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  • A Victory for Clean Water

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    Karen Hobbs
    27 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Karen Hobbs, Senior Policy Analyst, Chicago Clean water and the Clean Water Act won big today. That's because EPA and the Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule, which will better protect a variety of streams, ponds and wetlands, including streams that 1 in 3 Americans - more than 117 million people - rely on for their drinking water. NRDC and our partners fought for these safeguards for more than a decade, after a Supreme Court decision in 2001, followed by a second decision in 2006 and agency policies implemented under the Bush administration made it more difficult for federal…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Coconut Water, Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil for Your Health. Plus Make Your Own Coconut Milk!

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    Lisa Warner
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Everything you ever wanted to know about coconut water, milk and oil! Are coconuts really a superfood? Are coconut products just another healthy fad that will soon pass by? It would be true to say that coconuts are a hot trend right now! They are said to be fantastic for health and fitness. Amongst other things, coconut water is being sold as a natural post sports recovery drink, coconut milk is claimed to be a fabulous dairy free alternative to cow’s milk…..and coconut oil has around a trillion health claims attached to it. These hard brown balls of nutrition can offer our bodies serious…
  • How Eco-Friendly is Your State? Here’s How They Rank

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    Robin
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Source: WalletHub   The Chinese expression for “crisis” consists of two characters side by side. The first is the symbol for “danger,” the second the symbol for “opportunity.” –Al Gore Ugh. I grew up in Delaware and now live just over the state line in Pennsylvania, and I’m a little surprised and disappointed with both right now. According to this comparison from WalletHub, Delaware comes in 41st for water quality and dead last for % of energy consumption from renewable resources. Delaware also limps in at 46th for number of green (LEED) buildings per capita.
  • What LEED Statistics Tell Us?

    Green Building Law Update
    Stuart Kaplow
    24 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system dominates brand acceptance and market share in the business of green building and is a driver in the larger environmental industrial complex. So a review of LEED statistics can be telling, not only about the state of green building, but about trends and future opportunities.  But as Benjamin Disraeli told us, “There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” So, to keep this short blog post simple but meaningful we are going to look only at a snapshot that was the  nonresidential projects that…
  • Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape

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    Yale Environment 360
    26 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. BY CHERYL KATZ
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  • Dinosaurs for your Garden Containers

    Shawna Coronado
    25 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Whimsy. Lots of gardens lack it, yet every garden designer considers it. If you don’t have the budget for a giant whimsy-filled statue or time to rebuild that back garden into a whimsical hobbit play zone, why not do something quick and cute in the mean while? I found these adorable wild container garden things called Pot Pals and wanted to try them out. They start out flat (see photo to the right), then you have to fold them into their respective shapes. I filled them with rosemary and oregano herbs from Jung Seed and think they are adorable and whimsical and are a surprise on the…
  • Garden Patio Makeover and a Succulent Wok

    Shawna Coronado
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Let’s continue our three months of AE Outdoor “Creating the Perfect Patio” redecorating adventure and kick-off summer the right way – with an outdoor furniture front entry patio makeover. Last makeover I redid the back patio and created a fun cocktail outdoor room in middle of my well-used garden potting area (see right). AE Outdoor approached me about a couple outdoor garden room furniture ideas for our three month long garden room transformation and without a doubt the next area that needed some improvement was the front patio and entry area. I cleaned up my front…
  • Easy Herbal Cocktail Garden Living Wall

    Shawna Coronado
    18 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    An herbal cocktail garden is a genius way to bring scent, taste, and passion to your balcony or patio. They’re filled with herbs and edibles and do remarkably well in small spaces. Living wall cocktail gardens are even more amazing because you can plant 35 to 40 plants easily in less than a 2 square foot floor area. Best yet; there is absolutely NO WEEDING. Wahoo! This standalone Gro Products garden living wall garden system does not require that it be attached to a wall permanently and it only takes a few minutes to set up. How easy can gardening be? THIS IS EASY PEOPLE! Below is an…
  • Cucumber and Onion Salad Recipe from Dee Nash

    Shawna Coronado
    11 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Dee Nash, author of The 20-30 Something Garden Guide, runs a garden blog site called Red Dirt Ramblings which I absolutely adore. She posts tons of great ideas on gardening and culinary on her property in Oklahoma. All that red dirt adventure makes for great reading. When I mentioned to Dee that I have been craving some homemade magical recipes she sent a favorite cucumber salad recipe for me to share with you. Dee’s website is filled with family stories and I love that she sent me the recipe of her Grandma Nita’s astoundingly delicious cucumber salad. Her blog post is called…
  • How To Plant a Shrub Rose Container

    Shawna Coronado
    8 May 2015 | 4:35 am
    Planting a rose often seems like a complicated project, however, the new shrub roses such as the Knockout are easy to plant. Simply follow the instructions on the infographic below to plant a shrub rose this weekend. For Mother’s Day perhaps? They are easy plants to grow and love – you’ll see flowers all season! The post How To Plant a Shrub Rose Container appeared first on Shawna Coronado.
 
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  • A Call for Environmental Justice: A Call for "Zero"

    Melissa Lin Perrella
    27 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Melissa Lin Perrella, Staff Attorney, Southern California Air Project, Santa Monica I was proud to be part of a panel discussion last week where environmental justice advocates called for "zero"--zero diesel, zero pollution and zero asthma from our freight transportation system. The panel discussion occurred at a meeting of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), and included community voices articulating concerns over diesel emissions from freight operations--the pollution created by the trucks, ships and locomotives that move our…
  • Organic Matter Can Improve Your Soil's Water Holding Capacity

    Lara Bryant
    27 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    Lara Bryant, Soil Health Fellow, Washington, D.C. Okay, soil nerds. I've seen this factoid everywhere, haven't you? "Each 1 percent increase in soil organic matter helps soil hold 20,000 gallons more water per acre." But NRDC's soil team wanted to learn more about how this works, and under what circumstances it is true. And that's what we're going to dig into now (see what I did there?). I was actually a soil science major in college, so I thought it would be easy to figure out the math behind this equation, but my own attempts came up short. Fortunately, a true expert in soil organic matter…
  • A Victory for Clean Water

    Karen Hobbs
    27 May 2015 | 9:12 am
    Karen Hobbs, Senior Policy Analyst, Chicago Clean water and the Clean Water Act won big today. That's because EPA and the Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule, which will better protect a variety of streams, ponds and wetlands, including streams that 1 in 3 Americans - more than 117 million people - rely on for their drinking water. NRDC and our partners fought for these safeguards for more than a decade, after a Supreme Court decision in 2001, followed by a second decision in 2006 and agency policies implemented under the Bush administration made it more difficult for federal…
  • Americans Need the Clean Water Rule to Keep Our Drinking Water Safe

    Rhea Suh
    27 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Rhea Suh, President, New York City Today our country took one of its biggest steps ever to protect clean water with a new standard that restores safeguards to nearly two million miles of headwaters and streams and tens of millions of acres of wetlands. Building on decades of successful water protections, the Clean Water Rule will defend sources of safe drinking water for one in every three Americans by clarifying protections that had come under challenge from some of the country's biggest polluters. The new rule is a victory for all of us, if we can keep it from being thwarted by its foes and…
  • A Standard for Consumer Satisfaction with Utilities from ISO, Which Believes Standards Help Make the Free Market Economy Work

    David Goldstein
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco Are you satisfied with your utility? Does it offer you help to reduce your bill and buy clean energy, or does it make things difficult for you? Are you paying less every month than comparable families or businesses? These are the sort of questions the International Organization for Standards, known within the industry as ISO, is beginning to address. (Careful readers may note the initials in the acronym don't fit the English name. This is by design: they aren't the same in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, or Chinese…
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  • This little clinic is tackling the big problem of rural teen pregnancy

    Eve Andrews
    28 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    This is part 3 of our first-hand look at reproductive health access for teen girls in our home state of Washington. In case you missed them, check out part 1 and part 2. The journey from Seattle to the tiny town of Twisp takes about four hours by car. One crosses through bucolic farmland, the still-ruined site of the Oso landslide, and about a hundred miles of snow-speckled, evergreen-lined mountain passes before Route 20 leads you into the picturesque Methow Valley. Twisp, population 900 and change, is hugged on all sides by white-tipped mountains and just-wild-enough fields. The town,…
  • Which hardware store is the greenest?

    Ask Umbra®
    28 May 2015 | 2:05 am
    Q. As a new homeowner, there are many home improvement items I have needed to purchase (tools, garden items, etc.). I had been shopping at Menards, as I thought I would be spending my money locally instead of at a corporate giant. After recently reading about John Menard Jr., I would prefer not to give his company any more of my hard-earned dollars. Where should I shop for my home improvement needs? Is there really anyone who cares about the environment? Nicole P. Madison, Wis. A. Dearest Nicole, Yes, Virginia, there are people who care about the environment. As steward of the…
  • Study says street harassment is everywhere, still sucks

    Eve Andrews
    27 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Would you like a joke? Here you go: Q: What’s just like hot garbage and hangs out all over the street? A: Street harassers! (And also literal garbage.) Hollaback! and Cornell University have just published the results of the largest international study of street harassment to date. (ICYMI, we wrote about the United States-focused portion of that study last month.) This great infographic sums up some of their results: Hollaback! / Cornell University Remember: Street harassment really, truly sucks — and it’s actually powerful enough to keep women off streets and public…
  • Why are federal dollars financing this thirsty crop in Arizona?

    Abrahm Lustgarten
    27 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    This story was produced through a collaboration between ProPublica and Matter. State Route 87, the thin band of pavement that approaches the mostly shuttered town of Coolidge, Ariz., cuts through some of the least hospitable land in the country. The valley of red and brown sand is interrupted occasionally by rock and saguaro cactus. It’s not unusual for summer temperatures to top 116 degrees. And there is almost no water; this part of Arizona receives less than nine inches of rainfall each year. Then Route 87 tacks left and the dead landscape springs to life. Barren roadside is replaced by…
  • Get me off this planet, because we have climate change zombies now

    Liz Core
    27 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Glaciers have long been the keepers of thousands of years’ worth of lost artifacts, trapped by thick layers of ice and permafrost. But thanks to decades of ice melt caused by climate change, those artifacts are now popping up all over the place. Among more humdrum bits like the occasional Roman coin and some old moss, melt is also exposing mummified bodies — both ancient and only a few decades old — perfectly preserved as the day they were locked in that (not quite) eternal ice vault. Ice zombies yanked from the grave by climate change? You know you want to hear…
 
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  • Ecorazzi Presents the First Annual Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival

    Michael dEstries
    27 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Its official! The team here at Ecorazzi.com is beyond excited to announce that we will be hosting our first Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival. This all vegan experience will Read MoreThe post Ecorazzi Presents the First Annual Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Argentine Court to Decide Whether Orangutan Is “Non-Human” Person

    Brianne Hogan
    27 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    The future and freedom of Sandra the Orangutan still hangs in the balance. In a landmark ruling last year, Sandra was declared as a “non-human” person with basic legal rights. Read MoreThe post Argentine Court to Decide Whether Orangutan Is “Non-Human” Person appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Q&A With ‘Earth Focus: Illicit Ivory’ Producer Raisa Scriabine

    Brianne Hogan
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    “Illicit Ivory” is the latest installment of the long-running environmental investigative series Earth Focus. It’s a fearless examination of the horrific world of ivory trafficking, including its effect on endangered elephant species worldwide Read MoreThe post Q&A With ‘Earth Focus: Illicit Ivory’ Producer Raisa Scriabine appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Obama Calls Climate Change a Threat to National Security

    Natalia Lima
    27 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    In a speech at the United States Coast Guard Academy commencement in New London, Connecticut, President Obama sent a message to climate change deniers calling them a threat to national Read MoreThe post Obama Calls Climate Change a Threat to National Security appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Danish Radio Show Host Slaughters Rabbit Under Guise of Activism

    Anthony Marcusa
    27 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Masquerading as an attempt to prove a point about hypocritical animal rights activists, a Danish radio show host suddenly and violently killed a rabbit on air. Asger Juhl of Radio24syv Read MoreThe post Danish Radio Show Host Slaughters Rabbit Under Guise of Activism appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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  • Increasing stream shading good for trout

    27 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer months, potentially exposing more fish to predation by birds and other animals.A new study has found that providing adequate shade and cover in small streams may reduce predation on trout by as much as 12 percent, from just one species of bird – the kingfisher. The findings, based on a study at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center in the Alsea River basin, are being published in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish.
  • How shade can help trout populations

    26 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer months, potentially exposing more fish to predation by birds and other animals. A new study has found that providing adequate shade and cover in small streams may reduce predation on trout by as much as 12 percent, from just one species of bird – the kingfisher. 
  • Prehistoric climate changes still detectable deep underground

    26 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    It turns out that the steady dripping of water deep underground can reveal a surprising amount of information about the constantly changing cycles of heat and cold, precipitation and drought in the turbulent atmosphere above. As water seeps down through the ground it picks up minerals, most commonly calcium carbonate. When this mineral-rich water drips into caves, it leaves mineral deposits behind that form layers which grow during wet periods and form dusty skins when the water dries up. Today, scientists can date these layers with extreme precision based on the radioactive decay…
  • Could wind farm installation deafen marine life?

    26 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Wind farms may be a vital source of green energy, but new research shows that the construction of off-shore wind farms could potentially be damaging the hearing of harbour seals and other marine life. Researchers at St. Andrews University in Scotland believe that there is cause for concern that human building operations in our coastal waters, for example the pile driving process that hammers the foundation posts for wind turbines into the sea bed, could be damaging the hearing of marine mammals to an extent we hadn’t previously guessed at.
  • European Union moves closer to banning cadmium in TV's

    26 May 2015 | 4:33 am
    The European Parliament voted last week to re-assess the use of cadmium in TV sets sold across Europe, saying safer alternatives to the toxic and carcinogenic substance were now widely available.Cadmium is widely used in illumination and display lighting applications such as LCD screens used in television sets or desktop computers.
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    EcoSalon

  • Bulldog and Bulls Smooch Through Fence [Video]

    Abbie Stutzer
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Oh, hey. Have you seen anything cute today? No? Well, here’s a video of a bulldog and some bulls to fill your cute quota. Basically, this video just contains one thing: bulls kissing a bulldog, and a bulldog kissing back. You’re welcome. Related on EcoSalon No Puppy Should Ever Have to Share [Video] Lamb Acts Like a Dog, Makes the World Fall in Love with Her [Video] This Bulldog Puppy Trying to Walk Will Totally Melt You [Video] The post Bulldog and Bulls Smooch Through Fence [Video] appeared first on EcoSalon.
  • Venezuelan Coffee Basically Doesn’t Exist Anymore

    Jill Ettinger
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’ve ever sipped on Venezuelan coffee, consider yourself lucky. Venzeula’s coffee industry has been in a steep decline in the last several decades. Once prized for its coffee including varieties from the Maraciabos port and Caracas (named after the capital city) of the country’s eastern mountains, Venezuela now makes less than one percent of the world’s coffee even though it once rivaled Colombia in terms of production. Venezuela’s coffee industry began to suffer after president Hugo Chávez mandated price controls over coffee in the early 2000s, nationalizing the country’s…
  • Eva Mendes Goes Cruelty Free With New Makeup Line, CIRCA

    Liz Thompson
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Eva Mendes is not only beautiful but, it seems, has a soft spot for animals. Proof? Her new PETA-approved cruelty-free makeup line. Eva Mendes has followed in the footsteps of other animal friendly celebs and come out with a new cruelty-free cosmetics line called CIRCA. Drew Barrymore and Honest Company founder, Jessica Alba, have gone the cruelty-free route too with cosmetics and personal care products that have not undergone animal testing. CIRCA is available at Walgreen’s and Drugstore.com, and included in PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies guide, a searchable database for brands that do…
  • Should You Dump Your Doctor? Naturopathy and Conventional Medicince: How to Make Both Work for You

    Liz Thompson
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    We are turning to naturopathy more and more for common aches and pains. It seems to go hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle. But is it safe? And how do you make it work along with conventional medicine? Naturopathy is a system that combines modern scientific knowledge with the healing powers of nature. The focus is on uncovering and treating the cause, rather than treating the symptoms. For example, your elbow hurts and you go to your physician to figure out why. A doctor practicing conventional medicine may give you something for the pain, where a naturopathic doctor would work to figure…
  • Badass Smartphone Case Charges Your Device Out of Thin Air

    Sara Novak
    27 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    What if your smartphone case was even more amazing than your smartphone? We are so dependent on our smartphones that the thought of them going dead is nothing short of cringe-worthy. But did you know that your smartphone loses the majority of its energy while you’re not even using it? In fact, 90 percent of your phone’s energy is lost by your phone transmitting radio signals in order to find a connection. That’s why Nikola Labs is trying to put that energy to good use, to recharge your phone. The company’s new smartphone case charges from the air. The company has come up with a…
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  • Why India Is Captured By Carbon

    27 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    India’s leaders are determined to restore economic growth and lift the country’s 1.3 billion citizens out of poverty. But rapid development will require India to double or triple its production of coal — and make it the world’s second largest carbon emitter. Is there any alternative ?
  • Blogger Accuses Seymour Hersh Of ‘Plagiarism’ For Bin Laden Raid Story

    11 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    In the day following the publication of Seymour Hersh’s scandalous alternative account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the prize-winning investigative journalist has been pilloried as a fabulist, a fool and even a fibber.
  • The Rise Of 'Mama'

    10 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    I first noticed “mama” while pregnant with my son in 2012. I was browsing on the internet — familiarizing myself the different types of mothers out there, trying to figure out what kind of mother I might become — when I noticed a number of alternative moms who referred to themselves as “mama.”
  • Classics Of Animation: 'Fantastic Planet'

    7 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    "Fantastic Planet" (or "La Planète Sauvage" as it was known in the original French) is a remarkable piece of animated sci-fi from the way back year of 1973. It's far out and bizarre even by today's alternative animation standards, and still just as evocative as when it was first made.
  • An Alternative -Medicine Believer's Journey Back To Science

    30 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    For several years, on the advice of doctors and parents, the Laidlers treated their children with a wide range of alternative medicine techniques designed to stem or even reverse autistic...
 
 
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  • India Heat Wave Persists, Claiming Over 1,400 Lives

    28 May 2015 | 2:56 am
    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Eating onions, lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians were doing whatever they could Thursday to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month. Meteorological officials said the heat would likely last several more days — scorching crops, killing wildlife and endangering anyone laboring outdoors. Officials warned people to stay out of the sun, cover their heads and drink plenty of water, but poverty forces many Indians to work despite the risks. "Either we have to work, putting our lives under threat, or we go…
  • Smallest Dog In The World? Pip The Pug Just Might Be It

    28 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    It may not be the most scientific hypothesis, but we're pretty sure that when it comes to pets, smallness is directly proportional to cuteness. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
  • University Of Hawaii To Divest From Fossil Fuel Holdings By 2018

    27 May 2015 | 8:26 pm
    The University of Hawaii plans to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its $66 million endowment, its Board of Regents announced. The board unanimously voted this month to divest from companies that produce coal, oil and gas by 2018. Such holdings currently make up 5 percent to 7 percent of the endowment. The board cited economic motivations and “a moral and leadership rationale” as principal reasons in a final report. The regents said they recognized that “the result of the burning of fossil fuels is causing the temperature of the earth to rise.” "If we need to reduce our footprint…
  • Federal Government Orders Pipeline Company To Clean California Oil Spill

    27 May 2015 | 8:06 pm
    LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) - The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean. The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill's effects on the environment. The May 19 spill dumped as much as 2,400 barrels (101,000 gallons, or…
  • Texas Drill Rig Hit By Tornado Leaving Several Injured

    27 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    (Adds details throughout) May 27 (Reuters) - At least three people were injured on Wednesday when a tornado hit a natural gas drilling rig in northern Texas, the Hemphill County sheriff and a hospital official said. Video of #tornado #3 just a few miles NW of Canadian, TX min ago! within 50 feet of suction vortex @breakingweather pic.twitter.com/WoLPHFlPki— Reed Timmer (@reedtimmerTVN) May 27, 2015 One victim sustained minor injuries, the second had non-life-threatening injuries to the face, and the third suffered "an impalement to the abdomen," Hemphill County Sheriff James Pearson said in…
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  • The Windsor Consultation and Sustainable Tourism

    27 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    This month I had the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs for the Windsor Castle Consultation "Imagine the Possible: Innovation for Urban Development, Sustainable Tourism and Culture. The Consultation was coordinated by Dr. Diane Davis of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC). The Consultation was attended by representatives from three different U.N. agencies and global leaders from such diverse places as Europe, the UAE, U.S. and China. The sustainable tourism portion included concepts of the anthropocene, planetary boundaries, social-ecological systems approaches,…
  • The New U.S. EPA Clean Water Act Rules

    27 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    On Wednesday, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued -- after many years of debate, analysis, court rulings and new science -- final rules on what constitutes "waters of the United States" that are eligible for protection under the national Clean Water Act. The new rules are designed to help "restore and maintain the chemical, physical or biological integrity of traditional navigable waters, interstate waters and the territorial seas" according to the EPA's announcement. The Clean Water Act is the foundational national law protecting water quality. The new rules are…
  • The Power of Rivers -- in Whose Hands?

    27 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    At the World Hydropower Congress in Beijing, the Nature Conservancy just published a report entitled "The Power of Rivers." The report analyzes how dam construction can be optimized so that power generation can be increased with the lowest possible environmental impacts. It offers an innovative approach to planning dams but needs to become more vocal on the rights of local communities to defend their rivers. The Nature Conservancy is the largest environmental nonprofit in the Americas. It has deep scientific expertise and a strong freshwater program. For many years, International Rivers and…
  • China Power Sector Reform Plans Aim to Boost Energy Efficiency and Renewables

    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    Tangshanpeng Wind Farm (credit: Land Rover Our Planet) China's drive for a cleaner and more efficient energy grid received a boost in April when the Chinese government issued four documents on power sector reform. The documents, which were published in rapid succession, came from several different ministries and outlined long-awaited upgrades to the functioning of the world's largest utility. The reforms were wide-ranging and introduced a number of different topics, including improving efficiency in the power sector, assisting efforts to integrate renewable energy into the grid, and removing…
  • The Hole in Brian Potts' WSJ Critique of the "Solar-Panel Craze"

    27 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    In his Sunday Wall Street Journal commentary on May 17, Brian Potts suggests that cost is the bottom line in the electric customer shift to solar, and that solar costs too much. But his defense of the utility's view of energy costs leaves a big hole in the big picture: the value of solar energy. First, his cost estimates don't add up. He claims utility-scale solar costs 13 cents per kilowatt-hour, but Vote Solar reported that the Palo Alto, CA, municipal utility signed solar contracts for 6.9 cents nearly two years ago. Prices fell 13% in 2014 alone, according to the Solar Energy Industries…
 
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  • Swollen rivers cause Texas cities to worry about flooding

    27 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    While the deadly thunderstorms have tapered off, several cities aren't out of danger.
  • Matt Bai: Hillary Clinton's not like the rest of us? Good!

    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    The “out of touch” mantra has been a perennial line of attack in our campaigns for several decades, at least.
  • FIFA indictment: How one bribe led to the next

    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    The 164 pages are filled with the seedy inner workings of how soccer's power brokers exploited their positions.
  • U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states

    27 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    By Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. Twenty-two personnel at the base in South Korea were also given precautionary medical measures although none have shown sign of exposure, the U.S. military said.
  • Hundreds evacuated in Texas after storms leave at least 15 dead

    27 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Hundreds of people were ordered to evacuate flood-threatened areas of Texas on Wednesday as torrential rains battered the state, where at least 15 people have been killed in weather-related incidents this week, including six in Houston. People were told to stay away from more than 200 homes in Parker County where the Brazos River was poised to overflow its banks about 30 miles (50 km) west of Fort Worth on Wednesday night, county officials said. "The river is coming up fast and flowing at dangerous volumes," Parker County Judge Mark Riley…
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  • Study tackles evolution mystery of animal, plant warning cues for survival

    27 May 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Not every encounter between predator and prey results in death. A new study co-authored by a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor suggests that prey emit warning cues that can ultimately lead to both their survival and that of their predators. The hypothesis addresses a 150-year-old mystery of evolution on how warning signals of animals and plants arise and explains animals' instinctive avoidances of dangerous prey.
  • Invisible helpers of the sea: Marine bacteria boost growth of tiny ocean algae

    27 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    A common diatom grows faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit plants on land. The authors of a new report showed that these bacteria exchange material with the diatoms while in turn producing auxin, a well-known hormone made by microbes living around the roots of land plants.
  • Global climate on verge of multi-decadal change

    27 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    The global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades a new study implies. The change to the new set of climatic conditions is associated with a cooling of the Atlantic, and is likely to bring drier summers in Britain and Ireland, accelerated sea-level rise along the northeast coast of the United States, and drought in the developing countries of the Sahel region.
  • Flood aftermath linked to post-traumatic stress, study shows

    27 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    Brisbane flood victims suffered more psychological distress during the rebuilding phase than as waters inundated their homes and businesses, a study has found. The lead researcher notes that while the flood was frightening on the day, the most difficult aspect for many people was the aftermath including the clean-up, the re-building process and dealing with insurance companies.
  • Destructive factors causing deterioration of paints on buildings walls

    27 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Scientists have investigated how various destructive factors affect painted building walls. According to their report, the external surface of building walls is continuously affected by the natural climate of variable intensity and the factors occurring due to the anthropogenic activity.
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    Amanda
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    Amanda
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • 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.
 
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    The Good Human

  • The Truth About Sunscreen That Every Parent Needs To Know

    Lisa Warner
    26 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    The truth about sunscreen It is that time of year again, when the cold winter months have come to a close. The mornings are brighter and summer is on the way. Many people try to refresh their habits in line with the season, and one that we have been advised to be extra vigilant about is of course…..wear sunscreen! So we listen to what we are told, we slather on the expensive sun protection and can then relax in the knowledge that we are protected against the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun? As with many things, that is not the whole story. The Truth About Sunscreen The EWG recently…
  • What Is Monsanto? – 11 Essential Facts To Keep You In The Know

    Lisa Warner
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Facts About Monsanto I am sure you have seen the name ‘Monsanto’ around in many articles over the last few years. There has been a growing trend to brand the Monsanto company as evil, as millions march against the enormous American multinational. It can be confusing to decipher the facts from the scaremongering. Some very dramatic claims may be hard to believe initially, while company printed material paints a very different picture. We want to identify some facts here, to keep you informed, so you can decide exactly where your opinions lie with this contentious issue. So what…
  • Resist Consumerism! 10 Priceless Gifts That You Can Give For Free

    Lisa Warner
    18 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Great Gift Ideas That Cost Next To Nothing! When it comes to holidays, birthdays, weddings and the myriad other occasions that crop up on a weekly basis, it is easy to feel pressured to buy fancy gifts for our loved ones. It is as though we wouldn’t be showing how much we love them if presents weren’t tied up in a big red bow, chased soon after by a credit card statement. But is debt really proof of the holiday spirit? Was your gift really necessary? Will it be treasured? More importantly will you give it with absolute love, or a tinge of resentment, because you could not really afford…
  • 8 Everyday Items With Shocking Roots In Human Trafficking & Child Slavery

    Lisa Warner
    13 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    8 Everyday Items With Shocking Roots In Human Trafficking & Child Slavery It may come as a surprise to discover the items that are here on this list – things that feature regularly in our everyday life. These products are sometimes produced under terrible, slave-like conditions, and sadly it is not unusual for children to be on the workforce. Conditions for these workers are shocking, with beatings and abuse being a norm. While we hear of campaigners sharing the sometimes horrifying treatment of animals in an attempt to cause a movement against animal products, we somehow overlook…
  • Everything You Need To Know About Coconut Water, Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil for Your Health. Plus Make Your Own Coconut Milk!

    Lisa Warner
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Everything you ever wanted to know about coconut water, milk and oil! Are coconuts really a superfood? Are coconut products just another healthy fad that will soon pass by? It would be true to say that coconuts are a hot trend right now! They are said to be fantastic for health and fitness. Amongst other things, coconut water is being sold as a natural post sports recovery drink, coconut milk is claimed to be a fabulous dairy free alternative to cow’s milk…..and coconut oil has around a trillion health claims attached to it. These hard brown balls of nutrition can offer our bodies serious…
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  • That Time When Jim Inhofe Called Climate Change a Hoax

    Brendan Montague
    28 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    This DeSmog UK epic history post tells the story of climate denier Jim Inhofe’s infamous ‘climate hoax’ Senate speech. The US Senator Jim Inhofe relentlessly denies that humans are driving climate change. In a rambling February speech this year he lobbed a snowball in the Senate as a means of disproving climate change and most recently dismissed President Obama's warnings that climate change is the greatest threat to future generations as “a severe disconnect from reality”. But perhaps one of his best known antics took place in 2003. It was yet another summer of record-breaking…
  • 'French Champions of Pollution' Announced as Paris COP21 Sponsors

    Kyla Mandel
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The first batch of corporate sponsors for December’s climate negotiations in Paris has officially been revealed. Among them are big-name polluters Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Air France, and the European bank BNP Paribas. Pierre-Henri Guignard, the COP 21 organiser, announced the corporate sponsors yesterday during a press conference where he asserted that “all of these companies are friends of the climate”. However, campaigners argue this is merely another case of “green-washing”. Oxfam France has criticised the sponsorships, stating that the climate conference “will be financed…
  • BNSF President Greeted by Bomb Train Protestors in Chicago

    Justin Mikulka
    27 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Today at the annual North American Rail Shippers Association, Carl Ice, president of rail company Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) had his keynote address interrupted by members of Rising Tide Chicago. The activists carried banners reading, “BNSF: Profits over Safety” and “BNSF: Bomb Trains Kill.” Click here for reuse options! Tags: BNSFcarl iceBomb Trainsoil by railelectronically controlled pneumatic (ECP)rising tide chicago
  • Is Obama Shipping Away His Commitment to Climate Change?

    Kevin Grandia
    27 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    While President Obama has emerged as a strong leader on climate change, serious questions have been raised about his government's rush to ship coal overseas.  Click here for reuse options! Tags: obama climate changecoal climate changeChina climate change
  • Groups Petition EPA To Stop Texas From Letting Electric Utility Industry Rewrite Its Own Pollution Permits

    Mike Gaworecki
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    AttachmentSize Petition-to-EPA-over-Texas-coal-plants.pdf541.25 KB Chart of emissions .pdf263.58 KB NRG Energy has two coal-fired power plant units in Limestone County, Texas, about 115 miles southeast of Dallas. They’re already some of the largest, most polluting power plants in the state, and they’re about to get a whole lot dirtier. Click here for reuse options! Tags: air pollutionPermitsclean air actparticulate matterparticulatesparticle pollutionsootcoalCoal-Fired Power PlantselectricityutilitiesNRGtexasEnvironmental Protection AgencyEPAAir Alliance HoustonEnvironmental…
 
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  • Surprise Garden Inspired Birthday Lunch

    Erin Lepperd
    27 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    In terms of amazing birthday celebrations, this certainly ranks at the tippy top. It’s a surprise party for a Mom who is turning 60 years young crafted by Carol-Anne Kemp. And tucked inside are elegant details pairing vintage pieces with the modern look of ghost chairs and a dessert spread like you wouldn’t believe. Which is music to this birthday girl’s ears since dessert happens to be her favorite course. Find more captured by Cheryl McEwan right here. Share this gorgeous gallery on   My Mom is generally the family member to host birthday parties for the rest of…
  • DIY Coffee & Donut Gift Crate

    Abby Capalbo
    27 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    If there were ever a DIY I would want to make solely for myself, it would be this scrumptious coffee and donut gift crate snapped up by Rebecca Yale Photography, Inc. Guaranteed to make any morning feel extra special (and extra delicious), this sweet little DIY with the loveliest hand lettering from The Left Handed Calligrapher would be the perfect gift for just about anyone. The next time you gift a coffee lover their favorite beans, give it an extra special touch with yummy homemade baked donuts, pretty cafe-style mugs and gold stirring spoons! Best. Morning. Ever. Wood bin Canvas Home…
  • The Modern Day Festival Girl with PopSugar

    Lauri Levenfeld
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Festival season is upon us. The Women’s Project recently kicked off at Coachella with the ultimate celebrity and fashion blog, POPSUGAR, to create fresh, modern day looks for the unique evergreen girl. These days it’s not all about the bohemian. While we got her cute gal team to model, Lisa Sugar gave us the 411 on how to get inspired for a day in the sun no matter your personality. xoxo Lauri of TWP Lisa Sugar – Editor in Chief of POPSUGAR The All American Look:Frank and Eileen Button Down | J.Crew Jeans | ODLR Shoes Coachella is one of the most influential events in pop…
  • Behind the Scenes with Southern Weddings

    Erin Lepperd
    26 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The ladies at Southern Weddings not only have one of the cutest offices around, but they have business savvy by the boatload and an eye for that sweet, southern style. Think monograms and pops of color. We caught up with Emily Thomas, the uber talented Creative Director of Southern Weddings whose offering up great advice plus a stockpile of fabulous tested and approved recipes to try. It’s a win – win. SMP: Tell us a little about your business. Southern Weddings Magazine is the South’s premier publication for the modern bride. Our mission is to inspire brides to cultivate a…
  • A Romantic Garden Party with Pier 1 Imports

    Erin Lepperd
    26 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    ‘Tis the season for garden parties and this inspiration from Pier 1 Imports is all about easy and elegant entertaining. In a sea of greenery, make your garden shine bright with soft accents and pops of pretty floral. It’s the perfect spot for sipping lemonade and nibbling on cake surrounded by the prettiest outdoor goodies from Pier 1 Imports. We would expect nothing less from the purveyors of summer entertaining accoutrements. Up the ladylike elegance with peach goblets, a bistro table for sitting pretty and vintage inspired florals for dabbing away the cake crumbs. Or…
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    Green Car Congress

  • U Waterloo team identifies key reaction in sodium-air batteries; implications for improving Li-air

    mmillikin
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Chemists at the University of Waterloo have identified the key reaction that takes place in sodium-air batteries. The researchers from the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, led by Professor Linda Nazar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials, have described a key mediation pathway that explains why sodium-oxygen batteries are more energy efficient when compared with their lithium-oxygen counterparts. Understanding how sodium-oxygen batteries work has implications for developing the more powerful lithium-oxygen battery, which has been proposed by some as the…
  • Volkswagen Tiguan gets new range of diesel engines; up to 17g/km cut in CO2

    mmillikin
    28 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Volkswagen has updated some key equipment specifications of the Tiguan for the new model year. Along with a new generation of engines, the compact SUV now also offers new radio and radio navigation systems. The Tiguan has been one of Volkswagen’s global best sellers for more than seven years. The 2-liter diesel engines will have more power. The output of the 103 kW (138 hp) engine was increased to 110 kW (148 hp), while the 130 kW (174 hp) engine now delivers 135 kW (181 hp). At the same time, CO2 emissions have been cut by up to 17 g/km, and all engines comply with the EU6 emissions…
  • DENSO invests in truck platooning company Peloton; platooning as managed service

    mmillikin
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    DENSO International America, Inc. has entered into an investment agreement with Peloton Technology, a developer of platooning systems for large truck transportation fleets. Peloton’s truck platooning system is an integrated safety, efficiency and analytics platform that builds on advanced safety technologies such as collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control systems. DENSO and Intel Capital co-led the $16-million oversubscribed Series A investment round, which will help accelerate Peloton’s development and deployment of platooning technology. Volvo Group Venture Capital, a…
  • Oxea launches new phthalate-free plasticizer as C8/C10 trimellitate replacement

    mmillikin
    28 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Oxea is expanding its phthalate-free plasticizer portfolio with the introduction of Oxsoft L9 (linear trinonyltrimellitate). Oxsoft L9 is suited for special applications where products must meet the most rigid demands, such as the manufacture of resilient and durable high temperature automotive cables that comply with the most severe requirements in this industry. Oxsoft L9 directly replaces conventional C8/C10 trimellitates and is available in industrial quantities. Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid and are mainly used as plasticizers. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency…
  • California providing incentives up to $12K to help low-income families afford the cleanest cars

    mmillikin
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    In coordination with local air officials, the California Air Resources Board is initiating a retire-and-replace pilot program in the Greater Los Angeles area and San Joaquin Valley to help people of low income replace old, polluting cars with cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles that also cut greenhouse gas emissions. The air district-administered program provides incentives on a sliding scale, with larger cash payments for the lowest-income families moving up to the cleanest cars. The lowest-income recipient purchasing the very cleanest car receives the highest incentive amounts. Under the…
 
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  • MIT gets a solar powered desalination machine running

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    28 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    The five elements Earth, space, wind, fire and water are said to have constituted the Earth. We know that water or H2O is the most important after the air we breathe in, and no life can exist in the absence of water. According to an estimate, water demand will increase by 55% by 2050, and ... The post MIT gets a solar powered desalination machine running appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Why philanthropic business ventures are essential

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    27 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Philanthropy in business is nothing new. From charity giving to foundations and support, businesses have always donated a portion of their time and profits to help those less fortunate, or to tackle broader social and environmental issues. The reasons range from an honest desire to give something back, to the positive publicity charitable work can ... The post Why philanthropic business ventures are essential appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Modern rainwater harvesting techniques – Steering towards a Green future

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    25 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    Conservation of water has become an important component for a greener tomorrow. The world requires a low cost clean supply of water for years to come. The rainwater harvesting techniques have been in existence since decades now. The rainwater is collected from the surfaces it falls on and stored in rainwater harvesting tanks. This water ... The post Modern rainwater harvesting techniques – Steering towards a Green future appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Adding sustainability to the toilet

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    23 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    November 19, is observed as the world toilet day. Still in this modern era, some developing countries are facing serious hygiene issues when it comes to disposing the human waste. Nearly 33 to 35% of our planet’s population does not have toilets, millions of people still head to the fields every morning. A number of ... The post Adding sustainability to the toilet appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Ideas and tips for eco-friendly gardening

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    20 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    With the increasing deforestation and mining of elements from the earth, hazards to the environment are increasing by the day. We can do our bit by employing eco-friendly techniques in our gardens to get organic produce for self and good environment for everyone. Growing vegetables in the garden As per estimates, millions of acres of ... The post Ideas and tips for eco-friendly gardening appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • Fewer emissions from trucks equals more money in your pocket. Here's why.

