good bits and don’t worry about the ones you don’t like.   ‘Cause styles come and go, but you live with your body for your whole life, so the smart thing is to work what you’ve…
  • Good News: Dolphin Killings in the Cove Drop to Record Low

    Starre Vartan
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    With the dolphin killing season at the Cove in Taiji, Japan, half over, deaths and captures of the marine mammals have hit record lows. Between the opening of this season, on Sept. 1, and the end of 2014, 367 dolphins were slaughtered, compared with 406 dolphins killed by Taiji hunters over the same period in 2013, according to data compiled by the website Ceta-Base from estimates given by Cove Guardians, the on-the-ground volunteers for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. “Last season was the lowest year of dolphin kills we have seen at only 835 dolphins killed for the whole season,”…
  • Unusual Things To See and Do in Belgium

    Lindsay E. Brown
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:27 pm
      A guide to Belgium. Belgium is famous for many culinary delights: chocolate, beer and waffles among them. But this country offers way more than just alcohol and food. There’s plenty to both do and see in the historic country ranging from the lavish to the downright unusual. We take a look at some of the must-do activities in Belgium over the next year. A Festival of Cats Not many countries have a festival dedicated to cats. But in the small city of Ypres, the locals have been celebrating our feline friends at Kattenstoet (Festival of the Cats) since 1955. The Kattenstoet parade in…
  • Watch What Happens When Fashion Bloggers Work in a Sweatshop

    Starre Vartan
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:18 pm
      We’ve been writing about the straight-up horrific realities of how our clothes are made by what is essentially slave labor for years—and we know many of you are with us in not supporting the atrocious “business” practices of fast-fashion retailers. But we also know that there are many, many more shoppers out there who have no real idea of the impact their cheap clothes have on human beings halfway around the world. And even if they do, it’s easy to forget. A new Norwegian reality tv series, Sweatshop, is trying to change that, by both educating and documenting…
  • Last Days of Ivory Video: Terrorism You Can Do Something About

    Starre Vartan
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    In the next decade, we might lose what’s left of the wild elephants. For what? To make ivory bracelets and other tchotchkes—the proceeds of which fund terrorism. In other words, for no reason at all and the worst reason of all. The Last Days of Ivory campaign is taking this insanity on. THIS IS TERRORISM YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING ABOUT. Either we come together now to make these the last days of ivory-funded terrorism or we witness the last days of elephants in the wild. Let’s put the illegal ivory trade and the terrorists profiting from it out of business, in order to protect…
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  • 2015 Jeep Renegade

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The 2015 Jeep Renegade is by far the smallest Jeep sold in decades—16 inches shorter than the Cherokee—although it's bigger and a whole lot heavier than the original Willys Jeep that emerged from World War II. The new Renegade is a subcompact SUV that's designed as much for global markets as it is for North America. The...
  • 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Life at the top isn't easy, some say; yet the Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to live gracefully above the rest of the automotive luxury offerings -- with no clear competition, except for the Bentley Mulsanne sedan. The Phantom is available as a Sedan, Coupe, or Drophead Coupe (convertible), and it stands as the flagship model for the...
  • 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith pampers and delights its owners, and blends modern technology with old-world luxury. Like any recent vehicle wearing a Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, it shows utter disregard to the many cows whose hides grace its interior, the fate of the atmosphere, and the little matter of a buyer's wallet. As always, if you...
  • 2015 Lincoln MKX

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    The Lincoln MKX offers the luxury accommodations and high seating position that premium crossover buyers seek out in vehicles such as the longtime favorite Lexus RX, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Mercedes M-Class. The mid-size MKX is joined by a smaller crossover for 2015, the Ford Escape-based MKC. The MKX is itself a near...
  • 2015 Honda CR-V

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The 2015 Honda CR-V caters to families with safety features and ratings decidedly ahead of the class norm, and offers interior room and cargo capacity that are as useful as as what's seen in many vehicles a size larger. The CR-V gets some significant updates for 2015, which should add to the appeal of a vehicle that's been one of the...
 
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  • 6 Steps to Control Emissions & Costs with Wireless Fleet Management

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    In the relentless pursuit of operational efficiency, cost control reigns supreme. But more organizations are also seeking to implement processes and policies that are environmentally friendly.In this eBook learn six steps to a greener fleet, such as:Monitor emissionsReduce idle timeImprove vehicle maintenanceReduce speedingImprove routing, and much moreSave money and shrink your company's environmental footprint. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!Request Free!
  • Utility Products

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    Utility Products, published since 1997, is a monthly magazine that provides influential product information to the decision makers and specifiers in the power, telephone and CATV markets. Their subscriber audience of 42,000+ is BPA qualified, and includes utilities, municipalities and contractors. Their goal at Utility Products is to provide readers with an interesting, reliable source of information at their fingertips prior to making purchasing decisions. In addition to providing in-depth articles written by Utility Products editors, the magazine accepts articles, news stories, and new…
  • POWER

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    Published since 1882 and read by managers and engineers, POWER is the oldest and most trusted source of information in the energy industry. Coverage includes boilers and combustion systems, environmental management; instrumentation, controls, computers, and software; information technologies; natural gas, oil, coal, and renewable fuels; nuclear power; pumps, compressors, valves, and piping; turbines, engines, and generators; water treatment.Request Free!
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    1 Jan 2015 | 12:20 am
    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!
  • Power Engineering

    1 Jan 2015 | 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!
 
 
 
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  • Chevrolet Unveils New Volt Electric Car

    Antonio Pasolini
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    More range and a sexier look. Th​ese​ ​are two​ ​of the innovations driving Chevrolet’s new Volt electric car, which the company unveiled recently. Besides ​better performance and the design tweak​, [...] The post Chevrolet Unveils New Volt Electric Car appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Global Food Challenge: It’s About Humans Collaborating And Mimicking Nature

    Antonio Pasolini
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Last Wednesday (Jan 14) leaders from various industries converged to the launch of the Mars-UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health and discuss one of the most pressing issues [...] The post Global Food Challenge: It’s About Humans Collaborating And Mimicking Nature appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Synergistic Seawater Biofuels Project Provides Food and Fuel with Minimal Impact

    Justmeans
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    An interesting and potentially very exciting project was unveiled today at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. It combines biofuels and aquaculture to produce a combination of food and fuel in the [...] The post Synergistic Seawater Biofuels Project Provides Food and Fuel with Minimal Impact appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry

    3BL Media
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Today, Jerry Stritzke, CEO and President of REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), was joined by 13 industry CEOs who signed a pledge to accelerate women’s leadership in their companies. In addition [...] The post CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers

    Justmeans
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    As if there wasn’t enough to see here already at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the area was blessed with the appearance of a rare migrating bird, the Solar Impulse, resting [...] The post Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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  • Customer Lifetime Value in Home Performance: Are You Thinking Long Term?

    Peter Troast
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:19 am
    Companies that embrace whole house home performance are inherently good at measurement. We use measurement science to guide us to the right set of fixes for homes, and in the right order.  One of Energy Circle's initiatives for 2015 is to help the home performance industry get as good at the metrics of business performance as we are at measuring homes.  We have long preached about the critical importance of measuring the effectiveness of marketing. Most home performance contractors have at least some measure of their cost of acquiring leads (CPL). Following each lead through to…
  • Adventures in Hiring at Energy Circle (or How Not To Do Stupid Things)

    Peter Troast
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    The team at Energy Circle doubled in 2014, and we will continue to expand our capabilities in 2015. We think our mission of addressing energy use and carbon contribution of the built environment is urgent and critically important, and we also think that Energy Circle is an awfully special place to work. So it is an understatement to say that we are thorough, deliberate and selective in our hiring process. We’re fortunate to typically get hundreds of applications for one position. Each new person matters a lot, and we want great people--smart creatives who want to change the world. I…
  • 2015 Home Performance Trends: Peter Troast's Predictions

    Peter Troast
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Building on the expert predictions for home performance trends  we published last week, and our own thoughts on the year ahead with respect to marketing, the following is our perspective on the coming year from a business, economy and policy viewpoint. No doubt an interesting year ahead with some serious challenges and exceptional opportunities. Energy Prices None of us could have predicted energy prices going as low as they have as of this writing. So, while we’ve been talking for several years about getting “beyond energy savings”, this year it is acute. As an…
  • Energy Circle Year in Review 2014

    Peter Troast
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    It’s been a heckuva year for us at Energy Circle. Our team doubled in size. Our clients now span 49 states. We dramatically expanded our in-house development team and launched an amazing new platform that, in combination with a proven mix of marketing tactics, is crushing it for contractors. Through all of it, we had the honor and pleasure of working on many great projects with many great people, companies and organizations. Our measure of success is still the impact we’re having on the built environment through our support of companies on the front line of energy efficiency: the…
  • From the Experts: Home Performance Industry Predictions for 2015

    Peter Troast
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In last week’s webinar we reviewed the upcoming trends in home performance from a marketing perspective. After a great response, we invited a few of the experts in our industry to share their take on what 2015 has in store. From economic and political trends, to the impact technology will have on our day to day business, this is a full view of what to expect in the year to come. Instrumentation and Technology Working Together Frank Spevak, The Energy Conservatory 2015 means major shifts in how we talk about home performance. I am concerned that prices for both gasoline and natural gas…
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  • Sick of PB&J? 3 Delicious Organic Lunchbox Lunch Upgrades

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:39 am
    The school year is half way over – can you believe it! Sometimes making a simple sandwich is just the easiest, but if your student is sick of seeing the standard PB&J in his lunchbox (or you’re sick of making it!) it’s time for a box-lunch upgrade! Read on for three new lunchbox standards that we love in our home and think you will too. #1 Wraps and Burritos Wraps are a great way to get a few servings of healthy vegetables into your kid’s day. I like to make extra chicken breast at dinner the night before and combine it with cucumbers, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots—you…
  • Energy Savings and the Environment: The Secrets of Solid Home Insulation

    Jennie Lyon
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Better insulation keeps your home more comfortable, and it is good for the environment and your heating and cooling costs. Improving the insulation of your home can pay for itself in energy savings in a very short period of time. This means you are reducing your home’s carbon…
  • It’s Time to Switch to an Organic Perfume

    Jennie Lyon
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens! ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Many people have a hard time switching over to organic perfumes. Why? Because they are used to a conventional perfume and love the smell. However, regular perfumes are not good for you or the environment. And when you switch over to organic perfumes, you can enjoy a number of benefits. We…
  • 6 Affordable Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Feeding your family well-balanced, healthy, and delicious foods is very important. However, for many families finding extra money in the budget to eat well can seem impossible. Since one of the largest expenses in many families monthly budget is food, making the most of your money at the grocery store is essential. Eating well on a budget is possible, you just have to be thrifty, creative and smart. Read on to discover my 6 favorite ways to stretch your budget while buying the best groceries (even organics) for your family.   1. Set a Budget First things first, figure out how much your…
  • Mom Starts Ranch to End the Cycle of High Priced Organic

    Jennie Lyon
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Hello, Friends! This post was sponsored by and wasn’t written by me, it was written by Michael and Anna Mills from Mills Organic Hills. Thank you for supporting the companies that help to run Sweet Greens!
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  • NASA's SMAP Satellite Will Measure Wet Dirt From Space

    1 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Watch VideoThe best way to track the moisture in the dirt under your feet is to scan it from space.That’s the mission for NASA’s SMAP satellite, which just made it safely to orbit.The orbiter launched aboard a Delta 2 rocket on Saturday. It was NASA's third try after rough weather, and then mechanical trouble forced delays earlier this week.SMAP stands for Soil Moisture Active Passive. The satellite will create high-resolution maps of ground moisture distribution across the planet, so scientists have a better understanding of water reserves."We can use the data to…
  • Azerbaijan And Armenia Could Soon Be At War Again

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    Watch VideoUkraine isn't the only former Soviet nation facing war. Smaller clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan could soon mean a return to open battle between the two countries.Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the region has often seen disputes over land lead to violence, especially in the territory known as Nagorno-Karabakh. That's the area still being fought over today. (Video via SpitakArchGaro1993)Neighboring Russia has tried to moderate disputes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, despite also supplying both sides with weapons. The past week has seen grenade and…
  • Snapchat Debuts Original Content With 'Literally Can't Even'

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Watch VideoSnapchat ventured into scripted web series territory, releasing the first episode of its new series called "Literally Can't Even."  The four-and-a-half-minute video is available on Snap Channel, which can be accessed through Snapchat's new feature "Discover." The series comes from writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn. Yes, that Spielberg and that Goldwyn. The two ladies also star in the show. If you want to see the flick here's how: once you're logged into Snapchat just slide on over to…
  • Amazon Nixes 'Dr. Who,' BBC Shows To Grow Exclusive Content

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Watch VideoIt's a sad day for "Doctor Who" fans using Amazon Prime. That show, along with almost all other BBC shows, will be leaving the streaming service next month. Amazon is furthering its focus on exclusive and original content. Because of that, The Verge reports the company will not renew its contract with the BBC and its programming will be pulled Feb. 15.It seems like a strange move. Amazon is essentially punishing viewers by removing content in hopes of reaching new business goals. Usually growing a business goes hand-in-hand with satisfying…
  • Pacific Balloon Crossing Unofficially Breaks World Records

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Watch VideoTwo balloonists landed safely in Mexico Saturday, ending a flight that looks to have set two new world records.“The pilots: an American, Troy Bradley; and a top Russian balloonist Leonid Tiukhtyaev,” the BBC’s Alistair Leithead said.Their balloon, Two Eagles, launched from Japan on Sunday, January 18. It made a water landing off the coast of Baja California Saturday afternoon. (Video via KRQE)Bradley and Tiukhtyaev reportedly spent 160 hours, 37 minutes aloft and traveled some 6,646 miles.This would handily beat previous records for duration — 137…
 
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Prospects from the Perspective of Citizens' Initiatives in Japan

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.149 (January 2015) Copyright Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development All Rigts Reserved. The year 2015 has now begun. The decade starting from 2005 was designated by the United Nations as the "UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD)." What have you heard about efforts for promoting new types of education under the aegis of the DESD around the world during the past 10 years? Towards the end of 2014, a World Conference was held in Japan to mark the end of the DESD. Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable…
  • Growing ESG Investment Leading to Transformation of Japanese Companies

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image photo The environment surrounding the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) activities of Japanese companies is changing significantly. In response to increasing social expectations calling for companies to disclose their achievements related to the creation of long-term value and sustainable development, practical movements are arising. Here is a summary of the current situation in Japan, compiled by Toshihiko Goto, Chief Executive of Sustainability Forum Japan.
  • Ajinomoto Group Opens New Base for "Fureai Red Apron Project" in Iwaki City

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyright Ajinomoto Co. All Rights Reserved. The Ajinomoto Group, a major Japanese manufacturer of food and beverage products, opened a new base for its "Fureai Red Apron Project" in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture on August 1, 2014. "Fureai" means "communication" in Japanese. The project, started in October 2011, supports the three prefectures in the Tohoku region that were damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The main activity of the project is to hold "health and nutrition" seminars in temporary houses. Following Tono City in Iwate Prefecture and Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture,…
  • Achievements of Japan's Feed-In Tariff Scheme and Challenges for Power System Reform

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.148 (December 2014) Image by gridsurfer Some Rights Reserved. As JFS reported in an article released on November 3, 2014, Japan's power companies have put on hold their responses to renewable energy applications. JFS article: Japan's Power Utilities to Suspend Responding to Clean Energy Applications
  • Younger Generations Showing Lower Happiness Levels -- Caused by Stress from Work?

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Image by mrhayata Some Rights Reserved. According to a 2014 White Paper by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, a survey conducted by the ministry targeting men and women from their 20s to 80s on their awareness about health showed that the younger the generation is, the lower their happiness levels are. What is the cause of the lower happiness levels of the younger generations? Here is an analysis of the survey.
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    1800Recycling.com

  • How to Recycle VHS Tapes

    Sophia Bennett
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:51 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="istock-000001154933medium" alt="iStock_000001154933Medium.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000001154933Medium.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000001154933Medium-769x624.jpg" height="516px" width="637px"> In 2013, a woman named Marion Stokes passed away and <a…
  • How to Recycle Keyboards

    Sophia Bennett
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    <img class="undefined" title="istock-keyboardmedium" alt="iStock_keyboardMedium.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_keyboardMedium.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_keyboardMedium-857x561.jpg" height="413px" width="632px"> As the heyday of the desktop computer comes to an end, so does the popularity of the stand-alone keyboard. Sure, some people still use them with docking…
  • How to Recycle Yoga Mats

    Sophia Bennett
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    <div style="text-align: center;"><img class="undefined" title="istock-000015921027medium" alt="iStock_000015921027Medium.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000015921027Medium.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000015921027Medium-849x566.jpg" style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;" height="380px"…
  • How to Recycle Light Bulbs

    Sophia Bennett
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    <img class="undefined" title="istock-000032773152medium" alt="iStock_000032773152Medium.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000032773152Medium.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000032773152Medium-783x614.jpg" height="490px" width="626px"> The typical American home has between 50 and 100 light bulb sockets. That means the typical American goes through a lot of light bulbs every…
  • How to Recycle Concrete

    Sophia Bennett
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    <div style="text-align: center;"><img class="undefined" title="istock-000033225640small" alt="iStock_000033225640Small.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000033225640Small.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/1/iStock_000033225640Small-433x278.jpg" style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;"></div><p…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • 7 eco-friendly computer concepts that show the greener side of technology

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:23 pm
    The ‘go green’ concept has found its way into the field of electronics as well, including computers. A lot of manufacturers around the world have in fact started to develop eco-friendly computers and laptops in order to contribute to the green movement. Independent designers too have churned out quite a bit of concepts and ideas, ... The post 7 eco-friendly computer concepts that show the greener side of technology appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Top ideas for building a green home

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Sustainable living has become a part of mainstream life, with many households and commercial establishments switching over to green buildings. If you are willing to make the transition to greener buildings as well, then here are some green home building tips that would come in handy for the same. Smaller homes have less impact There ... The post Top ideas for building a green home appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Global initiatives that show sustainability is thriving as a concept

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Many countries are coming forward to promote sustainable living by developing initiatives and solutions aimed at practicing the same. Given below are seven such initiatives that are garnering a lot of attention for their environmental friendly practices and have become an inspiration of sorts for other communities to follow suit. Green Building – Chicago, USA ... The post Global initiatives that show sustainability is thriving as a concept appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 7 Green ideas that can change the world

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:07 pm
    With most parts of the world turning towards greener initiatives, it wont be surprising if you decide to do something on your part to contribute to this green movement. Luckily, you don’t have to look too far for that. You can consider several green investment options for the purpose. Accordingly, here are 7 of the ... The post 7 Green ideas that can change the world appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Environmentally friendly ways to warm your home this winter

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Skyrocketing energy prices are forcing homeowners to opt for cheaper and more sustainable ways to heat up their home during the cold winter months. If you are on the lookout for such options as well, consider the eco-friendly alternatives mentioned below. Solar Heating Many homeowners have started installing solar panels in their lawns and backyards ... The post Environmentally friendly ways to warm your home this winter appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • 8 Simple Tips For Hosting a Healthier Superbowl Party

