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  • A3 Sportback e-tron: Audi’s Shot at Ruling the Hybrid Race

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    Siyahi
    12 May 2015 | 3:08 am
    Audi always gets to the pole position when it comes to building expectations. As with the case of this year, it’s the much awaited A3 Sportback e-tron that will be making news, for it is the first mass plug-in hybrid variant being rolled out by the German manufacturer. The expected launch is to take place during some point at the second half of this year. But way ahead of the launch, Audi has got the limelight focused on its hybrid model, all thanks to the demo-spin carried out by them. The A3 Sportback e-tron was recently taken out on a test-spin at Jeju Island. And we find no reason to…
  • Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar Power

    Forbes - Energy
    William Pentland
    22 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The solar power industry is in the middle of a spectacular growth spurt in the United States, especially in densely populated areas.
  • Best Electric Motorcycles

    The Chic Ecologist
    Jean-Paul
    12 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Electric motorcycles are starting to pop up everywhere now. The technology is here, and like the Tesla did for electric cars, the designs are starting to get sexy. A handful compete for top honors in the Zero emissions division at the Isle of Man TT to prove their power and reliability, but some are flying […] The post Best Electric Motorcycles appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Spotted: Brammo Empulse R Electric Motorcycle Mission One Street Superbike: Worlds Fastest Electric Motorcycle Title Revoked! Worlds Fastest Electric Superbike Motorcycle – The TTX01…
  • What Is Monsanto? – 11 Essential Facts To Keep You In The Know

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

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    bnelson78
    22 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    If animals were superheroes, the octopus might have the most superpowers of them all. These remarkable creatures have eight dexterous arms, can shape-shift, instantly change color, communicate using light displays generated on their skin, taste things by touching them, squirt ink and use tools. They are some of the most intelligent invertebrates in the world, and can swim using jet propulsion.  
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  • Garden Patio Makeover and a Succulent Wok

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

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

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

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

    Shawna Coronado
    6 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Every season I deliberately spread all my tropical plants apart in containers and at the back of the beds in an effort to distribute them evenly throughout the garden. This time I decided my barren and ugly spot needed something special (see right “before” photo), so I decided to go hog-wild and put all the colocasias, cannas, and dinosaur kale in one tropical jungle garden bed. Mixed in with the black-eyed susans and tall sedum at the back of my front lawn vegetable beds I made my very own tropical jungle garden which had it’s spectacular final show in September – at…
 
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  • Walmart's antibiotic use announcement: Less than meets the eye

    David Wallinga, MD
    22 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    David Wallinga, MD, Senior Health Officer, San Francisco When a global behemoth like Walmart decides to put out new policy on animal welfare and use of antibiotics, it's guaranteed to make a splash. And it has. But how well-deserved is that attention? It's undeniably great that Walmart recognizes that its customers want meat from animals raised in ways that sustain people, animal welfare and the environment. The Humane Society and others agree. We're also glad that Walmart gives at least a nod to responsible antibiotic use. If there's one thing sick people and sick animals both need it is for…
  • Taking Big Steps Towards Energy Efficiency for All in Maryland

    Deron Lovaas
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Deron Lovaas, State/Federal Policy & Practice Director, Urban Solutions, Washington, D.C. Mountain View Apartments, Cumberland, MD courtesy of Rudy Matthews photography This weekend, my Memorial Day observance will include toasting a historic two weeks of regulatory activity in favor of low-income utility customers in Maryland, particularly those most underserved of the bunch: Renters. On May 15th, in a 191-page order (pdf here), the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) ruled 3-2 in favor of a merger of Exelon and Pepco, a move that will put Pepco under the same corporate roof as BGE.
  • This Week in Whales: Oil Spills Are Bad from BP Disaster to Santa Barbara; Designing Whale-Friendly Fishing Gear...

    Zak Smith
    22 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Zak Smith, Attorney, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica (Photo by NOAA/Refugio Response Incident Command) Ready to have your world turned upside down? Turns out the Deepwater Horizon spill contributed to a record number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf. I know, shocking, right? Anyway, a study published Wednesday found that the record dolphin die-off now occurring in the Gulf of Mexico is linked to contaminants from 2010's BP oil spill. Comparing tissue samples from dolphins in areas affected by the spill with dolphins that were not exposed, researchers found that one-third of the…
  • Latin America Green News: coffee and birds both face climate threats, bees and monarchs get a boost from Obama, geothermal and solar progress in Central America

    Maria Martinez
    22 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Maria Martinez, Program Assistant, Director of Programs & Latin America Project, Washington, D.C. Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. May 16th - May 22nd, 2015 Climate Change Scientists from the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security warn that major coffee-producing countries in Latin America, mainly Colombia and Brazil, will face serious losses in the coming decades if climate change adaptation measures are not taken. Experts estimate the changes in temperature and rain patterns…
  • Not Grandpa's Grid

    Carl Zichella
    22 May 2015 | 11:26 am
    Carl Zichella, Director of Western Energy Transmission, San Francisco I recently participated in a web colloquy with nuclear proponents about the future of baseload power (as represented by nuclear plants that have to operate around the clock) and the "problems" with integrating large amounts of renewable power into the grid. Their big bugaboo: variability. Renewable resources do not operate 24-7. They fluctuate in output based on the windiness or cloudiness of the weather. But neither does demand operate consistently over 24 hours. The variability of renewable power, they claim, means we…
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  • Go diving for sea urchins with a hilarious 73-year-old

    Liz Core
    23 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    Pete Halmay has been diving for sea urchins off the coast of San Diego for over 30 years. He’s 73, and has had his share of health problems, but he wouldn’t think of quitting any time soon. He jokes that he only has another 30 years left to fish until his wife won’t let him do it anymore. Halmay loves his daily hunt for urchins — and wants the ecosystem to stay healthy. He takes only the finest urchins to sell to local restaurants. Sustainability, to Halmay, means “instead of going out there, and getting more and more, you get just the right amount.”…
  • Is Tomorrowland the most dystopian movie of 2015?

    Suzanne Jacobs
    22 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    The basics: A girl genius who just doesn’t want the world to stop dreaming, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) gets caught trying to sabotage the shutdown of NASA’s Cape Canaveral launch site. After her NASA engineer dad (wait, this sounds familiar) bails her out of jail, she collects her things and stumbles upon a mysterious pin that can transport her to the futuristic utopia of Tomorrowland. After the pin stops working, Newton learns that the only way to get back to Tomorrowland is to enlist the help of grumpy old George Clooney (George Clooney), hardly playing science prodigy Frank Walker.
  • Climate change is messing with gravity again

    Ana Sofia Knauf
    22 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    The Southern Antarctic Peninsula has dropped the ice equivalent of 350,000 Empire State buildings into the ocean since 2009, according to new research in the journal Science. This level of ice loss is so great that it has actually caused a small shift in gravity, Science Dailyreports. Wait – don’t panic! The change in gravity doesn’t mean you’ll have to don a super-cool space suit any time soon. This type of gravity-shifting ice melt was previously documented in Western Antarctica. Here’s how Eric Holthaus explained it at the time: Though we all learned in high…
  • Diverse cities don’t always have diverse neighborhoods

    Sara Bernard
    22 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    It’s not a new idea, perhaps, but it bears repeating: Even if you live in a city that is “racially diverse,” that doesn’t mean you live cheek-by-jowl with people of other colors and ethnicities. Take Chicago, for example, which is among the most diverse cities in the nation. But a FiveThirtyEight analysis, based on data from Brown University’s American Communities Project, found that Chicago is by far the most segregated city in the U.S. That’s because if you look at Chicago’s racial makeup on a smaller scale – census tracts of about 4,000 people – it gets pretty…
  • It’s official: California farmers volunteer to give up water

    Nathanael Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    California’s drought has touched everyone in the state. First the government eliminated irrigation water deliveries through much of the public canal system. Then the governor told cities and industry to cut back water use by 25 percent. Now the state is taking a step it hasn’t resorted to since 1977: It’s claiming water from people with old riparian water rights. These are people who have been drawing water from rivers since the Gold Rush era, and who are generally immune to cuts. But in the most severe shortages, the state can order them to stop pumping. When Gov. Jerry…
 
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  • Faux Fur Catching On In the Fashion Industry

    Brianne Hogan
    22 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    You know faux fur is on the rise when animal activist and fashion designer Stella McCartney is proudly showcasing it on her runway. McCartney surprised many earlier this year when, Read MoreThe post Faux Fur Catching On In the Fashion Industry appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Officials to Create ‘Butterfly Highway’ to Save Species

    Natalia Lima
    22 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    A lot of people drive daily on I-35 and soon they might be sharing the road with some unusual commuters: Monarch butterflies. The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it Read MoreThe post Officials to Create ‘Butterfly Highway’ to Save Species appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • European Commission to Launch Multi-Country Animal Welfare Survey

    Megan Thompson
    22 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    This year, the European Commission will launch a multi-country survey which will assess the degree to which the people of Europe think about and wish to further the humane treatment Read MoreThe post European Commission to Launch Multi-Country Animal Welfare Survey appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Aquariums in Japan Vouch Not To Buy Taiji Dolphins

    Natalia Lima
    21 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) has bowed to international pressure and agreed to stop buying dolphins captured in the province of Taiji, a place now infamous for Read MoreThe post Aquariums in Japan Vouch Not To Buy Taiji Dolphins appeared first on Ecorazzi.
  • Study Finds that 10% of Americans Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet

    Megan Thompson
    21 May 2015 | 12:37 pm
    According to a study recently published in the Vegetarian Times, 3.2 percent of Americans, or approximately 7.3 million people, are now following a vegetarian diet. A full 10 percent of Read MoreThe post Study Finds that 10% of Americans Follow a Vegetarian-Inclined Diet appeared first on Ecorazzi.
 
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  • Can Ice Loss Affect Gravity?

    21 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    A group of scientists, led by a team from the University of Bristol, has observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. The research is published today in Science.
  • Fine Particulate Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk of Childhood Autism

    21 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Exposure to fine particulate air pollution during pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life may be associated with an increased risk of the child developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a condition that affects one in 68 children, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. The research is funded by The Heinz Endowments and published in the July edition of Environmental Research.
  • What are the bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres?

    21 May 2015 | 5:06 am
    NASA's Dawn mission captured a sequence of images, taken for navigation purposes, of dwarf planet Ceres on May 16, 2015. The image showcases the group of the brightest spots on Ceres, which continue to mystify scientists. It was taken from a distance of 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) and has a resolution of 2,250 feet (700 meters) per pixel."Dawn scientists can now conclude that the intense brightness of these spots is due to the reflection of sunlight by highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice," Christopher Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission…
  • National-scale effort addresses pollinator declines

    20 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    A new White House plan to promote the health of bees and other pollinators calls for boosting research into ongoing population declines—and potential solutions. The plan, released yesterday, also recommends numerous measures to address growing concerns about the threat that bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators face from multiple factors, including pathogens, pesticides, climate change, and habitat loss. By addressing scientific knowledge gaps, the research should make the plan’s suggested measures much more effective, the report says.
  • What to do with old medications

    20 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Between 10 and 30 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter drugs sold are left unconsumed, according to a State of Washington report, and all those leftover medications pose significant risks to public health and the environment. Drugs that are flushed down the toilet or tossed in the trash can – rather than properly disposed of – can end up in oceans and waterways, threatening both marine life and human health. Meanwhile, many individuals don’t get rid of their unused medications at all; they simply store the drugs in their medicine cabinets – a practice…
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    EcoSalon

  • 15 Ridiculous Easy DIY Repurposed Jewelry Storage Ideas

    Jen Wallace
    23 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Solve your jewelry clutter problems with these easy DIY solutions for jewelry storage. These DIY jewelry storage solutions will keep your necklaces from getting tangled and make choosing what jewelry to wear with your outfit a breeze. Old Type Tray – If you come across an old printing type tray at a thrift or estate sale, repurpose into a jewelry storage unit. Wooden Hanger Jewelry Hanger – No more wooden hangers? Make “mommy dearest” proud with this project to repurpose a wooden hanger and hooks for hanging jewelry. Repurposed Clipboards – If you are like me, you have…
  • Grilled Zucchini Salad Recipe with Cilantro Lime Dressing

    Aylin Erman
    23 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This grilled zucchini salad with cilantro lime dressing is a great go-to summer salad that keeps your hunger at bay but your figure in check. As summer nears, our palates begin to change. In the winter, we crave warmth through denser foods with a bit more of everything – fat, carbs and protein. In the summer, our bodies are naturally drawn to foods that are lighter and cooler in order to offset the ambient heat. This zucchini salad is a deliciously light way to fill up without being weighed down. The zucchini is grilled to smoky perfection, but then paired with a tangy cilantro lime…
  • Watch David Letterman’s Final Top 10 and Try Not to Laugh [Video]

    Abbie Stutzer
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    David Letterman was my late night dude. The first bit I saw him do was the runaway camera that took over New York. After that, I was hooked. Wednesday night was Dave (I call him Dave because it’s like I know him) Letterman’s last show and clips of the event are popping up everywhere. One of the more funny bits, per usual, was the Top 10 List. It was presented by all of David Letterman’s most-frequent guests. Watch the clip below. We’ll miss you, Dave. Related on EcoSalon The Stephen Colbert Highlight Reel that Says it All [Video] The Chelsea Handler Show Moves to…
  • 8 Grooming Products Guys Should Add to their Skin Care Routine

    Krissy Brady
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Skin care routine merch no man should be without. Even if your skin care routine has moved beyond the whole disposable razor and soap thing, a modification every now and then doesn’t hurt. I mean, there are so many issues your skin faces every day—breakouts, blackheads, razor burn—it’s important to stay on top of things. Here are 8 grooming products you should totally take for a spin (no pressure or anything): 1. Skin Diver Active Charcoal Body Soap Say sayonara to bumps, breakouts and bacne, thanks to Origins’ Skin Diver Active Charcoal Body Soap. The bamboo charcoal…
  • 5 Delightful Denim Dresses: Friday Finds

    Abbie Stutzer
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Remember the denim dresses you used to wear in elementary school that you’d accessorize with a giant bow the size of your head? You don’t? So, that was just me… Anyhow, denim dresses are back, but they’ve totally grown up. We’ve rounded five different denim dress looks for this week’s Friday Finds. 1. Vintage Swingy Denim Dress This item is part of Free People’s Vintage Loves collection. We love the design of this ’80s dress. It’s a mini length, so it’ll look great with a pair of sky-high wedges. The shapeless dress also features a scoop…
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  • How Terrorist Bounties Are Calculated

    21 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    In the controversial   alternative   version  that journalist Seymour Hersh  published recently—which the Obama administration vigorously  disputes —t...
  • Blogger Accuses Seymour Hersh Of ‘Plagiarism’ For Bin Laden Raid Story

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

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

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

    30 Apr 2015 | 4:33 am
    For several years, on the advice of doctors and parents, the Laidlers treated their children with a wide range of alternative medicine techniques designed to stem or even reverse autistic...
 
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  • Sea lion rescued from Santa Barbara oil spill dies at SeaWorld

    23 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday.
  • Sea lion rescued from Santa Barbara oil spill dies at SeaWorld

    23 May 2015 | 4:46 pm
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline has died after it was taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be treated, officials said on Saturday.
  • Safety measures ordered for failed oil pipeline in California

    23 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Owners of an oil pipeline that burst in California this week must take numerous corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors contributing to the spill and a plan to fix any flaws found, before they can restart the line, U.S. safety officials said on Friday.
  • Sea urchin haven disturbed by Santa Barbara oil spill

    23 May 2015 | 5:08 am
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stephanie Mutz makes a living plucking sea urchins from the Santa Barbara coast and selling the prickly treasure to upscale restaurants in Southern California.
  • Exclusive: Prosecutors probe possible criminal case in California oil spill

    22 May 2015 | 6:35 pm
    SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) - Government prosecutors are investigating the company at the center of the California oil spill for possible criminal sanctions, according to the district attorney of Santa Barbara - a city that helped spawn the modern environmental movement.
 
