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  • Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest?

    Environmental News Network
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public…
  • Free LEED Exam Prep Course

    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News
    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    GreenCE has launched what it says is the industry’s first free LEED Exam Prep program to educate design professionals about green building principles and the LEED rating system. The LEED Exam Prep course features video, animation, music, and case studies. The US Green Building Council last November released its LEED v4 rating system, which utilize […]
  • Cleaning Green

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    LadyMacbeth
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Toxicity. Do we really know what this means? Can you even say it ten times really fast? What ever it is we know it has become a way of life. It is a fact that we are exposed daily to an incredible array of toxins in our normal lives. They are “toxins” and each one has a certain degree of toxicity to it. Toxicity can be determined in a variety of ways. With an interest in a sparkling house you need to know a little bit about it to protect yourself, your family and anyone else whose house you clean. The next question then becomes how can you respond and what can you do? Well, you…
  • Dyson's newest tabletop fan hydrates the skin, obliterates germs

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    mhickman
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Along with retiring the garden hose to the garage, cleaning out the gutters and dragging out that sweater-stuffed plastic container from under the bed, in the coming weeks you may also find yourself dusting off and filling up that housebound-in-the-winter staple known as the humidifier.  
  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

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    Rachel Avalon
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Plastic straws may seem like a pretty small threat compared to climate change, animal agriculture, or deforestation, but they’re a perfect symbol of unnecessary waste. They’re also one more clever way Big Oil keeps us in its grasp. Cheap and convenient, it’s estimated that easily 60 million plastic straws (a.k.a. drinking straws) are thrown away every day! So, let’s take a look at five reasons they suck so badly and how to easily avoid plastic straws for your health and global health. 1. Toxins. There is mounting evidence that plastics, even when labeled BPA-free (which straws are…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Houseplants Part II – Home Air Purification

    Shawna Coronado
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    As a part of my two part series on how to grow houseplants I bring you an indoor garden idea and product review – a houseplant stand that will not leak on your floors and a great list of air purification houseplants that might help you keep your house filled with cleaner air. With our homes filled with computers, electronics, carpet fumes, and all types of chemicals, keeping our indoor air quality clean can be a challenge. Some houseplants make great chemical absorbing tools. There was a two year study done by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the National…
  • Houseplants Part I – Books and Ideas

    Shawna
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Houseplants terrify me. I am gradually changing my mind about houseplants and see them as a great way to bring some garden love into the house at the end of the garden season. It’s fall, it’s nippy outside, we need some green happiness and inspiration, and face it – there’s only so many martini’s we can drink. Now is the time to venture into the new, the unknown, the houseplant! Two books that have given me a fantastic education on interior gardening are written by experts on houseplants that really know how to guide your planting with smart techniques and tips:…
  • Plant a Siberian Squill Bulb (Scilla siberica)

    Shawna Coronado
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    One of the most delightful bulbs found growing in early spring in the Midwestern garden are Siberian Squill or  Scilla siberica. They offer a peek of color when the world is still cold and are a perfect contribution to a bulb garden. Below is a page from my latest book, the Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide, that will give you a fantastic idea on how to get started growing the smart little bulb (photo credit for the Scilla above is from the amazing Kylee Baumle of OurLittleAcre.com). Siberian Squill Botanical Name – Scilla siberica Bloom Period and Seasonal Colors – Blue,…
  • Tips For Growing White Pumpkins

    Shawna
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    ‘Tis the season for pumpkins. I loved these displays of blue and white pumpkins at the Morton Arboretum. While it is too late to plant a pumpkin this season, it is not too late to start planning the garden for next season. I’ve fallen madly in love with the white pumpkins. Jung Seed has many varieties, but I think the ‘Full Moon’ variety is easy to find in seed and is an experiment in growing; it can grow to 60 pounds and 3 feet high. Smaller varieties of white pumpkin include Crystal Star and Baby Boo Miniature. All are whimsical and fun. Perfect for painting or…
  • Giant Halloween Spider Decoration

    Shawna
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Green Tip: Reuse whatever you can from home to make crafts for the holiday season instead of spending money – like building a giant halloween spider decoration! (***This post was originally posted in 2010, but I brought it back for a repeat because SPIDERS that’s why! Enjoy!!) Halloween is here and it is time to come up with a creative craft idea for the garden. I reused old materials to build our favorite Halloween spider, Fluffy. That makes Fluffy “green” and me happy because we saved money. We built Fluffy the Spider a few years ago and you can tell he is stored outside in…
 
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  • NRDC helping to launch local climate resiliency effort in North Carolina

    Luis Martinez
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North Carolina  Communities will bear the brunt of climate impacts across the world.  Even though climate change is a problem which must be addressed nationally and internationally, the impacts are very much local.  Resiliency to climate impacts starts in our communities.  A new collaborative storytelling effort, the Climate Listening Project, is connecting the conversations about climate change impacts and resilience starting in Western North Carolina. The Climate Listening Project is an effort…
  • Halloween Energy Vampires Survival Guide 2014

    Noah Horowitz
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency, San Francisco, CA Halloween Warning: There are energy vampires lurking in your home that are disguised as normal appliances and electronics. These bloodthirsty monsters have a voracious appetite for sucking energy out of your electrical outlets and money out of your wallet, even when they’re turned off or in sleep mode.   The Natural Resources Defense Council has the treat to beat those tricks: this 2014 edition of the Halloween Energy Vampires Survival Guide, a power-smart weapon to help…
  • Floridian's Deliver over 92,000 Petitions to Governor Scott Asking Him to #ActOnClimate

    Pamela Rivera
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    Pamela Rivera, Latino Engagement Associate / Program Assistant, Washington, D.C. Over the last several months, Florida's Clean Energy Future -- a coalition of clean energy, business, Hispanic, faith, community and academic leaders throughout the Sunshine State  -- has worked across the state to raise awareness about the threat of climate change and to urge elected officials like Governor Rick Scott “to develop a strong plan for Florida to meet the requirements of the EPA's Clean Power Plan."  And, across the state concerned Floridians have responded. On Monday, that response…
  • The City of New Orleans Announces New Resiliency Initiative: Benchmarking Energy Use of Municipal Buildings

    Kimi Narita
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Kimi Narita, Outreach Manager, City Energy Project , Santa Monica, CA On Wednesday at the Greenbuild Conference, the City of New Orleans announced that it has finished collecting data on the energy use of all 92 municipal buildings in the City, which include libraries, recreation centers, and office space. By collecting and analyzing this data, the City has already identified a few pilot buildings that will benefit from operational and management adjustments to save energy and money. With this data, the City could also identify additional energy upgrades and retrofits that would drastically…
  • First New York Green Bank deals to bring up to $800MM in Clean Energy Investments to New York State

    Doug Sims
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Doug Sims, Director of Strategy and Finance, Center for Market Innovation, New York Today, the New York Green Bank (NYGB) announced its first planned transactions. It's a broad, impressive set of offerings that could have transformative impact in New York and nationally by doubling down on boldness and creativity in the clean energy finance space. Clean energy investment is growing rapidly but nowhere near rapidly enough to address climate change.  To do that, the sector needs massive amounts of the commercial capital that banks and bond markets provide. And to attract that,…
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  • All that light pollution is wasting energy AND making you sick

    Sara Bernard
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
    If you stood at the heart of Hong Kong in the middle of the night and looked up, the sky would be about 1,000 times brighter than it’d be in the countryside. Not all of us are living in cities that huge, or that utterly blinding — Hong Kong has been dubbed “the most light-polluted city in the world.” Still, researchers claim “light pollution” is not only wasting a lot of energy, but it could also be impacting our health. According to Harvard Medical School neuroscientist Steven Lockley, this whole life-after-dark habit we’ve got is really…
  • Watch Werner Herzog and Patton Oswalt battle over big business, climate, lemonade

    Darby Minow Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This short film about an adorable small business owner going up against Big Lemonade has everything. Typically snoozy issues like unfair regulations and market manipulation illustrated with oodles of charm and a beloved piece of Americana? Yep. Werner Herzog muttering about glaciers, saving the day, and explaining why oil addiction is like an “eat-it-all” buffet? Check. Patton Oswalt being gross? You betcha. Enjoy.Filed under: Article, Business & Technology, Climate & Energy
  • Scientists can now see fracker’s “fingerprints” all over polluted water

    Madeleine Thomas
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    People are getting sick all across fracking country, and many are blaming their mysterious illnesses — headaches, excruciating rashes, even liver damage — on the chemicals oil and gas companies have been pumping into the earth. But thanks to trade-secret laws, which allow companies to stay mum about the chemicals in their fracking fluid, it’s been difficult to pin the blame on the practice — until now that is. Researchers from Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the French Geological Survey claim they’ve created a tool that detects a specific chemical…
  • New climate time machine is not a DeLorean, but it’s almost as cool

    Jim Meyer
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    If you could turn back time, would you kill Hitler? Sing to sailors while straddling a cannon? Of course you wouldn’t! (Although that last one is quite tempting.) You would find out whether it was raining in the Sargasso Sea on June 3, 1902, and report back — that’s what you’d do! Or, at least you would if you wanted to help scientists come to grips with the intricacies of climate change. Thankfully, professor Samuel Shen at San Diego State University and Phillip A. Arkin, an atmospheric scientist with the University of Maryland, have developed a “climate time machine.”…
  • This fracking protest is more like Bonnaroo than Occupy

    Sara Bernard
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    On a bone-dry October day in Oakland, Calif., activists from Food and Water Watch, UC Berkeley’s Students Against Fracking, and a group of folk singers called the Occupellas gathered to celebrate the third annual Global Frackdown. Food and Water Watch launched the Global Frackdown in September 2012 in an effort to eventually ban fracking worldwide. On Oct. 11, more than 250 anti-fracking events took place on all seven continents. The Oakland Frackdown wasn’t your typical ultra-serious, anger-mongering protest, though. It was more like an upbeat outdoor festival, with food,…
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • Watch: Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Reveal Green Wedding Plans

    Michael dEstries
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    While Lance Bass admits he’s no longer vegetarian, the former NSYNC member did reveal plans about his upcoming green wedding to partner Michael Turchin. The happy couple chatted with Ken Read MoreThe post Watch: Lance Bass and Michael Turchin Reveal Green Wedding Plans appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • CA School to Become First Vegan School in the Country

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The United States will have its first ever all vegan school in 2015. Read MoreThe post CA School to Become First Vegan School in the Country appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Olivia Munn Appeals to USDA to Help Nosey the Elephant

    Brianne Hogan
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    With the help of PETA, actress Olivia Munn has joined the movement to help Nosey, the circus elephant. Read MoreThe post Olivia Munn Appeals to USDA to Help Nosey the Elephant appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Landmark CA Ruling Recognizes Orcas Have Right to Freedom

    Natalia Galbetti
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    San Francisco has legally recognized that whales, dolphins and porpoises have the right to be free from a life of captivity in a landmark ruling. Read MoreThe post Landmark CA Ruling Recognizes Orcas Have Right to Freedom appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Ricky Gervais Wants to Shut Down the Illegal Dog Trade

    Brianne Hogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Comedian and animal-lover Ricky Gervais wants to stop the thousands of dogs who are tortured and killed for their meat. Read MoreThe post Ricky Gervais Wants to Shut Down the Illegal Dog Trade appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

    Rachel Avalon
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    Plastic straws may seem like a pretty small threat compared to climate change, animal agriculture, or deforestation, but they’re a perfect symbol of unnecessary waste. They’re also one more clever way Big Oil keeps us in its grasp. Cheap and convenient, it’s estimated that easily 60 million plastic straws (a.k.a. drinking straws) are thrown away every day! So, let’s take a look at five reasons they suck so badly and how to easily avoid plastic straws for your health and global health. 1. Toxins. There is mounting evidence that plastics, even when labeled BPA-free (which straws are…
  • 4th of July Giveaway: FREE “PEACE” Tee

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

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

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

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

  • Nutritional Skincare at Whole Foods – a tried and true review

    Maureen O'Connor
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    full disclosure: Whole Foods provided me with three complimentary ACURE ORGANICS products to test for the purposes of this Tried and True Green Products Review. I’ve really enjoyed using the cleanser, toner and facial cream for the past several weeks … here’s my review. I’m one of those people who likes to take care of my skin – with kindness, and as little fuss as possible. As we all know skin changes over time. So the products we choose to care for our skin change, too. Years ago, I used products designed to treat oily or normal to combination skin. These days…
  • The ASMO Smartphone Charger – the Intelligent “Green” Smartphone Charger

    Jordan Stauder
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    I love my smartphone; you know you do, too. But most of us Americans are wirelessly chained to a metaphorical ball that appears to outpace our unsustainable trek downhill. The earth is ripped and torn to procure the rare elements that make our smartphones’ existence possible. Nonetheless, today’s smartphones are an essential mixture of convenience, communication, entertainment and intelligence; devices that are indeed so intelligent that they count our every footstep, turn themselves on silent when you are near a preprogrammed location such as work or school, and tirelessly serve as our…
  • Take a Single Action This Month to Save – and Satisfy

    guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    By Karen Wirth, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Did you know that October is Energy Action Month?  You’ve probably already heard a lot about the actions consumers can take to save energy—change a light bulb to an LED model or select ENERGY STAR qualified products. But did you know there is one simple action you can take to not only save energy, but save water, reduce utility bills, and shower better? WaterSense® the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water-saving counterpart to ENERGY STAR, is a labeling program for water-saving products from toilets and faucets to the…
  • Five Ways to Go Green When Doing the Laundry

    guest
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Although it may seem like a menial chore, weekly laundry greatly affects our environment. The average washing machine uses vast amounts of energy to heat water and run the dry cycle. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to reduce your personal energy and water use and ultimately reduce your environmental footprint. All of this is possible by simply greening your laundry habits. Cut the dryer out of the equation It’s getting a little too cold and wet to hang the clothes outside and for many, this means putting them into the dryer. Unless you need a certain item of clothing right at that…
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    Environmental News Network

  • Which Form of Energy is the Cheapest?

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Which kind of power is the cheapest? Listen to energy companies, and they'll insist that traditional forms like gas and coal are the way to go. Of course, they have money invested in keeping the existing systems in business. That's why the European Union commissioned an independent analysis to study the topic. According to the report, wind energy is the most cost-efficient way to supply power. When proponents of non-renewable energy point to costs, they intentionally overlook the overall economic impact that polluting causes. Once experts start to calculate the costs associated with public…
  • Abundant natural gas will not slow climate change according to new study

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    A new analysis of global energy use, economics and the climate shows that without new climate policies, expanding the current bounty of inexpensive natural gas alone would not slow the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide over the long term, according to a study appearing today in Nature Advanced Online Publication. Because natural gas emits half the carbon dioxide of coal, many people hoped the recent natural gas boom could help slow climate change — and according to government analyses, natural gas did contribute partially to a decline in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions…
  • Can renewables supply 100% of world's power by 2050?

    16 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    A global low-carbon energy economy is not only feasible - it could actually double electricity supply by 2050, while also reducing air and water pollution, according to new research. Even though photovoltaic power requires up to 40 times more copper than conventional power plants, and wind power uses up to 14 times more iron, the world wins on a switch to low-carbon energy. These positive findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Edgar Hertwich and Thomas Gibon, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Energy and Process…
  • Mom was right, eating breakfast is important!

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many teens skip breakfast, which increases their likelihood of overeating and eventual weight gain. Statistics show that the number of adolescents struggling with obesity, which elevates the risk for chronic health problems, has quadrupled in the past three decades. Now, MU researchers have found that eating breakfast, particularly meals rich in protein, increases young adults' levels of a brain chemical associated with feelings of reward, which may reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day. Understanding the brain…
  • Could California Be Facing A Mega-Drought?

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Agriculture, one of California’s strongest pillars, has taken the biggest hit: the drought will cost at least $2.2 billion in agricultural losses this year alone. Fields of dead almond trees and dried-out crops are a common sight in central California these days. Central Valley towns are also growing desperate. Many have been forced to install porta-potties in their backyards or even steal water from fire hydrants.
 
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    EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

  • Renee Zellweger’s Face

    Jill Ettinger
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Renee Zellweger’s face. Those three words are getting nearly 3 million Google search results today. Apparently, everyone in the world has lost their freaking minds – and not in the good way. Everyone except Renee Zellweger. Did she do something to her face? Maybe. But maybe she just, you know, AGED. Do you look the same as you did 20 years ago? Or maybe the better question is: Should you? Here’s the real problem with Renee Zellweger’s face: Our culture wants women to go directly from young/cute/hot/sexy to the matronly grandmother figure. There is no in-between that’s…
  • 10 Fall Decorating Ideas with Farm Fresh Apples

    Jen Wallace
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Need some fall decorating ideas for all of those apples you picked up from the apple orchard? Consider using them to creatively decorate your home for the season. Autumn is prime apple season and visiting the apple orchard is one of autumn’s sweetest treats. Enjoying the crisp autumn air while picking out your favorite apple varieties like Pink Lady, Rome, Cameo and Ginger Gold, is one of life’s simple pleasures. What often happens after we get home from our annual pilgrimage to the apple orchard though is that I realize just how many apples we brought home. Sure, most will be turned…
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Tipped Restaurant Workers Prime Targets

    Abbie Stutzer
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We can file this under, “totally not surprised, but really wish it wasn’t the case:” Tipped workers are prone to sexual harassment in the workplace more than their non-tipped peers. Jezebel’s “Kitchenette” recently wrote about the results of the study “The Glass Floor: Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry” conducted by the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). The results clearly show that tipped workers who received the lower-than-standard minimum wage (it typically sits right around $2.13 an hour) get sexually harassed a lot more than people not working for tips.
  • Roasted Eggplant Recipe with Arugula and Avocado Salad

    Ally Jane Grossan
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s very rare that I’ll make a salad without avocado, so naturally it’s ended up in this delicious roasted eggplant recipe with the aromatic spices of cumin and smoked paprika.  I was craving the sweet spiciness of an Indian curry but didn’t want the heaviness of a stew so I took two of my favorite curry flavorings and used them as a coating for roasted eggplants. Cumin and smoked paprika have such rich flavors that I didn’t want to dilute with too many other ingredients. The spicy cubes of eggplant pair perfectly with the silky, mild flavor of avocado on a bed of peppery arugula.
  • Cat Eye Makeup Done Easy: 2014’s Purrfect Fall Makeup Trend

    Fatima Olive
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Fall is all about that sexy cat eye makeup, from winged liner to metallic to pops of color. Although I tend to gravitate towards a strong lip I must admit that a beautiful eye, artfully embellished, does catch my attention. Cat eye makeup may seem like a lot more work than simply swiping on some lip color, but in fact, dramatic results can be achieved rather easily. With so many fabulous products and a little know-how you’ll be wondering why you’ve hesitated to try something new. Let’s begin with eyeliner. A perfectly applied winged liner is, in a way, the eye version of a classic red…
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    Digg: alternative Stories

  • Scientists Are Farming Coral For Human Bones

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It sounds crazy, but sea coral has actually been used in bone grafting for years as an alternative to using bone from cadavers or synthetic materials , which can introduce disease or infe...
  • A Start-Up Has Invented Veggie Burgers That ‘Bleed’

    8 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    A biochemist named Patrick Brown has come up with yet another alternative strategy to produce entirely meatless hamburgers that look and taste very much like meat.
  • Relax, Kim Jong-Un Is Fine

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    In recent days, Kim Jong-un’s over month-long public absence has sparked speculation that he may be facing a life-threatening illness or, alternative ly, may have been ousted from po...
  • Who Is Su

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    She was 22 when her memory was obliterated. Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.
  • The Alternative 'Complete' Guide To Today's Apple Event

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Don't care about Apple? Here's the guide for you.
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Drones Can Help Map Spread of Infectious Diseases, Researchers Say

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Aerial drones can help track changes in the environment that may accelerate the spread of Researchers in Malaysia program a drone infectious diseases, an international team of researchers writes in the journal Trends in Parasitology. Land use alterations, such as deforestation or agricultural changes, can affect the movement and distribution of people, animals, and insects that carry disease, the authors explain. One drone project, for example, tracked changes in mosquito and monkey habitats in Malaysia and the Philippines. By combining land-use information collected by the drones with…
  • Albania’s Coastal Wetlands: Killing Field for Migrating Birds

    Yale Environment 360
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    Millions of birds migrating between Africa and Europe are being illegally hunted on the Balkan Peninsula, with the most egregious poaching occurring in Albania. Conservationists and the European Commission are calling for an end to the carnage. BY PHIL MCKENNA
  • In East Coast Marshes, Goats Take On a Notorious Invader

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Land managers in the eastern U.S. and Canada have spent countless man-hours and millions of dollars trying to tame a pernicious, invasive reed known as Phragmites australis. Toxic herbicides, controlled burns, and even bulldozers have been the go-to solutions to the problem. But recent research out of Duke University suggests another, less aggressive fix: goats. The approach is finding practical applications, including in New York City, where officials deployed a herd of goats at Staten Island’s Freshkills Park. Read more.
  • Arid and Mediterranean Ecosystems Seem More Resistant to Drought than Expected

    Yale Environment 360
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    Desert and Mediterranean ecosystems may be more resistant to climate change, particularly long-term Plants in a Mediterranean ecosystem in Chile. drought, than previously thought, a new study published in Nature Communications shows. Over the course of a nine-year experiment, researchers subjected plants in four different climatic zones to rainfall conditions predicted under future climate change scenarios. The ecosystems typically received 3.5 to 30.7 inches of precipitation annually, and researchers cut that total by roughly 30-percent to simulate drought conditions. Surprisingly, the…
  • Electricity Access Has Small Effect on Emissions in India, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Expanding electricity to the homes of 650 million people in India over the past 30 years had minimal A third of all households in India lack electricity. direct impact on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Although many humanitarian and development organizations have stressed the importance of improving electricity access in low-income countries, it has been unclear how this would impact overall emissions levels. An analysis of trends in India between 1981 and 2011 shows that expanding household electricity access by roughly 45…
 
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    Reuters: Environment

  • Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 pm
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan warned on Friday that a volcano in southern Japan located roughly 64 km (40 miles) from a nuclear plant was showing signs of increased activity that could possibly lead to a small-scale eruption and warned people to stay away from the summit.
  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:09 pm
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
  • Hurricane Gonzalo's damages in Bermuda estimated at least $200 mln

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.
  • EU strikes compromise to set new climate target

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change.
  • EU reaches deal to cut emissions by at least 40 percent versus 1990 levels

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders reached a deal early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 versus 1990 levels, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in a Twitter message.
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    Great Green Goods - Shopping the Eco-friendly Way!

  • Congratulations are in order!

    green
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Strata Community Australia (NSW) is the peak body for the strata sector in New South Wales. … You may be like me and ask.. What is a strata? In Australia, Strata title allows individual ownership of part of a property (called a lot’ and generally an apartment or townhouse), combined with shared ownership in the remainder (called ‘Common Property’ e.g. foyers, driveways, gardens) through a legal entity called the owners corporation — or strata. The 2014 Whitbread Strata Community Awards were recently announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 18 July. The top award, Innovation of the…
  • Recycled Necklaces

    green
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    If you want to break free of the “same-old, same-old,” I encourage you to check out Novica.  Novica is somehow connected with the National Geographic and it is a website full of fair trade treasures.  They work with artisans around the world helping them bring their crafts to a marketplace and earn a sustainable living.  On the site, there are loads of interesting, unusual jewelry, clothing, handbags and some gift items.  For example, I saw many chess sets and desk accessories.  Here’s some of my favs: This necklace is centered by a cow bone pendant surrounded by…
  • Shower repair information

    green
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:38 pm
    If you’ve ever lived in a place mildewed carpets and rotting wood floors or grungy tiles coming loose around the shower area then you know what it’s like to put with leaking shower. Sometimes the smell of all this nastiness is enough to send you over the deep end. Fixing it yourself is often the first inclination but standard silicone epoxy and caulking or other shower products for leaks might hold off the problem temporarily but for a lasting fix and truly make the shower absolutely waterproof, you’re going to have to call for professional help. What you really need is an easy solution…
  • Artist self portrait from recycled bottle caps

    green
    27 Oct 2013 | 9:38 pm
    Mary Ellen Croteau – Artist and Agitator. (love the tag line, I can tell already that we’d be great friends). Working in Chicago, she created this self portrait titled, “CLOSE”, 8’x7’ which was created from 7000 + plastic bottle caps, 2011. Visit her website: http://www.maryellencroteau.net/ Mary Ellen Croteau is an artist whose work directly addresses the absurdities of social norms, and lays bare the underlying bias and sexist assumptions on which our culture is constructed. She currently works with non-recyced plastic waste, in an effort to demonstrate the huge…
  • Recycled Robots – for your inner automoton

    green
    4 Jan 2013 | 8:32 pm
    Found art with personality! First up is Etsy artist, Ken Swallow who creates his “KenBots” in his “Bot Cave” down near Tampa, FL. His artwork runs the gamut of creatures, motorcycles, and ROBOTS. Many of his pieces have a steampunk influence. Very creative and wonderfully inventive! Check out his website at www.kenbots.com or his Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KensArt     Next stop is artist Branimir Misic from Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. His bio mentions that he is a mechanical engineer and has been working on mixed media sculptures from recycled objects…
 
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • 7 Facts That Prove Your Day-To-Day Choices Can Actually Have An Environmental Impact

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Everyone thinks their contribution to being sustainable won’t make a difference. That is simply untrue. The power of one person “going green” can have a much bigger impact on the world around us than we realize. According to the NRDC, a pound of carbon dioxide could fill a ballon the size of an exercise ball -- and the average American releases the equivalent of 57 pounds of carbon dioxide, or 57 of these balloons, into the atmosphere every day. Below are some examples that illustrate how even our seemingly small environmental efforts are changing the world around us, brought to you in…
  • EU Agrees To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cuts

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    * Overall goal of 40-percent cut in emissions by 2030 * EU says sets example for rest of the world to follow * Environmentalists complain compromise fails to do enough (Adds link to text, industry views, energy security) By Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European Union leaders struck a deal on a new target to cut carbon emissions out to 2030, calling it a new global standard but leaving critics warning that compromises had undermined the fight against climate change. Talks in Brussels stretched into the small hours of Friday as Poland battled to spare its…
  • Boy Who Shot Albino Deer With Crossbow Receives Death Threats, Family Says

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    It's all fun and games until somebody gets famous for shooting a mutant beast. Gavin Dingman is 11 years old. Earlier this week, the Michigan boy went hunting with his dad. During the trip, he took down a 12-point albino buck with a crossbow. "My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you're not 100 percent, we don't want to injure it,'" the boy told USA Today. Post by WZZM 13 Grand Rapids. Bagging an animal like it is a rare feat for even seasoned sportsmen, since biologists estimate that albino deer occur once every 20,000 to 100,000 births. For…
  • Young People Use Gorgeous Instagram Pics To Show There's More To Haiti Than Poverty

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    If you ask Paola Mathé, Instagram isn't just for shameless selfies and pics of delicious foods -- it's a great way to change negative perceptions of a country, too. With over 8,600 followers, Mathé's Instagram account is filled with images of pristine beaches, colorful street art and swaying palm trees set against blue skies -- photos some wouldn't associate with Haiti, the country Mathé grew up in and frequently visits. Mathé, who owns Fanm Djanm, a headwrap line, is among a number of young entrepreneurs and activists utilizing the power of social media to change how the world sees…
  • These Bulldog Puppies Who Have A Blast Investigating Red Cups Can Really Find Fun In Anything

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    These pups can turn even the most mundane of objects into their own personal playground. In a video from the Pet Collective uploaded to YouTube, two precious bulldog puppies have a blast ... playing with red cups. Watch the curious wrinkly pups sniff around at the strange red items, completely intrigued. While observing these little guys investigate will likely be the best part of your day, don't expect to be as amused as they are the next time you encounter an empty cup. Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
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  • The Bottom Line on Climate Change Costs

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The recent report published by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an organization aimed at helping the world's societies to combat the effects of climate change, suggests that the costs of combating climate change are considerably lower than widespread opinion has suggested. This new analysis is considered to be a real game changer in how we perceive and act on remedies for polluting the planet. The analysis cuts to the heart of climate deniers contentious arguments that an overhaul of the fossil fuel industry will cream our economy. Not so. The study tells us that between 2015…
  • Illinois Wasting Millions on Another Coal-to-Gas Pork Project

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The state of Illinois is throwing millions of taxpayer dollars at another coal-to-gas plant just two years after a similar project ended in failure. The Coal Development Fund has so far given Homeland Fuels two grants totaling $4.25 million in taxpayer dollars. The first grant was awarded in 2013 to fund a study for the proposed "Coal to Diesel Pilot Project" next to their coal supplier, which will apparently be a nearby Chris Cline-owned mine in central Illinois. The company moved addresses from Hillsboro to Litchfield before receiving a second grant for $3,500,000. There's no…
  • Ebola and Animals -- at Home and West Africa

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Bentley waits patiently for the ball from one of his caretakers whil in quarantine. Photo by Dr. Catherine McManus, Dallas Animal Services It was heartening to learn that Bentley, the dog of Dallas nurse Nina Pham, has tested negative for the Ebola virus, and to know that Ms. Pham's condition has also improved. Bentley is still in quarantine and awaiting further tests. To their credit, Dallas authorities, including Dallas Animal Services with help from the Veterinary Emergency Team at Texas A&M University, have handled Bentley's situation with transparency, care and poise. They…
  • The Climate Post: Ozone Focus of EPA's Latest Rulemaking

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that sets domestic production consumption limits for hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs)--eventually phasing them out completely by 2020. The rule aims to reduce emissions from leakage and stockpiles of four HCFCs, a class of refrigerant linked to ozone depletion and climate change. "This rule finalizes allowed amounts of HCFC production and import in 2015-2019 that protect human health and the environment, while also encouraging transition to non-ozone-depleting alternatives and greater recycling of existing HCFCs," the EPA said,…
  • The Missing Smart Power Chapter

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This fall, Island Press released an Anniversary Edition of Smart Power, allowing me to supplement the original text with forewords from industry leaders such as Jim Rogers, Daniel Esty, Daniel Dobbeni, and Lyndon Rive. These experts joined me in expressing amazement at the rapid changes taking place over the past few years: plunging solar costs, the shale gas revolution, the new EPA regulations for power plants, the need for energy system resiliency, and how growing interests in exploring new business models have set interest in utility transformation into overdrive. In his foreword, Daniel…
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    Yahoo News - Latest News & Headlines

  • NYC doctor tests positive for Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    A physician with Doctors Without Borders recently returned from West Africa.
  • Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.
  • Police: Plane, helicopter collide in Maryland

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.
  • Ebola test positive for New York doctor who treated patients in Africa

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City after treating Ebola victims in West Africa tested positive for the virus on Thursday, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to reassure New Yorkers they are safe from Ebola, even as officials disclosed that Dr. Craig Spencer had traveled around the city on subways, taken a taxi and visited a bowling alley in the period between returning from Guinea and developing symptoms. Spencer, 33, who returned to the United States on Oct. ...
  • Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday. The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. ...
 
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  • Cleaning Green

    LadyMacbeth
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Toxicity. Do we really know what this means? Can you even say it ten times really fast? What ever it is we know it has become a way of life. It is a fact that we are exposed daily to an incredible array of toxins in our normal lives. They are “toxins” and each one has a certain degree of toxicity to it. Toxicity can be determined in a variety of ways. With an interest in a sparkling house you need to know a little bit about it to protect yourself, your family and anyone else whose house you clean. The next question then becomes how can you respond and what can you do? Well, you…
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Wild chimps use innovative strategies to raid neighboring agricultural fields undetected

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Wild chimpanzees living in a disturbed habitat may use innovative strategies, like foraging crops at night, to coexist with nearby human activities.
  • Some scientists share better than others

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Some scientists share better than others. While astronomers and geneticists embrace the concept, the culture of ecology still has a ways to go. New research explores the paradox that although ecologists share findings via scientific journals, they do not share the data on which the studies are built, said a co-author of the paper.
  • Karakoram glacier anomaly resolved, a cold case of climate science

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Researchers may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, namely why glaciers in the Karakoram range of the Himalayas have remained stable and even increased in mass while glaciers nearby and worldwide have been receding. Understanding the 'Karakoram anomaly' could help gauge the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
  • Shifting precipitation patterns affect tea flavor, health compounds, study shows

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Major antioxidant compounds that determine tea health properties and taste fell up to 50 percent during an extreme monsoon, a study concludes. The findings are based on samples taken from tea gardens in southwest China. The researchers collected samples from two extreme weather events -- an extreme drought and an extreme monsoon -- and performed a chemical analysis of the samples.
  • Drones help show how environmental changes affect the spread of infectious diseases

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. In a new article, experts demonstrate that drones can be used to understand how environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases.
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

  • So You Think We're Reducing The Use Of Coal? -- Think Again

    James Conca
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    If you think we?ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production you are sadly mistaken. Growth in coal use shows no sign of slowing at all, and natural gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Just the growth in fossil fuel over the last five years has dwarfed the growth in renewables over the same time period. This results from the ease with which coal can be set up relative to other sources.
  • Have Energy Stocks Hit Bottom? Guinness Atkinson Manager Says Yes.

    Daniel Fisher
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    "A brilliant entry point" for energy stocks, says Tim Atkinson of the Guinness Atkinson Global Energy fund.
  • So You Think We're Reducing The Use Of Coal? -- Think Again

    James Conca
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    If you think we?ve been doing a reasonable job of curbing fossil fuel use in our electricity production you are sadly mistaken. Growth in coal use shows no sign of slowing at all, and natural gas has kicked into high gear most everywhere. Just the growth in fossil fuel over the last five years has dwarfed the growth in renewables over the same time period. This results from the ease with which coal can be set up relative to other sources.
  • This Startup Gets DOE Grant To Create A Solar FICO Score Card

    Ucilia Wang
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    A solar analytics startup is set to receive a $500,000 federal grant to create a rating system that will help investors make solar power project investment decisions.
  • Water: The Old but New Piece of the Energy Puzzle

    Baker Institute
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Water and energy are inextricably linked. Water is required for the extraction, refinement, and production of energy resources and is essential for electric power generation—either as “fuel” in a hydropower system or for cooling purposes. Energy is necessary for the extraction, treatment, and transportation of water. Today, 15% of water withdrawals globally are for energy production. Population growth and increased income levels in many countries are increasing the demand for both water and energy. The United Nations has predicted that energy consumption will…
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Climate Science Denialist Patrick Moore Tours Australia After Comparing Students to the Taliban

    Graham Readfearn
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Canadian climate science denialist Patrick Moore is at the beginning of a tour around Australia speaking to audiences across the country. But here’s a warning.  If you do find yourself in the audience and don’t want to be compared to the “Taliban” then don’t even think about walking out in protest. Less than two weeks before flying to Australia, Moore spoke on the campus of Amherst College in Massachusetts.  When members of the college’s environmental group decided they had heard enough and walked, Moore said they had a “Taliban mindset”.  When he was later asked to…
  • B.C. Ought to Consider Petronas’ Human Rights Record Before Bowing to Malaysian Company's LNG Demands

    Peter Wood
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It should come as no surprise that Petronas expects B.C. to cave in to its demands to expedite the process of approving its Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline, lowering taxes and weakening environmental regulations in the process. After all, Petronas has a well-established record of getting what it wants in the other countries it operates in, such as Sudan, Myanmar, Chad and Malaysia. This week, the B.C. government did cave to at least one Petronas’ demands — cutting the peak income tax rate for LNG facilities from seven to 3.5 per cent, thereby slashing in half the…
  • Wind Power Could Supply 25% of Global Electricity By 2050 — If Fossil Fuel Industry Doesn't Get in the Way

    Chris Rose
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wind power has become so successful that it could provide 25 to 30 per cent of global electricity supply by mid-century if vested interests don’t get in the way, according to a new report published Tuesday. The report — Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014 — said that commercial wind power installations in more than 90 countries had a total installed capacity of 318 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2013, providing about three per cent of global electricity supply. By 2030, the report said, wind power could reach 2,000 GW, supply up to 17 to 19 per cent of global electricity, create over two…
  • Uncertainty Over Tax Credits Causing Turmoil In Renewable Energy Sector

    Mike G
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Uncertainty over the future of the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit—and Congressional inaction on both matters—could pose a serious challenge to development in the renewable energy sector. Wind energy had a huge year in 2012, with 13,128 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity installed, but has failed to get anywhere close to matching that number since. The fact that the wind production tax credit (PTC) expired last year might have something to do with that. Wind energy developers only need to have made minor investments by the 2013 deadline to qualify for the…
  • Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    This is a guest post by Joe Romm, republished with permission from the original on Climate Progress. Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In short, fracking speeds up human-caused climate change, thanks to methane leaks alone. Remember, natural gas is mostly…
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    Urban Workbench

  • Watermain Replacement

    Mike Thomas
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Among other things, one of my projects in the past month was pulling an old 40m water main out of a culvert under the Trans Canada Highway. We had no information on the condition of the culvert or exactly how the pipe was held together, we spent several utilities meetings working through possible solutions and problem-solving to find a cost-effective method as our first attempt, working up to more complicated removal and replacement options from there in case the easiest option didn’t work. So how do you remove an asbestos cement watermain in a steel culvert of unknown condition…
  • When are your creative times?

    Mike Thomas
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    The idea that there is a best time of the day to do your creative work is fascinating. This graphic shows that among great thinkers, writers and artists, there is no common pattern. When are you most creative? Keen to develop better work habits? Discover how some of the world’s greatest minds scheduled creative work into their daily routines.Click image to see the interactive version (via Podio).
  • Highway One Problems & Solutions

    Mike Thomas
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    How do you fix the two-lane Trans-Canada Highway? Summer is time for road-trips and camping, Albertan’s spilling into BC to enjoy the Province’s natural beauty, families travelling to visit relatives, beach vacations – and unfortunately for many of these trips, the Trans-Canada Highway is a necessary part of the route. On twitter, I have several searches that I check before I head out on the Trans Canada Highway from Revelstoke @DriveBC and  #Revelstoke #BCHWY1. Incidents such as this one from earlier this month are the reason why: Four people were seriously injured and…
  • How I Keep My Lists in Order – Workflowy

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

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

  • Real Housewives Dinner Party

    Abby Larson
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    I challenge you to find a bigger Real Housewives fan then me. Seriously. Bravo Andy is my everything and I’ve literally seen every episode of every franchise more than once. Probably more than twice. I know. Not. Weird. At. All. Anyway, when I spotted a few of the ladies at this beautiful party photographed by Artvesta Studio – well it brought the two things I love most in the world together into one amazing feature. Awkward, but so true. Read on to see the pretty reason they were celebrating! Share this gorgeous gallery on   From the photographer…There are hundreds…
  • Root Beer Float with a Twist

    Abby Larson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’m pretty sure that the Root Beer Float is sort of like the cupcake. Universally loved by all. But, the lovely Sarah at Juniper & Dash, is taking the classic to new places by adding a hint of Root Tea and a drop (or five) of warm caramel and the result is anything but ordinary. With photos by Alexandra Whitney, we’re literally mixing one up as we speak. From Juniper & Dash…This recipe combines some of my favorite ingredients… well, really all the ingredients are my favorite! The standard root beer float is one of my summer essentials, add a twist and it gets even…
  • Modern Lego Birthday Party

    Abby Larson
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever spent time with a boy – ages 3 to 10 or so – you know that Legos are kind of everything. I’ve spent hours in that damn store with my son who inspects each piece like he were about to go into major surgery. So when I show him this little lego inspired party – crafted by One Lovely Day with sweets by Sweet Bloom Cakes – I know exactly what he’s going to say. “Mom, when is MY birthday.” Share this gorgeous gallery on   We had an amazing day celebrating the 5th birthday of our sweet little boy Aniken. Aniken is absolutely…
  • Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream with Warm Peaches

    Abby Larson
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    We may have conquered the best waffles ever but envisioning them drenched in cold vanilla ice cream and warm peaches, well, yeah. I think I might start crying. Or at the very least run out to Whole Foods to steal the last of the season’s peaches. This is one of those meals – crafted by Juniper & Dash with photos by Alexandra Whitney – that you don’t want to let slip away. From Juniper & Dash…Last summer I went to Knoebels Amusement Park in Central Pennsylvania… what does this have to do with this recipe? I’ll tell you! It was there that my family and…
  • Steal-worthy Decor Ideas for Halloween

    Erin Lepperd
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    My usual remedy for Halloween decor is a boatload of white pumpkins and an evergreen dish of candy corn. Boom, done. But alas, there’s a whole world of halloween decorating tid bits that A) won’t scare you B) aren’t an explosion of black and orange and C) can even be considered chic and dare I say, pretty? Have a look at this fun round-up of ombre, studded, glossed ideas for the upcoming holiday. Decorating for a Chic HalloweenView Slideshow For more HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION click here! © Style Me Pretty, 2014. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Halloween…
 
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    Environmental Health News

  • Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twenty-five years ago today, New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean issued an executive order – one of those easily-forgotten proclamations destined to fade before the ink is dry on the signature line – warning of the Garden State's increasing vulnerability to climate-driven storms.
  • Salmon runs hit records, even as drought threatens future.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Along the West Coast, in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, fishermen are hauling in their salmon catches before winter sets in. Wild-caught salmon can sell for $15/pound to $25/pound. This year, that wild salmon has been more abundant.
  • A Florida city voted to split the state in two because of concerns over climate change.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The South Miami City Commission voted 3 to 2 for Florida's 23 southern counties to secede and form a new state named South Florida because of frustration over environmental issues and a lack of concern by state leaders.
  • Insurers 'ill-prepared' for climate change risks.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Most leading insurance companies in the US are profoundly ill-prepared to deal with the risks of climate change, an environmental lobby group has warned. Only a handful of companies have developed robust internal climate policies according to a report by Ceres.
  • China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The amount of coal being burned by China has fallen for the first time this century, according to an analysis. China’s booming coal in the last decade has been the major contributor to the fast-rising carbon emissions that drive climate change, making the first fall a significant moment.
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    Clean Edge

  • Net Zero: From Target to Reality

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    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    High Impact and Timely Insights from the Research Experts at Clean Edge The clean-tech marketplace is rapidly changing – making reliable updates on the latest issues and breakthroughs critical. To help subscribers keep abreast of these changes, Clean Edge produces the Clean Tech Nation Briefing Series. Leveraging Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder’s book, Clean Tech Nation, each webinar is designed to highlight real-world lessons, best practices, and key trends. Click here to learn more about partnering on Briefing Series webinars. Net Zero: From Target to Reality  The concept of net zero –…
  • Beyond the UN, ‘Sub-National’ Players Emerge as New Climate Leaders

    Clint Wilder
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    The eyes of the world were on New York City in late September, even more than the city thinks they usually are. After some 310,000 people marched through the streets of Manhattan demanding action on climate change (full disclosure: I was one of them), more than 120 heads of state paraded through the United Nations Climate Summit speaking about the regional and global climate crisis. Those two events, understandably, received widespread media coverage; climate action (or inaction) by national governments has been in the spotlight since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.  But in the battle…
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  • The Clean Power Plan and the Deployment of Renewable Energy

    Megan Ceronsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By Megan Ceronsky(This post originally appeared on Resources for the Future's Expert Forum on EPA's Clean Power Plan, on October 2, 2014) The proposed Clean Power Plan identifies the “best system of emission reduction” to address carbon pollution from power plants as comprised of four building blocks: (1) efficiency improvements at coal-fired power plants; (2) shifts in utilization away from higher-emitting fossil plants towards lower-emitting fossil plants; (3) deployment of zero-carbon generation sources such as wind and solar; and (4) harvesting demand-side energy efficiency…
  • How scientists linked the California drought to climate change

    Ilissa Ocko
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    By Ilissa Ocko A drought-stricken vineyard in Napa Valley. Source: John Weiss/Flickr California has officially entered its fourth consecutive year of drought, and is trapped in its worst water shortage situation ever. Because we know that human-caused climate change cantrigger and exacerbate drought conditions, media, public officials, California residents and scientists have all been wondering for years if rising global temperatures likely caused or contributed to the current drought in California. The short answer: Yes, they did. Weather won’t cooperate Scientists have suspected for…
  • A New Step in the Fight to Reduce Toxic Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

    Graham McCahan
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    By Graham McCahan(This post was written by EDF Senior Attorneys Graham McCahan and Tomas Carbonell) Today, EDF and its allies joined the latest fight to protect the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. We filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to deny the petitions that are seeking review of a lower court decision upholding the standards. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) will require crucial and long-overdue emission reductions of toxic pollutants including mercury, arsenic, and acid gases from the single largest source of toxic air pollution…
  • Why California thirsts for rain and the East Coast gets soaked

    Ilissa Ocko
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    By Ilissa OckoSource: Flickr/Jared Tarbell If you think the weather’s acting strange, you’re correct. Extreme weather in the United States is trending upward, and human-caused climate change has already been blamed for much of it – most recently in connection with theCalifornia drought. But along with extreme weather we’re also getting extreme contrasts. What on Earth is going on when New York gets endless rain and San Francisco none, and when one part of the country is freezing while another suffers under record heat? You guessed it, rising temperatures have something to do with…
  • Victory for Healthy Air: Court Rejects Nebraska Attorney General's Attempt to “Short-Circuit” the Law in Challenge to Carbon Pollution Standards

    Megan Ceronsky
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    By Megan CeronskyNebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning’s attempt to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to limit carbon pollution from power plants failed yesterday. The federal district court in Nebraska dismissed the Attorney General’s lawsuit challenging EPA’s proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for new fossil fuel power plants. The court held that: [the Attorney General’s] attempt to short-circuit the administrative rulemaking process runs contrary to basic, well-understood administrative law. (Decision, Page 1) The Attorney General’s challenge was…
 
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  • Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient

    Tom Raftery
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Schneider Electric – focussed on making organisations more efficient We were invited to attend this year’s Schneider Electric Influencer Summit and jumped at the chance. Why? Schneider Electric is a fascinating company with fingers in lots of pies, and we were keen to learn more about this company. Schneider Electric was founded in 1836, so the company is coming up on 180 years old. Schneider reported revenue of almost €23.5bn in 2013, of which €1.9bn was profit, and employs in the order of 152,000 people globally. So,…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty four with Salesforce’s John Tascheck

    Tom Raftery
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty four with Salesforce’s John Tascheck Welcome to episode thirty four of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode our guest was SalesForce SVP of Strategy, John Taschek. John and I are both longtime members of the Enterprise Irregulars, but this was the first time John and I had had a conversation outside of email! Some of the more fascinating stories we looked at on the show, included a very successful Kickstarter campaign for a small router which can completely anonymise…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty three with Jon Collins

    Tom Raftery
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty three with Jon Collins Welcome to episode thirty three of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode our guest was Jon Collins. I’ve known Jon for quite some time online and met him for the first time at out ThingMonk conference last year. In honour of that, I wore my ThingMonk t-shirt for the show! Some of the more fascinating stories we looked at on the show, included Glasgow University becoming the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels, Code.org partnering…
  • Technology for Good – episode thirty two with SAP’s Sameer Patel

    Tom Raftery
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Technology for Good – episode thirty two with SAP’s Sameer Patel Welcome to episode thirty two of the Technology for Good hangout. In this week’s episode we had SAP‘s Sameer Patel as the guest on our show. Sameer and I are members of the Enterprise Irregulars group – a loose group of analysts and vendors with an interest in enterprise software. Previous Enterprise Irregulars who have guested on the show include David Terrar, Craig Cmehil, and Jon Reed. There was a problem which wasn’t apparent to us during…
  • Customer service, in-memory computing, and cloud? The utility industry is changing.

