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  • New study: America’s biggest carbon market delivers for economy and climate

    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund
    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…
  • Concrete Progress: The Electric Car’s Necessary Next Step

    Orion Magazine
    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.
  • Super-Efficient Solar Water Desalination

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

    Green Building Law Update
    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…
  • Why Teaching Kids to Play Outside Creates Eco Conscious Adults

    The Alternative Consumer
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    26 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you have kids and you want them to live an eco-conscious lifestyle, you need to lead by example. Yes, if you sit around on the Internet or play video games while your children are home, you are setting a bad example for a few reasons. With this in mind, you are going to help your cause greatly if you teach kids to play outside, and here are five reasons teaching kids to play outside will help them learn how to become more eco-friendly adults. See animals: First and foremost, a lot of people never really see non-domesticated animals. Think about it, when you only see your cat or dog and the…
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  • 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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  • HUD's new energy efficiency initiative for affordable housing is the right investment -- improving lives, housing, and our energy future.

    Philip Henderson
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Washington, DC If you look into the new energy efficiency initiatives announced today by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), you'll make an important discovery. Everybody knows investing to improve the energy efficiency of buildings can be a great investment for a utility because of the long-term values it delivers to the utility system (e.g., reduced need for expensive new generation and distribution, better load management, reduced toxic pollution from power plants, etc.). The surprise is just how much value is created…
  • New Report Suggests Packaging Sustainability Improvements for Fast Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Companies

    Darby Hoover
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Darby Hoover, Senior Resource Specialist, San Francisco Today, NRDC and As You Sow released a report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging," which analyzes the packaging practices and policies of 47 companies in three sectors: quick service restaurants (QSRs, or "fast food"), beverages, and consumer goods/grocery. The study determined that, although there are some good examples of packaging leadership, most of the companies have not sufficiently prioritized source reduction, recyclability, compostability, recycled…
  • New Efficiency Standards for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers Will Save $942 Million

    Meg Waltner
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA The Department of Energy this week finalized updated energy efficiency standards for the automatic commercial ice makers often found in hotels, restaurants, and health-care facilities. The new standards will require most ice makers sold in the United States to use 10 to 25 percent less energy beginning in 2018. In total, the standards will net US businesses $942 million in energy savings from equipment sold over the next 30 years, with a typical owner saving between $200 to $800 over the life of the ice maker. The standards will…
  • First Efficiency Standard Proposed for Gas-Fired Hearth Products to Waste Less Energy and Save Money

    Elizabeth Noll
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Elizabeth Noll, Energy Efficiency Advocate, Washington, D.C. The popular hearth gas stoves and decorative fireplaces keeping you cozy on cold winter nights will soon waste less energy, saving money on your energy bills and cutting pollution, under the first-ever efficiency standard proposed for hearth products with continuously burning pilot lights. The pilot light design standard proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) yesterday for such products as decorative gas log sets, fireplaces, freestanding stoves, and accessories would reduce their fossil fuel energy consumption when consumers…
  • As the Senate votes to interfere with the Administration's review, EPA set to comment on KXL pipeline's impact

    Liz Barratt-Brown
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor, Washington, DC The Senate is expected to vote today to by-pass the Administration's ongoing review of whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the national interest. It's not. But no doubt Senator John Hoeven (ND) will again be waiving around the flawed and outdated findings of State Department environmental review. In just a few days, Federal agencies will comment on that very environmental review and whether its conclusion that the Canadian tar sands was likely to be developed with or without Keystone XL is still accurate. Again, its not. Much has…
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  • Obama ignores Obama on climate change

    Ben Adler
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:49 pm
    President Obama is once again contradicting himself on climate change. His new push for offshore oil and gas drilling is just the latest instance. Last week, in his State of the Union address, Obama reiterated at length the urgent threat climate change presents and the importance of taking decisive action to address it. “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security,” he said. “We should act like it.” But Obama himself isn’t acting like it. This week, his administration released a draft of its next five-year plan for offshore drilling. It would…
  • Boycotting the Koch brothers? Better get a new brand of toilet paper

    Darby Minow Smith
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Reading Grist on the ivory throne? Honestly, I don’t really want to know the answer to that — but if so, I have some crappily timed news. As a person who’s partial to things like the planet and/or democracy, you’re likely worried about the Koch brothers’ plan to spend $889 million on the 2016 elections. Charles and David Koch’s many business endeavors have made them obscenely rich — and obscenely influential in American politics. As Larry Wilmore points out on the (excellent) Nightly Show, you might be contributing to the Kochs’ mountain…
  • Why is Walmart making us fat?

    Madeleine Thomas
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:27 pm
    In the last 50 years, adult obesity rates have jumped from 13 to 35 percent. Our topsy-turvy food system is surely to blame, with its food deserts to fast-food chains targeting “prime” locations in low-income, minority communities. Yet diet alone isn’t the main culprit for our country’s expanding waistline. There’s a host of surprising and not so surprising economic variables at play when it comes to national obesity rates, according to a new paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research. Higher gas prices and more fitness centers are all good for lowering…
  • Senate approves Keystone — and here’s why that doesn’t matter

    Lisa Hymas
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    The U.S. Senate just voted 62 to 36 to pass a bill that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. All Republicans voted for it, and nine Democrats joined in, making for enough votes to overcome the potential threat of a filibuster. Here’s a list of those oil-lovin’, turncoat Dems, in case you’re wondering: Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey (Penn.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.), and Mark Warner (Va.). And here’s a quote from one of the Senate’s biggest climate hawks,…
  • Hoffice sounds like a cult — and I want to join it

    Nathanael Johnson
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Here’s how Hoffice, a Swedish coworking concept, works: Someone working from home invites friends (or random strangers) to come join them. In the morning, a laptop brigade streams inside, and then things start to take a turn for the bizarre. The host sets an alarm clock for 45 minutes, and everyone gets busy. Swedish journalist Angeta Lagercrantz describes what happens next. 45 minutes at a time, we only hear the wall clock — tick-tock, tick-tock — and laptop key sounds. Or how someone suddenly gets up, and whispering disappears with the mobile phone. Then comes the alarm…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • WATCH: Portlandia Takes Aim At SeaWorld

    Brianne Hogan
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    The latest from IFC’s “Portlandia” is a whale of an episode. The comedy skewers SeaWorld for keeping whales in captivity. We heard about this episode last fall and we’re very Read MoreThe post WATCH: Portlandia Takes Aim At SeaWorld appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Rare Red Fox Photographed in Yosemite

    Anthony Marcusa
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Making its first appearance in nearly 100 years – that’s a long time to wait – the red fox has stepped out into snowy Yosemite National Park for a welcome Read MoreThe post Rare Red Fox Photographed in Yosemite appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Boston Yeti: ‘I’m a Vegan’

    Natalia Lima
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    Snowmaggedon might have inconvenienced quite a few people in the Northeast in the last week, but the silver lining was that a new character emerged: The Boston Yeti. The mythical Read MoreThe post Boston Yeti: ‘I’m a Vegan’ appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • NFL’s David Carter Shares His Vegan Super Bowl Party Menu

    Natalia Lima
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    David Carter might not be playing on Sunday’s Superbowl, but he will (like pretty much everyone else) be watching and snacking. Like a superstar, though, the free agent athlete will be Read MoreThe post NFL’s David Carter Shares His Vegan Super Bowl Party Menu appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa

    Natalia Lima
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    As poaching rates for rhinos keep growing in South Africa, officials are looking for outside-the-box solutions to save the endangered animals. Surprisingly, one group of students might just have found it. Read MoreThe post Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    The Alternative Consumer

  • 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…
  • Why Teaching Kids to Play Outside Creates Eco Conscious Adults

    guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you have kids and you want them to live an eco-conscious lifestyle, you need to lead by example. Yes, if you sit around on the Internet or play video games while your children are home, you are setting a bad example for a few reasons. With this in mind, you are going to help your cause greatly if you teach kids to play outside, and here are five reasons teaching kids to play outside will help them learn how to become more eco-friendly adults. See animals: First and foremost, a lot of people never really see non-domesticated animals. Think about it, when you only see your cat or dog and the…
  • Eco-Fashion Friday Finds: style and substance

    Maureen O'Connor
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    It’s on sale! The Amour Vert Riley Jacket (above) features an sleek modern silhouette, an off-center zipper and a herringbone pattern. The jacket is made of organic cotton in the USA. On sale for $128, marked-down from $184 @ kaightshop This Grandaddy Vee shirt by Groceries (above) is made of unbleached, natural hemp and comes in white or grey. Groceries produces fair trade products in California using 100% organic or recycled materials. This classic v-neck tee has a dipping front and back hem that will give you a little protection fore and aft. The t is featured on Good Goods, a web…
 
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    Environmental News Network

  • New analysis explores trends in global plastic consumption and recycling

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans each year, writes Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Worldwatch Institute, in the Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online article.
  • Pollution Blamed as Leading Cause of Death in Developing World

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    In 2012, pollution – in the form of contaminated soil, water, and both indoor and outdoor air – was responsible for 8.4 million deaths in developing countries, finds Pollution: The Silent Killer of Millions in Poor Countries. That’s almost three times more deaths than those caused by malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined: Malaria claimed 600,000 lives in 2012, HIV/AIDS caused 1.5 million deaths and tuberculosis killed 900,000 individuals.
  • Fracking has been with us for more than 60 years. It is evolving.

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:50 am
    Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications that highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in unconventional resource reservoirs. Comprehensive, published, and publicly available information regarding the extent, location, and character of hydraulic fracturing in the United States is scarce. “These national-scale data and analyses will provide a basis for making comparisons of current-day hydraulic fracturing to historical…
  • Study Analyzes Variability of Climate Models

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A new Duke University-led study finds that most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth’s atmosphere warms. The models also provide inconsistent explanations of why this variability occurs in the first place. These discrepancies may undermine the models’ reliability for projecting the short-term pace as well as the extent of future warming, the study’s authors warn. As such, we shouldn’t over-interpret recent temperature trends.
  • Rosetta Comet releasing more water as it gets closer to the Sun

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    There has been a significant increase in the amount of water "pouring" out of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet on which the Rosetta mission's Philae lander touched down in November 2014. The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) comet was releasing the earthly equivalent of 40 ounces (1.2 liters) of water into space every second at the end of August 2014. The observations were made by NASA's Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO), aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. Science results from the MIRO team were released today as part of a…
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  • Zesty Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

    Aylin Erman
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This recipe for a shaved Brussels sprouts salad includes simple flavors that help to cut the Brussels sprouts inherent bitterness. As well, the tangy dressing offers a welcome punch! Enjoy as a side dish or a light lunch. Brussels sprouts are not that type of vegetable conventionally eaten raw. They are harder and more coarse than the average raw vegetable. However, Brussels sprouts can indeed be eaten raw and are amazingly delicious when enjoyed in a simple salad. To make the Brussels sprouts easier to eat as well as more of a feast for the eyes, they are shaved, giving this salad a…
  • Consequences of Global Climate Change: Which Countries are Most Threatened?

    Sara Novak
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Which countries will suffer the most as a result of global climate change? The global climate is changing and as it does, certain countries are likely to feel the brunt of it. The poorest nations, those that emit the least carbon, are the most threatened by global climate change. Though you might be surprised at where many countries fall. Standard & Poor’s looked at the impact of global climate change on each country’s economy. The analysis was based on the percentage of countries living on the coast, the percentage of the economy based on agriculture, and the development of each…
  • 6 Ways to Get Your Glam on With Metallic Makeup

    Krissy Brady
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    How to rock metallic makeup – you know, without looking like The Tin Man. As much as I love the look of metallic makeup, I’m secretly terrified to use it – I mean, one wrong move and you end up resembling aluminum foil. That being said, I’m constantly drawn to take the plunge because of its futuristic and streamlined aesthetic. Whether you dive into the world of metallic eyeshadows or you dig a shimmery pout, metallic makeup can take what would otherwise be a ho-hum look and kick it up a notch (or seven). So how to you make sure you don’t end up looking pale and…
  • 5 Ayurvedic Ways to Relieve Stress

    Aylin Erman
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
      Here are 5 tried-and-true Ayurvedic ways to relieve stress. As basic as they are, they make a world of a difference in your life. In this day and age, it’s hard not to be stressed. A mere walk down the street puts you at risk of a variety of stressors – car sounds and pollution, large crowds of bustling people and compromised air quality. Then, there are the makeup, the clothing and the jewelry you weigh yourself down with day after day and the oftentimes not-so-seamless work, home and social situations you put yourself in. At the end of the day, you may think you deserve a…
  • Kelly Slater Launches Sustainable Clothing Line

    Sara Novak
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Kelly Slater is likely the best surfer the world has seen. And now he may also soon be the best eco clothing designer too. Kelly Slater has won the ASP World Tour Championship a record 11 times. He was both the youngest (at 20) and the oldest (at 39) to win the award. He’s gone farther than any other surfing champion and now he plans to use his fame to launch a sustainable clothing line. It’s called Outerknown and it’s his new surfing lifestyle brand. Last year, the pro surfer chose not to renew his sponsorship contract with Quicksilver after over two decades to launch the brand.
 