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  • Sea Lion Rescued From Santa Barbara Oil Spill Dies At SeaWorld

    23 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    LOS ANGELES, May 23 (Reuters) - A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst. The spill left a number of birds and marine mammals streaked with petroleum. The sea lion was…
  • Pipeline That Leaked Oil Onto California Coast Didn't Have Auto Shut-Off Valve

    23 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original owner of the pipeline skirted the Santa Barbara County requirement by successfully arguing in court in the late 1980s that it should be subject to federal oversight because the pipeline is part of an interstate network, said Kevin Drude, deputy director of the county's Energy and Minerals Division. Auto shut-off valves…
  • Rainbows Form Over Dublin As Ireland Votes To Legalize Gay Marriage

    23 May 2015 | 12:06 pm
    In a historic vote, Ireland passed a referendum to legalize gay marriage. As voters in the Irish capital of Dublin went to the polls on Friday, some noticed a fitting accompaniment from Mother Nature. What a fitting day for a rainbow over Dublin. So very proud to be Irish today! #MarRef pic.twitter.com/rBZGhzSAL7— Fintan Gillespie (@fintangillespie) May 23, 2015 Dublin, if this doesn't tell you My opinion nothing will. #MarRef pic.twitter.com/3PzKFiqF3N— God (@TheTweetOfGod) May 23, 2015 Double rainbow shining over Dublin today... ❤️ #IrelandVoteYes pic.twitter.com/oov4QI42kG—…
  • Hawaii Neighborhood Rallies Together To Save Beloved Homeless Man

    23 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    For decades, a homeless person affectionately nicknamed the Mango Man has been a fixture in the beachside neighborhood of Kailua, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. With waist-length dreadlocks, Mango Man -- whose real name is John Cruz -- is reliably seen around town with his walker (he was hit by a car a few years ago) or sleeping under mango trees (hence his nickname). He is said to be in his late 60s and to have served in the Vietnam War. He doesn’t ask for money or help, but rather sits quietly and watchfully in the neighborhood, sort of like a living landmark. Story continues below...
  • U.S. Suffers Egg Shortage In Wake Of Avian Flu Outbreak

    23 May 2015 | 6:08 am
    (Corrects French industry group name, shows it referred to Dutch interest, not farm ministry spokesman) * Some food companies scout for egg supplies abroad * About 30 pct of egg supply used by U.S. bakeries impacted * Dutch, French companies seeking U.S. approval to export eggs By P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot CHICAGO/NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) - As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps - importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer…
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  • Big Oil: Masters of Deception and Inhumanity

    22 May 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Last week, the American Petroleum Institute -- the primary lobbying group for the oil and gas industry -- hit a new low in their use of deceptive advertising. The lobbyists launched a huge advertising campaign throughout the country aimed at stopping the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job, which is protecting the public from unsafe levels of pollution. Right now, the EPA is considering setting a more protective ozone standard, which would limit the amount of ozone, a greenhouse gas, that states can allow into the air. This is not something the agency does because…
  • Wyoming Fights for the "Right" to Pollute Our Waters

    22 May 2015 | 4:38 pm
    As experienced environmentalists working in the West, we are not surprised when the government impedes our efforts to protect and restore precious wildlife habitat and popular recreation areas in public lands. We do not expect the state to sue us and write laws to criminalize our work to fight water pollution. But in Wyoming, that is just what the state government did. Western Watersheds Project has spent over a decade monitoring the impacts of livestock grazing on water quality in Wyoming. Jonathan Ratner, our Wyoming Director, spends countless field days every year assessing and documenting…
  • Three Ways to Engage Employees in Environmentalism

    22 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    By Tim Mohin and Justin Murrill In 1970, the Beatles released their last album, Vietnam War protests were rampant, and the first Earth Day was held in Washington DC. Just about everything has changed since 1970, but our annual celebration of Earth Day has only gained momentum. And at the recent 45th Earth Day anniversary, big crowds continued to turn out in support of the environment. While environmental advocates and corporations were at odds in the first Earth Day, most corporations now embrace environmentalism. As of this writing, the Corporate Register lists 65,081 corporate…
  • How Badass Senior Dog Steve McQueen Spent His Retirement

    22 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    On Nov 9, 2013, Steve McQueen passed away peacefully in his dog bed at home in Staten Island. Two years before, he sat waiting to be killed in a concrete cell at the Rutherford County Animal Control pound in rural North Carolina. As a senior in a high kill pound, this big old hound had little chance of being rescued or adopted. Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue founders Eva and Sara saw his gentle face in the Facebook album of dogs on the kill list and knew that if they didn't rescue him no one would and he would die cold and alone in the pound. No one knows what Steve's life had been like before…
  • Climate Week 2015: A Cleaner and More Prosperous Global Economy

    22 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    I've often said that tackling climate requires changing the conversation, but -- more than that -- I've come to believe that it truly requires changing the framework that we use to make decisions about our energy future. This week, I had the immense privilege of joining business leaders and policymakers in Paris to celebrate Climate Week. Together, at a forum hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, we discussed how our global community can level the playing field, cut carbon pollution and create a healthier and more prosperous world for our children. It was truly…
 
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  • Ohio patrolman acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage

    23 May 2015 | 7:14 pm
    A patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.
  • Pipeline that leaked wasn't equipped with auto shut-off

    23 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said.
  • Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent 'yes' to gay marriage

    23 May 2015 | 7:44 pm
    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.
  • Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects

    23 May 2015 | 8:02 pm
    By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race relations in the United States. Judge John O'Donnell said Officer Michael Brelo, 31, acted reasonably in shooting the two suspects while standing on the hood of their surrounded car and firing multiple rounds through the windshield. The two people who were killed, Malissa Williams and Timothy…
  • Motorist arrested for killing Colorado cadet, injuring officer: police

    23 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    By Keith Coffman LONGMONT, Colo. (Reuters) - A Colorado State Patrol cadet was killed and his training officer critically injured on Saturday when a motorist they tried to stop struck them with his car, authorities said. The cadet, 21-year-old Taylor Thyfault, died at the scene on Colorado Highway 66 outside the town of Longmont, about 35 miles (56 km) north of Denver, State Patrol spokesman Trooper Josh Lewis said in a statement. Thyfault and Trooper Clinton Rushing, 37, were outside of their cruiser when they were struck, Lewis said.
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    Earth & Climate News -- ScienceDaily

  • How meteorological partnership between US, Cuba was created over 20 years

    22 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    The two-decade-long process to form an active meteorological partnership between the United States and Cuba has been described in a new article. While the U.S. and Cuba have shared meteorological information and data relating to hurricanes and other tropical storms starting as early as the mid-1800's, this is the first time a partnership of this level has been created; it included the shipping and installation of sensitive GPS monitoring equipment, something that would normally not be allowed by either government.
  • Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds

    22 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited. A recently published study looking at glyphosate-resistant waterhemp is providing valuable evidence that points to management practices as the driving force behind herbicide resistance, and that herbicide mixing, as opposed to herbicide rotation, is the most effective tool in managing resistance.
  • Estuaries protect Dungeness crabs from deadly parasites

    22 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Parasitic worms can pose a serious threat to the Dungeness crab, a commercially important fishery species found along the west coast of North America. The worms are thought to have caused or contributed to the crash of the crab fishery of central California during the last half century. New research shows that infected crabs can rid themselves of parasites by moving into the less salty water of estuaries. Low salinity kills the worms creating a parasite refuge for the crabs.
  • Enhancing knowledge crucial to improving energy-saving behaviors, study shows

    22 May 2015 | 5:35 am
    Increasing public knowledge and understanding about energy issues is vital if improved energy-saving behaviors are to be encouraged among individuals and organizations, a study suggests.
  • Breastfeeding protects against environmental pollution

    22 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    Living in a city with a high level of vehicle traffic or close to a steel works means living with two intense sources of environmental pollution. However, a study indicates that the harmful pollution particle matter and nitrogen dioxide disappears in breastfed babies during the first four months of life. According to the results of the research, breastfeeding plays a protective role in the presence of these two atmospheric pollutants.
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

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

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

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

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

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

  • Southern Company May Be Up For Credit Downgrade

    William Pentland
    23 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
    The past week brought more bad news for Southern Company, the Atlanta-based public utility holding company.
  • It Really Is Our Aging Energy Infrastructure.

    James Conca
    22 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz is testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee concerning DOE’s Quadrennial Energy Review that showed America’s energy problems are largely rooted in our crumbling infrastructure – no surprise there!
  • Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar Power

    William Pentland
    22 May 2015 | 4:40 pm
    The solar power industry is in the middle of a spectacular growth spurt in the United States, especially in densely populated areas.
  • The 5 Most Controversial Trades Of 2015 From Ackman To Gross And Gundlach

    Antoine Gara
    22 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    From big bond bets to a new breed of stocks that draw in value investors and short sellers alike, a play on commodity prices and a bet on the government's exit from the U.S. mortgage market, here are the five most controversial trades floating around Wall Street in 2015.
  • SunEdison Inks More Rooftop Solar Projects In Southern California

    William Pentland
    22 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    SunEdison, a solar project developer based in St. Louis, MO, has sealed another deal with Southern California Edison (SCE), an electric utility that serves more than 14 million customers in southern California, to install 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar, enough to power the equivalent of about 63,000 homes.
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    The Good Human

  • What Is Monsanto? – 11 Essential Facts To Keep You In The Know

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

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

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

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

    Lisa Warner
    8 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Shocking facts about land mines – and what we can do to help. Land Mines – the silent killer that just won’t go away – we have all heard terrible stories of the lasting impact of land mines, but the bigger picture of this awful issue is not always realised. The following facts may come as a shock awakening which will hopefully cause more people to stand up against the production of land mines, support efforts to clear them and assist the victims and their families. What Is A Land Mine? The Mine Ban Treaty of 1997 defines an antipersonnel mine as: “a mine designed to…
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    DeSmogBlog

  • Pipeline Company Responsible For Santa Barbara Oil Spill Had Horrendous Safety Record, But So Does The Entire Industry

    Mike Gaworecki
    23 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for the 9-mile long oil slick polluting the California coast near Santa Barbara, is no stranger to oil spills. The LA Times examined data kept by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and discovered that Plains has been cited for 175 safety and maintenance violations since 2006, and incidents involving the company’s pipes have caused more than $23 million in property damage while spilling more than 688,000 gallons of “hazardous liquid.” Click here for reuse options! Tags: Plains All American…
  • Open for Business: First Major Deal Since Energy Reforms Will Bring Fracked Gas to Mexico

    Ben Jervey
    23 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    For the first time in 76 years, a piece of Mexico’s oil and gas infrastructure has been sold to a foreign investor, and the deal will help bring fracked gas from Texas’s Eagle Ford shale region into Mexico. In this first major deal since the country’s landmark energy reforms, Pemex—the state-owned oil company that had kept domain over the country’s vast petroleum and natural gas reserves since they were nationalized back in 1938—sold a 45-percent stake of a prospective natural gas pipeline project to the United States-based investment funds BlackRock and First Reserve. Click here…
  • Power for All Shows Peabody a Real Plan to End Energy Poverty

    Ben Jervey
    22 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Peabody Energy would like you to believe that coal is the only way to light up the homes of the roughly 1.1 billion who still live in energy poverty. A new campaign launched Thursday at the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy For All Forum in New York City offers a much different solution. Clean, distributed energy sources, argue the groups behind Power for All, can eliminate energy poverty more quickly and for a fraction of the cost of centralized electric grids anchored by fossil fuels. And, of course, without poisoning the air of communities and lining the atmosphere with even more…
  • Cuadrilla Owner AJ Lucas’s Share Price Doubles in Wake of Amber Rudd Promotion to Energy Secretary

    Kyla Mandel
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Australian engineering and mining firm AJ Lucas’s share price nearly doubled in the first week following the Conservative party’s surprise election win on May 7. The dramatic jump in value coincided with the promotion of fracking-friendly Amber Rudd to energy and climate secretary. On the day of the UK election, AJ Lucas was trading at AUD$0.30 (£0.15) on the London Stock Exchange. One week later, on Friday May 15, company shares were worth AUD$0.57 (£0.29). With a majority government, the Conservative party has enthusiastically embraced the prospect of shale gas providing a domestic…
  • TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Network Under Investigation by Federal Regulators

    Julie Dermansky
    21 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    AttachmentSize 420135017W_Operator_Response_to_Warning_10242013.pdf50.78 KB 420135017W_Warning_Letter_09102013.pdf111.88 KB 420135021W_Warning_Letter_09262013.pdf112.37 KB A month after revealing that TransCanada is under a compliance review for the Keystone 1 Pipeline, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) disclosed it is also investigating the operations of Keystone XL's southern route, renamed the Gulf Coast Pipeline when the project was split in half. Click here for reuse options! Tags: PHMSAPipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety AdministrationRuss…
 
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    Style Me Pretty » Blogs » Living

  • Host the Best Pool Party Ever

    Gabrielle Hurwitz
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time to start writing down your summer bucket list. In the top spot? Throwing the hottest pool party of the summer—maybe even ever. With a little help, you’ve got this. Once the food and drinks menu is set, all that’s left is making sure everyone has an amazing time, and with the items below, that’s a guarantee. Pool Party EssentialsView SlideshowPool Party EssentialsView Slideshow © Style Me Pretty, 2015. | Permalink | Comments | Add to del.icio.us Post tags: Post categories: The Blog
  • The Ultimate SMP Memorial Day Playlist

    Abigail Silverman
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The grill has been prepped, the appetizers are ready and the sun is shining which can only mean one thing, it’s Memorial Day Weekend. The unofficially kick-off to summer is the perfect time to spend with friends and family, but no BBQ is complete without a killer playlist. If you’re looking for a little music inspiration, look no further our Style Me Pretty Spotify playlist is sure to get the party started! The Ultimate Style Me Pretty Memorial Day Playlist Comment below with songs you want to hear and we’ll be sure to add as many as we can to the Ultimate Memorial Day…
  • Summer Sea Breeze Cocktail

    Abby Capalbo
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Looking for a go-to summer cocktail that’s delicious and refreshing (and super easy to make)? Look no further than the Sea Breeze. It’s been a fan favorite in our household for years, so much so it was even one of our signature cocktails at our wedding. Best part? If you aren’t a cranberry fan, just take it out and voila! You have a Greyhound. It’s like having two cocktails in one. Abby CapalboSummer Sea Breeze Cocktailprep timecook timetotal timeServes 1Ingredients3 oz of Cranberry Juice Splash of Grapefruit Juice 1.5 oz of Vodka Grapefruit WedgeInstructionsPour…
  • Lobster Roll Two Ways

    Abby Capalbo
    22 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    There has been a lobster roll war going on in New England for years. If you are from Maine, you like your little delicacy cold and simple. From Connecticut? Warm and buttery. Me? I just like any lobster roll I can get my hands on. So I’ve mastered two simple lobster recipes that will keep all the guests who pass through our house this summer happy, and giving me an excuse to keep lots of lobster on the menu… The Maine Lobster Roll Simple and classic, this version lets the lobster flavor really shine. 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I prefer to go light on mayo, or I whip up a nice aoli…
  • Summer Entertaining Tips

    Abby Capalbo
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Memorial Day is the unofficial (yet somewhat official) start to summer in our house, and we may or may not start the summer count down around Christmas. It’s kind of a big deal around these parts. And after the winter we had up here in New England, we are beyond ready to take the party outside for a change. So before you break out the BBQ this weekend, here are a few tried and true summer entertaining tips from casa Capalbo…  1. Keep it Casual: I’m all for an elaborate tablescape at a dinner party, but when entertaining outside I prefer to keep things easy. Foraging fresh…
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    Environmental Health News

  • The danger of climate denial.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    It's Memorial Day, and the forecast is for renewed mocking and derision regarding man-made climate change from the know-nothing, science-averse wing of the Republican Party.
  • Saudi oil minister says world can’t abandon fossil fuels.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Ali al-Naimi says it doesn’t make economic sense to switch to investing in solar energy in the short term.
  • Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.
  • China's emissions have been plummeting lately. What's going on?

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Arguably the most important climate story in the world right now is the question of what's happening in China. A recent analysis by Greenpeace International found that China's carbon dioxide emissions have plunged nearly 5 percent, year over year, in the first four months of 2015.
  • Jeb Bush finds new ways to be inaccurate about global warming in 2016 race.

    jpmyers@ehsic.org
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is it with Florida Republicans and global warming? The state that has the most at stake in the near future from global warming-related sea level rise -- with at least $145 billion in property value precariously lying less than 3 feet above the high-tide line -- has a knack for producing politicians who deny the mainstream findings tying the vast majority of recent global warming to manmade emissions of greenhouse gases.
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    Green Car Congress

  • Michelin and Barito Pacific form JV to produce natural rubber in reforestation project; WWF cooperation agreement

    mmillikin
    23 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Michelin and the Barito Pacific Group (BPG) have formed a joint-venture in Indonesia with Barito Pacific Group (BPG) for producing natural, eco-friendly rubber. According to the terms of the agreement, this new joint-venture will be owned 53% by BPG and 47% by Michelin, with Michelin’s contribution to the joint-venture amounting to US$55 million. The project involves the reforestation of three concessions, representing a total surface area of 88,000 hectares, ravaged by uncontrolled deforestation. On half of these areas, situated respectively in the provinces of Jambi (Sumatra) and…
  • Audi to launch new sporty SUV with electric drive in 2018

    mmillikin
    23 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    As part of its expansion of its SUV range, Audi will launch a “sporty SUV with electric drive” in 2018. In addition, Audi will begin production of the Audi Q1 in 2016 and add the new Audi Q8 at the top end of the SUV family in 2019. Overall, Audi plans to expand its model range from today’s 52 to 60 automobiles in 2020. For that purpose, Audi has approved the biggest investment program in its history: €24 billion (US$26 billion) is to be invested between 2015 and 2019—€2 billion more than in the previous planning period. 70% of that capital expenditure will flow into the…
  • Mercedes-Benz investing around $558 million in Berlin plant; global center of competence for CAMTRONIC

    mmillikin
    22 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Mercedes-Benz is investing a total of around €500 million (US$558 million) in its plant in Berlin—the Group’s oldest production facility in operation—which is being developed into a high-tech facility for component production. Some €150 million ($168 million) of that will be applied this year. In the future, Berlin will be a global center of competence for the production of the CAMTRONIC engine management system, giving it a unique position within the production network. The V6-cylinder diesel engine is produced in Berlin. With the agreement of this transformation plan, the…
  • Audi partnering with Baidu and Huawei on vehicle connectivity in China; CarLife support and new LTE module

    mmillikin
    22 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Audi is partnering with Baidu and Huawei to intensify the expansion of connectivity of its cars in China. In advance of the first CES Asia taking place in Shanghai, Audi announced its support of Baidu CarLife (similar to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay) for integration of smartphones in its cars in China. Further, a China-specific LTE module, which Audi is developing in a joint venture with Huawei, will deliver fast data transmission. The aim of our partnership with Baidu—a company that is number one on the Chinese search engine market—is to drive advances in the online networking…
  • New promising solid-state electrolyte for rechargeable Li-metal batteries

    mmillikin
    22 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    The new solid-state electrolyte shows electrochemical stability up to 10 V vs Li/Li. Credit: ACS, Rangasamy et al. Click to enlarge. A team led by researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed a promising solid-state electrolyte for use in advanced rechargeable batteries with Li-metal anodes: a Li7P2S8I phase that exhibits the characteristics of a solid solution between Li3PS4 and LiI with fast ion conduction and electrochemical stability up to 10 V vs Li/Li+. A paper describing the work is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The material has…
 
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  • Adding sustainability to the toilet

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

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

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    10 May 2015 | 10:21 am
    Philanthropy in business is nothing new. From charity giving to foundations and support, businesses have always donated a portion of their time and profits to help those less fortunate, or to tackle broader social and environmental issues. The reasons range from an honest desire to give something back, to the positive publicity charitable work can ... The post Why philanthropic business ventures are essential appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • 5 Benefits Of Switching To A More Sustainable Lifestyle

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    5 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Living a more sustainable lifestyle has numerous advantages and benefits. And not only for the environment and planet earth, but for your personal well being and happiness too.   While it may be difficult to ditch old, unhealthy habits, the changes can help you to improve your life significantly. Even the smallest changes can make ... The post 5 Benefits Of Switching To A More Sustainable Lifestyle appeared first on Eco Friend.
  • Top Eco Friendly Home Renovation Tips

    Community Writer | Community.Drprem.com
    1 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    When it comes to updating your home, the way it looks will most likely be at the forefront of the decisions you make for those new improvements. Other important factor includes functionality aspects, sustainability/longevity and simplicity. Something else that’s really important to think about includes the idea of making your home ‘greener’. Reducing our carbon ... The post Top Eco Friendly Home Renovation Tips appeared first on Eco Friend.
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  • Fewer emissions from trucks equals more money in your pocket. Here's why.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Equinix rolls out 1MW fuel cell for Silicon Valley data center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Siyahi
    9 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    There’s no prevention when it comes to natural calamities. That’s exactly why curing the after-effects is a better choice on which technology also plays a role. NASA’s latest technology signifies the distance human race has travelled in that matter. It’s not long ago since Nepal was rocked by tremors, and the the country is yet to recover. Rescue works have worsened when in cases of earthquake, and it’s in this scenario that NASA’s FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response) has lend its hand to bring back lives of four beings, who were trapped in the rubble.
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  • Buying Local!