    Tom Raftery
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Customer service, in-memory computing, and cloud? The utility industry is changing. I attended this year’s North American SAP for Utilities event and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the things I found there. The utilities industry (electricity, gas, and water) are regulated industries which can’t go down (or at least, shouldn’t go down). Because of this, the industry is very slow to change (the old “if it ain’t broke…” mindset). However, with technology relentlessly enabling more and more…
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  • Rockin’ Green

    Janet
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    What:  Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent Features:  Rockin’ Green is a line of eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products, particularly for those with sensitive skin. The laundry detergents are free of harsh chemicals and extra gentle on the skin, but they’re still super effective and get the job done well. However, there are other factors besides detergents that affect how well your laundry gets clean. Water type is a huge consideration and Rockin’ Green has a formula for your water type. Green Factor:  Biodegradable and made from recycled materials, recyclable…
  • Charlie Banana 2-in-1 Training Pants

    Janet
    23 May 2014 | 4:48 am
    What: The Charlie Banana 2-in-1 training pants are twice as nice because they also double as a reusable swim diaper! The outer layer is waterproof while the inside is a soft organic cotton lining. Available in 4 sizes to fit children 11-55 pounds in a variety of prints and colors. Features: They can be used as daytime training pants OR a swim diaper. Easy to get on and off and economical compared to buying packs and packs and packs of disposable training pants! Green Factor: Organic cotton and non-disposable Bonus: If you buy them from Diapers.com on Amazon, you can get them for about $6 less…
  • Don’t Toss Those Butter Wrappers!

    Janet
    22 May 2014 | 3:59 am
    I know it sounds silly to worry about butter wrappers but they can’t be recycled because of the oil so what, if anything, can you do with them? Well, there are actually quite a few things you can do with them and if you find yourself with more than you need at the moment, you can always freeze them by folding them in half with the dry side on the outside. Grease Pans: So easy, and just the right amount of grease! Corn on the Cob: Buttering corn on the cob without getting the whole butter stick all corny and your corn all greasy. Perfectly Cut Cakes: Grease your knife with a butter…
  • 30% Off Sale on Eco Friendly Kids Clothes

    Janet
    19 May 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Le Petit Organic specializes in super stylish children’s clothing that is also organic, eco-friendly or sustainable. This week, from May 22nd to May 26th, they are having a 30% off SITEWIDE SALEHappy Memorial Day! What: Big sale How Much: 30% off sitewide Code: “SALE” Where: Le Petit Organic The Green Mom Review™..
  • What Will Your City Look Like?

    Janet
    19 May 2014 | 11:54 am
    As Antarctic glaciers continue to melt at an alarming rate, we must consider how our national coastlines will be changing as ocean levels rise. NASA and the University of California Irvine recently published a report about this and the organization Climate Central used the data to have an artist create very photorealistic renderings of what our national coastal landmarks will look like in the future. Additionally, Climate Central has created interactive maps that allow you to explore sea level and coastal flood risks across the U.S. for eight states. Please take a moment to look at the…
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  • Green Homes Sell Better

    Alex Ion
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Picture this: you’re trying to sell your home. You’ve had tour after tour and while your potential buyers are all quite charmed by the layout and the neighborhood, you’ve yet to receive an offer. Why? One woman declined to buy because your home doesn’t have solar panels and she will only live in solar powered houses. Another couple said that they will only buy homes constructed of reclaimed materials. Even more potential buyers cited your not energy efficient enough appliances, the lack of a programmable house monitor (the kind that will turn off power to rooms that aren’t being…
  • ISRO 440 Newton turned out to be a successful dry run for the final propulsion

    Marian Dumitri
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    The test firing of Newton 440 was done on September 22, 2014 which came out to be successful, which boosted up the confidence and hopes of the Indian Space and Research Organisation engineers about the engines performance on the final day of run, Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The final firing of the spacecraft will be done day after which will be fired for 24 minutes from7:17 am. The spacecraft will periapsis of 432 km and an apoapsis of 80,000 km. This is going to be a big step in the history of ISRO. Eight small thrusters on board the spacecraft will fire with the main 440 Newton…
  • A Solar Storm is heading towards Earth

    Marian Dumitri
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    As per some reports from US, a strong solar flare was launched off the sun on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 afternoon and is making its speedy movement towards the Earth. These emissions might disturb the Earth’s power grid mechanism causing some fluctuations in satellites and radio transmissions on September 12 and 13, 2014. Even though the flare is detected to be of Class X’ which lies at the end of the solar flare scale, it is not expected to cause much damage upon reaching Earth’s vicinity. According to experts the damage and disturbances that this flare could cause can all be…
  • Ganga River restoration Plans: Supreme Court says centre needs 200 years

    Marian Dumitri
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Taking a sharp call at the Centre, the Supreme Court of India, on September 3, 2014, said that the current plan for cleaning river Ranga may take 200 years. Despite all the allocation of funds and other details that have been revealed by the Centre, SC was quick to point on the flaws and has asked the government to present a PowerPoint presentation on their stage wise plan within three weeks. “After seeing your action plan, it seems Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. You should take steps so that Ganga gets its pristine glory and future generations can see it. We…
  • Going Green for a Professional Clean

    Alex Ion
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    By now most people know how to “green up” their household cleaning supplies. They know, for example, that adding some baking soda, dish soap and vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water makes a pretty great all-purpose cleanser. They know that the easiest way to clean a bathtub is with a grapefruit and kosher salt. When it comes to industrial cleaning, though, most people get a little bit lost. It’s easy to search for environmentally friendly cleaning companies but hard to figure out who actually knows what they are doing. After all, these companies probably aren’t employing people…
 
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  • Report: Honda execs take 'quality-related' pay cut after Fit Hybrid's 5th recall

    Chris Bruce
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Filed under: Hybrid, Japan, Recalls, Technology, Hatchback, Honda, Earnings/Financials Generally, the best policy in life is to admit when you're wrong and just accept the consequences. However, that attitude generally seems to be a bit less common in the world of business - at least without some government or legal prodding. So, it's especially surprising to learn that top Honda executives in Japan are taking a pay cut for the next three months following the fifth recall of the Fit Hybrid (pictured above) in the last 12 months. According to Reuters, Chief Executive Takanobu Ito is taking a…
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Carmakers exceed CAFE standard, EVSR sets two electric lap records

    John Beltz Snyder
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Filed under: Ethanol, EV/Plug-in, MPG, Legislation and Policy, Racing, Videos New cars have outpaced the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the 2012-2014 model years, according to a new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The CAFE standards target a five-percent reduction in CO2 per mile each year through 2025. Based on fuel economy ratings, cars have exceeded this standard - and NHTSA's expectations - for the first three years of the current standard, which started in 2012. "If the current trends in annual improvements continue," the…
  • Official: Car2go brings incentives to charging in San Diego

    Sebastian Blanco
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Transportation Alternatives, SMART Plugging in a vehicle to get power makes sense when that vehicle is owned by one person or family and - like most of the cars on the planet - sits still for most of the day. But when you're trying to share an EV, or a few hundred of them, charging time becomes doubly important. You need those electrons to move but every minute spent charging is time the car can't be shared. So, in San Diego, the all-electric Car2go program is changing how it gets more juice into its battery-powered Smart cars. While Car2go users have always been able…
  • Official: 2015 VW e-Golf scores 116 MPGe, 83 miles of range from EPA

    Sebastian Blanco
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Filed under: Volkswagen, Electric The e-Golf has official EPA ratings of 126 MPGe (city) and 105 (hwy). When the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf arrives in "select states" in the US, it will be the only model sold here that could also be purchased with a diesel or standard ICE powertrain. It will also be the most efficient compact EV. That's according to new numbers out today from the EPA, which rate the new e-Golf with a 116 mile per gallon equivalent number (combined). That's just enough to beat out the best-selling Nissan Leaf, which has 114 MPGe. The electric Golf's official range limit is 83…
  • Official: Toyota JV will sell Leahead EVs in China next year

    Sebastian Blanco
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Toyota, China You may have read that Toyota is about to establish a new electric vehicle sub-brand in China called Leahead that will focus on "cheap electric cars aimed at young and hip car buyers in China." This isn't 100 percent true, but the Japanese automaker is revving its electric motors for EVs in China, in a fashion. It makes sense for automakers to push for more EVs in China, given government support for the technology and the proven success of Tesla there. Low-speed EVs are popular, as well. Indirectly, Toyota is going to sell electric vehicles to Chinese…
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  • 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 →
  • Audi RS5 TDI Concept

    Shell
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It’s an exciting time for diesel vehicle enthusiasts—Audi is celebrating 25 years of the TDI engine! And how does a car company celebrate a milestone like this? By unveiling an awesome new concept car, of course. According to Autoblog, Audi … Continue reading →
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  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

    Philip Proefrock
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    The Nobel Prize in physics this year has been awarded to three scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, for their work in the development of the blue LED. LEDs were first developed in the early 20th Century, and the first practical, commercial LEDs were brought to the market in the 1960s.  However, the earliest LEDs were red or orange.  The development of blue LEDs was crucial to the ability to make “white light” LEDs, which combine blue, green, and red (or sometimes blue and yellow) to create an acceptable light source for general illumination.  The high…
  • Fuel-Free Plastics Manufacturing

    Philip Proefrock
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Plastics manufacturing is typically a double consumer of petrochemicals, using them for both feedstock for the products, as well as fuel to provide the needed energy for the process.  But a greener method from LightManufacturing provides a system with low initial costs and low operating costs to manufacture molded plastic objects without the need for any fossil fuels.  The process is even applicable with recycled plastic feedstock, making it an even greener process. Using heliostats to concentrate and reflect the sun’s rays provides the heat imput needed in order to melt the plastic…
  • Navy Demonstrates Fuel From Seawater Production

    Philip Proefrock
    7 May 2014 | 7:20 am
    A team of US Navy research scientists has developed a method to produce liquid fuel from seawater, using CO2 and hydrogen extracted from the ocean and then processed with a metal catalyst to produce liquid fuel. As a demonstration of the concept, an unmodified scale airplane has been flown with the seawater fuel. The concentration of CO2 is about 140 times higher in seawater than it is in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen are the two feedstocks needed to make hydrocarbons. The process relies on “an iron-based catalyst [which] has been developed that can achieve CO2 conversion…
  • Ontario Completely Off Coal

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

    Philip Proefrock
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    A new, grid-tied offshore wave energy project called CETO is being readied off the west coast of Australia, near Perth. Carnegie Wave Energy is installing what is called the “first operating wave energy array scheme in the world.” The installation will consist of three submerged buoys 11 meters (36 feet) in diameter, which will be anchored offshore. The buoys will create high pressure water which will be pumped to an onshore generating station to produce electricity. In addition to producing power, the CETO technology incorporates an interesting synergy – it is also used to…
 
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    Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

  • Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

    Lori Zimmer
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cal-earth, earth architecture, earthbag construction, eco design, Green Building, green design, Jose Andres Vallejo, La Casa Vergara, Nader Khalili, natural building, Superadobe, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, sustainable earth bag solutions
  • Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

    Colin Payne
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don’t like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try and stop it from happening. The study was carried out on thale cress or Arabidopsis as it’s known scientifically – that is closely related to broccoli, kale, mustard greens and other siblings of the brassica family and popular for science experiments.
  • Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

    Lori Zimmer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna claim the bones collected from the city of Ephesos (now Turkey) reveal that the gladiators enjoyed a diet of mostly grains and meat-free meals, suggesting that even super athletes can thrive without meat. Read the rest of Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Department of Forensic Medicine MedUni Vienna, eco design,…
  • Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

    Lucy Wang
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Read the rest of Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AATA Architects, cabin, Chile, chilean architecture, green roof, minimal carbon footprint, mud-coated straw bales, navidad, polycarbonate, straw bales, thermal efficiency, waved zinc, wood cabin
  • Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

    Beverley Mitchell
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country’s national electricity grid. The project is viewed as a major boon for development initiatives and poverty reduction in Kenya and is anticipated to reduce electricity costs in the nation by 50 percent by early 2015. The Olkaria IV power plant cost $126.5 million to build and is expected to have an immediate effect on power prices, which will result in flow on benefits to the price of essential goods and the cost of living.
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • Free LEED Exam Prep Course

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    GreenCE has launched what it says is the industry’s first free LEED Exam Prep program to educate design professionals about green building principles and the LEED rating system. The LEED Exam Prep course features video, animation, music, and case studies. The US Green Building Council last November released its LEED v4 rating system, which utilize […]
  • Environmental Executive Moves: Newalta, GBI, Nexant, Bosque Systems

    Ken Jennison
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Newalta: The provider of industrial waste management and environmental services’ board of directors has appointed John Barkhouse as president and chief executive officer. Barkhouse most recently served as president of Bredero Shaw. Green Building Initiative: The green building practices nonprofit has named Kateri Callahan and […]
  • E-Stewards Launches Online E-Waste Trading Platform

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Basel Action Network has launched an online trading platform that will allow businesses to recycle used electronics with e-waste recyclers certified to the e-Stewards Standard. The launch of the e-Stewards Marketplace, developed in cooperation with industry leaders and Retrace, a Seattle-based technology company, coincides with E-scrap 2014, the largest electronics recycling industry conference, held this […]
  • Companies Urge EU to Adopt Binding 40% Energy Efficiency Target

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Unilever, Philips, Schneider Electric and Siemens are among the 49 companies (see image) that have signed a letter to European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, urging the council to set a binding energy efficiency target of at least 40 percent. European Union member states will meet tomorrow and Friday to vote on a 2030 climate […]
  • Chevy to Buy Portland State Carbon Credits

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    Portland State University will sell Chevrolet carbon credits for two and a half years of energy efficiency projects totaling some 1,500 tons of avoided carbon emissions in a move to raise funds for further campus sustainability projects. The deal is part of a voluntary carbon reduction initiative by Chevrolet, launched in 2010 with the goal […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • 5 Misconceptions about Sustainability Reporting Assurance

    Dave Knight
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:32 pm
    First, let’s clarify what assurance is.In this context, assurance is a third-party review of the reliability of a sustainability or corporate responsibility report. It often includes the checking of the data and claims in these reports. Best practice also includes confirming the report focuses on the right things (material issues).The intention is to increase the clarity and trustworthiness of information, while improving the robustness of the methods used to gather it.Assurance is what we are seeking to achieve, building stakeholder confidence and internal engagement by helping confirm…
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Testing Tires Made with Guayule

    Sustainable Brands
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Cooper Tire & Rubber Company — the Ohio-based parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car and light truck tires — has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule-related materials. The company says the tires are being evaluated by Cooper’s technical team using rigorous wheel, road and track tests, which are ongoing, but to date suggest tire performance that is at least equal to tires made of components derived from traditional rubber, derived from the Hevea rubber…
  • Could Harvesting Water From the Air Be a Sustainable Option for Businesses?

    Leon Kaye
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    For businesses looking to make their businesses leaner and greener, taking a look at the drinking water they provide for their employees is one place to start. The average full-time employee drinks about 2.5 gallons of water per month at the office — and that does not include the water used to make coffee or other hot drinks. Clearly a business looking to be more sustainable is going to ditch bottled water because of the heaps of plastic involved. Tap water is the cheapest option, but the filtration systems often have their own costs and waste issues. Now a southern California startup,…
  • Whole Foods Leads with Sustainability in 'Values Matter' TV Campaign

    Dale Buss
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Sustainability bona fides are at the heart of the first national TV and print advertising campaign by Whole Foods Market, which ushers in the slogan “Values matter.” The Austin-based healthful-foods pioneer hopes that the commercials can restore some of the brand’s differentiating luster now that sales growth has slowed and it has more worthy competitors than ever.With a placement budget reported at up to $20 million, the ads represent the first time Whole Foods has spent significantly on TV because previous campaigns were heavily focused on local and regional markets. And while…
  • Microsoft Touts Sustainability Achievements in New Citizenship Report

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Microsoft has met its carbon neutrality commitment through internal efficiency projects, the purchase of more than 3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy and a carbon offset project portfolio representing more than 600,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the software company’s 2014 Citizenship Report.The company also achieved its goal for all new data centers to have an average 1.125 Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), one-third less than the industry average datacenter PUE of 1.7.On the human rights front, Microsoft instituted new privacy and data…
 
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  • Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    When your water use becomes limited - from emergencies or contamination - you learn not to waste this precious resource, but to use it mindfully The post Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Did the Great Recession, the economic downturn in 2007-08 create a generation of people who avoid food waste at almost all costs The post Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Cigarette waste such as ashes and discarded filters can have important uses. Butts make excellent supercapitors, rust inhibitors and industrial pallets, while ashes can be turned into water filters The post Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags

    Talancia Pea
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Don't toss those used tea bags after making your tea - there are all sorts of things you can do with them! From cleaning to freshening your breath The post 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Sure, you need to stay hydrated to stay healthy. But what are the specific health benefits of water? This infographic answers that question in detail The post The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Response to Ebola epidemic in west Africa too slow, say scientists

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Guardian: The international response to the Ebola epidemic in west Africa is too slow and providing too few beds for the sick to stop the soaring number of cases and deaths, scientists say. A paper in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal models the response in Montserrado, Liberia, against the spread of the virus and warns that current efforts will not bring the outbreak under control. “Our predictions highlight the rapidly closing window of opportunity for controlling the outbreak, and averting...
  • #Ebola death toll rises to almost 4,900

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Al Jazeera: The number of people with Ebola is almost to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace. The UN's public health body said 9,936 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the three countries at the epicentre of the world's worst Ebola epidemic - have contracted the disease, WHO said on Wednesday. In total, 4,877 people have so far died. The news comes as the Red Cross said it would be at least four months before the epidemic...
  • New #Ebola Country in West Africa: Single Case Confirmed in Mali

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    NBC: The first case of Ebola in Mali has been confirmed, the West African country's health minister said Thursday evening. The announcement made on Malian state television by Ousmane Kone said that the patient was a 2-year-old girl who had come from neighboring Guinea. The child was brought to a hospital in the Malian town of Kayes on Wednesday, and her blood sample tested positive for the virus. Mali becomes the sixth West African country to report an Ebola case — though nearly all the cases and deaths...
  • Doctor tests positive for #Ebola in New York

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 pm
    PBS: A doctor tested positive for Ebola in New York City after returning from a trip treating the disease in Guinea, the Associated Press reports. Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders physician and emergency room doctor, was brought to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Thursday after reporting a 103-degree fever. Spencer is currently being treated in an isolation ward within the hospital. Spencer is the first diagnosed Ebola patient for New York and the fourth confirmed case in the...
  • New York doctor tests positive for #Ebola

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Reuters: A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola, the New York Times said on Thursday. Dr. Craig Spencer was working for the humanitarian organization in Guinea, one of three West African nations hardest hit by Ebola. Spencer, 33, developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms and notified Doctors Without Borders on Thursday morning, the organization said in a statement. Spencer was transported to Bellevue Hospital from...
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  • In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity

    James West
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a new report released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year. The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China's rebounding wind energy market—and a continued trend of high levels of Chinese green energy investment—as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa. The report,…
  • Drinking a "Medium" Soda Every Day Can Age You As Much As Smoking Does

    Kiera Butler
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Just as soda companies plunk down millions of dollars to defeat local soda-tax ballot measures, researchers have found a link between regular soda consumption and premature aging. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health, a study of 5,300 adults compared the cells of people who drink soda every day to those of their non-soda-drinking counterparts. In the soda group, the ends of the chromosomes—known as telomeres—were shorter, a sign of their cells' diminished ability to regenerate. Our telomeres naturally shorten as we age, but scientists have discovered that a few…
  • Now Congressional Republicans Are Digging Through Scientists' Grant Proposals

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    When scientists across the country need money for research projects, one place they often turn is the National Science Foundation. The NSF is an independent federal agency with an annual budget of about $7 billion, which it doles out to fund about a quarter of all federally supported science research. Of course, the agency doesn't just give money away to anyone who asks. Proposals have to survive a rigorous review process that includes close scrutiny by a panel of top scientists in the relevant field. Competition is fierce: Of the 49,000 proposals submitted in 2013, only a fifth were…
  • Hurricane Gonzalo Is Going to Slam Bermuda Today

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The photo above was taken yesterday by an astronaut on the International Space Station. It shows Hurricane Gonzalo barreling across the Atlantic Ocean toward Bermuda. Gonzalo, currently a Category 3 hurricane, is expected to make landfall in Bermuda this afternoon before veering back out to sea and away from the US East Coast. AccuWeather.com meteorologists are warning that the damage could be severe, with "a large and life-threatening storm surge [that] could exceed 10 feet and cause a major rise in water levels over coastal areas and causeways." Stay safe, Bermudans.
  • People Are Trying to Sell Cinnamon Bark as an Ebola Cure

    Kiera Butler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Marion Nestle reports that several supplement manufacturers are selling vitamins that promise to prevent or treat Ebola. The claims caught the attention of the FDA, which has issued warning letters to three of the manufacturers: Natural Solutions Foundation, Young Living, and DoTERRA International LLC. The agency lists specific claims it finds worrisome; for example, on a Young Living consultant's website, "Ebola Virus can not live in the presence of cinnamon bark." Here's a screenshot from Natural Solutions Foundations' website: An article on the Natural Solutions site talks about "the…
 
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  • What does your facial shape say about your personality?

    bnelson78
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Can you tell what kind of a person someone is just by looking at their face? Apparently you can. New findings by researchers in the U.K. have shown a strong correlation between simple facial shape ratios and certain personality traits like trustworthiness and aggression, reports MedicalXpress.  
  • New York, Massachusetts rank as best states for solar-curious homeowners

    mhickman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    While homeownership in a state dominated by cloudless skies, blazing sunshine and frozen margarita-ready temps can be lovely and all, a sun-drenched climate doesn't always translate to savings in the rooftop photovoltaic department.
  • Air 'Hobbit': One flight safety video to rule them all

    mdestries
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
     
  • Smog hinders runners at Beijing marathon

    jsavedge
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Runners training for a marathon often take special precautions to acclimatize to the weather, elevation, and obstacles they might encounter in their upcoming race. But runners at the recent Beijing marathon might have had to suck on a tailpipe to prepare for that city's conditions.  
  • 'Sioux Chef' puts native foods back on the menu

    kimi.harris
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Our food culture has shifted and changed dramatically through the last couple hundred years. Certainly one of the most dramatic was the introduction of European foods and recipes during the colonization process.    While I love apple pie just as much as the next person, I find the topic of native foods and cultures fascinating. I think it's sad that tribes were forced to lose so much of their culture (including their foods), and it always thrills me to hear about the rediscovery of that rich history.   
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  • Imergy Returns to the Scene With Low-Cost Flow Battery

    Julia Pyper
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    After a decade of development and some corporate rebranding, Imergy Power Systems has unveiled a next-generation vanadium flow battery the company claims will dramatically lower costs and boost performance over competing battery chemistries by using a recycled vanadium electrolyte. Demand for cost-effective energy storage has grown as intermittent renewables like solar and wind become cheaper and integrate onto the grid in higher volumes. Batteries also have applications in demand response, energy shifting and backup power. Flow batteries are one of the most promising storage options. They…
  • Tendril’s Zero-Data Analytics: No Utility Bills Required

    Jeff St. John
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Tendril Networks has gone through a lot of changes in its decade in the home energy management business. But throughout its faltering as a provider of energy dashboards and displays, as well as its later reinvention as a software and data analytics provider, it's almost always had access to a key source of data: utility energy bills. That made sense, since utilities make up most of Tendril’s customer base. But plenty of tasks on Tendril's menu rely on data sources beyond the meter. Demographic research and market segmentation, physics-based home energy profiling based on…
  • New Jersey Begins the Process of Deploying Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    Eric Wesoff
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Grid-scale energy storage is slowly moving from its pilot-program phase to its early commercialization phase. And the slow road to commercialization at U.S. utilities comes in the form of requests for quotation and solicitations like the one just issued by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, which approved a modest $3 million competitive solicitation "aimed at encouraging the development of renewable electric storage projects." A 2012 Navigant study from the Department of Obvious Conclusions found the potential opportunities for energy storage on the New Jersey grid were: Shifting the…
  • Utilities and Clean Energy Advocates Find Common Ground on Distributed Generation

    Julia Pyper
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    It may come as a surprise to some, but David Owens, executive VP of the Edison Electric Institute, and Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy program, seem to have a lot in common. Owens leads the trade group representing the nation's investor-owned utilities; Cavanagh is an attorney with an environmental organization that heavily influenced the new EPA carbon rules. But the two do share similar perspectives on certain contentious issues. “I’m sometimes surprised that he and I do agree on many things,” said Owens, speaking at…
  • Hanergy Aims MiaSole’s Flexible PV at Rooftops and Alta’s Cells at Drones

    Eric Wesoff
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 2012, China's Hanergy, the owner of gigawatts' worth of hydropower, wind and solar assets, acquired MiaSolé, a technologically accomplished, CIGS thin-film solar firm. The reported sales price was $30 million, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as a GTM source close to the deal, though the New York Times reported the sale price as approximately $100 million. MiaSolé had raised in the neighborhood of $500 million in VC funding from Voyageur Mutual Funds III, Kleiner Perkins, Firelake Capital, and VantagePoint Venture Partners. …
 
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  • A Short History of the #Dellfie

    Laura P. Thomas
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    You may have seen the hashtag on Twitter, or on Instagram, and wondered what the heck #Dellfie meant. With Dell World coming November 4-6, you might start seeing even more of them show up in your social networks, so it seems like a good time to explore the topic. The #Dellfie is actually not a creation of Dell, although we've certainly embraced it. This wasn't something cooked up by a group of marketers in a conference room looking for the next great "viral" hit. As best I can tell, the first use of that hashtag was by Dutch volleyballplayer Kay van Dijk when he tweeted…
  • Technology Unleashes Entrepreneurship at Inc. 500 | 5000 Conference

    Karen Quintos, CMO
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Roughly 70 percent of new jobs globally--and as many as 90 percent in some emerging economies--come from new and small businesses. And according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 13 percent of the U.S. population, or an estimated 25 million people, are in the process of starting or running a new business.  It is clear entrepreneurs fuel America’s economic future. Last week, I had the great pleasure of joining the leaders of the nation’s fastest-growing companies at the Inc. 500|5000 Conference to recognize their success. The conference also marked a few milestones for…
  • Getting the Right Data to (Only) the Right People

    Bill Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This 11th annual observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month comes at a time when consumer confidence in the digital operations of corporations, government agencies, hospitals and other organizations is already shaken. Within the last year, the information of tens of millions of credit and debit cardholders was compromised by intrusions into retail payment systems. And the number of breached patient medical records has climbed to more than 30 million. Though many details are still under investigation, the breaches likely have a common cause: stolen credentials for accessing accounts…
  • Alston & Bird Named Dell 2014 Legal Diversity Award Winner

    Richard Rothberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This month we awarded the 2014 Legal Department’s Dell Legal Diversity Award to Alston & Bird. This is our third year for this award, which we present annually to a law firm that represents Dell in the U.S. and best exemplifies Dell’s focus on diversity.  We had a very impressive group of finalists this year but Alston & Bird’s commitment to diversity in the legal profession and its innovative programs gave them the edge. "It is our duty to achieve our highest selves, and thus serve as beacons for our peers, helping them reach their own higher selves. …
  • Technology Powers Student Achievement at the Urban Promise Academy in Oakland

    Jon Phillips
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    As a PC start-up founded by a college student in his dorm room, education is in Dell’s DNA. We know firsthand the opportunity education and technology creates and there is nothing more exciting than our technology in the hands of students and teachers. Unfortunately, not all schools have equal access to digital tools and resources that define the way we connect, learn, and live today. Dell is committed to helping districts across the country bridge this gap by providing efficient, affordable and scalable solutions designed specifically for education environments. Last week, I had the…
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  • Right of Way

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    WHEN THE MONTANA Department of Transportation approached the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes about widening the portion of U.S. Highway 93 that bisects the Flathead Indian Reservation, the tribes resisted. They first wanted assurances that any highway expansion would address the spirit that defines this region of prime wildlife habitat and natural wonders. The primary goal for the tribes was to mitigate the impact of the road on wildlife. While people view highways as a means of getting from one place to another, to wildlife they are just the opposite: a barrier. Highways turn…
  • Meet the Beetles

    Sharman Apt Russell
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Sharman Apt Russell I AM SQUATTING on a sandy riverbank, watching a pack of western red-bellied tiger beetles eat a dead frog. Although the insects are only two feet away and about a third of an inch long, through close-focusing binoculars they fill my vision, an entirely new and surprising world. Tiger beetles have disproportionately large, sickle-shaped mouthparts, which they use now to stab into the white belly of the frog, slicing and scything and scissoring their mandibles like a chef sharpening his knives. Sometimes the beetles stand completely still, each brown wing cover patterned…
  • The New Farmers

    Lauren Markham
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Lauren Markham SPRING IS THE TIME of year when Deena Miller, owner and operator of Sweet Roots Farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, thinks of quitting. Her body hurts, money is tight, and just enough of her organic, love-sown seeds have sprouted from the ground that she can see her failures: wimpy leaves, frost-stunted sprouts, roots chewed through by beetles. It’s the fourth season that thirty-year-old Miller and her husband, Robbie Martin, have farmed three and a half acres on a slight slope in the fertile Penn Valley, north of Sacramento. And yet despite the challenges, each…
  • Down by the River

    Rowan Jacobsen
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Rowan Jacobsen ALTHOUGH YOU WOULDN’T have known it as recently as ten years ago, the Sonoran Desert city of Yuma, Arizona, is a river town. Located near the junction of California, Arizona, and Mexico, this kiln-dry city of ninety thousand people and 3 billion heads of lettuce has always owed its existence to the Colorado River. It was here in 1849 that thousands of Gold Rushers arrived at Yuma Crossing, where two granite ledges funneled the powerful Colorado River through a deep narrows that made for the easiest ferry crossing in the Southwest. The native Quechan enjoyed a brief…
  • Endangered Language

    Wendy Call
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Wendy Call ON A RAINY WINTER evening, seventy people jammed into a Seattle recording studio to listen to poetry by Irma Pineda, who had traveled from her hometown of Juchitán, Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. She writes in Isthmus Zapotec, the mother tongue of several people in the audience that night—immigrants from Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec who were anxious to hear the sounds of home. Most others in the audience had never heard Zapotec before, much less listened to its literature. Pineda’s traditional, formal dress had filled most of her suitcase: a cropped…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • BP Op-Ed: Gulf Impacts Not So Bad!

    Jen Boynton
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    BP is in hot water for publishing an "op/ed" from senior vice president of U.S. communications and external affairs, Geoff Morrell.
  • The 2014 Elections and the Road for Sustainable Business

    American Sustainable Business Council
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    While many campaign ads tout a candidate’s economic bona fides, often the reality and the rhetoric don’t match up. That’s why the ASBC Action Fund decided to take a look at a few races across the country to see how effective the candidates' proposed solutions might be.
  • The Top 10 Solar States: You May Be Surprised

    Leon Kaye
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    The top 10 solar states, according to Solar Power Rocks, may just surprise you. New York comes in at #1, followed by Massachusetts.
  • SAP Twitter Chat on Millennials & Social Entrepreneurship: #SAPsocent

    Marissa Rosen
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Join TriplePundit, SAP, and special guests for a Twitter Chat on millennials and social entrepreneurship at #SAPsocent today at 9 a.m. PST / Noon EST.
  • Interview: Todd Taylor on Darden’s ‘Restaurants of the Future’

    Mary Mazzoni
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Darden has set out to utilize innovative technology in all corners of its restaurants, appropriately dubbed 'restaurants of the future.' I sat down with Todd Taylor, vice president of design for Darden Restaurants, to find out what these 'restaurants of the future' look like -- and how the company hopes to expand the concept moving forward.
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  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

    Christine Escobar
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A new independent film, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences. "Class Dismissed" explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. Produced by 3StoryFilms, the movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school to pursue learning in a completely different way. I recently spoke to the film's director and co-producer Jeremy Stuart.
  • Chicago Park District Wins Gold Medal, Named Top Park District in the U.S.

    Christine Escobar
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The Chicago Park District has won the Gold Medal for excellence in parks and recreation management. According to a news release today from the park district's website, "Agencies were judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials." The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. The Chicago Park District is the first urban park district to win the prestigious award.
  • Swapadventure Makes Trading Hand-me-downs Simple

    Christine Escobar
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Two women from Mount Prospect have started a popular new way for parents to recycle gently used children's clothing and equipment and adult clothing and accessories, while helping families find items they need for free. Swapadventure, now celebrating its 1st anniversary, is the creation of Angelika Babich and Maggie Pawelko. Each is a mom to three children under the age of 10. The pair organize free swapping events at Chicago area businesses twice a month. The only admission to each event is one shopping bag of items no longer needed to be added to the items for swapping. There is no…
  • Local Midwest Farm Training Program Accepting Applications

    Christine Escobar
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
      If you've ever dreamed of owning and working your own sustainable farm business, now is your chance to learn directly from Midwest farmers. Angelic Organics Learning Center in Calendonia, IL is accepting applications for their winter farmer training program. This week is the final week to submit application materials for the center's training program, Stateline Farm Beginnings, which begins October 11. The program runs until March 2015. Organizers say Stateline Farm Beginnings has launched more than 55 new sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since its…
  • Selfie Boom: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Christine Escobar
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Competing with our children’s digital world can be a challenge, especially when you would like them to experience the environment and the many ways they can sustain it. It’s hard enough to get them to look up from their device but when they are taking selfies, this might be the right time to capture their attention. With the ‘selfie boom’ in full swing (the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013), what more reason to entice your child to take as many as possible while camping, recycling, hiking, composting, fishing and basically enjoying all nature has to offer. An…
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  • The 10 Best Snowboarding Instagrams

    admin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Fill your Instagram feed with snowboarding #powdershots to get stoked for the 2014/2015 season It’s just about this time of year when the new ski and snowboarding season feels within reach. In the old days, we’d transition to winter sports with print magazines and the annual release of new snowboarding films. Today, we have smartphones and Instagram to keep us stoked on a daily basis. These are the 10 best Instagrams to follow for your daily #powdershots as we head into the new season (listed in alphabetical order): 1. Adam Moran: Peer through the lens of Burton Snowboards’…
  • Rediscovering a Love for Hardtail Mountain Bikes

    Rob Reed
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Stitch together dirt roads, pavement, and smooth singletrack for some #epicrides with the Cannondale F29 Black Inc. I previously reviewed the Cannondale SuperX cyclocross bike and noted it was a potential category killer. Which is to say it excels at commuting, road riding, and dirt. In fact, the latter is its one weakness. Yes, it can handle dirt roads. But anything close to rocky or steep terrain has you longing for some mountain bike handlebars and suspension. Enter Cannondale’s corresponding 29-inch hardtail, the F29. Built primarily for racing, this bike is feather-light at…
  • Specialized Turbo S: The Uber Electric Bike

    Max Gladwell
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Specialized turns transportation into recreation with this electric-assisted commuting masterpiece New life experiences become less and less frequent as we get older. We may try new things, but completely new experiences are tough to come by. These could include sky diving or completing a marathon or having your first child. I’m here to tell you that pedaling an electric-hybrid bicycle is one of those experiences, and I’ve validated this by introducing countless friends and colleagues to the Specialized Turbo S. The universal response to pedaling the Turbo for the first time is,…
  • Dropping Mt. Pinos – GoPro & Strava

    Max Gladwell
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Mt. Pinos is one of the more epic drops in the Los Angeles area. It’s a 1.5-hour drive north of the city on I-5. You can run easy shuttles up the 10-mile paved climb, which gets you onto the 2,500-foot, 6.7-mile singletrack descent.
  • Commuting Machine: Cannondale SuperX Hi-MOD Black Inc.

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

    Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    10:00 p.m. ET: New York City says they’re prepared. New York state and New York City officials, in a press discussion Thursday night, summarized a preparations of a city and a timeline of Dr. Craig Spencer, a medicine who tested certain for a Ebola pathogen on Thursday. He had returned to a United States from treating Ebola patients in Guinea 10 days ago. “We are prepared to quarantine contacts as necessary. Medical detectives are during work putting together pieces of a timeline,” New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio pronounced in a press discussion Thursday evening. “Let’s be…
  • Another Day, Another Low for Crude – Energy Journal

    Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    By tim.falconer@wsj.com Click here to accept this morning email newsletter ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER LOW Oil prices continue to tumble to uninformed lows as tellurian inventories enhance and direct weakens.  U.S. energy data expelled on Wednesday positively rammed home that summary to investors. The U.S. dwindle is displayed during Tesoro’s oil refinery in Los Angeles, Calif. The distance of final week’s register build was unexpected, analysts said. Meanwhile, a new slip in wanton prices has presented OPEC with a problem. Reuters The volume of wanton stored in a U.S. surged by 7.1 million…
  • SF’s a Tropics play high-energy indie pop

    Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    gallery_thumbnails_photo|photo-7008682|article-gallery-5841203|1 The Tropics If you’re blazing for high-energy indie pop, afterwards check out a Tropics. The San Francisco rope came together in Jan 2013, and they perform Friday to applaud a recover of their entrance EP, “Wind House.” Lineup: Eric Silverman, guitar, keyboard; Kern Sigala, drums; Claire George, lead vocals; Rowan Peter, guitar; Nate Skelton, bass. Was there a rope we listened when we were immature that desirous we to turn a musician? CG: we was initial desirous by a fulfilment we had while listening to a Cranberries on a…
  • Health Spas Aimed during Teaching Stressed Executives to Unwind

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    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
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  • BLEasy Low Energy Bluetooth Bridge For Arduino Shields (video)

    Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    A new Low Energy Bluetooth overpass for Arduino Shields has been total by Grabo formed in Denton Texas, called a BLEasy, that has been designed to yield an “easy-to-use and one-to-many” Bluetooth Energy Bridge for Arduino projects. The BLEasy house is versed with dual forms of models that total together while pairing up. The BLEasy Host connects to a Arduino categorical house while a BLEasy Slave afterwards connects to your shields, watch a video next to learn more. The BLEasy Arduino house is now over on a Kickstarter throng appropriation website looking to lift $17,000 in pledges. Grab…
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  • 10 Ways to Avoid Lead Poisoning in Children

    Katy
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Guest post by California Poison Control One million children today are affected by lead poisoning, but when you know what to look for and what to do, lead poisoning is 100% preventable. From China and Antarctica to Ohio and California, no nation or state is free of lead poisoning.  It affects humans and wildlife, children and adults, with children being the most susceptible to harm from lead. “Lead poisoning is one of the most important and most preventable pediatric environmental diseases today.  Lead poisoning may cause a variety of medical problems, including learning disabilities,…
  • You Can Freeze it (Eco Eats Challenge!)