 
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  • A Revolutionary Entrepreneur On Happiness, Money, And Raising A Supermodel

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:16 pm
    A lucky few can say their work helped spur a fundamental shift in the economic model of modern societies. If all goes well, Robin Chase may get to do it twice. A decade before Airbnb and Uber, Chase helped kickstart the "collaborative economy" by co-founding Zipcar, which became the world's largest car-sharing service. The big idea was to replace the enable convenient access to a valuable good (in this case, a vehicle) without requiring ownership. Now Chase and others have founded Veniam. Their technology powers mesh networks, which provide a new way for people and things (devices, cars,…
  • Baby Goat Beheaded; Another Goat Taken From New Orleans Park

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:14 pm
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A baby goat was beheaded and its twin was taken from a park where they had been in a pen, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Thursday. The white-and-black hybrid pygmy and dwarf goats were born Nov. 6 and were about the size of housecats. They belonged to a company that rents goats out to people who want them to eat weeds and trim grass, according to Morgana King, to the owner of "Y'Herd Me?" The SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the death of Calvin and the disappearance of his brother…
  • Who Will Win Super Bowl XLIX: A Showdown In Energy Efficiency Between New England And Seattle

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Who's to say who will win Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday? When trying to predict the victor, should we consider the skills of the quarterbacks or the strength of the defense? Maybe it'll all just depend on the weather in Phoenix, or the size of the footballs. Here's one interesting way to compare the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks: energy. And we don't mean fan enthusiasm. Opower, a software company that helps utilities improve the customer experience, analyzed how the two teams' home cities compare in terms of energy efficiency and innovation. In a matchup that Opower calls the…
  • Residents Didn't Hear Alarm In Deadly San Francisco Fire (PHOTOS)

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Residents fleeing a massive blaze that killed a man and injured five people as it ripped through a San Francisco building told officials they did not hear fire alarms and could not get to fire escapes. Authorities were examining whether safety equipment, including the sprinkler system, had been working properly after several people reported that access to fire escapes was encumbered or blocked, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Thursday as she surveyed the damage with Mayor Ed Lee. The building in the city's bustling Mission District passed a routine…
  • Senate Approves Keystone XL Bill; White House Reaffirms Veto Threat

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday afternoon to approve a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline over the presidential approval process, capping off weeks of debate over amendments. Following the vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) praised the passage, calling it a victory "for jobs in this country, for energy security, for good trade relationships with our neighbor in Canada." "For all the right reasons, it was important that we pass this legislation in front of us here today," said Murkowski. The bill passed by a vote of 62 to 36, with all Republicans and nine…
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  • 'Green News Report' - January 29, 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:13 pm
    The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: U.S. pipelines now rupturing faster than we can keep track of them; So, U.S. Senate passes Keystone XL bill with Dem help; Obama's India trip a boost for US nuclear industry; IMF calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies; PLUS: Some good news: fracking banned in Scotland, and great 'Fox News' for a change!... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the…
  • Cory Gardner's Wind Hypocrisy

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Do you remember the worst words your mom could say to you when you were a kid? I do. She'd look down at you and her eyes would be devoid of anger. In its place would be a kind of sad pity as she said, "I'm disappointed in you." Well, Sen. Cory Gardner, I'm disappointed in you. I keep looking at this image from Sen. Cory Gardner's campaign ad of him in the middle of a wind farm claiming that he supports the next generation and suggesting that he'll support clean energy. And then I think about how he voted this week. This week the Senate is considering its very first order of business - S.1.
  • How Accurate Are Weather Forecasts?

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Co-written with Naomi B. Robbins In light of the great Blizzard of 2015 that wasn't, we might look at how accurate are weather forecasts and especially long-term forecasts. Naomi B. Robbins of NBR Graphs, with whom I co-wrote this post, and I collected predicted highs and percent chance of rain in the long-term weather forecasts from mid-August through December. Special credit to Naomi for all the data visualizations in this post. Ultimately, the forecasts are quite accurate. Here are some findings.... Comparing predicted highs to actuals, the same day forecast averages ~2 degrees off, the…
  • The Climate Post: U.S.-India Climate Agreement Less Substantive Than U.S.-China Climate Deal

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The U.S.-India climate agreement announced Jan. 25 creates a new agreement between the second- and third-largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world but does not have the strength of the U.S.-China climate deal reached last year. Rather than committing India to cap its emissions, the U.S.-India deal called for "enhancing bilateral climate change cooperation" in advance of the United Nations effort to reach an international agreement on emissions and finance in Paris in December. Specifically, the deal calls for cooperation on reducing emissions of fluorinated gases and beefing up…
  • NASA Sounding Rocket Studies the Invisible Aurora

    29 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    "All or Nothing!" that is what my Dean called it; "Just like the shootout at the OK corral, how exciting," were her final words to me after I described what I would be doing this January in Alaska. I am the Principle Investigator for the NASA Auroral Spatial Structures Probe (ASSP), a 70-foot, four-stage unmanned rocket loaded with scientific instruments sitting on the launch pad now in Alaska. After four years of planning, building and testing at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and at the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory, it is all coming down to a call, my call, as to when to…
 
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  • Police interview rap mogul Suge Knight after fatal hit-and-run

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:46 am
    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was being interviewed by authorities early on Friday morning, officials said, hours after he was named as a suspect in a hit-and-run that killed one person near Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that Knight arrived at the office's West Hollywood station accompanied by his attorney and was taking questions from homicide detectives. Around 3 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Thursday, a man fitting Knight's description drove up to a Compton burger shop and began arguing with two people outside, said Lieutenant…
  • Rap mogul Suge Knight investigated in fatal hit-and-run

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Knight was driving a car that struck two people in Compton, Calif., killing one.
  • Islamic State group silent as deadline passes with no swap

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Families of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot remained in limbo.
  • Elderly residents die in blizzard-hit Massachusetts; death toll at least four

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    (Reuters) - An elderly man and woman found dead outside their homes in separate coastal Massachusetts communities were likely victims of a massive blizzard that hit New England earlier this week, police said on Thursday. Olive Dupuis, 84, was found dead Thursday morning next to her car, near her home in the coastal city of Salem, north of Boston, police lieutenant Matt Desmond said, adding weather was likely a factor with sub-freezing temperatures and snow. The Massachusetts cases, which are still under investigation, bring the death toll from a wind-whipped blizzard that slammed the…
  • Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    At least three people are dead and dozens are injured.
 
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    Forbes - Energy

  • Super Bowl XLIX -- A Huge Energy Source For America

    James Conca
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:14 am
    Americans will consume a lot of food and beer during this Sunday?s Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots - 3 billion bottles of beer, 70 million pounds of avocados, 30 million pounds of chips, 6 million pizzas, 5 million pounds of pretzels, 4 million pounds of popcorn, 3 million pounds of nuts, and 50 million pounds of ?other?. The amount of chemical energy that will be released by passage of this mass of foodstuffs through a hundred and ten million intestinal tracks will equal to the total output of America?s 100 nuclear power plants during the game.
  • A New Approach To Airborne Laser Weapons?

    William Pentland
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:53 pm
    The top brass in the U.S. Air Force wants to put laser weapons on ground-attack aircraft.
  • MillerCoors Brewery Lights Up Solar Array

    Heather Clancy
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:21 pm
    You can brew tea with the sun, why not beer? Brewing company MillerCoors has constructed a 3.2-megawatt (capacity) solar array at its brewery in Irwindale, California. It’s the largest one installed (to date) at any U.S. brewery, according to the proud new landlord.
  • What Syriza's Victory Means For Greece's Energy Aspirations

    Christopher Coats
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    With new leadership in place and promises of sweeping change made, can Greece still reach its energy production and transport goals?
  • Hanergy Investors Shrug Off Skeptical Report; CEO Sees More Third-Party Business, Solar Gains

    Russell Flannery
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Investors in China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group, or HTF,  shrugged off a report in the Financial Times yesterday that questioned “unconventional practices” by parent Hanergy Group, particularly sales ties between the parent and Hong Kong-listed subsidiary HTF.  HTF's shares rose by 1.1% today, and gained after China solar industry suppliers Trina and Yingli fell in U.S. stock trading overnight on a day of concern about falling oil prices.  HTF’s stock price has more than doubled in Hong Kong since November.
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    The Good Human

  • 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…
  • Why Reading to Your Child Could Be The Most Important Thing You Do Today

    Lisa Forher
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:01 am
    Research has shown just how important it is to read aloud to young children, particularly for those youngsters from poorer backgrounds, in order to provide a foundation from which they can build a successful future. A study by Hart-Risley found that children from disadvantaged backgrounds have been exposed to up to 30 million fewer words than children from wealthier homes by the age of 4. Courtesy of PJLibrary It is possible to bridge this gap through the simple act of regularly reading aloud to your child. It is critical for early language development – helping with sound awareness,…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • How Much Longer Can David Cameron Continue to Defend 'Going All Out’ for Shale?

    Kyla Mandel
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    An avalanche of anti-fracking activity has swept over Britain this week. It seems each day brought with it another blow to the prospect of a swift shale revolution. First, in an unexpected u-turn, the government agreed to ban fracking in national parks during Monday’s Infrastructure Bill debate. This represents a direct reversal of the policy it declared last year which allowed fracking in national parks under “exceptional circumstances”. And while a moratorium on fracking was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs during the debate, this hasn’t stopped others from taking matters into their…
  • Canada is Trading Away its Environmental Rights

    Guest
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. In 1997, Canada restricted import and transfer of the gasoline additive MMT because it was a suspected neurotoxin that had already been banned in Europe. Ethyl Corp., the U.S. multinational that supplied the chemical, sued the government for $350 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement and won! Canada was forced to repeal the ban, apologize to the company and pay an out-of-court settlement of US$13 million. The free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico was never designed to raise labour and environmental standards to the…
  • No End In Sight For California’s Climate-Exacerbated Drought

    Mike Gaworecki
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As of January 26, the California Department of Water Resources reported that snowpack statewide was at just 27% of its normal level, which is 15% of the average for April 1, the point at which snow is typically expected to stop accumulating and begin to melt. Which means, of course, that California is in for another dry year. Melting snowpack provides water to streams and rivers and replenishes reservoirs that are used for drinking water and agriculture. In a cruel irony, a dry year also means more fossil fuels will have to be burned for electricity to make up for the shortfall in hydropower…
  • 'The Drop in Oil Price Means We Need More Action on Climate Change Not Less'

    Guest
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    Simon Bullock, senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth, asks: How should governments react to the drop in oil price? This month, a powerful article in Nature highlighted yet again that most of the world’s oil, coal and gas needs to stay in the ground, if we want to prevent dangerous climate change. This is the “unburnable carbon” analysis that President Obama and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney have both made mainstream in recent months. Related, over the last 6 months the world oil price has crashed, catching almost all economists and analysts by surprise. As well as profound…
  • Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

    Steve Horn
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal. The permit for the pipeline with the capacity to carry 800,000 barrels-per-day of tar sands dilbit came ten days after the introduction of S.1 — the Keystone XL Pipeline Act — currently up for debate on the U.S. Senate floor, which calls for the permitting of the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL. …
 
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • Live SMP Interview with Molly Sims!