    Tania Reuben
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Superbowl… quite possibly THE party of the year in many homes across the country.  Not exactly a time most people pick to be healthier or […] The post 8 Simple Tips For Hosting a... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Tony Robbins Daily Gratitude & Abundance Ritual

    Odesk Test
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    A friend (Lewis Howes) had the opportunity to interview Tony Robbins.  The discussion was full of wisdom and insight delivered in a relaxed unplugged format. […] The post Tony Robbins Daily... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh & Green This Year

    Tania Reuben
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Keeping your holiday tree green and fresh through the season is possible! Use the tips here and extend the freshness of your holiday tree this […] The post Keep Your Holiday Tree Fresh &... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND Pinterest Page

    Odesk Test
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:10 am
    Are you as addicted to Pinterest as we are? I use it to organize all my  favorite internet finds, plan projects I’ll likely never have […] The post Natural Teeth Whitening from the PND... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential

    Odesk Test
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Argan oil is one of the hottest new trends in beauty – for good reason too!  After reading this it may become an essential part […] The post 6 Reasons Argan Oil is a Skincare Essential... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • The Benefits of Whole Grains: Eat More, Live Longer

    Mary Gerush
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    More good news on the benefits of whole grains in our diets... According to a large, long-term study: Eat more whole grains, live longer The post The Benefits of Whole Grains: Eat More, Live Longer appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • We are obsessed with rotting hamburgers. [VIDEOS]

    Becky Striepe
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    The world seems to have a fixation with rotting hamburgers, fast food and otherwise. We love seeing how long they take to decompose or whether they decompose at all. The video above shows seven different burgers aging under glass for 30 days The post We are obsessed with rotting hamburgers. [VIDEOS] appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Umami Could be a Key to Healthy Aging

    Becky Striepe
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    We knew that umami makes foods more satisfying, but new research shows that it could actually benefit our health as we age. The post Umami Could be a Key to Healthy Aging appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • IKEA Gets In on Healthy Fast Food with Vegan Meatballs

    Jill Ettinger
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    You'll be able to get healthy fast food at IKEA starting this spring. IKEA vegan meatballs are coming to their stores The post IKEA Gets In on Healthy Fast Food with Vegan Meatballs appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Soft Drinks Linked to Early Puberty, Breast Cancer

    Jennifer Kaplan
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    New research findings from the Harvard School of Public Health have found that the consumption of too many sugar sweetened drinks can lead to early puberty The post Soft Drinks Linked to Early Puberty, Breast Cancer appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
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    PlanetSave

  • First Yosemite Rare Fox In 100 Years (INTERVIEW)

    Sandy Dechert
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    You remember the spectacular rock climb at Half Dome a few weeks ago? In a more remote part of California’s Yosemite National Park, a motion-sensitive camera placed by Forest Service wildlife biologists has twice recorded another unusual phenomenon. A rare Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes nectar) was sighted in the back country near Sonora Pass on First Yosemite Rare Fox In 100 Years (INTERVIEW) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or…
  • World’s Greenest Investment Fund Needs Your Input

    Derek Markham
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Originally published on Ecopreneurist. If you’d like to help shape the direction of sustainable investments, without putting a dime of your own into the pot, here’s your chance. Oroeco, the company that believes that it should be “easy, fun, and rewarding to align our everyday lives with our core values,” is partnering with a few World’s Greenest Investment Fund Needs Your Input was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter,…
  • Floridians for Solar Choice Ballot Effort Launched by Tea Partiers, Conservative, & Liberals

    Cynthia Shahan
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    A recent Floridians For Solar Choice news release relates a breakthrough for Florida and hopefully a bright note for diversity in a backwards state. A broad coalition of Floridians have put forward a ballot initiative for more renewable energy in the state, via policies allowing more renewable energy business models. Conservative groups and others have gathered with lefty Floridians for Solar Choice Ballot Effort Launched by Tea Partiers, Conservative, & Liberals was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS…
  • Innovative Agriculture + Energy Pilot Project Launching At Masdar City (Exclusive Videos)

    James Ayre
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Masdar City will soon be home to an ‘innovative’ new energy + agriculture pilot project that’ll seek to efficiently produce both food and biofuel feedstock, according to recent reports. The project will aim to transform desert land into a biologically productive state capable of supplying fish, shrimp, and oil-rich plant crops, to the operators of the system Innovative Agriculture + Energy Pilot Project Launching At Masdar City (Exclusive Videos) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
  • Endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee Subspecies Will See Population Plummet, Research Finds

    James Ayre
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:54 pm
    One of the most endangered primates, and the most endangered chimpanzee subspecies in the world — the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) — is likely to see its numbers plummet over the coming years, according to new research published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. As it stands currently, there are around ~6,000 individuals of this subspecies Endangered Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee Subspecies Will See Population Plummet, Research Finds was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
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    Sustainablog

  • Sustainable Construction: Building A Greener 2015

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Builders and building owners are considering the environment as they plan new developments. Here are some sustainable construction trends we'll see in The post Sustainable Construction: Building A Greener 2015 appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Fashion From Sustainable Fisheries: Tidal Vision Will Use Fishing Waste To Create Stylish Looks

    Talancia Pea
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Alaskan start-up Tidal Visions plans to create apparel and accessories from waste produced by sustainable fisheries, like salmon skin and crab shells The post Fashion From Sustainable Fisheries: Tidal Vision Will Use Fishing Waste To Create Stylish Looks appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Phoenix will use this weekend's Super Bowl as a high-profile venue to kick off municipal efforts at food waste recycling and composting The post Super Bowl To Kick Off Food Waste Recycling Efforts In Phoenix appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    Mexican start-up Cronology has developed a technology for creating paper from recycled plastic bottles and minerals that's 4 times cheaper than normal The post Paper From Plastic Bottles: An Environmental Win? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    A prison recycling program has reduced waste sent to the landfill and composts food waste. It saves the taxpayers almost $10,000 a year The post Prison Recycling Program Saves County $10,000 A Year appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • How to Fix a Broken Toy Horse’s Leg

    Julie Finn
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Repairing a broken toy is the WORST! The post How to Fix a Broken Toy Horse’s Leg appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • DIY Makeup: Fix Your Broken Eye Shadow

    Becky Striepe
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Did you try to apply eye shadow before having coffee and drop it on the floor? You don't have to toss that crumbled color. Try this DIY makeup fix instead! The post DIY Makeup: Fix Your Broken Eye Shadow appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Feelgood Style is Hiring!

    Becky Striepe
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Our sister site - Feelgood Style - is looking for a sustainable fashion writer. Here are the deets! The post Feelgood Style is Hiring! appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Fun Crafts for Kids: 24 Ways to Reuse an Oatmeal Container

    Julie Finn
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Here are 24 fun crafts for kids that will get you upcycling that old oatmeal canister into something new and fun and useful again The post Fun Crafts for Kids: 24 Ways to Reuse an Oatmeal Container appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art!

    Crunchy Scott
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    There's plenty of green to be seen this time of year. And you can easily turn that green into an 80's inspired winter craft for kids! The post Winter Craft for Kids: Make Leaf Art! appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
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    Free Energy

  • Latest On The WMM

    Jim
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Charles Watson was a marine, a GM worker, and somewhere realized that the combustion world was coming to an end, and invented the magnet motor, his version. The following simply has to do with switching magnet poles but it’s one of those basic premises that help restart civilization. A small test. Start this Sorry, wrong […]
  • The Water Car

    Jim
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Stan Meyer. Murdered. Who do ya think.
  • The World Is One

    Jim
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
  • Astrology

    Jim
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    I always believed there was something to astrology but now it’s lost in the daily papers and magazines online. The Zodiac. Twelve Constellations. And for those of sufficient intellect to translate those shiftings of the cosmos to predict life on Earth, I say, good luck. Yet, maybe it’s true that gifted ones can read the […]
  • Confessions Of R. Crumb

    Jim
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    By the late ’60′s this guy was a phenomenon amongst the groovy people, Mr Natural, a hippie guru with white long hair and a long beard who would espouse ‘wise’ wisdom. I remember how funny and poignant R Crumb comics and cartoons were. A self portrait:
 
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    PR Newswire: Energy

  • National Oil Bargaining Talks Break Down: USW Calls for Work Stoppage at Nine Oil Refineries, Plants

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers Union (USW) announced that it is calling for a work stoppage at the following US refineries: LyondellBasell in Houston, TX; Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, TX; Marathon Houston Green...
  • 2020 Forecasts for Activated Carbon Industry: Global Research Report

    31 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    DALLAS, February 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- DeepResearchReports.com announces the addition of new report "2015 Market Research Report on Global Activated Carbon Industry" of 220 pages to its ever expanding regional and global research database.  This is a professional and depth...
  • Global Ink Solvents Market to see 5%+ CAGR to 2019

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    DALLAS, January 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ReportsnReports.com adds Ink Solvents Market research report with analysis by Chemistry Type, Product Type, Process & Application and Global Forecasts to 2019 to its expanding business intelligence store. The report covers the global ink...
  • Lonestar Resources, Ltd December 2014 Quarterly Results Conference Call

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:51 pm
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Lonestar Resources, Ltd. (ASX: LNR, OTCQX: LNREF) will announce its December 2014 quarterly results on February 1, 2015. The report will be made available via both the ASX announcements platform and the Company's website at...
  • Royal Dutch Shell Endorses Shareholder Resolution on Climate Change

    30 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Royal Dutch Shell Board of Directors yesterday endorsed a shareholder resolution requiring the company to commit to reduce emissions and invest in renewable energy, to do away with bonus systems that promote climate...
 
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    Green Eco Blog

  • Obama urges Americans to buy fuel-efficient cars despite low gas prices

    admin
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Gas won’t stay cheap forever. That’s why President Obama is encouraging American’s to choose fuel-efficient cars today. Low gas prices typically make fuel-efficient cars less attractive to consumers, and right now prices are very low indeed. Yet President Barack Obama hopes U.S. car buyers won’t clamor for gas guzzlers. He cautioned that cheap gas prices won’t last indefinitely, and encouraged Americans to buy more fuel-efficient cars in an interview with The Detroit News. That interview came just ahead of Obama’s speech at a Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan,…
  • 2014: A Good Year for Cleaner, Greener Cars

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    With 2014 coming to a close, it’s the right time to take stock of the achievements and advancements over the past year. So how did 2014 measure up in terms of boosting vehicle fuel efficiency and reducing emissions? According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) advocacy group, it was a very good year indeed. In a summary blog post, the NRDC says tightening fuel-efficiency standards and increased electric-car adoption made 2014 particularly green. The group cites Environmental Protection Agency data showing record new-car average fuel economy of 24.1 mpg for 2013 models (the…
  • New Green Cars Revealed at L.A. Auto Show

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    The LA Auto Show was the natural place for automakers to reveal their new green cars to the public for the first time. California is leading the charge for the new technology, with sizeable investments from municipalities, government agencies, and the companies building the cars. If a sustainable hydrogen economy is going to materialise in the US, it will be in California. That said, Toyota was alone in debuting a production-ready fuel cell car – the Mirai – after Honda made a late decision to delay the launch of its rival sedan. With the Mirai, Californians now have a choice of two…
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Reach Record High in US

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

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

  • Hot Energy Conservation Ideas for Cold Winter Months

    Jeanne
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Even though it’s getting cold, it’s a good time to start thinking about home energy conservation by turning down the thermostat a few degrees and checking your home for areas where heat... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Round Up: GM Highlights from the North American International Auto Show

    Jeanne
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Having recently returned from The North American International Auto Show as a guest of GM along with a great group of bloggers, it was an opportunity to learn more about their electric vehicles, what... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 10 Ideas, Resources and Tips to Live Cleaner, Greener & Healthier in 2015

    Jeanne
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Yes, it’s that time when we reflect on the past year and look ahead to the coming months with thoughts of new behaviors, goals to be accomplished and a time to begin anew.  If you are searching... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 5 Easy Ways to Wrap for the Holidays

    Jeanne
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, The Return of Black Friday keep coming and going .  In the mix of all this crazy shopping, it’s now time to get ready to wrap... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • RT and #ShareATree for Good Green Holiday Giving

    Jeanne
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation have teamed up once again for their annual Share A Tree campaign. Every year, Green is Universal and the Arbor Day Foundation partner to give a gift to... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
 
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    Our Daily Green

  • Benefits of using a solar snake repeller

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Warding snakes away from your home, especially in the summer, is incredibly important and so is doing it in a humane way. Snakes can cause a lot of concern when they are nesting or inhabiting areas around your home. While deaths from snake bites are very uncommon; bites, just from the venomous kind, total tens of thousands every year around the world. If you live in a popular snake area then
  • Lighting changes to increase energy efficiency

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:10 am
    Whether you're concerned about leaving less of a carbon footprint or you just want to save some money on your energy bills, one simple way to increase energy efficiency in your home or business is to adjust the lighting of your personal or office space. If you're looking for a way to cut costs for your personal or business needs, sometimes just a few changes are needed. An electrician in your
  • Scrubbing the air of smog (repost from Otherwords.org)

    17 Jan 2015 | 2:47 am
    By Mary Anne Hitt Even when air-quality alerts give parents the all clear, kids could still be breathing in dangerous chemicals I can only imagine the fear that must grip a parent when his or her child suffers an asthma attack. And I can scarcely fathom how much time and energy they spend doing everything they can to avoid triggers for these potentially deadly attacks. A major asthma
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    5 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
  • #ShareATree with Green is Universal

    23 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    Earlier in the month, we participated in the #ShareATree ceremony during the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in NYC. It was especially poignant this year, because earlier in November, I had seen the tree brought into the city. A moment of true serendipity, since Our Daily Green is based in Ohio.But more important than seeing the tree is being invited to participate in NBC's Green
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    ForceChange

  • Stop Militarization of City Police

    Lindsey Weedston
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Goal: Reject creation of oppressive hyper-militarized police force. A plan to create a hyper-militarized police force in New York that will carry long rifles and machine guns has been proposed by the NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. The proposal includes training 350 officers in high-tech weaponry and extra protective gear given to them by Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist response group. This is the exact kind of thing that anti-brutality activists and human rights advocates have been petitioning against. Giving city police officers extremely…
  • Prevent Unvaccinated Children from Attending School

    Jennifer Ip
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Governor of California, Jerry Brown Goal: Stop unvaccinated children from attending school to prevent the spread of disease. A recent measles outbreak in California has generated concern from many parents who are worried that their children could become ill. One parent, Carl Krawitt, is distressed about his son contracting a disease while attending school. Rhett is six years old and cannot receive vaccinations because his body is recovering from chemotherapy. If another student at his school were to contract a disease, one that could have been prevented with a vaccination, Rhett would…
  • Drop Charges Against Lawyer for Defending her Client

    Jennifer Schwager
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: George Gascón, District Attorney, County of San Francisco Goal: Drop trumped-up charges against a public defender who simply did her job. A public defender was recently arrested in a courthouse for advising her client of his right not to cooperate with unlawful requests by police. Jami Tillotson, a respected veteran lawyer from San Fransisco, was arrested after objecting to police attempts to question her client outside of a courtroom. She was cited for misdemeanor resisting or delaying arrest and taken to a holding cell where she was handcuffed to a wall until her release an hour…
  • Praise National Recognition of Same-Sex Unions

    Afieya Kipp
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Goal: Applaud recognition of same-sex unions in Chile. Chile’s House of Representatives approved a civil union bill which will grant legal rights to same-sex couples after many years of battling for LGBT rights. The Pacto de Union Civil, or PUC, establishes a new legal status for couples that live together and are in committed relationships, regardless of their gender, orientation or gender identity. The bill, which does not grant full marriage rights, instead recognizes same-sex unions as being legally backed and recognized under Chilean law.
  • Applaud Use of Protective Vests For Police Dogs

    Coral Cannon
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Sandy Marcal, President of Vested Interest In K9s Inc. Goal: Applaud fundraising efforts to purchase protective vests for police dogs. Sandy Marcal, president and founder of Vested Interest in K9s Inc. has worked for many years to ensure the safety of police dogs. The foundation recently put together a Groupon fundraiser, aimed at purchasing protective vests for these dogs. Each vest costs around one thousand dollars. The fundraiser was highly successful and the foundation purchased several protective vests for distribution to county police stations. Police dogs are often the first to…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • How That DIY Project Can Reduce Stress & Build Your Self-Esteem

    greenwise
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    We’re trying to live busy, modern lives in an environmentally friendly fashion, but it’s not always possible in a time-strapped world filled with cheap conveniences. Time to garden, compost our waste or build a backyard shed is scarce. However, many sites, blogs and videos provide great instructions on how to do those things (and many […]
  • A Sustainable Home Made from Shipping Containers?

    greenwise
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Yep. You read that right. You can take used shipping containers and build a lot of things, up to and including living quarters. I reader of this blog gave me a heads-up on this concept, and I wanted to bring it to your attention. You will see that these homes made from shipping containers are not […]
  • Life Cycle of a Cell Phone

    greenwise
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    Cell phones are proliferating like the proverbial rabbits. And because the technology around cell phones is advancing so rapidly, they become outdated quickly. Thus, the life cycle is short, and many people replace/upgrade their cell phones within a year or two. I was sent a nice infographic that shows the life cycle of a cell phone […]
  • Energy-Inefficient Habits and How to Break Them

    greenwise
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    As we get into the New Year, everyone wants to have a fresh start. However, energy bills from the holidays can be discouraging. Sometimes we don’t even know what we’re doing that raises those energy cost numbers. So we’ve compiled a list of some common mistakes almost all of us unknowingly make that sabotage our […]
  • Which Enzyme Companies Made News in 2014?

    greenwise
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    For those readers with an interest in the enzyme industry, David Rozzell has just published his Enzyme Industry: 2014 year in Review. The concise summaries of information about key news from the movers and shakers in the enzyme industry last year may be a good guide for what to expect in the coming year. And each news highlight has […]
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    Almost All The Truth »

  • 15 Years to Global Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    15 Years…   15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe. “That’s where change comes from…” In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor. Africa will be able to feed itself.
  • Listen: Word for the New Year

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
      New Year, New Start I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either. I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    ‘Tis the season of giving. The holidays are just around the corner and it can be hard to find the right gift while staying true to your eco-friendly values. Luckily I have a lot of great green friends who have created holiday gift guides for everyone on your list this year! Living Consciously Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – A great list of non-toxic, healthy gifts that anyone would love to get! Features gift ideas for kids, anyone, and stocking stuffers. Green Child Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Featuring gift ideas for the whole family from tiny babes…
  • Social Justice in the Wake of Ferguson

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    It has been long enough now that everyone likely has an opinion on what they believe is the true story of what happened in Ferguson, MO the day Michael Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson. Everyone likely has an opinion about the community’s first outrage and the continued protests there and around the world. The shocking difference in opinions seems to come down to a few points: (1) First understanding why a marginalized segment of our population has found this narrative so compelling and/or the straw that broke the camel’s back, (2) Confirmation bias or The Backfire…
  • Climate Change After Mid-Term Election