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

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

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

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

    GreenMan
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This past Saturday, after snagging our new rain barrels, Steve and I decided to head to Home Depot. I’m definitely glad we went – aside from getting some needed items, it was also really interesting to see some of the green changes under way at HD. You may recall my first post about Home Depot’s […]
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  • BlueIndy, Indianapolis strike deal to save EV carsharing service

    Jonathon Ramsey
    23 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Green Driving, NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle), Transportation Alternatives, ElectricIn a controversial move, the city of Indianapolis agrees to provide $6 million to fund charging stations for electric-car car sharing service BlueIndy.Continue reading BlueIndy, Indianapolis strike deal to save EV carsharing serviceBlueIndy, Indianapolis strike deal to save EV carsharing service originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 May 2015 15:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Audi confirms Q8, electric CUV in the works

    Chris Bruce
    23 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    Filed under: Green, Audi, Technology, Crossover, SUV, Electric, LuxuryAudi's Rupert Stadler talked about the company's future products in a recent speech, including the Q8, Q1, and a new electric model.Continue reading Audi confirms Q8, electric CUV in the worksAudi confirms Q8, electric CUV in the works originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 May 2015 09:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Hyundai leased 70 Tucson fuel-cell vehicles in first year

    Sebastian Blanco
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Filed under: Green, Hyundai, Crossover, HydrogenHyundai leased around 70 hydrogen-powered Tucson fuel-cell CUVs in the US in the first year. The reason for the limited number is a lack of H2 stations.Continue reading Hyundai leased 70 Tucson fuel-cell vehicles in first yearHyundai leased 70 Tucson fuel-cell vehicles in first year originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 May 2015 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Georgia EV supporters threaten lawsuits, Tesla invites hacking at Def Con?

    John Beltz Snyder
    22 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Filed under: Government/Legal, Green, Tesla, Alternative Fuels, Technology, ElectricChina eliminates taxes for commercial EVs. EV owners feel unfairly targeted by Georgia road use fee, and threaten to sue. Sources say Tesla will allow hacking of a Model S at Def Con in August.Continue reading Recharge Wrap-up: Georgia EV supporters threaten lawsuits, Tesla invites hacking at Def Con?Recharge Wrap-up: Georgia EV supporters threaten lawsuits, Tesla invites hacking at Def Con? originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 May 2015 17:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of…
  • Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over bad wiring harness

    Jonathon Ramsey
    22 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Filed under: Green, Recalls, Porsche, Safety, Convertible, Hybrid, Luxury, PerformancePorsche is recalling the 918 Spyder to correct a problem with a wiring harness that can be damaged by a carbon fiber component.Continue reading Porsche 918 Spyder recalled over bad wiring harnessPorsche 918 Spyder recalled over bad wiring harness originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 May 2015 14:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
 
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  • This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    23 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson. The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action. Rain Lamp from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo. Read the rest of This water-filled…
  • Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

    Kristine Lofgren
    23 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is the result of a years long effort to get schools to introduce environmentally friendly options into our schools and it will not only be better for the environment, but it will help educate kids about the importance of making sustainable choices. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly cafeteria, Eco friendly food, eco friendly food trays, eco friendly plates, eco friendly…
  • Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

    Tafline Laylin
    23 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel fitted onto the jar’s lid absorbs solar energy during the day and when the sun goes down, the little LED light inside the jar is ready to be switched on. Read the rest of Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottled sunshine, Consol, Consol solar jar, eco design, glass, green…
  • Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using Just One Sheet of Paper

    Helen Morgan
    23 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    Move to Trash Read the rest of Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using Just One Sheet of Paper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture made from paper, artwork paper, craft paper, eco-art, green art, ingrid siliakus, masahiro chatani, miniature paper cities, paper architecture, paper art, paper cities, paper design, precision cutting, sheet paper, sustainable art
  • Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

    Lori Zimmer
    23 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    Read the rest of Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design, green design, Juust, pop-up hotel, portable furniture, sustainable design, Travelbox
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  • Public-Private Partnership to Create Long-Term Water Supply

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Los Angeles County Business Federation has endorsed a water project that will capture and conserve groundwater currently being lost to evaporation and create a new water supply for some 400,000 people and businesses. The alliance of more than 135 local business groups voted at its May 19 board meeting to support the Cadiz Valley […]
  • Kering Open-Sources EP&L Methodology

    Karen Henry
    22 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    More than 93 percent of Kering’s environmental impact falls within its supply chain, according to its Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L) Methodology and 2013 Group Results. The EP&L is the company’s monetary valuation of the environmental impacts across its operations and supply chains. Kering, the French luxury goods holding company owner of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, […]
  • Walmart’s Water Management Saves $4 Million

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Walmart’s portfolio-wide cooling water management strategy has delivered 660 million gallons and over $4 million in cost savings since 2008, according to a case study published on Environmental Defense Fund’s EDF+Business blog. The case study includes a step-by-step process other companies can follow to implement their own water-saving strategies. It builds on the EDF and AT&T […]
  • How Food, Beverage Producers Can Lessen Climate Risks to Business

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Food and beverage producers can decrease the effects of climate change on their business through a three-pronged approach, says Tetra Pak CEO Brian Kennell in a blog post. This includes: Analyze risks and evaluate risks of doing nothing. Develop your strategy to lower carbon emissions. Measure progress and take action through means including life cycle […]
  • Minnesota Twins, Eco-Products Team Up Against Ballpark Waste

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    In another step to minimize waste generated at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins and Eco-Products have partnered to turn tons of fans’ trash into fertile soil, rather than piling up in area landfills. Eco-Products, is supplying hundreds of thousands of compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws at Target Field. Now almost all packaging used […]
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  • Elkington’s Dramatization of ‘The Stretch Agenda’ Aims to Help Execs Move Beyond ‘Change-as-Usual’

    Brynn McNally
    22 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    “We pan in to a generously proportioned boardroom on the 33rd floor of an iconic skyscraper, soaring above London and the River Thames. … This is an Extraordinary Board Meeting.”So begins the opening scene in The Stretch Agenda, a ‘playper’ released by advisory firm Volans last week. Over three acts, the innovative report enlivens the call for businesses to look beyond incremental change and focus strategy on the system dynamics that impact their longevity.The plot follows a meeting of C-suite executives from fictional company MN-Co, as they discuss how to prepare for the global…
  • With G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans Collection, You Can Help Clean Up the Seas — and Get Free Dry Cleaning for Life

    Caitlin Kauffman
    22 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    The Eco Laundry Company, the world’s first certified B Corp dry cleaner and laundry service franchise, has announced a strategic partnership with famed denim heavyweight G-Star RAW. As part of the partnership, The Eco Laundry Company will offer free dry cleaning for life for any piece of clothing from G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans collection, a clothing line curated by Pharrell Williams and made with fabric spun from recycled ocean plastic.“We’re ecstatic to be aligning our brand with some of the most innovative, eco-minded people in the fashion and arts communities,” said Phillipe…
  • Trending: Gold-Plated Onions and 3D-Printed Skin — the Next Wave of Human Tissue Technology?

    Caitlin Kauffman
    22 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Every day seems to bring new uses for 3D printing – earlier this week, NASA announced a competition to design 3D printing settlements for deep space. Now, L’Oréal has revealed plans to 3D print human skin.The cosmetics giant has joined forces with bioengineering startup Organovo, a company that “designs and creates multicellular, dynamic, and functional human tissues to create artificial human skin to use in product testing.” This is the first partnership with a cosmetic company for the startup, which claims it has already 3D-printed a human liver.The process begins with…
  • Walmart Announces New Animal Welfare Policy, $4M in Savings After Water Policy Revamp

    Caitlin Kauffman
    22 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Today, Walmart announced a commitment to improving farmed animal welfare across its global food supply chain with one of the most comprehensive animal welfare policies of its kind. The change in policy comes after six hidden-camera videos taken by animal welfare group Mercy For Animals (MFA) at Walmart pork suppliers across the country exposed extreme animal abuse.“Our customers want to know more about how their food is grown and raised, and where it comes from. As the nation’s largest grocer, Walmart is committed to using our strengths to drive transparency and improvement across the…
  • Pro Baseball, Public Schools Innovating to Reduce Waste

    Mike Hower
    22 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    As concerns over bulging landfills abound, a diverse and growing group of innovators across the country are looking for new ways to transform trash into something less wasteful.The Minnesota Twins and Eco-Products, for example, recently partnered to reduce the waste generated at Target Field through a new effort to divert fans' trash from the landfill by turning it into fertile soil.Eco-Products, which makes single use foodservice products made from renewable and recycled resources, is supplying hundreds of thousands of compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws at Target Field.
 
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  • The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food

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

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

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    South Korea not only has some of the world's strictest laws in order to reduce food waste, but is also testing technology that holds citizens accountable The post Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Time To Get Plastic Microbeads Out Of Personal Care Products?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    19 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Plastic microbeads are polluting waterways, and legislatures around the US, as well as some companies making these additives, are responding The post Time To Get Plastic Microbeads Out Of Personal Care Products? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • TIO: A Unique Take On The Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    The TIO toothbrush concept incorporates bioplastics with a replaceable head to create much less plastic waste than the traditional product The post TIO: A Unique Take On The Eco-Friendly Toothbrush appeared first on Sustainablog.
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  • Why Sacred Places Matter

    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Earth Island: In the last month, Native Hawaiians blockaded construction machinery headed for the top of sacred Mauna Kea, where a 30-meter telescope is to be built. Thirty-one people were arrested. In Arizona, members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe walked 45 miles to Oak Flats and occupied a ceremonial initiation site that the US Congress has handed over to a London-based mining company for a copper mine. In California, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe continues their fierce opposition to government plans to raise the...
  • Why Sacred Places Matter

    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Earth Island: In the last month, Native Hawaiians blockaded construction machinery headed for the top of sacred Mauna Kea, where a 30-meter telescope is to be built. Thirty-one people were arrested. In Arizona, members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe walked 45 miles to Oak Flats and occupied a ceremonial initiation site that the US Congress has handed over to a London-based mining company for a copper mine. In California, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe continues their fierce opposition to government plans to raise the...
  • Antarctic Peninsula experiences ‘dramatic’ ice melt

    22 May 2015 | 1:50 am
    Blue and Green: An equivalent of the UK’s annual domestic water supply is being lost in ice melting in the Antarctic Peninsula according to new satellite research led by the University of Bristol. The Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing ‘dramatic’ losses in ice mass according to new research published on Friday. Studies of satellite data led by researchers at Bristol revealed that around 60 cubic kilometres of ice is melting every year, equating to the annual domestic water supply to the UK. Published in the...
  • Canada becomes full member Thirty Meter Telescope project

    22 May 2015 | 1:32 am
    KHON: Canada is the most recent nation to affirm its commitment to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and was voted in as a full member of the project by the TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Directors at a recent board meeting. The country joins California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the science institutions of China, India, and Japan as partners in the TMT project. TIO is the nonprofit limited liability company founded in May 2014 to carry out the construction...
  • Hawaiian natives continue to oppose TMT atop Mauna Kea

    22 May 2015 | 1:29 am
    Northern Californian: The rift between Hawaiian natives and astronomers over the issue of mounting Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea continue to exist as Hawaiians perceive the mount as the realm of the gods where people are not supposed to enter. In the recent weeks, protesters have been arrested while trying to halt construction of world’s largest telescope. According to them, the site is sacred and needs preservation. However, astronomers involved with the telescope project want to strike a balance between...
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  • Obama's Plan to Save the Monarch Butterflies' Epic Migration

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

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

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

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

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

    Eric Wesoff
    23 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    The billionaire CEO of a soaring solar firm shorted his own company's stock days before the company lost $18 billion in value and the CEO lost $15 billion in personal worth. As we reported, Hanergy Thin Film (HTF) stock plunged 47 percent on May 20 "probably due to forced liquidation" and the "firm's failure to repay stock-collateralized loans," as reported by China Business News. Reports suggest that Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission is investigating market tampering of HTF shares. According to CNN Money, CEO Li Hejun "increased his short position by 796 million…
  • Alarm.com Files for $75M IPO to Grow the Connected Home

    Jeff St. John
    22 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Alarm.com plans to raise up to $75 million in an initial public offering, seeking to capitalize on what it claims is its market-leading position in connected home technology. The news, first reported by CEPro represents a big move by one of the leaders in the burgeoning smart home field. Over the past several years, security providers like ADT, cable companies like Comcast, and a host of telecommunications providers have started to turn what has been a niche industry into something approaching mass-market potential.  But Alarm.com says it’s leading the pack. The Vienna,…
  • California’s Software for Planning Net Metering 2.0 Is Broken

    Jeff St. John
    22 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    California’s attempt to rework its solar regulations could be stymied by a flawed and ineffective software planning tool meant to model the cost-effectiveness of proposed policies to replace the state’s current net metering regime.    That’s the stunning conclusion of solar groups, environmental and ratepayer advocates, and utility Pacific Gas & Electric, all of which have submitted harsh criticism of the California Public Utilities Commission's “NEM Public Tool” in the past month. These comments describe a software platform, built by Energy and…
  • Video Breakdown: Why Utility-Owned Rooftop Solar Is So Controversial

    Julia Pyper
    22 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    Should regulated utilities be allowed to own and rate-base residential solar? It’s a polarizing question. On the one hand, supporters say utility-owned rooftop solar will increase access to clean energy, while reducing strain on the grid and saving money for all ratepayers. On the other, opponents say utility rooftop solar programs are expensive and unfair, viewing them as veiled efforts to capitalize on a growing market that threatens the traditional utility business model. This debate is currently playing out in Arizona, where regulators recently approved plans for Arizona Public…
  • California PUC Approves 500MW of Gas for SDG&E, Rejects Alternatives

    Eric Wesoff
    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Earlier this year, we suggested that the decision on San Diego Gas & Electric's Carlsbad gas-fired peaker plant would be a calling card for new California PUC President Michael Picker. If the Picker CPUC halted the $2.6 billion project, it would send a signal that renewables, or at least, the loading order, were being seriously considered. On Thursday, despite proposed decisions to halt the project, Picker's CPUC voted 4-1 to approve a new 500-megawatt gas-fired power plant in Carlsbad, Calif. Commissioner Catherine Sandoval was the lone dissenter. Sources close to the issue…
 
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  • Dell Scotland Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

    Tim Griffin, VP/GM—Dell UK
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Looking around our 10th Anniversary celebrations at City Park today, I am so proud at how quickly our presence has grown in Scotland. In just ten years, we’ve grown to have approximately 650 team members, with everyone dedicated in servicing over 2,000 Scottish customer businesses. We’re not stopping there - with our recent role as Official IT Hardware and Data Centre Supporter at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the renewed lease of our City Park campus in Glasgow, we’re committed to continued investment in Scotland. Since we launched in City Park in 2005,…
  • Bringing Dell Shoppers New Levels of Convenience

    pauljwalsh
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Every morning I go to my favorite coffee shop. I spend between 10 and 15 minutes waiting in line, ordering, paying, walking to the end of the counter and waiting again for my drink. 15 minutes a day is almost three days a year! That’s a lot of time in an age when we increasingly expect new levels of convenience from retailers to make our lives easier. Advancements in technologies such as social, mobile and cloud have made almost anything possible. Even though these advancements and many others have increased customer loyalty by letting us engage on our terms, there still remains far too…
  • What Lives Inside Now Lives Outside Hulu

    Laura P. Thomas
    21 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    There’s a holiday weekend coming up in the U.S., but you won’t need the extra day off to watch all four episodes of What Lives Inside, now available on Inside Films. Originally released exclusively on Hulu, this social movie is a joint effort of Dell and Intel, but truly the creation of Oscar-winning director Robert Stromberg. Intel has worked with other partners on similar social films, but AdAge said “this may be the most inspiring yet.” "The story has become a very personal journey for me," said Stromberg. "As a working father in Hollywood, I can…
  • Expanding VDI Solutions for Small & Medium Businesses

    Jeff McNaught
    19 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Dell has been a long-term partner of Citrix – working together to develop and innovate products to serve our customers’ needs. This week, we were a platinum sponsor at Citrix Synergy 2015 to meet with customers and present our latest Citrix-based solutions. At the show, we announced the Dell Appliance for Wyse – Citrix, the first ever end-to-end appliance designed specifically for smaller organizations, once again making Dell the easiest way to plan, deploy and run desktop virtualization. Dell and Citrix know that despite all the productivity, flexibility and efficiency…
  • Keeping IoT Weird

    Kirsten Billhardt
    18 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Last week Dell went to San Francisco to participate in the self-proclaimed ‘world’s largest and most comprehensive IoT event’: IoT World. It was indeed big and covered a wide range of topics – from Consumer to Industrial and Hackathons to hard core analytics.  It was also a little bit weird, but in a good way. It was like being part of an emerging ‘scene’ where the hopes and dreams haven’t been polished away. In one small area of the floor we saw an antenna provider close to a telecom giant all a stone’s throw from a 100 year old…
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    The New Republic

  • The Philosopher Novelist

    Nick Romeo
    23 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Milan Kundera has a strikingly capacious vision of the novel. In an interview with Philip Roth from 1980, he enumerated some of the elements of his fiction: “Ironic essay, novelistic narrative, autobiographical fragment, historic fact, flight of fancy.” The novel that made him famous, The Un
  • How to Write About Fashion

    Anne Hollander
    23 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fashion writing is a funny business. Nestled next to lavish ads, it can’t easily say what it really thinks. “Ugly” becomes “conceptual”; “looks like grandma’s nightie” becomes “a return to old-fashioned femininity.” The fashion writer and scholar Anne Hollander—who pinpoint
  • Pauline Kael's First Film Review for The New Republic

    Pauline Kael
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The most revolutionary thing about Pauline Kael was her voice: wild, undisciplined, impassioned, and, above all, personal. And for that reason, she didn’t last long at the comparatively rigorous New Republic. “[The readers] thought of me as an impertinent snip,” she later said. Sh
  • Paid Leave This Week: Breastfeeding Models, Pregnant Marines, and the Worst States for Working Moms

    Esther Breger
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The best and worst states for working mothers: Thinking of having kids? You might not want to move to Indiana, Utah, or Montana, according to a new report by the Institute of Women’s Policy Re
  • The Real Democratic Primary: Hillary Versus the Media

    Suzy Khimm
    22 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Beth Lilly, 29, remembers the first time she felt like the media was doing Hillary Clinton wrong: It was in 1992, when she was just about six years old, and remembers that people weren’t happy about Hillary’s chocolate-chip cookie recipe.The incident was actually one of the most
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: Every Sustainability Acronym, Explained

    Jen Boynton
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We often hear that sustainability is a hot mess of acronyms that are intimidating to newcomers. We agree. Here's a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations every sustainability professional should know.
  • Developing Nations’ Renewable Investments to Exceed Those of Developed World

    RP Siegel
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.
  • Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

    3p Contributor
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.
  • New Report Offers Advice on Selling Sustainability, But Is it Right?