    Erin Lepperd
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Today is a great day friends. Our very own Abby Larson is chatting with everyone’s favorite supermodel, Molly Sims for AOL BUILD. We’re live streaming starting at 3pm est as these two talk shop; i.e. Molly’s new book, motherhood and beauty secrets galore. Set those clocks and meet us right here for the gab sesh. And be sure to join in on the conversation in the comments or with #BUILDSERIES                   Want MORE Molly? Check out her wedding day part I + part II | nursery tour | bridal beauty secrets & tips to…
  • Light-Filled Home Office full of Color

    Erin Lepperd
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This space is a dream; a polka dotted, striped fridge, gallery walled dream crafted by Dina of Honey & Fitz for Ruth Eileen’s home office. A spot where she could cozy up at her desk and edit photographs, grab a snack from the best fridge we’ve ever laid eyes on or curl up on the sequin adorned sofa. Have a look at this bright, airy loft filled to the brim with personality and a healthy dose of gold. Share this gorgeous gallery on   From Ruth… It was such a joy collaborating with Dina! She’d ask my opinions on things, but in all honesty, I really handed the…
  • A Perfectly Chic Braided Bun

    Emily Silverman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Ever feel like you are in a hair slump? When it’s messy buns and ponytails for days on end? We’ve all been there. Sometimes mastering a perfect blowout our gorgeous waves can feel daunting. Luckily for you, the lovely Amanda from Advice from a 20 Something has the perfect solution to your bad-hair-day blues. Her braided bun is amazingly chic and easy, and she shows us how to master it ourselves in the video below!                 1. Separate small sections of hair on each side of your head. Choose the amount of hair based on how large you…
  • Salted Beer Football Pretzels

    Erin Lepperd
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Beer and pretzels go together like the Patriots and a slightly deflated ball. I kid, I kid. But seriously the only thing better than a classic pretzel is this football shaped treat perfect for the upcoming Super Bowl game. It’s infused with beer and goes swimmingly with your favorite dipping sauce. ( Ahem these kicked up condiments will do the trick!) For even more, have a look at our Puppy Bowl inspired shindig. Erin LepperdSalted Beer Football Pretzelsprep time1 Hour/s 30 Minute/scook time8 Minute/stotal time1 Hour/s 38 Minute/sServes 12Ingredients1 packet active yeast 1 tsp sugar 1…
  • Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn

    Erin Lepperd
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Everyone knows the real star of a Super Bowl party is the munchies with the commercials being a close second. The line-up of apps is a much anticipated topic in our household and this year, Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn is the leading contender. Who doesn’t love bacon? And mixed with caramel and popcorn – it’s enough to make you rethink your current Super Bowl menu. Erin LepperdSpicy Caramel Bacon Popcornprep time20 Minute/scook time25 Minute/stotal time45 Minute/sServes 6Ingredients5-6 slices of bacon 12 cups air-popped popcorn 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 tablespoons butter 1…
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    Environmental Health News

  • Kids caught in crossfire of climate education battle.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    New science standards require students to be taught climate change as a scientific fact, but they face resistance in several states from climate skeptics.
  • Obama's split personality on oil.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to oil, President Barack Obama wants to have it both ways.
  • Will 2015 be the turning point against climate change?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Climate change was at the heart of the talks between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, and the outcome may be more encouraging than widely believed for the make-or-break global climate summit in Paris at the end of the year.
  • Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth’s surface hasn’t warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any "record" set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does. It turns out they’re right – but for the wrong reasons, according to a new study.
  • BP REDD officially disbanded.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially merged the National Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Agency (BP REDD+) with the Environment and Forestry Ministry, raising questions about the future of the country’s fight against global warming.
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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/
  • Workforce Training For Clean-Tech Innovators

    Sabrina Gonzales
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:41 am
    Event Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:30 to Friday, January 30, 2015 - 13:30Image: Link: Workforce Training For Clean-Tech InnovatorsEvent Description:  An interactive, half-day course for both clean-tech companies and for corporations looking to enter the clean-tech market. Morning and afternoon sessions are available at no cost.
  • 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
 
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    Green Car Congress

  • U of I at Chicago team to optimize new traffic-powered source of electricity

    mmillikin
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:06 am
    The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc. (NEI), to optimize New Energy Innovations’ TPRES (Traffic Powered Renewable Energy System), a new traffic-powered source of electricity that can be deployed at intersections, municipalities, airport entrances, toll booths, as well as entrance and exit ramps. Traffic Powered Renewable Energy System (TPRES), powered by vehicles driving over cylinder shown. Click to enlarge. The concept entails the embedding of a series of air pumps in…
  • Li-S battery with novel solid-state electrolyte shows capacity approaching theoretical value and high Coulombic efficiency

    mmillikin
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    Voltage profiles of charge-discharge cycles of the solid-state Li-S battery. Current density of 0.05 C). The specific capacity is given per g of sulfur. Yamada et al. Click to enlarge. A team from Samsung R&D and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” have fabricated a novel all solid-state Li-S battery that exhibits a capacity (∼ 1600 mAhg−1) approaching the theoretical value and an initial charge-discharge Coulombic efficiency approaching 99% (the average in ten cycles was 98%). An open access paper on their work is published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society. In addition…
  • NEC introduces 12V Li-ion battery line for stationary applications

    mmillikin
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    NEC Energy Solutions, along with NEC Corporation, has announced production availability of the Li-ion ALM 12V35 product line of 12-Volt batteries utilizing Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology from A123 Systems. With its EverSafe battery protection technology, the ALM 12V35 is immune to short circuit, overvoltage, undervoltage, and other common accidental battery abuse conditions, the company said. In addition, it can be assembled into battery arrays of 24V, 36V, or 48V for up to 350 Ah and 18 kWh systems with no additional BMS devices necessary. The ALM 12V35 batteries…
  • 2015 Aluminum Joining Manual

    mmillikin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    The Aluminum Association has published a manual detailing the range of commercially available production processes for joining aluminum components in automotive applications. Developed in collaboration with the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), the joining manual is a reference for automotive designers and engineers as use of aluminum alloys in high-volume vehicles is expected to accelerate rapidly in the next decade. The Joining manual is an update to the EAA’s Aluminium Automotive Manual and is now available for download at no cost at:…
  • Kia teases release of electric AWD concept at Chicago show

    mmillikin
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Kia Motors America will unveil an electric all-wheel drive (e-AWD) concept vehicle at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. The concept was conceived by Kia’s California design studio and built for city dwellers.
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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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    Green Business

  • 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 […]
  • Sustainable Business: A Profitable Choice

    GreenMan
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Every so often, here at Green Business, we will write about companies that are doing their part to help keep our world clean. Two companies are thriving in Vancouver, BC, Canada, by creating businesses that promote sustainability- Happy Planet and SPUD are the future of business. Using only organic fruits, Happy Planet makes some of […]
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    Autoblog Green

  • There's a lot of odd, unauthorized Elon Musk gear out there

    Jonathon Ramsey
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Filed under: Design/Style, Etc., Green, Marketing/Advertising, TeslaThe web is full of Elon Musk-themed merchandise from T-shirts to fish tank clocks. It's no wonder why: Tesla pulls in millions from its own gear shop, which hawks everything from coffee mugs to hats to professional cycling kits.Continue reading There's a lot of odd, unauthorized Elon Musk gear out thereThere's a lot of odd, unauthorized Elon Musk gear out there originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Wandering the DC Auto Show with DOE Energy Secretary Moniz

    Sebastian Blanco
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Filed under: Green, Videos, Misc. Auto Shows, Alternative Fuels, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Green Culture, ElectricWe take a walk about the Washington Auto Show with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz - and are then told we can't film him. So, instead, we just go look at the mostly empty displays on the first (and only) media day and made a little video.Continue reading Wandering the DC Auto Show with DOE Energy Secretary MonizWandering the DC Auto Show with DOE Energy Secretary Moniz originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla battery degradation graphed, Hyundai plans fuel cell hub in Korea

    John Beltz Snyder
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Filed under: Green, Hyundai, Tesla, Emissions, Ethanol, Bikes, ElectricA man is graphing Tesla battery degradation over time. US plug-in vehicles are expected to hit 300,000 this month. Hyundai and South Korea are turning Gwangju into a fuel cell tech hub. London's mayor has approved a cycling superhighway. Corn states challenge EPA on emissions.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla battery degradation graphed, Hyundai plans fuel cell hub in KoreaRecharge Wrap-up: Tesla battery degradation graphed, Hyundai plans fuel cell hub in Korea originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Jan 2015…
  • BMW increases i3 price by $1,075 for 2015

    Jonathon Ramsey
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    Filed under: Green, BMW, Car Buying, Hatchback, Electric, HybridThe price of the BMW i3 goes up by a total of $1,075 to account for more standard equipment and a slightly higher destination charge.Continue reading BMW increases i3 price by $1,075 for 2015BMW increases i3 price by $1,075 for 2015 originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

    Jonathon Ramsey
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    Filed under: Green, Volkswagen, New Car Reviews, Sedan, DieselYou'll have to look closely to tell the difference, but the Volkswagen Jetta has received a raft of improvements for 2015, and nowhere is that clearer than with the TDI diesel model.Continue reading 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:57:00 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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  • Concrete Megara residence boasts stunning views of the Geraneia mountains in Greece

    Lidija Grozdanic
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Concrete Megara residence boasts stunning views of the Geraneia mountains in Greece Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: concrete home, concrete house, courtyard, glass facade, greece, Greek architects, green architecture, olive grove, open-plan living room, residence in Megara, Tense Architecture Network
  • Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

    Cat DiStasio
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid, thus supplying power where there previously was none. Read the rest of Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "clean energy", "sustainable energy", Bangladesh,…
  • Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human?

    Cat DiStasio
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Researchers recently discovered a fossilized jawbone that could have belonged to a new type of prehistoric human. The jawbone, originally found by fishermen in the Penghu Channel near Taiwan, has features which suggest it predates previously discovered hominids. Taiwanese fishermen found the fossilized jawbone and sold it to a local antique shop. Researchers later discovered the mandible, and were amazed when they realized what the bone could indicate. Read the rest of Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient hominids,…
  • The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75%

    Charley Cameron
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. When the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, the mammoth sporting event will be greener and significantly brighter than ever before. That’s because the University of Phoenix is the first Super Bowl host to light its stadium entirely with LEDs, cutting energy use by 75%! Read the rest of The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona, Cree, Energy Savings, ephesus lighting, green lighting, green sports, LED, LED…
  • This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Read the rest of This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Athens, Athens cabin, city cabin, city camping, design cabin, Greece cabin, Greek cabin, Greek rooftop cabin, Greek urban cabin, panos dragonas, rooftop cabin, rooftop retreat, Urban Cabin, Urban design, urban retreat, urban rooftop cabin, urban room, varvara christopoulou
 
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  • Neutralizing Chemicals Do’s and Don’ts

    Jennifer Hermes
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Any time employees have access to hazardous chemicals, there is a potential for injury and misuse, especially when used chemicals need to be neutralized and disposed of. Grabbing old chemicals and disposing of their contents by throwing them down the drain is very often the solution that many people employ. They typically think that there […]
  • GE, Statoil Team Up to Reduce Industry’s Environmental Impact

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    General Electric and Statoil have teamed up to develop more environmentally and economically sustainable technologies for oil and shale gas production that also reduce emissions. This program is aimed at driving an industrial response to some of the biggest challenges facing global oil and gas production, including flaring, CO2 and methane emissions, and water usage, […]
  • Wastewater Treatment Saves Winery $4,000 on Sewer Surcharges

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:48 am
    A new wastewater treatment system has saved a Canadian winery $4,000 annually on sewer surcharges and removed as much as 97 percent of biochemical oxygen demand from the winery’s wastewater, Storm Water Solutions reports. Ontario’s Cave Spring Winery needed a better filtration system. The Bloom Centre for Sustainability, a nonprofit organization that connects industry with […]
  • Refineries Challenge EPA Emissions Plan

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    A rule proposed by the EPA that aims to curb emissions from oil refineries and petrochemical manufacturers is causing tensions to flare between the agency and industry groups. The agency is reviewing a flood of public comments on the issue and is expected to finalize the rule by April 17, according to an article in […]
  • Trial Shows Water Saving Technology Reduces Drinking Water Evaporation by 15%

    Jennifer Hermes
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    Water-saving technology from Flexible Solutions International successfully reduced evaporation by an estimated 15% in drinking reservoir Lake Arrowhead, according to a report from the Texas Water Development Board. Additionally, the WaterSavr technology is safe and did not cause any concerns with water quality, the report states. Flexible Solutions International says that by using WaterSavr on a […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • 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…
  • IKEA Sales of Sustainable Products Exceed $1 Billion in 2014

    Mike Hower
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    IKEA sold more than €1 billion ($1.13 billion) of sustainable products in 2014, a 58 percent increase over the previous year, according to the company’s new sustainability report.These products enable people to save or generate energy, reduce water use, cut waste and live healthier lives, the company says.The 2014 IKEA Group Sustainability Report, released Wednesday, shows its People & Planet Positive strategy is on track and delivering good results. The strong sustainability performance also comes alongside strong financial results, which show an increase in total sales to €28.7…
  • UK Tool Shows Long-term Climate Impacts on Energy, Land and Food Systems

    Mike Hower
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    The United Kingdom government has launched a new tool to help businesses and governments understand the environmental impacts of energy and emissions policies.The Global Calculator — produced with input from more than 150 experts worldwide — is a model of the world's energy, land and food systems that allows users to design their own version of the future up to 2050 and see the implications for the climate.Soft launched in 2010, the online tool has previously only been used exclusively by governments such as China and India. China has been using the calculator to support the development…
  • Norwegian Reality Series Shows Fashionistas the Dark Side of 'Dead Cheap Fashion'

    Caitlin Kauffman
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    What happens when you send three young fashionistas to a Cambodian sweatshop for a month? Aftenposten, Norway’s biggest newspaper, answered this question with a five-part, online reality TV series.In “Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion,” fashion-conscious Norwegians Anniken Jorgensen, Frida Ottesen and Ludvig Hambro fly to Phnom Penh, where they work with and interview people that work in the type of facility that produces clothes for some of their favorite brands. The three step fully into the life of the average textile worker, sleeping on concrete, living on $3 a day and sewing for eight…
  • Marketers Cleverly Crafting Brand Messaging to Broaden Appeal of Better Products