    Katy
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:08 pm
    A dear friend of mine has a habit of saying, “you can freeze it!” to just about anything that is about to go bad or is extra food. The truth of it is, she’s usually right. The average American wastes almost half of their food every year, and waste $165 billion dollars annually. That’s roughly $2,275 wasted for a family of four. What could you do with just a little of that wasted money? Plane tickets for your family? A small project in your house? Car payments for a year? That’s why I joined the Eco Eats Challenge. To make more progress toward a life that reflects…
  • Top 10 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

    Katy
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    byPhilip Brown, PhD, senior consultant at the National School Climate Center. #1: Volunteering helps foster empathy. Empathy is the most critical disposition for responding to the needs of others.  We need to be able to imagine what other people may be going through or feeling. Volunteering helps engage our natural empathic sense, but you have to make sure that there are opportunities to talk about the purpose and experience of any volunteer activity if the recipients aren’t visible in the process (making sandwiches for the homeless isn’t the same as helping to deliver the…
  • Supporting the People’s Climate March

    Katy
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Like so many, I want to drop everything and travel to New York City for the People’s Climate March. As I’m sure many of you can relate to, I have full time work, two-days of kid activities to wrangle, and a local political action meeting to host this weekend. I would love to be heading to NYC to show my support of immediate action on the climate crisis. This event will be historic and will record breaking. I am with my fellow child health and environmental activists in spirit this weekend. They come from all walks of life. Just take a look at some of them from the Moms Clean Air…
  • New Research: Green Neighborhoods Lead to Healthier Babies

    Katy
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    When this came across my inbox from the Oregon State University I just had to share it. Not only are greener neighborhoods better for our environment, but they are better for our families, starting during pregnancy and birth.  This makes sense when you consider the impact of a gardens and green spaces near and in hospitals and how they help patients heal.  For city planners, families, law makers and advocates for child health, this news in important. How can we make all communities, especially urban and low income ones, more green and healthy?  To protect public health and the…
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  • Another Bushel of Harvest Posts

    Crunchy Chicken
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Rather than reposting harvest related blog posts from years' past, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of posts that would be appropriate for the fall harvest time of the year. Here are my top 8 favorites: 1. Processing sugar pie pumpkins - How to roast, process and freeze all those lovely pumpkins that you either grew or are buying from the farmers market, farm stand or
  • RIP Sarah, 2/10 - 9/14

    Crunchy Chicken
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    RIP, Sarah, you big, white fluffy butted chicken. May you forever peck at delicious cabbage worms in the big hen house in the sky.
  • Almost Amish book club: Introduction

    Crunchy Chicken
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Welcome to the Almost Amish book club!  For each chapter of this book, I'll be including a chapter summary, discussion questions and challenges. I'll be cross-posting on Facebook, where we tend to have more comments, so if it's all crickets over here or you're not seeing  much activity, you might want to check out my Facebook page. Also, I know it's not the middle of the month yet, but I thought
  • Full time homeschooling middle school

    Crunchy Chicken
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Howdy! Sorry I've been MIA this last week. School started on Wednesday and, on Monday, I made the executive decision (with support from my husband) to full time homeschool my 7th grade son. He was scheduled to do 2 classes at his middle school this year, but the times they wanted him to take classes messed up my work schedule too much. So, I figured adding 2 more subjects didn't matter in the
  • Almost Amish book club!

    Crunchy Chicken
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I recently heard about this book, Almost Amish: One Woman's Quest for a Slower, Simpler, More Sustainable Life (2012) and decided to put it on hold at the library. In it, the author of the book, Nancy Sleeth, talks about how she tried to reduce her and her family's reliance on technology and get back to a simpler lifestyle. Along the way, she explains how she went about making conscious choices
 
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  • My Garden Wishlist

    Tiffany
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    My garden did really well this past summer and I am super excited to start planning for next year’s. No doubt most of the planning will happen during the dreary, cold winter but I just can’t wait. I have already been making a wishlist. Garden victories for 2014 include: * Growing flowers for the first time – calendula, sunflowers, lavender, nasturtium, and various wildflowers * Growing three types of basil * Growing three types of heirloom tomatoes from seed * A great blackberry harvest * A nice snap pea harvest * First time growing potatoes and carrots * Keeping birds out…
  • Storing Essential Oils

    Tiffany
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you are a true essential oil enthusiast than you have a fairly large supply of the oils. After all, you can use them for so many things. Having your own natural remedies and green cleaners on hand can’t be beat. Over the years I have kept mine in a medicine cabinet because you need to keep them somewhere cool and dark to preserve their integrity. The issue now is that I just have too many to make that feasible and my youngest (who is autistic) can now reach the medicine cabinets if he chooses to explore. Luckily there are numerous essential oil carrying cases on the market. There are…
  • Best Essential Oils for a Foot Massage

    Tiffany
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A foot massage has to be one of the most enjoyable and popular massages. It might even be the reason why so many ladies love to have pedicures. Pretty toes are nice but the massage that comes with the pedicure can’t be beat! They are simple and easy to perform as well so trading massages with your spouse can be an excellent lazy evening at home idea. It can be reviving and therapeutic! Our feet are super sensitive and super responsive. Many complimentary therapies (think reflexology or shiatsu) believe that we can cleanse and energize body systems and internal organs all through…
  • Gardening and Homesteading Goals for 2015

    Tiffany
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The gardening season has ended for 2014…for the most part. I still have a variety of peppers and some flowers doing well. I also have a cold frame with greens going strong but I have done a massive fall cleanup and most of my garden beds will rest until spring. With everything I learned this year I am already making plans for next! My organic garden goals for 2015 are to grow everything I grew in 2014 and: Make potato cages and grow alot more Start my seedlings earlier! Add leeks and brussels sprouts for fall/winter Grow more carrots Grow different pumpkin varieties (jarrahdale and…
  • Savory Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    Tiffany
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    This just might be my new favorite fall soup. It is scrumptious! Also pretty easy to make, just a bit long on cook time. I love pumpkin and you find great sales on pie pumpkins right about now but I am not big on making tons of sweets and pies. I usually put them in the slow cooker and make my own pumpkin puree for pancakes, smoothies, and souffles. That is about it…until now. You can bet I will be stocking up on pie pumpkins so I can make this soup throughout fall and winter! Ingredients: 1/2 cup cream 1 cup stock (veggie or chicken) 1 clove garlic 1 T butter 2 T olive or coconut oil…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Overcoming Green Living Fatigue

    Amber Strocel
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The Climate Crusader is battling green living fatigue.I have a confession to make: sometimes I feel tired of being an environmentalist. Sure, I carry around reusable bags and reusable water bottles and reusable cloth napkins. I do my best to pack a litterless lunch now that I'm volunteering in a local school three days a week, and I bring my compost and recycling home with me so that I know it doesn't end up in the landfill. I walk my kids to school and buy organic.I try to do my part. I really do.Sometimes, though, I feel discouraged. It seems like in spite of the efforts that ordinary…
  • Overcoming Nature Anxiety

    Christy
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Queen Composter needs your help.I am passionate about gardening as a way to connect us to our food, and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors, connecting with the plants and animals that live amongst us. I believe that this may be the only way to have people truly care about protecting the environment and see that our well being is tied to a healthy planet. I also believe in the power of modelling and education to shape children's perceptions and behaviours. The best way to desensitize children to the "ick" factor and sensitize them to the diversity of life around us is to spend time in…
  • Service Projects for Kids?

    Green Bean
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.It was a cool and foggy September morning.  I knew which day it was.  Saturday, the 20th.   I had had this date marked on my calendar for months, even a year. Still, I ignored the calendar entry.  There were so many other things I could do on a quiet Saturday morning.  The kids could be sucked in by screen time, forbidden during the week.  I could work in the garden, plant seeds for fall, lay down sheet mulch for spring.  Hit the Saturday farmers market instead of the Sunday one.  The possibilities were endless.  And…
  • Do Carbon Taxes Work?

    Amber Strocel
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Climate Crusader looks into the results of a carbon tax in British Columbia, Canada.I live in British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Much like the US, Canada's west coast is associated with left-leaning liberal hippies. Here in Vancouver you'll find an abundance of vegan bakeries, food trucks, craft breweries and community gardens. This city was the birthplace of Greenpeace, and it is the home of David Suzuki. We're far from perfect, but it's fair to say that the number of environmentalists per capita who live here is at least a little higher than average.Here in British…
  • Kitchen Scraps Garden Part Two: Carrot Seeds

    Christy
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Queen Composter has been doing some gardening experiments.Most kitchen gardeners grow carrots, and I am no exception. My daughters love eating them, and generally I find them easy to grow. While seeds are not overly expensive, I find I go through a great deal of them each year because of having to sow so many then thinning the seedlings to allow for adequate growth.I have been experimenting with growing food from kitchen scraps, and I saw a post somewhere about planting the tops of carrots to produce seeds. As a novice gardener I am delving into seed saving, which has so many benefits.
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  • How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

    greenandcleanmom
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Roasted pumpkin seeds are mouthwatering. Really, they are amazing but they have to be cooked just right. Who wants to eat gooey pumpkin seeds or ones that are over cooked and a little black? Not this girl! My son looks forward to pumpkin carving each year…just for the pumpkin seeds. It’s the one thing I dislike the most because I have the job of scooping Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds The post How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily

    greenandcleanmom
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I suck at hanging up pictures. I’m the eye ball it type of gal. Put the nail in and oops, it really isn’t very level. The problem is I can’t always wait for my husband to come home and hang up a new painting or frame I’ve purchased. Besides, if I ask him…he’ll know I bought something new and roll his eyes at that. Though Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily The post How to use Toothpaste to Hang Pictures Easily appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Coffee, Cheese and Wine

    greenandcleanmom
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Coffee, cheese and wine…these are all things you should not live without. They’re all divine and this last weekend I had the opportunity to have plenty of each. I mean plenty! I think I’m still recovering. The Cheese Lady Let me first begin by telling you about Tina, The Cheese Lady. This woman is hilarious and passionate about her cheese. I just go to the Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Coffee, Cheese and Wine The post Coffee, Cheese and Wine appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween

    greenandcleanmom
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Have a healthy and safe Halloween with a few of my favorite tips. I love Halloween so this won’t be a post telling you to not eat candy. I get it; it’s bad for you and blah, blah, blah. I’m about moderation but I do have some health and safe Halloween tips that you might find useful, especially if you have older children who like Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween The post Have a Healthy and Safe Halloween appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
  • Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan

    greenandcleanmom
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Taking a vacation, doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it can be local and lodging can be budget friendly and exceptional!  There are so many hidden gems within hours from are homes in Michigan. This last weekend, I spent a gorgeous autumn weekend in Traverse City, Michigan with 7 other Michigan bloggers exploring parts of Traverse City, we might have never known about. I Post from: Green and Clean Mom (TM) all rights reserved.Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan The post Budget Friendly Lodging in Traverse City, Michigan appeared first on Green and Clean Mom ™.
 
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  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Fireplace decorated for Halloween
  • Salamanders

    Greenstylemom
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Did you know that the Smoky Mountains is the salamander capital of the world? I didn't until I started researching our trip! So we decided it was appropriate to study salamanders.After reading a bit about them, we went hunting after a picnic our first day in the park. Found nothing.Fortunately Jack was gung-ho about our salamander hunt, and asked a ranger LOTS of questions about finding them. And find them we did! Most that we found were on our Grotto Falls hike, but we saw a few more out and about.Little guy!Grotto FallsLots of fallen tree climbing on this tripThe rain storms kept us from…
  • Smoky Mountain National Park

    Greenstylemom
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    After Mammoth Cave, we drove to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We stayed for 5 nights in a little camping cabin at the KOA in Townsend. The cabin was super cute, but the "free wifi" didn't reach to our location. That was a bit of a hiccup because we had planned to do a significant bit of online homeschool work there. The other bummer for this part of our trip was the rain. Usually I don't let a little rain get in our way, but it was stormy enough that we spent a little extra time in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area (so many tourist traps - I hated it... the kids loved it!!)Our…
  • Mammoth Cave

    Greenstylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    I'm going to quickly do a few posts about our recent road trip. For going 3000+ miles, I didn't take many photos.We left on a Wed afternoon, drove to somewhere in Kansas and spent the night, then drove hard all day Thursday. Due to rainstorms and closed interstates, we didn't arrive at Mammoth Cave NP until late Thursday. We stayed in a cute little cabin (the bed was a little snug for the 3 of us!) close to the visitor's center. On Friday we explored the visitor's center, went on a cave tour, completed the Junior Ranger program, and did a short walk to Stephen Bishop's gravesite.Our visit was…
  • DayBook 10.20.14

    Greenstylemom
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    FOR TODAYOutside my window... sunny! I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that the only time I've been outside yet today is to take out the trash.I am hearing a nail gun. Someone's getting a new roof.I am feeling... eh. Not 100% today.I am thinking... about everything I need to get done and how I really just want to take a nap. I woke up at 5:30am this morning.I am thankful for... my freezerFrom the kitchen... oh boy! Have I been busy in the kitchen! About once every 4-6 weeks, I have a day where I feel the need to cook and cook and cook (and then I don't feel…
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  • 25+ Recipes for Tomatoes to Cure the Tomato Glut

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Although summer is over, my tomatoes are still going strong–especially the cherry tomatoes!  I have been scratching my head.   What do I do with all these tomatoes?  Sure, you can those tomatoes but how many cans of tomatoes can you use? (Sounds like Peter picked a pepper.)  Listed below are some creative ways to use your tomatoes to keep summer lasting forever.  Or at least, until next summer’s growing season. Be sure to watch the video! Roast the Tomatoes I love roasting cherry tomatoes and then blending them into a sauce. Quick Recipe Be sure to watch the video on how to…
  • Don’t Pitch the Old Toothbrush! 12 Ways to Reuse.

    Anna@Green Talk
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I love figuring out ways to reuse or re-purpose items that ordinarily go into the trash. One item that I treasure is an OLD toothbrush. Every six months, the dentist hands us new toothbrushes. Normally, you would throw the old one in the trash.  Right?  Wrong.  Old toothbrushes are amazing tools for cleaning stains on clothes to “de-grounding” the coffee grinder.   Here are  12 ways to reuse an old toothbrush to make household and beauty chores a breeze.  Be sure to add your own old toothbrush reuse suggestions below. 12 Ways to Reuse the Old Toothbrush #1  Cleaning…
  • How to Make Kale Powder. Good for Your Health and Save $.

    Anna@Green Talk
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Dehydrating kale, collard greens, and other greens are the easiest way to preserve your harvest. Learn how HERE. Once your kale and other greens are dehydrated, you might be wondering–what do you do you do with them?  Turn them into powder to add to your smoothies, eggs, muffins, soup, and more!  Learn how below.  (Be sure to watch the video!) Why Take the Time to Make Kale Powder? Kale is a superfood.  It is easy to grow and the more you harvest, the more growth appears.  Just make sure you use row covers to protect it from pests such as cabbage loopers; otherwise, you will hate…
  • How to Choose the Most Energy Efficient Windows

    Anna@Green Talk
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    When examining ways to save money as a homeowner, a great starting point is to evaluate your home’s windows. Replacing old or inefficient windows will save money on your electricity bill, and with winter arriving in the coming months, it’s a good idea to take a closer look at the windows in your home.  If it is time to consider replacing your windows, listed below are factors to consider in picking the right energy efficient windows for your home. Should You Replace Your Windows? First, let’s examine when it’s necessary to replace your windows. A good indication that it’s…
  • Dehydrating Kale and Greens to Preserve Your Harvest.

    Anna@Green Talk
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Growing kale and collard greens are the gifts that keep on giving.  They are biannual plants which seed the second year and bless you with tons of baby seedlings–all over your garden. I mean ALL over your garden.  In fact, I have found kale seedlings as far as 300 feet from their original location.   Some think this a good problem, but try protecting all those greens from the moths.  Having a kale restaurant isn’t fun when the patrons don’t leave you any kale to eat.   So, I have resorted to dehydrating my greens to grab what I can before the moths devour my plants.
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  • Better Snacks

    Micaela
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
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  • Trends in Natural Products from Expo East

    Micaela
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
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  • How to Breathe Easy During a Remodel #HealthierHome

    Micaela
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
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  • Taking Time to Grieve

    Micaela
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
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  • Juice Beauty’s Instant Eye Lift {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
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  • 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…
  • The Richest State That Nobody Knows About: North Dakota

    Like New
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    How would you like to live in a state with 2.8% unemployment, a 1 billion dollar budget surplus, and a GDP that’s 29% above the national average? After the economic downturn of 2009, it’s hard to believe that those economic conditions exist anywhere in the U.S., but they do… in North Dakota. You’re probably searching for a reason to explain how North Dakota, a state of empty plains and rural towns, could be such an economic powerhouse. Well, the reason is actually pretty simple: North Dakota sits atop one of the largest deposits of crude oil in the world, the Bakken shale formation.
  • Car Recycling Industry Facts and Figures

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    7 Feb 2014 | 7:39 am
    Recycling cars is big business, even bigger than the scrap parts industry, and, according to this graphic from L&L Automotive, it’s only going to get bigger. Wrecked and disposed cars have been a concern to environmentalists for decades, but recent strides by the auto industry in car recycling has lessened those worries. Reusing scrap metal and steel is an old practice, but only recently has it become an efficient enough process to be used with old vehicles. With the global movement towards more earth-friendly industrial practices, car recycling has been revolutionized with recent…
  • Tips to Reduce Energy Loss from Home Windows

    Like New
    24 Jan 2014 | 8:20 am
    Windows are one of the most important features of a home, allowing in much-needed natural light and fresh air while also allowing homeowners to enjoy the scenery of their surroundings without leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the indoors. Those benefits aside, most windows are poorly insulated and thus increase your energy bills through the loss of heat in the winter and the influx of heat in the summer. The following guide, created by Purely Shutters, illustrates the various ways home windows can increase energy bills and what homeowners can do to lessen them. Source:…
  • Green Transportation of Tomorrow

    ChemicallyGreen.com
    23 Oct 2013 | 12:12 pm
    A few years ago, HOV lanes, cleaner-running engines and metro rail systems were cutting edge innovations to reduce emissions from an increasing number of cars on the roads. Today, however, it is apparent that yesterday’s solutions are not sufficient for tomorrow’s pollution problems. Green has become smarter, leaner and more aggressive. While we do not yet have cars fueled by water, such an idea is not nearly as far-fetched as it was a few years ago. Let’s take a trip into tomorrow and check out some great green transportation ideas that are in the works. Solar Sailing Imagine raising…
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  • Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination

    Alice Benny
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With its tremendous natural beauty and superior biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the world’s top ecotourism destinations. Unlike other types of travel, ecotourism allows vacationers to responsibly visit natural areas. Carefully planned explorations preserve natural resources and enhance the economic stability of the locals. Ecotourism is becoming increasingly popular in many destinations, but it’s… Read more The post Costa Rica Ecotourism Extremely Popular Destination appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London

    Alice Benny
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    We are come up with 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London, but the possibilities for entertaining a toddler in London are practically limitless. With their abundant curiosity and enthusiasm, toddlers often make wonderful travelers. As a city with numerous attractions designed to appeal to little ones, London just might be the ideal… Read more The post 10 Things To Do With a Toddler in London appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You

    Kimberly
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    We environmentalists tend to take ourselves pretty seriously most of the year, Earth Day is no exception. Earth Day should be reflective, fun and easy to do. It could and maybe should also be educational. If you’re looking for a unique way to commemorate Earth Day 2015, or to go green any day, you’ve come to… Read more The post Fun Earth Day Activities with 10 Photos to Inspire You appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement

    Greg Head
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 am
    The increasing number of environmentally conscious consumers brings about more go green campaigns and a go green movement along with solutions. This gives ordinary people and corporations the opportunity to choose to make this planet a better place to stay. With global warming gradually affecting our earth, consumers, corporations and governments need to be more… Read more The post Go Green Campaigns and Go Green Movement appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers

    Alice Benny
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    When it comes to choosing accommodations, most travelers have decided opinions. Some prefer hotels with their convenient, on-the-spot service while others like the independence that comes from renting a private home. Now there’s a new company, Oasis Collections, that offers travelers the best of both worlds. Oasis Collections is something of a revolution in accommodations… Read more The post Oasis Collections Offers a Welcome Innovation for Travelers appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
 
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  • Let’s Talk Halloween Safety

    Monica Brady
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s that time again! Every year, at this time, thousands of kids (of all ages) get dressed up into all kinds of costumes. Some bright and cheery, some dark and spooky. No matter what, you want to make sure that your little princess or zombie is safe while out trick or treating. They need to be able to see where they are going, and also be visible to anyone who might be driving around in the area. This year, Halloween is on a Friday night, so I can bet that trick or treaters will be out later than when it’s on a school night. Here is a short list of some great safety tips that are…
  • Cleaning for a Reason

    Monica Brady
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you weren’t already aware, October is national Breast Cancer awareness month. As the nation focuses on increasing the awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Swiffer and Walmart are partnering with Cleaning for a Reason to help make life a little easier for women battling cancer. Fighting cancer is difficult, but living with it is even tougher. That’s where Cleaning for a Reason steps in. Cleaning for a Reason was recently named by Reader’s Digest as one of the 25 Best Things to Happen In America. This nonprofit…
  • DIY Craft: Halloween Wooden Block Letters

    Monica Brady
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Halloween is almost here already! I can’t believe it!!! This is one of our favorite times of year, especially when it comes to decorating. I’ve done so many crafts in the past, from wreaths, to glowing eyes, and even random from yard decorations. This year, I wanted to make some wooden block decorations for our mantle. Since the wooden signs are pretty popular right now, I figured this might be a great way to make them, without paying a ton of money… and I was right! I put my Fall decorations up early and leave them up well past Halloween is over. This craft is one that can…
  • Luxury Style and Sophistication Wood Watches By Jord

    Monica Brady
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I recently received the opportunity to review an extremely interesting watch from a company named Jord.  The Jord company makes unique watches that are one of a kind and hand-crafted with sustainable materials from all over the world.  They have a large line of attractive wooden watches with distinct combinations of color and grain pattern that I have never seen anywhere else. I opened up the box to see the “Delmar” model in a deep dark brown with a red carbon fiber face.  The colors of the materials really jumped out at me.  Because this watch is made from wood and natural materials,…
  • Recipe: Apple Pull Apart Bread

    Monica Brady
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fall means APPLES! Lots and lots of apples! Right now, your local Walmart stores have so many varieties of Apples to choose from, and they are amazingly priced! To make the following recipe, we picked HoneyCrisp apples, but you can choose whichever one is your favorite! My husband loves apples and loves to bake, so I gave this post up to him. I’m sure you’ll love what he posted.. We sure did!   Without further ado.. Here is my hubby and his Apple Pull Apart Bread: My love affair with apples goes way, way back.  When I was very young, there was an apple farm near the area…
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  • Cyber threats to vital infrastructure

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The future looks bleak if we continue to (exclusively) rely on computer, the “smart” grid, and such systems, for our vital infrastructure as, it would appear, no one is capable to make them secure. That factor, obviously, throws up the question as to, whether it is actually possible to make those electronic systems secure from cyber attacks and especially also (other) electromagnetic threats up to and including electromagnetic pulse (EMP) whether from an attack in one form or another or a solar event. As far as data security is concerned the old ways may need…
  • How much are plants helping us fight climate change?

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    New research suggests climate models don't give plants enough credit for absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the air. But is the discrepancy enough to make a difference in global climate change? Earth's plant life may soak up more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than previously thought, according to a new study. And since CO2 emissions from burned fossil fuels are also the main driver of man-made climate change, that raises an obvious question: Are trees saving the world from us? It's widely known that plants need CO2 for photosynthesis, but the study's authors say current computer models…
  • A Healthy Cycle for Austin’s Compost Scene

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    When Paul Wilson cycles across town, he tends to attract a lot of attention. It’s not due to his attire (or lack thereof—that’s a different story), but rather the size of his cargo load. Wilson is one of the East Side Compost Pedallers, a bike-powered compost recycling program in Austin, Texas. The for-profit organization is on a mission to reduce landfill waste in Austin one bin at a time, by pedaling “scrapple” (their term for compostable food scraps) from homes and businesses to urban farms, schools, and community gardens, where it is composted into rich soil. The Pedallers’…
  • Re-thinking our ‘built to fail’ society

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    In-built obsolescence may seem a forgivable quirk of the modern technology many of us love, but it has a force of its own, placing us on a wheel of consumer slavery. But there is another way When I first heard of planned obsolescence – products being purposefully built to fail in order to fuel our buying more and more – I felt shock and disbelief. The concept was the very antithesis of the values I’d been brought up on by my dad, a skilled woodworker who had made a guitar and a clavichord from scratch, who had spent 18 months when I was younger, lovingly poring over the joints and…
  • This graphic novelist tells the true story of climate change

    Veshengro
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    If Philippe Squarzoni knows one thing, it’s that a book can’t change the world. When the French graphic novelist — whose work tackles such hard-hitting topics as the Zapatista movement in Mexico and homicide rates in Baltimore — decided to put together a 500-page tome on climate change, he did so, he says, not out of any kind of activist agenda, but because “je ne pouvais pas ne pas le faire” — “I couldn’t not do it.” He never thought it would alter the trajectory of things, change anyone’s mind, or make people care. Nope: He claims it was simply because the problem was…
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    Solar Feeds

  • Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have pioneered a new approach to manufacturing solar cells that requires less silicon and can accommodate silicon with more impurities than is currently the standard. Those changes mean that solar cells can be made much more cheaply... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Energy Secretary Moniz Senate Majority Leader Reid Call Solar

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Today both Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) spoke up for solar at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference at Las Vegas calling it critical to the US and its energy future. The remarks follow a new effort from the Solar Energy Industries... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    The Department of Energy award is aimed at the development of crystallization technology for more efficient and affordable solar cells. SolarWorld has received a $4 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to intensify development of a silicon... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Green Bonds Expected To Top $100 Billion In 2015

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Another strong quarter for issuances of green bonds has taken the year’s total up to $32 billion, more than double the total issued during 2013, and fuelling predictions that 2015 could see $100 billion worth of green bonds issued. Data from the Climate Bond Initiative published Tuesday claimed... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
  • Reasons to be Optimistic about a Global Climate Agreement

    SolarFeeds
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Despite a number of remaining hurdles, there have been several positive developments that support the idea that we may succeed in securing a global climate agreement in 2015. Adding to the optimism of UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, we have seen constructive French diplomacy and... ••• read more at SolarFeeds.com •••
 
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    Green Your Decor

  • Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize

    jennae
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Whenever my husband asks me what I want for my birthday, or Christmas, or any other special occasion, I usually find myself stumped. Because really, we’re fortunate enough to have what we need, and I don’t keep a running tally of wants, either. OK. There may be a certain 15-inch MacBook Pro that’s been on […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Three Stylish Home Gifts to Personalize
  • Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?

    jennae
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This, ladies and gentlemen, may look like a simple, ordinary entryway with a simple, ordinary light bulb in a fixture. But…it’s magic. OK…not exactly magic. But it is a smart LED bulb I can control with my phone, so it […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Who Knew a Smart Light Bulb Could be So Much Fun?
  • Planning Our Master Bedroom

    jennae
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    If I’m honest, I’m having the hardest time figuring out what to do with our master bedroom. We genuinely have no idea how we’d like it to look, but finding that bedding sale the other day really has me itching to get it done. Part of the challenge is that we have a lot more space. So […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Planning Our Master Bedroom
  • Green Steal: Organic Bedding Up to 85% Off

    jennae
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Like always, the master bedroom is the room that has gotten the least attention since we’ve moved. Both my daughters’ rooms are well on their way to being complete, and even my stepsons’ bedroom is all but done. But my hubby and I have done little but put our furniture in place and hang some […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Green Steal: Organic Bedding Up to 85% Off
  • Maintaining Wicker Furniture for Patio Use

    Guest
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    by Wicker Paradise If you love the look of wicker furniture, you’re not alone. The first wicker furniture was created for the ancient Romans, so it’s likely that they enjoyed patio chairs similar to the ones you have in your backyard. Even in ancient times, this material was prized for its resilience, and it has only […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Maintaining Wicker Furniture for Patio Use
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    Chris Gammell's Analog Life

  • The magic of books

    Chris Gammell
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    What is it about books? They still hold a place of magic in our society and to me. I have had a few opportunities to write a book or two now, at least the offer to begin writing one or talk about writing one. I have passed on all of them so far. Not because I don’t want to. I actually would quite enjoy it. However, talking to all the people I know who have written (technical) books have told me two things: It’s really really really hard It’s really worth it. How am I supposed to process that? I suppose it’s much like asking someone whether their time in the military…
  • (KiCad) Information Wants To Be Free

    Chris Gammell
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is a cross-post from the Contextual Electronics blog, as it affects readers here and there TL; DR: I am releasing all of the KiCad videos that were part of Contextual Electronics to the public and have started a new site/forum to support them. See below for announcement video. I officially finished the first two sessions (1A & 1B) of Contextual Electronics in early June. It was a great experience, especially for a first time course, especially one where there was money involved and I was the IT guy on the project. It wasn’t a super smooth build, but that kind of added to the…
  • As big as…space

    Chris Gammell
    28 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Last week on my electronics podcast, The Amp Hour, I did something uncharacteristic: I mentioned where I’m working, while I’m working there. Normally I don’t talk about my place of employment until after I have left, which has always served me well. There is no conflict of interest in talking about work that protected by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).  This time is different though, because the nature of the company is different (and my role will be more public facing than my normal role as an engineer). I’ve been working with Supply Frame part time, in addition…
  • Don’t Wait For Permission

    Chris Gammell
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    I have corresponded with a international student for a few years now. I honestly can’t even remember how we met online and it doesn’t matter. He showed interest in my work and we started talking and have continued as he has graduated from US university and found a job locally. Recently he asked me: I don’t like my current job. How can I get a job at Google? I asked him why he wanted to move to Google. High pay? Exciting work? Big challenges? A recognizable name on a resume? All of these things can be had at other companies, many that are easier to get to than Google.
  • I’m in the knowledge business, not the hardware business

    Chris Gammell
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I’m paying way too much to get PCBs made. How do I know this? I’ve done it before. I know how many boards I’m making (quite a few!). I know the costs. I know the tradeoffs. And not only that, I’ve gotten quotes from China. I’ve seen how little I can pay (15-20% of what I will end up paying per board). But that’s not the whole story of course (one sentence statements of my idiocy are left for my Twitter account, this is much more long form). No, this is actually a combination of factors, mistakes and conscious decisions that brings me to this point. So…
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    Jetson Green

  • Getting Energy and Clean Water From the Clouds

    Christine Walsh
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    A team of scientists is currently raising funds through a crowd funding campaign to develop Air HES (HydroElectric Station), which is basically an airship that can extract clean water and electricity from the clouds. More specifically, it does so by harvesting and condensing water vapor, and uses it to spin up an electric turbine generator to create power. The developers have already built a small prototype to test the device and have done feasibility studies, while the main aim of the funding campaign is scaling up the device to produce economically viable levels of water and power. The Air…
  • Unique Shipping Container Office Space Built in Tokyo

    Christine Walsh
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:34 am
    Shipping containers lend themselves to many architectural uses, and building office space out of them is perhaps the oldest of them all. The Japanese architectural firm led by Tomokazu Hayakawa recently completed the construction of a two story office built out of two used shipping containers. The structure is called CC4441, a name which nicely encompasses its futuristic and industrial form. The office space is located in the corner spot of a small alley in Torigoe, Tokyo, and the two standard-sized repurposed 40-foot shipping containers, out of which it was constructed, appear at first…
  • Gorgeous Off-The-Grid Modular Home

    Christine Walsh
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    UK-based Hivehaus, led by designer Barry Jackson recently unveiled their first modular home, also called Hivehaus, which is a modular home inspired by the hexagonal shape of the beehive. The basic unit becomes a simple, tiny home, but it can also be expanded on any of its six sides to form a unique and spacious family home. When ordered, the Hivehaus arrives as a flat package, and the house can be assembled by only two people. Each Hivehaus has an internal floor area of 9.3 square meters (100 square feet), and is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) high. Each of these units can be customized as a kitchen,…
  • Truck Becomes a Comfortable Solar-Powered Home

    Christine Walsh
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    On the face of it, living in a truck does not sound very comfortable at all. But converting a truck into spacious and above all sustainable home is exactly what fifty-year-old animator Joseph Tayyar from Israel did. And very successfully too. His new home is also almost completely self-sufficient, due to a roof mounted solar power array. Joseph came up with the idea to build a home in a truck after watching a TV show about homes on wheels. He wanted a home that could easily be transported to anywhere in the world, and it took him a few years to finally turn his dream into reality. He…
  • Casa El Tiemblo: A Modern Shipping Container Home

    Christine Walsh
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Casa El Tiemblo, or Tiemblo House, got its name from the picaresque region in which it is located, namely, El Tiemblo, Ávila, Spain. It was built using six repurposed shipping containers and was designed by Infiniski and built by James & Mau Architectura. It measures a luxurious 190 square meters (623 square feet). To construct this home the six shipping containers were placed in an L-shape. Four shipping containers make up the ground floor, and the remaining two were placed on top of them, secured and held in place by metallic support structures. When designing the home, one of the main…
 
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    The Green Parent

  • Win a Garmin Forerunner 405 with Heart Rate Monitor and USB!

    Jenn
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Every $10 donation to Girls on the Run gives you a chance to win! It’s here! Last week, I mentioned that I recently won a Garmin Forerunner 405 running watch through my fundraising for Girls on the Run. And as much as I would LOVE to keep this watch for myself, I think this is the perfect opportunity to raise even more $$ for the team. So I am raffling off this watch and for every $10 donation, you get a chance to win! Here’s a little backstory: On November 2, I am running the New York City Marathon as a SoleMate for Girls on the Run. I set a goal to raise $3,000 for the team and…
  • Need a bigger skirt? You may have upped your breast cancer risk

    Jenn
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    Have you found that your skirt size has creeped up over the years? Your risk for developing breast cancer might be increasing right along with your skirt size. Researchers at the Gynecological Cancer Research Center at University College London, recently completed a study on over 93,000 British women. The women were all over age 50 at the onset of the study between 2005 and 2010, and none had a diagnosis of breast cancer. According to the study, the women had an average skirt size of 8 at the age of 25. When they entered the study, the average age of the participants was 64 and the average…
  • How to pick the perfect running shoe

    Jenn
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    by Amby Burfoot In the market for a new running shoe?  Your first stop should be to seek out the advice of an expert at your local running store.  They can watch you run, examine your current pair, and talk to your about your running goals – and injury history – to determine the running shoes that would work best for you. You can also use this guide, created by running legend Amby Burfoot, to help you figure out what style of shoe you should be looking for.  Motion-controlled?  Neutral?  Stability?  This guide will walk you through it.  And start you on your way to your…
  • Race report: Potomac River Run Marathon

    Jenn
    5 May 2014 | 10:54 am
    This is probably the only picture of me in which I am not grimacing or cussing after the race. Ouch! It has been less than 24 hours since I completed the Potomac River Run Marathon in Carderock, Maryland.  So while the pain is still fresh in my quads – and my ego- I figured I would sort out the thoughts in my head by hammering it all out on the keyboard. Some of you may remember my announcement last week that I was hoping for a PR at this race.  As you may have guessed, I did not accomplish that goal.  In fact, I didn’t even come close.  And I’m actually OK with that. I…
  • Solar water heating – what’s in it for you?

    Jenn
    5 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Solar heated water has been around for a long time – remember the sun-warmed swimming pool in your back yard; waiting for the sea to warm up in spring before taking that first dip; or the good old camp shower – a plastic bag full of water hung in the sun to heat up for your daily wash? The earliest record of an Australian solar water heating system was at Meringa Station (near Cairns) in 1941. It was relatively crude, but was still able to provide hot water for the household for about ten months of each year. Today, solar water heating has advanced into streamlined systems which can…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Natural Products Expo East 2014 Recap

    Courtney
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    2014 was my second year attending the Natural Products Expo East event, always in search of my new favorite natural products.  Though i was only able to attend the expo for the last day, saturday, I still found several new companies that deserve some special attention.  I’ll be doing more in-depth reviews of these products in coming […]Check out the review @ Natural Products Expo East 2014 Recap
  • Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee

    Andrew
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
      This past weekend, at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, I had the opportunity to pick up some cold brewed coffee from Chameleon.  I was given several samples as I was making my way towards the exit.  At the time I didn’t have a chance to speak with the vendor about what made their […]Check out the review @ Chameleon Organic Cold-Brew Vanilla Coffee
  • Our Guide to Backyard Composting

    Courtney
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
        With the end of summer here I wanted to share some tips on backyard composting for the fall and winter that will surely benefit your garden come next year’s spring. For those of you who have heard of composting but aren’t quite sure what it is and why you should do it check […]Check out the review @ Our Guide to Backyard Composting
  • Caldrea Blackcurrant Mint Candle

    Andrew
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    When I was first presented a candle to review made by Caldrea, I was unsure what made a candle “eco-friendly.”  Why would this candle be better for the environment than other candles?  Well many scented hours later, with a bit of research, I have my answer. The Caldrea candle I was asked to review is […]Check out the review @ Caldrea Blackcurrant Mint Candle
  • Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush

    Courtney
    16 May 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recycling what you can is a great practice to get into. But what if the products didn’t need to be recycled because it is sustainable and made from organic matter? So it will eventually breakdown on it’s own, which is even better. Just remove the bristles and toss the handle into your compost pile. As […]Check out the review @ Woobamboo Bamboo Toothbrush
 
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • Smart Charging your phone, tablet, and other 5v USB devices.

    Steve Spence
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    I have several devices that are charged with a USB 5v charger. Most have a warning on them “Disconnect charger when charged to save energy”. Why? Because most 5v chargers do not know when the batteries are charged, so they keep charging, wasting energy, producing excess heat, and reducing battery life (and the life of the charger). This weekend we got a USB Smart Charger. This device stops charging when your device is fully charged, and displays a green light to let you know it’s done. Handy for my Kindle Fire which gives you no notification that it’s finished. This…
  • Spirulina, A Superfood (Grow your own)

    Steve Spence
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) is a blue-green algae (cyanobacterium), that’s very high in protein, vitamins, and amino acids. It grows in high pH (10-11) brackish water that is inhospitable to most other things, so it’s fairly impervious to being “polluted” by other strains. Basically a complete “superfood” that if you had to, you could exist on with only water. As a food additive, it balances your diet as it provides a complete nutritional, easy to process and absorb, supplement to what you already eat. It’s fairly easy to grow at home, with a 20…
  • Did the EPA Ban Woodstoves?

    Steve Spence
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The rumors are swirling in cyberspace. Folks on Facebook and Twitter are adamant that no more wood stoves can be sold after January 1st.  It must be true because I read it online Here at Green Trust, we are more interested in truth, than rumor, so I decided to get to the bottom of this. Forbes put out a misleading  headline (actually a lie): “EPA’s Wood-Burning Stove Ban Has Chilling Consequences For Many Rural People” The EPA has not banned your current woodstove, so no rural people will be “chilled” this winter. The EPA has not banned the sale of new wood…
  • Is it illegal to trade saved seeds?