    Jason Mathers
    18 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    By Jason Mathers Source: Flickr/raymondclarkeimages Like most Americans, I’ve bought a few things over the past week: a few shrubs to plant in the backyard, brake cables for my bike and some odds and ends for the new baby we’re expecting in a few weeks. Each of these items got most of the way to me by riding in the back of a diesel-guzzling tractor-trailer. Trucks are the main way goods move to market in our country today; 69 percent of freight was carried this way in 2014.  Trucking dominates because it is fast, safe, reliable and affordable. What it’s not – yet – is very…
  • Déjà vu: Pushback to U.S. Clean Power Plan Reminiscent of 2011 Mercury Rule

    EDF Blogs
    15 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Susan Tierney,  Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc. This post originally appeared on World Resources Institute's Insights blog. Did you notice the massive blackout on April 16th, 2015? Actually, I didn’t either. That’s because the electric system didn’t falter. The fact that April 16th came and went without a reliability glitch was both nothing unusual and also a really big deal. Because history has a habit of repeating itself, it’s worth understanding why April 16th was a remarkable (and remarkably dull) milestone in electric-industry history. The Origins…
  • Three Climate Leadership Openings Corporate America Can't Afford to Miss

    EDF Blogs
    7 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Ben Ratner, Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships Program Too much ink has been spilled on the anti-climate furor of the Koch brothers. If we lose on climate, it won’t be because of the Koch brothers or those like them. It will be because too many potential climate champions from the business community stood quietly on the sidelines at a time when America has attractive policy opportunities to drive down economy-endangering greenhouse gas emissions. Corporate executives have the savvy to understand the climate change problem and opportunity. They have the incentive to tackle…
  • Young People Want Action on Climate Change

    Ben Schneider
    1 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    By Ben SchneiderBy Ben Schneider, Director of Communications, Defend Our Future It is a conclusion reached time and again, in survey after survey: Young people support climate action more than any other age group. That is a point worth reiterating given the recent findings highlighted in a poll from Harvard’s Institute of Politics. Quite simply, that poll runs counter to many other polls that we have seen on this topic. Several polls over the last year, including one conducted by the Washington Post, found that young people support climate action more than any other age group – with…
  • Better Fuel Efficiency for Heavy Duty Trucks — A Target Worth Setting

    Jason Mathers
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    By Jason Mathers"Kenworth truck" by Lisa M. Macias, U.S. Air Force via Wikipedia A pair of critical analyses were just released that, together, make clear the need for a strong second generation heavy truck fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standard. The first piece is the U.S. Energy Information Agency’s (EIA) preliminary Annual Energy Outlook for 2015. I went right to the projection of fuel efficiency for new heavy trucks in 2020, which is 7.0 miles per gallon, and compared that to the projection for 2030, which is 7.2 miles per gallon. A three percent increase in efficiency…
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  • Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center

    Tom Raftery
    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center Equinix is powering one of its Silicon Valley data centers with a 1MW Bloom Energy fuel cell As we have pointed out here many times, the main cloud providers (particularly Amazon and IBM) are doing a very poor job either powering their data centers with renewable energy, or reporting on the emissions associated with their cloud computing infrastructure. Given the significantly increasing use of cloud computing by larger organisations, and the growing economic costs of…
  • Utilities and change – times are changing

    Tom Raftery
    1 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Utilities and change – times are changing I attended this year’s International SAP for Utilities event in Berlin and despite it’s being co-located with the SAP Oil and Gas conference which led to some unfortunate references in the keynotes, it was an interesting event. Some of the numbers I learned at the event were that of SAP’s 5,800 utility customers, 65 are on HANA, and the first Suite on HANA customer (Snohomish County Public Utility District) will go live in September. SAP also let it be known that it has…
  • IBM to increase the amount of renewable electricity it procures

    Tom Raftery
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:11 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at IBM to increase the amount of renewable electricity it procures After returning from IBM’s InterConnect conference recently we chided IBM for their radical opaqueness concerning their cloud emissions, and their lack of innovation concerning renewables. However, some better news emerged in the last few days. The Whitehouse last week hosted a roundtable of some of the largest Federal suppliers to discuss their GHG reduction targets, or if they didn’t have any, to create and disclose them. Coming out of that roundtable, IBM…
  • Apple launches ResearchKit – secure, private, open source medical research

    Tom Raftery
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at Apple launches ResearchKit – secure, private, open source medical research Apple announced a new initiative at its Spring Forward event yesterday – ResearchKit. What is ResearchKit? Apple’s SVP of Operations, Jeff Williams, described it as a framework for medical researchers to create and deploy mobile apps which collect and share medical data from phone users (with their permission), and share it with the researchers. Why is this important? Previously it has proven difficult for research organisations to secure…
  • IBM’s InterConnect 2015, the good and the not so good

    Tom Raftery
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:43 am
    This post was written by Tom Raftery and was published at IBM’s InterConnect 2015, the good and the not so good IBM invited me to attend their Cloud and Mobile Conference InterConnect 2015 last week. Because of what IBM has done globally to help people get access to safe water, to help with solar forecasting, and to help deliver better outcomes in healthcare, for example, I tend to have a very positive attitude towards IBM. So I ventured to the conference with high hopes of what I was going to learn there. and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. IBM had some very interesting…
 
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  • Ricoh’s Energy-Generating Rubber Comes Flexible, Yet with High Efficiency

    Siyahi
    27 May 2015 | 3:14 am
    The high-intensity search for power has recently led to a countless number of innovations. Many among them stumbled upon the factor of feasibility, while others proved themselves a failure in terms of large-scale efficiency. Standing quite different to this is the new Energy-Generating Rubber from Japanese company Ricoh. We are not looking into how Ricoh manages to put flexibility and efficiency together in a piece of rubber. That’s not because we think you would want to skip the part, but it’s just that Ricoh hasn’t revealed the details as yet. However, we do have a bit of knowledge of…
  • Christchurch on Way to be Eco City

    Siyahi
    23 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    If the Christchurch City Council follows the proposal put forward by the Greening the Red Zone organization, then the despair tracts scattered throughout Avon River in Christchurch will soon be returned to the lap of nature.  A proposal has been broached by the organization that bids for the conversion of the Avon river red zones into a native forest park. The proposal looks at conversion of red zones into a large mass of wetlands and forests, which they expect would also pave the way for a return of  wide range of environmental species previously native to the country. Alongside, it also…
  • Study Reveals Human-like Fearfulness of Fruit Flies

    Siyahi
    20 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Ever seen a nervy fly? Probably it’s hard to break down the fearfulness in such a tiny inspect, but not so for David J. Anderson.  The biologist from California Institute of Technology has discovered that fearful flies exhibit fear when threatened, just the way a human does. Often we interpret insects as having robotic reflexes. But David doesn’t share the same point of view with his experiments. His revelation leads to the belief that these flies possess fearfulness that either keep them off the threat, or to subdue it. The choice gets made based on the scalability factor, which injects…
  • Scientists Discover Warm-blooded Fish

    Siyahi
    16 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    Until now, we had believed that only mammals and birds possessed body warming techniques irrespective of the environment. While we considered all species of fish to be cold-blooded, a new discovery has written of this belief, explaining that there exists warm blooded fish. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have now discovered prime warm-blooded creatures among the aquatic species, which can keep its body warmer even at deep phases of the sea. Researchers made use of thermometers implanted in the body of the fish to measure its temperature, and also…
  • A3 Sportback e-tron: Audi’s Shot at Ruling the Hybrid Race

    Siyahi
    12 May 2015 | 3:08 am
    Audi always gets to the pole position when it comes to building expectations. As with the case of this year, it’s the much awaited A3 Sportback e-tron that will be making news, for it is the first mass plug-in hybrid variant being rolled out by the German manufacturer. The expected launch is to take place during some point at the second half of this year. But way ahead of the launch, Audi has got the limelight focused on its hybrid model, all thanks to the demo-spin carried out by them. The A3 Sportback e-tron was recently taken out on a test-spin at Jeju Island. And we find no reason to…
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  • Being Green Under the Sheets!

    GreenMan
    25 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    I couldn’t resist writing about the article I found this morning, “Green sex the latest in saving the planet”, found over at the Winnipeg Free Press website. It turns out Greenpeace and TreeHugger have released guides for those of us who would like to bring some green into our sex lives. According to the article, […]
  • Buying Local!

    GreenMan
    20 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Buying local is a topic that I have wanted to write about for so many months and is something that I am extremely passionate about. For the last 3 years I have adopted a regular routine of waking up early on a Saturday morning to visit the St. Jacobs Farmer’s Market (about 10 minutes from […]
  • The National Impact of the California Drought

    GreenMan
    13 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    The drought in California continues to have a significant impact in the region. Billions of dollars in produce and jobs are going to be affected by this climate problem. People outside of California may be nonchalant about the issue and may feel sorry for those who live in the Golden State, without realizing that the […]
  • Rosalie Bay Resort Features Dominica’s First Wind Turbine

    GreenMan
    13 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Resorts around the world continue to impress me with their commitment to sustainable practices — but Rosalie Bay Resort on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean is truly a standout. Five years in the making, the 22-acre getaway was built on principles of conservation and preservation, surrounded by an undisturbed natural setting of mountains, lush forests, and gardens. […]
  • 10 Tips for More Memorable Presentations

    GreenMan
    6 May 2015 | 10:08 pm
    From relating to your audience to including just the right amount of facts and figures, there are a lot of things to know about making great presentations. These ten tips will help you impress your audience and clearly convey your message. 1. Thoroughly research your topic. Supporting evidence should be memorable and easy to understand. […]
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  • 2016 Chevy Volt orders start tomorrow

    Chris Bruce
    27 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Filed under: Green, Chevrolet, Car Buying, Car Dealers, Sedan, Electric, HybridFor dealers in California, the first orders for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be made on May 28. A few other states can make reservations on August 27, and things finally roll out nationwide October 1.Continue reading 2016 Chevy Volt orders start tomorrow2016 Chevy Volt orders start tomorrow originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 May 2015 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: video touts Volvo electric buses, Nissan and BMW build EV chargers in S. Africa

    John Beltz Snyder
    27 May 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Filed under: Green, Marketing/Advertising, Motorsports, Videos, BMW, Nissan, Volvo, Renault, Transportation Alternatives, ElectricA Volvo short film shows why electric buses are better. Nissan and BMW will build South African charging network to improve EV sales. Renault-Nissan will shuttle COP21 attendees in its electric fleet. Visa sponsors the Formula E London ePrix.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: video touts Volvo electric buses, Nissan and BMW build EV chargers in S. AfricaRecharge Wrap-up: video touts Volvo electric buses, Nissan and BMW build EV chargers in S. Africa originally…
  • Tesla trying out pop-up stores

    Chris Bruce
    27 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Filed under: Green, Marketing/Advertising, Tesla, Car Dealers, Sedan, Electric, LuxuryTesla is hauling two shipping containers around the US this summer to set up pop-up stores and put the Model S on display. The locations aren't entirely known, but they are following wealthy potential buyers to popular vacation spots.Continue reading Tesla trying out pop-up storesTesla trying out pop-up stores originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 May 2015 15:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Tesla cancels Premium Center Console option for some trims

    Danny King
    27 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Filed under: Green, Plants/Manufacturing, Tesla, United States, ElectricTesla runs into supplier problems with its Premium Center Console item, cancels orders.Continue reading Tesla cancels Premium Center Console option for some trimsTesla cancels Premium Center Console option for some trims originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 May 2015 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Before A123 bankruptcy, CTO was making $300k a month

    Jonathon Ramsey
    27 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, TechnologyMujeeb Ijaz, at the center of a poaching lawsuit brought against Apple, was making $294,000 per month when he worked at A123 Systems and was poached by Apple.Continue reading Before A123 bankruptcy, CTO was making $300k a monthBefore A123 bankruptcy, CTO was making $300k a month originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 May 2015 12:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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  • A House for Essex: FAT and Grayson Perry complete a bizarre house dedicated to a fictional character

    Lidija Grozdanic
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Read the rest of A House for Essex: FAT and Grayson Perry complete a bizarre house dedicated to a fictional character Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A House for Essex, Alain de Botton, bizarre homes, decorative tiling, essex, fat, Grayson Perry, green renovation, holiday house, tapestries, UK Architecture, vacation house
  • The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

    Lidija Grozdanic
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Covert House, Daylighting, daylit home, DSDHA, London, natural light, natural ventilation, passivhaus, rainwater collection, solar array, solar panels, Solar Power, UK architects
  • California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

    Tafline Laylin
    27 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento – and he’s also the first California resident to receive a free rooftop solar system. But he won’t be the last. Thanks to legislation first introduced by Senator Kevin de León, the Oakland-based non-profit GRID Alternatives plans to give 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by 2016. The initiative was launched with funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program designed to discourage carbon dioxide emissions. Read the rest…
  • World’s tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

    Lidija Grozdanic
    27 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Read the rest of World’s tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bungee jumping, china, extreme bridges, extreme structures, glass bridge, green infrastructure, Haim Dotan, Hunan Province, record-breaking structure, transparent bridge
  • New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

    Lori Zimmer
    27 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, claims to be a painless implant that could change impaired vision forever. In fact, Webb claims the lens will go beyond the standard 20/20 vision, giving patients the super power of seeing three times better. Read the rest of New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dr. Garth Webb, eco design, green design, lasik, Ocumetics Bionic Lens, Ocumetics Technology Corp,…
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    Environmental Leader

  • Exelis Monitors CO2 Emissions at Carbon Sequestration Site

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    Exelis is monitoring a site in Illinois for possible carbon dioxide emissions as part of a program funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy seeking to improve greenhouse gas-monitoring technologies and ensuring the safety of carbon capture and storage. The project is administered through DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. Exelis engineers installed […]
  • Clean Water Rule Finalized

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    The EPA and US Army yesterday finalized the Clean Water Rule in a move the agency says will make permitting less costly, easier and faster for businesses and industry as it more precisely defines water protected under the Clean Water Act. Industries including agriculture, oil and home-building will likely fight the rule in court and […]
  • Hitachi Targets Nuclear Waste Technology

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    Hitachi has begun joint research with three American universities aimed at reducing the time required for decay in the radioactivity of nuclear waste materials and using radioactive waste as fuel. The research, conducted with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley will study using Transuranium Elements (TRUs) […]
  • Recycling Partnership Adds 3 Partner Cities

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Recycling Partnership, formally known as Curbside Value Partnership, has selected three new cities to join the list of community partners. The industry initiative, which aims to improve US curbside recycling, was founded last year and includes partner companies and organizations such as Alcoa Foundation, American Forest & Paper Association, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic […]
  • Major Charterers Exclude Inefficient Vessels from Supply Chain

    Karen Henry
    28 May 2015 | 3:55 am
    The Mosaic Company, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients, announced a policy to exclude vessels with inefficient greenhouse gas emissions ratings from its supply chain. Charterers representing 20 percent of global shipped tonnage now have policies in place to avoid using the most inefficient ships based […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Building a Circular Economy: How Ford, Novelis Created a Truly Closed Loop for Automotive Aluminum

    John Gardner
    27 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    With approximately 9 billion people in the world today, society consumes and discards more and more each year, with no signs of slowing down. Culturally, we’ve begun to embrace and adopt recycling as a solution to our modern waste habits and an opportunity to keep designing, using and producing recyclable materials. But what if those recyclable materials are not in fact being recycled? Well, then we’re right back where we started, aren’t we?Certain material types and laminates are now proving prohibitively expensive or environmentally marginal to recycle in many countries. As a result,…
  • Looptworks Working to Replenish the Colorado River — with Your Help

    Sustainable Brands
    27 May 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Fresh from its successful collaboration with Southwest Airlines on its LUV Seat collection of bags and accessories upcycled from the airline’s leather seats, Looptworks has launched an email campaign to enlist its customers’ help in restoring the Colorado River. 90 percent of the Colorado's water is diverted to supply irrigation and municipal freshwater for almost 40 million people not only in Colorado, but in western states including Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada and California — which as you may have heard, is running a little dry these days. For every recipient who…
  • How to Avoid the Social Media *Fails* That Hit at the Heart of Sustainability

    Matthew Yeomans
    27 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Reputation, in a world where social media is the mainstream, can no longer be seen as just a “hygiene” issue where corporate comms and PR agencies handle a few annoying but easily identifiable stakeholders. Instead, when the whole online world can see and comment on your dirty laundry, reputation actually becomes a fundamental part of sustainability. Not least because, all too often, a corporate transgression has a direct effect on the wellbeing of customers, greater society or the planet.This month alone, companies as diverse as UK travel operator Thomas Cook, United Arab Emirates’…
  • Study: 81% of Consumers Say They Will Make Personal Sacrifices to Address Social, Environmental Issues

    Sustainable Brands
    27 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Global consumers feel a personal accountability to address social and environmental issues and look to companies as partners in progress, according to findings from the 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study, released today.Near-universal in their demands for companies to act responsibly, nine-in-10 consumers expect companies to do more than make a profit, but also operate responsibly to address social and environmental issues. Global consumers echo that high standard in their own lives and shopping behavior: 84 percent of consumers globally say they seek out responsible…
  • CFSI Helping Companies Comply with New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation

    Mike Hower
    27 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced it is available to help companies navigate compliance with the pending conflict minerals legislation recently voted on by the European Parliament.In addition, the CFSI says it is adopting a risk-based approach to its audit program to bolster audits of smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold worldwide.The draft EU legislation on conflict minerals requires importers and processors of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold to self-certify via independent, third-party due diligence audits of smelters and refiners that their…
 
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    Sustainablog

  • Recycling Juice Pouches Into Big Value

    Talancia Pea
    27 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Companies like Terracycle and As You Sow are creating solutions for recycling juice pouches, which have become a major waste stream The post Recycling Juice Pouches Into Big Value appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Could California Drought Make “Sewage To Drinking Water” More Palatable?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    The current California drought may be changing attitudes towards water reuse... even the recycling of sewage wastewater into drinking water The post Could California Drought Make “Sewage To Drinking Water” More Palatable? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    France just passed a law banning destruction of edible food by larger supermarkets, and the Minnesota Twins are going all compostable with cups and plates The post The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Recycle Jeans into a Fashionable Handbag [Tutorial]

    Talancia Pea
    21 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Not sure how to recycle jeans that are too worn to wear? Try out this upcycling project for turning old jeans into a new handbag The post How To Recycle Jeans into a Fashionable Handbag [Tutorial] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    South Korea not only has some of the world's strictest laws in order to reduce food waste, but is also testing technology that holds citizens accountable The post Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Carbon tax or trade? Debate loses steam as world embraces both

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Reuters: Tax versus trade is an issue that has stalked the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) over its 10 years of existence, but is fading in importance as the world moves towards increased use of both methods of cutting greenhouse gas pollution. The European Union set up the ETS in 2005 as a way of getting round policy-making rules that require the unanimity of member states to decide on a tax. Following years of legislative fine-tuning to overcome problems such as a glut of carbon allowances, they...
  • Carbon pricing winning favour with tiger economies

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    RTCC: leading emerging nations are mulling making the polluter pay than ever before. China plans to launch the world’s largest emissions trading scheme (ETS) – eclipsing the EU`s seminal practice – next year. South Africa will make lawmakers vote on a carbon tax in 2016, while Chile has its own scheduled for 2017. While countries have lagged in slapping costs on the unregulated emitting of carbon dioxide, 15 more are poised to set up schemes. “2016 and 2017 is the year for carbon prices for major...
  • Norway oil fund to slash coal investments

    28 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Associated Press: Norway's parliamentary parties have agreed that the country's $900 billion sovereign wealth fund should stop investing in coal companies because of their impact on climate change. Under new rules to be presented by Parliament's finance committee on Thursday, the fund - also known as the oil fund - would exclude companies that get at least 30 percent of their revenue from mining coal or burning it. The move is expected to be formally approved by the full Parliament on June 5 because both government...
  • Global finance must face climate challenge

    28 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Eco-Business: The world's financial system must undergo comprehensive change by 2035 if humanity is to make the transition needed to reduce the threat of dangerous climate change, according to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, on an inquiry into aligning the financial system with sustainable development, says finance must be focused on moving investments into low-carbon projects. It quotes World Bank estimates that investments of more than US$90 trillion will be...
  • United Kingdom: Food bug 'found 73% of chickens'

    28 May 2015 | 1:55 am
    BBC: Some 73% of fresh shop-bought chicken tested positive for food poisoning bug campylobacter in a year-long study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The survey tested about 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and independent stores. All of the major retailers failed to reach industry targets to reduce the bug over the period of the study, the FSA said. Campylobacter is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK. An estimated 280,000 people a year are affected by...
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  • Obama's Plan to Save the Monarch Butterflies' Epic Migration

    Luke Whelan
    23 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Earlier this week, amid negotiating major trade deals and joining Twitter, Obama put forth a major infrastructure project: a highway for monarch butterflies. That's right, monarch butterflies. The pollinators are crucial to the health of our ecosystems but, like bees, their populations have seen startling drops. Some groups are even calling for their protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama administration wants to do something about it as part of its strategy to protect pollinating insects, but that turns out to be a tricky task given the monarch's complex life cycle.
  • School Lunches Just Got Way Better in These 6 Cities (and It's Not the Food)

    Luke Whelan
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    School lunches may be healthier than when you were a kid, but the wasteful and polluting materials that cafeterias serve them on have actually gotten worse. In an effort to save on labor and equipment costs, many schools switched from washable trays to disposable foam ones over the past couple of decades. But this trend is now beginning to change. The school districts of six major cities—New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, and Orlando— announced today that they will stop using polystyrene foam trays, and begin serving lunch on compostable plates. The Urban School Food…
  • The 85-Year-Old Nun Who Went to Prison for Embarrassing the Feds Is Finally Free

    Josh Harkinson
    19 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Sister Megan Rice, the 85-year-old activist nun who two years ago humiliated government officials by penetrating and vandalizing a supposedly ultra-high-security uranium storage facility, has finally been released from prison. A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the 2013 sabotage convictions of Rice and two fellow anti-nuclear activists, Michael Walli, 66, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 59, ruling that that their actions—breaking into Tennessee's Y-12 National Security Complex and spreading blood on a uranium storage bunker—did not harm national security. Rice's case has become…
  • Kayaktavists Take Over Seattle's Port to Protest Shell Oil's Arctic Drilling Rig

    Luke Whelan
    17 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    This article is being updated as news breaks. See below for the latest. Seattleites took a dramatic stand, er paddle, against Arctic oil drilling on Saturday afternoon. Against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest city's skyline, around 200 activists, local Native Americans, and concerned citizens took to kayak and canoe and surrounded a giant, Arctic-bound Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig currently making a layover in the Port of Seattle. Despite the oil giant's rocky history in the Arctic region, last Monday the Obama administration conditionally approved Shell's summer plans to drill…
  • This Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Actually Believes in Global Warming

    Tim McDonnell
    11 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination, thinks climate change is real and caused—at least in part—by human activity, according to MSNBC. Christie said he believes there's "no use in denying global warming exists" but that he's skeptical about most of the mainstream approaches to dealing with it. That includes cap-and-trade programs and unilateral steps to reduce America's carbon footprint, such as President Barack Obama's proposed restrictions on power plant emissions. Christie's comments essentially matched those he made…
 
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    mnn.com

  • With Solar Energy Research Center, we're one step closer to making fuel from sunlight and CO2

    lloydalter
    27 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    When we talk about the wonders of evolution and life on Earth, many people look at the complex end results and are amazed that such a thing as an eyeball can happen. But few things are more impressive than photosynthesis, when life forms evolved that turn sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen. That is the true miracle that made our planet habitable and life as we know it possible.
  • Bill Nye, Amy Schumer explain why the universe really exists

    mdestries
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
      The true meaning of the universe and humanity's place within it has baffled people for ages — until now.  
  • Swimmers descend on London's plant-cleaned public bathing pond

    mhickman
    27 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    While the once-outrageously filthy River Thames isn’t quite ready to welcome swim cap- and goggle-donning Londoners (but if all goes as planned it soon will be) for extended dips, the next best thing when it comes to chemical-free urban bathing recently opened for business in the British capital city’s King’s Cross section: an inner city freshwater swimming hole-cum-art installation that eschews
  • Berkeley collects $116,000 in 1st month of soda tax

    rshreeves
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    In March, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the nation to institute a soda tax. The tally is in for the first month’s revenues, and the city took in $116,000 in taxes, according to NBC Bay Area.  
  • '3 Scientists Walk Into A Bar' sounds like a joke, but it’s really a new show on the Weather Channel

    gmiller
    27 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    There are other hands-on science shows on TV, but "3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar" takes a novel approach. First, its topics focus on weather and natural phenomena. And as you can infer from the title, its approach is light and irreverent. Launching with three back-to-back episodes May 31 and returning with five more in October, it's fun, engaging, interactive, relatable and accessible, as executive producer Isaac Holub of Lucky 8 TV describes it.
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • An Inside Look at the War on Coal in America

    Stephen Lacey
    28 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    The Agenda: Inside the War on Coal The war on coal is not just political rhetoric, or a paranoid fantasy concocted by rapacious polluters. It’s real and it’s relentless. Over the past five years, it has killed a coal-fired power plant every 10 days. It has quietly transformed the U.S. electric grid and the global climate debate. The industry and its supporters use “war on coal” as shorthand for a ferocious assault by a hostile White House, but the real war on coal is not primarily an Obama war, or even a Washington war. It’s a guerrilla war. New York…
  • Storage Conference Keynote: ‘If the Industry Is Dependent on Backing Up Solar, It’s Hopeless’

    Stephen Lacey
    27 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    As any listeners of The Energy Gang or regular commenters know, Jigar Shah is a rare and uncontroversial voice at GTM. So we were as shocked as anyone when Shah took the stage at the Energy Storage Association's conference and started offering up some blunt advice for storage developers. As a "business model innovation" evangelist in the PV industry, Shah was invited to share some lessons that solar can teach storage. He followed up SunPower CEO Tom Werner from last year, who described batteries as "a big deal for our industry." However, Shah was far less interested in talking about the…
  • Advanced Microgrid Solutions Raises $8.8M for Hybrid Electric Buildings

    Katherine Tweed
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Advanced Microgrid Solutions has raised $8.8 million of an $18 million funding round, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The San Francisco-based startup emerged from stealth mode last fall with a 50-megawatt contract from Southern California Edison to provide behind-the-meter battery storage in the Western Los Angeles Basin area. Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) describes its offering as a hybrid-electric building project, which will provide grid support to utilities and is technology-agnostic. The buildings, each equipped with battery technology and…
  • Is Solar-Plus-Storage Ready to Blossom in Africa?

    Mike Stone
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Elon Musk said he had the developing world in mind when he initiated the Powerwall project. On a planet where 1.3 billion people are not connected to the electric grid, a technology that can take advantage of locally produced power will be instrumental in expanding energy access to areas where the grid has not yet reached. If you have no or limited access to electricity, you're faced with a stark choice: burn expensive kerosene at night, or sit in the dark. Could solar-plus-storage be an economic option? At $3,000 for a Tesla Powerwall storage unit alone, the technology is well beyond the…
  • Senate Bill Would Create America’s First National Energy Storage Target

    Stephen Lacey
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    California gave the U.S. energy storage market a boost in 2013 when regulators set a 1.3-gigawatt target for the state's three investor-owned utilities. The mandate has resulted in a wave of contracts for battery and thermal storage projects in California, including a record-breaking 250-megawatt procurement from Southern California Edison. Now, one national lawmaker wants to do the same for the rest of the country. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) quietly introduced legislation to the Energy Committee last week that would set national targets for energy storage by 2021 and 2025 in order to…
 
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    Direct2Dell

  • Getting Smarter About Collective Intelligence

    John K Thompson
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Lately, whenever I hold a whiteboard discussion on collective intelligence, customers, prospects, analysts and even my fellow Dell team members give me their full attention. Now, people have talked about collective intelligence for ages, but I think what drives the point home now more than ever before is the success we’re seeing with crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. There’s an important lesson from crowdsourcing that data scientists need to learn: there’s greater value in your information if you can share it more readily with more people. The collective intelligence you can…
  • Dell Launches First Report to Customers

    Karen Quintos, CMO
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today Dell unveiled our Annual Report to Customers, our first progress report as a private company. We are privileged that our only stakeholders are our customers, and we measure our success by their success stories. So appropriately, the entirely-digital report focuses on the stories of our customers and highlights Dell’s growth, investment and innovation – all with an eye on our world’s needs today and into the future. The report demonstrates how our customers are combining technology with hard work and great ideas to accomplish amazing things – from scaling global…
  • Dell Security and Dell Channel Partners: A Two-Way Street to Greater Security

    Patrick Sweeney
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    As part of the Dell Network Security Group, we strive to expand the reach of Dell Security solutions across the globe using many tools of communication.  Our mission is to get our top rated, most effective security solutions into every large, medium and small network across the planet.  Part of our strategy to do that is working with excellent security VARs.  VARs are absolutely key to customers deploying great security. VARs are often the trusted security advisors for companies of all sizes.  We are honored to partner with as many top quality trusted…
  • What Got Us Here Won’t Get Us There: A Changing Market Requires New Thinking

    Dr Suman De
    26 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    The role of today’s healthcare consumer is shifting. Instead of health insurers being in control by simply offering insurance with defined coverage, the consumer is moving into the driver’s seat . . . taking charge of how and where they purchase personalized health plans, managing their care choices and selecting providers as well as monitoring their own wellness and health outcomes. This model completely disrupts the very nature of the health insurance value chain. Yet this challenge can be a good thing. Disruption is all about accelerating to the future. It’s all about…
  • Team Rubicon Military Veterans Take Dell Rugged Where Disaster Strikes

    Laura P. Thomas
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Today is Memorial Day in America. It is a holiday observed to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military. For those who leave active military duty fortunate enough not to have made that sacrifice, there can still be a feeling of loss – loss of purpose, loss of community or even loss of self-worth. But an organization named Team Rubicon is seeking to bridge the gap between military and civilian life by uniting the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. And we’re proud they chose…
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  • What Are They Thinking?

    Rebecca Leber
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The list of Republican presidential candidates seems to be getting longer by the day. On Wednesday, Rick Santorum entered the race, and on Thursday, former New York Governor George Pataki is expected to do the same. Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, now
  • The Nutrition Gap

    Dr. Sushrut Jangi
    27 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    One early spring morning in 2009, Helen set off from the starting line of Boston's Run to Remember, an annual half-marathon held each year. She jogged alongside the Charles River, through the public gardens, across the bridge into the city of Cambridge. The weather was cool and serene, the oaks had
  • "You Cannot Claim to Have Any Ideas About Family Values Unless You Value Fathers"

    Rebecca Traister
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It’s a strange season in America, at least if you care about feminist social policies that have for decades felt wholly out of reach. It’s not just Kirsten Gillibrand and Rosa DeLauro and Hillary Clinton advocating for paid family leave; Barack Obama discussed it in the State of the Union. Berni
  • Did This Acclaimed Sociologist Drive the Getaway Car in a Murder Plot?

    Steven Lubet
    27 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Alice Goffman’s widely acclaimed On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City has drawn more positive attention than almost any sociology book in recent years. The success of the book led to a
  • Benghazi Won't Stick to Hillary Clinton, But the Disastrous Libyan Intervention Should

    Joel Gillin
    27 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Republicans are still trying to use the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, to sink Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions. Last week, the congressional committee investigating the attacks 
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Disaster Relief Efforts: The Private Sector Has a Role to Play

    Jan Lee
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    It seems like aid agencies are scrambling to provide disaster relief almost every few months these days. Their efforts would not be half as effective if it weren't for the contributions of companies like P&G, which provides an essential life-saving component in many natural emergencies. Its Children's Safe Drinking Water Program has been instrumental in guaranteeing clean water for disaster victims in areas where drinking water has been contaminated. In the process, it's educating employees and consumers about the many ways there are to extend a hand to those in need.
  • GE Introduces the ‘Smart’ Digital Wind Farm

    Jan Lee
    28 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    GE's new Digital Wind technology looks at the commercial wind farm from a whole new angle. But will its new brainstorm be able to sizably boost output? GE is betting on it.
  • Why Sri Lanka’s Historic Mangroves Move Matters

    Nithin Coca
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Huge news for the environment: Sri Lanka's new government just took the unprecedented, historic step to protect all of its mangroves. The move is a model for the world, which, due to climate change, needs mangroves and their numerous environmental and economic benefits more than ever.
  • More Than Just Talk: The Future of Vehicle Integration

    3p Contributor
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today, “vehicle connectivity” is more than a buzzword. Propelled forward by advancements in the amount of software a vehicle can process, the potential for connectivity has begun to capture the imagination of the largest automakers. In addition to making life more convenient, the connected car is also poised to make a larger positive impact. By communicating with the grid, interfacing with our homes and sending data to the cloud, our cars can help enable efficient energy use and address major mobility challenges.
  • Osama bin Laden: Environmental Activist?

    Grant Whittington
    28 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    In an undated letter addressed to “My Islamic Nation,” released by the U.S. last week, bin Laden said not taming the climate could render “massive consequences.”
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • The 606 to Open in Early June With 2 Days of Festivities

    Christine Escobar
    18 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    One of Chicago's newest parks is set to open on the city's northside June 6 with 2 days of free events. The schedule of events planned for June 6 and 7 at The 606 will include a procession/parade, music and dancing, a pancake breakfast, restaurant vendors and hands-on activities for all ages. Located at the site of the abandoned Bloomingdale railway line, the elevated "urban oasis" runs along Bloomingdale Ave. (1800 N), from Ridgeway Ave. (3750 W) on the west to Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east, through the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square…
  • Chicago Farmers Markets Open For The Season

    Christine Escobar
    11 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Kick-off will take place at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market Thursday May 14 at 11:30 a.m. The Daley Plaza market is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. See the complete schedule of Chicago Farmers Markets in neighborhoods all over the city with details on which markets accept the LINK card here. photo credit: flickr, Cindy Kurman, Kurman Communications, Inc
  • Freebie of the week: Get started canning with this free guide

    Christine Escobar
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    It's time to get ready for the garden season. Whether you plan to grow your own produce or take advantage of local farmers' markets, canning and preserving is a great way to extend the harvest and continue to eat local throughout the year.  Offered by Chicago's Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and available for download in your choice of colors, check out this handy-dandy canning guide perfect for beginners. photo credit:Rachel Tayse, flickr
  • "Class Dismissed" documentary back in Chicago this Sunday by popular demand

    Christine Escobar
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As parent backlash grows in response to unnecessary standardized testing and excessive homework, more and more families in the U.S. are turning to alternative methods of instruction to ensure that their children receive a well rounded education, free of a high stakes, pressurized environment focused on test scores over individual achievement. One of these growing alternative educational movements is homeschooling, often still seen as controversial to some, and the even more poorly misunderstood related method known as unschooling.  No formal numbers exist to illustrate the number of…
  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

    Christine Escobar
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene microbeads, ranging from 50-500 microns (or ½ mm) in diameter. Credit: 5 Gyres Institute. Dear EarthTalk What on Earth are plastic “microbeads” and how are they threatening the Great Lakes? -- Billy Alexander, Macon, GA Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face or body wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which…
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  • Optimizing for 9 Key Cycling Touch Points

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Reducing stress and discomfort on cycling “touch points” will make you to go farther faster Road cycling is synonymous with suffering. We relish the pain. It’s one of life’s great dichotomies, where something that hurts so bad can feel so good. But through all the suffering on century rides and beyond-category climbs, we also want to be as comfortable as possible. Which is to say that despite the burning in our legs and lungs, there’s no reason our hands, feet, and butt should be tortured. Saddle sores, foot cramps, and numbness are not what we signed up…
  • Alaska Heliskiing -or- How to Survive an Avalanche

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    The North Shore of snowboarding is inspiring, unforgiving, and the best riding on the planet The helicopter buries its skids into a knife ridge no wider than a snowboard is long. This first attempt marks the landing zone high up in Alaska’s Chilkat Range, north of Haines, Alaska, and not far from the Canadian border. The pilot makes a second attempt to establish the L-Z, but the ridge isn’t cooperating. Instead, he opts for a toe-in landing, which means the bird is essentially hovering as the five of us carefully climb out onto said ridge. It’s early April. I’m…
  • From Local SEO to Facebook Local Awareness

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    Optimizing a brand’s locations for search, discovery, and traffic — both online and in the real world There has never been more ways to find a Starbucks. You can go to the store locator on the website. Chances are, it will be the mobile version, because that’s how local search happens more often than not. Or you could use the Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Bing Maps apps. You could check Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook (Places), or the newest local discovery app, Vurb. If you’re over 50, then your car’s navigation system is also an option. What’s more, you might…
  • 10 Tactics for a Cycling Survival Strategy

    admin
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    On minimizing the risks associated with a cycling lifestyle There’s a fundamental difference between the notion of “minimizing risk” and just “being careful.” It’s a lot like the difference between a glass half-full or half-empty. They technically mean the same thing, but the spirit is vastly different. To be careful is to avoid risk as much as possible. A number of my friends choose not to ride road bikes in Los Angeles because the risk is seemingly too high. They’re being careful at the expense of enjoying world-class road routes lacing the…
  • 100 Miles with the Incycle-Cannondale Pro Team

    admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    What it’s like to ride a century on the wheels of the Incycle-Cannondale pro team We’re accelerating up a long, gradual climb in the Tour de Palm Springs, which unofficially kicks off century season in California. It’s early February, and the temperature is quickly approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Palm Springs is a relatively flat century with just over 3,000 vertical feet of climbing, but we’re going up this particular ascent very fast. That’s because the group I’m with is being lead — pulled, that is — by the Incycle-Cannondale team. In other…
 
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  • HIV Treatment Should Start during Diagnosis, US Health Officials Say

    Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    To save articles or get newsletters, alerts or recommendations – all free. Don’t have an comment yet?Create an comment » Subscribed by iTunes and need an NYTimes.com account?Learn some-more » The post HIV Treatment Should Start during Diagnosis, US Health Officials Say appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Energy attention calls for new emissions targets to assist low-carbon growth

    Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    World governments contingency pointer a transparent new agreement on hothouse gas emissions during a break discussion in Paris this December, leaders of a world’s appetite attention have urged. The World Energy Council (WEC) pronounced process uncertainty, and a miss of transparent long-term goals on a climate, had hampered a industry’s ability to deposit in low-carbon growth. The organisation, representing vital appetite companies around a world, including those contingent on hoary fuels, pronounced that $48tn (£31tn) to $53tn of investment would be needed, and could be delivered, if a…
  • Want that high-energy Texas sound? Take your pick: Reckless Kelly or Two …

    Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    Thursday 5.28 Radney Foster: A sharp, smart, supportive songwriter and producer, Foster is a constrained artist in his possess right. 7 and 9:30 p.m. during McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; 713-529-5999. Ximena Sarinana: Mexican thespian and songwriter has an darling indie-pop vibe. 7 p.m. during House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; 888-402-5837. Friday 5.29 Reckless Kelly: High-energy roots stone from an Austin-based rope named after an Australian bank robber. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday during McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; 713-528-5999. Rich O’Toole: Texas country. 9…
  • Lose-Weight Meals: Top 5 Quick & Easy Diet Recipes to Try during Home

    Blogger
    27 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: A square of cod is deep-fried in a credentials of a normal apportionment of fish and chips in Olley’s fish grill on Feb 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo : Oli Scarff/Getty Images) The post Lose-Weight Meals: Top 5 Quick & Easy Diet Recipes to Try during Home appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Moon Hooch bringing high appetite dance song to Vega

    Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    Moon Hooch has combined a character of song over a elementary cues of jazz and blues. Utilizing a accumulation of collection and methods, sax players Michael Wilbur and Wenzi McGowen, along with drummer James Muschler, will be branch Vega Friday night into a powerhouse of fad and rave. “Moon Hooch is a three-piece rope that started in New York City, personification in subways,” Wilbur said. “All of a initial manuscript was stoical on transport platforms or in a basement. That’s how we got a start in creation a name for ourselves. People started dancing and that’s when Moon Hooch…
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  • Book review: Treasure Town by Doug Wilhelm

    Katy
    24 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    Have a new reader at your house? Someone itching to read a chapter book but still developing the skills to do so? My fellow Vermonter and author Doug Wilhelm and his sister Sarah have answer for you. Treasure Town is delightful story about curious kids, silly explorers, and missing treasure.  My two daughters loved the maps, illustrations, unique vocabulary in the glossary, and humor in this book. The text is lively and engaging alone– without the incredible illustrations. This fills a much needed gap for kids who want to read chapter books but are still early readers. If you have a…
  • Indoor Air Pollution (and how to avoid it)

