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  • Solar Conduction Dryer – Boon for Dehydrating Farm Produce

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    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Author – Aritro Ghosh Wastage of food has become a serious issue in India. Every year, large amounts of fruits and vegetables are wasted due to lack of storage facilities in India. This particularly happens since the transportation and storage facilities from the farm gate to the consumer still remains ramshackle and most farmers do not have the resources to invest in proper storage facilities. According to a recent estimate, 20-30% of 74 million tons of fruits and 143 tons of vegetables harvested every year in India are wasted due to post-harvesting mismanagement and lack of storage…
  • 6 Ultimate Ideas to Use Renewable Resources for a Greener Home

    Living Green and Saving Energy
    greenwise
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Summary When we think of a greener planet where everything is nature-loved, then we should also think of going green in our daily routines. With the growing global-warming rates and the increasing cost of energy and water, the need to inculcate use of conservation and alternative energy resources in our routine lives has increased. Starting with little steps […]
  • Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

    Sustainable Suburbia
    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…
  • Is Your Dishwasher Making You Sick?

    Sustainable Suburbia
    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…
  • A grass that can help us reduce climate change effects

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    29 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Miscanthus is a grass that absorbs large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Climate change has become a true challenge for the human civilization and scientists from around the world are trying to find ways to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A team of scientists that are involved in a new European research project called “Grass Margins”, say that land and vegetation could hold the key to a new energy revolution. They say that non-native crops like Miscanthus grow very well on marginal sides of the rivers, and they produce higher yields than the…
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    Shawna Coronado

  • Mid-Summer Garden Update

    Shawna Coronado
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    New Balcony Containers — With all the rain we have had in the Midwest, I have seen a tremendous amount of early growth in my test-garden vegetables. While I usually have to water my container gardens several times a week, this year I am testing out three Garden Well™ Self-Watering Planters and so far they have survived well — I have only had to fill the containers once the entire season due to all the rain. Definitely a time-saver! I’ll do a whole report on how you use the containers in the future. Meanwhile, check out the balcony garden “look” this summer…
  • Rain Barrel Diverter Kit Can Prevent Mosquitoes

    Shawna Coronado
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Rain barrels have been a part of my life for about eight years – I have loved the convenience of having fresh water available for the garden which does not have chlorine, fluoride, or any of the other chemical treatments cities use for drinking water. Rain barrel water can be used to water container gardens, wash cars, water your lawns and clean off tools and boots. With this year’s rainy season, many have asked me, “Why do I need to have a rain barrel?” Why You Need a Rain Barrel An easy answer is that when you collect rainwater from your roof, it reduces the quantity…
  • Calendula-Orange Biscuit Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    When I first met Teresa O’Connor, garden writer extraordinaire, I knew we would be great garden friends. She has an amazingly informative blog, Seasonal Wisdom, and is a writer, author, speaker and consultant about gardening, fresh foods, and seasonal folklore. She posted the most amazing Calendula-Orange Biscuit Recipe that you absolutely MUST try. (Photo credit for top photo from Judi at Cooking With Aunt JuJu. Photo credit other culinary and flower photos on page Teresa O’Connor of Seasonal Wisdom.) Calendula-Orange Biscuit Recipe   Print Enjoy these flavorful…
  • Learning About Nature at Xel-Ha Eco-Park in Mexico

    Coronado Shawna
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Six years ago my family and I went on an absolutely wonderful adventure in Mexico as a guest of an eco-park in the Yucatan Peninsula. It was such a joy and learning experience that I wanted to rewrite the original story. Touching the environment and learning more about how we connect to it  in an eco park was fascinating. Xel-Ha Eco Park (pronounced “shell-ha”) is a protected inlet set near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, set in  the Yucatan jungle. It is touted as being a natural aquarium park, and is indeed quite beautiful. Snorkeling in the crystal  clear ocean waters at Xel-Ha is very…
  • White Fish, Swiss Chard, Spinach, and Black Bean Salad Recipe

    Shawna Coronado
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    For several years both my daughters had decided they were vegan or vegetarian in one form or another and for the first time ever in my life I really tried to cook more with beans in order to help supplement their health. Ultimately, we all got a great education about healthy eating and I became ABSOLUTELY ADDICTED to beans. I love them. One of the best recipes ever is this white fish with Swiss chard, spinach and black bean salad. You can serve the white fish breaded or not, hot or cold, but the salad should be at room temperature and made fresh – it usually takes me 10 minutes to…
 
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  • Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan - Here's How

    Kimi Narita
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Kimi Narita, Director of Strategic Engagement, City Energy Project, Santa Monica, CA With the final Clean Power Plan rule coming out any day now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there's a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to - the voice of cities. Mayors, city councils, and city staff have critical roles to play in these stakeholder negotiations to advance compliance in their states. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will set a national limit on carbon pollution from…
  • The Clean Power Plan Offers Hope for the Oceans

    Lisa Suatoni
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Lisa Suatoni, Senior Scientist, New York U.S. marine ecosystems and fisheries have long been an economic engine and cultural source of wealth for our country - an invaluable resource that sustains the very air we breathe. Which is why we must take action against the triple threat carbon pollution poses for our oceans: ocean warming, reduced oxygen levels, and ocean acidification. The good news is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, sets a first ever national limit on industrial carbon pollution and provides achievable goals for every state to help us change…
  • Environmental Justice Communities Demand Clean Air in Online Video

    Melissa Lin Perrella
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Melissa Lin Perrella, Staff Attorney, Southern California Air Project, Santa Monica I am proud to support the Moving Forward Network, which just launched its campaign website and a compelling video. The video shows how communities are adversely impacted by diesel spewing trucks, ships and trains that move our nation's cargo, and calls for EPA action and zero emission advanced technologies as the solution. The Moving Forward Network is a national coalition of community-based organizations, advocates, scientists, researchers, faith-based organizations, and others committed to reducing the…
  • EPA risk assessment finds trichloroethylene (TCE) too toxic for use in dry-cleaners and hobby arts & crafts. Experts say to ban unsafe and unnecessary uses.

    Jennifer Sass
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C. Update - July 2015. Good news! EPA issued the following news release: "EPA Reaches Agreement with Manufacturer to Stop Use of TCE in Spray Fixative Products Used on Arts and Crafts. EPA also taking regulatory action to reduce exposure to this chemical". Details on EPA's actions can be found here on its webpage. Original blog July 2014 follows: Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a highly toxic solvent commonly found in degreasing agents, spot cleaning agents in dry cleaners, and spray fixatives for arts & craft uses. It is linked to heart…
  • Florida Real Estate at Risk, Climate Action Needed

    Pamela Rivera
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Pamela Rivera, Partnership and Constituency Advocate, Center for Policy Advocacy, Washington, D.C. In Florida, more than two-thirds of the state's 19 million residents live in a coastal county. Even a few inches of sea level rise pose a major threat to them and their homes. So it comes as no surprise that in the latest installment of the Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States report the outlook for the Southeast is grim. A quick scan of the report shows that in Florida, "losses of existing property will likely range between $5.6 billion and $14.8 billion by…
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  • Awesome necklaces are an air pollution visualization

    Suzanne Jacobs
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Statement necklaces are so hot these days, but those giant neck shackles are nothing compared to these bad boys. London-based artists Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick designed three in-your-face necklaces to reflect air pollution levels in Sheffield, U.K., a former steelmaking city with notoriously bad air. According to Posavec’s website, the duo felt that a necklace was appropriate because air pollution impacts the heart and lungs. Here’s more from Wired: Posavec and Quick mapped three nonconsecutive weeks of unusual air-quality patterns onto flat plastic beads. Each bead…
  • Rio Olympics already tainted with poo

    Katie Herzog
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Talk about a shit show. An AP investigation has revealed that athletes in next summer’s Rio Olympics will be swimming and boating in bodies of water so rife with human feces that they’re likely to spend more time battling stomach cramps than time trials. “What you have there is basically raw sewage,” said John Griffith, marine biologist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. “It’s all the water from the toilets and the showers and whatever people put down their sinks, all mixed up, and it’s going out into the beach waters. Those kinds of…
  • Don’t look now, but there’s an orgy in your garden

    Suzanne Jacobs
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Which of the following doesn’t belong: nuclear destruction, pollution, severe changes to Earth’s topography, or rampant plant sex? Trick question — they’re all products of human irresponsibility! In a recent study published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, University of York biologist Chris Thomas proposes that the current epoch known as the Anthropocene — which scientists broadly define as the time when humans started massively fucking up the planet (my words, not theirs) — has actually brought about a kind of sexual revolution among…
  • Poll: Californians are more worried about climate change because drought

    Nathanael Johnson
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    A new poll shows Californians are increasingly freaked out about climate change. The poll also showed that Californians think the state’s historic drought is related to climate change. Pollsters didn’t ask specifically if the drought is spurring climate change concerns, but the implication seems obvious. As a Californian I can say the drought at least makes me feel, on a gut level, that something big is shifting. When I am not darting from shadow to shrinking shadow, or squeezing a few drops of moisture from a root I just dug up, I sometimes wonder about how shifts in the weather…
  • Terrifying map shows depths of hell that is western U.S.

    Katie Herzog
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    Even if you live in the dampest corner of the United States, you may have noticed that wildfires are becoming both more numerous and intense (thanks, climate change!). An interactive map from Climate Central shows you just how many wildfires are currently burning in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Zoom in to see whether your backyard is currently engulfed in flames: Better grab your face mask, West Coast: You’re on fire. Don’t worry about Florida, however — that’s just what happens when you mix hairspray and Pall Malls.Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living
 
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    Ecorazzi

  • California Coastal Commission Delays Vote on SeaWorld Expansion

    Brianne Hogan
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Another possible win for “Blackfish.” The California Coastal Commission has decided to delay SeaWorld San Diego from building larger tanks for the park’s killer whales after receiving more than 75,000 Read MoreThe post California Coastal Commission Delays Vote on SeaWorld Expansion appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Washington D.C. is Sinking as Ice Sheets Melt

    Anthony Marcusa
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    While political turmoil has in the past threatened to shut down D.C., Washington now faces a more devastating future that could affect the District permanently. According to new research, Washington, Read MoreThe post Washington D.C. is Sinking as Ice Sheets Melt appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Jimmy Kimmel’s Plea for Cecil the Lion Raises Over $150K

    Brianne Hogan
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Jimmy Kimmel‘s emotional plea for donations in honor of Cecil the Lion’s tragic death raked in a remarkable $150,000 for Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. On Tuesday night, the funny late night Read MoreThe post Jimmy Kimmel’s Plea for Cecil the Lion Raises Over $150K appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Morrissey to Receive PETA Lifetime Achievement Award

    Natalia Lima
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Vegan activist and singer Morrissey has earned himself a lifetime achievement award from PETA for his work to help animals. The former ‘The Smiths’ singer will receive his award at Read MoreThe post Morrissey to Receive PETA Lifetime Achievement Award appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter

    Brianne Hogan
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Denmark chose animal rights over religion Monday by enacting a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals. The new regulation banning the religious slaughter of animals was signed into Read MoreThe post Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Animal Slaughter appeared first on Ecorazzi.
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    TheGreenGirls.com

  • 6 Summer Hike & Swim Spots to Visit in California

    Apple
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    6 Summer Hike & Swim Spots to Visit in California The whole point of an estival adventure is to get a good workout in, and to feel the excitement of finally arriving to a refreshing destination. We’ve gathered 6 spots in California, with good hikes and water fun, that you do not want to miss out on this summer! So, grab your workout gear and swimsuits, and prepare yourself for the great outdoors!…  (Click Here to Read Full Article) The post 6 Summer Hike & Swim Spots to Visit in California appeared first on TheGreenGirls.com.
  • Top 100 Must Read Fitness and Health Blogs

    The Green Girls Staff
    26 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Thinking about your health and fitness is always in season. We, at Appleletics.com, are a true believer that fitness and health are key to staying healthy and happy. If you’re looking for new health tips, recipes, resources or inspiration, we got you covered! To help you with your journey, we’ve put together a list of 100 must read fitness and health blogs and pages. Enjoy! Top 100 Must Read Fitness and Health Blogs http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/ http://myfitnesscloset.com http://www.blackgirlsrun.com/ http://ultrarunnergirl.com/ http://asklaurenfleshman.com/…
  • The Best Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags

    Rachel Avalon
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Single use plastic bags for sandwiches and snacks (like Ziploc bags) have become the American norm, but it’s time to swap them out with something that will save you money and be healthier for you and the environment. Given the fact that they aren’t biodegradable and that plastic bags can contain hormone-disrupting chemicals they really are bad news for us as well as wildlife. The good news though is that there’s an abundance of fun options for reusable sandwich and snack bags. Here are some of the best: Re-Pac (check out their spout pouches for baby food, sauces, and travel toiletries)…
  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Plastic Straws

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

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

  • Offshore Wind Power Comes to the US

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The United States marked an energy milestone this week as construction began on a pilot offshore wind program that will be used to test the economic feasibility of offshore wind energy. According to the Bureau of Energy, some four million megawatts of power lie in wait off the coasts and the shores of regions like the Great Lakes, where wind blusters far stronger than it does on land — and even a few miles an hour makes a big difference with turbines. 
  • Fort Knox Military Base establishes Indiana Bat Management Area

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Fort Knox, a U.S. military installation located near Louisville, Kentucky, and famous for storing the nation’s gold bullion, has two of the largest known maternity colonies of federally endangered Indiana bats within the range of the species and the largest in Kentucky. On the same night, officials documented 451 and 478 Indiana bats emerging from two separate trees, both are records for this species. The first maternity colony of Indiana bats on Fort Knox (approximately 150 individuals) was discovered in 1999. The total number of Indiana bats in existence has declined due to white-nose…
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Corn Belt have been Underestimated

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Estimates of how much nitrous oxide, a significant greenhouse gas and stratospheric ozone-depleting substance, is being emitted in the central United States have been too low by as much as 40 percent, a new study led by University of Minnesota scientists shows.
  • Humpback Whale conservation is working in Australia

    29 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Australia has one of the highest rates of animal species that face extinction, decline or negative impacts from human behavior in the world. However, over the last decade, there have been rare occurrences of animals that are rebounding and thriving. One example is the conservation success story of the recovery of the humpback whales that breed in both East and West Australian waters. This new study, published in Marine Policy and led by Dr. Michelle Bejder, reviews data collected in past studies and proposes a revision of the conservation status for the humpback whales found in…
  • Canada ranks #2 for most LEED buildings

    28 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Though LEED is not the world’s only green building rating system, it is the most widely used and recognized. Thus it is no small thing that, for the second year in a row, Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.
 
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    EcoSalon

  • ‘Key & Peele’ Give Educators the Attention They Deserve [Video]

    Abbie Stutzer
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Great educators don’t often get a lot of recognition for great teaching moves. So, ‘Key & Peele’ went ahead and imagined a world where teachers get the recognition and pay that sports stars do. In this Comedy Central clip, you’ll see the comedy duo imagine a teaching draft, feature a killer teaching “highlight of the day,” and a hilarious mock commercial. Related on EcoSalon ‘Key & Peele’ Set the Record Straight About Menstruation [Video] Tina Fey’s and Amy Poehler’s ‘Sisters’ Is Your New Favorite Movie [Video]…
  • Climate Change is Making You Depressed (But Not for Obvious Reasons)

    Jill Ettinger
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Climate change is a major bummer. Already, the warming planet is wreaking havoc around the world in the form of natural disasters, environmental contamination, ocean acidification and, oh yeah, almost zero fresh water for us to drink or bathe in. Plus, the thought of a planet without polar bears, as terrifying as they are, is enough to make anyone with a heart (not you, Donald Trump!) rather melancholy, if not downright weepy. Even leading climate scientists and experts are struggling with depression over this looming doom, as Grist recently reported. The data alone are staggering enough to…
  • Every Drop Counts: Low-Flow Fixtures for Kitchens and Baths

    Jamie Duncan
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    If all U.S. households installed low-flow fixtures with water-saving features, the result would be an estimated savings of 5.4 billion gallons of water per day, according to DrinkTap.org. And with 38.8 million California residents in the midst of what may equate to being the worst drought in history, every drop does count, which is why we’ve provided you with some excellent low-flow fixture options for kitchens and baths. Saving the environment and everything that comes along with it, like decreasing water consumption, may seem cliché, but if you are one of California’s many inhabitants,…
  • Pilates Vs. Yoga: Is There a Perfect Practice?

    Liz Thompson
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Yoga. Pilates. Yoga. The popularity flip flop between these two forms of exercise is tough to keep up with. When it comes to Pilates vs. yoga there may be quite a few factors to take into consideration. A longstanding tradition in India, yoga in the West is often looked at as a practice for cross-legged, om-chanting practice for zen minded folk who frequent ashrams. The prevalence of those unmistakably sleek, sculpted arms are a dead giveaway of yoga’s popularity. You can spot someone who practices regularly a mile away. Then came Pilates. Originally deemed a souped up version of yoga,…
  • Short Haircuts for Women: How to Decide Which One Is Right for You

    Krissy Brady
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Beachy waves are great and all, but short is super chic. The thing is, how do you know which short haircuts for women will look good on you, and which ones… well, won’t? Between Julianne Hough’s incredible bob and Miley’s gorgeous pixie, short haircuts for women are having a serious moment. So much so, it’s tempting to burst into your salon and order them to chop off your locks like, right now. But then your cautious side kicks in and you start questioning such a bold move. I mean, what if you want to look all… But you end up looking all… Hey,…
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    Yale Environment 360

  • Gallery: The Wild Lands at Stake if Alaska’s Pebble Mine Proceeds

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    The proposed Pebble Mine in southwestern Alaska is a project of almost unfathomable scale. If the copper- and gold-mining project proceeds, the mine would cover 28 square miles and require the construction of the world’s largest earthen dam — 700 feet high and several miles long — to hold back a 10-square-mile containment pond filled with up to 2.5 billion tons of sulfide-laden mine waste. All this would be built not only in an active seismic region, but also in one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking places on the planet — the headwaters of Bristol Bay, home to the world’s most…
  • The Wild Alaskan Lands at Stake If the Pebble Mine Moves Ahead

    Yale Environment 360
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:09 am
  • Global Population Projected to Reach 11 Billion by 2100, U.N. Estimates

    Yale Environment 360
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    The current world population of 7.3 billion is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100, Enlarge
  • Roughly 40 Percent of World Population Unaware of Climate Change, Survey Says

    Yale Environment 360
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Roughly 40 percent of adults worldwide have never heard of climate change, according to an analysis of global climate change awareness and risk perception published in Nature Climate Change. The percentage of people unaware of climate change rises to more than 65 percent in developing countries such as Egypt, Bangladesh, and India, whereas only 10 percent of the public is unaware in North America, Europe, and Japan. The findings indicate that strategies for securing public engagement in climate issues will vary from country to country, the researchers say, because different populations…
  • President Obama Announces Major New Limits on Interstate Ivory Trade

    Yale Environment 360
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    President Obama has announced strict new limits aimed at stemming the global ivory trade which, when implemented,
 
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    Reuters: Environment

  • Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to flee

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Flames raged unchecked for a second day through tinder-dry brush and scrub oak in Northern California's ranch country on Thursday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, as firefighters sought to benefit from subsiding winds, officials said.
  • When is a jackal not a jackal? When it's really a 'golden wolf'

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They look alike, act alike and long have been considered to be the same species. But, in the case of the golden jackals found across parts of Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, it turns out that appearances can be deceiving.
  • California wildfire forces evacuation of more than 500 people

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    (Reuters) - A rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco forced the evacuation of more than 500 people less than a day after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday.
  • Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.
  • Californians exceeded mandatory water conservation target in June

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Californians reduced their water use by more than 27 percent in June, exceeding the amount ordered by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in the state's first-ever mandatory conservation rules amid an ongoing catastrophic drought, authorities said.
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    Green News on The Huffington Post

  • Presenting Baby Elephant vs. Swallows. Because Battles Should Always Be This Cute

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
      In this adorable video, watch as a baby elephant living in Kruger National Park in South Africa chases after a flock of low-flying swallows. It’s hard to say who wins the bout (though the birds sure look like they're holding their own), but there's no question about it. The wee elephant is a victor in our hearts.  H/T: Mashable    Also on HuffPost: -- 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.
  • Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy To Get Better Food, Air Conditoning

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:57 pm
      Keepers at the Taipei Zoo were excited. Resident giant panda Yuan Yuan was exhibiting signs of pregnancy -- an all-too-elusive event among captive pandas. There were tell-tale symptoms, like a loss of appetite and a thickening of the uterus. Yuan Yuan’s fecal progesterone concentration was also on the rise. Yet despite these promising signs, the panda's pregnancy was a false alarm. According to China's Southern Metropolis Daily, ultrasound scans determined that Yuan Yuan, who was artificially inseminated earlier this year, was not pregnant. Now the panda is being accused of…
  • Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio de Janeiro Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:54 pm
      RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the…
  • Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:54 pm
      RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. It is the…
  • Matson To Pay $15 Million For Devastating Hawaii Molasses Spill

    29 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    HONOLULU (AP) — A major shipping company has agreed to pay more than $15 million to compensate for a 2013 molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii's attorney general said Wednesday. Attorney General Doug Chin called the settlement with Hawaii-based Matson Navigation Co. one of the largest for an environmental violation in Hawaii's history. The settlement includes a combination of cash, restoration efforts and funding for environmental programs, he said. Matson is also agreeing to cease its molasses operation in Hawaii and pay for removal of its molasses tanks and any remaining…
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    Green Blog on The Huffington Post

  • New "cucumber conflict" in Galápagos

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    By Cecilia Alvear and George Lewis http://www.galapagosdigital.com/2015/07/29/new-cucumber-conflict-in-galapagos/ The potential opening of sea cucumber fishing in Galápagos has scientists and conservationists surprised and concerned after news leaked of a July 10 agreement that would allow the collection of 500,000 of the creatures, considered vital to the marine environment. It reignites a long dispute that has pitted fishermen against the scientific community. Screenshot of the agreement between the park, the government and fishermen authorizing the collection of up to 500,000 sea…
  • 6 Quick and Easy Ways to Go Green

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Going green at home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are many ways to improve efficiency without spending a fortune. Here are some quick and easy ways to increase energy efficiency while decreasing your monthly utility bills: #1 Perform a home energy audit. Perform an energy audit to identify all of the energy-wasting areas in your home. You can hire a home energy auditor for about $220 to $530. An auditor will usually find more than one way to save energy in your home, saving you as much as 30 percent or more on your monthly utility bill. The savings add up quickly…
  • The Land Battle: 15 Organizations Defending Land Rights

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The increasing trend of international land grabbing--when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export--can have serious environmental and social consequences. Investors claim that land grabs can help alleviate the world food crisis by tapping into a country's 'unused' agricultural potential, but such investments often do more harm than good, disrupting traditional land use and leaving half a billion family farmers vulnerable to exploitation. According to the Land Matrix, approximately 130…
  • Tragedy of Cecil: Leader of Pride, Victim of Trophy Hunt

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Earlier this month, Cecil the Lion -- a local celebrity who had reached iconic status amongst visiting tourists and researchers -- was lured with food out of the safe confines of a national park in Zimbabwe. He was then shot with a cross-bow, allegedly by a dentist from Minnesota who paid nearly $50,000 for the hunt. Cecil must have been in intense pain and yet was hunted for another 40 hours. The hunters ultimately tracked him down and reportedly shot him in the head with a gun. Worse still, killing a pride's dominant male like Cecil can have a ripple effect. Because he no longer can protect…
  • Berkeley's Silly, and Harmful, Pandering to Fear of Cell Phone Radiation

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    A recent decision by the Berkeley California city council offers some informative, and scary, lessons about how society struggles to intelligently regulate risk. The clearest and scariest message of all is...in the scream-fest that is democracy, government policy making sometimes reflects emotion more than objective analysis. Which doesn't make for the most intelligent evidence-based decision making. Which means that the way the government tries to keep us safe may not be keeping us as safe as we would hope. Berkeley required cell phone retailers to inform customers: If you carry or use your…
 
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • Nature has more than one way to grow a crystal

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    New findings have implications for questions regarding how animals and plants grow minerals into shapes that have no relation to their original crystal symmetry, and why some contaminants are difficult to remove from stream sediments.
  • Earth's magnetic shield is much older than previously thought

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Since 2010, the best estimate of the age of Earth's magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. But now a researcher responsible for that finding has new data showing the magnetic field is far older.
  • Just say 'no' to drugs -- in water

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    A teen is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. Now she has just put the final touches on her research of a plastic adsorbent that removes pharmaceutical drugs from water sources.
  • New study narrows the gap between climate models and reality

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    A new study addresses an important question in climate science: how accurate are climate model projections? Climate models are used to estimate future global warming, and their accuracy can be checked against the actual global warming observed so far. Most comparisons suggest that the world is warming a little more slowly than the model projections indicate. Scientists have wondered whether this difference is meaningful, or just a chance fluctuation.
  • New study exposes negative effects of climate change on Antarctic fish

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    The combination of elevated levels of carbon dioxide and an increase in ocean water temperature has a significant impact on survival and development of the Antarctic dragonfish (Gymnodraco acuticeps), researchers have discovered.
 
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    The Good Human

  • 15 Wonderful Ways That World Travel Can Boost Your Health & Happiness

    Lisa Warner
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Everyone loves to take a vacation, and hopefully you don’t need to be persuaded to take yours and travel the world! The current trend is that many people in the States do not take their full annual leave allowance from work. Did you know that world travel can actually have some incredible health benefits? You read right! Travel can actually be good for you. So stop making excuses! Traveling should be a priority – start planning your trip as soon as possible! 1. Traveling Can Reduce Your Risk of Dementia The risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease steadily…
  • 4 Essential Laundry Skills For Homesteading

    Lisa Warner
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    Today’s post is going to cover the basics on taking care of your laundry on a homestead. We will look at how to wash and dry clothes without electricity and even how to mend and repair them. What Is Homesteading? The term homesteading has been commandeered most recently to mean living a self-sufficient lifestyle, living a life that more about working the local land and less about popping to the super-market. Abigail R. Gehring, a popular author on the subject describes it this way: “Homesteading is about creating a lifestyle that is first of all genuine. It’s about learning to…
  • The Counted – A Chilling Look At US Police Killings In 2015

    Lisa Warner
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    It is not often publicised, the number of people that are killed by the US Police Force each year. We suspect it is bad, we pick up snippets from mass media, but it is rarely put under a spotlight for us to analyse. We don’t know how the States measures up against other countries, nor how individuals States compare to each other. But people are starting to take count, and once you start to look into it, the figures are very difficult to ignore. American police shoot dead far more individuals than any other police force in the world. The Good Human wants to share the statistics from 2015…
  • Don’t Mention The Garment Workers – The True Cost of Fast Fashion

    Lisa Warner
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    This post was inspired by a documentary titled ‘The True Cost’, which you can watch here. It is a fascinating look at the bigger picture of the fashion industry. The full story is shocking and heartbreaking – and it is something that as many people as possible should hear. The human cost of the business is alarming, with exploitation being the root of what allows us to purchase such a staggering array of cheap clothes – something that is known as ‘fast fashion’. Andrew Morgan takes us on a journey to the heart of the clothing industry, which is a global…
  • Re-Grow Your Own! Everlasting Abundance From Your Scraps!

    Lisa Warner
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    The top complaints that I hear from people regarding food are: It is so expensive It is not fresh enough The farming methods are unethical Too many pesticides are used One of the most obvious solutions is to grow your own! That can ensure that you avoid virtually all of these issues. Price The cost of herbs in particular can be very high – as much as $6 for a pack, which lasts for a meal or two at the most. Vegetables also add up if you like to feed your family a healthy and balanced diet. Over time it can be expensive to keep freshness on your plate. Control You can take complete…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • TransCanada Keystone XL Hits New Turbulence As South Dakota Permit Hearing Implodes Over Pipeline Corrosion, Market Demand

    Julie Dermansky
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    AttachmentSize direct testimony of David Diakow (01879658x9FB59).pdf450.56 KB corey-goulet-transcanada-testimony.pdf152.27 KB TransCanadaKeystone Root Cause Report_ Feb 15 ver1docx _2_.pdf2.41 MB Holes too big to fix were poked in TransCanada’s narrative that its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built. And questions were raised about how the pipeline company’s financial dealings are set up during Public Utilities Commission hearings in Pierre, South Dakota this week where state regulators are tasked to decide if the company is capable of following the…
  • Alaskans to Commemorate Anniversary of Mount Polley Mine Disaster as Similar Accidents Predicted to Increase

    Judith Lavoie
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    One year after 24 million cubic metres of mine sludge and water swept into rivers and lakes below Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley mine in B.C., Southeast Alaskans will gather to commemorate the tailings pond breach and bless the Stikine River. Those at the Aug. 2 gathering in Wrangell, where the salmon-rich Stikine runs into the ocean, will also be looking for ways to ensure there is no Mount Polley-style disaster in the B.C. headwaters of the Iskut River, a major tributary of the Stikine, where Imperial Metals has opened the Red Chris mine. The ceremony will be hosted by Wrangell…
  • Environmental Group Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Pipeline Safety Planning

    Sharon Kelly
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    One of the country's largest environmental groups has accused the federal government of failing to follow pipeline safety planning laws, alleging that for more than two decades the Department of Transportation (DOT) has illegally allowed companies to operate oil pipelines that cross waterways without adequate preparation for spills and other disasters. The National Wildlife Federation, which filed a notice of its intent to sue on Tuesday, accused the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), part of the DOT, of failing to properly enforce the Oil Pollution Act, enacted…
  • That Time When the Rockefellers Called on ExxonMobil to Stop Funding Climate Denial

    Brendan Montague
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    This DeSmog UK epic history post follows the call made by the original American oil barons – the Rockefellers – for ExxonMobil to stop funding climate denial. The concerns about ExxonMobil’s climate denial raised by Bob Ward, the then head of media at the Royal Society, were also exercising American Senators John “Jay” Rockefeller IV and his fellow Democrat Olympia Snowe who wrote to Rex Tillerson, chief executive of ExxonMobil, in October 2006. Their letter, which they published online, began by congratulating Tillerson for his first year as chief executive of America’s most…
  • Climate Professor Peter Wadhams Says He Does Not Think Colleagues Were Murdered

    Graham Readfearn
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    Does UK climate scientist and sea ice researcher Professor Peter Wadhams think three of his peers were assassinated? If you’ve read the story as it quickly spread across the conservative media in recent days, then your answer to this question would be a resounding “yes”. But DeSmog asked Wadhams last night if he believed the deaths of scientists Seymour Laxon, Katherine Giles and Tim Boyd were anything other than tragic accidents. Wadhams told us: “No, they were clearly accidents.” Click here for reuse options! Tags: ben websterPeter Wadhamsseymour laxonkatherine gilestim…
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • Behind the Blog with The Lovely Drawer

    Erin Lepperd
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Lovely Drawer is a bright and happy corner of the internet dedicated to the best DIYs, crafting ideas galore and a glimpse at the life of a London based designer, illustrator, stylist, crafter and all around cool girl. We caught up with Teri and got the dish on what makes this pretty machine run and priceless bits of wisdom she’s collected along the way. Get to know this lovely lady across the pond below. SMP: Any guilty pleasures? Anything that involves peanut butter chocolate! Neither get me excited on their own but together they totally floor me. I also have a slightly strange…
  • Grapefruit & Mint Mojito

    Christina Lee
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    If you’re searching for the perfect summer cocktail, look no further. Featured at Lauren Kelp, this mojito recipe is light, refreshing and oh so pretty thanks to a simple garnish of pink grapefruit and mint! It’s quick to make and perfect for sipping any day of the week, so what are you waiting for? Every sip you take, you’ll be one step closer to the weekend. Trust us. For the full post and more delicious recipes, check out Lauren Kelp! Christina LeeGrapefruit & Mint Mojitoprep time3 Minute/scook timetotal time3 Minute/sServes 1Ingredients2 sprigs fresh mint leaves (about…
  • DIY Dreamcatchers

    Alexis
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are currently in the midst of making over 500 dreamcatchers for an event, so I thought I’d let you join in on the fun, and make your own! They are the perfect touch to any type of shower, nursery, or home decor! I made a couple different variations- I mean who wouldn’t when they are making so many- so have fun with it and be creative!xoxo Alexis of The Shift Creative Embroidery hoop (any size you prefer, for the demo I used 10′) Yarn Feathers Hot Glue Pom garland (optional)  Begin by putting a dot of hot glue on the back of the hoop and adhering your yarn to it. Then…
  • Flamingo Inspired Birthday Party

    Erin Lepperd
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Flamingos are all the rage. Is it because they’re pink? Tropical? Who knows but we’re officially declaring them the “it bird” of 2015. And while I’m well past my second year of life, it isn’t stopping me from snagging cute details for my very own Flamingle party. Colorful and summery is just the beginning of this shindig designed by Lindsey Rendon and snapped by Amy & Jordan Photography Share this gorgeous gallery on   When asked, Makena’s mom, Lindsey, described her daughter’s 2nd Birthday this way. My inspiration for my sweet two…
  • The 65 Most Beautiful Style Me Pretty Interiors