    Steve Spence
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Apparently in Pennsylvania it is. The PA Dept of Ag has sent a cease and desist to a seed saving library. This organization would let you “borrow” seeds, if you saved your seeds and returned them at the end of the season. PA says that’s “selling” seeds without a license.   In early June, the Simpson Public Library in tiny Mechanicsburg—the population is just shy of 9,000—received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. It seems the library’s seed-exchange program is in violation of the state’s 2004 Seed Act, according to state…
  • 2.5 kW Arkansas Solar Install

    Steve Spence
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    We just got back from a Off Grid Solar Install in Arkansas. We helped the homeowner install nine 275 watt solar panels ( 3 banks of 3), twenty four 6v batteries ( 3 banks of 8 in series), and a power panel that included a 80 amp MPPT charge controller, a 48v 3500 watt sine wave inverter/charger, and associated breakers and disconnects. The Outback Mate 3 now includes a network jack for monitoring your system with a computer, either locally, or remotely. The install team consisted of myself, Ricky Todd, and Nathaniel and Crystal Burson. The homeowners were happy to see their deep freezer,…
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    WeHeartWorld

  • New biofuels facility in Kansas turns plant waste into ethanol

    Cactus Williams
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s not often that you hear Kansas and Spain mentioned in the same sentence, yet today it was announced that Spanish company Abengoa is starting up another big cellulosic biofuel facility in Hugoton, a small community in the southwest portion of Kansas. This is the second big biorefinery to go online in the United States this year, proving that the cellulosic fuel industry is truly beginning to come into its own and is making critical contributions to oil savings and climate change goals. It wasn’t too long ago that cellulosic biofuels were almost a joke, a phantom fuel that couldn’t…
  • Al Gore believes the internet is the key to fighting global warming

    Alfie Joshua
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Former Vice President Al Gore has made it clear how worried he is about the ramifications of hammering the environment, which he believes stems from corporate influences on politicians and governments across the globe. However, at Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference on Thursday, he praised a handful of major technology companies. “Everyone knows the way we got out of the Great Depression was mobilizing for World War II,” said Gore. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a huge project where we needed to mobilize people around the world for jobs that couldn’t be…
  • Lockheed Martin is developing a revolutionary new fusion reactor

    Alfie Joshua
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that its secretive Skunk Works unit is currently working on a fusion reactor that the company hopes will help the world meet the rapidly growing demand for energy. In theory, the compact fusion reactor will be safer, cleaner, and more powerful than nuclear reactors that are currently up and running. The reactor is expected to be small enough to fit inside of a truck, and will generate enough energy to power 80,000 homes, the Bethesda-based company said on Wednesday. It will burn less than 20kg of fuel annually, producing waste that’s “orders of…
  • Joint venture to invest £500 million into British onshore wind power

    Cactus Williams
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The onshore wind power industry in the United Kingdom has received a significant boost after Ecotricity, the leading green energy company in the nations, announced Skylark, a joint venture with Skanska, a global construction and development firm, in order to build multiple wind farm projects in the United Kingdom. Skylark aims to utilize Ecotricity’s expertise in developing green energy projects and Skanska’s expertise in construction and engineering in order to put 350MW of new green energy projects into the planning system within the first 5 years, which represents a potential…
  • Leaked study finds wind to be the cheapest energy source in Europe

    Alfie Joshua
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A leaked report that was prepared for the European Commission shows that wind is far and away the cheapest energy source in Europe, completely demolishing presumably dirt-cheap coal and natural gas. Politicians who oppose incentives for solar and wind energy routinely highlight the added expenses associated with clean energy in comparison to its fossil-fueled counterparts, but apparently these claims are untrue. A truly honest comparison of the costs shows that that renewable energy sources are often far cheaper than their carbon-emitting competition. The report demonstrates that when you…
 
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    Green Cotton Blog

  • Why Using Green Is Important In Your House?

    bb846174
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The color green signifies a different kind of mood and energy. You might have seen many home designers and even homeowners focusing on the lighter and brighter home colors like red, green, orange and yellow. They use it in a combination with whites, grays and even browns to get the desired effect. However, these are classified as warm colors. If we follow the basics of colors, their meanings and the color healing methods, we find that such colors are known to warmify the environment. They would help in improving your mood and your appetite. Colors like red can even help you in getting a surge…
  • Summer Home Decoration Trends

    bb846174
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    This summer, the focus in home decoration would be on the use of minimalistic designs and green colored furniture. These trends continue from the past year. People are trying to make their houses look more open and spacious. As a result, there is an increasing shift from the traditional furniture items that are bold and bulky. Now furniture is being used only as a subtle part of the home design and the attention is being paid to the overall looks of every room in the house. Quite evidently, people are now willing to use smaller, subtler and more practical items of furniture instead of…
  • Some Of The Best Nature Inspired Home Décor Ideas

    bb846174
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Natural designs and theme has always been a favorite of hundreds of homeowners. In fact, any people are now moving towards these natural home designs in order to bring the elements of balance and harmony in their houses. These natural color themes are definitely great as they are more serene and soothing. You would have to incorporate these colors using wall paints, furniture, other furnishings and decorative items. The simplest way to add these color schemes in your house is using neutral colors like white and ivory as the base and then topping them up with more vibrant natural colors like…
  • An Autumn -Winter Inspired Living Room Décor Theme

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

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

    Lori Zimmer
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cal-earth, earth architecture, earthbag construction, eco design, Green Building, green design, Jose Andres Vallejo, La Casa Vergara, Nader Khalili, natural building, Superadobe, Sustainable Building, sustainable design, sustainable earth bag solutions
  • Plants Know When They’re Being Eaten and They Don’t Appreciate it

    Colin Payne
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don’t like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try and stop it from happening. The study was carried out on thale cress or Arabidopsis as it’s known scientifically – that is closely related to broccoli, kale, mustard greens and other siblings of the brassica family and popular for science experiments.
  • Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

    Lori Zimmer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna claim the bones collected from the city of Ephesos (now Turkey) reveal that the gladiators enjoyed a diet of mostly grains and meat-free meals, suggesting that even super athletes can thrive without meat. Read the rest of Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Department of Forensic Medicine MedUni Vienna, eco design,…
  • Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

    Lucy Wang
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Read the rest of Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AATA Architects, cabin, Chile, chilean architecture, green roof, minimal carbon footprint, mud-coated straw bales, navidad, polycarbonate, straw bales, thermal efficiency, waved zinc, wood cabin
  • Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

    Beverley Mitchell
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country’s national electricity grid. The project is viewed as a major boon for development initiatives and poverty reduction in Kenya and is anticipated to reduce electricity costs in the nation by 50 percent by early 2015. The Olkaria IV power plant cost $126.5 million to build and is expected to have an immediate effect on power prices, which will result in flow on benefits to the price of essential goods and the cost of living.
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Landscaping Eco-Friendly

    Kate Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Being environmentally-conscious is a big deal for many businesses today and most likely your company has embraced practices that are eco-friendly. You recycle bottles, cans and paper. You’ve embraced digital documents over paper ones. You opt for energy-efficient office equipment, and you’ve even worked on greening your business strategies. All of these are great ways to help the environment, but while focusing on the inside of your business, you may be forgetting about the outside. Your landscape can be tweaked so it not only looks great, but it also reduces your environmental impact.
  • MEMORIAL DAY SALE! WordPress Updates

    Jennifer Smith
    23 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms. Some of you have experienced the misery of compromised sites, it’s not fun or cheap and if you haven’t I promise you don’t want to. The most simple preventative maintenance you can do for your WordPress site is keep your WP, themes & plugins up to date. Nothing is a guarantee, but an updated site makes hacking less appealing for…
  • 5 Ways Graphic Shades Can Help Improve the Workplace

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

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

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

  • How providing Wi-Fi can increase mass transit ridership

    Coby Joseph
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly prevalent on transport systems, and could help shift users away from private vehicle use and towards mass transport. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr. The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications for mass transit. It enables ridesharing – a service quickly emerging in cities worldwide. It can improve predictability of transport services through real-time tracking and crowdsourcing apps. It can even improve user experience and transport planning for informal transport systems. Now, as more cities explore using Wi-Fi-enabled transport…
  • How ciclovías contribute to mobility and quality of life in Latin America and in cities worldwide

    Dario Hidalgo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this challenge with creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world. In the last installment of this series, we examined the development of bus rapid transit (BRT) in Curitiba, Brazil, and its expansion to the rest of the region and the world. In this…
  • Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study

    Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Delhi faces the challenge of ensuring that neighborhoods have access to quality public transport without compromising housing affordability. Shown here: commercialization around the Pitampura Metro Station in the Dakshini Pitampura area. Photo by Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta and Alokeparna Sengupta/EMBARQ India. Large-scale mass transit projects such as the Delhi Metro Rail often lead to transit-oriented development (TOD) that can enhance quality of life, but also compromise housing affordability. Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for the integration…
  • Speeding in paradise: Contradictions abound at Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront

    Maria Fernanda Cavalcanti
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Pedestrians face daily risk at Avenida Vieira Souto in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, for example, to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty and the thousands of people enjoying these sites. There you will see generations of families and happy dogs; street vendors selling their goods; and runners, cyclists, and skaters dodging meandering tourists. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the…
  • Friday Fun: Uphill cycling a breeze thanks to this city’s bike escalator

    Coby Joseph
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr. Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable. Take a look at how it works: The lift was originally built in 1993, and has since carried over 200,000 cyclists without a single accident. Before being upgraded in 2013,…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion

    Jean-Paul
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    You may not realize it, but a lot of clothes these days are made in Cambodia. Take a look at your clothing tags, and I’m sure you will find quite a few naming this South East Asian country. With all of those textile factories in such a small country, you are probably wondering what’s the deal? The perfect storm of some of the lowest wages and skilled garment laborers (along with lax environmental and labor law enforcement) make this an ideal location, but an ethical dilemma. Recent striking and unrest within the garment industry showcases the need for change. Enter tonlé, a…
  • Glenwood Garden Specialty Food Market

    Jean-Paul
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The other day I received a wonderful gift box from Glenwood Garden, a social issue focused market carrying local handmade and sustainably produced foods. Kind of like a modern and sustainable alternative to the Hickory Farms style gift baskets, except with small specialty produced artisan foods and goods. My gift box was a delightful collection of California and Bay Area produced pickled olives, mustards, biscotti, tea, spices, and cookies. Perfect for a thank-you basket, welcome gift, or unique specialty shopping, Glenwood Garden items are unique and delicious. Glenwood Garden California…
  • Best 8 Bay Area CSA and Produce Delivery Services

    Jean-Paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Compare California Bay Area CSA and local produce delivery services hand selected from The Chic Ecologist editors. Having actually used these services ourselves, we have had great experiences with the following. Feel free to add your favorites in our comments so we can expand this list! Greenhearts Sourced from their own family farm, or partner farms within the Bay Area, this truly local Community Sourced Agriculture (CSA) program is based in Half Moon Bay. Each week (or every other week) you receive a box of pre-selected organic, local, in-season produce. Customer service is handled by the…
  • Cricket Flour – A Sustainable Protein Source

    Jean-Paul
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Whether you are Paleo or just looking for a more sustainable protein source, insects can be the answer. Eating insects to supplement one’s protein is nothing new, many cultures have been doing it for centuries. In fact 80% of the world still eats insects on a regular basis. What makes insects sustainable? Lets answer that by first looking at our traditional meat protein sources common in the US and western world. Raising cattle, pigs, and chickens is very energy intensive and can have a lasting environmental impact. Looking at it from a lifecycle and production standpoint, major impacts…
  • Volta Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    Jean-Paul
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Leave it to the land of Teslas and Leafs to come up with a free charging network provided by advertisers. Volta has combined classic start-up innovation with electric vehicles to provide a free EV charging service. Owning an electric car just gets better and better. With rebates at purchase, reduced maintenance costs, and miles costing pennies compared to traditional gasoline, the reasons for going electric are growing. Now you can recharge while shopping at the mall, grabbing a bite to eat, or at the movies, for free! What’s the catch? There is no catch. Our advertisers pay for the power…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • This Changes Everything

    Emily White
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    This Changes Everything Last night Do The Green Thing attended a sell out Guardian Live event at Westminster Central Hall chaired by Guardian columnist Owen Jones. Two thousand people diligently gathered on a wet Monday evening to listen to acclaimed journalist Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. The topic, her new book This Changes Everything: Climate vs Capitalism,a game changing environmentalist call to action against capitalism. In a refreshing change to the practised climate change doom and gloom, Klein and Jones instilled action and optimism into every point…
  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

    Emily White
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Biodegr(edible). The new disposable. American start-up, LOLIWARE have developed gelatine-based cups which are, as they say, “so biodegradable you can eat them.” Better yet, they use a vegetable gelatine, called agar-agar, which they claim makes the cups totally vegan and gluten-free. They’re currently selling cups in Pink Grapefruit and Yuzu flavours, which apparently go well with anything from whiskey-sours to champagne so they sound like a great alternative to their disposable plastic counterparts. As fun, and great, as the idea of eating your drinks cup may be, LOLIWARE…
  • Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses

    Emily White
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses Thanks to everyone who took part in our second One Minute Briefs ad campaign yesterday and to James and Nick at OMB for pulling it off for us again! This time around we wanted inspiration to Holiday at Home in order to cut the huge carbon emissions of jet setting off around the world and to appreciate what the UK has to offer in the summertime. We had another fantastic amount of entries, showcasing all the beautiful bits of Britain, the painful parts of going on holiday and the super savings to be made, both for your pocket and the planet.
  • One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer.

    Emily White
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer. After the great success of our Make Cycling Sexy ad campaign, we’ve joined forces with the great people at One Minute Briefs once again on a brief with more wonderful prizes up for grabs, courtesy of Pentagram and Do The Green Thing.   The brief Campaign to holiday at home   How to enter To submit your ads, tweet them to @OneMinuteBriefs, with the hashtag #HolidayAtHome, and they will share them on their Twitter feed. You can also tweet them to @Dothegreenthing as they will be sharing the ads as…
  • Not So Far-A-Field

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
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  • This Changes Everything

    Emily White
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    This Changes Everything Last night Do The Green Thing attended a sell out Guardian Live event at Westminster Central Hall chaired by Guardian columnist Owen Jones. Two thousand people diligently gathered on a wet Monday evening to listen to acclaimed journalist Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine. The topic, her new book This Changes Everything: Climate vs Capitalism,a game changing environmentalist call to action against capitalism. In a refreshing change to the practised climate change doom and gloom, Klein and Jones instilled action and optimism into every point…
  • Biodegr(edible). The new disposable.

    Emily White
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Biodegr(edible). The new disposable. American start-up, LOLIWARE have developed gelatine-based cups which are, as they say, “so biodegradable you can eat them.” Better yet, they use a vegetable gelatine, called agar-agar, which they claim makes the cups totally vegan and gluten-free. They’re currently selling cups in Pink Grapefruit and Yuzu flavours, which apparently go well with anything from whiskey-sours to champagne so they sound like a great alternative to their disposable plastic counterparts. As fun, and great, as the idea of eating your drinks cup may be, LOLIWARE…
  • Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses

    Emily White
    2 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Holiday at Home One Minute Brief Responses Thanks to everyone who took part in our second One Minute Briefs ad campaign yesterday and to James and Nick at OMB for pulling it off for us again! This time around we wanted inspiration to Holiday at Home in order to cut the huge carbon emissions of jet setting off around the world and to appreciate what the UK has to offer in the summertime. We had another fantastic amount of entries, showcasing all the beautiful bits of Britain, the painful parts of going on holiday and the super savings to be made, both for your pocket and the planet.
  • One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer.

    Emily White
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    One Minute Briefs are back! Create an ad for staying at home this summer. After the great success of our Make Cycling Sexy ad campaign, we’ve joined forces with the great people at One Minute Briefs once again on a brief with more wonderful prizes up for grabs, courtesy of Pentagram and Do The Green Thing.   The brief Campaign to holiday at home   How to enter To submit your ads, tweet them to @OneMinuteBriefs, with the hashtag #HolidayAtHome, and they will share them on their Twitter feed. You can also tweet them to @Dothegreenthing as they will be sharing the ads as…
  • Not So Far-A-Field

    Emily White
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Not So Far-A-Field 50% of the world’s population now live in cities and this figure is rising all the time. The idea of getting fresh fruit and vegetables from a field only a couple of miles away from a city dwelling is almost laughable. In fact, the meal you had for dinner last night travelled on average an incredible 4,200 miles to get from where it was produced to your plate. But what if instead of all of our food being produced in a handful of large-scale establishments around the world or a field far outside the city, we all had a small farm just around the corner? The phenomenon…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet

    Stuart Kaplow
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    I am writing this blog post from the Yak & Yeti hotel in Kathmandu. As some regular readers of this blog have commented, there has been a brief hiatus in my postings. For the last many weeks I have been trekking and mountaineering in Tibet. At the beginning of this wonderful adventure, I had an opportunity to meet with green building clients and friends in Beijing and tomorrow I will meet with clients in Delhi before making my way back to Baltimore. China and India each are huge markets for sustainable building. Although admittedly, I spent most of the past month climbing on the highest…
  • Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

    Stuart Kaplow
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Much has changed, but much has remained the same, in the arena of green building law mandates since March 18,2002, when the city of Normal, Illinois enacted Ordinance 4825, the first ever mandatory green building law, requiring LEED certification in the Central Business District for public or private new construction of over 7,500 square feet. Many thought green building mandates would spread across the county. But today, with more than 89,000 local governments across the U.S., there are less than 200 green building mandates that apply to ‘purely’ private building.  Among the…
  • Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Business

    Stuart Kaplow
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    I was delivering a lunchtime speech to a group of real estate professionals yesterday and the first question I received was “how can I expand my green building business?” I retell that because it is a variation of the question I receive most often these days about green building. My answer is simple. Attend the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo.     This year Greenbuild is in New Orleans from October 22 - 24.  I am not a business marketing expert, but Greenbuild has been the number one source of new business for my green…
  • Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Being Updated

    Stuart Kaplow
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In 2015 the use of LEED v4 will become mandatory, a new 2015 International Green Construction Code will be available, an updated ASHRAE 189.1 will be published, the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be approved, and there will be a 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.  In the arena of green building standards, green rating systems and green codes among the widely respected residential rating systems is the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. While the Criteria was developed by Enterprise to “provide a clear, cost-effective framework for all affordable…
  • Litigation Over First Ever LEED Platinum Building Tarnishes Green Building

    Stuart Kaplow
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Last week, a federal appeals court brought back from the dead, a more than $6 Million lawsuit filed over materials supplied in 2000 for the first ever LEED certified Platinum building. Despite that the unpublished opinion is not binding precedent, it will have a chilling effect on green building and in particular on the selection of new or untried materials and products that are the keystone of many sustainable projects.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation v. Weyerhaeuser Company arose from the construction in 1999 of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
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    Chelsea Green

  • Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    As temperatures start to drop, make sure you are ready to preserve your root vegetable harvest in a soundly constructed, home storage system. In the following excerpt (adapted for the web) from Four-Season Harvest, Eliot Coleman shares his expertise on building a successful root cellar. For more step-by-step projects to jumpstart your season extension plans and prepare […]The post Eliot Coleman’s Guide to Creating a Root Cellar appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Hot off the Press: New Fall Books!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What better way to ease the transition from summer fun to the fall months than exploring all our exciting new books. Whether you are looking for the ultimate mushroom guide; take the next leap in permaculture; get everything out of those weeds in your backyard; improve your digestive health or  just curl up with a  memoir — you’ll […]The post Hot off the Press: New Fall Books! appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • In Memoir, Environmental Insider Calls for Radical Change

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    As an influential figure in America’s environmental movement, Gus Speth can boast quite a remarkable resume–co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, founder of the World Resources Institute, dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, environmental advisor to Presidents Carter and Clinton, and the list goes on. Yet, as a southern gentleman, […]The post In Memoir, Environmental Insider Calls for Radical Change appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    While no single book can definitively answer the thorny question of how to feed the Earth’s growing population, Defending Beef makes the case that, whatever the world’s future food system looks like, cattle and beef can and must be part of the solution. In Defending Beef, Nicolette Hahn Niman — a longtime vegetarian — argues […]The post Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Wise Traditions Conference: Focus on Food and Health

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Interested in exploring the wisdom of the ages and the best of modern science and learning how it pertains to your family’s food and overall health? Our friends at the Weston A. Price Foundation are hosting their annual conference next month in Indianapolis, Indiana and there’s still time to register and check out several days […]The post Wise Traditions Conference: Focus on Food and Health appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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    elephant journal

  • Let’s Work & Play Together to make sure our World is Okay. [Editor's Letter]

    elephant journal
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Yesterday, I bottomed out. As I do, and as you may do, every few months or more, or less. I was burned out. Today, I took most of the day off. My staff let me. I’m grateful it was easy to do this. I worked maybe two hours, maybe three, and I’ll work another three tonight. […]
  • Existential Crisis & Tiny Disasters. {Poem}

    elephant journal
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I drive by yet another hill, Flattened sides, vent pipes, dull grassy slope. My seven year old no longer asks if this one Is a trash mountain. He has passed enough now to know one.
  • Understanding Gluten & How to Digest It.

    Dr. John Douillard
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Gluten is just a really-hard-to-digest protein.
  • My Yoga Model Fantasy.

    elephant journal
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    This is where my very short career as a yoga model begins.
  • Uncovering Our Inherent Dignity & Confidence.

    elephant journal
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Our journey trains us in the skills of mindfulness and awareness, which lead to equanimity and wisdom. This is where basic goodness begins to manifest as we recognize the potent quality of the human mind and spirit. If we understand and appreciate our worthiness, our life becomes a truly spiritual path, for when we manifest human dignity, our society has a natural predisposition to manifest it also.
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    mnn.com

  • What to pack for a hike: 10 essential items

    lmoss
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    In April, South Carolina resident J.R. Kimbler set out on a hike at Congaree National Park with his two children.   Kimbler planned to take his 10-year-old and 6-year-old on a short nature walk, but the family ended up lost in the wilderness with no food, water or supplies.   Sixty hours later, rescuers found the Kimblers, who were dehydrated but otherwise healthy.  
  • Orcas caught in stunning drone video

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    A tiny, flying drone has captured stunning video of a population of killer whales socializing, chasing prey and swimming with dolphins off the coast of Canada.   The gorgeous footage from the robotic flyer can reveal which whales are plump, scrawny or sporting a baby bump. The video imagery is so detailed that scientists can even identify some individual whales based on their scars.  
  • Evidence of 500-year-old monster tsunami found in Hawaiian sinkhole

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, mollusk shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, new research finds.  
  • How to watch today's partial solar eclipse live

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    A partial solar eclipse will darken North American skies Thursday afternoon (Oct. 23), and you can watch the dramatic celestial event online if clouds hinder your view.  
  • Humpbacked dinosaur looked like 'Star Wars' creature

    mnnadmin
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The ostrichlike dinosaur Deinocheirus mirificus lived about 70 million years ago in what is now Mongolia. The odd creature had stubby toes that would have helped it tramp through muddy river bottoms looking for fish. (Image: Michael Skrepnick)  
 
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  • What does your facial shape say about your personality?

    bnelson78
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Can you tell what kind of a person someone is just by looking at their face? Apparently you can. New findings by researchers in the U.K. have shown a strong correlation between simple facial shape ratios and certain personality traits like trustworthiness and aggression, reports MedicalXpress.  
  • Neanderthals and humans first mated 50,000 years ago

    mnnadmin
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say.  
  • New scans refute old diagnosis of King Tut's, other pharaohs' health

    mnnadmin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    The royalty of ancient Egypt suffered from an age-related back disorder, according to a new body scan of the mummies of pharaohs.  
  • Air Umbrella can keep you dry with an invisible 'force field'

    bnelson78
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Anyone who has experienced the joy of driving through a rainstorm with the sunroof open understands how the airflow around the moving vehicle can keep you dry despite the exposure. Now a similar principle is being applied to create an umbrella that protects you from the rain using nothing more than an invisible air 'force field.'  
  • New particle could explain what keeps matter together

    mnnadmin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.  
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  • 12 recipes to elevate spinach to best-friend status

    jheimbuch
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dark leafy greens are a vital part of any diet and among the top-ranked of the greens is spinach. Spinach is chock-full of nutrients, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin and more than a dozen different flavonoids that all contribute to antioxidant and anti-cancer protection for your body.  
  • Gladiators were vegetarians, new research finds

    bnelson78
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Meat is a big part of the diets of modern day, protein-obsessed athletes and tailgaters alike, but new research out of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Bern in Switzerland has found that meat was exceptionally rare in the diets of the most macho arena warriors of them all: Roman gladiators.  
  • 7 health benefits of pumpkin seeds

    melbreyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    You know what it means when the weather turns cool and the leaves start to change, right? It means make way for the pumpkin riot. Market produce bins are like exploding cornucopia spewing orange squash, windows everywhere host dancing paper pumpkins, and pumpkin flavor has invaded just about anything that you can put in your mouth.  
  • Oats: 12 recipes to get this super grain into your diet

    jheimbuch
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's hard to think of a more healthful way to start your day than with a bowl of oatmeal topped with some nuts or seeds and some berries. That’s because this grain goes a long way toward getting your system in gear for the day ahead.  
  • Simple and Creamy White Bean Dip with Lemon Zest

    jheimbuch
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Paper airplane sets record with 82-mile flight

    bnelson78
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Every paper airplane that's built has its builder's grand ambitions in every fold. But if you're like most paper airplane engineers, it's rare that your planes even make it out of the yard. Members of the U.S. Fox Valley Composite Squadron — the local unit of the Illinois Wing, Civil Air Patrol — are not like most paper airplane engineers, however.
  • Fly the nonstop skies: World's longest flights leave passengers in the air for the better part of a day

    joshwlew
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    With ever-improving fuel efficiency and aerodynamics, planes are able to stay in the air for longer than ever before. All major airlines have extended-range aircraft that can make a leg-cramping 14 hour flight with no problem. A few commercial carriers have even been able to stretch their time aloft to more than 18 hours.  
  • How to survive a long airplane flight

    lmoss
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    Commercial flights aren’t known for their comfort — especially if you're flying in economy class.   And if you're on a long-haul flight (six to 12 hours) or an ultra long-haul flight (greater than 12 hours), comfort is even more important.  
  • Can cars run on hydrogen made from plant sugars?

    sgrover
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Replacing an energy-dense liquid like petroleum with alternative fuels is easier said than done. From the hidden carbon footprint of ethanol to some serious questions about the sustainability of hydrogen fuel cells, many replacement options come with their own significant environmental baggage.  
  • The 10 scariest roller coasters in the world

    svartan
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:24 am
    Remember when your high school physics teacher illustrated potential and kinetic energy using a roller coaster as an example?
 
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  • Musicians contemplate If Trees Could Sing

    gmiller
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
     
  • 11 abandoned Old West boom towns

    mhickman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
     “Ghost town” is a nebulous term generally used to describe a census-designated place where residents have packed their bags and gotten the heck out, either en masse or gradually over time, for one reason or another: natural and manmade disasters, political unrest, economic blight  
  • Tomb contains ancient Greek Hermes mosaic

    mnnadmin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An elaborate and colorful mosaic showing the Greek god Hermes leading a man to the underworld has been uncovered in a vast tomb from the era of Alexander the Great, Greek archaeologists announced.  
  • Celebrating the unsung fathers of invention

    gmiller
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Every schoolchild learns about inventors like Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney and their ingenious world-changing innovations. But for every famous name in the history books, there’s an unsung hero who made significant breakthroughs that changed the way we live. Beginning Oct.
  • Malala Yousafzay, Kailash Satyarthi win peace prize

    mnnadmin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two children's rights activists, Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education," the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today (Oct. 11).  
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  • How much can a 2,000-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail change a man? Take a look

    sgunther
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    In May of this year, a man set out, walking down a trail from Springer Mountain in Georgia's Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. He kept walking for the next 153 days until he reached the top of Maine's Mount Katahdin. The man, known on the trail as "Green Giant" and in the real world as just "Gary," snapped a couple of pictures before he left on his long walk and then again when he was done. The effects of the hike, seen in his photos above and below, are pretty stark.  
  • Where's the tortoise when you need it?

    sgunther
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
      In the classic fable of the tortoise and the hare, the proud and arrogant hare is defeated in a race by a much slower-moving competitor — the tortoise — when he takes a nap mid-race. The tortoise takes advantage of the reposing rabbit and keeps up its slow but steady pace, all the way to the finish line.  
  • When good business and sustainability collide

    sgunther
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Dan Hendrix first went to work for Atlanta, Georgia-based Interface Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of modular floor carpeting, when he was in his late 20s, joining the finance department as a financial manager. He quickly moved up the ranks, serving as the company's treasurer, then its chief financial officer, vice president of finance, and finally CEO. He also serves on the Interface Board of Directors.  
  • The souls of famous songs: 11 isolated vocal tracks

    sgunther
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    The first multitrack recorder was invented in the 1950s and was quickly embraced by the music industry as an indispensable tool in the recording studio. Musicians could use multitrack recorders to separate and stack different channels of sound, free to tweak and massage the sounds however they liked. Want to hear more guitar? Turn up the levels on the guitar track. Are the snares too sharp? Turn down their levels. Need to boost the lead singer's vocals? Stack up multiple versions of her singing the same lines on top of one another.  
  • 22 countries, 11,141 miles, one epic adventure

    sgunther
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Felix Starck set out one day to see the world.   In June 2013, he left his home on a heavily laden touring-bicycle and didn't stop moving — pedaling most of the way — for over a year. In all, Felix bicycled through 22 countries and covered more than 11,000 miles of street, road, trail and pathway.    
 
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  • Smog hinders runners at Beijing marathon

    jsavedge
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Runners training for a marathon often take special precautions to acclimatize to the weather, elevation, and obstacles they might encounter in their upcoming race. But runners at the recent Beijing marathon might have had to suck on a tailpipe to prepare for that city's conditions.  
  • Why we love to be scared

    jsavedge
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    Haunted houses. Zombies. Scary movies. Fear is in the air this Halloween season, and for many, it's as much of a staple of the holiday as candy corn and carved pumpkins. But if fear is our natural response to danger, would do we want to seek it out?  
  • Financial woes linked to uptick in vasectomies

    jsavedge
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    When money gets tight, men ... go under the knife? A new survey has found that vasectomy rates rose during the tough financial times of the U.S recession.  
  • Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' toys amid controversy

    jsavedge
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Controversy swirled this week between a Florida mom and retailer Toys R Us. At the heart of the issue? "Breaking Bad" action figure toys that have now been quietly pulled from the toy giant's shelves.  
  • 9 young inventors who may just save the world

    jsavedge
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Just when I start to worry about the fate of the world, along comes a new generation of innovators who are making big changes in the way things are done. From bioluminescent windows to planting wetlands to prevent cholera outbreaks, these kids redefine what it means to think outside the box — and it's safe to say that most of these kids are just getting warmed up. The nine youths here are all winners of the Brower Youth Awards, which since 2000 has celebrated the accomplishments of young environmental leaders. The ceremony for this year's winners will be Tuesday in San Francisco.
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  • Pinterest ideas tested: Waffle iron potato tots

    rshreeves
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    After our last one stopped working, my family was without a waffle iron for a while, so I snagged one at a yard sale earlier this month. Over the weekend, I decided to try an idea that I’d seen on Pinterest many times — cooking frozen potato tots using the waffle iron.  
  • What to drink this weekend: Victory Storm King Stout

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    One of my favorite parts of the annual Philly Farm & Food Fest is the Libations Lounge, where area wine, beer and spirits makers get to show off their sustainable boozy beverages. Two years ago, I tasted my first brew from Victory Brewing Company in that Libations Lounge, their Swing Session Saison, a beer perfect for warm weather. It was my first introduction to Saison style beers, and I loved it.  
  • This Halloween, teal is the new orange

    rshreeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    I can’t think of a color that is less Halloween-ish or less fall-ish than teal. It is the last color I’d expect to see this Oct. 31 as ghosts and goblins go door-to-door asking for treats.
  • Feeling inadequate about your cooking skills? Don't let 'em bring you down

    rshreeves
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    In “The One Year Women in Christian History Devotional,” I wrote about mirrors. Let me explain why that's relevant here.   According to Madeleine L’Engle, one of the women in the book, caution should be taken as to whom you use as mirrors, the people you allow to “create a mental self-portrait of who you are and what you’re worth.”  
  • Ebola threatens food security

    rshreeves
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yesterday, as I stood on the sidelines of my son’s junior high soccer game, the other moms and I talked about two things: the bad calls the ref was making and Ebola. Each of us had our thoughts, opinions and concerns. Today as I read more about the crisis that’s half-way around in the world in Africa, I realized my personal concerns can’t begin to match the concerns of those who are in the thick of it.  
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  • This Impala runs on sewage, beer and food scraps

    jmotavalli
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Would you buy a Chevy Impala that can run on food scraps, sewage or beer?   This is no fantasy. It’s a real car: the 2015 Bi-fuel Impala, announced Oct. 20. You can buy it later this year for $38,210.  
  • 5 reasons low gas prices are bad

    jmotavalli
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    The average U.S. price for a gallon of gas is $3.144, down about 20 cents from a year ago, reports AAA. They’re paying $2.87 in Missouri, according to GasBuddy.com, and eight states are below the magical $3 a gallon. Great, right? Actually, no.     Here’s why low gas prices are bad:  
  • Seniors, not hipsters, will get self-driving cars first

    jmotavalli
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Self-driving cars? We're all excited. But who will climb into the non-driver's seat first?   Brad Templeton, a consultant on the Google self-driving car team in 2011 and 2012, sees that early adopters of the technology will be … senior citizens, baby boomers actually. It may seem counterintuitive — young people usually take the first plunge into the new thing — but in this case it makes total sense.  
  • America's rudest drivers are ... in Idaho?

    jmotavalli
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:44 am
    Photo: KieferPix/Shutterstock  
  • Ultra-fast electric motorcycle heads to America

    jmotavalli
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    NEW YORK  CITY — It’s an ultra-fast Italian electric motorcycle, zero to 60 in less than three seconds (faster than a Tesla Model S), with a lot of Formula One DNA and a female CEO with an engineering degree. The bike is coming to the United States next year. Now that’s a story!  
 
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  • Millions in New Investment Cap Record Year for Beyond the Grid Solar Markets

    Compass Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    It has been a record year for beyond the grid solar investment. Photo courtesy of OMC Power. Over $45 million in investments have closed in the past year, including: $1.8 million for plug and play solar provider BBOXX, $11 million for industry pioneer d.light, and $20 million for mobile money pioneer M-KOPA. Not to be left out of a potential $12 billion market, three more new major funding announcements have taken place in the past two weeks alone.     First, SolarNow, the solar asset finance company operating in East Africa, announced it closed a round of equity funding of €2…
  • Industry Push Poll Breaks Cardinal Research Rules, Claims Voters Oppose EPA Clean Power Plan

    Compass Team
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    A new industry-sponsored poll is resorting to biased push-poll tactics in an apparent attempt to offset the growing body of research that shows Americans support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed carbon pollution standards for coal-fired power plants. The so-called “Partnership for a Better Energy Future,” a self-described industry association that includes the American Petroleum Institute and the National Mining Association, has released new polling they claim shows voters nationwide and in swing states are wary of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. But a look at the…
  • Quiz: Is an Electric Car Right for You?

    Heather Moyer
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    A lot of people have heard the buzz around electric vehicles (EVs), but they don't know if an EV would be right for them. In fact, many don't even know what would be the right questions to ask themselves to figure out whether cars like the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, or Ford C-Max Energi would fit their lifestyles -- not to mention their budgets.I'm happy to report that we at the Sierra Club have launched a 'pick-a-plug-in' web tool to help people figure out which electric cars, if any, are right for them. I hope you'll check it out and share it with your…
  • Are U.S. taxpayer dollars supporting coal industry human rights violations overseas?

    Compass Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    The Sasan coal-fired power plan and coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Today, a fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- the Sierra Club, 350.org, Carbon Market Watch, Friends of the Earth U.S. and Pacific Environment -- released a scathing report, The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s Dirty Dollars,  on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India. For years, reports of human rights, indigenous rights, labor, and environmental violations have plagued Sasan and its…
  • Will the Export-Import Bank’s Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

    Compass Team
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The Harrahawa Village was relocated to make way for the Sasan coal ash pond. Photo courtesy of Nicole Ghio. Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power’s 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believehe was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance. Krishna Das Saha's home was destroyed in the middle of the night -- while his family was still living in it -- to make way for Sasan’s coal ash pond. And when Sati Prasad challenged Reliance’s refusal to hire local…
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  • Climate Science Denialist Patrick Moore Tours Australia After Comparing Students to the Taliban

    Graham Readfearn
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Canadian climate science denialist Patrick Moore is at the beginning of a tour around Australia speaking to audiences across the country. But here’s a warning.  If you do find yourself in the audience and don’t want to be compared to the “Taliban” then don’t even think about walking out in protest. Less than two weeks before flying to Australia, Moore spoke on the campus of Amherst College in Massachusetts.  When members of the college’s environmental group decided they had heard enough and walked, Moore said they had a “Taliban mindset”.  When he was later asked to…
  • B.C. Ought to Consider Petronas’ Human Rights Record Before Bowing to Malaysian Company's LNG Demands

    Peter Wood
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It should come as no surprise that Petronas expects B.C. to cave in to its demands to expedite the process of approving its Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and natural gas pipeline, lowering taxes and weakening environmental regulations in the process. After all, Petronas has a well-established record of getting what it wants in the other countries it operates in, such as Sudan, Myanmar, Chad and Malaysia. This week, the B.C. government did cave to at least one Petronas’ demands — cutting the peak income tax rate for LNG facilities from seven to 3.5 per cent, thereby slashing in half the…
  • Wind Power Could Supply 25% of Global Electricity By 2050 — If Fossil Fuel Industry Doesn't Get in the Way

    Chris Rose
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Wind power has become so successful that it could provide 25 to 30 per cent of global electricity supply by mid-century if vested interests don’t get in the way, according to a new report published Tuesday. The report — Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014 — said that commercial wind power installations in more than 90 countries had a total installed capacity of 318 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2013, providing about three per cent of global electricity supply. By 2030, the report said, wind power could reach 2,000 GW, supply up to 17 to 19 per cent of global electricity, create over two…
  • Uncertainty Over Tax Credits Causing Turmoil In Renewable Energy Sector

    Mike G
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Uncertainty over the future of the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit—and Congressional inaction on both matters—could pose a serious challenge to development in the renewable energy sector. Wind energy had a huge year in 2012, with 13,128 megawatts (MW) of new wind capacity installed, but has failed to get anywhere close to matching that number since. The fact that the wind production tax credit (PTC) expired last year might have something to do with that. Wind energy developers only need to have made minor investments by the 2013 deadline to qualify for the…
  • Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    This is a guest post by Joe Romm, republished with permission from the original on Climate Progress. Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates of heat-trapping methane. “In conclusion,” researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.” In short, fracking speeds up human-caused climate change, thanks to methane leaks alone. Remember, natural gas is mostly…
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  • What Feminism, Renee Zellweger’s Face, and My Tattoos Have in Common

    Veronica Goin
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Source For the last 24 hours, you could not turn around on the internet without tripping over someone’s opinion about Renée Zellweger’s appearance. Zellweger recently attended the Elle “Women in Hollywood” Awards and the internet nearly cracked in half with speculation about her face, so much so that Zellweger had to issue an official statement to People Magazine about it. I’m conflicted about even linking to the site, because I don’t want to give this conversation any more traffic than it deserves. Just Google it. Actually, I’ll save you the…
  • Recipe: Roasted Sugar Pumpkin Stuffed with Spicy Mac ‘N Cheese

    Veronica Goin
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Bye Curly!  This weekend the leaves were brilliant. Truly breathtaking. Leaf-peepers are leaving Manhattan in droves to look at the leaves in my town. I’m a little anti-social under the best of circumstances, so this weekend I decided to stay in my hermitage with my cats (Pickle and Stanley) and my two remaining pumpkins, Curly and Moe. Rather than face the peepers, I got crazy in the kitchen. Curly, a beautiful sugar pumpkin, got roasted and stuffed with (gluten-free, vegan) macaroni and cheese. Between my veganism and my partner’s celiac, we have to get pretty creative in the…
  • Kevia Jewelry: Inspired by Endangered Species (and Helping Them Too)

    Starre Vartan
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Kevia two-tone horn earring with carnelian center-jewel from the mosaic collection; I love wearing these pieces everywhere!   You know those go-to pieces of jewelry that you reach for over-and-over again? That seem to go with almost every outfit and just work with a huge variety of colors? That versatility is what my my Kevia collection pieces are all about. Portland, Oregon-based designer Kevia Jeffrey-West finds inspiration in the natural world for her pieces (as you can see), and told the Huffington Post “I’m an organic gardener, so the natural world is definitely a common…
  • Best of Tall Boots, Ankle Boots, Heeled Boots, Flat Boots!

    Veronica Goin
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Despite what Andy Williams says, I think “the most wonderful time of the year” is probably fall. You have back-to-school shopping, beautiful crisp weather, delightful produce, pumpkin spice everything, and Halloween! However, the best part of fall is the fashion. Dark colors, layers, big sweaters, and boots! I have a pretty serious crush on boots (check out my recent vegan buys!). Since I’ve already bought more shoes this fall than can fit in our apartment, here are my boot recommendations for those Eco-Chicks out there with closets to fill! I love the Adelaide Zip Bootie…
  • Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Chili Recipe: Healthy and Filling

    Veronica Goin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Counterclockwise from far left: Larry, Curly, and Moe My pumpkin madness continues! (Check out how I DIY a real pumpkin latte here) We got some beautiful whole pumpkins from a friend who works at a local farm. At first I had no idea what to do with them. I didn’t really know which pumpkins were ornamental and which are edible. I mean, I’m pretty sure they are all edible, but some taste better than others. So, I did some research… So, I think Larry might be a peanut pumpkin. Curly is almost certainly a sugar pumpkin. Moe might be a white pumpkin.  Not 100% sure about Moe.
 
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  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Where so many economy cars have stretched their style and available features into the realm of luxury and high-tech, the Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution lineup remain tried and true econo-cars -- and you won't need to dig deep to see that. In today's market, both feel a little out of place for that reason, with poor fits and...
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    It's time for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat -- the most powerful muscle car ever. But 2015 is also time for the first truly major update of the muscle-car lineup since it was launched as a 2007 model. With carefully refined exterior styling, new powertrains, upgraded suspension, and an all-new--and far more pleasant--interior...
  • 2015 Lexus GS

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    The 2015 Lexus GS 350 and GS 450h hybrid continue to serve out their own individual character, while taking on a set of (mostly) German rivals that include the Mercedes-Benz E Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and Cadillac CTS yet again. The new Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD also serves as a head-to-head rival with the GS 450h. After being...
  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Gets More Features, Refinement Upgrades

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Subaru has released full details for the 2015 XV Crosstrek; and while this rugged hatchback continues into the new model year mostly unchanged, the automaker has introduced some key upgrades to safety, infotainment, and overall refinement. The 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid will, as before, be offered in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited models. 2.0i...
  • 2015 Chrysler 200: With Safety Ratings All In, It Tops Honda Accord

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you're shopping for the safest mid-size sedan, above all else, and you don't have a luxury-car budget, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is likely your best pick, based on the latest information from U.S. safety agencies. The 200 has just been put through the battery of New Car Assessment (NCAP) tests from the federal government, and it emerged with...
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  • The Definitive Guide to Sharing Mobile Maps for Utilities

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    In the utilities sector, sharing timely and accurate field information is vital. Every day, you must get the latest utility maps, blueprints or CAD drawings to hundreds of field crew personnel, managers and subcontractors across dozens of departments, from water, gas and electrical to sidewalks, streets and sewage.This guide shows you how the following utilities stakeholders are using mobile data collection to quickly and easily share project data:Field CrewsManagementIT DepartmentsEngineers and CAD UsersGIS Analysts and ManagersRequest Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Data Collection

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    This eBook shows you how you can leverage your workers' smart phones and tablets to transform your workflow, improve worker productivity, lower the cost of field operations and make better decisions faster.This eBook covers the seven best practices of a mobile data collection and collaboration solutions including: Ease of UseEffectivenessAccessibility Open Platform SecurityRequest Free!
  • The Definitive Guide to Mobile Maps for Oil and Gas

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    With the ability to use your GIS maps and free online map services like Open Street Maps, Google Maps and Bing, you get the best of both worlds. This means you can share the right map for any job, and give field users access to the geospatial data they need on laptops, desktops or mobile devices, wherever they are - even without Internet access.Request Free!
  • Dragonfly: Cyberespionage Attacks Against Energy Suppliers

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A cyberespionage campaign against a range of targets, mainly in the energy sector, gave attackers the ability to mount sabotage operations against their victims. The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to the energy supply in the affected countries.Request Free!
  • Applying Technology to Address Complexity in the Oil and Gas Industries

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    IBM Rational solutions for the oil and gas industry combine process, requirements, architecture, models and test tools with an underlying platform that supports requirements management, risk analysis, conformance assessments and more.Request Free!
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  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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

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

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

    Bonnie Alter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wildlife photography has been celebrated for 50 years now, and it's getting better and better.
  • School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

    Katherine Martinko
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It's about time!
  • More reasons why you should turn off the TV and take your kids outside

    Katherine Martinko
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Whether you want to avoid setting your kids up for a fatter, less healthy adulthood, or wish to inspire them to careers that embrace nature, there are many reasons why turning off indoor distractions is a good idea.
  • We can't give up on home cooking!