    Katy
    18 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    I just had to post this helpful infographic. It shows the major sources of indoor air pollution and how we can take steps to reduce it in our homes. I’m hoping the image of the dust mite will motivate me to wash everyone’s sheets and vacuum more often (a girl can dream, right?). Also, this validates the idea that we should be reducing the non-stick coatings we use in the kitchen. Air Filter Buy Is this motivating for you? How to you limit indoor air pollution? This is a sponsored post by our friends at Airfilterbuy.com. I hope you find it helpful– I sure did. Now, where is…
  • The Order of the Trees (guest posts, reviews, updates)

    Katy
    15 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    The day is finally here! I’ve been waiting for this day for a long while. Many folks pre-ordered The Order of the Trees and so finally this book is on it’s way to you. We launched the book Vermont style a few weeks ago and folks outside of Central Vermont have had to wait for their books to come in the mail or be stocked at their favorite local bookstores. As of today, bookstores should be able to stock it, and you will find it online at many retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Indiebound, and many others.  Woo-hoo! Here’s an interview I did last…
  • Interview about The Order of the Trees on Moms Clean Air Force

    Katy
    13 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    (Here’s a new interview by Ann Brock of Moms Clean Air Force about my new middle grade eco-adventure book The Order of the Trees! It comes out nationwide on Friday.) Moms Clean Air Force blogger, Katy Farber has been an environmental health activist, public speaker, instructor of graduate level courses in service learning, and creator of the popular Non-Toxic Kids blog. Her background as a parent and sixth grade teacher came in handy as she crafted her first middle school novel. Katy recently chatted with us about her new book, The Order of the Trees: Children’s literature is not…
  • Transforming Your Patio With Eco-Friendly Furniture

    Katy
    12 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    This is a sponsored guest post from Tesco. I hope you find it valuable and useful. Please let me know in the comments! If your patio could do with a makeover or an update then it may be time to invest in some new items to create a fresh new look. These days we’re a more environmentally conscious society and you can complement your garden with eco products and still bring a new lease of life to the patio area. So why not give your garden a refresh and get back to nature with some green outdoor furniture, flooring and accessories? Eco-flooring If you haven’t yet laid your patio flooring or…
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    Crunchy Chicken

  • What's growing In the garden - May 2015

    Crunchy Chicken
    20 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    I have gotten a really late start in planting my food garden this year, but I'm finally making some progress after a few weeks of weeding and planning. I know it's always fun to see what other people have growing, so I thought I'd compile a full list for you. So, to make a long story short, here's what I've got planted and growing so far in my Seattle urban backyard: Fruit Sweet cherries Pie
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Drying laundry indoors and out

    Crunchy Chicken
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I'm so excited! I got the new laundry drying rack I ordered. That's 79 more feet of drying space, baby! You see, I've been exclusively drying all our clothes outside for the last month since the weather has been so nice and dry. And warm. Of course, it's August so that helps considerably.   We were going to install something more permanent outside, but I wanted something that could be used both
 
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    Nature Moms Blog

  • Tips for Gardening with Essentials Oils

    Tiffany
    27 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Essential oils play a big role in organic gardening. Various types of oils help to repel insects and kill invasive weeds that try to overtake the edible parts of the garden. Keep your home garden growing abundantly without chemicals with these tips for gardening with essential oils. How to Mix and Use When using essentials oil to keep pests out of the garden, mix a few drops of the oil in a spray bottle filled with water, then spray on all the plants. The oils are natural and won’t harm the plants or the humans doing the spraying. Can you say that about Round-Up??? Make spraying for pests…
  • 3 Effective Ways To Save Power & Money This Summer

    Tiffany
    26 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Summer is in full swing, and if your house is anything like ours sometimes it feels as if summer sucks the money right out of the front door. Between the high costs of water, air conditioning, having the kids’ home from school and everyone wanting to go places and do things it can seem as if there is never quite enough money for everyone who is demanding it. But how would you like to actually save money this summer? I know that it may seem impossible, but you really can save money by using these three simple ideas to get started saving and let yourself get creative. Why only three? Because…
  • A David and Goliath Story

    Guest
    26 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The battle for climate justice seems to be a losing one, but every once in a while the good guys get a win. This is the story of what happened in a small Bay Area city. In 1989, 1999, and 2012 there were explosions and fires at an oil refinery run by Chevron in Richmond, California. These events have caused over 15,000 citizens to need care for burns and the effects of inhaling noxious fumes. For this community the fire in 2012 seemed to be the last straw. In 2013 they banded together and sued the Goliath-like company. As you can imagine, Chevron did not take kindly to this lawsuit. They…
  • Mood Mists – Easy Aromatherapy Sprays

    Tiffany
    17 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Essential oils have the amazing ability to help uplift and stimulate us when we need an emotional or physical boost. They can also help us to achieve balance and restore calm when life becomes chaotic and worrisome. It is easy to make a mood mist that that can either lift you up or calm you down, depending on what you need this day, week, or season. These mists a simple way to practice aromatherapy. You can spray the air around you, mist your hair and body, or perhaps spray them on bed linens (no they won’t stain). If you are feeling sluggish, they will stimulate you. If you are feeling…
  • Protecting our Babies and Belugas from Arctic Drilling

    Guest
    13 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Protecting our Babies and Belugas from Arctic Drilling – by Raffi Cavoukian For 40 years I’ve been a children’s troubadour, best known for “Baby Beluga”—a song I’ve shared in concert with fans all across America. To this day, kids continue to inspire me. They speak freely from the heart, expressing pure joy, calling out an injustice, or asking a question. And they ask the best questions! Thinking of my young fans, I reacted strongly to a critical decision made this week affecting the fate of the Arctic. In January’s State of the Union speech, President Obama said loud and…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • Hang in there, Bats: A bad news/good news update

    Mindful Echo
    27 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Mindful Echo continues the scary story about bats.Remember back around Hallowe'en when I shared that terrifying story about bats? The one that indicated that the number of brown bats found in Atlantic Canada had dropped from 7,000 to 22since 2011? (Yes 7,000 to 22.)Well, the bad news is that this past winter we lost even more. New Brunswick researchers have only been able to locate 13. THIRTEEN. It's truly, truly heartbreaking. At this point the Maritimes can say goodbye to the wee bats and only hope that the region will see a re-population sometime in the very distant future (if ever).
  • Our First Raised Bed Vegetable Garden!

    Eco Yogini
    24 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    One of my dreams for the past few years has been growing my own food.Historically, attempts at growing my own food have led to subpar results (wasps, bugs, not growing, rooftop gardening with scarily precarious fire escape access...).This Yulemas Andrew surprised me with two raised bed planter boxes he had made himself (with a handsaw at that!) and heirloom organic seeds from Cubit's. OH YEAH.Today we set up number one of two planter boxes with three of the six food types: Rainbow carrots, Rainbow Swiss Chard and Beets. These three were all "plantable" in mid to late May (for the Maritime…
  • What NOT To Do In a Drought

    Green Bean
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.I'll bet when you clicked on this link, you thought it would be full of overly watered lush green lawns, hosed off sidewalks and water sprinting down the gutter.  Here is an obligatory photo.  Please do not do these things in a drought - or at all, ever.There are a number of measures taken in the name of water conservation, however, that you really really should NOT do either.1) Turn Off Fountains and Empty Birdbaths: California is recently full of empty birdbaths, idle fountains, and dry watering holes where thirsty wildlife once gathered. If a…
  • Green Camping Tips

    Amber Strocel
    19 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    The Climate Crusader is kicking off the summer by thinking about camping.I am a little late for my post this week because we just finished the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada, which marks the unofficial start of summer. For Americans, Memorial Day is coming up next Monday, which is also about looking forward to warmer days ahead. For many people, summer means camping.Getting out in the great outdoors is a good way to get in touch with your green side, as you explore the wild places that you want to protect. But how green is camping, really? I have some tips to make sure your trip…
  • What Does It Mean To Be Present: A Book Review

    Christy
    15 May 2015 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter is sharing a way to be mindful in nature.As I have mentioned before, picture books are a great way to engage people with ideas about the environment. I am a huge book lover and enjoy sharing favourites and new finds.What Does It Mean To Be Present, by Rania DiOrio is one such book.Being present, being in the moment, fully embracing what we are experiencing, is important for our happiness, our self-regulation, and our physical and mental health. We can practice mindfulness at any moment in our day, in any setting. I, however, prefer to be mindful in nature, or at least…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Natural Deodorant for Pre-Teen Body Odor

    greenandcleanmom
    27 May 2015 | 4:17 pm
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  • 10 On-The-Go Breakfast Ideas

    greenandcleanmom
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • DIY Carrot, Avocado and Honey Facial Mask

    greenandcleanmom
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • 5 Steps for Day Cares and Schools to Promote Sun Safety

    greenandcleanmom
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • 9 Tips for a Successful Garage or Yard Sale

    greenandcleanmom
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Right Now - Puppy in the Park

    Greenstylemom
    22 May 2015 | 6:36 pm
    No kidding it has been raining here nonstop for 3 weeks. So happy to see the sun today! Tripper & I have missed our long walks. Got one this evening before the rain started up again9 months
  • For Mother's Day...

    Greenstylemom
    9 May 2015 | 5:32 pm
    This one had me in tears! All Women Are Unique
  • This Makes Me Happy

    Greenstylemom
    8 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Distracted by reading while eating lunch.
  • Homeschool Plan - May

    Greenstylemom
    5 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    I know I've sorta disappeared the last month. We had a bit of a rough transition back into "real" life after Hawaii mostly because of a flu-like virus that took us all down and seemed to linger. I've also been on a kick (again!) about simplifying life. Reading the book Essentialism while in Hawaii has really impacted much of life. I'm looking at everything through my "essential" lense including homeschool.Sometime in April, I cleared everything out of the homeschool room except for what I felt was (mostly) essential. No more bookshelf full of books and curriculum and activities that I want to…
  • Capsule Wardrobe Attempt

    Greenstylemom
    2 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    I have a lot of clothes. Probably not as many as some women but still much more than I truly need.I've been toying with the idea of a capsule wardrobe since I first heard about Project 33 multiple years ago. I just wasn't ready.So I have slowly been cleaning out my closet a few pieces at a time. Our no-buy year in 2014 helped a lot since I didn't add to my closet except for a few gifts.About 6 months ago I happened upon the blog Un-Fancy (unfortunately she just stopped blogging!) and the idea of a capsule wardrobe began to take root again. Only this time it seemed like more of a possibility.
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    Green Talk®

  • Spring Flowers: What’s Blooming in May.

    Anna@Green Talk
    20 May 2015 | 5:52 am
    The beginning of May is probably my  busiest time in the garden.  There are weeds to remove, new mulch to install, new beds to create and the list goes on and on.  Every year, I declare that the garden is going to kill me since there is so much to do.  But this May, I took a moment for the first time in over a decade and realized how absolutely beautiful my spring flowers are. Seriously.  A decade of ignoring these beautiful May flowers. Just to give you a reference, I am in zone 6 so what is blooming in my garden might be blooming at different times in yours. So, I wanted to share with…
  • Love Lavender: 24 Culinary and Homemade Product Recipes

    Anna@Green Talk
    7 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    I love lavender.  It is one of my favorite herbs. Its smell is intoxicating.  And its color so vivid. I would never have thought to cook with it or make anything other than lavender sugar.  Well, you are in for a treat since I enlisted my blogging friends to share some of their favorite lavender cooking and homemade recipes for your use. Every year, I harvest the lavender.  I own about 15 plants of different types of lavender. The color of the flowers ranges from dark purple to a light blue.  Even the stems smell delicious. This year, I am adding to my collection by growing English…
  • Vinyl Flooring Could Comes With a Health Price. Toxic Phthalates.

    Anna@Green Talk
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:28 pm
    People love their vinyl flooring for its resilience and cost. In fact, Floor Weekly reported 2011 sales for vinyl sheet and tile flooring “hit a record high wholesale value of $2.11 billion” in the United States. However, that resiliency comes with a health price tag.  Phthalates are added to vinyl flooring to reduce the rigidity of PVC and make it pliable.  The Ecology Center recently tested sixty-five vinyl flooring products from several major home improvement centers.  Fifty-eight percent of the flooring tested contained phthalates.    This additive is a well-known…
  • Eco-Skin Care by Herban Lifestyle: Pure, Small Batch Created

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Apr 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Herban Lifestyle’s products are an eco skin care line that is committed to sustainability from sourcing quality fair trade and/or organic ingredients down to their packaging.  What I love about this company is their ingredients are so pure and don’t contain any synthetic chemicals. Better yet, the products are produced in  small batches to assure quality. Despite all their sustainability goodness, the products need to work.  And, boy,  I was not let down.  Read on. Just to give you some background about my skin.  It has become  very dry as I have aged.  It is also…
  • Spring Garden Maintenance Checklist. Get Started Now.

    Anna@Green Talk
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    There is something so poetic when the forsythia bloom.  For me, it signifies that spring has arrived.  And there is plenty of work to do around the homestead.  Here is my spring garden maintenance checklist.  Add yours as well in the comments below. #1 Remove Grass from your Beds. Remove grass from your beds.  I swear grass grows where you don’t want it to grow.  My perennials haven’t reared their heads yet, but the grass in the beds are flourishing.  Since the ground is soft from the winter, it is so much easier to pull out the grass. #2 Time to Prune Lavender Time to…
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    Mindful Momma

  • Introducing Petal & Post for Eco Luxury {Giveaway}

    Micaela
    27 May 2015 | 10:20 am
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  • 5 Eco Stain Removers – Put to the Test

    Micaela
    21 May 2015 | 10:57 am
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  • LNBF for Eco Fashion {Giveaway!}

    Micaela
    19 May 2015 | 9:03 am
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  • Shop Smarter & Healthier with Shopswell {Giveaway!}

    Micaela
    14 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
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  • Eco Pinspiration: 12 Pinterest Boards for Greener Living

    Micaela
    12 May 2015 | 9:39 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • What Do Go Green Products Mean

    Alice Benny
    19 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Go green. Most of everyone would have come across this phrase in one form or the other. How many people actually understand what going green means? Learn more about go green slogans, go green facts and go green products. So what do Go Green Slogans and Go Green Products Mean To put it in simple… Read more The post What Do Go Green Products Mean appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Are BPA Water Bottles Dead?

    Greg Head
    12 May 2015 | 8:46 am
    Have you heard about the chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) which is used in the manufacture of plastic and resins? There was a controversy regarding the presence of the said chemical in various products like water bottles, feeding bottles, and soda cans as it was reported by different organizations that BPA can cause various health problems… Read more The post Are BPA Water Bottles Dead? appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Become a Traveling Locavore

    Greg Head
    4 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Are you intrigued by the buzz on locavores? A locavore is someone who eats food that is locally grown and produced. It’s a fairly new lifestyle that is slowly being embraced by millions of people around the world.  Being a locavore is not only about being mindful of the food you eat, but also about… Read more The post How to Become a Traveling Locavore appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Eco-Conscious Traveler Green Travel Tips to Travel Green

    Greg Head
    4 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Maybe you’ve heard of green travel tips before and thought it applies exclusively to jungle safaris and hiking up mountaintops. But that’s not the case at all, because you can still do your part even if you’re sightseeing in the city. All you need to do is make the effort to stay in environment friendly… Read more The post Eco-Conscious Traveler Green Travel Tips to Travel Green appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Amazon’s Kindle is Good Reading Device for Green Traveler

    Elizabeth
    3 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    Do you remember the time when the shelves in your room were packed with books?  Being the voracious reader that you are, it was a challenge for you to organize your home library. But let me ask you this: do you know how many trees were cut to print all those books? It’s a good… Read more The post Amazon’s Kindle is Good Reading Device for Green Traveler appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Pero Family Farms- Fresh Organic Produce Delivered To Your Door

    Monica
    27 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Do you have a tough time finding fresh, organic produce in your local stores? Sam’s club has a solution for you! The new Pero Family Farms Organic Healthy Box is available now at only $49.97, delivered fresh to your door! This is a great option if you really don’t have time to get to the store all the time for fresh produce, or if you want the hard to find organic items. The “Healthy Box” continues Papa Pero’s tradition of bringing only the freshest, most nutritious vegetables from their family farms to your family’s table. The Organic Healthy Box…
  • Cool and Fresh New Look in Wedding Announcements

    Monica
    19 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Walmart Stationery has recently partnered with wedding experts, Gartner Studios, to create an exclusive selection of stationery items at their Every Day Low Prices. Their expansive line of trend-forward designs, premium paper and easy-to-use personalization tool are sure to bring you the best shopping experience possible. But they didn’t stop there. In order to help manage the beginning-to-end wedding planning process of our customers, they also offer FREE online planning tools. From your checklist to managing your budget to shopping inspiration boards, Walmart has you covered. The…
  • Easy Entertaining Tips For Your Memorial Day Get Together

    Monica
    18 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    It is the official/unofficial start to Summer with Memorial Day coming up. I asked my hubby to write a few words about throwing a good Memorial Day event, since he is the one that typically puts everything together for our Summer BBQ’s… Below are some good tips for entertaining over the Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day is a holiday we observe in the United States to remember the people who have died while serving in the armed forces.  In social media today you may see many internet memes relating to the sentiment that, “Memorial Day isn’t just a BBQ day”, but with many…
  • How Clean Is Your Toothbrush?

    Monica
    12 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    No, Seriously! How clean is it? Would it pass a petri dish test? I would hope mine would, but there’s no telling. Germs are EVERYWHERE! Did you know that the simple act of flushing a toilet can contaminate a six foot radius? YUCK! Many people grab those plastic toothbrush covers from the travel aisle and use those for days, weeks, even months, thinking that they are keeping their toothbrush clean and clear of any floating germs. One thing that they’re probably not thinking about is the moisture being trapped in the plastic and the mold that ends up growing in them. You have to…
  • Cobra Weather Radio/Walkie Talkie

    Monica
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
      We were given $50 to spend and asked to check out an item from the Electronics Department at our local Walmart… Well, we didn’t want to do the typical MP3 player, tablet, or techie type electronic item… We wanted to do something just a little different. I gave my hubby the choice, and he thought that the Cobra Family Service Radio/Weather Alert Radio would be a perfect choice with hunting season coming up. While at the store we did a little bit of quick research and chose the Cobra CXT595 to try out. As the primary outdoorsman of the family, I gave him the chance to…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • The village of the city block

    Veshengro
    27 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro)Upon reading the headline I am sure some folks will think that I probably have lost it as most will associate the village with the countryside and rural idyll. However, a properly designed city – or redesigned one – can create the village, even in an apartment block.In fact, this is exactly what must be done and each of those village have to be self-governing and self-reliant, being interdependent but also independent, running their own affairs. In some places such villages have already been created even in apartment buildings where the lower floors…
  • Nightingale Site Destroyed For New Homes in Hampshire, Southern Ecological Solutions Reports

    Veshengro
    25 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    25 May 2015 : Leading ecological and arboricultural consultancy, Southern Ecological Solutions, have commented on the recent news regarding a landowner who has been accused of ‘destroying’ a habitat for rare birds. Local residents and conservationists in the local area of Romsey have claimed that the destruction of a former gravel pit will be bad news for nightingales. The rare birds are due to return to the UK this month to breed after spending the winter in central Africa. The landowner has removed scrubland from the site and is seeking planning permission for the construction of 16…
  • Personal transportation of the future: The Bicycle

    Veshengro
    21 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Well, this is a little a case of back to the future, I know but despite all the hype the electric vehicle of whatever kind is not going to cut it for personal transportation for the masses. Keeping a horse and using horse and cart also is not an option for everyone, especially not those that live in towns and cities, that's for sure. We are being told that battery technology is advancing on an almost daily basis but what no one who advocates the car in the form of electric vehicles (EVs) is the fact, and they don't even seem to consider it, that the manufacture of…
  • The need for a return to coppice management

    Veshengro
    18 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The high timber forest consisting of so-called standards, with no small growth trees and coppice beneath, has its place and especially in areas where coppicable deciduous trees do not and cannot grow, and also for some end uses. In general, however, we must return to coppice management in most if not indeed all of our woodlands wherever it is possible in order to bring homegrown wood back into the economy and especially in order to rebuild local woodland industries. For far too long the old woodland management practice of coppicing has fallen into disuse in favor…
  • Buy less, make more

    Veshengro
    16 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    by Michael Smith (Veshengro) DIY is not dead, just asleep for the moment with many. In today's world we are constantly bombarded with advertisements telling us to buy more, more and still more. A little bit like the recycling admonition by governments that basically say recycle, recycle more and then recycle still more. The more seems to be the key to everything, it would appear, as far as some are concerned. We are living in a constant perpetual growth economy which is not sustainable, neither financially, for us, nor ecologically for the Planet, and we, as “consumers” are the only ones…
 
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    Green Your Decor

  • Made in the Shade for Memorial Day

    jennae
    18 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    For most people, Memorial Day marks the official start of summer. My family and I usually spend the weekend celebrating carnival in Atlanta, but this year, we’ll have some family over, and with a few little ones in tow, we’ll more likely spend that time at home enjoying their company and avoiding the crowds. And […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Made in the Shade for Memorial Day
  • Nursery Dreaming with Walmart

    jennae
    5 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I have to say, one of the most fun parts of having a baby for me was planning the nursery. I had so much fun imagining colors and patterns and how I’d put it all together, particularly because my two girls were sharing a room when baby Juliza first came home from the hospital. The […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Nursery Dreaming with Walmart
  • If LED is the Future, the Future is Now

    jennae
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
    It’s amazing to think about how far green technology has come in a few short years. When I started Green Your Decor back in 2008, people were just starting to convert their homes from incandescent light bulbs to the new compact fluorescent options. They weren’t always easy to find in stores, but they were worth […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.If LED is the Future, the Future is Now
  • Know Asbestos Before Tackling a Green Remodel

    jennae
    23 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Motivated to get our homes on the green end of the spectrum, it’s easy to want to dive right into the project. But before you start ripping out paneling and replacing your roof, it’s important to be mindful of the deadly substance that could be lurking underneath. We’re talking about asbestos, a naturally ­occurring group […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Know Asbestos Before Tackling a Green Remodel
  • Aerogarden Review & Update: 19 Days Later

    jennae
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    So…a few weeks ago, you may recall my excitement about the Aerogarden 3SL indoor gardening system. You know. That contraption that promised to turn me into a master gardener overnight. OK. That’s an over-exaggeration. But the Aerogarden did promise to help me grow herbs, veggies and even flowers right on my kitchen counter, with little effort or […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Aerogarden Review & Update: 19 Days Later
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    Jetson Green

  • The simple and inexpensive power savings solution has arrived

    Tim Nieuwenhuis
    27 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    Los Angeles, CA – May, 2015 – Local software engineer Markus Loeffler today announced a Kickstarter project to help consumers reduce dependency on the electric grid while saving on electric costs. “One Fridge off the Grid” was initially conceived during a power outage caused by severe storms in 2011. Loeffler was without power for days, and the food in his fridge spoiled. His son was unable to research homework assignments online. Loeffler was determined to avoid this situation again. A year later I had a working prototype in my garage, and a solar panel mounted to the roof of my…
  • Another Very Clever Tiny Apartment Conversion

    Christine Walsh
    26 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    European cities are full of tiny apartments, which are usually all hallways, walls and tiny rooms. It’s always nice to see these small apartments renovated in a more modern way, which manages to make the most of the available space. When it comes to this German apartment the architecture and design studio Spamroom from Berlin, did a great job. They made it happen with a multi-purpose central unit, as has been the case with many tiny apartment transformations lately, and making full use of the available vertical space. The so-called Micro-Apartment Moabit measures just 226 sq ft (21 sq m).
  • Clever Transformation of a Small Apartment

    Christine Walsh
    25 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    It’s always nice to see clever ways of turning tiny interiors into functional living spaces that feel much larger than they actually are. The French architect Richard Guilbault recently achieved just that with a renovation of a tiny Paris apartment into a home that looks and feels much larger than its 322 square foot (30 sq m) area would suggest. The creation is called simply Flat and was fitted with moveable furniture, a folding bed, and a tiny bathroom to make the most of the available space. It is located in the 18th arrondissement area of the city, and was renovated in early 2015. The…
  • Maison D is An Affordable Family Home

    Christine Walsh
    22 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Traditional building is time consuming, labor intensive, expensive and can be quite damaging to the environment. Part of living a sustainable lifestyle is certainly finding ways to construct our homes with minimal impact and Maison D, recently built by Fouquet Architecture Urbanisme in Couëron, France is a great example of how that can be done. Maison D is a two-story home with a total floorspace of 1,593 sq ft (148 sq m). In the downstairs area there is a large open plan living/dining area with a spacious kitchen, which opens onto a covered deck. The home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms as…
  • Downsize in Style

    Christine Walsh
    21 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    The motto of the company Tiny Heirloom Homes of Oregon is: “downsize, don’t down grade”. To meet this goal they offer a variety of ingenious tiny homes, which range from the basic to the more sophisticated. They also offer off-the-grid options, full customization, and smart home automation in partnership with Nest Labs. One of their goals is also to become the first luxury, custom tiny home manufacturer in the US. The tiny homes they produce are fully customizable, while they all feature high-end flooring materials, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a composting…
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    The Green Parent

  • How to bond with your kids over books

    Jenn
    5 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    Happy father and son reading book together in bed Like many parents, I love, love, love reading to and with my kids. But I will also be the first to confess that sometimes, life just gets in the way of reading time. That’s because more often than not, we save our family reading time for the end of the day when we are all tired and ready to crash. Lisa Cohn and her six-year old son Michael, are pros at the family reading scene. The two have written two books together (Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence (Volume 1) and Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy) and even film YouTube clips in which Michael…
  • The A-Z of Getting Fit With Your Kids

    Jenn
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    Looking for fun news ways to get your kids up and moving each day? Exercise doesn’t have to be a drag. But I know how hard it can be to get kids out the door when all they really want is to continue their slug-fest on the sofa. Some kids can’t wait for an excuse to get outside and run around. But others need a little more encouragement, and that’s cool too. The key is to make it fun and family-centered so that it doesn’t feel like a drag. Skip the forced march around the block and suggest a game of quidditch or tickle tag. Your kids will be bounding out the door in no…
  • Race Review: Emerald Isle Marathon

    Jenn
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    This is the only race photo ever taken of me in which my feet actually look like they are moving. (Photo: Alan Williams) Last weekend, I ran North Carolina’s innaugural Emerald Isle Marathon. I was nervous about running a first-time race because I know there is a steep learning curve when it comes to things like making sure there is enough water at the water stations and porta potties at the start line. But my worries were for naught, because it was pretty clear early on that the race directors and volunteers in Emerald Isle had this race dialed. In fact, the prep was better than…
  • Which city is the cleanest in the world?

    Jenn
    14 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    How clean is your city? Think it’s one of the cleanest in the world? The research team at Hassle Blog put together this inforgraphic of the cleanest cities in every continent in the world. Way to go Chicago! It’s a good bucket list of cities worth visiting as well as a guideline for other cities looking to improve their “clean” cred. Did your favorite city make the list? Hassle.com – The Worlds Cleanest Cities”
  • Sweet news! Chocolate may help improve memory

    Jenn
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    Researchers find that plant compounds called flavanols are the key to reducing memory loss. (Photo: Dasha Petrenko/Shutterstock) Good news chocolate lovers! New research has found that a compound found in chocolate may help improve memory skills and reduce the memory loss that often accompanies old age. It’s all about the flavanols. Researchers have found that these plant compounds – found in chocolate – are the key to the improvements. In a new study, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center tested a special cocoa drink – highly concentrated with flavanols…
 
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    Rebuilding Together

  • Rebuilding Together and Partners Win Innovative Program of the Year Award at 2015 National VOAD Conference

    Grant Beck
    13 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Rebuilding Together was one of several nonprofit coalition partners recognized for the Innovative Program of the Year Award at the 2015 National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Annual Conference in New Orleans this week. The award recognized the group of nonprofit partners for establishing a storm shelter pilot program that provided financial resources, recovery support and technical counsel for communities and families in areas of the country affected by tornado outbreaks, including Moore, Oklahoma. During the year-long pilot, 206 families in the greater Oklahoma City area…
  • Rebuilding Together Releases 2015 – 2017 Business Priorities

    Grant Beck
    1 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    As a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing, we are focused on becoming a stronger, sustainable organization. We believe that becoming a stronger community revitalization partner will better position us to meet the ever-increasing needs of America’s low-income homeowners and communities nationwide. We value transparency, openness, and accountability, and want to provide you with an update on the national office’s priorities. Based on discussions with the affiliate network, staff, and board, we are focused on: 1. Strengthening the Services We Deliver 2. Implementing More…
  • Rebuilding Together Marks its Annual National Rebuilding Month in April

    Mike Man
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Over 1,800 home repair projects to be completed by nearly 50,000 volunteers across the country WASHINGTON, April 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that April 2015 marks its fifth annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is a nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 25. Nearly 50,000 expected volunteers will serve…
  • Rebuilding Together Announces Interim President and CEO

    Mike Man
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    The national board of directors of Rebuilding Together has appointed Sandra Henriquez as interim president and CEO effective April 1, 2015.  Henriquez joined Rebuilding Together on January 13, 2015 as chief operating officer. Henriquez has served multiple roles in the affordable housing sector, including as an assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Public and Indian Housing. For more information on Henriquez, please visit rebuildingtogether.org/news-item/rebuilding-together-welcomes-new-coo
  • Rebuilding Together Donates Modular Home to Veteran

    Linley Beckbridge
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Young Phoenix family’s dreams come true, providing many future opportunities Zahid, Stephanie and Noé at Kickoff to Rebuild in Phoenix PHOENIX, Ariz,January 30, 2015 /NextGen Media/ In his application for a new home, a young veteran named Zahid wrote that owning his own home would mean that he would finally be able to fully provide for his family. “It’s my way of showing them my love and appreciation for everything they do to help as a wounded veteran.” In 2007 at the age of 19, Zahid joined the United States Marine Corps. While stationed in Japan he was deployed to South Korea, the…
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    Green-Trust.Org

  • “Bride of Frankenfood”

    Steve Spence
    20 May 2015 | 8:38 am
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses. The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her support of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which dominate the corn and soybean crops at the heart of Iowa’s economy, manifested itself at a recent meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where…
  • Water Conservation in Las Vegas

    Steve Spence
    4 May 2015 | 4:26 am
    Water Conservation in Las Vegas In the middle of the Mojave Desert lies an oasis known as Las Vegas. Although the desert is among one of the driest places on earth, water supply doesn’t seem to be a problem considering the 22 million gallons used at the Bellagio fountain and the amount water used to fill the canals of the Venetian. From 2000 to 2010, Las Vegas was the third fastest growing city in the fast growing state, and rates of water consumption went through the roof. The city only gets about 4 inches of rainfall on average, which makes the public question what exactly are casinos to…
  • Earth Day Energy Saver!

    Steve Spence
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Ever want your lights to turn on when you walk into the room, and off when you leave? Sure you can buy a gadget to do that, but how about building your own motion sensor? We wanted to save energy, and create convenience, by adding motion sensors to our lighting circuits. Maybe you want some notification of an intruder. Both can be done with a PIR Motion sensor. Construction details at: http://arduinotronics.blogspot.com/2015/04/earth-day-have-your-lights-turn-off.html
  • Wind & Solar Power, Weather Datalogger

    Steve Spence
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:52 pm
    We are rolling out our newest Wind & Solar Power & Weather Datalogger. A shunt between the battery and the power sources (wind turbines, solar panels, microhydro, your cousin on the exercycle), tell us the current being generated, and a voltage divider reads the voltage of the battery pack. If another shunt is placed between the battery and loads, power consumption also be tracked. From that we can calculate the watts being produced. With our SD Card and RTC Module, we can calculate amp hours and watt hours, and save them to a sd card. We also can record weather data, like…
  • Convert Your Generator to Tri-Fuel

    Steve Spence
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Is your gasoline generator hard to start? Does your fuel seem to go bad? Today’s ethanol fuel can cause all kinds of issues for small engines. Propane burns cleaner than gasoline, and stores pretty much forever, virtually guaranteeing instant starts when an emergency arises. Methane capability means you can produce your own fuel from decomposing manure or vegetable matter. Follow along as we convert our Coleman Generator with a easy to install and use Century Fuel Products conversion kit. Get the details on producing Methane Fuel at http://green-trust.org/products/
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    Cooking Up a Story » Video Interviews

  • An Interview with Katrina Blair: The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

    Cooking Up a Story
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story An interview with Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds talks about the 13 wild weeds she says are essential for human survival. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • Running a Small Scale Dairy Farm

    Cooking Up a Story
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story Gianaclis Caldwell, cheesemaker and author of The Small Scale Dairy and Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking talks about running a small scale dairy farm and how she became a cheesemaker. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Mushroom Hunters: An Interview with Langdon Cook

    Cooking Up a Story
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story In this interview with Langdon Cook, author of The Mushroom Hunters, we discuss his book and his first-hand encounters on the commercial wild mushroom trail. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Gaza Kitchen – An Interview with Laila El-Haddad

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story The Gaza Kitchen, a cookbook celebrating the life and recipes of a remarkable Palestinian people living under harsh political oppression in the Gaza Strip. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • The Third Plate: Interview With Dan Barber

    Cooking Up a Story
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story In this interview with Dan Barber, we talk about his book, The Third Plate, his passion for sourcing the finest ingredients, sustainability, and the importance of culture. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
 
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  • France says Iran deal unlikely to meet deadline

    Kerry Marasco
    26 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    After a couple of days of hope when it appeared the United Nations made dramatic process in getting a deal done with Iran, things turned south quickly when the Ayatollah decided to insult the other players in the negotiations. With the next major deadline approaching its 30-day notice, France is casting further doubts that a deal will get done in time. Let’s call it what it is: the United Nations team gave up much more than they wanted to give up and Iran still didn’t think it was fair. In the negotiating world, this is called an insurmountable impasse. Unfortunately, the desires…
  • He bought a Harrier – the coolest AARP member you’ll see all day

    Chastity Mansfield
    26 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    What do you do when you’re a retired pilot with plenty of money and Harriers become available for purchase? You buy and restore them, of course! Check out this AARP video and set your own goals for retirement that include old vertical liftoff fighter jets. The post He bought a Harrier – the coolest AARP member you’ll see all day appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
  • Are driverless cars too far fetched for today’s drivers?

    Jesseb Shiloh
    25 May 2015 | 6:40 pm
    If you look around the tech blogs and automotive websites, you’ll see that everyone seems to be getting into the driverless car race. The technology to have a vehicle drive us from point A to point B without our interaction beyond plugging in the destination seems like a nice possibility if it works, but modern drivers are very skeptical about whether or not it will actually work the way it’s being billed. Some manufacturers are jumping on board. Others are promoting the concept of keeping control in the hands of human drivers. Either way, it’s a trend that seems destined to…
  • Environmental message of Tomorrowland fails to deliver

    Kerry Marasco
    24 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    This is not a movie review. In fact, we won’t be seeing this movie. It’s an account of disappointment for a movie that had the potential to promote the concepts of climate change but that failed on both levels: critically and at the box office. Tomorrowland had all of the right elements. Disney is promoting it. George Clooney stars in it. The budget was there: $190 million. The timing was right as it’s the only major release (other than Pitch Perfect 2 if you want to consider it a major release) for Memorial Day weekend. Some would say that other studios backed off on…
  • Kaiserstuhl, Germany, has the wild garlic you crave

    Jesseb Shiloh
    23 May 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Okay, so it’s probably not advisable to start an Italian food restaurant based upon the wild garlic growing in Kaiserstuhl, Germany, but it makes for an incredible nature shot. The post Kaiserstuhl, Germany, has the wild garlic you crave appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
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    INHABITAT

  • A House for Essex: FAT and Grayson Perry complete a bizarre house dedicated to a fictional character

    Lidija Grozdanic
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Read the rest of A House for Essex: FAT and Grayson Perry complete a bizarre house dedicated to a fictional character Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: A House for Essex, Alain de Botton, bizarre homes, decorative tiling, essex, fat, Grayson Perry, green renovation, holiday house, tapestries, UK Architecture, vacation house
  • The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

    Lidija Grozdanic
    27 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Read the rest of The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Covert House, Daylighting, daylit home, DSDHA, London, natural light, natural ventilation, passivhaus, rainwater collection, solar array, solar panels, Solar Power, UK architects
  • California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

    Tafline Laylin
    27 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento – and he’s also the first California resident to receive a free rooftop solar system. But he won’t be the last. Thanks to legislation first introduced by Senator Kevin de León, the Oakland-based non-profit GRID Alternatives plans to give 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by 2016. The initiative was launched with funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program designed to discourage carbon dioxide emissions. Read the rest…
  • World’s tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

    Lidija Grozdanic
    27 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Read the rest of World’s tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bungee jumping, china, extreme bridges, extreme structures, glass bridge, green infrastructure, Haim Dotan, Hunan Province, record-breaking structure, transparent bridge
  • New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

    Lori Zimmer
    27 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, claims to be a painless implant that could change impaired vision forever. In fact, Webb claims the lens will go beyond the standard 20/20 vision, giving patients the super power of seeing three times better. Read the rest of New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dr. Garth Webb, eco design, green design, lasik, Ocumetics Bionic Lens, Ocumetics Technology Corp,…
 
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

    Jen
    13 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    By Jane Blanchard via Modernize When you’re preparing to sell your home, any upgrades that add value are worth your time and effort. One of the hottest trends in real estate is green, sustainable living–making changes to your home that decrease the amount of energy you use and your impact on the environment. Read on to learn more about the best “green” upgrades that not only are kind to the Earth, but add value to your home. 1. Energy-Efficient Appliances: Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to boost your home’s value. You can go the extra mile by choosing…
  • Top 3 Eco-Friendly Office Products that I Couldn’t Live Without

    Ali Lawrence
    5 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Usually your office place is anything but “green”. You might think you don’t have that much control over what your office provides when it comes to sustainable living but that’s where you’d be wrong. There are dozens of eco-friendly office products that help you save the planet a little at a time. Here are three items that I couldn’t live without at work. Good Bye Sticky Notes, Hello Bamboo Board Before I bought this beautiful dry-erase board my desk was always covered in sticky notes. It wasn’t uncommon to go through a pack a month. Not only did this clutter my desk (and a…
  • 5 Apps You Can Use Right Now to Become More Eco-Friendly

    Jen
    28 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    It’s easy to talk about eco-friendliness. We’ve all been doing it for decades. Some of us haven’t moved beyond adding a recycle bin for plastic and aluminum. Even that is no great boast in states like Oregon, that require such measures. Some have taken it a step further by making home improvements such as adding solar panels, ceiling fans, and low-flow shower heads. This is a significant step. The environment thanks you for taking it seriously. Tech users can be very inconsistent when it comes to their green aspirations. One moment, they are proudly driving a Prius, and drinking a…
  • 6 Spring Maintenance Tips to Increase Your Energy Efficiency

    Kate Wilson
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Congratulations! You made it through winter. Say goodbye to your sky-high heating bills and hello to spring! Unfortunately, you won’t be saying goodbye to your energy worries altogether, though. Before you know it, summer will be here. And depending on your climate, it may be time to kick on those cooling systems sooner rather than later. So how can you be sure you’re not paying an arm and a leg for energy come spring and summer? (Oh, and that you’re doing your part to help the environment, too.) Generally, the first thing you’ll need to do is inspect your home to see…
  • What You Need to Know About Renovating Your Office

    Kate Wilson
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Renovating your office space is about a lot more than just a few paint swatches. Deciding to make a change in décor is really about deciding to make a positive change in the office environment, one that will be beneficial to you, your employees and your clients. Whether your budget is large or small, it is crucial to think about your options before you get started.  How, for example, can you maximize the office space to motivate employees to perform at their best and increase their output? Are their ways to accomplish this that are eco-friendly and energy-efficient? Here are a few ideas to…
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  • How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented

    Priscila Pacheco
    27 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Picnickers in Mexico City reclaim a freeway median as public space. Photo by Ben Welle/Flickr. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in our cities. In the late 19th century, the car emerged as a promise…
  • Live the City 2015 Shows How 5 Cities Are Prioritizing People Over Cars

    Luísa Zottis
    26 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Barcelona’s urban mobility plan prioritizes people over cars, outlining clear steps for improving pedestrian infrastructure between 2013 and 2018. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr. In cities around the world, urban residents want to live well, with access to jobs, education, healthcare and public space. However, because many of our current practices are inflicting burdensome social and economic costs on our cities, we need to increase our focus on efficient solutions and sustainable urban development. Cities play the role of laboratories, experimenting with innovative solutions to…
  • Friday Fun: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Transforming Bus Travel

    Erin Kenney
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities like Jinotega, Nicaragua and making public transit more responsive to the needs of local communities. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr. In the last fifty years, bus systems have evolved significantly as a mode of public transit. From the onset of bus rapid transit (BRT) in the mid-1970s to the growing variety of alternative fuel options—including  cooking oil and human waste (known as the Bio-Bus)—there have been continuous improvements to bus mechanics, decreasing its environmental impact. Examples like the Bio-Bus, as the…
  • TheCityFix Is Looking for a Writing and Editing Intern!