    Gabrielle Hurwitz
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    I’ve decorated my current apartment as best as I can, but unfortunately there are certain things that as a renter I just can’t change. So, I can’t wait for the day I have a place of my own to decorate. And I know exactly where I’ll look to for inspiration—the interiors of Style Me Pretty Living, of course. Take a look through our favorite rooms and tell us, which space would you want to call home? The 65 Prettiest Style Me Pretty InteriorsView SlideshowThe 65 Prettiest Style Me Pretty InteriorsView Slideshow   More Interior Inspiration to Love: Girly &…
 
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    Green Car Congress

  • Delphi invests in Tula; Dynamic Skip Fire cylinder deactivation

    mmillikin
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Delphi has made a minority investment in Tula Technology, the developer of Dynamic Skip Fire cylinder deactivation technology. (Earlier post.) The software-enabled powertrain technology integrates advanced digital signal processing with advanced powertrain controls to create a variable displacement engine. DSF allows the engine’s cylinders to fire or skip (deactivate) on a continuously variable basis. In independent tests, DSF has improved fuel efficiency by up to 17% as measured on a CAFE basis when compared to a vehicle (V8 engine) that does not have cylinder deactivation. GM Ventures…
  • First pump sales of Gevo isobutanol-blended gasoline in US at Express Lube Service Station in Texas

    mmillikin
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Gevo, Inc. announced that Express Lube of Fredericksburg, Texas, is the first US service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. Gevo anticipates this to be the first of many retail locations to offer the product as the company rolls out its isobutanol to the marina, outdoor equipment and off-road gasoline markets. (Earlier post.) According to Express Lube owner Adam Sheffield, he decided to sell isobutanol-blended gasoline because its moisture resistance and capacity to reduce engine corrosion are suited for equipment and vehicles that are used…
  • BYD and Alexander Dennis partner on new $30M deal for single-deck electric buses in London

    mmillikin
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    BYD Company Ltd. and Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), Europe’s fastest growing bus and coach builder, have formed a new alliance and confirmed a £19-million (US$30-million) deal that will see the introduction of London’s first large-scale, zero-emission, single deck bus fleet. This will also be the single largest fleet of full-size electric buses in Europe. The move follows confirmation by Go-Ahead London that it will introduce 51 pure electric buses on routes 507 and 521, which operate between Waterloo and Victoria. Go-Ahead London said it expects to introduce all 51 electric buses into…
  • ICCT study assesses EV promotion and uptake in top 25 metropolitan areas in US

    mmillikin
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    A new study by a team at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has found that the top metropolitan markets in the US for electric vehicles tend to be characterized by a combination of relatively progressive promotional activities; more extensive charging infrastructure per capita; greater consumer incentives; and a broader range of available models. The newly published white paper—Assessment of Leading Electric Vehicle Promotion Activities in United States Cities, surveys actions being taken by state and local governments and public utilities to facilitate electric…
  • Canada aligns Tier 3 regulations with US

    mmillikin
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    Canada has aligned new vehicle and fuel standards with the United States to cut air pollution from on-road vehicles. Canada’s Tier 3 regulations will introduce more stringent air pollutant emission standards for new passenger cars, light-duty trucks and certain heavy-duty vehicles (such as delivery vans) starting with the 2017 model year. They will also lower limits on the allowable sulfur content of gasoline beginning in 2017, aligning Canadian standards with the United States. The transportation sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of Canadian greenhouse gas emissions and is a major…
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  • 6 Awesome ideas for recycling your Valentine’s Day decorations

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Valentine’s Day every year is usually filled with love filled decorations, cards and gifts galore. But have you any stopped to wonder about how eco-friendly these items would be? Or did you ever think about how you can make your decorations more eco-friendly? Well, here are some Valentine’s Day decorations that have been made from ... The post 6 Awesome ideas for recycling your Valentine’s Day decorations appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • 7 Eco-Friendly gadgets that can kick your carbon footprint to the ground

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    All of us have a carbon footprint, which is a measure of the impact our daily activities have on the environment. Raising awareness of environmental issues like global warming has generated the need to reduce one’s carbon footprint significantly. And one way that can be done is by choosing eco-friendly gadgets for everyday use. Accordingly, ... The post 7 Eco-Friendly gadgets that can kick your carbon footprint to the ground appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Green gadgets that are paving a new road for low environmental impact devices

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Increasing concerns about global warming and environmental degradation have forced many an individual to start adopting a healthier and greener lifestyle. As such, the demand for eco-friendly gadgets has risen drastically over the past few years. Here are 10 such green gadgets that practice what they preach when it comes to doing their work efficiently ... The post Green gadgets that are paving a new road for low environmental impact devices appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • A Healthy Home Starts with Clean, Healthy Air

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
        Improve Your Home Environment and Health by Keeping Your Air Cleaner   Your home is supposed to provide a safe, comfortable environment where you can relax and recover from the demands of each day. However, if your home has poor indoor air quality, spending time there may lead to irritating symptoms and even ... The post A Healthy Home Starts with Clean, Healthy Air appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • 8 Eco-friendly gadgets to dazzle your parties

    Community Writer | Community.DrPrem.com
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    All of us love to throw a party for friends and family from time to time. But did we ever stop to notice how eco-friendly our parties actually are, and how much impact they have on the environment? Not to worry though for here are some eco-friendly gadgets that can be of great use to ... The post 8 Eco-friendly gadgets to dazzle your parties appeared first on Eco Friend.
 
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    Climate 411 - Environmental Defense Fund

  • Oklahoma Court Rejects Yet Another Flawed Challenge to the Proposed Clean Power Plan

    Peter Zalzal
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    By Peter ZalzalThe Clean Power Plan has now won a second round in court – before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finished writing it. The federal district court for the Northern District of Oklahoma rejected another premature challenge on Friday to the proposed standards for carbon pollution from existing fossil fuel power plants. The first – a challenge brought by Murray Energy Corporation and several states, including Oklahoma – was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit just last month. In that decision, the D.C. Circuit court found…
  • FERC, Grid Operator, Others File Supreme Court Briefs in Demand Response Case

    Michael Panfil
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    By Michael PanfilSource: iStock The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a grid operator, states, and other parties just filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could decide whether Americans have access to low-cost, clean and reliable electricity. The case, EPSA v. FERC, revolves around demand response, a resource that helps keep prices low and the lights on – and does so while also being environmentally friendly. In 2013, for example, demand response saved customers in the mid-Atlantic region close to 12 billion dollars. And during the polar vortex, which…
  • The Mercury Standards, Post-Supreme Court – Still in Effect, Still Protecting Americans

    Tomas Carbonell
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Tomas CarbonellSupreme Court of the United States The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards back in 2011, at a news conference at Children’s Hospital with cheering children and families surrounding the speakers. They were cheering because the Mercury Standards were the single most important clean air measure of our generation – designed to protect Americans from some of the worst, most dangerous types of air pollution. They still are. This week’s disappointing Supreme Court decision, remanding the standards back to the D.C.
  • Urgency and Opportunity for Latino Leadership on Climate

    Lucía Oliva Hennelly
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    By Lucía Oliva HennellyLas Vegas — Wikimedia Commons When I landed in Las Vegas last week, the weather was a broiling 108 degrees. Ouch. I braved the Las Vegas heat for one of the most inspiring convenings of Latino leaders in the country, the Annual Conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). We had a chance to hear from established and rising Latino leaders, as well as from Presidential candidates, about the challenges facing Latino communities and the many paths forward for creating a brighter future. What we did not hear about was a vision for places…
  • Accelerating the Shift to More Efficient Trucks

    EDF Blogs
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    By EDF BlogsBy Tom Murray, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund Freight transportation is the work horse of the global economy, ensuring that the products consumers want get on the shelves where and when they want them. With 70 percent of U.S. goods being moved by truck, freight is a key source of U.S. fuel consumption and corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Today, freight also offers companies a key opportunity to drive us toward a lower carbon future. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed with EDF President Fred Krupp, Pepsico Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi voiced…
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    The Green Mom Review™

  • Non-Toxic Air Beds (Updated)

    Janet
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    These days, when you need an extra bed, you’re more likely to pull out an air mattress than a sofa sleeper and for camping, the inflatable air mattress is apt to be found on most packing lists. The problem, however, is that these days they are almost universally made with PVC, which outgasses harmful fumes long after that telltale “new mattress smell” has dissipated and can contain lead. A few years ago, those of us who objected to breathing in toxic fumes may have had little recourse other than to forgo the luxury of an air mattress and lump it—but we now have options:…
  • Is Plastic Killing Your Sex Drive?

    Janet
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Warnings about the danger of phthalates in plastics are once again in the news by way of a study recently presented by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This time researchers have found a link between soft plastics such as those found in raincoats, rubber duckies, shower curtains and air mattresses* (PVC) and a reduced sex drive in women. The primary reason for this is due to phthalates, which are already known to be endocrine disruptors that reduce testosterone levels in men, women and children and are associated with overall reproductive toxicity. However, the findings that…
  • Rockin’ Green

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

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

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

  • Why Does Lake Tahoe Sport Blue Hues

    Siyahi
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    If there’s one lake on this planet that defines the amalgam of clarity and blueness, then it surely got to be Lake Tahoe. The freshwater lake in Sierra Nevada has been drawing masses from around with its mesmerizing blue-hue and clarity. Conservationists around have been keenly engaging themselves into preserving the clarity of water, and they believe that’s to subsequently help them preserve the blueness of the lake. But that just remains a belief, as new scientist revelations point out that the water clarity has got nothing to do with the blue color of the lake. In fact, it’s…
  • Human Abode in Moon Might Turn a Reality

    Siyahi
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    July 20 is the date that marks a giant leap in the history of mankind. That is the day when man set foot on the moon. It’s 46 years since Apollo 11 transported Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin safely back home from the surface of the moon. It’s in this backdrop that a study, partly funded by NASA, has revealed the brighter prospects for  the coming decade, reflecting how far mankind has progressed with moon exploration over these years. Carried out by NexGen Space LLC with a 21-member team of former NASA administration members, the study explains the scope of developments for NASA with…
  • Primates Possessed Tiny, but Complex, Brains; Reveals Ancient Monkey Skull

    Siyahi
    18 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    The world’s oldest known monkey skull might just be writing off the prevailing concepts in brain evolution. The recent revelation is that old world monkeys might have had tiny, yet complex brains,  contradicting the belief that primates brain enlarged to get complex later. The revelation comes as part of findings of a research led by Fred Spoor of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Lauren Gonzales of Duke University, who were involved with the recreation of ancient monkey brain using Micro CT scans. Images were obtained by means of high-resolution X-Ray imaging…
  • Will Wooly Mammoths Saunter Back to Life?

    Siyahi
    11 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    Ever yearned for running into a real life Manny? The wooly mammoth from the house of Blue Sky Studios was buffed with some arrant charm, that at least once in our lifetime would we have wished to meet the fluffy burly species in real. Thanks to powers of genetic engineering that we are not perching far from that being bloomed into a reality. Last week, Cell Reports published a study  which expounded the genetic adaptations behind the species that saved their bacon to survive in the frigid environment of Arctic regions. But what’s rather interesting is that this is paving the way for…
  • Polar Bears Threatened by Melting Sea Ice

    Siyahi
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Arctic animals have always been walking the tightrope in terms of population. The effect of global warming and climatic changes upon these animals is nothing new, and polar bears are a species that have been standing closer to the danger zone. Revelations of a new study are even more painful than we might have thought. Biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) say that the climatic change across the poles due to global warming has been causing further threats to these animals rather than just to the habitat. Besides the undesirable change of climate, these animals will also have to…
 
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    Green Business

  • This Couple Spent Decades Building Their Own Self-Sustaining Island

    GreenMan
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    Talk about extreme green. Artists Wayne Adams and Catherine King spend their days completely immersed in nature – the Canadian couple lives off-the-grid on a floating sustainable island appropriately named Freedom Cove. King and Adams say that the Cove, cast on Cypress Bay in Tofino, British Columbia, has allowed them to interact with nature without […]
  • Water Conservation, Embedded Value and Consumerism

    GreenMan
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    💧 If you think deeply about green interior design and traditional interior design you come to the conclusion that the difference between the two disciplines is connected to consumerism. Under older models of economics only natural resources such as timber, oil, food etc. that we used had a commercial value and ‘nature’ had no value […]
  • The Art of Upcycling

    GreenMan
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Reiner Pilz first used the term ‘upcycle’ in 1994. He neatly pointed out that there are two types of recycling – upcycling and downcycling. Most of recycling is confined to downcycling. This is when unwanted items are melted or crushed down or otherwise treated to make a resource that is of less value. Recycling aluminum […]
  • Sustainable Design

    GreenMan
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Sustainable design is also known as environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, ecodesign and environmentally conscious design. It is underpinned by a philosophy of designing products, buildings and services that comply with principles of social, economic and ecological sustainability. Green interior design is very much part of the wider movement of sustainable design. Green interior design […]
  • Green Roofs

    GreenMan
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    Green Roofs The modern idea of making a green roof started in Germany in the 1960s. In Scandinavia they have had sod roofs for centuries. It is estimated that 10% of roofs in Germany have been ‘greened’. It is a growing phenomenon with a number of benefits. 🌴 A green roof is when a roof […]
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  • Fiat Chrysler exec talks up the future of fuel cells

    Danny King
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Filed under: Green, Chrysler, Fiat, Electric, HydrogenFiat Chrysler's Wester says he sees no future in electric-vehicle drivetrain technology.Continue reading Fiat Chrysler exec talks up the future of fuel cellsFiat Chrysler exec talks up the future of fuel cells originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap Up: CarUnity hits 5,000; Momentum Dynamics ready to go

    Sebastian Blanco
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Filed under: Green, Green Culture, Transportation Alternatives, ElectricOpel's carsharing app CarUnity hits 5,000 users. Plug In America gets a new Executive Director. Momentum Dynamics says wireless charging is a go.Continue reading Recharge Wrap Up: CarUnity hits 5,000; Momentum Dynamics ready to goRecharge Wrap Up: CarUnity hits 5,000; Momentum Dynamics ready to go originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Uber opens car-leasing program to lure in more drivers

    Engadget
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Filed under: Green, Transportation AlternativesUber announces Xchange, a car-leasing program for people who want to be Uber drivers.Continue reading Uber opens car-leasing program to lure in more driversUber opens car-leasing program to lure in more drivers originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Daimler eMERGE2 test proves ignorance breeds dislike of EVs

    Sebastian Blanco
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Filed under: Green, Mercedes-Benz, smart, Germany, Electric, HybridDaimler's eMERGE testing in Germany finds that, 'the less an interviewee knew about electric mobility, the more negative their opinion' about EVs.Continue reading Daimler eMERGE2 test proves ignorance breeds dislike of EVsDaimler eMERGE2 test proves ignorance breeds dislike of EVs originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps

    Autoblog Staff
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Filed under: Green, Transportation Alternatives, North AmericaA crowd near Mexico City attacked Uber drivers and their cars yesterday. At the same time, taxi drivers protested for a total ban on the ridehailing app.Continue reading Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare appsUber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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    EcoGeek

  • Pioneering Waste-Reusing Plastic Roads

    Philip Proefrock
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    A new way of building roads with recycled plastic is being developed by Dutch company KWS Infra. As a resident of Michigan, where the combination of hard northern winters and a legislature that refuses to do its job have led to a statewide condition with many roads in embarrassingly bad shape, this hits close to home. The plastic roads are claimed to offer a number of advantages that make this a potentially revolutionary technology. The proposed system is going to use “100% recycled materials” according to the company. If plastic-based roads can serve to make a use for more…
  • Superhydrophobic Coating Makes Better Solar Panels

    Philip Proefrock
    2 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a coating for glass that is superhydrophobic, making it so that it will literally bounce water off the surface. This coating also decreases the amount of light that reflects away from the glass. The benefits for solar collectors are immediately evident. The ability to be self-cleaning would be an enormous benefit for solar panels, even without the additional conversion efficiency benefits. Although many of the best locations for solar panel farms are in dusty desert climates with very little rainfall, even there, the ability to…
  • Solar Impulse Begins Round-the-World Journey

    Philip Proefrock
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Earlier this week, the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of it’s atempt to fly around the globe entirely on solar power.  We’ve been especially interested in this project from its beginnings as it has moved along setting new records, and we will now be watching as they make this trip around the world. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will not fly non-stop (which Picard did in 1999 in the Breitling Orbiter 3, completing the first non-stop trip around the world by balloon), but will fly a number of legs over several months. The adventure is…
  • Solar-Powered Window Sensors for Smarter Buildings

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

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

  • Storing Produce in Glass Is Safe, Healthy, and Beautiful

    Beth Terry
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Last year, I received the following email from blog reader Melliny: Hi…I recently began converting plastic to glass in my kitchen. It has been such an exciting experience to me that I took photos along the way to inspire my family to hopefully do the same…. The fact is that storing good food in glass is very beautiful, which is inspiring. Please enjoy these gorgeous images, as well as Melliny’s explanation of how she stores fruits and vegetables in glass in her refrigerator.  At the end, I’ve added a few of my own ideas. I got rid of the “vegetable bins” in…
  • Fresh Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

    Beth Terry
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    My new favorite thing this summer is making tomato sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes and my toaster oven.  Why would I need to do that when it’s easy to buy tomato sauce in glass jars?  Well, several reasons.  First, even plastic-free packaging like glass has an environmental footprint.  (I’ll write more about that in my next post.)  I’d rather avoid most kinds of packaging (especially when the homemade alternative is as simple as this one is.)  And second, homemade tomato sauce from fresh summer tomatoes is delicious.  In fact, it’s so good, I sometimes…
  • Giveaway: New Plastic-Free AND Sugar-Free Green Tree Chewing Gum

    Beth Terry
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    I don’t chew gum, but Michael does, as did legendary test pilot Chuck Yeager (maybe he still does.)  But if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that most chewing gum (even “natural” Glee Gum) either contains plastic as an ingredient in the gum base or is packaged in plastic. For a while, English company Peppersmith offered a plastic-free gum in plastic-free packaging.  Sadly, the company switched to a synthetic gum base last year, much to the dismay of many of its loyal customers, if the comments in this post are any indication. Simply Gum came…
  • #PlasticfreeJuly Book Review and Give Away: That’s a Wrap eGuide

    Beth Terry
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    Since writing my book Plastic-Free, I’ve had multiple requests for a condensed version with just the basics for getting started. My answer is usually, “Great idea. How about you write it?” Because seriously, we need as many plastic-free voices in the media as possible. And to be honest, I get tired of hearing my own voice.  Well, now someone else gone and written the shorter guide that people have been clamoring for. What’s Included In her new, brightly illustrated digital ebook That’s a Wrap, just in time for Plasticfree July, Australian blogger Lindsay…
  • Hoarding for the Environment? Zero Waste Experts Bea Johnson and Deb Baida Respond.

    Beth Terry
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    Do you have a hard time letting go of things because they might be useful one day? Are you reluctant to give away your old plastic kitchenware for fear that someone else will be harmed by it? Or that they won’t dispose of it properly when they’re done with it? Do you resist tossing things into the recycle bin because you know the truth about what happens to most of our plastic recycling, and it’s not pretty? Do you feel compelled to bring home items left on the street even if you have no immediate use for them? Are you turning your own home into a landfill? The plastic in…
 
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    Environmental Leader

  • From Water Conservation to Efficiency, and Now Waste

    Karen Henry
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    Back in the 1970s when California first experienced serious water shortages, citizens and businesses were asked, and in some cases required, to scale back on water consumption. While it was inconvenient, most everyone in the state believed the restrictions were only temporary. The assumption was that once a major rain or snowfall event occurred, the […]
  • UPS to Purchase 46M Gallons Renewable Fuel

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    UPS yesterday announced agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts. Neste, Renewable Energy Group (REG) and Solazyme will supply renewable diesel to UPS to help facilitate the company’s shift to move more than 12 percent of its purchased ground fuel […]
  • Two-Ram Baler Improves Waste Firm’s Safety, Efficiency

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    Green Life Waste Solutions has improved efficiency and safety by installing a Gold Rush model free jam two-ram baler designed and made by Catawba Baler & Equipment (CB&E), Recycling Today reports. The Burlington, North Carolina-based waste management company had been running a single-ram baler at maximum capacity and workers had to stop production to clear […]
  • Xylem Wins $6M Panama Canal Expansion Project Contract

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Water technology company Xylem has been awarded a $6 million contract to provide pumps in the Panama Canal expansion program. Xylem is providing its heavy duty Godwin dewatering pumps to fill the third set of basin locks on the Pacific Ocean sector, with 1.7 billion gallons of water, as part of performance trials for the […]
  • Mars Progresses Toward Zero Fossil Fuel, Emissions Goals

    Karen Henry
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    Mars reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent and fossil fuel-based energy use by 9 percent between 2007 and 2014, according to the company’s 2014 Principles in Action Summary annual report. The global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food and other food products has committed to eliminating fossil fuel use and GHG emissions from its […]
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    Sustainable Brands

  • Dave's Killer Bread Launches Foundation, Invites Fans to Support Second-Chance Employment

    Sustainable Brands
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Capping a decade of success employing people with criminal backgrounds and upending expectations in the bread category, Dave’s Killer Bread (DKB) this week launched the newly formed Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation. Powering what it calls “Second Chance Employment,” the Foundation will work to expand employment opportunities for people with criminal backgrounds, which make up 1 in 3 of Dave’s Killer Bread’s more than 300 employee partners. To thank fans who have taken the company from the Portland Farmers Market to national distribution in 10 years, Dave’s Killer Bread is giving…
  • UPS Halfway to Driving 1 Billion Miles With Clean Fuel Fleet By 2017

    Mike Hower
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    UPS logged 154 million miles in 2014 toward its goal of driving 1 billion miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet by the end of 2017 — an almost threefold increase from 2013, according to the company’s 13th annual Sustainability Report.To put this into perspective: it took 13 years for the company to drive the first 350 million miles with its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet, but in just one year UPS was able to build dramatically on that number and is now more than halfway to its 2017 goal.With its "Rolling Laboratory" approach, UPS increased its…
  • Co-operative Bank Upholds ‘Beyond Carbon Neutral’ Commitment, Customer-Led Ethical Policy

    Brynn McNally
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    The UK-based Co-operative Bank has published its first Values and Ethics report, highlighting its significant environmental achievements, along with progress against its customer-led Ethical Policy, established in 1992. It is the only UK bank to have an ethical policy co-created by customers, and views this policy as essential to its comeback after its financial collapse in 2014.According to the report, the Bank sources 99 percent of its electricity from renewables, recycles 70 percent of its waste and has offset more than 100,000 tons of CO2 since 2006 – all part of its mission to be…
  • Faith-Based Investors Support National Legislation Mandating Corporate Disclosures on Trafficking, Slavery Risks

    Sustainable Brands
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:54 pm
    The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), a coalition of 300 investors with assets under management of over $100 billion, along with Calvert Investments and Christian Brothers Investment Services, commend Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for this week’s introduction of The Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced following Monday’s publication of the State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons report, which called on governments to…
  • Carbon Trust Launches Water Footprint Certification Scheme

    Brynn McNally
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    The Carbon Trust announced Monday it is piloting a new Water Footprint label and certification scheme. It is now inviting businesses to certify their water use assessments with the scheme, using the Water Footprint Network’s methodology or the ISO water footprint standard.The scheme is modeled after the company’s popular carbon certification scheme and will focus on helping companies reduce their water use and cut costs. Participating companies will be able to capture energy- and water-efficiency improvement measures and stay abreast of future regulatory or supply chain risks.As Darran…
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    Sustainablog

  • Easy Upcycling: Turn A Plastic Bottle Into A Cellphone Charging Cradle

    Guest Author
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    Got a plastic bottle in the recycling bin? Than you've got the main thing you need for this DIY cellphone charging cradle - check out our tutorial The post Easy Upcycling: Turn A Plastic Bottle Into A Cellphone Charging Cradle appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Startup FoPo Food Powders Freeze Dries Nearly Expired Fruit, Hopes To Lessen Food Waste

    Talancia Pea
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Startup FoPo Food Powder addresses the issue of food waste by collecting nearly expired fruits, and freeze drying it into a powder with a long shelf life The post Startup FoPo Food Powders Freeze Dries Nearly Expired Fruit, Hopes To Lessen Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Reuse Plastic Bottles: 13 Plans And Ideas

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Sure, you can recycle them, but why reuse plastic bottles to make things you can use around the house: from planters of all kinds to furniture and boats! The post How To Reuse Plastic Bottles: 13 Plans And Ideas appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • First Lego League Challenges Kids To Find Techie Solutions To Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    The First Lego League is challenging teams of kids from around the world to figure out techie solutions to waste with its year-long Trash Trek event The post First Lego League Challenges Kids To Find Techie Solutions To Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Is The Circular Economy Good For The Environment But Bad For Business?

    Guest Contributor
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    The concept of the circular economy works great for the environment... but is it good for business? Here are some companies making it work for them The post Is The Circular Economy Good For The Environment But Bad For Business? appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Blue Marble Feed | Mother Jones

  • Watch Activists Dangle Off a Portland Bridge to Block Shell's Arctic-Bound Ship

    Luke Whelan
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Environmental activists have taken to kayak, chain, and even rocking chair to slow down Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer. For the past two days, they took their protest to a new extreme. Early Wednesday morning, around a dozen Greenpeace activists rappelled off a bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. to stop a Shell ship stationed there for repairs from returning to the Arctic. This morning, it appears they caused the ship to turn around after it tried to rejoin Shell's fleet in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. The ship, called the MSV Fennica, went…
  • This Map Shows What San Francisco Will Look Like After Sea Levels Rise

    Luke Whelan
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Developers in the booming San Francisco Bay Area are busy planning everything from much-needed new housing to sports stadiums and gleaming tech campuses. But according to a new report just published by the San Francisco Public Press, many of these construction projects sit on land susceptible to rising waters due to climate change. And regulators and local governments are not doing much to prepare.  The Public Press found 27 major commercial and residential developments that will be vulnerable to flooding if San Francisco Bay sea levels rise as much as climate researchers like the…
  • These National Parks Got an "F" in Air Pollution

    Julia Lurie
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    It's late summer, and Americans are flocking to the country's national parks for some recreation and fresh air. But a study released this week by the National Parks Conservation Association found that air in some of the country's most popular parks is not so fresh—and it's potentially hazardous. The report rated the country's 48 parks in three categories: levels of ozone (a pollutant that can irritate or damage lungs), haziness, and the impacts of climate change on the park. Here are the 12 worst contenders (full list available here): National Parks Conservation Association Ozone is a…
  • Soon You Might Actually Be Able to Tell How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food

    Maddie Oatman
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    When the popular news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! hosted the country's Surgeon General, Vicek Murthy, last weekend, he was confronted with the question: What's your one weakness? "Sweets," he answered, "I like bread pudding and cheesecake, in particular." Many of us can identify with the hankering for the occasional piece of cheesecake after dinner. But lots of the added sugar you inhale probably doesn't come in the form of dessert. Rather, Americans get much of their sweetening in the form of beverages—especially soda—and packaged foods that at first glance seem snacky…
  • Hillary Clinton Refuses to Take a Position on the Keystone Pipeline

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Hillary Clinton took a strong stance on clean energy Monday, telling a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that her efforts to tackle climate change would parallel President John F. Kennedy's call to action during the space race in the 1960s. "I want to get the country back to setting big ambitious goals," Clinton said. "I want us to get back into the future business, and one of the best ways we can do that is to be absolutely ready to address the challenge of climate change and make it work to our advantage economically." Her remarks tracked closely with an ambitious plan her campaign released Sunday…
 
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    Greentech Media: Headlines

  • Why Coal Companies Are Collapsing in Such Spectacular Fashion

    Stephen Lacey
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Pretty much everything bad that could happen to the coal industry is happening. Global coal demand is slumping; low natural gas prices and competitive renewables are shifting the energy mix in America; and a slew of regulations are speeding up the closure of coal power plants. Since 2012, more than 40 U.S. coal companies have filed for bankruptcy. And just this week, Peabody Energy, one of the largest coal firms in the world, reported $1 billion in quarterly losses. In this week’s show, we’ll talk with Taylor Kuykendall, a coal reporter with SNL, about all the factors contributing…
  • A Culture Shift Gains Momentum in the Century-Old Utility Industry

    Julia Pyper
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    When Alex Laskey launched Opower eight years ago, there was just one chief customer officer in the entire U.S. utility industry -- and that person initially refused to meet with the startup. Opower has since become one of the biggest customer engagement platforms in the power sector. American utilities have also made some changes. At Opower’s annual summit in Miami, Florida earlier this year, there were 26 chief customer officers in attendance. And there are far more throughout the utility industry these days. “It’s an indication of our growth, but also of the…
  • SolarCity Has More Than 250,000 Customers, Reports Record Bookings, Installs

    Eric Wesoff
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    SolarCity has started to describe itself as two types of operations under one roof -- a development company and a power company. The development company sells and installs solar and energy storage. The power company provides financing and harvests 30 years' worth of energy production and asset yield. (Similarly, SolarCity Chairman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently said that there are two Teslas, the car company and the energy company.) According to SolarCity, "DevCo represents strong long-term growth, and PowerCo represents high-quality, long-term yield." In Q2 2015, SolarCity (the…
  • Tres Amigas Loses Key Partner for Project That Would Connect Regional US Grids

    Jeff St. John
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Tres Amigas, a $1.6 billion project meant to connect the three U.S. regional grid systems with a superconducting high-voltage direct current transmission link, has just lost an interconnection agreement with one of its key grid partners.   On Monday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an “instant proceeding” (PDF) approving a request from the Southwest Power Pool to terminate the interconnection agreement between Tres Amigas and utility Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS). According to the document, the utility decided to terminate the agreement in May, after…
  • America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Officially Has ‘Steel in the Water’

    Stephen Lacey
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Providence Journal: First Foundation for Deepwater Wind Farm Installed on U.S. Coast After days of waiting for the seas off Block Island to calm, Deepwater Wind on Sunday finally installed the first foundation for the five-turbine wind farm it’s building in waters off Block Island. Within minutes of the steel latticework structure being lowered into the Atlantic Ocean waters about three miles southeast of the island at 2:30 p.m., Jeffrey Grybowski, chief executive of Providence-based Deepwater, tweeted a photo of the moment and announced that the company had reached a milestone known in…
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    Direct2Dell

  • IT Infrastructure Spending Forecast: Lots of Clouds

    DELL-Shawn Rogers
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Recently, I attended the seventh annual Cloud World Forum in London, and was struck by how wide and varied the cloud ecosystem has become. Touted as the only show to enable the digital enterprise through cloud and DevOps, there were sessions on just about everything cloud related, from building businesses in the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) to big data analytics, cyber & cloud security, data governance and more. According to IDC’s latest assessment of the market, cloud IT infrastructure grew by 25 percent year-over-year, compared to traditional IT infrastructure, which…
  • Smart Solutions for Smart Buildings: The Next Generation of Energy Efficiency

    Joyce Mullen
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    In most industries today, technology is seen as a driver of human potential, making businesses and their employees smarter, faster, and more effective. This means constantly adapting to new tech, which is introduced and implemented at increasingly breakneck speeds. But until recently, the commercial building management industry measured technology shifts (think HVAC and utilities) not in months but in decades, as innovation stalled and companies held onto traditional infrastructure and operating models. Now, recognizing the sky-high volumes of energy and utility waste their buildings create…
  • Welcome Windows 10: Upgrade Your World

    Laura P. Thomas
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s here! Windows 10 has officially launched, six months after we first shared how Dell was preparing to enter the next era with Microsoft, and just a bit over a month from when we started taking pre-orders, and one day after we actually started shipping Windows 10-installed devices! “With Windows 10, we’ve been working hand-in-hand with our partners for many, many months,” Microsoft’s Windows team recently said on their blog. “Together, we want to deliver Windows 10 to people and organizations around the world – whether as a free upgrade to genuine…
  • Come for Knowledge. Leave with Power: Dell Security Peak Performance 2015

    Marvin Blough
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    With more than 500 Dell channel partners, press, and analysts attending, Dell Security Peak Performance 2015 conference in Las Vegas, August 30 through Sept. 2 will exceed your expectations. This premier partner event at the Aria offers attendees not only knowledge but power: focused on Dell SonicWALL network security, mobile and email solutions, Dell Security Peak Performance 2015 will be unforgettable. The conference will unveil new security opportunities and solutions for security channel partners to achieve an average 40 percent increase in revenue as a result of insights gained,…
  • Driving the European Economy with #EntrepreneursUNite

    Aongus Hegarty
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    A few years ago, if someone had told me that the time was right for start-up businesses to flourish, I may have raised an eyebrow in disbelief. With the worst economic crisis in living memory emerging in 2008, businesses were falling to their knees and the job market was struggling - a bleak outlook for the world’s economy. However, it’s clear that entrepreneurs and small businesses have proven themselves to be the engines driving our economy. Entrepreneurs have created between 70-90 percent of net new jobs on the global stage, and over 99 percent of businesses across Europe are…
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    Comments for Orion Magazine