    Sheila Shayon
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    As Super Bowl XLIX shapes up to kick off on Sunday, NBC is selling 30-second spots for $4.4-4.5 million, and 95 percent of in-game ad inventory is already sold on what has become digital advertising’s biggest day.By leveraging a massive event such as the Super Bowl, which last year set a record as the most-watched American television program in history with an average audience of 111.5 million viewers, more marketers are betting millions on shifting those viewers’ perception and understanding of sustainability with their carefully crafted ads.Seizing the opportunity to move the needle on…
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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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  • Officials crack down on wind farms that kill birds, bats

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:46 pm
    USA Today: From a mile away, the sleek rows of wind turbines turn lazily in the stiff morning breeze, the rising sun glinting off their shiny fiberglass blades. Their size — many turbines tower 300 feet above the ground — only becomes apparent from up close, as the tips of the knife-edged blades spanning nearly an acre slice the air at 200 mph. Utility companies installed thousands of new turbines last year and are on track to install even more this year, generating pollution-free electricity whenever the...
  • Offshore Wind Farm Leases Draw Few Bids From Wary Industry

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:42 pm
    New York Times: Not too long ago, in 2013, the Obama administration began auctioning off leases for offshore wind farms up and down the Eastern Seaboard, hoping to spur a nascent industry. But now, the industry is languishing. Projects off the coast of New England, New Jersey and Delaware are dead, moribund or struggling. And an auction on Thursday for parcels off the coast of Massachusetts — some of the windiest areas of the country — drew little interest from developers. Two of the four parcels drew no bids...
  • World's cities experiencing more heatwaves, study shows

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Guardian: World cities are experiencing more heatwaves and fewer cold spells, according to a study of extreme temperatures in hundreds of urban areas over the past 40 years. It found that many cities are seeing fewer extremely windy days than in the 1970s and have more extremely hot individual days and nights. The climate researchers from US and Indian universities identified 620 of the world’s urban areas with a population over 250,000 and then chose 217 which were situated close to an international weather...
  • UK solar poised to cruise past 5GW milestone

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:08 pm
    BusinessGreen: The UK's installed solar power capacity is set to break through the 5GW milestone this month, according to new government figures which show generation capacity almost doubled in 2014. According to figures released yesterday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), solar power capacity stood at 4,979MW at the end of December, just 21MW shy of 5GW mark. More than 650,000 systems have now been installed across rooftop and ground-mounted solar arrays. The figures confirm a surge of investment...
  • World’s second largest wind farm edges towards finish line

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    BusinessGreen: RWE Innogy and Siemens are on the brink of switching on the final turbines at the giant Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm off the North Wales coast, after a setback last month caused by stormy weather. A spokeswoman for RWE told BusinessGreen all 160 turbines have been installed at the site off Liverpool Bay with commissioning activity on the last few under way. Once complete, the 576MW wind farm will be the largest in Wales and the second biggest in the world, after the 630MW London Array project...
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • Attention Sunday Shows: Here Are 5 Republicans Who Won't Lie to Your Viewers About Climate Change

    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…
  • This Map Shows Why The Midwest Is Screwed

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The ongoing drought in California has been, among other things, a powerful lesson in how vulnerable America's agricultural sector is to climate change. Even if that drought wasn't specifically caused by man-made global warming, scientists have little doubt that droughts and heat waves are going to get more frequent and severe in important crop-growing regions. In California, the cost in 2014 was staggering: $2.2 billion in losses and added expenses, plus 17,000 lost jobs, according to a UC-Davis study. California is country's hub for fruits, veggies, and nuts. But what about the commodity…
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  • 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 the year 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."  
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Alpine cable car is converted into high altitude Airbnb listing

    mhickman
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Retired Dutch jetliners. Historic French châteaux. A bookstore in London. An Australian IKEA.    
 
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  • Siva Power Lands $10M to Chase Giga-Scale Domestic Thin-Film Solar Production

    Eric Wesoff
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    Producing gigawatts' worth of thin-film solar panels with domestic manufacturing is still a real possibility for CEO Brad Mattson and CTO Markus Beck of Siva Power. The San Jose, Calif.-based solar startup is freshly funded and focused on developing the world's largest-scale and least-expensive thin-film CIGS production line.   The company just banked $10 million in new funding, which includes a $3 million DOE SunShot grant, a $3 million conversion of debt financing from Trident Capital, DBL Investors, Medley Partners and Acero Capital, as well as $4 million in new capital…
  • Meet Milli 5, Silver Spring’s Tiny Wireless Smart-Grid Node

    Jeff St. John
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Silver Spring Networks wants to push wireless connectivity beyond smart meters and grid sensors out to all kinds of remote devices -- including those that aren’t plugged into the power grid. That’s the purpose of the Milli 5, the new, super-small wireless node unveiled Wednesday by the Redwood City, Calif.-based smart metering giant. It’s a little bigger than a quarter, and is meant to keep all sorts of battery-powered devices connected to the network for up to twenty years, using the same IPv6 addressing that connects Silver Spring’s grid-powered devices. Silver…
  • Latin America’s Solar Market Grew 370% in 2014, Installed 625MW

    Mike Munsell
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Latin American region, made up of Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, installed 625 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2014, a 370 percent increase in annual growth over 2013. That’s according to the newly released Q4 2014 Latin America PV Playbook from GTM Research. FIGURE: Latin America PV Installations, 2013-2015E Source: GTM Research Latin America PV Playbook With its strong utility-scale market, Chile led the region in PV installations in 2014, making up more than three-quarters of the Latin American total. In the fourth quarter alone, Chile…
  • Off-Grid Solar Firms Should Focus on Customer Experience, Not Just Energy Access

    Daniel Tomlinson
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 am
    Companies working to bring solar to developing countries need to improve their service delivery if they want to attain disruptive levels of deployment. Beyond-the-grid enterprises are raising more and more money, but moving from social impact to real venture capital investment will require them to step up their game. That means providing seamless service levels to some of the most price-sensitive, difficult-to-reach customers on earth -- akin to what people in developed countries would expect. It means bringing Apple-level service delivery to those who don’t even have working toilets. I…
  • LEDs Will Shine on Super Bowl Sunday

    Katherine Tweed
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and everyone else at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday (along with properly inflated footballs) will be bathed in the clear, crisp light of LEDs for the first time ever in an NFL championship game. It won’t just be fans in the stands and officials making calls who will notice the lighting upgrade for Super Bowl XLIX; the quality will be enjoyed by fans at home huddled around their HDTVs and seven-layer dips. “I would say it’s a noticeable difference,” said Scott Norton, director of marketing and public relations at…
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    Direct2Dell

  • 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…
  • The Future of ‘Anypoint’ Management Has Arrived

    Dave Kloba
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    By this time each January, many people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions in favor of familiar, hard-to-break habits. When it comes to navigating the rising tide of mobile and smart devices connected to corporate networks, however, IT departments can’t afford to fall back on old behaviors. The proliferation of BYOD, Internet of Things and mobile devices in the workplace requires organizations to make “anypoint” systems management a top priority in 2015. According to a recent Dimensional Research survey, nearly 90 percent of the more than 700 IT professionals…
 
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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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    The New Republic

  • Why Won't Liberals Say What They'll Do If the Supreme Court Guts Obamacare?

    Brian Beutler
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    A Supreme Court ruling for plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens Affordable Care Act subsidies in three dozen states, would unleash terrible chaos and create a tremendous amount of uncertainty in the U.S. political system.Anyone who claims to know how that uncertainty would
  • Now That It's Budget Time, Republicans Are Pretending to Care About the Deficit Again

    Danny Vinik
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    On Monday, President Barack Obama will release his budget for the 2016 fiscal year. It will call for a full replacement of the sequester. “The President’s budget will fully reverse those cuts for domestic priorities, and match those investments dollar-for-dollar with the resources our troops nee
  • Why Do Evangelicals Like James Inhofe Believe That Only God Can Cause Climate Change?

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will,” Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a 
  • Americans Support Scientists—They Just Don't Want to Listen to Them

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    Last May, comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver tore apart media coverage of human-induced climate change on his show “Last Week Tonight,” bringing a statistical representation of scientists who do and don’t subscribe to the theory in for
  • The New Republic's Legacy on Race

    Jeet Heer
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of ownership, who gets to enjoy an inheritance, and who is left out in the cold.One of the most dangerous ways to treat a legacy is to bask in
 
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    EnergyBloggers

  • Low oil spiteful bureau sales and leases in North America’s appetite hubs

    Blogger
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    Slumping oil prices are starting to revoke sales and bureau space rentals in North America’s biggest appetite hubs. In Houston, a core of a U.S. oil and gas industry, Shorenstein Properties final month took a 28-story Five Post Oak Park bureau building off a marketplace after receiving bids, pronounced Olivia Hennessey, a mouthpiece for a broker, HFF Inc. In Calgary, Alberta, some-more companies are seeking to lease space they no longer need as Canada’s appetite collateral loses jobs and projects get canceled, according to CBRE Group Inc. These are early signs that direct is weakening for…
  • ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ facilities surprising storyline, high appetite dancing

    Blogger
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 am
    Courtesy ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ An surprising storyline and high appetite dancing assistance emanate an engaging and fun production. The inhabitant debate of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” creates a stop in executive Nebraska for a 7 p.m. opening Feb. 5 during a Merryman Performing Arts Center. The uncover is sole out. When and Where What: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” presented by Prather Touring When: 7 p.m. Feb. 5 Where: Merryman Performing Arts Center during 225 W. 22nd St. 698-8297; www.merrymancenter.org Tickets: Sold out Posted: Thursday, Jan 29,…
  • E-cigarettes come underneath glow from state health experts

    Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    gallery_thumbnails_photo|photo-7450410|article-gallery-6046806|1 gallery_thumbnails_photo|photo-7450263|article-gallery-6046806|2 Caption Close Owner Feras Kalieh smokes an e-cigarette while operative during Vapor Smoke Shop in San Francisco in December. Photo: Michael Short / Special To The Chronicle California health officials on Wednesday announced electronic cigarettes a open health threat, fasten a flourishing series of medical experts around a nation who are pulling behind opposite a augmenting recognition of a inclination that advocates contend offer a safer choice to smoking. In a…
  • PN fears low appetite bills will harm their possibility of being inaugurated into …

    Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Labour emissary personality Toni Abela currently strike behind during a PN’s debate opposite fuel and diesel prices by observant a Nationalist are unqualified of bargain a swell done in a appetite sector. The some-more this supervision lowers appetite tariffs, a some-more a PN fears a chances of being inaugurated behind into government, he pronounced during an residence during a PL’s AGM. “The preference for change was not usually since supervision had been there for a prolonged time, they felt deserted by those who were ostensible to be heading it in their name.” He pronounced…
  • Axcelis Receives Multiple Orders From Several Foundries For Purion XE High …

    Blogger
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    BEVERLY, Mass., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ACLS), a heading retailer of enabling ion implantation solutions for a semiconductor industry, announced that it has perceived mixed orders for a innovative Purion XE™ high appetite implanter.  The orders embody a invasion of dual new 200mm foundries and a follow on sequence from a 300mm foundry. The Purion XE’s will be used in high volume prolongation of 28nm specialty logic, MEMS, picture sensor and appetite devices. The systems are approaching to boat in a initial quarter.  John Aldeborgh,…
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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

  • 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…
  • Eating Locally in 2015

    Mindful Echo
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    Mindful Echo's ongoing resolution to eat locally gets easier in 2015I've mentioned previously that my fridge and pantry are filled primarily with eggs, meat, and produce that I receive as part of several subscriptions to a local farm's Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program. I'm so fortunate to live in a region with access to this kind of program and so much delicious local food!While the CSA great way for my family to depend on staples, it doesn't cover all the ingredients necessary for regular complete meals. When I need dairy, dried goods, grains, etc. (and by etc. I mean treats), I…
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    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 ™.
  • Frugal Fashion Hacks for Looking Good on a Budget

    greenandcleanmom
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Fashion, really isn’t my thing or at least it wasn’t years ago.  I’m trying though and over the years and with my sister’s help and Pinterest…I am improving. I wouldn’t say I’m a fashion nightmare. No, I can dress well and have a closet full of nice clothes. I have inspiration and a Stitch Fix subscription, which I buy at least one piece from each Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Frugal Fashion Hacks for Looking Good on a Budget The post Frugal Fashion Hacks for Looking Good on a Budget appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
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    GreenStyleMom

  • 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!
  • Right Now - Mantle Jumping

    Greenstylemom
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    Instead if skiing there is lots if climbing & jumping todayFingers crossed we don't break anything.
  • Homeschool Moment -Spelling

    Greenstylemom
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Kate doing spelling with Jack because my eyes were dilated & I was struggling to see the words
  • DayBook 1.19.15