    Alex Rogala
    21 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    TheCityFix, produced by the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, is now accepting applications for a full-time Writing and Editing in its Washington, DC headquarters. Are you up for the challenge? Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo/Flickr. Are you passionate about creating sustainable, thriving cities? Do you have the skills to translate complex, technical material into compelling content for an engaged online community? Do you want to work for a top-tier environment and global development research organization? TheCityFix, an online network dedicated to advancing the conversation on sustainable…
  • Three Keys to Sustainable Urban Governance

    Brittany Lane
    21 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Continuously engaging the public with strong capacity is key to urban governance and sustainable development. Photo by Dante Busquets/Flickr. The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. Developed by the Access Initiative and World Resources Institute, EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries based on three factors: transparency, access to justice, and citizen engagement. These elements are important aspects of governance as a whole. While significant in its…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business

    Jean-Paul
    27 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    Green business is big business, and more and more companies are adopting eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Here’s a roundup of five American cities leading the way in green business: Austin, Texas The Texas capitol boats more than 206 parks, 26 greenbelts, 12 preserves and more than 50 miles of trails. Not only does Austin offer […] The post The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Jobs and the Green MBA Go Green Seattle 2011 Conference Green MBA Programs Green Business Finder – 3rdWhales’ iPhone app Go…
  • Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again

    Jean-Paul
    22 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    There are a lot of great choices out there for reusable grocery bags, but Bag Again has created a recycled plastic mesh bag perfect for produce and bulk foods. Not only does it hold it, but you can wash, rinse, and scrub your produce in the bag for even more convenience. Bag Again sent me […] The post Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Reusable Shopping Bag Choices Reusable Grocery Bags and Bacteria Recycled Totes and Bags – UrthBags BPA and Your Safest Reusable Water Bottle Choice Local Organic Produce Delivery CSA Box
  • Best Electric Motorcycles

    Jean-Paul
    12 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Electric motorcycles are starting to pop up everywhere now. The technology is here, and like the Tesla did for electric cars, the designs are starting to get sexy. A handful compete for top honors in the Zero emissions division at the Isle of Man TT to prove their power and reliability, but some are flying […] The post Best Electric Motorcycles appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle Mission One Street Superbike: Worlds Fastest Electric Motorcycle Title Revoked! Worlds Fastest Electric Superbike Motorcycle – The TTX01…
  • Revolution Movie Review

    Jean-Paul
    5 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    After his previous documentary film Sharkwater, I was excited to see what documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart came up with next. His newest movie is titled Revolution and continues on where Sharkwater left off, expanding on the environmental threats and troubles facing the human race in the years to come. Not as focused as other environmental […] The post Revolution Movie Review appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Sharkwater Movie Review For the Dolphins – The Cove Movie Review Blackfish Documentary Movie Review The Pipe Documentary Film Review Vegucated Documentary…
  • Save the World with Bee Keeping

    Jean-Paul
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Bees are wonderful little creatures. They are dancing social venomous kamikaze insects that make sweet nectar (sweet sweet nectar). Not only that, they are also depended on to support many of our agriculture systems, so without them we could have a huge food problem. Every year, more than half of the honeybee hives in the […] The post Save the World with Bee Keeping appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: UNEPs World Environment Day – June 5 Green Bag Revolution Around the World
 
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  • Innocent Unplugged

    Hannah Jarratt
    12 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Innocent Unplugged   In a life where connectivity is paramount to everyday activities we are embracing the opportunity to head off the beaten track, to unplug and recharge. The ever brilliant brains at Innocent are offering respite at their annual festival with a difference, Innocent Unplugged. A festival for grown-ups in Kent with no wifi, no 3G and no traditional electricity. Any power required will be generated by festival goers with a little solar at the ready. So leave your phone at home. Forget about Facebook. Turn off Twitter. We’ll see you in the woods. If you haven’t…
  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “UKIP have broken things wide open.”   We speak to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about some of the key issues that we’re thinking about in the run-up to the General Election.   Why do you think there has been a surge in support for The Green Party? There is a new space available, before the financial crash things were going ok, people thought the economy was alright, and in general we were doing ok. The need for real change has given us a space, the Green Party has always been talking about mainstream policies and tax but people are more ready to listen to us now.  …
  • Earthmojis by Do The Green Thing

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
      Following their debut at the Time to Act People’s Climate Change March last month, we’ve made our Earthmojis placards available as free downloads. Earthmojis are a set of global placards made entirely out of the digital world’s favourite and most pervasive language, Emoji. We’ve created a set of four placards that highlight negative environmental behaviours and applaud green actions. Climate change is a global problem, and as climate change protests continue to take place across the world, we hope that you will download and march with your favourite Earthmojis placard, as a…
  • An Evening with Everyday Things

    Hannah Jarratt
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    An Evening with Everyday Things   Pentagram recently hosted a private view of ‘Everyday Things’, a collection of 19 objects by artists and designers curated by Do The Green Thing and WWF-UK to promote Earth Hour 2015. During the evening, 200 people filed into Pentagram’s front room to enjoy the exhibition and hear Naresh Ramchandani – the co-founder of Do The Green Thing and Pentagram partner – speak about why it was put together. This is the third time that Do The Green Thing has teamed up with WWF-UK to create a campaign for Earth Hour. In previous years, the campaigns have…
  • A Journey of Nine Pencils

    Hannah Jarratt
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    A Journey of Nine Pencils   This month, Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity I help to run, launched Everyday Things, a wonderful collection of everyday objects made by artists and designers to act as inspiring canvases for sustainable messaging and inspiring examples of sustainable design. The collection was made in collaboration with WWF-UK and celebrates Earth Hour, the worldwide lights off event.   We received many brilliant submissions from many brilliant creative people, including Flower Glass, a beautiful vase made from a wine glass and a coat hanger by Daniel Weil,…
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  • Innocent Unplugged

    Hannah Jarratt
    12 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    Innocent Unplugged   In a life where connectivity is paramount to everyday activities we are embracing the opportunity to head off the beaten track, to unplug and recharge. The ever brilliant brains at Innocent are offering respite at their annual festival with a difference, Innocent Unplugged. A festival for grown-ups in Kent with no wifi, no 3G and no traditional electricity. Any power required will be generated by festival goers with a little solar at the ready. So leave your phone at home. Forget about Facebook. Turn off Twitter. We’ll see you in the woods. If you haven’t…
  • We talk to the leader of the Green Party

    Hannah Jarratt
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    “UKIP have broken things wide open.”   We speak to Green Party leader Natalie Bennett about some of the key issues that we’re thinking about in the run-up to the General Election.   Why do you think there has been a surge in support for The Green Party? There is a new space available, before the financial crash things were going ok, people thought the economy was alright, and in general we were doing ok. The need for real change has given us a space, the Green Party has always been talking about mainstream policies and tax but people are more ready to listen to us now.  …
  • Earthmojis by Do The Green Thing

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
      Following their debut at the Time to Act People’s Climate Change March last month, we’ve made our Earthmojis placards available as free downloads. Earthmojis are a set of global placards made entirely out of the digital world’s favourite and most pervasive language, Emoji. We’ve created a set of four placards that highlight negative environmental behaviours and applaud green actions. Climate change is a global problem, and as climate change protests continue to take place across the world, we hope that you will download and march with your favourite Earthmojis placard, as a…
  • An Evening with Everyday Things

    Hannah Jarratt
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    An Evening with Everyday Things   Pentagram recently hosted a private view of ‘Everyday Things’, a collection of 19 objects by artists and designers curated by Do The Green Thing and WWF-UK to promote Earth Hour 2015. During the evening, 200 people filed into Pentagram’s front room to enjoy the exhibition and hear Naresh Ramchandani – the co-founder of Do The Green Thing and Pentagram partner – speak about why it was put together. This is the third time that Do The Green Thing has teamed up with WWF-UK to create a campaign for Earth Hour. In previous years, the campaigns have…
  • A Journey of Nine Pencils

    Hannah Jarratt
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:36 am
    A Journey of Nine Pencils   This month, Do The Green Thing, the environmental charity I help to run, launched Everyday Things, a wonderful collection of everyday objects made by artists and designers to act as inspiring canvases for sustainable messaging and inspiring examples of sustainable design. The collection was made in collaboration with WWF-UK and celebrates Earth Hour, the worldwide lights off event.   We received many brilliant submissions from many brilliant creative people, including Flower Glass, a beautiful vase made from a wine glass and a coat hanger by Daniel Weil,…
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  • What LEED Statistics Tell Us?

    Stuart Kaplow
    24 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system dominates brand acceptance and market share in the business of green building and is a driver in the larger environmental industrial complex. So a review of LEED statistics can be telling, not only about the state of green building, but about trends and future opportunities.  But as Benjamin Disraeli told us, “There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.” So, to keep this short blog post simple but meaningful we are going to look only at a snapshot that was the  nonresidential projects that…
  • An Arm and a Leg and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code

    Stuart Kaplow
    17 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    The 2015 version of the International Energy Conservation Code is soon to be upon you. Modern building codes are most often adopted by local government legislative bodies and as such vary from place to place. The IECC is in use or adopted in 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New York City and Puerto Rico.  By way of background, the International Building Code, as published by the International Code Council establishes “the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare …” The ICC also developed the IECC,…
  • Produced with Genetic Engineering

    Stuart Kaplow
    10 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Only slightly less fun than a Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin Point Counterpoint on Saturday Night Live, is the fight over labeling food produced from a bioengineered organism is being waged in a Federal courtroom in Vermont. Given modern interstate commerce, we may all find all of our food labeled “produced with genetic engineering.”   On April 27, 2015, Judge Christina Reiss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont issued a preliminary opinion and order in a case where the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods…
  • GBCI Changed its Name and You Need to Change Your Documents

    Stuart Kaplow
    3 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    GBCI, formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, has changed its name to Green Business Certification Inc. It will continue to be referred by the acronym GBCI. GBCI administers project certifications and professional credentials within the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System. USGBC describes GBCI as its “credentialing subsidiary.”   In September of last year, USGBC announced that GBCI would also provide certification and credentialing services for the PEER standard for power systems. In October a similar announcement was…
  • Congress Creates Tenant Star But Does Little Else

    Stuart Kaplow
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    In a continued period of falling energy prices, for oil and natural gas as well as renewables, and in an era when energy use in the U.S. has not increased in decades (despite the increase in population), Congress passed an energy bill. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, S. 535, a portion of this bill was formerly known as the Better Buildings Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives last week and on April 23rd was presented to the President for signature. Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire have been working to get an energy efficiency bill…
 
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  • Permaculture Expert Toby Hemenway on Natural Patterns

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    You asked, our authors answered. All month long, we’ve been celebrating permaculture by having a panel of authors answer questions submitted by our readers. As Permaculture Month comes to a close, we wanted to share some final thoughts from one of the top experts in the permaculture field, Toby Hemenway. He is the author of […]The post Permaculture Expert Toby Hemenway on Natural Patterns appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    25 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    The latest news and opinions from Chelsea Green and our authors, as well as tips and techniques about how you can bring our books to life in your kitchen, backyard, or community, and special sales, promotions and new releases. Hurry! Permaculture Sale Ends Today.   Whether you’re tackling edible garden spaces or farm fields, we […]The post May Roundup: News, Views & Stuff You Can Use appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Permaculture Q&A: Perennial Plants for Temperate Climates

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    21 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    All month long, we are giving our readers direct access to our expert authors to answer permaculture-related questions. This week, a number of people inquired about growing food in temperate climates, specifically, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Canada. Our award winning author Eric Toensmeier (Perennial Vegetables, Paradise Lot), and two authors from our UK publishing partner Permanent […]The post Permaculture Q&A: Perennial Plants for Temperate Climates appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • 5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […]The post 5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    18 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Interested in applying a permaculture approach to your land, but not quite sure where to start? In the below Q&A, authors Olivia Rathbone (The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Cookbook) and Tao Orion (Beyond the War on Invasive Species) share some advice for beginner permaculturalists. This series is part of our Permaculture Month celebration where a […]The post Permaculture Advice For Beginners. Hint: Start Small appeared first on Chelsea Green.
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  • Fridges & First World Problems: Remembering the Proper Scale of Things.

    elephant journal
    28 May 2015 | 2:17 am
    Yes, it feels involved and yes, at the present, we are hungry and tired from working all day, but gosh, what a fir...
  • Love Isn’t What I Thought It Was.

    Stacy Porter
    28 May 2015 | 12:53 am
    I loved him. I loved him so much. I waited years for him and fell so hard down his blue eyes, only to fall on my face and get lost in a cave of darkness and pain. You see, growing up, I thought love was something you felt with a romantic partner. So I waited. […]
  • EU Drops Plans to Regulate Endocrine Disruptors Under US Pressure.

    Monika Carless
    28 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    For years, I've looked to Europe as a bastion of hope when it comes to resisting international pressure within the agricultural chemical arena. For example, Europe has stood strong against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) for decades.
  • To You Who is Struggling: Let Me Show You Beauty.

    Katie Vessel
    27 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Friend, I see your struggle. I see the glisten in your gaze as you thrash in the darkness that has become your world because your eyes have not yet adjusted to all of the bright, warm yellow light that there is to be seen. You have become night blind.
  • The Mountain of Love.

    Rebecca Lammersen
    27 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Love is immature unless I invite the maturity of my critical mind into the relationship. Mature love is
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  • With Solar Energy Research Center, we're one step closer to making fuel from sunlight and CO2

    lloydalter
    27 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    When we talk about the wonders of evolution and life on Earth, many people look at the complex end results and are amazed that such a thing as an eyeball can happen. But few things are more impressive than photosynthesis, when life forms evolved that turn sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen. That is the true miracle that made our planet habitable and life as we know it possible.
  • '3 Scientists Walk Into A Bar' sounds like a joke, but it’s really a new show on the Weather Channel

    gmiller
    27 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    There are other hands-on science shows on TV, but "3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar" takes a novel approach. First, its topics focus on weather and natural phenomena. And as you can infer from the title, its approach is light and irreverent. Launching with three back-to-back episodes May 31 and returning with five more in October, it's fun, engaging, interactive, relatable and accessible, as executive producer Isaac Holub of Lucky 8 TV describes it.
  • Should you cut out swearing in front of animals?

    jheimbuch
    27 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    In September 2014, PETA filed charges against a remote sheep station, saying that the language used by sheep shearers during their job qualifies as abusive. The animal rights group was upset not only at how the words were used but specifically what words were used as well.  
  • NASA mission to Europa will seek conditions for life

    mnnadmin
    27 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    NASA's Europa spacecraft will use nine scientific instruments to assess the icy, ocean-harboring Jupiter moon's ability to support life, space agency officials announced on Tuesday (May 26).  
  • Madagascar's panther chameleon is really 11 separate species

    jheimbuch
    26 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    The panther chameleon of Madagascar is famous for its size. It can grow to be 17-20 inches long. It's also famous for its Technicolor skin, which can range from vibrant oranges and reds to cool blues and greens and many combinations of colors, depending upon its habitat.   But what makes the panther chameleon stand out now is that researchers have discovered it isn't just one species, but 11 different species of chameleon!  
 
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  • Back to the future! Real-life hoverboard breaks record

    mnnadmin
    27 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    A hoverboard rider recently soared into Guinness World Records after flying a record distance on the futuristic, flying skateboard.  
  • Smart watches and driving don't mix

    lloydalter
    26 May 2015 | 1:44 pm
    In the New York Times, Paul Krugman reminds us that the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" dismissed Earth as a place where life-forms "are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” That was 1979; 36 years later, we evidently still think it's a neat idea.
  • 5 things to consider before you buy a convertible

    johndonovan.mail
    22 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    Nothing on the open road quite matches the thrill of the wind rushing through your hair as you cruise down the highway in your spiffy, ultra-cool convertible.   Though a little heat in that chilly cabin wouldn't hurt once in a while. And … uh oh, is that rain on the horizon? Wait. Why is that bird hovering around?   Oh, man, how do you get this roof up again?  
  • Soon we will wallpaper our walls with OLED TVs

    lloydalter
    21 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    Oscar Wilde didn't like the look of the room he was dying in; his last words were "Either that wallpaper goes or I do." It's too bad he wasn't surrounded by the new OLED wallpaper-thin televisions that have just been demonstrated by LG Display. Soon we might be covering our walls with them and changing patterns like we now change the channel.   
  • Scotty, beam me up one of those Genie food replicators

    lloydalter
    20 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    There are few things that make us green types crazier than Keurig-type coffee machines, turning Americans into pod people who pay too much for lousy coffee and then leave little impossible-to-recycle plastic and foil droppings for the landfill. So when I heard about The Genie, a machine that was described as a "Keurig-type coffee machine for food," I was ready to rumble and rant. The waste! The cost!
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  • 5 things to consider before you buy a convertible

    johndonovan.mail
    22 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    Nothing on the open road quite matches the thrill of the wind rushing through your hair as you cruise down the highway in your spiffy, ultra-cool convertible.   Though a little heat in that chilly cabin wouldn't hurt once in a while. And … uh oh, is that rain on the horizon? Wait. Why is that bird hovering around?   Oh, man, how do you get this roof up again?  
  • City bans cars for a month, doesn't collapse into chaos

    lloydalter
    19 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Could this happen in North America? Take a neighborhood and ban cars from it for a month?   
  • What is EmDrive?

    bnelson78
    13 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    Developed by British aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer, EmDrive is a theoretical propulsion device that promises to transform humanity into a true space-faring species. If it works, long-distance space travel and even flying cars may be possible. (Flying cars!) There's only one problem: Many scientists are skeptical that EmDrive actually works, let alone that it can fulfill any of the potential its developers have pledged.   
  • What a funky bike can teach us about how we learn

    lmoss
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 am
      Once you learn how to ride a bike, that skill sticks with you no matter how much time has passed since your feet last touched the pedals — unless you're riding this bike.  
  • How to choose the right bike lock

    lloydalter
    4 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    There's a maxim running 'round the Internet about bikes and locks: All bicycles weigh 50 pounds. A 30-pound bicycle needs a 20-pound lock. A 40-pound bicycle needs a 10-pound lock. A 50-pound bicycle doesn't need a lock at all.  
 
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  • Jai alai: The sport that almost caught on in the U.S.

    joshwlew
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The ball flies through the air at high speed. It passes dangerously close to a player’s head. His teammate makes a leaping catch and then, in one smooth motion, turns and throws the ball.  
  • 30 words that are their own opposites

    mdilonardo
    26 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Some words are just weird. You think you're using them correctly, but then there's that moment of doubt. Does that word mean something else entirely? One of the ironies of the English language is that occasionally, both meanings are correct — even if they're wildly different.  
  • Best beach of 2015 is off the beaten path

    mnnadmin
    22 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    The best beach of 2015 is shaded, secluded and the perfect excuse for a Hawaiian vacation.  
  • How emoji have changed language

    lmoss
    21 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    The fastest-growing language in the United Kingdom has no words. In fact, it's composed entirely of pictures — cartoon faces, hands, foods and numerous other objects designed to convey emotion and information without a single letter or character.  
  • What is deism?

    d_macgowan
    21 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    One faith has outstripped others in the number of new believers in the United States, according to a survey by the City University of New York. The faith that gained the most in popularity wasn't Islam, Mormonism or evangelical Christianity. It was the faith of many of our founding fathers: deism.  
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  • Dog captures images that grab his attention

    jsavedge
    27 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    When it comes to dog photography, it's more likely that your pet is the one posing for the camera. But what if the dog were calling the shots? What kinds of moments would a dog want to capture?  
  • Paralympian launches book campaign to inspire kids

    jsavedge
    26 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    Tatyana McFadden is an inspiration to athletes around the world. In her career as a marathoner, she has had multiple first-place wins in Chicago, New York, Boston and London. In 2013 and 2014, she won all four World Marathon Majors in one year.   Yet she has never run a step.  
  • Stunning belly art reveals baby inside her mom's body

    jsavedge
    22 May 2015 | 9:41 am
    Have you ever wondered how a baby fits inside a woman's body? I sure have. And even though I have experienced it twice, I still find it hard to visualize a full-term baby looks like inside the mother. Sure, pictures in a book are nice, but does it really look that way in real life?  
  • Aspiring model proves the world is ready to see Down syndrome in a new light

    jsavedge
    21 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    Madeline Stuart is a gorgeous 18-year-old with big plans to become a model. It's a dream not unlike that of many of her peers. But what makes Madeline's dream unique is that she has Down syndrome — and that means every move she makes in her modeling career is smashing down barriers once thought to be impenetrable.   
  • Students get better grades when phones are banned

    jsavedge
    20 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Are smartphones at school making kids dumber?  
 
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  • Berkeley collects $116,000 in 1st month of soda tax

    rshreeves
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    In March, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the nation to institute a soda tax. The tally is in for the first month’s revenues, and the city took in $116,000 in taxes, according to NBC Bay Area.  
  • Amy's Drive Thru will focus on fast organic food

    rshreeves
    27 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    Amy’s Kitchen products have been available in the natural and organic food section for years now. It’s one of the largest organic brands still owned by its original owners, and it was one of the early adopters of BPA-free cans for its canned foods.  
  • Wasting food in France could mean jail time

    rshreeves
    26 May 2015 | 2:57 pm
    The world’s 870 million hungry people could be fed if all the wasted food in the world was collected and evenly distributed, a recent British report revealed. Collecting some of that food is an issue France has decided to address.  
  • Burgeoning bee buffers feed hungry honeybees

    rshreeves
    20 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Pinpointing the cause of honeybee losses is difficult.
  • Target evicts major brands from prime shelf space

    rshreeves
    20 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    You know I like to write about how consumers are shaping how business works, and here's the latest. Target, which recently announced it would double the number of sustainable products on its shelves, is shaking up placement of food brands on those shelves.  
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  • How do you get consumers to buy electric cars?

    jmotavalli
    24 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS—Electric cars face a lot of headwinds in the summer of 2015, not least of which is the long run of low oil prices (which, of course, are starting to rise now). Consumers, wary about new technology and heedless of the fact that energy prices are cyclical, have used cheap gas as an excuse to flock back to big SUVs.   
  • Reinventing the wheel, 'Tron'-style

    jmotavalli
    20 May 2015 | 8:49 am
    BOSTON—The first thing I noticed in Harvard Square this week was how many bicyclists there are, and the second thing was the GeoOrbital electric bike. It’s not often that a new invention stops you cold, but c’mon, these Cambridge guys have reinvented the wheel. Here's how GeoOrbital describes it:
  • Google's response to fender benders: It's not our fault!

    jmotavalli
    15 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Time for some spin control. The Associated Press revealed earlier this week that Google’s self-driving cars haven’t exactly had a flawless road record. In fact, they’ve been in 11 low-grade fender benders. Oops. (Mistakes were made.)  
  • 8 surprising facts about Germany's Autobahn

    jmotavalli
    13 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    We are driving an Audi A3 e-tron on the Autobahn between Vienna and Munich, and it’s safe to say we’re not going slow. We were humming along to "Autobahn," Kraftwerk's 1975 techno masterpiece: "Wir fahr'n fahr'n fahr'n auf der Autobahn!" These German roads are, as you know, built for fast cruising, and they fully live up to their promise (unless traffic jams turn them into parking lots).
  • 4 insanely powerful and expensive electric cars

    jmotavalli
    8 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    We’re in a fierce horsepower race…with electric cars. Yes, apparently the Tesla Model S isn’t enough for some people — too slow. Enter the plug-in hypercars, with price tags that make the Model S look like a Yugo, and horsepower that Ferrari would envy.  
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  • Paddleboarder captures close encounter with orca

    lmoss
    21 May 2015 | 7:40 am
      A New Zealand paddleboarder got a bit of a shock Monday morning when an orca decided to check out his board.   Luke Reilly was aware of a couple of orcas diving for stingrays nearby, but he didn't expect to capture the whales' curiosity.  
  • What if you could visualize growing old together?

    lmoss
    15 May 2015 | 6:22 am
      Like every soon-to-be-married couple, Tavis and Kristie dream of growing old together, and recently they had an opportunity to just that in a matter of hours.   A makeup artist aged the 20-something couple into their 50s, 70s and 90s, and then the couple revealed their future faces to one another.   Their reactions to each other … well, let's just say you're going to need a tissue.
  • Watch a plucky rescue puppy grow up in time-lapse

    rmclendon
    8 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
     
  • Fox cubs prove they're just puppies at heart

    lmoss
    8 May 2015 | 7:10 am
      When a Reddit user's security light came on at 1 a.m. this week, he peeked outside and saw something truly adorable: fox cubs playing with his dog's tennis ball.   The man stayed up watching and recording the playful cubs for hours and said the loss of sleep was totally worth it.  
  • 90-year-old tortoise loses 2 legs, gets wheels instead

    rmclendon
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
      Mrs. T, a pet tortoise in Wales, is thought to be about 90 years old. Anyone who survives that long must be tough, but not even Mrs. T could have been ready for what happened to her this spring.  
 
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  • The probability of earthquakes has changed following new study

    mastadonzq
    15 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    A newreportby the U.S. Geological survey has introduced a new earthquake forecast model that changes the forecasts for magnitude, location, and likelihood as compared to the 2007 forecast model. The most significant change is the likelihood of medium (6.7-8) quakes has decreased while the likelihood of large (8+) quakes has increased. Looking at the entirety of California, the chance of a medium earthquake has gone from one every 4.8 years to one every 6.3 years while the chance of large earthquakes has gone from one every 617 years to one every 494 years. The evolution of the California…
  • Melting Ice Caps

    mastadonzq
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
  • Urban Heat Islands and Paint

    mastadonzq
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    White reflects and black absorbs. It’s a simple statement with massive ramifications if our society decides to use the science of color to fight global warming. For centuries cities in places like North Africa and the Mediterranean have been painting everything bright white to keep cool. White reflects the heat radiation back into space while darker colors absorb heat radiation and would therefore increase the temperature in and around the house.   Why did we abandon this simple technique that seems like a no brainer in places like Los Angeles? The answer is that it is much cheaper to…
  • Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL)

    mastadonzq
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL)  in buildings are electric loads resulting from electronic devices not responsible for space heating, cooling, water heating, or lighting. MELs are produced by hard-wired and “plug-in” electrical devices, including home entertainment centers, kitchen electronics such as microwaves and toaster ovens, bath items such as hair dryers and electric hot tubs, and others such as security systems and ceiling fans. Early generation phone chargers used a lot of electricity and were also a danger if left plugged into the phone. In recent years chargers for phones…
  • Solar Powered Air Conditioners are Becoming More Elaborate

    mastadonzq
    8 May 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Air conditioners can consume an incredible amount of power. Between the electricity the compressor utilizes and the torque of the motor in order to spin the fan, your electric bill can skyrocket over the summer. In order to reduce the cost of this unit, some have installed solar panels onto the roof specific to the sole use of the AC device. However, innovative designs have made development of these units far more elaborate than in previous years. Mobile Cooling – Many people like the idea of being able to maneuver a cooling device set on wheels in order to maximize the effect in any…
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  • That Time When Jim Inhofe Called Climate Change a Hoax

    Brendan Montague
    28 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    This DeSmog UK epic history post tells the story of climate denier Jim Inhofe’s infamous ‘climate hoax’ Senate speech. The US Senator Jim Inhofe relentlessly denies that humans are driving climate change. In a rambling February speech this year he lobbed a snowball in the Senate as a means of disproving climate change and most recently dismissed President Obama's warnings that climate change is the greatest threat to future generations as “a severe disconnect from reality”. But perhaps one of his best known antics took place in 2003. It was yet another summer of record-breaking…
  • 'French Champions of Pollution' Announced as Paris COP21 Sponsors

    Kyla Mandel
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The first batch of corporate sponsors for December’s climate negotiations in Paris has officially been revealed. Among them are big-name polluters Engie (formerly GDF Suez), Air France, and the European bank BNP Paribas. Pierre-Henri Guignard, the COP 21 organiser, announced the corporate sponsors yesterday during a press conference where he asserted that “all of these companies are friends of the climate”. However, campaigners argue this is merely another case of “green-washing”. Oxfam France has criticised the sponsorships, stating that the climate conference “will be financed…
  • BNSF President Greeted by Bomb Train Protestors in Chicago

    Justin Mikulka
    27 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Today at the annual North American Rail Shippers Association, Carl Ice, president of rail company Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) had his keynote address interrupted by members of Rising Tide Chicago. The activists carried banners reading, “BNSF: Profits over Safety” and “BNSF: Bomb Trains Kill.” Click here for reuse options! Tags: BNSFcarl iceBomb Trainsoil by railelectronically controlled pneumatic (ECP)rising tide chicago
  • Is Obama Shipping Away His Commitment to Climate Change?

    Kevin Grandia
    27 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    While President Obama has emerged as a strong leader on climate change, serious questions have been raised about his government's rush to ship coal overseas.  Click here for reuse options! Tags: obama climate changecoal climate changeChina climate change
  • Groups Petition EPA To Stop Texas From Letting Electric Utility Industry Rewrite Its Own Pollution Permits

    Mike Gaworecki
    27 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    AttachmentSize Petition-to-EPA-over-Texas-coal-plants.pdf541.25 KB Chart of emissions .pdf263.58 KB NRG Energy has two coal-fired power plant units in Limestone County, Texas, about 115 miles southeast of Dallas. They’re already some of the largest, most polluting power plants in the state, and they’re about to get a whole lot dirtier. Click here for reuse options! Tags: air pollutionPermitsclean air actparticulate matterparticulatesparticle pollutionsootcoalCoal-Fired Power PlantselectricityutilitiesNRGtexasEnvironmental Protection AgencyEPAAir Alliance HoustonEnvironmental…
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  • 6 Natural Deodorants That Work: Eco-Chick Tested

    Starre Vartan
    27 May 2015 | 10:35 am
    I’ve reviewed my favorite natural deodorants, from stick to cream to paste and roll-on: Check it out, and let me know if you have one that you love which I’ve missed! This video only includes natural deodorants that I’ve used and have found effective at deodorizing (none of these are antiperspirants, which I haven’t worn since I was 17). Why? When you block your body from sweating, it just makes you sweat more—I know by the time I was 16, I was using extra-strength Secret and still soaking through sweaters. As soon as I quit using antiperspirants, I stopped sweating…
  • Hamptons Host Gift: Farm to Front Door Local Gift Baskets

    Lindsay E. Brown
    22 May 2015 | 6:27 am
    If you’re heading to the Hamptons and in desperate need of a gorgeous host(ess) gift to express your appreciation (and potentially get invited back), I have a suggestion. You’ll impress even a Hamptons local with a Farm to Front Door organic gift basket brimming with the bounty of Long Island’s East End. What I love about this women-owned business is that the founders, Cathy Hartman and Lesa Tinker, will only work with local East End businesses and farms, and have initmate relationships with all of the producers. The Farm to Front Door team sources the freshest ingredients…
  • Passion Lilie’s Fair-Trade Print Fabulousness: How I Wear Eco Fashion

    Starre Vartan
    21 May 2015 | 10:40 am
      I was thrilled to try out a couple of Passion Lilie‘s fabulous eco fashions recently; I could tell, even before they arrived in the mail, that I was going to just LOVE their prints—and they were even lovelier IRL than I had imagined. You know how it can be, when you think something is going to be so cool when you buy it online and then it shows up and is a disappointing version of your vision? Passion Lillie is the opposite of that. AND it’s affordable, as well as ethical. I put together an outfit for a day of running errands on foot, based on the Passion Lillie pieces,…
  • Smart and Sexy: Carry An Ethical Condom!

    Lindsay E. Brown
    20 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Some 40 percent of condoms are bought by women, and yet condoms on shelves in stores and in advertisements are far from appealing to us. What’s more, the global condom industry is an $11Bn business. Why aren’t condoms marketed to female consumers? Serial social entrepreneur Jeffrey Hollender, founder of Seventh Generation, and his daughter Meika Hollender, set out to change this by co-founding Sustain Condoms, the first brand of sustainable, non-toxic, Fair Trade Certified condoms marketed to women. The ethical condoms are made from natural latex at a fair-trade rubber…
  • The Only Raincoat You’ll Ever Need: Jungwon’s Ethical Chic

    Lindsay E. Brown
    13 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I met with Jungwon Outerwear founder and designer, June Sohn at her pop up shop on Warren Street in Tribeca on an (appropriately!) rainy April day. I’ve always struggled with finding a jacket that’s not only tough enough to withstand gross NYC days commuting to work, but one that looks polished and chic too. It’s a tall order and the coat I was wearing to meet Sohn wasn’t cutting it. Designer June Sohn and I in Jungwon’s pop up shop in Tribeca. Sohn took me through her outwear collections – made in the USA – which all aim to give secure protection…
 
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • Ford Escape Vs. Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

    27 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    For families on a growth spurt but a budget crunch, the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are two very impressive vehicles to have as daily drivers. While they have that in common, they're quite different in many ways—and they're pretty much the polar opposites of this vehicle class. Which is the better pick? As we tease, there are plenty of ways...
  • Hyundai Elantra Vs. Kia Forte: Compare Cars

    27 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte sedans have some common roots, but comparison-shopping these two vehicles together helps serve to underscore that they're run as different automakers, product-wise. These two compact sedans have some very striking differences in styling and interior comfort that makes one the better choice. No doubt, it's the...
  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator, Corvette Vs. Viper, Chip Foose Mustang: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2015 Lincoln Navigator Review Big SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator have been in fashion, and then awkwardly out of it, but that doesn't mean they're an extinct species. The diehards -- Land Cruiser, Range Rover, GL-Class, Escalade, and Navigator -- live on, and in a couple of instances, are living better than ever...
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Vs. Dodge Viper SRT: Compare Cars

    27 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    If you feel the need for American speed, and demand a voluptuous, standalone sports-car shape to match, there are two options that stand out from the pack: the Chevy Corvette Stingray and the Dodge SRT Viper. Yes, there are plenty of very fast muscle cars that would like to contend with these two, but when it comes to track-carving capability and...
  • Subaru Forester Vs. Jeep Cherokee: Compare Cars

    26 May 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The Subaru Forester has been on a steady path of progress. The Forester's gotten so good at blending wagon and sport-utility vehicle traits that we named it our Best Car To Buy 2014. In the meantime, one old and very well-recognized nameplate, the Jeep Cherokee, is now back. In its new form, the Cherokee is a good off-roader and a very...
 