  • Comment on A Taste of Plastic by megan

    megan
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Mahalo (thanks) for this story. I would love to see the full reference/citation to this research at Ghent University. Can you please share this with readers?
  • Comment on Uncommon Gratitude by Judy Todd

    Judy Todd
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Once again Trebbe transects the ugly with the artful. In that mysterious place at the center emerge rays of light, love and laughter! As I am in the midst of reading Russell Brand’s book, ‘Revolution’, with its preposterous and outraged humor, it occurs to me to invite the permitting members of FERC ( Federal Energy Regulatory Agency) the fracking industry CEOs, and all their Stockholders to a picnic on the pad. Complete with wine, celebrities, media (which of course would be there anyway, to serve the Masters) and perhaps a special tantric yoga teacher to adjust the…
  • Comment on Uncommon Gratitude by Bob Markham

    Bob Markham
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’m a Master Composter in New Mexico and want to congratulate you on your GREAT job!
  • Comment on A Taste of Plastic by Emily Benet

    Emily Benet
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    I’ve heard so much about micro-plastics recently and it’s made me look at the contents of my cupboard a bit more carefully. I must have unwittingly bought so many creams and scrubs with plastic it in it – I imagine we’d think twice about it if it was made clear in the ingredients. It makes me think, what is the point of half of these products? Do we really need so much STUFF to clean and smooth and rejuvinate our bodies? As for the plastic in the water, since moving to Mallorca, I’ve felt devastated by the amount of it floating about in small flakes. Being in…
  • Comment on Uncommon Gratitude by Dr Zarin Gillani

    Dr Zarin Gillani
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:14 am
    I absolutely applaud Trebbe for such an incredible insight and sharing such a deep and very profound article and a message for all of us to contemplate on gratitude towards spaces. Mother Earth has and continues to give off of herself to us so much and completely unconditionally, not concerned with colour, creed, race, caste, religion, etc. She is teaching us so many lessons in values and ultimately at the end of our journey, she opens up her chest and gives our physical bodies a place to rest within herself, which is a profound lesson for all of us human beings to embrace in and to feel…
 
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    The New Republic

  • Angry About Cecil the Lion's Death? Take It Out on the Republican Congress

    Steven Cohen
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    As outrage spread online over a Minnesota dentist’s alleged poaching of a beloved lion in Zimbabwe, Democratic Representative Raul Grijalva saw a convenient political opportunity. “This sort of incident is why we have endangered species laws and why Republicans need to start taking their enforce
  • Donald Trump Isn’t The First Know Nothing to Capture American Hearts

    Laura Reston
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Pundits have been trying for weeks to explain why Donald Trump has continued to lead Republican polls, drawing massive crowds and attracting a media circus, despite stepping in it time and
  • China’s Most Censored Author Published His Riskiest Book Yet

    Jacob Mikanowski
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    In 1958, Mao Zedong declared war on the sparrows. Sparrows ate grain while it ripened in the fields, depriving the people of the fruits of their labor. For this reason they were one of four species, along with rats, mosquitoes, and flies, targeted for elimination. The campaign against them was massi
  • The Untold Inner Life of the First Politician to Embrace his Jewishness

    James McAuley
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    No portrait of Léon Blum,” Pierre Birnbaum posits in a new biography, “can ignore the essential fact of his Jewishness.” And of course this is true. Compared to other prominent Jewish statesmen in Europe, Blum—both as leader of the high-minded but doomed Front Populaire and France’s prime
  • The Long March Toward Medicare

    The New Republic
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • The First Malaria Vaccine in History is Now Not-for-Profit

    Jan Lee
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Scientists have been working to significantly lower child mortality in the Sub-Sahara for years, where disease and malnutrition kill millions each year. The new malaria vaccine, the first to successfully target a parasite, is a collaborative effort that could lead the way to lowering the cost of that humanitarian goal.
  • Clif Bar Founders Invest in Farm-to-Food Truck

    Jen Boynton
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    While Clif Bar continues to thrive under CEO Kevin Cleary, co-founders Kit and Gary were ready for a new challenge: food and wine. The Clif Family Winery and Farm was founded in 2004 and has flourished in recent years, in line with Gary and Kit's departure from the day-to-day at Clif Bar. The three-acre farm grows a variety of heirloom veggies including tomatoes, corn and peppers that are used to stock their popular Bruschetteria food truck, which is often found stationed outside their tasting room, Velo Vino.
  • UPS Drives Toward 1 Billion Miles with Alternative Fuels

    Andrea Newell
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    UPS CSO Rhonda Clark talks about their latest CSR report, driving toward 1 billion miles with alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, and the day-to-day challenges of CSR efforts at UPS.
  • Bloody Myths: Why I Don’t Think Sanitary Pads Impact Girls’ Educational Outcomes

    3p Contributor
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has emerged as an area of interest in relation to maintaining adolescent girls’ school attendance, with the ultimate goal of reducing dropout rates and supporting adolescent girls to achieve better educational outcomes. But, with larger and larger amounts of funding and resources being put into MHM efforts, it’s increasingly important to make sure that the various approaches are backed by real impact data.
  • How Sports Are Influencing Sustainable Practices

    3p Contributor
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    We sat down with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Portland Timbers and San Diego Padres to talk sustainability, the position sports teams are in to influence their massive audience, and how we can all live more environmentally-conscious lives.
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  • The Story of Localized Marketing – Part II

    Max Gladwell
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    The localization of marketing leaves other forms of marketing in the past “I skate to where the puck is going, not where it’s been.” Gretzky’s well-known quote is one of the most abused business clichés, but that’s because (a) business people love sports analogies and (b) it so perfectly captures the essence of vision. Vision is the ability to connect the dots of the past and project into the future with the precision of Gretzky skating to a puck. The vision for MomentFeed in 2010 was for a platform that could handle the marketing paradigm of 2015, a…
  • Best Bikes of the 2015 Tour de France

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The cutting edge in cycling technology is on display at the world’s greatest bike race The Tour de France, which kicked off on July 4th, is arguably the most significant sporting event of any year that doesn’t include World Cup soccer. This year’s Tour, the 102nd annual, covers 3,360 kilometers over 21 stages and is ridden by 198 of the world’s top athletes representing 22 teams and 31 different countries. It’s big. And it’s brutal. One aspect of cycling that sets it apart from other sports is the unique role equipment plays. The bikes are every…
  • The Story of Localized Marketing: Part I

    admin
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    All brands need to prepare for the localization of marketing…or get left behind It’s late 2009. Foursquare and Gowalla are the rage among the technorati. Social navigation app Waze is just getting traction. Twitter acquires GeoAPI, a startup specializing in location technology, and the tech blogs are buzzing about the promise of geolocation — about the idea that location-aware mobile devices will revolutionize how consumers and brands interact in the physical world. This is the dawn of the modern mobile era — an era defined by iOS and Android devices and by…
  • Better Cycling Through Data: GURU Fit System

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    GURU takes the science of bike fitting to the nth degree  The world runs on data. It can be qualitative or quantitative. It can provide insights, information, and direction. It can change industries or lead to scientific breakthroughs. On a day-to-day basis, the decisions we make in our professional and personal lives are being driven more and more by data. At MomentFeed, which is a SaaS (software-as-a-service) company, we consume and leverage data in everything we do, from sales and marketing to customer retention, product development, hiring, and fundraising. Why? Because we have to.
  • Zihuatenejo: Mexico’s Greatest Tropical Escape

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The tropical paradise on Mexico’s Pacific coast that’s not Puerto Vallarta or Acapulco When I think of an authentic Mexican getaway, I immediately start with the food: fresh ceviche, guacamole, and fish tacos. When I think of an ideal beach vacation, I think of a tropical climate with warm water, coconut palm trees, and soft sand. And when I think of great service, I think of raising a flag on my beachside palapa to signal I’m ready for another margarita and having it delivered moments later. But there’s only one place I know that has all three: Zihuatenejo.
 
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Summer News (Dumbledore, asbestos in crayons, and Menards)

    Katy
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Summer in Vermont is a beautiful thing. Like many of you, I have been spending plenty of time in the real world, away from computers and the interwebs. I have checked during the evenings and bring you tonight a roundup of recent environmental and parenting news. First, I wanted to point out a guest post I did over at Edutopia (a fabulous education and parenting website and organization). It is called 7 Lessons for Teachers (and Parents) from Dumbledore. I’m reading Harry Potter aloud to my daughters and find that many of  Dumbledore’s quotes, messages and ways of being share…
  • The Hidden Forest by Daintry Jensen (book review)

    Katy
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:38 pm
    Daintry Jensen’s The Hidden Forest is a gem of a summer (or anytime, really) read. This whimsical book presents a spirited heroine in Adelaide. She is an adventurer, a wanderer, a girl with big dreams. We find her resigned to a boring summer in Nantucket only to discover a world waiting for her beyond anything she and her little brother could have imagined. There is also much more to her seemingly sleepy grandparents than you would expect. This book shares lovely little nuggets of truth like this: “Good heavens, you’re not going to give up so easily, are you? I must tell you that I know…
  • 3 Picks for Safer Sunscreens (and EWG guide)

    Katy
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Almost summer! Pure joy! Beaches, lakes, swings, picnics– but oh, the dreaded task of applying sunscreen to small children. Even reminding older children. All of it is HARD. It’s sticky. White, clumpy, and you have to RE-APPLY it. Really, I mean, shouldn’t once be enough? So, it’s important to have the right stuff on hand. There are several chemicals of concern in mainstream sunscreen. These are the ones we should avoid: And thankfully, EWG has a new sunscreen guide that shares the safest ones out there. You can find it here. Here are some of my picks for safer…
  • 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…
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • A Sweaty Problem: What's The Stink?

    Christy
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    Queen Composter wonders what all the stink is about with body odour.Over the past few years I have been striving to eliminate as much unnecessary plastic and toxic ingredients from my personal care products. The end result is that my washroom is starting to resemble my kitchen because of the ingredients that are essential to my daily routine. My counter is lined with homemade products with coconut oil, body butters, cider vinegar, baking soda, honey, essential oils and salts. Because I make many of my own products now, I often have to store them in my refrigerator because they do not contain…
  • Five Million Litre Oil Spill in Northern Alberta

    Mindful Echo
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Another oil spill and Mindful Echo is furious. The media is reporting that Nexen Energy's pipeline ruptured sometime between June 29th and July 15th. The spill resulted in 5 million litres of heavy crude, or, 31,500 barrels. The double-layered steel pipe was only 8 months old and Nexen Energy has yet to provide an explanation or any other information beyond a feeble "apology." Watch the video report below: But how? How does this happen? You have a warning system to specifically prevent this from happening! Nexen Energy isn't sure yet and it could be months before the public is…
  • Why I Stopped Washing my Face

    Amber Strocel
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:52 pm
    The Climate Crusader discovers that sometimes less is more.Almost 10 years ago I stopped buying face wash. I had read about somebody's experience with using raw honey as a face wash. I was annoyed by all the skincare products that made big promises but didn't deliver. I had sensitive, combination skin, oily in some places and dry in others and prone to breakouts. I had nothing to lose, I decided, so I tried it as an experiment and it worked. I wrote about it here in 2011. Interestingly, I'm not the only Boother who has given it a spin. Here's another post from 2013.Was honey a miracle cure…
  • Connecting Kids to Nature

    Green Bean
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    From the bean of Green Bean."Wait, where did you see a beetle?" a voice floats back to me, across the dusty trail."I still haven't found any cottonwood," my youngest niece intones. "I'll show you where to look," her older cousin offers, leading her to look down the hill and pointing toward the river. "They seem to grow more down there," he surmises.We are on a hike. A very hot and very uphill hike. The scenery is beautiful but I would be lying if I said that these kids wanted to be here. At least initially. Until I whipped out a homemade scavenger hunt and offered a prize for all who…
  • Water Conservation, Green Phone Booth Style

    Amber Strocel
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A hot, dry summer and a hazy, smoky sky have got the Climate Crusader thinking about water.Yesterday evening, as I was making the 45 minute drive home after dinner with my in-laws, the air was filled with hazy smoke. There are wildfires burning nearby, following a hot, dry June and even hotter, dryer start to July. Here in the Pacific Northwest we're more known for our 'liquid sunshine' (a.k.a. rain) than actual sunshine, but so far 2015 has proven an exception. We're parched. And local government is responding by increasing water use restrictions. No surprise.Many people are far more…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • Homemade Milk Shake Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
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  • How to Make Your Own Dried Fruit

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    27 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
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  • Set Up Your Yard for a Backyard Camping Adventure

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    15 Jul 2015 | 2:54 pm
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  • Quick and Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream

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    9 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
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  • Nordic Microfiber Products Work for Me

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    7 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
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    Green Talk®

  • How to Identify and Remove Squash Vine Borer Worm

    Anna@Green Talk
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Every year I battle the squash vine borer.  I must lose a couple of pumpkins and squashes every year.  Luckily I have saved my zucchinis by cutting out the worm.  Last year, I wrote about how to be pro-actively prevent them from laying their eggs.  (Read  HERE.)  If any of my methods don’t work, you have to don your doctor hat and do some corrective surgery. Remove the squash vine borer worm. Be sure to watch the video below. No, you won’t faint.  No blood here.  Just a nasty dark headed white worm. How do I know if I should worry? #1 You spot a red and black wasp look…
  • Organic Bug Repellent for the Garden. 5 Sure Fired Methods.

    Anna@Green Talk
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Invitations to my scrumptious garden buffet go out early to every bug and animal in town.  Now, if I could just figure out who is the pest party coordinator I could save myself some headaches.  Alas, I have yet to track him or her down. Over the years, I have tried a variety of methods to thwart the destruction of my garden.  Some have failed while others have worked quite well.  If pests are bugging you, then here are some solutions to keep them at bay.   #1–A Blast of Water Sometimes, a blast of with water gets rids of pests like whiteflies and aphids.    However, you have…
  • Make Your Own NonToxic Garden Bug Spray.

    Anna@Green Talk
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    This was my first year of growing damask roses.  In the past, I grew double knock out roses which were hardy and simply laughed at the pests and the elements.  I wasn’t prepared for the amount of insects that adore Damask roses.   I watched in horror as  sawflies and spider mites attacked the plants, I got busy making a nontoxic garden bug spray to send a message that they were not welcome.  Now, this spray is my new weapon against general pest problems. It can be yours too!  (Note, this spray will not control sawfly larvae.  Neem or light horticultural oil will.) Homemade Pest…
  • Taking the Mystery Out of a Hydroponic Barge

    Anna@Green Talk
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
      Welcome guest poster, mystery author Deirdre Vern: Here’s what I love about Anna of Green Talk.  Anna is a thinker and a doer. No small task when it comes to living green. As for me, I’m a thinker. I aspire to be green, but I leave the heavy lifting to my alter-ego, CeCe Prentice, the main character in my mystery book, “Drawing Conclusions (A Sketch in Crime Mystery).” That is, until I got caught on a self-sustaining, hydroponic barge floating along the Hudson River during a hail storm. I’m a mystery writer and about ten years ago I decided I wanted to learn through…
  • How to Plant Mint and Not Sob Uncontrollably

    Anna@Green Talk
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    There is nothing like fresh mint.  But add it your garden beds and wish you died 1000 deaths before trying to get rid of it.  Mint spreads faster than butter.  Before you know it your whole garden bed has been taken over unless you know how to keep it in check.  Learn the right way, not the wrong way how to plant mint.  You will thank me later. All Begins Innocently. Mint is quite demur at first.  It doesn’t spread much the first year.  By the second year, it starts to warm up and spreads about 18 inches.  See the picture below of my chocolate mint.  Last year it was merely a…
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    Mindful Momma

  • Make It: Maple Vanilla Frozen Yogurt with a YayLabs! Ice Cream Ball

    Micaela
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
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  • Multi-tasking Beauty Products You’ll Love

    Micaela
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
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  • Mom Tested Safer Sunscreen Guide

    Micaela
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
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  • Chipotle Bean Dip with Cilantro Lime Cream

    Micaela
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • Spotlight On: Coconut Salt Mineral Body Lotion by One Love Organics

    Micaela
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:03 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • Stainless Steel Lunch Containers ~ Make Your Mornings Easier

    Dawn Head
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Do you dread packing school lunches? I used to. I felt so wasteful using those plastic zip-locking bags, especially when I used up to five per lunch, per day. I’ve also used many different brands and sizes of plastic containers. These were okay sometimes but didn’t work all the time. I really wanted to remove all… Read more The post Stainless Steel Lunch Containers ~ Make Your Mornings Easier appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Why Modern Travelers Still Need Travel Alarm Clocks

    Alice Benny
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    When a friend of mine told me they were looking for a small travel alarm clock to take with them on a backpacking trip my first thought was Why? When I go away I rely on my phone to get me up in the morning, so could not understand why they wanted a physical travel… Read more The post Why Modern Travelers Still Need Travel Alarm Clocks appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Avocado Smoothies Anyone? Avocado Smoothies Recipes Healthy Benefits

    Greg Head
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    If you are not eating avocados you really should think about doing so. This marvelous fruit has many health benefits. Here we explain more and give you some great smoothie recipes and other ideas to help you to incorporate this fruit into your diet. You must start with a and nice fresh Avocados (especially buying… Read more The post Avocado Smoothies Anyone? Avocado Smoothies Recipes Healthy Benefits appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • How to Find International Travel Tips for Family Vacations

    Alice Benny
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Traveling abroad brings a different mindset for planning family vacations. Experiencing everything a destination has to offer can be an extreme exercise in time management, which means the planning process is something that can make or break the entire trip. Online travel guides provide a nice way for families to get an in-depth picture of… Read more The post How to Find International Travel Tips for Family Vacations appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
  • Tips for Traveling with Kids Tips from Parents

    Greg Head
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Traveling with kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a challenge if you’re not ready. If you’re planning to go somewhere with the little ones, make sure you’re prepared and all the bases are covered. This guide offers tips for those occasions, and we have provided sections for traveling with… Read more The post Tips for Traveling with Kids Tips from Parents appeared first on Go Green Travel Green.
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    Mommy Brain Reports

  • Tips To Cool Off Your Summer with Big Savings at Walmart

    Monica
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Summer is in full swing which means lots of outdoor activities! From exploring the local area or friends and family gatherings to all those DIY projects that you absolutely have to get done, there are a lot of ways to spend your time outdoors. This Summer has been a particularly hot one, so this has led to quite a few creative ways to cool off after being in the sun all day. Here are a few ways we like to chill out after a long, hot day! 1. I’ve stocked up on the 32oz Insulated Party Cups! These are big enough that I can sit and enjoy a drink before I have to get up again.
  • Spark Your Style with Back to School Savings

    Monica
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Back. To. School. Three words that no kid and even some parents don’t even want to hear at this point of their Summer vacation. Like it or not, it’s going to happen and you just have to be ready for it. Walmart is ready to help make Back to School shopping easy and fun! We went shopping for some new outfits for the girls at our local Walmart store and were very happy with the available options! I let my girls wander around their apparel section and pick out something that they would love for school. Thinking that since they had very different personalities, I was surprised when…
  • Make Your Birthday BIG on a Budget with Walmart

    Monica
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Being that it’s my girls’ birthday today, it’s only fitting that I am writing all about going all out for your kids’ birthday, but doing it on a budget! The last time us Walmart Moms got together, we had a fun time checking out all the fun themes that Walmart has for kid’s birthdays! Their licensed character selection is one of the largest I’ve seen in our area, and the things that they carry are so much fun! They have a great selection for both boys and girls, and they’re totally current on what’s cool now! While I didn’t get a photo of…
  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth- Blueberry Lemon Sweet Rolls

    Monica
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Dessert… It’s on everyone’s mind. It’s that need to tame your sweet tooth after a long day of hard work, and a delicious dinner. It could be as simple as a popsicle, or a piece of fruit… or it could be something even better… We love to use fresh fruit in our desserts, so when Walmart asked me to share a recipe using fresh fruit, I knew exactly which one I was going to share with you. I headed out to my local Walmart store to pick up everything I needed to make some Blueberry-Lemon Sweet Rolls. What You Need: FILLING 1 & 1/2 cups fresh blueberries…
  • He’s BACK! Paul Blart Mall Cop 2!

    Monica
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Ok, please tell me you watched the first Paul Blart Mall Cop movie!!! We watched it as soon as it came out, and my girls, to this day, still remember that little Hello Kitty bandage that he put on himself during the movie, and the nasty piece of candy that he ate off the floor at the end. That movie had us cracking up from start to finish. When we saw the announcements for Paul Blart Mall Cop 2, we were very excited! We had hoped to catch it in the theater, but things got too hectic, so by the time we were able to go, it was already gone… So, we waited. Well Family movie night is about…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Permaculture is Revolution disguised as Organic Gardening

    Veshengro
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    Permaculture is Revolution disguised as Organic Gardening ‘Permaculture is Revolution disguised as Organic Gardening.’ Graham Burnett. Over the past thirty-five years, he’s seen the seeds of permaculture  grow into a thriving global movement. During his recent “Transforming the Australian Dream” tour on the east coast of Australia, David shared a glimpse into the early sparks of permaculture and offered insights into some of the simple principles of growing and living that can now help us transform suburbia into a flourishing ecosystem of sustainable living on all levels. “It…
  • Five myths about economic growth

    Veshengro
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    We were sent this by CASSE – the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Love it – there are so few organisations pointing out the insanity of the quest for perpetual growth (image: http://www.polyp.org.uk). We particularly like the observation that the service economy can’t be de-materialised, and therefore can’t grow forever. Think about it – can you think of a service industry that doesn’t involve anything material? The information economy is often quoted, but where would that sector be without computers, electricity, mobile devices, phone masts, satellites,…
  • Wood-based computer chips could be the answer to the electronic waste crisis

    Veshengro
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Wood-based computer chips are a reality, and they could make the recycling of electronics a much simpler task. Developed at the University of Wisconsin by a group led by engineering professor Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, the wood-derived computer chip is made by processing wood into nanocellulose paper, which is then used as a substitute for a silicon. Unlike the rigid silicon wafer that serves as a plate for transistors in most computer chips, Ma’s chip uses a translucent, bendable plate made of highly processed wood. According to a piece in the MIT Technology Review, using nanocellulose in lieu…
  • Here’s How Climate Change Will Make Food Less Nutritious

    Veshengro
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    A new study suggests that having more CO2 in the atmosphere will cause levels of zinc and iron in important staple crops to drop. There are two things you want to get from a harvest. First there’s yield, the amount of grains, beans, or fruit you pull from the fields—and that’s where the focus is placed much of the time, both from the farmer’s perspective and in terms of plant breeding and global development conversations. The other, which isn’t so apparent on the farm, is nutrition. A study published this week in Nature suggests that as CO2 levels in the atmosphere increase in the…
  • Why land, on which to build a home and grow food, is our ultimate security

    Veshengro
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    There’s a general feeling – and a growing one I think – that we’re headed for disaster, and that no-one is in control or able to steer us away from the precipice. Here are four categories of reasons that people give for pessimism about the near future: ecology: scientists are telling us that we’re seriously damaging nature, and that we’re already in a mass extinction event war: more and more countries are acquiring nuclear weapons, weapons technology is becoming deadlier, there are flashpoints all around the world, empires and blocs are waxing and waning and there is a distinct…
 
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  • Choosing Curtains for Every Room of Your Home

    jennae
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    When decorating a room, it can be so easy to treat curtains like an afterthought. We pick furniture, paint colors and carpets, but choosing the right window treatments can be just as important. But here’s the thing: Once you do find curtains that you like, it can be tempting to use them throughout the house. […]© 2008-2013 Green Your Decor. Do not republish any items from this feed without permission.Choosing Curtains for Every Room of Your Home
  • Made in the Shade

    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
  • 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
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  • Floating City-State to be Built by 2020

    Christine Walsh
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    The Seasteading Institute along with several investors, are proposing the building of a floating city-state, which could serve a variety of purposes. For one, it could be used as a real life environment for trying out new models of government, as well as serve a host of other functions when it comes to preserving and bettering the world we live in. According to the Seasteading Institute, the creation of floating cities is the first step in fulfilling their “8 Great Moral Imperatives,” namely feeding the hungry, enriching the poor, curing the sick, cleaning the atmosphere,…
  • Sustainer Homes Made of Shipping Containers

    Christine Walsh
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    The company Sustainer Homes recently unveiled a shipping container home that can also be taken completely off-the-grid. According to the company, the main reason for constructing these homes was offering the younger generation a flexible and rent-free living option, which is becoming a must for many. The homes are also mobile and facilitate low-impact living. Sustainer homes are meant to be primary residences, though they can also easily be used as hotels, holiday accommodations or emergency shelters. They are available in various sizes, ideal for one to two people. The basic version measures…
  • Unique Mobile Tiny Home

    Christine Walsh
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    As tiny mobile homes grow in popularity their design gets more and more imaginative too. Architects Kelly Davis and Dan George Dobrowolski have recently completed one such tiny home, which they called the Escape Traveler. This home is basically an RV, which means that it is exempt from standard building codes and zoning bylaws. The Escape Traveler weighs between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds, and rests on a 8′ 6″ wide trailer, which can be attached to a car, meaning it can easily be towed to just about anywhere. The home features a spacious living area with a fireplace and a sofa that…
  • Residential Community Wrapped in a Living Wall

    Christine Walsh
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    MAD Architects have designed a new residential community in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, which will feature a large living façade. The housing development will be raised high above the street and is dubbed 8600 Wilshire. Its designers aim to bring nature back to this inner city neighborhood. Apart from the living wall façade, the complex will also have a large enclosed garden. The 8600 Wilshire development will span 25,900 sq ft (2,406 sq m) and the architects describe it as a sort of “hillside village.” On the street level, it will offer commercial space, and above this floor…
  • Unique Eco-Tourism Hotel

    Christine Walsh
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Eco-tourism has been all the rage there last few years and Natura Vive, an adventure company from Peru, has taken the concept to all new heights, literally and figuratively. They have recently completed a hotel, called the Skylodge Adventure Suites, which is basically just a number of transparent pods set into the side of a mountain. As such they have minimal impact on the environment and offer a unique way to experience the natural beauty of the mountains. The pods are constructed out of aerospace aluminum and weather-resistant polycarbonate. Each measures 24 feet by 8 feet, which is large…
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    Leafygreen.info

  • Earth Friendly Cooking Tips

    Courtney
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Save Time and Energy When cooking pasta, place your dry noodles in a pot of boiling water, then covering the pot and turning off the flame. Let the pasta sit in the hot water for a bit less time than package directions suggest if you prefer your pasta al dente. Or the exact directed time […]Check out the review @ Earth Friendly Cooking Tips
  • Violets Are Blue Beloved Deodorant

    Courtney
    22 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Violets Are Blue is a line of beauty products created without harsh synthetic fragrances, parabens, sodium laureth sulfate or propylene glycol. They also offer a secondary “Beloved Line” of fragrance free products specifically created by Cynthia Besteman, a breast cancer survivor. The Beloved Line gives “Chemo Care” packages to women who are beginning their treatment […]Check out the review @ Violets Are Blue Beloved Deodorant
  • Killer Vegan Diner and Delicatessen

    Courtney
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    My trip to Killer Vegan began all because of a Facebook post a friend was tagged in. Those in that post raved about this awesome new vegan place they had lunch at, that simple recommendation made me very interested to take a trip myself to try it. Located in Union, New Jersey – which isn’t […]Check out the review @ Killer Vegan Diner and Delicatessen
  • Conscious Step Socks

    Courtney
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I attended the NYC Green Festival in April I had the opportunity to stopped by the booth for Conscious Step to see what they were all about. They offer socks that are produced to “fight for causes that matter.” Each different sock pattern identifies that sock with a certain partnership with a non-profit to […]Check out the review @ Conscious Step Socks
  • Charm School Vegan Chocolate

    Courtney
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I don’t have a very big sweet tooth, but the occasional sweet treat is always welcomed. Quality over quantity has always been my motto with most things in life and that most certainly applies for the food I eat. So I prefer a really great quality treat when I do have one and Charm School […]Check out the review @ Charm School Vegan Chocolate
 
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    Cooking Up a Story » Video Interviews

  • Tree Hive Bees- Scientific Research to Save the Honeybees

    Cooking Up a Story
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story In an effort to save the honeybees, a veteran researcher, Lynn Royce, looks at tree hive bees to uncover the clues that may help their populations Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • Marisa McClellan: More About the Canning Process

    Cooking Up a Story
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story Marisa McClellan, of Food In Jars, talks about the canning process. High acid foods & the purpose of adding sugar. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
  • 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
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    Reuters Video: Environment

  • Activists on Oregon bridge block Shell's Arctic drilling quest

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Portland protesters in kayaks joined by Greenpeace rappelled protesters force a Shell Oil icebreaker to turn around and change course. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Saving rhinos in a lab

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    A U.S. company is looking to bioengineer rhinoceros horns in an effort to flood a lucrative black market and save the endangered species from extinction. Ben Gruber reports.
  • Greenpeace takes on Shell in Portland protest

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    Environmental activists are hanging from a bridge above Portland's Willamette River, while kayakers block the path of Shell's Alaska-bound icebreaker preparing for off-shore Arctic drilling. Jillian Kitchener reports.
  • GM moths could end cabbage ravage

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:16 am
    UK researchers say they can help limit the devastating effect on farmed vegetables caused by the diamondback moth, by genetically modifying the pest to drastically limit its population. Jim Drury went to meet them.
  • U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large, patchy oil sheen that appeared off the Southern California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
 
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    Econation

  • Lean Technology

    Michael Lockhart
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Lean technology is technology for well-being and sustainability. The sustainability movement is often accused of being opposed to technology but the opposite is more true. Sustainability is tech-savvy and makes use of technology where it is appropriate to sustain a better, simpler way of life. It would be foolish to think all technology is bad and equally foolish to think […] The post Lean Technology appeared first on Econation.
  • The ideal business

    Michael Lockhart
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The ideal business is small, simple and circular. Small Businesses get big for a number of reasons but those reasons are for one ultimate purpose, higher return on capital. Big businesses, however, do not enhance the well-being of people and planet as much as small businesses. There are some businesses that by their very nature need to be a large scale […] The post The ideal business appeared first on Econation.
  • The Vital Few

    Michael Lockhart
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:22 pm
    The 80:20 principle is an extremely useful way of thinking about the vital few things that matter the most. It is not a mathematical formula and there is no hard and fast way to define it. The Principle predicts that, in many types of situations, a large majority of effects are due to a small proportion of causes. The actual figure […] The post The Vital Few appeared first on Econation.
  • Learning simplicity from bushcraft

    Michael Lockhart
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:48 pm
    The post Learning simplicity from bushcraft appeared first on Econation.
  • Econation launches new brand

    Michael Lockhart
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Econation has launched a new visual identity and website that reflects an increasing emphasis on well-being – for both people and planet. Econation has long been an advocate and independent source of information about environmental sustainability. Econation’s main premise is that what is best for the planet is also best for people. Econation presents a new type of prosperity that isn’t […] The post Econation launches new brand appeared first on Econation.
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • Running a More Efficient and Greener Business

    Firespin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Running a more efficient and greener business comes with numerous benefits. Being aware of your environmental impact as a business and putting in adequate effort to reduce it can help reduce costs and increase your appeal to a consumer market that is more environmentally arware than ever. Running a greener business today is one way to pull ahead of rivals regardless of sector. Here is a look at some steps you can take to ensure you are running a more efficient and greener business. Cut down your carbon footprint Cutting down your carbon footprint encompasses several things like lowering your…
  • Overview of an Arising Phenomenon

    Jen
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    In 2012-2013 the recycling rate in England was around 43.9% compared to previous figures showing a recycling rate of 31% for 2006-2007. This positive trend implies that future results should be aligned with the 2020 European recycling target, stating that the UK needs to recycle at least 50% of the its produced waste. New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)’ May 2015 report indicates that from September 2013 to September 2014 the recycling rate was around 45%. One of the elements influencing positively those results concerns the increase in production of household compost…
  • Get Your Digital Marketing Company Eco Friendly Now

    Jen
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    Now is a better time than ever to start up a digital marketing company and there’s a good reason why. As time progresses, more and more people are getting hooked up to the world wide web and as a consequence of this, many people are looking to move their business out of the physical world and into the digital one. This opens up plenty of potential customers for a digital marketing company. So let’s say you take the dive and decide to start up your own online marketing business, how can you get it to stand out from the rest? Its 2015 for Greens Sake Well how about turning your business a…
  • How to Start a Successful Online Eco Business

    Jen
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Starting an online business is the dream of many people. However, in a space that is already crowded, it is often difficult to find a niche that doesn’t have far too many players already. One niche that is not yet saturated is the online eco business niche. As the days roll by, more individuals are becoming aware of the dangers of our actions on the ecosystem. A study done in the UK for example, says two thirds of shoppers are more ecologically aware than they were 10 years ago and more members of the public are becoming more concerned about the threats we pose to the environment. In the…
  • How to Design an Office that Is Eco-Friendly