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Climate Change After Mid-Term Election The activists, scientists, and policy makers working on slowing (hopefully stopping and reversing, but let’s start with the small steps) climate change, took an enormous hit this mid-term election due to the Senate majority moving into the hands of the GOP. This means the lead climate-change-denier GOP Senator Jim Inhofe is taking over the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The environment could not have sustained a bigger blow when it comes to the policies we need moving forward. Stephen Colbert’s humorous take on…
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • Visualisation of countries most vulnerable to climate change

    Ramon Arratia
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:48 am
    ND-GAIN Index has produced this visualisation of countries most vulnerable to climate change – it’s a project from the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN). It summarises vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with readiness to improve resilience. It aims to help businesses and the public sector better prioritise investments for a more efficient response to the immediate global challenges ahead. Click on this link to view the original source data where you can manipulate view and zoom in on specific regions. The post…
  • Ellen MacArthur, The Circular Economy and Interface

    Ramon Arratia
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:54 am
    It is always great for a company to get a name check in the press or to be noticed in some way for good reasons. To be mentioned by Ellen Macarthur on the BBC website, and associated with something we hold so dear, is something of a triple whammy. Here is an excerpt from her piece that includes the mention of Interface and Ray. Click on the image to read the full article about why it is so important that we all push for a Circular Economy: “For a long time, the proponents of natural capitalism and the circular economy were voices crying in a business wilderness. One corporate leader…
  • Cost Per Lumen – The LED revolution

    Ramon Arratia
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    Sometimes we get things a little bit right. And all too often we don’t celebrate these little wins. Here is a graph that details how LED light technology has changed our world as cost per lumen. It’s by no means a complete win but with energy requirements cut by up to 80% and our lights burning just as bright, it’s a great little reminder what can be done.   Source – Cambridge Uni Press The post Cost Per Lumen – The LED revolution appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • The Great Acceleration

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:43 pm
    In one lifetime humanity has become… Here is one of the scariest slide decks I’ve seen – Using 24 key social, economic, and environmental indicators, Pharand-Deschênes has created a dashboard that shows how human pressure on planet Earth is reaching critical level. Fast. The acceleration shown over the last 60 years is absolutely crazy. Zoom in. Freak out. Great Acceleration 2015 from International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme The post The Great Acceleration appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • The Global Risks Landscape 2015

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    What is the impact and likelihood of global risks? WEF have released a group of reports that look at risk across the globe as of 2015. This edition of the Global Risks report completes a decade of highlighting the most significant long-term risks worldwide, drawing on the perspectives of experts and global decision-makers. Scroll down for filtering: The post The Global Risks Landscape 2015 appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
 
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Ways Animals Survive the Winter

    Earth Rangers
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Baby it’s cold outside, but animals aren’t worried about the chilly winter weather. Check out this top ten list to see how animals get through the long, cold, snowy months of winter. Some animals like deer grow a thicker coat to stay warm in the winter. Some animals like the snowshoe hair actually change the colour of their fur, a snowshoe hair’s white winter coat is actually warmer than their brown summer coat. Some animals like the beaver gather and store extra food to munch on throughout the winter. Some animals like the red fox actually find different types of food to eat as the…
  • Dix animaux qui aiment la neige

    Earth Rangers
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Quand la saison change de l’automne à l’hiver, regardez ces dix animaux qui adorent jouer, se cacher et chasser dans la neige. Vous pourriez être inspiré à chausser vos bottes et mettre votre manteau pour aller dehors et avoir du plaisir dans la neige! 1) Pensez-vous qu’ils peuvent me voir? Phoque du Groenland 2) Ah oui … que c’est agréable. Macaque japonais 3) Attention, j’arrive! Loup 4) Je fais partie du paysage le cerf de Virginie 5) Bataille de neige! 6) Qui veut faire de la raquette Le lièvre d’Amérique 7) La neige inspire le romantique en moi…
  • Looking Back at Homemade Holiday

    Earth Rangers
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    For this Mission, we asked you to help protect the Boreal Forest by making your own holiday cards out of materials that you have around your home instead of buying new cards. We were amazed with how many of you took on this Mission!   As of January 28th, 2015… 11,359 Earth Rangers accepted the Homemade Holiday Mission       Get your craft on and help the Boreal Forest by accepting the Homemade Holiday Mission! The holiday season may be over but you can still make cards for birthdays, other holidays and even just to say thank you to someone special. Let’s hear what…
  • How to Make an Owl Pellet

    Earth Rangers
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Step one of this ‘do-it-yourself guide’ to owl pelleting is you need to be an owl. If you aren’t an owl, you can still make friends with these birds by learning about their owl pelleting ways. If you are an owl, read on to see how you too can make a pellet! Western screech owl Step 1: Finding Your Food To create an owl pellet you first need to have a full stomach. Owls use different strategies to catch a meal, but we’re going to focus on the western screech owl because they are an adorable species that really needs our help. Scientists estimate that there are only 500 to 800 western…
  • Braving the Cold for Bobolinks

    Earth Rangers
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Meet six-year-old Kaylee, an advocate for animals even when it’s cold outside! This winter Kaylee started a Bring Back the Wild campaign for the bobolink and has put some creative ideas into action to raise funds to protect these amazing songbirds. To kick off her campaign, Kaylee set up a hot chocolate stand on her street during -14 winter weather and sold hot chocolate with marshmallows for two hours. She also sold her play kitchen along with some other toys and is doing extra chores around the house to raise funds for her campaign. Kaylee is a dedicated Earth Ranger and recycles plastic,…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:46 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

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:46 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

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:46 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

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:46 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

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:46 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 Jeep Renegade

    31 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The 2015 Jeep Renegade is by far the smallest Jeep sold in decades—16 inches shorter than the Cherokee—although it's bigger and a whole lot heavier than the original Willys Jeep that emerged from World War II. The new Renegade is a subcompact SUV that's designed as much for global markets as it is for North America. The...
  • 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Life at the top isn't easy, some say; yet the Rolls-Royce Phantom seems to live gracefully above the rest of the automotive luxury offerings -- with no clear competition, except for the Bentley Mulsanne sedan. The Phantom is available as a Sedan, Coupe, or Drophead Coupe (convertible), and it stands as the flagship model for the...
  • 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith pampers and delights its owners, and blends modern technology with old-world luxury. Like any recent vehicle wearing a Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, it shows utter disregard to the many cows whose hides grace its interior, the fate of the atmosphere, and the little matter of a buyer's wallet. As always, if you...
  • 2015 Lincoln MKX

    30 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    The Lincoln MKX offers the luxury accommodations and high seating position that premium crossover buyers seek out in vehicles such as the longtime favorite Lexus RX, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Mercedes M-Class. The mid-size MKX is joined by a smaller crossover for 2015, the Ford Escape-based MKC. The MKX is itself a near...
  • 2015 Honda CR-V

    30 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The 2015 Honda CR-V caters to families with safety features and ratings decidedly ahead of the class norm, and offers interior room and cargo capacity that are as useful as as what's seen in many vehicles a size larger. The CR-V gets some significant updates for 2015, which should add to the appeal of a vehicle that's been one of the...
 
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    Green Car Reports

  • Kia Crossover Concept In Chicago: New 'DE' Dedicated Hybrid SUV?

    1 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the lead-up to the Chicago Auto Show, we got a teaser photo two days ago of a Kia "rugged runabout" concept that will be unveiled there in 10 days. The photo--a wintry shot of the front end of a car in an artful snow storm--immediately made us think that Kia might add electric all-wheel drive to its Soul tall wagon. DON'T MISS: Kia Soul To Get...
  • Electric Surfboard: Lampuga Shows Electricity Works In Water Too

    1 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    There are numerous electric vehicles with two or four wheels, but here's one with no wheels at all. The Lampuga is an electric surfboard that's billed as the fastest of its kind by the German company that made it. DON'T MISS: Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water Who said water and electricity don't mix? The...
  • Tesla Model X Caught On Video In Acceleration, Cornering Tests

    30 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Thank heavens for the Interwebs, which have now surfaced a video of a Tesla Model X electric SUV being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's just over 60 seconds of footage of what's clearly a Model X, with camouflage patterns covering the details of its bodywork. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Fast It...
  • Fast-Charging 'Standard Wars,' Kia e-AWD Concept, GM Doubles Down On CVTs: Today's Car News

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    We wrap up the week with stories on the potential end of the "standard war" between CHAdeMO and CCS electric-car fast charging, a Kia concept car with electric all-wheel drive set to debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, and General Motors' plan to put CVT automatic transmissions in more cars to boost fuel economy. All this and more on Green Car...
  • UK Official Says Encouraging Diesel Cars To Lower Carbon Was 'Wrong'

    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For at least 20 years, diesel cars have been much more popular in Europe than in the United States. Because diesel combustion is more efficient than gasoline combustion, the engines help drivers save money on fuel--and produce lower emissions of greenhouse gases. MORE: Diesel Pollution In London Makes Air Worse Than Beijing For Nitrous Oxides...
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  • Is it Ok to seal a concrete floor with Kilz and then install carpet over it.

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    We just bought a house and the family room carpet had pet urine on it so we ripped it out. We are wondering if we should seal the concrete floor with Kilz to make sure all the odor is removed before we put carpet over it. Or will sealing it make the carpet retain moisture and possible mold underneath? Lets start with the question regarding moisture first. Since you are a slab on grade construction, per code there should be a vapor/moisture barrier installed between grade and bottom of...
  • I am building a bed frame and want it to be as green as possible. Is there a brand of woodworking glue that anyone could recommend?

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:10 am
    I was thinking of using Titebond 3 glue. Elmer's Brand "Glue-All" dries fast and is non-toxic. I would recommend using it in conjunction with either nails or screws wood screws. ...
  • should I insulate my basement ceiling

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    I live in long island ny, I have a one story ranch with a basemet, my bedrooms are 5-6 degrees cooler than my livingroom, should I insulate my basement ceiling and how The EPA recommends R-25 minimum floor insulation. Fiberglass batts will be an economical choice for this application. Be sure to extend the batts to the ends of the joists. Also...
  • How do I repair an area of the furnace that is thinning?

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:07 am
    The side of my gas furnace next to the flames has started to thin and has holes in it, when the heat is on you can see the glow from the flames thru the metal siding and some of the flames come out of the holes in the metal. Sounds like you have some rust taking over your furnace. My question would be how old is the unit and how did the rust start? If it’s over 14 years...
  • Is Eco Timber still one of the safest engineered hardwood floors to put in your home?

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    I know that Eco Timber has been taken over by another company. Is it still formaldehyde free with no VOCs and with a non-toxic, formaldehyde free and VOC free finish? Be careful when reviewing the information supplied by the manufacturer. As for Eco Timber, not all of their floors are formaldehyde free and VOC free. In most the MSDS reports...
 
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    LEEDdaily

  • The 2015 New American Home is big, beige and foamy

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    It’s one of my favorite times of the year, when the giant International Builders Showtakes over Las Vegas and I get to have so much fun with my annual trashing of The New American Home. Since it started modestly in 1984 as a showcase for products and builders which is then sold to the public, it has grown into an extravagant display of wretched excess and more recently, horrific greenwashing. (see past TNAH posts at bottom under related links)
  • Jon Miller, AIA, LEED® AP, Joins STV as Executive Vice President, Head of Buildings & Facilities Division

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Jon Miller, AIA, LEED® AP, has joined STV as executive vice president and will lead the firm’s Buildings & Facilities Division (B&F). In this role, Miller will be responsible for the performance and operations of the multi-disciplined national division. Miller will report directly to Milo Riverso, Ph.D., P.E., CCM, STV’s chief executive officer and president, and will operate out of the New York office. Miller brings more than 30 years of design and management experience in the architectural and engineering industry. “Jon is a proven manager with a strong track…
  • Artis Real Estate Investment Trust Receives LEED(R) Certification at Eight Office Properties

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Artis Real Estate Investment Trust (AX.UN) (“Artis” or the “REIT”) announced today that, as part of its commitment to promoting the use of energy efficient landlord and tenant practices and reduce potential adverse effects on the environment, it received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification at eight of its office properties, seven in Canada and one in the United States. In January 2015, LEED Platinum certification was awarded to 220 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while LEED Gold certification was awarded to Stampede Station, 800…
  • NEW GLUMAC OFFICES IN SHANGHAI BY GENSLER AIM FOR LEED

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    With building (still) booming in China, it’s no surprise the country has recently been at the forefront of architectural discourse, embracing daring, outsize designs by a cadre of international luminaries, from Zaha Hadid to 2014 AD Innovator Ole Scheeren. But the new Shanghai offices of an American engineering firm prove that ingenuity can come at any scale
  • Freeman Achieves LEED Silver Certification Freeman Chicago Facility Recognized for Sustainable Design and Construction Metho

    admin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    The Freeman Company, the leading global partner for integrated marketing solutions for live engagements, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED® Silver Certification in the Building Design and Construction rating system for New Construction to the Freeman Chicago Facility. Freeman is the first general contractor in the event industry to achieve this status for new construction using sustainable design and construction methods. In order to achieve LEED Silver, a building must go above and beyond. Freeman has been recognized for its innovation by using 20…
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    PLANET

  • In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable

    Shannan Stoll
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:05 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Shutterstock. 1. A bus that will pick you up anywhere in the city with the use of a smartphone app. in: Helsinki Click here to subscribe to YES! By 2025, public transportation in Helsinki will be so good that no one living in the city will have any reason to own a car. That’s the goal the city announced earlier this year, and Helsinki is serious about it. The Helsinki Regional Transport Authority is piloting an on-call minibus service called Kutsuplus. The service uses an algorithm and a smartphone app…
  • “They’re driven by love. And they’re fierce.” Naomi Klein on the Climate Heroes Who Inspire Her

    Sarah van Gelder
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Naomi Klein. Photo by Aaron Stern. Note: Sections of this interview appeared at the YES! website on October 3, 2014. The climate crisis is no longer a future danger: Extreme weather, water shortages, heat waves, and flooding are here now. And the impacts of burning fossil fuels continue to worsen. Click here to subscribe to YES! Why has it taken so long to respond? Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, explores that question. Klein points to the “terrible timing” of the climate crisis coming into public awareness—with NASA scientist James…
  • LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?

    Madeline Ostrander
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Nathan Gibbs / Flickr. Walk the glaring streets of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley on a sun-soaked afternoon in a drought year, the dry, brush-covered mountains rising behind you, and it can be easy to feel that you’re in arid country. “Beneath this building, beneath every street, there’s a desert,” said the fictional mayor in the Oscar-winning 1974 movie Chinatown. “Without water the dust will rise up and cover us as though we’d never existed!” Click here to subscribe to YES! It’s an…
  • Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?

    Jason F. McLennan
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Sunset over Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Photo by Piyavachara Nacchanandana / Shutterstock. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the future hasn’t hap­pened yet. How we will live a few decades from now is anything but clear, despite predictions from our wisest architects, planners, politicians, philosophers, futurists, and science fiction writers. Click here to subscribe to YES! For anyone committed to creating a more sustainable and just culture, here’s a sobering exercise: Try looking…
  • How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home (and Get Plenty of Flavor and Protein for Free)

    YES! editors
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:34 am
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Photo by Chiot's Run / Flickr. It’s fairly easy to grow oyster mushrooms indoors in a bag or a 2-gallon bucket using sawdust or spent coffee grounds as the growing medium. Mushrooms appreciate the nitrogen in coffee grounds, and the coffee-making hot water treatment clears grounds of mold or microorganisms that might compete with your fungi as they get their mycelium running. Some Japanese researchers are treating cancer patients with a compound derived from mushrooms. Collect used coffee grounds from a cafe or…
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  • Obama Moves To Protect Against Flooding From Rising Sea Levels

    Mike Confino
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Friday directing federal, state and local agencies to incorporate projections for sea level rise in planning and construction along the coasts. The new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard requires that all federally funded projects located in floodplains, including buildings and roads, be built to withstand flooding. The requirement, the White House said in a release Friday, would “reduce the risk and cost of future flood disasters” and “help ensure federal projects last as long as intended.” via Obama Moves To Protect Against…
  • Fears of Dupont Shirking Toxic Cleanup

    Mike Confino
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    As a child, Tina Marsh wiled away long summer days as many children do — riding bikes, fishing and swimming in local lakes and streams. But her idyllic childhood ended with a cervical cancer diagnosis at 17. She believes her cancer was caused by growing up in a neighborhood plagued by pollution, dipping in waters and breathing in air laced with a dangerous cocktail of chemicals. Marsh’s neighborhood in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, was adjacent to a DuPont munitions plant — a village built by the company for employees and their families. Her father worked at the DuPont plant for 28 years.
  • Anti-Koch: The Fight for Green Energy Is a Fight for the 99 Percent

    Mike Confino
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The fact that this even needs to be said demonstrates that there’s been a breakdown in the democratic process, but we’ll say it anyway: Our number-one priority should be protecting the planet for future generations. That said, green energy makes sense even if we base our thinking on economic considerations alone. Energy policies can roughly be divided into two kinds: those which benefit society as a whole, and those which only benefit the very few — the Koch brothers and their ilk. Guess which kind the GOP supports? Republicans are blocking pro-growth, job-creating green…
  • Groups Sue EPA Over Failure To Regulate Emissions From Factory Farms

    Mike Confino
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Livestock make up a substantial percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions, and a group of environmental and animal welfare groups have had enough of what they say is inadequate Environmental Protection Agency oversight on those emissions. This week, a group of eight organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, Center for Food Safety and the Sierra Club, filed two lawsuits against the EPA for not doing enough to control emissions from large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs. One lawsuit deals with ammonia pollution, and the other addresses methane and…
  • These New Polls Show Why Americans Should Believe Climate Scientists In 30 Years

    Mike Confino
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Two surveys released this week on opposite sides of the Atlantic paint very different pictures of how residents in the U.S. and the U.K. feel about climate change. A new Pew Research Center poll released on Thursday found that while 87 percent of scientists said climate change is mostly due to human activity, only half of the public agreed. A separate British poll found that almost the same percentage of the general public in Britain, 84 percent, as scientists in the U.S. attribute climate change as occurring somewhat or entirely from human activity. via These New Polls Show Why Americans…
 
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  • LEED and Sustainability Training in 2015

    Lesley@Everblue
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:31 am
    Sustainability has grown from a perspective shared by environmentalists only to a recognized behavior shared by professionals across many industries. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this growth in adoption. It started with benefits such as public appeal, marketability, and reduced business risk. As these professionals implemented sustainable features and activities in their organizations, they started to see tangible benefits – greater efficiency, less waste, improved sales, better employee recruitment and retention, etc. So what’s to come in 2015?read more
  • 10 Tips for Choosing a LEED Trainer

    Lesley@Everblue
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    In 1998, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system to provide a benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings. From 1998 to 2008, LEED gained acceptance and respect among the building and construction industry, resulting in more and more professionals seeking LEED Accreditation.read more
  • ISSP's Sustainability Certification Effort

    Lesley@Everblue
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:27 am
    At its November 2014 annual meeting, the board of directors for the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) unanimously voted to move forward in creating a Sustainability Professional Certification Program in order to:read more
  • RESNET CAZ 2015 Deadlines