    Raz Godelnik
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Why is selling sustainability so difficult? This question opens a new report from BSR and Futerra, aiming to provide an effective framework that marketers struggling with this challenge could use. However, for marketers losing sleep over how to sell sustainable products and services and wondering if this is the report they’ve been looking for – let me just say this, your troubles are (probably) not over yet.
  • The Coming, Preventable Phosphorus Crisis

    Nithin Coca
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We're running out of phosphorus, one of the most important elements in soil that is critical for agriculture. Time to expand ecological farming, a solution that could replenish soils and build sustainability.
 
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    Green Parent Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Optimizing for 9 Key Cycling Touch Points

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

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

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

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

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

  • Low appetite prices keep acceleration during 0.8%

    Blogger
    23 May 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Last month, a bank pronounced a opinion for inflation, a pivotal indicator behind rate decisions, remained “roughly balanced.” The post Low appetite prices keep acceleration during 0.8% appeared first on EnergyBloggers.
  • Want Great Longevity and Health? It Takes a Village

    Blogger
    23 May 2015 | 4:05 pm
    ENLARGE In a fibre of whitewashed villages in a plateau of a Italian island of Sardinia, there are 21 centenarians in a race of 10,000. Only about 4 in 10,000 Americans strech a 100-year mark. So what do a Sardinians know that a possess diet-and-health spooky nation doesn’t? In April, we visited this epicenter of longevity along with Michel Poulain, a Belgian demographer; Paulo Francalacci, an Italian evolutionary geneticist; and Gianni Pes, an Italian medicine and medical researcher. For a past 11 years, we have been investigate what we call “blue zones” around a world—places where…
  • JB Smoove is a comedic hurricane in high-energy show

    Blogger
    23 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    A round of kinetic appetite by a name of J.B. Smoove rolled by Helium Comedy Club and pennyless a assembly in half Thursday night, during a initial of 5 shows using by Saturday. Confession time: we initial became wakeful of Smoove by his purpose as Leon Black on Larry David’s HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” After relocating in with David during a sixth season, Black became a source of spasmodic surpassing (but mostly profane) knowledge that mostly stole each theatre he was in. we had seen Smoove uncover adult in several other cinema and radio shows, though didn’t unequivocally know…
  • Used MRI magnets get a second possibility during life in high-energy production experiments

    Blogger
    22 May 2015 | 9:53 am
    Argonne high-energy physicist Peter Winter, who recently won a DOE Early Career Award, is reusing aged MRI magnets, like a one seen above, to benchmark orchestration for new high-energy production experiments. Credit: Mark Lopez When it comes to magnets, a doctor’s rabble is a physicist’s treasure. Researchers during a U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently acquired dual decommissioned magnets from magnetic inflection imaging (MRI) scanners from hospitals in Minnesota and California that will find a new home as proof drift for instruments used…
  • Health Insurers Seek Hefty Rate Boosts

    Blogger
    21 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Major insurers in some states are proposing large rate increases for health skeleton sole underneath a sovereign health law, environment a theatre for an heated discuss this summer over a law’s impact. In New Mexico, marketplace personality Health Care Service Corp. is seeking for an normal burst of 51.6% in premiums for 2016. The biggest insurer in Tennessee, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has requested an normal 36.3% increase. In Maryland, marketplace personality CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield wants to lift rates by 30.4% opposite the products…. The post Health Insurers Seek…
 
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    Non-toxic Kids

  • Indoor Air Pollution (and how to avoid it)

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

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

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

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

    Katy
    4 May 2015 | 4:06 am
    I am so blessed to have launched my new middle grade fiction book, The Order of the Trees, on Friday.  You should have seen it– fiddle and guitar music, former and current students and families milling around, friends and neighbors gathered at our local school’s library on a sunny Friday afternoon. There were tree cookies. And I don’t mean the tree cookies I tried to make. That didn’t work out so well. But my friends blessed with baking skills produced a table full of sweet treats for everyone. Then there was my friend and colleague Chip with two student fiddlers. The…
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    Crunchy Chicken

  • What's growing In the garden - May 2015

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

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

    Crunchy Chicken
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    RIP, Sarah, you big, white fluffy butted chicken. May you forever peck at delicious cabbage worms in the big hen house in the sky.
  • Full time homeschooling middle school

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

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

  • Mood Mists – Easy Aromatherapy Sprays

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

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

    Tiffany
    12 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    When you think about all the pollutants we breathe outside from the cars, factories, and businesses all around us it may come as a shock to know that in general, INDOOR air pollution is more likely to be a problem for us. Not only do the indoors have their own serious issues, as much as 25% of outdoor pollution can follow us indoors. Inside of doors you will actually find 2 to 5 times the amount of air pollution. Scary! Think about how many hours we spend inside. According to the graphic below it is 90% of our time. What exactly are we breathing in during that 90%? Dust mites, pollen,…
  • Growing Healthy Minds – Why Gardening is Educational

    Tiffany
    10 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Gardening is more than just a fun and productive activity. It is more than just a weekend hobby or a way to add a little extra food to the budget menu. For homeschoolers and for those interested in furthering the practical education of their children, it is also a great activity for helping kids to learn. Kids who garden and learn how to feed themselves and nurture the soil around them are learning practical life skills. It makes for a “groundbreaking” education. How so? Here are some of the ways. Gardening: Teaches Planning and Goal Setting – Great gardens actually…
  • Sweat Green – Eco Friendly Gym Gear

    Tiffany
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    When you think of helping the environment picking the right gym gear is not usually the first thing that comes to mind, but eco friendly gym gear can be a big step towards living a greener existence. Just think about how many people go to gyms each day. Each of those people might be packing a big bag full of stuff that they will use while they are there. Think about all the folks who have home gyms. It really adds up. Lots of the gym gear you see is made from plastic, even the clothing. While I may not be able to avoid all plastic and other planet-cringing materials, I like to think that you…
 
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    The Green Phone Booth

  • What NOT To Do In a Drought

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

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

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

    Mindful Echo
    13 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    When Mindful Echo's tummy hurts... Anyone else have memories of sick days as a child? Days when the flu knocked you out and you were forced to spend the day in bed missing out on all the fun going on at school and on the playground? I know the only thing that comforted me then was sipping on a small glass of ginger ale (plus pop was a rare treat in my house).As an adult I still turn to the spicy, soothing ginger root when my stomach gets upset. These days, though, I skip the processed version and go right to the original source. I get to the root of it - the ginger root, that is. (PUN FULLY…
  • Why We Need To Regulate Environmental Issues

    Green Bean
    6 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    From the bean of Green Bean.It was early Sunday morning.  I had to swing by the ATM to load up on cash for our weekly farmers' market.  The parking lot in my densely populated suburb was eerily empty.  A couple of cars.  Some guy digging through a dumpster.  And some plastic bottles and a paper or two being kicked around by the breeze.  Something was missing. Not people.  Not cars.  But plastic bags.  When was the last time you have traversed a parking lot and not seen a single plastic bag - alight in the wind, caught in a tree, shoved underneath a…
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    Green and Clean Mom ™

  • 9 Tips for a Successful Garage or Yard Sale

    greenandcleanmom
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Homemade Beauty Recipes

    greenandcleanmom
    19 May 2015 | 6:33 am
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  • Jord Wood Watches – Keeping this Type–A Mama on Time

    greenandcleanmom
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Hummus: Gotta Get Me Some

    greenandcleanmom
    13 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Yummy Blueberry Recipes for Healthy Snacks

    greenandcleanmom
    11 May 2015 | 6:00 am
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    GreenStyleMom

  • Right Now - Puppy in the Park

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

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

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

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

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

  • Spring Flowers: What’s Blooming in May.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Eco Stain Removers – Put to the Test

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

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

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

    Micaela
    12 May 2015 | 9:39 am
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  • Spotlight On: Seven Sundays Blueberry Chia Muesli

    Micaela
    8 May 2015 | 9:08 am
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    Go Green Travel Green

  • What does Go Green Products Mean

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cool and Fresh New Look in Wedding Announcements

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

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

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

    Monica
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
      We were given $50 to spend and asked to check out an item from the Electronics Department at our local Walmart… Well, we didn’t want to do the typical MP3 player, tablet, or techie type electronic item… We wanted to do something just a little different. I gave my hubby the choice, and he thought that the Cobra Family Service Radio/Weather Alert Radio would be a perfect choice with hunting season coming up. While at the store we did a little bit of quick research and chose the Cobra CXT595 to try out. As the primary outdoorsman of the family, I gave him the chance to…
  • Purex Powershot: No mess No Fuss Laundry Detergent Measuring

    Monica
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Because you know it’s all about them stains, ’bout them stains, ’bout them stains… No dirt now… Oh.. Hi! I’ve been all caught up in laundry here at the Mommy Brain household. A very active family of four means lots of laundry here. Between school, running, meetings, workouts, etc, we go through a lot of clothing here, and laundry detergent is a very important part of getting the stains out, the smelly sweat out and getting everything fresh and clean. Purex sent me a bottle of the Mountain Breeze scented Purex Powershot Laundry Detergent to try out, and…
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    Green (Living) Review

  • Personal transportation of the future: The Bicycle

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

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

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

    Veshengro
    13 May 2015 | 11:45 am
    BPI, USCC Announce Increased Focus on Compostable Products for International Compost Awareness Week Healthy soil and global food security are intertwined, as are composting and diversion of food residuals. The US Composting Council and Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) are solidifying their partnership to facilitate increased food scrap collection, diverting valuable materials from the waste stream for high quality compost manufacturing. BPI will become a benefactor member of the USCC, the two groups announced today. This is the highest level of membership support for USCC, and builds on…
  • Arts and crafts activities are good for you

    Veshengro
    13 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Arts and crafts activities may be able to ward off dementia by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you have ever wanted to try your hand at pottery, woodcarving, basketry or knitting, a new study suggests that doing so might be good for your health, especially your mental health. Middle-age and older adults who do arts and crafts activities and socialize may reduce their risk of the thinking and memory problems that can lead to dementia, the study found. Researchers have followed 256 people whose average age was 87 at the beginning of the study. Over four years, 121 participants developed mild…
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    Green Your Decor

  • Made in the Shade for Memorial Day

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

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

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

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

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

  • Maison D is An Affordable Family Home

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

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

    Christine Walsh
    20 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    The London-based studio ecoLogicStudio has recently showcased a prototype of its so-called urban algae canopy at the “Feeding the Planet” expo in Milan. The urban algae canopy is a bio-digital structure filled with fluid that contains microalgae organisms. These are pumped around the otherwise transparent structure and are capable of producing oxygen, biomass energy and dynamic shade. They also respond to the presence of visitors and can produce very interesting visual effects. There are a series of tubes, which move the microalgae around to the transparent panels, which make up…
  • Covert House is Sustainable and Gorgeous

    Christine Walsh
    19 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    The London-based architecture firm DSDHA recently completed the build of a very unique house. Covert House, as it is called, is a modern family home, which due to the desire to reduce its visual impact, is sunken halfway into the ground. The visible part of the home is covered with mirrors and glass to make it blend into its surroundings even better. The home also boasts a number of sustainable features and was recently shortlisted for a RIBA housing award. Covert House measures 1,453 sq ft (135 sq m) and is located in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. Due to the strict local conservation laws,…
  • Green Design Saves Time and Environment

    Tim Nieuwenhuis
    18 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    The most solar-panelled, sustainable material-using, eco-friendly building can still leave an unnecessary environmental footprint. How? By forgetting to design the structure paperless. Engineers love to use paper, and an average residential structural engineer will use at least a ton of it every month. This translates to millions of wide printing cartridges dumped and tens of millions of trees chopped down – just to do math. So why not use Jarvis or some fancy engineering relative software and help save the environment? Because, for most buildings, doing the math on paper is just more…
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    The Green Parent

  • How to bond with your kids over books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • “Bride of Frankenfood”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cooking Up a Story
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    Published on Cooking Up a Story In this interview with Dan Barber, we talk about his book, The Third Plate, his passion for sourcing the finest ingredients, sustainability, and the importance of culture. Cooking Up a Story - An online television show about food and sustainable living
 
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  • Northeast weather looks bad for Memorial Day weekend

    Kerry Marasco
    21 May 2015 | 9:30 pm
    It’s considered by many to be the unofficial start of Summer. Memorial Day is known for barbeques, picnics, and travel. The Northeast United States may have a difficult time doing their traditional Memorial Day weekend activities as the weather appears to be anything but accommodating. Chilly air from Canada will effect everywhere from Pennsylvania up to Maine starting Friday when many people will be in the middle of their travels. Temperatures are expected to dip down into the 20s across much of the region. According to Accuweather: This potential for a freeze is occurring later than…
  • Space junk risk could have us putting lasers on the International Space Station

    Alfie Joshua
    19 May 2015 | 5:13 pm
    With the risk of space collisions growing with every passing second and with every new satellite put into orbit, some scientists are suggesting that we should equip the International Space Station with defensive lasers that could blow space debris out of the sky. Literally. Yes, freakin’ lasers. “The EUSO telescope, which was originally designed to detect cosmic rays, could also be put to use for this useful project,”says Toshikazu Ebisuzaki at the Riken Computational Astrophysics Laboratory in Wako, Japan. While it sounds like a good idea to protect the equipment in space,…
  • Mexico, Canada bully US over meat labeling law

    Kerry Marasco
    18 May 2015 | 9:39 pm
    The Republican Congress is taking measures to repeal a law that requires meat to be labeled with information about where an animal was born, raised and slaughtered. The reason: Canada and Mexico think it’s unfair and it’s costing them money. They’re also calling it discriminatory against imported livestock. As consumers, we should be outraged. There’s a reason that the law requiring labeling was put originally put into place. We have the right to know from where the food we eat originated. The economic impact on Canada and Mexico, as unfortunate as it is, does not…
  • Can I hitch a ride, Mom?