    Jen
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The amount of energy that is used by offices and other types of commercial buildings is staggering. This is why it is vital that the business world commits to energy efficiency. In so doing, they will reduce the tremendous environmental impact they have. At the same time, however, it actually improves the bottom line, which means the benefits are there not just for the world as a whole, but for the business in particular as well. When designing and eco-friendly office, there are many things to think about, including location, features, equipment, usage and more. It is vital to adopt…
 
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    TheCityFix

  • Five Lessons for Making Bike Share a Success in India

    ranjanamenon
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    To combat rising rates of private vehicle ownership and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for their citizens, Indian cities—like Jodhpur—need to focus on making bike share work for the local context. (Photo: Tomas Belcik / Flickr) Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS), or bike share, as it is more popularly known, was first introduced in Amsterdam in 1965. While the concept spread to various European cities, it remained largely experimental in nature and small in scale. It wasn’t until the late 1990s and early 2000s—with the incorporation of advanced smartcards and progress in Information…
  • How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change

    Luísa Zottis
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    With the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference, the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases are promising to double down on their efforts to reduce emissions. (Photo: Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil | EMBARQ Brasil) Though our planet is home to one hundred and ninety independent nations, the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December reminds us that all countries share a single, collective future. Indeed, in order to keep the global temperature rise from rising more than 2 ° C., all nations will have to agree on climate action. Therefore, the participation and commitment of all 190…
  • From Ideas to Implementation: 3 Ways to Ensure that Citizens Have Access to Information

    Maria Antonia Tigre
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Good urban governance begins with open access to information. São Paulo, Brazil offers a number of lessons for making data accessible and encouraging public participation. (Photo: Gabi Sakamoto / Flickr) How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on TheCityFix, Maria will draw on her field research in two Brazilian cities—Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—to explore the key governance…
  • Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

    Eric Mackres
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    It can often be difficult for residents–like those of Wuxi, China–to know how their homes perform compared to similar homes. Benchmarking fills this knowledge gap, helping the city improve building performance. Photo by Mr Thinktank / Flickr. Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common that often goes unappreciated. Let’s take the example of how a city dweller in China spends an average day: 8 hours of work activities 30 minutes of study or training, at home or school 1.5 hours eating meals, at home, work, or a restaurant 4…
  • Friday Fun: Using Virtual Reality to Create Safer Drivers

    Ryan Winstead
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    A driver using the Oculus Rift, a popular virtual reality device, to simulate a driving experience. (Photo: Nan Palmero / Flickr) Talking about virtual reality (VR) often calls to mind movies like The Matrix or futuristic video games—however, VR is also proving to be an unlikely ally in the fight to make roads safer in cities everywhere. The World Health Organization warns that by 2030, traffic-related crashes will be the fifth leading cause of death across the globe.  In response, city planners, mayors, and urban designers are stepping up to the plate.  Practical guide manuals, like the…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • How Bike-Sharing Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Cities

    Jean-Paul
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    According to PeopleForBikes, 31.5 percent of Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare riders reported a reduction in stress levels. Meanwhile, Climate Central reports that Denver’s B-Cycle program is estimated to have avoided over 1 million pounds of CO2 emissions. It’s no longer necessary to own a bike or spend a small fortune renting one while on vacation. […] The post How Bike-Sharing Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Cities appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: The 5 Best US Cities for Doing Green Business The Two Wheeled Drive – Project Bike Trip…
  • The 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill: 5 Ways to Get Involved

    Jean-Paul
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    The beautiful coastline of Santa Barbara, California, is no stranger to oil spills. Still considered the largest oil spill to occur along California waters, the 1969 Santa Barbara spill devastated the marine habitat. Although smaller, the spring spill still prompted the governor of California to call for a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County. […] The post The 2015 Santa Barbara Oil Spill: 5 Ways to Get Involved appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: The Gulf Oil Spill is Sad, But How Does It Affect Me? Gulf Oil Spill Disaster Earth Day 2011 Events and Ideas…
  • Waste from Shoes and Shoes from Waste

    Jean-Paul
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    It’s estimated that 20 billion pairs of shoes are produced annually, with roughly 300 million pairs ending up in landfills after they have been worn. The Ethylene Vinyl Acetate, which usually makes up the midsole of most running shoes, can last for as long as 1,000 years in a landfill. There are a few organizations […] The post Waste from Shoes and Shoes from Waste appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Shoes that Biodegrade, even in a Landfill? Green Shoes – Stylish Eco-conscious Footwear Green Silence tonlé – Waste Free Ethical Fashion Reusable Mesh…
  • Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios

    Jean-Paul
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    San Francisco is full of hidden garden oases and public patio gems thanks to a little known program promoting called POPOS or Privately Owned Public Open Spaces. That is, many highrise buildings in cities have public ‘parks’ or public space viewing areas in them. This can include observation decks, terraces, patios, roofs and viewing floors […] The post Secret Downtown San Francisco Urban Public Parks and Patios appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco Eco-Chic Shopping Event in San Francisco – Oct 23rd 2008…
  • 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 How Bike-Sharing Systems Are Revolutionizing Our Cities Go Green Seattle 2011 Conference Green MBA Programs Green…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Creativity Against Consumption for Earth Overshoot Day

    Hannah Jarratt
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
      Creativity Against Earth Overshoot: Opportunities for Our Planet   The 13th August 2015 is auspicious for all the wrong reasons, the 13th August is Earth Overshoot Day. The approximate date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are in this ecological deficit by using up local resource stocks and pouring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day was reached by early October in 2000 and this year it is on 13th August.   Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets-worth of natural resources as well as carbon dioxide absorption. Based…
  • Not so Impossible: The economy of gift exchange

    Hannah Jarratt
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
    Photography by Emir Eralp Not so Impossible: The economy of gift exchange   Getting something for nothing is a concept well and truly fabled. Found only in the outer echelons of fairytale topia, it is an idea broken down and brutally kicked to the kerb during the often traumatic transition from teenage to adult-hood; a lesson learnt to prepare us for the often unfair and unkind reality awaiting us. Prepare to pull a U-turn. A year after model, actress and social entrepreneur Lily Cole launched new social network Impossible, the gift economy has reared its head and is here to stay. The…
  • “This is it” #Paris2015: Where to look

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    “This is it” #Paris2015: Where to look In the run up to the ever crucial talks taking place in Paris this November, we wanted to get the inside track on the overly complex coverage that is littering the road to Paris (2015). At an attempt at clarity we bent the ear of Michael Mathres, World Climate LTD partner, and no stranger to the climate landscape. He has garnered over 14 years experience in the climate bizz, advising investors, governments and businesses on climate change issues and is ensconced in the Paris process. Don’t get left behind by not knowing and ensure that…
  • Use your Weapons of Reason

    Hannah Jarratt
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
      Use your Weapons of Reason Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Its ultimate goal is to understand and articulate the interconnected issues shaping our world, and inspire its readers to take positive action. For its first issue, we start by exploring what’s happening at the top of the world, in the Arctic. As the ever looming shadow of climate change draws in, it is more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to fight back. 1. Where did the idea for Weapons of Reason come from? Our publisher Danny Miller, who founded Little White Lies…
  • 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…
 
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Creativity Against Consumption for Earth Overshoot Day

    Hannah Jarratt
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
      Creativity Against Earth Overshoot: Opportunities for Our Planet   The 13th August 2015 is auspicious for all the wrong reasons, the 13th August is Earth Overshoot Day. The approximate date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are in this ecological deficit by using up local resource stocks and pouring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Earth Overshoot Day was reached by early October in 2000 and this year it is on 13th August.   Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets-worth of natural resources as well as carbon dioxide absorption. Based…
  • Not so Impossible: The economy of gift exchange

    Hannah Jarratt
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
    Photography by Emir Eralp Not so Impossible: The economy of gift exchange   Getting something for nothing is a concept well and truly fabled. Found only in the outer echelons of fairytale topia, it is an idea broken down and brutally kicked to the kerb during the often traumatic transition from teenage to adult-hood; a lesson learnt to prepare us for the often unfair and unkind reality awaiting us. Prepare to pull a U-turn. A year after model, actress and social entrepreneur Lily Cole launched new social network Impossible, the gift economy has reared its head and is here to stay. The…
  • “This is it” #Paris2015: Where to look

    Hannah Jarratt
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    “This is it” #Paris2015: Where to look In the run up to the ever crucial talks taking place in Paris this November, we wanted to get the inside track on the overly complex coverage that is littering the road to Paris (2015). At an attempt at clarity we bent the ear of Michael Mathres, World Climate LTD partner, and no stranger to the climate landscape. He has garnered over 14 years experience in the climate bizz, advising investors, governments and businesses on climate change issues and is ensconced in the Paris process. Don’t get left behind by not knowing and ensure that…
  • Use your Weapons of Reason

    Hannah Jarratt
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:09 am
      Use your Weapons of Reason Weapons of Reason is a magazine to turn knowledge into action. Its ultimate goal is to understand and articulate the interconnected issues shaping our world, and inspire its readers to take positive action. For its first issue, we start by exploring what’s happening at the top of the world, in the Arctic. As the ever looming shadow of climate change draws in, it is more important than ever that we get as many people as possible to fight back. 1. Where did the idea for Weapons of Reason come from? Our publisher Danny Miller, who founded Little White Lies…
  • 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…
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    Green Building Law Update

  • IgCC will now be Powered by ASHRAE 189.1

    Stuart Kaplow
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Last Friday, the International Code Council and ASHRAE announced they signed an “agreement that the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), .. scheduled to be released in 2018, .. will be powered by” ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings. Much of the early reaction has been nonplussed given that, today, there are only a handful of IgCC green buildings.   The ICC will still be responsible for IgCC Chapter 1, Scope and Administration, so that the green code will continue to be integrated into the ICC construction…
  • The First Green Building Litigation. The Rest of the Story.

    Stuart Kaplow
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:54 am
    It was widely reported that the first green building litigation in the country was the 2007 trial court case of Southern Builders, Inc. v. Shaw Development, LLC, in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Somerset County, case no. 19-C-07-011405. In the spirit of Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” radio program, last week I telephoned Jim Shaw, of Shaw Development, to follow up, ..   In the Southern Builders case, disputes and difference arose out of the construction of a $7.5 Million, 23 unit luxury condominium and restaurant project in Crisfield, Maryland, called…
  • Lawyers' Opinion Matters in Green Building Transactions

    Stuart Kaplow
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:49 pm
    This law firm is increasingly called upon to give legal opinions that a green building is LEED certified, certifiable or otherwise ‘really’ a green building. The purpose of a legal opinion given in a commercial real estate transaction is, most simply put, to provide some or all of the parties to the transaction with comfort regarding specified aspects of the transaction.   One might ask why the need for an opinion from a lawyer that a building is green? While legal opinions are given in a variety of commercial contexts, they are increasingly being required as part of the due…
  • LEED Bird Collision Deterrence to be Required in Highland Park

    Stuart Kaplow
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    The City of Highland Park, Illinois, became the latest jurisdiction to consider bird friendly building regulations when on June 22, 2015 the City Council forwarded a proposal to the Plan Design Review Commission for comment prior to final approval by the Council. Specifically, the City Council is proposing that bird friendly regulations be adopted for commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings and that they follow requirements set forth in the LEED NC-2009 SS Pilot Credit 55 Bird Collision Deterrence.   The Highland Park City Code already requires bird friendly building…
  • Government Ownership of Rain is Antithetical to Increased Potable Water

    Stuart Kaplow
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Against a backdrop of California experiencing the worst drought in its history and the U.S. Supreme Court having before it an interstate water dispute, where Florida seeks an equitable apportionment of the waters of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers over the claims of upstream Georgia, the issue of “who owns the rain” is of national importance. Collecting rain and using it for a desired purpose on one’s own property should no longer violate laws. And the government should not take the rain falling on private property without just compensation.   In point of fact, laws…
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    Blog

  • Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […]The post Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement appeared first on Blog.
  • 3 Ways Spraying More Herbicides on Public Land is Bad

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    The following is a guest post by Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species. It is an open letter to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding its proposal to add three new herbicides for invasive species management on western public lands. Find out below, how you can voice your concerns […]The post 3 Ways Spraying More Herbicides on Public Land is Bad appeared first on Blog.
  • Bern Baby Bern!

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […]The post Bern Baby Bern! appeared first on Blog.
  • An All-Natural, Traditional Approach to Cheesemaking

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Get ready to change the way you look at cheese. David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow and call for the […]The post An All-Natural, Traditional Approach to Cheesemaking appeared first on Blog.
  • Arid Agriculture: How to Reduce Heat Stress in Crops and Livestock

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Regardless of where you stand on the climate change issue, there’s one reality few can deny. During the summer, many places in North America are now regularly suffering temperatures above 100˚F, whereas they rarely did in the past. It’s also widely known that such high temperatures put heat stress on crops that are not very […]The post Arid Agriculture: How to Reduce Heat Stress in Crops and Livestock appeared first on Blog.
 
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    EnviroFuel

  • Getting a Pair of High-Quality Tyres in Australia Can be Quite a Daunting Task

    BrianSmith
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    The most common question in the world of tyres is “How many kilometers can I get from my tyres?” There is no correct answer to this as the distance covered depends entirely on your driving style, quality of the tyre compound and the surfaces driven over, etc. Finding the Right Fit: If you’re looking for tyres in Australia, you should look at the more reputed retailers and dealership networks in the region. Getting professional help for fitting is also recommended, since it reduces the chances of accidental damage. Even if you’re looking for cheap tyres, it is better to opt for…
  • Choosing Tyres for Your Vehicle

    BrianSmith
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:22 am
    Choosing a tyre that meets your budget and your needs can be difficult, but knowing what to look for can make the process easier. By taking a little time to read these guidelines, you’ll learn enough to make an educated decision. When Do You Need Tyres? Tyres are considered “worn out” when the tread depth reaches 2/32”. However, in wet areas, 4/32” or less in tread depth can result in a loss of traction. In snowy conditions, traction diminishes at 6/32”; shallower groove and lug depths keep tyres from biting into snow. If tyres are wearing irregularly, they need to be replaced…
  • Custom Wheels: What They Are and How to Choose Them

    BrianSmith
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    A “custom wheel” is a wheel that has been modified according to user preference. These wheels deviate from the vehicle manufacturer standard. The optimization is done as the owner looks for a specific experience from the car. This might be visual appeal, or a higher level of performance. Modifications differ based on these categories. So what is the best way to choose custom wheels for your car? These are three of the most significant factors you need to keep in mind: Wheel Size This is one area where size really does matter. Radically bigger wheel size can put undue stress on the brakes,…
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    DeSmogBlog

  • TransCanada Keystone XL Hits New Turbulence As South Dakota Permit Hearing Implodes Over Pipeline Corrosion, Market Demand

    Julie Dermansky
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    AttachmentSize direct testimony of David Diakow (01879658x9FB59).pdf450.56 KB corey-goulet-transcanada-testimony.pdf152.27 KB TransCanadaKeystone Root Cause Report_ Feb 15 ver1docx _2_.pdf2.41 MB Holes too big to fix were poked in TransCanada’s narrative that its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be the safest pipeline ever built. And questions were raised about how the pipeline company’s financial dealings are set up during Public Utilities Commission hearings in Pierre, South Dakota this week where state regulators are tasked to decide if the company is capable of following the…
  • Alaskans to Commemorate Anniversary of Mount Polley Mine Disaster as Similar Accidents Predicted to Increase

    Judith Lavoie
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    One year after 24 million cubic metres of mine sludge and water swept into rivers and lakes below Imperial Metal’s Mount Polley mine in B.C., Southeast Alaskans will gather to commemorate the tailings pond breach and bless the Stikine River. Those at the Aug. 2 gathering in Wrangell, where the salmon-rich Stikine runs into the ocean, will also be looking for ways to ensure there is no Mount Polley-style disaster in the B.C. headwaters of the Iskut River, a major tributary of the Stikine, where Imperial Metals has opened the Red Chris mine. The ceremony will be hosted by Wrangell…
  • Environmental Group Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government Over Pipeline Safety Planning

    Sharon Kelly
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    One of the country's largest environmental groups has accused the federal government of failing to follow pipeline safety planning laws, alleging that for more than two decades the Department of Transportation (DOT) has illegally allowed companies to operate oil pipelines that cross waterways without adequate preparation for spills and other disasters. The National Wildlife Federation, which filed a notice of its intent to sue on Tuesday, accused the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), part of the DOT, of failing to properly enforce the Oil Pollution Act, enacted…
  • That Time When the Rockefellers Called on ExxonMobil to Stop Funding Climate Denial

    Brendan Montague
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    This DeSmog UK epic history post follows the call made by the original American oil barons – the Rockefellers – for ExxonMobil to stop funding climate denial. The concerns about ExxonMobil’s climate denial raised by Bob Ward, the then head of media at the Royal Society, were also exercising American Senators John “Jay” Rockefeller IV and his fellow Democrat Olympia Snowe who wrote to Rex Tillerson, chief executive of ExxonMobil, in October 2006. Their letter, which they published online, began by congratulating Tillerson for his first year as chief executive of America’s most…
  • Climate Professor Peter Wadhams Says He Does Not Think Colleagues Were Murdered

    Graham Readfearn
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    Does UK climate scientist and sea ice researcher Professor Peter Wadhams think three of his peers were assassinated? If you’ve read the story as it quickly spread across the conservative media in recent days, then your answer to this question would be a resounding “yes”. But DeSmog asked Wadhams last night if he believed the deaths of scientists Seymour Laxon, Katherine Giles and Tim Boyd were anything other than tragic accidents. Wadhams told us: “No, they were clearly accidents.” Click here for reuse options! Tags: ben websterPeter Wadhamsseymour laxonkatherine gilestim…
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    Eco-Chick

  • San Francisco Now Has Its Own Natural Beauty Store: Credo Beauty

    Sophie Hessekiel
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Credo has been called the “Sephora of natural beauty,” seeking to achieve the same array of seemingly endless makeup options—but with an eye towards personal and planetary health. (That comparison to Sephora is apt: Credo’s founder, Shashi Batra, originally brought the cosmetics store to the US in 1997.) The all-natural beauty supply company includes over 70 brands. Credo has had an online presence for quite some time, but in June they opened their first brick-and-mortar store on Fillmore St. in San Francisco. A favorite feature of mine?  Healthy swaps, a system that…
  • Robin Wright’s Pour Les Femmes Pajamas Benefit Women in Distress

    Sophie Hessekiel
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    How much better would you sleep if you knew your pajamas were supporting a woman in need? Proceeds fromPour Les Femmes sleepwear—co-founded by House of Cards’ Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler—benefit women in The Democratic Republic of Congo who have been victims of violence. Comfort and security is a fundamental right of every human being. Pour Les Femmes supports charitable organizations that directly help women in conflict regions around the world. The company’s goal is to unite a community of supporters around Pour Les Femmes and bring awareness to this issue. The…
  • This Incredible Video Will Change the Way You See the Rain Forever

    Sophie Hessekiel
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    Image from Flickr user Oleg Shpyrko I have always loved the smell of rain. Though I’ve never quite been a “splashing through mud puddles” kind of girl, give me a good walk just after a storm and I’ll be smiling.  Everything smells fresh, as though the problems that have plagued the world since the last shower have been washed away. Image from Flickr user Jeff W. Spencer But why does this happen?  Where does this scent come from?  Water has no smell, so it’s not the rain itself that creates this sense of clean euphoria. Image from Flickr user Nana B Agyei…
  • Detox Your Bedroom and Make Your Sleeping Environment a Safe Haven

    Lindsay E. Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Never underestimate a good detox. Removing toxins from our lives gives us a renewed lease on life. We feel lighter, happier, more energized, and restful in the evening. We tend to first look to our diet and skincare as purifying solutions. Juicing, salads or simply abstaining from caffeine or alcohol can certainly help clean out the clutter. We approach our skin in a similar fashion by hopping on the no-makeup movement or switching to all-natural beauty and skincare products. Small changes make a big, cumulative difference. But what about our bedrooms? The one place where we regularly spend…
  • 5 Natural Remedies For Your Summer Cold

    Sophie Hessekiel
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Image from Flickr user Cia de Photo. I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS get sick in the summer. Sniffling, coughing, and sneezing are never fun, of course.  But at least in the winter slurping back chicken soup and hot tea are ideal. When it’s 90 degrees out?  Not so appealing—beyond making your echinacea tea and iced version, what can you do? We’ve come up with a list of some all-natural remedies that don’t involve hot liquids. Enjoy, and get well soon! H O N E Y Image from Flickr user Rachel Pasch Is there anything honey can’t do?  Aside from making…
 
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • Hyundai Sonata Vs. Kia Optima: Compare Cars

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Both the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, in just a few generations, have gone from also-rans to tough mid-size rivals for vehicles such as the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. It's all for good reason, thanks to great styling, excellent fuel economy, available hybrid models, and class-leading value. If you have your eyes on this South...
  • Get $1,000 If You Convince A Friend To Buy A Tesla Model S (Note: You Have To Own A Tesla, Too)

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    Across much of America, temperatures are soaring, but within a few weeks, the mercury will begin to fall. As it does, dealerships will begin making room for 2016 models and closely eyeing their yearly sales goals. That often results in good deals for shoppers, but according to Auto News, Tesla is taking things one step further: for the next three...
  • 2016 Cadillac XTS, Average Vehicle Age, 2016 Ford Focus RS Price: What's New @ The Car Connection

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2016 Cadillac XTS Review As the largest sedan in the luxury brand's lineup, the 2016 Cadillac XTS isn't just aiming to be a step up in size and space from the luxury brand's ATS and CTS sport sedans. It targets an entirely different kind of shopper—one who may be less concerned with all-out performance than with a...
  • Audi A4 Vs. BMW 3-Series: Compare Cars

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Lately, Audi has been gaining on luxury-segment front-runners BMW and Mercedes-Benz. What Audi may be missing in cachet, it makes up for with charm—demonstrated well with its smart, thoroughly competitive A4. But can the A4 actually outpace the newest 3-Series—with all its body styles and power choices? The A4 is the brand's...
  • Toyota Camry Vs. Honda Accord: Compare Cars

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    While Honda's Accord and Toyota's Camry have never been all that stylish, the two rivals always have been smart and sensible. The Camry and Accord hit their stride in the 1980s, when they became the epitome of the American mid-size sedan. Since then, both have evolved to keep pace with excellent new family sedans from Ford and Subaru. Still...
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    Mommy Goes Green

  • Replacing Ziploc: Alternatives to Plastic Baggies

    Tiffany
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Plastic baggies seem to be a kitchen essential but they are flimsy, not easily reusable and plastic.   We’ve been using these reusable, food safe bags to replace our Ziploc addiction. I keep 6-8 on hand to use for snacks on the go and to pack in my kid’s waste-free lunches. They are great for snack or lunch time to store sandwiches, fruit and veggies, crackers, cheese and more. LunchSkins – These reusable, colorful cloth pouches are made from a quick drying fabric that is coated with a food-safe polyurethane liner. They have been certified as lead, Bisphenol-A (BPA) and…
  • My experience with thredUP: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Tiffany
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Last year, I shared a few ways that I use to get brand name clothes on a budget.  One of them is to purchase new and pre-owned clothing from thredUP where I regularly pick up items from my favorite brands. Overall, it’s been a great experience but there are a few things to keep in mind. The Good 1. thredUP sells most of my favorite brands like J.Crew, Paige, Zara and Anthropologie.  They also carry both new and pre-owned items. In one order, I received 10 brand new items for my kids.  All but one of the items was in new or like new condition. 2. In the last two years, I’ve…
  • 10 practical ways to stay healthy this winter

    Tiffany
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Last year was the first in many years that we stayed healthy all winter (I know, knock on wood). It was also the first winter I had to take a medication that lowered my immune system so I was determined to do everything I could to keep us from getting the common cold or flu, or worse. I don’t think there’s a silver bullet on this list, I’m convinced it was a combination of practical and healthy choices that helped pave the way for a well winter. Here’s hoping for another one. Humidifier We live in a dry climate so I keep several humidifiers on hand to use in the…
  • Natural Face Paints for Halloween

    Tiffany
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When Halloween rolls around every year, stores are filled with cheap paint to decorate our children’s faces. Without thinking, we smother their precious skin with paint filled with lead, parabens and artificial colors. Unfortunately the FDA does not regulate  face paints so it’s no surprise that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 10 face paints and found all 10 contained lead and several other heavy metals. Fortunately, we can recommend many natural face paints and a quick recipe to make your own! Earth Paint has both a Mini Face Painting Kit  or their All Natural Face…
  • To keep or to purge, that is the question

    Tiffany
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I’m over at The Art of Simple today sharing the 5 questions I’ve been using to purge 30 boxes worth of stuff from our house. From the post: I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I was so determined to simplify that I literally went through every item that came through the door. Each one was evaluated with a few mental questions to decide whether or not it would stay. Come on over…
 
 
 
 
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    SocialEarth

  • More Companies Try to Close the Gender Pay Gap

    John Howell
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    According to the White House figures, American women on average earn $0.77 for every dollar earned by men. The pay gap is even wider for women of color and ethnic [...] The post More Companies Try to Close the Gender Pay Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo to Support Gender Equality

    Julie Fahnestock
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Seven days, seven marathons. The Run Across Congo has created huge awareness for gender equality in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women runners from around the U.S. gathered together [...] The post B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo to Support Gender Equality appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Nourishing 9 Billion: Addressing the Challenge of Producing More Nutritious Food with Less Waste While Conserving Land

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Guest blog by Toni Voelker There was excitement in the room when the student organization Net Impact held a SolutionLab at the UC Davis campus, at the end of May. About [...] The post Nourishing 9 Billion: Addressing the Challenge of Producing More Nutritious Food with Less Waste While Conserving Land appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • “I’ll Have That With a Side of Philanthropy, Please.”

    Ryan Scott
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    More data from the frontlines about the bottom line benefits of corporate philanthropy, this time with a focus on restaurants. The recent No Kid Hungry summit in Washington, D.C., which [...] The post “I’ll Have That With a Side of Philanthropy, Please.” appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Jobs for 100,000 Youth Initiative Supported by Top Companies

    Vikas Vij
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    At present, the U.S. has 5.6 million youth in the 16-24 age group who are out of school and not working. On the other side, currently 3.5 million American jobs [...] The post Jobs for 100,000 Youth Initiative Supported by Top Companies appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Energy Circle

  • EC PRO Platform 101: How To Create Lead-Generating Landing Pages

    Jack Gross
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    If you’ve attended any of our webinars or done any reading about website optimization, you’ve probably heard the term “landing page” used multiple times. You’ve also probably heard us talk about a lot of techniques that sound great but leave you at a loss for how to put them into practice. What is a landing page? This term is used ubiquitously across marketing and website development but can take on different meanings depending on the conversation. The most basic definition of a landing page is a page on a website that users land on or navigate to. At Energy…
  • Advanced Targeting with Facebook Ads: What you Need to Know (or, “Becoming a Professional Creeper”)

    Amelia
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    New to Facebook ads? Be sure to check out Part 1 of my 3-part series: Why Use Facebook Ads? 5 Reasons to Start Your Campaigns TODAY. This is Part 2. Now that you’re convinced using Facebook ads is a good idea for your business, let’s move on to the nitty-gritty details of ad management. A good place to start: who are you looking to target with your ads? The extreme specificity of Facebook’s advanced targeting features ensure that advertisers are not taking a shot in the dark with their ad placements. Need some targeting options to get you started? Check out just some of…
  • Why Use Facebook Ads? 5 Reasons to Start Your Campaigns TODAY

    Amelia
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    It is with much geekery that I begin our 3 part exploration of Facebook ads. First up, the important, fundamental question: why use ‘em? If you’re not using Facebook ads by now, it’s seriously time to consider it. As the second most-visited website in the world (second to our beloved multi-colored search engine), Facebook is an avenue not only for your personal page, company page, and occasional pictures of the office dog; it is (or can be) a tool for reaching new audiences and getting new customers. It has proven to be a success at gaining customer traction, and not just…
  • Google Update: Local Home Performance Companies vs. Big Shot Directories

    Dan Paradee
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    The only constant about Google’s algorithms is change. Google has once again made updates to the local SERPs (search engine result pages), and this time it could affect home performance companies in a big way. Around May 15th SEO experts were seeing major changes in local search results. A large increase in the number of local packs was recorded. Around the same time a sizeable decrease in the traffic of large directories including YellowPages, Manta, and CitySearch was also noticed. Some of these changes were attributed to the Doorway Update, while others associated it with what has…
  • A/B Testing (or How to Turn Your Website into a Lead Generating Machine)

    Dan Paradee
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:53 am
    A key component of successful web marketing is continual optimization - optimizing your content, keywords, landing pages, and structure to convert your web visitors into leads. But how do you know what converts and what potential changes are going to be most advantageous? You may find some good ideas by reading articles on best practices, but what works for companies in Silicon Valley may not work for your contracting company in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The answer comes back to basic science, one variable against a constant: A/B testing. A/B testing is the practice of sending half your traffic…
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    Sweet Greens

  • Alarming Effects of Indoor Air Pollution

    Jennie
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    Indoor air pollution can stem from a variety of causes, some of which may be surprising such as toiletries. Mainly, though, the quality of air indoors is the result of a push and pull between the ventilation system and pollutants found inside the house or building. There are a lot of other contributing factors to indoor air pollution, and not many people are aware of just how dangerous such a condition at home can be. In fact, more than half of the deaths caused by exposure to air pollution can be attributed to indoor air pollution. Let’s take a look at its alarming effects. Effects on…
  • 9 Eco-Friendly Summer Outings for Kids

    Jennie
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Now that summer break is in full swing – you may be looking for some fun activities that will get your kids out of the house. Green outings are a great way to get you kids involved in the environment and add a little more excitement to long summer days. Here are 9 of my favorite eco-friendly summer outings for kids. 1. Local Farms A farm is a great outing to show your children how our food is grown and harvested. They can see which fruits and vegetables grow in your area and can also have a hands on experience with a farm animal. Many local farms have classes that allow the kids to milk…
  • Why Fruit Based Makeup from 100 Percent Pure is the Real Deal

    Jennie
    19 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was relatively new to 100 Percent Pure and I wanted to check it out to see what it was really about. It’s an online cosmetic shop, I knew that much, but I wanted to see if it was really as natural as what I’d heard. In particular, I wanted to know more about the fruit based makeup. It just seemed like such a great idea; I wondered what it would be like. I was very pleasantly surprised! This stuff is wonderful. Their line of cosmetics, beauty products, and skincare really is pure; it’s organic and all natural. The use of all of the really great natural ingredients is designed to give…
  • 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

    Lauren Dartt
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s no secret that our landfills are filling up, and fast. Each person in America generates approximately 4.5 lbs of trash each day—with a population of 317 million people, that’s a LOT of garbage! We all know about the obvious ways to reduce solid waste—donating old clothes, recycling containers, composting, and choosing biodegradable when possible—but it turns out that a lot of other commonly used products can be recycled or reused, too. Here’s a list of 7 you may not have known about. #1: Markers Crayola’s ColorCycle initiative takes old Crayola markers and re-uses and…
  • How Yoga Saved My Life and My Business

    Jennie
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I learned a long time ago that I am the type of person who needs to exercise every single day. I am prone to anxiety, depression and tend to be a workaholic, so exercising is something that is necessary to keep my life balanced. It has been a life saver for me. I have always started my day with a workout routine, mostly a combination of weigh-training and aerobics at home. My body responds very well to this type of exercise, until it doesn’t anymore. This usually means that after a few weeks or months, I will injure my knee to the point where I am not only unable to workout – but…
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    Newsy Headlines

  • 3 Hybrid, Electric Cars That Can Get You A Speeding Ticket

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Watch VideoWhen you think of fast cars, hybrids and electric vehicles are probably the last autos that come to mind. (Video via Toyota)"The Toyota Prius, now ... it was one of the dullest drives of my life," said Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.But the pokey Prius isn't the only hybrid or EV line out there, and it's nowhere near the fastest. Seriously, it's not even close.This BMW i8, on the other hand, is near the fastest. It starts at about $136,000, and the car holds the World Green Car of the Year title for 2015. (Video via The Verge)This…
  • 2 Supporting Actors Who Deserve Lead Roles

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Watch VideoIf you're an actor or actress in Hollywood, sometimes you're typecast into certain roles. For some, it's the action hero, like Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise or Liam Neeson — specifically, Liam Neeson. For others, it's playing the best friend or a more generic supporting role — like Judy Greer or Stanley Tucci."And remember: If something chases you, run," she says in "Jurassic World.""Go over there and tell him how you feel," she tells Katherine Heigl's character in "27 Dresses.""Oh, wait.
  • Military Reservist Claims He Was Denied Service At 7-Eleven

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Watch VideoA 7-Eleven in Washington is getting the wrong kind of press after a military reservist said he was denied service because he was in the military. Collin Brown says he was buying cigarettes and showed his military ID to prove his age. (Video via WJW-TV)“She said, 'You're in the military?' I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'I can't serve you,'" Brown told KIRO. After asking for the manager's information, Brown says he was able to make the purchase. (Video via KIRO) Brown's friends and family put the story online, and…
  • 30 Miles To Freedom: Migrants' Deadly Journey Into The UK