    Katherine Martinko
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cooking is the closest thing we've got to a silver bullet solution to countless health problems. Shrugging it off as "elitist" is foolish, since home-prepped meals are only as complicated as you make them.
  • Food, family, and fall colours: Reasons why I love Canadian Thanksgiving

    Katherine Martinko
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Canada really did choose the best time of year to celebrate Thanksgiving. The weather in early October is still lovely, the trees are brilliant, and the bountiful fall harvest is at its peak. No wonder it's my favourite holiday!
 
 
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  • Wildlife Photograph of the Year is a pride of lions

    Bonnie Alter
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wildlife photography has been celebrated for 50 years now, and it's getting better and better.
  • School fundraisers are in desperate need of a makeover

    Katherine Martinko
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    With most fundraisers lost in a sea of sugar and junk food, an ingenious company called FarmRaiser is showing schools that there is an alternative and much healthier option that embraces local food vendors. It's about time!
  • More reasons why you should turn off the TV and take your kids outside

    Katherine Martinko
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    Whether you want to avoid setting your kids up for a fatter, less healthy adulthood, or wish to inspire them to careers that embrace nature, there are many reasons why turning off indoor distractions is a good idea.
  • We can't give up on home cooking!

    Katherine Martinko
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cooking is the closest thing we've got to a silver bullet solution to countless health problems. Shrugging it off as "elitist" is foolish, since home-prepped meals are only as complicated as you make them.
  • Food, family, and fall colours: Reasons why I love Canadian Thanksgiving

    Katherine Martinko
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
    Canada really did choose the best time of year to celebrate Thanksgiving. The weather in early October is still lovely, the trees are brilliant, and the bountiful fall harvest is at its peak. No wonder it's my favourite holiday!
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    SocialEarth

  • World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup

    3BL Media
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Enactus, an international nonprofit that brings together more than 66,000 student members from 1,650 universities to empower people in need, today kicked off the 2014 Enactus World Cup. The World [...] The post World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps

    Vikas Vij
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    The near-universal popularity of smartphones and a wide range of innovative mobile apps have given rise to the possibility of leveraging them to improve sustainability. Consumers should know which of [...] The post eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Enactus World Cup is a unique global event that showcases the efforts of college and university students around the world who are helping their communities through entrepreneurial action. It [...] The post Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change

    Ryan Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    B Corps?  Don’t you mean C Corps? Nope, that isn’t a typo. Like Fair Trade certifications for coffee or USDA organic certifications for milk, B Corp is a voluntary certification [...] The post B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    The emergence of social enterprises over the last two decades has driven social innovation and created sustainable and scalable solutions in several parts of the developing world. Social enterprise, a [...] The post Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Energy Circle

  • Your Email List: Two Huge Reasons to Have One Beyond Email

    Peter Troast
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Wait. What? You’re saying that my email list isn’t just for...sending email? Yes, I am. By now, most of us know the value of a strong email list. It’s a dirt cheap means of communicating with customers and prospects, and produces amazing data that helps you identify your best and most interested targets. Once you’ve figured out your email style, and established a rhythm of producing and sending it, you’ve got an efficient, systematic communication tool. For this benefit alone, our view is that a concentrated email strategy is mandatory for home performance…
  • Top Adwords (PPC) Mistakes for the Home Performance Industry

    Peter Troast
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Google sells $50+ billion dollar a year in search advertising and many suggest that a big chunk of those ad dollars don't perform. Google Adwords are easy to set up but increasingly complicated to manage, resulting in millions of businesses spending real money for advertising that, frankly, isn't working. No business is immune to this challenge, but it seems especially acute in home performance. Based on our experience, pay per click advertising (PPC), also known as Google Adwords, has become a necessary part of any successful home performance company’s marketing mix. Placing…
  • 10 Components of Service Pages that Convert

    Emily
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    As a home performance contractor or energy efficiency professional, you know that your website can be a powerful tool for engaging potential customers. And you also know that the holy grail of engagement is what we call "Conversion" - getting your visitors to call you, fill out a form, sign up for an assessment, etc. Typically we relegate the responsibility of conversion to Landing Pages and perhaps a "Contact Us" form somewhere on homepage.  Well, it turns out that your service pages can be a crucial tool for conversion too, and it's likely you are not using them…
  • Google Pigeon Update: What it means for your local rankings

    CalebGrant
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    The internet has been abuzz the past two weeks after Google silently rolled out a major update to their search algorithm. Google has commented little on the update and has given no official release name. As a result, it has been affectionately named “Google Pigeon.” Why Pigeon? We'll leave that up for you to decide. While it's still new and there hasn’t been enough time to fully evaluate its effect, we think it’s important for you to know about. Why another update Google? Google has stated, though not on this particular update, that their purpose is to provide…
  • Building Science Summer Camp 2014: The 6th Annual Uncensored Twitterview with Joe Lstiburek

    Peter Troast
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    This year's Summer Camp, officially the 18th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science, was a corker. The combination of deep building science (for example, Osmosis and the Blistering of Liquid Applied Membranes), the awesome community of people from all around the world, and no shortage of food and drink make this the event of the year. I'm privileged to be part of it. Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit graciously open their home to the gaggle; the food, beverages, music and community are spectacular. For the 6th year running, a group of us gather in Joe and Betsy's conditioned…
 
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  • This Holiday Season Consider a Green Retreat

    Jennie Lyon
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    NOTE: This post wasn’t written by me – thank you for supporting the companies that help keep Sweet Greens in business. ————————————————————————– The holidays are right around the corner! In fact, Thanksgiving is over a month away. If you are taking a vacation for Thanksgiving or the upcoming winter holidays, you should consider a green retreat. Green retreats are great alternatives to the usual vacation; whether they are at exclusive hotels,…
  • Get Thermos Happy: New School Hot Lunch Ideas!

    Amanda Boze
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    If you have one or more kiddos in school that depend on you for their lunch everyday, step up your game and introduce new hot and healthy meals into your child’s lunch routine. The perfect way to do this is by investing in a good thermos that will fit in your child’s lunchbox. Of course, the options for thermos designs and colors are endless so be sure to include your little one in the shopping fun – and make sure it is eco-friendly too! Don’t be skeptical that what you put in the thermos before school will remain hot until your child’s lunch period – it…
  • Mountain Apple Picking at the Historic Orchard at Altapass in North Carolina

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    by Jennie Before we left for our fall family trip to North Carolina, we made a list of all of the fun things that we wanted to do. The list encompassed all of our yearly must-do activities with a few new activities added in as well. I told the mister that the one thing I would like to do is visit a mountain apple orchard. He said to keep your eye out for one while on one of our many long drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Towards the end of our vacation, we still hadn’t come across an orchard, so I figured it just wasn’t going to happen. Then, one morning I thought we were headed…
  • 3 Simple Eco-Friendly Halloween Costumes Tips

    Briana Ramirez
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    by Briana Halloween is right around the corner, are you and the kids ready? Time to take out the spooky decor and start thinking of awesome costume ideas. Personally I love Halloween, it’s that time of year when you can be silly and let your creativity run wild. When I was a kid growing up my mom always made my Halloween costumes.  There was no costume idea that I came up with that she couldn’t do. Honestly she still helps me make awesome costumes not only for myself but for my husband and son, we always have a blast! Now let’s get into it. Here are 3 simple ways to keep…
  • Costa Rica! Part II: The Culture

    Beth Brass
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    by Beth Last time, I explained some great attributes that brought me to Costa Rica. I’d like to expand on that beauty and explain a bit about the cultural aspects of Costa Rica that are different from the US and why I love it! Costa Rica is not a first world country. My sister in law would argue that it’s a developed country, and others would say it’s developing. Now, it’s not even close to how that sounds – you’re not playing Naked and Afraid, but there are plenty of reasons to be cautious in Costa Rica, but I digress. I’ll get to that another day! With that being said, Costa…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • NYC Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola, Officials Quell Panic

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Watch VideoA physician working with the Doctors Without Borders organization in West Africa recently returned to New York and has now been diagnosed with Ebola. According to CNN, Dr. Craig Spencer returned to New York 10 days ago. On Wednesday night he began experiencing symptoms associated with the deadly disease — fever, nausea, pain, and fatigue. Doctor Spencer was reportedly tested for Ebola at New York's Bellevue Hospital, and as of Thursday morning is being held in isolation there.USA Today reports health officials are now attempting to retrace…
  • Facebook's New App 'Rooms' Is A Twist On Old Internet Forums

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Watch VideoFacebook's research division — the folks who brought you Paper and Slingshot — unveiled their latest app, Rooms, Thursday. It's a group-based social networking app focused on small communities and anonymous identities.Rooms bills itself as a mobile-focused version of early chat rooms and forums. Users group up into micro-communities — the rooms — and share photos, videos and text in a communal feed, which can be easily moderated. The rooms are invite-only, and spread through QR codes,…
  • E.U. Leaders Agree To 40% CO2 Emissions Cut By 2030

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Watch VideoE.U. leaders meeting in Brussels struck what's being called a landmark climate deal early Friday morning, agreeing to cut the E.U.'s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.The deal was announced by European Council president Herman Van Rompuy on Twitter, who followed up with a statement saying, "It was not easy, not at all, but we managed to reach a fair decision. It sets Europe on an ambitious yet cost-effective climate and energy path."The deal had seen its fair share of opposition from countries like coal-rich Poland, which claimed the…
  • Amazon’s Q3 Earnings Fall Short Of Already-Low Expectations

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Watch VideoAmazon’s third-quarter results are in, and while the company increased revenue, it posted greater-than-expected losses — which sent shares tumbling by almost 10 percent in after-hours trading.Analysts expected a loss of $0.75 per share, but that ended up closer to a dollar at $0.95 per share, or $437 million.Analysts also missed on net sales, which came in at $20.58 billion instead of the estimated $20.84 billion.Business Insider reports Amazon made a lot of investments in Q3: it bought video game streaming service Twitch, launched mobile card reader Local Register,…
  • New Scandal For Abe Cabinet, This One Involving S&M Club

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Watch VideoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is having a tough week. Just three days after two members of his recently-appointed cabinet resigned, another minister is involved in an attention-grabbing scandal — one involving a sadomasochism club. Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa, who was just appointed Monday, admitted Thursday that his office reimbursed a roughly $160 staff expense report from an S&M club in Hiroshima. The Japan Times described the club, saying, "The bar offers visitors a live S&M show featuring a woman in underwear tied up in ropes.
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation (Part 2)

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Copyright Kochi Prefecture All Rights Reserved. A previous issue of the JFS Newsletter (No.144) introduced comprehensive efforts by Japan's Kochi Prefecture, quoted from a speech by Governor Masanao Ozaki promoting industry, entitled "Kochi's Challenge -- A Prefecture Tackling Depopulation." Kochi has been experiencing the problem of depopulation, which is common throughout the nation, but it is happening earlier here than in other prefectures. This article introduces a variety of other ideas being considered and efforts being made by this prefecture.
  • What We Must Do before the Tokyo Olympics

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Junko Owada All Rights Reserved. Through the Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization, submits weekly reports on the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas in the Tokyo Shimbun, a regional newspaper covering eastern Japan. Titled Tohoku Fukko Nikki (Tohoku Reconstruction Diary), the article series started in August 2012. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK, a certified non-profit organization. With consent from JKSK and the Tokyo Shimbun, Japan for…
  • Recent Japanese Trends in Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by keyaki All Rights Reserved. To address the challenge of reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of architectural structures, various efforts are being made both in Japan and elsewhere. In the JFS Newsletter issue of August 2014, JFS introduced efforts being made in Japan, using excerpts from a book written by Hideharu Niwa, the title of which translates as "Energy Self-Sufficient Architecture Supporting Sustainable Low-Carbon Cities (published by Kousakusha in 2013)."http://www.japanfs.org/en/news/archives/news_id035035.html This article features recent…
  • Planning for an Ethical Focus for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.145 (September 2014) Image by kazutan3@YCC Some Rights Reserved. Ryoichi Yamamoto (professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and also a director of Japan for Sustainability) was among a group that tendered a proposal on August 12, 2014, to Yoshiro Mori (former Prime Minister of Japan and now president of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics an "ethical Games" by employing the Japanese approach of "sampo-yoshi" (meaning beneficial in three ways).* We think that the concepts and initiatives are very…
  • Japanese Investors Adopting New Stewardship Code (Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors)

    5 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Tatsuki Akasaka Some Rights Reserved. Japanese institutional investors such as pension funds and financial institutions were once seen as "silent shareholders" or "sleeping shareholders." Companies would have cross-holdings of share with other companies with which they did business, but these investors long supported the management of the companies in which they held investments (investees) without getting actively engaged, even when they were underperforming. This situation has started to change drastically.
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • How to Recycle Jars

    Sophia Bennett
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="glass-jar-recycling" alt="glass-jar-recycling.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/glass-jar-recycling_400x400.jpg"> The humble glass jar holds all kinds of delicious products in your kitchen: sandwich spreads, jams and jellies, spaghetti sauce, pickles and much more. You can feel good about buying foods packaged in glass jars, as they don't leach chemicals into food, and they are one of the most recyclable products out…
  • Ten Ways to Repurpose Worn-Out Shoes

    Falesha Wojitysiak
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    How many shoes have you tossed out or donated in the last year? If you have children, it’s safe to say that figure is pretty high. Here is a list of 10 different ways to repurpose and recycle those worn-out shoes. Thank you for keeping them out of a landfill. <div style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: initial; background-color: initial;">1. Redesign them</b></div> <img class="undefined" title="shoes-1" alt="shoes-1.png"…
  • Halloween Reuse Idea: Egg Carton Pumpkins

    Maggie Wehri
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    It’s official: All of our favorite stores are displaying their selections of the best Halloween gear. From the ready-to-go costumes to the cute decorations for your mantel, it can all be yours. But, instead of purchasing yet another product you may not need this Halloween, let’s take a look at how to create your own one-of-a-kind goodies: homemade egg carton pumpkins. Start with a common household item, an egg carton. After making the last of the eggs for breakfast, save the carton and gather a few other items you may have around the house. Grab some orange craft paint, black or yellow…
  • Recycling Profile: Las Cruces, NM

    1-800-RECYCLING
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="las-cruces-recycling" alt="Las-Cruces-recycling.gif" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Las-Cruces-recycling_400x400.gif"> <h4><span style="font-weight: bold;">Background</span></h4> Las Cruces, NM (pop. 101,324), is home to New Mexico State University, a campus of 18,000+ students on 6,000 acres on the southern end of the city center. Just east of town, Las Cruces is framed by the majestic…
  • Blog Action Day: Striving for Recycling Education Equality in California

    April Stearns
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="blog-action-day-2014" alt="Blog-Action-Day-2014.png" data-cms-alignment="right" data-cms-link-to-option="custom" data-cms-link-to="http://blogactionday.org" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2014/10/Blog-Action-Day-2014_400x400.png"> Although many of us are constantly reminded to recycle and compost our items, we do not always know the proper way to do so. All across the country, recycling education is approached differently — some areas focus a lot about the proper way to discard…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Human powered gadgets save on energy generation

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    The time has come when we need not go to mains power to charge batteries. We can produce energy and do not have work much harder to generate the energy that will ultimately help our devices to get charged. This can be especially useful if you are in a pinch, and do not have access ... The post Human powered gadgets save on energy generation appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • The best apps to make you more environmentally friendly today

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    While most people are in agreement that it’s more important than ever to be environmentally conscious, it can undoubtedly be a bit tricky at times. Even if you’re good at conserving energy and not wasting food, perhaps you don’t recycle as much as you could, or don’t always make the most ethical shopping decisions. Thankfully ... The post The best apps to make you more environmentally friendly today appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • A Greener Home in Five Steps

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
      Image by emily @ go haus go  Autumn is a great time to make subtle changes to your home and prepare it for the colder seasons ahead. The concept of adopting a greener lifestyle can be overwhelming, but taking small steps towards greener living can make the process seem a little less daunting. For ... The post A Greener Home in Five Steps appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Why Modern Architects Need to Practice Sustainable Designs

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    While everybody knows that our natural energy resources are fast depleting, we cannot control it unless we have sustainable designs. Buildings at any location are major consumer of fossil fuels and other energy resources. Additionally, the number of buildings is only going to go up in future. Thus, it is very important that these buildings ... The post Why Modern Architects Need to Practice Sustainable Designs appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Understanding the Fundamentals of Green Architecture

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Did you always think that eco-friendly buildings could only be boring and give a contrasting look to the overall design? Now, change your thought as green buildings have started owning unique and marvelous designs. These designs not only amaze you with their innovation, but also are protective for the environment. Green architecture can also look ... The post Understanding the Fundamentals of Green Architecture appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
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    Pure Natural Diva

  • Face Paint: Is it Safe?

    Tania
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lead, Nickel and other Toxins in Face Paints! Face Painting epitomizes childhood joy. Their smiles are big as they dive into the fantasy land that […] The post Face Paint: Is it Safe? appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • Simple Guide to Meditation

    Tania
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    A SIMPLE GUIDE TO MEDITATION  By Celia Ward-Wallace This Simple Guide to Mediation is just what the doctor ordered to help make it through your […] The post Simple Guide to Meditation appeared... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor Won’t Tell You!

    Tania
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Top 4 Benefits of Yoga: Not Your Doctor’s Checklist By Sasha Stone It may sound cliché, but yoga changed my life, and continues to with […] The post 4 Benefits of Yoga Your Doctor... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Skin

    Tania
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 am
    The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin It’s hard to flip through a magazine without seeing articles featuring beauty maven’s raving about the benefits of […] The post The Benefits of Coconut Oil... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
  • 5 Cures for the Common Garage

    Tania
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Spring is in the air… and images of neat orderly garages are haunting my pinterest stream! My garage is quite the embarrassment – specially with […] The post 5 Cures for the Common... Whole living for the diva in all of us. What fabulous change can you make today? Visit Pure Natural Diva for a few ideas.
 
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    PR Newswire: Environment

  • Discussion sur la création d'un nouveau modèle énergétique au forum Énergie du futur à Astana

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 pm
    ASTANA, Kazakhstan, October 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Le coup d'envoi du forum international « Énergie du futur : réduction des émissions de CO2 » s'est donné aujourd'hui à Astana Il s'agit de l'une des principales activités...
  • California's "Coolest" Cities Announced

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    DIAMOND BAR, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy Upgrade California® today joined with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to announce the winners of the Cool California City Challenge, a competition among 10 cities in the state to reduce their carbon footprint...
  • Global Aquaculture And Fisheries Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Thousand Tons by the following Product Segments: Aquaculture, and Fisheries. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe,...
  • Future Energy Forum in Astana diskutiert Entwicklung eines neuen Energiemodells

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    ASTANA, Kasachstan, October 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationales Forum "Energie der Zukunft: Reduzierung von CO2-Emissionen" beginnt heute in Astana  Am Vortag der internationalen EXPO-Fachmesse in Astana ist dies eines der wichtigsten Themenevents des staatlichen Veranstalters...
  • GreenWorks Unveils Commercial Line Of Cordless Outdoor Tools

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GreenWorks today introduced GreenWorks Pro, the commercial industry's only line of cordless outdoor tools that combines brushless motor technology with industry-leading 80 Volt Lithium Ion batteries. Powered by innovation, GreenWorks...
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Protein and Cancer: The Facts We Can’t Ignore

    Scott Cooney
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    In a recent talk, China Study Author Dr. T. Colin Campbell discussed the strong correlations between too much protein and cancer. The post Protein and Cancer: The Facts We Can’t Ignore appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food Memories: Goodnight Milk [Thandai Recipe]

    Jennifer Kaplan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thandai Recipe: A spiced milk drink from India, mix whole milk, a pinch of sugar, ground cardamom and a few strands of saffron together The post Food Memories: Goodnight Milk [Thandai Recipe] appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Are we eating too much protein?

    Scott Cooney
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A growing body of science seems to indicate that not only is there such a thing as too much protein, but that the health effects are showing up everywhere - from cancer to heart disease to diabetes to obesity and much more The post Are we eating too much protein? appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • The China Study Author on Why People Are Confused About Nutrition

    Scott Cooney
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    At a recent Vegetarian Society of Hawaii event, the author of The China Study - Dr. T. Colin Campbell - explained the dangerous disconnect between food and medicine The post The China Study Author on Why People Are Confused About Nutrition appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Food Memories: “I Eat My Peas with Honey”

    Jennifer Kaplan
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wanting to incorporate "honeyed peas" into a dish, I created a recipe: Spice rubbed pork with sweet corn risotto, queso fresco, and honeyed peas. The post Food Memories: “I Eat My Peas with Honey” appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • New Tool Helps You Find The Right Electric Car

    Zachary Shahan
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    A big thanks is due to the Sierra Club, as it has just launched a new ‘pick-a-plug-in’ internet tool to help you pick the best electric car for your driving habits and needs. A lot of people aren’t even aware of a single electric car on the market, and certainly don’t know all of the electric cars New Tool Helps You Find The Right Electric Car was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • Greatest Environmental Hazards From Arctic Drilling (Part 3)

    Sandy Dechert
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:09 pm
    (The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Now that the political dirt about arctic drilling is out of the way (Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part story), we’ll consider the threats from arctic drilling to the environment—the South Kara Sea between the Yamal Greatest Environmental Hazards From Arctic Drilling (Part 3) was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just…
  • Durban Group Holds Bonn UN Climate Talks

    Sandy Dechert
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    In Bonn, Germany, the last round of formal negotiations before December’s key climate convention in Lima, Peru, is under way. From October 20 to 25, national governments of the worldwide UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will continue working together at the Bonn UN Climate talks on a new draft climate agreement. The elements developed Durban Group Holds Bonn UN Climate Talks was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our…
  • US Home Solar Approaching 1 Gigawatt

    Zachary Shahan
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Solar market research firm NPD Solarbuzz has stated that it expects the US home solar market to reach 1 gigawatt in early 2015. At least through the end of 2016, when the solar investment tax credit (ITC) is set to expire, Solarbuzz sees strong growth in the US home solar market. Until then home solar demand US Home Solar Approaching 1 Gigawatt was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • How Solar Power Works

    Zachary Shahan
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    Quickly learn how solar power works as well as a number of fun facts in the article and videos below. Solar power is taking the world by storm. The cost of solar panels has come down so much that hundreds of millions of people can probably benefit financially from going solar. It’s an exciting time, How Solar Power Works was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
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    Sustainablog

  • Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    When your water use becomes limited - from emergencies or contamination - you learn not to waste this precious resource, but to use it mindfully The post Lessons Learned from Limiting My Water Use: You Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Did the Great Recession, the economic downturn in 2007-08 create a generation of people who avoid food waste at almost all costs The post Did the Great Recession Create Another Generation of Waste-Haters? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes

    Stephen Hanley
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Cigarette waste such as ashes and discarded filters can have important uses. Butts make excellent supercapitors, rust inhibitors and industrial pallets, while ashes can be turned into water filters The post Reusing Cigarette Butts, Filters, and Ashes appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags

    Talancia Pea
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Don't toss those used tea bags after making your tea - there are all sorts of things you can do with them! From cleaning to freshening your breath The post 15 Things You Can Do with Used Tea Bags appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [Infographic]

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Sure, you need to stay hydrated to stay healthy. But what are the specific health benefits of water? This infographic answers that question in detail The post The Many, Many Health Benefits of Water [Infographic] appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 8 DIY Shelves for Vertical Storage

    Becky Striepe
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just like vertical gardening, vertical storage helps you fit more into less space. Try these DIY shelves to reduce clutter beautifully The post 8 DIY Shelves for Vertical Storage appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Spotted: Halloween Luminaries from Adventure in a Box, and 12 More Luminaries to Make

    Julie Finn
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    These particular Halloween luminaries here? They are stunning. Stellar. The most beautiful that I've ever seen The post Spotted: Halloween Luminaries from Adventure in a Box, and 12 More Luminaries to Make appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 4 Halloween Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Options

    Crunchy Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chances are, you're giving out candy this Halloween. But how about trying something really scary: non-candy trick-or-treats The post 4 Halloween Non-Candy Trick-or-Treat Options appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • Spotted: Solar Light Jack-o-Lantern, and 8 other Halloween Crafts

    Julie Finn
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Who doesn't love having a spookily-lit Jack-o-lantern shining on their front porch The post Spotted: Solar Light Jack-o-Lantern, and 8 other Halloween Crafts appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
  • 30 Halloween Party Ideas That Cost Less and Waste Less

    Becky Striepe
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Step away from the party store, y'all. These Halloween party ideas will save you money and reduce the amount of trash you generate without sacrificing any of the spooky goodness The post 30 Halloween Party Ideas That Cost Less and Waste Less appeared first on Crafting a Green World.
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    The Green Blog Network

  • R20 Regions For Climate Action - Paris Highlights October 2014

    Paige Donner
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
     by Paige Donner"I love sequels. I hope there's a Kyoto 2. BUT, we shouldn't wait for Lima or Paris, we should go forward as sub-national governments. In California we never waited. We never hesitated. We didn't do 'No' as an answer. ""Solutions are found in the cities, regions, territories.""California refuses to tolerate inaction. We believe in perpetual motion. We have declared war on climate change." "Threats of ignoring climate change are immense."- Arnold Schwarzenegger"There is no B plan because there is no B planet." (paraphrasing Ban Ki Moon). "The "Terminator" is an…
  • Paris Is Always A Good Idea - R20 Regions of Climate Action

    Paige Donner
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    by Paige DonnerSpeaking this evening from the Palais Bourbon in Paris, Arnold Schwarzenegger said that, "Paris is always a good idea."He then launched into how pivotal the roles are to be played at regional and city levels for taking action to mitigate climate change now and in the coming decades.This was the evening cap to the first day of R20, Regions of Climate Action. It was fittingly held at the Assemblée Nationale following the day's panels and speakers at the Palais d'Iéna.Schwarzenegger illustrated that California is a prime example of how effective and instrumental regions can be.
  • What are you doing for World Elephant Day August 12?

    Paige Donner
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    sponsored post   On the third annual World Elephant Day, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, people around the world plan actions and activities to help save increasingly threatened African and Asian elephants (Earth, August 5, 2014) Tuesday, August 12, 2014, is the third annual World Elephant Day, a day when people come together to honor elephants, to spread awareness about the critical threats they are facing, and to support positive solutions that will help ensure their survival. Within our lifetimes, elephants may face global extinction in the wild. World Elephant Day was launched on August 12,…
  • Berlin Startup Ecosia Acquires Bloson

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

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

  • The Casing Theory

    Jim
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    I was re-reading the Casing Theory by The Gwandau Team and came across something I had forgotten about.  It was a cutaway rendering of the Unity device. The Casing Theory by the Gwandau Team
  • “Grays” By Henry Hobson

    Jim
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Remember when Youtube had all those movies? Hollywood worked overtime and succeeded in getting feature movies off the net, particularly Youtube, perhaps the greatest tv channel, net or not, in the world, so far. And so, they downsized their drama and looked for shorter and  more postable items. Now they show great movie endings, middles […]
  • Moray King

    Jim
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    He has the same name as another Moray. Look it up. This is a two hour presentation from Moray King.  
  • Elon Musk By Guest Author

    Jim
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Me: “This guy is not a Nikola Tesla but obviously thinks enough of him to name his electric car company, Tesla. Then a strange thing happened. Instead of following his fab electric car, Elon Musk did a one-eighty and got into rockets. It was then that we at GC approached Musk, saying, the ultimate electric […]
  • TQFGC Guest Author

    Jim
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Quest For Gravity Control After the days when large corporate powerhouses of the day had killed off any hopes of “free energy” or zero-point energy potential, many ideas and speculative thoughts have remained undeviating to the truth that energy exists in an ether and this ether can be mined by modern day technology and […]
 
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    PR Newswire: Energy

  • Global Lactic Acid Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Lactic Acid in Metric Tons by the following End-Use Segments: Cosmetic Products, Biodegradable Plastics, Food Additives, and Other Applications. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for...
  • Global Defoamers Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Defoamers in US$ Million by the following End-Use Segments: Pulp and Paper, Petroleum, Water Treatment, Paints and Coatings, and Others. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US,...
  • Global Synthetic Rubber Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Synthetic Rubber in Metric Tons by the following Product Segments: Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), Polybutadiene Rubber, Ethylene Propylene Rubber, Polychloroprene Rubber, Nitrile Rubber, Polyisoprene...
  • Global Heat Exchangers Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Heat Exchangers in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers, Plate and Frame Heat Exchangers (Gasketed PHE, Welded PHE, Brazed PHE, and Other PHE), Air Cooled...
  • Global Soda Ash Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Soda Ash in Thousand Metric Tons by the following End-Use Segments: Glass (Container Glass, Flat Glass, Fiber Glass, & Others), Chemicals, Soaps & Detergents, Pulp & Paper, Flue Gas...
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    PR Newswire: Environment

  • California's "Coolest" Cities Announced

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    DIAMOND BAR, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy Upgrade California® today joined with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to announce the winners of the Cool California City Challenge, a competition among 10 cities in the state to reduce their carbon footprint...
  • Global Aquaculture And Fisheries Market

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    LONDON, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Aquaculture and Fisheries in Thousand Tons by the following Product Segments: Aquaculture, and Fisheries. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe,...
  • Future Energy Forum in Astana diskutiert Entwicklung eines neuen Energiemodells

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    ASTANA, Kasachstan, October 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationales Forum "Energie der Zukunft: Reduzierung von CO2-Emissionen" beginnt heute in Astana  Am Vortag der internationalen EXPO-Fachmesse in Astana ist dies eines der wichtigsten Themenevents des staatlichen Veranstalters...
  • GreenWorks Unveils Commercial Line Of Cordless Outdoor Tools

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- GreenWorks today introduced GreenWorks Pro, the commercial industry's only line of cordless outdoor tools that combines brushless motor technology with industry-leading 80 Volt Lithium Ion batteries. Powered by innovation, GreenWorks...
  • Panasonic Completes Solar Installations for Hertz at Denver and St. Louis International Airports

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (Panasonic) and The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ) announced the completion of two solar power installations at Hertz Rent-a-Car facilities at Denver and St. Louis International Airports. Panasonic is...
 
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    Green-Buildings.com

  • LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide

    rpfjr
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Price:  $39.99 Short Description A:  The Poplar LEED v4 Green Associate MP3 Study Guide includes 2 hours of recorded audio. Turn your car or MP3 player into a mobile classroom and learn the LEED v4 Green Associate exam material on the go. The guide covers fundamental information on LEED v4, USGBC policies, LEED Online, GBCI policies, knowledge and task domains, core concepts, credits and prerequisites. Nine MP3 files are provided, each with a specific focus on the following content areas: Overview, Knowledge and Task Domains Integrated Project Delivery Location and Transportation…
  • How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

    rpfjr
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Question:  Aiden asks: What system of roof panels can provide heating for a house? How many panels would be needed to provide enough power for a multi-family house with approximately 6 bedrooms 6 bathroom 2 kitchens 2 living spaces? Hi Aiden, A solar heating system for roof panels is what you need. You can use a system which either uses a liquid or air for heat storage. A liquid based system is preferable if you are planning for central heating. If individual rooms need to be heated an air based system would be better. These systems can either directly heat your interior space or store…
  • GreenStep LEED v4 AP BD+C Study Guide

    rpfjr
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Price:  $69.99 Short Description A:  GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide was developed in conjunction with GreenStep's in person and online LEED exam training workshops. The GreenStep LEED AP exam preparation approach has proven to be an effective study strategy for over 10,000 GreenStep workshop participants. GreenStep’s LEED AP v4 Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Study Guide was developed in conjunction with GreenStep's in person and online LEED exam training workshops. The GreenStep LEED AP exam preparation approach has proven to be…
  • LEED O+M Tenant Restrictions?

    rpfjr
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Question:  Roxie asks: For a building that has achieved a LEED EB certification, are there any restrictions on the tenant's buildout of the premises associated with LEED? Hi Roxie, Taking up space in LEED EB certified building has several benefits. There are some considerations to be taken into account while designing and using the tenant fit-out. LEED EB buildings need to be re-certified every five years. So, depending on the credits applied for, the tenant would need to participate in certain simple programs. Summary of News:  Tenants located in a LEED certified O+M building…
  • Recycled Steel and LEED Post Industrial Content?

    rpfjr
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    Question:  Jim asks: If a casting producer has a yield of good castings of 45% and the remaining iron or steel material is recycled and remelted to produce new castings is the material that is remelted considered post industrial material? Hi Jim, Re-melting and reusing the molten scraps is a sustainable practice but the remelted iron or steel in this case may not be considered as a post industrial material. Summary of News:  LEED V4 Green Buildings Design & Construction Reference Guide defines pre-consumer material as ‘material diverted from the waste stream during the…
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    Green Eco Blog

  • 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…
  • What The Movies Have Taught Us About Cars

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

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

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

  • Inside the American pumpkin patch (infographic)

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
  • We broke down and turned on the furnace: now what?

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    In an informal Facebook survey last week, I asked my peers when they decided to turn on the furnace in the fall. Here are their thoughts. A NY State Resident: Got a programmable, I like it when I'm home. Rest of the time I turn it off, or set it at 55 when I'm gone. September 29 at 3:50pm · Unlike · 1Resident of Hawaii answers:  I assume this question is not for me. September 29 at 4:30pm ·
  • Cut back on energy costs in three simple steps

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Light Bulb Leaves by: Vector Open Stock There's no question that many families and businesses feel squeezed right now, and one major source of additional expense is increasing energy costs. You can start to control your budget by making a few easy changes to help you use less energy. Below are three simple steps to get started on the path to savings. Unplug it Most household appliances
  • The top 3 reasons everyone must clean their gutters

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    When it comes to miserable chores for a homeowner, there aren't many people who enjoy cleaning gutters. But if you want a safe and hassle-free home, cleaning the gutters on a regular basis is of utmost importance. Clean gutters prevent several much more expensive disasters.  This image is from the FEMA photo library  1. Flooded Basements: When water does not divert far enough away from
  • How to save on heating costs this winter

    3 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Oh, the weather outside is NOT frightful, yet. But fall has begun and now is the best time to prepare for the impending winter. We want to stay warm, but also prevent our bank accounts from draining empty with heating costs. One of the easiest things to do is turn down the thermostat when nobody is in the house or when you're sleeping. According to the US Department of Energy, ... turning your
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    ForceChange

  • Thank Actress for Saving Research Chimps

    Alyssa Ochs
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Target: Alison Eastwood, Founder of the Eastwood Ranch Foundation Goal: Thank Alison Eastwood for raising funds and awareness to help chimpanzees retire from research laboratories Recently, 110 chimpanzees from the New Iberia Primate Lab were sent to America’s only national chimpanzee sanctuary, Chimp Haven. Their move was due to the tireless efforts of animal rights activists who celebrated when the National Institutes of Health announced that a majority of captive chimps would be permanently released and retired from research labs. Like many nonprofit organizations, Chimp Haven…
  • Applaud City for Declaring Whales and Dolphins Free from Capture and Captivity

    Courtney Heitter
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Target: San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener Goal: Support San Francisco’s decision to declare whales and dolphins free from capture and captivity San Francisco, California, is now an incredible ally to whales and dolphins that pass within its coastal waters. Recently, the city ruled that no cetacean shall be held captive within its jurisdiction and no trapping or removing cetaceans from the natural waters will be allowed. This new ruling is named the “Cetacean Free and Safe Passage Resolution (CFSPR).” In layman’s terms, Sea World, or any entity like it, will…
  • Applaud State for Supporting Gay Marriage

    Afieya Kipp
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Target: U.S. District Judge for Wyoming Scott W. Skavdahl Goal: Praise Judge Skavdahl for finding Wyoming’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional Countless couples are lined up at courts across Wyoming as the state becomes latest to legalize same-sex unions. U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl struck down the state’s law banning gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional. Since the historic 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard, which took place in the state, Wyoming was one of the first states to galvanize a national push for gay rights. This victory has brought the fight for equality…
  • End Discrimination Against LGBT Jamaicans

    Afieya Kipp
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Target: Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica Goal: Protect LGBT Jamaicans from discrimination The Caribbean island of Jamaica has a long history of intolerance towards LGBT people. From beatings, to rapes, to murders and public humiliation, LGBT Jamaicans have experienced some of the worst prejudice of the greater LGBT population. In a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), intolerable levels of violence have plagued Jamaica’s LGBT community for years, and what’s worse is that they can’t even rely on the government or police forces for protection. In 2013 a transgender…
  • Save Critically Endangered Porpoises from Extinction

    Nick Engelfried
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Target: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Goal: Save the last 97 endangered Vaquita porpoises from poachers *This petition is in collaboration with Care2, thereby allowing all signatures to appear in a single location. Please Help Spread the Word:
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • 9 Simple Ways for your Company to Go Green

    greenwise
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:23 pm
    If going green at your company resulted in a pleasant work environment, healthier employees and increased productivity, would you be on board? Most certainly, but how do you go about this task without completely overhauling office space or incurring a ton of expenses? Here are some simple and cost-efficient ideas: 1. Create an incentive program […]
  • Electronic Waste Recycling: Importance and Facts

    greenwise
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    With waste management being one of the prime steps of the recycling process, it is evident that each and every part of your waste is segregated and sent for recycling. However, that is not the story in various landfills. The most hazardous waste material to reach a landfill is electronic waste (E-waste). This type of […]
  • The Meaning of Environmental Sustainability in a Cup of Tea

    greenwise
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The Meaning of Environmental Sustainability in a Cup of Tea
  • Green Gardening and Landscaping Practices

    greenwise
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Green Gardening, green Landscaping Practices
  • Can Dry Cleaning Be Green?

    greenwise
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Dry cleaning uses solvents to remove oily stains and dirt in fabrics that cannot be laundered with soap and water. The problem is that these solvents are toxic and persist in the environment. PERC (perchloroethylene) is the dry-cleaning solvent of choice. According to the EPA, dry cleaning constitutes 80-85% of all PERC used. And PERC is […]
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Breast Cancer, Pinkwashing, and Strength

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chances are, if you are reading this you are aware of breast cancer. You may not know all the details, but you know it can be an incredibly scary diagnosis. By now, you are aware that women should regularly do breast self-exams. You should are regular mammograms are important, especially after a certain age or based on family history (please communicate with your doctor when it is right for you to begin these). You should also be aware that men can get breast cancer. We are a society full of awareness. Thank goodness for that. In fact, when you see that color pink on products…
  • Community Changes the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      What do you think of when you hear the phrases green living, environmentalist, green blogger? I am sure there are a few ideas that immediately spring to mind if one self-proclaims to belong in one, or all, of these groups. Would it surprise you then to learn just how many different principles, beliefs, and life experiences are brought to the environmental and green living movement? If you really stopped to think about it, it shouldn’t, but somehow we all tend to get lumped together with our most vocal “spokespeople” whether we chose them or not. There are nuances and…
  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Today marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas and a legacy that I could argue began the environmental devastation of the Americas, the trade imbalance between developed and developing nations, and the continued justification of natural resource exploitation and commercialization by governments and private companies alike. In all, I hate that we have a day dedicated to an egotistical mass murderer. Read this: The Oatmeal Encourage your city to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day or support yours if they are already progressive enough to do so! What…
  • ShiftCon: Inspiring Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day. #ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?
  • Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      It is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book. In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you…
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • EU 2030 Climate & Energy Declaration

    Laure Rondeau
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Confronted with an economic downturn, the challenges posed by climate change, fuel import dependency and rising fossil fuel bills, Europe needs to move rapidly towards a sustainable economy based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. By promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, we will be able to improve our energy security and reduce carbon emissions, while boosting the economy and creating high quality green jobs. However, these fundamental changes in our society and economy will not happen without dedicated policies. Europe has made good progress towards its 2020…
  • “I don’t believe in global warming”

    Ramon Arratia
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Was pleased to come across this online again recently – one of a series from Banksy, c. 5 years ago painted on the side of the Regent’s canal in London at the close of the Copenhagen climate conference. The post “I don’t believe in global warming” appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • 620m Africans live without access to electricity

    Ramon Arratia
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I recently came across this shocking report about the growing issue of access to electricity in Africa. More than 620 million sub-Saharan Africans live without access to electricity, more than in any world region and nearly half of the global total, the new IEA Africa Energy Outlook reports. While more than 99% of North Africa’s population has access to electricity, Sub-Saharan Africa is also the only region in the world where the number of people without it is rising. The rate of access across sub-Saharan Africa rose to 32% in 2012 from 23% in 2000, led by Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa,…
  • Our Progress Towards Zero Impact

    Ramon Arratia
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    “True, carpeting is not as sexy as, say, electric cars, Big Data or space travel. But, we were assured, there is plenty of excitement to be had for those who decide to push from the ‘Old’ order to the ‘New’.” Here is an excerpt from the case study written by John Elkington titled ‘Interface, the untold story of Mission Zero in Europe‘. In this piece he details some of the challenges, and visualises real progress made towards Mission Zero. “… a critical task has been to find and develop a suitable business case, both for internal and external use.
  • 30 years B.A.U.M. e.V. – Interview with Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege

    Laura Cremer
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    B.A.U.M. stands for the ‘German Environmental Management Association’ and is Europe’s largest economic initiative for the environment. The B.A.U.M. network consists of more than 500 member companies from various sectors of all sizes. Prof. Dr. Maximilian Gege, co-founder and chairman of the board of B.A.U.M. is a financial expert and an environmental pioneer. For many years he has been at the heart of the economy, ensuring German and European industrial and political leaders integrate sustainability into their thinking and deliver ambitious solutions to environmental issues. He also…
 
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    ecoINSITE

  • Smart grid investments top $140M in Q3: Mercom

    Pedro Hernandez
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Venture capitalists are pumping money into smart grid startups. Mercom Capital, a cleantech and healthcare research firm, released a report revealing that VCs have poured $142 million into smart grid companies in 26 deals during the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, smart grid investments totaled 81 million across 13 deals during the second quarter. But funding is slightly down from the year-ago third quarter, which saw $148 million raised in 31 deals. In a statement, the group explained: The Top VC funded companies in Q3 2014 were led by Savant Systems, a home automation solutions…
  • Watch: ‘Aquarium of the World’ turning into underwater desert

    Pedro Hernandez
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Fusion brings us this excellent, if saddening look at the effects of over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez. The area, which rests between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, also known as the Gulf of California (see the map below), was once hailed for its biodiversity and the sheer amount of fish and wildlife under its waves. No longer. Fusion’s Environmental Correspondent, Nicolas Ibargue, went to the area to discover that the fish population is in free fall. Down to just 10 percent of their original numbers, in fact. He also found, that despite conventional wisdom,…
  • Tesla Motors open sources its EV patents

    Pedro Hernandez
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This is big. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, today announced that his company is open sourcing all of its patents. Could this be the spark that sets off the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? In a post on the company’s blog, cheekily titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Musk explained the rationale behind the decision. It turns out that apart from selling some very desirable autos, the company was formed to mainstream EVs. Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but…
  • Must watch: Cosmos – Global warming case closed

    Pedro Hernandez
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — which follows in the footsteps of Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece — closed the book on the so-called “debate” on global warming. Point by point, he shot down each of the counterarguments for reducing carbon emissions… using SCIENCE! (Sorry for the all-caps.) Sunday’s episode, “The World Set Free” tackles climate change and destroys the hand-wavey reasons skeptics love to trot out: the Sun, volcanoes, Mother Nature’s having a hot flash… It’s somewhat fitting that it aired…
  • Internet streaming is greener than DVDs

    Pedro Hernandez
    31 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Go dematerialization! The  term, which sounds like what the transporters do in Star Trek, is one of the great benefits of the Internet. Instead of CDs, folks have turned to iTunes and Spotify. Rather than heft around a tome or two, they head to Amazon and order e-books for their Kindles. The data centers that serve up that digital media, the networks that deliver it and the devices used to consume it use far less energy than the manufacture and transport of its physical counterparts. The same, it turns out, is true for DVDs. In her article, TakePart’s Kristina Bravo spotlights a…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Top Ten Big Scary Looking Animals

    Earth Rangers
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    It’s almost Halloween, to get you into the season of fright here are some big and terrifying animals! Don’t let the looks of these animals deceive you though, most aren’t dangerous to us at all, but it’s fun to take a peek at some big and creepy looking species. 1) Japanese Spider Crab The largest known arthropod, adults can reach 4 meters long. 2) Giant Marine Isopod These big carnivorous crustaceans are 19 to 36 cm long. 3) Black Flying Fox: Australia’s largest bat, their wingspan is over 1 meter. Photo credit James Niland 4) Goliath Tigerfish They have 32 sharp…
  • Top Ten Animals in Disguise

    Earth Rangers
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s October, which means many of us are looking for ideas for a Halloween costume. To help inspire you to come up with a great costume, we’ve collected a list of the top ten animals with the best disguises. These species may look like one thing, but they are actually something else! Comment below to share some of your favourite Halloween costumes. 1) This canine looks like a raccoon Raccoon dog 2) This bird looks like a tree Great Potoo 3) This fish looks like stones Stone Flounder 4) This fly looks like a wasp Hover fly. Photo credit: Alvesgaspar 5) This hedgehog looks like…
  • Team Sunflower!