    Jesseb Shiloh
    16 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    What does a four-day-old African spurred tortoise do when he needs to get around? Become a hat for his mom, of course! Via Daily Mail. The post Can I hitch a ride, Mom? appeared first on WeHeartWorld.
  • Another blogger folds to Monsanto

    Alfie Joshua
    15 May 2015 | 10:58 pm
    At some point, one has to wonder if there really is money changing hands when it comes to Monsanto and bloggers. It seems unlikely, of course, but the number of bloggers who are miraculously “seeing the light” about Monsanto and becoming rabid supporters is starting to get ridiculous. Case-in-point: Manny Schewitz from Forward Progressives. This liberal blog has been on the right side of many issues, but they’ve turned into Monsanto apologists for whatever reason. In this case, it’s being blamed on science. According to their hundreds of hours of research, the site is…
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    INHABITAT

  • This water-filled lamp makes it rain in your home

    Jill Fehrenbacher
    23 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    If you thought water and lighting are two things that should never meet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this mesmerizing new “Rain Lamp” by designer Richard Clarkson. The nature-inspired Rain Lamp uses a pump system to circulate water through a glass globe, allowing for a slow, steady drip of droplets that are projected by light onto surrounding surfaces. The steady drip of the lamp results in a mesmerizing ripple effect on your floor. Read on to see a short video of this unique light in action. Rain Lamp from Richard Clarkson on Vimeo. Read the rest of This water-filled…
  • Six of the largest school districts in the US are ditching polystyrene

    Kristine Lofgren
    23 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Six of the largest school districts in the nation announced that they are ditching polystyrene trays (more commonly known as styrofoam) for eco-friendly compostable plates. The move is the result of a years long effort to get schools to introduce environmentally friendly options into our schools and it will not only be better for the environment, but it will help educate kids about the importance of making sustainable choices. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly cafeteria, Eco friendly food, eco friendly food trays, eco friendly plates, eco friendly…
  • Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night

    Tafline Laylin
    23 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    There are all kinds of awesome sustainable lighting projects illuminating the planet these days but we have developed a new soft spot for the Consol Solar Jar from South Africa. A clever solar panel fitted onto the jar’s lid absorbs solar energy during the day and when the sun goes down, the little LED light inside the jar is ready to be switched on. Read the rest of Sunshine in a Bottle: Consol’s Solar Jar Captures the Sun’s Rays and Lights Up at Night Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bottled sunshine, Consol, Consol solar jar, eco design, glass, green…
  • Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using Just One Sheet of Paper

    Helen Morgan
    23 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    Move to Trash Read the rest of Ingrid Siliakus Creates Intricately Layered Architectural Models Using Just One Sheet of Paper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture made from paper, artwork paper, craft paper, eco-art, green art, ingrid siliakus, masahiro chatani, miniature paper cities, paper architecture, paper art, paper cities, paper design, precision cutting, sheet paper, sustainable art
  • 28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

    Inhabitat
    23 May 2015 | 12:29 am
    Read the rest of 28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printed galactica table lamp, 3D printed lamps, 3D-printed LED lamps, acorn lamps, Ameico Design, Archilume, Collector, CP Lighting, eco-friendly lighting, Edison Bulb, energy efficient lighting, Foxcat Design, Gem Bulb, Graypantsstudio, green design, green interiors, green lighting, green products, green technology, Greenfire Mobius LED and fiberoptic lighting, hanging Tearlights, Jamie Durie, LED filament bulbs, LED lighting, LEDs, Mater Design, modular NON Linear LED…
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    Eco-Office Gals

  • 5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

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

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

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

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

    Kate Wilson
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Renovating your office space is about a lot more than just a few paint swatches. Deciding to make a change in décor is really about deciding to make a positive change in the office environment, one that will be beneficial to you, your employees and your clients. Whether your budget is large or small, it is crucial to think about your options before you get started.  How, for example, can you maximize the office space to motivate employees to perform at their best and increase their output? Are their ways to accomplish this that are eco-friendly and energy-efficient? Here are a few ideas to…
 
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  • Friday Fun: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Transforming Bus Travel

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

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

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

    Henrique Evers
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/Flickr. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key…
  • What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning

    Luísa Zottis
    18 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil’s port has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr. The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic symbols of Rio Grande do Sul’s capital, Porto Alegre (“Porto” means port in Portuguese). Porto Alegre is a city full of life and history, and its famous port contributes to the local culture. However, this important piece of public space has been closed since redevelopment began in 2013. The local government solicited bids and hired…
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    The Chic Ecologist

  • Reusable Mesh Produce Bag – Bag Again

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

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

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

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

    Jean-Paul
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    Trader Joe’s recently came out with an Organic Red Palm Oil (also known as African Palm Oil), which seems to have replaced their popular Organic Coconut oil, but it begs the question: is this a good thing? Palm oil has been under fire (and rightly so) for some time now because of the association with […] The post Trader Joes Red Palm Oil – Is it Good or Bad appeared first on The Chic Ecologist. Related posts: Plyboo Bamboo Plywood and Durapalm Palm Tree Sustainable Flooring Healthy Morning Blender Breakfast Organic or Not, Avoid These Health Foods Is Organic Food Really…
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    Do The Green Thing

  • Innocent Unplugged

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • An Arm and a Leg and the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code

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

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

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

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

    Stuart Kaplow
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Recognizing that while commercial construction is increasing building green, but that green residential construction lags in market share, local governments are increasingly looking to enact voluntary incentives to drive residential green building. At least 44 states and more than 400 local governments across the nation have enacted some form of green building legislation. Voluntary incentives offered by government include tax breaks, direct grants or loans, density bonuses, and advantages in processing approvals for green buildings. As a non-prescriptive, non-mandatory approach which does…
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    Chelsea Green

  • Permaculture Q&A: Perennial Plants for Temperate Climates

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

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

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

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    14 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    As Permaculture Month continues, we are making our expert authors available to answer your burning permaculture questions. If you have a question to submit, fill out this form. In the below Q&A, Tao Orion, author of the new book Beyond the War on Invasive Species, discusses how she approaches weed management. Orion believes invasive species are good ecological […]The post A Permaculture Approach to Managing Hedge Bindweed appeared first on Chelsea Green.
  • Permaculture Special: 30% off ALL Permaculture Books

    jmcdougall@chelseagreen.com (Chelsea Green Publishing)
    13 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Want a great garden? Take a page out of Nature’s book and you’ll find growing food is easier than you ever imagined. Just add a permaculture twist to your garden or homestead and you can spend less effort, improve the health of your soil, and enjoy a bountiful harvest. Permaculture Sale: 30% Off until May 25th […]The post Permaculture Special: 30% off ALL Permaculture Books appeared first on Chelsea Green.
 
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  • 7 beautiful jays that aren't so famous

    aberman
    22 May 2015 | 11:46 am
    You’d be hard-pressed to find someone in North America who’s never heard of the blue jay. The species, easily identified by its telltale crest and its blue, white and black feathers, can be spotted from Newfoundland to Colorado. It has been immortalized in song and has a namesake sports team in Toronto. And yet, blue jays are just the tip of jay iceberg.   Meet seven incredible jays that aren’t the blue jay.  
  • Ancient wolf DNA could solve dog origin mystery

    mnnadmin
    22 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    Humans and dogs were constant companions well before our ancestors settled in villages and started growing crops 10,000 years ago, a new study suggests.  
  • Stunning 'snakes' of Medusa Nebula hint at sun's fate

    mnnadmin
    22 May 2015 | 7:04 am
  • Octopus has the ability to see with its skin

    bnelson78
    22 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    If animals were superheroes, the octopus might have the most superpowers of them all. These remarkable creatures have eight dexterous arms, can shape-shift, instantly change color, communicate using light displays generated on their skin, taste things by touching them, squirt ink and use tools. They are some of the most intelligent invertebrates in the world, and can swim using jet propulsion.  
  • Is this the flag of planet Earth we'll plant on Mars?

    mnnadmin
    21 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on alien worlds during future human exploration missions.  
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  • 5 things to consider before you buy a convertible

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

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

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

    mdilonardo
    19 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Vancouver student Raymond Wang won the world's largest high school research competition by developing a new way to keep germs from spreading inside an airplane.   The 17-year-old received the $75,000 award at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a prestigious international competition for science research and innovation.  
  • City bans cars for a month, doesn't collapse into chaos

    lloydalter
    19 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Could this happen in North America? Take a neighborhood and ban cars from it for a month?   
 
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  • 5 things to consider before you buy a convertible

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

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

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

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

    lloydalter
    4 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    There's a maxim running 'round the Internet about bikes and locks: All bicycles weigh 50 pounds. A 30-pound bicycle needs a 20-pound lock. A 40-pound bicycle needs a 10-pound lock. A 50-pound bicycle doesn't need a lock at all.  
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  • Best beach of 2015 is off the beaten path

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

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

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

    gmiller
    19 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Most of us have dreamed about being able to fly, soaring birdlike above the Earth. Some of us try the closest thing to it: skydiving. And a few intrepid souls dare to defy gravity by BASE jumping, leaping from bridges, antenna towers, skyscrapers, and earth structures (mountaintops, cliffs) just for the thrill. Whether you find the thought exhilarating or absolutely crazy, you've got to admire those who attempt this extreme sport. What drives them to do it?
  • Could you live out of just one bag?

    lambhoch
    19 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    There's minimalist living — and then there's fitting everything you own into one bag, an idea that's catching on worldwide.  
 
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  • Stunning belly art reveals baby inside her mom's body

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

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

    jsavedge
    20 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Are smartphones at school making kids dumber?  
  • Michelle Obama shows off her hardcore fitness routine

    jsavedge
    20 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Michelle Obama has been popping up everywhere recently — dancing with Jimmy Fallon and Ellen, giving the commencement speech to graduates at Tuskegee University, and now starring in her own workout video.
  • Suicide rate climbs for young black children

    jsavedge
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Most of the research compiled on youth and suicide focuses on those years of turmoil between middle school and the end of high school, when tweens and teens seem to be at their most vulnerable. But a new study took a look at an even more vulnerable age group and found a rather alarming trend.
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  • Burgeoning bee buffers feed hungry honeybees

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

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

    rshreeves
    20 May 2015 | 6:48 am
    In the U.S., consumers believe they have a right to know about their food. Just look at the battle over labeling GMO foods, which is often referred to as the Right-to-Know movement, and you'll see that we're serious about being informed when it comes to what we put in our bodies. But, in the global economy, the U.S. is sometimes subject to international rules and laws.  
  • What is a GSM wine blend?

    rshreeves
    19 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    The garnacha I’ve been drinking lately is known by another name in France: grenache. Garnacha and grenache are the same grape, and the grape variety grows very well in regions in northern Spain and southern France. According to Wine Folly, there are 500,000 acres of the grape planted in the major wine regions worldwide, and about 420,000 of those acres are located between France and Spain.  
  • Pedialyte embraces its status as hangover helper

    rshreeves
    18 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    There are plenty of tips to prevent hangovers, but we all know not everyone follows them, instead looking for help after the fact. The latest hangover remedy has adults heading to the infant aisle of the store to find Pedialyte.  
 
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  • Reinventing the wheel, 'Tron'-style

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

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

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

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

    jmotavalli
    5 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    There it sits in the back row of the Honda dealer’s lot, looking lonely and forlorn: A 2015 Honda Insight. It’s the most scorned vehicle in America, sitting an average of 170.7 days on dealer lots before finding a buyer.  
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  • Paddleboarder captures close encounter with orca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike Gaworecki
    23 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Plains All American Pipeline, the company responsible for the 9-mile long oil slick polluting the California coast near Santa Barbara, is no stranger to oil spills. The LA Times examined data kept by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and discovered that Plains has been cited for 175 safety and maintenance violations since 2006, and incidents involving the company’s pipes have caused more than $23 million in property damage while spilling more than 688,000 gallons of “hazardous liquid.” Click here for reuse options! Tags: Plains All American…
  • Open for Business: First Major Deal Since Energy Reforms Will Bring Fracked Gas to Mexico

    Ben Jervey
    23 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    For the first time in 76 years, a piece of Mexico’s oil and gas infrastructure has been sold to a foreign investor, and the deal will help bring fracked gas from Texas’s Eagle Ford shale region into Mexico. In this first major deal since the country’s landmark energy reforms, Pemex—the state-owned oil company that had kept domain over the country’s vast petroleum and natural gas reserves since they were nationalized back in 1938—sold a 45-percent stake of a prospective natural gas pipeline project to the United States-based investment funds BlackRock and First Reserve. Click here…
  • Power for All Shows Peabody a Real Plan to End Energy Poverty

    Ben Jervey
    22 May 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Peabody Energy would like you to believe that coal is the only way to light up the homes of the roughly 1.1 billion who still live in energy poverty. A new campaign launched Thursday at the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy For All Forum in New York City offers a much different solution. Clean, distributed energy sources, argue the groups behind Power for All, can eliminate energy poverty more quickly and for a fraction of the cost of centralized electric grids anchored by fossil fuels. And, of course, without poisoning the air of communities and lining the atmosphere with even more…
  • Cuadrilla Owner AJ Lucas’s Share Price Doubles in Wake of Amber Rudd Promotion to Energy Secretary

    Kyla Mandel
    22 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Australian engineering and mining firm AJ Lucas’s share price nearly doubled in the first week following the Conservative party’s surprise election win on May 7. The dramatic jump in value coincided with the promotion of fracking-friendly Amber Rudd to energy and climate secretary. On the day of the UK election, AJ Lucas was trading at AUD$0.30 (£0.15) on the London Stock Exchange. One week later, on Friday May 15, company shares were worth AUD$0.57 (£0.29). With a majority government, the Conservative party has enthusiastically embraced the prospect of shale gas providing a domestic…
  • TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline Network Under Investigation by Federal Regulators

    Julie Dermansky
    21 May 2015 | 3:58 am
    AttachmentSize 420135017W_Operator_Response_to_Warning_10242013.pdf50.78 KB 420135017W_Warning_Letter_09102013.pdf111.88 KB 420135021W_Warning_Letter_09262013.pdf112.37 KB A month after revealing that TransCanada is under a compliance review for the Keystone 1 Pipeline, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) disclosed it is also investigating the operations of Keystone XL's southern route, renamed the Gulf Coast Pipeline when the project was split in half. Click here for reuse options! Tags: PHMSAPipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety AdministrationRuss…
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  • Hamptons Host Gift: Farm to Front Door Local Gift Baskets

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

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

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

    Lindsay E. Brown
    13 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I met with Jungwon Outerwear founder and designer, June Sohn at her pop up shop on Warren Street in Tribeca on an (appropriately!) rainy April day. I’ve always struggled with finding a jacket that’s not only tough enough to withstand gross NYC days commuting to work, but one that looks polished and chic too. It’s a tall order and the coat I was wearing to meet Sohn wasn’t cutting it. Designer June Sohn and I in Jungwon’s pop up shop in Tribeca. Sohn took me through her outwear collections – made in the USA – which all aim to give secure protection…
  • Frida Kahlo’s Incredible 50-Year-Old Fashion is Local, Handmade, Gorgeously Mexican

    Starre Vartan
    7 May 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Tree of Hope, Remain Strong (1946) You might not know that Frida Kahlo was a fan of handmade, indigenous, local clothing, but it was all a part of the artist’s fierce love for her home country of Mexico: She literally wore her politics. (Reminds me of what many in the ethical fashion community today do!) What you do probably know about her is that she was an openly bisexual Communist who had a lifelong love affair with muralist Diego Riviera—they were married for a time, then divorced, then got back together again. He repeatedly cheated on her, but loved her art, and championed it and…
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  • Mitsubishi Mirage Vs Toyota Yaris: Compare Cars

    23 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Toyota Yaris take two different approaches to low-cost small-car transportation. Both are five-door hatchbacks, but the Mirage is a large minicar while the Yaris sits squarely in the (slightly bigger) subcompact class. Neither one rates particularly highly in our full-review ratings system, but each has its...
  • Expanded Recall Of Takata Airbags Crashes NHTSA Website, Heavier Traffic To Come Next Week

    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    The Takata airbag recall isn't just the largest recall in automotive history. As we mentioned earlier this week, it's one of the largest recalls, period. That's because, after months of dragging its feet and racking up $14,000-a-day fines for failure to cooperate with regulators, Takata has finally agreed to the Department of Transportation's...
  • 2015 Fiat 500, 2015 Jeep Renegade, Zagato Mostro Concept: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2015 Fiat 500 Review The 2015 Fiat 500 minicar is a cheerful blend of practical fun and cute quirkiness, each quality chosen in just the right amount to win over urban commuters and those who want a small but distinctive second or third car. It's an excellent city car for fitting into tiny parking places—and its...
  • All Summer Long, Harley-Davidson Offers Military Personnel & Veterans Free Riding Classes

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Earlier this month, on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, Harley-Davidson announced a special offer for current and former U.S. military personnel. From now until mid-September, the company is providing those folks free enrollment in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The Riding Academy is a new program aimed at teaching novices the ins and...
  • Pilot Vs. Highlander, 2016 Ford F-150, 2016 Audi Q7: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: Honda Pilot Vs. Toyota Highlander: Compare Cars If you're the type of driver that cringes at the thought of a minivan, the roomiest seven- and eight-passenger crossovers are good substitutes. And if your escape from sliding doors brought you to either the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, you're on the right path. 2016...
 
 
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  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sangeeta Haindl
    15 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Fossil Unbound is an organisation that is creating tumbleweeds of change by supporting projects that are nurturing and inspiring children. It strongly believes the best social entrepreneurs aren’t just changing [...] The post Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Smart Cars

    RP Siegel
    14 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    I recently read Driving the Future, the new book by Margo T. Oge, former director of EPA’s Office of Air Quality and Transportation. It’s the story of the evolving effort [...] The post Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Smart Cars appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • ACI New Orleans 2015: Peter Troast's Big Takeaways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Eurovision Just Can't Keep Politics Out Of Competition

    23 May 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Watch VideoEurovision, Europe's annual singing competition, likes to claim that it transcends politics and "builds bridges," but that's easier said than done.Whether its through the audience's reaction or the performances themselves, issues from across the continent usually manage to slip in and this year was no different. First, there was the reaction on Twitter to Greece's performance. It's tradition for whoever wins the competition to host it the next year which, the event's organizers admit, can be a lot to ask…
  • Justice Dept. Reviewing Brelo Case After Officer Acquitted

    23 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Watch VideoA judge acquitted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo of manslaughter charges Saturday, almost three years after he climbed onto the hood of a car and fired multiple shots at an unarmed driver and passenger at the conclusion of a police chase in 2012. (Video via WEWS)"The defendant proved by a preponderance of the evidence that he is legally excused of liability for those crimes because he caused the serious physical harm to the victims in a constitutionally reasonable effort," Judge John P. O'Donnell. The chase that led to the deaths of…
  • Did Oculus Founder Pull A Zuckerberg For His Kickstarter?