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    Amanda
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    Amanda
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    Amanda
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • 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.
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • President Obama Commits to Saving the Honey Bee

    Sangeeta Haindl
    27 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    President Obama is intervening on behalf of the bumblebee: the White House has announced the first National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. This is a [...] The post President Obama Commits to Saving the Honey Bee appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Cities Pledge to Save Water, Plastic Bottles

    Antonio Pasolini
    26 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    As citizens become more acutely aware of water issues, so does their willingness to save water and reduce their environmental impact. A recent demonstration of popular commitment to the issue [...] The post Cities Pledge to Save Water, Plastic Bottles appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet

    Sangeeta Haindl
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer and captain and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, is convinced that football can be big in India. Others have also [...] The post “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar

    Antonio Pasolini
    19 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Since 2013, Yard Club in San Francisco has been operating an online platform that enables peer-to-peer equipment rental, which the Wall Street Journal calls an AirBnb for excavators. Since then, [...] The post P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap

    Vikas Vij
    18 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    America’s finest business schools continue to struggle with a gender gap. Many decades after they started admitting women. Harvard Business School’s class of 2016 constitutes 41 percent women – the [...] The post Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • ACI New Orleans 2015: Peter Troast's Big Takeaways

    Peter Troast
    14 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    The ACI National Conference is my favorite event of the year - exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. Add in a healthy dose of New Orleans shenanigans and, well… let’s just say my recovery isn’t quite complete. As ever, it’s impossible for any one person to chronicle all that goes on at this Mecca of the home performance industry, but here are some things that stood out for me: The Role of Programs in Marketing Within the Program track, I was a panelist on Technologies to Reach Customers. A great group, including Stephanie Swanson of Clean Energy Works,…
  • My Thoughts on Receiving the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry

    Peter Troast
    5 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    I am deeply touched and honored to have received the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry.  Unfortunately, Tony passed away before I had a chance to meet him, but I have the good fortune today of working with companies that were his legacy. People who knew Tony tell me that beyond being a great contractor doing high quality home performance work, he was a tireless teacher, mentor and volunteer. A commitment to giving back is certainly a common trait amongst the amazing people who have previously won this award. As much as I feel a bit unworthy to be…
  • Five Things To Do Each Week

    Peter Troast
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Keeping your website fresh is one of the most challenging things facing contractors, yet it is an increasingly critical part of how to make your online presence perform. As intimidating as it may seem, it’s really not that difficult. Herewith: 5 things you should try to do every week that will markedly improve your sites performance. They are: Check your analytics Feed the Google content beast Love your Google+ page Wrangle some reviews Grab a link (or two) The worst thing you can do for your website and web presence is nothing. For the most part, any activity is good activity. If you…
  • Huge New Business Opportunity in Infrared

    jackgross
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    At Energy Circle, we’re constantly scanning the landscape to uncover new revenue opportunities for home performance experts. Low and behold, along comes InfraMingle. Despite a long, cold winter, things have been heating up in the infrared thermography market based on groundbreaking research on the connections between a person’s body heat, personality, and psychological tendencies. In a recent double-blind study, UMS psychologists and biologists asked students a range of questions about their friends and significant others. These friends and significant others were then put under…
  • Google’s Mobile Armageddon: What You Need to Know (and Do) by April 21st

    Peter Troast
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    It's increasingly critical to have a mobile-friendly website. The above screenshot shows a "before and after" of a site that has undergone a mobile upgrade. Note the large text and strong calls-to-action. There was a point in time, you may remember, when the vast bulk of web searches took place on desktop or laptop computers. Those days are done; more and more internet activity is now taking place on mobile devices, and a website that carries its weight in this day and age must be optimized for mobile. Wayne Gretzky famously quipped that you should watch where the puck is going…
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    Sweet Greens

  • 5 Simple Eco-Friendly Ways to Green Your Bathroom

    Jennie
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    If you are just beginning your green journey – a great place to start is your bathroom. It is amazing how many toxic chemicals, harmful personal care ingredients and disposables items can be found there. Not to mention, the insane amounts of water that literally go down the drain. While greening your bathroom may sound like a huge undertaking, when you break it down into 5 simple areas – you will find that your bathroom is eco-friendly in no time, read on to get started. #1: Ditch the Chemicals We all know what we eat is super important to our health – the same is true for…
  • Teaching Your Green Kids to Love Gardening

    Jennie
    14 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    Gardening has many advantages, and is known to benefit your children’s health and well-being. Teaching the kids to love gardening will get them outdoors, allow you to spend some family time together, and make them more rounded characters. Do some research or search online for gardening guides which will give you more information and tips. Here are five ways to help get the kids involved; Give Them Garden Space of Their Own A great way to get the kids out in the garden is to allow them to plan a section for themselves. Giving them the freedom to plan, build and enjoy their own space will not…
  • How to Deal with Your Home’s Hard Water Problems

    Jennie Lyon
    4 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    If you are dealing with shampoo that doesn’t lather, dingy-looking glasses from your dishwasher and mineral deposits around your bathroom faucets – you might have a hard water problem. Hard water is the result of minerals including calcium, magnesium and iron that are found in your tap water. While hard water typically tastes better that soft water, it can create many appliance and cleaning problems in your house. It can also be corrosive to any metallic pipes in your home. If you suspect that you have a hard water problem, here are ways to test your tap water and ways to solve and treat…
  • Build an Organic Bathroom Giveaway with Coyuchi + Zabada

    Jennie Lyon
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Happy Earth Day 2015! Yay! Today I have a giveaway for you that I have been super excited to share, I know you will love it. It’s sponsored by Coyuchi and Zabada. The prize is a very generous collection of goodies to help you build an organic bathroom. One reader will receive a white Bath Towel ($48) from Coyuchi Air Weight Bath Towel Collection, a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30) and Bathroom Marvel ($30) valued at over $100. Hooray for Earth Day Giveaways! We reviewed these items in our home and have to tell you that they are perfect for building the perfect organic bathroom. Coyuchi is…
  • Composting to Reduce Waste

    Jennie Lyon
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Springtime is in the air, and many of us are planning summer gardens and planting rows of colorful flowers. At this time of year, gardeners often turn to nutrient-rich compost to improve their soil and increase their yields. In fact, compost is the successful gardener’s secret weapon. Fortunately, virtually anyone can create compost. Whether you choose to purchase a ready-made compost bin or create a pile in a corner of your yard, you can create compost ready for the garden in no time. Not only is it good for your garden, it is also good for the environment. As 67% of the waste thrown away…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • Osteoporosis Drug Brings New Hope To Breast Cancer Treatment

    28 May 2015 | 12:09 am
    Watch VideoFindings from researchers at England's University of Sheffield were published Wednesday that could be a serious game changer when it comes to treatment for the spread of breast cancer.Like most cancers, breast cancer has the ability to spread throughout the body, making treatment all the more difficult and slimming chances of survival. One of the places it can spread is to the bones. And that is where this study comes into play — hopefully helping to stop cancer from spreading, especially to bones. According to findings published in the…
  • NBA Finals: League MVP Vs. Best Player On The Planet

    27 May 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Watch VideoLet's face it. It's the clash of titans NBA fans have been craving since the start of the playoffs. And now, it's happening: the league MVP vs. the best player on the planet."My favorite shot is in transition, just pulling up behind the three-point line in transition, raising up and shooting a three." After eliminating the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors will now square off with King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. (Video via Unilever)There's obviously a lot…
  • Former Military Ruler Presents Hope For Democracy In Nigeria

    27 May 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Watch VideoOn Friday, Nigeria's newly elected president Muhammadu Buhari will officially take office. Friday also happens to be a Nigerian holiday, Democracy Day, which celebrates the 1999 end of military rule. (Video via France 24)That celebration of democracy is something Nigerians are hoping Buhari will honor, especially as the country appears to have had its first peaceful transition between parties.When Buhari defeated President Goodluck Jonathan in March's election, it was the first time an incumbent president had been defeated in Nigeria's history.
  • Neb. Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto, End Death Penalty

    27 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Watch VideoNebraska has become the first Republican-controlled state in more than four decades to abolish the death penalty.On Tuesday, Gov. Pete Ricketts preemptively signed a veto letter in an attempt to keep capital punishment in place in Nebraska. (Video via KOLN)But state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle voted 30-19 to override that veto Wednesday. Thirty was the number needed to repeal it. (Video via KLKN)Democratic Sen. Jeremy Nordquist voted against the governor’s appeal, saying it was time for the state to change its ways. NBC quoted him as saying: "The death penalty…
  • Pentagon: Live Anthrax Inadvertently Shipped To US Labs

    27 May 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Watch VideoOn Wednesday, the Pentagon confirmed live anthrax was accidentally shipped to multiple labs in the U.S.The anthrax spores came from a lab in Utah and were sent to as many as nine states. On May 22, a private lab in Maryland told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it thought the samples contained live spores.In a statement, Pentagon Spokesperson Col. Steve Warren said, "There is no known risk to the general public, and there are no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection in potentially exposed lab workers."This has happened a…
 
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  • Cabinet of Japan Decide to Make Full Use of Rainwater in Newly Constructed Buildings

    24 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image Photo On March 10, 2015, the Cabinet of Japan approved the wider usage of rainwater harvesting systems in newly constructed buildings by the state government or incorporated administrative agencies, aiming for a 100% installation rate. The decision was made based on the Act to Advance the Utilization of Rainwater (Rainwater Act, promulgated on April 2, 2014).
  • Current Status of Renewable Energy in Japan

    24 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Japan's feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme for utilities to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources has made some outstanding achievements since its start more than two years ago. But it is now facing a major turning point, as power utilities have stopped responding to new applications for grid connection from renewable energy producers. We at Japan for Sustainability (JFS) have continued to post the latest status of renewable energy in Japan through our newsletters and articles. In December 2014, we provided information on the current status and challenges in Japan in our newsletter,…
  • Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 1)

    19 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.152 (April 2015) Copyright Kagaribi All rights reserved. The "transition town" movement from the United Kingdom and local energy projects are spreading, with numerous initiatives and projects to reexamine the concept of local economy being launched in Japan and the world. JFS's own "Local Well-Being Project," launched in April 2013, looks at some examples, in sections on work style, community, and economy (local currency, local investment, and local autonomy) on its project webpage (English version in progress).
  • Dreams for 1,000 Years Declared by JCC2015 at Civil Society Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

    17 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Copyright Japan Civil Society Organizations Coalition 2015 WCDRR All Rights Reserved. The Japan Civil Society Organizations Coalition 2015 WCDRR (JCC2015) delivered a declaration on March 17, 2015, entitled Dreams for 1,000 Years, at the Global Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction for Civil Society. The conference was planned and organized by JCC2015 alongside the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN WCDRR). The declaration was a compilation of messages collected from over four thousand citizen participants, looking into the future one thousand years from now.
  • Simulated Experience of Managing an Evacuation Center

    15 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Copyright Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Project Team All Rights Reserved. The JKSK Yui-Yui Project, an initiative to support people in Japan who were affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, has been publishing a series of articles on reconstruction efforts called the "Tohoku Reconstruction Diary" in the Tokyo Shimbun Newspaper. The Yui-Yui Project was launched by JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society, a certified non-profit organization. The following is a translation of an article, published June 27, 2014, about the challenges of operating an evacuation center as a place to live.
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  • Cool DIY Furniture

    Rachel Tardif
    27 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="diy" alt="diy.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/diy_400x400.jpg" /> Summer is quickly approaching, and it’s the perfect time of year to get your hands dirty and engage in some DIY. While doing some spring cleaning, you may have found some old dressers, tablecloths or other random household items you no longer need. You could certainly donate them to a worthy charity, but you could also breath new life into what you…
  • Going Green: Teach Your Kids About the Environment at Any Age

    Krystle Vermes
    27 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="recyclebook" alt="recyclebook.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/recyclebook_400x400.jpg" /> Recycling is becoming more important with each passing day. As global warming evolves as a pressing issue, education is growing in significance. How can we reduce our carbon footprints if we aren’t sure where to start? The fact of the matter is that educational resources for those who want to go green are not always accessible.
  • E-Cigarettes, Recycling & the Environment

    Resford Rouzer
    27 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    <img class="undefined" title="ecigarettes" alt="ecigarettes.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/ecigarettes_400x400.jpg" /> E-cigarettes, vape or whatever you want to call them have become a controversial topic in the world of tobacco. The debate surrounding “e-cigs” has primarily focused on the potential health benefits compared to traditional cigarettes, which claim e-cigs provide the nicotine fix without the other harmful chemicals found in…
  • How Hydroponic Farms Could Save the World

    Robert Jennings
    27 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    <img class="undefined" title="hydroponic" alt="hydroponic.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/hydroponic_400x400.jpg" /> If you’ve been keeping up, you know I don’t claim to have a lot of answers. Sometimes I&nbsp;<a href="/2015/03/five-smartphones-examining-e-waste-epidemic" title="" class="">give suggestions</a>,&nbsp;sometimes I&nbsp;<a href="/2015/04/out-of-sight-into-landfill"…
  • Recycling Artist Spotlight - Sonia Muralles

    Ryan O'Connor
    26 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    This weekend I present to you Guatemala based artist,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/MultiArte/690200041062758" title="" class="">Sonia Muralles</a>. <img class="undefined" title="artspot8" alt="artspot8.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/artspot8.jpg" sonia="" is="" an="" acquaintance="" of="" the="" artist="" i=""…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • Clean your car with an eco-friendly wash

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    23 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    If you don’t know already, washing your car is one of those activities that tend to consume a lot of water, and waste a lot of water in the process as well. However, that doesn’t mean you need to let the dirt and grime build up on your car instead. Thankfully, there are plenty of ... The post Clean your car with an eco-friendly wash appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 7 Ideas for getting more energy efficiency out of your dishwasher

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 May 2015 | 2:16 am
    Almost every other household has a dishwasher today. While many advocate washing dishes by hand is better as it would save plenty of water and is a more energy efficient option, using a dishwasher would offer you the convenience of getting your dishes washed while you tend to other household work. So if you are ... The post 7 Ideas for getting more energy efficiency out of your dishwasher appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 5 Reasons to help you make the move to organic beauty products

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    A lot of individuals are switching to organic beauty products owing to the significant benefits provided by the latter over synthetic beauty products. Considering the fact that the skin happens to be the largest organ in the body and can directly impact one’s health via the chemicals that are absorbed via these products, it is ... The post 5 Reasons to help you make the move to organic beauty products appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 5 Eco-friendly methods for discarding your old furniture

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    19 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    So you recently revamped your home and bought new furniture for the rooms. What then, would you do with the old furniture then? Throw it out or just dump it in a landfill somewhere? Or do you plan to do none of this and just let the old furniture collect dust in an unused part ... The post 5 Eco-friendly methods for discarding your old furniture appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Make your diet eco-friendly with these 7 ideas

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    16 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    While all of us know about dieting, not many of us are aware of an eco-friendly diet. An eco-friendly diet can be considered as a diet that helps you lose weight in a manner that is safe for yourself as well as the environment around you. So here are some tips you could take into ... The post Make your diet eco-friendly with these 7 ideas appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    PR Newswire: Environment

  • JinkoSolar Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

    28 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    SHANGHAI, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. First Quarter 2015...
  • The Future of Energy Storage

    28 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    LONDON, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines, is driving the demand. Large scale...
  • Saietta - Potencia pura

    28 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    BICESTER, Inglaterra, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Saietta Group ha establecido hoy su objetivo de ser líder dentro de la transformación de vehículos lejos de los motores de combustión interna para transmisiones eléctricas de alta...
  • Canadian Solar Supplies Modules to Turkey's Largest PV Plant

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    GUELPH, Ontario, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has supplied modules to Turkey's largest PV project, the Kayseri Organized Industrial Zone...
  • Saietta - Énergie pure

    28 May 2015 | 1:12 am
    BICESTER, Angleterre, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Saietta Group a présenté aujourd'hui son objectif de devenir leader en transformation de véhicules délaissant les moteurs à combustion interne au profit de groupes motopropulseurs électriques à haut...
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins Pledge To Improve Fast Food Nutrition

    Jennifer Kaplan
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins issued a 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report which pledged to improve their company's fast food nutrition. Will it matter The post Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins Pledge To Improve Fast Food Nutrition appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • What You Need To Know About The Health Benefits Of Pomegranate

    Jennifer Kaplan
    27 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Some pomegranate health claims are accurate. Here's the skinny on what the real health benefits of pomegranate are vs. the ones marketers overstate The post What You Need To Know About The Health Benefits Of Pomegranate appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • How to Make Homemade Iced Tea from Bags or From Scratch

    Becky Striepe
    27 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Here in the south iced tea is a way of life. Whether you like it sweet or unsweet, learning how to make homemade iced tea is the key to staying cool during a scorcher of a summer The post How to Make Homemade Iced Tea from Bags or From Scratch appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • France Aims to Cut Food Waste in Half

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    France passed aggressive legislation to help curb its food waste. The France food waste law focuses on supermarkets and aims to halve the country's wasted food The post France Aims to Cut Food Waste in Half appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Discovering The Healthiest Foods for YOU

    Liz Thompson
    25 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It seems every week there is a new superfood or eating plan that tops the rest in health benefits. And the next week there are several people saying why it is not so great. What really are the healthiest foods for you? The post Discovering The Healthiest Foods for YOU appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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    PlanetSave

  • New Tool to Improve Building Energy Efficiency Fits In Backpack

    Dawn Killough
    27 May 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A group of scientists from University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new tool that measures a building’s dimensions, locates HVAC systems and ductwork, and maps out the location of electrical sources, all in an effort to improve building energy efficiency. When a building is slated for improvements, designers usually have to comb files to New Tool to Improve Building Energy Efficiency Fits In Backpack 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…
  • IRENA 5-Year 100% Renewables Plan for “The Land of God”

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    27 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper.org A new IRENA report provides a 5-year plan for using Djibouti’s abundant renewable energy sources to solve the nation’s serious concerns regarding rising energy demand, limited energy security, and rampant unemployment. Astonishingly, IRENA claims that by 2020, 100% of Djibouti’s energy demand can be met through renewables. The economic renaissance that IRENA 5-Year 100% Renewables Plan for “The Land of God” was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free…
  • Good Energy & Solar Schools Award Kids’ Creativity

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    25 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Originally published on SolarLove.org An innovative partnership has been sparking children’s creativity across the UK, encouraging them to “get creative” about renewable energy, solar power, and climate change. Good Energy, 10:10, and Solar Schools held an exciting competition for the kids and provided £9,000 ($13968.32) in cash for prizes, to go towards the award-winning schools’ Good Energy & Solar Schools Award Kids’ Creativity was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed,…
  • NASA 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge

    Stephen Hanley
    24 May 2015 | 4:21 am
    NASA has announced its 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge to find ways to print shelters in space from indigenous materials found on distant planets like Mars. NASA 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge 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.
  • AXA Will Sell Its Coal Investments

    Stephen Hanley
    23 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    AXA, one of the world's largest insurance companies, will sell most of its coal investments by the end of 2015 and triple its "green" investments by 2020. AXA Will Sell Its Coal Investments 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

  • Recycling Juice Pouches Into Big Value

    Talancia Pea
    27 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    Companies like Terracycle and As You Sow are creating solutions for recycling juice pouches, which have become a major waste stream The post Recycling Juice Pouches Into Big Value appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Could California Drought Make “Sewage To Drinking Water” More Palatable?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    26 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    The current California drought may be changing attitudes towards water reuse... even the recycling of sewage wastewater into drinking water The post Could California Drought Make “Sewage To Drinking Water” More Palatable? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    22 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    France just passed a law banning destruction of edible food by larger supermarkets, and the Minnesota Twins are going all compostable with cups and plates The post The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Recycle Jeans into a Fashionable Handbag [Tutorial]

    Talancia Pea
    21 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Not sure how to recycle jeans that are too worn to wear? Try out this upcycling project for turning old jeans into a new handbag The post How To Recycle Jeans into a Fashionable Handbag [Tutorial] appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    South Korea not only has some of the world's strictest laws in order to reduce food waste, but is also testing technology that holds citizens accountable The post Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • Check Out My DIY Rain Barrel (and how we built it)

    Julie Finn
    27 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Even though rain barrels are pretty much all the same concept, each one tends to be put together in its own way. This is my DIY rain barrel. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. It’s made from a food-grade barrel. There’s a dude off the highway, just outside town–I don’t know what he does for a living, but his driveway is filled with neatly-organized stacks of barrels, from 5-gallon all the way up to 275-gallon. You drive up, check out the prices written in grease pencil on each barrel, load up what you want, put the payment for it in his mailbox, and…
  • A Thrift Store Mug Makeover for Father’s Day

    Crunchy Scott
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This adorable Father’s Day craft only cost a buck! And you only need two supplies to make it. It’s time for a mug makeover for dear old dad! Every good father deserves a “World’s Best Dad” mug for Father’s Day. And instead of picking one up at the nearest big box store, it’s always better to craft one up yourself. And guess where I believe you should seek out inspiration? Thrift stores! They’re cheap. There’s always a hidden gem to be found. And you can take your finds and personalize them with very little effort. For this Father’s…
  • Create an Upcycled DIY Jewelry Organizer

    Bonnie Getchell
    25 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Desperate for a way to organize and store your jewelry? Create an upcycled DIY jewelry organizer! I found the coolest upcycled project at a garage sale and had to share it with you guys! I want to be up front and say that I didn’t create this organizer — I simply painted it. Even so, it was too awesome not to share! Related: DIY Hanging Jewelry Storage from a Hanging Fruit Basket The woman who sold it to me said that the frame was the molding from an antique table and then she attached the screen mesh. She said she used it for flower arrangements, but I immediately saw an awesome jewelry…
  • 20 Candy Wrapper Crafts

    Julie Finn
    22 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    We don’t eat a ton of candy, so until recently, the world of candy wrapper crafts has been closed to me. My kid’s recent ninth birthday party was candy-themed, however… Yeah, we’ve got some surplus candy wrappers now. Do you have some surplus candy wrappers, too? Try one of these amazing candy wrapper crafts to use them up! NOTE: I’ve got a bit of a personal beef against projects that require covering the candy wrappers in clear vinyl or backing them with duct tape, because making them requires using as much new plastic product as you’re upcycling, but…
  • Binoculars Craft for Two to Four Year Olds

    Becky Striepe
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week I taught a binoculars craft at my son’s preschool, and it was such a hit! Here are tips on how to do this craft project with the preschool set. You might recognize these paper tube binoculars from when Julie shared them a few months ago. Her girls are way past preschool age, so I thought it might be fun to share how this project went down with two-, three-, and four-year-olds. Related: 50 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts You Need to See! This craft is great for preschoolers, because it encourages dramatic and imaginative play. If they’re not sure what to do with them, you can…
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  • 2016 Nissan GT-R Review

    Haris Richie
    19 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    2016 Nissan GT-R Review - Best Sports Cars Nissan got in the choose group of high-performance makers back in 1969, when the first-generation Skyline GT-R was presented. At first available only as a four-door sedan, the Skyline GT-R quickly went far for itself on the track and the street, evolving into a coupe that went on to control the regional motorsport scene. The R32 was the very first to
  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

    Haris Richie
    18 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - Best Sports Cars Exactly the very same sort of thing in the on the internet blurb Chevrolet has actually created for its new Corvette Z06. It's billed as a "world-class supercar" as well as an accomplishment of layout as well as design". There's even a quote from Tadge Juechter, the chief designer that dealt with the car: "Its aerodynamic downforce performance
  • 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Car

    Haris Richie
    17 May 2015 | 3:49 am
      2016 Chevrolet Camaro Sport Car The entry-level engine is now a 275 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder super, the initial of its kind in a Camaro. Chevy claims it'll benefit over 30 mpg and also a zero-to-60 miles per hour sprint of less than 6 secs. Midrange vehicles get a 335 hp 3.6-liter V6, while the high performance Camaro SS is fitted with a version of the 6.2-liter V8 that debuted in the
  • 2015 Ford F150 Reviews

    Haris Richie
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:23 am
      2015 Ford F150 Reviews - Best Sports Cars The significance of the new for 2015 Ford F150 pick-up most likely doesn't need to be highlighted-- however we want to compose, so here's a refresher: For the previous 30-odd years, the F-150 has been the bestselling car in the united state, period. To you, this implies you'll see a lot of F-150 every day, brand-new and old, does not matter, you
  • 2016 Audi S6 Review

    Haris Richie
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    2016 Audi S6 Review - Best Sports Cars Minutes after investing time in the freshened 2016 Audi A6 in Germany, we were tossed the keys to its enthusiast-tuned sibling, the Audi S6. In similar manner to its lower brethren, the S6 has actually likewise been upgraded for the 2016 model year with a make over, a boost in power and added technology. Its aggressive attitude is heralded by a
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    Greenfudge.org

  • Shishkat: A Victim of Its Place in History

    Richard Farrell
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Shishkat is a town in East Pakistan that walks lightly through the pages of history, and does not even have a Wikipedia entry. When my tale begins, 400 households lived the in peace and harmony. But, that was before what some call progress intervened, following an event in 1959. Prior to that, Shishkat had an […] The post Shishkat: A Victim of Its Place in History appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • The Leopards of the Cederberg Shall Return

    Richard Farrell
    11 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    No matter how lightly you sleep – and whether in a tent or beneath an arc of stars in the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa – you may never hear the soft sounds of a leopard nearby, or feel its whiskers on your breath. Rest easy: it chases as opposed to scavenging, and you are […] The post The Leopards of the Cederberg Shall Return appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Back and Forth with Questions for the Environment

    Richard Farrell
    2 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    As I grow older, I become preoccupied with the damage that progress did to the environment. I look back over sixty years and can see how much open landscape I wandered freely in as a youth has given way to sprawling suburbs, and how much more people-intensive the world has become. In my dreams, I […] The post Back and Forth with Questions for the Environment appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Pitch to Rich to Reduce Household Food Waste

    Vipul Patel
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:32 am
    My name is Vipul Patel. I have entered the Pitch to Rich 2015 campaign with my idea to reduce Household Food Waste, which is being run by Richard Branson. Greenfudge.org has offered me the opportunity to Pitch my idea to you. So if you think the Pitch/Idea has legs, I would really appreciate your vote […] The post Pitch to Rich to Reduce Household Food Waste appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Smart applications of solar energy

    Irini Chassiotou
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    It sounds like science fiction, but the “smart textiles” will come to market in the next three years in order to supply with energy households and consumers through clothes and accessories and offer autonomy to every kind of electronic device we carry, even in larger devices in the house. The “smart textiles” will incorporate flexible […] The post Smart applications of solar energy appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
 
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    PR Newswire: Energy

  • BBRD and Beijing Capital Group (BCG) Are in Discussions With One of the Largest Electrical Suppliers in Southern China for Combined Co-Operation

    28 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    TEL-AVIV, Israel, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackbird International Corporation (OTCBB:  BBRD), a global leader in renewable sea wave energy technology, is pleased to announce a major milestone for the company.  Its fully owned subsidiary, WERPO, together with Beijing...
  • JinkoSolar Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

    28 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    SHANGHAI, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. First Quarter 2015...
  • The Future of Energy Storage

    28 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    LONDON, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines, is driving the demand. Large scale...
  • Saietta - Potencia pura

    28 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    BICESTER, Inglaterra, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Saietta Group ha establecido hoy su objetivo de ser líder dentro de la transformación de vehículos lejos de los motores de combustión interna para transmisiones eléctricas de alta...
  • Canadian Solar Supplies Modules to Turkey's Largest PV Plant

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    GUELPH, Ontario, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has supplied modules to Turkey's largest PV project, the Kayseri Organized Industrial Zone...
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  • BBRD and Beijing Capital Group (BCG) Are in Discussions With One of the Largest Electrical Suppliers in Southern China for Combined Co-Operation

    28 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    TEL-AVIV, Israel, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackbird International Corporation (OTCBB:  BBRD), a global leader in renewable sea wave energy technology, is pleased to announce a major milestone for the company.  Its fully owned subsidiary, WERPO, together with Beijing...
  • JinkoSolar Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

    28 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    SHANGHAI, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the PV industry, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. First Quarter 2015...
  • The Future of Energy Storage

    28 May 2015 | 2:14 am
    LONDON, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy storage is becoming an essential element in today's world. Increasing importance of renewable energy, coupled with supportive legislations that promote usage of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbines, is driving the demand. Large scale...
  • Saietta - Potencia pura

    28 May 2015 | 2:10 am
    BICESTER, Inglaterra, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Saietta Group ha establecido hoy su objetivo de ser líder dentro de la transformación de vehículos lejos de los motores de combustión interna para transmisiones eléctricas de alta...
  • Canadian Solar Supplies Modules to Turkey's Largest PV Plant

    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    GUELPH, Ontario, May 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has supplied modules to Turkey's largest PV project, the Kayseri Organized Industrial Zone...
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    Resilience

  • Back in Time: Retracing the Path to Diversity

    28 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    How are some plant breeders, farmers, millers and bakers retracing the path to ancient, diverse grains that will see us eating healthier, tastier bread into the future?
  • Peak Oil Notes - May 28

    28 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    Oil prices have fallen for three straight sessions this week closing Wednesday at $57.51 in New York and $62.06 in London
  • Towards a New Municipal Agenda in Spain?

    28 May 2015 | 2:58 am
    A new film explains why Spain’s right-wing press reflections on the elections are wrong: they fail to understand where the new leaders really come from.
  • Peak Oil in an Era of Fossil Fuel Abundance

    28 May 2015 | 2:54 am
    Chris Nelder on why peak oil isn't dead.
  • The Era of Response

    28 May 2015 | 2:42 am
    The third stage of the process of collapse, following what I’ve called the eras of pretense and impact, is the era of response
 
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    The Green Samaritan

  • Thoughts to Consider to Green Your Non-Green Clothing Purchase

    Jeanne
    25 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    While it may be easier to transition purchases like food and cleaning supplies to more earth-friendly and healthier options, often times it seems clothing is a more difficult challenge when buying... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • May 15th is Endangered Species Day

    Jeanne
    13 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Endangered Species  Day is a day to to recognize the conservation efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats.  Every year on the third Friday in May many zoos, aquariums, parks,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 10 Ways to Appreciate Earth Day…Any Day!

    Jeanne
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    With Earth Day 2015 approaching on Wednesday, April 22, here are a few ideas to help you appreciate, celebrate and honor this day…any day. 10.  Spend a few minutes outside to decompress by... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • 7 Spring Ideas To Grow into Healthy Produce

    Jeanne
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Spring is here!  Time to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  If you didn’t know, April is National Gardening Month, not to mention Earth Month, so a great reason to think about... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
  • Quick Tips to Clean Up the Dry Cleaning

    Jeanne
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    We all have to do it…gather up dirty “dry clean only” garments and head off to the neighborhood cleaners every week or so.  To help you clean up your dry cleaning dilemma,... See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com
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    Our Daily Green

  • Waste to Riches: How Recycled Filament Can Transform the 3D Printing Industry

    22 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Let’s face it: plastic isn’t great for our environment. There are giant landfills of plastic in countries around the world, a small island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean, and plastic bags that carry our purchases from most stores. That’s a lot of waste, but it’s also a tremendous opportunity. Imagine if we could harness our plastic bottles, bags, and packaging to create brand new items
  • Radon detection in the home

    7 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Feeling tired or sick? You might have a radon problem. Radon is a type of naturally occurring gas that can come from the soil outside your home, leaks in your home or even cracks in your foundation. As the soil in your lawn or garden releases large amounts of this gas, cracks in the foundation and windows and damage to other parts of your home allows the gas to enter your bedroom and other
  • Going green for spring parties

    5 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    It is up to all of us to clean it up and help Mother Earth any way we can. One of the best ways we can do this is by going green. Using environmentally friendly products in our everyday life will help. If every person adopts this way of thinking, the positive impact on the planet as a whole will be staggering. Here are some reasons why you should go green: 1. Reduce the amount of waste With
  • Rain Africa: created for living (product review & giveaway)

    1 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    In December of 2013, my daughters and I took a holiday trip to New York City. Being the mid-western small town family that we are, the crowds were completely overwhelming. As we tried to navigate our way through the sardine-packed Rockefeller Center to see the tree, we found ourselves ducking into a store just to escape the throng of the crowd. Little did we know we were about to be
  • Bee Protective campaign with Vapour Tempt lipstick

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    A few years ago, Our Daily Green reviewed lip glosses from Vapour Organic Beauty and discussed the importance of choosing cosmetics carefully. Not only does Vapour offer organic beauty products that are endorsed by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, but they also utilize wind power in their production, use recycled packaging of both aluminium and paper, and minimize waste. Vapour has
 
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    ForceChange

  • Justice for Rabbit Bludgeoned to Death on Live Radio

    Shannon Wills
    28 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    Target: Radio24syv President, Jorgen Ramskov Goal: Punish radio presenter who allegedly bludgeoned a rabbit to death while on live radio. A Danish radio presenter reportedly killed a rabbit while he was live on the air. The presenter, Asger Juhl, allegedly bludgeoned the rabbit three times with a bicycle pump before the rabbit died. Juhl was attempting to make a statement about animal welfare, but went too far when he killed a baby rabbit. The intent of the stunt was to discuss the hypocrisy of animal welfare. Juhl felt as though it was hypocritical that the public is willing to eat the…
  • Launch Federal Investigation into Islamophobic Terrorism Threats

    Rodney MacMaster
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: FBI Director James Comey Goal: Launch investigation into threats of mass murder of Muslims sent to Arizona mosques. Imams and their families are going to be hunted down and killed for instating “Sharia Law,” according to letters sent to a number of mosques in Phoenix, Arizona. These are threats of domestic terrorism against a religious minority and need to be taken seriously. Demand that the FBI initiate a full investigation into these threats. Mosques in the Phoenix area were surprised to find threats mailed to them early this Memorial Day. The letters, sent from a group…
  • Stop Using Taxpayer Money to Give Away Public Lands

    Toni Seger
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell Goal: Stop Congress from using taxpayer funds to sell public lands to opportunistic exploitation. If you’re a lover of America’s public lands and consider them a precious irreplaceable legacy, it  might surprise you to learn about an organized group in Congress opposed to the federal government owning land. The Federal Land Action Group sponsored a 2016 U.S. House Budget Resolution that proposes “reducing the Federal estate” by turning over public lands to state and local governments so they can “take advantage of…
  • Justice for Dogs that Starved to Death

    Shannon Wills
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen A. Zappala Jr Goal: Convict woman who allegedly let four of her dogs die, as well as leave another one starving and abandoned in her home. A woman was arrested on five counts of animal cruelty and one count of harboring a nuisance after four dogs were allegedly found dead in her Pittsburg home. Another dog was reportedly found in the home clinging to life and is in the process of being nursed back to health. Neighbors called in a complaint about the odor coming from the woman’s residence, and claimed that they heard what sounded like a…
  • No Slave Labor for International Soccer Tournament

    Lindsey Weedston
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: FIFA President Sepp Blatter Goal: End involvement with countries that use slave-like labor and perpetuate other human rights abuses. Exploited Russian prisoners could be used to produce various goods for the 2020 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) tournament if a proposal issued by the Russian government is approved. The labor that prisoners in Russia are forced to do has recently been compared to slave labor, with inmates working around 16 hours a day with few days off. They’re also paid significantly less than the country’s minimum wage, and the…
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  • INTERVIEW CUT THE FLUFF WITH MAROS SEFCOVIC

    Laure Rondeau
    21 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Yesterday morning in Scherpenzeel, marked the starting point of the Energy European tour for @MarosSefcovic, Vice-President of the @EU_Commission in charge of #EnergyUnion. He kindly accepted to answersome of our Cut The Fluff questions : Q.- What is your definition of sustainability in one sentence? Sustainability is about ensuring my children will enjoy a planet in the same state as the one I was born into. Q.- What will get us out of this mess? Miraculous technology, tough regulation or self-flagelation? We need to spread the word across Europe that we have the technology here (in…
  • Interface Europe direct footprint reductions

    Ramon Arratia
    20 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Today EU Vice President Maroš Šefčovič will see with his own eyes in the Netherlands how the following impact reductions are possible in a competitive environment. There should be no excuse for any company not to achieve radical impact reduction goals. Interface Europe direct footprint reductions: * Direct GHG Emissions: -98% (Reduction since 1996) * Renewable Energy: 95% * Energy Efficiency: -54% (Reduction since 1996) * Water Usage: -93% (Reduction since 1996) * Waste to Landfill:  Zero The post Interface Europe direct footprint reductions appeared first on Interface Cut the…
  • The 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation

    Ramon Arratia
    18 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    I’ll be speaking here on Wednesday at the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovation in Barcelona. Please come and say hello if you’re attending. The event is all about boosting competitiveness and innovation. Make your voice heard as a European innovator, retailer and consumer. Gain a deeper understanding of the world of environmental information and management schemes. Join us in Barcelona for the 18th European Forum on Eco-innovationThe Forum will explore how to strengthen competitiveness and innovation, in particular of SMEs, through environmental labelling, management and…
  • SO ? WHAT DO CARPETS AND CARS HAVE IN COMMON ?

    Laure Rondeau
    13 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    The answer is : the plastic film used in windscreens ! Interface is launching the world’s first recycled latex substitute using laminate found in car glass. Driven by its commitment to Mission Zero, Interface has developed a method for using recycled poly-vinyl butyral (PVB) to replace the existing latex precoat widely used in the carpet tile industry to fix the yarn to the backing. PVB is the laminate found in glass which prevents it from shattering, and is most commonly found in car windscreens. The industry has been recycling this type of glass for some time but had found no solution for…
  • The Stretch Agenda – Dramatising transformational change in the boardroom

    Ramon Arratia
    12 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    John and the Volans team are taking this novel approach, and bringing to life as a play, what needs to happen in every company to drive transformational change that ultimately affects us all. They’ve called it The Stretch Agenda which launches today – More here in the PDF in our downloads section. “The Stretch Agenda  takes the form of a dramatisation – a play! – drawing on our years of experience in working with business, to offer insight into the types of conversations now beginning to play out across boardrooms in the Global C-Suite.  The focus here is on…
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • Monarch Butterfly Trivia Challenge

    Earth Rangers
    27 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Earth Ranger kids are helping to protect bees by taking part in the Pollinator Power Mission! But bees aren’t the only pollinators; there are lots of other amazing animals that help to pollinate, like the monarch butterfly. Meet a Monarch Just like bees, monarchs are really important for all of us. As pollinators, they help make sure plants can reproduce and provide us with things like fruits to eat. Monarchs are one of the most easily recognized insects in North America. How well do you know monarch butterflies? Find out, by seeing how many of these monarch trivia questions you can answer!
  • Jeu-questionnaire sur le monarque

    Earth Rangers
    27 May 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Saviez-vous que les abeilles ne sont pas les seuls insectes pollinisateurs? De nombreux autres insectes fantastiques, comme le monarque, contribuent à la pollinisation. En tant que pollinisateurs, les monarques aident les plantes à se reproduire pour qu’elles nous donnent de la nourriture comme des fruits. Ils sont l’un des insectes les plus faciles à reconnaître en Amérique du Nord. Connais-tu bien les monarques? Découvre-le en répondant aux questions de ce jeu-questionnaire sur les monarques! 1) À quelle distance les monarques migrent-ils? A) 500 km B) 1 200 km C) 3 100 km C)…
  • Taking to the Skies to Look for Wolves

    Earth Rangers
    21 May 2015 | 11:59 am
    Last time, we showed you some of the ways researchers are able to catch wolves so they can put tracking collars on them. This time, we joined our wolf expert, Dr. Brent Patterson, for an adventure in the sky, where we learned how he tracks these wolves after a few months. Taking flight What’s the easiest way to spot a wolf? By getting a bird’s eye view from a helicopter, of course! Our rides for the day: really cool helicopters! Dr. Patterson and his team use helicopters to find wolves and we were invited along for the ride. We made the trip to Algonquin Provincial Park, and after hours…
  • L’Équipe des tournesols!

    Earth Rangers
    21 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Rencontrez Elizabeth, Tia, Alannah et Shawnice. Elles sont quatre amies qui travaillent ensemble pour aider à protéger les animaux et préserver l’environnement. Elizabeth est membre d’Éco Héros depuis trois ans et pendant ce temps elle a organisé des levées de fonds pour aider les ours polaires. Elle a organisé une fête d’anniversaire Restaurer la Nature, une vente de garage et a faite des tâches supplémentaires. Elle a même donné un don avec sont argent personnel. Tia a aussi organisé une fête d’anniversaire pour sa campagne Restaurer la Nature pour…
  • Meet Kristina, A Recycling and Energy Saving Hero

    Earth Rangers
    20 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Kristina learned about Earth Rangers when we visited her school. When she heard about all the different animals that need help, she decided to do something to make a difference. She signed up to become an Earth Ranger and chose to start a Bring Back the Wild campaign to help protect the western screech owl. Kristina told us that she loves how owls blend into the trees. She raised funds for her campaign by doing chores at home and for other family members. Her mom came up with a dollar value for each chore. The harder Kristina worked the more money she could raise, “I can say that I have…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    28 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    28 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    28 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    28 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    28 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • Ford Escape Vs. Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

    27 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    For families on a growth spurt but a budget crunch, the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape are two very impressive vehicles to have as daily drivers. While they have that in common, they're quite different in many ways—and they're pretty much the polar opposites of this vehicle class. Which is the better pick? As we tease, there are plenty of ways...
  • Hyundai Elantra Vs. Kia Forte: Compare Cars

    27 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte sedans have some common roots, but comparison-shopping these two vehicles together helps serve to underscore that they're run as different automakers, product-wise. These two compact sedans have some very striking differences in styling and interior comfort that makes one the better choice. No doubt, it's the...
  • 2015 Lincoln Navigator, Corvette Vs. Viper, Chip Foose Mustang: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2015 Lincoln Navigator Review Big SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator have been in fashion, and then awkwardly out of it, but that doesn't mean they're an extinct species. The diehards -- Land Cruiser, Range Rover, GL-Class, Escalade, and Navigator -- live on, and in a couple of instances, are living better than ever...
  • Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Vs. Dodge Viper SRT: Compare Cars

    27 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    If you feel the need for American speed, and demand a voluptuous, standalone sports-car shape to match, there are two options that stand out from the pack: the Chevy Corvette Stingray and the Dodge SRT Viper. Yes, there are plenty of very fast muscle cars that would like to contend with these two, but when it comes to track-carving capability and...
  • Subaru Forester Vs. Jeep Cherokee: Compare Cars

    26 May 2015 | 6:01 pm
    The Subaru Forester has been on a steady path of progress. The Forester's gotten so good at blending wagon and sport-utility vehicle traits that we named it our Best Car To Buy 2014. In the meantime, one old and very well-recognized nameplate, the Jeep Cherokee, is now back. In its new form, the Cherokee is a good off-roader and a very...
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  • New Smaller Commercial Vans Do Well Due To Fuel Efficiency

    27 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    You can save a lot of money by improving the fuel economy of larger and thirstier vehicles, especially if they cover lots of miles each year. That's why business owners are usually considered to be more rational vehicle buyers than retail customers: The fleet vehicles often consume twice the fuel or more of an average family vehicle. DON'T MISS...
  • Tesla Pops Up, State Electric-Car Fees, Obama Delayed: Today's Car News

    27 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    We look at vacation car-rental dilemmas, state electric-car fees, and yet another innovation from California carmaker Tesla Motors. All this and more today on Green Car Reports. Tesla takes a page from the retail industry and opens its first "popup store" to sell electric cars in Santa Barbara. Who are some of the most grateful receipients of...
  • Electric-Car Future Is Coming, Just More Slowly Than Predicted: Consensus

    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    It's been no secret that President Obama's goal of 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads won't be met by the end of this year. That's the goal he announced on the campaign trail toward winning his first term in 2008. The actual number is likely to be perhaps 400,000 or so; the 1-million goal may not be met until 2018 or later. DON'T MISS...
  • Ford Fusion Or Toyota Prius: Environmentalist's Vacation Dilemma

    27 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Carbon guilt weighed heavily on my mind as I approached the car rental counter at the Salt Lake City Airport. The book I was reading on the plane (Sustainable Energy, by David JC Mackay) suggested that my portion of the energy for the round-trip plane ride from Boston and back would amount to roughly 12,000 kilowatt-hours. That is roughly equal to...
  • Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: FURTHER UPDATE

    27 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers don't buy. Electric-car advocates typically view these policies as discriminatory, and claim they work against efforts to get more people into plug-ins. MORE: Washington...
 