    Lesley@Everblue
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    In a November 2013 post, we mentioned that the RESNET Combustion Safety Deadline was fast approaching. At that point in time, RESNET had already announced that all existing HERS Raters needed to complete the new combustion safety training and testing by 2015 in order to maintain their certification. Here we are in the new year, and some may be wondering - Where do I stand? Am I still active? What do I need to do?read more
  • Everblue & USGBC South Florida Chapter Partner to Present LEED Exam Prep

    Lesley@Everblue
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
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    Green Abode

  • 10% OFF Railcard Promotional Code for 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards

    Chris King
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    With a 2015 Railcard promotional code you can get 10% OFF the price of the 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards. That’s just the start though as you’ll get at least 1/3 OFF train travel in Britain. As well as National Railcards, did you know there’s a total of 20 Railcards available in Britain? We’ll show you how to get 10% OFF with a 2015 Railcard promotional code and how you can get savings with regional Railcards in Britain. 2015 Railcard Promotional Code Discounts & Other Railcards – Quick Links 16-25 Railcard Promotional…
  • Stansted Express 2015 Promotion Code and Discount Cheap Train Tickets

    Chris King
    1 Apr 2013 | 2:38 am
    Stansted Express 2015 promotion code and discount cheap ticket deals are exclusively available online. Trains run frequently every 15 mins to get you from London to Stansted Airport and the journey time is 47 mins. Travel in comfort, save money and time with these 2015 Stansted Airport promotion code offers and online exclusive deals. We also have a guide to 2015 Gatwick Express promotional code and discount tickets, where there’s plenty more bargains on offer. Stansted Express Promotion Code and 2015 Discount Tickets – Quick Links Online Low-Cost Advance – SAVE up to…
  • Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 and Cheap Train Ticket Deals

    Chris King
    30 Mar 2013 | 2:44 am
    Gatwick Express promo code 2015  and discount deals are only available online. Get cheap train tickets before you travel and don’t get ripped off at the station! Gatwick Airport is just 30 mins from London Victoria with trains leaving every 15 mins. Travel in comfort and hassle-free by booking your tickets before you leave. Save money on all tickets with 2015 Gatwick Express promo code deals and online exclusive discounts. Gatwick Express Promo Code 2015 and Cheap Train Tickets with Online Exclusive Deals – Quick Links Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 *Online Exclusive*…
  • Great Value Day Out with the National Trust at Levant Mine and Beam Engine in Cornwall

    Chris King
    22 Jan 2013 | 10:54 pm
    It was a blowy October day when we turned off the main down a lane towards the coast. During this short journey we got a taste of the disused, ghost like buildings of the Levant Mine and Beam Engine. For many the main draw of the Levant Mine is to see the only remaining Cornish steam beam engine still in operation. You get a whole lot more than that, however, with this excellent value day out from the National Trust. For just £7.20 for adults and £3.60 for children (includes Gift Aid contribution) you get a tour of Levant Mine and Beam Engine. That’s not all, however, as you also get…
  • Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycling Voucher Codes & Sale – January 2015

    Chris King
    25 Dec 2012 | 7:00 am
    There’s nothing like a new year to get you focused on cycling and getting your kit up together. Check out the latest January 2015 voucher codes and January Sale offers for pro cycling kit from Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles. Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles January 2015 Voucher Codes & Sale – Quick Links Chain Reaction Cycles Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 9 January Sale Offers Wiggle Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 8 January Sale Offers Merlin Cycles Voucher Code – January…
 
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  • Colorado Church Spreads Light to Developing Communities

    Erin Preston
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:32 am
    Most Precious Blood, a Catholic church based in Denver, Colorado, is deeply involved with helping underserved communities in Denver. They encourage church members to volunteer to help those living in poverty in Denver and have multiple programs that members can choose from. One of their newest missions is to provide solar light to people living in unelectrified communities in Central America and the Caribbean. For the past five months, the church has already received enough donations to send 1898 Nokero solar light bulbs to replace kerosene lanterns and paraffin candles. The lights are…
  • Nokero lights up lives in Kibera Slum, Kenya

    Erin Preston
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    While on assignment in Kenya, Nokero asked me to stop in and interview a couple of women that use Nokero solar light bulbs. My first day in Nairobi, Kenya I was instantly briefed on Kibera slum. Kibera is located in Nairobi, Kenya and is the largest slum in Africa. In fact, it’s one of the largest in the world with nearly one million dwellers. Long story short, it sounded like a very inhospitable and dangerous place. The definition of slum, according to Merrium-Webster dictionary, is: a densely populated usually urban area marked by crowding, dirty run-down housing, poverty, and…
  • Holiday Solar Sale: 30% Off Through December 26th

    Erin Preston
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
      Give the gift of solar light! 30% all products through December 26th.  Looking for a few last minute unique gifts for your loved ones, neighbors or colleagues?  These lights are compact, affordable and long lasting. Just charge the light in the sunshine and it will provide hours of light at night. Our solar products run from $8 for our basic solar light to $45 for our light that also charges mobile phones via USB. 30% off through December 26th during our Holiday Solar Sale. Go to Store.Nokero.Com and enter the promo code LS14 at checkout to receive the discount. Happy holidays and…
  • Building Brighter Futures in Cambodia

    Erin Preston
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Building Brighter Futures Foundation (BBFF) is a small organization in Australia that is having a big impact on rural communities living in Cambodia.  Building Brighter Futures Foundation’s mission is to support and facilitate community based projects and programs that encourage, enhance and enable the gaining of knowledge, understanding and skills that will allow the young people living in these communities to build a brighter and more sustainable future for themselves and their families. And one way they are seeing their mission through is access to light by distributing Nokero…
  • Pen pals in Tanzania Inspire Philanthropy in a 10-year-old

    Erin Preston
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Eva is a 10-year-old girl who attends St. Vrain Community Montessori School in Colorado. With her fellow students, Eva helps to run the student organized and operated Upendo Emporium, the proceeds from which go to support learning activities and supplies for their pen pals at the Upendo school in Tanzania. Most of the students at the Tanzanian school lack access to electricity and are unable to read or study past dusk. Eva knew she wanted to do something to help her pen pals and was fascinated by the Nokero solar light bulbs when her mother introduced her to them. Knowing that these solar…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • French Press 101 – How to brew a perfect cup of coffee at home!

    Calley Pate
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    How do you like your coffee? Hot! Intravenously? A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to her French Press.  I’ve heard of them before but never researched them or really paid much attention to them.  I’ve been either a) Going to Starbucks every morning, or b) refilling my K-Cup and making a cup.  As much as I love my Starbucks, I don’t always like making that daily trip to the store and spending the extra money.  I don’t really enjoy my refillable K-Cup because the thing ALWAYS leaks.  I almost bought a traditional coffee pot but since I usually only drink one…
  • Congratulations, it’s a…brand new Thirsties Newborn All-In-One

    Calley Pate
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sponsored by Thirsties Warning: Your ovaries may burst after reading this post. I am not responsible for any babies born 9 months from now. BONUS: Keep scrolling down to enter to win a 2 pack of the Thirsties Newborn AIO cloth diapers. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!  I mean, just look at those tiny little toes. Can’t you just smell the new baby smell? Ok, focus…and try to convince yourself that you don’t want another newborn. …but if you are pregnant, expecting, or planning on having a newborn anytime soon, Thirsties has a brand new diaper just for you!
  • The Perfect South Tampa Date Night

    Calley Pate
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may remember seeing me stuffing my face in South Tampa last week.  I was invited to experience a progressive dinner with other Tampa Bay Bloggers at Roux, Datz and Dough.  Before we start talking about the food I have a confession to make, I’ve never been to South Tampa before!  I’ve been in the Bay for almost 10 years and rarely make it downtown and have never ventured to the MacDill/South Tampa area.  I’m already planning my next trip and this time I’m taking my husband out for a date!! Even though I didn’t get…
  • Music & Your Child

    Calley Pate
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:34 pm
    This post is sponsored by Music Together Teacher Training in Tampa, March 20-22nd.  What role does music play in the life of your children?  I’m sure that music has been part of your own life as far back as you can remember.  For our family, music consists mostly of songs we hear on the radio.  We don’t censor the radio stations too much, so the kids end up signing and dancing along to whatever is popular.  I don’t mind listening to kids stations but you’ll never find them on in my husbands car. I remember when my son was little, we would attend a Mommy & Me…
  • Pardon the Dust

    Calley Pate
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Yes, things are a little different since you last visited!  Sleep is calling before I could finish all the lovely updates. Pardon the dust and come back tomorrow afternoon/evening and see what’s new!
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Friday Fun: Art in metro stations is about more than just good looks

    Alex Rogala
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    A successful transport system connects people with their city not only physically, but also culturally. While public transport can sometimes be perceived as anonymous and impersonal, metro stations that engage culturally with the communities they serve are much more likely to be seen as meaningful public spaces. Embracing art as an important part of station design enhances a community’s sense of identity and strengthens the social and cultural fabric of our cities. People feel safe and comfortable in stations that are well-lit and visually vibrant. Some researchers have even found that a…
  • New pilot program aims to expand energy efficiency in Chinese cities

    Jennifer Layke
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Retrofitting public buildings to be more energy efficient is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China. Photo by Brendan Corey Benson/Flickr. As China urbanizes, buildings in the country’s cities are a growing source of emissions and air pollution. Energy use from public sector buildings rose 15 percent between 2006 and 2010, and heat and electricity from emissions-intensive coal now account for half the energy consumption of public buildings in northern China. Installing efficient technologies and energy codes for new buildings can help, but what about inefficient…
  • New survey shows increased satisfaction with urban transport in São Paulo

    Priscila Pacheco
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    According to a recent poll, residents of São Paulo are increasingly satisfied transport in their city, mainly due to new bike paths and a reduction in the average waiting time for city buses. Photo by Rafael Taminato Hirata/Flickr. Are you satisfied with the quality of life in your city? In São Paulo, overall perceptions of quality of life increased over the past year for one-third of the population, and remained stable for half according to the city’s Municipal Well-Being Indicators (IRBEM) survey. First conducted in 2010, the IRBEM survey is organized by Rede Nossa São Paulo and the…
  • Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car

    Dario Hidalgo
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil. Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants into cities. Because few cities were able to provide adequate low-income housing, the majority of these new urbanites…
  • Friday Fun: Six mayors who bike, and why this is a good thing

    Ryan Schleeter
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    From São Paulo to Jakarta, mayors are leading their citizens into the streets and onto their bicycles. Pictured (from top left): Joko Widodo (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Boris Johnson (London, United Kingdom), Fernando Haddad (São Paulo, Brazil), Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City, Mexico), and Ana Botella (Madrid, Spain). Here at TheCityFix, we believe in recognizing profound leadership in urban sustainability. After all, it takes a combination of citizen support and top-down vision to create meaningful change in a city. While public focus is usually on what city leaders can achieve from behind their…
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  • The Sun is Setting for EarthTechling

    Jason Ridge
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For more than five years we have been one of the leading clean technology blogs. As of January 27th, 2015 EarthTechling will cease operations and no longer publish or distribute new content. However, we will continue to maintain our current site to serve the thousands of links that republishing our content each and every day.This decision was not easy. Over the past several months we’ve looked far and wide for possible partners or acquisitions, but we have been unable to secure the funding needed to keep our dream alive. It’s a painful change, but one that we must make. We hope…
  • Louisville: All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches

    Guest Post
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials today at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville.ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along  Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses  replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles.“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who joined TARC…
  • New Nissan Clean Diesel Truck Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

    Jason Ridge
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A major new addition to the diesel pickup truck stable was introduced this morning as Nissan unveiled its new 2016 Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine during the opening day of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Because of their unmatched combination of efficiency, performance and towing capabilities, diesel engines have long dominated the heavy-duty pickup market,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The New 2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel will provide a great new…
  • Revenge of the Bacteria

    Jason Ridge
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Dear EarthTalk: How is it that antibiotics are being “overused,” as I’ve read, and what are the potential consequences? – Mitchell Chase, Hartford, CTThe development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria develop resistance to them, which makes treating infections that much more challenging.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease…
  • Watch Bill Gates Drink Water From Human Waste

    EcoWatch
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    We know that Bill Gates made a lot of money from Microsoft and since he left the company, he’s been very busy spending it.One of the latest projects he’s funding is the Omniprocessor, which turns human waste intorenewable energy and drinkable water. How drinkable? Gates demonstrated by drinking a glassful himself.“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin,” said Gates. “They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. The occasion…
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  • Getting The Best Auto Repair Aurora CO Professionals Can Offer

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    If your old car is giving you trouble and you are considering replacing it, then you should give it another chance and try to restore it with the best auto repair Aurora CO mechanics can provide you with. While there is the saying that it is cheaper to buy a new car that to keep repairing an old one, this remark is highly subjective and it depends on many factors. If your old car needs just some engine work performed, then why would you spend a ton of money on a new car when you can restore your old buddy with just a few hundred bucks? Getting your car back into shape is especially a good…
  • Do You Need a Denver Private Investigator but You Are Not Sure Where to Start?

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Experts Tell You about the Various Types of PIs It is very important to know the difference between the various types of PIs if you want to get a Denver private investigator that can meet all of your needs. This way, you know you are getting your money’s worth, since you will be working with a professional. Give your local PI agencies a call and they will tell you everything you need to know: Legal investigators Do you need help with a court case? Then these PIs can definitely help you out. The evidence they collect is obtained legally through background checks and interviews. You can rest…
  • How Much Do Denver Garage Door Repair Services Cost?

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:07 pm
    The cost of a Denver garage door repair depends on a lot of factors. Door style, size, working conditions and accessibility are just some of the things that can influence the price. When repairing your garage door, there is no need to choose the cheapest items, because you will end up buying others in short time. The most common problems with garage doors are with the opener. Such repairs can cost you about $120-$130. Generally, if your door is not closing right, it will cost you about $100 to repair it. The technician will also tell you if the door needs to be replaced. Roll-up doors are…
  • Dallas Window Replacement: Should You Do It Yourself Or Hire A Professional?

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    When it comes solving to household issues, people have the tendency to do it themselves instead of hiring professional workers, this being also the case for Dallas window replacement. They fail to understand that professional work can help them save money and enjoy quality in the long run. If you decide to do it yourself, it may be quite a hard work to do. First off, you need to decide upon the type of windows you plan to install. This means that you need to consider the price, the material they are made of and the quality. Nevertheless, you must take into account the insurance company, which…
  • The Benefits of Epoxy – Garage Floor Coating and Kitchen or Bathroom Floor Covering

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Epoxy garage floor coatings work well not only for garages that are frequently used and are subjected to heavy traffic all the time. Epoxy is a good choice even if you don’t use your garage extensively for a number of reasons – here is why I like my epoxy flooring. First of all, I was really surprised to see how level the floor was after I poured it and it dried completely. The old floor was very bumpy and it also had a few very unsightly cracks, too, but the epoxy levelled itself out completely. What I also like about it is that it is very easy to clean. I am not very much of a car…
 
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  • Reviewed: Sustainable Urbanism

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

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

    T. Caine
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    Explosion Green By David Gottfried In One Line: A low-stress read for an informative look behind the curtain from a key figure responsible for the start of the green building movement.  For over two decades the USGBC’s LEED rating system has been an undeniably important part of the story of sustainability entering into the industries responsible for our built environment. Thanks to the work of countless individuals and organizations LEED is now a term known broadly outside of the cadre that designs and constructs buildings as well as far beyond the borders of the U.S. It is a great…
  • Cities of 2030, Today

    T. Caine
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Cities can grow to defy our current perceptions of plausibility. In the future, each spire in a collection of gleaming, vertical towers could harness density through a mixture of use types from working to living to growing food. Not only could each building produce its own renewable energy, but the excess could be pumped back into the city around it to help power the seamless public transit system ranging from lighted bike paths to high speed trains that allowed people to sail from one urban core to the next. Air quality would rise, water use would fall and the cultural affordability would…
  • Reviewed: A Country of Cities

    T. Caine
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America By Vishaan Chakrabarti In One Line: Nice graphics tell a familiar urban story more fit for casual readers than seasoned design professionals. In the midst of a global economy that is already migrating towards cities, Chakrabarti adds his voice to the drumbeat of density in a pitch for focusing development towards our urban cores. Pulling on some of the usual suspects for data, the author focuses his sermon on why dense urban centers are the smart future for human civilization—an unspoken but heavily implied slight to what has become the…
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  • How Are You Celebrating MLK Day?

    Melissa Dion
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    At Ecolissa we believe in the importance of volunteering time for worthy causes on a weekly basis. If you don't currently volunteer, MLK Day is the perfect opportunity to get started."On MLK Day, Americans across the country come together for a day of service, picking up the baton handed to us by past generations and carrying forward their efforts. As one people, we show that when ordinary citizens come together to participate in the democracy we love, justice will not be denied.So make the commitment to serve your community throughout the year – and make MLK Day a day on, not a day off."…
  • New Arrivals: Green Tree Jewelry Holiday Earrings

    Melissa Dion
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!Green Tree Jewelry Snowman Earrings$12    Green Tree Jewelry Candy Cane Earrings$12    Green Tree Jewelry Gift Earrings$12   Green Tree Jewelry Ice Earrings $12Green Tree Jewelry is an innovative San Diego based company, that delivers cutting edge wood jewelry and product design
  • Eco and Vegan Fashion Holiday Gift Guide

    Melissa Dion
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Shop for great green gifts at every price!eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20eco gifts under $30eco gifts under $50eco gifts under $75eco gifts under $100eco gifts $100+
  • Eco and Vegan Holiday Gifts $100+

    Melissa Dion
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet what are you waiting for? Get started with these great eco gifts over $100!Also check out our great eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20,eco gifts under $30,eco gifts under $50,eco gifts under $75,and eco gifts under $100!   Indigenous V Neck Poncho$132  Ecoskin Camrose Tie Dye Wrap$104  Ecoskin Liverpool Dress$128  Ecoskin Mauna Dress $128  
  • Eco and Vegan Holiday Gifts Under $100!

    Melissa Dion
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you haven't started your holiday shopping yet what are you waiting for? Get started with these great eco gifts under $100!Also check out our great eco gifts under $15eco gifts under $20,eco gifts under $30,eco gifts under $50,and eco gifts under $75!  Ecoskin Trinity Top$84 Second Eco by Yoga Jeans Justine Organic Denim  $89.99  Indigenous Pocket Scarf$88  Ecoskin Halifax Leggings$88   Ecoskin Killara Dress$89.99   Second Eco by Yoga Jeans 2100 Skinny Organic Denim$79.99
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Who's been affected by Australia's extreme heat? Everyone

    Mary Voice, Lecturer (climate) at University of Melbourne
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Queensland's drought conditions have been worsened by persistent high temperatures. AAP Image/Dan PeledAustralia has been hit by two years of heat: 2013 was the hottest ever recorded and 2014 wasn’t far behind, taking third place. The country has also sweltered through several significant heatwaves, and, though you might not have noticed them so much, episodes of unusual winter warmth too. We regularly hear about the strong likelihood of a warmer future climate and the resulting plausible impacts. But occasionally we, as a community living on an already dry and warm continent, would do…
  • Yes Minister, but ...