    23 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Watch VideoIt looks like Oculus VR might have more in common with its parent company Facebook than we thought.Oculus's founder Palmer Luckey is facing a lawsuit from Total Recall Technologies that accuses him of using technology he developed for Total Recall to build his own device, the Oculus Rift. In other words, did Luckey pull a Zuckerberg? Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg famously settled a lawsuit claiming he stole the idea for his social media empire from some of his Harvard classmates. It would be an ironic turn of events after Facebook bought the…
  • Ireland's Gay Marriage Vote: 'No' Campaign Concedes

    23 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Watch VideoThe Republic of Ireland made history Saturday by becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote."A couple months ago we would have taken a very small yes vote a very small margin of victory, but now it looks like there's been a resounding yes across the country. And I’m just so proud to be Irish today," Ireland’s equality minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin told ODN.  The vote passed with more than 62 percent voting in favor of amending the country’s constitution to allow for same-sex couples to…
  • Toyota's Fines May Have Led To GM's Cooperation With DOJ

    23 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Watch VideoThe price will be steep and may even involve criminal charges, but it appears General Motors may be about to clear arguably the largest hurdle in its long-running ignition switch scandal.The New York Times reports the Justice Department and GM are negotiating what's expected to be the largest ever penalty against an automaker, exceeding even Toyota's $1.2 billion settlement for concealing safety defects that led to fatal crashes. (Video via CBS)The Times' sources say prosecutors also found criminal wrongdoing, so charges against former employees or even GM…
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    [en01]Japan for Sustainability(ニュース記事)

  • Abundance at Lake Saroma, Japan: Saroma Fishery Cooperative Practices Socialism within a Capitalist System (Part 1)

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

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

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

    12 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    JFS Newsletter No.152 (April 2015) Image by Official U.S. Navy Page Some Rights Reserved. On the initiative of local governments in Japan, photovoltaic generation business projects have been conducting rooftop leasing to achieve effective use of building rooftops. Such projects have been gaining ground nationwide, having attracted attention as a new business model after introduction of a feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme in July 2012. In fact, approximately 15 percent of Japan's 47 prefectures embarked on rooftop leasing projects in fiscal 2012, the first year of the FIT scheme. The percentage of…
  • Giant Coastal Levees-- Let's Talk

    9 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
 
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    1800Recycling.com

  • 17 Upcycled Garden Ideas

    Michelle Lovrine Honeyager
    22 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    With spring fully upon us, it’s a good time of the year to get out and make some upgrades to the garden. Gardening is a great way to add a little sustainability to your life by growing your own food; keep the endeavor as sustainable as possible with these clever garden upcycles. From recycled pallet vertical gardens to upcycled wind chimes, there are ideas here for all living situations. <img class="undefined" title="garden1" alt="garden1.jpg" data-cms-alignment="center" data-cms-link-to-option="none"…
  • How to Recycle Cigarette Ashes and Waste

    Sophia Bennett
    22 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="cigarettes" alt="cigarettes.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/cigarettes_400x400.jpg" /> Smokers, night club owners, human resource managers and litter fighters, here is some great news: You can recycle cigarette ashes and waste products! No more wondering why you should collect all those cigarette butts when they will only go to trash anyway. No more cringing because the only alternative is to put all that garbage in the…
  • Going Green: How One Canadian City is Leveraging Renewable Energy

    Krystle Vermes
    22 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    <img class="undefined" title="greenenergy" alt="greenenergy.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/greenenergy_400x400.jpg" /> Nestled on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver recently made headlines in May 2015 when it announced it would only use green sources of energy in the future – but what exactly does it mean? Furthermore, why is Vancouver, of all cities, deciding to go with this environmentally friendly option? <h2>The real story: A closer…
  • How to Have a Sustainable Memorial Day Weekend

    Rachelle Gordon
    22 May 2015 | 8:18 am
    <img class="undefined" title="memorialday" alt="memorialday.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/memorialday_400x400.jpg"> The start of the summer travel season officially begins this weekend with the Memorial Day holiday. This patriotic holiday, wherein Americans celebrate service members and their sacrifices for freedom, generally consists of long weekends at lakeside cabins, BBQs and, of course, gratitude for those who have served. Most people who enjoy…
  • 10 Upcycled Spring Crafts

    Rachelle Gordon
    21 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    <img class="undefined" title="spring" alt="spring.jpg" data-cms-alignment="none" data-cms-link-to-option="none" src="http://1800recycling.com/resources/2015/5/spring_400x400.jpg" /> Springtime is upon us – a glorious season when green grass grows and the sun shines bright. It is also a time of year when people have sustainability and the Three R’s on their minds, what with Earth Day and spring cleaning all occurring. Therefore, it is an excellent time to get a little creative and come up with some cute spring-themed crafts,…
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    Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem

  • 7 Ideas for getting more energy efficiency out of your dishwasher

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

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

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

    Community Writer &#124; Community.Drprem.com
    15 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Green is in, and your company has developed a brand identity of caring about the environment and encouraging a sustainable lifestyle. Unfortunately, even though your marketing strategy effectively communicates your company’s eco-friendly message, your employees aren’t exactly beacons of green light. You can’t honestly tell your clients and customers that your business is eco-friendly without ... The post How to Make Your Employees as Green as Your Brand appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
  • 6 Ways you can make your personal care regimen better and greener

    Community Writer &#124; Community.DrPrem.com
    13 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    Personal care is a multi-billion dollar industry, what with millions of people around the world relying on personal care products to look their best. However, how many of us actually stop to take a closer look at the products that we buy? How do we know that these products will not affect us and the ... The post 6 Ways you can make your personal care regimen better and greener appeared first on Green Diary - Green Revolution Guide by Dr Prem.
 
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    Eat Drink Better

  • Healthy Weight Loss on a Vegan Diet

    Jill Ettinger
    23 May 2015 | 4:01 pm
    When we think about weight loss, we often think about restriction, suffering, giving up delicious food, eating lots of cabbage. But healthy weight loss doesn’t have to be awful. In fact, it’s one of the first side effects people report when switching to a vegan diet, besides all of the yummy foods they get to eat The post Healthy Weight Loss on a Vegan Diet appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 6 Intriguing Facts About Cinnamon Health Benefits

    Mary Gerush
    23 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    We keep hearing about positive cinnamon health benefits. This is good news, BUT... You should know a few things before you increase your intake The post 6 Intriguing Facts About Cinnamon Health Benefits appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • How South Korea is Reducing Food Waste by 30%

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    With abundance comes waste, and South Korea has seen food waste spike as their economy improves. Here's what they're doing about it The post How South Korea is Reducing Food Waste by 30% appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • 10 Best Antioxidant Foods (+ recipes!)

    Becky Striepe
    18 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    Antioxidants help slow down the signs of aging, which means better skin, hair, and nails without using beauty products! Check out this list of the best antioxidant foods, plus recipe ideas to get you cooking The post 10 Best Antioxidant Foods (+ recipes!) appeared first on Eat Drink Better.
  • Hey (California) Hipsters, You Can Still Drink Almond Milk

    Jill Ettinger
    16 May 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Even before the California drought was threatening food security for basically every American, almond milk drinkers were being singled out. No longer could California's Millennials sip their almond milk lattes in peace, they were now pariahs, wastefully sloshing around a few almonds in a whole lot of water for an over-priced latte they probably had to stand in line a half an hour to get. What a way to spend a Saturday. Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott lovingly scolded almond milk drinkers last year for partaking in “an abuse of a great foodstuff,” he wrote, noting that a protein-packed almond…
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    PlanetSave

  • AXA Will Sell Its Coal Investments

    Stephen Hanley
    23 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    AXA, one of the world's largest insurance companies, will sell most of its coal investments by the end of 2015 and triple its "green" investments by 2020. AXA Will Sell Its Coal Investments was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.
  • US Leads World In Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, and High Energy Consumption

    Dawn Killough
    21 May 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Next 10’s Green Innovation Index, International Edition for the first time analyzes and ranks the economic and energy performance of the world’s 50 largest greenhouse gas emitting nations. While the US ranks high in investment in clean energy and electric vehicle ownership, it also leads in having the highest energy consumption and emissions, but we US Leads World In Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, and High Energy Consumption 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…
  • Ocean Summit on Marine Debris Held In Newport

    Stephen Hanley
    21 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    An Ocean Summit On Marine Debris was held in Newport RI in May as part of a ten day stopover during the 9 month long, 42,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit on Marine Debris Held In Newport 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.
  • Giant Wind Turbines Could Boost US Renewable Energy Production

    Stephen Hanley
    21 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Giant wind turbines could give a big boost to renewable energy production in the US, especially in southeastern states says a new report from the US Department of Energy Giant Wind Turbines Could Boost US Renewable Energy Production 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.
  • German Inventor Upgrades Solar Storage Technology

    Aisha Abdelhamid
    21 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Originally published on SolarLove.org Unhappy with any of the available methods of solar storage, a German inventor and engineer has put his favorite pastime of tinkering to good use. While others are attempting to build a better battery, Wolfram Walter is instead building a better way to use the batteries he already has. It’s not German Inventor Upgrades Solar Storage 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 free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our…
 
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    Sustainablog

  • The Waste Biz: French Supermarkets Can No Longer Destroy Edible Food

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

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

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    20 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    South Korea not only has some of the world's strictest laws in order to reduce food waste, but is also testing technology that holds citizens accountable The post Using Technology To Reduce Food Waste: The South Korean Approach appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • Time To Get Plastic Microbeads Out Of Personal Care Products?

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    19 May 2015 | 9:58 am
    Plastic microbeads are polluting waterways, and legislatures around the US, as well as some companies making these additives, are responding The post Time To Get Plastic Microbeads Out Of Personal Care Products? appeared first on Sustainablog.
  • TIO: A Unique Take On The Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

    Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
    18 May 2015 | 10:18 am
    The TIO toothbrush concept incorporates bioplastics with a replaceable head to create much less plastic waste than the traditional product The post TIO: A Unique Take On The Eco-Friendly Toothbrush appeared first on Sustainablog.
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    Crafting a Green World

  • 20 Candy Wrapper Crafts

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

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

    Julie Finn
    20 May 2015 | 7:19 am
    Yes, I know it’s not Christmas, but we did LARP Candyland at my kiddo’s recent ninth birthday party (candy-themed–you know the other parents hated me!), and LARP Candyland requires not only a life-sized molasses swamp and a life-sized gumdrop mountain and a life-sized peppermint forest, but also a life-sized licorice castle. The kids and I built our licorice castle out of a giant box, with some structural and decorative mods, including a peaked roof, to make it look like a giant gingerbread house. Here’s how to make your own giant cardboard gingerbread house: You will…
  • Patriotic Craft for Kids: DIY Windsock

    Crunchy Scott
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Does anyone else have a tough time differentiating Memorial Day crafts from Fourth of July projects? Both have lots of red, white and blue. Both seem to be centered around parades or picnics. And both are all about summer. So I guess whatever we do for Memorial Day can certainly be re-purposed for July 4th. Don’t ya just love a twofer-kinda craft! For this patriotic craft for kids, we’re raiding all sorts places so we don’t have to purchase anything. For each supply I’m listing where I got the item and other supply options. And don’t be afraid to tap into your…
  • The Gnome Project: Jessica Peill-Meininghaus Makes a Gnome Every. Single. DAY

    Julie Finn
    18 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Crafter Jessica Peill-Meininghaus makes a gnome a day. She calls it The Gnome Project, and it’s her daily meditation. I don’t have a daily “practice.” I don’t meditate (boring). I don’t pray (atheist). I don’t do yoga (also boring). Sure, I clean and cook and exercise every day, but those things suuuuuuck, and I only do them so that I don’t starve or die from a bacterial infection or inertia. So, like all good rubberneckers, I found it appealing to read the memoir of someone who DOES have a practice. A non-boring practice. A CRAFTY practice! In…
 
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    Best Sports Cars

  • 2016 Nissan GT-R Review

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

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

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

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

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

  • Shishkat: A Victim of Its Place in History

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Forcing Female Military Recruits to Undergo Traumatizing Virginity Tests

    Olivia Nestro
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target:  General Surgeon of the Indonesian National Armed Forces Daniel Tjen Goal: Abolish invasive “virginity tests” for female recruits and fiancees of Indonesia’s armed forces. Indonesian women who seek to join the nation’s armed forces, along with women who desire to marry a military officer, are subjected to a discriminatory and violating virginity test known as the “two -finger’ testing. This practice has been ongoing for several decades, and it continues to be supported by many government and military officials. These women are required to strip naked in…
  • Protect Sexually Assaulted Service Members

    Shannon Wills
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: U.S. Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter Goal: Protect service members reporting sexual assault and prevent retaliation by convicting attackers. A recent Human Rights Watch investigation reports that U.S. service members who report sexual assault often experience retaliation. Despite the efforts of the Department of Defense to address the issue of sexual assault in the military, little has been done to protect victims and prevent retaliation. The 18-month investigation discovered that male and female service members who experience sexual assault are twelve times more likely to…
  • Force Resignation of Allegedly Anti-Semitic Judge

    Rodney MacMaster
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Texas Judge Carter Schildknecht Goal: Force resignation of supposed culturally- and religiously-biased judge. “New York Jews” just don’t understand life in Texas, according to comments reportedly made by Texas Judge Carter Schildknecht. This kind of bias indicates that Schildknecht is unable to perform her duties objectively. Demand that she resign from her position as judge at once. According to a complaint filed with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Judge Schildknecht has a history of culturally- and religiously biased remarks that raise questions…
  • Halt Fracking During California Water Crisis

    Julia Tolstrup
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of Califorina Goal: Halt fracking during California drought. California is currently in the grip of one of the worst droughts on record. Years of dry seasons have pushed the environment to the brink. While residents face strict water restrictions, fracking continues to consume and contaminate millions of gallons of water. Governor Jerry Brown must call for a moratorium on fracking during this devastating drought. In January 2015, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency as California entered into the fourth year of drought. Across the state residents are…
  • Save Alligator Snapping Turtle from Extinction

    Thomas King
    23 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Rowan Gould Goal: Offer further protections for the endangered Alligator Snapping Turtle in Louisiana. The Alligator Snapping Turtle is being hunted and killed at an alarming rate in Louisiana. Although the animal is considered endangered in many states, Louisiana still allows them to be hunted and killed. Protections need to be put in place to ensure this majestic animal survives. The Alligator Snapping Turtle has a very slow reproduction rate, making it a very vulnerable species to hunt and kill. In fact, the population for the turtles has dropped up…
 
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    Living Green and Saving Energy

  • The Safe and Easy Way to Go Paperless

    greenwise
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    Americans use 85 million tons of paper a year on average (about 680 pounds per person), and in 2013 alone an estimated 19.9 million tons of paper ended up in landfills. With so much wasted paper each year, the choice to lead a paperless lifestyle is a great way to promote green living. It may […]
  • Energy-Efficient Products With Real Impact

    greenwise
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    Energy-efficiency is a hot topic and with all the clamoring voices out there, it can be hard to discern the wisest investment for an energy-efficient home. By using the suggestions below, you’ll use less and save more than ever before. Windows Imagine coming home in the middle of a bone-chilling winter to an open window. […]
  • Essential Oils: Natural Problem-Solvers

    greenwise
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Using essential oils is recommended by a number of reader soft this site. I only have a general familiarity with themes self, at least at the moment. For example, my wife sprays in the lavender on her pillow at night and swears that it helps her sleep. Last night I told her to spray mine […]
  • Futuristic Energy-Saving Technology for Your Home

    greenwise
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Although a few simple home automation products have been available for decades, such as security systems and intercoms, recent developments in the field promise extended capabilities and lower prices. Many new products are taking advantage of the “Internet of Things” paradigm: a vision of multiple devices that communicate with each other and the user to […]
  • 4 Earth-Friendly Baby Products for Environmentally Conscious Parents

    greenwise
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:21 pm
    As new parents know quite well, having a baby is a wonderful and life-changing experience. While caring for a new little one can be immensely rewarding, it might also be a bit overwhelming at times—especially when trying to decide which products you should or should and should not buy. Parents who have “gone green” and […]
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    Interface Cut the Fluff

  • INTERVIEW CUT THE FLUFF WITH MAROS SEFCOVIC

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

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

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

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

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

  • Taking to the Skies to Look for Wolves

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

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

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

    Earth Rangers
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It’s spring time, which means western screech owls are busy marking their territory and preparing their nests for summer. This season is the perfect time for researchers to find these secretive owls and Earth Rangers is helping! When you start a Bring Back the Wild campaign for the western screech owl, your fundraising efforts are supporting important research to locate these amazing birds and learn more about where they raise their young. Here’s how researchers go about locating western screech owls. Find a forest and listen for a call Western screech owl researcher Western screech owls…
  • Your Next Mission: Pollinator Power

    Earth Rangers
    11 May 2015 | 5:25 am
    Pollinators, like bees, have one of the most important jobs in the world. It’s their responsibility to keep our flowers pretty and our fruits plentiful. It’s been said that for every three bites of food you take, you should thank a pollinator! Without pollination, the foods we love so much would be a lot harder to find. Pollinators do a lot to help us and it’s our turn to help them. When you accept the Pollinator Power Mission, you’ll be doing your part to help keep pollinators strong and healthy! In order for pollinators, like bees, to thrive, they need to live in areas with lots of…
 
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    ecoFusion: Featured videos

  • John Salley on Not Eating Animals

    23 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Most animals are raised under cruel conditions and fed a diet of antibiotics and corn. Learn more from John Sally about the food you eat. http://www.takepart.com/foodinc Author: TakePart Keywords: John Salley on Not Eating Animals Added: December 31, 1969
  • RozCast for July 30, 2009 - Solo Pacific Row, Stage 2, Week 10

    23 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Roz Savage is rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages. She completed Stage 1 in 2008, becoming the first woman ever to row solo from California to Hawaii. Stage 2 launched on May 24, 2009, and will take her from Hawaii down into the South Pacific. Stage 3 will take place in 2010, ending in Australia. If successful she will be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific. In this week\s video she talks about audio entertainment, and provides an update on her progress.This video was filmed by Roz Savage and edited by Dawn…
  • Beaver Dam Clean up 2009

    23 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an incredibly unique area of primarily publicly owned forest and agricultural land in the middle of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The headwaters of the Anacostia River are found in this subwatershed. Beaverdam Creek subwatershed is an area of unique beauty in the midst of suburban development, it is also home to a number of problems ranging from uncontrolled stormwater runoff, trash and eroding streambanks. In addition, the best and healthiest portion of the subwatershed is under constant pressure from various development…
  • Food, Inc Trailer

    23 May 2015 | 8:55 pm
    http://www.takepart.com/foodincIn Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation\s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government\s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation\s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens,…
  • Food Security Project is a New Model for Self-Sufficiency for Orphans in Conflict-Torn Regions

    23 May 2015 | 8:55 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

  • Mitsubishi Mirage Vs Toyota Yaris: Compare Cars

    23 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Toyota Yaris take two different approaches to low-cost small-car transportation. Both are five-door hatchbacks, but the Mirage is a large minicar while the Yaris sits squarely in the (slightly bigger) subcompact class. Neither one rates particularly highly in our full-review ratings system, but each has its...
  • Expanded Recall Of Takata Airbags Crashes NHTSA Website, Heavier Traffic To Come Next Week