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    Watch VideoThe U.K. has a migrant crisis. (Video via Sauvons Calais)Thousands of migrants have gathered in the French port city of Calais. (Video via International Business Times)They've fled Africa and the Middle East, and now, they're trying to enter the U.K. (Video via CCTV)Hundreds gather in groups along roads or railways, hoping to catch a U.K.-bound truck or train traveling in the tunnel under the English Channel. (Video via BBC)The BBC found there were many reasons a migrant would choose the U.K. over other EU countries. (Video via YouTube /…
  • Turkey's Intricate Web Of Friends And Foes

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Watch VideoThe enemy of my enemy is my friend — or so they say. But in the Middle East, the enemy of your enemy is probably also your enemy. At least that's the case in Turkey.To summarize: Turkey is fighting Kurds, who are fighting ISIS, which is against Turkey, both of which (along with the U.S. and many Gulf states) would like to see Syria's Bashar al-Assad out of power. Confused? We'll break it down. After months of pressure from the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, Turkey announced it will take a more active role in the campaign. (Video via U.S. Central…
 
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    Japan for Sustainability

  • The Challenges Facing Full-Scale Renewable Energy Development and Expectations of Electricity System Reform (Part 1)

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Image by Σ64 Some Rights Reserved. As each nation around the world makes preparations for reaching an international agreement on climate action at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), to be held December 2015, the Japanese government has indicated commitment to a lower greenhouse gas (GHS) emissions reduction target compared with European countries. Since further introduction of renewable energy is indispensable for reducing GHG emissions, Japan for Sustainability (JFS) introduces the following…
  • Reconstruction of Communities in Fukushima to Reflect Japan's Future

    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Shining the Light on the Future of FutabaCopyright Yayoi Minowa All Rights Reserved. A weekly column called "Tohoku Reconstruction Diary" (Tohoku Fukko Nikki in Japanese) in the regional newspaper "Tokyo Shimbun," which covers eastern Japan in delivering news and stories on reconstruction efforts in the areas devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, published a series of articles submitted by the "JKSK Empowering Women Empowering Society," a certified non-profit organization, about an initiative called the "Yui-Yui Project" that supports victims of the earthquake. We present here…
  • Chigasaki City Converts Residential Solar into Emissions Credits for Corporate Carbon Offsets

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Image by Chris Baird Some Rights Reserved. Chigasaki City in East Japan has been implementing the "Chigasaki Solar Energy Credit" program since April 1, 2014. The program converts the environmental value of power generated by residential photovoltaic generators into emission credits, sells them to businesses, and returns the sales profits to residents.
  • The Pursuit of Economic Growth Requires a Balance between 'Yin' and 'Yang'

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.154 (June 2015) Copyright Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society All Rights Reserved. The Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society (ISHES), with JFS as its outreach partner, is undertaking a project called "What Is Economic Growth? -- Interviews with 100 People." How does Eastern wisdom view economic growth? Here we introduce the responses to this question by Yoshifumi Taguchi, a scholar of the works of Lao Tzu and Chuang-Tzu, and director of the Research Institute for Integration of Eastern and Western Wisdom.
  • City of Minamisoma Testing Power Generation Using Local Wood Waste to Make Switch from Nuclear to Renewables

    17 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Haramachi thermal power plantPhoto by  Kuha455405 Some Rights Reserved. A trial operation of mixed-material thermal power generation using wood biomass was started on April 21, 2015, at the Haramachi thermal power plant, located in a coastal area of Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture. The plant has two 1 million-kilowatt thermal power generators, with the existing coal injection system now expanded with the addition of a wood-chip conveyer.
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  • 13 Creative Bottle Cap Upcycles

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Bottle caps are those types of small trash items that seem to end up everywhere. You twist them off of a bottle and leave them without a second thought. Now, before you know it, your kitchen is littered with the things. But they don’t have to just become trash. Whether you use plastic bottle caps or classic metal ones, there is an upcycle project or product for you. <img class="undefined" title="bottlecap1" alt="bottlecap1.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none"…
  • Plastic Bag Bans: The Goal, the Effectiveness

    Dave Fidlin
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="plasticbag" alt="plasticbag.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/plasticbag_400x400.jpg" /> Living in Wisconsin and almost inevitably enduring rough and tumble winters, I yearn for spring. Each March or April (depending upon the unruliness of the particular winter), I partake in that annual ritual of spring clean-up. It includes venturing outside and removing all the trash that accumulated in the four or so preceding months.
  • Companies Embracing Upcycling

    Dave Fidlin
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    <img class="undefined" title="lightbulb" alt="lightbulb.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/lightbulb_400x400.jpg" /> Who knew? That gaudy garment or old, worn-out tire that was just taken off your car could go from an item destined to populate your local landfill to a repurposed decoration or accessory that truly gives meaning to the phrase “a whole new lease on life.” Think of it as the ugly duckling fable, just applied to inanimate objects The above…
  • 5 Ways to Upcycle Old Silverware

    Rachelle Gordon
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:18 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="silverware" alt="silverware.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/silverware_400x400.jpg" /> Are you constantly opening the silverware drawer to find random pieces that don’t match? Or maybe you just received a matching set as a gift and it is time to toss those mismatched forks and spoons from college. But don’t aim for the recycling bin – turn those old utensils into something new and cool! There are literally dozens of…
  • A Circular Economy: Working Toward a Sustainable Lifestyle

    Krystle Vermes
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    <img class="undefined" title="circulareconomy" alt="circulareconomy.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://recyclenation.com/resources/2015/7/circulareconomy_400x400.jpg" /> A <i>circular economy</i> is one term you may have heard of before if you’ve researched environmental or recycling issues, but what is it? Furthermore, how does it apply to the planet and its resources? More communities around the globe are adopting this type of economy, but it’s about more than just…
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  • Supporting Energy Companies with Smart Environmental Policies

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    Energy from natural gas and oil are essential resources in almost every country across the globe. From powering a desk lamp to a cargo ship crossing the ocean, energy provides goods, services and comfort for almost every aspect of life. However, energy companies have been given a negative reputation because of their resource production techniques. ... The post Supporting Energy Companies with Smart Environmental Policies appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • How to get your shed back in shape

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
      We often buy a shed with high hopes of turning it into a workshop, a relaxing summer house or a home from home. However, in many cases our sheds quickly become a place to hide the clutter in our homes and a dumping ground for anything and everything. So when it comes to using ... The post How to get your shed back in shape appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Tips and tricks to put you on the path of eco friendly landscaping

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Eco friendly landscaping is an essential part of a green architecture. You can do the green landscaping on your own saving you money, making your home beautiful, and sustaining environment. Here are a few tips you can use to do eco-friendly landscaping efficiently: Climate plays a big role in eco friendly landscaping Climate plays an ... The post Tips and tricks to put you on the path of eco friendly landscaping appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • Eco-friendly ways to battle with bed bug infestation

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
      Spraying toxic sprays to get rid of bed bugs in your home is no more a viable solution, as those chemical sprays tend to harm you and your family more than the bugs as they contaminate the air. Here are some natural, eco-friendly solutions you can use to get rid of bed bug infestation ... The post Eco-friendly ways to battle with bed bug infestation appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • The Perks of Doing Good Work on Renovations

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
        Homeowners, especially investment savvy homeowners, are always tempted to cut corners on repairs and renovations in their homes. If you’re like me, you bought a first home with the intention of one day turning it into an income-generating property. This way of thinking makes a ton of sense, as tenants will often end ... The post The Perks of Doing Good Work on Renovations appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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  • Why do we eat cows and pigs but not lions or kittens?

    Chic Vegan
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    What makes it okay for us to eat one species and love another The post Why do we eat cows and pigs but not lions or kittens? appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 3 New Scotch Cocktails (+ bonus scotch-based treat for the rest of us)

    Jennifer Kaplan
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Three new Scotch cocktails recipes plus a bonus scotch-based treat for the rest of us The post 3 New Scotch Cocktails (+ bonus scotch-based treat for the rest of us) appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Healthy Meal Planning, Made Easy

    Chic Vegan
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    With a little forethought and healthy meal planning, mealtime can be a breeze and dinner will only take a few minutes each evening The post Healthy Meal Planning, Made Easy appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Are French Farmers on the Verge of a Full-Scale Rebellion?

    Jill Ettinger
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:35 pm
    French farmers may conjure imagery of the purest food, of quaintness, quietude, and lolling about in rolling bucolic hills on the French countryside. But in a big move against multinational agricultural trade agreements, French farmers are stepping off their land and taking to the streets The post Are French Farmers on the Verge of a Full-Scale Rebellion? appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • One Cause Of Global Warming That Gets Overlooked: Food Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    What are the biggest threats posed by the amount of food we waste? Decreasing landfill space? Hunger? Water and energy waste? Yes, all of these are important considerations. But another one we tend to overlook: food waste is a cause of global warming The post One Cause Of Global Warming That Gets Overlooked: Food Waste appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
 
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  • EnergyBar 100 Provides Long Life With Green Battery Technology

    Dawn Killough
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:12 pm
    AspectSolar, an innovator in Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) solar-powered batteries, has announced an industry-leading, environmentally friendly and portable power solution for every aspect of work, play and home. With a lightweight and compact design, the EnergyBar 100 affords users twice the battery life of similar products and up to five times the duration of traditional EnergyBar 100 Provides Long Life With Green Battery Technology 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…
  • Nanoscale Desalinization Chip Goes Anywhere

    Stephen Hanley
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Researchers in Texas and Germany have created a nanoscale desalinization chip that can go anywhere and make fresh water from just 3 volts of electricity Nanoscale Desalinization Chip Goes Anywhere was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • How to Survive Climate Change the Best Possible Way

    Robyn Purchia
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Originally published on EdenKeeper What do a government scientist, reverend, fisherman, and farmer all have in common? As Pope Francis wrote in his environmental encyclical, “Praised Be,” they all share a common home. And, as floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms hurt their home with increasing frequency and severity, they all share a common desire to How to Survive Climate Change the Best Possible Way 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…
  • Musk, Wozniak, Hawking Call For AI Weapons Ban

    Stephen Hanley
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking have joined 1,000 other notable scientists calling for an AI weapons ban, calling them a "threat to humanity." Musk, Wozniak, Hawking Call For AI Weapons Ban 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.
  • New Solar Panel Technologies Will Drive Down Costs

    Stephen Hanley
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    New Solar panel technologies, including perovskite and organic solar cells, will drive down the cost of solar panels for a faster return on investment. New Solar Panel Technologies Will Drive Down Costs 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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  • Easy Upcycling: Turn A Plastic Bottle Into A Cellphone Charging Cradle

    Guest Author
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    Got a plastic bottle in the recycling bin? Than you've got the main thing you need for this DIY cellphone charging cradle - check out our tutorial The post Easy Upcycling: Turn A Plastic Bottle Into A Cellphone Charging Cradle appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Startup FoPo Food Powders Freeze Dries Nearly Expired Fruit, Hopes To Lessen Food Waste

    Talancia Pea
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Startup FoPo Food Powder addresses the issue of food waste by collecting nearly expired fruits, and freeze drying it into a powder with a long shelf life The post Startup FoPo Food Powders Freeze Dries Nearly Expired Fruit, Hopes To Lessen Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • How To Reuse Plastic Bottles: 13 Plans And Ideas

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Sure, you can recycle them, but why reuse plastic bottles to make things you can use around the house: from planters of all kinds to furniture and boats! The post How To Reuse Plastic Bottles: 13 Plans And Ideas appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • First Lego League Challenges Kids To Find Techie Solutions To Waste

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    The First Lego League is challenging teams of kids from around the world to figure out techie solutions to waste with its year-long Trash Trek event The post First Lego League Challenges Kids To Find Techie Solutions To Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Is The Circular Economy Good For The Environment But Bad For Business?

    Guest Contributor
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    The concept of the circular economy works great for the environment... but is it good for business? Here are some companies making it work for them The post Is The Circular Economy Good For The Environment But Bad For Business? appeared first on Sustainablog.
 
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    Crafting a Green World

  • DIY Wall Shelves from an Old Medicine Cabinet

    Bonnie Getchell
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Do you love unique DIY home decor? Don’t throw away that old medicine cabinet– upcycle it into awesome DIY wall shelves! My mom gave me an old medicine cabinet because she knows that I’m obsessed with DIY furniture projects. I loved all of the cabinet’s character, but the door had completely fallen off the hinges. Instead of throwing it away, I turned the base of the cabinet into awesome DIY wall shelves! DIY Wall Shelves Materials – an old medicine cabinet – lead paint swabs (Here’s why!) – a rag – a screwdriver – water-based spray…
  • Crafty Review: HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer

    Julie Finn
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    I love spray paint. It’s so easy, so efficient, so quick to use. I also hate spray paint. Even water-based, “eco-friendly” spray paints are only a better choice than other spray paints; they aren’t nearly as environmentally friendly as non-aerosol paint. Okay, bear with me for a sec, as I can’t let that last phrase pass without a short-ish chemistry lesson. Technically, the paint that I’m about to tell you about is also aerosol paint, as “aerosol,” chemically speaking, simply means particles suspended in air. Any paint that flies through the air…
  • Homemade Vanilla Sugar: A Christmas in July Project!

    Crunchy Scott
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Generally, I think it’s absolutely insane to prep for Christmas six months before the actual holiday. However, I do make one exception. I make a homemade vanilla sugar that’s so awesome it’ll knock Santa’s boots off! And it makes perfect sense to whip this up in July because the longer it sits in your pantry, the more fragrant and tastier it gets. Once December rolls around, this sugar is completely infused with vanilla flavor and trust me – it’s delicious. Slap on a bow and it’s ready for gift-giving. How’s that for a Christmas in July craft…
  • Upcycle Your Cargo Pants: Here are 13 projects!

    Julie Finn
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    Cargo pants can be kind of hard to upcycle. They get worn as hard as jeans do, but they’re half the weight. They don’t lend themselves to the sorts of heavyweight projects that denim is best for, but because they’re pants, you don’t think of them when you’re making lightweight projects. Poor cargo pants! Well, I happen to be a BIG fan of cargo pants as the butch alternative to shorts, and so I always have plenty of beat-up pairs to upcycle. Here, then, are my favorite ways to upcycle your cargo pants–some are easy, some are more complex, but all are…
  • Sole Hope: Your Old Jeans Can Save Kids’ Lives

    Julie Finn
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I know that we love to turn our old jeans into quilts and skirts and potholders and tote bags, but the organization Sole Hope has an even better use for them: They save kids’ lives. This was news to me, but in Uganda, where kids walk barefoot, there apparently also lives a horrible parasite, the jigger. This parasite lays eggs in kids’ feet, giving the bottoms of their feet open sores and putting them at risk for all kinds of infections and debilitations. These kids can’t walk without pain. They certainly can’t run and play. They certainly can’t go to school…
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  • Water Pollution In Danube – Tisa – Danube Canal, Bečej – Bogojevo Section.

    Jovan Vujnovic
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Danube – Tisa – Danube canal is one of the largest complex systems built in Europe after the Second World War. It covers the northern part of Serbia – the territory of Vojvodina, with the total area of about 12,700 km2. The total length of the dug main canals is 960 km, including new and […] The post Water Pollution In Danube – Tisa – Danube Canal, Bečej – Bogojevo Section. appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Dare We Let Kiribati and Tuvalu Atolls Sink

    Richard Farrell
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Those of us of living in mainland societies with sufficient resources to maintain adequate sea walls, have the luxury of worrying less about ocean levels rising than the inhabitants of Kiribati and Tuvalu. Both Pacific Ocean atoll nations are under threat of inundation. Shannon Sims wrote a proposal titled Let ‘Em Sink. At first, the […] The post Dare We Let Kiribati and Tuvalu Atolls Sink appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Spratly Islands Under Threat

    Richard Farrell
    13 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Mainland China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines gather around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea like hyenas and vultures hoping to tear their prey apart. Their motive is obvious. The combined land mass may be only 3.9 square kilometres / 1.5 square miles in an ocean 425,000 square kilometres / 164,000 square […] The post Spratly Islands Under Threat appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • Urbanization boom causes serious health problems for rising population in Skopje

    Elena Nikolovska
    6 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The Macedonian capital has always been the center of historical events and a true reflection of Macedonian culture and tradition. However in recent years, the once charming city of Skopje have become one big dusty construction site swallowing old buildings and very old trees and now threatening people’s health and livelihood. 2014 was the year […] The post Urbanization boom causes serious health problems for rising population in Skopje appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
  • World Environment Day 2015: Be an active member

    Irini Chassiotou
    5 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    Today the whole world celebrates the World Environment Day (WED) 2015. It is a United Nations Environment Program, which aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action. The theme of this year’s event is sustainable lifestyles and Italy is the host country. World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June […] The post World Environment Day 2015: Be an active member appeared first on Greenfudge.org.
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  • The Race for Water Odyssey in Guam For New Scientific Analyses

    Paige Donner
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    To read it in French, click here Press Release for immediate distribution   July 13th, 2015 - Guam (USA) The scientific teams of the Race for Water Odyssey in Guam for new analyses on plastic pollution in oceans Leaving Honolulu on June 30, the Race for Water Odyssey has since travelled with the purpose of going to Guam (Mariana Islands) for a new scientific stopover. The simultaneous presence of two typhoons in the area has forced the crew to change its itinerary.  Despite the absence of the navigation team in Guam, the planned stopover in this archipelago can still be conducted under good…
  • Seeing Green - New Book by Arch Institute Senior Advisor

    Paige Donner
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    Seeing Green—by Annabel Hertz Annabel Hertz is senior advisor to the Arch Institute and, like Arcani, the novel's protagonist, she grew up in San Francisco and lives on avocados and espresso.Compelled by the indigenous peoples at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, Arcani Kirsch, a recent graduate with Jewish-Hopi roots, leaves her west coast cocoon to join EnvironMentality, an international association of green-minded businesses in Washington, DC, committed to getting the Earth Treaty ratified. The first step is ensuring next US President attends a Ministerial meeting in Paris and Arcani spearheads…
  • Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change

    Paige Donner
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:34 am
    posted by Paige DonnerRead the full original text, in English (also French, Italian, Spanish, etc.)  translation, HEREDirect Link To Pope Francis' Encyclical - The Original Text Document.... aint Francis of Assisi10. I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that Saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and…
  • Update on Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Recovery Efforts - Gov. Brown Issues Executive Order

    Paige Donner
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 5, 2015 Information & Questions Coordinated by Oil Spill Joint Information Center 805-770-3682 Unified Command Website www.refugioresponse.com Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Further Expedite Oil Spill Recovery Efforts in Santa Barbara County SACRAMENTO - As federal, state, and local agencies continue working to minimize and mitigate the effects of last month's Santa Barbara County oil spill, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to further expedite recovery efforts and help ensure the natural environment is…
  • Earth Day San Francisco - Events Lineup

    Paige Donner
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:21 pm
    ​            ​      "We both love nature and are proud to be a part of such a wonderful celebration of positive ideas." - Gabriel and Dresden "On this beautiful Earth Day 2015 let us take a grateful moment to be thankful to our beautiful mother earth, from which life is born and nurtured. Let us work harder and with more thought and compassion to take care of her and keep her safe and clean. Let us work to teach, inform, and kindly pass on ways in which we can conserve, preserve and care for the health of mother earth, which…
 
 
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  • Six Easy Energy-Saving Tips

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    Saving energy doesn't have to involve a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. In fact, it can be as simple as buying the right kitchen appliances or changing your everyday laundry habits. If you're ready to start doing your part for the environment, here are just six easy ways to save energy. 1. Stop Adjusting Your Thermostat Pick a temperature and stick to it. Every time you fiddle with the
  • Five ways to keep animals from harming your lawn

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:07 pm
    image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Taking good care of a lawn or yard makes your property both beautiful looking and inviting. The trouble is the property might end up being inviting to animals. Even those who love our four-legged friends do not want to see the creatures ruin a lawn. To keep such a disaster scenario from occurring, here are five tips to protecting a lawn or yard from animals.
  • Safe and all-natural solutions for bed bugs

    18 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It is understandable that the environment has become a major concern for a large percentage of the population. Companies are trying to come up with eco-friendly solutions for just about anything. This includes the pest control industry. Standard pesticides are not good for the environment. As a result of the concern about the harm that pesticides are doing to the world around us, there have been
  • How is corrugated cardboard recycled?

    9 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    photo courtesy of: Wikimedia Commons As more and more consumers and businesses begin to utilize mail order shopping, the market for corrugated cardboard continues to increase. The good news from an environmental viewpoint is that cardboard is easily recycled and reused, in a simple process. So how do cardboard boxes get recycled? The corrugated cardboard is separated and then bundled with
  • Three improvement strategies your cleaning company should implement

    8 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    These days, many cleaning companies are interested in optimizing their businesses. Whether this optimization is conceptualized in terms of increased conversion or an expanded sphere of influence, there are numerous ways to put the growth process in motion. Here are three: 1. Buy supplies online. Although most business owners understand that time is money, not all of them capitalize on this
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  • Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […]The post Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement appeared first on Blog.
  • 3 Ways Spraying More Herbicides on Public Land is Bad

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    The following is a guest post by Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species. It is an open letter to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding its proposal to add three new herbicides for invasive species management on western public lands. Find out below, how you can voice your concerns […]The post 3 Ways Spraying More Herbicides on Public Land is Bad appeared first on Blog.
  • Bern Baby Bern!

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […]The post Bern Baby Bern! appeared first on Blog.
  • An All-Natural, Traditional Approach to Cheesemaking

    20 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Get ready to change the way you look at cheese. David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow and call for the […]The post An All-Natural, Traditional Approach to Cheesemaking appeared first on Blog.
  • Arid Agriculture: How to Reduce Heat Stress in Crops and Livestock

    16 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Regardless of where you stand on the climate change issue, there’s one reality few can deny. During the summer, many places in North America are now regularly suffering temperatures above 100˚F, whereas they rarely did in the past. It’s also widely known that such high temperatures put heat stress on crops that are not very […]The post Arid Agriculture: How to Reduce Heat Stress in Crops and Livestock appeared first on Blog.
 
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  • Stop Donald Trump’s Sons From Killing Exotic Animals

    Kelsey Jenkins
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Target: Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump Goal: Stop murdering innocent animals for “sport.” In the midst of American dentist Walter Palmer receiving a media firestorm for the murder of the beloved Cecil the lion, we need to be reminded that Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, also are proud big game murderers, and their dad supports them. The horrible men have taken photos posing with the dead bodies of several exotic animals, including an African elephant, a leopard, a cheetah and a buffalo. In the photo with the dead elephant, one of the sons held up…
  • Punish Off-Duty Cop Who Threatened to Put a Hole in Man’s Head

    Kelsey Jenkins
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    Target: Maura Healey, Massachusetts Attorney General Goal: Punish the off-duty cop who threatened a man that he was going to shoot him and put a hole in his head because the man took a wrong turn. A Massachusetts man, who has chosen to be known only as Michael, took a wrong turn and accidentally went down the wrong side of a traffic circle. Dashcam video was released showing what happened next, when off-duty officer Det. Stephen LeBert approached Michael’s car wearing a tank top and shorts. The video appears to show LeBert showing his badge then greeting Michael by saying,…
  • Punish Cops Involved in the Murder of Sam Dubose

    Kelsey Jenkins
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:48 am
    Target: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters Goal: Charge the cops who lied to cover up the fact that University of Cincinnati Officer Raymond Tensing shot and murdered unarmed Sam Debose over a missing license plate. A University of Cincinnati police officer named Ray Tensing was charged recently for murdering Sam DuBose, 43, an unarmed black driver that Tensing pulled over for a missing license plate. Other cops were involved who tried to help Tensing in covering up what really happened, and they must be charged for their part in this tragedy. Tensing claimed that during the traffic…
  • Justice for Wrongfully Imprisoned Man who was Released Then Killed

    Kendra Richards
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Target: Chicago, Illinois Chief of Police John J. Roberts Goal: Find and charge whoever killed a wrongfully imprisoned man. A 40-year-old Chicago man was reportedly wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years over a murder he didn’t commit. He was set free after the DNA recovered from a mask left at the crime scene came back as belonging to someone else. Only three years after being set free, he was reportedly shot several times and killed after a man began arguing with him. A suspect in the murder was arrested, but so far no charges have been made. It’s possible he was murdered for…
  • Punish Cop for Allegedly Beating Man into a Coma

    Kendra Richards
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    Target: Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney Goal: Push for a guilty verdict for cop who reportedly beat man and caused him to go into a coma. An NYPD cop was allegedly caught on camera sucker punching a man and knocking him into a coma for weeks. The victim reportedly suffers long-lasting neurological damage that, according to reports, he may never completely recover from. The video shows the cop and another man beating the victim to the ground, where he reportedly lost consciousness. According to reports, the assault involved the cop and a friend. This officer reportedly used…
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  • 6 Ultimate Ideas to Use Renewable Resources for a Greener Home

    greenwise
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Summary When we think of a greener planet where everything is nature-loved, then we should also think of going green in our daily routines. With the growing global-warming rates and the increasing cost of energy and water, the need to inculcate use of conservation and alternative energy resources in our routine lives has increased. Starting with little steps […]
  • Living $$Green$$ and Saving Big Money

    greenwise
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Going green is a growing concern around the world. With global warming, climate change, pollution, etc. occurring in our world, the time to step up and start living greener has arrived. Green living can help save you a considerable amount of money if done right. Until recently, I didn’t think that living green would save […]
  • Tips to Shrink Your Business’ Carbon Footprint

    greenwise
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Companies that go green are also more productive, according to researchers from UCLA and the University of Paris-Dauphine. In addition to increased productivity, reducing your carbon footprint can help reduce your costs and overall expenses. According to the EPA, companies worldwide have saved millions simply by upgrading their air conditioning chiller installations. Going green doesn’t […]
  • Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

    greenwise
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    Creating a sustainable home, either by building it from scratch or by renovating your existing one, makes not only for a great investment into your future quality of living, but it also impacts our environment in a plethora of beneficial ways. Sustainability translates into responsibility, both personal and professional – we learn to synergize with […]
  • 4 Eco-Friendly & Stylish Home Improvement Options

    greenwise
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Green building and eco-friendly don’t have to be intimidating words. Although many environmentally sustainable products have a reputation for being expensive or too difficult to acquire, goods that are kind to the environment are quickly becoming more mainstream and affordable. You no longer have to sacrifice style and comfort now that many manufacturers have become […]
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  • Closing the loop – #MissionZero

    Ramon Arratia
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    In 1994 we started Mission Zero, our commitment to eliminate our negative impact on the environment by 2020. Along with increasing efficiency, design innovation and recycling efforts, we are constantly looking to replace virgin raw materials as one way to close the loop around our products and cut our dependency on oil. Download the full pdf here. The post Closing the loop – #MissionZero appeared first on Interface Cut the Fluff.
  • Ocean Plastics Awareness Day – 22nd July

    Ramon Arratia
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Today is ‘Ocean Plastics Awareness Day’ The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be taking part in the event on Fistral Beach, Newquay. “The Ocean Plastics Awareness Day offers NGOs, academia, local and national government and industry an opportunity to commit to exploring and delivering pilot circular economy projects that will prevent the flow of plastics to local beaches and reuse plastic waste removed by local cleansing activities.” Cornwall has some of the most beautiful beaches and countryside in the UK. However, all too often they are blighted by…
  • INTERFACE REPORTS SUCCESSFUL TRIALS OF A BIOBASED BACKING FOR ITS CARPET TILES

    Laure Rondeau
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    Interface, has developed the first ever biobased backing for carpet tiles that has now passed all European performance and quality tests, including low VOCs and high dimensional stability. The company expects to commercialise the biobased backing within the next 18 months and rollout across its EMEA product range. The biobased breakthroughs are a crucial step towards Interface’s mission to cut the umbilical cord to oil by 2020. Today, Interface’s 2015 EcoMetrics show that 50 per cent of the raw materials used to make its products globally are either recycled or biobased. Its goal is to…
  • Embedding Sustainability – Live Twitter chat this Thursday

    Ramon Arratia
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    2degrees will be hosting our live Twitter chat this Thursday – 23rd July at 1pm BST.  Ask questions on Twitter via the hashtag #AskInterface or listen in/debate via the same. We will be discussing how you can embed sustainability at the heart of your business model to drive innovation. About 2degrees: “2degrees is the world’s leading collaboration platform and service for sustainable business with over 48,800 members from 177 countries. Our large scale programs and member services enable thousands of people to solve problems, share best practice and collaborate to procure…
  • Climate Change – A Risk Assessment

    Ramon Arratia
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    The Centre for Science and Policy has recently released this report assessing the risks around climate change. The CSaP helps the sciences and technology to serve society by promoting engagement between researchers and policy professionals. “The most important decision any government has to make about climate change is one of priority: how much effort to expend on countering it, relative to the effort that must be spent on other issues. This risk assessment aims to inform that decision.” As you would expect, the report is direct in its findings, with some press outlets comparing…
 
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    Earth Rangers Wild Wire Blog

  • 10 National Parks to Help You Complete Your Outdoor Explorer Mission

    Earth Rangers
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Looking to complete your Outdoor Explorer Mission but not quite sure where to start? Let Parks Canada help you out! From the Pacific to the Atlantic and everything in between, you’ll be able to find a great spot to get outside and start exploring…and it’s probably a lot closer than you think! Check out this list of National Parks that can help you discover the natural world around you. Haven’t accepted your Outdoor Explorer Mission yet? Click this button to get started 1. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (3hr from Vancouver; 30min from Victoria)   If you’re looking for reefs,…
  • Dix parcs nationaux pour t’aider à accomplir ta mission d’Explorateur de la nature

    Earth Rangers
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tu voudrais accomplir ta mission Explorateur de la nature, mais tu ne sais pas très bien par où commencer? Parcs Canada peut te donner un coup de pouce! Du Pacifique à l’Atlantique, et entre les deux, tu pourras trouver d’excellents endroits où te rendre pour commencer ton exploration… et probablement plus près de chez toi que tu le penses! Voici une liste de parcs nationaux qui peut t’aider à découvrir la nature autour de toi. Tu n’as pas encore accepté ta mission d’Explorateur de la nature? Clique sur ce bouton pour commencer. 1. La réserve de parc national des…
  • Dix animaux les plus emblématiques canadiens

    Earth Rangers
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Quelle espèce pensez-vous représente le mieux le Canada? Consultez cette liste et laissez un commentaire pour voter. Click here to read this article in English 1) Caribou Photo Credit: Ron Thiessen 2) Castor 3) Béluga 4) Oie Canadienne 5) Lynx du Canada 6) Couleuvre Rayée 7) Grizzli 8) Papillon Monarque 9) Macareux Moine 10) Raton Laveur
  • What’s a Swift Fox Having for Dinner?

    Earth Rangers
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    What’s on the menu for a swift fox? You tell us! We’ve listed below a bunch of food options, guess which ones the swift fox will eat then find the answer by clicking on each photo. 1) Field mouse Click the photo to find the answer 2) Atlas Moth Click the photo to find the answer 3) Rabbit Click the photo to find the answer 4) Coyote Click the photo to find the answer 5) Grasshopper Click the photo to find the answer 6) Prairie dog Click the photo to find the answer 7) Falcon Click the photo to find the answer 8) Carrion Click the photo to find the answer 9) Grass Click the photo to find…
  • Super Ranger Aiden is Saving Rivers and Salmon!

    Earth Rangers
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:17 pm
    My name is Aiden and I am 10 years old. I have been an Earth Ranger since December of 2014. I have done a few of the missions, ran a conservation campaign and helped animals ( like saving the screech owl ). Thank you for helping me find ways to help with conservation and the environment where I live! I live in Port Coquitlam BC, but my grandparents live in Lake Cowichan in Vancouver Island. I spend my summers there and its a really cool place. Lately the river and the streams have been drying up, leaving the salmon fry stranded. My grampa volunteers for the Lake Cowichan Stewardship Society,…
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Chido Govero, a dynamic 23-year old woman from rural Zimbabwe, is training her fellow orphan girls to grow critically-needed food – using little more than coffee pulp and grass clippings – and receiving vital support from California-based artisan coffee company, Equator Coffees, and the ZERI Foundation, which specializes in international sustainable development. Zimbabwe, a landlocked southern African nation roughly the size of Montana, has been besieged in recent years by a controversial land redistribution…
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    High Gear Media Network Feed

  • Hyundai Sonata Vs. Kia Optima: Compare Cars

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Both the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, in just a few generations, have gone from also-rans to tough mid-size rivals for vehicles such as the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion. It's all for good reason, thanks to great styling, excellent fuel economy, available hybrid models, and class-leading value. If you have your eyes on this South...
  • Get $1,000 If You Convince A Friend To Buy A Tesla Model S (Note: You Have To Own A Tesla, Too)

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    Across much of America, temperatures are soaring, but within a few weeks, the mercury will begin to fall. As it does, dealerships will begin making room for 2016 models and closely eyeing their yearly sales goals. That often results in good deals for shoppers, but according to Auto News, Tesla is taking things one step further: for the next three...
  • 2016 Cadillac XTS, Average Vehicle Age, 2016 Ford Focus RS Price: What's New @ The Car Connection

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2016 Cadillac XTS Review As the largest sedan in the luxury brand's lineup, the 2016 Cadillac XTS isn't just aiming to be a step up in size and space from the luxury brand's ATS and CTS sport sedans. It targets an entirely different kind of shopper—one who may be less concerned with all-out performance than with a...
  • Audi A4 Vs. BMW 3-Series: Compare Cars

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Lately, Audi has been gaining on luxury-segment front-runners BMW and Mercedes-Benz. What Audi may be missing in cachet, it makes up for with charm—demonstrated well with its smart, thoroughly competitive A4. But can the A4 actually outpace the newest 3-Series—with all its body styles and power choices? The A4 is the brand's...
  • Toyota Camry Vs. Honda Accord: Compare Cars

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:15 am
    While Honda's Accord and Toyota's Camry have never been all that stylish, the two rivals always have been smart and sensible. The Camry and Accord hit their stride in the 1980s, when they became the epitome of the American mid-size sedan. Since then, both have evolved to keep pace with excellent new family sedans from Ford and Subaru. Still...
 