    Mike Sandiford, Professor of Geology and Director of Melbourne Energy Institute at University of Melbourne
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    In a piece published in the Guardian recently, Environment minister Greg Hunt was purported to have once again rejected claims that a price on carbon would benefit emissions reduction targets. This time because, to quote, “emissions fell by six times the rate in the five years before the carbon tax than they did under the carbon tax”. The claim was addressed in a FactCheck by Dr Peter Christoff published here on the Conversation, for which I was reviewer. The FactCheck focused on the legitimacy of the minister’s claim in terms of what emissions should be referenced when assessing the…
  • How scaring starfish could help to save the Great Barrier Reef

    Mike Hall, Principal Research Scientist for the &#39;A Healthy and Resilient Great Barrier Reef&#39; program at Australian Institute of Marine Science
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    During an outbreak, crown-of-thorns starfish can number in the millions and decimate coral reefs. Australian Institute of Marine Science/AAPCrown-of-thorns starfish are one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Since 1985, the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover, with almost half of this coral loss due to the crown-of-thorns starfish. But researchers are coming up with innovative new ways to manage starfish – including scaring them off the reef. The crown-of-thorns' impact on the reef is basically a numbers game: during an outbreak they may number in the many…
  • Explainer: wilderness, and why it matters

    Brendan Mackey, Director of the Griffith Climate Change Response Program at Griffith University
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    The potential rezoning of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area for tourism development begs the question: just what is wilderness, and what is it good for? The Wilderness Society/AAPThe Tasmanian government this month released a draft of the revised management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which proposes rezoning certain areas from “wilderness zones” to “remote recreation zones”. The changes would enable greater private tourism investment in the World Heritage Area and allow for logging of speciality timbers. At the centre of the debate is how we…
  • Higher-density living can make us healthier, but not on its own

    Jennifer Kent, Research Fellow at University of Sydney
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    Walkable but stressful? Higher-density neighbourhoods need to be carefully planned. Thorsten Rust/Shutterstock.comIn cities across the country, the promotion of higher residential densities in certain areas has become an orthodox part of urban planning. Consolidation, as opposed to sprawl, is seen as a way to accommodate the apparent inevitability of larger cities in a more sustainable, economical, and healthy way. But the advantages are not always entirely clear-cut. There is still debate, for example, over whether high density automatically cuts greenhouse emissions and is generally more…
 
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  • Unique Garden Decor Ideas Without Spending a Fortune

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

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

    alicebenny
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Via: Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers The post Personal Injury Timeline appeared first on Green Conduct.
  • Choosing Environmentally Friendly Certified Wood ~ Eco Products

    alicebenny
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Choosing Environmentally Friendly Certified Wood and Eco Products, is a growing concern for many. The world’s rainforests and forests cover 31% of the earth’s land and are home to a staggering 70% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity, with thousands of species that haven’t yet been discovered. These species have the potential for new medical and scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, as well as the enhancing human understanding of the earth’s biodiversity. Forest ecosystems’ are complex. The trees provide homes for birds, mammals, reptiles and fungi. The ground provides home…
  • 9 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy and Reduce Electricity Bill

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

    Darren
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Some unfortunate news this week, I’m afraid – Tom, our lovely Australian Melaan goat, passed away suddenly on Wednesday. Tom in happier times, hanging out in his goat-house. I’m not sure what happened to Tom. He deteriorated very rapidly, and died during the day while I was away at work. I wonder if he may have been bitten by a snake the day before, as I had him clearing some rocky, shrubby ground. In hindsight he was a little off-colour when I put him back in his pen that night. Or he may have eaten something he shouldn’t have. But there are several problems that…
  • Wollongong PCYC Permaculture Community Garden Tour

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

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

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

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

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

    Mrs Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:58 pm
    If you’re decluttering and looking for tips on how to get rid of stuff without creating landfill I have just the thing for you! Tomorrow (Fri 30th Jan) between 11am and 11:30am GMT I’m hosting a Twitter Q&A with the fantastic Martin Lewis Money Saving Forum. All you have to do is tweet your questions, […]
  • Update on Dump Your Junk January Challenge

    Mrs Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    At the end of December I issued a ‘Dump Your Junk’ January Challenge! The idea was to spend the month of January getting your home in order It was opportunity to get rid of the stuff you no longer needed, wanted or loved. And I can’t believe how many of you are on board! Here […]
  • Keep your cool and reduce food waste

    Mrs Green
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:45 pm
    In a recent newsletter, I shared a tip I picked up from the Love Food Hate Waste website about freezing baked beans. Did you know you could freeze baked beans? One of our readers wrote back to me with some of the items she freezes and I’m constantly amazed at the things you can prolong […]
  • Time to confess! What secret desire do you have that flies in the face of your zero waste lifestyle?

    Mrs Green
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    One of the things many of us are eager to do after the festive season is have a good declutter. I must admit that “Create an organised and minimalist home” has been one of my resolutions for Ooo, about eight years now… But one of the things that stops me isn’t motivation, energy or the […]
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  • Gentle Parenting: Learning to Trust Your Instincts

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    As a new or expecting parent, what’s more overwhelming – all the baby stuff or all the baby advice? The swing, pack & play, and vibrating chair that plays music fill your living room. You weave through the house tripping over toys designed to make your newborn smarter. Or maybe you actually returned a bassinet because the baby wouldn’t sleep in it… thinking it was the product’s fault that your baby wanted to be with you instead of a ruffly box. It probably didn’t take long to figure out the baby marketing industry has fed…
  • 10 Breastfeeding Myths

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Breastfeeding is natural.” Sound familiar? If you assume that breastfeeding is natural, it doesn’t take a leap of faith to accept that breastfeeding must be easy. Why, then, do so many mothers describe breastfeeding as hard? In reality, making milk is natural, but breastfeeding is a skill that babies (and moms) must learn. Some babies enter this world knowing just what to do, but most need a bit of practice. Knowing that myths masquerading as facts can undermine the success of even the most ardent mom, we aim to separate fact from fiction regarding the 10 most common myths. 1.
  • The Benefits of Reading to Your Unborn Baby

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We all know the benefits children can reap by being exposed to books. Especially when you start early, reading is proven to help with a child’s language development and increased word recognition, create a positive bond between parent and child, provide a great wind-down before bedtime, and spark an early interest in learning that carries over to later years. But, what about the advantages for your unborn baby? We’ve all heard about talking, singing or playing music to a baby while in the womb (and whether or not it’s worth it), but there’s also something to be said for reading to a…
  • Chicken Chili with Black Beans & Veggies

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chicken Chili with Blackbeans & Veggies 2015-01-27 14:31:18 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 package of nitrate and nitrite free Turkey or Pork Bacon - cooked and chopped (reserve some as a garnish) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 pounds ground chicken 1 large yellow onion - chopped 1 large organic green bell pepper - washed and chopped 1 large organic red bell pepper - washed and chopped 6 cloves garlic - minced 1/4 cup organic chili powder 1 tablespoon organic ground cumin 2 teaspoons organic paprika 2 teaspoons dried organic oregano 3 tablespoons organic tomato paste 2…
  • Our 2015 Pregnancy & Birth Issue

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Find everything you need for a healthy pregnancy in our annual Pregnancy & Birth issue. Your favorite, trusted contributors are sharing advice on everything from encouraging your child through a new sibling transition and reading to your unborn baby to breastfeeding myths and avoiding anxiety during pregnancy.   You’ll also find a guide to safely using herbs during pregnancy, our list of must-have items for the expecting mom, plus delicious seasonal recipes!  Mother of six and breastfeeding advocate, Jessica Martin-Weber, shares her struggle with hyperemesis…
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  • 15 Years to Global Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:21 am
    15 Years…   15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe. “That’s where change comes from…” In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor. Africa will be able to feed itself.
  • Listen: Word for the New Year

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
      New Year, New Start I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either. I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start…
  • Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    ‘Tis the season of giving. The holidays are just around the corner and it can be hard to find the right gift while staying true to your eco-friendly values. Luckily I have a lot of great green friends who have created holiday gift guides for everyone on your list this year! Living Consciously Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – A great list of non-toxic, healthy gifts that anyone would love to get! Features gift ideas for kids, anyone, and stocking stuffers. Green Child Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Featuring gift ideas for the whole family from tiny babes…
  • Social Justice in the Wake of Ferguson

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    It has been long enough now that everyone likely has an opinion on what they believe is the true story of what happened in Ferguson, MO the day Michael Brown was shot dead by Darren Wilson. Everyone likely has an opinion about the community’s first outrage and the continued protests there and around the world. The shocking difference in opinions seems to come down to a few points: (1) First understanding why a marginalized segment of our population has found this narrative so compelling and/or the straw that broke the camel’s back, (2) Confirmation bias or The Backfire…
  • Climate Change After Mid-Term Election

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Climate Change After Mid-Term Election The activists, scientists, and policy makers working on slowing (hopefully stopping and reversing, but let’s start with the small steps) climate change, took an enormous hit this mid-term election due to the Senate majority moving into the hands of the GOP. This means the lead climate-change-denier GOP Senator Jim Inhofe is taking over the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The environment could not have sustained a bigger blow when it comes to the policies we need moving forward. Stephen Colbert’s humorous take on…
 
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  • Maryland Politics Trumps Science on Fracking

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

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

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

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

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

    Jason Ridge
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    For more than five years we have been one of the leading clean technology blogs. As of January 27th, 2015 EarthTechling will cease operations and no longer publish or distribute new content. However, we will continue to maintain our current site to serve the thousands of links that republishing our content each and every day.This decision was not easy. Over the past several months we’ve looked far and wide for possible partners or acquisitions, but we have been unable to secure the funding needed to keep our dream alive. It’s a painful change, but one that we must make. We hope…
  • Louisville: All-electric ZeroBus Fleet Launches

    Guest Post
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Mayor Greg Fischer joined TARC and other local officials today at the Louisville Slugger Museum to kick off the start of ZeroBus service in downtown Louisville.ZeroBus, TARC’s all-electric fleet, is now providing fare-free rides for passengers along  Main, Market and Fourth streets. The zero-emissions all-electric buses  replace diesel-powered trolleys, the highest polluting TARC vehicles.“ZeroBus changes the game for public transportation in downtown and represents the type of progress and forward-thinking focus we are embracing to improve our city,” said Fischer, who joined TARC…
  • New Nissan Clean Diesel Truck Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

    Jason Ridge
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A major new addition to the diesel pickup truck stable was introduced this morning as Nissan unveiled its new 2016 Nissan Titan powered by a Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine during the opening day of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.“Because of their unmatched combination of efficiency, performance and towing capabilities, diesel engines have long dominated the heavy-duty pickup market,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.  “The New 2016 Nissan Titan with the Cummins 5.0L V8 turbo diesel will provide a great new…
  • Revenge of the Bacteria

    Jason Ridge
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Dear EarthTalk: How is it that antibiotics are being “overused,” as I’ve read, and what are the potential consequences? – Mitchell Chase, Hartford, CTThe development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost. The more we rely on antibiotics, the more bacteria develop resistance to them, which makes treating infections that much more challenging.According to the U.S. Centers for Disease…
  • Watch Bill Gates Drink Water From Human Waste

    EcoWatch
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    We know that Bill Gates made a lot of money from Microsoft and since he left the company, he’s been very busy spending it.One of the latest projects he’s funding is the Omniprocessor, which turns human waste intorenewable energy and drinkable water. How drinkable? Gates demonstrated by drinking a glassful himself.“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyer belt and drop into a large bin,” said Gates. “They made their way through the machine, getting boiled and treated. A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water. The occasion…
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  • Europe is banking on wind, reaps profits

    Edouard Stenger
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The past few days in Western Europe have been windy, very windy. While this makes the somewhat cold weather colder, the thousands of wind turbines scattered in various countries generate a lot of electricity. Here is a selection of facts : If I noted in October that Ireland gets around a fifth of its electricity [...]
  • Keeping Pace with Renewable Energy (& its information)

    Sara Strube
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Never has the rate of information about renewable energy been churned out so fast, by so many online sources. On one hand this is great given the industry’s fight to gain traction against Big Oil, Big Gas and climate change denying counterparts. But the pace and variety of data being released has made it increasingly [...]
  • Bloomberg Charity Gives Out $48M For State Clean Energy Plans

    CleanTechies Staff
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Heising-Simons family today announced the launch of a new Clean Energy Initiative to support state-based solutions that will ensure America has an energy system that is clean, affordable, and reliable. Advances in new energy technologies make it possible to achieve all three goals at once. A stronger, cleaner energy system will [...]
  • Prefab Construction Promotes Energy Efficiency

    CleanTechies Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Alexander Kolbe, co-owner of ecoDOMUS, an architectural firm that specializes in prefab construction to build green homes that are highly energy efficient, says that, “Given the choice of spending a sizable sum of money for a home that consumes energy at an alarming rate, or spending slightly more initially to benefit from substantially lower utility [...]
  • Plug-In Car Sales Up 350% In China

    CleanTechies Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    After several false starts and broken promises, 2014 was the breakthrough year for plug-in car sales in China. Nearly 75,000 plug-in hybrid and electric cars were sold in China last year, a 320% increase over 2013, reports Green Car Congress. Could 2015 see China take the lead in world plug-in car sales?
 
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  • Electric Work Vehicle

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Electric Work Vehicle: ExtremeGreen
  • Lessons Learned From Hurricane Sandy

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    During Hurricane Sandy, . . . none of the more than 600 solar arrays on city rooftops were damaged, . . . but none were able to provide electricity during the power outages that followed. Washington is awarding CUNY an $800,000 grant to fund, a 3 year project, . . . rolling out thousands of solar panels across the 5 boroughs . . . to investigate the role of solar energy, in supplying power during emergencies. 01-31-2015 Source:  Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy
  • Florida Utilities Say Solar Doesn't Work

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Florida utilities say solar doesn't work in the Sunshine State, . . . but things are changing drastically in Georgia. Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, . . . successfully pushed Georgia to adopt solar-friendly policies. "Georgia is going to wind up being a state that everyone looks toward," . . . said Ken Johnson, a vice president and spokesman for the . . . Solar Energy Industries Association in Washington, D.C. The reason why Georgia is emerging as a solar-power leader, . . . is that regulators and utilities have embraced solar, . . . as part of the solution for energy…
  • Laws Make It Hard For Military To Go Solar

    31 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Having spent billions of dollars on renewable energy already, . . . the Pentagon knows that it gets a significantly better deal, . . . when it buys the electricity directly using an instrument called, . . . a 3rd-power Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Using PPAs, the military is currently saving millions of dollars, . . . by locking in set rates for renewable energy, . . . rather than paying constantly rising utility bills. In fact, the military is using 3rd-party PPAs for the entirety of, . . . a $7 billion renewable energy buy to save the most money for taxpayers. But, PPAs, are illegal in 5…
  • Fdic Bank Closings

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Bank closing in Jan. State . . Bank Name ------- ----------------------------- IL. . . . . Highland Community Bank FL . . . . First National Bank of Crestview 2007 . . . 003 2008 . . . 025 2009 . . . 140 2010 . . . 157 2011 . . . 092. 2012 . . . 049 2013 . . . 023 2014 . . . 018 2015 . . . 002 . . . . . . . ----- TOTAL .  510 I intend these announcements to be a positive thing . . . When you see the FDIC closing a bank, . . . capital is no longer bring wasted and . . . tied up in failed enterprises. . . . It is a sign of an economy trying to recover. 2015-01-01…
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  • 10% OFF Railcard Promotional Code for 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards

    Chris King
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:13 am
    With a 2015 Railcard promotional code you can get 10% OFF the price of the 16-25, Senior, Family & Friends and Two Together Railcards. That’s just the start though as you’ll get at least 1/3 OFF train travel in Britain. As well as National Railcards, did you know there’s a total of 20 Railcards available in Britain? We’ll show you how to get 10% OFF with a 2015 Railcard promotional code and how you can get savings with regional Railcards in Britain. 2015 Railcard Promotional Code Discounts & Other Railcards – Quick Links 16-25 Railcard Promotional…
  • Stansted Express 2015 Promotion Code and Discount Cheap Train Tickets

    Chris King
    1 Apr 2013 | 2:38 am
    Stansted Express 2015 promotion code and discount cheap ticket deals are exclusively available online. Trains run frequently every 15 mins to get you from London to Stansted Airport and the journey time is 47 mins. Travel in comfort, save money and time with these 2015 Stansted Airport promotion code offers and online exclusive deals. We also have a guide to 2015 Gatwick Express promotional code and discount tickets, where there’s plenty more bargains on offer. Stansted Express Promotion Code and 2015 Discount Tickets – Quick Links Online Low-Cost Advance – SAVE up to…
  • Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 and Cheap Train Ticket Deals

    Chris King
    30 Mar 2013 | 2:44 am
    Gatwick Express promo code 2015  and discount deals are only available online. Get cheap train tickets before you travel and don’t get ripped off at the station! Gatwick Airport is just 30 mins from London Victoria with trains leaving every 15 mins. Travel in comfort and hassle-free by booking your tickets before you leave. Save money on all tickets with 2015 Gatwick Express promo code deals and online exclusive discounts. Gatwick Express Promo Code 2015 and Cheap Train Tickets with Online Exclusive Deals – Quick Links Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 *Online Exclusive*…
  • Great Value Day Out with the National Trust at Levant Mine and Beam Engine in Cornwall

    Chris King
    22 Jan 2013 | 10:54 pm
    It was a blowy October day when we turned off the main down a lane towards the coast. During this short journey we got a taste of the disused, ghost like buildings of the Levant Mine and Beam Engine. For many the main draw of the Levant Mine is to see the only remaining Cornish steam beam engine still in operation. You get a whole lot more than that, however, with this excellent value day out from the National Trust. For just £7.20 for adults and £3.60 for children (includes Gift Aid contribution) you get a tour of Levant Mine and Beam Engine. That’s not all, however, as you also get…
  • Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycling Voucher Codes & Sale – January 2015

    Chris King
    25 Dec 2012 | 7:00 am
    There’s nothing like a new year to get you focused on cycling and getting your kit up together. Check out the latest January 2015 voucher codes and January Sale offers for pro cycling kit from Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles. Chain Reaction Cycles, Wiggle and Merlin Cycles January 2015 Voucher Codes & Sale – Quick Links Chain Reaction Cycles Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 9 January Sale Offers Wiggle Voucher Codes – January 2015 - x 1 Voucher Codes & 8 January Sale Offers Merlin Cycles Voucher Code – January…
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • Great Expectations: The Ten Most Common Mistakes of Solar Businesses and How to Avoid Them

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    This article is a guest post from Bill Rever, Owner and Principal at WB Rever Associates. Bill spent ten years in senior strategic roles at BP Solar where he helped launch new products and companies. He’s advised some of the biggest and most influential solar businesses to launch over the past decade, and has deep connections in the industry. He’s teaching our Solar Startup Accelerator this winter, a 7 week course that includes training, mentorship, networking support, templates and tools for launching a new division within an existing company or a solar startup. WHO SHOULD READ…
  • Part 2. Solar Land Development Risks 101