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Can Your Children Snack From Your Garden?

    Stephanie
    20 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Gardening is a great activity to do with kids, starting when they’re pretty young. Kids love to see things grow, whether you start from seeds or buy young plants at the garden center. But one of the best things about gardening with kids is growing foods that they can snack on. Even kids who are […] Related posts: Snacking Garden – Day 13 of 30 Days of Healthy Homemade Summer Treats Encouraging Kids to Garden Yes! My Garden Grows!
  • 7 Ways to Raise a Green Toddler

    Stephanie
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Raising kids with a green lifestyle can be difficult at times. Toddlers can be especially tricky, as they become aware of wanting particular things, not just what you give them. They start to have more opinions, and don’t always want to do things your way. It takes effort to raise a green toddler. Here are […] Related posts: How Can You Be Eco Friendly With Your Toddler? How to Make Toddler Stage Baby Food Making Green Fun for Your Kids
  • 25 Non-Toy Gifts For Preschoolers

    Stephanie
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Most preschoolers get a ton of toys for birthdays and Christmas. It makes for quite a mess around the house, and a lot of toys that only rarely get played with. Not that the kids won’t consider each utterly precious, to be given up only with great reluctance, but as most parents know, enough is […] Related posts: Buy Christmas Gifts That Encourage Kids to do More Outdoor Activities 7 Handmade Gifts You Can Make With Your Kids What to do About All the Non Eco Friendly Gifts Your Kids Want
  • 11 Tutorials to Make Repurposed Shopping Bags

    Stephanie
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
      California recently became the first state to pass a plastic bag ban. It goes into effect for grocery stores, pharmacies and other food retailers July 1, 2015. It should reduce that particular kind of litter, but it does have its problems. I’ve seen some comment that it will increase water waste, as reusable bags […] Related posts: Use Reusable Shopping Bags – Green Step by Step Are You Wasting Reusable Bags? Have You Picked Up the Reusable Shopping Bag Habit?
  • Is Online Shopping an Eco Friendly Choice?

    Stephanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Online shopping is hugely popular. Not only is it often easier than going out the the store, you get an amazing selection and generally good prices. The big question is whether or not it’s the most eco friendly choice. Online Shopping Disadvantages There are certainly times when it’s frustrating to look at the packaging your […] Related posts: Is Working at Home or Shopping Online Really the Most Eco Friendly Option? Why and When Should You Buy Eco Friendly Products? How Do You Get Around the Poor Selection of Eco Friendly Products at the Store?
 
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    Hippie Magazine

  • Wangari Maathai: A Seed of Hope that Grew

    Guest Contributor
    8 May 2015 | 11:03 am
    Special feature by Rosie MacLeod ‘The environment is the water we drink, the air we breathe. We cannot live without it.’ – Wangari Maathai. [1]   When questioned about the documentation of history and knowledge, Margaret Atwood famously described the past as ‘largely made of paper’[2] and the librarians and archivists as its ‘guardians’.[3] However, if you went to rural Kenya, you would see that the past, present and future is composed of and dependent on trees. Its guardian, responsible for planting 51 million of these, is Wangari Maathai (1940-2011). She described her…
  • Eco News Roundup: Communities around the country find ways to care for Earth

    Thomas Schueneman
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    How have attitudes and best practices in the built environment translated to a better understanding of sustainability? This first article shows examples of living better harmony with our surrounding environment. Communities around the country find ways to care for Earth Sustainable living has gone mainstream. Whether they live in a LEED-certified vacation development in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon or a quaint New England town with a goal of reducing carbon emissions, Americans celebrated Earth Day this year finding ways to better exist in harmony with the environment and their local…
  • EarthTalk: Ways to Support Earth Day

    EarthTalk
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How can I find Earth Day events near me or are there other ways to show my support for the green movement on Earth Day?                                                — Jessica Monteleone, Bridgeport, CT April 22, 2015 is the 45th annual celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in…
  • Eco-Friendly Gold Extraction: How Cornstarch is Revolutionizing the Mining World

    Chris Keenan
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Mining gold has never been considered an environmentally friendly process. In order to get gold out of the earth, extremely toxic cyanides are sprayed on crushed ore to help with the extraction process. While effective, using cyanides regularly leads to environmental contamination, making this a less than ideal method of mining gold. However, up until now, all of the alternatives were either too expensive to consider or they had serious contamination concerns of their own. A recent discovery, though, identified cornstarch as a viable option in making the process of gold extraction much better…
  • EarthTalk: National Food Policy

    EarthTalk
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the “National Food Policy” that environmentalists and foodies are asking President Obama to enact by Executive Order, and how would it affect American diets? – Justin Brockway, Los Angeles, CA A November 2014 op-ed piece in The Washington Post entitled How a National Food Policy Could Save Millions of American Lives makes the case for President Obama to sign into law an executive order establishing a national food policyfor managing…
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  • NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

    Mike Confino
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day. The change also would have a major impact on the FBI, which uses the Patriot Act and the other provisions to gather records in investigations…
  • Wildlife Detectives

    Christine
    25 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Oregon Public Broadcasting created a series of reports on wildlife trafficking and poaching in the Pacific Northwest. Find them here: Wrongdoers are profiting from their deadly exploitation of Northwest wildlife, from elk and deer to sturgeon and shellfish. But law enforcement and private citizens are out to stop these crimes against nature. Columbia River sturgeon are poached for eggs that become high-priced caviar. Puget Sound shellfish are plundered and shipped to Asian markets. From the Cascades to the Rockies, bear gall bladders, elk antlers and eagle feathers are illegally harvested and…
  • Women feed the world

    Christine
    25 May 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Bill Moyers republishes an article by Vedana Shiva on how women and their agricultural practices are the true path to feeding the world, NOT industrial agriculture. We’ve got to change that message the agribusiness giants have sold us. They are ruining the soil and reducing nutrtious yields, not feeding the world. The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions. Industrial agiculture is the biggest contributor to biodiversity erosion, as well as to climate…
  • More research on bees

    Christine
    25 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Christian Science Monitor calls for more research: The honey bees are disappearing. In a 12-month period ending in April, populations of managed honey bee colonies in the United States dropped by more than 40 percent — up from about a 35 percent drop the previous year, and the second-highest annual loss recorded to date, according to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report released Wednesday. The findings are consistent with concerns over a decline in bee colonies worldwide, even as researchers, government agencies, and agricultural companies look for ways to reverse the losses.
  • Bees and Almonds

    Christine
    25 May 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Tom Philpott writes for Mother Jones: Growing 80 percent of the globe’s almonds in California doesn’t just require massive amounts of water. It also takes a whole bunch of honeybees for pollination—roughly two hives’ worth for every acre of almonds trees, around 1.7 million hives altogether. That’s at least 80 percent of all available commercial hives in the United States, Gene Brandi, a California beekeeper who serves as vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation, recently told NPR. Now, that vast army of bees—made up, all told, of more than 80 billion…
 
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  • You’re Living With Your Best Teacher: Parenting with Presence

    Robin
    14 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye There’s a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh about washing dishes that’s a bit long to quote here. Basically, he says that if you’re thinking about your tea while you’re washing dishes, we’re missing out on the miracle and the meditative act of dishwashing. We’re living in the…
  • Recycling Beauty Products in the Bathroom (Amazon Gift Card Giveaway)

    Robin
    1 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Do you have a recycling bin in your bathroom? Only 10% of Americans do, compared to a surprisingly respectable 45% who have one in their kitchen (honestly, I never would have guessed that high a number). Out of sight, out of mind: unsurprisingly, people are less likely to recycle bathroom items than they are kitchen items. According to new research commissioned by the Ad Council, 47% of those surveyed said they don’t think about recycling materials in the bathroom, and 52 percent admitted that they have a lack of knowledge around which items can be recycled. So we’ve come a long…
  • How Eco-Friendly is Your State? Here’s How They Rank

    Robin
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Source: WalletHub   The Chinese expression for “crisis” consists of two characters side by side. The first is the symbol for “danger,” the second the symbol for “opportunity.” –Al Gore Ugh. I grew up in Delaware and now live just over the state line in Pennsylvania, and I’m a little surprised and disappointed with both right now. According to this comparison from WalletHub, Delaware comes in 41st for water quality and dead last for % of energy consumption from renewable resources. Delaware also limps in at 46th for number of green (LEED) buildings per capita.
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    Everblue blogs

  • HERS Rater Training Approved in Michigan

    Lesley@Everblue
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re excited to announce that Everblue’s RESNET HERS Rater Training & Certification program has been approved by Michigan Works! for individual training. The Michigan Works! Association provides services and support to Michigan’s Workforce Development System. Through the association, members can participate in timely and relevant professional development events to enhance their job skills and career opportunities.read more
  • LEED Professionals Top Engineering Awards

    Lesley@Everblue
    21 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Consulting-Specifying Engineer announced its list of 40 Under 40 award winners last week. Consulting-Specifying Engineer is a trade publication and website for professional engineers who design mechanical, electrical, electronic, and related systems for commercial, industrial, and institutional projects.read more
  • HEP QCI Training Now IREC Accredited

    Lesley@Everblue
    19 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    We are excited to announce that our HEP Quality Control Inspector training has been approved and accredited by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)! After a 7-month application and review process, IREC awarded accreditation on May 14, 2015. This marks Everblue’s 4th honor from IREC, with our other accredited courses being HEP Energy Auditor, Solar PV Installer, and Solar Sales Professional.read more
  • LEED AP Training Paid for by Delmarva Power

    Lesley@Everblue
    14 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Pepco C&I Energy Savings Program was created to help building owners improve efficiencies and reduce long-term energy costs and operating expenses. Pepco recognizes the value in improving operations and maintenance practices as a means of improving the energy efficiency of a building. The Pepco C&I Energy Savings Program includes several cash incentives for existing building projects, small businesses, new construction and major renovation projects, and combined heat and power projects.read more
  • Knee Deep in SMUD's Home Performance Program

    Lesley@Everblue
    12 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the nation’s sixth largest electric service company, providing electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County. SMUD boasts an impressive rebate program and financing service for customers who want to reduce their monthly energy bills through energy-efficient improvements. How Consumers Can Participateread more
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    Green Prophet

  • Does the Cannes Film Festival recycle cans?

    Laurie Balbo
    23 May 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Cannes Film Festival is in full swing this week, but here in Jordan every day is a film festival thanks to vendors who hawk bootleg DVDs for a dinar apiece. That’s less than two bucks for a new...
  • How do your chips stack onto the carbon footprint of gambling?

    Green Prophet
    22 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Are we really having this conversation? Yup, because everything we do has an environmental cost and gambling is something that millions of people do. While Vegas US regulation severely limits the...
  • 5 ways to stop animal trafficking

    Karin Kloosterman
    19 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Wild animals shouldn’t live in palaces, connected to leashes and paraded around streets in the Gulf Region like they are trophies. Dolphins shouldn’t be captured to live in cramped,...
  • Shocking new way to preserve dairy, without a fridge

    Green Prophet
    19 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Most people in the developing world need to produce their own food, and most of these people do it inefficiently, making food security far out of reach. People buy a cow, or camels for milk, goats or...
  • Floating farms may soon feed the world!

    Laurie Balbo
    19 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    World population will balloon from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion in 2050, with associated food demand predicted to increase by 70% in that same time-frame. How will the agricultural sector...
 
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    Green Abode

  • 10 Ways Becoming a National Trust Member Might Change Your Life

    Chris King
    13 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Pink waterlily in the pond at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire – Green Abode images/Chris P King If you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know that we are big fans of the National Trust as it ticks all the right boxes. Here’s 10 ways that becoming a National Trust member might change your life. 1. You Become an Ultimate Explorer As a National Trust member, you have unlimited access to over 500 places, including houses, nature reserves, castles, woods and even gold mines. With so much variety, it’s easy to become hooked on exploring. But…
  • 15% OFF Two Together Railcard Promotional Code 2015 Offer

    Chris King
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Two Together Railcard promotional code gives you reductions on the railcard in 2015, before you get 1/3 OFF savings on train travel. This is the perfect railcard to save money in Britain for couples, friends, colleagues, or any two people travelling together. Here’s the latest and up to date online exclusive 2015 Two Together promotional code offers. 15% OFF Two Together Railcard Promotional Code *** Online Exclusive Offer *** 15% (£4.50) OFF a Two Together Railcard Pay £24.50 instead of £30 Use Voucher Code: IHS15 Offer ends: tbc Get 15% OFF Two Together Railcard  >> 10% OFF…
  • 2015 Railcard Promotional Code Deals & 20 Railcards in Britain

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

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

    Chris King
    30 Mar 2013 | 2:44 am
    Gatwick Express promo code 2015  and discount deals are only available online. Get cheap train tickets before you travel and don’t get ripped off at the station! Gatwick Airport is just 30 mins from London Victoria with trains leaving every 15 mins. Travel in comfort and hassle-free by booking your tickets before you leave. Save money on all tickets with 2015 Gatwick Express promo code deals and online exclusive discounts. Gatwick Express Promo Code 2015 and Cheap Train Tickets with Online Exclusive Deals – Quick Links Gatwick Express Promotional Code 2015 *Online Exclusive*…
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

    Neal Gorenflo
    28 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used.read more
  • Top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements in Next 50 Years

    David Thorpe
    28 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    A list of the top 10 Most Likely Architectural Advancements of the next 50 years has been offered by a panel of experts. The expansion of cities will continue, with humans both burrowing deep down to carve out more living space and launching floating cities to adapt to rising sea levels due to climate change. read more
  • Placemaking Ideas that are Ripe for Scaling Up

    ProjectPublicSpaces
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    To showcase this diversity of talent in the Placemaking movement, the Placemaking Leadership Council’s annual “Placemaking Roundup" this year saw members give brief presentations describing their recent projects and initiatives. The theme was “Ideas Ripe for Scaling Up”. Watch the videos here.read more
  • Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. Lurais is now in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood, which will shine in the areas of water treatment, environmental health, communal spaces, energy-saving techniques, and waste management.read more
  • 9 Examples of What Happens When Authorities Make The Data They Own Publicly Accessible

    ctpartnership
    27 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    What ripple effects occur when authorities make the data they own publicly accessible? Since Cape Town launched its open data policy, we found these 9+ examples of open data used effectively.read more
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    A Tampa Green Living Mom Blog - Cloth Diapers - DIY - Disney - Travel - Family

  • 8 Fun Things to Do at MommyCon Orlando

    Calley Pate
    19 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    MommyCon is coming to Orlando on Saturday, May 23rd and I’ve been looking forward to this day for the entire year.  You can view the entire agenda and schedule of events on the MommyCon Orlando website.  If you’ve never been to a MommyCon before, be sure you wear comfy shoes because there is a lot to do and even more to see. Use coupon code ECOCHIC15 and save $5 off your General Admission Ticket! (Affiliate link) 1. Attend a few seminars.  I’m planning on listening to the Cloth Diapering 101 seminar with Cotton Babies, Comedy Hour with the Honest Toddler’s Bunmi…
  • The Truth About Spray Sunscreens

    Calley Pate
    18 May 2015 | 6:58 pm
    This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. For years we’ve heard warnings that spray sunscreens should be avoided.  I have to say that as a busy mom in Florida, spray sunscreens can be very appealing.  Our kids move quick and don’t sit still very long for us to apply lotion sunscreen.  I’ve religiously been using lotion sunscreens for the last few years and trying to explain to my friends why I don’t want them used on my children. Did you know that most spray sunscreens are flammable?  Check the ingredients list and you’ll most likely find…
  • Summer Sun Safety Tips with Goddess Garden Sunscreen

    Calley Pate
    10 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. There’s a lot more to sun safety than just applying a good, natural mineral sunscreen.  Our family spends a lot of time outside in the pool, at the beach, playing sports, and at school.  May is skin cancer awareness month and we can all take a little more time to protect our skin from the suns damaging rays. 1. Remember to apply a good facial sunscreen every day! Goddess Garden Facial Sunscreen can be applied under your makeup and is safe for kids.  You can get burnt even when you’re driving around town with the…
  • 5 Reasons to See Disney’s Frozen on Ice

    Calley Pate
    9 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    This Thursday my daughter and I are headed to Amalie Arena in Tampa to see Disney’s Frozen on Ice.  We’re excited that we can bring along a friend and her mom to see the show too; because I’m going to need another adult to survive the night.  If you’re local, you can get tickets for the May 14-17th performances online – Frozen on Ice Tickets in Tampa. 5 Reasons to See Disney’s Frozen on Ice in Tampa 1.  So your child can wear their Halloween costume one more time before they outgrow it.  Elsa was the #1 costume last year and I’m sure you spent…
  • Why Natural Sunscreens are Important

    Calley Pate
    6 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    This post is sponsored by Goddess Garden Organics Sunscreen. As a Florida family, sunscreen plays an important role in our lives.  We spend so much time outdoors (year-round) and if we leave the house without sunscreen, the entire family will end up with rosy cheeks, burnt noses, and a farmers tan.  As a child, I was blessed with the golden “Coppertone” style tan lines which were popular in my youth.  Since then, both of my parents have had sun spots and cancerous spots removed from their face, back, and shoulders.  I realized at that time that I should embrace my…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • How Public Spaces Make Cities More People-Oriented

    Priscila Pacheco
    27 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Picnickers in Mexico City reclaim a freeway median as public space. Photo by Ben Welle/Flickr. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key themes for sparking more sustainable development in our cities. In the late 19th century, the car emerged as a promise…
  • Live the City 2015 Shows How 5 Cities Are Prioritizing People Over Cars

    Luísa Zottis
    26 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Barcelona’s urban mobility plan prioritizes people over cars, outlining clear steps for improving pedestrian infrastructure between 2013 and 2018. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr. In cities around the world, urban residents want to live well, with access to jobs, education, healthcare and public space. However, because many of our current practices are inflicting burdensome social and economic costs on our cities, we need to increase our focus on efficient solutions and sustainable urban development. Cities play the role of laboratories, experimenting with innovative solutions to…
  • Friday Fun: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Transforming Bus Travel

    Erin Kenney
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Mobile-based technology is transforming bus travel in cities like Jinotega, Nicaragua and making public transit more responsive to the needs of local communities. Photo by Adam Cohn/Flickr. In the last fifty years, bus systems have evolved significantly as a mode of public transit. From the onset of bus rapid transit (BRT) in the mid-1970s to the growing variety of alternative fuel options—including  cooking oil and human waste (known as the Bio-Bus)—there have been continuous improvements to bus mechanics, decreasing its environmental impact. Examples like the Bio-Bus, as the…
  • TheCityFix Is Looking for a Writing and Editing Intern!

    Alex Rogala
    21 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    TheCityFix, produced by the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, is now accepting applications for a full-time Writing and Editing in its Washington, DC headquarters. Are you up for the challenge? Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo/Flickr. Are you passionate about creating sustainable, thriving cities? Do you have the skills to translate complex, technical material into compelling content for an engaged online community? Do you want to work for a top-tier environment and global development research organization? TheCityFix, an online network dedicated to advancing the conversation on sustainable…
  • Three Keys to Sustainable Urban Governance

    Brittany Lane
    21 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Continuously engaging the public with strong capacity is key to urban governance and sustainable development. Photo by Dante Busquets/Flickr. The official launch of the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) yesterday marked a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. Developed by the Access Initiative and World Resources Institute, EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries based on three factors: transparency, access to justice, and citizen engagement. These elements are important aspects of governance as a whole. While significant in its…
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    EarthTechling

  • Akon’s ‘Solar Academy’ Aims to Light Up Africa

    Pete Danko
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    There are some who argue that Africa needs fossil-fuel-generated power in order to boost standards of living and end the deprivation that afflicts too many. Just can’t do without it. But Akon is taking a different approach in rural areas of the sun-blessed continent. Africa’s excellent solar resource is shown in this map by SolarGIS © 2011 GeoModel Solar s.r.o.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThe Senegalese-American recording artist just ratcheted up efforts begun more than a year ago with his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, announcing the launch of a new…
  • Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

    Pete Danko
    14 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yeah, you might say that Tesla’s big battery announcement went over pretty well. Within days of introducing the Powerwall and Powerpack – attractive units, but more importantly, less expensive than expected – the company had booked $800 million in reservations.Image snipped from Tesla’s April 30 battery announcement.And no matter what you think about the immediate usefulness of the Tesla Energy batteries, the enthusiastic reaction should serve to propel advancement in producing better and cheaper energy storage options, and that will only help encourage more renewable energy to…
  • Could Controlled-Fusion Usher in a New Era of Clean Energy?

    Dr. Kat Mizouni
    4 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Today six governments are involved in the planning and construction of what could be called “the largest international scientific undertaking in history”. Their purpose: to usher in a new era of clean, abundant energy. University of Washington scientists may be even closer.Fusion is theoretically well understood from the study of thermonuclear reactions and conditions that power the Sun. Under extremely high temperatures and pressure, hydrogen atoms are forced to overcome their electrical repulsion and fuse together, thereby releasing energy. Although the construction of such a device on…
  • Community Solar Spreading the PV Goodness

    Pete Danko
    3 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The story of rooftop solar power in recent years is one of challenges conquered. Panels too pricey? Scaled up production (in China, mainly) took care of that. System capital costs still too high? New finance models, like leasing, came to the rescue.The next big challenge to fall by the wayside might be in making solar available to the millions of people and businesses who don’t have a rooftop of their own for a system.A community solar project taking shape in Colorado this spring. Image via SunShare.The National Renewable Energy Laboratory just released a report that found massive…
  • China Solar Power Surges: Leaves Entire World Behind

    Pete Danko
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    China issued an update on its solar progress this week and made every other solar-seeking country around the world feel kind of pathetic.The National Energy Board said 5.04 GW was installed in the first quarter of 2015. To put that in perspective, China’s three-month total was just a gigawatt shy of what the U.S. installed in all of 2014 – and it was a good year for the Americans, their best ever. And as an Australia-based renewable energy website noted, 5.04 GW is “an amount the Australian government has said would be impossible to install within five years.”image via…
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    Green Nation Today

  • Tallahassee Roofing Companies: The Reason why they are the Number Choice for Maintaining the Roofing System

    admin
    17 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Everyday the outdoor environmental elements of the outside world puts exposure onto the upper covering of a house and as the years go by the risk for damages to this area of the home as well as the interior of the house will one day become an important issue to resolve. The materials on the roof do not last forever and when they begin to show signs of aging is the moment a homeowner must take action so to avoid any leaks on the upper covering on the home. Staying active with regular maintenance is one way to help prevent costly damages and one other way towards maintaining a stable roofing…
  • A Few Tips On Hybrid Battery Replacement

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    When it is time to change your hybrid car battery, there are a few things you should know before you do so. Does it really need replacement? If you are used to conventional batteries, you might think that they cannot be used after they are worn out. It is best that you check that their time is up. Chances are that you will be using it for more than you have expected. Get the real deal! When you are changing it, make sure you get only original products. The market is full of fakes and if you are not paying attention, you will end up with something that will wreck your engine, even if it seems…
  • Can You Actually Save Money Hiring Littleton Electricians to Work on Your Home?

    admin
    7 May 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Although it might not be clear at first, a reliable team of Littleton electricians can help you save a lot of money when it comes to getting your wiring repaired and keeping your building up to speed with the most vital standards in the industry. All you have to do is call your local electricians, and the problem will practically take care of itself, since you’ll have the most reliable experts working on it. The process is quite simple: As soon as you contact your local electricians, they will arrive, and take a close look at your wiring to determine what needs to be done. A strategy…
  • The Ways In Which Denver Psychiatrists Can Help You Regain Control Over Your Life

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    If you feel alone and isolated and you have no idea how you will ever get out of this pit then you should go see one of the many Denver psychiatrists that are offering support and treatment near you. You would be surprised to see that they may have the answer to making your problems go away and enable you to live a happy life. One thing many people have no knowledge of is the fact that depression, anxiety and similar problems may be caused by improper hormonal production in the brain. That is not to say that every person that has a depression episode is ill, but people who have these episodes…
  • The Level of Quality to Expect from Professional Denver Heating and Air Conditioning Services

    admin
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Although based on reviews written about service from other areas, you might not expect a lot from Denver heating and air conditioning services in terms of quality, promptitude and efficiency, the fact is that there are quite a few contractors in Denver who are renowned for their ability to provide fast, effective and highly professional repair and HVAC installation services in any circumstance.   Following are just some of the benefits you can gain by hiring these professionals for figuring out the best way to restore your HVAC system to its former glory:   First of all, many…
 
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    Intercon

  • Simple Policy Can Discourage Building Reuse

    T. Caine
    13 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Density plays a key role in the creation of a walkable, pedestrian-oriented, sustainable community. Though there are examples of denser development patterns that are not walkable, it is hard to create walkability without hitting a certain threshold of units per acre, so bolstering the streetscape with new buildings can be important for the sustainable aspirations of a young municipality. However, for cities like New York, density is not a recent phenomenon. The city has been building since its inception, which has lead to density not only being achieved from new construction, but in large…
  • Reviewed: Dark Age Ahead

    T. Caine
    11 May 2015 | 6:04 am
    Dark Age Ahead By Jane Jacobs In One Line: Well known for her voice of calm critique, Jacobs examines the necessity several pillars of cultural vibrancy as well as why our failing to maintain them could levy an age of cultural deficiency for modern day North America that compromises defining aspects of who we are. For those that have read the works of Jane Jacobs, she is not prone to writing about all of the things we are doing extremely well.  Her final literary installment is no different. Jacobs references historic Dark Ages–eras of where large amounts of resilience and cultural…
  • Vacation Doesn’t Need to be From Sustainability

    T. Caine
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    When most of us manage to carve out the time, money and effort required to clock out of the daily grind for a while, the top priority is stepping away from the nagging mundane worries that are waiting for us every morning. Vacation spots excel at helping to push thoughts of the job, the commute, the chores and the bills to the side in deference to an image of luxury, if only to be enjoyed for a short time. Given Gallup’s recent numbers on where the environment sits in the list of priorities for Americans, chances are that sustainability doesn’t rank high on most of our vacation…
  • Are Communities Born or Made?

    T. Caine
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    This was one of the underlying questions within the discourse on a recent webinar that targeted how designers can engage in progressive community development. I had the pleasure of being joined by fellow panelists, Christine Modor and Fleur Timmer with moderation by author David Thorpe. Titled: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities, the discussion fielded questions on the role of architects and landscape architects in helping to craft useful and coveted community spaces. A recording of the webinar, organized by the Sustainable Cities Collective, can be listened to below:…
  • Solving the Recycling Cost Gap is About Value

    T. Caine
    28 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Within the realm of broad sustainability efforts in this country, recycling could be considered one of the veterans. Recycling programs have existed in America since the 1990’s, but despite their longevity, they still have not yet reached their maturity, falling short of refined systems streamlined for maximum impact at minimum cost. In most places, recycling programs are still a net cost for municipalities that host them. Though it is not to say that environmental programs like recycling are not worth costs to accomplish their goals or that any should be expected to “turn a profit”,…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • A heatwave that's too hot for India to handle, with more to come

    Liz Hanna, Director NHMRC Project: Working in the Heat - Health Risks and Adaptation Needs at Australian National University
    27 May 2015 | 9:56 pm
    A zebra crossing melts in Delhi during extreme heat. EPA/Harish TyagiIndia is currently in the throes of yet another extreme heat event, with the death toll rising past 1,100. The current heatwave began on May 21, and is forecast to continue until May 30, with temperatures in many regions exceeding 45C, and reaching 47.6C and beyond. Delhi has now endured seven consecutive days over 44C, the worst extreme heat event recorded in a decade, according to the India Meteorological Department. Even in the mountain town of Mussoorie close to Nepal, 2,010 m above sea level, temperatures rose to 36C.
  • Let's get serious about protecting wildlife in a warming world

    Stephen Williams, Prometeo - Visiting Scientist Yachay Tech University and Professor, Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change at James Cook University
    27 May 2015 | 6:48 pm
    The white-lipped tree frog, one of the species threatened by warming. Stephen Williams, Author providedIn the rainforests of northern Queensland, scientists and government are getting serious about protecting wildlife, plants and ecosystems from climate change. A couple of years ago, Mount Baldy in the Herberton Range near Atherton became part of Queensland’s protected area estate, in part because the mountains will remain cool enough under global warming for many species to survive there. The area will act as a refuge as species move from the warming lowlands. Now the Queensland government…
  • Wait and pay: action on climate change is cheap, delay is costly

    Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Australian National University
    27 May 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Australia risks becoming a 'fossilised' economy unless we take action on climate change without delay. david_a_l/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDA plethora of economic studies on the costs of climate action share a common message: action on climate change is cheap, and delaying it will be costly. This has implications for Australia’s post-2020 emissions targets, to be decided by government the in coming weeks or months. We’ve reviewed the evidence. The results are published in two short reports for WWF Australia. Our first brief highlighted that there is a general consensus amongst economists…
  • Meet the Australian wildlife most threatened by climate change

    Richard Fuller, Associate professor at The University of Queensland
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    The Mountain Pygmy Possum, which is the only Australian mammal confined to the alpine zone of Australian Alps. is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Matthew Pauza, Author providedNearly half of 200 Australian species are threatened by climate change, according to our research published today in PLOS ONE. Climate change is one of the major contributors to global biodiversity loss, and plant and animal species can be affected by climate change in different ways. Some may be directly affected by sea level rise or snow melt, whereas some may lose a pollinator or prey species that they rely…
  • We've only monitored a fraction of the Barrier Reef's species

    Mark Hamann, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science (marine focus) at James Cook University
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Loggerhead turtle populations are facing a brighter future, but many other species are still in decline, while for others there are no data at all. AAP Image/Lauren BathThis long-read article is part of a series examining in depth the various threats to the Great Barrier Reef. When the Great Barrier Reef was first placed on the World Heritage List in 1981, it was recognised as being home to a huge diversity of species, many of them threatened. Conserving the reef’s habitats would therefore be a great way to protect many different species all at the same time. Naturally, some of these…
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    Green Conduct

  • What does Going Green mean?

    alicebenny
    19 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    Go Green Ideas that You Can Take On Everyone keeps asking you to go green. What does going green mean and what are some go green ideas that you can take on? Many people want to go green and are taking steps to do so. But what does it actually mean? Does it include filling vegetable oil in my car or are there simpler things that I can do? What does Going green mean? To put it simply, going green means to care about the environment and make a deliberate attempt to help use as little resources as possible. People who do this limit their footprint on the environment and encourage others around…
  • Affordable Environmentally Friendly Central Heating a Reality?

    greghead
    13 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Heating is something we all need and grumble about at a certain points of the year in particular. Are you fed up of immensely fluctuating gas bills or the feeling that you have well and truly been beaten by the big six energy companies. Well your not alone, it’s estimated that up to 30% of households in the UK suffer with the predicament of struggling to meet their energy bills demands. In some extreme circumstances gas and electricity companies can even cut you off from the network all together. Environmentally Friendly Central Heating Environmentally Friendly Central Heating Upgrade your…
  • Green Data Center Upgrades Reduce Environmental Impact

    greghead
    12 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Information Age has led to the rise of multiple data centers across the globe. These mission critical facilities face several contentious issues such as speed, uptime, cost and environmental effects. Since they require nonstop operations, energy draw can add up to a staggering level and this continues to rise every year. Current estimates say that these facilities collectively consume nearly 2% of the world’s power supply and produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases in the process. Effective energy management is required to reduce environmental impact as well as operating…
  • Should I Abandon My Car for a Rideshare Program

    alicebenny
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Is that old clunker you’ve been driving around since you turned 16 on its last legs and requiring too much money to keep it going? If your car is a clunker, you may be in the market for a new vehicle. But why not save some money, and the environment, by going a different direction? No, your bicycle might not get you everywhere you need to go, but there is another option: a rideshare program. Rideshare programs are popping up all over the United States in major cities, and becoming a cheap and eco-friendly way to abandon owning a vehicle. The rideshare program in your area might even have a…
  • Save Energy with Vinyl Shutters and Eco-friendly Blinds

    alicebenny
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    It is true! Save Energy with Vinyl Shutters and Eco-friendly Blinds can really help make your home or workplace more eco-friendly. Creating a green home is no-longer a trend or something that only environmentalists would consider doing. It is now mainstream and ordinary people all across America have started realizing there are major advantages in making your home more sustainable and eco-friendly. Some people are actively and systematically transforming their home, others simply base their purchasing decisions increasingly on green credentials. There are many reasons to this but I would say…
 
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    DC Bureau » Natural Resources News Service

  • Boomers’ Environment Guide for Retirement: The Lure of America’s Southeast

    Joseph Trento
    11 May 2015 | 10:23 am
      After a horrific winter, Northeast and Midwest boomers are coming in waves to seek warm weather in America’s Southeast. Homes in the cold Northeast and Midwest are being sold and, with cash in hand for many boomers, the search is on for a warm retirement location for their golden years. Most guides to retirement rank places by cost-of-living, climate, cultural offerings or personal interests. Few offer any information on the environment. So before you decide where to invest, it is important to see how prospective communities have handled everything from massive, Chinese-owned pig…
  • After Congress Gutted Propane Market Reform, Industry Doubles Down on Secretive Storage Plan

    Peter Mantius
    16 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Propane trucks load at Teppco’s terminal in Watkins Glen After failing to convince Congress to fix the root causes of propane shortages and price spikes that rocked the Midwest and Northeast last winter, the U.S. propane industry is now throwing its full weight behind a secretive underground storage project in western New York. Industry’s renewed support for that private sector option comes after Congress gutted a 2014 bill to scope out and fund regional propane storage sites. Now even the make-do private solution is in serious jeopardy. State regulators have already taken five years…
  • LPG Storage in NY Salt Cavern Linked to Salinity Spike in Drinking Water

    Peter Mantius
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Hundreds gathered on an icy January day in Geneva to protest Crestwood Midstream’s proposed LPG storage project at the other end of Seneca Lake. (Photo: Peter Mantius) For decades, scientists have puzzled over why Seneca Lake, the largest of New York State’s Finger Lakes, is by far the saltiest of the 11 glacier-carved water bodies. Now a Nevada hydrologist claims he’s solved the mystery. Tom Myers, who was hired by opponents of a plan to store liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in salt caverns at the southern end of Seneca, pins the blame on LPG storage in the same group of caverns between…
  • Maryland Politics Trumps Science on Fracking

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

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

  • Akon’s ‘Solar Academy’ Aims to Light Up Africa

    Pete Danko
    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    There are some who argue that Africa needs fossil-fuel-generated power in order to boost standards of living and end the deprivation that afflicts too many. Just can’t do without it. But Akon is taking a different approach in rural areas of the sun-blessed continent. Africa’s excellent solar resource is shown in this map by SolarGIS © 2011 GeoModel Solar s.r.o.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsThe Senegalese-American recording artist just ratcheted up efforts begun more than a year ago with his Akon Lighting Africa initiative, announcing the launch of a new…
  • Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

    Pete Danko
    14 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Yeah, you might say that Tesla’s big battery announcement went over pretty well. Within days of introducing the Powerwall and Powerpack – attractive units, but more importantly, less expensive than expected – the company had booked $800 million in reservations.Image snipped from Tesla’s April 30 battery announcement.And no matter what you think about the immediate usefulness of the Tesla Energy batteries, the enthusiastic reaction should serve to propel advancement in producing better and cheaper energy storage options, and that will only help encourage more renewable energy to…
  • Could Controlled-Fusion Usher in a New Era of Clean Energy?