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  • Congress Approves Tax Fairness Updates For Liquid Natural Gas

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Congress has taken an important step to advance cleaner transport with the introduction of new, fairer taxation for natural gas. The 'LNG Excise Tax Equalization Act of 2013' is designed to equalize the discrepancy between taxation of diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Currently, both are taxed at the same federal rate of 24.3 cents per...
  • Toyota Tackles Hydrogen Fueling Challenges As Mirai Launch Approaches: UPDATED

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    As this autumn's launch of the 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car approaches, its maker is taking steps to ensure that the small number of initial buyers and lessees will be able to fuel up their hydrogen-powered sedans with ease. Some of the 70 or so Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV drivers in Southern California have complained that they can't reliable...
  • Used Teslas, CA Hydrogen Infrastructure, Fuel-Cell Ferry: Today's Car News

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, we look at who buys used Tesla electric cars, how Toyota plans to address issues with California's hydrogen fueling infrastructure ahead of the launch of the 2016 Mirai, and plans for a fuel-cell ferry in San Francisco. All this and more on Green Car Reports. There are plans for a hydrogen fuel-cell ferry boat in San Francisco, while a...
  • Even The Oil Industry Asks: Does Tesla Mean The End Of Hydrocarbon Fuels?

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It's not just the cars made by electric-car startup Tesla Motors, or the fact that it's the first new automaker in decades that appears to have a serious chance of long-term success. The Silicon Valley company is also viewed as a potential disruptor of established players. In just three years, the Tesla Model S has emerged to become a legitimate...
  • U.S. Vehicles Now Have Average Age Of 11.5 Years (Waste Not, Want Not)

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The cars on U.S. roads are older than they've ever been. A recent survey found that the average age of U.S. vehicles is now at a record high of 11.5 years. That means the average passenger car on the road today was built for the 2004 model year--and that there's a long tail of cars stretching well back into the 1990s around you in daily traffic...
 
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • 51 Money Saving Ideas For Eco Friendly Living

    Stephanie
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    One of the wonderful things about being eco friendly is that it often saves you money too. It’s really not the time consuming, expensive challenge many think it is. There are lots of simple, money saving things you can do to be a little kinder to the planet. In the Home 1. Change your lightbulbs […] Related posts: Save Money on Environmentally Friendly Laundry Detergent – Money Saving Mondays Organic Foods on the Cheap – Money Saving Mondays 7 Eco Friendly Home Business Ideas for 2013
  • 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?
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    Hippie Magazine

  • Infographic: The Tree of Life – Human Evolution Put in Perspective

    Thomas Schueneman
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Life on Earth is one big extended family   click on the graphic above for a larger view Based on the work of Dr. Richard Dawkins in his book The Ancestor’s Tale, this Tree of Life infographic from evogeneao.com colorfully demonstrates the evolutionary relationships of life on Earth. Leonard Eisenberg, a retired oil industry geologist, developed the site as a volunteer project for his children’s schools to help teachers educate their students about evolution. He created the infographic to counter the creationist themes he saw creeping into basic scientific curriculums.
  • EarthTalk: The Postal Service Reduces Its Carbon Footprint

    Thomas Schueneman
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest with the U.S. Postal Service trying to reduce its environmental footprint? Starting delivery of some mail on Sundays doesn’t seem like a step in the right direction.  — Kerry Rawlings, Albany, NY As recent TV ads have been telling us, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has recently started delivering some mail on Sunday in what most chalk up to an effort to stay one step ahead of United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal…
  • Eco News Roundup: Green Energy Tips; Tiny Houses; Green Space; Eco Apps

    Thomas Schueneman
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Eco News Roundup for June 26: Resources from around the world to help live a more eco-friendly lifestyle This week features tips for adopting green energy in your home. How about the new trend toward “tiny houses” and living off-grid? Learn how physical and mental health improves with access to green spaces. Finally, we look at 13 apps you can use to help you lower your carbon footprint. Enjoy and please leave any suggestion for next week’s roundup in the comments section. Enjoy! Tips for Green Energy Over the past few years, many residential energy consumers from all over…
  • Eco News Roundup: Extroverts and Green; Eating Smart; Floor Tiles Produce Energy; Green Lit; Open Space and Brain Development

    Thomas Schueneman
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Extroverts Are Found Least Likely To Be ‘Living Green,’ New Study Says Extroverts were found to be the least likely group to adopt a green lifestyle in a new study. Extroverts are the least likely to adopt a green lifestyle, according to new research from the University of Portsmouth Business School.The study examined people over the age of 50 to try and see if personality type affects how green a person actually is. The results concluded that those who had “open” personalities were the most green and extroverts were the least. The study’s findings, published in the journal…
  • Pope Francis: Encyclical Calls for “All People of Good Will” to Care for Our Common Home

    Thomas Schueneman
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    A version of this post first appeared on GlobalWarmingisReal.com At a time when the influence of institutional religion is waning in many part of the world, Pope Francis remains one of the most trusted and popular people on Earth. Leader of an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics across the world, Francis has put the weight of his authority squarely behind a global call to action to stop what he calls “the ecological crisis” we all now face. Typically, a Papal Encyclical issued by the Pope is a top-level teaching document addressed to Catholics. In recent decades encyclicals have…
 
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    GoGreenNation.org

  • Santa Barbara turns to desalination

    Christine
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    The LA Times reports: Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water. CALIFORNIA Santa Barbara working to reactivate mothballed desalination plant The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Facility was built during a drought in the 1990s but closed in 1992 when desperation for water subsided. The plant was never utilized beyond a testing period, but the city maintained it in the event that a severe water shortage might once again threaten the…
  • Costco turns away from antibiotic-treated salmon

    Christine
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    Reuters reports: Chile’s salmon farmers are using record levels of antibiotics to treat a virulent and pervasive bacteria, driving away some U.S. retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, which is turning to antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon. The coastal waters of Chile, the world’s second-largest producer of salmon, are awash with a bacteria known as SRS, or Piscirickettsiosis. The bacteria causes lesions and haemorrhaging in infected fish, and swells their kidneys and spleens, eventually killing them. Unable to develop an effective vaccine, Chilean farmers have been forced to…
  • Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children – NYTimes.com

    Trish Riley
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    Let’s face it: Technology is a poor substitute for personal interaction. via Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children – NYTimes.com.
  • The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years | The White House

    Trish Riley
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    * Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average * Benefit roughly 9 million students each year via The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years | The White House.
  • Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

    Trish Riley
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    It’s really time for us to go to bat – hard – for animals, as Costa Rica has done: http://inhabitat.com/costa-rica-becomes-first-latin-american-country-to-ban-hunting-for-sport/ And this: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/28/costa-rica-fighting-right-shut-down-its-zoos
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  • Eastern Cougar: No Longer Endangered. That’s Not a Good Thing.

    Robin Strong Elton
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The one process now going on that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by the destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us. E. O. Wilson When I was a kid, there was a riddle that went along these lines: A hunter is approached by a cougar, a mountain lion, and a puma. He has only one bullet left. What should he shoot first to ensure his safety? The answer then was that it didn’t matter; a cougar, mountain lion and puma are all the same animal (technically the puma is a subspecies of the…
  • Natural and Organic Skin Care: Baby Mantra

    Robin Strong Elton
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I’m perfect— But tell me the truth. -Shel Silverstein When Jacob was a baby he was clever, cute, and perfect in every way like babies should be, but he had horrible eczema: you can see the patches on his cheeks in the photo above. They call eczema “the itch that rashes” and “asthma of the skin” and it’s heartbreaking to witness as a parent; he was clearly in distress all the time, scratching,…
  • I am losing precious days.

    Robin Strong Elton
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
      I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news. -John Muir   I’ve written before about nature prescriptions and the health benefits of getting outside in the sunshine, but not until recently have I felt like this was a pill I myself needed to swallow. I’m tired all the time, uninspired; my head feels fuzzy and clouded; I’m disconnected, dispassionate, wanting to write but not really and unable to find the words…
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    Everblue blogs

  • Registration Open for Everblue's NCBPA Conference Workshops

    Lesley@Everblue
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Have you heard about the new NATE Certified RESNET HERS Rater HVAC Performance Verifier Certification? Get it now for only $399 - no hidden fees, no extra charges. Join our 1-day pre-conference workshop in Wilmington, NC and earn the new certification! After joining the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), we were invited to offer two full-day workshops in advance of the 2015 NCBPA Conference in Wilmington, NC.read more
  • 7 Things to Consider Before Going Solar

    Lesley@Everblue
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    The rise of solar power means individuals, communities, our society, and the earth can reap the benefits of renewable energy. This is such an exciting time for us as we embrace personal responsibility, lower energy bills, and just the plain satisfaction found in being resourceful enough to harness the free and reliable power of the sun. But before you jump in headfirst, make sure you are well-versed on the initial investment, the type of system you specifically need, and how to get the most out of solar power.read more
  • ISSP Certification Update

    Lesley@Everblue
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    I just had the pleasure of attending an info session hosted by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) in regard to its new sustainability certification program. We've written about this topic before - about our excitement for an official sustainability certification. This particular webinar focused on the Beta testing process for the new ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP exams, which is a sign that we are one step closer to this program going live!read more
  • The Role of the USGBC

    Lesley@Everblue
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    Are you interested in sustainability? Are you looking to further your knowledge of green building? There are two common paths for exploring these goals.read more
  • Everblue Joins NC Building Performance Association

    Lesley@Everblue
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:21 am
    We are excited to announce that we've joined the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing the home performance industry through public education, workforce development, advocacy, and more. Everblue's sustainability training services directly align with the NCBPA goals, and we're proud to be associated with like-minded professionals in our home state! read more
 
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    Green Prophet

  • How crowd-sourcing works in the mad world of ants

    Karin Kloosterman
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Apparently in the ant world it’s a few brains and a lot of braun, according to new research that can teach us about the power of crowdsourcing talent to get a job done. Anyone who has ever...
  • Veggies travel to Burning Man on a souped-up Airstream!

    Laurie Balbo
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    A crew of eco-minded entrepreneurs plan to mash-up modern vertical farming with decades-old hippie culture by fitting out an Airstream trailer with a mobile farm.  Their plan is to bring...
  • Science changes food, not always for the better

    Green Prophet
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    Science is a great thing, I think we can all agree on that. Science makes our every day lives easier in ways we might not even recognize – by keeping our food fresh, our water clean, our air at...
  • A mini ice-age by 2030?

    Green Prophet
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    The press has been flooded with a sensational prediction about a mini ice age coming our way in a few years. Sounds funny since we are also in the middle of global warming, right? A team of...
  • Small scale farming twice as old as we thought

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran — an area that was home to some of...
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    Green Abode

  • £20 OFF 16-25 Student Three-Year Railcard Promo Code Offers

    Chris King
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Young people and students can get big savings on rail travel with a £20 OFF three-year 16-25 Railcard promo code offer. Enjoy 1/3 OFF train travel in Britain and SAVE on average £537* over three years. To get this deal you must apply online before your 24th birthday (at least a few days before to be on the safe side). Here’s the latest and up to date online exclusive three-year 16-25 student railcard promo code offers. SAVE £20 16-25 Student Three-Year Railcard Promo Code Offer *** Online Exclusive Offer *** SAVE £20 (22%) on the cost of three one-year railcards 1/3 OFF Train Travel in…
  • £20 OFF Family & Friends Three Year Railcard Promo Code Offers

    Chris King
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Saving money on train fares has never been easier with a 2015 three-year £20 OFF Family and Friends Railcard promo code offer. With a Family and Friends Railcard families or groups of friends with kids get 1/3 OFF adult, and 60% OFF kids train travel in Britain. It pays to get a three-year Family and Friends Railcard as you will SAVE £20 compared to buying three one-year railcards. Here’s the latest and up to date online exclusive 2015 one-year and three-year Family and Friends Railcard promo code offers. SAVE £20 Family and Friends Three-Year Railcard Promo Code Offer *** Online…
  • 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 – 15% OFF 2015 Online Offer…
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    Sustainable Cities Collective - The world's best thinkers on the urban future

  • How Sustainable Cities Collective Members Are Building a Better Future

    David Thorpe
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    This is my last post for the time being on Sustainable Cities Collective and I want to take the opportunity to explain how I have come to understand the great value that it has. What will life be like for urban citizens in the future? The answer may depend upon whether you or your descendants will be living in a city which has implemented many of the ideas already covered on this website.read more
  • Roads Were Not Built for Cars

    The Dirt
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    Many people assume roads became the way they are today because of the rise of automobiles. In Roads Were Not Built for Cars, Carlton Reid explains that infrastructure for bicycles, tricycles, and more were the precursors to the later transportation system dominated by automobiles. read more
  • Social Media Sparks Large Spontaneous Urban Demonstrations Against Racism

    urbanopolista
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:54 am
    A beautiful summer afternoon formed the backdrop to a 15,000-strong demonstration against racism and intolerance in Helsinki today. The demonstration was prompted by a racist and xenophobic Facebook post by a member of parliament from the nationalist-populist(-racist) Perussuomalaiset (“True Finns”) party.read more
  • Top 10 Ideas From OuiShare 2015 on The New Sharing Economy [VIDEOS]

    Shareable
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:41 am
    OuiShare Fest is an international gathering in Paris of sharing economy pioneers, enthusiasts and organizers. This year’s explored numerous aspects of the sharing economy, collaboration, technological developments and human connectedness. Here are 10 videos of the top presentations.read more
  • 5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

    futurecapetown
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “The growth in information and communication technology will soon erase the ‘official’ borders of cities…” An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent.read more
 
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  • Stonyfield Southwestern Taco Dip featuring Late July Tortilla Chips

    Calley Pate
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Post sponsored by Stonyfield Yogurt as a part of their Stonyfield YoGetters Blogger Program. We usually have a house full of friends for the 4th of July holiday, but this year is going to be very quiet.  The hubs is working this year over the 4th and my daughter decided to go spend the weekend with my parents. That leaves my son and I to find our own excitement.  I have absolutely no idea what we’re going to do yet.  We may invite a few friends over for an impromptu pool party before we head out to watch fireworks.  There are so many fabulous places to watch the fireworks in…
  • Take a Staycation in Downtown Tampa

    Calley Pate
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you live in the Tampa Bay area, have you ever truly explored the downtown area?  We live in Palm Harbor and only come downtown for sporting events and shows.  When Embassy Suites Downtown Tampa invited us to spend a few nights with them I was really excited to check out parts of town that we usually just drive past on the way to an event.  It was really nice not having to worry about transportation and travel expenses to go on vacastaycation.  We spent 3 days and 2 nights downtown and we could have easily spent an entire week to see everything. The Embassy Suites is located adjacent to…
  • Baked Spaghetti Bowls #ClassicoMakeItYourOwn

    Calley Pate
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    This post contains affiliate links. Are you bored with your “go-to” spaghetti night?  Our family relies on spaghetti a few times a month and I’ll be the first to admit that it’s rather boring most nights.  Tonight I reDEFINED our dinner to make it fun with CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce and a few simple ingredients. You’ll need spaghetti noodles, ground beef, onion,CLASSICO® spaghetti sauce, taco bowls, and shredded cheese. Brown your beef with some chopped onion while you are boiling your pasta noodles.  This only takes about 5-10 minutes depending on how many…
  • 6 Reasons Why Tweens With Braces are Just Like Toddlers!

    Calley Pate
    31 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Tweens!  Now that my oldest is twelve we’re entering stages of parenting that I’ve never experienced before.  Tweens are already a mess with all that puberty stuff and just as much fun as our own emotional pregnant and PMSing selves.  I have a feeling that parenting through this stuff is going to be a lot like parenting a toddler.  This week we added braces to our lives (his teeth, not mine) and it’s been….hilarious!! Here’s a video I took of him of the first day after getting braces….oh how quickly the joy and excitement wore off!   1. Do teething…
  • 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…
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  • Five Lessons for Making Bike Share a Success in India

    ranjanamenon
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    To combat rising rates of private vehicle ownership and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for their citizens, Indian cities—like Jodhpur—need to focus on making bike share work for the local context. (Photo: Tomas Belcik / Flickr) Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS), or bike share, as it is more popularly known, was first introduced in Amsterdam in 1965. While the concept spread to various European cities, it remained largely experimental in nature and small in scale. It wasn’t until the late 1990s and early 2000s—with the incorporation of advanced smartcards and progress in Information…
  • How the World’s Top Ten Emitters Are Committing to Change

    Luísa Zottis
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    With the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference, the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases are promising to double down on their efforts to reduce emissions. (Photo: Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil | EMBARQ Brasil) Though our planet is home to one hundred and ninety independent nations, the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December reminds us that all countries share a single, collective future. Indeed, in order to keep the global temperature rise from rising more than 2 ° C., all nations will have to agree on climate action. Therefore, the participation and commitment of all 190…
  • From Ideas to Implementation: 3 Ways to Ensure that Citizens Have Access to Information

    Maria Antonia Tigre
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:44 am
    Good urban governance begins with open access to information. São Paulo, Brazil offers a number of lessons for making data accessible and encouraging public participation. (Photo: Gabi Sakamoto / Flickr) How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on TheCityFix, Maria will draw on her field research in two Brazilian cities—Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—to explore the key governance…
  • Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

    Eric Mackres
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    It can often be difficult for residents–like those of Wuxi, China–to know how their homes perform compared to similar homes. Benchmarking fills this knowledge gap, helping the city improve building performance. Photo by Mr Thinktank / Flickr. Urban residents around the world have different daily routines, but they share something in common that often goes unappreciated. Let’s take the example of how a city dweller in China spends an average day: 8 hours of work activities 30 minutes of study or training, at home or school 1.5 hours eating meals, at home, work, or a restaurant 4…
  • Friday Fun: Using Virtual Reality to Create Safer Drivers

    Ryan Winstead
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    A driver using the Oculus Rift, a popular virtual reality device, to simulate a driving experience. (Photo: Nan Palmero / Flickr) Talking about virtual reality (VR) often calls to mind movies like The Matrix or futuristic video games—however, VR is also proving to be an unlikely ally in the fight to make roads safer in cities everywhere. The World Health Organization warns that by 2030, traffic-related crashes will be the fifth leading cause of death across the globe.  In response, city planners, mayors, and urban designers are stepping up to the plate.  Practical guide manuals, like the…
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  • History Made as Electric Aircraft Crosses English Channel

    Jen MacCormack
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s inspiring to think that no matter how much we achieve as a technological species, there will always be more firsts for the record books.On July 10th, a whole new page was added, as two French pilots successfully completed the English Channel crossing in a light, entirely battery-powered aircraft.Since brothers Orville and Wilbur got their Wright Flyer off the ground at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the world of aviation has enjoyed over a century of spirited competition. Go further. Get there first. Get there faster. And, especially more recently, get there more efficiently. The channel crossing…
  • White House Initiative Brings More Solar Power to Low-Income Communities

    Jen MacCormack
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Obama_White_House_InitiativeLower income Americans pay more for energy as a percentage of their total income than more affluent residents, but they’re generally in a bad position to implement renewable, long-term cost-saving solutions. This week, the Obama administration announced a new energy initiative to remove some of the barriers and increase access to solar power for low-and moderate-income Americans.President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan originally called for 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to be installed in federally-subsidized housing by 2020. With commitments already…
  • From Coal to the Cloud: Google “Upcycles” Defunct Power Plant Into its Newest Data Center

    Jen MacCormack
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Anyone with scissors, thread, and access to a craft website can upcycle old t-shirts into tote bags, but it takes a multinational corporation like Google to upcycle a decommissioned coal power plant into a data center.Widows Creek Fossil Plant – originally posted to Flickr by TVA Web TeamThe Widows Creek Fossil Plant in northeast Alabama, currently run by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) electrical utility, is scheduled to shut down operations in October 2015. Google plans to take over a portion of the site in early 2016, repurposing existing infrastructure to support a brand new,…
  • Leading US Solar Power City in 2014 May Shock You

    Pete Danko
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It wasn’t Honolulu, or Los Angeles, or Austin, or Phoenix or San Jose. No, the U.S. city that installed more solar power than any other in 2014 was …Part of the 9-megawatt solar array at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Photo provided by Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Indianapolis?Yep. Indianapolis added a whopping 51 megawatts of solar capacity in 2014. San Diego was next with 42 MW added, followed by Los Angeles (38 MW) and Denver (33 MW). The data comes from the 2015 and 2014 Shining Cities reports from Environment America.Cumulatively, LA has more solar than any U.S. city, with 170 MW…
  • Free Solar Power in California: Thanks, Cap-and-Trade!

    Pete Danko
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    California’s cap-and-trade program brings in money when carbon allowances are auctioned.  A lot of money – about $1.49 billion in the current fiscal year alone, the state said last week. The law requires that “the state invest at least 10 percent of the auction proceeds within the most disadvantaged communities and at least 25 percent of the proceeds be invested to benefit these communities.”And that’s why Roy Rivera, a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, now has solar on his roof – and more than 1,600 similarly low-income households will as well.California…
 
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  • Dentists in Highlands Ranch – Cosmetic Dentistry

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:08 am
    Cosmetic dentistry is one of the newest dental practices in the world of dental health. Cosmetic dentistry normally enhances the appearance of your teeth. It main aim is to see you happy and satisfied with your smile. It ensures, therefore, that your teeth are aligned well at all times. If you would like to enhance the looks of your teeth, it is good to visit cosmetic Dentists in Highlands Ranch. Cosmetic dentists can help you enhance the looks of your teeth a big deal. Before you visit dentists for cosmetic dentistry, you need to establish what you need. It is important for you to know what…
  • Repairing and Replacing Roofing – Gastonia NC Experiences

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:57 am
    Gastonia roofing contractors can help you solve smaller and more serious roofing problems alike. You can hire them for small repairs, for complete roof installations and everything in between – you can be sure they will do an excellent job. Roofing problems need to be addressed immediately. While this is a no-brainer if your roof is swept off by a storm, in the case of small leaks the necessity of quick repairs is not so obvious. When I noticed the first signs of roofing damage – small damp patches in the rooms of the house – , I didn’t realize that I might be faced with a…
  • Austin Roofing ContractorsProvide Concrete Roofing

    admin
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Throughout time, concrete has become one of the most popular roofing material in the entire US. It is suitable for almost any roofing style, especially for ranch or cottage mansions. Apart from its great benefits, concrete is affordable. It provides a traditional look, which is great, particularly for those who like classic or old fashion styles. Here is a list of the main benefits of concrete – Austin roofing specialists can confirm them: • Fireproofing. Concrete is resistant to fire and that increases the level of protection for your home. Therefore, even if there is a fire nearby,…
  • Performing Regular Repairs With The Help Of An Dallas Roofing Contractor

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Performing inspections and repairs at least two times per year is key to maintaining your roof in a good condition, which is the reason why hiring Dallas roofing companies to check up on your roof from time to time is the right thing to do. Roofs are exposed to the elements, and they need help from time to time if they are to withstand the weather successfully. If you wonder why so many people have damaged roofs, and why some replace them so often, it’s because they neglect them for a long period of time. No matter how strong and resistant a roof is, you need to inspect it for damage at…
  • In Dallas, Commercial Roofing Companies Are Committed to the Client

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:08 pm
    There is nothing easier than finding a Dallas commercial roofing company -check out http://www.jntdevelopers.com -that will fulfill all your needs. If you are a commercial building owner, your needs are all the more important. A commercial roofing project is a bit more challenging than simple residential roofing. Moreover, the investment is quite big, so you will want to take all the measures necessary to ensure that it is also a long lasting investment. The most important measure towards a successful investment is finding a good contractor. This is not at all hard, for two reasons: first of…
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    Intercon | New Steps in Sustainability

  • The Greenest Supermarket Needs More Than Efficiency

    T. Caine
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    In skimming through the recent articles on the Sustainable Cities Collective, I came across one that featured a story about an Austrian “Smart Buildings Program” at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg. One of the projects for students was probing the design for the most efficient supermarket, effectively built to Passivhaus standards–which any American architect will tell you is ambitious for a retail entity that relies so heavily on cooling. Given that our country’s food system is highly carbon-intensive, a study for how its sale and distribution can be more…
  • Don’t Plan to Affect Performance, Mandate Performance

    T. Caine
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    If the goal is to limit the overcrowding of cars on the street, is it a better solution to dilute density in order to spread people out or to foster the ability for more people to carry out more of their day via alternative transit? Is the best way to avoid excessive signage and light pollution to forcibly segregate all commercial program or might it be easier to simply regulate sizes for signage and candlepower for lighting? In an effort to limit the amount of cooking odors disturbing nearby residences, would it make more sense to remove proximity of all retail business or to set standards…
  • Calibrating Yards for Building Community

    T. Caine
    28 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    Too often, we find ourselves in new suburban developments that are little more than a watered down model of a historic precedent. With large swaths of sub-divided into saleable parcels, the go-to combination of a windy road, ample lawns and a smattering of colonial reminiscing can get the property off the hands of a developer into the eager grasp of new tenants. But when it comes to actually fostering a sense of community, more often than not we see houses thrown up in reasonable proximity with hopes for the best. This method leaves a lot of clubs in the bag for crafting variables entirely…
  • 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…
  • 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…
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    Environment + Energy – Articles – The Conversation

  • Here's an idea to chew over: GST reform should add meat to the tax buffet

    Dora Marinova, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Too much meat is bad for our health and the environment, so why not tax it while giving veggies a free pass? AAP Image/Dan PeledReform of Australia’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) is firmly back on the political agenda. There has been plenty of focus on whether the tax rate should be lifted, but less on whether it could be made more sophisticated in its social effects as well as its economic ones. Here is one suggestion: adding GST to meat. Food has a special tax-exempt status in several countries around the world, including Australia, where it is not included in the GST. Most American…
  • FactCheck: Would Labor's renewable energy plan cost consumers $60 billion?

    Ken Baldwin, Director, Energy Change Institute at Australian National University
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
    The prime minister described Labor's renewables pledge as "truly bizarre". AAP Image/Mick Tsikas(It) will mean a massive bill, perhaps A$60 billion or more, that will have to be carried by the consumers of Australia. – Prime Minister Tony Abbott, speaking to reporters about Labor’s plan to source half the nation’s power from renewable energy sources by 2030, July 27, 2015. Abbott’s quote, a response to the new Labor policy to set a goal of 50% renewable energy by 2030, appears to be drawing on reported comments by Paul Hyslop, chief executive of ACIL Allen - the company…
  • Without a carbon price, we need a fairer price for solar

    Dylan McConnell, Research Fellow, Melbourne Energy Institute at University of Melbourne
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:21 pm
    Is the price right for installing solar panels? Edmund Tse/Flickr, CC BYThe Victorian Essential Services Commission has proposed a reduction in the rate rooftop solar generators will receive for the electricity they supply to the grid. In a draft decision, the commission has suggested solar households should receive 5 cents per kilowatt hour for exported electricity from January next year, representing a reduction of 19% from the current rate. What does this mean for solar households? The recent uncertainty around the renewable energy target has had a significant impact on large-scale…
  • Still no consensus for Bjorn Lomborg, the climate change refugee

    David Holmes, Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:37 pm
    AAP/Alan PorrittWith much-cited forecasts that the year 2050 will see 200 million climate change refugees around the world, climate inactivist Bjorn Lomborg may qualify as Australia’s first climate asylum seeker. Yet it is not scorching temperatures or sea level rise he is seeking refuge from, but the political heat he attracts worldwide for his contrarian views on climate. The second rejection of a Bjorn-again “Consensus Centre” by an Australian university this week raises questions as to whether any university would ever go near Lomborg, even if the federal government is putting up…
  • Message in a bottle: the wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change

    Douglas Bardsley, Senior Lecturer, Geography, Environment and Population at University of Adelaide
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    South Australia's McLaren Vale is leading the way in adapting to climate change, but the future for vineyards is still uncertain. AAP Image/Ben MacmahonWine, as we have seen once again this week, seems to be a handy way to galvanise concerns about the future ill-effects of climate change. It’s perhaps telling that the prospect of losing a favourite tipple attracts media coverage so readily, when the bigger issue is surely about securing food for the billions who rely on subsistence farming. Those concerns aside, viticulture delivers important messages about a changing climate, for…
 
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  • Decluttering your home the zero waste way

    Mrs Green
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    If the activity on Twitter is anything to go by, many of us are on a decluttering mission this summer. Those long sunny days make you want to get your home in order before the autumn arrives. Even Mr Green, aka my hoarding husband, is on a mission to declutter his garage before September approaches! […]
  • Five ways to make your office zero waste

    Mrs Green
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:04 pm
    Throughout my working life I’ve worked in varying sized companies. I ran the office for a bakery and a restaurant in a golf club where it was just me, myself and I. I’ve worked for the Bank of England with it’s thousands of employees. I’ve worked for a large supermarket chain and now I work […]
  • Happy Recycle Week 2015!

    Mrs Green
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:38 am
    Happy Recycle Week 2015! It was back in 2008 when we launched this site during Recycle Week. And what a journey it’s been! Organised by WRAP and Recycle Now, the theme for Recycle Week 2015 is ‘Recycling around the home’. This is a great theme that you can take on board, regardless of where you’re […]
  • 10 questions about a zero waste lifestyle

    Mrs Green
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    Did you know there are Zero Waste Bloggers all around the world? Inge, from Gruenish in Oregon, had the foresight to bring us all together in a network. At the time of writing this post we have 39 members from US, UK, CA, FR, DE, AU, PL and beyond. One of her ideas was for […]
  • How to recycle old tools

    Mrs Green
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    You know I live with a hoarder, right? I’d love to show you a picture of the inside of our garage, but I fear the judgment. It really does look like a jumble sale Aladdin’s Cave in there. Although Mr Green promises everything has a use and purpose and will come in useful ‘one day’, […]
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  • Frackers Use EPA Draft Water Report To Raise Doubts On Science

    Peter Mantius
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Anschutz Exploration Corp. began drilling two natural gas wells at this site in Big Flats, N.Y., in 2010. Last month’s Environmental Protection Agency draft report on fracking’s impact on U.S. drinking water served up a sound-bite gift to the energy industry for its fight against the spread of state and local fracking bans. While the 998-page report cited specific instances where gas drilling contaminated water wells, the nation’s headline writers by a wide margin seized on the take-away line from the executive summary: The EPA “did not find evidence” that modern hydraulic…
  • 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…
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  • History Made as Electric Aircraft Crosses English Channel

    Jen MacCormack
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s inspiring to think that no matter how much we achieve as a technological species, there will always be more firsts for the record books.On July 10th, a whole new page was added, as two French pilots successfully completed the English Channel crossing in a light, entirely battery-powered aircraft.Since brothers Orville and Wilbur got their Wright Flyer off the ground at Kitty Hawk in 1903, the world of aviation has enjoyed over a century of spirited competition. Go further. Get there first. Get there faster. And, especially more recently, get there more efficiently. The channel crossing…
  • White House Initiative Brings More Solar Power to Low-Income Communities

    Jen MacCormack
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Obama_White_House_InitiativeLower income Americans pay more for energy as a percentage of their total income than more affluent residents, but they’re generally in a bad position to implement renewable, long-term cost-saving solutions. This week, the Obama administration announced a new energy initiative to remove some of the barriers and increase access to solar power for low-and moderate-income Americans.President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan originally called for 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to be installed in federally-subsidized housing by 2020. With commitments already…
  • From Coal to the Cloud: Google “Upcycles” Defunct Power Plant Into its Newest Data Center

    Jen MacCormack
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Anyone with scissors, thread, and access to a craft website can upcycle old t-shirts into tote bags, but it takes a multinational corporation like Google to upcycle a decommissioned coal power plant into a data center.Widows Creek Fossil Plant – originally posted to Flickr by TVA Web TeamThe Widows Creek Fossil Plant in northeast Alabama, currently run by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) electrical utility, is scheduled to shut down operations in October 2015. Google plans to take over a portion of the site in early 2016, repurposing existing infrastructure to support a brand new,…
  • Leading US Solar Power City in 2014 May Shock You

    Pete Danko
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It wasn’t Honolulu, or Los Angeles, or Austin, or Phoenix or San Jose. No, the U.S. city that installed more solar power than any other in 2014 was …Part of the 9-megawatt solar array at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Photo provided by Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Indianapolis?Yep. Indianapolis added a whopping 51 megawatts of solar capacity in 2014. San Diego was next with 42 MW added, followed by Los Angeles (38 MW) and Denver (33 MW). The data comes from the 2015 and 2014 Shining Cities reports from Environment America.Cumulatively, LA has more solar than any U.S. city, with 170 MW…
  • Free Solar Power in California: Thanks, Cap-and-Trade!