    Chris Williams
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    This article is the second part in a three-part series about how to identify land that is suitable for developing a ground-mount solar project in Massachusetts. The inspiration for this post is my personal interest in acquiring some land to lease to a solar developer, in addition to building a house on it. Part 1 of the series is about general project risks, my investment criteria, the factors that will drive the economics, and some basic sensitivity analysis. You can read Part 1 here.  The second part will be understanding the characteristics of the land required for a solar developer so…
  • Vote: Top 6 Finalists in HeatSpring’s Solar Startup Competition

    Chris Williams
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    It’s time to start the voting for Heatspring’s solar startup alley competition.  ***QUICK REMINDER: A a vote means that you’re ACTUALLY interested in scheduling a sales call or demo with the company that you choose!*** On December 1st, 2014, we introduced our online solar startup competition. We received more than 30 submissions and during December we picked the best 6 to go to the next round based on specific criteria. We’re excited about this competition for two reasons: First, we like to keep our readers up to date with the latest innovations in the industry.
  • Nanoracks Co-founder Teaching New Commercial Space Course

    Brian Hayden
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    We’re proud to announce that Charles Miller, Co-founder of Nanoracks, will be teaching our “Commercial Space Executive Leadership Training” that begins on Monday, February 2nd. This in-depth program—a partnership between the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and HeatSpring—has been in development for more than a year. The goal is to prepare the next generation of commercial space leaders by helping them to launch products and companies to drive the industry forward.  About Charles Miller Mr. Miller is the President of NexGen Space LLC, which provides client…
  • Christopher LaForge: Battery Capacity – The Basis of Storage

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    The article below is written by Christopher LaForge, NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional IREC Certified Master Trainer – PV Installation Professional. Christopher LaForge teaches Batteries in Solar PV Systems, a 6-week course that provides in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications. It covers battery design, specification, use, maintenance and concludes with a capstone project where students create the design for a battery-based solar PV system. Christopher has created a free lecture, Battery Capacity – The Basis…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • BookMentors Connects Students and Teachers with Needed Books

    paigewolf
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    With budget cuts to public and charter schools throughout the country, new and relevant books have become a valuable and scarce commodity in classrooms and libraries. Connecting teachers, librarians, and students in need of books with donors supporting literacy, reading, and education, BookMentors uses micropatronage to solve book access problems in high-poverty schools. A space for anyone passionate about the power of books, the Web site enables readers, writers, publishers, and teachers to connect and share information about children’s and YA literature. BookMentors allows teachers to ask…
  • Connect with Top Media at One Day NYC Event for Health, Beauty, + Wellness Brands

    paigewolf
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    I’m so excited to be co-producing Healthy Brand Showcase: Spring 2015. This event gets bigger and better every year, and we are excited to welcome 15 brands for this exclusive event that draws top media and celebrities! Knowing that most health and wellness product brands only have the time (and budget) for one media trip to New York each year, Healthy Brand Showcase  brings the press directly to you for the day!  We connect health, wellness, beauty and fitness brands with national magazines, talks show producers, newspaper reporters, bloggers, trades and freelance writers who…
  • Acorelle: Beautiful, Organic Perfume That Won’t Give You a Migraine

    paigewolf
    12 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Perfume. Parfum. Fragrance. I have been diligently trained to avoid those ingredients on all labels as they generally refer to a cocktail of synthetic chemicals immediately sets my olfactory sense into overdrive. Not only do I know what lurks in most fragrance formulations, avoiding them for years has sensitized me to the point where I’m leery to hug a friend dosed in eau de toilette. I remember the years when I adored Coco Mademoiselle, but now a whiff of it sets me up for a migraine. I learned to embrace essential oils and seek out the few truly natural perfumes that didn’t smell like…
  • Get Better Sleep in The New Year with Confident Parenting

    paigewolf
    2 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Just when you think you can rest easy again, babies and young children surprise you with night-waking, bedtime fears, and new sleep struggles. I’m personally dealing with sleep regression in my 18-month-old while my 5-year-old likes to rise with the roosters. Enter Erica Desper of Confident Parenting, a certified baby and child sleep coach offering private counseling for families in the greater Philadelphia area.  Confident Parenting‘s mission is to educate parents about the science of sleep and walk them through the process of improving their baby or child’s sleep…
  • My Bucket List – A Five Year Check-In

    paigewolf
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Back in January 2010, I decided to create a personal “Bucket List.” The goals had no expiration date – apart from death, of course. But I thought it would be interesting to check in five years later to see what I was able to cross off my list and how my goals for the future have changed. The following goals from my original bucket list have been completed: Swim with Dolphins (√ – APRIL 2010) Publish a book ( – NOVEMBER 2010) Weigh under 145 pounds (without losing a limb or breast, as I am not taking chances for cruel irony) (√ – JANUARY 2012) Take a family cruise…
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    mnn.com

  • February 1

    dailynews
    1 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Feb. 1, 1953: One of the worst winter storms in Britain's history claims hundreds of lives, mostly along the North Sea coastline. A ferry sinks in the Irish Sea, claiming 130 lives. Lasting several days, the storm killed more than 2,000 in the U.K. and the Netherlands.  
  • Color-blind correction glasses help afflicted artists expand their color range

    bnelson78
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Being a painter with color-blindness can be a frustrating handicap to overcome, but there may now be a solution. Specialized glasses originally designed to help physicians and nurses better spot veins beneath the skin or see bruises on a patient’s body have also been found to expand the color range of those afflicted with color-blindness, reports Discover.
  • Ice climber Will Gadd becomes first to scale Niagara Falls

    mdestries
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Calling it one of the highlights of his life, professional extreme athlete Will Gadd became the first person Thursday to scale a frozen section of Niagara Falls.   
  • Cow Art: Farmer uses drone, feed truck to organize 'happy' cows

    mdestries
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
      From the farmer who serenaded his captivated cows (and the Internet) with a trombone rendition of Lorde's hit song "Royal," comes yet another fine example of bovine performance art.  
  • What were the split brain experiments?

    bnelson78
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Are you right-brain dominant or left-brain dominant? Today these terms are ubiquitous, and a medley of pop-psychology quizzes abound which purport to determine all sorts of things about you based upon which brain hemisphere you favor. The list of traits associated with being right-brained or left-brained are well known. If you're right-brained, you're more imaginative, creative, artistic, intuitive. If you're left-brained, you're more rational, logical, scientific.  
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    Greener Ideal

  • Wish Your Takeout Container Was Eco-Friendly? Here’s the Answer!

    Sarah Burke
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    It’s not news that we live in a material, disposable world. Synthetic material is a part of our day-to-day lives, from Styrofoam coffee cups, cheap building materials and plastic grocery bags. And while we’ve seen initiatives that try to move away from this mindset begin to pop up, we’re still wondering if we’ll ever truly […] Read the full article: Wish Your Takeout Container Was Eco-Friendly? Here’s the Answer!
  • Is Porsche Planning a Luxury Electric Vehicle?

    Colin Rabyniuk
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Though details remain scarce, reports are trickling out that Porsche is making plans for a new luxury electric vehicle to rival Tesla’s Model S. Callum Newcombe at The Auto Future writes the new electric vehicle, tentatively called the Pajun, will be a “baby version” of Porsche’s current Panamera S E-Hybrid. A timeline for the vehicle […] Read the full article: Is Porsche Planning a Luxury Electric Vehicle?
  • BMW and Volkswagen are Building 100 New Electric Charging Stations

    Colin Rabyniuk
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    German automakers BMW and Volkswagen announced this week a joint venture to build 100 new charging stations across the US. The pair will be teaming up with ChargePoint, the biggest charging network for electric vehicles, who will help identify both gaps and popular charing sites within their network for possible additions. “This project is another important […] Read the full article: BMW and Volkswagen are Building 100 New Electric Charging Stations
  • Everything You Need to Know About the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

    Colin Rabyniuk
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    There is currently an estimated 3.5 million tons of trash floating around the Pacific Ocean, in what’s called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s believed the patch spans roughly twice the size of the continental US. Also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not an island or land mass […] Read the full article: Everything You Need to Know About the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch
  • China is Breeding Tigers Like Cattle, and It’s a Billion Dollar Industry

    Sarah Burke
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Only a century ago, there were 100,000 tigers roaming wild on the earth. Today, that number has dropped to a miserable figure of 3,200. In fact, today there are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild. It’s estimated that between 5,000 to 6,000 tigers are being farmed in China. Their bones are […] Read the full article: China is Breeding Tigers Like Cattle, and It’s a Billion Dollar Industry
 
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    OurTakeOnGreen.com

  • Learn What You Need To Know Now About Buying The Best HVAC Equipment

    Jason
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    A quality HVAC system is important for your home. It cools off your home in the summer and keeps it warm in the winter. If your system breaks, it can be very frustrating. You must learn how to properly maintain your HVAC, and the following article has some basic info for you. Look for discounts wherever possible. HVAC systems can be rather costly, so you’ll want to seek out whatever discounts and deals that may be out there. When shopping around, ask about any current specials running, and look for discounts that are related to ENERGY STAR compliance. Both can save you a lot of cash. If…
  • The Amateur’s Guide To Solar Energy Resources

    Jason
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:36 pm
    You should feel good about your decision to convert to solar power. This simple, yet advanced, way to power a business or home is both cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly. The article below has some key information with regards to solar energy. When you maintain it, your solar power set-up will last. Inspect your solar energy system on a monthly basis and hose down the panels to remove dirt and grime. Don’t fear hiring a pro to clean and check the panels, but remember that you may save a lot of you can do it yourself. Find out if your local energy provider offers meter rollback…
  • These Green Energy Tips Will Save You Money

    Jason
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    Every day, many people waste tons of energy, while using many things in their home. Whether it’s through simple appliances or water usage, people waste energy at home, rather than using green energy. Here is a bit of advice that will help you make use of green energy in your own home. If you are repairing or replacing your roof, and you have good sun exposure, look into having photovoltaic (PV) cells integrated into the roofing material. Modern PV cells are much less noticeable than older styles. If you don’t use all of the electric generated by your home, some utility companies…
  • Simple Ways To Properly Use Solar Energy

    Jason
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    The idea of installing solar panels in your home or business should not be taken lightly. It is a major step, and it’s important that you’re well-informed about all of your options and what all they entail. Continue reading to find out more about solar energy so that you can make the right moves. Solar energy systems allow you to cut your ties to the outside world. You can go completely off grid with one of these systems. You will not have to pay monthly fees or wonder who is watching your power use. You can increase your level of privacy while saving the environment and your…
  • Learn Some Excellent Advice About Purchasing HVAC Equipment

    Jason
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    A quality HVAC system will assure that you are comfortable at all times. Although most homes have systems such as these installed, sometimes it becomes necessary to have one installed or replaced after a certain period of time has elapsed. That is why it’s important that you understand exactly what your HVAC system does and find the right system when it’s time to make the replacement. Following is some advice. Although most people are thinking of their heating systems during the winter months, air conditioning is also important. When installing a new furnace or heating system,…
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert

    GTG Staff
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    | Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice. Yet in a counter-intuitive twist, it also boasts something good for all of us—one of the world’s greenest building complexes, the triumvirate of the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo, […]Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • United Airlines launches Eco-Skies Vacations in Costa Rica

    GTG Staff
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    | Green Travel News | United Eco-Skies Vacations, a new United Airlines travel program, offers sustainable and environmentally responsible vacation options. The airline is working with global nonprofit Sustainable Travel International to launch the vacation program. Initial destinations are in Costa Rica, a destination known for stunning biodiversity, beaches, rain forests and a commitment to sustainable tourism. “United […]United Airlines launches Eco-Skies Vacations in Costa Rica is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Most important (green) travel trends of 2015

    GTG Staff
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    | Green Travel News | Travel & Leisure points to what’s on the horizon for the coming year with a look at 11 trends that are changing the way we move through the world. Green travelers will especially like #8: You’ll give back on vacation Many travel companies have sister foundations that will put your donations […]Most important (green) travel trends of 2015 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green)

    GTG Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    | A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades. At risk of dating myself, during that stretch of time I’ve witnessed a staggering amount of change and development on this self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Both good and bad. While […]Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green) is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location

    GTG Staff
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    | A Simple Trick To Save Money | I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage. For reasons I never quite understood, […]Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
 
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Hateful Little Squirrels Could Help California Drought

    Guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    By Nancy Shullins Courtesy of Grist Photo by Darron Birgenheler Among alfalfa farmers in Northern California, Public Enemy No. 1 is a promiscuous, photogenic fur ball that weighs only half a pound and spends most of its life asleep. But with the critter helping the state weather its worst drought in 1,200 years, that perception may soon be a thing of the past. The diminutive Belding’s ground squirrel, an important link in the food chain for coyotes, bobcats, foxes, weasels, and raptors, has a long and troubled history as a major agricultural pest. Blame the squirrel’s voracious appetite…
  • John Fielder – Preserving Colorado’s Natural Heritage

    Guest
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Photography and Essay by John Fielder Sunrise on the headwaters of the Yampa River Flat Tops Wilderness, Colorado   As Coloradans, our wild places tie us together. When you live here, as I have for 45 years, you learn that perhaps the one thing that most connects us to one another is our need to be outside. You learn that, collectively, we are compelled to experience the stabilizing force of our natural surroundings. And today, as the world continues to become more crowded, more chaotic, and more connect­ed, the personal sense of security derived from things that seem to be permanent,…
  • Earth Hour 2015 Countdown Begins

    Guest
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    As nations and individuals around the globe gear up to participate in the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement, WWF’s Earth Hour kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video today. Set to the international hit song ‘Pompeii’ by British rock band Bastille, the two-minute video demonstrates how Earth Hour is empowering individuals and organisations around the world to take action on climate change. Showcasing memorable moments and achievements from past Earth Hour events as well as powerful statements from world leaders and…
  • Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent

    Guest
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    The focus on price above all other values may cause consumers to overlook the many values independent, local businesses provide, personally, in our communities and for the environment. Consider buying local. Why Buying Local is Worth Every Cent Infographic
  • NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

    Guest
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    By NASA The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000. This trend continues a long-term warming of the planet, according to an analysis of surface temperature measurements by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York. In an independent analysis of the raw data, also released Friday, NOAA scientists also found 2014 to be the warmest on…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Best Wedding Show Ever!

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

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

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

    kristen
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    I have much to be grateful for this New Year. More than most people realize. More than I can even fully comprehend. I have a chance to start over. To gather up all of the dark corners, the rivers of panic and disbelief that once looked like fear and despair but are now courage and wisdom and to work like a crazy woman to make my dreams happen. I have been reminded of the fragility and brevity of life. I have to stop waiting for the perfect moment in my life to have everything figured out and my path cleared out before me. That’s part of the beauty, feeling the tug of my heart and following…
  • Flash Sale 25% Off All Gift Certificates

    kristen
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    The Perfect Stocking Stuffer – INSTANT DELIVERY! FLASH SALE: 25% OFF ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES (All amounts) There is still time for the perfect gift! – INSTANT DELIVERY! (Get a $100 Gift Card for only $75)  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AhimsaDesigns?section_id=16508048&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8 Gift the Perfect Gift to those extra special people in your life. A GIFT CERTIFICATE to Ahimsa Designs. A PERSONALIZED pdf file of the Gift Certificate filled in with the recipients NAME, the AMOUNT, the GIFT GIVER and a COUPON CODE will be emailed to you the same day you place your order!
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • What’s the difference between cold and flu?

    Dr. Karen
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I don’t know anyone who hasn’t had a cold or the flu at least once in their lives. A common cold is one of the top reasons for children missing school. And the flu claims hundreds of lives every year. There are many ways to prevent cold and flu but doctors recommend getting flu shots like it’s the... Read More » The post What’s the difference between cold and flu? appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Facts on Influenza Vaccine (Flu Shot) Types and Side Effects Swine Flu – Closer Look How to Prevent Flu and Colds Naturally
  • UV Light Kills Bacteria in Your Water System

    Dr. Karen
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood and Pelican Water. Opinions are all mine. You know how important clean drinking water is for you and your family’s health. And you know how bottled water creates unnecessary waste but more importantly, it’s an unregulated industry where many of the bottle water is nothing but filtered tap... Read More » The post UV Light Kills Bacteria in Your Water System appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Zero Water Filter Review What’s under your kitchen sink? 5 Non-Toxic Cleaning Tips with Vinegar
  • Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)

    Dr. Karen
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    I’ve been hearing about Bulletproof® coffee for awhile but the thought of adding a stick of butter in my morning coffee  just made me gag. Did you see the scene on The Big Bang Theory when Sheldon served coffee with sticks of butter in them with a mocking tone? Yea. That was me too, in... Read More » The post Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes) appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Vegan Mango Lassi Recipe Juicing vs. Blending? Which is better? NYC Banning Large Sugary Drinks. What next Mr. Bloomberg? Extra butter on the popcorn?
  • Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat?

    Dr. Karen
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    When I posted my Gravlax recipe, some of you emailed me with the question, aren’t you concerned with radiation from Fukushima. That’s a rightful concern and I should have added the info with the recipe. Here are my thoughts on fish and radiation. Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat? Personally, I eat a... Read More » The post Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat? appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: The BEST Salmon (Fish) Cakes Recipe 25 MORE Ways to Eat Sustainably When to buy organic – Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
  • How to Make Gravlax

    Dr. Karen
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    I’m from New York. You can buy bagels and lox anywhere in NYC and I used to pay a pretty penny for them too at a corner deli on the way to work every day. There is nothing like the salty sweet lox on a warm squishy bagel with a piping hot coffee to wash... Read More » The post How to Make Gravlax appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: The BEST Salmon (Fish) Cakes Recipe Radiation and Seafood: Is Fish Safe to Eat? Cioppino Recipe
 
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Manchester Wood’s ‘Spread Love’ Table Giveaway

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

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

    Manchester Wood
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
    Manchester Wood purchased ManchesterWood.ca and plans to sell direct to Canadian customers by Spring 2015. For Ed and Luke Eriksen, 2nd and 3rd generations of Manchester Wood, Canada will be the first international market they’ve planned the family heirloom brand expanding to in it’s 39-year history and 124th year in lineage as woodworkers. Soon, Canadian customers will be able to purchase their American made brand staples like the Adirondack Chair, the Cherry Shaker Desk, and TV Tray Tables, among hundreds of other solid wood furniture choices entirely made by Manchester Wood in…
  • Live Chat Now Available at ManchesterWood.com!