    Greenstylemom
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:25 am
    FOR TODAY - Happy MLK DayOutside my window... Looks lovely. I haven't checked the weather forecast, but I imagine it is going to warm up again today.I am hearing Tripper snoring with his head in my lap. The furnace.I am feeling... a little disappointed with what the scale told me this morning. I wasn't expecting great things because I didn't eat well over the weekend (lots of salt! Can I blame it on hormones??), but I didn't expect my weight to go up! For the second week in a row! (Okay, I know that I don't need to worry too much about this, but for self confidence reasons…
 
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    Green Talk®

  • 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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    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

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

  • Learning with Nature – Book Review

    Veshengro
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Learning with Nature A how-to guide to inspiring children through outdoor games and activities By Marina Robb, Victoria Mew and Anna Richardson Published by Green Books, 29th January 2015 Paperback, 208 pages, 210mm x 210mm    ISBN: 9780857842398 Price: £17.99 Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get your children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy. Suitable for groups of children aged between 3 and 16, the graded activities help children develop:…
  • Question everything

    Veshengro
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We live in an age where people, to a large extent, have become rather gullible once again, believing everything the governments and media tell them. Before the so-called enlightenment it was the church that could not be questioned – at pain of death, literally – and whatever the church said was believed and had to be believed and under feudalism it was the same. Then came the so-called enlightenment and “modernity” and people began to question of what they had been told and what they were being told by leaders, church, state and the newspapers. For some…
  • 'Reduce waste, buy packaged' crusade looks to bust food waste myths

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) A campaign to educate consumers about the role that packaging can play in reducing food waste launched apparently in later summer 2013 to counter negative public perception on the issue. INCPEN, the Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment, has launched 'The Good, The Bad and The Spudly' initiative in response to growing awareness of wasteful food habits, both in the home and throughout the supply chain. Jane Bickerstaffe, the director of INCPEN argued that used wisely, packaging kept food fresher for longer and that over the past 20 years, material…
  • Cargo bikes continue to spread, now in UK department stores

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    In yet another sign that cargo bikes really are everywhere, UK department store John Lewis is now carrying cargo bikes from Dutch brand Johnny Loco. For those outside the UK, this story probably doesn't hold that much significance. But as someone who grew up in the UK, I can attest that John Lewis was the first port of call for my mum when we went shopping for kids clothes, gifts, and just about everything else. When mainstream retail locations like John Lewis get on the bandwagon, it's exposing a whole new audience to these powerful transportation tools. Currently included in their line up…
  • Study links certain parenting tactics to increased materialism later in life

    Veshengro
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here's what NOT to do. The temptation to use holiday gifts as bribery to ensure kids’ good behaviour is hard to resist. It’s a time of year when emotions run high. Stressed parents are busy shopping and wrapping gifts, and many kids come up with absurdly detailed lists of items they’d like (or even expect) to receive. Decent behaviour would seem a logical trade for all the effort parents put in to make the holidays good for their kids. A new study, however, urges parents to avoid this temptation. The manipulation of material…
 
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    SolarFeeds

  • Map Shows How Solar Power Could Work for You

    SolarFeeds
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    A new interactive map created by M.I.T. researchers and the city shows how much local families could save by installing solar power systems. The D.C. Solar Tool shows where solar systems have already been installed, their annual output and about how much residents save. One building near Eastern Market, for example, has had a system since 2013 and helps the owners save an estimated $588 a year on energy costs. In addition to showing where the systems already exist, the tool created with the D.C. Department of the Environment shows what kind of investment can produce what savings. It’s all…
  • The Shift Toward a Decentralized, Distributed Electric Grid Is Already Underway

    SolarFeeds
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    The electricity sector is headed for a dramatic transformation at the edge of the grid, where utility meets customer. Like the evolution of markets such as telecommunications and computing, the phases of change will be varied and complex. Successful companies — be they utilities or third-party service providers — will recognize and adapt to market-specific drivers of change as they move toward enabling tomorrow’s electricity system. In a new white paper, Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation, GTM Research identifies three pathways that different states will…
  • NREL examines trade-offs of owning versus leasing a solar PV systems

    SolarFeeds
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    LCOE of commercial PV systems, financed under a PPA or loan, compared to retail rates Two new reports from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30 percent compared with consumers who lease a PV system through a conventional third-party owner. The first report, “Banking on…
  • Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

    SolarFeeds
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home. Why the surprise? The community has no connection to the country’s power grid. The owner of the house, Rafiqul Islam, is one of around 15 million Bangladeshis whose homes are now powered by solar home systems, or SHS, under a government scheme to provide clean power to communities with no access to grid electricity.
  • Graphene Could Double Electricity Generated From Solar

    SolarFeeds
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:09 am
    The amount of sunlight that hits the Earth every 40 minutes is enough to meet global energy demands for an entire year. The trick, of course, is harnessing it and converting it into useful electricity. A new study has revealed that tweaking graphene allows it to generate two electrons for every photon of light it receives. This could double the amount of electricity currently converted in photovoltaic devices. Marco Grioni from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland is one of the senior authors on the paper, which was published in Nano Letters. Graphene is a…
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    Jetson Green

  • 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…
  • Israel Gets a Shipping Container Student Village

    Christine Walsh
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    A brand new student village recently opened its doors in the town of Sderot in Israel. What sets it apart from other such villages is the fact that it was built entirely out of used shipping containers. All the work was also done by the students themselves, many with no prior construction experience, under the watchful eye of Ayalim, Israel’s largest youth organization. Construction started in June 2014 and by early December 2014, the units were ready for habitation. The village was built using 36 recycled shipping containers, which yielded 150 apartment units. The construction was done by…
  • Swiss Company Develops White Solar Cells

    Christine Walsh
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    A lot of effort has gone into developing transparent solar cells lately, since they could be attached to windows easily with no loss of light. But CSEM, a Swiss non-profit technology company, has now developed white solar cells, which can easily be integrated into a building’s walls. In fact, the solar panels CSEM developed can come in a variety of colors, and therefore cater to a number of architecture and design needs without any harm done to the aesthetic appearance of a building. However, the scientists spent the most time developing the white panels, since this color is the most…
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    Renewable Energy News - RenewableEnergyWorld.com

  • ‘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
  • What Solar Marketers Can Learn from Tesla’s “Insane” Mode

    Tor 'Solar Fred' Valenza
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Tesla gets enough press attention, so I’ve never written about them as a topic for solar marketing. Then I learned about Tesla’s “Insane Mode,” and I couldn’t resist writing about it — not from a gee-whiz automotive technology perspective, but from a solar marketing perspective. So, what exactly is “Insane" mode? It’s a touch screen button on the d
  • Listen Up: Ten Predictions for Rooftop Solar in 2015

    The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    We're in the middle of winter. But pretty soon the rain will stop, the snow will melt, the home and garden shows will gear up and solar customers will start to plan their investments for the year. At the same time, solar companies of all sizes will remind their customers that the tax credits are going away and they better "buy now" to lock in pricing at these low rates.
  • Efficiency Is Not Effectiveness: How the Cost Reduction Race Hurts the Value of Solar

    Pamela Cargill
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Australia boasts solar installations on at least 1.2 million homes and has on of the highest amount of installed residential solar per-capita in the world. According to recent figures, a new household PV system was installed every 2.8 minutes in 2014.
  • NRG Energy to Build Community Solar Projects in Colorado

    Mark Chediak, Bloomberg
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:20 am
    NRG Energy Inc. will finance and build one of the nation’s largest community solar networks in Colorado as part of the company’s push into renewable energy.
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • 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, 2014 /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…
  • Rebuilding Together celebrates Arundel’s own Bob the builder

    Mike Man
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/bs-md-ar-bob-the-builder-20141102-story.html By Peter Crispino, BaltimoreSun.com | Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2014   Bob Sharpe has volunteered with Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County since day one. It was April 27, 1991, when he and a group of 30 volunteers spent 14 hours renovating the home of an elderly disabled man in Arnold, the first project for the local chapter of the national organization. Twenty-three years, 530 homes and tens of thousands of volunteer hours later, Sharpe was voted this month as Tradesperson…
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • 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).
  • Gov. Christie declares snow emergency in NJ

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    Governor Chris Christie declares a state of emergency in New Jersey ahead of a potentially historic blizzard along the northeast coast. 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

  • Concrete Megara residence boasts stunning views of the Geraneia mountains in Greece

    Lidija Grozdanic
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Concrete Megara residence boasts stunning views of the Geraneia mountains in Greece Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: concrete home, concrete house, courtyard, glass facade, greece, Greek architects, green architecture, olive grove, open-plan living room, residence in Megara, Tense Architecture Network
  • Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

    Cat DiStasio
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid, thus supplying power where there previously was none. Read the rest of Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: "clean energy", "sustainable energy", Bangladesh,…
  • Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human?

    Cat DiStasio
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Researchers recently discovered a fossilized jawbone that could have belonged to a new type of prehistoric human. The jawbone, originally found by fishermen in the Penghu Channel near Taiwan, has features which suggest it predates previously discovered hominids. Taiwanese fishermen found the fossilized jawbone and sold it to a local antique shop. Researchers later discovered the mandible, and were amazed when they realized what the bone could indicate. Read the rest of Did scientists just discover a new kind of ancient human? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient hominids,…
  • The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75%

    Charley Cameron
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. When the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl this Sunday, the mammoth sporting event will be greener and significantly brighter than ever before. That’s because the University of Phoenix is the first Super Bowl host to light its stadium entirely with LEDs, cutting energy use by 75%! Read the rest of The first Super Bowl lit with LED lights will cut energy use by 75% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona, Cree, Energy Savings, ephesus lighting, green lighting, green sports, LED, LED…
  • This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city

    Michelle Kennedy Hogan
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Read the rest of This rooftop cabin gives urbanites a remote escape high above the city Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Athens, Athens cabin, city cabin, city camping, design cabin, Greece cabin, Greek cabin, Greek rooftop cabin, Greek urban cabin, panos dragonas, rooftop cabin, rooftop retreat, Urban Cabin, Urban design, urban retreat, urban rooftop cabin, urban room, varvara christopoulou
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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

  • 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…
  • People-oriented streets and the built environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars present at Transforming Transportation 2015

    Ryan Schleeter
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Erik Vergel-Tovar (left) of Colombia and Madeline Brozen (right) of the United States—recipients of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship—presented their research findings at Transforming Transportation 2015. Photos by Zhou Jia/WRI. Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state like Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, road safety champions like former New York City DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan,…
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Year in Review: 30 Years of Independent Publishing

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    We wrapped up another year at Chelsea Green Publishing with a party, and not just any party — our 30th anniversary party. We had plenty to celebrate: The release of The Chelsea Green Reader, a collection of some of the best writing from our 30 years of independent publishing. Another year of award-winning books. Another […]The post Year in Review: 30 Years of Independent Publishing appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • 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.   
  • Kepler finds 5 alien planets nearly as old as the universe

    mnnadmin
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Five rocky alien worlds that are 80 percent as old as the universe itself have been discovered, suggesting that Earth-size planets have been a feature of the Milky Way galaxy almost since its beginning.  
  • Seal pup learns to live without eyesight

    lmoss
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    A blind harbor seal pup that was rescued off the coast of Homer, Alaska, is now learning basic behaviors at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.   Bryce was found stranded on the beach in August 2014, and veterinary staff think he suffered a head trauma that caused his blindness.  
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  • 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 the year 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.  
  • How to unboil an egg

    bnelson78
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    Perhaps there's hope for Humpty Dumpty after all: Scientists at the University of California Irvine have developed a way to "unboil" egg whites by untangling their proteins, reports Newsweek.   Why would scientists be interested in learning how to unboil an egg? It's not to alleviate culinary regret. Rather, the development has the potential to significantly reduce costs for any biotechnology process that requires the folding of proteins.  
 
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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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  • 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.
  • Why Dippy the dinosaur got bumped by a blue whale

    aberman
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    The times, they are a changin' for Dippy the dinosaur, a plaster replica that has graced the central hall of the famous museum since 1979. (Photo: B/flickr)  
  • Lying on social media may damage your memories

    aberman
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Have you ever made your life look a little more glamorous than it actually is by posting partial truths on social media? If so, you may be altering your own memories and even damaging your mental health.  
  • 'Sons of Liberty' reveals the human side of America's founding fathers

    gmiller
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    The dusty pages of history vividly come to life in the History Channel's ambitious telling of the American Revolution and the events leading up to it.  
 
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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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  • 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.  
  • Sprouted foods basics

    rshreeves
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Have you been noticing more foods made from sprouts at the store? Maybe you’ve noticed sprouted grain breads, sprouted sunflower seeds or sprouted almond butter in the organic and natural foods section.   If you’re wondering what these sprouted foods are all about, here’s a little sprouted foods 101 to help you understand the basics.   What are sprouted foods?
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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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  • How Much Longer Can David Cameron Continue to Defend 'Going All Out’ for Shale?