    Dr. Kat Mizouni
    4 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Today six governments are involved in the planning and construction of what could be called “the largest international scientific undertaking in history”. Their purpose: to usher in a new era of clean, abundant energy. University of Washington scientists may be even closer.Fusion is theoretically well understood from the study of thermonuclear reactions and conditions that power the Sun. Under extremely high temperatures and pressure, hydrogen atoms are forced to overcome their electrical repulsion and fuse together, thereby releasing energy. Although the construction of such a device on…
  • Community Solar Spreading the PV Goodness

    Pete Danko
    3 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    The story of rooftop solar power in recent years is one of challenges conquered. Panels too pricey? Scaled up production (in China, mainly) took care of that. System capital costs still too high? New finance models, like leasing, came to the rescue.The next big challenge to fall by the wayside might be in making solar available to the millions of people and businesses who don’t have a rooftop of their own for a system.A community solar project taking shape in Colorado this spring. Image via SunShare.The National Renewable Energy Laboratory just released a report that found massive…
  • China Solar Power Surges: Leaves Entire World Behind

    Pete Danko
    26 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    China issued an update on its solar progress this week and made every other solar-seeking country around the world feel kind of pathetic.The National Energy Board said 5.04 GW was installed in the first quarter of 2015. To put that in perspective, China’s three-month total was just a gigawatt shy of what the U.S. installed in all of 2014 – and it was a good year for the Americans, their best ever. And as an Australia-based renewable energy website noted, 5.04 GW is “an amount the Australian government has said would be impossible to install within five years.”image via…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • VW’s Sustainability Charge – A Measurable Value Driver

    CleanTechies.com Contributor
    27 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    It is amazing to think that the first hybrid vehicle was designed and constructed over a century ago. A lot of motoring enthusiasts are unaware of this fact because clean transportation technology is considered to be a modern invention. The truth is that eco-friendly, hybrid cars have been around, in some form, for quite a [...]
  • Over 84% of New U.S. Generating Capacity YTD is From Renewables

    Ken Bossong
    26 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    In what is becoming a frequent occurrence, if not predictable pattern, renewable energy sources once again dominate in the latest federal monthly update on new electrical generating capacity brought into service in the United States. According to the recently-released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Energy Projects, wind [...]
  • Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

    Oliver Strube
    22 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    At least that’s the headline circulating around frenzied eco news outlets and in social media. But watch the video from the Financial Times to understand the more complete picture behind the headline.
  • Eminent Domain + Gas Pipelines = Bad Business

    Oliver Strube
    22 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Here is an idea. Let’s give solar companies the use of eminent domain to appropriate all the south-facing rooftops around the country because it’s in the ‘best interest of the public’. No way, not even for solar, you say? I didn’t think so. You’re right of course. Eminent domain (derived from the term dominium eminens – [...]
  • An Alaskan Island Goes 100% Renewable

    Laurie Guevara-Stone
    21 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    As most Alaskans can attest, energy in The Last Frontier is expensive. The average residential electricity rate of more than 18 cents per kWh is a full 50 percent higher than the national average, ranking among the highest in the country. That’s in part because outside the 50 hydro plants throughout the state, most of [...]
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    Furniture & Home Design Ideas

  • The Living Cube – Multifunctional Furniture We LOVE

    Sarah Clarke
    5 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    “I wanted to focus on practicality and functionality and skip any unnecessary elements. My goal was to come up with a timeless design that fits any space and living situation.” — Till Könneker This is how the Living Cube‘s designer describes how he came up with the idea for this brilliant piece of furniture, that is really so, SO much more than just furniture. From the site, the Living Cube is described as a unit in which the user can “combine eight to twelve different pieces of furniture into one very small footprint: an entertainment unit that can fit a 42″/107 cm…
  • Gorgeously Textured Rugs from Stepevi

    Sarah Clarke
    1 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Is there anything more inviting and luxurious than a wonderfully textured rug? Especially a dramatically textured rug that also boasts an array of incredible, vibrant colors? The designers at Stepevi have answered the call for anyone looking for more than just a rug, but a rug that can take over as the central design element in whatever room you choose to put it in. Stepevi has an entire series of rugs in a number of different collections. Regardless of what color, pattern or texture you might be looking for, I spent over an hour on their website and found several that I immediately coveted,…
  • Cool and Industrial Metal Pipe Frame Beds

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:49 pm
    I love the look of a really industrial looking bed frame with some simple modern bedding. A bed like this would be right at home in an urban loft bedroom, or in a minimalist designed bedroom space. Using metal pipe as the source material for a bed frame makes a very bold statement in furniture design. The look is decidedly masculine, but with the right bedding, you can make this work in a rustic modern design style. There are some major retailers that sell metal pipe frame beds, such as Restoration Hardware and CB2, but you can also have one custom made with the kind of pipe that most appeals…
  • Modern and Elegant Walk-In Shower Designs

    Sarah Clarke
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Walk-in showers are becoming more popular in modern home design, because they have a very simple yet beautiful aesthetic that instantly make a bathroom more streamlined and sophisticated looking. It’s not easy to install a walk-in shower into a bathroom that hasn’t been built with one in mind, because the floor and plumbing all have to be specially designed to accommodate this kind of shower set up. Walk-in showers have a very open, airy feel to them, and look fantastic in bathrooms that get plenty of natural light. Glass is the most common material used when designing these kinds…
  • Cool and Colorful LOLLY Chairs Are Adorable

    Sarah Clarke
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Recently saw these cute chairs on one of my favorite design sites and had to write about the. This is one of the first times I’ve seen polyurethane used in such a way and its actually such a great idea because it makes this chair so much more durable if you wanted to use it outside. According to the designers, Roberto Foschia and Mara Picco, their tub chair LOLLY is as “soft and cozy as a nest.” They created the chair for Area Declic and were inspired by the the carefree world of children. LOLLY is also comfortable because of that special material used to make it, called…
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    Articles

  • University Of Hawaii & Edinburgh

    27 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    U.S.A.'s University of Hawaii, agreed to divest from: . . . . . . Coal, . . . . . . Oil, and . . . . . . Gas companies, making it the largest university to do so. Scotland’s University of Edinburgh, intends to divest from, . . . 3 of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers. 05-27-2015 Source: University Of Hawaii & Edinburgh
  • Hanergy’S Solar Factory In China

    27 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    Hanergy Stock has been suspended in the Market. A visit Hanergy's main factory in China about 6 weeks ago, . . . showed there was essentially no production of solar cells at all, and . . . accounts that suggest significant production and sales, . . . are entirely fraudulent. With almost no cars, despite a vast car park, and . . . all gates except one were locked. 05-27-2015 Source:  Hanergy’s Solar Factory in China
  • Senate Bill: National Energy Storage

    27 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Senate Bill Would Create America’s First National Energy Storage Target. California gave the U.S. energy storage market a boost in 2013, when regulators set a, . . . 1.3-gigawatt target for the state's 3 investor-owned utilities. The mandate has resulted in contracts for battery and thermal storage projects, . . . including a  250-megawatt procurement, from Southern California Edison. Now, a national lawmaker wants to do the same for the rest of the country. 05-27-2015 Source:  Senate Bill: National Energy Storage
  • Battery-Storage

    27 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    The case for battery storage: "The main driver in the U.S.A. is, . . . Utility Demand Charges,” . . . observed Bloomberg New Energy Finance associate Logan Goldie-Scot. Germany's residential market, will see, . . . 15,000 new installations this year, . . . 20,000 to 25,000 next year, . . . 30,000 to 35,000 installations a year up until 2020. . . . according to EuPD Research. 05-27-2015 Source: Battery-Storage
  • Follow The Money: Demand Charges

    27 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    WHAT IS A DEMAND CHARGE? Think of it as the “size of the pipe” that delivers electricity to customers, . . . a bigger pipe costs more, but can deliver more juice at any instant. Now consider 2 hypothetical residential customers, . . . both with the same monthly kWh usage: Customer A: Uses approximately the same number of kWhs each day. . . . The customer works at home, and has a consistent demand throughout the day. Customer B: has rooftop solar, and an electric vehicle. The rooftop solar ramps up production, just as they shut off all electric usage, . . . leaves for work, and exporting…
 
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    Green Abode

  • 10 Ways Becoming a National Trust Member Might Change Your Life

    Chris King
    13 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Pink waterlily in the pond at the National Trust’s Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire – Green Abode images/Chris P King If you’ve been following us for a while you’ll know that we are big fans of the National Trust as it ticks all the right boxes. Here’s 10 ways that becoming a National Trust member might change your life. 1. You Become an Ultimate Explorer As a National Trust member, you have unlimited access to over 500 places, including houses, nature reserves, castles, woods and even gold mines. With so much variety, it’s easy to become hooked on exploring. But…
  • 15% OFF Two Together Railcard Promotional Code 2015 Offer

    Chris King
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The Two Together Railcard promotional code gives you reductions on the railcard in 2015, before you get 1/3 OFF savings on train travel. This is the perfect railcard to save money in Britain for couples, friends, colleagues, or any two people travelling together. Here’s the latest and up to date online exclusive 2015 Two Together promotional code offers. 15% OFF Two Together Railcard Promotional Code *** Online Exclusive Offer *** 15% (£4.50) OFF a Two Together Railcard Pay £24.50 instead of £30 Use Voucher Code: IHS15 Offer ends: tbc Get 15% OFF Two Together Railcard  >> 10% OFF…
  • 2015 Railcard Promotional Code Deals & 20 Railcards in Britain

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

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

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

  • [Interview] How to Create a Holistic Built Environment – Transportation, Solar, and More

    Abby Thompson
    19 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    We reached out to Ryan C.C. Chin, Ph.D., the Managing Director and Research Scientist of MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group, to learn about the initiatives his group is working on to reshape cities into more holistic systems and how the HeatSpring community of contractors, engineers, policy makers, and other building professionals can help and get involved. MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group has a vision to investigate responsive architecture and vehicle models to respond to human, environmental, and market dynamics with the desire to “persuade people to adopt sustainable…
  • Boost Your Webinars: Create Dynamic, Community-Building Online Lectures

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    19 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    In this article, I outline why we host online lectures instead of webinars at HeatSpring and share information for ways that we can help you and your business (cleantech, high performance building, geothermal, and more) start hosting dynamic, community-building online lectures, too. WEBINARS = DRAIN ON RESOURCES How many hours and dollars have you invested to create webinars? Getting all of the presentation materials together, creating marketing content, sending email blasts and social media posts, hosting the actual webinar…think about it and jot down your estimate. Now, think about…
  • 3 Reasons Your PV System Load Profile is Overinflated and How to Fix It

    Gabrielle Rossetti
    18 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    The article below is a discussion from our course, Batteries in Solar PV Systems, led by Christopher LaForge. Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988. Takeaways: The Energy Master Program is a great tool to work out a design for a low resource PV system load profile. It uses various Kw of PV to find out home much run time a generator will require to meet demand during low resource times It is cost prohibitive to get all of your power from your PV system during…
  • Preliminary Poll Results: The Future of the Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program

    Brian Hayden
    15 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    HeatSpring recently acquired the Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA) Program. Our first step has been listening to alumni, instructors, and industry professionals about what makes the SBA program unique, and what will maximize the impact of the program moving forward. This listening period will continue through 2015, but some early patterns are emerging. Based on the first fifty survey responses, here’s what the data says. What Makes the Sustainable Building Advisor Program Unique? It’s a foundational learning experience that cuts across traditional job titles and industries.
  • How to Take the IGSHPA Certification Exam

    Brian Hayden
    14 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    This is a short video explaining how the IGSHPA Geothermal Installer Certification exam works. The process has changed significantly in the past year – for the better – and we’re excited about how easy it is for students to take the exam now. Highlights include: You can take the exam on your own computer You can take the exam any time you want Results are available as soon as you’re done The old process required you to sit for the exam on-site with a proctor. No. 2 pencils and bubble sheets. This was a pain to schedule and you couldn’t get the results for six…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • The Daily Battle of the Food Warrior Mom

    Paige Wolf
    26 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    “It’s just one Oreo.” “One donut isn’t gonna kill him?” “Oh, sorry, you guys don’t do sugar?” “He can have gum, right?” It’s a typical week and the battle rages on. A relatively healthy, clean diet versus peer pressure and not-making-them-live-in-a-bubble. As much as we may strive in the quest for dietary perfection at home, the real world is rife with obstacles. It still never ceases to amaze me how most people are completely oblivious to high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, artificial colors and dyes, and generally harmful…
  • Drawing Conclusions Book Review and Giveaway

    Paige Wolf
    21 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    A dumpster-diving heroine? A solar-powered protagonist? A champion for the righteous – and the recycled? It takes a really good book to get me hooked, and it’s wonderful to find a main female character who takes on environmental and ethical crime. With her A Sketch in Crime Mystery Series, debut novelist Deirdre Verne creates a fascinating protagonist with eco-conscious and sustainable values. Throughout the mystery series, it is freegan artist CeCe Prentice’s self-sufficiency and resourcefulness that drive her crime-solving success. Throughout the series, eco-conscious writer…
  • Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreen Review

    Paige Wolf
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Green Sisterhood but the opinion is of my own. Sun protection is no joke – especially when you have a paler than pale 5-year-old and a hairless dog. That’s right – even my American Hairless Terrier needs protection for his favorite activity – laying in the sun. Hairless Dog + Pale Boy = Sunscreen Love But chemical sunscreens can be just as troublesome as unprotected sun exposure. Studies have shown that many of these chemicals have adverse effects on the human body and on the environment. The chemicals in conventional sunscreens are…
  • The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, & Beyond

    Paige Wolf
    11 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    What’s the number one way to wake someone up to all the issues Americans face with lead in lipstick, artificial dyes in foods, and flame retardants in car seats? Get them pregnant. That’s what sent me on the information spiral that lead to this book and blog. And it’s what prompted my dear friend Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff to write The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond Rachel’s book come with the support of her friends at Naturepedic mattresses (no pun intended), a natural mattress company I’ve talked about before, leading the innovation on…
  • Broad Street Run: Off The Bucket List and Into The Books

    Paige Wolf
    4 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    Remember when I was stoked about running a full three minutes? Three years – and one pregnancy – later, I killed the Philly 10K, despite wretched humidity and a recovery that took almost a full week. So I had to put Broad Street Run on my radar, undoubtedly the most historic, exciting, and inspiring race in Philadelphia – and possibly in the country. Each year 40,000 runners race the 10 mile stretch from Einstein Hospital in North Philadelphia, around City Hall, and past the stadiums to the Navy Yard at the tip of South Philadelphia. It is an experience on every…
 
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    mnn.com

  • With Solar Energy Research Center, we're one step closer to making fuel from sunlight and CO2

    lloydalter
    27 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    When we talk about the wonders of evolution and life on Earth, many people look at the complex end results and are amazed that such a thing as an eyeball can happen. But few things are more impressive than photosynthesis, when life forms evolved that turn sunlight, water and carbon dioxide into carbohydrates and oxygen. That is the true miracle that made our planet habitable and life as we know it possible.
  • Bill Nye, Amy Schumer explain why the universe really exists

    mdestries
    27 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
      The true meaning of the universe and humanity's place within it has baffled people for ages — until now.  
  • Swimmers descend on London's plant-cleaned public bathing pond

    mhickman
    27 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    While the once-outrageously filthy River Thames isn’t quite ready to welcome swim cap- and goggle-donning Londoners (but if all goes as planned it soon will be) for extended dips, the next best thing when it comes to chemical-free urban bathing recently opened for business in the British capital city’s King’s Cross section: an inner city freshwater swimming hole-cum-art installation that eschews
  • Berkeley collects $116,000 in 1st month of soda tax

    rshreeves
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    In March, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the nation to institute a soda tax. The tally is in for the first month’s revenues, and the city took in $116,000 in taxes, according to NBC Bay Area.  
  • '3 Scientists Walk Into A Bar' sounds like a joke, but it’s really a new show on the Weather Channel

    gmiller
    27 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    There are other hands-on science shows on TV, but "3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar" takes a novel approach. First, its topics focus on weather and natural phenomena. And as you can infer from the title, its approach is light and irreverent. Launching with three back-to-back episodes May 31 and returning with five more in October, it's fun, engaging, interactive, relatable and accessible, as executive producer Isaac Holub of Lucky 8 TV describes it.
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    Greener Ideal

  • Free, Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Now Available Across San Francisco

    DMV.com
    28 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    Installing as many publicly available charging stations as possible is one of the most important prerequisites for accelerating electric vehicle adoption in any city. San Francisco has been at the forefront of EV adoption, largely thanks to the extensive EV charging station network, which is about to get even bigger, with city officials recently unveiling […] Read the full article: Free, Solar-Powered EV Charging Stations Now Available Across San Francisco
  • Several Smart Hacks for Truly Greening up Your Office

    Contributing Authors
    21 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    Greening up your office is a small step for you, but a big leap for mankind. Sometimes, seemingly trivial actions we take repeatedly or some other material changes we make can significantly reduce the damaging influence on the environment. Lately, the trend of environment-friendly solutions in every area is becoming more present, and it is […] Read the full article: Several Smart Hacks for Truly Greening up Your Office
  • How Urbanization Affects the Environment – Infographic

    Ian Andrew
    14 May 2015 | 4:03 am
    As cities continue to sprawl outwards, it’s obvious that nature has to make some sacrifices. But what may not be obvious are the effects that urbanization has on those that live in the cities, too. Air pollution, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and the “heat island effect” are all a result of increased urbanization. And unfortunately, the […] Read the full article: How Urbanization Affects the Environment – Infographic
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Avocado Icing Recipe

    Fabiana Giovanetti
    13 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    I love things that are not too sweet, and that is why this recipe for carrot cake cupcakes is such a winner. The cupcakes have a very strong carrot-flavour, while the avocado icing adds creaminess and a sweet touch! Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Avocado Icing Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 12 minutesTotal Time: 42 minutes Yield: 8 […] Read the full article: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Avocado Icing Recipe
  • The Environmental Perks of Using Modular Data Centers

    Contributing Authors
    12 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    In recent years, modular data centers have become a more flexible, energy efficient, and environmentally-friendly alternative to their traditional brick and mortar counterparts.  Let’s learn something about them.   Characteristics Modular data systems are comprised of pre-engineered modules and components which are scaled down to fit into the data center capacity together with an array […] Read the full article: The Environmental Perks of Using Modular Data Centers
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock

    GTG Staff
    12 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    | America’s Greenest City? | We are proud to have been asked to contribute the May cover story for British Airway‘s magazine, High Life. Following is a lead-in to the story, with a link to the full article, including a guide to 48 (nearly) carbon neutral hours for your next visit. The man calls himself […]San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Europe’s 8 best ‘eco’ classical music festivals this summer

    GTG Staff
    7 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    | Concertos in Green | Superstar pianist Hélène Grimaud is a synesthete, a person who experiences sounds as colors—Bach in orange and red, Beethoven in bright yellow and green. But you need not have her extraordinary acuity to go green with classical music, especially in Europe during the summer. All the best artists and orchestras […]Europe’s 8 best ‘eco’ classical music festivals this summer is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Portugal’s Algarve: serious eco fun around Faro

    GTG Staff
    1 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    | Nature Beyond Golf | Portugal‘s Algarve coast, the country’s southernmost, is one of Europe’s most popular beach and golf destinations. But there’s so much more to be enjoyed in this sunny Mediterranean climate and a lot of it is eco-friendly—bird-watching, cycling and hiking, snorkeling and scuba diving, for starters. And with an abundance of low-cost Faro flights available […]Portugal’s Algarve: serious eco fun around Faro is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders now in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Caribbean

    GTG Staff
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:03 am
    | Green Travel News | Two years after the initial launch of TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, it’s now gone under into Australia and New Zealand, reports Green Lodging News. The program, which ranks hotels and B&Bs on their eco-friendly features, encompasses more than 8,000 properties in 67 countries (including 170 new entrants in Australia and New Zealand)—making it […]TripAdvisor’s Green Leaders now in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Caribbean is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
  • Leonardo DiCaprio to build world’s greenest island resort in Belize

    GTG Staff
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    | Green Travel News | Leonardo DiCaprio’s next big starring role: developer of “the world’s most sustainable island resort” at Blackadore Caye, Belize. Upon completion (scheduled for 2018), Blackadore Caye promises to be the greenest island resort ever built, says DiCaprio, an avid scuba diver and one of Hollywood’s most environmentally active stars. He and his business partner, […]Leonardo DiCaprio to build world’s greenest island resort in Belize is a post from: Green Traveler Guides
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    Hexa Green

  • JA Solar confirms 500mw cell and module plant in India

    Team HexaGreen
    26 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    JA Solar will establish a 500MW cell and module plant in India.The agreement with Essel Infraprojects Limited (EIL) was briefly mentioned in the company’s quarterly results earlier this month. It was signed a few days prior at the India-China Business Forum in Shanghai, a trade mission led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Solar was well represented at the high-profile meeting, which resulted in US$22 billion of investment.Trina Solar also agreed a 500MW cell and 500MW module production joint venture with India’s Welspun renewables at the same event. Canadian Solar has also been…
  • Adani Group plans 1GW solar park in Tamil Nadu

    Team HexaGreen
    26 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    Indian industrial Group Adani is planning the construction of a 1 gw solar park in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The plant is expected to attract INR70 billion (US$1.1 billion) investment. Adani Group sources said a deal had been signed with the state government and the project is at an “exploratory” level.The project will be developed in four phases at Kamuthi in Ramanathapuram district with Adani in the process of acquiring around 5,000 acres.Adani has already announced plans for mega solar facilities in two Indian states, Gujarat and Rajasthan.The Indian government plans to set up…
  • NTPC allocates 920MW of solar PV in India

    Team HexaGreen
    26 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    Indian utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced the allocation of a further 500MW of solar PV capacity in Andhra Pradesh and 420MW in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan capacity is to be made up of a batch of six projects of 70MW each in Bhadla Phase II Solar Park in Jodhpur District. The Andhra Pradesh capacity will be made up of one 350MW project and three 50MW projects at Gani-Sakunala Solar Park Phase II, Kurnool District. This capacity comes on top of NTPC’s tender for another 500MW of solar capacity in Andhra Pradesh made up of ten 50MW plants earlier this month. The…
  • Suzlon Energy Secures Orders for Wind Turbines worth $200 Million

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    India’s leading wind turbine manufacturers, Suzlon Energy, has secured an order worth $200 million for supply of 150 MW wind energy equipment. The company, which has evolved into an integrated wind energy solutions provider, is likely to set up the wind farms and also bag orders for service and maintenance following commissioning. The cumulative order has been placed by more than four companies. The large order signifies the customers’ renewed interest in the wind energy sector following reintroduction of tax incentives for wind project developers, the company noted in its press release.
  • European Union gears up for 2030 with more emissions reductions

    Team HexaGreen
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    The Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, today releases its annual Progress Report assessing the headway on climate action. According to latest estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 fell by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since 1990. So not only is the EU well on track to reach the 2020 target, it is also well on track to overachieve it. The Progress Report also for the first time provides data on the use of fiscal revenues from auctioning allowances in the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). This new source of revenues for Member States amounted…
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  • Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy

    Guest
    27 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    By EPA.gov Does not create any new permitting requirements and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degredation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry.
  • Chicks Rule

    Susan Colby
    22 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    Pets with Benefits A local free-range chicken foraging in the yard. Photo by Susan Colby There is a not-so-secret movement growing around the country and it has found fertile ground in the small Victorian town of Port Townsend, in Jefferson County, Washington. You can sometimes see the evidence tucked away in back yards and lush green gardens. And if you listen closely, you might hear the soft chuckles and clucks of a growing population of backyard, or urban chickens. Jefferson County is a mecca for sustainable living, with the award-winning farmers market and a host of artisanal food makers.
  • Microbeads – The Story of Stuff Project

    Guest
    21 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Courtesy of The Story of Stuff Project  Another gem from The Story of Stuff Project – this time about the dangers of tiny plastic microbeads in many products we use daily, which go down the drain and into our lakes, rivers and oceans. Take Action @ Ban the Bead
  • Get a (Red) Nose Job

    Susan Colby
    20 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    May 21, 2015 is the inaugural USA Red Nose Day It’s a tough act to follow… For 30 years, the Brits with all their dour, dry humor, have raked in mega bucks in their Red Nose Day, a fundraiser for impoverished children at home and abroad, presented by the BBC. This year, the first Red Nose Day USA is being celebrated and broadcast in a special 3-hour live event on NBC tonight, May 21. Walgreens and M&Ms are co-partnering the event. Every Little Bit Helps For many, the concept of charity giving to any extent that can make a difference is defined by the likes of the Gates Foundation,…
  • The Great Grief: How to Cope With Losing Our World

    Guest
    18 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    By Per Espen Stoknes Courtesy of Common Dreams In order to respond adequately, first we may need to mourn Photo by George Hodan Climate scientists overwhelmingly say that we will face unprecedented warming in the coming decades. Those same scientists, just like you or I, struggle with the emotions that are evoked by these facts and dire projections. My children—who are now 12 and 16—may live in a world warmer than at any time in the previous 3 million years, and may face challenges that we are only just beginning to contemplate, and in many ways may be deprived of the rich, diverse world…
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee

  • Detox to Treat Candida Overgrowth After Lyme Disease with Amie Valpone

    Dr. Karen
    22 May 2015 | 10:06 am
    Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple, a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. While she helps hundreds of clients with their health via clean recipes and cooking lessons, she also suffered decades of mysterious chronic illnesses that required her to seek dozens of doctors without affirmative diagnosis. About two years ago, she was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease and was treated…
  • Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreens Rated High by EWG’s Sun Safe Guide

    Dr. Karen
    21 May 2015 | 10:19 am
    Goddess Garden Organics did it again! Their safe sunscreens were rated as #1 in Environment Working Group’s 2015 Sun Safe Campaign again! Goddess Garden Safe Sunscreens Rated High by EWG’s Sun Safe Guide! It’s hard to find safe sunscreens that are effective and does not leave your skin sticky or white and pasty. But I discovered Goddess Garden Organics last year when I wrote THIS about my sun damaged skin. And since then, putting on sunscreen has been part of my morning routine. One Year Later…. Curious how my skin looks since I’ve been using Goddess Garden…
  • The Paleo Approach with Sarah Ballantyne

    Dr. Karen
    14 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Paleo or paleolithic diet has been around for decades for many reasons but the health benefit from eating nutritionally dense food is undeniably the most common reason why thousands of people embraced Paleo for healing. Sarah Ballantyne, the Paleo Mom, a very popular scientific Paleo blogger who uses famous stick figures and chemical compound graphics to explain how certain chemical reactions occur when we ingest food states, The Paleo diet is a nutrient-dense whole foods diet based on eating a variety of quality meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. It improves health by…
  • Leaky Gut Connection to Mental Health with Raine Irving Saunders

    Dr. Karen
    6 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Leaky Gut Connection to Mental Health with Raine Irving Saunders I wrote about my own family’s gut healing journey for allergies and Eczema before and I mentioned how we often talk of having ‘gut feelings’ and ‘butterflies in the stomach’. We’ve trusted our ‘gut instincts’ and told stories that had came from ‘the pit’ of our stomach. All metaphorically, of course. But is it? Any biology class will teach you that emotions and feelings come from the brain. Then why do we refer to our gut whenever we talk about emotions and feelings? It…
  • Grain Free Savory Breakfast Muffins

    Dr. Karen
    3 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. I want to sit and have a nice leisurely breakfast while planning out my day but that’s not the case on most days. I drink my lemon water, a green smoothie and sit down to have my coffee. By then, I’m full from all the liquids that I don’t think about food until mid-morning. Not the best healthy eating practice. I know. I should have some good fats with some carbs for breakfast to get me going but that’s not always the case. But these Grain Free Savory Breakfast Muffins solved my morning quagmire! These have bacon, eggs,…
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  • Happy Memorial Day!

    Manchester Wood
    25 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    Thank you to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our Nation. Also, to the veterans marching in parades today, we salute you. Although he made it back from the Korean War, our Company founder Cliff Pierce marched at every Memorial Day Parade he could, and talked often as he aged of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Cliff received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in Korea during his tours, ’51-’53. He often talked about how lucky he was to be able to come home and start what became this business. Today we remember his stories of those who had…
  • Memorial Day: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

    Manchester Wood
    19 May 2015 | 4:04 am
    While you’re busy making your Memorial Day Weekend plans, remember it’s not only about sunshine and cookouts. In it’s day of remembrance next week (Monday, May 25th), Memorial Day has some little-known facts presented here by TIME about the summer’s kick-off holiday: 1. It was originally called Decoration Day To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967. 2. It…
  • Manchester Wood’s Blog Comment Giveaway

    Manchester Wood
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:33 pm
    To enter this month’s FREE giveaway, comment on one of our blog entries. You’ll have from May 1st to May 31st to add your thoughts in our discussions around ‘Made in USA’ furniture, product spotlights, historical moments in our brand, and day-to-day news around the mill. Visit our blog site and leave a comment where you see fit. We’ll be notified as soon as you do so, and your name and email will be entered into the random raffle drawing for this month’s free solid wood furniture piece handcrafted by Manchester Wood. This month’s free item is our Step Stool. It’s a part of…
  • 10% Off Mother’s Day Sale

    Manchester Wood
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:13 pm
    Now until Monday May 11th receive 10% Off every order on ManchesterWood.com in celebration of Mother’s Day! Simply type ‘MOM’ in promo code box at checkout. Please note: Orders may not arrive in time for Mother’s Day (May 10th)
  • Organic Farm at The Mill

    Manchester Wood
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    We have a Certified Organic Farm at Manchester Wood run by Fresh Take Farm this season. Producing fresh vegetables for our employees and local customers. For the last two years we’ve had local farms work and produce crop on about 10 acres of our backyard. The result has brought not only more land for local farms to provide organic food to local customers, but also to us(!) during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons! Yay!! The Kilpatrick Family Farm got us started these last couple years, but now they’ve passed it over to Fresh Take Farm. They’re also based in Granville, New…
 
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    inspired habitat

  • A New Addition To Your Healthy Bed

    bambeco
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Your bed should be your most comfortable escape after a long day. And it should also be healthy, for you and for the planet. Our new Eco-Wool Mattresses combine comfort with the piece of mind of all natural, nontoxic materials … Continue reading → The post A New Addition To Your Healthy Bed appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Summer’s The Season For Picnics

    bambeco
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Spring and summer are the perfect time to find any excuse to get outside. Plan a picnic with family and friends and skip the restaurant next time you want to get together for a meal. Planning your outdoor meal, whether … Continue reading → The post Summer’s The Season For Picnics appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Homegrown & Green

    bambeco
    16 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We’ve covered plenty of ways to go green in your everyday life. Today, in honor of Armed Forces Day, we want to celebrate America and why buying products made in America is good for the environment. In modern times much … Continue reading → The post Homegrown & Green appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Welcome To Recycling 101

    bambeco
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Once a new idea, recycling is now a way of life for most of us. But, do you know how it really works? And what happens to all those items you carefully separate from your trash and put out by … Continue reading → The post Welcome To Recycling 101 appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • bambeco & The Nature Conservancy: Working Together

    bambeco
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are always working for the betterment of the environment. But we can’t do it alone, which is why we need partners like you and organizations dedicated to combating climate change. One of our most important allies is The Nature … Continue reading → The post bambeco & The Nature Conservancy: Working Together appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Joyfully Green

  • How to Unplug for the Weekend

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    26 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I know it's funny for a blogger to say this, but sometimes I really need a break from the online world. Not from my blog (which I still enjoy--and I hope you do, too!) but from the incessant chatter of the internet. It can be mentally exhausting, getting constant updates from every sector of your life and the world at large. So I think it's important, from time to time, to step away from it. To take a digital detox. That's exactly what I did this past Memorial Day weekend. Truth be told, it wasn't a clean break--I did check in twice, briefly. Not for FOMO (Fear of Missing…
  • May Madness, Taxi-Moms, and How Things Fall Away

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    20 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    We're in the thick of "May Madness" right now: School is winding down and the end-of-year activities are winding up--waaaay up! I've turned into what Pamela Druckerman says the French scornfully call "Maman-Taxi"--the crazed mom who shuttles the kids from one activity to another. I can barely figure out how I'm going to get my son from after-school play practice to his baseball game, with my daughter's piano lesson sandwiched in between. Taxi-Mom indeed! I really dislike the idea of over-scheduling kids (never mind myself), because I remember my own…
  • Monday Snapshot: Just Dandy!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    17 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I know that dandelions are weeds, the scourges of green lawns across America, but my goodness, they certainly do their very best to persuade us of their beauty! Just look at this dandelion in "its furry stage" above, which I captured with my trusty macro lens. Is it just me, or is that one gorgeous flower? P.S. In the related articles section below, there are some great posts about the environmental and health benefits of dandelions--check them out! Catch my latest posts by... subscribing (in righthand column) "liking" my Facebook page following me on Twitter circling me…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend, Vol. 54

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    14 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This week has been absolutely GORGEOUS, between the balmy weather and the blooms abounding. I've been out-and-about every single morning with my camera. I just love how Bleeding Heart flowers are like nature's perfect little valentines! If you need some plants for shady areas of your yard, I highly recommend Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra). Here's what else I recommend to kick off your weekend wonderfully: As a die-hard spider rescuer and bug-studier, I loved this New York Times opinion piece from Tim Kreider: On Smushing Bugs. If you're a Game of Thrones fan (I certainly am!),…
  • A Picture of Heaven...or New Jersey?!

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    12 May 2015 | 9:02 pm
    The Garden State is looking remarkably like the Garden of Eden lately (minus the nude couple and that pesky serpent, of course). The month of May in northern New Jersey is really something beautiful to behold--even more so after the scars of last winter. (I'm still thawing out.) The official state color right now is definitely pink... Everybody is out and about, a little giddy with the splendid weather. Kids on new bikes; parents out for long strolls before nightfall; dogs rolling around on their backs in the sunny grass, just begging for belly-rubs. We're all breathing in the…
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  • A New Addition To Your Healthy Bed

    bambeco
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Your bed should be your most comfortable escape after a long day. And it should also be healthy, for you and for the planet. Our new Eco-Wool Mattresses combine comfort with the piece of mind of all natural, nontoxic materials … Continue reading → The post A New Addition To Your Healthy Bed appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Summer’s The Season For Picnics

    bambeco
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Spring and summer are the perfect time to find any excuse to get outside. Plan a picnic with family and friends and skip the restaurant next time you want to get together for a meal. Planning your outdoor meal, whether … Continue reading → The post Summer’s The Season For Picnics appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Homegrown & Green

    bambeco
    16 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We’ve covered plenty of ways to go green in your everyday life. Today, in honor of Armed Forces Day, we want to celebrate America and why buying products made in America is good for the environment. In modern times much … Continue reading → The post Homegrown & Green appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Welcome To Recycling 101

    bambeco
    15 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Once a new idea, recycling is now a way of life for most of us. But, do you know how it really works? And what happens to all those items you carefully separate from your trash and put out by … Continue reading → The post Welcome To Recycling 101 appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • bambeco & The Nature Conservancy: Working Together

    bambeco
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are always working for the betterment of the environment. But we can’t do it alone, which is why we need partners like you and organizations dedicated to combating climate change. One of our most important allies is The Nature … Continue reading → The post bambeco & The Nature Conservancy: Working Together appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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  • Ecocapsule – your future off-grid dwelling

    Adrian
    25 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    I waited too long time the occurrence of grid-off caravan. I’m surprised it has not appeared sooner. Prolonged dependence of conventional fuels for most of the cars, some interests of big manufacturers or fuel suppliers, prohibitive prices and of course no real autonomy made them to remain only toys for big boys. This case the […]
  • Tesla actually fight for green

    Adrian
    21 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    In many states across the U.S. it is illegal for automakers to sell their cars directly to customers. The only can sell their cars through third party dealers. This is the law, it could appear as nonsense, but is happened. Tesla fought against these laws in Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas and […]
  • MIT energy initiative for an efficient solar cell in the future

    Adrian
    20 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Solar energy can fulfil us, as humanity, our long term energy needs. This could offer the cutting of greenhouse gas emissions by developing lower cost technologies and more effective deployment policy as is written in an MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) study called The Future of Solar Energy. As Mr. Robert Armstrong –The Director of MITEI […]
  • Vortex Bladeless – future wind turbines for green electricity

    Adrian
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Innovation is the core key of any concepts improvement even when is about green electricity. When talking about wind turbines the surprise has already appeared. A new kind of approaching in using the wind energy to produce green electricity was developed by a Spanish team. They choose to eliminate blades but being more inventive. Their […]
  • Luci, a solar powered lantern designed by MPOWERD to enlighten people

    Adrian
    4 Mar 2013 | 1:32 am
    As a paradox of our century the poverty is growing in the emergent countries and nearly half of the world’s population has no access to electricity and relies on dangerous sources of lighting. Now the guys from MPOWERD -Micro Power Design- a technology incubator invented Luci, a solar powered lantern. Luci, this solar powered lantern […]
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

    Kirsten McCulloch
    25 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Did you know that dishwasher powder (or tablets) is likely one of the most toxic items in your house? In America, in a two year period, 14,000 children were admitted to emergency after eating dishwasher tablets. They are incredibly caustic and burn mouth and throat as they go down. In Australia, over 2000 kids each…
  • Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

    Guest Writer
    18 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It seems like such a simple thing – toxin-free utensils. But, more and more, people are discovering that manufacturers have traded convenience for safety, and consumers are paying the price. Here’s how to choose utensils that won’t make you (or your family) sick. Avoid Plastics, When Possible Plastics often contain BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical…
  • Three Essential Oil Blends for Good Mental Health

    Kirsten McCulloch
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Writing about how much I love Rescue Gel the other day reminded me that I have been meaning to share some other essential oil blends with you. Here are three lovely blends for different moments in life. Uplifting & stress relief My very favourite blend (which I have shared before), is a mix of Frankincense,…
  • My Secret Love: Rescue Gel

    Kirsten McCulloch
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Well, not so secret really, since I keep a bottle next to my bed, in my bag, and often in the car too. Long time readers will know that I love to use essential oils, and that is the basis for this “magic in a bottle”. This stuff is AMAZING. My favourite way to use…
  • Join Norwex in New Zealand – for FREE

    Kirsten McCulloch
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:53 pm
    That’s right, you can join Norwex in New Zealand starting April 1st, and for the first month, you can join for free!! (And no, this is not an April Fools Joke.) I am so excited because I LOVE this company, and just love what they are doing to get safe, environmentally responsible products available to…
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    Ways2GoGreen Blog

  • Do You Want to Cut Fuel Bills? Go For Electric Car

    Clay Miller
    26 May 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Are you planning to purchase certified pre-owned carsas they are cheap? How will it be if a car offers monetary benefits on mileage too? Consider buying an electric car, which fulfills money saving objective. What is Electric Car? An electric car is a vehicle that runs with the help of electric motors. The power section of this car is equipped with motor controllers to control the amount of power required to attain a specific speed. The power is generated from a battery bank and it is transferred to the electrical motors for driving the vehicle. Features of Electric Car An electric car can…
  • Focus on Green Homes – Grey Water Recapture Systems

    Clay Miller
    18 May 2015 | 4:37 am
    When it comes to green designs for houses, one of the most commonly heard terms after home electrical repairs is grey water and how we should utilize it to make the home more efficient. The first time you hear of the term, you might be thinking, “is it safe?” or “it sounds disgusting.” What is “grey water” Grey water is not actually grey-colored. In fact, after the filtering process, it looks just like any regular water. However, this isn’t drinking water as it isn’t potable and you should never, ever drink it. So just where does grey water come from? There are two sources for…
  • Tips for Making Your Diet More Eco Friendly

    Clay Miller
    6 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Living responsibly in a way that helps to preserve the planet is no doubt something that is important to most of us, which leads to us making lots of changes in our life styles to help save the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. A huge part of our life style that sometimes gets forgotten about in terms of this is our diet. The production of the food we eat, how we prepare it at home and food wastage all has a massive impact on our environment, so we’ve looked at some ways in which we can make our diets more eco friendly. Buy local produce where possible Sourcing your food locally…
  • Green Business Trends: The Changing Face of Corporations

    Clay Miller
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    As rainstorms get more intense and the heat amps up in the tropics, you may be increasingly worried about climate change and what you can do to stop it. Environmental activists across the world are trying to change the way we live our lives and are encouraging people and politicians to bring about a revolution. But you may be surprised to know that the most important aspect of preserving the environment is corporate and not political. Think about it for a moment… Corporations all over the planet use more resources than even large groups of people ever could. The enterprising machines gobble…
  • Seed Paper – Giving Back To Mother Nature

    Clay Miller
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Even though seed paper has been used in the United States since 1941, I personally have only just heard about it! After reading many articles online, I decided to make my own and spread the word about this amazing eco friendly paper. The amount of trees still been cut down to produce paper is astronomical, lord knows why companies don’t just swap to create handmade seed paper instead, leave mother nature alone and start giving back to her, us humans have taken enough from her over the last couple of centuries.   What is seed paper? Exactly the same question I asked myself when talking…
 
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 41 Super Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

    Rinkesh
    26 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    41 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill Everyone’s looking for ways to go green and save a little green these days. A major source of expenditure for all of us is our electricity bill. Its a great place to start saving money by making some small changes in your home. Whether you want to save planet earth, or you’re interested in ways to lower your energy bills, here are 41 tips to help be proactive and money savvy when it comes to energy. Read here more about 151 ways to conserve energy. 1. Install solar panels: This option may not be for everyone for its somewhat costly measures, but…
  • 30 Interesting Facts About Endangered Species