    Manchester Wood
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Manchester Wood marks 2015 The Year of the Customer! A year seeking to make our customer service even better. What’s one way? Live Chat support online of course! Today marks a special day in ManchesterWood.com history. Live Chat has been made available on the site while browsing our furniture to help field any and all of your questions – custom options, shipping (yes, it’s free), how sturdy is it? (very) and anything else that comes up. That is of course, when we’re available at our offices for online chat. We’re a small business, and like our furniture we…
  • Cherry Wood TV Trays

    Manchester Wood
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Cherry Wood TV Trays are a new addition to ManchesterWood.com. They provide a luxury appeal to an already customer favorite TV Tray Table line. When the idea of Cherry Wood TV Trays came up we were excited. Our solid ash hardwood TV Tray Tables have been a tremendous customer favorite for years, and we had yet to add a “luxury line” to an already quality line far superior to many competitors. This came through the natural process of milling and crafting our TV tray design with solid cherry hardwood, a pinnacle species of high-end handcrafted American hardwood furniture. The Cherry…
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 43

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Just a few of the little wonders I found this week... From Happy + Well, the benefits of procrastination: Will I or won't I? If you drink coffee, please read this. From Elephant Journal: 28 ways to be kinder, gentler & more compassionate I love this quote, its author, and the image: how to spread light If you hate cauliflower as much as I thought I did, this easy, healthy, and super-yummy recipe from Everyday Health might change your mind. (I went back for seconds!) I hope your weekend is surprisingly delicious! Catch my latest posts by subscribing (at the right), "liking"…
  • Snow Day? No Problem! 10 Fun Activities to Keep Your Kids Happy & Busy

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Well, here we go again: The weathermen all predicted a veritable doomsday of a blizzard, so school was cancelled the night before, morning came and...there was barely any new snow! Somehow, this always happens on the days when I have the most to do. (Funny how that works, huh?) But I wouldn't let the snow day get the upper hand--here's how I kept the kids happily occupied, while keeping my own sanity... 1. The kids are slightly obsessed with the show "Master Chef Junior" (which I fully endorse, since it has the double-benefit of making them more helpful in the kitchen and…
  • Monday Snapshot: White World, Pink Sky

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    We're really in the thick of it now: Snow Friday night. Snow Saturday. Snow Monday. Snow Tuesday. It's a snow-white world out there, with the occasional dusty-rose sky. Stark and beautiful, and very, very "January." Stay warm and safe, wherever you are! Catch my latest posts by subscribing (at the right), "liking" my Facebook page, following me on Twitter, or circling me on Google+. (That last one is my favorite place to share--check it out!) © 2015 by Joy Sussman/JoyfullyGreen.com LLC. All rights reserved. All photos and text digitally fingerprinted and…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 42

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Here are a few little gifts just for you...unwrap and enjoy! From Creative with Kids: 100 ways to be kind to your child (#18 and #33 are my favorites!) From Josephine Corcoran: In the wee small hours, someone's working From Higher Perspective: How introverts interact with the world differently than extroverts.  (Yep, I'm definitely an introvert according to this--especially the part about talking on the phone!) From Women's Health: What nutritionists eat when they only have 5 minutes to prep a meal Last but not least, I am completely awed by the amazingly positive attitude of…
  • Picture-Perfect Postcards from Hawaii

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Waipi'o Valley, the Big Island I just got back from a lovely ski weekend in Great Barrington, MA with my family. (Well, to be technical, my husband and daughter went skiing, my son went snowboarding, and I went photographing!) While I'd love to show you some pictures from the ski trip, I thought you might like a little break from all of the snow and ice lately...to take a little vicarious vacation to Hawaii! Aside from a couple of posts featuring the work of my photography students, I've featured other photographers here only twice before. But I'm making an exception…
 
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  • Power Shortages Due In 2015

    Clay Miller
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    There was an interesting news article I read a few years ago warning the UK that they would have major power shortages and outages in 2015, this was according the power regulation Ofgem. Reading further into news reports it is clear that this is not just limited to the UK, many countries are using up their spare capacity tanks. We all know energy is running out and at a rapid rate!   Image Credit Many people around the world, even America, are forced to use candle light as entire cities plummet into darkness. The New Trend For 2015 I think people are finally starting to stand up and…
  • Why it Pays to Spend More on the Right Battery

    Clay Miller
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Getting a gift that runs out of battery power too quickly is something nobody wants to experience. Buying the right battery for a gift being given, or especially for a child’s toy, shows that the gift giver is going the extra mile to make sure the receiver gets the most out of their gift. A few of the reasons why it pays to spend more on the right battery include: Longer battery life Reduced chance of corrosion Consistent power   Extending the Life of Batteries Comparing cheap generic batteries with name brand batteries will reveal a significant difference in how long each one of…
  • Ways2GoGreen is Now on Instagram

    Clay Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The Ways2GoGreen Blog is now on Instagram. You can find us here: @ways2gogreen Follow us to see photos and information from the Ways2GoGreen Blog as well as from outside the pages of my Ways2GoGreen life. You’ll see photos on the topics of how to be green at school, the office and at home; information on recycling, reducing and reusing; parks; decomposition rates of items when not recycled; composting; planting trees; gardening; plastic identification codes and saving money. You’ll also see photos from my travels: beaches, plants and the wilderness. Share you own photos with us…
  • How to Make an Eco-Friendly Green Home?

    Clay Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    All over the world people are now becoming aware of the dangers they have created, harming the nature. Deforestation, increase in pollution rate and much more, are not merely topics to have debate. People have become more environmentally conscious and interested in adapting habits and methods that help to create a greener lifestyle. Among all these, there is a ‘green solution’ that solves one of the major problems, i.e. having a shelter of own. It will be a great start to create your own environment friendly home using a shipping container. Check how you can make a green, healthy and cost…
  • 3 Eco-Friendly Tips for Furnishing Your Garden

    Clay Miller
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:09 am
    Everyone dreams about turning their outdoors into something more than a beautiful sight – on hot summer days, nothing beats getting out on a patio setting and being able to comfortably spend time in the garden with your family. But throwing together a few plastic chairs just won’t cut it – a garden is a serene and peaceful place, so a delicate touch is required to turn it into a place where family members and friends will want to spend time on. Therefore making sure that the garden furniture is in harmony with the nature’s setting is essential, and having natural, eco-friendly…
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  • Pros and Cons of Natural Gas

    Rinkesh
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    Natural Gas Pros and Cons Natural gas is one of the big three fossil fuels that the world runs on. In recent decades, there has been more of an effort to move away from coal and gas when it comes to providing heat and power as they produce high levels of pollution. The reserves for coal and natural gas are also being swiftly depleted, Natural gas is the obvious choice for replacing them as a major energy source, but there are many pros and cons of natural gas use. Proponents of both sides, when it comes to talking about the pros and cons of natural gas have a tendency to only stick to…
  • Pros and Cons of Geothermal Energy

    Rinkesh
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:56 am
    Geothermal Energy Pros and Cons The temperature at earth’s core exists at roughly 7200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is due to the decay of radioactive materials millions of years ago. The high temperature beneath the earth’s surface can produce enormous amount of energy that could produce several gigawatts of electricity. Technically speaking, geothermal energy is a renewable source of energy that can produce energy as long as earth exists. Geothermal energy is a type of energy that can really make it easy for companies to get what they need without using a lot of fossil fuels in the…
  • Pros and Cons of Solar Energy

    Rinkesh
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Solar Energy Pros and Cons Solar energy is the energy from the sun. Solar panels use sunlight to produce electricity. These panels are normally mounted on the roof and angled to face the sun. Countries all around the world are using solar energy to reduce their dependance on fossil fuels and making it as a sizable share of their energy supply. Solar panels are used in large numbers by resident owners to reduce their monthly electricity bills that will lessen the need of electricity from utility companies and also result in extra savings. Solar energy has become an incredibly important part of…
  • 7 Pros and Cons of Wind Energy

    Rinkesh
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Wind Energy Pros and Cons Like solar energy, wind energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world with the United States aiming to produce 20 percent of its electricity by wind power by 2030. There is no doubt from the fact that wind energy is going to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas in the coming decade, but to which extent can only be speculated in. It is renewable and clean source of energy that doesn’t generate any greenhouse gases. Research efforts are going on to address the challenges to make wind power more cheaper and viable alternative for…
  • What are Different Types of Lighting Controls?

    Rinkesh
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    What are Different Types of Lighting Controls? Today’s advanced lighting controls provide the adaptability to plan lighting arrangements that are functional, energy saving, and beautiful. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the most common types of lighting controls that are out there and how they can help you to conserve energy and create the ambiance that you are looking for in and around your home. What Can Lighting Controls Do? There are a number of new technologies out there that make lighting controls that much more interesting and they help to save a lot of energy and…
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  • The Ultimate Greenhouse Resource List

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

    editor
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Though your heating system might not be something you think about unless your utility bills are high or your abode isn’t cozy enough, there are several home heating options that both provide adequate[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Fact and Fiction on CFL and LED Light Bulbs

    editor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Are you hesitating to make the switch to LED or CFL bulbs for your home? Recent legislation is going to make it harder to find incandescent bulbs, so what’s holding[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Storing household goods on garage and attic trusses - Garage and attic trusses are designed to support the weight of the roof and ceiling and not the weight of anything else.[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Dome Greenhouses: More Than Just a Pretty Face

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Some gardeners prefer form over function in their greenhouses and will choose the beautiful options before the useful ones, even if it creates more work for them in the long[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
 
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    Mosaic Blog

  • 3 Companies Revolutionizing Energy Access for the World’s Poor

    Gwen Brown
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Despite the dramatic technological and development advances of modern decades, over1.3 billion people, a fifth of the global population, still livewithout access to electricity. In addition to the obvious negative impacts on quality of life, the energy poverty experienced by this poorest segment of society forces them tospend disproportionately more on energy, usually kerosene, making escaping poverty more difficult. The essential role of distributed renewable energy in addressing this problem is increasingly well-recognized; however, expansion into a market in which potential customerslive…
  • Shout Out For Solar Day

    John Atkinson
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Happy “Shout Out For Solar” day!   If you’re obsessed with all things solar like we are, you might not need a special occasion to tell your friends and family about all the great things solar is doing for the environment, the U.S. economy, and (if you have solar panels yourself) your utility bill – but today is an especially good day to tell the world (and the internet) how much you heart getting energy from the sun using the hashtag #GoSolar. Organized by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the goal of “Shout Out For Solar” day is not only to raise awareness of the…
  • Turning Lead Car Batteries into New Solar Panels

    Allison Khoe
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Photo credit: Science Daily Solar photovoltaic technology is being revamped daily with new materials and techniques that make harvesting energy from the sun cheaper and more efficient than ever. A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by Angela M. Belcher and Paul T. Hammond, has recently developed solar cells made out of organolead halid perovskite that can convert sunlight at a 19.3% efficiency rate, making this material competitive with conventional silicon cells. So what’s so special about these new cells? Organolead halid perovskite cells require lead, a…
  • Alcatraz to Annobón: Islands Turn to Solar to Survive, Thrive

    Thad Wharton
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Solar array on the island of Tokelau. Credit: Powersmart Solar From one of America’s most famous tourist destinations to some of the world’s most remote settlements, islands are increasingly turning to solar to provide low-cost energy, cleaner air, and perhaps the biggest direct response they have available to fight climate change at ground zero of its impact. Energy has been a major stress-point for islands throughout their history. At best, most islands have to import fossil fuels over vast distances, paying a premium price for their dependency. Or, many undeveloped islands are…
  • Prevent Double Submit jQuery Plugin

    Eric Broder
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Web developers love the expression “user error”. It’s the code monkey way of responding to a bug report by saying “it’s not me, it’s you.” However, a good website is so user-proof that even if the user happens to be a cat sitting on a laptop and rubbing against the trackpad, it will still steer them through the happy path. This is where Mosaic’s Prevent Double Submit jQuery Plugin comes in. A common “user error” is when a form is meant to be submitted only once, but the user accidentally submits it twice. Sometimes this doesn’t really matter, like a search form. If you…
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  • Cost-Cutting Tips for Facility Management

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    When working in facility management, not only do you face a number of diverse challenges on a daily basis, but your duties and responsibilities often go beyond the scope of your work. On any given day you could be responsible for operations and maintenance, project management, oversight of environmental and sustainability projects, emergency preparedness, civil and structural engineering, customer relations, business continuity, and finance awareness. With strict budget cuts and a recovering economy, limits are often placed on how much can be done within your organization. CFS knows yours is…
  • Cornell University’s Myron Taylor Hall Receives Platinum LEED Certification

    admin
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    David Gottfried is known as the father of the global green building movement. In 1993, Gottfried along with Rick Fedrizzi and Mike Italiano founded the U.S. Green Building Council. Starting out, the organization was first made up of three individuals who wanted to further building sustainability – all the way from design to operations. Today, the USGBC is comprised of student and community volunteers, builders, environmentalists, corporations, teachers, and lawmakers, all aiming for the construction of greener buildings in order to reduce the use of water and energy to create spaces…
  • Why You Should Consider Creating a Wellness Program for Your Business

    admin
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    The workplace can be busy. We spend most of our waking hours as employees at our jobs and our lives aren’t really any healthier as a result. Experts say that although our companies are becoming greener and more environmentally-friendly, our workforce is slowly taking a backseat in terms of health. Those of us here at Commercial Flooring Solutions have come to realize that as managers and business owners, you have your hands full running a successful organization. Recruitment, employee performance, leadership development, retention, training, workforce planning, disaster preparedness,…
  • Use All of Your Vacation Days

    admin
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The concept seems simple enough: you work for a company that offers vacation time, so you take it. Some companies even offer paid vacation days as part of a benefits package.  With all the traveling done around this time of year, you would think that everyone would be clamoring to snatch up any vacation day available to them.  However, surveys show that a high percentage of Americans don’t use the vacation days available to them.  Over half of Americans will not use all of their days available to get away from the workplace, but Commercial Flooring Solutions is here to tell you that it…
  • Reasons to Keep Your Office Clean

    admin
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This time of year it may not seem overly important to concern yourself over the cleanliness of your office. Everyone has their eye on the holidays and time with their family.  However, Commercial Flooring Solutions can give you several reasons why you should make the effort to keep your office clean, even during this hectic time. First of all, it’s good hygiene to regularly clean the area you spend several hours a day in.  It is cold and flu season and keeping your employees healthy can be undermined by an office that never sees a bottle of disinfectant regularly.  Dust mites and other…
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  • What is Tumblr and how to promote green living with it?

    Mimuba
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Once one of my clients asked me this question that what is Tumblr and how one can do green awakening with it. Actually many people take it as an online tool which one can get after paying a subscription fees. This is the big misconception attached with it. You need not to pay a dime… Read More »The post What is Tumblr and how to promote green living with it? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Why you must buy organic chocolate to your kids?

    Mimuba
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    How much do you love your kids? Yes your answer is right that it is a silly question. Is it wise to ask you for a being who you keep dearer than you? Mostly you drop your needs just to fulfill their. You laugh when they laugh and you get upset when they are not… Read More »The post Why you must buy organic chocolate to your kids? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Top 6 natural remedies for baldness

    Mimuba
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Who doesn’t want to look smart in this world? You all take full care of yourself to look graceful. No one wants someone laughs at him or someone has strange feeling after looking him. No one wants to be noticed because of any lacking in his appearance. Our overall appearance comprises of: Our face Our… Read More »The post Top 6 natural remedies for baldness appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to support environmental protection with Stumble Upon?

    Mimuba
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Environmental protection is must for our and our children’s safety. If it is not done this world will be more unsafe because of threats to its environment. We need to think collectively to keep our planet Earth fully protected from all types of hazards. Who to do environmental protection? We need to take action against… Read More »The post How to support environmental protection with Stumble Upon? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Eliminate Or Reduce Dependence On Gas With Green Power Cars

    Mimuba
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    After food, shelter and clothes the fourth basic need of human beings is transport. People can cover short distances on feet but need a vehicle to cover the long distance. As long as they are busy to earn their livelihood they have to move from their home. Very few people are lucky enough to find… Read More »The post Eliminate Or Reduce Dependence On Gas With Green Power Cars appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • Planning A Natural Spa Day at Home

    Emily Uebergang
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    This is part 2 of the Natural Home Spa Day Series. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can do so here.   The first thing to consider is planning your natural spa day at home. This involves the following:   1. Pick a Day and Block it Out Set aside a day and block it out in your diary or on the calendar. Kindly issue an announcement and ask other household members to vacate the premise if at all possible. Their cooperation … →
  • Natural Spa Day Series: Create A Health Retreat At Home

    Emily Uebergang
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of retreating to a tropical island for a month to detox on healthy organic food, relax by the beach sipping fresh coconuts, splurge on massages, practice daily yoga as the sun rises and sets and have someone else attend to your every need? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.   I have heard this as many times as Paris Hilton says the word ‘like’. Heck, I was the one with the tropical postcard hanging up in my cubicle. Too often … →
  • The Single Most Important Detox Secret You Need to Know for 2015

    Emily Uebergang
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As 2014 rolls over, many of us too are rolling over in misery as we pray the new start to 2015 will wash away all our guilt, wrongdoings, failings and shame from the year past. With a new year, however, comes new hope. So I won’t deprive you of that. I’m not a soulless vermin. But with this hope, pay heed to this warning. Hope exposes you to a certain vulnerability. The kind of shonky dealings that promise rapid weight loss pills, or a magical prowess … →
  • Mixed Spice Orange Chocolate Balls

    Emily Uebergang
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    It’s that time of year again. The time where kids are forced to sit on some old, white bearded guy’s lap, Just because he’s wearing some extra large red suit and dorky cap. Meanwhile the parents take photos and shrill will glee, And the kids just whine and scream, just wanting to flee. It’s that time for the chaotic herds of mentally deranged shoppers to flock to the mall. While the 25 versions of “Little Drummer Boy” plays on repeat, driving staff up the wall. But … →
  • Why 2014 Kicked-Butt and How 2015 Will Rock Your Socks Off

    Emily Uebergang
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    I have this thing. This thing where every year tends to kick the previous year in the butt. Like literally. Whether it’s for the better or the worse. They just love trying to trump each other. What’s with that? THANKFULLY, 2014 kicked 2013 in the butt in a good way.   I freaking fell in love with 2014 and well, tis the season for reflection after all as we near to the end of the year that was. I’m almost scared to let go … →
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  • Oil companies in North Dakota try to dump radioactive waste in regular landfills

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Fracking in North Dakota It seems that shale drilling companies in North Dakota want to dump radioactive waste in regular landfills in order to cut production price because oil prices are still at very low levels even today. Prices at the pump in the U.S. are at a six-year low and people are delighted with this unusual situation. While people are celebrating the oil abundance and the low prices, oil industry companies are searching ways to cut the production costs, which in the long run may lead to an entirely different danger for the environment and people. In the meantime, North…
  • NASA launched the SMAP spacecraft to measure how much water is in Earth’s soil

    admin
    1 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    Deploying the SMAP spacecraft Yesterday morning at 9:22 a.m. EST, Cape Canaveral witnessed a new launch. An unmanned Delta II rocket launched into space, the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive spacecraft (SMAP), which has the mission to measure how much water is in Earth’s soil because this value can help with the forecasting and tracking of the global climate change. The tiny amount of soil moisture links Earth’s overall environmental systems like water, energy and carbon cycles as well as determines whether particular regions are afflicted by drought or flooding. Kent Kellogg,…
  • Zephyr the solar drone that is years ahead our time