    Earth Rangers
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Meet Elizabeth, Tia, Alannah and Shawnice – four friends working together to help protect animals and preserve the environment. Elizabeth has been an active Earth Ranger for the past three years and raised funds to help protect polar bears through a Bring Back the Wild birthday party, garage sale, doing extra chores and even donating part of her allowance. Tia also hosted a birthday party for her Bring Back the Wild campaign for the polar bear. The girls were eager to do more so they started selling sunflower seedlings (baby sunflower plants) at their school’s Fun Fair. The sunflower sale…
  • Looking Back at the Water Taste Challenge

    Earth Rangers
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Bottled or tap, which water do you drink? Some people drink bottled water because they think it tastes better than tap water but we think most people can’t tell the difference so we asked Earth Rangers like you put this theory to the test!   As of October 7th, 2014… 4,183 Earth Rangers accepted the Water Taste Challenge 7,221 people have put their taste buds to the test   Are you ready to take the Water Taste Challenge? Accept your mission by clicking on the button below. The results are in! 45% of people liked tap water better 32% of people liked bottled water better 23% of…
  • Pourquoi faut-il protéger le petit-duc des montagnes

    Earth Rangers
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Pourquoi ce hibou porte-t-il le nom de « petit-duc »? Y aurait-il chez les oiseaux des marquis, des comtesses et des barons? En réalité, le mot « duc » désigne une variété de hiboux qui porte sur la tête deux aigrettes en forme d’oreilles de chat. En tout cas, avec son air aristocratique, il porte bien son nom! Le petit-duc des montagnes est un animal vraiment fascinant, et un élément important de l’écosystème forestier! Malheureusement, il fait face à de grandes menaces, dont la perte de son habitat. Sa population est en danger! Éco Héros et l’organisme…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
 
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    The Car Connection

  • 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Where so many economy cars have stretched their style and available features into the realm of luxury and high-tech, the Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution lineup remain tried and true econo-cars -- and you won't need to dig deep to see that. In today's market, both feel a little out of place for that reason, with poor fits and...
  • 2015 Dodge Challenger

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:52 pm
    It's time for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat -- the most powerful muscle car ever. But 2015 is also time for the first truly major update of the muscle-car lineup since it was launched as a 2007 model. With carefully refined exterior styling, new powertrains, upgraded suspension, and an all-new--and far more pleasant--interior...
  • 2015 Lexus GS

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    The 2015 Lexus GS 350 and GS 450h hybrid continue to serve out their own individual character, while taking on a set of (mostly) German rivals that include the Mercedes-Benz E Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6, and Cadillac CTS yet again. The new Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD also serves as a head-to-head rival with the GS 450h. After being...
  • 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek Gets More Features, Refinement Upgrades

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Subaru has released full details for the 2015 XV Crosstrek; and while this rugged hatchback continues into the new model year mostly unchanged, the automaker has introduced some key upgrades to safety, infotainment, and overall refinement. The 2015 Crosstrek Hybrid will, as before, be offered in 2.0i, 2.0i Premium, and 2.0i Limited models. 2.0i...
  • 2015 Chrysler 200: With Safety Ratings All In, It Tops Honda Accord

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you're shopping for the safest mid-size sedan, above all else, and you don't have a luxury-car budget, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is likely your best pick, based on the latest information from U.S. safety agencies. The 200 has just been put through the battery of New Car Assessment (NCAP) tests from the federal government, and it emerged with...
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    Green Car Reports

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco: Quick Drive Of Higher-Gas Mileage Small Turbo Four

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco is the most fuel-efficient version of the Korean maker's mid-size sedan, aside from its Sonata Hybrid model. And this year, the Sonata Hybrid uses the carryover body from the last-generation model--meaning that if you want the highest-mileage Sonata with the new and more refined design, the 2015 Sonata Eco is the one...
  • Daimler Sells Tesla Stock, Scion iM Concept Teased, CA Charging Mandate: Today's Car News

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today's green-car news starts with Daimler's sale of its Tesla Motors stock. We've also got a preview of the Scion iM concept car set to debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show next month, and details on a recently-enacted California requirement that new buildings be wired for electric-car charging. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The...
  • Daimler Cashes In On Tesla Stock, Sells Share In Electric-Car Maker

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    In early 2009, German luxury car maker Daimler effectively saved Silicon Valley electric-car maker Tesla Motors by purchasing 9.1 percent of the company for a reported $50 million. Now, more than five years later--following a remarkable rise in Tesla's stock price--Daimler has largely cashed out its remaining 4-percent holding, adding a healthy...
  • Scion iM Concept Car Teased Before Los Angeles Auto Show Debut

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Established 10 years ago to attract young, hip buyers, Toyota's Scion brand hasn't been attracting much of anyone lately. Its sales have remained low even as the new-car market has surged. It's not just buyers that are ignoring Scion. Toyota has let the brand's volume models--the xB and xD hatchbacks--age into irrelevance, with its newest cars...
  • CA To Require New Buildings To Be Prepped For Electric-Car Charging Stations

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    With extensive electrical infrastructure already in place in built-up areas, plug-in electric cars are never too far from a potential recharging source. But retrofitting existing structures with the necessary wiring to install 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations can be complicated. Now, California has ensured that new buildings at least will have...
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    Natural as Possible Mom

  • Life as a Dizzy Shut-In

    kb
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    When you’re dizzy you need to switch from a rocking, moveable office chair to one that is stationary. Like this one from when I was a little girl. It’s been a while since I blogged regularly. For a variety of reasons, really, but lately it’s because I have been busy recovering from a concussion. I have post-concussion syndrome, actually. What does that mean? In the beginning it meant I had a headache, was dizzy and exhausted all the time. (If you’ve never been dizzy count your blessings. Dizzy sucks.) It was hard looking at a screen — TV, cell phone, computer, it…
  • Picture Day Hair

    kb
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Yesterday was picture day for Big Girl. Today Little Girl got her turn in front of the camera. Both girls donated their hair recently, so they have what I consider shorter hair. Little Girl had more to give so it’s sort of longish. It hits right below her shoulders. Big Girl’s curly locks bounce up when cut so she’s shoulder-length at best. Either way, I felt clumsy and inept trying to style their hair. Facebook only makes it worse. So many of my friends post photos of their little girls with perfectly coiffed hairstyles. Fish tail braids. French braids. Long, wavy hair with…
  • Outgrown Shoes? Donate Them!

    kb
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    So many shoes… Looking inside my little one’s closet always surprises me. Where did all those shoes come from? How is it possible she has so many shoes. Then I remember that most of them were handed down from her sister. It makes me feel better, but not completely better. After all, I still bought way too many shoes. Anyway, a few days ago I was pulling all Little Girl’s outgrown shoes out wondering what I was going to do with them. I came back into my office and found an email from Stride Rite. The shoe company this month is running something called “Big Hearts,…
  • Recycling School Supplies: Crayola’s Helping Hand

    kb
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Our used up markers. I cannot believe school starts in four weeks and six days. How is that possible? The summer is flying by. Last week we even pulled out our school supply lists and started allocating last year’s supplies. Can you imagine? Yes, you read that right. I am the mean mom who doesn’t just go out and buy all new stuff. I make my kids reuse a lot of the items. Scissors, binders, backpacks and lunch boxes get reused over and over again. Pencils and crayons, too. Sometimes I feel sort of bad about it. Sometimes I don’t. This stuff isn’t cheap but it’s…
  • Asking for Help

    kb
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    Finding your way home is easier with a little help from your friends. “Hey, guys! Can one of you help me find my way back to the house?” We were sitting in the children’s room of a local library waiting for Big Girl to finish a program. Little Girl was sitting at a newly-installed pod of iPads playing Minecraft. She didn’t know the four other boys who were playing, but in the span of 20 minutes she asked for help about four or five times, at one point relinquishing her screen so one of the kids could get her back to where she wanted to be virtually. I sat there…
 
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    The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate

  • Getting the Salt Out

    EnergyAtMIT
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface.read more
  • SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid

    JeffStJohn
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, smart thermostats, home automation. All are sources of energy, capacity, and reliability for the power grid. So say the engineers who’ve built them -- and so say the customers buying them. Now if only the regulators would move as fast as the engineers and customers.read more
  • Grid Modernization and Public Lands

    nrdcswitchboard
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    During my career I have worked as an advocate for protecting wild places and creatures as well as a proponent of sustainable energy development. While there has seldom been conflict between these two goals, the overshadowing issue of global climate change has forced them together in unexpected ways.read more
  • Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop

    Kate Zerrenner
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.read more
  • Are Declining Oil Prices Increasing the Risks to OPEC, U.S. Energy Security or Clean Fuels Supplies?

    JEMiller_EP
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The growing decline of world crude oil prices could benefit most consumers and international economies. However, can the declining market prices for crude oil also end up creating significant and real risks to oil suppliers or current clean energy policies?read more
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    LEEDdaily

  • Seavest’s Kent Ambulatory Services Pavilion Achieves LEED Gold

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Seavest Healthcare Properties LLC announced that the Kent Ambulatory Services Pavilion in Warwick, about 15 miles south of Providence, R.I., has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold certification. LEED, a building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), evaluates six different areas of environmental and energy significance: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation in design. The 62,724 square foot facility, owned by White Plains-based Seavest…
  • 888 San Mateo Receives LEED Platinum Certification from the US Green Building Council

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    A residential community in San Mateo was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council. 888 San Mateo is a residential community owned and developed by the Sares Regis Group of Northern California. The announcement means that 888 San Mateo is only the sixth residential community in the country with over 150 units to garner the certification.
  • Bureau Veritas Singapore Laboratory Achieves LEED Gold Certification

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    bBureau Veritas Consumer Products Services is pleased to announce its laboratory in Singapore has been certified as LEED Gold by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  This follows the recent LEED Gold certifications awarded for the Hong Kong Head Office, and Noida laboratory in India as well as the most recent LEED Platinum awarded for Sri Lanka laboratory within the Bureau Veritas Group. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130627/622724 ) This award is the latest LEED achievement for Singapore laboratory to be certified at Gold within the Consumer Products…
  • CVS/pharmacy West Haven Store Awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    CVS Health announced today that the CVS/pharmacy store in West Haven, Connecticut has been awarded the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, making it the most energy efficient CVS/pharmacy store in the country. This achievement marks the first CVS/pharmacy store to be certified with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest distinction and is the company’s eighth LEED-certified building.
  • Cityscape opens country’s first green commercial building

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Cityscape Tower, the country’s first green commercial building made by Cityscape International Ltd, is now open for inspections and purchase. Nahid Sarwar, managing director of Cityscape International; Trina Falgune, head of marketing communications and sales, and Abdur Rashid, chief engineer, shared the information at a press meet in Dhaka yesterday. The tower, flagship project of the company, is the country’s first commercial building to pursue LEED Platinum Certification under the Core and Shell category by the United State Green Building Council, the company said in a…
 
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    The Greenwashing Blog

  • Environmentalists Continue to Call for Tighter Controls on Fracking

    Matthew Speer
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    Development of the technology and techniques used in hydraulic fracturing – commonly referred to as fracking – has directly resulted in a vast expansion of the United States oil and natural gas industry. This new method of reaching previously unreachable reserves of fossil fuels should mean a large energy supply for the country for years to come. It’s also billed as being environmentally safe. But is it? Many accuse companies that use fracking to be “greenwashing” the public, convincing them that the process of fracking is safe in order to keep money flowing in the multi-million…
  • Tar Sands: Ethical Oil?

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

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

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

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

  • Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned, Report Finds

    Kayla Schultz
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Workers with San Francisco-based Everybody Solar install a photovoltaic system. Photo by Everybody Solar / Flickr. At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it’s easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we can. But, from an economic point of view, it turns out that not all renewable energy is created equal. Locally owned projects are more likely to use local labor and materials, and…
  • Beating Climate Change by Retooling the Economy—The Story Begins in Navajo Country

    Mary Hansen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Photo by Scott* / Flickr. “I grew up without running water,” Nichole Alex, a young woman from Dilkon, Ariz., says in a video released by the activist group Black Mesa Water Coalition. Alex grew up on the Navajo reservation in the rural Black Mesa region of Arizona, where for decades a controversial coal mine emptied the region’s aquifer, leaving local wells dry. Many climate justice activists are refusing to be limited by the “jobs or the environment” dichotomy. “I grew up traveling 20 miles to gather water,” Alex continues. “That’s not fair, that my community is being…
  • After Years Without a Grocery Store, Greensboro Neighbors Are Building One Themselves—And They’ll Own It

    Dave Reed
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme isThe New Economy Is Close to Home A still from a video in which residents of northeast Greensboro speak about their support for the Renaissance Food Co-op. In the late 1990s, the local Winn Dixie that had served the neighborhoods around Philips Avenue for many years closed down. Winn Dixie and other large grocery chains had divided up market territory, resulting in the closing of some stores despite their profitability. The loss of this Winn…
  • Photo Essay: From Field to Fork at an Ethical Farm

    Kayla Schultz
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Heyday Farm, an environmentally sustainable farmstead that prides itself in combining traditional farming methods and new technology to grow more ethical food. The vision was to take traditional farming methods and combine them with modern technology to provide customers with humanely treated farm-to-table products. What grew from that vision was the 25-acre Heyday Farm, located on Bainbridge Island, Wash. The land not only functions as a typical farm that grows food, but also houses a micro-creamery, gardens, and a store. Heyday also hosts events and cooking classes that allow customers to…
  • Good Jobs or a Healthy Planet? We Can Have Both

    Chuck Collins
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This article is presented as part of New Economy Week, five days of conversation around building an economy that works for everyone. Today’s theme isCombating Climate Change Without Leaving Anyone Behind Demonstrators in Richmond, Calif., hold signs demanding both "power without pollution" and "energy without injustice." Photo by Peg Hunter / Flickr. We are heading toward a potentially severe clash between environmentalists who advocate for reducing carbon emissions and community and labor activists who are most concerned about jobs, racial equity, and reducing wealth inequality. Our…
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea

    Mike Confino
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:28 pm
    One small city in South Florida is willing to secede from the state if it means the threat of sea level rise will finally be taken seriously. The city commission of South Miami, FL — a city that sits just west of the University of Miami in Coral Gables — passed a resolution this week that calls for Florida to be split into a North Florida and a South Florida, a creation of an additional state that would allow South Florida to take climate change preparation and adaptation into its own hands. via South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea |…
  • Green groups say EPA underestimates methane leaks from fracking

    Mike Confino
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    D.J. Parker has been selling methane-trapping systems to oil and gas producers for over 30 years, and as unconventional drilling technologies like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have skyrocketed across the U.S., particularly under Barack Obama’s administration, Parker’s business has grown. “Over the last 15 years we’ve seen a marked increase in voluntarily capturing emissions,” said Parker, the vice president of operations at Tescorp. “Then in 2012 inquiries really increased … There are two things driving it. One’s economic. The other’s the [Environmental Protection…
  • 10 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seas

    Mike Confino
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We dream of drowning cities. Popular culture is overflowing with depressing yet strangely romantic images of our future waterworld—from books like The Drowned World to films like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow. We’re drawn to works that dramatize the effects of climate change, perhaps because we take some glee in seeing how bad it can get. This morbid fascination with environmental catastrophe has invaded the zeitgeist for good reason. Ice caps are melting faster than ever, while hurricanes and tsunamis seem to strike with growing frequency and severity. The sea level is rising at an…
  • This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alive

    Mike Confino
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Every glacier melts. Liquified glacier water trickles down rivers and streams during warm seasons; the cold seasons’ falling snow usually replaces the loss and, eventually, compresses into ice. But the last century’s changing climate has helped melt to outpace snowfall, and glaciers around the world are dying. Doomed glaciers are thought to melt in place, like an ice cube abandoned on the counter; to retreat instead of advancing like a river of ice; or, in the case of tropical glaciers, to sublimate directly from ice to water vapor. via This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alive |…
  • Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area

    Mike Confino
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    The Pacific island nation of Palau made waves in the ocean conservation world earlier this year with an announcement that they plan on turning their territorial waters into a no-take marine protected area. Part of the solution to supporting this project will rely on crowdfunding, a growing staple of fundraising. Palau’s waters are home to over 1,000 species of tropical fish, and their new national marine sanctuary will cover approximately 600,000 square kilometers, an area about the size of France or Texas. via Island Nation Sets Up World’s First Crowdfunded Marine Protected Area –…
 
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    Everblue blogs

  • BPI IDL Certification Update

    Lesley@Everblue
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Building Performance Institute (BPI) announced yesterday that the trial period for the new BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification has concluded and that the BPI IDL Certification exams will be widely introduced to the public on Monday, October 27th. Everblue was one of the BPI Test Centers approved to participate in the trial period for BPI IDL. In the last two months, we've seen great success with this program. BPI IDL training is now one of our most popular BPI training courses, so we're pleased to see that the certification will be rolled out to everyone soon.read more
  • Chaffey College Chooses Everblue to Provide Weatherization Training

    Lesley@Everblue
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Educational Partnership to Continue Through 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chaffey Community College District, the recipient of a Vocational Education and Training Services grant, has selected Everblue Training, LLC to provide weatherization and building science training to its California community.read more
  • The Fastest Way to Earn Continuing Education

    Lesley@Everblue
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Thank you for joining us today in our exploration of the hottest topic known to the sustainability industry: continuing education. It’s an issue that affects all of our students, whether you have a LEED credential or a certification from BPI/RESNET, or another organization. Nobody wants to think about it – much less talk about it – but there are some basic points that we need to discuss. I’ll try to make this as painless as possible. Choose from the credential that best suits your needs.read more
  • Building Science for Office Coordinators & Sales

    Lesley@Everblue
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    You may be wondering why an office coordinator or sales representative would need to be educated on the principles of building science. Those of us in non-technical administrative roles have long been stuck between a rock and a hard place in effectively communicating the impact of our company’s services due to limited field experience.read more
  • Walter White Goes Green

    Lesley@Everblue
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Fans know Walter White as the unassuming-high-school-chemistry-teacher-turned-ruthless-drug-lord on the AMC television show Breaking Bad. Actor Bryan Cranston won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 2014 for his portrayal of Walter White.read more
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    Green Prophet

  • Saudi Arabia to become more insulated than ever!

    Laurie Balbo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will soon require increased insulation in all new buildings across 24 major cities that, in total, account for 80 percent of the country’s population.  The action...
  • Freak algae blooms and how they can “fix” as much carbon as a rainforest

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Weird, wonderful and sometimes toxic algae blooms at sea attract attention. But algal blooms, known as harmful algal blooms or HABS, can actually be a living carbon sink, a good thing for the sea and...
  • Abu Dhabi investors looking for water tech innovators!

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Want to make a splash with your water tech idea, vie for a chance to get funded and earn customers right away? In an X-factor style, water innovators are being called on to submit their company ideas...
  • Vegan Israeli soldiers have a beef about army grub

    Laurie Balbo
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A battalion of vegan soldiers dissatisfied with military menus have fired off a complaint to Israel Defense Force (IDF) ombudsman Brigadier General (res.) Yitzhak Brik. The soldiers claim...
  • Stopping energy leaks in the Middle East

    Green Prophet
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Winter has rolled around again in the Middle East. The colder fronts have moved in, the winds are blowing, and the rains have started – again. After 105 degree heat in summer, it’s hard...
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • 100 Cities Sign UP for Climate Change Adaptation Program

    David Thorpe
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    The first pan-European initiative to support cities in leading the way on adaptation to climate change saw 100 cities be recognised at the Mayors Adapt Signature Ceremony in Brussels last week attended by high-level representatives.An Urban Adaptation Support Tool was launched that any city may use.read more
  • 10 Agriculture Jobs That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

    Seedstock
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    What we as a nation define as “agriculture” is morphing and expanding to reflect the changing landscape of American industry. So here are ten new agriculture and food-sector jobs and employment positions that didn’t actually exist twenty-five years ago. read more
  • Fighting for 'Mini-Hollands' in Outer London: 5 Things We Can Learn From Walthamstow

    i b i k e l o n d o n
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Recently, we've been focusing on the fight to ensure London's "Crossrail for Bikes" get built. But these are not the only important plans currently under consideration. Today we hear about Walthamstow's "Mini-Holland" proposals, and what the struggle to get them implemented can teach other campaigners.read more
  • In a Volatile Period

    The Dirt
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    “We are at the volatile beginning period when all the plants are fighting it out. We have to help the newly planted grasses dominate,” said Larry Weaner, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, at the kick-off of the restoration of the 10-acre meadow at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C.read more
  • Food Waste Facts in the UK [INFOGRAPHIC]

    JeffMcIntireStrasbu
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did you know that this past Thursday, October 16, was World Food Day? Yeah, I missed it, too. And while this may strike you as just another opportunity for people to share pictures of their meals, and promote their particular food ideology, the main idea behind it involves global food issues.read more
 
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    Nokero

  • Empowering Young Minds

    Erin Preston
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Guest blog post submitted by Paul Renaud, Director of Gift-in-Kind Program for Stop Hunger Now About Stop Hunger Now: Stop Hunger Now understands that by providing people with the resources they need, the have an increased likelihood of becoming healthy, educated and self-sufficient. Stop Hunger Now receives essential donated supplies from corporations, USAID, charitable partners and private donors.  In 2012, Stop Hunger Now sent more than $7 million worth of donated goods to people in need around the world. For nearly all children born into poverty, any hope of breaking the cycle of…
  • Mentionable Monday: El Shaddai Orphanage in Kenya Adopts Change

    katie
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Worldwide, children tend to be early adopters. They understand technology, they embrace change, and they accept versatility. And yet, often we leave these ‘early adopters’ unadopted. At the Elshaddai Orphanage in Kenya, twenty five children ages 6 months to 17 years old are excited about their hopes and dreams for the future despite being orphaned and living in semi-impoverished conditions. One of the harshest conditions that these children face is darkness. According to the Elshaddai blog, “After sunset, since we only have 2 kerosene lamps, children eat in the dark…
  • Staying Solar-Charged While Hiking in Colorado

    katie
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    A Casual Colorado Hike Charge my phone, pack a camera, do I have extra batteries? Fill the water bottle, bring a change of clothes, tie my sneakers. What time does the sun set? How hot is it today? Do I need bug spray? Suddenly I’m a bit hungry, I forget where I put the car keys, I need to get cash. All of this effort went into my casual Saturday hike last weekend at Pikes Peak in Colorado. For just a hike, I had a list of ‘essential’ items, not to mention the list I could have developed for a full weekend camping excursion. But what really got me thinking was how all of…
  • Onelamp Uganda Aims to Improve Primary Education with World’s Only Solar Light Bulb

    katie
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Nokero International, LLC today announced the launch of Uganda dealership, Onelamp, to provide solar light bulbs to Eastern Africa and combat a surge in East African illiteracy rates. Founded by Derrick Opio, Onelamp is illuminating the future of Ugandan education by providing a safe, sustainable, solar light to primary school children. Inspired by his education and social entrepreneurship research at New York City’s DO School, Mr. Opio Derrick Hosea found that 7.5 million Ugandan primary school children needed a cleaner alternative to kerosene lighting.
  • Mentionable Monday: Solar Promotes Ethical Fashion in Navajo Nation

    katie
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    Where exactly does ethical fashion meet technical innovation? At the crossroads of Etkie and Nokero: two sustainable companies based in the United States of America that promote equality. Equality in energy, and equality in social empowerment. One little, plastic, solar-powered LED is now transforming a Native American jewelry business by providing more time to work at night despite darkness across Native American Reservations. While Nokero believes that everyone deserves equal access to energy worldwide, Etkie uses sustainable energy to increase business efficiency and promote equal access…
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    Green Living, Cloth Diapers and Going Green with Kids - The Eco Chic

  • Giveaway – New Thirsties OS AIO + Rumparooz Sherbert

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Did you see what was released today?  Thirsties released their new One Size AIO and Rumparooz released their new Sherbert color.  Both of these brands are based in Colorado and run by amazing families. Would you like to win one of each? I’m giving away one pair of these new diapers to a lucky winner!!  All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below. Short cuts:  As part of the Rafflecopter entries you’ll need to comment on one of the release posts for either the Rumparooz Sherbert or the Thirsties New OS AIO.  <—click the names to get to those posts! This…
  • New from Rumparooz Cloth Diapers – Sherbert!

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    There’s quite a few fun things releasing in the cloth diaper industry this week!  Another one of my absolute favorite brands is Rumparooz.  They are coincidentally, also from Colorado!  They revealed some fun new prints and this gorgeous pink color at the ABC Kids Expo last month.  You can FINALLY purchase Sherbert today at your favorite cloth diaper retailers. Sherbert is a beautiful bright pink that is perfect for your little princess; but even a prince would wear this vivid color!  Real mean wear pink, right!! Why do I love Rumparooz? The owners, Julie & Chad, are hilarious…
  • NEW from Thirsties – One Size All In One Cloth Diaper

    Calley Pate
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    They’ve done it again! The wonderful team at Thirsties in Colorado has just released their new one-size all-in-one diaper!  One size to fit all your babies; infants and toddlers.  All-in-One so it’s super easy to put on, with no extra pieces to stuff or add.  They go on just like a disposable, without all the waste. Just the facts: Fits 8-40lbs 4 layers of absorbent microterry Lined with super stay-dry microsuede Available in snaps or hook&loop closure Available in a rainbow of colors and prints More absorbent than the Duo AIO Dries faster than the Duo AIO Machine washable…
  • New @ California Pizza Kitchen Tampa #NewCPK #TBBloggers #Ad

    Calley Pate
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    I have found an amazing group of Tampa area bloggers and was fortunate enough to be invited to an event with California Pizza Kitchen.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen me sharing pictures during the day of our event.  California Pizza Kitchen in Tampa (International Mall) treated us like royalty and let us taste some of their favorite appetizers, cocktails, main plates, and desserts.  They also treated us with gift certificates to bring our families back to try out their new menu items.  I want to thank Denise with Tampa Bay Bloggers (and RunDMT blog) for…
  • DIY Izzy Costume – Disney’s Jake & Never Land Pirates

    Calley Pate
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
      It’s super quick and easy, I promise!! All you need is 10 minutes and a few items you may already have in your closet (err….your child may have in their closet).  To learn how to make this No-Sew Izzy costume (<—click for directions) from Jake & the Never Land Pirates, click over to Tampa Bay Moms Blog where I post easy to follow directions. While you’re there, don’t forget to register for the bump, baby & beyond event going on this Wednesday night in Tampa.  I’ll be there hosting the Cloth Diaper Discovery Tampa for Kelly’s…
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    TheCityFix

  • How providing Wi-Fi can increase mass transit ridership

    Coby Joseph
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly prevalent on transport systems, and could help shift users away from private vehicle use and towards mass transport. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr. The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications for mass transit. It enables ridesharing – a service quickly emerging in cities worldwide. It can improve predictability of transport services through real-time tracking and crowdsourcing apps. It can even improve user experience and transport planning for informal transport systems. Now, as more cities explore using Wi-Fi-enabled transport…
  • How ciclovías contribute to mobility and quality of life in Latin America and in cities worldwide

    Dario Hidalgo
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr. Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this challenge with creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world. In the last installment of this series, we examined the development of bus rapid transit (BRT) in Curitiba, Brazil, and its expansion to the rest of the region and the world. In this…
  • Transit and residential neighborhoods: Questioning the affordability of residential neighborhoods around Metro Rail stations, a Delhi case study

    Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Delhi faces the challenge of ensuring that neighborhoods have access to quality public transport without compromising housing affordability. Shown here: commercialization around the Pitampura Metro Station in the Dakshini Pitampura area. Photo by Prerna Vijaykumar Mehta and Alokeparna Sengupta/EMBARQ India. Large-scale mass transit projects such as the Delhi Metro Rail often lead to transit-oriented development (TOD) that can enhance quality of life, but also compromise housing affordability. Planning authorities in urban areas around the world have acknowledged the need for the integration…
  • Speeding in paradise: Contradictions abound at Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront

    Maria Fernanda Cavalcanti
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Pedestrians face daily risk at Avenida Vieira Souto in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, for example, to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty and the thousands of people enjoying these sites. There you will see generations of families and happy dogs; street vendors selling their goods; and runners, cyclists, and skaters dodging meandering tourists. Before arriving, however, beachgoers must take their life into their own hands crossing the…
  • Friday Fun: Uphill cycling a breeze thanks to this city’s bike escalator

    Coby Joseph
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr. Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote cycling: make uphill biking easy. Called the “Trampe CycloCable,” this 130-meter bike lift pushes cyclists using a foot pedal attached to an underground motorized cable. Take a look at how it works: The lift was originally built in 1993, and has since carried over 200,000 cyclists without a single accident. Before being upgraded in 2013,…
 
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    Clean Economies

  • Buying a Used Car? Here is What You Should Know…

    Johan
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    For those of you who can not manage to get a new vehicle, it would be practical to acquire a second hand car rather. You may not get a fancy one but you certainly have a good one for travel. Regrettably, when it pertains to used vehicles, you need to do some research to ascertain that it is in good condition. Way too many people have actually bought lemons due to the fact that they did not inspect a vehicle’s condition just before they bought it. Initially, you should carefully examine the second hand vehicle you are considering. Have a mechanic check it for you in case you are not…
  • How to Lose Weight Naturally

    Johan
    1 Feb 2014 | 3:07 am
    Whether you want to get trim for the new year or boost your overall energy levels, losing weight can be a powerful tool in enhancing your daily life. But with so many products on the market claiming healthy benefits, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right method? In reality, losing weight the good old-fashioned way proves more effective long-term than using over-the-counter diet pills. If you’re ready to shave off pounds the natural way, then here are a few tips for keeping fit and maintaining proper nutrition all year long. Hide The Veggies Eating fruits and vegetables is…
  • Are Top VPN Providers Really Safe?

    Johan
    8 Jan 2014 | 3:14 am
    This is one of the common questions that cautious internet users tend to ask when looking for a VPN service. There may be contradicting answers to this question but doing enough research before using any VPN service is the key to ensuring your online privacy. There are free and paid services out there, so it is a matter of what you want. Paid VPN services are considered the best for online privacy since they provide stable and encrypted connections. The VPN market is really flocked with many providers who claim to offer the best service. Some have built a stellar reputation in the provision…
  • Car Insurance For Young Drivers

    Johan
    18 Jan 2013 | 7:17 am
    If you have a new driver in your household, you are most likely wondering what you are going to do to keep your monthly insurance premiums as low as possible. Keep in mind that the new driver can influence the amount of money that you have to pay each month. This is why many parents prefer to have the drive or get a job so that they can help pay for the premiums. In order to keep the car insurance rates as low as possible, the new driver needs to get decent grades in school. This will show the insurance company that they are a responsible person. Your rates will go down and all will be well.
  • How SEO Can Help Your Business

    Johan
    2 Oct 2012 | 8:06 am
    There is a great demand of SEO articles these days. A good SEO writer is able to produce quality and grammatically correct content which can immediately catch the action of the search engines. SEO articles helps to establish creditability and authority in your business. Even though there are several other methods that will help you to do the same but none f them is as economic and as effective as SEO articles are. They help to expand your business and make it omnipresent. The main purpose of these articles is to advertise and pass information to the online users. They can not only be viewed…
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    EarthTechling

  • Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

    EcoWatch
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance. In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock“We first published the Global Green Economy Index in 2010 guided by a belief that the environment,…
  • Can Algae Power Our World?

    EcoWatch
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. The seaweed is being scooped up from the Baltic Sea, along Sweden’s southern coast, in order to be converted to biogas. Photo credit: Vivian Husa, www.seeweeds.uib.noOne species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows prolifically along the country’s coasts and, as its name suggests, contains a lot of energy—about three times as much…
  • Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-fuel Impala

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Trash to fuel, the stuff of the 1980s sci-fi comedy movie trilogy “Back to the Future,” is now a reality. The 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala – not a tricked-out DeLorean – really can run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewingbeer.Cleveland-based quasar energy group uses organic waste to produce a renewable energy source known as biogas, which is then converted into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – one of two fuels that can power the 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala.Biogas is the raw mixture of gases given off by the breakdown of organic materials kept in an…
  • How to save energy by using LED lights

    Popular Articles.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    LED lights are used in industry, home, outdoor and other applications for efficient and energy saving lighting. When compared to the luminaries that are traditionally used, such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lights have significantly higher efficiency and energy saving properties. They can save more than eighty percent of electricity costs. They also have long life and heavy duty performance.Why are LED luminaries energy efficient and reliable?LEDs are energy efficient and power saving because of their construction and operating system. Incandescent lights are highly…
  • MUST-SEE: Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
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    Intercon

  • Seeking Sustainability the Building Industry Targets Human Health

    T. Caine
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Even with the progress that both designers and governmental offices have made in bolstering the ecological stewardship of our new building stock, the average baseline of construction is still notably far from the realm of consistently viable options we have at our disposal, let alone the cutting edge. All too often, too many aspects of our new buildings have more to do with the past than the future. The call for sustainability in the built environment has undeniably gained in strength and continued to garner support from municipalities that raise the minimum standard of building codes. Still,…
  • Hive Farm Proposes Plug and Play Vertical Farming

    T. Caine
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    While the interest in the prospects of Vertical Farming have picked up over the last few years with the topic finding its way into more articles and design competitions, we have yet to see a corresponding surge in prototypes going into construction. We have not suddenly come to an ulterior solution for how to supply more locally grown produce to our cities with a reduced carbon footprint behind it by any means, but financing hasn’t yet found a model for vertical farming that seems to be worth bringing past the brainstorming stage. However, a new proposal by OVA Studio that pushes a modular…
  • Changing the Density Equation for Suburbs

    T. Caine
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Since the beginning of America’s suburban experiment, it has only been recently that effort and interest has welled behind the ideas of walkability and alternatives to a car-centric life outside of cities. While movements like New Urbanism that promote re-investigating the suburban model have swelled with support over the past decade, these projects still represent a minority in development outside of urban centers. Even when aspects like tenets of New Urbanism are employed, the goal of increasing walkability in American suburbia faces an uphill battle until more substantial steps can…
  • Is LEED v4 Better or just Newer?

    T. Caine
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Although the latest incarnation of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system has been around for almost a year, projects have still be able to enjoy the more familiar likeness of LEED 2009. However, the window of time for the grace period of the system transition continues to close with all new projects needing to apply for Version 4 after June 2015. As designers and engineers begin to focus more on the effects of the imminent change ahead, it begs the question as to whether or not the system is simply changing or actually improving. The LEED rating system has been the most…
  • Study Points to Bright and Dark Spots in Corporate Sustainability

    T. Caine
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Our dedication to the corporate engine that runs our consumer culture makes corporate perspectives on sustainability unavoidably important. It is not uncommon in this country to have localities where the vast majority of residents are diligently proactive on sustainability efforts (say recycling for example) while the participation of businesses remains tepid. With the amount of man hours and resources that companies use in order to do business, they have to be part of any equation that leads to a better outcome. McKinsey & Company recently released results to a new survey searching for…
 
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    ecolissa

  • Ecolissa's Events: Fall + Winter 2014

    Melissa Dion
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    We have a number of New England area events planned for the Fall. If you are in the area please stop by to say hi and shop for some eco friendly accessories!Weds. Oct. 8th 6pm-9pmRejoice, Rejuvenate, and Refocus at the Spa!DruMais Hair Salon31 Springhill Ave.Marlborough, MA Oct. 25th + 26thSat. 11am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm The 19th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food FestivalReggie Lewis Athletic Center 1350 Tremont St.Boston, MAFri. Dec. 5th9am-5pm7th Annual Holy Cross Holiday BazaarCampus Center BallroomCollege of the Holy Cross1 College St.Worcester, MA  Hope to see you there!
  • New Arrival: Ecoskin Trinity Top

    Melissa Dion
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Ecoskin Trinity Top is a long sleeve cowl neck top. It is made of a Tencel spandex knit. Made in the USA. Vegan. Available in Black/Grey (as shown). $84. EcoSkin is a California apparel company offering chic, contemporary designs for the eco-conscious but fashion-savvy woman. Core to its planet-friendly mission, ecoSkin uses only environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics woven, dyed and sewn in the USA.
  • New Arrival: Ecoskin Halifax Leggings

    Melissa Dion
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Ecoskin Halifax Leggings have a tailored look and zippers at the ankles. They are made of 95% Organic cotton and 5% spandex. Made in the USA. Vegan. Available in Steel (as shown). $88.
  • New Arrivals: Indigenous Fair Trade Scarves and Gloves

    Melissa Dion
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!These gloves and scarves from Indigenous are perfect for the coming cold Winter weather. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Black, Cloud, or Rock. 100% Vegan.  Indigenous Pocket Scarf$88  Indigenous Button Gloves$44  Indigenous Cable Glovette$32  Indigenous is committed to supporting and preserving fair trade wages and artisan cooperatives, investing in natural and organic fibers and environmentally-friendly dyes, and spreading the beauty of handmade, eco fashion.
  • New Arrival: Indigenous V Neck Poncho

    Melissa Dion
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Check out the newest arrivals at ecolissa.com!The Indigenous V Neck Poncho is perfect for the cold Winter weather. Wrap up in the softest, coziest poncho, the perfect layering piece for fall and winter. Throw the V Neck Poncho over any outfit, and enter the world with elegance. Made of 100% Organic Cotton. Fair trade. Available in Cloud (as shown). 100% Vegan. $132.one size fits allmade from 100% super soft and fluffy Organic Cottoncable detailing at hemmade in Perufair tradelow impact dyes Fair Trade standards are part of the Indigenous Designs DNA and production model: They Provide…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Can you be a sustainable tourist without giving up flying?