    22 May 2015 | 9:11 am
    The Takata airbag recall isn't just the largest recall in automotive history. As we mentioned earlier this week, it's one of the largest recalls, period. That's because, after months of dragging its feet and racking up $14,000-a-day fines for failure to cooperate with regulators, Takata has finally agreed to the Department of Transportation's...
  • 2015 Fiat 500, 2015 Jeep Renegade, Zagato Mostro Concept: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: 2015 Fiat 500 Review The 2015 Fiat 500 minicar is a cheerful blend of practical fun and cute quirkiness, each quality chosen in just the right amount to win over urban commuters and those who want a small but distinctive second or third car. It's an excellent city car for fitting into tiny parking places—and its...
  • All Summer Long, Harley-Davidson Offers Military Personnel & Veterans Free Riding Classes

    22 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    Earlier this month, on the flight deck of the USS Yorktown, Harley-Davidson announced a special offer for current and former U.S. military personnel. From now until mid-September, the company is providing those folks free enrollment in the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy. The Riding Academy is a new program aimed at teaching novices the ins and...
  • Pilot Vs. Highlander, 2016 Ford F-150, 2016 Audi Q7: What’s New @ The Car Connection

    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    From The Car Connection: Honda Pilot Vs. Toyota Highlander: Compare Cars If you're the type of driver that cringes at the thought of a minivan, the roomiest seven- and eight-passenger crossovers are good substitutes. And if your escape from sliding doors brought you to either the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, you're on the right path. 2016...
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  • New Prius Efficiency, Gigafactory Flyover, Famous Electric-Car Driver: The Week In Reverse (Video)

    23 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Which famous race driver turns out to love driving his electric car around London? And, what really gigantic object did a drone fly over, and shoot video of, last weeknd? This is our video look back at the Week In Reverse--right here at Green Car Reports--for the week ending on Friday, May 22, 2015. Friday, we covered some news on the...
  • Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: UPDATE

    22 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers don't buy. Electric-car advocates typically view these policies as discriminatory, and claim they work against efforts to get more people into plug-ins. MORE: Washington...
  • Audi Q6 e-Tron Electric SUV, Chrysler e-AWD, CT Electric-Car Incentives: Today's Car News

    22 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Today, Audi confirms production of its all-electric SUV for 2018, Chrysler mulls electric all-wheel drive for its next minivan, and Connecticut unveils electric-car incentives. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Connecticut unveils an incentive program for both electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles called, appropriately, CHEAPR. The...
  • Next Toyota Prius Hybrid: 40-Percent Thermal Efficiency From Engine, Toyota Says

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    You may not hear about the thermal efficiency of engines much: It's the ratio of how efficiently they use the energy in the fuel they burn. Conventional gasoline engines have long run about 25 percent, diesels at 30 to 35 percent. But the gasoline engine to be used in the next generation of the Toyota Prius hybrid will achieve a remarkable thermal...
  • Audi Q6 e-Tron All-Electric 'Coupe SUV' Confirmed For 2018

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Over the next few years, the German luxury establishment--including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche--is expected to launch a barrage of electric car models in a belated attempt to take on startup Tesla Motors. For some time, it's been understood that one of those models will be an all-electric SUV from Audi. The carmaker now says that the...
 
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    Green Stay at Home Mom

  • Can Your Children Snack From Your Garden?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wangari Maathai: A Seed of Hope that Grew

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oklahoma Set To Overturn Local Drilling Controls As Backlash Brews

    Mike Confino
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Facing a backlash over the side effects of its oil and gas boom, Oklahoma is poised to overturn an 80-year-old statute that allows cities and towns to ban drilling operations within their borders. The legislation, now being finalized, would help insulate energy companies from local movements that have grown in response to the rapid expansion of oil and gas drilling and a dramatic spike in earthquakes across the central state. Oklahoma now sees 600 times more tremors than it did before 2008, a surge seismologists say is linked to vast amounts of wastewater injected into the ground as a result…
  • Climate fix for rising seas could foul Miami’s Biscayne Bay

    Mike Confino
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Last fall as Miami Beach triumphantly drained its streets, beating back seasonal King Tide flooding that has come to symbolize the perils of climate change, scientists got a different view of what the future may hold: one of the world’s most celebrated beaches surrounded by water too foul for swimming. New pumps installed to keep the city dry flooded Biscayne Bay with a soup of phosphorus, nitrogen and other pollutants that can feed toxic algae blooms, according to a study overseen by Florida International University geologist Henry O. Briceno. In parts of the bay, the mass flushing caused…
  • Eating beef: pros and cons

    Christine
    21 May 2015 | 6:14 pm
    What’s the story on climate impact of eating beef? Cattle raising has been accused of adding to greenhouse gas problems, but there’s a thoughtful argument in favor of cattle raising.  Judith Schwartz wrote about how cattle can help sequester carbon in Cows Save the Planet. Jared Stone writes about the real problem: feed lots and cattle raising methods in today’s LA Times: Stories about impending environmental apocalypse circulate almost daily, especially in drought-ravaged California. Many of these stories tend to blame agriculture — and specifically, beef — for…
  • The Six Craziest Arguments Politicians Are Making Against Protecting National Parks And Wildlife

    Mike Confino
    21 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    When it comes to climate change, some politicians have a penchant for outrageous, headline-grabbing statements. “There isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows carbon dioxide is a harmful gas,” former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) famously told the House of Representatives in 2009. In recent months, however, the flair for the sensational has extended beyond climate, overtaking the rhetoric of some politicians who are eager to weaken protections for America’s parks, wildlife, and conservation laws. In a recent op-ed, for example, House Natural Resources Committee…
  • Floridalobbyist.gov … who is representing Big Sugar?

    Mike Confino
    20 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    There are 56 lobbyists registered in the Florida database to represent Big Sugar in Tallahassee. There are 40 state senators. By that number alone, we can see who runs the shadow government of Florida. But we can’t see what they do. The database maintained by the State of Florida does not show issues and legislation that motivate corporations to spend hundreds of millions a year in Tallahassee. Why not? With only a little effort, a mobile APP could be developed to fix that omission. As a requirement of lobbyists registration, each lobbyist would have an app connected to an online…
 
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  • You’re Living With Your Best Teacher: Parenting with Presence

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

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

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

  • LEED Professionals Top Engineering Awards

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

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

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

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

    Lesley@Everblue
    7 May 2015 | 7:32 am
    Last night I attended an Elon University alumni event in Charlotte, NC. Held at the prestigious Quail Hollow Golf Club, hundreds of alumni and parents gathered to hear updates about the private university. A prominent theme throughout the evening was the importance of relationship-building and how people are the key to professional development and success. Not only did I see parallels on only hiring the best instructors who care about student success, but I was intrigued to hear President Leo Lambert’s take on architecture at Elon.read more
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    Green Prophet

  • How do your chips stack onto the carbon footprint of gambling?

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

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

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

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

    Green Prophet
    18 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Hookah, shisha, or smoking the nargila is a staple of any Middle Eastern experience. But more and more research suggests that this form of smoking is more damaging than regular cigarette smoking....
 
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    Green Abode

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Uncelebrated Places Where America's Farm Economy Is Thriving

    Chris Sellers
    22 May 2015 | 7:02 am
    We consume their products every day but economists give them little attention, and perhaps not enough respect. Yet America’s agriculture sector is not only the country’s oldest economic pillar but still a vital one, accounting for some 3.75 million jobs — not only in the fields, but in factories, laboratories and distribution. That compares to about 4.3 million jobs in the tech sector (which we analyzed last month here).read more
  • How Driverless Cars are Set to Transform Our Lives

    hdia
    22 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    Vehicles which drive themselves might sound like science fiction but they may be on our roads sooner than you think. So what do we know about the likely impacts of these auto robots, and how can we shape the future directions and policies to enable their adoption for a safer and more sustainable mobility future?read more
  • How to Make an Attractive City [VIDEO]

    futurecapetown
    22 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    This video is a manifesto featuring Alain de Botton, the founder of London’s The School of Life, who explains how to make attractive cities with 6 fundamental rules. Botton explains that city planners should identify more scientifically the principles that determine how a city gets to become ugly or pretty.read more
  • Should Local Business Owners Pay For Bike Lane Improvements in Quebec?

    Global Site Plans - The Grid
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Should local business owners pay for bike lane improvements? The Sherbrooke, Quebec Urban Bike Citizens Group (VUS) hopes the city will stick to its decision to build a bike path on Industrial Boulevard but local business owners are protesting a tab of $625,000 to pay for it.read more
  • Compare Your Country on the Environmental Democracy Index

    WRICities
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Environmental Democracy Index (EDI) marks a major milestone for urban governance worldwide. EDI looks at environmental decision making at the national level and evaluates countries based on three factors: transparency, access to justice, and citizen engagement. read more
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    A Tampa Green Living Mom Blog - Cloth Diapers - DIY - Disney - Travel - Family

  • 8 Fun Things to Do at MommyCon Orlando

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday Fun: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Transforming Bus Travel

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

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

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

    Henrique Evers
    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Cheonggye River in Seoul, South Korea is a great example of how cities can use public spaces to revitalize the local economy and improve quality of life for residents. Photo by Kimmo Räisänen/Flickr. Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, sustainable mobility, gender, resilience, and other key…
  • What Cities Can Learn From Porto Alegre about Inclusive Planning

    Luísa Zottis
    18 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Redevelopment of Porto Alegre, Brazil’s port has been contentious, as planning has lacked public participation and respect for local culture. Photo by marcusrg/Flickr. The sunset in front of Guaiba River, Usina do Gasômetro, and Mauá Port are iconic symbols of Rio Grande do Sul’s capital, Porto Alegre (“Porto” means port in Portuguese). Porto Alegre is a city full of life and history, and its famous port contributes to the local culture. However, this important piece of public space has been closed since redevelopment began in 2013. The local government solicited bids and hired…
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    EarthTechling

  • Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

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

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

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

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

    Pete Danko
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Carbon dioxide exacts a cost, that much we know. It’s when we try to take the logical next step – putting a price on carbon – that things get complicated.The issue is in the news as the province of Ontario moves to join what Clean Energy Canada calls “North America’s largest cap and trade alliance,” the one between Ontario’s Canadian neighbor Quebec and the state of California.image via Government of OntarioIf you’re not familiar with how a cap and trade scheme works, conceptually, it’s pretty simple: Government sets a limit on the total amount of carbon emissions…
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    Green Nation Today

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Simple Policy Can Discourage Building Reuse

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wealthy nations overlook the dangers of climate change

    Alex Lo, Assistant Professor, The Kadoorie Institute at University of Hong Kong
    21 May 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Cyclone Pam struck the developing island nation of Vanuatu in March 2015. Poorer nations are more exposed to environmental dangers so are more concerned about impacts that might increase the risk. AAP Image/Dave HuntDo rich countries care more about the environment that poorer ones? In a recent study I found that’s not necessarily the case. The reason comes down to danger: poorer nations are more worried about risks such as flooding, so are more concerned about environmental impacts that might increase these risks, such as climate change. But even that’s not the full story. Social…
  • The world is waking up to the $5.3 trillion cost of fossil fuels

    John Quiggin, Professor, School of Economics at The University of Queensland
    21 May 2015 | 1:03 pm
    As China realises the unpriced costs of coal power, such as air pollution, coal production is starting to fall. Gustavo M/Flickr, CC BYProspects for global energy markets have been reshaped by two recent pieces of news, one of which helps to explain the other. The first is a report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released on Monday, estimating that global fossil fuel use is subsidised to the tune of US$5.3 trillion a year (6.5% of global GDP). The second is the continuing decline in coal production and use in China, which began in 2014. The latest reports show April 2015 coal…
  • What's missing from our climate pledges? Low-carbon R&D

    Barry W. Brook, Professor of Environmental Sustainability at University of Tasmania
    21 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Countries should make pledges to fund low-carbon research - such as developing solar technology - and development as part of global climate talks. University of Salford Press Office/Flickr, CC BYCountries will bring specific targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to climate negotiations in Paris at the end of 2015. Some governments have made initial pledges, such as the US’s target of 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. But it is this same mechanism that failed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. Will it be third time…
  • An animal that could rewrite the family tree: one of the top new species of 2015

    Susan Lawler, Senior Lecturer, Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution at La Trobe University
    21 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    Is it a ... or a ....? Dengrogramma enigmatica, discovered in deep water off the coast of Victoria, doesn't quite fit in anywhere in the animal family tree. Jørgen OlesenIt is that time of year again, when the International Institute for Species Exploration based at the State University of New York announces the Top 10 new species. This year the announcement has been timed to honour the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, the founder of modern taxonomy, who was born on 23 May 1707. Linneaus not only established the system we still use to classify species, he and his students made a heroic…
  • We need real consensus, not Bjorn Lomborg's illusion of it

    Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at Australian National University
    20 May 2015 | 9:51 pm
    It takes time, but this is how a real consensus is built. EPA/NIELS AHLMANN OLESEN/AAPThe Australian government’s intent to create a “Consensus Centre” to work on the big issues facing the nation signals a welcome revival in interest in using research to inform policy, if it can be taken at face value. But it needs to be done right, and if it is, universities can readily help. The University of Western Australia’s recent decision to decline the A$4 million offered by the Abbott government, having originally agreed to host Bjorn Lomborg’s proposed “Australian Consensus Centre”,…
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    Green Conduct

  • What does Going Green mean?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Rush for Tesla Batteries Shifts Storage Paradigm

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

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

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

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

    Pete Danko
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Carbon dioxide exacts a cost, that much we know. It’s when we try to take the logical next step – putting a price on carbon – that things get complicated.The issue is in the news as the province of Ontario moves to join what Clean Energy Canada calls “North America’s largest cap and trade alliance,” the one between Ontario’s Canadian neighbor Quebec and the state of California.image via Government of OntarioIf you’re not familiar with how a cap and trade scheme works, conceptually, it’s pretty simple: Government sets a limit on the total amount of carbon emissions…
 
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    CleanTechies

  • Saudi Arabia to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

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

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

    Laurie Guevara-Stone
    21 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    As most Alaskans can attest, energy in The Last Frontier is expensive. The average residential electricity rate of more than 18 cents per kWh is a full 50 percent higher than the national average, ranking among the highest in the country. That’s in part because outside the 50 hydro plants throughout the state, most of [...]
  • A German Startup Makes Carbon Neutral Diesel from Renewables, Water & CO2

    Oliver Strube
    20 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’m usually not a big fan of liquid renewable fuels. I’m more of a “let’s keep it simple and use electricity” kind of guy, but the news from German startup Sunfire is intriguing. According to the company, it has built a plant in cooperation with Audi that produces high-grade diesel using only renewable electricity, CO2, and water. Using [...]
  • Friday Video Fun – Tesla Mania x2

    Oliver Strube
    15 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    It’s Friday and you know what that means. That’s right. Time to browse the internet for some fun clean tech videos, sit back, relax and enjoy. The first one is all American. A head to head comparison of the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D and the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The Tesla is described [...]
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    Furniture & Home Design Ideas

  • The Living Cube – Multifunctional Furniture We LOVE

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Possibilities Are "endless"

    22 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Elegance at a price you can afford Turn your TV into a computer . . . Complete office suite. . . . Browser. . . . Music. . . . Video. . . . Entertainment. . . . Internet Optional 05-22-2015 Source:  The possibilities are "Endless"
  • Extra Space Storage

    22 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    Self-storage REIT Extra Space Storage is ramping up its commitment to solar power, . . . operates more than 1,100 self-storage facilities in the U.S.A., . . . is adding solar panels at 26 facilities in: . . . . . . Connecticut, . . . . . . Massachusetts, . . . . . . New Jersey, and . . . . . . New York. Collectively, the solar installations will supply 3,880 kilowatts of power. 05-22-2015 Source:  Extra Space Storage
  • Batteries Create Massive Transformation

    22 May 2015 | 6:58 am
    Australia's electricity industry is about to undergo a massive transformation, . . . with the advent of cheap storage batteries for solar energy. Powerwall that is expected to sell in Australia next year, . . . for about $5,500. "You can actually go, if you want, completely off-grid," . . . Mr Musk said of the batteries. 05-22-2015 Source:  Batteries create massive transformation
  • Residential Demand Charges

    22 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Demand charges for commercial and industrial customers, . . . have long been a part of the electric industry. . . . Since utilities need to build infrastructure to meet both instantaneous, and . . . long-term requirements, the utility bill contains both an energy charge, . . . which measures the amount of electricity a customer uses over time, and . . . a demand charge, which measures how much power is used, . . . at any given point in time. The distinction between how much electricity you need right now, and . . . how much you need in total over time is important. . . . Imagine you want to…
  • Utility: Batteries

    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Utility,  AGL Energy’s, New Energy division, . . . which is leading the group’s push into: . . . . . . Solar, . . . . . . Battery storage, . . . . . . Electric vehicles, and . . . . . . Other technologies, . . . says AGL has chosen a 7.2kWh battery from, ($8,990.-) . . . Taiwanese firm AU Optronics (AUO) for its initial storage installations. 05-22-2015 Source:  Utility: Batteries  PowerLegato Energy Storage Units
 
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    Green Abode

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Drawing Conclusions Book Review and Giveaway

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

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

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

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

    Paige Wolf
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Four years ago I visited Montreal and fell in love. More than anything else, I was blown away by their bikeshare program, something I didn’t imagine would ever come to Philadelphia. But when I came back from the trip and started poking around, I found that the seeds for a bikeshare program in my city had already been planted. Could this really come to fruition? The ultimate marriage of the sharing economy, fitness, and fuel-free transportation? Fast forward to today when Ride Indego rolls out with more than 600 self-service bikes and 60 stations around the city. And I am quite…
 