    Pete Danko
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    California’s cap-and-trade program brings in money when carbon allowances are auctioned.  A lot of money – about $1.49 billion in the current fiscal year alone, the state said last week. The law requires that “the state invest at least 10 percent of the auction proceeds within the most disadvantaged communities and at least 25 percent of the proceeds be invested to benefit these communities.”And that’s why Roy Rivera, a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento, now has solar on his roof – and more than 1,600 similarly low-income households will as well.California…
 
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  • MID-YEAR REPORT: 70% of New U.S. Generating Capacity in First Half 2015 is From Renewables

    Ken Bossong
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    In yet another clear indication of the nation’s energy future, renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for nearly 70% (69.75%) of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first six months of 2015. According to the recently-released “Energy Infrastructure Update” report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s [...]
  • Infographic: 5 Big Brands Using Renewable Energy

    CleanTechies.com Contributor
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    It’s no secret that many of the planets biggest brands are advocates of the environment. But, many small business owners believe that a greener business model is a luxury only afforded to those who have the money to invest into it – but this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, a green business [...]
  • Video: Hillary Clinton’s Renewable Energy Plan

    Oliver Strube
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Like her or not, her plan for Renewable Energy as described in this video is ambitious. Will it get her elected? The answer is still blowing in the wind, but at least she is addressing it in a way that the renewable energy industry can support. See for yourself and decide whether she deserves your consideration. [...]
  • Small Town Uses Food Scraps to Generate Power

    Oliver Strube
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    North Elba, New York has selected BIOFermTM Energy Systems as the anaerobic digester technology provider for a community organic diversion project expected to begin this year. The small-scale biodigester, designed for source-separated municipal food and organic wastes at a regional level, will be the very first of its kind in the United States, according to the [...]
  • Increasing the Adoption and Benefits of Electric Vehicles in Seattle

    Laurie Guevara-Stone
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    Seattle, Washington, has one of the highest adoption rates of electric vehicles (EVs) in the nation. With just over one percent of the nation’s population, the Seattle metropolitan area has eight percent of U.S. EV sales. There are over 12,000 electric vehicles registered in the state of Washington, more than half of which are in Seattle. [...]
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Women rising to leadership

    christine
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    How can we solve tough environmental and social problems if women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors? How can we change this reality? In June, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) organized a groundbreaking event on how women can rise to leadership roles in the environmental sector.  The topic resonated widely. More than 100 participants came out to the Impact Hub San Francisco to hear from our three esteemed panelists: Savanna Ferguson, California Environmental Associates Francesca Vietor, The San Francisco…
  • Storytelling tools and resources for nonprofit communicators

    christine
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Why are stories important for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers? Through stories, we help people to understand, relate to and remember difficult or complex issues. Stories make emotional connections. We inspire action and engage people through stories. Stories influence thought leaders and decision makers. In this post, I highlight five outstanding online tools and resources to help you share stories that will motivate your audiences. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences: Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale,…
  • What is the new vision for California State Parks and how will it be funded?

    christine
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Towering Redwoods, Hendy Woods State Park According to a new report, the struggling and underfunded California state park system can transform into a model of sustainability for park systems worldwide. This new system will be one that protects California’s iconic landscapes, natural resources, and cultural heritage; engages a diversity of Californians; and promotes healthy lifestyles. To achieve this vision, there is a lot of work to be done. The report by the Parks Forward Commission outlines recommendations, actions steps and entities responsible to achieve two-year and…
  • Singing praises for fundraisers and philanthropists

    christine
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A common yellowthroat sings loudly while perched on a branch in Oregon’s William L Finley National Wildlife Reserve. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “In winter all the singing is in the tops of the trees,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. Or if you attended San Francisco’s National Philanthropy Day in November, all the singing came from Kat Taylor as she serenaded a room full of fundraisers and philanthropists while accepting this year’s award for “Outstanding Philanthropists.” The Outstanding Philanthropists Award celebrates philanthropists who have made a meaningful and…
  • Awe, wonder and giving back

    christine
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    American White Pelicans at Briones Reservoir in the East Bay hills Can you recall times when you have felt a tremendous sense of awe or wonder? Where were you? What was happening? What did those moments inspire in you? I oftentimes gain this sense of awe and wonder in the outdoors — whether its marveling at the iconic granite features of Kings Canyon or Yosemite National Park, exhilarated by the discovery of a new bike path, or hiking in a local Bay Area watershed. The feeling gives me a sense of hope about the world and inspires ideas in support of my work. Galloping Goose Regional…
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    Articles

  • Elon Musk: What's New?

    29 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Elon Musk, at the 2015 annual shareholder meeting.
  • Usa Business Climate Action

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:58 am
    American Business Act on Climate Pledge These 13 companies stood with the White House to launch the pledge: . . . . . . Alcoa . . . . . . Apple . . . . . . Bank of America . . . . . . Berkshire Hathaway Energy . . . . . . Cargill . . . . . . Coca-Cola . . . . . . General Motors . . . . . . Goldman Sachs . . . . . . Google . . . . . . Microsoft . . . . . . PepsiCo . . . . . . UPS . . . . . . Walmart 07-29-2015 Source:  USA Business Climate Action
  • Norway: Europe's Green Battery’?

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:37 am
    Norway is hoping to become the “green battery of Europe,” . . . by using its hydropower plants to provide instant extra electricity, . . . if production from wind and solar power sources in other countries fade. Without building any new power stations, . . . engineers believe they could use the existing, . . . 937 hydropower plants, to instantly boost European supplies, and . . . avoid other countries having to switch on fossil fuel plants to make up shortfalls. Europe already has 400 million people in 24 countries connected to a single grid, . . . with power surpluses from one country…
  • What Is Distributed Solar Power Worth?

    29 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    A recently released study, commissioned by the Maine Public Utility Commission, . . . dropped a bombshell on the electricity world earlier this year, . . . valuing distributed solar at $0.33 per kWh, . . . far above the state’s grid $0.13 per kWh. 07-29-2015 Source: What is distributed solar power worth?
  • Grid: Energy-Abundant/capacity-Inefficient

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Customers will never actively be managing their demand. . . . That’s where the technology comes into play, . . . understanding a building’s load profile, and . . . charging and discharging storage at the right times, . . . to actively manage that building’s demand. . . . That’s an active algorithmic challenge. 07-29-2015 Source:  Grid: Energy-Abundant/Capacity-Inefficient
 
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    Green Abode

  • £20 OFF 16-25 Student Three-Year Railcard Promo Code Offers

    Chris King
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Young people and students can get big savings on rail travel with a £20 OFF three-year 16-25 Railcard promo code offer. Enjoy 1/3 OFF train travel in Britain and SAVE on average £537* over three years. To get this deal you must apply online before your 24th birthday (at least a few days before to be on the safe side). Here’s the latest and up to date online exclusive three-year 16-25 student railcard promo code offers. SAVE £20 16-25 Student Three-Year Railcard Promo Code Offer *** Online Exclusive Offer *** SAVE £20 (22%) on the cost of three one-year railcards 1/3 OFF Train Travel in…
  • £20 OFF Family & Friends Three Year Railcard Promo Code Offers

    Chris King
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Saving money on train fares has never been easier with a 2015 three-year £20 OFF Family and Friends Railcard promo code offer. With a Family and Friends Railcard families or groups of friends with kids get 1/3 OFF adult, and 60% OFF kids train travel in Britain. It pays to get a three-year Family and Friends Railcard as you will SAVE £20 compared to buying three one-year railcards. Here’s the latest and up to date online exclusive 2015 one-year and three-year Family and Friends Railcard promo code offers. SAVE £20 Family and Friends Three-Year Railcard Promo Code Offer *** Online…
  • 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 – 15% OFF 2015 Online Offer…
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    Spit That Out: The Blog

  • My Brush with the Big Screen: Being an Extra on Equity

    Paige Wolf
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
    When I was in the fourth grade something so truly bizarre happened, I actually would be sure I imagined it if there were not other witnesses. I grew up in a super quiet suburb outside Philadelphia. Hours could go by without a car passing. But one morning in 4th grade I woke up to see a bunch of people and cameras directly in front of my house. I went outside to inquire and was told they were filming a Pepsi commercial. Why? Because my front yard had a good hill for skateboarding. The premise of the commercial was that an 11-year-old girl bets her brother she can get a Pepsi before him (or…
  • Finance Your Life Through #Unshopping with Yerdle

    Paige Wolf
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    I talk a lot about the sharing economy and all the fun, interactive ways to be a part of it. One of my favorite things has been bringing the Buy Nothing Project to Philadelphia and watching it blossom and grow! But my latest obsession is a place to turn when you can’t find the free items you need in your neighborhood, or there isn’t a match for something you have to give – YERDLE! Yerdle is an app that allows you to give and receive using a point system. Items are – however arbitrarily – assigned a point value. The more you give, the more you can get! You just…
  • Blue Mountain PA Spartan Sprint Review

    Paige Wolf
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    My mid-life (OK mid-30s) fitness journey has taken me some places I never thought I’d be: completing The Broad Street Run, entering CrossFit Competitions, hiking backwards up a mountain. I’ve been crossing things off the Bucket List left and right. So a Spartan Sprint seemed like a highly achievable goal. I’d done the Merrell Down and Dirty Obstacle Race which was a 40-minute cakewalk. The obstacles were things like stepping on some tires and crawling through the equivalent of my kids’ play tunnel. Don’t get me wrong – I knew the Spartan would be…
  • Asbestos in Crayons: How I Salvaged My Recycled Crayon Project

    Paige Wolf
    9 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Now this is the kind of stuff that makes me want to write a second book: For months, my 5-year-old Sam and I have been planning a very special project to share with his preschool friends. The school agreed to set aside a time for me to come do a short presentation on “upcycling” with a fun hands-on project – recycling broken, old crayons into new fun-shaped crayons! What a treat it would be to teach the kids a great way to recycle and make a cool craft at the same time! For weeks we collected broken crayons from families and Sam spread the word that “Thursday was…
  • True Down to Earth Decadence with Juniper Seed Mercantile

    Paige Wolf
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Juniper Seed Mercantile is proof that luxurious, effective, organic beauty does not have to be expensive. Their motto is “Down To Earth Decadence” allowing you to  take care of your skin and the environment at the same time, without spending a fortune! With it’s best availability on Etsy, Juniper Seed Mercantile is grassroots enough to keep you on budget, but savvy enough to package with polish. And that’s why their Etsy shop is blowing up! At only $11, the Soft Whipped Facial Creme Soap with Ground Walnut Shells and Tea Tree Oil is everything I’ve ever…
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Competition In The Electric SUV Market Starting To Heat Up

    Jordan Perch
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    As the official launch of the Tesla Model X approaches, it seems that every other global automaker is in a hurry to start production of an all-electric SUV and prevent Elon Musk’s company from gaining a huge first-mover advantage in what is expected to be a pretty competitive segment in the years to come. A […] Read the full article: Competition In The Electric SUV Market Starting To Heat Up
  • 5 Fiber Rich Foods To Eat This Summer

    Contributing Authors
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    As the darkened clouds give way to the sunny skies, and the cold breeze gets overpowered by the warmth of the summer sun, almost everything experiences a refreshing turnaround. The clothes get shorter, the faces get happier, the days get longer, and people’s food choices become a lot cooler. Your signature steaming latte gets replaced with […] Read the full article: 5 Fiber Rich Foods To Eat This Summer
  • How An Air Conditioning Tune-Up Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

    Dixie Somers
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Air conditioning is one of the many modern conveniences that you simply can’t live without. You need it to stay cool and comfortable within your home when the weather outside pushes past “warm” and becomes unbearably hot. The problem is that your air conditioning system may be inefficient when it comes to energy usage. Your bills may […] Read the full article: How An Air Conditioning Tune-Up Can Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
  • BMW Integrates EV Charging Stations into Street Lights

    Jordan Perch
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    BMW has invested a lot of money in electric vehicles over the recent years, developing and manufacturing some of the most advanced electric cars on the market today, the i3 – which is the first mass-produced vehicle featuring a carbon-fiber body, and the plug-in hybrid i8. Lately, the German car maker has been putting a […] Read the full article: BMW Integrates EV Charging Stations into Street Lights
  • New Technologies That Could Save You a Ton of Energy and Money

    Contributing Authors
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    As the costs of energy, fuel and consumption rise, consumers are becoming more aware of the need to be conservative. To save money, time and resources, we’re starting to make a shift towards green technology. These days, everything is becoming smart to pair up with smartphones and tablets. The idea behind the term “smart” is […] Read the full article: New Technologies That Could Save You a Ton of Energy and Money
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    Ecology Global Network

  • Land and Soil Losing Ground to Human Activities

    Guest
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    Courtesy of the European Environment Agency Land and soil are essential for natural systems and human society, but human activities threaten the functioning of the overall land resource, including soil. Why is this happening? What is Europe doing to prevent it? 2015 is the International Year of Soils, so we put these questions to Geertrui Louwagie, project manager for soil assessments and reporting at the European Environment Agency. What are the issues facing land and soil? Land and soil are finite, non-renewable resources, which continue to degrade, affecting their ability to function and…
  • The Endangered Arabian Leopard in the Mountains of Oman

    Guest
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Film by Ole Elfenkämper & Kathrin Seward In the country of Oman, on the Arabian Peninsula, dedicated wildlife researchers such as Hadi Al Hikmani and colleagues with the Omani Office for Conservation of the Environment are working tirelessly to track and protect the critically endangered Arabian leopard — one of the rarest animals on earth. The Leopards on Jabal Samhan from Ole Elfenkaemper on Vimeo. A film by Ole Elfenkämper & Kathrin Seward, produced by Boekamp & Kriegsheim. For More Information on the Arabian Leopard Conservation: Strategy for the Conservation of the…
  • Changing the Way We Think About Urban Infrastructure

    Guest
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Arizona State University News In the early morning of Sept. 8, 2014, rain began to fall across the Phoenix metro area. It showed no signs of stopping during the morning commute, and soon lakes were forming on streets and freeways. Drivers scrambled from their cars as floodwaters overtook their vehicles. When the skies cleared that afternoon, nearly half of Phoenix’s annual rainfall had been dumped on the city in a matter of hours. Infrastructure built to handle rainwater and runoff – such as retention basins, storm sewers and washes – was overwhelmed. As a result, cars and homes were…
  • Emissions Create Carbon Dating Uncertainty

    Guest
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    New study warns that rising CO2 levels from the burning of fossil fuels will undermine the precision with which once-living things can now be scientifically dated. By Tim Radford Border officials may not be able to distinguish museum collection ivory from that which is illegally poached. Image: Gavin Shire/USFWS Climate change driven by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide will not just damage the health of the planet. A UK scientist now warns that it will also make life increasingly difficult for archaeologists, forensic scientists, art experts, fraud and forgery detectives, and…
  • Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring – Documentary Short

    Guest
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    “I truly believe that we, in this generation, must come to terms with nature. And I think that we’re challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.” ~ Rachel Carson Rachel Carson's Silent Spring Documentary Short Narration by: Madison Deming Edited by: Shelby Hougui and Jacob Kuhn
 
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    Dr. Karen S. Lee - Wholistic Health Practitioner

  • Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi (Oi-So-Bagi)

    Dr. Karen
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Cucumbers are growing very nicely in my backyard’s container garden. And looking at the fresh cukes reminded me of my daughter’s favorite kimchi made with cucumbers called Oi-So-Bagi (oh-yee-soh-bah-gi.) It is also one of my favorites because it’s quick and easy to make and you don’t have to wait too long to eat them because they are ready in a day or two, unlike nappa cabbage kimchi. And even though, it doesn’t have as much probiotics as regular kimchi, because it ripens quickly, it’s still refreshing, tasty, and makes great side dishes with any entreé.
  • Lobster Roll with Homemade Mayo

    Dr. Karen
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Summer always reminds me of past family vacations on New England seaside towns. Digging for clams, collecting sea shells, fishing, having clam bakes, and scarfing down seafood, especially, lobster-by-the-pound, are just a few ways we used to enjoy coastal vacations. And when I say “lobster-by-the-pound“, I don’t mean dining out at fancy restaurants where lobsters already come cleaned, cracked, and garnished with pretty greens. I mean, finding off-the-beaten-path lobster shacks where the dress code is “come-as-you-are” and flip flops are optional. You pick the…
  • Dangers of Toxic Mold with Andrea Fabry and Jennifer Saleem

    Dr. Karen
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Our basement flooded a few years ago. I was terrified of wet basement getting moldy so I did whatever I could to prevent it. So far, we haven’t noticed any mold growing anywhere or experienced any health problems so we were very lucky. Did you know that about 50% of American homes are affected with mold? In fact, even Suzanne Somers – you know, Chrissy from Three’s Company, a comedy sitcom decades ago? – experienced health problems related to mold that she wrote a book about it. It’s called Tox-Sick. I finished reading it and while it addressed other toxic…
  • What to expect on GAPS diet with Chloe Breczinski

    Dr. Karen
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet has helped so many people with not only digestive issues but with allergies, skin problems, mental health and others. I put my children on GAPS diet last year in hopes that it will cure their allergies and Eczema. They are still on a modified full GAPS diet and they need constant gut health balancing. The ongoing needs for the balancing is a reminder how fragile our GI tract is and how it creates so many health issues if not healed properly. Raine Irving Saunders, one of the past guests on past Wellness Wednesday, shared her story on how her mental…
  • 10 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies

    Dr. Karen
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seasonal allergies seem to get worse each year. Researchers from Rutgers University blame warmer weather. Similarly, some studies suggest longer spring and fall seasons due to climate change attribute to prolonged allergy season and more pollens due to carbon dioxide in the air. (Read more here) Regardless how and why seasonal allergies are getting worse and worse, those who are suffering just want relief. But taking antihistamine daily might be out of the question due to side effects. Even nasal sprays stop working after awhile due to ‘rebound effect.’ So how do you relieve…
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    greenismything

  • The most delicious way to save the planet

    Anna
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    What’s the most delicious way to save the planet? Buying Ben & Jerry’s new “Save Our Swirled” ice cream flavor, aimed specifically at advancing and funding climate change activism, of course. Ben & Jerry’s is launching a global campaign to raise awareness about climate change in advance of the UN climate summit to be held in Paris at the end of this year, where countries are expected to (finally) make binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions, and the company is doing it all with ice cream. On every pint of Save Our Swirled (abbreviated…
  • Let’s Hit the Road…for Emissions Reductions

    Anna
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Did you know that 2% of road transportation emissions actually come from the roads themselves? Two percent may seem like a paltry amount, but when we’re talking about 2% of almost 6 billion metric tonnes (globally, transport accounts for 13% of total global emissions, estimated at 46 billion metric tonnes), that’s nothing to sneeze at! And, it turns out a number of companies and engineers around the world recognize the need to reduce the environmental impact of roads and are trying to do something about it. Here are three ventures I’ve read about recently: A construction…
  • How much does renewable electricity really cost? Can we afford it?

    Anna
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Source: Flickr We’re always hearing that renewable electricity generation is too expensive, but how expensive is it really? I was reading an article about the large deployment of low-emission and renewable energy sources in Germany and France (yay!!), but it mentioned that Germany has some of the most expensive retail electricity in the world as a result. That made me wonder, how much more expensive is their electricity in Germany than ours is in the U.S., and is that difference in price really all that big? Would people easily be able to bear that price increase without really…
  • hOWLing winds

    Anna
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wind power is on the rise in the U.S. In fact, 30% of new electricity generating capacity  in the U.S. between 2009-2013 came from wind power, and the U.S. could see 35% of its total electricity needs supplied by wind power by 2050 (per the White House). But, people are seriously worried about the noise. The common complaints about wind energy are: Noise made by the turbines (some people have even sued wind farm developers with claims that the noise has caused “wind turbine syndrome” – whose symptoms include headaches and sleeplessness – but the courts have found…
  • How many trees does it take to offset U.S. CO2 emissions?

    Anna
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The answer? Almost 467 billion! I was looking through the EPA’s Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (yes, I peruse reports like that out of pure interest; what of it?) and saw that, in 2013, the U.S. offset 881.7 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) through “sinks” (such as forested land that naturally sequesters carbon). That’s 13.21% of total (not net) U.S. emissions for 2013! So, I started wondering more about naturally sequestering our carbon emissions with trees. How many trees would it take to sequester all of the CO2 we emitted in 2013?
 
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    Environmental Health-Wellness-Beauty...Get Informed Now!

  • Marketing to Millennials? Guess What? Green Matters

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    5 Strategies for Marketing That Work for MillennialsThis entry was originally posted on July 2, 2015 at Factory Direct Promos by Shane Shirley, CMO.Marketing to Millennials? Here's What You... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • On LinkedIn? Here's The Biggest Tip You Need

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    On LinkedIn? Here's a Tip You Need to Know If you are doing business today, chances are, you are on LinkedIn. If you are there great. Now what? I see so many people who expect LinkedIn to do the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Want an Eco-Marketing Idea That Works in Today's Digital World?

    11 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Looking for Marketing Ideas That Work In Today's Digital World That Are Eco-Friendly Too? With the advent of digital media, there are more avenues than ever before to market your company and get the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Only Non-Toxic Beauty Brand You Will Ever Need...Meet BeautyCounter.com

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The Search Is Over For Safe Cosmetics and Skin Care...Meet BeautyCounter.com  My friend Lindsay is one powerhouse when it comes to helping consumers live a non-toxic lifestyle. Her work in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Props to Home Depot! Commits to Phase Out Harmful Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    World’s Largest Home Improvement Retailer, Home Depot, Commits to Phase Out of Phthalates in Flooring by End of 2015 This is so huge I can barely believe it but once again, all of our hard work is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    inspired habitat

  • Everyday Sustainability: Our New Brasserie Collection

    bambeco
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Living a sustainable lifestyle should be simple, and we think providing practical products with an eco-friendly twist is the best way to make every day a little greener. When it comes to mealtime, our new Brasserie Porcelain Collection is ready … Continue reading → The post Everyday Sustainability: Our New Brasserie Collection appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Preserving History, One Bed At A Time

    bambeco
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Waste is not a part of Bambeco’s vocabulary. You can see this in all the reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled, and vintage items we offer. But waste doesn’t only refer to materials and we also hate to see a story go to … Continue reading → The post Preserving History, One Bed At A Time appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • New Bath Linens Mix Luxury, Sustainability & Function

    bambeco
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all do our best to live sustainably. Maybe you compost, recycle, use renewable energy, or drive a hybrid vehicle. You probably try to conserve water too, especially when it comes to showers. But you still want the comfort of … Continue reading → The post New Bath Linens Mix Luxury, Sustainability & Function appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Protecting The Planet, Providing Community

    bambeco
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our new Farmstead Dinnerware combines natural materials and eco-friendly production processes with care for those who work so hard to make each piece. When you purchase it you’re not just making a sustainable choice for Earth, you’re also helping provide … Continue reading → The post Protecting The Planet, Providing Community appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Organic Cotton: For People & Planet

    bambeco
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to bedding, nothing beats organic cotton. For comfort, purity, and environmental impact it is the top choice. Organic cotton is grown completely naturally. That means no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers, only the extra care of the … Continue reading → The post Organic Cotton: For People & Planet appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Joyfully Green

  • Pictures Save the Day: 7 Ways to Make Your Vacation Photos More Memorable

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    I'm a firm believer that the best souvenirs of your summer vacation won't be found in the gift shops (a.k.a., tourist traps). If you really want to capture sentimental memories of your travels, look no further than your own camera. After all, you're the one who knows what made your vacation special--the experiences that moved you, the places that made you smile. If you frame your favorite shots when you get home, you'll have the best souvenirs ever! But how can you capture your vacation memories in pictures that are beautiful and unique enough to frame? I've got you…
  • From Gwyneth Paltrow to Astronauts to Dragonflies: Seven Random & Wonderful Things that Inspired Me in New York City

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Well, I'm back down on Planet Earth! I just returned from BlogHer15 in New York and it was quite a trip! I don't mean the train trip or the crazy cab ride; I mean it was an almost surreal mental trip, seeing my winning photograph on a continuous-loop slideshow with the other six winning photographs, blown up onto two movie screens on each side of the stage at the New York Hilton. My little picture of apples, super-sized in the Big Apple! Yep, that was definitely trippy... The award inspired me to keep on aiming for pictures of simple, natural beauty. Here's something else--or…
  • The Sweet Charm of a Little Chaos

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Although it's supposed to be lazy-hazy summertime, it seems that I'm in the midst of another "good-busy" patch. I'm wrapping up teaching my nature photography course this week. This is the fourth time I've run it, and my heart is practically bursting with gratitude to have had yet another group of enthusiastic, perfectly lovely students. The worry-wart in me keeps waiting for some ridiculously horrid person to sign up for one of my courses, but so far, everybody has been just so...nice! (Oh, dear... Did I just jinx it by writing that? Luckily, I'm the least…
  • All of a Sudden...

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    My eight-year-old daughter has become quite the philosopher lately. Yesterday, after the rain ended abruptly on our drive home from her summer acting camp, I said to her, "Look at that--the rain stopped all of a sudden!" She said, "Mommy, everything is an all-of-a-sudden. Life is an all-of-a-sudden. New things just keep on happening." I have to admit that I peeked into the rear-view mirror to check if my daughter had been replaced by a mini Zen Buddhist. Nope. It was still her in the back seat, gazing up dreamily at the clouds. She's become more and more fascinated…
  • Joyful Reads & Finds for the Weekend (including 4-Minute Homemade Ice Cream Recipe!)

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Happy 4th of July Weekend, friends! Just a few of the delicious things I found this week... Can reading these books make you happier and healthier? How to be the "Cool Aunt" I just signed up for this e-course from the master of mindfulness: Body and Mind are One, with Thich Nhat Hanh Here's why Lego blocks just got even more awesome. And finally, my kids and I have been whipping up all kinds of yummy variations of this homemade ice cream recipe from Kim McCosker. Her 4-ingredient/4-minute recipe couldn't get any easier. Wishing you a safe and festive holiday weekend! P.S.
 
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    inspired habitat

  • Everyday Sustainability: Our New Brasserie Collection

    bambeco
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Living a sustainable lifestyle should be simple, and we think providing practical products with an eco-friendly twist is the best way to make every day a little greener. When it comes to mealtime, our new Brasserie Porcelain Collection is ready … Continue reading → The post Everyday Sustainability: Our New Brasserie Collection appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Preserving History, One Bed At A Time

    bambeco
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Waste is not a part of Bambeco’s vocabulary. You can see this in all the reclaimed, repurposed, upcycled, and vintage items we offer. But waste doesn’t only refer to materials and we also hate to see a story go to … Continue reading → The post Preserving History, One Bed At A Time appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • New Bath Linens Mix Luxury, Sustainability & Function

    bambeco
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all do our best to live sustainably. Maybe you compost, recycle, use renewable energy, or drive a hybrid vehicle. You probably try to conserve water too, especially when it comes to showers. But you still want the comfort of … Continue reading → The post New Bath Linens Mix Luxury, Sustainability & Function appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Protecting The Planet, Providing Community

    bambeco
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our new Farmstead Dinnerware combines natural materials and eco-friendly production processes with care for those who work so hard to make each piece. When you purchase it you’re not just making a sustainable choice for Earth, you’re also helping provide … Continue reading → The post Protecting The Planet, Providing Community appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Organic Cotton: For People & Planet

    bambeco
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    When it comes to bedding, nothing beats organic cotton. For comfort, purity, and environmental impact it is the top choice. Organic cotton is grown completely naturally. That means no pesticides and no chemical fertilizers, only the extra care of the … Continue reading → The post Organic Cotton: For People & Planet appeared first on inspired habitat.
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    Sustainable Suburbia

  • How to Clean a Stainless Steel Stove, with No Nasties (of course!)

    Kirsten McCulloch
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    I’ve been experimenting with a few “how to” videos for my online Norwex parties, and also for existing customers – to make sure they are getting the most out of anything they have bought. So I thought I would start sharing some here – some of them you even get to see me in! For…
  • How to Use Up All Those Old Fridge Magnets & Declutter Your Fridge Door

    Kirsten McCulloch
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This morning I was looking at my fridge and I had a brain wave! It didn’t have to be so messy. The photos stuck up there with crappy old fridge magnets from tradies we’ve probably never even used don’t have to keep falling down. And those crappy fridge magnets can disappear too. No, I am…
  • 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,…
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  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Here’s How Yoga Helps Combat Depression

    Clay Miller
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu Patanjali has enlisted ‘depression’ or ‘depressive states’ as part of the manifestations of the obstacles one faces in the path of life – in Sutra no. 31 lesson 1 calls it ‘daurmanasya’ (negative thinking). As viewed by Yoga, all forms of ‘dis-ease’ or ‘dis-harmony’ are rooted in the mind, whether deeply or otherwise. The symptoms are a mere reflection of this on the physical body. Hence the…
  • Infographic: Natural Disasters – Can We Help?

    Clay Miller
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    It’s unfortunate how often we hear about the impact of natural disasters and the massive number of lives lost. People often feel helpless in the aftermath, and as death tolls rise, it is seen as something that we couldn’t do anything about. The millions of lives lost as a result of natural disasters is incredibly upsetting. While deaths from natural disasters can’t be stopped, they can definitely be minimized. Education can play a key role here, and people need to be taught how to react to a natural disaster. This will help to reduce the death toll massively. It is also…
  • Accommodate All Your Office Needs with Sustainable Mobile Offices

    Clay Miller
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Mobile offices have carved themselves a niche in the American markets for a long time now. However, off late these modern office solutions are gaining a lot of traction in the mainstream markets with more and more people and firms exploring the possibility of using mobile offices. And why not? The benefits of using mobile offices are numerous. The sheer customizability of mobile offices is staggering. Adding, removing and rearranging modules as per your requirement and convenience means never having to worry about not having enough room to fit in everything you need in your office, and makes…
  • The Essential Four C’s of Healthy Living

    Clay Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    The healthy living starts with the food safety and food safety is a matter of concern when you want to live a healthy life. What to eat, how to eat, when to eat is all what matters when it comes to healthy living. However, to live a healthy life, there are number of factors that contribute towards your health. Healthy living is as important as living itself, the main points to remember to operate a healthy life can be reduced to the four C’s: Cleanliness Cooking Chilling Cross-contamination   So, how all of this works, Lets see: Cleanliness How I can explain this—it’s just…
  • Why Working With a Green Auto Recycling Yard Makes All The Difference

    Clay Miller
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    The word “recycling” calls to mind little blue bins and green energy, but not all recycling actually helps the environment at all. And if you’ve ever peeked behind the barbed wire curtains of most auto “recycling” yards, then you know there’s nothing green about them. Most Americans don’t have the auto know-how to dispose of an old junk car themselves, so they hand it over or sell it to a junkyard. Some of these junkyards will even tell you they “recycle” auto scrap and broken down cars, but that’s just doublespeak for auto wrecking,…
 
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  • Pros and Cons of Fracking

    Rinkesh
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Pros and Cons of Fracking Fracking (the term coming from a shortening of ‘hydraulic fracturing’) is one of the more recent methods of natural gas and oil extraction. It involves drilling down deep into the Earth’s crust where there are deposits of shale gas and oil that the more usual methods of extraction have not usually been able to reach and injecting high pressured water into the rocks that contain the gas or oil. This water, mixed with sand and a special cocktail of chemicals, the ingredients of which fracking companies have not yet released to the public, causes the rocks to…
  • What is Ocean Acidification?

    Rinkesh
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:58 pm
    What is Ocean Acidification? If you pay attention to the climate talks, you have probably heard concern expressed over the rising rates of ocean acidification. In a nutshell, this means that the pH levels within the ocean are becoming more acidic. This has happened before in the Earth’s history but it didn’t affect mankind as they weren’t in existence. Now, ocean acidification holds the potential for impacting the human race in a great way. According to Wikipedia, Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of…
  • 151 Inspiring Environmental Quotes

    Rinkesh
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:28 am
    151 Inspiring Environmental Quotes This post contains 151 environmental quotes from great conservationists, naturalists and environmental activists like Al Gore, John Muir, John James Audubon, Gaylord Nelson and many more. These quotes have been taken from various sources on the internet. If you have any of your favorite environmental quote that we missed and you would like it to be included here, please send it to us through our contact us page. Lets nurture the nature, so that we can have a better future. ~Anonymous Environment A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is…
  • What is a Biome and What are the Major Types on Earth?