    Morgan Saletta, Doctoral Candidate and Graduate TA in History and Philosophy of Science at University of Melbourne
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    It should be possible to enjoy your holiday and give the planet a break. lazyllama/ShutterstockAustralians love to travel. About 9 million Australians travelled overseas last year, 60% of them on holiday. For most tourists, sustainable development and climate change were probably not high on their list of concerns. But increasing numbers of travellers are concerned about these issues. Is sustainable tourism possible when tourism accounts for about 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions? If the tourism sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse emitter in the world. By far…
  • Your coastal town's climate score? There's a website for that

    Stewart Frusher, Cross-cutting Theme Leader: Climate Change at University of Tasmania
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Apollo Bay in Victoria. Australia's coastal towns are vulnerable to changes in the surrounding seas. ccdoh1/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAustralia’s coastal towns, many built around fisheries and tourism, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. South east and south west Australia are marine hotspots — they are warming much faster than the rest of the world. Fish populations are changing as the seas warm. But a town’s vulnerability also depends on other factors — such as infrastructure, education, housing and employment. In a new website launched this week, Coastal Climate Blueprint,…
  • The pitfalls of using renewable energy as a political football

    Alan Pears AM, Sustainable Energy &amp; Climate Researcher at RMIT University
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The government knows that solar panel subsidies are very popular with voters. zstock/ShutterstockFederal industry minister Ian Macfarlane has finally revealed his opening gambit on negotiations on the future of the Renewable Energy Target (RET). He and environment minister Greg Hunt have pledged to leave household solar alone but want deep cuts to targets for all other forms of renewable energy development. This was not unexpected, and it is just a symbolic ambit claim, an opening position designed to accommodate future compromise. But it does highlight some interesting points about the…
  • Australia shouldn't sacrifice food safety standards for free trade

    David Adamson, Senior Research Officer at The University of Queensland
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Australia's reputation for strict farming standards helped its beef industry weather the BSE crisis. Malcolm Paterson/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYTen years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series, we review Australian trade policy over the years and look at where we stand today on the brink of a number of significant new trade deals. A combination of dumb luck, geographical isolation and a zealous stance on quarantine has kept…
  • Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves

    Joseph Barrins, Senior Tutor in Environments at University of Melbourne
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When it gets hot in the city, where's the best place to go? Alpha/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SAHeatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may see unprecedented heat, perhaps 48C or higher. But our research shows that smart urban design can create refuges in cities that could feel more than 10C cooler, and without increasing energy use. Recently the Victorian Auditor-General released a report that found Victoria is not adequately prepared to deal with heat disasters. While this report focused…
 
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  • 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…
  • Blackberry Pie

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

  • 25 Reuse ideas for a plastic Quality Street Tub

    Mrs Green
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:42 pm
    In the good old days, Quality Street came in a tin which could be kept for years and reused once the contents were eaten. Sadly, the brand introduced plastic tubs in 2012, which can’t be easily recycled. However, Quality Street still has its ardent fans, one of whom contacted me recently. Jason wrote “I want […]
  • One man’s waste is… another man’s waste…

    Mrs Green
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    The world’s gone mad I’m telling ya. We run a wood burner at Chez Green and friendly local farmers invite us onto their land to clear away old trees. We clear the land for free and in exchange get free heating – what’s not to love? Our neighbours frequently donate bits of wood to us […]
  • An opportunity you just can’t miss! Zero Waste Week 2014

    Mrs Green
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    You know that sinking feeling you get when you know you SHOULD be doing something, but you don’t know where to start? Or that sense that you really ought to be putting positive changes in place but it all feels too much? Imagine you decided to run the next marathon. Would you wake up one […]
  • How to stop food waste when temperatures soar

    Mrs Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I don’t know about you but the recent rising temperatures have resulted in more food waste. It’s been upward of 26 degrees in the Zero Waste Towers kitchen and I feel as though I’m surrounded by sweating, rotting stuff. Bananas turn brown as soon as the sun puts his hat on. Bread is sporting a […]
  • How to have a zero waste barbecue

    Mrs Green
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Yes, you can be forgiven for thinking this is a smart new fangled recycle-on-the-go bin. But actually it’s a safe vault for storing your car keys and mobile phone. Well, more accurately, it’s a Tech Crèche! Yes, those priceless babies you can’t be without – such as the smart phone, tablet and computer games – […]
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    Green Child Magazine

  • Beautiful Earth: Complete Baby Care Package Giveaway

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our team recently discovered a spectacular (new to the US) brand of organic personal care products, and we couldn’t be more excited to at the chance to share them with some lucky readers! Beautiful Earth is an award-winning company that vows to use the most natural of ingredients and maintain the highest ethical and environmental standards. A newcomer to the U.S. market, Beautiful Earth has been in the business of gentle, environmentally friendly wash products since 2008. Their products are certified natural by the Natural Products Association Standards for Personal Care…
  • Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    Amanda Hearn
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Deliciously Creamy Mashed Potatoes 2014-10-15 12:42:21 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 5 lb bag Organic Yukon Gold potatoes 4 tbsp Organic Butter 6 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos Organic milk (as needed for consistency) 1 tsp natural onion powder 1 tsp natural garlic powder Instructions Wash potatoes remove any rough spots in the skin, and quarter. Fill a medium-sized stainless steel pot halfway with purified drinking water. Bring the water to a rapid boil. Reduce heat to medium and gently pour in the cut potatoes. If necessary, add more water to cover. Stir the potatoes a bit so they…
  • Green Festival Returns to Chicago

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’re a Green Child reader in the Windy City, mark your calendar for America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, returning to Chicago on October 24-26.  And we’re offering a special 50% discount on tickets with code GREENCHILD14. Now in its 9th year in Chicago, Green Festival is attended by more than 25,000 area attendees. At the festival, Chicagoans will have an opportunity to learn from innovative green brands, national and local businesses, and pioneering thinkers about how to live healthier, more sustainable lives – and…
  • International Babywearing Week Sweepstakes

    Amanda Hearn
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    October is here, and it’s Attachment Parenting Month! One of our favorite events this month is International Babywearing Week. This year it falls the week of October 5 – 11, but we’re celebrating all month long! Much research confirms how infants thrive with the power of touch, and wearing your baby meets this need beautifully. Babywearing also fosters happy, healthy, trusting babies and confident parents who get to have their hands free more often. Every year our Fall issue spotlights babywearing. This year, we captured families playing, working, relaxing, shopping,…
  • What the Annie’s Acquisition Means to Shareholders and Spoonholders

    Amity Hook-Sopko
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The announcement that General Mills would acquire Annie’s Homegrown sent the food world spinning. There was an allergic reaction, and within hours of sharing the news, Annie’s Facebook page had over 9,000 comments.  To consumers, it was an emotional grenade. As I dug into the announcement, the first email that I sent was to Annie herself, the mother who started the company 25 years ago. She quickly replied. When Annie started the company, genetically engineered ingredients were not even in our food supply. She simply formulated a mac and cheese product for her kids that…
 
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    Almost All The Truth

  • Breast Cancer, Pinkwashing, and Strength

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Chances are, if you are reading this you are aware of breast cancer. You may not know all the details, but you know it can be an incredibly scary diagnosis. By now, you are aware that women should regularly do breast self-exams. You should are regular mammograms are important, especially after a certain age or based on family history (please communicate with your doctor when it is right for you to begin these). You should also be aware that men can get breast cancer. We are a society full of awareness. Thank goodness for that. In fact, when you see that color pink on products…
  • Community Changes the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      What do you think of when you hear the phrases green living, environmentalist, green blogger? I am sure there are a few ideas that immediately spring to mind if one self-proclaims to belong in one, or all, of these groups. Would it surprise you then to learn just how many different principles, beliefs, and life experiences are brought to the environmental and green living movement? If you really stopped to think about it, it shouldn’t, but somehow we all tend to get lumped together with our most vocal “spokespeople” whether we chose them or not. There are nuances and…
  • Environmental Legacy of Christopher Columbus

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Today marks the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas and a legacy that I could argue began the environmental devastation of the Americas, the trade imbalance between developed and developing nations, and the continued justification of natural resource exploitation and commercialization by governments and private companies alike. In all, I hate that we have a day dedicated to an egotistical mass murderer. Read this: The Oatmeal Encourage your city to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day or support yours if they are already progressive enough to do so! What…
  • ShiftCon: Inspiring Change

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    October is a busy month. The month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, Vegetarian Awareness, and even more health related awareness campaigns. There are important days set aside to speak out for important causes: World Animal Day, International Day of the Girl, and even today is Octopus Awareness Day. #ReThinkThePink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No more pinkwashing! photo via @floursackmama But this year October is also a power month, ready to take on the awareness and effect real inspiring change. It was also the inaugural ShiftCon Conference in Los Angeles. What does this mean?
  • Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

    Brenna @ Almost All The Truth
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
      It is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book. In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you…
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    DC Bureau » Natural Resources News Service

  • 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…
  • Landmark Decision for Local Control – Major Setback for Fracking Supporters

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

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

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

  • Top 10 Greenest Countries in the World

    EcoWatch
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    How green is your native land? The 4th edition of the Global Green Economy Index, produced by private U.S.-based consultancy Dual Citizen LLC, has just been released, and you can look it up. The index provides an in-depth look at how 60 countries and 70 cities are doing in developing more environmentally friendly economies, in actual performance and in how experts perceive their performance. In the world’s greenest city, Copenhagen commuting on bicycle is routine. Photo credit: Shutterstock“We first published the Global Green Economy Index in 2010 guided by a belief that the environment,…
  • Can Algae Power Our World?

    EcoWatch
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    It has often been used as a farmland fertilizer, and in some communities it is eaten as a vegetable, but now researchers believe that seaweed could power our cars and heat our homes too. The seaweed is being scooped up from the Baltic Sea, along Sweden’s southern coast, in order to be converted to biogas. Photo credit: Vivian Husa, www.seeweeds.uib.noOne species of algae in particular, sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina), is exciting scientists from Norway. It grows prolifically along the country’s coasts and, as its name suggests, contains a lot of energy—about three times as much…
  • Beer and Food Scraps Can Power Chevrolet’s Bi-fuel Impala

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    Trash to fuel, the stuff of the 1980s sci-fi comedy movie trilogy “Back to the Future,” is now a reality. The 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala – not a tricked-out DeLorean – really can run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewingbeer.Cleveland-based quasar energy group uses organic waste to produce a renewable energy source known as biogas, which is then converted into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – one of two fuels that can power the 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala.Biogas is the raw mixture of gases given off by the breakdown of organic materials kept in an…
  • How to save energy by using LED lights

    Popular Articles.com
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    LED lights are used in industry, home, outdoor and other applications for efficient and energy saving lighting. When compared to the luminaries that are traditionally used, such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, LED lights have significantly higher efficiency and energy saving properties. They can save more than eighty percent of electricity costs. They also have long life and heavy duty performance.Why are LED luminaries energy efficient and reliable?LEDs are energy efficient and power saving because of their construction and operating system. Incandescent lights are highly…
  • MUST-SEE: Stephen Colbert and Neil Young Sing ‘Who’s Gonna Stand Up?’

    EcoWatch
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Neil Young and “Crazy Host,” aka Stephen Colbert, performed a duet version of Young’s newenvironmental song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” last night on The Colbert Report.The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on FacebookWith Colbert playing his usual straightman role dressed in a suit and tie, in contrast to Young’s sweatshirt emblazoned with the word “Earth,” the duo strummed acoustic guitars while Colbert contributed some distinctly non-environmentally friendly lyrics, impersonating a climate…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • We Have “Value for Solar,” but Should We Use It?

    John Farrell
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Earlier this year, Minnesota became the first state to formalize dozens of studies by adopting a “value of solar” formula that would fundamentally change the relationship between solar energy producers and their utility. It’s designed to have the utility accurately compensate solar energy producers for the value of solar electricity to the utility, its customers, [...]
  • Electricity Access Has Small Effect on Emissions in India, Study Says

    Yale Environment 360
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Expanding electricity to the homes of 650 million people in India over the past 30 years had minimal direct impact on the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change. Although many humanitarian and development organizations have stressed the importance of improving electricity access in low-income countries, it has been [...]
  • Point – Counterpoint: Heartland Institute Gets It Wrong on Wind

    Marita Mirzatuny
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    On the heels of a recent Forbes blog post where I call out Texas’ Comptroller for playing favorites in her biased scrutiny of Texas’ wind industry, comes another Forbes piece by James Taylor from the Heartland Institute. Confusing correlation with causation, Taylor claims wind energy causes higher energy prices. However, an increase in electricity prices [...]
  • Climate Change: A Military Imperative

    3BL Media
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For many years, the Pentagon has issued reports about climate change, highlighting the future possible threats our nation may face from increased temperatures, extreme weather, drought, flooding, and rising sea levels. This week marked a notable change in the Pentagon’s approach—instead of addressing climate change as a distant danger, the Pentagon issued a report that [...]
  • DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standards

    Shari Shapiro
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Federal government has long been a leader in constructing green buildings, and LEED has been the Federal standard of choice. The Department of Energy issued a final rule updating its recommended certification standards and levels for all Federal buildings on October 14, 2014. The Final Rule does not tell Agencies which rating system to use. [...]
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  • Whole Foods Market Says ‘Values Matter’ When it Comes to Customer Satisfaction

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whole Foods Market, the nation’s leading natural and organic grocer, has launched its first-ever national campaign called “Values Matter,” with print, television, online, billboard and in-store promotions at its nearly 400 locations. The costly campaign is the first of its kind for Whole Foods Market—an estimated $15 to $20 million to produce. One of the television commercials follows farmers, ranchers and fishers through the field, farm and sea, showing consumers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life committed to quality as a producer for Whole Foods Market. But “value” is a term…
  • Patricia Damery on Biodynamic Farming and Connecting with the Earth

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We all are well aware that traditional farming can be less than sustainable. But once we embrace the land and treat it with respect, farming can help the environment, and nurture our souls. That’s why practicing Jungian analyst and author Patricia Damery wrote her book, “Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation.” “A few things stirred me to [write the book],” Damery says. First: her candidacy as a Jungian analyst. She entered the training program at a difficult time. “I expected to have a wonderful, nurturing experience and it wasn’t.” Second: she wanted readers to discover how…
  • 7 Scrumptious Brussels Sprout Recipes: From Pickles to Gratin

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    We love ‘em. But have we mastered the art of cooking them yet? If you’re still on the Brussels sprouts kick—and why not?–they’re healthy, scrumptious, and in season now. But if you’re out of ways to cook them, don’t fret. These nutritious cruciferous vegetables are surprisingly user-friendly. From pickles to grain, check out these 7 simple ideas for Brussels sprout recipes. Shave into a slaw. Make shaved Brussels sprout salad in an instant by placing the grating attachment to your food processor. Add halved Brussels sprouts and grate. For extra color and flavor, add any…
  • 81 Foods for Breast Cancer Prevention to Start Eating Right Now

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two studies released by the University of California, San Diego and the Genesis Prevention Center at University Hospital in South Manchester, England show that diet can play a large role in breast cancer prevention. These studies are telling us something that many of us likely already know: the best tool we have in cancer prevention is our diet. After all, food is our daily medicine, everyday, three times a day. What we eat matters. Our diet can do a lot for breast cancer prevention at the root and in the same way, a particularly thoughtless diet can feed cancer. White flour and white sugar…
  • Oh-So-Nice Ice Cream Float Recipe with Kombucha and Honey

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you’re craving something sweet with a healthy twist, try this old-fashioned ice cream float recipe with a new-fashioned flavor. The honey and kombucha meld together, bringing a sweet-sour overtone to your ice cream of choice. Don’t wait until the end of the day to enjoy this treat; take a few minutes in the early afternoon to prepare this simple but oh-so-nice pickme- up. Don’t forget the swirl—it’s your signature on your unique ice cream creation. Oh-So-Nice Ice Cream Float Recipe with Kombucha and Honey Serves 1 Ingredients 2 scoops ice cream (any flavor) 2 tablespoons honey…
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    Jubbling.com - Consume less. Reuse more.

  • LED Table Lamp With A Built-In Color Picker Is LaGenius! [Video]

    paul
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    ColorUp lamp by PEGA D&E (color version) from PEGA D&E on Vimeo. The ColorUp LED table lamp, with a built-in color picker, might be the first household light you’ll want to bring everywhere – to parties, on vacation etc. etc. What a cool application of energy saving LED technology. [G]
  • Jeff Goldblum Pitching The GE Link Connected LED Lighting Is Spectacular. [Video]

    paul
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    YouTube: Enhance Your Lighting – GE Jeff Goldblum needs to be the face of smart LED lighting. The GE Link 60-watt equivalent is available for sale at Home Depot and is priced at $14.97… which is less than the amount Terry Quattro tips the guy who tips the guy. [TWBE]
  • Reason Bottled Water Sucks #478 – Bottled Water Ruins Downton Abbey Press Shot.

    paul
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Unnecessary bottled water strikes again! Fictional, historical dramas are not immune to the commination that is bottled water (probably used ‘commination’ wrong but it was a big word and sounded good – plus, it’s Downton Abbey.). [M]
  • Backhoes Buried In A Building’s Foundation Because It’s Cheaper.

    paul
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:14 pm
    From the ‘If you can afford it, you can consume it’ file comes the story of how construction equipment is being buried in a building’s foundation because it’s cheaper than getting a crane to lift it out. From Gizmodo: “So these diggers team up, usually two-per-property, and carve out a little slice of heaven underfoot, sometimes up to 75 feet into the earth (where else are you supposed to store your fleet of vintage Ferraris, eh?). Then what? Well, these super heavy mechanical shovels are basically stuck. Cranes can be used to lift them out but that’s…
  • Extreme Carpooling In Kuwait (?) [Video]

    paul
    20 May 2014 | 9:03 am
    It’s like a breath of fresh air watching 923 people pile out of this small SUV in oil- rich Kuwait. Tears of Jubbling joy! [A]
 
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    Eco Friendly Home Furniture Design Ideas

  • Rustic Modern: A Great Look For The Bedroom

    Sarah Clarke
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Rustic Modern is one of the most popular design aesthetics in today’s home decorating. With the increasing popularity of the idea of using reclaimed, repurposed and recycled materials in furniture and objects, its only natural that the combination of rustic flair with a modern touch would start invading the homes of the design-conscious. The bedroom is often a great place to start if you’re redesigning your home. It’s the place most of us find solace and peace in, and so many people want that space to be as warm as inviting as possible, while maintaining a certain level of…
  • Gorgeous Backyard Garden Design Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    A gorgeous garden evokes a sense of calm and intrigue. The mystery of the space draws you in while intriguing plants and decorations make you want to linger. Romantic gardens need not be expensive or difficult. With a little time, creativity, and these amazing backyard design ideas, it is possible to create your own vintage garden that is a joy to the senses. Begin by picking one plant that will catch your eye the minute you enter the garden. Create a sense of mystery by placing little statues or figurines in unexpected locations. Then add visual drama with old ladders, or furniture,…
  • Contemporary Home Decor Tips and Ideas

    Sarah Clarke
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    When you are looking for contemporary home decor tips, you need to start by figuring out what you want. Contemporary design means different things to different people, so start by considering what you like to see in your home. That might mean something rather cluttered or it might mean something ultra-slick and modern, so be sure you have a great idea of what you want in your head. First, consider opening things up. If you are looking for a serious renovation, think about bringing your living room, kitchen and dining room over to an open floor plan. An open floor plan is a great choice when…
  • Which is the Easiest Sofa Fabric to Clean?

    Sarah Clarke
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    The easiest sofa fabric to clean, and one of the strongest fabric quality is better known as leather. If the sofa manufacturer created the sofa with a cotton like fabric. It could attract a lot of lint. I would probably use a vacuum to clean it all up. If something spilled on the sofa with a cotton like fabric. The cotton will absorb all of the liquid, because cotton operates like a sponge. Not even a vacuum or a cloth could clean such a horrible stain.   Leather is by far the easiest sofa material to clean. Especially, if the leather is black, dark blue, dark brown, or any dark color.
  • Examples of Eco-Friendly Glass Countertops

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

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    Why do people put solar on their roofs? . . . Because other people put solar on their roofs. The single most important factor driving whether a given house installed solar, . . . was peer influence -- whether other houses nearby had recently done so. 10-23-2014 Source:  Why do people put solar on their roofs?
  • Solar Pumps

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy shows that, . . . 50,000 solar pumps have been sanctioned for installation in various states for both . . . irrigation and drinking water applications. Best of all, the system does not require any battery and potentially has a long life. 10-23-2014 Source: Solar Pumps
  • $53 Million For Solar Energy R&d

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced more than . . . $53 million for 40 innovative research and development (R&D) projects, . . . that aim to drive down the cost of solar energy, . . . tackling key aspects of technology development, . . . in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. Supporting the development of: . . . . . . next generation photovoltaic (PV) solar technologies . . . . . . advanced manufacturing processes, and . . . . . . addressing both hardware and non-hardware “soft” costs of solar installation, These awards support advancements, that will…
  • Enphase Plug-N-Play Energy Storage

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Enphase Energy Management System, along with a, . . . modular plug-and-play battery, is comprised of: Generation: S-Series Microinverter Storage: Enphase AC Battery™ Control: Envoy S Energy Management: Enlighten The 40-pound AC battery, equipped with a . . . bidirectional microinverter, plugs into the . . . Enphase Energy Management System and is designed for . . . residential and commercial applications. The unit provides 1.2 kilowatt-hours of energy storage and . . . 275-watt/500-watt power output. It only takes one person to hang the . . . 16-inch-wide battery on the wall of a…
  • 2015 Usa "states" Solar Power Rankings

    21 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    This year, we’ve rejiggered our ranking system to reflect a number of different factors, . . . ensuring that the state rankings take into account, . . . not only how good of a deal getting into solar can be (and it is often a good deal), . . . but also the strength of the underlying policy, and . . . the likelihood that the solar train will keep on a-rollin’ into the future. 10-21-2014 Source:  2015 USA "States" Solar Power Rankings
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    HeatSpring Magazine

  • How Massachusett’s Alternative Energy Credit Prices Will Impact Heat Pump and Biomass Operating Costs

    Chris Williams
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    We passed the Massachusetts “Clean Heat Bill” in July 2014. The final bill number is S. 2214.  The bill created a production-based incentive, similar to solar PV renewable energy credits (SRECs), for renewable thermal technologies including solar thermal, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps, solid biomass, and biogas. In this article, I’ll explain how Alternative Energy Credit (AEC) prices will impact the cost to deliver heat from biomass and air source and ground source heat pumps. An AEC works the same as a REC, but the “A” stands for…
  • Community Solar 101

    Chris Williams
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    There’s been a lot of buzz about community solar lately. While the amount of investment in community solar projects is a fraction of the investment of the entire solar industry, there are a few leaders who recognize the incredible potential of community solar. Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing a series about community solar. This is the first article in that series. If you’d like to learn more about the subject, sign up for our free Commercial Solar PPA 101 course. In this article, I’ll address the following questions. 1. What is community solar? 2. Why is…
  • Air Barriers vs. Vapor Retarders vs. Drainage Planes: Learn Essential Building Science Specifics in 60-Minutes

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Building science is complex. It takes time and experience to understand and integrate physics, chemistry, climatology, and ecology into building enclosures. Understanding the complex interplay of heat, air, and moisture flows within and across building enclosures— while paying attention to the conditions that occupants impose on the indoor environment—is integral to building success. In this 60-minute video lesson, you will learn 3 essential building science specifics: 1) How to distinguish between air barriers, vapor retarders, and drainage planes 2) How to explain the role of vapor…
  • Understand the Key Grounding and Bonding Standards for Commercial Solar PV Projects in Less Than 30 Minutes

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    What are the differences between grounding and bonding in solar design? What are the most recent codes? Where are the codes headed? What are some of the changes that have happened? What does it mean for you and your installations? In this free 20-minute video lesson, Ryan Mayfield identifies the key 2014 NEC code sections for PV system grounding and bonding and outlines general requirements of Article 250 – beginning part of code for Grounding and Bonding (and what he considers one of the most difficult and fun discussions). He also begins outlining Article 690 Part V: Grounding and…
  • Learn in 60 Minutes: Conventional vs. Passive Floor Planning

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 pm
    If you don’t floor plan properly, you will fail. During this free 60-minute lecture, Mike Duclos, Principal and Founder of DEAP Energy Group and expert instructor at HeatSpring, describes how Passive House floor planning differs from conventional floor planning. Mike provides a background on the Passive House movement, presents examples of Passive House designs and floor plans, and explains why floor planning is critical for energy efficiency, cutting costs, and meeting the rigorous (and non-negotiable) Passive House Space Heating and Primary Energy requirements. Access the full…
 
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • Experience Farm to Skin Beauty from Board and Batten

    paigewolf
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    We all know about farm-to-table. But have you ever truly experienced farm-to-skin? When I first discovered Board and Batten, I was blown away by the elegance of such a young, homegrown line. I was lucky enough to sample several of the products at Healthy Brand Showcase and then convince the brand to work with me to spread the word! Handcrafted on a 600-acre farmstead, Board and Batten’s products are designed to nourish and balance skin using organic plant oils, botanical extracts, and pure essential oils. Based on a plantation-style farm, Board and Batten’s name represents the…
  • Don’t Muddle the Movement: How Can the Real Food Movement Speak with One Clear Voice?

    paigewolf
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Being part of a movement is empowering and inspiring. Nothing fuels one’s passion and purpose like being surrounded by likeminded people – whether in person at events like ShiftCon or even on a Facebook group or message board. It’s thrilling to see the power of numbers, working together for a common cause. But what happens when not all of your causes are common? What if something you spend your life working towards gets lumped together with something you don’t even agree with? Not all animal advocates agree with PETA’s tactics (Hi!). Not all liberal democrats…
  • Giveaway Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow System

    paigewolf
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    We talk a lot about the importance of an organic mattress and organic linens. But what about your pillow? This is where your face is spending about a third of your life! Personally, I need a firm pillow, and many of the organic pillows on the market just weren’t cutting it. So when I tried out the Naturepedic Trio Organic Pillow System I was thrilled to find something natural, pure, and sturdy! A great pillow requires a soft surface for comfort and a contouring support system for proper postural alignment. Many pillows approximate this balance, but to fully realize it requires some out…
  • TV That Inspires Kids to Get Crafty: Amazon Studios: Creative Galaxy Review

    paigewolf
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    Screen Time, Screen Time – it’s always a controversy. But realistically, children are going to be using gadgets for everything from communication to schoolwork. So if we are going to let them watch and play, it’s a huge plus if it’s something interactive and educational. We are always looking for new craft ideas and a new show on Amazon Studios offers great incentive and imagination. Creative Galaxy, produced by Out of the Blue Enterprises with Angela Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Super Why!), is a make-along, create-along, interactive art adventure series for…
  • What I Learned at ShiftCon

    paigewolf
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    What does it take for me to leave my two young children, buy an airline ticket, and fly cross-country by myself for four days? Well, it would either be a tropical vacation in which I am being fanned by pool boys OR the first annual ShiftCon Conference. Imagine hundreds of the country’s most influential bloggers and social media movers gathered under one roof to talk about how they can charge the national discussion around the way our families eat, live, impact our environment? Add in 60 of the brands (think Stonyfield, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Boiron, Dr. Bronners, and Organic Valley) and…
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    mnn.com

  • What does your facial shape say about your personality?

    bnelson78
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Can you tell what kind of a person someone is just by looking at their face? Apparently you can. New findings by researchers in the U.K. have shown a strong correlation between simple facial shape ratios and certain personality traits like trustworthiness and aggression, reports MedicalXpress.  
  • New York, Massachusetts rank as best states for solar-curious homeowners

    mhickman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    While homeownership in a state dominated by cloudless skies, blazing sunshine and frozen margarita-ready temps can be lovely and all, a sun-drenched climate doesn't always translate to savings in the rooftop photovoltaic department.
  • Air 'Hobbit': One flight safety video to rule them all

    mdestries
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
     
  • Smog hinders runners at Beijing marathon

    jsavedge
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Runners training for a marathon often take special precautions to acclimatize to the weather, elevation, and obstacles they might encounter in their upcoming race. But runners at the recent Beijing marathon might have had to suck on a tailpipe to prepare for that city's conditions.  
  • 'Sioux Chef' puts native foods back on the menu

    kimi.harris
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Our food culture has shifted and changed dramatically through the last couple hundred years. Certainly one of the most dramatic was the introduction of European foods and recipes during the colonization process.    While I love apple pie just as much as the next person, I find the topic of native foods and cultures fascinating. I think it's sad that tribes were forced to lose so much of their culture (including their foods), and it always thrills me to hear about the rediscovery of that rich history.   
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    Greener Ideal

  • Canada to Harvest the Power of Tides, Rivers and Oceans Using New Marine Energy Technology

    Jennifer Moore
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Canada to Harvest the Power of Tides, Rivers and Oceans Using New Marine Energy Technology Marine experts have always known that there is a lot of energy in the world’s tidal currents, ocean waves and river currents. But up until now, there haven’t been any renewable energy projects that work at harnessing this energy. However, recently there has been a lot of activity on Canada’s east coast, as marine experts […]
  • New GE Wastewater Technology Could Produce Renewable Energy for Future Electric Use

    Jennifer Moore
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    New GE Wastewater Technology Could Produce Renewable Energy for Future Electric Use General Electric has a new membrane-based wastewater treatment that combines its Zee Weed 500 membranes and the newest in anaerobic digestion, which in turn creates a new anaerobic membrane reactor (AnMBR). This new technology could be a real asset to industrial customers who need to find better water reuse methods. The problem is that industrial […]
  • Detroit Electric’s SP.01: The Newest Electric Car on the Block

    Greener Ideal
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Detroit Electric’s SP.01: The Newest Electric Car on the Block Despite being 2 years behind schedule, it looks as if Detroit Electric is getting ready for the release of the SP.01. You can almost forgive the premium-quality, pure electric vehicle manufacturer for their poor timekeeping because it’s been no walk in the park for them to get up to speed again as the company laid […]
  • Dear Vivienne Westwood: Stop Shaming People Who Can’t Afford to go Green

    Sarah Burke
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Dear Vivienne Westwood: Stop Shaming People Who Can’t Afford to go Green Most people who try to live environmentally friendly lives, do so in the full knowledge that it’s not easy, nor is it always cheap. If it were, there wouldn’t be so many websites dedicated to giving tips on how to cook healthier, how and what to buy that’s ethically OK, how to save money and […]
  • Review: WOOED Wood Sunglasses

    Greener Ideal
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Review: WOOED Wood Sunglasses WOOED is a San Francisco based company that fashions interesting items out of reclaimed wood and sells them online to discerning buyers. Their catalog contains attractive cufflinks and sunglass frames which are unique as they are handmade and refined to bring out fine wooden grains. These attractive frames have a unique pattern and texture making them collector […]
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila

    GTG Staff
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    | The Hangover-Free Zone | “Tequila? There’s an actual place called that?” Si, claro. Yes, there really is. It’s in the Mexican state of Jalisco, some 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara. The colonial town of Tequila (founded by Franciscan monks in 1530) and, surrounding it, the sprawling fields of red volcanic soil planted in row after row […]Jalisco, Mexico: on the elusive trail of organic tequila is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • San Francisco: ‘mega sustainable’ restaurant on the way

    GTG Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    | Green Travel News | The Perennial, a new “mega-sustainable ” San Francisco restaurant opening early next year, will feature an aquaponic greenhouse … in which kitchen waste will be fed to fish … whose waste will fertilize a “living pantry” … where microgreens and vegetables are harvested to order. In the words of Eater San Francisco, The […]San Francisco: ‘mega sustainable’ restaurant on the way is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Going green in gorgeous Greece

    GTG Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    | How to Go Eco | Perhaps most famous as Western civilization’s birthplace of democracy, philosophy, literature and science, Greece is one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich countries. Today, though, most travelers come to its shores for more hedonistic reasons—to feast on fresh seafood, relax on an idyllic island, swim in the turquoise water or just […]Going green in gorgeous Greece is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Airbnb helps its community travel greener

    GTG Staff
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    | Green Travel News | Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, has announced a partnership with Nest, which reinvents unloved products in the home. Together, the companies are helping Airbnb’s community of hosts and guests conserve energy and continue to have a positive impact on their local environments. Airbnb is providing selected hosts in the […]Airbnb helps its community travel greener is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

    GTG Staff
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    | The Beauty Amid Us | It has oft been observed that we ignore or overlook the beauty in our own backyards. As a California native who has lately been spending much of my time overseas, I jumped at the offer to explore America’s crown jewels: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It turned out to […]Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    GreenITers » GreenITers

  • Scientists unveil invisibility device

    Admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
                      Scientists at the University of Rochester have discovered a way to hide large objects from sight using inexpensive and readily available lenses, a technology that seems to have sprung from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter fantasy series. Cloaking is
  • A message in a bottle 2.0

    Admin
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    A message in a bottle is used to send messages across the ocean or to send personal thoughts into the world. With the advancement in technology, here is a new way to send personal messages that combines old-tech with high-tech.
 
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    Hexa Green

  • Telangana to Add 500 mw Solar Power Projects in 10 months

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Telangana is hopeful of adding about 500 mw solar power in 10 months. The state called for tenders for 500 mw recently and is said to have good received good response. The projects would be through reverse auction. Once the agreements are signed, the project developers would have ten months to commission their projects. Accordingly, the state is making all out efforts to meet the power demand. It is spending about Rs15 crore a day in purchasing power from various sources. The state has already imposed a two day power holiday every week for the industries. There is a shortfall for about 20…
  • India Expands Solar Power Target, Will Add 15 GW Over Next Five Years

    Team HexaGreen
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    The new Indian government has delivered on its promise to enhance the solar power capacity addition targets under the ambitious National Solar Mission announcing revised guidelines for capacity allocation. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently released revised guidelines for auction of solar photovoltaic power projects with a significant hike in overall capacity. As per the revised target (pdf), the government plans to add 15 GW of solar power capacity by Q1 2019. The first of the auctions to meet these new targets will involve 1,000 MW of capacity. Under the original National…
  • US Department of Energy awards $13.4 million to develop advanced biofuels and bio-products

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The research and development projects that received the funding from the Department of Energy (DoE) will focus on developing integrated processes for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals. These products not only will help reduce carbon emissions, but also advance the DoE’s work to enable the production of clean, renewable and cost-competitive drop-in biofuel at $3 per gallon by 2022. The biofuel research projects, which span five US states, are as follows: The University of Wisconsin of Madison, Wisconsin, will receive up to $3.3 million to develop a process to produce…
  • Putin Strengthening China-Russia Ties for Renewable Energy Development

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    China has encroached so strongly into Russia this year — a shift meant mainly to mollify the U.S. impact on the countries’ economic interests and the world stage — that the dominance made even prominent Russians fearful of the Asian giant. Russia’s renewables sector is set to match the Chinese share in the country’s energy market, opening the door for the Chinese to significantly shape the development of Russia’s hydro and solar sectors. RusHydro JSC, Russia’s biggest hydropower company, announced it is considering a partnership with Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd.
  • Siemens signs two long-term wind service agreements in the U.S.

    Team HexaGreen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
     Siemens to provide an additional 15 years of service and maintenance at Harvest Wind and White Creek wind projects in Washington State Siemens has signed two long-term wind service and maintenance agreements covering 132 SWT-2.3 turbines at two wind projects in Washington State, USA. Summit Power Group, LLC, based in Seattle, Washington (managing member of White Creek Wind I, LLC “White Creek” and asset manager of Harvest Wind Project “Harvest Wind”) represented the two projects.
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Fabien Cousteau: What I Learned From Spending 31 Days Underwater

    Jane Engelsiepen
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    “Now, my dream of dreams, I want to go explore the oceans of Mars, but until we can go there, I think the oceans still hold quite a few secrets.” Fabien Cousteau spent 31 days underwater researching how climate change and pollution are affecting the oceans and to support marine conservation. In 1963, Jacques Cousteau set a world record by spending 30 days in an underwater laboratory on the floor of the Red Sea. Over 50 years later, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record by living for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research lab 63 ft. below the surface and nine…
  • Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    By Kieran Cooke As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is intense interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change. The vast Elektrownia Bełchatów power plant in central Poland is Europe’s biggest polluterImage: G.Mordalski via Wikimedia Commons LONDON, 23 October, 2014 − It has not been easy. Negotiations on the new energy and climate policy involving all 28 European Union member states have been going on for months – and, in some instances, for years. The European Council meets…
  • Clean-tech: Good for Economy and Environment

    Guest
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    By David Suzuki Photo via Kreatif/wikimedia commons What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood and drawers of water” — or drillers of oil, frackers of gas and miners of coal. Although extraction, use and export of natural resources are economically important and will remain so for some time, we’re starting to…
  • California Geese Applaud Ruling on Foie Gras

    Penny Stallings
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    Foie Gras ducks in Normany, France. Photo via Wikipedia Or they would if they could, because the October 14, 2014 Supreme Court ruling means that California’s ban of the sale of foie gras, a delicacy that is produced by force-feeding corn to ducks and geese so as to enlarge their livers beyond normal size, remains in place. Animal rights activists have long condemned the practice of force-feeding as being cruel and painful. In 2004 the California legislature took their point and passed a ban that went into effect in 2012. The fight was led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and…
  • Drone Provides Stunning Images of Killer Whales

    Guest
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    For the first time, scientists have used an unmanned aerial vehicle to photograph killer whales from above. This gives scientists a new way to monitor killer whale health and reproduction while giving us all a stunning new view of the species. By Rich Press, NOAA Fisheries Science Writer In an exhibit of playful behavior, two killer whales nuzzle head-to-head. Photo credit: NOAA, Vancouver Aquarium. But scientists aren’t taking pictures just because they look nice. The images contain detailed information that scientists can use to monitor the health of individual killer whales and of…
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    Ahimsa Designs - Artisan Vegan Jewelry Designs by Kristen Anderson

  • Art, Connection and Fighting My Ego

    kristen
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    I am fighting with my ego. Again. During what should have been a productive day in my studio, I decided to ramble on in my own mind about what defines art. I started piecing together snippets from different conversations with people I admire, creatively and personally. I am trying to make peace with this girl in my head who keeps telling me I am not an artist. So, here is the backstory. Over a decade ago I began this journey of creating jewelry. Working full time as a therapist with teenagers whose stories and struggles and pain left me in tears for most of my hour drive home, I found I…
  • The Seduction of the Sun

    kristen
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Sometimes there is a beauty that just leaves me speechless. No words adequately express the stirring, the knowing, in a place so deep within me that, for a brief moment, I feel certain of my connection to the whole. This afternoon the sun flirts with me. The leaves dance so that the sun shimmers, touching my face in this magical production. Just as I begin to surrender to her warmth, I’m left cold again with just sparkling pieces of her. The golden sun produces a deep longing in me, a yearning so intoxicating that it feels almost like pain. I know she is fleeting and will leave me with…
  • It’s Another Free Earring Friday!

    kristen
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    FREE EARRINGS TODAY ONLY! This pair of Handcrafted Designer Sterling Silver, Crystal Quartz Earrings is FREE with any Ahimsa Designs purchase from our Etsy shop TODAY! (http://ahimsadesigns.etsy.com/) Each Friday we will be showcasing one pair of our designer earrings that will be a FREE gift with any handmade purchase from our shop. (Friday only) FREE TODAY ONLY – Ahimsa Design’s Hand Crafted Designer FACETED CRYSTAL QUARTZ, STERLING SILVER EARRINGS. These earrings go with everything! A beautiful 8mm round faceted Crystal Quartz set within oxidized Sterling Silver. Visit our shop to…
  • Ahimsa Yoga Festival 2014

    kristen
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    I have grounded myself since I had kids. I have struggled with even more fear about traveling and being away because I think I can’t do anything stupid, by my own choice, that would cause my kids to have to grow up without me. Motherhood has been the perfect soil in which to grow my roots of fear. But I have this person in my life now (my Sacred Other) who encourages me to be more, to do more, to live outside and beyond my fear. If my spirit is calling me to do something, he helps quiet all of the reasons my head can invent to remain paralyzed. Small. Less. He sees the other part of me that…
  • END OF SUMMER SALE – 25% OFF – 2 DAYS ONLY!

    kristen
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    END OF SUMMER EVENT – Handmade, Eco-Friendly, Yoga, Zen & Vegan Designs. 25% OFF! (Virtual, Online Event) https://www.facebook.com/events/1375504982739822/ End of Summer blues? Thankful to be back into your groove? SAVE 25% – 2 DAYS ONLY! Get an early start on your HOLIDAY Gift List! Either way celebrate with us! We are giving thanks for a beautiful Summer by having a not-to-be-missed SALE. Shop our Etsy store and take a whopping 25% OFF of everything for 2 DAYS ONLY! We are cleaning out our inventory to make way for our new Fall Yoga collection, so get the pieces you love…
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

    Dr. Karen
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Low Back Pain (LBP) results from an injury to the lumbar spine and it affects nearly everyone – 80% of population – at some point in their lives, interfering with work, recreation and daily activities. LBP costs the healthcare industry over $50 billion annually and it’s the leading cause for missed work. LBP is the... Read More » The post Low Back Pain: Common Causes and Treatments appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts:
  • Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen)

    Dr. Karen
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    A month ago, I received a cookbook called The Nourished Kitchen (affilaite) by Jennifer McGruther to review. Instead of just trying the recipes, I’ve been reading the cookbook like it’s a novel. I can’t remember the last time I actually ‘read’ a cookbook. I’m enthralled with this one. The Nourished Kitchen is a 300+ page cookbook... Read More » The post Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples (adapted from the nourished kitchen) appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Wild Rice and Garden Veggies Frittata Recipe Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild…
  • How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You

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

    Dr. Karen
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Bone broth. I started seeing those two words all over the web recently. I wondered, what’s the big deal with bone broth? I always made my own chicken or veggie stock so I wondered, ‘What is the difference? Isn’t all broth the same? Just boil some meat and bones and you got broth/stock, right?” Well,... Read More » The post How to make bone broth and why it’s healthy appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: Foods That Heal Your Gut Cream of Potato with Roasted Cauliflower and Almonds Soup Eczema and Food Allergies
  • Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret

    Dr. Karen
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    You know I’m a kimchi mama, being Korean and all. But I don’t limit myself to just kimchi, when it comes to eating fermented veggies. I love eating any fermented vegetables, including fermented green cabbage and cucumbers. Since I grew up eating kimchi, I often crave salty, sour fermented foods with my meals. During hot... Read More » The post Easy Sauerkraut Recipe and My Fail Proof Secret appeared first on Dr. Karen S. Lee. Related posts: How to Make Beet Kvass & Why It’s Good For You Korean Kimchi Recipe Demystified How to pickle your summer harvest
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    Manchester Wood - Blog

  • Manchester Wood Unveils New Fall Furniture

    Manchester Wood
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Manchester Wood could easily be the fastest growing strictly American made furniture eCommerce site today. With over 50 new products added this year, our first mail order catalog due out next month, and a Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always promise that find our quality and pricing tough to beat. In the midst of the fall season, our American made furniture company is unveiling nearly 20 new products that expand the ever-growing popularity of our Solid Cherry furniture collection, Contemporary, Shaker, and the tried-and-true, TV tray table category. Alongside is a 10% off store-wide…
  • Fantastic Fall Savings!

    Manchester Wood
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    We’re offering 10% off store-wide for a short period this Fall Season to get us ready for the winter months ahead! Fall is a time to look indoors, and Manchester Wood has both the savings and now these additional savings to provide you the best affordable quality hardwood furniture for your latest home decor. Until October 19th, enjoy 10% off sale on ManchesterWood.com with promo code: ‘Fall’ at checkout. From our popular TV tray tables, Solid Cherry collection, Mission furniture, and more, we have many options of handcrafted American made furniture for you. We hope you…
  • Halloween Costume Giveaway!