    Kyla Mandel
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    An avalanche of anti-fracking activity has swept over Britain this week. It seems each day brought with it another blow to the prospect of a swift shale revolution. First, in an unexpected u-turn, the government agreed to ban fracking in national parks during Monday’s Infrastructure Bill debate. This represents a direct reversal of the policy it declared last year which allowed fracking in national parks under “exceptional circumstances”. And while a moratorium on fracking was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs during the debate, this hasn’t stopped others from taking matters into their…
  • Canada is Trading Away its Environmental Rights

    Guest
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    This is a guest post by David Suzuki. In 1997, Canada restricted import and transfer of the gasoline additive MMT because it was a suspected neurotoxin that had already been banned in Europe. Ethyl Corp., the U.S. multinational that supplied the chemical, sued the government for $350 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement and won! Canada was forced to repeal the ban, apologize to the company and pay an out-of-court settlement of US$13 million. The free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico was never designed to raise labour and environmental standards to the…
  • No End In Sight For California’s Climate-Exacerbated Drought

    Mike Gaworecki
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    As of January 26, the California Department of Water Resources reported that snowpack statewide was at just 27% of its normal level, which is 15% of the average for April 1, the point at which snow is typically expected to stop accumulating and begin to melt. Which means, of course, that California is in for another dry year. Melting snowpack provides water to streams and rivers and replenishes reservoirs that are used for drinking water and agriculture. In a cruel irony, a dry year also means more fossil fuels will have to be burned for electricity to make up for the shortfall in hydropower…
  • 'The Drop in Oil Price Means We Need More Action on Climate Change Not Less'

    Guest
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    Simon Bullock, senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth, asks: How should governments react to the drop in oil price? This month, a powerful article in Nature highlighted yet again that most of the world’s oil, coal and gas needs to stay in the ground, if we want to prevent dangerous climate change. This is the “unburnable carbon” analysis that President Obama and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney have both made mainstream in recent months. Related, over the last 6 months the world oil price has crashed, catching almost all economists and analysts by surprise. As well as profound…
  • Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

    Steve Horn
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen (“dilbit”) from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal. The permit for the pipeline with the capacity to carry 800,000 barrels-per-day of tar sands dilbit came ten days after the introduction of S.1 — the Keystone XL Pipeline Act — currently up for debate on the U.S. Senate floor, which calls for the permitting of the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL. …
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    Eco-Chick

  • 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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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 BMW X6

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The BMW X6 was once unusual in its form factor, but it's gained companions, from within the brand and without: the BMW X4 takes the coupe-crossover theme down a size, and Mercedes-Benz will soon follow with its GLE Coupe, a sexier take on what's now called the M-Class. Despite the growing popularity of the curvaceous utility concept...
  • 2015 BMW M4

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    With the new 4-Series taking the previous 3-Series coupe’s place in the BMW lineup, the M4 is a new name for an all-new version of the previous M3 Coupe. What makes the new M4 special enough to deserve the vaunted M badge? Many, many things, but foremost among them is a new, potent twin-turbocharged engine. Stylistically, the new...
  • 2015 BMW M3

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The latest generation of the BMW M3 changes the prior formula considerably, but is still bred from the same stock. With a new turbocharged six-cylinder engine, a new look, and less weight, the new M3 seeks to claw back old ground, as well as blaze a new path forward. From the outside, the M3 doesn't veer dramatically from the 3-Series...
  • Safe Set: Nine Late-Model Used Vehicles With The Lowest Fatality Rate

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The chances of dying in a car crash, if you’re behind the wheel of a newer vehicle, have dropped dramatically over the past several years. In just three years, studying a corresponding four-year window of late-model used vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that the driver death rate dropped 42 percent—from...
  • Lexus RX

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Lexus's RX has been its bestselling model ever since it was introduced. The mid-size Lexus utility practically invented the luxury crossover when it debuted, with many other brands following suit and trying to take sales away from it since. The RX was recently joined in the Lexus lineup by a smaller crossover, the NX. The Lexus RX—called the...
 
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    Free Utility & Energy Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • 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!
  • How To Put Your Customers At The Heart Of All Your Internal Processes

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Fed up of the perception that your company doesn’t care about its customers? Sick and tired of the negative press the utility sector receives? Ready to enter 2015 making your customer experience the factor that allows for more content, stickier consumers? Then look no further than this exclusive piece of insight from the King of Customer-Centricity, Stephen Hewett. In 2015, simply being aware of the increasing rate consumers are switching energy providers and are expecting more from their utility companies will not be enough. Your company needs to know the 4 themes that have to be…
  • The Smart Utility Company's Guide to a Stickier 2015

    24 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    What does smart innovation mean to you? How do you plan on meeting the rising demand consumers have for a wider range of services provided by their utility company?Worried yet? Innovate or get left behind! If there has been one message that rings true for 2014, it was smart innovation being key to the competitive advantage some energy providers had over others. With 2015 just on the horizon, your company needs to know which innovation strategies to invest in for a better bottom line and the best ways to overcome the associated risks with offering smart metering to both existing and new…
  • Empowering Your Energy Management Program - ISO 50001 Certification Made Easy

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Intelex energy management solutions specialist Fraser Dickie will guide you through everything you need to know about ISO 50001. In this webinar you will learn:The ROI of certification – how ISO 50001 registration will boost your bottom line.How to expedite registration by aligning implementation with existing management systems, such as an ISO 14001 environmental management system.Optimizing existing energy consumption by leveraging compliance tools.Achieving internal buy-in for an ISO 50001 implementation campaign, and more.Request Free!
  • Life After the Incident: Claims, Cases, Lost Time and the Hidden Cost of Hazards in Utilities

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Fraser Dickie and Graham Campbell, Intelex's energy and utilities solutions specialists explore the importance of not only reporting an incident, but how it relates to corrective and preventive actions, the subsequent claims, time away from work, the hard and soft costs to the organization, case management, reporting to regulators, and many other related factors.Key topics covered include:Tying your incidents to all organizational impacts, including claims, cases, lost time, RTW, WCB, Form 7, OSHA, hard costs, soft costs, and more.Learning to view the incidents you report as a proactive tool…
 
 
 
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    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.
  • Bloom Energy Raises $130 Million for Fuel Cell Expansion

    Vikas Vij
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Fuel cell technology involves clean and efficient conversion of chemical energy into electrical power in an electrochemical process that is virtually free of pollutants. Due to absence of combustion, almost [...] The post Bloom Energy Raises $130 Million for Fuel Cell Expansion appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Toyota Using the Oculus Rift To Help The Next Generation Of Drivers

    Sangeeta Haindl
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Oculus Rift is the first truly immersive virtual reality headset. It gives people a very real life experience: the British Army’s latest recruitment drive is using it to drop potential soldiers into [...] The post Toyota Using the Oculus Rift To Help The Next Generation Of Drivers appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • 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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    Sweet Greens

  • 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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    Newsy Headlines

  • Media Slams Josh Gordon's Open Letter About Media Critiques

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Watch VideoThere hasn't been any shortage of reactions to Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's off-the-field troubles, which include arrests and suspensions for both marijuana and alcohol dating back to his days at Baylor University. "Josh Gordon is going to die if he keeps going on this road he's going," Charles Barkley said.  "I'm done with Josh Gordon," Stephen A. Smith said. But Tuesday, Gordon attempted to take control of the narrative about him, penning an essay to set the record straight — more or less. In the essay,…
  • Suge Knight Was Driver In Fatal Hit-And-Run

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Watch VideoOn Thursday, a lawyer for former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight confirmed his client was driving a car involved in a fatal hit-and-run.According to KABC, Knight says he tried to escape in his car after he was allegedly "attacked by two people." It was during his escape that he hit two pedestrians. Both were taken to the hospital and one was later pronounced dead.Hollywood Life reports Knight was on the set of a film being shot in Compton when he got into a fight with two crew members. The outlet says there was a passenger in Knight's vehicle who…
  • Dartmouth Cracks Down On Student Drinking And Greek Life

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Watch VideoOver the past few years, Dartmouth College has received a great deal of backlash from both the student body and national critics. "Dartmouth has a problem," chanted student protesters.There've been jaw-dropping testaments about Greek life: "A lot of drinking, a lot of hazing. Things like chugging vinegar, swimming in a kiddie pool of what we were told were bodily fluids." And a number of rape allegations on campus, which helped spark this announcement from college president Phil Hanlon Thursday.  Hanlon said, "We…
  • Nickelodeon Embraces Cord-Cutters With Streaming Service

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Watch VideoNo one wants to miss out on the video streaming business — not even SpongeBob SquarePants, apparently."What do you say, Mrs. Puff, let's get this party started."Nickelodeon will be be launching its own subscription service sometime this March. The news was revealed by Philippe Dauman, the CEO of Nickelodeon's parent company, Viacom, who didn't go into price or content details.TechCrunch quotes Dauman saying: "We want to satisfy the demand that is coming from the viewers out there. ... They have an insatiable…
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passes In The Senate

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Watch VideoThe Senate just approved a bill its largely Republican supporters call "an extraordinarily important jobs bill" and its opponents describe as "a special interest bill that's a giveaway to foreign oil and steel companies and will do nothing to benefit the American people."Hard to believe they were talking about the same thing on the same day: legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Every Republican in the Senate plus nine Democrats voted to approve the bill Thursday afternoon.As we reported, Canadian energy giant…
 
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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 Yoga Mats

    Sophia Bennett
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    <div>Yoga mats are a fairly durable item that should not need to be replaced very often. But when yours finally wears out (or when you finally admit that yoga is just not for you), you may be wondering: Is it possible to recycle yoga mats?&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Unfortunately your options are very, very limited. Two companies have found ways to remanufacture yoga mats into new mats or shoes. If you cannot get your mat to one of them, you may need to look for a way to reuse it. Luckily the options for reuse are much more plentiful – and may be…
  • 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…
  • How to Recycle Kitchen Cabinets

    Sophia Bennett
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    <img class="undefined" title="kitchen-renovation" alt="kitchen-renovation.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="media" data-cms-link-to="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/6/kitchen-renovation.jpg" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/6/kitchen-renovation_400x400.jpg"> Congratulations! You are finally ready to remodel that outdated kitchen into a place where any Food Network star would be proud to cook. But before you get too far into the process, it is worth thinking about how you will…
  • Miami Artist Creates Beautiful Objects Out of Buttons

    April Stearns
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am
    Recycled artwork has become more and more popular over the past years as emerging artists have become more interested in upcycling and environmental art. Recycled artworks are pieces of art put together from any kind of used materials. It can include all types of items such as garbage like toilet paper rolls or used household items such as clothes. One popular item artists reuse for their work are buttons, which can be easily collected from old clothing and other materials. One artist who is known for the incredible use of old buttons in his artwork is <a…
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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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    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.
  • Super Bowl XLIX is Kicking Food Waste to the Curb

    Becky Striepe
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    The city of Phoenix is using the Super Bowl to launch a city-wide effort to reduce food waste. The post Super Bowl XLIX is Kicking Food Waste to the Curb appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • 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,…
  • Hard-Hitting Documentary Tells the Disastrous Story Of Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans

    Derek Markham
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Think plastic pollution in the ocean is somebody else’s problem? Think again. The “environmental abomination” of plastic pollution, and its effects on the world’s oceans, is a disaster in the making, and one that will affect every one of us in the near future, if it hasn’t already. Our food chain is intricately linked with Hard-Hitting Documentary Tells the Disastrous Story Of Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans 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…
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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

  • 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.
  • Organizing Books with a DIY Cardboard Book Case

    Julie Finn
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Here's a way to build a box set book case that will help with organizing books and keeping them dust-free and ready to binge-read The post Organizing Books with a DIY Cardboard Book Case appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 10 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers

    Becky Striepe
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Need some rainy day activities to beat cabin fever? This is a mix of activities that younger and older toddlers can enjoy. Take a look and see which ones look like the right fit for your busy kid! The post 10 Rainy Day Activities for Toddlers 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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    Resilience

  • The Latest Oil Glut: Once Bitten, Twice Shy

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:06 am
    With the recent plunge in oil prices, it feels like the right time to check back in with Richard Heinberg of the Post-Carbon Institute.
  • Moving from gridlock to dialogue

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    All our great ideas about climate change, peak oil, re-localization, etc. are worthless if we can't communicate with other people. It's easy to get into gridlock and name-calling even with people who should be our allies.
  • No End In Sight For California’s Climate-Exacerbated Drought

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    In addition to being the hottest year on record in California, 2014 was also the third year of extreme drought in the state, which scientists tell us is a telltale sign that global warming is already impacting our lives right here and right now.
  • $5 Million for Co-op Development in Madison

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    I have to say that of all the different political and social organizations that I have been involved with recently, the co-op groups are easily the youngest, sharpest and most energized groups around.
  • Peak Oil Notes - Jan 29

    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    A mid-week update. Another large increase in US crude stocks last week sent NY oil futures down to a close of $44.45 a barrel, the lowest in nearly six years.
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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: Top Green GM Highlights from the North American International Auto Show

    Jeanne
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    It was very exciting to receive an invitation from General Motors to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit as part of their Influencer Group.  After a well- organized two days... 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
  • [Giveaway] Enter our "Shop For A Cause” Giveaway!