    Rinkesh
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:11 pm
    What is a Biome? Variations in natural environment, including fauna and flora, are determined by an area’s climate, land formation and composition. Biomes are extremely important to continue life on Earth as it is known today, as each one helps to balance other biomes through climate and variation, and provides unique necessities to both biome and human. For example, land offers food for human consumption, while the aquatic biome offers an important part of the water cycle. In other words, a biome is a large ecological area on earth’s surface with distinctive plant and animal groups…
  • Dangers and Effects of Nuclear Waste Disposal

    Rinkesh
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:25 am
    Nuclear Waste Disposal Nuclear has long been considered a great way to generate the power that lights and heats our homes. It can generate electricity without greenhouse gas emissions. However, after a few terrible disasters in Nuclear power plants around the world, people have become more and more aware that, when not treated carefully, nuclear power poses rather a significant threat to our way of life. There also have been safety and health concerns involved in storing nuclear (radioactive) waste. Luckily, though, in recent years the safety precautions of working nuclear power plants have…
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  • Hempcrete is Making a Big, Sustainable Impact

    admin
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    With this new hemp hurd and lime mixture, building just got a lot more green. Just a few years ago, there was an explosion of awareness about hemp. Suddenly hemp products were readily available and consumers were being educated about its utilitarian abilities. That seems to have tapered off a bit in the present, but new “hempcrete” might help this all natural, sustainable product find its way back into the spotlight. We usually associate hemp with body products (lotions, oils, etc.) and, well, hippies and millenials, but hempcrete is making a big impact in the realm of construction while…
  • Facility Management Roles Are Still Much the Same Despite Industry Changes

    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    Sustainability, technology, and advanced education are changing various aspects of the facilities management industry. More advanced systems can now prevent elevator breakdowns before they happen, control door functions, plan preventative maintenance, and more. Automation systems are striving to centrally control and monitor buildings from a single workstation, and also work hand-in-hand to shrink it carbon footprint, all while continuously tracking the energy used in a building. What we’ve noticed here at CFS, is that the pool of facility managers is getting younger and younger as…
  • Natural Options for Ventilation Provided by Passive Solar Design

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    If someone were to ask your opinion regarding the use of passive solar design in today’s modern world many people would scratch their heads and wonder what passive solar design is. Passive solar design goes by many names, such as passive solar, passive heating, and passive design. This strategy is used in building and structures to rely on the heat of the sun to regulate temperatures indoors without the use of artificial heating and cooling. Facilities everywhere are using solar energy as a source of renewable, green power, and passive design can be an excellent way to use a natural source…
  • New Green OMNOVA Headquarters Earn LEED Certification

    admin
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The new Beachwood headquarters building of polymer/specialty chemicals company, OMNOVA Solutions, has earned LEED certified status from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, recognizes best-in-class sustainable building strategies and practices.To qualify, a building must comply with environmental laws and regulations, occupancy scenarios, building permanence and pre-rating completion, site boundaries, and area-to-site ratios. Its owner must also share data on the building’s energy and water use for five years after…
  • The Military Goes Green and Improves Sustainability!

    admin
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    CFS congratulates the U.S. military for going green! Their eco-friendly and sustainability friendly construction efforts in Europe are getting attention. Two building projects undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District – one in Turkey and one in Germany – recently earned LEED Silver certifications by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a building certification program that awards construction and renovation projects that meet specific earth-friendly prerequisites and make innovative efforts for sustainability and…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Can The Battle Of Climate Versus Economy Not Be Won?

    Mimuba
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Climate versus economy is a never-ending debate. One group in the world is in favor of thriving economy while another strongly advocate for climate safety. They both have their own pros and cons for each of the issue and this debate has been continuing since long. This problem actually hails from the beginning when agriculture… Read More »The post Can The Battle Of Climate Versus Economy Not Be Won? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 5 reasons of lack of qualified environmentalists in backward world

    Mimuba
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The discipline of environmental management and sciences as a major subject in graduation and post graduation is comparatively new. It was introduced in western world a few decades ago but in developing and backward worlds it has yet to be introduced fully. Most of the environmental jobs in comparatively less advanced world are done by… Read More »The post 5 reasons of lack of qualified environmentalists in backward world appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • 5 Super Easy Ways to Reuse Old Containers

    Mimuba
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Do you know the top three pollution problems the whole world has been facing since long? Actually they are related to three main components of this world. We know that this world comprises of land, water and air. Unfortunately all the three components are affected by pollution. No one of them is free from different… Read More »The post 5 Super Easy Ways to Reuse Old Containers appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Did climate change kill 1200 people in Karachi heat wave?

    Mimuba
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s a mystery. Most probably it will remain a mystery that who was mainly responsible of the death of 1200 people in Karachi due to intense heat. How lucky is my neighbor who just termed the recent heat wave in Karachi a divine curse and asked people to mend their way of life to win… Read More »The post Did climate change kill 1200 people in Karachi heat wave? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • AIR POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES

    Mimuba
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Air pollution is created by contaminating the air with various harmful gases. Its main sources are vehicles and factories. If both of these sources emit smoke more than the limits it pollutes the air. It directly hits our lungs. We suffer from various respiratory diseases because of its excess. It does cause coronary diseases including… Read More »The post AIR POLLUTION CONTROL MEASURES appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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  • Beekeeping in Romania and The Unromantic Side of ‘Romantic’ Dreams

    Emily Uebergang
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    That’s a lot of ‘romans’ in one blog title.   It’s no coincidence though. This post is a little past its due by date, but I’m going ahead and getting it up because it’s oh so fitting and oh so timely.   You see, I’ve just wrapped up my time in Romania.   I really am on a journey with no end. Home one minute, up and away the next.   I’m not in this to give you travel advice … →The post Beekeeping in Romania and The Unromantic Side of ‘Romantic’ Dreams appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke College Students (& the budget-inclined)

    Emily Uebergang
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    So I was posed with the question – what are some healthy cheap meals a college student can enjoy that doesn’t involve cheese sandwiches and 2-minute noodles? (not that they count as healthy OR environmentally friendly by any means).   I am the perfect person to answer this question. After all, I’ve been there and walked in your shoes. Both as a cash-strapped university student and a budget-inclined, poorly paid employee looking for healthy cheap meals that made me feel as good inside as they … →The post Healthy Cheap Meals and Shopping Tips For Broke…
  • Is It Time To Put Your Lifestyle On A Diet?

    Emily Uebergang
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    We have a modern obsession with dieting. From Jenny Craig, to Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Diet Shakes, Bikini Boot Camps and Detox Teas.   It’s a $580 BILLION industry.    There’s no denying that DIETING SELLS. Here’s the thing. We know dieting doesn’t work. Well, certainly not in the way these pills, potions and programs promise you it will.   And yet we hold onto these false promises that they hold the answer to improving our quality of life.   We are … →The post Is It Time To Put Your Lifestyle On A Diet? appeared first on The…
  • Permaculture Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later

    Emily Uebergang
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:22 am
    This is one post I am so excited to share with you! If you remember, last year I had the privilege of helping one of my dear friends and her husband build a Biofilter Duck Pond. You can read more about those adventures in building the Biofilter Duck Pond in this blog post. It was a big learning experience for all of us and one I was thrilled to be part of. I recently had the pleasure of visiting them a whole year later and gees, … →The post Permaculture Biofilter Duck Pond (Update) One Year Later appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
  • My Latest Love List For The Month Of May

    Emily Uebergang
    30 May 2015 | 7:45 am
    It was about high time I shared with you a few things that I have fallen in love with of late. So I thought I’d bundle them all up into a love list. I enjoy reading these sort of posts from other bloggers because let’s face it, who doesn’t like to snoop into what other people are really digging, doing and totally gushing over? In a non-creepy way of course.   Considering we are nearing the end of May, (wait … →The post My Latest Love List For The Month Of May appeared first on The Urban Ecolife.
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  • A grass that can help us reduce climate change effects

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Miscanthus is a grass that absorbs large quantities of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Climate change has become a true challenge for the human civilization and scientists from around the world are trying to find ways to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A team of scientists that are involved in a new European research project called “Grass Margins”, say that land and vegetation could hold the key to a new energy revolution. They say that non-native crops like Miscanthus grow very well on marginal sides of the rivers, and they produce higher yields than the…
  • Hillary Clinton wants to make America the world’s number one clean energy superpower

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:56 am
    The Sun has the capacity to power all our energy needs. Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, and as part of the Democratic Party and a member of the Obama administration, she wants to continue the development of the renewable energy industry in the U.S., and make the U.S. the first country in the world in terms of renewable energy generation capacity. Hillary says that future generations will look back and wonder how the current generation was so irresponsible regarding the protection of the environment. The fact that we continue to pollute the environment today has a big effect…
  • Tesla offers now three new Model S options

    admin
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Tesla Model S offers now three new options. Tesla has created three new options for the famous Model S. The first option is represented by the new Model S 70 with rear wheel drive that starts now at $70,000, but if various federal and state incentives are added, the price can decrease around the amount of $60,000, and if the annual gasoline and servicing savings are added, the total cost of ownership goes as low as $594 per month. The new Model S 70 with rear wheel drive comes with a 70 kWh battery that provides a range of 230 miles. The car reaches 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and the top speed is…
  • Hawaii is prepared to take bold steps toward a green energy future

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Rooftop solar will be further developed in Hawaii. At this moment, the renewable energy sources represent 21% in the state’s energy mix and this is a great achievement for the year 2015 because the goal set for this year was only 15% renewables. The Hawaiian electric companies have set a new goal for the next fifteen years, meaning that the energy mix of the year 2030 will contain 65% renewable energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, biomass, hydro and waste energy. The transition from imported oil to renewable energy sources has already started and will continue until…
  • J Summer Fashion Show 2015 hosted by Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain

    admin
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Jessica Minh Anh at the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain. The model and fashion show organiser Jessica Minh Anh, arranged the hosting of the J Summer Fashion Show 2015 that took place this Friday, at the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain. This is the first fashion show that takes place inside a solar power plant, and it could be a starting point for many shows of this type in the future that combine the latest fashion trends and the beauty of the models with the renewable energy sources. On an alee between the large solar panels, the models presented the entire…
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  • Green Innovations at IIT Campuses

    Ecoideaz
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Author – Sumedh Mool The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are typically considered as mass producers of job-seeking engineers to be exported abroad. However, thankfully that trend is changing with IIT campuses across India becoming the hotbeds for path-breaking innovations with industries sponsoring some of them. Here we showcase some of the best eco-friendly innovations at IIT campuses that are as diverse as biodiesel production technology to silicon tire fillers extracted from rice husk ash, topped off with by soil biotechnology. Used-to-Usable: Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil…
  • Natural Pest Control Methods at Home

    Ecoideaz
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Author – Likhitha Krishnan Showered with constant unpleasant visits by pests in our garden, my vexed mother resorted to Google to figure out a way to avert them. Having surrendered to nature’s novel ways, she set on to become an inspirational icon for me starting our journey with natural pest control. Borrowing her insights I penned down the following methods that ensure that pests do not invade your greens. The ideal way to keep the pests in check is to avoid them from entering the home. Food, water, contamination and garbage are the baits for most insects and pests. Your first step…
  • Solar Conduction Dryer – Boon for Dehydrating Farm Produce

    Ecoideaz
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Author – Aritro Ghosh Wastage of food has become a serious issue in India. Every year, large amounts of fruits and vegetables are wasted due to lack of storage facilities in India. This particularly happens since the transportation and storage facilities from the farm gate to the consumer still remains ramshackle and most farmers do not have the resources to invest in proper storage facilities. According to a recent estimate, 20-30% of 74 million tons of fruits and 143 tons of vegetables harvested every year in India are wasted due to post-harvesting mismanagement and lack of storage…
  • Green Beauty: A Guide to Organic Cosmetics

    Ecoideaz
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    Author – Arnika Karthikeyan Today, we live in a world where cosmetics are used on a daily basis to enhance our appearance and odor. Readily available in the market, cosmetics are manufactured according to needs of different bodies. Depending upon the nature of the ingredients used, they are classified as mineral makeup and cosmetics created using organic materials. As the merits of organic make-up becomes more apparent, it is gaining prominence among the shelf of daily use items. Void of chemicals, these organic products provide a natural and harmless way of taking care of our bodies.
  • DIY: Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals at Home

    Sahana Rajan
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:52 am
    Author – Sahana Rajan Every item that comes in contact with our body impacts it albeit in different ways. When we began manufacturing artificial/synthetic products to cater to our daily needs of body hygiene, home cleaning, garden care, etc., we did not realize the repercussions until recently when the bubble of safety was broken to let out the air of toxicity. Chemicals are omnipresent in our daily life starting from the floor cleaning material to the packaged food we consume. These toxic chemicals can cumulatively produce an array of negative health effects including asthma, cancer,…
 
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  • How Wind Turbines Work

    Caroline Gilbert
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:19 am
    Last updated:26th July, 2015, 11:19 AM How Wind Turbines Work. If you’ve taken a road trip through California or Texas, you’ve almost certainly seen wind turbines. Wind turbines are large, magnificent tools that help power our world – but are also mysterious as well. They sometimes look like something from another planet – like if the movie The Matrix was starting on our planet Earth. Good news, though, they aren’t – wind turbines are amazing tools to generate electricity, and are magnificently designed as well. The Save On Energy team created the below…
  • #TOP10 – The 10 Best Tankless Water Heaters For Maximum Energy Efficiency

    Assmaa Almaairgy
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:17 am
    Last updated:23rd July, 2015, 12:28 PM  #TOP10 – The 10 Best Tankless Water Heaters For Maximum Energy Efficiency. Whatever you do today at home should be somehow related to energy efficiency. From the lights, to household appliances and water heaters, it is all about saving energy to help the environment. As we know, there are already energy-saving light bulbs, most of the modern appliances have the Energy Star rating and now it is time to install more productive water heaters. If you have been using an ordinary electric water heater and you see it is counting its last days, think…
  • Good News: Demand for Solar Power Steadily Increasing

    Audrey Clark
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Last updated:21st July, 2015, 3:54 PM Overall, there seems to be consensus among the global community that we should collectively reduce dependence on fossil fuels for the sake of the environment. As society looks to renewable sources of energy to solve the problem, it is becoming increasingly apparent that solar could offer a promising solution. In recent years, this energy sector has expanded dramatically, making sustainable energy more accessible, while also strengthening economies through job creation. Technological Advancement In the United States, the increase in solar energy production…
  • On-Demand Water Heaters: Energy Efficiency at Its Best

    Lillian Connors
    19 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    Last updated:23rd July, 2015, 12:24 PM Whatever you do today at home should be somehow related to energy efficiency. From the lights, to household appliances and water heaters, it is all about saving energy to help the environment. As we know, there are already energy-saving light bulbs, most of the modern appliances have the Energy Star rating and now it is time to install more productive water heaters. If you have been using an ordinary electric water heater and you see it is counting its last days, think about a tankless heater. Water Standby – More Energy Waste The first thing that is…
  • Earth-Friendly Ways to Keep Domestic Pests at Bay

    Lillian Connors
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Last updated:14th July, 2015, 12:01 PM Pests around your home can quickly become annoying if you do not take care of them, and if you let them come and go freely. It is important to have preemptive strikes whenever possible, so that you have an advantage. Keep in mind that battling pests will be exhausting and it will take some time, but if you do everything in your might to get rid of them, it will be possible to permanently chase them away. You will need to act immediately as you notice them, as they can be problematic for your health and home. Your garbage should be taken care of properly…
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  • 10 Messages You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking

    Brian
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Facts You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking Nicotine, the main drug in a cigarette or tobacco, is the reason for smoking addiction. After long time smoking, your brain will adapt to nicotine and long for a cigarette. When are boring, in blue mood or tired, your brain may give out a message: you need a cigarette. This happens again and again. Many things can trigger your cravings for a cigarette, the smell of a cigarette, an ashtray next to… Continue Reading ›› The post 10 Messages You Need to Know About Quitting Smoking appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Five Air Purification Technologies

    Brian
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Five Modern Methods of Air Purification For most families, keeping the high-quality indoor air is of great importance for their well-beings. The best way to maintain the clean and pure indoor air is to circulate the air through natural ways, such as, opening the doors or windows. However, most modern houses are sealed tightly, making it hard for the natural breezes to blow through them. So purifying the air naturally seems to be unavailable for most homes. Fortunately, modern technologies… Continue Reading ›› The post Five Air Purification Technologies appeared first on…
  • Treatment and Control of Asthma

    Brian
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Asthma Treatment and Control Methods Asthma is a type of chronic disease. The frustrating fact is that it is incurable, but there still have many methods, such as using useful tools or taking medications, to help treat or control asthma. In addition, some practical benchmarks can also be used to estimate your progress of treatment. 1. Helpful tools: The Peak Flow Meter This little device is simple and easy to handle in hands. When you blow air into it, the… Continue Reading ›› The post Treatment and Control of Asthma appeared first on AirBetter.org.
  • Germ Guardian Air Purifier Reviews: AC4825, AC5000E and More…

    Brian
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Main Features of Air Purifiers from Germ Guardian GermGuardian is a consumer products company that develops and sells superior home environment products for mass retail. GermGuardian Air Purifiers, backed by Guardian technologies, focus on creating a better home environment for customers. Germ Guardian Air Purifiers, ideal to use in rooms sizing 100 to 800 square feet, utilize innovative, safe and natural technologies to clean and refresh the air. And, at the core of Guardian technology, the naturally occurring ultraviolet (UV-C)… Continue Reading ›› The post Germ Guardian…
  • Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015

    Brian
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Guides to Choose A Holmes Air Purifier As one of the leading makers of electric goods, Holmes has gained rich experiences in producing excellent and dependable products through over 30 years’ attempts. We will talk about Holmes air purifier reviews in this post. Air purifier might be a relatively new sector, but this also means that great potentials are waiting for Holmes. And Holmes air purifiers have taken up some market share in portable and console air purifiers field once… Continue Reading ›› The post Holmes Air Purifier Reviews & Comparisons 2015 appeared first…
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    Invest with Purpose│The Climate Trust

  • Testimony, Portland City Council

    Kasey Krifka
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Sean Penrith, The Climate Trust June 24, 2015 The Climate Trust was asked to provide testimony to the Portland City Council addressing City Resolution 689 that supports climate bonds to finance climate mitigation and adaptation; Testimony occurred while the 2015 City of Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan was under consideration. The following letter is a summary of executive director, Sean Penrith’s testimony on behalf of The Climate Trust. Portland City Council City Hall, Council Chambers 1221 SW 4th Ave. Portland Oregon 97204 Good afternoon Mayor Hales and Commissioners,…
  • [VIDEO] Sean Penrith Interviewed by NRCS

    Kasey Krifka
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    By USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) As broadcast on YouTube – May 13, 2015 NRCS Chief, Jason Weller, and agency partners describe NRCS’ role in Environmental Markets and how those markets complement NRCS’ work with private landowners. The Climate Trust’s Sean Penrith speaks at 2:20 on leveraging dollars for environmental benefit.
  • New Face and Mission for The Climate Trust

    Kasey Krifka
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Kasey Krifka, The Climate Trust Live on P.R. Web – July 7, 2015 The Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in financing climate solutions, today unveiled their new brand design reflective of their recently refined business model. Working with Portland-based branding agency, OVO, The Trust had a goal of uniting the different facets of their business through a dynamic visual system and transparent, inspirational messaging. “While the company is rapidly evolving, our trademark and mission—the essence of our brand—should too,” said Sean Penrith, executive…
  • Carbon Pricing Spurs Economic Development in Oregon

    Kasey Krifka
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Sheldon Zakreski, The Climate Trust As published by Triple Pundit – July 1, 2015 When the Oregon legislature passed a law in 1997 requiring new power plants to reduce carbon emissions, it was seen as a significant step in combatting climate change. Looking back almost 20 years later, it’s also played a role in developing rural economies throughout Oregon. The Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard (the Oregon Standard) requires new power plants to reduce their net carbon dioxide emissions to 17 percent below the level of the best existing gas combustion-turbine plant anywhere in the United…
  • How Pain Keeps us from Acting on Climate Change

    Kasey Krifka
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    Elizabeth Hardee, The Climate Trust As published by Triple Pundit – June 29, 2015 In my daily work, I read a lot of online articles about climate change—both the science and the politics—and out of curiosity I’m invariably drawn to the comments section at the end of the page (first rule of the internet—never read the comments!). What I’ve observed is that these comments tend more often than not to be variations on one of the following themes: Climate change isn’t happening, we are only experiencing the earth’s natural cycles Climate change isn’t happening, it is a hoax…
 
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    The Green Optimistic | The Green Optimistic

  • Air Pollution Monitoring Now on Google Street View

    Annika Tostengard
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    Google Street View cars will soon have sensors for air pollution monitoring. The new project will give people access to important health information-the quality of the air they breathe. Additionally, the information can be used on a larger scale to map where and when pollution is the highest. As the … The post Air Pollution Monitoring Now on Google Street View appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • SunPort: The Outlet Extender that Offsets its Carbon Footprint

    Annika Tostengard
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:17 pm
    A crowdfunding campaign from a company called SunPort is seeking funding for an outlet extender that offsets the carbon footprint of whatever device is being powered. It looks like a typical converter for electrical outlets, but instead of making a two-prong outlet into a three-prong one, it records the amount of … The post SunPort: The Outlet Extender that Offsets its Carbon Footprint appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Donald Trump Invests in Wind Power, Despite Politics

    Annika Tostengard
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Donald Trump has a history of speaking out against wind power. The businessman, whose mother was a Scottish immigrant, had previously complained about wind turbines ruining the Scottish countryside. He also took legal action an offshore wind farm near the golf resort he owns in Aberdeenshire. Despite all of this public … The post Donald Trump Invests in Wind Power, Despite Politics appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • SunSaluter, DIY Solar Tracker That Boosts Efficiency and Purifies Water

    Mila Luleva
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    DIY solar tracker by SunSaluter uses water and gravity to boost solar panel efficiency. It filters water too. We know by now that solar tracking systems boost efficiency of solar panels incredibly. This has been demonstrated by quite a number of engineers and researchers, who have worked on perfecting the … The post SunSaluter, DIY Solar Tracker That Boosts Efficiency and Purifies Water appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • NASA’s New Wi-Fi Reflector Chip Boosts the Speed of Wearables

    Satya Sivani
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:21 am
    The Wi-Fi Reflector Chip, which has been developed for wearable devices by the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), together with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), reflects wireless signals instead of using regular transmitters and receivers. While wearable gadgets are finding their way into many sectors like health, security and … The post NASA’s New Wi-Fi Reflector Chip Boosts the Speed of Wearables appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
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    Green Builder Media

  • Wildfire Season Prognosis: Hot, Long, and Intense

    30 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    As scorching temperatures plague the nation from coast to coast, wildfires rage in even the most unlikely places. MENTION WILDFIRE, and the scorched hills of California, parched western plains of Washington, and beetle-infested forests of the Rocky Mountains come to mind. The wilds of Alaska aren’t generally considered to be a high risk location, but as it turns out, 2015 is shaping up to be the state’s worst wildfire season ever.
  • Solar Strikes Again

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Big deals and serious growth in the solar industry are changing the axis of power in the energy sector. You know that an industry has hit its stride when the ten-figure acquisitions begin. It seems that the solar sector is getting down to some serious business, as evidenced by renewable energy behemoth SunEdison’s purchase of Vivint Solar, one of the largest residential PV installers in the nation, for $2.2 billion earlier this week.
  • Sleep Cool This Summer with These Energy Efficient Tips!

    RESNET
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Hot sticky summer nights can make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep, unless you crank the air conditioner up. But you’re back to sleepless nights again when you see your utility bill! Thankfully, there are other ways you can sleep cool this summer; here are 10 energy efficient tips to help you sleep in the heat.
  • The Company DNA

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    By now, anyone who is a regular reader of Green Builder Magazine has seen the news that our publication has been named “Best Trade Magazine” for the third year running in the NAREE Real Estate Journalism Competition; in addition, we were also awarded gold for Best Website. THESE ARE GREAT HONORS for any publishing company, but especially for a small, privately held one like ours, which competes with the likes of Inman News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many more. Credit for this prestigious recognition belongs to our entire team, whose names appear on our masthead, and…
  • 6 Eco-Friendly Home Decor Ideas

    15 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Going green is important in all the aspects of your life, so it's no surprise that when you set out to decorate your home, you want to make eco-friendly choices that will still reflect your unique sense of style. If you're looking for an idea of where to start, check out these sources of inspiration.
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    The Greenhouse Farmer

  • How to grow for 90 days without watering

    Benjamin Hoopes
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Ancient Egyption depiction of irrigation Irrigation is among the most important pillars to an abundant society.  It allowed the ancient Egyptions and Incans to avoid famine by using systems such as aqueducts and canals to divert water to their crops. Bill Gates has pointed out that almost every country that has become wealthy started with a huge increase in farming productivity.  Irrigation can be the difference between harvesting one crop a year and harvesting five.  It creates wealth that allows society to invest and innovate.  And the ancient technology is still evolving. In…
  • Why 65% of food in Africa spoils, and how to lift 1,000,000 out of poverty

    Benjamin Hoopes
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    Kickstart’s Moneymaker treadle pump is helping to lift people out of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa In many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, for so long the popular narrative has revolved around poverty and hunger.  There is a group beginning to succeed at replacing that story with one of entrepreneurship and pride, in vast numbers. 80% of the poor in Sub-Saharan Africa are rural farmers and around 96% of their agriculture is rain fed.  Since it only rains a few months a year, everyone grows food at the same time, the market becomes flooded and around 65% of the food spoils.  In a…
  • A Tale Of Two Cities’ (Redevelopment Efforts)

    Benjamin Hoopes
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    New York’s early 20th century Pennsylvania Station in contrast to modern day Madison Square Garden I lived in New Jersey for a brief stint (don’t judge me) and would frequently ride into New York City by train to Penn Station.  If you’ve ever been to Penn Station before, I don’t think you’d find it impolite for me to call the place a dump.  Tunneled beneath Madison Square Garden, with unsavory characters lurking around each corner, its the type of place you hustle through whether you’re late for a train or not.  When I found out this was not always…
  • The Sun Grown Cannabis Campaign

    Benjamin Hoopes
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    A Forever Flowering Greenhouse with automated light deprivation, designed for the cannabis industry Rick Pfrommer has been part of the cannabis movement for over 25 years and was one of the founding members of California’s Harborside Health Center almost 10 years ago.  Rick and Harborside were featured on the Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars (episodes available here).  Touting more than 100,000 patients, Harborside is one of the largest dispensaries in the world.  Prior to leaving Harborside to focus on his own consulting company, Rick oversaw all cannabis purchasing activity.
  • Is Processed Food a “Trend” That’s On the Decline?

    Benjamin Hoopes
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    A hog roast with Chef Brandon Johns of Ann Arbor’s Grange Kitchen Chef Brandon Johns has a simple philosophy, “Food tastes better, in season, from whatever place you harvest it.” He opened his restaurant, Grange Kitchen and Bar, in 2010 with plans to make a real seasonal restaurant, something he didn’t feel that everyone in the industry who claimed to be seasonal was truthfully doing. “For example, we’ll get 20 roosters from a farmer.  Once they’re gone, they’re gone. We make coq au vin, a traditional Burgundy, France recipe.  It has to be done with…
 
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    TheGreenMiles.com

  • CNN Ignores Climate Science, Embraces Science Denier Meme

    15 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    CNN almost completely ignored last year's landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, but this week CNN.com extensively covered a discredited climate science denier theory that was mentioned in a non-peer-reviewed study.If "objective" news outlets were proactively trying to get people to not care about the climate crisis, how would it look different than what we have now?
  • The Only One Direction Video I Will Ever Post

    9 Jul 2015 | 3:12 am
    One Direction is asking its fans to help solve problems like poverty and climate change:
  • GOP: I'm Not a Scientist, and I Don't Listen to Them Either

    8 Jul 2015 | 4:18 am
    @Uptomyknees POPE: Global warming is real! conservatives: leave science to scientists! EVERY SCIENTIST: um? conservatives: fuck off nerds— Todd Slade (@todd_slade) July 8, 2015
  • But More People Don't Bike Because #AmericasLoveAffairWithCars!

    8 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    Mailbox post in trash can filled with cement in middle of sidewalk in Mattapoisett, MAWe're constantly told Americans drive everywhere because of our mythical love affair with cars, but trying to bike in car-dependent areas feels a lot more like we're trapped in a bad relationship.Obstacles encountered on the sidewalk of Route 6 in Mattapoisett recently while trying to bike home:Utility polesTrash carts left by pickup crews in the middle of the sidewalkAbandoned traffic conesAbandoned utility pole support posts now supporting nothingMailbox postsShards of old mailbox posts sticking up…
  • Parking Lot Historic, Solar Farm Not

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    NextSun Energy wants to build a small solar farm not far from me in Rochester, MA. While I don't know if this is the right place for the project, some of the opposition is ... not exactly honest. From the Sippican Week: “I know there are four abutters or more. It’s an island of commercial in a residential area,” Monteiro said.The historic district is an area that encompasses three square miles in the center of town. Buildings such as Plumb Library, the First Congregational Church and Town Hall are all located in the area.Such a historic area, clearly undisturbed since colonial times!
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    Timber Bamboo - News

  • JULY product launch: The Woodchuck bamboo Ipad case

    Matthew Coughlin
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Last month was a huge success, thanks to all the folks who ordered Roots Sunglasses. Those orders have been shipped and the shades are now available for full price through the website. This month's product is something totally different, a solid bamboo Ipad tote that we are calling The Woodchuck. It's a solidly constructed, beautifully machined wood sleeve to protect your tablet. The inside is lined with super-soft felt to keep your screen from getting scratched, and it has a leather strap that snaps in place to secure your precious Ipad. It's made to fit Ipad versions 1 and 2. We are working…
  • Join our Eco-Friendly Products Google Plus community

    Matthew Coughlin
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    Are you interested in buying eco-friendly products made from sustainable materials? If you're like many of our customers, you care about where your products come from, and you want to support businesses and products that take care of the planet in the course of doing business. To foster a growing awareness and create conversation about sustainable materials, we created a special Google Plus community so we could talk to our customers, other businesses, and other interested people about where to find and buy materials and products that are truly sustainable. We'd like to invite you to join our…
  • Sourcing Bamboo - Where to buy bamboo in the US for your own projects

    Matthew Coughlin
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Bamboo is an amazing material. Used to make everything from musical instruments to buildings to clothing to paper, you can eat it, put it in medicine, wear it, and machine it into beautiful products (like bamboo sunglasses!). Bamboo has a higher compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength comparable to steel! Technically a grass, it can grow up to 35 inches PER DAY! That's what makes it so useful as a sustainable material. Since it grows so fast, it can quickly and cheaply be replaced, unlike many woods that require many years to grow back once used. So where…
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    Climate Dispatch

  • California Coast: Get Ready for Sea Level Rise

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Adaptation.  Resilience. Readiness. Whatever you call it, it's time get our coastline ready for this "slow moving emergency."Active bluff failures at Fletcher Cove, Solana BeachSource:  WikiCommonsSea levels are rising in California as they are throughout the world.  To date the rise has been measured in inches, but it will increase noticeably  in our lifetimes.  What we know and enjoy along the California coastline is going to look a lot different over the next twenty to eighty years. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report,…
  • Tracking California Renewable Energy

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    As I write this post at mid-day on July 23, I can see online that the California electric grid is absorbing over 9,600 Megawatts of renewable energy, meeting 29% of current energy demand.  That's equivalent to the output of about nine major power plants.July 23, 2015Source:  California Independent System OperatorI know this because a little known agency, the California Independent System Operator (ISO), posts near-instantaneous data about California electric supply and demand (here).  The ISO manages the flow of electricity over long-distance transmission lines for about 80% of…
  • California 2030 Climate Goals: Renewable Energy

    16 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    50% renewable energy by 2030 is another California climate goal that is reachable and replicable. The California Public Utilities Commission says the major utilities under their jurisdiction are already past 20% renewable and plan to surpass 30% renewable procurement by 2016 (report here). Governor Jerry Brown set the 50% renewable goal for the electricity sector and getting there was the subject of a workshop held by his representatives recently. (Agenda/presenters here; available slides here)  The 50% by 2030 goal builds on the previously adopted "renewable portfolio standard" goal of…
  • Sacramento City Decisions and Climate Change

    15 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    The Sacramento Bee has published my op-ed discussing how an upcoming Sacramento City Council decision on a mega-gas station relates to larger climate change issues.  The op-ed is reprinted below:Mega-gas Station will Worsen Climate ChangeWith great fanfare, the Sacramento City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2012 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change.The plan is well liked outside Sacramento. Mayor Kevin Johnson received national credit, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to a White House task force.But to maintain leadership, the council…
  • California 2030 Climate Goals: Transportation Fuel Use

    10 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    More California greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation than any other sector.  The most recent inventory from the California Air Resources Board shows transportation emissions of over 172 million tons annually, accounting for 37% of the state total (data here).  90% of the transportation emissions come from on-road sources, with the remainder coming from rail, aviation, off-road and watercraft.Cutting transportation related carbon emissions by 50% between now and 2030 was the subject of a workshop held by several California agencies earlier this week.   (Agenda and…
 
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