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    Greener Ideal

  • Several Smart Hacks for Truly Greening up Your Office

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

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

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

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

    DMV.com
    11 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    In the flurry of questions and dilemmas surrounding driverless cars over the past couple of years since Google first started testing its self-driving car prototypes, not a single researcher or auto industry expert has mentioned anything about them causing motion sickness, probably because everyone was hoping that this is an issue that will be eliminated […] Read the full article: Study Says Driverless Cars Could Cause Motion Sickness
 
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    Green Traveler Guides

  • San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock

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

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

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

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

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

  • Chicks Rule

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

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

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

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

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    18 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    By Wanjiku Kinuthia Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Critically endangered black rhino reintroduced to a native habitat 25 years after the last individual was poached in the area Black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Monday (May 18, 2015) the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy have embarked on a relocation programme in a bid to expand black rhino habitat in the country, and boost populations of the iconic species. At least 20 preselected rhinos will be moved from Lewa, Nakuru and Nairobi National Parks to a sanctuary within the community owned…
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  • Detox to Treat Candida Overgrowth After Lyme Disease with Amie Valpone

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

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

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

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

    Dr. Karen
    3 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with breakfast. I want to sit and have a nice leisurely breakfast while planning out my day but that’s not the case on most days. I drink my lemon water, a green smoothie and sit down to have my coffee. By then, I’m full from all the liquids that I don’t think about food until mid-morning. Not the best healthy eating practice. I know. I should have some good fats with some carbs for breakfast to get me going but that’s not always the case. But these Grain Free Savory Breakfast Muffins solved my morning quagmire! These have bacon, eggs,…
 
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  • Memorial Day: 7 Things You Didn’t Know

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

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

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

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

    Manchester Wood
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Get the deck and yard set-up! 10% Off All Adirondack Furniture on ManchesterWood.com now through April! “As authentic as it gets…” Adirondack chairs and other Adirondack furniture items made in the very foothills of the Adirondack mountains in which the design was first created in Upstate New York. An iconic outdoor furniture staple. The perfect outdoor dining and lounging sets made available. Made with real solid hardwood, and handcrafted at our mill to order with Free Shipping Always on every order. Enjoy 10% off this early Spring on the entire collection, which includes…
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  • 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! ]]
  • Ford Set to Divert 5 Million Plastic Bottles From Landfills In 2015...Here's How

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    How Ford Rocks The F-150 With Recycled Bottles  You know I love Ford and here's just one more reason why. They walk the green talk and they are doing it again with the F-150. According to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Think The Love Canal Disaster is Over? Think Again

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    Visit HERE to hear Will talk about the current Love Canal DisasterThis Seriously Cannot be Happening Again...Can It?  My friend Mike Schade from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families was kind enough... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Protect Your Kids from Ebola

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    We Moms Are Freaking Out But Seriously, Should We?  First let me say I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV. So therefore it follows that this advice is just one mom trying figure out this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    inspired habitat

  • Homegrown & Green

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

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

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

    bambeco
    11 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Classic cars, mid-century homes, 1970s fashion. What’s old often becomes new again, and much of what doesn’t come back around maintains its timeless style anyway. Going vintage should be a no brainer, especially when it comes to home décor. But … Continue reading → The post Get With It: Shop Vintage appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Fighting Climate Change..For The Birds

    bambeco
    9 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Their sounds greet you each morning, so common that many days you don’t even realize you hear them. But what if there were no birds? Would you notice that? Due to climate change, the threat of that as reality is … Continue reading → The post Fighting Climate Change..For The Birds appeared first on inspired habitat.
 
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  • May Madness, Taxi-Moms, and How Things Fall Away

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

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

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

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

    Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com
    11 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    This foggy morning, when I was walking the velvety-eared Delilah, I saw that my neighbor's tree--one of my favorites; I covet it!--was in full bloom. So, back home I went for the "proper camera" instead of just the phone-camera. I have to take advantage of this single, perfect week when the trees are all decked out, before they shed their festive party outfits in confetti made of blossoms. More good news--grab your camera! Happy to be featured at BlogHer again this week, with an article called 9 Things Photography Experts Do That YOU Can Start Doing TODAY. (If you missed the…
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  • Homegrown & Green

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

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

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

    bambeco
    11 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Classic cars, mid-century homes, 1970s fashion. What’s old often becomes new again, and much of what doesn’t come back around maintains its timeless style anyway. Going vintage should be a no brainer, especially when it comes to home décor. But … Continue reading → The post Get With It: Shop Vintage appeared first on inspired habitat.
  • Fighting Climate Change..For The Birds

    bambeco
    9 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Their sounds greet you each morning, so common that many days you don’t even realize you hear them. But what if there were no birds? Would you notice that? Due to climate change, the threat of that as reality is … Continue reading → The post Fighting Climate Change..For The Birds appeared first on inspired habitat.
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  • Tesla actually fight for green

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

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

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

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

    Adrian
    13 Feb 2013 | 6:30 am
     Every day we bring you new methods and devices for charging cell phones. To keep alive a cell phone we could use the Epiphany onE Puck. It seems to be a strange kind of charger which uses the power of your hot drink but not only. As general information, Epiphany onE Puck has a Stirling […]
 
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  • Is Your Kitchen Making You Sick?

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

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

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

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

    Guest Writer
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    There aren’t many people out there who wouldn’t like to do a little more at home for the environment. Recycling and re-useable bags are definitely a front foot forward, but what if you want to go that little bit further? Sure there is some government information about green building projects and tens of companies offering…
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  • Focus on Green Homes – Grey Water Recapture Systems

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

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

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

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

    Clay Miller
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It is becoming more apparent that many households and businesses get a lot of savings yearly by making simple modifications to turn their premises green. Due to this, the popularity of green projects is increasing. To fulfil this demand, banks have created various loan products while governments have increased their incentives and this has made green financing even more possible for people. State and federal governments are also keen to create more jobs and to build the economy, a factor that compels it to make green loans affordable to start-up businesses. In fact, green financing is now…
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    Conserve Energy Future

  • 30 Interesting Facts About Endangered Species

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

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

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

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

    Rinkesh
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Nuclear Energy Facts When it comes to listing the top 30 nuclear facts, there is a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. What may surprise you is how little difference there is between the risks of nuclear energy and fossil fuel energy, although the benefits may be greater.Read more about pros and cons of nuclear energy.What is Nuclear Energy?Nuclear energy is the energy stored in the nucleus of an atom. It can be used to produce electricity. But, before it can used, it must be released. The enormous energy that is stored in the bonds that hold atoms together can be released by two…
 
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  • How to Pick the Perfect Eco-Friendly Furniture for Your Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:52 pm
      Since 1999, the World Green Building Council has been at the forefront of the green building marketplace. The organization has forged leaders together within the industry to create a network of Green Building Councils and to advocate green building practices, strategies, and education on a global level. What began as a small band of representatives from regions like Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada, and the United States, has grown to smaller organizations in more than 100 countries, with 720 staff members, representing over 30,000 property and construction companies around the world. Its…
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    Pollution Pollution

  • Is true biodiversity conservation a real goal?

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

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

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

    Mimuba
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    There is no decline in the demand of environmental journalists all over the world. You might be taking it just a rhetoric as you might be seeing so many journalists working in environmental reporting but getting not so big return. I am not talking of simply environmental journalists. I am talking of those who first… Read More »The post How to become a successful environmental journalist? appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
  • Top 103 slogans on save earth

    Mimuba
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Our very survival directly depends upon the safety of our planet Earth. If it is not safe then our survival will also be unsafe. So we must protect it by propagating these slogans on save earth. We should let others know our planet is the only livable planet we have. Other planets are not fit… Read More »The post Top 103 slogans on save earth appeared first on Pollution Pollution.
 
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    The Urban Ecolife

  • Are Our Modern Lifestyles Making Us Sick?

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

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

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

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

    Emily Uebergang
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    This is one topic I’ve been hesitant to talk about much.   Geeeez… can you imagine why?   I myself am guilty to the rotten core about having drooling envy for the latest threads being splashed across my Instagram feed. So what does one lass say to another about her ethical fashion faux pas? Keep silent? Pretend that it’s not happening? Hypocritically criticize all the celebs and fashion haulers while you go about your day sneakily shopping online so no one … →The post The Truth About the Fashion Industry Stripped Down and Laid Out Bare-Naked appeared…
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    Green Planet

  • How can make your home environmentally friendly?

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

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

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

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

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

  • The wireless recharge station for your electric vehicle has been created

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The electric vehicle must be correctly positioned over the charging point for a quick and efficient recharge. Electric vehicles are slowly becoming the future vehicles for humanity, especially because they are not producing harmful emissions to the environment. However, these green vehicles have some issues which must be solved as quickly as possible, if we truly want to use them as the replacers of the actual diesel and petrol-fuelled vehicles. A team of Spanish scientists from Zaragoza (northern Spain), which are already involved in the European project called “Unplugged…
  • How to get tax-free energy efficient appliances this weekend

    admin
    23 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    The 2015 Energy Star sales tax holiday ends Monday, Memorial Day. This weekend being the Memorial Day weekend you have the chance to buy new and energy-efficient appliances and skipping the sales tax. If you have a new house and you need new appliances, if you just simply want to change the actual appliances used with new and more efficient ones or you simply like to skip the sales tax, this weekend is the perfect moment to buy new, but cheap and energy-efficient appliances. Not all the products are qualified to participate in this promotion, and if a new product has the energy star on it,…
  • Walmart jumps into renewable energy

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 1:40 am
    Walmart already uses solar panels on its rooftops, but there is plenty of space for more. The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, decided to be powered by 100% renewable energy by the end of the year 2020. Walmart already uses solar panels installed on the top of its stores that produce 2.2 billion kWh every year, which is enough to power about 190,000 U.S. homes. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), considers that this moment is ideal for switching to solar because the prices are plummeting and everywhere we look, we can see a revolution of solar installations even if we talk about…
  • The Aquarena Water Park in Arras, France, uses now wastewater as a renewable energy source

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    The Aquarena Water Park from Arras, France, uses wastewater as a clean energy source. The Aquarena water park located in Arras, France, is an ultra-modern facility that uses the Energido solution provided by Veolia in order to use wastewater as an alternative energy source for the park. The Public Authority of Arras has chosen the Energido solution in order to recuperate the calories contained in the underground wastewater, and use these calories to produce heat that covers about 75% of the energy needs of the park. The most important innovation in the system, is the recuperation of calories…
  • Lethbridge Biogas built a new biogas facility in Alberta, Canada

    admin
    21 May 2015 | 12:11 am
    The Lethbridge Biogas facility built in Alberta, Canada. The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), provided the amount of $8,2 million to Lethbridge Biogas LP in order to build a facility that turns animal waste into energy. The company has now opened the largest biogas cogeneration facility in Alberta, Canada. Thane Hurlburt, president of Lethbridge Biogas, says that biogas is a resource that can be found everywhere in the world. In Alberta, Canada, the facility built with the help of CCEMC, has now the capacity to generate up to 2.86 MW of renewable energy. The…
 
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    EcoIdeaz

  • TERI LaBL – Truly Lighting a Billion Lives

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

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

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

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

    Ecoideaz
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Author – Nandini Kumar Image Source With the exponentially increasing world population and rapidly diminishing fossil fuels, there is an urgent need to explore alternative energy sources for a sustainable future. One such method involves using biomass and biogas to generate power. Biomass is any organic matter derived from living or recently living organisms which can be processed into electricity. Biomass has been recognized as an important source of alternate energy generation all across the world due to its various advantages including the fact that it is: A renewable source of…
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    Russ George

  • Nothin But Blue Skies – NOT

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

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

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

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

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

  • 3 Reasons Why Solar Power is Affordable

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dehumidifier Reviews, Ratings, Consumer Reports 2015

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

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

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

    Brian
    1 May 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Guides and Reviews for Basement Dehumidifiers 2015 In today’s post, we will firstly talk about the humidity problems in basement, and then we will go over to how to solve the humid problem – Choosing A Best Dehumidifier for basement, and lastly we will talk about some top rated basement dehumidifiers and reviews of them. Basement and Humidity Basements are more likely to be deluged with heavy moisture becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This is because cool… Continue Reading ›› The post How to Choose A Best Dehumidifier for Basement? appeared first on…
  • Whole House Dehumidifier Reviews 2014 – 2015

    Brian
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Whole House Dehumidifier Choosing Guide 2015 Why a whole house dehumidifier is needed? Excess moisture in the air can cause lots of discomforts, which may further lead to serious health issues. Dehumidifiers are increasingly believed to be a great solution to this problem. And the whole house dehumidifier is the elite of humidity regulation. This post is for whole house dehumidifier reviews, ratings, and consumer reports info. A whole house dehumidifier not only can eliminate problems caused by high humidity,… Continue Reading ›› The post Whole House Dehumidifier Reviews…
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    The Climate Trust

  • Testimony, House Committee on Energy and Environment

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

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

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

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

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

  • 2015 Edition of Vivid Sydney Festival Powered by Renewables

    Anthony Petrolo
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 pm
    One of the largest light festivals in Australia, let alone across the Asia-Pacific region, is set to have a green transformation for its 2015 version: offsetting of carbon-based emissions via green power (using accredited renewable sources). The Vivid Light, Music and Ideas Festival, held annually in Sydney for three weeks … The post 2015 Edition of Vivid Sydney Festival Powered by Renewables appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Dealing with Drought in São Paolo, Brazil

    Anthony Petrolo
    22 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Images of picturesque beaches and lush rainforests (such as the Amazon) often represent Brazil’s breathtaking environment. Mention the term ‘water scarcity’ or drought and few would associate it with this exotic nation. Brazil contains approximately 12% and 53% of the global and South American freshwater supplies respectively, whilst covering approximately … The post Dealing with Drought in São Paolo, Brazil appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Micro-Wind Turbine Array Powers Intel’s Headquarters

    Mila Luleva
    22 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    The roof of Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California is generating renewable energy with the largest micro-turbine array in the US. Renewable energy generating rooftops are almost always associated with solar, but this does not necessarily have to be the case, and the guys from the IT giant Intel are demonstrating just … The post Micro-Wind Turbine Array Powers Intel’s Headquarters appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • Donate: Solar Light Caps for the Homeless Nepal Earthquake Victims

    Satya Sivani
    22 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    To help the homeless Nepalese, who survived the massive earthquakes, restore and rebuild their lives, 2C Light Company is collecting funds to send solar light caps to Nepal through the Indiegogo fundraiser. Sad that Nepal is down due to earthquakes. According to the Earthquaketrack.com, Nepal has had 118 earthquakes in the … The post Donate: Solar Light Caps for the Homeless Nepal Earthquake Victims appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
  • COMPETES Act Threatens Climate Science Research

    Sarah Higman
    22 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Climate change research is about to take a big hit under legislation passed today by the US House of Representatives. The bill, known as the American COMPETES Act sets priorities for research programmes at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and … The post COMPETES Act Threatens Climate Science Research appeared first on The Green Optimistic.
 
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    GROG: green tech blog

  • The probability of earthquakes has changed following new study

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

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

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

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

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

  • Water Wars: EPA Rule Front and Center

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

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

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

    13 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Energy Efficient Projects Recognized at Annual Meeting & Conference The 13th Annual Structural Insulated Panel Association Building Excellence Awards were announced Tuesday evening during the association’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Winning submissions demonstrated exceptional performance in quantifiable energy efficiency using structural insulated panels (SIPs); design and structural engineering innovation; creative use of SIP construction; and environmental sustainability.
  • The Green Home Building Business: A Primer for Those Just Entering the Market

    10 May 2015 | 3:03 am
    Green homes are the shelter of the future. It’s that simple. The market for green home building is expected to reach $83 to $105 billion in 2016, up from $36 billion in 2013, according to a 2014 McGraw Hill Construction report. Does building green homes truly make a difference with homeowners? While it depends on where you live, 60 percent of consumers said they want energy-efficient amenities in their next home, according to a 2011 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) survey. Another study found that, between 2007 and early 2012, homes in California with a green certification label had a…
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    The Greenhouse Farmer

  • Home Energy Tech Considerations

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

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

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

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

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

  • Veterans Can Take LEED Professional Exam for Free

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

    Joe Gorley
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    This year’s AIA Convention in Atlanta was one amazing highlight reel. President Clinton. The party at the College Football Hall of Fame. The AIA COTE Awards reception. The Diversity Council events. The engagement of the crowd. And the list goes on. Our GBES team chatted with hundreds of people who came by our booth, and we picked up on learning and trends throughout the weekend. Here are some of our highlights: Everybody knows LEED. In this crowd, LEED rules. From our view, 100 percent of the people at the conference were familiar with LEED and its influence in the industry. About 50…
  • Happy Earth Day!

    Joe Gorley
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:12 am
    Happy 45th Earth Day! At GBES we like to celebrate Earth Day every day by helping green building industry professionals earn their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credentials. LEED credentialed professionals make communities more sustainable, healthier, and less impactful on the environment with LEED certified projects. An astounding seven million square feet of construction space is LEED certified daily. Here are five ways LEED is making every day Earth Day The LEED process encourages building owners to make sustainable changes to their properties. Renewable energy and…
  • GBES – The LEED Leader in Education At This Year’s AIA Convention

    Joe Gorley
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
      You can bet we’ll be at one of the biggest gatherings of architects and design professionals in the world. GBES will join more than 800 companies exhibiting the newest products, materials, technologies and educational resources at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention in Atlanta May 14-16. AIA Expo 2015 will be a maze of exhibitors, but if you’re looking for expert knowledge on everything LEED, come see GBES at booth 3967. Take a practice test. Answer sample questions. Earn AIA CEUs right there at our booth with ExpoChat. GBES offers best in class…
  • Happy Birthday LEED

    Joe Gorley
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    LEED, the most widely used green building rating system in the world, is turning 15 this month. Is your company ready to capitalize on the billion dollar green building industry with LEED credentialed professionals Happy 15th birthday LEED! LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) began as an idea to establish building standards for sustainable design, construction and operations. It became a fully realized rating system on March 30, 2000, and is now comprised of more than 60,000 projects and 11 billion square feet spread across the globe. LEED certified buildings have a positive…
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