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    Zephyr the solar drone built by Airbus A new drone called Zephyr is a self-powered aircraft, is very light and because of this can fly at very high altitudes above the weather. Zephyr is actually more than an aircraft, is a high altitude pseudo satellite (a so called HAPS system), and it was created by Airbus. Zephyr can do what a $2 billion satellite can do from 250 miles away in space, the difference is that Zephyr does the same work from a much closer distance of only 65,000 feet above the Earth. Traditional satellites orbits hundreds of miles away from Earth and they are constantly…
  • Super Bowl 2015 will take place using high-efficiency LED lights

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:49 am
    The new high-efficiency LED lights used for Super Bowl 2015 Sunday’s super game will be the first Super Bowl game played using high-efficiency LED lights that will use only 15 to 25% of the energy used by the old traditional bulbs. Ephesus company is the creator of the high-efficient LED lights, which will be used for this show and Ephesus is a well known company because it already worked with the U.S. Army, Chrysler and many other big names in the U.S. The University of Phoenix will host the 2015 Super Bowl, and knowing this, Ephesus company has replaced at the end of last year (2014),…
  • A new deal signed between SunEdison and First Wind to build large solar fields in Oahu, Hawaii

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:48 am
    Oahu, Hawaii a gorgeous place where the large scale solar field will be built A new deal of $2.4 billion has been signed yesterday between SunEdison and First Wind in Oahu, Hawaii. This new deal will create many solar farms with thousand of solar panels in the area. Large scale solar fields are already built all over the U.S. as communities slowly abandon fossil fuel usage in favor of renewable energy sources. One of the largest solar farm will be built in central Oahu and close to the H2 freeway and will cover more than 300 acres of land. About 200.000 solar panels will cover about a third…
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  • Ocean Nitrification Shown To Be Greater Than Ocean Acidification

    Russ George
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Anthropogenic ocean nitrification has dramatically increased chemically neutering the oceans. We, the human race, seem to be able to assimilate the simplified chemistry of the fossil fuel age by understanding that when we burn fossil fuels (carbon) in air one problematic product of that combustion is CO2. It’s just that simple, right? Composition of Air Wrong! In fact when one burns fossil fuels in air you must remember that 78% of that air is actually nitrogen. Less than 21% of the air is oxygen. So while the oxygen in air is becoming CO2, what becomes of that nitrogen when it is…
  • Where Have All The Sardines And Seabirds Gone

    Russ George
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Or why we should all love blue footed boobies. Eastern Pacific Ocean Pasture Collapse Tracks Sardine Fishery Collapse In 1948, the question of why the sardines on the California coast had disappeared was posed to legendary ocean biologist Ed Rickett, who was investigating the most famous sardine crash in history, which began in 1946. He quipped, “They’re in cans!” Ricketts was not only a biologist he was also the central character in John Steinbeck’s book Cannery Row which chronicled the steamy life of Ricketts, marine life, and the California coastal town of Monterey. Today’s…
  • Green Walls Push Back Deserts And Dustbowls

    Russ George
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    More Grass Growing Means Less Dust Blowing Green walls are good news for pastures on land, but bad news for ocean pastures. CHINA has been pushing back the desert for 3 decades by the ongoing planting of the Great Green Wall. This feat of good human intention and dedicated labor is seeing a band of grass and trees being planted across China’s arid northern and western plains in what might be the largest ecological engineering project on the planet. And it is working according to a new study. More grass growing here in the Gobi desert means less dust blowing. This turns deserts to…
  • Papal Advice Becoming Good Shepherds Of Nature

    Russ George
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Pope Francis proclaims man has slapped Nature in the face Here’s my open letter to his eminence. If you like it you might send him a copy and a note, or a prayer, alas he doesn’t have email. Your Eminence, Your comments in 2013 and recently have been so clear on the needs of our environment. I hope your flock of 1.2 billion Catholics will take heed. I know your intention is to be a Good Shepherd. This posting I hope will help you and the rest of us do so. I am again inspired by your most recent comments.  “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth…
  • About Reports on Ocean Extinction And The Usual Suspects

    Russ George
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    A paper in the Journal Science is being widely reported as portending imminent mass ocean extinctions The oceans are indeed under a severe threat but the greatest threat is not from the usual suspects, those bad overfishing fishermen, the greater threat by far is from all of us. I wrote to the lead author of the paper in Science, here’s my letter to him. Dear Sir, From the accounts I read of your paper in the Journal Science it does not seem to touch on the most dire effects of anthropogenic CO2 that is destroying ocean pasture productivity. Many papers show clearly that ocean primary…
 
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  • Sustainable Textile — Wool

    Larraine Roulston
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:48 am
    By Larraine Roulston: In the textile industry, wool is a natural alternative to harmful chemicals used on other fibers. Wool from sheep and goats is used as a base material in clothes and is an integral part of many household products. Wool breathes and draws moisture into the core of its fibers. Before the invention ...
  • Rustic Red Wine Lentil Stew

    Green Mom
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    By Fredrica Syren: I made lentil stew for our Christmas dinner, and it was a huge hit. It’s warming, satisfying and altogether yummy — and perfect for a special occasion or a very cold winter day. I served it with roasted potatoes and a large spinach salad but it goes really well with pasta as ...
  • The Spice of Life: Antioxidant Herbs and Spices

    Dawna Matthews
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    By Dawna Matthews: Ways to improve your health and well-being are always in the news. One of the simplest ways to improve both is through nutrition. There are several buzzworthy health and nutrition topics, but one of the most talked about today is antioxidants and why we need these nutrients. What are antioxidants and why ...
  • Hidden Water Uses

    Kim Robson
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    By Kim Robson: Did you know that approximately 90% of all fresh water is used by agriculture (70%) and industry (20%), leaving just 10% for domestic use? The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is urging coordinated action to reduce the amount of “hidden water” used in food and drink production — estimated at up to ...
  • Cooking with Kids

    Green Mom
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    By Fredrica Syren: According to my kids, the kitchen is the most fascinating place, and as soon as I start cooking, I soon hear the familiar sound of chairs being pushed so the kids can climb up and see what I’m doing. I must admit that sometimes this raises my pulse and I feel stressed ...
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  • How to Protect Your Plants From Overheating

    Lillian Connors
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    Maintaining a garden during the summer months is a challenging task even for an experienced gardener, not to mention amateur enthusiasts like you and me. As much as plants love sunlight, extreme temperatures can have adverse effects on their development and well-being. This article will try to list a number of possible solutions to this problem and, even if you are not able to apply them all, using some of them is certain to give positive results and help you and your crops survive the long, hot summer. Maintain the Moisture of the Soil To begin, it is of the utmost importance to always make…
  • Sun Power: Top Benefits of Using Solar Energy

    Rachel Heagney
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:02 am
    Imagine life without energy. Without power, our home’s ducted air conditioning or heating would be as good as useless. We’d either swelter or freeze under our own roof. A horribly grim sight, isn’t it? Now conjure up an image of a house using sunshine for all its energy needs. Brilliant, isn’t it? Harnessing the sun’s rays to supply the power required in your home is not a new concept. In Switzerland, where the sun rarely shows up, many people have solar-powered homes. It is no surprise that the US has about 400,000 homes with photovoltaic units currently installed. With its…
  • 3 Ways To Save On Your Heating Bill

    Contributing Author
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    If you own a home or rent an apartment and you want to save money on your heating bill, you can do so with ease. Sadly, a lot of people waste money when they don’t follow a wise and easy plan to save cash on their monthly heating bill. While true, with that being said, here are three ways to save on your electric bill. Inspect It All: If you own a home, you should call a local electrician and have him or her inspect the heater and make sure it is in order and clean. If you rent an apartment, you can call the landlord or newer and ask for his or her help. By doing a quickly cleaning and out…
  • Preserve, Protect, Respect: Sustainable Agriculture Benefits

    Ariel Bellamy
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Preserve, Protect, Respect: Sustainable Agriculture Benefits For agriculture to be called sustainable, it needs to yield results while establishing and maintaining the ecological balance, solving problems like infertility of the soil or troubles with pest by using a diverse range of environmentally conscious farming methods. The final product of sustainable agriculture does not only need to be eco-friendly, it is also important that it helps farmers and their families and that its final product is healthy for the end users. In this article, we will try to list all the main benefits of this…
  • What Is Biomass Energy ?

    Kimberly Littleton
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    What Is Biomass Energy ? Biomass power is redefining how we use the nature to generate electricity in a better and effective way so that we are ready with a replacement of the fossil fuels. But what is this biomass and what is the hue and cry all about? Biomass power comes from plants. It can be forest or crop residues, perennial grasses, corn kernels, stalks and quick growing trees like poplars. These plants can be used to make liquid bio-fuels that can be used as an alternative to oil. One can also use it to produce electricity or heat that can be used in our homes. In the United States,…
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  • Asbestos Abatement: What You Need to Know

    Jessica Hope
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Asbestos Abatement: What You Need to Know Asbestos is an infamously dangerous set of six minerals, carrying with it a reputation of death, disease, and litigation. But before we classified asbestos as a potentially lethal human carcinogen, it was considered an incredibly useful substance; it provided protection against chemical and electrical damage, it was resistant to heat, it absorbed sound, it was cheap, and it made for convenient building insulation. Consequently, asbestos has been used for thousands of years and in millions of buildings and commercial products across the planet.  …
  • A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After

    Michael Manouel
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A Brownfield Success Story: the Jefferson Davis Hospital Before and After   Brownfields are, in short, pieces of real property, which—by the suspected presence or actual presence of hazardous pollutants, chemicals, or contaminants—have been held back from reuse, redevelopment, or commercial growth. Although it might sound like a condemning blow for once-successful properties to be declared a brownfield, closed down, and cordoned off from the public, there are many former sites that have become prosperous centers of commerce, art, industry, and, sometimes even sports, post-cleanup.
  • New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention

    Jessica Hope
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    New Coal Ash Rules Deserve Your Attention A critical decision about the classification of coal ash is due this month. It’s been over four years since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their plans to finalize federal rules regarding coal ash, but come December 19th, the EPA might finally make good on their promise. Most people, aside from industry representatives and environmentalists, don’t have this issue on their radar. It’s not hard to make sense of – after all, coal regulations don’t exactly make for sexy headlines. But the classification of coal ash could…
  • Bioremediation: The Inexpensive, Organic Remediation Method

    Michael Manouel
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Bioremediation: The Inexpensive, Organic Remediation Method   What’s the process?   Bioremediation involves the use of tiny organisms, called microbes, to help clean up contaminated soil and groundwater. These living organisms (usually some type of bacteria) feed off of the contaminants (such as solvents, oil and petroleum products, and pesticides) in or on a site. When the microbes eat these contaminants, they will eventually digest and metabolize them, at which point the contaminants will be changed into water or harmless gases, like ethene, or carbon dioxide. The technique of…
  • Understanding Underground Storage Tanks: Dangers and Regulation

    Michael Manouel
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Understanding Underground Storage Tanks: Dangers and Regulation Definition An underground storage tank (UST), in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition, is any tank with ancillary piping that has at least 10% of its combined volume submerged underneath the ground. Federal EPA regulations only apply to USTs that store either petroleum or certain other hazardous substances, such as methane, solvents, and ethylene glycol. According to the EPA, the following tanks are also exempt from regulation, Farm and residential tanks of 1,100 gallons or less containing motor fuel for…
 
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  • Best Humidifier for Dry Skin, Sinus Problems, Dry Air

    Brian
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Best Humidifier for Sinus Problems, Dry Skin 2014 -2015 This post is a guide for choosing a top humidifier for sinus problems, dry skin and dry air. We first talk about the reasons behind dry air, dry skin and sinus problems, then we move to talk about how to choose a best humidifier to solve sinus problems and dry skin problem. Low humidity levels generally indicate too much dryness and too little moisture in the air, which can bring out… Continue Reading ›› The post Best Humidifier for Dry Skin, Sinus Problems, Dry Air appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Homedics Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Homedics Humidifier Review 2015 This post is about Homedics Humidifier Reviews, we will compare some best humidifiers from Homedics, including some personal humidifiers, ultrasonic humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers. Founded in 1987, Homedics has been renowned for its home massage products and will continue to be a leading company to provide innovative and advanced massage products for today’s market. However, in fact, Homedics is also highly praised for its full line of indoor wellness products, including Air Filters, Sleep aids, Fitness Monitors,… Continue Reading ››…
  • 8 Natural Remedies Helpful for Quitting Smoking

    Brian
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Natural Remedies Tips for Quitting Smoking Smoking seems quit prevalent among people. But the fact is that it causes a great deal of health problems and leads to numerous deaths nowadays. If you want to keep yourself away from the tobacco-related health problems, it’s never too late to quit smoking. Certainly, the earthier you start quitting, the more benefits you will get. And your lung will start to repair impairments caused by smoking immediately once you stop smoking. So are… Continue Reading ›› The post 8 Natural Remedies Helpful for Quitting Smoking appeared first on…
  • Essick Air Humidifier Review 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Essick Humidifier Review 2015 In this post we will talk about Essick humidifier reviews and ratings info. Essick has been producing high quality air humidifiers for more than 90 years. And all of its products are designed, engineered and assembled in the United States, which is really rare for today’s manufacturers. Essick air humidifiers produce healthier, easier and comfortable moisture into air through the evaporative technology. But why and how the evaporation makes Essick humidifier become the distinguished humidity saver? Essick… Continue Reading ›› The post Essick…
  • Pureguardian Ultrasonic Humidifier Reviews 2015

    Brian
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Pureguardian Humidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015 In this post, we will talk about reviews of Pureguardian Ultrasonic Humidifier. PureGuardian has been increasingly popular among customers for its natural way to improve air quality enormously. It adopts the one of most efficient humidifying systems–Silver Clean Technology, to release the incredible clean moisture into the air helping to create the comfortable breathing environment for living and working. Most Pureguardian Humidifiers are Ultrasonic Humidifiers. The silver inside the water tank of PureGuardian humidifiers… Continue…
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  • Bye, Buy Carbon - Reducing The Carbon Footprint in Your Spending

    Colleen Redmond
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    “Win or loose, we go shopping after the election.” — Imelda Marcos What and where we buy makes a difference.  Being aware of our choices and shopping smart can help.  It’s not as hard as you may think.  You just need to know where to look.  Eat Local:  If possible, try to buy locally grown foods as well as fruits and vegetables that are in season in your area.  This cuts down on transportation emissions, and you get fresher food to boot!  Here’s a link to finding locally grown produce in your area - http://www.localharvest.orgGrow…
  • Turn Your Dial to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

    Colleen Redmond
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    “It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn’t hear the barbarians comming.” — Garrison Keillor Take a Turn for the Better:Well, without melting or freezing that is.  Being safe and comfortable in our living spaces is important, but small changes can make a big difference.Hey! Turn that thing down!:  Dialing down central heating just a degree saves energy and can reduce your heating bill by around 8%.  Another bonus - one more reason to wear cozy socks and that awesome…
  • Are We There Yet - Reducing The Carbon Footpring in Your Commute

    Colleen Redmond
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    “If we drive down the cost of transportation through space, we can do great things.” — Elon Musk Transportation is a big part of our lives.  When and how we get places soaks up a lot of mental bandwidth and time from each day and is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions.  The good news?  If you know how, traveling smart can make a huge contribution in reducing your carbon footprint. Getting There is Half the Fun:  Have you ever been stuck in traffic and secretly cursed the city bus as it blew by you on the shoulder?  Or scowled as…
  • Water Water Everywhere - The Carbon Footprint In Your Water

    Colleen Redmond
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” — Sylvia Earle Water Water Everywhere....Or sometimes not. California is currently facing one of the worst droughts on record, and many other parts of the globe are suffering as well.  Here are a few easy ways to help conserve this precious resource:Give your laundry the cold shoulder:  90% of the energy that goes into washing clothes is used to heat the water.  Washing in cold is an easy way to reduce energy use (up to 350 pounds of carbon emissions eliminated for an average household), and it gets clothes just as…
  • How Santa Sizes Up - The Carbon Footprint of Christmas

    Ted Redmond
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” — Dr Seuss Really, we are just having a little fun here.  We love the holidays!  The best way we can make change, we think, is to focus on creating new and positive changes for ourselves.  On the other hand, a little awareness can go a long way too!  Without an awareness of the scale of our impact, we can not hope to make effective change.The Wrap SheetFor the fun of awareness, here is a quick run-down on the carbon footprint of the typical American Christmas.  Assuming a 'typical'…
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  • Carbon Credits: Astoria Sees Forest Through Trees

    Kasey Krifka
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    By Derrick DePledge As published by The Daily Astorian – January 29, 2015 Astoria stands to receive new revenue, help combat climate change, through carbon credit project. In an innovative trade-off, Astoria has agreed not to aggressively harvest timber in the Bear Creek watershed over the next decade in return for carbon credits that could help industrial polluters offset carbon-dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. The city is partnering with The Climate Trust, a Portland nonprofit that would purchase the carbon credits. Utilities with fossil-fuel driven power plants…
  • How cleaner fuels will benefit all Oregonians

    Kasey Krifka
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Liz Hardee, The Climate Trust As published by Sustainable Business Oregon – January 27, 2015 When the Oregon State Legislature reconvenes in February, it has the chance to lift the sunset on an innovative program which is only the second of its kind in the nation: the Oregon Clean Fuels Program. The Clean Fuels Program is intended to reduce the carbon content of transportation fuels used in the state, and it does so by establishing a market not unlike that of a cap-and-trade program. Fossil fuel producers and importers are required to reduce the carbon intensity of their fuels by 10%…
  • In Partnership with EPA’s AgSTAR

    Kasey Krifka
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust January 14, 2015 The Climate Trust has entered into a voluntary partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) AgSTAR Program. The Climate Trust’s Senior Project Analyst, Liz Hardee, is serving as the designated AgSTAR Coordinator for the State of Oregon in the effort to improve the rural environment and economy by supporting the development of livestock manure methane recovery projects. The coordinator’s role is to update AgSTAR on anaerobic digester (AD) projects throughout Oregon and identify potential project sites, as well as track…
  • Our 2014 Donors Made all the Difference. Thank You!

    Kasey Krifka
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust January 16, 2015 We gratefully acknowledge gifts received from the following valued donors in 2014. Our elite Leadership Circle is made up of individuals who contribute $250 or more, and organizations that contribute $1,000 or more to support The Climate Trust. Foundations have been vital in providing generous grants to support special initiatives; the real cornerstone of our sustainability efforts. Thank you to our current donors and those who have contributed in the past. Your passion and energy make all the difference in developing critical climate change…
  • Carbon Markets Can Support Healthy Rivers

    Kasey Krifka
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Christine Yankel, on behalf of The Climate Trust As published by The Freshwater Trust – December 2014 Carbon markets may not be top-of-mind for a visitor casting for brook trout in the clean, cold water of the West Branch of the Pleasant River in Maine, or crunching leaves underfoot hiking neighboring fragrant, forested hills of black spruce, balsam fir, birch, and maple, but the market merits a thought. After all, carbon offset sales helped the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) protect the forest, wetlands, and streams in the Katahdin Iron Works Ecological Reserve, and provide an…
 
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