    Manchester Wood
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    Show us your costumes! Win FREE Tea Cup/Mug Stand! Last year’s winner! Trish and her family (including 4 grandchildren). In keeping with the spirit of the season this month of October we’re offering our Tea Cup/Mug Stand FREE of charge to the best Halloween costume – past, present, or future – from childhood to adulthood, with submissions accepted via email (service@manchesterwood.com), Twitter (@manchesterwood), or Facebook. BONUS: 10% off any purchase to the runner-up! As with the rest of our hardwood furniture, the Tea Cup/Mug Stand is 100% made in the USA using sustainable…
  • TV Trays: Perfect for Work & School

    Manchester Wood
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    TV Trays make perfect sense for this fall weather. We’re getting back to school and the grind of work after hours in the now cooler, calmer nights. At Manchester Wood our TV Trays are some of the most sought after in the market. Not only are they made of solid hardwood, but they’re also 100% made in America at our mill in Upstate New York in the Adirondack foothills. Backed by our Quality Guarantee and Free Shipping Always, you’ll find many of our customer testimonials are in rave review of these TV trays. During the early 1980s, Manchester Wood transitioned from…
  • Custom Furniture: Manchester Wood Now Offers

    Manchester Wood
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Custom furniture made in USA now offered by Manchester Wood! It’s been a longtime coming, but Manchester Wood is officially now offering the option of custom furniture. At Manchester Wood we strive to produce the best solid wood furniture for you. Sometimes that means you have your own ideas on how our furniture can meet your exact needs. That nook in your den might be just a little too narrow for that desk, or a TV media stand needs to be a bit higher or wider than what we currently offer for your living room. It’s understandable and we believe quality always finds a home, so our…
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    15 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
  • Beach Hot Spots, Literally

    amazon
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    When winter rolls around, it isn’t long before most people are ready to get away to a warm beach. There is no better feeling than...
  • 5 Best Beaches in Spain

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

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

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

  • Green Vehicle Showdown

    Anna
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I recently posted about a former Prius exec’s comments on hybrid vs. electric vehicles and why I thought hybrids could only be a stepping stone on the way to all electric vehicles (EVs). And, that post got me wanting to know more about both hybrid and electric cars – what are their capabilities? How practical are they? How affordable are they? And, how much do they really cut down on emissions? Well, I did some digging, and here is what I found out: Let’s compare the Tesla (most popular EV) with the Prius (most popular hybrid). TESLA S TOYOTA PRIUS Range 265 miles max. 595 miles max.
  • I still think electric cars are a good idea…

    Anna
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    “By definition we must move towards renewable energy. How can people argue against that?” –Elon Musk, Tesla CEO Yale’s Environment360 blog recently featured an interview with former Toyota executive Bill Reinert, who was part of the team that designed the Toyota Prius. In the interview, Reinert reaffirmed his opinion that electric cars aren’t the way of the future, but rather we should continue to look to hybrid vehicles. And though Reinert has made important contributions to improving vehicle fuel efficiency and therefore reducing emissions (and while it’s interesting to…
  • Great Scot! Glasgow Scientists Make Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough

    Anna
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Is hydrogen the answer to cutting our cars’ greenhouse gas emissions? We may be hearing more about hydrogen fuel again in the near future. Researchers at Glasgow University have recently discovered what could be a breakthrough methodology for producing hydrogen fuel from water. The new method utilizes renewable energy sources to run an electric current through water (electrolysis) to create hydrogen fuel 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art production method. This method is a vast improvement over the currently prevailing practice, which relies heavily on fossil fuels…
  • The “Dirt” on Carbon Emissions

    Anna
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Is the secret in the soil? We often think of carbon as only being in the air – as emissions, what we exhale, what plants inhale; but a great deal of carbon is also stored within our soil. Plants absorb and store carbon in the soil. So, when today’s industrial farming methods use tilling to overturn the soil, it actually releases large amounts of carbon into the air. According to journalist and writer Kristen Olsen, we can help reverse climate change by returning to no-till farming methods, which will leave the soil undisturbed and will keep that carbon trapped underground. In fact, David…
  • Americans Already Taking Action Against Climate Change

    Anna
    22 Jan 2013 | 4:00 am
    It’s a new year, and everyone is still feverishly committed to their New Year’s resolutions. After all, January is the time for reinventing oneself, committing to self-improvement, and setting new goals. I love when New Year’s comes around because I enjoy thinking about all of the possibilities that a new year brings. It is in that spirit that I thought January the perfect time to share a recent study done by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. I’ve shared their work before, telling you how Americans…
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Visit HERE to hear Will talk about the current Love Canal DisasterThis Seriously Cannot be Happening Again...Can It?  My friend Mike Schade from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families was kind enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    We Moms Are Freaking Out But Seriously, Should We?  First let me say I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. So therefore it follows that this advice is just one mom trying figure out this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Change One Light Bulb and Change the World...No Seriously This is Good

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    Do You Feel Buyer's Remorse with Your Energy Efficient Bulbs?  Well first you may be wondering if I fell off of the face of the earth as I have not posted since July. YIKES!  I am still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Join with Me and Call Walgreens for Safer Products! We need you to join with us today and give 5 minutes to your future health.  It's so easy and there is no more powerful form of communication... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is Aquaponic Gardening? Is It Organic? Is It Easy? Sylvia with The Aquaponic Source Is Glad You Asked

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Post Powered By The Aquaponic SourceMy Latest Green Intrigue...Aquaponic Gardening  I get the pleasure of meeting the most amazing green folks from across the planet in my work with EB and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Joyfully Green

  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 35: Awesome Autumn Craft Ideas!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    It's official: I'm head-over-heels in love with autumn! Even the rainy days have a certain beauty, as the colors of the leaves really shine. In the spirit of soaking up all of the fun and natural beauty the season has to offer, I rounded up five posts that feature super-easy, not-your-run-of-the-mill, ultra-creative crafts using three of the biggest stars of autumn: leaves, acorns, and pumpkins. Best of all, they're not just for kids (although I'm sure my kids will love them). I can't believe how pretty and elegant some of these designs are--wait 'til you see…
  • From "Sacred Time" to Art Journaling: How to Really, Truly Focus

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, my favorite gifts from my parents were always new sketchbooks. I could spend hours alone in my room, drawing and doodling, filling up sketchbook after sketchbook with pictures, ideas, and (let's face it) a healthy dose of nonsensical ramblings! My parents were both artists (one by trade, the other by hobby), so they knew first-hand the importance of starting with a blank canvas. Just recently, I had one of those Oprah "Aha!" moments: I realized that even after all of these years, I still can really benefit from a blank canvas. Starting off the day with…
  • Monday Snapshot: The Orange Tree

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There's a show-off in every crowd, isn't there? One that steals the spotlight, dependably, like clockwork. In our neighborhood, it's this tree. The Orange Tree. Not the fruit-bearing kind of orange tree, but the kind of tree that lights up in October as if it's on its way to a Mexican fiesta. I have a soft spot for this orange tree. I look forward to its magnificent show every single year. Final 2 weeks to sign up! JOIN ME with your camera (even if you have a full-time job, and even if your camera is a smart phone!). Register for my online photography course running in…
  • Joyful Reads for the Weekend, Vol. 34: Lessons for Life

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Plain and simple, I love these five posts. No need for me to elaborate on them--they are my weekend gifts to you, so unwrap them and enjoy! From Life with the Crew: Spider Web Lessons From Meticulous Mick: Singing in the Rain From 365 Less Things: A Can't Sit Still Culture From Poetry and Pandemonium: A Poet Grumbles: On Rejection From Social Bridge: Send out Your Boats! JOIN ME with your camera (even if it's a smart phone)! Registration is now OPEN for my online photography course running in November: "The Art of Photography: How to Take Your Pictures to the Next Level."…
  • Autumn Quiz: Name That Leaf!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Since all eyes are on the super-spectacular fall foliage right now (at least in this neck of the woods), I thought it would be the perfect time for a little pop quiz, to see if you can identify trees by their leaves. Think you really know your stuff? Ready...set...name that leaf! Match the following letters to the numbers on the photos: A. Silver Maple B. Sassafras C. Japanese Maple D. White Oak E. Black Tupelo F. Red Oak G. Bigleaf Linden (Lime in the U.K.) H. Sawtooth Oak I. Yellow Birch J. Red Maple Clue for #3: These yellow leaves are VERY large--about 8-10 inches long! Clue for #4: The…
 
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • 8 Essentials for Sustainable Camping

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:51 am
    Most people, when they’re going camping, prefer to have as little impact on the environment as they can. And yet it’s also a time when many of us allow ourselves to use disposable products we might avoid otherwise. We are out of our comfort zone and it can all feel a little hard. Here are…
  • 10 Benefits of Air Purifiers

    Guest Writer
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    This week we have a guest post from Janet Miller who is passionate about living with clean air. Kirsten previously wrote about how air purifying plants can play a very important role in naturally cleaning the air in our living environment. In this article I would like to share an alternative to air purifying plants:…
  • Camping Sustainably – Leave No Trace

    Liam Junior Correspondent
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    LEAVE NO TRACE: ETHICS OF THE OUTDOORS ‘A thing is right when it tends to preserve the INTEGRITY STABILITY AND BEAUTY of the biotic community. It is wrong when it dose OTHERWISE’, As Aldo Leopold said. Leave no trace: what is it, people ask. Is it a responsibility, a stewardship, a passion, a legacy or…
  • Flood-Proof Mum: What’s My Why?

    Kirsten
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I am still travelling – mostly camping, and currently on the way up to Yellowstone – and have much more limited internet access than I expected, hence the long silence. But this week I have an inspiring story to share with you from Tanya of Flood Proof Mum. Please leave her a comment below, or…
  • 7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

    Kirsten McCulloch
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Purple Buddha Project: Helping Cambodia by Upcycling Jewelry Artifacts

    Clay Miller
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Cambodia is one of the most bombed countries in the World. The 2014 Fall Collection of the Purple Buddha Project is based on the foundation that we can learn something from the past and use it today to change the future. Upcycling artifacts from around the World from Germany, India, United States, to Cambodia; the Purple Buddha Project integrates these objects of history into jewelry constructed in Cambodia. The collection of jewelry pieces integrating history into each piece consist of: weapons of conflict from Cambodia, meteorites from space, coins of the British East India company, and…
  • 5 Tips for Utilizing Energy Efficient Windows to Your Advantage

    Clay Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    As the eye of the home, windows are not only cherished for their natural beauty but also their versatility. A beautiful window increases the charisma of your living space, while at the same time, gives your room a much-needed dose of natural lighting and warmth. Because the enjoyment of your windows largely depends on your purchase and customization decisions, here are 5 practical tips that will help you to get the most out of your windows:   Tip 1: Choose a Window Style that Fits Your Architectural Design Windows come in many styles to serve different purposes. Bay windows offer you a…
  • Self-Assembly Homes – The Next Generation

    Clay Miller
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    “Flatpack” immediately conjures images of Sunday afternoon nightmares putting together a miserably cheap MDF chest of drawers and a bi-annual re-tightening of every bolt in the name of frugality. An acceptable compromise for a coffee table, but you’d hardly want to trust the roof over your head to your (let’s be honest) questionable skills with an Allen key. But as click-together sofas and a new wave of innovative self-assembly design are showing, flatpack doesn’t have to mean sub-par. Cheap as chips housing Flatpack’s raison d’etre has always been…
  • How to Have a Green Halloween

    Clay Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    No, in order to have a green Halloween doesn’t mean you have to dress up to look like Al Gore or a tree hugger. That would just be a little weird. You and whatever you dress up as can be green at the same time. Below are ways to have a safe night and also give a treat to the environment. make costumes out of recycled and/or reused materials; you can be clever and make use of clothes you don’t wear that are in your closet now email Halloween party invitation instead of paper invitations use reusable bags for the candy (e.g. canvas bags, pillow cases)     buy pumpkins…
  • The Ways to Go Green at Home

    Clay Miller
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    The term “climate change” is now one of the decade’s biggest buzzwords. The discussions are all over the place, from the gatherings of the world’s greatest minds to the homes of everyday working people. With this, it seems that everyone is striving to go green at home and in the office. If you want to contribute to making this planet a great place to live again, then here are the different ways to do so, and all of these can be done right at home.   Saving energy One nice way of saving energy is by changing to LED light bulbs. These bulbs not only last long, these are…
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    Hulsey Services Blog

  • Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair

    John Grindle
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHow frequently will your commercial septic system need to be pumped? Under a greater load than residential tanks, your commercial system’s requirements will vary based upon the following factors: Volume of customer traffic in your business. The capacity of your business’s septic tank. Volume and rate of wastewater flow at your business. The amount of organic material in the wastewater. The post Commercial Septic System Pumping & Repair appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Bio Diesel

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 1:38 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comBiodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petrodiesel. Biodiesel can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil. Biodiesel has better lubricating properties and much higher cetane ratings than today’s lower sulfur diesel fuels. Biodiesel addition reduces fuel system wear,and in low levels in high pressure systems increases the life of…
  • Food Processing Plants

    John Grindle
    11 Nov 2011 | 12:17 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comHere in the breadbasket of the world we have an abundance of food and food processing plants. Hulsey Environmental provides all of the following services to: Wastewater recycling Wastewater pretreatment DAF sludge Installation and modification Biological systems Call Hulsey Environmental if you have a high fat wastewater that needs to be disposed of, or are just looking for ways to reduce your Biological Oxygen Demand. Hulsey caters to the needs of Food Processing Plants throughout Georgia and the entire…
  • Bulk Hauling

    John Grindle
    30 Oct 2011 | 1:02 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comCommercial wastewater bulk hauling services are available for projects which require pumping, transporting and disposing of large volumes of liquids such as leachate, sewer sludge, sanitary wastewater, industrial waste and many other types of wastewater. Hulsey Environmental and LHR Farms meets all of your nonhazardous wastewater disposal needs for food processing plants and farms. The post Bulk Hauling appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
  • Septic Tank Pumping

    John Grindle
    24 Oct 2011 | 12:48 pm
    Hulsey Envrionmenta Services Articles, News and information www.hulseyenvironmental.comYour Septic Tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years depending on household size and usage. Regular Septic System pumping of the Septic Tank will reduce accumulation of scum layer in the Septic Tank. The scum layer should never reach 24 inches thick, if the material reaches 24 inches and beyond in depth there is a risk that material will flow into the outlet pipe and into the drain field, causing drain field failure. The post Septic Tank Pumping appeared first on Hulsey Services Blog.
 
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • List Top 10 Natural Resources in the World

    Rinkesh
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    What are Natural Resources? Natural resources are those resources that occur within the environment in their original and natural form, undisturbed by humanity. They take years to form without the intervention of humans. The Mother Earth is abundant with natural resources that develop on this planet using its surrounding environment. These natural resources are derived from the environment. While few of them are used for our survival like water, air, rest of them like coal, gas, oil are used for satisfying our daily needs. From forests to mountains to minerals to coastal shores and wetlands,…
  • What is Being Eco-friendly and 10 Steps to Become Eco-friendly?

    Rinkesh
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    What is Being Eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly or environmentally friendly is becoming more and more important. You can see the term used in everything from job ads to dating profiles to even listings houses and vacation homes. So, what is being eco-friendly? The simplest way to define what being eco friendly means is to say that it is the act of living with intent. The intent is focused on not creating harm to environment, and to prevent as much harm from occurring to the environment through your interactions with it. It goes beyond an idea and extends to actual practices that influence how…
  • What is Environmental Law and it’s Components

    Rinkesh
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    What is Environmental Law? Environmental law looks at all the factors that pertain to an economy and its production and industry to assess its impact on the environment and to propose regulations that will reduce environmental harm. It is mostly considered with regulations and treaty agreements between countries, corporations and public interest initiatives that work to promote the conservation of natural resources and to enhance energy efficiency. According to Wikipedia, “Environmental law – or “environmental and natural resources law” – is a collective term…
  • Causes and Solutions to the Global Energy Crisis

    Rinkesh
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:14 pm
    What is the Energy Crisis? The energy crisis is the concern that the world’s demands on the limited natural resources that are used to power industrial society are diminishing as the demand rises. These natural resources are in limited supply. While they do occur naturally, it can take hundreds of thousands of years to replenish the stores. Governments and concerned individuals are working to make the use of renewable resources a priority, and to lessen the irresponsible use of natural supplies through increased conservation. The energy crisis is a broad and complex topic. Most people…
  • 15 Easy Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly

    Rinkesh
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    What is Being Environmentally Friendly? There are a surprising amount of people, businesses and communities that would like to do more to conserve and protect our natural resources, but they don’t know where to begin with becoming more environmentally friendly. Understanding what makes each of these aspects of our world part of the process of changing and conserving our resources; and learning how to get started making a difference is the first thing you have to learn. According to Wikipedia, “Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are…
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    Apollo Enviro » Environmental Blog

  • Wind power makes big contribution

    Daniel Birkett
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Wind power performing well following a halt in nuclear and gas generation over the weekend. A weekend of strong gales saw wind power make a large contribution to electricity supply in the UK. This increase in wind generation was welcomed […] The post Wind power makes big contribution appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Portsmouth Solar farm sets green precedent

    Daniel Birkett
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    A Portsmouth solar farm is hoping to set the ‘green standards’ for future solar energy projects. A new 48MW solar farm in Portsmouth will feature a range of carbon cutting, eco-friendly measures and hopes to set a precedent for new […] The post Portsmouth Solar farm sets green precedent appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Port unveils twin wind turbine plans

    Daniel Birkett
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    A port in West Sussex has unveiled plans for a pair of new wind turbines to generate on-site renewable energy. Shoreham Port in Southwick, West Sussex has revealed plans to construct two 100KW wind turbines alongside its other buildings. The […] The post Port unveils twin wind turbine plans appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Yorkshire brewery goes solar

    Daniel Birkett
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    A North Yorkshire brewery has installed solar panels to improve the sustainability of its operations. John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire has completed the installation of a new solar array to help lower the carbon footprint of its operations. […] The post Yorkshire brewery goes solar appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
  • Sussex bowls club makes solar switch

    Daniel Birkett
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    A bowls club in Newhaven, Sussex plans to slash its energy bills by making the switch to solar power. A Sussex bowls club is to reduce its carbon footprint and save money with a new solar array which will also […] The post Sussex bowls club makes solar switch appeared first on Apollo Enviro.
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    Raintees

  • 3 Common Pet Health Myths Busted

    raintees
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    As a society, our understanding of human health is always evolving and our habits generally evolve along with our changing understanding. A quick look at the evolution of the food pyramid over the past 50 years is a perfect illustration of this – whereas a diet heavy in grains used to be recommended, now we know that we should be eating more vegetables. General understanding of pet health, on the other hand, has not evolved quite as dramatically. For the most part, people still care for their pets the same way they did half of a century ago. Is that because no new information has come to…
  • Woodland themed living room ideas

    raintees
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Nature lovers can now embrace the growing trend for woodland themed interior décor by transforming their living rooms into rural retreats. Photo credit: Houzz.com Adopting a woodland theme in the living room is a sure way to evoke images of the great outdoors by incorporating rustic finishes, animal prints and natural textures. In order to make the room more authentic, homeowners can experiment with various woodland motifs on wallpapers, cushions, throws or drapes. Common woodland creatures traditionally featured in such motifs include stags, rabbits, hedgehogs, geese or bears. Trees and…
  • Five tips for volunteering abroad

    raintees
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Ghalia Farzat I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit many countries from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East to Asia to little islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I have seen many different cultures and interacted with people of all backgrounds. However, out of all this travel, two of my dearest trips are volunteer trips. I have had the chance to volunteer in Nepal and in Indonesia. Both of these trips were done with Reach Out To Asia (ROTA), a not-for-profit organization based in Doha, Qatar where I currently live. Namaste! The formal greeting in Nepal…
  • PACT Apparel

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    At Raintees we love companies that care as much about the products they produce as how they produce them. PACT apparel is an undergarment movement that goes above and beyond in sustainable production. They make clothes using only non-GMO organic cotton that is harvested on family farms and manufactured in a wind-powered facility. This process translates into creating ‘socks with soul’, ‘altruistic underwear’ and other eco-fabulous items. ​Photo credit: PACT Apparel Another thing we like? PACT Apparel is a company that gives back. Each season the team chooses an…
  • Two Amazing Brands Taking Over Home Decor

    Tanya Wragg-Morris
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:36 am
    We love sharing with our readers some of the amazing and fun companies we discover.  Recently, two companies have crossed our path and both feature gorgeous handmade items we completely have gone crazy for. ​Photo credit: Wicked Los Angeles Wicked Los Angeles was created when founders Mark and Samantha searched high and low for a romantic, drippy candle that wouldn’t actually run and make a mess on their wedding day. Unable to find the perfect candle they were searching for, they rolled up their sleaves and made them, one by one, in their kitchen from scratch; Wicked was born! ​Photo…
 
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    Green Home Gnome

  • 9 Common Costly Mistakes Made by New Homeowners

    editor
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Storing household goods on garage and attic trusses - Garage and attic trusses are designed to support the weight of the roof and ceiling and not the weight of anything else.[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • The Dirt on Greenhouse Staging

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve got some big gardening plans now that your greenhouse is built. The whole time you were putting all the nuts and bolts together, you couldn’t stop thinking about the[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Loving the Late Season Garden

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    When the nights start to get a little cooler, most gardeners take that as a sign that it’s time to roll up the garden and put it to bed for[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Specialize and Thrive: The Secret to Success with Small Commercial Greenhouses

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    We live in a world of one-stop super shops, but don’t feel pressured to take your young greenhouse and transform it into a one-stop shop for everything growing. The idea[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Greenhouse Frames: Finding the Best Option For You

    editor
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    While you’re busy making all the decisions for your new greenhouse, from the lighting you’ll use to the site where you’ll build it, don’t forget about the greenhouse frame. This[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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    Mosaic Blog

  • Home Solar for Dummies…or Anyone Who Doesn’t Work in Solar

    Mandy Shold
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Solar power. The sun’s been ready for 4.5 billion years. It’s time you were too. And with electric prices rising, more and more people are realizing that it is no longer a question of “to solar or not to solar?” – it’s about <how> to solar. Solar power is like coffee – everyone takes it a little different; whether you take it with cream or 20 years worth of payments, the base is a beautiful, beautiful thing. But solar is not a one-size-fits-all product. Your solar needs are different than your neighbors’. And that’s where all the…
  • Levi’s 49er Stadium Leads the Net-Zero Energy Race

    Thad Wharton
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA   The San Francisco 49ers have kicked off their new home season in a brand new building.  The 49er stadium consumes over 1.8 million square feet, and powers up among many other things a 13,000 square foot scoreboard, 12,000 physical network ports, 2,500 TV monitors, 370 concession areas, 176 suites, 81 public restrooms, 38 escalators, 25 elevators, 10 clubs, 12 electric vehicle charging stations, 6 ATMs, 1 museum and 2 alcoholic beverages per purchase thank you…while playing host to 68,500 guests.   So it’s very nice to know that on gameday, this…
  • Master Limited Partnership- Parity Act: A Call for Action

    Nick Blair
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    http://www.wrpawprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Dysfunctional-Congress.jpg It goes without saying that these are trying times for the US Congress. They cannot seem to agree on anything, both Democrats and Republicans seem to be waiting each other out for the midterm elections in November, and then the blame game will continue. However, even in times like these, there are patches of sunlight for Congress and for the rooftop solar industry. This time it comes in the form of legislation supporting Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) for renewable energy. …
  • 400,000 People Joined the Climate March

    Dan Schreiber
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    On September 21, more than 400,000 people poured into New York City from all over the county to march for the climate. The People’s Climate March as it was called, was organized to demonstrate mass American support for climate action. World leaders, including President Obama, are set to debate action on the issue at the Unite Nations climate summit this week. This climate march was huge, and in fact was the largest demonstration on the issue in history. Over 520 buses ensured that  communities from all over the Unites States were well represented. Everyone from retired Kentucky coal…
  • Mexico’s Solar Revolution

    Jacob Sandry
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    tcktcktck.org  The Aztec creation myth is founded on the story of the Five Suns. Before our present Universe, there had been four other worlds, or “suns,” which had been destroyed by battling deities. In our fifth and present world, Aztecs, whose civilization flourished in what is now modern Mexico, considered themselves “people of the sun.”  600 years later, Mexico is facing an energy problem. A growing population and an expanding middle class are driving energy demand to increase 4% per year.  Mexico has a 60 GW energy demand, but that number will expand to 110 GW by 2024. And…
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  • Create a More Productive Business Through Workplace Design

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Poor Design = Lower Office Productivity Did you know that good workplace design can actually help benefit your business? It’s true! In fact, poor design can actually adversely affect on-the-job productivity and efficiency. Many offices today are designed based on outdated layouts and obsolete configurations. Drab partitioned cubicles and stuffy corner offices are becoming less and less of the norm nowadays, as companies are looking to revamp their offices to create more organizational and collaborative spaces. As the modern business model continues to change, so does corporate design…
  • CFS Proudly Offers MilliCare Carpet and Textile Care

    admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Commercial Flooring Solutions (CFS) has grown to become the largest franchise within the MilliCare brand. MilliCare offers textile and carpet care services that use sustainable practices and products to ensure that your office’s flooring is thoroughly clean and will last. Millicare offers a plan that will extend the life of your office carpet. By using the right products and methods, we can guarantee that your office will be cleaner than it ever ha been before our services. If you’re not satisfied with our work, we will come back and re-do it at no additional charge. That’s how…
  • Let Your Office Make a Lasting First Impression

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    You have a meeting with a business you’ve never visited before.  When you walk into their office, you instantly know that a decorator was involved.  From the sleek, modern furniture, to the natural light pouring in, to the company’s colors running consistently throughout, you know that this company means business in the most modern and forward-thinking way. Isn’t that the first impression you want visitors to have when they step into your office? Of course it is. And you can achieve that result in a couple of ways. The first is by hiring a professional, with his or her expertise, eye…
  • Tips to Keep Your Floors Clean and Green This Fall

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    If you’re planning on treating your office floors the same through the autumn as you did through the summer, you way want to keep reading.  As the weather changes, so do the needs of your tile and carpet.  Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions, we feel it is critical to follow the necessary steps to care for your tile and carpeting to make it last. To keep your floors gleaming and free of contaminants this fall and winter, consider the following tips from our flooring experts:   1. Start thinking about cleaning early. Many businesses avoid cleaning their floors before the fall and…
  • Simple Upgrades for Your Outdated Office Restroom

    admin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Have you really looked at your office’s bathroom lately?  Have you been too afraid of what you may find if you started remodeling?  That’s probably a sign that an upgrade needs to be made. Many businesses spend many hours planning and updating every aspect of the office design, and then leave the bathroom virtually untouched.  But with a few easy upgrades, your office can have a restroom you can be proud of! Here are a few simple changes to make your office bathroom look modern and well cared for: 1. Flooring. If you have a dingy looking bathroom floor, it may be less than welcoming to…
 
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  • How to do green awakening with a street theater?

    Mi Muba
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A theater is a building where live drama is played. It is also called stage drama. But now theater itself is taken as a live stage drama and this term so common everywhere. If the word street is prefixed with it then it becomes a live drama played in a street or at an open… Read More »The post How to do green awakening with a street theater? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How green living helps you to become a brilliant student?

    Mi Muba
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Green living means spending your life without wasting all types of resources and without harming your surrounding environment. It is a candid reality that there is no harm of going green. It is a win-win way of living where you gain everything and lose nothing. Even you help others gain and avoid losing anything which otherwise… Read More »The post How green living helps you to become a brilliant student? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to become a green leader of your community?

    Mi Muba
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Leaders are born not made. But you can become a green leader. You need not to do any special course for this purpose. Nor you need to have any charisma for this purpose. You just need to have green care for your planet Earth. Also you should reflect your care for environment by: Playing your… Read More »The post How to become a green leader of your community? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to hold a dialogue for resolving an environmental conflict?

    Mi Muba
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    If two or more than two persons, groups, parties or any other with different opinions on a subject talk openly or confidentially to resolve an issue this process is called dialogue. It is just opposite of monologue when one person talks and rest of the other just listen to him. Dialogue is considered the best… Read More »The post How to hold a dialogue for resolving an environmental conflict? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Passive Solar Windows for Different Climates

    Mi Muba
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Everybody spends more of the time of his whole life at his home. If a person do job for 8 hours daily and spend four hours in travelling and other outdoor work the rest of 12 hours he spends at home. It means a person of 60 years of age spends 30 years at home.… Read More »The post Passive Solar Windows for Different Climates appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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  • Why we need Solar Power Inverters?

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    How solar panels work? We know that nowadays, solar power becomes more popular than ever especially because the environment requires lower carbon emissions all over the world. Solar power is a pretty recent green energy resource and it works very simply. To convert the solar energy (the sunshine) into electricity we need a solar panel, an inverter and at least one solar battery to store the green energy produced. The system works this way: the solar panel receives the sunlight and turns it into DC (direct current). This type of electricity is not good for our household devices so we need the…
  • Energy saving tips for winter

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    22 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Cellulose-based insulation, image source thermaxinsulation.com In the previous article we talked about how important is to have an insulated home while outside we have winter conditions or extreme heat specific to the summer. An insulated house can keep a nice warm habitat inside your house even if outside there are freezing temperatures so your central heating system will work much less, and if outside is summer and the temperatures are extremely hot, your insulated house will keep a cooler and very pleasant temperature inside the rooms, and your air conditioning units will work much less.
  • How important is to have an insulated home

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    External wall insulation – image source energytherm.co.uk We can say that since the year 2000, the temperatures started growing all over the world and this change was felt during the summers while experiencing extreme heats and during the winters when we had almost no snow at all, and temperatures pretty high for that period of time. In other places we had extreme cold conditions with tons of snow and much lower temperatures than usual. All these changes in the weather conditions were only a sign that the process of dangerous climate changes was already started without our knowledge.
  • The EU commission considers onshore wind energy cheaper than oil and gas energy

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    15 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Onshore wind turbines In a recent report of the European Commission released on Monday in Brussels it is specified that the relative cost of onshore wind energy compared with the fossil fuel energy resources like coal and gas can be cheaper if we talk about the technologies involved. This fact creates a good lead for onshore wind power plants to be built in the area and a very good outcome for the environmentalists. This report was conducted by Ecofys, a leading renewable energy consultancy company on the order of the EU commission and this report is considered the first one that speaks about…
  • Go green before the Winter

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    13 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Heavy winter this year Winter is very close to us at this moment even if we are still in the middle of October 2014. The weather outside is very warm in many countries, and it seems that the Summer wants to come back. Meteorologists said that this warm weather can take many weeks from now and the cooling period can start only in the middle of November. When the outside temperatures start going down, we all know that our home needs more electricity and natural gas to keep the comfort at the same level like before. A very good way to keep the consumption at low levels and also make some savings…
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  • Natural Fibers in India

    Thirumagal Jayaraman
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Author – Thirumagal J Image via commons.wikimedia.org by John Washington Fabrics and textiles play a vital role in meeting our basic clothing needs. Evidently, the textiles and fashion industry has emerged as a dominant sector in Indian industry. Fabrics are closely associated with every aspect of our lives right from birth till death. A study of fabrics shows that their earliest use dates back to over 10,000 years. The oldest fibers used by mankind are flax (10000 BC) cotton (5000 BC) and silk (2700 BC), while jute and coir have also been used since ages. While we are well exposed to…
  • Low Cost Stoves in India

    Ecoideaz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Author – Rishil Anthony Kitchen is an integral part of an Indian household. However, we could say that Indian kitchens are highly energy inefficient and unhealthy, primarily because of the traditional mud stoves (chulhas). This is true for most of the Indian rural households that depend on firewood or local biomass as the source of fuel. Traditional firewood stoves are uneconomical and harmful in many ways. They use firewood that is non-renewable and is a major cause for deforestation. Rural women have to travel long distances to fetch firewood and finally, they spew noxious smoke, which is…
  • Dairy Farming in India: A sustainable path

    Ecoideaz
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:14 am
    Author – Wasim Quazi Food security in India is a topic that never seems to go out of front page news. Now that the monsoons are deficient this year and there has been an international outrage against India’s insistence on subsidy to its farmers, the food security issue will not subside any time soon. Despite the success of the Green Revolution in the early 1970-80s, our agricultural system is no way capable of being self-reliant both in terms of producing enough food as well as reducing the costly fertilizer imports. However, India has been able to create a large growing and…
  • Is large scale Biogas power feasible?

    Ecoideaz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Author – Sakshi Gupta The Twenty First century has been all about being ahead of others and using latest technology gadgets. But little do we realize, while we are creating new innovations, we are running out of that basic energy that powers everything. If we continue to increase our energy consumption, the major non-renewable energy sources are expected to be exhausted within this century. Further, the fossil fuel-based energy production harms the nature in gruesome ways by causing global warming, air, water and land pollution. In order to ensure our sustainability, we need to switch to…
  • Innovative Water Conservation Practices

    Shikha Shah
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    Author: Shikha Shah In our previous post Water Conservation Methods in India we showcased some of the best traditional water conservation techniques, in this post we have covered some of the innovative water conservation practices. Let’s have a look at the list of some modern innovative water conservation techniques that have been developed in India in recent times. Rooftop Rain Water Harvesting Image Via www.nirmaljal.net.in All of us who directly consume water are the most important stakeholders in managing water. While many of us urbanites use or waste a lot of water, we rarely…
 
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  • Plankton Power Swirls Ocean Pastures – A Source Of 1/3 Of Oceans Energy

    Russ George
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Winds and Tides and Swimming Plankton Each Provide One Trillion Watts Of Power To Drive The Motion Of Ocean Waters Swirling ocean pasture eddies are made and sustained by the very ocean life that inhabit those pastures. Gaia is smiling at it taking us so long to unravel one of her mysteries. Diel migration is very basic learning… in daylight fish that want to eat you can see you!  Want to see more great plankton art head over to fleaworld.be Every night the largest migration of life on Earth takes place in ocean pastures. It’s the nightly swimming of trillions and more tiny…
  • Warming Arctic Ocean Is Blooming More Than Ever

    Russ George
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Following another season of shrinking sea ice Arctic Ocean life has been blessed with a doubling of plankton bloom cycles. Historically, phyto-plankton began to bloom in the spring in the Arctic Ocean as daylight returned to shine even through the ice. Spectacular spring blooming created a rich ocean pasture that would sustain a feeding frenzy among zooplankton, fish and all of ocean life in the Arctic. Now the Arctic ocean is blooming again a second time in the fall. “The entire ocean system is linked to this massive input of carbon,” said lead author of a new study Mathieu…
  • Fish Give Back Iron To Sustain Their Ocean Pastures, Or They Used To!

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Newly published work in the prestigious science journal PLoS ONE confirms the vital role fish play in recycling iron that sustains their ocean pastures. Or at least they used to, the shocking news is that depletion of ‘fish iron’ is destroying ocean pasture productivity. Although iron is the fourth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, bio-available iron which is vital to photosynthesis limits marine primary production in a large part of the ocean, the ocean pastures. The author/professors point out that the growing scarcity of vital iron availability that is the…
  • US Government Buys Another 50 Million Servings Of Our Pasture Fed Pink Salmon

    Russ George
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Domestic Food Aid program is on a salmon-buying binge. It usually spends $6 million a year buying Alaska Pink Salmon. This year it has spent $39 million, enough for 200 million servings! Tens of Millions of Cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed America’s needy families. Fishermen who caught 226 million pasture fed pink salmon last fall (2013) and the fish processors who bought that fish are happy to see at least 200 million servings of that nutritious wild salmon on its way to American’s in the USDA Food Aid programs. A great majority…
  • 50 Million Additional Meals Of Alaska Pasture Fed Salmon For USDA Food Aid

    Russ George
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In February the USDA bought upwards of 100 million servings of Alaska Pink salmon from last years super catch to feed to American kids in need. Just now the US Government have announced a second purchase of this amazing pasture fed salmon abundance with up to 50 million additional meals being purchased for its Emergency Food Assistance Program. That’s more than 8.4 million jumbo cans of salmon, or nearly 50 million servings, said Bruce Schactler, USDA food aid program coordinator for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Tens of millions of cans of pasture fed Alaska Pink Salmon to feed…
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  • What Can a Child Learn from Home?

    Larraine Roulston
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    By Larraine Roulston: With no curriculum or rigid structure, a home environment provides time and space for children to engage naturally in the world around them. When allowed the freedom to pursue their own interests, they will automatically acquire the skills to meet life’s challenges. Parents who allow plenty of time for imagination in the ...
  • Moments of Love

    Green Mom
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Lots of times, my kids my kids fight. I didn’t grow up with siblings, but I hear this a normal thing. Sometimes, however, I worry they will kill each other and am amazed at the things that can set them off — toys, looks, whose mommy I am, and which chair to sit on. But ...
  • Benefits of Sea Vegetables

    Kim Robson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    By Kim Robson: Humans have been harvesting and eating sea vegetables for thousands of years. Archaeological evidence suggests that Japanese cultures have been consuming sea vegetables for more than 10,000 years. In ancient China, sea vegetables were a noted delicacy, reserved particularly for honored guests and royalty. Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, and other Asian countries incorporate ...
  • One Down and Hopefully More To Join — California First State To Ban Plastic Bags

    Green Mom
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    By Fredrica Syren: Ok, so the wait is over. The first state in the U.S. to hop on the plastic-ban bandwagon is California. Yay!!!! California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed the plastic ban bill (SB270), making history. “It’s a step in the right direction and it reduces the torrent of plastic pollution,” Governor Brown said. Now ...
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies: Review & Giveaway

    Green Mom
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    By Fredrica Syren: When I lived in London, I used to buy all my herbs and beauty products at a small shop called Neal’s Yard Remedies. I was so happy to discover they now also sell online, so I can keep up with facial care from them. This business surely has grown since they opened ...
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  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Solar Panel Charger For Outdoor People

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    If you travel a lot or you consider your self to be an outdoor person, Then you might have experienced a low battery issues through your phone ,your tablet or even your laptop. and Who have not?. This would be embarrassing if you are having an important meeting or a conference or otherwise you are traveling  somewhere or having a trip. But on the other hand technology does not stop at inventing those smart devices only ,but also has a lot of progress of how you can easily charge them any time any where. Next Are the 10 best solar panel chargers that have an excellent feedback and rating 5…
  • Geothermal Energy: Unlimited Geothermal Energy Facts

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Geothermal Energy is considered to be one of the renewable energy resources that is actually clean and efficient, It also has the capability to produce huge amount of electricity for thousands of homes, But what is really geothermal energy and how it can be harnessed to produce electric power. That what you are going to know when you have a look at the following infographic. “Infographic Credit:Pinterest“ “Featured Image Credit:Flickr“ The post Geothermal Energy: Unlimited Geothermal Energy Facts appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
  • How Does Wind Energy Work? & Is It Worth The Investment?

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Personally ,I really love wind energy ,It’s efficient ,Clean ,Environment-friendly and it can be harnessed to produce unlimited amount of electricity ,Also i love its huge wind turbines, they are really unique ,I don’t know if you have the same opinion as mine ,But There is no doubt that wind energy is considered to be a very useful renewable energy source. I have picked a very cool video to show you how does wind energy work? ,Is It really worth to invest millions of dollars? ,Also how scientists overcame its disadvantages, especially that one disadvantage about the birds. Have…
  • Ethanol Fuel Pros & Cons

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Bio fuels are one of those renewable resource that is more controversial than any other kind of resources, This because Ethanol and bio-diesel are both produced from sugarcane or Starch crops and vegetables. “Food is probably for eating not for using it as a fuel” “- “What Is Biofuel? – Advantages And Disadvantages Of Biofuels“ So anyways in the following infographic ,Ethanol fuel is pretty much explained here with it Pros and cons, Take a look! “Infographic Credit:Flickr” “Featured Image Credit:Flickr“ Take Notice See larger image…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best LED Light Bulbs For Energy Saving

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Saving energy is becoming day by day one of the most essential practices at home ,And with the renewable energy and Go Green Revolutions people start to be extremely aware for that not only at their homes but also in their business place. There is no doubt that lighting is the most important part of the house or of the business place ,so choosing the right lighting bulbs is crucial and could be saving you tons of money and energy in the long run. According to 3 Questions Answered About LED Light Bulbs ,we ended up knowing that Led Bulbs are the best out there nowadays because they last…
 
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  • A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement

    Jessica Hope
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    A Church on a Mission: Asbestos Abatement Walt Gore, a trustee of Christian Tabernacle Church, found himself in a tough situation. For quite some time, the over 100 year old church in the heart of Chicagoland had been dealing with some occasional water leakage. The water would often leak on to an area of floor tiling that secretly contained a sleeping giant. Walt first contacted a repairman to come out and fix the water leak. The repairman noticed the damage done to the floor and informed Walt that these types of tiles almost always contained asbestos and would likely require removal. Rather…
  • Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools

    Jessica Hope
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Question Your Community: 3 Simple Pollution Mapping Tools We live in an era of big data and constant technological improvements, and it translates into every aspect of our lives. Thankfully, data plays a role in more than just targeting and predicting consumer behavior; big data, assisted by technology, also gives us the ability to further safeguard our health by finding and evaluating pollution near our homes and businesses. 1.) TOXMAP To give you a truly comprehensive snapshot, TOXMAP pulls data from three trusted sources: the EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory and Superfund National…
  • Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help

    Jessica Hope
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Mold Remediation: 5 Signs You Need Professional Help Though it’s certain to turn a few stomachs, mold is a perfectly natural thing. In fact, when found outdoors, mold plays an important role in the decay of organic matter, and is a vital component of the decomposition process. Mold is a natural part of the environment, but only the outdoor environment. The indoor environment is another story. Indoor mold has been linked to numerous health issues. In a report issued in June of 2006, the CDC said that, “excessive exposure to mold-contaminated materials can cause adverse health effects in…
  • Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging

    Jessica Hope
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Don’t be Green-Washed by “Biodegradable” Packaging There was a knock on the door.  I knew right away what it was – the package finally arrived.  It was the birthday gift I had been impatiently awaiting all month.  It was from an old friend who lives across the globe so it’s always a great feeling to get something from him.  After signing for it, I immediately began tearing at the box like a younger version of myself on Christmas Day, rife with anticipation and fixed with determination. As I was childishly digging through the contents of the package, I couldn’t help but notice…
  • What Does an Oil Spill Cleanup Look Like?

    Jessica Hope
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What Does an Oil Spill Cleanup Look Like? Oil spills are bad news. The list of potential harmful environmental effects is extensive, and includes things like: Ecological changes (usually caused by the loss of a species that serves an important function within an ecological community), Chemical toxicity (occurs when the toxic lighter chemical components in oil are absorbed into tissues, cells, and organs of affected organisms), Coating mammals and birds with layers of oil, and Full-blown physical smothering (when a creature’s essential feeding, thermoregulatory, and respiratory abilities are…
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