    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

  • End Inhumane Research on Animals

    Afieya Kipp
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: President of USDA, Tom Vilsack Goal: Stop cruel and unusual treatment of animals at USDA research facilities. The United States Department of Agriculture has been secretly conducting inhumane animal testing and cruel breeding practices. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC), countless animals are tested on and put under unthinkably deplorable breeding conditions to provide meat producers with methods on how to make more money from their livestock. According to an ongoing investigation by The New York Times, USMARC is responsible for…
  • Applaud Innovative Renewable Energy Plan

    Jennifer Schwager
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton Goal: Praise efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy consumption. A plan to cut fossil fuel use in favor of renewable energy sources has been proposed by the city of Edmonton, Canada. The plan, which has been in the works since 2012, is made up of 11 actions designed to make the city more environmentally friendly. Most notably, the city will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent from 2005 levels by 2035. The plan includes reducing energy consumption by 25 percent by introducing financial incentives for homeowners…
  • Stop Abuse of Agricultural Workers

    Afieya Kipp
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Avi Nissenkorn, Chairman of General Federation of Labor in Israel Goal: End abusive labor practices of Thai workers in Israel. Young and able-bodied migrant workers from Thailand are dying at alarming rates in Israel’s agricultural sector due to inhumane working conditions and shoddy labor laws. In a report published by Human Rights Watch, Israeli employers are abusing Thai workers, subjecting them to long hours of physical labor, and housing them in deplorable living conditions, despite reprimand from Israeli rights groups and human rights advocates. The day in the life of a Thai…
  • Save the Whales from Persistent Sonar

    Devin Gonsalves
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: John Mosher, Northwest environmental manager for the U.S. Pacific Fleet Goal: Minimize the usage of whale-harming sonar-emitting buoys. The U.S. Navy wants to expand its use of disruptive sonar-emitting buoys off the Pacific Coast for training purposes. Whales and other marine life are constantly harassed and disoriented by the use of sonar. Call on the Navy’s environmental manager to minimize the amount of additional buoys and the duration and level of sonar emissions. The Navy wants to deploy 720 sonar-emitting buoys (sonobuoys) 12 nautical miles off the coasts of…
  • Success: Doctor Who Perfomed Deadly Female Genital Mutilation Convicted

    Yuval Idan
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Mahfouz Saber, Egypt’s Minister of Justice Goal: Praise conviction of a doctor whose patient died after a female genital mutilation operation. A doctor who performed a female genital mutilation procedure on a 13-year old girl which resulted in her death was recently convicted for his role in this tragedy. He is the first person in Egypt to be convicted for a crime related to FGM, which an estimated 90% of Egyptian women undergo. A previous ForceChange petition demanded that the doctor be brought to justice. This could set a precedent in Egypt deterring doctors from performing…
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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

  • 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,…
  • Top Ten Animals Playing Games

    Earth Rangers
    17 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Everyone loves to play! Here at Earth Rangers we’ve been busy playing the new Animal Idol game. Animals out in the wild like to have fun too. Scientists have documented play behaviour in a wide range of species from mammals, like humans, to invertebrates (for example octopi), marsupials (for example kangaroos), fish and birds. How do researchers know when an animal is playing? They look to see if the action has a purpose or not, if it is spontaneous or unplanned, if it looks like fun, if the animal repeats the behaviour and whether or not they do it when they are under stress. Scientists…
  • Top Ten Animal New Year’s Resolutions

    Earth Rangers
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    What’s on your list of things to do in 2015? Get inspired by some of these animal New Year’s resolutions then share your ideas for how to make this year the best one yet! 1) Make more time for dancing  2) Stretch every morning 3) Save for the future 4) Smile more 5) Eat lots of green healthy food  6) Spend more time with family  7) Fly somewhere far away 8) Exercise more 9) Make new friends  10) Give more hugs
 
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  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 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

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 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

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 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

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 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

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:45 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 BMW X6

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:07 pm
    The BMW X6 was once unusual in its form factor, but it's gained companions, from within the brand and without: the BMW X4 takes the coupe-crossover theme down a size, and Mercedes-Benz will soon follow with its GLE Coupe, a sexier take on what's now called the M-Class. Despite the growing popularity of the curvaceous utility concept...
  • 2015 BMW M4

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:05 pm
    With the new 4-Series taking the previous 3-Series coupe’s place in the BMW lineup, the M4 is a new name for an all-new version of the previous M3 Coupe. What makes the new M4 special enough to deserve the vaunted M badge? Many, many things, but foremost among them is a new, potent twin-turbocharged engine. Stylistically, the new...
  • 2015 BMW M3

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The latest generation of the BMW M3 changes the prior formula considerably, but is still bred from the same stock. With a new turbocharged six-cylinder engine, a new look, and less weight, the new M3 seeks to claw back old ground, as well as blaze a new path forward. From the outside, the M3 doesn't veer dramatically from the 3-Series...
  • Safe Set: Nine Late-Model Used Vehicles With The Lowest Fatality Rate

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The chances of dying in a car crash, if you’re behind the wheel of a newer vehicle, have dropped dramatically over the past several years. In just three years, studying a corresponding four-year window of late-model used vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that the driver death rate dropped 42 percent—from...
  • Lexus RX

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Lexus's RX has been its bestselling model ever since it was introduced. The mid-size Lexus utility practically invented the luxury crossover when it debuted, with many other brands following suit and trying to take sales away from it since. The RX was recently joined in the Lexus lineup by a smaller crossover, the NX. The Lexus RX—called the...
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    Green Car Reports

  • Tesla Transparency On Orders, Sales, Production Fades: Do Owners, Investors Care?

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    On February 11, electric-car maker Tesla Motors will release its 2014 earnings and hold a conference call for financial analysts to discuss them. If recent patterns hold, the company won't disclose a number of the important operating metrics that reveal how well it's doing. In fact, over the last two years, Tesla has quietly stopped providing...
  • Tesla Transparency, Audi e-Quattro, BMW Diesel Sales: Today's Car News

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    There's a wide variety of stories today. We look at Tesla's lack of transparency, a possible electric all-wheel drive system from Audi, and why BMW is confident low gas prices won't hurt sales of its diesel models. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Watch people react to the "Insane" mode of the Tesla Model S P85D in this (NSFW) video. Tesla...
  • Latest Diesel Engines As Clean As Expected Under EPA Rules, Study Shows

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It's been roughly eight years since stricter Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diesel-engine emissions standards took effect. After a hiatus, significant numbers of cleaner diesel engines are now being sold each year in new vehicles on U.S. roads. And a new study confirms that they are achieving the low emissions they were expected to. DON'T...
  • 2016 BYD Tang: Plug-In Hybrid SUV Is First Of Four To Come

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    It's been more than six years since fabled investor Warren Buffet bought 10 percent of BYD Autos, one of the few independent Chinese automakers. At that time, the company had big plans to become China's largest producer of plug-in electric vehicles--and then export them to the U.S. DON'T MISS: BYD Plans Electric Supercar, More Powerful Plug-In...
  • Famed Audi Quattro AWD System To Go Electric As e-Quattro

    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Back in the 1980s, Audi was one of the very first carmakers to promote all-wheel drive aggressively--first in rally cars, then in production sedans and coupes. Quattro all-wheel drive helped Audi stand out from the crowd, and has been an important part of its brand identity ever since. DON'T MISS: 2016 Audi Q7 To Offer e-Tron Quattro Diesel...
 
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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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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • 'Unconventional' Accounting From China's Hanergy Solar, Owner of MiaSole, Alta, and Solibro

    Eric Wesoff
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Li Hejun, the rags-to-riches billionaire CEO of China's Hanergy, has suggested that his firm will be a global leader in solar technology. But reports on the company in a recent Financial Times article indicate some extremely enthusiastic accounting practices, and some signs of desperation.read more
  • Decoupling and Demand Side Management in Colorado

    zaneselvans
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Utility revenue decoupling is often seen as an enabling policy supporting “demand side management” (DSM) programs. DSM is a catch-all term for the things you can do behind the meter that reduce the amount of energy a utility needs to produce or the amount of capacity it needs to have available.read more
  • A Graphic to Help Map the Carbon Dioxide Removal Field

    noah.deich
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    For the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) field, breadth is a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, the numerous approaches to CDR suggest the potential for deploying a diverse portfolio of CDR projects that reduces both the risks and costs of preventing climate change. But the down side of breadth is complexity.read more
  • Want to Avoid Oil's Gloom? Turn to the Sun, Says Outsider Nick Hodge

    StreetwiseR
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nick Hodge is founder and president of the Outsider Club, and investment director of Early Advantage. He is the author of Energy Investing for Dummies, appears regularly at investment conferences, including the Cambridge House Vancouver Resource Investment Conference.read more
  • Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

    nrdcswitchboard
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015.read more
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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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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Australia Is Heating Up Faster Than The Rest Of The World

    Mike Confino
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Researchers predict Australia will warm up faster than any other country in the world. In a report released January 27 from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the Bureau of Meteorology, the agencies calculate that the country will warm up to 9.18 degrees Fahrenheit (5.1 degrees Celsius) by 2090 if greenhouse gas emissions remain high. “Australia will warm faster than the rest of the world,” Kevin Hennessy, a principal research scientists at CSIRO told the Guardian. The Environmental Protection Agency says the average global temperatures are…
  • What Do Farmers Think about Climate Change?

    Mike Confino
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    As a sociologist, J. Gordon Arbuckle Jr. spends a lot of time studying what shapes farmers’ views and responses to climate change. It’s a subject that has not gotten much attention, even as more research focuses on how to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and how to make farming more resilient to the impacts of extreme weather. “Our research so far has shown pretty clearly that although most farmers believe that climate change is occurring, a minority attribute it to human activity,” said Arbuckle, an associate sociology professor at Iowa State University.
  • Murkowski Attacks Wilderness In Lower 48, Echoing Anti-Government Rancher Cliven Bundy

    Mike Confino
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    After three days of headline-grabbing claims that President Obama’s proposal to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge constitutes a “war on Alaska,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) aimed a shot of political payback at hunters, anglers, and outdoor businesses that operate in the lower 48 states. With a controversial and sweeping amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that the Senate is considering, Murkowski is pressing her colleagues to vote to open more than 27 million acres of backcountry lands in the lower 48 and Alaska to mining, drilling, and logging. According to an…
  • Brewing Company Carlsberg Considers Putting Beer In Cardboard Bottles

    Mike Confino
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Move over boxed wine! There’s a new cardboard container ready to hit shelves. Well, almost. Beer manufacturer Carlsberg says they are working on cardboard beer bottles, aiming to release them in the next three years. “It will be a new look and feel. It will be non-transparent, non-breakable and with a visible fiber structure,” Carlsberg’s Senior Packaging Innovation Manager, Håkon Langen told Quartz. Biodegradable cardboard containers are generally seen as an eco-friendly alternative to heavy glass bottles which cost more to transport. Essentially, vehicles carrying shipments…
  • What a Warming World Means for Snowstorms

    Mike Confino
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The first flakes have already begun falling from New Jersey up through Boston. More than 5,000 flights have already been cancelled. Store shelves have been cleared of bread and milk. The blizzard is coming. An intense nor’easter is slated to drop snowfalls ranging from a few inches to around 3 feet in the worst-hit spots from Monday through Wednesday according to forecasters, along with strong winds and storm surge in coastal areas. It might seem strange to talk about a major winter storm in the context of a warming world, but as the climate changes, extreme snowfalls may become a bigger…
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  • Don’t Kick Your Christmas Tree to the Curb! Repurpose or Recycle It.

    Robin
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature. ―Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree The ball has dropped, it’s after New Year’s and time to undeck the halls and untrim the trees. Every year I see tons of trees sitting curbside waiting to be picked up with the trash and taken to the landfill; it makes me sad that they had purpose for such a short time. While I do think real trees are better than fake (especially if you buy one from a local, family owned business!) we can do better, people. Get more out of your Christmas tree:…
  • Light It Up.