    Rinkesh
    18 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    30 Facts About Endangered Species Endangered species are those species that are at a risk of becoming extinct due to man’s intervention for their fur, habitat loss, climate change, disease, hunting. Endangered species have a small or declining population, meaning that there are so few left and could extinct anytime in near future. The current rate of extinction is far more than the expected natural rate and should be a cause of concern for all of us. These species help us to main ecosystems by providing clean air, water, medicines, food, building and clothing material. Read more about…
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal and Companies Involved in it

    Rinkesh
    8 May 2015 | 12:15 am
    What is Hazardous Waste Disposal? Hazardous waste is a growing problem in the world, both in the amount of hazardous waste products that are produced and the increasing problem of where to store it and how to resolve it. An entire industry has grown up around the issue, and they are regulated by the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency seeks to protect both the environment and human health through regulating business practices. Waste disposal and management companies are the arm of the waste industry that deal with the collection and remediation of waste. Hazardous waste can be anything…
  • 15 Extraordinary Extinct Species of Last Century

    Rinkesh
    6 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    The Extinct Crisis According to Center of Biological Diversity, Mother Earth is losing out dozens of species everyday. Its painful to hear but its true that sixth large mass extinction of plants and animals has begun and could complete in few centuries. About 20,000 species are at risk of extinction and scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate. There have been 5 major mass extinctions in last 540 millions years. These 5 major extinctions are: Ordovician-Silurian mass extinction, Late Devonian mass extinction, Permian mass…
  • Types and Stages of Ecological Succession

    Rinkesh
    2 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    What is Ecological Succession? Ecological succession is the term used to describe what happens to an ecological community over time. It refers to more or less predictable and orderly set of changes that happen in the composition or structure of ecological community. When you are born, your learn to crawl, then walk and then run. When you grow old, your body goes through certain predictable changes over a period of time as in your body grows taller, your hair grows longer, your mind and body develops. Similarly, when you plant a tree, it grows slowly and then grows bigger and bigger and…
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    Green Home Gnome

  • How to Pick the Perfect Eco-Friendly Furniture for Your Garden

    editor
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    You spend a lot of time planning and tending to your garden. Moving plants, pruning, weeding—the list of cares and responsibilities associated with your green space can be lengthy, not[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Sometimes Small Greenhouses are All You Need

    editor
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    Everybody’s familiar with the giants of the greenhouse world—they hang out at the nursery centers, they’re used to produce part of our food supply and they’re the envy of every[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • Exploring Greenhouse Cover Options

    editor
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:44 am
    Owning a greenhouse is a constant battle to balance light and dark, hot and cold, wet and dry, but luckily you’ve got tons of tools in your arsenal. Besides all[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • How to grow greenhouse hydroponic tomatoes

    editor
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    Planting density When growing greenhouse tomatoes, it’s important to use the proper planting density. Greenhouse tomatoes need at least four square feet per plant or 10,000 plants per acre. Using[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
  • 5 Eco Friendly Tips to Maintain Water on Your Property

    editor
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Water’s naturally calming properties are just one of the many reasons why it’s beneficial to have a body of water near your home. Aside from the way it makes you feel, it can[...] Read more>> [Continue reading at http://www.greenhomegnome.com]
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    CFS » Blog

  • Hawaii Striving Towards Becoming 100% Renewable Energy

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Hawaii state legislature voted last week to make their electricity generation completely renewable by 2045. If HB 623 is signed by Governor David Ige, Hawaii will become the first state to attempt complete decarbonization of their power sector. Over 80 percent of Hawaii’s power sector is currently supplied by fossil fuels, with most of the islands’ electricity generated by oil. Hawaii’s electricity and natural gas rates are the highest in the nation, so there is a strong economic incentive to get off fossil fuels, along with the environmental and energy independence benefits. There is…
  • Georgia Southern University Awarded With Georgia Peach Green Building Award

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    At Commercial Flooring Solutions, we are always on the lookout for unique buildings and green practices.  Recently a building in Georgia has been recognized for its achievement in both of those categories.  Georgia Southern University constructed a new Biological Sciences Building that met the rigorous requirements in order to be awarded with the Georgia Peach Green Building Award this month. The Georgia Peach Green Building Rating System has a strict list of goals a building has to meet in order to qualify for the honor of the award. Among those requirements include fundamental…
  • New Renewable Energy Developments Could Change the Game

    admin
    15 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Energy is the source of life here in the modern world and with our current resources it’s become apparent that we won’t be able to count on these singular energy sources forever. In order to ensure we have the energy we will need, we first need to make sure we are focusing on developing renewable energy. The problem with current green energy solutions is their availability. Green energies like solar or wind power are limited to generating energy only when specific conditions are met. This has been a huge setback for green energy. Since storage for the energy up until this point has been…
  • Making Your Office a More Enjoyable Environment

    admin
    12 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Spring has finally sprung, and with the sun making its reappearance here in the Midwest it can be even harder to sit inside at your desk all day. Here at Commercial Flooring Solutions we’ve come up with a few suggestions for making your offices a bit more enjoyable for these warm weather months. We hope these tips will make workdays a bit more pleasant! Have a green thumb Plants have been known to spruce up a home or even a party so why not your office! In addition to enjoying the flowers or beautiful foliage,  a plant is also proven to be a stress reducer when viewed. Can’t have a plant…
  • Ecovative’s Mushroom Material: the Next Big Thing in Ecological Everything

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
      Construction just got greener: the young green company, Ecovative Design, has figured out how to make compostable building materials out of mushrooms. Specifically, mushroom roots. Right now, what we’re using to build homes and furniture are wood products like particle board. The problem is that they contain urea formaldehyde and other carcinogens. Yuck! These chemicals are hazardous not just to the environment but to the health of you and your family. The solution: fungus. Mushroom roots are made of mycelium, a fungus that converts hydrocarbons into carbohydrate chains. This…
 
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Promoting sustainable consumption and production practices

    Mimuba
    28 May 2015 | 3:47 am
    Our wants are unlimited and the means to fulfill them are limited. This is the basic rule of economics to fulfill the unlimited wants with limited resources. It offer the two basic questions to answer. These are (i) what to produce and (ii) how to produce. It means people in this world have to produce… Read More »The post Promoting sustainable consumption and production practices appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Is true biodiversity conservation a real goal?

    Mimuba
    17 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Biodiversity means diversity in life. In simpler terms it means the total varieties of animals, plants and birds on planet Earth. Wider the diversity means perfect our eco system. Our ecosystem makes life on earth easier and healthier. It is a balance of all natural resources and their proportion with respect to each other. It… Read More »The post Is true biodiversity conservation a real goal? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Amazing Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

    Mimuba
    10 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Plastic bag is one of the most destructive materials for environment. Especially the non-biodegradable bags can never finish. They remain in the soil and keep eating its natural features. It is one of the main causes of land pollution. If plastic bags are burnt to get rid of them even then they create one of… Read More »The post Amazing Creative Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Seven billion dreams, one planet, consume with care

    Mimuba
    3 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    It sounds great. It looks a perfect statement. It carries a big message. But is it really practical or simply rhetoric? This is the theme of World Environment Day 2015. It calls for consuming our resources with care because planet Earth is the only one we have. But there is a little exaggeration in it.… Read More »The post Seven billion dreams, one planet, consume with care appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • How to become a successful environmental journalist?

    Mimuba
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    There is no decline in the demand of environmental journalists all over the world. You might be taking it just a rhetoric as you might be seeing so many journalists working in environmental reporting but getting not so big return. I am not talking of simply environmental journalists. I am talking of those who first… Read More »The post How to become a successful environmental journalist? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • 3 Ingredient Coffee Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Vegan)

    Emily Uebergang
    26 May 2015 | 10:41 am
    There’s no denying. I like coffee.  A lot. Guilty as charged. So much so, when I travelled through Central America last year, I made every attempt to learn everything I could about what goes into coffee production, how it affects the local communities who grow the coffee beans and what’s the most sustainable way to go about sourcing it. From a coffee-drinker’s point of view, making these decisions requires a fair amount of research. It’s not just about wiping away the drippings of … →The post 3 Ingredient Coffee Banana Smoothie (Paleo, Dairy-Free,…
  • Are Our Modern Lifestyles Making Us Sick?

    Emily Uebergang
    20 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    This as a disclosure that I’m not a doctor and you should always consult a doctor for personal medical advice. I wanted to make that clear first as I am going to proceed talking about health and yes, it’s a touchy subject. But I’m only sharing my personal experience and a different perspective in hope of giving you some hope.   I have my own opinions about how our busy, stressful, highly-processed and carbon-intensive modern lifestyles are not only causing … →The post Are Our Modern Lifestyles Making Us Sick? appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • Are You Ignoring The Benefits of Solar Energy? (and What To Consider Before You Get A Solar Installation)

    Emily Uebergang
    17 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Australia is officially the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change policy and action. One word. Ouch! It’s embarrassing. As an Aussie, I’m ashamed that this is how we are presenting to the world stage. Sun-loving beach bums aside, I believe we need to get a few things straightened… for our own sake more than anyone else’s.   International negotiations in Peru late last year announced the best and worst performers on climate change (source). Denmark stole the show as the … →The post Are You Ignoring The Benefits of Solar…
  • 9 Common Leafy Greens You Didn’t Know You Could Eat

    Emily Uebergang
    10 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    One thing that really bugs me these days (and yer, this may make you think I have no life but I’ll let that one slip), is when I walk by groceries stores and see all the vegetables with their leaves or tops chopped off. Dude, are you trying to rip me off! From this experience, my love for the farmers’ market only deepens where more often than not, they give you the WHOLE plant. Stepping it up a notch and better yet, growing my own … →The post 9 Common Leafy Greens You Didn’t Know You Could Eat appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • When I Stopped Consuming and Started Creating… My Life Changed.

    Emily Uebergang
    4 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    When was the last time you read a book (or blog post – hey look, you’re doing that now!)?   What about watching a live sports game or Youtube video? Or maybe you visited an art gallery or watched a live band? Maybe it was a simple as seeing someone’s flourishing garden and desiring to grow your own food one day.   Through this process, did you stop to admire someone else’s talent, workmanship or skill? You probably felt a pang … →The post When I Stopped Consuming and Started Creating… My Life Changed. appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
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    Green Planet

  • How can make your home environmentally friendly?

    Prasun Barua
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Making your home environmentally friendly can contribute to protect the environment significantly. You can follow and apply some techniques in order to make your home environmentally friendly. Required products for implementing these techniques are comparatively inexpensive. You can purchase these products at your local home improvement store. Following techniques should be followed and implemented in order to make your home environmentally friendlyMinimize your electrical usage: A large portion of a home utility bill is caused by electrical usage. For example, when you plug any…
  • How do solar cells work?

    Prasun Barua
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Solar cell is an electrical device which converts the light energy directly into electricity utilizing photovoltaic effect. It is also defined as the form of photoelectric cell having electrical characteristics like current, voltage and resistance.There are at least two semiconductor layers in solar cells. One layer contains a positive charge and the other layer contains a negative charge. A typical silicon solar cell consists of a thin wafer having phosphorus doped (N-type) ultra thin silicon layer on the top of boron-doped (P-type) thicker silicon layer. When these two materials are…
  • Ocean Energy

    Prasun Barua
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    What is Ocean Energy?All type of renewable energy which is acquired from the sea is called Ocean Energy. Constant flow of ocean currents contains huge amount of water across the earth's ocean.Technological development contributes to extract energy from ocean currents and convert it into usable power.Constantly moving ocean waters are affected by water salinity, wind, rotation of the earth, temperature and topography of the ocean floor. Wind and solar heating of surface water near the equator contribute to drive most ocean currents. Meanwhile, salinity and density variations of water…
  • Green Economy

    Prasun Barua
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:23 am
    What is Green Economy?Green Economy is the economy wherein sustainable society exists with zero carbon emissions and a one-planet footprint. Here, naturally restored renewable resources are utilized to acquire energy. A green economy is applicable to people, planet and profits at the micro and macro-economic level of all organizations. Meanwhile, the foundation of “Black” energy economy exists with carbon-intensive fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. On the other hand, a low-carbon economy is different from a green economy as carbon emissions are still created by…
  • Green Business

    Prasun Barua
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    What is Green Business?A green business is a business which consists minimal negative impact on environment, community, society and economy. It develops business policies and demonstrates commitment to a healthy and sustainable future. A green business should contribute to enhance the quality of life for its employees and customers. Now a days, certification systems have been introduced which strive to standardize these policies.Green Business should meet following requirements:Business decisions and policies should be implemented following all the principles of sustainability.The business…
 
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    Alternative energy news and resources updated daily

  • The U.S. cannot achieve its green targets without removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

    admin
    28 May 2015 | 1:41 am
    Nature can teach us how to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The Obama administration is preparing to release a formal plan to cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. By using the Clean Power Plan developed in June 2014, the country could reduce carbon emissions by replacing the old coal-fired plants with power plants that use natural gas or a renewable energy source, by increasing the use of lower-carbon technologies and by developing technologies that are more energy-efficient. All these measures are very positive because the first step toward a cleaner environment means less greenhouse gas…
  • Tesla introduces the Pre-Owned Model S Program in North America

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The new Tesla Pre-Owned Model S program. Tesla Motors sent us a message today announcing the Tesla Pre-Owned Model S Program in North America. With the new program, many drivers that want to protect the environment by using an all-electric vehicle have now the chance to purchase an older and cheaper Tesla S Model at much affordable prices. Tesla Model S represents an evolution in the electric vehicles sector that brings improved performance, smart ideas, an improved driving experience and the highest safety rating in the U.S. Every Tesla S vehicle that entered the Pre-Owned Model S program,…
  • Stored solar power?

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    Elon Musk presenting the Tesla Powerwall. Battery storage systems have become more popular these days than ever. Why is this happening? Solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper every year, and this way they become affordable for a larger number of possible customers. Many homeowners have decided to install solar panels on their rooftops or on the ground in order to produce some extra energy or to produce heated water with the help of the Sun. After a while, some of them had the opportunity to produce more energy and to send this extra energy back to the grid in order to be paid, but in…
  • Technology and people have to suffer due to climate change

    admin
    26 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Some Eastern Europe cities were hit by rain with huge ice balls, Monday. Our correspondent from Eastern Europe told us today that near the Ukraine and Hungarian border, the weather conditions have become very violent yesterday because the entire area was bombarded by a rain with huge ice balls for about half an hour. Some ice balls were bigger than a hen egg, and cars that were caught in traffic during the ice bombardment were partially destroyed. Danny Ovy, is our correspondent from Eastern Europe since 2012, and he reported yesterday that he never saw such aggressive rain in that area. He…
  • Solar Impulse 2 is preparing for the next flight from Nanjing to Hawaii

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    Solar Impulse 2 is ready to fly from Nanjing to Hawaii. Storms and bad weather are the biggest enemies of the Solar Impulse 2 team. The plane is powered only by solar energy and is very light, so even a stronger wind could create pretty big problems for it. The team has waited this moment about five weeks, and now they are ready to continue the flight round the world if the weather conditions will help them. The next leg of the flight from Nanjing to Hawaii is scheduled to start Monday at 19:00 GMT, but only if the weather will keep with them. Clouds are another issue because the solar plane…
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    EcoIdeaz

  • Vertical Farming – Breathing Highrises

    Ecoideaz
    25 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Ayantika Dey We are all aware of the exponential increase in world population and its grave outcomes. The time is not far when Earth would see a definite reduction in cultivable land and a spiraling food demand due to the land crisis and space crunch. Increasing urbanization is particularly evident among Indian cities, which face a massive influx of rural migrants seeking jobs and settling down in burgeoning urban sprawls. The UN estimates that by the year 2050, close to 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas and the total population of the world will increase by…
  • TERI LaBL – Truly Lighting a Billion Lives

    Ecoideaz
    18 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Sneha Pujani Renewable energy, solar energy, clean technology – these words were a part of our dictionary since our school days. We simply read about them, wondered why we don’t use them; and carried on with our lives. No fuss, no extra thought. However, some people gave it more than a thought; they took the idea and decided to take it to millions of people who were still devoid of the basic lighting, forget about not CFLs and LEDs! Yes, such a world exists in India where light even today comes from sooty kerosene lamps. Around 37% of Indian households use kerosene for lighting…
  • Start a Refreshing Rooftop Kitchen Garden

    Ecoideaz
    11 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Neeraja Sundar It would be an understatement if we say the state of the environment we live is appalling! With an increasing number of energy inefficient buildings, polluting industries and mountains of garbage, every day we are finding new ways to ruin our surroundings. We have wiped out the trees; we have successfully damaged the ozone layer and we have embarked on a mission to melt the ice caps and create global warming. I am quite confident in our abilities to succeed! With destruction happening on a massive level on every front, the least we can do is exercise some damage…
  • Green Computing – A Work in Progress

    Ecoideaz
    6 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Rohan Biswas Ever since its invention in 1948, the computer has changed the world. Originally designed to be used in World War II, almost every house today has its own computer. It can be easily said to be one of the top 10 inventions of mankind. As time went on, there have been exponential advancements in this field, and now we have super computers, that can do calculations thousand times faster than its ancestors. But all of these come at a cost. As we look around us, there are constant alarms of global warming and greenhouse effect. Mankind has realized the importance of global…
  • Solar Powered Agricultural Tools in India

    Thirumagal Jayaraman
    5 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    Solar energy is an alternative renewable energy that is increasingly becoming mainstream due to cost feasibility and higher efficiency. Apart from producing power for offices and households, solar energy can be used to power dryers, cookers, solar stills, lighting, refrigeration and even air conditioning. There is increasing usage of solar energy for agricultural purposes, which consumes considerable amount of power in India. Solar power technology would be a reasonable choice for agricultural tools. Solar Photovoltaic cells (SPV) directly convert the light energy from the sun into…
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    Russ George

  • Nothin But Blue Skies – NOT

    Russ George
    11 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    World’s Oceans Have Blue Skies Only 10% Of The Time Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies do I see…. or so the famous song says. It couldn’t be more wrong. NASA’s Aqua Satellite As series of new papers reveals data from NASA’s Aqua satellite, launched in Dec. 2011, showing that the Earth is a mostly cloudy place. The oceans which cover 72% of the planet have clear skies just 10% of the time. Over land it’s a bit sunnier where clear skies prevail 33% of the time. Over some scant desert regions in mountain rain shadows like the high Atacama desert of…
  • Real Climate Change Solutions Too Cheap To Meter

    Russ George
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Todays incessant debate over climate change is clearly an argument over solutions costing trillions and who can be made to pay. The business as usual battle lines are clearly drawn between climate change criers and climate change deniers. The cost of climate change is staggering and easily can bring one to tears as recent climate change narratives have stated. Tragically there is money to be made in endless argument no matter which side the debaters are on. Legendary America President Eisenhower warned of the emergence of self serving government sponsored science growing into a insatiable…
  • Yesterdays CO2 overdose deadly to life on this blue planet today

    Russ George
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    CO2 already emitted, ‘yesterdays CO2′, is a first lethal dose for which no one seems to be willing to administer the available and affordable antidote. Most of us seem to think we only need to be concerned about tomorrows CO2. There is only this one Earth, it is best that we don’t crack this vital Easter egg. This post offers a short guided/linked tour to explain why it’s important to know the difference between yesterdays CO2 and tomorrows CO2. Countless international leaders and individuals call meaningful work toward emission reduction strategies like screwing in…
  • Triassic Ocean Acidification Wiped Out 95% Of All Life

    Russ George
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Scientists report on what nearly wiped out very early dinosaurs, indeed 95% of all life on this blue planet at the time. Dino-denialists object! Fossil CO2 poisoned their oceans!  Sound scarily familiar? It is! Before these familiar dinosaurs we all know came ocean dinosaurs with much more difficult names that were nearly driven to extinction by high CO2 that rendered their oceans and the world largely uninhabitable. The late Triassic extinction wasn’t complete and it opened the way for a rapid dinosaur evolution and population explosion that led to a hundred million year domination…
  • Orca Whale Baby Boom Miracle Follows Ocean Pasture Restoration

    Russ George
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    There is a delightfully unusual Orca baby boom being reported in the NE Pacific just now! The gestation period of an orca at 17 months is the longest known of all cetaceans, and all these new baby Orcas says something wonderful must have already happened to bring these new babies into our world. Mother Orca’s may bear a calf in the best of times only every 3-5 years however in recent times more than a decade has passed between Orca births so the something wonderful that clearly happened on the Orca ocean pastures has brought health and abundance back to those pastures. Orca’s aka…
 
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    Survival Renewable Energy

  • 3 Reasons Why Solar Power is Affordable

    Chad Hofheins
    19 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Last updated:19th May, 2015, 7:05 PMIn the solar power industry, the biggest concern voiced from customers is that solar power is tremendously expensive. How can you help your customers overcome this obstacle and realize that they will actually save money by switching to solar power? Below are three things that you should discuss with your clients to help them realize solar power is, in fact, affordable. Tax Credits Everyone knows that switching from fossil fuels to solar power is better for the environment– even the government. Federal and state governments provide tax credits to encourage…
  • The Benefits Of Green Roofs And Green Walls

    Derek Lotts
    18 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Last updated:18th May, 2015, 7:20 PMIf you ever came by a house whose walls and roof were covered in various greenery while driving to work or walking round your neighborhood you it surely did not go unnoticed. It is a general opinion that they look unique and appealing especially if they are perfectly blended into the aesthetics of the surroundings. However, did the owners opt to build green roofs and green walls merely due to outside appearance or are there additional reasons behind it? Let us discuss all the benefits that come from green walls and roofs. It is important to emphasize that…
  • Eliminating Chemicals: How to Grow a Chemical-Free Garden

    Diana Smith
    14 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    Last updated:14th May, 2015, 6:43 PMYou have probably realized by now that having a garden demands a lot of work. And pleasure, as well. To some people, the appearance of their first weed means that they need to do more and more in order to stop it from reoccurring. Many gardeners swear by some weed-eliminating products, without even thinking about how much that chemical can cause harm not only to the plant itself but to the entire ecosystem around it. Birds and insects can also get killed by lawn pesticides and herbicides. Not to mention pets or kids that roam around the garden. Once you…
  • Natural Decor For The Indoor – Using Natural Elements To Decorate Indoor

    Diana Smith
    12 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last updated:12th May, 2015, 7:09 PMSome homes just simply crave to have a natural touch, and in most cases it is possible to bring some of your garden plants inside to enjoy them, but for those who do not have a garden, it will be a bit difficult to do so; which is why they can focus on combining natural elements and introducing them into different rooms of their house so that they can balance out their design. Moreover, the natural touch they are introducing will enable them to reconnect with nature a bit and to enjoy a fresh breath of interior design. Starting With Simple Elements For some…
  • #SaveSaturday – How To Save Energy At Home

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    9 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Last updated:9th May, 2015, 3:36 PM#SaveSaturday – How To Save Energy At Home Have you ever asked yourself how you can save power and money that your home consume every single day. Straight to the point ,the following video explains how you can truly save energy at your home plus it calculate how much many you would save. The post #SaveSaturday – How To Save Energy At Home appeared first on Survival Renewable Energy.
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    AirBetter.org

  • Winix Air Purifier Reviews and Ratings 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    28 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Guides to Choose A Winix Air Purifier for Home Winix started to enter into the air purifier market after focusing on manufacturing home appliances for 36 years. With sleek design, Winix air purifiers are ideal for any occasions. Surely, what makes them reputed is the high level quality and performance. In today’s post, you will find Winix air purifier reviews info. Air purifiers from Winix are equipped with superior air filtration, innovative technology and digital controls. On the other hand,… Continue Reading ›› The post Winix Air Purifier Reviews and Ratings 2014…
  • Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

    Brian
    17 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Guides to Choose A Best Dehumidifier 2014 – 2015  What is A Dehumidifier? A dehumidifier is an appliance commonly used in spaces to remove excess moisture or humidity out of the air. In this article, you will find our dehumidifier reviews info. All dehumidifiers come assembled with the same basic components: a fan compressor, cooling coils, a reheater and a reservoir. Generally, the fan compressor pulls in the air and distributes a cooling agent over the device’s coils. Collected air is… Continue Reading ›› The post Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports…
  • What Will Happen since The Moment You Quit Smoking

    Brian
    9 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    What Happens from The Moment You Quit Smoking I believe people all know that smoking harms our body, but there are still a myriad of smokers in the world. Most people like to smoke, because, in their minds, smoking can bring joys or make them feel better and they might think less about its risks. Though smoking might give you the transitory illusions of joys, this is at the price of your health. However, you still can’t quit smoking. I… Continue Reading ›› The post What Will Happen since The Moment You Quit Smoking appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Only Natural Smell

    Brian
    1 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    5. Try to Make it Smell Naturally Perhaps, you may think that adding some lemony or piney scent into your clean clothes or kitchens could be nicer, but, actually, synthetic fragrance in most air fresheners and laundry products releases multiple chemical gases into the indoor air. And cleaning-related products, such as laundry detergents, fresheners or fabric softeners, can also emit chemical gases. One study found that a plug-in air fresher can emit about 20 kinds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs),… Continue Reading ›› The post Tips to Have Great Indoor Air: Only Natural…
  • How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement?

    Brian
    1 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Guides and Reviews for Basement Dehumidifiers 2015 In today’s post, we will firstly talk about the humidity problems in basement, and then we will go over to how to solve the humid problem – Choosing A Best Dehumidifier for basement, and lastly we will talk about some top rated basement dehumidifiers and reviews of them. Basement and Humidity Basements are more likely to be deluged with heavy moisture becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is because cool… Continue Reading ›› The post How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement? appeared first on…
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    The Climate Trust

  • Testimony, House Committee on Energy and Environment

    Kasey Krifka
    21 May 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Sean Penrith, The Climate Trust April 14, 2015 The Climate Trust was contacted by the Oregon House and asked to sit on a panel—along with the California EPA and those responsible for the Portland State University Carbon Tax Study—to inform committee members on carbon pricing options related to bills currently under consideration in the House. House Bill 3470, The bill advocated for by The Trust, passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Environment to the Committee on Rules on April 21, 2015 and may be soon on its way to the Ways and Means Committee. The bill, also called the…
  • Snapshot: Process Analysis & Improvements in Agricultural Nutrient Management

    Kasey Krifka
    21 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Jordan Disko, The Climate Trust May 21, 2015 Improving agricultural practices in nutrient management can potentially mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Over time, nitrogen use in fertilizer has been increasing to satisfy the food, fiber, and fuel demands of a growing world population. By improving efficiency, fertilizer consumers—farmers—can help to minimize GHG emissions, while sustaining soil resources and contributing to a healthy economy. The Climate Trust’s data analyst intern, Jordan Disko, is currently evaluating the feasibility of carbon revenue incentives for…
  • Portland-Kunming EcoPartnership 2015: Nitrogen Fertilizer Reduction for Dianchi Lake in China

    Kasey Krifka
    20 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Sean Penrith and Elizabeth Hardee, The Climate Trust May 2015 The Climate Trust is exploring the potential to generate carbon credits from changes in agricultural nutrient management practices. This work has most recently led our executive director, Sean Penrith, to Portland’s sister city of Kunming in Yunnan Province. The goal of the trip was to scope the potential to harness the power of the country’s new emissions trading systems to reduce agricultural runoff pollution in one of the province’s major water sources, Dianchi Lake. The following presentation outlines the…
  • Mobilizing Conservation Finance

    Kasey Krifka
    20 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Sean Penrith, Peter Weisberg and Elizabeth Hardee, The Climate Trust May 20, 2015 Conservation finance has to reach a scale of $400 billion a year to realize the carbon reduction needed to limit catastrophic climate change impacts. The forestry and agricultural sectors in the United States offer tremendous opportunity to mitigate carbon emissions but finance is needed to develop and construct projects. Traditional investors are reluctant to finance projects that depend upon emerging and nascent environmental markets. Public efforts must be made to mitigate the risks associated with emerging…
  • The Climate Trust gets more Transparent with Glass Door Committee

    Kasey Krifka
    18 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust May 18, 2015 In June of this year, The Climate Trust will be forming a Glass Door Committee of external expert advisors to provide insight and transparency on their carbon credit acquisitions efforts. This is a first-of-its-kind committee structure for this carbon market veteran. The 5-7 committee members that have elected to join The Trust, will assess any foreseeable perception benefits and risks associated with selecting a project for review and possible contract negotiations. This feedback will, in turn, inform The Trust’s internal Risk Management…
 
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    The Green Optimistic | The Green Optimistic

  • Looking at Tesla’s Gigafactory Through a Drone’s Eyes

    Sarah Higman
    27 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I feel a bit like a child getting up at 4am to have a sneaky look at the presents under the Christmas tree – Emory Peterson used his brand new drone to fly over the new Tesla Gigafactory, currently under construction in Nevada. The Nevada local captured our first real glimpse of … The post Looking at Tesla’s Gigafactory Through a Drone’s Eyes appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • EO Smart Connecting Car 2 – Social Electric Car That Can Drive Sideways

    Satya Sivani
    27 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The Robotics Innovation Centre (RIC), of the Artificial Intelligence Research giant DFKI (German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence), has developed the EO smart connecting car 2 (EOscc2), a prototype electric car, which can drive sideways and alter its shape, to drive through a street gridlock smartly and fit itself in … The post EO Smart Connecting Car 2 – Social Electric Car That Can Drive Sideways appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Aussie Team Tries to Bring Solar Power to African Villages

    Anthony Petrolo
    27 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Approximately 400 million people in India lack access to electricity. However, initiatives from an enthusiatic organisation of young and bright minds are readily addressing this issue with small-scale solar power. Pollinate Energy, founded by a small group of young Australians, has been actively involved in assisting people across rural villages … The post Aussie Team Tries to Bring Solar Power to African Villages appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Climate Engineering Gives Hope for Coral Reefs

    Sarah Higman
    26 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    A team of researchers from around the world warn that the only way to save coral reefs is to use climate engineering. Coral reefs could be the first ecosystem to be systematically destroyed by climate change. Rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification are both occurring due to higher atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting … The post Climate Engineering Gives Hope for Coral Reefs appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Indian Researchers Producing Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

    Satya Sivani
    26 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Researchers from Modern College of Pune, India, produced biodiesel from used cooking oil, which would otherwise be thrown away by the contractor of their college canteen. While many commercial kitchens heat oil till a point at which it is not useful for cooking anymore, consumption of dishes made from excessive … The post Indian Researchers Producing Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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    GROG: green tech blog

  • The probability of earthquakes has changed following new study

    mastadonzq
    15 May 2015 | 5:14 pm
    A newreportby the U.S. Geological survey has introduced a new earthquake forecast model that changes the forecasts for magnitude, location, and likelihood as compared to the 2007 forecast model. The most significant change is the likelihood of medium (6.7-8) quakes has decreased while the likelihood of large (8+) quakes has increased. Looking at the entirety of California, the chance of a medium earthquake has gone from one every 4.8 years to one every 6.3 years while the chance of large earthquakes has gone from one every 617 years to one every 494 years. The evolution of the California…
  • Melting Ice Caps

    mastadonzq
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
  • Urban Heat Islands and Paint

    mastadonzq
    13 Feb 2015 | 4:11 pm
    White reflects and black absorbs. It’s a simple statement with massive ramifications if our society decides to use the science of color to fight global warming. For centuries cities in places like North Africa and the Mediterranean have been painting everything bright white to keep cool. White reflects the heat radiation back into space while darker colors absorb heat radiation and would therefore increase the temperature in and around the house.   Why did we abandon this simple technique that seems like a no brainer in places like Los Angeles? The answer is that it is much cheaper to…
  • Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL)

    mastadonzq
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Miscellaneous Electrical Load (MEL)  in buildings are electric loads resulting from electronic devices not responsible for space heating, cooling, water heating, or lighting. MELs are produced by hard-wired and “plug-in” electrical devices, including home entertainment centers, kitchen electronics such as microwaves and toaster ovens, bath items such as hair dryers and electric hot tubs, and others such as security systems and ceiling fans. Early generation phone chargers used a lot of electricity and were also a danger if left plugged into the phone. In recent years chargers for phones…
  • Solar Powered Air Conditioners are Becoming More Elaborate

    mastadonzq
    8 May 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Air conditioners can consume an incredible amount of power. Between the electricity the compressor utilizes and the torque of the motor in order to spin the fan, your electric bill can skyrocket over the summer. In order to reduce the cost of this unit, some have installed solar panels onto the roof specific to the sole use of the AC device. However, innovative designs have made development of these units far more elaborate than in previous years. Mobile Cooling – Many people like the idea of being able to maneuver a cooling device set on wheels in order to maximize the effect in any…
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    Green Builder Media

  • 5 Summer Energy Efficiency Myths

    RESNET
    27 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Hot summers can lead to high energy bills, but not if your home is energy efficient! But some energy efficient practices are simply myths and won’t help you reduce your energy bill at all. Here are 5 of the most common summer energy efficiency myths:
  • Why Old Places Matter

    26 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Smart Growth Online is conducting a Webinar from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
  • Water Wars: EPA Rule Front and Center

    21 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    EPA’s Waters of the United States rule on the regulation of water pollution is creating polarity—and some unlikely allies For decades, farmers, businesses, developers, environmental groups, and elected officials have been confused by the scope of federal jurisdiction over the types of water bodies protected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act, which ensures the safety of drinking water.   To clarify its authority over water pollution control, the EPA proposed a controversial and widely criticized rule last year that would prevent the pollution…
  • Beat the TSA Quart Bag Rule

    14 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    How to get everything you need into that pesky little quart bag. You've figured it out. All of your clothes AND all of your shoes into one carry on bag. You won't have to stand in line to check in your bags. You won't have to pay to check your luggage. And then you realize you forgot about your toiletries...
  • Musk’s Latest ‘First Principles’ Breakthrough

    13 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    By reducing problems to their most fundamental elements, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity founder Elon Musk is able to create revolutionary solutions. Elon Musk thinks differently than most people do. Rather than applying logic to issues derived from and compounded upon existing reasoning, Musk reduces issues to their essential core, and then develops new intelligence based on the fundamentals of pure reason.
 
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    The Greenhouse Farmer

  • Home Energy Tech Considerations

    Benjamin Hoopes
    13 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    Greg Ching’s home in Nederland, Colorado includes solar panels and geothermal energy technology “In Denver County you can have up to six chickens and two goats,”  This is one of the many tidbits of Angel Johnson’s eclectic knowledge of sustainable real estate.  She’s a Denver-based real estate agent and founder of greenmindedhomes.com.  Though The Greenhouse Farmer focuses on greenhouse technology, there is some technology overlap with regards to green homes.  Angel gave me the rundown of what’s out there. Solar “Solar is becoming more and more…
  • The Science Behind Living Soil

    Benjamin Hoopes
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:22 pm
    A bacillus bacteria species We’ve looked at soil in previous articles.  With regards to affect on flavor, former commercial hydroponics farmer, Tim Beall, told us that food grown in soil tends to taste better than food grown hydroponically (link to article).  Regarding soil nutrients, urban homesteader, David Braden, told us that living soil is the most sustainable way to grow (link to article). But what if we are starting with somewhat sterile soil or want to supplement our soil to optimize its living systems?  I talked to Jerome Chambless, Chief Scientist, and Scott McKeown,…
  • Will Allen, The Most Resourceful Person in Agriculture

    Benjamin Hoopes
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    Will Allen from Growing Power in Milwaukee In an industry where waste can be almost 100% recycled, the title of Most Resourceful Person is difficult to bestow.  Resourcefulness is about making use of what you have to make the maximum impact. Enter Will Allen When Will was young, he had no money, but he had a surplus of height.  Often practicing with ankle-weights to increase his vertical leap ability, he used his advantage and determination to earn himself a basketball scholarship (he had 100 scholarship offers his senior year). He made it to the professional level and was playing in…
  • Why Chickens are Easier to Raise than Dogs

    Benjamin Hoopes
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    This “hugel mulch” at David Braden’s Living Systems Institute will be home to 3 apple trees Way of Life For David, this is a way of adjusting oneself to natural systems.  In a previous life, he was a lawyer.  After selling his practice in 2004 he now runs Living Systems Institute (LSI) at his acre home in Golden, Colorado. His theory is that if you are producing all aspects of your food system, then you can get your costs to zero.  And if your waste feeds other aspects of the system, then you can get your waste to zero. In David’s closed loop system, grass and…
  • Aquaponics Considerations for the Average Person

    Benjamin Hoopes
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Sylvia Bernstein has built her business around aquaponics, including a community website, a physical store, and a book Forum turned Storefront Sylvia Bernstein was an online consultant who enjoyed gardening when she heard of a “crazy idea called aquaponics.” “I was skeptical it could be that easy,” Sylvia told me, “using fish waste to grow plants,” So she decided to start an community forum online where people could share experiences.  In five years, the site has grown into a hub for everything an aquaponics gardner needs.  On top of the site,…
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    Green Building Education Systems (GBES)

  • Veterans Can Take LEED Professional Exam for Free

    Joe Gorley
    20 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Military veterans have unselfishly served our country. Now we at GBES can help do something for them. Veterans, eligible dependents and reservists wanting to advance a career in the green building industry can get financial assistance. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will reimburse the full cost of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams. Holding a LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates to the thriving sustainability industry that you have mastered green building principles, practices and vital skills. For…
  • AIA Convention Highlights

    Joe Gorley
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    This year’s AIA Convention in Atlanta was one amazing highlight reel. President Clinton. The party at the College Football Hall of Fame. The AIA COTE Awards reception. The Diversity Council events. The engagement of the crowd. And the list goes on. Our GBES team chatted with hundreds of people who came by our booth, and we picked up on learning and trends throughout the weekend. Here are some of our highlights: Everybody knows LEED. In this crowd, LEED rules. From our view, 100 percent of the people at the conference were familiar with LEED and its influence in the industry. About 50…
  • Happy Earth Day!

    Joe Gorley
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Happy 45th Earth Day! At GBES we like to celebrate Earth Day every day by helping green building industry professionals earn their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credentials. LEED credentialed professionals make communities more sustainable, healthier, and less impactful on the environment with LEED certified projects. An astounding seven million square feet of construction space is LEED certified daily. Here are five ways LEED is making every day Earth Day The LEED process encourages building owners to make sustainable changes to their properties. Renewable energy and…
  • GBES – The LEED Leader in Education At This Year’s AIA Convention

    Joe Gorley
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
      You can bet we’ll be at one of the biggest gatherings of architects and design professionals in the world. GBES will join more than 800 companies exhibiting the newest products, materials, technologies and educational resources at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention in Atlanta May 14-16. AIA Expo 2015 will be a maze of exhibitors, but if you’re looking for expert knowledge on everything LEED, come see GBES at booth 3967. Take a practice test. Answer sample questions. Earn AIA CEUs right there at our booth with ExpoChat. GBES offers best in class…
  • Happy Birthday LEED

    Joe Gorley
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    LEED, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, is turning 15 this month. Is your company ready to capitalize on the billion dollar green building industry with LEED credentialed professionals Happy 15th birthday LEED! LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) began as an idea to establish building standards for sustainable design, construction and operations. It became a fully realized rating system on March 30, 2000, and is now comprised of more than 60,000 projects and 11 billion square feet spread across the globe. LEED certified buildings have a positive…
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