    Robin
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. ―Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky   So, I was having some issues behind the scenes here— basically, I was locked out of my blogs. I’d click the link to be sent a new password, but I’ve been blogging so long now that the password was going to a now-defunct email address. It was frustrating and sort of scary while also being sort of…
  • Love This: Lifefactory Glass Food Containers and Water Bottles

    Robin
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Now that’s what I call high quality H2O! -Bobby Boucher, The Waterboy Note: this post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through to Amazon I get a small % of any resulting sales. If you’d prefer not to use those links, you can check out the full Lifefactory line on their site. I work out 4-6 times a week. Maverick comes with me 3-4 of those times. Cassidy has soccer practice and games. We drink a LOT of water in this house: during workouts, and in between. At home, we use the CamelBak Relay Pitcher I was sent on behalf of the Fitness Magazine FitBlog event to filter…
 
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    Everblue blogs

  • 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
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEread more
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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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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

    David Thorpe
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:43 am
    The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.read more
  • Implementing Streetcars: Lessons from Atlanta

    Canin Associates
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    The streetcar fits a unique niche in transport systems. It’s an extension of the walking environment thanks to its ability to be used for short trips, while still connecting different neighborhoods. But, as recent streetcar projects like the Downtown Loop in Atlanta have shown, their success requires patience.read more
  • An Example of Low-Rise Intensification: Union Street EcoHeritage

    donnelly_b
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    In a recent post about the three stages of intensification, I mentioned a project in Vancouver called Union Street EcoHeritage by SHAPE Architecture. I used it as an example for sensitive low-rise intensification. Since it’s a very cool project, I thought I would dedicate today’s post to explaining the project.read more
  • What Do Developers Think About Managing for Biodiversity in Conservation Developments?

    The Nature of Cities
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Recently, a popular concept called conservation development (CD) has gained traction in many planning and design fields. CDs typically are developments where homes are clustered on small lots with the remaining areas conserved as open space, as opposed to traditional development.read more
  • The Need to Establish Universal Green Building Standards

    Ivan Bruce
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Around the world,buildings consume an estimated one-third of global energy. As more people move to cities and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. Is it time for a universal Green Building Standard?read more
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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

  • 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…
  • People-oriented streets and the built environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars present at Transforming Transportation 2015

    Ryan Schleeter
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    Erik Vergel-Tovar (left) of Colombia and Madeline Brozen (right) of the United States—recipients of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship—presented their research findings at Transforming Transportation 2015. Photos by Zhou Jia/WRI. Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state like Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, road safety champions like former New York City DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan,…
 
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    EarthTechling

  • 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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    Green Nation Today

  • 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…
  • Do You Need to Get New Shingles? Roofing Troy MI Professionals Show You Why It Is Best to Invest in Pre-Stained Shingles

    admin
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    You can ask Preferred Home Construction roofing Troy MI contractors and they will tell you how important it is to make sure you get the right shingles for your home. Some might tell you that pre-stained shingles are an unnecessary expense. This could not by farther from the truth. Pre-stained shingles will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Just ask the experts and see what they have to say: Pre-stained shingles will save you a lot of money, since you will no longer have to purchase expensive stain brands to keep your shingles in great shape. This type of shingles is also manufactured…
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    Intercon

  • 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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    Green Conduct

  • 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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    Green-Change.com

  • 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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    MY ZERO WASTE

  • 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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    Green Child Magazine

  • 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…
  • Eco Spotlight On: Karmanos Center for Natural Birth

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Aside from, possibly, a home birth, imagine the perfect environment to welcome your new bundle of joy into the world. The staff would fully support your wishes for a natural birth. There would be several options to ease contractions naturally. Serene walks would be encouraged, and done so in a peaceful, natural environment. The environment would combine all the comforts of home with the security and safety of a high-tech hospital. This dream is, in fact, a reality with the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Through their generous donation to develop…
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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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  • Walmart "wave" Truck

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    WAVE (Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience) concept truck, . . . as part of a broader push to incorporate sustainability, . . . into the megastore’s operations. WAVE’s trailer is made out of carbon fiber, . . . which reduced the weight of the big rig by 4,000 pounds per vehicle. It will be 20% more aerodynamic than the current fleet, and . . . will use a “micro-turbine hybrid powertrain” that can run on: . . . . . . Diesel, . . . . . . Natural Gas, . . . . . .Biodiesel, and . . . “probably other fuels still to be developed.” 01-29-2015 Source:  Walmart "WAVE" truck
  • Leds Will Shine On Super Bowl Sunday

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    The First NFL championship game to be played under solid-state lighting. Most important were: . . . Light Quality: . . . . . . Fans in the stands, . . . . . . Officials making calls, . . . . . . TV Crews, and . . . . . . fans at home, . . . . . . will all notice the lighting upgrade for Super Bowl XLIX. . . . Light Quality, . . . Energy Savings, . . . Reduced Maintenance, and . . . Better controls, were factors as well. The impact of watching the power go out in New Orleans, . . . during the Super Bowl 2 years ago cannot be overstated. . . . The University of Phoenix Stadium has worked with…
  • Making Fossil Fuels Efficient?

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:47 am
    A joint partnership between GE and Statoil, aims to: . . . Reduce emissions from oil and shale gas production, while also, . . . creating Efficient and Low-Cost technologies to do so. 01-29-2015 Source:  Making Fossil Fuels Efficient?
  • 5Kw Solar Power Generator

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Solar and Batteries -12x 240W  solar panels. -1x 5kW Pure Sine Wave inverter. -1x MPPT charge controller. -4x 100Amp 48V AMG battery bank. -Storage. -DC and AC wires. -Installation manual. -Roof Racking. 01-29-2015 Source:  5kW Solar Power Generator
  • Thin-Film Solar Power

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Siva Power, based in San Jose, California, . . . has won a competitive award from, . . . the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. The award includes a $3 million grant to help develop, . . . its thin-film solar power technology.
 
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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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    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 one of the series is about general project risks, what my investment criteria is, what factors will drive the economics and some basic sensitivity analysis. You can read part one here.  The second part will be understanding the characteristics of the land required for a solar…
  • 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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  • 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 the year 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."  
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Alpine cable car is converted into high altitude Airbnb listing

    mhickman
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Retired Dutch jetliners. Historic French châteaux. A bookstore in London. An Australian IKEA.    
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    Greener Ideal

  • 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
  • Here’s What Banks and Financial Institutions are Doing to Help the Environment

    James Richings
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    The environment and its treatment is possibly the defining issue of our time. It consumes the political and consumer agenda. Increasingly enlightened buyers are investigating prospective purchases for their environmental ratings. The knowledge amongst consumers is leading to greener choices in all fields and encouraging companies to modify their business practices. Being green is no […] Read the full article: Here’s What Banks and Financial Institutions are Doing to Help the Environment
  • This Endangered Species Act Loophole Will Let Killer of Famous Gray Wolf Escape Prosecution

    Tina Page
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    For the first time in 70 years, a wolf padded through the Grand Canyon. A great explorer and adventurer, she travelled alone hundreds of miles from the Northern Rockies to a place wolves had called home long before any human beheld the area’s mesmerizing beauty. She was dubbed Echo, because, according to the 10-year-old who […] Read the full article: This Endangered Species Act Loophole Will Let Killer of Famous Gray Wolf Escape Prosecution
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  • 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

  • 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
  • World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

    GTG Staff
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    | Green Travel News | Each year, Ethical Traveler reviews the policies and practices of the world’s developing nations, then selects the ten that are doing the best job of preserving their environment, promoting human rights and creating a sustainable, community-based tourism industry. “Travel has become the world’s largest industry, exceeding a trillion-dollar annual footprint,” notes […]World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015 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

  • 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…
  • Every Order FREE Cutting Board Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    We’re kicking off 2015 with a monthly giveaway for everyone! With every purchase on ManchesterWood.com for the entire month of January take home a FREE cutting board by typing ‘FREE‘ in the ‘discount codes’ box at checkout. Happy New Year!
 
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    inspired habitat

  • New Year’s REsolutions

    bambeco
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    In a call to action, bambeco®, the leading brand of stylish, sustainable home décor and furnishings, encourages everyone to make a New Year’s Resolution to “begin again”. REclaim. REpurpose. REcycle. Continue reading → The post New Year’s REsolutions appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

    bambeco
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    We're so excited! National Geographic hosts a trunk show in the museum store at their Washington, DC headquarters. This year, the trunk show will feature bambeco products! Continue reading → The post National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY

    Janene Kraft
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Did you know you spend about 333 months of your life sleeping?  In fact, it is likely that you spend less time in other health-related activities like running, working out or walking your dog. For more reasons then you are … Continue reading → The post SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

    Janene Kraft
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://youtu.be/D9JzHhl51iA FROM LAUNDRY JUGS to JUST UNBELIEVABLE Changing the world isn’t about being radical but real. It’s about doing something good for the planet, everyday, sometimes without even knowing the full impact of our positive actions. For instance, how many … Continue reading → The post FROM CHORE TO CHAIR appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
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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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    inspired habitat

  • New Year’s REsolutions

    bambeco
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    In a call to action, bambeco®, the leading brand of stylish, sustainable home décor and furnishings, encourages everyone to make a New Year’s Resolution to “begin again”. REclaim. REpurpose. REcycle. Continue reading → The post New Year’s REsolutions appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco

    bambeco
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    We're so excited! National Geographic hosts a trunk show in the museum store at their Washington, DC headquarters. This year, the trunk show will feature bambeco products! Continue reading → The post National Geographic Holiday Trunk Show Featuring Bambeco appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY

    Janene Kraft
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Did you know you spend about 333 months of your life sleeping?  In fact, it is likely that you spend less time in other health-related activities like running, working out or walking your dog. For more reasons then you are … Continue reading → The post SLEEP IN ORGANIC LUXURY appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • FROM CHORE TO CHAIR

    Janene Kraft
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    http://youtu.be/D9JzHhl51iA FROM LAUNDRY JUGS to JUST UNBELIEVABLE Changing the world isn’t about being radical but real. It’s about doing something good for the planet, everyday, sometimes without even knowing the full impact of our positive actions. For instance, how many … Continue reading → The post FROM CHORE TO CHAIR appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities

    bambeco
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Apple pie… it’s the all-American classic. As summer begins to wind down, with fall right around the corner, we relish the idea of crisp, cool days and apples fresh from the orchard. And we’ve got everything you need to get … Continue reading → The post all-american apple pie… sustainable pie baking necessities appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • 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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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Tips for Buying Used or Discount Solar Panel

    Mimuba
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Everyone can’t afford to buy solar panel to generate renewable energy and cut his monthly electricity bill forever. One can spend small amount regularly from his meager budget but hardly be able to pay a huge amount in one go. Its main reason is most of the people do job or a small business of… Read More »The post Tips for Buying Used or Discount Solar Panel 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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  • 100% renewable energy in the U.S. by 2050

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Wind energy a part of our green future Renewable energy is used by millions of people around the world and this trend is very beneficial for our environment, but we need to accelerate this trend and be more productive when we plan to develop new renewable energy projects. For now, these renewable energy projects are targeting households, businesses, cities and entire regions of countries and some of them have already succeeded, but others are still trying to obtain the green signal for development. In the U.S. there is a powerful trend to make people understand the importance of renewable…
  • New and clean snow cannons for your ski resort

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Regular snow cannon working hard Snow cannons are very popular tools used in the most ski resorts because they can create large quantities of snow pretty quickly, especially when the weather is not suited for ski. Now when global temperatures have been increased due to heavy pollution all over the planet, these snow cannons have become indispensable for any ski resort manager if he wants to have control over the ski trail and not the nature. The problem with the regular snow cannons is the fact that they use dangerous additives to produce the snow, they need large quantities of electricity to…
  • New mobile technology created to show accurate heat map losses of your home

    admin
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    The heat signature of a house A Boston company called “Essess” has developed a technology which can generate accurate heat loss analysis for a home in a few seconds. The system measures the heat flow against the building facade and it is very accurate because it uses real time images with the building and can offer advice around the improvements needed to improve energy efficiency. This scan technology accomplishes in just a short drive by what used to take hours using conventional scanning technique. The company members fitted a SUV with infrared cameras that can sense heat, a…
  • A new solar carport system from BMW

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    BMW i8 using the BMW solar carport and BMW i Wallbox Pro The German carmaker BMW has presented at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a new device used to charge its electric and hybrid vehicles from home. BMW i is a carport system which produces and stores energy with the help of a few dozen of solar panels and can be used along with the company’s already existing home charging station. This carport system has a double role, it charges the electric or hybrid vehicle using solar energy and any surplus of energy is redistributed back into the consumer’s home. With the creation of…
  • KaliPak the portable renewable energy device

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:25 am
    KaliPAK the portable renewable energy generator Solar power is a very important asset in the global battle to reduce carbon emissions and stop climate changes. Being such an important asset we need to work to find ways of improving it every day. Solar energy is a clean energy source and lately has become increasingly important among other clean energy sources even if it is pretty difficult to store and even if requires spots with direct solar exposure to install the panels. If we want to store the energy produced by the solar panels we can use a solar battery, but if we don’t have a…
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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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  • 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 ...
  • Rising Sea Levels–Why We Should Be Concerned

    Kim Robson
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    By Kim Robson: Rising sea levels are causing U.S. oceanfront communities such as Malibu and Nantucket to go to war against erosion from the encroaching sea. In 2007, the Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket was moved 390 feet inland to save it from the encroaching bluff. The whole of Nantucket is, in fact, just a ...
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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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    Environmental Remediation Experts

  • 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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